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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156826/protective-effect-of-ginkgo-biloba-leaves-extract-egb761-on-myocardium-injury-in-ischemia-reperfusion-rats-via-regulation-of-tlr-4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Yuping Tang, Guisheng Zhou, Lijun Yao, Ping Xue, Danhong Yu, Renjie Xu, Wen Shi, Xin Yao, Zhaowei Yan, Jin-Ao Duan
Beneficial actions of EGb 761 against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in lung, brain and renal ischemia have been described. However, the relationship between EGb 761 and signal molecules in myocardial ischemia reperfusion has not been well elucidated. In this study, we investigated the effects and mechanism of EGb 761 preconditioning on anti-myocardial I/R injuries in vivo. Meanwhile, their potential anti-oxidative stress and anti-inflammation effect were assessed. Hemodynamic parameters were monitored as left ventricular systolic pressure, LV end-diastolic pressure and maximal rate of increase and decrease of left ventricular pressure (dP/dtmax)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156769/liraglutide-activates-autophagy-via-glp-1r-to-improve-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jian Chen, Zhouguang Wang, Yuqin Mao, Zengming Zheng, Yu Chen, Sinan Khor, Kesi Shi, Zili He, Jiawei Li, Fanghua Gong, Yanlong Liu, Aiping Hu, Jian Xiao, Xiangyang Wang
Therapeutics used to treat central nervous system (CNS) injury are designed to promote axonal regeneration and inhibit cell death. Previous studies have shown that liraglutide exerts potent neuroprotective effects after brain injury. However, little is known if liraglutide treatment has neuroprotective effects after spinal cord injury (SCI). This study explores the neuroprotective effects of liraglutide and associated underlying mechanisms. Our results showed that liraglutide could improve recovery after injury by decreasing apoptosis as well as increasing microtubulin acetylation, and autophagy...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156647/effects-of-nutritional-interventions-during-pregnancy-on-infant-and-child-cognitive-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rachael M Taylor, Shanna M Fealy, Alessandra Bisquera, Roger Smith, Clare E Collins, Tiffany-Jane Evans, Alexis J Hure
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that folate, iodine and iron intake during pregnancy impacts on foetal brain development and cognitive function. However, in human studies, the relationship with other dietary nutrients is less clear. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aims to critically appraise the current literature and meta-analyses results from nutritional interventions during pregnancy that aimed to optimise infant and child cognitive outcomes...
November 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156571/studies-for-improving-a-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-icv-administration-of-well-characterized-%C3%AE-amyloid-1-42-oligomers-induce-dysfunction-in-spatial-memory
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Ágnes Kasza, Botond Penke, Zsuzsanna Frank, Zsolt Bozsó, Viktor Szegedi, Ákos Hunya, Klaudia Németh, Gábor Kozma, Lívia Fülöp
During the past 15 years, several genetically altered mouse models of human Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been developed. These costly models have greatly facilitated the evaluation of novel therapeutic approaches. Injecting synthetic β-amyloid (Aβ) 1-42 species into different parts of the brain of non-transgenic rodents frequently provided unreliable results, owing to a lack of a genuine characterization of the administered Aβ aggregates. Previously, we have published a new rat AD-model in which protofibrillar-fibrillar Aβ1-42 was administered into rat entorhinal cortex (Sipos 2007)...
