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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770521/nicotine-mediated-neuroprotection-of-rat-spinal-networks-against-excitotoxicity
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Jaspreet Kaur, Rossana Rauti, Andrea Nistri
Activation of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) by nicotine is reported to protect brain neurons from glutamate excitotoxicity. We inquired whether a similar phenomenon can occur in the rat isolated spinal cord (or spinal slice culture) challenged by a transient (1 h) application of kainate (a powerful glutamate receptor agonist) to induce excitotoxicity mimicking spinal injury in vitro. We recorded spinal reflexes and fictive locomotion generated by the locomotor central pattern generator before and 24 h after applying kainate...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765265/is-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-with-constant-dose-rate-a-valid-option-in-radiation-therapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
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Annamaria Didona, Valentina Lancellotta, Claudio Zucchetti, Bianca Moira Panizza, Alessandro Frattegiani, Martina Iacco, Anna Concetta Di Pilato, Simonetta Saldi, Cynthia Aristei
Background: Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) improves dose distribution in head and neck (HN) radiation therapy. Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), a new form of IMRT, delivers radiation in single or multiple arcs, varying dose rates (VDR-VMAT) and gantry speeds, has gained considerable attention. Constant dose rate VMAT (CDR-VMAT) associated with a fixed gantry speed does not require a dedicated linear accelerator like VDR-VMAT. The present study explored the feasibility, efficiency and delivery accuracy of CDR-VMAT, by comparing it with IMRT and VDR-VMAT in treatment planning for HN cancer...
May 2018: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761018/behavioral-and-neurophysiological-abnormalities-during-cued-continuous-performance-tasks-in-patients-with-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Weixiang Zhao, Ruhong Wu, Suhong Wang, Haihui Qi, Yitao Qian, Suinuan Wang
Objective: This study's aim was to investigate the features and neural mechanisms of sustained attention in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) by comparing and analyzing neuropsychological, behavioral, event-related potentials, and event-related desynchronization and synchronization between mTBI patients and healthy controls. Methods: Twenty mTBI patients with mTBI and 20 healthy controls underwent the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and a cued continuous performance task (AX-CPT)...
May 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749569/postoperative-hypofractionated-stereotactic-brain-radiation-hsrt-for-resected-brain-metastases-improved-local-control-with-higher-bed-10
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Aryavarta M S Kumar, Jonathan Miller, Seth A Hoffer, David B Mansur, Michael Coffey, Simon S Lo, Andrew E Sloan, Mitchell Machtay
INTRODUCTION: HSRT directed to large surgical beds in patients with resected brain metastases improves local control while sparing patients the toxicity associated with whole brain radiation. We review our institutional series to determine factors predictive of local failure. METHODS: In a total of 39 consecutive patients with brain metastases treated from August 2011 to August 2016, 43 surgical beds were treated with HSRT in three or five fractions. All treatments were completed on a robotic radiosurgery platform using the 6D Skull tracking system...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748901/gadolinium-based-contrast-agents-induce-gadolinium-deposits-in-cerebral-vessel-walls-while-the-neuropil-is-not-affected-an-autopsy-study
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Stefanie Fingerhut, Michael Sperling, Markus Holling, Thomas Niederstadt, Thomas Allkemper, Alexander Radbruch, Walter Heindel, Werner Paulus, Astrid Jeibmann, Uwe Karst
Recent studies showed gadolinium depositions following serial administrations of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for magnetic resonance imaging examinations in various parts of the brain with the dentate nucleus (DN) being most affected. Even though no clinical correlates of the deposits are known yet, an intensive debate developed if this might be harmful. The aim of the current study was to specify the gadolinium distribution in brain tissue of patients who received serial injections of GBCAs in the low-µm range and to explore any potential pathological tissue changes caused by gadolinium deposits...
