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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903061/lymphatic-drainage-system-of-the-brain-a-novel-target-for-intervention-of-neurological-diseases
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Bao-Liang Sun, Li-Hua Wang, Tuo Yang, Lei-Lei Mao, Jing-Yi Sun, Ming-Feng Yang, Hui Yuan, Robert A Colvin, Xiao-Yi Yang
The belief that the vertebrate brain functions normally without classical lymphatic drainage vessels has been held for many decades. On the contrary, new findings show that functional lymphatic drainage does exist in the brain. The brain lymphatic drainage system is composed of basement membrane-based perivascular pathway, a brain-wide glymphatic pathway, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage routes including sinus-associated meningeal lymphatic vessels and olfactory/cervical lymphatic routes. The brain lymphatic systems function physiological as a route of drainage for interstitial fluid (ISF) from brain parenchyma to nearby lymph nodes...
September 10, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882119/aggregation-prone-gfap-mutation-in-alexander-disease-validated-using-a-zebrafish-model
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So-Hyun Lee, Tai-Seung Nam, Kun-Hee Kim, Jin Hee Kim, Woong Yoon, Suk-Hee Heo, Min Jung Kim, Boo Ahn Shin, Ming-Der Perng, Hyon E Choy, Jihoon Jo, Myeong-Kyu Kim, Seok-Yong Choi
BACKGROUND: Alexander disease (AxD) is an astrogliopathy that predominantly affects the white matter of the central nervous system (CNS), and is caused by a mutation in the gene encoding the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), an intermediate filament primarily expressed in astrocytes and ependymal cells. The main pathologic feature of AxD is the presence of Rosenthal fibers (RFs), homogeneous eosinophilic inclusions found in astrocytes. Because of difficulties in procuring patient' CNS tissues and the presence of RFs in other pathologic conditions, there is a need to develop an in vivo assay that can determine whether a mutation in the GFAP results in aggregation and is thus disease-causing...
September 7, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870825/prolonged-but-non-permanent-expression-of-a-transgene-in-ependymal-cells-of-adult-rats-using-an-adenovirus-mediated-transposon-gene-transfer-system
#3
Jun-Ichi Suzuki, Mari Dezawa, Masaaki Kitada
Ependymal cells have been considered one of prime targets for gene therapy in the central nervous system as they can secrete proteins directly into the cerebrospinal fluid. In this study, we have explored the probability of permanent exogenous gene expression using a combined adenovirus/transposon system. To this end, we created three adenoviruses; adenovirus #1 containing a CAG promoter-driven enhanced green fluorescent protein tagged with a palmitoylation site (palEGFP), whose DNA sequence was flanked by two different Tol2 ends, #2 containing a human FoxJ1 promoter-driven T2TP transposase, and #3 containing an EF-1 alpha promoter-driven T2TP transposase...
September 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870626/immunoreactivity-of-urate-transporters-glut9-and-urat1-is-located-in-epithelial-cells-of-the-choroid-plexus-of-human-brains
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Naoya Uemura, Ryuta Murakami, Yoichi Chiba, Ken Yanase, Ryuji Fujihara, Masato Mashima, Koichi Matsumoto, Machi Kawauchi, Gotaro Shirakami, Masaki Ueno
It has been suggested that urate plays a protective role in neurons, while hyperuricemia is correlated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. However, whether there is a system that directly transports urate into the brain remains to be clarified. In this study, the localization of glucose transporter 9 (GLUT9) and urate transporter 1 (URAT1), which are known to be representative reabsorptive urate transporters, was immunohistochemically examined in autopsied human brains. Immunoreactivity of GLUT9 was observed on the apical side of the cytoplasm of epithelial cells in the choroid plexus and in the cilia of ependymal cells of the human brain...
September 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869691/bone-morphogenetic-protein-promotes-lex-ssea1-expression-thereby-interfering-with-neural-precursor-and-stem-cell-proliferation
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I Luque-Molina, P Khatri, U Schmidt-Edelkraut, I K Simeonova, G Hölzl-Wenig, C Mandl, F Ciccolini
The glycoprotein Prominin-1 and the carbohydrate LeX-SSEA1 both have been extensively used as cell surface markers to purify neural stem cells (NSCs). Whereas Prominin-1 labels a specialized membrane region in NSCs and ependymal cells, the specificity of LeX-SSEA1 expression and its biological significance are still unknown. To address these issues, we have here monitored the expression of the carbohydrate in neonatal and adult NSCs and in their progeny. Our results show that the percentage of immunopositive cells and the levels of LeX-SSEA1 immunoreactivity both increase with postnatal age across all stages of the neural lineage...