November 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156557/the-invasive-region-of-glioblastoma-defined-by-5ala-guided-surgery-has-an-altered-cancer-stem-cell-marker-profile-compared-to-central-tumour
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Stuart J Smith, Mohammed Diksin, Saachi Chhaya, Shwetha Sairam, Maria A Estevez-Cebrero, Ruman Rahman
Glioblastoma, a WHO grade IV astrocytoma, is a highly aggressive and heterogeneous tumour that infiltrates deeply into surrounding brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection impossible. Despite chemo-radiotherapy, the residual cell population within brain parenchyma post-surgery causes inevitable recurrence. Previously, the tumour core has been the focus of research and the basis for targeted therapeutic regimes, which have failed to improve survival in clinical trials. Here, we focus on the invasive margin as defined by the region with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5ALA) (GliolanTM) fluorescence at surgery beyond the T1 enhancing region on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156419/segmentation-of-the-hippocampus-by-transferring-algorithmic-knowledge-for-large-cohort-processing
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Benjamin Thyreau, Kazunori Sato, Hiroshi Fukuda, Yasuyuki Taki
The hippocampus is a particularly interesting target for neuroscience research studies due to its essential role within the human brain. In large human cohort studies, bilateral hippocampal structures are frequently identified and measured to gain insight into human behaviour or genomic variability in neuropsychiatric disorders of interest. Automatic segmentation is performed using various algorithms, with FreeSurfer being a popular option. In this manuscript, we present a method to segment the bilateral hippocampus using a deep-learned appearance model...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155799/risk-of-prevalent-and-incident-dementia-associated-with-insulin-like-growth-factor-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-3
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O P Almeida, G J Hankey, B B Yeap, S A Paul Chubb, J Gollege, L Flicker
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) influences cell proliferation and survival. In the extracellular environment, IGF-1 circulates bound to proteins (IGF-binding proteins; IGFBP), some of which have physiological effects that seem independent of IGF-1, including the brain (for example, IGFBP-3). We completed a systematic review of the association between dementia and IGF-1 and IGFBP-3, and a cross-sectional and longitudinal study designed to investigate if lower plasma concentration of these proteins increased the risk of prevalent and incident dementia...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155793/metabolic-support-of-excised-living-brain-tissues-during-magnetic-resonance-microscopy-acquisition
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Jeremy J Flint, Kannan Menon, Brian Hansen, John Forder, Stephen J Blackband
This protocol describes the procedures necessary to support normal metabolic functions of acute brain slice preparations during the collection of magnetic resonance (MR) microscopy data. While it is possible to perform MR collections on living, excised mammalian tissue, such experiments have traditionally been constrained by resolution limits and are thus incapable of visualizing tissue microstructure. Conversely, MR protocols that did achieve microscopic image resolution required the use of fixed samples to accommodate the need for static, unchanging conditions over lengthy scan times...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155768/slice-patch-clamp-technique-for-analyzing-learning-induced-plasticity
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Hiroyuki Kida, Yuya Sakimoto, Dai Mitsushima
The slice patch clamp technique is a powerful tool for investigating learning-induced neural plasticity in specific brain regions. To analyze motor-learning induced plasticity, we trained rats using an accelerated rotor rod task. Rats performed the task 10 times at 30-s intervals for 1 or 2 days. Performance was significantly improved on the training days compared to the first trial. We then prepared acute brain slices of the primary motor cortex (M1) in untrained and trained rats. Current-clamp analysis showed dynamic changes in resting membrane potential, spike threshold, afterhyperpolarization, and membrane resistance in layer II/III pyramidal neurons...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155753/using-retinal-imaging-to-study-dementia
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Victor T T Chan, Tiffany H K Tso, Fangyao Tang, Clement Tham, Vincent Mok, Christopher Chen, Tien Y Wong, Carol Y Cheung
The retina offers a unique "window" to study pathophysiological processes of dementia in the brain, as it is an extension of the central nervous system (CNS) and shares prominent similarities with the brain in terms of embryological origin, anatomical features and physiological properties.  The vascular and neuronal structure in the retina can now be visualized easily and non-invasively using retinal imaging techniques, including fundus photography and optical coherence tomography (OCT), and quantified semi-automatically using computer-assisted analysis programs...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155261/the-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-fcpr16-attenuates-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-subjected-to-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-and-reperfusion
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Jiajia Chen, Hui Yu, Jiahong Zhong, Hongfang Feng, Haitao Wang, Yufang Cheng, Zhengqiang Zou, Chang Huang, Zhongzhen Zhou, Wenhua Zheng, Jiangping Xu
Current phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitors exert beneficial effects in central nervous system diseases via anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties, but many of them are plagued by side effects like nausea and emesis. FCPR16, a novel PDE4 inhibitor synthesized in our lab, has potential anti-inflammatory property. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of FCPR16 in a rat model of ischemic stroke and evaluate its emetogenic potential. Our results showed that FCPR16 treatment improved neurological function, reduced cerebral infarct volume, and attenuated brain histological changes in rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (MCAO/R)...
