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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916806/rewiring-of-neuronal-networks-during-synaptic-silencing
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Jana Katharina Wrosch, Vicky von Einem, Katharina Breininger, Marc Dahlmanns, Andreas Maier, Johannes Kornhuber, Teja Wolfgang Groemer
Analyzing the connectivity of neuronal networks, based on functional brain imaging data, has yielded new insight into brain circuitry, bringing functional and effective networks into the focus of interest for understanding complex neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, the analysis of network changes, based on the activity of individual neurons, is hindered by the lack of suitable meaningful and reproducible methodologies. Here, we used calcium imaging, statistical spike time analysis and a powerful classification model to reconstruct effective networks of primary rat hippocampal neurons in vitro...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912059/piracetam-inhibits-ethanol-etoh-induced-memory-deficit-by-mediating-multiple-pathways
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Yifan Yang, Jian Feng, Fangyuan Xu, Jianglin Wang
Excessive ethanol (EtOH) intake, especially to prenatal exposure, can significantly affect cognitive function and cause permanent learning and memory injures in children. As a result, how to protect children from EtOH neurotoxicity has gained increasing attention in recent years. Piracetam (Pir) is a nootropic drug derived from c-aminobutyric acid and can manage cognition impairments in multiple neurological disorders. Studies have shown that Pir can exert therapeutic effects on EtOH-induced memory impairments, but the underlying mechanism is still unknown...
September 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898055/a-carbon-nanotube-optical-reporter-maps-endolysosomal-lipid-flux
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Prakrit V Jena, Daniel Roxbury, Thomas V Galassi, Leila Akkari, Christopher P Horoszko, David B Iaea, Januka Budhathoki-Uprety, Nina Pipalia, Abigail S Haka, Jackson D Harvey, Jeetain Mittal, Frederick R Maxfield, Johanna A Joyce, Daniel A Heller
Lipid accumulation within the lumen of endolysosomal vesicles is observed in various pathologies including atherosclerosis, liver disease, neurological disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, and cancer. Current methods cannot measure lipid flux specifically within the lysosomal lumen of live cells. We developed an optical reporter, composed of a photoluminescent carbon nanotube of a single chirality, that responds to lipid accumulation via modulation of the nanotube's optical band gap. The engineered nanomaterial, composed of short, single-stranded DNA and a single nanotube chirality, localizes exclusively to the lumen of endolysosomal organelles without adversely affecting cell viability or proliferation or organelle morphology, integrity, or function...
September 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888928/an-update-on-new-and-unique-uses-of-botulinum-toxin-in-movement-disorders
#4
Joseph Jankovic
The therapeutic applications of botulinum toxin (BoNT) have grown manifold since its initial approval in 1989 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, and other facial spasms. Although it is the most potent biologic toxin known to man, long-term studies have established its safety in the treatment of a variety of neurologic and non-neurologic disorders. This review focuses on some novel and uncommon uses of BoNT in the treatment of movement disorders, such as oromandibular dystonia, including bruxism, anterocollis, camptocormia, tremor, tics, tardive and levodopa-induced dyskinesia, and restless legs syndrome...
September 6, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882694/embryonic-alcohol-exposure-leading-to-social-avoidance-and-altered-anxiety-responses-in-adult-zebrafish
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Suelen Baggio, Ben Hur Mussulini, Diogo Losch de Oliveira, Robert Gerlai, Eduardo Pacheco Rico
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a syndrome characterized by neurological and behavioral impairments. A recently discovered hallmark of FASD is impaired social behavior. Avoidance of social interaction typical of FASD may be the result of increased anxiety. Previously, the zebrafish was successfully used to model embryonic alcohol induced social abnormalities. Here, we analyzed both anxiety and social responses using a zebrafish FASD model, in adult fish. We exposed zebrafish embryos to low concentrations of ethanol (0...
September 4, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871125/hiv-1-matrix-protein-p17-misfolding-forms-toxic-amyloidogenic-assemblies-that-induce-neurocognitive-disorders
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Yasmin Zeinolabediny, Francesca Caccuri, Laura Colombo, Federica Morelli, Margherita Romeo, Alessandro Rossi, Silvia Schiarea, Carlotta Ciaramelli, Cristina Airoldi, Ria Weston, Liu Donghui, Jerzy Krupinski, Rubén Corpas, Elisa García-Lara, Sara Sarroca, Coral Sanfeliu, Mark Slevin, Arnaldo Caruso, Mario Salmona, Luisa Diomede
Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1)-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) remains an important neurological manifestation that adversely affects a patient's quality of life. HIV-1 matrix protein p17 (p17) has been detected in autoptic brain tissue of HAND individuals who presented early with severe AIDS encephalopathy. We hypothesised that the ability of p17 to misfold may result in the generation of toxic assemblies in the brain and may be relevant for HAND pathogenesis. A multidisciplinary integrated approach has been applied to determine the ability of p17 to form soluble amyloidogenic assemblies in vitro...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870844/inhibitory-synapse-deficits-caused-by-familial-%C3%AE-1-gabaa-receptor-mutations-in-epilepsy
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Xiumin Chen, Nela Durisic, Joseph W Lynch, Angelo Keramidas
Epilepsy is a spectrum of neurological disorders with many causal factors. The GABA type-A receptor (GABAAR) is a major genetic target for heritable human epilepsies. Here we examine the functional effects of three epilepsy-causing mutations to the α1 subunit (α1(T10'I), α1(D192N) and α1(A295D)) on inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) mediated by the major synaptic GABAAR isoform, α1β2γ2L. We employed a neuron - HEK293 cell heterosynapse preparation to record IPSCs mediated by mutant-containing GABAARs in isolation from other GABAAR isoforms...
