Qin Wang, Richard Grater*, Luisette Delva, Elvana Veizaj, Cheryl Black, Chris Rowbottom, Roger Rusesabagina, Ellen Rohde, Patricia Schroeder, Tonika Bohnert, Guangqing Xiao

Preclinical Pharmacokinetics and In Vitro ADME, Biogen Inc. 225 Binney St Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

Objective: The convective flow of CSF plays a crucial role for CNS to clear endogenous and xenobiotic substances. The objective of this study is to investigate the impact of modifying CSF flow with acetazolamide and arginine vasopressin (AVP) on the CNS clearance of ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Results: Microdialysis studies indicated that acetaminophen AUC ratio (Kp,uu) between brain ISF and unbound plasma increased from 0.40 ± 0.14 in the vehicle control group to 0.60 ± 0.27 in the acetazolamide treated group (P < 0.05). Conversely, acetaminophen’s steady-state ISFC to unbound_plasmaC ratio (Kp,uu) decreased from 0.44 ± 0.08 to 0.36 ± 0.07 upon IV infusion of 0.3 µg/hr AVP (P < 0.05). Using CSF concentration as a surrogate of unbound brain drug concentration, AVP treatment reduced the CSFAUC0-5hr/unbound_plasmaAUC0-5hr ratio from 1.63 to 0.85 for acetaminophen, and the CSFC4hr / unbound_plasmaC4hr ratio decreased from 0.91 ± 0.27 to 0.54 ± 0.12 for ibuprofen (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: We have demonstrated that acetazolamide decreases the CNS clearance of acetaminophen, while AVP increases the CNS clearance of both acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Such changes are caused by altering the CSF production rates.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1217 View / Download Pdf

Laxminarayan Bhat*, Marc Cantillon, and Robert Ings

Reviva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Schizophrenia is a condition comprising of both treatment and comorbidity factors that both complicate its management and present multiple unmet needs. Brilaroxazine (RP5063), a dopamine (D)/serotonin (5-HT) modulator, possesses a broad in vitro pharmacology profile against D2/3/4 and 5-HT1A/2A/2B/6/7 receptors, nicotinic acetylcholine (α4β2) receptors, and the serotonin transporter. In Phase 1 and 2 clinical experience in healthy volunteers, patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, brilaroxazine was well tolerated, with the repeated 100 mg oral dose as the maximum tolerated dose. Investigators observed no cardiometabolic, cardiovascular, prolactin, or neurologic complications. Adherence in Phase 2 was good with discontinuation rates generally less than placebo. In a Phase 2 evaluation of patients with acute exacerbations in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders, brilaroxazine met its primary endpoint of significance versus placebo for Total Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS) Score at Day 28 as compared to baseline. In Phase 1 multi-dose pharmacodynamic evaluation, brilaroxazine displayed clinical activity in patients with stable disease and a PANSS greater than 50, as early as Day 10 of treatment. Pharmacokinetic analyses demonstrated brilaroxazine to have a substantial and relatively rapid oral absorption, linear (dose proportional) increases in maximum concentration (Cmax) and area under the curve (AUC), lack of excessive accumulation, and a relatively long terminal half-life of about 60 hours. Early clinical findings with brilaroxazine in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders indicate that this compound appears to be effective, well tolerated, and possess a straightforward once-daily dosing pharmacokinetic profile.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1225 View / Download Pdf

Kristin A Richardson1, Robert J Wessells1*

1Department of Physiology, Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1224 View / Download Pdf

Effie-Photini C. Tsilibary1,2, Eric P. Souto1, Lisa M. James1,2, Brian E. Engdahl1,2, Apostolos P. Georgopoulos1,2*

