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Experimental Diabetic Neuropathy Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Therapy

There is ample evidence of oxidative stress in both experimental (EDN) and human diabetic neuropathy. Most studies have been done on plasma, with limited study on neural tissues. We briefly review and update our studies. There is a perfusion deficit of approximately 50 that affects peripheral nerve endoneurium (1) and the parent cell bodies in relevant dorsal root and sympathetic ganglia (2). The onset of ischemia occurs within the first week (3) and is due to a reduction in nutritive rather than arteriovenous flow. There is attendant hypoxia, seen in both experimental (4) and human diabetes (5).

Neurotrophins In Diabetic Neuropathy

Decreased capture and retrograde transport of iodinated NGF in the sciatic nerve was observed in diabetic rats many years ago (34). Reduced retrograde transport of iodinated NGF in ileal mesenteric nerves has also been demonstrated (35). These observations imply that even in the absence of any deficit in production of NGF in diabetes, a deficit in the amount delivered to the cell body might be expected. In diabetic rats, there are reduced levels of NGF in the submandibular gland, superior cervical ganglion, and sciatic nerve (3638). NGF levels have also been shown to be decreased in the serum of diabetic patients with symptomatic peripheral neuropathy (39). Work in our laboratory has shown that with increasing duration of diabetes, progressive reductions in NGF mRNA appear in leg muscle and sciatic nerve followed by reductions in skin. There is a profound reduction in the retrograde transport of NGF in the sciatic nerve, which can be reversed by intensive insulin treatment, and...

PNS of the Peripheral Nervous System

The SN often associated with the Hu antibody is characterized by primary damage to the nerve cell body. The patient suffers from progressive, painful sensory disturbances evolving subacutely, usually with a Rankin score of 3 within 12 weeks of the onset of symptoms 14 . Presenting symptoms include paresthesia, hypoestesia, and very often proprioceptive loss in the affected areas sensory ataxia is common. The upper limbs are often involved 97 . The distribution of the SN is often atypical for peripheral neuropathy. The involvement is usually asymmetrical, especially at the onset of symptoms, and may affect the face or upper limbs only. SN is often the presenting symptom of the PEM SN syndrome, but signs of CNS involvement usually evolve, and autonomic disturbances are common 36 . Although the sensory ganglia and roots are the primary affected area in SN, demyelination and axonal degeneration combined with inflammatory infiltrates consisting of CD8+ cells and macrophages also extend to...

Neurosteroids are excitatory in supraoptic neurons but inhibitory in the peripheral nervous system it is all about

Abstract Neuroactive steroids synthesized from the brain or peripheral sources are called neurosteroids. Beside their common nuclear effects, they are considered to be potent neuromodulators, acting rapidly mainly in a non-genomic manner, either through allosteric regulation ofionic channels, or through membrane-bound steroid receptors. In contrast to the situation in the adult, the neurotransmitter GABA is excitatory during development and plays a trophic role, in particular inducing calcium signals necessary for the regulation of excitability and neuronal maturation. We demonstrated that the primary metabolite of progesterone (Proges), allopregnanolone (Allo), evoked a robust Ca2+ influx in foetal hypothalamic neurons and in postnatal supraoptic nucleus (SON) neurons. In the latter, this led to oxytocin and arginine vasopressin release. Interestingly, these responses were GABAa and oxytocin-receptor-dependent. Allo is a well-known positive allosteric modulator of GABAa receptors. It...

What are the advantages of peripheral nerve blocks

Peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) share many of their advantages with neuraxial (spinal and epidural) anesthetic and analgesic techniques, first of which is the lack of need for airway instrumentation. This feature makes PNBs useful in cases in which airway management will be difficult or in which the patient has borderline respiratory function. PNB allows for shorter discharge times in ambulatory settings because of the decreased incidence of nausea, vomiting, and severe pain. PNB may diminish or prevent the development of chronic pain syndromes because of the lack of central nervous system sensitization that occurs after acute injury. Finally, patients with PNB have minimal if any opioid requirements in the immediate postoperative phase.

Key Points Peripheral Nerve Blocksy

There are multiple ways to localize peripheral nerves, including use of nerve stimulator, ultrasound guidance, paresthesia, and relationship to other structures such as arteries or fascial planes. 2. To date no particular technique to localize peripheral nerves has been demonstrated to produce fewer complications or a higher success rate when performed by appropriately trained personnel.

Pathways of Glucose Mediated Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic distal symmetric sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DPN), the most common peripheral neuropathy in developed countries (1-3), affects up to 6070 of diabetic patients (4) and is the leading cause of foot amputation (5). The typical slowing of nerve conduction and the advancing distal symmetrical sensorimotor deficits are thought to reflect an underlying slowly progressive distal axonopathy of the dying-back type primarily affecting sensory nerve fibers (6). Improved blood glucose control substantially reduces the risk of developing DPN in insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes (7,8), thereby strongly implicating hyperglycemia as a causative factor. and inhibition of DAG kinase (15-18). These metabolic initiators are compartmentalized within the rich anatomical complexity and cellular heterogeneity of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and its supporting vasculature and connective tissue elements. This compartmentalization channels and shapes the physiological response to metabolic...

Other Glutamate Mechanisms

Hypersensitivity in a neuropathic pain model (26). While these data suggest the potential for Group 1 antagonists 6 in inflammatory pain, their weak effects for reversing established allodynia in neuropathic pain models suggest that they might have limited potential as clinical pharmacotherapies (27,28). Recently described mGluRI and mGluR2 ligands might provide additional insight into their clinical utility (25).

Other Ion Channel Mechanisms

Ion channels, a family of diverse, membrane-bound proteins, provide a plethora of potential targets for design of novel pharmacotherapeutics. Modulation of these proteins by endogenous ligands or transmembrane voltage plays a predominant role in regulating cellular processes that govern excitability. The proven clinical efficacy of ion channel modulators coupled with recent studies demonstrating altered expression of channels in neuropathic pain models, has fueled efforts to design channel-based therapeutics for alleviating neuropathic pain. N-Tvpe Calcium Channel Modulators - Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) modulate excitability of nociceptive sensory neurons in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, and appear to be involved in the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain (34,35). VGCCs are classified into three major categories based upon their electrophysiologic and pharmacologic properties high voltage-activated (L-, N-, P-, and Q-types), intermediate voltage-activated...

Postgenomic Proteomic

The brain is a highly complex organ that mediates conceptual thought, cognition, volition, self-consciousness and emotion (1,2). As the interpreter and responder to environmental challenges, the brain, working via the peripheral nervous system, processes information and controls behavioral, responses via systems replete with specialized circuits, parallel pathways, and redundant mechanisms to protect the individual, thus ensuring propagation of the genome and survival of the species (3,4). Accordingly, brain dysfunction resulting from genetic, environmental and or aging factors has a major negative impact on the quality of life and individual survival.

Normal pregnancy and delivery

10 ANATOMY OF THE SPINE AND PERIPHERAL NERVES Although not exclusive to obstetric anaesthesia, a sound knowledge of the anatomy pertinent to epidural and spinal anaesthesia is fundamental to obstetric anaesthetists because of the importance of these techniques in this field. In addition, knowledge of the relevant peripheral nerves is important in order to differentiate central from peripheral causes of neurological impairment.

Dual action iNOS inhibitors

Studies have shown that iNOS and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor g (PPARg) play important roles in neuroinflammation. For instance, the PPARg agonists Rosiglitazone and Pioglitazone, which are approved for the treatment of diabetes, preserve cognitive function in early Alzheimer's patients and attenuate learning and memory deficits in transgenic Alzheimer mouse models. In a rat spinal cord injury model, treatment of rats with thiazolidinedione PPARg agonists prevented neuronal damage, motor dysfunction, myelin loss, and the development of neuropathic pain 84 . Similarly, increased iNOS function is important in neuroinflammation and pain. A series of 2-phenyl-ethenesulfonic acid phenyl esters were synthesized and shown to suppress NO production in LPS interferon g-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells and activate PPARg in a cell-based transactivation assay 85 . Compound 37 inhibits iNOS activity (IC50 1.8 mM) in a whole cell assay and binds competitively to the PPARg receptor (IC50...

Fraunhofer solar spectrum

The assessment of impairments of the musculoskel-etal system by the doctors and physiotherapists examines the aspects Is the muscle spastic to passive extension Does the muscle show increased stiffness when stretched Does the muscle have fixed shortening Careful treatment depends on clinical patterns of motor dysfunction in order to identify the best method of treating functional problems as there are the flexed hip, scissoring thighs, stiff knees, equinovarus foot, bent elbow, pronated forearm, bent wrist, clenched fist, thumb-in-palm deformity. In addition, pharmacological reduction of spasticity can be achieved by local injections of phenol for peripheral nerve blocks and today by the local application of Botulinum toxin, which inhibits the release of actetylcholine causing flaccid paralysis. Both techniques are helpful adjuncts for standard use of casting 15, 16 . Sometimes long-bone and pelvic fractures that are stabilized with the aid of a fixateur externe after polytrauma might...

