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Xiang Li, Handong Wang, Yongyue Gao, Liwen Li, Chao Tang, Guodao Wen, Yuan Zhou, Mengliang Zhou, Lei Mao, Youwu Fan
The present investigation was carried out to elucidate a possible molecular mechanism related to the protective effect of quercetin administration against oxidative stress on various mitochondrial respiratory complex subunits with special emphasis on the role of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in mitochondrial biogenesis. Recently, quercetin has been proved to have a protective effect against mitochondria damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, its precise role and underlying mechanisms in traumatic brain injury are not yet fully understood...
2016: PloS One
Benjamin W Mooneyham, Michael D Mrazek, Alissa J Mrazek, Kaita L Mrazek, Dawa T Phillips, Jonathan W Schooler
During tasks that require continuous engagement, the mind alternates between mental states of focused attention and mind-wandering. Existing research has assessed the functional connectivity of intrinsic brain networks underlying the experience and training of these mental states using "static" approaches that assess connectivity across an entire task. To disentangle the functional connectivity between brain regions as the mind fluctuates between discrete brain states, we employed a dynamic functional connectivity approach that characterized brain activity using a sliding window...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chun-Hao Li, Sa-Hoe Lim, Hyang-Hwa Ryu, Kyung-Sub Moon, Tae-Young Jung, Shin Jung
Stereotactic radiosurgery has been recognized as an effective treatment approach for metastatic brain tumors. By increasing the sensitivity of the tumor to radiation and decreasing the marginal dose, it is possible to improve therapeutic efficacy and decrease side-effects. In radiation-induced cells, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling mediates the phosphorylation of H2AX, which indicates DNA damage sensitivity and modulates the effect of radiation. Lewis lung cancer (LLC) and breast cancer (4T1) cells were irradiated with a Gamma Knife in cell culture tubes...
October 25, 2016: Oncology Reports
Eva Vidomanova, Peter Racay, Ivana Pilchova, Erika Halasova, Jozef Hatok
Glioblastoma (GB) is the most frequent and biologically the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults. Standard treatment for newly diagnosed GB consists of surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Resistance to therapy is a major obstacle, even with optimal treatment with a survival median of only 12-15 months. The heterogeneity and treatment response of GB makes this tumor type a challenging area of research. The aim of our study was to study the response of normal human astrocyte (HA) and human GB (T98G) cell lines to apoptosis inhibitors in vitro...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Han Wang, Huiqin Gao, Tianyu Jiao, Zhongli Luo
Postural instability and gait disturbance (PIGD) are common symptoms in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). The deep-brain stimulation (DBS) of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) shows a promising effect on PIGD. However, the quantitative effects of PPN DBS for PD, especially for PIGD, and the efficacy of PPN DBS combined with levodopa are controversial and ambiguous to clinical practice. We carried out a meta-analysis of original researches on PPN to PIGD/PD from the electronic databases MEDLINE and EMBASE...
October 24, 2016: Neuroreport
Jia Loon Chong
Kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment for eligible end-stage renal disease patients. However, the supply of donated kidneys has been consistently insufficient to meet the transplantation requirements of the population. In this paper, I discuss the feasibility of several policy options that engage potential donors or key individuals in a Singapore context, including financial and non-financial incentives for deceased/living organ donors and their families, improving actualisation rates of both donation after brain death, donation after cardiac death through quality improvement programmes and remuneration schemes, and a media platform for directed organ donation...
October 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
Benjamin A Thomas, Vesna Cuplov, Alexandre Bousse, Adriana Mendes, Kris Thielemans, Brian F Hutton, Kjell Erlandsson
Positron emission tomography (PET) images are degraded by a phenomenon known as the partial volume effect (PVE). Approaches have been developed to reduce PVEs, typically through the utilisation of structural information provided by other imaging modalities such as MRI or CT. These methods, known as partial volume correction (PVC) techniques, reduce PVEs by compensating for the effects of the scanner resolution, thereby improving the quantitative accuracy. The PETPVC toolbox described in this paper comprises a suite of methods, both classic and more recent approaches, for the purposes of applying PVC to PET data...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Xingjian Yu, Takashi Isobe, Mitsuo Watanabe, Huafeng Liu
A novel crystal timing calibration method based on total variation (TV), abbreviated as 'TV merge', has been developed for a high-resolution positron emission tomography (PET) system. The proposed method was developed for a system with a large number of crystals, it can provide timing calibration at the crystal level. In the proposed method, the timing calibration process was formulated as a linear problem. To robustly optimize the timing resolution, a TV constraint was added to the linear equation. Moreover, to solve the computer memory problem associated with the calculation of the timing calibration factors for systems with a large number of crystals, the merge component was used for obtaining the crystal level timing calibration values...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Margaret Mealings, Jacinta Douglas, John Olver
PURPOSE: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a key role in supporting educational participation for secondary and tertiary students with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This article aims to (i) explore issues identified by students with TBI that affect educational participation beyond their academic performance, (ii) offer a framework based on research evidence to guide the practice of SLPs and (iii) explore strategies that may expand the traditional roles of SLPs to support students beyond academic performance...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
Becky D Clarkson, Shachi Tyagi, Derek J Griffiths, Neil M Resnick
OBJECTIVE: To assess short-term repeatability of an fMRI protocol widely used to assess brain control of the bladder. fMRI offers the potential to discern incontinence phenotypes as well as the mechanisms mediating therapeutic response. If so, this could enable more targeted efforts to enhance therapy. Such data, however, require excellent test-retest repeatability. METHODS: Fifty-nine older women (age ≥60 years) with urgency incontinence underwent two fMRI scans within 5-10 min with a concurrent bladder infusion/withdrawal protocol...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Federica Agosta, Roberto Gatti, Elisabetta Sarasso, Maria Antonietta Volonté, Elisa Canu, Alessandro Meani, Lidia Sarro, Massimiliano Copetti, Erik Cattrysse, Eric Kerckhofs, Giancarlo Comi, Andrea Falini, Massimo Filippi
Gait disorders represent a therapeutic challenge in Parkinson's disease (PD). This study investigated the efficacy of 4-week action observation training (AOT) on disease severity, freezing of gait and motor abilities in PD, and evaluated treatment-related brain functional changes. 25 PD patients with freezing of gait were randomized into two groups: AOT (action observation combined with practicing the observed actions) and "Landscape" (same physical training combined with landscape-videos observation). At baseline and 4-week, patients underwent clinical evaluation and fMRI...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Mary P Galea, Roman Gonzenbach, Jürg Kesselring
The prevalence of disability due to neurological conditions is escalating worldwide. Neurological disorders have significant disability-burden with long-term functional and psychosocial issues, requiring specialized rehabilitation services for comprehensive management, especially treatments tapping into brain recovery 'neuroplastic' processes. Neurorehabilitation is interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial, requiring coordinated effort of diverse sectors, professions, patients and community to manage complex condition-related disability...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Rahib H Abiyev, Nurullah Akkaya, Ersin Aytac, Irfan Günsel, Ahmet Çağman
The design of brain-computer interface for the wheelchair for physically disabled people is presented. The design of the proposed system is based on receiving, processing, and classification of the electroencephalographic (EEG) signals and then performing the control of the wheelchair. The number of experimental measurements of brain activity has been done using human control commands of the wheelchair. Based on the mental activity of the user and the control commands of the wheelchair, the design of classification system based on fuzzy neural networks (FNN) is considered...
