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The Parkinson's-Reversing Breakthrough

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Substantia Nigra and Parkinsons Disease

Idiopathic Parkinson's disease is associated with degeneration of the substantia nigra pars compacta, with selective loss of dopaminergic neurons. It is estimated that at least 60 of the dopaminergic neurons are lost before patients become symptomatic, preceded by 10 to 20 years of early disease progression. Calbindin D 28k immunohistochemical staining of the brainstem can differentiate the subanat-omy of the substantia nigra (Damier et al., 1999), including five different regions termed nigrosomes. Parkinson's disease is characterized by severe focal loss of neurons in the nigrosomes, and progression of the clinical findings corresponds to focal cell loss in these specific regions. Availability of a noninvasive imaging method to evaluate specific small subdivisions of the substantia nigra with great accuracy would be an essential biomarker in the assessment of Parkinson's disease. Preliminary 8-T phase images suggest that there is a close relationship between the low signal phase...

Antiparkinsonism Drugs

On-off phenomenon Parkinson's disease parkinsonism Define the terms Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism. Parkinson's disease, also called paralysis agitans, is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). The disease is thought to be caused by a deficiency of dopamine and an excess of acetylcholine within the CNS. Parkinson's disease affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movement, causing such symptoms as trembling, rigidity, difficulty walking, and problems in balance. It is characterized by fine tremors and rigidity of some muscle groups and weakness of others. Parkinson's disease is progressive, that is the symptoms become worse over time. As the disease progresses, speech becomes slurred, the face has a masklike and emotionless expression, and the patient may have difficulty chewing and swallowing. The patient may have a shuffling and unsteady gait, and the upper part of the body is bent forward. Fine tremors begin in the fingers with a pill-rolling...

Rat and Monkey Models of Parkinsons Disease

A third issue we wished to investigate was the effect of receptor supersensitivity. It is well known that after unilateral lesioning with 6-OHDA, there is postsynaptic upregulation of dopamine receptors. This is referred to as supersensitivity, because it leads to unusual behavioral sensitivity to the effects of dopamine (this phenomenon has also been shown for other neurotransmitter systems). We showed that injection of amphetamine in unilaterally lesioned animals led to the expected loss of phMRI response on the lesioned side. Injection of apomorphine, a nonselective dopamine agonist, led to increased rCBV on the lesioned side only, and very little on the intact side 12 . This finding correlated well with PET measurements, in the same animals, of upregulation in D2 receptors postsynaptically (Figure 10.12). These studies, therefore, lend great credence to the belief that phMRI may be of considerable use for investigating dopamine receptor dynamics in PD models, and in PD itself....

Parkinsons Disease

In this progressive neurodegenerative disease there is increased deposition of iron within neuromelanin, specifically in the substantia nigra region. Gross cellular dysfunction occurs, with iron-induced oxidative stress accompanied by the destruction of the neuromelanin-containing neurons in the substantia nigra, locus coeruleus as well as C1 and C3 medullary group. Significant decreases in glutathione content occur in specific brain regions of Parkinson's patients, not necessarily accompanied by increased levels of oxidized GSSH. Furthermore, since mitochondrial glutathione is one of the major defence mechanisms for removing hydrogen peroxide its depletion will potentiate oxidant-induced loss of mitochondrial function as well as promoting extramitochondrial activation of NFKB. The increase in haem oxygenase 1 in both Lewy bodies and PD nigra neurons (Schipper et al., 1998) will cause excessive cellular levels of haem-derived free iron and carbon monoxide and may contribute to the...

Origins Of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

With increasing experience came the confidence to place multiple electrode catheters in multiple cardiac chambers. Endocardial catheter mapping techniques, in which catheters were sequentially moved to many sites in multiple chambers, allowed identification of the sites of origin of VT, definition of the mechanisms of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and delineation of the location of accessory pathways (15,16) (see Fig. 2). These technologies paved the way for surgical treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW), VT, and other arrhythmias (17).

Series Editors Introduction

The critical role of the inflammatory response in the pathophysiology of certain nervous system disorders has been appreciated for quite some time. Currently, rapidly accelerating knowledge of new molecular mechanisms known to be involved in systemic inflammatory disorders has extended to the investigation of a number of peripheral and central neurological disorders. Many of those discussed in this volume have been the usual suspects for immunemediated, inflammatory neurological disorders such as, for example, multiple sclerosis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis, and neuropsychiatry systemic lupus erythematosis. Importantly, possible inflammatory mechanisms are now also undergoing scrutiny in chronic neurological diseases traditionally classified as neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

The Functions of the Basal Ganglia Are Partially Revealed by Disease

Logical conditions that show histological abnormality in basal ganglia structures, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease, illustrate the effects of basal ganglia dysfunction. Patients with Parkinson's disease show a general slowness of initiation of movement and paucity of movement when in motion. The latter takes the form of reduced arm swing and lack of truncal swagger when walking. These patients also have a resting tremor of the hands, described as pill rolling. The tremor stops when the hand goes into active motion. At autopsy, patients with Parkinson's disease show a severe loss of dopamine-containing neurons in the SNc region. Patients with Huntington's disease have uncontrollable, quick, brief movements of individual limbs. These movements are similar to what a normal individual might show when flicking a fly off a hand or when quickly reaching up to scratch an itchy nose. At autopsy, a severe loss of striatal neurons is found. The function of the basal ganglia in...

Catheter Ablation In The Management Of Supraventricular Arrhythmias

The optimal management of an individual patient depends on many factors, including the type, frequency and duration of arrhythmia, associated symptoms, concomitant disease, and patient preference. Therapeutic options for patients with supraventricular arrhythmias include pharmacologic agents, arrhythmia surgery, and catheter ablation. With the exception of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), supraventricular arrhythmias are generally not life-threatening. Therefore, the inherent attractiveness of catheter ablation as a curative approach must be tempered with the cost and potential complications associated with an invasive procedure.

Various Types Of Cells

Embryonic stem cells are classified as pluripotent because they can become any type of cell. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, are multipotent in that they are already somewhat specialized. The pluripotent type (which are in the early stage of specialization after several cell divisions) are more useful than the adult stem cells. However, recent research suggests that multipotent adult stem cells can have pluripotent capability. Stem cells can provide a solution in regard to curing diseases caused by cell failure and repairing tissues that do not repair by themselves by allowing one to produce appropriate cells and grow needed tissues. Some of the diseases for which stem cell research is projected to benefit are heart damage, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, leukemia, and diabetes.

Restorative Neurosurgery by Cells and Genes

In particular, neural tissue grafting has attracted great interest for its potential as a treatment for human neurodegenerative diseases. The basis for this was the discovery that immature nerve cells (neurons) can survive implantation in the brain of laboratory animals, something which adult neurons are unable to do. Immature nervous tissue taken from unborn foetuses can develop normal neuronal properties in the adult nervous system. Immature neurons grow and differentiate and form functional contacts with host brain neurons. The grafting of human embryonic nerve cells would therefore allow replacement of lost neurons in the case of a disease like Parkinson's disease in which the loss of so-called nigro-striatal dopaminergic nerve cells seems to be a primary cause. They might also allow reconstruction of a brain circuit like that of the striato-frontal system, effected by Huntington's disease, through the supplementation of the atrophic striatal spiny neurons.

Historical Outline of Neurotransplantation in Human Beings

Development towards a human application of these techniques accelerated after the observation of Perlow et al. in 1979 that grafting fetal nigral cells into the striatum of substantia nigra-lesioned rats reversed the motor disturbances. These rats were regarded as a partial model for Parkinson's disease since the gradual loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra was seen as the origin of the movement disorders. Models of the disease were developed in primates that better represented the complexity of the disease in humans, with symptoms like tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia (Bjorklund 1992). Subsequent transplantation studies strongly validated the work undertaken in rats (Bakay et al. 1987 Fine et al. 1988 Bankiewicz et al. 1990). These results led to the first clinical studies in 1987, in which human fetal substantia nigra-containing tissue was placed in the dopamine-poor striatum of late stage PD patients (Lindvall et al. 1989 Madrazo et al. 1991). Hundreds of patients...

Several Types of Neurotransplants

The above-mentioned application of neural grafts in PD is meant to supplement the function of the lost nigro-striatal neurons and to restore the dopaminergic input in the striatum. Neuronal grafting is currently also clinically studied in HD patients. In HD it aims at rebuilding the defective stri-ato-frontal pathway.

