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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444635/the-leukocentric-theory-of-neurological-disorder-a-manifesto
#1
Robert Fern
Approximately half of the human brain is composed of white matter (WM), a specialized tissue housing the axonal projection of neurons and their necessary supporting glial cells. Axons course long distances from their parent soma, have a delicate structure, large surface area and in many cases are dependent upon a uniquely close morphological arrangement with myelinating oligodendrocyte partners; all factors that may predispose them to injury and disease. WM damage is central to a range of well-characterized disorders including multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury and is also makes a significant contribution to disorders often considered to be largely focused in gray matter; for example, in stroke where ~49% of injury by volume is located in WM...
April 25, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437057/psychotic-and-bipolar-disorders-behavioral-disorders-in-dementia
#2
Sherri Morgan
Psychosis is one of the most common conditions in later life, with dementia being a main contributing factor. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), now categorizes the various types of dementia as neurocognitive disorders. Alzheimer disease is a common cause of dementia and psychosis. Psychosis also is seen in patients with vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Psychosis can be primary, caused by a psychiatric disorder listed in the DSM-5, or secondary, due to a medical or neurologic condition...
April 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435933/the-c677t-variant-in-mthfr-modulates-associations-between-brain-integrity-mood-and-cognitive-functioning-in-old-age
#3
Florence F Roussotte, Xue Hua, Katherine L Narr, Gary W Small, Paul M Thompson
INTRODUCTION: The C677T functional variant in the methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene leads to reduced enzymatic activity and elevated blood levels of homocysteine. Hyperhomocysteinemia has been linked with higher rates of cardiovascular diseases, cognitive decline, and late-life depression. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Here, 3D magnetic resonance imaging data was analyzed from 738 individuals (age: 75.5 ± 6.8 years; 438 men/300 women) including 173 Alzheimer's patients, 359 subjects with mild cognitive impairment, and 206 healthy older adults, scanned as part of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)...
April 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434943/epigenetic-pathways-in-human-disease-the-impact-of-dna-methylation-on-stress-related-pathogenesis-and-current-challenges-in-biomarker-development
#4
M Austin Argentieri, Sairaman Nagarajan, Bobak Seddighzadeh, Andrea A Baccarelli, Alexandra E Shields
HPA axis genes implicated in glucocorticoid regulation play an important role in regulating the physiological impact of social and environmental stress, and have become a focal point for investigating the role of glucocorticoid regulation in the etiology of disease. We conducted a systematic review to critically assess the full range of clinical associations that have been reported in relation to DNA methylation of CRH, CRH-R1/2, CRH-BP, AVP, POMC, ACTH, ACTH-R, NR3C1, FKBP5, and HSD11β1/2 genes in adults...
April 4, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428166/vascular-cognitive-impairment-in-a-memory-clinic-population-rationale-and-design-of-the-utrecht-amsterdam-clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-trace-vci-study
#5
EDITORIAL
Jooske Marije Funke Boomsma, Lieza Geertje Exalto, Frederik Barkhof, Esther van den Berg, Jeroen de Bresser, Rutger Heinen, Huiberdina Lena Koek, Niels Daniël Prins, Philip Scheltens, Henry Chanoch Weinstein, Wiesje Maria van der Flier, Geert Jan Biessels
BACKGROUND: Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI) refers to cognitive dysfunction due to vascular brain injury, as a single cause or in combination with other, often neurodegenerative, etiologies. VCI is a broad construct that captures a heterogeneous patient population both in terms of cognitive and noncognitive symptoms and in terms of etiology and prognosis. This provides a challenge when applying this construct in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents the rationale and design of the TRACE-VCI study, which investigates the clinical features and prognosis of VCI in a memory clinic setting...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415968/how-to-explore-the-needs-of-informal-caregivers-of-individuals-with-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-or-related-diseases-a-systematic-review-of-quantitative-and-qualitative-studies
#6
T Novais, V Dauphinot, P Krolak-Salmon, C Mouchoux
BACKGROUND: This study aims to review the methodologies used to identify the needs, the existing needs assessment instruments and the main topics of needs explored among caregivers of patients with mild cognitive impairment to dementia. METHODS: MEDLINE, PsycINFO, The Cochrane Library and Web of science were searched from January 1980 to January 2017. Research studies in English or French were eligible for inclusion if they fulfilled the following criteria: quantitative, qualitative and mixed method studies that used instrument, focus group or semi-structured interviews to assess the informal caregiver's needs in terms of information, coping skills, support and service...
April 17, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413987/alzheimer-s-disease-like-early-phase-brain-pathogenesis-self-curing-amelioration-of-neurodegeneration-from-pro-inflammatory-wounding-to-anti-inflammatory-healing
#7
Jiang He, Tao Liao, Guo-Xin Zhong, Ji-Da Zhang, Yan-Ping Chen, Qi Wang, Qing-Ping Zeng
The etiological initiators of neuroinflammation remain inclusive, and effective interventions to block neurodegeneration are unavailable. Surprisingly, we found collagen II-combined complete Freund's adjuvant (CC) that usually induces rheumatoid arthritis (RA) also drives Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like neurodegeneration in mice. CC not only upregulates the cerebral pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin 8 (IL-8), but also downregulates the cerebral interleukin 10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a rate-limiting enzyme for biosynthesis of the anti-inflammatory neurotransmitter dopamine...