Sodium Channels And Therapeutic Opportunities

The therapeutic indications most frequently considered for sodium channel blockers are CNS and PNS disorders where neuronal excitability plays a key role in the manifestation of the pathology, such as neuropathic pain, epilepsy, and neuromuscular, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders 21 . Neuropathic pain is a very large unmet medical need, impacting approximately 4 million people in the United States alone 22 . This disease arises from complex pathophysiological changes that develop in both the PNS and the CNS following nerve injury or disease 23 . Examples include chronic (e.g., repetitive motion disorders) or acute trauma (including surgery), diabetic neuropathy, and post-herpetic neuralgia, none of which are adequately served with current therapies. The observed CNS changes are thought to arise from abnormal signaling from the PNS, notably the electrical hyperexcitability within peripheral sensory neurons 24 . Although sodium channel blockers such as carbamazepine 3 and...

Low output hypokinetic beriberi

The chronic alcoholic with severe nutritional deficiency for at least 3 months usually enters hospital with severe reversible congestive heart failure after being on minimal food intake for about 1 week. After a few weeks in hospital with abstention from alcohol and with good nutrition, especially with thiamine supplementation, the heart usually returns to normal size and the congestive heart failure disappears without the need for further drug therapy 16,18 , The symptoms of such patients may be a peripheral neuropathy or Wernicke's encephalopathy 23 ,

Biophysics of channel block

Transition to a closed or inactivated state. Closed channels are available for reopening but inactivated channels must recover from inactivation. Compounds can have different affinities for the various states and binding can be voltage- or state-dependant. In addition to the state-dependence, channels also exhibit a use or frequency-dependence (also called phasic block). A cell that is firing rapidly such as a damaged nerve will result in the sodium channels cycling more rapidly through the conformational states, open, closed and inactivated. Therefore, compounds that preferentially bind to the open or inactivated state accumulate and block will increase with higher frequency activity. Non-selective sodium channel blockers currently in use to treat neuropathic pain preferentially bind to either the open or, more often, the inactivited state resulting in both voltage and use dependence 7 .

Neural Regulation Of The Cough Reflex

The unmyelinated C-fiber afferents contain neuropeptides of the tachykinin family, such as substance P and neurokinin A (NKA) as well as calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), which are synthesized in the nodose and jugular nerve cell bodies and undergo retrograde transport to the nerve terminals in the airways. In humans, the major subgroup of afferent nerves involved in the generation of cough is located primarily throughout the trachea and intra- and extrapulmonary bronchi. In addition to relaying impulse information to the CNS cough center, these nerves exert a local pro-inflammatory response due to the release of tachykinins from the peripheral nerve terminals. This neurogenic inflammatory response is characterized by smooth muscle contraction, edema and stimulation of neighboring RARs leading to amplification of the cough response (2, 8).

Cell Based Assays to Predict Toxicity and Resistance Aspects

Before an antiviral agent becomes a drug, advanced toxicity testing, pharmacological combination, and drug-interaction studies are needed. The use of new cell-based assays that can predict mitochondrial toxicity, lactic acidosis, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, hypersensitivity, lipodystrophy, and other potential side effects can alleviate these issues (Stuyver et al. 2002).

Therapeutic Utility Of Immunophilin Ligands In Treating Neurological Disorders

Following the discovery that nonimmunosuppressive immunophilin li-gands retained the neurotrophic properties of FK506, a number of compounds have been evaluated for efficacy in several animal models of neurodegenerative disorders. FK506 had already been shown to promote recovery of damaged peripheral nerves several reports now detail the ability of compounds in Tables 4 and 5 to promote regeneration of both central and peripheral neurons. Compounds 3, 4, 8, and 10 were shown to promote regrowth of damaged peripheral nerves in vivo in rats. Treatment of rats with FKBP ligands for 18 days following lesioning of the sciatic nerve produced significant regeneration of damaged nerves, resulting in both more axons and axons with a greater degree of myelination in drug-treated animals relative to controls. At doses of 30 mg kg day, administered subcutane-ously, compounds 3 and 4 were as effective as FK506 (Table 6).263 Lesioning of the animals treated only with vehicle caused a significant...

Serological Diagnosis of CD

Serological diagnosis is based on estimation of antibodies against gliadin and of autoantibodies directed against tTG. Gliadin antibodies have been known for more than 40 years 91 . However, their diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for CD is low. The immunoglobulin A (IgA) class has a somewhat higher specificity than the immunoglobulin G (IgG) class 88 . Increased concentrations of gliadin antibodies can also be found in a variety of other conditions not related to CD, for example inflammatory bowel disease 92 , IgA nephropathy 93 , HIV infection 94 , rheumatoid arthritis 95 , as well as in some apparently normal individuals. Furthermore, gliadin antibodies were also described in neurological disorders 96, 97 . The most frequently published neurological syndromes associated with gliadin antibodies are cerebel-lar ataxia (gluten ataxia) and peripheral neuropathy (celiac neuropathy). However, the association between gliadin antibodies and neurological diseases is, for the most part,...

Problemsspecial considerations

The initial problem is one of diagnosis. Different lesions may present in different ways that may overlap with each other and with other conditions (Table 51.1). Although cord lesions generally present with upper motor neurone signs and sensory impairment below the level of injury, and peripheral nerve injuries present with lower motor neurone signs, it may be surprisingly difficult to distinguish them clinically (see Chapter 50, Peripheral nerve lesions following regional

Antioxidant Enzymes

Free radical defenses of peripheral nerve are reduced relative to brain and liver, especially involving glutathione (GSH)-containing enzymes (9). Cuprozinc superoxide dismutase (SOD) is reduced in sciatic nerve of experimental diabetic neuropathy, and this reduction is improved by insulin treatment (10). Glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) is reported to be further reduced in experimental diabetic neuropathy in alloxan diabetic mice 7-21 days after induction of diabetes, and enzyme activity inversely regresses with glucose level (11). We recently evaluated the gene expression of the antioxidant enzymes, GSH-Px, SOD (cuprozinc czSOD and manganese mnSOD separately), and cata-lase (CAT) in L4-L6 dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and superior cervical ganglion (SCG) of rats that had been diabetic for 3 and 12 months (Kishi et al unpublished data). cDNA fragments for rat GSH-Px, czSOD, mnSOD, CAT, and cyclophilin was obtained by reverse transcriptase polymerese chain reaction of rat DRG RNA using...

Glucose Uptake And Energy Metabolism

Endoneurial glucose, fructose, sorbitol, and myo-inositol were measured in sciatic nerve and L5 DRG. ATP, creatine phosphate, and lactate were measured in sciatic nerve and superior cervical ganglion. a-Lipoic acid had no significant effect on either energy metabolism or polyol pathway of normal nerves. In contrast, it significantly increased glucose, fructose, and sorbitol but paradoxically increased, rather than reduced, endoneurial myo-inositol. a-Lipoic acid prevented the reduction in superior cervical ganglion creatine phosphate. We conclude that glucose uptake is reduced in EDN and that this deficit is dose-dependently reversed by a-lipoic acid, a change associated with an improvement in peripheral nerve function, possibly by improving energy metabolism in ischemic nerve and by increasing endoneurial myo-inositol.

How Does The Brain And Nervous System Control Emotions

The nervous system is divided into several sections the central nervous system (CNS) with the brain, the peripheral nervous system (PNS) with the nerves that extend throughout the body, and the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which regulates our emotions and life-sustaining activities such as breathing, blood pressure, and other systems that we don't think about. The ANS regulates the production of the neurotrans-mitters and hormones that help the different parts of our nervous system all work together. In this section, we discuss how the brain and ANS normally work to regulate our emotions.

Interactions Between Antioxidants And Essential Fatty Acids

Recent attention has focused on GLA-oc-lipoic acid combinations because both drugs have similar dose-response relationships for correcting NCV deficits and because of the greater effective antioxidant power of a-lipoic acid than ascorbate in experimental diabetic neuropathy. Effects on motor NCV and nerve blood flow are shown in Figure 8. Low doses of GLA or a-lipoic

Pharmacological Profile Of Abt594

ABT-594 (1) is a potent agonist at nAChRs and has antinociceptive activity in several rodent models of acute, persistent, and neuropathic pain. ABT-594 has affinity for the 3H cytisine binding site comparable to that of epibatidine (AT. 0.037 nM and 0.043 nM for ABT-594 and ( )-epibatidine, respectively). However, ABT-594 is a less potent inhibitor of a-bungarotoxin binding than epibatidine in rat brain (60 times less potent than epibatidine) and in Torpedo electroplax (3000 times less potent than epibatidine), which represent, respectively, the a7-containing neuronal nAChR and the neuromuscular-type nAChR.42'43 In cell lines expressing a3-containing or a4-containing nAChRs, ABT-594 is, respectively, 29-fold and threefold weaker than In mice, ABT-594 produces antinociceptive effects in both the hot-plate test and the abdominal constriction assay. In rats, similar results are obtained in the thermal paw withdrawal test and the formalin test. The efficacy of ABT-594 in these tests is...