May 10, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742620/ketamine-differentially-restores-diverse-alterations-of-neuroligins-in-brain-regions-in-a-rat-model-of-neuropathic-pain-induced-depression
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Wei Pan, Guang-Fen Zhang, Hui-Hui Li, Mu-Huo Ji, Zhi-Qiang Zhou, Kuan-Yu Li, Jian-Jun Yang
Depression is present in a large proportion of patients suffering from chronic pain, and yet the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Neuroligins (NLs), as a family of cell-adhesion proteins, are involved in synaptic formation and have been linked to various neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we studied the alterations in NL1 and NL2 in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and the hippocampus in a rat model of neuropathic pain-induced depression, and whether ketamine, a rapid and robust antidepressant, could restore these abnormalities...
May 8, 2018: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740323/the-selective-antagonism-of-adenosine-a-2b-receptors-reduces-the-synaptic-failure-and-neuronal-death-induced-by-oxygen-and-glucose-deprivation-in-rat-ca1-hippocampus-in-vitro
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Irene Fusco, Filippo Ugolini, Daniele Lana, Elisabetta Coppi, Ilaria Dettori, Lisa Gaviano, Daniele Nosi, Federica Cherchi, Felicita Pedata, Maria G Giovannini, Anna M Pugliese
Ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized by different events evolving in time. Immediately after the ischemic insult, primary brain damage is due to the massive increase of extracellular glutamate. Adenosine in the brain increases dramatically during ischemia in concentrations able to stimulate all its receptors, A1 , A2A , A2B , and A3 . Although adenosine exerts clear neuroprotective effects through A1 receptors during ischemia, the use of selective A1 receptor agonists is hampered by their undesirable peripheral side effects...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739431/optimal-collimator-rotation-based-on-the-outline-of-multiple-brain-targets-in-vmat
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Jung-In Kim, Beom Seok Ahn, Chang Heon Choi, Jong Min Park, So-Yeon Park
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the dosimetric quality in volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans with optimal collimator angles that can represent the outline of multiple brain targets. METHODS: Twenty patients with multiple target volumes in the brain cases were selected retrospectively. To better represent the outline of the multiple brain targets, four conformal arc plans were generated for each patient using one full arc with four collimator settings...
May 9, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738748/femur-sparing-pattern-of-abnormal-fetal-growth-in-pregnant-women-from-new-york-city-after-maternal-zika-virus-infection
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Christie L Walker, Audrey A Merriam, Eric O Ohuma, Manjiri K Dighe, Michael Gale, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Aris T Papageorghiou, Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Kristina M Adams Waldorf
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus, which can induce fetal brain injury and growth restriction following maternal infection during pregnancy. Prenatal diagnosis of ZIKV-associated fetal injury in the absence of microcephaly is challenging due to an incomplete understanding of how maternal ZIKV infection affects fetal growth and the use of different sonographic reference standards around the world. We hypothesized that skeletal growth is unaffected by ZIKV infection and that the femur length can represent an internal standard to detect growth deceleration of the fetal head and/or abdomen by ultrasound...
May 5, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736738/glioblastoma-niches-from-the-concept-to-the-phenotypical-reality
#10
Davide Schiffer, Marta Mellai, Enrica Bovio, Ilaria Bisogno, Cristina Casalone, Laura Annovazzi
Recently, the concept of niches as sites of tumor progression, invasion, and angiogenesis in glioblastoma (GB) has been extensively debated. Niches, considered the sites in which glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) reside, have been classified as perivascular, perinecrotic, and invasive. However, from a neuropathological point of view, it is not easy to establish when a tumor structure can be considered a niche. The relevant literature has been reviewed in the light of our recent experience on the subject. As for perinecrotic niches, the occurrence of GSCs around necrosis is interpreted as triggered by hypoxia through HIF-1α...
May 8, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736685/emerging-trends-in-the-management-of-brain-metastases-from-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Thomas M Churilla, Stephanie E Weiss
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize current approaches in the management of brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). RECENT FINDINGS: Local treatment has evolved from whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) to increasing use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone for patients with limited (1-4) brain metastases. Trials have established post-operative SRS as an alternative to adjuvant WBRT following resection of brain metastases. Second-generation TKIs for ALK rearranged NSCLC have demonstrated improved CNS penetration and activity...
May 7, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730491/default-mode-network-abnormalities-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-novel-network-restricted-topology-approach
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Teddy J Akiki, Christopher L Averill, Kristen M Wrocklage, J Cobb Scott, Lynnette A Averill, Brian Schweinsburg, Aaron Alexander-Bloch, Brenda Martini, Steven M Southwick, John H Krystal, Chadi G Abdallah
Disruption in the default mode network (DMN) has been implicated in numerous neuropsychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, studies have largely been limited to seed-based methods and involved inconsistent definitions of the DMN. Recent advances in neuroimaging and graph theory now permit the systematic exploration of intrinsic brain networks. In this study, we used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion MRI, and graph theoretical analyses to systematically examine the DMN connectivity and its relationship with PTSD symptom severity in a cohort of 65 combat-exposed US Veterans...
May 3, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729847/siope-brain-tumor-group-consensus-guideline-on-craniospinal-target-volume-delineation-for-high-precision-radiotherapy
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Thankamma Ajithkumar, Gail Horan, Laetitia Padovani, Nicky Thorp, Beate Timmermann, Claire Alapetite, Lorenza Gandola, Monica Ramos, Karen Van Beek, Melissa Christiaens, Yasmin Lassen-Ramshad, Henriette Magelssen, Kristina Nilsson, Frank Saran, Barbara Rombi, Rolf Kortmann, Geert O Janssens
OBJECTIVE: To develop a consensus guideline for craniospinal target volume (TV) delineation in children and young adults participating in SIOPE studies in the era of high-precision radiotherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: During four consensus meetings (Cambridge, Essen, Liverpool, and Marseille), conventional field-based TV has been translated into image-guided high-precision craniospinal TV by a group of expert paediatric radiation oncologists and enhanced by MRI images of liquor distribution...
May 2, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727797/visualizing-glioma-margins-by-real-time-tracking-of-%C3%AE-glutamyltranspeptidase-activity
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Yingchao Liu, Jie Tan, Yi Zhang, Jianfeng Zhuang, Mingxu Ge, Ben Shi, Jiao Li, Ge Xu, Shangchen Xu, Chunhai Fan, Chunchang Zhao
Distinguishing tumor from adjacent non-cancerous tissue can be problematic during surgical treatment of malignant glioma. Consequently, a novel approach to selective discrimination is required. The goal of this study was to determine whether a fluorescent probe activated by γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT), an enzyme that is overexpressed on glioma cell membranes but only minimally expressed in normal brain tissue, could be used to visualize glioma margins. Here, we showed that the GGT-activatable fluorescent probe (NC-B-Cys-γ-Glu) provided real-time in situ tracking of enzyme activity that accurately distinguished glioma from healthy brain tissue...
April 27, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726782/laser-ablation-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-a-multicenter-prospective-study-in-patients-with-metastatic-brain-tumors-and-radiation-necrosis
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Manmeet Ahluwalia, Gene H Barnett, Di Deng, Stephen B Tatter, Adrian W Laxton, Alireza M Mohammadi, Eric Leuthardt, Roukoz Chamoun, Kevin Judy, Anthony Asher, Marco Essig, Jorg Dietrich, Veronica L Chiang
OBJECTIVE Laser Ablation After Stereotactic Radiosurgery (LAASR) is a multicenter prospective study of laser interstitial thermal (LITT) ablation in patients with radiographic progression after stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases. METHODS Patients with a Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) score ≥ 60, an age > 18 years, and surgical eligibility were included in this study. The primary outcome was local progression-free survival (PFS) assessed using the Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology Brain Metastases (RANO-BM) criteria...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718131/retraining-speech-production-and-fluency-in-non-fluent-agrammatic-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Maya L Henry, H Isabel Hubbard, Stephanie M Grasso, Maria Luisa Mandelli, Stephen M Wilson, Mithra T Sathishkumar, Julius Fridriksson, Wylin Daigle, Adam L Boxer, Bruce L Miller, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini
The non-fluent/agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA) presents with a gradual decline in grammar and motor speech resulting from selective degeneration of speech-language regions in the brain. There has been considerable progress in identifying treatment approaches to remediate language deficits in other primary progressive aphasia variants; however, interventions for the core deficits in nfvPPA have yet to be systematically investigated. Further, the neural mechanisms that support behavioural restitution in the context of neurodegeneration are not well understood...
