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  1. Neuro-Behcet's disease showing severe atrophy of the cerebrum.

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    Miyakawa, T; Murayama, E; Deshimaru, M; Shikai, I; Kozuma, S

    1976-03-15

    A 38-year-old female died 6 years after the onset of what was, clinically and histopathologically, consistent with neuro-Behcet's disease. Pathologically the cerebrum showed severe atrophy. The main changes were observed in the grey and white matter, the diencephalon and the basal ganglia by light microscopy. All these changes originated in softenings around blood vessels, especially small vessels or capillaries. These foci fused together to form large regions of softening. Glial or mesenchymal reactions were minimal. In the white matter there was slight perivascular-infiltration, mainly consisting of lymphocytes. In view of these findings, it is suggested that these changes were caused by an allergic vasculitis. The present case of Neuro-Behcet's disease is the first one showing general atrophy of the cerebrum. It is very important in relation to demyelinating encephalitis.

  2. NEUROFEEDBACK INFLUENCE ON CEREBRUM BIOELECTRICAL ACTIVITY IN GYMNASTS-WOMEN

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    T. Yu. Strizhkova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of electroencephalogram (EEG of highly skilled gymnasts-women (main group – 49, control group – 39 showed the availability of cerebrum bioelectrical activity features of sportswomen connected with left hemisphere dominance, predominance of theta-rhythm power and lower reaction to eyes closing, also character of neurodynamic changes generated by neurofeedback course depended on ovarian-menstrual cycle phases.

  3. Bromopyrrole alkaloids from the Caribbean sponge Agelas cerebrum

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    Regalado, Erik L.; Laguna, Abilio, E-mail: erikluis18@gmail.co [Center of Marine Bioproducts, Havana (Cuba). Dept. of Chemistry; Mendiola, Judith [Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri (IPK), Havana (Cuba). Dept. of Parasitology; Thomas, Olivier P. [Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). Lab. de Chimie des Molecules Bioactives et des Aromes; Nogueiras, Clara [University of Havana, San Lazaro y L, Havana (Cuba). Faculty of Chemistry. Center of Natural Products

    2011-07-01

    Bioguided fractionation of Agelas cerebrum crude extract resulted in isolation of four bromopyrrole and four bromopyrrole aminoimidazole alkaloids, identified as 5-bromopyrrole-2-carboxylic acid (1), 4-bromopyrrole-2-carboxylic acid (2), 3,4-bromopyrrole-2-carboxylic acid (3), 4,5-bromopyrrole-2-carboxylic acid (4), oroidin (5), bromoageliferin (6), dibromoageliferin (7) and dibromosceptrin (8) on the basis of spectroscopic data analyses (UV, IR, HRMS, 1D and 2D NMR) and comparison with literature data. This is the first report of compounds 2 and 3 in a marine sponge belonging to the Agelas genus and the first evidence of the presence of 1 from a natural source. (author)

  4. Surgery of the human cerebrum--a collective modernity.

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    Apuzzo, Michael L J; Liu, Charles Y; Sullivan, Daniel; Faccio, Rodrick A

    2007-07-01

    Safe and beneficial surgery of the human cerebrum is arguably one of mankind's most notable achievements and one of the great testimonials to human creativity, intelligence, and character. In many ways, it is a testimony to the climates of civilization that have marked human history. In historical terms, in the year 2007, cranial surgery celebrated its 12,000th birthday, with cranial manipulation for various religious, mystical, and therapeutic reasons being evident in Africa more than 10 millennia before the birth of Christ. This article traces the major developments and attitudes that have laid the foundations of modernity in what is currently surgery and medicine's most exciting and complex technical exercise. It is in fact a 12,000 year prelude to the modernity that we currently enjoy. Before attempting to define our modernity and emerging futurism with reinvention, examination of the prolonged and tedious invention is appropriate for perspective. The following examines and recounts the accrual of data and changes in attitude over the stream of history that have allowed refined surgery of the human cerebrum to become a reality.

  5. Effects of Aging and Advanced Glycation on Gene Expression in Cerebrum and Spleen of Mice

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    YUE-XIN LIANG; ZHEN WANG; DIAN-DONG LI; JIAN-MIN JIANG; RONG-GUANG SHAO

    2003-01-01

    Objective To analyze the effects of aging or advanced glycation on gene expression in the cerebrum and spleen of female C57BL/6J mice. Methods The gene expression profile was determined by using cDNA expression arrays containing 588 cDNA. Results Aging and advanced glycation resulted in differential gene expression patterns of cerebrum and spleen compared with young mice. Among the 80 genes detected in cerebrum, 43 exhibited a change in mRNA ratios with aging or treatment. Thirty-four changes (79%) were common in aged and D-galactose treated mice,whereas the cerebrum from aged and AGE-lysine treated mice showed common changes in expression of 38 genes(88%). Of the 86 genes detected in spleen, 29 (34%) displayed an age-related decrease in expression, whereas 3 (3%) displayed an increase in expression levels with aging. Eighteen genes from the detectable genes exhibited expression changes in both cerebrum and spleen of mice.Conclusions The gene expression profiles of D-galactose and AGE-lysine treated mice resemble those of aged mice. Use of cDNA hybridization arrays may provide a promising tool to explore the mechanism of aging at a molecular level.

  6. Gas enhanced magnetic resonance angiography of the cerebrum using carbon dioxide and oxygen - preliminary results

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    Pedersen, Mads Møller; Hansen, Kristoffer Lindskov; Ohlhues, Anders

    and Methods Two healthy volunteers were scanned during inhalation of three different gas mixtures: Gas I (air), Gas II (5% CO2, 21 % O2, 74 % N2), Gas III (5% CO2, 95% O2). For each gas mixture a time of flight (TOF) series on the cerebral arteries was performed. Following each TOF series an ECG-gated phase...... as a response to the added CO2 (gas II). Free oxygen (gas III) enhanced the MRA blood signal but invoked a slight decrease in the volume flow. Discussion/conclusion Inhaling gas mixture during MRA examination containing CO2 and O2 increased the cerebral MRA signal. These preliminary results indicate...... that improved MRA of the cerebrum can be gained when inhaling 5 % CO2/ 95% O2 during examination bringing forth an alternative to CT and x-ray cerebral angiography. Furthermore, gas enhanced MRA could be an alternative to contrast enhanced MRA in other regions of interest than cerebrum....

  7. Modulation of radiation-induced biochemical changes in cerebrum of Swiss albino mice by Grewia Asiatica.

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    Sisodia, Rashmi; Ahaskar, Muktika; Sharma, K V; Singh, Smita

    2008-01-01

    The present study evaluates the possible radioprotective effect of Grewia asiatica fruit (rich in anthocyanin, carotenes, vitamin C, etc.) pulp extract (GAE) on cerebrum of Swiss albino mice exposed to 5 Gy gamma radiation. For this, healthy mice from an inbred colony were divided into four groups: (1) Control (vehicle treated) (2) GAE treated - mice in this group were orally supplemented with GAE (700 m/kg. b.w./day) once daily for fifteen consecutive days, (3) Vehicle treated irradiated mice, and (4) GAE + Irradiated - Mice in this group received distilled water orally equivalent to GAE (700 m/kg. b.w/day) for fifteen days consecutively. Mice were sacrificed at various intervals viz. 1-30 days. Radiation-induced augmentation in the levels of lipid peroxidation of mice cerebrum was significantly ameliorated by GAE pretreatment. Radiation-induced depletion in the level of glutathione and protein was prevented significantly by GAE administration.

  8. Effect of pregnancy on autoregulation of cerebral blood flow in anterior versus posterior cerebrum.

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    Cipolla, Marilyn J; Bishop, Nicole; Chan, Siu-Lung

    2012-09-01

    Severe preeclampsia and eclampsia are associated with brain edema that forms preferentially in the posterior cerebral cortex possibly because of decreased sympathetic innervation of posterior cerebral arteries and less effective autoregulation during acute hypertension. In the present study, we examined the effect of pregnancy on the effectiveness of cerebral blood flow autoregulation using laser Doppler flowmetry and edema formation by wet:dry weight in acute hypertension induced by phenylephrine infusion in the anterior and posterior cerebrum from nonpregnant (n=8) and late-pregnant (n=6) Sprague-Dawley rats. In addition, we compared the effect of pregnancy on sympathetic innervation by tyrosine hydroxylase staining of posterior and middle cerebral arteries (n=5-6 per group) and endothelial and neuronal NO synthase expression using quantitative PCR (n=3 per group). In nonpregnant animals, there was no difference in autoregulation between the anterior and posterior cerebrum. However, in late-pregnant animals, the threshold of cerebral blood flow autoregulation was shifted to lower pressures in the posterior cerebrum, which was associated with increased neuronal NO synthase expression in the posterior cerebral cortex versus anterior. Compared with the nonpregnant state, pregnancy increased the threshold of autoregulation in both brain regions that was related to decreased expression of endothelial NO synthase. Lastly, acute hypertension during pregnancy caused greater edema formation in both brain cortices that was not attributed to changes in sympathetic innervation. These findings suggest that, although pregnancy shifted the cerebral blood flow autoregulatory curve to higher pressures in both the anterior and posterior cortices, it did not protect from edema during acute hypertension.

  9. Comparison of ImageJ software numeration and Pullicino formula for cerebrum hematoma cerebrum hematoma.%ImageJ测量颅内血肿体积与多田公式的比较评价

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    符鹏程; 陈继华; 夏明万; 雷生锁

    2011-01-01

    目的 比较颅内血肿的两种测定方法.方法 分别应用多田公式及ImageJ软件测量50例脑内血肿的体积,并对两组体积结果进行统计学分析.结果 脑内血肿的两种计算方法差异有统计学意义.结论 ImageJ软件算法较多田公式更具准确性.%To compare two numeration of cerebrum hematoma. Methods The volume of cerebrum hematoma in 50 cases was measured by the methods of Pullicino formula and lmageJ software, and then the resuits were compared by statistics analyses. Results There was a significant difference between two numeration of cerebrum hematoma. Conclusion ImageJ software numeration is more accurate than Pullicino formula.

  10. Cerebrum-cervical arterial dissection in adults during sports and recreation

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    Yara Dadalti Fragoso

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Dissection of cervical arteries constitutes a medical emergency. Although relatively rarely, activities classified as sports and recreation may be a cause of arterial dissection independently of neck or head trauma. The purpose of the present paper was to present a series of cases of cerebrum-cervical arterial dissection in individuals during or soon after the practice of these sports activities.Methods Retrospective data on patients with arterial dissection related to sports and recreation.Results Forty-one cases were identified. The most frequently affected vessel was the vertebral artery. A large variety of activities had a temporal relationship to arterial dissection, and jogging was the most frequent of these. This is the largest case series in the literature.Conclusion Arterial dissection may be a complication from practicing sports.

  11. Three-dimensional atlas of iron, copper, and zinc in the mouse cerebrum and brainstem.

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    Hare, Dominic J; Lee, Jason K; Beavis, Alison D; van Gramberg, Amanda; George, Jessica; Adlard, Paul A; Finkelstein, David I; Doble, Philip A

    2012-05-01

    Atlases depicting molecular and functional features of the brain are becoming an integral part of modern neuroscience. In this study we used laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) to quantitatively measure iron (Fe), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) levels in a serially sectioned C57BL/6 mouse brain (cerebrum and brainstem). Forty-six sections were analyzed in a single experiment of approximately 158 h in duration. We constructed a 46-plate reference atlas by aligning quantified images of metal distribution with corresponding coronal sections from the Allen Mouse Brain Reference Atlas. The 46 plates were also used to construct three-dimensional models of Fe, Cu, and Zn distribution. This atlas represents the first reconstruction of quantitative trace metal distribution through the brain by LA-ICPMS and will facilitate the study of trace metals in the brain and help to elucidate their role in neurobiology.

  12. Perinatal exposure to diesel exhaust affects gene expression in mouse cerebrum

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    Tsukue, Naomi [Tokyo University of Science, Department of Hygiene Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Noda, Chiba (Japan); Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Kawaguchi, Saitama (Japan); Japan Automobile Research Institute, Health Effects Research Group, Energy and Environment Research Division, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Watanabe, Manabu; Kumamoto, Takayuki; Takeda, Ken [Tokyo University of Science, Department of Hygiene Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Noda, Chiba (Japan); Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Kawaguchi, Saitama (Japan); Takano, Hirohisa [Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology, Kawaguchi, Saitama (Japan); National Institute for Environmental Studies, Pathophysiology Research Team, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2009-11-15

    Many environmental toxins alter reproductive function and affect the central nervous system (CNS). Gonadal steroid hormones cause differentiation of neurons and affect brain function and behavior during the perinatal period, and the CNS is thought to be particularly susceptible to toxic insult during this period. It was, therefore, hypothesized that inhalation of diesel exhaust (DE) during the fetal or suckling period would disrupt the sexual differentiation of brain function in mice, and the effects of exposure to DE during the perinatal period on sexual differentiation related gene expression of the brain were investigated. In the fetal period exposure group, pregnant ICR mice were exposed to DE from 1.5 days post-coitum (dpc) until 16 dpc. In the neonatal period exposure group, dams and their offspring were exposed to DE from the day of birth [postnatal day (PND)-0] until PND-16. Then, the cerebrums of males and females at PND-2, -5, and -16 from both groups were analyzed for expression level of mRNA encoding stress-related proteins [cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1), heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)] and steroid hormone receptors [estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha), estrogen receptor beta (ER beta), androgen receptor (AR)]. Expression levels of ER alpha and ER beta mRNA were increased in the cerebrum of newborns in the DE exposure groups as well as mRNA for CYP1A1 and HO-1. Results indicate that perinatal exposure to DE during the critical period of sexual differentiation of the brain may affect endocrine function. (orig.)

  13. Proteome profiling reveals regional protein alteration in cerebrum of common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) exposed to methylmercury.

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    Shao, Yueting; Yamamoto, Megumi; Figeys, Daniel; Ning, Zhibin; Chan, Hing Man

    2016-03-10

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is known to selectively damage the calcarine and precentral cortices along deep sulci and fissures in adult cases, but the detailed mechanism is still unclear. This study aims to identify and analyze the differential proteome expression in two regions of the cerebrum (the frontal lobe and the occipital lobe including the calcarine sulcus) of the common marmoset exposed to MeHg using a shot-gun proteomic approach. A total of 1045 and 1062 proteins were identified in the frontal lobe (FL) and occipital lobe (OL), of which, 62 and 89 proteins were found significantly changed with MeHg exposure. Functional enrichment/depletion analysis showed that the lipid metabolic process and proteolysis were affected in both two lobes. Functional changes in FL were characterized in cell cycle and cell division, sulfur compound metabolic process, microtubule-based process and glycerolipid metabolic process. In comparison, proteins were enriched in the functions of transport, carbohydrate metabolic process, chemical caused homeostasis and regulation of body fluid levels in OL. Pathway analysis predicted that vasopressin-regulated water reabsorption was disturbed in MeHg-treated FL. Our results showed that MeHg induced regional specific protein changes in FL and OL but with similar endpoint effects such as energy diminish and disruption of water transport. APOE and GPX1 were shown to be possible key proteins targeted by MeHg leading to multiple functional changes in OL. This is the first report of the whole proteome changes of primate cerebrum for MeHg neurotoxicity, and the results will contribute to the understanding of molecular basis of MeHg intoxication in humans.

  14. Protease activity of legumain is inhibited by an increase of cystatin E/M in the DJ-1-knockout mouse spleen, cerebrum and heart

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    Takuya Yamane

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Legumain (EC 3.4.22.34 is an asparaginyl endopeptidase. Legumain activity has been detected in various mouse tissues including the kidney, spleen and epididymis. Legumain is overexpressed in the majority of human solid tumors and transcription of the legumain gene is regulated by the p53 tumor suppressor in HCT116 cells. The legumain activity is also increased under acid conditions in Alzheimer's disease brains. DJ-1/PARK7, a cancer- and Parkinson's disease-associated protein, works as a coactivator to various transcription factors, including the androgen receptor, p53, PSF, Nrf2, SREBP and RREB1. Recently, we found that legumain expression, activation and cleavage of annexin A2 are regulated by DJ-1 through p53. In this study, we found that the expression levels of legumain mRNA were increased in the cerebrum, kidney, spleen, heart, lung, epididymis, stomach, small intestine and pancreas from DJ-1-knockout mice, although legumain activity levels were decreased in the cerebrum, spleen and heart from DJ-1-knockout mice. Furthermore, we found that cystatin E/M expression was increased in the spleen, cerebrum and heart from DJ-1-knockout mice. These results suggest that reduction of legumain activity is caused by an increase of cystatin E/M expression in the spleen, cerebrum and heart from DJ-1-knockout mice.

  15. Chronic postnatal administration of methylmalonic acid provokes a decrease of myelin content and ganglioside N-acetylneuraminic acid concentration in cerebrum of young rats

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    Brusque A.M.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Levels of methylmalonic acid (MMA comparable to those of human methylmalonic acidemia were achieved in blood (2-2.5 mmol/l and brain (1.35 µmol/g of rats by administering buffered MMA, pH 7.4, subcutaneously twice a day from the 5th to the 28th day of life. MMA doses ranged from 0.76 to 1.67 µmol/g as a function of animal age. Control rats were treated with saline in the same volumes. The animals were sacrificed by decapitation on the 28th day of age. Blood was taken and the brain was rapidly removed. Medulla, pons, the olfactory lobes and cerebellum were discarded and the rest of the brain ("cerebrum" was isolated. Body and "cerebrum" weight were measured, as well as the cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in blood and the content of myelin, total lipids, and the concentrations of the lipid fractions (cholesterol, glycerolipids, phospholipids and ganglioside N-acetylneuraminic acid (ganglioside-NANA in the "cerebrum". Chronic MMA administration had no effect on body or "cerebrum" weight, suggesting that the metabolites per se neither affect the appetite of the rats nor cause malnutrition. In contrast, MMA caused a significant reduction of plasma triglycerides, but not of plasma cholesterol levels. A significant diminution of myelin content and of ganglioside-NANA concentration was also observed in the "cerebrum". We propose that the reduction of myelin content and ganglioside-NANA caused by MMA may be related to the delayed myelination/cerebral atrophy and neurological dysfunction found in methylmalonic acidemic children.

  16. Comparative Analyses of H3K4 and H3K27 Trimethylations Between the Mouse Cerebrum and Testis

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    Cui, Peng

    2012-06-08

    The global features of H3K4 and H3K27 trimethylations (H3K4me3 and H3K27me3) have been well studied in recent years, but most of these studies were performed in mammalian cell lines. In this work, we generated the genome-wide maps of H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 of mouse cerebrum and testis using ChIP-seq and their high-coverage transcriptomes using ribominus RNA-seq with SOLiD technology. We examined the global patterns of H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 in both tissues and found that modifications are closely-associated with tissue-specific expression, function and development. Moreover, we revealed that H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 rarely occur in silent genes, which contradicts the findings in previous studies. Finally, we observed that bivalent domains, with both H3K4me3 and H3K27me3, existed ubiquitously in both tissues and demonstrated an invariable preference for the regulation of developmentally-related genes. However, the bivalent domains tend towards a “winner-takes-all” approach to regulate the expression of associated genes. We also verified the above results in mouse ES cells. As expected, the results in ES cells are consistent with those in cerebrum and testis. In conclusion, we present two very important findings. One is that H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 rarely occur in silent genes. The other is that bivalent domains may adopt a “winner-takes-all” principle to regulate gene expression.

  17. Primary rhabdomyosarcoma combined with chronic paragonimiasis in the cerebrum: a necropsy case and review of the literature.

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    Hayashi, K; Ohtsuki, Y; Ikehara, I; Akagi, T; Murakami, M; Date, I; Bukeo, T; Yagyu, Y

    1986-01-01

    A necropsy case of a primary rhabdomyosarcoma with chronic paragonimiasis in the cerebrum of a 68-year-old man is reported. The clinical data showed a right hemiplegia and dysarthria which became lethal in 6 months even though operation and radiation therapy were performed. Computed tomography revealed a large low-density area associated with the peripheral enhancement in the left basal ganglia, and multiple conglomerated calcified masses in the left temporal and occipital lobes. Biopsied and necropsied materials of the tumor in the basal ganglia was reddish brown in color and histologically was composed of purely mesenchymal derivatives with both embryonal and mature striated muscle cells but neither neuronal nor glial elements. Some of the tumor cells with extending slender cytoplasms showed obvious cross striations at the light and electron microscope levels and immunohistochemical reactivity for myoglobin. All tumor cells were also positive for vimentin, but not for glial fibrillary acidic protein. The clinical and necropsy findings revealed no primary lesion anywhere but in the brain. In addition, numerous dead oval eggs of Paragonimus westermani were found in many cystoid lesions encapsulated by thick connective tissues with calcification and/or ossification. Clinicopathological features of 24 cases of primary rhabdomyosarcoma of the central nervous system reported in the literature are reviewed briefly. The histogenesis of this tumor are discussed together with comments on cerebral paragonimiasis.

  18. Glycogen debranching enzyme 6 (AGL), enolase 1 (ENOSF1), ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase 2 (ENPP2_1), glutathione S-transferase 3 (GSTM3_3) and mannosidase (MAN2B2) metabolism computational network analysis between chimpanzee and human left cerebrum.

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    Sun, Lingjun; Wang, Lin; Jiang, Minghu; Huang, Juxiang; Lin, Hong

    2011-12-01

    We identified significantly higher expression of the genes glycogen debranching enzyme 6 (AGL), enolase 1 (ENOSF1), ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase 2 (ENPP2_1), glutathione S-transferase 3 (GSTM3_3) and mannosidase (MAN2B2) from human left cerebrums versus chimpanzees. Yet the distinct low- and high-expression AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 metabolism networks between chimpanzee and human left cerebrum remain to be elucidated. Here, we constructed low- and high-expression activated and inhibited upstream and downstream AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 metabolism network between chimpanzee and human left cerebrum in GEO data set by gene regulatory network inference method based on linear programming and decomposition procedure, under covering AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 pathway and matching metabolism enrichment analysis by CapitalBio MAS 3.0 integration of public databases, including Gene Ontology, KEGG, BioCarta, GenMapp, Intact, UniGene, OMIM, etc. Our results show that the AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 metabolism network has more activated and less inhibited molecules in chimpanzee, but less activated and more inhibited in the human left cerebrum. We inferred stronger carbohydrate, glutathione and proteoglycan metabolism, ATPase activity, but weaker base excision repair, arachidonic acid and drug metabolism as a result of inducing cell growth in low-expression AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 metabolism network of chimpanzee left cerebrum; whereas stronger lipid metabolism, amino acid catabolism, DNA repair but weaker inflammatory response, cell proliferation, glutathione and carbohydrate metabolism as a result of inducing cell differentiation in high-expression AGL, ENOSF1, ENPP2_1, GSTM3_3 and MAN2B2 metabolism network of human left cerebrum. Our inferences are consistent with recent reports and computational activation and inhibition gene number patterns, respectively.

  19. 大鼠创伤性脑损伤后损伤区周围脑组织脑脂结合蛋白的表达变化口%The Change of BLBP Expression in Rat Ipsilateral Cerebrum After Traumatic Brain Injury

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    毛伟峰; 金国华; 衣昕; 秦建兵; 田美玲

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察大鼠创伤性脑损伤(TBI)后不同时间点脑损伤区周围脑组织脑脂结合蛋白(BLBP)的表达变化.方法 采用大鼠颅脑液压损伤模型,在伤后l、3、7、14 d用Western blot检测损伤区周围脑组织BLBP的表达,.用免疫荧光双标法检测BLBP和波形蛋白.结果 TBI后ld,BLBP含量显著下降,后逐渐上升,至伤后7d达到高峰,伤后14 d又急剧下降(均P<0.01).BLBP和波形蛋白双标阳性细胞主要分布在损伤区周围皮质及损伤侧胼胝体,损伤侧皮质阳性细胞大多为反应性星形胶质细胞形态;损伤侧胼胝体阳性细胞基本呈放射状胶质细胞(RGCs)形态.结论 TBI后损伤区周围脑组织RGCs样细胞可能与皮质神经再生和神经功能恢复有关.%Objective To investigate the change of brain lipid binding protein (BLBP) expression in cerebrum at different time after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Methods The rats were subjected to a lateral fluid percussion injury (FPI). Western blot was used to detect BLBP expression, and the brains were sectioned for immunofluorescence staining of BLBP and vimentin at the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 14th day after TBI. Results The results of Western blot showed that the BLBP expression decreased at the 1st day after injury and reached the peak at the 7th day after injury, then descended at the 14th day after injury (all P < 0.01). The BLBP and vimentin double-label positive cells were found at the cortex and corpus callo-sum of ipsilateral injured cerebrum, most of the positive cells of ipsilateral cortex looked like reactive as-trocytes; while the positive cells in ipsilateral corpus callosum were almost radial glia like cells. Conclusion The RGCs like cells in ipsilateral cerebrum may be associated with cortex neurogenesis, gliogenesis and neural rehabilitation after TBI.

  20. Acrylamide neurotoxicity on the cerebrum of weaning rats

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    Su-min Tian

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism underlying acrylamide-induced neurotoxicity remains controversial. Previous studies have focused on acrylamide-induced toxicity in adult rodents, but neurotoxicity in weaning rats has not been investigated. To explore the neurotoxic effect of acrylamide on the developing brain, weaning rats were gavaged with 0, 5, 15, and 30 mg/kg acrylamide for 4 consecutive weeks. No obvious neurotoxicity was observed in weaning rats in the low-dose acrylamide group (5 mg/kg. However, rats from the moderate- and high-dose acrylamide groups (15 and 30 mg/kg had an abnormal gait. Furthermore, biochemical tests in these rats demonstrated that glutamate concentration was significantly reduced, and γ-aminobutyric acid content was significantly increased and was dependent on acrylamide dose. Immunohistochemical staining showed that in the cerebral cortex, γ-aminobutyric acid, glutamic acid decarboxylase and glial fibrillary acidic protein expression increased remarkably in the moderate- and high-dose acrylamide groups. These results indicate that in weaning rats, acrylamide is positively associated with neurotoxicity in a dose-dependent manner, which may correlate with upregulation of γ-aminobutyric acid and subsequent neuronal degeneration after the initial acrylamide exposure.

  1. Acrylamide neurotoxicity on the cerebrum of weaning rats

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    Su-min Tian; Yu-xin Ma; Jing Shi; Ting-ye Lou; Shuai-shuai Liu; Guo-ying Li

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism underlying acrylamide-induced neurotoxicity remains controversial. Previ-ous studies have focused on acrylamide-induced toxicity in adult rodents, but neurotoxicity in weaning rats has not been investigated. To explore the neurotoxic effect of acrylamide on the developing brain, weaning rats were gavaged with 0, 5, 15, and 30 mg/kg acrylamide for 4 consecutive weeks. No obvious neurotoxicity was observed in weaning rats in the low-dose acrylamide group (5 mg/kg). However, rats from the moderate- and high-dose acrylamide groups (15 and 30 mg/kg) had an abnormal gait. Furthermore, biochemical tests in these rats demonstrated that glutamate concentration was significantly reduced, and γ-aminobutyric acid content was signiifcantly increased and was dependent on acrylamide dose. Immunohis-tochemical staining showed that in the cerebral cortex,γ-aminobutyric acid, glutamic acid decarboxylase and glial ifbrillary acidic protein expression increased remarkably in the moder-ate-and high-dose acrylamide groups. These results indicate that in weaning rats, acrylamide is positively associated with neurotoxicity in a dose-dependent manner, which may correlate with upregulation of γ-aminobutyric acid and subsequent neuronal degeneration after the initial acrylamide exposure.

  2. MRI of cerebrum and cervical columna within two days after whiplash neck sprain injury.

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    Borchgrevink, G; Smevik, O; Haave, I; Haraldseth, O; Nordby, A; Lereim, I

    1997-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate if MRI within 2 days of a motor vehicle accident could reveal pathology of importance for understanding long-term disability after whiplash neck-sprain injuries. As part of a prospective study cervical and cerebral MRI was performed on 40 neck sprain patients with whiplash injury after car accidents. The imaging was done within 2 days of the injury to make sure that any neck muscle bleeding, oedema or other soft tissue injuries could be detected. The MRI findings from the patients were both correlated to reported symptoms 6 months after the accident and compared to a control group of 20 volunteers. The MRI of both brain and neck revealed no significant differences between the patients and the control group. When the patients were grouped according to the main MRI findings at intake and compared according to the development of subjective symptoms reported by the patients, the only significant difference was more headaches at 6 months in the groups with disk pathology or spondylosis when compared to the group with no pathology. In conclusion, MRI within 2 days of the whiplash neck-sprain injury could not detect pathology connected to the injury nor predict symptom development and outcome.

  3. Secondary expansion of the transient subplate zone in the developing cerebrum of human and nonhuman primates.

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    Duque, Alvaro; Krsnik, Zeljka; Kostović, Ivica; Rakic, Pasko

    2016-08-30

    The subplate (SP) was the last cellular compartment added to the Boulder Committee's list of transient embryonic zones [Bystron I, Blakemore C, Rakic P (2008) Nature Rev Neurosci 9(2):110-122]. It is highly developed in human and nonhuman primates, but its origin, mode, and dynamics of development, resolution, and eventual extinction are not well understood because human postmortem tissue offers only static descriptive data, and mice cannot serve as an adequate experimental model for the distinct regional differences in primates. Here, we take advantage of the large and slowly developing SP in macaque monkey to examine the origin, settling pattern, and subsequent dispersion of the SP neurons in primates. Monkey embryos exposed to the radioactive DNA replication marker tritiated thymidine ([(3)H]dT, or TdR) at early embryonic ages were killed at different intervals postinjection to follow postmitotic cells' positional changes. As expected in primates, most SP neurons generated in the ventricular zone initially migrate radially, together with prospective layer 6 neurons. Surprisingly, mostly during midgestation, SP cells become secondarily displaced and widespread into the expanding SP zone, which becomes particularly wide subjacent to the association cortical areas and underneath the summit of its folia. We found that invasion of monoamine, basal forebrain, thalamocortical, and corticocortical axons is mainly responsible for this region-dependent passive dispersion of the SP cells. Histologic and immunohistochemical comparison with the human SP at corresponding fetal ages indicates that the same developmental events occur in both primate species.

  4. [Development and developmental disorders of the human brain. III. Neuronal migration disorders of the cerebrum

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    Donkelaar, H.J. ten; Lammens, M.M.Y.; Wesseling, P.; Thijssen, H.O.M.; Renier, W.O.; Gabreëls, F.J.M.

    2001-01-01

    Neuronal migration disorders of the cerebral cortex form a heterogeneous group of abnormalities, characterised by mental retardation, epilepsy and hypotonia. They are prevalent in 1% of the population and in 20-40% of the untreatable forms of epilepsy. Disorders at the start of the migration result

  5. Astroblastoma of cerebrum: A rare case report and review of literature

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    Satya Narayan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Astroblastoma is a rare neuroepithelial primary brain tumor of uncertain origin. They form 0.45-2.8% of all the neuroglial tumors. This tumor is usually localized in the cerebral hemisphere of young adults and children. The authors report a case of low-grade astroblastoma in a 16-year-old male and review the relevant literature. The patient presented with 2 months history of progressive headache with projectile vomiting for last 2 months. He underwent gross total resection of the lesion through right temporo-occipital craniotomy. Since tumor showed no evidence of high-grade lesion, adjuvant radiotherapy was not planned. However, the patient developed recurrence of the tumor after 12 months. Localized three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy was planned. In patients harboring anaplastic astroblastoma, gross-total resection and adjuvant therapy after the initial surgery seems to be the best choice. They can be easily misdiagnosed as they are rarely encountered in clinical practice and share common radiological and histopathologic appearance with other glial neoplasms.

  6. Effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on signal transduction pathway-related protein expression in liver and cerebrum of rhesus monkey

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    Ohta, Mari; Akema, Satoshi; Tsuzuki, Masami; Kubota, Shunichiro [Tokyo Univ. (Japan); Korenaga, Tatsumi; Fukusato, Toshio [Teikyo Univ. of School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Asaoka, Kazuo [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Murata, Nobuo [Teikyo Univ. of School of Medicine, Kawasaki (Japan); Nomizu, Motoyoshi [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan); Arima, Akihiro [Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Ltd., Kagoshima (Japan)

    2004-09-15

    2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is known to produce a wide range of toxic and biochemical effects in experimental animals, including immunological dysfunctions, chloracne, tetragenecity and carcinogenesis. Recently, the potential impact of dioxins on neurological disorders with particular focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are concerned. Although a lot of information is available from studies in rodents, not much is known of the low dose effects of TCDD in non-human primates. In higher animals, dioxins are metabolized slowly, as evidenced by the estimated TCDD half-life of 5.8 to 14.1 years. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the long-term effects of TCDD on human health. Considering the pronounced species differences observed in some studies of TCDD, the studies using primates are needed for assessment of TCDD exposure on human health. We have been studying the metabolism and the effects of single administration of TCDD on pregnant monkey (F0) and F1 rhesus monkey. The focus of the present study is to study the effects of TCDD on signal transduction pathway-related protein levels in various organs, especially in liver and brain of F0 monkeys.

  7. Evolution of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Fractional Anisotropy in the Cerebrum of Asphyxiated Newborns Treated with Hypothermia over the First Month of Life

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to assess the evolution of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI and diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI over the first month of life in asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia and to compare it with that of healthy newborns. Asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia were enrolled prospectively; and the presence and extent of brain injury were scored on each MRI. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC and fractional anisotropy (FA values were measured in the basal ganglia, in the white matter and in the cortical grey matter. Sixty-one asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia had a total of 126 ADC and FA maps. Asphyxiated newborns developing brain injury eventually had significantly decreased ADC values on days 2-3 of life and decreased FA values around day 10 and 1 month of life compared with those not developing brain injury. Despite hypothermia treatment, asphyxiated newborns may develop brain injury that still can be detected with advanced neuroimaging techniques such as DWI and DTI as early as days 2-3 of life. A study of ADC and FA values over time may aid in the understanding of how brain injury develops in these newborns despite hypothermia treatment.

  8. The Effect of Edaravone on Expression of NGF and BDNF in Ischemia Stroke Tissue of Rat Cerebrum%依达拉奉对大鼠缺血脑组织NGF及BDNF表达的影响

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    冯桂平

    2010-01-01

    目的 研究依达拉奉对大鼠缺血脑组织中脑源性神经生长因子(BDNF)和神经生长因子(NGF)表达的影响.方法 健康雄性Wistar大鼠,采用改良的Zea-Longa法建立大脑中动脉局灶缺血模型(MCAO).实验分为模型对照组和依达拉奉组,每组各20只大鼠.依达拉奉组予以腹腔内注射依达拉奉,1次/d,每次3mg/kg;模型对照组每天注射等量生理盐水.72h后行神经功能评分,然后处死,分别取脑梗死周围、海马区和梗死区脑组织作免疫组化染色检测BDNF、NGF蛋白表达变化,原位杂交检测BDNFmRNA、NGFmRNA的表达.结果 依达拉奉组神经功能缺顿评分低于模型对照组(p<0.05).依达拉奉治疗组BDNF和NGF蛋白BDNFmRNA和NGFmRNA在梗死区周围和海马区表达均高于模型对照组,差异有统计学意义(p<0.05),在梗死区差异均无统计学意义(p>0.05).结论 依达拉奉可上调大鼠梗死区周围和海马区缺血脑组织中BDNF和NGF的表达,并可能通过此机制起到保护作用.

  9. The Effect of Butylphthalide on Expression of NGF and BDNF in Ischemia Stroke Tissue of Rat Cerebrum%丁基苯酞对大鼠缺血脑组织NGF及BDNF表达的影响

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    孔双艳; 李其富; 羊洁; 何俐

    2007-01-01

    目的 研究丁基苯酞对大鼠缺血脑组织中脑源性神经生长因子(BDNF)和神经生长因子(NGF)表达的影响.方法 健康雄性SD大鼠,用大鼠大脑中动脉线栓法(MCAO)建立永久性缺血模型,按照Zea-Longa的方法对动物的神经功能进行评分,选取1~3分的大鼠按随机数字表随机分成2组:丁基苯酞治疗组(A组),大脑中动脉永久缺血对照组(B组),每组各20只.A组于术后予以丁基苯酞,每天2次,每次25 mg/kg,B组给予相应剂量食用油灌胃给药,72 h后行神经功能评分,然后处死,分别取脑梗死周围、海马区和梗死区脑组织作免疫组化染色检测BDNF、NGF蛋白表达变化,原位杂交检测BDNF mRNA、NGF mRNA的表达.结果 丁基苯酞治疗组神经功能评分(1.35±0.81)低于对照组(1.75±0.55),差异有统计学意义(P=0.04).丁基苯酞治疗组BDNF和NGF蛋白BDNF mRNA和NGF mRNA在梗死区周围和海马区表达均高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),在梗死区差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 丁基苯酞可上调大鼠梗死区周围和海马区缺血脑组织中BDNF和NGF的表达,并可能通过此机制起到保护作用.

  10. 针刺足少阳胆经五输穴脑fMRI研究%Cerebrum fMRI study on the acupucture of Five Shu Points of gall bladder meridian of Foot-Shaoyang

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    李晓陵; 于国强; 王丰; 徐英杰; 张秦宏; 赵桂君; 俆佐宇; 岳金换; 张帆

    2014-01-01

    目的 采用fMRI观察针刺足少阳胆经五输穴的脑功能区激活情况.方法 选取男性健康青年志愿者12名,针刺右侧足少阳胆经五输穴,在静息段与针刺段交替采集fMRI图像,获得数据通过random effect法对数据行组分析,以P<0.05的像素构成统计参数图,即实验任务脑激活区,按Talairach坐标行解剖定位,获得试验任务激活的脑区.结果 受试者脑激活区包括左侧眶回(BA11)、双侧顶上小叶(BA7)、右侧颞上回(BA22).负激活区包括右侧舌回(BA18)、右侧扣带回(BA24)、双侧顶上小叶(BA7)、右侧颞下回(BA20).结论 针刺足少阳胆经五输穴可影响边缘系统、听觉系统、语言、记忆等.针灸叠加针刺引起对应的脑功能区变化是大脑传导通路重新整合与分配的结果.%Objective To explore the activation of brain regions during the acupuncture of Five Shu Points of gall bladder meridian of Foot-Shaoyang.Methods Twelve young male healthy volunteers were selected,the right gall bladder meridian Five Shu Points were acupunctured.The fMRI images were obtained in resting stage and acupuncture stage.Data were analyzed through random effect method,statistical parametric mapping was composed with pixels of P<0.05.According to the Talairach coordinate for anatomic localization,Experimental task activated brain regions were obtained.Results The activation area of brain included left orbitofrontal cortex (BA11),bilateral superior parietal lobule (BA7),right superior temporal gyrus (BA22).Negative active region included right lingual gyrus (BA18),right cingulate gyrus (BA24),bilateral superior parietal lobule (BA7),right inferior temporal gyrus (BA20).Conclusion The stimulates of the gall bladder Five Shu acupoints can affect the functions of limbic system,the auditory system,language,memory,etc.Superposition of acupuncture can induce corresponding changes in brain areas of the brain pathway re-integration and distribution.

  11. 波形蛋白在大鼠大脑穿刺损伤后的表达研究%Expression of vimentin in rat cerebrum after stab wound

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    林江凯; 蔡文琴

    2001-01-01

    目的观察波形蛋白(Vimentin,Vim)在脑穿刺损伤后的动态变化,探讨Vim在脑胶质瘢痕形成中的作用.方法应用大鼠脑顶叶刺伤模型.动物分为4组:对照组,脑穿刺损伤3 d及1、4周组.行Vim免疫组织化学染色、Vim阳性细胞的流式细胞计数和RT-PCR半定量.结果3 d时Vim免疫反应阳性细胞从伤道周围到伤道较远距离,表现为不同程度的增生和肥大,较正常的星形胶质细胞数量明显增多,且胞体增大,突起增多、延长,染色加深.1周时Vim上述变化进一步加强,4周即见伤道周围形成胶质瘢痕,大量突起相互交织成网状;刺伤后的Vim的阳性细胞数和mRNA增加.结论脑损伤后Vim在核酸、蛋白和细胞水平均增加,Vim可能在胶质瘢痕的形成中起重要作用.

  12. The effect of butylphthalide on neuron apoptosis, expression of NGF and BDNF in ischemia stroke tissue of rat cerebrum%丁苯酞氯化钠注射液对大鼠延髓缺血后神经元凋亡、NGF、BDNF表达的影响

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    朱江; 张玉坤; 张杰; 郭森; 丁萌

    2016-01-01

    目的 探索丁苯酞氯化钠注射液对大鼠延髓缺血后脑神经元凋亡、神经生长因子(NGF)、脑源性神经生长因子(BDNF)表达的影响.方法 将Wistar大鼠分为假手术组、丁苯酞氯化钠注射液治疗组(以下简称治疗组)、缺血对照组.采用电凝双侧椎动脉和结扎右侧颈总动脉的方法制造大鼠延髓缺血模型.分别给予治疗组和缺血对照组丁苯酞氯化钠注射液及等计量生理盐水腹腔注射.大鼠于相应时段灌注取材,每组标本分别采用尼氏染色、Tunel染色,免疫组织化学方法显示脑组织中的神经元、凋亡神经元数量、BDNF和NGF.光镜下观察脑组织中神经元数量、神经元凋亡的数量.同时观察NGF和BDNF的变化,利用灰度值进行分析.结果 神经元凋亡数量及NGF、BDNF灰度值治疗组均低于缺血对照组.结论 NGF、BDNF水平与神经元数量密切相关,丁苯酞可上调大鼠缺血脑组织中NGF、BDNF的表达,减轻脑组织损伤.

  13. 依达拉奉对大鼠脑缺血后海马微血管密度NGF、BDNF表达的影响%The effect of edaravone on microvasculature, expression of NGF and BDNF in ischemia stroke tissue of rat cerebrum

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    朱江; 郭森; 高燕军; 窦志杰; 张晓璇; 李佳佳

    2014-01-01

    目的 探索依达拉奉对大鼠脑缺血后海马微血管密度、神经生长因子(NGF)、脑源性神经生长因子(BDNF)表达的影响.方法 将Wistar大鼠分为假手术组、依达拉奉治疗组(以下简称治疗组)、缺血对照组.采用电凝右侧椎动脉和结扎双侧颈总动脉的方法制造大鼠脑缺血模型.分别给予治疗组和缺血对照组依达拉奉及等计量生理盐水腹腔注射.大鼠于相应时段灌注取材,每组标本分别采用单宁酸-氯化铁法染色微血管,免疫组织化学方法显示脑组织中的BDNF和NGF.光镜下观察脑组织中微血管密度、NGF和BDNF的变化,利用灰度值进行分析.结果 微血管密度、NGF、BDNF灰度值治疗组均低于缺血对照组.结论 NGF、BDNF水平与微血管密度密切相关;依达拉奉可上调大鼠缺血脑组织中NGF、BDNF的表达,减轻脑组织损伤.

  14. 丁苯酞氯化钠注射液对大鼠延髓缺血后微血管密度、NGF、BDNF表达的影响%The effect of butylphthalide on microvasculature, expression of NGF and BDNF in ischemia stroke tissue of rat cerebrum

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    朱江; 窦志杰; 王维兴; 丁萌; 周志强

    2015-01-01

    目的 探索丁苯酞氯化钠注射液对大鼠延髓缺血后脑微血管密度、神经生长因子(NGF)、脑源性神经生长因子(BDNF)表达的影响.方法 将Wistar大鼠分为假手术组、丁苯酞氯化钠注射液治疗组(以下简称治疗组)、缺血对照组.采用电凝双侧椎动脉和结扎右侧颈总动脉的方法制造大鼠延髓缺血模型.分别给予治疗组和缺血对照组丁苯酞氯化钠注射液及等计量生理盐水腹腔注射.大鼠于相应时段灌注取材,每组标本分别采用单宁酸-氯化铁法染色微血管,免疫组织化学方法显示脑组织中的BDNF和NGF.光镜下观察脑组织中微血管密度、NGF和BDNF的变化,利用灰度值进行分析.结果 微血管密度、NGF、BDNF灰度值治疗组均低于缺血对照组.结论 NGF、BDNF水平与微血管密度密切相关;丁苯酞可上调大鼠缺血脑组织中NGF、BDNF的表达,减轻脑组织损伤.

  15. Avian evolution: from Darwin's finches to a new way of thinking about avian forebrain organization and behavioural capabilities.

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    Reiner, Anton

    2009-02-23

    The study of birds, especially the Galapagos finches, was important to Darwin in the development of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Birds have also been at the centre of a recent reformulation in understanding cerebral evolution and the substrates for higher cognition. While it was once thought that birds possess a simple cerebrum and were thus limited to instinctive behaviours, it is now clear that birds possess a well-developed cerebrum that looks very different from the mammalian cerebrum but can support a cognitive ability that for some avian species rivals that in primates.

  16. Medline Plus

    Full Text Available The brain is composed of more than a thousand billion neurons. Specific groups of them, working in concert, provide ... of information. The 3 major components of the brain are the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brain stem. The ...

  17. Your Brain and Nervous System

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    ... you want them to. So you can't dance — or kick a soccer ball — without your cerebrum. ... of the brain. It controls balance, movement, and coordination (how your muscles work together). Because of your ...

  18. Medline Plus

    Full Text Available ... temporal, parietal, and occipital lobe. The cerebral cortex (gray matter) is the outside portion of the cerebrum and ... allowing us to have a tremendous amount of gray matter inside of the skull. Deep to the gray ...

  19. Sleep disturbances in chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia.

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    Smits, B.W.; Westeneng, H.J.; Hal, M.A. van; Engelen, B.G.M. van; Overeem, S.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO) is a relatively common mitochondrial disorder. In addition to extraocular muscle weakness, various other organs can typically be affected, including laryngeal and limb muscles, cerebrum, cerebellum, and peripheral nerves. Given this mul

  20. Recidive tumor and excessive cerebral angiofibrosis 28 years after high-dose conventional prolactinom-radiation

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    Peiffer, J.; Wowra, B.; Geissler, D.

    1983-09-01

    A fatal recurrence developed 28 years after conventional X-ray therapy of a hypophyseal adenoma with a focal dose of 10340 R. An organic psychosyndrome of many years preceded the recurrence. The immunocytologic examination of the recurrent tumor showed a prolactinoma. As radiogenic fibroses without primary parenchyma necrosis, massive angiofibroses within tumor, hypothalamus, and neostriatum and less massive angiofibroses in the cerebrum and cortex of cerebrum are opposed to the classical late radiation damage with plasmatic infiltration necrosis.

  1. Regional expression of aquaporin 1, 4, and 9 in the brain during pregnancy.

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    Wiegman, Marchien J; Bullinger, Lisa V; Kohlmeyer, Meghan M; Hunter, Timothy C; Cipolla, Marilyn J

    2008-05-01

    Pregnancy is a state of physiologic adaptation, with significant changes in cardiovascular, renal, and hemodynamic systems. Aquaporins (AQPs) may play a role in facilitating these changes. While AQP expression has been assessed in several organs during pregnancy, little is known about its expression in the brain during pregnancy. Therefore, this study assesses the regional expression of AQP1, 4, and 9 during pregnancy and the postpartum period using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The authors show that AQP1, 4, and 9 are expressed in the anterior and posterior cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem of nonpregnant, midpregnant, late pregnant, and postpartum rats. The regional distribution pattern of AQP4 and 9 remained similar during gestation, whereas this pattern changed for AQP1. The expression levels of AQP1, 4, and 9 in the brainstem did not change with gestation, whereas changes were found in the anterior cerebrum for AQP4 and in the posterior cerebrum and cerebellum for all AQPs.

  2. Changes in regional cerebral hemodynamics and its significance after internal carotid artery stenting in patients with moderate/severe internal carotid artery stenosis

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    Jia-chuan YAN

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the cerebral hemodynamic changes before and after carotid artery angioplasty and stenting.Methods Thirty-eight patients with moderate/severe internal carotid artery stenosis underwent carotid artery angioplasty and stenting.CT perfusion imaging was performed pre-and post-surgery to determine the cerebral blood flow(CBF,cerebral blood volume(CBV and mean transit time(MTT in the ipsilateral and contralateral cerebrum.Results Before angioplasty and stenting,the CBF and CBV decreased,and MTT increased in the ipsilateral cerebrum than in contralateral cerebrum.After intervention,the CBF and CBV increased and CTT shortened obviously in comparison with that of pre-surgery(P 0.05.Conclusion Angioplasty and stenting may improve the cerebral hemodynamics of patients with severe/moderate internal carotid artery stenosis.

  3. Electron microscopic study of experimental thallotoxicosis.

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    Deshimaru, M; Miyakawa, T; Sumiyoshi, S; Yasuoka, F; Kawano, K

    1977-01-01

    To adult male rats 2 mg per rat of thallium acetate: CH3 COOT1 was given orally daily for six months. Clinically, the experimental rats revealed only alopecia and showed no neurological signs. Pathological findings were noted in muscle and cerebrum. Marked changes were observed in muscles and were as follows: swelling and vacuolation of mitochondria, destruction of cristae, ruptures of mitochondrial membranes, degeneration of sarcoplasmic reticulum and destruction of myofilaments. In the cerebrum, there were vacuolation of mitochondria, dilatation of Golgi cisterns in hypothalamus and thalamus. Sciatic nerve, liver and kidney were intact. From this, we consider that T1+ ions selectively affect the muscle and its mitochondria.

  4. Experiment list: SRX017082 [Chip-atlas[Archive

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    Full Text Available of CEREBRUM; CEREBELLUM; and other structures in the BRAIN STEM. 17122381,50.7,18.6,13918 GSM462190: RNAPII source_name=Who...le Brain || tissue=Whole Brain || strain=C57BL/6 || age=9 weeks || chip antibody=RNA Polymera

  5. Neuroradiology of primitive neuroectodermal tumors

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    Hinshaw, D.B. Jr.; Thompson, J.R.; Hasso, A.N.; Ashwal, S.

    1983-05-01

    The neuroradiological findings in four cases of primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the cerebrum are described. These highly malignant neoplasms of childhood present as large, enhancing cerebral masses with extensive neovascularity. Cerebrospinal fluid seeding is common and distant extraneural metastases may occur.

  6. Preventive effect of CuCl₂ on behavioral alterations and mercury accumulation in central nervous system induced by HgCl2 in newborn rats.

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    Moraes-Silva, L; Siqueira, L F; Oliveira, V A; Oliveira, C S; Ineu, R P; Pedroso, T F; Fonseca, M M; Pereira, M E

    2014-07-01

    This study investigated the benefits of Cu preexposition on Hg effects on behavioral tests, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and Hg, and essential metal contents in the cerebrum and cerebellum of neonate rats. Wistar rats received (subcutaneous) saline or CuCl2 ·2H2O (6.9 mg/kg/day) when they were 3 to 7 days old and saline or HgCl2 (5.0 mg/kg/day) when they were 8 to 12 days old. Mercury exposure reduced the performance of rats in the negative geotaxis (3-13 days) and beaker test (17-20 days), inhibited cerebellum AChE activity (13 days), increased cerebrum and cerebellum Hg (13 days), cerebrum Cu (13 days), and cerebrum and cerebellum Zn levels (33 days). The performance of rats in the tail immersion and rotarod tests as well as Fe and Mg levels were not altered by treatments. Copper prevented all alterations induced by mercury. These results are important to open a new perspective of prevention and/or therapy for mercury exposure.

  7. ENCEPHALOCRANIOCUTANEOUS LIPOMATOSIS AND OCULOCEREBROCUTANEOUS SYNDROME - A DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSTIC PROBLEM

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    LOGGERS, HE; Oosterwijk, JC; OVERWEGPLANDSOEN, WCG; VANWILSEM, A; BLEEKERWAGEMAKERS, EM; BIJLSMA, JB

    1992-01-01

    The authors describe a female patient with unilateral malformations of skin, cerebrum and eye. The symptoms consisted of local skin hypoplasia, skin appendages and lipomatous tissue; cysts, hypoplasia and lipomatosis of the brain; and ocular malformations. In the newborn period the symptoms led to t

  8. Modulation of tumor necrosis factor {alpha} expression in mouse brain after exposure to aluminum in drinking water

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    Tsunoda, M.; Sharma, R.P. [Georgia Univ., Athens (Greece). College of Veterinary Medicine

    1999-11-01

    Aluminum, a known neurotoxic substance and a ground-water pollutant, is a possible contributing factor in various nervous disorders including Alzheimer's disease. It has been hypothesized that cytokines are involved in aluminum neurotoxicity. We investigated the alterations in mRNA expression of tumor necrosis factor {alpha} (TNF{alpha}), interleukin-1{beta} (IL-1{beta}), and interferon {gamma} (IFN{gamma}), cytokines related to neuronal damage, in cerebrum and peripheral immune cells of mice after exposure to aluminum through drinking water. Groups of male BALB/c mice were administered aluminum ammonium sulfate in drinking water ad libitum at 0, 5, 25, and 125 ppm aluminum for 1 month. An additional group received 250 ppm ammonium as ammonium sulfate. After treatment, the cerebrum, splenic macrophages and lymphocytes were collected. The expression of TNF{alpha} mRNA in cerebrum was significantly increased among aluminum-treated groups compared with the control, in a dose-dependent manner. Other cytokines did not show any aluminum-related effects. In peripheral cells, there were no significant differences of cytokine mRNA expressions among treatment groups. Increased expression of TNF{alpha} mRNA by aluminum in cerebrum may reflect activation of microglia, a major source of TNF{alpha} in this brain region. Because the aluminum-induced alteration in cytokine message occurred at aluminum concentrations similar to those noted in contaminated water, these results may be relevant in considering the risk of aluminum neurotoxicity in drinking water. (orig.)

  9. Spontant opstået halskardissektion

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    Madsen, Charlotte; Bak, Søren

    2011-01-01

    Presenting two cases of spontaneous dissection of cervical arteries. A 54 year-old male suffered from left-sided Horner syndrome and severe headache. MR cerebrum revealed a left internal carotid artery dissection. A 57 year-old female with left vertebral artery dissection was admitted to hospital...

  10. Interpretatie van cerebraal beeldvormend onderzoek in de opleiding tot ouderenpsychiater : een hypofyse-incidentaloom

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    van Woelderen, M J; Marijnissen, R M; Stalpers-Konijnenburg, S C; Oude Voshaar, R C

    2013-01-01

    Due to the increased use of cerebral imaging with higher sensitivity, the old-age psychiatrist is more likely to find unexpected lesions. We report on a 73-year-old man with schizoaffective disorder and increasing cognitive deterioration. When given a diagnostic MRI cerebrum a pituitary incidentalom

  11. Visual Hallucinations in a Patient with Horner's Syndrome Secondary to Internal Carotid Dissection

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    Singh, Amardeep; Mortzos, Panteleimon; Sørensen, Torben Lykke

    2014-01-01

    A 67-year-old female presented with post-ganglionic Horner's syndrome. In addition to the classical symptoms of Horner's syndrome, the patient reported experiencing frightening complex visual and auditory hallucinations on two different occasions. Magnetic resonance angiography of the cerebrum...

  12. [Cardiac myxoma with cerebral metastases].

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    Bazin, A; Peruzzi, P; Baudrillard, J C; Pluot, M; Rousseaux, P

    1987-01-01

    A 56 year old woman developed multiple metastases in the cerebrum and cerebellum, four years after cardiac intervention on a left atrial myxoma. The absence of stroke is noteworthy. Multiple high density lesions with contrast enhancement were seen by CT scan, suggesting metastatic neoplasms. Histological examination confirmed the diagnosis of metastases of cardiac myxoma. Only four cases were recorded in the literature.

  13. Hierarchical clustering of Alzheimer and "normal" brains using elemental concentrations and glucose metabolism determined by PIXE, INAA and PET

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    Cutts, DA; Spyrou, NM; Maguire, RP; Leenders, KL

    2001-01-01

    Brain tissue samples, obtained from the Alzheimer Disease Brain Bank, Institute of Psychiatry, London, were taken from both left and right hemispheres of three regions of the cerebrum, namely the frontal, parietal and occipital lobes for both Alzheimer and 'normal' subjects. Trace element concentrat

  14. MRI Neuroanatomy in Young Girls with Autism: A Preliminary Study

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    Bloss, Cinnamon S.; Courchesne, Eric

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To test the hypothesis that young girls and boys with autism exhibit different profiles of neuroanatomical abnormality relative to each other and relative to typically developing children. Method: Structural magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure gray and white matter volumes (whole cerebrum, cerebral lobes, and cerebellum) and…

  15. Dose-dependent biochemical changes in rat central nervous system after 12-week exposure to 1-bromopropane.

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    Wang, Hailan; Ichihara, Gaku; Ito, Hidenori; Kato, Kanefusa; Kitoh, Junzoh; Yamada, Tetsuya; Yu, Xiaozhong; Tsuboi, Seiji; Moriyama, Yoshinori; Takeuchi, Yasuhiro

    2003-03-01

    1-Bromopropane is used as a cleaning agent or adhesive solvent in the workplace. The present study investigated the long-term effects of exposure to 1-bromopropane on biochemical components in the central nervous system (CNS) of rats. Four groups, each of nine male Wistar rats, were exposed to 200, 400, or 800 ppm 1-bromopropane or fresh air only, 8h per day, 7 days a week for 12 weeks. We measured the levels of neuron-specific gamma-enolase, glia-specific beta-S100 protein, creatine kinase (CK) subunits B and M, heat shock protein Hsp27 (by enzyme immunoassay), enzymatic activity of CK and levels of glutathione (GSH), oxidized glutathione (GSSG) and sulfhydrul (SH) base in the cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord. gamma-Enolase decreased dose-dependently in the cerebrum, which showed a decrease in wet weight, at 400 ppm or over, but no change was noted in beta-S100 protein in any brain region or spinal cord. Hsp27 decreased in the cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord. Protein-bound SH base, non-protein SH base and total glutathione decreased in every brain region. CK activity decreased dose-dependently at 200 ppm or over, and the ratio of CK activity to CK-B concentration tended to decrease in all regions. The decrease in gamma-enolase in the cerebrum suggests the involvement of biochemical changes in neurons with decrease in the wet weight of the cerebrum. Glutathione depletion and changes in proteins containing SH base as a critical site might be the underlying neurotoxic mechanism of 1-bromopropane. The biochemical changes in the cerebrum indicate that long-term exposure to 1-bromopropane has effects on the CNS.

  16. The disequilibrium of nucleosomes distribution along chromosomes plays a functional and evolutionarily role in regulating gene expression.

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    Full Text Available To further understand the relationship between nucleosome-space occupancy (NO and global transcriptional activity in mammals, we acquired a set of genome-wide nucleosome distribution and transcriptome data from the mouse cerebrum and testis based on ChIP (H3-seq and RNA-seq, respectively. We identified a nearly consistent NO patterns among three mouse tissues--cerebrum, testis, and ESCs--and found, through clustering analysis for transcriptional activation, that the NO variations among chromosomes are closely associated with distinct expression levels between house-keeping (HK genes and tissue-specific (TS genes. Both TS and HK genes form clusters albeit the obvious majority. This feature implies that NO patterns, i.e. nucleosome binding and clustering, are coupled with gene clustering that may be functionally and evolutionarily conserved in regulating gene expression among different cell types.

  17. The disequilibrium of nucleosomes distribution along chromosomes plays a functional and evolutionarily role in regulating gene expression

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    Cui, Peng

    2011-08-19

    To further understand the relationship between nucleosome-space occupancy (NO) and global transcriptional activity in mammals, we acquired a set of genome-wide nucleosome distribution and transcriptome data from the mouse cerebrum and testis based on ChIP (H3)-seq and RNA-seq, respectively. We identified a nearly consistent NO patterns among three mouse tissues-cerebrum, testis, and ESCs-and found, through clustering analysis for transcriptional activation, that the NO variations among chromosomes are closely associated with distinct expression levels between house-keeping (HK) genes and tissue-specific (TS) genes. Both TS and HK genes form clusters albeit the obvious majority. This feature implies that NO patterns, i.e. nucleosome binding and clustering, are coupled with gene clustering that may be functionally and evolutionarily conserved in regulating gene expression among different cell types. © 2011 Cui et al.

  18. Protective effects of selenium on cadmium-induced brain damage in chickens.

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    Liu, Li-Li; Li, Cheng-Ming; Zhang, Zi-Wei; Zhang, Jiu-Li; Yao, Hai-Dong; Xu, Shi-Wen

    2014-05-01

    Selenium (Se) is an important dietary micronutrient with antioxidative roles. Cadmium (Cd), a ubiquitous environmental pollutant, is known to cause brain lesion in rats and humans. However, little is reported about the deleterious effects of subchronic Cd exposure on the brain of poultry and the protective roles on the brain by Se against Cd. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effects of Se on Cd-induced brain damage in chickens. One hundred twenty 100-day-old chickens were randomly assigned to four groups and were fed a basal diet, or Se (as 10 mg Na2SeO3/kg dry weight of feed), Cd (as 150 mg CdCl2/kg dry weight of feed), or Cd + Se in their basic diets for 60 days. Then, concentrations of Cd and Se, production of nitric oxide (NO), messenger RNA (mRNA) level and activity of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), level of oxidative stress, and histological and ultrastructural changes of the cerebrum and cerebellum were examined. The results showed that Cd exposure significantly increased Cd accumulation, NO production, iNOS activities, iNOS mRNA level, and MDA content in the cerebrum and cerebellum. Cd treatment obviously decreased Se content and antioxidase activities and caused histopathological changes in the cerebrum and cerebellum. Se supplementation during dietary Cd obviously reduced Cd accumulation, NO production, mRNA level and activity of iNOS, oxidative stress, and histopathological damage in the cerebrum and cerebellum of chickens. It indicated that Se ameliorates Cd-induced brain damage in chickens by regulating iNOS-NO system changes, and oxidative stress induced by Cd and Se can serve as a potential therapeutic for Cd-induced brain lesion of chickens.

  19. Distribution of mercury in metallothionein-null mice after exposure to mercury vapor: amount of metallothionein isoform does not affect accumulation of mercury in the brain.

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    Yasutake, Akira; Yoshida, Minoru; Honda, Akiko; Watanabe, Chiho; Satoh, Masahiko

    2012-01-01

    To examine the contribution of metallothionein (MT) to mercury accumulation in mouse tissues, 129 strain female mice and MT null mice were exposed to metallic mercury vapor at a sub-toxic level, and Hg levels in the brain, kidney and liver were determined on 1, 3 and 7 days after the exposure. After exposure to mercury vapor, significant Hg accumulation was observed in the brains of wild-type and MT-I/II null and MT-III null mice, as well as in the liver and kidneys. No strain difference was observed in the tissue Hg accumulations 24 hr after the exposure except for the kidneys, where the highest accumulation was found in MT-III null mice. Although the brains of MT-III null mice showed slightly higher Hg accumulation than the other two strains, no significant difference was observed except in the cerebrum on Day 7. Gel chromatograms of cerebrum soluble fractions revealed that a significant amount of Hg existed as an MT-bound form in all the mouse strains. On the other hand, MT-bound Hg was found as a minor fraction in soluble fractions of the kidneys and livers in wild-type and MT-III null mice. Despite a significant strain difference in total MT levels in the cerebrum, there was no difference among the three strains in the amount of Hg accumulated in the cerebrum and its distribution rates in MT fractions. The present study demonstrated that brain uptake of Hg(0) and its accumulation as Hg(2+) did not depend on the amount of MT isoform in the tissue, at least in the early phase.

  20. Crossed cerebral - cerebellar diaschisis : MRI evaluation.

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    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available MRI, done later in life, in two patients with infantile hemiplegia syndrome showed significant volume loss in the cerebellar hemisphere contralateral to the side of the affected cerebrum. The cerebellar volume loss seemed to correlate with the degree of volume loss in the contralateral cerebral hemisphere. These observations provide morphological evidence of the phenomenon of crossed cerebral-cerebellar diaschisis (CCD. Functional neuroimaging studies in support of the concept of CCD has been critically reviewed.

  1. Zuogui pills for myelinolysis in a rat model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis

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    Yongping Fan; Kelong Chen; Kangning Li; Jianping Zhou; Yan Shao; Hongyan Liu; Wenjing Yang

    2011-01-01

    Zuogui pills have been shown to attenuate the inflammatory reaction in a rat model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The present study attempted to investigate the pathology underlying the influence of Zuogui pills on myelinolysis in EAE rats. Hematoxylin-eosin and Luxol fast blue staining showed that the myelinolysis foci in the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, and the spinal cord of EAE rats were significantly decreased, along with serum myelin basic protein content following treatment with Zuogui pills.

  2. Altered states of consciousness in small animals.

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    Platt, Simon

    2014-11-01

    Impaired states of consciousness can be relatively easily identified, although it can occasionally be difficult to assess whether there is a pure disorder of wakefulness or awareness. Regardless, such impairments represent dysfunction of the brainstem and or cerebrum. Acute and severe impairments of consciousness can require immediate assessment, in part currently performed using the modified Glasgow coma scoring system, and emergency stabilization. The prognosis is always guarded and highly sensitive to the underlying etiology.

  3. Adolescent Mouse Takes on An Active Transcriptomic Expression During Postnatal Cerebral Development

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    Wei Xu; Chengqi Xin; Qiang Lin; Feng Ding; Wei Gong; Yuanyuan Zhou; Jun Yu; Peng Cui; Songnian Hu

    2014-01-01

    Postnatal cerebral development is a complicated biological process precisely controlled by multiple genes. To understand the molecular mechanism of cerebral development, we compared dynamics of mouse cerebrum transcriptome through three developmental stages using high-throughput RNA-seq technique. Three libraries were generated from the mouse cerebrum at infancy, adolescence and adulthood, respectively. Consequently, 44,557,729 (infancy), 59,257,530 (adolescence) and 72,729,636 (adulthood) reads were produced, which were assembled into 15,344, 16,048 and 15,775 genes, respectively. We found that the overall gene expression level increased from infancy to adolescence and decreased later on upon reaching adulthood. The adolescence cerebrum has the most active gene expression, with expression of a large number of reg-ulatory genes up-regulated and some crucial pathways activated. Transcription factor (TF) analysis suggested the similar dynamics as expression profiling, especially those TFs functioning in neurogenesis differentiation, oligodendrocyte lineage determination and circadian rhythm regula-tion. Moreover, our data revealed a drastic increase in myelin basic protein (MBP)-coding gene expression in adolescence and adulthood, suggesting that the brain myelin may be generated since mouse adolescence. In addition, differential gene expression analysis indicated the activation of rhythmic pathway, suggesting the function of rhythmic movement since adolescence;Furthermore, during infancy and adolescence periods, gene expression related to axon repulsion and attraction showed the opposite trends, indicating that axon repulsion was activated after birth, while axon attraction might be activated at the embryonic stage and declined during the postnatal develop-ment. Our results from the present study may shed light on the molecular mechanism underlying the postnatal development of the mammalian cerebrum.

  4. Detection and functional annotation of misregulated microRNAs in the brain of the Ts65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome

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    HE Xiang-jun; XIAO Yun; ZHANG Qi; MA Li-ping; LI Na; YANG Jing

    2013-01-01

    Background Brain hypoplasia and mental retardation in Down syndrome (DS) can be attributed to a severe and selective disruption of neurogenesis.Secondary disruption of the transcriptome,as well as primary gene dosage imbalance,is responsible for the phenotype.MicroRNA (miRNA) expression is relatively abundant in brain tissue.Perturbed miRNA expression might contribute to the cellular events underlying the pathology in DS.Methods MiRNA expression profiles in the cerebrum of Ts65Dn mice,a DS model,were examined with a real-time RT-PCR array.MiRNA target gene expression was detected by real-time quantitative PCR and Western blotting.Based on the prediction of their cerebrum-specific targets,the functions of the misregulated miRNAs were annotated by Gene Ontology (GO) enrichment analysis.Results A total of 342 miRNAs were examined.Among them,20 miRNAs showed decreased expression in the brains of Ts65Dn mice,and some of these belonged to the same family.Two known targets of the miR-200 family,Lfng and Zeb2,were specifically selected to compare their expression in the cerebrum of Ts65Dn mice with those of euploids.However,no significant difference was found in terms of mRNA and protein expression levels of these genes.By enrichment analysis of the cerebrum-specific targets of each miRNA,we found that 15 of the differential miRNAs could significantly affect target genes that were enriched in the GO biological processes related to nervous system development.Conclusion Perturbed expression of multiple functionally cooperative miRNAs contributes to the cellular events underlying the pathogenesis of DS.

  5. Transient Cognitive Dynamics, Metastability, and Decision Making

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    2008-05-02

    ganglia, cerebellum, sensory cerebrum and hippocampus : possible implications for cognition, consciousness, intelligence and creativity. Prog Neurobiol 64...1–33. 36. Barcelo F, Escera C, Corral MJ, Perianez JA (2006) Task switching and novelty processing activate a common neural network for cognitive...793–810. 39. Wagatsuma H, Yamaguchi Y (2007) Neural dynamics of the cognitive map in the hippocampus . Cognitive Neurodynamics 1: 119–141. 40. Kifer Y

  6. Adolescent mouse takes on an active transcriptomic expression during postnatal cerebral development.

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    Xu, Wei; Xin, Chengqi; Lin, Qiang; Ding, Feng; Gong, Wei; Zhou, Yuanyuan; Yu, Jun; Cui, Peng; Hu, Songnian

    2014-06-01

    Postnatal cerebral development is a complicated biological process precisely controlled by multiple genes. To understand the molecular mechanism of cerebral development, we compared dynamics of mouse cerebrum transcriptome through three developmental stages using high-throughput RNA-seq technique. Three libraries were generated from the mouse cerebrum at infancy, adolescence and adulthood, respectively. Consequently, 44,557,729 (infancy), 59,257,530 (adolescence) and 72,729,636 (adulthood) reads were produced, which were assembled into 15,344, 16,048 and 15,775 genes, respectively. We found that the overall gene expression level increased from infancy to adolescence and decreased later on upon reaching adulthood. The adolescence cerebrum has the most active gene expression, with expression of a large number of regulatory genes up-regulated and some crucial pathways activated. Transcription factor (TF) analysis suggested the similar dynamics as expression profiling, especially those TFs functioning in neurogenesis differentiation, oligodendrocyte lineage determination and circadian rhythm regulation. Moreover, our data revealed a drastic increase in myelin basic protein (MBP)-coding gene expression in adolescence and adulthood, suggesting that the brain myelin may be generated since mouse adolescence. In addition, differential gene expression analysis indicated the activation of rhythmic pathway, suggesting the function of rhythmic movement since adolescence; Furthermore, during infancy and adolescence periods, gene expression related to axonrepulsion and attraction showed the opposite trends, indicating that axon repulsion was activated after birth, while axon attraction might be activated at the embryonic stage and declined during the postnatal development. Our results from the present study may shed light on the molecular mechanism underlying the postnatal development of the mammalian cerebrum.

  7. Cerebral Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder Occurring after Renal Transplantation: A Case Report

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    Suh, Jang Ho; Byun, Woo Mok; Kim, Hong Chul; Hwang, Min Su [Dept. of Radiology, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-04-15

    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a complication of organ transplantation and immunosuppression. A 36-year-old woman with a history of renal transplantation visited the hospital complaining of headache and on pathology was diagnosed with cerebral PTLD manifesting as multiple rim enhanced masses in both hemispheres. We report here a case of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder involving the cerebrum occurring after renal transplantation, and describe the MRI findings for this patient

  8. Adolescent Mouse Takes on An Active Transcriptomic Expression During Postnatal Cerebral Development

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    Xu, Wei

    2014-06-01

    Postnatal cerebral development is a complicated biological process precisely controlled by multiple genes. To understand the molecular mechanism of cerebral development, we compared dynamics of mouse cerebrum transcriptome through three developmental stages using high-throughput RNA-seq technique. Three libraries were generated from the mouse cerebrum at infancy, adolescence and adulthood, respectively. Consequently, 44,557,729 (infancy), 59,257,530 (adolescence) and 72,729,636 (adulthood) reads were produced, which were assembled into 15,344, 16,048 and 15,775 genes, respectively. We found that the overall gene expression level increased from infancy to adolescence and decreased later on upon reaching adulthood. The adolescence cerebrum has the most active gene expression, with expression of a large number of regulatory genes up-regulated and some crucial pathways activated. Transcription factor (TF) analysis suggested the similar dynamics as expression profiling, especially those TFs functioning in neurogenesis differentiation, oligodendrocyte lineage determination and circadian rhythm regulation. Moreover, our data revealed a drastic increase in myelin basic protein (MBP)-coding gene expression in adolescence and adulthood, suggesting that the brain myelin may be generated since mouse adolescence. In addition, differential gene expression analysis indicated the activation of rhythmic pathway, suggesting the function of rhythmic movement since adolescence; Furthermore, during infancy and adolescence periods, gene expression related to axon. repulsion and attraction showed the opposite trends, indicating that axon repulsion was activated after birth, while axon attraction might be activated at the embryonic stage and declined during the postnatal development. Our results from the present study may shed light on the molecular mechanism underlying the postnatal development of the mammalian cerebrum. © 2014 .

  9. Epithelioid sarcoma of the upper extremity with cerebral metastases.

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    1992-10-01

    Full Text Available A forty year old male patient presented with swollen, deformed right hand with multiple irregular ulcers. The axillary lymph nodes were enlarged, firm and tender. The biopsy of nodules present on the hand revealed areas of haemorrhage and necrosis. The histopathological examination confirmed the clinical diagnosis of epithelioid sarcoma. Following below-elbow amputation, patient failed to regain consciousness and expired. On autopsy, distant metastases were found in the regional lymph nodes, pleura, kidney and cerebrum.

  10. Changes to the bispectral index and regional cerebral blood flow in a sedative state, caused by midazolam administration

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    池田, 淳子; イケダ, ジュンコ; Junko, IKEDA

    2006-01-01

    Psychosedation, as used in the field of dentistry, is intended to provide trouble-free dental care while maintaining a proper level of sedation. One drug used in psychosedation is midazolam, which is known to have a strong amnestic effect. In the current research, I sought to clarify whether the bispectral index (BIS) using EEC analysis can be used for assessment of optimal sedation in psychosedation, and what effects midazolam has on the cerebrum's mechanism of memory. The subjects were 17 h...

  11. Remedial Investigation Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Volume 7. Appendices M Through R

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    pregnancy , produced no significant embryotoxic effects and only infrequent slight expansion of ventricles of the cerebrum, renal pelves and urinary bladder...typical of an infectious agent with an associated active immune response rather than ethylbenzene exposure (NTP, 1989). This diagnosis was supported by... Nephropathy , increased NOAEL: 125 mg/kg/day 3000 1 4E-2 liver weights, hema- mg/kg/day tological alterations, LOAEL: 250 mg/kg/day and clinical effects Mouse

  12. シンナー濫用による神経因性膀胱の1例

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    A 23-year-old man consulted the urological department of our hospital with a complaint of urinary retention. He had consulted the department of ophthalmology for decreased vision and visual defect in both of his eyes of 1 year duration. Urodynamic study revealed detrussor hyporeflexia. Neurologically cerebellar signs were seen. Auditory brain stem response and visual evoked potential revealed damage of the pons. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed atrophy of the cerebrum and cerebellum, dilat...

  13. Computed tomography and angiography in MELAS (mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes). Report of 3 cases

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    Hasuo, K.; Tamura, S.; Yasumori, K.; Uchino, A.; Masuda, K.; Goda, S.; Ishimoto, S.; Kamikaseda, K.; Wakuta, Y.; Kishi, M.

    1987-07-01

    Among mitochondrial encephalomyopathies, MELAS (mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes, Pavlakis et al., 1983) is recognized as a distinct syndrome characterized by generalized convulsions and recurrrent stroke-like episodes. The neuroradiological findings of three patients with MELAS are reported here. Retrospective review shows that MELAS should be included in the differential diagnosis of infarct-like lesions of the cerebrum.

  14. Algebraic reconstruction combined with the signal space separation method for the inverse magnetoencephalography problem with a dipole-quadrupole source

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    Nara, T.; Koiwa, K.; Takagi, S.; Oyama, D.; Uehara, G.

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents an algebraic reconstruction method for dipole-quadrupole sources using magnetoencephalography data. Compared to the conventional methods with the equivalent current dipoles source model, our method can more accurately reconstruct two close, oppositely directed sources. Numerical simulations show that two sources on both sides of the longitudinal fissure of cerebrum are stably estimated. The method is verified using a quadrupolar source phantom, which is composed of two isosceles-triangle-coils with parallel bases.

  15. Visual Hallucinations in a Patient with Horner's Syndrome Secondary to Internal Carotid Dissection

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    A 67-year-old female presented with post-ganglionic Horner's syndrome. In addition to the classical symptoms of Horner's syndrome, the patient reported experiencing frightening complex visual and auditory hallucinations on two different occasions. Magnetic resonance angiography of the cerebrum, neck and upper thorax revealed internal carotid dissection. The symptoms and hallucinatory experiences resolved soon after antiplatelet therapy was commenced. We propose peduncular hallucinosis as the ...

  16. Alterations of metallothionein isomers in Hg{sup 0}-exposed rat brain

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    Yasutake, A. [Biochemistry Section, National Institute for Minamata Disease, Minamata, Kumamoto 867-0008 (Japan); Nagano, M. [Morikawa Kenkodo Co., Ltd., 2170 Taguchi, Kosa, Kamimashiki, Kumamoto 861-4616 (Japan); Hirayama, K. [Kumamoto University College of Medical Science, Kuhonji, Kumamoto 862-0976 (Japan)

    2003-01-01

    Previously we found that exposure to mercury vapor effectively induced brain metallothionein (MT) in rats. Here, using FPLC-gel chromatography, we examined time-dependent alterations in the MT isomers, MT-I/II and MT-III, following 3 weeks of exposure. Rats were exposed to mercury vapor at 8.3 mg/m{sup 3} for 15 h in total over 5 consecutive days. Total MT levels in rat cerebrum and cerebellum increased by 65% and 155%, respectively, 24 h after the final exposure. The increased levels in both tissues remained unchanged for at least 2 weeks after termination of exposure. Interestingly, most MT in control rat cerebrum and cerebellum was accounted for by MT-III, with MT-I/II being less than 10%. Through mercury vapor exposure, MT-I/II was quickly induced to a significant extent in both tissues, reaching a level comparable to that of MT-III. The induction rate of MT-I/II in the cerebellum was somewhat higher than in the cerebrum. Chromatograms showed that the MT-I/II thus induced began to decline at an early stage in both tissues. In the cerebrum, the amount of MT-I/II on day 22 was about 30% of the maximum level on day 1. On the other hand, the induction of MT-III was not that dramatic, but it did become evident, at least in the latter stage, when MT-I/II had begun to decrease. Thus, though the induction rate of MT-III was not as high as MT-I/II, it was sustained throughout the experimental period. (orig.)

