Sample records for reduced brain edema

  1. Estrogen Reduces Iron-Mediated Brain Edema and Neuronal Death

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    Y. Gu; G. Xi; W. Liu; R. F. Keep; Y. Hua

    \\u000a Our previous studies found that 17-? estradiol attenuates edema formation after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). As brain iron\\u000a overload occurs after ICH and contributes to ICH-induced brain injury, the present study examined the effects of estrogen\\u000a on iron-induced brain injury in vivo and in vitro.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a There were two sets of experiments in this study. In the first set, male Sprague-Dawley rats

  2. Aquaporin-4 deletion in mice reduces encephalopathy and brain edema in experimental acute liver failure.

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    Rama Rao, Kakulavarapu V; Verkman, A S; Curtis, Kevin M; Norenberg, Michael D

    2014-03-01

    Brain edema and associated astrocyte swelling leading to increased intracranial pressure are hallmarks of acute liver failure (ALF). Elevated blood and brain levels of ammonia have been implicated in the development of brain edema in ALF. Cultured astrocytes treated with ammonia have been shown to undergo cell swelling and such swelling was associated with an increase in the plasma membrane expression of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) protein. Further, silencing the AQP4 gene in cultured astrocytes was shown to prevent the ammonia-induced cell swelling. Here, we examined the evolution of brain edema in AQP4-null mice and their wild type counterparts (WT-mice) in different models of ALF induced by thioacetamide (TAA) or acetaminophen (APAP). Induction of ALF with TAA or APAP significantly increased brain water content in WT mice (by 1.6% ± 0.3 and 2.3 ± 0.4%, respectively). AQP4 protein was significantly increased in brain plasma membranes of WT mice with ALF induced by either TAA or APAP. In contrast to WT-mice, brain water content did not increase in AQP4-null mice. Additionally, AQP4-null mice treated with either TAA or APAP showed a remarkably lesser degree of neurological deficits as compared to WT mice; the latter displayed an inability to maintain proper gait, and demonstrated a markedly reduced exploratory behavior, with the mice remaining in one corner of the cage with its head tilted downwards. These results support a central role of AQP4 in the brain edema associated with ALF. PMID:24321433

  3. Dexamethasone inhibits ICAM-1 and MMP-9 expression and reduces brain edema in intracerebral hemorrhagic rats

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    Jen-Tsung Yang; Tsong-Hai Lee; I-Neng Lee; Chiu-Yen Chung; Chia-Hui Kuo; Hsu-Huei Weng

    Background  The molecular mechanism of hemorrhagic stroke is unclear, and the identification of therapeutic agents for attenuating post-stroke\\u000a brain damage remains an unresolved challenge. Dexamethasone (DEX) is used clinically to treat spinal cord injury and brain\\u000a tumor patients by reducing edema formation, but has produced conflicting results in stroke management.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  In this study, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) was induced in rats by

  4. Aquaporin4 deletion in mice reduces brain edema after acute water intoxication and ischemic stroke

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    Miki Fujimura; Tonghui Ma; Nobuo Noshita; Ferda Filiz; Andrew W. Bollen; Pak Chan; A. S. Verkman; Geoffrey T. Manley

    2000-01-01

    Cerebral edema contributes significantly to morbidity and death associated with many common neurological disorders. However, current treatment options are limited to hyperosmolar agents and surgical decompression, therapies introduced more than 70 years ago. Here we show that mice deficient in aquaporin-4 (AQP4), a glial membrane water channel, have much better survival than wild-type mice in a model of brain edema

  5. Agmatine attenuates brain edema through reducing the expression of aquaporin-1 after cerebral ischemia

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    Jae Hwan Kim; Yong Woo Lee; Kyung Ah Park; Won Taek Lee; Jong Eun Lee

    2010-01-01

    Brain edema is frequently shown after cerebral ischemia. It is an expansion of brain volume because of increasing water content in brain. It causes to increase mortality after stroke. Agmatine, formed by the decarboxylation of L-arginine by arginine decarboxylase, has been shown to be neuroprotective in trauma and ischemia models. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect

  6. Reduced brain edema and infarct volume in aquaporin-4 deficient mice after transient focal cerebral ischemia.

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    Yao, Xiaoming; Derugin, Nikita; Manley, Geoffrey T; Verkman, A S

    2015-01-01

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is a water channel expressed in astrocyte end-feet lining the blood-brain barrier. AQP4 deletion in mice is associated with improved outcomes in global cerebral ischemia produced by transient carotid artery occlusion, and focal cerebral ischemia produced by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Here, we investigated the consequences of 1-h transient MCAO produced by intraluminal suture blockade followed by 23 h of reperfusion. In nine AQP4(+/+) and nine AQP4(-/-) mice, infarct volume was significantly reduced by an average of 39 ± 4% at 24h in AQP4(-/-) mice, cerebral hemispheric edema was reduced by 23 ± 3%, and Evans Blue extravasation was reduced by 31 ± 2% (mean ± SEM). Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging showed greatest reduction in apparent diffusion coefficient around the occlusion site after reperfusion, with remarkably lesser reduction in AQP4(-/-) mice. The reduced infarct volume in AQP4(-/-) mice following transient MCAO supports the potential utility of therapeutic AQP4 inhibition in stroke. PMID:25449874

  7. Pathophysiological aspects of brain edema

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    Igor Klatzo

    1987-01-01

    Two mayor types of brain edema, related to two different pathomechanisms, can be recognized: 1)cytotoxic type-where the main feature is the swelling of cellular elements of brain parenchyma and 2)vasogenic type-where an increased vascular permeability leading to accumulation of edema fluid inthe extracellular spaces plays the principal role. In this type of edema, there is a close interrelationship between extravasation

  8. Inhibition of HIF prolyl-4-hydroxylases by FG-4497 Reduces Brain Tissue Injury and Edema Formation during Ischemic Stroke

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    Reischl, Stefan; Li, Lexiao; Walkinshaw, Gail; Flippin, Lee A.; Marti, Hugo H.; Kunze, Reiner

    2014-01-01

    Ischemic stroke results in disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), edema formation and neuronal cell loss. Some neuroprotective factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) favor edema formation, while others such as erythropoietin (Epo) can mitigate it. Both factors are controlled by hypoxia inducible transcription factors (HIF) and the activity of prolyl hydroxylase domain proteins (PHD). We hypothesize that activation of the adaptive hypoxic response by inhibition of PHD results in neuroprotection and prevention of vascular leakage. Mice, subjected to cerebral ischemia, were pre- or post-treated with the novel PHD inhibitor FG-4497. Inhibition of PHD activity resulted in HIF-1? stabilization, increased expression of VEGF and Epo, improved outcome from ischemic stroke and reduced edema formation by maintaining BBB integrity. Additional in vitro studies using brain endothelial cells and primary astrocytes confirmed that FG-4497 induces the HIF signaling pathway, leading to increased VEGF and Epo expression. In an in vitro ischemia model, using combined oxygen and glucose deprivation, FG-4497 promoted the survival of neurons. Furthermore, FG-4497 prevented the ischemia-induced rearrangement and gap formation of the tight junction proteins zonula occludens 1 and occludin, both in cultured endothelial cells and in infarcted brain tissue in vivo. These results indicate that FG-4497 has the potential to prevent cerebral ischemic damage by neuroprotection and prevention of vascular leakage. PMID:24409307

  9. Dietary virgin olive oil reduces blood brain barrier permeability, brain edema, and brain injury in rats subjected to ischemia-reperfusion.

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    Mohagheghi, Fatemeh; Bigdeli, Mohammad Reza; Rasoulian, Bahram; Zeinanloo, Ali Asghar; Khoshbaten, Ali

    2010-01-01

    Recent studies suggest that dietary virgin olive oil (VOO) reduces hypoxia-reoxygenation injury in rat brain slices. We sought to extend these observations in an in vivo study of rat cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury. Four groups, each consisting of 18 Wistar rats, were studied. One group (control) received saline, while three treatment groups received oral VOO (0.25, 0.5, and 0.75 mL/kg/day, respectively). After 30 days, blood lipid profiles were determined, before a 60-min period of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). After 24-h reperfusion, neurological deficit scores, infarct volume, brain edema, and blood brain barrier permeability were each assessed in subgroups of six animals drawn from each main group. VOO reduced the LDL/HDL ratio in doses of 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75 mL/kg/day in comparison to the control group (p < 0.05), and offered cerebroprotection from ischemia-reperfusion. For controls vs. doses of 0.25 vs. 0.5 vs. 0.75 mL/kg/day, attenuated corrected infarct volumes were 207.82 +/- 34.29 vs. 206.41 +/- 26.23 vs. 124.21 +/- 14.73 vs. 108.46 +/- 31.63 mm3; brain water content of the infarcted hemisphere was 82 +/- 0.25 vs. 81.5 +/- 0.56 vs. 80.5 +/- 0.22 vs. 80.5 +/- 0.34%; and blood brain barrier permeability of the infarcted hemisphere was 11.31 +/- 2.67 vs. 9.21 +/- 2.28 vs. 5.83 +/- 1.6 vs. 4.43 +/- 0.93 micro-g/g tissue (p < 0.05 for measures in doses 0.5 and 0.75 mL/kg/day vs. controls). Oral administration of VOO reduces infarct volume, brain edema, blood brain barrier permeability, and improves neurologic deficit scores after transient MCAO in rats. PMID:20602077

  10. Intravenous HOE-642 reduces brain edema and Na uptake in the rat permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke: evidence for participation of the blood–brain barrier Na/H exchanger

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    O'Donnell, Martha E; Chen, Yi-Je; Lam, Tina I; Taylor, Kelleen C; Walton, Jeffrey H; Anderson, Steven E

    2013-01-01

    Cerebral edema forms in the early hours of ischemic stroke by processes involving increased transport of Na and Cl from blood into brain across an intact blood–brain barrier (BBB). Our previous studies provided evidence that the BBB Na–K–Cl cotransporter is stimulated by the ischemic factors hypoxia, aglycemia, and arginine vasopressin (AVP), and that inhibition of the cotransporter by intravenous bumetanide greatly reduces edema and infarct in rats subjected to permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO). More recently, we showed that BBB Na/H exchanger activity is also stimulated by hypoxia, aglycemia, and AVP. The present study was conducted to further investigate the possibility that a BBB Na/H exchanger also participates in edema formation during ischemic stroke. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to pMCAO and then brain edema and Na content assessed by magnetic resonance imaging diffusion-weighed imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy Na spectroscopy, respectively, for up to 210?minutes. We found that intravenous administration of the specific Na/H exchange inhibitor HOE-642 significantly decreased brain Na uptake and reduced cerebral edema, brain swelling, and infarct volume. These findings support the hypothesis that edema formation and brain Na uptake during the early hours of cerebral ischemia involve BBB Na/H exchanger activity as well as Na–K–Cl cotransporter activity. PMID:23149557

  11. Hydrogen-rich saline alleviates early brain injury via reducing oxidative stress and brain edema following experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage in rabbits

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    2012-01-01

    Background Increasing experimental and clinical data indicate that early brain injury (EBI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) largely contributes to unfavorable outcomes, and it has been proved that EBI following SAH is closely associated with oxidative stress and brain edema. The present study aimed to examine the effect of hydrogen, a mild and selective cytotoxic oxygen radical scavenger, on oxidative stress injury, brain edema and neurology outcome following experimental SAH in rabbits. Results The level of MDA, caspase-12/3 and brain water content increased significantly at 72 hours after experimental SAH. Correspondingly, obvious brain injury was found in the SAH group by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated uridine 5’-triphosphate-biotin nick end-labeling (TUNEL) and Nissl staining. Similar results were found in the SAH?+?saline group. In contrast, the upregulated level of MDA, caspase-12/3 and brain edema was attenuated and the brain injury was substantially alleviated in the hydrogen treated rabbits, but the improvement of neurology outcome was not obvious. Conclusion The results suggest that treatment with hydrogen in experimental SAH rabbits could alleviate brain injury via decreasing the oxidative stress injury and brain edema. Hence, we conclude that hydrogen possesses the potential to be a novel therapeutic agent for EBI after SAH. PMID:22587664

  12. Stimulation of astrocytes affects cytotoxic brain edema

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    G. Sancesario; G. W. Kreutzberg

    1986-01-01

    Cytotoxic brain edema has been produced in rats by subacute intoxication with triethyltin (TET). Some animals were allowed to recover spontaneously, others were post-treated with an extract of Ginkgo biloba (EGB) for 1 to 4 weeks, beginning 3 days after intoxication was stopped. The time course of the resolution of the edema was studied biochemically and morphologically by light microscopy,

  13. Bumetanide Inhibition of the Blood-Brain Barrier Na-K-Cl Cotransporter Reduces Edema Formation in the Rat Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion Model of Stroke

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    Lien Tran; Tina I. Lam; Xiao Bo Liu; Steven E. Anderson; Martha E O’Donnell

    2004-01-01

    Increased transport of Na+ across an intact blood-brain barrier (BBB) participates in edema formation during the early hours of cerebral ischemia. In previous studies, the authors showed that the BBB Na-K-Cl cotransporter is stimulated by factors present during ischemia, suggesting that the cotrans-porter may contribute to the increased brain Na+ uptake in edema. The present study was conducted to determine

  14. Decreased hemispheric Aquaporin4 is linked to evolving brain edema following controlled cortical impact injury in rats

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    Karl L Kiening; Frank K. H van Landeghem; Stefan Schreiber; Ulrich W Thomale; Andreas von Deimling; Andreas W Unterberg; John F Stover

    2002-01-01

    The cerebral Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channel is suggested to be involved in brain edema formation aggravated by reduced cerebral blood flow early after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Therefore, the temporal profile of brain edema formation, AQP4 expression, and cortical perfusion were investigated following focal TBI in rats. Brain edema was maximal by 24 h. Concurrently, AQP4 protein expression was decreased

  15. NC1900, an Arginine Vasopressin Analogue, Fails to Reduce Brain Edema and Improve Neurobehavioral Deficits in an Intracerebral Hemorrhagic Stroke Mice Model

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    Anatol Manaenko; Tim Lekic; John H. Zhang; Jiping Tang

    \\u000a \\u000a Objective: There is mounting evidence suggesting that arginine vasopressin via its V1a receptor interaction is involved in the regulation\\u000a of the brain water channel, aquaporin-4 (AQP4). The role of AQP4 in brain edema resolution has been thoroughly investigated\\u000a in knock-out animal studies, which showed that its depletion increases brain water content in models of vasogenic edema. As\\u000a a result, we

  16. Aquaporin4 and brain edema

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    Marios C. Papadopoulos; Alan S. Verkman

    2007-01-01

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is a water-channel protein expressed strongly in the brain, predominantly in astrocyte foot processes at\\u000a the borders between the brain parenchyma and major fluid compartments, including cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood. This\\u000a distribution suggests that AQP4 controls water fluxes into and out of the brain parenchyma. Experiments using AQP4-null mice\\u000a provide strong evidence for AQP4 involvement in cerebral

  17. Ulinastatin attenuates brain edema after traumatic brain injury in rats.

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    Cui, Tao; Zhu, Gangyi

    2015-03-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains the leading cause of injury-related death and disability. Brain edema, one of the most major complications of TBI, contributes to elevated intracranial pressure, and poor prognosis following TBI. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether Ulinastatin (UTI), a serine protease inhibitor, attenuates brain edema following TBI. Our results showed that treatment with UTI at a dose of 50,000 U/kg attenuated the brain edema, as assayed by water content 24 h after TBI induction. This attenuation was associated with a significant decrease of the expression level of aquaporin-4. In addition, we showed that UTI treatment also markedly inhibited the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines including IL-1? and TNF-? as well as activity of NF-?B. Collectively, our findings suggested that UTI may be a promising strategy to treat brain edema following TBI. PMID:25209743

  18. Estradiol reduces activity of the blood–brain barrier Na–K–Cl cotransporter and decreases edema formation in permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion

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    Martha E O'Donnell; Tina I Lam; Lien Q Tran; Shahin Foroutan; Steven E Anderson; ME O'Donnell

    2006-01-01

    Estrogen has been shown to protect against stroke-induced brain damage, yet the mechanism is unknown. During the early hours of stroke, cerebral edema forms as increased transport of Na and Cl from blood into brain occurs across an intact blood–brain barrier (BBB). We showed previously that a luminal BBB Na–K–Cl cotransporter is stimulated by hypoxia and arginine vasopressin (AVP), factors

  19. Selective vasopressin-1a receptor antagonist prevents brain edema, reduces astrocytic cell swelling and GFAP, V1aR and AQP4 expression after focal traumatic brain injury.

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    Marmarou, Christina R; Liang, Xiuyin; Abidi, Naqeeb H; Parveen, Shanaz; Taya, Keisuke; Henderson, Scott C; Young, Harold F; Filippidis, Aristotelis S; Baumgarten, Clive M

    2014-09-18

    A secondary and often lethal consequence of traumatic brain injury is cellular edema that we posit is due to astrocytic swelling caused by transmembrane water fluxes augmented by vasopressin-regulated aquaporin-4 (AQP4). We therefore tested whether vasopressin 1a receptor (V1aR) inhibition would suppress astrocyte AQP4, reduce astrocytic edema, and thereby diminish TBI-induced edematous changes. V1aR inhibition by SR49059 significantly reduced brain edema after cortical contusion injury (CCI) in rat 5h post-injury. Injured-hemisphere brain water content (n=6 animals/group) and astrocytic area (n=3/group) were significantly higher in CCI-vehicle (80.5±0.3%; 18.0±1.4 µm(2)) versus sham groups (78.3±0.1%; 9.5±0.9 µm(2)), and SR49059 blunted CCI-induced increases in brain edema (79.0±0.2%; 9.4±0.8µm(2)). CCI significantly up-regulated GFAP, V1aR and AQP4 protein levels and SR49059 suppressed injury induced up regulation (n=6/group). In CCI-vehicle, sham and CCI-SR49059 groups, GFAP was 1.58±0.04, 0.47±0.02, and 0.81±0.03, respectively; V1aR was 1.00±0.06, 0.45±0.05, and 0.46±0.09; and AQP4 was 2.03±0.34, 0.49±0.04, and 0.92±0.22. Confocal immunohistochemistry gave analogous results. In CCI-vehicle, sham and CCI-SR49059 groups, fluorescence intensity of GFAP was 349±38, 56±5, and 244±30, respectively, V1aR was 601±71, 117.8±14, and 390±76, and AQP4 was 818±117, 158±5, and 458±55 (n=3/group). The results support that edema was predominantly cellular following CCI and documented that V1aR inhibition with SR49059 suppressed injury-induced up regulation of GFAP, V1A and AQP4, blunting edematous changes. Our findings suggest V1aR inhibitors may be potential therapeutic tools to prevent cellular swelling and provide treatment for post-traumatic brain edema. PMID:24933327

  20. Pathogenesis of Brain Edema and Investigation into Anti-Edema Drugs

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    Michinaga, Shotaro; Koyama, Yutaka

    2015-01-01

    Brain edema is a potentially fatal pathological state that occurs after brain injuries such as stroke and head trauma. In the edematous brain, excess accumulation of extracellular fluid results in elevation of intracranial pressure, leading to impaired nerve function. Despite the seriousness of brain edema, only symptomatic treatments to remove edema fluid are currently available. Thus, the development of novel anti-edema drugs is required. The pathogenesis of brain edema is classified as vasogenic or cytotoxic edema. Vasogenic edema is defined as extracellular accumulation of fluid resulting from disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and extravasations of serum proteins, while cytotoxic edema is characterized by cell swelling caused by intracellular accumulation of fluid. Various experimental animal models are often used to investigate mechanisms underlying brain edema. Many soluble factors and functional molecules have been confirmed to induce BBB disruption or cell swelling and drugs targeted to these factors are expected to have anti-edema effects. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms and involvement of factors that induce brain edema formation, and the possibility of anti-edema drugs targeting them. PMID:25941935

  1. Reduced Brain Edema and Infarction Volume in Mice Lacking the Neuronal Isoform of Nitric Oxide Synthase After Transient MCA Occlusion

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    Hideaki Hara; Paul L. Huang; Nariman Panahian; Mark C. Fishman; Michael A. Moskowitz

    1996-01-01

    Infarct volume and edema were assessed after transient focal ischemia in mice lacking neuronal nitric oxide synthase (NOS) gene expression. With use of an 8–0 coated monofilament, the middle cerebral artery (MCA) of mutant (n = 32) and wild-type mice [SV-129 (n = 31), C57Black\\/6 (n = 18)] were occluded for 3 h and reperfused for up to 24 h.

  2. Aquaporin4 facilitates reabsorption of excess fluid in vasogenic brain edema

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    Marios C. Papadopoulos; Geoffrey T. Manley; Sanjeev Krishna; A. S. Verkman

    2004-01-01

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the major water channel in the brain, expressed predominantly in astroglial cell membranes. Initial studies in AQP4-deficient mice showed reduced cellular brain edema following water intoxication and ischemic stroke. We hypothesized that AQP4 deletion would have the opposite effect (increased brain swelling) in vasogenic (noncellular) edema because of impaired removal of excess brain water through glial limitans

  3. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance studies on brain edema

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    Naruse, S.; Horikawa, Y.; Tanaka, C.; Hirakawa, K.; Nishikawa, H.; Yoshizaki, K.

    1982-06-01

    The water in normal and edematous brain tissues of rats was studied by the pulse nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, measuring the longitudinal relaxation time (T1) and the transverse relaxation time (T2). In the normal brain, T1 and T2 were single components, both shorter than in pure water. Prolongation and separation of T2 into two components, one fast and one slow, were the characteristic findings in brain edema induced by both cold injury and triethyl tin (TET), although some differences between the two types of edema existed in the content of the lesion and in the degree of changes in T1 and T2 values. Quantitative analysis of T1 and T2 values in their time course relating to water content demonstrated that prolongation of T1 referred to the volume of increased water in tissues examined, and that two phases of T2 reflected the distribution and the content of the edema fluid. From the analysis of the slow component of T2 versus water content during edema formation, it was demonstrated that the increase in edema fluid was steady, and its content was constant during formation of TET-induced edema. On the contrary, during the formation of cold-injury edema, water-rich edema fluid increased during the initial few hours, and protein-rich edema fluid increased thereafter. It was concluded that proton NMR relaxation time measurements may provide new understanding in the field of brain edema research.

  4. Propofol administration modulates AQP-4 expression and brain edema after traumatic brain injury.

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    Ding, Zhongyang; Zhang, Jiaming; Xu, Jinyu; Sheng, Guangjie; Huang, Guorong

    2013-11-01

    The increased intracranial pressure caused by brain edema following traumatic brain injury (TBI) always leads to poor patient prognosis. Aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) plays an important role in edema formation and resolution, which may provide a novel therapeutic target for edema treatment. In this present study, we found that propofol treatment, within a short time, after TBI significantly reduced brain edema in a controlled cortical injury rat model and suppressed in vivo expression of AQP-4. The ameliorating effect of propofol was associated with attenuated expression of interleukin-1? (IL-1?) and tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?). In addition, the regulatory effect of propofol on AQP-4 expression was investigated in cultured astrocytes. Results showed that propofol could block the stimulatory effect of IL-1? and TNF-? on AQP-4 expression in cultured astrocytes. We also found that both NF?B and p38/MAPK pathways were involved in IL-1? and TNF-?-induced AQP-4 expression and that propofol functions as a dual inhibitor of NF?B and p38/MAPK pathways. In conclusion, treatment with propofol, within a short time, after TBI attenuates cerebral edema and reduces the expression of AQP-4. Propofol modulates acute AQP-4 expression by attenuating IL-1? and TNF-? expression and inhibiting IL-1? and TNF-? induced AQP-4 expression. PMID:23494261

  5. Rapamycin alleviates brain edema after focal cerebral ischemia reperfusion in rats.

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    Guo, Wei; Feng, Guoying; Miao, Yanying; Liu, Guixiang; Xu, Chunsheng

    2014-06-01

    Brain edema is a major consequence of cerebral ischemia reperfusion. However, few effective therapeutic options are available for retarding the brain edema progression after cerebral ischemia. Recently, rapamycin has been shown to produce neuroprotective effects in rats after cerebral ischemia reperfusion. Whether rapamycin could alleviate this brain edema injury is still unclear. In this study, the rat stroke model was induced by a 1-h left transient middle cerebral artery occlusion using an intraluminal filament, followed by 48?h of reperfusion. The effects of rapamycin (250??g/kg body weight, intraperitoneal; i.p.) on brain edema progression were evaluated. The results showed that rapamycin treatment significantly reduced the infarct volume, the water content of the brain tissue and the Evans blue extravasation through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Rapamycin treatment could improve histological appearance of the brain tissue, increased the capillary lumen space and maintain the integrity of BBB. Rapamycin also inhibited matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) and aquaporin 4 (AQP4) expression. These data imply that rapamycin could improve brain edema progression after reperfusion injury through maintaining BBB integrity and inhibiting MMP9 and AQP4 expression. The data of this study provide a new possible approach for improving brain edema after cerebral ischemia reperfusion by administration of rapamycin. PMID:24773551

  6. Brain edema in acute liver failure: mechanisms and concepts.

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    Rama Rao, Kakulavarapu V; Jayakumar, Arumugam R; Norenberg, Michael D

    2014-12-01

    Brain edema and associated increase in intracranial pressure continue to be lethal complications of acute liver failure (ALF). Abundant evidence suggests that the edema in ALF is largely cytotoxic brought about by swelling of astrocytes. Elevated blood and brain ammonia levels have been strongly implicated in the development of the brain edema. Additionally, inflammation and sepsis have been shown to contribute to the astrocyte swelling/brain edema in the setting of ALF. We posit that ammonia initiates a number of signaling events, including oxidative/nitrative stress (ONS), the mitochondrial permeability transition (mPT), activation of the transcription factor (NF-?B) and signaling kinases, all of which have been shown to contribute to the mechanism of astrocyte swelling. All of these factors also impact ion-transporters, including Na(+), K(+), Cl(-) cotransporter and the sulfonylurea receptor 1, as well as the water channel protein aquaporin-4 resulting in a perturbation of cellular ion and water homeostasis, ultimately resulting in astrocyte swelling/brain edema. All of these events are also potentiated by inflammation. This article reviews contemporary knowledge regarding mechanisms of astrocyte swelling/brain edema formation which hopefully will facilitate the identification of therapeutic targets capable of mitigating the brain edema associated with ALF. PMID:24567229

  7. Drowning stars: reassessing the role of astrocytes in brain edema.

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    Thrane, Alexander S; Rangroo Thrane, Vinita; Nedergaard, Maiken

    2014-11-01

    Edema formation frequently complicates brain infarction, tumors, and trauma. Despite the significant mortality of this condition, current treatment options are often ineffective or incompletely understood. Recent studies have revealed the existence of a brain-wide paravascular pathway for cerebrospinal (CSF) and interstitial fluid (ISF) exchange. The current review critically examines the contribution of this 'glymphatic' system to the main types of brain edema. We propose that in cytotoxic edema, energy depletion enhances glymphatic CSF influx, whilst suppressing ISF efflux. We also argue that paravascular inflammation or 'paravasculitis' plays a critical role in vasogenic edema. Finally, recent advances in diagnostic imaging of glymphatic function may hold the key to defining the edema profile of individual patients, and thus enable more targeted therapy. PMID:25236348

  8. Drowning stars: Reassessing the role of astrocytes in brain edema

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    Thrane, Alexander S.; Thrane, Vinita Rangroo; Nedergaard, Maiken

    2014-01-01

    Edema formation frequently complicates brain infarction, tumors and trauma. Despite the significant mortality of this condition, current treatment options are often ineffective or incompletely understood. Recent studies have revealed the existence of a brain-wide paravascular pathway for cerebrospinal (CSF) and interstitial fluid (ISF) exchange. The current review critically examines the contribution of this ‘glymphatic’ system to the main types of brain edema. We propose that in cytotoxic edema, energy depletion enhances glymphatic CSF influx, whilst suppressing ISF efflux. We also argue that paravascular inflammation or ‘paravasculitis’ plays a critical role in vasogenic edema. Finally, recent advances in diagnostic imaging of glymphatic function may hold the key to defining the edema profile of individual patients and thus enable more targeted therapy. PMID:25236348

  9. RNase therapy assessed by magnetic resonance imaging reduces cerebral edema and infarction size in acute stroke.

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    Walberer, Maureen; Tschernatsch, Marlene; Fischer, Silvia; Ritschel, Nouha; Volk, Kai; Friedrich, Carolin; Bachmann, Georg; Mueller, Clemens; Kaps, Manfred; Nedelmann, Max; Blaes, Franz; Preissner, Klaus T; Gerriets, Tibo

    2009-02-01

    Ischemic stroke causes cell necrosis with the exposure of extracellular ribonucleic acid (RNA) and other intracellular material. As shown recently, extracellular RNA impaired the blood-brain-barrier and contributed to vasogenic edema-formation. Application of ribonuclease 1 (RNase 1) diminished edema-formation and also reduced lesion volume in experimental stroke. Here we investigate whether reduction of lesion volume is due to the reduction of edema or of other neuroprotective means. Neuroprotective and edema protective effects of RNase 1 pretreatment were assessed using a temporary middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model in rats. Lesion volume was assessed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). T2-relaxation-time and midline-shift as well as brain water content (wet-dry-method) were measured to quantify edema formation. The impact of edema formation on infarct volume was evaluated in craniectomized animals. Exogenous RNase 1 was well tolerated and reduced edema-formation and infarct size (26.7% +/- 10.7% vs. 41.0% +/- 10.3%; p<0.01) at an optimal dose of 42 microg/kg as compared to placebo. Craniectomized animals displayed a comparable edema reduction but no reduction in infarct size. The present study introduces a hitherto unrecognized mechanism of ischemic brain damage and a novel neuroprotective approach towards acute stroke treatment. PMID:19355922

  10. Resolution of experimental vasogenic brain edema at different intracranial pressures.

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    Wrba, E; Nehring, V; Baethmann, A; Reulen, H J; Uhl, E

    1998-01-01

    Resolution of vasogenic brain edema was examined using the infusion edema model in rabbits. Texas Red-albumin (MW 66,000 D) and sodium fluorescein (MW 376 D) dissolved in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) were infused into the white matter of the left frontal lobe of the brain. To quantify the edema fluid cleared by the ventricular system, ventriculo-cisternal perfusion was performed with aCSF. A closed cranial window, implanted above the left parietal brain, served for studying resolution of the artificial edema fluid via the subarachnoid space. CSF-samples were collected in 30 minutes-intervals and analysed with a spectrophotometer. Clearance of edema fluid was examined under low (2-5 mm Hg), medium (9-12 mm Hg), or high (14-17 mm Hg) intracranial pressures (ICP). In the low pressure-group, both edema fluid markers were found in the ventriculo-cisternal and subarachnoid perfusate at 60 and 90 min, in the group with moderately increased ICP at 90 and 120 min, respectively. In the high ICP-group both fluorescence dyes appeared not less than 90 min in the ventricular system, while no increase at all could be found in the subarachnoid space. Our results imply that resolution of edema fluid via both the ventricular system and the subarachnoid space depends on the actual ICP level. PMID:9779217

  11. Evaluation of brain edema using magnetic resonance proton relaxation times

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    Fu, Y.; Tanaka, K.; Nishimura, S. (Baba Memorial Hospital, Osaka (Japan))

    1990-01-01

    Experimental and clinical studies on the evaluation of water content in cases of brain edema were performed in vivo, using MR proton relaxation times (longitudinal relaxation time, T1; transverse relaxation time, T2). Brain edema was produced in the white matter of cats by the direct infusion method. The correlations between proton relaxation times obtained from MR images and the water content of white matter were studied both in autoserum-infused cats and in saline-infused cats. The correlations between T1 as well as T2 and the water content in human vasogenic brain edema were also examined and compared with the data obtained from the serum group. T1 and T2 showed good correlations with the water content of white matter not only in the experimental animals but also in the clinical cases. The quality of the edema fluid did not influence relaxation time and T1 seemed to represent almost solely the water content of the tissue. T2, however, was affected by the nature of existence of water and was more sensitive than T1 in detecting extravasated edema fluid. It seems feasible therefore to evaluate the water content of brain edema on the basis of T1 values.

  12. Edema

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    Edema means swelling caused by fluid in your body's tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles ... it can involve your entire body. Causes of edema include Eating too much salt Sunburn Heart failure ...

  13. Molecular mechanisms of brain tumor edema

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    M. C. Papadopoulos; S. Saadoun; D. K. Binder; G. T. Manley; S. Krishna; A. S. Verkman

    2004-01-01

    Despite their diverse histological types, most brain tumours cause brain oedema, which is a significant cause of patient morbidity and mortality. Brain tumour oedema occurs when plasma-like fluid enters the brain extracellular space through impaired capillary endothelial tight junctions in tumours. Under-expression of the tight junction proteins occludin, claudin-1 and claudin-5 are key molecular abnormalities responsible for the increased permeability

  14. The expression and the role of protease nexin-1 on brain edema after intracerebral hemorrhage

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    He Wu; Ruibo Zhao; Jiping Qi; Yuwei Cong; Dandan Wang; Tao Liu; Yunhe Gu; Xiang Ban; Qi Huang

    2008-01-01

    Brain edema is one of the most frequent and serious complications of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), but how the ICH cause brain edema is unknown. Our studies were designed to investigate the regulation and distribution of protease nexin-1 (PN-1), thrombin and aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) in brain edema after ICH in rat and human brain in vivo. Our result showed that the severity

  15. Ischemic Postconditioning Alleviates Brain Edema After Focal Cerebral Ischemia Reperfusion in Rats Through Down-Regulation of Aquaporin-4.

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    Han, Dong; Sun, Miao; He, Ping-Ping; Wen, Lu-Lu; Zhang, Hong; Feng, Juan

    2015-07-01

    Cerebral edema is a serious complication associated with cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) plays a role in generating postischemic edema after reperfusion. Recently, ischemic postconditioning (Postcond) has been shown to produce neuroprotective effects and reduce brain edema in rats after cerebral I/R. It is unclear if ischemic Postcond alleviates brain edema injury through regulation of AQP4. In this study, middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was induced in rats by filament insertion for 2 h following 24-h reperfusion: ischemic Postcond treatment was performed before reperfusion in the experimental group. We used the wet-dry weight ratio and transmission electron microscopy to evaluate brain edema after 24 h of reperfusion. We used immunohistochemistry and Western blot analyses to evaluate the distribution and expression of AQP4. Ischemic Postcond significantly reduced the water content of the brain tissue and swelling of the astrocytic foot processes. AQP4 expression increased in the I/R and Postcond groups compared to the sham group, but it decreased in the Postcond group compared to the I/R group. The results of our study suggest that ischemic Postcond effectively reduces brain edema after reperfusion by inhibiting AQP4 expression. The data in this study support the use of ischemic Postcond for alleviating brain edema after cerebral I/R. PMID:25662982

  16. Modulation of AQP4 expression by the selective V1a receptor antagonist, SR49059, decreases trauma-induced brain edema

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    Keisuke Taya; Salih Gulsen; Kenji Okuno; Ruth Prieto; Christina R. Marmarou; Anthony Marmarou

    \\u000a Background Currently, there are no pharmacological treatments available for traumatically induced brain edema and the subsequent rise\\u000a of ICP. Evidence indicates that Aqua-porin-4 (AQP4) plays a significant role in the pathophys-iology of brain edema. Previously\\u000a we have reported that SR49059 reduced brain edema secondary to ischemia. We, therefore, examined whether the selective V1a\\u000a receptor antagonist, SR49059, reduces brain edema by

  17. Multiple +Gz exposures cause brain edema in rats.

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    Shahed, A R; Barber, J A; Werchan, P M

    1994-06-01

    The most serious effect of high sustained +Gz (head-to-foot inertial load) known to occur in pilots of high performance aircraft is +Gz-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC), which may result in pilot incapacitation and subsequent loss of life. G-LOC is believed to occur due to a critical reduction in cerebral blood flow (CBF). Recently, using a small animal centrifuge (SAC), we showed that +Gz exposure causes global cerebral ischemia in a rodent animal model. Since ischemia, depending upon the severity and duration, has been associated with increased brain water content or edema, the present study was undertaken. Rats were exposed to six exposures of either +25 Gz (30 s each) or +10 Gz (2 min each) in the SAC at +20 Gz.s-1 G onset rate. The appearance of G-LOC was monitored by the flattening of the electroencephalography (EEG) brain wave recording. G-LOC was observed at 101 +/- 46 and 19.2 +/- 5 s during +10 and +25 Gz exposures, respectively. The brains from these animals were removed 15 min to 24 h after the +Gz exposure and analyzed for edema formation (increase in the percentage of tissue water), metabolites, and cerebral blood volume (CBV). A significant decrease in glucose and an increase in lactate concentration were observed during +Gz exposure. Edema formation was observed 15 min after six exposures of either +10 or +25 Gz. A slight but significant decrease in CBV was also observed in rats exposed to six +10 Gz exposures. Edema formation was transient and resolved within 24 h. We concluded that multiple exposures of either +25 Gz, short duration or +10 Gz, long duration, that resulted in G-LOC, can cause cytotoxic brain edema which probably results from tissue hyperosmolality due to metabolic changes and accumulation of lactate during ischemia. PMID:8074625

  18. Pretreatment with a novel aquaporin 4 inhibitor, TGN-020, significantly reduces ischemic cerebral edema

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    Hironaka Igarashi; Vincent J. Huber; Mika Tsujita; Tsutomu Nakada

    2011-01-01

    We investigated the in vivo effects of a novel aquaporin 4 (AQP4) inhibitor 2-(nicotinamide)-1,3,4-thiadiazole, TGN-020, in\\u000a a mouse model of focal cerebral ischemia using 7.0-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Pretreatment with TGN-020 significantly\\u000a reduced brain edema associated with brain ischemia, as reflected by percentage of brain swelling volume (%BSV), 12.1 ± 6.3%\\u000a in the treated group, compared to (20.8 ± 5.9%) in the control

  19. Proton-nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation times in brain edema

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    Kamman, R.L.; Go, K.G.; Berendsen, H.J. (Univ. of Groningen (Netherland))

    1990-01-01

    Proton relaxation times of protein solutions, bovine brain, and edematous feline brain tissue were studied as a function of water concentration, protein concentration, and temperature. In accordance with the fast proton exchange model for relaxation, a linear relation could be established between R1 and the inverse of the weight fraction of tissue water. This relation also applied to R2 of gray matter and of protein solutions. No straightforward relation with water content was found for R2 of white matter. Temperature-dependent studies indicated that in this case, the slow exchange model for relaxation had to be applied. The effect of macromolecules in physiological relevant concentrations on the total relaxation behavior of edematous tissue was weak. Total water content changes predominantly affected the relaxation rates. The linear relation may have high clinical potential for assessment of the status of cerebral edema on the basis of T1 and T2 readings from MR images.

  20. Aquaporins and blood-brain barrier permeability in early edema development after traumatic brain injury.

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    Blixt, Jonas; Svensson, Mikael; Gunnarson, Eli; Wanecek, Michael

    2015-06-22

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major contributor to mortality and morbidity. The pathophysiology involves development of brain edema. Therapeutic options are limited as the mechanisms are not fully understood. Changes in the function of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), as well as variations in aquaporin expression, have been proposed to be involved in the development of the edema but the contribution of each factor has not been fully elucidated. In order to evaluate these mechanisms, in a potential window of opportunity, the early dynamic response was studied using an animal model causing a moderate TBI. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to blunt controlled head trauma and followed for up to four days by magnetic-resonance-imaging, immunohistofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative protein analysis. Non-traumatized animals served as controls. TBI resulted in a midline shift and a decrease in Apparent Diffusion Coefficient, indicating a hemispheric enlargement due to cytotoxic edema. The tight junction protein Zona Occludens-1 was decreased (-25%) and associated with an increased IgG permeability (+20%) in the perilesional brain tissue in accordance with a BBB breakdown. The total amount of AQP4 protein decreased (-20%). The disruption of the BBB lasted for 4 days while the impact on AQP4 levels disappeared between day 1 and 4. Our findings shows that blunt focal brain injury results in an early development of brain edema involving both cytotoxic and vasogenic components, a persistent BBB breakdown and a temporary decrease in AQP4, and indicates that both types of edemas and mechanisms should be targeted in TBI treatment. PMID:25770057

  1. [Study of brain edema by an infusion edema Model--the method and characteristics of the model].

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    Takagi, H; Marmarou, A; Lax, F; Horoupian, D S

    1983-09-01

    In this report, we have described the way of making the infusion edema model, physiological changes of various parameters during this procedure, distribution of water content in white and gray matter and the light and electron microscopic findings of this edema model, for the further understanding of vasogenic edema of the brain. To make the infusion edema model, 25-G needle was stereotaxically inserted into the left frontal white matter of the cat brain. Through the polyethylene catheter with three way stop cock, this catheter was connected to the pressure transducer and slow infusion pump. By this way, we can monitor the pressure of infusing fluid into the white matter. Normal saline was infused with initial rate of 0.75 microliter/min for the first 2 hours. The inflow rate was increased to 1.5 microliter/min for the next one hour, and then changed to 3.0 microliters/min for maintenance inflow rate. The total amount of infused volume was 0.5 ml in this study. During making the infusion edema model, blood pressure and PaCO2 changed little. Intracranial pressure slightly increased from 5.8 to 15.1 mmHg. Pressure volume index (PVI) changed from 0.74 to 0.64, suggesting the changes of intracranial compliance. The water content measured by specific gravimetric technique showed nearly the same water contents and distribution of edema fluid in the white matter of the cat as in the cryogenic injury model. Pathological findings of this infusion edema model demonstrated that the infused liquid was accumulated in the extracellular space of white matter without damaging the tight junction, and endothelial cells.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:6664452

  2. Brain expression of the water channels Aquaporin1 and -4 in mice with acute liver injury, hyperammonemia and brain edema

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    Martin Eefsen; Peter Jelnes; Lars E. Schmidt; Ben Vainer; Hanne Cathrine Bisgaard; Fin S. Larsen

    2010-01-01

    Cerebral edema is a feared complication to acute liver failure (ALF), but the pathogenesis is still poorly understood. The\\u000a water channels Aquaporin-1 (Aqp1) and -4 (Aqp4) has been associated with brain edema formation in several neuropathological\\u000a conditions, indicating a possible role of Aqp1 and\\/or Aqp4 in ALF mediated brain edema. We induced acute liver injury and\\u000a hyperammonemia in mice, to

  3. Antioxidant compounds EGB-761 and BN-52021 attenuate brain edema formation and hemeoxygenase expression following hyperthermic brain injury in the rat.

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    Sharma, H S; Drieu, K; Westman, J

    2003-01-01

    Role of carbon monoxide (CO) in hyperthermic brain injury induced brain pathology was examined in a rat model using immunohistochemistry of the hemeoxygenase-2 (HO-2) enzyme. Exposure of rats to 4 h heat stress at 38 degrees C resulted in profound hyperthermia, breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), brain edema formation, cell damage and expression of HO-2 in several brain regions. Pretreatment with potent antioxidant compounds EGB-761 and BN-52021 markedly reduced the HO-2 expression, BBB breakdown, brain edema formation and cell damage without attenuating the hyperthermic response. This effect was most marked in animals treated with EGB-761. These observations suggest that upregulation of HO-2 representing generation of CO plays important roles in hyperthermic brain injury, and oxidative stress seems to be one of the most important signals in inducing HO-2 expression in hyperthermia, not reported earlier. PMID:14753460

  4. A pre-injury high ethanol intake in rats promotes brain edema following traumatic brain injury.

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    Wu, Weichuan; Tian, Runfa; Hao, Shuyu; Xu, Feifan; Mao, Xiang; Liu, Baiyun

    2014-12-01

    Drinking is a risk factor for traumatic brain injury (TBI), and ethanol can aggravate the outcome by promoting brain edema. The mechanism involved is not fully understood. It has been confirmed that aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) play pivotal roles in cytotoxic/vasogenic brain edema individually, and both of these proteins are downstream regulatory factors of hypoxia-inducible factor-1? (HIF-1?). In this study, we used a fluid percussion injury (FPI) model in rats to determine the effects of acute ethanol intake on the expression levels of HIF-1?, AQP4, and VEGF prior to FPI. The animals were sacrificed 1, 2, 3, and 4 days post-injury. We found that the expression levels of HIF-1? and AQP4 were significantly upregulated in the ethanol-pretreated groups, whereas the VEGF expression level was not. In addition, there was a positive correlation between HIF-1? and AQP4. The results of this study indicate that cytotoxic brain edema may play an important role in the early stage of FPI in ethanol-pre-treated animals and that HIF-1? and AQP4 might be involved. PMID:24814385

  5. Conserved aquaporin 4 levels associated with reduction of brain edema are mediated by estrogen in the ischemic brain after experimental stroke

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    Jin A. Shin; Ji Ha Choi; Youn-Hee Choi; Eun-Mi Park

    2011-01-01

    Aquaporin 4 (AQP4), the most abundant water channel protein in the brain, is involved in brain edema induced by ischemic insults. To evaluate whether the neuroprotective effects of estrogen are associated with AQP4 expression and edema formation, changes in AQP levels and ischemic edema were examined in the brains of male and female mice subjected to transient middle cerebral artery

  6. Increased brain edema in aqp4-null mice in an experimental model of subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    M. J. Tait; S. Saadoun; B. A. Bell; A. S. Verkman; M. C. Papadopoulos

    2010-01-01

    We investigated the role of the glial water channel protein aquaporin-4 in brain edema in a mouse model of subarachnoid hemorrhage in which 30 ?l of blood was injected into the basal cisterns. Brain water content, intracranial pressure and neurological score were compared in wildtype and aquaporin-4 null mice. We also measured blood-brain barrier permeability, and the osmotic permeability of

  7. Expression of Aquaporin 4 and Breakdown of the Blood-Brain Barrier after Hypoglycemia-Induced Brain Edema in Rats

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    Deng, Jiangshan; Zhao, Fei; Yu, Xiaoyan; Zhao, Yuwu; Li, Dawei; Shi, Hong; Sun, Yongning

    2014-01-01

    Background Hypoglycemia-induced brain edema is a severe clinical event that often results in death. The mechanisms by which hypoglycemia induces brain edema are unclear. Methods In a hypoglycemic injury model established in adult rats, brain edema was verified by measuring brain water content and visualizing water accumulation using hematoxylin and eosin staining. Temporal expression of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) and the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) were evaluated. We assessed the distribution and expression of AQP4 following glucose deprivation in astrocyte cultures. Results Brain edema was induced immediately after severe hypoglycemia but continued to progress even after recovery from hypoglycemia. Upregulation of AQP4 expression and moderate breakdown of the BBB were observed 24 h after recovery. In vitro, significant redistribution of AQP4 to the plasma membrane was induced following 6 h glucose deprivation. Conclusion Hypoglycemia-induced brain edema is caused by cytotoxic and vasogenic factors. Changes in AQP4 location and expression may play a protective role in edema resolution. PMID:25264602

  8. Leukotriene D 4 induces brain edema and enhances CysLT 2 receptor-mediated aquaporin 4 expression

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    Meng-Ling Wang; Xiao-Jia Huang; San-Hua Fang; Yu-Mei Yuan; Wei-Ping Zhang; Yu-Bi Lu; Qian Ding; Er-Qing Wei

    2006-01-01

    Cysteinyl leukotrienes (including LTC4, LTD4, and LTE4), potent inflammatory mediators, can induce brain-blood barrier (BBB) disruption and brain edema. These reactions are mediated by their receptors, CysLT1 and CysLT2 receptors. On the other hand, aquaporin 4 (AQP4) primarily modulates brain water homeostasis and edema after various injuries. Here, we aimed to determine whether AQP4 is involved in LTD4-induced brain edema.

  9. Delayed onset of brain edema and mislocalization of aquaporin-4 in dystrophin-null transgenic mice

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    Zsolt Vajda; Michael Pedersen; Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer; Karin Wertz; Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen; Endre Sulyok; Tamás Dóczi; John D. Neely; Peter Agre; Jørgen Frøkiær; Søren Nielsen

    2002-01-01

    Cerebral water accumulation was studied during induction of brain edema in dystrophin-null transgenic mice (mdx-geo) and control mice. Immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopic analyses of dystrophin-null brains revealed a dramatic reduction of AQP4 (aquaporin-4) in astroglial end-feet surrounding capillaries (blood-brain barrier) and at the glia limitans (cerebrospinal fluid-brain interface). The AQP4 protein is mislocalized, because immunoblotting showed that the total AQP4

  10. Can variation in aquaporin 4 gene be associated with different outcomes in traumatic brain edema?

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    Ricardo R. Romeiro; Marco A. Romano-Silva; Luiz De Marco; Antonio L. Teixeira Jr.; Humberto Correa

    2007-01-01

    In traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral edema and hemorrhage are factors involved in the determination of the clinical presentation and outcome. The aquaporin 4 (AQP4) water channel is abundant in mammalian brain and there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that this protein plays a major role in the control of water flow within the central nervous system. Previous

  11. Correlation between subacute sensorimotor deficits and brain edema in two mouse models of intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Krafft, Paul R; McBride, Devin W; Lekic, Tim; Rolland, William B; Mansell, Charles E; Ma, Qingyi; Tang, Jiping; Zhang, John H

    2014-05-01

    Formation of brain edema after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is highly associated with its poor outcome. However, the relationship between cerebral edema and behavioral deficits has not been thoroughly examined in the preclinical setting. Hence, this study aimed to evaluate the ability of common sensorimotor tests to predict the extent of brain edema in two mouse models of ICH. One hundred male CD-1 mice were subjected to sham surgery or ICH induction via intrastriatal injection of either autologous blood (30 ?L) or bacterial collagenase (0.0375U or 0.075U). At 24 and 72 h after surgery, animals underwent a battery of behavioral tests, including the modified Garcia neuroscore (Neuroscore), corner turn test (CTT), forelimb placing test (FPT), wire hang task (WHT) and beam walking (BW). Brain edema was evaluated via the wet weight/dry weight method. Intrastriatal injection of autologous blood or bacterial collagenase resulted in a significant increase in brain water content and associated sensorimotor deficits (p<0.05). A significant correlation between brain edema and sensorimotor deficits was observed for all behavioral tests except for WHT and BW. Based on these findings, we recommend implementing the Neuroscore, CTT and/or FPT in preclinical studies of unilateral ICH in mice. PMID:24518201

  12. Hyperammonemia, brain edema and blood-brain barrier alterations in prehepatic portal hypertensive rats and paracetamol intoxication

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    Camila Scorticati; Juan P. Prestifilippo; Francisco X. Eizayaga; José L. Castro; Salvador Romay; María A. Fernández; Abraham Lemberg; Juan C. Perazzo

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To study the blood-brain barrier integrity, brain edema, animal behavior and ammonia plasma levels in prehepatic portal hypertensive rats with and without acute liver intoxication. METHODS: Adults male Wistar rats were divided into four groups. Group I: sham operation; II: Prehepatic portal hypertension, produced by partial portal vein ligation; III: Acetaminophen intoxication and IV: Prehepatic portal hypertension plus acetaminophen.

  13. Curcumin inhibits apoptosis and brain edema induced by hypoxia-hypercapnia brain damage in rat models.

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    Yu, Linsheng; Fan, Yanyan; Ye, Guanghua; Li, Junli; Feng, Xiangping; Lin, Kezhi; Dong, Miuwu; Wang, Zhenyuan

    2015-06-01

    Curcumin, extracted from South Asian spice turmeric, has been determined to have the promising ability in antioxidation and anti-inflammation. However, the effect of curcumin on treating brain damage has been not reported. In this article, the aim was to evaluate the effect of curcumin on cell apoptosis in rats exposed to hypoxia-hypercapnia and explore the therapeutic potential of curcumin in hypoxia-hypercapnia brain damage (HHBD). Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned into 3 groups: control group, hypoxia-hypercapnia group and curcumin group. The Fas/FasL expressions in HHBD rats treated by curcumin were measured by immunohistochemical staining and western blotting. The pathological changes of brain cells were observed by transmission electron microscope. Rats with HHBD showed significant increase of Fas/FasL expression and ultrastructural changes in brain tissue cells. Curcumin intervention effectively reversed the Fas/FasL-mediated apoptosis and HHBD-induced brain edema. Curcumin may be a potential therapeutic alternative for HHBD. PMID:25867253

  14. Minocycline effects on cerebral edema: relations with inflammatory and oxidative stress markers following traumatic brain injury in mice.

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    Homsi, Shadi; Federico, Fabiola; Croci, Nicole; Palmier, Bruno; Plotkine, Michel; Marchand-Leroux, Catherine; Jafarian-Tehrani, Mehrnaz

    2009-09-29

    One of the severe complications following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is cerebral edema and its effective treatment is of great interest to prevent further brain damage. This study investigated the effects of minocycline, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, on cerebral edema and its respective inflammatory markers by comparing different dose regimens, on oxidative stress and on neurological dysfunction following TBI. The weight drop model was used to induce TBI in mice. The brain water content was measured to evaluate cerebral edema. Inflammatory markers were detected by ELISA (IL-1beta), zymography and Western blot (MMP-9). The oxidative stress marker (glutathione levels) and neurological function were measured by Griffith technique and string test, respectively. Minocycline was administered i.p. once (5 min), twice (5 min and 3 h) or triple (5 min, 3 h and 9 h) following TBI. The first dose of minocycline only varied (45 or 90 mg/kg), whereas the following doses were all at 45 mg/kg. The single and double administrations of minocycline reduced the increase of inflammatory markers at 6 h post-TBI. Minocycline also reduced cerebral edema at this time point, only after double administration and at the high dose regimen, although with no effect on the TBI-induced oxidized glutathione increase. The anti-edematous effect of minocycline persisted up to 24 h, upon a triple administration, and accompanied by a neurological recovery. In conclusion, we reported an anti-edematous effect of minocycline after TBI in mice according to a specific treatment regimen. These findings emphasize that the beneficial effects of minocycline depend on the treatment regimen following a brain injury. PMID:19631631

  15. Neutrophil elastase inhibitor prevents ischemic brain damage via reduction of vasogenic edema.

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    Ikegame, Yuka; Yamashita, Kentaro; Hayashi, Shin-ichiro; Yoshimura, Shin-ichi; Nakashima, Shigeru; Iwama, Toru

    2010-07-01

    Release of neutrophil elastase is one of the harmful inflammatory reactions in acute cerebral ischemia. Therefore, inhibition of elastase released from neutrophils could be a useful strategy for the treatment of acute stroke. To evaluate this hypothesis, the effect of sivelestat, a selective neutrophil elastase inhibitor was examined in a mouse model of focal ischemia. The results obtained indicate that sivelestat reduced brain edema and vascular permeability, and subsequently improved the neurological deficit in an acute focal ischemia. The architecture of microvessels was analyzed by identifying vascular endothelial cells, which were prelabeled by injecting fluorescein-labeled Griffonia simplicifolia lectin I-isolectin B4 into a tail vein. Most of the microvessels in the infarcted area were structurally destroyed in the control group. In sharp contrast, microvessels in the boundary zone were well maintained in the sivelestat-treated group. Moreover, the expression of angiopoietin-1 was elevated at the ischemic margin in the sivelestat-treated group. Furthermore, the neutrophil elastase inhibitor rescued human brain microvascular endothelial cells in culture from neutrophil elastase-induced damage. These results suggest that neutrophil elastase inhibition could protect blood-brain barrier function in acute cerebral ischemia by augmentation of angiopoietin-1 expression and survival of endothelial cells. PMID:20485441

  16. Regional Differences in Cerebral Edema after Traumatic Brain Injury Identified by Impedance Analysis

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    Harting, Matthew T.; Smith, Carter T.; Radhakrishnan, Ravi S.; Aroom, Kevin R.; Dash, Pramod K.; Gill, Brijesh; Cox, Charles S.

    2013-01-01

    Objective Cerebral edema is a common and potentially devastating sequel of traumatic brain injury. We developed and validated a system capable of tissue impedance analysis, which was found to correlate with cerebral edema. Design and Methods Constant sinusoidal current (50 ?A), at frequencies from 500 to 5000 Hz, was applied across a bipolar electrode unit superficially placed in a rat brain after traumatic brain injury. Rats were randomized to three groups: severe controlled cortical injury (CCI), mild CCI, or sham injury. At 60 hours post CCI, cerebral voltage and phase angle were measured at each frequency at the site of injury, at the penumbral region, at the ipsilateral frontal region, and in the contralateral hemisphere. Impedance measurements were also obtained in vivo. The electrical properties of varied injuries and specified locations were compared using a repeated measures analysis of variance (RMANOVA), were correlated with regional tissue water percentage using regression analyses, and were combined to generate polar coordinates. Results The measured voltage was significantly different at the site of injury (p<0.0001), in the penumbra (p=0.002), and in the contralateral hemisphere (p=0.005) when severe, mild, and sham CCI rats were compared. Severely injured rats had statistically different voltage measurements when the various sites were compared (p=0.002). The ex vivo measurements correlated with in vivo measurements. Further, the impedance measurements correlated with measured tissue water percentage at the site of injury (R2=0.69; p<0.0001). The creation of a polar coordinate graph, incorporating voltage and phase angle measurements, enabled the identification of impedance areas unique to normal, mild edema, and severe edema measurements in the rat brain. Conclusions Electrical measurements and tissue water percentages quantified regional and severity differences in rat brain edema after CCI. Impedance was inversely proportional to the tissue water percentage. Thus, impedance measurement can be used to quantify severity of cerebral edema in real time at specific sites. PMID:19181334

  17. Targeted overexpression of endothelin-1 in astrocytes leads to more severe cytotoxic brain edema and higher mortality

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    Patrick Ka Kit Yeung; Amy Cheuk Yin Lo; Justin Wai Chung Leung; Stephen Sum Man Chung; Sookja Kim Chung

    2009-01-01

    Transgenic mice overexpressing endothelin-1 (ET-1) in astrocytes (GET-1) displayed more severe brain edema and neurologic dysfunction after experimental ischemic stroke. However, it was not clear whether astrocytic ET-1 contributed to cytotoxic or vasogenic edema associated with stroke. In this study, the role of astrocytic ET-1 in cytotoxic edema and brain injury was investigated. Upon acute water intoxication, the GET-1 mice

  18. Expression of astrocytic genes coding for proteins implicated in neural excitation and brain edema is altered after acute liver failure.

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    Thumburu, Kiran K; Dhiman, Radha K; Vasishta, Rakesh K; Chakraborti, Anuradha; Butterworth, Roger F; Beauchesne, Elizabeth; Desjardins, Paul; Goyal, Sandeep; Sharma, Navneet; Duseja, Ajay; Chawla, Yogesh

    2014-03-01

    In vitro and in vivo studies have suggested that reduced astrocytic uptake of neuronally released glutamate, alterations in expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) contribute to brain edema in acute liver failure (ALF). However, there is no evidence to date to suggest that these alterations occur in patients with ALF. We analyzed the mRNA expression of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAAT-1, EAAT-2), GFAP, and AQP-4 in the cerebral cortex obtained at autopsy from eight patients with ALF and from seven patients with no evidence of hepatic or neurological disorders by real-time PCR, and protein expression was assessed using immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry. We demonstrated a significant decrease in GFAP mRNA and protein levels in ALF patients compared to controls. While the loss of EAAT-2 protein in ALF samples was post-translational in nature, EAAT-1 protein remained within normal limits. Immunohistochemistry confirmed that, in all cases, the losses of EAAT-2 and GFAP were uniquely astrocytic in their localization. AQP-4 mRNA expression was significantly increased and its immunohistochemistry demonstrated increased AQP-4 immunoreactivity in the glial end-feet process surrounding the microvessels. These findings provide evidence of selective alterations in the expression of genes coding for key astrocytic proteins implicated in central nervous system (CNS) excitability and brain edema in human ALF. We investigated the gene expression of astrocytic proteins involved in astrocyte swelling causing brain edema in autopsied brain tissues of patients with acute liver failure. This study demonstrated loss of GFAP expression and up-regulation of AQP-4 protein expression leading to cerebral edema, and loss of EAAT-2 expression implicated in excitatory neurotransmission. These findings may provide new drug targets against CNS complications of acute liver failure. PMID:24164438

  19. Dehydroascorbic Acid Attenuates Ischemic Brain Edema and Neurotoxicity in Cerebral Ischemia: An in vivo Study.

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    Song, Juhyun; Park, Joohyun; Kim, Jae Hwan; Choi, Ja Yong; Kim, Jae Young; Lee, Kyoung Min; Lee, Jong Eun

    2015-03-01

    Ischemic stroke results in the diverse phathophysiologies including blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption, brain edema, neuronal cell death, and synaptic loss in brain. Vitamin C has known as the potent anti-oxidant having multiple functions in various organs, as well as in brain. Dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) as the oxidized form of ascorbic acid (AA) acts as a cellular protector against oxidative stress and easily enters into the brain compared to AA. To determine the role of DHA on edema formation, neuronal cell death, and synaptic dysfunction following cerebral ischemia, we investigated the infarct size of ischemic brain tissue and measured the expression of aquaporin 1 (AQP-1) as the water channel protein. We also examined the expression of claudin 5 for confirming the BBB breakdown, and the expression of bcl 2 associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) for checking the effect of DHA on the neurotoxicity. Finally, we examined postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD-95) expression to confirm the effect of DHA on synaptic dysfunction following ischemic stroke. Based on our findings, we propose that DHA might alleviate the pathogenesis of ischemic brain injury by attenuating edema, neuronal loss, and by improving synaptic connection. PMID:25792869

  20. An improved Percoll density gradient for measurements of experimental brain edema

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    C. Tengvar; D. Hultström; Y. Olsson

    1983-01-01

    Microgravimetric methods are very useful for quantitative studies on brain edema. One of the techniques available is based on a gradient made up by NaCl and polyvinyl pyrrolidone-coated silica particles (Percoll). The present study was performed to find a way of minimizing fluid shifts between the gradient and the samples. For this purpose, five Percoll density gradients containing various concentrations

  1. Erythropoietin protects from post-traumatic edema in the rat brain

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    Olivier Verdonck; Hana Lahrech; Gilles Francony; Olivier Carle; Régine Farion; Yohan Van de Looij; Chantal Remy; Christoph Segebarth; Jean-Francois Payen; J-F Payen

    2007-01-01

    Erythropoietin (Epo) is gaining interest in various neurological insults as a possible neuroprotective agent. We determined the effects of recombinant human Epo (rhEpo, 5000 IU per kg bw) on brain edema induced in rats by traumatic brain injury (TBI; impact-acceleration model; rhEpo administration 30 mins after injury). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a gravimetric technique were applied. In the MRI

  2. Therapeutic implications of melatonin in cerebral edema.

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    Rathnasamy, Gurugirijha; Ling, Eng-Ang; Kaur, Charanjit

    2014-12-01

    Cerebral edema/brain edema refers to the accumulation of fluid in the brain and is one of the fatal conditions that require immediate medical attention. Cerebral edema develops as a consequence of cerebral trauma, cerebral infarction, hemorrhages, abscess, tumor, hypoxia, and other toxic or metabolic factors. Based on the causative factors cerebral edema is differentiated into cytotoxic cerebral edema, vasogenic cerebral edema, osmotic and interstitial cerebral edema. Treatment of cerebral edema depends on timely diagnosis and medical assistance. Pragmatic treatment strategies such as antihypertensive medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, barbiturates, steroids, glutamate and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonists and trometamol are used in clinical practice. Although the above mentioned treatment approaches are being used, owing to the complexity of the mechanisms involved in cerebral edema, a single therapeutic strategy which could ameliorate cerebral edema is yet to be identified. However, recent experimental studies have suggested that melatonin, a neurohormone produced by the pineal gland, could be an effective alternative for treating cerebral edema. In animal models of stroke, melatonin was not only shown to reduce cerebral edema but also preserved the blood brain barrier. Melatonin's beneficial effects were attributed to its properties, such as being a potent anti-oxidant, and its ability to cross the blood brain barrier within minutes after its administration. This review summarizes the beneficial effects of melatonin when used for treating cerebral edema. PMID:24876075

  3. Effects of focal mild hypothermia on thrombin-induced brain edema formation and the expression of protease activated receptor-1, matrix metalloproteinase-9 and aquaporin 4 in rats.

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    Gao, Dapeng; Ding, Feifan; Lei, Gongwen; Luan, Guohui; Zhang, Shibao; Li, Kesen; Wang, Desheng; Zhang, Liming; Dai, Dawei

    2015-04-01

    Hypothermia is an effective neuroprotective treatment for brain injury caused by intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). It is reported to reduce brain edema and neuronal cell death. Thrombin, a coagulation protease released from blood clots, is critical in brain edema formation following ICH. Protease activated receptor?1 (PAR?1), matrix metalloproteinase?9 (MMP?9) and aquaporin 4 (AQP4) are edema?associated mediators that have been implicated in ICH pathology. In the present study, thrombin was used to induce brain edema in adult male Sprague?Dawley rats. Differences between a focal mild hypothermic group (33±0.5?C) and a normothermic group (37?C) were investigated. Following hypothermia, brain water content and blood?brain barrier (BBB) disruption was assessed at 6, 24 and 48 h and subsequently at 3, 5 and 7 days. At the same time, the mRNA and protein expression of PAR?1, MMP?9 and AQP4 were also determined. It was identified that brain water content and BBB disruption increased at 6 h and reached a maximal level at 24 h in the normothermic group. The mRNA and protein expression levels of PAR?1, MMP?9 and AQP4 started to increase at 24 h and reached a maximal level at 48 h. Focal mild hypothermia tended to significantly reduce brain water content, BBB disruption and PAR?1, MMP?9 and AQP expression at 24 and 48 h. The present data suggest that focal mild hypothermia is an effective treatment for edema formation through moderation of the mRNA and protein expression of PAR?1, MMP?9 and AQP4. PMID:25523640

  4. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance studies on brain edema

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    Shoji Naruse; Yoshiharu Horikawa; Chuzo Tanaka; Kimiyoshi Hirakawa; Hiroyasu Nishikawa; Kazuo Yoshizaki

    1982-01-01

    The water in normal and edematous brain tissues of rats was studied by the pulse nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, measuring the longitudinal relaxation time (T1) and the transverse relaxation time (T2). In the normal brain, T1 and T2 were single components, both shorter than in pure water. Prolongation and separation of T2 into two components, one fast and one

  5. Brain edema and gliopathy induced by 6-aminonicotinamide intoxication in the central nervous system of rats.

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    Sasaki, S

    1982-09-01

    Brain edema was produced by 6-aminonicotinamide (6-AN) in the rat with accompanying metabolic disturbance due to the accumulation of an antimetabolite of nicotinamide in the CNS. Twenty-four hours after intraperitoneal administration of 6-AN, significant (P less than 0.01) increases of sodium and water in the medulla oblongata were observed. By electron microscopy, the lesion was characterized by swelling of the perivascular neuroglial processes, producing disturbances of the active transport in the cell membrane and increased pinocytosis in the endothelial cells, especially of the arterioles and venules. The metabolic inhibitor was shown to produce not only an increased water and sodium uptake in neuroglias, which is characteristic of cytotoxic brain edema, but also produced protein-rich edema in the extracellular space, ie, vasogenic brain edema. The protein transport in the metabolic disturbance caused by 6-AN was traced, using horseradish peroxidase, revealing that it occurred from the vasculature into the extracellular spaces via pinocytotic vesicles due to the change in the cerebrovascular permeability. PMID:6216837

  6. Antagonists of the Vasopressin V1 Receptor and of the ?1-Adrenoceptor Inhibit Cytotoxic Brain Edema in Stroke by Effects on Astrocytes – but the Mechanisms Differ

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    Hertz, Leif; Xu, Junnan; Chen, Ye; Gibbs, Marie E; Du, Ting; Hertz, Leif; Xu, Junnan; Chen, Ye; Gibbs, Marie E; Du, Ting

    2014-01-01

    Brain edema is a serious complication in ischemic stroke because even relatively small changes in brain volume can compromise cerebral blood flow or result in compression of vital brain structures on account of the fixed volume of the rigid skull. Literature data indicate that administration of either antagonists of the V1 vasopressin (AVP) receptor or the ?1-adrenergic receptor are able to reduce edema or infarct size when administered after the onset of ischemia, a key advantage for possible clinical use. The present review discusses possible mechanisms, focusing on the role of NKCC1, an astrocytic cotransporter of Na+, K+, 2Cl- and water and its activation by highly increased extracellular K+ concentrations in the development of cytotoxic cell swelling. However, it also mentions that due to a 3/2 ratio between Na+ release and K+ uptake by the Na+,K+-ATPase driving NKCC1 brain extracellular fluid can become hypertonic, which may facilitate water entry across the blood-brain barrier, essential for development of edema. It shows that brain edema does not develop until during reperfusion, which can be explained by lack of metabolic energy during ischemia. V1 antagonists are likely to protect against cytotoxic edema formation by inhibiting AVP enhancement of NKCC1-mediated uptake of ions and water, whereas ?1-adrenergic antagonists prevent edema formation because ?1-adrenergic stimulation alone is responsible for stimulation of the Na+,K+-ATPase driving NKCC1, first and foremost due to decrease in extracellular Ca2+ concentration. Inhibition of NKCC1 also has adverse effects, e.g. on memory and the treatment should probably be of shortest possible duration. PMID:25342939

  7. Altered Water Diffusivity in Mouse AQP4-/- Brain During Development Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging

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    Yang, Gi Eun

    2012-01-01

    2000). "Aquaporin-4 deletion in mice reduces brain edemaAquaporin-4 facilitates reabsorption of excess fluid in vasogenic brain edema."Aquaporin-4 gene deletion in mice increases focal edema associated with staphylococcal brain

  8. High mobility group box protein-1 promotes cerebral edema after traumatic brain injury via activation of toll-like receptor 4.

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    Laird, Melissa D; Shields, Jessica S; Sukumari-Ramesh, Sangeetha; Kimbler, Donald E; Fessler, R David; Shakir, Basheer; Youssef, Patrick; Yanasak, Nathan; Vender, John R; Dhandapani, Krishnan M

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Cerebral edema, a life-threatening medical complication, contributes to elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) and a poor clinical prognosis after TBI. Unfortunately, treatment options to reduce post-traumatic edema remain suboptimal, due in part, to a dearth of viable therapeutic targets. Herein, we tested the hypothesis that cerebral innate immune responses contribute to edema development after TBI. Our results demonstrate that high-mobility group box protein 1 (HMGB1) was released from necrotic neurons via a NR2B-mediated mechanism. HMGB1 was clinically associated with elevated ICP in patients and functionally promoted cerebral edema after TBI in mice. The detrimental effects of HMGB1 were mediated, at least in part, via activation of microglial toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and the subsequent expression of the astrocytic water channel, aquaporin-4 (AQP4). Genetic or pharmacological (VGX-1027) TLR4 inhibition attenuated the neuroinflammatory response and limited post-traumatic edema with a delayed, clinically implementable therapeutic window. Human and rodent tissue culture studies further defined the cellular mechanisms demonstrating neuronal HMGB1 initiates the microglial release of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in a TLR4 dependent mechanism. In turn, microglial IL-6 increased the astrocytic expression of AQP4. Taken together, these data implicate microglia as key mediators of post-traumatic brain edema and suggest HMGB1-TLR4 signaling promotes neurovascular dysfunction after TBI. PMID:24166800

  9. Dexamethasone exacerbates cerebral edema and brain injury following lithium-pilocarpine induced status epilepticus?

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    Duffy, B.A.; Chun, K.P.; Ma, D.; Lythgoe, M.F.; Scott, R.C.

    2014-01-01

    Anti-inflammatory therapies are the current most plausible drug candidates for anti-epileptogenesis and neuroprotection following prolonged seizures. Given that vasogenic edema is widely considered to be detrimental for outcome following status epilepticus, the anti-inflammatory agent dexamethasone is sometimes used in clinic for alleviating cerebral edema. In this study we perform longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging in order to assess the contribution of dexamethasone on cerebral edema and subsequent neuroprotection following status epilepticus. Lithium-pilocarpine was used to induce status epilepticus in rats. Following status epilepticus, rats were either post-treated with saline or with dexamethasone sodium phosphate (10 mg/kg or 2 mg/kg). Brain edema was assessed by means of magnetic resonance imaging (T2 relaxometry) and hippocampal volumetry was used as a marker of neuronal injury. T2 relaxometry was performed prior to, 48 h and 96 h following status epilepticus. Volume measurements were performed between 18 and 21 days after status epilepticus. Unexpectedly, cerebral edema was worse in rats that were treated with dexamethasone compared to controls. Furthermore, dexamethasone treated rats had lower hippocampal volumes compared to controls 3 weeks after the initial insult. The T2 measurements at 2 days and 4 days in the hippocampus correlated with hippocampal volumes at 3 weeks. Finally, the mortality rate in the first week following status epilepticus increased from 14% in untreated rats to 33% and 46% in rats treated with 2 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg dexamethasone respectively. These findings suggest that dexamethasone can exacerbate the acute cerebral edema and brain injury associated with status epilepticus. PMID:24333865

  10. Thrombin Preconditioning Reduces Iron-Induced Brain Swelling and Brain Atrophy

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    Shuijiang Song; Haitao Hu; Ya Hua; Jianan Wang; Guohua Xi

    \\u000a Cerebral preconditioning with a low dose of thrombin attenuates brain edema induced by intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a large\\u000a dose of thrombin or iron. This study examined whether or not thrombin preconditioning (TPC) reduces neuronal death and brain\\u000a atrophy caused by iron. The right hippocampus of rats was pretreated with or without thrombin, and iron was then injected\\u000a into the same

  11. Feasibility of using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for the quantification of brain edema

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    Rodriguez, Juan G.; Sisson, Cynthia; Hendricks, Chad; Pattillo, Chris; McWaters, Megan; Hardjasudarma, Mardjohan; Quarles, Chad; Yaroslavsky, Anna N.; Yaroslavsky, Ilya V.; Battarbee, Harold

    2001-05-01

    Many diseased states of the brain can result in the displacement of brain tissues and restrict cerebral blood flow, disrupting function in a life-threatening manner. Clinical examples where displacements are observed include venous thromboses, hematomas, strokes, tumors, abscesses, and, particularly, brain edema. For the latter, the brain tissue swells, displacing the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) layer that surrounds it, eventually pressing itself against the skull. Under such conditions, catheters are often inserted into the brain's ventricles or the subarachnoid space to monitor increased pressure. These are invasive procedures that incur increased risk of infection and consequently are used reluctantly by clinicians. Recent studies in the field of biomedical optics have suggested that the presence or absence of the CSF layer can lead to dramatic changes in NIR signals obtained from diffuse reflectance measurements around the head. In this study, we consider how this sensitivity of NIR signals to CSF might be exploited to non-invasively monitor the onset and resolution of brain edema.