Summary And Conclusions

Studies on antioxidant treatment have shown that ROS makes a marked contribution to the etiology of nerve dysfunction in experimental diabetes. Effects on vasa nervorum predominate in the short term ROS cause dysfunction of vascular endothelium which at the very least reduces NO-mediated vasodilation and increases local vasoconstrictor production and reactivity. The effects of oxidative stress are crucial, complex, and far reaching, causing basic changes in cell signaling such as PKC and NF-kB that affect a plethora of systems involved in the maintenance of vascular control and integrity. ROS effects also impinge on prostanoid and EDHF systems, further exacerbating a diabetic deficit of substrate availability in the former. The result is reduced nerve perfusion, causing endoneurial hypoxia, which in turn is responsible for NCV and other functional deficits. Autooxidation of glucose and its metabolites and other transition metal-catalyzed reactions such as advanced glycation are...

Monocyclic corebased CB2 agonists 311 Sixmembered aromatic cores

Several sulfamoyl benzamide-based CB2-selective agonists have emerged, composed of a central phenyl ring with a bulky lipophilic cycloalkyl carboxamide 31-34 . Saturated cyclic amines such as morpholine, pyrrolidine, and piperidine at displayed similar in vitro profiles, with 11 being slightly more selective for CB2 31 . Amide 11 exhibited 120-fold selectivity over CB1 in the 35S GTPgS functional assay (hCB2 hCB1 EC50 4.6nM 550nM) and did not produce catalepsy at doses of 6 and 10 mg kg, i.p. Compound 11 reversed the nerve injury-induced tactile allodynia in the L5 SNL rat model of neuropathic pain (3 mg kg, i.p.) and also produced a significant anti-allodynic effect (10 mg kg, i.p.) comparable to the effect produced by morphine (3 mg kg, s.c.) in the hind paw incision model of post-operative pain. However, 11 had no oral efficacy in the incision pain model due to poor oral bioavailability 31 .

Clinical Trials Status

Glenmark pharmaceutical's recent press release indicated successful completion of a phase I trial in Europe for their clinical candidate GRC10693 for neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory pain disorders 68 . The structure of this candidate has not been disclosed.

Somatic Nervous System Son Of The Soma Grandson Of The Somites

Going into more detail, we stated that the mesoderm differentiated to create the somites. The next step was that the somites, in turn, further differentiated or specialized to create the gross body soma. Now, enter the Somatic Nervous System or SNS. The Somatic Nervous System (SNS) is the portion of the Peripheral Nervous System that supplies the gross body soma. We mean that the Somatic Nervous System (SNS) picks up sensory (afferent) information from receptors in the gross body soma, and that it carries motor (efferent) information towards the effectors associated with the soma. If you feel a painful cramp in your deltoid muscle, and then rub and massage it, for instance, you are using your SNS.

General Characteristics

M. leprae has not yet been cultivated in vitro, although it can be cultivated in the armadillo and the footpads of ' ice. Largely through the application of molecular bio-A-gic techniques, information has been gained regarding this organism's genomic structure and its various genes and their products. Although polymerase chain reaction fPCR) has been used to detect and identify M. leprae in infected tissues, it has not proved so far to be as effective tffiagnostically as anticipated in indeterminate or pauci-badllary (few organisms present) disease.17 Thus, diagnosis of leprosy is accomplished based on distinct clinical Manifestations such as hypopigmented skin lesion and peripheral nerve involvement in conjunction with a tin-smear positive for acid-fast bacilli.

Epidemiology and Pathogenesis

Although the host's immune response to M. leprae plays a key role in control of infection, the immune response is also responsible for the damage to skin and nerves in other words, leprosy is both a bacterial and immunologic disease.6 After acquisition of M. leprae, infection passes through many stages in the host that are characterized by various clinical and histopathologic features. Although there are many intermediate stages, the primary stages include a silent phase, during which leprosy bacilli multiply in the skin within macrophages, and an intermediate phase, in which the bacilli multiply in peripheral nerves and begin to cause sensory impairment. More severe disease states may follow. A patient may recover spontaneously at any stage.

Spectrum of Disease

Based on the host's response, the spectrum of disease caused by M. leprae ranges from subclinical infection to intermediate stages of disease to full-blown and serious clinical manifestations involving the skin, upper respiratory system, testes, and peripheral nerves. The two major forms of the disease are a localized form called tuberculoid leprosy and a more disseminated form called lepromatous leprosy. Patients with lepromatous leprosy are anergic to M. leprae because of a defect in their cell- mediated immunity. Because of unimpeded growth, individuals display extensive skin lesions containing numerous acid-fast bacilli organisms can spill over into blood and disseminate, hi contrast, individuals with tuberculoid leprosy do not have an immune defect, so the disease is localized to the skin and nerves few organisms are observed in skin lesions. Most of the serious sequelae associated with leprosy are a result of this organism's tropism for peripheral nerves.

And Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy

Polyneuropathy involving the somatic and autonomic nervous system is responsible for substantial morbidity and increased mortality among diabetic patients. Near normoglycemia is now generally accepted as the primary approach to prevention of diabetic neuropathy (1,2). However, in diabetic patients with advanced stages of peripheral neuropathy, relatively long periods of near-normal glycemic control for several months or even years may be needed to retard the progression of nerve dysfunction (3). Because normoglycemia is not achievable in most diabetic patients, the effects of several medical treatments derived from the pathogenetic concepts of diabetic neuropathy have been evaluated in numerous randomized clinical trials during the past two decades. However, due to various reasons, none of these compounds has been marketed as yet in the major European countries or in the United States. Nonetheless, in symptomatic diabetic neuropathy, additional pharmacological treatment of painful...

Therapeutic Applications of Nonpeptidic 6Opioid Agonists

More recently, the targeting of 8-opioid receptor agonists to modulate antinociceptive activity has emerged as an attractive alternative (7). Cloned and expressed 8-opioid receptors are known to couple to both L-type Ca2+ and K+ channels through Gi proteins (8). Two pharmacologically distinct subtypes of the 8-receptor (designated 81 and 82) have been identified, based upon both in vitro and in vivo studies. While the full pharmacological functions of these receptors remains to be elucidated, both are implicated to play a role in neuropathic pain regulation (9). In contrast to the morphine-like -opioids, 8-opioid agonist activity produces few adverse effects on respiratory function and has significantly lower potential for development of physical dependence (10, 11). In addition, alternative potential therapeutic applications of this class are beginning to emerge. For example, 8-agonists have been shown to possess immunostimulative effects, in contrast to the immunosuppressive effects...

Hypothesis Of Advanced Glycation End Products And Its Receptor

Excessive deposition of intra- and extracellular AGEs in human diabetic peripheral nerve (66) Inhibition of AGE formation prevents diabetic peripheral nerve dysfunction (67) Accumulation of AGEs in the kidney of diabetic patients (56,60) Injection of AGE-albumin in normal rats induces symptoms of diabetic nephropathy (68)

Inhibition Of Diabetic Complications By Antioxidant Treatment

Several intervention studies have been performed to establish the role of a-lipoic acid as a powerful antioxidant in diabetes. Therapeutic effects of a-lipoic acid in the prevention of diabetic retinopathy and cataract have been described (116). The neuroprotective effect of a-lipoic acid in the treatment of symptomatic diabetic peripheral neuropathy by reducing oxidative stress and improving nerve blood flow and distal nerve conduction is well documented (117-119). The increased blood flow is consistent with the vascular protective effect of a-lipoic acid.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Lower Urinary Tract

The storage and periodic elimination of urine are dependent on the reciprocal activity of two functional units in the lower urinary tract a reservoir, the bladder and an outlet represented by the bladder neck and the smooth and striated sphincter muscles of the urethra. During urine storage, the bladder outlet is closed and the bladder smooth muscle is quiescent, allowing intravesical pressure to remain low over a wide range of bladder volumes. During voluntary voiding, the initial event is a relaxation of the pelvic floor and striated urethral muscles, followed by a detrusor muscle contraction and opening of the bladder neck. This activity is mediated by three sets of peripheral nerves parasympathetic (pelvic), sympathetic (hypogastric) and somatic (pudendal) nerves (Fig. 1). These nerves also contain afferent axons terminating in the lower urinary tract which are involved in initiating micturition.