  17. Computational Investigation of Shock-Mitigation Efficacy of Polyurea When Used in a Combat Helmet

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    Eulerian-type air-filled region. In Case A, the unprotected head case, there are four (skin/fat, skull, cerebro- spinal fluid (CSF), cerebrum...yields an upward curvature in the associated pressure vs specific volume (reciprocal of the density) plot (i.e. pressure increases at a higher and...higher rate as the specific volume decreases); and . while the anomalous materials must possess a downward curvature in the associated pressure vs

  18. Prevention of Blast-Related Injuries

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    curvature changes. Figure 38. Locations with element disconnect issues 2. Modeling air blast wave propagation using a 2-D to 3-D mapping...sagittal sinus, transverse sinus, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), hemispheres of the cerebrum with distinct white and gray matter, cerebellum, brainstem...brain and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) were meshed and defined with Lagrangian formulation-based elements. The CSF fills the subarachnoid space

  19. Targeting Common but Complex Proteoglycans on Breast Cancer Cells and Stem Cells Using Evolutionary Refined Malaria Proteins

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    4 2015. The high throughput screening of breast cancer tissues, has been finalized with encouraging results. The data demonstrate that that we...CSGALNACT1 Absent High PlacentaLymphnode Heart Thymus Cerebrum Spleen Pancreas Lung ColonKidney Stomach Prostate Breast Epididymis Ovary Low Moderat Cervix...treatment, it was evident that 17 of the 3,500 proteins facilitated binding to rVAR2 (Fig- ure 4H). Thus, in addition to CSPG4 (not included in the screen

  20. Hemorrhage and Hemorrhagic Shock in Swine: A Review

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    metabolic acidosis , supresses the hyperkalemia , and attenuates the release of cellular acid hydrolases to the circulating blood. Methylprednisolone...uncompensated acidosis ensues, it could suppress the calorigenic actions of catecholamines (Hannon et al., 1989b). Further studies of total body...the cerebrum, less in the cerebellum and least in the brain stem. These effects may be due, at least in part, to the acidosis that results from the

  1. In vitro antiplasmodial activity, cytotoxicity and chemical profiles of sponge species of Cuban coasts.

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    Mendiola, Judith; Regalado, Erik L; Díaz-García, Alexis; Thomas, Olivier P; Fernández-Calienes, Aymé; Rodríguez, Hermis; Laguna, Abilio; Valdés, Olga

    2014-01-01

    Aqueous and organic fractions from the crude extracts of 17 sponge species collected at Boca de Calderas, Havana, Cuba were analysed. The organic fractions of Mycale laxissima, Clathria echinata and Agelas cerebrum exhibited values of concentrations causing 50% inhibition of in vitro growth of Plasmodium berghei (IC50) of 42.3 ± 5.1, 52 ± 9.7 and 60.3 ± 10.6 μg/mL, respectively, while their selectivity indexes for fibroblast cell lines were 9.45, 4.24 and 8.7, correspondingly. These fractions reduced parasitemia of infected Balb/c mice as well. Selective cytotoxicity indexes against tumour HeLa cells focused an interest on the aqueous fraction of M. laxissima (>7.12) and organic fractions of Polymastia nigra (5.95), A. cerebrum (5.48) and Niphates erecta (>4.2). Triterpenoids/steroids and alkaloids detected in the organic fractions of M. laxissima, C. echinata and A. cerebrum should be isolated for future investigation.

  2. Decreases in rat brain aquaporin-4 expression following intracerebroventricular administration of an endothelin ET B receptor agonist.

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    Koyama, Yutaka; Tanaka, Kazuhiro

    2010-01-29

    Aquaporins (AQPs) comprise a family of water channel proteins, some of which are expressed in brain. Expressions of brain AQPs are altered after brain insults, such as ischemia and head trauma. However, little is known about the regulation of brain AQP expression. Endothelins (ETs), vasoconstrictor peptides, regulate several pathophysiological responses of damaged nerve tissues via ET(B) receptors. To show possible roles of ET(B) receptors in the regulation of brain AQP expression, the effects of intracerebroventricular administration of an ET(B) agonist were examined in rat brain. In the cerebrum, the copy numbers of AQP4 mRNAs were highest among AQP1, 3, 4, 5 and 9. Continuous administration of 500 pmol/day Ala(1,3,11,15)-ET-1, an ET(B) selective agonist, into rat brain for 7 days decreased the level of AQP4 mRNA in the cerebrum, but had no effect on AQP1, 3, 5 and 9 mRNA levels. The level of AQP4 protein in the cerebrum decreased by the administration of Ala(1,3,11,15)-ET-1. Immunohistochemical observations of Ala(1,3,11,15)-ET-1-infused rats showed that GFAP-positive astrocytes, but not neurons, activated microglia or brain capillary endothelial cells, had immunoreactivity for AQP4. These findings indicate that activation of brain ET(B) receptors causes a decrease in AQP4 expression, suggesting that ET down-regulates brain AQP4 via ET(B) receptors.

  3. Regional cerebral blood flow in schizophrenics

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    Uchino, J.; Ohta, Y.; Nakane, Y.; Mori, H.; Hirota, N.; Yonekura, M.

    1987-01-01

    The present study on schizophrenics dealt with the relationship of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) to age, disease duration, and treatment length with chlorpromazine hydrochloride (CPZ). Regional cerebral blood flow in 28 cerebral regions of interest was measured by iv injection of /sup 133/X in 54 schizophrenic patients and 39 healthy volunteers. Neither age nor dosage of CPZ significantly influenced rCBF. All patients, including 11 treated for a short period of time (6 months or less), were characterized by having a decreased rCBF over the whole cerebrum. Thirty-four patients treated for a long period of time (2 years or more) had a varied rCBF distribution in the left hemisphere, with the most predominant feature being the decrease in rCBF in the frontal lobe (i.e., hypofrontality); however, there was no linear correlation between rCBF and disease duration. A decreased rCBE in the right occipital region was seen in patients with paranoid schizophrenia, suggesting that manifestations of symptoms may depend on disturbed regions. These results suggest that cerebral dysfunction in schizophrenic patients may not be restricted to the frontal lobe, but cover the whole cerebrum, and that nonuniform dysfunction in various regions of the cerebrum, including the frontal lobe, may be involved in manifestations of symptoms.

  4. Solanum tuberosum lectin-conjugated PLGA nanoparticles for nose-to-brain delivery: in vivo and in vitro evaluations.

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    Chen, Jie; Zhang, Chi; Liu, Qingfeng; Shao, Xiayan; Feng, Chengcheng; Shen, Yehong; Zhang, Qizhi; Jiang, Xinguo

    2012-02-01

    Solanum tuberosum lectin (STL) conjugated poly (DL-lactic-co- glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticle (STL-NP) was constructed in this paper as a novel biodegradable nose-to-brain drug delivery system. The in vitro uptake study showed markedly enhanced endocytosis of STL-NP compared to unmodified PLGA nanoparticles (NP) in Calu-3 cells and significant inhibition of uptake in the presence of inhibitor sugar (chitin hydrolysate). Following intranasal administration, coumarin-6 carried by STL-NP was rapidly absorbed into blood and brain. The AUC((0→12 h)) of coumarin-6 in blood, olfactory bulb, cerebrum and cerebellum were about 0.77-, 1.48-, 1.89- and 1.45-fold of those of NP, respectively (p brain targeting efficiency in different brain tissues than unmodified NP. Enhanced accumulation of STL-NP in the brain was also observed by near infrared fluorescence probe image following intranasal administration. The fluorescence signal of STL-NP appeared in olfactory bulb, cerebrum and brainstem early at 0.25 h. The signal in olfactory bulb decreased gradually after 2 h, while the obvious signal in brainstem, cerebrum and cerebellum lasted for more than 8 h. The STL-NP safety experiments showed mild cytotoxicity and negligible cilia irritation. These intriguing in vitro and in vivo results suggest that STL-NP might serve as a promising brain drug delivery system.

  5. Correlation between developmental disorders and MRI findings in very low birth weight infants

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    Fukuda, Kuniaki; Endo, Shoichi; Goda, Tomoko; Ota, Akira; Akita, Yuji; Furukawa, Seikyo (Kagawa Children' s National Sanatorium, Zentsuji (Japan))

    1994-08-01

    We investigated the prevalence of developmental disorders in very low birth weight infants, their risk factors during the neonatal period, and the correlation between their neurological symptoms and their MRI findings. Seventy-three infants, who were followed up for more than 5 years in the developmental clinic, were enrolled. The developmental disorders included 6 patients with cerebral palsy (CP) and 6 patients with mental retardation (MR). The types of CP were as follows: spastic diplegia (3), spastic quadriplegia (2), athetotic quadriplegia (1). Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and mechanical ventilation (MV) were significant risk factors for CP and MR and retinopathy was also a significant risk factor for MR. Periventricular areas of bright signal intensity on T2 (TR 2000 msec/TE 120 mse) weighted images, compatible with old, small white matter infarcts, gliosis or demyelination, were observed in only three of the seven patients. We measured the width of anterior horns, the maximum diameter of cerebrum, and the minimum thickness of white matter in occipital lobe on T1 (TR 500 msec/TE 20 msec) weighted transaxial images in eight patients (five patients with CP, three patients with MR). The maximum diameters of cerebrums and the minimum thickness of white matters were significantly smaller in patients with CP or MR than those in controls, respectively. The DQ of patients significantly correlated with the maximum diameters of cerebrums and the minimum thickness of white matters in left occipital lobe significantly correlated with DQ. (author).

  6. Coinfection and vertical transmission of Brucella and Morbillivirus in a neonatal sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) in Hawaii, USA.

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    West, Kristi L; Levine, Gregg; Jacob, Jessica; Jensen, Brenda; Sanchez, Susan; Colegrove, Kathleen; Rotstein, David

    2015-01-01

    The viral genus Morbillivirus and the bacterial genus Brucella have emerged as important groups of pathogens that are known to affect cetacean health on a global scale, but neither pathogen has previously been reported from endangered sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). A female neonate sperm whale stranded alive and died near Laie on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, US, in May of 2011. Congestion of the cerebrum and enlarged lymph nodes were noted on the gross necropsy. Microscopic findings included lymphoid depletion, chronic meningitis, and pneumonia, suggesting an in utero infection. Cerebrum, lung, umbilicus, and select lymph nodes (tracheobronchial and mediastinal) were positive for Brucella by PCR. Brucella sp. was also cultured from the cerebrum and from mediastinal and tracheobronchial lymph nodes. Twelve different tissues were screened for Morbillivirus by reverse-transcriptase (RT)-PCR and select tissues by immunohistochemistry, but only the tracheobronchial lymph node and spleen were positive by RT-PCR. Pathologic findings observed were likely a result of Brucella, but Morbillivirus may have played a key role in immune suppression of the mother and calf. The in utero infection in this individual strongly supports vertical transmission of both pathogens.

  7. Biochemical changes in the central nervous system of rats exposed to 1-bromopropane for seven days.

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    Wang, Hailan; Ichihara, Gaku; Ito, Hidenori; Kato, Kanefusa; Kitoh, Junzoh; Yamada, Tetsuya; Yu, Xiaozhong; Tsuboi, Seiji; Moriyama, Yoshinori; Sakatani, Rie; Shibata, Eiji; Kamijima, Michihiro; Itohara, Seiichiro; Takeuchi, Yasuhiro

    2002-05-01

    1-Bromopropane is used widely as an alternative to ozone-depleting solvents. The neurotoxic effects of this agent have been described in humans and experimental animals. Here we investigated the underlying mechanisms of the neurotoxic effects of 1-bromopropane by examining the initial biochemical changes in the central nervous system. Four groups of 9 Wistar male rats each were exposed to 200, 400, or 800 ppm 1-bromopropane or only fresh air, 8 h per day for 7 days. At the end of the experiment, the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and lumbar enlargement of the spinal cord were dissected out from each rat (n = 8) for biochemical analyses. Morphological examinations of the nervous system were performed in the remaining rat of each group. 1-Bromopropane dose-dependently decreased neurospecific gamma-enolase, total glutathione, and nonprotein sulfhydryl groups in the cerebrum and cerebellum. Creatine kinase activity decreased dose-dependently in the brain and spinal cord. Histopathological examination showed swelling of preterminal axons in gracile nucleus and degeneration of myelin in peripheral nerves. Our results of low levels of gamma-enolase suggested that 1-bromopropane might primarily cause functional or cellular loss of neurons in the cerebrum and cerebellum. Glutathione depletion or modification to functional proteins containing a sulfhydryl base as a critical site might be the underlying mechanism of 1-bromopropane neurotoxicity.

  8. Adriatic calcarean sponges (Porifera, Calcarea, with the description of six new species and a richness analysis

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    Michelle Klautau

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study we analyze the calcarean sponge diversity of the Adriatic Sea, the type locality of some of the first described species of calcarean sponges. Morphological and molecular approaches are combined for the taxonomic identification. Our results reveal six species new to science and provisionally endemic to the Adriatic Sea (Ascandra spalatensis sp. nov., Borojevia croatica sp. nov., Leucandra falakra sp. nov., L. spinifera sp. nov., Paraleucilla dalmatica sp. nov., and Sycon ancora sp. nov., one species previously known only from the Southwestern Atlantic (Clathrina conifera, and three already known from the Adriatic Sea (Ascaltis reticulum, Borojevia cerebrum, and Clathrina primordialis. We confirm the presence of the alien species Paraleucilla magna in the Adriatic and again record Clathrina blanca, C. clathrus, and C. rubra. We emend the description of the genus Ascaltis, propose a lectotype for Borojevia cerebrum and synonymise B. decipiens with B. cerebrum. A checklist of all calcarean species previously and currently known from the Adriatic Sea (39 species is given. The Central Adriatic is indicated as the richest calcarean sponge fauna sector; however, the biodiversity of this class is underestimated in the whole Adriatic Sea and new systematic surveys are desirable.

  9. Studies of the macroscopic and microscopic morphology (hippocampus of brain in Vencobb broiler

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    Shailesh Kumar Gupta

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to study the anatomy of different parts of brain and histology of hippocampus of Vencobb broiler chicken. Materials and Methods: A 12 adult experimental birds were sacrificed by cervical dislocation. After separation of the brain, gross anatomy features were studied. Brain tissue was fixed in 10% buffered neutral formalin for 2-3 days, and then routine dehydration process in ascending grades of ethyl alcohol was done. After xylene cleaning, paraffin impregnation was prepared. Paraffin blocks were cut, and slides were stained by Harris hematoxylin and eosin. Photography was carried out both under lower (×10 and higher (×40 magnifications. Results: The brain structure (dorsal view of Vencobb bird resembled the outline of a playing card symbol of a “spade.” The brain subdivisions are cerebrum, cerebellum, and medulla oblongata. Cerebrum was devoid of usual convolutions (elevations, gyri, depressions (grooves, and sulci. The cerebral hemispheres were tightly apposed along a median sulcus called interhemispheric fissure and cerebrum and cerebellum were separated by a small transverse fissure. The olfactory bulb was small structures, and the pineal body was clearly visible. The optic lobes were partially hidden under cerebral hemispheres, but laterally, it was large, prominent rounded or spherical bodies of the midbrain. The hippocampal area appeared as dorso-medial protrusion. Different types of neurons were distinguished in the hippocampus were pyramidal neurons, pyramidal-like neurons, and multipolar neurons, etc. There was rich vascularization in the form of blood capillaries throughout the hippocampus. Conclusion: Cerebrum was pear shaped and largest part of the brain. Cerebrum hemisphere was smooth devoid of convolutions, gyri, and depressions, but in the surface of cerebellum, there was the presence of a number of transverse depression (grooves and sulci subdividing into many folds. Olfactory bulb was poorly

  10. SU-E-QI-12: Morphometry Based Measurements of the Structural Response to Whole Brain Radiation

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    Fuentes, D; Castillo, R; Castillo, E; Guerrero, T [UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: Although state of the art radiation therapy techniques for treating intracranial malignancies have eliminated acute brain injury, cognitive impairment occurs in 50–90% of patients who survive >6mo post irradiation. Quantitative characterization of therapy response is needed to facilitate therapeutic strategies to minimize radiation induced cognitive impairment [1]. Deformation based morphometry techniques [2, 3] are presented as a quantitative imaging biomarker of therapy response in patients receiving whole brain radiation for treating medulloblastoma. Methods: Post-irradiation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data sets were retrospectively analyzed in N=15 patients, >60 MR image datasets. As seen in Fig 1(a), volume changes at multiple time points post-irradiation were quantitatively measured in the cerebrum and ventricles with respect to pre-irradiation MRI. A high resolution image Template, was registered to the pre-irradiation MRI of each patient to create a brain atlas for the cerebrum, cerebellum, and ventricles. Skull stripped images for each patient were registered to the initial pre-treatment scan. Average volume changes in the labeled regions were measured using the determinant of the displacement field Jacobian. Results: Longitudinal measurements, Fig 1(b-c), show a negative correlation p=.06, of the cerebral volume change with the time interval from irradiation. A corresponding positive correlation, p=.01, between ventricular volume change and time interval from irradiation is seen. One sample t-test for correlations were computed using a Spearman method. An average decrease in cerebral volume, p=.08, and increase in ventricular volume, p<.001, was observed. The radiation dose was seen directly proportional to the induced volume changes in the cerebrum, r=−.44, p<.001, Fig 1(d). Conclusion: Results indicate that morphometric monitoring of brain tissue volume changes may potentially be used to quantitatively assess toxicity and response to

  11. Drug brain distribution following intranasal administration of Huperzine A in situ gel in rats

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    Yan ZHAO; Peng YUE; Tao TAO; Qing-hua CHEN

    2007-01-01

    Aim: To determine the uptake extent of Huperzine A (Hup A) into the brain after intranasal administration of Hup A in situ gel to rats, and to compare the pharma-cokinetic parameters between intranasal administration and iv and po. Methods: Hup A was administered to male Sprague-Dawley rats via nasal, iv and oral routes at the dose of 166.7, 166.7, and 500μg/kg, respectively. Blood and brain tissue samples including the cerebrum, hippocampus, cerebellum and olfactory bulb were collected, and the concentrations of Hup A in the samples were assayed by HPLC. The area under the concentration-time curve (AUC,0→6h) and the ratio of the AUC,brain, to the AUC,plasma (drug targeting efficiency, DTE) were calculated toevaluate the brain targeting efficiency of the drug via 3 administration routes. Results: The AUC,0→6h of the drug in the cerebrum, hippocampus, cerebellum, left olfactory bulb and right olfactory bulb after intranasal administration of the Hup A in situ gel were 1.5, 1.3, 1.0, 1.2, and 1.0 times of those after iv administration of the injection, and 2.7, 2.2, 1.9, 3.1, and 2.6 times of those after administration of the oral formulation. The AUC,brain0→6h/AUC,plasma0→6h of Hup A in the cerebrum, hippocampus and left olfactory bulb following the intranasal administration dose were significantly higher (P0.05) than the iv dose. Conclusion: Intranasal delivery showed a viable, non-invasive strategy for delivering the drug into brain.

  12. Neuroimaging of the serotonin reuptake site requires high-affinity ligands.

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    Elfving, Betina; Madsen, Jacob; Knudsen, Gitte M

    2007-11-01

    Numerous attempts have been made to develop suitable radiolabeled tracers for positron emission tomography or single photon emission computed tomography imaging of the serotonin transporter (SERT), but most often, negative outcomes are reported. The aim of this study is to define characteristics of a good SERT radioligand and to investigate species differences. We examined seven different selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and that except for one all have been previously tested as emission tomography ligands. The outcome of the ligands as emission tomography tracers was compared in relation with receptor density (Bmax) and/or ligand affinity (Kd) in rat and monkey cerebrum and cerebellum (reference region) membranes. [3H]-(S)-Citalopram and [3H]-(+)-McN5652 display statistically significantly lower affinity, whereas [3H]paroxetine displays statistically significantly higher affinity for SERT in monkey cortex when compared with the rat cerebrum. The affinity of [3H]MADAM, [123I]ADAM, and [11C]DASB for SERT obtained with rat cerebrum and monkey cortex are similar. In monkey cortex, Kd and Bmax could not be determined with [3H]fluoxetine. Of the seven SSRIs, [3H]-(S)-citalopram, [3H]MADAM, and [11C]DASB displayed significant specific binding to SERT in monkey cerebellum, with Bmax cortex:cerebellum ratios being 17, 3, and 4, respectively. In rat brain tissue the ratios were 12, 6, and 3, respectively. In conclusion, it can be estimated that imaging of the human SERT in a high-density region requires radioligands with Kd values between 0.03 and a maximum of 0.3 nM (at 37 degrees C). The differential specific cerebellar binding raises the question of the suitability of cerebellum as a reference region for nonspecific binding.

  13. Genomics-based screening of differentially expressed genes in the brains of mice exposed to silver nanoparticles via inhalation

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    Lee, Hye-Young; Choi, You-Jin; Jung, Eun-Jung; Yin, Hu-Quan [Seoul National University, College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Jung-Taek; Kim, Ji-Eun; Im, Hwang-Tae; Cho, Myung-Haing [Seoul National University, College of Veterinary Medicine (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ju-Han [Seoul National University, College of Medicine (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun-Young [Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Chemical Safety and Health Research Center (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Byung-Hoon, E-mail: lee@snu.ac.k [Seoul National University, College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-06-15

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are among the fastest growing product categories in the nanotechnology industry. Despite the importance of AgNP in consumer products and clinical applications, relatively little is known regarding AgNP toxicity and its associated risks. We investigated the effects of AgNP on gene expression in the mouse brain using Affymetrix Mouse Genome Arrays. C57BL/6 mice were exposed to AgNP (geometric mean diameter, 22.18 {+-} 1.72 nm; 1.91 x 10{sup 7} particles/cm{sup 3}) for 6 h/day, 5 days/week using the nose-only exposure system for 2 weeks. Total RNA isolated from the cerebrum and cerebellum was subjected to hybridization. From over 39,000 probe sets, 468 genes in the cerebrum and 952 genes in the cerebellum were identified as AgNP-responsive (one-way analysis of variance; p < 0.05). The largest groups of gene products affected by AgNP exposure included 73 genes in the cerebrum and 144 genes in the cerebellum. AgNP exposure modulated the expression of several genes associated with motor neuron disorders, neurodegenerative disease, and immune cell function, indicating potential neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity associated with AgNP exposure. Real-time PCR data for five genes analyzed from whole blood showed good correlation with the observed changes in the brain. Following rigorous validation and substantiation, these genes may assist in the development of surrogate markers for AgNP exposure and/or toxicity.

  14. Interictal diffusion and perfusion magnetic resonance imaging features of cats with familial spontaneous epilepsy.

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    Mizoguchi, Shunta; Hasegawa, Daisuke; Hamamoto, Yuji; Yu, Yoshihiko; Kuwabara, Takayuki; Fujiwara-Igarashi, Aki; Fujita, Michio

    2017-03-01

    OBJECTIVE To evaluate the usefulness of diffusion and perfusion MRI of the cerebrum in cats with familial spontaneous epilepsy (FSECs) and identify microstructural and functional deficit zones in affected cats. ANIMALS 19 FSECs and 12 healthy cats. PROCEDURES Diffusion-weighted, diffusion tensor, and perfusion-weighted MRI of the cerebrum were performed during interictal periods in FSECs. Imaging findings were compared between FSECs and control cats. Diffusion (apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy) and perfusion (relative cerebral blood volume [rCBV], relative cerebral blood flow [rCBF], and mean transit time) variables were measured bilaterally in the hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, parietal cortex gray matter, and subcortical white matter. Asymmetry of these variables in each region was also evaluated and compared between FSECs and control cats. RESULTS The apparent diffusion coefficient of the total amygdala of FSECs was significantly higher, compared with that of control cats. The fractional anisotropy of the right side and total hippocampus of FSECs was significantly lower, compared with that of control cats. The left and right sides and total hippocampal rCBV and rCBF were significantly lower in FSECs than in control cats. The rCBV and rCBF of the parietal cortex gray matter in FSECs were significantly lower than in control cats. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE In FSECs, diffusion and perfusion MRI detected microstructural changes and hypoperfusion (lowered function) in the cerebrum during interictal periods from that of healthy cats. These findings indicated that diffusion and perfusion MRI may be useful for noninvasive evaluation of epileptogenic foci in cats.

  15. Pathogenesis of meningoencephalitis in rabbits by bovine herpesvirus type-5 (BHV-5

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    Silva Adriana M. da

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the main aspects of bovine herpesvirus type-5 (BHV-5 neurologic infection and disease in rabbits, a candidate animal model for studying BHV-5 neuropathogenesis. Intranasal inoculation of weanling rabbits with a Brazilian BHV-5 isolate produced neurological disease and death in 78.8% (26/33 of the animals. Neurological signs started as early as 5 days post-inoculation and lasted from 10-12 hours up to several days. Most animals evolved to a moribund state or death within 24 (69.2% to 48 hours (88.5%. Neurological disease was characterized by excitability or depression, tremors, bruxism, walking or running in circles, backward arching of the head and body, incoordination, backward and sideways falling, paddling, profound depression and death. Moderate levels of infectivity were detected in several areas of the brain, most consistently in the ventro-lateral hemisphere (in 16 out of 20 animals, anterior cerebrum (15/20, midbrain (11/20, dorso-lateral hemisphere (10/20 and pons (12/26. Infectious virus was also recovered from the olfactory bulb (9/20, medulla oblongata (10/26, cerebellum (7/20, posterior cerebrum (5/20 and trigeminal ganglia (4/20. No gross lesions were observed. Microscopic lesions were mild and consisted of non-suppurative meningitis, mononuclear perivascular cuffing and focal gliosis. These changes were observed most consistently in the ventro-lateral hemisphere and anterior cerebrum. Passive immunity partially protected rabbits from BHV-5-induced encephalitis. Rabbits born to immunized dams showed a significative delay in the onset of clinical disease and reduced morbidity and mortality rates compared to rabbits born to unvaccinated dams. These results demonstrate that BHV-5-induced neurological disease can consistently be reproduced in rabbits and point towards the use of this species as an animal model to study BHV-5 neuropathogenesis.

  16. Pathologic findings in red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) and Cooper's hawks (Accipiter cooper) naturally infected with West Nile virus.

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    Wünschmann, Arno; Shivers, Jan; Bender, Jeff; Carroll, Larry; Fuller, Susan; Saggese, Miguel; van Wettere, Arnaud; Redig, Pat

    2004-09-01

    Carcasses of 13 red-tailed hawks (RTHAs) and 11 Cooper's hawks (COHAs) were tested for West Nile virus (WNV) using WNV-specific reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) on fresh brain tissue and WNV-specific immunohistochemistry (IHC) on various organs. Ten COHAs (91%) and 11 RTHAs (85%) were positive for WNV RNA by RT-PCR. All 11 COHAs (100%) and 10 RTHAs (77%) were positive for WNV antigen by IHC. A triad of inflammatory lesions, including chronic lymphoplasmacytic and histiocytic encephalitis, endophthalmitis, and myocarditis, was common in both species. In COHAs, the heart (54%), cerebrum (50%), and eye (45%) were the organs that most commonly contained WNV antigen. The amount of WNV antigen was usually small. In RTHAs, the kidney (38%), cerebrum (38%), cerebellum (38%), and eye (36%) were the organs most commonly containing WNV antigen. Unlike COHAs, larger amounts of WNV antigen were present in the cerebrum of RTHAs. WNV antigen was detected in similar cell populations in both species, including neurons of brain, spinal cord, and retina, pigmented epithelial cells of the retina, epithelial cells of renal medullary tubules, cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells of arteries, dendritic cells of splenic lymph follicles, exocrine pancreatic cells, adrenal cells, and keratinocytes of the skin. The study presents strong evidence that WNV can cause a chronic fatal disease in RTHAs and COHAs. The lesion distribution of WNV infection in both species is variable, but inflammatory lesions are common, and a triad of lesions including encephalitis, myocarditis, and endophthalmitis is indicative of WNV infection in both species.

  17. Comparative study of activities in reactive oxygen species production/defense system in mitochondria of rat brain and liver, and their susceptibility to methylmercury toxicity

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    Mori, N.; Hirayama, K. [Kumamoto University, School of Health Science, Kumamoto (Japan); Yasutake, A. [National Institute for Minamata Disease, Minamata (Japan)

    2007-11-15

    The involvement of oxidative stress has been suggested as a mechanism for neurotoxicity caused by methylmercury (MeHg), but the mechanism for MeHg selective toxicity in the central nervous system is still unclear. In this research, to clarify the mechanism of selective neurotoxicity caused by MeHg, the oxygen consumption levels, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) production rates and several antioxidant levels in mitochondria were compared among the cerebrum, cerebellum and liver of male Wistar rats. In addition, the alterations of these indexes were examined in MeHg-intoxicated rats (oral administration of 10 mg/kg day, for 5 days). Although the cerebrum and cerebellum in intact rats showed higher mitochondrial oxygen consumption levels and ROS production rates than the liver, glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities were much lower in the cerebrum and cerebellum than in the liver. Especially, the cerebellum showed the highest oxygen consumption and ROS production rate and the lowest mitochondrial glutathione (GSH) levels among the tissues examined. In the MeHg-treated rats, decrease in the oxygen consumption and increase in the ROS generation were found only in the cerebellum mitochondria, despite a lower Hg accumulation in the mitochondrial fraction compared to the liver. Since MeHg treatment produced an enhancement of ROS generation in cerebellum mitochondria supplemented with succinate substrates, MeHg-induced oxidative stress might affect the complex II-III mediated pathway in the electron transfer chain in the cerebellum mitochondria. Our study suggested that inborn factors, high production system activity and low defense system activity of ROS in the brain, would relate to the high susceptibility of the central nervous system to MeHg toxicity. (orig.)

  18. A new focal cerebral ischemia model of rats%一种新的鼠大脑局部缺血模型

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    王跃民; 谢安; 臧益民; 朱妙章

    2001-01-01

    AIM To make a new focal cerebral ischemia model of rats.METHODS By perfusing normal saline from the catheter inserted in the left common carotid artery with certain pressure and flow. RESULTS Methylene blue staining showed that most areas in left cerebrum became dark blue except that cortex became slight blue. 30 min after infusion, the amplitude of somato sensory evoked potential (SEP) increases by more than 20%. CONCLUSION Staining indicates that left cerebrum becomes ischemia. The augment of SEP amplitude says that cerebrum is in excitotoxic injury state. It has been proved that this regional cerebral ischemia model is reliable and easy to carry out.%目的 制成鼠大脑局部缺血模型.方法 采用左侧颈动脉离心端插管,灌注一定压力和流量的生理盐水.结果 ①美蓝染色显示大脑左侧大部分区域被染蓝,除皮层着色较浅外,其余部位着色较深.②体感诱发电位在灌注后30min时,其幅度超过灌注前20%.结论 染色说明大脑左侧为缺血区,体感诱发电位幅度的增高,表明大脑处于兴奋性损伤状态.证实了此方法制成的大脑局部缺血可靠,且省时省力简便易行.

  19. Geometric optimal control of the contrast imaging problem in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

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    Bonnard, B; Glaser, S J; Lapert, M; Sugny, D; Zhang, Y

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this article is to introduce the tools to analyze the contrast imaging problem in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Optimal trajectories can be selected among extremal solutions of the Pontryagin Maximum Principle applied to this Mayer type optimal problem. Such trajectories are associated to the question of extremizing the transfer time. Hence the optimal problem is reduced to the analysis of the Hamiltonian dynamics related to singular extremals and their optimality status. This is illustrated by using the examples of cerebrospinal fluid / water and grey / white matter of cerebrum.

  20. Volumetric analysis of the normal infant brain and in intrauterine growth retardation

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    Toft, P B; Leth, H; Ring, P B

    1995-01-01

    and the volumes were determined by encircling each structure of interest on every slice. Segmentation into grey matter, white matter and CSF was done by semi-automatic discriminant analysis. Growth charts for the cerebrum, cerebellum, corpora striata, thalami, ventricles, and grey and white matter are provided...... for infants with appropriate birth weight. The striatal (P = 0.02) and thalamic (P grey matter to white matter (G/W-ratio) increased (P = 0.01). In the neonatal patients, brain volumes were independently associated...... growth retardation reduces grey matter volume more than white matter....

  1. Carcinogenicity of azo dyes: Acid Black 52 and Yellow 3 in hamsters and rats. Volume 2. Technical report (Final)

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    Plankenhorn, L.J.

    1983-09-30

    This document is an appendix to a study concerning the carcinogenicity of the azo dyes acid-black-52 and yellow-3 in male and female hamsters and rats and contains individual histopathology studies of both dyes. Histopathological features were reported in tabular form for the skin, mammary gland, muscle, salivary gland, mandibular lymph node, sciatic nerve, thymus, larynx, thyroid, parathyroid, trachea, bronchus, esophagus, adrenal, stomach, duodenum, jejunem, ileum, cecum, colon, rectum, mesenteric lymph node, lung, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidney, heart, urinary bladder, seminal vesicle, prostate, testis, cerebrum, cerebellum, pituitary, sternabrae, femur, bone marrow, and nasal cavity.

  2. A finite element model investigation of gunshot injury.

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    Raul, Jean-Sébastien; Deck, Caroline; Meyer, Franck; Geraut, Annie; Willinger, Rémy; Ludes, Bertrand

    2007-03-01

    Multiple gunshot suicide can be a controversial subject mainly because of wrong opinions concerning immediate incapacitation or alleged backwards hurling. For the last 20 years, experts in medicine and physics have tried to demonstrate what really happens during a gunshot wound. Different methods have been used to achieve this aim such as basic physics or the use of empirical evidence. In this paper, using a finite element model of the human head, we demonstrate that no incapacitation or backwards hurling can occur from a gunshot fired between the eyes which did not enter the cerebrum.

  3. A case of false median cleft of upper lip with IV-A holoprosencephaly that underwent cheiloplasty at 2.5 years of age.

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    Kobayashi, J; Arai, N; Kiyosaki, I; Uzawa, N; Ishii, J; Yoshimasu, H; Amagasa, T

    2000-11-01

    Holoprosencephaly results from the incomplete development of midline structures within the cerebrum and encompasses a series of abnormalities of mid-facial development. Here, we report a case of male holoprosencephaly associated with false median cleft of upper lip. This patient belonged clinically to the DeMyer's group IV holoprosencephaly, semilobar type. An infant with this type of holoprosencephaly has been thought to die generally within 1 to 2 years after birth and to rarely benefit from an operation. In this case, the patient had cheiloplasty at the age of 2.5 years at the request of his parents and he lives currently, being 3 years and 2 months old.

  4. The human cerebellum: a review of physiologic neuroanatomy.

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    Roostaei, Tina; Nazeri, Arash; Sahraian, Mohammad Ali; Minagar, Alireza

    2014-11-01

    The cerebellum resides in the posterior cranial fossa dorsal to the brainstem and has diverse connections to the cerebrum, brain stem, and spinal cord. It is anatomically and physiologically divided into distinct functional compartments and is composed of highly regular arrays of neuronal units, each sharing the same basic cerebellar microcircuitry. Its circuitry is critically involved in motor control and motor learning, and its role in nonmotor cognitive and affective functions is becoming increasingly recognized. This article describes the cerebellar gross and histologic neuroanatomy in relation to its function, and the relevance of cerebellar circuitry and firing patterns to motor learning.

  5. The telencephalon of the Göttingen minipig, cytoarchitecture and cortical surface anatomy

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    Bjarkam, Carsten Reides; GLUD, AN; Orlowski, Dariusz;

    2016-01-01

    × 36 mm (length, width, height) and weighs around 69 g. The telencephalic part of the Göttingen minipig cerebrum covers a large surface area, which can be divided into a neocortical gyrencephalic part located dorsal to the rhinal fissure, and a ventral subrhinal part dominated by olfactory, amygdaloid...... subcortical structure of the minipig telencephalon is dominated by a prominent ventricular system and large basal ganglia, wherein the putamen and the caudate nucleus posterior and dorsally are separated into two entities by the internal capsule, whereas both structures ventrally fuse into a large accumbens...

  6. Guideline of procedures 2003 for the gammagraphic study of brain death; Guia de procedimientos 2003 para el estudio gammagrafico de muerte cerebral

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    Mora R, R.A. [Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The diagnosis of brain death is a clinical diagnosis that is sometimes made with the help of cerebral perfusion scintigraphy. It is important that all physicians be knowledgeable about the clinical requirements for the diagnosis of brain death, especially the need to establish irreversible cessation of all function of the cerebrum and brain stem. Institutions performing scintigraphy for the evaluation of possible brain death should develop clinical guidelines and procedures for the clinical diagnosis that incorporate both clinical evaluations and the integration of ancillary tests such as perfusion scintigraphy. (Author)

  7. Necrotising encephalitis in a French bulldog.

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    Timmann, D; Konar, M; Howard, J; Vandevelde, M

    2007-06-01

    A 20-month-old, female French bulldog was presented with a three-month history of generalised seizures and progressive ataxia with occasional falling over on either side. Neurological examination revealed signs, suggesting a multifocal intracranial lesion. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed two connected lesions on the left side of the caudal brainstem and a further lesion in the cerebrum. The dog was euthanased, and histopathological examination revealed lesions which closely resembled those of necrotising encephalitis in Yorkshire terriers. This is the first case describing this type of necrotising encephalitis in a French bulldog.

  8. Spikes and bursts in two types of thalamic projection neurons differentially shape sleep patterns and auditory responses in a songbird.

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    Hahnloser, Richard H R; Wang, Claude Z-H; Nager, Aymeric; Naie, Katja

    2008-05-07

    In mammals, the thalamus plays important roles for cortical processing, such as relay of sensory information and induction of rhythmical firing during sleep. In neurons of the avian cerebrum, in analogy with cortical up and down states, complex patterns of regular-spiking and dense-bursting modes are frequently observed during sleep. However, the roles of thalamic inputs for shaping these firing modes are largely unknown. A suspected key player is the avian thalamic nucleus uvaeformis (Uva). Uva is innervated by polysensory input, receives indirect cerebral feedback via the midbrain, and projects to the cerebrum via two distinct pathways. Using pharmacological manipulation, electrical stimulation, and extracellular recordings of Uva projection neurons, we study the involvement of Uva in zebra finches for the generation of spontaneous activity and auditory responses in premotor area HVC (used as a proper name) and the downstream robust nucleus of the arcopallium (RA). In awake and sleeping birds, we find that single Uva spikes suppress and spike bursts enhance spontaneous and auditory-evoked bursts in HVC and RA neurons. Strong burst suppression is mediated mainly via tonically firing HVC-projecting Uva neurons, whereas a fast burst drive is mediated indirectly via Uva neurons projecting to the nucleus interface of the nidopallium. Our results reveal that cerebral sleep-burst epochs and arousal-related burst suppression are both shaped by sophisticated polysynaptic thalamic mechanisms.

  9. Coinfection by Cetacean morbillivirus and Aspergillus fumigatus in a juvenile bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Cassle, Stephen E; Landrau-Giovannetti, Nelmarie; Farina, Lisa L; Leone, Angelique; Wellehan, James F X; Stacy, Nicole I; Thompson, Patrick; Herring, Hada; Mase-Guthrie, Blair; Blas-Machado, Uriel; Saliki, Jeremiah T; Walsh, Michael T; Waltzek, Thomas B

    2016-11-01

    A recently deceased juvenile male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, off Sand Key in Clearwater, Florida. At autopsy, we identified pneumonia and a focus of malacia in the right cerebrum. Cytologic evaluation of tissue imprints from the right cerebrum revealed fungal hyphae. Fungal cultures of the lung and brain yielded Aspergillus fumigatus, which was confirmed by amplification of a portion of the fungal nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 2 region sequence. Microscopic pulmonary lesions of bronchiolar epithelial cell syncytia with intracytoplasmic and intranuclear inclusions within bronchiolar epithelial cells were suggestive of Cetacean morbillivirus (CeMV) infection. The occurrence of CeMV infection was supported by positive immunohistochemical staining for morbillivirus antigen. CeMV detection was confirmed by amplification and sequencing a portion of the morbilliviral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene from lung tissue. This case provides CeMV sequence data available from the Gulf of Mexico and underscores the need for genomic sequencing across diverse host, temporospatial, and population (i.e., single animal vs. mass mortality events) scales to improve our understanding of these globally emerging pathogens.

  10. Adrenergic receptor subtypes in the cerebral circulation of newborn piglets

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    Wagerle, L.C.; Delivoria-Papadopoulos, M.

    1987-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify the ..cap alpha..-adrenergic receptor subtype mediating cerebral vasoconstriction during sympathetic nerve stimulation in the newborn piglet. The effect of ..cap alpha../sub 1/- and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-antagonists prazosin and yohimbine on the cerebrovascular response to unilateral electrical stimulation (15 Hz, 15 V) of the superior cervical sympathetic trunk was studied in 25 newborn piglets. Regional cerebral blood flow was measured with tracer microspheres. Sympathetic stimulation decreased blood flow to the ipsilateral cerebrum hippocampus, choroid plexus, and masseter muscle. ..cap alpha../sub 1/-Adrenergic receptor blockade with prazosin inhibited the sympathetic vasoconstriction in the cerebrum, hippocampus, and masseter muscle and abolished it in the choroid plexus. ..cap alpha../sub s/-Adrenergic receptor blockade with yohimbine had no effect. Following the higher dose of yohimbine, however, blood flow to all brain regions was increased by approximately two-fold, possibly due to enhanced cerebral metabolism. These data demonstrate that vascular ..cap alpha../sub 1/-adrenergic receptors mediate vasoconstriction to neuroadrenergic stimulation in cerebral resistance vessels in the newborn piglet.

  11. CT diagnosis of abnormal transparent septum in clinical meaning%透明隔异常CT诊断的临床意义

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    曹连义; 张勇

    2003-01-01

    AIM:Abnormal transparent septum is common in clinical works but little in meaning,so some CT reports are not listed.We collected complete abnormal transparent septum cases to perform comparison analysis between CT diagnosis and clinical data.METHODS:109 abnormal transparent septum diagnosed by CT was compared with symptom of clinics.Axis scanning and no enhanced scanning were used in CT and 2 doctors in charge of sample collection.The 109 cases were excluded with abnormal transparent septum induced by secondary local cerebral atrophy and secondary perforation deformity.RESULTS:There were 15 cases with the fifth ventricle of cerebrum and 22 cases with the fifth and sixth ventricle of cerebrums,10 cases with transparent septum cyst,28 cases with translocation of transparent septum,8 cases with no crack in the forebrain,6 cases with poor development of keratoma and 20 cases of other deformity.CONCLUSION:Abnormal transparent septum cannot be omitted and should be clearly diagnosed by CT.

  12. Enhanced Phospholipase A2 Group 3 Expression by Oxidative Stress Decreases the Insulin-Degrading Enzyme.

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    Yui, Daishi; Nishida, Yoichiro; Nishina, Tomoko; Mogushi, Kaoru; Tajiri, Mio; Ishibashi, Satoru; Ajioka, Itsuki; Ishikawa, Kinya; Mizusawa, Hidehiro; Murayama, Shigeo; Yokota, Takanori

    2015-01-01

    Oxidative stress has a ubiquitous role in neurodegenerative diseases and oxidative damage in specific regions of the brain is associated with selective neurodegeneration. We previously reported that Alzheimer disease (AD) model mice showed decreased insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) levels in the cerebrum and accelerated phenotypic features of AD when crossbred with alpha-tocopherol transfer protein knockout (Ttpa-/-) mice. To further investigate the role of chronic oxidative stress in AD pathophysiology, we performed DNA microarray analysis using young and aged wild-type mice and aged Ttpa-/- mice. Among the genes whose expression changed dramatically was Phospholipase A2 group 3 (Pla2g3); Pla2g3 was identified because of its expression profile of cerebral specific up-regulation by chronic oxidative stress in silico and in aged Ttpa-/- mice. Immunohistochemical studies also demonstrated that human astrocytic Pla2g3 expression was significantly increased in human AD brains compared with control brains. Moreover, transfection of HEK293 cells with human Pla2g3 decreased endogenous IDE expression in a dose-dependent manner. Our findings show a key role of Pla2g3 on the reduction of IDE, and suggest that cerebrum specific increase of Pla2g3 is involved in the initiation and/or progression of AD.

  13. Amelioration of cold injury-induced cortical brain edema formation by selective endothelin ETB receptor antagonists in mice.

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    Shotaro Michinaga

    Full Text Available Brain edema is a potentially fatal pathological condition that often occurs in stroke and head trauma. Following brain insults, endothelins (ETs are increased and promote several pathophysiological responses. This study examined the effects of ETB antagonists on brain edema formation and disruption of the blood-brain barrier in a mouse cold injury model (Five- to six-week-old male ddY mice. Cold injury increased the water content of the injured cerebrum, and promoted extravasation of both Evans blue and endogenous albumin. In the injury area, expression of prepro-ET-1 mRNA and ET-1 peptide increased. Intracerebroventricular (ICV administration of BQ788 (ETB antagonist, IRL-2500 (ETB antagonist, or FR139317 (ETA antagonist prior to cold injury significantly attenuated the increase in brain water content. Bolus administration of BQ788, IRL-2500, or FR139317 also inhibited the cold injury-induced extravasation of Evans blue and albumin. Repeated administration of BQ788 and IRL-2500 beginning at 24 h after cold injury attenuated both the increase in brain water content and extravasation of markers. In contrast, FR139317 had no effect on edema formation when administrated after cold injury. Cold injury stimulated induction of glial fibrillary acidic protein-positive reactive astrocytes in the injured cerebrum. Induction of reactive astrocytes after cold injury was attenuated by ICV administration of BQ788 or IRL-2500. These results suggest that ETB receptor antagonists may be an effective approach to ameliorate brain edema formation following brain insults.

  14. Placental ischemia-induced increases in brain water content and cerebrovascular permeability: role of TNF-α.

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    Warrington, Junie P; Drummond, Heather A; Granger, Joey P; Ryan, Michael J

    2015-12-01

    Cerebrovascular complications and increased risk of encephalopathies are characteristic of preeclampsia and contribute to 40% of preeclampsia/eclampsia-related deaths. Circulating tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is elevated in preeclamptic women, and infusion of TNF-α into pregnant rats mimics characteristics of preeclampsia. While this suggests that TNF-α has a mechanistic role to promote preeclampsia, the impact of TNF-α on the cerebral vasculature during pregnancy remains unclear. We tested the hypothesis that TNF-α contributes to cerebrovascular abnormalities during placental ischemia by first infusing TNF-α in pregnant rats (200 ng/day ip, from gestational day 14 to 19) at levels to mimic those reported in preeclamptic women. TNF-α increased mean arterial pressure (MAP, P blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability in the anterior cerebrum or posterior cerebrum. We then assessed the role of endogenous TNF-α in mediating these abnormalities in a model of placental ischemia induced by reducing uterine perfusion pressure followed by treatment with the soluble TNF-α receptor (etanercept, 0.8 mg/kg sc) on gestational day 18. Etanercept reduced placental ischemia-mediated increases in MAP, anterior brain water content (P permeability (202 ± 44% in placental ischemic rats to 101 ± 28% of normal pregnant rats). Our results indicate that TNF-α mechanistically contributes to cerebral edema by increasing BBB permeability and is an underlying factor in the development of cerebrovascular abnormalities associated with preeclampsia complicated by placental ischemia.

  15. Enhanced Phospholipase A2 Group 3 Expression by Oxidative Stress Decreases the Insulin-Degrading Enzyme.

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    Daishi Yui

    Full Text Available Oxidative stress has a ubiquitous role in neurodegenerative diseases and oxidative damage in specific regions of the brain is associated with selective neurodegeneration. We previously reported that Alzheimer disease (AD model mice showed decreased insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE levels in the cerebrum and accelerated phenotypic features of AD when crossbred with alpha-tocopherol transfer protein knockout (Ttpa-/- mice. To further investigate the role of chronic oxidative stress in AD pathophysiology, we performed DNA microarray analysis using young and aged wild-type mice and aged Ttpa-/- mice. Among the genes whose expression changed dramatically was Phospholipase A2 group 3 (Pla2g3; Pla2g3 was identified because of its expression profile of cerebral specific up-regulation by chronic oxidative stress in silico and in aged Ttpa-/- mice. Immunohistochemical studies also demonstrated that human astrocytic Pla2g3 expression was significantly increased in human AD brains compared with control brains. Moreover, transfection of HEK293 cells with human Pla2g3 decreased endogenous IDE expression in a dose-dependent manner. Our findings show a key role of Pla2g3 on the reduction of IDE, and suggest that cerebrum specific increase of Pla2g3 is involved in the initiation and/or progression of AD.

  16. Somatodendritic and excitatory postsynaptic distribution of neuron-type dystrophin isoform, Dp40, in hippocampal neurons.

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    Fujimoto, Takahiro; Itoh, Kyoko; Yaoi, Takeshi; Fushiki, Shinji

    2014-09-12

    The Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene produces multiple dystrophin (Dp) products due to the presence of several promoters. We previously reported the existence of a novel short isoform of Dp, Dp40, in adult mouse brain. However, the exact biochemical expression profile and cytological distribution of the Dp40 protein remain unknown. In this study, we generated a polyclonal antibody against the NH2-terminal region of the Dp40 and identified the expression profile of Dp40 in the mouse brain. Through an analysis using embryonic and postnatal mouse cerebrums, we found that Dp40 emerged from the early neonatal stages until adulthood, whereas Dp71, an another Dp short isoform, was highly detected in both prenatal and postnatal cerebrums. Intriguingly, relative expressions of Dp40 and Dp71 were prominent in cultured dissociated neurons and non-neuronal cells derived from mouse hippocampus, respectively. Furthermore, the immunocytological distribution of Dp40 was analyzed in dissociated cultured neurons, revealing that Dp40 is detected in the soma and its dendrites, but not in the axon. It is worthy to note that Dp40 is localized along the subplasmalemmal region of the dendritic shafts, as well as at excitatory postsynaptic sites. Thus, Dp40 was identified as a neuron-type Dp possibly involving dendritic and synaptic functions.

  17. Focal attenuation of specific electroencephalographic power over the right parahippocampal region during transcerebral copper screening in living subjects and hemispheric asymmetric voltages in fixed brain tissue.

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    Rouleau, Nicolas; Lehman, Brendan; Persinger, Michael A

    2016-08-01

    Covering the heads of human volunteers with a toque lined with copper mesh compared to no mesh resulted in significant diminishments in quantitative electroencephalographic power within theta and beta-gamma bands over the right caudal hemisphere. The effect was most evident in women compared to men. The significant attenuation of power was verified by LORETA (low resolution electromagnetic tomography) within the parahippocampal region of the right hemisphere. Direct measurements of frequency-dependent voltages of coronal section preserved in ethanol-formalin-acetic acid from our human brain collection revealed consistently elevated power (0.2μV(2)Hz(-1)) in right hemispheric structures compared to left. The discrepancy was most pronounced in the grey (cortical) matter of the right parahippocampal region. Probing the superficial convexities of the cerebrum in an unsectioned human brain demonstrated rostrocaudal differences in hemispheric spectral power density asymmetries, particularly over caudal and parahippocampal regions, which were altered as a function of the chemical and spatial contexts imposed upon the tissue. These results indicate that the heterogeneous response of the human cerebrum to covering of the head by a thin conductor could reflect an intrinsic structure and unique electrical property of the (entorhinal) cortices of the right caudal hemisphere that persists in fixed tissue.

  18. Genomics-based screening of differentially expressed genes in the brains of mice exposed to silver nanoparticles via inhalation

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    Lee, Hye-Young; Choi, You-Jin; Jung, Eun-Jung; Yin, Hu-Quan; Kwon, Jung-Taek; Kim, Ji-Eun; Im, Hwang-Tae; Cho, Myung-Haing; Kim, Ju-Han; Kim, Hyun-Young; Lee, Byung-Hoon

    2010-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are among the fastest growing product categories in the nanotechnology industry. Despite the importance of AgNP in consumer products and clinical applications, relatively little is known regarding AgNP toxicity and its associated risks. We investigated the effects of AgNP on gene expression in the mouse brain using Affymetrix Mouse Genome Arrays. C57BL/6 mice were exposed to AgNP (geometric mean diameter, 22.18 ± 1.72 nm; 1.91 × 107 particles/cm3) for 6 h/day, 5 days/week using the nose-only exposure system for 2 weeks. Total RNA isolated from the cerebrum and cerebellum was subjected to hybridization. From over 39,000 probe sets, 468 genes in the cerebrum and 952 genes in the cerebellum were identified as AgNP-responsive (one-way analysis of variance; p brain. Following rigorous validation and substantiation, these genes may assist in the development of surrogate markers for AgNP exposure and/or toxicity.

  19. Proteomic Identification of Altered Cerebral Proteins in the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Animal Model

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    Francis Sahngun Nahm

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS is a rare but debilitating pain disorder. Although the exact pathophysiology of CRPS is not fully understood, central and peripheral mechanisms might be involved in the development of this disorder. To reveal the central mechanism of CRPS, we conducted a proteomic analysis of rat cerebrum using the chronic postischemia pain (CPIP model, a novel experimental model of CRPS. Materials and Methods. After generating the CPIP animal model, we performed a proteomic analysis of the rat cerebrum using a multidimensional protein identification technology, and screened the proteins differentially expressed between the CPIP and control groups. Results. A total of 155 proteins were differentially expressed between the CPIP and control groups: 125 increased and 30 decreased; expressions of proteins related to cell signaling, synaptic plasticity, regulation of cell proliferation, and cytoskeletal formation were increased in the CPIP group. However, proenkephalin A, cereblon, and neuroserpin were decreased in CPIP group. Conclusion. Altered expression of cerebral proteins in the CPIP model indicates cerebral involvement in the pathogenesis of CRPS. Further study is required to elucidate the roles of these proteins in the development and maintenance of CRPS.

  20. Investigating endocrine and physiological parameters of captive American kestrels exposed by diet to selected organophosphate flame retardants

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    Fernie, KJ; Palace, V; Peters, L.; Basu, Niladri; Letcher, R.J.; Karouna, Natalie; Schultz, Sandra; Lazarus, Rebecca; Rattner, Barnett A.

    2015-01-01

    Organophosphate triesters are high production volume additive flame retardants (OPFRs) and plasticizers. Shown to accumulate in abiotic and biotic environmental compartments, little is known about the risks they pose. Captive adult male American kestrels (Falco sparverius) were fed the same dose (22 ng OPFR/g kestrel/d) daily (21 d) of tris(2- butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP), tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(2-chloroisopropyl) phosphate (TCIPP), or tris(1,2-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP). Concentrations were undetected in tissues (renal, hepatic), suggesting rapid metabolism. There were no changes in glutathione status, indicators of hepatic oxidative status, or the cholinergic system (i.e., cerebrum, plasma cholinesterases; cerebrum muscarinic, nicotinic receptors). Modest changes occurred in hepatocyte integrity and function (clinical chemistry). Significant effects on plasma free triiodothyronine (FT3) concentrations occurred with exposure to TBOEP, TCEP, TCIPP, and TDCIPP; TBOEP and TCEP had additional overall effects on free thyroxine (FT4), whereas TDCIPP also influenced total thyroxine (TT4). Relative increases (32%−96%) in circulating FT3, TT3, FT4, and/or TT4 were variable with each OPFR at 7 d exposure, but limited thereafter, which was likely maintained through decreased thyroid gland activity and increased hepatic deiodinase activity. The observed physiological and endocrine effects occurred at environmentally relevant concentrations and suggest parent OPFRs or metabolites may have been present despite rapid degradation.

  1. Equine pulmonary aspergillosis with encephalitic, myocardial, and renal dissemination.

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    Headley, Selwyn Arlington; de Carvalho, Pedro Henrique; Cunha Filho, Luiz Fernando C; Yamamura, Aline Artioli Machado; Okano, Werner

    2014-02-01

    The cause of the death of a 16-month-old Brasileiro-de-Hipismo filly and a 3-year-old male Paint Horse with clinical manifestations of anemia and apathy from southern Brazil was investigated. These horses were maintained at the same stable; received hay as part of their diet and were submitted for routine necropsy evaluations. Significant gross findings included several nodules randomly distributed throughout the pulmonary lobes of both horses, and the kidneys, myocardium, and the frontal lobes of the cerebrum of the filly. Histopathological evaluation revealed pyogranulomatous bronchopneumonia in both horses; granulomatous interstitial nephritis, myocarditis, and encephalitis were observed in the filly. All lesions contained vasculitis and thrombosis associated with myriads of intralesional, branching, septate fungi consistent with Aspergillus spp.; intralesional fungi were more easily identified by the Grocott methenamine silver stain. Mycological culture of fresh pulmonary sections from both horses and the brain of the filly revealed pure growths of A. fumigatus. These findings confirmed the participation of A. fumigatus in the etiopathogenesis of the lesions observed in the lungs of both horses, and the cerebrum, myocardium and kidneys of the filly and might represent the first description of A. fumigatus-induced encephalitis in horses. Additionally, we believe that infection occurred during the ingestion of contaminated hay or by inhalation of spores within contaminated bedding that resulted in transient nasal mycosis, which progressed to pyogranulomatous bronchopneumonia in both horses with embolic encephalitic, myocardial, and renal dissemination of A. fumigatus occurring only in the filly.

  2. Correlation between formation of the calcarine sulcus and morphological maturation of the lateral ventricle in cynomolgus monkey fetuses.

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    Fukunishi, Katsuhiro; Sawada, Kazuhiko; Kashima, Masatoshi; Saito, Shigeyoshi; Sakata-Haga, Hiromi; Sukamoto, Takayuki; Aoki, Ichio; Fukui, Yoshihiro

    2011-01-01

    In the present study developmental changes in the cerebral sulci and volumes of subcortical and archicortical structures of the cerebrum in cynomolgus monkey fetuses were examined with T(1)-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images in 3D. On the embryonic day (ED) 90, the lateral ventricle had still an immature vesicular shape in the occipital region of the cerebrum, and it dramatically closed its lumen by ED 100. In that period the calcarine sulcus progressively infolded from the medial surface of the cerebral hemisphere narrowing the lumen of the lateral ventricle in the occipital region. Volume of the lateral ventricle decreased in the period ED 90-100, increasing afterwards in spite of increasing volumes of subcortical and archicortical structures such as the caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus, amygdala and hippocampal formation. During the same time, the volume of the germinal matrix around lateral ventricles decreased to disappear completely by ED 120. These results suggest that the morphological maturation of lateral ventricle is linked to the development of calcarine sulcus in cynomolgus monkey fetuses. The degree of infolding of calcarine sulcus on ED 100 would be useful as a gross anatomical landmark for evaluating the cerebral maturation in cynomolgus monkey fetuses.

  3. The influence of subacute sidnocarb treatment on cateholamine concentration in the structures of central nervous system.

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    Drozdov O.L.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The psychos stimulators are known to be able to excite catecholamine mechanisms in the nervous system, in particular to increase freeing of catecholamine from presynaptic completions. The purpose of work was an estimation of changes of catecholamine (adrenalin and noradrenalin in the structures of cerebrum after sidnocarb treatment in the conditions of ex-periment on 48 Vistar rats. The model of the proof pathological state of cerebrum for rats was created by intrastomach intro-duction of sidnocarb in the dose of 5 mg/kg 2 times per a day during 14 days. The concentration of adrenalin and noradrenalin in the structures of brain was determined by flyuorometric method. The frontal area of neocortex, striate body, medialis part of talamus, pons and hypocampus were chose. The accumulation of adrenalin was observed in hypocampus and medialis part of thalamus by the 3rd day, the increase of concentration was on 26,1% and 43,9% correspondly. The considerable increase of adrenalin concentration in the striate body have been determined (on 76,7% and in the neocortex (in 2,2 times. By the 14th day of sidnocarb treatment the level of adrenalin in the pons was lower on 48,1% that in control animals. Thus, the changes of noradrenalin concentration during the development of experimental psyxosis by sidnocarb treatment were significant and had different character.

  4. Effect of Oxytropis glabra DC. Poisoning on α-Mannosidase(AMA) Expression in Mice Brain Tissue

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    Wang Shuai; Jia Qizhen; Zhang Ling; Chen Genyuan; Ma Chunhui

    2015-01-01

    The effect of Oxytropis glabra DC. on α-mannosidase( AMA) expression in mice brain tissue was explored to reveal the toxicity mechanism of O. glabra. Forty mice were randomly divided into four groups,namely control group,experimental group I,experimental group II and experimental group III. The mice in three experimental groups were fed with O. glabra at the doses of 1,5 and 10 g per kilogram weight,respectively. After challenge for 63 d,mice brains were collected to detect changes in distribution and expression of AMA in different brain regions. The results showed that O. glabra poisoning led to declined AMA mRNA expression in mice brain tissue,but the mice in experimental group I had no significant difference with those in control group( P > 0. 05). The AMA mRNA expression in cerebellum,cerebrum and thalamus of mice in experimental groups II and III were significantly lower than that in control group( P 0. 05). AMA had very weak expression in hippocampus and brainstem,but it had expressions in other regions,and the expression was positively correlated with the number of neurons and granulosa cells. The results showed that different doses of O. glabra reduced AMA mRNA expression in mice brain tissue,while cerebellum,cerebrum and thalamus were the main target function areas.

  5. Acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain of alloxan diabetic albino rats: Presence of an inhibitor of this enzyme activity in the cerebral extract

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    Ahmed, Nayeemunnisa; Tarannum, Suraiya

    2009-01-01

    Background and Aim: Ischemic manifestations and cerebral dysfunction have been demonstrated in diabetes. However, the pathogenesis of diabetes-induced cerebral dysfunction still remains to be elucidated. Hence, the present study was initiated. Materials and Methods: Type-2 diabetes was induced in albino rats (280–300g) with alloxan monohydrate (40 mg/Kg i.v.,) and the cerebrum, cerebellum and medulla oblongata of the brain were used 48 h after alloxan injection for modulations in acetylcholinesterase (AChE, EC 3.1.1.7) activity. Results: AChE activity in the discrete regions of the brain of rats decreased significantly (P<0.01, 0.05 and 0.05 respectively) in diabetes. In vitro studies using cerebral extract from alloxan diabetic rats demonstrated significant (P<0.05) inhibition of AChE activity in the brain of normal animals. Feeding with Cichorium intybus (chicory) leaf extract (500 mg/Kg) for 10 days resulted in an increase in AChE activity. Conclusion: The impairment in the glycemic control is the basic mechanism causing inhibition of neuronal activity. Cerebral extract from alloxan diabetic rats significantly inhibited the brain AChE activity of normal animals, indicating the presence of an inhibiting factor in the cerebrum of diabetic rats. Cichorium intybus when fed for 10 days offered neuroprotection by stimulating AChE activity. PMID:20336201

  6. Optimal dose of zinc supplementation for preventing aluminum-induced neurotoxicity in rats****

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    Hao Lu; Yugang Jiang; Jianyang Hu; Jing Li; Wei Pang; Yandan Hu; Hongpeng Yang; Wenjie Li; Chengyu Huang; Mingman Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Zinc supplementation can help maintain learning and memory function in rodents. In this study, we hypothesized that zinc supplementation could antagonize the neurotoxicity induced by aluminum in rats. Animals were fed a diet containing different doses of zinc (50, 100, 200 mg/kg) for 9 weeks, and oral y administered aluminum chloride (300 mg/kg daily) from the third week for 7 consecutive weeks. Open-field behavioral test results showed that the number of rearings in the group given the 100 mg/kg zinc supplement was significantly increased compared with the group given the 50 mg/kg zinc supplement. Malondialdehyde content in the cerebrum was significantly decreased, while dopamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine levels were increased in the groups given the diet plemented with 100 and 200 mg/kg zinc, compared with the group given the diet supplemented with 50 mg/kg zinc. The acetylcholinesterase activity in the cerebrum was significantly decreased in the group given the 100 mg/kg zinc supplement. Hematoxylin-eosin staining revealed evident patho-logical damage in the hippocampus of rats in the group given the diet supplemented with 50 mg/kg zinc, but the damage was attenuated in the groups given the diet supplemented with 100 and 200 mg/kg zinc. Our findings suggest that zinc is a potential neuroprotective agent against alumi-num-induced neurotoxicity in rats, and the optimal dosages are 100 and 200 mg/kg.

  7. Quercetin Improves Neurobehavioral Performance Through Restoration of Brain Antioxidant Status and Acetylcholinesterase Activity in Manganese-Treated Rats.

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    Adedara, Isaac A; Ego, Valerie C; Subair, Temitayo I; Oyediran, Oluwasetemi; Farombi, Ebenezer O

    2017-01-31

    The present study investigated the neuroprotective mechanism of quercetin by assessing the biochemical and behavioral characteristics in rats sub-chronically treated with manganese alone at 15 mg/kg body weight or orally co-treated with quercetin at 10 and 20 mg/kg body weight for 45 consecutive days. Locomotor behavior was monitored using video-tracking software during a 10-min trial in a novel environment whereas the brain regions namely the hypothalamus, cerebrum and cerebellum of the rats were processed for biochemical analyses. Results indicated that co-treatment with quercetin significantly (p < 0.05) prevented manganese-induced locomotor and motor deficits specifically the decrease in total distance travelled, total body rotation, maximum speed, absolute turn angle as well as the increase in time of immobility and grooming. The improvement in the neurobehavioral performance of manganese-treated rats following quercetin co-treatment was confirmed by track and occupancy plot analyses. Moreover, quercetin assuaged manganese-induced decrease in antioxidant enzymes activities and the increase in acetylcholinesterase activity, hydrogen peroxide generation and lipid peroxidation levels in the hypothalamus, cerebrum and cerebellum of the rats. Taken together, quercetin mechanisms of ameliorating manganese-induced neurotoxicity is associated with restoration of acetylcholinesterase activity, augmentation of redox status and inhibition of lipid peroxidation in brain of rats.

  8. The quantitative analysis of S100 in the brain tissue and serum following diffuse brain injury in rats

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    Wang Qi; Huang Ping; Xing Bo; Tuo Ya; Zhang Yongpan; Tian Weiping; Wang Zhenyuan

    2007-01-01

    Objective To investigate the dynamics of the level of S100 in cerebrum, brainstem, and serum following the diffuse brain injury in rats and provide the experimental evidences for estimating injury time. Methods ELISA was used to determine whether S100 protein is changed after diffuse brain injury in rats. Forty rats were sacrificed at 0.5 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 3 d and 7 d after diffuse brain injury and normal rats as control. Results The level of S100 in cerebrum, brainstem, and serum increased, followed by a decrease, and then further increased. The level of S100 could be detected to increase at 30 minutes and reached the peak at 4 hours after DBI. The level decreased gradually to the normal at 1d and till 3 d formed the second peak. The level returned to the normal at 7d following injury again. In the postmortem injury groups, there were no significant changes compared to the control group. Conclusion The present study showed that the time-dependent expression of S100 is obvious following diffuse brain injury in rats and suggested that S100 will be a suitable marker for diffuse brain injury age determination.

  9. Does ascorbate/L-Cys/L-Met mixture protect different parts of the rat brain against chronic alcohol toxicity?

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    Amanvermez, Ramazan; Agara, Erdal

    2006-01-01

    Chronic ingestion of high levels of alcohol may cause oxidative stress that results in the formation, through alcohol metabolism, of excess free radicals, acetaldehyde, lipid and protein oxidation, and their reactivity products. These harmful molecules may trigger oxidative damage to neurons and can cause cell death. It is hypothesized that cysteine-methionine and vitamin C may neutralize these harmful compounds while potentiating the antioxidant capacity of the cell or tissue. In the present study, rats were fed regular diets and were maintained for 90 days in (1) the control group, (2) the alcoholic group, which was given 2.5 g of 50% ethanol/kg body weight administered intragastrically every other day, or (3) the alcoholic with antioxidant supplement group, to whom 2.5 g of 50% ethanol/kg body weight + a solution that contained 200 mg vitamin C, 100 mg cysteine, and 100 mg methionine was administered intragastrically every other day. The mean blood alcohol level was raised by 40% in the alcoholic group compared with the control group, but, compared with the alcoholic group, the alcohol level was decreased by 30% in the antioxidant-supplemented group. In keeping with blood alcohol levels, oxidized protein and lipid content in the cerebrum, brain stem, and cerebellum were low in the control group, higher in the antioxidant-supplemented group, and highest in the alcoholic group. The mean total thiol level was higher in the antioxidant-supplemented group than in the alcoholic and control groups. It is interesting to note that the level of total glutathione in the cerebrum and cerebellum in the alcoholic group was lower than in the control and antioxidant-supplemented groups. In conclusion, long-term alcohol administration led to increased levels of oxidized protein and lipids in the cerebrum, brain stem, and cerebellum of rats. Simultaneous intake of ascorbate/l-cys/l-met and ethanol attenuated the amount of oxidation that occurred, which suggested that cysteine

  10. [Digestive system disease as manifestation of the pleiotropic action of genes in mitochondrial dysfunction].

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    Hrechanina, O Ia; Hrechanina, Iu B; Husar, V A; Molodan, L V

    2014-11-01

    Defined involvement lesions of the digestive system of clinical manifestations of mitochondrial dysfunction associated with both point mutations and polymorphism of mitochondrial DNA. The nature of the clinical signs of mtDNA polymorphisms carriers--multi organical, a progressive, clinical polymorphism, genetic heterogeneity with predominant involvement of energotropic bodies (cerebrum, cordis, hepatic). Set individual nosological forms of mitochondrial dysfunctions--syndromes Leia, Leber, Cairns, Sarah, MERRF, MELAS, NARP, MNGIE confirmed by clinical and genetic, morphological, biochemical, enzymatic, molecular genetics methods. It was found that 84-88% of these syndromes involving the violation of the digestive system with varying degrees of injury. This damage will be the first in the complex chain signs recovery which determines the direction of early rehabilitation.

  11. MEDULLOBLASTOMA IN A GRIZZLY BEAR (URSUS ARCTOS HORRIBLIS).

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    Mitchell, Jeffrey W; Thomovsky, Stephanie A; Chen, Annie V; Layton, Arthur W; Haldorson, Gary; Tucker, Russell L; Roberts, Gregory

    2015-09-01

    A 3-yr-old female spayed grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) was evaluated for seizure activity along with lethargy, inappetence, dull mentation, and aggressive behavior. Magnetic resonance (MR) examination of the brain revealed a contrast-enhanced right cerebellar mass with multifocal smaller nodules located in the left cerebellum, thalamus, hippocampus, and cerebrum with resultant obstructive hydrocephalus. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis revealed mild mononuclear pleocytosis, with differentials including inflammatory versus neoplastic processes. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid were also submitted for polymerase chain reaction and agar gel immunodiffusion to rule out infectious causes of meningitis/encephalitis. While awaiting these results, the bear was placed on steroid and antibiotic therapy. Over the next week, the bear deteriorated; she died 1 wk after MR. A complete postmortem examination, including immunohistochemisty, revealed the cerebellar mass to be a medulloblastoma. This is the only case report, to the authors' knowledge, describing a medulloblastoma in a grizzly bear.

  12. The paediatric rheumatologist and orphan disease - a story without happy ending.

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    Roszkiewicz, Justyna; Biernacka-Zielińska, Małgorzata; Smolewska, Elżbieta

    2016-01-01

    Orphan diseases are not a common challenge in the everyday practice of the rheumatologist. Despite their extremely rare occurrence one of the patients under our care developed one of them - neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, the most frequent neurodegenerative disease observed in the paediatric population. We report a case of 2-year-old girl diagnosed with oligoarticular form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis treated in our Department with steroids and methotrexate and staying in the stage of disease remission. During routine checkups at Outpatient Clinic we observed progressive deterioration of girls neurological condition resulting in ataxia, gait disturbances with no rheumatological cause behind and speech impairment. The appearance of the symptoms was accompanied by frequent episodes of epileptic seizures, with little clinical improvement on combined antiepileptic treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging that we performed showed a picture highly suggestive of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis - atrophy of the patients cerebrum and cerebellum. Genetic testing conducted resulted in the diagnosis of late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL).

  13. Evaluation of an automatic brain segmentation method developed for neonates on adult MR brain images

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    Moeskops, Pim; Viergever, Max A.; Benders, Manon J. N. L.; Išgum, Ivana

    2015-03-01

    Automatic brain tissue segmentation is of clinical relevance in images acquired at all ages. The literature presents a clear distinction between methods developed for MR images of infants, and methods developed for images of adults. The aim of this work is to evaluate a method developed for neonatal images in the segmentation of adult images. The evaluated method employs supervised voxel classification in subsequent stages, exploiting spatial and intensity information. Evaluation was performed using images available within the MRBrainS13 challenge. The obtained average Dice coefficients were 85.77% for grey matter, 88.66% for white matter, 81.08% for cerebrospinal fluid, 95.65% for cerebrum, and 96.92% for intracranial cavity, currently resulting in the best overall ranking. The possibility of applying the same method to neonatal as well as adult images can be of great value in cross-sectional studies that include a wide age range.

  14. EEG indices in patients with high risk of ischemic stroke as predictors of initial disturbed cerebral circulation

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    N. A. Isaeva

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Abnormal changes were detected in EEG in patients with high risk of ischemic stroke (higher level than in the population. These changes show the disturbances in forming mechanisms of functional condition of cerebrum during the calm wakeful period. Changes were represented by: the registration of EEG IV- type (the E.A. Zhirmunsky type which was characterized by disorganization of alpha activity and of slow waves; the instability of pattern during the record of background activity; the paroxysmal activity in form of flashes of the bilateral synchronized waves; the strengthening of low-frequency and high-amplitude β-activity. Revealed changes in EEG show the presence of initial disturbed cerebral circulation and can be recommended as predictors of these disturbances.

  15. Traditional Living Habits of the Taz Tundra Population: A Paleoparasitological Study

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    Slepchenko, Sergey Mikhailovich; Ivanov, Sergey Nikolaevich; Nikolaevich, Bagashev Anatoly; Alekseevich, Tsybankov Alexander; Sergeyevich, Slavinsky Vyacheslav

    2016-01-01

    An excavation of the Vesakoyakha II–IV and Nyamboyto I burial grounds was conducted during the 2014 field season, and soil samples from intact burials dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively, were analyzed to determine interactions between parasites and host/vectors. Considering the discovery of Diphyllobothrium sp. and Taenia sp. eggs in soil samples from the pelvic region, diphyllobothriasis was the most frequent helminthic infection among the Taz Nenets. The Nyamboyto Nenets mainly consumed uncooked fish, while the Vesakoyakha Nenets had a bigger variety in food choices, including reindeer meat. Nenets children were given raw fish from early childhood. The paleoparasitological results corroborate rare ethnographic records about the consumption of uncooked reindeer cerebrum which led to beef tapeworm helminthiases. This is the first parasitological report of helminthic diseases among the Taz Nenets, and, as such, it provides insight into their subsistence activities and food patterns and broadens our understanding of their health condition. PMID:27853118

  16. A decrease in the size of the basal ganglia following prenatal alcohol exposure: a preliminary report.

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    Mattson, S N; Riley, E P; Jernigan, T L; Garcia, A; Kaneko, W M; Ehlers, C L; Jones, K L

    1994-01-01

    Prenatal alcohol exposure is known to cause damage to the central nervous system. This study sought to further elucidate the structural brain damage that occurs following prenatal alcohol exposure in both children and rats. Two children with histories of maternal alcohol abuse but who did not qualify for a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), based on established criteria, underwent magnetic resonance imaging. Reduced volumes were found for the cerebrum and cerebellum. In addition, the proportional volume of the basal ganglia was reduced, although the proportional volumes of cortical and subcortical fluid, cortical gray matter, limbic and nonlimbic cortex, and diencephalic structures were unaffected. These findings are compared with our recent MRI findings in two cases of FAS. In addition, the caudate-putamen and ventricular areas were assessed in rats exposed to alcohol prenatally. Whereas the overall brain section area was not reduced in size, the area of the caudate-putamen was reduced and that of the ventricles was enlarged.

  17. Gadolinium ring enhancement and mass effect in acute disseminated encephalomyelitis

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    Meyden, C.H. van der (Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein (South Africa)); Villiers, J.F.K. de (Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein (South Africa)); Middlecote, B.D. (Dept. of Anatomical Pathology, Univ. of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein (South Africa)); Terblanche, J. (Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein (South Africa))

    1994-04-01

    A 9-year-old boy presented with a subacute history of optic neuritis followed by brainstem involvement, with fever and a lymphocytic pleocytosis in the cerebrospinal fluid. Gadolinium-enhancing ring lesions were demonstrated in the white matter of the cerebrum, brainstem and cerebellum on day 17 of the illness, all appearing simultaneously as part of a monophasic illmess. A parietal lesion exerted mass effect. Needling and biopsy yielded no evidence of a pyogenic lesion, tumour or tuberculosis and showed vasculitis. There was insufficient material for myelin staining. Dexamethasone therapy lead to rapid improvement of the radiological lesions: MRI and CT on day 34 of the illness showed complete clearing of the lesions except for residual abnormality at the biopsy site. (orig.)

  18. Hyaluronic acid hydrogels with IKVAV peptides for tissue repair and axonal regeneration in an injured rat brain

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    Wei, Y T [Biomaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China); Tian, W M [Biomaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China); Yu, X [Biomaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China); Cui, F Z [Biomaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084 (China); Hou, S P [Beijing Institute of Neuroscience, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100054 (China); Xu, Q Y [Beijing Institute of Neuroscience, Capital University of Medical Sciences, Beijing, 100054 (China); Lee, In-Seop [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, and Atomic-scale Surface Science Research Center, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-09-15

    A biocompatible hydrogel of hyaluronic acid with the neurite-promoting peptide sequence of IKVAV was synthesized. The characterization of the hydrogel shows an open porous structure and a large surface area available for cell interaction. Its ability to promote tissue repair and axonal regeneration in the lesioned rat cerebrum is also evaluated. After implantation, the polymer hydrogel repaired the tissue defect and formed a permissive interface with the host tissue. Axonal growth occurred within the microstructure of the network. Within 6 weeks the polymer implant was invaded by host-derived tissue, glial cells, blood vessels and axons. Such a hydrogel matrix showed the properties of neuron conduction. It has the potential to repair tissue defects in the central nervous system by promoting the formation of a tissue matrix and axonal growth by replacing the lost tissue.

  19. Identification of a circuit-based endophenotype for familial depression.

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    Dubin, Marc J; Dubin, Marc; Weissman, Myrna M; Weissman, Myrna; Xu, Dongrong; Bansal, Ravi; Hao, Xuejun; Liu, Jun; Warner, Virginia; Peterson, Bradley S; Peterson, Bradley

    2012-03-31

    Frontal and parietal lesions may cause depression, and cortical thinning of the right frontal and parietal lobes has been shown to be a marker of risk for familial major depression. We studied biological offspring within a three-generation cohort, in which risk was defined by the depression status of the first generation, to identify regional volume differences associated with risk for depression throughout the cerebrum. We found reduced frontal and parietal white matter volumes in the high-risk group, including in persons without any personal history of depression, suggesting that hypoplasia of frontal and parietal white matter is an endophenotype for familial depression. In addition, white matter volumes in these regions correlated with current severity of symptoms of depression, inattention, and impulsivity. White matter volumes also correlated strongly with the degree of thinning in the right parietal cortex. These findings support a model of pathogenesis in which hypoplasia within a neural network for attention and emotional processing predisposes to depression.

  20. Successful non-operative management of left atrioesophageal fistula following catheter ablation.

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    Shiraishi, Manabu; Morita, Hideki; Muramatsu, Kenichi; Sato, Akira; Nitta, Junichi; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Adachi, Hideo

    2014-08-01

    Atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) is a potentially lethal complication of catheter radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. A 49-year-old man with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who underwent catheter ablation around the pulmonary vein was admitted 31 days after the procedure, suffering seizures and fever. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed ischemia and multiple lesions of acute infarction in the right occipital lobe of the cerebrum. Computed tomography (CT) of the chest showed a small accumulation of air between the posterior left atrium and the esophagus, suggesting an AEF. Endoscopic snaring of the esophageal mucosa, repeated a few times, supported by nil by mouth and antibiotic therapy, resulted in improvement of his condition with no recurrence of symptoms. Subsequent chest CT scans confirmed disappearance of the leaked air and the patient was discharged home 45 days after admission with no neurological compromise.

  1. Application of UV laser fabrication to organ models interpolated from computed tomography and magnetic resonance images.

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    Nakai, T; Marutani, Y

    1992-09-01

    We have developed a unique laser fabrication system that uses an ultraviolet laser beam and liquid photopolymer. The system can easily be used to fabricate physical models without milling tools in only one process by using digital data obtained from medical computed tomography (CT) scanners or computer-aided design systems. We describe the fabrication of a smooth physical model such as a cerebrum, using the laser fabrication system, with the help of CT and magnetic resonance images that are made with coarse slices. Each sandwiched area between adjoining images is interpolated by using third-order spline curves in the cylindrical coordinate system. This modeling technique can play a major role in personal prosthesis, surgical planning, and implant design.

  2. Clinico-radiological findings of neuro-Behcet's syndrome

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    Tajima, Yasutaka; Homma, Sanae; Sinpo, Kazunori; Moriwaka, Fumio; Tashiro, Kunio (Hakodate City Hospital, Hokkaido (Japan)); Maruo, Yasunori

    1994-03-01

    We examined 21 cases of Neuro-Behcet's syndrome in detail, and present here their clinico-radiological characteristics. Clinically, signs of pyramidal tract and meningeal irritation were frequently observed. In contrast to previous reports, our study demonstrated a near equal frequency in the occurrence of focal cerebral lesions and that of focal brain stem lesions. Notably, our results showed that the atrophy of both the cerebrum and the brain stem was often observed, indicating the presence of continuous disease activity in the central nervous system (CNS). In accordance with the high frequency of meningeal irritation signs, all of our cases exhibited pleocytosis in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). These results indicated the possibility that chemical mediators secreted from infiltrating cells in the CSF may somehow inflict damage to the CNS in Neuro-Behcet's syndrome. (author).

