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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160208/a-case-of-post-leptospirosis-autoimmune-epilepsy-presenting-with-sleep-related-hypermotor-seizures
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Prashant Makhija, Siby Gopinath, Sudheeran Kannoth, Kurupath Radhakrishnan
This video-illustrated case report concerns a 49-year-old woman who presented with sleep-related hypermotor seizures. The antecedent history of leptospirosis, high frequency of new-onset seizures, presence of an unclassified anti-neuronal antibody, and dramatic response to steroids strongly supported post-infectious immune-mediated pathogenesis in our patient. To the best of our knowledge, post-leptospirosis autoimmune epilepsy presenting as sleep-related hypermotor seizures has not hitherto been reported. [Published with video sequences on www...
November 21, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154132/dexmedetomidine-promotes-biomimetic-non-rapid-eye-movement-stage-3-sleep-in-humans-a-pilot-study
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Oluwaseun Akeju, Lauren E Hobbs, Lei Gao, Sara M Burns, Kara J Pavone, George S Plummer, Elisa C Walsh, Tim T Houle, Seong-Eun Kim, Matt T Bianchi, Jeffrey M Ellenbogen, Emery N Brown
OBJECTIVES: Sleep, which comprises of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM stages 1-3 (N1-N3), is a natural occurring state of decreased arousal that is crucial for normal cardiovascular, immune and cognitive function. The principal sedative drugs produce electroencephalogram beta oscillations, which have been associated with neurocognitive dysfunction. Pharmacological induction of altered arousal states that neurophysiologically approximate natural sleep, termed biomimetic sleep, may eliminate drug-induced neurocognitive dysfunction...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151103/immunoregulatory-role-of-cannabinoids-during-infectious-disease
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Rosalía Hernández-Cervantes, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Óscar Prospéro-García, Jorge Morales-Montor
Although the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in the regulation of several physiological processes, including sleep and the immune response, its role during infections has not been fully studied. It is well known that the use of this drug increases susceptibility to infections because of the impact on the modulation of the immune system. Concerning the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, its influence on the course of an infection, whether this has been caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and to a lesser degree, fungi, has been reported...
November 18, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121981/intrinsic-dna-curvature-in-trypanosomes
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Pablo Smircich, Najib M El-Sayed, Beatriz Garat
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma brucei are protozoan parasites causing Chagas disease and African sleeping sickness, displaying unique features of cellular and molecular biology. Remarkably, no canonical signals for RNA polymerase II promoters, which drive protein coding genes transcription, have been identified so far. The secondary structure of DNA has long been recognized as a signal in biological processes and more recently, its involvement in transcription initiation in Leishmania was proposed...
November 9, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120660/-adenosine-a-mediator-with-multisystemic-effects-or-a-hormone
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Zora Lazúrová, Peter Mitro
Adenosine is a nucleoside regulating many physiological and pathological processes in human organism. It is produced by almost all cells and is metabolised by adenosinedeaminase enzyme. Effect of adenosine is mediated by three types of adenosine receptors. Adenosinergic system significantly influences function of cardiovascular system, furthemore it plays a key role in sleep homeostasis, in regulation of bone metabolism and activation of immune system. Adenosine mediates effect of various hormones, but also adenosine itself has its own autocrine, paracrine and systemic effects...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110757/a-brief-history-of-apol1-a-gene-evolving
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REVIEW
David J Friedman
APOL1 kidney risk variants lead to high rates of kidney disease in people of recent African ancestry. These risk variants are very common and confer a large increase in risk of kidney disease. This unusual combination of high frequency and large effect size occurs because the risk variants also appear to have beneficial properties. The risk variants show enhanced protective effects against certain pathogens, particularly the trypanosomes that cause African sleeping sickness. Here, we consider the origins and evolution of the primate-only APOL1 gene...
November 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107734/involvement-of-snare-protein-ykt6-in-glycosome-biogenesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Hiren Banerjee, Richard A Rachubinski
The kinetoplastid parasites Trypanosoma and Leishmania are etiologic agents of diseases like African sleeping sickness, Chagas and leishmaniasis that inflict many tropical and subtropical parts of the world. These parasites are distinctive in that they compartmentalize most of the usually cytosolic enzymes of the glycolytic pathway within a peroxisome-like organelle called the glycosome. Functional glycosomes are essential in both the procyclic and bloodstream forms of trypanosomatid parasites, and mislocalization of glycosomal enzymes to the cytosol is fatal for the parasite...
December 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084144/bipolar-disorder-and-immune-dysfunction-epidemiological-findings-proposed-pathophysiology-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Joshua D Rosenblat, Roger S McIntyre
Bipolar disorder (BD) is strongly associated with immune dysfunction. Replicated epidemiological studies have demonstrated that BD has high rates of inflammatory medical comorbidities, including autoimmune disorders, chronic infections, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. Cytokine studies have demonstrated that BD is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation with further increases in pro-inflammatory cytokine levels during mood episodes. Several mechanisms have been identified to explain the bidirectional relationship between BD and immune dysfunction...
