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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317235/astrocyte-specific-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-gene-transfer-in-aging-female-rats-improves-stroke-outcomes
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Andre K Okoreeh, Shameena Bake, Farida Sohrabji
Middle aged female rats sustain larger stroke infarction and disability than younger female rats. This older group also shows age-related reduction of insulin like growth factor (IGF)-1 in serum and in astrocytes, a cell type necessary for poststroke recovery. To determine the impact of astrocytic IGF-1 for ischemic stroke, these studies tested the hypothesis that gene transfer of IGF-1 to astrocytes will improve stroke outcomes in middle aged female rats. Middle aged (10-12 month old), acyclic female rats were injected with recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5) packaged with the coding sequence of the human (h)IGF-1 gene downstream of an astrocyte-specific promoter glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (AAV5-GFP-hIGF-1) into the striatum and cortex...
March 20, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315758/tat-pep-a-novel-blocker-of-pirb-enhances-the-recovery-of-cognitive-function-in-mice-after-transient-global-cerebral-ischemia
#2
Liya Li, Bin Deng, Shuang Li, Tao Jiang, Zhaoyang Xiao, Qiang Wang
Neuronal damage and axonal regeneration inhibition are the main reasons to poor functional recovery after ischemia. Nogo-A signals inhibit axon outgrowth through the PirB receptor after ischemic reperfusion injury in central nervous system. We use TAT-PEP, a novel protein which could pass through the blood brain barrier, to block the function of PirB and identify the long-term neurological and behavioral recovery after bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in mice. We observed that TAT-PEP promoted neuron survival and inhibited neuronal apoptosis...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314819/depressive-like-behaviors-are-regulated-by-nox1-nadph-oxidase-by-redox-modification-of-nmda-receptor-1
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Masakazu Ibi, Junjie Liu, Noriaki Arakawa, Shiho Kitaoka, Ai Kawaji, Ken-Ichi Matsuda, Kazumi Iwata, Misaki Matsumoto, Masato Katsuyama, Kai Zhu, Satoshi Teramukai, Tomoyuki Furuyashiki, Chihiro Yabe-Nishimura
Involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been suggested in the development of psychiatric disorders. NOX1 is a non-phagocytic form of NADPH oxidase whose expression in the nervous system is negligible compared with other NOX isoforms. However, NOX1-derived ROS increase inflammatory pain and tolerance to opioid analgesia. To clarify the role of NOX1 in the brain, we examined depressive-like behaviors in mice deficient in Nox1 (Nox1(-/Y)). Depressive-like behaviors induced by chronic social defeat stress or administration of corticosterone (CORT) were significantly ameliorated in Nox1(-/Y) Generation of ROS was significantly elevated in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of mice administrated with CORT, while NOX1 mRNA was up-regulated only in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) among brain areas responsible for emotional behaviors...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306540/4d-assessment-of-fetal-brain-function-in-diabetic-patients
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Panagiotis Antsaklis, Selma Porovic, George Daskalakis, Asim Kurjak
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether there is a difference in the behavior of fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes under treatment with insulin, compared to fetuses of pregnant women without diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kurjak's antenatal neurodevelopmental test (KANET) - a method that, by application of four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound, assesses fetal behavior in a similar way that neonatologists perform a neurological assessment in newborns - was applied from 28 to 38 weeks of gestation to 40 pregnancies with pre-existing diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) requiring insulin (diabetic group) and to 40 non-diabetic cases, with otherwise low-risk pregnancies (non-diabetic group)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301983/applying-systems-biology-methodology-to-identify-genetic-factors-possibly-associated-with-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Brad G Kurowski, Amery Treble-Barna, Alexis J Pitzer, Shari L Wade, Lisa J Martin, Ranjit S Chima, Anil Jegga
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is linked with a number of medical, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral sequelae. The influence of genetic factors on the biology and related recovery after TBI is poorly understood. Studies that seek to elucidate the impact of genetic influences on neurorecovery after TBI will lead to better individualization of prognosis and inform development of novel treatments, which are considerably lacking. Current genetic studies related to TBI have focused on specific candidate genes...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301775/the-microbiome-and-host-behavior
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Helen E Vuong, Jessica M Yano, Thomas C Fung, Elaine Y Hsiao
The microbiota is increasingly recognized for its ability to influence the development and function of the nervous system and several complex host behaviors. In this review, we discuss emerging roles for the gut microbiota in modulating host social and communicative behavior, stressor-induced behavior, and performance in learning and memory tasks. We summarize effects of the microbiota on host neurophysiology, including brain microstructure, gene expression, and neurochemical metabolism across regions of the amygdala, hippocampus, frontal cortex, and hypothalamus...
