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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231043/transient-oxytocin-signaling-primes-the-development-and-function-of-excitatory-hippocampal-neurons
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Silvia Ripamonti, Mateusz C Ambrozkiewicz, Francesca Guzzi, Marta Gravati, Gerardo Biella, Ingo Bormuth, Matthieu Hammer, Liam P Tuffy, Albrecht Sigler, Hiroshi Kawabe, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Mauro Toselli, Nils Brose, Marco Parenti, JeongSeop Rhee
Beyond its role in parturition and lactation, oxytocin influences higher brain processes that control social behavior of mammals, and perturbed oxytocin signaling has been linked to the pathogenesis of several psychiatric disorders. However, it is still largely unknown how oxytocin exactly regulates neuronal function. We show that early, transient oxytocin exposure in vitro inhibits the development of hippocampal glutamatergic neurons, leading to reduced dendrite complexity, synapse density, and excitatory transmission, while sparing GABAergic neurons...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230635/valproic-acid-modulates-platelet-and-coagulation-function-ex-vivo
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Ted Bambakidis, Simone E Dekker, Ihab Halaweish, Baoling Liu, Vahagn C Nikolian, Patrick E Georgoff, Patryk Piascik, Yongqing Li, Martin Sillesen, Hasan B Alam
Trauma-induced coagulopathy is associated with adverse patient outcome. Animal models demonstrate that histone deacetylase inhibitors, such as valproic acid (VPA), improve survival following injury. While in-vivo data suggest that improved survival may in part be because of an attenuation of coagulopathy, it remains unknown whether this is a direct effect of the drug, or the establishment of an overall prosurvival phenotype. We thus conducted an ex-vivo experiment to determine if VPA has an effect on coagulation and platelet function...
February 21, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222319/survey-of-the-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-approach-to-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus
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Christian M Cabrera Kang, Nicolas Gaspard, Suzette M LaRoche, Brandon Foreman
PURPOSE: We conducted a survey of providers to assess for practice patterns in diagnosing and treating new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE). NORSE is the occurrence of prolonged seizures that are not responsive to initial therapies in otherwise healthy individuals without obvious cause on initial presentation. This entity is thought to have multiple etiologies, including autoimmune. METHOD: A 29-question electronic survey was sent to providers included in the Neurocritical Care Society emailing list...
February 9, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212563/progression-of-motor-deficits-in-glioma-bearing-mice-impact-of-cnf1-therapy-at-symptomatic-stages
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Eleonora Vannini, Federica Maltese, Francesco Olimpico, Alessia Fabbri, Mario Costa, Matteo Caleo, Laura Baroncelli
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive type of brain tumor. In this context, animal models represent excellent tools for the early detection and longitudinal mapping of neuronal dysfunction, that are critical in the preclinical validation of new therapeutic strategies. In a mouse glioma model, we developed sensitive behavioral readouts that allow early recognizing and following neurological symptoms. We injected GL261 cells into the primary motor cortex of syngenic mice and we used a battery of behavioral tests to longitudinally monitor the dysfunction induced by tumor growth...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210908/updates-in-outcomes-of-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-in-acromegaly
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Monica Livia Gheorghiu
Purpose Treatment of acromegaly has undergone important progress in the last 20 years mainly due to the development of new medical options and advances in surgical techniques. Pituitary surgery is usually first-line therapy, and medical treatment is indicated for persistent disease, while radiation (RT) is often used as third-line therapy. The benefits of RT (tumor volume control and decreased hormonal secretion) are hampered by the long latency of the effect and the high risk of adverse effects. Stereotactic RT methods have been developed with the aim to provide more precise targeting of the tumor with better control of the radiation dose received by the adjacent brain structures...
February 16, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210287/the-neural-language-systems-that-support-healthy-aging-integrating-function-structure-and-behavior
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Michele T Diaz, Avery A Rizio, Jie Zhuang
Although healthy aging is generally characterized by declines in both brain structure and function, there is variability in the extent to which these changes result in observable cognitive decline. Specific to language, age-related differences in language production are observed more frequently than in language comprehension, although both are associated with increased right prefrontal cortex activation in older adults. The current paper explores these differences in the language system, integrating them with theories of behavioral and neural cognitive aging...
July 2016: Language and Linguistics Compass
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209580/white-matter-tract-pathology-in-pediatric-anoxic-brain-injury-from-drowning
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M Ishaque, J H Manning, M D Woolsey, C G Franklin, F S Salinas, P T Fox
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although drowning is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in young children, the neuropathologic consequences have not been fully determined. The purpose of this article was to quantitatively characterize white matter microstructural abnormalities in pediatric anoxic brain injury from nonfatal drowning and investigate the correlation with motor function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole-brain T1-weighted and diffusion-weighted MR imaging datasets were acquired in 11 children with chronic anoxic brain injury and 11 age- and sex-matched neurotypical controls (4-12 years of age)...