  12. Foxo3a transcriptionally upregulates AQP4 and induces cerebral edema following traumatic brain injury.

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    Kapoor, Suraj; Kim, Seon-Myung; Farook, Justin M; Mir, Sajad; Saha, Rahul; Sen, Nilkantha

    2013-10-30

    Increased cranial pressure due to development of edema contributes significantly to the pathology of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Induction of an astrocytic water channel protein, Aquaporin 4 (AQP4), is known to predominantly contribute to cytotoxic edema following TBI. However, the mechanism for the increase in AQP4 following 24 h of TBI is poorly understood. Here we show that transcriptional activation of a ubiquitously expressed mammalian forkhead transcription factor, Foxo3a, induces cerebral edema by increasing the AQP4 level in the controlled cortical impact model of TBI in mice. TBI stimulates nuclear translocation of Foxo3a in astrocytes and subsequently augments its binding to AQP4 promoter in pericontusional cortex. Nuclear accumulation of Foxo3a is augmented by a decrease in phosphorylation at its Ser256 residue due to inactivation of Akt after TBI. Depletion of Foxo3a in mice rescues cytotoxic edema by preventing induction of AQP4 as well as attenuates memory impairment after TBI in mice. PMID:24174672

  13. Perilesional brain edema and seizure activity in patients with calcified neurocysticercosis

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    Nash, Theodore E.; Pretell, E. Javier; Lescano, Andres. G.; Bustos, Javier A.; Gilman, Robert H.; Gonzalez, Armando E.; Garcia, Héctor H.

    2013-01-01

    Background Cysticercosis due to Taenia solium is a leading cause of adult acquired seizures and epilepsy that frequently occurs in patients with only calcified larval cysts. Transient episodes of perilesional brain edema occur around calcified foci but its importance, association with seizures, incidence, and pathophysiology are unknown. Methods One hundred and ten persons with only calcified lesions and a history of seizures or severe headaches were followed prospectively in a cohort design to assess the incidence of seizure relapses. In a nested case-control sub study, perilesional edema was assessed by MRI at the time a seizure occurred in the symptomatic patient and in a matched asymptomatic control, amongst the 110 followed. Results Median follow up was 32.33 months (SD 19.99). Twenty-nine people had an incident seizure with an estimated 5 year seizure incidence of 36%. Twenty-four patients of the 29 with seizure relapse had an MRI evaluation within five days of the event. Perilesional edema was found in 12 (50.0%) compared to 2 of 23 asymptomatic matched controls (8.7%). Conclusions Perilesional edema occurs frequently and is associated with episodic seizure activity in calcified neurocysticercosis. Our findings are likely representative of symptomatic patients in endemic regions and suggest a unique and possibly preventable cause of seizures in this population. PMID:18986841

  14. Pathogenesis of Hepatic Encephalopathy and Brain Edema in Acute Liver Failure

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    Butterworth, Roger F.

    2014-01-01

    Neuropathologic investigations in acute liver failure (ALF) reveal significant alterations to neuroglia consisting of swelling of astrocytes leading to cytotoxic brain edema and intracranial hypertension as well as activation of microglia indicative of a central neuroinflammatory response. Increased arterial ammonia concentrations in patients with ALF are predictors of patients at risk for the development of brain herniation. Molecular and spectroscopic techniques in ALF reveal alterations in expression of an array of genes coding for neuroglial proteins involved in cell volume regulation and mitochondrial function as well as in the transport of neurotransmitter amino acids and in the synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Liver-brain pro-inflammatory signaling mechanisms involving transduction of systemically-derived cytokines, ammonia neurotoxicity and exposure to increased brain lactate have been proposed. Mild hypothermia and N-Acetyl cysteine have both hepato-protective and neuro-protective properties in ALF. Potentially effective anti-inflammatory agents aimed at control of encephalopathy and brain edema in ALF include etanercept and the antibiotic minocycline, a potent inhibitor of microglial activation. Translation of these potentially-interesting findings to the clinic is anxiously awaited.

  15. Interactions of connexin 43 and aquaporin-4 in the formation of glioma-induced brain edema.

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    Li, Gang; Liu, Xiaozhi; Liu, Zhenlin; Su, Zhiguo

    2015-02-01

    Connexin 43 (Cx43) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) have important roles in the formation of glioma-induced brain edema; however, the association between these two factors in the development of edema has remained to be elucidated. In the present study, immunofluorescence and western blot analysis revealed that in a rat model of intracranial C6 glioma, Cx43 expression levels were low to undetectable and AQP4 expression levels were low in glioma cells. Significantly higher Cx43 and AQP4 levels were detected in the tissue surrounding the glioma. To further investigate the potential interaction between Cx43 and AQP4, normal glial cells and C6 glioma cells were cultured in hypotonic medium. Reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction indicated that AQP4 and Cx43 mRNA expression levels increased as a function of time in normal glial cells and C6 glioma cells in a hypotonic environment. However, the increase observed in normal glial cells was significantly lower than that observed in C6 glioma cells. Furthermore, AQP4 expression levels changed prior to alterations in Cx43 expression. Following AQP4 silencing in C6 cells, the increase in Cx43 expression was significantly attenuated (P<0.05). In normal cells, Cx43 silencing did not influence AQP4 expression (P>0.05). Therefore, it was hypothesized that AQP4 and Cx43 had two distinct mechanisms underlying brain edema formation within and surrounding the glioma. Cx43 may be a downstream effector of AQP4. The elucidation of this pathway may aid in the development of drugs targeting the interaction between AQP4 and Cx43, providing novel therapeutic possibilities for glioma-induced brain edema. PMID:25373717

  16. Extent of perilesional edema differentiates radionecrosis from tumor recurrence following stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases

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    Leeman, Jonathan E.; Clump, David A.; Flickinger, John C.; Mintz, Arlan H.; Burton, Steven A.; Heron, Dwight E.

    2013-01-01

    Background Differentiation of tumor recurrence from radionecrosis is a critical step in the follow-up management of patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain metastases. A method that can reliably differentiate tumor recurrence from radiation necrosis using standard MR sequences would be of significant value. Methods We analyzed the records of 49 patients with 52 brain metastases treated with SRS who subsequently underwent surgical resection of the same lesion. Forty-seven of the lesions had preoperative MRI available for review (90%), including T1 postcontrast, T2, and fluid attenuated inversion recovery sequences. Pre-SRS and preoperative lesion and edema volumes were manually contoured and measured in a blinded fashion using radiation treatment planning software. A neuropathologist analyzed samples for the presence of tumor and/or radiation necrosis. Results Longer time between SRS and resection (P < .001) and a larger edema/lesion volume ratio (high T2/T1c, P = .002) were found to be predictive of radionecrosis as opposed to tumor recurrence. Using a cutoff value of 10 for the edema/lesion volume ratio, we were able to predict the presence of tumor with a positive predictive value of 92%, which increased to 100% when looking only at patients who underwent resection <18 months following SRS. Conclusions On follow-up imaging, lesions with a high edema/lesion volume ratio and lesions that progress later after SRS are more likely to contain radionecrosis. These indices may help guide clinical decision making in the context of evolving lesions after SRS for brain metastases and thereby avoid unnecessary interventions. PMID:24243914

  17. Multi-fractal texture features for brain tumor and edema segmentation

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    Reza, S.; Iftekharuddin, K. M.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we propose a fully automatic brain tumor and edema segmentation technique in brain magnetic resonance (MR) images. Different brain tissues are characterized using the novel texture features such as piece-wise triangular prism surface area (PTPSA), multi-fractional Brownian motion (mBm) and Gabor-like textons, along with regular intensity and intensity difference features. Classical Random Forest (RF) classifier is used to formulate the segmentation task as classification of these features in multi-modal MRIs. The segmentation performance is compared with other state-of-art works using a publicly available dataset known as Brain Tumor Segmentation (BRATS) 2012 [1]. Quantitative evaluation is done using the online evaluation tool from Kitware/MIDAS website [2]. The results show that our segmentation performance is more consistent and, on the average, outperforms other state-of-the art works in both training and challenge cases in the BRATS competition.

  18. 3D multimodal MRI brain glioma tumor and edema segmentation: a graph cut distribution matching approach.

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    Njeh, Ines; Sallemi, Lamia; Ayed, Ismail Ben; Chtourou, Khalil; Lehericy, Stephane; Galanaud, Damien; Hamida, Ahmed Ben

    2015-03-01

    This study investigates a fast distribution-matching, data-driven algorithm for 3D multimodal MRI brain glioma tumor and edema segmentation in different modalities. We learn non-parametric model distributions which characterize the normal regions in the current data. Then, we state our segmentation problems as the optimization of several cost functions of the same form, each containing two terms: (i) a distribution matching prior, which evaluates a global similarity between distributions, and (ii) a smoothness prior to avoid the occurrence of small, isolated regions in the solution. Obtained following recent bound-relaxation results, the optima of the cost functions yield the complement of the tumor region or edema region in nearly real-time. Based on global rather than pixel wise information, the proposed algorithm does not require an external learning from a large, manually-segmented training set, as is the case of the existing methods. Therefore, the ensuing results are independent of the choice of a training set. Quantitative evaluations over the publicly available training and testing data set from the MICCAI multimodal brain tumor segmentation challenge (BraTS 2012) demonstrated that our algorithm yields a highly competitive performance for complete edema and tumor segmentation, among nine existing competing methods, with an interesting computing execution time (less than 0.5s per image). PMID:25467804

  19. Relationship between apathy and tumor location, size, and brain edema in patients with intracranial meningioma

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    Peng, Yihua; Shao, Chunhong; Gong, Ye; Wu, Xuehai; Tang, Weijun; Shi, Shenxun

    2015-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between apathy and tumor location, size, and brain edema in patients with intracranial meningioma. Methods We enrolled 65 consecutive patients with meningioma and 31 normal controls matched for age, gender, and education. The patients were divided into frontal or non-frontal (NF) meningioma groups based on magnetic resonance imaging; the frontal group was then subdivided to dorsolateral frontal (DLF), medial frontal (MF), and ventral frontal (VF) groups. Tumor size and brain edema were also recorded. Apathy was assessed by the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES). Assessments were carried out 1 week before and 3 months after surgery, respectively. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the predictive effect of tumor size, location, and brain edema on apathy. Analysis of variance and chi-square analysis were applied to compare apathy scores and apathy rates among the frontal, NF, and normal control groups, and all subgroups within the frontal group. Results Compared with the NF and control groups, the mean AES score was much higher in the frontal group (34.0±8.3 versus 28.63±6.0, P=0.008, and 26.8±4.2, P<0.001). Subgroup analysis showed that AES scores in the MF group (42.1±6.6) and VF group (34.7±8.0) were higher than in the DLF group (28.5±4.36), NF group, and control group (P<0.05). The apathy rate was 63.6% in the MF group and 25% in the VF group, and significantly higher than in the DLF (5.6%), NF (5.3%), and control (0%) groups (P<0.001). A moderate correlation was found between AES score and mean diameter of the meningioma in all patient groups. Further analysis demonstrated that the correlation existed in the DLF (r=0.52, P=0.032), MF (r=0.84, P<0.001), and VF (r=0.64, P=0.008) groups, but not in the NF group (r=0.19, P=0.448). The AES score was much higher in patients with brain edema than in those without brain edema (34.73±8.28 versus 28.77±4.20, t=3.545, P=0.001). In subgroups within frontal meningioma patients, the statistical significance above only existed in the MF group (43.50±5.26 versus 25.67±6.03, P=0.001). Also, we examined the effect of related factors, such as age, sex, education, tumor size, tumor location and edema on the occurrence of apathy. The binary logistic regression analysis showed that MF [P=0.023, Exp(B) =145.6] and size [P=0.012, Exp(B) =1.20] got into the regression equation. Thirty-two patients underwent follow-up post-surgery. A significant reduction in AES was found in the MF group (AES1 – AES2 =6.86±6.82, t=2.68, P=0.04), but not in any of the other groups. Conclusion Apathy occurs frequently in patients with frontal meningioma, and is more severe, especially in the MF region. Apathy is probably correlated with tumor location and size. Brain edema might increase the severity of apathy.

  20. Intranasal delivery of nerve growth factor attenuates aquaporins-4-induced edema following traumatic brain injury in rats.

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    Lv, Qiushi; Fan, Xinying; Xu, Gelin; Liu, Qian; Tian, Lili; Cai, Xiaoyi; Sun, Wenshan; Wang, Xiaomeng; Cai, Qiankun; Bao, Yuanfei; Zhou, Lulu; Zhang, Yao; Ge, Liang; Guo, Ruibing; Liu, Xinfeng

    2013-02-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains the leading cause of injury-related death and disability. Brain edema, one of the most major complications of TBI, contributes to elevated intracranial pressure, and poor prognosis following TBI. Nerve growth factor (NGF) appears to be a viable strategy to treat brain edema and TBI. Unfortunately, due to its poor blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, the clinical application of NGF has been greatly limited. We previously demonstrated that intranasal NGF could bypass the BBB and distribute throughout the brain. Here we further studied whether intranasal NGF could attenuate TBI-induced brain edema and its putative mechanisms. TBI was produced by a modified weight-drop model. We found that intranasal administration of NGF (5?g/d) attenuated the brain edema, as assayed by hemisphere water content, at 12h, 24h and 72h after TBI induction. This attenuation was associated with a prominent decrease of the content of aquaporin-4, which plays a pivotal role in the formation of brain edema. By the use of RT-PCR and ELISA, we showed that intranasal NGF markedly inhibited the transcription and expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines including IL-1? and TNF-?. An electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) displayed a significant activation of nuclear factor-?B following TBI, which was, however, much lowered in the NGF-treated rats. Furthermore, upon intranasal NGF supplementation, mitochondria-mediated apoptosis following TBI was minimized, as indicated by upregulation of Bcl-2 and downregulation of caspase-3. Collectively, our findings suggested that intranasal NGF may be a promising strategy to treat brain edema and TBI. PMID:23183041

  1. Diffuse leukoencephalopathy and brain edema: unusual presentations of CNS relapse of acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Schumann, Michael; Kiewe, Philipp; Hartlieb, Sissel; Neumann, Martin; Schilling, Andreas; Koch, Hans-Christian; Thiel, Eckhard; Korfel, Agnieszka

    2010-04-01

    An isolated CNS relapse is rarely seen in acute myeloid leukemia. However, it has a potentially fatal clinical outcome. We herein present the case of a 39-year-old man, who presented to our emergency room with horizontal diplopic images, vertigo, bilateral deafness, and progressing somnolence. Cerebral imaging revealed cerebral and cerebellar edema and a diffuse leukoencephalopathy. With the one-year-old history of an initially successfully treated FAB-M0 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in mind, a lumbar puncture was carried out that showed a vast number of myeloid blasts in the morphologic analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid. In conjunction with normal findings in the peripheral blood-count with differential and the bone marrow examination a diagnosis of an isolated CNS relapse of the AML was made. Cytarabine chemotherapy was initiated and the symptoms resolved rapidly. To our surprise, cerebral imaging in the course of the treatment not only showed a resolution of the brain edema but also of the leukoencephalopathy, pointing to a direct infiltration of brain parenchyma by leukemic blasts. The case highlights the relevance of the CNS as a pharmacologic "sanctuary" for tumor cells in patients that on prior treatments have not received intrathecal chemotherapy or chemotherapeutics that cross the blood-brain barrier. PMID:18826442

  2. Edema disease-like brain lesions in gnotobiotic piglets infected with Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7.

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    Francis, D H; Moxley, R A; Andraos, C Y

    1989-01-01

    Gnotobiotic piglets inoculated with Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 strains that produced Shiga-like toxin II developed brain lesions similar to those observed in edema disease of swine, including arteriolar necrosis and malacia. Loss of ability to produce Shiga-like toxin II resulted in loss of ability to cause brain lesions. Images PMID:2647636

  3. Computer aided detection of tumor and edema in brain FLAIR magnetic resonance image using ANN

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    Pradhan, Nandita; Sinha, A. K.

    2008-03-01

    This paper presents an efficient region based segmentation technique for detecting pathological tissues (Tumor & Edema) of brain using fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) magnetic resonance (MR) images. This work segments FLAIR brain images for normal and pathological tissues based on statistical features and wavelet transform coefficients using k-means algorithm. The image is divided into small blocks of 4×4 pixels. The k-means algorithm is used to cluster the image based on the feature vectors of blocks forming different classes representing different regions in the whole image. With the knowledge of the feature vectors of different segmented regions, supervised technique is used to train Artificial Neural Network using fuzzy back propagation algorithm (FBPA). Segmentation for detecting healthy tissues and tumors has been reported by several researchers by using conventional MRI sequences like T1, T2 and PD weighted sequences. This work successfully presents segmentation of healthy and pathological tissues (both Tumors and Edema) using FLAIR images. At the end pseudo coloring of segmented and classified regions are done for better human visualization.

  4. Expression of MMP-9 and VEGF in Meningiomas and Their Correlation with Peritumoral Brain Edema

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    Rutkowski, Robert; Turek, Grzegorz; Mariak, Zenon; Chyczewski, Lech

    2015-01-01

    Meningiomas constitute up to 13% of all intracranial tumors. The predictive factors for meningioma have not been unambiguously defined; however some limited data suggest that the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) may be associated with the presence of peritumoral brain edema (PTBE) and worse clinical outcome. The aim of this study was to analyze the expressions of MMP-9 and VEGF in a group of meningiomas of various grades and to study associations between these two markers and PTBE. The study included patients with supratentorial meningiomas. The patients were divided into low- (G1) and high-grade meningiomas (G2 and G3). PTBE was assessed on MRI. The expressions of VEGF and MMP-9 were determined immunohistochemically. The expression of MMP-9 was observed significantly more often in G3 meningiomas than in lower grade tumors. The presence of stage II or III PTBE was associated with a significant increase in MMP-9 expression. The expression of VEGF did not differ across the PTBE stages. Our findings point to a significant role of MMP-9 and VEGF in the pathogenesis of peritumoral brain edema in low- and high-grade meningiomas. PMID:25821815

  5. A Randomized Trial of the Effects of Nebulized Albuterol on Pulmonary Edema in Brain Dead Organ Donors

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    Ware, Lorraine B.; Landeck, Megan; Koyama, Tatsuki; Zhao, Zhiguo; Singer, Jonathan; Kern, Ryan; Neidlinger, Nikole; Nguyen, John; Johnson, Elizabeth; Janz, David R.; Bernard, Gordon R.; Lee, Jae W.; Matthay, Michael A.

    2013-01-01

    Donor lung utilization rates are persistently low primarily due to donor lung dysfunction. We hypothesized that a treatment that enhances the resolution of pulmonary edema by stimulating the rate of alveolar fluid clearance would improve donor oxygenation and increase donor lung utilization. We conducted a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trial of aerosolized albuterol (5 mg q4h) versus saline placebo during active donor management in 506 organ donors. The primary outcome was change in oxygenation (PaO2/FiO2) from enrollment to organ procurement. The albuterol (n=260) and placebo (n=246) groups were well matched for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, and cause of brain death. The change in PaO2/FiO2 from enrollment to organ procurement did not differ between treatment groups (p=0.54) nor did donor lung utilization (albuterol 29% vs. placebo 32%, p=0.44). Donors in the albuterol vs. placebo group were more likely to have the study drug dose reduced (13% vs. 1%, p<0.001) or stopped (8% vs. 0%, p<0.001) for tachycardia. In summary, treatment with high dose inhaled albuterol during the donor management period did not improve donor oxygenation or increase donor lung utilization but did cause tachycardia. High dose aerosolized albuterol should not be used in donors to enhance the resolution of pulmonary edema. PMID:24730050

  6. Ammonia and proinflammatory cytokines modify expression of genes coding for astrocytic proteins implicated in brain edema in acute liver failure

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    Anne Chastre; Wenlei Jiang; Paul Desjardins; Roger F. Butterworth

    2010-01-01

    There is evidence to suggest that, in acute liver failure (ALF), brain ammonia and proinflammatory cytokines may act synergistically\\u000a to cause brain edema and its complications (intracranial hypertension, brain herniation). However, the molecular mechanisms\\u000a involved remain to be established. In order to address this issue, semi-quantitative RT-PCR was used to measure the expression\\u000a of genes coding for astrocytic proteins with

  7. Anti-edema action of thyroid hormone in MCAO model of ischemic brain stroke: Possible association with AQP4 modulation.

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    Sadana, Prabodh; Coughlin, Lucy; Burke, Jamie; Woods, Robert; Mdzinarishvili, Alexander

    2015-07-15

    The use of neuroprotective strategies to mitigate the fatal consequences of ischemic brain stroke is a focus of robust research activity. We have previously demonstrated that thyroid hormone (T3; 3,3',5-triiodo-l-thyronine) possesses neuroprotective and anti-edema activity in pre-stroke treatment regimens when administered as a solution or as a nanoparticle formulation. In this study we have extended our evaluation of thyroid hormone use in animal models of brain stroke. We have used both transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (t-MCAO) and permanent (p-MCAO) models of ischemic brain stroke. A significant reduction of tissue infarction and a concurrent decrease in edema were observed in the t-MCAO model of brain stroke. However, no benefit of T3 was observed in p-MCAO stroke setting. Significant improvement of neurological outcomes was observed upon T3 treatment in t-MCAO mice. Further, we tested T2 (3,5-diiodo-l-thyronine) a natural deiodination metabolite of T3 in MCAO model of brain stroke. T2 potently decreased infarct size as well as edema formation. Additionally, we report here that T3 suppresses the expression of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels which could be a likely mechanism of its anti-edema activity. Our studies provide evidence to stimulate clinical development of thyroid hormones for use in ischemic brain stroke. PMID:25963308

  8. Roles of aquaporins and matrix metalloproteinases in mouse brain edema formation induced by subacute exposure to 1,2-dichloroethane.

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    Wang, Gaoyang; Yuan, Yuan; Zhang, Jun; Gao, Lanyue; Tan, Xiaoqiong; Yang, Guangqian; Lv, Xiuqiang; Jin, Yaping

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the effects of 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCE) on expression of aquaporins (AQPs) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the process of brain edema formation. Two parts were included in this study, establishment of animal model of brain edema, and mechanism of brain edema induced by subacute exposure to 1,2-DCE. In part one, mice were exposed to 0, 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3g/m(3) 1,2-DCE, 3.5h per day for 3days. Pathological analysis and water content detection in the brain were examined. In part two, mice were exposed to 1.2g/m(3) 1,2-DCE, 3.5h per day for 1, 2 or 3days, named group D, E and F, respectively. Expression of AQP4, MMP2 and MMP9 in the brain was determined by immunochemical staining, western blot and real time PCR. According to the results of part one, the 1.2g/m(3) dose was chosen for part two, a follow-up time-course study. In part two, protein expression of MMP2 and MMP9 in group F, and AQP4 in group E and F significantly increased compared to the control. Similarly, mRNA levels of AQP4 in group F, and MMP9 in group E and F significantly increased. Our results suggested that exposure to 1,2-DCE might up-regulate the expression of AQP4 protein and MMP9 mRNA at the early phase of brain edema, and AQP4 may play an important role in the brain edema formation. PMID:24964198

  9. Brain damage due to episodic alcohol exposure in vivo and in vitro: furosemide neuroprotection implicates edema-based mechanism

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    MICHAEL A. COLLINS; JIAN-YUN ZOU; EDWARD J. NEAFSEY

    Adult rats intubated with a single dose of ethanol (alcohol;Ç5 g\\/kg) for 5 to 10 successive days incur neurodegeneration in the entorhinal cor- tex, dentate gyrus, and olfactory bulbs accompanied by cerebrocortical edema and electrolyte (Na\\/ ,K \\/ ) accumulation. The brain damage is not lessened by cotreatment with the NMDA receptor antagonist MK- 801; also, as reported elsewhere, MK-801

  10. Thiobarbituric acid-reactive material content and enzymatic protection against peroxidative damage during the course of cryogenic rabbit brain edema

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    N. Avéret; M. Coussemacq; F. Cohadon

    1990-01-01

    The relationship between free radicals reactions and the cell detoxifying system was investigated during the development of brain edema following a cryogenic lesion in the rabbit cerebral cortex. The amount of TBA-reactive material present six hours after freezing was less than in the controls, then increased at 48 and 96 hours. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) decreased 6 hours

  11. Prevention of status epilepticus-induced brain edema and neuronal cell loss by repeated treatment with high-dose levetiracetam.

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    Itoh, Kouichi; Inamine, Moriyoshi; Oshima, Wataru; Kotani, Masaharu; Chiba, Yoichi; Ueno, Masaki; Ishihara, Yasuhiro

    2015-05-22

    The management of status epilepticus (SE) is important to prevent mortality and the development of post-SE symptomatic epilepsy. Acquired epilepsy after an initial brain insult by SE can be experimentally reproduced in the murine model of SE induced by pilocarpine. In the present study, we evaluated the possibility of treatment with a high-dose of levetiracetam in this model. Repeated treatment with high-dose levetiracetam after termination of SE by diazepam significantly prevented the incidence of spontaneous recurrent seizures and mortality for at least 28 days. To determine the brain alterations after SE, magnetic resonance imaging was performed. Both T2-weighted imaging and diffusion-weighted imaging showed changes in the limbic regions. These changes in the limbic regions demonstrated the development of cytotoxic edema three hours after SE, followed by the development of vasogenic edema two days after SE. In the pilocarpine-SE model, the incidence of spontaneous recurrent seizures after SE was strongly associated with neuronal damage within a few hours to days after SE by the development of vasogenic edema via the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier in the limbic regions. High-dose levetiracetam significantly suppressed the parameters in the limbic areas. These data indicate that repeated treatment with high-dose levetiracetam for at least two days after SE termination by diazepam is important for controlling the neuronal damage by preventing brain edema. Therefore, these findings suggest that early treatment with high-dose levetiracetam after SE termination by diazepam may protect against adverse sequelae via the inhibition of neurotoxicity induced by brain edema events. PMID:25770058

  12. Effect of propofol post-treatment on blood-brain barrier integrity and cerebral edema after transient cerebral ischemia in rats.

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    Lee, Jae Hoon; Cui, Hui Song; Shin, Seo Kyung; Kim, Jeong Min; Kim, So Yeon; Lee, Jong Eun; Koo, Bon-Nyeo

    2013-11-01

    Although propofol has been reported to offer neuroprotection against cerebral ischemia injury, its impact on cerebral edema following ischemia is not clear. The objective of this investigation is to evaluate the effects of propofol post-treatment on blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity and cerebral edema after transient cerebral ischemia and its mechanism of action, focusing on modulation of aquaporins (AQPs), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1?. Cerebral ischemia was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 78) by occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery for 1 h. For post-treatment with propofol, 1 mg kg(-1) min(-1) of propofol was administered for 1 h from the start of reperfusion. Nineteen rats undergoing sham surgery were also included in the investigation. Edema and BBB integrity were assessed by quantification of cerebral water content and extravasation of Evans blue, respectively, following 24 h of reperfusion. In addition, the expression of AQP-1, AQP-4, MMP-2, and MMP-9 was determined 24 h after reperfusion and the expression of HIF-1? was determined 8 h after reperfusion. Propofol post-treatment significantly reduced cerebral edema (P < 0.05) and BBB disruption (P < 0.05) compared with the saline-treated control. The expression of AQP-1, AQP-4, MMP-2, and MMP-9 at 24 h and of HIF-1? at 8 h following ischemia/reperfusion was significantly suppressed in the propofol post-treatment group (P < 0.05). Propofol post-treatment attenuated cerebral edema after transient cerebral ischemia, in association with reduced expression of AQP-1, AQP-4, MMP-2, and MMP-9. The decreased expression of AQPs and MMPs after propofol post-treatment might result from suppression of HIF-1? expression. PMID:23990224

  13. Diagnostic utility of C-reactive Protein combined with brain natriuretic peptide in acute pulmonary edema: a cross sectional study

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    Kosaku Komiya; Hiroshi Ishii; Shinji Teramoto; Osamu Takahashi; Nobuoki Eshima; Ou Yamaguchi; Noriyuki Ebi; Junji Murakami; Hidehiko Yamamoto; Jun-ichi Kadota

    2011-01-01

    Introduction Discriminating acute lung injury (ALI) or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) from cardiogenic pulmonary\\u000a edema (CPE) using the plasma level of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) alone remains controversial. The aim of this study was\\u000a to determine the diagnostic utility of combination measurements of BNP and C-reactive protein (CRP) in critically ill patients\\u000a with pulmonary edema.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  This was a cross-sectional

  14. Progesterone attenuates cerebral edema in neonatal rats with hypoxic-ischemic brain damage by inhibiting the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 and aquaporin-4.

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    Wang, Xiaoyin; Zhang, Junhe; Yang, Yuxin; Dong, Weihua; Wang, Fang; Wang, Li; Li, Xiaojuan

    2013-07-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of progesterone (PROG) on blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, cerebral edema and the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) in neonatal rats with hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (HIBD) and to explore the mechanism of its neuroprotective effect. Sixty 7-day-old Wistar rats were divided into sham surgery, hypoxic ischemia (HI) and drug prophylaxis (PROG) groups. HIBD animal models were established. All the animals were sacrificed after 24 h. The BBB was assessed using Evans blue. Cerebral moisture capacity was determined using the dry-wet method. MMP-9 was detected in the brain tissues using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The expression of AQP-4 and MMP-9 in the cerebral cortex was observed using immunohistochemistry and real-time polymerase chain reaction. The MMP-9 levels in the cortex, BBB permeability, cerebral moisture capacity and expression of AQP-4 and MMP-9 in the HI group were significantly higher compared with those in the sham surgery group (P<0.01), and they were significantly lower in the drug prophylaxis group compared with those in the HI group (P<0.05). In conclusion, PROG reduces BBB damage and cerebral edema and inhibits MMP-9 generation to protect rat brains against HIBD. The protective effect of PROG may be correlated with downregulated expression of AQP-4 and MMP-9 in the cerebral cortex. PMID:23935758

  15. Astragaloside IV reduces cerebral edema post-ischemia/reperfusion correlating the suppression of MMP-9 and AQP4.

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    Li, Min; Ma, Rui Na; Li, Li Hong; Qu, You Zhi; Gao, Guo Dong

    2013-09-01

    Cerebral edema is a critical complication after intravascular thrombolysis post-acute stroke. However, clinical options remained limited for treating cerebral edema after cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. In the present study, astragaloside IV, a purified extract from astragalus membranaceus, was used in the focal I/R rat model, aimed to investigate its effect on the cerebral edema. We found that astragaloside IV (10 and 20mg/kg) significantly attenuated the cerebral water content (P<0.05) and improved neurological outcomes (P<0.05) in comparison with vehicle group. Moreover, we investigate the effect of astragaloside IV on the (blood-brain barrier) BBB since cerebral edema was closely related to the permeability of the BBB. We found that the permeability of BBB was improved significantly in astragaloside IV groups compared with vehicle group via Evans blue leakage (P<0.05). This was further confirmed under the electron microscope, using lanthanum as a tracer of blood vessel permeability. Lanthanum was usually found within the blood vessel in sham group, rather than in perivascular tissues as shown in vehicle group. In drug groups, lanthanum stain was mainly restricted within the cerebral capillary, indicating the potential BBB-protective effect of astragaloside IV. Furthermore, we found that expressions of Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and aquaporin 4 (AQP4) were increased in vehicle group, which were related to cerebral vasogenic edema or cytotoxic edema. The up-regulations of MMP-9 and AQP4 were inhibited significantly by astragaloside IV administration. We propose that the anti-edema potential of astragaloside IV was correlated with its regulation of MMP-9 and AQP4. PMID:23747593

  16. Radiation brain injury is reduced by the polyamine inhibitor [alpha]-difluoromethylornithine

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    Fike, J.R.; Seilhan, T.M.; Gobbel, G.T. (Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)); Marton, L.J. (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States))

    1994-04-01

    [alpha]-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) was used to reduce [sup 125]I-induced brain injury in normal beagle dogs. Different DFMO doses and administration schedules were used to determine if the reduction in brain injury was dependent on dose and/or dependent upon when the drug was administered relative to the radiation treatment. Doses of DMFO of 75 mg/kg/day and 37.5 mg/kg/day given 2 days before, during and for 14 days after irradiation reduced levels of putrescine (PU) in the cerebrospinal fluid relative to controls. Volume of edema was significantly reduced by 75 mg/kg/day of DFMO before, during and after irradiation and by the same dose when the drug was started immediately after irradiation. A reduction in edema volume after 37.5 mg/kg/day of DFMO before, during and after irradiation was very near significance. Ultrafast CT studies performed on dogs that received a DFMO dose of 75 mg/kg/day before, during and after irradiation suggested that the reduce edema volume was associated with reduced vascular permeability. Volume of necrosis and volume of contrast enhancement (breakdown of the blood-brain barrier) were significantly lower than controls only after a DFMO dose of 75 mg/kg/day before, during and after irradiation. These latter data, coupled with the findings relative to edema, suggest that different mechanisms may be involved with respect to the effects of DFMO on brain injury, or that the extents of edema, necrosis and breakdown of the blood-brain barrier may depend upon different levels of polyamine depletion. The precise mechanisms by which DFMO exerts the effects observed here need to be determined. 41 refs., 5 figs.

  17. Calcitonin gene-related peptide prevents blood–brain barrier injury and brain edema induced by focal cerebral ischemia reperfusion

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    Zhen Liu; Qian Liu; Heng Cai; Chunsheng Xu; Guixiang Liu; Zhenzhong Li

    2011-01-01

    Cerebral ischemia is one of the diseases that most compromise the human species. Therapeutic recovery of blood–brain barrier (BBB) disruption represents a novel promising approach to reduce brain injury after stroke. To determine the effects of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) on the BBB participate in stroke progression, rat cerebral ischemia reperfusion injury was induced by a 2-hour left transient middle

  18. Photobiostimulation reduces edema formation induced in mice by Lys-49 phospholipases A2 isolated from Bothrops moojeni venom.

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    Nadur-Andrade, Nikele; Dale, Camila Squarzone; Santos, Adriano Silvio Dos; Soares, Andreimar M; de Lima, Carlos J; Zamuner, Stella Regina

    2014-11-01

    The prominent local myotoxic effects induced by Bothrops snake venom are due, in part, to myotoxins. This effect is not neutralized by antivenom, which is the main therapy for victims of snakebite. Two basic myotoxins named MjTX-I and MjTX-II were isolated from Bothrops moojeni venom. Both myotoxins have a Lys-49 phospholipase A2 structure devoid of enzymatic activity, but are highly myonecrotic and edema-inducing. In this study, we analyzed the effect of a low-level laser (LLL) at 685 nm, an energy density of 2.2 J cm(-2), and the irradiation time of 15 s, and a light emitting diode (LED) at 635 or 945 nm at energy densities of 4 and 3.8 J cm(-2), and irradiation times of 41 and 38 s, respectively, applied 30 min and 3 h after edema formation in mice caused by MjTX-I or MjTX-II. MjTX-I or MjTX-II caused a significant edema formation in envenomed paws. LLL and LED irradiation significantly reduced the edema formation by both myotoxins from 1 up to 6 hours after the injection. Both LLL and LEDs were similar in reducing the edema formation induced by myotoxins. The combined photobiostimulation with antivenom had the same effect in reducing edema as treatment with the LLL or LEDs alone. In conclusion, the results of this study indicate that photobiostimulation could be used in association with antivenom therapy for treatment of local effects of Bothrops species venom. PMID:25232894

  19. Interferon-Stimulated Gene 15 Upregulation Precedes the Development of Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption and Cerebral Edema after Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Mice.

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    Rossi, Janet L; Todd, Tracey; Daniels, Zachary; Bazan, Nicolas G; Belayev, Ludmila

    2015-07-15

    Recent studies show that myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) plays a pivotal role in development of cerebral edema, a known complication following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children and a contributing factor to worsened neurologic recovery. Interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) is upregulated after cerebral ischemia and is neuroprotective. The significant role of ISG15 after TBI has not been studied. Postnatal Day (PND) 21 and PND24 mice were subjected to lateral closed-skull injury with impact depth of 2.0 or 2.25?mm. Behavior was examined at 7?d using two-object novel recognition and Wire Hang tests. Mice were sacrificed at 6?h, 12?h, 24?h, 48?h, 72?h, and 7?d. ISG15 and MLCK were analyzed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption with Evans Blue (EB), and cerebral edema with wet/dry weights. EB extravasation and edema peaked at 72?h in both ages. PND21 mice had more severe neurological deficits, compared with PND24 mice. PND24 mice showed peak ISG15 expression at 6?h, and PND21 mice at 72?h. MLCK peaked in both age groups at 12?h and co-localized with ISG15 on immunohistochemistry and co-immunoprecipitation. These studies provide evidence, ISG15 is elevated following TBI in mice, preceding MLCK elevation, development of BBB disruption, and cerebral edema. PMID:25669448

  20. Loss of AQP4 polarized localization with loss of ?-dystroglycan immunoreactivity may induce brain edema following intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Qiu, Guo-Ping; Xu, Jin; Zhuo, Fei; Sun, Shan-Quan; Liu, Hui; Yang, Mei; Huang, Juan; Lu, Wei-Tian; Huang, Si-Qin

    2015-02-19

    The aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channel contributes to brain water homeostasis in perivascular and subpial membrane domains of astrocytes where it is concentrated. These membranes form the interface between the neuropil and the extracellular liquid spaces. The brain-selective deletion of the dystroglycan (DG) gene causes a disorganization of AQP4 on the astroglial endfeet. First, we analyzed the expression of AQP4, ?-DG in the brain following intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and correlated AQP4 expression with the expression pattern of the ?-DG, which is a component of dystrophin-dystroglycan complex (DDC). Besides, the vessels ultrastructure and brain water content were investigated at different time points post-ICH (day 1, day 3, day 7). We found that AQP4 polarity was disturbed in parallel with the loss of ?-DG in the perihematomal area post-ICH. At day 1 post-ICH, brain edema was obvious and the damage of vascular ultrastructure was the most severe. These results suggest a role for ?-DG in targeting and stabilizing AQP4 channel in astrocytic cells, which may be critical for water homeostasis in brain. PMID:25545558

  1. Aquaporins in Cerebrovascular Disease: A Target for Treatment of Brain Edema?

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    J. Badaut; S. Ashwal; A. Obenaus

    2011-01-01

    In cerebrovascular disease, edema formation is frequently observed within the first 7 days and is characterized by molecular and cellular changes in the neurovascular unit. The presence of water channels, aquaporins (AQPs), within the neurovascular unit has led to intensive research in understanding the underlying roles of each of the AQPs under normal conditions and in different diseases. In this

  2. Glibenclamide reduces secondary brain damage after experimental traumatic brain injury.

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    Zweckberger, K; Hackenberg, K; Jung, C S; Hertle, D N; Kiening, K L; Unterberg, A W; Sakowitz, O W

    2014-07-11

    Following traumatic brain injury (TBI) SUR1-regulated NCCa-ATP (SUR1/TRPM4) channels are transcriptionally up-regulated in ischemic astrocytes, neurons, and capillaries. ATP depletion results in depolarization and opening of the channel leading to cytotoxic edema. Glibenclamide is an inhibitor of SUR-1 and, thus, might prevent cytotoxic edema and secondary brain damage following TBI. Anesthetized adult Sprague-Dawley rats underwent parietal craniotomy and were subjected to controlled cortical impact injury (CCI). Glibenclamide was administered as a bolus injection 15min after CCI injury and continuously via osmotic pumps throughout 7days. In an acute trial (180min) mean arterial blood pressure, heart rate, intracranial pressure, encephalographic activity, and cerebral metabolism were monitored. Brain water content was assessed gravimetrically 24h after CCI injury and contusion volumes were measured by MRI scanning technique at 8h, 24h, 72h, and 7d post injury. Throughout the entire time of observation neurological function was quantified using the "beam-walking" test. Glibenclamide-treated animals showed a significant reduction in the development of brain tissue water content(80.47%±0.37% (glibenclamide) vs. 80.83%±0.44% (control); p<0.05; n=14). Contusion sizes increased continuously within 72h following CCI injury, but glibenclamide-treated animals had significantly smaller volumes at any time-points, like 172.53±38.74mm(3) (glibenclamide) vs. 299.20±64.02mm(3) (control) (p<0.01; n=10; 24h) or 211.10±41.03mm(3) (glibenclamide) vs. 309.76±19.45mm(3) (control) (p<0.05; n=10; 72h), respectively. An effect on acute parameters, however, could not be detected, most likely because of the up-regulation of the channel within 3-6h after injury. Furthermore, there was no significant effect on motor function assessed by the beam-walking test throughout 7days. In accordance to these results and the available literature, glibenclamide seems to have promising potency in the treatment of TBI. PMID:24792709

  3. The effect of intravenous fluid replacement on the response to mannitol in experimental cerebral edema: an analysis of intracranial pressure, serum osmolality, serum electrolytes, and brain water content.

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    James, H E

    2006-01-01

    Albino rabbits that had undergone a cryogenic insult over the left parieto-occipital cortex were analyzed for serum osmolality, serum electrolytes, brain water content, and intracranial pressure (ICP) following either a baseline infusion of intravenous (i.v.) fluid (45 mL total) for 3 hours or above-maintenance isotonic saline (73.5 +/- 12 mL or 90.5 +/- 1.5 mL) and mannitol therapy. The subgroups were compared amongst themselves and to sham-operated controls. Serum osmolality was elevated in the higher-dose mannitol subgroup compared with maintenance i.v. fluids subgroup (1 g/kg/h vs 1 g/kg/3 h; p < 0.05), accompanied by an insignificant reduction of serum sodium. A significant reduction in brain water in the injured left hemisphere was seen following high-dose mannitol in the subgroup that received less i.v. (maintenance) fluids than the group that received above-maintenance i.v. fluids (p < 0.025). No reduction in brain water was seen in the subgroup that received above-maintenance i.v. fluids (non-treated groups). Reduction of ICP was not found in the lower mannitol dose group. We conclude that the ability of mannitol to reduce cerebral edema is related to the total amount of i.v. fluid replacement. This implies that the amount of i.v. crystalloid fluid that is administered to patients with cerebral edema and raised ICP requiring mannitol for control needs to be carefully monitored. PMID:16671439

  4. Inhaled nitric oxide for the brain dead donor with neurogenic pulmonary edema during anesthesia for organ donation: a case report

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    Park, Eun Sun; Lee, A-Ran; Lee, Sang Hyun; Kim, An Suk; Park, Soon Eun; Cho, Young Woo

    2014-01-01

    Neurogenic pulmonary edema (NPE) in brain dead organ donors occurring after an acute central nervous system insult threatens organ preservation of potential organ donors and the outcome of organ donation. Hence the active and immediate management of NPE is critical. In this case, a 50-year-old male was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for organ donation. He was hypoxic due to NPE induced by spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage and intraventricular hemorrhage. Protective ventilatory management, intermittent recruitment maneuvers, and supportive treatment were maintained in the ICU and the operating room (OR). Despite this management, the hypoxemia worsened after the OR admission. So inhaled nitric oxide (NO) therapy was performed during the operation, and the hypoxic phenomena showed remarkable improvement. The organ retrieval was successfully completed. Therefore, NO inhalation can be helpful in the improvement of hypoxemia caused by NPE in brain dead organ donors during anesthesia for the organ donation. PMID:25237451

  5. Changes in Cannabinoid Receptors, Aquaporin 4 and Vimentin Expression after Traumatic Brain Injury in Adolescent Male Mice. Association with Edema and Neurological Deficit

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    Lopez-Rodriguez, Ana Belen; Acaz-Fonseca, Estefania; Viveros, Maria-Paz; Garcia-Segura, Luis M.

    2015-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) incidence rises during adolescence because during this critical neurodevelopmental period some risky behaviors increase. The purpose of this study was to assess the contribution of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), blood brain barrier proteins (AQP4) and astrogliosis markers (vimentin) to neurological deficit and brain edema formation in a TBI weight drop model in adolescent male mice. These molecules were selected since they are known to change shortly after lesion. Here we extended their study in three different timepoints after TBI, including short (24h), early mid-term (72h) and late mid-term (two weeks). Our results showed that TBI induced an increase in brain edema up to 72 h after lesion that was directly associated with neurological deficit. Neurological deficit appeared 24 h after TBI and was completely recovered two weeks after trauma. CB1 receptor expression decreased after TBI and was negatively correlated with edema formation and behavioral impairments. CB2 receptor increased after injury and was associated with high neurological deficit whereas no correlation with edema was found. AQP4 increased after TBI and was positively correlated with edema and neurological impairments as occurred with vimentin expression in the same manner. The results suggest that CB1 and CB2 differ in the mechanisms to resolve TBI and also that some of their neuroprotective effects related to the control of reactive astrogliosis may be due to the regulation of AQP4 expression on the end-feet of astrocytes. PMID:26039099

  6. Past and Recent BBB Studies with Particular Emphasis on Changes in Ischemic Brain Edema

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    Maria Spatz

    \\u000a The blood-brain barrier (BBB) functions to protect the environment of the brain through endothelial cells and their interactions\\u000a with other cells and components of the cerebral vasculature and the brain parenchyma. Alterations in the BBB as a result of\\u000a injuries (i.e., brain ischemia and traumatic brain injury) play a crucial role in the pathophysiological response.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a The following is a brief

  7. Vulvar edema.

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    Amankwah, Yaa; Haefner, Hope

    2010-10-01

    Vulvar edema is associated with a variety of conditions. The edema can result from inflammatory conditions, infections, infestations, trauma, pregnancy, tumors and iatrogenic causes. At times, it is difficult to determine the cause of the vulvar edema. Treatment consists of determining the origin of the edema and giving the appropriate therapy for that diagnosis as well as the use of compression and, at times, lymphatic massage. PMID:20883919

  8. Symmetrical Curvilinear Cytotoxic Edema Along the Surface of the Brain Stem: A Probable New Magnetic Resonance Imaging Finding of Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis.

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    Khil, Eun Kyung; Lee, A Leum; Chang, Kee-Hyun; Yun, Tae Jin; Hong, Hyun Sook

    2015-07-01

    Lung cancer is one of the most common neoplasms to appear leptomeningeal metastasis (LM). Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is better diagnostic choice for LM and usually shows focal nodular or diffuse linear enhancement on the leptomeninges along the sulci and tentorium in the brain. We experienced atypical 2 cases of lung cancer in patients who showed unusual brain MRI finding of symmetrical curvilinear or band-like, nonenhancing cytotoxic edema along the surface of the brain stem. This finding is unique and different from the general findings of leptomeningeal metastasis.This unique imaging finding of symmetric curvilinear nonenhancing cytotoxic edema along the brainstem is extremely rare and represents a new presentation of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. PMID:26200611

  9. Massive cerebral edema resulting in brain death as a complication of Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis.

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    Orsini, Jose; Blaak, Christa; Mahmoud, Dalia; Young-Gwang, Jeong

    2015-01-01

    Despite the widespread use of highly active antiretroviral therapy, cryptococcal meningoencephalitis has emerged as the second leading cause of infectious morbidity and mortality in HIV-infected patients worldwide. It presents usually as subacute or chronic disease but occasionally may be fulminant. Common clinical presentations included headache, fever, and depressed level of consciousness. The infection affects both the subarachnoid space and brain parenchyma, and is characterized by a paucity of inflammation and a large fungal burden in the cerebrospinal fluid at the time of diagnosis. Infection is usually lethal without treatment, thus the prompt diagnosis and therapy might improve the outcome. We report a case of brain death caused by Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis that was diagnosed based on clinical neurological examinations and supported by the absence of cerebral blood flow on brain angiography. PMID:25656669

  10. The molecular mechanism of aminoguanidine-mediated reduction on the brain edema after surgical brain injury in rats

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    Wei Hao; Xi-qiang Wu; Rong-tian Xu

    2009-01-01

    The study investigated the effect of aminoguanidine (AG) on inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), aquaporin-4 (AQP4), malondialdehyde (MDA) and glutathione (GSH) levels in surgical brain injury (SBI) in rats. AG (75, 150 and 300 mg\\/kg, i.p.) was administered immediately following surgical resection. Using an SBI model, the absence of iNOS protein in any brain tested (sham-operated group, SBI group and SBI+AG

  11. Time course of upregulation of inflammatory mediators in the hemorrhagic brain in rats: Correlation with brain edema

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    He Wu; Zhiyi Zhang; Ying Li; Ruibo Zhao; Heng Li; Yuejia Song; Jiping Qi; Jian Wang

    2010-01-01

    Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) can cause secondary brain damage through inflammation-related pathways. Thrombin and one of its receptors, protease activated receptor-1 (PAR-1); matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9; and aquaporin (AQP)-4 are stroke-related inflammatory mediators that have been implicated in ICH pathology. To further characterize the inflammatory response after ICH, we studied the temporal profile of the expression of these inflammatory mediators and assessed

  12. Differential Upregulation of Aquaporin4 mRNA Expression in Reactive Astrocytes after Brain Injury: Potential Role in Brain Edema

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    M. L. Vizuete; J. L. Venero; C. Vargas; A. A. Ilundáin; M. Echevarr??a; A. Machado; J. Cano

    1999-01-01

    Astrocytes and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) play a significant role in brain ion homeostasis. Consequently the regulation of AQP4 mRNA in the CNS after different neurological insults was of interest. A single intrastriatal injection of ringer or quinolinic acid strongly induced AQP4 mRNA in the striatum, specially at the core of the lesion. Colocalization studies demonstrated that AQP4 mRNA induction was restricted

  13. An aqueous extract of Ilex paraguariensis reduces carrageenan-induced edema and inhibits the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase in animal models of inflammation.

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    Schinella, Guillermo; Neyret, Elisa; Cónsole, Gloria; Tournier, Horacio; Prieto, José M; Ríos, José-Luis; Giner, Rosa María

    2014-08-01

    Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a highly popular herbal beverage in South America due to its high content of caffeine. Its hypolipidemic and antioxidant properties are of increasing interest in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders and for weight control. In the present study, we show for the first time both the local and systemic anti-inflammatory effects of an aqueous extract of mate in three classic in vivo models, namely acute and chronic 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-induced mouse ear edema and acute carrageenan-induced mouse paw edema. Caffeine, rutin, chlorogenic acid, 3,5-dicafeoyl quinic acid, and 4,5-dicafeoyl quinic acid, accompanied by a complex mixture of other simple phenolic acids, were identified in the extract by HPLC-UV analyses. In the acute edema model, mate extract applied topically (1?mg/ear) halved the 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-induced acute edema (50?%) and almost suppressed neutrophil infiltration (93?%), while in the 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-induced subchronic inflammation, the edema was significantly reduced by 62?% (1?mg/ear/day × seven doses). The oral administration of the mate extract (250?mg/kg) significantly reduced the carrageenan-induced edema at all time points, an effect which was accompanied by a 43?% and 53?% reduction of the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase, respectively. Histological analyses confirmed a reduction of epithelium thickness, dermis with mild inflammation, hair follicles with some secretory cells of sebaceous glands, and hypodermic adipocytes. In conclusion, mate is endowed with in vivo preventative or therapeutic anti-inflammatory effects in both local and systemic inflammatory processes. PMID:25089736

  14. Increased Toll-Like Receptor 4 in Cerebral Endothelial Cells Contributes to the Astrocyte Swelling and Brain Edema in Acute Hepatic Encephalopathy

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    Jayakumar, A.R.; Tong, X.Y.; Curtis, K.M.; Ruiz-Cordero, R.; Abreu, M.T.; Norenberg, M.D.

    2013-01-01

    Astrocyte swelling and the subsequent increase in intracranial pressure and brain herniation are major clinical consequences in patients with acute hepatic encephalopathy (AHE). We recently reported that conditioned media (CM) from brain endothelial cells (ECs) exposed to ammonia, a mixture of cytokines (CKs) or lipopolysaccharide (LPS), when added to astrocytes caused cell swelling. In the present study we investigated the possibility that ammonia and inflammatory agents activate the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in ECs, resulting in the release of factors that ultimately cause astrocyte swelling. We found a significant increase in TLR4 protein expression when ECs were exposed to ammonia, CKs or LPS alone, while exposure of ECs to a combination of these agents potentiated such effects. Additionally, astrocytes exposed to CM from TLR4-silenced ECs that were treated with ammonia, CKs or LPS, resulted in a significant reduction in astrocyte swelling. TLR4 protein upregulation was also detected in rat brain ECs after treatment with the liver toxin thioacetamide (TAA), and that TAA-treated TLR4 knock-out mice exhibited a reduction in brain edema. These studies strongly suggest that ECs significantly contribute to the astrocyte swelling/brain edema in AHE, likely as a consequence of increased TLR4 protein expression by blood-borne noxious agents. PMID:24261962

  15. Mild therapeutic hypothermia does not reduce thrombin-induced brain injury.

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    Wowk, Shannon; Ma, Yonglie; Colbourne, Frederick

    2014-12-01

    Secondary neurodegeneration occurs hours to days after an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Thrombin, a protease important in clotting, is one of the causes of this injury. Presently, we evaluated whether hypothermia mitigates thrombin-induced cerebral edema, cell death, and behavioral impairment. Rats were given a striatal infusion of thrombin, which models thrombin-mediated injury occurring after ICH, followed an hour later by whole-body cooling (33°C), local brain hypothermia (? 33°C), or normothermia. Thrombin caused significant edema at 24 hours (? 5% increase in water) that was not mitigated by whole-body or brain-selective cooling. Other rats were infused with thrombin and systemically cooled for 72 hours. At a 14-day survival they had similar walking impairments and brain tissue loss (? 45 mm(3)) as normothermic rats. However, cooled animals had significantly more degenerating neurons in the peri-lesion zone (p=0.035), which were rare in normothermic rats. Thus, it appears that some cell death was increased or delayed by hypothermia. In summary, we did not find that hypothermia reduced thrombin-induced neurotoxicity. This suggests that cooling does not effectively target thrombin-mediated secondary degeneration after ICH, which may partly explain why cooling is often not robustly neuroprotective in rodent ICH studies. These findings also indicate that therapeutic hypothermia could be improved by the addition of drugs to minimize thrombin toxicity. PMID:25144891

  16. Reduced hippocampal manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI) signal during pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus: edema or apoptosis?

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    Malheiros, Jackeline Moraes; Persike, Daniele Suzete; Castro, Leticia Urbano Cardoso de; Sanches, Talita Rojas Cunha; Andrade, Lúcia da Conceição; Tannús, Alberto; Covolan, Luciene

    2014-05-01

    Manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI) has been considered a surrogate marker of Ca(+2) influx into activated cells and tracer of neuronal active circuits. However, the induction of status epilepticus (SE) by kainic acid does not result in hippocampal MEMRI hypersignal, in spite of its high cell activity. Similarly, short durations of status (5 or 15min) induced by pilocarpine did not alter the hippocampal MEMRI, while 30 min of SE even reduced MEMRI signal Thus, this study was designed to investigate possible explanations for the absence or decrease of MEMRI signal after short periods of SE. We analyzed hippocampal caspase-3 activation (to evaluate apoptosis), T2 relaxometry (tissue water content) and aquaporin 4 expression (water-channel protein) of rats subjected to short periods of pilocarpine-induced SE. For the time periods studied here, apoptotic cell death did not contribute to the decrease of the hippocampal MEMRI signal. However, T2 relaxation was higher in the group of animals subjected to 30min of SE than in the other SE or control groups. This result is consistent with higher AQP-4 expression during the same time period. Based on apoptosis and tissue water content analysis, the low hippocampal MEMRI signal 30min after SE can potentially be attributed to local edema rather than to cell death. PMID:24630048

  17. Oxymatrine reduces neuroinflammation in rat brain

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    Mao, Jiahui; Hu, Yae; Zhou, Ailing; Zheng, Bing; Liu, Yi; Du, Yueming; Li, Jia; Lu, Jinyang; Zhou, Pengcheng

    2012-01-01

    Cerebral neuroinflammation models were established by injecting 10 ?g lipopolysaccharide into the hippocampus of male Sprague-Dawley rats. The rats were treated with an intraperitoneal injection of 120, 90, or 60 mg/kg oxymatrine daily for three days prior to the lipopolysaccharide injection. Twenty-four hours after model induction, the hippocampus was analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR, and the cerebral cortex was analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and western blot assay. The results of the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and the real-time quantitative PCR showed that the secretion and mRNA expression of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1? and tumor necrosis factor-? were significantly decreased in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of model rats treated with oxymatrine. Western blot assay and real-time quantitative PCR analysis indicated that toll-like receptor 4 mRNA and protein expression were significantly decreased in the groups receiving different doses of oxymatrine. Additionally, 120 and 90 mg/kg oxymatrine were shown to reduce protein levels of nuclear factor-?B p65 in the nucleus and of phosphorylated I?B? in the cytoplasm of brain cells, as detected by western blot assay. Experimental findings indicate that oxymatrine may inhibit neuroinflammation in rat brain via downregulating the expression of molecules in the toll-like receptor 4/nuclear factor-?B signaling pathway. PMID:25538757

  18. Measurement of edema in the nervous system. Use of Percoll density gradients for determination of specific gravity in cerebral cortex and white matter under normal conditions and in experimental cytotoxic brain edema.

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    Tengvar, C; Forssén, M; Hultström, D; Olsson, Y; Pertoft, H; Pettersson, A

    1982-01-01

    A method is presented by which density measurements can be performed on samples from cerebral cortex and white matter of normal and intoxicated animals using nontoxic ingredients as an alternative to the bromobenzene-kerosene technique described by Nelson et al. (1971). A continuous density gradient is prepared in a calibrated glass cylinder by using a new product, Percoll, which consists of colloidal silica particles coated with polyvinyl pyrrolidone. The gradient is stable and the same column can be used for repeated experiments over a long period of time. Interactions between the gradient media and the samples are evaluated and various methodological aspects concerning removal and handling of the tissue samples are presented. Experiments with acute triethyltin (TET) intoxication in the mouse and the hamster show that the Percoll technique can be used as an alternative to the bromobenzene-kerosene method in quantitative studies on cytotoxic brain edema. PMID:6289594

  19. RESEARCH Open Access Differential aquaporin 4 expression during edema

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    RESEARCH Open Access Differential aquaporin 4 expression during edema build-up and resolution1,2 Abstract Background: Vasogenic edema dynamically accumulates in many brain disorders associated with brain inflammation, with the critical step of edema exacerbation feared in patient care. Water entrance

  20. Hydrogen Sulfide Offers Neuroprotection on Traumatic Brain Injury in Parallel with Reduced Apoptosis and Autophagy in Mice

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    Wang, Tao; Dong, Wenwen; Chen, Xiping; Tao, Luyang

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a novel gaseous mediator, has been recognized as an important neuromodulator and neuroprotective agent in the central nervous system. The present study was undertaken to study the effects of exogenous H2S on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the underlying mechanisms. The effects of exogenous H2S on TBI were examined by using measurement of brain edema, behavior assessment, propidium iodide (PI) staining, and Western blotting, respectively. Compared to TBI groups, H2S pretreatment had reduced brain edema, improved motor performance and ameliorated performance in Morris water maze test after TBI. Immunoblotting results showed that H2S pretreatment reversed TBI-induced cleavage of caspase-3 and decline of Bcl-2, suppressed LC3-II, Beclin-1 and Vps34 activation and maintained p62 level in injured cortex and hippocampus post TBI. The results suggest a protective effect and therapeutic potential of H2S in the treatment of brain injury and the protective effect against TBI may be associated with regulating apoptosis and autophagy. PMID:24466346

  1. Aquaporin-4 knockdown ameliorates hypoxic-ischemic cerebral edema in newborn piglets.

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    Yang, Chao; Liu, Zhengjuan; Li, Hongjie; Zhai, Fangbing; Liu, Jing; Bian, Jie

    2015-03-01

    Emerging evidence indicates that the water channel protein aquaporin 4 (AQP4) plays an essential role in water homeostasis and is implicated in the pathogenesis of brain edema. This study aimed to understand the physiological role of AQP4 in hypoxia-ischemia-mediated cytotoxic brain edema. We specifically knocked down AQP4 expression by intracerebral injection of a plasmid containing AQP4 siRNA into a neonatal piglet model. The success of the hypoxia-ischemia-induced piglet model was confirmed by conventional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion-weighted imaging. AQP4 knockdown led to reduced brain edema accompanied by a higher apparent diffusion coefficient value, compared to the control group injected with a plasmid containing scrambled siRNA. Real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemical analysis confirmed that AQP4 siRNA significantly reduced AQP4 mRNA and protein expression. Finally, neurological function analysis revealed that AQP4 knockdown significantly improved neurobehavioral manifestation of the piglets after exposure to hypoxia-ischemia. Taken together, these results indicate that AQP4 plays an important role in mediating brain edema in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Therefore, AQP4 could be a therapeutic target to ameliorate early-stage brain edema. © 2015 IUBMB Life, 67(3):182-190, 2015. PMID:25857369

  2. Caveolin-1 Deletion Reduces Early Brain Injury after Experimental Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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    Chang, Che-Feng; Chen, Shu-Fen; Lee, Tzong-Shyuan; Lee, Hung-Fu; Chen, Szu-Fu; Shyue, Song-Kun

    2011-01-01

    Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a subtype of stroke with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) is the main structural protein of caveolae and is involved in regulating signal transduction and cholesterol trafficking in cells. Although a recent study suggests a protective role of Cav-1 in cerebral ischemia, its function in ICH remains unknown. In this study, we examined the role of Cav-1 and in a model of collagenase-induced ICH and in neuronal cultures. Our results indicate that Cav-1 was up-regulated in the perihematomal area predominantly in endothelial cells. Cav-1 knockout mice had smaller injury volumes, milder neurologic deficits, less brain edema, and neuronal death 1 day after ICH than wild-type mice. The protective mechanism in Cav-1 knockout mice was associated with marked reduction in leukocyte infiltration, decreased expression of inflammatory mediators, including macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-2 and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, and reduced matrix metalloproteinase-9 activity. Deletion of Cav-1 also suppressed heme oxygenase-1 expression and attenuated reactive oxygen species production after ICH. Moreover, deletion or knockdown of Cav-1 decreased neuronal vulnerability to hemin-induced toxicity and reduced heme oxygenase (HO)-1 induction in vitro. These data suggest that Cav-1 plays a deleterious role in early brain injury after ICH. Inhibition of Cav-1 may provide a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of hemorrhagic stroke. PMID:21435456

  3. Posttraumatic reduction of edema with aquaporin-4 RNA interference improves acute and chronic functional recovery.

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    Fukuda, Andrew M; Adami, Arash; Pop, Viorela; Bellone, John A; Coats, Jacqueline S; Hartman, Richard E; Ashwal, Stephen; Obenaus, Andre; Badaut, Jerome

    2013-10-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common in young children and adolescents and is associated with long-term disability and mortality. The neuropathologic sequelae that result from juvenile TBI are a complex cascade of events that include edema formation and brain swelling. Brain aquaporin-4 (AQP4) has a key role in edema formation. Thus, development of novel treatments targeting AQP4 to reduce edema could lessen the neuropathologic sequelae. We hypothesized that inhibiting AQP4 expression by injection of small-interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting AQP4 (siAQP4) after juvenile TBI would decrease edema formation, neuroinflammation, neuronal cell death, and improve neurologic outcomes. The siAQP4 or a RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC)-free control siRNA (siGLO) was injected lateral to the trauma site after controlled cortical impact in postnatal day 17 rats. Magnetic resonance imaging, neurologic testing, and immunohistochemistry were performed to assess outcomes. Pups treated with siAQP4 showed acute (3 days after injury) improvements in motor function and in spatial memory at long term (60 days after injury) compared with siGLO-treated animals. These improvements were associated with decreased edema formation, increased microglial activation, decreased blood-brain barrier disruption, reduced astrogliosis and neuronal cell death. The effectiveness of our treatment paradigm was associated with a 30% decrease in AQP4 expression at the injection site. PMID:23899928

  4. Posttraumatic reduction of edema with aquaporin-4 RNA interference improves acute and chronic functional recovery

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    Fukuda, Andrew M; Adami, Arash; Pop, Viorela; Bellone, John A; Coats, Jacqueline S; Hartman, Richard E; Ashwal, Stephen; Obenaus, Andre; Badaut, Jerome

    2013-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common in young children and adolescents and is associated with long-term disability and mortality. The neuropathologic sequelae that result from juvenile TBI are a complex cascade of events that include edema formation and brain swelling. Brain aquaporin-4 (AQP4) has a key role in edema formation. Thus, development of novel treatments targeting AQP4 to reduce edema could lessen the neuropathologic sequelae. We hypothesized that inhibiting AQP4 expression by injection of small-interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting AQP4 (siAQP4) after juvenile TBI would decrease edema formation, neuroinflammation, neuronal cell death, and improve neurologic outcomes. The siAQP4 or a RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC)-free control siRNA (siGLO) was injected lateral to the trauma site after controlled cortical impact in postnatal day 17 rats. Magnetic resonance imaging, neurologic testing, and immunohistochemistry were performed to assess outcomes. Pups treated with siAQP4 showed acute (3 days after injury) improvements in motor function and in spatial memory at long term (60 days after injury) compared with siGLO-treated animals. These improvements were associated with decreased edema formation, increased microglial activation, decreased blood–brain barrier disruption, reduced astrogliosis and neuronal cell death. The effectiveness of our treatment paradigm was associated with a 30% decrease in AQP4 expression at the injection site. PMID:23899928

  5. Chronic clozapine reduces rat brain arachidonic acid metabolism by reducing plasma arachidonic acid availability

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    Modi, Hiren R.; Taha, Ameer Y.; Kim, Hyung-Wook; Chang, Lisa; Rapoport, Stanley I.; Cheon, Yewon

    2012-01-01

    Chronic administration of mood stabilizers to rats downregulates the brain arachidonic acid (AA) cascade. This downregulation may explain their efficacy against bipolar disorder (BD), in which brain AA cascade markers are elevated. The atypical antipsychotics, olanzapine (OLZ) and clozapine (CLZ), also act against BD. When given to rats, both reduce brain cyclooxygenase activity and prostaglandin E2 concentration; OLZ also reduces rat plasma unesterified and esterified AA concentrations, and AA incorporation and turnover in brain phospholipid. To test whether CLZ produces similar changes, we used our in vivo fatty acid method in rats given 10 mg/kg/day i.p. CLZ, or vehicle, for 30 days; or 1 day after CLZ washout. [1-14C]AA was infused intravenously for 5 min, arterial plasma was collected and microwaved brain was analyzed. CLZ increased incorporation coefficients ki? and rates Jin,i of plasma unesterified AA into brain phospholipids i, while decreasing plasma unesterified but not esterified AA. These effects disappeared after washout. Thus, CLZ and OLZ similarly downregulated kinetics and cyclooxygenase expression of the brain AA cascade, likely by reducing plasma unesterified AA availability. Atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers may be therapeutic in BD by downregulating, indirectly or directly respectively, the elevated brain AA cascade of that disease. PMID:23121637

  6. [Uveitic macular edema].

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    Fardeau, C; Champion, E; Massamba, N; LeHoang, P

    2015-01-01

    Macular edema may complicate anterior, intermediate, and posterior uveitis, which may be due to various infectious, tumoral, or autoimmune etiologies. Breakdown of the internal or external blood-retinal barrier is involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory macular edema. Optical coherence tomography has become standard in confirming the diagnosis of macular thickening, due to its non-invasive, reproducible and sensitivity characteristics. Fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography allows for, in addition to study of the macula, screening for associated vasculitis, detection of ischemic areas, easy diagnosis of preretinal, prepaillary or choroidal neovascular complications, and it can provide etiological information and may be required to evaluate the therapeutic response. Treatment of inflammatory macular edema requires specific treatment in cases of infectious or tumoral etiologies. If it remains persistent, or occurs in other etiologies, anti-inflammatory treatments are needed. Steroid treatment, available in intravitreal, subconjunctival and sub-Tenon's routes, are widely used. Limitations of local use include induced cataract and glaucoma, and their short-lasting action. Such products may reveal retinal infection. Thus, bilateral chronic sight-threatening posterior uveitis often requires systemic treatment, and steroids represent the classic first-line therapy. In order to reduce the daily steroid dose, immunosuppressant or immunomodulatory drugs may be added. Certain of these compounds are now available intravitreally. PMID:25547721

  7. Could Cord Blood Cell Therapy Reduce Preterm Brain Injury?

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    Li, Jingang; McDonald, Courtney A.; Fahey, Michael C.; Jenkin, Graham; Miller, Suzanne L.

    2014-01-01

    Major advances in neonatal care have led to significant improvements in survival rates for preterm infants, but this occurs at a cost, with a strong causal link between preterm birth and neurological deficits, including cerebral palsy (CP). Indeed, in high-income countries, up to 50% of children with CP were born preterm. The pathways that link preterm birth and brain injury are complex and multifactorial, but it is clear that preterm birth is strongly associated with damage to the white matter of the developing brain. Nearly 90% of preterm infants who later develop spastic CP have evidence of periventricular white matter injury. There are currently no treatments targeted at protecting the immature preterm brain. Umbilical cord blood (UCB) contains a diverse mix of stem and progenitor cells, and is a particularly promising source of cells for clinical applications, due to ethical and practical advantages over other potential therapeutic cell types. Recent studies have documented the potential benefits of UCB cells in reducing brain injury, particularly in rodent models of term neonatal hypoxia–ischemia. These studies indicate that UCB cells act via anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulatory effects, and release neurotrophic growth factors to support the damaged and surrounding brain tissue. The etiology of brain injury in preterm-born infants is less well understood than in term infants, but likely results from episodes of hypoperfusion, hypoxia–ischemia, and/or inflammation over a developmental period of white matter vulnerability. This review will explore current knowledge about the neuroprotective actions of UCB cells and their potential to ameliorate preterm brain injury through neonatal cell administration. We will also discuss the characteristics of UCB-derived from preterm and term infants for use in clinical applications. PMID:25346720

  8. Hypertonic saline ameliorates cerebral edema through downregulation of aquaporin-4 expression in the astrocytes

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    H. K. Zeng; Q. S. Wang; Y. Y. Deng; M. Fang; C. B. Chen; Y. H. Fu; W. Q. Jiang; X. Jiang

    2010-01-01

    Osmotherapy with 10% hypertonic saline (HS) alleviates cerebral edema through osmotic force. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) has been reported to be implicated in the pathogenesis of cerebral edema resulting from a variety of brain injury. This study aimed to determine if 10% hypertonic saline ameliorates cerebral edema through downregulation of AQP4 expression in the perivascular astrocytes in the ischemic cerebral edema. Adult

  9. Irradiation of rat brain reduces P-glycoprotein expression and function

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    J. Bart; W. B. Nagengast; R. P. Coppes; T. D. Wegman; H J M Groen; W. Vaalburg; E. G. F. de Vries; N. H. Hendrikse; EGE de Vries

    2007-01-01

    The blood–brain barrier (BBB) hampers delivery of several drugs including chemotherapeutics to the brain. The drug efflux pump P-glycoprotein (P-gp), expressed on brain capillary endothelial cells, is part of the BBB. P-gp expression on capillary endothelium decreases 5 days after brain irradiation, which may reduce P-gp function and increase brain levels of P-gp substrates. To elucidate whether radiation therapy reduces

  10. Traumatic Brain Injury Reduces Soluble Extracellular Amyloid-? in Mice: A Methodologically Novel Combined Microdialysis- Controlled Cortical Impact Study

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    Schwetye, Katherine E.; Cirrito, John R.; Esparza, Thomas J.; Mac Donald, Christine L.; Holtzman, David M.; Brody, David L.

    2010-01-01

    Acute amyloid-? peptide (A?) deposition has been observed in young traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, leading to the hypothesis that elevated extracellular A? levels could underlie the increased risk of dementia following TBI. However, a recent microdialysis-based study in human brain injury patients found that extracellular A? dynamics correlate with changes in neurological status. Because neurological status is generally diminished following injury, this correlation suggested the alternative hypothesis that soluble extracellular A? levels may instead be reduced after TBI relative to baseline. We have developed a methodologically novel mouse model that combines experimental controlled cortical impact TBI with intracerebral microdialysis. In this model, we found that A? levels in microdialysates were immediately decreased by 25–50% in the ipsilateral hippocampus following TBI. This result was found in PDAPP, Tg2576, and Tg2576-ApoE2 transgenic mice producing human A? plus wild-type animals. Changes were not due to altered probe function, edema, changes in APP levels, or A? deposition. Similar decreases in A? were observed in phosphate buffered saline-soluble tissue extracts. Hippocampal electroencephalographic activity was also decreased up to 40% following TBI, and correlated with reduced microdialysate A? levels. These results support the alternative hypothesis that post-injury extracellular soluble A? levels are acutely decreased relative to baseline. Reduced neuronal activity may contribute, though the underlying mechanisms have not been definitively determined. Further work will be needed to assess the dynamics of insoluble and oligomeric A? after TBI. PMID:20682338

  11. Mechanisms of astrocyte-mediated cerebral edema.

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    Stokum, Jesse A; Kurland, David B; Gerzanich, Volodymyr; Simard, J Marc

    2015-02-01

    Cerebral edema formation stems from disruption of blood brain barrier (BBB) integrity and occurs after injury to the CNS. Due to the restrictive skull, relatively small increases in brain volume can translate into impaired tissue perfusion and brain herniation. In excess, cerebral edema can be gravely harmful. Astrocytes are key participants in cerebral edema by virtue of their relationship with the cerebral vasculature, their unique compliment of solute and water transport proteins, and their general role in brain volume homeostasis. Following the discovery of aquaporins, passive conduits of water flow, aquaporin 4 (AQP4) was identified as the predominant astrocyte water channel. Normally, AQP4 is highly enriched at perivascular endfeet, the outermost layer of the BBB, whereas after injury, AQP4 expression disseminates to the entire astrocytic plasmalemma, a phenomenon termed dysregulation. Arguably, the most important role of AQP4 is to rapidly neutralize osmotic gradients generated by ionic transporters. In pathological conditions, AQP4 is believed to be intimately involved in the formation and clearance of cerebral edema. In this review, we discuss aquaporin function and localization in the BBB during health and injury, and we examine post-injury ionic events that modulate AQP4-dependent edema formation. PMID:24996934

  12. The effects of methylprednisolone on prevention of brain edema after experimental moderate diffuse brain injury in rats--comparison between dosage, injection time, and treatment methods.