Contraindications

The aminoglycosides are contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to aminoglycosides. The amino-glycosides should not be given to patients requiring long-term therapy because of the potential for ototoxic-ity and nephrotoxicity. One exception is the use of streptomycin for long-term management of tuberculosis. These drugs are contraindicated in patients with preexisting hearing loss, myasthenia gravis, parkinson-ism, and during lactation or pregnancy. Neomycin, amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, netilmicin, and tobramycin are Pregnancy Category D drugs the remainder are Category C.

Survey of Current Experimental Human Applications of Restorative Neurosurgery

2.4.1 Parkinson's Disease PD is primarily caused by the slow loss of dopaminergic neurons in the sub-stantia nigra so that their dopamine transmitter function in the striatum eventually disappears. PD is generally age-specific approximately 1 of the population over age 60 develops the disease. An appropriate dopaminergic signal is vital for a smooth, coordinated function of the body's muscles and movement. As soon as approximately 80 of the dopamine-producing cells are lost, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease appear. The key signs of PD are tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity and loss of balance. Other signs of Parkinson's disease may include small, cramped handwriting, stiff facial expression, a shuffling walk, muffled speech and depression. Current pharmacological treatments with dopamine agonists and dopamine precursors reduce the symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, with progress of the nigral degeneration, these drugs cease to be effective. Dopamine cell...

When is a Brain Disorder Eligible for Cellular or Molecular Surgery

The history of cellular intervention in the human brain started with the autologous implantation of adrenal medulla tissue fragments in the stria-tum of the PD patient. The first presentation of these studies immediately provoked the question whether enough basic studies had been performed to justify such an experimental clinical treatment. Adrenal implantation in rat models for the parkinsonian dopaminergic failure of the brain have shown reversal of the motor symptoms, but is it enough evidence to justify a clinical trial One of the fundamental requirements in clinical research is that a sufficient body of animal studies, in particular those carried out in non-human primates, be reported before trials on human beings can be performed. It will, however, always be difficult to determine what volume of animal results justifies the intracranial application of cells or genes in

How to Design a Meaningful Experimental Human Cell or Gene Therapeutic Neurosurgical Study

(neuro)surgery are, of course, the general ones given by the WHA Declaration in Helsinki (2000), and by the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (1997). Ad hoc groups of international scientists have formulated core assessment protocols for the process of neural grafting in PD (CAPIT-PD) (Langston et al. 1992 Defer et al. 1999 Widner and Defer 1999) and HD (CAPIT-HD) (Quinn et al. 1996) that recommend stringent pre- and post-surgical evaluation to determine recovery from the disease symptoms. However, any further guidance is lacking. Nevertheless, the field of experimental clinical restorative neurosurgery moves fast and guidance is urgently needed.

Is Sham Surgery Acceptable

Sham surgery is a completely new aspect in neurotransplantation research that had never received a critical evaluation in the scientific literature until Freeman et al. (1999) published a plea in favour of this approach in PD grafting studies. Until that time, the clinical trials with grafting in PD patients had always been open trials and were performed under different conditions in terms of the donor tissue treatment, the graft placement, the surgical approach used, the pre- and post-grafting treatment and the symptom evaluation. Due, or partially due, to these differences, surgical outcomes were variable from trial to trial, leading to the criticism that a credible body of evidence on the efficacy of the treatment had not been obtained since both investigator bias and placebo effects on the patient side could have affected the results of the open trials (Felten 1994 Freeman et al. 1997, 1999). Thus double blind placebo-controlled studies were needed. The central question raised by...

Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

The nurse administers this drug for the prevention or treatment of respiratory tract illness caused by influenza A virus. Some patients are prescribed this drug to manage extrapyramidal effects caused by drugs used to treat Parkinsonism (See Chaps. 29 and 32). The nurse should protect the capsules from moisture to prevent deterioration. When the drug is administered for symptoms of influenza, it is important to start therapy within 24 to 48 hours after symptoms begin.

Herbal Alert Passion Flower

The term passion flower is used to denote many of the approximately 400 species of the herb. Passion flower has been used in medicine to treat pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Some herbalists use the herb to treat symptoms of parkinson-ism. Passion flower is often used in combination with other herbs, such a valerian, chamomile, and hops, for promoting relaxation, rest, and sleep. Although no adverse reactions have been reported, large doses may cause CNS depression. The use of passion flower is contraindicated in pregnancy and in patients taking the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Passion flower contains coumarin, and the risk of bleeding may be increased when used in patients taking warfarin and passion flower.

Adverse Reactions

The skeletal muscle relaxants are used with caution in patients with a history of cerebrovascular accident, cerebral palsy, parkinsonism, or seizure disorders and during pregnancy (Pregnancy Category C) and lactation. Carisoprodol is used with caution in patients with severe liver or kidney disease and during pregnancy (category unknown) and lactation. Cyclobenzaprine is used cautiously in patients with cardiovascular disease and during pregnancy (Pregnancy Category B) and lactation. Dantrolene is a Pregnancy Category C drug and is used with caution during pregnancy. See Chapter 25 for information on diazepam.

Nigrostriatal Dopamine System

The cell bodies of the nigrostriatal dopamine system are located in a part of the midbrain called the substantia nigra (dark substance) because it contains melanin pigment. Neurons in the substantia nigra send fibers to a group of nuclei known collectively as the corpus striatum because of its striped appearance hence the term nigrostriatal system. These regions are part of the basal nuclei large masses of neuron cell bodies deep in the cerebrum involved in the initiation of skeletal movements (chapter 8). There is much evidence that Parkinson's disease is caused by degeneration of the dopaminergic neurons in the sub-stantia nigra. Parkinson's disease is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease (after Alzheimer's disease), and is associated with such symptoms as muscle tremors and rigidity, difficulty in initiating movements and speech, and other severe motor problems. Patients are often treated with L-dopa and MAO inhibitors in an attempt to increase dopaminergic...

Contraindications Precautions And Interactions

The centrally acting antiadrenergic drugs are contraindi-cated in active hepatic disease such as acute hepatitis or active cirrhosis and in patients with a history of hyper-sensitivity to these drugs. The centrally acting antia-drenergic drugs are used cautiously in patients with a history of liver disease, renal function impairment, and during pregnancy and lactation. If methyldopa is administered with anesthetics, there is an increased effect of the anesthetic. The centrally acting antiadrenergic drugs increase the activity of sympathomimetics, possibly causing hypertension. Clonidine decreases the effectiveness of levodopa. When clonidine is administered with p-adrenergic blocking drugs, a potentially life-threatening hypertensive episode may occur.

Types of femoral neck fractures

Subcapital Femoral Neck Fracture

82-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease. A neck stump is neither seen on the first a.-p. film (a) nor on the lateral view (b). In spite of the fact that the radiographs show a remote fracture, the relatives reported that the patient was still walking 24 hours before admission 82-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease. A neck stump is neither seen on the first a.-p. film (a) nor on the lateral view (b). In spite of the fact that the radiographs show a remote fracture, the relatives reported that the patient was still walking 24 hours before admission

Preadministration Assessment

Because of memory impairment and alterations in thinking in some patients with parkinsonism, a history obtained from the patient may be unreliable. When necessary, the nurse obtains the health history from a family member. Important data to include is information regarding the symptoms of the disorder, the length of

Effects Of Drugs On Serum Prolactin Levels

The effects of the newer atypical antipsychotic drugs on serum PRL have been inconsistently reported. A relatively high affinity for the 5-HT2 serotonergic receptor and relatively low affinity for the D-2 dopa-mine receptor differentiates these drugs from the phe-nothiazines, which are prone to produce high elevations of serum PRL and more likely to cause parkinsonism. Most studies show modest elevations of serum PRL with risperidone but no significant effects from clozap-ine or olanzapine (4-6).

Changes In Serum Prolactin Levels With Pathologic States

Skin lesions of thoracic dermatomes Pituitary prolactinomas Hypothalamic lesions Parkinson's disease Epileptic seizures Medical treatments General anesthesia Surgery Drugs Dopamine antagonists Atypical antipsychotics Phenothiazines Methyldopa Haloperidol Reserpine Serotonergic drugs Antiepileptic drugs Carbamazepine Phenytoin Estrogen serum PRL. Pituitary tumors, such as PRL-secreting microadenomas (prolactinomas), produce sustained elevations of serum PRL. Skin lesions that affect mid-thoracic dermatomes at the level of the breasts or radicular lesions at that level may cause sustained hyperpro-lactinemia. Patients with Parkinson's disease sometimes experience moderate hyperprolactinemia because of the diminished dopaminergic inhibition of PRL secretion. Physical stressors, such as surgery or anesthesia, produce a transient elevation of serum PRL.