Diagnosis of Paraneoplastic Nervous System Syndromes

Thus, the clinically important group comprising seronegative patients with peripheral neuropathy and an associated cancer can be regarded as possible Electroencephalography usually shows focal or generalized pathology and epileptic activity among patients that have LE 44 or encephalomyelitis with epileptic manifestations 33, 34 . Electrophysiological studies are important in investigating paraneoplastic peripheral neuropathy, including the degree of sensory vs motor nerve involvement, axonal or demyelinating features, and neuronopathy 98, 100, 147 .

Nearestneighbor base frequency analysis

Neural spread Dissemination of virus infection by spreading along peripheral nerves. Plays an essential role for viruses such as rabies, herpes simplex and pseudorabies viruses, which do not generally spread by viremia. Other viruses such as polio, reovirus and mouse hepatitis may utilize both viremia and neural spread to disseminate infection.

Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a rare mitochondrial disorder of the eye. Typically, the first sign of LHON is a blurring of vision, followed within a few months by a painless, complete, or near-complete, loss of sight. Often, both eyes are affected simultaneously. If not, blindness in the second eye occurs very shortly after the loss of vision in the first. Degeneration of the optic nerve and neurons of the retina are the principal pathological features of LHON. Additional abnormalities, such as deterioration of peripheral nerves, tremors, heart conduction defects, and diminished muscle tonicity (dystonia) sometimes accompany the bilateral blindness. The onset of LHON is usually when patients are in their mid-20s, but can range from childhood to adults older than 70 years. There is generally a sex bias, with approximately five times more males than females showing the disorder. The reason for this difference has not been determined.

Therapy for Paraneoplastic Nervous System Syndromes

There are two approaches to treating PNS eradicating the source of the antigen, that is, the tumor, through surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy and modulating the immune response such as by administering corticoster-oids, intravenous immunoglobuline or azathioprine, or depleting IgG (plasma exchange) 219, 220 . The single most important factor in managing patients with PNS is identifying and treating the associated tumor as early as possible, but even with complete tumor remission, the PNS respond to varying degrees 12, 221 . Nevertheless, case reports indicate neurological improvement following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and complete regress of tumor is associated with a more favorable course of PEM 10 and longer survival in PCD 68 . Patients with syndromes affecting the CNS usually benefit less from oncological therapy than patients with peripheral nerve syndromes as SN, possibly due to the fact that the CNS syndromes evolve rapidly, and at the time the PNS is correctly...

Management options

The mother with RA may have several anaesthetic risk factors and should be identified as early as possible during pregnancy and referred for anaesthetic assessment. History taking should include a drug history, and questioning about any previous anaesthetics, especially if these involved tracheal intubation. A detailed cardiorespiratory history is essential. The neck and jaw should be examined to assess potential difficulty with tracheal intubation and where appropriate cervical spine X-rays should be taken in extension and flexion. Pulmonary function tests may be considered, and electrocardiography should be performed to exclude conduction defects. If there is suspicion of a rheumatoid cardiomyopathy, echocardiography should be requested. The extent of any peripheral neuropathy must be documented.

Results of Sacral Neuromodulation

Although frequent, chronic pelvic pain syndrome probably receives little attention from clinicians. It is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge and is often related to psychological and psychosomatic disorders. Theoretically, neurogenic inflammation is responsible for neurogenic pain, as in a complex regional pain syndrome 13 . Trauma may also induce pain (fracture, nerve damage). Compared to dorsal column or peripheral nerve stimulations, some authors propose sacral nerve stimulation for the treatment of chronic pelvic pain syndrome. To date, few results have been reported for this technique but it is feasible. Aboseif et al. 1 analyzed a group of 41 patients with chronic pelvic pain associated with other voiding symptoms stimulation decreased the severity of pain from 5.8 to 3.7 on their scale.

Coactivation Of Striatal Neurons And Cognitive Problems Associated With Parkinsonian Syndromes

As a whole, the evidence is compatible with the hypothesis that (apart from major motor symptoms), there is, in Parkinson's disease, a tendency to coactivation of cell assemblies, rather than selective release of individual assemblies. This conclusion from psychological evidence has its counterpart based on biological evidence, using electrophysiological methods of recording or stimulation. These include both transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the cortex, and recording cortical activity in the form of EEG or event-related potentials (ERPs). Using TMS, single pulses applied over the motor cortical area produce a brief phase of EMG activation followed by silencing of spontaneous EMG activity (Calancie et al., 1987 Holmgren et al., 1990). This silencing is indicative of inhibition that could, in principle, be occurring at either the cortical level or at the level of the spinal motoneurons. The part played by inhibition at the latter site can be assessed independently by...

Phase IIIII registrational trials

4.2 months for CAPE) was observed for the drug combination. Detailed retroanalysis suggested that certain subgroups showed preferential benefit, including those patients referred to as triple negative (i.e., no or low expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), estrogen receptor (ER), and progesterone receptor (PR)). Grade 3 4 peripheral neuropathy (23 ) and neutropenia (68 ) were notably higher in the combination arm of the trial. Taken together, these two studies demonstrated the effectiveness of ixabepilone against breast cancer and served as the basis for submitting a New Drug Application to the FDA.

Plating efficiency See efficiency of plating

Poliovirus (PV) The type species of the genus Enterovirus. There are three serotypes human poliovirus 1, human poliovirus 2 and human poliovirus 3 (PV-1 to -3). Causes poliomyelitis, a disease of great antiquity, and was one of the first viruses to be isolated, in 1909. Following infection the virus may multiply in mucosal surfaces, tonsils and Peyer's patches of the small intestine before spreading to more distant lymph nodes and through viremia to other sites including peripheral nerves and spinal cord. The outcome of the infection may be inapparent (90-95 ) an abortive or

Mechanisms Of Hyperglycemiainduced Pkc Activation

Retina (diabetic rats and dogs) Heart (diabetic rats) Aorta (diabetic rats and dogs) Renal glomeruli (diabetic rats) Brain (diabetic rats) Peripheral nerve The activation of PKC by hyperglycemia may be tissue specific because it was noted in the retina (16), aorta, heart (17), and glomeruli (8,18) but not clearly demonstrated in the brain (16) and peripheral nerves (30) (Table 1). Similar increases in DAG levels and PKC activation have also been shown in multiple types of cultured vascular cells in response to increased glucose levels (Table 1) (8,16,22,31). Thus, it is likely that the DAG-PKC pathway is activated by the hyperglycemic-diabetic state in all vascular- cells. Among the various PKC isoforms in vascular cells, PKC (3 and 8 isoforms appear to be preferentially activated as shown by immunoblotting studies in aorta and heart of diabetic rats (17) and in cultured aortic smooth muscle cells exposed to high levels of glucose (32). However, increases in other isoforms such as PKC...

New Therapies From Existing Drugs

History is replete with examples of compounds that were originally developed for one disease and subsequently found to be beneficial in another. In contrast to the hypothesis-driven philosophy of modern drug discovery, many highly successful new treatments have been discovered by serendipity 3,5,12-14 . The phosphodiesterase (PDE-5) inhibitor, sildenafil for example was originally developed as a potential anti-angina therapy but was observed during early clinical trials to be efficacious for male erectile dysfunction, for which it was subsequently first approved. Further studies on sildenafil have expanded its label to include approval for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The alpha-2 adrenergic agonist, brimonidine, was originally synthesized as an anti-hypertensive and later discovered and marketed as an anti-glaucoma agent. Further examples of drugs with unexpected benefits beyond their initially approved indications include bupropion, which is approved as a smoking cessation drug,...

Vascular Blood Flow

Abnormalities in vascular blood flow and contractility have been found in many organs of diabetic animals or patients, including the kidney, retina, peripheral arteries, and micro vessels of peripheral nerves. In the retina of diabetic patients without clinical retinopathy (35-38) and animals with short durations of disease (39-43), retinal blood flows have been shown to be decreased. However, retinal blood flow may be normal or increased with longer duration of retinopathy (37,38,44). Multiple lines of evidence have supported the hypothesis that the decreases in retinal blood flow are due to PKC activation. For example, introduction of a PKC agonist such as a phorbol ester into the retina will decrease retinal blood flow (16). On the other hand, decreases in retinal blood flow in diabetic rats have been reported to be normalized by PKC inhibitors (16,19). In nondiabetic animals, the intravitreal injection of a DAG kinase inhibitor resulted in increased retinal DAG levels, activation...