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    Park, C O

    1998-10-01

    Our study was designed to determine whether methylprednisolone exerts a beneficial effect after experimental moderate diffuse brain injury and whether this possible beneficial effect is affected by the dosage, the timing of administration, and the methods of treatment. A total of 200 anesthetized adult rats were injured utilizing a weight-drop device through a Plexiglas guide tube. These rats were divided into eight groups: Group 1 (n = 35) was assigned to receive no methylprednisolone after impact (control group), Group 2 (n = 25) received an initial intraperitoneal administration of methylprednisolone with a dose of 5 mg/kg at 1 hour after cranial impact, followed by administration with a maintenance dose of 5 mg/kg/4 hours. Group 3 (n = 25), group 5 (n = 25), and group 7 (n = 20) received an initial 30 mg/kg at 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours, respectively without a maintenance dose. Group 4 (n = 25), group 6 (n = 25), and group 8 (n = 20) received an initial 30 mg/kg at 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours after impact, with a maintenance dose of 15 mg/kg/4 hours. Measured water content of brain tissue expressed the amount of water as the difference between fresh and dry weight. At 48 hours after impact, the water content in group 4 and 6 were significantly lower than group 1. Mean +/- SD was 61.4 +/- 0.37% in group 4 (p < 0.03), 61.5 +/- 0.34% in group 6 (p < 0.001), and 63.6 +/- 0.48% in group 1. Compared to group 1, the difference was not statistically significant in group 2 (p > 0.1), group 3 (p > 0.5), group 5 (p > 0.6), group 7 (p > 0.1), and group 8 (p > 0.5). Groups treated with mega dose before 4 hours after head injury, including maintenance dose, showed beneficial effects. Our study suggests that the efficacy of methylprednisolone in head injury was related to the dosage, the timing of administration, and method of treatment. PMID:9821787

  13. Reduced predictable information in brain signals in autism spectrum disorder.

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    Gómez, Carlos; Lizier, Joseph T; Schaum, Michael; Wollstadt, Patricia; Grützner, Christine; Uhlhaas, Peter; Freitag, Christine M; Schlitt, Sabine; Bölte, Sven; Hornero, Roberto; Wibral, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common developmental disorder characterized by communication difficulties and impaired social interaction. Recent results suggest altered brain dynamics as a potential cause of symptoms in ASD. Here, we aim to describe potential information-processing consequences of these alterations by measuring active information storage (AIS)-a key quantity in the theory of distributed computation in biological networks. AIS is defined as the mutual information between the past state of a process and its next measurement. It measures the amount of stored information that is used for computation of the next time step of a process. AIS is high for rich but predictable dynamics. We recorded magnetoencephalography (MEG) signals in 10 ASD patients and 14 matched control subjects in a visual task. After a beamformer source analysis, 12 task-relevant sources were obtained. For these sources, stationary baseline activity was analyzed using AIS. Our results showed a decrease of AIS values in the hippocampus of ASD patients in comparison with controls, meaning that brain signals in ASD were either less predictable, reduced in their dynamic richness or both. Our study suggests the usefulness of AIS to detect an abnormal type of dynamics in ASD. The observed changes in AIS are compatible with Bayesian theories of reduced use or precision of priors in ASD. PMID:24592235

  14. Reduced predictable information in brain signals in autism spectrum disorder

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    Gómez, Carlos; Lizier, Joseph T.; Schaum, Michael; Wollstadt, Patricia; Grützner, Christine; Uhlhaas, Peter; Freitag, Christine M.; Schlitt, Sabine; Bölte, Sven; Hornero, Roberto; Wibral, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common developmental disorder characterized by communication difficulties and impaired social interaction. Recent results suggest altered brain dynamics as a potential cause of symptoms in ASD. Here, we aim to describe potential information-processing consequences of these alterations by measuring active information storage (AIS)—a key quantity in the theory of distributed computation in biological networks. AIS is defined as the mutual information between the past state of a process and its next measurement. It measures the amount of stored information that is used for computation of the next time step of a process. AIS is high for rich but predictable dynamics. We recorded magnetoencephalography (MEG) signals in 10 ASD patients and 14 matched control subjects in a visual task. After a beamformer source analysis, 12 task-relevant sources were obtained. For these sources, stationary baseline activity was analyzed using AIS. Our results showed a decrease of AIS values in the hippocampus of ASD patients in comparison with controls, meaning that brain signals in ASD were either less predictable, reduced in their dynamic richness or both. Our study suggests the usefulness of AIS to detect an abnormal type of dynamics in ASD. The observed changes in AIS are compatible with Bayesian theories of reduced use or precision of priors in ASD. PMID:24592235

  15. Reduced Regional Brain Cortical Thickness in Patients with Heart Failure

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Yadav, Santosh K.; Palomares, Jose A.; Park, Bumhee; Joshi, Shantanu H.; Ogren, Jennifer A.; Macey, Paul M.; Fonarow, Gregg C.; Harper, Ronald M.; Woo, Mary A.

    2015-01-01

    Aims Autonomic, cognitive, and neuropsychologic deficits appear in heart failure (HF) subjects, and these compromised functions depend on cerebral cortex integrity in addition to that of subcortical and brainstem sites. Impaired autoregulation, low cardiac output, sleep-disordered-breathing, hypertension, and diabetic conditions in HF offer considerable potential to affect cortical areas by loss of neurons and glia, which would be expressed as reduced cortical thicknesses. However, except for gross descriptions of cortical volume loss/injury, regional cortical thickness integrity in HF is unknown. Our goal was to assess regional cortical thicknesses across the brain in HF, compared to control subjects. Methods and Results We examined localized cortical thicknesses in 35 HF and 61 control subjects with high-resolution T1-weighted images (3.0-Tesla MRI) using FreeSurfer software, and assessed group differences with analysis-of-covariance (covariates; age, gender; p<0.05; FDR). Significantly-reduced cortical thicknesses appeared in HF over controls in multiple areas, including the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes, more markedly on the left side, within areas that control autonomic, cognitive, affective, language, and visual functions. Conclusion Heart failure subjects show reduced regional cortical thicknesses in sites that control autonomic, cognitive, affective, language, and visual functions that are deficient in the condition. The findings suggest chronic tissue alterations, with regional changes reflecting loss of neurons and glia, and presumably are related to earlier-described axonal changes. The pathological mechanisms contributing to reduced cortical thicknesses likely include hypoxia/ischemia, accompanying impaired cerebral perfusion from reduced cardiac output and sleep-disordered-breathing and other comorbidities in HF. PMID:25962164

  16. Pathophysiology of Macular Edema

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    Stefan Scholl; Janna Kirchhof; Albert J. Augustin

    2010-01-01

    Macular edema is defined as an accumulation of fluid in the outer plexiform layer and the inner nuclear layer as well as a swelling of Müller cells of the retina. It consists of a localized expansion of the retinal extracellular space (sometimes associated with the intracellular space) in the macular area. Macular edema is a common cause of a sudden

  17. Melatonin lowers edema after spinal cord injury

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    Li, Cheng; Chen, Xiao; Qiao, Suchi; Liu, Xinwei; Liu, Chang; Zhu, Degang; Su, Jiacan; Wang, Zhiwei

    2014-01-01

    Melatonin has been shown to diminish edema in rats. Melatonin can be used to treat spinal cord injury. This study presumed that melatonin could relieve spinal cord edema and examined how it might act. Our experiments found that melatonin (100 mg/kg, i.p.) could reduce the water content of the spinal cord, and suppress the expression of aquaporin-4 and glial fibrillary acidic protein after spinal cord injury. This suggests that the mechanism by which melatonin alleviates the damage to the spinal cord by edema might be related to the expression of aquaporin-4 and glial fibrillary acidic protein. PMID:25657743

  18. Selective brain cooling reduces water turnover in dehydrated sheep.

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    Strauss, W Maartin; Hetem, Robyn S; Mitchell, Duncan; Maloney, Shane K; Meyer, Leith C R; Fuller, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    In artiodactyls, arterial blood destined for the brain can be cooled through counter-current heat exchange within the cavernous sinus via a process called selective brain cooling. We test the hypothesis that selective brain cooling, which results in lowered hypothalamic temperature, contributes to water conservation in sheep. Nine Dorper sheep, instrumented to provide measurements of carotid blood and brain temperature, were dosed with deuterium oxide (D2O), exposed to heat for 8 days (40 ?C for 6-h per day) and deprived of water for the last five days (days 3 to 8). Plasma osmolality increased and the body water fraction decreased over the five days of water deprivation, with the sheep losing 16.7% of their body mass. Following water deprivation, both the mean 24h carotid blood temperature and the mean 24h brain temperature increased, but carotid blood temperature increased more than did brain temperature resulting in increased selective brain cooling. There was considerable inter-individual variation in the degree to which individual sheep used selective brain cooling. In general, sheep spent more time using selective brain cooling, and it was of greater magnitude, when dehydrated compared to when they were euhydrated. We found a significant positive correlation between selective brain cooling magnitude and osmolality (an index of hydration state). Both the magnitude of selective brain cooling and the proportion of time that sheep spent selective brain cooling were negatively correlated with water turnover. Sheep that used selective brain cooling more frequently, and with greater magnitude, lost less water than did conspecifics using selective brain cooling less efficiently. Our results show that a 50 kg sheep can save 2.6L of water per day (~60% of daily water intake) when it employs selective brain cooling for 50% of the day during heat exposure. We conclude that selective brain cooling has a water conservation function in artiodactyls. PMID:25675092

  19. Selective Brain Cooling Reduces Water Turnover in Dehydrated Sheep

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    Strauss, W. Maartin; Hetem, Robyn S.; Mitchell, Duncan; Maloney, Shane K.; Meyer, Leith C. R.; Fuller, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    In artiodactyls, arterial blood destined for the brain can be cooled through counter-current heat exchange within the cavernous sinus via a process called selective brain cooling. We test the hypothesis that selective brain cooling, which results in lowered hypothalamic temperature, contributes to water conservation in sheep. Nine Dorper sheep, instrumented to provide measurements of carotid blood and brain temperature, were dosed with deuterium oxide (D2O), exposed to heat for 8 days (40?C for 6-h per day) and deprived of water for the last five days (days 3 to 8). Plasma osmolality increased and the body water fraction decreased over the five days of water deprivation, with the sheep losing 16.7% of their body mass. Following water deprivation, both the mean 24h carotid blood temperature and the mean 24h brain temperature increased, but carotid blood temperature increased more than did brain temperature resulting in increased selective brain cooling. There was considerable inter-individual variation in the degree to which individual sheep used selective brain cooling. In general, sheep spent more time using selective brain cooling, and it was of greater magnitude, when dehydrated compared to when they were euhydrated. We found a significant positive correlation between selective brain cooling magnitude and osmolality (an index of hydration state). Both the magnitude of selective brain cooling and the proportion of time that sheep spent selective brain cooling were negatively correlated with water turnover. Sheep that used selective brain cooling more frequently, and with greater magnitude, lost less water than did conspecifics using selective brain cooling less efficiently. Our results show that a 50kg sheep can save 2.6L of water per day (~60% of daily water intake) when it employs selective brain cooling for 50% of the day during heat exposure. We conclude that selective brain cooling has a water conservation function in artiodactyls. PMID:25675092

  20. Intravenous anesthetic propofol suppresses prostaglandin E2 and cysteinyl leukotriene production and reduces edema formation in arachidonic acid-induced ear inflammation.

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    Inada, Takefumi; Hirota, Kiichi; Shingu, Koh

    2015-07-01

    Propofol is an intravenous drug widely used for anesthesia and sedation. Previously, propofol was shown to inhibit cyclo-oxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) activities. Because these enzyme-inhibiting effects have only been demonstrated in vitro, this study sought to ascertain whether similar effects might also be observed in vivo. In the current studies, effects of propofol were tested in a murine model of arachidonic acid-induced ear inflammation. Specifically, propofol - as a pre-treatment -- was intraperitoneally and then topical application of arachidonic acid was performed. After 1?h, tissue biopsies were collected and tested for the presence of edema and for levels of inflammatory mediators. The results indicated that the administration of propofol significantly suppressed ear edema formation, tissue myeloperoxidase activity, and tissue production of both prostaglandin E2 and cysteinyl leukotrienes. From the data, it can be concluded that propofol could exert anti-COX and anti-5-LOX activities in an in vivo model and that these activities in turn could have, at least in part, suppressed arachidonic acid-induced edema formation in the ear. PMID:25046027

  1. Changes in brain morphology in albinism reflect reduced visual acuity.

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    Bridge, Holly; von dem Hagen, Elisabeth A H; Davies, George; Chambers, Claire; Gouws, Andre; Hoffmann, Michael; Morland, Antony B

    2014-07-01

    Albinism, in humans and many animal species, has a major impact on the visual system, leading to reduced acuity, lack of binocular function and nystagmus. In addition to the lack of a foveal pit, there is a disruption to the routing of the nerve fibers crossing at the optic chiasm, resulting in excessive crossing of fibers to the contralateral hemisphere. However, very little is known about the effect of this misrouting on the structure of the post-chiasmatic visual pathway, and the occipital lobes in particular. Whole-brain analyses of cortical thickness in a large cohort of subjects with albinism showed an increase in cortical thickness, relative to control subjects, particularly in posterior V1, corresponding to the foveal representation. Furthermore, mean cortical thickness across entire V1 was significantly greater in these subjects compared to controls and negatively correlated with visual acuity in albinism. Additionally, the group with albinism showed decreased gyrification in the left ventral occipital lobe. While the increase in cortical thickness in V1, also found in congenitally blind subjects, has been interpreted to reflect a lack of pruning, the decreased gyrification in the ventral extrastriate cortex may reflect the reduced input to the foveal regions of the ventral visual stream. PMID:23039995

  2. Role of vasopressin and its antagonism in stroke related edema.

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    Ameli, Pouya A; Ameli, Neema J; Gubernick, David M; Ansari, Saeed; Mohan, Shekher; Satriotomo, Irawan; Buckley, Alexis K; Maxwell, Christopher W; Nayak, Vignesh H; Shushrutha Hedna, Vishnumurthy

    2014-09-01

    Although many approaches have been tried in the attempt to reduce the devastating impact of stroke, tissue plasminogen activator for thromboembolic stroke is the only proved, effective acute stroke treatment to date. Vasopressin, an acute-phase reactant, is released after brain injury and is partially responsible for the subsequent inflammatory response via activation of divergent pathways. Recently there has been increasing interest in vasopressin because it is implicated in inflammation, cerebral edema, increased intracerebral pressure, and cerebral ion and neurotransmitter dysfunctions after cerebral ischemia. Additionally, copeptin, a byproduct of vasopressin production, may serve as a promising independent marker of tissue damage and prognosis after stroke, thereby corroborating the role of vasopressin in acute brain injury. Thus, vasopressin antagonists have a potential role in early stroke intervention, an effect thought to be mediated via interactions with aquaporin receptors, specifically aquaporin-4. Despite some ambiguity, vasopressin V1a receptor antagonism has been consistently associated with attenuated secondary brain injury and edema in experimental stroke models. The role of the vasopressin V2 receptor remains unclear, but perhaps it is involved in a positive feedback loop for vasopressin expression. Despite the encouraging initial findings we report here, future research is required to characterize further the utility of vasopressin antagonists in treatment of stroke. PMID:24823792

  3. Substance P Mediates Reduced Pneumonia Rates After Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Yang, Sung; Stepien, David; Hanseman, Dennis; Robinson, Bryce; Goodman, Michael D.; Pritts, Timothy A.; Caldwell, Charles C.; Remick, Daniel G.; Lentsch, Alex B.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Traumatic brain injury results in significant morbidity and mortality and is associated with infectious complications, particularly pneumonia. However, whether traumatic brain injury directly impacts the host response to pneumonia is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the nature of the relationship between traumatic brain injury and the prevalence of pneumonia in trauma patients and investigate the mechanism of this relationship using a murine model of traumatic brain injury with pneumonia. Design Data from the National Trauma Data Bank and a murine model of traumatic brain injury with postinjury pneumonia. Setting Academic medical centers in Cincinnati, OH, and Boston, MA. Patients/Subjects Trauma patients in the National Trauma Data Bank with a hospital length of stay greater than 2 days, age of at least 18 years at admission, and a blunt mechanism of injury. Subjects were female ICR mice 8–10 weeks old. Interventions Administration of a substance P receptor antagonist in mice. Measurements and Main Results Pneumonia rates were measured in trauma patients before and after risk adjustment using propensity scoring. In addition, survival and pulmonary inflammation were measured in mice undergoing traumatic brain injury with or without pneumonia. After risk adjustment, we found that traumatic brain injury patients had significantly lower rates of pneumonia compared to blunt trauma patients without traumatic brain injury. A murine model of traumatic brain injury reproduced these clinical findings with mice subjected to traumatic brain injury demonstrating increased bacterial clearance and survival after induction of pneumonia. To determine the mechanisms responsible for this improvement, the substance P receptor was blocked in mice after traumatic brain injury. This treatment abrogated the traumatic brain injury–associated increases in bacterial clearance and survival. Conclusions The data demonstrate that patients with traumatic brain injury have lower rates of pneumonia compared to non–head-injured trauma patients and suggest that the mechanism of this effect occurs through traumatic brain injury–induced release of substance P, which improves innate immunity to decrease pneumonia. PMID:25014065

  4. The role of Aquaporine-4 in Cerebral Edema

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    Romeiro RR; Romano-Silva MA

    SUMMARY The brain edema constitutes an important challenge to Medicine because of its effects in mortality and morbidity of millions of patients worldwide. The last decade brought new data about whereby water passes through different brain membranes. It's been demonstrated that several protein-forming channels are involved in the redistribution of water by brain tissue. These proteins, named aquaporins, described in

  5. The use of Hypertonic Saline in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Cerebral Edema: A Review

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    Jeffrey E. Catrambone; Wenzhuan He; Charles J. Prestigiacomo; Tracy K. McIntosh; Peter W. Carmel; Allen Maniker

    2008-01-01

    Effective methods for treating cerebral edema have recently become a matter of both extensive research and significant debate within the neurosurgery and trauma surgery communities. The pathophysiologic progression and outcome of different forms of cerebral edema associated with traumatic brain injury have yet to be fully elucidated. There are heterogeneous factors influencing the onset and progress of post-traumatic cerebral edema,

  6. J Neurotrauma . Author manuscript Perfusional deficit and the dynamics of cerebral edemas in experimental

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    J Neurotrauma . Author manuscript Page /1 9 Perfusional deficit and the dynamics of cerebral edemas was to characterize edema dynamics, cerebral blood volume and flow alterations in an experimental model of brain there was no evidence of oedma formation. After the initial cytotoxic edema, a clear evolution toward extracellular

  7. Chronic oral or intraarticular administration of docosahexaenoic acid reduces nociception and knee edema and improves functional outcomes in a mouse model of Complete Freund’s Adjuvant–induced knee arthritis

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction Clinical and preclinical studies have shown that supplementation with ?-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (?-3 PUFAs) reduce joint destruction and inflammation present in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the effects of individual ?-3 PUFAs on chronic arthritic pain have not been evaluated to date. Thus, our aim in this study was to examine whether purified docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, an ?-3 PUFA) reduces spontaneous pain-related behavior and knee edema and improves functional outcomes in a mouse model of knee arthritis. Methods Unilateral arthritis was induced by multiple injections of Complete Freund’s Adjuvant (CFA) into the right knee joints of male ICR adult mice. Mice that received CFA injections were then chronically treated from day 15 until day 25 post–initial CFA injection with oral DHA (10, 30 and 100 mg/kg daily) or intraarticular DHA (25 and 50 ?g/joint twice weekly). Spontaneous flinching of the injected extremity (considered as spontaneous pain-related behavior), vertical rearing and horizontal exploratory activity (considered as functional outcomes) and knee edema were assessed. To determine whether an endogenous opioid mechanism was involved in the therapeutic effect of DHA, naloxone (NLX, an opioid receptor antagonist, 3 mg/kg subcutaneously) was administered in arthritic mice chronically treated with DHA (30 mg/kg by mouth) at day 25 post–CFA injection. Results The intraarticular CFA injections resulted in increasing spontaneous flinching and knee edema of the ipsilateral extremity as well as worsening functional outcomes as time progressed. Chronic administration of DHA, given either orally or intraarticularly, significantly improved horizontal exploratory activity and reduced flinching behavior and knee edema in a dose-dependent manner. Administration of NLX did not reverse the antinociceptive effect of DHA. Conclusions To the best of our knowledge, this report is the first to demonstrate DHA’s antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects as individual ?-3 PUFAs following sustained systemic and intraarticular administration in a mouse model of CFA-induced knee arthritis. The results suggest that DHA treatment may offer a new therapeutic approach to alleviate inflammation as well as a beneficial effect on pain-related functional disabilities in RA patients. PMID:24612981

  8. Cystoid macular edema

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    Rotsos, Tryfon G; Moschos, Marilita M

    2008-01-01

    We review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and etiology of cystoid macular edema (CME). Inflammatory, diabetic, post-cataract, and macular edema due to age-related macular degeneration is described. The role of chronic inflammation and hypoxia and direct macular traction is evaluated in each case according to different views from the literature. The different diagnostic methods for evaluating the edema are described. Special attention is given to fluoroangiography and the most modern methods of macula examination, such as ocular coherence tomography and multifocal electroretinography. Finally, we discuss the treatment of cystoid macular edema in relation to its etiology. In this chapter we briefly refer to the therapeutic value of laser treatment especially in diabetic maculopathy or vitrectomy in some selected cases. Our paper is focused mainly on recent therapeutic treatment with intravitreal injection of triamcinolone acetonide and anti-VEGF factors like bevacizumab (Avastin), ranibizumab (Lucentis), pegaptamid (Macugen), and others. The goal of this paper is to review the current status of this treatment for macular edema due to diabetic maculopathy, central retinal vein occlusion and post-cataract surgery. For this reason the results of recent multicenter clinical trials are quoted, as also our experience on the use of intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF factors and we discuss its value in clinical practice. PMID:19668445

  9. Targeting blood-brain barrier sphingolipid signaling reduces basal P-glycoprotein activity and improves drug delivery to the brain.

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    Cannon, Ronald E; Peart, John C; Hawkins, Brian T; Campos, Christopher R; Miller, David S

    2012-09-25

    P-glycoprotein, an ATP-driven drug efflux pump, is a major obstacle to the delivery of small-molecule drugs across the blood-brain barrier and into the CNS. Here we test a unique signaling-based strategy to overcome this obstacle. We used a confocal microscopy-based assay with isolated rat brain capillaries to map a signaling pathway that within minutes abolishes P-glycoprotein transport activity without altering transporter protein expression or tight junction permeability. This pathway encompasses elements of proinflammatory- (TNF-?) and sphingolipid-based signaling. Critical to this pathway was signaling through sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1PR1). In brain capillaries, S1P acted through S1PR1 to rapidly and reversibly reduce P-glycoprotein transport activity. Sphingosine reduced transport by a sphingosine kinase-dependent mechanism. Importantly, fingolimod (FTY720), a S1P analog recently approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis, also rapidly reduced P-glycoprotein activity; similar effects were found with the active, phosphorylated metabolite (FTY720P). We validated these findings in vivo using in situ brain perfusion in rats. Administration of S1P, FTY720, or FTY729P increased brain uptake of three radiolabeled P-glycoprotein substrates, (3)H-verapamil (threefold increase), (3)H-loperamide (fivefold increase), and (3)H-paclitaxel (fivefold increase); blocking S1PR1 abolished this effect. Tight junctional permeability, measured as brain (14)C-sucrose accumulation, was not altered. Therefore, targeting signaling through S1PR1 at the blood-brain barrier with the sphingolipid-based drugs, FTY720 or FTY720P, can rapidly and reversibly reduce basal P-glycoprotein activity and thus improve delivery of small-molecule therapeutics to the brain. PMID:22949658

  10. High-altitude pulmonary edema.

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    Swenson, Erik R; Bärtsch, Peter

    2012-10-01

    High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), a not uncommon form of acute altitude illness, can occur within days of ascent above 2500 to 3000 m. Although life-threatening, it is avoidable by slow ascent to permit acclimatization or with drug prophylaxis. The critical pathophysiology is an excessive rise in pulmonary vascular resistance or hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) leading to increased microvascular pressures. The resultant hydrostatic stress causes dynamic changes in the permeability of the alveolar capillary barrier and mechanical injurious damage leading to leakage of large proteins and erythrocytes into the alveolar space in the absence of inflammation. Bronchoalveolar lavage and hemodynamic pressure measurements in humans confirm that elevated capillary pressure induces a high-permeability noninflammatory lung edema. Reduced nitric oxide availability and increased endothelin in hypoxia are the major determinants of excessive HPV in HAPE-susceptible individuals. Other hypoxia-dependent differences in ventilatory control, sympathetic nervous system activation, endothelial function, and alveolar epithelial active fluid reabsorption likely contribute additionally to HAPE susceptibility. Recent studies strongly suggest nonuniform regional hypoxic arteriolar vasoconstriction as an explanation for how HPV occurring predominantly at the arteriolar level causes leakage. In areas of high blood flow due to lesser HPV, edema develops due to pressures that exceed the dynamic and structural capacity of the alveolar capillary barrier to maintain normal fluid balance. This article will review the pathophysiology of the vasculature, alveolar epithelium, innervation, immune response, and genetics of the lung at high altitude, as well as therapeutic and prophylactic strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality of HAPE. PMID:23720264

  11. Ethanol, not metabolized in brain, significantly reduces brain metabolism, probably via specific GABA(A) receptors

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    Rae, Caroline D.; Davidson, Joanne E.; Maher, Anthony D.; Rowlands, Benjamin D.; Kashem, Mohammed A.; Nasrallah, Fatima A.; Rallapalli, Sundari K.; Cook, James M; Balcar, Vladimir J.

    2014-01-01

    Ethanol is a known neuromodulatory agent with reported actions at a range of neurotransmitter receptors. Here, we used an indirect approach, measuring the effect of alcohol on metabolism of [3-13C]pyruvate in the adult Guinea pig brain cortical tissue slice and comparing the outcomes to those from a library of ligands active in the GABAergic system as well as studying the metabolic fate of [1,2-13C]ethanol. Ethanol (10, 30 and 60 mM) significantly reduced metabolic flux into all measured isotopomers and reduced all metabolic pool sizes. The metabolic profiles of these three concentrations of ethanol were similar and clustered with that of the ?4?3? positive allosteric modulator DS2 (4-Chloro-N-[2-(2-thienyl)imidazo[1,2a]-pyridin-3-yl]benzamide). Ethanol at a very low concentration (0.1 mM) produced a metabolic profile which clustered with those from inhibitors of GABA uptake, and ligands showing affinity for ?5, and to a lesser extent, ?1-containing GABA(A)R. There was no measureable metabolism of [1,2-13C]ethanol with no significant incorporation of 13C from [1,2-13C]ethanol into any measured metabolite above natural abundance, although there were measurable effects on total metabolite sizes similar to those seen with unlabeled ethanol. The reduction in metabolism seen in the presence of ethanol is therefore likely to be due to its actions at neurotransmitter receptors, particularly ?4?3? receptors, and not because ethanol is substituting as a substrate or because of the effects of ethanol catabolites acetaldehyde or acetate. We suggest that the stimulatory effects of very low concentrations of ethanol are due to release of GABA via GAT1 and the subsequent interaction of this GABA with local ?5-containing, and to a lesser extent, ?1-containing GABA(A)R. PMID:24313287

  12. Characterization and quantification of cerebral edema induced by synchrotron x-ray microbeam radiation therapy

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    Raphaël Serduc; Yohan van de Looij; Gilles Francony; Olivier Verdonck; Boudewijn van der Sanden; Jean Laissue; Régine Farion; Elke Bräuer-Krisch; Erik Albert Siegbahn; Alberto Bravin; Yolanda Prezado; Christoph Segebarth; Chantal Rémy; Hana Lahrech

    2008-01-01

    Cerebral edema is one of the main acute complications arising after irradiation of brain tumors. Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT), an innovative experimental radiotherapy technique using spatially fractionated synchrotron x-rays, has been shown to spare radiosensitive tissues such as mammal brains. The aim of this study was to determine if cerebral edema occurs after MRT using diffusion-weighted MRI and microgravimetry. Prone

  13. The influence of benzamil hydrochloride on the evolution of hyponatremic brain edema as assessed by in vivo MRI study in rats

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    Roy Steier; Mihály Aradi; József Pál; Péter Bukovics; Gábor Perlaki; Gergely Orsi; József Janszky; Attila Schwarcz; Endre Sulyok; Tamás Dóczi

    Objective  The present study was undertaken to reveal the influence of intracerebroventricular (ICV) benzamil on the dynamics of brain\\u000a water accumulation in hyponatremic rats. Parameters of brain water homeostasis were continuously monitored, using in vivo\\u000a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods. The results were compared with those obtained in a previous study by tissue desiccation.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  A 3-T MRI instrument was applied to

  14. Memantine Hydrochloride and Whole-Brain Radiotherapy With or Without Hippocampal Avoidance in Reducing Neurocognitive Decline in Patients With Brain Metastases | Division of Cancer Prevention

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    This randomized phase III trial compares memantine hydrochloride and whole-brain radiotherapy with or without hippocampal avoidance in reducing neurocognitive decline in patients with cancer that has spread to the brain. Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is the most common treatment for brain metastasis. Unfortunately, the majority of patients with brain metastases experience cognitive deterioration after WBRT. Memantine hydrochloride may enhance cognitive function by binding to and inhibiting channels of receptors located in the central nervous system.

  15. Reperfusion pulmonary edema

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    Klausner, J.M.; Paterson, I.S.; Mannick, J.A.; Valeri, C.R.; Shepro, D.; Hechtman, H.B. (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (USA))

    1989-02-17

    Reperfusion following lower-torso ischemia in humans leads to respiratory failure manifest by pulmonary hypertension, hypoxemia, and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema. The mechanism of injury has been studied in the sheep lung lymph preparation, where it has been demonstrated that the reperfusion resulting in pulmonary edema is due to an increase in microvascular permeability of the lung to protein. This respiratory failure caused by reperfusion appears to be an inflammatory reaction associated with intravascular release of the chemoattractants leukotriene B{sub 4} and thromboxane. Histological studies of the lung in experimental animals revealed significant accumulation of neutrophils but not platelets in alveolar capillaries. The authors conclude that thromboxane generated and released from the ischemic tissue is responsible for the transient pulmonary hypertension. Second, it is likely that the chemoattractants are responsible for leukosequestration, and third, neutrophils, oxygen-derived free radicals, and thromboxane moderate the altered lung permeability.

  16. Use of EPO as an adjuvant in PDT of brain tumors to reduce damage to normal brain

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    Rendon, Cesar A.; Lilge, Lothar

    2004-10-01

    In order to reduce damage to surrounding normal brain in the treatment of brain tumors with photodynamic therapy (PDT), we have investigated the use of the cytokine erythropoietin (EPO) to exploit its well-established role as a neuroprotective agent. In vitro experiments demonstrated that EPO does not confer protection from PDT to rat glioma cells. In vivo testing of the possibility of EPO protecting normal brain tissue was carried out. The normal brains of Lewis rats were treated with Photofrin mediated PDT (6.25 mg/Kg B.W. 22 hours pre irradiation) and the outcome of the treatment compared between animals that received EPO (5000 U/Kg B.W. 22 hours pre irradiation) and controls. This comparison was made based on the volume of necrosis, as measured with the viability stain 2,3,5- Triphenyl tetrazoium chloride (TTC), and incidence of apoptosis, as measured with in situ end labeling assay (ISEL). Western blotting showed that EPO reaches the normal brain and activates the anti-apoptotic protein PKB/AKT1 within the brain cortex. The comparison based on volume of necrosis showed no statistical significance between the two groups. No clear difference was observed in the ISEL staining between the groups. A possible lack of responsivity in the assays that give rise to these results is discussed and future corrections are described.

  17. Grape seed extract suppresses lipid peroxidation and reduces hypoxic ischemic brain injury in neonatal rats

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    Yangzheng Feng; Yi-Ming Liu; Jonathan D. Fratkins; Michael H. LeBlanc

    2005-01-01

    Oxygen radicals play a crucial role in brain injury. Grape seed extract is a potent anti-oxidant. Does grape seed extract reduce brain injury in the rat pup? Seven-day-old rat pups had the right carotid arteries permanently ligated followed by 2.5h of hypoxia (8% oxygen). Grape seed extract, 50mg\\/kg, or vehicle was administered by i.p. 5min prior to hypoxia and 4h

  18. Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Lobo, Conceição; Pires, Isabel; Cunha-Vaz, José

    The optical coherence tomography (OCT), a noninvasive and noncontact diagnostic method, was introduced in 1995 for imaging macular diseases. In diabetic macular edema (DME), OCT scans show hyporeflectivity, due to intraretinal and/or subretinal fluid accumulation, related to inner and/or outer blood-retinal barrier breakdown. OCT tomograms may also reveal the presence of hard exudates, as hyperreflective spots with a shadow, in the outer retinal layers, among others. In conclusion, OCT is a particularly valuable diagnostic tool in DME, helpful both in the diagnosis and follow-up procedure.

  19. Neurogenic pulmonary edema following Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis associated with HIV infection.

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    Kondo, Reiichiro; Sugita, Yasuo; Arakawa, Kenji; Nakashima, Shinji; Umeno, Yumi; Todoroki, Keita; Yoshida, Tomoko; Takase, Yorihiko; Kage, Masayoshi; Oshima, Koichi; Yano, Hirohisa

    2015-08-01

    Neurogenic pulmonary edema (NPE) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the acute onset of pulmonary edema following a significant central nervous system insult. Only a few cases of NPE after Cryptococcal meningitis have been reported. We report a case of NPE following Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. A 40-year-old man with no medical history was hospitalized for disturbance of consciousness. Blood glucose level was 124?mg/dL. Non-contrast head computed tomography showed no abnormalities. Lumbar puncture revealed a pressure of over 300?mm H2 O and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) confirmed a white blood cell count of 65/mm(3) . The CSF glucose level was 0?mg/dL. The patient was empirically started on treatment for presumptive bacterial and viral meningitis. Four days after, the patient died in a sudden severe pulmonary edema. Autopsy was performed. We found at autopsy a brain edema with small hemorrhage of the right basal ganglia, severe pulmonary edema and mild cardiomegaly. Histologically, dilated Virchow-Robin spaces, crowded with Cryptococci were observed. In the right basal ganglia, Virchow-Robin spaces were destroyed with hemorrhage and Cryptococci spread to parenchyma of the brain. No inflammatory reaction of the lung was seen. Finally, acute pulmonary edema in this case was diagnosed as NPE following Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. After autopsy, we found that he was positive for serum antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus. PMID:25955768

  20. Pleasurable behaviors reduce stress via brain reward pathways

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    Ulrich-Lai, Yvonne M.; Christiansen, Anne M.; Ostrander, Michelle M.; Jones, Amanda A.; Jones, Kenneth R.; Choi, Dennis C.; Krause, Eric G.; Evanson, Nathan K.; Furay, Amy R.; Davis, Jon F.; Solomon, Matia B.; de Kloet, Annette D.; Tamashiro, Kellie L.; Sakai, Randall R.; Seeley, Randy J.; Woods, Stephen C.; Herman, James P.

    2010-01-01

    Individuals often eat calorically dense, highly palatable “comfort” foods during stress for stress relief. This article demonstrates that palatable food intake (limited intake of sucrose drink) reduces neuroendocrine, cardiovascular, and behavioral responses to stress in rats. Artificially sweetened (saccharin) drink reproduces the stress dampening, whereas oral intragastric gavage of sucrose is without effect. Together, these results suggest that the palatable/rewarding properties of sucrose are necessary and sufficient for stress dampening. In support of this finding, another type of natural reward (sexual activity) similarly reduces stress responses. Ibotenate lesions of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) prevent stress dampening by sucrose, suggesting that neural activity in the BLA is necessary for the effect. Moreover, sucrose intake increases mRNA and protein expression in the BLA for numerous genes linked with functional and/or structural plasticity. Lastly, stress dampening by sucrose is persistent, which is consistent with long-term changes in neural activity after synaptic remodeling. Thus, natural rewards, such as palatable foods, provide a general means of stress reduction, likely via structural and/or functional plasticity in the BLA. These findings provide a clearer understanding of the motivation for consuming palatable foods during times of stress and influence therapeutic strategies for the prevention and/or treatment of obesity and other stress-related disorders. PMID:21059919

  1. Multifunctional Liposomes Reduce Brain ?-Amyloid Burden and Ameliorate Memory Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Models

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    Balducci, Claudia; Mancini, Simona; Minniti, Stefania; La Vitola, Pietro; Zotti, Margherita; Sancini, Giulio; Mauri, Mario; Cagnotto, Alfredo; Colombo, Laura; Fiordaliso, Fabio; Grigoli, Emanuele; Salmona, Mario; Snellman, Anniina; Haaparanta-Solin, Merja; Forloni, Gianluigi; Re, Francesca

    2014-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the accumulation and deposition of plaques of ?-amyloid (A?) peptide in the brain. Given its pivotal role, new therapies targeting A? are in demand. We rationally designed liposomes targeting the brain and promoting the disaggregation of A? assemblies and evaluated their efficiency in reducing the A? burden in Alzheimer's disease mouse models. Liposomes were bifunctionalized with a peptide derived from the apolipoprotein-E receptor-binding domain for blood–brain barrier targeting and with phosphatidic acid for A? binding. Bifunctionalized liposomes display the unique ability to hinder the formation of, and disaggregate, A? assemblies in vitro (EM experiments). Administration of bifunctionalized liposomes to APP/presenilin 1 transgenic mice (aged 10 months) for 3 weeks (three injections per week) decreased total brain-insoluble A?1–42 (?33%), assessed by ELISA, and the number and total area of plaques (?34%) detected histologically. Also, brain A? oligomers were reduced (?70.5%), as assessed by SDS-PAGE. Plaque reduction was confirmed in APP23 transgenic mice (aged 15 months) either histologically or by PET imaging with [11C]Pittsburgh compound B (PIB). The reduction of brain A? was associated with its increase in liver (+18%) and spleen (+20%). Notably, the novel-object recognition test showed that the treatment ameliorated mouse impaired memory. Finally, liposomes reached the brain in an intact form, as determined by confocal microscopy experiments with fluorescently labeled liposomes. These data suggest that bifunctionalized liposomes destabilize brain A? aggregates and promote peptide removal across the blood–brain barrier and its peripheral clearance. This all-in-one multitask therapeutic device can be considered as a candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:25319699

  2. [Differential diagnosis of leg edema].

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    Fries, R

    2004-04-15

    Both generalized and localized edema needs to be submitted to a differential diagnostic investigation. In the case of edema affecting the lower extremities, in particular the Stemmer sign which is the inability to tent the skin at the dorsum of the toes is a useful distinguishing aid. If there is acute unilateral swelling of a leg, other processes with diffuse space-consuming processes need to be distinguished from deep venous thrombosis and secondary lymphedema. Chronic bilateral leg edema is usually due to a venous flowoff obstruction (stasis edema). Less commonly, lipedema or a primary lymphedema may be responsible for the swelling. PMID:15222499

  3. Carvacrol alleviates cerebral edema by modulating AQP4 expression after intracerebral hemorrhage in mice.

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    Zhong, Zhihong; Wang, Baofeng; Dai, Minchao; Sun, Yuhao; Sun, Qingfang; Yang, Guoyuan; Bian, Liuguan

    2013-10-25

    Carvacrol is a natural compound extracted from many plants of the family Lamiaceae. Previous studies have demonstrated that carvacrol has potential neuroprotective effects in central nervous system diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and cerebral ischemia. In this study, we investigated the preclinical effect of carvacrol on cerebral edema after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) using a bacterial collagenase-induced ICH mouse model. Mice were randomly divided into sham (n=43), vehicle-treated (n=51), and carvacrol-treated groups (n=101). In carvacrol-treated group, carvacrol was administrated to mice at 0h, 1h, or 3h after ICH induction. Carvacrol was injected intraperitoneally with single doses of 10, 25, 50, or 100mg/kg. Neurologic dysfunctions, brain water content, aquaporins (AQPs) mRNAs level and AQP4 protein expression in the perihematomal area were evaluated post ICH. Our results showed that carvacrol administration improved neurological deficits after day 3 following ICH (p<0.05). Carvacrol reduced cerebral edema and Evans Blue leakage at day 3 (p<0.05). We also found that carvacrol treatment decreased AQP4 mRNA in a dose-dependent manner at 24h. Furthermore, AQP4 protein expression in the perihematomal area was reduced by carvacrol significantly at day 3 after ICH (p<0.05). Our findings suggest that carvacrol may exert its protective effect on ICH injury by ameliorating AQP4-mediated cerebral edema. PMID:24051341

  4. Poly(ADP-Ribose) Synthase Inhibition Reduces Ischemic Injury and Inflammation in Neonatal Rat Brain

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    Cossart, Rosa

    with reperfusion and may be of interest for the treatment of neonatal stroke. Key Words: Cell death--NeonatalPoly(ADP-Ribose) Synthase Inhibition Reduces Ischemic Injury and Inflammation in Neonatal Rat Brain responses, and (c) functional outcomes in a neonatal rat model of focal ischemia. We demonstrate

  5. Compliant intracortical implants reduce strains and strain rates in brain tissue in vivo

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    Sridharan, Arati; Nguyen, Jessica K.; Capadona, Jeffrey R.; Muthuswamy, Jit

    2015-06-01

    Objective. The objective of this research is to characterize the mechanical interactions of (1) soft, compliant and (2) non-compliant implants with the surrounding brain tissue in a rodent brain. Understanding such interactions will enable the engineering of novel materials that will improve stability and reliability of brain implants. Approach. Acute force measurements were made using a load cell in n = 3 live rats, each with 4 craniotomies. Using an indentation method, brain tissue was tested for changes in force using established protocols. A total of 4 non-compliant, bare silicon microshanks, 3 non-compliant polyvinyl acetate (PVAc)-coated silicon microshanks, and 6 compliant, nanocomposite microshanks were tested. Stress values were calculated by dividing the force by surface area and strain was estimated using a linear stress–strain relationship. Micromotion effects from breathing and vascular pulsatility on tissue stress were estimated from a 5 s interval of steady-state measurements. Viscoelastic properties were estimated using a second-order Prony series expansion of stress–displacement curves for each shank. Main results. The distribution of strain values imposed on brain tissue for both compliant nanocomposite microshanks and PVAc-coated, non-compliant silicon microshanks were significantly lower compared to non-compliant bare silicon shanks. Interestingly, step-indentation experiments also showed that compliant, nanocomposite materials significantly decreased stress relaxation rates in the brain tissue at the interface (p < 0.05) compared to non-compliant silicon and PVAc-coated silicon materials. Furthermore, both PVAc-coated non-compliant silicon and compliant nanocomposite shanks showed significantly reduced (by 4–5 fold) stresses due to tissue micromotion at the interface. Significance. The results of this study showed that soft, adaptive materials reduce strains and strain rates and micromotion induced stresses in the surrounding brain tissue. Understanding the material behavior at the site of tissue contact will help to improve neural implant design.

  6. The impact of erythropoietin on short-term changes in phosphorylation of brain protein kinases in a rat model of traumatic brain injury

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    Samuel Valable; Gilles Francony; Pierre Bouzat; Marie-Cécile Fevre; Nouara Mahious; Valentine Bouet; Régine Farion; Emmanuel Barbier; Hana Lahrech; Chantal Remy; Edwige Petit; Christoph Segebarth; Myriam Bernaudin; Jean-François Payen

    2010-01-01

    We found that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) reduced significantly the development of brain edema in a rat model of diffuse traumatic brain injury (TBI) (impact-acceleration model). In this study, we investigated the molecular and intracellular changes potentially involved in these immediate effects. Brain tissue nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, phosphorylation level of two protein kinases (extracellular-regulated kinase (ERK)-1\\/-2 and Akt), and

  7. Cerebral complexity preceded enlarged brain size and reduced olfactory bulbs in Old World monkeys.

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    Gonzales, Lauren A; Benefit, Brenda R; McCrossin, Monte L; Spoor, Fred

    2015-01-01

    Analysis of the only complete early cercopithecoid (Old World monkey) endocast currently known, that of 15-million-year (Myr)-old Victoriapithecus, reveals an unexpectedly small endocranial volume (ECV) relative to body size and a large olfactory bulb volume relative to ECV, similar to extant lemurs and Oligocene anthropoids. However, the Victoriapithecus brain has principal and arcuate sulci of the frontal lobe not seen in the stem catarrhine Aegyptopithecus, as well as a distinctive cercopithecoid pattern of gyrification, indicating that cerebral complexity preceded encephalization in cercopithecoids. Since larger ECVs, expanded frontal lobes, and reduced olfactory bulbs are already present in the 17- to 18-Myr-old ape Proconsul these features evolved independently in hominoids (apes) and cercopithecoids and much earlier in the former. Moreover, the order of encephalization and brain reorganization was apparently different in hominoids and cercopithecoids, showing that brain size and cerebral organization evolve independently. PMID:26138795

  8. Cerebral complexity preceded enlarged brain size and reduced olfactory bulbs in Old World monkeys

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    Gonzales, Lauren A.; Benefit, Brenda R.; McCrossin, Monte L.; Spoor, Fred

    2015-01-01

    Analysis of the only complete early cercopithecoid (Old World monkey) endocast currently known, that of 15-million-year (Myr)-old Victoriapithecus, reveals an unexpectedly small endocranial volume (ECV) relative to body size and a large olfactory bulb volume relative to ECV, similar to extant lemurs and Oligocene anthropoids. However, the Victoriapithecus brain has principal and arcuate sulci of the frontal lobe not seen in the stem catarrhine Aegyptopithecus, as well as a distinctive cercopithecoid pattern of gyrification, indicating that cerebral complexity preceded encephalization in cercopithecoids. Since larger ECVs, expanded frontal lobes, and reduced olfactory bulbs are already present in the 17- to 18-Myr-old ape Proconsul these features evolved independently in hominoids (apes) and cercopithecoids and much earlier in the former. Moreover, the order of encephalization and brain reorganization was apparently different in hominoids and cercopithecoids, showing that brain size and cerebral organization evolve independently. PMID:26138795

  9. Reversible lesions in the brain parenchyma in Wilson's disease confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging: earlier administration of chelating therapy can reduce the damage to the brain.

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    Kozi?, Duško B; Petrovi?, Igor; Svetel, Marina; Pekmezovi?, Tatjana; Ragaji, Aleksandar; Kosti?, Vladimir S

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the resolution of brain lesions in patients with Wilson's disease during the long-term chelating therapy using magnetic resonance imaging and a possible significance of the time latency between the initial symptoms of the disease and the introduction of this therapy. Initial magnetic resonance examination was performed in 37 patients with proven neurological form of Wilson's disease with cerebellar, parkinsonian and dystonic presentation. Magnetic resonance reexamination was done 5.7 ± 1.3 years later in 14 patients. Patients were divided into: group A, where chelating therapy was initiated < 24 months from the first symptoms and group B, where the therapy started ? 24 months after the initial symptoms. Symmetry of the lesions was seen in 100% of patients. There was a significant difference between groups A and B regarding complete resolution of brain stem and putaminal lesions (P = 0.005 and P = 0.024, respectively). If the correct diagnosis and adequate treatment are not established less than 24 months after onset of the symptoms, irreversible lesions in the brain parenchyma could be expected. Signal abnormalities on magnetic resonance imaging might therefore, at least in the early stages, represent reversible myelinolisis or cytotoxic edema associated with copper toxicity. PMID:25558242

  10. Role of histamine in brain protection in surgical brain injury in mice.

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    Bravo, Thomas P; Matchett, Gerald A; Jadhav, Vikram; Martin, Robert D; Jourdain, Aliiah; Colohan, Austin; Zhang, John H; Tang, Jiping

    2008-04-18

    Surgical resection of brain tissue is associated with tissue damage at the resection margin. Studies of ischemic brain injury in rodents have shown that administration of L-histidine and thioperamide reduces ischemic tissue loss, in part by inhibition of apoptotic cell death. In this study we tested administration of L-histidine and thioperamide in surgical brain injury in mice. Mice were randomized to one of three groups: Sham surgery (n=18), surgical brain injury without treatment (SBI) (n=33), and surgical brain injury with combined l-histidine and thioperamide treatment (SBI+H) (n=29). Surgical brain injury was induced via right frontal craniotomy with resection of the right frontal lobe. L-histidine (1000 mg/kg) and thioperamide (5 mg/kg) were administered to the SBI+H group immediately following surgical resection. Postoperative assessment included neurobehavioral scores, Evans blue measurement of blood-brain barrier breakdown, brain water content, Nissl histology, and immunohistochemistry for IgG and cleaved caspase 3. Postoperative findings included equivalent neurobehavioral outcomes at 24 and 72 h in the SBI and SBI+H groups, similar histological outcomes between SBI and SBI+H, and similar qualitative staining for cleaved caspase 3. SBI+H had increased BBB breakdown on Evans blue analysis and a trend towards increased brain edema which was significant at 72 h. We conclude that combined treatment with l-histidine and thioperamide leads to increased BBB breakdown and brain edema in surgical brain injury. PMID:18343355

  11. Measurement of the Extracellular Space in Brain Tumors Using 76Br-Bromide and PET

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    Matthias Bruehlmeier; Ulrich Roelcke; Peter Blauenstein; John Missimer; Pius A. Schubiger; Raimo Pellikka; Simon M. Ametamey

    Brain edema significantly contributes to the clinical course of human brain tumor patients. There is evidence that an enlarge- ment of the extracellular space (ECS) is involved in the devel- opment of brain edema. Although T2-weighted magnetic reso- nance (T2-MR) images represent brain edema by its increased water content, they do not differentiate ECS enlargement from increased intracellular water content.

  12. Reconstruction of the arcuate fasciculus for surgical planning in the setting of peritumoral edema using two-tensor unscented Kalman filter tractography

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    Chen, Zhenrui; Tie, Yanmei; Olubiyi, Olutayo; Rigolo, Laura; Mehrtash, Alireza; Norton, Isaiah; Pasternak, Ofer; Rathi, Yogesh; Golby, Alexandra J.; O'Donnell, Lauren J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Diffusion imaging tractography is increasingly used to trace critical fiber tracts in brain tumor patients to reduce the risk of post-operative neurological deficit. However, the effects of peritumoral edema pose a challenge to conventional tractography using the standard diffusion tensor model. The aim of this study was to present a novel technique using a two-tensor unscented Kalman filter (UKF) algorithm to track the arcuate fasciculus (AF) in brain tumor patients with peritumoral edema. Methods Ten right-handed patients with left-sided brain tumors in the vicinity of language-related cortex and evidence of significant peritumoral edema were retrospectively selected for the study. All patients underwent 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including a diffusion-weighted dataset with 31 directions. Fiber tractography was performed using both single-tensor streamline and two-tensor UKF tractography. A two-regions-of-interest approach was applied to perform the delineation of the AF. Results from the two different tractography algorithms were compared visually and quantitatively. Results Using single-tensor streamline tractography, the AF appeared disrupted in four patients and contained few fibers in the remaining six patients. Two-tensor UKF tractography delineated an AF that traversed edematous brain areas in all patients. The volume of the AF was significantly larger on two-tensor UKF than on single-tensor streamline tractography (p < 0.01). Conclusions Two-tensor UKF tractography provides the ability to trace a larger volume AF than single-tensor streamline tractography in the setting of peritumoral edema in brain tumor patients.

  13. Dosimetric Predictors of Laryngeal Edema

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    Sanguineti, Giuseppe [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States)]. E-mail: gisangui@utmb.edu; Adapala, Prashanth [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States); Endres, Eugene J. C [Department of Medical Physics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States); Brack, Collin [Department of Medical Physics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States); Fiorino, Claudio [Department of Physics, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan (Italy); Sormani, Maria Pia [Biostatistics Unit, University of Genoa, Genoa (Italy); Parker, Brent [Department of Medical Physics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Purpose: To investigate dosimetric predictors of laryngeal edema after radiotherapy (RT). Methods and Materials: A total of 66 patients were selected who had squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck with grossly uninvolved larynx at the time of RT, no prior major surgical operation except for neck dissection and tonsillectomy, treatment planning data available for analysis, and at least one fiberoptic examination of the larynx within 2 years from RT performed by a single observer. Both the biologically equivalent mean dose at 2 Gy per fraction and the cumulative biologic dose-volume histogram of the larynx were extracted for each patient. Laryngeal edema was prospectively scored after treatment. Time to endpoint, moderate or worse laryngeal edema (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Grade 2+), was calculated with log rank test from the date of treatment end. Results: At a median follow-up of 17.1 months (range, 0.4- 50.0 months), the risk of Grade 2+ edema was 58.9% {+-} 7%. Mean dose to the larynx, V30, V40, V50, V60, and V70 were significantly correlated with Grade 2+ edema at univariate analysis. At multivariate analysis, mean laryngeal dose (continuum, hazard ratio, 1.11; 95% confidence interval, 1.06-1.15; p < 0.001), and positive neck stage at RT (N0-x vs. N +, hazard ratio, 3.66; 95% confidence interval, 1.40-9.58; p = 0.008) were the only independent predictors. Further stratification showed that, to minimize the risk of Grade 2+ edema, the mean dose to the larynx has to be kept {<=}43.5 Gy at 2 Gy per fraction. Conclusion: Laryngeal edema is strictly correlated with various dosimetric parameters; mean dose to the larynx should be kept {<=}43.5 Gy.

  14. Reducing Traumatic Brain Injuries in Youth Sports: Youth Sports Traumatic Brain Injury State Laws, January 2009–December 2012

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    2013-01-01

    Objectives. I sought to describe current state-wide youth sports traumatic brain injury (TBI) laws and their relationship to prevailing scientific understandings of youth sports TBIs, and to facilitate further research by creating an open-source data set of current laws. Methods. I used Westlaw and LexisNexis databases to create a 50-state data set of youth sports TBI laws enacted between January 2009 and December 2012. I collected and coded the text and citations of each law and developed a protocol and codebook to facilitate future research. Results. Forty-four states and Washington, DC, passed youth sports TBI laws between 2009 and 2012. No state’s youth sports TBI law focuses on primary prevention. Instead, such laws focus on (1) increasing coaches’ and parents’ ability to identify and respond to TBIs and (2) reducing the immediate risk of multiple TBIs. Conclusions. Existing youth sports TBI laws were not designed to reduce initial TBIs. Evaluation is required to assess their effectiveness in reducing the risk and consequences of multiple TBIs. Continued research and evaluation of existing laws will be needed to develop a more comprehensive youth TBI-reduction solution. PMID:23678903

  15. Reduced brain functional reserve and altered functional connectivity in patients with multiple sclerosis.

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    Cader, Sarah; Cifelli, Alberto; Abu-Omar, Yasir; Palace, Jacqueline; Matthews, Paul M

    2006-02-01

    Cognitive dysfunction (affecting particularly attention and working memory) occurs early in patients with multiple sclerosis. Previous studies have focused on identifying potentially adaptive functional reorganization through recruitment of new brain regions that could limit expression of these deficits. However, lesion studies remind us that functional specializations in the brain make certain brain regions necessary for a given task. We therefore have asked whether altered functional interactions between regions normally recruited provide an alternative adaptive mechanism with multiple sclerosis pathology. We used a version of the n-back task to probe working memory in patients with early multiple sclerosis. We applied a functional connectivity analysis to test whether relationships between relative activations in different brain regions change in potentially adaptive ways with multiple sclerosis. We studied 21 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and 16 age- and sex-matched healthy controls with 3T functional MRI. The two groups performed equally well on the task. Task-related activations were found in similar regions for patients and controls. However, patients showed relatively reduced activation in the superior frontal and anterior cingulate gyri (P > 0.01). Patients also showed a variable, but generally substantially smaller increase in activation than healthy controls with greater task complexity, depending on the specific brain region assessed (P < 0.001). Functional connectivity analysis defined further differences not apparent from the univariate contrast of the task-associated activation patterns. Control subjects showed significantly greater correlations between right dorsolateral prefrontal and superior frontal/anterior cingulate activations (P < 0.05). Patients showed correlations between activations in the right and left prefrontal cortices, although this relationship was not significant in healthy controls (P < 0.05). We interpret these results as showing that, while cognitive processing in the task appears to be performed using similar brain regions in patients and controls, the patients have reduced functional reserve for cognition relevant to memory. Functional connectivity analysis suggests that altered inter-hemispheric interactions between dorsal and lateral prefrontal regions may provide an adaptive mechanism that could limit clinical expression of the disease distinct from recruitment of novel processing regions. Together, these results suggest that therapeutic enhancement of the coherence of interactions between brain regions normally recruited (functional enhancement), as well as recruitment of alternative areas or use of complementary cognitive strategies (both forms of adaptive functional change), may limit expression of cognitive impairments in multiple sclerosis. PMID:16251214

  16. N -butyldeoxynojirimycin reduces growth and ganglioside content of experimental mouse brain tumours

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    Ranes, M K; El-Abbadi, M; Manfredi, M G; Mukherjee, P; Platt, F M; Seyfried, T N

    2001-01-01

    Abnormalities in glycosphingolipid (GSL) biosynthesis have been implicated in the oncogenesis and malignancy of brain tumours. GSLs comprise the gangliosides and the neutral GSLs and are major components of the cell surface glycocalyx. N -butyldeoxynojirimycin (N B-DNJ) is an imino sugar that inhibits the glucosyltransferase catalysing the first step in GSL biosynthesis. The influence of N B-DNJ was studied on the growth and ganglioside composition of two 20-methylcholanthrene-induced experimental mouse brain tumours, EPEN and CT-2A, which were grown in vitro and in vivo. N B-DNJ (200??M) inhibited the proliferation of the EPEN and CT-2A cells by 50%, but did not reduce cell viability. The drug, administered in the diet (2400?mg kg?1) to adult syngeneic C57BL/6 mice, reduced the growth and ganglioside content of subcutaneous and intracerebral EPEN and CT-2A tumours by at least 50% compared to the untreated controls. N B-DNJ treatment also shifted the relative distribution of tumour gangliosides in accordance with the depletion of metabolic substrates. Side effects of N B-DNJ treatment were generally mild and included reductions in body and spleen weights and intestinal distension. We conclude that N B-DNJ may inhibit tumour growth through an effect on ganglioside biosynthesis and may be useful as a new chemotherapy for brain tumours. © 2001 Cancer Research Campaign http://www.bjcancer.com PMID:11308262

  17. Bryostatin improves survival and reduces ischemic brain injury in aged rats following acute ischemic stroke

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    Tan, Zhenjun; Turner, Ryan C.; Leon, Rachel L.; Li, Xinlan; Hongpaisan, Jarin; Zheng, Wen; Logsdon, Aric F.; Naser, Zachary J.; Alkon, Daniel L.; Rosen, Charles L.; Huber, Jason D.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose Bryostatin, a potent protein kinase C (PKC) activator, has demonstrated therapeutic efficacy in preclinical models of associative memory, Alzheimer's disease, global ischemia, and traumatic brain injury. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that administration of bryostatin provides a therapeutic benefit in reducing brain injury and improving stroke outcome using a clinically relevant model of cerebral ischemia with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) reperfusion in aged rats. Methods Acute cerebral ischemia was produced by reversible occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery (MCAO) in 18-20 month old female Sprague-Dawley rats using an autologous blood clot with tPA-mediated reperfusion. Bryostatin was administered at 6 h post-MCAO then at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 d after MCAO. Functional assessment was conducted at 2, 7, 14, and 21 d after MCAO. Lesion volume and hemispheric swelling/atrophy were performed at 2, 7, and 21 d post-MCAO. Histological assessment of PKC isozymes was performed at 24 h post-MCAO. Results Bryostatin-treated rats showed improved survival post-MCAO, especially during the first 4 d. Repeated administration of bryostatin post-MCAO resulted in reduced infarct volume, hemispheric swelling/atrophy, and improved neurological function at 21 d post-MCAO. Changes in PKC alpha expression and PKC epsilon expression in neurons were noted in bryostatin-treated rats at 24 h post-MCAO. Conclusions Repeated bryostatin administration post-MCAO protected the brain from severe neurological injury post-MCAO. Bryostatin treatment improved survival rate, reduced lesion volume, salvaged tissue in infarcted hemisphere by reducing necrosis and peri-infarct astrogliosis, and improved functional outcome following MCAO. PMID:24172582

  18. Syzigium cumini seed extracts reduce tissue damage in diabetic rat brain.

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    Stanely Mainzen Prince, P; Kamalakkannan, N; Menon, Venugopal P

    2003-02-01

    Syzigium cumini commonly known as Jamun, is widely used in different parts of India for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Oral administration of an aqueous Jamun seed extract (JSEt) for 6 weeks caused a significant decrease in lipids, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and an increase in catalase and superoxide dismutase in the brain of alloxan induced diabetic rats. Oral administration of an alcoholic JSEt for 6 weeks brought back all the parameters to near normal. The effect of alcoholic JSEt (100 mg/kg) was better than aqueous JSEt (5 g/kg). The effect of both these extracts was better than glibenclamide (600 microg/kg). Thus, our study shows that S. cumini seed extracts reduce tissue damage in diabetic rat brain. PMID:12648817

  19. Effect of arginine vasopressin on the cortex edema in the ischemic stroke of Mongolian gerbils.

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    Zhao, Xue-Yan; Wu, Chun-Fang; Yang, Jun; Gao, Yang; Sun, Fang-Jie; Wang, Da-Xin; Wang, Chang-Hong; Lin, Bao-Cheng

    2015-06-01

    Brain edema formation is one of the most important mechanisms of ischemia-evoked cerebral edema. It has been demonstrated that arginine vasopressin (AVP) receptors are involved in the pathophysiology of secondary brain damage after focal cerebral ischemia. In a well-characterized animal model of ischemic stroke of Mongolian gerbils, the present study was undertaken to clear the effect of AVP on cortex edema in cerebral ischemia. The results showed that (1) occluding the left carotid artery of Mongolian gerbils not only decreased the cortex specific gravity (cortex edema) but also increased AVP levels in the ipsilateral cortex (ischemic area) including left prefrontal lobe, left parietal lobe, left temporal lobe, left occipital lobe and left hippocampus for the first 6 hours, and did not change of the cortex specific gravity and AVP concentration in the right cortex (non-ischemic area); (2) there were many negative relationships between the specific gravity and AVP levels in the ischemic cortex; (3) intranasal AVP (50?ng or 200?ng), which could pass through the blood-brain barrier to the brain, aggravated the focal cortex edema, whereas intranasal AVP receptor antagonist-D(CH2)5Tyr(ET)DAVP (2?µg) mitigated the cortex edema in the ischemic area after occluding the left carotid artery of Mongolian gerbils; and (4) either intranasal AVP or AVP receptor antagonist did not evoke that edema in the non-ischemic cortex. The data indicated that AVP participated in the process of ischemia-evoked cortex edema, and the cerebral AVP receptor might serve as an important therapeutic target for the ischemia-evoked cortex edema. PMID:25843346

  20. Effect of lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) on cerebral edema and its possible mechanisms in an experimental model of stroke.

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    Vakili, Abedin; Sharifat, Shaghayegh; Akhavan, Maziar Mohammad; Bandegi, Ahmad Reza

    2014-02-22

    Lavender belongs to the family Labiatae and has a variety of cosmetic uses as well as therapeutic purposes in herbal medicine. The present study was conducted to evaluate the protective effect of lavender oil against brain edema and its possible mechanisms in an experimental model of stroke. Under Laser-Doppler Flowmetry, focal cerebral ischemia was induced by the transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery for 1h in rats. Lavender oil (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg ip (and/or vehicle was injected at the onset of ischemia. Infarct size, cerebral edema, functional outcome, and oxidative stress biomarkers were evaluated using standard methods. Western blotting was used to determine the protein expression of VEGF, Bax, and Bcl-2. Treatment with lavender oil at doses of 200 and 400 mg/kg significantly diminished infarct size, brain edema, and improved functional outcome after cerebral ischemia (P<0.001). Lavender oil (200 mg/kg) also reduced the content of malondialdehyde and increased the activities of superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and total antioxidant capacity (P<0.001). Although lavender oil enhanced VEGF expression (P=0.026), it could not decrease the Bax-to-Bcl-2 ratio (pro- to anti-apoptotic proteins) in the rat brain (P>0.05). The results indicated that lavender oil has neuroprotective activity against cerebral ischemia and alleviated neurological function in rats, and the mechanism may be related to augmentation in endogenous antioxidant defense, inhibiting oxidative stress, and increasing VEGF expression in the rat brain. However, lavender oil could not suppress the apoptosis pathway. PMID:24384140

  1. A self-assembling nanomaterial reduces acute brain injury and enhances functional recovery in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Sang, Lynn Yan-Hua; Liang, Yu-Xiang; Li, Yue; Wong, Wai-Man; Tay, David Kiong-Chiu; So, Kwok-Fai; Ellis-Behnke, Rutledge G; Wu, Wutian; Cheung, Raymond Tak-Fai

    2015-04-01

    There is no effective treatment for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Intracerebral delivery of nanomaterials into the hemorrhagic lesion may be a new therapeutic strategy. In a rat model of ICH plus ultra-early hematoma aspiration, we found that locally delivered self-assembling peptide nanofiber scaffold (SAPNS) replaced the hematoma, reduced acute brain injury and brain cavity formation, and improved sensorimotor functional recovery. SAPNS serves as biocompatible material in the hemorrhagic brain cavity. Local delivery of this nanomaterial may facilitate the repair of ICH related brain injury and functional recovery. From the clinical editor: In a rat model of intracranial hemorrhage, these authors demonstrate that following ultra-early hematoma aspiration, local delivery of a self-assembling peptide nanofiber scaffold replaces the hematoma, reduces brain cavity formation, and improves sensorimotor functional recovery. Similar approaches would be welcome additions to the clinical treatment of this often devastating condition. PMID:24907463

  2. Edema (Swelling) (Beyond the Basics)

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    ... a result of a blood clot in the deep veins of the lower leg (called deep vein thrombosis [DVT]). In this case, the edema ... cause swelling of both legs. (See "Patient information: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Beyond the Basics)" .) Pregnancy — Pregnant ...

  3. Brain ACE2 overexpression reduces DOCA-salt hypertension independently of endoplasmic reticulum stress.

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    Xia, Huijing; de Queiroz, Thyago Moreira; Sriramula, Srinivas; Feng, Yumei; Johnson, Tanya; Mungrue, Imran N; Lazartigues, Eric

    2015-03-01

    Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress was previously reported to contribute to neurogenic hypertension while neuronal angiotensin-converting enzyme type 2 (ACE2) overexpression blunts the disease. To assess which brain regions are important for ACE2 beneficial effects and the contribution of ER stress to neurogenic hypertension, we first used transgenic mice harboring a floxed neuronal hACE2 transgene (SL) and tested the impact of hACE2 knockdown in the subfornical organ (SFO) and paraventricular nucleus (PVN) on deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt hypertension. SL and nontransgenic (NT) mice underwent DOCA-salt or sham treatment while infected with an adenoassociated virus (AAV) encoding Cre recombinase (AAV-Cre) or a control virus (AAV-green fluorescent protein) to the SFO or PVN. DOCA-salt-induced hypertension was reduced in SL mice, with hACE2 overexpression in the brain. This reduction was only partially blunted by knockdown of hACE2 in the SFO or PVN, suggesting that both regions are involved but not essential for ACE2 regulation of blood pressure (BP). DOCA-salt treatment did not increase the protein levels of ER stress and autophagy markers in NT mice, despite a significant increase in BP. In addition, these markers were not affected by hACE2 overexpression in the brain, despite a significant reduction of hypertension in SL mice. To further assess the role of ER stress in neurogenic hypertension, NT mice were infused intracerebroventricularlly with tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), an ER stress inhibitor, during DOCA-salt treatment. However, TUDCA infusion failed to blunt the development of hypertension in NT mice. Our data suggest that brain ER stress does not contribute to DOCA-salt hypertension and that ACE2 blunts neurogenic hypertension independently of ER stress. PMID:25519733

  4. Evaluation of Peritumoral Edema in the Delineation of Radiotherapy Clinical Target Volumes for Glioblastoma

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    Chang, Eric L. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)]. E-mail: echang@mdanderson.org; Akyurek, Serap [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Avalos, Tedde C [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Rebueno, Neal C [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Spicer, Chris C [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Garcia, John C [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Famiglietti, Robin [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Allen, Pamela K. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Chao, K.S. Clifford [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Mahajan, Anita [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Woo, Shiao Y. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Maor, Moshe H. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)

    2007-05-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the spatial relationship between peritumoral edema and recurrence pattern in patients with glioblastoma (GBM). Methods and Materials: Forty-eight primary GBM patients received three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy that did not intentionally include peritumoral edema within the clinical target volume between July 2000 and June 2001. All 48 patients have subsequently recurred, and their original treatment planning parameters were used for this study. New theoretical radiation treatment plans were created for the same 48 patients, based on Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) target delineation guidelines that specify inclusion of peritumoral edema. Target volume and recurrent tumor coverage, as well as percent volume of normal brain irradiated, were assessed for both methods of target delineation using dose-volume histograms. Results: A comparison between the location of recurrent tumor and peritumoral edema volumes from all 48 cases failed to show correlation by linear regression modeling (r {sup 2} 0.0007; p = 0.3). For patients with edema >75 cm{sup 3}, the percent volume of brain irradiated to 46 Gy was significantly greater in treatment plans that intentionally included peritumoral edema compared with those that did not (38% vs. 31%; p = 0.003). The pattern of failure was identical between the two sets of plans (40 central, 3 in-field, 3 marginal, and 2 distant recurrence). Conclusion: Clinical target volume delineation based on a 2-cm margin rather than on peritumoral edema did not seem to alter the central pattern of failure for patients with GBM. For patients with peritumoral edema >75 cm{sup 3}, using a constant 2-cm margin resulted in a smaller median percent volume of brain being irradiated to 30 Gy, 46 Gy, and 50 Gy compared with corresponding theoretical RTOG plans that deliberately included peritumoral edema.

  5. Synthetic Ground Truth for Validation of Brain Tumor MRI Segmentation

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    Prastawa, Marcel

    method for generating synthetic multi-modal 3D brain MRI with tumor and edema, along with the ground truth. Tumor mass effect is modeled using a biomechanical model, while tumor and edema infiltration is typically not done since manual segmentation of edema or of the whole brain are very challenging tasks

  6. Synthetic Ground Truth for Validation of Brain Tumor MRI Segmentation

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    -modal 3D brain MRI with tumor and edema, along with the ground truth. Tumor mass effect is modeled using a biomechanical model, while tumor and edema infiltration is mod- eled as a reaction-diffusion process is typically not done since manual segmentation of edema or of the whole brain are very challenging tasks

  7. Latanoprost-associated cystoid macular edema

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    David Callanan; Ronald L Fellman; James A Savage

    1998-01-01

    Purpose: To report two cases in which cystoid macular edema developed after initiation of topical latanoprost for glaucoma.Methods: Case reports. One pseudophakic eye in each of two patients treated with latanoprost for glaucoma developed decreased vision and cystoid macular edema. Latanoprost was discontinued, and the cystoid macular edema was treated with topical corticosteroids and ketorolac.Results: After discontinuing latanoprost and starting

  8. Contributions of Histamine, Prostanoids, and Neurokinins to Edema Elicited by Edema Toxin from Bacillus anthracis

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    Jeffrey Tessier; Candace Green; Diana Padgett; Wei Zhao; Lawrence Schwartz; Molly Hughes; Erik Hewlett

    2007-01-01

    Bacillus anthracis edema toxin (ET), composed of protective antigen and an adenylate cyclase edema factor (EF), elicits edema in host tissues, but the target cells and events leading from EF-mediated cyclic-AMP production to edema are unknown. We evaluated the direct effect of ET on several cell types in vitro and tested the possibility that mediators of vascular leakage, such as

  9. Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a Single Patient.

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    Langguth, Berthold; Sturm, Kornelia; Wetter, Thomas C; Lange, Max; Gabriels, Loes; Mayer, Emeran A; Schlaier, Juergen

    2015-07-01

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a frequent gastrointestinal disorder that is difficult to treat. We describe findings from evaluation of a woman (55 years old) with obsessive compulsive disorder, which was treated with bilateral deep brain stimulation in the anterior limb of the internal capsule, and IBS. After the brain stimulation treatment she reported substantial relief of her IBS symptoms. This reduction depended on specific stimulation parameters, was reproducible over time, and was not directly associated with improvements in obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. These observations indicate a specific effect of deep brain stimulation on IBS. This observation confirms involvement of specific brain structures in the pathophysiology of IBS and shows that symptoms can be reduced through modulation of neuronal activity in the central nervous system. Further studies of the effects of brain stimulation on IBS are required. PMID:25638586

  10. Increased expression of aquaporin-4 in human traumatic brain injury and brain tumors

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    HU Hua; YAO Hong-tian; ZHANG Wei-ping; ZHANG Lei; DING Wei; ZHANG Shi-hong; CHEN Zhong; WEI Er-qing

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To characterize the expression of aquaporin-4 (AQP4), one of the aquaporins (AQPs), in human brain specimens from patients with traumatic brain injury or brain tumors. Methods: Nineteen human brain specimens were obtained from the patients with traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, benign meningioma or early stage hemorrhagic stroke. MRI or CT imaging was used to assess brain edema. Hematoxylin

  11. Contribution of Lethal Toxin and Edema Toxin to the Pathogenesis of Anthrax Meningitis ?

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    Ebrahimi, Celia M.; Sheen, Tamsin R.; Renken, Christian W.; Gottlieb, Roberta A.; Doran, Kelly S.