Drifts In Interfaces Of Close Homologs

The exact biological role of the DJ-1 protein 1pe0 is currently unknown. It has been implicated in various functions, such as oxidative stress response, fertilization in rat and mouse, oncogene in concert with Ras, and regulatory subunit of a 400-kDa RNA-binding protein complex, where its presence inhibits the binding of RNA by the complex. Mutations in this gene are also linked with autosomal recessive early onset familial Parkinson's disease, although the mechanism by which this is achieved is not known. Although the Cys residue in the active site of the PfpI proteases is conserved among all of the members of the DJ-1 PfpI family, the His and Glu Asp residues are not conserved in the DJ-1 homologs. The DJ-1 protein crystallizes as a dimer. Its oligomerization state is further confirmed by gel filtration and light-scattering studies 18 . This group of proteins is also well populated in the sequence space.

Immune Privilege 11 The Problem

A functional central nervous system (CNS) is essential for mammalian survival therefore, the CNS must be defended from insults and other pathogens. The molecules (e.g., free radicals, cytokines, proteases) produced in vast quantities by the activated immune system to combat pathogens have the demonstrated potential to disrupt CNS function (1-3). To balance these opposing needs, (sufficient defense of the CNS without loss of CNS function), the CNS and immune system have developed a unique relationship referred to as immune privilege. Disruptions in this unique relationship leading to disregulated CNS inflammation are now thought to contribute to the onset and progression of many diverse types of CNS pathology, including CNS autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Rasmussen's encephalitis, and narcolepsy neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and stroke and the secondary neurodegeneration associated with spinal cord injury (3-10).

Saturation Assays for mGAT1 73211 GABA Transporters

Transmission was linked, directly or indirectly, to a variety of neuro-pathological and psychiatric medical conditions, e.g. epilepsy, Huntington's chorea, Parkinson, Tardive dyskinesia, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and other behavioral disorders. The GABA transporters (GATs) that remove the neurotransmitter from the synaptic cleft after its release are very interesting targets for the development of new agents for the indications listed above 81 . Inhibitors of these transporters can extend the presence of GABA in the synaptic cleft and therefore increase the inhibitory effect of the neurotransmitter. For the GABA transporters that are a part of the superfamily of Na+ Cl -dependent transporters four subtypes are known. Among them the transporter subtype most frequently found in the brain is GAT1, an already validated target in the search for anticonvulsants 82-85 . A successful example is the agent tiagabine, an effective and selective inhibitor of GAT1 which has already been...

Normal Aging and Alzheimers Disease

It is well known that tissue iron content varies among different regions of the brain, and also changes with aging (Hallgren and Sourander, 1958). Paramagnetic tissue iron changes MRI relaxation times due to the diffusion of water molecules in the susceptibility field of the iron inclusions, and ultrahigh field MRI is particularly sensitive in this respect. Comparative contrast differences in T2-weighted brain images of two subjects aged 27 years and 50 years at 1.5 Tand 7 Tare shown in Figure 3.65. For example, gray matter in the motorsensory cortex has a lower signal than adjacent white matter, and this difference is more pronounced in older than in younger subjects, whereas contrast is inverted in the frontal and temporal cortices. The signal is lowest in the globus pallidus, substantia nigra, red nuclei and caudate, all of which have much higher iron contents. Quantitative measurements of T2-values exhibit a linear relationship to iron content computed from published values for...

Regeneration Stem Cell Therapy

Early attempts of stem cell therapy in Parkinson's patients have been reported in the early 1990s. Intrastiatal implantation of fetal dopaminergic cells led to remarkable improvements of motor function 112,113 . Similarly, experimental studies in rat focal cerebral ischemia resulted in a significantly improved outcome following treatment with stem cells 114 or fetal neural grafts 115,116 . The development of imaging methods that allow the monitoring of cell migration in the intact organism and potentially also provides information on the viability of these cells would be of outmost importance for the evaluation of cell transplantion therapy. Migration of USPIO-labeled neuronal stem cells can be monitored with high temporal and spatial resolution in the rat MCA occlusion model 117 labeled cells injected into the contralateral hemisphere were shown to migrate along the corpus callosum to the ischemic necrotic area probably following a chemotactic signal. The migration occurred over a...

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV infection appears to progress more rapidly in older persons. Age over 40 yr is an independent risk factor for poor survival among patients with transfusion-related AIDS (85). Older AIDS patients who develop an AIDS-defining opportunistic infection are also more likely to progress quickly and die. Approx 37 of persons over age 80 die within the same month as they have AIDS diagnosed compared with 12 in young adults (82). The decreased survival time is likely due to a combination of comorbid disease, immunosenescence, and most importantly, delayed diagnosis (81,83). In general, the most frequent illness in older persons with HIV infection is bacterial pneumonia, although opportunistic infections do occur and are similar to those in younger AIDS patients. A significant problem in the elderly is AIDS dementia, as it may be mistaken for Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. If unrecognized, the opportunity for a trial of antiretroviral medication is lost. Regardless of age, all...

Degenerative Diseases

Parkinson disease occurs when, for unknown reasons, certain neurons in the midbrain fail to secrete the neurotransmitter dopamine. This leads to tremors, muscle rigidity, flexion at the joints, akinesia (loss of movement), and emotional problems. Parkinson disease is treated with daily administration of the drug L-dopa (levodopa), a form of dopamine that can be carried by the blood into the brain.

Chemical Pathology

Polyglucosan bodies are composed principally of glucose polymers and occur in various conditions. The polyglucosan bodies of APBD greatly resemble and may be identical to corpora amylacea, which accumulate in the CNS with normal aging, Lafora bodies present in Lafora body disease, and Bielschowsky bodies. Corpora amylacea are seen in a characteristic topography in the healthy nervous system with aging. They develop in astrocytic processes and are mainly distributed subpially, subependymally, and perivas-cularly, although intra-axonal corpora amylacea may also occur. Lafora bodies are found in association with Lafora body disease, a progressive myoclonus epilepsy. Lafora bodies appear in neuronal perikarya and processes, especially in the cerebral cortex, thalamus, globus pallidus, substantia nigra, and dentate nucleus. Bielschowsky bodies are found in the peri-karya and processes of neurons. They differ from Lafora bodies in their much more limited distribution and pleiomorphic...

The Cholinergic Hypothesis Of Ad And Current Pharmacotherapies

In the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s, there were a series of landmark papers published describing a loss of cholinergic neurons in the brains of AD patients (11, 83, 84). This led to the formulation of the cholinergic hypothesis of AD (85-87), which briefly stated posited that loss of cholinergic function in the CNS was the basis for the dementia in AD. There was palpable optimism in the papers published during that period, which is poignant in retrospect. The feeling was that this might be the breakthrough in AD that would be analogous to the dopaminergic hypothesis of Parkinson's disease perhaps treatment with cholinomimetics or acetylcholinesterase inhibitors might do for AD patients what l-DOPA had done for Parkinson's patients.

Newer Findings on Involuntary Movements

As mentioned previously, the historical (and we would argue ongoing) no-sological confusion between what is psychiatric versus neurological was evident in many of the studies reviewed (Berrios and Chen 1993 Lund et al. 1991 Rogers 1985). For example, Peralta et al. (2000) attempted to differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and parkin-sonism. This research group in fact documented a significant correlation between the severity of negative symptoms and the severity of akinetic but not hyperkinetic parkinsonism. An important finding from their study was that 19 of neuroleptic-naive patients had a parkinsonian syndrome at admission. This number increased to 32 at discharge, after patients were treated with neuroleptic medications, despite the fact that most of the patients (39 of 49) received treatment with so-called new or second-generation anti-psychotics, which are believed to produce fewer and less prominent extrapyramidal symptoms compared with typical or...

Risk Factors and Mechanisms of Basal Ganglia Dysfunction

Past perspective that considers schizophrenia separate from neurological disorders. Increasing numbers of studies of first-episode, never-medicated subjects, using rating scales that are sensitive to movement disorders, have established that basal ganglia dysfunction is surprisingly prevalent in these neuroleptic-nai've patients. Not only are abnormal involuntary movements observed, but parkinsonism is as well. The relationship of basal ganglia dysfunction to the course and prognosis of schizophrenia needs further investigation, particularly in the context of the availability of anti-psychotic drugs with significantly reduced motor side effects. Numerous investigators have examined the role of genetic factors and their relative contribution to the development of parkinsonism and dys-kinesia. A review (Wolff and O'Driscoll 1999) of high-risk subjects and family members of probands with schizophrenia concluded that a relationship was present between genetic risk and abnormalities on...

