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Anne Rübsam, Sonia Parikh, Patrice E Fort
Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes and remains the leading cause of blindness among the working-age population. For decades, diabetic retinopathy was considered only a microvascular complication, but the retinal microvasculature is intimately associated with and governed by neurons and glia, which are affected even prior to clinically detectable vascular lesions. While progress has been made to improve the vascular alterations, there is still no treatment to counteract the early neuro-glial perturbations in diabetic retinopathy...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Anand Aggarwal, Kanika Chhabra, Prempal Kaur, Karamjit Singh, Indu Khosa, Pulkit Bansal
Visual field (VF) testing is an important diagnostic tool for Glaucoma. The current gold standard for VF testing is automated perimetry. This article is an attempt to familiarize the reader with components of an achromatic (white on white) automated perimetry printout. It addresses use of Humphrey perimeter to interpret the results. For the purpose of this review, a PubMed search was made using perimetry, Humphrey VFs review as key words and the relevant articles were studied. The references appended with these articles were also analyzed, and any appropriate article was also included...
January 2018: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
Denise C Hsu, Piyanate Sunyakumthorn, Matthew Wegner, Alexandra Schuetz, Decha Silsorn, Jacob D Estes, Claire Deleage, Khamis Tomusange, Samir K Lakhashe, Ruth M Ruprecht, Eric Lombardini, Rawiwan Im-Erbsin, Yanin Kuncharin, Yuwadee Phuang-Ngern, Dutsadee Inthawong, Weerawan Chuenarom, Robin Burke, Merlin L Robb, Lishomwa C Ndhlovu, Jintanat Ananworanich, Victor Valcour, Robert J O'Connell, Serena Spudich, Nelson L Michael, Sandhya Vasan
Studies utilizing highly pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) have largely focused on the immunopathology of the central nervous system (CNS) during end-stage neuro AIDS and SIV encephalitis. However, this may not model pathophysiology in earlier stages of infection. In this non-accelerated SHIV model, plasma SHIV RNA levels and peripheral blood and colonic CD4 T+ cell counts mirrored early HIV infection in humans. At 12 weeks post infection, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) detection of SHIV RNA and elevations in IP-10 and MCP-1 reflected a discrete neurovirologic process...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Lawrence Rajendran, Rosa C Paolicelli
Microglia are emerging as key players in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus far, microglia have rather been known as modulator of neurodegeneration with functions limited to neuroinflammation and release of neurotoxic molecules. However, several recent studies have demonstrated a direct role of microglia in "neuro" degeneration observed in AD by promoting phagocytosis of neuronal, in particular, synaptic structures. While some of the studies address the involvement of the β-amyloid peptides in the process, studies also indicate that this could occur independent of amyloid, further elevating the importance of microglia in AD...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Amandine Scandolera, Jane Hubert, Anne Humeau, Carole Lambert, Audrey De Bizemont, Chris Winkel, Abdelmajid Kaouas, Jean-Hugues Renault, Jean-Marc Nuzillard, Romain Reynaud
The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuro-soothing activity of a water-soluble hydrolysate obtained from the red microalgae Rhodosorus marinus Geitler (Stylonemataceae). Transcriptomic analysis performed on ≈100 genes related to skin biological functions firstly revealed that the crude Rhodosorus marinus extract was able to significantly negatively modulate specific genes involved in pro-inflammation (interleukin 1α encoding gene, IL1A) and pain detection related to tissue inflammation (nerve growth factor NGF and its receptor NGFR)...
March 17, 2018: Marine Drugs
Jacob Callesen, Davide Cattaneo, John Brincks, Ulrik Dalgas
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by a demyelination that results in reduced conductivity in the somatosensory nervous system, decreased muscle strength, vestibular alteration, and severe fatigue. Progressive resistance training (PRT) has proven to be a promising intervention showing a positive effect on muscle strength. Another promising intervention frequently used in neuro-rehabilitation is task specific training where also Balance and Motor Control Training (BMCT) are incorporated...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
Andrea Gandini, Ahmed A Amin, Hawraz Ibrahim M Amin, Davide Corriero, Alessio Porta, Giuseppe Zanoni
A practical methodology for the synthesis of key intermediates for isoprostane, neuroprostane and dihomo-isoprostane preparation has been described. The key strategy involved a three stage C-12 stereocenter inversion of the configuration of a Corey lactone, commercially available in an enantiopure form. The key intermediate was then used to prepare 17-E2c-dihomo-isoprostane and 17-F2c-dihomo-isoprostane.