November 16, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155254/association-of-riluzole-and-dantrolene-improves-significant-recovery-after-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Bernardo De Caro Martins, Bruno Benetti Junta Torres, Karen Maciel de Oliveira, Mario Sergio Lavor, Carla Maria Osório, Fabiola Bono Fukushima, Isabel Rodrigues Rosado, Eliane Gonçalves de Melo
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Damage to the spinal cord can result in irreversible impairment or complete loss of motor, sensory, and autonomic functions. Riluzole and dantrolene have been shown to provide neuroprotection by reducing neuronal apoptosis after brain and spinal cord injury (SCI) in several animal models of neurological disorders. As these drugs protect the injured spinal cord through different mechanisms, we investigated the cumulative effects of riluzole and dantrolene. PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective efficacy of the combined administration of riluzole and dantrolene in experimental thoracic SCI...
November 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155115/transtentorial-distortion-syndrome-a-consistent-complication-following-lateral-and-fourth-ventricular-shunting-in-adults
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Claudia L Craven, Irene Baudracco, Simon D Thompson, Lewis Thorne, Laurence D Watkins, Ahmed K Toma
BACKGROUND: Complex hydrocephalus affecting lateral and fourth ventricles separately is occasionally managed with CSF diversion via supra- and infra-tentorial ventricular catheters. The optimal configuration to reduce complications is currently unknown in adults. We describe a consistently similar clinical presentation of patients with complex hydrocephalus and a fourth ventricle separately drained by infra-tentorial shunt insertion. METHODS: A retrospective single centre case series...
November 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155038/a-novel-modernized-golgi-cox-stain-optimized-for-clarity-cleared-tissue
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Mustafa S Kassem, Sandra Y Y Fok, Kristie L Smith, Michael Kuligowski, Bernard W Balleine
BACKGROUND: High resolution neuronal information is extraordinarily useful in understanding the brain's functionality. The development of the Golgi-Cox stain allowed observation of the neuron in its entirety with unrivalled detail. Recently tissue clearing techniques, e.g., CLARITY and CUBIC, provide the potential to observe entire neuronal circuits intact within tissue and without previous restrictions with regard to section thickness. NEW METHOD: Here we describe an improved Golgi-Cox stain method, optimized for use with CLARITY and CUBIC, that stains within 48hrs and that can be used in both fresh and fixed tissue...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154937/effect-of-human-recombinant-prourokinase-rhpro-uk-on-thromboembolic-stroke-in-rats
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Chun-Hua Hao, Wen-Xia Ding, Qian Sun, Xin-Xin Li, Wei-Ting Wang, Zhuan-You Zhao, Li-da Tang
We evaluated the efficacy and safety of human recombinant prourokinase ( rhpro-UK) on thromboembolic stroke in rats. 60 rats with thromboembolic stroke were divided into 6 groups(n=10). The model group was given saline, the reagent groups were given rhpro-UK (5, 10, 20×10(4) U/kg), and positive control groups were given urokinase (UK) 10×10(4) U/kg and recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) 9mg/kg through intravenous infusion at 1.5h after embolism. And other 10 rats without occluded by autologous blood clots as the sham group were given saline...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154923/dissociation-of-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-and-disease-manifestation-in-an-aquaporin-4-deficient-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Saori Watanabe-Matsumoto, Yasuhiro Moriwaki, Takashi Okuda, Shinji Ohara, Koji Yamanaka, Yoichiro Abe, Masato Yasui, Hidemi Misawa
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is abundantly expressed in the central nervous system and is involved in the water balance in the cellular environment. Previous studies have reported that AQP4 expression is upregulated in rat models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. In this study, we report that astrocytic AQP4 overexpression is evident during the course of disease in the spinal cord of an ALS mouse model, as well as in tissue from patients with ALS...
