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Drug induced neurological disorders

Maxime Mallet, Nicolas Weiss, Dominique Thabut, Marika Rudler
Hyperammonemia plays a key role in the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) and most HE treatments are ammonia-lowering drugs. However, the usefulness of measuring ammonemia in routine practice remains controversial and not recommended systematically even when neurological symptoms are present. First, ammonemia measurement should be carefully performed in order to avoid a falsely elevated result. When performed, a normal ammonemia in a cirrhotic patient with neurological symptoms should lead to reconsider the diagnosis of HE...
March 15, 2018: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
Varinder Singh, Pawan Krishan, Richa Shri
Oxidative stress is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of stroke. Strategies using antioxidants to improve neurological functions after stroke have, thus, gained significant attention. Ocimum basilicum L. is used traditionally to treat CNS disorders. Its antioxidant capacity is well established. Our laboratory has reported protective effects of pre-treatment with O. basilicum in experimental stroke, but its curative (post-treatment) effects in ischemic stroke have not been documented. Hence, the present study was aimed to evaluate the effect of O...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Meixiang Zhang, Justine Ngo, Filomena Pirozzi, Ying-Pu Sun, Anthony Wynshaw-Boris
BACKGROUND: Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have been widely used to generate cellular models harboring specific disease-related genotypes. Of particular importance are ESC and iPSC applications capable of producing dorsal telencephalic neural progenitor cells (NPCs) that are representative of the cerebral cortex and overcome the challenges of maintaining a homogeneous population of cortical progenitors over several passages in vitro. While previous studies were able to derive NPCs from pluripotent cell types, the fraction of dorsal NPCs in this population is small and decreases over several passages...
March 15, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Liv Weichien Chen, Feng-Cheng Liu, Li-Feng Hung, Chuan-Yueh Huang, Shiu-Bii Lien, Leou-Chyr Lin, Jenn-Haung Lai, Ling-Jun Ho
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and primarily affects older people. The ideal anti-OA drug should have a modest anti-inflammatory effect and only limited or no toxicity for long-term use. Because the antitussive medication dextromethorphan (DXM) is protective in atherosclerosis and neurological diseases, two common disorders in aged people, we examined whether DXM can be protective in pro-inflammatory cytokine-stimulated chondrocytes and in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) animal model in this study...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Umberto Raucci, Pasquale Parisi, Nicola Vanacore, Giacomo Garone, Claudia Bondone, Antonella Palmieri, Lucia Calistri, Agnese Suppiej, Raffaele Falsaperla, Alessandro Capuano, Valentina Ferro, Antonio Francesco Urbino, Ramona Tallone, Alessandra Montemaggi, Stefano Sartori, Piero Pavone, Margherita Mancardi, Federico Melani, Lucrezia Ilvento, Maria Federica Pelizza, Antonino Reale
INTRODUCTION: Limited data exist on epidemiology, clinical presentation and management of acute hyperkinetic movement disorders (AHMD) in paediatric emergency departments (pED). METHODS: We retrospectively analysed a case series of 256 children (aged 2 months to 17 years) presenting with AHMD to the pEDs of six Italian tertiary care hospitals over a 2-year period (January 2012 to December 2013). RESULTS: The most common type of AHMD was tics (44...
March 8, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Divya M Radhakrishnan, Vinay Goyal
Parkinson's disease is a common movement disorder seen in neurological practice, but the diagnosis and management is challenging. The diagnosis is clinical and sometimes difficult, considering a large number of motor and non-motor symptoms in PD patients. The medical management of PD patients is difficult, as choices of drugs are limited and levodopa is the mainstay of treatment. However, levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) is commonly seen in Parkinson's disease patients treated with levodopa. This side effect is usually encountered after a long duration of treatment, but occasionally, this may be seen even after a few days or months of treatment...