1Brain Sciences Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

2Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a chronic debilitating disease of unknown etiology that affects the brain and has afflicted many veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War (GW). We showed recently1 that blood serum from patients suffering from GWI exerts detrimental effects on neural cultures, including reduced growth, increased apoptosis, and disruption of neural network function. Remarkably, these adverse effects were prevented by the concomitant addition to the culture of serum from healthy Gulf War (GW) era veterans. We interpreted those findings1 in the context of our hypothesis that GWI is, at least partly, due to circulating pathogenic persistent antigens2, probably coming from vaccines administered to GW veterans who lacked crucial Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) class 2 alleles3 and, therefore, could not make antibodies against those antigens; by contrast, healthy GW veterans who received the same vaccines and possessed HLA protection3 made antibodies that neutralized the various antigens. Thus, we hypothesized that the beneficial effect of the healthy serum on preventing the adverse GWI serum effects was due to the presence of antibodies against the persistent antigens. Here we tested this hypothesis by assessing the effect of pooled human immunoglobulin G (IgG) on ameliorating the GWI adverse effects on neural growth and apoptosis in neuroblastoma N2A cultures. We tested this effect in 14 GWI patients and found that IgG exerted a potent ameliorating effect by inhibiting the reduction in growth and increased apoptosis of GWI serum. These results lend support to our persistent antigen hypothesis1,2 and suggest an immunotherapy approach for treating GWI. This approach is further strengthened by our finding that the severity of GWI neurocognitive/mood (NCM) symptoms was positively correlated with the degree of apoptosis caused by GWI serum on the neural culture, thus validating the relevance of the apoptotic effect to NCM symptomatology. Finally, we used this relation to predict NCM scores based on the reduced apoptosis effected by IgG addition and found a predicted reduction in NCM symptom severity by ~60%. Altogether, these findings point to the possible beneficial use of IgG in treating GWI.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1219 View / Download Pdf

Nobuko Inoue1, 2, Hitoshi Sakano2*

1Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan

2Department of Brain Function, University of Fukui School of Medicine, 23-3 Shimo-aizuki, Matsuoka, Fukui 910-1193, Japan

Odorant molecules are detected by olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) in the olfactory epithelium. Odor information is then transmitted to the olfactory cortex through synapses with mitral/tufted (M/T) cells. We recently analyzed a pair of signaling molecules, Semaphorin (Sema) 7A expressed in OSN axons and its receptor Plexin (Plxn) C1 localized to M/T-cell dendrites. In the knockout mice for Sema7A or PlxnC1, initiation of synapse formation is perturbed. Rescue and reconstitution experiments demonstrated that interactions of Sema7A and PlxnC1 are essential to induce the post-synaptic assembly. Pharmacological blocking of NMDA receptors indicated that synaptic transmission induces primary-dendrite selection after the synapses are formed. We conclude that Sema7A/PlxnC1 signaling is key for initiating synapse formation followed by dendrite selection in M/T cells. Since other Sema molecules are known to regulate targeting of OSN axons without involving neuronal activities, Sema7A is a unique example of Sema family proteins that regulates synapse formation and dendrite selection in an activity-dependent manner. Possible roles of Sema7A/PlxnC1 signaling will be discussed in the context of olfactory circuit formation in neonates.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1223 View / Download Pdf

A. S. M. Ali Reza1, Mst. Samima Nasrin1, A. H. M. Khurshid Alam2*

1Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science and Engineering, International Islamic University, Chittagong, Bangladesh

2Department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder of the brain characterized by memory loss and, impaired judgment and language use. As AD incidence increases with age, AD has become a large socioeconomic burden that will only continue growing as populations age. Natural compounds that possess polyphenolic (phenolics and flavonoids) content and antioxidant property have the capacity to reduce the progression and symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, including AD. In this mini-review, we emphasize the pathomechanisms of AD, including oxidative stress and modulatory roles of natural antioxidants in preventing AD. We discuss the antioxidant, phytochemical, and anticholinesterase properties of the plant Elatostema papillosum, which are relevant to the management of AD.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1211 View / Download Pdf