    2011-01-01

    Bacillus anthracis is a Gram-positive spore-forming bacterium that causes anthrax disease in humans and animals. Systemic infection is characterized by septicemia, toxemia, and meningitis, the main neurological complication associated with high mortality. We have shown previously that B. anthracis Sterne is capable of blood-brain barrier (BBB) penetration, establishing the classic signs of meningitis, and that infection is dependent on the expression of both major anthrax toxins, lethal toxin (LT) and edema toxin (ET). Here we further investigate the contribution of the individual toxins to BBB disruption using isogenic toxin mutants deficient in lethal factor, ?LF, and edema factor, ?EF. Acute infection with B. anthracis Sterne and the ?LF mutant resulted in disruption of human brain microvascular endothelial cell (hBMEC) monolayer integrity and tight junction protein zona occludens-1, while the result for cells infected with the ?EF mutant was similar to that for the noninfected control. A significant decrease in bacterial invasion of BBB endothelium in vitro was observed during infection with the ?LF strain, suggesting a prominent role for LT in promoting BBB interaction. Further, treatment of hBMECs with purified LT or chemicals that mimic LT action on host signaling pathways rescued the hypoinvasive phenotype of the ?LF mutant and resulted in increased bacterial uptake. We also observed that toxin expression reduced bacterial intracellular survival by inducing the bulk degradative autophagy pathway in host cells. Finally, in a murine model of anthrax meningitis, mice infected with the ?LF mutant exhibited no mortality, brain bacterial load, or evidence of meningitis compared to mice infected with the parental or ?EF strains. PMID:21518787

  12. The selective estrogen receptor modulator, bazedoxifene, reduces ischemic brain damage in male rat.

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    Castelló-Ruiz, María; Torregrosa, Germán; Burguete, María C; Miranda, Francisco J; Centeno, José M; López-Morales, Mikahela A; Gasull, Teresa; Alborch, Enrique

    2014-07-11

    While the estrogen treatment of stroke is under debate, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) arise as a promising alternative. We hypothesize that bazedoxifene (acetate, BZA), a third generation SERM approved for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, reduces ischemic brain damage in a rat model of transient focal cerebral ischemia. For comparative purposes, the neuroprotective effect of 17?-estradiol (E2) has also been assessed. Male Wistar rats underwent 60min middle cerebral artery occlusion (intraluminal thread technique), and grouped according to treatment: vehicle-, E2- and BZA-treated rats. Optimal plasma concentrations of E2 (45.6±7.8pg/ml) and BZA (20.7±2.1ng/ml) were achieved 4h after onset of ischemia, and maintained until the end of the procedure (24h). Neurofunctional score and volume of the damaged brain regions were the main end points. At 24h after ischemia-reperfusion, neurofunctional examination of the animals did not show significant differences among the three experimental groups. By contrast, both E2- and BZA-treated groups showed significantly lower total infarct volumes, BZA acting mainly in the cortical region and E2 acting mainly at the subcortical level. Our results demonstrate that: (1) E2 at physiological plasma levels in female rats is neuroprotective in male rats when given at the acute stage of the ischemic challenge and (2) BZA at clinically relevant plasma levels mimics the neuroprotective action of E2 and could be, therefore, a candidate in stroke treatment. PMID:24861515

  13. Reduced cerebral glucose metabolism and increased brain capillary permeability following high-dose methotrexate chemotherapy: a positron emission tomographic study

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    Phillips, P.C.; Dhawan, V.; Strother, S.C.; Sidtis, J.J.; Evans, A.C.; Allen, J.C.; Rottenberg, D.A.

    1987-01-01

    Regional glucose metabolic rate constants and blood-to-brain transport of rubidium were estimated using positron emission tomography in an adolescent patient with a brain tumor, before and after chemotherapy with intravenous high-dose methotrexate. Widespread depression of cerebral glucose metabolism was apparent 24 hours after drug administration, which may reflect reduced glucose phosphorylation, and the influx rate constant for /sup 82/Rb was increased, indicating a drug-induced alteration in blood-brain barrier function. Associated changes in neuropsychological performance, electroencephalogram, and plasma amino acid concentration were identified in the absence of evidence of systemic methotrexate toxicity, suggesting primary methotrexate neurotoxicity.

  14. Neural evidence that conscious awareness of errors is reduced in depression following a traumatic brain injury.

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    Bailey, N W; Hoy, K E; Maller, J J; Upton, D J; Segrave, R A; Fitzgibbon, B M; Fitzgerald, P B

    2015-03-01

    Impaired error awareness is related to poorer outcome following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Error awareness deficits are also found in major depressive disorder (MDD), but have not been examined in the MDD that follows a TBI (TBI-MDD). This study assessed neural activity related to error awareness in TBI-MDD. Four groups completed a response inhibition task while EEG was recorded- healthy controls (N = 15), MDD-only (N = 15), TBI-only (N = 16), and TBI-MDD (N = 12). Error related EEG activity was compared using powerful randomisation statistics that included all electrodes and time points. Participants with TBI-MDD displayed less frontally distributed neural activity, suggesting reduced contribution from frontal generating sources. Neural activity during this time window is thought to reflect conscious awareness of errors. The TBI-only and MDD-only groups did not differ from controls, and early error processing was unaffected, suggesting early error detection is intact. PMID:25637786

  15. Correlation between subacute sensorimotor deficits and brain water content after surgical brain injury in rats.

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    McBride, Devin W; Wang, Yuechun; Sherchan, Prativa; Tang, Jiping; Zhang, John H

    2015-09-01

    Brain edema is a major contributor to poor outcome and reduced quality of life after surgical brain injury (SBI). Although SBI pathophysiology is well-known, the correlation between cerebral edema and neurological deficits has not been thoroughly examined in the rat model of SBI. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between brain edema and deficits in standard sensorimotor neurobehavior tests for rats subjected to SBI. Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to either sham surgery or surgical brain injury via partial frontal lobectomy. All animals were tested for neurological deficits 24 post-SBI and fourteen were also tested 72h after surgery using seven common behavior tests: modified Garcia neuroscore (Neuroscore), beam walking, corner turn test, forelimb placement test, adhesive removal test, beam balance test, and foot fault test. After assessing the functional outcome, animals were euthanized for brain water content measurement. Surgical brain injury resulted in significantly elevated frontal lobe brain water content 24 and 72h after surgery compared to that of sham animals. In all behavior tests, significance was observed between sham and SBI animals. However, a correlation between brain water content and functional outcome was observed for all tests except Neuroscore. The selection of behavior tests is critical to determine the effectiveness of therapeutics. Based on this study's results, we recommend using beam walking, the corner turn test, the beam balance test, and the foot fault test since correlations with brain water content were observed at both 24 and 72h post-SBI. PMID:25975171

  16. Reduced neuroplasticity in aged rats: a role for the neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

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    Calabrese, Francesca; Guidotti, Gianluigi; Racagni, Giorgio; Riva, Marco A

    2013-12-01

    Aging is a physiological process characterized by a significant reduction of neuronal plasticity that might contribute to the functional defects observed in old subjects. Even if the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to such impairment remain largely unknown, a role for neurotrophic molecules, such as the neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), has been postulated. On this basis, the purpose of this study was to provide a detailed investigation of the BDNF system, at transcriptional and translational levels, in the ventral and dorsal hippocampus and in the prefrontal cortex of middle-aged and old rats, compared with in adult animals. The expression of major players in BDNF regulation and response, including the transcription factors, calcium-responsive transcription factor, cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) responsive element-binding protein (CREB), and neuronal Per Arnt Sim (PAS) domain protein 4, and the high-affinity receptor tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB), was also analyzed. Our results demonstrate that the BDNF system is affected at different levels in aged rats with global impairment including reduced transcription, impaired protein synthesis and processing, and decreased activation of the TrkB receptors. These modifications might contribute to the cognitive deficits associated with aging and suggest that pharmacological strategies aimed at restoring reduced neurotrophism might be useful to counteract age-related cognitive decline. PMID:23870838

  17. Enoxaparin reduces cerebral edemaafter photothrombotic injury in the rat.

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    Pratt, J; Boudeau, P; Uzan, A; Imperato, A; Stutzmann, J

    1998-01-01

    This study investigates the effect of enoxaparin (Lovenox, Klexane), a low-molecular-weight heparin, on edema following a photothrombotic lesion using rose bengal dye in the rat. An area of cerebral ischemia was provoked in the right hemisphere of rats. Edema developed over 24 h after the lesion, as seen comparing water content of a core sample from the right hemisphere to that of a similar sample from the left hemisphere of each rat. Enoxaparin at 0. 5 mg/kg i.v. plus 2 mg/kg s.c. reduced edema 24 h after lesion induction by 32% (p < 0.01) when the treatment was started 2 h after photothrombotic insult, with maintenance doses of 2 mg/kg s.c. enoxaparin at 6 and 18 h. When the same initial treatment with enoxaparin was started 18 h after insult, there was still a significant reduction of 20% (p < 0.01) in cerebral edema. Administration of enoxaparin 18 h after insult reduced cerebral edema in a dose-dependent manner. There was no evidence of intracranial hemorrhages in any of the animal groups and when the hemoglobin content of the brain samples was assayed by the method of Drabkin, no increase in hemoglobin content was seen compared to sham-operated animals. PMID:10087432

  18. Hypertonic saline solution reduces the oxidative stress responses in traumatic brain injury patients

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    Mojtahedzadeh, Mojtaba; Ahmadi, Arezoo; Mahmoodpoor, Ata; Beigmohammadi, Mohammad Taghi; Abdollahi, Mohammad; Khazaeipour, Zahra; Shaki, Fatemeh; Kuochaki, Bizhan; Hendouei, Narjes

    2014-01-01

    Background: Oxidative stress processes play an important role in the pathogenesis of secondary brain injury after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hypertonic saline (HTS) has advantages as being preferred osmotic agent, but few studies investigated oxidant and antioxidant effects of HTS in TBI. This study was designed to compare two different regimens of HTS 5% with mannitol on TBI-induced oxidative stress. Materials and Methods: Thirty-three adult patients with TBI were recruited and have randomly received one of the three protocols: 125 cc of HTS 5% every 6 h as bolus, 500 cc of HTS 5%as infusion for 24 h or 1 g/kg mannitol of 20% as a bolus, repeated with a dose of 0.25-0.5 g/kg every 6 h based on patient's response for 3 days. Serum total antioxidant power (TAP), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) were measured at baseline and daily for 3 days. Results: Initial serum ROS and NO levels in patients were higher than control(6.86± [3.2] vs. 1.57± [0.5] picoM, P = 0.001, 14.6± [1.6] vs. 7.8± [3.9] mM, P = 0.001, respectively). Levels of ROS have decreased for all patients, but reduction was significantly after HTS infusion and mannitol (3. 08 [±3.1] to 1.07 [±1.6], P = 0.001, 5.6 [±3.4] to 2.5 [±1.8], P = 0.003 respectively). During study, NO levels significantly decreased in HTS infusion but significantly increased in mannitol. TAP Levels had decreased in all patients during study especially in mannitol (P = 0.004). Conclusion: Hypertonic saline 5% has significant effects on the oxidant responses compared to mannitol following TBI that makes HTS as a perfect therapeutic intervention for reducing unfavorable outcomes in TBI patients. PMID:25535502

  19. Glucose-6-phosphate reduces calcium accumulation in rat brain endoplasmic reticulum

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    Cole, Jeffrey T.; Kean, William S.; Pollard, Harvey B.; Verma, Ajay; Watson, William D.

    2012-01-01

    Brain cells expend large amounts of energy sequestering calcium (Ca2+), while loss of Ca2+ compartmentalization leads to cell damage or death. Upon cell entry, glucose is converted to glucose-6-phosphate (G6P), a parent substrate to several metabolic major pathways, including glycolysis. In several tissues, G6P alters the ability of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to sequester Ca2+. This led to the hypothesis that G6P regulates Ca2+ accumulation by acting as an endogenous ligand for sarco-endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA). Whole brain ER microsomes were pooled from adult male Sprague-Dawley rats. Using radio-isotopic assays, 45Ca2+ accumulation was quantified following incubation with increasing amounts of G6P, in the presence or absence of thapsigargin, a potent SERCA inhibitor. To qualitatively assess SERCA activity, the simultaneous release of inorganic phosphate (Pi) coupled with Ca2+ accumulation was quantified. Addition of G6P significantly and decreased Ca2+ accumulation in a dose-dependent fashion (1–10 mM). The reduction in Ca2+ accumulation was not significantly different that seen with addition of thapsigargin. Addition of glucose-1-phosphate or fructose-6-phosphate, or other glucose metabolic pathway intermediates, had no effect on Ca2+ accumulation. Further, the release of Pi was markedly decreased, indicating G6P-mediated SERCA inhibition as the responsible mechanism for reduced Ca2+ uptake. Simultaneous addition of thapsigargin and G6P did decrease inorganic phosphate in comparison to either treatment alone, which suggests that the two treatments have different mechanisms of action. Therefore, G6P may be a novel, endogenous regulator of SERCA activity. Additionally, pathological conditions observed during disease states that disrupt glucose homeostasis, may be attributable to Ca2+ dystasis caused by altered G6P regulation of SERCA activity. PMID:22529775

  20. Catalpol Increases Brain Angiogenesis and Up-Regulates VEGF and EPO in the Rat after Permanent Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion

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    Zhu, Hui-Feng; Wan, Dong; Luo, Yong; Zhou, Jia-Li; Chen, Li; Xu, Xiao-Yu

    2010-01-01

    To investigate the role and mechanism of catalpol in brain angiogenesis in a rat model of stroke, the effect of catalpol (5 mg/kg; i.p) or vehicle administered 24 hours after permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) on behavior, angiogenesis, ultra-structural integrity of brain capillary endothelial cells, and expression of EPO and VEGF were assessed. Repeated treatments with Catalpol reduced neurological deficits and significantly improved angiogenesis, while significantly increasing brain levels of EPO and VEGF without worsening BBB edema. These results suggested that catalpol might contribute to infarcted-brain angiogenesis and ameliorate the edema of brain capillary endothelial cells (BCECs) by upregulating VEGF and EPO coordinately. PMID:20827397

  1. A novel multi-target ligand (JM-20) protects mitochondrial integrity, inhibits brain excitatory amino acid release and reduces cerebral ischemia injury in vitro and in vivo.

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    Nuñez-Figueredo, Yanier; Ramírez-Sánchez, Jeney; Hansel, Gisele; Simões Pires, Elisa Nicoloso; Merino, Nelson; Valdes, Odalys; Delgado-Hernández, René; Parra, Alicia Lagarto; Ochoa-Rodríguez, Estael; Verdecia-Reyes, Yamila; Salbego, Christianne; Costa, Silvia L; Souza, Diogo O; Pardo-Andreu, Gilberto L

    2014-10-01

    We previously showed that JM-20, a novel 1,5-benzodiazepine fused to a dihydropyridine moiety, possessed an anxiolytic profile similar to diazepam and strong neuroprotective activity in different cell models relevant to cerebral ischemia. Here, we investigated whether JM-20 protects against ischemic neuronal damage in vitro and in vivo. The effects of JM-20 were evaluated on hippocampal slices subjected to oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). For in vivo studies, Wistar rats were subjected 90 min of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) and oral administration of JM-20 at 2, 4 and 8 mg/kg 1 h following reperfusion. Twenty-four hours after cerebral blood flow restoration, neurological deficits were scored, and the infarct volume, histopathological changes in cortex, number of hippocampal and striatal neurons, and glutamate/aspartate concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid were measured. Susceptibility to brain mitochondrial swelling, membrane potential dissipation, H2O2 generation, cytochrome c release, Ca2+ accumulation, and morphological changes in the organelles were assessed 24 h post-ischemia. In vitro, JM-20 (1 and 10 ?M) administered during reperfusion significantly reduced cell death in hippocampal slices subjected to OGD. In vivo, JM-20 treatment (4 and 8 mg/kg) significantly decreased neurological deficit scores, edema formation, total infarct volumes and histological alterations in different brain regions. JM-20 treatment also protected brain mitochondria from ischemic damage, most likely by preventing Ca2+ accumulation in organelles. Moreover, an 8-mg/kg JM-20 dose reduced glutamate and aspartate concentrations in cerebrospinal fluid and the deleterious effects of MCAo even when delivered 8 h after blood flow restoration. These results suggest that in rats, JM-20 is a robust neuroprotective agent against ischemia/reperfusion injury with a wide therapeutic window. Our findings support the further examination of potential clinical JM-20 use to treat acute ischemic stroke. PMID:24953828

  2. Hypertensive brain stem encephalopathy.

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    Liao, Pen-Yuan; Lee, Chien-Chang; Chen, Cheng-Yu

    2015-01-01

    A 48-year-old man presented with headache and extreme hypertension. Computed tomography showed diffuse brain stem hypodensity. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed diffuse brain stem vasogenic edema. Hypertensive brain stem encephalopathy is an uncommon manifestation of hypertensive encephalopathy, which classically occurs at parietooccipital white matter. Because of its atypical location, the diagnosis can be challenging. Moreover, the coexistence of hypertension and brain stem edema could also direct clinicians toward a diagnosis of ischemic infarction, leading to a completely contradictory treatment goal. PMID:25082596

  3. Diabetic Macular Edema: Current and Emerging Therapies

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    Wenick, Adam S.; Bressler, Neil M.

    2012-01-01

    Diabetic macular edema is a leading cause of vision impairment among people within the working- age population. This review discusses the pathogenesis of diabetic macular edema and the treatment options currently available for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, including for focal/grid photocoagulation, intravitreal corticosteroids and intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. The biologic rationale for novel therapeutic agents, many of which are currently being evaluated in clinical trials, also is reviewed. PMID:22346109

  4. Molecular mechanisms of reduced nerve toxicity by titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the phoxim-exposed brain of Bombyx mori.

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    Xie, Yi; Wang, Binbin; Li, Fanchi; Ma, Lie; Ni, Min; Shen, Weide; Hong, Fashui; Li, Bing

    2014-01-01

    Bombyx mori (B. mori), silkworm, is one of the most important economic insects in the world, while phoxim, an organophosphorus (OP) pesticide, impact its economic benefits seriously. Phoxim exposure can damage the brain, fatbody, midgut and haemolymph of B. mori. However the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates in phoxim-exposed B. mori can be improved by Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs). In this study, we explored whether TiO2 NPs treatment can reduce the phoxim-induced brain damage of the 5th larval instar of B. mori. We observed that TiO2 NPs pretreatments significantly reduced the mortality of phoxim-exposed larva and relieved severe brain damage and oxidative stress under phoxim exposure in the brain. The treatments also relieved the phoxim-induced increases in the contents of acetylcholine (Ach), glutamate (Glu) and nitric oxide (NO) and the phoxim-induced decreases in the contents of norepinephrine (NE), Dopamine (DA), and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), and reduced the inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), Na+/K+-ATPase, Ca2+-ATPase, and Ca2+/Mg2+-ATPase activities and the activation of total nitric oxide synthase (TNOS) in the brain. Furthermore, digital gene expression profile (DGE) analysis and real time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) assay revealed that TiO2 NPs pretreatment inhibited the up-regulated expression of ace1, cytochrome c, caspase-9, caspase-3, Bm109 and down-regulated expression of BmIap caused by phoxim; these genes are involved in nerve conduction, oxidative stress and apoptosis. TiO2 NPs pretreatment also inhibited the down-regulated expression of H+ transporting ATP synthase and vacuolar ATP synthase under phoxim exposure, which are involved in ion transport and energy metabolism. These results indicate that TiO2 NPs pretreatment reduced the phoxim-induced nerve toxicity in the brain of B. mori. PMID:24971466

  5. Lacosamide reduces HDAC levels in the brain and improves memory: Potential for treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Bang, Shraddha R; Ambavade, Shirishkumar D; Jagdale, Priti G; Adkar, Prafulla P; Waghmare, Arun B; Ambavade, Prashant D

    2015-07-01

    Lacosamide, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, has been approved for the treatment of epilepsy. Some HDAC inhibitors have been proven effective for the treatment of memory disorders. The present investigation was designed to evaluate the effect of lacosamide on memory and brain HDAC levels. The effect on memory was evaluated in animals with scopolamine-induced amnesia using the elevated plus maze, object recognition test, and radial arm maze. The levels of acetylcholinesterase and HDAC in the cerebral cortex were evaluated. Lacosamide at doses of 10 and 30mg/kg significantly reduced the transfer latency in the elevated plus maze. Lacosamide at a dose of 30mg/kg significantly increased the time spent with a familiar object in the object recognition test at the 24h interval and decreased the time spent in the baited arm. Moreover, at this dose, the number of errors in the radial arm maze at 3 and 24h intervals was minimized and a reduction in the level of HDAC1, but not acetylcholinesterase, was observed in the cerebral cortex. These effects of lacosamide are equivalent to those of piracetam at a dose of 300mg/kg. These results suggest that lacosamide at a 30mg/kg dose improves disrupted memory, possibly by inhibiting HDAC, and could be used to treat amnesic symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:25931268

  6. The Inhibitory Effect of Kakkonto, Japanese Traditional (Kampo) Medicine, on Brain Penetration of Oseltamivir Carboxylate in Mice with Reduced Blood-Brain Barrier Function

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    Ohara, Kousuke; Oshima, Shinji; Fukuda, Nanami; Ochiai, Yumiko; Maruyama, Ayumi; Kanamuro, Aki; Negishi, Akio; Honma, Seiichi; Ohshima, Shigeru; Akimoto, Masayuki; Takenaka, Shingo; Kobayashi, Daisuke

    2015-01-01

    Oseltamivir phosphate (OP) is used to treat influenza virus infections. However, its use may result in central nervous system (CNS) adverse effects. In Japan, OP is used with Kampo formulations to improve clinical effectiveness. We evaluated the potential for using Kampo formulations to reduce CNS adverse effects by quantifying the CNS distribution of oseltamivir and its active metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate (OC) when administered with maoto and kakkonto. We administered lipopolysaccharide (LPS) by intraperitoneal injection to C57BL/6 mice to reduce blood-brain barrier function. Saline, maoto, and kakkonto were administered orally at the same time as LPS. OP was orally administered 4 hours after the last LPS injection and the migration of oseltamivir and OC was examined. Additionally, we examined the brain distribution of OC following intravenous administration. Changes in OC concentrations in the brain suggest that, in comparison to LPS-treated control mice, both Kampo formulations increased plasma levels of OC, thereby enhancing its therapeutic effect. Additionally, our findings suggest kakkonto may not only improve the therapeutic effect of oseltamivir but also reduce the risk of CNS-based adverse effects. Considering these findings, it should be noted that administration of kakkonto during periods of inflammation has led to increased OAT3 expression. PMID:25788966

  7. The inhibitory effect of kakkonto, Japanese traditional (kampo) medicine, on brain penetration of oseltamivir carboxylate in mice with reduced blood-brain barrier function.

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    Ohara, Kousuke; Oshima, Shinji; Fukuda, Nanami; Ochiai, Yumiko; Maruyama, Ayumi; Kanamuro, Aki; Negishi, Akio; Honma, Seiichi; Ohshima, Shigeru; Akimoto, Masayuki; Takenaka, Shingo; Kobayashi, Daisuke

    2015-01-01

    Oseltamivir phosphate (OP) is used to treat influenza virus infections. However, its use may result in central nervous system (CNS) adverse effects. In Japan, OP is used with Kampo formulations to improve clinical effectiveness. We evaluated the potential for using Kampo formulations to reduce CNS adverse effects by quantifying the CNS distribution of oseltamivir and its active metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate (OC) when administered with maoto and kakkonto. We administered lipopolysaccharide (LPS) by intraperitoneal injection to C57BL/6 mice to reduce blood-brain barrier function. Saline, maoto, and kakkonto were administered orally at the same time as LPS. OP was orally administered 4 hours after the last LPS injection and the migration of oseltamivir and OC was examined. Additionally, we examined the brain distribution of OC following intravenous administration. Changes in OC concentrations in the brain suggest that, in comparison to LPS-treated control mice, both Kampo formulations increased plasma levels of OC, thereby enhancing its therapeutic effect. Additionally, our findings suggest kakkonto may not only improve the therapeutic effect of oseltamivir but also reduce the risk of CNS-based adverse effects. Considering these findings, it should be noted that administration of kakkonto during periods of inflammation has led to increased OAT3 expression. PMID:25788966

  8. Paregoric Intoxication with Pulmonary Edema in Infancy

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    Thomas B. Rice

    1984-01-01

    This report describes a 3-week-old infant with paregoric intoxication and pul monary edema. The pulmonary edema associated with opiod use is treatable even though the precise mechanism of its formation remains undefined. The report emphasizes that the medical rationale involved in the use of paregoric is unclear. The use of this preparation in pediatric patients should be abandoned in view

  9. [Oxcarbazepine-induced localized penile edema].

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    Rallis, Efstathios; Theodoridis, Athanasios; Moussatou, Vasiliki; Papadakis, Pavlos; Verros, Constantinos

    2005-10-01

    Oxcarbazepine is a analogue of carbamazepine with anticonvulsant and analgesic activity. We report a case of localized penile edema caused by oxcarbazepine. The association between the drug and the adverse reaction was confirmed by rechallenge test. This is the first reported case of oxcarbazepine-induced localized penile edema. PMID:16194158

  10. Analysis of lymphatic drainage in various forms of leg edema using two compartment lymphoscintigraphy.

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    Bräutigam, P; Földi, E; Schaiper, I; Krause, T; Vanscheidt, W; Moser, E

    1998-06-01

    The anatomical and functional status of the epifascial and subfascial lymphatic compartments was analyzed using two compartment lymphoscintigraphy in five groups of patients (total 55) with various forms of edema of the lower extremities. Digital whole body scintigraphy enabled semiquantitative estimation of radiotracer transport with comparison of lymphatic drainage between those individuals without (normal) and those with leg edema by calculating the uptake of the radiopharmaceutical transported to regional lymph nodes. A visual assessment of the lymphatic drainage pathways of the legs was also performed. In patients with cyclic idiopathic edema, an accelerated rate of lymphatic transport was detected (high lymph volume overload or dynamic insufficiency). In those with venous (phlebo) edemas, high volume lymphatic overload (dynamic insufficiency) of the epifascial compartment was scintigraphically detected by increased tracer uptake in regional nodes. In patients with deep femoral venous occlusion (post-thrombotic syndrome). subfascial lymphatic transport was uniformly markedly reduced (safety valve lymphatic insufficiency). On the other hand, in the epifascial compartment, lymph transport was accelerated. In those patients with recurrent or extensive skin ulceration, lymph transport was reduced. Patients with lipedema (obesity) scintigraphically showed no alteration in lymphatic transport. This study demonstrates that lymphatic drainage is notably affected (except in obesity termed lipedema) in various edemas of the leg. Lymphatic drainage varied depending on the specific compartment and the pathophysiologic mechanism accounting for the edema. Two compartment lymphoscintigraphy is a valuable diagnostic tool for accurate assessment of leg edema of known and unknown origin. PMID:9664268

  11. Atorvastatin reduces neurological deficit and increases synaptogenesis, angiogenesis, and neuronal survival in rats subjected to traumatic brain injury.

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    Lu, Dunyue; Goussev, Anton; Chen, Jieli; Pannu, Paul; Li, Yi; Mahmood, Asim; Chopp, Michael

    2004-01-01

    Statins administered postischemia promote functional improvement in rats, independent of their capability to lower cholesterol. We therefore tested the effect of statin treatment on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rats. Atorvastatin was orally administered (1 mg/kg/day) to Wistar rats starting 1 day after TBI for 7 consecutive days. Control animals received saline. Modified Neurological Severity Scores and Corner tests were utilized to evaluate functional response to treatment. Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU, 100 mg/kg) was also intraperitoneally injected daily for 14 consecutive days to label the newly generated endothelial cells. Rats were sacrificed at day 14 after TBI, and the brain samples were processed for immunohistochemical staining. Atorvastatin administration after brain injury significantly reduced the neurological functional deficits, increased neuronal survival and synaptogenesis in the boundary zone of the lesion and in the CA3 regions of the hippocampus, and induced angiogenesis in these regions. The results suggest that atorvastatin may provide beneficial effects in experimental TBI. PMID:14987462

  12. Reduced FDG-PET brain metabolism and executive function predict clinical progression in elderly healthy subjects???

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    Ewers, Michael; Brendel, Matthias; Rizk-Jackson, Angela; Rominger, Axel; Bartenstein, Peter; Schuff, Norbert; Weiner, Michael W.

    2013-01-01

    Brain changes reminiscent of Alzheimer disease (AD) have been previously reported in a substantial portion of elderly cognitive healthy (HC) subjects. The major aim was to evaluate the accuracy of MRI assessed regional gray matter (GM) volume, 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and neuropsychological test scores to identify those HC subjects who subsequently convert to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or AD dementia. We obtained in 54 healthy control (HC) subjects a priori defined region of interest (ROI) values of medial temporal and parietal FDG-PET and medial temporal GM volume. In logistic regression analyses, these ROI values were tested together with neuropsychological test scores (free recall, trail making test B (TMT-B)) as predictors of HC conversion during a clinical follow-up between 3 and 4 years. In voxel-based analyses, FDG-PET and MRI GM maps were compared between HC converters and HC non-converters. Out of the 54 HC subjects, 11 subjects converted to MCI or AD dementia. Lower FDG-PET ROI values were associated with higher likelihood of conversion (p = 0.004), with the area under the curve (AUC) yielding 82.0% (95% CI = (95.5%, 68.5%)). The GM volume ROI was not a significant predictor (p = 0.07). TMT-B but not the free recall tests were a significant predictor (AUC = 71% (95% CI = 50.4%, 91.7%)). For the combination of FDG-PET and TMT-B, the AUC was 93.4% (sensitivity = 82%, specificity = 93%). Voxel-based group comparison showed reduced FDG-PET metabolism within the temporo-parietal and prefrontal cortex in HC converters. In conclusion, medial temporal and-parietal FDG-PET and executive function show a clinically acceptable accuracy for predicting clinical progression in elderly HC subjects. PMID:24286024

  13. Does induced hypertension reduce cerebral ischaemia within the traumatized human brain?

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    Coles, Jonathan P; Steiner, Luzius A; Johnston, Andrew J; Fryer, Tim D; Coleman, Martin R; Smieleweski, Peter; Chatfield, Doris A; Aigbirhio, Franklin; Williams, Guy B; Boniface, Simon; Rice, Kenneth; Clark, John C; Pickard, John D; Menon, David K

    2004-11-01

    Recent changes in published guidelines for the management of patients with severe head injury are based on data showing that aggressive maintenance of cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) can worsen outcome due to extracranial complications of therapy. However, it remains unclear whether CPP augmentation could reduce cerebral ischaemia, a finding which might prompt the search for CPP augmentation protocols that avoid these extracranial complications. We studied 10 healthy volunteers and 20 patients within 6 days of closed head injury. All subjects underwent imaging of cerebral blood flow (CBF), blood volume (CBV), oxygen metabolism (CMRO2) and oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) using 15O PET. In addition, for patients, the EEG power ratio index (PRI), burst suppression ratio and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) were obtained and CPP was increased from 68 +/- 4 to 90 +/- 4 mmHg using an infusion of norepinephrine and measurements were repeated. Following elevation of CPP, CBF and CBV were increased and CMRO2 and OEF were reduced (P < 0.001 for all comparisons). Regions with a reduction in CMRO2 were associated with the greatest reduction in OEF (r2 = 0.3; P < 0.0001). Although CPP elevation produced a significant fall in the ischaemic brain volume (IBV) (from 15 +/- 16 to 5 +/- 4 ml; P < 0.01) and improved flow metabolism coupling, the IBV was small and clinically insignificant in the majority of these patients. However, the reduction in IBV was directly related to the baseline IBV (r2 = 0.97; P < 0.001) and patients with large baseline IBV showed substantial and clinically significant reductions. CPP augmentation increased the EEG PRI (5.0 +/- 1.5 versus 4.3 +/- 1.4, P < 0.01), implying an overall decrease in neural activity, but these changes did not correlate with the reduction in CMRO2 and there was no change in SEP cortical amplitude (N20-P27). These data provide support for recent changes in recommended CPP levels for head injury management across populations of patients with significant head injury. However, they do not provide guidance on whether the intervention may be more appropriate at earlier stages after injury, or in patients selected because of high baseline IBV. It also remains unclear whether CPP values below 65 mmHg can be safely used in this population. Clarification of the significance of a reduction in CMRO2 and neuronal electrical function will require further study. PMID:15456706

  14. Crocetin reduces the oxidative stress induced reactive oxygen species in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSPs) brain.

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    Yoshino, Fumihiko; Yoshida, Ayaka; Umigai, Naofumi; Kubo, Koya; Lee, Masaichi-Chang-Il

    2011-11-01

    Crocetin is a natural carotenoid compound of gardenia fruits and saffron, which has various effects in biological systems. In this study, we investigated the antioxidant effects of crocetin on reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radical using in vitro X-band electron spin resonance and spin trapping. Crocetin significantly inhibited hydroxyl radical generation compared with the control. Moreover, we performed electron spin resonance computed tomography ex vivo with the L-band electron spin resonance imaging system and determined the electron spin resonance signal decay rate in the isolated brain of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats, a high-oxidative stress model. Crocetin significantly reduced oxidative stress in the isolated brain by acting as a scavenger of reactive oxygen species, especially hydroxyl radical, as demonstrated by in vitro and ex vivo electron spin resonance analysis. The distribution of crocetin was also determined in the plasma and the brain of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats using high-performance liquid chromatography. After oral administration, crocetin was detected at high levels in the plasma and the brain. Our results suggest that crocetin may participate in the prevention of reactive oxygen species-induced disease due to a reduction of oxidative stress induced by reactive oxygen species in the brain. PMID:22128217

  15. Crocetin reduces the oxidative stress induced reactive oxygen species in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSPs) brain

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    Yoshino, Fumihiko; Yoshida, Ayaka; Umigai, Naofumi; Kubo, Koya; Lee, Masaichi-Chang-il

    2011-01-01

    Crocetin is a natural carotenoid compound of gardenia fruits and saffron, which has various effects in biological systems. In this study, we investigated the antioxidant effects of crocetin on reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radical using in vitro X-band electron spin resonance and spin trapping. Crocetin significantly inhibited hydroxyl radical generation compared with the control. Moreover, we performed electron spin resonance computed tomography ex vivo with the L-band electron spin resonance imaging system and determined the electron spin resonance signal decay rate in the isolated brain of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats, a high-oxidative stress model. Crocetin significantly reduced oxidative stress in the isolated brain by acting as a scavenger of reactive oxygen species, especially hydroxyl radical, as demonstrated by in vitro and ex vivo electron spin resonance analysis. The distribution of crocetin was also determined in the plasma and the brain of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats using high-performance liquid chromatography. After oral administration, crocetin was detected at high levels in the plasma and the brain. Our results suggest that crocetin may participate in the prevention of reactive oxygen species-induced disease due to a reduction of oxidative stress induced by reactive oxygen species in the brain. PMID:22128217

  16. THYROID HORMONE INSUFFICIENCY DURING BRAIN DEVELOPMENT REDUCES PARVALBUMIN IMMUNOREACTIVITY AND INHIBITORY FUNCTION IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS.

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    The EPA must evaluate the risk of exposure of the developing brain to chemicals with the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone homeostasis. The existing literature identifies morphological and neurochemical indices of severe neonatal hypothyroidism in the early postnatal period i...

  17. Elevated Intracranial Pressure and Cerebral Edema following Permanent MCA Occlusion in an Ovine Model

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    Wells, Adam J.; Vink, Robert; Helps, Stephen C.; Knox, Steven J.; Blumbergs, Peter C.; Turner, Renée J.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke has a disproportionately high mortality due to the rapid development of refractory space-occupying cerebral edema. Animal models are essential in developing successful anti-edema therapies; however to date poor clinical translation has been associated with the predominately used rodent models. As such, large animal gyrencephalic models of stroke are urgently needed. The aim of the study was to characterize the intracranial pressure (ICP) response to MCA occlusion in our recently developed ovine stroke model. Materials and Methods 30 adult female Merino sheep (n = 8–12/gp) were randomized to sham surgery, temporary or permanent proximal MCA occlusion. ICP and brain tissue oxygen were monitored for 24 hours under general anesthesia. MRI, infarct volume with triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining and histology were performed. Results No increase in ICP, radiological evidence of ischemia within the MCA territory but without space-occupying edema, and TTC infarct volumes of 7.9+/-5.1% were seen with temporary MCAO. Permanent MCAO resulted in significantly elevated ICP, accompanied by 30% mortality, radiological evidence of space-occupying cerebral edema and TTC infarct volumes of 27.4+/-6.4%. Conclusions Permanent proximal MCAO in the sheep results in space-occupying cerebral edema, raised ICP and mortality similar to human malignant MCA stroke. This animal model may prove useful for pre-clinical testing of anti-edema therapies that have shown promise in rodent studies. PMID:26121036

  18. Reduced brain insulin-like growth factor I function during aging

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    Alexandre Pastoris Muller; Ana M. Fernandez; Clarissa Haas; Eduardo Zimmer; Luis Valmor Portela; Ignacio Torres-Aleman

    Peripheral insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) function progressively deteriorates with age. However, whereas deterioration of IGF-I function in the aged brain seems probable, it has not been directly addressed yet. Because serum IGF-I can enter into the brain through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), we examined this route of entrance in aged mice. To distinguish endogenous murine IGF-I from exogenously applied

  19. N-butyldeoxygalactonojirimycin reduces neonatal brain ganglioside content in a mouse model of GM1 gangliosidosis

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    Julie L. Kasperzyk; Mohga M. El-Abbadi; Eric C. Hauser; Alessandra d'Azzo; Frances M. Platt; Thomas N. Seyfried

    2004-01-01

    GM1 gangliosidosis is a glycosphingolipid (GSL) lysosomal storage disease caused by a genetic deficiency of acid b-galactosidase (b-gal), the enzyme that catabolyzes GM1 within lysosomes. Accumulation of GM1 and its asialo form (GA1) occurs primarily in the brain, leading to progressive neurodegeneration and brain dysfunction. Substrate reduction therapy aims to decrease the rate of GSL biosynthesis to counterbalance the impaired

  20. Na + –K + –2Cl ? Cotransport Inhibitor Attenuates Cerebral Edema Following Experimental Stroke via the Perivascular Pool of Aquaporin4

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    Elton R. Migliati; Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam; Stanley C. Froehner; Marvin E. Adams; Ole Petter Ottersen; Anish Bhardwaj

    2010-01-01

    Introduction  The Na+–K+–2Cl? cotransporter localized in the brain vascular endothelium has been shown to be important in the evolution of cerebral edema\\u000a following experimental stroke. Previous in vivo studies have demonstrated that bumetanide, a selective Na+–K+–2Cl? cotransport inhibitor, attenuates ischemia-evoked cerebral edema. Recently, bumetanide has been shown to also inhibit water\\u000a permeability via aquaporin-4 (AQP4) expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. We

  1. Atrial fibrillation is associated with reduced brain volume and cognitive function independent of cerebral infarcts

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    Stefansdottir, Hrafnhildur; Arnar, David O.; Aspelund, Thor; Sigurdsson, Sigurdur; Jonsdottir, Maria K.; Hjaltason, Haukur; Launer, Lenore J.; Gudnason, Vilmundur

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been associated with cognitive decline independant of stroke, suggesting additional effects of AF on the brain. We aimed to assess the association between AF and brain function and structure in a general elderly population. Methods This is a cross-sectional analysis on 4251 non-demented participants (mean age 76 ± 5 years) in the population-based AGES-Reykjavik Study. Medical record data were collected on the presence, subtype and time from first diagnosis of AF; 330 participants had AF. Brain volume measurements, adjusted for intracranial volume, and presence of cerebral infarcts were determined with MRI. Memory, speed of processing and executive function composites were calculated from a cognitive test battery. In a multivariable linear regression model, adjustments were made for demographic, cardiovascular risk factors and cerebral infarcts. Results Participants with AF had lower total brain volume compared to those without AF (p<0.001). The association was stronger with persistent/permanent than paroxysmal AF and with increased time from the first diagnosis of the disease. Of the brain tissue volumes, AF was associated with lower volume of gray and white matter (p<0.001 and p=0.008 respectively) but not of white matter hyperintesities (p=0.49). Participants with AF scored lower on tests on memory. Conclusions AF is associated with smaller brain volume and the association is stronger with increasing burden of the arrhythmia. These findings suggest that AF has a cumulative negative effect on the brain independent of cerebral infarcts. PMID:23444303

  2. Orally bioavailable and brain-penetrant pyridazine and pyridine-derived ?-secretase modulators reduced amyloidogenic A? peptides in vivo.

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    Huang, Yunhong; Li, Ting; Eatherton, Andrew; Mitchell, William L; Rong, Na; Ye, Liang; Yang, Xiu-Juan; Jin, Shiyi; Ding, Yu; Zhang, Jinqiang; Li, Yi; Wu, Yiwen; Jin, Yun; Sang, Yingxia; Cheng, Ziqiang; Browne, Edward R; Harrison, David C; Hussain, Ishrut; Wan, Zehong; Hall, Adrian; Lau, Lit-Fui; Matsuoka, Yasuji

    2013-07-01

    Accumulation of amyloid ? (A?) in brain is a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). A? is generated after sequential cleavage of its parental molecule, amyloid precursor protein (APP), by ?- and ?-secretases. Inhibition of ?-secretase activity is an effective approach for the reduction of A? levels. Since ?-secretase targets many different substrates, selective inhibition of its cleavage of APP is believed to be critical in order to avoid undesirable side effects. ?-Secretase modulator (GSM) shifts the cleavage site on APP and production of amyloidogenic to non-amyloidogenic A? fragments. Since GSMs only modulate and do not block cleavage of ?-secretase substrates, they are believed less likely to produce untoward adverse reactions. Here, we report in vivo A?-lowering profiles of a pyridazine and a pyridine-derived GSM: GSM-C (Wan et al., 2011a) and GSM-D (Wan et al., 2011b). Both compounds reduced A?40 and A?42 productions, increased shorter A? fragments, and had little effect on Notch signaling (?100-fold selective). They had excellent oral bioavailability (97.8% for GSM-C, ?100% for GSM-D) and good brain permeability (free brain to free blood AUC ratio of 0.41 and 1.10 for GSM-C and GSM-D, respectively). Oral administration of these compounds in both acute and sub-chronic conditions reduced A? levels in plasma and brain in rats in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Therefore, GSM-C and GSM-D represent two GSMs that are orally bioavailable and brain-permeable. They could serve as excellent tools in the investigation of the role of A? peptides in AD pathogenesis. PMID:23485401

  3. Maternal zinc deficiency reduces NMDA receptor expression in neonatal rat brain, which persists into early adulthood.

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    Chowanadisai, Winyoo; Kelleher, Shannon L; Lönnerdal, Bo

    2005-07-01

    Prenatal and early postnatal zinc deficiency impairs learning and memory and these deficits persist into adulthood. A key modulator in this process may be the NMDA receptor; however, effects of zinc deficiency on the regulation of NMDA receptor activity are not well understood. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were fed diets containing 7 (zinc deficient, ZD), 10 (marginally zinc deficient, MZD) or 25 (control) mg Zn/g diet preconception through postnatal day (PN) 20, at which time pups were weaned onto their maternal or control diet. Regulation of NMDA receptor expression was examined at PN2, PN11, and PN65. At PN2, expression of whole brain NMDA receptor subunits NR1, NR2A, and NR2B was lower in pups from dams fed ZD and MZD compared to controls, as analyzed using relative RT-PCR and immunoblotting. At PN11, whole brain and hippocampi NR1, NR2A, NR2B and PSA-NCAM (polysialic acid-neural cell adhesion molecule) expression and the number of PSA-NCAM immunoreactive cells were lower in pups from dams fed ZD compared to controls. Whole brain brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) concentrations were lower in pups from dams fed ZD or both low zinc diets, respectively. Whole brain NR1 expression remained lower in previously zinc-deficient rats at PN65. These data indicate potential mechanisms through which developmental zinc deficiency can impair learning and memory later in life. PMID:15998301

  4. Tau elevations in the brain extracellular space correlate with reduced amyloid-? levels and predict adverse clinical outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury.

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    Magnoni, Sandra; Esparza, Thomas J; Conte, Valeria; Carbonara, Marco; Carrabba, Giorgio; Holtzman, David M; Zipfel, Greg J; Stocchetti, Nino; Brody, David L

    2012-04-01

    Axonal injury is believed to be a major determinant of adverse outcomes following traumatic brain injury. However, it has been difficult to assess acutely the severity of axonal injury in human traumatic brain injury patients. We hypothesized that microdialysis-based measurements of the brain extracellular fluid levels of tau and neurofilament light chain, two low molecular weight axonal proteins, could be helpful in this regard. To test this hypothesis, 100?kDa cut-off microdialysis catheters were placed in 16 patients with severe traumatic brain injury at two neurological/neurosurgical intensive care units. Tau levels in the microdialysis samples were highest early and fell over time in all patients. Initial tau levels were >3-fold higher in patients with microdialysis catheters placed in pericontusional regions than in patients in whom catheters were placed in normal-appearing right frontal lobe tissue (P?=?0.005). Tau levels and neurofilament light-chain levels were positively correlated (r?=?0.6, P?=?0.013). Neurofilament light-chain levels were also higher in patients with pericontusional catheters (P?=?0.04). Interestingly, initial tau levels were inversely correlated with initial amyloid-? levels measured in the same samples (r?=?-0.87, P?=?0.000023). This could be due to reduced synaptic activity in areas with substantial axonal injury, as amyloid-? release is closely coupled with synaptic activity. Importantly, high initial tau levels correlated with worse clinical outcomes, as assessed using the Glasgow Outcome Scale 6 months after injury (r?=?-0.6, P?=?0.018). Taken together, our data add support for the hypothesis that axonal injury may be related to long-term impairments following traumatic brain injury. Microdialysis-based measurement of tau levels in the brain extracellular space may be a useful way to assess the severity of axonal injury acutely in the intensive care unit. Further studies with larger numbers of patients will be required to assess the reproducibility of these findings and to determine whether this approach provides added value when combined with clinical and radiological information. PMID:22116192

  5. Tau elevations in the brain extracellular space correlate with reduced amyloid-? levels and predict adverse clinical outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury

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    Magnoni, Sandra; Esparza, Thomas J.; Conte, Valeria; Carbonara, Marco; Carrabba, Giorgio; Holtzman, David M.; Zipfel, Greg J.; Stocchetti, Nino

    2012-01-01

    Axonal injury is believed to be a major determinant of adverse outcomes following traumatic brain injury. However, it has been difficult to assess acutely the severity of axonal injury in human traumatic brain injury patients. We hypothesized that microdialysis-based measurements of the brain extracellular fluid levels of tau and neurofilament light chain, two low molecular weight axonal proteins, could be helpful in this regard. To test this hypothesis, 100?kDa cut-off microdialysis catheters were placed in 16 patients with severe traumatic brain injury at two neurological/neurosurgical intensive care units. Tau levels in the microdialysis samples were highest early and fell over time in all patients. Initial tau levels were >3-fold higher in patients with microdialysis catheters placed in pericontusional regions than in patients in whom catheters were placed in normal-appearing right frontal lobe tissue (P?=?0.005). Tau levels and neurofilament light-chain levels were positively correlated (r?=?0.6, P?=?0.013). Neurofilament light-chain levels were also higher in patients with pericontusional catheters (P?=?0.04). Interestingly, initial tau levels were inversely correlated with initial amyloid-? levels measured in the same samples (r?=??0.87, P?=?0.000023). This could be due to reduced synaptic activity in areas with substantial axonal injury, as amyloid-? release is closely coupled with synaptic activity. Importantly, high initial tau levels correlated with worse clinical outcomes, as assessed using the Glasgow Outcome Scale 6 months after injury (r?=??0.6, P?=?0.018). Taken together, our data add support for the hypothesis that axonal injury may be related to long-term impairments following traumatic brain injury. Microdialysis-based measurement of tau levels in the brain extracellular space may be a useful way to assess the severity of axonal injury acutely in the intensive care unit. Further studies with larger numbers of patients will be required to assess the reproducibility of these findings and to determine whether this approach provides added value when combined with clinical and radiological information. PMID:22116192

  6. FTY720 does not protect from traumatic brain injury in mice despite reducing posttraumatic inflammation.

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    Mencl, Stine; Hennig, Nelli; Hopp, Sarah; Schuhmann, Michael K; Albert-Weissenberger, Christiane; Sirén, Anna-Leena; Kleinschnitz, Christoph

    2014-09-15

    Inflammation is a pathological hallmark of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Recent evidence suggests that immune cells such as lymphocytes are of particular relevance for lesion development after TBI. FTY720, a sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor modulator, sequesters T lymphocytes in lymphoid organs and has been shown to improve outcome in a variety of neurological disease models. We investigated the mode of FTY720 action in models of TBI. Focal cortical cryolesion was induced in C57BL/6 mice treated with FTY720 (1mg/kg) or vehicle immediately before injury. Lesion size was assessed 24h later. Immune cells in the blood and brain were counted by flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry. The integrity of the blood-brain barrier was analyzed using Evans Blue dye. To validate the findings in a diffuse brain trauma model, FTY720-treated mice and controls were subjected to weight drop contusion injury and neurological deficits were assessed until day 7. As expected FTY720 significantly lowered the numbers of circulating lymphocytes and attenuated the invasion of immune cells into the damaged brain parenchyma. However, FTY720 was unable to improve lesion size or functional outcome in both trauma models at either stage, i.e. acute vs chronic. Accordingly, the extent of blood-brain barrier disruption and neuronal apoptosis was similar between FTY720-treated mice and controls. We conclude that pharmacological S1P receptor modulation is an unfavorable strategy to combat TBI. Moreover, our findings put into perspective the pathophysiological relevance of inflammatory cells in traumatic neurodegeneration. PMID:25081505

  7. A Ruptured Basilar Tip Aneurysm Showing Repeated Perianeurysmal Edema after Endovascular Coil Embolization: Case Report.

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    Takeshita, Tomonori; Horie, Nobutaka; Fukuda, Yutaka; So, Gohei; Hayashi, Kentaro; Morikawa, Minoru; Suyama, Kazuhiko; Nagata, Izumi

    2015-06-15

    The authors present an extremely rare case of a 48-year-old female who developed repeated perianeurysmal edema at 2, 9, and 16 weeks after endovascular coil embolization for the ruptured intracranial aneurysm. Interestingly, the mechanism for this edema could be different at each time point in this case; acute thrombosis formation, chemical inflammation, and aneurysm recanalization. We have to be aware of this potential complication in the long term after endovascular coil embolization for the intracranial aneurysm, especially with large size or buried into the brain parenchyma. The clinical implications of this case are discussed with a review of the literature. PMID:24390180

  8. Disruption of Ion Homeostasis in the Neurogliovascular Unit Underlies the Pathogenesis of Ischemic Cerebral Edema

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    Khanna, Arjun; Kahle, Kristopher T.; Gerzanich, Volodymyr

    2014-01-01

    Cerebral edema is a major cause of morbidity and mortality following ischemic stroke, but its underlying molecular pathophysiology is incompletely understood. Recent data have revealed the importance of ion flux via channels and transporters expressed in the neurogliovascular unit in the development of ischemia-triggered cytotoxic edema, vasogenic edema, and hemorrhagic conversion. Disruption of homeostatic mechanisms governing cell volume regulation and epithelial/endothelial ion transport due to ischemia-associated energy failure results in the thermodynamically driven re-equilibration of solutes and water across the CSF–blood and blood–brain barriers that ultimately increases the brain’s extravascular volume. Additionally, hypoxia, inflammation, and other stress-triggered increases in the functional expression of ion channels and transporters normally expressed at low levels in the neurogliovascular unit cause disruptions in ion homeostasis that contribute to ischemic cerebral edema. Here, we review the pathophysiological significance of several molecular mediators of ion transport expressed in the neurogliovascular unit, including targets of existing FDA-approved drugs, which might be potential nodes for therapeutic intervention. PMID:24323726

  9. Syzigium cumini seed extracts reduce tissue damage in diabetic rat brain

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    P. Stanely Mainzen Prince; N. Kamalakkannan; Venugopal P. Menon

    2003-01-01

    Syzigium cumini commonly known as Jamun, is widely used in different parts of India for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Oral administration of an aqueous Jamun seed extract (JSEt) for 6 weeks caused a significant decrease in lipids, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and an increase in catalase and superoxide dismutase in the brain of alloxan induced diabetic rats. Oral

  10. Spreading Waves of a Reduced Diffusion Coefficient of Water in Normal and Ischemic Rat Brain

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    Yasuhiro Hasegawa; Lawrence L. Latour; James E. Formato; Christopher H. Sotak; Marc Fisher

    1995-01-01

    Summary: Using echo planar diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, we measured three-dimensional changes in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water in eight contiguous coronal slices, encompassing the entire rat brain, before and after local cortical stimulation. We applied chemical (potassium chloride application; n = 6) and mechanical (needle stab; n = 4) stimulations to the right posterior parietal rat cortex.

  11. Berry fruit and nuts: their role in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the aging brain

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    Berry fruits and nuts are nutrient dense and contain a variety of bioactive phytochemicals, specifically polyphenols. A growing body of literature describes pre-clinical research, using both in vitro and in vivo techniques, which show beneficial effects of nut and berry consumption on the brain in ...

  12. Brain imaging: Reduced sensitivity of RARE-derived techniques to susceptibility effects

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    Reimer, P.; Allkemper, T.; Schuierer, G.; Peters, P.E. [Westfalian Wilhelms-Univ. Muenster, Muenster (Germany)] [Westfalian Wilhelms-Univ. Muenster, Muenster (Germany)

    1996-03-01

    Our goal was to evaluate the decreased sensitivity of RARE-derived pulse sequences to susceptibility effects. A variety of RARE-derived T2-weighted fast SE echo (FSE) sequences with echo trains from 6 to 16 were compared with conventional SE (CSE) sequences by means of MRI in phantoms (iron oxides), volunteers (n = 10), and patients (n = 13) with old hemorrhagic brain lesions. All experiments were performed on a 1.5 T clinical MR system (Magnetom SP 4000; Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany) with constant imaging parameters. Contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) of tubes doped with iron oxides at different concentrations and brain areas with physiological iron deposition (red nucleus, substantia nigra) were calculated for CSE and FSE pulse sequences. Areas of old brain hemorrhage were analyzed for lesion conspicuity by blinded analysis with CSE as an internal standard. CNR of iron oxide tubes (TE 90 ins, CSE 45.0 {+-} 3.5, FSE 16 echo trains 28.5 {+-} 3. 1; p {le} 0.01) and iron-containing brain areas decreased with increasing echo trains of FSE sequences. A significantly lower number of old hemorrhagic brain lesions was visible in patients scanned with FSE sequences (6 echo trains: n = 28; 16 echo trains: n = 26) than CSE (n = 40). Our results demonstrate that the sensitivity of RARE-derived techniques to susceptibility effects is significantly decreased compared with CSE. CSE sequences or GE sequences should still be preferred in patients with a history of seizures or intracranial hemorrhage. 25 refs., 3 figs., 1 tabs.

  13. Reduced mural cell coverage and impaired vessel integrity after angiogenic stimulation in the Alk1-deficient brain

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    Chen, Wanqiu; Guo, Yi; Walker, Espen J.; Shen, Fanxia; Jun, Kristine; Oh, S. Paul; Degos, Vincent; Lawton, Michael T.; Tihan, Tarik; Davalos, Dimitrios; Akassoglou, Katerina; Nelson, Jeffrey; Pile-Spellman, John; Su, Hua; Young, William L.

    2013-01-01

    Objective Vessels in brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVM) are prone to rupture. The underlying pathogenesis is not clear. Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia type 2 (HHT2) patients with activin receptor-like kinase 1 (Alk1) mutation have a higher incidence of bAVM than the general population. We tested the hypothesis that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) impairs vascular integrity in the Alk1-deficient brain through reduction of mural cell-coverage. Methods and Results Adult Alk11f/2f mice (loxP sites flanking exons 4-6) and wild-type (WT) mice were injected with 2×107 PFU Ad-Cre and 2×109 genome copies of AAV-VEGF to induce focal homozygous Alk1 deletion (in Alk11f/2f mice) and angiogenesis. Brain vessels were analyzed eight weeks later. Compared to WT mice, the Alk1-deficient brain had more fibrin (99±30×103 pixels/mm2 vs. 40±13×103, P=0.001), iron deposition (508±506 pixels/mm2 vs. 6 ±49, P=0.04), and Iba1+ microglia/macrophage infiltration (888±420 Iba1+ cells/mm2 vs. 240±104 Iba1+, P=0.001) after VEGF stimulation. In the angiogenic foci, the Alk1-deficient brain had more ?-SMA- vessels (52±9% vs. 12±7%, P<0.001), fewer vascular associated pericytes (503±179/mm2 vs. 931±115, P<0.001), and reduced PDGFR-? expression (26±9%, P<0.001). Conclusion Reduction of mural cell coverage in response to VEGF stimulation is a potential mechanism for the impairment of vessel wall integrity in HHT2-associated bAVM. PMID:23241407

  14. Partially flexible MEMS neural probe composed of polyimide and sucrose gel for reducing brain damage during and after implantation

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    Jeon, Myounggun; Cho, Jeiwon; Kim, Yun Kyung; Jung, Dahee; Yoon, Eui-Sung; Shin, Sehyun; Cho, Il-Joo

    2014-02-01

    This paper presents a flexible microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) neural probe that minimizes neuron damage and immune response, suitable for chronic recording applications. MEMS neural probes with various features such as high electrode densities have been actively investigated for neuron stimulation and recording to study brain functions. However, successful recording of neural signals in chronic application using rigid silicon probes still remains challenging because of cell death and macrophages accumulated around the electrodes over time from continuous brain movement. Thus, in this paper, we propose a new flexible MEMS neural probe that consists of two segments: a polyimide-based, flexible segment for connection and a rigid segment composed of thin silicon for insertion. While the flexible connection segment is designed to reduce the long-term chronic neuron damage, the thin insertion segment is designed to minimize the brain damage during the insertion process. The proposed flexible neural probe was successfully fabricated using the MEMS process on a silicon on insulator wafer. For a successful insertion, a biodegradable sucrose gel is coated on the flexible segment to temporarily increase the probe stiffness to prevent buckling. After the insertion, the sucrose gel dissolves inside the brain exposing the polyimide probe. By performing an insertion test, we confirm that the flexible probe has enough stiffness. In addition, by monitoring immune responses and brain histology, we successfully demonstrate that the proposed flexible neural probe incurs fivefold less neural damage than that incurred by a conventional silicon neural probe. Therefore, the presented flexible neural probe is a promising candidate for recording stable neural signals for long-time chronic applications.

  15. Cerebral edema in children with diabetic ketoacidosis: vasogenic rather than cellular?

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    Tasker, Robert C; Acerini, Carlo L

    2014-06-01

    Cerebral edema (CE) is accumulation of water in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain. Vasogenic edema occurs when there is breakdown of the tight endothelial junctions of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), leading to extravasation of intravascular protein and fluid into the interstitial space of the brain. In cellular edema the BBB remains intact and there is swelling of astrocytes with corresponding reduction in extracellular space. In this review we bring together clinical evidence from neuropathology and cerebral magnetic resonance (MR) studies in pediatric patients presenting in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and use applied physiology to understand whether CE complicating DKA is vasogenic, rather than cellular in origin. Because the first-line of defense against CE is the interface between the intravascular compartment and the extracellular space in the brain much of the focus in this review is the BBB. The principal pathologic finding in fatal cases is perivascular with BBB disruption and albumin extravasation, suggesting increased vascular permeability. DKA induces an inflammatory response and the mechanism of BBB transcellular permeability may be an immunologic cascade that disrupts tight junctions. The principal MR finding in subclinical cases of CE is vasogenic rather than cellular edema. We propose that the following physiology be considered when treating cases: bolus dose of intravenous mannitol may result in fall in serum sodium concentration, and therefore clinical worsening. Failure to respond to mannitol should prompt the use of 3% hypertonic saline (HS). Bolus dose of intravenous 3% HS is expected to effect vasogenic edema provided that the reflection coefficient is close to 1. Failure to respond to 3% HS should prompt the use of mannitol. PMID:24866062

  16. Blood-brain barrier in acute liver failure

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    Nguyen, Justin H.

    2011-01-01

    Brain edema remains a challenging obstacle in the management of acute liver failure (ALF). Cytotoxic mechanisms associated with brain edema have been well recognized, but evidence for vasogenic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of brain edema in ALF has been lacking. Recent reports have not only shown a role of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the pathogenesis of brain edema in experimental ALF but have also found significant alterations in the tight junction elements including occludin and claudin-5, suggesting a vasogenic injury in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity. This article reviews and explores the role of the paracellular tight junction proteins in the increased selective BBB permeability that leads to brain edema in ALF. PMID:22100566

  17. Zinc chelation reduces traumatic brain injury-induced neurogenesis in the subgranular zone of the hippocampal dentate gyrus.

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    Choi, Bo Young; Kim, Jin Hee; Kim, Hyun Jung; Lee, Bo Eun; Kim, In Yeol; Sohn, Min; Suh, Sang Won

    2014-10-01

    Numerous studies have demonstrated that traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases hippocampal neurogenesis in the rodent brain. However, the mechanisms underlying increased neurogenesis after TBI remain unknown. Continuous neurogenesis occurs in the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) in the adult brain. The mechanism that maintains active neurogenesis in the hippocampal area is not known. A high level of vesicular zinc is localized in the presynaptic terminals of the SGZ (mossy fiber). The mossy fiber of dentate granular cells contains high levels of chelatable zinc in their terminal vesicles, which can be released into the extracellular space during neuronal activity. Previously, our lab presented findings indicating that a possible correlation may exist between synaptic zinc localization and high rates of neurogenesis in this area after hypoglycemia or epilepsy. Using a weight drop animal model to mimic human TBI, we tested our hypothesis that zinc plays a key role in modulating hippocampal neurogenesis after TBI. Thus, we injected a zinc chelator, clioquinol (CQ, 30mg/kg), into the intraperitoneal space to reduce brain zinc availability twice per day for 1 week. Neuronal death was evaluated with Fluoro Jade-B and NeuN staining to determine whether CQ has neuroprotective effects after TBI. The number of degenerating neurons (FJB (+)) and live neurons (NeuN (+)) was similar in vehicle and in CQ-treated rats at 1 week after TBI. Neurogenesis was evaluated using BrdU, Ki67 and doublecortin (DCX) immunostaining 1 week after TBI. The number of BrdU, Ki67 and DCX positive cell was increased after TBI. However, the number of BrdU, Ki67 and DCX positive cells was significantly decreased by CQ treatment. The present study shows that zinc chelation did not prevent neurodegeneration but did reduce TBI-induced progenitor cell proliferation and neurogenesis. Therefore, this study suggests that zinc has an essential role for modulating hippocampal neurogenesis after TBI. PMID:25200616

  18. Cross-sex hormone treatment in male-to-female transsexual persons reduces serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

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    Fuss, Johannes; Hellweg, Rainer; Van Caenegem, Eva; Briken, Peer; Stalla, Günter K; T'Sjoen, Guy; Auer, Matthias K

    2015-01-01

    Serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are reduced in male-to-female transsexual persons (MtF) compared to male controls. It was hypothesized before that this might reflect either an involvement of BDNF in a biomechanism of transsexualism or to be the result of persistent social stress due to the condition. Here, we demonstrate that 12 month of cross-sex hormone treatment reduces serum BDNF levels in male-to-female transsexual persons independent of anthropometric measures. Participants were acquired through the European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence (ENIGI). Reduced serum BDNF in MtF thus seems to be a result of hormonal treatment rather than a consequence or risk factor of transsexualism. PMID:25498415

  19. Reduced N400 semantic priming effects in adult survivors of paediatric and adolescent traumatic brain injury.

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    Knuepffer, C; Murdoch, B E; Lloyd, D; Lewis, F M; Hinchliffe, F J

    2012-10-01

    The immediate and long-term neural correlates of linguistic processing deficits reported following paediatric and adolescent traumatic brain injury (TBI) are poorly understood. Therefore, the current research investigated event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited during a semantic picture-word priming experiment in two groups of highly functioning individuals matched for various demographic variables and behavioural language performance. Participants in the TBI group had a recorded history of paediatric or adolescent TBI involving injury mechanisms associated with diffuse white matter pathology, while participants in the control group never sustained any insult to the brain. A comparison of N400 Mean Amplitudes elicited during three experimental conditions with varying semantic relatedness between the prime and target stimuli (congruent, semantically related, unrelated) revealed a significantly smaller N400 response in the unrelated condition in the TBI group, indicating residual linguistic processing deviations when processing demands required the quick detection of a between-category (unrelated) violation of semantic expectancy. PMID:22819620

  20. Chronic neuroleptic treatment reduces endogenous kynurenic acid levels in rat brain

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    G. Ceresoli-Borroni; A. Rassoulpour; H.-Q. Wu; P. Guidetti; R. Schwarcz

    2006-01-01

    Summary.  The brain and cerebrospinal fluid levels of kynurenic acid (KYNA), a metabolite of the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation\\u000a and antagonist of the glycineB receptor and the ?7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, are elevated in persons with schizophrenia. To evaluate whether this\\u000a increase is related to antipsychotic medication, we examined the effects of haloperidol (HAL), clozapine (CLOZ) or raclopride\\u000a (RAC) on

  1. Reduced Metabolsim in Brain 'Control Networks' Following Cocaine-Cues Exposure in Female Cocaine Abusers

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    Volkow, N.D.; Wang, G.; Volkow, N.D.; Tomasi, D.; Wang, G.-J.; Fowler, J.S.; Telang, F.; Goldstein, R.Z.; Alia-Klein, N.; Wong, C.T.

    2011-03-01

    Gender differences in vulnerability for cocaine addiction have been reported. Though the mechanisms are not understood, here we hypothesize that gender differences in reactivity to conditioned-cues, which contributes to relapse, are involved. To test this we compared brain metabolism (using PET and {sup 18}FDG) between female (n = 10) and male (n = 16) active cocaine abusers when they watched a neutral video (nature scenes) versus a cocaine-cues video. Self-reports of craving increased with the cocaine-cue video but responses did not differ between genders. In contrast, changes in whole brain metabolism with cocaine-cues differed by gender (p<0.05); females significantly decreased metabolism (-8.6% {+-} 10) whereas males tended to increase it (+5.5% {+-} 18). SPM analysis (Cocaine-cues vs Neutral) in females revealed decreases in frontal, cingulate and parietal cortices, thalamus and midbrain (p<0.001) whereas males showed increases in right inferior frontal gyrus (BA 44/45) (only at p<0.005). The gender-cue interaction showed greater decrements with Cocaine-cues in females than males (p<0.001) in frontal (BA 8, 9, 10), anterior cingulate (BA 24, 32), posterior cingulate (BA 23, 31), inferior parietal (BA 40) and thalamus (dorsomedial nucleus). Females showed greater brain reactivity to cocaine-cues than males but no differences in craving, suggesting that there may be gender differences in response to cues that are not linked with craving but could affect subsequent drug use. Specifically deactivation of brain regions from 'control networks' (prefrontal, cingulate, inferior parietal, thalamus) in females could increase their vulnerability to relapse since it would interfere with executive function (cognitive inhibition). This highlights the importance of gender tailored interventions for cocaine addiction.

  2. 5-Oxoproline Reduces NonEnzymatic Antioxidant Defenses in vitro in Rat Brain

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    Carolina D. Pederzolli; Ângela M. Sgaravatti; César A. Braum; Cristina C. Prestes; Giovanni K. Zorzi; Mirian B. Sgarbi; Angela T. S. Wyse; Clóvis M. D. Wannmacher; Moacir Wajner; Carlos S. Dutra-Filho

    2007-01-01

    5-Oxoproline (pyroglutamic acid) accumulates in glutathione synthetase deficiency, an inborn metabolic defect of the ?-glutamyl\\u000a cycle. This disorder is clinically characterized by hemolytic anemia, metabolic acidosis and severe neurological disorders.\\u000a Considering that the mechanisms of brain damage in this disease are poorly known, in the present study we investigated whether\\u000a oxidative stress is elicited by 5-oxoproline. The in vitro effect

  3. Lymphatic edema in congenital disorders of glycosylation.

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    Verstegen, Ruud Hj; Theodore, Miranda; van de Klerk, Hans; Morava, Eva

    2012-01-01

    Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a group of metabolic disorders caused by deficient protein glycosylation. PMM2-CDG, the most common CDG, is caused by phosphomannomutase (PMM) deficiency. Clinical symptoms often include neurological involvement in addition to dysmorphic features, failure to thrive, cardiac failure, renal, and endocrine abnormalities. To our knowledge, lymphatic edema in CDG has not been reported. We present two cases of lymphatic edema in PMM2-CDG patients. The first patient was noted to have a larger right leg circumference at two years. Ultrasound investigations did not reveal any obvious vascular or lymphatic malformation. The swelling increased in size over time. At 12 years, lymphoscintigraphy revealed decreased lymphatic draining in both legs, which was more profound in the right leg. The second patient was treated for pulmonary stenosis at age 2 months. Postoperative, the patient suffered from protein-losing enteropathy, hypothyroidism, recurrent bacterial infections, and bilateral lymphatic edema. General condition improved after thyroxin treatment and albumin infusions; however, the bilateral pedal and leg edema remained unresolved. Contrast studies of the lymphatic system showed bilateral hypoplasia distal to the knees. Although both children had secondary factors worsening lymphatic edema in PMM2-CDG, hypoalbuminemia, recurrent infections, cardiac failure, and endocrine abnormalities could not fully explain the clinical features. The additional factors were treated successfully but the therapy did not resolve the lymphatic edema. Based on the abnormal imaging studies of the lymphatic system, we propose that lymphatic vessel hypoplasia is the major cause for lymphatic edema in our patients with PMM2-CDG. PMID:23430905

  4. Methylene Blue Attenuates Traumatic Brain Injury-Associated Neuroinflammation and Acute Depressive-Like Behavior in Mice

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    Fenn, Ashley M.; Skendelas, John P.; Moussa, Daniel N.; Muccigrosso, Megan M.; Popovich, Phillip G.; Lifshitz, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with cerebral edema, blood brain barrier breakdown, and neuroinflammation that contribute to the degree of injury severity and functional recovery. Unfortunately, there are no effective proactive treatments for limiting immediate or long-term consequences of TBI. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of methylene blue (MB), an antioxidant agent, in reducing inflammation and behavioral complications associated with a diffuse brain injury. Here we show that immediate MB infusion (intravenous; 15–30 minutes after TBI) reduced cerebral edema, attenuated microglial activation and reduced neuroinflammation, and improved behavioral recovery after midline fluid percussion injury in mice. Specifically, TBI-associated edema and inflammatory gene expression in the hippocampus were significantly reduced by MB at 1?d post injury. Moreover, MB intervention attenuated TBI-induced inflammatory gene expression (interleukin [IL]-1?, tumor necrosis factor ?) in enriched microglia/macrophages 1?d post injury. Cell culture experiments with lipopolysaccharide-activated BV2 microglia confirmed that MB treatment directly reduced IL-1? and increased IL-10 messenger ribonucleic acid in microglia. Last, functional recovery and depressive-like behavior were assessed up to one week after TBI. MB intervention did not prevent TBI-induced reductions in body weight or motor coordination 1–7?d post injury. Nonetheless, MB attenuated the development of acute depressive-like behavior at 7?d post injury. Taken together, immediate intervention with MB was effective in reducing neuroinflammation and improving behavioral recovery after diffuse brain injury. Thus, MB intervention may reduce life-threatening complications of TBI, including edema and neuroinflammation, and protect against the development of neuropsychiatric complications. PMID:25070744

  5. The role of endogenous versus exogenous tPA on edema formation in murine ICH.

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    Thiex, Ruth; Mayfrank, Lothar; Rohde, Veit; Gilsbach, J Michael; Tsirka, Styliani-Anna E

    2004-09-01

    To minimize the neurotoxic injury by clot-derived substances after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) on the surrounding brain tissue, minimally invasive neurosurgical protocols have evolved evacuating the hematoma by stereotaxic injection of a fibrinolytic agent such as recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), followed by aspiration of the lysed clot. However, the possible contribution of the presence of exogenous tPA itself to the toxic effects of hematoma-derived factors complicates the rationale and efficacy of this therapeutic approach. To clarify the role of exogenous rtPA on edema development, we examined the extent of edema formation in a murine model of collagenase-induced ICH, which included tPA-deficient (tPA-/-) and wild-type (wt) mice. In 16 (7 tPA-/- and 9 wt mice) out of 32 mice, 1 mg/kg rtPA was injected into the hematoma 5 h after ICH induction followed by aspiration of the liquefied clot 20 min later. In the control group (8 tPA-/- and 8 wt mice), only collagenase was injected. The edema volume was quantified using SPOT software on Luxol Fast Blue and Cresyl violet-stained cross-sections 24 h, 3, and 7 days post surgery. Twenty-four hours after ICH induction, tPA-/- mice had a significantly smaller edema volume (P< 0.01), even when rtPA was administered. Between days 3 and 7 after ICH, exogenous rtPA exerts its edema-promoting effect irrespective of the underlying genotype and exhibits an extensive microglial activation adjacent to the clot. In conclusion, the role of the endogenous tPA appears to be limited to the early phase of edema formation, whereas exogenous rtPA is edema-promoting between days 3 and 7 after ICH. PMID:15296833

  6. Low-power hardware implementation of movement decoding for brain computer interface with reduced-resolution discrete cosine transform.

