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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342318/optical-structural-analysis-of-individual-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers
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Juan Alberto Varela, Margarida Rodrigues, Suman De, Patrick Flagmeier, Sonia Gandhi, Christopher M Dobson, David Klenerman, Steven Lee
Small aggregates of misfolded proteins play a key role in neurodegenerative disorders. Such species are difficult to study due to the lack of methods capable of resolving these heterogeneous aggregates, which are smaller than the optical diffraction limit. We demonstrate here an all-optical fluorescence microscopy method to characterise the structure of individual protein-aggregates based on the fluorescence anisotropy of dyes such as thioflavin-T, and show that this technology is capable of studying oligomers in human biofluids such as cerebrospinal fluid...
January 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342116/vegf-signaling-in-neurological-disorders
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REVIEW
Joon W Shim, Joseph R Madsen
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent growth factor playing diverse roles in vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. In the brain, VEGF mediates angiogenesis, neural migration and neuroprotection. As a permeability factor, excessive VEGF disrupts intracellular barriers, increases leakage of the choroid plexus endothelia, evokes edema, and activates the inflammatory pathway. Recently, we discovered that a heparin binding epidermal growth factor like growth factor (HB-EGF)-a class of EGF receptor (EGFR) family ligands-contributes to the development of hydrocephalus with subarachnoid hemorrhage through activation of VEGF signaling...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341860/risk-management-of-free-radicals-involved-in-air-travel-syndromes-by-antioxidants
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Jeum-Nam Kim, Byung-Mu Lee
Frequent air travelers and airplane pilots may develop various types of illnesses. The environmental risk factors associated with air travel syndromes (ATS) or air travel-related adverse health outcomes raised concerns and need to be assessed in the context of risk management and public health. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to determine ATS, risk factors, and mechanisms underlying ATS using scientific data and information obtained from Medline, Toxline, and regulatory agencies. Additional information was also extracted from websites of organizations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341320/spatiotemporal-metabolic-and-therapeutic-characterization-of-altered-functional-connectivity-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Jintao Sheng, Yuedi Shen, Yanhua Qin, Lei Zhang, Binjia Jiang, Yaoyao Li, Luoyi Xu, Wei Chen, Jinhui Wang
Although imbalanced functional integration has been increasingly reported in major depressive disorder (MDD), there still lacks a general framework to characterize common characteristic and origin shared by the integrative disturbances. Here we examined spatial selectivity, temporal uniqueness, metabolic basis, and therapeutic response of altered functional connectivity (FC) in MDD by analyzing both cross-sectional and longitudinal multimodal functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 35 patients and 34 demographically matched healthy controls...
January 17, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341058/-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-and-catatonia-in-a-patient-with-psychotic-depression
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W Kerkhof, K Abrahams, J Vandenberghe
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (tcmp) is an acute, reversible disruption of the left ventricular systolic function. In many respects the clinical presentation closely resembles acute coronary syndromes (myocardial infarction). tcmp is a syndrome with a pathophysiology that is not fully understood and which seems to be closely associated with psychiatric disorders or psychological problems. We present a case in which a patient with several risk factors developed a tcmp and a depression with psychotic features, followed by catatonia...
2018: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339723/fasoracetam-in-adolescents-with-adhd-and-glutamatergic-gene-network-variants-disrupting-mglur-neurotransmitter-signaling
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Josephine Elia, Grace Ungal, Charlly Kao, Alexander Ambrosini, Nilsa De Jesus-Rosario, Lene Larsen, Rosetta Chiavacci, Tiancheng Wang, Christine Kurian, Kanani Titchen, Brian Sykes, Sharon Hwang, Bhumi Kumar, Jacqueline Potts, Joshua Davis, Jeffrey Malatack, Emma Slattery, Ganesh Moorthy, Athena Zuppa, Andrew Weller, Enda Byrne, Yun R Li, Walter K Kraft, Hakon Hakonarson
The glutamatergic neurotransmitter system may play an important role in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This 5-week, open-label, single-blind, placebo-controlled study reports the safety, pharmacokinetics and responsiveness of the metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) activator fasoracetam (NFC-1), in 30 adolescents, age 12-17 years with ADHD, harboring mutations in mGluR network genes. Mutation status was double-blinded. A single-dose pharmacokinetic profiling from 50-800 mg was followed by a single-blind placebo at week 1 and subsequent symptom-driven dose advancement up to 400 mg BID for 4 weeks...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339694/aortic-%C3%AE-smooth-muscle-actin-expressions-in-aortic-disorders-and-coronary-artery-disease-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Shi Min Yuan, Ning Wu
OBJECTIVE: The is to report immunohistochemical observations of aortic α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) expressions in patients with aortic aneurysm, acute aortic dissection, and coronary artery disease and to discuss phenotypic switching of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of these lesions. METHODS: Forty-nine consecutive patients scheduled for surgical treatment for acute type A aortic dissection (20 patients), aortic aneurysm (9 patients), and coronary artery disease (20 patients) were included...