Bernhard J. Mitterauer*

Volitronics-Institute for basic research and psychopathology, Salzburg, Austria

A model of imbalances in tripartite synapses responsible for the pathophysiology of mental disorders and epilepsy is reviewed. A tripartite synapse consists of the presynapse and the postsynapse as the neuronal component and the astrocyte as the glial component. Based on a formalism of system-balancing it is hypothesized that the expression of astroglial receptors determines imbalances of neurotransmission. In depression, tripartite synapses are imbalanced since neurotransmitters cannot activate the overexpressed astroglial receptors in the time leading to a prolonged neurotransmission. Inversely, in mania the imbalance of tripartite synapses is caused by a surplus of neurotransmitters overactivating underexpressed astroglial receptors causing a shortened neurotransmission. If astroglial receptors are non-functional, they cannot be activated by neurotransmitters leading to an unconstrained neurotransmission responsible for schizophrenia. In epilepsy, astroglial receptors are overexpressed, but glutamatergic synapses are hyperactivated and GABAergic synapses are hypoactivated causing an imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory tripartite synapses responsible for epileptogenesis. It is suggested that common imbalances of astroglia-synapse interactions may be responsible for mental disorders and epilepsy.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1216 View / Download Pdf

Deborah R. Gustafson1,2*

1Department of Neurology, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, New York, USA

2Department of Health and Education, University of Skövde, Sweden

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1220 View / Download Pdf

Michaela T. Haindl1, Muammer Ücal2, Franz Fazekas1, Sonja Hochmeister1*

1Department of Neurology, Medical University Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 22, 8036 Graz, Austria

2Research Unit of Experimental Neurotraumatology, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria

Success in developing new drugs for diseases often depends on laboratory research usually involving animal models. For the early disease phases of multiple sclerosis (MS) this prerequisite was given by experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model which reflects the pathophysiological mechanisms of the disease quite well. Only a few models resemble cellular features of the progressive disease form of MS (like cortical demyelination) and if they do observable lesions are rather sparse and short lived. The lack of suitable animal models delayed and complicated drug development. Recently a few promising animal models reassembling many characteristics of progressive MS have been described aiming at both a better understanding of cellular mechanisms of this disease phase as well as the development of new therapeutic options. The authors of new rat models postulate novel findings of cortical pathology summarized in this article. The models differ in their focus and not all distinct models are reflecting all features of progressive MS but together they allow research on different aspects of the disease and offer the opportunity to expand our knowledge and clear the way for drug development.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1218 View / Download Pdf

Karla Cervantes Gracia1, Holger Husi2,3*

1University of Monterrey, Health Sciences Division, Monterrey, 66238, Mexico

2Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8TA, UK

3Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science, University of the Highlands and Islands, Centre for Health Science, Inverness, IV2 3JH, UK

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1210 View / Download Pdf

William K. Summers1*, Roy L. Martin1, Yimeng Liu2, Bernice Peña1, Gary M. Marsh2

1Alzheimer’s Corporation,6000 Uptown Blvd, Suite 308, Albuquerque, NM 87110, USA

2Department of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, A410 Crabtree Hall, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/5.1215 View / Download Pdf

Curtis Osborne*, John Paul Taylor, Alan J. Thomas

Institute of Neuroscience, Biomedical Research Building, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1213 View / Download Pdf

Melita Salkovic-Petrisic*

Department of Pharmacology and Croatian Institute for Brain Research, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia

Incretin-based drugs originally developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus are currently under investigation for their therapeutic potential in sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Two major incretin hormones are glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP), which both additionally have neuroprotective, neurotrophic and neurogenesis-promoting effects upon the stimulation of GLP-1 and GIP receptors in the brain. This review points out another approach to the incretin-related sAD therapy based on the therapeutic potential of oral galactose in a streptozotocin-induced rat model of sporadic AD (STZ-icv model). Chronic oral galactose treatment prevents the development and ameliorates already developed cognitive deficits in the early stage of sAD-like pathology in STZ-icv rat model. The underlying mechanism(s) of these beneficial effects might be related to stimulation of endogenous GLP-1-mediated central effects and normalization of cerebral glucose hypometabolism as well as other oral galactose-induced effects along the oro-gastro-intestinal tract. The beneficial effects on cognitive impairment seem to depend on galactose exposure, presence and stage of sAD-like pathology. Further research is needed to clarify therapeutic potential and safety profile of oral galactose treatment as well as its possible advantages over or synergistic activity with the GLP-1 analogues and inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase-4.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1204 View / Download Pdf

