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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531845/artesunate-and-erythropoietin-synergistically-improve-the-outcome-of-experimental-cerebral-malaria
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Yunting Du, Guang Chen, Xuexing Zhang, Chunyun Yu, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a severe neurological syndrome in humans and the main fatal cause of malaria. In malaria epidemic regions, despite appropriate anti-malarial treatment, 10-20% of deaths still occur during the acute phase. This is largely attributable to poor treatment access, therapeutic complexity and drug resistance; thus, developing additional clinical adjunctive therapies is an urgent necessity. In this study, we investigated the effect of artesunate (AST) and recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) using an experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) model-C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA)...
May 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531270/utilization-of-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-for-direct-targeting-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-during-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery
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Jonathan Rasouli, Ritesh Ramdhani, Fedor E Panov, Alexey Dimov, Yan Zhang, Catherine Cho, Yi Wang, Brian Harris Kopell
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has demonstrated efficacy in improving motor disability in Parkinson's disease. The recently developed quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) technique, which can accurately map iron deposits in deep brain nuclei, promises precise targeting of the STN. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the use of QSM to target STN effectively by correlating with classical physiological-based targeting measures in a prospective study...
May 21, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530831/blue-shifted-green-fluorescent-protein-homologs-are-brighter-than-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein-under-two-photon-excitation
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Rosana S Molina, Tam M Tran, Robert E Campbell, Gerard Glenn Lambert, Anya Salih, Nathan C Shaner, Thomas E Hughes, Mikhail Drobizhev
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are indispensable markers for two-photon imaging of live tissue, especially in the brains of small model organisms. The quantity of physiologically relevant data collected, however, is limited by heat-induced damage of the tissue due to the high intensities of the excitation laser. We seek to minimize this damage by developing FPs with improved brightness. Among FPs with the same chromophore structure, the spectral properties can vary widely due to differences in the local protein environment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530001/structured-sparse-low-rank-regression-model-for-brain-wide-and-genome-wide-associations
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Xiaofeng Zhu, Heung-Il Suk, Heng Huang, Dinggang Shen
With the advances of neuroimaging techniques and genome sequences understanding, the phenotype and genotype data have been utilized to study the brain diseases (known as imaging genetics). One of the most important topics in image genetics is to discover the genetic basis of phenotypic markers and their associations. In such studies, the linear regression models have been playing an important role by providing interpretable results. However, due to their modeling characteristics, it is limited to effectively utilize inherent information among the phenotypes and genotypes, which are helpful for better understanding their associations...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529954/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-stimulation-attenuates-neuroinflammation-through-jak2-stat3-activation-in-murine-models-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Paul R Krafft, Devin McBride, William B Rolland, Tim Lekic, Jerry J Flores, John H Zhang
Accounting for high mortality and morbidity rates, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains one of the most detrimental stroke subtypes lacking a specific therapy. Neuroinflammation contributes to ICH-induced brain injury and is associated with unfavorable outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate whether α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) stimulation ameliorates neuroinflammation after ICH. Male CD-1 mice and Sprague-Dawley were subjected to intracerebral injection of autologous blood or bacterial collagenase...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529912/female-gonadal-hormone-effects-on-microglial-activation-and-functional-outcomes-in-a-mouse-model-of-moderate-traumatic-brain-injury
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Odera Umeano, Haichen Wang, Hana Dawson, Beilei Lei, Afoma Umeano, Dawn Kernagis, Michael L James
AIM: To address the hypothesis that young, gonad-intact female mice have improved long-term recovery associated with decreased neuroinflammation compared to male mice. METHODS: Eight to ten week-old male, female, and ovariectomized (OVX) mice underwent closed cranial impact. Gonad-intact female mice were injured only in estrus state. After injury, between group differences were assessed using complementary immunohistochemical staining for microglial cells at 1 h, mRNA polymerase chain reaction for inflammatory markers at 1 h after injury, Rotarod over days 1-7, and water maze on days 28-31 after injury...
May 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529911/severe-trauma-in-the-geriatric-population
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Juan Antonio Llompart-Pou, Jon Pérez-Bárcena, Mario Chico-Fernández, Marcelino Sánchez-Casado, Joan Maria Raurich
Geriatric trauma constitutes an increasingly recognized problem. Aging results in a progressive decline in cellular function which leads to a loose of their capacity to respond to injury. Some medications commonly used in this population can mask or blunt the response to injury. Falls constitute the most common cause of trauma and the leading cause of trauma-related deaths in this population. Falls are complicated by the widespread use of antiplatelets and anticoagulants, especially in patients with brain injury...
