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B A Kadashev, A N Konovalov, L I Astaf'eva, P L Kalinin, M A Kutin, I S Klochkova, D V Fomichev, O I Sharipov, D N Andreev
The pituitary stalk (PS) is a relatively thin bundle connecting the hypophyseal stalk to the pituitary gland; it consists of both axons of the hypothalamic nuclei (terminating in the neurohypophysis) and the system of portal vessels. Compression of the PS by a space-occupying lesion or its transection (forced or intended) during surgery may lead to the development of endocrine disorders: hypopituitarism, diabetes insipidus, and hyperprolactinemia. The modern literature lacks studies evaluating the severity of endocrine disorders depending on the PS condition before and after surgery...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Sven-Martin Schlaffer, Michael Buchfelder, Robert Stoehr, Rolf Buslei, Annett Hölsken
A 6-year old patient presented with an intra and suprasellar cystic lesion accompanied with impairment of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and partial hypopituitarism. The most likely cause of sellar lesions in this age group are adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (adaCP) or Rathke´s cleft cysts (RCCs). AdaCP are characterized by CTNNB1 mutations accompanied with aberrant nuclear beta-catenin expression. RCC show neither nuclear beta-catenin expression nor BRAF mutation. The latter is a hallmark of papillary craniopharyngiomas (papCP) that exhibit remarkable histological similarity with metaplasia of RCC...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Sae-Geun Park, Yong-Cheol Jeong, Dae-Gun Kim, Min-Hyung Lee, Anna Shin, Geunhong Park, Jia Ryoo, Jiso Hong, Seohui Bae, Cheol-Hu Kim, Phill-Seung Lee, Daesoo Kim
In the version of this article initially published, a sentence in the fifth paragraph of the Results read, "Immunohistochemistry revealed that VGLUT2+ MPA neurons rarely expressed CaMKIIα, which is a putative marker for subcortical glutamatergic neurons." It should have read, "Immunohistochemistry revealed that CaMKIIα+ MPA neurons rarely expressed VGLUT2, which is a putative marker for subcortical glutamatergic neurons." The error has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article...
March 7, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
Zhanpeng Feng, Yichao Ou, Mingfeng Zhou, Guangsen Wu, Linzi Ma, Yuan Zhang, Yawei Liu, Songtao Qi
Central diabetes insipidus can occur after hypothalamic-hypophyseal tract injury. This injury is linked with a deficit in circulating vasopressin and oxytocin, which are produced in the supraoptic nuclei and the hypothalamic paraventricular nuclei. Previous studies indicate that an ectopic neural lobe forms after pituitary stalk lesion in rats, and while the relationship between an ectopic neural lobe and CDI outcomes is unclear, the underlying mechanisms are also unknown. Here, we report that two different CDI characteristics are shown in rats that underwent pituitary stalk electric lesion and are defined by two different groups classified as the recovery group and the no-recovery group...
February 24, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Natalia Pessoa Rocha, Ana Cristina Simoes E Silva, Thiago Ruiz Rodrigues Prestes, Victor Feracin, Caroline Amaral Machado, Rodrigo Novaes Ferreira, Antonio Lucio Teixeira, Aline Silva de Miranda
BACKGROUND: The Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) is a key regulator of cardiovascular and renal homeostasis, but also plays important roles in mediating physiological functions in the central nervous system (CNS). The effects of the RAS were classically described as mediated by angiotensin (Ang) II via angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptors. However, another arm of the RAS formed by the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), Ang-(1-7) and the Mas receptor has been a matter of investigation due to its important physiological roles, usually counterbalancing the classical effects exerted by Ang II...
February 25, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Mia P Castiglione, Raddy L Ramos, Joerg R Leheste, German Torres
Mammalian cells accumulate DNA lesions when they undergo phases of the cell cycle or during normal cellular activity. In this regard, several DNA repair signaling pathways have evolved to maintain genome stability and avoid the potential acquisition of mutations. To define and further characterize the expression of DNA double-strand breaks in humans and mice, we used immunocytochemistry to localize a DNA damage signal within the spatial confines of the cell nucleus. We show that DNA double-strand breaks are abundantly expressed in post-mitotic neurons of the human and mouse brain...