Martin Berli*, Lazaros Vlachopoulos, Sabra Leupi, Thomas Boeni, Charlotte Vlachopoulos-Baltin

Department of Orthopedicsn University Hospital Balgrist Zurich, Switzerland

A brief review of the above-mentioned article: forty patients with 43 affected feet and 60 cases of osteomyelitis were included in this study. They were split into two groups, one with osteomyelitis outside and another one with osteomyelitis within the active Charcot region. The results showed that the amputation rate did not differ between the two groups, although in group 1 – osteomyelitis outside the active Charcot region.

amputations were exclusively performed at the forefoot and in group 2 – with osteomyelitis within the active Charcot region – exclusively in the mid- and hindfoot. Amputations in group 2 were, therefore, more high level. The duration of immobilization and antibiotic treatment was significantly longer in group 2. We conclude, that patients treated for osteomyelitis in an active Charcot foot should be considered and treated as separate entities, depending on whether the osteomyelitis is located within or outside the active Charcot region. If osteomyelitis occurs outside the active Charcot region, primary amputation may be preferred to internal resection.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1176 View / Download Pdf

Friederike Auer*

1Department of Animal Physiology, Centre for Organismal Studies, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Cerebellar ataxias are characterized by a disturbance of motor coordination and learning. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying especially hereditary cerebellar ataxias, many mouse models, often with altered Purkinje cell firing, have been studied in the past decades. Of particular interest were mouse lines with mutations in ion channels or their ligands. In this context, a recently described ANO2-/- mouse line has been reported to show a variety of ataxic symptoms, ranging from gait abnormalities and problems in motor coordination to severely impaired motor learning. These mice lack the calcium-gated chloride channel Anoctamin 2 (ANO2). First studies, focusing on the molecular mechanisms underlying the ataxic phenotype of ANO2-/- mice, indicate an involvement of ANO2 in two different processes in the neuronal network of the cerebellar cortex. Both mechanisms are thought to modulate the firing pattern of cerebellar Purkinje cells and could, therefore, explain the ataxic phenotype of ANO2-/- mice. This review summarizes the so far obtained data regarding the role of ANO2 in the coordination and learning of movements.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1206 View / Download Pdf

Pawan Agarwal1*, Dhananjaya Sharma2

Plastic Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, NSCB Government Medical College, Jabalpur, MP, India

Acontractile bladder is very common after spinal cord injury which may lead to morbidity and even renal failure. The standard treatment options to facilitate bladder emptying include clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) or indwelling catheter (IC), which is also not free of complications. The purpose of this article is to review the treatment options for acontractile bladder; especially feasibility and effectiveness of muscle wrap around urinary bladder to improve voluntary voiding. We performed Rectus Abdominis Detrusor Myoplasty (RADM) in 5 patients of acontractile bladder following spinal cord injury. Postoperatively, all 5 patients could void urine immediately after removal of per-urethral catheter after 3 weeks. After RADM, Post Void Residual Volume, Bladder Contractility Index, Detrusor Pressure and urine flow rate (V-max) improved significantly (p < 0.05) in all patients. Rectus Abdominis Detrusor Myoplasty is a promising surgical option in a patient having hypocontractile or acontractile urinary bladder. In this mini review RADM and other treatment options for acontractile bladder have been reviewed.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1182 View / Download Pdf

Felipe Ortega1,2,3*

1Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Faculty of Veterinary medicine, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