April 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411132/methyl-jasmonate-attenuates-memory-dysfunction-and-decreases-brain-levels-of-biomarkers-of-neuroinflammation-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-mice
#8
Umukoro Solomon, Eduviere Anthony Taghogho
Neuroinflammation plays a central role in the etiology and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by a gradual loss of memory functions. Thus, it has been proposed that agents that could reduce inflammatory processes in AD brains might be useful for the treatment of the disease. Methyl jasmonate (MJ) is a bioactive compound, which has been reported to exhibit anti-amnesic and in vitro anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we further examine its effects on the brain levels of biomarkers of neuroinflammation in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced memory deficits in mice...
April 12, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405187/identification-of-cerebral-metal-ion-imbalance-in-the-brain-of-aging-octodon-degus
#9
Nady Braidy, Anne Poljak, Chris Marjo, Helen Rutlidge, Anne Rich, Bat-Erdene Jugder, Tharusha Jayasena, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Perminder S Sachdev
The accumulation of redox-active transition metals in the brain and metal dyshomeostasis are thought to be associated with the etiology and pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in particular. As well, distinct biometal imaging and role of metal uptake transporters are central to understanding AD pathogenesis and aging but remain elusive, due inappropriate detection methods. We therefore hypothesized that Octodon degus develop neuropathological abnormalities in the distribution of redox active biometals, and this effect may be due to alterations in the expression of lysosomal protein, major Fe/Cu transporters, and selected Zn transporters (ZnTs and ZIPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389656/estrogen-related-factors-in-the-frontal-lobe-of-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-and-importance-of-body-mass-index
#10
Naoko Honma, Shigehira Saji, Tetuo Mikami, Noriko Yoshimura, Seijiro Mori, Yuko Saito, Shigeo Murayama, Nobuhiro Harada
Estrogens play a physiologically important role in the brain, but controversies exist regarding the association between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and estrogens. Estrogen-related factors were comprehensively examined in frontal lobe tissues from autopsied AD patients, and compared with controls. Concentrations of estrogens, expression of estrogen receptors (ERs), and estrogen-metabolizing enzymes (EMEs) which are important for determining the peripheral estrogen concentrations, were examined using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative real-time PCR, respectively...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387675/dna-methylation-and-tag-snps-of-the-bdnf-gene-in-conversion-of-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-into-alzheimer-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-cohort-study
#11
Bing Xie, Zanchao Liu, Wenxuan Liu, Lei Jiang, Rui Zhang, Dongsheng Cui, Qingfu Zhang, Shunjiang Xu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex multifactorial disease influenced by both genetic and epigenetic factors. This study was aimed to evaluate the interaction between brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) promoter methylation status and tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag SNPs) on amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and its conversion to AD. A total of 506 aMCI patients and 728 cognitive normal controls were included in the cross-sectional analysis. Patients (n = 458) from aMCI cohort were selected in the 5-year longitudinal study and classified into two groups: aMCI-stable group (n = 330) and AD-conversion group (n = 128)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376695/added-value-and-limitations-of-amyloid-pet-imaging-review-and-analysis-of-selected-cases-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
#12
David A Weidman, Edward Zamrini, Marwan N Sabbagh, Sandra Jacobson, Anna Burke, Christine Belden, Jessica Powell, Nidhi Bhalla, Auttawut Roontiva, Xiaoying Kuang, Ji Luo, Kewei Chen, Garrett Riggs, William Burke
Amyloid-positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain detects elevated amyloid-beta (amyloid-β) neuritic plaques in vivo, which can be helpful in appropriately selected cases of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, when Alzheimer's disease remains a possible etiology, after a comprehensive clinical evaluation. We reviewed cases of cognitively impaired patients who underwent amyloid-PET imaging because of diagnostic uncertainty. Pre- and post-PET elements of diagnosis and management were first compared, to assess impact of scan results on clinical decision-making, and then an analysis of those decisions was undertaken in appropriate clinical situations, to delineate the added value and limitations of amyloid-PET imaging...
February 2017: Neurocase
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375705/the-solution-assembly-of-biological-molecules-using-ion-mobility-methods-from-amino-acids-to-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein
#13
Christian Bleiholder, Michael T Bowers
Ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) methods are increasingly used to study noncovalent assemblies of peptides and proteins. This review focuses on the noncovalent self-assembly of amino acids and peptides, systems at the heart of the amyloid process that play a central role in a number of devastating diseases. Three different systems are discussed in detail: the 42-residue peptide amyloid-β42 implicated in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease, several amyloid-forming peptides with 6-`11 residues, and the assembly of individual amino acids...