October 30, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066952/the-sleep-wake-cycle-in-the-nicotinic-alpha-9-acetylcholine-receptor-subunit-knock-out-mice
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Natalia Madrid-López, Jorge Estrada, Javier Díaz, Alejandro Bassi, Paul H Délano, Adrián Ocampo-Garcés
There is a neural matrix controlling the sleep-wake cycle (SWC) embedded within high ranking integrative mechanisms in the central nervous system. Nicotinic alpha-9 acetylcholine receptor subunit (alpha-9 nAChR) participate in physiological processes occurring in sensory, endocrine and immune systems. There is a relationship between the SWC architecture, body homeostasis and sensory afferents so that disruption of afferent signaling is expected to affect the temporal organization of sleep and wake states. The analysis of the SWC of 9 nAChR knock-out animals may help to reveal the contribution of alpha-9 nAChR to sleep chronobiological determinants...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057204/shift-work-disrupted-circadian-rhythms-and-sleep-implications-for-health-and-well-being
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Stephen M James, Kimberly A Honn, Shobhan Gaddameedhi, Hans P A Van Dongen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our 24/7 society is dependent on shift work, despite mounting evidence for negative health outcomes from sleep displacement due to shift work. This paper reviews short- and long-term health consequences of sleep displacement and circadian misalignment due to shift work. RECENT FINDINGS: We focus on four broad health domains: metabolic health; risk of cancer; cardiovascular health; and mental health. Circadian misalignment affects these domains by inducing sleep deficiency, sympathovagal and hormonal imbalance, inflammation, impaired glucose metabolism, and dysregulated cell cycles...
June 2017: Current Sleep Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056308/sleep-characteristics-in-mothers-of-children-with-developmental-disabilities
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Jiwon Lee, Regena Spratling, Ashley Helvig
Impaired sleep can contribute to conditions such as cardiometabolic disorders, depression, and decreased immune function. Mothers of children with developmental disabilities (DDs) may be at greater risk for impaired sleep due to the sleep problems of their children. This cross-sectional study described the self-reported sleep characteristics of mothers of children (ages 6-12) with DDs by using a sleep diary and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) as quantitative and qualitative measures of sleep in these mothers...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055480/per3-vntr-polymorphism-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-new-insight-to-impact-of-sleep-disturbances-in-ms
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Masoud Golalipour, Zahra Maleki, Touraj Farazmandfar, Majid Shahbazi
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease of central nervous system caused by an immune response against the myelin. About half of MS patients suffers from sleep disturbances. The circadian clock genes such as PER3 controls circadian rhythm and sleep. Due to the role of PER3 in sleep disturbances and regulation of immune response, it is possible that PER3 dysregulation increase risk of MS disease. METHODS: Study groups included 160 MS patients and 160 healthy volunteers...
October 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054675/evidence-of-fatigue-disordered-sleep-and-peripheral-inflammation-but-not-increased-brain-tspo-expression-in-seasonal-allergy-a-11-c-pbr28-pet-study
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Sandra Tamm, Simon Cervenka, Anton Forsberg, Johanna Estelius, Johan Grunewald, Pär Gyllfors, Bianka Karshikoff, Eva Kosek, Jon Lampa, Catarina Lensmar, Victoria Strand, Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Christer Halldin, Martin Ingvar, Caroline Olgart Höglund, Mats Lekander
Allergy is associated with non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, sleep problems and impaired cognition. One explanation could be that the allergic inflammatory state includes activation of immune cells in the brain, but this hypothesis has not been tested in humans. The aim of the present study was therefore to investigate seasonal changes in the glial cell marker translocator protein (TSPO), and to relate this to peripheral inflammation, fatigue and sleep, in allergy. We examined 18 patients with severe seasonal allergy, and 13 healthy subjects in and out-of pollen season using positron emission tomography (n = 15/13) and the TSPO radioligand [(11)C]PBR28...
October 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051270/hypoxia-induced-pd-l1-pd-1-crosstalk-impairs-t-cell-function-in-sleep-apnoea
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Carolina Cubillos-Zapata, Jose Avendaño-Ortiz, Enrique Hernandez-Jimenez, Victor Toledano, Jose Casas-Martin, Anibal Varela-Serrano, Marta Torres, Isaac Almendros, Raquel Casitas, Isabel Fernández-Navarro, Aldara Garcia-Sanchez, Luis A Aguirre, Ramón Farre, Eduardo López-Collazo, Francisco García-Rio
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with higher cancer incidence, tumour aggressiveness and cancer mortality, as well as greater severity of infections, which have been attributed to an immune deregulation. We studied the expression of programmed cell death (PD)-1 receptor and its ligand (PD-L1) on immune cells from patients with OSA, and its consequences on immune-suppressing activity. We report that PD-L1 was overexpressed on monocytes and PD-1 was overexpressed on CD8(+) T-cells in a severity-dependent manner...
