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Zhilan Ye, Tao Zhang, Wenshan He, Honglin Jin, Cuiwei Liu, Zhe Yang, Jinghua Ren
Despite promising in-vitro evidence for effective glioblastoma treatment, most drugs are hindered from entering the central nervous system due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Thus, successful modification of drug delivery and novel therapeutic strategies are needed to overcome this obstacle. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), cell-derived membrane-encapsulated structures with diameters ranging from 50-1000 nm, have been explored as drug delivery system to deliver their cargo to the brain tissue...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Andrea Becerra-Calixto, Rafael Posada-Duque, Gloria Patricia Cardona-Gómez
Astrocytes play metabolic and structural support roles and contribute to the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), linking communication between neurons and the endothelium. Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) likely exerts a dual effect on the endothelium and astrocytes due to its involvement in migration and angiogenesis; the overactivation of CDK5 is associated with dysfunction in glutamate recapture and hypoxia. Recently, we proposed that CDK5-targeted astrocytes facilitate the recovery of neurological and motor function in transplanted ischemic rats...
March 22, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Jeffrey Lambe, Olwen C Murphy, Shiv Saidha
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With the recognition that neurodegeneration represents the principal substrate of disability in multiple sclerosis (MS), there has been increased strives towards identifying biomarkers for accurately quantifying and tracking neurodegeneration during the disease course. The retina provides an opportune "window" into the central nervous system (CNS) in MS, with retinal changes in MS reflecting not only local, but also global aspects of neurodegeneration and inflammation operative in the disease...
March 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Yaxia Yuan, Fang Zheng, Chang-Guo Zhan
Blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability of a compound determines whether the compound can effectively enter the brain. It is an essential property which must be accounted for in drug discovery with a target in the brain. Several computational methods have been used to predict the BBB permeability. In particular, support vector machine (SVM), which is a kernel-based machine learning method, has been used popularly in this field. For SVM training and prediction, the compounds are characterized by molecular descriptors...
March 21, 2018: AAPS Journal
Jung Sook Yeom, Chung Mo Koo, Ji Sook Park, Ji-Hyun Seo, Eun Sil Park, Jae-Young Lim, Hyang-Ok Woo, Hee-Shang Youn
We report the case of a 12-year-old girl who had mild encephalopathy with a reversible splenial lesion (MERS) associated with acutepyelonephritis caused by Escherichia coli . The patient was admitted with a high fever, and she was diagnosed with acute pyelonephritis based on pyuria and the results of urine culture, which detected cefotaxime-sensitive E. coli . Although intravenous cefotaxime and tobramycin were administered, her fever persisted and her C-reactive protein level increased to 307 mg/L. On day 3 of admission, she demonstrated abnormal neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as delirium, ataxia, and word salad...
February 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
François Osiurak, Jordan Navarro, Emanuelle Reynaud
Over the evolution, humans have constantly developed and improved their technologies. This evolution began with the use of physical tools, those tools that increase our sensorimotor abilities (e.g., first stone tools, modern knives, hammers, pencils). Although we still use some of these tools, we also employ in daily life more sophisticated tools for which we do not systematically understand the underlying physical principles (e.g., computers, cars). Current research is also turned toward the development of brain-computer interfaces directly linking our brain activity to machines (i...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Mariana Alves, Edward Beamer, Tobias Engel
Epilepsy encompasses a heterogeneous group of neurological syndromes which are characterized by recurrent seizures affecting over 60 million people worldwide. Current anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are mainly designed to target ion channels and/or GABA or glutamate receptors. Despite recent advances in drug development, however, pharmacoresistance in epilepsy remains as high as 30%, suggesting the need for the development of new AEDs with a non-classical mechanism of action. Neuroinflammation is increasingly recognized as one of the key players in seizure generation and in the maintenance of the epileptic phenotype...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Oliver Edenharter, Stephan Schneuwly, Juan A Navarro
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is the most important recessive ataxia in the Caucasian population. It is caused by a deficit of the mitochondrial protein frataxin. Despite its pivotal effect on biosynthesis of iron-sulfur clusters and mitochondrial energy production, little is known about the influence of frataxin depletion on homeostasis of the cellular mitochondrial network. We have carried out a forward genetic screen to analyze genetic interactions between genes controlling mitochondrial homeostasis and Drosophila frataxin...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Shuai Zhang, Xu Wang, Chao-Qun Yan, Shang-Qing Hu, Jian-Wei Huo, Zhong-Yan Wang, Ping Zhou, Chun-Hong Liu, Cun-Zhi Liu
Background: Chronic shoulder pain (CSP) is a common disease causing pain and functional limitation, which is highly prevalent and has substantial negative effects on the quality of life. Acupuncture has gained popularity and has been accepted gradually by many countries because it can successfully treat patients with chronic pain, but the specific brain mechanisms under acupuncture treatment for CSP remain unclear. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to 1) compare the clinical effects between acupuncture at the contralateral and ipsilateral Tiaokou (ST 38) point in patients with unilateral shoulder pain and 2) explore how contralateral- and ipsilateral-acupuncture modulates the regional homogeneity (ReHo) of patients with CSP...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Gaurang S Shah
BACKGROUND Streptococcus acidominimus, which belongs to the viridans streptococci group, is rarely considered pathogenic in humans. However, over the past 10 years, this bacterium has been reported to cause serious infections in humans, particularly among the critically ill. This article is the first case report of pyogenic ventriculitis (PV) and meningitis caused by S. acidominimus in North America. CASE REPORT A 49-year-old Asian male presented to the emergency department with complaints of a headache, fever greater than 37...