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    Minho Won; Albalawi, Hassan; Xin Li; Thomas, Donald E

    2014-08-01

    This paper describes a low-power hardware implementation for movement decoding of brain computer interface. Our proposed hardware design is facilitated by two novel ideas: (i) an efficient feature extraction method based on reduced-resolution discrete cosine transform (DCT), and (ii) a new hardware architecture of dual look-up table to perform discrete cosine transform without explicit multiplication. The proposed hardware implementation has been validated for movement decoding of electrocorticography (ECoG) signal by using a Xilinx FPGA Zynq-7000 board. It achieves more than 56× energy reduction over a reference design using band-pass filters for feature extraction. PMID:25570284

  7. Progesterone alleviates acute brain injury via reducing apoptosis and oxidative stress in a rat experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage model.

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    Cai, Jing; Cao, Shenglong; Chen, Jingyin; Yan, Feng; Chen, Gao; Dai, Yuying

    2015-07-23

    This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of progesterone on acute brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Subarachnoid hemorrhage was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=72) by endovascular perforation. Progesterone (8mg/kg or 16mg/kg) was administered to rats at 1, 6, and 12h after SAH. Mortality, neurologic deficits, cell apoptosis, expression of apoptotic markers, the level of malondialdehyde (MDA) and the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) were assayed at 24h after experimental SAH. Mortality, cell apoptosis and the expression of caspase-3 were decreased, and improved neurological function was observed in the progesterone-treated SAH rats. Further, exploration demonstrated that progesterone significantly reduced the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2 and attenuated the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria. Progesterone also induced anti-oxidative effects by elevating the activity of SOD and decreasing MDA content after SAH. Furthermore, dose-response relationships for progesterone treatment were observed, and high doses of progesterone enhanced the neuroprotective effects. Progesterone treatment could alleviate acute brain injury after SAH by inhibiting cell apoptosis and decreasing damage due to oxidative stress. The mechanism involved in the anti-apoptotic effect was related to the mitochondrial pathway. These results indicate that progesterone possesses the potential to be a novel therapeutic agent for the treatment of acute brain injury after SAH. PMID:26101829

  8. The impact of prostate edema on cell survival and tumor control after permanent interstitial brachytherapy for early stage prostate cancers

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    (Jay Chen, Zhe; Roberts, Kenneth; Decker, Roy; Pathare, Pradip; Rockwell, Sara; Nath, Ravinder

    2011-08-01

    Previous studies have shown that procedure-induced prostate edema during permanent interstitial brachytherapy (PIB) can cause significant variations in the dose delivered to the prostate gland. Because the clinical impact of edema-induced dose variations strongly depends on the magnitude of the edema, the temporal pattern of its resolution and its interplay with the decay of radioactivity and the underlying biological processes of tumor cells (such as tumor potential doubling time), we investigated the impact of edema-induced dose variations on the tumor cell survival and tumor control probability after PIB with the 131Cs, 125I and 103Pd sources used in current clinical practice. The exponential edema resolution model reported by Waterman et al (1998 Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 41 1069-77) was used to characterize the edema evolutions previously observed during clinical PIB for prostate cancer. The concept of biologically effective dose, taking into account tumor cell proliferation and sublethal damage repair during dose delivery, was used to characterize the effects of prostate edema on cell survival and tumor control probability. Our calculation indicated that prostate edema, if not appropriately taken into account, can increase the cell survival and decrease the probability of local control of PIB. The magnitude of an edema-induced increase in cell survival increased with increasing edema severity, decreasing half-life of radioactive decay and decreasing photon energy emitted by the source. At the doses currently prescribed for PIB and for prostate cancer cells characterized by nominal radiobiology parameters recommended by AAPM TG-137, PIB using 125I sources was less affected by edema than PIB using 131Cs or 103Pd sources due to the long radioactive decay half-life of 125I. The effect of edema on PIB using 131Cs or 103Pd was similar. The effect of edema on 103Pd PIB was slightly greater, even though the decay half-life of 103Pd (17 days) is longer than that of 131Cs (9.7 days), because the advantage of the longer 103Pd decay half-life was negated by the lower effective energy of the photons it emits (~21 keV compared to ~30.4 keV for 131Cs). In addition, the impact of edema could be reduced or enhanced by differences in the tumor characteristics (e.g. potential tumor doubling time or the ?/? ratio), and the effect of these factors varied for the different radioactive sources. There is a clear need to consider the effects of prostate edema during the planning and evaluation of permanent interstitial brachytherapy treatments for prostate cancer.

  9. Overexpression of mitochondrial Hsp70/Hsp75 in rat brain protects mitochondria, reduces oxidative stress, and protects from focal ischemia

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    Xu, Lijun; Voloboueva, Ludmila A; Ouyang, YiBing; Emery, John F; Giffard, Rona G

    2013-01-01

    Mitochondria are known to be central to the cell's response to ischemia, because of their role in energy generation, in free radical generation, and in the regulation of apoptosis. Heat shock protein 75 (Hsp75/Grp75/mortalin/TRAP1) is a member of the HSP70 chaperone family, which is targeted to mitochondria. Overexpression of Hsp75 was achieved in rat brain by DNA 7transfection, and expression was observed in both astrocytes and neurons. Rats were subjected to 100 mins middle cerebral artery occlusion followed by assessment of infarct volume, neurological score, mitochondrial function, and levels of oxidative stress at 24 h reperfusion. Overexpression of Hsp75 reduced infarct area from 44.6%±21.1% to 25.7%±12.1% and improved neurological outcome significantly. This was associated with improved mitochondrial function as shown by protection of complex IV activity, marked reduction of free radical generation detected by hydroethidine fluorescence, reduction of lipid peroxidation detected by 4-hydroxy-2-nonenol immunoreactivity, and increased preservation of ATP levels. This suggests that targeting mitochondria for protection may be a useful strategy to reduce ischemic brain injury. PMID:18985056

  10. UNCORRECTEDPROOF 2 A brain tumor segmentation framework based on outlier detection q

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    brain tumor segmentation from MR images. The detection of edema is done 10 simultaneously with tumor segmentation, as the knowledge of the extent of edema is important for diagnosis, planning, and 11 treatment whether edema appears together with tumor in the abnormal regions. 18 Finally, we apply geometric

  11. Pure vasogenic edema caused by cerebral hyperperfusion after superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery anastomosis--case report.

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    Kokuzawa, Jouji; Kaku, Yasuhiko; Watarai, Takatoshi; Tanaka, Toshiki; Hatsuda, Naoki; Ando, Takashi

    2010-01-01

    A 63-year-old patient presented with cerebral hyperperfusion manifesting as transient aphasia and general tonic convulsions 3 and 4 days after superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) anastomosis. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed a focal low-intensity area at the site of anastomosis in the left temporal lobe, with high apparent diffusion coefficient, together with focal intense increase in cerebral blood flow in the same region. This lesion was considered to be pure vasogenic edema caused by cerebral hyperperfusion. Additional treatment with intravenous drip infusion of free radical scavenger and reduction in blood pressure with nicardipine improved the patient's symptoms and brain edema. The brain edema gradually decreased on MR imaging and completely disappeared at 3 months after bypass surgery. Cerebral hyperperfusion is often encountered after recanalization of occlusive arteries, removal of arteriovenous malformations, and carotid endarterectomy, but may also occur after STA-MCA anastomosis. PMID:20339280

  12. Histopathological findings in the peritumoral edema area of human glioma.

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    Wang, Xingfu; Liu, Xueyong; Chen, Yupeng; Lin, Guoshi; Mei, Wenzhong; Chen, Jianwu; Liu, Ying; Lin, Zhixiong; Zhang, Sheng

    2015-09-01

    Peritumoral brain edema (PTBE) is considered to be one of the main biological behaviors of brain glioma. However, the histopathological features of PTBE remain imprecisely defined. We analyzed the histopathological characteristics in the PTBE area of 22 cases of glioma. Microscopically, the pre-existing basic structure in the edema area was still preserved but there were varying degrees of loose tissue. The main components of the edema tissue were scattered invasive tumor cells, reactive cells, and various blood vessel patterns. Invasive tumor cell density was significantly higher in high-grade glioma than in low-grade glioma, and the density was significantly higher in the area near compared to the area far from the glioma. The Ki-67 proliferative index of the invasive tumor cells was higher in high-grade glioma than in low-grade glioma, but the index was not different in the area near compared to the area far from the glioma. The microvessel pattern in PTBE was primarily branching capillary. The microvessel densities (MVDs) of CD34? and CD105? were higher in high-grade glioma and the area near the glioma than in low-grade glioma and the area far from the glioma. Compared to CD34?, the MVD of CD105? exhibited a more significant downward trend in terms of distance from the glioma. The most obvious types of reactive cells were reactive astrocytes and activated microglia. The reactive astrocytes were positive for nestin. The activated microglia emerged in the area near the glioma in most cases and in the area far from the glioma in more than half of the cases. In addition, several cases displayed focal collections of small lymphocytes around small blood vessels and tumor cells arranged around a neuronal cell, and a limited number of cases displayed giant dysmorphic neurons in an edematous cortex. Our data indicate that PTBE is a consequence of tissue reconstruction resulting from tumor cell invasion and is an appropriate niche for the growth and spread of glioma cells. PMID:25780990

  13. Steroids and the Management of Macular Edema

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    Shani Golan; Anat Loewenstein

    2010-01-01

    Macular edema (ME) is a condition which is usually secondary to an underlying disease process. It is most commonly seen following venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy and posterior segment inflammatory disease. The treatment of ME varies, depending upon the underlying etiology, and has led to varying degrees of success. Traditionally, the main treatment options have included topical and systemic steroids,

  14. Hereditary Angioneurotic Edema: Two Genetic Variants

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    Fred S. Rosen; Patricia Charache; Jack Pensky; Virginia Donaldson

    1965-01-01

    Serums of patients with hereditary angioneurotic edema lack inhibitory activity against the esterase derived from the first component of complement. In one group of patients this lack appears to result from failure to synthesize the esterase inhibitor of the first component of complement, whereas in another group of patients an abnormal, nonfunctional protein is synthesized.

  15. Treatment with a monoclonal antibody against methamphetamine and amphetamine reduces maternal and fetal rat brain concentrations in late pregnancy.

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    White, Sarah J; Hendrickson, Howard P; Atchley, William T; Laurenzana, Elizabeth M; Gentry, W Brooks; Williams, D Keith; Owens, S Michael

    2014-08-01

    We hypothesized that treatment of pregnant rat dams with a dual reactive monoclonal antibody (mAb4G9) against (+)-methamphetamine [METH; equilibrium dissociation rate constant (KD) = 16 nM] and (+)-amphetamine (AMP; KD = 102 nM) could confer maternal and fetal protection from brain accumulation of both drugs of abuse. To test this hypothesis, pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats (on gestational day 21) received a 1 mg/kg i.v. METH dose, followed 30 minutes later by vehicle or mAb4G9 treatment. The mAb4G9 dose was 0.56 mole-equivalent in binding sites to the METH body burden. Pharmacokinetic analysis showed baseline METH and AMP elimination half-lives were congruent in dams and fetuses, but the METH volume of distribution in dams was nearly double the fetal values. The METH and AMP area under the serum concentration-versus-time curves from 40 minutes to 5 hours after mAb4G9 treatment increased >7000% and 2000%, respectively, in dams. Fetal METH serum did not change, but AMP decreased 23%. The increased METH and AMP concentrations in maternal serum resulted from significant increases in mAb4G9 binding. Protein binding changed from ?15% to > 90% for METH and AMP. Fetal serum protein binding appeared to gradually increase, but the absolute fraction bound was trivial compared with the dams. mAb4G9 treatment significantly reduced METH and AMP brain values by 66% and 45% in dams and 44% and 46% in fetuses (P < 0.05), respectively. These results show anti-METH/AMP mAb4G9 therapy in dams can offer maternal and fetal brain protection from the potentially harmful effects of METH and AMP. PMID:24839971

  16. Wharton's Jelly Transplantation Improves Neurologic Function in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury.

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    Cheng, Tian; Yang, Bo; Li, Dongpeng; Ma, Shanshan; Tian, Yi; Qu, Ruina; Zhang, Wenjin; Zhang, Yanting; Hu, Kai; Guan, Fangxia; Wang, Jian

    2015-07-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can lead to disability, dysfunction, and even death, is a prominent health problem worldwide. Effective therapy for this serious and debilitating condition is needed. Human umbilical cord matrix, known as Wharton's jelly (WJ), provides a natural, interface scaffold that is enriched in mesenchymal stem cells. In this study, we tested the efficacy of WJ tissue transplantation in a weight-drop model of TBI in rats. WJ tissue was cultured and transplanted into the injury site 24 h after TBI. The modified neurologic severity score, body weight, brain edema, and lesion volume were evaluated at various time points after TBI. Cognitive behavior was assessed by the novel object recognition test and the Morris water maze test. Expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the perilesional brain area was measured at day 14 after TBI. We found that WJ tissue transplantation lessened TBI-induced brain edema (day 3), reduced lesion volume (day 28), improved neurologic function (days 21-28), and promoted memory and cognitive recovery. Additionally, expression of BDNF mRNA and protein was higher in WJ tissue-treated rats than in sham-operated or vehicle-treated rats. These data suggest that WJ tissue transplantation can reduce TBI-induced brain injury and may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of TBI. PMID:25638565

  17. Congenital brain serotonin deficiency leads to reduced ethanol sensitivity and increased ethanol consumption in mice

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    Sachs, Benjamin D.; Salahi, A. Ayten; Caron, Marc G.

    2013-01-01

    Serotonergic dysfunction has been hypothesized to play an important role in the pathophysiology of alcoholism. However, whether congenital serotonin (5-HT) deficiency leads to increased alcohol consumption or affects ethanol-related behaviors has not been established. Here, we use a transgenic mouse line that expresses a hypofunctional variant of the 5-HT synthesis enzyme, tryptophan hydroxylase 2, to examine the impact of 5-HT deficiency on responses to alcohol. We demonstrate that these 5-HT-deficient transgenic animals (Tph2KI mice) recover their righting reflex more rapidly than wild-type controls following a high dose of ethanol and exhibit blunted locomotor retardation in response to repeated ethanol administration. In addition, compared to WT controls, 5-HT-deficient animals consume significantly more ethanol and exhibit increased preference for ethanol in two-bottle choice tests. Our data also suggest that 5-HT plays a critical role in mediating the effects of ethanol on Akt/GSK3? signaling in the nucleus accumbens. Overall, our results corroborate previous theories regarding the importance of brain 5-HT levels in mediating responsiveness to alcohol and demonstrate, for the first time, that congenital 5-HT deficiency leads to increased ethanol consumption and decreased sensitivity to the sedative-like effects of ethanol, perhaps in part through modulating Akt/GSK3? signaling. PMID:24067926

  18. Neuroprotective effects of brilliant blue G on the brain following traumatic brain injury in rats.

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    Wang, Yong-Chao; Cui, Ying; Cui, Jian-Zhong; Sun, Li-Qian; Cui, Chang-Meng; Zhang, Hong-Ao; Zhu, Hui-Xing; Li, Ran; Tian, Yan-Xia; Gao, Jun-Ling

    2015-08-01

    The P2X7 inhibitor, brilliant blue G (BBG), has been reported as a neuroprotective drug against a variety of disorders, including neuropathic pain and brain ischemia. Currently, no studies have examined the potential for BBG to provide neuroprotection in animal models of TBI. The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effect of BBG on TBI and to determine the underlying mechanisms. The rats were subjected to a diffuse cortical impact injury caused by a modified weight?drop device, and then divided randomly into three groups: the sham?operated, BBG treatment and vehicle groups. In the BBG treatment group, 50 mg/kg brilliant blue G (BBG; 100% pure), a highly specific and clinically useful P2X7 antagonist, was administered via the tail vein 15 min prior to or up to 8 h following TBI. The co?localization of NeuN and protein kinase C? (PKC?) was followed with immunofluorescent staining. The expression of P2X7, PKC? and inflammatory cytokines was identified by western blot analysis. Wet?dry weight method was used to evaluate brain edema, and motor function outcome was examined using the neurological severity score. The present study demonstrated that the administration of BBG attenuated TBI?induced cerebral edema and the associated motor deficits. Following trauma, BBG treatment significantly reduced the levels of PKC? and interleukin?1? in the cortex. The results provide in vivo evidence that BBG exerted neuroprotective effects by attenuating brain edema and improving neurological functions via reducing PKC? and interleukin-1? levels following TBI. PMID:25873133

  19. Brain-specific BNIP-2-homology protein Caytaxin relocalises glutaminase to neurite terminals and reduces glutamate levels.

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    Buschdorf, Jan Paul; Li Chew, Li; Zhang, Bin; Cao, Qiong; Liang, Feng-Yi; Liou, Yih-Cherng; Zhou, Yi Ting; Low, Boon Chuan

    2006-08-15

    Human Cayman ataxia and mouse or rat dystonia are linked to mutations in the genes ATCAY (Atcay) that encode BNIP-H or Caytaxin, a brain-specific member of the BNIP-2 family. To explore its possible role(s) in neuronal function, we used protein precipitation and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry and identified kidney-type glutaminase (KGA) as a novel partner of BNIP-H. KGA converts glutamine to glutamate, which could serve as an important source of neurotransmitter. Co-immunoprecipitation with specific BNIP-H antibody confirmed that endogenous BNIP-H and KGA form a physiological complex in the brain, whereas binding studies showed that they interact with each other directly. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridisation revealed high BNIP-H expression in hippocampus and cerebellum, broadly overlapping with the expression pattern previously reported for KGA. Significantly, BNIP-H expression was activated in differentiating neurons of the embryonic carcinoma cell line P19 whereas its overexpression in rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells relocalised KGA from the mitochondria to neurite terminals. It also reduced the steady-state levels of glutamate by inhibiting KGA enzyme activity. These results strongly suggest that through binding to KGA, BNIP-H could regulate glutamate synthesis at synapses during neurotransmission. Thus, loss of BNIP-H function could render glutamate excitotoxicity or/and deregulated glutamatergic activation, leading to ataxia, dystonia or other neurological disorders. PMID:16899818

  20. Accumulation of DNA damage and reduced levels of nicotine adenine dinucleotide in the brains of Atm-deficient mice.

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    Stern, Nora; Hochman, Ayala; Zemach, Naty; Weizman, Nir; Hammel, Ilan; Shiloh, Yosef; Rotman, Galit; Barzilai, Ari

    2002-01-01

    Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is a human genetic disorder caused by mutational inactivation of the ATM gene. A-T patients display a pleiotropic phenotype, in which a major neurological feature is progressive ataxia due to degeneration of cerebellar Purkinje and granule neurons. Disruption of the mouse Atm locus creates a murine model of A-T that exhibits most of the clinical and cellular features of the human disease, but the neurological phenotype is barely expressed. We present evidence for the accumulation of DNA strand breaks in the brains of Atm(-/-), supporting the notion that ATM plays a major role in maintaining genomic stability. We also show a perturbation of the steady state levels of pyridine nucleotides. There is a significant decrease in both the reduced and the oxidized forms of NAD and in the total levels of NADP(T) and NADP(+) in the brains of Atm(-/-) mice. The changes in NAD(T), NADH, NAD(+), NADP(T), and NADP(+) were progressive and observed primarily in the cerebellum of 4-month-old Atm(-/-) mice. Higher rates of mitochondrial respiration were also recorded in 4-month-old Atm(-/-) cerebella. Taken together, our findings support the hypothesis that absence of functional ATM results in continuous stress, which may be an important cause of the degeneration of cerebellar neurons in A-T. PMID:11679583

  1. Noopept reduces the postischemic functional and metabolic disorders in the brain of rats with different sensitivity to hypoxia.

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    Zarubina, I V; Shabanov, P D

    2009-03-01

    Chronic cerebral ischemia was induced by ligation of both common carotid arteries in Wistar rats, divided by sensitivity to hypoxia into highly sensitive and low-sensitive. Noopept (peptide preparation), injected (0.5 mg/kg) during 7 days after occlusion of the carotid arteries, reduced the neurological disorders in rats with high and low sensitivity to hypoxia and improved their survival during the postischemic period. Noopept normalized behavior disordered by cerebral ischemia (according to the open field and elevated plus maze tests), prevented accumulation of LPO products and inhibition of antioxidant systems in the brain of rats with high and low sensitivity to hypoxia. Hence, noopept exhibited a neuroprotective effect in cerebral ischemia. PMID:19529857

  2. Abstinent adult daily smokers show reduced anticipatory but elevated saccade-related brain responses during a rewarded antisaccade task.

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    Geier, Charles F; Sweitzer, Maggie M; Denlinger, Rachel; Sparacino, Gina; Donny, Eric C

    2014-08-30

    Chronic smoking may result in reduced sensitivity to non-drug rewards (e.g., money), a phenomenon particularly salient during abstinence. During a quit attempt, this effect may contribute to biased decision-making (smoking>alternative reinforcers) and relapse. Although relevant for quitting, characterization of reduced reward function in abstinent smokers remains limited. Moreover, how attenuated reward function affects other brain systems supporting decision-making has not been established. Here, we use a rewarded antisaccade (rAS) task to characterize non-drug reward processing and its influence on inhibitory control, key elements underlying decision-making, in abstinent smokers vs. non-smokers. Abstinent (12-hours) adult daily smokers (N=23) and non-smokers (N=11) underwent fMRI while performing the rAS. Behavioral performances improved on reward vs. neutral trials. Smokers showed attenuated activation in ventral striatum during the reward cue and in superior precentral sulcus and posterior parietal cortex during response preparation, but greater responses during the saccade response in posterior cingulate and parietal cortices. Smokers' attenuated anticipatory responses suggest reduced motivation from monetary reward, while heightened activation during the saccade response suggests that additional circuitry may be engaged later to enhance inhibitory task performance. Overall, this preliminary study highlights group differences in decision-making components and the utility of the rAS to characterize these effects. PMID:24914005

  3. Methyl-isobutyl amiloride reduces brain Lac/NAA, cell death and microglial activation in a perinatal asphyxia model.

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    Robertson, Nicola J; Kato, Takenori; Bainbridge, Alan; Chandrasekaran, Manigandan; Iwata, Osuke; Kapetanakis, Andrew; Faulkner, Stuart; Cheong, Jeanie; Iwata, Sachiko; Hristova, Mariya; Cady, Ernest; Raivich, Gennadij

    2013-03-01

    Na?/H? exchanger (NHE) blockade attenuates the detrimental consequences of ischaemia and reperfusion in myocardium and brain in adult and neonatal animal studies. Our aim was to use magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) biomarkers and immunohistochemistry to investigate the cerebral effects of the NHE inhibitor, methyl isobutyl amiloride (MIA) given after severe perinatal asphyxia in the piglet. Eighteen male piglets (aged < 24 h) underwent transient global cerebral hypoxia-ischaemia and were randomized to (i) saline placebo; or (ii) 3 mg/kg intravenous MIA administered 10 min post-insult and 8 hourly thereafter. Serial phosphorus-31 (³¹P) and proton (¹H) MRS data were acquired before, during and up to 48 h after hypoxia-ischaemia and metabolite-ratio time-series Area under the Curve (AUC) calculated. At 48 h, histological and immunohistochemical assessments quantified regional tissue injury. MIA decreased thalamic lactate/N-acetylaspartate and lactate/creatine AUCs (both p < 0.05) compared with placebo. Correlating with improved cerebral energy metabolism, transferase mediated biotinylated d-UTP nick end-labelling (TUNEL) positive cell density was reduced in the MIA group in cerebral cortex, thalamus and white matter (all p < 0.05) and caspase 3 immunoreactive cells were reduced in pyriform cortex and caudate nucleus (both p < 0.05). Microglial activation was reduced in pyriform and midtemporal cortex (both p < 0.05). Treatment with MIA starting 10 min after hypoxia-ischaemia was neuroprotective in this perinatal asphyxia model. PMID:23171224

  4. Characterization and quantification of cerebral edema induced by synchrotron x-ray microbeam radiation therapy

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    Serduc, Raphaël; van de Looij, Yohan; Francony, Gilles; Verdonck, Olivier; van der Sanden, Boudewijn; Laissue, Jean; Farion, Régine; Bräuer-Krisch, Elke; Siegbahn, Erik Albert; Bravin, Alberto; Prezado, Yolanda; Segebarth, Christoph; Rémy, Chantal; Lahrech, Hana

    2008-03-01

    Cerebral edema is one of the main acute complications arising after irradiation of brain tumors. Microbeam radiation therapy (MRT), an innovative experimental radiotherapy technique using spatially fractionated synchrotron x-rays, has been shown to spare radiosensitive tissues such as mammal brains. The aim of this study was to determine if cerebral edema occurs after MRT using diffusion-weighted MRI and microgravimetry. Prone Swiss nude mice's heads were positioned horizontally in the synchrotron x-ray beam and the upper part of the left hemisphere was irradiated in the antero-posterior direction by an array of 18 planar microbeams (25 mm wide, on-center spacing 211 mm, height 4 mm, entrance dose 312 Gy or 1000 Gy). An apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was measured at 7 T 1, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after irradiation. Eventually, the cerebral water content (CWC) was determined by microgravimetry. The ADC and CWC in the irradiated (312 Gy or 1000 Gy) and in the contralateral non-irradiated hemispheres were not significantly different at all measurement times, with two exceptions: (1) a 9% ADC decrease (p < 0.05) was observed in the irradiated cortex 1 day after exposure to 312 Gy, (2) a 0.7% increase (p < 0.05) in the CWC was measured in the irradiated hemispheres 1 day after exposure to 1000 Gy. The results demonstrate the presence of a minor and transient cellular edema (ADC decrease) at 1 day after a 312 Gy exposure, without a significant CWC increase. One day after a 1000 Gy exposure, the CWC increased, while the ADC remained unchanged and may reflect the simultaneous presence of cellular and vasogenic edema. Both types of edema disappear within a week after microbeam exposure which may confirm the normal tissue sparing effect of MRT. For more information on this article, see medicalphysicsweb.org

  5. Reduced GABA Content in the Motor Thalamus during Effective Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus

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    Stefani, Alessandro; Fedele, Ernesto; Pierantozzi, Mariangela; Galati, Salvatore; Marzetti, Francesco; Peppe, Antonella; Pastore, Francesco Saverio; Bernardi, Giorgio; Stanzione, Paolo

    2011-01-01

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN), in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, is a well established therapeutic option, but its mechanisms of action are only partially known. In our previous study, the clinical transitions from OFF- to ON-state were not correlated with significant changes of GABA content inside GPi or substantia nigra reticulata. Here, biochemical effects of STN-DBS have been assessed in putamen (PUT), internal pallidus (GPi), and inside the antero-ventral thalamus (VA), the key station receiving pallidothalamic fibers. In 10 advanced PD patients undergoing surgery, microdialysis samples were collected before and during STN-DBS. cGMP, an index of glutamatergic transmission, was measured in GPi and PUT by radioimmunoassay, whereas GABA from VA was measured by HPLC. During clinically effective STN-DBS, we found a significant decrease in GABA extracellular concentrations in VA (?30%). Simultaneously, cGMP extracellular concentrations were enhanced in PUT (+200%) and GPi (+481%). These findings support a thalamic dis-inhibition, in turn re-establishing a more physiological corticostriatal transmission, as the source of motor improvement. They indirectly confirm the relevance of patterning (instead of mere changes of excitability) and suggest that a rigid interpretation of the standard model, at least when it indicates the hyperactive indirect pathway as key feature of hypokinetic signs, is unlikely to be correct. Finally, given the demonstration of a key role of VA in inducing clinical relief, locally administration of drugs modulating GABA transmission in thalamic nuclei could become an innovative therapeutic strategy. PMID:21519387

  6. Improved visibility of brain tumors in synthetic MP-RAGE anatomies with pure T1 weighting.

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    Nöth, Ulrike; Hattingen, Elke; Bähr, Oliver; Tichy, Julia; Deichmann, Ralf

    2015-07-01

    Conventional MRI for brain tumor diagnosis employs T2 -weighted and contrast-enhanced T1 -weighted sequences. Non-enhanced T1 -weighted images provide improved anatomical details for precise tumor location, but reduced tumor-to-background contrast as elevated T1 and proton density (PD) values in tumor tissue affect the signal inversely. Radiofrequency (RF) coil inhomogeneities may further mask tumor and edema outlines. To overcome this problem, the aims of this work were to employ quantitative MRI techniques to create purely T1 -weighted synthetic anatomies which can be expected to yield improved tissue and tumor-to-background contrasts, to compare the quality of conventional and synthetic anatomies, and to investigate optical contrast and visibility of brain tumors and edema in synthetic anatomies. Conventional magnetization-prepared rapid acquisition of gradient echoes (MP-RAGE) anatomies and maps of T1 , PD and RF coil profiles were acquired in comparable and clinically feasible times. Three synthetic MP-RAGE anatomies (PD T1 weighting both with and without RF bias; pure T1 weighting) were calculated for healthy subjects and 32 patients with brain tumors. In healthy subjects, the PD T1 -weighted synthetic anatomies with RF bias precisely matched the conventional anatomies, yielding high signal-to-noise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise (CNR) ratios. Pure T1 weighting yielded lower SNR, but high CNR, because of increased optical contrasts. In patients with brain tumors, synthetic anatomies with pure T1 weighting yielded significant increases in optical contrast and improved visibility of tumor and edema in comparison with anatomies reflecting conventional T1 contrasts. In summary, the optimized purely T1 -weighted synthetic anatomy with an isotropic resolution of 1 mm, as proposed in this work, considerably enhances optical contrast and visibility of brain tumors and edema. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:25960356

  7. Interventions for the treatment of uveitic macular edema: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Karim, Rushmia; Sykakis, Evripidis; Lightman, Susan; Fraser-Bell, Samantha

    2013-01-01

    Background Uveitic macular edema is the major cause of reduced vision in eyes with uveitis. Objectives To assess the effectiveness of interventions in the treatment of uveitic macular edema. Search strategy Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, and Embase. There were no language or data restrictions in the search for trials. The databases were last searched on December 1, 2011. Reference lists of included trials were searched. Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Retina, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, and the New England Journal of Medicine were searched for clinical trials and reviews. Selection criteria Participants of any age and sex with any type of uveitic macular edema were included. Early, chronic, refractory, or secondary uveitic macular edema were included. We included trials that compared any interventions of any dose and duration, including comparison with another treatment, sham treatment, or no treatment. Data collection and analysis Best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness were the primary outcome measures. Secondary outcome data including adverse effects were collected. Conclusion More results from randomized controlled trials with long follow-up periods are needed for interventions for uveitic macular edema to assist in determining the overall long-term benefit of different treatments. The only intervention with sufficiently robust randomized controlled trials for a meta-analysis was acetazolamide, which was shown to be ineffective in improving vision in eyes with uveitic macular edema, and is clinically now rarely used. Interventions showing promise in this disease include dexamethasone implants, immunomodulatory drugs and anti-vascular endothelial growth-factor agents. When macular edema has become refractory after multiple interventions, pars plana vitrectomy could be considered. The disease pathophysiology is uncertain and the course of disease unpredictable. As there are no clear guidelines from the literature, interventions should be tailored to the individual patient. PMID:23807831

  8. In vivo photoacoustic tomography of mouse cerebral edema induced

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    Wang, Lihong

    In vivo photoacoustic tomography of mouse cerebral edema induced by cold injury Zhun Xu Quing Zhu cerebral edema induced by cold injury Zhun Xu,a Quing Zhu,b and Lihong V. Wanga aWashington University. For the first time, we have implemented photoacoustic tomography (PAT) to image the water content of an edema

  9. IMAGING OF PULMONARY EDEMA WITH ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY

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    Adler, Andy

    IMAGING OF PULMONARY EDEMA WITH ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY Andy ADLER , Yves BERTHIAUME in studying pulmonary edema as the clinical phenomena of interest induce large conductivity changes. We have of pulmonary edema (PE) in humans is difficult since there is no non-invasive technique that would allow

  10. Posttreatment with high-dose albumin reduces histopathological damage and improves neurological deficit following fluid percussion brain injury in rats.

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    Belayev, L; Alonso, O F; Huh, P W; Zhao, W; Busto, R; Ginsberg, M D

    1999-06-01

    We have recently shown that high-dose human serum albumin (HSA) therapy confers marked histological protection in experimental middle cerebral artery occlusion. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine whether treatment with high-dose HSA would protect in a rat model of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Twenty-four hours prior to TBI, the fluid percussion interface was positioned parasagittally over the right cerebral cortex. On the following day, fasted rats were anesthetized with 3% halothane, 70% nitrous oxide, and 30% oxygen and received right parieto-occipital parasagittal fluid-percussion injury (1.5-2.0 atm). Cranial and rectal temperatures were monitored throughout the experiment and held at normothermic levels (36.5-37.5 degrees C) by a warming lamp above the animal's head. The agent (25% human serum albumin, HSA) or vehicle (sodium chloride 0.9%) was administered i.v. (1% of body weight) 15 min after trauma. Behavioral function was evaluated in all rats before and after TBI (at 2 h, 24 h, 48 h, 72 h, and 7 days). Neurological function was graded on a scale of 0-12 (normal score = 0; maximal score = 12). Seven days after TBI, brains were perfusion-fixed, coronal sections at various levels were digitized, and contusion areas in the superficial, middle and deep layers of cortex and in the underlying fimbria were measured. HSA significantly improved the neurological score compared to saline at 24 h, 72 h, and 7 days after TBI (6.0 +/- 0.6 [albumin] versus 8.4 +/- 0.5 [saline]; 3.6 +/- 0.7 versus 6.8 +/- 1.0; and 2.6 +/- 0.6 versus 5.7 +/- 0.8, respectively; p < 0.05). HSA therapy also significantly reduced total contusion area (0.89 +/- 0.2 versus 1.82 +/- 0.3 mm2; p = 0.02). Our findings document that high-concentration albumin therapy instituted 15 min after trauma significantly improves the neurological score and reduces histological damage. We believe that this pharmacological agent may have promising potential for the clinical treatment of brain injury. PMID:10391362

  11. Mechanisms underlying transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1)-mediated hyperalgesia and edema.

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    Perin-Martins, Andressa; Teixeira, Juliana Maia; Tambeli, Claudia H; Parada, Carlos Amílcar; Fischer, Luana

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanisms that contribute to hyperalgesia and edema induced by TRPA1 activation. The injection of allyl isothiocyanate (AITC, 50, 100, or 300?µg/paw) into the rat's hind paw induced dose and time-dependent hyperalgesia and edema, which were blocked by the selective TRPA1 antagonist, HC 030031 (1,200?µg/paw), or by treatment with antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (four daily intrathecal injections of 5?nmol). These results demonstrate that the hyperalgesia and edema induced by AITC depend on TRPA1 activation. AITC-induced hyperalgesia and edema were significantly reduced by treatment with neurokinin 1 (L-703,606, 38?µg/paw) or calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP8-37 , 5?µg/paw) receptor antagonists, with a mast cell degranulator (compound 48/80, four daily injections of 1, 3, 10, and 10?µg/paw) or with H1 (pyrilamine, 400?µg/paw), 5-HT1A (wAy-100,135, 450?µg/paw) or 5-HT3 (tropisetron, 450?µg/paw) receptor antagonists. Pre-treatment with a selectin inhibitor (fucoidan, 20?mg/kg) significantly reduced AITC-induced hyperalgesia, edema, and neutrophil migration. Finally, a cyclooxygenase inhibitor (indomethacin, 100?µg/paw), a ?1 (atenolol, 6?µg/paw) or a ?2 (ICI 118, 551, 1.5?µg/paw) adrenoceptor antagonist also significantly reduced AITC-induced hyperalgesia and edema. Together, these results demonstrate that TRPA1 mediates some of the key inflammatory mechanisms, suggesting a key role of this receptor in pain and inflammation. PMID:23521647

  12. Cortical Surface-based Analysis Reduces Bias and Variance in Kinetic Modeling of Brain PET Data

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    Greve, Douglas N.; Svarer, Claus; Fisher, Patrick M.; Feng, Ling; Hansen, Adam E.; Baare, William; Rosen, Bruce; Fischl, Bruce; Knudsen, Gitte M.

    2014-01-01

    Exploratory (i.e., voxelwise) spatial methods are commonly used in neuroimaging to identify areas that show an effect when a region-of-interest (ROI) analysis cannot be performed because no strong a priori anatomical hypothesis exists. However, noise at a single voxel is much higher than noise in a ROI making noise management critical to successful exploratory analysis. This work explores how preprocessing choices affect the bias and variability of voxelwise kinetic modeling analysis of brain positron emission tomography (PET) data. These choices include the use of volume- or cortical surface-based smoothing, level of smoothing, use of voxelwise partial volume correction (PVC), and PVC masking threshold. PVC was implemented using the Muller-Gartner method with the masking out of voxels with low gray matter (GM) partial volume fraction. Dynamic PET scans of an antagonist serotonin-4 receptor radioligand ([11C]SB2307145) were collected on sixteen healthy subjects using a Siemens HRRT PET scanner. Kinetic modeling was used to compute maps of non-displaceable binding potential (BPND) after preprocessing. The results showed a complicated interaction between smoothing, PVC, and masking on BPND estimates. Volume-based smoothing resulted in large bias and intersubject variance because it smears signal across tissue types. In some cases, PVC with volume smoothing paradoxically caused the estimated BPND to be less than when no PVC was used at all. When applied in the absence of PVC, cortical surface-based smoothing resulted in dramatically less bias and the least variance of the methods tested for smoothing levels 5mm and higher. When used in combination with PVC, surface-based smoothing minimized the bias without significantly increasing the variance. Surface-based smoothing resulted in 2-4 times less intersubject variance than when volume smoothing was used. This translates into more than 4 times fewer subjects needed in a group analysis to achieve similarly powered statistical tests. Surface-based smoothing has less bias and variance because it respects cortical geometry by smoothing the PET data only along the cortical ribbon and so does not contaminate the GM signal with that of white matter and cerebrospinal fluid. The use of surface-based analysis in PET should result in substantial improvements in the reliability and detectability of effects in exploratory PET analysis, with or without PVC. PMID:24361666

  13. Huoxue Rongluo Tablet reduces matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in infarcted brain tissue

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    Zhou, Desheng; Li, Mei; Hu, Hua; Chen, Yao; Yang, Yang; Zhong, Jie; Liu, Lijuan

    2013-01-01

    Huoxue Rongluo Tablet was made of tall gastrodis tuber, dahurian angelica root, honeysuckle stem, grassleaf sweetflag rhizome, common flowering quince fruit, figwort root, red peony root and peach seed at a ratio of 3:2:6:2:3:3:3:3. Huoxue Rongluo Tablet is a well-established and common pre-scription for the treatment of cerebral infarction. In this study, a rat model of cerebral ischemia was established and the animals were intragastrically administered Huoxue Rongluo Tablet. This treat-ment reduced infarct volume, decreased matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression, and improved neurological function. Moreover, the effects of Huoxue Rongluo Tablet were better than those of buflomedil pyridoxal phosphate. These results indicate that Huoxue Rongluo Tablet is effective in treating cerebral infarction by regulating matrix metalloproteinase-9 protein expression. PMID:25206642

  14. Huoxue Rongluo Tablet reduces matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in infarcted brain tissue.

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    Zhou, Desheng; Li, Mei; Hu, Hua; Chen, Yao; Yang, Yang; Zhong, Jie; Liu, Lijuan

    2013-12-01

    Huoxue Rongluo Tablet was made of tall gastrodis tuber, dahurian angelica root, honeysuckle stem, grassleaf sweetflag rhizome, common flowering quince fruit, figwort root, red peony root and peach seed at a ratio of 3:2:6:2:3:3:3:3. Huoxue Rongluo Tablet is a well-established and common pre-scription for the treatment of cerebral infarction. In this study, a rat model of cerebral ischemia was established and the animals were intragastrically administered Huoxue Rongluo Tablet. This treat-ment reduced infarct volume, decreased matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression, and improved neurological function. Moreover, the effects of Huoxue Rongluo Tablet were better than those of buflomedil pyridoxal phosphate. These results indicate that Huoxue Rongluo Tablet is effective in treating cerebral infarction by regulating matrix metalloproteinase-9 protein expression. PMID:25206642

  15. Reduced Intestinal Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Increases Vagal Sensory Innervation of the Intestine and Enhances Satiation

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    Biddinger, Jessica E.

    2014-01-01

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is produced by developing and mature gastrointestinal (GI) tissues that are heavily innervated by autonomic neurons and may therefore control their development or function. To begin investigating this hypothesis, we compared the morphology, distribution, and density of intraganglionic laminar endings (IGLEs), the predominant vagal GI afferent, in mice with reduced intestinal BDNF (INT-BDNF?/?) and controls. Contrary to expectations of reduced development, IGLE density and longitudinal axon bundle number in the intestine of INT-BDNF?/? mice were increased, but stomach IGLEs were normal. INT-BDNF?/? mice also exhibited increased vagal sensory neuron numbers, suggesting that their survival was enhanced. To determine whether increased intestinal IGLE density or other changes to gut innervation in INT-BDNF?/? mice altered feeding behavior, meal pattern and microstructural analyses were performed. INT-BDNF?/? mice ate meals of much shorter duration than controls, resulting in reduced meal size. Increased suppression of feeding in INT-BDNF?/? mice during the late phase of a scheduled meal suggested that increased satiation signaling contributed to reduced meal duration and size. Furthermore, INT-BDNF?/? mice demonstrated increases in total daily intermeal interval and satiety ratio, suggesting that satiety signaling was augmented. Compensatory responses maintained normal daily food intake and body weight in INT-BDNF?/? mice. These findings suggest a target organ-derived neurotrophin suppresses development of that organ's sensory innervation and sensory neuron survival and demonstrate a role for BDNF produced by peripheral tissues in short-term controls of feeding, likely through its regulation of development or function of gut innervation, possibly including augmented intestinal IGLE innervation. PMID:25080597

  16. Treatment and functional outcome of patients with cystoid macular edema: a single-center experience.

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    Taraborelli, Mara; Cavazzana, Ilaria; Fredi, Micaela; Airò, Paolo; Nascimbeni, Giuseppe; Tincani, Angela; Franceschini, Franco

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to describe a single-center experience in the treatment and follow-up of cystoid macular edema patients. Clinical records of all patients with cystoid macular edema followed up in the Rheumatologic and Ophthalmological Unit of our center between 1993 and 2013 were retrospectively evaluated. The outcome was assessed by visual acuity and optical coherence tomography status during follow-up. Comparisons were made by Fisher's exact test (p?reducing macular edema. At the end of follow-up, 50 % of patients showed a significant visual loss, while 88 % did not present macular edema. In our small cohort, interferon-? is the most promising drug in contrasting visual acuity loss in cystoid macular edema. Visual prognosis remains severe in these patients. PMID:25028250

  17. [A dynamics model describing edema and its physiological analysis].

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    Yao, Wei; Ding, Guanghong; Shen, Xueyong; Dai, Jianhua; Cheng, Ke; Chen, Er'yu; Dang, Ruishang; Wei, Hu

    2005-02-01

    Edema is a common pathological symptom, but its development mechanism is unknown. Based on the bearings of pressure upon interstitium structure and substantial exchange between plasma and interstitial fluid, a dymamics model describing the development of edema was set up. The model's theoretical results showed that the variations of interstitium pressure and structure due to imbalance of substantial exchange may lead to the development of edema, which is in accordance with recent clinical researches. Discussions on the dynamic mechanism of the development of edema proposed that the best way to prevent edema is instituting treatment before the interstitial structure being destroyed. PMID:15762106

  18. Myocardial Edema Imaging in Acute Coronary Syndromes

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    Walls, Michael C.; Verhaert, David; Raman, Subha V.

    2011-01-01

    Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) continue to be the most common morbid condition of industrialized nations. The advent of and technical improvements in revascularization and medical therapy have led to a steady decline in mortality rates. However, many patients who suffer unstable angina or myocardial infarction require further testing and risk stratification to guide therapeutic selection and prognosis assignment. Myocardial edema imaging with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) affords the ability to define the amount of myocardium at risk, refine estimates of prognosis and provide guidance for therapies with excellent sensitivity compared to standard clinical markers. This review will discuss the rationale for edema imaging, how it is performed using CMR and its potential clinical applications. PMID:22102557

  19. Total isoflavones from soybean and tempeh reversed scopolamine-induced amnesia, improved cholinergic activities and reduced neuroinflammation in brain.

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    Ahmad, Aliya; Ramasamy, Kalavathy; Jaafar, Siti Murnirah; Majeed, Abu Bakar Abdul; Mani, Vasudevan

    2014-03-01

    The present study was undertaken to compare the neuroprotective effects between total isoflavones from soybean and tempeh against scopolamine-induced cognitive dysfunction. Total isoflavones (10, 20 and 40mg/kg) from soybean (SI) and tempeh (TI) were administered orally to different groups of rats (n=6) for 15days. Piracetam (400mg/kg, p.o.) was used as a standard drug while scopolamine (1mg/kg, i.p.) was used to induce amnesia in the animals. Radial arm and elevated plus mazes served as exteroceptive behavioural models to measure memory. Brain cholinergic activities (acetylcholine and acetylcholinesterase) and neuroinflammatory activities (COX-1, COX-2, IL-1? and IL10) were also assessed. Treatment with SI and TI significantly reversed the scopolamine effect and improved memory with TI group at 40mg/kg, p.o. exhibiting the best improvement (p<0.001) in rats. The TI (10, 20 and 40mg/kg, p.o.) significantly increased (p<0.001) acetylcholine and reduced acetylcholinesterase levels. Meanwhile, only a high dose (40mg/kg, p.o.) of SI showed significant improvement (p<0.05) in the cholinergic activities. Neuroinflammation study also showed that TI (40mg/kg, p.o.) was able to reduce inflammation better than SI. The TI ameliorates scopolamine-induced memory in rats through the cholinergic neuronal pathway and by prevention of neuroinflammation. PMID:24373829

  20. Acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy: case report.

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    Babi?, Sanja; Murat-Susi?, Slobodna; Husar, Karmela; Skerlev, Mihael; Rados, Jaka

    2008-01-01

    Acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy (AHEI) is a benign form of leukocytoclastic vasculitis that typically affects children between 4 and 24 months of age. The etiology remains unknown. The potential triggers of AHEI include preceding bacterial or viral infections, immunizations and drugs. The onset of AHEI is often dramatic with petechiae, ecchymoses, and annular, nummular or targetoid purpuric lesions usually appearing on the extremities, face, or ears. We report on a case of AHEI that occurred after upper respiratory tract infection. PMID:18541105

  1. Fulminant pulmonary edema after intramuscular ketamine

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    Chandra Kant Pandey; Nupur Mathur; Namita Singh; H. C. Chandola

    2000-01-01

    Purpose: To report an unusual case of pulmonary edema following intramuscular ketamine administration.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Clinical Features: An eight-year-old, healthy girl presented for dressing of first degree burns on dorsum of hand. Ten minutes after administration\\u000a of 125 mg ketamineim, she developed laboured breathing, cyanosis, and bilateral crepitations and arterial blood gas analysis showed PaO2 55 mmHg. There was no evidence of

  2. Structure-based redesign of an edema toxin inhibitor

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    Chen, Deliang; Ma, Lili; Kanalas, John J.; Gao, Jian; Pawlik, Jennifer; Jimenez, Maria Estrella; Walter, Mary A.; Peterson, Johnny W.; Gilbertson, Scott R.; Schein, Catherine H.

    2011-01-01

    Edema Factor toxin (EF) of Bacillus anthracis (NIAID category A), and several other toxins from NIAID category B Biodefense target bacteria are adenylyl cyclases or adenylyl cyclase agonists that catalyze the conversion of ATP to 3?,5?-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). We previously identified compound 1 (3-[(9-Oxo-9H-fluorene-1-carbonyl)-amino]-benzoic acid), that inhibits EF activity in cultured mammalian cells, and reduces diarrhea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) at an oral dosage of 15 ?g/mouse. Here, molecular docking was used to predict improvements in potency and solubility of new derivatives of compound 1 in inhibiting edema toxin-(ET) catalyzed stimulation of cyclic AMP production in murine monocyte-macrophage cells (RAW 264.7). Structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis of the bioassay results for 22 compounds indicated positions important for activity. Several derivatives demonstrated superior pharmacological properties compared to our initial lead compound, and are promising candidates to treat anthrax infections and diarrheal diseases induced by toxin-producing bacteria. PMID:22154558

  3. Use of Electrical Impedance Tomography to Monitor Regional Cerebral Edema during Clinical Dehydration Treatment

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    Hu, Shi-Jie; Li, Xia; Xu, Can-Hua; Wang, Bing; Yang, Bin; Tang, Meng-Xing; Dong, Xiu-Zhen; Fei, Zhou; Shi, Xue-Tao

    2014-01-01

    Objective Variations of conductive fluid content in brain tissue (e.g. cerebral edema) change tissue impedance and can potentially be measured by Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), an emerging medical imaging technique. The objective of this work is to establish the feasibility of using EIT as an imaging tool for monitoring brain fluid content. Design a prospective study. Setting In this study EIT was used, for the first time, to monitor variations in cerebral fluid content in a clinical model with patients undergoing clinical dehydration treatment. The EIT system was developed in house and its imaging sensitivity and spatial resolution were evaluated on a saline-filled tank. Patients 23 patients with brain edema. Interventions The patients were continuously imaged by EIT for two hours after initiation of dehydration treatment using 0.5 g/kg intravenous infusion of mannitol for 20 minutes. Measurement and Main Results Overall impedance across the brain increased significantly before and after mannitol dehydration treatment (p?=?0.0027). Of the all 23 patients, 14 showed high-level impedance increase and maintained this around 4 hours after the dehydration treatment whereas the other 9 also showed great impedance gain during the treatment but it gradually decreased after the treatment. Further analysis of the regions of interest in the EIT images revealed that diseased regions, identified on corresponding CT images, showed significantly less impedance changes than normal regions during the monitoring period, indicating variations in different patients' responses to such treatment. Conclusions EIT shows potential promise as an imaging tool for real-time and non-invasive monitoring of brain edema patients. PMID:25474474

  4. Placental ischemia in pregnant rats impairs cerebral blood flow autoregulation and increases blood–brain barrier permeability

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    Warrington, Junie P.; Fan, Fan; Murphy, Sydney R.; Roman, Richard J.; Drummond, Heather A.; Granger, Joey P.; Ryan, Michael J.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Cerebrovascular events contribute to ~40% of preeclampsia/eclampsia?related deaths, and neurological symptoms are common among preeclamptic patients. We previously reported that placental ischemia, induced by reducing utero?placental perfusion pressure, leads to impaired myogenic reactivity and cerebral edema in the pregnant rat. Whether the impaired myogenic reactivity is associated with altered cerebral blood flow (CBF) autoregulation and the edema is due to altered blood–brain barrier (BBB) permeability remains unclear. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that placental ischemia leads to impaired CBF autoregulation and a disruption of the BBB. CBF autoregulation, measured in vivo by laser Doppler flowmetry, was significantly impaired in placental ischemic rats. Brain water content was increased in the anterior cerebrum of placental ischemic rats and BBB permeability, assayed using the Evans blue extravasation method, was increased in the anterior cerebrum. The expression of the tight junction proteins: claudin?1 was increased in the posterior cerebrum, while zonula occludens?1, and occludin, were not significantly altered in either the anterior or posterior cerebrum. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that placental ischemia mediates anterior cerebral edema through impaired CBF autoregulation and associated increased transmission of pressure to small vessels that increases BBB permeability leading to cerebral edema. PMID:25168877

  5. PAR-1 antagonist SCH79797 ameliorates apoptosis following surgical brain injury through inhibition of ASK1-JNK in rats

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    Manaenko, Anatol; Sun, Xuejun; Kim, Cherine; Yan, Junhao; Ma, Qingyi

    2012-01-01

    Neurosurgical procedures inevitably produce intraoperative hemorrhage. The subsequent entry of blood into the brain parenchyma results in the release of large amounts of thrombin, a known contributor to perihematomal edema formation and apoptosis after brain injury. The present study seeks to test 1) the effect of surgically induced brain injury (SBI) on thrombin activity, expression of thrombin’s receptor PAR-1, and PAR-1 mediated apoptosis; 2) the effect of thrombin inhibition by argatroban and PAR-1 inhibition by SCH79797 on the development of secondary brain injury in the SBI model on rats. A total of 88 Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly divided into sham, vehicle-, argatroban-, or SCH79797-treated groups. SBI involved partial resection of the right frontal lobe under inhalation isoflurane anesthesia. Sham-operated animals received only craniotomy. Thrombin activity, brain water content, and neurological deficits were measured at 24 hours following SBI. Involvement of the Ask1/JNK pathway in PAR-1-induced post-SBI apoptosis was characterized by using Ask1 or JNK inhibitors. We observed that SBI increased thrombin activity, yet failed to demonstrate any effect on PAR-1 expression. Argatroban and SCH79797 reduced SBI-induced brain edema and neurological deficits in a dose-dependent manner. SBI-induced apoptosis seemed mediated by the PAR-1/Ask1/JNK pathways. Administration of SCH79797 ameliorated the apoptosis following SBI. Our finding indicate that PAR-1 antagonist protects against secondary brain injury after SBI by decreasing both brain edema and apoptosis by inactivating PAR-1/Ask1/JNK pathway. The anti-apoptotic effect of PAR-1 antagonists may provide a promising path for therapy following SBI. PMID:23000356

  6. Angular Impact Mitigation system for bicycle helmets to reduce head acceleration and risk of traumatic brain injury.

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    Hansen, Kirk; Dau, Nathan; Feist, Florian; Deck, Caroline; Willinger, Rémy; Madey, Steven M; Bottlang, Michael

    2013-10-01

    Angular acceleration of the head is a known cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), but contemporary bicycle helmets lack dedicated mechanisms to mitigate angular acceleration. A novel Angular Impact Mitigation (AIM) system for bicycle helmets has been developed that employs an elastically suspended aluminum honeycomb liner to absorb linear acceleration in normal impacts as well as angular acceleration in oblique impacts. This study tested bicycle helmets with and without AIM technology to comparatively assess impact mitigation. Normal impact tests were performed to measure linear head acceleration. Oblique impact tests were performed to measure angular head acceleration and neck loading. Furthermore, acceleration histories of oblique impacts were analyzed in a computational head model to predict the resulting risk of TBI in the form of concussion and diffuse axonal injury (DAI). Compared to standard helmets, AIM helmets resulted in a 14% reduction in peak linear acceleration (p<0.001), a 34% reduction in peak angular acceleration (p<0.001), and a 22-32% reduction in neck loading (p<0.001). Computational results predicted that AIM helmets reduced the risk of concussion and DAI by 27% and 44%, respectively. In conclusion, these results demonstrated that AIM technology could effectively improve impact mitigation compared to a contemporary expanded polystyrene-based bicycle helmet, and may enhance prevention of bicycle-related TBI. Further research is required. PMID:23770518

  7. Antioxidant and iron-binding properties of curcumin, capsaicin, and S-allylcysteine reduce oxidative stress in rat brain homogenate.

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    Dairam, Amichand; Fogel, Ronen; Daya, Santy; Limson, Janice L

    2008-05-14

    Research demonstrates that antioxidants and metal chelators may be of beneficial use in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study investigated the antioxidant and metal-binding properties of curcumin, capsaicin, and S-allylcysteine, which are major components found in commonly used dietary spice ingredients turmeric, chilli, and garlic, respectively. The DPPH assay demonstrates that these compounds readily scavenge free radicals. These compounds significantly curtail iron- (Fe2+) and quinolinic acid (QA)-induced lipid peroxidation and potently scavenge the superoxide anion generated by 1 mM cyanide in rat brain homogenate. The ferrozine assay was used to measure the extent of Fe2+ chelation, and electrochemistry was employed to measure the Fe3+ binding activity of curcumin, capsaicin, and S-allylcysteine. Both assays demonstrate that these compounds bind Fe2+ and Fe3+ and prevent the redox cycling of iron, suggesting that this may be an additional method through which these agents reduce Fe2+-induced lipid peroxidation. This study demonstrates the antioxidant and metal-binding properties of these spice ingredients, and it is hereby postulate that these compounds have important implications in the prevention or treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as AD. PMID:18422331

  8. Reduced Levels of DEAD-Box Proteins DBP-RB and p72 in Fetal Down Syndrome Brains

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    Susanne G. Kircher; Seong Hwan Kim; Michael Fountoulakis; Gert Lubec

    2002-01-01

    Down syndrome (DS) is characterized by abnormal brain morphology and neurological and behavioral functions. The pivotal role of helicases in brain development, growth, and differentiation made us evaluate three DEAD BOX proteins, DEAD-box protein 1 (DBP-RB), DEAD-box protein 3 (HLP2), DEAD-box protein 72 (P72), and the RuvB-like DNA helicase (TIP49b), in fetal brain of controls and DS subjects, using two-dimensional

  9. Autoradiographic localization of a non-reducible somatostatin analog (/sup 125/I-CGP 23996) binding sites in the rat brain: comparison with membrane binding

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    Epelbaum, J.; Dussaillant, M.; Enjalbert, A.; Kordon, C.; Rostene, W.

    1985-07-01

    The regional distribution of somatostatin binding sites in the rat brain was determined by quantitative autoradiography, using /sup 125/I-CGP 23996, a non-reducible somatostatin analog. In preliminary experiments, kinetic properties of /sup 125/I-CGP 23996 binding to rat brain membranes and slide mounted frozen brain sections were compared and found similar. In addition, distribution of /sup 125/I-CGP 23996 and /sup 125/I-N-Tyr-SRIF14 binding sites on membrane prepared from 10 different rat brain structures were closely correlated (r = 0.91, 2 p less than 0.01), indicating that the non-reducible analog recognizes the same binding site as the Tyr-extended native peptide. Highest levels of /sup 125/I-CGP 23996 binding sites were found in anterior temporal, frontal and cingular cortex as well as hippocampus. Moderate levels were found in the remaining part of the limbic system including amygdala, olfactory tubercles and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. In the brain stem, nuclei involved in the auditory system such as the ventral cochlear nucleus and the superior olive nucleus, contained high levels of /sup 125/I-CGP 23996 binding sites. The distribution of /sup 125/I-CGP 23996 binding sites roughly correlated with that of the endogenous peptide in most structures, except in the mediobasal hypothalamus.

  10. Deletion of aquaporin-4 is neuroprotective during the acute stage of micro traumatic brain injury in mice.

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    Liang, Fengyin; Luo, Chuanming; Xu, Guangqing; Su, Fengjuan; He, Xiaofei; Long, Simei; Ren, Huixia; Liu, Yaning; Feng, Yanqing; Pei, Zhong

    2015-06-26

    Micro traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common type of brain injury, but the mechanisms underlying it are poorly understood. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is a water channel expressed in astrocyte end-feet, which plays an important role in brain edema. However, little is known about the role of AQP4 in micro TBI. Here, we examined the role of AQP4 in the pathogenesis of micro TBI in a closed-skull brain injury model, using two-photon microscopy. Our results indicate that AQP4 deletion reduced cell death, water content, astrocyte swelling and lesion volume during the acute stage of micro TBI. Our data revealed that astrocyte swelling is a decisive pathophysiological factor in the acute phase of this form of micro brain injury. Thus, treatments that inhibit AQP4 could be used as a neuroprotective strategy for micro TBI. PMID:25957560

  11. [Pharmacological treatment for diabetic macular edema].

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    Fukumoto, Masanori; Ikeda, Tsunehiko

    2015-03-01

    Diabetic macular edema(DME) is a major cause of vision loss and has a remarkable impact on the quality of life of diabetic patients. New pharmacological approaches based on the use of intravitreal drugs, such as corticosteroids and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, have recently been developed for the treatment of DME. Even though laser therapy has been the standard treatment for DME, the results of several clinical trials have shown the superiority of some of these new agents to laser therapy. The purpose of this review is to briefly summarize the currently available new pharmacological treatments for DME in Japan. PMID:25812378

  12. [Uveitic macular edema and the pharmacotherapy].

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    Liu, Xinshu; Zhang, Meifen

    2015-02-01

    Macular edema represents a major cause of visual loss in uveitis and its adequate management is crucial for the maintenance of useful vision in patients with uveitis. Corticosteroid is the first choice for UME treatment.Long term and sustained release implantation is the newest administration for medical therapy. The immunosuppressant such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, azathioprine and mycophenolate mofetil can be used specially for chronic and intractable UME. Moreover, these years, some newly developed biological agents, for example, anti-VEGF, interferon-?, anti-TNF and acetazolamide will provide new options for UME pharmacotherapy. PMID:25908007

  13. Lithium reduced neural progenitor apoptosis in the hippocampus and ameliorated functional deficits after irradiation to the immature mouse brain.

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    Huo, Kaiming; Sun, Yanyan; Li, Hongfu; Du, Xiaonan; Wang, Xiaoyang; Karlsson, Niklas; Zhu, Changlian; Blomgren, Klas

    2012-08-01

    Lithium was recently shown to inhibit apoptosis and promote survival of neural progenitor cells after hypoxia-ischemia in the immature rat brain. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of lithium on cell death and proliferation in the hippocampus after irradiation (IR) to the immature brain. Male mice were injected with 2 mmol/kg lithium chloride i.p. on postnatal day 9 (P9) and additional lithium injections, 1 mmol/kg, were administered at 24 h intervals for up to 7 days. BrdU was injected 4 h after lithium injections on P9 and P10. The left hemisphere received a single dose of 8 Gy (MV photons) on P11. The animals were euthanized 6 h or 7 weeks after IR. The number of BrdU-labeled cells in the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the granule cell layer (GCL) 6h after IR was 24% higher in the lithium-treated mice. The number of proliferating, phospho-histone H3-positive cells in the SGZ 7 weeks after IR was 59% higher in the lithium group, so the effect was long-lasting. The number of apoptotic cells in the SGZ 6 h after IR was lower in the lithium group, as judged by 3 different parameters, pyknosis, staining for active caspase-3 and TUNEL. Newly formed cells (BrdU-labeled 1 or 2 days before IR) showed the greatest degree of protection, as judged by 50% fewer TUNEL-positive cells, whereas non-BrdU-labeled cells showed 38% fewer TUNEL-positive cells 6 h after IR. Consequently, the growth retardation of the GCL was less pronounced in the lithium group. The number and size of microglia in the DG were also lower in the lithium group, indicating reduced inflammation. Learning was facilitated after lithium treatment, as judged by improved context-dependent fear conditioning, and improved place learning, as judged by assessment in the IntelliCage platform. In summary, lithium administration could decrease IR-induced neural progenitor cell apoptosis in the GCL of the hippocampus and ameliorate learning impairments. It remains to be shown if lithium can be used to prevent the debilitating cognitive late effects seen in children treated with cranial radiotherapy. PMID:22800605

  14. Dicyclomine, an M1 Muscarinic Antagonist, Reduces Biomarker Levels, But Not Neuronal Degeneration, in Fluid Percussion Brain Injury

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    Cox, Christopher D.; West, Eric J.; Liu, Ming Cheng; Wang, Kevin K.W.; Hayes, Ronald L.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Recent studies indicate that ?II-spectrin breakdown products (SBDPs) have utility as biological markers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, the utility of SBDP biomarkers for detecting effects of therapeutic interventions has not been explored. Acetylcholine plays a role in pathological neuronal excitation and TBI-induced muscarinic cholinergic receptor activation may contribute to excitotoxic processes. In experiment I, regional and temporal changes in calpain-mediated ?-spectrin degradation were evaluated at 3, 12, 24, and 48?h using immunostaining for 145-kDa SBDP. Immunostaining of SBDP-145 was only evident in the hemisphere ipsilateral to TBI and was generally limited to the cortex except at 24?h when immunostaining was also prominent in the dentate gyrus and striatum. In Experiment II, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) samples were analyzed for various SBDPs 24?h after moderate lateral fluid percussion TBI. Rats were administered either dicyclomine (5?mg/kg i.p.) or saline vehicle (n?=?8 per group) 5?min prior to injury. Injury produced significant increases (p?1000% in SBDP-150,??145, and ?120, respectively in vehicle-treated rats compared to sham. Dicyclomine treatment produced decreases of 38% (p?=?0.077), 37% (p?=?0.028), and 63% (p?=?0.051) in SBDP-150,??145, and ?120, respectively, compared to vehicle-treated injury. Following CSF extraction, coronal brain sections were processed for detecting degenerating neurons using Fluoro-Jade histofluorescence. Stereological techniques were used to quantify neuronal degeneration in the dorsal hippocampus CA2/3 region and in the parietal cortex. No significant differences were detected in numbers of degenerating neurons in the dorsal CA2/3 hippocampus or the parietal cortex between saline and dicyclomine treatment groups. The percent weight loss following TBI was significantly reduced by dicyclomine treatment. These data provide additional evidence that, as TBI biomarkers, SBDPs are able to detect a therapeutic intervention even in the absence of changes in neuronal cell degeneration measured by Fluoro-jade. PMID:19061379

  15. The Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury with Velcade

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    Qu, Changsheng; Mahmood, Asim; Ning, Ruizhuo; Xiong, Ye; Zhang, Li; Chen, Jieli; Jiang, Hao

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Traumatic brain injury (TBI) elicits a strong inflammatory response that contributes to the acute pathological processes seen following TBI, including cerebral edema and disruption of the blood–brain barrier (BBB), in addition to longer-term neurological damage and cognitive impairment. Proteasome inhibitors reduce vascular thrombotic and inflammatory events and consequently protect vascular function. In the present study we evaluated the neuroprotective effect of Velcade® (bortezomib), a potent and selective inhibitor of proteasomes, which is in clinical use for the treatment of multiple myeloma. When administered within 2?h after TBI onset, Velcade reduced inflammatory responses, lesion volume, and neurological functional deficits, and enhanced neuronal survival. Western blot and ELISA showed that Velcade decreased the expression of NF-?B. These results suggest that in the experimental setting, Velcade is an effective neuroprotective agent for the treatment of TBI. PMID:20649468

  16. Alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist treatment reduces neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and brain injury in mice with ischemic stroke and bone fracture.

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    Han, Zhenying; Li, Li; Wang, Liang; Degos, Vincent; Maze, Mervyn; Su, Hua

    2014-11-01

    Bone fracture at the acute stage of stroke exacerbates stroke injury by increasing neuroinflammation. We hypothesize that activation of ?-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (?-7 nAchR) attenuates neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, and reduces brain injury in mice with bone fracture and stroke. Permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO) was performed in C57BL/6J mice followed by tibia fracture 1 day later. Mice were treated with 0.8 mg/kg PHA 568487 (PHA, ?-7 nAchR-specific agonist), 6 mg/kg methyllycaconitine (?-7 nAchR antagonist), or saline 1 and 2 days after pMCAO. Behavior was tested 3 days after pMCAO. Neuronal injury, CD68(+) , M1 (pro-inflammatory) and M2 (anti-inflammatory) microglia/macrophages, phosphorylated p65 component of nuclear factor kappa b in microglia/macrophages, oxidative and anti-oxidant gene expression were quantified. Compared to saline-treated mice, PHA-treated mice performed better in behavioral tests, had fewer apoptotic neurons (NeuN(+) TUNEL(+) ), fewer CD68(+) and M1 macrophages, and more M2 macrophages. PHA increased anti-oxidant gene expression and decreased oxidative stress and phosphorylation of nuclear factor kappa b p65. Methyllycaconitine had the opposite effects. Our data indicate that ?-7 nAchR agonist treatment reduces neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, which are associated with reduced brain injury in mice with ischemic stroke plus tibia fracture. Bone fracture at the acute stage of stroke exacerbates neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and brain injury, and our study has shown that the ?-7 nAchR agonist, PHA (PHA 568487), attenuates neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and brain injury in mice with stroke and bone fracture. Hence, PHA could provide an opportunity to develop a new strategy to reduce brain injury in patients suffering from stroke and bone fracture. PMID:25040630

  17. Corticosteroid Withdrawal Precipitates Perilesional Edema around Calcified Taenia solium Cysts

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    Mejia, Rojelio; Nash, Theodore E.

    2013-01-01

    Calcified Taenia solium granulomas are the focus of repeated episodes of perilesional edema and seizures in 50% of persons with calcifications, history of seizures, and a positive serology for cysticercosis. The pathophysiology is unclear but recent studies suggest the edema is caused by inflammation. We report two new cases and four other published cases where cessation of corticosteroids appeared to result in recurrence or new appearance of perilesional edema around calcifications. This suggests that perilesional edema is an immune-mediated phenomenon. PMID:24002482

  18. Inhibition of Brain Swelling after Ischemia-Reperfusion by ?-Adrenergic Antagonists: Correlation with Increased K+ and Decreased Ca2+ Concentrations in Extracellular Fluid

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    Xu, Junnan; Du, Ting; Yan, Enzhi; Walz, Wolfgang; Peng, Liang

    2014-01-01

    Infarct size and brain edema following ischemia/reperfusion are reduced by inhibitors of the Na+, K+, 2Cl?, and water cotransporter NKCC1 and by ?1-adrenoceptor antagonists. NKCC1 is a secondary active transporter, mainly localized in astrocytes, driven by transmembrane Na+/K+ gradients generated by the Na+,K+-ATPase. The astrocytic Na+,K+-ATPase is stimulated by small increases in extracellular K+ concentration and by the ?-adrenergic agonist isoproterenol. Larger K+ increases, as occurring during ischemia, also stimulate NKCC1, creating cell swelling. This study showed no edema after 3?hr medial cerebral artery occlusion but pronounced edema after 8?hr reperfusion. The edema was abolished by inhibitors of specifically ?1-adrenergic pathways, indicating failure of K+-mediated, but not ?1-adrenoceptor-mediated, stimulation of Na+,K+-ATPase/NKCC1 transport during reoxygenation. Ninety percent reduction of extracellular Ca2+ concentration occurs in ischemia. Ca2+ omission abolished K+ uptake in normoxic cultures of astrocytes after addition of 5?mM KCl. A large decrease in ouabain potency on K+ uptake in cultured astrocytes was also demonstrated in Ca2+-depleted media, and endogenous ouabains are needed for astrocytic K+ uptake. Thus, among the ionic changes induced by ischemia, the decrease in extracellular Ca2+ causes failure of the high-K+-stimulated Na+,K+-ATPase/NKCC1 ion/water uptake, making ?1-adrenergic activation the only stimulus and its inhibition effective against edema. PMID:25478577

  19. Reduced GABAergic Inhibition in the Basolateral Amygdala and the Development of Anxiety-Like Behaviors after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Almeida-Suhett, Camila P.; Prager, Eric M.; Pidoplichko, Volodymyr; Figueiredo, Taiza H.; Marini, Ann M.; Li, Zheng; Eiden, Lee E.; Braga, Maria F. M.

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health concern affecting a large number of athletes and military personnel. Individuals suffering from a TBI risk developing anxiety disorders, yet the pathophysiological alterations that result in the development of anxiety disorders have not yet been identified. One region often damaged by a TBI is the basolateral amygdala (BLA); hyperactivity within the BLA is associated with increased expression of anxiety and fear, yet the functional alterations that lead to BLA hyperexcitability after TBI have not been identified. We assessed the functional alterations in inhibitory synaptic transmission in the BLA and one mechanism that modulates excitatory synaptic transmission, the ?7 containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (?7-nAChR), after mTBI, to shed light on the mechanisms that contribute to increased anxiety-like behaviors. Seven and 30 days after a mild controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury, animals displayed significantly greater anxiety-like behavior. This was associated with a significant loss of GABAergic interneurons and significant reductions in the frequency and amplitude of spontaneous and miniature GABAA-receptor mediated inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs). Decreases in the mIPSC amplitude were associated with reduced surface expression of ?1, ?2, and ?2 GABAA receptor subunits. However, significant increases in the surface expression and current mediated by ?7-nAChR, were observed, signifying increases in the excitability of principal neurons within the BLA. These results suggest that mTBI causes not only a significant reduction in inhibition in the BLA, but also an increase in neuronal excitability, which may contribute to hyperexcitability and the development of anxiety disorders. PMID:25047645

  20. Intraperitoneal injection of the pancreatic peptide amylin potently reduces behavioral impairment and brain amyloid pathology in murine models of Alzheimer's disease

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    Zhu, H; Wang, X; Wallack, M; Li, H; Carreras, I; Dedeoglu, A; Hur, J-Y; Zheng, H; Li, H; Fine, R; Mwamburi, M; Sun, X; Kowall, N; Stern, R A; Qiu, W Q

    2015-01-01

    Amylin, a pancreatic peptide, and amyloid-beta peptides (A?), a major component of Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain, share similar ?-sheet secondary structures, but it is not known whether pancreatic amylin affects amyloid pathogenesis in the AD brain. Using AD mouse models, we investigated the effects of amylin and its clinical analog, pramlintide, on AD pathogenesis. Surprisingly, chronic intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of AD animals with either amylin or pramlintide reduces the amyloid burden as well as lowers the concentrations of A? in the brain. These treatments significantly improve their learning and memory assessed by two behavioral tests, Y maze and Morris water maze. Both amylin and pramlintide treatments increase the concentrations of A?1-42 in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). A single i.p. injection of either peptide also induces a surge of A? in the serum, the magnitude of which is proportionate to the amount of A? in brain tissue. One intracerebroventricular injection of amylin induces a more significant surge in serum A? than one i.p. injection of the peptide. In 330 human plasma samples, a positive association between amylin and A?1-42?as well as A?1-40 is found only in patients with AD or amnestic mild cognitive impairment. As amylin readily crosses the blood–brain barrier, our study demonstrates that peripheral amylin's action on the central nervous system results in translocation of A? from the brain into the CSF and blood that could be an explanation for a positive relationship between amylin and A? in blood. As naturally occurring amylin may play a role in regulating A? in brain, amylin class peptides may provide a new avenue for both treatment and diagnosis of AD. PMID:24614496

  1. Resolution of Pulmonary Edema. Thirty Years of Progress

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    2014-01-01

    In the last 30 years, we have learned much about the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms that regulate the resolution of pulmonary edema in both the normal and the injured lung. Although the physiological mechanisms responsible for the formation of pulmonary edema were identified by 1980, the mechanisms that explain the resolution of pulmonary edema were not well understood at that time. However, in the 1980s several investigators provided novel evidence that the primary mechanism for removal of alveolar edema fluid depended on active ion transport across the alveolar epithelium. Sodium enters through apical channels, primarily the epithelial sodium channel, and is pumped into the lung interstitium by basolaterally located Na/K-ATPase, thus creating a local osmotic gradient to reabsorb the water fraction of the edema fluid from the airspaces of the lungs. The resolution of alveolar edema across the normally tight epithelial barrier can be up-regulated by cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent mechanisms through adrenergic or dopamine receptor stimulation, and by several cAMP-independent mechanisms, including glucocorticoids, thyroid hormone, dopamine, and growth factors. Whereas resolution of alveolar edema in cardiogenic pulmonary edema can be rapid, the rate of edema resolution in most patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is markedly impaired, a finding that correlates with higher mortality. Several mechanisms impair the resolution of alveolar edema in ARDS, including cell injury from unfavorable ventilator strategies or pathogens, hypoxia, cytokines, and oxidative stress. In patients with severe ARDS, alveolar epithelial cell death is a major mechanism that prevents the resolution of lung edema. PMID:24881936

  2. Augmentation of M-type (KCNQ) potassium channels as a novel strategy to reduce stroke-induced brain injury.

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    Bierbower, Sonya M; Choveau, Frank S; Lechleiter, James D; Shapiro, Mark S

    2015-02-01

    Cerebral ischemic stroke is a worldwide cause of mortality/morbidity and thus an important focus of research to decrease the severity of brain injury. Therapeutic options for acute stroke are still limited. In neurons throughout the brain, "M-type" K(+) currents, underlain by KCNQ subunits 2-5, play dominant roles in control over excitability, and are thus implicated in myriad neurological and psychiatric disorders. Although KCNQ channel openers, such as retigabine, have emerged as anti-epilepsy drugs, their effects on ischemic injury remain unknown. Here, we investigated the protective effects of M-channel openers on stroke-induced brain injury in mouse photothrombotic and middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) models. Both photothrombosis and MCAo led to rapid, predictable, and consistently sized necrotic brain lesions, inflammatory responses, and behavioral deficits. Administration of three distinct M-channel openers at 0-6 h after ischemic injury significantly decreased brain infarct size and inflammation, and prevented neurological dysfunction, although they were more effective when administered 0-3 h poststroke. Thus, we show beneficial effects against stroke-induced brain injury and neuronal death through pharmacological regulation of ion channels that control neuronal excitability. PMID:25653366

  3. Chitosan amphiphile coating of peptide nanofibres reduces liver uptake and delivers the peptide to the brain on intravenous administration.