September 4, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863455/characterization-of-2-novel-ependymoma-cell-lines-with-chromosome-1q-gain-derived-from-posterior-fossa-tumors-of-childhood
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Vladimir Amani, Andrew M Donson, Seth C Lummus, Eric W Prince, Andrea M Griesinger, Davis A Witt, Todd C Hankinson, Michael H Handler, Kathleen Dorris, Rajeev Vibhakar, Nicholas K Foreman, Lindsey M Hoffman
Ependymoma (EPN) is a common brain tumor of childhood that, despite standard surgery and radiation therapy, has a relapse rate of 50%. Clinical trials have been unsuccessful in improving outcome by addition of chemotherapy, and identification of novel therapeutics has been hampered by a lack of in vitro and in vivo models. We describe 2 unique EPN cell lines (811 and 928) derived from recurrent intracranial metastases. Both cell lines harbor the high-risk chromosome 1q gain (1q+) and a derivative chromosome 6, and both are classified as molecular group A according to transcriptomic analysis...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835663/choroid-plexitis-and-ependymitis-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-are-biomarkers-of-neuronal-damage-and-inflammation-in-hiv-negative-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis
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Dima A Hammoud, Eman Mahdi, Anil A Panackal, Paul Wakim, Virginia Sheikh, Irini Sereti, Bibi Bielakova, John E Bennett, Peter R Williamson
CNS cryptococcal meningoencephalitis in both HIV positive (HIV+) and HIV negative (HIV-) subjects is associated with high morbidity and mortality despite optimal antifungal therapy. We thus conducted a detailed analysis of the MR imaging findings in 45 HIV- and 11 HIV+ patients to identify imaging findings associated with refractory disease. Ventricular abnormalities, namely ependymitis and choroid plexitis were seen in HIV- but not in HIV+ subjects. We then correlated the imaging findings in a subset of HIV- subjects (n = 17) to CSF levels of neurofilament light chain (NFL), reflective of axonal damage and sCD27, known to best predict the presence of intrathecal T-cell mediated inflammation...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833469/clinicopathologic-features-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-24-cats-with-histopathologically-confirmed-neurologic-feline-infectious-peritonitis
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A H Crawford, A L Stoll, D Sanchez-Masian, A Shea, J Michaels, A R Fraser, E Beltran
BACKGROUND: Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the most common infectious central nervous system (CNS) disease in the cat and is invariably fatal. Improved means of antemortem diagnosis is required to facilitate clinical decision making. Information regarding the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of neurologic FIP currently is limited, resulting in the need for better descriptions to optimize its use as a diagnostic tool. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinicopathologic features and MRI findings in cases of confirmed neurologic FIP...
September 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831588/encouraging-option-of-multi-staged-gross-total-resection-for-a-c11orf-rela-fusion-positive-supratentorial-anaplastic-ependymoma
#9
Taishi Nakamura, Kohei Fukuoka, Junji Ikeda, Masahiro Yoshitomi, Naoko Udaka, Reo Tanoshima, Kensuke Tateishi, Shoji Yamanaka, Koichi Ichimura, Tetsuya Yamamoto
Ependymomas are primary neuroepithelial malignancies that mainly occur during childhood, and arise from ependymal cells along the ventricular systems of the CNS. Recently, it was elucidated that two-thirds of supratentorial (ST) ependymomas harbor oncogenic fusions of RELA, whose protein product is the principal effector of canonical NF-κB signaling. RELA fusion proteins activate signaling for tumor proliferation and malignant progression, resulting in poorer prognoses in these patients compared to those in patients with other ST ependymomas...
August 22, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818704/orphan-drug-regulation-a-missed-opportunity-for-children-and-adolescents-with-cancer
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Gilles Vassal, Pam Kearns, Patricia Blanc, Nicole Scobie, Delphine Heenen, Andy Pearson
BACKGROUND: Oncology represents a major sector in the field of orphan drug development in Europe. The objective was to evaluate whether children and adolescents with cancer benefited from the Orphan Drug Regulation. METHODS: Data on orphan drug designations (ODDs) and registered orphan drugs from 8th August 2000 to 10th September 2016 were collected from the Community Register of medicinal products for human use. Assessment history, product information and existence of paediatric investigation plans were searched and retrieved from the European Medicine Agency website...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802798/most-common-sites-on-mri-of-intracranial-neoplastic-leptomeningeal-disease
#11
J Matthew Debnam, Rory R Mayer, T Linda Chi, Leena Ketonen, Jeffrey S Weinberg, Wei Wei, Morris D Groves, Nandita Guha-Thakurta
Neoplastic leptomeningeal disease (LMD) represents infiltration of the leptomeninges by tumor cells. Knowledge of the frequencies of locations of LMD on MRI may assist in early detection, help elucidate the process of leptomeningeal spread of cancer and understand how LMD affects the central nervous system. Our goal was to identify intracranial sites of neoplastic LMD predilection on MRI in patients with cytologically-proven LMD. The presence of FLAIR signal hyperintensity and T1-weighted post-contrast enhancement in the sulci of the supratentorial compartment and cerebellum and enhancement of the cranial nerves (CNs), basal cisterns, pituitary stalk, and ependymal surface of the lateral ventricles, as well as the presence of parenchymal metastasis were recorded...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780589/development-of-brain-ventricular-system
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REVIEW
Vladimir Korzh
The brain ventricular system (BVS) consists of brain ventricles and channels connecting ventricles filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The disturbance of CSF flow has been linked to neurodegenerative disease including hydrocephalus, which manifests itself as an abnormal expansion of BVS. This relatively common developmental disorder has been observed in human and domesticated animals and linked to functional deficiency of various cells lineages facing BVS, including the choroid plexus or ependymal cells that generate CSF or the ciliated cells that cilia beating generates CSF flow...
August 5, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748452/single-cell-transcriptomics-reveals-gene-signatures-and-alterations-associated-with-aging-in-distinct-neural-stem-progenitor-cell-subpopulations
#13
Zhanping Shi, Yanan Geng, Jiping Liu, Huina Zhang, Liqiang Zhou, Quan Lin, Juehua Yu, Kunshan Zhang, Jie Liu, Xinpei Gao, Chunxue Zhang, Yinan Yao, Chong Zhang, Yi E Sun
Aging associated cognitive decline has been linked to dampened neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC/NPCs) activities manifested by decreased proliferation, reduced propensity to produce neurons, and increased differentiation into astrocytes. While gene transcription changes objectively reveal molecular alterations of cells undergoing various biological processes, the search for molecular mechanisms underlying aging of NSC/NPCs has been confronted by the enormous heterogeneity in cellular compositions of the brain and the complex cellular microenvironment where NSC/NPCs reside...
July 26, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746879/daple-coordinates-planar-polarized-microtubule-dynamics-in-ependymal-cells-and-contributes-to-hydrocephalus
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Maki Takagishi, Masato Sawada, Shinya Ohata, Naoya Asai, Atsushi Enomoto, Kunihiko Takahashi, Liang Weng, Kaori Ushida, Hosne Ara, Shigeyuki Matsui, Kozo Kaibuchi, Kazunobu Sawamoto, Masahide Takahashi
Motile cilia in ependymal cells, which line the cerebral ventricles, exhibit a coordinated beating motion that drives directional cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow and guides neuroblast migration. At the apical cortex of these multi-ciliated cells, asymmetric localization of planar cell polarity (PCP) proteins is required for the planar polarization of microtubule dynamics, which coordinates cilia orientation. Daple is a disheveled-associating protein that controls the non-canonical Wnt signaling pathway and cell motility...
July 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719464/nuclear-crx-and-foxj1-expression-differentiates-non-germ-cell-pineal-region-tumors-and-supports-the-ependymal-differentiation-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-region
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Shannon Coy, Adrian M Dubuc, Sonika Dahiya, Keith L Ligon, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Sandro Santagata
Papillary tumor of the pineal region (PTPR) is a neuroepithelial neoplasm first described in 2003. Despite the anatomic association of PTPR with the pineal gland, the features of these tumors resemble those of the ependymal circumventricular subcommissural organ (SCO) of the posterior third ventricle. Given the presumed distinct derivation of PTPR and pineal parenchymal tumors, we hypothesized that expression of lineage-specific transcription factors could distinguish these tumors and provide additional insight into the differentiation of PTPR...