Neurologic problems

As a result of a variety of factors arising in the perioperative setting (e.g., sedatives, analgesics, anesthesia, fever, metabolic derangements, the disorienting effects of an unfamiliar environment), elderly patients and those with a history of central nervous dysfunction (e.g., parkinsonism) are particularly prone to the development of confusional states after surgery. Although these are usually a transient phenomenon and multifactorial in etiology, the investigative approach to this problem should focus on the detection and treatment of correctable causes such as metabolic disturbances (hyponatremia, hypoxemia) and infection, the discontinuation of possible offending medications, and the treatment of acute conditions (e.g.,

Molecular Pathways

Another possibility for the use of this kind of information is that it may make it possible to treat one cell type so that it may carry out the function of another. By modifying the abundance of a subset of proteins required to compensate for the loss of that cell type, pharmaceutical intervention may allow for the compensation of diseases in which cells of a particular type have been destroyed. Potential targets for such treatment are found in diabetic patients where the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells has been effected through an autoimmune response, as well as dopamine-producing cells of the central nervous system involved in Parkinson's disease. The ability to control cell identity is dependent on being able to determine which signaling molecules are necessary to achieve changes in protein expression, thereby mimicking the cell that has been destroyed. For this, the expression profile of that cell must serve as the defining characteristic to be achieved by...

Abnormalities in Handedness

The line drawing task is simple, places minimal demand on the understanding of instructions or on previously learned skills, and is designed to give an estimate of laterality based on performance differences between hands. Using such a measure in samples that include schizophrenic subjects has led to interesting findings. For example, schizophrenic subjects are considerably less lateralized than control subjects. This means that schizophrenic subjects draw lines of similar straightness with either hand regardless of their stated preference. Individuals with such low levels of lateralization are referred to as poorly lateralized. Schizophrenic subjects with poor lateralization have an earlier age of onset and more negative symptoms, mannerisms, and parkinsonian features than control subjects (Manschreck et al., in submission). This set of observations linking one

Imaging Techniques for Studying Neuronal Activity

The technique of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using either relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV), blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) or Trbased cerebral blood flow (CBF) techniques has led to a revolution in brain mapping 1 -3 . This is largely due to the fact that the advent of a noninvasive tool with reasonable contrast to noise, spatial, and temporal resolution, allows for studies to be conducted more easily than the prior positron emission tomography (PET) studies of brain activation. Both fMRI and PET studies of brain activation are based upon the coupling between neuronal activity, metabolism, and hemodynamics (see also Chapter 11, Section 2). The possibility that fMRI may help understand the organization and flow of information in the brain has led to an explosion in the number of centers dedicated to performing the technique. In addition to the interest in fMRI by the neuroscience community, a number of clinical conditions has the potential to benefit...

Clinical Features

Neurologic disease is now recognized to be an extremely common and sometimes the first observed manifestation of HIV infection. The spectrum of HIV-associated neurologic disease includes dementia and its early forms, a severe encephalopathy (especially in children), myelopathy, and motor dysfunction. The patients may notice diminished concentration and memory, together with motor disturbances such as action tremor and loss of balance, as in Parkinson's disease. They often also display signs of coexistent myelopathy and peripheral neuropathy (e.g., ataxia and parasthesia). Other CNS manifestations include cerebral toxoplasmosis, cryptococcal meningitis, primary CNS lymphoma, CMV-associated encephalomyelitis, and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (see Fig. 18-4).

Anatomical Basis Of Dopamineorexin Interactions

At the start of a study revisiting the hypothalamic projection to the ventral midbrain, we noticed that the distribution of hypothalamic cells that were retrogradely-labeled from the VTA overlapped with the distribution of orexin neurons. We soon determined that orexin neurons projected to the VTA, but very sparsely to the substantia nigra (SN), where the A9 DA nigrostriatal neurons are found.7 Although hypothalamic cells that project to the VTA are scattered across the LH PFA and dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, orexin cells projecting to the VTA are mainly situated in the lateral perifornical area.

Supraventricular Tachycardias

Epidemiological studies have suggested that the prevevalence of SVT is 2-2.5 cases 1000 people, with an incidence of 35 cases 100,000 person-years (1). SVTs are as common among children as adults with otherwise anatomically normal hearts, and thus this pediatric problem is not uncommon. The types of SVT encountered in children and their underlying mechanisms are generally similar to those seen in adults, but the relative frequency of specific arrhythmia types differs. Common SVTs that may require diagnosis and treatment in these age groups include accessory pathway-mediated tachycardias such as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), concealed accessory pathway, Mahaim fiber tachycardia, and permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia (PJRT), atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), and ectopic atrial tachycardias. Rarely, children with anatomically normal hearts may also present with atrial reentrant arrhythmias, such as atrial flutter and AF, but these are more...

Antipsychotic Effects on Neuroendocrine Function

Dopamine antagonism of the mesolimbic tract is thought to result in reduction of positive symptoms, whereas dopamine antagonism of the me-socortical track is thought to result in worsening of negative symptoms. Dopaminergic antagonism of the nigrostriatal tract results in extrapyramidal symptoms, notably a parkinsonian syndrome. Most relevant to this discussion is the fact that dopamine antagonism of the tuberoinfundibular tract affects the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. The pituitary gland is under inhibitory influence by dopaminergic neurons, so antagonism of pituitary dopamine receptors releases the pituitary gland from this inhibitory control, resulting in increased secretion of prolactin.

Cytokines In Noninfectious Central Nervous System Disease

Parkinson's Disease Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor system dysfunction. Patients commonly exhibit tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia or slowness of movement, and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination. PD is distinguished neu-ropathologically by the selective loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra and in related brainstem nuclei. Loss of the neurotransmitter dopamine results in uncontrolled firing of spared neurons, resulting in movement disorders in patients. The causes of PD as well as the mechanisms that result in neurodegeneration are largely unknown. Inheritance contributes to the development of familial forms of the disease, which represent only about 10 of all cases of PD. Most forms of PD are sporadic in nature and are not inherited. Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction have been suggested to have roles in PD (445). Metabolism of dopamine results in increased...

PhMRI Studies of Neurodegeneration

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease (AD and PD) are devastating progressive illnesses for which much is known about the pathology, and much less about the etiology. Many of these diseases either target specific neurotransmitter systems or selectively damage specific regions in the brain. For instance, cholinergic neurons seem to be selectively vulnerable in AD whereas dopamine neurons are the primary target in PD. This selectivity with respect to neuronal populations makes the use of phMRI a potentially valuable adjunct for addressing questions of etiology, natural history, and progression. Numerous PET studies have investigated many of the same metabolic and neurotransmitter questions one would like to address with phMRI in various neurodegenerative conditions. These studies often show decreased glucose utilization in the parts of the brain undergoing selective degeneration. In addition, degeneration of dopamine neurons in PD and cholinergic...

And Mitochondrial Leukoencephalopathies

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Mri

The brunt of histopathological abnormalities in Leigh syndrome is borne by the central gray matter. The most consistent site of lesions is the brain stem gray matter. The lesions are usually bilateral, although not necessarily symmetrical. They are sharply delineated and not confined to the gray matter structures but often spread into the white matter. Preferential sites of affection are the periaqueductal region and brain stem tegmentum,posterior colliculi,substantia nigra, floor of the fourth ventricle, red nuclei, inferior olivary nuclei, dentate nuclei, putamen, caudate nucleus, and globus pallidus. Thalamus, hypothalamus, and subthalamic nuclei may also be involved, but less often. In the spinal cord, lesions are mainly located in the anterior horns, dorsal columns, and pyramidal All defects underlying Leigh syndrome affect energy metabolism. There is a striking clinical and morphological similarity between Leigh syndrome and thiamine deficiency (beriberi). Thiamine is part of...

The Brain is Seat of the Human Mind

This chapter will focus on interventions in the brain in the field of restorative neurosurgery. The goal of these interventions is tissue repair or the introduction of physical changes in brain chemistry in order to relieve the symptoms of certain diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease (PD), Huntington's disease (HD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS), as well as acquired nervous trauma as the result of a stroke or spinal cord injury, are the first candidate diseases for such approaches. The neural grafting of fetal brain cells (neurotransplantation) in PD and HD patients was the first experimental clinical treatment explored because precise aims could be formulated for these interventions (implanting nerve cells to deliver dopamine and supplementing interneurons in the striatum of the brain in the respective cases). Clinical research is less advanced for other neurodegenerative diseases and in the field of...

Monoamines as Neurotransmitters

Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors are drugs that block monoamine oxidase, the enzyme in presyn-aptic endings that breaks down catecholamines and serotonin after they have been taken up from the synaptic cleft. These drugs thus promote transmission at synapses that use monoamines as neurotransmitters. Such drugs have proven useful in the treatment of clinical depression, suggesting that a deficiency in monoamine transmission contributes to that disorder. An MAO inhibitor is also used to treat Parkinson's disease, because it increases the ability of dopamine to function as a neurotransmitter.