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    Lalatsa, A; Schätzlein, A G; Garrett, N L; Moger, J; Briggs, Michael; Godfrey, Lisa; Iannitelli, Antonio; Freeman, Jay; Uchegbu, I F

    2015-01-10

    The clinical development of neuropeptides has been limited by a combination of the short plasma half-life of these drugs and their ultimate failure to permeate the blood brain barrier. Peptide nanofibres have been used to deliver peptides across the blood brain barrier and in this work we demonstrate that the polymer coating of peptide nanofibres further enhances peptide delivery to the brain via the intravenous route. Leucine(5)-enkephalin (LENK) nanofibres formed from the LENK ester prodrug - tyrosinyl(1)palmitate-leucine(5)-enkephalin (TPLENK) were coated with the polymer - N-palmitoyl-N-monomethyl-N,N-dimethyl-N,N,N-trimethyl-6-O-glycolchitosan (GCPQ) and injected intravenously. Peptide brain delivery was enhanced because the GCPQ coating on the peptide prodrug nanofibres, specifically enables the peptide prodrug to escape liver uptake, avoid enzymatic degradation to non-active sequences and thus enjoy a longer plasma half life. Plasma half-life is increased 520%, liver AUC0-4 decreased by 54% and brain AUC0-4 increased by 47% as a result of the GCPQ coating. The increased brain levels of the GCPQ coated peptide prodrug nanofibres result in the pharmacological activity of the parent drug (LENK) being significantly increased. LENK itself is inactive on intravenous injection. PMID:25449808

  4. Brain Weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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    Geir Falck; Jovan Rajs

    1995-01-01

    Increased brain weights have been reported in the literature to occur among infants who have died from sudden infant death syndrome, suggesting that cerebral edema might play a role in the cause of death among these children. We have compared brain weights from children between the ages of 1 week and 1 year, autopsied between 1980 and 1992. One group

  5. Pediatric cerebral stroke: susceptibility-weighted imaging may predict post-ischemic malignant edema.

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    Bosemani, Thangamadhan; Poretti, Andrea; Orman, Gunes; Meoded, Avner; Huisman, Thierry A G M

    2013-10-01

    Susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) is an advanced MRI technique providing information on the blood oxygenation level. Deoxyhemoglobin is increased in hypoperfused tissue characterized by SWI-hypointensity, while high oxyhemoglobin concentration within hyperperfused tissue results in a SWI iso- or hyperintensity compared to healthy brain tissue. We describe a child with a stroke, where SWI in addition to excluding hemorrhage and delineating the thrombus proved invaluable in determining regions of hyperperfusion or luxury perfusion, which contributed further to the prognosis including an increased risk of developing post-ischemic malignant edema. PMID:24199819

  6. Pheochromocytoma presenting with pulmonary edema and hyperamylasemia.

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    Munk, Z.; Tolis, G.; Jones, W.; Fallen, E.; McLean, P.

    1977-01-01

    A 28-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with acute pulmonary edema, mild abdominal discomfort and hyperamylasemia. From the 2nd hospital day hypertensive episodes occurred daily. The furosemide screening test for renovascular hypertension revealed elevated plasma renin activity (PRA) but an intravenous pyelogram revealed a right suprarenal mass and no evidence of renovascular compression. Elevated values of plasma and urinary catecholamines indicated a pheochromocytoma, and a single chromaffin tumour was resected. It is important to monitor left ventricular filling pressure during operative removal of a pheochromocytoma. Postoperatively the patient had normal blood pressure and PRA. Decreased urinary amylase clearance and abnormal pancreatic and salivary amylase isoenzymes were found. Images FIG. 1 FIG. 4 PMID:844016

  7. Noninvasive measurement of edema in partial thickness burn wounds.

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    Cross, Karen M; Leonardi, Lorenzo; Gomez, Manuel; Freisen, Jeri R; Levasseur, Michelle A; Schattka, Bernie J; Sowa, Michael G; Fish, Joel S

    2009-01-01

    A lack of noninvasive tools to quantify edema has limited our understanding of burn wound edema pathophysiology in a clinical setting. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) is a new noninvasive tool able to measure water concentration/edema in tissue. The purpose of this study was to determine whether NIR could detect water concentration changes or edema formation in acute partial-thickness burn injuries. Adult burn patients within 72 hours postinjury, thermal etiology, partial-thickness burn depth, and <20% TBSA were included. Burn wounds were stratified into partial-thickness superficial or deep wounds based on histology and wound healing time. NIR devices were used to quantify edema in a burn and respective control sites. The sample population consisted of superficial (n = 12) and deep (n = 5) partial-thickness burn injuries. The patients did not differ with respect to age (40 +/- 15 years), TBSA (5 +/- 4%), and mean time for edema assessment (2 days). Water content increased 15% in burned tissue compared with the respective control regions. There were no differences in water content at the control sites. At 48 hours, deep partial-thickness injuries showed a 23% increase in water content compared with 18% superficial partial-thickness burns. NIR could detect differences in water content or edema formation in partial-thickness burns and unburned healthy regions. NIR holds promise as a noninvasive, portable clinical tool to quantify water content or edema in burn wounds. PMID:19692905

  8. Fumonisin-induced pulmonary edema and hydrothorax in swine

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    Bill M. Colvin; Lenn R. Harrison

    1992-01-01

    Pulmonary edema and hydrothorax were observed in mature swine that died approximately 5 days after consuming corn screenings. These postmortem observations were reproduced in younger pigs that died within 1 week when fed the corn screenings under experimental conditions. Additionally, pulmonary edema and hydrothorax were induced in a pig that died after receiving 4 daily intravenous injections of fumonisin B1,

  9. Nitric oxide as a regulatory factor for aquaporin-1 and 4 gene expression following brain ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat.

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    Mohammadi, Mohammad Taghi; Dehghani, Golam Abbas

    2015-01-01

    Although the role of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and aquaporin-1 (AQP1) channels in ischemia-induced brain edema has been previously reported, nitric oxide (NO) modulation of these channels has not been investigated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the NO modulation of AQPs gene expression after brain ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) in rats. The experiment was performed in three groups of rats: sham, control ischemic and L-NAME pretreated (1 mg/kg). Brain ischemia was induced by 60 min middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) under continuous recording of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) followed by 12 h reperfusion. Brain edema was assessed by dry/wet method, and Quantitative RT-PCR was used for assessment of mRNA levels of AQPs. There was 80% reduction in rCBF during MCAO. Brain cerebral ischemia elevated the brain water content from 78.66±0.17% to 81.93±0.60%, and inhibition of NO production by L-NAME significantly reduced this elevation (79.74±0.79%). The mRNA expression of AQP1 increased, but AQP4 decreased in response to I/R. l-NAME pretreatment significantly decreased AQP1 mRNA and prevented the reduction of AQP4 mRNA. The findings of this study indicated that brain I/R injury provokes brain edema by alterations of AQPs expression, and the NO is the main signaling factor that modulates gene expression of these channels. PMID:25441658

  10. Oxygen-deficient metabolism and corneal edema

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    Leung, B.K.; Bonanno, J.A.; Radke, C.J.

    2014-01-01

    Wear of low-oxygen-transmissible soft contact lenses swells the cornea significantly, even during open eye. Although oxygen-deficient corneal edema is well-documented, a self-consistent quantitative prediction based on the underlying metabolic reactions is not available. We present a biochemical description of the human cornea that quantifies hypoxic swelling through the coupled transport of water, salt, and respiratory metabolites. Aerobic and anaerobic consumption of glucose, as well as acidosis and pH buffering, are incorporated in a seven-layer corneal model (anterior chamber, endothelium, stroma, epithelium, postlens tear film, contact lens, and prelens tear film). Corneal swelling is predicted from coupled transport of water, dissolved salts, and especially metabolites, along with membrane-transport resistances at the endothelium and epithelium. At the endothelium, the Na+/K+ - ATPase electrogenic channel actively transports bicarbonate ion from the stroma into the anterior chamber. As captured by the Kedem–Katchalsky membrane-transport formalism, the active bicarbonate-ion flux provides the driving force for corneal fluid pump-out needed to match the leak-in tendency of the stroma. Increased lactate-ion production during hypoxia osmotically lowers the pump-out rate requiring the stroma to swell to higher water content. Concentration profiles are predicted for glucose, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and hydronium, lactate, bicarbonate, sodium, and chloride ions, along with electrostatic potential and pressure profiles. Although the active bicarbonate-ion pump at the endothelium drives bicarbonate into the aqueous humor, we find a net flux of bicarbonate ion into the cornea that safeguards against acidosis. For the first time, we predict corneal swelling upon soft-contact-lens wear from fundamental biophysico-chemical principles. We also successfully predict that hypertonic tear alleviates contact-lens-induced edema. PMID:21820076

  11. Anthrax Edema Toxin Impairs Clearance in Mice

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    Sastalla, Inka; Tang, Shixing; Crown, Devorah; Liu, Shihui; Eckhaus, Michael A.; Hewlett, Indira K.; Leppla, Stephen H.

    2012-01-01

    The anthrax edema toxin (ET) of Bacillus anthracis is composed of the receptor-binding component protective antigen (PA) and of the adenylyl cyclase catalytic moiety, edema factor (EF). Uptake of ET into cells raises intracellular concentrations of the secondary messenger cyclic AMP, thereby impairing or activating host cell functions. We report here on a new consequence of ET action in vivo. We show that in mouse models of toxemia and infection, serum PA concentrations were significantly higher in the presence of enzymatically active EF. These higher concentrations were not caused by ET-induced inhibition of PA endocytosis; on the contrary, ET induced increased PA binding and uptake of the PA oligomer in vitro and in vivo through upregulation of the PA receptors TEM8 and CMG2 in both myeloid and nonmyeloid cells. ET effects on protein clearance from circulation appeared to be global and were not limited to PA. ET also impaired the clearance of ovalbumin, green fluorescent protein, and EF itself, as well as the small molecule biotin when these molecules were coinjected with the toxin. Effects on injected protein levels were not a result of general increase in protein concentrations due to fluid loss. Functional markers for liver and kidney were altered in response to ET. Concomitantly, ET caused phosphorylation and activation of the aquaporin-2 water channel present in the principal cells of the collecting ducts of the kidneys that are responsible for fluid homeostasis. Our data suggest that in vivo, ET alters circulatory protein and small molecule pharmacokinetics by an as-yet-undefined mechanism, thereby potentially allowing a prolonged circulation of anthrax virulence factors such as EF during infection. PMID:22104108

  12. A Type-II Positive Allosteric Modulator of ?7 nAChRs Reduces Brain Injury and Improves Neurological Function after Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rats

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    Sun, Fen; Jin, Kunlin; Uteshev, Victor V.

    2013-01-01

    In the absence of clinically-efficacious therapies for ischemic stroke there is a critical need for development of new therapeutic concepts and approaches for prevention of brain injury secondary to cerebral ischemia. This study tests the hypothesis that administration of PNU-120596, a type-II positive allosteric modulator (PAM-II) of ?7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), as long as 6 hours after the onset of focal cerebral ischemia significantly reduces brain injury and neurological deficits in an animal model of ischemic stroke. Focal cerebral ischemia was induced by a transient (90 min) middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Animals were then subdivided into two groups and injected intravenously (i.v.) 6 hours post-MCAO with either 1 mg/kg PNU-120596 (treated group) or vehicle only (untreated group). Measurements of cerebral infarct volumes and neurological behavioral tests were performed 24 hrs post-MCAO. PNU-120596 significantly reduced cerebral infarct volume and improved neurological function as evidenced by the results of Bederson, rolling cylinder and ladder rung walking tests. These results forecast a high therapeutic potential for PAMs-II as effective recruiters and activators of endogenous ?7 nAChR-dependent cholinergic pathways to reduce brain injury and improve neurological function after cerebral ischemic stroke. PMID:23951360

  13. Pregnancy-induced up-regulation of aquaporin-4 protein in brain and its role in eclampsia

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    Allison M. Quick; Marilyn J. Cipolla

    2005-01-01

    Neurologic complications of eclampsia are thought to be similar to hypertensive encephalopa- thy in which an acute, excessive elevation in blood pressure causes blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption and edema formation. Because women who develop eclampsia are in general normotensive and asymptom- atic prior to pregnancy, we hypothesized that pregnancy alone predisposes the brain to edema formation by up-regulation of aquaporin

  14. Increased neuroinflammatory and arachidonic acid cascade markers, and reduced synaptic proteins, in brain of HIV-1 transgenic rats

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    2011-01-01

    Background Cognitive impairment has been reported in human immune deficiency virus-1- (HIV-1-) infected patients as well as in HIV-1 transgenic (Tg) rats. This impairment has been linked to neuroinflammation, disturbed brain arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism, and synapto-dendritic injury. We recently reported upregulated brain AA metabolism in 7- to 9-month-old HIV-1 Tg rats. We hypothesized that these HIV-1 Tg rats also would show upregulated brain inflammatory and AA cascade markers and a deficit of synaptic proteins. Methods We measured protein and mRNA levels of markers of neuroinflammation and the AA cascade, as well as pro-apoptotic factors and synaptic proteins, in brains from 7- to 9-month-old HIV-1 Tg and control rats. Results Compared with control brain, HIV-1 Tg rat brain showed immunoreactivity to glycoprotein 120 and tat HIV-1 viral proteins, and significantly higher protein and mRNA levels of (1) the inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1? and tumor necrosis factor ?, (2) the activated microglial/macrophage marker CD11b, (3) AA cascade enzymes: AA-selective Ca2+-dependent cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2)-IVA, secretory sPLA2-IIA, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, membrane prostaglandin E2 synthase, 5-lipoxygenase (LOX) and 15-LOX, cytochrome p450 epoxygenase, and (4) transcription factor NF-?Bp50 DNA binding activity. HIV-1 Tg rat brain also exhibited signs of cell injury, including significantly decreased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and drebrin, a marker of post-synaptic excitatory dendritic spines. Expression of Ca2+-independent iPLA2-VIA and COX-1 was unchanged. Conclusions HIV-1 Tg rats show elevated brain markers of neuroinflammation and AA metabolism, with a deficit in several synaptic proteins. These changes are associated with viral proteins and may contribute to cognitive impairment. The HIV-1 Tg rat may be a useful model for understanding progression and treatment of cognitive impairment in HIV-1 patients. PMID:21846384

  15. Electroacupuncture pretreatment attenuates blood?brain barrier disruption following cerebral ischemia/reperfusion.

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    Zou, Rong; Wu, Zhouquan; Cui, Suyang

    2015-08-01

    Disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and subsequent brain edema are major contributors to the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke, however, current clinical therapeutic methods remains unsatisfactory. Electroacupuncture (EA) pretreatment has a protective effect against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). However, the underlying mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. In the present study, the effect of EA pretreatment on BBB disruption was investigated in a focal I/R rat model. Male Sprague?Dawley rats (280-320 g) were pretreated with EA at the acupoint 'Baihui' (GV20) 30 min/day, for five days consecutively prior to focal cerebral I/R, which was induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 2 h. The results demonstrated that the infarction volume, brain water content and neurological deficits increased in the MCAO model rats at 3 h and 24 h post-reperfusion, and were attenuated significantly by EA pretreatment. Furthermore, electron microscopy examination confirmed a reduction in brain edema reduction in the EA pretreated rats. Western blot analysis revealed that the tight junction proteins between endothelial cells, including claudin?5, occludin, were significantly degraded, while the protein expression of phosphorylated (p?)caveolin?1 and p?Akt increased following reperfusion, all of which were alleviated by EA pretreatment. However, no significant differences were observed in the expression of caveolin?1 or Akt. Overall, the results demonstrated that EA pretreatment significantly reduced BBB permeability and brain edema, which were correlated with alleviation of the degradation of tight junction proteins and inhibition of the expression of p?caveolin?1 in the endothelial cells. PMID:25936438

  16. Osteopontin reduced hypoxia-ischemia neonatal brain injury by suppression of apoptosis in a rat pup model

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    Chen, Wanqiu; Ma, Qingyi; Suzuki, Hidenori; Hartman, Richard; Tang, Jiping; Zhang, John H.

    2011-01-01

    Background and Purpose Osteopontin (OPN) is neuroprotective in ischemic brain injuries in adult experimental models, therefore, we hypothesized that OPN would provide neuroprotection and improve long term neurological function in the immature brain after hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury. Methods HI was induced by unilateral ligation of the right carotid artery followed by hypoxia (8% O2 for 2h) in postnatal day 7 rats. OPN (0.03 µg or 0.1 µg) was injected intracerebroventricularly at 1h post HI. Temporal expression of endogenous OPN was evaluated in the normal rat brain at the age of day 0, 4, 7, 11, 14, and 21, and in the ipsilateral hemisphere following HI. The effects of OPN were evaluated using TTC staining, apoptotic cell death assay, and cleaved caspase-3 expression. Neurological function was assessed by Morris water maze test. Results Endogenous OPN expression in the brain was the highest at the age of day 0, with continuous reduction till the age of day 21 during development. After HI injury, endogenous OPN expression was increased and peaked at 48h. Exogenous OPN decreased infarct volume and improved neurological outcomes 7 weeks after HI injury. OPN-induced neuroprotection was blocked by an integrin antagonist. Conclusions OPN-induced neuroprotection was associated with cleaved-caspase-3 inhibition and antiapoptotic cell death. OPN treatment improved long-term neurological function against neonatal HI brain injury. PMID:21273567

  17. 9 CFR 311.8 - Cattle carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema.

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    2011-01-01

    ...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. 311.8 Section 311.8 Animals...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. (a) Carcasses of cattle found...extensive or well-marked generalized edema shall be condemned. (b)...

  18. 9 CFR 311.8 - Cattle carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema.

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    2014-01-01

    ...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. 311.8 Section 311.8 Animals...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. (a) Carcasses of cattle found...extensive or well-marked generalized edema shall be condemned. (b)...

  19. 9 CFR 311.8 - Cattle carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema.

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    2013-01-01

    ...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. 311.8 Section 311.8 Animals...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. (a) Carcasses of cattle found...extensive or well-marked generalized edema shall be condemned. (b)...

  20. 9 CFR 311.8 - Cattle carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. 311.8 Section 311.8 Animals...carcasses affected with anasarca or generalized edema. (a) Carcasses of cattle found...extensive or well-marked generalized edema shall be condemned. (b)...

  1. Chloroquine exerts neuroprotection following traumatic brain injury via suppression of inflammation and neuronal autophagic death.

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    Cui, Chang-Meng; Gao, Jun-Ling; Cui, Ying; Sun, Li-Qian; Wang, Yong-Chao; Wang, Kai-Jie; Li, Ran; Tian, Yan-Xia; Cui, Jian-Zhong

    2015-08-01

    The antimalarial drug, chloroquine (CQ), has been reported as an autophagy inhibitor in a variety of disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and brain ischemia. To the best of our knowledge, no studies to date have examined the potential for CQ to provide neuroprotection in animal models of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective actions of CQ in TBI and to determine the mechanisms underlying this effect. Rats were immediately subjected to a diffuse cortical impact injury caused by a modified weight?drop device and divided randomly into three groups: sham?operated, CQ treatment and vehicle. The CQ treatment group was administered CQ (intraperitoneally, 3 mg/kg body weight) immediately following the induction of injury. The co?localization of neuron?specific nuclear protein (NeuN) and microtubule?associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3), was followed by immunofluorescent staining. The expression of LC3 and inflammatory cytokines was identified by western blot analysis. Wet?dry weight method was utilized to evaluate TBI?induced brain edema. Motor function was evaluated using the Neurological Severity Score (NSS) scale and the Morris water maze was employed to assess spatial learning ability. This study demonstrated that the administration of CQ attenuates TBI?induced cerebral edema, and the associated motor and cognitive functional deficits that occur post?injury. Following the induction of cerebral trauma, CQ treatment significantly suppressed neuronal autophagy and reduced expression levels of the inflammatory cytokines, interleukin?1? (IL?1?) and tumor necrosis factor?? (TNF??), in the rat hippocampus. Our results have provided in vivo evidence that CQ may exert neuroprotective effects following TBI, in attenuating brain edema and improving neurological functioning, by reducing the damaging consequences of neuronal autophagy and cerebral inflammation. PMID:25872478

  2. Comparison of diffusion-weighted with T2-weighted imaging for detection of edema in acute myocardial infarction

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    2013-01-01

    Background Recent studies, performed with the use of a commercially available diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) sequence, showed that they are sensitive to the increase of water content in the myocardium and may be used as an alternative to the standard T2-weighted sequences. The aim of this study was to compare two methods of myocardial edema imaging: DWI and T2-TIRM. Methods The study included 91 acute and post STEMI patients. We applied a qualitative and quantitative image analysis. The qualitative analysis consisted of evaluation of the quality of blood suppression, presence of artifacts and occurrence of high signal (edema) areas. On the basis of edema detection in AMI and control (post STEMI) group, the sensitivity and specificity of TIRM and DWI were determined. Two contrast to noise ratios (CNR) were calculated: CNR1 - the contrast between edema and healthy myocardium and CNR2 - the contrast between edema and intraventricular blood pool. The area of edema was measured for both TIRM and DWI sequences and compared with the infarct size in LGE images. Results Edema occurred more frequently in the DWI sequence. A major difference was observed in the inferior wall, where an edema-high signal was observed in 46% in T2-TIRM, whereas in the DWI sequence in 85%. An analysis of the image quality parameters showed that the use of DWI sequence allows complete blood signal suppression in the left ventricular cavity and reduces the occurrence of motion artifacts. However, it is connected with a higher incidence of magnetic susceptibility artifacts and image distortion. An analysis of the CNRs showed that CNR1 in T2-TIRM sequence depends on the infarct location and has the lowest value for the inferior wall. The area of edema measured on DWI images was significantly larger than in T2-TIRM. Conclusions DWI is a new technique for edema detection in patients with acute myocardial infarction which may be recommended for the diagnosis of acute injuries, especially in patients with slow-flow artifacts in TIRM images. PMID:24098944

  3. Anti-edema effect of epigallocatechin gallate on spinal cord injury in rats.

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    Ge, Rui; Zhu, Yue; Diao, Yao; Tao, Lin; Yuan, Wei; Xiong, Xiao-chuan

    2013-08-21

    Recent studies indicated that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) had neuroprotective effects on spinal cord injury (SCI).The current study was performed to determine the anti-edema effect of EGCG after SCI in rats. EGCG (100 mg/kg, i.p.) was administered to rats immediately following SCI. It was found that EGCG (100 mg/kg) could significantly reduce spinal cord water content. In addition, EGCG (100mg/kg) significantly reduced the expression of aquaporin-4(AQP4) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) level at 24, 48 and 72h after injury, but it did not have this effect at 12 h after injury. The changes of AQP4 and GFAP protein induced by EGCG (100 mg/kg) treatment were accompanied by a reduction of spinal cord edema. Our results indicated that EGCG (100 mg/kg) could reduce spinal cord edema after SCI, which could be correlated with the down-regulation the expression of AQP4 and GFAP protein level after SCI. PMID:23831998

  4. ACUTE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS LESION: CONVERSION OF RESTRICTED DIFFUSION DUE TO VASOGENIC EDEMA

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    Balashov, Konstantin E.; Latt Aung, Latt; Dhib-Jalbut, Suhayl; Keller, Irwin A.

    2009-01-01

    It is widely accepted that acute demyelinating plaques in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) demonstrate increased apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and increased diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) signals on MRI. These imaging characteristics in acute MS lesions have been postulated to be due to peripheral vasogenic edema that typically increases the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). This assumption is commonly used to differentiate stroke from MS lesions since acute and subacute stroke lesions demonstrate increased DWI signal with reduced ADC due to acute cytotoxic edema. We report a case of active relapsing-remitting MS with two new symptomatic contrast-enhancing lesions. The lesions had reduced diffusion on the ADC map in the early acute phase of MS exacerbation. The reduced ADC signal was subsequently “converted” to increased ADC signal which coincided with the development of profound peripheral vasogenic edema seen on T2-weighted images. To our knowledge, this is the first serial MRI study describing decreased ADC signal in the early acute phase of contrast-enhancing MS lesion. The implications of decreased diffusion in the acute phase of MS lesions for the disease pathogenesis are discussed. PMID:19888931

  5. Acute multiple sclerosis lesion: conversion of restricted diffusion due to vasogenic edema.

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    Balashov, Konstantin E; Aung, Latt Latt; Dhib-Jalbut, Suhayl; Keller, Irwin A

    2011-04-01

    It is widely accepted that acute demyelinating plaques in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) demonstrate increased apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and increased diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) signals on MRI. These imaging characteristics in acute MS lesions have been postulated to be due to peripheral vasogenic edema that typically increases the ADC. This assumption is commonly used to differentiate stroke from MS lesions since acute and subacute stroke lesions demonstrate increased DWI signal with reduced ADC due to acute cytotoxic edema. We report a case of active relapsing-remitting MS with two new symptomatic contrast-enhancing lesions. The lesions had reduced diffusion on the ADC map in the early acute phase of MS exacerbation. The reduced ADC signal was subsequently "converted" to increased ADC signal that coincided with the development of profound peripheral vasogenic edema seen on T2-weighted images. To our knowledge, this is the first serial MRI study describing decreased ADC signal in the early acute phase of contrast-enhancing MS lesion. The implications of decreased diffusion in the acute phase of MS lesions for the disease pathogenesis are discussed. PMID:19888931

  6. NTCP Modeling of Subacute/Late Laryngeal Edema Scored by Fiberoptic Examination

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    Rancati, Tiziana [Prostate Program, Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milano (Italy); Fiorino, Claudio, E-mail: fiorino.claudio@hsr.i [Medical Physics, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano (Italy); Sanguineti, Giuseppe [Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX (United States)

    2009-11-01

    Purpose: Finding best-fit parameters of normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models for laryngeal edema after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Methods and Materials: Forty-eight patients were considered for this study who met the following criteria: (1) grossly uninvolved larynx, (2) no prior major surgery except for neck dissection and tonsillectomy, (3) at least one fiberoptic examination of the larynx within 2 years from radiotherapy, (4) minimum follow-up of 15 months. Larynx dose-volume histograms (DVHs) were corrected into a linear quadratic equivalent one at 2 Gy/fr with alpha/beta = 3 Gy. Subacute/late edema was prospectively scored at each follow-up examination according to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group scale. G2-G3 edema within 15 months from RT was considered as our endpoint. Two NTCP models were considered: (1) the Lyman model with DVH reduced to the equivalent uniform dose (EUD; LEUD) and (2) the Logit model with DVH reduced to the EUD (LOGEUD). The parameters for the models were fit to patient data using a maximum likelihood analysis. Results: All patients had a minimum of 15 months follow-up (only 8/48 received concurrent chemotherapy): 25/48 (52.1%) experienced G2-G3 edema. Both NTCP models fit well the clinical data: with LOGEUD the relationship between EUD and NTCP can be described with TD50 = 46.7 +- 2.1 Gy, n = 1.41 +- 0.8 and a steepness parameter k = 7.2 +- 2.5 Gy. Best fit parameters for LEUD are n = 1.17 +- 0.6, m = 0.23 +- 0.07 and TD50 = 47.3 +- 2.1 Gy. Conclusions: A clear volume effect was found for edema, consistent with a parallel architecture of the larynx for this endpoint. On the basis of our findings, an EUD <30-35 Gy should drastically reduce the risk of G2-G3 edema.

  7. The Episodic Engram Transformed: Time Reduces Retrieval-Related Brain Activity but Correlates It with Memory Accuracy

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    Furman, Orit; Mendelsohn, Avi; Dudai, Yadin

    2012-01-01

    We took snapshots of human brain activity with fMRI during retrieval of realistic episodic memory over several months. Three groups of participants were scanned during a memory test either hours, weeks, or months after viewing a documentary movie. High recognition accuracy after hours decreased after weeks and remained at similar levels after…

  8. MicroRNA-339-5p Down-regulates Protein Expression of ?-Site Amyloid Precursor Protein-Cleaving Enzyme 1 (BACE1) in Human Primary Brain Cultures and Is Reduced in Brain Tissue Specimens of Alzheimer Disease Subjects*

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    Long, Justin M.; Ray, Balmiki; Lahiri, Debomoy K.

    2014-01-01

    Alzheimer disease (AD) results, in part, from the excess accumulation of the amyloid-? (A?) peptide as neuritic plaques in the brain. The short A? peptide is derived from the large transmembrane A? precursor protein (APP). The rate-limiting step in the production of A? from APP is mediated by the ?-site APP-cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1). Dysregulation of BACE1 levels leading to excess A? deposition is implicated in sporadic AD. Thus, elucidating the full complement of regulatory pathways that control BACE1 expression is key to identifying novel drug targets central to the A?-generating process. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are expected to participate in this molecular network. Here, we identified a known miRNA, miR-339-5p, as a key contributor to this regulatory network. Two distinct miR-339-5p target sites were predicted in the BACE1 3?-UTR by in silico analyses. Co-transfection of miR-339-5p with a BACE1 3?-UTR reporter construct resulted in significant reduction in reporter expression. Mutation of both target sites eliminated this effect. Delivery of the miR-339-5p mimic also significantly inhibited expression of BACE1 protein in human glioblastoma cells and human primary brain cultures. Delivery of target protectors designed against the miR-339-5p BACE1 3?-UTR target sites in primary human brain cultures significantly elevated BACE1 expression. Finally, miR-339-5p levels were found to be significantly reduced in brain specimens isolated from AD patients as compared with age-matched controls. Therefore, miR-339-5p regulates BACE1 expression in human brain cells and is most likely dysregulated in at least a subset of AD patients making this miRNA a novel drug target. PMID:24352696

  9. Synthetic smoke with acrolein but not HCl produces pulmonary edema

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    Hales, C.A.; Barkin, P.W.; Jung, W.; Trautman, E.; Lamborghini, D.; Herrig, N.; Burke, J.

    1988-03-01

    The chemical toxins in smoke and not the heat are responsible for the pulmonary edema of smoke inhalation. We developed a synthetic smoke composed of carbon particles (mean diameter of 4.3 microns) to which toxins known to be in smoke, such as HCl or acrolein, could be added one at a time. We delivered synthetic smoke to dogs for 10 min and monitored extravascular lung water (EVLW) accumulation thereafter with a double-indicator thermodilution technique. Final EVLW correlated highly with gravimetric values (r = 0.93, P less than 0.01). HCl in concentrations of 0.1-6 N when added to heated carbon (120 degrees C) and cooled to 39 degrees C produced airway damage but no pulmonary edema. Acrolein, in contrast, produced airway damage but also pulmonary edema, whereas capillary wedge pressures remained stable. Low-dose acrolein smoke (less than 200 ppm) produced edema in two of five animals with a 2- to 4-h delay. Intermediate-dose acrolein smoke (200-300 ppm) always produced edema at an average of 147 +/- 57 min after smoke, whereas high-dose acrolein (greater than 300 ppm) produced edema at 65 +/- 16 min after smoke. Thus acrolein but not HCl, when presented as a synthetic smoke, produced a delayed-onset, noncardiogenic, and peribronchiolar edema in a roughly dose-dependent fashion.

  10. Painless transient bone marrow edema syndrome in a pediatric patient.

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    Joshi, Vivek; Hermann, George; Balwani, Manisha; Simpson, William L

    2014-11-01

    Transient regional migratory osteoporosis, considered to be part of the spectrum of bone marrow edema syndrome, is a rare condition with an unknown etiology. Patients usually present with lower extremity pain, most commonly in the 4th-5th decades of life. We describe a 15-year-old male patient with type 1 Gaucher disease who presented with transient bone marrow edema syndrome with features most closely resembling regional migratory osteoporosis. The patient presented with bone marrow edema of the lateral tibial epiphysis of his right knee that was incidentally seen on routine surveillance MRI that was performed as protocol for patients with type 1 Gaucher disease on enzyme replacement therapy. At this time, the patient had no pain and physical examination was normal. Follow-up MRI of the right knee 4 months afterward showed complete resolution of the signal abnormality in the right tibial epiphysis, and repeat study 8 months later displayed a new focus of painless migratory edema of the medial tibial epiphysis of the same knee. These changes completely resolved as well. Marrow signal abnormalities in children with Gaucher disease can have a broad differential, including infection, marrow infiltration, trauma, osteonecrosis, and bone marrow edema syndrome, amongst others. Correct diagnosis of bone marrow edema syndrome is critical, as this disease process most often resolves on conservative measures. The unusual presentation of transient bone marrow edema syndrome with regional migratory osteoporosis features in a young patient with Gaucher disease is described. PMID:24893724

  11. Long-term exposure to nicotine markedly reduces kynurenic acid in rat brain - In vitro and ex vivo evidence

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    Zielinska, Elzbieta [Department of Toxicology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-950 Lublin (Poland); Kuc, Damian [Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University, Jaczewskiego 8, 20-090 Lublin (Poland); Zgrajka, Wojciech [Department of Toxicology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-950 Lublin (Poland); Turski, Waldemar A. [Department of Toxicology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-950 Lublin (Poland); Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University, Jaczewskiego 8, 20-090 Lublin (Poland); Dekundy, Andrzej [Department of Toxicology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-950 Lublin (Poland)], E-mail: andrzej.dekundy@merz.de

    2009-10-15

    Kynurenic acid (KYNA) is a recognized broad-spectrum antagonist of excitatory amino acid receptors with a particularly high affinity for the glycine co-agonist site of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor complex. KYNA is also a putative endogenous neuroprotectant. Recent studies show that KYNA strongly blocks {alpha}7 subtype of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The present studies were aimed at assessing effects of acute and chronic nicotine exposure on KYNA production in rat brain slices in vitro and ex vivo. In brain slices, nicotine significantly increased KYNA formation at 10 mM but not at 1 or 5 mM. Different nAChR antagonists (dihydro-{beta}-erythroidine, methyllycaconitine and mecamylamine) failed to block the influence exerted by nicotine on KYNA synthesis in cortical slices in vitro. Effects of acute (1 mg/kg, i.p.), subchronic (10-day) and chronic (30-day) administration of nicotine in drinking water (100 {mu}g/ml) on KYNA brain content were evaluated ex vivo. Acute treatment with nicotine (1 mg/kg i.p.) did not affect KYNA level in rat brain. The subchronic exposure to nicotine in drinking water significantly increased KYNA by 43%, while chronic exposure to nicotine resulted in a reduction in KYNA by 47%. Co-administration of mecamylamine with nicotine in drinking water for 30 days reversed the effect exerted by nicotine on KYNA concentration in the cerebral cortex. The present results provide evidence for the hypothesis of reciprocal interaction between the nicotinic cholinergic system and the kynurenine pathway in the brain.

  12. Different expressions of AQP1, AQP4, eNOS, and VEGF proteins in ischemic versus non-ischemic cerebropathy in rats: potential roles of AQP1 and eNOS in hydrocephalic and vasogenic edema formation

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    Kim, Jaehyun

    2011-01-01

    In this study, expressions of aquaporin (AQP) 1, AQP4, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), and vascular endothelial growth factor in blood-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier and blood-brain barrier (BBB) are examined in rat choroid plexus and peri-infarcted hippocampal formation (HF) following systemic hyponatremia (SH) and permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO). These events are thought to cause the development of hydrocephalic and vasogenic edemas. The importance of CSF overproduction and intact blood-CSF barrier during hydrocephalic edema formation is demonstrated by the high expression of AQP1 (329.86±10.2%, n=4 , P<0.01) and trapped plasma immunoglobulin G (IgG) in choroid plexus epithelium after 24 hours of SH. However, the increased eNOS expression in peri-infarcted HF (130±3%, n=4, P<0.01) and extravasation of plasma IgG into the extravascular compartment after 24 hours of pMCAO suggest that increased microvascular permeability, probably due to elevated levels of nitric oxide, leads to development of vasogenic brain edema via BBB breakdown. Based on these findings, the authors suggest that modulation of different protein expression, dependent on the type of brain edema, is required for primary (pMCAO) and secondary (SH) brain injuries to attenuate brain edema and neuronal degeneration. PMID:22254158

  13. Enhanced expression of aquaporin 4 in human brain with inflammatory diseases

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    Kazuko Aoki-Yoshino; Toshiki Uchihara; Charles Duyckaerts; Ayako Nakamura; Jean-Jacques Hauw; Yoshihiro Wakayama

    2005-01-01

    Aquaporin 4 (AQP4), one of the water channel proteins on the plasma membrane of astrocytes, is up-regulated in various conditions with brain edema. Possible participation of AQP4 in various inflammatory lesions, more or less associated with edema, was examined in human autopsied brains. Immunohistochemistry was used to investigate AQP4 expression in autopsied brains with multiple sclerosis (MS), human immunodeficiency virus

  14. [Hypothermia after perinatal asphyxia reduces the risk of brain damage. But it's too early to recommend the method for routine treatment].

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    Hellström-Westas, Lena

    Two randomised controlled trials evaluating intervention with moderate hypothermia after perinatal asphyxia will probably be published this year. The first study, evaluating head cooling with a "cool cap" is already published, and preliminary data from the other study evaluating body cooling earlier have been presented. Both studies indicate that moderate hypothermia, initiated within 6 h after birth, for 72 h reduces mortality and survival with severe brain injury. Several issues must, however, be solved before postasphyctic cooling can be recommended as clinical routine. There are no data on optimal duration, degree of cooling, best method, or if methods and degree of cooling should be adapted to type of brain injury. Continued research with randomised controlled trials is recommended. PMID:16294526

  15. Reliability and Feasibility of Methods to Quantitatively Assess Peripheral Edema

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    Brodovicz, Kimberly G.; McNaughton, Kristin; Uemura, Naoto; Meininger, Gary; Girman, Cynthia J.; Yale, Steven H.

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate methods to assess peripheral edema for reliability, feasibility and correlation with the classic clinical assessment of pitting edema. Design: Cross-sectional observational study. Setting: Large primary care clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA. Participants: Convenience sample of 20 patients with type 2 diabetes and a range of edema severity, including patients without edema. Methods: Eight methods of edema assessment were evaluated: (1) clinical assessment of pit depth and recovery at three locations, (2) patient questionnaire, (3) ankle circumference, (4) figure-of-eight (ankle circumference using eight ankle/foot landmarks), (5) edema tester (plastic card with holes of varying size pressed to the ankle with a blood pressure cuff), (6) modified edema tester (edema tester with bumps), (7) indirect leg volume (by series of ankle/leg circumferences), and (8) foot/ankle volumetry by water displacement. Patients were evaluated independently by three nurse examiners. Results: Water displacement and ankle circumference had high inter-examiner agreement (intraclass correlation coefficient 0.93, 0.96 right; 0.97, 0.97 left). Agreement was inconsistent for figure-of-eight (0.64, 0.86), moderate for indirect leg volume (0.53, 0.66), and low for clinical assessments at all locations. Agreement was low for the edema testers but varied by the pressure administered. Correlation with the classic, subjective clinical assessment was good for the nurse-performed assessments and patient questionnaire. Ankle circumference and patient questionnaires each took 1 minute to complete. Other tools took >5 minutes to complete. Conclusions: Water displacement and ankle circumference showed excellent reliability; however, water displacement is a time-consuming measure and may pose implementation challenges in the clinical and clinical trial environments. Patient-reported level and frequency of edema, based on an unvalidated questionnaire, was generally well correlated with the physician assessment of edema severity and may prove to be another reliable and accurate method of assessing edema. Additional study is needed to evaluate the validity and responsiveness of these methods. PMID:19251582

  16. [Involvement of the lymphatic system in primary non-lymphogenic edema of the leg. Studies with 2-compartment lymphoscintigraphy].

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    Bräutigam, P; Vanscheidt, W; Földi, E; Krause, T; Moser, E

    1997-08-01

    Two-compartment lymphoscintigraphy was developed to examine the sub- and epifascial lymphatics of the leg. Digital images were evaluated visually and semiquantitatively by calculating the uptake of activity within the lymph nodes. The data from patient groups with four different types of leg edema were compared with those of the control group to prove the involvement of the lymphatics in the non-lymphatic edema. The cyclic idiopathic edema demonstrated an accelerated transport of the lymph consistent with a high volume insufficiency. In phlebedema the high volume insufficiency was epifascially so distinct, that it could be detected scintigraphically. In post thrombotic syndrome the transport of the lymph was reduced dramatically corresponding to a safety valve insufficiency. Epifascially however, an accelerated lymph flow was observed due to compensatory mechanisms. The lipedema did not show any scintigraphic abnormalities. These results show that two-compartment lymphoscintigraphy can detect alterations in lymphatic function secondary to non-lymphogenic leg edema. The lymphatic function is changed according to the underlying pathophysiology which may be facilitate the differential diagnosis of such a leg edema. PMID:9378636

  17. Anthrax Lethal and Edema Toxins Fail to Directly Impair Human Platelet Function

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    Chauncey, Kassidy M.; Szarowicz, Sarah E.; Sidhu, Gurjit S.; During, Russell L.

    2012-01-01

    Hemorrhage is a prominent clinical manifestation of systemic anthrax. Therefore, we have examined the effects of anthrax lethal and edema toxins on human platelets. We find that anthrax lethal toxin fails to cleave its target, mitogen-activated protein kinase 1, and anthrax edema toxin fails to increase intracellular cyclic adenosine monophosphate. Surface expression of toxin receptors tumor endothelial marker 8 and capillary morphogenesis gene 2, as well as coreceptor low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6), are markedly reduced, preventing toxin binding to platelets. Our studies suggest that the hemorrhagic clinical manifestations of systemic anthrax are unlikely to be caused by the direct binding and entry of anthrax toxins into human platelets. PMID:22158563

  18. Developmental thyroid hormone insufficiency reduces expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in adults but not in neonates.

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    Lasley, S M; Gilbert, M E

    2011-01-01

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin critical for many developmental and physiological aspects of CNS function. Severe hypothyroidism in the early neonatal period results in developmental and cognitive impairments and reductions in mRNA and protein expression of BDNF in a number of brain regions. The present study examined the impact of modest levels of developmental thyroid hormone insufficiency on BDNF protein expression in the hippocampus, cortex and cerebellum in the neonatal and adult offspring of rat dams treated throughout pregnancy and lactation. Graded levels of hormone insufficiency were induced by adding propylthiouracil (PTU, 0, 1, 2, 3 and 10 ppm) to the drinking water of pregnant dams from early gestation (gestational day 6) until weaning of the pups. Pups were sacrificed on postnatal days (PN) 14 and 21, and -PN100, and trunk blood collected for thyroid hormone analysis. Hippocampus, cortex, and cerebellum were separated from dissected brains and assessed for BDNF protein. Dose-dependent reductions in serum hormones in dams and pups were produced by PTU. Consistent with previous findings, age and regional differences in BDNF concentrations were observed. However, no differences in BDNF expression were detected in the preweanling animals as a function of PTU exposure; yet dose-dependent alterations emerged in adulthood despite the return of thyroid hormone levels to control values. Males were more affected by PTU than females, BDNF levels in hippocampus and cortex were altered but not those in cerebellum, and biphasic dose-response functions were detected in both sexes. These findings indicate that BDNF may mediate some of the adverse effects accompanying developmental thyroid hormone insufficiency, and reflect the potential for delayed impact of modest reductions in thyroid hormones during critical periods of brain development on a protein important for normal synaptic function. PMID:21530650

  19. Overexpression of mitochondrial Hsp70\\/Hsp75 in rat brain protects mitochondria, reduces oxidative stress, and protects from focal ischemia

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    Lijun Xu; Ludmila A Voloboueva; YiBing Ouyang; John F Emery; Rona G Giffard

    2009-01-01

    Mitochondria are known to be central to the cell's response to ischemia, because of their role in energy generation, in free radical generation, and in the regulation of apoptosis. Heat shock protein 75 (Hsp75\\/Grp75\\/mortalin\\/TRAP1) is a member of the HSP70 chaperone family, which is targeted to mitochondria. Overexpression of Hsp75 was achieved in rat brain by DNA transfection, and expression

  20. Long-term expansion of human foetal neural progenitors leads to reduced graft viability in the neonatal rat brain.

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    Zietlow, Rike; Precious, Sophie V; Kelly, Claire M; Dunnett, Stephen B; Rosser, Anne E

    2012-06-01

    We previously reported that early passage human foetal neural progenitors (hFNPs) survive long-term in the rodent host brain whereas late passage cells disappear at later post-graft survival times. The extent to which this finding is related to changes in the expanded FNPs or in the adult host brain environment was not determined. Here we report the effect of expanding hFNPs for different periods of time in vitro on their ability to survive transplantation into the neonatal rat hippocampus, a generally more permissive environment than the adult rat brain. After 2 and 8 weeks in vitro, transplanted hFNPs formed large grafts, most of which survived well until at least 12 weeks. However, following continued expansion, hFNPs formed smaller grafts, and cells transplanted after 20 weeks expansion produced no surviving grafts, even at early survival times. To determine whether this could be due to a dilution of "true" neural stem cells through more differentiated progeny over time in culture, we derived homogeneous neural stem (NS) cells grown as a monolayer from the 8 week expanded hFNPs. These cells homogeneously expressed the neural stem cell markers sox-2, 3CB2 and nestin and were expanded for 5 months before transplantation into the neonatal rat brain. However, these cells exhibited a similar survival profile to the long-term expanded FNPs. These results indicate that, while the cellular phenotype of neural stem cells may appear to be stable in vitro using standard markers, expansion profoundly influences the ability of such cells to form viable grafts. PMID:22475737

  1. Immunization Against the Transgene but not the TetON Switch Reduces Expression From Gutless Adenoviral Vectors in the Brain

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    Xiong, Weidong; Candolfi, Marianela; Kroeger, Kurt M; Puntel, Mariana; Mondkar, Sonali; Larocque, Daniel; Liu, Chunyan; Curtin, James F; Palmer, Donna; Ng, Philip; Lowenstein, Pedro R; Castro, Maria G

    2009-01-01

    Immune responses against vectors or encoded transgenes can impose limitations on gene therapy. We demonstrated that tetracycline-regulated high-capacity adenoviral vectors (HC-Ads) sustain regulated transgene expression in the brain even in the presence of systemic pre-existing immune responses against adenoviruses. In this study we assessed whether systemic pre-existing immune responses against the transgene products, i.e., ?-Gal or the tetracycline-dependent (TetON) regulatory transcription factors (rtTA2SM2 and the tTSKid), affect transgene expression levels and the safety profile of HC-Ads in the brain. We pre-immunized mice with plasmids encoding the TetON switch expressing rtTA2SM2 and the tTSKid or ?-Gal. HC-Ads expressing ?-Gal under the control of the TetON switch were then injected into the striatum. We assessed levels and distribution of ?-Gal expression, and evaluated local inflammation and neuropathological changes. We found that systemic immunity against ?-Gal, but not against the TetON switch, led to inflammation and reduction of transgene expression in the striatum. Therefore, the regulatory TetON switch appears to be safe to use, and capable of sustaining transgene expression in the brain even in the presence of an immune response against its components. Systemic immunity against the transgene had the effect of curtailing its expression, thereby affecting the efficacy and safety of gene delivery to the brain. This factor should be considered when developing gene therapies for neurological use. PMID:18180781

  2. Corncob Bedding Alters the Effects of Estrogens on Aggressive Behavior and Reduces Estrogen Receptor-? Expression in the Brain

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    Landeros, Rosalina Villalon; Morisseau, Christophe; Yoo, Hyun Ju; Fu, Samuel H.; Hammock, Bruce D.

    2012-01-01

    There is growing appreciation that estrogen signaling pathways can be modulated by naturally occurring environmental compounds such as phytoestrogens and the more recently discovered xenoestrogens. Many researchers studying the effects of estrogens on brain function or behavior in animal models choose to use phytoestrogen-free food for this reason. Corncob bedding is commonly used in animal facilities across the United States and has been shown to inhibit estrogen-dependent reproductive behavior in rats. The mechanism for this effect was unclear, because the components of corncob bedding mediating this effect did not bind estrogen receptors. Here, we show in the California mouse (Peromyscus californicus) that estrogens decrease aggression when cardboard-based bedding is used but that this effect is absent when corncob bedding is used. California mice housed on corncob bedding also had fewer estrogen receptor-?-positive cells in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and ventromedial hypothalamus compared with mice housed on cardboard-based bedding. In addition, corncob bedding suppressed the expression of phosphorylated ERK in these brain regions as well as in the medial amygdala and medial preoptic area. Previous reports of the effects of corncob bedding on reproductive behavior are not widely appreciated. Our observations on the effects of corncob bedding on behavior and brain function should draw attention to the importance that cage bedding can exert on neuroendocrine research. PMID:22186416

  3. Fast Learning of Simple Perceptual Discriminations Reduces Brain Activation in Working Memory and in High-level Auditory Regions.

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    Daikhin, Luba; Ahissar, Merav

    2015-07-01

    Introducing simple stimulus regularities facilitates learning of both simple and complex tasks. This facilitation may reflect an implicit change in the strategies used to solve the task when successful predictions regarding incoming stimuli can be formed. We studied the modifications in brain activity associated with fast perceptual learning based on regularity detection. We administered a two-tone frequency discrimination task and measured brain activation (fMRI) under two conditions: with and without a repeated reference tone. Although participants could not explicitly tell the difference between these two conditions, the introduced regularity affected both performance and the pattern of brain activation. The "No-Reference" condition induced a larger activation in frontoparietal areas known to be part of the working memory network. However, only the condition with a reference showed fast learning, which was accompanied by a reduction of activity in two regions: the left intraparietal area, involved in stimulus retention, and the posterior superior-temporal area, involved in representing auditory regularities. We propose that this joint reduction reflects a reduction in the need for online storage of the compared tones. We further suggest that this change reflects an implicit strategic shift "backwards" from reliance mainly on working memory networks in the "No-Reference" condition to increased reliance on detected regularities stored in high-level auditory networks. PMID:25603023

  4. Ethyl pyruvate protects rats from phosgene-induced pulmonary edema by inhibiting cyclooxygenase2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase expression.

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    Chen, Hong-li; Bai, Hua; Xi, Miao-miao; Liu, Riu; Qin, Xu-jun; Liang, Xin; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Xiao-di; Li, Wen-li; Hai, Chun-xu

    2013-01-01

    Phosgene is a poorly water-soluble gas penetrating the lower respiratory tract which can induce acute lung injury characterized by a latent phase of fatal pulmonary edema. Pulmonary edema caused by phosgene is believed to be a consequence of oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. Ethyl pyruvate (EP) has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties in vivo and in vitro. The potential therapeutic role of EP in phosgene-induced pulmonary edema has not been addressed so far. In the present study, we aim to investigate the protective effects of EP on phosgene-induced pulmonary edema and the underlying mechanisms. Rats were administered with EP (40 mg kg(-1)) and RAW264.7 cells were also incubated with it (0, 2, 5 or 10 µm) immediately after phosgene (400 ppm, 1 min) or air exposure. Wet-to-dry lung weight ratio (W:D ratio), nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) production, cyclooxygenase2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression, and mitogen-activated protein kinases activities (MAPKs) were measured. Our results showed that EP treatment attenuated phosgene-induced pulmonary edema and decreased the level of NO and PGE(2) dose-dependently. Furthermore, EP significantly reduced COX-2 expression, iNOS expression and MAPK activation induced by phosgene. Moreover, specific inhibitors of MAPKs reduced COX-2 and iNOS expression induced by phosgene. These findings suggested that EP has a protective role against phosgene-induced pulmonary edema, which is mediated in part by inhibiting MAPK activation and subsequently down-regulating COX-2 and iNOS expression as well as decreasing the production of NO and PGE(2). PMID:21818760

  5. Macular edema in Asian Indian premature infants with retinopathy of prematurity: Impact on visual acuity and refractive status after 1-year

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    Vinekar, Anand; Mangalesh, Shwetha; Jayadev, Chaitra; Bauer, Noel; Munusamy, Sivakumar; Kemmanu, Vasudha; Kurian, Mathew; Mahendradas, Padmamalini; Avadhani, Kavitha; Shetty, Bhujang

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To report the impact of transient, self-resolving, untreated “macular edema” detected on spectral domain optical coherence tomography in Asian Indian premature infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) on visual acuity (VA) and refraction at 1-year of corrected age. Materials and Methods: Visual acuity and refraction of 11 infants with bilateral macular edema (Group A) was compared with gestational age-matched 16 infants with ROP without edema (Group B) and 17 preterms infants without ROP and without edema (Group C) at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of corrected age using Teller Acuity Cards and cycloplegic retinoscopy. Sub-group analysis of the previously described pattern A and B macular edema was performed. Results: Visual acuity was lower in infants with macular edema compared with the other two control groups throughout the study period, but statistically significant only at 3 months. Visual improvement in these infants was highest between the 3rd and 6th month and plateaued by the end of the 1st year with acuity comparable to the other two groups. The edema cohort was more hyperopic compared to the other two groups between 3 and 12 months of age. Pattern A edema had worse VA compared to pattern B, although not statistically significant. Conclusion: Macular edema, although transient, caused reduced VA as early as 3 months of corrected age in Asian Indian premature infants weighing <2000 g at birth. The higher hyperopia in these infants is possibly due to visual disturbances caused at a critical time of fovealization. We hypothesize a recovery and feedback mechanism based on the principles of active emmetropization to explain our findings. PMID:26139806

  6. Increased hepcidin levels in high-altitude pulmonary edema.

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    Altamura, Sandro; Bärtsch, Peter; Dehnert, Christoph; Maggiorini, Marco; Weiss, Günter; Theurl, Igor; Muckenthaler, Martina U; Mairbäurl, Heimo

    2015-02-01

    Low iron availability enhances hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV). Considering that reduced serum iron is caused by increased erythropoiesis, insufficient reabsorption, or elevated hepcidin levels, one might speculate that exaggerated HPV in high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is related to low serum iron. To test this notion we measured serum iron and hepcidin in blood samples obtained in previously published studies at low altitude and during 2 days at 4,559 m (HA1, HA2) from controls, individuals with HAPE, and HAPE-susceptible individuals where prophylactic dexamethasone and tadalafil prevented HAPE. As reported, at 4,559 m pulmonary arterial pressure was increased in healthy volunteers but reached higher levels in HAPE. Serum iron levels were reduced in all groups at HA2. Hepcidin levels were reduced in all groups at HA1 and HA2 except in HAPE, where hepcidin was decreased at HA1 but unexpectedly high at HA2. Elevated hepcidin in HAPE correlated with increased IL-6 at HA2, suggesting that an inflammatory response related to HAPE contributes to increased hepcidin. Likewise, platelet-derived growth factor, a regulator of hepcidin, was increased at HA1 and HA2 in controls but not in HAPE, suggesting that hypoxia-controlled factors that regulate serum iron are inappropriately expressed in HAPE. In summary, we found that HAPE is associated with inappropriate expression of hepcidin without inducing expected changes in serum iron within 2 days at HA, likely due to too short time. Although hepcidin expression is uncoupled from serum iron availability and hypoxia in individuals developing HAPE, our findings indicate that serum iron is not related with exaggerated HPV. PMID:25525212

  7. Anti-VEGF for the management of diabetic macular edema.

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    Stefanini, Francisco Rosa; Badaró, Emmerson; Falabella, Paulo; Koss, Michael; Farah, Michel Eid; Maia, Maurício

    2014-01-01

    Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is an important cause of vision loss around the world, being the leading cause in the population between 20 and 60 years old. Among patients with DR, diabetic macular edema (DME) is the most frequent cause of vision impairment and represents a significant public health issue. Macular photocoagulation has been the standard treatment for this condition reducing the risk of moderate visual loss by approximately 50%. The role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in DR and DME pathogenesis has been demonstrated in recent studies. This review addresses and summarizes data from the clinical trials that investigated anti-VEGF for the management of DME and evaluates their impact on clinical practice. The literature searches were conducted between August and October 2013 in PubMed and Cochrane Library with no date restrictions and went through the most relevant studies on pegaptanib, ranibizumab, bevacizumab, and aflibercept for the management of DME. The efficacy and safety of intravitreal anti-VEGF as therapy for DME have recently been proved by various clinical trials providing significantly positive visual and anatomical results. Regarding clinical practice, those outcomes have placed intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF as an option that must be considered for the treatment of DME. PMID:24741610

  8. Severe early bilateral macular edema following fingolimod therapy.

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    Coppes, Oscar Jim Michael; Gutierrez, Ismael; Reder, Anthony T; Ksiazek, Susan; Bernard, Jacqueline

    2013-07-01

    We report a case of bilateral macular edema (ME) within 10 days of starting fingolimod 0.5mg therapy in a patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The complication resolved without treatment as demonstrated by sequential Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Fingolimod is a sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator that reduces lymphocyte presence in the CNS. In pivotal trials, ME, a known complication of fingolimod, typically occurred unilaterally with onset at approximately 3 months. A 60y/o AA female, diagnosed with MS in 1977, started oral fingolimod treatment on 05/31/2011. Baseline screening with OCT and ophthalmology evaluation showed no ME. On 06/10, she developed bilateral blurry vision and discontinued fingolimod. On 06/27, OCT revealed severe bilateral ME. Later OCT exams showed a progressive decrease in Central Foveal Thickness (CFT) and Macular Volume (MV), without specific treatment other than discontinuation of fingolimod. On 7/27, CFT, MV, and Visual Acuity (VA) were similar to baseline. This is the first reported case of bilateral, early onset ME following fingolimod treatment at the current FDA-approved dose of 0.5mg. Diabetes, a known risk factor for ME, may have contributed to her early, bilateral involvement. Our case provides further support for earlier OCT, in conjunction with ophthalmic examinations, for at-risk patients on fingolimod, and suggests that cessation of fingolimod may be associated with resolution of ME. PMID:25877733

  9. Patterns of diabetic macular edema with optical coherence tomography

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    Tomohiro Otani; Shoji Kishi; Yasuhiro Maruyama

    1999-01-01

    PURPOSE: We report cross-sectional images of diabetic macular edema and correlation between tomographic features and visual acuity with best correction by means of optical coherence tomography.METHOD: In a prospective study, optical coherence tomography was performed in 59 eyes of 42 patients with diabetic macular edema and in 10 eyes of 10 normal control subjects.RESULTS: Optical coherence tomography showed three patterns

  10. Angioneurotic edema: a rare case of hypersensitivity to metoclopramide

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    Zakrzewski, Aleksander; Matuszewski, Tomasz; Kruszewski, Jerzy

    2013-01-01

    The case of a 30-year-old woman who had already experienced two incidents of angioneurotic edema and urticaria caused by drugs during the acute gastroenteritis. The allergological workup revealed hypersensitivity to metoclopramide. This case documents that metoclopramide, a drug commonly used to inhibit the vomiting, may cause not only bronchospastic reaction in an asthmatic patient but also angioneurotic edema of the tongue and larynx as well as urticaria. No similar cases in the literature were found. PMID:24278059

  11. Periventricular band of increased echogenicity: edema or calcification?

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    Alan Daneman; Edrise Lobo; Mikael Mosskin

    1998-01-01

    This paper illustrates the cases of two infants with an identical appearance of a periventricular band (PVB) of increased\\u000a echogenicity on cranial sonography, shown on CT to be due to edema in one and calcification in the other. Such a PVB due to\\u000a edema has not been reported previously, and its similarity to calcification on sonography is emphasized.

  12. History of mild traumatic brain injury is associated with deficits in relational memory, reduced hippocampal volume, and less neural activity later in life

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    Monti, Jim M.; Voss, Michelle W.; Pence, Ari; McAuley, Edward; Kramer, Arthur F.; Cohen, Neal J.

    2013-01-01

    Evidence suggests that a history of head trauma is associated with memory deficits later in life. The majority of previous research has focused on moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), but recent evidence suggests that even a mild TBI (mTBI) can interact with the aging process and produce reductions in memory performance. This study examined the association of mTBI with memory and the brain by comparing young and middle-aged adults who have had mTBI in their recent (several years ago) and remote (several decades ago) past, respectively, with control subjects on a face-scene relational memory paradigm while they underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Hippocampal volumes were also examined from high-resolution structural images. Results indicated middle-aged adults with a head injury in their remote past had impaired memory compared to gender, age, and education matched control participants, consistent with previous results in the study of memory, aging, and TBI. The present findings extended previous results by demonstrating that these individuals also had smaller bilateral hippocampi, and had reduced neural activity during memory performance in cortical regions important for memory retrieval. These results indicate that a history of mTBI may be one of the many factors that negatively influence cognitive and brain health in aging. PMID:23986698

  13. Diagnosis, prevention and management of postoperative pulmonary edema.

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    Bajwa, Sj Singh; Kulshrestha, A

    2012-07-01

    Postoperative pulmonary edema is a well-known postoperative complication caused as a result of numerous etiological factors which can be easily detected by a careful surveillance during postoperative period. However, there are no preoperative and intraoperative criteria which can successfully establish the possibilities for development of postoperative pulmonary edema. The aims were to review the possible etiologic and diagnostic challenges in timely detection of postoperative pulmonary edema and to discuss the various management strategies for prevention of this postoperative complication so as to decrease morbidity and mortality. The various search engines for preparation of this manuscript were used which included Entrez (including Pubmed and Pubmed Central), NIH.gov, Medknow.com, Medscape.com, WebMD.com, Scopus, Science Direct, MedHelp.org, yahoo.com and google.com. Manual search was carried out and various text books and journals of anesthesia and critical care medicine were also searched. From the information gathered, it was observed that postoperative cardiogenic pulmonary edema in patients with serious cardiovascular diseases is most common followed by noncardiogenic pulmonary edema which can be due to fluid overload in the postoperative period or it can be negative pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE). NPPE is an important clinical entity in immediate post-extubation period and occurs due to acute upper airway obstruction and creation of acute negative intrathoracic pressure. NPPE carries a good prognosis if promptly diagnosed and appropriately treated with or without mechanical ventilation. PMID:23439791

  14. Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Postoperative Pulmonary Edema

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    Bajwa, SJ Singh; Kulshrestha, A

    2012-01-01

    Postoperative pulmonary edema is a well-known postoperative complication caused as a result of numerous etiological factors which can be easily detected by a careful surveillance during postoperative period. However, there are no preoperative and intraoperative criteria which can successfully establish the possibilities for development of postoperative pulmonary edema. The aims were to review the possible etiologic and diagnostic challenges in timely detection of postoperative pulmonary edema and to discuss the various management strategies for prevention of this postoperative complication so as to decrease morbidity and mortality. The various search engines for preparation of this manuscript were used which included Entrez (including Pubmed and Pubmed Central), NIH.gov, Medknow.com, Medscape.com, WebMD.com, Scopus, Science Direct, MedHelp.org, yahoo.com and google.com. Manual search was carried out and various text books and journals of anesthesia and critical care medicine were also searched. From the information gathered, it was observed that postoperative cardiogenic pulmonary edema in patients with serious cardiovascular diseases is most common followed by noncardiogenic pulmonary edema which can be due to fluid overload in the postoperative period or it can be negative pressure pulmonary edema (NPPE). NPPE is an important clinical entity in immediate post-extubation period and occurs due to acute upper airway obstruction and creation of acute negative intrathoracic pressure. NPPE carries a good prognosis if promptly diagnosed and appropriately treated with or without mechanical ventilation. PMID:23439791

  15. Bevacizumab in Reducing CNS Side Effects in Patients Who Have Undergone Radiation Therapy to the Brain for Primary Brain Tumor, Meningioma, or Head and Neck Cancer

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    2014-04-21

    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Meningioma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Adult Choroid Plexus Tumor; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Grade III Meningioma; Adult Malignant Hemangiopericytoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Papillary Meningioma; Adult Pineocytoma; Malignant Neoplasm; Meningeal Melanocytoma; Radiation Toxicity; Recurrent Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor; Recurrent Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lip; Recurrent Esthesioneuroblastoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Inverted Papilloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Lymphoepithelioma of the Nasopharynx; Recurrent Lymphoepithelioma of the Oropharynx; Recurrent Midline Lethal Granuloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Recurrent Salivary Gland Cancer; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lip; Stage I Esthesioneuroblastoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage I Inverted Papilloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage I Lymphoepithelioma of the Nasopharynx; Stage I Lymphoepithelioma of the Oropharynx; Stage I Midline Lethal Granuloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage I Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lip; Stage III Esthesioneuroblastoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage III Inverted Papilloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage III Lymphoepithelioma of the Nasopharynx; Stage III Midline Lethal Granuloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage III Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Lip; Stage IV Esthesioneuroblastoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IV Inverted Papilloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IV Lymphoepithelioma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IV Lymphoepithelioma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Midline Lethal Granuloma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IV Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal

  16. Immediate, but Not Delayed, Microsurgical Skull Reconstruction Exacerbates Brain Damage in Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury Model

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    Lau, Tsz; Kaneko, Yuji; van Loveren, Harry; Borlongan, Cesario V.

    2012-01-01

    Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) often results in malformations to the skull. Aesthetic surgical maneuvers may offer normalized skull structure, but inconsistent surgical closure of the skull area accompanies TBI. We examined whether wound closure by replacement of skull flap and bone wax would allow aesthetic reconstruction of the TBI-induced skull damage without causing any detrimental effects to the cortical tissue. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to TBI using the controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury model. Immediately after the TBI surgery, animals were randomly assigned to skull flap replacement with or without bone wax or no bone reconstruction, then were euthanized at five days post-TBI for pathological analyses. The skull reconstruction provided normalized gross bone architecture, but 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride and hematoxylin and eosin staining results revealed larger cortical damage in these animals compared to those that underwent no surgical maneuver at all. Brain swelling accompanied TBI, especially the severe model, that could have relieved the intracranial pressure in those animals with no skull reconstruction. In contrast, the immediate skull reconstruction produced an upregulation of the edema marker aquaporin-4 staining, which likely prevented the therapeutic benefits of brain swelling and resulted in larger cortical infarcts. Interestingly, TBI animals introduced to a delay in skull reconstruction (i.e., 2 days post-TBI) showed significantly reduced edema and infarcts compared to those exposed to immediate skull reconstruction. That immediate, but not delayed, skull reconstruction may exacerbate TBI-induced cortical tissue damage warrants a careful consideration of aesthetic repair of the skull in TBI. PMID:22438975

  17. Lack of cyclin D2 impairing adult brain neurogenesis alters hippocampal-dependent behavioral tasks without reducing learning ability.

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    Jedynak, Paulina; Jaholkowski, Piotr; Wozniak, Grazyna; Sandi, Carmen; Kaczmarek, Leszek; Filipkowski, Robert K

    2012-02-01

    The exact function of the adult brain neurogenesis remains elusive, although it has been suggested to play a role in learning and memory processes. In our studies, we employed cyclin D2 gene knockout (cD2 KO) mice showing impaired neurogenesis as well as decreased hippocampal size. However, irrespectively of the genetic background of cD2 KO mice, this phenotype resulted in neither deficits in the hippocampal-dependent learning ability nor the memory formation. In the present study, cD2 KO mice and control littermates were subjected to hippocampal-dependent behavioral tests with little or no learning component. The knockout mice showed significant impairment in such species-typical behaviors as nest construction, digging, and marble burying. They were building none or poorer nests, digging less robustly, and burying fewer marbles than control mice. Such impairments were previously described, e.g., in animals with hippocampal lesions. Moreover, cD2 KO animals were also more active in the open field and automated motility chamber as well as showed increased explorative behavior in IntelliCage. Both increased motility and explorative behaviors were previously observed in hippocampally lesioned animals. Finally, cD2 KO mice showed normal sucrose preference, however starting from the second exposure to the sweetened solution, while control animals displayed a strong preference immediately. Presented results suggest that either morphological abnormalities of the hippocampal formation or adult brain neurogenesis impairment (or both) alter hippocampal-dependent behaviors of mutant mice without influencing learning abilities. These results may also suggest that adult brain neurogenesis is involved in species-typical behaviors. PMID:22101301

  18. Early methyl donor deficiency may induce persistent brain defects by reducing Stat3 signaling targeted by miR-124

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    Kerek, R; Geoffroy, A; Bison, A; Martin, N; Akchiche, N; Pourié, G; Helle, D; Guéant, J-L; Bossenmeyer-Pourié, C; Daval, J-L

    2013-01-01

    The methyl donors folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 are centrepieces of the one-carbon metabolism that has a key role in transmethylation reactions, and thus in epigenetic and epigenomic regulations. Low dietary intakes of folate and vitamin B12 are frequent, especially in pregnant women and in the elderly, and deficiency constitutes a risk factor for various diseases, including neurological and developmental disorders. In this respect, both vitamins are essential for normal brain development, and have a role in neuroplasticity and in the maintenance of neuronal integrity. The consequences of a methyl donor deficiency (MDD) were studied both in vivo in rats exposed in utero, and in vitro in hippocampal progenitors (H19-7 cell line). Deficiency was associated with growth retardation at embryonic day 20 (E20) and postnatally with long-term brain defects in selective areas. mRNA and protein levels of the transcription factor Stat3 were found to be decreased in the brains of deprived fetuses and in differentiating progenitors (62 and 48% for total Stat3 protein, respectively), along with a strong reduction in its phosphorylation at both Tyr705 and Ser727 residues. Vitamin shortage also affected upstream kinases of Stat3 signaling pathway (phospho-Erk1/2, phospho-Src, phospho-JNK, and phospho-p38) as well as downstream target gene products (Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL), thus promoting apoptosis. Conversely, the expression of the Stat3 regulator miR-124 was upregulated in deficiency conditions (?65%), and its silencing by using siRNA partly restored Stat3 signaling in hippocampal neurons by increasing specifically the phosphorylation of Erk1/2 and Src kinases. Furthermore, miR-124 siRNA improved the phenotype of deprived cells, with enhanced neurite outgrowth. Taken together, our data suggest that downregulation of Stat3 signaling by miR-124 would be a key factor in the deleterious effects of MDD on brain development. PMID:23928694

  19. Lysine and Arginine Reduce the Effects of Cerebral Ischemic Insults and Inhibit Glutamate-Induced Neuronal Activity in Rats

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    Kondoh, Takashi; Kameishi, Makiko; Mallick, Hruda Nanda; Ono, Taketoshi; Torii, Kunio

    2010-01-01

    Intravenous administration of arginine was shown to be protective against cerebral ischemic insults via nitric oxide production and possibly via additional mechanisms. The present study aimed at evaluating the neuroprotective effects of oral administration of lysine (a basic amino acid), arginine, and their combination on ischemic insults (cerebral edema and infarction) and hemispheric brain swelling induced by transient middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion in rats. Magnetic resonance imaging and 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining were performed 2 days after ischemia induction. In control animals, the major edematous areas were observed in the cerebral cortex and striatum. The volumes associated with cortical edema were significantly reduced by lysine (2.0?g/kg), arginine (0.6?g/kg), or their combined administration (0.6?g/kg each). Protective effects of these amino acids on infarction were comparable to the inhibitory effects on edema formation. Interestingly, these amino acids, even at low dose (0.6?g/kg), were effective to reduce hemispheric brain swelling. Additionally, the effects of in vivo microiontophoretic (juxtaneuronal) applications of these amino acids on glutamate-evoked neuronal activity in the ventromedial hypothalamus were investigated in awake rats. Glutamate-induced neuronal activity was robustly inhibited by microiontophoretic applications of lysine or arginine onto neuronal membranes. Taken together, our results demonstrate the neuroprotective effects of oral ingestion of lysine and arginine against ischemic insults (cerebral edema and infarction), especially in the cerebral cortex, and suggest that suppression of glutamate-induced neuronal activity might be the primary mechanism associated with these neuroprotective effects. PMID:20589237

  20. Inter-electrode tissue resistance is not affected by tissue edema when electrically

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    Durfee, William K.

    1 Inter-electrode tissue resistance is not affected by tissue edema when electrically stimulating develop edema. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the edema would change inter electrodes. The protocol was administered to nine ICU patients with edema, eight surgical patients without

  1. Creatine reduces oxidative stress markers but does not protect against seizure susceptibility after severe traumatic brain injury.