2Institute of Neurochemistry (IUIN), Madrid, Spain

3Health Research Institute of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos (IdISSC), Spain

Live imaging and single cell tracking enables researchers to monitor crucial aspects of the biology of neural populations. In this commentary, we highlight the requirements, applications, and limitations of a protocol recently published by our research group. This protocol involves adapting the culture of several types of neural cells to time-lapse video microscopy, and the post-processing of the data to track distinct cell populations.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1201 View / Download Pdf

Mario Gonzalez-Gronow1, 2*, Salvatore V. Pizzo2

1Department of Biological Sciences, Laboratory of Environmental Neurotoxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo, Chile

2Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Catalytic autoantibodies with proteinase enzymatic activity against myelin basic protein (MBP) are a distinctive feature of several autoimmune disorders. These autoantibodies, named abzymes (Abz), have both antibody and proteinase activity in a single molecule. Abz targeting MBP (MBP Abz) are commonly found in sera from multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, and only recently have been identified in sera from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. Their activities and specificity are similar in MS and SLE; however, although they recognize the same substrate, MBP, the catalytic activity of the Abz from autism spectrum disorder patients is controlled by different proteinase inhibitors. MBP Abz are generated as part of a process started by loss of compaction of myelin due to changes in charge after deamination of arginyl residues in MBP by the enzyme peptidylarginine deiminase. This exposes a normally hidden surface of MBP to T-cells initiating the autoimmune response. A large body of evidence suggests that MBP Abz play an important role in the pathogenesis not only of MS and SLE, but also of ASD. Many autoantibodies found in MS and SLE are also observed in healthy individuals at ranges usually considered pathological; however, clinical signs of the disease are not manifested, suggesting that expression of single autoantibodies may be inconsequential to develop the disease. However, it is the expression of hundreds of different autoantibodies, in addition to MBP Abz, that collectively lead to the clinical development of MS and SLE.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1199 View / Download Pdf

Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez1,2,3*, Eugenio Blázquez4, Antonio Lobo2,5, José Luis Santos2,6

1Department of Psychiatry, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Hospital 12 de Octubre (imas12), Madrid, Spain

2CIBERSAM (Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Mental Health), Spain

3CogPsy-Group, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain

4Department of Oftalmology, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain

5Department of Psychiatry, Universidad Zaragoza, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón

6Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Virgen de La Luz, Cuenca, Spain

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique recently used to investigate neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Over the last years it has been used in schizophrenia research due to the potential utility of its measurements as biomarkers of the disease. From the first publication by Ascaso et al. (Eur J Psychiat. 2010) until now, a number of papers have been published regarding this topic. Although the majority of them have found a reduction in the thickness or the volume of some retinal and optic nerve structures, there have also been some results with contradictory data. These could be due on the one hand to methodological factors such as the use of different OCT devices or the inclusion/exclusion criteria. On the other hand, there could be an important limitation due to the fact that the different stages of the disorder and their different neurobiological correlates and biomarkers were not taken into consideration. Future longitudinal studies, that begin the assessments in the first psychotic episode (or even before, in ultra-high risk population) are needed in order to clarify the potential role of some OCT measures as biomarkers in schizophrenia.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1205 View / Download Pdf

Jong Han Lee1,2, Sahar Eshghjoo3, Jon Davis4, Robert C. Alaniz3, Yuxiang Sun2,5*

1College of Pharmacy, Gachon University, Incheon, Gyeonggi, Korea

2Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

3Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Texas A&M University, Health Science Center, College Station, TX, USA

4Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University, Pullman WA, USA

5Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Obesity is defined as excessive fat accumulation caused by the imbalance of energy intake versus expenditure. Low-grade chronic inflammation is a hallmark of obesity, and it is closely linked to insulin resistance. Obesity-induced inflammation and its associated metabolic dysfunctions underlay pathological processes of many chronic diseases such as insulin resistance, diabetes, sarcopenia and cardiovascular disease. Ghrelin is the only known circulating orexigenic hormone; it stimulates growth hormone release, and increases adiposity and insulin resistance. Ghrelin’s functions are mediated through its receptor, growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R). The brain plays a critical role in energy homeostasis and energy metabolism. GHS-R is primarily expressed in the brain; the brain is a key ghrelin targeting site. The current review discusses the insights we have gained from global GHS-R knockout mice and neural conditional GHS-R knockout mice, specifically involving the roles of GHS-R in food intake, feeding adaptation, thermogenesis, meta-inflammation, and physical activity.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1180 View / Download Pdf

Koji Ohira*

Laboratory of Nutritional Brain Science, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Mukogawa Women’s University, Nishinomiya, Japan

It is widely accepted that new neurons are generated throughout life, which is called adult neurogenesis, in limited regions of the adult mammalian brain, such as the hippocampal dentate gyrus and subventricular zone. In these regions, neural stem cells (NSCs) and neural progenitor cells (NPCs) have been reported to proliferate and produce postmitotic neurons. Adult neurogenesis in these regions is influenced by various factors. For examples, antidepressant treatments, learning and memory, and environmental enrichment prompt to increase generation and survival of new neurons. Moreover, pathological processes, such as neuroinflammation, stroke or epilepsy, are able to induce proliferation and differentiation of NSCs and NPCs. In contrast, down-regulation of adult neurogenesis is associated with alcohol abuse, high stress level, some drugs, such as cytostatics, COX-2 inhibitors, and opioides. Recently, adult neurogenesis in the cerebral cortex is becoming clear gradually, and cortical NSCs and NPCs are identified in a few mammals. However, it remains largely unknown what factors can regulate adult neurogenesis in the cerebral cortex. This review focuses on the effects of regulating factors on cortical adult neurogenesis, such as brain damages, aging and certain drugs, and we discuss implications of cortical adult neurogenesis for brain diseases and damages.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1192 View / Download Pdf

Mostafa A. Rabie, Mai A. Abd El Fattah, Noha N. Nassar, Dalaal M. Abdallah, Hanan S. El-Abhar*

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

The current review sheds light on the importance of the cerebral renin angiotensin system (RAS) in Parkinson’s disease (PD), as a neurodegenerative disorder. Local RAS has been identified in the nigrostriatal pathway and plays a pivotal role in the progression of PD via binding to the upregulated angiotensin II type-1 receptor (AT-1R). Activation of AT-1R induces an oxidative stress neuroinflammatory status that results in further deterioration of dopaminergic neurons. Mas receptor (MasR) together with AT-2R, are considered major components of RAS protective arm, which mediates actions opposing AT-1R activation. Accordingly, angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2)/Angiotensin 1-7 (Ang 1-7)/MasR axis has been emerged as a novel therapeutic target to ameliorate the devastating effects of Ang II/AT-1R cue in a 6-hydroxydopamine (OHDA) lesioned PD model. Stimulation of MasR via its physiological ligand Ang 1-7 attenuated 6-OHDA induced neurotoxicity as evidenced by the improved motor performance and coordination along with the preservation of the dopaminergic neurons. Via enhanced MasR/PI3K/Akt/ CREB/BDNF/TrKB neurogenesis cascade, besides both antioxidants and anti-inflammation mechanisms, Ang 1-7 proved its therapeutic benefits in PD, partly through MasR, to open up a new avenue for treatment.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1208 View / Download Pdf