Direct and Indirect Gene Transfer in the Brain

Indirect Gene Transfer

Currently lentiviral (LV) vectors and adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors are vectors that efficaciously and directly transduce the CNS tissue without direct or short term toxicity for neuronal cells. Whether it is safe for use in the human brain in the long term still has to be established. Clinical trials with both ex vivo gene transfer and direct gene transfer are currently being performed in PD and AD patients (see below).

Common abnormalities

Upper Motor Neuron Clonus Test

Tremor is defined as rhythmic movement resulting from alternating contraction and relaxation of groups of muscles (see Table 6.21). Tremors produce oscillations about a joint or group of joints. The pattern of tremor most frequently seen is rapid and fine in amplitude and is an exaggeration of physiological tremor. It is prominent in patients with hyperthyroidism and some patients who indulge excessively in alcohol, coffee or other drugs. A distal upper limb tremor is a cardinal feature of parkinsonism and characteristically involves a beating of the thumb towards the index tinger. In ils fully developed form, it is of 'pill rolling' type with Ihe thumb moving across the tips of all fingers. Parkinsonian tremor is maximal at rest and reduced by voluntary movement. Intention tremor is absent at res , present on actively maintaining a position and exacerbated by movement. It is due principally to disorders of the cerebellum or its connections. Much coarser and often more violent tremors...

Olivopontocerebellar degeneration

Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA) is an adult-onset progressive neuro-degenerative disorder of man characterized by ataxic movements, dysar-thria, and, often, nystagmus. It is associated with widespread progressive neuronal degeneration affecting the cerebellar cortex, inferior olive, and pon-tine nuclei (hence its name). Patients may also show rigidity and akinesia due to degeneration of the striatum and substantia nigra. In one subgroup of patients with OPCA the disorder is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase, which is involved in glutamate metabolism (Plait-akis et al., 1982, 1984). These patients exhibit elevated levels of resting blood glutamate and abnormally high levels of glutamate following ingestion of the amino acid. It has therefore been suggested that the deficit in glutamate dehydrogenase may lead to a buildup of glutamate in the brain close to glutamate receptors and thereby precipitate excitotoxic neuronal death. This idea is supported by the...

Mitochondrial Diversity Evidence from Mitochondrial Diseases

Mitochondrial abnormalities have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many genetic diseases and several degenerative diseases like Parkinson's (50). In most genetic mitochondrial diseases there is a very specific mutation in the mitochondrial or nuclear DNA encoding a specific mitochondrial protein. For example, Leber's hereditary optical neuropathy (LHON), a highly selective degeneration of the optic nerve, presents with acute blindness in mid-life. A specific mutation in the mitochondrial gene (ND6) encoding for a subunit of NADH dehydrogenase has been identified (51). This results in a substantial decrease in the activity of complex I of the ETC. Complex I is a critical part of the mitochondrial ETC and thus of cellular respiration. However, the phenotype of the LHON is surprisingly restricted to the optic nerve.

Weaver Mouse Kir32 Phenotype

Serca1 Defect Skeletal Muscle

Weaver mice (wv wv) are so called because they have an ataxic gait and thus 'weave' around when they move. They also exhibit hyperactivity and tremor. These behaviours result from a selective loss of neurones in two regions of the brain, the granule layer of the cerebellum and the substantia nigra, during development. Although the precursors of the cerebellar granule cells develop normally, they fail to differentiate and migrate into the granule layer and they die during the first two weeks of post-natal life. The dopaminergic cells of the substantia nigra also die and the mice are sterile. Heterozygous animals (wv +) possess a significantly smaller cerebellum than wild-type animals but do not exhibit ataxia. In wild-type animals, Kir3.2 coassembles with Kir3.1 to form heteromeric channels. What happens then, when wvKir3.2 is coexpressed with Kir3.1 in heterologous systems It turns out that heteromeric channels show a much reduced whole-cell current, both under resting conditions and...

Tie2 Expressing Monocytes Mediated Immunity Escape

A., Wiernik, P. H., Parkinson, D. R., Eisenberger, M., Aronson, F. R., Gucalp, R., Atkins, M. B., and Hawkins, M. J. High-dose recombinant interleukin-2 alone a regimen with limited activity in the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma. J Natl Cancer Inst, 82 1202-1206, 1990.

Other Neurological Disorders

Parkinson Disease Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease, mainly of the dopaminergic cells, and is a movement disorder characterized by tremor, rigidity and bradykynesia. Sleep disturbances are frequently observed in PD characterized by difficulties to maintain sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. Recent attention focused on this latter symptom to report more specifically 'sleep attacks' that can be induced by all dopaminergic drugs. The dopaminergic ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra is one the main target of the hypocretins. Dopamine and hypocretins have both a crucial role in control of arousal34-36 and the projections of these two arousal-related systems, originating in distinct brain areas, jointly target several forebrain regions and brainstem monoaminergic nuclei involved in regulating motivational processes.37 Because an alteration of the hypocretinergic system might major the excessive daytime sleepiness related to dopamine...

The Aminergic Systems

The relatively small number of aminergic neurons located in the locus coeruleus (noradrenaline), dorsal raphe (serotonin), ventral tegmental area substantia nigra (dopamine), lateral dorsal tegmentum basal forebrain (acetylcholine), and tuberomamillary nucleus (histamine) project with multifold arborisations to most regions of the central nervous system, partially overlapping with the projections of hypocretin neurons.32 Apart from some distinctions they display comparable morphological features, intrinsic electrophysiological properties, and according to the reciprocal-interaction model of REM and non-REM sleep alterations, behavioral state-dependent activity patterns.21,62,63 All form mutual connections, acting in concert to control synchrony of selected cell populations throughout the entire nervous system.30,31,42,64-66 Released rarely from synaptically specialized structures (dopamine) but mostly from varicosities at some distance from their target receptors, they act by volume...

Distribution Of Hcrt Efferent Axons

Hypocretin Projections

High Hcrt terminal densities were seen in the locus coeruleus (LC) and moderate-to-high densities in the septum, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, thalamic paraventricular and reuniens nuclei, periaqueductal gray, substantia nigra, raphe, peribrachial pontine region, medullary reticular formation, and nucleus of the solitary tract, with lesser projections to the cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, and olfactory bulb.5-7 Similar patterns were seen with antisera to Hcrt1 or Hcrt2.7 Juxtaventricular (lateral and third ventricular) axon varicosities were noted in Hcrt1-immunostained material6 and varicose terminals were seen in the circumventricular organs (subfornical organ and area postrema).8 At the EM level, Hcrt-immunoreactive boutons in the periaqueductal gray contain densely-stained granular vesicles and make asymmetric contacts.1 Similarly, Hcrt-immunoreactive axons in the LC make asymmetric, presumably excitatory, synapses with tyrosine hydroxylase-positive...

Monoaminergic and Cholinergic Interactions and Cataplexy

Monoaminergic transmission is also critical for the control of cataplexy. All therapeutic agents currently used to treat cataplexy (i.e., antidepressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitors MAOIs ), are known to act on these systems. Furthermore, whereas a subset of cholinergic neurons are activated during REM sleep, the firing rate of monoaminergic neurons in the brainstem (such as in the locus coeruleus (LC) and the raphe magnus) are well known to be dramatically depressed during this sleep stage.34,35 Using canine narcolepsy, it was recently demonstrated that adrenergic LC activity is also reduced during cataplexy.36 In contrast, dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra (SN) do not significantly change their activity during natural sleep cycles.37,38

Psychiatric Disorders

Sleep disturbances are common and early symptoms in depression. The relationship between depression, sleep and circadian rhythms has been strongly documented. In some cases insomnia, stress and depression are even seen as continuum and a significant number of narcoleptic patients suffer from depression. Depression is associated with short REM sleep latencies in many cases. REM sleep is suppressed by almost all antidepressant medications and sleep deprivation. REM sleep deprivation has antidepressant effect. The neurochemistry of depression has focused on monoaminergic dysfunction, especially noradrenergic and serotoninergic pathways. The hypocretins, two neuropeptides that promote wakefulness and inhibit REM sleep are upregulated under REM sleep deprivation45 and might be involved in his antidepressant effect. In addition, the projections distribution of the hypocretins is coherent with a direct involvement in depression since these projections are noted in aminergic cell groups i.e....