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    Saraiva, André Luis Lopes; Ferreira, Ana Paula Oliveira; Silva, Luiz Fernando Almeida; Hoffmann, Maurício Scopel; Dutra, Fabrício Diniz; Furian, Ana Flavia; Oliveira, Mauro Schneider; Fighera, Michele Rechia; Royes, Luiz Fernando Freire

    2012-02-10

    Achievements made over the last years have highlighted the important role of creatine in health and disease. However, its effects on hyperexcitable circuit and oxidative damage induced by traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not well understood. In the present study we revealed that severe TBI elicited by fluid percussion brain injury induced oxidative damage characterized by protein carbonylation, thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS) increase and Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity inhibition 4 and 8 days after neuronal injury. Statistical analysis showed that after TBI creatine supplementation (300 mg/kg, p.o.) decreased the levels of protein carbonyl and TBARS but did not protect against TBI-induced Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity inhibition. Electroencephalography (EEG) analysis revealed that the injection of a subconvulsant dose of PTZ (35 mg/kg, i.p.), 4 but not 8 days after neuronal injury, decreased latency for the first clonic seizures and increased the time of spent generalized tonic-clonic seizures compared with the sham group. In addition, creatine supplementation had no effect on convulsive parameters induced by a subconvulsant dose of PTZ. Current experiments provide evidence that lipid and protein oxidation represents a separate pathway in the early post-traumatic seizures susceptibility. Furthermore, the lack of consistent anticonvulsant effect exerted by creatine in this early phase suggests that its apparent antioxidant effect does not protect against excitatory input generation induced by TBI. PMID:22051612

  2. Centella asiatica and Its Fractions Reduces Lipid Peroxidation Induced by Quinolinic Acid and Sodium Nitroprusside in Rat Brain Regions.

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    Marques, Naiani Ferreira; Stefanello, Sílvio Terra; Froeder, Amanda L F; Busanello, Alcindo; Boligon, Aline Augusti; Athayde, Margareth Linde; Soares, Félix A A; Fachinetto, Roselei

    2015-06-01

    Oxidative stress has been implicated in several pathologies including neurological disorders. Centella asiatica is a popular medicinal plant which has long been used to treat neurological disturbances in Ayurvedic medicine. In the present study, we quantified of compounds by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and examined the phenolic content of infusion, ethyl acetate, n-butanolic and dichloromethane fractions. Furthermore, we analyzed the ability of the extracts from C. asiatica to scavenge the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) radical as well as total antioxidant activity through the reduction of molybdenum (VI) (Mo(6+)) to molybdenum (V) (Mo(5+)). Finally, we examined the antioxidant effect of extracts against oxidant agents, quinolinic acid (QA) and sodium nitroprusside (SNP), on homogenates of different brain regions (cerebral cortex, striatum and hippocampus). The HPLC analysis revealed that flavonoids, triterpene glycoside, tannins, phenolic acids were present in the extracts of C. asiatica and also the phenolic content assay demonstrated that ethyl acetate fraction is rich in these compounds. Besides, the ethyl acetate fraction presented the highest antioxidant effect by decreasing the lipid peroxidation in brain regions induced by QA. On the other hand, when the pro-oxidant agent was SNP, the potency of infusion, ethyl acetate and dichloromethane fractions was equivalent. Ethyl acetate fraction from C. asiatica also protected against thiol oxidation induced by SNP and QA. Thus, the therapeutic potential of C. asiatica in neurological diseases could be associated to its antioxidant activity. PMID:25903808

  3. Effect of diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) on hypoxia-induced corneal edema in humans.

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    Goldberg, M A; McNamara, N; Nguyen, N T; Lerner, L; Rosenblum, L H; Park, D W; Abbott, R L; Levy, B

    1995-01-01

    We evaluated the effect of diclofenac sodium (Voltaren) drops on patients with hypoxia-induced corneal edema. Thirty age- and sex-matched subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Members of each group received masked solutions of either Voltaren, Voltaren vehicle, or a non-preserved lubricant (Cellufresh) every 6 hours for 24 hours and then hourly for 2 hours immediately prior to inducing corneal edema in the experimental eye. Bilateral ultrasonic pachymetry was performed prior to applying a thick contact lens and light patch on the experimental eye of all subjects for 3 hours. The fellow eye served as the control. Following lens removal, bilateral corneal thickness was measured every 30 minutes. The percentage change in corneal swelling for each subject and group was calculated. The findings were also normalized to the control eye to minimize diurnal and individual variability. The results were plotted both as percentage change from hour 0 and percentage change normalized to the control eye. Corneal swelling ranged from 9-11% in all 3 groups, with recovery at 2-3 hours. No significant difference was found among the three groups (P > 0.05, ANOVA). There was a slight trend toward reduced thickness in the Cellufresh group, but this was not statistically significant. Voltaren does not appear to have an effect on the hypoxia-induced corneal edema associated with the production of arachidonic acid pathway metabolites. PMID:7712610

  4. Inhibition of chlorine-induced pulmonary inflammation and edema by mometasone and budesonide

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    Chen, Jing; Mo, Yiqun; Schlueter, Connie F.; Hoyle, Gary W., E-mail: Gary.Hoyle@louisville.edu

    2013-10-15

    Chlorine gas is a widely used industrial compound that is highly toxic by inhalation and is considered a chemical threat agent. Inhalation of high levels of chlorine results in acute lung injury characterized by pneumonitis, pulmonary edema, and decrements in lung function. Because inflammatory processes can promote damage in the injured lung, anti-inflammatory therapy may be of potential benefit for treating chemical-induced acute lung injury. We previously developed a chlorine inhalation model in which mice develop epithelial injury, neutrophilic inflammation, pulmonary edema, and impaired pulmonary function. This model was used to evaluate nine corticosteroids for the ability to inhibit chlorine-induced neutrophilic inflammation. Two of the most potent corticosteroids in this assay, mometasone and budesonide, were investigated further. Mometasone or budesonide administered intraperitoneally 1 h after chlorine inhalation caused a dose-dependent inhibition of neutrophil influx in lung tissue sections and in the number of neutrophils in lung lavage fluid. Budesonide, but not mometasone, reduced the levels of the neutrophil attractant CXCL1 in lavage fluid 6 h after exposure. Mometasone or budesonide also significantly inhibited pulmonary edema assessed 1 day after chlorine exposure. Chlorine inhalation resulted in airway hyperreactivity to inhaled methacholine, but neither mometasone nor budesonide significantly affected this parameter. The results suggest that mometasone and budesonide may represent potential treatments for chemical-induced lung injury. - Highlights: • Chlorine causes lung injury when inhaled and is considered a chemical threat agent. • Corticosteroids may inhibit lung injury through their anti-inflammatory actions. • Corticosteroids inhibited chlorine-induced pneumonitis and pulmonary edema. • Mometasone and budesonide are potential rescue treatments for chlorine lung injury.

  5. Flight microangiopathy on long-haul flights: prevention of edema and microcirculation alterations with Venoruton.

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    Cesarone, M R; Belcaro, G; Geroulakos, G; Griffin, M; Ricci, A; Brandolini, R; Pellegrini, L; Dugall, M; Ippolito, E; Candiani, C; Simeone, E; Errichi, B M; Di Renzo, A

    2003-04-01

    The aim of this study was the evaluation of the effects of Venoruton (HR) on the prevention and control of flight microangiopathy and edema in subjects with varicose veins flying for more than 7 hours. A group of 80 patients with varicose veins, edema, and initial skin alterations due to chronic venous hypertension were included. Measurements of skin laser Doppler (LDF) resting flux (RF), PO2 and rate of ankle swelling (RAS), were made before and after the flights (within 2 hours before the flights and within 2 hours after the flights). The length of the flights was between 7 and 9 hours; all seats were in coach class. The two groups (treatment and control) were comparable for age and sex distribution. The variation (decrease) in PO2 was significant in both groups. In subjects treated with HR the decrease in PO2 was smaller (p < 0.05). The decrease in LDF-RF was significant in both groups with a higher flux at the end of the flight in the treated subjects (p < 0.05). The venoarteriolar response was decreased at the end of the flights. The decrease was less evident in the treatment group (p < 0.05). The increase in RAS was significant in the control group while it was limited in the HR group. In conclusion, HR is useful for reducing the increased capillary filtration and in controlling edema in patients with chronic venous disease in long-haul flights. HR is effective to control flight microangiopathy associated with edema. PMID:12812378

  6. Quinolines attenuate PAF-induced pulmonary pressor responses and edema formation.

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    Falk, S; Göggel, R; Heydasch, U; Brasch, F; Müller, K M; Wendel, A; Uhlig, S

    1999-11-01

    In the present study we have investigated the mechanisms of pulmonary edema caused by platelet-activating factor (PAF) in isolated rat lungs as well as in mice in vivo. In blood-free perfused and ventilated rat lungs, PAF increased lung weight by 0.59 +/- 0.18 g. The cyclooxygenase inhibitor aspirin (500 microM) blocked this response by one-third, and the quinolines quinine (330 microM), quinidine (100 microM), and chloroquine (100 microM) by two-thirds. Lipoxygenase inhibition (10 microM AA861) alone or in combination with thromboxane receptor antagonism (10 microM SQ29548) had no effect on PAF-induced weight gain. In combination with aspirin, quinine or quinidine completely prevented PAF-induced weight gain and the concomitant increase of the capillary filtration coefficient (K(f,c)). Pretreatment with quinine in vivo prevented not only PAF-, but also endotoxin-induced edema formation as assessed by Evans Blue extravasation. In addition, in vivo quinine prevented the endotoxin-induced release of tumor neurosis factor (TNF). Furthermore, in perfused lungs quinine reduced the PAF-induced increases in airway and vascular resistance, as well as thromboxane release. These findings demonstrate the following anti-inflammatory properties of quinolines: reduction of thromboxane and TNF formation; reduction of PAF-induced vasoconstriction and bronchoconstriction; and attenuation of PAF- and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced edema formation. We conclude that the PAF- induced edema consists of two separate mechanisms, one dependent on an unknown cyclooxygenase metabolite, the other one sensitive to quinolines. PMID:10556149

  7. Protective effects of dl-3n-butylphthalide against diffuse brain injury

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    Zhao, Yaning; Li, Jianmin; Zhang, Pan; Chen, Changxiang; Li, Shuxing

    2013-01-01

    Dl-3n-butylphthalide can effectively treat cerebral ischemia; however, the mechanisms underlying the effects of dl-3n-butylphthalide on microcirculation disorders following diffuse brain injury remain unclear. In this study, models of diffuse brain injury were established in Sprague-Dawley rats with the vertical impact method. Dl-3n-butylphthalide at 80 and 160 mg/kg was given via intraperitoneal injection immediately after diffuse brain injury. Ultrastructural changes in the cerebral cortex were observed using electron microscopy. Cerebral blood flow was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry, vascular density was marked by tannic acid-ferric chloride staining, vascular permeability was es-timated by the Evans blue method, brain water content was measured using the dry-wet method, and rat behavior was measured by motor function and sensory function tests. At 6, 24, 48, and 72 hours after administration of dl-3n-butylphthalide, reduced cerebral ultrastructure damage, creased vascular density and cerebral blood flow, and improved motor and sensory functions were observed. Our findings demonstrate that dl-3n-butylphthalide may have protective effects against diffuse brain injury by ameliorating microcirculation disorder and reducing blood-brain barrier age and cerebral edema. PMID:25206572

  8. A functional haplotype implicated in vulnerability to develop cocaine dependence is associated with reduced PDYN expression in human brain

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    Yuferov, Vadim; Ji, Fei; Nielsen, David A.; Levran, Orna; Ho, Ann; Morgello, Susan; Shi, Ruijin; Ott, Jurg; Kreek, Mary Jeanne

    2009-01-01

    Dynorphin peptides and the kappa opioid receptor play important roles in the rewarding properties of cocaine, heroin and alcohol. We tested polymorphisms of the prodynorphin gene (PDYN) for association with cocaine dependence and cocaine/alcohol codependence. We genotyped six SNPs, located in the promoter region, exon 4 coding and 3? untranslated region (UTR), in 106 Caucasians and 204 African Americans who were cocaine dependent, cocaine/alcohol codependent or controls. In Caucasians, we found point-wise significant associations of 3?UTR SNPs (rs910080, rs910079, and rs2235749) with cocaine dependence and cocaine/alcohol codependence. These SNPs are in high linkage disequilibrium, comprising a haplotype block. The haplotype CCT was significantly experiment-wise associated with cocaine dependence and with combined cocaine dependence and cocaine/alcohol codependence (FDR, q=0.04 and 0.03, respectively). We investigated allele-specific gene expression of PDYN, using SNP rs910079 as a reporter, in postmortem human brains from eight heterozygous subjects, using SNaPshot assay. There was significantly lower expression for C allele (rs910079), with ratios ranging from 0.48 to 0.78, indicating lower expression of the CCT haplotype of PDYN in both the caudate and nucleus accumbens. Analysis of total PDYN expression in 43 postmortem brains also showed significantly lower levels of preprodynorphin mRNA in subjects having the risk CCT haplotype. This study provides evidence that a 3?UTR PDYN haplotype, implicated in vulnerability to develop cocaine addiction and/or cocaine/alcohol codependence, is related to lower mRNA expression of the PDYN gene in human dorsal and ventral striatum. PMID:18923396

  9. Redistribution of aquaporin-4 in human glioblastoma correlates with loss of agrin immunoreactivity from brain capillary basal laminae

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    Arne Warth; Stephan Kröger; Hartwig Wolburg

    2004-01-01

    Vasogenic edema is one of the most serious clinical problems in brain tumors and tightly connected to water shifts between the different fluid compartments in the brain. Aquaporin water channels have been recognized to have an important impact on the development of edematous swelling in the brain. Astrocytes, which are believed to induce or at least maintain the blood-brain barrier

  10. A possible association between elevated serum levels of brain-specific auto-antibodies and reduced plasma levels of docosahexaenoic acid in autistic children.

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    Mostafa, Gehan A; El-Khashab, Heba Y; Al-Ayadhi, Laila Y

    2015-03-15

    Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are not only essential for energy production, but they also exhibit a range of immunomodulatory properties that progress through T cell mediated events. Autoimmunity may have a pathogenic role in a subgroup of autistic children. This study is the first to investigate the relationship between serum levels of anti-myelin basic protein (anti-MBP) brain-specific auto-antibodies and reduced plasma levels of PUFAs in autistic children. Plasma levels of PUFAs (including linoleic, alphalinolenic, arachidonic "AA" and docosahexaenoic "DHA" acids) and serum anti-MBP were measured in 80 autistic children, aged between 4 and 12 years, and 80 healthy-matched children. Autistic patients had significantly lower plasma levels of PUFAs than healthy children. On the other hand, ?6/?3 ratio (AA/DHA) was significantly higher in autistic patients than healthy children. Low plasma DHA, AA, linolenic and linoleic acids were found in 67.5%, 50%, 40% and 35%, respectively of autistic children. On the other hand, 70% of autistic patients had elevated ?6/?3 ratio. Autistic patients with increased serum levels of anti-MBP auto-antibodies (75%) had significantly lower plasma DHA (P<0.5) and significantly higher ?6/?3 ratio (P<0.5) than patients who were seronegative for these antibodies. In conclusions, some autistic children have a significant positive association between reduced levels of plasma DHA and increased serum levels of anti-MBP brain-specific auto-antibodies. However, replication studies of larger samples are recommended to validate whether reduced levels of plasma PUFAs are a mere association or have a role in the induction of the production of anti-MBP in some autistic children. PMID:25773150

  11. High altitude pulmonary edema. Epidemiologic observations in Peru.

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    Hultgren, H N; Marticorena, E A

    1978-10-01

    The incidence of high altitude pulmonary edema was examined by a survey (via questionnaire) of residents living at 3,750 meters (12,303 feet) in the mining community of La Oroya, Peru. Ninety-seven subjects made a total of 1,157 ascents to high altitude after a stay at sea level of longer than 14 days. Sixty-four subjects experienced at least one episode of high-altitude pulmonary edema. The incidence was higher in subjects aged 13 to 20 years, where 17 percent (15) of 90 ascents resulted in episodes of high-altitude pulmonary edema, than in subjects 21 years or older (3 percent; 18/686 ascents). Young subjects (2 to 12 years old) had more severe episodes of high-altitude pulmonary edema (81 percent; 30/37 episodes) than adults (22 percent; 4/18 episodes). No episodes were observed in children under two years old. Five subjects under 21 years of age experienced recurrent episodes. Our estimated incidence of severe episodes of high altitude pulmonary edema per ascent in adults (0.6 percent; 4/686) is similar to that reported by other workers (incidence of 0.15 to 0.57 percent) in various parts of the world. PMID:699645

  12. Photoacoustic diagnosis of edema in rat burned skin

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    Yoshida, Ken; Sato, Shunichi; Hatanaka, Kosuke; Saitoh, Daizoh; Ashida, Hiroshi; Sakamoto, Toshihisa; Obara, Minoru

    2010-02-01

    Diagnosis of edema, abnormal accumulation of water in tissue, is important for managing various traumatic injuries and diseases. However, there is no established method for real-time, noninvasive monitoring of edema. In severe extensive burn injuries, edema develops both topically and systemically due to the increased permeability of blood vessels. In this study, we examined photoacoustic (PA) monitoring of edema formed in rat burn models. Deep dermal burn with a 20% total body surface area was made in the dorsal skin of rats. Burn and its adjacent nonburn tissues were irradiated with 6-ns light pulses at 1430 nm, which is one of the absorption peak wavelengths of water in the near infrared. The PA signal amplitude increased until 12 - 24 hr postburn, and thereafter it gradually decreased to its initial level; the latter phase (after 24 hr postburn) coincided with a diuretic phase in the rats. There was a significant correlation between the PA signal amplitudes and water contents in the tissue measured by wet/dry weight method. These findings demonstrate the validity of PA measurement for real-time, noninvasive monitoring of edema.

  13. Real-time monitoring of changes in brain extracellular sodium and potassium concentrations and intracranial pressure after selective vasopressin-1a receptor inhibition following focal traumatic brain injury in rats.

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    Filippidis, Aristotelis S; Liang, Xiuyin; Wang, Weili; Parveen, Shanaaz; Baumgarten, Clive M; Marmarou, Christina R

    2014-07-15

    Brain swelling and increased intracranial pressure (ICP) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) contribute to poor outcome. Vasopressin-1a receptors (V1aR) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) regulate water transport and brain edema formation, perhaps in part by modulating cation fluxes. After focal TBI, V1aR inhibitors diminish V1aR and AQP4, reduce astrocytic swelling and brain edema. We determined whether V1aR inhibition with SR49059 after lateral controlled-cortical-impact (CCI) injury affects extracellular Na(+) and K(+) concentrations ([Na(+)]e; [K(+)]e). Ion-selective Na(+) and K(+) electrodes (ISE) and an ICP probe were implanted in rat parietal cortex, and [Na(+)]e, [K(+)]e, and physiological parameters were monitored for 5 h post-CCI. Sham-vehicle-ISE, CCI-vehicle-ISE and CCI-SR49059-ISE groups were studied, and SR49059 was administered 5 min to 5 h post-injury. We found a significant injury-induced decrease in [Na(+)]e to 80.1 ± 15 and 87.9 ± 7.9 mM and increase in [K(+)]e to 20.9 ± 3.8 and 13.4 ± 3.4 mM at 5 min post-CCI in CCI-vehicle-ISE and CCI-SR49059-ISE groups, respectively (p<0.001 vs. baseline; ns between groups). Importantly, [Na(+)]e in CCI-SR49059-ISE was reduced 5-20 min post-injury and increased to baseline at 25 min, whereas recovery in CCI-vehicle-ISE required more than 1 hr, suggesting SR49059 accelerated [Na(+)]e recovery. In contrast, [K(+)]e recovery took 45 min in both groups. Further, ICP was lower in the CCI-SR49059-ISE group. Thus, selective V1aR inhibition allowed faster [Na(+)]e recovery and reduced ICP. By augmenting the [Na(+)]e recovery rate, SR49059 may reduce trauma-induced ionic imbalance, blunting cellular water influx and edema after TBI. These findings suggest SR49059 and V1aR inhibitors are potential tools for treating cellular edema post-TBI. PMID:24635833

  14. Real-Time Monitoring of Changes in Brain Extracellular Sodium and Potassium Concentrations and Intracranial Pressure after Selective Vasopressin-1a Receptor Inhibition following Focal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats

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    Filippidis, Aristotelis S.; Liang, Xiuyin; Wang, Weili; Parveen, Shanaaz; Baumgarten, Clive M.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Brain swelling and increased intracranial pressure (ICP) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) contribute to poor outcome. Vasopressin-1a receptors (V1aR) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) regulate water transport and brain edema formation, perhaps in part by modulating cation fluxes. After focal TBI, V1aR inhibitors diminish V1aR and AQP4, reduce astrocytic swelling and brain edema. We determined whether V1aR inhibition with SR49059 after lateral controlled-cortical-impact (CCI) injury affects extracellular Na+ and K+ concentrations ([Na+]e; [K+]e). Ion-selective Na+ and K+ electrodes (ISE) and an ICP probe were implanted in rat parietal cortex, and [Na+]e, [K+]e, and physiological parameters were monitored for 5?h post-CCI. Sham-vehicle-ISE, CCI-vehicle-ISE and CCI-SR49059-ISE groups were studied, and SR49059 was administered 5?min to 5?h post-injury. We found a significant injury-induced decrease in [Na+]e to 80.1±15 and 87.9±7.9?mM and increase in [K+]e to 20.9±3.8 and 13.4±3.4?mM at 5?min post-CCI in CCI-vehicle-ISE and CCI-SR49059-ISE groups, respectively (p<0.001 vs. baseline; ns between groups). Importantly, [Na+]e in CCI-SR49059-ISE was reduced 5–20?min post-injury and increased to baseline at 25?min, whereas recovery in CCI-vehicle-ISE required more than 1?hr, suggesting SR49059 accelerated [Na+]e recovery. In contrast, [K+]e recovery took 45?min in both groups. Further, ICP was lower in the CCI-SR49059-ISE group. Thus, selective V1aR inhibition allowed faster [Na+]e recovery and reduced ICP. By augmenting the [Na+]e recovery rate, SR49059 may reduce trauma-induced ionic imbalance, blunting cellular water influx and edema after TBI. These findings suggest SR49059 and V1aR inhibitors are potential tools for treating cellular edema post-TBI. PMID:24635833

  15. Effects of Cold and Compression on Edema.

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    Sloan, J. P.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Investigation of ways to treat artificially induced acute inflammatory reactions in human tissue found that neither cooling or pressure alone reduced the swelling, while a combination of the two methods produced a significant reduction in swelling. (Author/CB)

  16. Acute repeated intracerebroventricular injections of angiotensin II reduce agonist and antagonist radioligand binding in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and median preoptic nucleus in the rat brain.

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    Speth, Robert C; Vento, Peter J; Carrera, Eduardo J; Gonzalez-Reily, Luz; Linares, Andrea; Santos, Kira; Swindle, Jamala D; Daniels, Derek

    2014-10-01

    Angiotensin II (Ang II) stimulates water and saline intakes when injected into the brain of rats. This arises from activation of the AT1 Ang II receptor subtype. Acute repeated injections, however, decrease the water intake response to Ang II without affecting saline intake. Previous studies provide evidence that Ang II-induced water intake is mediated via the classical G protein coupling pathway, whereas the saline intake caused by Ang II is mediated by an ERK 1/2 MAP kinase signaling pathway. Accordingly, the different behavioral response to repeated injections of Ang II may reflect a selective effect on G protein coupling. To test this hypothesis, we examined the binding of a radiolabeled agonist ((125)I-sarcosine(1) Ang II) and a radiolabeled antagonist ((125)I-sarcosine(1), isoleucine(8) Ang II) in brain homogenates and tissue sections prepared from rats given repeated injections of Ang II or vehicle. Although no treatment-related differences were found in hypothalamic homogenates, a focus on specific brain structures using receptor autoradiography, found that the desensitization treatment reduced binding of both radioligands in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) and median preoptic nucleus (MnPO), but not in the subfornical organ (SFO). Because G protein coupling is reported to have a selective effect on agonist binding without affecting antagonist binding, these findings do not support a G protein uncoupling treatment effect. This suggests that receptor number is more critical to the water intake response than the saline intake response, or that pathways downstream from the G protein mediate desensitization of the water intake response. PMID:25108041

  17. Ginsenoside Rbeta1 reduces neurologic damage, is anti-apoptotic, and down-regulates p53 and BAX in subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Li, Yingbo; Tang, Jiping; Khatibi, Nikan H; Zhu, Mei; Chen, Di; Zheng, Weiping; Wang, Shali

    2010-05-01

    Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States and Europe. A subtype of stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), accounts for 7% of all strokes each year and claims one of the highest mortalities and morbidities. Many therapeutic interventions have been used to treat brain injury following SAH but none have reached the level of effectiveness needed to clinically reduce mortality. Ginsenoside Rb1 (GRb1), a major component of the Chinese traditional medicine Panax Ginseng, has been shown to reduce ischemic brain injury and myocardial injury via anti-apoptotic pathways. In the present study, we investigated the use of GRb1 on SAH induced brain injury in rats. Four groups were used: sham, vehicle (SAH), low dose treatment (SAH+ 5mg/kg GRb1), and high dose treatment (SAH+ 20mg/kg GRb1). Post assessment included wall thickness and mean cross-section area of basilar artery were measured for evaluating cerebral vasospasm, Evans blue extravasations to assess blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability, immunohistochemistry and Western Blot analysis looking for specific pro-apoptotic markers, and tunnel staining for cell death assessment. In addition, mortality, neurological function and brain edema were investigated. The results showed that high dose GRb1 treatment significantly enlarged mean cross-sectional area and decreased wall thickness of basilar artery, reduced neurological deficits, brain edema, BBB disruption, and TUNEL positive cell expression. Same time, we found that the proteins expression of P53, Bax and Caspase-3 were significantly reduced, whereas the expression of bcl-2 was up-regulated in Rb1 treatment. The results of this study suggest that GRb1 could relieve cerebral vasospasm and potentially provide neuroprotection in SAH victims. The underlying mechanisms may be partly related to inhibition of P53 and Bax dependent proapoptosis pathway. More studies will be needed to confirm these results and determine its potential as a long term agent. PMID:20353383

  18. Kawasaki Disease with Retropharyngeal Edema following a Blackfly Bite

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    Watanabe, Toru

    2014-01-01

    We describe a patient with Kawasaki disease (KD) and retropharyngeal edema following a blackfly bite. An 8-year-old boy was referred to our hospital because of a 3-day-history of fever and left neck swelling and redness after a blackfly bite. Computed tomography of the neck revealed left cervical lymph nodes swelling with edema, increased density of the adjacent subcutaneous tissue layer, and low density of the retropharyngeum. The patient was initially presumed to have cervical cellulitis, lymphadenitis, and retropharyngeal abscess. He was administered antibiotics intravenously, which did not improve his condition. The patient subsequently exhibited other signs of KD and was diagnosed with KD and retropharyngeal edema. Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and oral flurbiprofen completely resolved the symptoms and signs. A blackfly bite sometimes incites a systemic reaction in humans due to a hypersensitive reaction to salivary secretions, which may have contributed to the development of KD in our patient. PMID:25349761

  19. Cystoid macular edema induced by low doses of nicotinic Acid.

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    Domanico, Daniela; Carnevale, Carmela; Fragiotta, Serena; Verboschi, Francesca; Altimari, Simona; Vingolo, Enzo Maria

    2013-01-01

    Cystoid macular edema (CME) is a condition that involves the macula, causing painless vision loss. In this paper, we report a case of niacin-induced bilateral cystoid macular edema (CME) in a middle-age woman taking low dose of niacin (18?mg of nicotinic acid). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed retinal thickening and cystoid spaces in both eyes, whereas fluorescein angiography (FA; HRA 2, Heidelberg Engineering) revealed the absence of fluorescein leakage also in later phases. Four weeks after discontinuation of therapy there were a complete disappearance of macular edema at funduscopic examination and an improvement of visual acuity in both eyes. Furthermore OCT showed a normal retinal profile in both eyes. In our opinion considering the wide availability of niacin, medical monitoring and periodical examination should be considered during niacin administration. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature that described the very low-dose niacin-induced bilateral niacin maculopathy. PMID:23662229

  20. Cystoid Macular Edema Induced by Low Doses of Nicotinic Acid

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    Domanico, Daniela; Carnevale, Carmela; Fragiotta, Serena; Verboschi, Francesca; Altimari, Simona; Vingolo, Enzo Maria

    2013-01-01

    Cystoid macular edema (CME) is a condition that involves the macula, causing painless vision loss. In this paper, we report a case of niacin-induced bilateral cystoid macular edema (CME) in a middle-age woman taking low dose of niacin (18?mg of nicotinic acid). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed retinal thickening and cystoid spaces in both eyes, whereas fluorescein angiography (FA; HRA 2, Heidelberg Engineering) revealed the absence of fluorescein leakage also in later phases. Four weeks after discontinuation of therapy there were a complete disappearance of macular edema at funduscopic examination and an improvement of visual acuity in both eyes. Furthermore OCT showed a normal retinal profile in both eyes. In our opinion considering the wide availability of niacin, medical monitoring and periodical examination should be considered during niacin administration. To our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature that described the very low-dose niacin-induced bilateral niacin maculopathy. PMID:23662229

  1. Rapid, non-invasive imaging of alphaviral brain infection: Reducing animal numbers and morbidity to identify efficacy of potential vaccines and antivirals

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    Patterson, Michael; Poussard, Allison; Taylor, Katherine; Seregin, Alexey; Smith, Jeanon; Peng, Bi-Hung; Walker, Aida; Linde, Jenna; Smith, Jennifer; Salazar, Milagros; Paessler, Slobodan

    2011-01-01

    Rapid and accurate identification of disease progression are key factors in testing novel vaccines and antivirals against encephalitic alphaviruses. Typical efficacy studies utilize a large number of animals and severe morbidity or mortality as an endpoint. New technologies provide a means to reduce and refine the animal use as proposed in Hume’s 3Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement) described by Russel and Burch. In vivo imaging systems (IVIS) and bioluminescent enzyme technologies accomplish the reduction of animal requirements while shortening the experimental time and improving the accuracy in localizing active virus replication. In the case of murine models of viral encephalitis in which central nervous system (CNS) viral invasion occurs rapidly but the disease development is relatively slow, we visualized the initial brain infection and enhance the data collection process required for efficacy studies on antivirals or vaccines that are aimed at preventing brain infection. Accordingly, we infected mice through intranasal inoculation with the genetically modified pathogen, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which expresses a luciferase gene. In this study, we were able to identify the invasion of the CNS at least 3 days before any clinical signs of disease, allowing for reduction of animal morbidity providing a humane means of disease and vaccine research while obtaining scientific data accurately and more rapidly. Based on our data from the imaging model, we confirmed the usefulness of this technology in preclinical research by demonstrating the efficacy of Ampligen, a TLR-3 agonist, in preventing CNS invasion. PMID:22001884

  2. Rapid, non-invasive imaging of alphaviral brain infection: reducing animal numbers and morbidity to identify efficacy of potential vaccines and antivirals.

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    Patterson, Michael; Poussard, Allison; Taylor, Katherine; Seregin, Alexey; Smith, Jeanon; Peng, Bi-Hung; Walker, Aida; Linde, Jenna; Smith, Jennifer; Salazar, Milagros; Paessler, Slobodan

    2011-11-21

    Rapid and accurate identification of disease progression are key factors in testing novel vaccines and antivirals against encephalitic alphaviruses. Typical efficacy studies utilize a large number of animals and severe morbidity or mortality as an endpoint. New technologies provide a means to reduce and refine the animal use as proposed in Hume's 3Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement) described by Russel and Burch. In vivo imaging systems (IVIS) and bioluminescent enzyme technologies accomplish the reduction of animal requirements while shortening the experimental time and improving the accuracy in localizing active virus replication. In the case of murine models of viral encephalitis in which central nervous system (CNS) viral invasion occurs rapidly but the disease development is relatively slow, we visualized the initial brain infection and enhance the data collection process required for efficacy studies on antivirals or vaccines that are aimed at preventing brain infection. Accordingly, we infected mice through intranasal inoculation with the genetically modified pathogen, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which expresses a luciferase gene. In this study, we were able to identify the invasion of the CNS at least 3 days before any clinical signs of disease, allowing for reduction of animal morbidity providing a humane means of disease and vaccine research while obtaining scientific data accurately and more rapidly. Based on our data from the imaging model, we confirmed the usefulness of this technology in preclinical research by demonstrating the efficacy of Ampligen, a TLR-3 agonist, in preventing CNS invasion. PMID:22001884

  3. Statins increase neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus, reduce delayed neuronal death in the hippocampal CA3 region, and improve spatial learning in rat after traumatic brain injury.

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    Lu, Dunyue; Qu, Changsheng; Goussev, Anton; Jiang, Hao; Lu, Chang; Schallert, Timothy; Mahmood, Asim; Chen, Jieli; Li, Yi; Chopp, Michael

    2007-07-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a major public health problem globally. Presently, there is no way to restore cognitive deficits caused by TBI. In this study, we seek to evaluate the effect of statins (simvastatin and atorvastatin) on the spatial learning and neurogenesis in rats subjected to controlled cortical impact. Rats were treated with atorvastatin and simvastatin 1 day after TBI and daily for 14 days. Morris water maze tests were performed during weeks 2 and 5 after TBI. Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU; 50 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected 1 day after TBI and daily for 14 days. Brain tissue was processed for immunohistochemical staining to identify newly generated cells and vessels. Our data show that (1) treatment of TBI with statins improves spatial learning on days 31-35 after onset of TBI; (2) in the non-neurogenic region of the hippocampal CA3 region, statin treatment reduces the neuronal loss after TBI, demonstrating the neuroprotective effect of statins; (3) in the neurogenic region of the dentate gyrus, treatment of TBI with statins enhances neurogenesis; (4) statin treatment augments TBI-induced angiogenesis; and (5) treatment with simvastatin at the same dose provides a therapeutic effect superior to treatment with atorvastatin. These results suggest that statins may be candidates for treatment of TBI. PMID:17610353

  4. Treatment with Sodium Orthovanadate Reduces Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption via Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Deleted on Chromosome 10 (PTEN) Phosphorylation in Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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    Hasegawa, Yu; Suzuki, Hidenori; Altay, Orhan; Chen, Hank; Zhang, John H

    2012-01-01

    Attenuation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption is one of the therapeutic candidates for treatment of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In this study, the protective effect of sodium orthovanadate (SOV) on BBB disruption was investigated in SAH using the endovascular perforation model. Fifty-five rats were randomly assigned to sham-operated, SAH treated with saline (as a vehicle) or 10mg/kg SOV groups, and evaluated for neurofunction and Evans blue dye extravasation. The phosphorylation of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), occludin, and collagen-IV were examined by Western blot analyses. Cell death on endothelial cells were revealed by immunofluorescence and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated uridine 5?-triphosphate-biotin nick end-labeling (TUNEL) staining. SOV significantly improved neurofunction and reduced Evans blue dye extravasation in brains after SAH. SOV phosphorylated PTEN, decreased phospho-JNK and MMP-9, and preserved occludin expression. SOV also attenuated SAH-induced capillary endothelial cell death. The current study showed that SOV was protective against BBB disruption after SAH possibly via PTEN phosphorylation. PMID:22183833

  5. Fatal re-expansion pulmonary edema in a young adult following tube thoracostomy for spontaneous pneumothorax

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    Sharma, Sunil; Madan, Karan; Singh, Navneet

    2013-01-01

    Re-expansion pulmonary edema (RPE) is a rare but potentially fatal complication that can occur following rapid lung expansion while managing patients with pleural effusion or pneumothorax. In this case, fatal outcome occurred due to RPE in a previously healthy young adult male patient subsequent to tube thoracostomy for spontaneous pneumothorax. While managing patients with pneumothorax or large pleural effusions, precautions should be taken to avoid rapid re-expansion of the previously collapsed lung in order to reduce the probability of development of this complication. PMID:23744860

  6. Quinidine, but Not Eicosanoid Antagonists or Dexamethasone, Protect the Gut from Platelet Activating Factor-Induced Vasoconstriction, Edema and Paralysis

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    Lautenschläger, Ingmar; Frerichs, Inéz; Dombrowsky, Heike; Sarau, Jürgen; Goldmann, Torsten; Zitta, Karina; Albrecht, Martin; Weiler, Norbert; Uhlig, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Intestinal circulatory disturbances, atony, edema and swelling are of great clinical relevance, but the related mechanisms and possible therapeutic options are poorly characterized, in part because of the difficulties to comprehensively analyze these conditions. To overcome these limitations we have developed a model of the isolated perfused rat small intestine where all of these symptoms can be studied simultaneously. Here we used this model to study the role of eicosanoids, steroids and quinidine in platelet-activating factor (PAF)-induced intestinal disorders. A vascular bolus of PAF (0.5 nmol) triggered release of thromboxane and peptidoleukotrienes into the vascular bed (peak concentration 35 nM and 0.8 nM) and reproduced all symptoms of intestinal failure: mesenteric vasoconstriction, translocation of fluid and macromolecules from the vasculature to the lumen and lymphatics, intestinal edema formation, loss of intestinal peristalsis and decreased galactose uptake. All effects of PAF were abolished by the PAF-receptor antagonist ABT491 (2.5 ?M). The COX and LOX inhibitors ASA and AA861 (500 ?M, 10 ?M) did not exhibit barrier-protective effects and the eicosanoid antagonists SQ29548 and MK571 (10 ?M, each) only moderately attenuated the loss of vascular fluid, the redistribution to the lumen and the transfer of FITC dextran to the lumen. The steroid dexamethasone (10 ?M) showed no barrier-protective properties and failed to prevent edema formation. Quinidine (100 ?M) inhibited the increase in arterial pressure, stabilized all the intestinal barriers, and reduced lymph production and the transfer of FITC dextran to the lymph. While quinidine by itself reduced peristalsis, it also obviated paralysis, preserved intestinal functions and prevented edema formation. We conclude that quinidine exerts multiple protective effects against vasoconstriction, edema formation and paralysis in the intestine. The therapeutic use of quinidine for intestinal ailments deserves further study. PMID:25793535

  7. Noopept Reduces the Postischemic Functional and Metabolic Disorders in the Brain of Rats with Different Sensitivity to Hypoxia

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    I. V. Zarubina; P. D. Shabanov

    2009-01-01

    Chronic cerebral ischemia was induced by ligation of both common carotid arteries in Wistar rats, divided by sensitivity to\\u000a hypoxia into highly sensitive and low-sensitive. Noopept (peptide preparation), injected (0.5 mg\\/kg) during 7 days after occlusion\\u000a of the carotid arteries, reduced the neurological disorders in rats with high and low sensitivity to hypoxia and improved\\u000a their survival during the postischemic

  8. beta Adrenergic Receptors in Aged Rat Brain: Reduced Number and Capacity of Pineal Gland to Develop Supersensitivity

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    Louise H. Greenberg; Benjamin Weiss

    1978-01-01

    The density but not the affinity of beta -adrenergic receptors declined significantly with age in rat pineal gland, corpus striatum, and cerebellum, as determined by the binding of tritiated dihydroalprenolol. Exposing rats to light for 12 hours increased the binding of this radioligand in 3-month-old but not in 24-month-old rats. The reduced responsiveness to catecholamines seen in aging may be

  9. Delayed progesterone treatment reduces brain infarction and improves functional outcomes after ischemic stroke: a time-window study in middle-aged rats

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    Yousuf, Seema; Sayeed, Iqbal; Atif, Fahim; Tang, Huiling; Wang, Jun; Stein, Donald G

    2014-01-01

    We evaluated the neuroprotective effects of delayed progesterone (PROG) treatment against ischemic stroke-induced neuronal death, inflammation, and functional deficits. We induced transient focal cerebral ischemia in male rats and administered PROG (8?mg/kg) or vehicle intraperitoneally at 3, 6, or 24?hours post occlusion, subcutaneously 5?hours later and then every 24?hours for 7 days. Behavioral outcomes were evaluated over 22 days. Infarct size and other biomarkers of injury were evaluated by cresyl violet staining, and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by immunofluorescence. Progesterone treatment started at 3 and 6?hours post occlusion significantly (P<0.05) improved behavioral performance at all time points (74.01%) and reduced infarction volume (61.68%) compared with vehicle. No significant difference was observed between the 3 and 6?hour PROG treatment groups. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 and VEGF were upregulated in the PROG groups compared with vehicle. Glial fibrillary acidic protein expression was increased in the vehicle group but markedly lower in the PROG groups. Treatment delayed for 24?hours did not significantly improve functional outcomes or reduce infarction volume. We conclude that, under the right treatment conditions, PROG treatment delayed up to 6?hours can improve functional deficits and reduce brain infarction, possibly by modulating GFAP, VEGF, and MMP-9 expression. PMID:24301297

  10. Delayed progesterone treatment reduces brain infarction and improves functional outcomes after ischemic stroke: a time-window study in middle-aged rats.

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    Yousuf, Seema; Sayeed, Iqbal; Atif, Fahim; Tang, Huiling; Wang, Jun; Stein, Donald G

    2014-02-01

    We evaluated the neuroprotective effects of delayed progesterone (PROG) treatment against ischemic stroke-induced neuronal death, inflammation, and functional deficits. We induced transient focal cerebral ischemia in male rats and administered PROG (8?mg/kg) or vehicle intraperitoneally at 3, 6, or 24?hours post occlusion, subcutaneously 5?hours later and then every 24?hours for 7 days. Behavioral outcomes were evaluated over 22 days. Infarct size and other biomarkers of injury were evaluated by cresyl violet staining, and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by immunofluorescence. Progesterone treatment started at 3 and 6?hours post occlusion significantly (P<0.05) improved behavioral performance at all time points (74.01%) and reduced infarction volume (61.68%) compared with vehicle. No significant difference was observed between the 3 and 6?hour PROG treatment groups. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 and VEGF were upregulated in the PROG groups compared with vehicle. Glial fibrillary acidic protein expression was increased in the vehicle group but markedly lower in the PROG groups. Treatment delayed for 24?hours did not significantly improve functional outcomes or reduce infarction volume. We conclude that, under the right treatment conditions, PROG treatment delayed up to 6?hours can improve functional deficits and reduce brain infarction, possibly by modulating GFAP, VEGF, and MMP-9 expression. PMID:24301297

  11. Enalapril and moexipril protect from free radical-induced neuronal damage in vitro and reduce ischemic brain injury in mice and rats.

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    Ravati, A; Junker, V; Kouklei, M; Ahlemeyer, B; Culmsee, C; Krieglstein, J

    1999-05-28

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors have been demonstrated to protect spontaneously hypertensive rats from cerebral ischemia. The present study investigated the protective effect of enalapril and moexipril in models of permanent focal cerebral ischemia in normotensive mice and rats. To elucidate the mechanism of neuroprotection the influence of these angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors on glutamate-, staurosporine- or Fe2+/3+-induced generation of reactive oxygen species and neuronal cell death in primary cultures from chick embryo telencephalons was studied. Treatment with moexipril or enalapril dose-dependently reduced the percentage of damaged neurons, as well as mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation induced by glutamate, staurosporine or Fe2+/3+. Furthermore, moexipril and enalapril attenuated staurosporine-induced neuronal apoptosis as determined by nuclear staining with Hoechst 33258. In mice, 1 h pretreatment with enalapril (0.03 mg/kg) or moexipril (0.3 mg/kg) significantly reduced brain damage after focal ischemia as compared to control animals. Additionally, moexipril (0.01 mg/kg) was able to reduce the infarct volume in the rat model after focal cerebral ischemia. The results of the present study indicate that the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors enalapril and moexipril promote neuronal survival due to radical scavenging properties. PMID:10408248

  12. Effects of phase I complex decongestive physiotherapy on physical functions and depression levels in breast cancer related lymph edema

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    Atalay, Orçin Telli; Özkir, An?l; Çalik, Bilge Ba?akçi; Baskan, Emre; Ta?kin, Harun

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] Breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema is known to cause physical, functional and psychological impairments in women after modified radical mastectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of phase I Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) on physical functions and depression levels in women with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-eight subjects with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema were the subjects of this study. The arm circumference, shoulder range of motion (ROM), muscle strength and depression levels of the subjects were assessed before and after phase I CDP treatment. [Results] After phase I CDP, there was a statistically significant reduction in circumference measurements at all levels of the affected arm. There was not any statistically significant difference in muscle strength after CDP. The shoulder ROM improved after treatment. There was a significant reduction in the Beck Depression Inventory score. A significant positive correlation was found between depression levels and circumference measurement. [Conclusion] Based on the results we suggest that by reducing limb volume, beside improving physical functions, phase I CDP can affect psychological status, especially depression which is very common in women with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema. PMID:25931748

  13. The Effects of Portulaca oleracea on Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Edema in Mice.

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    Yue, Tan; Xiaosa, Wen; Ruirui, Qi; Wencai, Shi; Hailiang, Xin; Min, Li

    2015-03-01

    Portulaca oleracea L. (PO) is known as "a vegetable for long life" due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and other pharmacological activities. However, the protective activity of the ethanol extract of PO (EEPO) against hypoxia-induced pulmonary edema has not been fully investigated. In this study, we exposed mice to a simulated altitude of 7000 meters for 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12?h to observe changes in the water content and transvascular leakage of the mouse lung. It was found that transvascular leakage increased to the maximum in the mouse lung after 6?h exposure to hypobaric hypoxia. Prophylactic administration of EEPO before hypoxic exposure markedly reduced the transvascular leakage and oxidative stress, and inhibited the upregulation of NF-kB in the mouse lung, as compared with the control group. In addition, EEPO significantly reduced the levels of proinflammatory cytokines and cell adhesion molecules in the lungs of mice, as compared with the hypoxia group. Our results show that EEPO can reduce initial transvascular leakage and pulmonary edema under hypobaric hypoxia conditions. PMID:25761168

  14. Potent neutralization of anthrax edema toxin by a humanized monoclonal antibody that competes with calmodulin for edema factor binding

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    Chen, Zhaochun; Moayeri, Mahtab; Zhao, Huaying; Crown, Devorah; Leppla, Stephen H.; Purcell, Robert H.

    2009-01-01

    This study describes the isolation and characterization of a neutralizing monoclonal antibody (mAb) against anthrax edema factor, EF13D. EF13D neutralized edema toxin (ET)-mediated cyclic AMP (cAMP) responses in cells and protected mice from both ET-induced footpad edema and systemic ET-mediated lethality. The antibody epitope was mapped to domain IV of EF. The mAb was able to compete with calmodulin (CaM) for EF binding and displaced CaM from EF-CaM complexes. EF-mAb binding affinity (0.05–0.12 nM) was 50- to 130-fold higher than that reported for EF-CaM. This anti-EF neutralizing mAb could potentially be used alone or with an anti-PA mAb in the emergency prophylaxis and treatment of anthrax infection. PMID:19651602

  15. Pathophysiological Response to Experimental Diffuse Brain Trauma Differs as a Function of Developmental Age

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    Ibolja Cernak; Taeun Chang; Farid A. Ahmed; Maria I. Cruz; Robert Vink; Bogdan Stoica; Alan I. Faden

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of experimental models of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is to reproduce selected aspects of human head injury such as brain edema, contusion or concussion, and functional deficits, among others. As the immature brain may be particularly vulnerable to injury during critical periods of development, and pediatric TBI may cause neurobehavioral deficits, our aim was to develop and characterize

  16. Effect of circulatory factors on the mechanical properties of the brain

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    G. I. Mchedlishvili; M. L. Itkis; N. V. Sikharulidze

    1982-01-01

    The in vivo study of the mechanical properties of the brain may be valuable in clarifying the mechanisms of some physiological and pathological processes which occur in it, in particular, brain edema [3]. This possibility encouraged us in 1974 to undertake the in vivo study of some mechanical properties of the brain in order to explain their dependence on various

  17. Corticosteroids Are Unable To Protect against Pseudorabies Virus-Induced Tissue Damage in the Developing Brain

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    Amanda C. Clase; Bruce W. Banfield

    2003-01-01

    After intraocular injection of the virulent pseudorabies virus (PRV) strain Becker into late-stage chicken embryos, the virus spreads and replicates in the brain, where severe edema and hemorrhaging follow. By contrast, the attenuated Bartha strain does not cause severe brain pathology despite viral replication and spread throughout the brain (B. W. Banfield, G. S. Yap, A. C. Knapp, and L.

  18. Fingolimod reduces cerebral lymphocyte infiltration in experimental models of rodent intracerebral hemorrhage

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    Rolland, William B.; Lekic, Tim; Krafft, Paul R.; Hasegawa, Yu; Altay, Orhan; Hartman, Richard; Ostrowski, Robert; Manaenko, Anatol; Tang, Jiping; Zhang, John H.

    2013-01-01

    T-lymphocytes promote cerebral inflammation, thus aggravating neuronal injury after stroke. Fingolimod, a sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor analog, prevents the egress of lymphocytes from primary and secondary lymphoid organs. Based on these findings, we hypothesized fingolimod treatment would reduce the number of T-lymphocytes migrating into the brain, thereby ameliorating cerebral inflammation following experimental intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). We investigated the effects of fingolimod in two well-established murine models of ICH, implementing intrastriatal infusions of either bacterial collagenase (cICH) or autologous blood (bICH). Furthermore, we tested the long term neurological improvements by Fingolimod in a collagenase-induced rat model of ICH. Fingolimod, in contrast to vehicle administration alone, improved neurological functions and reduced brain edema at 24 and 72 hours following experimental ICH in CD-1 mice (n=103; p<0.05). Significantly fewer lymphocytes were found in blood and brain samples of treated animals when compared to the vehicle group (p<0.05). Moreover, fingolimod treatment significantly reduced the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), interferon-? (INF-?), and interleukin-17 (IL-17) in the mouse brain at 72 hours post-cICH (p<0.05 compared to vehicle). Long-term neurocognitive performance and histopathological analysis were evaluated in Sprague-Dawley rats between 8 and 10 weeks post-cICH (n=28). Treated rats showed reduced spatial and motor learning deficits, along with significantly reduced brain atrophy and neuronal cell loss within the basal ganglia (p<0.05 compared to vehicle). We conclude that fingolimod treatment ameliorated cerebral inflammation, at least to some extent, by reducing the availability and subsequent brain infiltration of T-lymphocytes, which improved the short and long-term sequelae after experimental ICH in rodents. PMID:23261767

  19. Enhanced Immunogenicity, Mortality Protection, and Reduced Viral Brain Invasion by Alum Adjuvant with an H5N1 Split-Virion Vaccine in the Ferret

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    Layton, Robert Colby; Gigliotti, Andrew; Armijo, Penny; Myers, Leslie; Knight, Jennifer; Donart, Nathaniel; Pyles, John; Vaughan, Sarah; Plourde, Jennifer; Fomukong, Ndingsa; Harrod, Kevin S.; Gao, Peng; Koster, Frederick

    2011-01-01

    Background Pre-pandemic development of an inactivated, split-virion avian influenza vaccine is challenged by the lack of pre-existing immunity and the reduced immunogenicity of some H5 hemagglutinins compared to that of seasonal influenza vaccines. Identification of an acceptable effective adjuvant is needed to improve immunogenicity of a split-virion avian influenza vaccine. Methods and Findings Ferrets (N?=?118) were vaccinated twice with a split-virion vaccine preparation of A/Vietnam/1203/2004 or saline either 21 days apart (unadjuvanted: 1.9 µg, 7.5 µg, 30 µg, or saline), or 28 days apart (unadjuvanted: 22.5 µg, or alum-adjuvanted: 22.5 or 7.5 µg). Vaccinated animals were challenged intranasally 21 or 28 days later with 106 EID50 of the homologous strain. Immunogenicity was measured by hemagglutination inhibition and neutralization assays. Morbidity was assessed by observed behavior, weight loss, temperature, cytopenias, histopathology, and viral load. No serum antibodies were detected after vaccination with unadjuvanted vaccine, whereas alum-adjuvanted vaccination induced a robust antibody response. Survival after unadjuvanted dose regimens of 30 µg, 7.5 µg and 1.9 µg (21-day intervals) was 64%, 43%, and 43%, respectively, yet survivors experienced weight loss, fever and thrombocytopenia. Survival after unadjuvanted dose regimen of 22.5 µg (28-day intervals) was 0%, suggesting important differences in intervals in this model. In contrast to unadjuvanted survivors, either dose of alum-adjuvanted vaccine resulted in 93% survival with minimal morbidity and without fever or weight loss. The rarity of brain inflammation in alum-adjuvanted survivors, compared to high levels in unadjuvanted vaccine survivors, suggested that improved protection associated with the alum adjuvant was due to markedly reduced early viral invasion of the ferret brain. Conclusion Alum adjuvant significantly improves efficacy of an H5N1 split-virion vaccine in the ferret model as measured by immunogenicity, mortality, morbidity, and brain invasion. PMID:21687736

  20. An automatic brain tumor segmentation tool.

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    Diaz, Idanis; Boulanger, Pierre; Greiner, Russell; Hoehn, Bret; Rowe, Lindsay; Murtha, Albert

    2013-01-01

    This paper introduces an automatic brain tumor segmentation method (ABTS) for segmenting multiple components of brain tumor using four magnetic resonance image modalities. ABTS's four stages involve automatic histogram multi-thresholding and morphological operations including geodesic dilation. Our empirical results, on 16 real tumors, show that ABTS works very effectively, achieving a Dice accuracy compared to expert segmentation of 81% in segmenting edema and 85% in segmenting gross tumor volume (GTV). PMID:24110443

  1. Posttraumatic administration of luteolin protects mice from traumatic brain injury: implication of autophagy and inflammation.

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    Xu, Jianguo; Wang, Handong; Lu, Xinyu; Ding, Ke; Zhang, Li; He, Jin; Wei, Wuting; Wu, Yong

    2014-09-25

    Secondary brain insult induced by traumatic brain injury (TBI), including excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, inflammatory response, and neuronal degeneration, is sensitive to therapeutic interventions; therefore, searching for neuroprotective agents represents a promising therapeutic strategy for TBI treatment. Luteolin, a member of the flavonoid family, has recently been proven to modulate autophagy. However, whether it activates autophagy after TBI thereby alleviating the secondary insult is not yet understood. Here, we aimed to evaluate the neuroprotection of luteolin against TBI and the potential role of autophagy where it is involved. For this purpose, mice were randomly divided into four groups and then subjected to TBI. The treatment mice received luteolin at a dose of 30mg/kg 30min post-TBI based on our previous study. We employed western blot, immunofluorescence and quantitative real-time PCR to determine autophagy process and inflammatory response among different groups. Autophagy was found to be enhanced after luteolin treatment according to the expressions of autophagic markers. Furthermore, luteolin decreased nuclear accumulation of p65 induced by TBI, indicating attenuation of inflammation. In line with these observations, luteolin decreased mRNA and protein expressions of pro-inflammatory factors IL-1b and TNF-a. At last, luteolin reduced neuronal degeneration, and alleviated brain edema and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. In conclusion, these results implied that luteolin protected mice brain from traumatic brain injury by inhibiting inflammatory response, and luteolin-induced autophagy might play a pivotal role in its neuroprotection. PMID:25093609

  2. Improving White Matter Tractography by Resolving the Challenges of Edema

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Improving White Matter Tractography by Resolving the Challenges of Edema Jérémy Lecoeur1 , Emmanuel Tractography Challenge. Although the data was single shell, b = 1000s/mm2 , we were able to successfully fit, published in "MICCAI 2013 DTI Tractography Challenge (2013)" #12;this lowered anisotropy. While high order

  3. Post-Arterial Reconstruction Edema, Are Lymphatic Channels to Blame?

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    M. J. Fernandez; W. T. Davies; A. Tyler; G. M. Owen

    1984-01-01

    Edema which follows successful arterial reconstruction of a previously is chemic lower limb is a common observation. Most patients have no long term difficulty, but this side effect requires considerable attention to leg care and frequently delays resumption of normal activity. Earlier studies suggested vari ous causes. This study looked into lymphatic causes. 125I RIHSA clearance was monitored in 4

  4. The Dual Role of TNF in Pulmonary Edema

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    Yang, Guang; Hamacher, Jürg; Gorshkov, Boris; White, Richard; Sridhar, Supriya; Verin, Alexander; Chakraborty, Trinad; Lucas, Rudolf

    2010-01-01

    —Pulmonary edema, a major manifestation of left ventricular heart failure, renal insufficiency, shock, diffuse alveolar damage and lung hypersensitivity states, is a significant medical problem worldwide and can be life-threatening. The proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) has been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis and development of pulmonary edema. However, some recent studies have demonstrated surprisingly that TNF can also promote alveolar fluid reabsorption in vivo and in vitro. This protective effect of the cytokine is mediated by the lectin-like domain of the cytokine, which is spatially distinct from the TNF receptor binding sites. The TIP peptide, a synthetic mimic of the lectin-like domain of TNF, can significantly increase alveolar fluid clearance and improve lung compliance in pulmonary edema models. In this review, we will discuss the dual role of TNF in pulmonary edema. Abbreviations: —tumor necrosis factor (TNF); acute lung injury (ALI); acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS); positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP);epithelial sodium channel (ENaC);neural precursor cell-expressed developmentally downregulated (gene 4) protein (Nedd4-2);serum and glucocorticoid dependent kinase (Sgk-1);insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1);Protein Kinase C (PKC);reactive oxygen species (ROS);myosin light chain (MLC);pneumolysin (PLY);listeriolysin (LLO);interleukin (IL);bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALF);Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG);TNF receptor type 1 (TNFR1); TNF receptor type 2 (TNF-R2); PMID:21188088

  5. Negative-pressure pulmonary edema in the otolaryngology patient

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    JOHN D. GOLDENBERG; LOUIS G. PORTUGAL; BARRY L. WENIG; RANDALL T. WEINGARTEN

    1997-01-01

    It is estimated that 11% of all patients requiring active intervention for acute upper airway obstruction develop negative-pressure pulmonary edema. This pathologic process typically has a benign and rapidly resolving clinical course with the prompt use of mechanical ventilation and positive and expiratory pressure. A review of the literature, however, has revealed a morbidity and mortality rate of 11% to

  6. Management of upper airway edema caused by hereditary angioedema

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    Henriette Farkas

    2010-01-01

    Hereditary angioedema is a rare disorder with a genetic background involving mutations in the genes encoding C1-INH and of factor XII. Its etiology is unknown in a proportion of cases. Recurrent edema formation may involve the subcutis and the submucosa - the latter can produce obstruction in the upper airways and thereby lead to life-threatening asphyxia. This is the reason

  7. The pathogenesis of pulmonary edema induced by silver nitrate

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    B. I. Mazhbich; Docent P. M. Pospelov

    1959-01-01

    Experiments were performed on dogs in which silver nitrate solution was injected intravenously to induce acute pulmonary edema. Recordings were made of arterial and venous pressure, pressure in the left auricle and pulmonary artery, respiration, arterial blood oxygen saturation, and hematocrit ratio. Postmortem determinations were made of lung weight, ratio of body to heart weight, and ratio of dried to

  8. Glucocorticoid inhibition of neuropathic limb edema and cutaneous neurogenic extravasation

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    Wade S Kingery; Tian-Zhi Guo; Geeta S Agashe; M. Frances Davies; J. David Clark; Mervyn Maze

    2001-01-01

    Sciatic nerve section in rats evokes chronic limb edema, pain behavior, and hindpaw hyperalgesia, a syndrome resembling the complex regional pain syndrome type II (CRPS II or causalgia) in man. Glucocorticoids such as methylprednisolone (MP) have been used as analgesic and anti-edematous agents in patients suffering from CRPS, and interestingly these therapeutic effects appear to persist in some patients after

  9. Brain investigation and brain conceptualization

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    Redolfi, Alberto; Bosco, Paolo; Manset, David; Frisoni, Giovanni B.

    Summary The brain of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) undergoes changes starting many years before the development of the first clinical symptoms. The recent availability of large prospective datasets makes it possible to create sophisticated brain models of healthy subjects and patients with AD, showing pathophysiological changes occurring over time. However, these models are still inadequate; representations are mainly single-scale and they do not account for the complexity and interdependence of brain changes. Brain changes in AD patients occur at different levels and for different reasons: at the molecular level, changes are due to amyloid deposition; at cellular level, to loss of neuron synapses, and at tissue level, to connectivity disruption. All cause extensive atrophy of the whole brain organ. Initiatives aiming to model the whole human brain have been launched in Europe and the US with the goal of reducing the burden of brain diseases. In this work, we describe a new approach to earlier diagnosis based on a multimodal and multiscale brain concept, built upon existing and well-characterized single modalities. PMID:24139654

  10. Critical appraisal of the clinical utility of the dexamethasone intravitreal implant (Ozurdex®) for the treatment of macular edema related to branch retinal vein occlusion or central retinal vein occlusion

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    Chan, Annie; Leung, Loh-Shan; Blumenkranz, Mark S

    2011-01-01

    Macular edema is a common cause of visual loss in patients with retinal vein occlusions. Ozurdex®, a dexamethasone intravitreal implant, has been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce macular edema and improve visual acuity in patients with either branch retinal vein occlusions or central retinal vein occlusions. It was approved in the United States in 2009. Since then, new therapeutic agents and clinical data have emerged. The purpose of this review is to critically evaluate the clinical utility of Ozurdex® in the current treatment strategy of macular edema related to retinal vein occlusion. PMID:21845032

  11. Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells reduce neuronal death after transient global cerebral ischemia through prevention of blood-brain barrier disruption and endothelial damage.

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    Chung, Tae Nyoung; Kim, Jin Hee; Choi, Bo Young; Chung, Sung Phil; Kwon, Sung Won; Suh, Sang Won

    2015-02-01

    Global cerebral ischemia (GCI) is the leading cause of a poor prognosis even after successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest. Therapeutic induction of hypothermia (TH) is the only proven therapy-and current standard care-for GCI after cardiac arrest; however, its application has been significantly limited owing to technical difficulties. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to suppress neuronal death after cerebral ischemia. The prevention of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption has not been suggested as a mechanism of MSC treatment but has for TH. We evaluated the therapeutic effect of MSC administration on BBB disruption and neutrophil infiltration after GCI. To evaluate the therapeutic effects of MSC treatment, rats were subjected to 7 minutes of transient GCI and treated with MSCs immediately after reperfusion. Hippocampal neuronal death was evaluated at 7 days after ischemia using Fluoro-Jade B (FJB). BBB disruption, endothelial damage, and neutrophil infiltration were evaluated at 7 days after ischemia by immunostaining for IgG leakage, Rat endothelial antigen-1, and myeloperoxidase (MPO). Rats treated with MSCs showed a significantly reduced FJB(+) neuron count compared with the control group. They also showed reduced IgG leakage, endothelial damage, and MPO(+) cell counts. The present study demonstrated that administration of MSCs after transient GCI provides a dramatic protective effect against hippocampal neuronal death. We hypothesized that the neuroprotective effects of MSC treatment might be associated with the prevention of BBB disruption and endothelial damage and a decrease in neutrophil infiltration. PMID:25548390

  12. Post-anesthetic pulmonary edema in two horses.

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    Kaartinen, M Johanna; Pang, Daniel S J; Cuvelliez, Sophie G

    2010-03-01

    CASE 1: A two-year old, 462 kg Standard bred horse was anesthetized for arthroscopy and castration. During anesthesia, hyperemia of the mucosal membranes and urticaria were noticed. During 5 hours of anesthesia subcutaneous edema of the eyelids and neck region developed. In the recovery box, the orotracheal (OT) tube was left in situ and secured in place with tape. Following initial attempts to stand, the horse became highly agitated and signs consistent with pulmonary edema developed subsequently. Arterial hypoxemia (PaO(2): 3.7 kPa [28 mmHg]) and hypocapnia (PaCO(2): 3.1 kPa [23 mmHg]) were confirmed. Oxygen and furosemide were administered. The horse was assisted to standing with a sling. Therapy continued with bilateral intra-nasal oxygen insufflation. Ancillary medical therapy included flunixin meglumine, penicillin, gentamycin and dimethylsulfoxide. Following 7 hours of treatment the arterial oxygen tensions began to increase towards normal values. CASE 2: An 11-year old, 528 kg Paint horse was anesthetized for surgery of a submandibular mass. The 4-hour anesthetic period was unremarkable. The OT tube was left in situ for the recovery. During recovery, the horse was slightly agitated and stood after three attempts. Clinical signs consistent with pulmonary edema and arterial hypoxemia (PaO(2): 5 kPa [37.5 mmHg]) subsequently developed following extubation. Respiratory signs resolved with medical therapy, including unilateral nasal oxygen insufflation, furosemide, flunixin meglumine and dimethylsulfoxide. The diagnosis of pulmonary edema in these horses was made by clinical signs and arterial blood-gas analysis. While pulmonary radiographs were not taken to confirm the diagnosis, the clinical signs following anesthesia support the diagnosis in both cases. The etiology of pulmonary edema was most likely multifactorial. PMID:20230564

  13. Does progesterone show neuroprotective effects on traumatic brain injury through increasing phosphorylation of Akt in the hippocampus?

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    Garling, Richard Justin; Watts, Lora Talley; Sprague, Shane; Fletcher, Lauren; Jimenez, David F; Digicaylioglu, Murat

    2014-11-01

    There are currently no federally approved neuroprotective agents to treat traumatic brain injury. Progesterone, a hydrophobic steroid hormone, has been shown in recent studies to exhibit neuroprotective effects in controlled cortical impact rat models. Akt is a protein kinase known to play a role in cell signaling pathways that reduce edema, inflammation, apoptosis, and promote cell growth in the brain. This study aims to determine if progesterone modulates the phosphorylation of Akt via its threonine 308 phosphorylation site. Phosphorylation at the threonine 308 site is one of several sites responsible for activating Akt and enabling the protein kinase to carry out its neuroprotective effects. To assess the effects of progesterone on Akt phosphorylation, C57BL/6 mice were treated with progesterone (8 mg/kg) at 1 (intraperitonally), 6, 24, and 48 hours (subcutaneously) post closed-skull traumatic brain injury. The hippocampus was harvested at 72 hours post injury and prepared for western blot analysis. Traumatic brain injury caused a significant decrease in Akt phosphorylation compared to sham operation. However, mice treated with progesterone following traumatic brain injury had an increase in phosphorylation of Akt compared to traumatic brain injury vehicle. Our findings suggest that progesterone is a viable treatment option for activating neuroprotective pathways after traumatic brain injury. PMID:25558238

  14. Does progesterone show neuroprotective effects on traumatic brain injury through increasing phosphorylation of Akt in the hippocampus?

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    Garling, Richard Justin; Watts, Lora Talley; Sprague, Shane; Fletcher, Lauren; Jimenez, David F.; Digicaylioglu, Murat

    2014-01-01

    There are currently no federally approved neuroprotective agents to treat traumatic brain injury. Progesterone, a hydrophobic steroid hormone, has been shown in recent studies to exhibit neuroprotective effects in controlled cortical impact rat models. Akt is a protein kinase known to play a role in cell signaling pathways that reduce edema, inflammation, apoptosis, and promote cell growth in the brain. This study aims to determine if progesterone modulates the phosphorylation of Akt via its threonine 308 phosphorylation site. Phosphorylation at the threonine 308 site is one of several sites responsible for activating Akt and enabling the protein kinase to carry out its neuroprotective effects. To assess the effects of progesterone on Akt phosphorylation, C57BL/6 mice were treated with progesterone (8 mg/kg) at 1 (intraperitonally), 6, 24, and 48 hours (subcutaneously) post closed-skull traumatic brain injury. The hippocampus was harvested at 72 hours post injury and prepared for western blot analysis. Traumatic brain injury caused a significant decrease in Akt phosphorylation compared to sham operation. However, mice treated with progesterone following traumatic brain injury had an increase in phosphorylation of Akt compared to traumatic brain injury vehicle. Our findings suggest that progesterone is a viable treatment option for activating neuroprotective pathways after traumatic brain injury. PMID:25558238

  15. Hydroxytyrosol improves mitochondrial function and reduces oxidative stress in the brain of db/db mice: role of AMP-activated protein kinase activation.

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    Zheng, Adi; Li, Hao; Xu, Jie; Cao, Ke; Li, Hua; Pu, Wenjun; Yang, Ziqi; Peng, Yunhua; Long, Jiangang; Liu, Jiankang; Feng, Zhihui

    2015-06-01

    Hydroxytyrosol (HT) is a major polyphenolic compound found in olive oil with reported anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. However, the neuroprotective effect of HT on type 2 diabetes remains unknown. In the present study, db/db mice and SH-SY-5Y neuroblastoma cells were used to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of HT. After 8 weeks of HT administration at doses of 10 and 50 mg/kg, expression levels of the mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes I/II/IV and the activity of complex I were significantly elevated in the brain of db/db mice. Likewise, targets of the antioxidative transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2 related factor 2 including p62 (sequestosome-1), haeme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), and superoxide dismutases 1 and 2 increased, and protein oxidation significantly decreased. HT treatment was also found to activate AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), sirtuin 1 and PPAR? coactivator-1?, which constitute an energy-sensing protein network known to regulate mitochondrial function and oxidative stress responses. Meanwhile, neuronal survival indicated by neuron marker expression levels including activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein, N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor and nerve growth factor was significantly improved by HT administration. Additionally, in a high glucose-induced neuronal cell damage model, HT effectively increased mitochondrial complex IV and HO-1 expression through activating AMPK pathway, followed by the prevention of high glucose-induced production of reactive oxygen species and declines of cell viability and VO2 capacity. Our observations suggest that HT improves mitochondrial function and reduces oxidative stress potentially through activation of the AMPK pathway in the brain of db/db mice. PMID:25885653

  16. Link between D sub 1 and D sub 2 dopamine receptors is reduced in schizophrenia and Huntington diseased brain

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    Seeman, P.; Niznik, H.B.; Guan, H.C.; Booth, G.; Ulpian, C. (Univ. of Toronto (Canada))

    1989-12-01

    Dopamine receptor types D{sub 1} and D{sub 2} can oppose enhance each other's actions for electrical, biochemical, and psychomotor effects. The authors report a D{sub 1}-D{sub 2} interaction in homogenized tissue as revealed by ligand binding. D{sub 2} agonists lowered the binding of ({sup 3}H)raclopride to D{sub 2} receptors in striatal and anterior pituitary tissues. Pretreating the tissue with the D{sub 1}-selective antagonist SCH 23390 prevented the agonist-induced decrease in ({sup 3}H)raclopride binding to D{sub 2} sites in the striatum but not in the anterior pituitary, which has no D{sub 1} receptors. Conversely, a dopamine-induced reduction in the binding of ({sup 3}H)SCH 23390 to D{sub 1} receptors could be prevented by the D{sub 2}-selective antagonist eticlopride. Receptor photolabeling experiments confirmed both these D{sub 1}-D{sub 2} interactions. The blocking effect by SCH 23390 was similar to that produced by a nonhydrolyzable guanine nucleotide analogue, and SCH 23390 reduced the number of agonist-labeled D{sub 2} receptors in the high-affinity state. Thus, the D{sub 1}-D{sub 2} link may be mediated by guanine nucleotide-binding protein components. The link may underlie D{sub 1}-D{sub 2} interactions influencing behavior, since the link was missing in over half the postmortem striata from patients with schizophrenia and Huntington disease (both diseases that show some hyperdopamine signs) but was present in human control, Alzheimer, and Parkinson striata.

  17. Edema, Oncotic Pressure, and Free Entropy: Novel Considerations for the Treatment of Edema through Attention to Thermodynamics

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    Charles J. Diskin; Ram B. Gupta; William Ravis; Thomas J. Stokes; Linda M. Dansby; Thomas B. Carter; Selby G. Thomas

    1998-01-01

    Over 170 years after Richard Bright and a century after Ernest H. Starling, the development, location, and severity of edema in patients with renal impairment continue to baffle the predictions of most nephrologists. While much of the phenomenon can be explained by levels of serum proteins, or hydrostatic pressures, there are stunning exceptions well known to any practicing nephrologist. Some

  18. Screening, prevention, and ambitious management of diabetic macular edema in patients with type 1 diabetes.

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    Tarantola, Ryan M; Maturi, Raj K; Kushal, Shalesh; Gupta, Sunil

    2013-10-01

    Diabetic macular edema results from progressive retinopathy related to chronic hyperglycemic and inflammatory vascular damage. Loss of vision secondary to diabetic macular edema is the most common cause of vision loss in patients with diabetes. Blood glucose control remains the main means of preventing progression of retinopathy and macular edema. Recent advancements allowing more efficient mechanisms for screening patients and emerging treatments for macular edema have led to improved visual outcomes in this group of patients. PMID:23959793

  19. Exendin-4 Reduces Ischemic Brain Injury in Normal and Aged Type 2 Diabetic Mice and Promotes Microglial M2 Polarization

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    Larsson, Martin; Mallard, Carina; Nathanson, David; Nyström, Thomas; Sjöholm, Åke; Johansson, Maria E.; Patrone, Cesare

    2014-01-01

    Exendin-4 is a glucagon-like receptor 1 agonist clinically used against type 2 diabetes that has also shown neuroprotective effects in experimental stroke models. However, while the neuroprotective efficacy of Exendin-4 has been thoroughly investigated if the pharmacological treatment starts before stroke, the therapeutic potential of the Exendin-4 if the treatment starts acutely after stroke has not been clearly determined. Further, a comparison of the neuroprotective efficacy in normal and aged diabetic mice has not been performed. Finally, the cellular mechanisms behind the efficacy of Exendin-4 have been only partially studied. The main objective of this study was to determine the neuroprotective efficacy of Exendin-4 in normal and aged type 2 diabetic mice if the treatment started after stroke in a clinically relevant setting. Furthermore we characterized the Exendin-4 effects on stroke-induced neuroinflammation. Two-month-old healthy and 14-month-old type 2 diabetic/obese mice were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion. 5 or 50 µg/kg Exendin-4 was administered intraperitoneally at 1.5, 3 or 4.5 hours thereafter. The treatment was continued (0.2 µg/kg/day) for 1 week. The neuroprotective efficacy was assessed by stroke volume measurement and stereological counting of NeuN-positive neurons. Neuroinflammation was determined by gene expression analysis of M1/M2 microglia subtypes and pro-inflammatory cytokines. We show neuroprotective efficacy of 50 µg/kg Exendin-4 at 1.5 and 3 hours after stroke in both young healthy and aged diabetic/obese mice. The 5 µg/kg dose was neuroprotective at 1.5 hour only. Proinflammatory markers and M1 phenotype were not impacted by Exendin-4 treatment while M2 markers were significantly up regulated. Our results support the use of Exendin-4 to reduce stroke-damage in the prehospital/early hospitalization setting irrespectively of age/diabetes. The results indicate the polarization of microglia/macrophages towards the M2 reparative phenotype as a potential mechanism of neuroprotection. PMID:25101679

  20. Vitrectomy for diffuse diabetic macular edema associated with a taut premacular posterior hyaloid

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Scott D Pendergast; Tarek S Hassan; George A Williams; Morton S Cox; Raymond R Margherio; Philip J Ferrone; Bruce R Garretson; Michael T Trese

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of vitrectomy in eyes with diffuse diabetic macular edema associated with a taut posterior hyaloid.METHODS: Records of 55 eyes of 50 patients with diabetic retinopathy and diffuse clinically significant diabetic macular edema who underwent vitrectomy with stripping of the premacular posterior hyaloid were reviewed. In all 55 eyes, diffuse diabetic macular edema was present on

  1. 9 CFR 309.8 - Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. 309.8 Section 309.8 Animals...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. All cattle found on ante-mortem...characterized by an extensive and generalized edema shall be identified as U.S....