March 8, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301770/imaging-and-optically-manipulating-neuronal-ensembles
#7
Luis Carrillo-Reid, Weijian Yang, Jae-Eun Kang Miller, Darcy S Peterka, Rafael Yuste
The neural code that relates the firing of neurons to the generation of behavior and mental states must be implemented by spatiotemporal patterns of activity across neuronal populations. These patterns engage selective groups of neurons, called neuronal ensembles, which are emergent building blocks of neural circuits. We review optical and computational methods, based on two-photon calcium imaging and two-photon optogenetics, to detect, characterize, and manipulate neuronal ensembles in three dimensions. We review data using these methods in the mammalian cortex that demonstrate the existence of neuronal ensembles in the spontaneous and evoked cortical activity in vitro and in vivo...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300636/perinatal-protein-malnutrition-alters-expression-of-mirna-biogenesis-genes-xpo5-and-ago2-in-mice-brain
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Bruno G Berardino, Estefanía A Fesser, Eduardo T Cánepa
Due to its widespread incidence, maternal malnutrition remains one of the major non-genetic factors affecting the development of newborn's brain. While all nutrients have certain influence on brain maturation, proteins appear to be the most critical for the development of neurological functions. An increasing number of studies point out that the effects of early-life nutritional inadequacy has long lasting effects on the brain and lead to permanent deficits in learning and behavior. Epigenetic mechanisms provide a potential link between the nutrition status during critical periods and changes in gene expression that may lead to disease phenotypes...
March 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298276/early-life-nutritional-programming-of-cognition-the-fundamental-role-of-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-mediating-the-relation-between-early-life-environment-and-learning-and-memory-process
#9
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Laura Moody, Hong Chen, Yuan-Xiang Pan
The perinatal period is a window of heightened plasticity that lays the groundwork for future anatomic, physiologic, and behavioral outcomes. During this time, maternal diet plays a pivotal role in the maturation of vital organs and the establishment of neuronal connections. However, when perinatal nutrition is either lacking in specific micro- and macronutrients or overloaded with excess calories, the consequences can be devastating and long lasting. The brain is particularly sensitive to perinatal insults, with several neurologic and psychiatric disorders having been linked to a poor in utero environment...
March 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298018/brainstem-arteriovenous-malformations-lesion-characteristics-and-treatment-outcomes
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Venkatesh S Madhugiri, Mario K C Teo, Joli Vavao, Teresa Bell-Stephens, Gary K Steinberg
OBJECTIVE Brainstem arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are rare lesions that are difficult to diagnose and treat. They are often more aggressive in their behavior when compared with their supratentorial counterparts. The consequence of a brainstem hemorrhage is often devastating, and many patients are in poor neurological status at presentation. The authors examine the factors associated with angiographically confirmed cure and those affecting management outcomes for these complex lesions. METHODS This was a retrospective analysis of data gathered from the prospectively maintained Stanford AVM database...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293168/modeling-human-neurological-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-neuronal-differentiation-and-its-applications-in-neurotrauma
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REVIEW
Hisham Bahmad, Ola Hadadeh, Farah Chamaa, Katia Cheaito, Batoul Darwish, Ahmad-Kareem Makkawi, Wassim Abou-Kheir
With the help of several inducing factors, somatic cells can be reprogrammed to become induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs) lines. The success is in obtaining iPSCs almost identical to embryonic stem cells (ESCs), therefore various approaches have been tested and ultimately several ones have succeeded. The importance of these cells is in how they serve as models to unveil the molecular pathways and mechanisms underlying several human diseases, and also in its potential roles in the development of regenerative medicine...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288867/moderate-traumatic-brain-injury-increases-the-vulnerability-to-neurotoxicity-induced-by-systemic-administration-of-6-hydroxydopamine-in-mice
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Paulo Alexandre de Oliveira, Juliana Ben, Filipe Carvalho Matheus, Marcelo Liborio Schwarzbold, Eduardo Luiz Gasnhar Moreira, Daniel Rial, Roger Walz, Rui Daniel Prediger
Moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) might increase the vulnerability to neuronal neurodegeneration, but the basis of such selective neuronal susceptibility has remained elusive. In keeping with the disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) caused by TBI, changes in BBB permeability following brain injury could facilitate the access of xenobiotics into the brain. To test this hypothesis, here we evaluated whether TBI would increase the susceptibility of nigrostriatal dopaminergic fibers to the systemic administration of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), a classic neurotoxin used to trigger a PD-like phenotype in mice, but that in normal conditions is unable to cross the BBB...
March 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285820/dynamic-nigrostriatal-dopamine-biases-action-selection
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Christopher D Howard, Hao Li, Claire E Geddes, Xin Jin
Dopamine is thought to play a critical role in reinforcement learning and goal-directed behavior, but its function in action selection remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate that nigrostriatal dopamine biases ongoing action selection. When mice were trained to dynamically switch the action selected at different time points, changes in firing rate of nigrostriatal dopamine neurons, as well as dopamine signaling in the dorsal striatum, were found to be associated with action selection. This dopamine profile is specific to behavioral choice, scalable with interval duration, and doesn't reflect reward prediction error, timing, or value as single factors alone...