September 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843182/propylparaben-suppresses-epileptiform-activity-in-hippocampal-ca1-pyramidal-cells-in-vitro
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Leonardo Lara-Valderrábano, Emilio J Galván, Luisa Rocha
Epilepsy is a highly prevalent neurological disorder. Additionally, a percentage of patients do not respond to conventional antiepileptic drugs. Therefore, drugs for epilepsy control are still being developed. In the present study, the effect of propylparaben (PPB) in the epileptiform activity induced by 4-aminopyridine in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons was evaluated using individual recordings in current-clamp mode. Results indicated that PPB suppressed the epileptiform activity in registered neurons. This effect disappeared when PPB was removed from the solution of incubation...
October 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842342/phytochemical-analysis-molecular-docking-and-antiamnesic-effects-of-methanolic-extract-of-silybum-marianum-l-gaertn-seeds-in-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-in-mice
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Nausheen Nazir, Nasiara Karim, Heba Abdel-Halim, Imran Khan, Syed Fazal Wadood, Muhammad Nisar
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn and its main component silymarin have been extensively studied and have been found effective in various neurological disorders. AIMS OF THE STUDY: The aim of the current study is to identify phytoconstituents in the methanolic extract (Me. Ext) of Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn seeds and to study in-vivo the anti-amnesic effects along with in vitro antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and buteryl cholinesterase (BChE) inhibition potential...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838986/ammonia-modifies-enteric-neuromuscular-transmission-through-glial-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-signaling
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David E Fried, Ralph E Watson, Simon C Robson, Brian D Gulbransen
OBJECTIVE: Impaired gut motility may contribute, at least in part, to the development of systemic hyperammonemia and systemic neurological disorders in inherited metabolic disorders, or in severe liver and renal disease. It is not known whether enteric neurotransmission regulates intestinal luminal and hence systemic ammonia levels by induced changes in motility. DESIGN: Here, we propose and test the hypothesis that ammonia acts through specific enteric circuits to influence gut motility...
August 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833036/treatment-with-lacosamide-impedes-generalized-seizures-in-a-rodent-model-of-cortical-dysplasia
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Ashley D Nemes, Rebecca O'Dwyer, Imad M Najm, Zhong Ying, Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, Andreas V Alexopoulos
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a common neurologic disorder resulting in spontaneous, recurrent seizures. About 30-40% of patients are not responsive to pharmacologic therapies. This may be due to the differences between individual patients such as etiology, underlying pathophysiology, and seizure focus, and it highlights the importance of new drug discovery and testing in this field. Our goal was to determine the efficacy of lacosamide (LCM), a drug approved for the treatment of focal seizures, in a model of generalized epilepsy with cortical dysplasia (CD)...
August 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827040/effect-of-sleep-patterns-on-levetiracetam-induced-mood-changes
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Randip Taneja, Krystal Hunter, Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, Melissa Carran
A common side effect of levetiracetam is the onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as mood changes including depression, anxiety, agitation, and sometimes psychosis. We performed a retrospective analysis to examine the effect of sleep pattern and chronotype on individual susceptibility to levetiracetam-induced mood changes. We reviewed records of 110 adults with epilepsy presenting to our clinic during a 3-month period, and categorized them into those currently on levetiracetam, and those no longer taking it because of mood-related adverse effects...
August 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822019/gypenoside-ix-suppresses-p38-mapk-akt-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-activation-and-inflammatory-responses-in-astrocytes-stimulated-by-proinflammatory-mediators
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Xiaoshuang Wang, Liu Yang, Li Yang, Faping Xing, Hua Yang, Liyue Qin, Yunyi Lan, Hui Wu, Beibei Zhang, Hailian Shi, Cheng Lu, Fei Huang, Xiaojun Wu, Zhengtao Wang
Gypenoside IX (GP IX) is a pure compound isolated from Panax notoginseng. Gypenosides have been implicated to benefit the recovery of enormous neurological disorders. By suppressing the activation of astrocytes, gypenosides can improve the cognitive impairment. However, so far, little is known about whether GP IX could restrain the inflammatory responses in astrocytes or reactive astrogliosis. In present study, the anti-inflammatory effects of GP IX were investigated in reactive astrocytes induced by proinflammatory mediators both in vitro and in vivo...