Cuneyt Tetikkurt*

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Turkey

Neurosarcoidosis is a multisystemic disease that involves the the brain, spinal cord, meninges, cranial, or the peripheral nerves. As sarcoidosis is a multiorgan granulomatosis, neurological features may represent the systemic effects of sarcoidosis in other organs or neurosarcoidosis. For the diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis, consistent histological changes in neurologic tissues should occur with systemic involvement in other organs, essentially in the lungs, lymph nodes, skin, or eyes. The prevalance of neurosarcoidosis is difficult to establish because most patients are either asymptomatic, have minor undiagnosed neurologic symptoms, incidence of neurosarcoidosis is variable, and different clinical criteria are used for the identification of neurologic involvement. Neurosarcoidosis occurs in approximately 5 percent of the sarcoidosis patients while postmortem studies reveal that 10 percent of the sarcoidosis cases have neurologic disease. Furthermore, less than 1 percent of sarcoidosis patients may present with isolated neurosarcoidosis. Because of diverse clinical appearence, lack of specific laboratory or radiogic findings, and difficulty to obtain neural tissue biopsy the diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis poses a challenge for the clinician. The prognosis of neurologic involvement is another difficult aspect to predict. Identification of neurosarcoidosis constitutes one of the most crucial aspects of sarcoidosis as the delayed diagnosis may lead to an unfavorable prognostic outcome for the patient.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1190 View / Download Pdf

Claire-Marie Rangon*

Head of Scientific Auriculotherapy Diploma, Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris-Saclay, 94276 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

The ears are a potential gateway to the brain, mainly through their innervation. Transcutaneous stimulation of the vagus (tVNS) and trigeminal (TNS) nerves at the auricles is gaining ground in the field of non-invasive brain therapeutics.

The concept of Auricular Neuromodulation (AN), described in the article « Auricular Neuromodulation: The emerging concept beyond the stimulation of vagus and trigeminal nerves”1 is particularly interesting for neurologists, and might even help researchers to unravel fundamental mechanisms of brain functioning.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1200 View / Download Pdf

Conrad E. Johanson1*, Nancy L. Johanson2

1Department of Neurosurgery, Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, RI, 02903 USA

2408 Autumn Trail, Georgetown, TX 78626, USA

The choroid plexus (CP) of the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB) impacts CSF homeostasis, brain diseases, and neuromedical translation. CP executes neuroendocrine, excretory, and neuroimmune actions. BCSFB diversely manages brain-spinal cord fluid environments, giving rise to a wide pathophysiology spectrum. Newly-discovered choroidal phenomena include integration of circadian clock signals, immune interaction with gut microbiotica, and expression of receptors to taste CSF composition. BCSFB tight junctions and transcellular mechanisms differ from blood-brain barrier (BBB) counterparts, variably regulating pathogen and leukocyte access to the CSF-brain nexus. This review highlights microbial agents, substrates and autoantigens using CP epithelial membranes to penetrate CSF and periventricular regions. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is analyzed as a barrier-damaging agent and neuroinflammation promoter. Transducing LPS- and toll-like receptor activity produce CP-CSF cytokines in sickness behavior and virulent sepsis-associated encephalopathy. Agents/systems that counter oxidative activity such as matrix metalloproteinase 8 inhibitors and Nrf2 activators (bile acids and isothiocyanates) show promise as neural and CP protectants. One review theme emphasizes CP’s preponderant role in initiating central diseases, and their remediation. In view of BCSFB permeability alterations and epithelial transformation, we discuss systemic lupus erythematosus, N-methyl D-aspartate-associated autoencephalitis, helicobacter disruption of BCSFB, toll-like receptor 2 stimulation in CP (neuroinflammation), the CP gateway for trypanosomes, and APOE-linked cholesterol transport into CSF. Another section treats concurrent involvement of BCSFB-BBB alterations in helminthic meningitis, forebrain ischemia, acute hyperthermia, leptin resistance/obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Alzheimer-type neurodegeneration. Barrier impairment is analyzed by injury type, time course, therapeutic strategies, and translational neuromedicine principles. The restorative power of BCSFB-transported growth factors, hormones and medicinal agents is emphasized for strengthening CP-CSF homeostatic mechanisms in seizures, stroke and Parkinsonism. A worthy therapeutic aim is to attenuate CNS disorders triggered by BCSFB malfunction, using CSF-delivered therapeutic agents for promoting neural viability.

DOI: 10.29245/2572.942X/2018/4.1194 View / Download Pdf