October 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716942/maternal-photoperiod-programs-hypothalamic-thyroid-status-via-the-fetal-pituitary-gland
#16
Cristina Sáenz de Miera, Béatrice Bothorel, Catherine Jaeger, Valérie Simonneaux, David Hazlerigg
In wild mammals, offspring development must anticipate forthcoming metabolic demands and opportunities. Within species, different developmental strategies may be used, dependent on when in the year conception takes place. This phenotypic flexibility is initiated before birth and is linked to the pattern of day length (photoperiod) exposure experienced by the mother during pregnancy. This programming depends on transplacental communication via the pineal hormone melatonin. Here, we show that, in the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus), the programming effect of melatonin is mediated by the pars tuberalis (PT) of the fetal pituitary gland, before the fetal circadian system and autonomous melatonin production is established...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707354/additive-neurogenesis-supported-by-multiple-stem-cell-populations-mediates-adult-spinal-cord-development-a-spatio-temporal-statistical-mapping-analysis-in-a-teleost-model-of-indeterminate-growth
#17
Ruxandra F Sîrbulescu, Iulian Ilieş, Annette Meyer, Günther K H Zupanc
The knifefish Apteronotus leptorhynchus exhibits indeterminate growth throughout adulthood. This phenomenon extends to the spinal cord, presumably through the continuous addition of new neurons and glial cells. However, little is known about the developmental dynamics of cells added during adult growth. The present work characterizes the structural and functional development of the adult spinal cord in this model organism through a comprehensive quantitative analysis of the spatial and temporal dynamics of new cells at various developmental stages...
July 13, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700939/neogenin-recruitment-of-the-wave-regulatory-complex-to-ependymal-and-radial-progenitor-adherens-junctions-prevents-hydrocephalus
#18
Conor J O'Leary, Cathrin C Nourse, Natalie K Lee, Amanda White, Michael Langford, Kai Sempert, Stacey J Cole, Helen M Cooper
Denudation of the ependyma due to loss of cell adhesion mediated by cadherin-based adherens junctions is a common feature of perinatal hydrocephalus. Junctional stability depends on the interaction between cadherins and the actin cytoskeleton. However, the molecular mechanism responsible for recruiting the actin nucleation machinery to the ependymal junction is unknown. Here, we reveal that loss of the netrin/RGM receptor, Neogenin, leads to severe hydrocephalus. We show that Neogenin plays a critical role in actin nucleation in the ependyma by anchoring the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC) and Arp2/3 to the cadherin complex...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698301/prdm16-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-neural-stem-cells-in-the-postnatal-forebrain-and-their-differentiation-into-ependymal-cells
#19
Issei S Shimada, Melih Acar, Rebecca J Burgess, Zhiyu Zhao, Sean J Morrison
We and others showed previously that PR domain-containing 16 (Prdm16) is a transcriptional regulator required for stem cell function in multiple fetal and neonatal tissues, including the nervous system. However, Prdm16 germline knockout mice died neonatally, preventing us from testing whether Prdm16 is also required for adult stem cell function. Here we demonstrate that Prdm16 is required for neural stem cell maintenance and neurogenesis in the adult lateral ventricle subventricular zone and dentate gyrus. We also discovered that Prdm16 is required for the formation of ciliated ependymal cells in the lateral ventricle...
June 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675430/parvalbumin-expressing-ependymal-cells-in-rostral-lateral-ventricle-wall-adhesions-contribute-to-aging-related-ventricle-stenosis-in-mice
#20
Federica Filice, Marco R Celio, Alexandre Babalian, Walter Blum, Viktoria Szabolcsi
Aging-associated ependymal-cell pathologies can manifest as ventricular gliosis, ventricle enlargement, or ventricle stenosis. Ventricle stenosis and fusion of the lateral ventricle (LV) walls is associated with a massive decline of the proliferative capacities of the stem cell niche in the affected subventricular zone (SVZ) in aging mice. We examined the brains of adult C57BL/6 mice and found that ependymal cells located in the adhesions of the medial and lateral walls of the rostral LVs upregulated parvalbumin (PV) and displayed reactive phenotype, similarly to injury-reactive ependymal cells...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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