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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728060/clinical-neurophysiology-of-prolonged-disorders-of-consciousness-from-diagnostic-stimulation-to-therapeutic-neuromodulation
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Aldo Ragazzoni, Massimo Cincotta, Fabio Giovannelli, Damian Cruse, G Bryan Young, Carlo Miniussi, Simone Rossi
The identification of signs of awareness in patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DoC) after severe brain injury is a challenging task for clinicians. Differentiating on behavioural examination the vegetative state (VS) from the minimally conscious state (MCS) can lead to a high misdiagnosis rate. Advanced neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques can supplement clinical evaluation by providing physiological evidence of brain activity. However, an open issue remains whether these empirical results are directly or indirectly associated with covert consciousness and limitations emerge for their diagnostic application at the single-patient level...
June 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728045/postdiagnosis-neurological-care-for-patients-with-psychogenic-nonepileptic-spells-pnes
#2
Chloe E Hill, Hannah Schwartz, Nabila Dahodwala, Brian Litt, Kathryn A Davis
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated continuity of neurological care for patients discharged from the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) with a diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic spells (PNES). Because PNES are seizure-like episodes that cannot be explained by abnormal electrical brain activity, they are challenging for patients to understand and accept. Consequently, after diagnosis, patients commonly fail to start recommended psychotherapy and instead pursue redundant medical care. As consistent relationships with healthcare providers may help, we instituted standard follow-up for patients diagnosed with PNES...
July 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728022/loss-of-tmem106b-ameliorates-lysosomal-and-frontotemporal-dementia-related-phenotypes-in-progranulin-deficient-mice
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Zoe A Klein, Hideyuki Takahashi, Mengxiao Ma, Massimiliano Stagi, Melissa Zhou, TuKiet T Lam, Stephen M Strittmatter
Progranulin (GRN) and TMEM106B are associated with several common neurodegenerative disorders including frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). A TMEM106B variant modifies GRN-associated FTLD risk. However, their functional relationship in vivo and the mechanisms underlying the risk modification remain unclear. Here, using transcriptomic and proteomic analyses with Grn(-/-) and Tmem106b(-/-) mice, we show that, while multiple lysosomal enzymes are increased in Grn(-/-) brain at both transcriptional and protein levels, TMEM106B deficiency causes reduction in several lysosomal enzymes...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728000/tailor-made-purified-human-platelet-lysate-concentrated-in-neurotrophins-for-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Ming-Li Chou, Joe-Wei Wu, Flore Gouel, Aurélie Jonneaux, Kelly Tillerman, Ting-Yi Renn, Charlotte Laloux, Hung-Ming Chang, Liang-Tzung Lin, Jean-Christophe Devedjian, David Devos, Thierry Burnouf
Human platelet lysates (PLs), which contain multiple neurotrophins, have been proposed for treating neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD). However, current PLs suspended in plasma have high protein content and contain fibrinogen/fibrin and, following activation, also proteolytic and thrombogenic enzymes. Upon brain administration, such PLs may saturate the cerebrospinal fluid and exert neurotoxicity. We assessed whether purified PLs, concentrated in neurotrophins, protected dopaminergic neurons in PD models...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727900/head-midline-position-for-preventing-the-occurrence-or-extension-of-germinal-matrix-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-preterm-infants
#5
REVIEW
Olga Romantsik, Maria Grazia Calevo, Matteo Bruschettini
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is known to constitute the major risk factor for development of germinal matrix-intraventricular hemorrhage (GM-IVH). Head position may affect cerebral hemodynamics and thus may be involved indirectly in development of GM-IVH. Turning the head toward one side may functionally occlude jugular venous drainage on the ipsilateral side while increasing intracranial pressure and cerebral blood volume. Thus, it has been suggested that cerebral venous pressure is reduced and hydrostatic brain drainage improved if the patient is in supine midline position with the bed tilted 30°...
July 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727850/hybrid-cubature-kalman-filtering-for-identifying-nonlinear-models-from-sampled-recording-estimation-of-neuronal-dynamics
#6
Mahmoud K Madi, Fadi N Karameh
Kalman filtering methods have long been regarded as efficient adaptive Bayesian techniques for estimating hidden states in models of linear dynamical systems under Gaussian uncertainty. Recent advents of the Cubature Kalman filter (CKF) have extended this efficient estimation property to nonlinear systems, and also to hybrid nonlinear problems where by the processes are continuous and the observations are discrete (continuous-discrete CD-CKF). Employing CKF techniques, therefore, carries high promise for modeling many biological phenomena where the underlying processes exhibit inherently nonlinear, continuous, and noisy dynamics and the associated measurements are uncertain and time-sampled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727223/effect-of-abacus-training-on-executive-function-development-and-underlying-neural-correlates-in-chinese-children
#7
Chunjie Wang, Jian Weng, Yuan Yao, Shanshan Dong, Yuqiu Liu, Feiyan Chen
Executive function (EF) refers to a set of cognitive abilities involved in self-regulated behavior. Given the critical role of EF in cognition, strategies for improving EF have attracted intensive attention in recent years. Previous studies have explored the effects of abacus-based mental calculation (AMC) training on several cognitive abilities. However, it remains unclear whether AMC training affects EF and its neural correlates. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to AMC or control groups upon starting primary school...