November 15, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154893/an-interleaved-sequence-for-simultaneous-magnetic-resonance-angiography-mra-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-swi-and-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-qsm
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Yongsheng Chen, Saifeng Liu, Sagar Buch, Jiani Hu, Yan Kang, E Mark Haacke
PURPOSE: To image the entire vasculature of the brain with complete suppression of signal from background tissue using a single 3D excitation interleaved rephased/dephased multi-echo gradient echo sequence. This ensures no loss of signal from fast flow and provides co-registered susceptibility weighted images (SWI) and quantitative susceptibility maps (QSM) from the same scan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The suppression of background tissue was accomplished by subtracting the flow-dephased images from the flow-rephased images with the same echo time of 12...
November 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154509/technology-assisted-rehabilitation-interventions-following-pediatric-brain-injury
#18
Shari L Wade, Megan E Narad, Emily L Shultz, Brad G Kurowski, Aimee E Miley, Jessica M Aguilar, Anna-Lynne R Adlam
INTRODUCTION: Following traumatic brain injury (TBI), children experience a variety of physical, motor, speech, and cognitive deficits that can have a long-term detrimental impact. The emergence and popularity of new technologies has led to research into the development of various apps, gaming systems, websites, and robotics that might be applied to rehabilitation. The objective of this narrative review was to describe the current literature technologically-assisted interventions for the rehabilitation of motor, neurocognitive, behavioral, and family impairments following pediatric TBI...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154284/palmitoylethanolamide-blunts-amyloid-%C3%AE-42-induced-astrocyte-activation-and-improves-neuronal-survival-in-primary-mouse-cortical-astrocyte-neuron-co-cultures
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Sarah Beggiato, Andrea Celeste Borelli, Luca Ferraro, Sergio Tanganelli, Tiziana Antonelli, Maria Cristina Tomasini
BACKGROUND: Based on the pivotal role of astrocytes in brain homeostasis and the strong metabolic cooperation existing between neurons and astrocytes, it has been suggested that astrocytic dysfunctions might cause and/or contribute to neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative processes. Therapeutic approaches aimed at both neuroprotection and neuroinflammation reduction may prove particularly effective in slowing the progression of these diseases. The endogenous lipid mediator palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) displayed neuroprotective and anti(neuro)inflammatory properties, and demonstrated interesting potential as a novel treatment for Alzheimer's disease...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154283/longitudinal-neuroimaging-analysis-in%C3%A2-mild-moderate-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-treated-with-plasma-exchange-with%C3%A2-5-human-albumin
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Gemma Cuberas-Borrós, Isabel Roca, Mercè Boada, Lluís Tárraga, Isabel Hernández, Mar Buendia, Lourdes Rubio, Gustavo Torres, Ángel Bittini, Juan A Guzmán-de-Villoria, Francesc Pujadas, Mireia Torres, Laura Núñez, Joan Castell, Antonio Páez
BACKGROUND: Recently, modifications of Aβ1-42 levels in CSF and plasma associated with improvement in memory and language functions have been observed in patients with mild-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) treated with plasma exchange (PE) with albumin replacement. OBJECTIVE: To detect structural and functional brain changes in PE-treated AD patients as part of a Phase II clinical trial. METHODS: Patients received between 3 and 18 PE with albumin (Albutein® 5%, Grifols) or sham-PE (controls) for 21 weeks (divided in one intensive and two maintenance periods) followed by 6-month follow-up...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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