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Life Cycle Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Despite their morphological uniformity, the phylum Nematoda is extremely diverse from a genetic point of view. Analysing a large collection of ESTs (> 250000) from 30 different nematode species, Parkinson et al. (2004) found that 30-50 of the transcriptome of each species was unique to that species. Consequently, a single nematode like C. elegans can reveal only a small fraction of the genomic diversity of even its own phylum. A phylogeny of 53 species of nematodes, based on

Focal High Frequency Electrical Brain Stimulation

Progressive Spastic Ataxia

During the past decades focal high frequency electrical stimulation of the human brain has been used in order to treat the symptoms of several neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, epilepsy and Tourette's syndrome. In the human brain neuronal circuitries have been detected which are responsible for motor control, others enable reception of information from the different sense organs (vision, hearing, sensation, taste, smell), still others are responsible for emotion, sexual behaviour, intelligence, memory etc. These circuitries do not simply exist in parallel to one another. Rather, there exist important connections in between them. Transmission of information runs via action potentials within one neuron and via neurotransmitters being released at the synapses in between neurons. Action potentials are transient electrical depolarisations of the cell membrane which propagate the signal from one place to another in the cell. Technically, it...

Bowel Obstruction In The Elderly

Sigmoid volvulus is 20 times more likely in the patient age 60 yr and greater (19). This age association may be due to acquired redundancy of the sigmoid colon. High-residue diets are believed to be the causative factor in developing a redundant sigmoid (20). Other factors associated with volvulus are Parkinson's disease, dementia including Alzheimer's disease, bedridden state, and prior abdominal operations, all of which increase in frequency in the elderly patient. Sigmoid volvulus usually presents as acute onset of colicky abdominal pain, distention, and obstipation. When strangulation has

Extended Source Models

Conductive Pathway Pain

This detailed model was also used to calculate the potential and magnetic field maps that can be observed in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. These patients have an accessory conductive pathway between the atria and the ventricles that allows the atrial activation to enter the ventricle somewhere along the AV ring, bypassing the AV node and therefore the normal conduction system. This extra pathway, together with the normal conduction system, results in a circuitous path that can cause arrhythmias, which may in turn lead to ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Failing treatment with medication, this extra pathway can be ablated using a catheter under fluoroscopic guidance (this is discussed in more detail in the clinical studies using MFMs of WPW patients see Section 2.3.9.2).

Atrial Tachycardia With Variable Block

Atrial Tachycardia

Normally, the AV node and His-Purkinje system constitute the only electrical connection between the atria and ventricles. An accessory pathway or bypass tract consists of strands of working myocardium that bridge the mitral or tricuspid annulus, creating an additional electrical connection between atria and ventricles. When an accessory pathway capable of anterograde conduction is present, ventricular pre-excitation and the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) are apparent during sinus rhythm (see Figs. 6, 7) (7,8). The most common arrhythmia in patients with WPW is orthodromic

Afferent Connections Of Hcrt Neurons

Preliminary results of retrograde tracing experiments show putative afferents from limbic forebrain regions including the infralimbic cortex, nucleus accumbens, lateral septum, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, preoptic area, amygdala, ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus, DMH, LHA, tuberomammillary nucleus, DR, substantia nigra,

Striatal stem cell transplantation rat

Rat Bregma And Lambda

Parkinson's disease is a common neurological disorder characterized by a dopamin-ergic deficit in the striatum, principally caused by the degeneration of the substantia nigra. This relatively focal pathology offers the option to treat the disorder with cell replacement therapy. Since the 1980s preclinical and clinical experiments with transplantation of fetal mesencephalic progenitor cells gathered evidence for possible efficacy. However, the use of grafts derived from fetal sources remains problematic and there is a need to find alternative sources for grafts. Depending on the questions to be answered by an experiment, either na ve animals or suitable models for Parkinson's disease may serve as graft recipients.

Rem Behavior Disorder

RBD has been associated with brainstem lesions caused by vascular disease, trauma, and multiple sclerosis (59). In addition, RBD is common in patients with Parkinson's disease (60-62), and it has been reported in patients with narcolepsy (63). Schenk et al. followed patients who were diagnosed with RBD and found that 38 developed Parkinson's disease at an interval of 3.7 1.4 years (60). Treatment for RBD with clonazepam (0-5-2.0 mg.h.s) is successful in 80 to 90 of patients (59). Clonazepam does not completely suppress the motor activity during REM sleep, but it usually eliminates the vigorous, coordinated movements characteristic of RBD episodes. This allows the patient to sleep without disruption. If clonazepam is unsuccessful or causes drowsiness, tricyclics, levodopa carbidopa, clonidine, or carbamazepine may be tried. Donepezil, an acetyl-cholinecterase inhibitor, has been effective in some patients (64). 57. Kaplan PW, Allen RP, Buchholz DW, Walters JK. A double-blind,...

Dopamineregic Transmission and EEG Arousal

However, the involvement of the dopaminergic systems in the regulation of the sleep wake process that has not been given much attention, mostly due to early electrophysiological findings demonstrating that dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra (SN) do not change their activity significantly during the sleep cycle,38 in contrast to noradrenergic cells of the locus coeruleus (LC) or serotonergic cells of the raphe which increase firing in wake versus sleep. Although firing patterns of DA neurons during slow wave sleep are different from those during wake or REM sleep, DA release in the LC and amygdala measured with microdialysis experiments failed to demonstrate the state dependent change.70 These experimental results led most investigators to believe that adrenergic tone was more important than dopaminergic transmission for the control of EEG arousal. An involvement of dopaminergic system in intolerable sleepiness is also noted in some...

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Mri White Matter Gliosis Child

The MR images obtained in a fucosidosis patient show symmetrical white matter abnormalities. In some patients, the white matter signal behavior on Tr and T2-weighted images is suggestive of moderate hypomyelination the white matter is mildly hyperin-tense on both Tr and T2-weighted images (Fig. 12.1). In other patients, however, the white matter has in some parts a higher signal intensity on T2-weighted images than is usual for hypomyelination, and its signal on Tj-weighted images is low in places, suggesting myelin loss (Fig. 12.2). The subcortical U fibers, internal, external, and extreme capsules, and cerebellar white matter also have an abnormal signal intensity. The corpus callosum is normal in signal, but may be thin. The cerebral white matter may have a decreased volume with enlarged CSF spaces. The internal medullary laminae of the thalamus and in some cases the lateral and medial medullary laminae of the globus pallidus and hypothalamus have a high signal on T2-weighted...

Domenico Lio and Calogero Caruso Abstract

The process of life for the individual is the struggle to preserve its integrity. However, the preservation of the integrity of the organism comes with a price, systemic inflammation. Accordingly, ageing is associated with chronic, low-grade inflammatory activity and the major age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's diseases, Parkinson's diseases, atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes, are initiated or worsened by systemic inflammation, thus suggesting the critical importance of unregulated systemic inflammation in the shortening of survival. In the present review, the influence of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin(IL)-10 on these major age-related diseases development is reviewed in the light of the inflammation mechanisms involved in their pathogenesis. The experimental and clinical observations reported suggest that IL-10 may play a central role in protection against major age-related inflammatory diseases. So, typing of IL-10 functionally relevant polymorphisms might allow...

Epidemiology Of Arrhythmias During Pregnancy

An increased incidence of maternal cardiac arrhythmias is observed during pregnancy. This includes episodes of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) and new-onset idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (VT) (5-7). The increase in arrhythmias is explained in part by the metabolic, hormonal, and hemodynamic changes of pregnancy. In addition, advances in cardiac surgery have allowed an increased number of women with congenital cardiac malformations to reach reproductive age, and these women are prone to supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias (8). Arrhythmias may also be the initial presentation of a serious cardiovascular condition that develops or is discovered during pregnancy, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy (9). Fortunately, the most common arrhythmias observed during pregnancy are simply premature ventricular and atrial ectopy, reported in 50-60 of pregnant women and often not correlated with symptoms (6).

Gerontologic Alert

The older adult is particularly vulnerable to adverse reactions of the adrenergic drugs, particularly epinephrine. In addition, older adults are more likely to have preexisting cardiovascular disease that predisposes them to potentially serious cardiac arrhythmias. The nurse closely monitors all elderly patients taking an adrenergic drug. It is important to report any changes in the pulse rate or rhythm immediately. In addition, epinephrine may temporarily increase tremor and rigidity in older adults with Parkinson's disease.

Classification Of Nsvt

Waves With Wide Complex

(D) An irregular, mostly wide-complex tachycardia. Note the variable QRS width, as well as several narrow beats. This is pre-excited atrial fibrillation (AF) in a young patient with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW). (D) An irregular, mostly wide-complex tachycardia. Note the variable QRS width, as well as several narrow beats. This is pre-excited atrial fibrillation (AF) in a young patient with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW).