Treatment of patients with terminal kidney failure

Clinicians around the world who use the better commercially prepared hemoperfusion devices in series with hemodialyzers reported clinical improvements in well-being of patients, nerve conduction velocity, pruritis, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy as well as reduction in treatment time (Chang et al., 1975, 1982b Martin et al., 1979 Inou et al., 1979 Odaka et al., 1980 Agishi et al.,

Peripherally Induced Tremor And Parkinsonism

There are several disorders that have been reported to result from trauma to the peripheral nervous system. These include tremor, dystonia, segmental myoclonus, hemifacial spasm, and in some cases parkinsonism. Among 146 patients with peripherally induced movement disorders, 28 had tremor with or without parkinsonism (81). Eleven patients had tremor-dominant parkinsonism. Clinical features included rest and action tremor, and bradykinesia and rigidity in those with parkinsonism. Onset of movement disorder was temporally related to the injury, and was within 2-5 months after injury. Injuries varied from whiplash to sprain, dental procedure, fracture, overuse, or surgery. Patients had the injury in various areas including arm, neck, lumbar region, and teeth. A majority of patients had injuries in the arms. The condition seemed to spread to the other parts of the body beyond the initial site of injury, and it is unclear if any of them may have had predisposition to parkinsonism, and the...

Laboratory Diagnosis

Neurological diseases (myelopathy and peripheral neuropathy) caused by HIV are seen in some patients lacking criteria for AIDS. In about 25 of patients a subacute encephalitis termed AIDS-dementia complex is manifested. Cerebral toxoplasmosis is here an important differential diagnosis.

Specific Aspects of Post Operative Pain

Peripheral changes and is a feature that is commonly observed following surgery and other forms of trauma. Following injury, there is an increased responsiveness to normally innocuous mechanichal stimuli (allodynia) in a zone of ''secondary hyperalgesia'' in uninjured tissue surronding the site of injury. These changes are believed to be a result of processes that occur in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord following injury. This is the phenomenon of central sensitisation 5 . Several changes have been noted to occur in the dorsal horn with central sensitisation. Firstly, there is an expansion in receptive field size so that a spinal neuron will respond to stimuli that would normally be outside the region that respond to nociceptive stimuli. Secondly, there is an increase in the magnitude and duration of the response to stimuli that are above threshold in strength. Lastly, there is a reduction in threshold so that stimuli that are not normally noxious activate neurons that normally...

Post Operative Pain Management

Peripheral nerve block Indications in particular settings. Effective regional analgesia. May blunt stress response'' and aid recovery. Opioid sparing. Addition of opioid to local anaesthetic may improve analgesia. Risks of hypotension, weakness, numbness. Requires careful monitoring. Use of infusion pumps requires additional equipment and staff education. Expensive if infusion pumps are employed Plexus block, peripheral nerve block and infiltration. Effective regional analgesia. Opioid sparing

D aLipoic Acid Stimulation of Glucose Uptake via Components of the Insulin Signaling Pathway

As previously mentioned, a-lipoic acid is a naturally occurring cofactor of oxidative metabolism, which is found as lipoamide covalently bound to a lysyl residue in five eukaryotic proteins, including mitochondrial dehydrogenase complexes (107). A natural antioxidant, lipoic acid has been used for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy (108) and ischemia-reperfusion injury (109) and has been indicated to improve glucose metabolism (110). In vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that exogenously supplied a-lipoic acid is taken up and reduced to DHLA by NADH- or NADPH-dependent enzymes in a variety of cells and tissues (111,112). Furthermore, a-lipoic acid has the ability to decrease the NADH NAD+ ratios elevated as a result of sorbitol oxidation to fructose under hyperglycemic conditions by the consumption of NADH (113). Further antioxidant properties attributed to a-lipoic acid include its ability to directly scavenge ROS and to recycle thioredoxin, glutathione, vitamin E, and...

Etiology And Pathophysiology

Following introduction into tissues, spores convert to vegetative forms, multiply, and elaborate tetanospasmin. In many cases, there is no associated inflammation or apparent local infection. Tetanospasmin enters the peripheral nerve at the site of entry and travels to the central nervous system (CNS) through the nerves or is transferred by the lymphocytes to the CNS (9-13). The toxin affects the nervous system centrally and peripherally. The toxin binds to gangliosides at the presynaptic nerve ending in the neuronal membrane, prevents release of neurotransmitters, and affects polarization of postsynaptic membranes in complex polysynaptic reflexes. The lack of inhibitory impulses that result is manifested in the characteristic spasms, seizures, and sympathetic overactivity of tetanus. The toxin has no effect on the mental status, and consciousness is not impaired directly by this illness.

Neurofibromatoses Neurofibromatosis Type

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, von Recklinghausen disease) is a very common autosomal dominant disorder with a high mutation rate of 1 in 10,000, affecting about 1 in 3500 people worldwide. Although penetrance is high, the phe-notype is quite variable, even among members of the same family. More than 90 of NF1 patients have hundreds of lightly pigmented spots (cafe-au-lait spots), which are 15 mm or larger in diameter and scattered over the entire body hundreds of benign skin tumors (neurofibromas) originating from peripheral nerve sheaths on the torso, legs, arms, and face and tiny cell growths (hamartomas, Lisch nodules) on the surface of the iris. Curvature of the spine (scoliosis), enlarged head, short stature, inability to learn, disruption of brain stem functions, and weakening of the walls of blood vessels also occur to lesser extents. In about 30 of NF1 individuals, very large cell growths associated with interior nerves (plexiform neurofibromas) cause severe body deformations...

Infections Related to Vascular and Neurologic Problems

(often both large-vessel and small-vessel disease), and peripheral neuropathy (neurologic problems, such as numbness). Because of a loss of sensation resulting from the neuropathy, these individuals traumatize their feet readily (often just by virtue of wearing a new pair of shoes) without being aware of it. The traumatized area develops an ulcer that does not heal readily because of the poor vascular supply and that often becomes infected.212 The infections tend to be chronic and difficult to heal, particularly because these patients may also have poor vision and therefore may not recognize the problem and may not seek medical attention until the process has gone on for some time.

Functions of Aldose Reductase

The participation of aldose reductase in the development of diabetic complications is assumed to be based on a triad of tissue effects sorbitol accumulation, myo-inositol depletion and decreased activity of Na K-ATPase. These alterations, first described in the ocular lens, also occur in other tissues like the renal glomerulus, peripheral nerves and the retina. The enhanced activity of aldose reductase may therefore be involved in the development of diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nephropathy, although it may not be the sole factor underlying these complications.

Action of Aldose Reductase Inhibitors

Na K-ATPase (Greene et al., 1987a), the inositol phosphate pathway linked to the Na K-ATPase by a PKC-dependent mechanism (Lattimer et al., 1989). Depletion of inositol phosphates leads to an accumulation of intracellular Na+ and therefore reduced ability to generate action potentials. This effect can be prevented by the use of aldose reductase inhibitors, and is also improved by insulin or the addition of myoinositol. The same mechanism is attributed to structural and morphological lesions in diabetic peripheral nerve disease like swelling of large myelinated nerve fibres at the Ranvier nodes, the axo-glial dysjunction, axonal degeneration and deformity of nerves (Sima et al., 1986). Inhibition of aldose reductase activity can reverse the paranodal swelling in diabetic BB-rats (Greene et al., 1987b), and increases the number of regenerating myelinated nerve fibres in patients with established diabetic neuropathy (Sima et al., 1988).

How are somatosensoryevoked potentials generated

Using a skin surface disc electrode or subcutaneous fine-needle electrode placed near a major peripheral mixed function (motor and sensory) nerve such as the median, a square-wave electrical stimulus of 0.2 to 2 ms is applied to the nerve at a rate of 1 to 2 Hz. The stimulus intensity is adjusted to produce minimal muscle contraction (usually 10 to 60 mA). The resulting electrical potential is recorded at various points along the neural pathway from the peripheral nerve to the cerebral cortex.

Do all types of pain respond equally to medication containing opioids

Not all types of pain respond equally to the same medication. Opioid analgesics are helpful in controlling somatic or visceral pain. Bone pain may be helped partially by opioids. However, NSAIDs and steroids are highly effective in treating bone pain. The combination of NSAIDs and opioids is synergistic in controlling pain. Neuropathic pain, often described as pain with a burning, hyperesthetic quality, responds to a diverse group of drugs, including antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (carbamazepine or gabapentin), antiarrhythmics (mexiletine), muscle relaxants (baclofen), and a-adrenergic agonists (clonidine). Opioids may also be helpful. Frequently pain control is improved after 1 to 2 days of using adjuvant drugs. Alternative medications may also help to control somatic or visceral pain. Drugs that control pain by different mechanisms may be synergistic when used together (such as NSAIDs and opioids). By using lower doses of two different agents, the patient may have...