October 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039977/chronic-disruptions-of-circadian-sleep-regulation-induce-specific-proinflammatory-responses-in-the-rat-colon
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Lenka Polidarová, Pavel Houdek, Alena Sumová
Exposure to environmental conditions that disturb the daily rhythms has been shown to enhance the proinflammatory responses of immunostimulant-challenged immune system. However, it is not known whether circadian disturbances may stimulate unchallenged immune responses and thus contribute per se to the development of inflammation-related diseases. Our aim was to ascertain an effect of various conditions threatening the behavioral activity/rest cycle regulation, namely aging with or without melatonin, 6 h advance/delay phase shifts in the light/dark cycle repeated with a 2-day frequency and constant light, on expression of immune markers in the rat colon...
October 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038619/alteration-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-the-upper-and-lower-airways-under-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-preliminary-animal-study
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Eun Jung Lee, Woon Heo, Joo Young Kim, Hyungchul Kim, Min Jung Kang, Bo Ra Kim, Ji Hyun Kim, Do Yang Park, Chang-Hoon Kim, Joo-Heon Yoon, Hyung-Ju Cho
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that CIH may affect the upper airway immune system and aimed to verify whether CIH can induce airway inflammation in a murine obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) model. METHODS: C57BL6 male mice were exposed to intermittent hypoxia (CIH group; 5 ~ 21% FiO2, 120 sec cycles, 12 h/d, n = 6) or room air (Sham group, n = 6) for up to 4 weeks in identical chambers. Nasal and lung tissues and lavage fluid were collected and analyzed by multiplex assay...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021568/the-brain-and-immune-system-prompt-energy-shortage-in-chronic-inflammation-and-ageing
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REVIEW
Rainer H Straub
Sequelae frequently seen in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, such as fatigue, depressed mood, sleep alterations, loss of appetite, muscle wasting, cachectic obesity, bone loss and hypertension, can be the result of energy shortages caused by an overactive immune system. These sequelae can also be found in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases that are in remission and in ageing individuals, despite the immune system being less active in these situations. This Perspectives article proposes a new way of understanding situations of chronic inflammation (such as rheumatic diseases) and ageing based on the principles of evolutionary medicine, energy regulation and neuroendocrine-immune crosstalk...
October 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991722/risk-of-psychiatric-disorders-in-guillain-barre-syndrome-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Nian-Sheng Tzeng, Hsin-An Chang, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Fu-Huang Lin, Chin-Bin Yeh, San-Yuan Huang, Chuan-Chia Chang, Ru-Band Lu, Yu-Chen Kao, Hui-Wen Yeh, Wei-Shan Chiang, Wu-Chien Chien
BACKGROUND: Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare immune-related neurological disorder with high mortality and morbidity, but the comorbid psychiatric disorders garnered little attention in the GBS patients. This study aimed to investigate the association between GBS and the risk of developing psychiatric disorders. METHODS: A total of 18,192 enrolled patients, with 4548 study subjects who had suffered GBS, and 13,644 controls matched for gender and age, from the Inpatient Dataset of 2000-2013 in Taiwan, and selected from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
October 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991006/autoimmunity-in-narcolepsy
#19
Melodie Bonvalet, Hanna M Ollila, Aditya Ambati, Emmanuel Mignot
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Summarize the recent findings in narcolepsy focusing on the environmental and genetic risk factors in disease development. RECENT FINDINGS: Both genetic and epidemiological evidence point towards an autoimmune mechanism in the destruction of orexin/hypocretin neurons. Recent studies suggest both humoral and cellular immune responses in the disease development. SUMMARY: Narcolepsy is a severe sleep disorder, in which neurons producing orexin/hypocretin in the hypothalamus are destroyed...
November 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984294/perinatal-immune-activation-produces-persistent-sleep-alterations-and-epileptiform-activity-in-male-mice
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Galen Missig, Emery L Mokler, James O Robbins, Abigail J Alexander, Christopher J McDougle, William A Carlezon
Increasing evidence suggests a role for inflammation in neuropsychiatric conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous work in rodents has established that immune activation during critical developmental periods can cause phenotypes that reproduce core features of ASD, including decreased social interaction, aberrant communication, and increased repetitive behavior. In humans, ASD is frequently associated with co-morbid medical conditions including sleep disorders, motor hyperactivity, and seizures...
October 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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