Mitochondrial Encephalopathy with Lactic Acidosis and Strokelike Episodes

Hashimoto Encephalopathy Mri

On laboratory examination, most patients have lactic acidosis, although in some resting serum lactate is normal. CSF lactate is often also elevated. CSF protein is often found to be elevated. EMG may show a myopathic pattern. There may be neurophysiological evidence of a mixed axonal and demyelinating sen-sorimotor neuropathy. Some patients have ECG abnormalities with evidence of cardiomyopathy, Wolff-Parkinson-White abnormality, or conduction block. In most patients ragged red fibers are found on muscle biopsy. Postmortem examination of the brain of deceased MELAS patients often reveals atrophy on external examination. The cerebellum, too, may have an atrophic aspect. Major blood vessels are normal. Microscopic examination reveals areas of extensive cortical laminar necrosis, usually in the occipital and posterior temporal areas. The cortical lesions usually have an asymmetrical distribution and are not related to vascular supply areas. The three deepest cortical layers are affected...

Contribution Of Inflammation To Excitotoxicity

Rothwell, 2001 Pringle et al., 2001 Shandra et al., 2002 Balosso et al., 2005 Lu et al., 2005 Patel et al., 2006) and chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease (Barger et al., 1995 Sriram et al., 2002 Wang et al., 2005a Griffin et al., 2006).

Psychiatric Disorders Involve the Limbic System

Current research is focused on finding the subtype of dopamine receptor that mediates mesocortical mesolimbic dopaminergic transmission but does not affect the nigrostri-atal system, which controls motor function (see Fig. 7.12). So far, neuroleptic drugs that block one pathway almost always block the other as well, leading to unwanted neurological side effects, including abnormal involuntary movements (tardive dyskinesia) after long-term treatment or parkinsonism in the short term. Similarly, some patients with Parkinson's disease who receive l-DOPA to augment dopaminergic transmission in the nigrostriatal pathway must be taken off the medication because they develop psychosis.

The Basal Ganglia And Motor Control

The basal ganglia are a group of subcortical nuclei located primarily in the base of the forebrain, with some in the di-encephalon and upper brainstem. The striatum, globus pal-lidus, subthalamic nucleus, and substantia nigra comprise the basal ganglia. Input is derived from the cerebral cortex and output is directed to the cortical and brainstem areas concerned with movement. Basal ganglia action influences the entire motor system and plays a role in the preparation and execution of coordinated movements. The forebrain (telencephalic) components of the basal ganglia consist of the striatum, which is made up of the caudate nucleus and the putamen, and the globus pallidus. The caudate nucleus and putamen are histologically identical but are separated anatomically by fibers of the anterior limb of the internal capsule. The globus pallidus has two subdivisions the external segment (GPe), adjacent to the medial aspect of the putamen, and the internal segment (GPi), medial to the GPe. The...

The information content or complexity of protein families

Some substitutions of amino acids at certain sites may have a destabilizing effect on the protein-folding pathways. Thus, the selectivity of amino acids is determined by the primary role played in the protein folding process as well as by the requirements of the activity of the completed and folded molecule (Hoang et al., 2002). Proteins that misfold can form extracellular or intracellular aggregates, resulting in disastrous cellular dysfunction. Human protein-folding disorders include Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases (Selkoe, 2003).

Subcortical and Brainstem Nuclei

Parkinson's Disease In Parkinson's disease, the input to the basal ganglia is diminished, the interplay of the facilitory and inhibitory circuits is unbalanced, and activation of the motor cortex (via the basal ganglia-thalamus limb of the circuit mentioned above) is reduced. Clinically, Parkinson's disease is characterized by a reduced amount of movement (akinesia), slow movements (bradykinesia), muscular rigidity, and a tremor at rest. Other motor and nonmotor abnormalities may also be present. For example, a common set of symptoms include a change in facial expression resulting in a masklike, unemotional appearance, a shuffling gait with loss of arm swing, and a stooped and unstable posture. Although the symptoms of Parkinson's disease reflect inadequate functioning of the basal ganglia, a major part of the initial defect arises in neurons of the substantia nigra (black substance), a subcortical nucleus that gets its name from the dark pigment in its cells. These neurons normally...

Amino Acid Neurotransmitters

Two so-called excitatory amino acids, glutamate and aspartate, serve as neurotransmitters at the vast majority of excitatory synapses in the central nervous system. In fact, most excitatory synapses in the brain release glutamate. The excitatory amino acids function in learning, memory, and neural development. They are also implicated in epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and the neural damage that follows strokes, brain trauma, and other conditions of low oxygen availability. One of the family of glutamate receptors is the site of action of a number of mind-altering drugs, such as phencyclidine (angel dust).

The Midbrain and the Forebrain

The midbrain's tegmentum contains several fiber tracts carrying sensory information to the forebrain and carrying impulses among various brain-stem nuclei and the forebrain. Two cranial nerve nuclei concerned with the control of eye movements are also in the tegmentum. The reticular formation extends through the tegmen-tum and regulates the level of arousal. It also helps to control various stereotyped body movements, especially those involving the trunk and neck muscles. Finally, the tegmentum contains the red nucleus, which, in conjunction with the cerebellum and basal ganglia, serves to coordinate body movements. The substantia nigra functions as part of the basal ganglia to permit subconscious muscle control. The basal ganglia function with the midbrain's tegmentum and substantia nigra, the cerebral cortex, the thalamus, and the cerebellum. These paired structures' functions are unclear, but it is known that they are important for adjusting the body's background motor activities,...

The Basal Ganglia Are Extensively Interconnected

Input Substantia Nigra Pars Compacta

Basal ganglia output is from the internal segment of the globus pallidus (GPi) and one segment of the substantia ni-gra. The GPi output is directed to ventrolateral and ventral anterior nuclei of the thalamus, which feed back to the cortical motor areas. The output of the GPi is also directed to a region in the upper brainstem termed the midbrain extrapyramidal area. This latter area then projects to the neurons of the reticulospinal tract. The substantia nigra output arises from the pars reticulata (SNr), which is histologically FGUREIHII Basal ganglia nuclei and circuitry. The circuit of cerebral cortex to striatum to GPi to thalamus and back to the cortex is the main pathway for basal ganglia influence on motor control. Note the direct and indirect pathways involving the striatum, GPi, GPe, and subthalamic nucleus. GPi output is also directed to the midbrain extrapyramidal area (MBEA). The SNr to SC pathway is important in eye movements. Excitatory pathways are shown in red,...

Interventional Electrophysiology

Endocardial Mapping Josephson

Radiofrequency energy quickly supplanted DC as an energy source for catheter ablation procedures. Huang and colleagues first demonstrated radiofrequency catheter ablation in a canine model in 1985 (20). Unlike direct current, radiofrequency energy created small, discrete lesions, which could be delivered using conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia. This advance ensured the success and widespread acceptance of catheter ablation procedures, and transformed electrophysiology from a descriptive specialty to an interventional field. For the first time, the electrophysiologist could cure patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) and A-V nodal reentrant tachycardia (21,22). In fact, radiofrequency catheter ablation for SVT was the first and

Electrical Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Disorders

Bilateral Anterior Capsulotomy

Based upon the fact that both the production of a focal brain lesion and the administration of high frequency electrical current to the same target (e.g. Vim) induce similar beneficial effects in Parkinson's sufferers, and given that lesions in certain brain sites seem to benefit some psychiatric patients, collaborating groups in Belgium and Sweden have hypothesised that electrical stimulation would also lead to improvements in the symptoms of psychiatric patients resistant to all other therapies except lesioning procedures. However, several comments need to be made about this hypothesis 4. It seems to be the case that the administration of high frequency electrical current stimulation and the production of a focal brain lesion in Vim induce similar effects in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. This is also correct for lesioning and stimulating the globus pallidus (GPi) for parkinsonian and dystonic patients, for STN in parkinsonian patients,

Drugs acting on the central nervous system CNS

The most frequent movement disorders are Parkinson's disease and Huntington chorea. The characteristic features of the former are hypokinetic movements and rigor of the muscles, while of the latter are hyperkinetic movements and hypotension of the muscles. In case of Parkinson's disease, the dopaminerg tracts are damaged in nigrostriatal system, while in Huntington chorea GABAerg neurons are insufficiently functioning, acetylcholine synthesis decreased, dopamine level increased, and the activity of NMDA receptors are enhanced. Thus, influencing dopamine synthesis and or metabolism is beneficial in Parkinson's disease, while substituting acetylcholine, increasing GABA, antagonizing dopamine, and blocking the activity of NMDA receptors are all therapeutic targets in Huntington chorea. Measuring the correlation of drug concentration and efficacy may improve the benefit from all of these therapies or help to individualize dosing (e.g., in elderly). There was no interference from other...