March 21, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Tenpei Akita, Kazushi Aoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Masaaki Shiina, Hiroki Mutoh, Mitsuko Nakashima, Ichiro Kuki, Shin Okazaki, Shinichi Magara, Takashi Shiihara, Kenji Yokochi, Kaori Aiba, Jun Tohyama, Chihiro Ohba, Satoko Miyatake, Noriko Miyake, Kazuhiro Ogata, Atsuo Fukuda, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu
Objective: α ( CAMK2A ) and β ( CAMK2B ) isoforms of Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) play a pivotal role in neuronal plasticity and in learning and memory processes in the brain. Here, we explore the possible involvement of α - and β -CaMKII variants in neurodevelopmental disorders. Methods: Whole-exome sequencing was performed for 976 individuals with intellectual disability, developmental delay, and epilepsy. The effect of CAMK2A and CAMK2B variants on CaMKII structure and firing of neurons was evaluated by computational structural analysis, immunoblotting, and electrophysiological analysis...
March 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Alla M Zaydman, Elena L Strokova, Elena V Kiseleva, Lubov A Suldina, Anton A Strunov, Alexander I Shevchenko, Pavel P Laktionov, Vladimir M Subbotin
Idiopathic scoliosis is one of the most common disabling pathologies of children and adolescents. Etiology and pathogenesis of idiopathic scoliosis remain unknown. To study the etiology of this disease we identified the cells' phenotypes in the vertebral body growth plates in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. Materials and methods: The cells were isolated from vertebral body growth plates of the convex and concave sides of the deformity harvested intraoperatively in 50 patients with scoliosis. Cells were cultured and identified by methods of common morphology, neuromorphology, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry and PCR analysis...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
J M Zillioux, J N Jackson, C D A Herndon, S T Corbett, N G Kern
INTRODUCTION: Congenitalism is an emerging field that recognizes the complex needs of adult patients with congenital urologic issues. Despite the onset of transitional care clinics, these patients remain difficult to care for due to resource availability, insurance coverage, and multi-disciplinary needs. OBJECTIVE: The current study sought to characterize practice patterns and opinions regarding care for urologic transition patients. DESIGN: An anonymous 20-question survey was sent to members of the Society of Pediatric Urology listserv...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Jose A Lopez-Escamez, Raquel Manrique-Huarte, Eduardo Martin-Sanz, Gabriel Trinidad
INTRODUCTION: Publishing in scientific journals is an indicator of hospital quality and has become a standard of excellence for medical doctors and institutions. The aim of the study is to identify the scientific publications performed by Otolaryngology Departments in Spain within the period 2011-2015 and to compare them to a previous period between 1998-2002. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Original papers published by Otolaryngology Departments in Spain in PubMed within 2011-2015 were retrieved...
March 17, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
Dongdong Guo, Xinyi Hu, Haojie Zhang, Chenghua Lu, Guangwei Cui, Xingjing Luo
Neuropathic pain affects patients worldwide. The therapeutic effects of current methods are still poor. This study was performed to investigate the neuro-protective effect of orientin in rats with spinal nerve ligation (SNL). In this study, the paw mechanical withdrawal threshold (PWT) and the paw thermal withdrawal latency (PWL) behavioral assays indicated that orientin alleviated the warm and mechanical allodynia in rats with SNL. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) showed that orientin suppressed the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and increased the levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10)...