May 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529875/advanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-neuropsychological-assessment-for-detecting-brain-injury-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-university-amateur-boxers
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M G Hart, C R Housden, J Suckling, R Tait, A Young, U Müller, V F J Newcombe, I Jalloh, B Pearson, J Cross, R A Trivedi, J D Pickard, B J Sahakian, P J Hutchinson
BACKGROUND/AIM: The safety of amateur and professional boxing is a contentious issue. We hypothesised that advanced magnetic resonance imaging and neuropsychological testing could provide evidence of acute and early brain injury in amateur boxers. METHODS: We recruited 30 participants from a university amateur boxing club in a prospective cohort study. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological testing was performed at three time points: prior to starting training; within 48 h following a first major competition to detect acute brain injury; and one year follow-up...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529730/effect-of-low-versus-high-frequency-stimulation-on-freezing-of-gait-and-other-axial-symptoms-in-parkinson-patients-with-bilateral-stn-dbs-a-mini-review
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Tao Xie, Mahesh Padmanaban, Lisa Bloom, Ellen MacCracken, Breanna Bertacchi, Abraham Dachman, Peter Warnke
Some studies have shown that low frequency stimulation (LFS, most commonly 60 Hz), compared to high frequency stimulation (HFS, most commonly 130 Hz), has beneficial effects, short-term or even long-term, on improving freezing of gait (FOG) and other axial symptoms, including speech and swallowing function, in Parkinson disease (PD) patients with bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS). However, other studies failed to confirm this. It seems not clear what determines the difference in response to LFS...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529551/history-and-current-state-of-immunotherapy-in-glioma-and-brain-metastasis
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REVIEW
Tresa McGranahan, Gordon Li, Seema Nagpal
Malignant brain tumors such as glioblastoma (GBM) and brain metastasis have poor prognosis despite conventional therapies. Successful use of vaccines and checkpoint inhibitors in systemic malignancy has increased the hope that immune therapies could improve survival in patients with brain tumors. Manipulating the immune system to fight malignancy has a long history of both modest breakthroughs and pitfalls that should be considered when applying the current immunotherapy approaches to patients with brain tumors...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529531/the-protective-effect-of-lavender-essential-oil-and-its-main-component-linalool-against-the-cognitive-deficits-induced-by-d-galactose-and-aluminum-trichloride-in-mice
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Pan Xu, Kezhu Wang, Cong Lu, Liming Dong, Li Gao, Ming Yan, Silafu Aibai, Yanyan Yang, Xinmin Liu
Lavender essential oil (LO) is a traditional medicine used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It was extracted from Lavandula angustifolia Mill. This study was designed to investigate the effects of lavender essential oil (LO) and its active component, linalool (LI), against cognitive impairment induced by D-galactose (D-gal) and AlCl3 in mice and to explore the related mechanisms. Our results revealed that LO (100 mg/kg) or LI (100 mg/kg) significantly protected the cognitive impairments as assessed by the Morris water maze test and step-though test...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529492/depression-in-men-and-women-one-year-following-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-a-tbi-model-systems-study
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Sarah Lavoie, Samantha Sechrist, Nhung Quach, Reza Ehsanian, Thao Duong, Ian H Gotlib, Linda Isaac
In the general population, females experience depression at significantly higher rates than males. Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at substantially greater risk for depression compared to the overall population. Treatment of, and recovery from, TBI can be hindered by depression; comorbid TBI and depression can lead to adverse outcomes and negatively affect multiple aspects of individuals' lives. Gender differences in depression following TBI are not well understood, and relevant empirical findings have been mixed...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529053/unusual-intra-parenchymal-pontomedullary-epidermoid-cyst-in-a-2-year-old-case-report-and-literature-review
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Anan Shtaya, Bassam Dabbous, Evgenia Fanou, Leslie Bridges, Samantha Hettige
BACKGROUND: Intrinsic brainstem epidermoid cysts are rare, benign, slow growing lesions. Their eloquence preclude complete excision, however subtotal resection will often result in prolonged or sometimes permanent relief of presenting symptoms and signs. We describe an unusual case and review the literature of this pathology in the paediatric population. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report an intra-axial pontine epidermoid cyst in a 2-year-old girl who presented with developmental delay, multiple cranial nerve palsies and pneumonia...