  3. Neurobufale? No, truffe belle e buone

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    Marco Mozzoni

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Plagio, dati inventati, immagini modificate al bisogno... Pesante l'accusa che Stephen G. Lisberger muove oggi alla comunità neuroscientifica dalle pagine di Cerebrum, rivista di Dana Foundation, con un articolo dal titolo esplosivo: “Fraud in Neuroscience”. Perché tanta impostura? L'eccessiva competizione per apparire sulle riviste più quotate, per assicurarsi “grant” e incarichi prestigiosi. Fin che dura. Ma gli scienziati non sono tenuti a “seguire un codice d'onore e di condotta, a riportare i risultati delle loro ricerche onestamente e accuratamente”? In teoria sì. In pratica il fenomeno di “frode scientifica” sembra essersi decuplicato negli ultimi dieci anni, secondo Lisberger, convinto che, pur non essendo certo facile, una soluzione al problema va trovata al più presto: “è necessario intensificare la vigilanza, anzi riformare l'intero sistema”.

  4. Algal Meningoencephalitis due to Prototheca spp. in a Dog

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    Alexandre Le Roux

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 6-year-old Boxer was examined because of progressive neurologic signs, with severe hindlimb ataxia and head tilt on presentation. There was no history of diarrhea or vomiting. MRI of the brain revealed multifocal ill-defined T1-enhancing lesions affecting the cerebrum, brainstem, and cervical meninges, without associated mass effect. Meningoencephalitis was considered the most likely diagnosis. Multiple algae were observed on the cytology of the CSF and were most consistent with Prototheca spp. Antiprotozoal treatment was denied by the owners, and 5 weeks after diagnosis, the dog was euthanized due to progression of the neurologic deficits, and a necropsy was performed. Histological changes in the brain were compatible with severe multifocal protothecal meningoencephalitis. The specific Prototheca species was not identified. The gastrointestinal tract was unremarkable on histology. According to this report, Prototheca spp. should be included in the differentials for neurological deficits even in the absence of gastrointestinal signs.

  5. Orthopedic manifestations of the Lowe (oculocerebrorenal) syndrome.

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    Holtgrewe, J L; Kalen, V

    1986-01-01

    Lowe oculocerebrorenal syndrome (OCRS), as previously described in the literature, consists of a well-defined constellation of clinical findings involving the eyes, cerebrum, and kidneys. However, the only musculoskeletal abnormalities reported in patients with OCRS have been joint hypermobility, recurrent fractures, rickets, tenosynovitis, and joint effusions. No other specific orthopedic problems have been described. This study presents new clinical findings of scoliosis, kyphosis, platyspondyly, dislocated and/or subluxed hips, and cervical spine abnormalities in six patients with OCRS treated at Carrie Tingley Hospital (Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.). This study further supports an X-linked recessive mode of inheritance and adds clinical support to the published work that suggests that Lowe syndrome may be due to biochemical abnormalities in glycosaminoglycan metabolism.

  6. Identification of biogenic paraffins and their thermal phase transitions

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    Kotel'Nikova, E. N.; Platonova, N. V.; Filatov, S. K.

    2007-12-01

    Natural normal paraffin hydrocarbons C n H2 n + 2 ( n = 17 41) of a biological origin were investigated in terms of their composition, structure, polymorph modification, and thermal phase transition. Paraffin compositions were studied from beeswax (honeycombs and their cappings), plant wax (apple and pumpkin rinds), as well as from different parts of rat cerebrum (cortex, subcortex, brainstem, cerebellum, cerebral hemispheres, myelin, chromatin, etc.). X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), chromatography, and high-temperature XRD, as well as original analytical methods elaborated upon by the authors, were used. The beeswax paraffin composition that corresponds to the six-component solid solution with a superperiodic four-layer orthorhombic cell was subjected to experimental modeling for the first time. The prepared mixture simulated a paraffin composition ( n = 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33) and the asymmetric distribution of homologues by n.

  7. Sherrington's "The Integrative action of the nervous system": a centennial appraisal.

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    Levine, David N

    2007-02-15

    The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by the British physiologist Charles Sherrington was published 100 years ago. Its goal was to explain how the nervous system welds a collection of disparate body parts and organs into a unified individual. Sherrington postulated that the reflex is the simplest unit of nervous integration. He introduced the concept of the synapse as the site where elementary reflexes interact to enable more complex and unified behavior and argued that a synaptic nervous system facilitated the evolution of the cerebrum and cerebellum. The concept of the synapse as a physiological entity provided a theoretical schema into which the richly varied phenomenology of nineteenth century reflex physiology could be assimilated. Sherrington's book also provided the conceptual framework for a century of research into the mechanisms of synaptic transmission and the neuronal discharges associated with perception and action.

  8. 长期摄入不同钙化合物对大鼠铝、铅吸收及大脑、骨骼蓄积的影响%Effects of long-term ingestion of different calcium compounds on the absorption of aluminum and lead and their accumulation in rat brain and bone

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    王劲; 柳启沛; 黄宗枝

    2004-01-01

    目的:探讨不同钙化合物对大鼠铝、铅代谢的影响. 方法:将幼年 Sprague-Dawley大鼠 30只(雌雄性各半),分成柠檬酸钙+铝+铅组、醋酸钙+铝+铅组和碳酸钙+铝+铅组等 3组.各组动物分别用不同形式的钙化合物通过灌胃给予等剂量钙元素,共 4周.实验结束后,用电感耦合等离子体原子发射光谱法( ICP-AES)分别测定全血、肝、肾、股骨和大脑中铝和铅的含量. 结果:醋酸钙组、柠檬酸钙组和碳酸钙组铅的表观吸收率分别为(- 29.97± 28.85)%,(- 86.20± 87.60)%和(- 163.56± 93.77)%;大脑中铝浓度分别为( 3.84± 1.49),( 3.67± 1.31)和( 0.83± 1.61) μ g/g.大鼠摄入醋酸钙和柠檬酸钙后对铅的表观吸收率要高于碳酸钙组的大鼠( F=- 23.744,7.802,P< 0.05).摄入柠檬酸钙和醋酸钙的大鼠的大脑和骨骼组织中铝和铅水平高于摄入碳酸钙的大鼠 (F=12.411~ 38.333,P< 0.05). 结论:长期摄入柠檬酸钙和醋酸钙有增加铅吸收的危险,并可使铅和铝蓄积在骨骼和大脑.%AIM: To explore the effects of different calcium compounds on aluminum(Al) and lead(Pb) metabolism in rats. METHODS: Thirty young rats(15 male and 15 female),were divided into three groups: Ca-citrate+ Al+ Pb group,Ca-acetate+ Al+ Pb group,and Ca-carbonate+ Al+ Pb group.The rats of each group were given calcium element of the same dosage by gavage of various calcium compounds for four weeks.After the experiment,Al and Pb levels in whole blood,liver,kidney, femur and cerebrum were measured by ICP-AES. RESULTS:In the Ca-acetate+ Al+ Pb group,Ca-citrate+ Al+ Pb group and Ca-carbonate+ Al+ Pb group,the apparent absorptivity of Pb(- 29.97± 28.85)% ,(- 86.20± 87.60)% and(- 163.56± 93.77)%; concentration of Al in cerebrum: (3.84± 1.49),(3.67± 1.31) and (0.83± 1.61)μ g/g.The absorptivities of Pb in the rats treated with calcium citrate and calcium acetate were higher than those treated with calcium carbonate.The aluminum and lead

  9. 脑实质内室管膜瘤的MRI诊断分析%MRI Diagnosis of Intraparenchymal Ependymomas: A Clinical Analysis

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    谭欣; 邱士军; 冷西; 沈雯; 伍冬林

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze MRI features of intraparenchymal epen dymomas in order to improve the diagnostic level.Methods The clinical data and the both plain and contrast-enhanced MR manifestations of 15 cases with pathologically-proved intraparenchymal ependymoma were retrospectively analyzed,and the findings were compared with the pathological results.Results Among the 15 cases,the lesions were located at the supratentorial cerebrum in 10,at the infratentorial cerebrum in 5.Usually,the lesions located at supratentorial cerebrum were larger than those located at infratentorial cerebrum.In 14 cases,the lesion's location showed a close anatomical relationship with the ventricle.Of 11 cases,the lesion was solid cystic type in 10 and large cystic type in one.Solid type was seen in 3 cases and cystic type in one case.On T1WI the lesion' s parenchyma presented as iso-intense or slight hyper-intense signals,while presented as hyper-intense signals on T2WI and FLAIR.The cyst fluid was marked by long T1 and long T2 signals.Evident hemorrhage was seen in 3 cases,and peritumoural edema was detected in 8 cases.Contrast-enhanced MR scanning revealed that the lesions had inhomogeneous enhancement,and enhanced vasculature could be demonstrated within the lesion' s parenchyma (n =11).MR spectrum analysis was carried out in one case,which indicated that NAA peak was distinctly decreased while Cho peak was sharply increased.Conclusion Although the rate of misdiagnosis for intraparenchymal ependymomas is higher,this tumor has some specific MRI features,which are helpful in making the diagnosis before surgery.However,the confirmation of the diagnosis depends on the pathological examination.%目的 探讨脑实质内室管膜瘤的MRI特征,以期提高诊断水平.方法 回顾性分析15例经手术病理证实的脑实质内室管膜瘤MR平扫及增强扫描资料,并与术后病理对照.结果 本组15例,10例肿瘤位于幕上,5例位于幕下,幕上

  10. Cranial Endocast of the lambeosaurine hadrosaurid Amurosaurus riabinini from the Amur region, Russia.

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    Full Text Available Information on the structure of the brain of the lambeosaurine hadrosaurid dinosaur Amurosaurus riabinini, from the Late Maastrichtian of Blagoveschensk, Far Eastern Russia, is presented based on endocranial casts. The endocasts are compared with physical and digital endocasts of other dinosaurs. The olfactory tract was large. The cerebral hemispheres are enlarged and round, illustrating the important development of this part of the brain in hadrosaurids. The pituitary body is enlarged as well, perhaps prefiguring the large size attained by hadrosaurids. The EQ of Amurosaurus was similar to that of the lambeosaurine dinosaur Hypacrosaurus altispinus and was relatively larger than in most extant non-avian reptiles, including sauropod and ceratopsian dinosaurs. However, it was apparently relatively smaller than those of most theropod dinosaurs. The relatively large size of the cerebrum is consistent with the range and complexity of social behaviors inferred for lambeosaurine dinosaurs.

  11. Neurosarcoidosis

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    Waldemar Brola

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a multi-organ granulomatous disease of unknown aetiology. Although it usually affects lungs and hilar lymph nodes, lesions can also affect other organs, including the organs of the nervous system. Five–fifteen percent of sarcoidosis patients are diagnosed with diverse neurological symptoms, in most cases the cranial nerves and meninges. Parenchymal lesions in the cerebrum, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles are less common. Such a complex symtomatology causes numerous diagnostic problems, especially in cases beginning with neurological symptoms. The diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis is based on clinical signs, radiological techniques, examination of cerebrospinal fluid and histopathological examination confirming the presence of non-caseating granulomas. The treatment in neurosarcoidosis is difficult and depends on the manifestation of the disease. Adrenal corticosteroids are commonly used.

  12. Research progress of posterior cortical atrophy

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    Li-jun PENG

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Posterior cotical atrophy (PCA is a kind of progressive dementia with main clinical manifestations of visual dysfunction as the starting symptom and associated with progressive cognitive disorder. The histopathology and imaging of PCA show visual dysfunction, neuritic plaques (NPs and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs, which are the same as those in Alzheimer's disease (AD. Researches also showed that mutation of presenilin-1 (PS-1 gene and apolipoprotein E (ApoE genotype may participate in the occurrence and development of PCA. Parieto-occipital lobe atrophy, hypoperfusion and/or glucose metabolism reduction in the right posterior cerebrum can be seen in PCA. Cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs may improve the symptoms and postpone the progression of illness. No unified diagnostic criteria will reduce the comparability between different studies. Reasonable usage of the diagnostic criteria of PCA will be helpful in classifying and differentiating this disease. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.06.011

  13. Large-scale identification of membrane proteins with properties favorable for crystallization.

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    Kim, Jared; Kagawa, Allison; Kurasaki, Kellie; Ataie, Niloufar; Cho, Il Kyu; Li, Qing X; Ng, Ho Leung

    2015-11-01

    Membrane protein crystallography is notoriously difficult due to challenges in protein expression and issues of degradation and structural stability. We have developed a novel method for large-scale screening of native sources for integral membrane proteins that have intrinsic biochemical properties favorable for crystallization. Highly expressed membrane proteins that are thermally stable and nonaggregating in detergent solutions were identified by mass spectrometry from Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Sus scrofa cerebrum. Many of the membrane proteins identified had been crystallized previously, supporting the promise of the approach. Most identified proteins have known functions and include high-value targets such as transporters and ATPases. To validate the method, we recombinantly expressed and purified the yeast protein, Yop1, which is responsible for endoplasmic reticulum curvature. We demonstrate that Yop1 can be purified with the detergent dodecylmaltoside without aggregating.

  14. 26Al uptake and accumulation in the rat brain

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    Yumoto, S.; Nagai, H.; Imamura, M.; Matsuzaki, H.; Hayashi, K.; Masuda, A.; Kumazawa, H.; Ohashi, H.; Kobayashi, K.

    1997-03-01

    To investigate the cause of Alzheimer's disease (senile dementia), 26Al incorporation in the rat brain was studied by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). When 26Al was injected into healthy rats, a considerable amount of 26Al entered the brain (cerebrum) through the blood-brain barrier 5 days after a single injection, and the brain 26Al level remained almost constant from 5 to 270 days. On the other hand, the level of 26Al in the blood decreased remarkably 75 days after injection. Approximately 89% of the 26Al taken in by the brain cell nuclei bound to chromatin. This study supports the theory that Alzheimer's disease is caused by irreversible accumulation of aluminium (Al) in the brain, and brain cell nuclei.

  15. [Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome].

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    Reich, H; Hollwich, F

    1984-06-01

    The von Hippel-Lindau syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition that comprises, apart from angiomas of the retina, the cerebellum, the spinal cord, and the cerebrum, also cystic and blastomatous dysplasias resulting from maldevelopment, namely cystic kidney and pancreas, hypernephroma, and pheochromocytoma. Early observers of the syndrome were the English neurologist John Hughlings Jackson (1872) and the German ophthalmologist Hugo Magnus (1874). The typical association of angiomas of the retina with the cerebellum was first described in 1905 by the Prague ophthalmologist Wilhelm Czermak, long before Lindau (1926). The fact that hypernephromas and pheochromocytomas may form parts of it characterizes the syndrome as a polyneoplastic hereditary disease and the sufferers as members of families at risk. Since the ophthalmologist is often the first to recognize this disease by direct inspection of the fundi, he is responsible for ensuring proper medical care for the affected person and his or her entire family.

  16. Radiotherapy for multiple brain metastases from hepatocellular carcinomas

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    Nobuyuki Toshikuni; Kazuhiko Morii; Michinori Yamamoto

    2007-01-01

    A 78-year-old man with liver cirrhosis was found to have multiple hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs)and underwent 3 sessions of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization. Fourteen months after diagnosis,the patient presented with left hemiparesis. Contrastenhanced magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple metastases with ring-shaped enhancement in the cerebrum and cerebellum. There were no metastases to other organs. The metastatic lesions almost completely disappeared after whole-brain radiotherapy with a total dose of 50 Gy. Neurologic symptoms decreased,and the patient's quality of life improved. The patient underwent 2 more sessions of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization. Twelve months after the diagnosis of brain metastasis, the patient remains alive. The present case indicates that radiotherapy can improve quality of life and prolong survival in some patients with brain metastases from HCCs.

  17. Cerebellar blood flow in methylmercury poisoning (Minamata disease)

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    Itoh, K.; Korogi, Y.; Tomiguchi, S.; Takahashi, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Kumamoto University School of Medicine (Japan); Okajima, T. [Dept. of Neurology, Johnan Hospital, Maihara, Johnan-mochi (Japan); Sato, H. [Dept. of Neurology, Minamata City General Hospital and Medical Centre (Japan)

    2001-04-01

    We looked at regional cerebellar blood flow in patients with Minamata disease (MD) using technetium-99 m ethyl cysteinate dimer (99m-Tc-ECD). We carried out single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) on 15 patients with MD (eight men, seven women, aged 51-78 years, mean 70.5 years) and 11 control subjects (eight men, three women, aged 62-80 years, mean 72.5 years). Regional blood flow was measured in the superior, middle, and inferior portions of the cerebellar hemispheres, and the frontal, temporal and occipital cerebral lobes. The degree of cerebellar atrophy was assessed on MRI. There were significant differences in regional blood flow in all parts of the cerebellum between patients and control, but no significant decrease was observed in the cerebrum. Blood flow was lower in the inferior cerebellum than in the other parts. Even in patients without cerebellar atrophy, flow was significantly decreased regional blood flow in the inferior part. (orig.)

  18. Cerebellar blood flow in methylmercury poisoning (Minamata disease).

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    Itoh, K; Korogi, Y; Tomiguchi, S; Takahashi, M; Okajima, T; Sato, H

    2001-04-01

    We looked at regional cerebellar blood flow in patients with Minamata disease (MD) using technetium-99m ethyl cysteinate dimer (99m-Tc-ECD). We carried out single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) on 15 patients with MD (eight men, seven women, aged 51-78 years, mean 70.5 years) and 11 control subjects (eight men, three women, aged 62-80 years, mean 72.5 years). Regional blood flow was measured in the superior, middle, and inferior portions of the cerebellar hemispheres, and the frontal, temporal and occipital cerebral lobes. The degree of cerebellar atrophy was assessed on MRI. There were significant differences in regional blood flow in all parts of the cerebellum between patients and control, but no significant decrease was observed in the cerebrum. Blood flow was lower in the inferior cerebellum than in the other parts. Even in patients without cerebellar atrophy, flow was significantly decreased regional blood flow in the inferior part.

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging of a cerebral cavernous haemangioma in a dog : clinical communication

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    J.P. Schoeman

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available A 13-month-old, neutered, male Golden retriever presented with seizures and progressive depression. Clinical and neurological assessment was consistent with severe intracranial disease. The neurological condition progressively deteriorated and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed the presence of a large, contrast-enhancing, space-occupying mass in the right cerebral hemisphere. Therapy with corticosteroids, mannitol and furosemide ameliorated the signs of depression and ataxia, but the owner elected euthanasia after 1 week. Post mortem examination of the brain confirmed the presence of a large haemorrhagic lesion in the right olfactory lobe, the histopathological appearance of which was consistent with cerebral cavernous haemangioma. This is the 1st case describing the MRI appearance of a cavernous haemangioma of the cerebrum in the veterinary literature.

  20. EST-based Analysis of Gene Expression in the Porcine Brain

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    Bing Zhang; Wu Jin; Yanwu Zeng; Zhixi Su; Songnian Hu; Jun Yu

    2004-01-01

    Since pig is an important livestock species worldwide, its gene expression has been investigated intensively, but rarely in brain. In order to study gene expression profiles in the pig central nervous system, we sequenced and analyzed 43,122 highquality 5′ end expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from porcine cerebellum, cortex cerebrum, and brain stem cDNA libraries, involving several different prenatal and postnatal developmental stages. The initial ESTs were assembled into 16,101 clusters and compared to protein and nucleic acid databases in GenBank. Of these sequences, 30.6% clusters matched protein databases and represented function known sequences; 75.1% had significant hits to nucleic acid databases and partial represented known function; 73.3% matched known porcine ESTs; and 21.5% had no matches to any known sequences in GenBank. We used the categories defined by the Gene Ontology to survey gene expression in the porcine brain.

  1. [Rhinoorbitocerebral zygomycosis caused by Rhizopus microsporus in a roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)].

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    Peters, Martin; Eikelberg, Deborah; Jongmans, Vincent; Pranada, Arthur Boniface; Wohlsein, Peter

    2014-01-01

    An one-year-old male roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) with abnormal behaviour was shot in order to exclude rabies virus infection. The 12.8 kg weighing animal was emaciated and revealed an asymmetric head with protruding left eye and expositional keratitis. There was a grey whitish soft mass within the caudal nasal cavity, which had infiltrated the frontal cerebrum through the cribriform plate and the retrobulbar tissue through the orbita. Histologically, the mass consisted of a chronic granulomatous inflammation with plentiful fungal hyphae. Fungal culture revealed mold fungi of the zygomycotic genus Rhizomucor, which were differentiated as Rhizopus microsporus by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and DNA-sequencing. Rhinoorbitocerebral zygomycosis has to be considered as a differential diagnosis for nasal and orbital tumour-like lesions and as a cause of abnormal behaviour of roe deer.

  2. Intracranial meningioma with polygonal granular cell appearance in a Chihuahua.

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    Takeuchi, Yoshinori; Ohnishi, Yumi; Matsunaga, Satoru; Nakayama, Hiroyuki; Uetsuka, Koji

    2008-05-01

    A menigioma with polygonal granular cell proliferation in an 11-year and 8-month-old male Chihuahua is described. The tumor was observed under the dura matter of the right cerebrum. Microscopically, the tumor consisted of solid growth foci of small- or large- sized polygonal cells, with pale-stained nuclei, prominent nucleoli, and fine granular to foamy eosinophilic cytoplasm. Some of the proliferating cells contained variable amounts of cytoplasmic PAS-positive granules. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that neoplastic cells were positive for vimentin and S-100 protein. Ultrastructurally, the neoplastic cells contained vesicular structures with a few small round-shaped bodies in the cytoplasm. We diagnosed the case as canine meningioma with granular cell appearance.

  3. Immunohistochemical investigation of the tissue distribution of mannan-binding lectin in non-infected and virus-infected chickens

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    Nielsen, O.L.; Jørgensen, Poul Henrik; Hedemand, J.;

    1998-01-01

    This-paper describes the results of immuno-histochemical staining for chicken mannan-binding lectin (MBL) in formalin-fixed tissue sections from non-infected chickens, and from chickens infected with infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) or infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). In the non......-infected chickens, MBL was detected in the cytoplasm of a few hepatocytes and in the germinal centres of the caecal tonsils, whereas sections of kidney, heart muscle, spleen, cerebrum, thymus, adrenal gland, bursa of Fabricius, bone marrow and trachea were without staining. In the ILTV-infected chickens, an intense...... staining reaction for MBL was detected in the cytoplasm of all hepatocytes and on the surface of, and inside, ILTV-infected cells. Also in the IBDV-infected chickens, an intense staining reaction for MBL was detected in the cytoplasm of all hepatocytes. No staining was seen in the follicles of the bursa...

  4. HYDROCEPHALUS IN THREE JUVENILE NORTH AMERICAN BLACK BEARS (URSUS AMERICANUS).

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    Ferguson, Sylvia H; Novak, Janelle; Hecht, Silke; Craig, Linden E

    2016-06-01

    Hydrocephalus has been reported in a variety of species, including the North American black bear ( Ursus americanus ). This report describes three cases of hydrocephalus in this species from wild bears aged 3-4 mo considered retrospectively from necropsy records of one institution. Clinical signs included cortical blindness and ataxia. Primary gross findings were doming of the skull, gyri compression and flattening, and lateral ventricle dilation. Two cases had severe bilateral ventricular dilation with loss of the septum pellucidum; atrophy of the surrounding corpus callosum; and bilateral periventricular tears involving the caudate nuclei, internal capsule, and adjacent cerebrum. Histologically, the cases with periventricular tearing had severe axonal loss and degeneration, malacia, hemorrhage, and variable periventricular astrocytosis. All cases were likely congenital, given the bears' age and lack of an apparent acquired obstruction.

  5. Nursing Stimulation Is More Than Tactile Sensation: It Is A Multisensory Experience

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    Febo, Marcelo; Stolberg, Tara L.; Numan, Michael; Bridges, Robert S.; Kulkarni, Praveen; Ferris, Craig F.

    2016-01-01

    Novel sensory experiences, particularly those associated with epochal developmental events like nursing alter cortical representation, affecting memory, perception and behavior. Functional MRI was used here to test whether the sensoricortical map of the ventrum is modified during lactation. Three stimuli were used to drive cortical activation in primiparous rats: natural, artificial suckling stimulation and general mechanical rubbing of the skin of the ventrum. These stimuli significantly activated the somatosensory cortex of dams. Of the three stimuli, artificial and pup suckling robustly activated much of the cerebrum, most notably the visual, auditory and olfactory cortices. Surprisingly, activation occurred even in the absence of pups, with artificial suckling. This finding suggests that incoming information from a single modality was sufficient to drive activity of others. Enhanced sensitivity across the cortical mantle during nursing may help the dam to perceive, process, and remember stimuli critical to the care and protection of her young. PMID:18440003

  6. Intraparenchymal Angiomatous Meningioma: A Diagnostic Dilemma.

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    Bansal, Divya; Diwaker, Preeti; Gogoi, Priyanka; Nazir, Wazid; Tandon, Anupama

    2015-10-01

    Meningioma arises from the arachnoid cap cells of the cerebrum. Intraparenchymal meningiomas or meningiomas without dural attachment are rare. We report a case of 40-year-old male who presented with a history of headache, dizziness and gradual loss of vision since one year. Clinicoradiological diagnosis of a high grade glioma was considered. Tumour was excised and haematoxylin and eosin stained sections revealed a tumour comprised predominantly of variable sized blood vessels showing hyalinization in a background of plump spindle cells with oval vesicular nuclei. In view of these features angiomatous meningioma was suspected. However, to confirm the diagnosis, a panel of immunohistochemical markers including vimentin, EMA and GFAP was done and a final diagnosis of angiomatous meningioma was offered. Angiomatous meningioma is a rare variant of meningioma and even much rarer in the intraparenchymal location. Angiomatous meningioma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of highly vascular intraparenchymal brain tumours.

  7. Activities of daily living and lesion position among multiple sclerosis patients by Bayes network

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    Zhifang Pan; Hongtao Lu; Qi Cheng

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging is a highly sensitive approach for diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and T2-weighted images can reveal lesions in the cerebral white matter, gray matter, and spinal cord. However, the lesions have a poor correlation with measurable clinical disability. In this study, we performed a large-scale epidemiological survey of 238 patients with multiple sclerosis in eleven districts by network member hospitals in Shanghai, China within 1 year. The involved patients were scanned for position and size of lesions by MRI. Results showed that lesions in the cerebrum, spinal cord, or supratentorial position had an impact on the activities of daily living in multiple sclerosis patients, as assessed by the Bayes network. On the other hand, brainstem lesions were very unlikely to influence the activities of daily living, and were not associated with the position of lesion, patient's gender, and patient's living place.

  8. Fibrinoid leukodystrophy (Alexander's disease-like disorder) in a young adult French bulldog.

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    Ito, Tsuyoshi; Uchida, Kazuyuki; Nakamura, Masatoshi; Nakashima, Ko; Suzuki, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Hiroyuki

    2010-10-01

    The paper describes clinical and pathological features of Alexander's disease (AD)-like disorder in a 1 year and 8 months old French bulldog. Clinically, the dog exhibited megaesophagus, emaciation and weakness without any specific neurological symptoms. The dog died of aspiration pneumonia. On the gross observation of formalin-fixed brain, discolored foci were observed in the white matter of the cerebellum and brain stem. Histologically, numerous Rothenthal fibers and hypertrophic astrocytes were distributed especially in the perivascular, subependymal and subpial area of both the cerebrum and cerebellum. The Rosenthal fibers were intensely immunopositive for GFAP and ubiquitin. Demyelination of the white matter was occasionally found in the brain stem. The present case is likely to be categorized in the adult form of AD, though previous AD-like cases in dogs were in the juvenile form.

  9. Treatment for Hereditary Spinocerebellar Ataxia from Spleen and Stomach%从脾胃论治遗传性脊髓小脑其济失调

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    郑倩茹; 白金凤; 黄慧

    2013-01-01

    遗传性脊髓小脑共济失调属神经系统遗传性疾病,西医学目前尚无有效治疗方法,针刺作为治疗该病的手段之一,取得了一定的临床疗效.近年来针刺治疗共济失调的文献报道较多,但是针对遗传性共济失调的研究则相对较少.本文从脾胃立论,阐释脾胃与脑的关系,提出从脾胃论治该病,针刺选穴以调节脾胃气机升降为主,兼顾调理大小肠功能,为临床治疗遗传性共济失调提供思路,也为临床治疗遗传性脑病提供参考.%Genetic spinocerebellar ataxia is a kind of genetic disease of the nervous system, western medicine has no effective treatment method for this disease at present. Acupuncture is as one of the treatment methods, which has obtained a certain effect. A lot of reports about acupuncture therapy for ataxia have been published in recent years, but the reports which emphasize on genetic spinocerebellar ataxia is relatively less. This article focuses on spleen and stomach, expounding the relationship of spleen, stomach and cerebrum, putting forward the conclusion that emphasize on spleen and stomach to treat this disease. Treatment principle is regulating the movement of spleen Qi and stomach Qi, adjusting the function of large intestine and small intestine at the same time. We expect to provide a method for clinic to treat genetic spinocerebellar ataxia, and offer a reference to treat the genetic cerebrum disease.

  10. Subchronic exposure to arsenic disturbed the biogenic amine neurotransmitter level and the mRNA expression of synthetase in mice brains.

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    Zhang, J; Liu, X; Zhao, L; Hu, S; Li, S; Piao, F

    2013-06-25

    Little is known about the influence of arsenic (As) exposure on monoamine neurotransmitters and the underlying mechanisms, although arsenic toxicity on the central nervous system has been well documented. In the present study, the levels of norepinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA), and 5-HT were determined by high performance liquid chromatography in the cerebrum and cerebellum of mice exposed to 1, 2 and 4 ppm As2O3 through drinking water for 60 days. The ultra-structural change of vesicles in the synapses of mice brains was observed by transmission electron microscopy; the mRNA expressions of dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) as NE, DA and 5-HT synthetases were quantitatively assessed by real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. It was shown that the concentrations of NE, DA and 5-HT in the cerebrum or cerebellum of mice exposed to As were significantly lower than those in the control group. The number of synaptic vesicles significantly decreased in the brain of mice exposed to As. Moreover, the expressions of TH, TPH and DBH genes were significantly lower in the brains of mice exposed to As than those in the controls. These results suggested that subchronic exposure to As might decrease the concentrations of the three monoamine neurotransmitters in the mouse brain and downregulate TH, TPH and DBH gene expressions. It was also indicated that the decreased concentrations of the three monoamine neurotransmitters in the brain might be related to the down-regulated gene expressions of these synthetases by As.

  11. Somatodendritic and excitatory postsynaptic distribution of neuron-type dystrophin isoform, Dp40, in hippocampal neurons

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    Fujimoto, Takahiro; Itoh, Kyoko, E-mail: kxi14@koto.kpu-m.ac.jp; Yaoi, Takeshi; Fushiki, Shinji

    2014-09-12

    Highlights: • Identification of dystrophin (Dp) shortest isoform, Dp40, is a neuron-type Dp. • Dp40 expression is temporally and differentially regulated in comparison to Dp71. • Somatodendritic and nuclear localization of Dp40. • Dp40 is localized to excitatory postsynapses. • Dp40 might play roles in dendritic and synaptic functions. - Abstract: The Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene produces multiple dystrophin (Dp) products due to the presence of several promoters. We previously reported the existence of a novel short isoform of Dp, Dp40, in adult mouse brain. However, the exact biochemical expression profile and cytological distribution of the Dp40 protein remain unknown. In this study, we generated a polyclonal antibody against the NH{sub 2}-terminal region of the Dp40 and identified the expression profile of Dp40 in the mouse brain. Through an analysis using embryonic and postnatal mouse cerebrums, we found that Dp40 emerged from the early neonatal stages until adulthood, whereas Dp71, an another Dp short isoform, was highly detected in both prenatal and postnatal cerebrums. Intriguingly, relative expressions of Dp40 and Dp71 were prominent in cultured dissociated neurons and non-neuronal cells derived from mouse hippocampus, respectively. Furthermore, the immunocytological distribution of Dp40 was analyzed in dissociated cultured neurons, revealing that Dp40 is detected in the soma and its dendrites, but not in the axon. It is worthy to note that Dp40 is localized along the subplasmalemmal region of the dendritic shafts, as well as at excitatory postsynaptic sites. Thus, Dp40 was identified as a neuron-type Dp possibly involving dendritic and synaptic functions.

  12. Enhancement of nose-to-brain delivery of basic fibroblast growth factor for improving rat memory impairments induced by co-injection of β-amyloid and ibotenic acid into the bilateral hippocampus.

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    Feng, Chengcheng; Zhang, Chi; Shao, Xiayan; Liu, Qingfeng; Qian, Yong; Feng, Liang; Chen, Jie; Zha, Yuan; Zhang, Qizhi; Jiang, Xinguo

    2012-02-28

    Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) delivery to the brain of animals appears to be an emerging potential therapeutic approach to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). The intranasal route of administration could provide an alternative to intracerebroventricular infusion. A nasal spray of bFGF had been developed previously and the objective of the present study was to investigate whether bFGF nasal spray could enhance brain uptake of bFGF and ameliorate memory impairment induced by co-injection of β-amyloid(25-35) and ibotenic acid into bilateral hippocampus of rats. The results of brain uptake study showed that the AUC(0-12h) of bFGF nasal spray in olfactory bulb, cerebrum, cerebellum and hippocampus was respectively 2.47, 2.38, 2.56 and 2.19 times that of intravenous bFGF solution, and 1.11, 1.95, 1.40 and 1.93 times that of intranasal bFGF solution, indicating that intranasal administration of bFGF nasal spray was an effective means of delivering bFGF to the brain, especially to cerebrum and hippocampus. In Morris water maze tasks, intravenous administration of bFGF solution at high dose (40 μg/kg) showed little improvement on spatial memory impairment. In contrast, bFGF solution of the same dose following intranasal administration could significantly ameliorate spatial memory impairment. bFGF nasal spray obviously improved spatial memory impairment even at a dose half (20 μg/kg) of bFGF solution, recovered their acetylcholinesterase and choline acetyltransferase activity to the sham control level, and alleviated neuronal degeneration in rat hippocampus, indicating neuroprotective effects on the central nerve system. In a word, bFGF nasal spray may be a new formulation of great potential for treating AD.

  13. Induksi Ekstrak Pegagan Secara in vitro terhadap Proliferasi dan Diferensiasi Sel-Sel Otak Besar Anak Tikus (IN VITRO INDUCTION OF CENTELLA ASIATICA (PEGAGAN EXTRACT ON THE PROLIFERATION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF NEWBORN RAT CORTEX CEREBRI CELLS

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    Ita Djuwita

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    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to analyze the potency of Centella asiatica extract to induce proliferation andneurogenesis process of newborn rats cortex cerebri.   Research has been conducted on in vitro culture ofthree days old rat (Sprague Dawley cerebrum cells in DMEM (Dulbecco’s Modiûed Eagle’s Mediumcontaining 10% NEAA (Non Essential Amino Acid, 1 mM NaHCO3, 10% NBCS (Newborn Calf Serumand 50 µg/mL gentamycin (mDMEM, with and without Centella asiatica (CA leaf extracts. The experimentwas set in five groups of treatment consisted of positive control (mDMEM+30 µg/mL asiaticoside (AC,negative control (mDMEM, and mDMEM with three concentration of CA extract i.e. 100 ppm, 200 ppmand 400 ppm. Culture was done in 5% CO2 incubator at 37oC for six days. The parameters observed werecells proliferation based on Population Doubling Time (PDT, neuron and glia composition, and the lengthof axon and dendrite. Cells concentration were counted using Newbauer hemocytometer.  Neuron and gliacells were determined based on morphology after Hematoxylin-Eosin staining, and the length of axon anddendrite were measured using eyepiece micrometer. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and Duncan test.The results showed that Centella asiatica extract at concentration 100 ppm could induce neurogenesisand increased the axon length growth.  However, at concentration 200 and 400 ppm, CA extract  inhibitedthe neuronal cells proliferation and the axonal growth (P<0,05. In conclusion, induction of Centella asiaticaextracts at concentration of 100 ppm on the cortex cell cerebrum cells culture increase the axon lengthgrowth and tends to induce neurogenesis; however at higher concentration CA extract was neurotoxic.

  14. Age and Heat Stress Related Changes in Monoamine Contents and Cholinesterase Activity in Some Central Nervous System Regions of Albino Rat Newborns

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The normal monoamine [norepinephrine (NE, epinephrine (E, dopamine (DA and serotonin (5-HT] contents and cholinestrase (chE activity were significantly and gradually increased with age progress between postnatal days 7 and 21 in cerebrum, cerebellum, medulla oblongata and spinal cord of rat newborns. The daily exposure of the newborns to 401C for 2 h induced deteriorated effects and the withdrawal period of 7 days failed to return these altered variables to normal levels. On the other hand, the high temperature exerted its most potent decreased effect on monoamine contents at 21 days old. This decrease may be attributed to the elevated activity of monoamine oxidase and/or the decreased activity of the key enzymes responsible for monoamine synthesis. The chE activity exhibited different effects in the tested CNS regions as a result of high temperature exposure; the enzyme activity was decreased markedly at days 7, 14 and 21 in cerebellum and medulla oblongata and lowered only at days 7 and 14 in cerebrum and at day 14 in spinal cord. The subsequent withdrawal for 7 days beyond day 21 produced marked weakening of effect of high temperature exposure on monoamine contents in all examined CNS regions except NE and 5-HT contents in cerebellum and DA level in medulla oblongata. In spite of this attenuation, the values recorded in the withdrawal group were still significantly lower than the normal levels. On the other hand, the chE activity became more deleteriously affected at day 28 in the treated CNS regions except in the medulla oblongata where it was profoundly ameliorated after the withdrawal period.

  15. Wearable wireless cerebral oximeter (Conference Presentation)

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    Zhang, Xin; Jiang, Tianzi

    2016-03-01

    Cerebral oximeters measure continuous cerebral oxygen saturation using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology noninvasively. It has been involved into operating room setting to monitor oxygenation within patient's brain when surgeons are concerned that a patient's levels might drop. Recently, cerebral oxygen saturation has also been related with chronic cerebral vascular insufficiency (CCVI). Patients with CCVI would be benefited if there would be a wearable system to measure their cerebral oxygen saturation in need. However, there has yet to be a wearable wireless cerebral oximeter to measure the saturation in 24 hours. So we proposed to develop the wearable wireless cerebral oximeter. The mechanism of the system follows the NIRS technology. Emitted light at wavelengths of 740nm and 860nm are sent from the light source penetrating the skull and cerebrum, and the light detector(s) receives the light not absorbed during the light pathway through the skull and cerebrum. The amount of oxygen absorbed within the brain is the difference between the amount of light sent out and received by the probe, which can be used to calculate the percentage of oxygen saturation. In the system, it has one source and four detectors. The source, located in the middle of forehead, can emit two near infrared light, 740nm and 860nm. Two detectors are arranged in one side in 2 centimeters and 3 centimeters from the source. Their measurements are used to calculate the saturation in the cerebral cortex. The system has included the rechargeable lithium battery and Bluetooth smart wireless micro-computer unit.

  16. Post-mortem 1.5T MR quantification of regular anatomical brain structures.

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    Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Hottinger, Anna-Lena; Schwendener, Nicole; Schuster, Frederick; Persson, Anders; Warntjes, Marcel J; Jackowski, Christian

    2016-07-01

    Recently, post-mortem MR quantification has been introduced to the field of post-mortem magnetic resonance imaging. By usage of a particular MR quantification sequence, T1 and T2 relaxation times and proton density (PD) of tissues and organs can be quantified simultaneously. The aim of the present basic research study was to assess the quantitative T1, T2, and PD values of regular anatomical brain structures for a 1.5T application and to correlate the assessed values with corpse temperatures. In a prospective study, 30 forensic cases were MR-scanned with a quantification sequence prior to autopsy. Body temperature was assessed during MR scans. In synthetically calculated T1, T2, and PD-weighted images, quantitative T1, T2 (both in ms) and PD (in %) values of anatomical structures of cerebrum (Group 1: frontal gray matter, frontal white matter, thalamus, internal capsule, caudate nucleus, putamen, and globus pallidus) and brainstem/cerebellum (Group 2: cerebral crus, substantia nigra, red nucleus, pons, cerebellar hemisphere, and superior cerebellar peduncle) were assessed. The investigated brain structures of cerebrum and brainstem/cerebellum could be characterized and differentiated based on a combination of their quantitative T1, T2, and PD values. MANOVA testing verified significant differences between the investigated anatomical brain structures among each other in Group 1 and Group 2 based on their quantitative values. Temperature dependence was observed mainly for T1 values, which were slightly increasing with rising temperature in the investigated brain structures in both groups. The results provide a base for future computer-aided diagnosis of brain pathologies and lesions in post-mortem magnetic resonance imaging.

  17. Prevalence, predilection sites and pathological findings of Taenia multiceps coenuri in slaughtered goats from south-east Iran

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    Reza Kheirandish

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Coenurosis is a zoonotic disease in a variety of ruminants caused by the metacestode of Taenia multiceps. The coenuri in the brain and spinal cord of sheep and goats have been identified as Coenurus cerebralis whilst those reported in other tissues have been named Coenurus gaigeri. This study was conducted during the spring and summer of 2011. Out of 25 739 goats inspected in slaughterhouses, 23 carcasses (0.09% revealed one or multiple visible swellings on the different muscles and visceral organs. The coenuri, of variable sizes, were found mainly in the muscles of the thigh, shoulder and neck, and were less common in the abdominal muscles and subcutaneous tissues. Coenuri were also found in the diaphragm, tongue, intercostal muscles, lung, parotid area and tunica adventitia of the aorta in a goat with severe infection. The brains of slaughtered goats that had coenuri in their skeletal muscles were examined and coenuri were found in two specimens (8.69%. The coenuri were located in the occipital lobe, the anterior part of the right cerebrum and the parietal lobe of the left cerebrum. Histopathologically, coenuri in the brain caused pressure atrophy and liquefactive necrosis in the surrounding tissues, hyperaemia, perivascular cuffing, neuronal degeneration, neuronophagia, satellitosis, diffuse microgliosis and astrocytosis. Coenuri in the skeletal muscles caused degenerative and necrotic changes, hyalinisation and myositis. In the lung, tissues around the coenurus revealed atelectasis and focal interstitial fibrosis. In the present study, concurrent occurrence of coenuri in the central nervous system and skeletal muscles supports the hypothesis that C. cerebralis and C. gaigeri are different names for the metacestodes of the same species of tapeworm.

  18. Structural extremes in a cretaceous dinosaur.

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    Sereno, Paul C; Wilson, Jeffrey A; Witmer, Lawrence M; Whitlock, John A; Maga, Abdoulaye; Ide, Oumarou; Rowe, Timothy A

    2007-11-21

    Fossils of the Early Cretaceous dinosaur, Nigersaurus taqueti, document for the first time the cranial anatomy of a rebbachisaurid sauropod. Its extreme adaptations for herbivory at ground-level challenge current hypotheses regarding feeding function and feeding strategy among diplodocoids, the larger clade of sauropods that includes Nigersaurus. We used high resolution computed tomography, stereolithography, and standard molding and casting techniques to reassemble the extremely fragile skull. Computed tomography also allowed us to render the first endocast for a sauropod preserving portions of the olfactory bulbs, cerebrum and inner ear, the latter permitting us to establish habitual head posture. To elucidate evidence of tooth wear and tooth replacement rate, we used photographic-casting techniques and crown thin sections, respectively. To reconstruct its 9-meter postcranial skeleton, we combined and size-adjusted multiple partial skeletons. Finally, we used maximum parsimony algorithms on character data to obtain the best estimate of phylogenetic relationships among diplodocoid sauropods. Nigersaurus taqueti shows extreme adaptations for a dinosaurian herbivore including a skull of extremely light construction, tooth batteries located at the distal end of the jaws, tooth replacement as fast as one per month, an expanded muzzle that faces directly toward the ground, and hollow presacral vertebral centra with more air sac space than bone by volume. A cranial endocast provides the first reasonably complete view of a sauropod brain including its small olfactory bulbs and cerebrum. Skeletal and dental evidence suggests that Nigersaurus was a ground-level herbivore that gathered and sliced relatively soft vegetation, the culmination of a low-browsing feeding strategy first established among diplodocoids during the Jurassic.

  19. Different variations of tissue B-group vitamin concentrations in short- and long-term starved rats.

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    Moriya, Aya; Fukuwatari, Tsutomu; Sano, Mitsue; Shibata, Katsumi

    2012-01-01

    Prolonged starvation changes energy metabolism; therefore, the metabolic response to starvation is divided into three phases according to changes in glucose, lipid and protein utilisation. B-group vitamins are involved in energy metabolism via metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids and amino acids. To determine how changes in energy metabolism alter B-group vitamin concentrations during starvation, we measured the concentration of eight kinds of B-group vitamins daily in rat blood, urine and in nine tissues including cerebrum, heart, lung, stomach, kidney, liver, spleen, testis and skeletal muscle during 8 d of starvation. Vitamin B1, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, folate and biotin concentrations in the blood reduced after 6 or 8 d of starvation, and other vitamins did not change. Urinary excretion was decreased during starvation for all B-group vitamins except pantothenic acid and biotin. Less variation in B-group vitamin concentrations was found in the cerebrum and spleen. Concentrations of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, nicotinamide and pantothenic acid increased in the liver. The skeletal muscle and stomach showed reduced concentrations of five vitamins including vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and folate. Concentrations of two or three vitamins decreased in the kidney, testis and heart, and these changes showed different patterns in each tissue and for each vitamin. The concentration of pantothenic acid rapidly decreased in the heart, stomach, kidney and testis, whereas concentrations of nicotinamide were stable in all tissues except the liver. Different variations in B-group vitamin concentrations in the tissues of starved rats were found. The present findings will lead to a suitable supplementation of vitamins for the prevention of the re-feeding syndrome.

  20. Pride diaries: sex, brain size and sociality in the African lion (Panthera leo) and cougar (Puma concolor).

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    Arsznov, Bradley M; Sakai, Sharleen T

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine if differences in social life histories correspond to intraspecific variation in total or regional brain volumes in the African lion (Panthera leo) and cougar (Puma concolor). African lions live in gregarious prides usually consisting of related adult females, their dependent offspring, and a coalition of immigrant males. Upon reaching maturity, male lions enter a nomadic and often, solitary phase in their lives, whereas females are mainly philopatric and highly social throughout their lives. In contrast, the social life history does not differ between male and female cougars; both are solitary. Three-dimensional virtual endocasts were created using computed tomography from the skulls of 14 adult African lions (8 male, 6 female) and 14 cougars (7 male, 7 female). Endocranial volume and basal skull length were highly correlated in African lions (r = 0.59, p < 0.05) and in cougars (r = 0.67, p < 0.01). Analyses of total endocranial volume relative to skull length revealed no sex differences in either African lions or cougars. However, relative anterior cerebrum volume comprised primarily of frontal cortex and surface area was significantly greater in female African lions than males, while relative posterior cerebrum volume and surface area was greater in males than females. These differences were specific to the neocortex and were not found in the solitary cougar, suggesting that social life history is linked to sex-specific neocortical patterns in these species. We further hypothesize that increased frontal cortical volume in female lions is related to the need for greater inhibitory control in the presence of a dominant male aggressor.

  1. Diphenyl diselenide, a simple organoselenium compound, decreases methylmercury-induced cerebral, hepatic and renal oxidative stress and mercury deposition in adult mice.

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    de Freitas, Andressa Sausen; Funck, Vinícius Rafael; Rotta, Mariana dos Santos; Bohrer, Denise; Mörschbächer, Vanessa; Puntel, Robson Luís; Nogueira, Cristina Wayne; Farina, Marcelo; Aschner, Michael; Rocha, João Batista Teixeira

    2009-04-06

    Oxidative stress has been pointed out as an important molecular mechanism in methylmercury (MeHg) intoxication. At low doses, diphenyl diselenide ((PhSe)2), a structurally simple organoselenium compound, has been shown to possess antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Here we have examined the possible in vivo protective effect of diphenyl diselenide against the potential pro-oxidative effects of MeHg in mouse liver, kidney, cerebrum and cerebellum. The effects of MeHg exposure (2 mg/(kg day) of methylmercury chloride 10 ml/kg, p.o.), as well as the possible antagonist effect of diphenyl diselenide (1 and 0.4 mg/(kg day); s.c.) on body weight gain and on hepatic, cerebellar, cerebral and renal levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), non-protein thiols (NPSH), ascorbic acid content, mercury concentrations and activities of antioxidant enzymes (glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalase (CAT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD)) were evaluated after 35 days of treatment. MeHg caused an increase in TBARS and decreased NPSH levels in all tissues. MeHg also induced a decrease in hepatic ascorbic acid content and in renal GPx and CAT activities. Diphenyl diselenide (1 mg/kg) conferred protection against MeHg-induced hepatic and renal lipid peroxidation and at both doses prevented the reduction in hepatic NPSH levels. Diphenyl diselenide also conferred a partial protection against MeHg-induced oxidative stress (TBARS and NPSH) in liver and cerebellum. Of particular importance, diphenyl diselenide decreased the deposition of Hg in cerebrum, cerebellum, kidney and liver. The present results indicate that diphenyl diselenide can protect against some toxic effects of MeHg in mice. This protection may be related to its antioxidant properties and its ability to reduce Hg body burden. We posit that formation of a selenol intermediate, which possesses high nucleophilicity and high affinity for MeHg, accounts for the ability of diphenyl diselenide to ameliorate Me

  2. [Hemiplegia in posterior cerebral artery infarctions: analysis of various responsible mechanisms].

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    Ortiz, N; Barraquer Bordas, L; Dourado, M; Rey, A; Avila, A

    1993-01-01

    When cerebral infarction determines hemiplegia or hemiparesia which accompany a hemilateral sensitive deficit and hemianopsia and even neuropsychologic symptoms (aphasic alterations in the case of injury to the left hemisphere, heminegligence and anosognosy in the case of injury to the right hemisphere) the involvement of a sylvian artery syndrome is usually considered. Nonetheless, recent contributions have reported that such symptoms may appear in infarctions of the territory of the posterior cerebral artery. Two clinical-radiologic observations in this line are presented. Nuclear magnetic resonance demonstrated injury to the posterior arm of the internal capsule in one case and in the other the lesion developed over three times, in the latter of which injury to the cerebral peduncle was produced causing hemiparesia. The authors emphasize that hemiplegia or hemiparesia in some infarctions of the posterior cerebral artery may be due to 1) mesencephalic infarction in the posterior plane of the retromamillar Foix and Hillemand pediculum (or G. Lazorthes interpedunculum), 2) infarction or "ischemic penumbra" in the internal capsule by involvement of any of the perforating branches of the posterior cerebrum irrigating the thalamus, except for the medial posterior choroid artery or even of the Foix and Hillemand thalamus-tuberian pediculum (or Lazorthes inferior and anterior) which principally initiates at the posterior communicating branch with a fragment of the posterior branch of the internal capsule perhaps not always being under its control. In this case, the thrombus occupying the posterior cerebrum may extend to the cited communicating branch or a hemodynamic deficit may be produced in the territory of the same.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Comparative analysis of the Shadoo gene between cattle and buffalo reveals significant differences.

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    Hui Zhao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: While prions play a central role in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the biology of these proteins and the pathophysiology of these diseases remain largely unknown. Since no case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE has ever been reported in buffalo despite their phylogenetic proximity to cattle, genetic differences may be driving the different susceptibilities of these two species to BSE. We thus hypothesized that differences in expression of the most recently identified member of the prion family or Shadoo (SPRN gene may relate to these species-specific differences. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We first analyzed and compared the polymorphisms of the SPRN gene (~4.4 kb, including the putative promoter, coding and 3' regions, and further verified the entire ORF and putative promoter. This yielded a total of 117 fixed differences, remarkably: 1 a 12-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the hydrophobic domain of the cattle but not buffalo gene, introducing a four amino acid expansion/contraction in a series of 5 tandem Ala/Gly-containing repeats; 2 two fixed missense mutations (102Ser→Gly and 119Thr→Ala, and three missense mutations (92Pro>Thr/Met, 122Thr>Ile and 139Arg>Trp in the coding region presenting different (P<0.05 genotypic and allelic frequency distributions between cattle and buffalo; and, 3 functional luciferase-reporter experiments for the predicted promoter region, consistent with a significantly higher activity in buffalo than cattle. Supporting these findings, immunoblotting revealed higher relative expression levels of Sho protein in cerebrum from buffalo than from cattle. In addition, for cattle, highest Sho expression was detected in obex, as compared to cerebrum or cerebellum. SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings support Sho as a non-PrP specific marker for prion infections, with obex as the best tissue source for the detection of Sho in TSE rapid tests. Moreover, these discoveries may prove

  4. Structural extremes in a cretaceous dinosaur.

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    Paul C Sereno

    Full Text Available Fossils of the Early Cretaceous dinosaur, Nigersaurus taqueti, document for the first time the cranial anatomy of a rebbachisaurid sauropod. Its extreme adaptations for herbivory at ground-level challenge current hypotheses regarding feeding function and feeding strategy among diplodocoids, the larger clade of sauropods that includes Nigersaurus. We used high resolution computed tomography, stereolithography, and standard molding and casting techniques to reassemble the extremely fragile skull. Computed tomography also allowed us to render the first endocast for a sauropod preserving portions of the olfactory bulbs, cerebrum and inner ear, the latter permitting us to establish habitual head posture. To elucidate evidence of tooth wear and tooth replacement rate, we used photographic-casting techniques and crown thin sections, respectively. To reconstruct its 9-meter postcranial skeleton, we combined and size-adjusted multiple partial skeletons. Finally, we used maximum parsimony algorithms on character data to obtain the best estimate of phylogenetic relationships among diplodocoid sauropods. Nigersaurus taqueti shows extreme adaptations for a dinosaurian herbivore including a skull of extremely light construction, tooth batteries located at the distal end of the jaws, tooth replacement as fast as one per month, an expanded muzzle that faces directly toward the ground, and hollow presacral vertebral centra with more air sac space than bone by volume. A cranial endocast provides the first reasonably complete view of a sauropod brain including its small olfactory bulbs and cerebrum. Skeletal and dental evidence suggests that Nigersaurus was a ground-level herbivore that gathered and sliced relatively soft vegetation, the culmination of a low-browsing feeding strategy first established among diplodocoids during the Jurassic.

  5. MIP-1α和INF-γ在结核性脑膜炎患者脑脊液中的表达%Expressions of MIP-1α and INF-γ in cerebrospinal fluid of tuberculous meningitis patients

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    王淑华

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨巨噬细胞炎性蛋白-1α(MIP-1α)和γ-干扰素(INF-γ)在结核性脑膜炎患者脑脊液中的表达及临床意义。方法 ELISA法测定早期和中晚期结核性脑膜炎患者(早期、中晚期结核性脑膜炎组)脑脊液各60例、恶性脑瘤患者(恶性脑瘤组)脑脊液75例及30例健康人(对照组)脑脊液中MIP-1α和INF-γ的浓度,评价MIP-1α和INF-γ联合检测在结核性脑膜炎中的临床价值。结果 MIP-1α、INF-γ在早期结核性脑膜炎患者脑脊液中水平为(10.63±2.47)pmol/L、(7.85±2.08)μg/L,在中晚期脑膜炎患者脑脊液中的水平为(18.19±4.62)pmol/L、(12.86±3.02)μg/L,在脑瘤患者脑脊液中的水平为(3.01±1.17)pmol/L、(2.73±0.96)μg/L,在健康人脑脊液中的水平为(1.09±0.67)pmol/L、(0.82±0.77)μg/L,早期和中晚期结核性脑膜炎组与恶性脑瘤组及对照组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.001);早期结核性脑膜炎组和中晚期结核性脑膜炎组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.001)。MIP-1α和INF-γ在结核性脑膜炎患者脑脊液中的表达水平与结核性脑膜炎正呈相关。结论 MIP-1α和INF-γ在结核性脑膜炎脑脊液中表达的水平明显高于脑瘤患者及健康人脑脊液中的表达水平。%Objective To explore the expressions and clinical significance of macrophage inflammatory protein-1α (MIP-1α) and γ-interferon (INF-γ) in cerebrospinal fluid of tuberculous meningitis patients. Methods The concentration of MIP-1α and INF-γ were detected by ELISA method in the cerebrospinal fluid of 60 early tuberculous meningitis patients, 60 middle-late tuberculous meningitis patients (early and middle-late tuberculous meningitis group), 75 malignant cerebrum patients (malignant cerebrum group) and 30 healthy people (control group). The clinical value of joint detection of MIP-1α and INF-γ in tuberculous meningitis was evaluated.Results The levels of MIP-1α and INF-γ were (10.63±2.47) pmol/L and (7

  6. Early differential cell death and survival mechanisms initiate and contribute to the development of OPIDN: A study of molecular, cellular, and anatomical parameters

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    Damodaran, T.V., E-mail: tdamodar@nccu.edu [Dept of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States); Pharmacology and Cancer biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States); Dept of Biology, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 27707 (United States); Attia, M.K. [Pharmacology and Cancer biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States); Abou-Donia, M.B., E-mail: donia@mc.duke.edu [Pharmacology and Cancer biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2011-11-15

    Organophosphorus-ester induced delayed neurotoxicity (OPIDN) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by ataxia progressing to paralysis with a concomitant central and peripheral, distal axonapathy. Diisopropylphosphorofluoridate (DFP) produces OPIDN in the chicken that results in mild ataxia in 7-14 days and severe paralysis as the disease progresses with a single dose. White leghorn layer hens were treated with DFP (1.7 mg/kg, sc) after prophylactic treatment with atropine (1 mg/kg, sc) in normal saline and eserine (1 mg/kg, sc) in dimethyl sulfoxide. Control groups were treated with vehicle propylene glycol (0.1 ml/kg, sc), atropine in normal saline and eserine in dimethyl sulfoxide. The hens were euthanized at different time points such as 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 days, and the tissues from cerebrum, midbrain, cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord were quickly dissected and frozen for mRNA (northern) studies. Northern blots were probed with BCL2, GADD45, beta actin, and 28S RNA to investigate their expression pattern. Another set of hens was treated for a series of time points and perfused with phosphate buffered saline and fixative for histological studies. Various staining protocols such as Hematoxylin and Eosin (H and E); Sevier-Munger; Cresyl echt Violet for Nissl substance; and Gallocynin stain for Nissl granules were used to assess various patterns of cell death and degenerative changes. Complex cell death mechanisms may be involved in the neuronal and axonal degeneration. These data indicate altered and differential mRNA expressions of BCL2 (anti apoptotic gene) and GADD45 (DNA damage inducible gene) in various tissues. Increased cell death and other degenerative changes noted in the susceptible regions (spinal cord and cerebellum) than the resistant region (cerebrum), may indicate complex molecular pathways via altered BCL2 and GADD45 gene expression, causing the homeostatic imbalance between cell survival and cell death mechanisms. Semi quantitative

  7. Tideglusib reduces progression of brain atrophy in progressive supranuclear palsy in a randomized trial.

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    Höglinger, Günter U; Huppertz, Hans-Jürgen; Wagenpfeil, Stefan; Andrés, María V; Belloch, Vincente; León, Teresa; Del Ser, Teodoro

    2014-04-01

    It is believed that glycogen synthase kinase-3 hyperphosphorylates tau protein in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The Tau Restoration on PSP (TAUROS) trial assessed the glycogen synthase kinase-3 inhibitor tideglusib as potential treatment. For the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) substudy reported here, we assessed the progression of brain atrophy. TAUROS was a multinational, phase 2, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in patients with mild-to-moderate PSP who were treated with oral tideglusib (600 mg or 800 mg daily) or with placebo for 1 year. A subset of patients underwent baseline and 52-week MRI. Automated, observer-independent, atlas-based, and mask-based volumetry was done on high-resolution, T1-weighted, three-dimensional data. For primary outcomes, progression of atrophy was compared both globally (brain, cerebrum) and regionally (third ventricle, midbrain, pons) between the active and placebo groups (Bonferroni correction). For secondary outcomes, 15 additional brain structures were explored (Benjamini & Yekutieli correction). In total, MRIs from 37 patient were studied (placebo group, N = 9; tideglusib 600 mg group, N = 19; tideglusib 800 mg group, N = 9). The groups compared well in their demographic characteristics. Clinical results showed no effect of tideglusib over placebo. Progression of atrophy was significantly lower in the active group than in the placebo group for the brain (mean ± standard error of the mean: -1.3% ± 1.4% vs. -3.1% ± 2.3%, respectively), cerebrum (-1.3% ± 1.5% vs. -3.2% ± 2.1%, respectively), parietal lobe (-1.6% ± 1.9% vs. -4.1% ± 3.0%, respectively), and occipital lobe (-0.3% ± 1.8% vs. -2.7% ± 3.2%, respectively). A trend toward reduced atrophy also was observed in the frontal lobe, hippocampus, caudate nucleus, midbrain, and brainstem. In patients with PSP, tideglusib reduced the progression of atrophy in the whole brain, particularly in the parietal and occipital lobes.

  8. The procyonid social club: comparison of brain volumes in the coatimundi (Nasua nasua, N. narica), kinkajou (Potos flavus), and raccoon (Procyon lotor).

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    Arsznov, Bradley M; Sakai, Sharleen T

    2013-01-01

    The present study investigated whether increased relative brain size, including regional brain volumes, is related to differing behavioral specializations exhibited by three member species of the family Procyonidae. Procyonid species exhibit continuums of behaviors related to social and physical environmental complexities: the mostly solitary, semiarboreal and highly dexterous raccoons (Procyon lotor); the exclusively arboreal kinkajous (Potos flavus), which live either alone or in small polyandrous family groups, and the social, terrestrial coatimundi (Nasua nasua, N. narica). Computed tomographic (CT) scans of 45 adult skulls including 17 coatimundis (9 male, 8 female), 14 raccoons (7 male, 7 female), and 14 kinkajous (7 male, 7 female) were used to create three-dimensional virtual endocasts. Endocranial volume was positively correlated with two separate measures of body size: skull basal length (r = 0.78, p < 0.01) and basicranial axis length (r = 0.45, p = 0.002). However, relative brain size (total endocranial volume as a function of body size) varied by species depending on which body size measurement (skull basal length or basicranial axis length) was used. Comparisons of relative regional brain volumes revealed that the anterior cerebrum volume consisting mainly of frontal cortex and surface area was significantly larger in the social coatimundi compared to kinkajous and raccoons. The dexterous raccoon had the largest relative posterior cerebrum volume, which includes the somatosensory cortex, in comparison to the other procyonid species studied. The exclusively arboreal kinkajou had the largest relative cerebellum and brain stem volume in comparison to the semi arboreal raccoon and the terrestrial coatimundi. Finally, intraspecific comparisons failed to reveal any sex differences, except in the social coatimundi. Female coatimundis possessed a larger relative frontal cortical volume than males. Social life histories differ in male and female coatimundis

  9. Sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)-1 expression in brain is affected by age but not by hormones or metabolic changes.

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    Okamoto, Kenjirou; Kakuma, Tetsuya; Fukuchi, Satoshi; Masaki, Takayuki; Sakata, Toshiie; Yoshimatsu, Hironobu

    2006-04-07

    Sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP)-1 is a membrane-bound transcription factor that regulates the expression of several genes involved in cellular fatty acid synthesis in the peripheral tissues, including liver. Although SREBP-1 is expressed in brain, little is known about its function. The aim of the present study was to clarify the characteristics of SREBP-1 mRNA expression in rat brain under various nutritional and hormonal conditions. In genetically obese (fa/fa) Zucker rats, expression of SREBP-1 mRNA was greater in liver than in hypothalamus or cerebrum compared to the lean littermates of these rats. Fasting for 45 h and refeeding for 3 h did not affect expression in brains of Wistar rats of SREBP-1 mRNA or the mRNAs of lipogenic enzymes that are targets of SREBP-1, i.e., fatty acid synthase (FAS) and acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). Infusion of 2.0 mIU insulin or 3.0 microg leptin into the third cerebroventricle did not affect SREBP-1 mRNA expression in either hypothalamus or cerebrum. SREBP-1 mRNA expression in brains of transgenic mice that overexpressed leptin did not differ from that of wild-type mice. However, we observed a unique age-related alteration in SREBP-1 mRNA expression in brains of Sprague-Dawley rats. Specifically, SREBP-1 mRNA expression increased between 1 and 20 months of age, while there was no such change in the expression of FAS or ACC. This raises the possibility that increased SREBP-1 expression secondary to aging-related decline of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) might compensate for the reduction of FAS expression in brain. These findings suggest that the expression of SREBP-1 and downstream lipogenic enzymes in brain is probably not regulated by peripheral nutritional conditions or humoral factors. Aging-related changes in SREBP-1 mRNA expression may be involved in developmental changes in brain lipid metabolism.

  10. A special radiation shielding for the radiotherapy of a pregnant patient; Eine Spezialabschirmung fuer die Strahlentherapie von Schwangeren

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    Buchgeister, M.; Mondry, A. [Bereich Medizinische Physik, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radioonkologie, Tuebingen (Germany); Spillner, P.; Paulsen, F.; Belka, C.; Bamberg, M. [Strahlentherapie, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radioonkologie, Tuebingen (Germany)

    2008-02-15

    Purpose: measurement of the radiation dose of different radiotherapy techniques with a phantom at the position of the uterus of a pregnant patient with and without a special radiation shielding. Material and methods: a special radiation shielding for the radiation therapy of a pregnant patient was constructed in the shape of a tunnel over the abdomen from 1 cm thick lead to reduce scatter radiation to the uterus and the fetus therein. The reduction of the scatter radiation to the lower abdomen was measured for three typical cases (cerebrum with lateral opposed fields, 6-MV photons; tangential fields for mamma irradiation, 6 MV; and anteroposterior-posteroanterior [AP-PA] opposed fields of 15 MV for treatment of the mediastinum) at an anthropomorphic Alderson phantom with thermoluminescence dosimeters in different depths and with an ionization chamber positioned in an RW3 solid water phantom. In the case of lateral opposed fields, a movable lead wall was additionally positioned next to the accelerator's head to reduce the scatter radiation from this source. Results: depending on the geometry of the radiation fields and on the photon energy, a reduction of the dose to the lower abdomen averaged over the depths of 6, 9, and 12 cm from 16% (15 MV, mediastinum case) to 51% (6 MV, cerebrum with additional lead wall) was achieved. The absolute scattered dose with shielding in place for a 2-Gy fraction dose results to 3.85 mGy and 0.27 mGy, respectively. Conclusion: national and international recommendations on the radiation dose to a fetus of a pregnant patient state limits of 200 mSv (DGMP report no. 7) and 100 mGy (ICRP 84), below which an abortion should not be considered and above which an indication for termination of the pregnancy could be given, respectively. The dose to the fetus can be kept below these limits with the shielding described in this work. Therefore, a radiation therapy of a pregnant patient is possible when these special precautions to reduce

  11. Changes of resting cerebral activities in subacute ischemic stroke patients

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    Ping Wu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to detect the difference in resting cerebral activities between ischemic stroke patients and healthy participants, define the abnormal site, and provide new evidence for pathological mechanisms, clinical diagnosis, prognosis prediction and efficacy evaluation of ischemic stroke. At present, the majority of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies focus on the motor dysfunction and the acute stage of ischemic stroke. This study recruited 15 right-handed ischemic stroke patients at subacute stage (15 days to 11.5 weeks and 15 age-matched healthy participants. A resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan was performed on each subject to detect cerebral activity. Regional homogeneity analysis was used to investigate the difference in cerebral activities between ischemic stroke patients and healthy participants. The results showed that the ischemic stroke patients had lower regional homogeneity in anterior cingulate and left cerebrum and higher regional homogeneity in cerebellum, left precuneus and left frontal lobe, compared with healthy participants. The experimental findings demonstrate that the areas in which regional homogeneity was different between ischemic stroke patients and healthy participants are in the cerebellum, left precuneus, left triangle inferior frontal gyrus, left inferior temporal gyrus and anterior cingulate. These locations, related to the motor, sensory and emotion areas, are likely potential targets for the neural regeneration of subacute ischemic stroke patients.

  12. Rehabilitation for a Patient with Hemiplegia, Ataxia, and Cognitive Dysfunction Caused by Pontine Hemorrhage

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    Tetsuya Tsunoda

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    Full Text Available Patients with pontine hemorrhage usually experience severe disturbances of consciousness, pupillary abnormalities, quadriparesis, and respiratory failure. However, little is known regarding cognitive dysfunction in patients with pontine hemorrhage. We report the case of a rehabilitation patient presenting with hemiplegia, ataxia, and cognitive dysfunction caused by a pontine hemorrhage. A 55-year-old, right-handed male suffered sudden onset of vertigo, dysarthria, and hemiplegia on the right side. He was diagnosed with brain stem hemorrhage, and conservative treatment was administered. The vertigo improved, but dysarthria, ataxia, hemiplegia, and gait disorder persisted. He was disoriented with respect to time and place and showed a poor attention span, impaired executive function, and reduced volition. A computed tomography revealed hematomas across the pons on both sides, but no lesions were obvious in the cerebellum and cerebrum. Single-photon emission tomography showed decreased perfusion in the brain stem, bilateral basal ganglia, and frontal and parietal lobes in the left hemisphere. The patient received exercise therapy and cognitive rehabilitation, and home modifications were performed to allow him to continue living at home under the supervision of his family. His symptoms improved, along with enhanced regional cerebral blood flow to the frontal and temporal lobes. These findings suggest that the pontine hemorrhage caused diaschisis resulting in secondary reduction of activity in the cerebral hemisphere and the occurrence of cortical symptoms. Therefore, rehabilitation is necessary, along with active instructions for the family members of patients with severe neurological deficits.

  13. Patterns of mouse reticulon 3 mRNA and protein expression in the mouse central nervous system

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    LIU Jin; QIANG Boqin; YUAN Jiangang; HUANG Xiaowei; PENG Xiaozhong; YANG Hongbo; YIN Bin; TAN Xinyu; FAN Ming; FAN Wenhong; LIU Bingyan

    2003-01-01

    Reticulons (RTN) are endoplasmic reticulumassociated protein complexes, which are localized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and identified as markers for neuroendocrine differentiation. At least four different RTN genes have been identified in mammals, but in most cases,the functions of the encoded proteins except mammalian RTN4-A and RTN4-B are still elusive. In the present study,mouse reticulon 3 (mRTN3) is cloned and its expression pattern in a variety of tissues is investigated. Three alternatively spliced transcripts of 1.8, 2.8 and 4.2 kb are revealed by Northern blotting hybridization. The 1.8 and 2.8 kb transcripts are expressed in many tissues. The 2.8 kb transcript has a high level in brain and the 4.2 kb transcript is only found in brain. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis indicated its high expression in non-glial cells in some particular region of mouse central nervous system, such as hippocampus, sub-thalamus nucleus, thalamus nucleus and cerebrum cortex.

  14. Adaptogen

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    Mikhaylenko, E. A.; Stepchenko, L. M.

    2009-04-01

    The mechanism of adaptive action of peat preparations needs further understanding. Therefore, the research studied of the effects of the peat "Hydrohumate", on the adaptation processes of young rats, born from mothers who received this preparation togethewater durinr with g a lengthy time psycho-emotional stress (swimming). The test measured selected activity of proteolytic lysosomol cathepsin L in the spleen, heart and liver tissues, and in the grey matter of the large hemispheres of the cerebrum and cerebellum. The amount of cathepsin L activity was determined in 15- and 30-day-old rats with azocasein as substrate. The experiment established that rats, born from stressed mothers that drank plain water during stress had less body mass and altered organ indexes, including the adrenal gland index, compared to rats born from mothers who drank water with the peat preparation added. The change of cathepsin L activity in offspring of treated rats compared to controls demonstrates that structural adaptations occurred, affecting a perceptible and labile system such as the activity of lysosomal enzymes. Discussion will include the effect of humic preparations added to water on rats in the adaptive mechanisms of offspring after prenatal stress.

  15. Adult onset leukodystrophy with neuroaxonal spheroids and pigmented glia: report of a family, historical perspective, and review of the literature.

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    Marotti, Jonathan D; Tobias, Sharon; Fratkin, Jonathan D; Powers, James M; Rhodes, C Harker

    2004-06-01

    We present a two-generation family consisting of a father and two daughters, who had an adult-onset leukodystrophy characterized by widespread destruction of cerebral white matter with neuroaxonal spheroids. The mode of inheritance appears to be autosomal dominant. All three patients presented with a variety of motor and cognitive symptoms, including frontal lobe signs, 4-7 years before death. Each followed a chronic course until death at ages 39, 46, and 51. At autopsy, the white matter loss was widespread but most prominent in the cerebrum with descending corticospinal tract degeneration and relative sparing of subcortical U-fibers. Pigmented glial cells were present, most of which appear to be macrophages, but inconstantly Prussian blue-positive. This disease is consistent with published reports of hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids (HDLS). However, a review of the literature and a personal review of the neuropathology of the original case of the pigmentary type of orthochromatic leukodystrophy (POLD) reveal overlapping clinical and neuropathologic features between these two previously distinct entities, suggesting a common pathogenetic and perhaps etiological relationship between the two.

  16. EFFECT OF ACUPUNCTURE ON CEREBRAL IMAGES IN AUTISM CHILDREN

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    袁青; 马瑞玲; 张继武; 靳瑞

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To observe the effect of acupuncture on images in autism children. Methods: A total of 27 cases of autism children were subjected into this study. By using a SPECT, the cerebral images were collected before and after acupuncture treatment and analyzed according to the recommended methods in for assessing the state of blood flow, radioactivity quantity distribution and radioactivity count in bilateral hemispheres. "JIN's three-needling" was employed. The acupuncture treatment was given once every other day, with 4 months being a therapeutic course and an interval of one month between two courses. Results: After acupuncture treatment, of the 22 cases, 20 had remarkable improvement and 2 had improvement in cerebral blood flow, with the total effective rate of improving cerebral blood flow being 90.8%. Before the treatment there were significant differences between the left and right cerebrum (P0.05). After treatment, the radioactivity count in the whole brain decreased significantly in comparison with that of pretreatment (P<0.01). It indicates the improvement of cerebral blood flow and cellular metabolism after the treatment. Conclusion:Acupumcture con significantly improve cerebral blood flow in autism children.

  17. Prenatal morphine exposure reduces pyramidal neurons in CA1, CA2 and CA3 subfields of mice hippocampus

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    Soraya Ghafari

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s:This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of maternal morphine exposure during gestational and lactation period on pyramidal neurons of hippocampus in 18 and 32 day mice offspring. Materials and Methods: Thirty female mice were randomly allocated into cases and controls. In case group, animals received morphinesulfate 10 mg/kg.body weight intraperitoneally during 7 days before mating, gestational period (GD 0-21, 18 and 32 days after delivery in the experimental groups. The control animals received an equivalent volume of normal saline. Cerebrum of six offsprings in each group was removed and stained with cresyl violet and a monoclonal antibody NeuN for immunohistochemical detection of surviving pyramidal neurons. Quantitative computer-assisted morphometric study was done on hippocampus. Results: The number of pyramidal neurons in CA1, CA2 and CA3 in treated groups was significantly reduced in postnatal day 18 and 32 (P18, P32 compared to control groups (P

  18. Combination of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 technique with the piggybac transposon system for mouse in utero electroporation to study cortical development.

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    Cheng, Man; Jin, Xubin; Mu, Lili; Wang, Fangyu; Li, Wei; Zhong, Xiaoling; Liu, Xuan; Shen, Wenchen; Liu, Ying; Zhou, Yan

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    In utero electroporation (IUE) is commonly used to study cortical development of cerebrum by downregulating or overexpressing genes of interest in neural progenitor cells (NPCs) of small mammals. However, exogenous plasmids are lost or diluted over time. Furthermore, gene knockdown based on short-hairpin RNAs may exert nonspecific effects that lead to aberrant neuronal migration. Genomic engineering by the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) system has great research and therapeutic potentials. Here we integrate the CRISPR/Cas9 components into the piggyBac (PB) transposon system (the CRISPR/Cas9-PB toolkit) for cortical IUEs. The mouse Sry-related HMG box-2 (Sox2) gene was selected as the target for its application. Most transduced cortical NPCs were depleted of SOX2 protein as early as 3 days post-IUE, whereas expressions of SOX1 and PAX6 remained intact. Furthermore, both the WT Cas9 and the D10A nickase mutant Cas9n showed comparable knockout efficiency. Transduced cortical cells were purified with fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and effective gene editing at the Sox2 loci was confirmed. Thus, application of the CRISPR/Cas9-PB toolkit in IUE is a promising strategy to study gene functions in cortical NPCs and their progeny. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Induced Neurocysticercosis in Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta Produces Clinical Signs and Lesions Similar to Natural Disease in Man

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    Full Text Available Neurocysticercosis is a serious endemic zoonosis resulting in increased cases of seizure and epilepsy in humans. The genesis of clinical manifestations of the disease through experimental animal models is poorly exploited. The monkeys may prove useful for the purpose due to their behavior and cognitive responses mimicking man. In this study, neurocysticercosis was induced in two rhesus monkeys each with 12,000 and 6,000 eggs, whereas three monkeys were given placebo. The monkeys given higher dose developed hyperexcitability, epileptic seizures, muscular tremors, digital cramps at 10 DPI, and finally paralysis of limbs, followed by death on 67 DPI, whereas the monkeys given lower dose showed delayed and milder clinical signs. On necropsy, all the infected monkeys showed numerous cysticerci in the brain. Histopathologically, heavily infected monkeys revealed liquefactive necrosis and formation of irregular cystic cavities lined by atrophied parenchymal septa with remnants of neuropil of the cerebrum. In contrast, the monkeys infected with lower dose showed formation of typical foreign body granulomas characterized by central liquefaction surrounded by chronic inflammatory response. It was concluded that the inflammatory and immune response exerted by the host against cysticerci, in turn, led to histopathological lesions and the resultant clinical signs thereof.

  20. The paediatric rheumatologist and orphan disease – a story without happy ending

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    Roszkiewicz, Justyna; Biernacka-Zielińska, Małgorzata

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    Orphan diseases are not a common challenge in the everyday practice of the rheumatologist. Despite their extremely rare occurrence one of the patients under our care developed one of them – neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, the most frequent neurodegenerative disease observed in the paediatric population. We report a case of 2-year-old girl diagnosed with oligoarticular form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis treated in our Department with steroids and methotrexate and staying in the stage of disease remission. During routine checkups at Outpatient Clinic we observed progressive deterioration of girls neurological condition resulting in ataxia, gait disturbances with no rheumatological cause behind and speech impairment. The appearance of the symptoms was accompanied by frequent episodes of epileptic seizures, with little clinical improvement on combined antiepileptic treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging that we performed showed a picture highly suggestive of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis – atrophy of the patients cerebrum and cerebellum. Genetic testing conducted resulted in the diagnosis of late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL). PMID:27504025

  1. Detection of Avian bornavirus in multiple tissues of infected psittacine birds using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.

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    Delnatte, Pauline; Mak, Matthew; Ojkic, Davor; Raghav, Raj; DeLay, Josepha; Smith, Dale A

    2014-03-01

    Avian bornavirus (ABV), the cause of proventricular dilation disease in psittacine birds, has been detected in multiple tissues of infected birds using immunohistochemical staining (IHC) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). In the current study, real-time RT-PCR, using primers targeting the ABV matrix gene, was used to detect ABV in 146 tissues from 7 ABV-infected psittacine birds. Eighty-six percent of the samples tested positive, with crossing point values ranging from 13.82 to 37.82 and a mean of 22.3. These results were compared to the findings of a previous study using gel-based RT-PCR and IHC on the same samples. The agreement between the 2 RT-PCR techniques was 91%; when tests disagreed it was because samples were negative using gel-based RT-PCR but positive on real-time RT-PCR. Agreement with IHC was 77%; 16 out of 74 samples were negative using IHC but positive on real-time RT-PCR. The results suggest that real-time RT-PCR is a more sensitive technique than gel-based RT-PCR and IHC to detect ABV in tissues. The tissues that were ranked most frequently as having a high amount of viral RNA were proventriculus, kidney, colon, cerebrum, and cerebellum. Skeletal muscle, on the other hand, was found to have a consistently low amount of viral RNA.