July 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726789/predominant-area-of-brain-lesions-in-neonates-with-herpes-simplex-encephalitis
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H Kidokoro, L S de Vries, C Ogawa, Y Ito, A Ohno, F Groenendaal, S Saitoh, A Okumura, Y Ito, J Natsume
OBJECTIVE: Nonspecific manifestations and a varied distribution of brain lesions can delay the diagnosis of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) in neonates. The aim of this study was to report predominant brain lesions in neonatal HSE, and then to investigate the association between pattern of predominant brain lesions, clinical variables and neurodevelopmental outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A multicenter retrospective study was performed in neonates diagnosed with HSE between 2009 and 2014...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726776/autophagosome-maturation-mediated-by-rab7-contributes-to-neuroprotection-of-hypoxic-preconditioning-against-global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats
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Lixuan Zhan, Siyuan Chen, Kongping Li, Donghai Liang, Xinyong Zhu, Liu Liu, Zhiwei Lu, Weiwen Sun, En Xu
Autophagy disruption leads to neuronal damage in hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Rab7, a member of the Rab GTPase superfamily, has a unique role in the regulation of autophagy. Hypoxic preconditioning (HPC) provides neuroprotection against transient global cerebral ischemia (tGCI). However, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Thus, the current study explored the potential molecular mechanism of the neuroprotective effect of HPC by investigating how Rab7 mediates autophagosome (AP) maturation after tGCI in adult rats...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726587/repair-of-tympanic-membrane-perforations-with-customized-bioprinted-ear-grafts-using-chinchilla-models
#10
Che-Ying Kuo, Emmanuel Wilson, Andrew Fuson, Nidhi Gandhi, Reza Monfaredi, Audrey Jenkins, Maria Romero, Marco Santoro, John P Fisher, Kevin Cleary, Brian Reilly
The goal of this work is to develop an innovative method that combines bioprinting and endoscopic imaging to repair tympanic membrane perforations (TMPs). TMPs are a serious health issue because they can lead to both conductive hearing loss and repeated otitis media. TMPs occur in 3 to 5% of cases after ear tube placement as well as in cases of acute otitis media (the second most common infection in pediatrics), chronic otitis media with or without cholesteatoma, or as a result of barotrauma to the ear. About 55,000 tympanoplasties, the surgery performed to reconstruct TMPs, are performed every year and the commonly used cartilage grafting technique has a success rate between 43% to 100%...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726524/subnanomolar-indazole-5-carboxamide-inhibitors-of-monoamine-oxidase-b-mao-b-continued-indications-of-iron-binding-experimental-evidence-for-optimised-solubility-and-brain-penetration
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Nikolay T Tzvetkov, Liudmil Antonov
Pharmacological and physicochemical studies of N-unsubstituted indazole-5-carboxamides (subclass I) and their structurally optimised N1-methylated analogues (subclass II), initially developed as drug and radioligand candidates for the treatment and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), are presented. The compounds are highly brain permeable, selective, reversible, and competitive monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors with improved water-solubility and subnanomolar potency (pIC50 >8.8). Using a well-validated, combined X-ray/modelling technology platform, we performed a semi-quantitative analysis of the binding modes of all compounds and investigated the role of the indazole N1 position for their MAO-B inhibitory activity...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726172/combined-treatment-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-breast-cancer-patients-with-brain-metastases-with-whole-brain-radiotherapy-and-temozolomide-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jingru Tian, Yien Luo, Juanjuan Xiang, Jingqun Tang
Brain metastasis is the leading cause of death among advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and breast cancer patients. The standard treatment for brain metastases is radiotherapy. The combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy has been tested. However, the management of brain metastases has yet to be successful. Here, we aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) alone or in combination with temozolomide (TMZ) in NSCLC and breast cancer patients with brain metastases...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726167/early-increased-bradykinin-1-receptor-contributes-to-hemorrhagic-transformation-after-ischemic-stroke-in-type-1-diabetic-rats
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Hongfei Sang, Zhongming Qiu, Jin Cai, Wenya Lan, Linjie Yu, Hao Zhang, Min Li, Yi Xie, Ruibing Guo, Ruidong Ye, Xinfeng Liu, Ling Liu, Renliang Zhang
Hemorrhagic transformation (HT) is a major complication of ischemic stroke and further deteriorates neurological outcomes. Bradykinin 1 receptor (B1R) has been proven to mediate vasculo-toxicity in various experimental models. However, its role in the development of HT after stroke remains unclear. We detected the B1R expression in brain tissues with or without HT in a rat model of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) with type 1 diabetes, showing higher B1R expression in the hemorrhagic areas than the ischemic tissues...