March 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285610/the-clinical-course-and-interrelations-of-dementia-related-symptoms
#14
Miriam L Haaksma, Jeannie-Marie S Leoutsakos, Jonne A E Bremer, Pauline Aalten, Inez H G B Ramakers, Frans R J Verhey, Marcel G M Olde Rikkert, René J F Melis
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a neurodegenerative syndrome that interferes with multiple aspects of life, including cognition, daily functioning, and behavior. Despite the large heterogeneity in symptom development, these three domains are seldom studied simultaneously. This study investigates how trajectories of these domains are interrelated within individuals over time, and how they in turn are related to dementia severity and quality of life (QoL). METHODS: We used data from a longitudinal clinical cohort study, including 331 dementia patients...
March 13, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284950/naloxone-exacerbates-memory-impairments-and-depressive-like-behavior-after-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-mtbi-in-mice-with-upregulated-opioid-system-activity
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Anna Lesniak, Pawel Leszczynski, Magdalena Bujalska-Zadrozny, Chaim G Pick, Mariusz Sacharczuk
The neuroprotective role of the endogenous opioid system in the pathophysiological sequelae of brain injury remains largely ambiguous. Noteworthy, almost no data is available on how its genetically determined activity influences the outcome of mild traumatic brain injury. Thus, the aim of our study was to examine the effect of opioid receptor blockage on cognitive impairments produced by mild traumatic brain injury in mice selectively bred for high (HA) and low (LA) swim-stress induced analgesia that show innate divergence in opioid system activity...
March 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278253/reduced-bone-formation-markers-and-altered-trabecular-and-cortical-bone-mineral-densities-of-non-paretic-femurs-observed-in-rats-with-ischemic-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Karen N Borschmann, Sarah S Rewell, Sandra Iuliano, Ali Ghasem-Zadeh, Rachel A Davey, Heidi Ho, Peta N Skeers, Julie Bernhardt, David W Howells
BACKGROUND: Immobility and neural damage likely contribute to accelerated bone loss after stroke, and subsequent heightened fracture risk in humans. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the skeletal effect of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) stroke in rats and examine its utility as a model of human post-stroke bone loss. METHODS: Twenty 15-week old spontaneously hypertensive male rats were randomized to MCAo or sham surgery controls. Primary outcome: group differences in trabecular bone volume fraction (BV/TV) measured by Micro-CT (10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277568/neurodevelopmental-perspectives-on-wnt-signaling-in-psychiatry
#17
REVIEW
Kimberly A Mulligan, Benjamin N R Cheyette
Mounting evidence indicates that Wnt signaling is relevant to pathophysiology of diverse mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. In the 35 years since Wnt ligands were first described, animal studies have richly explored how downstream Wnt signaling pathways affect an array of neurodevelopmental processes and how their disruption can lead to both neurological and behavioral phenotypes. Recently, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models have begun to contribute to this literature while pushing it in increasingly translational directions...
February 2017: Molecular Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276863/when-synesthesia-and-savant-abilities-are-mistaken-for-hallucinations-and-delusions-contribution-of-a-cognitive-approach-for-their-differential-diagnosis
#18
Lucie Bouvet, Jacques-Edouard Barbier, Nia Cason, Serge Bakchine, Nathalie Ehrlé
OBJECTIVE: Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and behavior, and other symptoms that cause social or occupational dysfunction. However, some of these symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, can be indicative of other phenomena such as synesthesia and savant abilities. The aim of this paper is to highlight how neurological and psychiatric conditions can be confused and how formal neuropsychological evaluations can be necessary to distinguish them...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275385/severe-hypernatremia-caused-by-acute-exogenous-salt-intake-combined-with-primary-hypothyroidism
#19
Woo Jin Jung, Su Min Park, Jong Man Park, Harin Rhee, Il Young Kim, Dong Won Lee, Soo Bong Lee, Eun Young Seong, Ihm Soo Kwak, Sang Heon Song
This report describes a case of severe hypernatremia with a serum sodium concentration of 188.1mmol/L caused by exogenous salt intake. A 26-year-old man diagnosed with Crohn's disease 5 years previously visited our clinic due to generalized edema and personality changes, with aggressive behavior. He had compulsively consumed salts, ingesting approximately 154 g of salt over the last 4 days. Despite careful fluid management that included not only hypotonic fluid therapy for 8 hours but also hypertonic saline administration, his serum sodium level decreased sharply at 40...
December 2016: Electrolyte & Blood Pressure: E & BP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274861/defining-the-biomechanical-and-biological-threshold-of-murine-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-using-chimera-closed-head-impact-model-of-engineered-rotational-acceleration
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Dhananjay R Namjoshi, Wai Hang Cheng, Asma Bashir, Anna Wilkinson, Sophie Stukas, Kris M Martens, Tom Whyte, Zelalem A Abebe, Kurt A McInnes, Peter A Cripton, Cheryl L Wellington
CHIMERA (Closed Head Impact Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration) is a recently described animal model of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that primarily produces diffuse axonal injury (DAI) characterized by white matter inflammation and axonal damage. CHIMERA was specifically designed to reliably generate a variety of TBI severities using precise and quantifiable biomechanical inputs in a nonsurgical user-friendly platform. The objective of this study was to define the lower limit of single impact mild TBI (mTBI) using CHIMERA by characterizing the dose-response relationship between biomechanical input and neurological, behavioral, neuropathological and biochemical outcomes...
March 6, 2017: Experimental Neurology
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