February 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203181/bilateral-superior-cerebellar-artery-embolic-occlusion-with-a-fetal-type-posterior-cerebral-artery-providing-collateral-circulation
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Taylor J Bergman, Rachael C Saporito, Thomas Hope
Bilateral infarction of the superior cerebellar arteries with sparing of the rest of the posterior circulation, particularly the posterior cerebral arteries, is an uncommon finding in neurological practice. Most commonly, the deficits of the superior cerebellar arteries and posterior cerebral arteries occur together due to the close proximity of their origins at the top of the basilar artery. A patient was transferred to the neurological intensive care unit with a history of recent-onset falls from standing, profound hypertension, dizziness, and headaches...
September 2016: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182655/regional-analysis-of-volumes-and-reproducibilities-of-automatic-and-manual-hippocampal-segmentations
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Fabian Bartel, Hugo Vrenken, Fetsje Bijma, Frederik Barkhof, Marcel van Herk, Jan C de Munck
PURPOSE: Precise and reproducible hippocampus outlining is important to quantify hippocampal atrophy caused by neurodegenerative diseases and to spare the hippocampus in whole brain radiation therapy when performing prophylactic cranial irradiation or treating brain metastases. This study aimed to quantify systematic differences between methods by comparing regional volume and outline reproducibility of manual, FSL-FIRST and FreeSurfer hippocampus segmentations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study used a dataset from ADNI (Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative), including 20 healthy controls, 40 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 20 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168705/the-role-of-dentate-nuclei-in-human-oculomotor-control-insights-from-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis
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Francesca Rosini, Elena Pretegiani, Andrea Mignarri, Lance M Optican, Valeria Serchi, Nicola De Stefano, Marco Battaglini, Lucia Monti, Maria T Dotti, Antonio Federico, Alessandra Rufa
It is well known that the medial cerebellum controls saccadic speed and accuracy. In contrast, the role of the lateral cerebellum (cerebellar hemispheres and dentate nuclei, DN) is less understood. Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a lipid storage disorder due to mutations in CYP27A1, typically characterized by DN damage. CTX thus provides a unique opportunity to study DN in human oculomotor control. We analyzed horizontal and vertical visually-guided saccades and horizontal antisaccades of 19 CTX patients...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166239/depletion-of-aadc-activity-in-caudate-nucleus-and-putamen-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients-implications-for-ongoing-aav2-aadc-gene-therapy-trial
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Agnieszka Ciesielska, Lluis Samaranch, Waldy San Sebastian, Dennis W Dickson, Samuel Goldman, John Forsayeth, Krystof S Bankiewicz
In Parkinson's disease (PD), aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the conversion of L-DOPA (Sinemet) to dopamine (DA). Previous studies in PD animal models demonstrated that lesion of dopaminergic neurons is associated with profound loss of AADC activity in the striatum, blocking efficient conversion of L-DOPA to DA. Relatively few studies have directly analyzed AADC in PD brains. Thus, the aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of regional changes in AADC activity, DA, serotonin and their monoamine metabolites in the striatum of PD patients and experimentally lesioned animals (rat and MPTP-treated nonhuman primate, NHP)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164279/calcipotriol-inhibits-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-in-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells-by-a-calbindin-d28k-dependent-mechanism
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Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Adrian C B Meedeniya, Dean L Pountney
Many neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the formation of microscopically visible intracellular protein aggregates. α-Synuclein is the key aggregating protein in Parkinson's disease which is characterized by neuronal cytoplasmic Lewy body inclusions. Previous studies have shown relative sparing of neurons in Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies that are positive for the vitamin D-dependent calcium buffering protein, calbindin-D28k and that α-synuclein aggregates are excluded from calbindin-D28k-positive neurons...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161012/intraoperative-identification-of-the-negative-motor-network-during-awake-surgery-to-prevent-deficit-following-brain-resection-in-premotor-regions
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F Rech, H Duffau, C Pinelli, A Masson, P Roublot, A Billy-Jacques, H Brissart, T Civit
INTRODUCTION: Surgical resection in premotor areas can lead to supplementary motor area syndrome as well as a permanent deficit. However, recent findings suggest a putative role of the negative motor network in those dysfunctions. Our objective was to compare the functional results in two groups of adult patients who underwent the resection of a frontal glioma with and without resection of the negative motor networks. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twelve patients (total of 13 surgeries) were selected for awake surgery for a frontal glioma...
February 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123477/dexmedetomidine-alleviates-cerebral-ischemia-induced-short-term-memory-impairment-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-apoptosis-related-molecules-in-the-hippocampus-of-gerbils
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In-Young Choi, Lakkyong Hwang, Jun-Jang Jin, Il-Gyu Ko, Sung-Eun Kim, Mal-Soon Shin, Key-Moon Shin, Chang-Ju Kim, Sung-Wook Park, Jin-Hee Han, Jae-Woo Yi
Cerebral ischemia results from cerebrovascular occlusion, which leads to neuronal cell death and eventually causes neurological impairments. Dexmedetomidine is a potent and highly selective α2-adrenoreceptor agonist with actions such as sedation, anxiolysis, analgesia and anesthetic-sparing effects. We investigated the effect of dexmedetomidine on apoptosis in the hippocampus after transient global ischemia in gerbils. Transient global ischemia was induced by ligation of both common carotid arteries. Dexmedetomidine was administrated intraperitoneally at three respective doses (0...
