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Dirk Theile, Gerd Mikus
Recently, the opioid analgesic D,L-methadone has gained much attention as a potential antineoplastic compound, considerably triggered through lay press and media. In consequence, physicians and pharmacists are currently confronted with numerous patients willing to use D,L-methadone against their malignancies. Well-performed in vitro and in vivo models have in fact shown pro-apoptotic effects of D,L-methadone or other opioids, but also proliferation-stimulating properties. Moreover, the mechanisms of proposed opioid-stimulated apoptosis are incompletely described or contradicting...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Jie Gao, Ailin Luo, Jing Yan, Xi Fang, Xiaole Tang, Yilin Zhao, Shiyong Li
Accumulating evidence indicates that general anesthetics can cause acute neuroapoptosis and long-term cognitive deficit in models exposed to anesthetics during the brain growth-spurt period. Anesthetics-induced imbalance of mitochondrial fusion and fission preceded and contributed to developmental neuroapoptosis. Accordingly, the imbalance was accompanied by activation of dynamin-related protein (Drp)1 which was closely associated with synaptic degeneration in neurodegenerative diseases. Based on the neuroprotective role of mitochondrial division inhibitor-1 (mdivi-1) in neurodegeneration and stroke, we set out to examine whether mdivi-1 can mitigate developmental neurotoxicity induced by isoflurane...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Carla Lucia Esposito, Silvia Nuzzo, Silvia Catuogno, Simona Romano, Filomena de Nigris, Vittorio de Franciscis
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most frequent and aggressive primary brain tumor in adults, and despite advances in neuro-oncology, the prognosis for patients remains dismal. The signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) has been reported as a key regulator of the highly aggressive mesenchymal GBM subtype, and its direct silencing (by RNAi oligonucleotides) has revealed a great potential as an anti-cancer therapy. However, clinical use of oligonucleotide-based therapies is dependent on safer ways for tissue-specific targeting and increased membrane penetration...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Yong-Ying Jiang, Lin Li, Wei-Xing Shen, Yi-Hua Qiu, Yu-Ping Peng
Microglia are the main immune cells in the central nervous system. In the present study, the mechanism for acetylcholine (ACh) inhibiting microglial inflammatory response was investigated. Primary culture of microglia was isolated from cerebral cortex of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was used to activate the microglia to induce inflammatory response, and then the microglia were treated with ACh for 24 h. Protein expressions of several inflammatory factors, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) were detected by Western blot...
February 25, 2018: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Karen A Monsen, Teresa J Kelechi, Marion E McRae, Michelle A Mathiason, Karen S Martin
BACKGROUND: The growth and diversification of nursing theory, nursing terminology, and nursing data enable a convergence of theory- and data-driven discovery in the era of big data research. Existing datasets can be viewed through theoretical and terminology perspectives using visualization techniques in order to reveal new patterns and generate hypotheses. The Omaha System is a standardized terminology and metamodel that makes explicit the theoretical perspective of the nursing discipline and enables terminology-theory testing research...
March 2018: Nursing Research
Simko Sama, Eric Woith, Wolfgang Walther, Gerold Jerz, Wei Chen, Stephen Hart, Matthias F Melzig, Alexander Weng
Neuroblastoma represents the third most common malign neoplasm occurring in children and the most common in newborn. Although mortality in childhood cancer declined in the last decade, high-risk patients have poor prospects, due to the aggressiveness of the cancer. In the recent past, we underlined the potential of sapofectosid as novel and efficient transfection enhancer, demonstrating non-toxic gene delivery, but its value in tumor therapies has yet to be elucidated. A suicide gene, coding for saporin, a ribosome-inactivating protein type I, was incorporated into targeted, peptide-based nanoplexes...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
L D'Attilio, A Díaz, R D V Fernández, B Bongiovanni, N Santucci, G Dídoli, S Lioi, W Gardeñez, J L Naninni, A Del Rey, H Besedovsky, O Bottasso, M L Bay
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major health problem worldwide. In TB, the immune and central nervous systems modulate each other. The two main components of this network are the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) and autonomic nervous system (ANS). OBJECTIVE: To elucidate neuro-endocrine-immune (NEI) interactions in pulmonary (PTB) or pleural (PLTB) TB, we analysed the relationship among compounds from these systems. METHODS: We quantified levels of catecholamines, hormones and cytokines in plasma from patients with PTB (n = 46) or PLTB (n = 12) and controls (n = 32), and in the pleural fluid from PLTB patients...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Azizul Haque, Rachel Polcyn, Denise Matzelle, Naren L Banik
Neurodegeneration is a complex process that leads to irreversible neuronal damage and death in spinal cord injury (SCI) and various neurodegenerative diseases, which are serious, debilitating conditions. Despite exhaustive research, the cause of neuronal damage in these degenerative disorders is not completely understood. Elevation of cell surface α-enolase activates various inflammatory pathways, including the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and some growth factors that are detrimental to neuronal cells...