  2. Aberrant functional connectome in neurologically asymptomatic patients with end-stage renal disease.

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    Xiaofen Ma

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the topological organization of intrinsic functional brain networks in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD.Resting-state functional MRI data were collected from 22 patients with ESRD (16 men, 18-61 years and 29 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HCs, 19 men, 32-61 years. Whole-brain functional networks were obtained by calculating the interregional correlation of low-frequency fluctuations in spontaneous brain activity among 1,024 parcels that cover the entire cerebrum. Weighted graph-based models were then employed to topologically characterize these networks at different global, modular and nodal levels.Compared to HCs, the patients exhibited significant disruption in parallel information processing over the whole networks (P < 0.05. The disruption was present in all the functional modules (default mode, executive control, sensorimotor and visual networks although decreased functional connectivity was observed only within the default mode network. Regional analysis showed that the disease disproportionately weakened nodal efficiency of the default mode components and tended to preferentially affect central or hub-like regions. Intriguingly, the network abnormalities correlated with biochemical hemoglobin and serum calcium levels in the patients. Finally, the functional changes were substantively unchanged after correcting for gray matter atrophy in the patients.Our findings provide evidence for the disconnection nature of ESRD's brain and therefore have important implications for understanding the neuropathologic substrate of the disease from disrupted network organization perspective.

  3. Serial MRI Features of Canine GM1 Gangliosidosis: A Possible Imaging Biomarker for Diagnosis and Progression of the Disease

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    Daisuke Hasegawa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available GM1 gangliosidosis is a fatal neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease caused by an autosomal recessively inherited deficiency of β-galactosidase activity. Effective therapies need to be developed to treat the disease. In Shiba Inu dogs, one of the canine GM1 gangliosidosis models, neurological signs of the disease, including ataxia, start at approximately 5 months of age and progress until the terminal stage at 12 to 15 months of age. In the present study, serial MR images were taken of an affected dog from a model colony of GM1 gangliosidosis and 4 sporadic clinical cases demonstrating the same mutation in order to characterize the MRI features of this canine GM1 gangliosidosis. By 2 months of age at the latest and persisting until the terminal stage of the disease, the MR findings consistently displayed diffuse hyperintensity in the white matter of the entire cerebrum on T2-weighted images. In addition, brain atrophy manifested at 9 months of age and progressed thereafter. Although a definitive diagnosis depends on biochemical and genetic analyses, these MR characteristics could serve as a diagnostic marker in suspect animals with or without neurological signs. Furthermore, serial changes in MR images could be used as a biomarker to noninvasively monitor the efficacy of newly developed therapeutic strategies.

  4. Pain and motor processing in the human cerebellum.

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    Coombes, Stephen A; Misra, Gaurav

    2016-01-01

    Pain-related adaptations in movement require a network architecture that allows for integration across pain and motor circuits. Previous studies addressing this issue have focused on cortical areas such as the midcingulate cortex. Here, we focus on pain and motor processing in the human cerebellum. The goal of this study was to identify areas of activation in the cerebellum, which are common to pain and motor processing, and to determine whether the activation is limited to the superior and inferior cerebellar motor maps or extends into multimodal areas of the posterior cerebellum. Our observations identified overlapping activity in left and right lobules VI and VIIb during pain and motor processing. Activation in these multimodal regions persisted when pain and motor processes were combined within the same trial, and activation in contralateral left lobule VIIb persisted when stimulation was controlled for. Functional connectivity analyses revealed significant correlations in the BOLD time series between multimodal cerebellar regions and sensorimotor regions in the cerebrum including anterior midcingulate cortex, supplementary motor area, and thalamus. The current findings are the first to show multimodal processing in lobules VI and VIIb for motor control and pain processing and suggest that the posterior cerebellum may be important in understanding pain-related adaptations in motor control.

  5. Regional infant brain development: an MRI-based morphometric analysis in 3 to 13 month olds.

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    Choe, Myong-Sun; Ortiz-Mantilla, Silvia; Makris, Nikos; Gregas, Matt; Bacic, Janine; Haehn, Daniel; Kennedy, David; Pienaar, Rudolph; Caviness, Verne S; Benasich, April A; Grant, P Ellen

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    Elucidation of infant brain development is a critically important goal given the enduring impact of these early processes on various domains including later cognition and language. Although infants' whole-brain growth rates have long been available, regional growth rates have not been reported systematically. Accordingly, relatively less is known about the dynamics and organization of typically developing infant brains. Here we report global and regional volumetric growth of cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem with gender dimorphism, in 33 cross-sectional scans, over 3 to 13 months, using T1-weighted 3-dimensional spoiled gradient echo images and detailed semi-automated brain segmentation. Except for the midbrain and lateral ventricles, all absolute volumes of brain regions showed significant growth, with 6 different patterns of volumetric change. When normalized to the whole brain, the regional increase was characterized by 5 differential patterns. The putamen, cerebellar hemispheres, and total cerebellum were the only regions that showed positive growth in the normalized brain. Our results show region-specific patterns of volumetric change and contribute to the systematic understanding of infant brain development. This study greatly expands our knowledge of normal development and in future may provide a basis for identifying early deviation above and beyond normative variation that might signal higher risk for neurological disorders.

  6. Involvement of the Cerebral Monoamine Neurotransmitters System in Antidepressant-Like Effects of a Chinese Herbal Decoction, Baihe Dihuang Tang, in Mice Model

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    Meng-Li Chen

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    Full Text Available Baihe Dihuang Tang (BDT is a renowned Chinese herbal formula which is commonly used for treating patients with mental instability, absentmindedness, insomnia, deficient dysphoria, and other psychological diseases. These major symptoms closely associated with the depressive disorders. BDT was widely popular use for treating emotion-thought disorders for many years in China. In the present study, the antidepressant-like effect of BDT in mice was investigated by using the forced swim test (FST and the tail suspension test (TST. The underlying mechanism was explored by determining the effect of BDT on the level of cerebral monoamine neurotransmitters. BDT (9 and 18 g/kg, p.o. for 14 days administration significantly reduced the immobility time in both the FST and the TST without changing locomotion in the open field-test (OFT. Moreover, BDT treatment at the dose of 18 g/kg inhibited reserpine-induced ptosis. Meanwhile, BDT enhanced 5-HT and NA levels in mouse cerebrum as well as decreased the ratio of 5-HT compared to its metabolite, 5-HIAA, (turnover, 5-HIAA/5-HT after TST. The results demonstrated that the antidepressant-like effect of BDT is mediated, at least partially, via the central monoaminergic neurotransmitter system.

  7. Developmental neurotoxicity of monocrotophos and lead is linked to thyroid disruption

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    B. Kala Kumar

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    Full Text Available Aim: A role of thyroid disruption in developmental neurotoxicity of monocrotophos (MCP and lead is studied. Materials and Methods: A total of 24 female rats after conception were randomized into four groups of six each and treated as follows: Group I - Sham was administered distilled water orally. Group II - A positive control was administered methyl methimazole at 0.02% orally in drinking water. Group III - MCP orally at 0.3 mg/kg and Group IV - Lead acetate at 0.2% orally in drinking water. The drug was administered from gestation day 3 through post-natal day 21 in all the groups. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE inhibition, thyroid profile (thyroid stimulating hormone, T3 and T4, neurodevelopment (brain wet weights, DNA, RNA and protein, and neurobehavioral (elevated plus maze, photoactometry, and Morris water maze parameters were assessed in pups. A histopathology of thyroid of dams and brain of progeny was conducted. Results: Inhibition of AChE was <20%. Thyroid profile decreased in the treatment groups. Neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral parameters did not reveal any significant changes. Thyroid architecture was affected significantly with MCP and lead. Cortical layers too were affected. The three layers of cerebellum either had abnormal arrangement or decreased cellularity in all treated groups relating to thyroid disruption. Conclusion: MCP and lead might have affected the development of cerebrum and cerebellum via thyroid disruption leading to developmental neurotoxicity.

  8. Brain Injury Differences in Frontal Impact Crash Using Different Simulation Strategies

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    Dao Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the real world crashes, brain injury is one of the leading causes of deaths. Using isolated human head finite element (FE model to study the brain injury patterns and metrics has been a simplified methodology widely adopted, since it costs significantly lower computation resources than a whole human body model does. However, the degree of precision of this simplification remains questionable. This study compared these two kinds of methods: (1 using a whole human body model carried on the sled model and (2 using an isolated head model with prescribed head motions, to study the brain injury. The distribution of the von Mises stress (VMS, maximum principal strain (MPS, and cumulative strain damage measure (CSDM was used to compare the two methods. The results showed that the VMS of brain mainly concentrated at the lower cerebrum and occipitotemporal region close to the cerebellum. The isolated head modelling strategy predicted higher levels of MPS and CSDM 5%, while the difference is small in CSDM 10% comparison. It suggests that isolated head model may not equivalently reflect the strain levels below the 10% compared to the whole human body model.

  9. Meningothelial meningioma in a Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus).

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    Chien, Yao-Chun; Lien, Chen-Yeh; Guo, Jun-Cheng; Chin, Shih-Chien; Chang, Ya-Pei; Liu, Chen-Hsuan

    2013-09-01

    A 24-year-old, spayed female Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in the Taipei Zoo (Taipei, Taiwan) showed clinical signs of slowly progressive anorexia, dullness, compulsive pacing, and circling. The animal subsequently developed acute severe stupor and persistent recumbency. Postcontrast study of computed tomography revealed a spheroid, extra-axial mass with strong but heterogeneous hyperattenuation in the left temporal lobe of the cerebrum. At necropsy, a solitary, well-circumscribed intracranial mass measuring 3 cm × 2.5 cm × 2 cm was attached to the left pyriform lobe with compression of the adjacent neuroparenchyma. Cytological examination obtained from the mass revealed large clumps and sheets of cohesive polyhedral cells with round nuclei, wispy cytoplasm, and indistinct cell borders. Microscopically, the mass was composed of densely packed round to polygonal cells arranged in lobules and small nests. Psammoma bodies, xanthomatous change, and cholesterol deposition were also noted. Immunohistochemical staining of the tumor was positive for vimentin, pancytokeratin, cytokeratin (CK)34BE12, neuron-specific enolase, and epithelial membrane antigen, but negative for glial fibrillary acidic protein and S100 protein. The cytological, histological, and immunohistochemical features were compatible with a meningothelial meningioma.

  10. Individual 3D region-of-interest atlas of the human brain: knowledge-based class image analysis for extraction of anatomical objects

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    Wagenknecht, Gudrun; Kaiser, Hans-Juergen; Sabri, Osama; Buell, Udalrich

    2000-06-01

    After neural network-based classification of tissue types, the second step of atlas extraction is knowledge-based class image analysis to get anatomically meaningful objects. Basic algorithms are region growing, mathematical morphology operations, and template matching. A special algorithm was designed for each object. The class label of each voxel and the knowledge about the relative position of anatomical objects to each other and to the sagittal midplane of the brain can be utilized for object extraction. User interaction is only necessary to define starting, mid- and end planes for most object extractions and to determine the number of iterations for erosion and dilation operations. Extraction can be done for the following anatomical brain regions: cerebrum; cerebral hemispheres; cerebellum; brain stem; white matter (e.g., centrum semiovale); gray matter [cortex, frontal, parietal, occipital, temporal lobes, cingulum, insula, basal ganglia (nuclei caudati, putamen, thalami)]. For atlas- based quantification of functional data, anatomical objects can be convoluted with the point spread function of functional data to take into account the different resolutions of morphological and functional modalities. This method allows individual atlas extraction from MRI image data of a patient without the need of warping individual data to an anatomical or statistical MRI brain atlas.

  11. Preparation of 6—[18F]fluoro—L—DOPA and its biodistribution in normal and unilateral PD model rats

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    ZHANGLan; TANGGang-Hua; 等

    2002-01-01

    No-carrier-added 6-[18F] fluoro-L-DOPA(6-FDOPA) was synthesized via a multistep procedure from a commercial available precursor,6-nitroveratraldehyde,The total synthesis time was 75min,with a radiochemical yield of (10±3)%,high radiochemical purity(>99%) and high enantiomeric purity(>95%).The biodistributions of 6-FDOPA in normal and unilateral PD model rats were measured.The results from normal rats showed the expected high concentration of radioactivity in striatum and low distrbutions in cerebrum,cortex and cerebellum.The ration of the radioactivity in striatum to cerebellum reached a peak value(5.9) at 60 min.In unilateral PD model rate.whose substania nigra of the right side had been damaged by pre-treated with 6-OHDA,the radioactive concentration in striatum of the damaged side was significantly lower than that of the undamaged side or that of both sides in striatum of control groups.

  12. Light and transmission electron microscopical changes associated with Leiurus quinqestriatus venom in rabbits

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    Salah H. Afifi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Thirty California female rabbits were obtained from the Animal Care Center, College of Agriculture, South Valley University and acclimated to laboratory conditions for one week. The Leiurus quinquestriatus (LQ venom was collected from mature scorpions by electrical stimulation of the telson. A single dose of crude venom of 0.4 ml/kg (diluted in normal saline with a ratio of 1:1 was injected into a peripheral ear vein. The lungs, brains, hearts, kidneys, were sampled and fixed in 10% formalin from rabbits sacrificed at zero, 30 minutes, 1hr, and 4hrs, post-envenomation (three animals at each sacrifice. Respiratory distress and neurological manifestations were the main clinical signs. Congestion of the lungs was started at one hour postenvenomation. Vascular changes including hyperemia and hemorrhage were also observed till 24 hours post-envenomation. The main histopathological changes of the lungs were edema, hemorrhage, emphysema, and eosinophilic bronchitis. Transmission electron microscopy revealed several eosinophils with abundant granules and breakdown of their membranes suggesting degranulation. The cerebrum showed malacia and edema. Myocardial damage expressed by focal area of myolysis at half-hour post-envenomation and interstitial edema by at 1, and 4 hour post-envenomation was also evident. In conclusion, scorpion venom induced consistent and relevant histopathological changes in all examined organs.

  13. Associations between regional brain volumes at term-equivalent age and development at 2 years of age in preterm children

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    Lind, Annika [Turku University Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Turku (Finland); Aabo Akademi University, Department of Psychology, Turku (Finland); Parkkola, Riitta [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Department of Radiology and Turku PET Center, PO Box 52, Turku (Finland); Lehtonen, Liisa; Maunu, Jonna; Lapinleimu, Helena [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Turku (Finland); Munck, Petriina [Turku University Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Turku (Finland); University of Turku, Department of Psychology, Turku (Finland); Haataja, Leena [University of Turku and Turku University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Turku (Finland)

    2011-08-15

    Altered brain volumes and associations between volumes and developmental outcomes have been reported in prematurely born children. To assess which regional brain volumes are different in very low birth weight (VLBW) children without neurodevelopmental impairments ([NDI] cerebral palsy, hearing loss, blindness and significantly delayed cognitive performance) compared with VLBW children with NDI, and to evaluate the association between regional brain volumes at term-equivalent age and cognitive development and neurological performance at a corrected age of 2 years. The study group consisted of a regional cohort of 164 VLBW children, divided into one group of children without NDI (n = 148) and one group of children with NDI (n = 16). Brain (MRI) was performed at term-equivalent age, from which brain volumes were manually analysed. Cognitive development was assessed with the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II (BSID-II), and neurological performance with the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination at the corrected age of 2 years. The volumes of total brain tissue, cerebrum, frontal lobes, basal ganglia and thalami, and cerebellum were significantly smaller, and the volume of the ventricles significantly larger, in the children with NDI than in those without NDI. Even in children without NDI, a smaller cerebellar volume was significantly correlated with poor neurological performance at 2 years of corrected age. Volumetric analysis at brain MRI can provide an additional parameter for early prediction of outcome in VLBW children. (orig.)

  14. A dominância lateral em 182 crianças: 2. o ato motor consciente The lateral dominance in 182 children: 2. the conscious motor action

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    Ceme Ferreira jordy

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available Resultados parciais de exame neurológico em 182 crianças normais com idades entre 6 e 14 anos são discutidos quanto ao surgimento das praxias na interação indivíduo-universo em relação com a dominância lateral. Com respeito aos presentes resultados e com referência a dados da literatura é delineada uma hipótese sobre a relação do processo consciente com o ato motor.The mechanisms and topology of the consciousness phenomenon are briefly presented. The present results and data from literature are used to point out that to localize in one certain part of the cerebrum the conscious process seems untenable. These results derive from the neurological examination on 182 normal children from 6 to 14 years old. The children's motor behaviour during the tests on 'praxia without object' shows the conscious process and attention to be attached to the motor action in the whole extension of its development. Therefore, the consciousness is considered such a process that is present at each moment and locus of the motor action. As pointed out by the present results, it seems that presence or absence of consciouness is regulated by intrapsychic mechanisms.

  15. Correlation of auditory brain stem response and the MRI measurements in neuro-degenerative disorders

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    Kamei, Hidekazu (Tokyo Women' s Medical Coll. (Japan))

    1989-06-01

    The purpose of this study is to elucidate correlations of several MRI measurements of the cranium and brain, functioning as a volume conductor, to the auditory brain stem response (ABR) in neuro-degenerative disorders. The subjects included forty-seven patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) and sixteen of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Statistically significant positive correlations were found between I-V and III-V interpeak latencies (IPLs) and the area of cranium and brain in the longitudinal section of SCD patients, and between I-III and III-V IPLs and the area in the longitudinal section of those with ALS. And, also there were statistically significant correlations between the amplitude of the V wave and the area of brain stem as well as that of the cranium in the longitudinal section of SCD patients, and between the amplitude of the V wave and the area of the cerebrum in the longitudinal section of ALS. In conclusion, in the ABR, the IPLs were prolonged and the amplitude of the V wave was decreased while the MRI size of the cranium and brain increased. When the ABR is applied to neuro-degenerative disorders, it might be important to consider not only the conduction of the auditory tracts in the brain stem, but also the correlations of the size of the cranium and brain which act as a volume conductor. (author).

  16. MRI Features of Intracranial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors in Adults:Comparing with Histopathological Findings

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    石浩军; 孔祥泉; 徐海波; 徐丽莹; 刘定西

    2004-01-01

    Summary: The MRI appearances of 7 adult patients with pathologically proven intracranial primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET) were retrospectively analyzed. The MRI features were compared with findings in pathology and surgery. In this group, the tumor masses were most commonly found in the semisphere of cerebrum and in the vermis of cerebellum. They were relatively large and 4 were in lobulated shape. All of them had well-defined margins. MR images showed the tumors to be mildly or obviously hypointense on Ti-weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images. Most masses had heterogeneous appearances with some cystic and necrotic areas. Intratumoral haemorrhage and focal calcification were occasionally seen. Mostly, there was no or only mild surrounding edema. Marked inhomogeneous contrast enhancement on MRI was seen in 6 cases except one. Two patients with multiple intracranial metastases were revealed on MR images. In this series, there was good correlation between MRI features and findings in pathology and surgery.These results showed that certain MRI features might suggest the diagnosis of intracranial PNET in adults. MRI is an effective technique to detect these tumors and is helpful to treatment planning and follow-up.

  17. Modeling brain injury response for rotational velocities of varying directions and magnitudes.

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    Weaver, Ashley A; Danelson, Kerry A; Stitzel, Joel D

    2012-09-01

    An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. To investigate the effects of rotational motions on TBI risk and location, this study modeled rotational velocities of five magnitudes and 26 directions of rotation using the Simulated Injury Monitor finite element brain model. The volume fraction of the total brain exceeding a predetermined strain threshold, the Cumulative Strain Damage Measure (CSDM), was investigated to evaluate global model response. To evaluate regional response, this metric was computed relative to individual brain structures and termed the Structure Cumulative Strain Damage Measure (SCSDM). CSDM increased as input magnitude increased and varied with the direction of rotation. CSDM was 0.55-1.7 times larger in simulations with transverse plane rotation compared to those without transverse plane rotation. The largest SCSDM in the cerebrum and brainstem occurred with rotations in the transverse and sagittal planes, respectively. Velocities causing medial rotation of the cerebellum resulted in the largest SCSDM in this structure. For velocities of the same magnitude, injury risk calculated from CSDM varied from 0 to 97% with variations in the direction of rotation. These findings demonstrate injury risk, as estimated by CSDM and SCSDM, is affected by the direction of rotation and input magnitude, and these may be important considerations for injury prediction.

  18. Ventricular and extraventricular ependymal tumors in 18 cats.

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    Woolford, L; de Lahunta, A; Baiker, K; Dobson, E; Summers, B A

    2013-03-01

    Ependymal tumors are reported rarely in domestic animals. The aims of this study were to examine the clinical and pathologic features of ventricular and extraventricular ependymomas and subependymomas in 18 domestic cats examined between 1978 and 2011. Parameters examined included age, sex, breed, clinical signs, and macroscopic and histopathologic features. The mean age of affected cats was 9 years, 4 months; median age, 8.5 years. There were 8 female and 4 male cats, and 6 cats for which sex was not recorded. Breeds included 10 domestic shorthaired, 2 domestic longhaired, 1 Persian, and 1 Siamese. Clinical signs included altered mentation or behavior, seizures, circling, propulsive gait, generalized discomfort, and loss of condition. The tumors often formed intraventricular masses and usually arose from the lining of the lateral or third ventricles, followed by the fourth ventricle, mesencephalic aqueduct, and spinal cord central canal. Three tumors were extraventricular, forming masses within the cerebrum and adjacent subarachnoid space. Histologically, 15 tumors were classified as variants of ependymomas (classic, papillary, tanycytic, or clear cell) and 3 as subependymomas. Tumors were generally well demarcated; however, 6 ependymomas focally or extensively infiltrated the adjacent neural parenchyma. Characteristic perivascular pseudorosettes were observed in all ependymomas; true rosettes were less common. Some tumors had areas of necrosis, mineralization, cholesterol clefts, and/or hemorrhage. This cohort study of feline ependymal tumors includes subependymoma and primary extraventricular ependymoma, variants not previously described in the veterinary literature but well recognized in humans.

  19. Headache Following Occipital Brain Lesion: A Case of Migraine Triggered by Occipital Spikes?

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    Vollono, Catello; Mariotti, Paolo; Losurdo, Anna; Giannantoni, Nadia Mariagrazia; Mazzucchi, Edoardo; Valentini, Piero; De Rose, Paola; Della Marca, Giacomo

    2015-10-01

    This study describes the case of an 8-year-old boy who developed a genuine migraine after the surgical excision, from the right occipital lobe, of brain abscesses due to selective infestation of the cerebrum by Entamoeba histolytica. After the surgical treatment, the boy presented daily headaches with typical migraine features, including right-side parieto-temporal pain, nausea, vomiting, and photophobia. Electroencephalography (EEG) showed epileptiform discharges in the right occipital lobe, although he never presented seizures. Clinical and neurophysiological observations were performed, including video-EEG and polygraphic recordings. EEG showed "interictal" epileptiform discharges in the right occipital lobe. A prolonged video-EEG recording performed before, during, and after an acute attack ruled out ictal or postictal migraine. In this boy, an occipital lesion caused occipital epileptiform EEG discharges without seizures, probably prevented by the treatment. We speculate that occipital spikes, in turn, could have caused a chronic headache with features of migraine without aura. Occipital epileptiform discharges, even in absence of seizures, may trigger a genuine migraine, probably by means of either the trigeminovascular or brainstem system.

  20. Trousseau's Syndrome Caused by Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma: An Autopsy Case Report and Literature Review

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    Takashi Yuri

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available An autopsy case report of Trousseau's syndrome caused by intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is presented, and seven previously reported cases are reviewed. A 73-year-old woman experiencing light-headedness and dementia of unknown cause for 6 months developed severe hypotonia. A hypointense lesion compatible with acute cerebral infarction was detected by magnetic resonance imaging. Abdominal computed tomography revealed an ill-defined large liver mass in the right lobe. The mass was not further investigated because of the patient's poor condition. She died of multiple organ failure, and an autopsy was conducted. Postmortem examination revealed intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, fibrous vegetations on the mitral valves and multiple thromboemboli in the cerebrum, spleen and rectum. Trousseau's syndrome is defined as an idiopathic thromboembolism in patients with undiagnosed or concomitantly diagnosed malignancy. This syndrome is encountered frequently in patients with mucin-producing carcinomas, while the incidence in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is uncommon. We found that tissue factor and mucin tumor marker (CA19-9, CA15-3 and CA-125 expression in cancer cells may be involved in the pathogenesis of thromboembolism. A patient with unexplained thromboembolism may have occult visceral malignancy; thus, mucin tumor markers may indicate the origin of a mucin-producing carcinoma, and postmortem examination may play an important role in revealing the hidden malignancy.

  1. Primo Vascular System in the Subarachnoid Space of a Mouse Brain

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    Sang-Ho Moon

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Recently, a novel circulatory system, the primo vascular system (PVS, was found in the brain ventricles and in the central canal of the spinal cord of a rat. The aim of the current work is to detect the PVS along the transverse sinuses between the cerebrum and the cerebellum of a mouse brain. Materials and Methods. The PVS in the subarachnoid space was analyzed after staining with 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI and phalloidin in order to identify the PVS. With confocal microscopy and polarization microscopy, the primo vessel underneath the sagittal sinus was examined. The primo nodes under the transversal sinuses were observed after peeling off the dura and pia maters of the brain. Results. The primo vessel underneath the superior sagittal sinus was observed and showed linear optical polarization, similarly to the rabbit and the rat cases. The primo nodes were observed under the left and the right transverse sinuses at distances of 3,763 μm and 5,967 μm. The average size was 155 μm × 248 μm. Conclusion. The observation of primo vessels was consistent with previous observations in rabbits and rats, and primo nodes under the transverse sinuses were observed for the first time in this work.

  2. Hematological manifestations of primary mitochondrial disorders.

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    Finsterer, Josef

    2007-01-01

    At onset mitochondrial disorders (MID) frequently manifest as a mono-organic problem but turn into multisystem disease during the disease course in most of the cases. Organs/tissues most frequently affected in MID are the cerebrum, peripheral nerves, and the skeletal muscle. Additionally, most of the inner organs may be affected alone or in combination. Hematological manifestations of MID include aplastic, megaloblastic, or sideroblastic anemia, leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, or pancytopenia. In single cases either permanent or recurrent eosinophilia has been observed. Hematological abnormalities may occur together with syndromic or nonsyndromic MIDs. Syndromic MIDs, in which hematological manifestations predominate, are the Pearson syndrome (pancytopenia), Kearns-Sayre syndrome (anemia), Barth syndrome (neutropenia), and the autosomal recessive mitochondrial myopathy, lactic acidosis and sideroblastic anemia syndrome. In single cases with Leigh's syndrome, MERRF (myoclonic epilepsy and ragged-red fiber) syndrome, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, and Friedreich's ataxia anemia has been described. Anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, eosinophilia, or pancytopenia can frequently also be found in nonsyndromic MIDs with or without involvement of other tissues. Therapy of blood cell involvement in MID comprises application of antioxidants, vitamins, iron, bone marrow-stimulating factors, or substitution of cells.

  3. Heterogeneity in subcortical brain development: A structural magnetic resonance imaging study of brain maturation from 8 to 30 years.

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    Ostby, Ylva; Tamnes, Christian K; Fjell, Anders M; Westlye, Lars T; Due-Tønnessen, Paulina; Walhovd, Kristine B

    2009-09-23

    Brain development during late childhood and adolescence is characterized by decreases in gray matter (GM) and increases in white matter (WM) and ventricular volume. The dynamic nature of development across different structures is, however, not well understood, and the present magnetic resonance imaging study took advantage of a whole-brain segmentation approach to describe the developmental trajectories of 16 neuroanatomical volumes in the same sample of children, adolescents, and young adults (n = 171; range, 8-30 years). The cerebral cortex, cerebral WM, caudate, putamen, pallidum, accumbens area, hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, brainstem, cerebellar GM, cerebellar WM, lateral ventricles, inferior lateral ventricles, third ventricle, and fourth ventricle were studied. The cerebral cortex was further analyzed in terms of lobar thickness and surface area. The results revealed substantial heterogeneity in developmental trajectories. GM decreased nonlinearly in the cerebral cortex and linearly in the caudate, putamen, pallidum, accumbens, and cerebellar GM, whereas the amygdala and hippocampus showed slight, nonlinear increases in GM volume. WM increased nonlinearly in both the cerebrum and cerebellum, with an earlier maturation in cerebellar WM. In addition to similarities in developmental trajectories within subcortical regions, our results also point to differences between structures within the same regions: among the basal ganglia, the caudate showed a weaker relationship with age than the putamen and pallidum, and in the cerebellum, differences were found between GM and WM development. These results emphasize the importance of studying a wide range of structural variables in the same sample, for a broader understanding of brain developmental principles.

  4. Memory deficit associated with increased brain proinflammatory cytokine levels and neurodegeneration in acute ischemic stroke

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    Bruno Silva

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to investigate behavioral changes and neuroinflammatory process following left unilateral common carotid artery occlusion (UCCAO, a model of cerebral ischemia. Post-ischemic behavioral changes following 15 min UCCAO were recorded 24 hours after reperfusion. The novel object recognition task was used to assess learning and memory. After behavioral test, brains from sham and ischemic mice were removed and processed to evaluate central nervous system pathology by TTC and H&E techniques as well as inflammatory mediators by ELISA. UCCAO promoted long-term memory impairment after reperfusion. Infarct areas were observed in the cerebrum by TTC stain. Moreover, the histopathological analysis revealed cerebral necrotic cavities surrounded by ischemic neurons and hippocampal neurodegeneration. In parallel with memory dysfunction, brain levels of TNF-a, IL-1b and CXCL1 were increased post ischemia compared with sham-operated group. These findings suggest an involvement of central nervous system inflammatory mediators and brain damage in cognitive impairment following unilateral acute ischemia.

  5. Pathogenesis of infection with 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus in isogenic guinea pigs after intranasal or intratracheal inoculation.

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    Wiersma, Lidewij C M; Vogelzang-van Trierum, Stella E; van Amerongen, Geert; van Run, Peter; Nieuwkoop, Nella J; Ladwig, Mechtild; Banneke, Stefanie; Schaefer, Hubert; Kuiken, Thijs; Fouchier, Ron A M; Osterhaus, Albert D M E; Rimmelzwaan, Guus F

    2015-03-01

    To elucidate the pathogenesis and transmission of influenza virus, the ferret model is typically used. To investigate protective immune responses, the use of inbred mouse strains has proven invaluable. Here, we describe a study with isogenic guinea pigs, which would uniquely combine the advantages of the mouse and ferret models for influenza virus infection. Strain 2 isogenic guinea pigs were inoculated with H1N1pdm09 influenza virus A/Netherlands/602/09 by the intranasal or intratracheal route. Viral replication kinetics were assessed by determining virus titers in nasal swabs and respiratory tissues, which were also used to assess histopathologic changes and the number of infected cells. In all guinea pigs, virus titers peaked in nasal secretions at day 2 after inoculation. Intranasal inoculation resulted in higher virus excretion via the nose and higher virus titers in the nasal turbinates than intratracheal inoculation. After intranasal inoculation, infectious virus was recovered only from nasal epithelium; after intratracheal inoculation, it was recovered also from trachea, lung, and cerebrum. Histopathologic changes corresponded with virus antigen distribution, being largely limited to nasal epithelium for intranasally infected guinea pigs and more widespread in the respiratory tract for intratracheally infected guinea pigs. In summary, isogenic guinea pigs show promise as a model to investigate the role of humoral and cell-mediated immunities to influenza and their effect on virus transmission.

  6. Surgical Treatment of a Chronic Brain Abscess and Growing Skull Fracture in a Dog

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    Amy W. Hodshon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 2-year-old female spayed Miniature Dachshund was presented for seizures and right prosencephalic signs. A multiloculated, ring-enhancing mass in the right cerebrum associated with dilation of the right lateral ventricle and brain herniation was seen on magnetic resonance imaging. An irregular calvarial defect with smoothly scalloped edges was seen overlying the mass on computed tomography. The mass was removed via craniectomy and was diagnosed as a chronic brain abscess caused by Peptostreptococcus anaerobius. The patient was maintained on antibiotics for 12 weeks. Follow-up MRI performed 14 weeks after surgery confirmed complete removal of the abscess as well as a contrast-enhancing collection of extra-axial material consistent with a chronic subdural hematoma. The neurologic abnormalities, including seizures, have improved in the 44 months since surgery. Brain abscesses in dogs can have an insidious clinical course prior to causing serious neurologic deterioration. Ventricular entrapment by an intracranial mass can contribute to acute neurologic decline. If surgically accessible, outcome following removal of a brain abscess can be excellent; aerobic and anaerobic bacterial culture should be performed in these cases. Subdural hematoma can occur following removal of a large intracranial mass. Growing skull fractures can occur in dogs but may not require specific surgical considerations.

  7. An additional manifestation in acrocallosal syndrome: temporal lobe hypoplasia.

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    Aykut, A; Cogulu, O; Ekmekci, A Y; Ozkinay, F

    2008-01-01

    Acrocallosal Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which is characterized by moderate to severe mental retardation, agenesis or hypoplasia of the corpus callosum and polydactyly of fingers and toes. The spectrum of this syndrome is very variable. Prominent forehead, broad nasal bridge, short nose and mandible, hypertelorism, epicanthic folds, large anterior fontanelle and tapered fingers, omphalocele and inguinal hernia are some other common findings in this syndrome. Twenty percent of the patients have associated brain abnormalities such as cerebral atrophy, hypothalamic dysfunction, small cerebrum, micropolygyria, hypoplasia of pons, hypoplasia of cerebellar hemispheres, hypoplasia of medulla oblongata, agenesis or hypoplasia of cerebellar vermis and corpus callosum abnormalities. Here we present a 10-month-old female infant with clinical and radiological findings indicative of acrocallosal syndrome. She was noted to have craniofacial abnormalities suggestive of acrocallosal syndrome, optic atrophy and polydactyly. MRI revealed cerebral atrophy, corpus callosum agenesis, dilated lateral ventricules and unilateral right temporal lobe hypoplasia, the latter not previously reported in the spectrum of this syndrome. Based on this observation we conclude the importance of screening brain abnormalities and present temporal lobe hypoplasia as a new additional anomaly in this syndrome.

  8. The interaction of acetylcholine receptors in porcine atrial membranes with three kinds of G proteins.

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    Haga, T; Ikegaya, T; Haga, K

    1990-09-01

    We developed a simple procedure to detect the interaction of muscarinic receptors in atrial membranes with exogenous GTP-binding proteins (G proteins). The procedure consists of mixing atrial membranes with G proteins in the presence of sodium cholate, diluting the mixture with a salt buffer and then measuring the ligand binding activity. The displacement by carbachol of [3H] QNB binding to muscarinic receptors in the atrial membranes was not affected by guanine nucleotides when the membranes had been treated at 60 degrees C for 30 min or with N-ethylmeleimide (NEM) and became affected by them after mixing the heat- or NEM-treated membranes with G proteins. The displacement curves in the presence of GTP were essentially the same irrespective of the presence or absence of G proteins. Those in the absence of GTP shifted to a lower concentration of carbachol with addition of a higher concentration of G proteins, indicating an increase in GTP-sensitive high affinity agonist binding sites. The highest affinity for carbachol was detected with membranes treated with NEM and then mixed with G proteins. The GTP-sensitive high affinity agonist binding could be detected with any one of three kinds of G proteins (Gi, Go, Gn) which were purified from porcine cerebrum, indicating that the muscarinic receptor m2 subtype may interact with and possibly activate these three kinds of G proteins.

  9. Neck Flexion Induces Larger Deformation of the Brain Than Extension at a Rotational Acceleration, Closed Head Trauma

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    Hans-Arne Hansson

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A closed head trauma induces incompletely characterized temporary movement and deformation of the brain, contributing to the primary traumatic brain injury. We used the pressure patterns recorded with light-operated miniature sensors in anaesthetized adult rabbits exposed to a sagittal plane rotational acceleration of the head, lasting 1 ms, as a measure of brain deformation. Two exposure levels were used and scaled to correspond to force levels reported to cause mild and moderate diffuse injury in an adult man, respectively. Flexion induced transient, strong, extended, and predominantly negative pressures while extension generated a short positive pressure peak followed by a minor negative peak. Low level flexion caused as strong, extended negative pressures as did high level extension. Time differences were demonstrated between the deformation of the cerebrum, brainstem, and cerebellum. Available X-ray and MRI techniques do not have as high time resolution as pressure recordings in demonstrating complex, sequential compression and stretching of the brain during a trauma. The exposure to flexion caused more protracted and extensive deformation of the brain than extension, in agreement with a published histopathological report. The severity and extent of the brain deformation generated at a head trauma thus related to the direction at equal force.

  10. [Histostructural changes of rat cerebral cortex during hemorrhagic stroke modeling].

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    Savos'ko, S I; Chaĭkovs'kyĭ, Iu B; Pogoriela, N Kh; Makarenko, O M

    2012-01-01

    Pathological changes during modeling of primary and secondary acute hemorrhagic stroke were studied in rats. We revealed differences in the activity of pharmacological action of medications under condition of acute stroke. The action of medications increased viability of neurons in both hemispheres of rat cerebrum at a right-side primary and secondary hemorrhagic stroke. Following secondary stroke, the amount of degenerative neurons amounted 25.5 +/- 0.8 cells/mm2, following the action ofcerebrolysin this value was 17.6 +/- 1.7 cells/ mm2 and after the action of cortexine and cerebral this value amounted 18.0 +/- 0.9 cells/mm2 and 10.7 +/- 0.4 cells/ mm2, respectively. In control animals the number of degenerative neurons did not exceed 2% and averaged 1.5 +/- 0.1 cells/mm2. Analysis of the morphological and statistical data showed that the most effective remedies under the primary and secondary hemorrhagic insult are cortexine and cerebral. Cerebral was found to be more effective.

  11. Voxel-based analysis of diffusion tensor indices in the brain in patients with Parkinson's disease

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    Zhang Kaiyuan, E-mail: kaiyuanzhang@yahoo.cn [Department of Radiology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053 (China); Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Capital Medical University, Ministry of Education (China); Yu Chunshui, E-mail: chunshuiyu826@yahoo.com.cn [Department of Radiology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053 (China); Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Capital Medical University, Ministry of Education (China); Zhang Yujin, E-mail: zyjinjin@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Wu Xiaoli, E-mail: wendy2006315@126.com [Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Capital Medical University, Ministry of Education (China) and Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053 (China); Zhu Chaozhe, E-mail: czzhu@bnu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Chan Piu, E-mail: pbchan@bjsap.org [Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Capital Medical University, Ministry of Education (China); Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053 (China); Li Kuncheng, E-mail: likuncheng1955@yahoo.com.cn [Department of Radiology, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053 (China); Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Capital Medical University, Ministry of Education (China)

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: To investigate the abnormal diffusion in cerebral white matter and its relationship with the olfactory dysfunction in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) through diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Materials and methods: Diffusion tensor imaging of the cerebrum was performed in 25 patients with Parkinson's disease and 25 control subjects matched for age and sex. Differences in fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) between these two groups were studied by voxel-based analysis of the DTI data. Correlations between diffusion indices and the olfactory function in PD patients were evaluated using the multiple regression model after controlling for the duration of the disease, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Sale (UPDRS), and age. Results: The damaged white and gray matter showed decreased FA or increased MD, localized bilaterally in the cerebellar and orbitofrontal cortex. In addition, in PD patients there was a positive correlation between FA values in the white matter of the left cerebellum and the thresholds of olfactory identification (TOI) and a negative correlation between MD values in the white matter of right cerebellum and the TOI. Conclusion: In patients with PD, there was disruption in the cerebellar white matter which may play an important role in the olfactory dysfunction in patients with Parkinson's disease.

  12. Malingering and factitious disorder (Münchausen-syndrome can be mitochondrial

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    Josef Finsterer

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Malingering and factitious disorder (Münchausen-syndrome has not been reported as a manifestation of a mitochondrial-disorder (MID. Here, we report a 46 years-old female with a MID due to a combined complex I-IV defect, manifesting in the cerebrum, muscle, bone marrow, kidneys, and the endocrine glands. Myopathy showed up as myalgia, easy fatigability, ptosis, and abnormal muscle biopsy. Endocrine involvement manifested as short stature and thyroid dysfunction. Involvement of the kidneys manifested as mild Fanconi syndrome. Bone marrow affection resulted in iron-deficient, chronic anemia with elevated transferrin. Cerebral manifestations included epilepsy with rare epileptic and frequent psychogenic seizures, and malingering and factitious disorder (Münchausen-syndrome. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging was normal. Since malingering-disorder dominated the phenotype, the patient was in the majority of the cases not taken seriously, resulting in 175 hospital admissions over 20 years, repeated expensive diagnostic work-ups and huge amount of avoidable interventions. MIDs also manifest as malingering personality disorder (Münchausen-syndrome but normal cerebral imaging. Management of such patients could be difficult for institutions not familiar with MIDs and facilitated and improved if these patients are taken seriously and treated at departments particularly dedicated to handle MIDs.

  13. Protective Effect and Mechanism of Total Flavones from Rhododendron simsii Planch on Endothelium-Dependent Dilatation and Hyperpolarization in Cerebral Ischemia-Reperfusion and Correlation to Hydrogen Sulphide Release in Rats

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    Full Text Available We for the first time investigated the effect and mechanism of the total flavones of Rhododendron simsii Planch (TFR, a widely-used Chinese herb for a thousand years, on vasodilatation and hyperpolarization in middle cerebral artery (MCA of rats subject to global cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (CIR. TFR (11~2700 mg/L evoked dose-dependent vasodilation and hyperpolarization in MCA of both sham and CIR that were partially inhibited by 30 μM N-nitro-L-arginine-methyl-ester and 10 μM indomethacin and further attenuated by endogenous H2S synthese-CSE inhibitor PPG (100 μM or Ca2+-activated potassium channel (Kca inhibitor TEA (1 mM. In whole-cell patch clamp recording, TFR remarkably enhanced the outward current that was inhibited by TEA. CIR increased CSE mRNA expression and the contents of H2S that were further increased by TFR. We conclude that, in MCA of CIR rats, TFR induces non-NO and non-PGI2-mediated effects of vasodilatation and hyperpolarization involving Kca and increases CSE mRNA expression level in endothelial cells and H2S content in the cerebrum. These findings suggest that the response induced by TFR is potentially related to endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor mediated by the endogenous H2S and promote the use of TFR in protection of brain from ischemia-reperfusion injury.

  14. Nardosinone improves the proliferation, migration and selective differentiation of mouse embryonic neural stem cells.

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    Full Text Available In this study, we investigated the impact of Nardosinone, a bioactive component in Nardostachys root, on the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells. The neural stem cells were isolated from cerebrums of embryonic day 14 CD1 mice. The proliferation of cells was monitored using the cell counting kit-8 assay, bromodeoxyuridine incorporation and cell cycle analysis. Cell migration and differentiation were investigated with the neurosphere assay and cell specific markers, respectively. The results showed that Nardosinone promotes cells proliferation and increases cells migration distance in a dose-dependent manner. Nardosinone also induces the selective differentiation of neural stem cells to neurons and oligodendrocytes, as indicated by the expression of microtubule-associated protein-2 and myelin basic protein, respectively. Nardosinone also increases the expression of phospho-extracellular signal-regulated kinase and phospho-cAMP response element binding protein during proliferation and differentiation. In conclusion, this study reveals the regulatory effects of Nardosinone on neural stem cells, which may have significant implications for the treatment of brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases.

  15. Oligodendrocyte Injury and Pathogenesis of HIV-1-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

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    Han Liu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Oligodendrocytes wrap neuronal axons to form myelin, an insulating sheath which is essential for nervous impulse conduction along axons. Axonal myelination is highly regulated by neuronal and astrocytic signals and the maintenance of myelin sheaths is a very complex process. Oligodendrocyte damage can cause axonal demyelination and neuronal injury, leading to neurological disorders. Demyelination in the cerebrum may produce cognitive impairment in a variety of neurological disorders, including human immunodeficiency virus type one (HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND. Although the combined antiretroviral therapy has markedly reduced the incidence of HIV-1-associated dementia, a severe form of HAND, milder forms of HAND remain prevalent even when the peripheral viral load is well controlled. HAND manifests as a subcortical dementia with damage in the brain white matter (e.g., corpus callosum, which consists of myelinated axonal fibers. How HIV-1 brain infection causes myelin injury and resultant white matter damage is an interesting area of current HIV research. In this review, we tentatively address recent progress on oligodendrocyte dysregulation and HAND pathogenesis.

  16. Differential gene expression from genome-wide microarray analyses distinguishes Lohmann Selected Leghorn and Lohmann Brown layers.

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    Full Text Available The Lohmann Selected Leghorn (LSL and Lohmann Brown (LB layer lines have been selected for high egg production since more than 50 years and belong to the worldwide leading commercial layer lines. The objectives of the present study were to characterize the molecular processes that are different among these two layer lines using whole genome RNA expression profiles. The hens were kept in the newly developed small group housing system Eurovent German with two different group sizes. Differential expression was observed for 6,276 microarray probes (FDR adjusted P-value <0.05 among the two layer lines LSL and LB. A 2-fold or greater change in gene expression was identified on 151 probe sets. In LSL, 72 of the 151 probe sets were up- and 79 of them were down-regulated. Gene ontology (GO enrichment analysis accounting for biological processes evinced 18 GO-terms for the 72 probe sets with higher expression in LSL, especially those taking part in immune system processes and membrane organization. A total of 32 enriched GO-terms were determined among the 79 down-regulated probe sets of LSL. Particularly, these terms included phosphorus metabolic processes and signaling pathways. In conclusion, the phenotypic differences among the two layer lines LSL and LB are clearly reflected in their gene expression profiles of the cerebrum. These novel findings provide clues for genes involved in economically important line characteristics of commercial laying hens.

  17. Abnormal regional homogeneity as potential imaging biomarker for psychosis risk syndrome: a resting-state fMRI study and support vector machine analysis.

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    Wang, Shuai; Wang, Guodong; Lv, Hailong; Wu, Renrong; Zhao, Jingping; Guo, Wenbin

    2016-06-08

    Subjects with psychosis risk syndrome (PRS) have structural and functional abnormalities in several brain regions. However, regional functional synchronization of PRS has not been clarified. We recruited 34 PRS subjects and 37 healthy controls. Regional homogeneity (ReHo) of resting-state functional magnetic resonance scans was employed to analyze regional functional synchronization in these participants. Receiver operating characteristic curves and support vector machines were used to detect whether abnormal regional functional synchronization could be utilized to separate PRS subjects from healthy controls. We observed that PRS subjects showed significant ReHo decreases in the left inferior temporal gyrus and increases in the right inferior frontal gyrus and right putamen compared with the controls. No correlations between abnormal regional functional synchronization in these brain regions and clinical characteristics existed. A combination of the ReHo values in the three brain regions showed sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 88.24%, 91.89%, and 90.14%, respectively, for discriminating PRS subjects from healthy controls. We inferred that abnormal regional functional synchronization exists in the cerebrum of PRS subjects, and a combination of ReHo values in these abnormal regions could be applied as potential image biomarker to identify PRS subjects from healthy controls.

  18. Chaotic time series analysis of vision evoked EEG

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    Zhang, Ningning; Wang, Hong

    2010-01-01

    To investigate the human brain activities for aesthetic processing, beautiful woman face picture and ugly buffoon face picture were applied. Twelve subjects were assigned the aesthetic processing task while the electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded. Event-related brain potential (ERP) was required from the 32 scalp electrodes and the ugly buffoon picture produced larger amplitudes for the N1, P2, N2, and late slow wave components. Average ERP from the ugly buffoon picture were larger than that from the beautiful woman picture. The ERP signals shows that the ugly buffoon elite higher emotion waves than the beautiful woman face, because some expression is on the face of the buffoon. Then, chaos time series analysis was carried out to calculate the largest Lyapunov exponent using small data set method and the correlation dimension using G-P algorithm. The results show that the largest Lyapunov exponents of the ERP signals are greater than zero, which indicate that the ERP signals may be chaotic. The correlations dimensions coming from the beautiful woman picture are larger than that from the ugly buffoon picture. The comparison of the correlations dimensions shows that the beautiful face can excite the brain nerve cells. The research in the paper is a persuasive proof to the opinion that cerebrum's work is chaotic under some picture stimuli.

  19. Pathology of Chicken Experimentally Infected with a Avian Influenza Virus,A/goose/Guangdong/2/1996 (H5N1)%一株鹅源H5N1亚型禽流感病毒人工感染鸡的理学研究

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    叶远兰; 刘启宏; 李玉谷

    2012-01-01

    鸡肌肉接种鹅源禽流感病毒A/goose/Guangdong/2/1996 (H5N1)后,引起约70%发病率和60%死亡率,并表现出一些显微和超微病理学变化,主要为全身性充血、淤血、出血和血栓形成,多种器官的细胞变性、坏死、炎症,以及胰腺、肾脏、肝脏、心脏、肺脏、脑、肠、胸腺、脾脏、法氏囊等的细胞凋亡.%Chickens intramuscularly inoculated with a avian influenza virus, A/goose/Guangdong/2/1996(H5Nl) .produced approximately 70% of morbidity and 60% of mortality, and had micropathological and ultrapathological lessions in some degree in multiple organs,such as, systemic hyperemia, congestion, haemorrhage, thrombosis, and cell degeneration,necrosis,and inflammation etc. As well as apoptosis was detected in pancreas, kidney, liver, heart, lung, cerebrum, intestines, thymus, spleen and bursa of fabricius etc.

  20. Fossil skulls reveal that blood flow rate to the brain increased faster than brain volume during human evolution

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    Seymour, Roger S.; Bosiocic, Vanya; Snelling, Edward P.

    2016-08-01

    The evolution of human cognition has been inferred from anthropological discoveries and estimates of brain size from fossil skulls. A more direct measure of cognition would be cerebral metabolic rate, which is proportional to cerebral blood flow rate (perfusion). The hominin cerebrum is supplied almost exclusively by the internal carotid arteries. The sizes of the foramina that transmitted these vessels in life can be measured in hominin fossil skulls and used to calculate cerebral perfusion rate. Perfusion in 11 species of hominin ancestors, from Australopithecus to archaic Homo sapiens, increases disproportionately when scaled against brain volume (the allometric exponent is 1.41). The high exponent indicates an increase in the metabolic intensity of cerebral tissue in later Homo species, rather than remaining constant (1.0) as expected by a linear increase in neuron number, or decreasing according to Kleiber's Law (0.75). During 3 Myr of hominin evolution, cerebral tissue perfusion increased 1.7-fold, which, when multiplied by a 3.5-fold increase in brain size, indicates a 6.0-fold increase in total cerebral blood flow rate. This is probably associated with increased interneuron connectivity, synaptic activity and cognitive function, which all ultimately depend on cerebral metabolic rate.

  1. Development of identification of the central sulcus in brain magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Hayashi, Norio; Sakuta, Keita; Minehiro, Kaori; Takanaga, Masako; Sanada, Shigeru; Suzuki, Masayuki; Miyati, Tosiaki; Yamamoto, Tomoyuki; Matsui, Osamu

    2011-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful in the quantitative evaluation of brain atrophy, because the superior contrast resolution facilitates separation of the gray and white matter. Quantitative assessment of brain atrophy has mainly been performed by manual measurement, which requires considerable time and effort to determine the brain volume. Therefore, computer-aided quantitative measurement methods for the diagnosis of brain atrophy are required. We have developed a method of segmenting the cerebrum, cerebellum-brainstem, and temporal lobe simultaneously on MR images obtained in a single sequence. It is important to measure the volume of not only these regions but also the frontal lobe in clinical use. However, for segmenting the frontal lobe, it is necessary to identify the Sylvian fissure and the central sulcus, which represent boundaries. Here, we developed a method of identifying the central sulcus from MR images obtained with a 1.5 T MRI scanner. The brain and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) regions were segmented using semiautomated segmentation method on MR images. The central sulcus shows an oblique line from the inside to the outside on the convexity view. The almost straight appearance of the central sulcus was used for segmentation of the central sulcus from the segmented CSF images. The central sulcus was identified with this technique in 77% of the images obtained by all sequences. This technique for identifying the central sulcus is very important not only for volumetry, but also for clinical diagnosis.

  2. [Bacillus cereus sepsis and subarachnoid hemorrhage following consolidation chemotherapy for acute myelogenous leukemia].

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    Kawatani, Eri; Kishikawa, Yuki; Sankoda, Chikahiro; Kuwahara, Nobuo; Mori, Daisuke; Osoegawa, Kouichi; Matsuishi, Eijo; Gondo, Hisashi

    2009-04-01

    A 64-year-old man with acute myelogenous leukemia (FAB classification, M7) in remission received consolidation chemotherapy with mitoxantrone/cytosine arabinoside. WBC counts decreased to 0/microl on day 14, and fever (39.3 degrees C) and epigastralgia developed on day 15. Cefozopran was instituted for febrile neutropenia; however, on day 16, he was found to be in cardiac arrest. CT scan on day 16 revealed subarachnoid hemorrhage. Gram-positive rods were isolated from blood cultures on day 15, and were later identified as B.cereus. He recovered transiently, but eventually died on day 19. Postmortem examination demonstrated many colonies of B. cereus in the cerebrum, cerebellum, lung, and liver. Hepatocyte necrosis was also observed in the liver. Bacterial aneurysms or septic emboli were not identified in the arachnoid vessels, but necrosis of cerebral vessels was prominent, which was considered to be the cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage has been reported to be associated with B. cereus sepsis, which developed at nadir following chemotherapy for leukemia patients. Because of the aggressive clinical course of B. cereus sepsis, including the risk for subarachnoid hemorrhage, early treatment with effective antibiotics for B. cereus sepsis would be important in the management of leukemia patients after chemotherapy.

  3. Hepatic encephalopathy in a pregnant mare: identification of histopathological changes in the brain of a mare and fetus.

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    Johns, I C; Del Piero, F; Wilkins, P A

    2007-08-01

    An 11-year-old Thoroughbred broodmare was evaluated for suspected hepatic dysfunction. Clinical signs of hepatic encephalopathy were evident at admission. Hepatic ultrasonographic evaluation revealed an increase in hepatic size, rounded borders and normal echogenicity. There was no evidence of cholelithiasis or bile duct distention. Increased activity of hepatic enzymes, increased bile acid and bilirubin concentration and an increased ammonia concentration were supportive of a diagnosis of hepatic disease and hepatic encephalopathy. Histopathological evaluation of a liver biopsy specimen was consistent with chronic active hepatitis. The mare was treated with intravenous fluids and antimicrobials, pentoxyfilline, branched-chain amino acids and dietary manipulation. Clinical improvement was observed initially; however, 3 weeks later, deterioration in the mare's condition necessitated euthanasia. Pathological lesions at necropsy were restricted to the liver and brain. The liver was diffusely firm with a prominent reticular pattern on the cut surface. A large choledocholith was present in the main bile duct of the left liver lobe. Histopathological examination of the liver revealed severe fibrosis, with hyperplastic bile ducts and mononuclear and neutrophilic inflammation. Pathological changes consistent with hepatic encephalopathy, (Alzheimer type II cells), were evident in the cerebrum of both the mare and the fetus.

  4. An experimental study of the pathogenicity of a duck hepatitis A virus genotype C isolate in specific pathogen free ducklings.

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    Zhang, Huanrong; Pi, JinKui; Tang, Cheng; Yue, Hua; Yang, Falong

    2012-12-01

    Duck hepatitis A virus genotype C (DHAV-C), recognized recently, is one of the pathogens causing fatal duck viral hepatitis in ducklings, especially in Asia. To demonstrate the pathogenesis of the DHAV-C isolate, 3-day-old specific pathogen free ducklings were inoculated subcutaneously with a DHAV-C isolate and the clinical signs were observed. Virus distribution, histological and apoptotic morphological changes of various tissues were examined at different times post inoculation. The serial, characteristic changes included haemorrhage and swelling of the liver. Apoptotic cells and virus antigen staining were found in all of the tissues examined. Where more virus antigen staining was detected, there were more severe histopathological and apoptotic changes. The amount of virus antigen and the histological and apoptotic morphological changes agreed with each other and became increasingly severe with length of time after infection. Apoptotic cells were ubiquitously distributed, especially among lymphocytes, macrophages and monocytes in immune organs such as the bursa of Fabricius, thymus and spleen, and in liver, kidney and cerebral cells. Necrosis was also observed within 72 h post inoculation in all organs examined, except the cerebrum, and was characterized by cell swelling and collapsed plasma membrane. These results suggest that the recent outbreak of disease caused by DHAV-C virus is pantropic, causing apoptosis and necrosis of different organs. The apoptosis and necrosis caused by the DHAV-C field strain in this study is associated with pathogenesis and DHAV-C-induced lesions.

  5. Whole-body computed tomography in polytrauma: techniques and management

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    Linsenmaier, Ulrich; Kroetz, Michael; Rock, Clemens; Rieger, Johannes; Pfeifer, Klaus Juergen; Reiser, Maximilian [Department of Radiology, Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen (Germany); Haeuser, Hannes; Bohndorf, Klaus [Department of Radiology, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany)

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    An interdisciplinary team should be involved in the diagnosis and management of severely injured patients. The adoption of criteria for starting treatment for multiple trauma avoids underestimation of seriousness of injury. These criteria are established by the circumstances of the accident, the patterns of trauma, and the vital findings. Basic diagnosis comprises a limited number of plain films in the trauma room, including supine chest, lateral cervical spine, and pelvis, and ultrasound of abdomen, pleura, and pericardium. Organ diagnosis using CT is complementary and depends on the clinical findings and findings from the basic investigations. We recommend spiral CT (skull base 2/2/4 mm, cerebrum 8/8/8 mm native) and after intravenous contrast medium thoracic (5/7.5/5 mm) and abdominal CT (8/12/8 mm). Image reconstruction of bony structures can be added. The CT and the trauma center should be in close proximity; time-consuming transfers must be avoided. If this is not possible, a CT can be integrated in the trauma room. Our hospital trauma registry contains over 2200 entries. A quality committee has been established and external quality control is implemented. (orig.)

  6. [Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in children and adolescents – study design of a feasibility study concerning examination related emotions].

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    Jaite, Charlotte; Bachmann, Christian; Dewey, Marc; Weschke, Bernhard; Spors, Birgit; von Moers, Arpad; Napp, Adriane; Lehmkuhl, Ulrike; Kappel, Viola

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    Numerous research centres apply magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for research purposes in children. In view of this practical research, ethical concerns regarding the strains the study participants are exposed to during the MRI examination are discussed. The study evaluates whether an MRI examination induces negative emotions in children and adolescents which are more intense than the ones caused by electroencephalography (EEG), an examination method currently classified as causing "minimal stress." Furthermore, the emotional stress induced by the MRI examination in children and adolescents is compared with that induced in adults. The study gathers data on examination-related emotions in children (age 8-17;11, male and female) who undergo an MRI examination of the cerebrum with a medical indication. The comparison group is a sample of children and adolescents examined with EEG (age 8-17;11, male and female) as well as a sample of adults (age 18-65, male and female) examined with MRI. At present, the study is in the stage of data collection. This article presents the study design of the MRI research project.

  7. Colesteatomas dos plexos coróides dos eqüídeos: observação de 14 casos Çholesteatomas of the choroid plexus of equidae: report on 14 cases

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    Full Text Available O autor faz considerações sobre os colesteatomas dos plexos coróides dos ventrículos laterais do cérebro e da base do cerebelo dos eqüídeos, examinando alguns aspectos da etiologia dessas colesteatose, baseado na literatura e em suas observações pessoais. Descreve, pela primeira vez no Brasil, casos de colesteatomas em eqüídeos, em número de 14, num total de 38 solípedes examinados (38,8%. Constatou a presença da lesão em muar, fato ainda não registrado na literatura.The author discusses cholesteatomas of the choroid plexus of the lateral ventricles of the cerebrum and of the base of the cerebellum in Equidae, examining some aspects of aetiology of this cholesteatosis based on the literature and on his personal observations. He describes for the first time in Brazil, cases of cholesteatomas in Equidae, 14 in number of a total of 38 solipeds examined (36,8%. He found the presence of the lesion in the mule: a fact not yet men¬tioned in the literature.

  8. Oligodendrocyte Injury and Pathogenesis of HIV-1-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

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    Liu, Han; Xu, Enquan; Liu, Jianuo; Xiong, Huangui

    2016-01-01

    Oligodendrocytes wrap neuronal axons to form myelin, an insulating sheath which is essential for nervous impulse conduction along axons. Axonal myelination is highly regulated by neuronal and astrocytic signals and the maintenance of myelin sheaths is a very complex process. Oligodendrocyte damage can cause axonal demyelination and neuronal injury, leading to neurological disorders. Demyelination in the cerebrum may produce cognitive impairment in a variety of neurological disorders, including human immunodeficiency virus type one (HIV-1)-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Although the combined antiretroviral therapy has markedly reduced the incidence of HIV-1-associated dementia, a severe form of HAND, milder forms of HAND remain prevalent even when the peripheral viral load is well controlled. HAND manifests as a subcortical dementia with damage in the brain white matter (e.g., corpus callosum), which consists of myelinated axonal fibers. How HIV-1 brain infection causes myelin injury and resultant white matter damage is an interesting area of current HIV research. In this review, we tentatively address recent progress on oligodendrocyte dysregulation and HAND pathogenesis. PMID:27455335

  9. Sodium selenate regulates the brain ionome in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease

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    Zheng, Lin; Zhu, Hua-Zhang; Wang, Bing-Tao; Zhao, Qiong-Hui; Du, Xiu-Bo; Zheng, Yi; Jiang, Liang; Ni, Jia-Zuan; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Qiong

    2016-01-01

    Many studies have shown that imbalance of mineral metabolism may play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression. It was recently reported that selenium could reverse memory deficits in AD mouse model. We carried out multi-time-point ionome analysis to investigate the interactions among 15 elements in the brain by using a triple-transgenic mouse model of AD with/without high-dose sodium selenate supplementation. Except selenium, the majority of significantly changed elements showed a reduced level after 6-month selenate supplementation, especially iron whose levels were completely reversed to normal state at almost all examined time points. We then built the elemental correlation network for each time point. Significant and specific elemental correlations and correlation changes were identified, implying a highly complex and dynamic crosstalk between selenium and other elements during long-term supplementation with selenate. Finally, we measured the activities of two important anti-oxidative selenoenzymes, glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase, and found that they were remarkably increased in the cerebrum of selenate-treated mice, suggesting that selenoenzyme-mediated protection against oxidative stress might also be involved in the therapeutic effect of selenate in AD. Overall, this study should contribute to our understanding of the mechanism related to the potential use of selenate in AD treatment. PMID:28008954

  10. A comparative study of the quality of SPECT images obtained by {sup 123}I-IMP, {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO and {sup 99m}Tc-ECD

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    Odano, Ikuo; Takahashi, Makoto; Noguchi, Eikichi; Ohtaki, Hiro; Kasahara, Toshifumi; Shibaki, Mitsurou; Hatano, Masayoshi [Niigata Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine; Ohkubo, Masaki

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    The purpose of this study was to comparatively evaluate the quality of SPECT images for the mapping of rCBF using three tracers, {sup 123}I-IMP, {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO and {sup 99m}Tc-ECD. We performed three SPECT studies on seven patients with various cerebral diseases under the same conditions. An effect of Lassen`s correction on SPECT images obtained by HMPAO was also evaluated. The same irregular regions of interest were placed on the four transaxial SPECT images. To quantitatively evaluate the pattern of tracer uptake and image contrast, the uptake ratio, regional count/mean count of the cerebrum, and its coefficient variations (CV) were defined, respectively. The order of the value of CV was HMPAO with correction>IMP>ECD>HMPAO without correction. HMPAO with correction showed the best image contrast, but HMPAO without correction was the worst. Uptake ratios of ECD and HMPAO with correction were decreased in the brain stem and thalamus in comparison with those of IMP. Both uptake ratios of ECD and HMPAO without correction were increased in the occipital cortex. IMP provides high quality SPECT images. Images obtained by HMPAO should be modified by Lassen`s correction to increase image contrast. ECD or HMPAO should not be used to evaluate patients with spinocerebellar degeneration. (author)

  11. Sarcocystis neurona retinochoroiditis in a sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni)

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    Dubey, J.P.; Thomas, N.J.

    2011-01-01

    Sarcocystis neurona is an important cause of fatal disease in sea otters in the USA. Encephalitis is the predominant lesion and parasites are confined to the central nervous system and muscles. Here we report retinochoroiditis in a sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) found dead on Copalis Beach, WA, USA. Salient lesions were confined to the brain and eye. Multifocal nonsuppurative meningoencephalitis was present in the cerebrum and cerebellum associated with S. neurona schizonts. The retina of one eye had a focus of inflammation that contained numerous S. neurona schizonts and merozoites. The focus extended from the retinal pigment epithelium inward through all layers of the retina, but inflammation was most concentrated at the inner surface of the tapetum and the outer retina. The inner and outer nuclear layers of the retina were disorganized and irregular at the site of inflammation. There was severe congestion and mild hemorrhage in the choroid, and mild hemorrhage into the vitreous body. Immunohistochemistry with S. neurona-specific polyclonal rabbit antibodies stained schizonts and merozoites. To our knowledge this is the first report of S. neurona-associated retinochoroiditis in any naturally infected animal.

  12. On-Tissue Derivatization via Electrospray Deposition for Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Endogenous Fatty Acids in Rat Brain Tissues.

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    Wu, Qian; Comi, Troy J; Li, Bin; Rubakhin, Stanislav S; Sweedler, Jonathan V

    2016-06-07

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is used for the multiplex detection and characterization of diverse analytes over a wide mass range directly from tissues. However, analyte coverage with MALDI MSI is typically limited to the more abundant compounds, which have m/z values that are distinct from MALDI matrix-related ions. On-tissue analyte derivatization addresses these issues by selectively tagging functional groups specific to a class of analytes, while simultaneously changing their molecular masses and improving their desorption and ionization efficiency. We evaluated electrospray deposition of liquid-phase derivatization agents as a means of on-tissue analyte derivatization using 2-picolylamine; we were able to detect a range of endogenous fatty acids with MALDI MSI. When compared with airbrush application, electrospray led to a 3-fold improvement in detection limits and decreased analyte delocalization. Six fatty acids were detected and visualized from rat cerebrum tissue using a MALDI MSI instrument operating in positive mode. MALDI MSI of the hippocampal area allowed targeted fatty acid analysis of the dentate gyrus granule cell layer and the CA1 pyramidal layer with a 20-μm pixel width, without degrading the localization of other lipids during liquid-phase analyte derivatization.

  13. Sarcocystis neurona retinochoroiditis in a sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni)

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    Dubey, J.P.; Thomas, N.J.

    2011-01-01

    Sarcocystis neurona is an important cause of fatal disease in sea otters in the USA. Encephalitis is the predominant lesion and parasites are confined to the central nervous system and muscles. Here we report retinochoroiditis in a sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) found dead on Copalis Beach, WA, USA. Salient lesions were confined to the brain and eye. Multifocal nonsuppurative meningoencephalitis was present in the cerebrum and cerebellum associated with S. neurona schizonts. The retina of one eye had a focus of inflammation that contained numerous S. neurona schizonts and merozoites. The focus extended from the retinal pigment epithelium inward through all layers of the retina, but inflammation was most concentrated at the inner surface of the tapetum and the outer retina. The inner and outer nuclear layers of the retina were disorganized and irregular at the site of inflammation. There was severe congestion and mild hemorrhage in the choroid, and mild hemorrhage into the vitreous body. Immunohistochemistry with S. neurona-specific polyclonal rabbit antibodies stained schizonts and merozoites. To our knowledge this is the first report of S. neurona-associated retinochoroiditis in any naturally infected animal. ?? 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Study of Posterior Cerebral Artery in Human Cadaveric Brain

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    S. A. Gunnal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Basilar artery (BA terminates in right and left posterior cerebral arteries (PCAs. Each PCA supplies respective occipital lobe of the cerebrum. The present study is designed to know the morphology, morphometry, branching pattern, and symmetry of PCA. Methods. The study included 340 PCAs dissected from 170 human cadaveric brains. Results. Morphological variations of P1 segment included, aplasia (2.35%, hypoplasia (5.29%, duplication (2.35%, fenestration (1.17%, and common trunk shared with SCA (1.76%. Morphological variations of origin of P2 segment included direct origin of it from BA (1.17% and ICA (2.35%. Unusually, two P2 segments, each arising separately from BA and ICA, were observed in 1.17%. Unilateral two P2 segments from CW were found in 0.58%. Morphological variations of course of P2 were duplication (0.58%, fenestration (0.58%, and aneurysm (1.76%. Unilateral P2 either adult or fetal was seen in 4.71%. The group II branching pattern was found to be most common. Asymmetry of P2 was 40%. Morphometry of P2 revealed mean length of 52 mm and mean diameter of 2.7 mm. Conclusion. The present study provides the complete anatomical description of PCA regarding morphology, morphometry, symmetry, and its branching pattern. Awareness of these variations is likely to be useful in cerebrovascular procedures.

  15. Transplanted bone marrow stem cells relocate to infarct penumbra and co-express endogenous proliferative and immature neuronal markers in a mouse model of ischemic cerebral stroke

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    Liu Wei

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several studies demonstrate that neurogenesis may be induced or activated following vascular insults, which may be important for neuronal regeneration and functional recovery. Understanding the cellular mechanism underlying stroke-associated neurogenesis is of neurobiological as well as neurological/clinical relevance. The present study attempted to explore potential homing and early development of transplanted bone marrow stem cells in mouse forebrain after focal occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, an experimental model of ischemic stroke. Results Bone marrow stem cells isolated from donor mice were confirmed by analysis of surface antigen profile, and were pre-labeled with a lipophilic fluorescent dye PKH26, and subsequently transfused into recipient mice with middle cerebral artery coagulation. A large number of PKH26-labeled cells were detected surrounding the infarct site, most of which colocalized with immunolabelings for the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA and some also colocalized with the immature neuronal marker doublecortin (DCX during 1-2 weeks after the bone marrow cells transfusion. Conclusions The present study shows that transplanted bone morrow cells largely relocate to the infarct penumbra in ischemic mouse cerebrum. These transplanted bone marrow cells appear to undergo a process of in situ proliferation and develop into putative cortical interneurons during the early phase of experimental vascular injury.

  16. Argyrophilic grain disease mimicking temporal Pick's disease: a clinical, radiological, and pathological study of an autopsy case with a clinical course of 15 years.

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    Tsuchiya, K; Mitani, K; Arai, T; Yamada, S; Komiya, T; Esaki, Y; Haga, C; Yamanouchi, H; Ikeda, K

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    This report concerns an autopsy case of argyrophilic grain disease (AGD) mimicking temporal Pick's disease. The patient was a Japanese woman without hereditary burden who was 89 years old at the time of death. She developed memory impairment and began wandering at the age of 74, followed by prominent character changes about 6 years after disease onset. A neurological examination 5 months before her death revealed poor rapport, unconcern, severe dementia, and double incontinence, without aphasia or muscle rigidity. Serial neuroradiological examination revealed progressive enlargement of the bilateral inferior horns of the lateral ventricle, reflecting progressive atrophy of the medial temporal lobes. Macroscopically, neuropathological examination showed circumscribed atrophy of the bilateral amygdalae, hippocampi, parahippocampal gyri, and lateral occipitotemporal gyri. Histologically, there was neuronal loss in the areas mentioned above, the caudate nucleus, putamen, thalamus, substantia nigra, and locus ceruleus, with ballooned neurons in the cerebral cortex and amygdala. Numerous argyrophilic grains with coiled bodies were present not only in the limbic system, but also in the affected cerebrum. Rare neurofibrillary changes were present in the limbic areas, consistent with Braak stage II, with no senile plaques. Based on these findings and a review of the literature, we note that AGD is clinicopathologically similar not only to mesolimbocortical dementia, but also to atypical senile dementia of Alzheimer type. This report may contribute to the elucidation of the clinicopathological hallmarks of AGD.

  17. Regional cerebral blood flow in acute stage with ischemic cerebrovascular disease by xenon-133 inhalation and single photon emission computerized tomography

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    Kurokawa, Hiroyuki; Iino, Katsuro; Kojima, Hisashi; Saito, Hitoshi; Suzuki, Mikio; Watanabe, Kazuo; Kato, Toshiro

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    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with xenon-133 inhalation method was undertaken within 48 hr after the onset in 68 patients with ischemic cerebrovascular disease. The results for regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) were compared with concurrently available computed tomography (CT) scans. In patients with cerebral infarction, SPECT detected ischemic lesions earlier than CT, with the detectability being 92 %. The area with a decreased blood flow, as seen on SPECT, was more extensive than the low density area on CT, with a concomitant decrease in blood flow in the contralateral cerebral hemisphere. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis was associated with stenosis of the internal carotid artery in 50 % (7/14), and with stenosis of the middle cerebral artery in 35 % (9/26). Abnormal SPECT findings were seen in 47 % (8/17) of the patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA). Five TIA patients had a decreased rCBF on SPECT, which was not provided by CT scans. On the contrary, small infarct lesions in the cerebral basal ganglia, as observed in 4 patients, was not detected by SPECT, but detected by CT. This may imply the limitations of SPECT in the detection of deep-seated lesions of the cerebrum. The results led to the conclusion that SPECT can be performed safely even in acute, seriously ill patients to know changes in rCBF because it is noninvasive and is capable of being repeated in a short time. (Namekawa, K.).

  18. Changes of resting cerebral activities in subacute ischemic stroke patients

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    Ping Wu; Fang Zeng; Yong-xin Li; Bai-li Yu; Li-hua Qiu; Wei Qin; Ji Li; Yu-mei Zhou; Fan-rong Liang

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to detect the difference in resting cerebral activities between ischemic stroke pa-tients and healthy participants, deifne the abnormal site, and provide new evidence for pathological mechanisms, clinical diagnosis, prognosis prediction and efifcacy evaluation of ischemic stroke. At present, the majority of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies focus on the motor dysfunc-tion and the acute stage of ischemic stroke. This study recruited 15 right-handed ischemic stroke patients at subacute stage (15 days to 11.5 weeks) and 15 age-matched healthy participants. A rest-ing-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan was performed on each subject to detect cerebral activity. Regional homogeneity analysis was used to investigate the difference in cerebral activities between ischemic stroke patients and healthy participants. The results showed that the ischemic stroke patients had lower regional homogeneity in anterior cingulate and left cerebrum and higher regional homogeneity in cerebellum, left precuneus and left frontal lobe, compared with healthy participants. The experimental ifndings demonstrate that the areas in which regional homogeneity was different between ischemic stroke patients and healthy participants are in the cerebellum, left precuneus, left triangle inferior frontal gyrus, left inferior temporal gyrus and anterior cingulate. These locations, related to the motor, sensory and emotion areas, are likely po-tential targets for the neural regeneration of subacute ischemic stroke patients.

  19. Air Embolism: Diagnosis, Clinical Management and Outcomes

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    Colin J. McCarthy

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    Full Text Available Air embolism is a rare but potentially fatal complication of surgical procedures. Rapid recognition and intervention is critical for reducing morbidity and mortality. We retrospectively characterized our experience with air embolism during medical procedures at a tertiary medical center. Electronic medical records were searched for all cases of air embolism over a 25-year period; relevant medical and imaging records were reviewed. Sixty-seven air embolism cases were identified; the mean age was 59 years (range, 3–89 years. Ninety-four percent occurred in-hospital, of which 77.8% were during an operation/invasive procedure. Vascular access-related procedures (33% were the most commonly associated with air embolism. Clinical signs and symptoms were related to the location the air embolus; 36 cases to the right heart/pulmonary artery, 21 to the cerebrum, and 10 were attributed to patent foramen ovale (PFO. Twenty-one percent of patients underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT, 7.5% aspiration of the air, and 63% had no sequelae. Mortality rate was 21%; 69% died within 48 hours. Thirteen patients had immediate cardiac arrest where mortality rate was 53.8%, compared to 13.5% (p = 0.0035 in those without. Air emboli were mainly iatrogenic, primarily associated with endovascular procedures. High clinical suspicion and early treatment are critical for survival.

  20. Retina restored and brain abnormalities ameliorated by single-copy knock-in of human NR2E1 in null mice.

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    Schmouth, J-F; Banks, K G; Mathelier, A; Gregory-Evans, C Y; Castellarin, M; Holt, R A; Gregory-Evans, K; Wasserman, W W; Simpson, E M

    2012-04-01

    Nr2e1 encodes a stem cell fate determinant of the mouse forebrain and retina. Abnormal regulation of this gene results in retinal, brain, and behavioral abnormalities in mice. However, little is known about the functionality of human NR2E1. We investigated this functionality using a novel knock-in humanized-mouse strain carrying a single-copy bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). We also documented, for the first time, the expression pattern of the human BAC, using an NR2E1-lacZ reporter strain. Unexpectedly, cerebrum and olfactory bulb hypoplasia, hallmarks of the Nr2e1-null phenotype, were not fully corrected in animals harboring one functional copy of human NR2E1. These results correlated with an absence of NR2E1-lacZ reporter expression in the dorsal pallium of embryos and proliferative cells of adult brains. Surprisingly, retinal histology and electroretinograms demonstrated complete correction of the retina-null phenotype. These results correlated with appropriate expression of the NR2E1-lacZ reporter in developing and adult retina. We conclude that the human BAC contained all the elements allowing correction of the mouse-null phenotype in the retina, while missing key regulatory regions important for proper spatiotemporal brain expression. This is the first time a separation of regulatory mechanisms governing NR2E1 has been demonstrated. Furthermore, candidate genomic regions controlling expression in proliferating cells during neurogenesis were identified.

  1. Brain metastases from gestational trophoblastic neoplasia: review of pertinent literature.

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    Piura, E; Piura, B

    2014-01-01

    Brain metastasis from gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) is rare with about 222 cases documented in the literature and an incidence of about 11% in living GTN patients. Brain metastasis from GTN was part of a disseminated disease in 90% of patients, single metastases in the brain - 80% and located in the cerebrum - 90%. Brain metastasis was the only manifestation of metastatic GTN in 11.3% of patients, appeared synchronously with metastatic GTN in other sites of the body - 30.6% and was diagnosed from 0.3 to 60 months after diagnosis of metastatic GTN in other sites (most often in the lung) - 58.1%. Overall, 83.9% of patients with brain metastases from GTN had also lung metastases from GTN. Brain metastases from GTN showed a greater tendency to be hemorrhagic compared to brain metastases from other primaries. In patients with brain metastases from GTN, the best outcome was achieved with multimodal therapy including craniotomy, whole brain radiotherapy, and EP-EMA or EMA-CO chemotherapy. Nonetheless, brain metastasis from GTN is a grave disease with a median survival time from diagnosis of brain metastasis of about 12 months.

  2. Expression patterns of prion protein gene in differential genotypes sheep: quantification using molecular beacon real-time RT-PCR.

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    Wang, Chuan; Wu, Run; Li, Fa-Di; Liu, Lei; Zhang, Xiao-Li; Zhao, Chun-Lin; Diao, Xiao-Long; Guan, Hong-Wei

    2011-06-01

    Determination of the transcription level of cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is essential for understanding its role in organisms and revealing mechanism of susceptibility and resistance to scrapie. However, the expression of prion protein (PrP) mRNA in sheep has not been quantified in great detail in digestive tract which is important during scrapie spread through oral route. Herein, we report on measurement of sheep PrP mRNA using absolute quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Total RNA was isolated from five different regions of the central nervous system (CNS), four regions of lymphoid system, eleven regions of digestive tract, and two reproductive organ tissues of eight sheep of two different genotypes (ARR/ARQ and ARH/ARQ) and PrP mRNA was quantified by real-time RT-PCR using molecular beacon. The results showed that highest levels of PrP mRNA were expressed in thalamus and cerebrum (P mRNA expression in sheep for further studies of pathogenesis of prion diseases.