March 22, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Kelly S Kimple, Susan M Kansagra
In working to improve the health of North Carolinians, a broader emphasis has been placed on determinants of health, or non-medical drivers of health. Critical examples of health determinants are adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, that affect early brain development and lifelong health and function. Multiple organizations and communities have come together to acknowledge the importance of prevention, address toxic stress and trauma in childhood, promote resiliency and trauma-informed care, and invest in the future of North Carolina through its children...
March 2018: North Carolina Medical Journal
Scott J Denstaedt, Joanna L Spencer-Segal, Michael W Newstead, Klaudia Laborc, Anne P Zhao, Alexander Hjelmaas, Xianying Zeng, Huda Akil, Theodore J Standiford, Benjamin H Singer
Sepsis commonly results in acute and chronic brain dysfunction, which dramatically increases the morbidity associated with this common disease. Chronic brain dysfunction in animal models of sepsis survival is linked to persistent neuroinflammation and expression of multiple cytokines. However, we have found previously that microglia predominantly upregulate the damage associated molecule S100A8/A9 after sepsis. In this article, we show that S100A8/A9 is increased in the brains of patients who died of sepsis and that S100A8 is expressed in astrocytes and myeloid cells...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Leora Horn, Jeffrey R Infante, Karen L Reckamp, George R Blumenshein, Ticiana A Leal, Saiama N Waqar, Barbara J Gitlitz, Rachel E Sanborn, Jennifer G Whisenant, Liping Du, Joel W Neal, Jon P Gockerman, Gary Dukart, Kimberly Harrow, Chris Liang, James J Gibbons, Allison Holzhausen, Christine M Lovly, Heather A Wakelee
PURPOSE: Evaluate safety and determine the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of ensartinib (X-396), a potent anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), and evaluate preliminary pharmacokinetics and antitumor activity in a first-in-human, phase I/II clinical trial primarily in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In dose escalation, ensartinib was administered at doses of 25-250 mg once daily in patients with advanced solid tumors; in dose expansion, patients with advanced ALK-positive NSCLC were administered 225 mg once daily...
March 21, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Shihui Han
Racial discrimination in social behavior, although disapproved of by many contemporary cultures, has been widely reported. Because empathy plays a key functional role in social behavior, brain imaging researchers have extensively investigated the neurocognitive underpinnings of racial ingroup bias in empathy. This research has revealed consistent evidence for increased neural responses to the perceived pain of same-race compared with other-race individuals in multiple brain regions and across multiple time-windows...
March 18, 2018: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
René Garduño-Gutiérrez, Martha León-Olea, Gabriela Rodríguez-Manzo
Sexual experience modifies brain functioning and copulatory efficiency. Sexual activity, ejaculation in particular, is a rewarding behavior associated with the release of endogenous opioids, which modulate the activity of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system (MLS). In sexually exhausted rats, repeated ejaculation produces μ (MOR) and δ opioid receptor (DOR) internalization in ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons, as well as long-lasting behavioral changes suggestive of brain plasticity processes. We hypothesized that in sexually naïve rats the endogenous opioids released during sexual experience acquisition, might contribute to brain plasticity processes involved in the generation of the behavioral changes induced by sexual experience...
March 18, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Francesca Pischiutta, Eliana Sammali, Ornella Parolini, Hilary V O Carswell, Elisa R Zanier
Acute brain injury resulting from ischemic/hemorrhagic or traumatic damage is one of the leading causes of mortality and disability worldwide and is a significant burden to society. Neuroprotective options to counteract brain damage are very limited in stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Given the multifaceted nature of acute brain injury and damage progression, several therapeutic targets may need to be addressed simultaneously to interfere with the evolution of the injury and improve the patient's outcome...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Valentina A Babenko, Denis N Silachev, Vasily A Popkov, Ljubava D Zorova, Irina B Pevzner, Egor Y Plotnikov, Gennady T Sukhikh, Dmitry B Zorov
A recently discovered key role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondrial traffic has opened a wide alley for studying the interactions between cells, including stem cells. Since its discovery in 2006, intercellular mitochondria transport has been intensively studied in different cellular models as a basis for cell therapy, since the potential of replacing malfunctioning organelles appears to be very promising. In this study, we explored the transfer of mitochondria from multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MMSC) to neural cells and analyzed its efficacy under normal conditions and upon induction of mitochondrial damage...
March 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yongjuan Luo, Yujie Liu, Xin Guan, Ying Zhang, Jing Li
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the recommended treatment for high risk patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the application of three dimensional-speckle tracking imaging (3D-STI) on patients diagnosed with NSTEMI undergoing PCI. METHODS: Forty-four NSTEMI patients and 20 healthy subjects that received basic clinical and laboratory examinations were included in our study...
March 15, 2018: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Narjes Baazaoui, Khalid Iqbal
Alzheimer's disease (AD), at present, is considered an incurable disease and a major dilemma with no drug to stop or slow down its progression. Drugs that are currently available in the market are able to only transiently improve the clinical symptoms. The repeated failures in developing an effective drug has led to the suggestion that the medical intervention was probably too late to be effective since the pathology starts many years before the appearance of the clinical symptoms. Probably, at the time of the appearance of clinical symptoms the brain has undergone major neuronal and synaptic loss...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Gianluigi Forloni, Claudia Balducci
The production of soluble amyloid-β oligomers (AβOs) and the activation of inflammation are two important early steps in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The central role of oligomers as responsible for the neuronal dysfunction associated with the clinical features has been extended to the other protein misfolding disorders definable, on this basis, as oligomeropathies. In AD, recent evidence indicates that the mechanism of inflammation as a consequence of neurodegeneration must be assessed in favor of a more direct role of glial activation in the alteration of synaptic function...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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