March 17, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Beatrice Emmanouil, Katherine Browne, Dorothy Halliday, Allyson Parry
PURPOSE: Patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2 often experience debilitating neuro-otological problems which affect their mobility and balance. This study examined the efficacy of a personalised program of vestibular rehabilitation for patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational cohort study analysing routinely collected data for 21 patients in a highly specialised Neurofibromatosis type 2 service. Vestibular rehabilitation comprised an initial one-hour assessment followed by a patient-specific exercise program reviewed in person and by email consultations...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Tulay Kansu
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March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Selvakumar Ambika, Krishnakumar Padmalakshmi, Viswanathan Venkatraman, Olma V Noronha
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis in children is an uncommon disorder which usually occurs after a viral illness or vaccination and, less frequently, occurs as a manifestation of a demyelinating disorder. Pediatric optic neuritis usually is bilateral and presents with optic disc edema, recovers rapidly with steroid therapy, and generally has low conversion rate to multiple sclerosis or neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. We report the clinical features and treatment outcomes of pediatric optic neuritis in Indian population, for which little data are available...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Marija D Ivanovic, Jovana Petrovic, Andrej Savic, Goran Gligoric, Marjan Miletic, Miodrag Vukcevic, Bosko Bojovic, Ljupco Hadzievski, Tom D P Allsop, David J Webb
The ventilators involved in non-invasive mechanical ventilation commonly provide ventilator support via a facemask. The interface of the mask with a patient promotes air leaks that cause errors in the feedback information provided by a pneumatic sensor and hence patient-ventilator asynchrony with multiple negative consequences. Our objective is to test the possibility of using chest-wall motion measured by an optical fibre-grating sensor as a more accurate non-invasive ventilator triggering mechanism.
 Approach: The basic premise of our approach is that the measurement accuracy can be improved by using a triggering signal that precedes pneumatic triggering in the neuro-ventilatory coupling sequence...
March 19, 2018: Physiological Measurement
Fabian Wenzel, Carsten Meyer, Thomas Stehle, Jochen Peters, Susanne Siemonsen, Christian Thaler, Lyubomir Zagorchev
This work presents a novel approach for the rapid segmentation of clinically relevant subcortical brain structures in T1-weighted MRI by utilizing a shape-constrained deformable surface model. In contrast to other approaches for segmenting brain structures, its design allows for parallel segmentation of individual brain structures within a flexible and robust hierarchical framework such that accurate adaptation and volume computation can be achieved within a minute of processing time. Furthermore, adaptation is driven by local and not global contrast, potentially relaxing requirements with respect to preprocessing steps such as bias-field correction...
March 9, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
Ying Lu, De-Li Cao, Lin-Xia Zhao, Yu Han, You-Li Zhang
Visceral pain, observed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, is a challenging medical problem and remains poorly understood because the mechanisms underlying it are unclear. Emerging evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic pain. In this study, we aimed to explore the potential role of miR-146a-5p (the mature form of miR-146a) in a mouse model of colitis induced by intracolonic injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). We found that induction of colitis resulted in visceral hyperalgesia manifested by a decreased pain threshold to colorectal distension and upregulation of miR-146a-5p expression in the lumbosacral spinal cord...
March 14, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Maria Beran, Britta Okyere, Joshua Vova
Amantadine is commonly prescribed as a neurostimulant in patients with brain injuries. This is a case of a 14 year-old male with a history of brain tumor that developed corneal edema after initiation of amantadine, a rare but documented side effect of this medication. After discontinuation of amantadine, the corneal edema resolved within two months, but endothelial cells density remained low.
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Chong Liao, Song Wu, Yue-Jia Luo, Qing Guan, Fang Cui
Social decision-making engages traditional decision-making processes (e.g. valuation), as well as social cognition processes (e.g. inferring the affective and mental states of another person). Neuroimaging and neuro-stimulation studies have suggested the involvement of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in a variety of social decision-making tasks. Yet no study has investigated the effect of the cortical excitability of mPFC in the decision-making of costly helping behavior. Here, we used tDCS to demonstrate the causal relationship between the cortical excitability of mPFC and costly helping decision-making...
March 14, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
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