May 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528968/amylin-and-its-g-protein-coupled-receptor-a-probable-pathological-process-and-drug-target-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Wei Qiao Qiu
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are shown to be involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. However, because GPCRs include a large family of membrane receptors, it is unclear which specific GPCR or pathway with rational ligands can become effective therapeutic targets for AD. Amylin receptor (AmR) is a GPCR that mediates several activities, such as improving glucose metabolism, relaxing cerebrovascular structure, modulating inflammatory reactions and potentially enhancing neural regeneration. Recent studies show that peripheral treatments with amylin or its clinical analog, pramlintide, reduced several components of AD pathology, including amyloid plaques, tauopathy, neuroinflammation and other components in the brain, corresponding with improved learning and memory in AD mouse models...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528966/nampt-inhibitor-protects-ischemic-neuronal-injury-in-rat-brain-via-anti-neuroinflammation
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Chen-Xiang Chen, Jing Huang, Ga-Qi Tu, Jia-Tong Lu, Xian Xie, Bing Zhao, Ming Wu, Qiao-Juan Shi, San-Hua Fang, Er-Qing Wei, Wei-Ping Zhang, Yun-Bi Lu
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is an important neuroprotective factor in cerebral ischemia, and it has been reported that NAMPT inhibitors can aggravate neuronal injury in the acute phase. However, because it is a cytokine, NAMPT participates in many inflammatory diseases in the peripheral system, and its inhibitors have therapeutic effects. Following cerebral ischemia, the peripheral and resident inflammatory and immune cells produce many pro-inflammatory mediators in the ischemic area, which induce neuroinflammation and impair the brain...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528805/acute-response-of-non-motor-symptoms-to-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Margherita Fabbri, Miguel Coelho, Leonor Correia Guedes, Mario M Rosa, Daisy Abreu, Nilza Gonçalves, Angelo Antonini, Joaquim J Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an established treatment for the motor complications of Parkinson's disease (PD) and may have beneficial effects on non-motor symptoms (NMS). However, the acute effect of STN stimulation on NMS has only been explored in small PD cohorts with short post-surgical follow-up. OBJECTIVE: To study NMS response to an acute stimulation challenge in an STN-DBS PD population with a medium/long-term post-surgical follow-up...
May 8, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528700/directed-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-microglia
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Panagiotis Douvaras, Bruce Sun, Minghui Wang, Ilya Kruglikov, Gregory Lallos, Matthew Zimmer, Cecile Terrenoire, Bin Zhang, Sam Gandy, Eric Schadt, Donald O Freytes, Scott Noggle, Valentina Fossati
Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are crucial to proper development and maintenance of the CNS, and their involvement in numerous neurological disorders is increasingly being recognized. To improve our understanding of human microglial biology, we devised a chemically defined protocol to generate human microglia from pluripotent stem cells. Myeloid progenitors expressing CD14/CX3CR1 were generated within 30 days of differentiation from both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Further differentiation of the progenitors resulted in ramified microglia with highly motile processes, expressing typical microglial markers...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528589/traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-workplace
#18
Michael Paci, Claire Infante-Rivard, Judith Marcoux
OBJECTIVES: Work-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not well documented in the literature. Published studies mostly rely on worker databases that fail to provide clinically relevant information. Our objective is to describe the characteristics of hospitalized patients and their work-related TBI. METHODS: We used the Québec provincial trauma and TBI program databases to identify all patients with a diagnosis of work-related TBI admitted to the Montreal General Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, between 2000 and 2014...
May 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528265/synthesis-radiolabeling-and-preclinical-evaluation-of-a-11-c-gmom-derivative-as-pet-radiotracer-for-the-ion-channel-of-the-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor
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Pieter J Klein, Robert C Schuit, Athanasios Metaxas, Johannes Am Christiaans, Esther Kooijman, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Bart Nm van Berckel, Albert D Windhorst
INTRODUCTION: Presently available PET ligands for the NMDAr ion channel generally suffer from fast metabolism. The purpose of this study was to develop a metabolically more stable ligand for the NMDAr ion channel, taking [(11)C]GMOM ([(11)C]1) as the lead compound. METHODS: [(11)C]1, its fluoralkyl analogue [(18)F]PK209 ([(18)F]2) and the newly synthesized fluorovinyloxy analogue [(11)C]7b were evaluated ex vivo in male Wistar rats for metabolic stability. In addition, [(11)C]7b was subjected to a biodistribution study and its affinity (Ki) and lipophilicity (logD7...
May 8, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528216/prognostic-factors-in-patients-treated-with-surgery-for-brain-metastases-a-single-center-retrospective-analysis-of-125-patients
#20
Zhenghao Liu, Bingxi Lei, Meiguang Zheng, Zhongjun Li, Shuaibin Huang, Yuefei Deng
BACKGROUD: Brain metastases are the most common malignant intracranial tumors,however, the prognosis of patients is still poor despite multiple treatment have been applicated.The aim of this study was to analyse parameters influence overall survival from patient, tumor and treatment. Summarized characteristics of long-time(>2 years) survivors furtherly. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, clinical data of 125patients between 2004 and 2015 were collected and the parameters from patients, tumor and treatment were evaluated...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
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