February 21, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Ashli F Moore, Vincent M Cassone, Kevin D Alloway, Paul A Bartell
In birds, seasonal reproduction is regulated by day length, with long days in the spring activating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and reproductive behaviors. The photoreceptors mediating this process remain unknown, but recently, the premammillary nucleus (PMM) of the hypothalamus has been implicated as the site of photoperiodic signaling in turkeys. We performed electrolytic lesions of the PMM to elucidate its role in the photoactivation and maintenance of egg production in female turkeys. Our results show that ablation of the PMM does not alter the normal lay cycle...
2018: PloS One
Derek G Southwell, Harjus S Birk, Paul S Larson, Philip A Starr, Leo P Sugrue, Kurtis I Auguste
Hypothalamic hamartomas (HHs) are benign lesions that cause medically refractory seizures, behavioral disturbances, and endocrine dysfunction. Open resection of HHs does not guarantee seizure freedom and carries a relatively high risk of morbidity. Minimally invasive stereotactic laser ablation has recently been described as an effective and safe alternative for HH treatment. Prior studies have not, however, assessed HH lesion size and morphology, 2 factors that may influence treatment results and, ultimately, the generalizability of their findings...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Saranya George, Anita Balan
Topical corticosteroids are some of the most common drugs used in oral medicine for treating atrophic and erosive lesions that affect the mucosa. Adverse effects of these drugs include oral candidiasis with associated burning mouth and hypogeusia, hypersensitive reactions to the drug, and inhibition of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and secondary adrenal insufficiency. The ocular side effects of oral topical steroids are less documented. This short communication describes a case of central serous retinopathy that developed following administration of oral topical steroid...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Vivek Tandon, Michael Lang, Poodipedi Sarat Chandra, Ashwini Sharan, Ajay Garg, Manjari Tripathi
BACKGROUND: A stereotactically placed laser fiber can deliver thermal energy to an epileptogenic focus in brain. This procedure is done under intraoperative (thermography) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance. Thermoablation can lead to edema in surrounding area and can cause secondary insult. In this case report of three cases, we have quantified the edema produced after laser ablation, with sequential MRI in immediate post-operative period. CASE DESCRIPTION(S): Three patients of intractable epilepsy underwent proper neurological and neuro-radiological workup to localize the site of epileptogenic foci...
February 6, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ricardo Passoni Bindi, Marcus Vinicius C Baldo, Newton Sabino Canteras
The basolateral amygdala complex, which includes the lateral, basolateral and basomedial nuclei, has been implicated in innate and contextual fear responses to predator threats. In the basolateral complex, the lateral and posterior basomedial nuclei are able to process predator odor information, and they project to the predator-responsive hypothalamic circuit; lesions in these amygdalar sites reduce innate responses and practically abolish contextual fear responses to predatory threats. In contrast to the lateral and posterior basomedial nuclei, the basolateral nucleus does not receive direct information from predator olfactory cues and has no direct link to the predator-responsive hypothalamic circuit...
April 16, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Vivek Tandon, Poodipedi Sarat Chandra, Ramesh Sharanappa Doddamani, Heri Subianto, Jitin Bajaj, Ajay Garg, Manjari Tripathi
INTRODUCTION: Treatment options for hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) include microvascular surgery, stereotactic radiofrequency thermocoagulation (SRT), laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) or Gamma knife surgery (GKS). During SRT, thermographic monitoring cannot be performed and therefore highly accurate placement of electrode and confirmation of its position are required. We have utilized robotic guidance (ROSA) and co-registered it with O-Arm, for performing ablation of hamartoma. METHODS: Five patients of HH with gelastic seizures (GS) underwent SRT...
February 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yoshinori Yasuda, Shintaro Iwama, Atsushi Kiyota, Hisakazu Izumida, Kohtaro Nakashima, Naoko Iwata, Yoshihiro Ito, Yoshiaki Morishita, Motomitsu Goto, Hidetaka Suga, Ryoichi Banno, Atsushi Enomoto, Masahide Takahashi, Hiroshi Arima, Yoshihisa Sugimura
Autoimmune hypophysitis (AH) is thought to be an autoimmune disease characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the pituitary gland. Among AH pathologies, lymphocytic infundibulo-neurohypophysitis (LINH) represents infiltration of the neurohypophysis and/or the hypothalamic infundibulum, causing central diabetes insipidus due to insufficiency of arginine vasopressin (AVP) secretion. The pathophysiological and pathogenetic mechanisms underlying LINH are largely unknown. Clinically, differentiating LINH from other pituitary diseases accompanied by mass lesions, including tumors, has been often difficult because of similar clinical manifestations...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Pathology
Sandra Shenouda, Khaled Al-Farawi, Jenna Dolan, Susan L Flesher
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a diagnosis of exclusion defined by elevated intracranial pressure without mass lesions or hydrocephalus. Causes of idiopathic intracranial hypertension include obesity, vitamin derangements, antibiotics, corticosteroids, and autoimmune disorders. Cushing's disease and Addison's disease have been associated with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Secondary adrenal insufficiency following withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroids has been found to be a relatively common phenomenon...