January 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336649/severe-craniofacial-involvement-due-to-amniotic-band-sequence
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Luis Eduardo Becerra-Solano, Gema Castañeda-Cisneros, Jorge Roman Corona-Rivera, Manuel Díaz-Rodríguez, Luis Eduardo Figuera, Eunice López-Muñoz, José Antonio Nastasi-Catanese, José Jesús Toscano-Flores, María de Lourdes Ramírez-Dueñas, José Elias García-Ortíz
BACKGROUND: Disruptive amniotic band sequence (DABS) is a sporadic, non-familial disorder with unclear etiology. Diagnosis is based on clinical features because there is currently no reliable laboratory diagnostic tests. OBJECTIVE: We describe six cases of DABS with severe craniofacial deformations, three with and three without classical constrictive limb deformation. RESULTS: The craniofacial deformities were delimited by peripheral sharply demarcated scarring...
January 16, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335358/sox2-is-essential-for-oligodendroglial-proliferation-and-differentiation-during-postnatal-brain-myelination-and-cns-remyelination
#9
Sheng Zhang, Xiaoqing Zhu, Xuehong Gui, Christopher Croteau, Lanying Song, Jie Xu, Aijun Wang, Peter Bannerman, Fuzheng Guo
In the central nervous system (CNS), myelination and remyelination depend on the successful progression and maturation of oligodendroglial lineage cells including proliferation and differentiation of oligodendroglial progenitor cells (OPCs). Previous studies have reported that Sox2 transiently regulates oligodendrocyte (OL) differentiation in the embryonic and perinatal spinal cord and appears dispensable for myelination in the postnatal spinal cord. However, the role of Sox2 in OL development in the brain has yet to be defined...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335030/preschool-psychiatric-disorders-homotypic-and-heterotypic-continuity-through-middle-childhood-and-early-adolescence
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Megan C Finsaas, Sara J Bufferd, Lea R Dougherty, Gabrielle A Carlson, Daniel N Klein
BACKGROUND: Many preschool-age children meet criteria for psychiatric disorders, and rates approach those observed in later childhood and adolescence. However, there is a paucity of longitudinal research examining the outcomes of preschool diagnoses. METHODS: Families with a 3-year-old child (N = 559) were recruited from the community. Primary caregivers were interviewed using the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment when children were 3 years old (n = 541), and, along with children, using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children Present and Lifetime Version when children were 9 and 12 years old...
January 16, 2018: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334465/design-of-mini-nucleic-acid-probe-for-cooperative-binding-of-rna-repeated-transcript-associated-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Wei-Che Hsieh, Raman Bahal, Shivaji Thadke, Kirti Bhatt, Krzysztof Sobczak, Charles A Thornton, Danith H Ly
Toxic RNAs containing expanded trinucleotide repeats are the cause of many neuromuscular disorders, one being myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). DM1 is triggered by CTG-repeat expansion in the 3'-UTR of the DMPK gene, resulting in toxic-gain of RNA function through sequestration of MBNL1 protein, among others. Herein we report the development of a relatively short MPPNA probe, two triplet-repeats in length, containing terminal pyrene moieties, that is capable of binding rCUG-repeats in a sequence-specific and selective manner...
January 15, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333196/brief-report-reduced-anxiety-following-pivotal-response-treatment-in-young-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jiedi Lei, Denis G Sukhodolsky, Sebiha M Abdullahi, Megan L Braconnier, Pamela Ventola
Up to 40% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) exhibit co-occurring anxiety symptoms. Despite recent success in mitigating anxiety symptoms in school-aged children with ASD (mean age >9 years) using adapted versions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, little is known about potential treatment outcomes for younger children. To address the gap in the literature, this open-label study evaluated change in anxiety following a 16-week open-label trial of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) in children with ASD aged 4-8 years...