  3. EEG-correlated fMRI of P3b component in P300 waves

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    LI Yuezhi; WANG Liqun; WANG Mingshi

    2005-01-01

    Electroencephalography-correlated functional magnetic resonance imaging (EEG/fMRI) can be used to identify blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal changes associated with both physiological and pathological EEG events. Here, we implemented continuous and simultaneous EEG/fMRI to identify BOLD signal changes related to P3b component of P300, and 64 channels of EEG were recorded in 11 subjects during Landot Ring task inside a 1.5 T functional magnet resonance (MR) scanner using an MR-compatible EEG recording system. Functional scanning by echoplanar imaging covered almost the entire cerebrum every 2 s, leaving gaps of 2 s without scanning. Off-line MRI artifact subtraction software was applied to obtain continuous EEG data. Additionally, a P300 wave matched filter was constructed to inspect P300 wave occurrence following every target stimulus, target stimuli inspected to induce P300 were detected and their MRI scan number were then used as input for an event-related fMRI analysis. Finally MRI statistical parametric maps were constructed and corrected for multiple comparisons. By random effect group analysis, activations were detected in the right superior parietal lobule and bilaterally in inferior parietal lobule(p<0.001, uncorrected). The results demonstrated the upper regions were sources of P3b component and involved in target detection in memory comparison task.

  4. Developmental venous anomalies: appearance on whole-brain CT digital subtraction angiography and CT perfusion

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    Hanson, Eric H. [Advanced Medical Imaging and Genetics (Amigenics), Las Vegas, NV (United States); Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, NV (United States); University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453037, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Amigenics, Inc, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Roach, Cayce J. [Advanced Medical Imaging and Genetics (Amigenics), Las Vegas, NV (United States); University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Life Sciences, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Ringdahl, Erik N. [University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Psychology, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Wynn, Brad L. [Family Medicine Spokane, Spokane, WA (United States); DeChancie, Sean M.; Mann, Nathan D. [Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, NV (United States); Diamond, Alan S. [CHW Nevada Imaging Company, Nevada Imaging Centers, Spring Valley, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Orrison, William W. [Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, NV (United States); University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 453037, Las Vegas, NV (United States); CHW Nevada Imaging Company, Nevada Imaging Centers, Spring Valley, Las Vegas, NV (United States); University of Nevada School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education, Reno, NV (United States)

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    Developmental venous anomalies (DVA) consist of dilated intramedullary veins that converge into a large collecting vein. The appearance of these anomalies was evaluated on whole-brain computed tomography (CT) digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and CT perfusion (CTP) studies. CT data sets of ten anonymized patients were retrospectively analyzed. Five patients had evidence of DVA and five age- and sex-matched controls were without known neurovascular abnormalities. CT angiograms, CT arterial-venous views, 4-D CT DSA and CTP maps were acquired on a dynamic volume imaging protocol on a 320-detector row CT scanner. Whole-brain CTP parameters were evaluated for cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV), time to peak (TTP), mean transit time (MTT), and delay. DSA was utilized to visualize DVA anatomy. Radiation dose was recorded from the scanner console. Increased CTP values were present in the DVA relative to the unaffected contralateral hemisphere of 48%, 32%, and 26%; and for the control group with matched hemispheric comparisons of 2%, -10%, and 9% for CBF, CBV, and MTT, respectively. Average effective radiation dose was 4.4 mSv. Whole-brain DSA and CTP imaging can demonstrate a characteristic appearance of altered DVA hemodynamic parameters and capture the anomalies in superior cortices of the cerebrum and the cerebellum. Future research may identify the rare subsets of patients at increased risk of adverse outcomes secondary to the altered hemodynamics to facilitate tailored imaging surveillance and application of appropriate preventive therapeutic measures. (orig.)

  5. Effects of vitamin A and vitamin E on malondialdehyde and mon oamine in poisoning rat by soman (GD)%VA与VE对梭曼(GD)染毒大鼠MDA和MAO的影响

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    冯安吉; 海春旭; 杨兴斌; 袁晓亮; 蒋宁; 杨会宣

    2001-01-01

    目的研究梭曼染毒大鼠丙二醛(MDA)含量和单胺氧化酶(MAO)活性的变化,探讨抗氧化剂VA,VE 对梭曼染毒大鼠自由基损伤的保护作用. 方法雄性大鼠 40只,按体质量随机分为4组:阴性对照组,阳性对照组,VA和VE实验组. 观察染毒大鼠血清、大脑、肝、肾组织MDA 含量和MAO活性的变化. 结果梭曼(GD)染毒大鼠阳性对照组5阴性5对照组相比较,脑组织MDA含量和MAO活性有显著性增加(P<0.05);血清蛋白有显著减少(P<0.05),肝蛋白有显著增加( P<0.05). VA实验组与阳性对照组比较,脑组织MDA有显著增加(P<0.01),肝组织MDA有显著降低(P< 0.01);脑组织MAO活性增加,但差异不显著. VE实验组与阳性对照组相比,肾脏MDA有显著减少(P<0.0 1);脑组织MAO活性有非常显著的降低(P<0.01). 施加VA, VE 抗氧化剂后,与阳性对照组比较,血清和肝蛋白有非常显著减少(P<0.01),脑蛋白有显著减少(P<0.05). 结论梭曼(GD)染毒引起明显脂质过氧化损伤,VE具有抗氧化保护作用,而VA有协同促进MDA升高的过氧化损伤作用.%AIM To study the changes of malondialdehyde(MDA) content and monoamine (MAO) activity in rat injured by Soman (GD), and the antioxidation effect of vitamin A (VA) and vitamin E (VE). METHODS Forty male rats were rand omly div ided into 4 groups: negative group, positive group, VA and VE trail group. A fter normally fed for 10 d, GD is injected into muscle of rates of positive contr ol group and VA, VE trail group. After toxic symptoms occu rred in rate of positive group and VA, VE trail group partly for 2 h, th e rats were kille d by dislocation of head. MDA content and MAO activity of rat's serum, cerebrum, liver, kidney we re determined respectively. RESULTS compared with negative control group, con tent of MDA and activity of MAO increase significantly in cerebrum (P<0.05), concentration

  6. Is dolphin morbillivirus virulent for white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)?

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    van Elk, C E; van de Bildt, M W G; Jauniaux, T; Hiemstra, S; van Run, P R W A; Foster, G; Meerbeek, J; Osterhaus, A D M E; Kuiken, T

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    The virulence of morbilliviruses for toothed whales (odontocetes) appears to differ according to host species. In 4 species of odontocetes, morbilliviruses are highly virulent, causing large-scale epizootics with high mortality. In 8 other species of odontocetes, including white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris), morbilliviruses have been found as an incidental infection. In these species, the virulence of morbilliviruses is not clear. Therefore, the admission of 2 white-beaked dolphins with morbillivirus infection into a rehabilitation center provided a unique opportunity to investigate the virulence of morbillivirus in this species. By phylogenetic analysis, the morbilliviruses in both animals were identified as a dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) most closely related to that detected in a white-beaked dolphin in Germany in 2007. Both animals were examined clinically and pathologically. Case No. 1 had a chronic neural DMV infection, characterized by polioencephalitis in the cerebrum and morbillivirus antigen expression limited to neurons and glial cells. Surprisingly, no nervous signs were observed in this animal during the 6 months before death. Case No. 2 had a subacute systemic DMV infection, characterized by interstitial pneumonia, leucopenia, lymphoid depletion, and DMV antigen expression in mononuclear cells and syncytia in the lung and in mononuclear cells in multiple lymphoid organs. Cause of death was not attributed to DMV infection in either animal. DMV was not detected in 2 contemporaneously stranded white-beaked dolphins. Stranding rate did not increase in the region. These results suggest that DMV is not highly virulent for white-beaked dolphins.

  7. tDCS of the cerebellum: where do we stand in 2016? Technical issues and critical review of the literature

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    Kim evan Dun

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    Full Text Available Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS is an up-and-coming electrical neurostimulation technique increasingly used both in healthy subjects and in selected groups of patients. Due to the high density of neurons in the cerebellum, its peculiar anatomical organization with the cortex lying superficially below the skull and its diffuse connections with motor and associative areas of the cerebrum, the cerebellum is becoming a major target for neuromodulation of the cerebellocerebral networks. We discuss the recent studies based on cerebellar tDCS with a focus on the numerous technical and open issues which remain to be solved. Our current knowledge of the physiological impacts of tDCS on cerebellar circuitry is criticized. We provide a comparison with transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS, another promising transcranial electrical neurostimulation technique. Although both tDCS and tACS are becoming established techniques to modulate the cerebellocerebral networks, it is surprising that their impacts on cerebellar disorders remains unclear. A major reason is that the literature lacks large trials with a double-blind, sham-controlled and cross-over experimental design in cerebellar patients.

  8. Variation of the major sulci of the occipital lobe - A morphological study

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    Lopamudra Mandal

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    Full Text Available Background: The occipital lobe of cerebrum is intimately related with visual function. The detailed anatomy of this lobe is essential for the surgeons and radiologists. The aim of the present study was to identify the variation of different sulci of the occipital lobe and find the relations between them. So, this study was done to evaluate the different parameters of these sulci by studying cerebral hemispheres morphologically. Methods: Total 106 formalin fixed cadaveric brains were studied. The locations and the length (cm of the calcarine, lunate and parieto-occipital sulcus were studied in detail. Microsoft excel software was utilized to analyze the data. Results: The calcarine sulcus in 59.43% had terminated by dividing into two rami. In only 31.13% cases calcarine sulcus met lunate sulcus after reaching the superolateral surface of the hemisphere. Lunate sulcus was of myriad shapes. Though in 49.05% of cases it was convex, in majority of brains it was “f” or “S” shaped. Different hemispheres of the same brain revealed significant variation. Conclusion: The study revealed wide variability of the sulci of the occipital lobe. For proper planning of neurosurgical procedures and radiological representation of visual functional areas, detailed knowledge on the variation of these sulci are essential. So, parameters of occipital sulci can permit safer access to deep structures and reduce operative complications.

  9. Induced neurocysticercosis in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) produces clinical signs and lesions similar to natural disease in man.

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    Chowdhury, N; Saleque, A; Sood, N K; Singla, L D

    2014-01-01

    Neurocysticercosis is a serious endemic zoonosis resulting in increased cases of seizure and epilepsy in humans. The genesis of clinical manifestations of the disease through experimental animal models is poorly exploited. The monkeys may prove useful for the purpose due to their behavior and cognitive responses mimicking man. In this study, neurocysticercosis was induced in two rhesus monkeys each with 12,000 and 6,000 eggs, whereas three monkeys were given placebo. The monkeys given higher dose developed hyperexcitability, epileptic seizures, muscular tremors, digital cramps at 10 DPI, and finally paralysis of limbs, followed by death on 67 DPI, whereas the monkeys given lower dose showed delayed and milder clinical signs. On necropsy, all the infected monkeys showed numerous cysticerci in the brain. Histopathologically, heavily infected monkeys revealed liquefactive necrosis and formation of irregular cystic cavities lined by atrophied parenchymal septa with remnants of neuropil of the cerebrum. In contrast, the monkeys infected with lower dose showed formation of typical foreign body granulomas characterized by central liquefaction surrounded by chronic inflammatory response. It was concluded that the inflammatory and immune response exerted by the host against cysticerci, in turn, led to histopathological lesions and the resultant clinical signs thereof.

  10. Application of different techniques to detect Toxoplasma gondii in slaughtered sheep for human consumption

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    Annelise Castanha Barreto Tenório Nunes

    Full Text Available Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate occurrence of Toxoplasma gondii in sheep slaughtered in the state of Alagoas, Brazil, by means of different diagnosis techniques. Serum samples and tissues from 100 slaughtered sheep were used. To detect antibodies, the indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT was used, and tissues from seropositive animals (cut-off ≥1:64 were submitted to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR and immunohistochemistry (IHC. To assess the concordance between the direct techniques, the kappa test was used. In the IFAT, it was observed that 14% (14/100 of the ovine samples were serum-positive. In the PCR, 21.43% (3/14 of the animals were positive and in IHC, it was observed that 7.14% (1/14 were positively stained for T. gondii in cerebral tissue. Histopathologically, the predominant finding was the presence of mononuclear cell infiltrate in the heart and a perivascular cuff in the cerebrum and cerebellum. The concordance between the direct diagnosis techniques was moderate (k=0.44. Thus, it is important to use different direct techniques in diagnosing toxoplasmosis in naturally infected sheep.

  11. The facial neural crest controls fore- and midbrain patterning by regulating Foxg1 expression through Smad1 activity.

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    Aguiar, Diego P; Sghari, Soufien; Creuzet, Sophie

    2014-06-01

    The facial neural crest (FNC), a pluripotent embryonic structure forming craniofacial structures, controls the activity of brain organisers and stimulates cerebrum growth. To understand how the FNC conveys its trophic effect, we have studied the role of Smad1, which encodes an intracellular transducer, to which multiple signalling pathways converge, in the regulation of Foxg1. Foxg1 is a transcription factor essential for telencephalic specification, the mutation of which leads to microcephaly and mental retardation. Smad1 silencing, based on RNA interference (RNAi), was performed in pre-migratory FNC cells. Soon after electroporation of RNAi molecules, Smad1 inactivation abolished the expression of Foxg1 in the chick telencephalon, resulting in dramatic microcephaly and partial holoprosencephaly. In addition, the depletion of Foxg1 activity altered the expression Otx2 and Foxa2 in di/mesencephalic neuroepithelium. However, when mutated forms of Smad1 mediating Fgf and Wnt signalling were transfected into FNC cells, these defects were overcome. We also show that, downstream of Smad1 activity, Dkk1, a Wnt antagonist produced by the FNC, initiated the specification of the telencephalon by regulating Foxg1 activity. Additionally, the activity of Cerberus in FNC-derived mesenchyme synergised with Dkk1 to control Foxg1 expression and maintain the balance between Otx2 and Foxa2.

  12. [A Patient with Early-Stage Multiple System Atrophy Showing Augmented Nystagmus in Light].

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    Oguri, Masayoshi; Nakamura, Yousuke; Hara, Ayako; Kitano, Hiroya; Motokura, Toru

    2015-04-01

    The ability to fix the eyes on a target, visual fixation, is important for the maintenance of equilibrium. The visual suppression (VS) test is one method of measuring the function of visual fixation. The test records caloric nystagmus by electrooculography, and the maximum slow phase velocity of caloric nystagmus in darkness is compared with the slow phase velocity in light with eyes fixed. Lesions of the cerebellum, brain stem, and cerebrum cause abnormalities of VS. We report a patient whose VS became a clue in the diagnosis of a disorder of the central nervous system. A 54-year-old man complained of dizziness, which gradually increased in frequency over 5 months. He visited several clinics, where vestibular neutritis and cervical spondylosis were suspected and treated without improvement. Although a pure-tone auditory test revealed bilateral normal hearing, a caloric test showed a weak response and VS was lost with augmentation of caloric nystagmus in light on both sides. Both eye tracking and optokinetic nystagmus tests were abnormal. Although magnetic resonance imaging showed no abnormalities, single photon emission computed tomography revealed decreased blood flow in the parietal area. VS of caloric nystagmus towards the side of a lesion is reduced or abolished after unilateral flocculus damage, and is abolished bilaterally after bilateral flocculus damage. In the case of a parietal lobe or pontine lesion, VS is strongly abolished, and even augmentation of caloric nystagmus may be observed. In the present case, the patient was diagnosed with multiple-system atrophy after onset of dizziness.

  13. Contemporary Progress in the Experimental Studies of Neuro-aesthetics in Western Countries%当代西方的神经美学实证研究进展

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    崔宁; 丁峻

    2014-01-01

    当代西方的神经美学实证研究借助神经成像术、脑电地形图及脑磁图描记术,初步揭示了人脑认知视觉艺术、音乐艺术、舞蹈影视艺术和日常生活审美化等方面的神经科学机理,检验了人类审美的情感期待-情感回报体验及其相应的大脑奖赏回路、神经递质构成、脑电活动特征和神经网络协同共振模式,为人们深入理解审美的心脑奥秘提供了客观基础。%Interdisciplinary scholars on experiments of Neuro-aesthetics in Western countries have achieved important pro-gress in experiments of neuro-aesthetics since 2000.They elucidated the relevant structure, space orientation, neuro-physio-logical character changes of ERP and neurotransmitters in human cerebrum and sub-cortex during aesthetic activities, etc. These experimental results will enable academicians to make headway in future.

  14. Reappraisal of the historic 1959 cat experiment in Minamata by the Chisso Factory.

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    Eto, K; Yasutake, A; Nakano, A; Akagi, H; Tokunaga, H; Kojima, T

    2001-08-01

    Autopsy specimens from the historic cat experiment were recently discovered in a storage area at the Kumamoto University School of Medicine. The specimens were from an experiment prompted by physicians in the Chisso Minamata Plant following the announcement made by the Study Group for Minamata disease. On July 14, 1959 the Group announced that the disease was most likely caused by a kind of organic mercury. In order to prove or disprove that industrial waste from the Chisso Factory was the culprit in Minamata disease, a total of ten cats were fed food mixed with industrial waste produced in the acetaldehyde-producing plant. One of the ten cats, No. 717, was subsequently autopsied but the autopsy findings have never been published or recorded in the literature despite their historic significance. The rediscovered specimens were studied pathologically and biochemically, and were analyzed chemically with currently available techniques. Characteristic lesions of methylmercury poisoning were observed in the central nervous system, and the mercury levels in the cerebrum, cerebellum, liver and kidney were found to be markedly elevated in this animal.

  15. Primary angiitis of the central nervous system: an ante-mortem diagnosis.

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    Singh S

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available A rare case of primary angiitis of the central nervous system (PACNS is reported with its clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI features. A 20-year-old girl presented with headache, projectile vomiting, unsteadiness of gait and urgency of micturition. She had left seventh nerve upper motor neuron type paresis, increased tone in all four limbs, exaggerated deep tendon reflexes, cerebellar signs, and papilloedema. Cerebrospinal fluid showed lymphocytosis with elevated protein and normal glucose level. Cerebral computerised tomographic scan and MRI showed bilateral diffuse asymmetric supra- and infra-tentorial lesions (predominantly in the supratentorial and left cerebrum. On MRI, the lesions were hyperintense on T2, and proton density-weighted images and hypointense on T1-weighted images. Based on the clinical findings of raised intracranial tension and MRI features, initial diagnoses of gliomatosis cerebrii, tuberculous meningitis, primary central nervous system lymphoma and chronic viral encephalitis were considered. PACNS was not included in the initial differentials and, an open brain biopsy was advised which established the definitive diagnosis.

  16. The early signal substances induced by heat stress in brains of mice

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    Chunxu WANG; Hanxing WANG

    2008-01-01

    To study the effects of early signal substances induced by heat stress in brains of Kunming mice, six-month-old mice (n=72) were pretreated with heat stress and subsequent ischemia/reperfusion by clipping of their bilateral cervical common arteries for 7 min. According to different treatments, animals were randomly divided into four groups: (1) normal control group; (2) heat stress pre-treatment followed by ischemia and reperfusion group (HS/IR); (3) ischemia and reperfusion group (IR); (4) heat stress group (HS). Animals in the later three groups were subdivided into 3 subgroups (1 day, 4 days, 14 days), respectively. The changes in the expression of cAMP res-ponse element binding protein (CREB) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) were detected by immuno-histochemistry and computer image analysis methods. The results showed that compared with the normal group, the expressions of CREB in the hippocampal CA1 region increased significantly in the HS, HS/IR and IR groups (P<0.05). Compared to the normal group, heat stress could result in CGRP excretion and redistribution in the cerebrum, with the highest level in the 4 d HS/IR group. Following heat stress, CGRP immunoreactivity was observed in varicose fibers and neuronal perikarya within the CA1 region. The results indicate that heat stress can induce CREB expression, which in turn stimulates CGRP secretion.

  17. Acute and chronic head-down tail suspension diminishes cerebral perfusion in rats

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    Wilkerson, M. Keith; Colleran, Patrick N.; Delp, Michael D.

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that regional brain blood flow and vascular resistance are altered by acute and chronic head-down tail suspension (HDT). Regional cerebral blood flow, arterial pressure, heart rate, and vascular resistance were measured in a group of control rats during normal standing and following 10 min of HDT and in two other groups of rats after 7 and 28 days of HDT. Heart rate was not different among conditions, whereas mean arterial pressure was elevated at 10 min of HDT relative to the other conditions. Total brain blood flow was reduced from that during standing by 48, 24, and 27% following 10 min and 7 and 28 days of HDT, respectively. Regional blood flows to all cerebral tissues and the eyes were reduced with 10 min of HDT and remained lower in the eye, olfactory bulbs, left and right cerebrum, thalamic region, and the midbrain with 7 and 28 days of HDT. Total brain vascular resistance was 116, 44, and 38% greater following 10 min and 7 and 28 days of HDT, respectively, relative to that during control standing. Vascular resistance was elevated in all cerebral regions with 10 min of HDT and remained higher than control levels in most brain regions. These results demonstrate that HDT results in chronic elevations in total and regional cerebral vascular resistance, and this may be the underlying stimulus for the HDT-induced smooth muscle hypertrophy of cerebral resistance arteries.

  18. Susceptibility-weighted imaging in stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy syndrome

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    Khanipour Roshan, Sara; Salmela, Michael B.; McKinney, Alexander M. [University Of Minnesota, Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    2015-11-15

    Stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy (SMART) syndrome has a characteristic clinical presentation and postcontrast T1WI MRI appearance. Susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) may help distinguish SMART from other disorders that may have a similar postcontrast MRI appearance. The MRI examinations of four patients with SMART syndrome are described herein, each of which included SWI, FLAIR, DWI, and postcontrast T1WI on the presenting and follow-up MRI examinations. In each, the initial SWI MRI demonstrated numerous susceptibility hypointensities <5 mm in size throughout the cerebrum, particularly within the periventricular white matter (PVWM), presumably related to radiation-induced cavernous hemangiomas (RICHs). By follow-up MRI, each postcontrast examination had demonstrated resolution of the gyriform enhancement on T1WI, without susceptibility hypointensities on SWI within those previously enhancing regions. These preliminary findings suggest that SWI may help identify SMART syndrome or at least help discriminate it from other disorders, by the findings of numerous susceptibility hypointensities on SWI likely representing RICHs, gyriform enhancement on T1WI, and postsurgical findings or appropriate clinical history. (orig.)

  19. 蛋白酶体活性升高在1-BP致大鼠周围神经损伤中的作用%Elevated proteasomal activities in rat,s peripheral nervous system exposed to 1-Bromopropane

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    杨俊林; 王清华; 王增金; 赵秀兰

    2016-01-01

    and 4-HNE protein adducts in vitro in different nerve tissues were detected with Western blotting.Results Compared with control group,the trypsin-like proteinase activity in sciatic nerve was signif-icantly elevated in the low and high dose groups (P <0.01);chymotrypsin-like proteinase activity in cerebrum in the high dose group was markedly improved (P <0.01);PGPH-like proteinase activity in the cerebrum and sciatic nerve in the high dose group was remarkably increased (P <0.05);4-HNE and MDA protein adducts levels in sciatic nerve in the low dose group were increased(P <0.01);4-HNE and MDA protein adducts levels in cerebrum and sciatic nerve in the high dose group were increased(P <0.01);1-BP promoted the 4-HNE induced oxidative modification in cerebrum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissue in a dose-dependent manner (P <0.05).Conclusion 1-BP exposure resulted in the oxidative damaged proteins in the nervous system,and further abnormal activation of UPS,which might be involved in 1-BP induced peripheral neuropathy.

  20. Scrapie strains retain their distinctive characteristics following passages of homogenates from different brain regions and spleen.

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    Carp, R I; Meeker, H; Sersen, E

    1997-01-01

    The molecular basis of differences among scrapie strains is unknown. The prion theory posits that there are differences in the conformation of the host protease-resistant protein (PrP) molecules and that these differences are responsible for scrapie strains. A corollary of this theory is that the origin of host PrP variation resides in different neuronal cell types. To assess this concept, preparations from three brain regions (cerebrum, cerebellum and olfactory bulb) and from spleen were passaged in C57BL mice by intracerebral injection. After three passages of three scrapie strains in this manner, homogenates of each brain region and spleen were tested for several of the characteristics that distinguish the three strains: (1) the rank order of incubation periods in C57BL mice, (2) induction of obesity in SJL mice and (3) comparative incubation periods in mice with three genotypes for the scrapie incubation period marker. Analysis revealed that virtually all of the criteria that distinguished the three strains prior to passages of the three brain regions and spleen were retained after this series of passages. This finding argues against cellular-based PrP differences providing a basis for strain specificity.

  1. Construction of the human forebrain.

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    Jernigan, Terry L; Stiles, Joan

    2017-01-01

    The adult human brain is arguably the most complex of biological systems. It contains 86 billion neurons (the information processing cells of the brain) and many more support cells. The neurons, with the assistance of the support cells, form trillions of connections creating complex, interconnected neural networks that support all human thought, feeling, and action. A challenge for modern neuroscience is to provide a model that accounts for this exquisitely complex and dynamic system. One fundamental part of this model is an account of how the human brain develops. This essay describes two important aspects of this developmental story. The first part of the story focuses on the remarkable and dynamic set of events that unfold during the prenatal period to give rise to cell lineage that form the essential substance of the brain, particularly the structures of the cerebral hemispheres. The second part of the story focuses on the formation of the major brain pathways of the cerebrum, the intricate fiber bundles that connect different populations of neurons to form the information processing systems that support all human thought and action. These two aspects of early brain development provide an essential foundation for understanding how the structure, organization, and functioning of the human brain emerge. WIREs Cogn Sci 2017, 8:e1409. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1409 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

  2. [A protocol for primary dissociated astrocyte and neuron co-culture].

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    Shi, Ying; Zhou, Mi; Jiang, Min

    2013-02-25

    Cultured primary hippocampal neurons are ideal tool for investigating the subcellular localization and trafficking of neuronal proteins. The aim of the present study was to establish a method to co-culture hippocampal neurons and cortical astrocytes, which would guarantee well conditions of neurons. Newborn Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were sacrificed by decapitation. The cortex of cerebrum was cut into pieces, and the cortical tissue was digested with trypsin. The liquid suspension of single cells was planted onto a 25 cm² culture flask. On the fourth day of culture, the tissue cells except astrocytes were removed by intensive agitation of culture flask. Purified astrocytes were allowed to grow continuously until they reached most area of flask. At this time point, we replaced the culture media with neuronal cell media containing cytarabine, and planted the primary culture of rat hippocampal neurons onto the feed layer of cortical astrocytes. The microscopic observation results showed that, the astrocytes evenly grew without obvious boundaries between each other, and exhibited good purity. The co-cultured hippocampal neurons were in good condition, developed intertwined network of axons and dendrites, lived for a long time, and could tolerate gene transfection. Above all, this method is relatively simple from a technical point of view, yet provides healthy and reliable neuronal culture.

  3. The validation and application of a finite element human head model for frontal skull fracture analysis.

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    Asgharpour, Z; Baumgartner, D; Willinger, R; Graw, M; Peldschus, S

    2014-05-01

    Traumatic head injuries can result from vehicular accidents, sports, falls or assaults. The current advances in computational methods and the detailed finite element models of the human head provide a significant opportunity for biomechanical study of human head injuries. The biomechanical characteristics of the human head through head impact scenarios can be studied in detail by using the finite element models. Skull fracture is one of the most frequent occurring types of head injuries. The purpose of this study is to analyse the experimental head impacts on cadavers by means of the Strasbourg University Finite Element Head Model (SUFEHM). The results of the numerical model and experimental data are compared for validation purpose. The finite element model has also been applied to predict the skull bone fracture in frontal impacts. The head model includes the scalp, the facial bone, the skull, the cerebral spinal fluid, the meninges, the cerebrum and the cerebellum. The model is used to simulate the experimental frontal head impact tests using a cylindrical padded impactor. Results of the computational simulation shows that the model correlated well with a number of experimental data and a global fracture pattern has been predicted well by the model. Therefore the presented numerical model could be used for reconstruction of head impacts in different impact conditions also the forensic application of the head model would provide a tool for investigation of the causes and mechanism of head injuries.

  4. Experimental H-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy characterized by plaques and glial- and stellate-type prion protein deposits.

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    Okada, Hiroyuki; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Imamura, Morikazu; Masujin, Kentaro; Matsuura, Yuichi; Shimizu, Yoshihisa; Kasai, Kazuo; Mohri, Shirou; Yokoyama, Takashi; Czub, Stefanie

    2011-06-23

    Atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has recently been identified in Europe, North America, and Japan. It is classified as H-type and L-type BSE according to the molecular mass of the disease-associated prion protein (Pr(PSc)). To investigate the topographical distribution and deposition patterns of immunolabeled Pr(PSc), H-type BSE isolate was inoculated intracerebrally into cattle. H-type BSE was successfully transmitted to 3 calves, with incubation periods between 500 and 600 days. Moderate to severe spongiform changes were detected in the cerebral and cerebellar cortices, basal ganglia, thalamus, and brainstem. H-type BSE was characterized by the presence of PrP-immunopositive amyloid plaques in the white matter of the cerebrum, basal ganglia, and thalamus. Moreover, intraglial-type immunolabeled Pr(PSc) was prominent throughout the brain. Stellate-type immunolabeled Pr(PSc) was conspicuous in the gray matter of the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia, and thalamus, but not in the brainstem. In addition, Pr(PSc) accumulation was detected in the peripheral nervous tissues, such as trigeminal ganglia, dorsal root ganglia, optic nerve, retina, and neurohypophysis. Cattle are susceptible to H-type BSE with a shorter incubation period, showing distinct and distinguishable phenotypes of Pr(PSc) accumulation.

  5. Squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) infected with the agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy develop tau pathology.

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    Piccardo, P; Cervenak, J; Yakovleva, O; Gregori, L; Pomeroy, K; Cook, A; Muhammad, F S; Seuberlich, T; Cervenakova, L; Asher, D M

    2012-07-01

    Squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) were infected experimentally with the agent of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Two to four years later, six of the monkeys developed alterations in interactive behaviour and cognition and other neurological signs typical of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). At necropsy examination, the brains from all of the monkeys showed pathological changes similar to those described in variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) of man, except that the squirrel monkey brains contained no PrP-amyloid plaques typical of that disease. Constant neuropathological features included spongiform degeneration, gliosis, deposition of abnormal prion protein (PrP(TSE)) and many deposits of abnormally phosphorylated tau protein (p-Tau) in several areas of the cerebrum and cerebellum. Western blots showed large amounts of proteinase K-resistant prion protein in the central nervous system. The striking absence of PrP plaques (prominent in brains of cynomolgus macaques [Macaca fascicularis] with experimentally-induced BSE and vCJD and in human patients with vCJD) reinforces the conclusion that the host plays a major role in determining the neuropathology of TSEs. Results of this study suggest that p-Tau, found in the brains of all BSE-infected monkeys, might play a role in the pathogenesis of TSEs. Whether p-Tau contributes to development of disease or appears as a secondary change late in the course of illness remains to be determined.

  6. A Case of Skull Base Osteomyelitis with Multiple Cerebral Infarction

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    Haruka Miyabe

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Skull base osteomyelitis is classically documented as an extension of malignant otitis externa. Initial presentation commonly includes aural symptoms and cranial nerve dysfunctions. Here we present a case that emerged with multiple infarctions in the right cerebrum. A male in his 70s with diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure presented with left hemiparesis. Imaging studies showed that blood flow in the carotid artery remained at the day of onset but was totally occluded 7 days later. However, collateral blood supply prevented severe infarction. These findings suggest that artery-to-artery embolization from the petrous and/or cavernous portion of the carotid artery caused the multiple infarctions observed on initial presentation. Osteomyelitis of the central skull base was diagnosed on the basis of the following findings taken together: laboratory results showing high levels of inflammation, presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the otorrhea and blood culture, multiple cranial nerve palsies that appeared later, the bony erosion observed on CT, and the mass lesion on MRI. Osteomyelitis was treated successfully by long-term antibiotic therapy; however, the patient experienced cefepime-induced neurotoxicity during therapy. The potential involvement of the internal carotid artery in this rare and life-threatening disease is of particular interest in this case.

  7. Molecular markers of neuronal progenitors in the embryonic cerebellar anlage.

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    Morales, Daniver; Hatten, Mary E

    2006-11-22

    The cerebellum, like the cerebrum, includes a nuclear structure and an overlying cortical structure. Experiments in the past decade have expanded knowledge beyond the traditional function of the cerebellum to include critical roles in motor learning and memory and sensory discrimination. The initial steps in cerebellar development depend on inductive signaling involving FGF and Wnt proteins produced at the mesencephalic/metencephalic boundary. To address the issue of how individual cerebellar cell fates within the cerebellar territory are specified, we examined the expression of transcription factors, including mammalian homologues of LIM homeodomain-containing proteins, basic helix-loop-helix proteins, and three amino acid loop-containing proteins. The results of these studies show that combinatorial codes of transcription factors define precursors of the cerebellar nuclei, and both Purkinje cells and granule neurons of the cerebellar cortex. Examination of gene expression patterns in several hundred lines of Egfp-BAC (bacterial artificial chromosome) transgenic mice in the GENSAT Project revealed numerous genes with restricted expression in cerebellar progenitor populations, including genes specific for cerebellar nuclear precursors and Purkinje cell precursors. In addition, we identified patterns of gene expression that link granule and Purkinje cells to their precerebellar nuclei. These results identify molecular pathways that offer new insights on the development of the nuclear and cortical structures of the cerebellum, as well as components of the cerebellar circuitry.

  8. 'Moyamoya' disease accompanied by low-density areas in the occipital regions on CT

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    Kobayashi, Akira; Handa, Hajime; Yonekawa, Yasuhiro; Taki, Waro; Miyake, Hidenori; Nakatani, Hideyuki (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1983-10-01

    The CT, angiographic, and clinical symptoms of 33 patients with ''Moyamoya'' disease were examined in order to evaluate the hemodynamic role of the vertebro-basilar system. 1) CT of 4 adults and 12 children showed a low-density area in the occipital region. Besides, all of those areas were accompanied by such abnormal findings as an abnormal, low-density and contrast enhancement in the other cerebrum. 2) The angiographic findings revealed that 16 patients belonged to the IIIrd and IVth stages, according to Suzuki's classification. 3) All of those 16 patients developed infarctions, which was considered to be a rather graver ischemic sign than TIA, convulsion, or hemorrhage. 4) In addition, Krypton-81m single-photon-emission CT demonstrated that, in ''Moyamoya'' disease, the vertebro-basilar blood actually supplied the carotid territory. These findings indicate that the posterior cerebtal artery plays an important role in the collateral circulation in ''Moyamoya'' disease.

  9. Leptomeningeal contrast enhancement in moyamoya: its potential role in postoperative assessment of circulation through the bypass

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    Komiyama, M.; Nakajima, H.; Nishikawa, M.; Yasui, T. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Osaka City General Hospital (Japan); Kitano, S.; Sakamoto, H. [Dept. of Paediatric Neurosurgery, Osaka City General Hospital (Japan)

    2001-01-01

    Leptomeningeal contrast enhancement (LMCE) is one of the MRI features of moyamoya. Its clinical significance, however, is not elucidated. Our purpose was to characterise LMCE on MRI and to evaluate its role in the assessment of circulation through a surgically established bypass in moyamoya. We studied 16 patients with idiopathic moyamoya (seven males, nine females, includingt four children, aged 7 to 54 years, mean 24 years) who underwent T1-weighted MRI before and after intravenous contrast medium. The presence of LMCE, its intensity and anatomical distribution, catheter angiographic findings, and relation of LMCE to the bypass surgery were assessed. More LMCE was seen in the cerebrum in most patients with moyamoya than in normal controls. LMCE in the brain stem and cerebellum was minimal, similar to that seen in the controls. LMCE was less prominent following surgery than before operation or in patients who did not undergo surgery. In three patients examined both before and after operation LMCE became less prominent following bypass surgery. As LMCE becomes less prominent after ''effective'' bypass surgery, this may be used for evaluation of effectiveness of surgery in moyamoya. (orig.)

  10. Characterization of AR gene in Cyprinus carpio var singuonensis and AR and vtg expression in the liver of juveniles upon MT exposure%兴国红鲤AR基因的鉴定及MT暴露对幼鱼肝中AR和vtg表达的影响

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    李创举; 宋明月; 岳华梅; 阮瑞; 叶欢; 杨晓鸽

    2016-01-01

    In the study, the full-length cDNA sequence of androgen receptor ( AR) and partial sequence of vitellogenin ( vtg) were isolated and characterized from the liver of Cyprinus carpio var singuonensis. The C. carpio var singuonensis AR cDNA was 3 229 bp in length, including 104 bp 5′-untranslated region ( UTR) , 2 541 bp open reading frame ( ORF) en-coding 846 amino acid residues, and 485 bp 3′-UTR. Predicted amino acid sequence alignment showed that C. carpio var singuonensis AR shared the highest identities with three cyprinidae species. The expression characterizations of AR and vtg in tissues of mature female fish were analyzed using qRT-PCR. AR was mainly expressed in liver, ovary, kidney, muscle and cerebrum, with the highest expression level in liver. The mRNA expression of vtg was higher in liver, cerebrum and gill. And, the expression profiles of AR and vtg in the liver of juveniles, which was exposed to Methyltestosterone ( MT, 50 μg/L) for 4 weeks, were detected by qRT-PCR. The AR expression was down-regulated in the first two weeks and was up-regulated in the 3rd and 4rd weeks, but there were no significant changes in the four weeks. However, the expression of vtg was dramatically increased in the 3rd and 4th week.%实验克隆了兴国红鲤( Cyprinus carpio var singuonensis)雄激素受体( androgen receptor, AR)基因的全长cDNA序列和卵黄蛋白原( vitellogenin, vtg)基因的部分cDNA序列,并对雌性个体组织及甲基睾丸酮( Methyltestoster-one, MT)暴露下幼鱼肝胰腺(以下简称:肝)中 AR 和 vtg 的表达进行检测。兴国红鲤 AR 基因 cDNA 全长3229 bp,包括104 bp的5′非编码区( untranslation region, UTR)、编码846个氨基酸的2541 bp开放阅读框( open reading frame, ORF)和485 bp 3′UTR。氨基酸序列同源性分析表明,兴国红鲤AR与其他鲤科鱼类AR的同源性较高。组织表达特征研究表明, AR在雌性个体的肝、卵巢、中肾、肌肉和端脑中有表达,其

  11. 小檗碱对泼尼松性大鼠脑损害的防治作用%Preventive effects of Berberine on prednisone-induced cerebra injury in rats

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    陈文双; 张新乐; 徐道华

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察超生理剂量醋酸泼尼松致大鼠脑损害的特点,并探讨小檗碱对其的防治作用.方法 50只3月龄雄性SD大鼠,随机分成5组,每组10只,分别给予泼尼松与不同剂量小檗碱12w,观察大鼠脑匀浆与神经活动有关的酶含量变化,并对脑组织的形态进行计量学分析.结果 长期超剂量使用糖皮质激素后,脑匀浆中单胺氧化酶(MAO)含量明显增高(P<0.01);海马CA2区神经元排列无序、分散,有较多的神经细胞变性坏死.小檗碱高、中、低剂量组均可有效预防泼尼松所致的大鼠中枢神经系统功能和结构改变,明显减少糖皮质激素长期应用造成的不良反应.结论 长期应用泼尼松可对大鼠造成脑损害,小檗碱对其有较好的预防作用.%Objective To study the cerebra damaged by super-physiological dose of prednisone, and investigate the preventive effects of Berberine in rats. Methods Fifty Sprague- Dawley male rats at age of 3 months were randomly divided into five groups (10 per group) and treated with distilled water or prednisone or different dose berberine plus prednisone for 12 w. At the experimental endpoint, animals were drawn blood from right ventricle under anesthesia. The left half cerebrum was milled in 10% homogenate to test the content of monoamine oxidase ( MAO) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) . The right half cerebrum was for histological observation. Results After super-physiological dose of prednisone, the concentration of MAO was increased significantly in that of GC group( P < 0.01). The cells were arranged disorderly, dispersed, Dropsical and necrotic nerve cells were found in CA2 region of GC group. Yet Berberine prevented the changes of nerve centre in prednisone rats. Conclusions Cerebra damage occurs in three-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats after prednisone-treated for 12 w. The treatment of Berberine in different dose can prevent the damage.

  12. Acute Cerebral Infarction by Venomous Snake Bite in CT and MRI%少见毒蛇咬伤致急性脑梗死的CT和MRI表现

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    李秀涛; 王立振; 胡元明

    2015-01-01

    Objective To determine the CT and MRI ifndings of acute cerebral infarction by venomous snake bitten.Methods The imaging ifndings of 7 patients with acute cerebral infarction by venomous snake bitten were analyzed retrospectively with literatures review.Results 2 case was bitten by Pit viper. 4cases were bitten by Russell's viper and 1 case was unknown viper. One leaf or multiple leaves cerebrum occurred frequently. Acute obstruct with multiple mottling, patchy, or schistose. 84 acute cerebral infarction in 21 leaves cerebrum of 7 cases, parietal lobe(26/84,30.95%),frontal lobe(19/84,22.62%),occipital lobe(21/84,25%),temporal lobe(16/84,19.05%),basal ganglia(2/84,2.38%), Infarct with hemorrhages in 1 case.Conclusion Combination with the history of venomous snake bitten, the acute cerebral infarction could be diagnosed by CT and MRI, which had great value in the clinical treatment planning for identifying the intracal hemorrhage.%目的:探讨毒蛇咬伤致急性脑梗死的CT和MRI表现特征。方法对7例毒蛇咬伤致急性脑梗死的影像学表现结合文献进行回顾性分析。结果7例患者,2例五步蛇咬伤,4例蝰蛇咬伤,1例不明毒蛇咬伤。大脑一叶或多叶脑组织内多发散在分布的斑点状、斑片状、片状急性脑梗死。7例共21个脑叶84个急性脑梗死病灶,其中顶叶7个26个病灶(26/84,30.95%)、额叶6个19个病灶(19/84,22.62%)、枕叶4个21个病灶(21/84,25%)、颞叶3个16个病灶(16/84,19.05%)、基底节1个2个病灶(2/84,2.38%),1例合并脑内出血。结论结合毒蛇咬伤史,CT和MRI检查对毒蛇咬伤致急性脑梗死可明确诊断,并明确有无出血,对临床治疗方案提供有价值的信息。

  13. Clinical manifestation, imageological and pathological characteristics of Wernicke encephalopathy

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    Shunchang Han; Chuanqiang Pu; Qiuping Gui; Xusheng Huang; Senyang Lang; Weiping Wu; Peifu Wang

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The clinical manifestations of Wernicke encephalopathy(WE) are atypical and short of effective auxiliary examination means. The effects of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis of WE have been reported suecessively. But its imageological detection needs to be further investigated.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the eharacteristics of clinical manifestations, skull MRI examination and pathological results in patients with WE.DESTGN: Retrospective analysis.SETTTNG: The General Hospital of Chinese PLA.PARTTCTPANTS: Ten patients of WE admitted to the Department of Neurology, General Hospital of Chinese PLA were recruited. Among them, five patients were diagnosed pathologically after death. Their pathological changes accorded with the pathological characteristics of WE. The other 5 patients were diagnosed clinically before death. Their pathological changes accorded with clinical and imageological manifestations and had definite reaction to the treatment of thiamine. Ten patients, 7 males and 3 females, were aged (47±13) years ranging from 33 to 73 years. Their disease courses averaged 6 weeks ranging from 3 to 10 weeks. They all were non-alcoholics. Four patients developed WE after acute pancreatitis, two patients after the recurrence of gastric cancer, two patients after cholecystectomy, one patient after hepatitis medicamentosa, one patient after Alzheimer disease. Informed consents were obtained from all the patients and their relatives.METHODS: After admission, clinical manifestations of patients were observed and recorded. Five patients underwent skull MRI examination and their detected results were recorded. Five dead patients underwent autopsy and brain pathological examinations. Neuropathological examination involved cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem.MATN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical manifestations, MRI examination results, pathological analysis results and prognosis of all the patients.RESULTS: Ten patients with WE were involved in the final

  14. “脑功复得”改善脑老化的基础研究%xperimental study on the effect of Naogongfude on the aging of the rat brain

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    何小川; 蔡文琴; 李泽桂; 杨忠

    2001-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of Naogongfude (NGFD, a traditional Chinese medicine orally administrated) on learning and memory and the expressions of synaptophysin (SY) and Tau-protein in cerebral cortex and hippocampus in aged rats and to explore the possible mechanism. Methods Rats were divided into normal and neural disturbance groups according to the outcomes of active avoidance reaction (AAR) test, and then each group was randomly divided into control and NGFD-treated experimental groups. Animals were orally fed with NGFD for 2 months (5 ml/d) in experimental group or routinely fed in control and taken AAR and passive avoidance reaction (PAR) tests. After the rats were sacrificed, the synaptosome count, the expression of SY and Tau-protein, and the neuron apoptosis in cerebrum were examined. Results The rats after 2-month NGFD administration had an increased AAR acquisition, obviously delayed AAR extinction and prolonged step through latency (STL) of PAR. The number of synaptosomes was raised and the immunoreactive intensity of synaptophysin was increased remarkedly, while Tau-protein immunoreactivity and apoptotic cells were decreased in cerebrum. Conclusion NGFD does have the effect of improving brain function and putting off the aging of rat brain according to the results of behavior study and morphological observation.%目的 研究中药合剂 “脑功复得”口服液(以下简称脑功复得)对老龄大鼠学习记忆能力及大脑皮质海马突触泡膜素(Synaptophysin, SY)、Tau-蛋白表达等的影响,探讨其延缓脑老化的功效及可能机制。方法 应用爬杆主动回避反应(Active avoidance reaction,AAR)将动物分为学习记忆正常组和障碍组,再随机分别设置对照组(普食)和实验喂药组(5 ml/d,2月)。在此基础上进行AAR和多功能箱被动回避反应(Passive avoidance reaction,PAR)训练、突触体计数、突触泡膜素和Tau蛋白免疫组化染色

  15. Biologie se uniekheid as substraat vir die tipies menslike funksionering

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    P. A. J. Ryke

    1989-03-01

    Full Text Available The biological similarities between humans and apes are great but they should not obscure the differences. Some differences are of such great consequence that man should be considered truly unique kind of organism with a marvellous plasticity of mind. All of the uniquely human traits are adaptations to the environments in which man evolved; these Include profound modifications of anatomy, physiology and behaviour. The morphological differences between man and his nearest relatives are very conspicuous. The form of the skeleton is adapted to fully erect posture and bipedal locomotion. The pelvis is broadened to provide adequate attachment for the powerful striding muscles. The transformation of the tail vertebrae is unique among the vertebrates. The joint for the neck is in the middel of the base of the skull. The hands are prehensile, with a large and strongly opposable thumb. The brain is uniquely large in proportion to the body and has a particularly large and complex cerebrum; the cerebral cortex contains the cent res for memory and complex computation. The enlarged brain requires prolonged infant dependency and high quality nutrition. Differences between humans and animals are grea tes t in the realm of behaviour: Ability to make tools (associated with bipedalism; ability to anticipate the future; development of symbolic communication (associated with expansion of cortex. Direct evidence of man's language capabilities comes form the anatomy of the modern human vocal tract. Man is the only species that succeeded in creating a truly productive language, and it is the scaffolding of human culture and civilization.

  16. Aluminium-induced acute neurotoxicity in rats:Treatment with aqueous extract of Arthrophytum (Hammada scoparia)

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    Kaddour Tar; Omar Kharoubi; Oussama Anouar Tar; Nouria Hellal; Imene Benyettou; Abdelkader Aoues

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To study the antioxidative and protective properties of aqueous extract of Hammada scoparia (H. scoparia) against the effects of sub-chronic aluminium (Al) intoxication on mnemonic process and some neurochemical markers. Methods: Al was administered intraperitoneally (50 mg/kg body weight, three times a week), and H. scoparia and malic acid were given orally by gavage at a daily dose (100 mg/kg body weight) to rats for 90 days. Results: Al caused significant short-term and long-term memory disturbances, a decrease in locomotor activity, a significant inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity in brain and a significant depletion of antioxidant enzymes (catalase, glutathione reductase and glutathione peroxidase) and glutathione. It significantly increased lipid peroxidation levels in cerebrum and cerebellum. However, treatment with H. scoparia extract pro-tected efficiently the neurological functions of intoxicated rats by considerably increasing antioxidants levels and decreasing production of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances by 4.26%compared to untreated group. We noted some controversial results with malic acid. It showed some positive results but it was not as efficient as H. scoparia extract. Current results were consistent with histopathological observations including neurodegeneration and vacuolated cytoplasm (spongiosis) in Al treated sec-tions when H. scoparia and malic acid treated sections showed marked neuroprotection signs. Conclusions: This study strongly suggested that H. scoparia extract could possibly restore the altered neurological capacities and antioxidant power in rats, and it could even be a good alternative to chelating agents or other chemical medicines against Al-induced neurotoxicity.

  17. Diffusion Tensor Imaging of Human Cerebellar Pathways and their Interplay with Cerebral Macrostructure

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    Zafer eKeser

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    Full Text Available Cerebellar white matter connections to the central nervous system are classified functionally into the spinocerebellar, vestibulocerebellar, and cerebrocerebellar subdivisions. The Spinocerebellar (SC pathways project from spinal cord to cerebellum, whereas the vestibulocerebellar (VC pathways project from vestibular organs of the inner ear. Cerebrocerebellar connections are composed of feed forward and feedback connections between cerebrum and cerebellum including the cortico-ponto-cerebellar (CPC pathways being of cortical origin and the dentate-rubro-thalamo-cortical (DRTC pathway being of cerebellar origin. In this study we systematically quantified the whole cerebellar system connections using diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI. Ten right-handed healthy subjects (7 males and 3 females, age range 20-51 years were studied. DT-MRI data were acquired with a voxel size = 2mm x 2mm x 2 mm at a 3.0 Tesla clinical MRI scanner. The DT-MRI data were prepared and analyzed using anatomically-guided deterministic tractography methods to reconstruct the SC, DRTC, fronto-ponto-cerebellar (FPC, parieto-ponto-cerebellar (PPC, temporo-ponto-cerebellar (TPC and occipito-ponto-cerebellar (OPC. The DTI-attributes or the cerebellar tracts along with their cortical representation (Brodmann areas were presented in standard Montréal Neurological Institute space. All cerebellar tract volumes were quantified and correlated with volumes of cerebral cortical, subcortical gray matter (GM, cerebral white matter (WM and cerebellar GM, and cerebellar WM. On our healthy cohort, the ratio of total cerebellar GM-to-WM was ~ 3.29 ± 0.24, whereas the ratio of cerebral GM-to-WM was approximately 1.10 ± 0.11. The sum of all cerebellar tract volumes is ~ 25.8 ± 7.3 mL, or a percentage of 1.52 ± 0.43 of the total intracranial volume.

  18. Ontogenesis of NADPH-diaphorase positive neurons in guinea pig neocortex

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    Chao eLiu

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    Full Text Available In mammalian cerebrum there exist two distinct types of interneurons expressing nitric oxide synthase (NOS. Type I neurons are large in size and exhibit heavy nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase (NADPH-d histochemical reaction, while type II cells are small with light NADPH-d reactivity. The time of origin of these cortical neurons relative to corticogenesis remains largely unclear among mammals. Here we explored this issue in guinea pigs using cell birth-dating and double-labeling methods. Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU pulse-chasing (2 doses at 50 mg/kg, 12 hours apart was given to time-pregnant mothers, followed by quantification of NADPH-d/BrdU colocalization in the parietal and temporal neocortex in offspring at postnatal day 0 (P0, P30 and P60. Type I neurons were partially colabeled with BrdU at P0, P30 and P60 following pulse-chasing at embryonic day 21 (E21, E28 and E35, varied from 2% to 11.3% of total population of these neurons for the three time groups. Type II neurons were partially colabeled for BrdU following pulse-chasing at E21, E28, E35 and E42 at P0 (8.6%-16.5% of total population for individual time groups. At P60, type II neurons were found to co-express BrdU (4.8%-11.3% of total population for individual time groups following pulse-chasing at E21, E28, E35, E42, E49, E56 and E60/61. These results indicate that in guinea pigs type I neurons are generated during early corticogenesis, whereas type II cells are produced over a wide prenatal time window persisting until birth. The data also suggest that type II nitrinergic neurons may undergo a period of development/differentiation, for over one month, before being NADPH-d reactive.

  19. [Determination of irreversibility of clinical brain death. Electroencephalography and evoked potentials].

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    Buchner, H; Ferbert, A

    2016-02-01

    Principally, in the fourth update of the rules for the procedure to finally determine the irreversible cessation of function of the cerebrum, the cerebellum and the brainstem, the importance of an electroencephalogram (EEG), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP) are confirmed. This paper presents the reliability and validity of the electrophysiological diagnosis, discusses the amendments in the fourth version of the guidelines and introduces the practical application, problems and sources of error.An EEG is the best established supplementary diagnostic method for determining the irreversibility of clinical brain death syndrome. It should be noted that residual brain activity can often persist for many hours after the onset of brain death syndrome, particularly in patients with primary brainstem lesions. The derivation and analysis of an EEG requires a high level of expertise to be able to safely distinguish artefacts from primary brain activity. The registration of EEGs to demonstrate the irreversibility of clinical brain death syndrome is extremely time consuming.The BAEPs can only be used to confirm the irreversibility of brain death syndrome in serial examinations or in the rare cases of a sustained wave I or sustained waves I and II. Very often, an investigation cannot be reliably performed because of existing sound conduction disturbances or failure of all potentials even before the onset of clinical brain death syndrome. This explains why BAEPs are only used in exceptional cases.The SEPs of the median nerve can be very reliably derived, are technically simple and with few sources of error. A serial investigation is not required and the time needed for examination is short. For these reasons SEPs are given preference over EEGs and BAEPs for establishing the irreversibility of clinical brain death syndrome.

  20. Molecular mapping of movement-associated areas in the avian brain: a motor theory for vocal learning origin.

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    Feenders, Gesa; Liedvogel, Miriam; Rivas, Miriam; Zapka, Manuela; Horita, Haruhito; Hara, Erina; Wada, Kazuhiro; Mouritsen, Henrik; Jarvis, Erich D

    2008-03-12

    Vocal learning is a critical behavioral substrate for spoken human language. It is a rare trait found in three distantly related groups of birds-songbirds, hummingbirds, and parrots. These avian groups have remarkably similar systems of cerebral vocal nuclei for the control of learned vocalizations that are not found in their more closely related vocal non-learning relatives. These findings led to the hypothesis that brain pathways for vocal learning in different groups evolved independently from a common ancestor but under pre-existing constraints. Here, we suggest one constraint, a pre-existing system for movement control. Using behavioral molecular mapping, we discovered that in songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds, all cerebral vocal learning nuclei are adjacent to discrete brain areas active during limb and body movements. Similar to the relationships between vocal nuclei activation and singing, activation in the adjacent areas correlated with the amount of movement performed and was independent of auditory and visual input. These same movement-associated brain areas were also present in female songbirds that do not learn vocalizations and have atrophied cerebral vocal nuclei, and in ring doves that are vocal non-learners and do not have cerebral vocal nuclei. A compilation of previous neural tracing experiments in songbirds suggests that the movement-associated areas are connected in a network that is in parallel with the adjacent vocal learning system. This study is the first global mapping that we are aware for movement-associated areas of the avian cerebrum and it indicates that brain systems that control vocal learning in distantly related birds are directly adjacent to brain systems involved in movement control. Based upon these findings, we propose a motor theory for the origin of vocal learning, this being that the brain areas specialized for vocal learning in vocal learners evolved as a specialization of a pre-existing motor pathway that controls

  1. Molecular mapping of movement-associated areas in the avian brain: a motor theory for vocal learning origin.

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    Gesa Feenders

    Full Text Available Vocal learning is a critical behavioral substrate for spoken human language. It is a rare trait found in three distantly related groups of birds-songbirds, hummingbirds, and parrots. These avian groups have remarkably similar systems of cerebral vocal nuclei for the control of learned vocalizations that are not found in their more closely related vocal non-learning relatives. These findings led to the hypothesis that brain pathways for vocal learning in different groups evolved independently from a common ancestor but under pre-existing constraints. Here, we suggest one constraint, a pre-existing system for movement control. Using behavioral molecular mapping, we discovered that in songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds, all cerebral vocal learning nuclei are adjacent to discrete brain areas active during limb and body movements. Similar to the relationships between vocal nuclei activation and singing, activation in the adjacent areas correlated with the amount of movement performed and was independent of auditory and visual input. These same movement-associated brain areas were also present in female songbirds that do not learn vocalizations and have atrophied cerebral vocal nuclei, and in ring doves that are vocal non-learners and do not have cerebral vocal nuclei. A compilation of previous neural tracing experiments in songbirds suggests that the movement-associated areas are connected in a network that is in parallel with the adjacent vocal learning system. This study is the first global mapping that we are aware for movement-associated areas of the avian cerebrum and it indicates that brain systems that control vocal learning in distantly related birds are directly adjacent to brain systems involved in movement control. Based upon these findings, we propose a motor theory for the origin of vocal learning, this being that the brain areas specialized for vocal learning in vocal learners evolved as a specialization of a pre-existing motor

  2. Comparison of the Relationship between Cerebral White Matter and Grey Matter in Normal Dogs and Dogs with Lateral Ventricular Enlargement.

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    Martin J Schmidt

    Full Text Available Large cerebral ventricles are a frequent finding in brains of dogs with brachycephalic skull conformation, in comparison with mesaticephalic dogs. It remains unclear whether oversized ventricles represent a normal variant or a pathological condition in brachycephalic dogs. There is a distinct relationship between white matter and grey matter in the cerebrum of all eutherian mammals. The aim of this study was to determine if this physiological proportion between white matter and grey matter of the forebrain still exists in brachycephalic dogs with oversized ventricles. The relative cerebral grey matter, white matter and cerebrospinal fluid volume in dogs were determined based on magnetic-resonance-imaging datasets using graphical software. In an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA using body mass as the covariate, the adjusted means of the brain tissue volumes of two groups of dogs were compared. Group 1 included 37 mesaticephalic dogs of different sizes with no apparent changes in brain morphology, and subjectively normal ventricle size. Group 2 included 35 brachycephalic dogs in which subjectively enlarged cerebral ventricles were noted as an incidental finding in their magnetic-resonance-imaging examination. Whereas no significant different adjusted means of the grey matter could be determined, the group of brachycephalic dogs had significantly larger adjusted means of lateral cerebral ventricles and significantly less adjusted means of relative white matter volume. This indicates that brachycephalic dogs with subjective ventriculomegaly have less white matter, as expected based on their body weight and cerebral volume. Our study suggests that ventriculomegaly in brachycephalic dogs is not a normal variant of ventricular volume. Based on the changes in the relative proportion of WM and CSF volume, and the unchanged GM proportions in dogs with ventriculomegaly, we rather suggest that distension of the lateral ventricles might be the underlying cause

  3. Mapping primary gyrogenesis during fetal development in primate brains: high-resolution in utero structural MRI study of fetal brain development in pregnant baboons

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    Peter Kochunov

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The global and regional changes in the fetal cerebral cortex in primates were mapped during primary gyrification (PG; weeks 17-25 of 26 weeks total gestation. Studying pregnant baboons using high-resolution MRI in utero, measurements included cerebral volume, cortical surface area, gyrification index and length and depth of ten primary cortical sulci. Seven normally developing fetuses were imaged in two animals longitudinally and sequentially. We compared these results to those on PG that from the ferret studies and analyzed them in the context of our recent studies of phylogenetics of cerebral gyrification. We observed that in both primates and non-primates, the cerebrum undergoes a very rapid transformation into the gyrencephalic state, subsequently accompanied by an accelerated growth in brain volume and cortical surface area. However, PG trends in baboons exhibited some critical differences from those observed in ferrets. For example, in baboons, the growth along the long (length axis of cortical sulci was unrelated to the growth along the short (depth axis and far outpaced it. Additionally, the correlation between the rate of growth along the short sulcal axis and heritability of sulcal depth was negative and approached significance (r=-0.60;p<.10, while the same trend for long axis was positive and not significant (p=0.3;p=0.40. These findings, in an animal that shares a highly orchestrated pattern of PG with humans, suggest that ontogenic processes that influence changes in sulcal length and depth are diverse and possibly driven by different factors in primates than in non-primates.

  4. Auditory brain-stem response, CT and MR imaging in a family with classical type Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease

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    Shiomi, M.; Ookuni, H.; Sugita, T.

    1987-05-01

    A family in which 5 males in successive generations were clinically suspected to be affected with the classical X-linked recessive form of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is presented. Two brothers and their maternal uncle were examined by one of the authors (MS). In two brothers, aged 3 years and 2 years, the disease became obvious within a month after birth with nystagmus and head tremor. Head control and sitting were achieved at the age of 18 months at which time they began to speak. They could not stand nor walk without support. They had dysmetria, weakness and hyper-reflexia of lower extremities, and mild mental retardation. Their maternal uncle, aged 37 years, showed psychomotor retardation from birth and subsequently developed spastic paraplegia. He had been able to walk with crutches until adolescence. He had dysmetria, scanning speech, athetoid posture of fingers and significant intellectual deficits. Auditory brainstem response in both brothers revealed well defined waves I and II, low amplitude wave III and an absence of all subsequent components. CT demonstrated mild cerebral atrophy in the elder brother and was normal in the younger brother, but in their uncle, CT showed atrophy of the brainstem, cerebellum and cerebrum, and low density of the white matter of the centrum semiovale. MRI was performed in both brothers. Although the brainstem, the internal capsule and the thalamus were myelinated, the myelination in the subcortical white matter was restricted to periventricular regions on IR sequence scans. On SE sequence, the subcortical white matter was imaged as a brighter area than the cerebral cortex. These results demonstrate that the degree of myelination in these patients was roughly equal to that of 3-to 6-month old infants.

  5. Orthostatic Tremor and Orthostatic Myoclonus: Weight-bearing Hyperkinetic Disorders: A Systematic Review, New Insights, and Unresolved Questions

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    Hassan, Anhar; van Gerpen, Jay A.

    2016-01-01

    Background Orthostatic tremor (OT) and orthostatic myoclonus (OM) are weight-bearing hyperkinetic movement disorders most commonly affecting older people that induce “shaky legs” upon standing. OT is divided into “classical” and “slow” forms based on tremor frequency. In this paper, the first joint review of OT and OM, we review the literature and compare and contrast their demographic, clinical, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, pathophysiological, and treatment characteristics. Methods A PubMed search up to July 2016 using the phrases “orthostatic tremor,” “orthostatic myoclonus,” “shaky legs,” and “shaky legs syndrome” was performed. Results OT and OM should be suspected in older patients reporting unsteadiness with prolonged standing and/or who exhibit cautious, wide-based gaits. Surface electromyography (SEMG) is necessary to verify the diagnoses. Functional neuroimaging and electrophysiology suggest the generator of classical OT lies within the cerebellothalamocortical network. For OM, and possibly slow OT, the frontal, subcortical cerebrum is the most likely origin. Clonazepam is the most useful medication for classical OT, and levetiracetam for OM, although results are often disappointing. Deep brain stimulation appears promising for classical OT. Rolling walkers reliably improve gait affected by these disorders, as both OT and OM attenuate when weight is transferred from the legs to the arms. Discussion Orthostatic hyperkinesias are likely underdiagnosed, as SEMG is often unavailable in clinical practice, and thus may be more frequent than currently recognized. The shared weight-bearing induction of OT and OM may indicate a common pathophysiology. Further research, including use of animal models, is necessary to better define the prevalence and pathophysiology of OT and OM, in order to improve their treatment, and provide additional insights into basic balance and gait mechanisms.

  6. MR IMAGING OF MENINGEAL CARCINOMATOSIS BY SYSTEMIC MALIGNANCY

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    马林; 于生元; 蔡幼铨; 梁丽; 郭行高

    2003-01-01

    Objective.To investigate the magnetic resonance(MR)features of meningeal carcinomatosis,and to improve the ability in understanding and diagnosing meningeal carcinomatosis by MR findings. Methods. Eleven cases with proven meningeal carcinomatosis were studied by conventional and Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging. The enhancement patterns and features,as well as the types of meningeal involvement,were retrospectively analyzed. Results. Conventional MR imaging showed no evident meningeal abnormalities. After the administration of Gd-DTPA,abnormal pia mater enhancement was detected in 9 cases,demonstrating as the continuous,thin,and lineal high signal intensity on the brain surface that could descend into the sulci. The abnormal pial enhancement occurred on the cortical surfaces of cerebellum,brainstem,and cerebrum. No abnormal enhancement in the subarach-noid space was found. Abnormal dura-arachnoid enhancement was seen in 3 cases,showing as the continuous,thick,and curvilineal high signal intensity over the convexities or in the tentorium without extension into the cortical sulci. Cerebral dura-arachnoid involvement was found in all 3 cases and one of them also showed abnormal enhancement in cerebellar dura-arachnoid and tentorium. Of the 11 cases,9 with pial involvement had abnormal cerebrospinal fluid(CSF)results,2 involving only the dura-arachnoid had normal CSF results. Conclusion. Meningeal carcinomatosis could be well demonstrated by Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging,and its type could be differentiated by the enhancement features. Combined with the clinical information,Gd-enhanced MR imaging may lead to the diagnosis and guide the therapy of meningeal carcinomatosis.

  7. Protective effect of taurine on the decreased biogenic amine neurotransmitter levels in the brain of mice exposed to arsenic.

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    Liu, Xiaohui; Piao, Fengyuan; Li, Yachen

    2013-01-01

    Arsenic (As) exposure has a toxic effect on the central nervous system, especially on learning and memory. Norepinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA), and serotonin (5-HT) play an important role in learning and memory function of the brain. In the present study, the protective effect of taurine on the disturbed biogenic amine neurotransmitter levels in the mouse brain induced by arsenic was examined. Sixty SPF mice were divided into three groups. The As exposure group was administered with 4 ppm As(2)O(3) through drinking water for 60 days. The protective group was treated with both 4 ppm As(2)O(3) and 150 mg/kg taurine. The control group was given drinking water alone. The levels of NE, DA, and 5-HT were determined by HPLC in the cerebrum and cerebellum of mice. Ultrastructure of synapses in brain tissue of mice was observed in these groups by transmission electron microscopy. The mRNA expressions of dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), and tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) as NE, DA, and 5-HT synzymes were also analyzed by real-time RT-PCR. The results showed that the concentrations of NE, DA, and 5-HT; the number of synaptic vesicles; and the expressions of TH, TPH, and DBH genes in the brains of mice exposed to As alone were significantly decreased. However, administration of taurine significantly alleviated the toxic effect on biochemicals detected in the experiment, compared with that in the brain of mice exposed to As alone. These results indicated that taurine was effective in counteracting the decreased biogenic amine neurotransmitter level and the mRNA expressions of their synzymes induced by arsenic.

  8. The change in heat shock protein expression in avermectin induced neurotoxicity of the pigeon (Columba livia) both in vivo and in vitro.

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    Li, Ming; Wang, Xian-Song; Xu, Feng-Ping; Liu, Shuang; Xu, Shi-Wen; Li, Shu

    2014-12-01

    The expression of heat shock proteins (Hsps) commonly increases to provide neuroprotection when brain tissues are under stress conditions. Residues of avermectins (AVMs) have neurotoxic effects on a number of non-target organisms. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of AVM exposure on the expression levels of Hsp 60, Hsp 70 and Hsp 90 for pigeon (Columba livia) neurons both in vivo and in vitro. The results showed that in general, the mRNA and protein levels of Hsps were increased in treated groups relative to control groups after AVM exposure for 30d, 60d and 90d in the cerebrum, cerebellum and optic lobe in vivo. However, AVM exposure had no significant effects on the transcription expression of Hsps for 90d in the optic lobe and decreased the translation expression of Hsps significantly for 90d in the optic lobe. In vitro, the LC50 of avermectin for King pigeon neurons is between 15μgL(-1) and 20μgL(-1). Following AVM (2.5-20μgL(-1)) exposure, the mRNA expression of the 3 Hsps was up-regulated to different degrees. Compared with the control groups, a significant decrease, a remarkable increase and a non-significant change was found in the protein expression of Hsp 60, Hsp 70 and Hsp 90 separately following AVM (2.5-20μgL(-1)) exposure. Based on these results, we conclude that AVM exposure can induce a protective stress response in pigeons by means of promoting the mRNA and protein expression of Hsps under in vivo and in vitro conditions, thus easing the neurotoxic effects of AVM to some extent.

  9. 11β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type1 and memory%11β-羟类固醇脱氢酶1与记忆

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    苏颖; 林函; 连庆泉

    2010-01-01

    海马局部长期的高糖皮质激素(GC)水平对海马神经元造成损伤并影响记忆.经循环进入海马组织的肾上腺皮质分泌的GC主要是游离的无活性GC,因而需在具有还原酶活性的11β-羟类固醇脱氡酶1(11β-HSD1)的催化下转化为活性GC才能发挥作用.11β-HSD1在海马组织高表达.11β-HSD1的还原酶活性由内质网中己糖-6-磷酸脱氢酶催化生成的还原型辅酶Ⅱ维持.因此,选择性抑制海马11β-HSD1的还原酶活性可以调节海马组织活性GC的水平,保护记忆.%In hippocampus,a high level of glucocorticoid lasting for a long time can do harm to hippocampal neurons and damage memory.Most of the glucocorticoid secreted from the adrenal cortex and transported into the hippocarnpus is nomadic and inactive,and it needs to be converted into active form under the catalysis of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1).11β-HSD1 is expressed highly in hippocampus of the cerebrum.The reductase activity of 11β-HSD1 is maintained by coenzyme Ⅱ generated under the catalysis of hexose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase in endocytoplasmic reticulum.Therefore,it is possible to adjust the level of active glucocorticoid and protect memory if the reducase activity of 11β-HSD1 is inhibited selectively.

  10. Widespread heterogeneous neuronal loss across the cerebral cortex in Huntington's disease.

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    Nana, Alissa L; Kim, Eric H; Thu, Doris C V; Oorschot, Dorothy E; Tippett, Lynette J; Hogg, Virginia M; Synek, Beth J; Roxburgh, Richard; Waldvogel, Henry J; Faull, Richard L M

    2014-01-01

    Huntington's disease is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease characterized by neuronal degeneration in the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex, and a variable symptom profile. Although progressive striatal degeneration is known to occur and is related to symptom profile, little is known about the cellular basis of symptom heterogeneity across the entire cerebral cortex. To investigate this, we have undertaken a double blind study using unbiased stereological cell counting techniques to determine the pattern of cell loss in six representative cortical regions from the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes in the brains of 14 Huntington's disease cases and 15 controls. The results clearly demonstrate a widespread loss of total neurons and pyramidal cells across all cortical regions studied, except for the primary visual cortex. Importantly, the results show that cell loss is remarkably variable both within and between Huntington's disease cases. The results also show that neuronal loss in the primary sensory and secondary visual cortices relate to Huntington's disease motor symptom profiles, and neuronal loss across the associational cortices in the frontal, parietal and temporal lobes is related to both Huntington's disease motor and to mood symptom profiles. This finding considerably extends a previous study (Thu et al., Brain, 2010; 133:1094-1110) which showed that neuronal loss in the primary motor cortex was related specifically to the motor symptom profiles while neuronal loss in the anterior cingulate cortex was related specifically to mood symptom profiles. The extent of cortical cell loss in the current study was generally related to the striatal neuropathological grade, but not to CAG repeat length on the HTT gene. Overall our findings show that Huntington's disease is characterized by a heterogeneous pattern of neuronal cell loss across the entire cerebrum which varies with symptom profile.

  11. [Pharmacotherapy of the hyperventilation syndrome].

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    Hoes, M J

    1983-01-01

    Hyperventilation may be induced by several organic factors. The HVS-hyperventilation and symptoms such as hypertonia and pain-hypocapnia and disturbance of the acid-base balance--other symptoms--anxiousness--hyperventilation--etc. In the adaptation-hyperventilation and symptoms such as hypertonia and pain,-hupocapnia and disturbance of the acid-base balance-other symptoms--anxiousness--hyperventilation--etc. In the adaptation process one distinguishes the load, the strain and a tension or counterforce (stress). In the cause and effect relationship between the adaptation process and a specific pathology, it is obvious that the strain is the only element capable of eliciting the specific pathology or syndrome. Stress is a compensation for the strain and is therefore beneficial to the organism. The strain is associated with, amongst other things, anxiety and changes in the pyridoxine-L-tryptophan metabolism (nicotinic acid-ribonucleotide synthesis). Stress depends to a large extent on the intact serotonergic transmission in the cerebrum. But serotonin synthesis is critically dependent on the pyridoxine-L-tryptophan metabolism. Benzodiazepines improve the hyperventilation, anxiousness and strain, if these are of the free-floating anxiety type. Tricyclic preparations improve anxiousness in as much as it assumes the character of fear, phobia or an anxiety attack. They are active against strain when that reveals itself as an anxiety attack. Pyridoxine and L-tryptophan as serotonergic agonists, improve the hyperventilation, have a beneficial effect on symptoms such as hypertonia and pain, are effective against anxiousness and anxiety and potentiate the stress. In addition they directly correct the property of strain, i.e. the disturbance of the nicotinicacid-ribonucleotide synthesis. Clomipramine is the most potent serotonergic agonist available. That substance has a favourable effect on hyperventilation, hypertonia and pain, on anxiousness that expresses itself as fear

  12. B7-H1 shapes T-cell–mediated brain endothelial cell dysfunction and regional encephalitogenicity in spontaneous CNS autoimmunity

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    Klotz, Luisa; Kuzmanov, Ivan; Hucke, Stephanie; Gross, Catharina C.; Posevitz, Vilmos; Dreykluft, Angela; Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Andreas; Janoschka, Claudia; Lindner, Maren; Herold, Martin; Schwab, Nicholas; Ludwig-Portugall, Isis; Kurts, Christian; Meuth, Sven G.; Kuhlmann, Tanja; Wiendl, Heinz

    2016-01-01

    Molecular mechanisms that determine lesion localization or phenotype variation in multiple sclerosis are mostly unidentified. Although transmigration of activated encephalitogenic T cells across the blood–brain barrier (BBB) is a crucial step in the disease pathogenesis of CNS autoimmunity, the consequences on brain endothelial barrier integrity upon interaction with such T cells and subsequent lesion formation and distribution are largely unknown. We made use of a transgenic spontaneous mouse model of CNS autoimmunity characterized by inflammatory demyelinating lesions confined to optic nerves and spinal cord (OSE mice). Genetic ablation of a single immune-regulatory molecule in this model [i.e., B7-homolog 1 (B7-H1, PD-L1)] not only significantly increased incidence of spontaneous CNS autoimmunity and aggravated disease course, especially in the later stages of disease, but also importantly resulted in encephalitogenic T-cell infiltration and lesion formation in normally unaffected brain regions, such as the cerebrum and cerebellum. Interestingly, B7-H1 ablation on myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-specific CD4+ T cells, but not on antigen-presenting cells, amplified T-cell effector functions, such as IFN-γ and granzyme B production. Therefore, these T cells were rendered more capable of eliciting cell contact-dependent brain endothelial cell dysfunction and increased barrier permeability in an in vitro model of the BBB. Our findings suggest that a single immune-regulatory molecule on T cells can be ultimately responsible for localized BBB breakdown, and thus substantial changes in lesion topography in the context of CNS autoimmunity. PMID:27671636

  13. A clinicopathological study of atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor with review of the literature

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    Pritilata Rout

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT is a rare, aggressive neoplasm of the central nervous system occurring mainly in the early childhood. Objective: The objective of the present study was to study the clinicopathologic features of this newly recognized tumor. Materials and Methods: A retrospective search of pathology files from a series of brain tumors revealed five patients with features of AT/RT. The clinical, radiological and pathological features were analysed. Results: The cases included three boys and two girls with age ranging from 2 years to 15 years. The tumors were located in the infratentorial (three located in the cerebellar hemispheres and supratentorial areas (two located in the parietal and frontal lobes. One of the cerebellar tumors involved bilateral cerebellopontine (CP angles, mimicking a primary CP angle tumor (like neurofibroma with two small deposits in the cerebrum (parietal lobe. Radiologically all the five cases had heterogeneous enhancement with two of them exhibiting cystic change within. Histopathologically, the tumors were composed of rhabdoid cells, undifferentiated small cells, mixed with epithelial, mesenchymal, and neural tumor-like areas. The proportion of each of these elements varied in all the four cases. One of the tumor had predominantly small cells with focal rhabdoid differentiation mimicking a medulloblastoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor. Conclusion: AT/RT is an aggressive tumor with a varied clinical and pathological profile. The present case series helps in creating an awareness of this complex tumor and stresses the importance of correct diagnosis of this neoplasm that tends to have a bad prognosis.

  14. Connexin32 expression in central and peripheral nervous systems

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    Deschenes, S.M.; Scherer, S.S.; Fischbeck, K.H. [Univ. of Pennslylvania, PA (United States)

    1994-09-01

    Mutations have been identified in the gap junction gene, connexin32 (Cx32), in patients affected with the X-linked form of the demyelinating neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMTX). Gap junctions composed of Cx32 are present and developmentally regulated in a wide variety of tissues. In peripheral nerve, our immunohistochemical analysis localized Cx32 to the noncompacted myelin of the paranodal regions and the Schmidt-Lantermann incisures, where previous studies describe gap junctions. In contrast to the location of Cx32 in peripheral nerve and the usual restriction of clinical manifestations to the peripheral nervous system (PNS) (abstract by Paulson describes an exception), preliminary studies show that Cx32 is present in the compacted myelin of the central nervous system (CNS), as demonstrated by radial staining through the myelin sheath of oligodendrocytes in rat spinal cord. Analysis of Cx32 expression in various regions of rat CNS during development shows that the amount of Cx32 mRNA and protein increases as myelination increases, a pattern observed for other myelin genes. Studies in the PNS provide additional evidence that Cx32 and myelin genes are coordinately regulated at the transcriptional level; Cx32 and peripheral myelin gene PMP-22 mRNAs are expressed in parallel following transient or permanent nerve injury. Differences in post-translational regulation of Cx32 in the CNS and PNS may be indicated by the presence of a faster migrating form of Cs32 in cerebrum versus peripheral nerve. Studies are currently underway to determine the unique role of Cx32 in peripheral nerve.

  15. [The changes of processes of free radical oxidation of lipids and proteins, antioxidant defence in rats with hypofunction of the thyroid gland in conditions of iodine and copper deficiency].

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    Voronych-Semchenko, N M; Huranych, T V

    2014-01-01

    Thyroid status, copper balance, correlation of processes of peroxide oxidation of lipids (POL), proteins (POP), antioxidant defence (AOD) were examined in experiments on rats with hypofunction of thyroid gland under iodine monodeficit (HTGI) and combined iodine and copper deficit (HTGI+Cu). It was determined that a combined deficit of microelements is accompanied by a distribution of copper content between different tissues (increase in red blood cell mass and cerebrum, decrease in myocardium), essential changes of indexes of hypotalamo-hypophysis-thyroid axis, oxygen-dependent metabolism, antiradical defense, exacerbating the effects of negative influence of each of them on organism. It was established that HTGI+Cu causes a suppression of oxygen-dependent processes. In thyroid gland, it is shown a decrease of content of dyenic conjugates (DC) by 69,70% , of TBA-reacting products (TBA-RP) by 47,72% in diencephalon, the volume of modified proteins (VMP) - by 37,10-98,98% in the tissues of diencephalons. The results obtained let us to suggest a pivotal role ofmicroelement dysbalance and metabolic mechanisms in pathogenesis of cardiological pathology under thyroid dysfunction. The development of HTGI +Cu exhausts the resources of AOD: decreases the activity of catalase (on 47,05%), superoxide dismutase (on 33,13%), ceruloplasmine (on 33,93%) and saturation of transferrin with iron (on 56,76%) against the background of selective rise in the activity of glu-tationreductase (in 2,8 time) in comparison with the control data. The long-term disturbances ofantyoxidative defence can be the reason of manifestation of oxygendependent processes and the development of pathological changes in separate physiological systems of organism.