February 18, 2018: Brain Sciences
Taiji Iwasawa, Pu Zhang, Yuki Ohkawa, Hiroyuki Momota, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Yuhsuke Ohmi, Robiul H Bhuiyan, Keiko Furukawa, Koichi Furukawa
Sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids, gangliosides, are considered as cancer associated antigens in neuro-ectoderm-derived tumors such as melanomas and neuroblastomas. In particular, gangliosides GD3 and GD2 are expressed in human gliomas. It has been reported that their expression levels increase along with increased malignant properties. However, the implication of GD3/GD2 in human glioma cells has never been clarified, at least to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we introduced the cDNA of GD3 synthase (GD3S)(ST8SIA1) into a glioma cell line, U-251MG, that expresses neither GD3 nor GD2, thereby establishing transfectant cells U-251MG-GD3S(+) expressing high levels of GD3 and GD2 on the cell surface...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Fahim Ahmad, Amna Siddiqui, Mohammad A Kamal, Sayed S Sohrab
The association between Zika virus infection and neurological disorder has raised urgent global alarm. The ongoing epidemic has triggered quick responses in the scientific community. The first case of Zika virus was reported in 2015 from Brazil and now has spread over 30 countries. Nearly four hundred cases of travel-associated Zika virus infection have also been reported in the United States. Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquito belongs to the genus Aedes that are widely distributed throughout the world including the Southern United States...
February 1, 2018: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Bin Xiang, Chun Xiao, Ting Shen, Xiufang Li
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. The inhibition of inflammation appears to be a potential therapeutic strategy for neuro-inflammatory injury after ischemic stroke. In response to cerebral ischemia, resident microglia and infiltrated macrophages from the damaged blood-brain barrier are activated. Microglia activation appears to be a double-edged sword. Activated microglia migrate to the damaged neuron, change their phenotype to M1 or M2, and become involved in nerve damage and repair...
January 29, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Agostino Di Ciaula
The spread of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) is rising and health effects are still under investigation. RF-EMF promote oxidative stress, a condition involved in cancer onset, in several acute and chronic diseases and in vascular homeostasis. Although some evidences are still controversial, the WHO IARC classified RF-EMF as "possible carcinogenic to humans", and more recent studies suggested reproductive, metabolic and neurologic effects of RF-EMF, which are also able to alter bacterial antibiotic resistance...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Rebecca A Drummond
Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a life-threatening fungal disease affecting both immunosuppressed and immunocompetent people. The main causative agent of CM is Cryptococcus neoformans, a basidiomycete fungus prevalent in the environment. Our understanding of the immune mechanisms controlling C. neoformans growth within the central nervous system (CNS) is poor. However, there have been several recent advances in the field of neuroimmunology regarding how cells resident within the CNS, such as microglia and neurons, can participate in immune surveillance and control of infection...
December 25, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Min Zhang, Qiang Zhou, Yuncin Luo, Tara Nguyen, Mark I Rosenblatt, Victor H Guaiquil
The peripheral sensory nerves that innervate the cornea can be easily damaged by trauma, surgery, infection or diabetes. Several growth factors and axon guidance molecules, such as Semaphorin3A (Sema3A) are upregulated upon cornea injury. Nerves can regenerate after injury but do not recover their original density and patterning. Sema3A is a well known axon guidance and growth cone repellent protein during development, however its role in adult cornea nerve regeneration remains undetermined. Here we investigated the neuro-regenerative potential of Sema3A on adult peripheral nervous system neurons such as those that innervate the cornea...