November 2017: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332143/conjunction-of-g-quadruplex-and-stem-loop-in-the-5-untranslated-region-of-mouse-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4-alpha1-mediates-strong-inhibition-of-protein-expression
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Shangdong Guo, Hong Lu
Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4-alpha (HNF4α) is a well-established master regulator of liver development and function. Restoration of HNF4α can treat multiple liver disorders and liver cancers. To date, HNF4α is still "undruggable" due to lack of known activating ligands. Thus, understanding the regulatory mechanism of HNF4α expression may help develop an alternative approach to modulate HNF4α protein levels. G-quadruplexes (G4) are non-canonical stable secondary structures discovered mostly in the promoters of oncogenes...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332078/magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-treating-movement-disorders
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Young Goo Kim, Eun Jung Kweon, Won Seok Chang, Hyun Ho Jung, Jin Woo Chang
Transcranial magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) surgery has recently gained favor as a novel, noninvasive alternative to conventional neurosurgery. In contrast to traditional ablative interventions, transcranial MRgFUS surgery is entirely imaging-guided and uses continuous temperature measurements at the target and surrounding tissue taken in real-time. Unlike Gamma Knife radiosurgery, MRgFUS surgery can make a lesion immediately and does not use ionizing radiation. Moreover, since no metallic device is implanted, MR imaging-based diagnosis is not restricted throughout life...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331639/identification-of-the-disinfection-byproducts-of-bisphenol-s-and-the-disrupting-effect-on-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-ppar%C3%AE-induced-by-chlorination
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Sai Zheng, Jiachen Shi, Jing Zhang, Yi Yang, Jianying Hu, Bing Shao
Bisphenol S (BPS), an alternative product to bisphenol A (BPA), has been the focus of increasing public concern due to its potential endocrine disrupting effect and its adverse effects related to metabolic disorders such as obesity. The detection of its residue in drinking water supply systems suggests that BPS can be chlorinated; however, whether its endocrine disrupting effect can be disrupted by this chlorination remains unclear. In the present study, we identified the byproducts of the reaction of BPS with chlorine and assessed the effect of the main byproducts on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ)...
January 5, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331264/altered-levels-of-the-splicing-factor-muscleblind-modifies-cerebral-cortical-function-in-mouse-models-of-myotonic-dystrophy
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Gang Chen, Russell E Carter, John D Cleary, Tammy S Reid, Laura P Ranum, Maurice S Swanson, Timothy J Ebner
Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is a progressive, multisystem disorder affecting skeletal muscle, heart, and central nervous system. In both DM1 and DM2, microsatellite expansions of CUG and CCUG RNA repeats, respectively, accumulate and disrupt functions of alternative splicing factors, including muscleblind (MBNL) proteins. Grey matter loss and white matter changes, including the corpus callosum, likely underlie cognitive and executive function deficits in DM patients. However, little is known how cerebral cortical circuitry changes in DM...
January 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331099/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-disruptive-behaviour-disorders-teacher-rating-scale-as-a-screening-tool-for-early-detection-of-disruptive-behaviour-disorders-in-schools-in-a-lower-middle-income-setting
#17
Olawunmi Olagundoye, Alex Igundunasse, Morenike Aluko
Background Despite the need to curb the menace resulting from the negative trajectory of disruptive behaviour disorders (DBD) in societies of the world today, there is yet a dearth of locally standardised tools for the early detection of these disorders in Nigeria. This study was aimed at standardising the DBD teacher rating scale (DBD-TRS) to be culturally specific using teachers' ratings of their students. Objectives To establish norm scores for the three categories of DBD on the DBD-TRS, to evaluate the reliability, validity, predictive power, sensitivity and specificity of DBD-TRS items for identifying DBD symptoms amongst children/adolescents between the ages of 4 and 16 years...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330881/cocaine-and-hiv-1-tat-disrupt-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-astrocytes-implications-for-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders-in-cocaine-user-patients
#18
Bianca Cotto, Kalimuthusamy Natarajaseenivasan, Kimberly Ferrero, Leroy Wesley, Matthew Sayre, Dianne Langford
Cholesterol synthesis and clearance by astrocytes are tightly regulated to maintain constant levels within the brain. In this context, liver X receptors (LXRs) are the master regulators of cholesterol homeostasis in the central nervous system (CNS). Increasing levels of cholesterol in astrocytes trigger LXR activation leading to the transcription of target genes involved in cholesterol trafficking and efflux, including apolipoprotein E, cytochrome P450 enzymes, sterol regulatory binding protein, and several ATP-binding cassette transporter proteins...
January 13, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330326/loss-of-balance-between-striatal-feedforward-inhibition-and-corticostriatal-excitation-leads-to-tremor
#19
Yael Oran, Izhar Bar-Gad
Fast spiking interneurons (FSIs) exert powerful inhibitory control over the striatum and are hypothesized to balance the massive excitatory cortical and thalamic input to this structure. We recorded neuronal activity in the dorsolateral striatum and globus pallidus (GP) concurrently with the detailed movement kinematics of freely behaving female rats prior to and following selective inhibition of FSI activity using IEM-1460 microinjections. The inhibition led to the appearance of episodic rest tremor in the body part that depended on the somatotopic location of the injection within the striatum...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329089/neural-circuit-dysfunction-in-mouse-models-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
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REVIEW
Isabel Del Pino, Beatriz Rico, Oscar Marín
Neuropsychiatric disorders arise from the alteration of normal brain developmental trajectories disrupting the function of specific neuronal circuits. Recent advances in human genetics have greatly accelerated the identification of genes whose variation increases the susceptibility for neurodevelopmental disorders, most notably for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia. In parallel, experimental studies in animal models-most typically in mice-are beginning to shed light on the role of these genes in the development and function of specific brain circuits...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
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