March 2018: Neurology India
Md Suhail Alam, Bruce Cooper, Joseph D Farris, Kasturi Haldar
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are of significant interest as drugs. However, their use to treat neurological disorders has raised concern because HDACs are required for brain function. We have previously shown that a triple combination formulation (TCF) of the pan HDACi vorinostat (Vo), 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPBCD) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400 improves pharmacokinetic exposure and entry of Vo into the brain. TCF treatment significantly delayed both neurodegeneration and death in the Npc1nmf164 murine model of Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chanshuai Han, Mathilde Chaineau, Carol X-Q Chen, Lenore K Beitel, Thomas M Durcan
Neurodegenerative diseases are a challenge for drug discovery, as the biological mechanisms are complex and poorly understood, with a paucity of models that faithfully recapitulate these disorders. Recent advances in stem cell technology have provided a paradigm shift, providing researchers with tools to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from patient cells. With the potential to generate any human cell type, we can now generate human neurons and develop "first-of-their-kind" disease-relevant assays for small molecule screening...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Fernanda C Cardoso, Mahadhi Hasan, Tianjiao Zhao, Richard J Lewis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pain is a distressing protective sensory experience warning of actual or potential tissue damage. Natural toxins have evolved to exploit pain and related neuronal pathways to facilitate prey capture and for defence, often producing either numbness, paralysis or intense pain by selectively modulating ion channels and receptors in pain pathways. Understanding how toxins modulate pain pathways can enhance our understanding of the physiological and pathological basis of pain...
February 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Andrea Domenico Pratico, Martino Ruggieri, Raffaele Falsaperla, Piero Pavone
Topiramate is a well-known anticonvulsant drug with a broad spectrum of actions. It has been proposed in the treatment of several types of epileptic seizures both in monotherapy and in add-on. Its usage has been extended to other disorders including migraine, essential tremor, obesity, alcohol and drug addiction. The most frequent side-effects of topiramate include dizziness, somnolence, insomnia, and ataxia. Paraesthesia, metabolic acidosis, kidney stones, hypohidrosis, cognitive impairment and eye symptoms have been also reported...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Safety
Andre F Batista, Leticia Forny-Germano, Julia R Clarke, Natalia M Lyra E Silva, Jordano Brito-Moreira, Susan E Boehnke, Andrew Winterborn, Brian C Coe, Ann Lablans, Juliana F Vital, Suelen A Marques, Ana M B Martinez, Matthias Gralle, Christian Holscher, William L Klein, Jean-Christophe Houzel, Sergio T Ferreira, Douglas P Munoz, Fernanda G De Felice
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurological disorder that still lacks an effective treatment, and this has stimulated an intense pursuit of disease-modifying therapeutics. Given the increasingly recognized link between AD and defective brain insulin signaling, we investigated the actions of liraglutide, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog marketed for treatment of type 2 diabetes, in experimental models of AD. Insulin receptor pathology is an important feature of AD brains that impairs the neuroprotective actions of central insulin signaling...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pathology
Sujeong Jang, Sah-Hoon Park
The antidiabetic drug metformin has been found to have beneficial effects in various neurological disorders; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. Here we report that metformin protects neuronal cells from quinolinic acid (QUIN)-induced excitotoxicity. For this, we pretreated N18D3 neuronal cells with metformin prior to QUIN for 24 h. We found that pretreating the cells with metformin significantly improved cell survival rate in a concentration-dependent manner and reduced apoptotic cell death, as revealed by a MTT assay and DAPI staining, respectively...
January 2018: Chonnam Medical Journal
C S Martinez, D A Feas, M Siri, D E Igartúa, N S Chiaramoni, SdV Alonso, M J Prieto
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Since AEDs are administered in women in childbearing age, it is critical to study if drugs are capable of inducing developmental toxicity. Along the bibliography available, there is no research comparing teratogenicity and anticonvulsant effect within the same study. In the present study, we evaluated the teratogenic and anticonvulsant effects of six different AEDs: carbamazepine, levetiracetam, lamotrigine, phenobarbital, phenytoin and valproic acid...
January 20, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Yuanwei Yan, Liqing Song, Julie Bejoy, Jing Zhao, Takahisa Kanekiyo, Guojun Bu, Yi Zhou, Yan Li
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders and causes cognitive impairment and memory deficits of the patients. The mechanism of AD is not well known, due to lack of human brain models. Recently, mini-brain tissues called organoids have been derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for modeling human brain development and neurological diseases. Thus, the objective of this research is to model and characterize neural degeneration microenvironment using 3-D forebrain cortical organoids derived from hiPSCs and study the response to the drug treatment...