August 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807784/gabapentin-prevents-cortical-spreading-depolarization-induced-disinhibition
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Masoud Mesgari, Johanna Krüger, Christopher Theo Riemer, Maryam Khaleghi Ghadiri, Stjepana Kovac, Ali Gorji
Cortical spreading depolarization (CSD) has an important role in brain diseases such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, migraine with aura, and epilepsy. Several anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are used to treat paroxysmal brain diseases and are thus known to suppress CSD. One of these AEDs is gabapentin (GBP) which has been traditionally used for treatment of some CSD-related neurological diseases. We applied intra- and extracellular recordings to investigate the effect of CSD on inhibitory post synaptic potentials (IPSPs) and synaptic properties of rodent neocortex after application of GBP...
August 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807156/metabolic-factors-and-adult-neurogenesis-impacts-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-brain-repair-in-neurological-diseases
#15
Chong Gao, Jiangang Shen
Adult neurogenesis plays the important roles in animal cognitive and emotional behaviors. Abnormal proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) usually associate with the neural dysfunctions induced by different brain disorders. Therefore, targeting neurogenic factors could be a promoting strategy for neural regeneration and brain repair. Importantly, epidemiological studies suggest metabolism disorders like diabetes and obesity significantly increase the risk of neurological and psychiatric diseases...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803158/balasubramide-derivative-3c-modulates-microglia-activation-via-camkk%C3%AE-dependent-ampk-pgc-1%C3%AE-pathway-in-neuroinflammatory-conditions
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Yunjie Wang, Wenchen Ruan, Junru Mi, Jingzi Xu, Haojie Wang, Zhengyu Cao, Juan M Saavedra, Luyong Zhang, Hansen Lin, Tao Pang
Neuroinflammation plays a vital role in the pathological process of cerebral ischemic stroke, but currently there is no effective treatment. After ischemia, microglia-produced proinflammatory mediator expression contributes to the aggravation of neuroinflammation, while anti-inflammatory activation of microglia develops an anti-neuroinflammatory effect via secretion of anti-inflammatory factor. Promoting the anti-inflammatory activation of microglia might be an effective treatment of stroke. Previously, we discovered one derivative of the natural product (+)-balasubramide, compound 3C, that exhibits a remarkably anti-neuroinflammatory effect in vitro with unknown mechanisms...
August 9, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798922/practical-approach-to-the-patient-with-acute-neuromuscular-weakness
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Rajeev Nayak
Acute neuromuscular paralysis (ANMP) is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapid onset muscle weakness progressing to maximum severity within several days to weeks (less than 4 wk). Bulbar and respiratory muscle weakness may or may not be present. It is a common neurological emergency which requires immediate and careful investigations to determine the etiology because accurate diagnosis has significant impact on therapy and prognosis. Respiratory failure caused by neuromuscular weakness is considered as more critical than lung disease because its development may be insidious or subtle until sudden decompensation leads to life threatening hypoxia...
July 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794966/synthetic-cannabinoid-induced-acute-respiratory-depression-case-series-and-literature-review
#18
Mark Henry Alon, Margaret Olibrice Saint-Fleur
Synthetic Cannabinoids are a street drug that is widely attainable and cheap compared to natural cannabis, and has variable potency and unpredictable effects with no commercially available diagnostic test to confirm its presence. Similar to natural cannabis, Synthetic Cannabinoid intoxication can present in several ways with the most common emergency room presentations to be of neurologic and psychiatric manifestation. The respiratory depressive effect of Synthetic Cannabinoids has not been well documented in medical literature...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776277/anti-epileptic-activity-of-nelumbo-nucifera-fruit
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Muhammad Ali Rajput, Rafeeq Alam Khan, Tahira Assad
Epilepsy is the most commonly encountered neurological disorder affecting around 70 million people worldwide, out of which approximately 80% belongs to developing countries. Several shortcomings appeared with the use of conventional antiepileptic agents like, inadequate seizure control, side effects and cost which limit their use. Thus extensive studies are necessary to investigate the pharmacological effects of plants, which would facilitate discovery of novel drugs from herbal source permitting their use to benefit mankind...
August 3, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759710/functional-integrity-in-children-with-anoxic-brain-injury-from-drowning
#20
Mariam Ishaque, Janessa H Manning, Mary D Woolsey, Crystal G Franklin, Elizabeth W Tullis, Christian F Beckmann, Peter T Fox
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental injury and death in young children. Anoxic brain injury (ABI) is a common consequence of drowning and can cause severe neurological morbidity in survivors. Assessment of functional status and prognostication in drowning victims can be extremely challenging, both acutely and chronically. Structural neuroimaging modalities (CT and MRI) have been of limited clinical value. Here, we tested the utility of resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) for assessing brain functional integrity in this population...
October 2017: Human Brain Mapping
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