January 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123022/tnf-%C3%AE-differentially-regulates-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus-and-spinal-cord-by-microglia-dependent-mechanisms-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Yong Liu, Li-Jun Zhou, Jun Wang, Dai Li, Wen-Jie Ren, Jiyun Peng, Xiao Wei, Ting Xu, Wen-Jun Xin, Rui-Ping Pang, Yong-Yong Li, Zhi-Hai Qin, Madhuvika Murugan, Mark P Mattson, Long-Jun Wu, Xian-Guo Liu
: Clinical studies show that chronic pain is accompanied by memory deficits and reduction in hippocampal volume. Experimental studies show that spared nerve injury (SNI) of the sciatic nerve induces long-term potentiation (LTP) at C-fiber synapses in spinal dorsal horn, but impairs LTP in the hippocampus. The opposite changes may contribute to neuropathic pain and memory deficits, respectively. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the functional synaptic changes are unclear...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115709/gleevec-shifts-app-processing-from-a-%C3%AE-cleavage-to-a-nonamyloidogenic-cleavage
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William J Netzer, Karima Bettayeb, Subhash C Sinha, Marc Flajolet, Paul Greengard, Victor Bustos
Neurotoxic amyloid-β peptides (Aβ) are major drivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and are formed by sequential cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β-secretase (BACE) and γ-secretase. Our previous study showed that the anticancer drug Gleevec lowers Aβ levels through indirect inhibition of γ-secretase activity. Here we report that Gleevec also achieves its Aβ-lowering effects through an additional cellular mechanism. It renders APP less susceptible to proteolysis by BACE without inhibiting BACE enzymatic activity or the processing of other BACE substrates...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113925/personalized-radiotherapy-planning-based-on-a-computational-tumor-growth-model
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Matthieu Le, Herve Delingette, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Elizabeth R Gerstner, Tracy Batchelor, Jan Unkelbach, Nicholas Ayache
In this article, we propose a proof of concept for the automatic planning of personalized radiotherapy for brain tumors. A computational model of glioblastoma growth is combined with an exponential cell survival model to describe the effect of radiotherapy. The model is personalized to the magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of a given patient. It takes into account the uncertainty in the model parameters, together with the uncertainty in the MRI segmentations. The computed probability distribution over tumor cell densities, together with the cell survival model, is used to define the prescription dose distribution, which is the basis for subsequent Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) planning...
November 8, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111162/hud-mediated-distinct-bdnf-regulatory-pathways-promote-regeneration-after-nerve-injury
#18
Maria Domenica Sanna, Carla Ghelardini, Nicoletta Galeotti
Up-regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)synthesis is an important mechanism of peripheralnerveregenerationafterinjury.However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying this process are not fully understood. This study examines the role of BDNF in the spared nerve injury (SNI) mice model. Protein expression and cellular localization were investigated in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and spinal cord by western blotting and immunofluorescence experiments respectively. BDNF protein was markedly increased 3 and 7 days post-injury in the spinal cord and DRG...
January 19, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109822/extinction-of-relapsed-fear-does-not-require-the-basolateral-amygdala
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Nura W Lingawi, R Frederick Westbrook, Vincent Laurent
It is well established that extinguished fears are restored with the passage of time or a change in physical context. These fear restoration phenomena are believed to mimic the conditions under which relapse occurs in patients that have been treated for anxiety disorders by means of cue-exposure therapy. Here, we used a rodent model to extinguish relapsed fear and assess whether this new extinction prevents further relapse. We found that activity in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) is required to initially extinguish conditioned fear, but this activity was not necessary to subsequently extinguish relapsed fear...
January 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104460/fetal-growth-retardation-and-brain-sparing-by-malnutrition-are-associated-to-changes-in-neurotransmitters-profile
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C García-Contreras, D Valent, M Vázquez-Gómez, L Arroyo, B Isabel, S Astiz, A Bassols, A Gonzalez-Bulnes
The present study assesses possible changes in the levels of different neurotransmitters (catecholamines and indoleamines) in fetuses affected by nutrient shortage. Hence, we determined the concentration of catecholamines and indoleamines at the hypothalamus of 56 swine fetuses obtained at both 70 and 90days of pregnancy (n=33 and 23 fetuses, respectively). The degree of fetal development and the fetal sex affected the neurotransmitters profile at both stages. At Day 70, there were found higher mean concentrations of l-DOPA in both female and male fetuses with severe IUGR; male fetuses with severe IUGR also showed higher concentrations of TRP than normal male littermates...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
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