Pregabalin Antiepileptic [7881

As a follow-up to its g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonist gabapentin, Pfizer has developed and launched pregabalin for the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Although pregabalin is a structural analog of GABA, it does not interact with GABA-A or GABA-B receptors or influence GABA uptake. The exact mechanism of action is unclear, but pregabalin may reduce excitatory neurotransmitter release by binding to the a2-8 protein subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels. The resulting inhibition of excess neuronal activity is believed to be the basis for pregabalin's efficacy in epilepsy and neuropathic pain alleviation. Since the activity is attributed to the (S)-enantiomer alone, an efficient asymmetric synthesis is employed for commercial production. The key step is the asymmetric hydrogenation of 3-cyano-5-methyl-3-hexenoic acid using a chiral rhodium catalyst to afford an intermediate that is enriched in the (S)-enantiomer. The cyano group is ultimately reduced by routine...

How is pain of malignant origin treated

Pain of malignant origin should be aggressively treated with a multiple therapeutic approach. This approach should initially be pharmacologic with introduction of short- and long-acting opioid preparations and some adjuvants. Adjuvants should be chosen according to the symptomatology and their side-effect profile. For example, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids are very useful in the treatment of bone pain from primary or metastatic disease anticonvulsants and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) can be used in the treatment of neuropathic pain from compression or from previous interventions such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Define Crps I and II What nerve blocks are commonly used to treat these conditions

CRPS stands for complex regional pain syndrome. It is a painful condition usually centered in an extremity in which different degrees of sympathetic dysfunction can be identified. CRPS usually presents with spontaneous pain, hyperalgesia, hyperpathia, and allodynia that is not restricted to the territory of a single nerve. Sympathetic dysfunction presents as variations in regional blood flow that can cause edema and cyanosis. Localized sweating and trophic changes in the skin and nails of the affected part of the body can be seen as the disease progresses. CRPS I (formerly known as RSD) can follow minor trauma, venipuncture, or carpal tunnel surgery sometimes no identifiable cause can be found. CRPS II (formerly causalgia) follows damage to a peripheral nerve. Sympathetic blocks are very useful since they can facilitate physical therapy and help the patient regain some function in the affected extremity. Upper-extremity sympathetic denervation is accomplished by blocking the stellate...

Explain the gate theory of pain

In 1965 Melzack and Wall proposed that the substantia gelatinosa in the spinal cord was the primary gate in the transmission of noxious and nonnoxious stimulus to the central nervous system. The pain gate is opened by information coming from slow unmyelinated C fibers and closed by the impulses from faster myelinated fibers such as A-p. Since pain is transmitted by slow A-S and C fibers, they reason that, by activating faster fibers such as the ones that transmit proprioception, the gate will be closed, and the pain symptoms will improve. A practical application is the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation units and spinal and peripheral nerve stimulators for the treatment of pain.

Describe the lithotomy position and its common complications

Compression to lower extremity peripheral nerves is the most common injury, occurring in about 1 to 2 of patients placed in the lithotomy position. Neuropathies may be unilateral or bilateral and are a function of the time in this position (especially longer than 2 hours).

Poliomyelitis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Stephen Hawking Before Als

Nerve fibers of the peripheral nervous system are ensheathed in Schwann cells, which form a neurilemma and often a myelin sheath around the axon (see chapter 12). External to the neurilemma, each fiber is surrounded by a basal lamina and then a thin sleeve of loose connective tis Peripheral nerve fibers are of two kinds sensory (afferent) fibers carry signals from sensory receptors to the CNS, and motor (efferent) fibers carry signals from the CNS to muscles and glands. Both sensory and motor fibers can also be described as somatic or visceral and as general or special depending on the organs they innervate (table 13.2).

Regeneration of Nerve Fibers

Nerve Fibers Regeneration

Nerve fibers of the PNS are vulnerable to cuts, crushing injuries, and other trauma. A damaged peripheral nerve fiber can regenerate, however, if its soma is intact and at least some neurilemma remains. Within the first few weeks after injury, the severed distal end of an axon and its myelin sheath degenerate and macrophages remove the debris (fig. 12.8). A regeneration tube, formed by the neurilemma and endoneurium, is necessary for regeneration. The axon stump puts out several sprouts until one of them finds its way into the tube. This sprout begins to grow rapidly (about 3-5 mm day), possibly under the influence of chemicals secreted by the tube (see insight 12.3), while the other sprouts are reabsorbed. The regeneration tube guides the growing axon back to its original destination until the neuron reestablishes a connection with the cells that it originally innervated. Skeletal muscle fibers atrophy

Mitochondrial DNA Defects

Multiple mitochondrial DNA deletions have also been found in a rare autosomal recessive disorder called mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy (MNGIE) that has PEO, other physical abnormalities indicative of a mitochondrial disorder, and OXPHOS deficiency as features of a multisystem phenotype. The MNGIE locus has been mapped to chromosome 22q13.32-qter. Mutation analyses of MNGIE patients established that the thymidine phosphorylase gene (TP), which falls within 22q13.32-qter, has nucleotide changes in both alleles. In these cases, the level of thymidine phosphorylase was reduced by about 95 . Under normal conditions, thymidine phosphorylase, which catalyzes thymidine to thymine and vice versa (thymidine + P thymine + 2-deoxy-D-ribose 1-phosphate), is expressed in the brain, peripheral nerves, gastrointestinal system, bladder, and lungs. In addition to its potential role in controlling cellular and, possibly, mitochondrial thymidine levels, thymidine phosphorylase...

Paraneoplastic Syndromes of the CNS

PEM is one of the most frequent cancer-associated syndromes. This complex disorder usually affects several areas of the CNS. Cerebellar and brain stem disorders, as well as limbic encephalitis, are the most common clinical presentations of PEM 31, 32 . Focal involvement of the sensorimotor cortex has been described in a few cases 33 , and PEM may manifest as epileptic seizures or epilepsia partialis continua 33, 34 , or as extrapyramidal symptoms 35 . Two-thirds of the patients are affected in both the CNS and the peripheral nervous system. The predominant feature in more than half of these is SN 32, 36 , hence the commonly used term is PEM SN. Autonomic dysfunction is common in PEM SN patients 36 , often presenting as gastrointestinal dysmotility 37 . There are several individual and serial case reports of patients with tumors and extrapyramidal features such as chorea, ballistic movements, and dysto-nia 35, 63-65 . Again, SCLC is the most common associated tumor, but renal cancer...

Alcohol and substance abuse

Chronic alcohol use is associated with peripheral nerve and neuropsychiatric disorders, many of which (e.g., Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's psychosis) may be linked to nutritional deficiencies. Alcohol-related neuropathy usually involves pain and numbness in the lower extremities, often with concomitant weakness of the intrinsic muscles of the feet. Patients may exhibit hypalgesia in a stocking-foot distribution, and the Achilles tendon reflex may be absent. Generalized weakness in the proximal limb musculature may also be noted.

Role Of Bradykinin B1 Receptors In Pain

Recently, however, studies with B1 antagonists and B1 knockout (Bk1R') mice have generated a broader view of the potential role of B1 mechanisms in both noninflammatory and inflammatory pain and have implicated CNS involvement (27,53). In these studies, Bk1Rv mice appear outwardly normal but they have blunted responses to thermal, chemical and mechanical nociceptive stimuli under non-inflamed conditions. In addition, the thermal hyperalgesic responses to carrageenan and complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) challenges are markedly reduced in the Bk1R7 mice, as are lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced hypotension and polymorphonuclear leukocyte accumulation in a carrageenan-induced pleurisy model. Significantly, a role for a central B1 component in pain perception is suggested by in vitro studies showing that in the absence of inflammation, the ventral root potential evoked by electrical stimulation of the dorsal root is enhanced by application of the B1 agonist DABK to a wild-type spinal cord...

Conjoint Hemoperfusion Hemodialysis

Conjoint Nerve Root

Pruritis, well-being, nausea, vomiting Peripheral neuropathy Pericarditis, symptom free Hematocrit Pericarditis Peripheral neuropathy Pericarditis Peripheral neuropathy Peripheral neuropathy, pruritis, pericarditis, well-being 1982b Martin etal., 1979 Inou etal., 1979 Odaka etal., 1980 Agishi et al., 1980 Stefoni et al., 1980). The use of the better commercially prepared hemoperfusion devices in series with hemodialyzers resulted in clinical improvements in patients' well being, nerve conduction velocity, pruritis, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy and what is also important, reduction in treatment time (Table 9) (Chang et al., 1975 1982b Martin etal., 1979 Inou etal., 1979 Odaka etal., 1980 Agishi etal., 1980 Stefoni etal., 1980). These clinical trial results led many centers to use the combined hemoperfusion-hemodialysis, especially in those patients with resistant uremic symptoms under the standard hemodialysis program.