  16. Age-related changes in functional connectivity of cerebellar PlV: a FDG PET study

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    Cho, Sang Soo; Yoon, Eun Jin; Bang, Seong Ae; Park, Hyun Soo; Kim, Yu Kyeong; Kim, Sang Eun [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    The cerebellum is known to have strong connection with cerebral cortex, and it shows the greatest mean shrinkage with aging. Changes in functional connectivity between cerebellum and cortical and subcortical cerebral areas possibly occur in normal aging. In this study, we tested changes of interregional connection between cerebellar posterior inferior vermis (PIV) and cerebrum in healthy subjects divided in three classes of age group (young: 20-30, middle age: 40-50, elderly: over 60 years) using FDG PET. 211 healthy subjects (age, 20-82 y; 134 female) were studied with resting-state brain glucose utilization measured by FDG-PET, cerebellar PIV activity after count-normalization to the whole gray matter mean count was extracted. Using PIV count as a 'seed', the maps of cross-correlation coefficients were computed by measuring the correlation between 'seed' and all the other brain voxels (P < 0.001 uncorrected, k = 100). Across all age groups, positive correlations of metabolic activity in the cerebellar PIV showed in cerebellum itself and bilateral thalamus. An extended positive correlation in cuneus which is served for visual information processing was observed in middle aged and elderly group differently from the young group. Also, in elderly group, this correlation was observed in the frontal areas such as right orbital and precentral gyri. Negative correlation implicating mutual inhibition between the areas was also founded in prefrontal and cingulate cortices and temporoparietal association areas. Comparing with the young group, in theses areas, enlarged negative correlations was founded with aging. We identified age related changes in cerebrocerebellar communication loop which reflect changes in local neuroplasticity in the normal aging brain. Present result may have implication for understanding the functional decline of cerebellum related cognitive ability as well as the deficit of motor coordination in normal aging and its compensation

  17. Cerebral blood volume estimation by ferumoxytol-enhanced steady-state MRI at 9.4 T reveals microvascular impact of α1 -adrenergic receptor antibodies.

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    Pohlmann, Andreas; Karczewski, Peter; Ku, Min-Chi; Dieringer, Babette; Waiczies, Helmar; Wisbrun, Natali; Kox, Stefanie; Palatnik, Irina; Reimann, Henning Matthias; Eichhorn, Christina; Waiczies, Sonia; Hempel, Petra; Lemke, Bernd; Niendorf, Thoralf; Bimmler, Marion

    2014-09-01

    Cerebrovascular abnormality is frequently accompanied by cognitive dysfunctions, such as dementia. Antibodies against the α1 -adrenoceptor (α1 -AR) can be found in patients with Alzheimer's disease with cerebrovascular disease, and have been shown to affect the larger vessels of the brain in rodents. However, the impact of α1 -AR antibodies on the cerebral vasculature remains unclear. In the present study, we established a neuroimaging method to measure the relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) in small rodents with the ultimate goal to detect changes in blood vessel density and/or vessel size induced by α1 -AR antibodies. For this purpose, mapping of R2 * and R2 was performed using MRI at 9.4 T, before and after the injection of intravascular iron oxide particles (ferumoxytol). The change in the transverse relaxation rates (ΔR2 *, ΔR2 ) showed a significant rCBV decrease in the cerebrum, cortex and hippocampus of rats (except hippocampal ΔR2 ), which was more pronounced for ΔR2 * than for ΔR2 . Immunohistological analyses confirmed that the α1 -AR antibody induced blood vessel deficiencies. Our findings support the hypothesis that α1 -AR antibodies lead to cerebral vessel damage throughout the brain, which can be monitored by MRI-derived rCBV, a non-invasive neuroimaging method. This demonstrates the value of rCBV estimation by ferumoxytol-enhanced MRI at 9.4 T, and further underlines the significance of this antibody in brain diseases involving vasculature impairments, such as dementia.

  18. Neurovirulence of H5N1 infection in ferrets is mediated by multifocal replication in distinct permissive neuronal cell regions.

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    Jennifer R Plourde

    Full Text Available Highly pathogenic avian influenza A (HPAI, subtype H5N1, remains an emergent threat to the human population. While respiratory disease is a hallmark of influenza infection, H5N1 has a high incidence of neurological sequelae in many animal species and sporadically in humans. We elucidate the temporal/spatial infection of H5N1 in the brain of ferrets following a low dose, intranasal infection of two HPAI strains of varying neurovirulence and lethality. A/Vietnam/1203/2004 (VN1203 induced mortality in 100% of infected ferrets while A/Hong Kong/483/1997 (HK483 induced lethality in only 20% of ferrets, with death occurring significantly later following infection. Neurological signs were prominent in VN1203 infection, but not HK483, with seizures observed three days post challenge and torticollis or paresis at later time points. VN1203 and HK483 replication kinetics were similar in primary differentiated ferret nasal turbinate cells, and similar viral titers were measured in the nasal turbinates of infected ferrets. Pulmonary viral titers were not different between strains and pathological findings in the lungs were similar in severity. VN1203 replicated to high titers in the olfactory bulb, cerebral cortex, and brain stem; whereas HK483 was not recovered in these tissues. VN1203 was identified adjacent to and within the olfactory nerve tract, and multifocal infection was observed throughout the frontal cortex and cerebrum. VN1203 was also detected throughout the cerebellum, specifically in Purkinje cells and regions that coordinate voluntary movements. These findings suggest the increased lethality of VN1203 in ferrets is due to increased replication in brain regions important in higher order function and explains the neurological signs observed during H5N1 neurovirulence.

  19. PET imaging of focal demyelination and remyelination in a rat model of multiple sclerosis: comparison of [{sup 11}C]MeDAS, [{sup 11}C]CIC and [{sup 11}C]PIB

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    Paula Faria, Daniele de [University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Groningen (Netherlands); University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Neuroscience, Groningen (Netherlands); University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Center of Nuclear Medicine, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Copray, Sjef [University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Neuroscience, Groningen (Netherlands); Sijbesma, Jurgen W.A.; Willemsen, Antoon T.M.; Dierckx, Rudi A.J.O.; Vries, Erik F.J. de [University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Groningen (Netherlands); Buchpiguel, Carlos A. [University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Center of Nuclear Medicine, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2014-05-15

    In this study, we compared the ability of [{sup 11}C]CIC, [{sup 11}C]MeDAS and [{sup 11}C]PIB to reveal temporal changes in myelin content in focal lesions in the lysolecithin rat model of multiple sclerosis. Pharmacokinetic modelling was performed to determine the best method to quantify tracer uptake. Sprague-Dawley rats were stereotactically injected with either 1 % lysolecithin or saline into the corpus callosum and striatum of the right brain hemisphere. Dynamic PET imaging with simultaneous arterial blood sampling was performed 7 days after saline injection (control group), 7 days after lysolecithin injection (demyelination group) and 4 weeks after lysolecithin injection (remyelination group). The kinetics of [{sup 11}C]CIC, [{sup 11}C]MeDAS and [{sup 11}C]PIB was best fitted by Logan graphical analysis, suggesting that tracer binding is reversible. Compartment modelling revealed that all tracers were fitted best with the reversible two-tissue compartment model. Tracer uptake and distribution volume in lesions were in agreement with myelin status. However, the slow kinetics and homogeneous brain uptake of [{sup 11}C]CIC make this tracer less suitable for in vivo PET imaging. [{sup 11}C]PIB showed good uptake in the white matter in the cerebrum, but [{sup 11}C]PIB uptake in the cerebellum was low, despite high myelin density in this region. [{sup 11}C]MeDAS distribution correlated well with myelin density in different brain regions. This study showed that PET imaging of demyelination and remyelination processes in focal lesions is feasible. Our comparison of three myelin tracers showed that [{sup 11}C]MeDAS has more favourable properties for quantitative PET imaging of demyelinated and remyelinated lesions throughout the CNS than [{sup 11}C]CIC and [{sup 11}C]PIB. (orig.)

  20. Increased apoptosis and hypomyelination in cerebral white matter of macular mutant mouse brain

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    Shoichi Takikita

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Hypomyelination in developing brain is often accompanied by congenital metabolic disorders. Menkes kinky hair disease is an X-linked neurodegenerative disease of impaired copper transport, resulting from a mutation of the Menkes disease gene, a transmembrane copper-transporting p-type ATPase gene (ATP7A. In a macular mutant mouse model, the murine ortholog of Menkes gene (mottled gene is mutated, and widespread neurodegeneration and subsequent death are observed. Although some biochemical analysis of myelin protein in macular mouse has been reported, detailed histological study of myelination in this mouse model is currently lacking. Since myelin abnormality is one of the neuropathologic findings of human Menkes disease, in this study early myelination in macular mouse brain was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Two-week-old macular mice and normal littermates were perfused with 4% paraformaldehyde. Immunohistochemical staining of paraffin embedded and vibratome sections was performed using antibodies against either CNPase, cleaved caspase-3 or O4 (marker of immature oligodendrocytes. This staining showed that cerebral myelination in macular mouse was generally hypoplastic and that hypomyelination was remarkable in internal capsule, corpus callosum, and cingulate cortex. In addition, an increased number of cleaved caspase-3 positive cells were observed in corpus callosum and internal capsule. Copper deficiency induced by low copper diet has been reported to induce oligodendrocyte dysfunction and leads to hypomyelination in this mouse model. Taken together, hypomyelination observed in this study in a mouse model of Menkes disease is assumed to be induced by increased apoptosis of immature oligodendrocytes in developing cerebrum, through deficient intracellular copper metabolism.

  1. Increased apoptosis and hypomyelination in cerebral white matter of macular mutant mouse brain.

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    Takikita, Shoichi; Takano, Tomoyuki; Narita, Tsutomu; Maruo, Yoshihiro

    2015-09-01

    Hypomyelination in developing brain is often accompanied by congenital metabolic disorders. Menkes kinky hair disease is an X-linked neurodegenerative disease of impaired copper transport, resulting from a mutation of the Menkes disease gene, a transmembrane copper-transporting p-type ATPase gene (ATP7A). In a macular mutant mouse model, the murine ortholog of Menkes gene (mottled gene) is mutated, and widespread neurodegeneration and subsequent death are observed. Although some biochemical analysis of myelin protein in macular mouse has been reported, detailed histological study of myelination in this mouse model is currently lacking. Since myelin abnormality is one of the neuropathologic findings of human Menkes disease, in this study early myelination in macular mouse brain was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Two-week-old macular mice and normal littermates were perfused with 4% paraformaldehyde. Immunohistochemical staining of paraffin embedded and vibratome sections was performed using antibodies against either CNPase, cleaved caspase-3 or O4 (marker of immature oligodendrocytes). This staining showed that cerebral myelination in macular mouse was generally hypoplastic and that hypomyelination was remarkable in internal capsule, corpus callosum, and cingulate cortex. In addition, an increased number of cleaved caspase-3 positive cells were observed in corpus callosum and internal capsule. Copper deficiency induced by low copper diet has been reported to induce oligodendrocyte dysfunction and leads to hypomyelination in this mouse model. Taken together, hypomyelination observed in this study in a mouse model of Menkes disease is assumed to be induced by increased apoptosis of immature oligodendrocytes in developing cerebrum, through deficient intracellular copper metabolism.

  2. A HPLC-MS/MS method for determination of 6'''-feruloylspinosin in rat plasma and tissues: Pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution study.

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    Qiao, Longdong; Liu, Yan; Chen, Xiaoyan; Xie, Junbo; Zhang, Yanqing; Yang, Ke; Zhou, Hongjian; Duan, Yayun; Zheng, Wei; Xie, Wenlin

    2016-03-20

    A sensitive, reliable and accurate HPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the quantification of 6'''-feruloylspinosin in rat plasma and tissues with puerarin as the internal standard. The separation was performed on a Proshell 120 EC-C18 column (4.6×150 mm, 2.7 μm) with a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid (20:80, v/v) at 0.3 mL/min. The quantification was performed by MRM with m/z [M-H](-) 783.3→427.2 for 6'''-feruloylspinosin and m/z [M-H](-) 415.4→295.4 for the internal standard, respectively. The calibration curves covered over a concentration range of 20-2000 ng/mL in plasma and various tissues samples (heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, stomach, intestine, muscle, cerebrum and cerebellum) with good linearity (r(2)≥0.9914). Both the intra- and inter-day precisions were less than 14.70%, and the accuracy (RE%) ranged from -5.80% to 4.93%. The extraction recoveries were within 75.21-92.96%, and the matrix effect ranged from 87.21% to 113.44%. Compared with spinosin, 6'''-feruloylspinosin was distributed in rats faster whereas more slowly eliminated from the plasma. 6'''-Feruloylspinosin could be distributed rapidly and widely in various tissues, and transfer across the blood-brain barrier. In addition, both 6'''-feruloylspinosin and spinosin could enhance the expression of GABAAα1, GABAAα5, GABABR1 mRNA in rat hippocampal neurons significantly, indicating the bioactivity mechanism of 6'''-feruloylspinosin was involved in the GABA receptors.

  3. The effects of dopamine on regional cerebral blood flow in patients with Parkinson`s disease before and after L-dopa. Measurement by Xe-enhanced CT

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    Aiba, Ikuko [Nagoya Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine; Indo, Toshikatsu; Takahashi, Akira

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    Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured using the stable xenon enhanced CT method in previously untreated 13 patients with Parkinson`s disease to evaluate CBF abnormality related to dysfunction of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. The patients comprised 5 men and 8 women with Hoehn-Yahr stage II-III. Age at onset ranged from 51 to 73 years (mean{+-}SD, 61.8{+-}8.9) and the duration of illness ranged from 1 to 96 months (15.1{+-}24.1 months). In this series, there was no clinical evidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus and cognitive impairment. rCBF was measured during 4-5-minutes inhalation, of 33% stable xenon gas-67% oxygen. The first measurement of rCBF was performed in all of the patients before L-dopa treatment. After initiation of L-dopa treatment (333.3{+-}47.1 mg/day), the second measurement was carried out in 6 patients (1 man and 5 women) who had shown symptomatic improvement. The interval between both measurements was 57.7{+-}16.9 days. The following results were obtained. (1) No significant CBF asymmetry was noted in any of the striatum, pallidum, thalamus, cerebrum, cerebellum and frontal lobe in untreated patients with Parkinson`s disease. (2) After L-dopa treatment, rCBF was significantly increased only in the striatum as compared with the pretreatment level (51.9{+-}9.3{yields}63.1{+-}9.9 ml/100g/min, p<0.01). (3) This increase was significantly greater on the more severely affected side (contralateral to the predominantly symptomatic limb) (p<0.05). These results suggest that the increase of rCBF in the striatum is closely related to functional improvement of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. (author).

  4. Alternative promoter usage of the membrane glycoprotein CD36

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    Whatling Carl

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background CD36 is a membrane glycoprotein involved in a variety of cellular processes such as lipid transport, immune regulation, hemostasis, adhesion, angiogenesis and atherosclerosis. It is expressed in many tissues and cell types, with a tissue specific expression pattern that is a result of a complex regulation for which the molecular mechanisms are not yet fully understood. There are several alternative mRNA isoforms described for the gene. We have investigated the expression patterns of five alternative first exons of the CD36 gene in several human tissues and cell types, to better understand the molecular details behind its regulation. Results We have identified one novel alternative first exon of the CD36 gene, and confirmed the expression of four previously known alternative first exons of the gene. The alternative transcripts are all expressed in more than one human tissue and their expression patterns vary highly in skeletal muscle, heart, liver, adipose tissue, placenta, spinal cord, cerebrum and monocytes. All alternative first exons are upregulated in THP-1 macrophages in response to oxidized low density lipoproteins. The alternative promoters lack TATA-boxes and CpG islands. The upstream region of exon 1b contains several features common for house keeping gene and monocyte specific gene promoters. Conclusion Tissue-specific expression patterns of the alternative first exons of CD36 suggest that the alternative first exons of the gene are regulated individually and tissue specifically. At the same time, the fact that all first exons are upregulated in THP-1 macrophages in response to oxidized low density lipoproteins may suggest that the alternative first exons are coregulated in this cell type and environmental condition. The molecular mechanisms regulating CD36 thus appear to be unusually complex, which might reflect the multifunctional role of the gene in different tissues and cellular conditions.

  5. Toxoplasma gondii in stranded marine mammals from the North Sea and Eastern Atlantic Ocean: Findings and diagnostic difficulties.

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    van de Velde, Norbert; Devleesschauwer, Brecht; Leopold, Mardik; Begeman, Lineke; IJsseldijk, Lonneke; Hiemstra, Sjoukje; IJzer, Jooske; Brownlow, Andrew; Davison, Nicholas; Haelters, Jan; Jauniaux, Thierry; Siebert, Ursula; Dorny, Pierre; De Craeye, Stéphane

    2016-10-30

    The occurrence of the zoonotic protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii in marine mammals remains a poorly understood phenomenon. In this study, samples from 589 marine mammal species and 34 European otters (Lutra lutra), stranded on the coasts of Scotland, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Germany, were tested for the presence of T. gondii. Brain samples were analysed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of parasite DNA. Blood and muscle fluid samples were tested for specific antibodies using a modified agglutination test (MAT), a commercial multi-species enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and an immunofluorescence assay (IFA). Out of 193 animals tested by PCR, only two harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) cerebrum samples, obtained from animals stranded on the Dutch coast, tested positive. The serological results showed a wide variation depending on the test used. Using a cut-off value of 1/40 dilution in MAT, 141 out of 292 animals (41%) were positive. Using IFA, 30 out of 244 tested samples (12%) were positive at a 1/50 dilution. The commercial ELISA yielded 7% positives with a cut-off of the sample-to-positive (S/P) ratio≥50; and 12% when the cut-off was set at S/P ratio≥20. The high number of positives in MAT may be an overestimation due to the high degree of haemolysis of the samples and/or the presence of lipids. The ELISA results could be an underestimation due to the use of a multispecies conjugate. Our results confirm the presence of T. gondii in marine mammals in The Netherlands and show exposure to the parasite in both the North Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. We also highlight the limitations of the tests used to diagnose T. gondii in stranded marine mammals.

  6. Wilson's disease: cranial MRI observations and clinical correlation

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    Sinha, S.; Taly, A.B.; Prashanth, L.K.; Venugopal, K.S.; Arunodaya, G.R.; Swamy, H.S. [National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Department of Neurology, Bangalore (India); Ravishankar, S.; Vasudev, M.K. [National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Department of Neuroimaging and Interventional Radiology, Bangalore (India)

    2006-09-15

    Study of MRI changes may be useful in diagnosis, prognosis and better understanding of the pathophysiology of Wilson's disease (WD). We aimed to describe and correlate the MRI abnormalities of the brain with clinical features in WD. MRI evaluation was carried out in 100 patients (57 males, 43 females; mean age 19.3{+-}8.9 years) using standard protocols. All but 18 patients were on de-coppering agents. Their history, clinical manifestations and scores for severity of disease were noted. The mean duration of illness and treatment were 8.3{+-}10.8 years and 7.5{+-}7.1 years respectively. MRI of the brain was abnormal in all the 93 symptomatic patients. The most conspicuous observations were atrophy of the cerebrum (70%), brainstem (66%) and cerebellum (52%). Signal abnormalities were also noted: putamen (72%), caudate (61%), thalami (58%), midbrain (49%), pons (20%), cerebral white matter (25%), cortex (9%), medulla (12%) and cerebellum (10%). The characteristic T2-W globus pallidal hypointensity (34%), ''Face of giant panda'' sign (12%), T1-W striatal hyperintensity (6%), central pontine myelinosis (7%), and bright claustral sign (4%) were also detected. MRI changes correlated with disease severity scores (P<0.001) but did not correlate with the duration of illness. MRI changes were universal but diverse and involved almost all the structures of the brain in symptomatic patients. A fair correlation between MRI observations and various clinical features provides an explanation for the protean manifestations of the disease. (orig.)

  7. Comparison of the Relationship between Cerebral White Matter and Grey Matter in Normal Dogs and Dogs with Lateral Ventricular Enlargement.

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    Schmidt, Martin J; Laubner, Steffi; Kolecka, Malgorzata; Failing, Klaus; Moritz, Andreas; Kramer, Martin; Ondreka, Nele

    2015-01-01

    Large cerebral ventricles are a frequent finding in brains of dogs with brachycephalic skull conformation, in comparison with mesaticephalic dogs. It remains unclear whether oversized ventricles represent a normal variant or a pathological condition in brachycephalic dogs. There is a distinct relationship between white matter and grey matter in the cerebrum of all eutherian mammals. The aim of this study was to determine if this physiological proportion between white matter and grey matter of the forebrain still exists in brachycephalic dogs with oversized ventricles. The relative cerebral grey matter, white matter and cerebrospinal fluid volume in dogs were determined based on magnetic-resonance-imaging datasets using graphical software. In an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) using body mass as the covariate, the adjusted means of the brain tissue volumes of two groups of dogs were compared. Group 1 included 37 mesaticephalic dogs of different sizes with no apparent changes in brain morphology, and subjectively normal ventricle size. Group 2 included 35 brachycephalic dogs in which subjectively enlarged cerebral ventricles were noted as an incidental finding in their magnetic-resonance-imaging examination. Whereas no significant different adjusted means of the grey matter could be determined, the group of brachycephalic dogs had significantly larger adjusted means of lateral cerebral ventricles and significantly less adjusted means of relative white matter volume. This indicates that brachycephalic dogs with subjective ventriculomegaly have less white matter, as expected based on their body weight and cerebral volume. Our study suggests that ventriculomegaly in brachycephalic dogs is not a normal variant of ventricular volume. Based on the changes in the relative proportion of WM and CSF volume, and the unchanged GM proportions in dogs with ventriculomegaly, we rather suggest that distension of the lateral ventricles might be the underlying cause of pressure

  8. Cloning and Expression Characteristics of the Pig Stra8 Gene

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    Xiaoyan Wang

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Stra8 (Stimulated by Retinoic Acid 8 is considered a meiotic gatekeeper gene. Using reverse transcriptase PCR and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE, the complete sequence of the pig Stra8 gene was cloned. Bioinformatics analyses of this sequence were performed. Using semi-quantitative methods, the expression characteristics of Stra8 in Testis, cauda epididymis, body epididymis, caput epididymis, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, Cowper’s gland, heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, stomach, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, cerebrum, cerebellum, and hippocampus of adult Meishan boar and sow tissues were examined. The expression pattern in the testis of 2-, 30-, 60-, 90-, and 150-day old Meishan boars were analyzed using real-time PCR. We constructed a eukaryotic expression vector for the Stra8 gene and used it to transfect NIH-3T3 cells and third generation pig spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs cultured in vitro. Testes weight and sperm count in the cauda epididymis were evaluated at various time points. The results showed that the length of the pig Stra8 gene cDNA was 1444 bp encoding 366 amino acids with one typical helix-loop-helix (HLH domain. It is testes-specific expression. Expression was first detected in boar testis starting at day 2, and its expression significantly (p < 0.05 increased with age and body weight. When NIH-3T3 cells and pig SSCs were transfected with the eukaryotic expression vector EGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein-N1-pStra8, it was expressed in the cytoplasm of NIH-3T3 cells. However, in SSCs, Stra8 was expressed predominantly in cytoplasm and few in nucleus. Our data suggest that perhaps Stra8 acts as a transcription factor to initiate meiosis in young boar.

  9. Head impact accelerations for brain strain-related responses in contact sports: a model-based investigation.

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    Ji, Songbai; Zhao, Wei; Li, Zhigang; McAllister, Thomas W

    2014-10-01

    Both linear [Formula: see text] and rotational [Formula: see text] accelerations contribute to head impacts on the field in contact sports; however, they are often isolated in injury studies. It is critical to evaluate the feasibility of estimating brain responses using isolated instead of full degrees-of-freedom (DOFs) accelerations. In this study, we investigated the sensitivities of regional brain strain-related responses to resultant [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] as well as the relative contributions of these acceleration components to the responses via random sampling and linear regression using parameterized, triangulated head impacts with kinematic variable values based on on-field measurements. Two independently established and validated finite element models of the human head were employed to evaluate model-consistency and dependency in results: the Dartmouth Head Injury Model and Simulated Injury Monitor. For the majority of the brain, volume-weighted regional peak strain, strain rate, and von Mises stress accumulated from the simulation significantly correlated with the product of the magnitude and duration of [Formula: see text], or effectively, the rotational velocity, but not to [Formula: see text]. Responses from [Formula: see text]-only were comparable to the full-DOF counterparts especially when normalized by injury-causing thresholds (e.g., volume fractions of large differences virtually diminished (i.e., [Formula: see text]1 %) at typical difference percentage levels of 1-4 % on average). These model-consistent results support the inclusion of both rotational acceleration magnitude and duration into kinematics-based injury metrics and demonstrate the feasibility of estimating strain-related responses from isolated [Formula: see text] for analyses of strain-induced injury relevant to contact sports without significant loss of accuracy, especially for the cerebrum.

  10. Proposed helmet PET geometries with add-on detectors for high sensitivity brain imaging

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    Tashima, Hideaki; Yamaya, Taiga

    2016-10-01

    For dedicated brain PET, we can significantly improve sensitivity for the cerebrum region by arranging detectors in a compact hemisphere. The geometrical sensitivity for the top region of the hemisphere is increased compared with conventional cylindrical PET consisting of the same number of detectors. However, the geometrical sensitivity at the center region of the hemisphere is still low because the bottom edge of the field-of-view is open, the same as for the cylindrical PET. In this paper, we proposed a helmet PET with add-on detectors for high sensitivity brain PET imaging for both center and top regions. The key point is the add-on detectors covering some portion of the spherical surface in addition to the hemisphere. As the location of the add-on detectors, we proposed three choices: a chin detector, ear detectors, and a neck detector. For example, the geometrical sensitivity for the region-of-interest at the center was increased by 200% by adding the chin detector which increased the size by 12% of the size of the hemisphere detector. The other add-on detectors gave almost the same increased sensitivity effect as the chin detector did. Compared with standard whole-body-cylindrical PET, the proposed geometries can achieve 2.6 times higher sensitivity for brain region even with less than 1/4 detectors. In addition, we conducted imaging simulations for geometries with a diameter of 250 mm and with high resolution depth-of-interaction detectors. The simulation results showed that the proposed geometries increased image quality, and all of the add-on detectors were equivalently effective. In conclusion, the proposed geometries have high potential for widespread applications in high-sensitivity, high-resolution, and low-cost brain PET imaging.

  11. A replication study for genome-wide gene expression levels in two layer lines elucidates differentially expressed genes of pathways involved in bone remodeling and immune responsiveness.

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    Christin Habig

    Full Text Available The current replication study confirmed significant differences in gene expression profiles of the cerebrum among the two commercial layer lines Lohmann Selected Leghorn (LSL and Lohmann Brown (LB. Microarray analyses were performed for 30 LSL and another 30 LB laying hens kept in the small group housing system Eurovent German. A total of 14,103 microarray probe sets using customized Affymetrix ChiGene-1_0-st Arrays with 20,399 probe sets were differentially expressed among the two layer lines LSL and LB (FDR adjusted P-value <0.05. An at least 2-fold change in expression levels could be observed for 388 of these probe sets. In LSL, 214 of the 388 probe sets were down- and 174 were up-regulated and vice versa for the LB layer line. Among the 174 up-regulated probe sets in LSL, we identified 51 significantly enriched Gene ontology (GO terms of the biological process category. A total of 63 enriched GO-terms could be identified for the 214 down-regulated probe sets of the layer line LSL. We identified nine genes significantly differentially expressed between the two layer lines in both microarray experiments. These genes play a crucial role in protection of neuronal cells from oxidative stress, bone mineral density and immune response among the two layer lines LSL and LB. Thus, the different regulation of these genes may significantly contribute to phenotypic trait differences among these layer lines. In conclusion, these novel findings provide a basis for further research to improve animal welfare in laying hens and these layer lines may be of general interest as an animal model.

  12. Neuromyelitis optica and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder: Natural history and long-term outcome, an Indian experience

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    Sujit Abajirao Jagtap

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Neuromyelitis optica (NMO has evolved from devic′s classical description to a broader disease spectrum, from monophasic illness to a polyphasic illness with multiple recurrences, disease confined to optic nerve and spinal cord to now brain stem, cerebrum and even endocrinopathy due to hypothalamic involvement. Objectives: To report, the epidemiological characteristics, clinical presentations, recurrence rate, treatment and response to therapy in 26 patients with NMO and NMO spectrum disorder among the Indian population. Methods: We performed observational, retrospective analysis of our prospectively maintained data base of patients with NMO, longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis during the period of January 2003-December 2012 who satisfied the national multiple sclerosis society (NMSS task force criteria for diagnosis of NMO and NMO spectrum disorder. Results: There were 26 patients (female: male, 21:5, the mean age of onset of symptom was 27 years (range 9-58, standard deviation = 12. Twenty-one patients (80% fulfilled NMSS criteria for NMO while rest 5 patients (20% were considered as NMO spectrum disorder. Seven patients (27% had a monophasic illness, 19 patients (73% had a polyphasic illness with recurrences. The Median recurrence rate was 4/patient in the polyphasic group. 13 (50% patient were tested for aquaporin 4 antibody, 8 (61% were positive while 5 patients (39% were negative. All patients received intravenous methyl prednisolone, 9 patients (35% required further treatment for acute illness in view of unresponsiveness to steroids. Thirteen patients (50% received disease-modifying agents for recurrences. Mean duration of follow-up was 5 years. All patients had a good outcome (modified Rankin scale, <3 except one who had poor visual recovery. Conclusion: Neuromyelitis optica/NMO spectrum disorder is demyelinating disorder with female predominance, polyphasic course, myelitis being most common event although brain

  13. Compound heterozygosity of two functional null mutations in the ALPL gene associated with deleterious neurological outcome in an infant with hypophosphatasia.

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    Hofmann, C; Liese, J; Schwarz, T; Kunzmann, S; Wirbelauer, J; Nowak, J; Hamann, J; Girschick, H; Graser, S; Dietz, K; Zeck, S; Jakob, F; Mentrup, B

    2013-07-01

    Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a heterogeneous rare, inherited disorder of bone and mineral metabolism caused by different mutations in the ALPL gene encoding the isoenzyme, tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP). Prognosis is very poor in severe perinatal forms with most patients dying from pulmonary complications of their skeletal disease. TNAP deficiency, however, may also result in neurological symptoms such as neonatal seizures. The exact biological role of TNAP in the human brain is still not known and the pathophysiology of neurological symptoms due to TNAP deficiency in HPP is not understood in detail. In this report, we describe the clinical features and functional studies of a patient with severe perinatal HPP which presented with rapidly progressive encephalopathy caused by new compound heterozygous mutations in the ALPL gene which result in a functional ALPL "knock out", demonstrated in vitro. In contrast, an in vitro simulation of the genetic status of his currently asymptomatic parents who are both heterozygous for one mutation, showed a residual in vitro AP activity of above 50%. Interestingly, in our patient, the fatal outcome was due to progressive encephalopathy which was refractory to antiepileptic therapy including pyridoxine, rather than hypomineralization and respiratory insufficiency often seen in HPP patients. The patient's cranial MRI showed progressive cystic degradation of the cortex and peripheral white matter with nearly complete destruction of the cerebrum. To our knowledge, this is the first MRI-based report of a deleterious neurological clinical outcome due to a progressive encephalopathy in an infant harboring a functional human ALPL "knock out". This clinical course of disease suggests that TNAP is involved in development and may be responsible for multiple functions of the human brain. According to our data, a certain amount of residual TNAP activity might be mandatory for normal CNS function in newborns and early childhood.

  14. 图式理论与日语听解实践研究%Schema Theory and the Empirical Study of Japanese Listening Comprehension

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    窦硕华

    2011-01-01

    图式理论在研究大脑对外界信息的处理模式方面具有较强的解释力,因而被广泛应用于外语听力理解的研究与实践中。该理论认为,听者通过"自下而上"和"自上而下"两种模式共同作用于听力理解过程中。听者图式储存越丰富,对语篇的理解就越准确。鉴于此,在日语听解实践中,应积极构建并激活语言、内容、形式三种图式,以加速听力理解的进程,促进语用能力的提高。%Schema theory has a strong explanation in the respect of researching the model by which cerebrum processes information outside, which is widely applied in researches and practices of foreign language listening comprehension. It holds that listeners adopt "bottom-up" and "top-down" together in their listening comprehension. The richer listener' schema storage is, the more accurately they understand discourses. Therefore, in Japanese listening practices , it is necessary to construct and activate language, content, and form schemas to accelerate the process of listening comprehension and to promote the improvement of pragmatic competence.

  15. Poly(ethylene oxide/propylene oxide) copolymer thermo-reversible gelling system for the enhancement of intranasal zidovudine delivery to the brain.

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    Ved, Parag M; Kim, Kwonho

    2011-06-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the olfactory transfer of zidovudine (ZDV) after intranasal (IN) administration and to assess the effect of thermoreversible gelling system on its absorption and brain uptake. The nasal formulation was prepared by dissolving ZDV in pH 5.5 phosphate buffer solution comprising of 20% polyethylene oxide/propylene oxide (Poloxamer 407, PLX) as thermoreversible gelling agent and 0.1% n-tridecyl-β-D-maltoside (TDM) as permeation enhancer. This formulation exhibited a sufficient stability and an optimum gelation profile at 27-30 °C. The in vitro permeation studies across the freshly excised rabbit nasal mucosa showed a 53% increase in the permeability of ZDV from the formulation. For in vivo evaluation, the drug concentrations in the plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and six different regions of the brain tissues, i.e. olfactory bulb (OB), olfactory tract (OT), anterior, middle and posterior segments of cerebrum (CB), and cerebellum (CL) were determined by LC/MS method following IV and IN administration in rabbits at a dose of 1mg/kg. The IN administration of Poloxamer 407 and TDM based formulation showed a systemic bioavailability of 29.4% while exhibiting a 4 times slower absorption process (t(max) = 20 min) than control solution (t(max) = 5 min). The CSF and brain ZDV levels achieved after IN administration of the gelling formulation were approximately 4.7-56 times greater than those attained after IV injection. The pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies revealed that a polar antiviral compound, ZDV could preferentially transfer into the CSF and brain tissue via an alternative pathway, possibly olfactory route after intranasal administration.

  16. Congenital portosystemic shunts and hepatic encephalopathy in goat kids in California: 11 cases (1999-2012).

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    Kinde, Hailu; Pesavento, Patricia A; Loretti, Alexandre P; Adaska, John M; Barr, Bradd C; Moore, Janet D; Anderson, Mark L; Rimoldi, Guillermo; Hill, Ashley E; Jones, Megan E B

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    Between 1999 and 2012, 11 cases of congenital portosystemic shunts (cPSS) resulting in hepatic encephalopathy were diagnosed in goat kids necropsied at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System and at the Department of Pathology, Immunology & Microbiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis. Affected animals included 6 females and 5 males of various breeds including Boer (5/11), Nigerian Dwarf (1/11), Saanen (1/11), Toggenburg (1/11), and mixed-breed (3/11) aged between 1.5 months and 11 months, submitted live (2/11) or dead (9/11) for necropsy. The most frequent clinical signs in these goats were ataxia, blindness, tremors, head bobbing, head pressing, seizures, circling, weakness, and ill thrift. Bile acids were measured in 2 animals, and were elevated in both cases (134 and 209 µmol/l, reference interval = 0-50 µmol/l). Necropsy findings were poor to fair body condition. Grossly, the livers of 4 animals were subjectively small. Microscopic lesions included portal spaces with increased numbers of arteriolar profiles and hypoplastic or absent portal veins, diffuse atrophy of the hepatic parenchyma with the presence of small hepatocytes and, in some cases, multifocal hepatocellular macrovesicular vacuolation. In the brain and spinal cord of all animals, there was bilateral and symmetric spongy degeneration affecting the cerebrum, mesencephalon, cerebellum, brainstem, and cervical spinal cord. In all cases, the brain lesions were consistent with hepatic encephalopathy. Congenital portosystemic shunts should be considered in the differential diagnosis of young goats with a history of ill thrift, and nonspecific neurological signs.

  17. A statistical parametric mapping toolbox used for voxel-wise analysis of FDG-PET images of rat brain.

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    Binbin Nie

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: PET (positron emission tomography imaging researches of functional metabolism using fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG of animal brain are important in neuroscience studies. FDG-PET imaging studies are often performed on groups of rats, so it is desirable to establish an objective voxel-based statistical methodology for group data analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study establishes a statistical parametric mapping (SPM toolbox (plug-ins named spmratIHEP for voxel-wise analysis of FDG-PET images of rat brain, in which an FDG-PET template and an intracranial mask image of rat brain in Paxinos & Watson space were constructed, and the default settings were modified according to features of rat brain. Compared to previous studies, our constructed rat brain template comprises not only the cerebrum and cerebellum, but also the whole olfactory bulb which made the later cognitive studies much more exhaustive. And with an intracranial mask image in the template space, the brain tissues of individuals could be extracted automatically. Moreover, an atlas space is used for anatomically labeling the functional findings in the Paxinos & Watson space. In order to standardize the template image with the atlas accurately, a synthetic FDG-PET image with six main anatomy structures is constructed from the atlas, which performs as a target image in the co-registration. RESULTS: The spatial normalization procedure is evaluated, by which the individual rat brain images could be standardized into the Paxinos & Watson space successfully and the intracranial tissues could also be extracted accurately. The practical usability of this toolbox is evaluated using FDG-PET functional images from rats with left side middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO in comparison to normal control rats. And the two-sample t-test statistical result is almost related to the left side MCA. CONCLUSION: We established a toolbox of SPM8 named spmratIHEP for voxel-wise analysis of FDG

  18. A longitudinal analysis of regional brain volumes in macaques exposed to X-irradiation in early gestation.

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    Kristina Aldridge

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Early gestation represents a period of vulnerability to environmental insult that has been associated with adult psychiatric disease. However, little is known about how prenatal perturbation translates into adult brain dysfunction. Here, we use a longitudinal study design to examine the effects of disruption of early gestational neurogenesis on brain volume in the non-human primate. METHODS AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Five Rhesus macaques were exposed to x-irradiation in early gestation (E30-E41, and four control monkeys were sham-irradiated at comparable ages. Whole brain magnetic resonance imaging was performed at 6 months, 12 months, and 3 and 5 years of age. Volumes of whole cerebrum, cortical gray matter, caudate, putamen, and thalamus were estimated using semi-automated segmentation methods and high dimensional brain mapping. Volume reductions spanning all ages were observed in irradiated monkeys in the putamen (15-24%, p = 0.01 and in cortical gray matter (6-15%, p = 0.01. Upon covarying for whole cerebral volume, group differences were reduced to trend levels (putamen: p = 0.07; cortical gray matter: p = 0.08. No group-by-age effects were significant. CONCLUSIONS: Due to the small number of observations, the conclusions drawn from this study must be viewed as tentative. Early gestational irradiation may result in non-uniform reduction of gray matter, mainly affecting the putamen and cerebral cortex. This may be relevant to understanding how early prenatal environmental insult could lead to brain morphological differences in neurodevelopmental diseases.

  19. Brain glucose utilization in systemic lupus erythematosus with neuropsychiatric symptoms: a controlled positron emission tomography study

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    Otte, A. [Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Basel (Switzerland)]|[Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Weiner, S.M. [Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Peter, H.H. [Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Mueller-Brand, J. [Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Basel (Switzerland); Goetze, M. [Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Basel (Switzerland); Moser, E. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Gutfleisch, J. [Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Hoegerle, S. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Juengling, F.D. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany); Nitzsche, E.U. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg (Germany)

    1997-07-01

    In contrast to morphological imaging [such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography], functional imaging may be of advantage in the detection of brain abnormalities in cases of neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Therefore, we studied 13 patients (aged 40{+-}14 years, 11 female, 2 male) with neuropsychiatric SLE who met four of the American Rheumatism Association criteria for the classification of SLE. Ten clinically and neurologically healthy volunteers served as controls (aged 40{+-}12 years, 5 female, 5 male). Both groups were investigated using fluorine-18-labelled fluorodeoxyglucose brain positron emission tomography (PET) and cranial MRI. The normal controls and 11 of the 13 patients showed normal MRI scans. However, PET scan was abnormal in all 13 SLE patients. Significant group-to-group differences in the glucose metabolic index (GMI=region of interest uptake/global uptake at the level of the basal ganglia and thalamus) were found in the parieto-occipital region on both sides: the GMI of the parieto-occipital region on the right side was 0.922{+-}0.045 in patients and 1.066{+-}0.081 in controls (P<0.0001, Mann Whitney U test), while on the left side it was 0.892{+-}0.060 in patients and 1.034{+-}0.051 in controls (P=0.0002). Parieto-occipital hypometabolism is a conspicuous finding in mainly MRI-negative neuropsychiatric SLE. As the parieto-occipital region is located at the boundary of blood supply of all three major arteries, it could be the most vulnerable zone of the cerebrum and may be affected at an early stage of the cerebrovascular disease. (orig.). With 1 fig., 1 tab.

  20. The architecture of the nervous system of Echiniscus testudo (Echiniscoidea, Heterotardigrada

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    -, deuto- and trito-cerebrum.

  1. Truncated Cables1 causes agenesis of the corpus callosum in mice.

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    Mizuno, Seiya; Tra, Dinh T H; Mizobuchi, Atsushi; Iseki, Hiroyoshi; Mizuno-Iijima, Saori; Kim, Jun-Dal; Ishida, Junji; Matsuda, Yoichi; Kunita, Satoshi; Fukamizu, Akiyoshi; Sugiyama, Fumihiro; Yagami, Ken-ichi

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    Agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) is a congenital abnormality of the brain structure. More than 60 genes are known to be involved in corpus callosum development. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ACC are not fully understood. Previously, we produced a novel transgenic mouse strain, TAS, carrying genes of the tetracycline-inducible expression system that are not involved in brain development, and inherited ACC was observed in the brains of all homozygous TAS mice. Although ACC was probably induced by transgene insertion mutation, the causative gene and the molecular mechanism of its pathogenesis remain unclear. Here, we first performed interphase three-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis to determine the genomic insertion site. Transgenes were inserted into chromosome 18 ∼12.0 Mb from the centromere. Gene expression analysis and genomic PCR walking showed that the genomic region containing exon 4 of Cables1 was deleted by transgene insertion and the other exons of Cables1 were intact. The mutant allele was designated as Cables1(TAS). Interestingly, Cables1(TAS) mRNA consisted of exons 1-3 of Cables1 and part of the transgene that encoded a novel truncated Cables1 protein. Homozygous TAS mice exhibited mRNA expression of Cables1(TAS) in the fetal cerebrum, but not that of wild-type Cables1. To investigate whether a dominant negative effect of Cables1(TAS) or complete loss of function of Cables1 gives rise to ACC, we produced Cables1-null mutant mice. ACC was not observed in Cables1-null mutant mice, suggesting that a dominant negative effect of Cables1(TAS) impairs callosal formation. Moreover, ACC frequency in Cables1(+/TAS) mice was significantly lower than that in Cables1(-/TAS) mice, indicating that wild-type Cables1 interfered with the dominant negative effect of Cables1(TAS). This study indicated that truncated Cables1 causes ACC and wild-type Cables1 contributes to callosal formation.

  2. Kinetic analysis of transport and opioid receptor binding of ( sup 3 H)(-)-cyclofoxy in rat brain in vivo: Implications for human studies

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    Sawada, Y.; Kawai, R.; McManaway, M.; Otsuki, H.; Rice, K.C.; Patlak, C.S.; Blasberg, R.G. (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (USA))

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    (3H)Cyclofoxy (CF: 17-cyclopropylmethyl-3,14-dihydroxy-4,5-alpha-epoxy-6-beta-fluoromorp hinan) is an opioid antagonist with affinity to both mu and kappa subtypes that was synthesized for quantitative evaluation of opioid receptor binding in vivo. Two sets of experiments in rats were analyzed. The first involved determining the metabolite-corrected blood concentration and tissue distribution of CF in brain 1 to 60 min after i.v. bolus injection. The second involved measuring brain washout for 15 to 120 s following intracarotid artery injection of CF. A physiologically based model and a classical compartmental pharmacokinetic model were compared. The models included different assumptions for transport across the blood-brain barrier (BBB); estimates of nonspecific tissue binding and specific binding to a single opiate receptor site were found to be essentially the same with both models. The nonspecific binding equilibrium constant varied modestly in different brain structures (Keq = 3-9), whereas the binding potential (BP) varied over a much broader range (BP = 0.6-32). In vivo estimates of the opioid receptor dissociation constant were similar for different brain structures (KD = 2.1-5.2 nM), whereas the apparent receptor density (Bmax) varied between 1 (cerebellum) and 78 (thalamus) pmol/g of brain. The receptor dissociation rate constants in cerebrum (k4 = 0.08-0.16 min-1; koff = 0.16-0.23 min-1) and brain vascular permeability (PS = 1.3-3.4 ml/min/g) are sufficiently high to achieve equilibrium conditions within a reasonable period of time. Graphical analysis of the data is inappropriate due to the high tissue-loss rate constant for CF in brain. From these findings, CF should be a very useful opioid receptor ligand for the estimation of the receptor binding parameters in human subjects using (18F)CF and positron emission tomography.

  3. STUDY OF POSTERIOR FOSSA TUMORS BY HIGH RESOLUTION MRI

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    Sree Hari

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI is the imaging modality used for the assessment of infratentorial neoplasms. Although Computed Tomography (CT provides better demonstration of small or subtle calcifications within tumors. OBJECTIVES Study is done to assess the potential of MRI in characterisation of different tumors in posterior fossa by evaluating various unenhanced and gadolinium enhanced sequences and to compare high resolution FSE MRI sequences with routine FSE MRI sequences in diagnosing posterior fossa brain tumors. Also correlate findings on Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Pathological diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 52 patients were diagnosed by CT brain as having posterior fossa brain for a year of 2 years were included in the study. In all studies MR imaging was performed with a clinical 1.5 T system (General electrical medical systems. A dedicated phased-array coil was used. RESULTS The age group ranged from 1 year to 60 years, majority were between 1 to 20 years (39%. Slight male preponderance was seen (males 29, females 23. Commonest tumor encountered in our study was vestibular schwannoma. DWI alone can differentiate different pediatric posterior fossa brain tumors. One case of pilocytic astrocytoma showed solid lesion instead of typical cystic lesion with mural nodule. One case AT-RT showed 2 lesions one in cerebrum, one in CP angle. Common feature being intra-axial lesion involving cerebellum. MRI was able to predict diagnosis in 50 of the 52 tumors. CONCLUSION Magnetic Resonance Imaging was found to be a highly sensitive imaging procedure and method of choice for posterior fossa brain tumors.

  4. Generation of an estrogen receptor beta-iCre knock-in mouse.

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    Cacioppo, Joseph A; Koo, Yongbum; Lin, Po-Ching Patrick; Osmulski, Sarah A; Ko, Chunjoo D; Ko, CheMyong

    2016-01-01

    A novel knock-in mouse that expresses codon-improved Cre recombinase (iCre) under regulation of the estrogen receptor beta (Esr2) promoter was developed for conditional deletion of genes and for the spatial and/or temporal localization of Esr2 expression. ESR2 is one of two classical nuclear estrogen receptors and displays a spatiotemporal expression pattern and functions that are different from the other estrogen receptor, ESR1. A cassette was constructed that contained iCre, a polyadenylation sequence, and a neomycin selection marker. This construct was used to insert iCre in front of the endogenous start codon of the Esr2 gene of a C57BL/6J embryonic stem cell line via homologous recombination. Resulting Esr2-iCre mice were bred with ROSA26-lacZ and Ai9-RFP reporter mice to visualize cells of functional iCre expression. Strong expression was observed in the ovary, the pituitary, the interstitium of the testes, the head and tail but not body of the epididymis, skeletal muscle, the coagulation gland (anterior prostate), the lung, and the preputial gland. Additional diffuse or patchy expression was observed in the cerebrum, the hypothalamus, the heart, the adrenal gland, the colon, the bladder, and the pads of the paws. Overall, Esr2-iCre mice will serve as a novel line for conditionally ablating genes in Esr2-expressing tissues, identifying novel Esr2-expressing cells, and differentiating the functions of ESR2 and ESR1.

  5. Rapid evolution of a recently retroposed transcription factor YY2 in mammalian genomes

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    Luo, C; Lu, X; Stubbs, L; Kim, J

    2005-11-11

    YY2 was originally identified due to its unusual similarity to the evolutionarily well conserved, zinc-finger gene YY1. In this study, we have determined the evolutionary origin and conservation of YY2 using comparative genomic approaches. Our results indicate that YY2 is a retroposed copy of YY1 that has been inserted into another gene locus named Mbtps2 (membrane-bound transcription factor protease site 2). This retroposition is estimated to have occurred after the divergence of placental mammals from other vertebrates based on the detection of YY2 only in the placental mammals. The N-terminal and C-terminal regions of YY2 have evolved under different selection pressures. The N-terminal region has evolved at a very fast pace with very limited functional constraints whereas the DNA-binding, C-terminal region still maintains very similar sequence structure as YY1 and is also well conserved among placental mammals. In situ hybridizations using different adult mouse tissues indicate that mouse YY2 is expressed at relatively low levels in Purkinje and granular cells of cerebellum, and neuronal cells of cerebrum, but at very high levels in testis. The expression levels of YY2 is much lower than YY1, but the overall spatial expression patterns are similar to those of Mbtps2, suggesting a possible shared transcriptional control between YY2 and Mbtps2. Taken together, the formation and evolution of YY2 represent a very unusual case where a transcription factor was first retroposed into another gene locus encoding a protease and survived with different selection schemes and expression patterns.

  6. Whole-brain 320-detector row dynamic volume CT perfusion detected crossed cerebellar diaschisis after spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage

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    Fu, Jun; Chen, Wei-jian; Wang, Mei-hao; Li, Jian-ce; Zhang, Qian; Xia, Neng-zhi; Yang, Yun-jun [Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Radiology, First Affiliated Hospital, Wenzhou (China); Wu, Gui-yun [Cleveland Clinics Foundation, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Imaging Institute, Cleveland, OH (United States); Cheng, Jing-liang; Zhang, Yong [Zhengzhou University, Department of Radiology, First Affiliated Hospital, Zhengzhou (China); Zhuge, Qichuan [Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Neurosurgery, First Affiliated Hospital, Wenzhou (China)

    2014-11-09

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of 320-detector row CT used to detect crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) in patients with unilateral supratentorial spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH). We investigated 62 of 156 patients with unilateral supratentorial SICH using 320-detector row CT scanning. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF), cerebral blood volume (rCBV), mean transit time (rMTT), and time to peak (rTTP) levels were measured in different regions of interest (ROIs) that were manually outlined on computed tomography perfusion (CTP) for the cerebrum, including normal-appearing brain tissue that surrounded the perilesional low-density area (NA) and the perihematomal low-density area (PA) in all patients and the cerebellum (ipsilateral and contralateral) in CCD-positive patients. Of 62 cases, a total of 14 met the criteria for CCD due to cerebellar perfusion asymmetry on CTP maps. In the quantitative analysis, significant differences were found in the perfusion parameters between the contralateral and ipsilateral cerebellum in CCD-positive cases. No significant differences were found between the CCD-positive group and the CCD-negative group according to the hematoma volume, NIHSS scores, and cerebral perfusion abnormality (each P > 0.05). The correlation analysis of the degree of NA, PA perfusion abnormality, and the degree of CCD severity showed negative and significant linear correlations (R, -0.66∝-0.56; P < 0.05). 320-detector row CT is a robust and practicable method for the comprehensive primary imaging work-up of CCD in unilateral supratentorial SICH patients. (orig.)

  7. Gender and age effects in structural brain asymmetry as measured by MRI texture analysis.

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    Kovalev, Vassili A; Kruggel, Frithjof; von Cramon, D Yves

    2003-07-01

    Effects of gender and age on structural brain asymmetry were studied by 3D texture analysis in 380 adults. Asymmetry is detected by comparing the complex 3D gray-scale image patterns in the left and right cerebral hemispheres as revealed by anatomical T1-weighted MRI datasets. The Talairach and Tournoux parcellation system was applied to study the asymmetry on five levels: the whole cerebrum, nine coronal sections, 12 axial sections, boxes resulting from both coronal and axial subdivisions, and by a sliding spherical window of 9 mm diameter. The analysis revealed that the brain asymmetry increases in the anterior-posterior direction starting from the central region onward. Male brains were found to be more asymmetric than female. This gender-related effect is noticeable in all brain areas but is most significant in the superior temporal gyrus, Heschl's gyrus, the adjacent white matter regions in the temporal stem and the knee of the optic radiation, the thalamus, and the posterior cingulate. The brain asymmetry increases significantly with age in the inferior frontal gyrus, anterior insula, anterior cingulate, parahippocampal gyrus, retrosplenial cortex, coronal radiata, and knee region of the internal capsule. Asymmetry decreases with age in the optic radiation, precentral gyrus, and angular gyrus. The texture-based method reported here is based on extended multisort cooccurrence matrices that employ intensity, gradient, and anisotropy features in a uniform way. It is sensitive, simple to reproduce, robust, and unbiased in the sense that segmentation of brain compartments and spatial transformations are not necessary. Thus, it should be considered as another tool for digital morphometry in neuroscience.

  8. Severe malaria - a case of fatal Plasmodium knowlesi infection with post-mortem findings: a case report

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    Adem Patricia

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Zoonotic malaria caused by Plasmodium knowlesi is an important, but newly recognized, human pathogen. For the first time, post-mortem findings from a fatal case of knowlesi malaria are reported here. Case presentation A formerly healthy 40 year-old male became symptomatic 10 days after spending time in the jungle of North Borneo. Four days later, he presented to hospital in a state of collapse and died within two hours. He was hyponatraemic and had elevated blood urea, potassium, lactate dehydrogenase and amino transferase values; he was also thrombocytopenic and eosinophilic. Dengue haemorrhagic shock was suspected and a post-mortem examination performed. Investigations for dengue virus were negative. Blood for malaria parasites indicated hyperparasitaemia and single species P. knowlesi infection was confirmed by nested-PCR. Macroscopic pathology of the brain and endocardium showed multiple petechial haemorrhages, the liver and spleen were enlarged and lungs had features consistent with ARDS. Microscopic pathology showed sequestration of pigmented parasitized red blood cells in the vessels of the cerebrum, cerebellum, heart and kidney without evidence of chronic inflammatory reaction in the brain or any other organ examined. Brain sections were negative for intracellular adhesion molecule-1. The spleen and liver had abundant pigment containing macrophages and parasitized red blood cells. The kidney had evidence of acute tubular necrosis and endothelial cells in heart sections were prominent. Conclusions The overall picture in this case was one of systemic malaria infection that fit the WHO classification for severe malaria. Post-mortem findings in this case were unexpectedly similar to those that define fatal falciparum malaria, including cerebral pathology. There were important differences including the absence of coma despite petechial haemorrhages and parasite sequestration in the brain. These results suggest that further

  9. Agnathia-holoprosencephaly associated with a 46,XY,-21,+t(21q;21q) karyotype

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    Niedermeyer, K.K.; McCorquodale, M.M.; Burton, B.K. [Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1994-09-01

    We report an unusual case of agnathia-holoprosencephaly associated with Down syndrome due to a 21/21 translocation. The patient presented prenatally at 21 wks gestation. A fetal ultrasound revealed multiple CNS anomalies including hydrocephalus, compressed cerebellum, absent septum pellucidum and possible cranial meningocele or encephalocele. High resolution ultrasound & fetal karyotype were recommended. The patient refused & elected to have a pregnancy termination. Chromosomal analysis performed on products of conception revealed a 46,XY,-21,+t(21q;21q) karyotype. Fluorescence in situ hybridization was performed and confirmed the 21/21 translocation chromosome. An autopsy revealed agnathia and multiple CNS anomalies including absence of the septum pellucidum, absence of the corpus callosum, arhinencephaly, an occiptal meningoencephalocele, dilation of the lateral ventricles, and extensive dysgenesis & heterotopias of the central cerebrum & mid-brain. Additional abnormalities included a persistent left superior vena cava, atrial & ventricular septal defects, irregular length of the fingers with absence of the middle phalanges of the right 2nd and 5th & left 5th digits and bilateral simian creases. Agnathia can be an isolated abnormality but often is associated with holoprosencephaly and/or situs inversus. The majority of familial case of agnathis-holoprosencephaly was caused by an inherited unbalanced translocation resulting in duplication of 6p and monosomy of 18p. Our patient had a translocation form of trisomy 21 but did not have a phenotype consistent with Down syndrome. Trisomy 21 has not been previously reported in other cases of agnathia-holoprosencephaly. Whether the chromosomal abnormality caused the phenotypic abnormalities or if it is a coincidental finding cannot be determined.

  10. DRPLA transgenic mouse substrains carrying single copy of full-length mutant human DRPLA gene with variable sizes of expanded CAG repeats exhibit CAG repeat length- and age-dependent changes in behavioral abnormalities and gene expression profiles.

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    Suzuki, Kazushi; Zhou, Jiayi; Sato, Toshiya; Takao, Keizo; Miyagawa, Tsuyoshi; Oyake, Mutsuo; Yamada, Mitunori; Takahashi, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Yuji; Goto, Jun; Tsuji, Shoji

    2012-05-01

    Dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) is an autosomal dominant progressive neurodegenerative disorder with intellectual deterioration and various motor deficits including ataxia, choreoathetosis, and myoclonus, caused by an abnormal expansion of CAG repeats in the DRPLA gene. Longer expanded CAG repeats contribute to an earlier age of onset, faster progression, and more severe neurological symptoms in DRPLA patients. In this study, we have established DRPLA transgenic mouse lines (sublines) harboring a single copy of the full-length mutant human DRPLA gene carrying various lengths of expanded CAG repeats (Q76, Q96, Q113, and Q129), which have clearly shown motor deficits and memory disturbance whose severity increases with the length of expanded CAG repeats and age, and successfully replicated the CAG repeat length- and age-dependent features of DRPLA patients. Neuronal intranuclear accumulation of the mutant DRPLA protein has been suggested to cause transcriptional dysregulation, leading to alteration in gene expression and neuronal dysfunction. In this study, we have conducted a comprehensive analysis of gene expression profiles in the cerebrum and cerebellum of transgenic mouse lines at 4, 8, and 12 weeks using multiple microarray platforms, and demonstrated that both the number and expression levels of the altered genes are highly dependent on CAG repeat length and age in both brain regions. Specific groups of genes and their function categories were identified by further agglomerative cluster analysis and gene functional annotation analysis. Calcium signaling and neuropeptide signaling, among others, were implicated in the pathophysiology of DRPLA. Our study provides unprecedented CAG-repeat-length-dependent mouse models of DRPLA, which are highly valuable not only for elucidating the CAG-repeat-length-dependent pathophysiology of DRPLA but also for developing therapeutic strategies for DRPLA.

  11. White-tailed deer are susceptible to the agent of sheep scrapie by intracerebral inoculation.

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    Greenlee, Justin J; Smith, Jodi D; Kunkle, Robert A

    2011-10-11

    Interspecies transmission studies afford the opportunity to better understand the potential host range and origins of prion diseases. The purpose of this experiment was to determine susceptibility of white-tailed deer to the agent of scrapie after intracerebral inoculation and to compare clinical signs and lesions to those reported for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Deer (n = 5) were inoculated with 1 mL of a 10% (wt/vol) brain homogenate derived from a sheep clinically affected with scrapie. A non-inoculated deer was maintained as a negative control. Deer were observed daily for clinical signs of disease and euthanized and necropsied when unequivocal signs of scrapie were noted. One animal died 7 months post inoculation (pi) due to intercurrent disease. Examinations of brain tissue for the presence of the disease-associated abnormal prion protein (PrP(Sc)) by western blot (WB) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) were negative whereas IHC of lymphoid tissues was positive. Deer necropsied at 15-22 months pi were positive for scrapie by IHC and WB. Deer necropsied after 20 months pi had clinical signs of depression and progressive weight loss. Tissues with PrP(Sc) immunoreactivity included brain (at levels of cerebrum, hippocampus, colliculus, cerebellum, and brainstem), trigeminal ganglion, neurohypophysis, retina, spinal cord, and various lymphoid tissues including tonsil, retropharyngeal and mesenteric lymph nodes, Peyer's patches, and spleen. This work demonstrates for the first time that white-tailed deer are susceptible to sheep scrapie by intracerebral inoculation. To further test the susceptibility of white-tailed deer to scrapie these experiments will be repeated with a more natural route of inoculation.

  12. Selection of ovine housekeeping genes for normalisation by real-time RT-PCR; analysis of PrP gene expression and genetic susceptibility to scrapie

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    Hurtado Ana

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cellular prion protein expression is essential for the development of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs, and in sheep, genetic susceptibility to scrapie has been associated to PrP gene polymorphisms. To test the hypothetical linkage between PrP gene expression and genetic susceptibility, PrP mRNA levels were measured by real-time RT-PCR in six ovine tissues of animals with different genotypes. Results Previous to the PrP gene expression analysis the stability of several housekeeping (HK genes was assessed in order to select the best ones for relative quantification. The normalisation of gene expression was carried out using a minimum of three HK genes in order to detect small expression differences more accurately than using a single control gene. The expression stability analysis of six HK genes showed a large tissue-associated variation reflecting the existence of tissue-specific factors. Thereby, a specific set of HK genes was required for an accurate normalisation of the PrP gene expression within each tissue. Statistical differences in the normalised PrP mRNA levels were found among the tissues, obtaining the highest expression level in obex, followed by ileum, lymph node, spleen, cerebellum and cerebrum. A tendency towards increased PrP mRNA levels and genetic susceptibility was observed in central nervous system. However, the results did not support the hypothesis that PrP mRNA levels vary between genotypes. Conclusion The results on PrP gene expression presented here provide valuable baseline data for future studies on scrapie pathogenesis. On the other hand, the results on stability data of several HK genes reported in this study could prove very useful in other gene expression studies carried out in these relevant ovine tissues.

  13. Generalized cerebral atrophy seen on MRI in a naturally exposed animal model for creutzfeldt-jakob disease

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    Dasanu Constantin A

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Magnetic resonance imaging has been used in the diagnosis of human prion diseases such as sCJD and vCJD, but patients are scanned only when clinical signs appear, often at the late stage of disease. This study attempts to answer the questions "Could MRI detect prion diseases before clinical symptoms appear?, and if so, with what confidence?" Methods Scrapie, the prion disease of sheep, was chosen for the study because sheep can fit into a human sized MRI scanner (and there were no large animal MRI scanners at the time of this study, and because the USDA had, at the time of the study, a sizeable sample of scrapie exposed sheep, which we were able to use for this purpose. 111 genetically susceptible sheep that were naturally exposed to scrapie were used in this study. Results Our MRI findings revealed no clear, consistent hyperintense or hypointense signal changes in the brain on either clinically affected or asymptomatic positive animals on any sequence. However, in all 37 PrPSc positive sheep (28 asymptomatic and 9 symptomatic, there was a greater ventricle to cerebrum area ratio on MRI compared to 74 PrPSc negative sheep from the scrapie exposed flock and 6 control sheep from certified scrapie free flocks as defined by immunohistochemistry (IHC. Conclusions Our findings indicate that MRI imaging can detect diffuse cerebral atrophy in asymptomatic and symptomatic sheep infected with scrapie. Nine of these 37 positive sheep, including 2 one-year old animals, were PrPSc positive only in lymph tissues but PrPSc negative in the brain. This suggests either 1 that the cerebral atrophy/neuronal loss is not directly related to the accumulation of PrPSc within the brain or 2 that the amount of PrPSc in the brain is below the detectable limits of the utilized immunohistochemistry assay. The significance of these findings remains to be confirmed in human subjects with CJD.

  14. Research on the effects of mycorrhizal fungi on the growth condition of artemisia annua l%菌根真菌对青蒿生长状况影响的研究

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    秦艺; 赵君; 韩颂; 赵敏

    2014-01-01

    目的:青蒿又名黄花蒿(Artemisia annua L),是一年生菊科草本植物。从中提取的有效成分青蒿素,对抗氯喹的恶性疟及脑内虐有特效,其作用机理与传统的奎宁类抗疟药物不同。菌根是自然界中一种普遍存在的植物共生现象。它是土壤中的菌根真菌与高等植物营养根系形成的一种互惠共生体。作为自然界中的一种普遍现象,菌根真菌的存在对青蒿的生长状况必然有一定的影响。%Objective:Artemisia annua L is a kind of herbaceous compositae which grows in one year. Artemisinin ,the effective constituent extract from the Artemisia annua L , have an special effect to fight against the chloroquine of malignant malaria and the malaria in the cerebrum .Its mechanism of action is different from the traditional of the quinine medicine.Mycorrhiza is a kind of widespread phenomenon of plants mutualism.It is a kind of To be a widespread phenomenon in the nature, The existence of mycorrhizal fungi have a significant effection on the grown condition of the Artemisia annua L.

  15. Influence of zinc on calcium-dependent signal transduction pathways during aluminium-induced neurodegeneration.

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    Singla, Neha; Dhawan, D K

    2014-10-01

    Metals perform important functions in the normal physiological system, and alterations in their levels may lead to a number of diseases. Aluminium (Al) has been implicated as a major risk factor, which is linked to several neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. On the other hand, zinc (Zn) is considered as a neuromodulator and an essential dietary element that regulates a number of biological activities in our body. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of Zn supplementation, if any, in ameliorating the changes induced by Al on calcium signalling pathway. Male Sprague Dawley rats weighing 140-160 g were divided into four different groups viz.: normal control, aluminium treated (100 mg/kg b.wt./day via oral gavage), zinc treated (227 mg/l in drinking water) and combined aluminium and zinc treated. All the treatments were carried out for a total duration of 8 weeks. Al treatment decreased the Ca(2+) ATPase activity whereas increased the levels of 3', 5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate, intracellular calcium and total calcium content in both the cerebrum and cerebellum, which, however, were modulated upon Zn supplementation. Al treatment exhibited a significant elevation in the protein expressions of phospholipase C, inositol triphosphate and protein kinase A but decreased the expression of protein kinase C, which, however, was reversed upon Zn co-treatment. Al treatment also revealed alterations in neurohistoarchitecture in the form of calcium deposits, which were improved upon zinc co-administration. The present study, therefore, suggests that zinc regulates the intracellular calcium signalling pathway during aluminium-induced neurodegeneration.

  16. GnRH在性成熟高白鲑神经系统及性腺中的分布定位%An Immunocytochemical Localization of GnRH in the Nerve System and Gonad of Mature Coregonus peled

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    曹玉洁; 贾斌; 柳建新; 李志远; 张莉

    2011-01-01

    摘要:应用免疫组织化学方法,系统观察性成熟期高白鲑(Coregonus peled)神经系统及性腺中的促性腺激素释放激素( GnRH)的分布情况。结果表明,GnRH在大脑、小脑、中脑、脊髓、延髓中免疫阳性反应明显,且主要分布在神经元内。GnRH免疫阳性细胞在卵巢和精巢中均有分布,而且其阳性部位在卵巢主要分布于小生长期卵母细胞;在精巢中主要分布于间质细胞和精原细胞中。本文讨论了GnRH直接或间接参与高白鲑性腺发育成熟调节的可能性。%Immunocytochemical staining technique was used to study the expression of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in the nervous system and gonad of Coregonus peled. The results showed that there were GnRH immunoreactive endocrine cells in the cerebrum,cerebellum,diencephalon,medulla oblongata,and spinal cord. There were GnRH immunoreactive endocrine cells in the ovary and testis. The positive staining was observed mainly in the small growing oocyte, and in the interstitial cells and spermatogonia. The possible physiological function and morphological evidence of GnRH regulation on the development of gonad in C. Peled were discussed.

  17. Similarities between GCS and human motor cortex: complex movement coordination

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    Rodríguez, Jose A.; Macias, Rosa; Molgo, Jordi; Guerra, Dailos

    2014-07-01

    The "Gran Telescopio de Canarias" (GTC1) is an optical-infrared 10-meter segmented mirror telescope at the ORM observatory in Canary Islands (Spain). The GTC control system (GCS), the brain of the telescope, is is a distributed object & component oriented system based on RT-CORBA and it is responsible for the management and operation of the telescope, including its instrumentation. On the other hand, the Human motor cortex (HMC) is a region of the cerebrum responsible for the coordination of planning, control, and executing voluntary movements. If we analyze both systems, as far as the movement control of their mechanisms and body parts is concerned, we can find extraordinary similarities in their architectures. Both are structured in layers, and their functionalities are comparable from the movement conception until the movement action itself: In the GCS we can enumerate the Sequencer high level components, the Coordination libraries, the Control Kit library and the Device Driver library as the subsystems involved in the telescope movement control. If we look at the motor cortex, we can also enumerate the primary motor cortex, the secondary motor cortices, which include the posterior parietal cortex, the premotor cortex, and the supplementary motor area (SMA), the motor units, the sensory organs and the basal ganglia. From all these components/areas we will analyze in depth the several subcortical regions, of the the motor cortex, that are involved in organizing motor programs for complex movements and the GCS coordination framework, which is composed by a set of classes that allow to the high level components to transparently control a group of mechanisms simultaneously.

  18. Genome sequencing in a case of Niemann–Pick type C

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    Dougherty, Max; Lazar, John; Klein, Jason C.; Diaz, Karina; Gobillot, Theodore; Grunblatt, Eli; Hasle, Nicholas; Lawrence, Daniel; Maurano, Megan; Nelson, Maria; Olson, Gregory; Srivatsan, Sanjay; Shendure, Jay; Keene, C. Dirk; Bird, Thomas; Horwitz, Marshall S.; Marshall, Desiree A.

    2016-01-01

    Adult-onset Niemann–Pick disease type C (NPC) is an infrequent presentation of a rare neurovisceral lysosomal lipid storage disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations in NPC1 (∼95%) or NPC2 (∼5%). Our patient was diagnosed at age 33 when he presented with a 10-yr history of difficulties in judgment, concentration, speech, and coordination. A history of transient neonatal jaundice and splenomegaly with bone marrow biopsy suggesting a lipid storage disorder pointed to NPC; biochemical (“variant” level cholesterol esterification) and ultrastructural studies in adulthood confirmed the diagnosis. Genetic testing revealed two different missense mutations in the NPC1 gene—V950M and N1156S. Symptoms progressed over >20 yr to severe ataxia and spasticity, dementia, and dysphagia with aspiration leading to death. Brain autopsy revealed mild atrophy of the cerebrum and cerebellum. Microscopic examination showed diffuse gray matter deposition of balloon neurons, mild white matter loss, extensive cerebellar Purkinje cell loss with numerous “empty baskets,” and neurofibrillary tangles predominantly in the hippocampal formation and transentorhinal cortex. We performed whole-genome sequencing to examine whether the patient harbored variants outside of the NPC1 locus that could have contributed to his late-onset phenotype. We focused analysis on genetic modifiers in pathways related to lipid metabolism, longevity, and neurodegenerative disease. We identified no rare coding variants in any of the pathways examined nor was the patient enriched for genome-wide association study (GWAS) single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with longevity or altered lipid metabolism. In light of these findings, this case provides support for the V950M variant being sufficient for adult-onset NPC disease. PMID:27900365

  19. CD4 and CD8 T cells mediate distinct lethal meningoencephalitis in mice challenged with Tacaribe arenavirus

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    Ireland, Derek DC; Tami, Cecilia; Pedras-Vasconcelos, Joao; Verthelyi, Daniela

    2017-01-01

    Neonates are at increased risk of viral encephalopathies that can result in neurological dysfunction, seizures, permanent disability and even death. The neurological damage results from the combined effect of the virus and the immune response it elicits, thus finding tools to facilitate viral clearance from central nervous system (CNS) while minimizing neuron damage remains a critical challenge. Neonatal mice inoculated intraperitoneally with Tacaribe virus (TCRV) develop seizures, hindlimb paralysis and death within 15 days of inoculation. TCRV localizes to the CNS within days of challenge, primarily infecting astrocytes in the cerebellum and brain stem. We show that infection leads to inflammation, T cell and monocyte infiltration into the cerebellar parenchyma, apoptosis of astrocytes, neuronal degeneration and loss of Purkinje cells. Infiltrating antigen-specific T cells fail to clear the virus but drive the disease, as T-cell-deficient CD3ɛ KO mice survive TCRV infection with minimal inflammation or clinical manifestations despite no difference in CNS viral loads in comparison with T-cell sufficient mice. CD8+ T cells drive the pathology, which even in the absence of CD4+ T-cell help, infiltrate the parenchyma and mediate the apoptotic loss of cerebellar astrocytes, neurodegeneration and loss of Purkinje cells resulting in loss of balance, paralysis and death. CD4+ T cells are also pathogenic inducing gliosis and inflammation in the cerebellum and cerebrum that are associated with wasting and death several weeks after CD4+ T-cell transfer. These data demonstrate distinct pathogenic effects of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells and identify them as possible therapeutic targets. PMID:27569560

  20. Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Siblings from Families with Two or More Children with Learning or Intellectual Disabilities and Need for Full-Time Special Education

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    Mannerkoski, M.; Heiskala, H.; Aaberg, L. (Child Neurology, HUCH Dept. of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Helsinki (Finland)); Raininko, R. (Dept. of Radiology, Uppsala Univ., Uppsala (Sweden)); Sarna, S. (Dept. of Public Health, Univ. of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)); Wirtavuori, K. (HUCH Dept. of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Helsinki (Finland)); Autti, T. (HUCH Helsinki Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki (Finland))

    2009-05-15

    Background: Several factors are involved in determining a child's need for special education (Sweden). Thus, the value of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for subjects with learning and intellectual disabilities is uncertain. Purpose: To evaluate the usefulness of MRI in the diagnostic process of siblings with learning and intellectual disabilities and need for full-time SE. Material and Methods: Altogether, 119 siblings (mean age 11.9 years) from families in which two or more children attended/had previously attended full-time SE underwent prospective brain MRI. SE grouping included three levels, from specific learning disabilities (level 1) to global intellectual disabilities (level 3). Forty-three controls (level 0, mean age 12.0 years) attended mainstream education groups. Signal intensity and structural abnormalities were analyzed, and areas of the cerebrum, posterior fossa, corpus callosum, vermis and brain stem, and diameters of the corpus callosum were measured. In analyses, all area measurements were calculated in proportion to the total inner skull area. Results: Abnormal finding in MRI was more common for siblings (n=62; 52%) in SE (58% for level 3; 49% for level 2; 35% for level 1) than for controls (n=13; 16%). The siblings showed enlarged supra- (P<0.001) and infratentorial (P=0.015) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces and mild corpus callosum abnormalities (P=0.003) compared to controls. Siblings in SE had smaller inner skull area than controls (P<0.001). Further, the relative area of the mesencephalon (P=0.027) and the diameter of the body of the corpus callosum (P=0.015) were significantly smaller than in controls. In binary logistic regression analysis, enlarged supratentorial CSF spaces increased the probability of SE (odds ratio 4.2; P=0.023). Conclusion: Subjects with learning and intellectual disabilities commonly have more MRI findings than controls. Enlarged supratentorial CSF spaces were a frequent finding in siblings in full

  1. The human brain in 1700 pieces: design and development of a three-dimensional, interactive and reference atlas.

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    Nowinski, W L; Chua, B C; Qian, G Y; Nowinska, N G

    2012-02-15

    As the human brain is the most complex living organ, constructing its detailed model with exploration capabilities in a form of an atlas is a challenge. Our overall goal is to construct an advanced, detailed, parcellated, labeled, accurate, interactive, three-dimensional (3D), and scalable whole human brain atlas of structure, vasculature, tracts and systems. The objectives of this work are three-fold; to present: (1) method of atlas design and development including design principles, accuracy requirements, atlas content, architecture, functionality, user interface, and customized tools; (2) creation of an atlas of structure and systems including its modeling method and validation; and (3) integration of this atlas with the cerebrovasculature and tracts created earlier. The atlas is created from multiple in vivo 3/7 T scans. Its design based on "pyramidal principle" enables scalability while preserving design principles and exploits interaction paradigm "from blocks to brain". The atlas contains (1) navigator with modules for system/object/object state management, interaction, user interfacing, and rendering; and (2) brain model with cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord, white matter, deep structures, systems, ventricles, arteries, veins, sinuses, and tracts. The brain model is parcellated, labeled, consistent, realistic, of high resolution, polygonal/volumetric, dissectible, extendable, and deformable. It has over 1700 3D components. The atlas has sub-voxel accuracy of 0.1mm and the smallest vessels of 80 μm. Brain exploration includes dynamic scene composition, manipulation-independent 3D labeling, interaction combined with animation, meta-labeling, and quantification. This atlas is useful in education, research, and clinical applications. It can potentially be foundation for a multi-level molecular-cellular-anatomical-physiological-behavioral platform.

  2. Neonatal neosporosis in a 2-week-old Bernese mountain dog infected with multiple Neospora caninum strains based on MS10 microsatellite analysis.

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    Prandini da Costa Reis, Rodrigo; Crisman, Robin; Roser, Margie; Malik, Richard; Šlapeta, Jan

    2016-05-15

    Neonatal neosporosis is a challenging disease to diagnose in neonatal and young puppies because the first signs of this condition may not be strongly suggestive of an infectious aetiology. Within two weeks of birth, three of four pups died with a subacute clinical course, some with dyspnea, some with diarrhoea and some with neurologic signs. Neosporosis was diagnosed post-mortem, but only after microscopic examination of tissues collected at necropsy. Histological findings consisted of (i) necrotizing, diffuse interstitial pneumonia associated with intralesional protozoa and (ii) necrotizing multifocal myocarditis with mineralization and intralesional protozoa. No significant alterations were found in the cerebrum or cerebellum (spinal cord was not examined). Immunohistochemistry confirmed protozoal stages and cysts were Neospora caninum. Immunohistochemistry for Toxoplasma gondii was negative. Lung and heart were the most severely affected tissues with large numbers of free zoites, BAG5 positive bradyzoites and tissue cysts of N. caninum further confirmed by N. caninum-specific quantitative real-time PCR. One affected pup which displayed knuckling, ataxia and diarrhoea were treated with trimethoprim sulfadiazine and clindamycin, and made a complete recovery. This surviving pup (at 8 weeks-of-age) and dam were both positive for N. caninum antibody (reciprocal titres 4096 and 256, respectively). Three other intact bitches on the same property were seropositive for N. caninum, suggesting horizontal transmission and a common source of infection, possibly due to consumption of infected meat. Analysis using microsatellite-10 (MS10) demonstrated that multiple strains of N. caninum were present. It was likely that all MS10 N. caninum strains were transplacentally transmitted from dam to pups. This is the first time that multiple N. caninum strains have been demonstrated to be vertically transmitted in dogs. N. caninum should be considered in the differential diagnosis for

  3. Suppression of oxidative stress and 5-lipoxygenase activation by edaravone improves depressive-like behavior after concussion.

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    Higashi, Youichirou; Hoshijima, Michihiro; Yawata, Toshio; Nobumoto, Atsuya; Tsuda, Masayuki; Shimizu, Takahiro; Saito, Motoaki; Ueba, Tetuya

    2014-10-15

    Brain concussions are a serious public concern and are associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression. Patients with concussion who suffer from depression often experience distress. Nevertheless, few pre-clinical studies have examined concussion-induced depression, and there is little information regarding its pharmacological management. Edaravone, a free radical scavenger, can exert neuroprotective effects in several animal models of neurological disorders. However, the effectiveness of edaravone in animal models of concussion-induced depression remains unclear. In this study, we examined whether edaravone could prevent concussion-induced depression. Mice were subjected to a weight-drop injury and intravenously administered edaravone (3.0 mg/kg) or vehicle immediately after impact. Serial magnetic resonance imaging showed no abnormalities of the cerebrum on diffusion T1- and T2-weighted images. We found that edaravone suppressed concussion-induced depressive-like behavior in the forced swim test, which was accompanied by inhibition of increased hippocampal and cortical oxidative stress (OS) and suppression of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) translocation to the nuclear envelope in hippocampal astrocytes. Hippocampal OS in concussed mice was also prevented by the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase inhibitor, apocynin, and administration of BWB70C, a 5-LOX inhibitor, immediately and 24 h after injury prevented depressive-like behaviors in concussed mice. Further, antidepressant effects of edaravone were observed in mice receiving 1.0 or 3.0 mg/kg of edaravone immediately after impact, but not at a lower dose of 0.1 mg/kg. This antidepressant effect persisted up to 1 h after impact, whereas edaravone treatment at 3 h after impact had no effect on concussion-induced depressive-like behavior. These results suggest that edaravone protects against concussion-induced depression, and this protection is mediated by suppression of OS and 5

  4. Pms2 suppresses large expansions of the (GAA·TTCn sequence in neuronal tissues.

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    Rebecka L Bourn

    Full Text Available Expanded trinucleotide repeat sequences are the cause of several inherited neurodegenerative diseases. Disease pathogenesis is correlated with several features of somatic instability of these sequences, including further large expansions in postmitotic tissues. The presence of somatic expansions in postmitotic tissues is consistent with DNA repair being a major determinant of somatic instability. Indeed, proteins in the mismatch repair (MMR pathway are required for instability of the expanded (CAG·CTG(n sequence, likely via recognition of intrastrand hairpins by MutSβ. It is not clear if or how MMR would affect instability of disease-causing expanded trinucleotide repeat sequences that adopt secondary structures other than hairpins, such as the triplex/R-loop forming (GAA·TTC(n sequence that causes Friedreich ataxia. We analyzed somatic instability in transgenic mice that carry an expanded (GAA·TTC(n sequence in the context of the human FXN locus and lack the individual MMR proteins Msh2, Msh6 or Pms2. The absence of Msh2 or Msh6 resulted in a dramatic reduction in somatic mutations, indicating that mammalian MMR promotes instability of the (GAA·TTC(n sequence via MutSα. The absence of Pms2 resulted in increased accumulation of large expansions in the nervous system (cerebellum, cerebrum, and dorsal root ganglia but not in non-neuronal tissues (heart and kidney, without affecting the prevalence of contractions. Pms2 suppressed large expansions specifically in tissues showing MutSα-dependent somatic instability, suggesting that they may act on the same lesion or structure associated with the expanded (GAA·TTC(n sequence. We conclude that Pms2 specifically suppresses large expansions of a pathogenic trinucleotide repeat sequence in neuronal tissues, possibly acting independently of the canonical MMR pathway.