  2. 9 CFR 309.8 - Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. 309.8 Section 309.8 Animals...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. All cattle found on ante-mortem...characterized by an extensive and generalized edema shall be identified as U.S....

  3. 9 CFR 309.8 - Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. 309.8 Section 309.8 Animals...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. All cattle found on ante-mortem...characterized by an extensive and generalized edema shall be identified as U.S....

  4. 9 CFR 309.8 - Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. 309.8 Section 309.8 Animals...Cattle affected with anasarca and generalized edema. All cattle found on ante-mortem...characterized by an extensive and generalized edema shall be identified as U.S....

  5. Combination Therapy of Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cells and Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor Reduces Histopathological and Motor Impairments in an Experimental Model of Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Acosta, Sandra A.; Tajiri, Naoki; Shinozuka, Kazutaka; Ishikawa, Hiroto; Sanberg, Paul R.; Sanchez-Ramos, Juan; Song, Shijie; Kaneko, Yuji; Borlongan, Cesar V.

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with neuro-inflammation, debilitating sensory-motor deficits, and learning and memory impairments. Cell-based therapies are currently being investigated in treating neurotrauma due to their ability to secrete neurotrophic factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines that can regulate the hostile milieu associated with chronic neuroinflammation found in TBI. In tandem, the stimulation and mobilization of endogenous stem/progenitor cells from the bone marrow through granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) poses as an attractive therapeutic intervention for chronic TBI. Here, we tested the potential of a combined therapy of human umbilical cord blood cells (hUCB) and G-CSF at the acute stage of TBI to counteract the progressive secondary effects of chronic TBI using the controlled cortical impact model. Four different groups of adult Sprague Dawley rats were treated with saline alone, G-CSF+saline, hUCB+saline or hUCB+G-CSF, 7-days post CCI moderate TBI. Eight weeks after TBI, brains were harvested to analyze hippocampal cell loss, neuroinflammatory response, and neurogenesis by using immunohistochemical techniques. Results revealed that the rats exposed to TBI treated with saline exhibited widespread neuroinflammation, impaired endogenous neurogenesis in DG and SVZ, and severe hippocampal cell loss. hUCB monotherapy suppressed neuroinflammation, nearly normalized the neurogenesis, and reduced hippocampal cell loss compared to saline alone. G-CSF monotherapy produced partial and short-lived benefits characterized by low levels of neuroinflammation in striatum, DG, SVZ, and corpus callosum and fornix, a modest neurogenesis, and a moderate reduction of hippocampal cells loss. On the other hand, combined therapy of hUCB+G-CSF displayed synergistic effects that robustly dampened neuroinflammation, while enhancing endogenous neurogenesis and reducing hippocampal cell loss. Vigorous and long-lasting recovery of motor function accompanied the combined therapy, which was either moderately or short-lived in the monotherapy conditions. These results suggest that combined treatment rather than monotherapy appears optimal for abrogating histophalogical and motor impairments in chronic TBI. PMID:24621603

  6. AQP4 gene deletion in mice does not alter blood–brain barrier integrity or brain morphology

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Saadoun; M. J. Tait; A. Reza; D. Ceri Davies; B. A. Bell; A. S. Verkman; M. C. Papadopoulos

    2009-01-01

    The glial cell water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) plays an important role in brain edema, astrocyte migration, and neuronal excitability. Zhou et al. [Zhou J, Kong H, Hua X, Xiao M, Ding J, Hu G (2008) Altered blood–brain barrier integrity in adult aquaporin-4 knockout mice. Neuroreport 19:1–5] recently reported that AQP4 deletion significantly altered blood–brain barrier integrity and glial fibrillary acidic

  7. Administration of the soluble complement inhibitor, Crry-Ig, reduces inflammation and aquaporin 4 expression in lupus cerebritis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jessy J. Alexander; Lihua Bao; Alexander Jacob; Damien M. Kraus; V. Michael Holers; Richard J. Quigg

    2003-01-01

    Changes in brain water and cerebral volume can lead to brain edema that may be one of the underlying causes of death in many neurological diseases. Cerebral water content is regulated by aquaporin 4 (AQ4) present in astrocytic end feet and around blood vessels. In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of the brain have demonstrated lesions

  8. A case of subretinal tubercular abscess presenting as disc edema

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    Shetty, Sachin Bermu; Bawtag, Mohammad Abdullah; Biswas, Jyotirmay

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of ocular tuberculosis (TB) which initially presented with disc edema and was mistaken for optic neuritis. With no definite pathology being identified, the patient was treated on the lines of optic neuritis with intravenous (IV) steroid with beneficial effect. Ocular TB was suspected when he presented later with a subretinal abscess. Based on positive Mantoux, QuantiFERON TB gold results and radiographic findings, a diagnosis of subretinal abscess of presumed tubercular etiology was made. The patient was successfully treated with anti-tubercular therapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of ocular TB presenting as disc edema followed by subretinal abscess. PMID:25827550

  9. Cerebrospinal fluid apolipoprotein E and phospholipid transfer protein activity are reduced in multiple sclerosis; relationships with the brain MRI and CSF lipid variables.

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    Vuletic, Simona; Kennedy, Hal; Albers, John J; Killestein, Joep; Vrenken, Hugo; Lütjohann, Dieter; Teunissen, Charlotte E

    2014-07-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE), phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP) activity, lipids, total tau and beta amyloid 1-42 (A?42) were measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from controls (n=38) and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients (n=91). ApoE and PLTP activity were significantly reduced in MS compared to non-inflammatory disease controls (NINDC; p<0.05). In NINDC and MS, apoE correlated with PLTP activity (rs=0.399 and 0.591, respectively), A?42 (rs= 0.609 and 0.483, respectively), and total tau (rs=0.748 and 0.380, respectively; all p<0.05). CSF apoE and PLTP significantly contributed to the variance of the normalized brain volume (NBV) and T2 lesion volume in MS (p<0.001 and p<0.05, respectively). ApoE correlated with CSF cholesterol and 24-hydroxycholesterol in all groups; PLTP activity correlated with CSF cholesterol in controls (p<0.05). PMID:24955324

  10. Segmentation editing improves efficiency while reducing inter-expert variation and maintaining accuracy for normal brain tissues in the presence of space-occupying lesions

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    Deeley, M. A.; Chen, A.; Datteri, R. D.; Noble, J.; Cmelak, A.; Donnelly, E.; Malcolm, A.; Moretti, L.; Jaboin, J.; Niermann, K.; Yang, Eddy S.; Yu, David S.; Dawant, B. M.

    2013-06-01

    Image segmentation has become a vital and often rate-limiting step in modern radiotherapy treatment planning. In recent years, the pace and scope of algorithm development, and even introduction into the clinic, have far exceeded evaluative studies. In this work we build upon our previous evaluation of a registration driven segmentation algorithm in the context of 8 expert raters and 20 patients who underwent radiotherapy for large space-occupying tumours in the brain. In this work we tested four hypotheses concerning the impact of manual segmentation editing in a randomized single-blinded study. We tested these hypotheses on the normal structures of the brainstem, optic chiasm, eyes and optic nerves using the Dice similarity coefficient, volume, and signed Euclidean distance error to evaluate the impact of editing on inter-rater variance and accuracy. Accuracy analyses relied on two simulated ground truth estimation methods: simultaneous truth and performance level estimation and a novel implementation of probability maps. The experts were presented with automatic, their own, and their peers’ segmentations from our previous study to edit. We found, independent of source, editing reduced inter-rater variance while maintaining or improving accuracy and improving efficiency with at least 60% reduction in contouring time. In areas where raters performed poorly contouring from scratch, editing of the automatic segmentations reduced the prevalence of total anatomical miss from approximately 16% to 8% of the total slices contained within the ground truth estimations. These findings suggest that contour editing could be useful for consensus building such as in developing delineation standards, and that both automated methods and even perhaps less sophisticated atlases could improve efficiency, inter-rater variance, and accuracy.

  11. Berberine Protects against Neuronal Damage via Suppression of Glia-Mediated Inflammation in Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Lee, Chao Yu; Wang, Liang-Fei; Wu, Chun-Hu; Ke, Chia-Hua; Chen, Szu-Fu

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) triggers a series of neuroinflammatory processes that contribute to evolution of neuronal injury. The present study investigated the neuroprotective effects and anti-inflammatory actions of berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, in both in vitro and in vivo TBI models. Mice subjected to controlled cortical impact injury were injected with berberine (10 mg·kg?1) or vehicle 10 min after injury. In addition to behavioral studies and histology analysis, blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and brain water content were determined. Expression of PI3K/Akt and Erk signaling and inflammatory mediators were also analyzed. The protective effect of berberine was also investigated in cultured neurons either subjected to stretch injury or exposed to conditioned media with activated microglia. Berberine significantly attenuated functional deficits and brain damage associated with TBI up to day 28 post-injury. Berberine also reduced neuronal death, apoptosis, BBB permeability, and brain edema at day 1 post-injury. These changes coincided with a marked reduction in leukocyte infiltration, microglial activation, matrix metalloproteinase-9 activity, and expression of inflammatory mediators. Berberine had no effect on Akt or Erk 1/2 phosphorylation. In mixed glial cultures, berberine reduced TLR4/MyD88/NF-?B signaling. Berberine also attenuated neuronal death induced by microglial conditioned media; however, it did not directly protect cultured neurons subjected to stretch injury. Moreover, administration of berberine at 3 h post-injury also reduced TBI-induced neuronal damage, apoptosis and inflammation in vivo. Berberine reduces TBI-induced brain damage by limiting the production of inflammatory mediators by glial cells, rather than by a direct neuroprotective effect. PMID:25546475

  12. Update on high altitude cerebral edema including recent work on the eye.

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    Willmann, Gabriel; Gekeler, Florian; Schommer, Kai; Bärtsch, Peter

    2014-06-01

    This review summarizes recent research on high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and on the eye with focus on the retina and optic nerve as visible brain tissue at high altitude. Hemosiderin deposits in the corpus callosum have been characterized as rather specific long-lasting footprints of HACE, indicating a leak of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and resulting in microhemorrhages. These are compatible with the concept of increased capillary pressure due to venous outflow limitation as suggested by Wilson et al. There are no human data on the role of vascular permeability in HACE, while animal models of uncertain relevance for human HACE suggest that an impaired integrity of the BBB through VEGF and ROS is more important than hemodynamic changes. Examinations by ultrasound show an inconsistent increase of the optic nerve sheath diameter, whereas unequivocal optic disc swelling (ODS), increased retinal vessel diameter, as well as retinal vessel leakage occur at high altitude. However, whether these morphological changes correlate with symptoms of AMS as a possible precursor of HACE or high altitude headache supporting the concept of venous outflow limitation remains questionable and is discussed in detail in this article. PMID:24971765

  13. Intractable bone marrow edema syndrome of the hip.

    PubMed

    Gao, Fuqiang; Sun, Wei; Li, Zirong; Guo, Wanshou; Kush, Nepali; Ozaki, Koji

    2015-04-01

    There is a need for an effective and noninvasive treatment for intractable bone marrow edema syndrome of the hip. Forty-six patients with intractable bone marrow edema syndrome of the hip were retrospectively studied to compare the short-term clinical effects of treatment with high-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy vs femoral head core decompression. The postoperative visual analog scale score decreased significantly more in the extracorporeal shock wave therapy group compared with the femoral head core decompression group (P<.05). For unilateral lesions, postoperative Harris Hip Scores for all hips in the extracorporeal shock wave therapy group were more significantly improved than Harris Hip Scores for all hips in the femoral head core decompression group (P<.05). Patients who underwent extracorporeal shock wave therapy also resumed daily activities significantly earlier. Average overall operative time was similar in both groups. Symptoms disappeared significantly sooner in the extracorporeal shock wave therapy group in patients with both unilateral (P<.01) and bilateral lesions (P<.05). Hospital costs were significantly lower with extracorporeal shock wave therapy compared with femoral head core decompression. The intraoperative fluoroscopy radiation dose was lower in extracorporeal shock wave therapy than in femoral head core decompression for both unilateral (P<.05) and bilateral lesions (P<.01). On magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bone marrow edema improved in all patients during the follow-up period. After extracorporeal shock wave therapy, all patients remained pain-free and had normal findings on posttreatment radiographs and MRI scans. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy appears to be a valid, reliable, and noninvasive tool for rapidly resolving intractable bone marrow edema syndrome of the hip, and it has a low complication rate and relatively low cost compared with other conservative and surgical treatment approaches. PMID:25901618

  14. Does interstitial lung edema compress airways and arteries? A morphometric study.

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    Michel, R P; Zocchi, L; Rossi, A; Cardinal, G A; Ploy-Song-Sang, Y; Poulsen, R S; Milic-Emili, J; Staub, N C

    1987-01-01

    We compared areas and diameters of small airways and arteries in three groups of anesthetized dogs: 1) control (n = 5), 2) hydrostatic edema induced by fluid overload (n = 13), and 3) increased permeability edema induced with alpha-naphthylthiourea (n = 5). We measured pulmonary arterial and wedge pressures in all groups and cardiac output in the hydrostatic edema group. Postmortem, lobes were frozen at functional residual capacity and samples taken for measurements of extravascular lung water (Qwl/dQl) and for light microscopy. We also examined lobes from hydrostatic edema experiments fixed at transpulmonary pressures of 5 and 27 cmH2O. From the histology slides, bronchovascular bundles with respiratory bronchioles (n = 706) and bronchioles (n = 467) were photographed and airway and vessel areas and diameters measured. Alveolar and airway luminal edema were graded. We found that only in hydrostatic edema, pulmonary arterial and wedge pressures increased and vascular resistance fell with fluid infusion. Mean Qwl/dQl values were 3.80 +/- 0.17, 6.81 +/- 0.96, and 9.34 +/- 0.62 (SE) in control, hydrostatic, and increased permeability edema groups, respectively. By quantitative histology, airway and arterial areas and diameters did not decrease in edema and rose with increasing transpulmonary pressure. Variable quantities of air-space edema were seen. We conclude that interstitial edema does not compress small airways or arteries and that other mechanisms, including alveolar and airway luminal edema, may explain reported increases in airway resistance. PMID:3104281

  15. Mechanical properties of rabbit lung with edema caused by exposure to ozone

    SciTech Connect

    Yokoyama, E.; Goto, H.; Kawai, K.; Kyono, H.

    1989-01-01

    Rabbits were intermittently exposed to ozone (O/sub 3/) and the mechanical properties of their lungs were studied in order to know details of ventilatory functions in lung injuries caused by this gas. The lungs of rabbits exposed to 2 ppm O/sub 3/ for 6 hours daily for 3 days showed the earlier stage of edema, and tended to trap air as distending pressure was lowered at the measurement of volume-pressure relationship. In this group of animals, dynamic compliance decreased, pulmonary flow resistance increased, and flow-volume curve obtained by forced deflation showed a definitely altered slope with reduced flows at the latter part of descending limb. On the other hand, the significant change observed in rabbits exposed to 1 ppm O/sub 3/ for 6 hours daily for 7 days was only the increase in pulmonary flow resistance: the extent was similar to that observed in the former group of rabbits. Light-microscopical study for the airways of O/sub 3/-exposed rabbits revealed varying degrees of epithelial damages and submucosal edema in the large airways and in terminal and respiratory bronchioles, and thickening of alveolar walls in the proximal alveolar ducts, being much more evident in the former group.

  16. Nlrp3 Prevents Early Renal Interstitial Edema and Vascular Permeability in Unilateral Ureteral Obstruction

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    Pulskens, Wilco P.; Butter, Loes M.; Teske, Gwendoline J.; Claessen, Nike; Dessing, Mark C.; Flavell, Richard A.; Sutterwala, Fayyaz S.; Florquin, Sandrine; Leemans, Jaklien C.

    2014-01-01

    Progressive renal disease is characterized by tubulo-interstitial injury with ongoing inflammation and fibrosis. The Nlrp3 inflammasome contributes to these pathophysiological processes through its canonical effects in cytokine maturation. Nlrp3 may additionally exert inflammasome-independent effects following tissue injury. Hence, in this study we investigated potential non-canonical effects of Nlrp3 following progressive renal injury by subjecting WT and Nlrp3-deficient (?/?) mice to unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). Our results revealed a progressive increase of renal Nlrp3 mRNA in WT mice following UUO. The absence of Nlrp3 resulted in enhanced tubular injury and dilatation and an elevated expression of injury biomarker NGAL after UUO. Moreover, interstitial edema was significantly elevated in Nlrp3?/? mice. This could be explained by increased intratubular pressure and an enhanced tubular and vascular permeability. In accordance, renal vascular leakage was elevated in Nlrp3?/? mice that associated with reduced mRNA expression of intercellular junction components. The decreased epithelial barrier function in Nlrp3?/? mice was not associated with increased apoptosis and/or proliferation of renal epithelial cells. Nlrp3 deficiency did not affect renal fibrosis or inflammation. Together, our data reveal a novel non-canonical effect of Nlrp3 in preserving renal integrity and protection against early tubular injury and interstitial edema following progressive renal injury. PMID:24454932

  17. Leg edema quantification for heart failure patients via 3D imaging.

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    Hayn, Dieter; Fruhwald, Friedrich; Riedel, Arthur; Falgenhauer, Markus; Schreier, Günter

    2013-01-01

    Heart failure is a common cardiac disease in elderly patients. After discharge, approximately 50% of all patients are readmitted to a hospital within six months. Recent studies show that home monitoring of heart failure patients can reduce the number of readmissions. Still, a large number of false positive alarms as well as underdiagnoses in other cases require more accurate alarm generation algorithms. New low-cost sensors for leg edema detection could be the missing link to help home monitoring to its breakthrough. We evaluated a 3D camera-based measurement setup in order to geometrically detect and quantify leg edemas. 3D images of legs were taken and geometric parameters were extracted semi-automatically from the images. Intra-subject variability for five healthy subjects was evaluated. Thereafter, correlation of 3D parameters with body weight and leg circumference was assessed during a clinical study at the Medical University of Graz. Strong correlation was found in between both reference values and instep height, while correlation in between curvature of the lower leg and references was very low. We conclude that 3D imaging might be a useful and cost-effective extension of home monitoring for heart failure patients, though further (prospective) studies are needed. PMID:23948874

  18. Pathogenesis of edema formation in the nephrotic syndrome.

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    Palmer, B F; Alpern, R J

    1997-06-01

    The development of edema in the nephrotic syndrome has traditionally been viewed as an underfill mechanism. According to this view, urinary loss of protein results in hypoalbuminemia and decreased plasma oncotic pressure. As a result, plasma water translocates out of the intravascular space and results in a decrease in intravascular volume. In response to the underfilled circulation, effector mechanisms are then activated that signal the kidney to secondarily retain salt and water. While an underfill mechanism may be responsible for edema formation in a minority of patients, recent clinical and experimental findings would suggest that edema formation in most nephrotic patients is the result of primary salt retention. Direct measurements of blood and plasma volume or measurement of neurohumoral markers that indirectly reflect effective circulatory volume are mostly consistent with either euvolemia or a volume expanded state. The ability to maintain plasma volume in the setting of a decreased plasma oncotic pressure is achieved by alterations in transcapillary exchange mechanisms known to occur in the setting of hypoalbuminemia that limit excessive capillary fluid filtration. The intrarenal mechanism responsible for primary sodium retention is not yet known, but may involve tubular resistance to the natriuretic effect of atrial natriuretic peptide. PMID:9185099

  19. Soluble Mediators of Diabetic Macular Edema: The Diagnostic Role of Aqueous VEGF and Cytokine Levels in Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Owen, Leah A.; Hartnett, M. Elizabeth

    2013-01-01

    Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a significant cause of vision loss and represents an important clinical and public health problem. It is characterized by breakdown of the blood retinal barrier with fluid accumulation in the sub-retinal and intra-retinal spaces. Although several hypotheses exist for the causes of diabetic macular edema, specific molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Current thinking includes the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and inflammatory cytokines in vascular permeability. We review studies showing a relationship between elevated aqueous VEGF, monocyte chemoattractant protein -1, interleukin 6, or interleukin 8 in association with DME and as predictors of DME. The presence of mediators in both the angiogenesis and inflammatory pathways data suggest a multifactorial model for the development of DME. Further studies targeting individual cytokine activity will be important to our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment. PMID:23649946

  20. Blast-induced moderate neurotrauma (BINT) elicits early complement activation and tumor necrosis factor ? (TNF?) release in a rat brain.

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    Dalle Lucca, Jurandir J; Chavko, Mikulas; Dubick, Michael A; Adeeb, Saleena; Falabella, Michael J; Slack, Jessica L; McCarron, Richard; Li, Yansong

    2012-07-15

    Blast-induced neurotrauma (BINT) is a major medical concern yet its etiology is largely undefined. Complement activation may play a role in the development of secondary injury following traumatic brain injury; however, its role in BINT is still undefined. The present study was designed to characterize the complement system and adaptive immune-inflammatory responses in a rat model of moderate BINT. Anesthetized rats were exposed to a moderate blast (120 kPa) using an air-driven shock tube. Brain tissue injury, systemic and local complement, cerebral edema, inflammatory cell infiltration, and pro-inflammatory cytokine production were measured at 0.5, 3, 48, 72, 120, and 168 h. Injury to brain tissue was evaluated by histological evaluation. Systemic complement was measured via ELSIA. The remaining measurements were determined by immunohistoflourescent staining. Moderate blast triggers moderate brain injuries, elevated levels of local brain C3/C5b-9 and systemic C5b-9, increased leukocyte infiltration, unregulated tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF?), and aquaporin-4 in rat brain cortex at 3- and 48-hour post blast. Early immune-inflammatory response to BINT involves complement and TNF?, which correlates with hippocampus and cerebral cortex damage. Complement and TNF? activation may be a novel therapeutic target for reducing the damaging effects of BINT inflammation. PMID:22537900

  1. Protective effects of vascular endothelial growth factor in cultured brain endothelial cells against hypoglycemia.

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    Zhao, Fei; Deng, Jiangshan; Yu, Xiaoyan; Li, Dawei; Shi, Hong; Zhao, Yuwu

    2015-08-01

    Hypoglycemia is a common and serious problem among patients with type 1 diabetes receiving treatment with insulin. Clinical studies have demonstrated that hypoglycemic edema is involved in the initiation of hypoglycemic brain damage. However, the mechanisms of this edema are poorly understood. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent regulator of blood vessel function, has been observed an important candidate hormone induced by hypoglycemia to protect neurons by restoring plasma glucose. Whether VEGF has a protective effect against hypoglycemia-induced damage in brain endothelial cells is still unknown. To investigate the effects of hypoglycemia on cerebral microvascular endothelial cells and assess the protective effect of exogenous VEGF on endothelial cells during hypoglycemia, confluent monolayers of the brain endothelial cell line bEnd.3 were treated with normal (5.5 mM glucose), hypoglycemic (0, 0.5, 1 mM glucose) medium or hypoglycemic medium in the presence of VEGF. The results clearly showed that hypoglycemia significantly downregulated the expression of claudin-5 in bEnd.3 cells, without affecting ZO-1 and occludin expression and distribution. Besides, transendothelial permeability significantly increased under hypoglycemic conditions compared to that under control conditions. Moreover, the hypoglycemic medium in presence of VEGF decreased endothelial permeability via the inhibition of claudin-5 degradation and improved hypoglycemia-induced cell toxicity. Furthermore, Glucose transporter-1 (Glut-1) and apoptosis regulator Bcl-2 expression were significantly upregulated. Taken together, hypoglycemia can significantly increase paraendocellular permeability by downregulating claudin-5 expression. We further showed that VEGF protected brain endothelial cells against hypoglycemia by enhancing glucose passage, reducing endothelial cell death, and ameliorating paraendocellular permeability. PMID:25761767

  2. Cerebral Blood Flow and Cerebral Edema in Rats With Diabetic Ketoacidosis

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    Yuen, Natalie; Anderson, Steven E.; Glaser, Nicole; Tancredi, Daniel J.; O'Donnell, Martha E.

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE— Cerebral edema (CE) is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in children. Osmotic fluctuations during DKA treatment have been considered responsible, but recent data instead suggest that cerebral hypoperfusion may be involved and that activation of cerebral ion transporters may occur. Diminished cerebral blood flow (CBF) during DKA, however, has not been previously demonstrated. We investigated CBF and edema formation in a rat model of DKA and determined the effects of bumetanide, an inhibitor of Na-K-Cl cotransport. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS— Juvenile rats with streptozotocin-induced DKA were treated with intravenous saline and insulin, similar to human treatment protocols. CBF was determined by magnetic resonance (MR) perfusion–weighted imaging before and during treatment, and CE was assessed by determining apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) using MR diffusion–weighted imaging. RESULTS— CBF was significantly reduced in DKA and was responsive to alterations in pCO2. ADC values were reduced, consistent with cell swelling. The reduction in ADCs correlated with dehydration, as reflected in blood urea nitrogen concentrations. Bumetanide caused a rapid rise in ADCs of DKA rats without significantly changing CBF, while saline/insulin caused a rapid rise in CBF and a gradual rise in ADCs. DKA rats treated with bumetanide plus saline/insulin showed a trend toward more rapid rise in cortical ADCs and a larger rise in striatal CBF than those observed with saline/insulin alone. CONCLUSIONS— These data demonstrate that CE in DKA is accompanied by cerebral hypoperfusion before treatment and suggest that blocking Na-K-Cl cotransport may reduce cerebral cell swelling. PMID:18633109

  3. Acute administration of L-dopa induces changes in methylation metabolites, reduced protein phosphatase 2A methylation and hyperphosphorylation of Tau protein in mouse brain

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    Bottiglieri, Teodoro; Arning, Erland; Wasek, Brandi; Nunbhakdi-Craig, Viyada; Sontag, Jean-Marie; Sontag, Estelle

    2012-01-01

    Folate deficiency and hypomethylation have been implicated in a number of age-related neurodegenerative disorders including dementia and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Levodopa (L-dopa) therapy in PD patients has been shown to cause an increase in plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) as well as depleting cellular concentrations of the methyl donor, S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), and increasing the demethylated product S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH). Modulation of the cellular SAM/SAH ratio can influence activity of methyltransferase enzymes including leucine carboxyl methyltransferase (LCMT1), that specifically methylates Ser/Thr protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), a major Tau phosphatase. Here we show in human SH-SY5Y cells and dopaminergic neurons, and in wild type mice that L-dopa results in a reduced SAM/SAH ratio that is associated with hypomethylation of PP2A and increased phosphorylation of Tau (p-Tau) at the Alzheimer disease-like PHF-1 phosphoepitope. The effect of L-dopa on PP2A and p-Tau was exacerbated in cells exposed to folate deficiency. In the folate deficient mouse model, L-dopa resulted in a marked depletion of SAM and increase in SAH in various brain regions with parallel down regulation of PP2A methylation and increased Tau phosphorylation. L-dopa also enhanced demethylated PP2A amounts in the liver. These findings reveal a novel mechanism involving methylation-dependent pathways in which L-dopa induces PP2A hypomethylation and increases Tau phosphorylation, which may be potentially detrimental to neuronal cells. PMID:22764226

  4. Reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor contribute to synaptic imbalance during the critical period of respiratory development in rats.

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    Gao, Xiu-Ping; Liu, Qiuli; Nair, Bindu; Wong-Riley, Margaret T T

    2014-07-01

    Previously, our electrophysiological studies revealed a transient imbalance between suppressed excitation and enhanced inhibition in hypoglossal motoneurons of rats on postnatal days (P) 12-13, a critical period when abrupt neurochemical, metabolic, ventilatory and physiological changes occur in the respiratory system. The mechanism underlying the imbalance is poorly understood. We hypothesised that the imbalance was contributed by a reduced expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which normally enhances excitation and suppresses inhibition. We also hypothesised that exogenous BDNF would partially reverse this synaptic imbalance. Immunohistochemistry/single-neuron optical densitometry, real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were done on hypoglossal motoneurons in brainstem slices of rats during the first three postnatal weeks. Our results indicated that: (1) the levels of BDNF and its high-affinity tyrosine receptor kinase B (TrkB) receptor mRNAs and proteins were relatively high during the first 1-1.5 postnatal weeks, but dropped precipitously at P12-13 before rising again afterwards; (2) exogenous BDNF significantly increased the normally lowered frequency of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents but decreased the normally heightened amplitude and frequency of spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSCs) during the critical period; (3) exogenous BDNF also decreased the normally heightened frequency of miniature IPSCs at P12-13; and (4) the effect of exogenous BDNF was partially blocked by K252a, a TrkB receptor antagonist. Thus, our results are consistent with our hypothesis that BDNF and TrkB play an important role in the synaptic imbalance during the critical period. This may have significant implications for the mechanism underlying sudden infant death syndrome. PMID:24666389

  5. Is there a correlation between structural alterations and retinal sensitivity in morphological patterns of diabetic macular edema?

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    Kothari, Abhishek R; Raman, Rajiv P G; Sharma, Tarun; Gupta, Muneesawar; Laxmi, G

    2013-05-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) enables enhanced visualization of retinal layers and delineation of structural alterations in diabetic macular edema (DME). Microperimetry (MP) is a new technique that allows fundus-related testing of local retinal sensitivity. Combination of these two techniques would enable a structure-function correlation with insights into pathomechanism of vision loss in DME. To correlate retinal structural derangement with retinal sensitivity alterations in cases with diabetic macular edema, using SDOCT and MP. Prospective study of 34 eyes of 30 patients with DME. All patients underwent comprehensive ophthalmic examination, fluorescein angiography, microperimetry and SDOCT. Four distinct morphological patterns of DME were identified- diffuse retinal thickening (DRT), cystoid macular edema (CME), schitic retinal thickening (SRT) and neurosensory detachment (NSD) of fovea. Some retinal loci presented with a mixture of above patterns There was significant difference in retinal thickness between groups (P<0.001). Focal retinal sensitivity measurement revealed relatively preserved retinal sensitivity in areas with DRT (13.8 dB), moderately reduced sensitivity (7.9 dB) in areas with CME, and gross retinal sensitivity loss in areas with SRT (1.2 dB) and NSD (4.7 dB) (P<0.001). Analysis of regional scotoma depth demonstrated similar pattern. Retinal sensitivity showed better correlation to OCT pattern (r=-0.68, P<0.001) than retinal thickness (r=-0.44, P<0.001). Structure-function correlation allows better understanding of the pathophysiology of visual loss in different morphological types of DME. Classification of macular edema into these categories has implications on the prognosis and predictive value of treatment. PMID:23548318

  6. [Acute pulmonary edema during preterm labor: role of nicardipine tocolysis (three cases)].

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    Janower, S; Carbonne, B; Lejeune, V; Apfelbaum, D; Boccara, F; Cohen, A

    2005-12-01

    Beta adrenergic agonists are still used as first line treatment for preterm labor in many institutions, but their side effects lead to use alternative tocolytic drugs such as calcium channel blockers. We report three cases of pulmonary edema during preterm labor associated with the use of calcium channel blocker, intravenous nicardipine, widely used for tocolysis in France. In this article, potential mechanisms of this severe complication are briefly discussed: pregnancy-induced overload, deleterious hemodynamic effects of calcium channel blockers, concomitant administration of calcium channel blockers and/or beta-agonists and finally concomitant administration of physiological saline and/or glucocorticoids. Based on our experience, we recommend avoiding the association of calcium channel blockers and beta-agonists for preterm labor. Nicardipine, if used, should be administered at an adjusted dose with electric syringe to reduce volume infusion. PMID:16319773

  7. Diffusion Imaging of Brain Tumors

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    Maier, Stephan E.; Sun, Yanping; Mulkern, Robert V.

    2010-01-01

    MR imaging offers a tremendous armamentarium of different methods that can be employed in brain tumor characterization. MR diffusion imaging has become a widely accepted method for probing the presence of fluid pools and molecular tissue water mobility. For most clinical applications of diffusion imaging, it is assumed that the diffusion signal vs diffusion weighting factor b decays monoexponentially. Within this framework, measurement of a single diffusion coefficient in brain tumors permits an approximate categorization of tumor type and for some tumors definitive diagnosis. In most brain tumors, when compared to normal brain tissue, the diffusion coefficient is elevated. The presence of peritumoral edema, which also exhibits an elevated diffusion coefficient, often precludes delineation of the tumor based on diffusion information alone. Serially obtained diffusion data is useful to document and even predict cellular response to drug or radiation therapy. Diffusion measurements in tissues over an extended range of b-factors have clearly shown that the mono-parametric description of the MR diffusion signal decay is incomplete. Very high diffusion weighting on clinical systems requires substantial compromise in spatial resolution. But after suitable analysis, superior separation of malignant brain tumors, peritumoral edema, and normal brain tissue can be achieved. These findings are also discussed in light of tissue-specific differences in membrane structure and the restrictions membranes exert on diffusion. Finally, measurement of the directional dependence of diffusion permits assessment of white matter integrity and dislocation. Such information, particularly in conjunction with advanced post-processing, is considered immensely useful for therapy planning. Diffusion imaging, which permits monoexponential analysis and provides directional diffusion information, is performed routinely in brain tumor patients. More advanced methods require improvement in acquisition speed and spatial resolution to gain clinical acceptance. PMID:20886568

  8. Use of antivascular endothelial growth factor for diabetic macular edema

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    Karim, Rushmia; Tang, Benjamin

    2010-01-01

    Background Diabetic macular edema (DME) is one of the manifestations of diabetic retinopathy leading to loss of central vision and visual acuity. It manifests itself with swelling around the central part of the retina, the area responsible for sharp vision. Current treatment includes laser therapy and intravitreal steroids with preventative measures including diabetes control. No one treatment has guaranteed control of diabetic macular edema which leads to deteriorating visual acuity, function and quality of life in patients. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has been shown to be a critical stimulus in the pathogenesis of macular edema secondary to diabetes.1 Antiangiogenic therapy encompassed treatment with anti-VEGF which inhibits VEGF-driven neovascularization hence macular edema leading to decreased visual acuity. Objective For this review, we evaluated the effectiveness of intravitreal anti-VEGF in treating DME. Data sources We identified five trials (n = 525) using electronic databases (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials [Central], Medline®, and Excerpta Medica Database [EMBASE®]) in October 2008, supplemented by hand searching of reference lists, review articles, and conference abstracts. Methods We included all randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating any form of intravitreal anti-VEGF for treating DME. The main outcome factor was change in best-corrected visual acuity and central macular thickness. One author assessed eligibility, methodological quality, and extracted data. Meta analysis was performed when appropriate. Results We included three trials of adequate methodological quality in our meta-analysis. Patients treated with anti-VEGF showed improvement in visual acuity of ?0.17 (95% confidence interval [CI]: ?0.23, ?0.10) and central macular thickness ?84.69 (95% CI: ?117.09, ?52.30). Patients treated with combined anti-VEGF and intravitreal triamcinolone showed improvement of visual acuity of ?0.19 (95% CI: ?0.27, ?0.11) and central macular thickness mean change being –111.20 (95% CI: ?148.13, ?74.28). Conclusions Anti-VEGF has been associated with an improvement in visual acuity and central macular thickness in the analysis, however trial analysis was of a short duration and further research is needed to determine long-term benefits. PMID:20535227

  9. [Device for measuring paw edema in rats and mice].

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    Sibiriak, S V; Afanas'ev, G F; Lazareva, D N; Zarudi?, F S

    1985-01-01

    An unsophisticated highly precise mercuric electron-mechanic oncometer is proposed. It is intended for measuring paw edema in small laboratory animals during screening of new antiphlogistics. The device consists of two communicating vessels. The change in the mercury level after paw immersion transforms to the electrical signal by the induction technique. The controller of the displacement consists of a float, a ferromagnetic rod and a coil with windings. The movement of the rod changes mutual induction of the windings, amplitude modulation of the carrier frequency of the generator and unbalance of the differential diode bridge. The magnitude of the unbalance is recorded with the aid of appropriate units. PMID:4085622

  10. Acute pulmonary edema secondary to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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    Obiagwu, Chukwudi; Paul, Vishesh; Chadha, Sameer; Hollander, Gerald; Shani, Jacob

    2015-02-01

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of diabetic ulcers, air embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning and gas gangrene with minimal adverse effects. Very few cases of HBOT causing acute pulmonary edema (PE) has been described; with a study on dogs suggesting that a complication of this therapy could be PE. We describe the case of an 80-year-old man with a history of stable systolic heart failure and diabetes mellitus presenting with acute PE following treatment with HBOT for diabetic foot. PMID:25988073

  11. Pulmonary edema secondary to a cardiac schwannoma in a dog.

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    Thomason, Justin D; Rapoport, Gregg; Fallaw, Tiffany; Calvert, Clay A; Sakamoto, Kaori

    2015-06-01

    A 4-year-old castrated labrador retriever presented for cardiac evaluation to determine the etiology of cardiogenic pulmonary edema diagnosed 1 month prior. A large pedunculated mass involving the ventral aspect of the mural mitral valve leaflet and the endocardial surface of the left ventricular free wall, resulting in severe mitral regurgitation, was identified on echocardiogram. Histopathology and immunohistochemistry of this mass and other endocardial masses identified at necropsy for S-100 protein were consistent with a diagnosis of schwannoma. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first case of a benign intracardiac schwannoma described in the left heart of a dog. PMID:26048635

  12. Acute Pulmonary Edema Associated With Propofol: An Unusual Complication

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    Waheed, Mian Adnan; Oud, Lavi

    2014-01-01

    Propofol is frequently used in the emergency department to provide procedural sedation for patients undergoing various procedures and is considered to be safe when administered by trained personnel. Pulmonary edema after administration of propofol has rarely been reported. We report a case of a 23-year-old healthy male who developed acute cough, hemoptysis and hypoxia following administration of propofol for splinting of a foot fracture. Chest radiography showed bilateral patchy infiltrates. The patient was treated successfully with supportive care. This report emphasizes the importance of this potentially fatal propofol-associated complication and discusses possible underlying mechanisms and related literature. PMID:25493132

  13. Inhibition of prolactin with bromocriptine for 28days increases blood-brain barrier permeability in the rat.

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    Rosas-Hernandez, H; Ramirez, M; Ramirez-Lee, M A; Ali, S F; Gonzalez, C

    2015-08-20

    The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is necessary for the proper function of the brain. Its maintenance is regulated by endogenous factors. Recent evidences suggest prolactin (PRL) regulates the BBB properties in vitro, nevertheless no evidence of these effects have been reported in vivo. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of PRL in the maintenance of the BBB in the rat. Male Wistar rats were treated with Bromocriptine (Bromo) to inhibit PRL production for 28days in the absence or presence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). BBB permeability was evaluated through the Evans Blue dye and fluorescein-dextran extravasation as well as through edema formation. The expression of claudin-5, occludin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and the PRL receptor (PRLR) was evaluated through western blot. Bromo reduced the physiological levels of PRL at 28days. At the same time, Bromo increased BBB permeability and edema formation associated with a decrement in claudin-5 and occludin and potentiated the increase in BBB permeability induced by LPS. However, no neuroinflammation was detected, since the expression of GFAP was unchanged, as well as the expression of the PRLR. These data provide the first evidence that inhibition of PRL with Bromo affects the maintenance of the BBB through modulating the expression of tight junction proteins in vivo. PMID:26047726

  14. Ventilator-associated Lung Injury Decreases Lung Ability to Clear Edema in Rats

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    E. LECUONA; F. SALDÍAS; A. COMELLAS; K. RIDGE; C. GUERRERO; J. I. SZNAJDER

    1999-01-01

    Ventilator-associated lung injury (VALI) is caused by high tidal volume (V T ) excursions producing mi- crovascular leakage and pulmonary edema. However, the effects of VALI on lung edema clearance and alveolar epithelial cells' Na,K-ATPase function have not been elucidated. We studied lung edema clearance in the isolated-perfused rat lung model after ventilation for 25, 40, and 60 min with

  15. Intraocular injection of crystalline cortisone as adjunctive treatment of diabetic macular edema

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    Jost B Jonas; Antje Söfker

    2001-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report the clinical outcome of a diabetic patient with macular edema treated with an intravitreal injection of crystalline cortisone.METHODS: Interventional case report. A 73-year-old patient with diabetes mellitus presented with clinically significant diffuse macular edema caused by nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. Despite grid laser coagulation in the macular region, cystoid macular edema progressed, and within 6 months before the

  16. He-Ne laser treatment for 16 cases of nonspecific edema

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    Xia, Wenlou; Liu, Sixian; Cao, Guangyi; Chen, Zhifu; Zhang, Haishui; Wei, Wei; Xia, Xinshe; Sia, Guangyu

    1993-03-01

    Nonspecific edema is a syndrome which is caused by a metabolism disorder of sodium and water. The people who suffer with this are mostly women about 25 - 50 years old. When it happens periodic edema, abdominal distension acratia, and obesity accompany the disease. Through several means of examination, no organic disease was found in the heart, liver, or kidney. Now 16 edema cases have been irradiated with laser and the result is satisfactory. The results are reported in this paper.

  17. [Reexpansion pulmonary edema a vacuo: a case report and literature review].

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    Hajer, Racil; Sophia, Bousnina; Kamel, Marniche; Mohamed, Lamine Megdiche; Abdellatif, Chabbou

    2005-09-01

    Reexpansion pulmonary edema is a rare and potentially lethal complication with a 15 to 20% mortality. We report one case of pulmonary edema after evacuation of spontaneous right pneumothorax The pathophysiology of reexpansion pulmonary edema remains obscure; mechanical and inflammatory processes (production of Inerleukin 8--and Leukotrienne B4) seem incriminated. Duration and seventy of lung collapse and the rate of reexpansion appear to be the main causes justifying preventive measures. Curative treatment is based on oxygenation and lower aspiration pressure. PMID:16383205

  18. [Lymphoscintigraphy in the diagnosis and prognosis of post-mastectomy edema of the extremities].

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    Miasnikova, M O; Sedov, V M; Katsev, V M; Dmitrieva, L A; Ermoshchenkova, M V

    2003-01-01

    Dynamic lymphoscintigraphy provides adequate means for in vivo contrast-enhanced examination of functional lymph collectors in the extremeties which in turn offers best advantage in diagnosing post-mastectomy edema of the arms. A comparative study was concerned with lymph flow in healthy subjects, breast cancer patients and those with post-mastectomy edema and without it after complete course of treatment. A group of risk for edema was formed. PMID:12715377

  19. Cystoid macular edema associated with latanoprost in aphakic and pseudophakic eyes

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    Ramesh S Ayyala; Denise A Cruz; Curtis E Margo; Lynn E Harman; Scott E Pautler; David M Misch; Jonathan A Mines; David W Richards

    1998-01-01

    PURPOSE: To describe four patients who developed cystoid macular edema shortly after onset of treatment with latanoprost.METHOD: Retrospective review of medical records of patients with open-angle glaucoma who developed cystoid macular edema shortly after starting latanoprost.RESULTS: The use of topical latanoprost was temporally related to the development of cystoid macular edema in four patients (six eyes; two aphakic eyes and

  20. Necrostatin-1 Reduces Neurovascular Injury after Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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    King, Melanie D.; Whitaker-Lea, Wittstatt A.; Campbell, James M.; Alleyne, Cargill H.; Dhandapani, Krishnan M.

    2014-01-01

    Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is the most common form of hemorrhagic stroke, accounting for 15% of all strokes. ICH has the highest acute mortality and the worst long-term prognosis of all stroke subtypes. Unfortunately, the dearth of clinically effective treatment options makes ICH the least treatable form of stroke, emphasizing the need for novel therapeutic targets. Recent work by our laboratory identified a novel role for the necroptosis inhibitor, necrostatin-1, in limiting neurovascular injury in tissue culture models of hemorrhagic injury. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that necrostatin-1 reduces neurovascular injury after collagenase-induced ICH in mice. Necrostatin-1 significantly reduced hematoma volume by 54% at 72?h after-ICH, as compared to either sham-injured mice or mice administered an inactive, structural analogue of necrostatin-1. Necrostatin-1 also limited cell death by 48%, reduced blood-brain barrier opening by 51%, attenuated edema development to sham levels, and improved neurobehavioral outcomes after ICH. These data suggest a potential clinical utility for necrostatin-1 and/or novel necroptosis inhibitors as an adjunct therapy to reduce neurological injury and improve patient outcomes after ICH. PMID:24729786

  1. HIV-1 tropism for the central nervous system: Brain-derived envelope glycoproteins with lower CD4 dependence and reduced sensitivity to a fusion inhibitor

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    Martin-Garcia, Julio [Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States)]. E-mail: julio.martin-garcia@drexelmed.edu; Cao, Wei [Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Varela-Rohena, Angel [Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Plassmeyer, Matthew L. [Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Gonzalez-Scarano, Francisco [Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States)

    2006-03-01

    We previously described envelope glycoproteins of an HIV-1 isolate adapted in vitro for growth in microglia that acquired a highly fusogenic phenotype and lower CD4 dependence, as well as resistance to inhibition by anti-CD4 antibodies. Here, we investigated whether similar phenotypic changes are present in vivo. Envelope clones from the brain and spleen of an HIV-1-infected individual with neurological disease were amplified, cloned, and sequenced. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated clustering of sequences according to the tissue of origin, as expected. Functional clones were then used in cell-to-cell fusion assays to test for CD4 and co-receptor utilization and for sensitivity to various antibodies and inhibitors. Both brain- and spleen-derived envelope clones mediated fusion in cells expressing both CD4 and CCR5 and brain envelopes also used CCR3 as co-receptor. We found that the brain envelopes had a lower CD4 dependence, since they efficiently mediated fusion in the presence of low levels of CD4 on the target cell membrane, and they were significantly more resistant to blocking by anti-CD4 antibodies than the spleen-derived envelopes. In contrast, we observed no difference in sensitivity to the CCR5 antagonist TAK-779. However, brain-derived envelopes were significantly more resistant than those from spleen to the fusion inhibitor T-1249 and concurrently showed slightly greater fusogenicity. Our results suggest an increased affinity for CD4 of brain-derived envelopes that may have originated from in vivo adaptation to replication in microglial cells. Interestingly, we note the presence of envelopes more resistant to a fusion inhibitor in the brain of an untreated, HIV-1-infected individual.

  2. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance T2-weighted imaging of myocardial edema in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Abdel-Aty, Hassan; Schulz-Menger, Jeanette

    2007-01-01

    Technical advances in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T2-weighted imaging have allowed in-vivo visualization and accurate quantification of myocardial edema, a substantial feature of myocardial ischemic/reperfusion injury. In acute myocardial infarction, myocardial edema imaging can be used to differentiate acute from chronic irreversible injury. This can also be of particular importance in the sub-acute phase in which laboratory markers are equivocal or in the setting of missed infarction. Furthermore, CMR-T2-weighted edema imaging identifies the area at risk and thus can be used to quantify the area of salvaged myocardium after coronary reperfusion by comparing the area of irreversible injury to that of the myocardium at risk. Another exciting area of research employs edema imaging to monitor the effect of interventions that target reduction of myocardial edema. The premise is that myocardial edema results in vascular compression, and may thus contribute to failure of myocardial tissue reperfusion even after reestablishing the patency of the infarct related coronary artery. This can be used to monitor the efficiency of novel therapeutic strategies targeting post-infarction myocardial edema. This mini review will address the pathophysiological, clinical and some technical issues related to edema imaging in acute myocardial infarction. Some recent patents on myocardial edema, Magnetic resonance imaging and myocardial infarction are also addressed. PMID:18221104

  3. In vivo photoacoustic tomography of mouse cerebral edema induced by cold injury

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    Xu, Zhun; Zhu, Quing; Wang, Lihong V.

    2011-06-01

    For the first time, we have implemented photoacoustic tomography (PAT) to image the water content of an edema in vivo. We produced and imaged a cold-induced cerebral edema transcranially, then obtained blood vessel and water accumulation images at 610 and 975 nm, respectively. We tracked the changes at 12, 24, and 36 h after the cold injury. The blood volume decreased after the cold injury, and the maximum area of edema was observed 24 h after the cold injury. We validated PAT of the water content of the edema through magnetic Resonance Imaging and the water spectrum from the spectrophotometric measurement.

  4. Dielectric behavior of pulmonary edema induced in the rat lung.

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    Yamashiro, T; Ando, M; Okazaki, Y; Sasaguri, S

    2005-01-15

    The dielectric properties (conductivity, kappa and relative permittivity, epsilon) of excised rat lung are modified by lung air and water content. The measurements of these quantities were made over the frequency range of 10 kHz to 100 MHz with an open-ended coaxial probe. The following relationships were analyzed in an oleic acid-induced pulmonary edema model using 18 animals: the spectra of kappa, epsilon and the loss tangent as a function of lung air and water content. Secondly, an isolated-perfused lung system was produced to induce a gradual increase in lung water. The time course of kappa, epsilon and the loss tangent for one excised lung was analyzed. The principal findings were: (i) a decrease in kappa and epsilon with increasing air content, (ii) an increase in kappa and epsilon with increasing water content, and (iii) a good correlation between lung water content and maximum loss tangent that was insensitive to changes in air content. We conclude that this technique could provide a quantitative assessment of lung water during pulmonary edema formation. PMID:15652791

  5. Over-hydration detection in brain by magnetic induction spectroscopy

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    González, César A.; Pérez, María; Hevia, Nidiyare; Arámbula, Fernándo; Flores, Omar; Aguilar, Eliot; Hinojosa, Ivonne; Joskowicz, Leo; Rubinsky, Boris

    2010-04-01

    Detection and continuous monitoring of edema in the brain in early stages is useful for assessment of medical condition and treatment. We have proposed a solution in which the bulk measurements of the tissue electrical properties to detect edema or in general accumulation of fluids are made through measurement of the magnetic induction phase shift between applied and measured currents at different frequencies (Magnetic Induction Spectroscopy; MIS). Magnetic Resonant Imaging (MRI) has been characterized because its capability to detect different levels of brain tissue hydration by differences in diffusion-weighted (DW) sequences and it's involve apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). The objective of this study was to explore the viability to use measurements of the bulk tissue electrical properties to detect edema or in general accumulation of fluids by MIS. We have induced a transitory and generalized tissue over-hydration condition in ten volunteers ingesting 1.5 to 2 liters of water in ten minutes. Basal and over-hydration conditions were monitored by MIS and MRI. Changes in the inductive phase shift at certain frequencies were consistent with changes in the brain tissue hydration level observed by DW-ADC. The results suggest that MIS has the potential to detect pathologies associated to changes in the content of fluids in brain tissue such as edema and hematomas.

  6. VA/Q distribution during heavy exercise and recovery in humans: implications for pulmonary edema

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    Schaffartzik, W.; Poole, D. C.; Derion, T.; Tsukimoto, K.; Hogan, M. C.; Arcos, J. P.; Bebout, D. E.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    Ventilation-perfusion (VA/Q) inequality has been shown to increase with exercise. Potential mechanisms for this increase include nonuniform pulmonary vasoconstriction, ventilatory time constant inequality, reduced large airway gas mixing, and development of interstitial pulmonary edema. We hypothesized that persistence of VA/Q mismatch after ventilation and cardiac output subside during recovery would be consistent with edema; however, rapid resolution would suggest mechanisms related to changes in ventilation and blood flow per se. Thirteen healthy males performed near-maximal cycle ergometry at an inspiratory PO2 of 91 Torr (because hypoxia accentuates VA/Q mismatch on exercise). Cardiorespiratory variables and inert gas elimination patterns were measured at rest, during exercise, and between 2 and 30 min of recovery. Two profiles of VA/Q distribution behavior emerged during heavy exercise: in group 1 an increase in VA/Q mismatch (log SDQ of 0.35 +/- 0.02 at rest and 0.44 +/- 0.02 at exercise; P less than 0.05, n = 7) and in group 2 no change in VA/Q mismatch (n = 6). There were no differences in anthropometric data, work rate, O2 uptake, or ventilation during heavy exercise between groups. Group 1 demonstrated significantly greater VA/Q inequality, lower vital capacity, and higher forced expiratory flow at 25-75% of forced vital capacity for the first 20 min during recovery than group 2. Cardiac index was higher in group 1 both during heavy exercise and 4 and 6 min postexercise. However, both ventilation and cardiac output returned toward baseline values more rapidly than did VA/Q relationships. Arterial pH was lower in group 1 during exercise and recovery. We conclude that greater VA/Q inequality in group 1 and its persistence during recovery are consistent with the hypothesis that edema occurs and contributes to the increase in VA/Q inequality during exercise. This is supported by observation of greater blood flows and acidosis and, presumably therefore, higher pulmonary vascular pressures in such subjects.

  7. Comparison of intravitreal bevacizumab and triamcinolone acetonide theraphies for diffuse diabetic macular edema

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    Aksoy, Sibel; Yilmaz, Gursel; Akkoyun, Imren; Yazici, Ayse Canan

    2015-01-01

    AIM To compare therapeutic effects of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA) versus intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) injections for bilateral diffuse diabetic macular edema (DDME). METHODS Forty eyes of 20 patients with bilateral DDME participated in this study. For each patient, 4 mg/0.1 mL IVTA was injected to one eye and 2.5 mg/0.1 mL IVB was injected to the other eye. The effects of injection for diabetic macular edema (DME) were evaluated using best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), central macular thickness (CMT) by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) by applanation tonometer. Patients underwent eye examinations, including BCVA, CMT, and IOP at pre-injection, 1, 4, 8, 12 and 24wk after injection. During the follow-up, second injections were performed to eyes which have CMT greater than 400 µm at 12wk for salvage therapy. RESULTS BCVA (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution) at pre-injection, 1, 4, 8, 12 and 24wk after injection was 0.71±0.19, 0.62±0.23, 0.63±0.12, 0.63±0.13, 0.63±0.14 and 0.61±0.24 in the IVTA group and 0.68±0.25, 0.61±0.22, 0.60±0.24, 0.62±0.25, 0.65±0.26 and 0.59±0.25 in the IVB group, respectively. CMT (µm) at pre-injection, 1, 4, 8, 12 and 24wk after injection was 544±125, 383±96, 335±87, 323±87, 333±92, 335±61 in the IVTA group and 514±100, 431±86, 428±107, 442±106, 478±112, 430±88 in the IVB group respectively. Reduction ratios of mean CMT were 29% at 1wk, 38% at 4wk, 40% at 8wk, 38% at 12wk, and 38% at 24wk in the IVTA group. Second IVTA injections were performed to the 6 eyes (30%) at 12wk. Reduction ratios of mean CMT were 16% at 1wk, 17% at 4wk, 14% at 8wk, 7% at 12wk, and 16% at 24wk in the IVB group. Second IVB injections were performed to the 15 eyes (75%) at 12wk. CONCLUSION This study showed earlier and more frequent macular edema recurrences in the eyes treated with bevacizumab compared with the ones treated with triamcinolone acetonide. Triamcinolone acetonide was found to provide more efficient and long-standing effect in terms of reducing CMT compared with the bevacizumab. PMID:26086006

  8. Biosensors for brain trauma and dual laser doppler flowmetry: enoxaparin simultaneously reduces stroke-induced dopamine and blood flow while enhancing serotonin and blood flow in motor neurons of brain, in vivo.

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    Broderick, Patricia A; Kolodny, Edwin H

    2011-01-01

    Neuromolecular Imaging (NMI) based on adsorptive electrochemistry, combined with Dual Laser Doppler Flowmetry (LDF) is presented herein to investigate the brain neurochemistry affected by enoxaparin (Lovenox(®)), an antiplatelet/antithrombotic medication for stroke victims. NMI with miniature biosensors enables neurotransmitter and neuropeptide (NT) imaging; each NT is imaged with a response time in milliseconds. A semiderivative electronic reduction circuit images several NT's selectively and separately within a response time of minutes. Spatial resolution of NMI biosensors is in the range of nanomicrons and electrochemically-induced current ranges are in pico- and nano-amperes. Simultaneously with NMI, the LDF technology presented herein operates on line by illuminating the living brain, in this example, in dorso-striatal neuroanatomic substrates via a laser sensor with low power laser light containing optical fiber light guides. NMI biotechnology with BRODERICK PROBE(®) biosensors has a distinct advantage over conventional electrochemical methodologies both in novelty of biosensor formulations and on-line imaging capabilities in the biosensor field. NMI with unique biocompatible biosensors precisely images NT in the body, blood and brain of animals and humans using characteristic experimentally derived half-wave potentials driven by oxidative electron transfer. Enoxaparin is a first line clinical treatment prescribed to halt the progression of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). In the present studies, BRODERICK PROBE(®) laurate biosensors and LDF laser sensors are placed in dorsal striatum (DStr) dopaminergic motor neurons in basal ganglia of brain in living animals; basal ganglia influence movement disorders such as those correlated with AIS. The purpose of these studies is to understand what is happening in brain neurochemistry and cerebral blood perfusion after causal AIS by middle cerebral artery occlusion in vivo as well as to understand consequent enoxaparin and reperfusion effects actually while enoxaparin is inhibiting blood clots to alleviate AIS symptomatology. This research is directly correlated with the medical and clinical needs of stroke victims. The data are clinically relevant, not only to movement dysfunction but also to the depressive mood that stroke patients often endure. These are the first studies to image brain neurotransmitters while any stroke medications, such as anti-platelet/anti-thrombotic and/or anti-glycoprotein are working in organ systems to alleviate the debilitating consequences of brain trauma and stroke/brain attacks. PMID:22346571

  9. Subacute Intranasal Administration of Tissue Plasminogen Activator Promotes Neuroplasticity and Improves Functional Recovery following Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats

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    Meng, Yuling; Chopp, Michael; Zhang, Yanlu; Liu, Zhongwu; An, Aaron; Mahmood, Asim; Xiong, Ye

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and long-term disability worldwide. To date, there are no effective pharmacological treatments for TBI. Recombinant human tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the effective drug for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. In addition to its thrombolytic effect, tPA is also involved in neuroplasticity in the central nervous system. However, tPA has potential adverse side effects when administered intravenously including brain edema and hemorrhage. Here we report that tPA, administered by intranasal delivery during the subacute phase after TBI, provides therapeutic benefit. Animals with TBI were treated intranasally with saline or tPA initiated 7 days after TBI. Compared with saline treatment, subacute intranasal tPA treatment significantly 1) improved cognitive (Morris water maze test) and sensorimotor (footfault and modified neurological severity score) functional recovery in rats after TBI, 2) reduced the cortical stimulation threshold evoking ipsilateral forelimb movement, 3) enhanced neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus and axonal sprouting of the corticospinal tract originating from the contralesional cortex into the denervated side of the cervical gray matter, and 4) increased the level of mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Our data suggest that subacute intranasal tPA treatment improves functional recovery and promotes brain neurogenesis and spinal cord axonal sprouting after TBI, which may be mediated, at least in part, by tPA/plasmin-dependent maturation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. PMID:25184365

  10. Insulin Receptor Antibody–Sulfamidase Fusion Protein Penetrates the Primate Blood–Brain Barrier and Reduces Glycosoaminoglycans in Sanfilippo Type A Cells

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    2015-01-01

    Mutations in the lysosomal enzyme, N-sulfoglucosamine sulfohydrolase (SGSH), also called sulfamidase, cause accumulation of lysosomal inclusion bodies in the brain of children born with mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA, also called Sanfilippo type A syndrome. Enzyme replacement therapy with recombinant SGSH does not treat the brain because the enzyme is a large molecule drug that does not cross the blood–brain barrier (BBB). A BBB-penetrating form of SGSH was produced by re-engineering the enzyme as an IgG fusion protein, where the IgG domain is a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against the human insulin receptor (HIR). The HIRMAb domain of the HIRMAb–SGSH fusion protein acts as a molecular Trojan horse to ferry the fused enzyme across the BBB. The HIRMAb–SGSH was produced in stably transfected host cells and purified to homogeneity by protein A chromatography. The fusion protein reacted with antibodies against either human IgG or SGSH on Western blotting. High affinity binding to the HIR was retained following SGSH fusion to the HIRMAb, with an EC50 of 0.33 ± 0.05 nM in an HIR binding ELISA. The SGSH enzyme activity of the HIRMAb–SGSH fusion protein was 4712 ± 388 units/mg protein based on a two-step fluorometric enzyme assay. The HIRMAb–SGSH was taken up by lysosomes in MPSIIIA fibroblasts, and treatment of these cells with the fusion protein caused an 83% reduction in sulfate incorporation into lysosomal glycosoaminoglycans. The HIRMAb–SGSH fusion protein was radiolabeled with the [125I]-Bolton–Hunter reagent and injected intravenously in the Rhesus monkey. The brain uptake of the fusion protein was high, ?1% injected dose/brain. Calculations, based on this level of brain uptake, suggest normalization of brain SGSH enzyme activity is possible following administration of therapeutic doses of the fusion protein. These studies describe a novel IgG–SGSH fusion protein that is a new noninvasive treatment of the brain in MPS type IIIA. PMID:24949884

  11. Enhanced expression of aquaporin 4 in human brain with infarction

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    Kazuko Aoki; Toshiki Uchihara; Kuniaki Tsuchiya; Ayako Nakamura; Kenji Ikeda; Yoshihiro Wakayama

    2003-01-01

    A series of human brains with cerebral infarction obtained at autopsy were investigated to clarify the possible contribution of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) to the development of brain edema. Cellular localization of AQP4 and its relation to ischemic foci were examined with double-labeling immunohistochemistry. AQP4 immunoreactivity (IR) was more intense at the periphery of ischemic foci than at their center. Double-labeling

  12. Induction of mast cell accumulation, histamine release and skin edema by N49 phospholipase A2

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    Wei, Ji-Fu; Wei, Xiao-Long; Mo, Ya-Zhen; He, Shao-Heng

    2009-01-01

    Background It has been recognized that phospholipase A2 (PLA2) is a crucial component of snake venom, which contributes greatly to snake venom induced inflammation in man. However, the mechanisms through which N49 PLA2 provoke inflammation remain unclear. Recently, a N49 PLA2, TM-N49 from Protobothrops mucrosquamatus crude venom was characterized in our laboratory. Since the purification procedure developed is able to supply us with relatively large quantity of highly purified TM-N49, we investigated the ability of TM-N49 in induction of inflammation. Results The results showed that TM-N49 provoked a dose dependent increase in microvascular leakage in the skin of rats. The potency of TM-N49 in induction of skin edema appeared similar potency of bradykinin and histamine. Pretreatment of rats with compound 48/80 diminished TM-N49 induced skin reaction and reduced mast cell numbers in rats. Ginkgolide B and cyproheptadine, but not terfenadine and quinacrine, inhibited TM-N49 elicited microvascular leakage when they were co-injected with the stimulus to rat skin. Moreover, TM-N49 was found to induce histamine release from human colon, lung and tonsil mast cells, and both metabolic inhibitors and pertussis toxin were capable of inhibiting TM-N49 elicited histamine release. TM-N49 induced mast cell accumulation in the peritoneum of mice, which was inhibited by co-injection of ginkgolide B, cyproheptadine and terfenadine. Intravenous injection of monoclonal antibodies against CD18, ICAM-1 and CD11a also blocked TM-N49 induced mast cell accumulation. Conclusion TM-N49 is a potent stimulus for skin edema, mast cell activation and accumulation. PMID:19400930

  13. A neonate with hand, foot, and mouth disease complicated with brainstem encephalitis and pulmonary edema:A complete recovery.

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    Guo, Shi-Jie; Wang, Dong-Xuan; Dai, Chun-Lai; Wu, Hui

    2014-07-01

    Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) with serious complications and fatal cases have been reported over the last decade worldwide. The authors report a rare case of HFMD in a neonate complicated with brainstem encephalitis and pulmonary edema. She had fever, lethargy, dyspnea. Physical examination revealed shock signs, fine rales on both lungs, absent Moro reflex. The patient had a rapidly progressive course with seizures, coma, no spontaneous breathing, chemosis. There were some vesicles on left sole and red maculopapular rashes on perianal skin. She had a history of exposure to HFMD. Fecal sample was positive for EV71 RNA by real-time PCR. Chest X-rays showed bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. MRI of the brain showed significant hypointensity in the brainstem on T1WI and hyperintensity on T2WI. She recovered well. This case highlights severe HFMD in neonates is rare. Medical history and physical examination are important in making diagnosis. PMID:25097545

  14. Effective components of Chinese herbs reduce central nervous system function decline induced by iron overload

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    Dong, Xian-hui; Bai, Jiang-tao; Kong, Wei-na; He, Xiao-ping; Yan, Peng; Shao, Tie-mei; Yu, Wen-guo; Chai, Xi-qing; Wu, Yan-hua; Liu, Cong

    2015-01-01

    Abnormally increased levels of iron in the brain trigger cascade amplification in Alzheimer’s disease patients, resulting in neuronal death. This study investigated whether components extracted from the Chinese herbs epimedium herb, milkvetch root and kudzuvine root could relieve the abnormal expression of iron metabolism-related protein in Alzheimer’s disease patients. An APPswe/PS1?E9 double transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease was used. The intragastric administration of compounds from epimedium herb, milkvetch root and kudzuvine root improved pathological alterations such as neuronal edema, increased the number of neurons, downregulated divalent metal transporter 1 expression, upregulated ferroportin 1 expression, and inhibited iron overload in the cerebral cortex of mice with Alzheimer’s disease. These compounds reduced iron overload-induced impairment of the central nervous system, indicating a new strategy for developing novel drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

  15. Synthesis and initial evaluation of YM-08, a blood-brain barrier permeable derivative of the heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) inhibitor MKT-077, which reduces tau levels.

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    Miyata, Yoshinari; Li, Xiaokai; Lee, Hsiu-Fang; Jinwal, Umesh K; Srinivasan, Sharan R; Seguin, Sandlin P; Young, Zapporah T; Brodsky, Jeffrey L; Dickey, Chad A; Sun, Duxin; Gestwicki, Jason E

    2013-06-19

    The molecular chaperone, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), is an emerging drug target for treating neurodegenerative tauopathies. We recently found that one promising Hsp70 inhibitor, MKT-077, reduces tau levels in cellular models. However, MKT-077 does not penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB), limiting its use as either a clinical candidate or probe for exploring Hsp70 as a drug target in the central nervous system (CNS). We hypothesized that replacing the cationic pyridinium moiety in MKT-077 with a neutral pyridine might improve its clogP and enhance its BBB penetrance. To test this idea, we designed and synthesized YM-08, a neutral analogue of MKT-077. Like the parent compound, YM-08 bound to Hsp70 in vitro and reduced phosphorylated tau levels in cultured brain slices. Pharmacokinetic evaluation in CD1 mice showed that YM-08 crossed the BBB and maintained a brain/plasma (B/P) value of ?0.25 for at least 18 h. Together, these studies suggest that YM-08 is a promising scaffold for the development of Hsp70 inhibitors suitable for use in the CNS. PMID:23472668

  16. Synthesis and Initial Evaluation of YM-08, a Blood-Brain Barrier Permeable Derivative of the Heat Shock Protein 70 (Hsp70) Inhibitor MKT-077, Which Reduces Tau Levels

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    2013-01-01

    The molecular chaperone, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), is an emerging drug target for treating neurodegenerative tauopathies. We recently found that one promising Hsp70 inhibitor, MKT-077, reduces tau levels in cellular models. However, MKT-077 does not penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB), limiting its use as either a clinical candidate or probe for exploring Hsp70 as a drug target in the central nervous system (CNS). We hypothesized that replacing the cationic pyridinium moiety in MKT-077 with a neutral pyridine might improve its clogP and enhance its BBB penetrance. To test this idea, we designed and synthesized YM-08, a neutral analogue of MKT-077. Like the parent compound, YM-08 bound to Hsp70 in vitro and reduced phosphorylated tau levels in cultured brain slices. Pharmacokinetic evaluation in CD1 mice showed that YM-08 crossed the BBB and maintained a brain/plasma (B/P) value of ?0.25 for at least 18 h. Together, these studies suggest that YM-08 is a promising scaffold for the development of Hsp70 inhibitors suitable for use in the CNS. PMID:23472668

  17. Transplantation of autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells for traumatic brain injury?

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    Jiang, Jindou; Bu, Xingyao; Liu, Meng; Cheng, Peixun

    2012-01-01

    Results from the present study demonstrated that transplantation of autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells into the lesion site in rat brain significantly ameliorated brain tissue pathological changes and brain edema, attenuated glial cell proliferation, and increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression. In addition, the number of cells double-labeled for 5-bromodeoxyuridine/glial fibrillary acidic protein and cells expressing nestin increased. Finally, blood vessels were newly generated, and the rats exhibited improved motor and cognitive functions. These results suggested that transplantation of autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells promoted brain remodeling and improved neurological functions following traumatic brain injury. PMID:25806058

  18. OPG/RANKL/RANK axis is a critical inflammatory signaling system in ischemic brain in mice

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    Shimamura, Munehisa; Nakagami, Hironori; Osako, Mariana K.; Kurinami, Hitomi; Koriyama, Hiroshi; Zhengda, Pang; Tomioka, Hideki; Tenma, Akiko; Wakayama, Kouji; Morishita, Ryuichi

    2014-01-01

    Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a soluble secreted protein and a decoy receptor, which inhibits a receptor activator of nuclear factor ?B (NF-?B) ligand (RANKL)/the receptor activator of NF-?B (RANK) signaling. Recent clinical studies have shown that a high-serum-OPG level is associated with unfavorable outcome in ischemic stroke, but it is unclear whether OPG is a culprit or an innocent bystander. Here we demonstrate that enhanced RANKL/RANK signaling in OPG?/? mice or recombinant RANKL-treated mice contributed to the reduction of infarct volume and brain edema via reduced postischemic inflammation. On the contrary, infarct volume was increased by reduced RANKL/RANK signaling in OPG?/? mice and WT mice treated with anti-RANKL neutralizing antibody. OPG, RANKL, and RANK mRNA were increased in the acute stage and were expressed in activated microglia and macrophages. Although enhanced RANKL/RANK signaling had no effects in glutamate, CoCl2, or H2O2-stimulated neuronal culture, enhanced RANKL/RANK signaling showed neuroprotective effects with reduced expression in inflammatory cytokines in LPS-stimulated neuron-glia mixed culture, suggesting that RANKL/RANK signaling can attenuate inflammation through a Toll-like receptor signaling pathway in microglia. Our findings propose that increased OPG could be a causal factor of reducing RANKL/RANK signaling and increasing postischemic inflammation. Thus, the OPG/RANKL/RANK axis plays critical roles in controlling inflammation in ischemic brains. PMID:24847069

  19. Delays in Growth and Biochemical Development of Rat Brain Caused by Maternal Methadone Administration: Are the Alterations in Synaptogenesis and Cellular Maturation Independent of Reduced Maternal Food Intake?

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    Frederic J. Seidler; William L. Whitmore; Theodore A. Slotkin

    1982-01-01

    Food consumption of control pregnant and nursing rats was matched to that of methadone-treated dams and the patterns of growth and of biochemical development of the brain in the offspring were compared, using tyrosine hydroxylase activity as a marker for synaptogenesis of catecholamine neurons and the developmental pattern of ornithine decarboxylase activity as an index of delay of cellular maturation.

  20. Partial loss of the DNA repair scaffolding protein, Xrcc1, results in increased brain damage and reduced recovery from ischemic stroke in mice.

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    Ghosh, Somnath; Canugovi, Chandrika; Yoon, Jeong Seon; Wilson, David M; Croteau, Deborah L; Mattson, Mark P; Bohr, Vilhelm A

    2015-07-01

    Oxidative DNA damage is mainly repaired by base excision repair (BER). Previously, our laboratory showed that mice lacking the BER glycosylases 8-oxoguanine glycosylase 1 (Ogg1) or nei endonuclease VIII-like 1 (Neil1) recover more poorly from focal ischemic stroke than wild-type mice. Here, a mouse model was used to investigate whether loss of 1 of the 2 alleles of X-ray repair cross-complementing protein 1 (Xrcc1), which encodes a nonenzymatic scaffold protein required for BER, alters recovery from stroke. Ischemia and reperfusion caused higher brain damage and lower functional recovery in Xrcc1(+/-) mice than in wild-type mice. Additionally, a greater percentage of Xrcc1(+/-) mice died as a result of the stroke. Brain samples from human individuals who died of stroke and individuals who died of non-neurological causes were assayed for various steps of BER. Significant losses of thymine glycol incision, abasic endonuclease incision, and single nucleotide incorporation activities were identified, as well as lower expression of XRCC1 and NEIL1 proteins in stroke brains compared with controls. Together, these results suggest that impaired BER is a risk factor in ischemic brain injury and contributes to its recovery. PMID:25971543

  1. Exploring the relationship between serotonin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor: analysis of BDNF protein and extraneuronal 5HT in mice with reduced serotonin transporter or BDNF expression

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    Matthew E. Szapacs; Tiffany A. Mathews; Lino Tessarollo; W. Ernest Lyons; Laura A. Mamounas; Anne M. Andrews

    2004-01-01

    Serotonin (5-HT) has been proposed to promote neuronal plasticity during the treatment of