July 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725968/microglial-mediated-pdgf-cc-activation-increases-cerebrovascular-permeability-during-ischemic-stroke
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Enming Joseph Su, Chunzhang Cao, Linda Fredriksson, Ingrid Nilsson, Christina Stefanitsch, Tamara K Stevenson, Juanjuan Zhao, Margret Ragsdale, Yu-Yo Sun, Manuel Yepes, Chia-Yi Kuan, Ulf Eriksson, Dudley K Strickland, Daniel A Lawrence, Li Zhang
Treatment of acute ischemic stroke with the thrombolytic tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can significantly improve neurological outcomes; however, thrombolytic therapy is associated with an increased risk of intra-cerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Previously, we demonstrated that during stroke tPA acting on the parenchymal side of the neurovascular unit (NVU) can increase blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and ICH through activation of latent platelet-derived growth factor-CC (PDGF-CC) and signaling by the PDGF receptor-α (PDGFRα)...
July 19, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725889/cholesterol-lowering-by-pediococcus-acidilactici-lab4-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-lab12-in-adult-zebrafish-is-associated-with-improved-memory-and-involves-an-interplay-between-npc1l1-and-abca1
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Fei Tieng Lim, Siong Meng Lim, Kalavathy Ramasamy
This study assessed the cholesterol lowering effect of Pediococcus acidilactici LAB4 and Lactobacillus plantarum LAB12 using adult zebrafish. Animals were fed with a high cholesterol diet (HCD) with/without LAB for seven weeks. Serum and liver cholesterol was quantified using colorimetric and dye staining methods. Expressions of npc1l1 and abca1 in the liver and intestine and appa in the brain were quantified using RT-PCR. Serum and liver cholesterol was significantly lowered in LAB4- and LAB12-fed zebrafish (≤64% and ≤71%, respectively), with reduced liver cholesterol deposition...
July 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725843/identifying-and-understanding-the-health-information-experiences-and-preferences-of-individuals-with-tbi-sci-and-burn-injuries
#16
Nathan T Coffey, Ali A Weinstein, Cindy Cai, Jimmy Cassese, Rebecca Jones, Dahlia Shaewitz, Steven Garfinkel
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and burn injury can cause lifelong disability and changes in quality of life. In order to meet the challenges of postinjury life, various types of health information are needed. We sought to identify preferred sources of health information and services for persons with these injuries and discover how accessibility could be improved. METHODS: Thirty-three persons with injury participated in semistructured interviews...
September 2016: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725706/the-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-on-the-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-critical-review-of-the-current-evidence
#17
REVIEW
Mónica M Kurtis, Thadshani Rajah, Luisa F Delgado, Haidar S Dafsari
The benefit of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease is well established, however, the impact on the non-motor symptoms (NMS) remains to be elucidated, although the growing investigative efforts are promising. This article reviews the reported data and considers the level of evidence available with regard to the effect of DBS on NMS total burden and on the cognitive, neuropsychiatric, sleep, pain, dysautonomic, and weight domains. Multiple case series suggest that DBS improves the burden of NMS by reducing prevalence, intensity, and non-motor fluctuations...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725655/cell-replacement-therapy-is-the-remedial-solution-for-treating-parkinson-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Venkatesan Dhivya, Vellingiri Balachandar
The selective degeneration of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD) has made an idol target for cell replacement therapies and other emerging surgical treatments. Certainly, by transplantation method, the therapeutic regimens such as human fetal ventral midbrain (hfVM) cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), human neural stem/precursor/ progenitor cells (hNSCs/hNPCs), human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), human induced neural stem cells (hiNSCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been used into DA deficient striatum...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725549/performance-of-unscented-kalman-filter-tractography-in-edema-analysis-of-the-two-tensor-model
#19
Ruizhi Liao, Lipeng Ning, Zhenrui Chen, Laura Rigolo, Shun Gong, Ofer Pasternak, Alexandra J Golby, Yogesh Rathi, Lauren J O'Donnell
Diffusion MRI tractography is increasingly used in pre-operative neurosurgical planning to visualize critical fiber tracts. However, a major challenge for conventional tractography, especially in patients with brain tumors, is tracing fiber tracts that are affected by vasogenic edema, which increases water content in the tissue and lowers diffusion anisotropy. One strategy for improving fiber tracking is to use a tractography method that is more sensitive than the traditional single-tensor streamline tractography...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725020/neuronal-imaging-with-ultrahigh-dynamic-range-multiphoton-microscopy
#20
Ruohui Yang, Timothy D Weber, Ellen D Witkowski, Ian G Davison, Jerome Mertz
Multiphoton microscopes are hampered by limited dynamic range, preventing weak sample features from being detected in the presence of strong features, or preventing the capture of unpredictable bursts in sample strength. We present a digital electronic add-on technique that vastly improves the dynamic range of a multiphoton microscope while limiting potential photodamage. The add-on provides real-time negative feedback to regulate the laser power delivered to the sample, and a log representation of the sample strength to accommodate ultrahigh dynamic range without loss of information...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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