  5. Daily ethanol exposure during late ovine pregnancy: physiological effects in the mother and fetus in the apparent absence of overt fetal cerebral dysmorphology.

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    Kenna, Kelly; De Matteo, Robert; Hanita, Takushi; Rees, Sandra; Sozo, Foula; Stokes, Victoria; Walker, David; Bocking, Alan; Brien, James; Harding, Richard

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    High levels of ethanol (EtOH) consumption during pregnancy adversely affect fetal development; however, the effects of lower levels of exposure are less clear. Our objectives were to assess the effects of daily EtOH exposure (3.8 USA standard drinks) on fetal-maternal physiological variables and the fetal brain, particularly white matter. Pregnant ewes received daily intravenous infusions of EtOH (0.75 g/kg maternal body wt over 1 h, 8 fetuses) or saline (8 fetuses) from 95 to 133 days of gestational age (DGA; term ∼145 DGA). Maternal and fetal arterial blood was sampled at 131-133 DGA. At necropsy (134 DGA) fetal brains were collected for analysis. Maternal and fetal plasma EtOH concentrations reached similar maximal concentration (∼0.11 g/dl) and declined at the same rate. EtOH infusions produced mild reductions in fetal arterial oxygenation but there were no changes in maternal oxygenation, maternal and fetal Pa(CO(2)), or in fetal mean arterial pressure or heart rate. Following EtOH infusions, plasma lactate levels were elevated in ewes and fetuses, but arterial pH fell only in ewes. Fetal body and brain weights were similar between groups. In three of eight EtOH-exposed fetuses there were small subarachnoid hemorrhages in the cerebrum and cerebellum associated with focal cortical neuronal death and gliosis. Overall, there was no evidence of cystic lesions, inflammation, increased apoptosis, or white matter injury. We conclude that daily EtOH exposure during the third trimester-equivalent of ovine pregnancy has modest physiological effects on the fetus and no gross effects on fetal white matter development.

  6. Bridging neuroanatomy, neuroradiology and neurology: three-dimensional interactive atlas of neurological disorders.

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    Nowinski, W L; Chua, B C

    2013-06-01

    Understanding brain pathology along with the underlying neuroanatomy and the resulting neurological deficits is of vital importance in medical education and clinical practice. To facilitate and expedite this understanding, we created a three-dimensional (3D) interactive atlas of neurological disorders providing the correspondence between a brain lesion and the resulting disorder(s). The atlas contains a 3D highly parcellated atlas of normal neuroanatomy along with a brain pathology database. Normal neuroanatomy is divided into about 2,300 components, including the cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord, arteries, veins, dural sinuses, tracts, cranial nerves (CN), white matter, deep gray nuclei, ventricles, visual system, muscles, glands and cervical vertebrae (C1-C5). The brain pathology database contains 144 focal and distributed synthesized lesions (70 vascular, 36 CN-related, and 38 regional anatomy-related), each lesion labeled with the resulting disorder and associated signs, symptoms, and/or syndromes compiled from materials reported in the literature. The initial view of each lesion was preset in terms of its location and size, surrounding surface and sectional (magnetic resonance) neuroanatomy, and labeling of lesion and neuroanatomy. In addition, a glossary of neurological disorders was compiled and for each disorder materials from textbooks were included to provide neurological description. This atlas of neurological disorders is potentially useful to a wide variety of users ranging from medical students, residents and nurses to general practitioners, neuroanatomists, neuroradiologists and neurologists, as it contains both normal (surface and sectional) brain anatomy and pathology correlated with neurological disorders presented in a visual and interactive way.

  7. Three-dimensional interactive and stereotactic atlas of head muscles and glands correlated with cranial nerves and surface and sectional neuroanatomy.

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    Nowinski, Wieslaw L; Chua, Beng Choon; Johnson, Aleksandra; Qian, Guoyu; Poh, Lan Eng; Yi, Su Hnin Wut; Bivi, Aminah; Nowinska, Natalia G

    2013-04-30

    Three-dimensional (3D) relationships between head muscles and cranial nerves innervating them are complicated. Existing sources present these relationships in illustrations, radiologic scans, or autopsy photographs, which are limited for learning and use. Developed electronic atlases are limited in content, quality, functionality, and/or presentation. We create a truly 3D interactive, stereotactic and high quality atlas, which provides spatial relationships among head muscles, glands and cranial nerves, and correlates them to surface and sectional neuroanatomy. The head muscles and glands were created from a 3T scan by contouring them and generating 3D models. They were named and structured according to Terminologia anatomica. The muscles were divided into: extra-ocular, facial, masticatory and other muscles, and glands into mouth and other glands. The muscles, glands (and also head) were placed in a stereotactic coordinate system. This content was integrated with cranial nerves and neuroanatomy created earlier. To explore this complex content, a scalable user interface was designed with 12 modules including central nervous system (cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord), cranial nerves, muscles, glands, arterial system, venous system, tracts, deep gray nuclei, ventricles, white matter, visual system, head. Anatomy exploration operations include compositing/decompositing, individual/group selection, 3D view-index mapping, 3D labeling, highlighting, distance measuring, 3D brain cutting, and axial/coronal/sagittal triplanar display. To our best knowledge, this is the first truly 3D, stereotactic, interactive, fairly complete atlas of head muscles, and the first attempt to create a 3D stereotactic atlas of glands. Its use ranges from education of students and patients to research to potential clinical applications.

  8. Stroke atlas: a 3D interactive tool correlating cerebrovascular pathology with underlying neuroanatomy and resulting neurological deficits.

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    Nowinski, W L; Chua, B C

    2013-02-01

    Understanding stroke-related pathology with underlying neuroanatomy and resulting neurological deficits is critical in education and clinical practice. Moreover, communicating a stroke situation to a patient/family is difficult because of complicated neuroanatomy and pathology. For this purpose, we created a stroke atlas. The atlas correlates localized cerebrovascular pathology with both the resulting disorder and surrounding neuroanatomy. It also provides 3D display both of labeled pathology and freely composed neuroanatomy. Disorders are described in terms of resulting signs, symptoms and syndromes, and they have been compiled for ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and cerebral aneurysms. Neuroanatomy, subdivided into 2,000 components including 1,300 vessels, contains cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, spinal cord, white matter, deep grey nuclei, arteries, veins, dural sinuses, cranial nerves and tracts. A computer application was developed comprising: 1) anatomy browser with the normal brain atlas (created earlier); 2) simulator of infarcts/hematomas/aneurysms/stenoses; 3) tools to label pathology; 4) cerebrovascular pathology database with lesions and disorders, and resulting signs, symptoms and/or syndromes. The pathology database is populated with 70 lesions compiled from textbooks. The initial view of each pathological site is preset in terms of lesion location, size, surrounding surface and sectional neuroanatomy, and lesion and neuroanatomy labeling. The atlas is useful for medical students, residents, nurses, general practitioners, and stroke clinicians, neuroradiologists and neurologists. It may serve as an aid in patient-doctor communication helping a stroke clinician explain the situation to a patient/family. It also enables a layman to become familiarized with normal brain anatomy and understand what happens in stroke.

  9. Neocortex and allocortex respond differentially to cellular stress in vitro and aging in vivo.

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    Posimo, Jessica M; Titler, Amanda M; Choi, Hailey J H; Unnithan, Ajay S; Leak, Rehana K

    2013-01-01

    cerebrum may reflect differential responses to low level protein-misfolding stress but also reveal impressive compensatory adaptations in allocortex.

  10. A compendium of canine normal tissue gene expression.

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    Joseph Briggs

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Our understanding of disease is increasingly informed by changes in gene expression between normal and abnormal tissues. The release of the canine genome sequence in 2005 provided an opportunity to better understand human health and disease using the dog as clinically relevant model. Accordingly, we now present the first genome-wide, canine normal tissue gene expression compendium with corresponding human cross-species analysis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The Affymetrix platform was utilized to catalogue gene expression signatures of 10 normal canine tissues including: liver, kidney, heart, lung, cerebrum, lymph node, spleen, jejunum, pancreas and skeletal muscle. The quality of the database was assessed in several ways. Organ defining gene sets were identified for each tissue and functional enrichment analysis revealed themes consistent with known physio-anatomic functions for each organ. In addition, a comparison of orthologous gene expression between matched canine and human normal tissues uncovered remarkable similarity. To demonstrate the utility of this dataset, novel canine gene annotations were established based on comparative analysis of dog and human tissue selective gene expression and manual curation of canine probeset mapping. Public access, using infrastructure identical to that currently in use for human normal tissues, has been established and allows for additional comparisons across species. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These data advance our understanding of the canine genome through a comprehensive analysis of gene expression in a diverse set of tissues, contributing to improved functional annotation that has been lacking. Importantly, it will be used to inform future studies of disease in the dog as a model for human translational research and provides a novel resource to the community at large.

  11. Staging of moyamoya disease by perfusion SPECT

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    Kuwabara, Yasuo [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Hospital; Matsushima, Toshio; Fukui, Masashi

    2001-04-01

    Staging of moyamoya disease, based on angiography and PET have already been established. The authors have established staging of moyamoya disease based on perfusion SPECT, that can be summarized as follows: Stage I, no abnormality is seen at rest or after acetazolamide loading; Stage II, no abnormality is seen at rest, however, a decreased response (blood flow increase rate: <15%) is seen to acetazolamide loading (a, a decreased response is seen only in the frontal lobe; b, a decreased response is seen in regions other than the frontal lobe; and c, a decreased response is seen throughout the cerebrum); Stage III, localized decrease in blood flow (blood flow decrease compared with peripheral tissue: {>=}15%) and marked decrease in response to acetazolamide (blood flow increase rate: <5%) are seen at rest. In Stage III, CT and MRI show no abnormal findings or only mild lesions of the white matter; and Stage IV, multiple decreases in blood flow are seen at rest, and CT and MRI reveal infarctions and severe atrophy at the same sites. The above staging does not require determination of cerebral blood flow, and thus it can be used in children, in whom cerebral blood flow determination is difficult. The authors performed 99m-Tc ECD perfusion SPECT in 25 patients with moyamoya disease for the staging, and compared staging based on angiography with staging based on perfusion SPECT. The results did not show a correlation between the 2 staging methods. A problem inherent in the staging of moyamoya disease based on perfusion SPECT is that the relationship between cerebral blood flow and cerebral radioactivity concentrations may differ depending on the drug used to determine cerebral blood flow. Thus, although the present staging system does not depend on any specific radioactive drug to determine cerebral blood flow, further investigation is necessary to identify a more appropriate drug than those in current use. (K.H.)

  12. Prediction of the pharmacological effect of octreotide in acromegaly by means of {sup 111}In-pentetreotide scintigraphy and calculation of a pituitary uptake index; Praediktion der pharmakologischen Wirkung von Octreotid bei Akromegalie mittels {sup 111}In-Pentetreotid-Szintigraphie und Berechnung eines hypophysaeren Uptake-Index

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    Goerges, R. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Cordes, U. [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Niedergelassener Endokrinologen, Mainz/Darmstadt (Germany); Engelbach, M. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). III. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik; Bartelt, K.M. [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Niedergelassener Endokrinologen, Mainz/Darmstadt (Germany); Haberern, G. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Hey, O. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Neurochirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik; Beyer, J. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). III. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik; Bockisch, A. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin

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    Aim: The aim of our prospective study was to optimize the determination of the pituitary somatostatin receptor status by means of 111-In-pentetreotide scintigraphy and to compare it intraindividually with the pharmacological effect of octreotide in active acromegaly. Methods: In n=22 patients with growth hormone (GH) secreting pituitary adenoma, 111-In-penetreotide scintigraphy was performed, and the specific radionuclide accumulation in the pituitary area (evaluation visually as well as semiquantitatively by means of ROI technique and calculation of various uptake indices) was correlated with the acute drop of GH after administration of 100 {mu}g octreotide s.c. (octreotide acute test). Results: The uptake index we propose (cts/pixel-ratio circular pituitary ROI: Irregular cerebrum ROI after background correction in the sagittal SPECT slice with maximum pituitary uptake 24 h p.i.) correlates best with the pharmacological effect (acute decrease of GH levels) of octreotide; its upper normal limit amounts of 3.5. Conclusion: As often the normal pituitary gland can be visualized scintigraphically, the purely visual differentiation between a normal and pathological receptor status sometimes is equivocal. A pituitary uptake index, calculated by means of a standardized ROI technique, facilitates this discrimination and so contributes to select possible responders for a treatment with octreotide. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Ziel unserer prospektiven Studie war die optimierte Bestimmung des hypophysaeren Somatostatin-Rezeptorstatus in der 111-In-Pentetreotid-Szintigraphie und der intraindividuelle Vergleich mit dem pharmakologischen Effekt von Octreotid bei florider Akromegalie. Methoden: Bei n=22 Patienten mit Wachstumshormon-(GH)-sezernierendem Hypophysenadenom wurde eine 111-In-Pentetreotid-Szintigraphie durchgefuehrt und die spezifische Nuklidakkumulation in der Hypophysenregion (Auswertung sowohl visuell als auch semiquantitativ mittels ROI-Technik und Berechnung

  13. A PROSPECTIVE HISTOPATHOLOGICAL-BASED STUDY OF BRAIN TUMOURS IN A REFERRAL CENTRE

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    Prathima Gujjaru

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    six percent of the cases were of neuroepithelial in origin. Twenty eight percent were meningiomas. Only one case was metastatic in origin and in two patients the pituitary adenomas were confirmed. The study is in agreement with the other studies when compared. CONCLUSION Cerebrum was the commonest site of intracranial tumours. Neuroepithelial tumours were the most common histological type followed by pituitary tumours and meningiomas. Majority of malignant intracranial tumours were WHO grade I. Rare variant like clear cell type was also observed. Most meningiomas were of grade I, but most astrocytomas were of higher grade.

  14. 快速稳态进动采集序列MR检查在胎儿成像中的应用%Application of MR imaging with fast-imaging employing steady-state acquisition sequence in normal fetus

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    石银龙; 王传兵; 刘伟

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨快速稳态进动采集序列(FIESTA)在胎儿MR检查中的应用价值.方法 对30例20周以上正常胎儿行MR检查,采用FIESTA序列对胎儿头颅、躯干行轴位、冠状位、矢状位扫描,观察胎儿各系统主要器官,包括脑、肺、心脏、肝、脾、胃肠道等的解剖和MR表现.结果 孕20周时,胎儿各主要器官均已发育.中枢神经系统在FIESTA图像脑室系统高信号的衬托下,大脑三层结构清晰可辨,脑室系统呈生理性扩大状态.30周后脑沟、回形成逐渐明显;非神经系统亦可较清晰显示.结论 FIESTA可清楚显示胎儿各主要器官的正常解剖和发育变化,胎儿主要器官和MR表现与新生儿有较大区别.%Objective To investigate the value of MR imaging with fast-imaging employing steady-state acquisition (FIESTA) sequence in normal fetus. Methods Thirty normal fetuses with gestational age greater than 20 weeks underwent MR imaging with FIESTA sequence on sagittal and axial view of the fetus body and the head. The normal fetus anatomy of the brain, lungs, heart, liver, spleen,gastrointestinal tract and their MR manifestations were observed. Reulls The main organs of fetus had developed in 20 weeks gestation. In the central nervous system .against the high signal of the ventricular system, three layers of the cerebrum were identified, and the ventricular system was extended physiologically. Cerebral gyri and sulcus developed significantly after 30 weeks gestation. Non-central nervous system( non-CNS) tissues could also be clearly observed. Conclusion FIESTA sequence MR imaging can clearly show the normal fetal anatomy of main organs, which are quite different from those in newborns.

  15. Epizootic of ovine congenital malformations associated with Schmallenberg virus infection.

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    van den Brom, R; Luttikholt, S J M; Lievaart-Peterson, K; Peperkamp, N H M T; Mars, M H; van der Poel, W H M; Vellema, P

    2012-02-01

    Epizootic outbreaks of congenital malformations in sheep are rare and have, to the best of our knowledge, never been reported before in Europe. This paper describes relevant preliminary findings from the first epizootic outbreak of ovine congenital malformations in the Netherlands. Between 25 November and 20 December 2011, congenital malformations in newborn lambs on sheep farms throughout the country were reported to the Animal Health Service in Deventer. Subsequently, small ruminant veterinary specialists visited these farms and collected relevant information from farmers by means of questionnaires. The deformities varied from mild to severe, and ewes were reported to have given birth to both normal and deformed lambs; both male and female lambs were affected. Most of the affected lambs were delivered at term. Besides malformed and normal lambs, dummy lambs, unable to suckle, were born also on these farms. None of the ewes had shown clinical signs during gestation or at parturition. Dystocia was common, because of the lambs' deformities. Lambs were submitted for post-mortem examination, and samples of brain tissue were collected for virus detection. The main macroscopic findings included arthrogryposis, torticollis, scoliosis and kyphosis, brachygnathia inferior, and mild-to-marked hypoplasia of the cerebrum, cerebellum and spinal cord. Preliminary data from the first ten affected farms suggest that nutritional deficiencies, intoxication, and genetic factors are not likely to have caused the malformations. Preliminary diagnostic analyses of precolostral serum samples excluded border disease virus, bovine viral diarrhoea virus, and bluetongue virus. In December 2011, samples of brain tissue from 54 lambs were sent to the Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen University Research, Lelystad. Real-time PCR detected the presence of a virus, provisionally named the Schmallenberg virus, in brain tissue from 22 of the 54 lambs, which originated from seven of eight

  16. Overview of developmental, reproductive, and behavioral/ neurological effects of mercury exposures in wildlife

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    Heinz, G.H.; Hoffman, D.; Klimstra, J.; Stebbins, K.

    2007-01-01

    We review wildlife/mercury literature and our own research findings that demonstrate the relevance of wildlife toxicity data in protecting human health. Methylmercury affects wildlife through reduced adult survival and reproduction, aberrant behavior, immune system effects, and teratogenic effects. Methylmercury can readily cross the blood-brain barrier, is excreted into eggs in birds, and is transferred to young mammals across the placenta and in milk. Its principal effect on wildlife is on neurological functions. Wild mink (Mustela vison) and otter (Lutra canadensis) have died from methylmercury poisoning, with signs of poisoning including anorexia, loss of weight, incoordination, tremors, and convulsions, which are symptoms similar to those experienced by mercury-poisoned humans. Mammals also may experience tonic and clonic convulsions and an increase in fetal anomalies, again paralleling toxic problems in people. Antibody-producing cells can be suppressed by methylmercury. Microscopically, the most notable lesions are in the cerebrum. Extensive vacuolation of hepatocytes in the liver and necrosis and other changes in the appearance of the proximal convoluted tubules of the kidneys are often noted. When harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus) were dosed with methylmercury chloride the number of circulating erythrocytes decreased and white blood cell counts greatly increased. The poisoned seals also suffered from uremia, hyperproteinemia, hypercholesterolemia, hyperbilirubinemia, and elevations in lactic dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase. In birds, signs of methylmercury poisoning included emaciation and weakness in the extremities, which progressed until the birds died. Mercury poisoning in birds and mammals can be diagnosed from a combination of the signs of poisoning if the animal is still alive, the pathological effects seen in a gross necropsy, the histopathological effects seen with a microscope, and the concentrations of mercury in various tissues. Our

  17. A novel therapeutic disaccharide for Huntington's disease by inhibiting aggregation and delaying pathology%海藻糖治疗亨廷顿蛋白构象病的研究进展

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    李昭华; 蒙健宗; 周礼圆; 董先智

    2009-01-01

    Huntington's disease (HD) is autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder. It is caused by CAG trinucleotide repeat expansions that are translated into abnormally long polyglutamine tracts. One of the pathological hallmarks in HD is the formation of intranuclear inclusions of polyglutamine-containing proteins in the brain. Although causal relationships between polyglutamine aggregation and cellular toxicity are much debated, inhibition of the polyglutamine-mediated protein aggregation may provide treatment options for HD. The trehalose has a potential to inhibit polyglutamine-induced protein aggregation and to increase survival in a cellular model of HD. Oral administration of trehalose decreased polyglutamine aggregates in the cerebrum and liver, improved motor dysfunction and extended life span in a transgenic mouse model of HD.%亨廷顿病(Huntington's disease,HD)是一种由于蛋白质多聚谷氨酰胺序列伸展延长导致该蛋白质反常折叠凝集而引起的神经退行性疾病.含延长多聚谷氨酰胺序列的蛋白质聚集在中枢神经系统的神经元中形成包涵体(inclusions)和聚集体(aggregates),对神经细胞产生毒性.抑制多聚谷氨酰胺的蛋白质聚集成为治疗HD的研究策略之一.海藻糖是一种小分子糖类化合物,研究表明它能够抑制体外含多聚谷氨酰胺蛋白质的聚集,并具有提高亨廷顿病细胞模型存活率和改善亨廷顿小鼠病理的生理功能.文中就海藻糖稳定突变的亨廷顿蛋白的构象变化、抑制亨廷顿蛋白聚集体的形成、减缓HD症状的研究进行综述.

  18. Detection of bacterial antigens and Alzheimer’s disease-like pathology in the central nervous system of BALB/c mice following intranasal infection with a laboratory isolate of Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    Christopher Scott Little

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Pathology consistent with that observed in Alzheimer’s disease (AD has previously been documented following intranasal infection of normal wild-type mice with Chlamydia pneumoniae (Cpn isolated from an AD brain (96-41. In the current study, BALB/c mice were intranasally infected with a laboratory strain of Cpn, AR-39, and brain and olfactory bulbs were obtained at 1-4 months post-infection (pi. Immunohistochemistry for amyloid beta or Cpn antigens was performed on sections from brains of infected or mock-infected mice. Chlamydia-specific immunolabeling was identified in olfactory bulb tissues and in cerebrum of AR-39 infected mice. The Cpn specific labeling was most prominent at 1 month pi and the greatest burden of amyloid deposition was noted at 2 months pi, whereas both decreased at 3 and 4 months. Viable Cpn was recovered from olfactory bulbs of 3 of 3 experimentally infected mice at 1 and 3 months pi, and in 2 of 3 mice at 4 months pi. In contrast, in cortical tissues of infected mice at 1 and 4 months pi no viable organism was obtained. At 3 months pi, only 1 of 3 mice had a measurable burden of viable Cpn from the cortical tissues. Mock-infected mice (0 of 3 had no detectable Cpn in either olfactory bulbs or cortical tissues. These data indicate that the AR-39 isolate of Cpn establishes a limited infection predominantly in the olfactory bulbs of BALB/c mice. Although infection with the laboratory strain of Cpn promotes deposition of amyloid beta, this appears to resolve following reduction of the Cpn antigen burden over time. Our data suggest that infection with the AR-39 laboratory isolate of Cpn results in a different course of amyloid beta deposition and ultimate resolution than that observed following infection with the human AD-brain Cpn isolate, 96-41. These data further support that there may be differences, possibly in virulence factors, between Cpn isolates in the generation of sustainable AD pathology.

  19. Stroke-prone renovascular hypertensive rats

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    曾进胜; 贷如训; 苏镇培

    2000-01-01

    RHRSP. Myocardial infarction occurred spontaneously in 41.8% of RHRSP. The animal models have been used for the studies on mechanisms of stroke and myocardial infarction. Futhermore, RHlRSP with cercbrovascular basal pathological changes can be induced as cerebral thrombosis by thc photochemical method, which is quite similar to that of human being in evolution. Therefore. RHRSP with photochemical cerebral thrombosis can be used to appraised therapeutic effects of medication more objectively Conclusions Because the vascular lesions in cerebrum and heart in RHRSP are similar to that in human beings with hypertension, RHRSP can be used in the studies on mechanisms of hypertensive arterioscle-rotic stroke and cardiac lesions and on verifying the effects of different medications to complications of hypertension, and thc results might be more reliable than that in animal models without hypertension.

  20. Big Cat Coalitions: A Comparative Analysis of Regional Brain Volumes in Felidae

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    Sakai, Sharleen T.; Arsznov, Bradley M.; Hristova, Ani E.; Yoon, Elise J.; Lundrigan, Barbara L.

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    Broad-based species comparisons across mammalian orders suggest a number of factors that might influence the evolution of large brains. However, the relationship between these factors and total and regional brain size remains unclear. This study investigated the relationship between relative brain size and regional brain volumes and sociality in 13 felid species in hopes of revealing relationships that are not detected in more inclusive comparative studies. In addition, a more detailed analysis was conducted of four focal species: lions (Panthera leo), leopards (Panthera pardus), cougars (Puma concolor), and cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). These species differ markedly in sociality and behavioral flexibility, factors hypothesized to contribute to increased relative brain size and/or frontal cortex size. Lions are the only truly social species, living in prides. Although cheetahs are largely solitary, males often form small groups. Both leopards and cougars are solitary. Of the four species, leopards exhibit the most behavioral flexibility, readily adapting to changing circumstances. Regional brain volumes were analyzed using computed tomography. Skulls (n = 75) were scanned to create three-dimensional virtual endocasts, and regional brain volumes were measured using either sulcal or bony landmarks obtained from the endocasts or skulls. Phylogenetic least squares regression analyses found that sociality does not correspond with larger relative brain size in these species. However, the sociality/solitary variable significantly predicted anterior cerebrum (AC) volume, a region that includes frontal cortex. This latter finding is despite the fact that the two social species in our sample, lions and cheetahs, possess the largest and smallest relative AC volumes, respectively. Additionally, an ANOVA comparing regional brain volumes in four focal species revealed that lions and leopards, while not significantly different from one another, have relatively larger AC volumes

  1. Big Cat Coalitions: A comparative analysis of regional brain volumes in Felidae

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    Sharleen T Sakai

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Broad-based species comparisons across mammalian orders suggest a number of factors that might influence the evolution of large brains. However, the relationship between these factors and total and regional brain size remains unclear. This study investigated the relationship between relative brain size and regional brain volumes and sociality in 13 felid species in hopes of revealing relationships that are not detected in more inclusive comparative studies. In addition, a more detailed analysis was conducted of 4 focal species: lions (Panthera leo, leopards (Panthera pardus, cougars (Puma concolor, and cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus. These species differ markedly in sociality and behavioral flexibility, factors hypothesized to contribute to increased relative brain size and/or frontal cortex size. Lions are the only truly social species, living in prides. Although cheetahs are largely solitary, males often form small groups. Both leopards and cougars are solitary. Of the four species, leopards exhibit the most behavioral flexibility, readily adapting to changing circumstances. Regional brain volumes were analyzed using computed tomography (CT. Skulls (n=75 were scanned to create three-dimensional virtual endocasts, and regional brain volumes were measured using either sulcal or bony landmarks obtained from the endocasts or skulls. Phylogenetic least squares (PGLS regression analyses found that sociality does not correspond with larger relative brain size in these species. However, the sociality/solitary variable significantly predicted anterior cerebrum (AC volume, a region that includes frontal cortex. This latter finding is despite the fact that the two social species in our sample, lions and cheetahs, possess the largest and smallest relative AC volumes, respectively. Additionally, an ANOVA comparing regional brain volumes in 4 focal species revealed that lions and leopards, while not significantly different from one another, have relatively

  2. Nevirapine uptake into the central nervous system of the Guinea pig: an in situ brain perfusion study.

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    Gibbs, J E; Gaffen, Z; Thomas, S A

    2006-05-01

    The presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the central nervous system (CNS) is associated with the development of HIV-1-associated dementia (HAD), a major cause of HIV-related mortality. To eradicate HIV in the CNS, anti-HIV drugs need to reach the brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in therapeutic concentrations. This involves passage through the blood-brain and blood-CSF barriers. Using a well established guinea pig in situ brain perfusion model, this study investigated whether nevirapine [6H-dipyrido(3,2-b:2',3'-e)(1,4)diazepin-6-one,11-cyclopropyl-5,11-dihydro-4-methyl], a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), could effectively accumulate in the CNS. [(3)H]Nevirapine was coperfused with [(14)C]mannitol (a vascular/paracellular permeability marker) through the carotid arteries for up to 30 min, and accumulation in the brain, CSF, and choroid plexus was measured. [(3)H]Nevirapine uptake into the cerebrum was greater than uptake of [(14)C]mannitol, indicating significant passage across the blood-brain barrier and accumulation into the brain (this was further confirmed with capillary depletion and high-performance liquid chromatography analyses). Likewise, [(3)H]nevirapine showed a great ability to cross the blood-CSF barrier and accumulate in the CSF, compared with [(14)C]mannitol. The CNS accumulation of [(3)H]nevirapine was unaffected by 100 muM nevirapine, suggesting that passage across the blood-brain barrier can occur by diffusion. Furthermore, coperfusion with 100 muM efavirenz [2H-3,1-benzoxazin-2-one, 6-chloro-4-(cyclopropylethynyl)-1,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-, (4S)-; another NNRTI] did not significantly alter CNS accumulation of [(3)H]nevirapine, indicating that the efficacy of nevirapine in the CNS would not be altered by the addition of this drug to a combination therapy. Together, these data indicate that this anti-HIV drug should be beneficial in the eradication of HIV within the CNS and the subsequent treatment of

  3. The distribution of the anti-HIV drug, tenofovir (PMPA, into the brain, CSF and choroid plexuses

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    Gibbs Julie E

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, a prodrug of the nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor, tenofovir (9-[9(R-2-(phosphonomethoxypropyl]adenine; PMPA, was recently approved for use in the combination therapy of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1 infection. This study was undertaken to understand PMPA distribution to the virus sanctuary sites located in the brain, CSF and choroid plexuses and to clarify its possible role in reducing the neurological problems associated with HIV infection. Methods The methods used included an established bilateral carotid artery perfusion of [3H]PMPA and a vascular marker, D-[14C]mannitol, in anaesthetised guinea-pigs followed by scintillation counting, HPLC and capillary depletion analyses. Movement of [3H]PMPA into the brain, cisternal CSF and lateral ventricle choroid plexus was also examined in the absence and presence of additional anti-HIV drugs and a transport inhibitor. Control and test groups were compared by ANOVA or Student's t-test, as appropriate. Results The distribution of [3H]PMPA in the cerebrum, cerebellum, pituitary gland and cerebral capillary endothelial cells was not significantly different to that measured for D-[14C]mannitol. However, [3H]PMPA accumulation was significantly higher than that of D-[14C]mannitol in the choroid plexus and CSF. Further experiments revealed no cross-competition for transport of [3H]PMPA by probenecid, a non-specific inhibitor of organic anion transport, or the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors into any of the CNS regions studied. The octanol-saline partition coefficient measurement for [3H]PMPA was 0.0134 ± 0.00003, which is higher that the 0.002 ± 0.0004 measured for D-[14C]mannitol in an earlier study. Conclusion There is negligible transport of [3H]PMPA across the blood-brain barrier, but it can cross the blood-CSF barrier. This is a reflection of the differing physiological and functional characteristics of the blood

  4. CT diagnosis of esthesioneuroblastoma%嗅神经母细胞瘤的CT诊断

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    吴爱兰; 韩萍; 史河水; 田志梁; 刘永华; 刘钢

    2001-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the value of CT diagnosis ofesthesioneuroblastoma.Methods:8 cases of esthesioneuroblastoma confirmed by operation and pathology, were performed plain and contrast enhanced CT scanning with transverse and coronal section,including 3 males and 5 females.Results:5 cases of esthesioneuroblastoma were located in the left nasal cavities and paranasal sinuses.Of which 3 cases infiltrated the left orbit,and one invaded the base of the skull.The other 3 cases of esthesioneuroblastoma located in bilateral ethmoid sinuses and the upper nasal cavities,of which one invaded the right frontal lobe of cerebrum.The Hounsfield value of those tumors was from 35 to 40 on plain CT scans, and they were significantly enhanced.Conclusion:CT scans with coronal and transverse section can show clearly the extent of infiltration of esthesioneuroblastoma. Enhanced CT is helpful to differentiate the tumor from the inflammation secondary to sinal obstruction.%目的:探讨CT在嗅神经母细胞瘤诊断中的价值。方法:8例嗅神经母细胞瘤,均经手术和病理证实,其中男3例,女5例,均行冠状位和横断位CT扫描,平扫及增强扫描。结果:5例肿瘤位于左侧鼻腔及左侧鼻窦,其中3例侵犯左眼眶,1例累及颅底骨质。3例位于双侧筛窦及鼻腔上部,其中1例侵犯右额叶。平扫肿瘤的CT值为35~44HU,增强后肿块有明显强化。结论:冠状位及横断位CT扫描可清晰地显示肿瘤向周围侵犯的范围,增强扫描有利于鉴别肿瘤组织与窦口堵塞引起的炎症。

  5. Spatiotemporal expression patterns of Pax6 in the brain of embryonic, newborn, and adult mice.

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    Duan, Deyi; Fu, Yuhong; Paxinos, George; Watson, Charles

    2013-03-01

    The transcription factor Pax6 has been reported to specify neural progenitor cell fates during development and maintain neuronal commitments in the adult. The spatiotemporal patterns of Pax6 expression were examined in sagittal and horizontal sections of the embryonic, postnatal, and adult brains using immunohistochemistry and double immunolabeling. The proportion of Pax6-immunopositive cells in various parts of the adult brain was estimated using the isotropic fractionator methodology. It was shown that at embryonic day 11 (E11) Pax6 was robustly expressed in the proliferative neuroepithelia of the ventricular zone in the forebrain and hindbrain, and in the floor and the mesencephalic reticular formation (mRt) in the midbrain. At E12, its expression emerged in the nucleus of the lateral lemniscus in the rhombencephalon and disappeared from the floor of the midbrain. As neurodevelopment proceeds, the expression pattern of Pax6 changes from the mitotic germinal zone in the ventricular zone to become extensively distributed in cell groups in the forebrain and hindbrain, and the expression persisted in the mRt. The majority of Pax6-positive cell groups were maintained until adult life, but the intensity of Pax6 expression became much weaker. Pax6 expression was maintained in the mitotic subventricular zone in the adult brain, but not in the germinal region dentate gyrus in the adult hippocampus. There was no obvious colocalization of Pax6 and NeuN during embryonic development, suggesting Pax6 is found primarily in developing progenitor cells. In the adult brain, however, Pax6 maintains neuronal features of some subtypes of neurons, as indicated by 97.1% of Pax6-positive cells co-expressing NeuN in the cerebellum, 40.7% in the olfactory bulb, 38.3% in the cerebrum, and 73.9% in the remaining brain except the hippocampus. Differentiated tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) neurons were observed in the floor of the E11 midbrain where Pax6 was also expressed, but no obvious

  6. 广州管圆线虫动物感染实验研究%Infection of laboratory animals with Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Yunnan Province

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    周晓梅; 李富华; 李彦忠; 陶洪

    2013-01-01

    Objective The prevalence of Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection in laboratory animals was determined to provide an experimental basis for further investigation of Angiostrongyliusis cantonensis in Yunnan. Methods Four types of laboratory animals - SD rats. Kunming mice, guinea pigs and rabbits - were artificially infected with the third-stage larvae of A. Cantonensis isolated from Achatina fulica and the prevalence of infection was observed. Results Mice were not infected with A. Cantonensis. Adult A. Cantonensis were not obtained from guinea pigs and rabbits infected with A. Cantonensis, and a few larvae were found. Worms were found in the liver, heart, lungs, and cerebrum of rats after different periods of infection with A. Cantonensis. Conclusion Mice, guinea pigs, and rabbits are not suitable as final hosts of A. Cantonensis. SD rats are an ideal for a laboratory animal model of A. Cantonensis infection.%目的 观察不同动物实验感染广州管圆线虫情况,为进一步研究云南省广州管圆线虫病提供实验依据. 方法 从褐云玛瑙螺中分离广州管圆线虫第Ⅲ期幼虫,人工感染SD大鼠、昆明小鼠、豚鼠和家兔,观察感染情况. 结果 小鼠未能感染广州管圆线虫;豚鼠、家兔在感染广州管圆线虫后未获得成虫,仅发现少量幼虫寄生;感染不同时间后可在大鼠脊髓、脑、心和肺等部位发现各期广州管圆线虫. 结论 动物实验证明小鼠、豚鼠和家兔不是广州管圆线虫的适宜终末宿主,大鼠可作为广州管圆线虫感染理想的实验动物.

  7. MRI findings of eosinophilic myelomeningoencephalitis due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis

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    Jin, E.; Ma, D.; Liang, Y.; Ji, A.; Gan, S

    2005-02-01

    AIM: To study the imaging characteristics of eosinophilic myelomeningoencephalitis due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen MRI examinations of the brain and spinal cord in five patients with angiostrongyliasis cantonensis of the central nervous system were performed. The final diagnosis was based on typical clinical symptoms, results of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tests, and the presence of nematode larvae in the CSF. The sequential MRI follow-up examinations were carried out at a different stage for every patient from 1 to 28 weeks after the onset of symptoms. The features of the lesions in the brain, spinal cord, meninges and nerve roots on MRI were studied, moreover, the development of the lesions was analysed on follow-up MRI. RESULTS: Abnormalities were demonstrated on MRI in all five cases. They included three cases of meningoencephalitis, one case of encephalitis and one myelomeningitis. The locations and appearances of the lesions were as follows: (1) brain involvement in four cases (including cerebrum in four, cerebellum in two and brain stem in three), and spinal cord involvement in one case. These lesions were diffuse or scattered and appeared as similar or slightly reduced signal intensity on T1-weighted images (T1WI), high signal intensity on T2-weighted images (T2WI) and turbo fluid attenuated inversion recovery pulse sequence (FLAIR) images. After administration of gadolinium chelate (Gd-DTPA), multiple round or oval enhancing nodules, with diameters ranging from 3 to 10 mm, were seen on T1WI, a few lesions appeared as stick-shaped enhancement whose longest measurement was 14 mm. Diffuse or local oedema around the lesion could be seen. (2) Meningeal involvement in four cases, a case of ependymal involvement and a case of nerve root involvement were among them. These lesions appeared as linear or nodular enhancement of the leptomeninges and ependyma, as well as nerve root

  8. Rapid eye movement sleep deprivation induces an increase in acetylcholinesterase activity in discrete rat brain regions

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    Benedito M.A.C.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Some upper brainstem cholinergic neurons (pedunculopontine and laterodorsal tegmental nuclei are involved in the generation of rapid eye movement (REM sleep and project rostrally to the thalamus and caudally to the medulla oblongata. A previous report showed that 96 h of REM sleep deprivation in rats induced an increase in the activity of brainstem acetylcholinesterase (Achase, the enzyme which inactivates acetylcholine (Ach in the synaptic cleft. There was no change in the enzyme's activity in the whole brain and cerebrum. The components of the cholinergic synaptic endings (for example, Achase are not uniformly distributed throughout the discrete regions of the brain. In order to detect possible regional changes we measured Achase activity in several discrete rat brain regions (medulla oblongata, pons, thalamus, striatum, hippocampus and cerebral cortex after 96 h of REM sleep deprivation. Naive adult male Wistar rats were deprived of REM sleep using the flower-pot technique, while control rats were left in their home cages. Total, membrane-bound and soluble Achase activities (nmol of thiocholine formed min-1 mg protein-1 were assayed photometrically. The results (mean ± SD obtained showed a statistically significant (Student t-test increase in total Achase activity in the pons (control: 147.8 ± 12.8, REM sleep-deprived: 169.3 ± 17.4, N = 6 for both groups, P<0.025 and thalamus (control: 167.4 ± 29.0, REM sleep-deprived: 191.9 ± 15.4, N = 6 for both groups, P<0.05. Increases in membrane-bound Achase activity in the pons (control: 171.0 ± 14.7, REM sleep-deprived: 189.5 ± 19.5, N = 6 for both groups, P<0.05 and soluble enzyme activity in the medulla oblongata (control: 147.6 ± 16.3, REM sleep-deprived: 163.8 ± 8.3, N = 6 for both groups, P<0.05 were also observed. There were no statistically significant differences in the enzyme's activity in the other brain regions assayed. The present findings show that the increase in Achase activity

  9. Vascular Pathology in the Extracranial Vertebral Arteries in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke

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    L. Bentsen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Vascular pathology in the extracranial vertebral arteries remains among the possible causes in cryptogenic stroke. However, the diagnosis is challenged by the great variety in the anatomy of the vertebral arteries, clinical symptoms and difficulties in the radiological assessments. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of CT angiography (CTA-detected pathological findings in the extracranial vertebral arteries in an acute stroke population and secondly to determine the frequency of posterior pathology as probable cause in patients with otherwise cryptogenic stroke. Method: The analysis was based on 657 consecutive patients with symptoms of acute stroke and a final diagnosis of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack. On admission, a noncontrast CT cerebrum and CTA were performed. A senior consultant neuroradiologist, blinded to clinical data, reviewed all CTA scans systematically, assessing the four segments of the extracranial vertebral arteries. First, the frequency of pathological findings including stenosis, plaques, dissection, kinked artery and coiling was assessed. Subsequently, we explored the extent of the pathological findings that were the most plausible causes of stroke, namely either a possible dissection or a kinked artery. Results: Findings in the extracranial vertebral arteries included significant stenosis (0.8%, atherosclerotic plaque types (3.8%, possible dissections (2.6%, kinked arteries (2.6% and coiling (32.0%. Eighteen patients (2.8% with pathological findings had an unknown cause of stroke, likely posterior symptoms and no clinical stroke symptoms from the anterior circuit. Of these, 3 cases were kinked arteries (0.5% and 15 cases (2.3% were possible dissections. Conclusion: We found that in approximately 3% of the study population, the most plausible cause of the cryptogenic strokes was due to a pathological finding in the posterior extracranial vertebral arteries, being either a possible

  10. Inhalant Dependence and its Medical Consequences

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The term of inhalants is used for matters easily vapors. Inhalants are preferred for rapid, positive reinforcement and mild high effects. Products including inhalants are cheap, accessible, legal substances and are prevalently used in community. The prevalence of inhalant use in secondary schools in Turkey is about 5.1%. Inhalant substance dependence is generally observed within 14-15 age group. Age at first use could be as low as 5 to 6 years of age. Substance dependence is more probable in adults working in substance existing places. Inhalant usage is common in disadvantaged groups, children living in street, people with history of crimes, prison, depression, suicide, antisocial attitudes and conflict of family, history of abuse, violence and any other drug dependence and isolated populations. Inhalants are absorbed from lungs, after performing their quick and short effect metabolized by cytochrom P450 enzyme system except inhalant nitrites group which has a depressing effect like alcohol. In chronic use general atrophy, ventricular dilatation and wide sulcus were shown in cerebrum, cerebellum and pons by monitoring brain. Defects are mostly in periventricular, subcortical regions and in white matter. Demyelinization, hyperintensity, callosal slimming and wearing off in white and gray matter margins was also found. Ravages of brain shown by brain monitorisation are more and serious in inhalant dependence than in other dependences. It is important to decrease use of inhalants. Different approaches should be used for subcultures and groups in prevention. Prohibiting all the matters including inhalant is not practical as there are too many substances including inhalants. Etiquettes showing harmful materials can be used but this approach can also lead the children and adolescents recognize these substances easily.. Despite determintal effects of inhalant dependence, there are not yet sufficient number of studies conducted on prevention and

  11. HIPOPLASIA CEREBELAR E PORENCEFALIA EM BOVINOS CHAROLÊS NO SUL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL CEREBELLAR HYPOPLASIA AND PORENCEPHALY IN CHAROLAIS CATLLE IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL

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    Ana Lucia Schild

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    Full Text Available Descrevem-se dois casos de hipoplasia cerebelar congênita observados em terneiros da raça Charolês, pertencentes a um estabelecimento localizado no município de Capão do Leão. Um dos animais apresentava sinais clínicos cerebelares ao nascimento, caracterizados por severa incoordenação motora, hipermetria e tremores de intenção, principalmente da cabeça e do pescoço. O outro animal não conseguia manter-se em estação e apresentava opistótono acentuado. As lesões macroscópicas caracterizaram-se por hipoplasia cerebelar, observando-se apenas remanescentes das regiões do flóculo e do paraflóculo cerebelares e uma cavidade preenchida por líquido e recoberta pelas leptomeninges, que estavam aderidas aos resquícios das folhas cerebelares. Ao corte do encéfalo, havia hidrocefalia discreta e a presença de cavidades císticas (porencefalia. São discutidas as possíveis etiologias, sugerindo-se a possibilidade de que a enfermidade tenha sido causada pelo vírus da diarréia viral bovina-doença das mucosas, apesar dos resultados negativos da imuno-histoquímica realizada em fragmentos do cerebelo dos animais doentes para detecção desse vírus.Two cases of cerebellar hypoplasia in Charolais calves from a herd of a farm located in the municipality of Capão do Leão, Southern Brazil are described. One calf with cerebellar clinical signs at birth, showed incoordination, hypermetria and intention tremors, mainly in the neck and head. The other calf was recumbent with opisthotonos. The gross lesions were characterized by cerebellar hypoplasia, with only remnants of cerebellar floculus and parafloculus and an expanded fluid-filled space covered by leptomeninges. Mild hydrocephalus and porencephaly were observed in the cerebrum. It was discussed the possible etiologies and suggested the possibility of the disease has been caused by bovine viral diarrhea-mucosal disease (BVD-MD virus despite of negative results of imuno

  12. Image quality and volume computed tomography air kerma index (C{sub vol}) evaluation in Recife; Avaliacao da qualidade de imagem e do indice volumetrico de Kerma ar em tomografia computadorizada (C{sub vol}) em Recife

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    Andrade, Marcos Ely Almeida

    2008-07-01

    The Computed Tomography (CT) is an important diagnostic imaging method, widely used. However, in spite of all the advantages and technologic advances within the CT scanners, the tomographic procedures result in high absorbed doses to patients. The main objective of this work was to perform a dosimetric study of CT scanners located at Recife and to evaluate the image quality on CT examinations in these equipment. The volume CT air kerma index (C{sub VOL}) and air kerma length product (P{sub KL,CT}) were estimated. These values were calculated using normalized weighted air kerma indexes in CT standard dosimetry phantoms ({sub n}C{sub W}), supplied by ImPACT group for several CT scanners, and the scan parameters of routine head, routine chest and hi-resolution chest CT exams performed at 20 institutions. The irradiation parameters of 15 adult patients for each CT procedure were registered at six participating centres, at which the phantom from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT accreditation protocol was used for the image quality measurements. For routine head exams, the C{sub VOL} values varied between 12 and 58 mGy (at the posterior fossa) and 15 to 58 mGy (at the cerebrum) and the P{sub KL,CT}, from 150 to 750 mGy{center_dot}cm. The C{sub VOL} values for routine chest procedures varied from 3 to 26 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT}, between 120 and 460 mGy{center_dot}cm. In relation to Hi-resolution chest exams, C{sub VOL} values were from 1.0 to 2.7 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT} values varied between 24 and 67 mGy{center_dot}cm. The image quality evaluations results showed that almost all scanners presented at least one inadequacy. One of the equipment presented faults at 70% of the tests. With regard to the image noise, only two scanners presented acceptable results. From these results, it is possible to conclude that the volume CT air kerma index values are lower than the European reference levels. However, the image quality of these CT scanners does not attend the

  13. Treatment with a herbal formula B401 enhances neuroprotection and angiogenesis in the R6/2 mouse model of Huntington’s disease

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    Full Text Available Sheue-Er Wang,1 Ching-Lung Lin,1 Chih-Hsiang Hsu,1 Shuenn-Jyi Sheu,2 Chiang-Ting Chien,1 Chung-Hsin Wu1 1Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, 2Brion Research Institute of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan Abstract: Huntington’s disease (HD is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor dysfunction and early death. Despite years of research, the mechanisms responsible for chronic neurodegeneration of HD remain elusive. Chinese traditional medicines might provide new insights or new therapy for HD. The Chinese herbal formula B401 is a well-known Taiwan–US patent formula and a health supplement for promoting blood circulation and enhancing brain function. This study aimed to elucidate the neuroprotective effects of the Chinese herbal formula B401 on the syndrome of HD. Then, we compared the life span and body weight of R6/2 HD mice with and without oral B401 treatment. The ameliorative effects of B401 on the symptom of HD mice were investigated through behavior tests. Expressions of proteins for neuroprotection, angiogenesis, and inflammation in the brain tissue of R6/2 HD mice were compared by using immunostaining and Western blotting techniques. Our study in vitro showed that viabilities of glutamate-treated SH-SY5Y cells were significantly increased under B401 treatment. Our results in vivo showed that duration of survival was increased, body weight loss was reduced, and motor ability was improved in R6/2 HD mice under oral B401 treatment. Subcutaneous microcirculation was enhanced in 3-month R6/2 HD mice under intraperitoneal B401 injections as observed by using moorFLPI laser Doppler imager. Atrophy of cerebrum, midbrain, and cerebellum in 3-month R6/2 HD mice under oral B401 treatment was alleviated as observed by utilizing magnetic resonance imaging. Evidence from immunostaining and Western blotting analysis showed that expressions of mutant huntingtin and tumor necrosis factor-alpha were reduced, while expressions

  14. Comparison Study on Clinical and Neuropathological Characteristics of Hamsters Inoculated With Scrapie Strain 263K in Different Challenging Pathways

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    JIN ZHANG; XIAO-BO ZHOU; GUI-PING MA; YONG LIU; CAI-MIN XU; XIAO-PING DONG; LAN CHEN; BAO-YUN ZHAN; JUN HAN; XIN-LI XIAO; HAI-YAN TIAN; BIN-LING LI; CHEN GAO; JIAN-MEI GAO

    2004-01-01

    Objective To understand the infectious characteristics of a hamster-adapted scrapie strain 263K with five different routes of infection including intracerebral (i.c.), intraperitoneal (i.p.),intragastrical (i.g.), intracardiac and intramuscular (i. m.) approaches. Methods Hamsters were infected with crude- or fine-prepared brain extracts. The neuropathological changes, PrPSc deposits,and patterns of PK-resistant PrP were analyzed by HE stain, immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay and Western blot. Reactive gliosis and neuron loss were evaluated by glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)and neuron specific enolase (NSE) specific IHC. Results The animals inoculated in i.m. and i.p.ways with crude PrPSc extracts showed clinical signs at the average incubation of 69.2+-2.8 and 65.5±3.9 days. Inoculation in i.c. and intracardiac ways with fine PrPSc extracts (0.00035 g) caused similar,but relative long incubation of around 90 days. Only oneout of eight hamsters challenged ini.g way with low dosage (0.01 g) became ill after a much longer incubation (185 d), while all animals (4/4)with high dosage (0.04 g) developed clinical signs 105 days postinfection. The most remarkable spongiform degeneration and PrPsc deposits were found in brain stem among the five challenge groups generally. The number of GFAP-positive astrocytes increased distinctly in brain stems in all infection groups, while the number of NSE-positive cells decreased significantly in cerebrum, except i.c. group. The patterns of PK-resistant PrP in brains were basically identical among the five infection routes. Conclusion Typical TSE could be induced in hamsters by inoculating strain 263K in the five infection ways. The incubation periods in bioassays depend on infective dosage, administrating pathway and preparation of PrPSc. The neuropathological changes and PrPSc deposits seem to be related with regions and inoculating pathways.

  15. Comparative distribution of human and avian type sialic acid influenza receptors in the pig

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    Perez Belinda

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A major determinant of influenza infection is the presence of virus receptors on susceptible host cells to which the viral haemagglutinin is able to bind. Avian viruses preferentially bind to sialic acid α2,3-galactose (SAα2,3-Gal linked receptors, whereas human strains bind to sialic acid α2,6-galactose (SAα2,6-Gal linked receptors. To date, there has been no detailed account published on the distribution of SA receptors in the pig, a model host that is susceptible to avian and human influenza subtypes, thus with potential for virus reassortment. We examined the relative expression and spatial distribution of SAα2,3-GalG(1-3GalNAc and SAα2,6-Gal receptors in the major organs from normal post-weaned pigs by binding with lectins Maackia amurensis agglutinins (MAA II and Sambucus nigra agglutinin (SNA respectively. Results Both SAα2,3-Gal and SAα2,6-Gal receptors were extensively detected in the major porcine organs examined (trachea, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, heart, skeletal muscle, cerebrum, small intestine and colon. Furthermore, distribution of both SA receptors in the pig respiratory tract closely resembled the published data of the human tract. Similar expression patterns of SA receptors between pig and human in other major organs were found, with exception of the intestinal tract. Unlike the limited reports on the scarcity of influenza receptors in human intestines, we found increasing presence of SAα2,3-Gal and SAα2,6-Gal receptors from duodenum to colon in the pig. Conclusions The extensive presence of SAα2,3-Gal and SAα2,6-Gal receptors in the major organs examined suggests that each major organ may be permissive to influenza virus entry or infection. The high similarity of SA expression patterns between pig and human, in particular in the respiratory tract, suggests that pigs are not more likely to be potential hosts for virus reassortment than humans. Our finding of relative abundance of SA receptors

  16. [Minamata disease: a neuropathological viewpoint].

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    Eto, Komyo

    2006-01-01

    Minamata disease (methylmercury poisoning) was first officially discovered around Minamata Bay in the Kumamoto Prefecture on May 1st, 1956. This year, a commemoration marking fifty years since this discovery of Minamata disease will be held in Minamata City. Over the years, new facts have gradually surfaced, especially after 1995, with the resolution of the political problems surrounding Minamata disease. For example, it was recently reported that large amounts of methylmercury were generated by the chemical processes of the Chisso acetaldehyde plant and later dumped directly into Minamata Bay. This report revealed the August 1951 switch from using manganese dioxide to ferric sulfide as a reaction promoter to maintain the activity of the Hg catalyst. As a result of this switch, the amount of methylmercury generated in the process rapidly increased. Thus, the true cause of the acute onset of Minamata disease in patients with a high-dose contamination of methylmercury was made clear. The severe contamination by methylmercury continued until 1968, when the plant finally stopped discharging its waste water into Minamata Bay. In 1996, the National Institute for Minamata Disease started an experimental study of methylmercury poisoning using the common marmoset. Results from this study showed that the lesions characteristic of the central nervous system in cases of acute methylmercury poisoning were promoted by brain edema, while those of the peripheral nerves were caused by axonal degeneration. Peripheral nerves were regenerated in two animals after two and a half years. Lesions characteristic of Minamata disease are systematically found throughout the nervous system. These lesions are found in the calcarine areas of occipital lobes, the pre- and post-central lobes, and the temporal transverse gyri. Milder and more diffuse lesions are also found in the cerebrum, where secondary degeneration of the central parts of white matter and internal sagittal stratum are due to

  17. Physiological functions of brain metallothionein

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    Yasutake, Akira [National Inst. for Minamata Disease, Kumamoto (Japan)

    2000-02-01

    It has been known that the brain has a certain kind of metallothinein (MT)-3 that has not been found in other tissues.This evidence is only based on the data of mRNA level. In this study, isolation method and quantification method which allows specific determination of MT-3 were developed. The cerebrum and cerebellum were removed from rats exposed to mercury vapor for 24 hours to induce MT-3 and Hg concentration, which reflects the concentration of MT-3 in their supernatants was determined. Then, each supernatant was applied onto FPLC column chromatography and Hg concentration of each fraction was determined. Since the molecular weight of MT-3 was slightly larger than MT-1, MT-2, its isolation was conducted using gel filtration chromatography. When the two columns were linked, MT-3 obtained from the brain of MT-null mouse and MT-1/2 from the kidney of wild mouse could be isolated without any overlapping and it was indicated that the larger MT-3 was eluted in a fraction earlier than the others. Whereas for Hg-MT sample from wild mouse brain, which includes all MT isomers, there appeared two peaks corresponding to MT-3 and MT-1/2, respectively, showing that isolation and quantification of MT-3 using a linked column were possible. It was demonstrated that MT-3 occupies 70-80% of the total amount of MT in wild mouse brain and the total amount in the MT-null brain was about 80% of that of the wild. Therefore, the absolute amount of MT- 3 was thought to be not different between the wild and MT-null mouse. Since detection threshold of Hg for this apparatus was 0.2 ng (1 pmole), that for MT was estimated to be 0.1 pmole because 10 Hg atoms are bound to one MT. Therefore, it is thought the sensitivity of this method is higher than that of UV detection method. (M.N.)

  18. 颅内原发性恶性淋巴瘤影像学诊断和鉴别诊断%Imaging diagnosis and differential diagnosis of primary intracranial malignant lymphoma

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    苏锦权; 周永生; 徐茂盛; 殷亮

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨颅内原发性恶性淋巴瘤CT和MR影像学表现特点,提高本病的影像诊断水平.方法 收集经手术、病理和免疫组化证实,资料齐全的颅内恶性非霍奇金淋巴瘤22例,回顾性分析其临床、CT和MR表现.结果 临床主要症状为头痛、恶心、偏瘫、肢体麻痹、视觉障碍等.肿瘤常常位于脑表面或近中线部位,CT扫描大多表现为等或稍高均匀密度肿块,TWI呈略低或等信号,TWI为低、等或略高信号,增强扫描病灶为明显均匀或不均匀强化,多呈"类圆形"或"团块状".所有病灶都有占位效应,水肿程度不一.结论 脑原发性恶性淋巴瘤影像表现多样,但具有一定特征,CT、MR扫描有助于该病变的诊断与鉴别诊断,为临床治疗方案提供重要依据.%Objective To explore the appearances of CT and MR with primary intrscranial malignant lymphoma, in or-der to heighten the level of image diagnostics. Methods The clinical manifestations and findings of CT and MRI were analyzed retrospectively in 22 patients with primary intracranial malignant non - Hodgkin lymphoma proved by surgery, pathology and im-munohistochemistry, Results The chief clinical manifestations were headache,nausea, hemiparesis, cerebellar signs, cranial-nerve palsies, and visual disturbances. Most lesions were located near the surface or middle line of cerebrum. Most of the manifes-ted isodensity or hyperdense masses on CT scan. And slightly hypointense or isointense on TWI, and sligtly hypointense or isointnse or slightly hyperintense on TWI,and homogeneous or inhomogeneous C,d- DTPA enhancement presentedin most of the tumors,like"round"or"clump". Mass effect and various edema surrounding the lesion can be seen in all the cases. Conclusions Primary intracranial malignant lymphoma has various imaging appearances,and there tree the characteristic features. CT and MR are helpful in diagnosis and differential diagnosis,which can provide important information for

  19. [Vesalius and the nervous system].

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    Van Laere, J

    1993-01-01

    Before we comment the subject of this lecture, we attract the reader's attention towards two remarks. We first want to point out that, although Vesalius is rightly considered as "the father of anatomy", in physiological matters--such as e.g. the physiology of the nervous system--he remained a faithful follower of Galen. A second preliminary remark explains why the books Vesalius devoted to the nervous system, namely the fourth and seventh books, as well as a part of the third book, don't belong to the best parts of the Fabrica, when we compare them with his Osteology and his Myology. We should not forget that some technical discoveries such as keeping brain-tissue in alcohol in order to harden it and colouring methods of Weigert, Marchi and Nissl, that made a refined macro- and microscopic examination of the nervous system possible, were only invented in the 19th century. The fourth book considers the peripheral nervous system. According to Vesalius, there are seven pairs of brain-nerves. His first pair corresponds to our Nervous opticus; his second pair concerns our Nervi oculomotorius, trochlearis and abducens; this third pair embraces a great part of our Nervus trigeminus; his fourth pair corresponds to our Nervus maxillaris; his fifth pair includes our Nervi facialis and acusticus; his sixth pair includes our Nervi vagus and accessorius; his seventh pair our Nervi hypoglossus and pharyngeus. Vesalius counts thirty pairs of spinal nerves. His description of the Plexus brachialis and the Plexus ischiadicus is closely related to the modern views in these matters. However, his teleologic views about them are remarkable, e.g. about the course of the Nervi recurrentes. The seventh book covers the brain. He successively and truly describes the cerebral membranes, the Ventriculi, the Cerebrum; his description relies on a series of horizontal slices. He also describes the brain-stem and the Cerebellum. Vesalius, who had doubts about the existence of the Plexus

  20. Effects of experimentally induced maternal hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism on the development of rat offspring: II-the developmental pattern of neurons in relation to oxidative stress and antioxidant defense system.

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    Ahmed, O M; Ahmed, R G; El-Gareib, A W; El-Bakry, A M; Abd El-Tawab, S M

    2012-10-01

    and one oxidative stress marker (lipid peroxidation, LPO) followed a synchronized course of alterations in cerebrum, cerebellum and medulla oblongata. In both thyroid states, the oxidative damage has been demonstrated by the increased LPO and inhibition of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants in most examined ages and brain regions. These disturbances in the antioxidant defense system led to deterioration in the neuronal maturation and development. In conclusion, it can be suggested that the maldevelopment of neurons and dendrites in different brain regions of offspring of hypothyroid and hyperthyroid mother rat dams may be attributed, at least in part, to the excess oxidative stress and deteriorated antioxidant defense system in such conditions.

  1. The autism puzzle: Diffuse but not pervasive neuroanatomical abnormalities in children with ASD

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    D. Sussman

    2015-01-01

    pallidus, were smaller in volume relative to total cerebrum in the ASD participants. Various sub-structures showed an interaction of diagnosis-by-age, diagnosis-by-sex, and diagnosis-by-age-range, in the case where age was divided into childhood (age < 12 and adolescence (12 < age < 18. This is the most comprehensive imaging-based neuro-anatomical pediatric and adolescent ASD study to date. These data highlight the neurodevelopmental differences between typically developing children and those with ASD, and support aspects of the hypothesis of abnormal neuro-developmental trajectory of the brain in ASD.

  2. A new myeloarchitectonic map of the human neocortex based on data from the Vogt-Vogt school.

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    Nieuwenhuys, Rudolf; Broere, Cees A J; Cerliani, Leonardo

    2015-09-01

    The human cerebral cortex contains numerous myelinated fibres, the arrangement and density of which is by no means homogeneous throughout the cortex. Local differences in the spatial organization of these fibres render it possible to recognize areas with a different myeloarchitecture. The neuroanatomical subdiscipline aimed at the identification and delineation of such areas is known as myeloarchitectonics. During the period extending from 1910 to 1970, Oscar and Cécile Vogt and their numerous collaborators (The Vogt-Vogt school) published a large number of myeloarchitectonic studies on the cortex of the various lobes of the human cerebrum. Recently, one of us (Nieuwenhuys in Brain Struct Funct 218: 303-352, 2013) extensively reviewed these studies. It was concluded that the data available are adequate and sufficient for the composition of a myeloarchitectonic map of the entire human neocortex. The present paper is devoted to the creation of this map. Because the data provided by the Vogt-Vogt school are derived from many different brains, a standard brain had to be introduced to which all data available could be transferred. As such, the colin27 structural scan, aligned to the MNI305 template was selected. The procedure employed in this transfer involved computer-aided transformations of the lobar maps available in the literature, to the corresponding regions of the standard brain, as well as local adjustments in the border zones of the various lobes. The resultant map includes 180 myeloarchitectonic areas, 64 frontal, 30 parietal, 6 insular, 17 occipital and 63 temporal. The designation of the various areas with simple Arabic numbers, introduced by Oscar Vogt for the frontal and parietal cortices, has been extended over the entire neocortex. It may be expected that combination of the myeloarchitectonic data of the Vogt-Vogt school, as expressed in our map, with the results of the detailed cytoarchitectonic and receptor architectonic studies of Karl Zilles and

  3. Study of four week repeated dose toxic test of Sweet Bee Venom in Beagle Dogs

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    Jae-Seuk Park

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: This study was performed to analyse four week repeated dose toxicity of Sweet Bee Venom(Sweet BV extracted from the bee venom in Beagle dogs. Methods: All experiments were conducted under the regulations of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP at Biotoxtech Company, a non-clinical study authorized institution. Male and female Beagle dogs of 5-6 months old were chosen for the pilot study of four week repeated dose toxicity of Sweet BV which was administered at the level of 0.56㎎/㎏ body weight which is eighty times higher than the clinical application dosage as the high dosage, followed by 0.28 and 0.14㎎/㎏ as midium and low dosage, respectively. Equal amount of excipient(normal saline to the Sweet BV experiment groups was administered as the control group every day for four weeks. Results: 1. No mortality was witnessed in all of the experiment groups. 2. All experiment groups were appealed pain sense in the treating time compared to the control group, and hyperemia and movement disorder were observed around the area of administration in all experiment groups, and higher occurrence in the higher dosage treatment. 3. For weight measurement, Neither male nor female groups showed significant changes. 4. In the urine analysis, CBC and biochemistry didn't show any significant changes in the experiment groups compared with control group. 5. For weight measurement of organs, experiment groups didn't show any significant changes compared with control group. 6. To verify abnormalities of organs and tissues, thigh muscle which treated with Sweet BV, cerebrum, liver, lung, kidney, and spinal cords were removed and conducted histologocal observation with H-E staining. In the histologocal observation of thigh muscle, cell infiltration, inflammatory, degeneration, necrosis of muscle fiber, and fibrosis were found in both thigh tissue. And the changes were depend on the dose of Sweet BV. But another organs were not detected in any abnormalities. 7

  4. Protective effect of Angelica sinensis on cerebral neurons from rat embryos under hypoxia

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    Yuling Wu; Hongxian Zhao; Hong Yu

    2007-01-01

    L/kg),then put into 2 L wide-mouthed bottle containing 100 g sodalime, and then the lid of the bottle was closed tightly to induce hypotonic hypoxia for 1 hour followed by 1-hour re-oxygenation. The pregnant rats were killed under anesthesia, and then fetuses were taken out by rapid cesarean. Part of the brain tissues were exposed and then fixed in formaldehyde (40 g/L). The pregnant rats in the Angelica group were treated the same as those in the hypoxia group except that saline was replaced by 250 g/L Angelica sinensis injection which was injected via caudal vein (8 mL/kg). The rats in the control group were injected with saline (8 mL/kg) slowly via caudal vein, but not put into the wide-mouthed bottle for hypoxia, and then the brain tissues were removed and fixed as those in the hypoxia group after 1 hour. ② Twenty embryos from rats were chosen randomly in each group and then routinely embedded in paraffin. Paraffin sections of 4 μm thick were prepared through the anterior fontanelle of head of the fetal rats. The sections were immunohistologically stained with c-Fos/NSE. ③ The one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to compare the differences of measurement data among the groups, and the q test was applied in the two-two comparison.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The numbers of c-Fos and c-Fos/NSE positive neurons in cerebrum from rat embryos were observed.RESULTS: ① Numbers of NSE positive neurons in cerebrum of rat embryos in the control group, hypoxia group and Angelica group were (84.3 ± 9.0), (90.2 ± 12.5) and (86.7 ± 9.7) cells/high power field (P > 0.05).② The number of c-Fos/NSE positive neurons was more in the hypoxia group than in the control group and Angelica group [(38.4±5.28), (11.35±2.67), (20.65±4.07) cells/high power field, q =29.17, 19.14, P <0.05].CONCLUSION: Hypoxia can stimulate the expression of c-Fos in cerebral neurons from rat embryos.Angelica sinensis injection could reducing the damage of hypoxia to neurons and play a

  5. Study of optimize scanning program of double helical CT in reducing skull base artifacts in images%优化扫描方案减轻双排螺旋CT颅底伪影的研究

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    何新华; 胡永胜; 杨越; 胡鹏程; 王自勇; 付璇; 慕鹏

    2014-01-01

    目的:优化扫描方案,减少颅底伪影,改善图像质量。方法双排螺旋CT头颅平扫病例60例,随机分为3组,每组20例。 A、B组采用常规序列扫描,A组层厚为8 mm (4.0 mm ×2),B组层厚为4 mm(4.0 mm ×2)。 C组采用2段螺旋扫描程序,扫描参数为颅底3 mm (1.5 mm ×2)+颅脑幕上5 mm(2.5 mm ×2)。观察和评价后、中颅窝图像有无伪影、伪影形态、位置、严重程度等。结果除A组1例外,A、B两组后颅窝均有不同程度的放射状伪影和交叉伪影,中颅窝部分病例有不同程度伪影。 B组Ⅱ级伪影的总数多于A组(29/16),Ш级伪影2例,显示B组4 mm层厚不能减轻颅底伪影,且有加重伪影程度的可能。 C组中部分病例后颅窝、中颅窝未见明显伪影,Ⅱ级伪影的例数为5例。与A、B组比较, C组可显著减轻颅底伪影,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论颅底3 mm (1.5 mm ×2)+颅脑幕上5 mm(2.5 mm ×2)螺旋扫描法,可显著减轻颅底伪影,改善图像质量,清晰显示颅底组织结构,具有临床应用价值。%Objective To optimize the scanning programs in order to reduce the skull base artifacts and improve images quality . Methods Sixty cases of brain performed with double helical CT were randomly divided into three groups with 20 in each.Group A and B u-sing routine sequential program ,the thickness was 8mm (4.0 mm ×2) in group A and was 4mm (4.0 mm ×2) in group B.Group C using two segments helical scan,the thickness for the base of the skull (Base) was 3mm (1.5 mm ×2),and for cerebrum (above brain curtain) was 5 mm (2.5 mm ×2).The artifacts shape,location,severity at posterior fossa,and middle cranial fossa images were observed and evalua-ted.Results In group A and B ,almost all cases had varying severity of radial and cross artifacts at posterior fossa ,and had different degrees of artifacts at middle cranial fossa in

  6. Study on the Cloning of Coding Sequence and Ontogenetic mRNA Expression of Ovine UCP4 Gene%绵羊UCP4基因编码序列的克隆和mRNA表达研究

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    周沙沙; 刘宝凤; 魏琳琳; 王景霖; 刘建华; 梁琛; 乔利英; 刘文忠

    2013-01-01

    [Objective] This study aims to clone the coding sequence (CDS) of ovine UCP4 gene,to analyze the CDS and its coding protein structures,and to profile the ontogenetic mRNA expression so that to lay a theoretical foundation for future research on the structure and function of this gene.[Method] The CDS was amplified from ovine cerebrum tissue by reverse transcriptionpolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).Physicochemical features and structural characteristics of ovine UCP4 were analyzed by bioinformatics methods.Ninety-six animals from two sheep breeds with significant differences in tail types (Guangling Large Tailedand Small Tailed-Han Sheep) were used to study the ontogenetic mRNA expression by real-time quantitative PCR in eight tissues (cerebrum,cerebellum,hypothalamus,pituitary,and subcutaneous fat,perirenal fat,mesenteric fat and tail fat) from 2-to 12-month old age at two-month interval.[Result] The sequencing data showed that the length of complete CDS was 972 bp encoding a protein of 323 amino acids.The isoelectric point (pI) of the protein was 9.43,and the molecular weight was 35.73 kDa.The percentages of helix,strand and loop were 56.04%,7.12% and 36.84%,respectively,in the secondary structure.This transmembrane protein had no signal peptide but with two predicted glycosylation sites and 15 potential phosphorylation sites.The UCP4 mRNA expressed in all these tissues,but overexpressed in brain tissue other than in adipose tissue.Generally,breed,tissue and the months of age had significant influences on the UCP4 mRNA expression.[Conclusion] The obtained whole CDS of ovine UCP4 gene,expression profile and its limiting factors are of scientific significance to further studies on the relationship between the gene structure and energy metabolism.%[目的]克隆绵羊UCP4基因的编码序列(CDS),分析CDS及其编码蛋白结构特点,并探讨其mRNA的发育性表达规律,以期为该基因的结构和功能研究奠定理论基础.[方法]利用RT-PCR

  7. Changes in brain function and anatomical structure following treatment of hyperbaric oxygen for visual pathway abnormalities In 16 cases Evaluation of functional magnetic resonance Imaging combined with diffusion tensor imaging

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    Ziqian Chen; Ping Ni; Hui Xiao; Jinhua Chen; Gennian Qian; Youqiang Ye; Shangwen Xu; Jinliang Wang; Xizhang Yang

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND:There is a growing research focus on the combination of blood oxygenation level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging(BOLD-fMRI)and diffusion tensor imaging(DTI)to evaluate visual cortical function and structural changes in the cerebrum,as well as morphological changes to the white matter fiber tracks,after visual pathway lesions.However,the combined application of BOLD-fMRI and DTI in treating of visual pathway abnormalities still requires further studies. OBJECTIVE:To observe and evaluate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on visual pathway abnormalities,and to evaluate the characteristics of cerebral function and anatomic structural changes by using BOLD-fMRI combined with DTI technique. DESIGN:Case contrast observation. SETTING:Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Area Command of Chinese PLA.PARTICIPANTS:Sixteen patients(9 males and 7 females,15-77 years old)with lateral or bilateral visual disorder induced by visual pathway lesions were selected from the Department of Neurology,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Area Command of Chinese PLA from January 2006 to May 2007.These patients comprised the lesion group.Measures of interventional therapy:hyperbaric oxygen of two normal atmospheres for three courses(10 d/course)and routine internal medicine treatment.In addition,12 healthy subjects of similar sex and age to the lesion group were regarded as the control group.The control group underwent routine ophthalmological and ocular fundus examinations; diagnostic results were normal. The experiment received confirmed consent from the local ethic committee,and all patients provided informed consent.METHODS:BOLD-fMRI and DTI manifestations in the lesion group were observed before and after hyperbaric oxygen intervention,and the results were compared with the control group.The subjects were positioned on their back,and BOLD-fMRI images were collected with the following GRE EPI sequence:TR= 2 000 ms,TE=40 ms,layer thickness=5 mm

  8. Study on the postmortem distribution of bupivacaine in epidural anesthesia death dogs%布比卡因在硬膜外麻醉致死犬体内的分布

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    张高勤; 武夺; 贠克明; 张大明

    2009-01-01

    Objective To establish the model of bupivacayne epidural anesthesia death, and investigate the distribution of bupivacayne in epidural anesthesia death dogs.Methods Eighteen male dogs were randomly allocated to three groups. Six dogs were given a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight of bupivacaine hydrochloride by the subarachonid anesthesia tube at an even speed in five minutes, while the other six in the second group were given 15 mg/kg, the last three dogs in control group were given 15 mg/kg weight of physiological salt solution. The vital signs from beginning of the administration to the death were recorded by a biological function system. The cerebrum, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in lateral ventricle, spinal cord (cervical spinal cord, thoracic spinal cord, lumbar spinal cord and sacrum spinal cord), heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidney, bile, urine, heart blood, peripheral blood, muscle in injection location and muscle in no injection location were collected and analyzed immediately after the death. These samples were extracted by ethyl ether. Analysis was performed with a GC equipped with a NPD and a GC/MS. The qualitative analysis was based on retention time in the chromatographic system coupled with the ion fragmentation spectrum in the mass spectrometer. The quantitative analysis was on an internal standard method. Results The bupivacaine concentrations detected in sacrum spinal cord, cervical spinal cord, thoracic spinal cord, lumbar spinal cord, kidney, cerebrum and CSF were much higher in the 5mg/kg group. While in 15mg/kg group the concentrations detected in cervical spinal cord, thoracic spinal cord, lumbar spinal cord, sacrum spinal cord and CSF were much higher. Conclusion There was a relationship between the poisoning symptom, postmortem distribution and the administration dose, which may provide some evidences for the investigation of suspected epidural anesthesia accident case.%目的 建立布比卡因硬膜外麻醉致死的动物模型,探讨其在致

  9. Tratamiento con farmacología antihomotóxica de los síntomas asociados a fibromialgia Use of antihomotoxic drug therapy for the management of symptoms associated to fibromyalgia

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    J. Egocheaga

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La fibromialgia es una enfermedad crónica generalizada, cuya etiopatogenia se desconoce. Los pacientes afectos presentan dolores de características músculo-esqueléticas de localización sistémica, así como numerosas localizaciones sensibles o puntos gatillo, que suelen presentar situaciones concretas. Se asocia igualmente una clínica psicológica determinada por depresión, cansancio general y trastornos del sueño. Las pruebas complementarias habituales como hemograma, bioquímica, VSG, enzimas musculares, función tiroidea, factor reumatoide y ANA resultan negativas. Los fármacos más habitualmente utilizados son la amitriptilina, la fluoxetina y el alprazolam, todos ellos con importantes efectos secundarios. Material y métodos: En el presente trabajo pretendemos valorar la eficacia a corto plazo (8 semanas de un tratamiento farmacológico antihomotóxico (Traumeel®, Spascupreel®, Graphites Homaccord®, Cerebrum compositum® y Thalamus compositum® frente a un placebo (suero fisiológico (doble ciego en 20 pacientes diagnosticadas de fibromialgia. El análisis de los síntomas se realizó mediante una escala subjetiva (todos los parámetros analíticos objetivos son negativos y numérica que señalase la intensidad de los mismos. Resultados: Los resultados obtenidos nos muestran una mejora significativa en la sintomatología muscular y psicológica con respecto al estado previo en el tratamiento con los fármacos, no existiendo respuesta significativa en el trato con placebo. En relación a la patología articular, no se observan mejoras significativas ni con fármaco ni con placebo. Con los fármacos propuestos determinamos una mejora en la calidad de vida que se reflejó igualmente en la incorporación al medio laboral en un número importante de las pacientes tratadas. Conclusiones: A la vista de los resultados obtenidos consideramos que la terapia propuesta puede resultar eficaz en el tratamiento de los s

  10. Infecção aguda e latente em ovinos inoculados com o herpesvírus bovino tipo 5 (BHV-5 Acute and latent infection in sheep inoculated with bovine herpesvirus type-5 (BHV-5

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    Adriana M. Silva

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    ções naturais de ovinos por este vírus podem potencialmente ocorrer. Ness sentido, uma possível participação da espécie ovina como reservatório natural desse vírus deve ser melhor investigada.Experimental inoculation of lambs with bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BHV-5 reproduced several aspects of the BHV-5 infection in cattle. Intranasal inoculation was followed by efficient viral replication and shedding, establishment and reactivation of latency, and even the development of meningoencephalitis in one animal. Lambs inoculated with the brazilian isolate EVI-88 showed transient hipertermia, nasal hiperemia and discharge ranging from serous to muco-purulent. The animals shed virus in nasal secretions in titers up to 107.11 TCID50/ml during up to 16 days. One lamb showed clinical signs of encephalitis on day 10 post inoculation (pi, being euthanized in extremis on day 13. Infectious virus was recovered from several areas of the brain of this lamb, including anterior and posterior cerebrum, dorso- and ventro-lateral hemisphere, cerebellum, pons, midbrain and olfactory bulb. Histological changes were observed in several regions of the brain, most consistently in the anterior cerebrum, ventro-lateral cortex and midbrain, and consisted mainly of meningitis, perivascular mononuclear cuffing, focal gliosis, neuronal necrosis and intranuclear inclusions. Four lambs used as sentinels acquired the infection and shed virus starting at the 2nd day pi during up to 7 days. Lambs inoculated with the argentinian isolate A663 showed only mild respiratory signs, although they shed virus for up to 15 days. Administration of dexamethazone to the animals starting at day 50 pi was followed by reactivation of the latent infection and viral shedding during up to 11 days by 76.9% (10/13 of the inoculated lambs and 100% (3/3 of the sentinels. These results demonstrate that sheep are susceptible to BHV-5 acute and latent infection and suggest that natural infections by this virus in sheep may

  11. The similarities between the hallucinations associated with the partial epileptic seizures of the occipital lobe and ball lightning observations

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    Cooray, G. K.; Cooray, V.