Core Assessment Protocol

Shortly after the first clinical trials with cell therapy in PD patients, it became obvious that there was a critical need for a degree of commonality between the methods for patient diagnosis and evaluation by the teams undertaking this experimental treatment. Daily fluctuations make scientific evaluation even more difficult. Data had to be compared and it appeared difficult for any one trial centre to achieve sufficient numbers of patients to provide definitive results. An ad hoc international committee, set up at the 1990 Fernstrom Symposium on Intracerebral Transplantation in Lund, Sweden, formulated a series of recommendations for a common and minimum set of core diagnostic and methodological evaluations, called the Core Assessment Program for Intracerebral Transplantations in PD (CAPIT-PD) (Langston et al. 1992). Within the Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration (NECTAR), the CAPIT has been updated and improved to allow also the comparable evaluation of all...

Application of the above Criteria to Study the Dopamine System

Ohda Toxin Model

The first experiment one might perform in an animal is to inject a target drug and observe the hemodynamic changes. In the same animal one can simultaneously measure both mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) and pCO2, thereby assuring that any observed hemodynamic changes are not due to changes in systemic physiologic parameters. This is a necessary and good start, but it is hardly sufficient. We showed that injection of either amphetamine or p> -CFT (a dopamine transporter blocker) led to systemic increases in MABP that were transient and much shorter than the BOLD or rCBV changes induced by these drugs 5 , a fact that was already known for amphetamine 141 . The next step in such an experiment might be to compare how the spatial pattern of BOLD or rCBV changes compares to the known distributions of dopaminergic neurons. Dopamine D1 and D2 receptors have highest density of expression in the striatum, nucleus accumbens, substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area and prefrontal cortex 35...

Skin Grafts Are Used to Treat Burn Victims

The above list of common transplants is by no means all-inclusive and is expected to grow in future years. For example, intracerebral neural-cell grafts have restored functionality in victims of Parkinson's disease. In studies conducted thus far, the source of neural donor cells was human embryos the possibility of using those from other animal species is being tested.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Defibrillator Atrial Fib

There is little doubt that the highest-risk patients with HCM are those who survive a cardiac arrest with documented VF or who have spontaneous episodes of sustained VT (128). In addition, young patients with a substantial family history of sudden cardiac death (defined as a cluster of two or more sudden deaths in young family members) or a high-risk genetic mutation are also at extremely high risk (128). Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is now recognized to be a genetic disorder with autosomal dominant inheritance (129). All of the genes that have been identified encode proteins of the cardiac sarcomere the P-myosin heavy chain (130), cardiac troponins T (131), and I (132), a-tropomyosin (131), myosin light chains (133), and myosin-binding protein C (134). In addition, a locus in chromosome 7q3 has been linked to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) (135). Multiple distinct mutations in each gene have been identified, which have varying...

Current Clinical Neurology

Parkinson's Disease and Nonmotor Dysfunction, edited by Ronald F. Pfeiffer and Ivan Bodis-Wollner, 2005 Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders, edited by Irene Litvan, 2005 Surgical Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders, edited by Daniel Tarsy, Jerrold L. Vitek, and Andres M. Lozano, 2003

Atrioventricular Node

Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome

Figure 14.17 Twelve-lead ECG recording of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, identifiable by the shortened P-Q interval (because the AV delay is circumvented) and the slowed QRS upstroke, particularly noticeable in leads II, aVR, and V6. (Rushmer, 1976, Fig. 8-47, p. 339 originally from Guneroth, 1965). Figure 14.17 Twelve-lead ECG recording of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, identifiable by the shortened P-Q interval (because the AV delay is circumvented) and the slowed QRS upstroke, particularly noticeable in leads II, aVR, and V6. (Rushmer, 1976, Fig. 8-47, p. 339 originally from Guneroth, 1965).

Paroxysmal Dyskinesia

At this time, antiepileptic agents remain the standard form of treatment for patients with paroxysmal dyskinesia (45). Other medications that have been tried include levodopa, tetrabenazine, and trihexyphenidyl. There is some evidence that patients with PKD respond better to antiepileptic medications than patients with PNKD.

Iron Manganese Interactions in

Manganese is an essential trace element at low concentrations, but at higher concentrations it is neurotoxic, accumulating particularly in the globus pallidus. While the clinical symptoms are typical of Parkinson's disease, with rhythmic tremor and muscular rigidity, there is an important psychiatric aspect associated with Mn intoxication, manifested by behavioural aggression. An increasingly popular hypothesis is that the continued degeneration of dopaminergic neurones in Parkinson's disease may be the consequence of aberrant oxidation of dopamine and resultant generation of DNA-reactive species in those patients receiving L-dopa therapy. Chronic occupational metal exposure, particularly to Mn and Cu, has been shown to be a risk factor for Parkinsonism (Gorell et al., 1999), and Mn has been shown to be a true catalyst for dopamine oxidation, lending support to this hypothesis. Studies in the rat have shown that Mn and Fe interact during transfer from the plasma to the brain and other...

Subject Selection in Case Control and Cohort Studies

Consider two studies of the same issue, agricultural pesticide exposure and the development of Parkinson's disease. In the cohort study, we identify a large population of pesticide users to monitor the incidence of Parkinson's disease and an unexposed cohort that is free of such exposure. We would then compare the incidence of Parkinson's disease in the two groups. In the case-control study, assume we have a roster of Parkinson's disease cases from a large referral center and select controls for comparison from the same geographic region as the cases, in order to assess the prevalence of exposure to agricultural pesticides in each group and thereby estimate the association. The methodologic challenge in the cohort study is to identify an unexposed cohort that is as similar as possible to the exposed group in all other factors that influence the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, such as demographic characteristics, tobacco use, and family disease history. Bias arises to the...

Extrapyramidal Effects

Among the most significant adverse reactions associated with the antipsychotic drugs are the extrapyramidal effects. The term extrapyramidal effects refers to a group of adverse reactions occurring on the extrapyramidal portion of the nervous system as a result of antipsy-chotic drugs. This part of the nervous system affects body posture and promotes smooth and uninterrupted movement of various muscle groups. Antipsychotics disturb the function of the extrapyramidal portion of the nervous system, causing abnormal muscle movement. Extrapyramidal effects include Parkinson-like symptoms (see Chap. 29), akathisia, and dystonia (see Display 32-1). Extrapyramidal effects usually diminish with a reduction in the dosage of the antipsychotic drug. The primary health care provider may also prescribe an antiparkinsonism drug, such as benztropine (see Chap. 29) to reduce the incidence of Parkinson-like symptoms.

Spaceoccupying Lesion Syndrome

Although a number of bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections may cause cerebral abscesses, this section discusses primarily the management of cerebral toxoplas-mosis, which since the emergence of HIV infection has become the commonest cause of cerebral abscess seen. The causative agent of toxoplasmosis is a coccidian parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. Cats serve as natural reservoirs of Toxoplasma, virtually any animal that ingests material contaminated with oocyts can become infected. The frequency and prevalence of Toxoplama infection in humans varies considerably depending upon age dietary habits, climate, and proximity to cats. Toxoplasma cerebral abscesses occur most frequently in patients with HIV infection. The clinical manifestations typically evolve over several weeks, and focal signs referable to the site of the abscess are noted. Interestingly, in this patient population, toxoplasma has a predilection to localize in the basal ganglia, not infrequently resulting in movement...

Critical Thinking Exercises

Dennis, age 89years, has Parkinson's disease and is taking amantadine daily. In discussing her care with the family, determine what information you would include in the teaching plan and what information would be most important for the family to understand. Explain your answer. 2. Ms. Whitman is taking two drugs for Parkinson's disease levodopa and carbidopa. Ms. Whitman questions you as to why she received two drugs while her friend with Parkinson's disease is taking only one drug. Discuss how you would explain this to Ms. Whitman.

At2 receptormediated natriuresis

Intrarenal AT receptor blockade with candesartan increased Na+ excretion, and this effect was abolished by intrarenal AT2 receptor blockade with PD. In the presence of systemic ATj receptor blockade with candesartan, but not in its absence, intrarenal Ang III infusion induced a significant natriuresis that was abolished with concurrent intrarenal administration of PD (96). However, similar experiments with intrarenal Ang II administration at equimolar or higher infusion rates did not demonstrate a natriuretic effect. Collectively, these studies demonstrated for the first time that the beneficial effect of natriuresis induced by ATj receptor blockade is mediated, at least in part, by AT2 receptor stimulation (96). This study also demonstrated that Ang III is the preferential agonist for this response. Although the mechanism(s) of Ang III induction of natriuresis via the AT2 receptor is (are) not clear, these results identify the AT2 receptor as a potential therapeutic...

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