2016: BioMed Research International
Satomi Miwa, Rafal Czapiewski, Tengfei Wan, Amy Bell, Kirsten N Hill, Thomas von Zglinicki, Gabriele Saretzki
Telomerase in its canonical function maintains telomeres in dividing cells. In addition, the telomerase protein TERT has non-telomeric functions such as shuttling to mitochondria resulting in a decreased oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis. TERT protein persists in adult neurons and can co-localise to mitochondria under various stress conditions. We show here that TERT expression decreased in mouse brain during aging while release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the mitochondrial electron transport chain increased...
October 22, 2016: Aging
Dana S Poole, Nathalie Doorenweerd, Jaap J Plomp, Ahmed Mahfouz, Marcel J T Reinders, Louise van der Weerd
The ability to administer systemically high doses of manganese as contrast agent while circumventing its toxicity is of particular interest for exploratory MRI studies of the brain. Administering low doses either repeatedly or continuously over time has been shown to enable the acquisition of satisfactory MRI images of the mouse brain without apparent side effects. Here we have systematically compared the obtained MRI contrast and recorded potential systemic side effects such as stress response and muscle strength impairment in relation to the achieved contrast...
October 21, 2016: NeuroImage
S Wagner, H Gufler, G Eichner, H Lanfermann
AIMS: To investigate if brain metastases and radiation injuries after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) have different signal intensity (SI) time courses up to 55 min after contrast agent application and if delayed contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contributes to improve diagnostic accuracy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four consecutive patients treated with SRS for cerebral metastases were prospectively enrolled in the study. T1-weighted images were acquired on a 3-Tesla MR unit at three time points, at 2 (TP1), 15 (TP2) and 55 (TP3) min after administering contrast agent...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Jörg Peter Pfannmöller, Marvin Greiner, Mukund Balasubramanian, Martin Lotze
The fingertip somatotopy in BA1 and BA3b of monkeys exhibits characteristic differences with a more discrete separation of the body parts in BA3b and a continuous orientation column like structure in BA1. We present evidence for similar differences in the human somatotopy using BOLD fMRI for the investigations. Though the variability between the individual maps was large, we found a group wide somatotopic representation in BA3b and BA1. The variability due to anatomical differences was small in our sample. This was demonstrated by comparing exact shortest distances in the individual brains and after nonlinear normalization to the group space template, for the removal of the individual anatomical variability...
October 21, 2016: Neuroscience
J Phillip Turner, Shelby E Chastain, Dongwon Park, Melissa A Moss, Shannon L Servoss
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by the buildup of insoluble aggregated amyloid-β protein (Aβ) into plaques that accumulate between the neural cells in the brain. AD is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot currently be treated or cured (Alzheimer's Association, 2011; Selkoe, 1996). Researchers have focused on developing small molecules and peptides to prevent Aβ aggregation; however, while some compounds appear promising in vitro, the research has not resulted in a viable therapeutic treatment...
October 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Ronald Chang, Lindley E Folkerson, Duncan Sloan, Jeffrey S Tomasek, Ryan S Kitagawa, H Alex Choi, Charles E Wade, John B Holcomb
BACKGROUND: Plasma-based resuscitation improves outcomes in trauma patients with hemorrhagic shock, while large-animal and limited clinical data suggest that it also improves outcomes and is neuroprotective in the setting of combined hemorrhage and traumatic brain injury. However, the choice of initial resuscitation fluid, including the role of plasma, is unclear for patients after isolated traumatic brain injury. METHODS: We reviewed adult trauma patients admitted from January 2011 to July 2015 with isolated traumatic brain injury...
October 13, 2016: Surgery
Nikolaos Pitsikas
Close to 1% of the world population suffer from schizophrenia. Current medications for this chronic mental disorder have greatly improved treatment over the last half century or more, but, the newer atypical antipsychotics have proven to be disappointing, and enormous challenges remain. The negative symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia which greatly affect overall morbidity call for better treatments. Nitric oxide (NO), an intra- and inter-cellular messenger in the brain, is involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, so excessive NO production might contribute to the pathology...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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