    2007-12-01

    Ball Lightning was seen and described since antiquity and recorded in many places. Ball lightning is usually observed during thunderstorms but large number of ball lightning observations is also reported during fine weather without any connection to thunderstorms or lightning. However, so far no one has managed to generate them in the laboratory. It is photographed very rarely and in many cases the authenticity of them is questionable. It is possible that many different phenomena are grouped together and categorized simply as ball lightning. Indeed, the visual hallucinations associated with simple partial epileptic seizures, during which the patient remains conscious, may also be categorized by a patient unaware of his or her condition as ball lightning observation. Such visual hallucinations may occur as a result of an epileptic seizure in the occipital, temporo-occipital or temporal lobes of the cerebrum [1,2,3]. In some cases the hallucination is perceived as a coloured ball moving horizontally from the periphery to the centre of the vision. The ball may appear to be rotating or spinning. The colour of the ball can be red, yellow, blue or green. Sometimes, the ball may appear to have a solid structure surrounded by a thin glow or in other cases the ball appears to generate spark like phenomena. When the ball is moving towards the centre of the vision it may increase its intensity and when it reaches the centre it can 'explode' illuminating the whole field of vision. During the hallucinations the vision is obscured only in the area occupied by the apparent object. The hallucinations may last for 5 to 30 seconds and rarely up to a minute. Occipital seizures may spread into other regions of the brain giving auditory, olfactory and sensory sensations. These sensations could be buzzing sounds, the smell of burning rubber, pain with thermal perception especially in the arms and the face, and numbness and tingling sensation. In some cases a person may experience only

  12. EZH2蛋白在人胎儿器官发育过程中的表达模式%Expression patter n of EZH2 in oganogenesis of human fetuses

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    刘淑岩; 祝宁侠; 陈海滨

    2014-01-01

    To determine the expression pattern of EZH2 protein in the process of human fetal development and provide new and multi-organ information for understanding the possible roles of EZH2 during the whole fetal development. METHODS:33 human fetuses at 25 different gestational weeks and 1 neonatal sample were obtained through abortion or stillbirth. The organ or tissue including esophagus,stomach,small intestine,colon,liver, pancreas,parotid gland,thyroid,adrenal gland,lung,trachea,heart,large artery,kidney,bladder,uterus, ovary,testis,spleen,thymus,cerebrum were fixed,embedded,sectioned,then stained with hematoxylin and eosin to identify their morphological structures. Tissue microarrays were constructed and followed by immunohistochemical staining of EZH2. RESULTS:EZH2 was expressed in fetal organs investigated and exhibited different expression levels in different tissues and at various gestational ages. The positive staining of EZH2 protein was mainly located in the nucleus,as well as in the cytoplasm in some cells. CONCLUSION:EZH2 protein was generally expressed in human fetal organs and tissues and its expression exhibited tissue specificity and dependence on the stages of fetal development.%目的:检测果蝇zeste基因增强子人类同源物2(EZH2)蛋白在人胎儿发育过程中的表达模式,为了解EZH2在胎儿发育过程中可能的作用,提供新的、多器官的信息。方法:收集不同胎龄流产或死产胎儿33例及1例新生儿标本。选取食管、胃、小肠、结肠、肝、胰、腮腺、甲状腺、肾上腺、肺、气管、心脏、大血管(主动脉或肺动脉)、肾、膀胱、子宫、卵巢、睾丸、脾、胸腺、大脑等器官组织,经HE染色辨别形态学结构并构建组织芯片后,进行EZH2免疫组化染色检测。结果:在所有检测的上述胎儿器官中EZH2蛋白均有表达,但在不同的组织器官和不同的胎龄其表达水平不同。EZH2蛋白阳性染色主要定位于细

  13. Application of single-shot fast spin-echo sequence in MRimaging of normal fetus%单次激发快速自旋回波序列MR检查在正常胎儿中的应用

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    胡晓华; 罗先富; 陈娟; 傅剑雄; 王军; 吴晶涛

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the ability of single-shot fast spin-echo (SSFSE) sequence in delineating the anatomic structures of fetus, and to explore the clinical value of this sequence. Methods Fourteen normal fetuses with gestational age larger than 20 weeks underwent MR imaging 1 week within ultrasonic examination. SSFSE sequence was performed at the coronal, sagittal and axial view of the fetus body and the head. The normal fetus anatomy of brain, lungs, heart, liver,spleen, gastrointestinal tract, etc. and their MR manifestations were observed. Results The main organs of fetus had developed in 20 weeks gestation. In the central nervous system, against the high signal of the ventricular system, three layers of the cerebrum were identified, including the hypointense cortical gray matter, the hyperintense white matter, and the lower-signal-intensity germinal matrix. Cortical gyri and sulci developed significantly after 30 weeks gestation. The lungs, trachea, bronchi, stomach bubble, renal collecting system and bladder showed as high signal intensities, while gastrointestinal tract displayed mixed signal, the heart, great vessels, liver, spleen and kidneys appeared as hypointensities. Conclusion SSFSE sequence MR imaging can clearly show the normal anatomy of main fetal organs.%目的 观察单次激发快速自旋回波序列(SSFSE)在胎儿解剖结构方面的显示能力,探讨其在胎儿MR检查中的临床应用价值.方法 对14胎20周以上正常胎儿行MR检查,采用SSFSE序列对胎儿头颅、躯干行轴位、冠状位、矢状位扫描,观察胎儿各系统主要器官,包括脑、肺、心脏、肝、脾、胃肠道等的解剖和MR表现.结果孕20周时,胎儿各主要器官均已发育.中枢神经系统:在SSFSE图像脑室系统高信号的衬托下,大脑三层结构清晰可辨,皮层及脑室旁生发层呈低信号,白质呈稍高信号.脑室系统呈生理性扩大状态,30周后脑沟、回形成逐渐明显;非神经系统:SSFSE图

  14. MR imaging of meningeal carcinomatosis by systemic malignancy%系统性恶性肿瘤所致脑膜癌病的磁共振成像表现

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    马林; 蔡幼铨; 梁丽; 郭行高; 于生元

    2001-01-01

    目的 探讨脑膜癌病的MRI表现特点,提高对脑膜癌病的影像学认识和诊断水平。方法 经确诊的脑膜癌病11例,MR常规扫描后均行钆喷替酸葡甲胺(Gd-DTPA)增强扫描,对其增强特点及病变类型进行了回顾性分析。结果 MR平扫均未见脑膜异常信号。增强扫描后9例显示软脑膜异常增强,表现为脑表面连续的、可延伸至脑沟内的细线状高信号,累及范围包括小脑、脑干及大脑表面,但未见明确的蛛网膜下腔异常增强。3例显示硬脑膜-蛛网膜异常增强,表现为大脑凸面或小脑幕等处连续的、较粗的弧线状高信号,该信号不延伸至脑沟内,3例均累及大脑凸面,其中1例同时累及小脑凸面和小脑幕。9例累及软脑膜者脑脊液均为异常,2例仅累及硬脑膜-蛛网膜者脑脊液均为正常。结论 MR增强扫描能很好地显示脑膜癌病,根据增强特点可以区分脑膜癌病的类型,结合临床对脑膜癌病能作出诊断并指导治疗。%Objective To investigate the MR features of meningeal carcinomatosis, and to improve the ability in understanding and diagnosing meningeal carcinomatosis by MR findings. Methods Eleven cases with proven meningeal carcinomatosis were studied by conventional and Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging. The enhancement patterns and features, as well as the types of meningeal involvement, were retrospectively analyzed. Results Conventional MR imaging showed no evident meningeal abnormalities. After the administration of Gd-DTPA, abnormal pia mater enhancement was detected in 9 cases, demonstrating as the continuous, thin, and lineal high signal intensity on the brain surface that could descend into the sulci. The abnormal pial enhancement occurred on the cortical surfaces of cerebellum, brainstem, and cerebrum. No abnormal enhancement in the subarachnoid space was found. Abnormal dura-arachnoid enhancement was seen in 3 cases, showing

  15. Role of mito-KATP channel in isoflurane preconditioning lightening brain ischemia-reperfusion injury in gerbils%mito-KATP通道在异氟醚预处理减轻沙土鼠脑缺血-再灌注损伤中的作用

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    章放香; 张伟晶; 王世平; 安裕文; 邱冰

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察mito-KATP通道在异氟醚(ISO)预处理脑保护中的作用.方法 健康沙土鼠60只随机均分为六组:对照组(A组)、缺血-再灌注组(B组)、1.5%ISO预处理组(C组)、1.5%ISO预处理+5-羟葵酸(5-HD)5 mg/kg组(D组)、1.5%ISO预处理+5-HD 10 mg/kg组(E组)、1.50% ISO预处理+5-HD 15 mg/kg组(F组).预处理方法为连续5d吸入1.5% ISO1 h/d;末次预处理24 h后行缺血-再灌注,D、E、F组缺血前30 min分别腹腔注射5、10、15 mg/kg 5-HD.48 h后HE染色观察脑组织形态学变化,TUNEL法检测海马神经元凋亡,免疫组化检测Bd-2及Bax在海马神经元的表达.结果 与A组比较,B、C、D、E、F组脑损伤评分、神经细胞凋亡率、Bax表达均明显升高(P<0.05);而C、D、E、F组Bcl-2阳性表达明显升高(P<0.05).与C组比较,E、F组脑损伤评分、神经细胞凋亡率及Bax表达明显升高(P<0.05),而Bcl-2阳性表达降低(P<0.05).结论 mito-KATP通道在ISO预处理脑保护效应中起重要作用.%Objective To investigate the effect of mito-KATP channel in isoflurane preconditioning induced brain protection in gerbils. Methods Sixty healthy Mongolian gerbils were randomly divided into 6 groups: group A was normal control; group B was the reperfusion; group C was 1. 5% isofulurance preconditioning; group D was 1.5% isofulurance preconditioning+5-HD 5 mg/kg; group E was 1.5% isofulurance preconditioning + 5-HD 10 mg/kg; group F was 1.5% isofulurance preconditioning +5-HD 15 mg/kg group. Once daily of 1. 5% isoflurane was given for five days. Ischemia-reperfusion injury was occurred 24 h after the last preconditioning day. Groups of D, E and F were injected with 5-HD 5, 10, 15 mg/kg 30 min before ischemia-reperfusion injury. HE staining was used to observe the injury of cerebrum, and the expressions of Bcl-2 and Bax were detected with immunohistochemistry, and TUNEL was used to analyze the neuronal apoptosis. Results Compared with group A, other five groups

  16. The relevance of MRI for patient modeling in head and neck hyperthermia treatment planning: A comparison of CT and CT-MRI based tissue segmentation on simulated temperature

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    Verhaart, René F., E-mail: r.f.verhaart@erasmusmc.nl; Paulides, Margarethus M. [Hyperthermia Unit, Department of Radiation Oncology, Erasmus MC - Cancer Institute, Groene Hilledijk 301, Rotterdam 3008 AE (Netherlands); Fortunati, Valerio; Walsum, Theo van; Veenland, Jifke F. [Biomedical Imaging Group of Rotterdam, Department of Medical Informatics and Radiology, Erasmus MC, Dr. Molewaterplein 50/60, Rotterdam 3015 GE (Netherlands); Verduijn, Gerda M. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Erasmus MC - Cancer Institute, Groene Hilledijk 301, Rotterdam 3008 AE (Netherlands); Lugt, Aad van der [Department of Radiology, Erasmus MC, Dr. Molewaterplein 50/60, Rotterdam 3015 GE (Netherlands)

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    Purpose: In current clinical practice, head and neck (H and N) hyperthermia treatment planning (HTP) is solely based on computed tomography (CT) images. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides superior soft-tissue contrast over CT. The purpose of the authors’ study is to investigate the relevance of using MRI in addition to CT for patient modeling in H and N HTP. Methods: CT and MRI scans were acquired for 11 patients in an immobilization mask. Three observers manually segmented on CT, MRI T1 weighted (MRI-T1w), and MRI T2 weighted (MRI-T2w) images the following thermo-sensitive tissues: cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, myelum, sclera, lens, vitreous humor, and the optical nerve. For these tissues that are used for patient modeling in H and N HTP, the interobserver variation of manual tissue segmentation in CT and MRI was quantified with the mean surface distance (MSD). Next, the authors compared the impact of CT and CT and MRI based patient models on the predicted temperatures. For each tissue, the modality was selected that led to the lowest observer variation and inserted this in the combined CT and MRI based patient model (CT and MRI), after a deformable image registration. In addition, a patient model with a detailed segmentation of brain tissues (including white matter, gray matter, and cerebrospinal fluid) was created (CT and MRI{sub db}). To quantify the relevance of MRI based segmentation for H and N HTP, the authors compared the predicted maximum temperatures in the segmented tissues (T{sub max}) and the corresponding specific absorption rate (SAR) of the patient models based on (1) CT, (2) CT and MRI, and (3) CT and MRI{sub db}. Results: In MRI, a similar or reduced interobserver variation was found compared to CT (maximum of median MSD in CT: 0.93 mm, MRI-T1w: 0.72 mm, MRI-T2w: 0.66 mm). Only for the optical nerve the interobserver variation is significantly lower in CT compared to MRI (median MSD in CT: 0.58 mm, MRI-T1w: 1.27 mm, MRI-T2w: 1.40 mm

  17. Some aspects of morphogenesis of diabetic encephalopathy

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    V. A. Tumanskiy

    2013-08-01

    is growing, damages of organelles and microclamatosis of endothelial cells are registered. The endothelial lining is getting thin. In cytoplasm of endotheliocytes there can be found multiple pores and fenesters; interendothelial junction of capillaries are getting wider and “locus of leakage”, through which form elements of blood and plasma migrate, are created [15]. Under the streptozotocin-induced diabetes considerable increase of blood-brain barrier for small molecules are registered [16]. The progress of micro-and macroangiopathy leads to the lowering of cerebral blood flow and dishemic hypoxemia that switches energetic metabolism of nerve tissue to ineffective anaerobic glycolysis. As a result, energetic deficit and lactic acidosis are developing that in its turn leads to their structural and functional abnormalities [9]. It is determined that the important role in the development of chronicle abnormalities of cerebral blood flow under diabetes mellitus is performed by endothelial dysfunction, violation of autoregulation of cerebral blood flow, raising of viscosity and aggregative properties of blood [9]. The risk of neurodegeneration and cognitive deficit is rising among insulin-resistance patients. The high level of insulin can inhibit neuron transmission and lowering the activity of cholineacetyltransferase [37]. Hypoglycemic episodes and comas accompanying the development of incisive dysmetabolic encephalopathy are particularly dangerous. Despite great number of works on complications of diabetes mellitus of types I and II, abnormalities of cognitive functions of central nervous system are less studied. Further fundamental molecular and subcellar research of cerebrum will help to discover new links of pathogenesis of diabetic encephalopathy and maybe will open new perspectives in modern diagnostics and prevention of diabetes mellitus complications.

  18. Pharmacologicalmodification of thegabaergicsystem as a potentialvariant of cerebral protection in acute cerebral ischemia

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    Олександр Володимирович Тихоновський

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim is to study the possible impact of some derivatives of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, piracetam, picamilon and Krebs cycle intermediates - succinate (as sodium salt on the pathobiochemical changes in the central nervous system, that occur under experimental playing of acute ischemic tissue damage of the cerebrum.Research methods: The study was conducted in 96 rats Wistar, who were on a standardized vivarium diet. Cerebral ischemia was caused by bond of the unilateral common carotid artery. All drugs were administered intraperitoneally once daily for 4 days after modeling of an acute cerebral ischemia after which animals were withdrawn from experiment. In the brain tissues concentrations of pyruvic, izocitric, dairy and apple acids were determined. The activity of antioxidant enzymes: catalase and superoxide dysmutaza. In addition, the brain tissues the contents of lipid peroxidation products were evaluated – diene conjugates and malonic dialdehyde. Level of brain energy production was judged by the content of the adenylic nucleotide and also phosphocreatine . The degree of destruction of the brain cells was assessed by activity of the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase in the blood and brain fraction of the creatine phosphokinase.Research results: As a result of studies, on the 4th day of ischemia a significant carbohydrate metabolism is detected, which is reflected in the sharp strengthening of anaerobic glycolysis and reduced activity of the Krebs cycle reactions, as evidenced by a significant increase in quantity of lactate and decrease in quantity of malate, isocitrate and pyruvate.A sharp strengthening of anaerobic glycolysis results in the accumulation of oxidized products and intermediates especially the latter product – lactic acid. Metabolic acidosis develops against the background of energy failure, which leads to activation of lipid peroxidation reactions. Courses appointment of the cyclic derivatives of GABA piracetam

  19. Modeling and optoelectronic realization of an artificial cortex

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    Pashaie, Ramin

    Cortex, the outermost layer of the cerebrum, is recognized as the most developed part of the brain. It is believed that the higher-level functionality of the brain, the operations such as perception, cognition, and learning of both static and dynamic sensory information, originates from the dynamics of the massively interconnected gray cells of cortex. Because of the compact three-dimensional architecture of this biological computational paradigm, realization of bio-inspired machines that imitate such functionalities, including all the cellular details, is prohibitively difficult even if we consider the available nano-fabrication technologies. Based on this logical deduction, instead of considering each single neuron, an intriguing conjecture is to build aggregate level models that mimic the behavior of a population of neurons with collective emergent properties. In our approach, which is presented in this dissertation, cortex is assumed to be a composition of a sequence of discernable interconnected cortical patches. Each concerned patch is a network of asymmetrically coupled complex processing elements whose dynamics contain not only fixed-point and periodic attractors but also bifurcation and chaos. Dynamics of the complex processing elements, in this dissertation, is mathematically modeled by a slight modification of the time evolution of netlets adapted from computational neuroscience. Regarding this modification, the dynamics of a netlet is approximated by that of a quadratic return map. Studying the previous experimental observations demonstrates that a smart way of coupling such processing units is to couple them through their bifurcation parameters. Putting all pieces of this puzzle together, we model each cortical patch by a network of parametrically coupled quadratic return maps. Our simulations prove the ability of this network to emulate many salient features of cortical information processing, such as clustering, classification, generation of sparse

  20. 爪鲵端脑的形态学与组织学研究%Morphological and histological studies on the telencephalon of the salamander Onychodactylus fischeri

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    王欢欢; 李丽妍; 王丽文; 梁传成

    2007-01-01

    Objective In order to probe into the morphological and histological characteristics of the telencephalon of Onychodactylus fischeri, and to enrich the comparable neurobiology. Method HE-staining method was used to describe the characters of the telencephalon of Onychodactylus fischeri. Results The olfactory bulb of Onychodactylus fischeri locates in the rastral and lateral to the cerebral hemisphere, and six distinct layers can be identified from the lateral to the medial, quite similar to Batrachuperus tibetanus and Hynobius leechii. In the cerebrum, the primordial hippocampus developed better than the primordial piriform. The former belongs to archipallium and the latter is paleopallium. Ventral to the primordial hippocampus there is a septal area which cannot be divided into medial and lateral parts. In the ventrical wall,there is neither medial limiting sulcus nor lateral limiting sulcus to saperate the primordial hippocampus and the septal area,or the primordial piriform and the corpus striatum. The corpus striatum of Onychodactylus fischeri is paleostriatum. There is choroids plexus anterior in the lateral ventricle. The cell group that located at two sides of the third ventricle is the amygdale. Besides, the shape and size of neurons within the telencephalon are poorly differentiated. Conclusion Onychodactylus fischeri is a relatively primitive type in the amphibian. The present data will help us to further understand the nerve system of tailed amphibian.%目的 探讨爪鲵端脑的形态学和组织学特点.方法 采用脊椎动物神经标本制作技术和常规HE染色法.结果 爪鲵嗅球与北方山溪鲵和东北小鲵的嗅球极为相似,位于大脑半球的腹外侧缘,细胞从外到内大致可分为6层结构.大脑内原始海马较原始梨状区发达,前者属于原脑皮,后者属古脑皮.隔区位于原始海马的下方,没有外侧隔核和内侧隔核之分.侧脑室的侧壁没有内侧界沟区分原始海马和隔区,也没

  1. Effects of garlic oil on 2,5-HD induced lipid peroxidation damage in rat nerve tissues%大蒜油拮抗2,5-己二酮对大鼠神经组织的氧化损伤的效果

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    高绪聪; 曾涛; 王倩; 王青山; 谢克勤

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of garlic oil(GO) against the peroxidation damage of rat nerve tissue and the peripheral motor neuropathy induced by 2,5-HD. Methods Male Wis Wistar rats were divided into four groups, with 10 in each group. The model group, and low and high doses of GO groups were administrated with 2,5-HD (ip, 300 mg/kg), respectively; The control group was treated with sodium chloride, five times per week for six weeks. Pretreatment with GO garaged (40 mg/kg or 80 mg/kg) started one week before 2,5-HD treatment, and lasted to the end of the experiment. Neurobehavioral indexes were examined at the zero,second and fourth week. At the end of the experiment,the scores of the gait,and the concentration of MDA and GSH, the level of T-AOC and the ability of inhibition of" OH in cerebrum, spinal cord and sciatic nerve were examined. Results Compared with the zero week, except of the control group rats, the hind limb landing foot splays of three groups rats decreased by 44%, 50% and 49% at the fourth week, respectively without significant difference. The threshold value of balance in model,GO low and high doses groups rats decreased by 30%, 45% and 68% at the fourth week, respectively, and lower than the control group rats(P0.05);第4周模型组平衡指数降低30%,大蒜油低剂量组降低45%,大蒜油高剂量组降低68%,与模型组相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).大蒜油低、高剂基组大鼠在第4周即出现运动异常,较模型组人鼠提前1周;各组步态评分,模型组,大蒜油低、高剂量组均明显高于对照组,且大蒜油高剂量组高于模型组,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).在大脑、脊髓和坐骨神经中,与正常对照组相比,模型组人鼠MDA含量升高,抑制羟自由基能力降低,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05或P<0.01);与模型组比较,大蒜油低、高剂量组在各神经组织中MDA含量均明显降低,抑制羟自由基能力明显升高,差异均有统计学意义(P<0

  2. Review of the diagnosis and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in China%中国多发性硬化诊断标准及临床特征研究进展

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    程晓娟; 许丽珍

    2009-01-01

    This review focused on the diagnosis and clinical features of multiple sclerosis (MS) in China. We have identified the published researching information from 1976 to 2008 in China. The key issues related to the diagnosis and clinical features of MS in China were summarized. The first patient with MS in China was reported in 1926 from Xiehe hospital. Case reports on MS has been increasing during recent decades. Almost all the patients with MS were confirmed by the McDonald criteria (1977) before 1984. After the year of 1992, even to this day, the Poser criteria were widely used in China. Although the new diagnostic criteria, McDonald criteria (2001), were presented in 2001, only few papers published in Chinese were reported. The most frequent initial symptoms or signs of the patients with MS were optic nerve, motor weakness and sensory symptoms. The most frequent location of MS lesions over the course was found to be the spinal cord, followed by the cerebrum and optic nerves. Almost all patients had been treated with corticosteroids. This review supported previous observations in Chinese patients with MS. However, further studies are needed to understand epidemiologic features of MS in China.%本文对中国多发性硬化诊断标准的使用及疾病特征进行综述.收集1976~2008年期间关于中国多发性硬化疾病研究的文献,分析其中的诊断信息及临床特征.中国首例多发性硬化患者于1926年在协和医院诊断之后的几十年,关于多发性硬化的报道日益增多.1984年前,几乎所有患者的诊断均依据McDonald诊断标准(1977).1992年后至今,Poser诊断标准在国内得到了广泛的应用.尽管2001年推出新的诊断标准McDonald criteria(2001),但以该诊断确诊多发性硬化的报道并不多.可见国内在多发性硬化诊断中存在诊断标准滞后的现象.中国多发性硬化患者的首发症状以视神经受累最常见,其次为肢体无力和感觉障碍.病程中病变最常累

  3. Comparison of Difference of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Model in Three Strains of Rats%3种大鼠实验性自身免疫性脑脊髓炎模型的差异

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    朱振国; 王新施; 陈艳艳; 张元涛; 郑荣远

    2013-01-01

    目的 比较3种大鼠实验性自身免疫性脑脊髓炎模型的差异.方法 采用皮下注射豚鼠脊髓匀浆+完全福氏佐剂,并辅以注射百日咳疫苗,诱导制备SD大鼠、Wistar大鼠和Lewis大鼠EAE模型,比较3组大鼠EAE的神经症状及中枢神经不同部位病理学变化.结果 与Lewis大鼠相比,SD大鼠和Wistar大鼠潜伏期均延长(P<0.05),达峰时间相应推迟(P<0.05),神经症状以Lewis大鼠最严重,其次为SD大鼠(P<0.05);病理结果显示,3组大鼠CNS均以脑干病理改变最为严重,其次颈髓,而大脑病变最轻;CNS各部位的炎症改变,以Lewis大鼠最明显,而Wistar大鼠最轻.结论 SD大鼠与Lewis大鼠EAE比较,疾病发生率接近,中枢炎症病理改变相似,两者均以脑干炎症变化最严重,故SD大鼠是国内适合制备EAE模型的实验动物.%Objective To compare the difference of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis ( EAE) model in three strains of rats. Methods SD rats,Wistar rats and Lewis rats were induced to establish EAE model by subcutaneously injecting emulsified spinal cord homogenate of guinea - pig( GPSCH) with complete Freud adjuvant( CFA) and subcutaneously injecting Bordetella pertussis vaccine. The clinical scores and pathological changes of central nervous system were compared among the three strains of rats. Results Compared with Lewis rats, the latency of EAE in SD rats and Wistar rats were longer (P <0.05) ,and peak time of EAE in SD rats and Wistar rats were delayed (P <0. 05). The maximal clinical score in Lewis rats was highest,then those in SD rats was higher. The pathological results showed that brainstem in three strains of rats suffered the most severe lesions among all parts of CNS,then cervical cord,but cerebrum had the slightest nervous damage. Conclusion EAE in SD rats has almost similar incidence to EAE in Lewis rats, and inflammatory response and pathological changes of EAE are most serious in the brainstem in SD rats and Lewis

  4. Effect of erhuangfang on cerebral and spinal demyelination and regeneration as well as expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein in rats with experimental allergic encephalomyelitis

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    2007-01-01

    ventricle) and spinal cord (cervical enlargement and lumbar enlargement) collections,and then haematine-eosin (HE) staining and SLG myelin staining were used to observe demyelination and regeneration; meanwhile, immunohistochemical staining was used to observe the expression of glial fibriliary acidic protein (GFAP).MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Cerebral and spinal demyelination and regeneration as well as expression of GFAP in EAE rats.RESULTS: All 70 Lewis rats were involved in the final analysis. ① Demyelination and regeneration:Infiltration of inflammatory cells surrounding cerebrum and small venous vessels of spinal cord white matter,demyelination surrounding vessels and plentiful foam cells at myelinolysis sites were observed in the model group. Symptoms were relieved in the western medicine group and the Chinese herb group as compared with those in the model group. While, numbers of inflammatory infiltrated cells and vascular cuffs were decreased in focal region as compared with those in the model group; in addition, areas of softening focus and demyelination were decreased. ② Expression of GFAP: Volumes and numbers of positive cells of GFAP in white matter region were respectively bigger and higher than those of normal cells in the model group.Plentiful positive cells of GFAP were disorderly aggregated in hippocampus and surrounding small vessel cuffs. While, expression of GFAP was mildly increased surrounding focus in the Chinese herb group;however, GFAP did not express surrounding focus in the western medicine group. In addition, expressions of GFAP were not increased in non-focal region in both Chinese herb group and western medicine group.CONCLUSION: Both erhuangfang and hormone can relieve inflammatory reaction of central nervous system and demyelination of EAE rats. On one hand, erhuangfang can regulate reaction of astrocyte in two ways, relieve reaction and proliferation of astrocyte in non-focal region and maintain the protective effect of astrocyte on brain

  5. Expression of gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptor subunits α1,β1,γ2 mRNA in rats with hepatic encephalopathy

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    Xiao-Qing Li; Lei Dong; Zhong-Hua Liu; Jin-Yan Luo

    2005-01-01

    AIM To investigate the mRNA expression of gammaaminobutyric acid A (GABAA) receptor subunits α1,β1, γ2in different parts of the brain of rats with hepaticencephalopathy.METHODS: Twelve adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups: (1) hepatic encephalopathy model group (n = 6), which was induced by intraperitoneal injection of thioacetamide (TAA, 350 mg/kg) for threeconsecutive days; (2) control group (n = 6), in which the rats were treated with same dose of normal saline solution. After the freeze slice of cerebrum was made,in situ hybridization was used to detect the mRNA of GABAA receptor subunits α1, β1, and γ2 in rat cerebral cortex, basal nuclei, substantia nigra and hippocampi. Image data were collected and analyzed quantitatively by QWin550CWmodel image signal gather and analysis system. RESULTS: In rats with hepatic encephalopathy, mRNA expression levels of GABAA receptor subunits α1, β1 increased significantly in basal nuclei, substantia nigra pars compacta, substantia nigra pars reticularis and hippocampi (144.7±15.67/184.14±4.41, 60.61±33.66/113.07±32.44,87.71± 21.25/128.40±18.85, 122.34±5.56/161.60±4.56,123.29±5.21/140.65±4.15, 123.40±4.42/140.09±4.52,124.76±4.18/140.09±4.12, 141.62±15.09/182.80 ±5.20,69.13±30.74/134.21±43.76, 87.87±25.16/151.01±19.49,122.14±6.30/162.33±3.92, 122.81±5.09/137.19±7.12,123.00±4.63/138.11±5.92, 125.75 ±2.43/138.81±6.10,P<0.01), but did not change in the cerebral cortex compared to the control group. Similar changes were found in the mRNA expression levels of GABAA receptor subunit γ2,which increased significantly in basal nuclei, substantia nigra pars compacta, substantia nigra pars reticularis (136.81±26.41/167.97±16.23, 51.00±36.14/113.18±36.52, 86.35±20.30/126.90±19.74, P<0.01), CA1 of hippocampal (162.15±9.05/178.62±6.45, P<0.05), and no changes were found in the cerebral cortex and CA2, CA3, CA4 of hippocampi.CONCLUSION: In rats with hepatic

  6. 温敏型姜黄素鼻用原位凝胶增强脑靶向性%Enhanced Brain Targeting of Curcumin by Intranasal Administration of a Thermosensitive Poloxamer Hydrogel

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    陈溪; 杨洪斌; 胡一桥; 杨伊林; 支枫; 汤卫国; 周建平

    2013-01-01

    Objec tive: The aim of this study is to develop a curcumin intranasal thermosensitive hydrogel and to improve its brain targeting efficiency. Methods: The hydrogel gelation temperature and time, the drug release characteristics as well as nose-to-brain transport in a rat model were evaluated. Results: The developed nasal hydrogel composed of Pluronic F127 (PF-127) and Poloxamer 188 (P188) had a shorter gelation time and a longer mucociliary transport time compared with curcumin solution. The hydrogel showed diffusion—controlled drug release when evaluated using the dialysis membrane method. The drug targeting efficiency (DTE) for the drug in the cerebrum, cerebellum, hippocampus and olfactory bulb after intranasal administration of the curcumin hydrogel were respectively 1.82, 2.05, 2.07 and 1.51 times over those after intravenous administration of the curcumin solution injection, indicating that the hydrogel significantly increased the distribution of curcumin into the rat brain tissues. Conclusion: The thermosensitive curcumin nasal gel has been developed with favorable gelation, release properties and enhanced brain uptake efficiency.%目的:制备温度敏感型的姜黄素鼻用凝胶制剂,以提高姜黄素的脑部生物利用度.方法:通过粘度实验进行原位凝胶制剂的处方筛选,以胶凝时间、胶凝温度等为指标,优化处方;采用透析袋法考察原位凝胶的体外释放;以大鼠为模型,考察姜黄素原位凝胶的脑靶向性及脑内分布,并与其静脉注射剂相比较.结果:姜黄素原位凝胶剂优化处方具有最短的胶凝时间,可以长时间粘附在鼻腔粘膜上;释放行为属于Fickian扩散机制;姜黄素脑内分布试验表明,原位凝胶在大脑、小脑、海马、嗅球中的药物靶向效率(DTE)分别为静脉给药的1.82、2.05、2.07、1.51倍,说明原位凝胶给药显著增强了姜黄素的脑靶向性.结论:制备的姜黄素原位凝胶剂具有温度敏感的特点,

  7. 帕金森病痴呆患者的神经心理学和18 F-FDG PET脑代谢显像分析

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    王晖

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe neuropsychological test and to analyze 18 F-FDG PET figures in patients with Parkinson disease dementia .Methods ①Montreal Cognitive Assessment was performed in 10 healthy contrlos,10 patients with Parkinson disease(PD)and 10 patients with Parkinson disease dementia(PDD).② All the subjects were performed PET-CT in caudate nucleus,to recive the PET picture.Results ① MoCA score in PDD group was lower than it was in healthy controls,espe-cially in the following aspects:visuospatial skills,execution function,attetion,language(repeat and fluency),and abstract thought.② 18F-FDG PET cerebral metabolism visualization,the cerebral metabolism visualization in cerebrum,caudate nucleus,lenticular nucleus,thalamus in PDD group was asymmetry significant lower than it was in healthy controls.Conclusion More impaired cognitive domains were observed in PDD group,especially visuospatial skills,executing skills,attention,lan-guage and abstract thinking.18 F-FDG PET may provide helpful evidence for PDD diagnosis.%目的:研究帕金森病痴呆患者的神经心理学特点及18 F-脱氧葡萄糖( FDG) PET脑代谢显像的影像学特征。方法①对10例正常对照组,10例帕金森病患者,10例帕金森病痴呆患者,运用蒙特利尔认知评估量表(MoCA)进行检查。②静脉注射18F-FDG后行脑断层显像,获得10例正常对照组,10例PD患者,10例PDD患者PET图像。结果①PDD组的MoCA总成绩低于正常对照组,其中 MoCA子项目中的视空间功能、执行功能、注意力、语言(复述和流畅性)、抽象思维成绩显著低于正常对照组。②18 F-FDG PET脑代谢显像,PDD组的大脑半球各叶、尾状核、豆状核、丘脑的脑代谢显像不对称性重度减低。结论 PDD表现为多认知域受损,而以视空间功能、执行能力、注意力、言语(复述及流畅性)、抽象思维障碍较为严重。18 F-FDG PET脑代谢显像对PDD的诊断可能有一定的帮助。

  8. Surto de babesiose cerebral em bovinos no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul Cerebral babesiosis outbreak in bovines in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Nadia Aline Bobbi Antoniassi

    2009-06-01

    and death after 1 to 2 days. The necropsy revealed pale mucous membranes, splenomegaly, enlarged and yellowish liver, congested and edematous gall bladder containing viscous granular bile. The kidneys and urine were dark red. The gray matter of cerebrum and cerebellum had a characteristic cherry-pink color. Hemorrhage was seen in the epicardium and endocardium. The histological findings consisted of hemoglobinuric nephrosis, paracentral hepatic necrosis, bile stasis, spleen congestion. The gray matter of the brain exhibited congestion with erythrocytes parasitized by Babesia bovis, which were also seen in the brain impression smear. The death of 28 heifers in 5 days was attributed to inadequate immunity against the parasite. The application of imidocarb dipropionate in animals presenting the initial stage of the disease and in all other animals of the herd was adopted as preventive treatment and no new cases of the disease happened in the next two months, when they were sent to slaughter.

  9. Electroacupuncture at Du channel and meridian of foot- Taiyang for hippocampal neurons in rats with depression

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    Min Pi; Wenshu Luo; Lihong Diao; Xiaodan Rao; Haibo Yu; Zhuoxin Yang

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Long-term anti-depression treatment can promote the regeneration of hippocampal regeneration. Up-regulation of hippocampal regeneration can reverse or prevent against the injury of stress to cerebrum, especially to hippocampal structure and function. Therefore, promoting hippocampal neuronal regeneration may be a new strategy for treating depression and anxiety.OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of electro-acupuncture at Du channel and meridian of foot-Taiyang on hippocampal neurons from model rats of depression.DESIGN: A randomized controlled animal experiment.SETTING: Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Shenzhen Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.MATERIALS: Twenty-four Wistar rats, of either gender, aged 2 months old, weighing 200 - 220 g, were provided by the Animal Experimental Center, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.METHODS: This experiment was carried out in the Clinical Molecular Biochemical Laboratory, Shenzhen Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine between October 2006 and April 2007.①The involved rats were randomized into 4 groups according to body mass: blank control group,model group, electroacupuncture A group and electroacupuncture B group, with 6 in each. Rats in the blank control group were free to access to water, and were not given any intervention. Rats in the latter 3 groups were developed into rat depression models by chronic stress combined with feeding alone, and received 21-day unpredictable various stresses. Rats in the model group were euthanized at 14 days after modeling,and their brain tissues were harvested. Rats in the electroacupuncture A group were modeled, then points "Baihui" and "Shenting" were chosen, and given electroacupuncture, once a day, 20 minutes once. Rats in the electroacupuncture B group were modeled, then points "Baihui", "Shenting", "Xinshu"and "Ganshu" were chosen, and frequency and therapeutic time were

  10. 灰质异位脑功能连接的功能磁共振成像研究%Exploring Functional Connectivity of Gray Matter Heterotopia Using fMRI

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    朱湘文; 张志强; 许强; 王正阁; 卢光明; 陈光辉; 谭启富

    2012-01-01

    . Conclusion Heterotopic nodules are not self - existent, they were not only connected with contralateral ones but also with other parts of cerebrum. The connection between nodules and basal ganglion may indicate that heterotopic nodules are likely to initiate the seizures.

  11. 猪繁殖候选基因HoxA10的克隆及表达分析%Cloning and expression analysis of HoxA10,a candidate gene influencing reproduction traits in pigs

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    周晓宁; 方梅霞; 何小梅; 聂庆华; 张细权

    2011-01-01

    同源异形盒A10基因(Homeobox 10 gene,HoxA10)是Hox基因家族中重要一员,与子宫形态的发生,生育期子宫内膜的周期性形态发育密切相关,是与猪繁殖性状相关的重要候选基因.以长白猪为材料,采用RT-PCR方法,克隆了猪HoxA10基因,并用Real-Time PCR测定该基因在猪各组织器官中的表达.结果表明,从猪子宫组织中克隆获得HoxA10基因cDNA长538 bp,包括1个285 bp的开放阅读框,编码合成94个氨基酸残基,与人和小鼠的HoxA序列同源性分别为98.9%和97.9%;在猪各组织中,前肌是HoxA10基因表达量最高的组织,其次为肾、子宫、后肌、输卵管、大肠、腹脂等组织,在垂体、大脑、小脑、丘脑、卵巢、肺、胃、小肠、背肌、背膘中,HoxA10的表达很低或基本无表达.%As a key member of Hox gene family, the Homeobox A1O gene (HoxA1O) is an important candidate gene influencing reproduction traits in pigs, which plays important roles in embryonic development and cell differentiation. In this paper, HoxA1O gene was cloned from a Landrace pig by RT-PCR, and different tissues from the pig were tested by real-time PCR to determine the tissue-specific expression pattern of HoxA1O. Results showed that the cloned HoxA1OcDNA of pig was 538 bp long, and it contained an open reading frame (ORF) of 285 bp encoding a peptide of 94 amino acid residues which showed 98.9% and 97.9% sequence identity to that of human and mouse respectively. In all tested pig tissues, HoxA1O expressed predominantly in forward leg muscle, followed by kidney, uterus, back leg muscle, oviduct,large intestine and abdominal fat. And little or no Expression of HoxA1O was detected in hypothalamus, cerebrum,cerebellum, thalamus, ovary, lung, stomach, small intestine, dorsal muscles and back fat.

  12. A protocol for primary dissociated astrocyte and neuron co-culture%原代神经元与星形胶质细胞的混合培养方法

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    石莹; 周密; 姜民

    2013-01-01

    Cultured primary hippocampal neurons are ideal tool for investigating the subcellular localization and trafficking of neu-ronal proteins. The aim of the present study was to establish a method to co-culture hippocampal neurons and cortical astrocytes, which would guarantee well conditions of neurons. Newborn Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were sacrificed by decapitation. The cortex of cerebrum was cut into pieces, and the cortical tissue was digested with trypsin. The liquid suspension of single cells was planted onto a 25 cm2 culture flask. On the fourth day of culture, the tissue cells except astrocytes were removed by intensive agitation of culture flask. Purified astrocytes were allowed to grow continuously until they reached most area of flask. At this time point, we replaced the culture media with neuronal cell media containing cytarabine, and planted the primary culture of rat hippocampal neurons onto the feed layer of cortical astrocytes. The microscopic observation results showed that, the astrocytes evenly grew without obvious boundaries between each other, and exhibited good purity. The co-cultured hippocampal neurons were in good condition, developed intertwined network of axons and dendrites, lived for a long time, and could tolerate gene transfection. Above all, this method is relatively simple from a technical point of view, yet provides healthy and reliable neuronal culture.%原代培养的海马神经元是研究神经细胞中蛋白运输与亚细胞空间定位的有效研究工具.本文旨在建立海马神经元与皮层胶质细胞混合培养的方法,以期提供状态良好的神经元供研究用.新生2~3 d Sprague-Dawley (SD)大鼠断头处死,从大脑半球表面片取2~3片皮层组织,切碎后用胰蛋白酶消化成单细胞悬液,种植于25 cm2培养瓶内.种植后第四天,采用剧烈敲击培养瓶的方法去除非星形胶质细胞的杂质细胞,继续培养贴壁细胞直至细胞接近铺满瓶底,改用含阿糖胞苷

  13. 妊娠相关可逆性后部白质脑病综合征9例临床分析%GESTATION-RELATED REVERSIBLE POSTERIOR LEUKOENCEPHALOPATHY SYNDROME: CLINICAL ANALYSIS OF NINE CASES

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    郭江波; 刘福岭; 葛东泉

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical and imaging-characteristics of gestation-related reversible posterior leu-koencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) and improve the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Methods The etiology,clinical manifestations, MRI features, treatment and prognosis of nine patients with gestation-related RPLS were analyzed retrospectively. Results Of the nine cases, seven developed pre-eclampsia, and two with normal gestation fell ill with RPLS three to four days after delivery. Their main manifestations were headaches, spasm, visual disorder, or conscious disturbance. Elevated blood pressure and LDH level were noted in all the nine patients at the onset. The characteristic changes of MRI were symmetric foci of occipitopa-rictal lobe, low T1 WI signal and high signal were noted in T2WI images and Flair image. All the patients recovered completely without any sequela in nervous system after a prompt and effective therapy. Conclusion RPI.S may occur during pregnancy and childbirth. The clinical features are headache, spasm, visual disorder and conscious disturbance, the MRT characteristics are symmetrical low T1WI signal and high T2WI signal and high Flair signal on bilateral posterior white matters of cerebrum. An in-time diagnosis and treatment will make the disease reversible.%目的 探讨妊娠相关可逆性后部白质脑病综合征(RPLS)的临床和影像学特点,以提高临床诊疗水平.方法 回顾性分析9例妊娠相关RPLS病人的病因、临床特点、影像学特征、治疗及预后.结果 9例RPLS病人中7例并发子痫-子痫前期,2例孕产期正常而分别在产后3、4d突然发病.主要表现为头痛、抽搐、视力障碍、意识障碍.9例发病时均有血压升高及乳酸脱氢酶(LDH)水平升高.其影像学特征性改变为异常的对称性的枕顶叶病灶,MRI检查T1WI为低信号,T2WI及Flair像为高信号.经及时有效治疗后完全恢复,未遗留神经系统后遗症.结论 RPLS可发

  14. 1株致病性兔无乳链球菌的分离、鉴定与系统发育分析%Isolation, identification and phylogenetic analysis of a pathogenic Streptococcus agalactiae in rabbit

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    任思宇; 耿毅; 汪开毓; 罔赵英; 刘星星; 吴春艳

    2013-01-01

    从患病家兔肝、肺、脑和心血中分离到1株链状革兰阳性球菌P110323,以1×106 CFU/mL菌液灌胃感染健康家兔后,表现出站立不稳、四肢划动、惊厥和呼吸障碍等症状,感染96 h后,死亡率为60%.解剖见肺淤血、出血;肝、脾和肾肿大,坏死;大脑肿胀,脑膜充血,脑回肿胀扁平,脑沟变浅.分离菌在BHI平板上形成湿润、边缘整齐的灰白色菌落;在5%的脱纤维羊血平板上形成透明的β溶血环;V-P试验、水解精氨酸与马脲酸等为阳性;水解七叶苷和利用甘露醇、山梨醇和乳糖产酸为阴性.16S rDNA系统发育分析显示分离菌与Streptococcus difficilis和Streptococcus agalactiae聚在一簇.gyrB基因系统发育分析表明分离菌属于无乳链球菌(S.agalactiae),结合细菌形态特点和生理生化特性鉴定该病原菌为无乳链球菌(S.agalactiae),多重PCR方法确定该菌荚膜多糖类型为Ia型.%A pathogenic bacterium (P110323) was isolated from the liver,lung,cerebrum and heart blood of the diseased rabbit.Artificial infection of rabbits with P110323 proved that it was the pathogen of the disease,disease signs and a mortality rate of 60% were noted after 96 h postinoculation with 106 CFU/mL bacterium.The clinical symptoms of infected rabbits included incoordination,lateral prostration,paddling and convulsions with acute respiratory distress syndrome.Necropsy revealed degeneration and necrotic changes in many organs,especially,serious lesions occurred in the liver and kidney.Hemorrhage and swelling of the lung and spleen were considerable;The surfece of gyri was swollen and flattened with the shallow cerebullar sulci,hyperemia of meninges was obvious.The isolated bacterium was a Gram-positive cocci which possessed β-hemolytic activity on agar media with 5% sterile sheep's blood and had moistening and gray colonies in BHI.Arginine,hippuric acid and V-P test were positive; esculin,sorbitol,lactose and mannitol were

  15. Effect of neuropeptide Y on white matter demyelination and serum interleukin-4 and gamma-interferon levels in the guinea pig with experimental allergic encephalomyelitis

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    Xiaohong Li; Ke Yu; Zuoxiao Li

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Neuropeptide Y (NPY) may influence differentiation of Th cells. It is assumed that the immunological pathology of experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) is related to abnormal differentiation of Th cellsOBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of NPY on white matter demyelination, the serum levels interleukin-4 (IL-4) and gamma-interferon (IFN-γ), as well as EAE pathogenesis in an EAE guinea pig model following NPY injection into the lateral cerebral ventricle.DESIGN, TIME AND SETTING: A randomized controlled animal study, which was performed in the Infection Immunity Animal Laboratory, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College, China, from October 2005 to April 2006.MATERIALS: Thirty healthy female guinea pigs of 8-12 weeks of age, and 10 healthy female rats of three months of age were used. NPY was provided by Sigma Company, USA. NPY kit was provided by Beijing Huaying Biotechnology Institute, China.METHODS: Thirty guinea pigs were randomly divided into three groups: normal control group, EAE model group, and NPY intervention group (n=10 per group). Normal control group and EAE model group: Saline (10μL, once) was injected into the lateral cerebral ventricle. After one week, the same volume of Freund's adjuvant complete was either injected subcutaneously into two post-palms or EAE was modeled. NPY intervention group: EAE was modeled after one week and NPY was injected (10μL of 6nmol NPY, once) into the lateral cerebral ventricle. Myelin basic protein (MBP) antigen made from rat spinal cord homogenate and Freund's adjuvant complete were injected subcutaneously into both post-palms (0.2mL per palm) to establish the EAE model.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: White matter demyelination of the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, and spinal cord were observed by light microscopy after HE staining. Levels of serum IFN-γ and IL-4 were detected by the double antibody sandwich ABC-ELISA technique. NPY content was detected by radioimmunoassay

  16. Sinais clínicos, distribuição das lesões no sistema nervoso e epidemiologia da raiva em herbívoros na região Nordeste do Brasil Clinical signs, distribution of the lesions in the central nervous system and epidemiology of rabies in northeastern Brazil

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    2005-12-01

    clinical signs were due to lesions in the cerebrum, and 2 had the paralytic form. From 4 sheep and 2 goats affected, 4 showed clinical signs of the paralytic form; but in 1 goat and 1 sheep the main clinical signs were caused by cerebral lesions. All affected animals, except 1 goat, had a clinical manifestation period of 2-8 days. The only gross lesions were distention of the urinary bladder in 4 cattle and distention of the rectum in 2 others. Two horses had skin lesions due to traumatic injury. Histologic lesions were diffuse non-suppurative encephalomyelitis and meningitis. In the horses, and in one goat with a clinical manifestation period of 35 days, the lesions were more severe, with neuronal necrosis, neuronophagia, and presence of axonal spheroids. Negri bodies were found in 87% (20/23 of the cattle cases examined histologically. In small ruminants Negri bodies were found in 83% (5/6 of the cases. In sheep, goats and cattle, Negri bodies were more frequent in the cerebellum, but they were found also in brain stem, spinal cord and cerebrum. In horses, Negri bodies were found in small amounts only in the cortex of one animal, and in the cortex and hippocampus of another. Histologic lesions and Negri bodies in the trigeminal ganglia were less frequent than in the CNS. These results show that in rabies of herbivores, clinical signs and distribution of lesions in the CNS are variable, so that for the diagnosis and adequate clinical evaluation and the histologic study of different areas of the CNS are necessary. This also suggests that when the fluorescent antibody test and mouse inoculation test are negative, they should be repeated with samples from different areas of the brain and spinal cord. Frequency data of diseases from 4 diagnostic laboratories were used to estimate cattle deaths due to rabies in 3 Brazilian states. In Paraíba, with a population of 918,262 cattle, the annual death rate is estimated in 8,609 heads. In Mato Grosso do Sul, with a population of 23

  17. 18F-FDG PET脑显像在癫痫图型、病灶定位及预后预测中的价值%Clinical evaluation of 18 F-FDG PET cerebral imaging in patternization,focus localization and prognosis prediction of epilepsy

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    崔瑞雪; 周前; 栾国明

    2001-01-01

    Objective 1.To find out the relationship between FDG PET image pattern and epileptogenic focus localization.2.To help surgeons in patient selection, operative planning and therapy prediction. Methods73 patients(51 M,22 F,av.23.3 y) with epilepsy were studied with FDG PET cerebral imaging.40 patients who underwent surgery were followed up (av.6 months,2~12 months) for assessment of seizure control.The efficacy of FDG PET for the localization of epileptogenic foci was compared with that of VEEG,MRI and invasive EEG.Relationship between the cerebral FDG metabolic pattern and surgical outcome were also evaluated. Results 1.72 patients showed interictal focal hypometabolism.1 patient with continuous seizure showed ictal hypermetabolism.2.FDG PET could localize the seizure foci in patients whose EEG showed bilateral or no definite epileptoform discharge.FDG PET image demonstrated more metabolic changes than structural changes shown by MRI.3.According to Engel's classification of operative effect,75%(30/40) was classified as grade Ⅰ or Ⅱ,7.5%(3/40) as grade Ⅲ and 17.5%(7/40) as grade Ⅳ.The lesions removed in grade Ⅰ or Ⅱ patients were confirmed to be epileptogenic foci.The localization accuracy of FDG PET,VEEG and MRI for seizure foci were 93.3%(28/30),73.3%(22/30) and 53.3%(16/30) respectively.4.(1)The effect of surgical removal of the hypometabolic focus in one temporal lobe was better than that in bilateral lobes,but some of the patients suffered from bilateral temporal changes might also be benefited by removing the more severe lobe.(2)In case of patients with other hypometabolic lesions except major lesion,removal of the major lesion was not as effective as the patients with single lesion.(3)Patients with multiple lesions in one side of cerebrum,the result of half brain removal was good.(4)The prognosis of patients with bilateral multiple diffuse lesions was poor. Conclusions The sensitivity and accuracy of the FDG PET imaging in localizing the

  18. MRI study of angiostrongyliasis cantonensis in central nervous system%广州管圆线虫病中枢神经系统 受侵的磁共振影像研究

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    靳二虎; 马大庆; 梁宇婷; 李铁一; 张艺; 纪爱平

    2001-01-01

    Objective To study the characteristics of eosinophilic myelomeningoencephalitis due to angiostrongylus cantonensis on MRI. Methods MRI examinations of the brain and spinal cord in 5 patients with angiostrongyliasis cantonensis in central nervous system were performed 17 times. The final diagnosis was based on typical clinical symptoms, results of blood and CSF tests, and the presence of nematode larvae in CSF. The sequential MRI follow-up examinations were carried out for every patient in different stages after the ictus, then the features of the lesions on MR image in the brain, spinal cord, meninges and nerve roots were studied, moreover, the processes of their dynamic changes were analyzed as well. Results Abnormalities were demonstrated on MRI in all 5 cases. They included 3 cases of meningoencephalitis, 1 encephalitis and 1 myelomeningitis. The detailed locations and appearances of the lesions were as follows: (1) brain involvement in 4 cases (including cerebrum in 4, cerebellum in 2 and brain stem in 3 cases), spinal cord involvement in 1 case. These lesions were diffuse or scattering distribution and appeared as iso- or slightly low signal intensity on T1WI, high signal intensity on T2WI and FLAIR images. After administration of Gd-DTPA, multiple enhanced nodules in round or oval shape, with the diameter ranging from 3 mm to 10 mm, were showed on T1WI, a few lesions appeared as stick-like shaped enhancement whose longest measurement was 14 mm. The surrounding edema was limited. (2) meningeal involvement in 4 cases, a case of ependyma and a case of nerve roots involvements were among them. These lesions appeared as linear or nodular enhancement of the leptomeninge and the ependyma, as well as the nerve roots enhancement. (3) ventricular enlargement in 2 cases. The dynamic study based on follow-up MRI suggested that above lesions were severest from 5 to 8 weeks after the ictus and may lasted for more than 28 weeks, their resolution needed at least 2

  19. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Normal Fetus and Placenta in Medium to Late Pregnancy%MR在妊娠中晚期正常胎儿及胎盘检查中的应用价值

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    胡晓华; 姜伦; 罗先富; 陈文新; 叶靖; 孔嶷; 吴晶涛

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate normal MR anatomy and findings of fetus and placenta in medium and late pregnancy. Materials and Methods Thirty six pregnancy women underwented MR examination. Coronal, sagital and axial plane MR SSFSE sequence was performed. The normal MR anatomy of fetus and placenta, including brain,lungs,heart,liver , spleen,gastrointestinal tract, urinary collecting systems, bladder, bones, spine and placenta, was observed in different gestational age. Results MR findings of fetus showed that the main organs had developed at 20 weeks. (1)Central nervous system; at 20 weeks gestation,the three layers of the cerebrum were identified including the hyperintense white matter, the hypointense cortical gray matter, and the lower signal intensity germinal matrix. The ventricular system demonstrated physiologic enlargement until 25 weeks gestation. Before 20 weeks, the surface of the fetal brain was smooth. The sylvian fissure demonstrated a squared appearance at 23 weeks. At 23 to 30 weeks of gestation ,the primary fissure developed slowly , until by 30 to 37 weeks, the remainder of the hemispheric fissures were developed. ( 2 ) Respiratory and circulation system : The lungs showed high signal intensity , the heart and great vessels appeared hypointense. (3) Digestive system; stomach bubble,the gallbladder showed as high signal. The intestine showed low signal and meconium showed as low signal in part of the intestine. Liver and spleen showed low signal located in right and left side of the abdomen. (4) Urinary system; kidneys showed oval shape with low signal and bladder showed high signal in pelvic cavity. (5) Skeletal, muscular system; spine, limbs showed low signal, and muscle showed equal signal. (6)The placenta signal changed from uniform, slightly higher signal to the uneven, slightly lower signal with the gestational age, and the edge of the placenta changed from the smooth to lobulated shape. Conclusion Normal anatomy and MR findings of fetal main

  20. NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of Tris(2-chloroethyl) Phosphate (CAS No. 115-96-8) in F344/N Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Gavage Studies).

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    , 44, or 88 mg/kg TRCP to groups of 60 males and females, 5 days per week for up to 104 weeks; 9 or 10 rats of each dose group were evaluated at 66 weeks. The survival of high-dose male and female rats was reduced relative to that of controls. Final mean body weights of surviving rats were similar to those of controls. The principal chemical-related effects occurred in the kidney and brain of dosed rats. Focal hyperplasia of the renal tubule epithelium and renal tubule adenomas were markedly increased in male rats receiving 88 mg/kg TRCP and, to a lesser extent, in female rats (renal tubule hyperplasia, male rats: 0/50; 2/50; 24/50; female rats: 0/50; 3/50; 16/50; renal tubule adenoma, male rats: 1/50; 5/50; 24/50; female rats: 0/50; 2/50; 5/50). Renal tubule carcinomas occurred in one control and one high-dose male rat. Degenerative lesions consisting of gliosis, mineralization, hemorrhage, and/or hemosiderin accumulation occurred in the cerebrum and brain stem of more than 50% of female rats receiving 44 or 88 mg/kg TRCP; similar lesions were seen in only a few dosed males. Slightly increased incidences of thyroid gland follicular cell neoplasms (male rats: 5/50; 14/50; 13/50; female rats: 14/50; 16/50; 20/50) occurred in dosed males and females, but it is uncertain whether these were related to chemical administration. The 2-year studies in mice were conducted by administering 0, 175, or 350 mg/kg TRCP to groups of 60 males and females, 5 days per week for up to 104 weeks; 8 to 10 mice of each sex per dose group were evaluated at 66 weeks. There were no significant differences in survival between dosed and control groups of either sex, and final mean body weights of mice were similar among all groups. The principal chemical-related effects occurred in the kidney, in which nuclear enlargement (karyomegaly) of tubule epithelial cells was present in approximately 80% of high-dose mice. In the original diagnosis, renal tubule adenomas were seen in one control male, one

  1. MRI and diffusion tensor imaging in assessing correlation of activation of cortical motor function and manifestations of corticospinal tract with muscle strength in patients with ischemic stroke

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    Ziqian Chen; Hui Xiao; Biyun Zhang; Gennian Qian; Ping Ni; Xizhang Yang

    2006-01-01

    brain was observed. ② The DTI image was processed with the dTV.Ⅱ.R1 software part of the anisotropic image and color anisotropic image were shown,and the three-dimensional white matter image of bilateral corticospinal tracts of the patients were reconstructed. ③ The muscle strength of the affected hand of the stroke patients was judged with the Brunnstorm standard.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:The manifestations of MRI,DTI and corticospinal tracts of the 9 stroke patients were mainly observed.RESULTS: All the 9 stroke patients and 9 healthy subjects were involved in the analysis of results. ① Results of MRI examination: The handed exercise of the healthy subjects mainly activated contralateral sensorimotor cortex, posterior parietal cortex and bilateral supplementary motor areas. For the exercise of ipsilateral hand of 7 stroke patients, contralateral sensorimotor cortex was weakly activated, but ipsilateral posterial parietal cortex was obviously activated, and the activation of cerebrum was observed in 3 of them. For the other two patients, bilateral sensorimotor cortexes were activated during the exercise of ipsilateral hand, and the ipsilateral activated area was greater than the controlateral one.The exercise of contralateral hand activated contralateral sensorimotor cortex, posterior parietal cortex and contralateral supplementary motor area, and no obvious ipsilateral activated area was observed. ② Results of DTI examination: The anisotropic values of the infarcted area were obviously lower than those of the contralateral part (t=4.570, P < 0.01). The anisotropic value of the infarcted area were obviously was obviously correlated with bilateral muscle strength (t=0.888,P < 0.05). ③ Results of the examination for corticospinal tracts: The reconstruction of bilateral corticospinal tracts, contralateral anatomic form were generally identical with those of normal subjects, the consistency of each continuous form from anterior central gyrus downward to

  2. Feasibility of nasal brain targeted drug delivery through the nose-brain channel in the nasal olfactory region using cimicifugoside H-1%升麻苷H-1利用鼻腔嗅觉区鼻-脑通道进行鼻脑靶向给药的可行性

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    武密山; 赵素芝; 高维娟; 王茹; 韩红伟; 师旭亮

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Recent studies have suggested that intranasal administration is one of the ways to target drugdelivery, and can effectively make the drug that cannot pass through the blood brain barrier by other pathways to bypass the blood brain barrier, resulting in targeted delivery to the brain. It provides a promising route for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. OBJECTIVE: To study the pharmacokinetic and brain-targeted channel-tropism tissue distribution character of cimicifugoside H-1 after nasal and intravenous administration in plasma and tissues in rats, in order to evaluate the feasibility of developing brain-targeted nasal delivery system of cimicifugoside H-1 by the passage between nose and brain in nasal olfactory area. METHODS: After intravenous injection and nasal administration of cimicifugoside H-1, the drug concentrations of plasma and channel-tropism organs (lung, spleen, stomach, large intestine, liver, kidney, brain, brain, cerebelum, cerebrospinal fluid, olfactory bulb and olfactory region) were detected. Drug-time curve was drawn. DAS program was used to select apartment model and pharmacokinetics parameters. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:(1) The pharmacokinetics characters of cimicifugoside H-1 are rapidly absorbed and extensively distribution. Among major channel-tropism organs, drug concentrations were higher in the lung and brain than in the other organs. (2) Cimicifugoside H-1 could be straightly transported into brain by the intranasal administration. The molecule through olfactory mucosa in nasal cavity entered into olfactory bulb in arachno-hypostegal cavity, and then entered into olfactory region, cerebrospinal fluid, cerebrum and cerebelum gradualy. Olfactory bulb was the only way for drug molecule to go through nasal cavity into brain. (3) Compared with the intravenous injection, cimicifugoside H-1 through the intranasal administration has a significant%背景:近些年研究表明,鼻腔给药作为脑靶向给药的途

  3. 常染色体显性遗传性脑动脉病伴皮层下梗死和白质脑病的颅脑MRI表现%The cranial MRI appearance of cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy in a family

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    张金平; 孙冰莲; 余永强; 潘华; 汤永祥; 钱振; 高萍; 刘丰; 李惠芬

    2008-01-01

    in the temporal,frontal and parietal lobes,but the occipital lobes were less involved.These lesions appeared as long T1 and long T2 signal.O'Sul]ivan sign was shown in all cases and subcortical lacunar lesions was seen in 2 cases. In the centrum semiovale,well-defined,round or oval cystic infarcts(black holes)were demonstrated in 3 cases and multiple tiny round enlarged perivascular spaces(pepperpot appearance)in all cases.The corpus callosum was involved in all cases,and it was evidently atrophic in 2 cases.The anterior part of internal capsule and external capsule were were present in the basal ganglia and brainstem. Only one case revealed a small infarct in the right cerebellum. Four Datients shared mild or moderate atrophy of brainstem, cerebellum and cerebrum. No marked abnorillalitv of large vessels was seen in all cerebral MRA. Conclusions The cranial MRI appearance in CADASIL shows some characteristics.MRI may give some infotznation in the preliminary diagnosis or exclusion of CADASIL.

  4. Neuropathological changes of central nervous system in Guillain-Barré syndrome.%吉兰-巴雷综合征中枢神经系统病理改变

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    林世和; 赵节绪; 江新梅; 宋晓南

    2001-01-01

    Objective  To investigate the neuropathological changes of central nervous system in Guillain-Barré syndrom. Methods Brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve were obtained from 22 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Eight cases were examined by general autopsy, 14 cases were examined by limited autopsy. HE, KB, Bielschowsky, Weil and Sudan Ⅲ staining were carried out, the sections were observed by light microscopy. Results 1.Cerebral superficial veins congested, widening of the cortical sulci, narrowed gyri and mild cerebellar tonsillar hernia were present. 2. Majority of cerbral neurons presented an ischemic changes. Slightly loss of hippocampal pyramidal neurons were found. There was chromatolysis of motor neurons of brain stem. Lymphocytic infiltration around the small vessels occurred in the pons and medullary oblongata in 8 cases. Focal demyelination was noted in pons and frontal white matter in 2 cases. Loss of Purkinje cells and appearance of glial nodules were observed in molecular layer of cerebellum. 3. Swellin, central chromatolysis and eccentric nuclei of anterior horn cells appeared in 16 cases, which were pronounced in cervical and lumbal segment of spinal cord. Vaculated neuroplasma and lymphacytic infiltrition could be seen. 4. Segmental demyelination and lymphocytic infiltration were the main neuropathological changes observed in 20 cases. There were two other cases in which the axon were severely involved, which showed swelling and breakdown of axons and as well as axonal bulbs. Conclusions 1. Lymphocytic infiltration in brain stem and spinal cord were in continuousness of pathological changes of peripheral nerves. 2. Finding of glial nodules suggested that there was possibility of infection of neurotropic virus. 3. Occurence of focal demyelination in cerebrum and brain stem indicated that Guillain-Barré syndrome may have combined involvement of central and peripheral nervous system.%目的观察

  5. Cloning and Homology of the Functional Region of Porcine NMMHC-Ⅱ A Gene and Its Expression Pattern in Pigs%猪NMMHC-ⅡA基因功能区的克隆及表达特征分析

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    蒋成兰; 邢凤; 徐云华; 王猛; 李艳平; 康丽; 姜运良; 周恩民

    2012-01-01

    To investigate whether NMMHC- II A was related to the resistance to PRRSV, the par-tial region of NMMHC-Ⅱ A gene 954 bp encoding the C-terminal region of NMMHCⅡ A protein including 23 amino acid residues bound to PRRSV in hybrid pigs(Duroc×Yorkshire×Landrace), Laiwu and Dapulian pigs was cloned; then its homology with other species,the differences at nu-cleotide and amino acid sequences level between pig breeds and mRNA expression pattern in por-cine tissues were analyzed. The results showed that NMMHC- II A cDNA sequence was highly conservative among mammalian species, NMMHC-Ⅱ A had high homology with human, rat,mouse, cattle, monkey and dog, respectively at nucleotide and amino acid levels. Alignment of nucleotide sequence of NMMHC- Ⅱ A gene among Laiwu, Dapulian and Duroc × Yorkshire × Landrace crossbred commercial pigs revealed three nucleotide changes, however, the amino acid sequence was identical. NMMHC- Ⅱ A mRNA expression was analyzed in different tissues by RT-PCR, its expression level was high in skeletal muscle, lung, liver, kidney, spleen, bronchial lymph node, tonsil, stomach, large intestine, small intestine tissues, low in heart and cerebrum, and nearly undetectable in cerebellum and uterus. The results reveal that there is no differences in the function of NMMHC-Ⅱ A gene among Laiwu, Dapulian and Duroc × Yorkshire × Landrace crossbred commercial pigs, and it is expressed in many tissues except cerebellum and uterus. The role of NMMHC- Ⅱ A in resistance to PRRSV requires further study.%为了解NMMHC-ⅡA是否与不同品种猪对猪繁殖与呼吸综合征病毒(PRRSV)的抗性差异有关,本研究克隆了对PRRSV易感的三元杂交猪(杜大长)、抗PRRSV的我国优良地方品种莱芜猪和大蒲莲猪NMMHC-ⅡA基因中含PRRSV结合区(23个氨基酸)在内的羧基端954 bp的cDNA序列,并分析了其在物种间的同源性和在不同品种间的差别,通过RT-PCR法检测了该基因在猪体内的表达特

  6. 亚急性1-溴丙烷吸入对雄性大鼠海马区SYP、GluR2、NR2B 蛋白表达影响%Effects of subacute 1-bromopropane inhalation on the expression of SYP, GluR2 and NR2B in hippocampus of male rats

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    刘浩中; 宋向荣; 李宏玲; 陆丰荣; 戎伟丰; 赵娜; 吴洁; 张爱华; 王海兰

    2016-01-01

    -eight specific pathogen free adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group, low-, medium-, and high-dose groups according to body weight.Each group consisted of 12 rats.By dynamic inhalation intoxication method, the control group was exposed to fresh air, the dose groups were given 1 250, 2 500 and 5 000 mg/m3 of 1-BP respectively, 6 hours per day, 5 days per week for continuous 4 weeks.After the exposure, the rats were executed and the whole brains were separated into cerebrum ( included hippocampus ) , brainstem and cerebellum.Real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot were used for detection of SYP, GluR2 and NR2B mRNA and protein expression in hippocampus.Results Slow response and muscle strength descended in hind limbs were found in high-dose group in the 3rd week.Body weights of rats in high-dose group were lower than those of control group from the 1st to the 4th week (P0.05).No significant difference was found in SYP protein relative expression in different groups ( P>0.05 ) .The GluR2 protein relative expression in high-dose group was lower than that of control group (P<0.05).The NR2B protein relative expression was higher than that of control group (P<0.05).Conclusion The GluR2 and NR2B protein expression in hippocampus can be potential biomarkers for 1-BP central neurotoxicity, but its physiological meaning needs further elucidation.

  7. Effect of niupo zhibao weiwan on neural precursor cells after focal cerebral ischemic reperfusion%牛珀至宝微丸对局灶性脑缺血再灌注后神经前体细胞的影响

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    廖欣; 杜少辉; 陈东风; 张宜; 黎晖; 魏志军

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The adult individual hippocampus and subependyma cells are able to divide and produce neoformative neurons and separate cell population which are characterized by continuous division and proliferation and multiple differential potential energyalso named as neural stem cells. But the separation and purification are very difficult, or the separation process is apt to cause injury of neural cell and affect its activity to result in death.Therefore,it is significant essentially to develop Chinese herbs so as to induce the proliferation of neural stem cells in the body in clinic. OBJECTIVE:To observe the effect of niupo zhibao weiwan(NZW) on neural precursor after focal cerebral ischemic reperfusion,and probe into its mechanism in the treatment of ischemic cerebral vascular disease. DESIGN:Randomized, controlled, single blind trial design. SETTING and MATERIALS:The experiment was performed in the Laboratory of Neural Anatomy of Basic Institute in Guanzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Twenty-four purebred SD rats were employed. INTERVENTION: Linear embolism in cerebral arteries was adopted to prepare the model of focal cerebral ischemia and the immunohistochemical technique was provided to determine the expression of neural precursor cells. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Nestin positive cell counts in paraependyma, subependyma, cortex and striate body of cerebrum. RESULTS: After cerebral ischemic reperfusion,compared with the control group, in NZW group,Nestin positive cell counts in paraependyma, subependyma,cortex and striate body were significantly more and the neurology evaluation was remarkably lower(P< 0.05). CONCLUSION:NZW increases Nestin expression after cerebral ischemic reperfusion persistently,which is probably one of the mechanisms in the treatment of ischemic cerebral vascular diseases.%背景:成年个体海马和室管膜下层细胞具有分裂产生新生神经元的能力,并分离了能不断分裂增殖且具有多种分化潜能的

  8. 大海马转化生长因子β1(TGF-β1)基因的克隆鉴定及功能研究%Molecular cloning and primary functional analysis of seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) gene

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    平海林; 吴金英; 徐胜威; 胡开顺; 段志刚

    2011-01-01

    Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is a pleiotropic cytokine. In the immune system, the mature TGF-β1 peptide is a potent differentiation modulator and immunomodulator, with the ability to down-regulate the expression of many cytokines. In this study, we have cloned the full-length cDNA of TGF-β1 from seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) using homology cloning approach combined with RACE method. The full length cDNA is 1 941 bp, which contains an ORF of 1 161 bp, encoding a 386 amino acid protein. Homology analysis showed that the seahorse TGF-pi had the closest relationship with the TGF-pi of the orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides). Real-time PCR results showed that the highest expression of seahorse TGF-β1 mRNA was found in the kidney, followed by the liver, cerebrum, cerebellum, skin, midbrain, ovary, and the expression level were low in the gill and intestine, while no expression was detected in the heart and muscle. Recombinant seahorse TGF-pi (rTGF-β1) was expressed in the TNT? Quick Coupled Transcription/Translation Systems, then cross-linked using bis (sulfosuccinimidyl) subetate (BS3) and formed a large number of soluble dimeric rTGF-P 1. Western-blot test results showed that the recombinant protein has a good immunological activity. The acquired rTGF-β1 protein was used to stimulate HeLa cells. Expression level of Smad signaling pathway downstream genes showed Smad3, Smad4 were markedly expressed, Smad7 was weakly expressed. The results indicate that the function of TGF-pi protein of H, kuda is conserved as other TGF-β1 and that TGF-pi of H, kuda has a specific biological activity which can induce the activation of Smad signaling pathway in human cells.%转化生长因子β1(Transforming growth factor-β1,TGF-β1)是一种多效应细胞因子,在免疫系统中,成熟的TGF-β1多肽是一种强有力的细胞分化调节剂和免疫调节剂.本研究通过基因克隆得到了大海马(Hippocampus kuda)TGF-β1 cDNA全

  9. 鸭出血性大肠杆菌O46分离株实验病理模型的建立%Establishment of an Experimental Pathological Model by Using EHEC O46 Isolate in Duck

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    于学辉; 李键; 程安春; 黄志宏; 罗薇; 冉丹丹

    2013-01-01

    脏、脾脏、肾脏和肠道是O46分离株感染的主要靶器官。%[Objective]This experiment was conducted to build an experimental pathological model of EHEC O46 isolate and observe its dynamic distribution, and the dynamic changes of histopathology and ultra-structural pathology in experimentally infected ducklings.[Method]The 10-day-old ducklings were infected with 0.5 mL of O46 isolate(2×108CFU·mL-1)through oral, intramuscular and subcutaneous injection separately. Tissue samples of heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, cerebra, esophagus, thymus, duodenum, jejunum, cecum, rectum, bursa of fabricius, pancreas and trachea were taken from the infected ducklings after being infected for 2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 h, and ever since for every 12 hours to make tissue biopsies and ultrathin sections, which were then stained with haematoxylin and eosin (H.E), as well as uranyl acetate, lead citrate and immunohistochemistry to observe the changes of histopathology, ultra-structural pathology and the bacterial antigen localization in experimentally infected ducklings. [Result]Same clinical symptoms as with naturally infected cases were duplicated in experimental pathological model. Bacterial antigens were detected in different tissues except trachea. The target tissues were hearts, lungs, spleens, kidneys and intestinal tracts where bacterial antigen located in cytoplasm and the positive signals were found in heart firstly. Necropsy, histopathological changes and ultra-structural pathological changes showed that main pathological damages of EHEC O46 isolate in ducklings were as follows:serous generalized fibrinous inflammation could be seen;hyperemia, hemorrhage and inflammatory cell infiltration were presented in heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, bursa of fabricius, intestinum tenue, pancreas and cerebrum;histopathological changes of necrosis and apoptosis were displayed in parenchyma cell such as renal tubular epithelial cell, hepatocyte, cardiomyocyte and enterocyte

  10. 哮喘大鼠大脑和肺组织c-fos蛋白表达与神经免疫调节%Cerebral and lung c-fos protein expression and neuroimmunomodulation in asthmatic rats

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    樊卫文; 杨志军; 罗荣城; 魏玲; 邓火金

    2005-01-01

    经免疫调节密切相关.%BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence identifies the immune system not as an isolated system with automodulations, but one that interacts with the central nervous system.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the distribution of c-fos expression in the lung and brain tissues of asthmatic rats and explore is significance.DESIGN: Randomized controlled study.SETTING: Department of Oncology, Southern Hospital, and Department of Neurosurgery, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University.MATERIALS: The experiment was conducted Department of Oncology,Southern Hospital, and Department of Neurosurgery, Zhujiang Hospital,Southern Medical University, between January and August 2004. Fourteen healthy male rats were randomized into experimental group (n=10) and control group (n=4).METHODS: On the first day of experiment, the rats in experimental group received intraperitoneal injection of 2 mL of the suspension containing 10 mg albumen, 200 mg aluminum hydroxide powder and inactivated pertussis vaccine (5×109), and subjected to inhalation of ultrasonically atomized 10 g/L albumen from on the 15th day, 2 times per hour for totally 3 days, to induce asthma in the rats. The rats in the control group received intraperitoneal injection of 2 mL normal saline on the 1st day and inhalation of ultrasonically normal saline on the 15th day, 30 mL a day for totally 3 days. The lung and brain tissues of all the anesthetized rats were fixed by perfusion, and immunohistochemical method with ovin-biotin-peroxidase complex and imaging analysis system were used to observe the distribution of Fos protein in the lung and brain.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Distribution of c-Fos protein in lung and cerebrum.c-Fos in the lung and brain tissues was obviously higher in asthmatic group than in the control group (P < 0.05), located mainly in the parietal-fontal cortex, limbic forebrain (cingulum cortex, pyriform cortex and central amygdaloid nucleus and so on), thalamus paraventricular nucleus, hypothalamus paraventricular nucleus

  11. 乌龙丹对多梗死性痴呆模型大鼠血液黏度、内皮素及一氧化氮的影响%Effect of wu long dan on blood viscosity,endothelin and nitric oxide in rat model of multi-infarct dementia

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    彭康; 臧坤堂

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Wu long dan is the experienced formula summarized in the long-term clinical practice on the treatment ischemic cerebral vascular disorder and aims at "benefiting qi,strengthening spleen,tonifying kidney,activating blood circulation,promoting circulation of collaterals and resolving phlegm". It is indicated in the previous researches that such formula acts on improving microcirculation of cerebrum,regulating neural endocrinal system and being against cerebral ischemic injury. The increased blood viscosity and disturbance endothelin and nitric oxide(NO) secreted from vessels and nerve cells have participated in the pathological progression of multi-infarct dementia(MID) and affect mutually.OBJECTIVE: To probe into the effect of wu long dan on blood viscosity,NO and endothelin in MID model in rats by duplicating MID rat model.DESIGN: A randomized controlled and experimental study based on the experimental animals.SETTING: Department of traditional Chinese medicine in a military medical university of Chinese PLA.MATERIALS: The experiment was performed in Laboratory of Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine in First Military Medical University of Chinese PLA and Laboratory of Department of Neurological Internal Medicine in affiliated Zhujiang Hospital from January to August 2002. SD male rats of clean grade were employed,weighted(270 ± 30) g (Qualified No. 2000337). In the experiment,there were blank control,model group,wu long dan low dosage group and wu long dan high dosage group.METHODS: After internal carotid artery isolated,dried blood suspension of homologous rats was injected at the ratio of 1:200 to prepare MID rat model. Cone-plate stationary method was adopted for the determination of blood viscosity,radioimmunoassay was for the determination of endothelin and cadmium-reduction-colorimetric method was for NO determination. Water-alcohol sedimentation was for the preparation of wu long dan.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Primary indexes: whole blood

  12. Characteristics of global cerebral ischemia models constructed by modified four-vessel occlusion in rats

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    Jinbao Li; Lai Jiang; Hua Xu; Yuanchang Xiong; Xiaoming Deng

    2006-01-01

    (n =15): ischemia 15 minutes and reperfusion 180 minutes. ② Preparation of the model of global cerebral ischemia: Four-vessel occlusion- induced global cerebral ischemia rat models were modified, I.e. Bilateral vertebral arteries could be electrocauterized and blocked, and bilateral common carotid arteries were enclosed with 10-0 suture loosely. On the second day, keeping the animal awake, the suture was tightened and kept tense to block the blood flow of bilateral common carotid artery. After certain duration of ischemia, the suture was cut off and drawn out, thus the reperfusion of bilateral common carotid artery was resumed. ③Observation of physiological indexes: VSM hemodynamic monitor and temperature monitor (Thermal ert TH-5,U.S.A) were used to record and measure the changes of blood pressure, rectal temperature, brain temperature ,arterial blood gas and other physiological indexes of the rats in the control group before, 5 and 15 minutes after ischemia and 10,30,60,120 and 180 minutes after reperfusion. ④Preparation of brain tissue pathological samples: Except for ischemia control group, rats of other groups were anesthetized and their brain tissues were harvested and subjected to haematoxylin and eosin staining at 72 hours after reperfusion. ⑤ Evaluation of pathological change of brain tissue: The coronal plane of anterior commissure of cerebrum was used to evaluate corpora striatum, and the coronal plane of anterior hippocampus was used to evaluate hippocampal CA1/2 region, CA3 region and CA4 region, subiculum, superior pyramidal lobe and inferior pyramidal lobe of dentate gyrus as well as neocortex. Irreversible neuronal damage included pyknotic cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm and trachychromatic nucleus, homogenous cytoplasm and naked nucleus. Neurons without the above changes were considered to be normal. The number of normal neurons in the above-mentioned brain regions was counted under the microscope. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① The changes of