2018: PloS One
Morteza Esmaeili, Anne Line Stensjøen, Erik Magnus Berntsen, Ole Solheim, Ingerid Reinertsen
Generating MR-derived growth pattern models for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has been an attractive approach in neuro-oncology, suggesting a distinct pattern of lesion spread with a tendency in growing along the white matter (WM) fibre direction for the invasive component. However, the direction of growth is not much studied in vivo. In this study, we sought to study the dominant directions of tumour expansion/shrinkage pre-treatment. We examined fifty-six GBMs at two time-points: at radiological diagnosis and as part of the pre-operative planning, both with contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MRIs...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Christos Davatzikos, Saima Rathore, Spyridon Bakas, Sarthak Pati, Mark Bergman, Ratheesh Kalarot, Patmaa Sridharan, Aimilia Gastounioti, Nariman Jahani, Eric Cohen, Hamed Akbari, Birkan Tunc, Jimit Doshi, Drew Parker, Michael Hsieh, Aristeidis Sotiras, Hongming Li, Yangming Ou, Robert K Doot, Michel Bilello, Yong Fan, Russell T Shinohara, Paul Yushkevich, Ragini Verma, Despina Kontos
The growth of multiparametric imaging protocols has paved the way for quantitative imaging phenotypes that predict treatment response and clinical outcome, reflect underlying cancer molecular characteristics and spatiotemporal heterogeneity, and can guide personalized treatment planning. This growth has underlined the need for efficient quantitative analytics to derive high-dimensional imaging signatures of diagnostic and predictive value in this emerging era of integrated precision diagnostics. This paper presents cancer imaging phenomics toolkit (CaPTk), a new and dynamically growing software platform for analysis of radiographic images of cancer, currently focusing on brain, breast, and lung cancer...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
G S Chowdhary, Malav Jhala
Tumours may produce growth factors and cytokines responsible for signs and symptoms distant to the primary or metastatic site. This may be the first sign of a malignancy and its recognition may be critical for early cancer detection. Moreover, proper diagnosis spares the patient of extensive and expensive search for an alternate cause of the neurological dysfunction. In neurological paraneoplastic syndromes like Lambert Eaton Myasthenic syndrome associated with small cell lung cancer, evidence of autoimmunity against presynaptic neuro-muscular junction by anti voltage gated calcium channel anti bodies is well documented...
September 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Luca Pecoraro, Carlo Agostoni, Orsiol Pepaj, Angelo Pietrobelli
After birth, breastfeeding should not be considered only a normal and physiological event; in fact, it encloses both physical and the psychological aspects. Human milk cannot be compared to any formula milk. Specifically, human milk has immunological and nutritional properties and it is considered the best available option which guarantees an adequate growth and an optimal development of a child. Differences in term of mediators and hormones have been shown between infants who were breastfed and ones who were not...
December 26, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Maria Kouroupi, Efthimios Sivridis, Dimitrios Papazoglou, Michael I Koukourakis, Alexandra Giatromanolaki
BACKGROUND/AIM: We investigated the expression of angiogenesis and hypoxia markers in the adenohypophysis and neurohypophysis of patients who died from various acute or chronic diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Paraffin-embedded material of pituitary glands (97 patients) was investigated immunohistochemically for vascular density (CD31) and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and of hypoxia inducible factors HIF1α and HIF2α. RESULTS: Vascular density, and HIF1α/HIF2α reactivity is directly related with VEGF expression in the pituitary gland, suggesting that the HIF pathway may regulate the vascular density and blood flow in the gland under hypoxic conditions...
January 2018: In Vivo
Robert Fieo, Laura Zahodne, Ming X Tang, Jennifer J Manly, Ron Cohen, Yaakov Stern
Background: Decrements in instrumental activities (IADL) have been observed in the prodromal phase of dementia. Given the long pre-dementia stage in neuro-degenerative diseases, it has been proposed that subtle functional changes may precede clinical IADL impairment. Incorporating more challenging advanced ADLs (e.g., volunteer work) into the assessment process may increase the sensitivity of functional measures, thus expanding the window for monitoring or interventions. Methods: Longitudinal cohort study (follow-ups, 18-24 month), subjects aged >60 (n=3635)...
December 13, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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