April 30, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717334/the-role-of-striatal-dopamine-d-2-3-receptors-in-cognitive-performance-in-drug-free-patients-with-schizophrenia
#17
Tanja Veselinović, Ingo Vernaleken, Hildegard Janouschek, Paul Cumming, Michael Paulzen, Felix M Mottaghy, Gerhard Gründer
OBJECTIVE: A considerable body of research links cognitive function to dopaminergic transmission in the prefrontal cortex, but less is known about cognition in relation to striatal dopamine D2/3 receptors in unmedicated patients with psychosis. METHODS: We investigated this association by obtaining PET recordings with the high-affinity D2/3 antagonist ligand [18 F] fallypride in 15 medication-free patients with schizophrenia and 11 healthy controls. On the day of PET scanning, we undertook comprehensive neuropsychological testing and assessment of psychopathology using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS)...
May 1, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713762/prolonged-survival-in-secondary-glioblastoma-following-local-injection-of-targeted-alpha-therapy-with-213-bi-substance-p-analogue
#18
Leszek Krolicki, Frank Bruchertseifer, Jolanta Kunikowska, Henryk Koziara, Bartosz Królicki, Maciej Jakuciński, Dariusz Pawlak, Christos Apostolidis, Saed Mirzadeh, Rafał Rola, Adrian Merlo, Alfred Morgenstern
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common malignant brain tumor, mainly manifests as a primary de novo and less frequently as a secondary glial neoplasm. GBM has been demonstrated to overexpress the NK-1 receptor and substance P can be used as a ligand for targeted therapy. Alpha emitters, e.g. 213 Bi, that deposit their high energy within a short range allow the selective irradiation of tumor cells while sparing adjacent neuronal structures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Among 50 glioma patients of different subtypes that have to date been treated with targeted alpha therapy at the Medical University Warsaw, we report here the data on nine patients with secondary GBM...
April 30, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706461/abnormal-neuronal-response-to-rectal-and-anal-stimuli-in-patients-treated-with-primary-radiotherapy-for-anal-cancer
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Susanne Haas, Pia Faaborg, Mikkel Gram, Lilli Lundby, Christina Brock, Anbjørn M Drewes, Søren Laurberg, Klaus Krogh, Peter Christensen
INTRODUCTION: Sphincter-sparing radiotherapy or chemoradiation (RT/CRT) have become the standard treatments for most patients with anal cancer. Unfortunately, long-term survivors often suffer from severe bowel symptoms indicating sensory dysfunction. The aim of the present study was to characterize the sensory pathways of the brain-gut axis after radiotherapy for anal cancer. METHOD: Cortical evoked potentials (CEPs) were recorded during repeated, rapid balloon distensions of the rectum and anal canal in 13 patients with anal cancer treated with radiotherapy or chemoradiation and in 17 healthy volunteers...
April 26, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706191/multi-criteria-optimization-achieves-superior-normal-tissue-sparing-in-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-oropharyngeal-cancer-patients
#20
Jianghong Xiao, Yan Li, Huashan Shi, Tangel Chang, Yong Luo, Xuetao Wang, Yang He, Nianyong Chen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the benefit of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with multi-criteria optimization (MCO) in patients with oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) and compare the dose difference between the MCO plans navigated by physicians and dosimetrists. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The conventional IMRT plans (nonMCO) and MCO IMRT plans navigated by physicians and dosimetrists (MCOp and MCOd) were created for 30patients with OPC. All the plans were reviewed, and the planning time and dose-volume parameters were compared...
May 2018: Oral Oncology
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