Glial Cells and Brain Tumors

Unmyalinated Axons Brain

The myelin (MY-eh-lin) sheath is an insulating layer around a nerve fiber, somewhat like the rubber insulation on a wire. It is formed by oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system and Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system. Since it consists of the plasma membranes of these glial cells, its composition is like that of plasma membranes in general. It is about 20 protein and 80 lipid, the latter including phospholipids, gly-colipids, and cholesterol. Myelination of the nervous system begins in the fourteenth week of fetal development, yet hardly any myelin exists in the brain at the time of birth. Myelination proceeds rapidly in infancy

Aliphatic benzhydryl derivatives

(IC50 0.31 j M) 64 , in addition to the T-type activity noted above (IC50 0.53 jmM vs. Cav3.1) 52 . A successful optimization effort based on 5 was recently reported to improve the subtype selectivity of this pharmaco-phore, resulting in NP118809 (20). This compound afforded similar potency against the N-type channel (IC50 0.11 jmM) and was > 100-fold selective over the L-type channel and the cardiac potassium channel human ether-a-go-go (hERG). The compound was found to have rat pharmacokinetic properties suitable for preclinical efficacy studies and afforded significant analgesic efficacy in the phase IIA portion of the rat formalin model of inflammatory pain (25 mg kg i.p.). Substantial reversal of both mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia following oral dosing of 30 mg kg of 20 in the rat spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model of neuropathic pain was recently reported 65 . Further optimization studies on 20 gave the related benzhydryl N-type blockers 21 (IC50 0.05 jj M) and...

Retrograde Transport Defects

While intra-axonal and interneuronal factors such as cytoskeletal protein synthesis, electrical activity, patterns of synaptic connectivity, and retrograde transmission of neurotrophic support clearly establish critical regulatory parameters for the maintenance of the axon cytoskeleton and determination of axonal caliber, recent studies have provided evidence that myelination crucially influences axon structural biology. The peripheral demyelination mutant Trembler mouse offered the earliest evidence for myelin-dependent control of axon diameter. As the result of a point mutation in peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22), Trembler mice exhibit continuous rounds of myelination and demyelination in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), while the CNS is unaffected 249 . Morphological analysis of Trembler peripheral nerves showed many axons either lacking myelin or in a state of active demyelination 148 . Moreover, mean axon diameter was smaller in Trembler mice at all ages as compared to...

Section I Central Nervous System Diseases

Current and Emerging Opportunities for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Introduction - Neuropathic pain is characterized by abnormal pain sensations, including spontaneous pain, hyperalgesia (i.e., increased sensitivity to a noxious stimulus) and allodynia (i.e., increased sensitivity to a non-noxious stimulus) that typically lack an apparent physiologic function. In general, neuropathic pain is chronic and is refractory to current pharmacotherapies. Numerous recent advancements have contributed to a better, though still not complete understanding of the physiology and neurobiology of pain. It is now appreciated that many distinct mechanisms contribute to the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain. Some of these mechanisms have strong preclinical and clinical rationale as small molecule targets for neuropathic pain conditions. Compounds selective for these targets could potentially offer improved pain relief with fewer adverse effects compared to currently...

Management Of Back And Leg Pain In Ancient Medicine

In the writings of Hippocrates (460-370 bc) one can find references to the anatomy of the brain, brachial plexus, and sciatic nerve. In animal dissections it appears that he had difficulty in differentiating tendons from peripheral nerves. However, he attributed the development of paresthesia, weakness of the limbs, and fecal and urinary retention to spinal cord compression (1). Avicenna (980-1037 ad), a Persian physician and philosopher who was born in Bokhara, also wrote extensively on human anatomy and the peripheral nerves. However, his writings make no clear reference to sciatic pain. His text Canon of Medicine formed the cornerstone of medical practice for ensuing centuries. Avicenna condemned the reliance on mysticism and astrology in medicine (4). His writings were translated into Latin and included in the medical curriculum of European universities. Avicenna's principal method of treating spinal disorders by traction and manipulation remains an accepted practice in many...

Establishing The Diagnosis Of Ischemic Stroke

Subinsular White Matter

Unfortunately, there are a variety of other clinical conditions that may mimic the presentation of acute ischemic stroke. These include intracranial hemorrhage, seizure, sepsis, cardiogenic syncope, complicated migraine, dementia, nonischemic spinal cord lesion, peripheral neuropathy, transient global amnesia, and brain tumor, among others. One recent study found that, of patients presenting to a hospital with stroke-like symptoms, the diagnosis of stroke or transient ischemic attack was never established confidently in 31 , and alternative diagnoses were ultimately made in 19 . Modern imaging techniques are capable of establishing the diagnosis with a high degree of certainty, and of doing so in the very rapid time frame required for emergent treatment.

Recent Advances in Therapeutic Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes

Introduction - Diabetes mellitus is the only non-infectious disease designated as an epidemic by the World Health Organization (1). The prevalence of all types of diabetes is estimated to be 2.3 of the world's population, with the number of diabetics increasing by 4-5 per annum. It is projected that as many as 40-45 of persons aged 65 or older have either Type 2 diabetes or its precursor state, impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). In the US -10 of the diabetic population suffer from Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease characterized by the loss of pancreatic P-ceil function and an absolute deficiency of insulin. The remainder of the diabetic population suffers from Type 2 diabetes or IGT, which, although related to the body's inability to properly respond to insulin, have a more complex etiology (2). Diabetes can be treated by a combination of lifestyle change, dietary change and medication. However, the metabolic disorder underlying diabetes also affects protein and lipid metabolism,...

Complications of Sacral Neuromodulation

Complications of Peripheral Nerve Evaluation (PNE) to device implantation. Frequently, no distinction is made between postoperative pain, pain associated with the device, referred pain, pain related to stimulation, neuropathic pain and psychological pain. In one study, placement in the upper buttock reduced the rate of revision surgery but not pain 95 . The symptoms of pain should always be thoroughly analyzed in order to treat it. The configuration of the electrode itself (incorrect fit to the nerve), surgical trauma, pressure caused by post-surgical edema, excessive scar formation and tension on the electrode cables are all potential contributors to neural damage 120 . The peripheral nerve may be affected adversely by chronic constriction and compression 103 . However, these risks are less important in the case of epineural electrodes than in intraneural ones 105 . In animal studies, excessive or prolonged stimulation may cause early axonal degeneration 114 . The risk of injury is...

What is the most common perianesthetic neuropathy

The ulnar nerve is the most frequently injured peripheral nerve, although its incidence is still relatively infrequent. There is a distinct predilection for men older than 50 years of age, and it is not uncommon for there to be a few days' delay in presentation. Occasionally the neuropathy is bilateral. Of interest, the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) Closed Claims Analysis found that 15 of ulnar neuropathies occurred in patients who were sedated and received spinal or epidural anesthesia or monitored anesthesia care. One would presume that, being awake, the patient would readjust their arms if they felt numbness or paresthesias developing during the procedure. Ulnar neuropathies tend to be mild, mostly sensory in nature, and self-limited. Return of function within 6 weeks is reasonable advice for patients so affected, although deficits have been reported to last up to 2 years. There are numerous cases of ulnar neuropathy in which padding to protect the ulnar nerve was...

What are the most common medications used for intrathecal delivery via implantable delivery systems

The most common medications used in the implantable delivery systems are opioids in general and morphine and hydromorphone in particular. Local anesthetics are used, usually in combination with an opioid for the treatment of malignant pain. Baclofen is used for the treatment of spasticity and painful muscle contractions. Clonidine is used for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Recent studies have explored the potential for the use of ketamine, neostigmine, and some calcium channel blockers.

What are the concerns for patient positioning during a craniotomy

Because craniotomies tend to be lengthy procedures, protecting vulnerable peripheral nerves and pressure-prone areas from injury is essential. Provisions must be made to prevent preparation solutions from entering the eyes. Generally the head is fixed in position with pins clamped against the outer table of the skull. Because the head is held in a fixed position, any patient movement will stress the cervical spine. Muscle paralysis must be maintained all the time the head is secured in the holding device.

Should monitoring be different during a craniotomy

The usual noninvasive monitors are used for every patient, including pulse oximetry, stethoscope, noninvasive blood pressure cuff, temperature, electrocardiogram, end-tidal and inspired gas monitors, and peripheral nerve stimulator. End-tidal anesthetic agent monitoring has some theoretic value, particularly in managing emergence. Continuous arterial pressure monitoring is often used to assess hemodynamic changes, which may develop acutely with cranial nerve root stimulation or slowly because of minimal intravascular volume repletion. Some forego the radial artery catheter for very superficial craniotomies such as mapping of the seizure focus directly with cortical electrodes few anesthesiologists would use a central venous catheter unless there were a high risk of air entrainment in the venous system or a likelihood of using vasoactive infusions perioperatively. Occasionally continuous electroencephalography is used, not so much as an intraoperative monitor but rather as a means for...

Cell Death Phenotypes Morphological Based Classification

Chromatin followed by intense condensation of chromatin in several large, smooth, and round electron-dense chromatin masses (balls) randomly distributed these chromatin balls differ from the nonspherical chromatin clumps that form at the nuclear periphery - margination - in apoptosis in other tissues (Dikranian et al. 2001). In the next phase, the nuclear membrane is disrupted (a detail not mentioned in any other previous descriptions of apoptosis) followed by mixing of nucleoplasm and chromatin bodies with the cytosol. The cells then divide into separate membrane-bound bodies (containing cytosol and chromatin balls) that would either be digested after phagocytosis or degraded in the extracellular compartment with glial participation (Dikranian et al. 2001). Initially, organelles appear normal except for mild mitochondrial swelling (Ishimaru et al. 1999) associated with defects in the outer mitochondrial membrane, but after rupture of the nuclear membrane mito-chondrial degeneration...

Cognitive functions in aging and dementia

There has been a substantial amount of research on motor dysfunctions in aging. Welford (1977) in his comprehensive review of the literature, and his own research over the past 30 years, used an information processing model to describe the different aspects of motor functioning. In his view, the flow of information may be envisaged to pass through several discrete stages, such as (1) sensation (level of the senses), (2) perception (within CNS), (3) translation from perception to action (CNS), (4) effector control (CNS), and (5) motor output (level of peripheral nerves and muscles). Stages 3 and 4 refer to the integration of information from the senses, the generation of plans to use this information for an act, and the computation of the motor performance. This planning is a prerequisite in order to perform the planned action in a sequential order (Luria, 1973, 1966).

Recent Advances in Development of Novel Analgesics

Introduction - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen), opioids (e.g. morphine) and a variety of adjuvant agents (e.g. tricyclic antidepressants, lidocaine and certain anticonvulsant agents) have been mainstays of pain therapy for decades. All these agents suffer from drawbacks in clinical use. The NSAIDs are associated with gastrointestinal side effects, increased bleeding time and do not effectively ameliorate severe pain. The opioids can produce tolerance and dependence, constipation, respiratory depression and sedation. Adjuvant agents, which non-selectively block sodium channels, are associated with CNS and cardiovascular side effects. Currently available analgesics also have limited utility in treatment of neuropathic pain (pain arising from nerve injury). Thus, there is a significant unmet medical need for safer and more effective analgesic agents, and this need is likely to be met by identification of novel ligands for newly...

Nonion Channel Mechanisms

Due to the overwhelming number of emerging neuropathic pain targets, it became necessary to focus and restrict the current review primarily to ion-channel classes of therapeutics. Other targets, some equally compelling as those highlighted above, are also emerging. Recent advances in the area of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) offer additional strategies for the design of effective agents. Galanin, muscarinic, prostanoid, adenosine, cannabinoid, opioid, neuropeptide Y, cholecystokinin, neurokinin, bradykinin, and calcitonin gene-related peptide receptors have been studied as neuropathic pain targets with varying degrees of success (81-91). Neurotrophins, a family of growth factors important for differentiation, growth and survival of neurons, have been shown to be neuroprotective in damaged sensory neurons and as such, might be attractive targets for the treatment of neuropathic pain (92). Studies have demonstrated that serotonin has antinociceptive effects under some conditions...

Neurophysiological Techniques

Some investigators (115,116) have suggested that both somatic anterior horn cells and peripheral nerves are commonly affected in MSA, and their involvement has therefore been regarded as part of the clinical spectrum of MSA. Abnormalities of nerve conduction studies seem to be more frequent in MSA-P (43 ) compared to MSA-C (14 ), suggesting that the peripheral nervous system is differentially affected in the motor presentations of this disorder (117).

Duloxetine Antidepressant [3038

Duloxetine is a selective serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) for oral administration, and it is currently approved in the US and in Europe for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPN). Additionally, it is indicated for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in Europe. However, the US approval for SUI is

Analgesia

The potential for nicotinic agonists to produce analgesic effects is now well established and has been the subject of numerous reviews 1,60-64 . Thus far, inadequate therapeutic indices have prevented the successful development of analgesic nicotinics 63 . It has recently been proposed that development of agents targeted for specific pain states, such as neuropathic pain, may be more readily achieved than the development of broad spectrum analgesics 63 . The metanicotine TC-2696 (18), a selective a4p2 agonist, is in clinical development for treatment of pain 65 . In preclinical models of pain, TC-2696 showed potency comparable to morphine with no development of tolerance to analgesic effects. Most notably, the analgesic effects were not associated with the nausea, vomiting or cardiovascular effects often seen with potent nicotinic agonists lacking adequate subtype selectivity. ABT-894, a second-generation nAChR agonist follow-on to ABT-594, is reportedly in clinical development for...

Oxindole derivatives

A novel oxindole pharmacophore was recently reported to be a Cav2 blocker 70 . The initial lead compound 26, identified via high-throughput screening (HTS), was optimized to provide TROX-1 (27). Compound 27 is an orally bioavailable, state-dependent antagonist of N-type (Cav2.2) channels (IC50 0.27 jm M, FLIPR assay), but was also found to be a state-dependent blocker of the related P Q- and R-type channels. The analgesic efficacy of 27 is similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in rat models of inflammatory pain and similar to pregabalin and dulox-etine in a rat model of neuropathic pain. The efficacy was abrogated in mice deficient in Cav2.2, suggesting that the analgesic activity is derived primarily from blockade of Cav2.2 channels. Importantly, at efficacious doses, 27 produced no observable changes in motor coordination (rats), cardiovascular function (dogs), or hemodynamic parameters (dogs), and established a therapeutic exposure window of 30 fold between...

Conclusion

The recent approval of the SNRI duloxetine for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy reinforces the utility of this drug class in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Other largely untapped areas which remain to be exploited with this drug class include sexual dysfunction, such as premature ejaculation, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, and substance abuse and addiction. It is apparent that considerable opportunities for drug discovery will exist in this area for some time to come.

BACE function

Very little is known about other physiological roles of BACE1. A recent publication suggests that BACE1 and APP processing are critical for cognitive, emotional, and synaptic functions as indicated by behavioral studies of BACE1 knockout mice 20 . Two cautionary reports have also appeared which provide evidence that BACE1 processing of neuregulin-1 is required for nerve myelination in both the central and peripheral nervous system 21,22 . While nerve myelination is critical in early life, it remains to be determined whether BACE1 cleavage of neuregulin-1 is required for maintenance of the myelin sheath in mature animals.

Design and Therapies

Introduction - Cholinergic pharmacology research, initiated over one hundred years ago by the discovery of a 'receptive substance' in muscle tissue, has exploded in recent years. Indeed, mounting evidence suggests that modulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) may benefit numerous central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) disorders (1,2). The nAChR approach is particularly attractive where therapeutic intervention is currently limited. Such indications include senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea, tardive dyskinesia, hyperkinesia, mania, depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, dyslexia, schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome and smoking cessation. Nicotinic systems also appear to be involved in the pathophysiology of pain and in non-CNS disorders such as ulcerative colitis. Advances in nAChR therapeutics have also been augmented by new synthetic methodologies that tackle the challenging...

Occupational Asthma

In 1951, Churg and Strauss described a vasculitic process that had pathological findings and clinical features warranting the designation of a separate disease entity, allergic angiitis and granulomatosis. The disease is characterized pathologically by necrotizing vasculitis, tissue infiltration by eosinophils, and extravascular granulomas. The disease has three phases, beginning with a prodrome of allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis that may exist for many years. The second phase includes eosinophilia along with the development of pulmonary eosinophilic infiltrates resembling Loffler's syndrome, eosino-philic pneumonia, or eosinophilic gastroenteritis. The third phase is the vasculitic phase involving pulmonary vessels (96 ), skin (67 ), peripheral nerves (63 ), the gastrointestinal tract (42 ), heart (38 ), and kidney (38 ).

Biaryl blockers

A number of biaryl sodium channel blockers have been described in patents recently with claims for the treatment of chronic and neuropathic pain. Compounds were claimed as Nav1.7 blockers with confirmation in EP, but no selectivity or efficacy data were provided. These series include biphenyl derivatives containing thiazoles 28, imidazoles and oxazoles 53 and various substituted triazoles 29 54,55 . In addition, pyridyl and pyrimidyl central rings 30 bound to a variety of six-member heterocycles including pyrimidines, pyridines and pyrazines 56 , and binary-substituted pyrazinones 31 57 have been reported. It is noteworthy that a car-boxamide moiety is prominent in many of the claimed structures as in the phenoxyphenyl series, e.g. 18.

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