January 23, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Patil Anuja, Vishnu Venugopalan, Naheed Darakhshan, Pandit Awadh, Vinny Wilson, Goyal Manoj, Modi Manish, Lal Vivek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) is an emergency in cognitive neurology, defined as cognitive impairment affecting the daily living activities developed over less than 1 year. This study investigated the profile of patients with rapidly progressive dementia at first presentation. METHODS: Retrospective case analysis was done in 187 patients with rapidly progressive dementia who presented to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India from January 2008 to August 2016...
2018: PloS One
Marco Capogrosso, Jérôme Gandar, Nathan Greiner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Nikolaus Wenger, Polina Shkorbatova, Pavel E Мusienko, Ivan Minev, Stephanie P Lacour, Gregoire Courtine
We recently developed soft neural interfaces enabling the delivery of electrical and chemical stimulation to the spinal cord. These stimulations restored locomotion in animal models of paralysis. Soft interfaces can be placed either below or above the dura mater. Theoretically, the subdural location combines many advantages, including increased selectivity of electrical stimulation, lower stimulation thresholds, and targeted chemical stimulation through local drug delivery. However, these advantages have not been documented, nor have their functional impact been studied in-silico or in a relevant animal model of neurological disorders using a multimodal neural interface...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Xirui He, Yajun Bai, Min Zeng, Zefeng Zhao, Qiang Zhang, Ning Xu, Fanggang Qin, Xiaoyang Wei, Meimei Zhao, Ni Wu, Zehua Li, Yajun Zhang, Tai-Ping Fan, Xiaohui Zheng
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is one of chronic neurological disorders that affects 0.5-1.0% of the world's population during their lifetime. There is a still significant need to develop novel anticonvulsant drugs that possess superior efficacy, broad spectrum of activities and good safety profile. METHODS: α-Asaronol and two current antiseizure drugs (α-asarone and carbamazepine (CBZ)) were assessed by in vivo anticonvulsant screening with the three most employed standard animal seizure models, including maximal electroshock seizure (MES), subcutaneous injection-pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures and 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MP)-induced seizures in mice...
August 31, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Ye Cuan, Xirui He, Yuhui Zhao, Jiajun Yang, Yajun Bai, Yin Sun, Qiang Zhang, Zefeng Zhao, Xiaoyang Wei, Xiaohui Zheng
Epilepsy is a common chronic neurological disorder disease, and there is an urgent need for the development of novel anticonvulsant drugs. In this study, the anticonvulsant activities and neurotoxicity of 12 cinnamic acid derivatives substituted by fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and trifluoromethyl groups were screened by the maximal electroshock seizure (MES) and rotarod tests (Tox). Three of the tested compounds (compounds 3, 6 and 12) showed better anticonvulsant effects and lower neurotoxicity. They showed respective median effective dose (ED50) of 47...
December 29, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Elizabeth T Olonode, Adegbuyi O Aderibigbe, Olusegun A Adeoluwa, Anthony T Eduviere, Benneth Ben-Azu
Rapid eye movement sleep deprivation distorts the body's homeostasis and results in oxidative breakdown which may be responsible for a variety of neurological disorders. Some naturally occurring compounds of plant origin with antioxidant and neuroprotective properties are known to attenuate the detrimental effects of REM sleep deprivation. Morin hydrate, a flavonoid from Mulberry has demonstrated antioxidant and neuroprotective activities but its effect in sleep disturbed mice is unknown. The study was designed to explore the neuroprotective effect of Morin hydrate on 48 hr...
December 25, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
Ji-Hyun Park, Young Ho Seo, Jung-Hee Jang, Chul-Ho Jeong, Sooyeun Lee, Byoungduck Park
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (METH) is a commonly abused drug that may result in neurotoxic effects. Recent studies have suggested that involvement of neuroinflammatory processes in brain dysfunction is induced by misuse of this drug. However, the mechanism underlying METH-induced inflammation and neurotoxicity in neurons is still unclear. In this study, we investigated whether asiatic acid (AA) effected METH-mediated neuroinflammation and neurotoxicity in dopaminergic neuronal cells. And we further determined whether the effect involved in the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)3 and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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