2018: SAGE open medical case reports
Georgia Ntali, John A Wass
PURPOSE: Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are benign pituitary neoplasms that do not cause a hormonal hypersecretory syndrome. An improved understanding of their epidemiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis is needed. METHOD: A literature review was performed using Pubmed to identify research reports and clinical case series on NFPAs. RESULTS: They account for 14-54% of pituitary adenomas and have a prevalence of 7-41.3/100,000 population...
January 24, 2018: Pituitary
David S Xu, Tsinsue Chen, Randall J Hlubek, Ruth E Bristol, Kris A Smith, Francisco A Ponce, John F Kerrigan, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare lesions associated with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Open surgery results in modest seizure control (about 50%) but has a significant associated morbidity. Radiosurgery is limited to a subset of patients due to latent therapeutic effects. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) offers a novel minimally invasive option. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a single center's outcomes for the LITT treatment of HH...
January 13, 2018: Neurosurgery
Q Wei, G Q Yang, Y J Li, L Zang, Y Pei, J Du, W J Gu, J M Ba, Z H Lü, J T Dou, Y M Mu, J M Lu
Objective: To analyze clinical features, prognosis and treatment of lymphocytic hypophysitis (LYH). Methods: The clinical data, treatments and outcomes of 18 cases diagnosed as LYH at Chinese PLA General Hospital between January 2001 and July 2017 was respectively reviewed. Results: Eighteen patients with histology-proven LYH (13 females and 5 males ) were identified. All lymphocytic adenohypophysitis (LAH) were females(n=6), two of whom were associated with pregnancy. Eleven patients (6 females and 5 males) had lymphocytic panhypophysitis (LPH) and one(female) had hypothalamitis...
January 9, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
James M Wright, Michael D Staudt, Andrea Alonso, Jonathan P Miller, Andrew E Sloan
The authors describe the case of a 22-month-old boy who presented with gelastic seizures and developmental delay. Magnetic resonance imaging and video-electroencephalography monitoring revealed a primarily intraventricular hypothalamic hamartoma and gelastic seizures occurring 20-30 times daily. The patient was treated with various regimens of antiepileptic medications for 16 months, but the seizures remained medically intractable. At 3 years of age, he underwent stereotactic laser ablation with an aim of disconnection of the lesion...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Warren W Pan, Martin G Myers
Obesity represents the single most important risk factor for early disability and death in developed societies, and the incidence of obesity remains at staggering levels. CNS systems that modulate energy intake and expenditure in response to changes in body energy stores serve to maintain constant body adiposity; the adipocyte-derived hormone leptin and its receptor (LEPR) represent crucial regulators of these systems. As in the case of insulin resistance, a variety of mechanisms (including feedback inhibition, inflammation, gliosis and endoplasmic reticulum stress) have been proposed to interfere with leptin action and impede the systems that control body energy homeostasis to promote or maintain obesity, although the relative importance and contribution of each of these remain unclear...
February 2018: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
Jonathan E Elliott, Samuel E De Luche, Madeline J Churchill, Cindy Moore, Akiva S Cohen, Charles K Meshul, Miranda M Lim
Study Objectives: In previous work, dietary branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation, precursors to de novo glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) synthesis, restored impaired sleep-wake regulation and orexin neuronal activity post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice. TBI was speculated to reduce orexin neuronal activity through decreased regional excitatory (glutamate) and/or increased inhibitory (GABA) input. Therefore, we hypothesized TBI would decrease synaptic glutamate and/or increase synaptic GABA in nerve terminals contacting orexin neurons, and BCAA supplementation would restore TBI-induced changes in synaptic glutamate and/or GABA...
January 5, 2018: Sleep
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