March 24, 2017: Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372329/dynamics-of-the-complement-cytokine-and-chemokine-systems-in-the-regulation-of-synaptic-function-and-dysfunction-relevant-to-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
Shanya Jiang, Kiran Bhaskar
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting nearly 45 million people worldwide. However, the etiology of AD is still unclear. Accumulations of amyloid-β plaques and tau tangles, neuroinflammation, and synaptic and neuronal loss are the major neuropathological hallmarks of AD, with synaptic loss being the strongest correlating factor with memory and cognitive impairment in AD. Many of these pathological hallmarks influence each other during the onset and progression of the disease...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363508/risk-factors-associated-with-the-onset-and-progression-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence
#15
Mona Hersi, Brittany Irvine, Pallavi Gupta, James Gomes, Nicholas Birkett, Daniel Krewski
A systematic review was conducted to identify risk factors associated with the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Moderate and high quality systematic reviews were eligible for inclusion. Primary studies reporting on non-genetic risk factors associated with neuropathologically or clinically confirmed AD were considered. Eighty one systematic reviews reporting on AD onset and 12 reporting on progression satisfied the eligibility criteria. Four hundred and thirty-two relevant primary studies reporting on onset were identified; however, only those published between 2010 and 2012 (n=65) were included in the qualitative synthesis...
March 28, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360830/transthyretin-and-brichos-the-paradox-of-amyloidogenic-proteins-with-anti-amyloidogenic-activity-for-a%C3%AE-in-the-central-nervous-system
#16
REVIEW
Joel N Buxbaum, Jan Johansson
Amyloid fibrils are physiologically insoluble biophysically specific β-sheet rich structures formed by the aggregation of misfolded proteins. In vivo tissue amyloid formation is responsible for more than 30 different disease states in humans and other mammals. One of these, Alzheimer's disease (AD), is the most common form of human dementia for which there is currently no definitive treatment. Amyloid fibril formation by the amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) is considered to be an underlying cause of AD, and strategies designed to reduce Aβ production and/or its toxic effects are being extensively investigated in both laboratory and clinical settings...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352155/proteinopathy-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-cross-talk-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Gargi Ganguly, Sasanka Chakrabarti, Uttara Chatterjee, Luciano Saso
Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease are two common neurodegenerative diseases of the elderly people that have devastating effects in terms of morbidity and mortality. The predominant form of the disease in either case is sporadic with uncertain etiology. The clinical features of Parkinson's disease are primarily motor deficits, while the patients of Alzheimer's disease present with dementia and cognitive impairment. Though neuronal death is a common element in both the disorders, the postmortem histopathology of the brain is very characteristic in each case and different from each other...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340083/evaluating-the-patterns-of-aging-related-tau-astrogliopathy-unravels-novel-insights-into-brain-aging-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
#18
Gabor G Kovacs, John L Robinson, Sharon X Xie, Edward B Lee, Murray Grossman, David A Wolk, David J Irwin, Dan Weintraub, Christopher F Kim, Theresa Schuck, Ahmed Yousef, Stephanie T Wagner, Eunran Suh, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Virginia M-Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski
The term "aging-related tau astrogliopathy" (ARTAG) describes pathological accumulation of abnormally phosphorylated tau protein in astrocytes. We evaluated the correlates of ARTAG types (i.e., subpial, subependymal, white and gray matter, and perivascular) in different neuroanatomical regions. Clinical, neuropathological, and genetic (eg, APOE ε4 allele, MAPT H1/H2 haplotype) data from 628 postmortem brains from subjects were investigated; most of the patients had been longitudinally followed at the University of Pennsylvania...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333388/central-regulation-of-glucose-homeostasis
#19
Alexander Tups, Jonas Benzler, Domenico Sergi, Sharon R Ladyman, Lynda M Williams
The ability of the brain to directly control glucose levels in the blood independently of its effects on food intake and body weight has been known ever since 1854 when Claude Bernard, a French physiologist, discovered that lesioning the floor of the fourth ventricle in rabbits led to a rise of sugar in the blood. Despite this outstanding discovery at that time, it took more than 140 years before progress started to be made in identifying the underlying mechanisms of brain-mediated control of glucose homeostasis...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298276/early-life-nutritional-programming-of-cognition-the-fundamental-role-of-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-mediating-the-relation-between-early-life-environment-and-learning-and-memory-process
#20
REVIEW
Laura Moody, Hong Chen, Yuan-Xiang Pan
The perinatal period is a window of heightened plasticity that lays the groundwork for future anatomic, physiologic, and behavioral outcomes. During this time, maternal diet plays a pivotal role in the maturation of vital organs and the establishment of neuronal connections. However, when perinatal nutrition is either lacking in specific micro- and macronutrients or overloaded with excess calories, the consequences can be devastating and long lasting. The brain is particularly sensitive to perinatal insults, with several neurologic and psychiatric disorders having been linked to a poor in utero environment...
March 2017: Advances in Nutrition
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