Effects of vagus nerve stimulation are mediated in part by TrkB in a Parkinson's disease model.
In this study, we administered a noradrenergic neurotoxin, DSP-4, intraperitoneally and one week later administered a bilateral intrastriatal dopaminergic neurotoxin, 6-OHDA. At this time, the left vagus nerve was cuffed for stimulation. Eleven days later, rats received VNS twice per day for ten days, with daily locomotor assessment. Daily ANA-12 injections were given one hour prior to the afternoon stimulation and concurrent locomotor session. Following the final VNS session, rats were euthanized, and left striatum, bilateral substantia nigra and locus coeruleus were sectioned for immunohistochemical detection of neurons, α-synuclein, astrocytes, and microglia. While ANA-12 did not avert behavioral improvements of VNS, and only partially prevented VNS-induced attenuation of neuronal loss in the locus coeruleus, it did stop neuronal and anti-inflammatory effects of VNS in the nigrostriatal system, indicating a role for TrkB in mediating VNS efficacy. However, our data also suggest that BDNF-TrkB is not the sole mechanism of action for VNS in PD. PMID: 31301412 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conditions: Parkinson Disease; Dyskinesia, Drug-Induced Intervention: Drug: Intravenous Infusion Sponsor: Oregon Health and Science University Recruiting
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In conclusion, lower CC was associated with more severe gait and postural control impairment than patients with upper CC and without CC. Categorizing CC based on the bending fulcrum is compulsory to identify patients with the worst performance and to implement specific rehabilitation programs. PMID: 31428306 [PubMed]
Authors: Lee W, Williams DR, Evans A Abstract Background: While numerous validated questionnaires measuring psychiatric symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) are available, a quick multifaceted screening tool is lacking. Objective: To generate the Brief Psychiatric Questionnaire (BPQ) that quickly screens for depression, anxiety, and apathy and to evaluate its content validity against three reference scales. Methods: Forty-seven questions were drafted and measured against the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (Form Y2) (STAI-Y2), and Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES). Data were redu...
The objective of this paper was to systematically review the evidence associating anxiety with the presence, severity, and progression of FOG in PD patients. The PubMed, EMBASE, and PsycINFO databases were searched up to September 19, 2018, for English-language, peer-reviewed articles that explored anxiety and FOG as outcome measures in a PD population base. Review articles, case reports, and articles that assessed gait disorders other than FOG were excluded, yielding a total of 26 articles in the final analysis. Of these 26 studies, 16 had a significant relationship between anxiety outcome measure and either presence or s...
Conclusion: This study has found that pragmatic computer-based training with real-life outcomes is both feasible and acceptable and should be evaluated more extensively using controlled methods. PMID: 31428303 [PubMed]
Conclusions: Parkinson's disease patients with FoG demonstrated an improvement in distance walked during the two-minute walk test when a cueing device was switched from off to phasic and to tonic modes of operation. However, this benefit was lost when patients negotiated an obstacle course. PMID: 31428302 [PubMed]
Authors: Vinaiphat A, Sze SK Abstract Introduction: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by neural cells play a crucial role in intracellular communication in both physiological and pathological states. Recent studies have shown that the neuropathogenic manifestation of many progressive nervous system diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's diseases (AD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These diseases are frequently found to be associated with the accumulation of misfolded proteins, exploit EVs for the spread of aggregates to naive cells in a prion-like mechanism. Therefore, characterizat...
Conclusion. Frontal and striatal GM atrophy may contribute to the emergence of VH in DLB, which may be fostered by the more severe attention deficits. Striatal GM loss and executive dysfunction, instead, appeared to underlie VH in PD without dementia. PMID: 31422718 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C9TA06520B, PaperHao Shen, Eongyu Yi, Marco Amores, Lei Cheng, Nobumichi Tamura, Dilworth Parkinson, Guoying Chen, Kai Chen, Marca Doeff All solid-state lithium batteries are, potentially, higher energy density and safer alternatives to conventional lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). These are particularly attractive characteristics for large-scale applications such as electric vehicles and... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry