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Programming Adult Neurological Disease Parkinsons Disease

A long-term effect of fetal neuromotor programming may be an increased predisposition to adult or later onset neurological disorders, for example, Parkinsons disease. Parkinson's disease is a progressive motor pathology characterised by the loss of capacity to initiate and control appropriate voluntary movements. Patients do not become symptomatic until they have lost more than 60-80 of their dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta of the basal ganglia, a process that can take over a decade. Nigral dopamine cell numbers decline during normal ageing, but not everyone develops the disease before they die, presumably because the cell loss threshold has not been reached in Parkinson's disease, this rate of cell loss is accelerated significantly by an unknown mechanism. It is possible that individuals born with fewer dopamine-producing nigral cells are more likely to become symptomatic than someone of the same age and sex who starts life with a normal or optimal...

Parkinsons Disease PD

PD is primarily a progressive, extrapyramidal (involving motor systems ofthe basal ganglia rather than the pyramidal tract) disorder with clinical motor features of stooped posture, bradykinesia (slowing of movement initiation), tremor (when the affected limb is at rest, but typically not during movement), cogwheel rigidity (i.e., rigidity that seems to catch and release, much like a cogwheel, when the clinician attempts to passively move the patient's limb), and festinating gait. Dementia has been estimated to occur in approximately 35-40 of persons with PD. The neuropsy-chological impairments manifested in the dementia of PD include psychomotor slowing, impaired cognitive tracking and set-shifting flexibility, visuospatial deficits, diminished learning and retrieval (although, as with HD, often there is evidence of more intact information retention shown by recognition memory tasks), decreased verbal fluency, and abstract reasoning impairment. Neuronal degeneration (with Lewy bodies...

Sudden death in Wolff ParkinsonWhite syndrome

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is one of the most common causes of arrhythmias in childhood, but sudden deaths are rare. The overall mortality risk is very difficult to quantify but may be around 1.5 per 1000 patient-years.w47 Sudden death is probably caused by ventricular fibrillation which, in turn, is precipitated by atrial fibrillation in patients with a very short anterograde accessory pathway refractory period (fig 21.3). Cardiac arrest and sudden death mainly occur in adolescents and young adults and are very rare in younger children.w48 Resuscitation from cardiac arrest is (perhaps not surprisingly) a strong predictor of risk, but syncope and atrial fibrillation have poor predictive value, although they would be indications for catheter ablation in any case. Although a short anterograde refractory period of the accessory pathway is thought to be the best electrophysiological indicator of risk, the predictive value of such a finding is poor.w48 Patients with significant...

The striatal dopaminergic system and Parkinsonism

The classical studies of Hornykiewicz and colleagues in the early 1960s clearly established that the symptoms of Parkinsonism were correlated with a defect in the dopamine content of the striatum. The pigmented neurons of the substantia nigra contain dopamine as the major neurotransmitter, accounting for 80 of the total dopamine content of the brain, and the principal motor abnormalities of the disease occur when the transmitter has been depleted by about 80 . While it is now established that acetylcholine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamate and a number of neuropep-tides (e.g. somatostatin, the enkephalins and substance P) also occur in the basal ganglia, so far only dopamine and acetylcholine appear to be of significance with regard to the drug treatment of this disorder. A simple, but useful, model of basal ganglia function suggests that the neostriatum, containing the caudate nucleus and the putamen, normally contains a balance between the inhibitory dopaminergic and the...

Neuroanatomy of the basal ganglia relevance to Parkinsons disease

There are two main efferent pathways from the striatum to the globus pallidus, the direct pathway, which is a monosynaptic pathway making contact with the internal globus pallidus and to a lesser extent the substantia nigra, and the indirect pathway that indirectly connects to these brain regions via the lateral globus pallidus and the subthalamic nuclei. The internal globus pallidus and, to a lesser extent, the substantia nigra modulate the activity of the circuits via the thalamocortical motor pathways these pathways are mainly inhibitory in nature. Normally, dopamine inhibits the indirect pathway to the external globus pallidus which then inhibits the subthalamic nuclei. This system can therefore no longer stimulate the substantia nigra and globus pallidus, therefore leading to a reduction in the inhibitory output from these regions. Under these conditions, it is assumed that the thalamocortical pathway can function, leading to normal movement. The role of the direct pathway is...

Genes And Parkinsonism

Parkinsonism is a syndrome of rest tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, loss of postural reflexes, and the freezing phenomenon.1-1-1 Most often, it is a manifestation of Parkinson's disease (PD), which is characterized neuro-pathologically by brainstem Lewy bodies. Recent epide-miological and molecular data suggest that this is not one disorder, but is comprised of at least several disorders with genetic, environmental, or mixed etiologies. Genes play a complex role in PD. Most twin studies, which are powerful tools in dissecting genetic from environmental contributions to the disease, have discounted a genetic influence in PD. However, it is difficult to draw solid conclusions from them because of methodological short-comings. 2 The largest of them, an unselected population-based cross-sectional twin study, has shown similar concordance for PD in monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twin pairs with onset > 50 years, but a striking concordance in MZ pairs with onset < 50 years. 3 This...

Twin Studies to Investigate the Cause of Parkinsons Disease

An example of the use of investigations in twins to understand more about a disease is provided by recent work in Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease causing slowness, tremor, and problems with walking and balance. PD is rare before age fifty but becomes more common thereafter, with increasing age. The cause of PD has long been debated. Both genetic and environmental causes have been suggested, but neither has been definitively shown. Researchers turned to studies in twins to determine the relative contribution of genes and environment to the disease. The first studies identified twin pairs by recruiting through physicians and PD patient organizations. Studies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany identified 103 pairs, of which only thirteen were concordant for PD. In Finland, forty-two twins with PD were identified by records linkage, but among these was only one concordant pair a DZ pair. No study had convincingly...

Ldopa and parkinsonian syndrome

The Parkinsonian syndrome has long held the interest of psychologists, psychiatrists, and other behavioral investigators. Lately, the field of cerebral monoamines has received increased attention first with the serotonin hypothesis of Brodie, then the noradrenaline hypothesis of Schildrant, in relation to neuron function, is receiving particular attention. (67). Dopamine is postulated to be the key neurotransmitter responsible for the origin of human intelligence (67). Dopamine, the direct precursor for noradrenaline, has a specific distribution pattern within the brain (Figure 9.3). It is concentrated mainly in the striatum and substantia nigra. It is deficient in patients with Parkinson's diseases (PD). l-DOPA has been studied as a treatment for neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease (68,69). Parkinson's disease is a common neurological disorder, affecting 1 of the people over the age of 60 years it is a disease with the signs of rigidity, resting tremor, postural...

Association With Parkinsonism And Other Extrapyramidal Disorders

Findings from various centers suggest the following characteristics. First, parkinsonism may be quite prevalent in RBD second, RBD may be the initial manifestation of a parkinsonian disorder in a substantial number of RBD cases initially considered to be idiopathic third, a high percentage of parkinsonian patients without sleep complaints may have either subclinical or clinical RBD fourth, Lewy body pathology may be quite prevalent in RBD and fifth, similar findings have been reported in various extra-pyramidal disorders. A review of the world literature on RBD identified 280 published cases, of which 149 (53 ) were closely associated with a neurological disorder (Schenck and Mahowald, 1996a). A parkinsonian disorder was the most prevalent neurological condition, affecting 43 (n 64) of neurologically disordered RBD patients (representing 23 of n 280 total cases) narcolepsy was the next most prevalent condition, affecting 25 (n 38) of neurologically disordered RBD patients...

Clinical Trials in Parkinsons Disease The Prototype for Cell Transplantation

Parkinson's disease is characterized primarily by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons projecting from the substantia nigra to the corpus striatum. Parkinsonian clinical symptoms like rigidity, tremor, and postural imbalance, accompanied by the histopa-thologic findings of nigral distrophy and Lewy bodies, are well-described and correlate with the loss of dopamine production and release in the brain. The importance of cerebral dopamine became apparent in the late 1950s, and since then our knowledge about the neuroanatomy, physiology, and especially pharmacology of this neurotranmsitter has increased immensely. Readers interested in the topic may start by consulting the chapter in the popular neuropharmacology textbook by Cooper, Bloom, and Roth. Logically, the first therapeutic approach in diseases associated with parkinsonian symptoms, for a long time equated primarily with rigidity, was based on replacing the natural neurotransmitter with precursors like levodo-pa. This has...

Xenografts in Parkinsons Disease

Human xenografts have been used in animal models to study principles of neurotransplantation or mechanisms of brain degeneration. More often, xenotransplantation has been tested with the goal to explore alternative sources of mesencephalic fetal tissues for grafting into the degenerating brain. Studies using porcine fetal cells in rats showed that the grafts survived and integrated successfully in the host. Currently, there are several ongoing clinical trials to assess the feasibility of porcine xenografts in PD and HD patients, and the preliminary data suggest that this may be a safe procedure. The efficacy still has to be determined, although initial reports note measurable improvement in some patients. We believe that xenotransplants will not play a significant role in neural restoration if human cells and tissues can be obtained.

Animal Models of Brain Degeneration in Parkinsons Disease

Among the chronic brain degenerative diseases, PD has the best characterized and most consistent models. Although the underlying mechanism of disease in these models may be significantly different from the human condition, they reproduce rather closely the pathology in the final stages of dopaminergic degeneration in PD and constitute a crucial basis to test novel therapies. Due to its well-defined neuroanatomical distribution, the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway can be le-sioned or severed at various locations and the benefit of various cell grafting methods can be studied. Because this approach is more labor intensive and sometimes postsurgical complications may interfere with the experimental results, most investigators prefer to use chemical lesioning. The best characterized and most extensively used models are the rat 6-OHDA and the primate and murine (MPTP) models. Both are based on the induction of a cytotoxic lesion in the dopami-nergic neuronal population of the substantia...

Paradoxical Effects of Gp Dbs on Distorted Temporal Memory in PD

The STn DBS work was followed up with pallidal DBS (Benabid et al., 1991 Filion et al., 1991 Tronnier et al., 1997). Given the sophisticated DBS technique used by our collaborators, we were fortunate to identify distinct effects related to the altered neural activity in either the globus pallidus external capsule (GPe) or globus pallidus internal capsule (GPi) portions of the globus pallidus in PD, as compared to STn DBS. Details on the technique and clinical electrophysiological and anatomical data for each patient (N 5) included in our study are published by Yelnik et al. (2000). The beneficial effects of the STn DBS were not reproduced when DBS targeted the GPi. Rather, inaccuracies in the form of migrated estimates were worse, whereas slowed encode was found to be highly variable among subjects. When in contrast, the plots

Parkinsons Disease

Besides the cardinal signs of tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability, patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) may also present many other neurological symptoms and signs, including cognitive, sensory, and autonomic disturbances. The implication of NE in PD is based on the observation that PD is associated with the degeneration of not only dopaminergic neurons located in the substantia nigra but also NE-LC cells. This LC alteration results in a drastic diminution of NE levels in brain areas such as the prefrontal cortex and also in the peripheral system. As for dopaminergic neurons, noradrenergic neurons contain neuromelanin, a pigment that results from oxidative catabolism of catecholamines and that may sensitize noradrenergic cells to oxidative stress. It should be noted, however, that noradrenergic medullary nuclei remain unchanged. The role of NE in PD is not as clear as it is for dopamine. One possibility is that the depletion of noradrenergic cells is...

Preexcitation syndromes Wolff ParkinsonWhite syndrome concealed pathways

Can be classified based on their location along the mitral or tricuspid annulus, type of conduction (decremental or non-decremental), and whether they are capable of antegrade conduction, retrograde conduction, or both. Accessory pathways which are capable only of retrograde conduction are concealed whereas those capable of antegrade conduction are manifest, demonstrating pre-excitation on a standard ECG. The term Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is reserved for patients who have both pre-excitation and symptomatic tachyarrhythmias. Among patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT) is the most common arrhythmia, occurring in 75 of patients. AVRT is further subclassified into orthodromic and antidromic AVRT. During orthodromic AVRT the re-entrant impulse utilises the atrioventricular node and specialised conduction system for conduction from the atrium to the ventricle, and utilises the accessory pathway for conduction from the...

Anti Parkinsonian Drugs

Parkinson's disease is caused by a dysfunction within the basal ganglia. The predominant change is a deficit of dopamine with an increase in dopamine D2 receptors but other neurotransmitters are also implicated in the pathology of the disease. Drugs that affect Parkinson's disease may act in any of the following ways Increased dopamine synthesis (levodopa) Levodopa Levodopa is used to increase brain levels of dopamine. Dopamine does not cross the blood brain barrier, and racemic DOPA produces numerous systemic side effects without being effective. DOPA is well absorbed orally and 95 is converted into dopamine by DOPA-decarboxylase. This is then metabolized by monoamine oxidase and catechol o-methyl transferase (COMT). About 1 of the drug enters the brain where it is converted into its active form, dopamine. Levodopa causes an increase in the number of dopamine (D2) receptors in the brain. Used in conjunction with levodopa, carbidopa increases the proportion of the oral dose of...

Drugs used in Parkinsons disease

The discovery that dopamine was depleted in the basal ganglia of patients who suffered from Parkinsonism at the time of death led to the rational development of the therapeutic treatment, namely the use of L-dopa. Since dopamine does not cross the blood-brain barrier, and is rapidly catabolized Approximately 75 of patients with idiopathic Parkinsonism respond satisfactorily to L-dopa therapy with a reduction in their symptoms of at least 50 . In addition to a beneficial change in their motor symptoms, the mood changes associated with the disease also improve. In some patients, L-dopa has an alerting effect and occasionally more disturbing mental symptoms arise. These take the form of hallucinations, paranoia, mania, insomnia, anxiety and nightmares. Older patients being treated with L-dopa appear to be more prone to these effects. In addition, enhanced libido may occur in male patients, which may be socially unacceptable Approximately 15 of patients may show such symptoms, which are...

Origin of STn Overactivity in PD

The STn plays a key role in the basal ganglia circuitry, and its hyperactivity may be a major factor in parkinsonian symptomatology (Marsden and Obeso, 1994). According to the classical PD model, it is the hypoactivity of the GPe that leads to increased STn activity, which in turn (in addition to the diminished influence of the direct striatal GABAergic input) induces the pathological overactivity of GPi (Figure 20.6). However, although stimulation of the STn induces a strong activation of GPe neurons, STn lesions result in a decreased activity of GPe neurons. There is also physiological evidence suggesting that the STn is a driving force for not only the GPi, but also the GPe and even the SNc cells. In experiments in the normal rat, STn stimulation with the same parameters as in PD patients induced a transient but powerful inhibition (Benabid et al., 2002). As a consequence, a strong decrease in activity was recorded in the penducular pontine nucleus (PPN) (the equivalent of GPi in...

Gender Differences In Pd And Clinical Endpoints

Anesthetic agents have also been investigated for gender-based differences in PD and clinical responses (212). Females have 20-30 greater sensitivity to the muscle relaxant effects of vecuronium, pancuronium, and rocuronium (100,101) compared with men in terms of doses. The exact reason for the gender differences in the sensitivity is still unclear. The authors (107) incline to the PK differences (diverse distribution) as the likely explanation. Again, proper PK-PD modeling might help in indentifying the reason for gender diversities in this case. Many psychotropic medications also appear to exhibit gender-mediated differences in PD (43,218-220). Women show greater improvement in psychotic symptoms and more severe side-effects with typical antipsychotic agents than do men (221). For example, women appear to need much lower doses of fluspirilene than men to treat schizophrenia (222). The gender differences in the antipsychotic treatment responses may be at least partially a result of...

Treatment Of Pdpda

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for PD PDA usually follows a manualized approach covering 8-12 structured sessions. Typically, treatment involves (1) psychoeducation, (2) breathing retraining, (3) cognitive restructuring, (4) inte-roceptive exposure, and (5) in vivo (situational) exposures. These intervention strategies address the cognitive, behavioral, and physical components of PD PDA and are designed to help the individual not fear the bodily sensations associated with PD PDA. Therapists present information to clients, model techniques, and provide feedback and reinforcement throughout the treatment period. A brief summary of the intervention techniques follows. Cognitive restructuring addresses cognitive distortions or errors in thinking such as catastrophic misappraisals of somatic sensations (e.g., I'm having a heart attack, I'm going crazy). Individuals are taught techniques to address correct errors in overestimation of risk (e.g., I'm lightheaded, therefore I will faint) or...


The delayed emergence of a parkinsonian disorder in RBD has been reported in a group of 29 male patients 50 years of age who were initially diagnosed to have idiopathic RBD (Schenck and Mahowald, 1996c). Of these, 38 ( ) eventually developed a parkinsonian disorder presumably Parkinson's disease (PD) at a mean interval of 3.7 1.4 years after the diagnosis of RBD, and at a mean interval of 12.7 7.3 years after the onset of RBD. Only 7 ( J of those patients had, at the time of publication, developed any other neurological disorder. RBD was controlled with nightly clonazepam treatment in 89 (f ) of patients (both groups). Thus, RBD can be the heralding manifestation of PD (by many years) in a substantial subgroup of older male RBD patients. However, a number of presumed PD patients could eventually be diagnosed with multiple system atrophy (striatoni-gral degeneration subtype). The findings from that report indicate the importance of serial neurological evaluations after the initial...

Neural Basis Of Interval Timing

Studied in order to determine mechanisms of compensation and regulation (see Hills, this volume). Isolating the neural substrate of these properties is a major challenge for neurobiology (Gibbon et al., 1997). On the basis of the accumulation of evidence from drug and lesion studies, a potential mapping between the information-processing elements of SET and structures in the brain has been proposed (see MacDonald and Meck, this volume Malapani and Rakitin, this volume Matell and Meck, 2000 Matell et al., this volume Meck, 1996 Meck and Benson, 2002). Specifically, the output from dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta is proposed to play a central role in initiating and maintaining the temporal integration process involving cortico-striatal circuits. This hypothesis is supported by the observation that methamphetamine, a stimulant drug that acts by facilitating the synaptic release of dopamine, speeds up the clock, whereas haloperidol, which acts by blocking...

Other Mutations In The 12S rRna Gene

The T1095C mutation was found in two Italian families. 19,32 In one family, the proband had Parkinson's disease, neuropathy, and a history of AID. 32 The second family with matrilineal inheritance of hearing loss included two maternal relatives of the proband who had histories of AID. 19 More data are needed to draw a firm conclusion about the role of this mutation in AID.

Structure and function of nerve cells

Recently it has become apparent that neurotransmitters can also be released from dendrites as well as axons. For example, in dendrites found on the cells of the substantia nigra dopamine may be released which then diffuses over considerable distances to act on receptors situated on the axons and dendrites of GABAergic and dopaminergic neurons in other regions of the basal ganglia. Another means of communication between nerve cells involves dendrodendritic contacts, where the dendrites from one cell communicate directly with those of an adjacent cell. In the olfactory bulb, for example, such synapses appear to utilize GABA as the main transmitter. Thus any neuron responding to inputs that may converge from several sources may inhibit, activate or otherwise modulate the cells to which it projects and, because many axons are branched, the target cells may be widely separated and varied in function. In this way, one neuron may project to an inhibitory or excitatory cell which may then...

Phenylalanine and Tyrosine

Tyrosine is the precursor for dihydroxyphenylala-nine (dopa), which can successively be converted to the catecholamines dopamine, noradrenaline (nore-pinephrine) and adrenaline (epinephrine). Although only a small proportion of tyrosine is used in this pathway, this metabolic route is extremely relevant. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter in different parts of the brain and is involved in movement and affects pleasure and motivation. Disruption of dopamine neurons in the basal ganglia is the cause of Parkinson's disease. Noradrenaline and ardrenaline are the most important neurotrans-mitters in the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system becomes activated during different forms of emotional and physical arousal, and results in the induction of phenomena such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, increased alertness, and decreased intestinal motility (fight-or-flight response). Besides acting as a precursor for catecholamines, tyrosine can be iodinated...

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 721 Introduction

Disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and ALS. Transition metals in the organism like Fe are thought to promote the generation of free radicals such as O-, and to cause oxidative stress. On the other hand, there are enzymes called super-oxide dismutase (SOD) that dissociates free radicals. Cu Zn SOD, which is the major SOD in human bodies, utilize coordinated Cu and Zn to dissociate free radicals. This enzyme is encoded by the SOD1 gene and converts O- into H2 O2, which is then metabolized by gluathion peroxidase 3 . The generally accepted mechanism of dismutation involves cyclic reduction and reoxidation of Cu(II) and Cu(I), respectively by single molecules of superoxide 4 .

Changing Perspectives On Contaminants

Ongoing research may also help determine whether prions consisting of other proteins play a part in more common neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are some marked similarities in all these disorders. As is true of the known prion diseases, the more widespread ills mostly occur sporadically but sometimes run in families. All

Alterations in Neurochemical Stress Response Systems in Patients with Anxiety Disorders

Evidence for dysfunction of CRF or HPA systems in PD has been inconsistent. Normal levels of CRF in CSF of PD patients have been found, blunted ACTH responses to CRF (indicating chronic elevations in CRF) have been reported in some studies, and both normal and elevated rates of cortisol nonsuppression following dexamethasone have been reported. Urinary-free cortisol results have been inconsistent. Elevated plasma cortisol levels were reported in one study but not in others. In 24-hr secretion of ACTH and cortisol in PD, only subtle abnormalities were seen. Patients had elevated overnight cortisol secretion and greater amplitude of ultradian secretory episodes. There is extensive evidence indicating that NE plays a role in human anxiety and is dysregulated in anxiety disorders. PTSD and PD seem to have similar alterations in noradrenergic function. However, the causes of the two syndromes may differ, with PD associated more with genetic factors and PTSD with the effects of severe...

Contributions from Neuroimaging Studies

Digital processing of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain can quantify three-dimensional volumes of brain structures. Nonquantitive studies found evidence of abnormalities in temporal lobe in patients with PD, and one quantitative study found decreased volume in the hippocampus. A reduction in hippocampal volume has been reported in several studies in patients with PTSD (Fig. 1).

Chapter References

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Ageing of the normal brain

A modest loss of brain volume occurs in normal ageing. In men, total brain volume at 60 is 10 less than at 25 years (Murphy et al 1992). This change affects cortical and subcortical white matter rather than grey matter (Guttmann et al 1998, Peters et al 1994) and is associated with myelin pathology in vertical fibres traversing deeper layers of the cortex. This myelin pathology will slow nerve conduction in association pathways, and may lead to functional deficits in reaction time and working memory (Peters 1996, Peters et al 1994, 2000). In the rhesus monkey, neurons of prefrontal cortex and substantia nigra show severe dendritic pathology, with loss of organelles, vacuolation of cytoplasm, membranous whorls and dense inclusion bodies (Siddiqi & Peters 1999, Peters et al 1998). There is a reduction of 30 60 in the density of apical synapses on pyramidal cells in prefrontal cortex. These changes correlate with age-related cognitive impairment (Peters et al 1996, 1998).

Summary of strategies and implications

Techniques for phenolic phytochemical enhancement for functional food design is based on harnessing the potential of proline linked pentose-phosphate pathway (PLPPP) as the critical control point (CCP) in clonal shoots of single seed genetic origin such as herbs from the family Lamiaceae and seed sprouts in self-pollinating species such as various legumes. This strategy can be extended to develop foods with better phenolic phytochemical profile and functionality. Further it can be extended to develop functional foods and supplements with consistent ingredient profiles targeted against a disease condition. This concept is now being extended to specifically isolate antioxidants for diverse disease conditions, antimicrobials against bacterial pathogens, phytochemicals for diabetes management, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors for hypertension management, l-DOPA for Parkinson's management, dietary cyclooxygenase (COX-2 inhibitors) for inflammatory diseases and isoflavones for...

Connections Between Interval Timing Neuropharmacology And Drug Abuse

Genetic modifications of the dopamine system can be made in various ways, including the deletion of the gene coding for the dopamine reuptake transporter (DAT), which leads to an increase in the synaptic levels of dopamine. The DAT mediates uptake of dopamine into neurons and is a major target for cocaine and amphetamine (e.g., Carboni et al., 2001). Since its cloning, much information has been obtained regarding the structure and function of the DAT. Binding domains for dopamine and various blocking drugs (e.g., cocaine) are likely formed by interactions with multiple amino acid residues, some of which are separate in the primary structure, but lie close together in the still unknown tertiary structure. The DAT gene is expressed only in the central nervous system within a small subset of neurons (i.e., dopamine-containing neurons) and not in glia cells. DAT expression is more restricted, for instance, than the expression of genes encoding dopamine biosynthetic enzymes (e.g., tyrosine...

Decision analysis evaluating new technologies

Hogenhuis etal17 determined which of five management strategies should be used for the treatment of patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome observation, observation until cardiac arrest-driven therapy, initial drug therapy guided by non-invasive monitoring, initial radiofre-quency ablation, and initial surgical ablation. The model included the risks of cardiac arrest, arrhythmia, drug adverse effects, procedure-related complications and mortality, and assumed that radiofrequency ablation had an overall efficacy of 92 in preventing cardiac arrest and arrhythmia. Grade B4 For survivors of a cardiac arrest, radiofrequency ablation offered additional survival at reduced cost compared to all other treatment strategies. For patients with arrhythmia without hemodynamic compromise, radiofrequency ablation resulted in a cost of 6 600 per QALY gained in 20 year old patients and 19 000 per QALY gained in 60 year old patients without hemodynamic compromise. For asymptomatic patients,...

Motor Functions and Movement Programs

Given the motor symptoms of Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases and the major involvement of the basal ganglia in these disorders, the involvement of the basal ganglia in movement has been taken for granted. Huntington's disease is an autosomal-dominant genetic disorder characterized by choreiform movements (i.e., involuntary movements that resemble segments of voluntary movements). In the early stages of Huntington's disease, cell loss is obvious in the head of the caudate nucleus, but as the disease progresses cell loss becomes obvious in other parts of the basal ganglia and in the cerebral cortex, most conspicuously in the frontal lobe. Dopamine antagonists have been used to treat symptoms of Hunting-ton's disease. Hemiballismus is also a disorder in which abnormal involuntary movements occur on one side of the body. Ballism represents the more forceful, or violent, form of involuntary movement. Discrete lesions of the subthalamic nucleus cause hemiballis-mus. Parkinson's disease...

Learning and Memory

For some time, a division between the anatomical structures involved in declarative memory and those involved in procedural memory has been proposed. Declarative memory involves the ability to learn facts or items that can be deliberately recalled procedural learning involves the ability to master a set of procedures to perform a specific task. Procedural memory has been explored primarily in patients with degenerative diseases of the basal ganglia (i.e., Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases). Although results in the cognitive realm of procedural learning have been mixed, findings have been more consistent with motor skill learning being impaired in patients with these diseases. Nonetheless, even within the realm of motor skill learning, evidence suggests that the basal ganglia are needed more for some skills than for others. If one reviews the literature on memory deficits in Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, problems with declarative memory are also evident. A relatively...

Therapeutical Approaches for HCM Are Symptom Oriented

A-cardiac actin (a-cAct), TNNT2, TNNI3, and TNNC1 for the cardiac troponins T, I, and C (cTnT, cTnl, and cTnC), and TPM1 for a-tropomyosin (a-TM). MYBPC3 encodes the cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyBP-C), TTN encodes titin, and CRP3 encodes the muscle LIM protein (MLP), which is a Z-disc protein stabilizing the contractile apparatus. Recently, a mutation in the promoter region of the phospholamban gene (PLN) has been reported. 8 Patients presenting FHC associated with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome plus ventricular preexcitation exhibited mutations in PRKAG2, encoding the g2-regulatory subunit of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a metabolic protein.

Dose Selection for Phase II

In addition to examining dose or concentration response information from studies specifically designed to provide it, the entire database should be examined for possible desirable or undesirable PD effects that could be related to dose or concentration. If possible have an estimate from Phase I studies of the smallest dose that could provide any benefit. If quantifiable, select reasonable PD parameters to measure in Phase II in order to gain further information on the variability in PD and an early understanding of the influence of disease state on PD effects in Phase II. In addition, information about the relationship between PD and the proposed efficacy endpoint can be gathered in Phase II if not already known. The careful selection of PD endpoints or biomarkers are invaluable in understanding the dose or exposure response data as the development progresses from Phase I to II and reduces the likelihood of a failed Phase III study or a Phase III study where all doses rest on the...

Stable children with no signs of respiratory compromise or shock and a normal blood pressure

Verapamil (Calan) may be used however, it is contrain-dicated under one year in congestive heart failure or myocardial depression in children receiving beta-adrenergic blockers and in the presence of a possible bypass tract (ie, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome). Dose is 0.1-0.3 mg kg dose (max 5 mg) IV may repeat dose in 30 minutes prn (max 10 mg).

Pathways That Determine Neuronal Injury

Despite the immediate event, such as cardiac arrest or cerebral trauma, that may ultimately result in organic brain disease, specific cellular signal transduction pathways in the central nervous system ultimately influence the extent of neuronal injury. However, one must remember that it is multiple mechanisms, rather than a single cellular pathway, that determine neuronal survival during organic brain disease. Although neuronal injury associated with several disease entities, such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, was initially believed to be irreversible, it has become increasingly evident that either acute or chronic modulation of the cellular and molecular environment within the brain can prevent or even reverse neuronal injury. Pharmacological manipulation of glutamate receptor activity and imidazole receptor binding agents have been shown to reduce the extent of ischemia within the penumbral zone. In addition, muscarinic agonists have been demonstrated to...

Use of human brain tissue in drug discovery

To date, the high-throughput proteomic technologies are not as advanced as the microassay technologies in terms of their sensitivity and number of items which can be determined simultaneously. However, while neither proteomics nor gene expression analysis by microassays are ideal, they are powerful methods particularly when used in combination with in situ hybridization, antibody localization and PCR methods (see Chapter 5 for a discussion of these methods). With regard to the use of human tissues for drug development, stem cells offer a unique advantage over blood cells which have been used as targets for drug discovery in the recent past. Stem cells have a unique property of being able to develop into any cell type, including brain cells. Stem cells have already been used for cell therapy and transplantation therapy (for example, in Parkinson's disease) and more recently they have been used for target identification in drug discovery programmes. As...

An Accessory Pathway Can Shorten The Pr Interval

The PR interval will be abnormally short (less than 0.12 sec). This condition, termed Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, puts the patient at risk because he or she now lacks the long refractory period of the AV node. Should an atrial arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation or flutter occur, the ventricle would try to follow it, resulting in too fast a ventricular rate for efficient pumping, often with disastrous consequences. Another problem with these patients is that the accessory pathway may be a source for reentry. Impulses can pass down the AV node and then back up the accessory pathway to restimulate the atria. Because the reentry path is short, the heart will beat very fast, causing a condition termed atrial tachycardia. Atrial tachycardia is common in these patients. The condition is treated by surgically ablating the accessory pathway.

Psychiatric Disorders

Upon treatment with antipsychotic drugs, adverse reactions are more likely to be seen in PMs for CYP2D6. In addition, the costs for treatment of patients are higher and estimates have been made that costs 4000-6000 more per year to treat patients of the variant UM and PM phenotypes. 9 Parkinsonism-like side effects are

Host Characteristics

The age of the patient is also a factor in the severity of neurobehavioral deficits. The incidence of histopa-thologically more aggressive tumors, such as glioblas-toma multiforme, increases with age. However, histopathologically less malignant tumors, such as anaplastic astrocytoma, also behave more aggressively in the older patient. Older patients are also at higher risk for having other concurrent neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Parkinson's disease or vascular disease. Finally, very old and very young patients may be more sensitive to the toxic side effects of treatment.

Bone Marrow To Other Cell Types

The ability to change a cell's phenotype will greatly facilitate the design of therapies for diseases such as diabetes, liver failure, and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease). We suggest six steps to follow to try and change a cell's phenotype experimentally.

Neuropsychological Studies Of Category Learning

If category learning can proceed independently of the brain system that supports explicit memory, it shows that other neural systems are capable of supporting this ability. Because there are multiple types of learned information that are used in different categorization tasks, it is highly likely that there is no single neural system involved in all category learning or even involved in all implicit category learning. Rather, different types of category learning are likely to depend on different brain systems. One system that has been linked with implicit learning is the basal ganglia. Damage to the basal ganglia as a result of Huntington's disease or Parkinson's disease impairs motor skill learning. Recent evidence suggests that the basal ganglia may be involved in nonmotor forms of implicit learning as well. These patients are impaired on classification tasks in which category membership is based on a nonverbal rule or a probabilistic association that is difficult to verbalize. For...

Neuroimaging Studies Of Category Learning

Neuroimaging data also support the idea that there are different neural substrates for implicit category learning based on rules vs implicit category learning based on exemplar-based information. In addition to nonverbal rule learning tasks, amnesic patients are able to classify new items based on their similarity to a prototype abstracted from the training exemplars. Both types of category learning can proceed independently of the medial temporal lobe memory system. However, they appear to depend on different systems. Patients with Parkinson's disease are able to learn to classify dot patterns based on a learned prototype despite their impaired performance on nonverbal rule learning. Rather than a neostriatal locus, neuroima-ging evidence suggests that learning about these naturalistic categories may rely on regions involved in perceptual processing. After viewing dot pattern stimuli that are all distortions of a prototype, viewing the prototype dot pattern is accompanied by a...

Localization Of Function

The term functional localization is used to indicate that certain functions can be localized to particular areas of the cerebral cortex. The mapping of cortical function began with inferences made from the deficits produced by cortical lesions in humans. Subsequently, techniques such as single-cell recording and electrical stimulation of cells in the cerebral cortex have been used in animals, nonhuman primates, as well as humans undergoing surgery for diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease to map out functional areas of the brain. This research has generated important findings, such as the somatotopic organization of both sensory and motor systems. Recently, research into functional localization in the cerebral cortex has been aided by the introduction of cerebral metabolism and blood flow imaging methods.

Interactions Affecting Transport Metabolism and Excretion

The plasma amino-acid profile may affect the efficacy of drug entry into the central nervous system. At the blood-brain barrier, certain drugs are transported into the brain by the same transport system that carries the large neutral amino-acids thus they must compete with them for use of the carrier binding sites. Diet composition, by affecting the postprandial amino-acid profile, may significantly affect the clinical efficacy of drugs such as L-dopa, used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

PET Imaging of Labeled Fatty Acid Incorporation into the Human Brain

Positron emission tomography (PET) has been used to quantify local glucose metabolism and blood flow in the human brain and to image brain receptor densities (Rapoport, 1995). However, to date, PET has not been employed successfully in humans to image signal transduction beyond the receptor, the downstream process by which neurotransmitters and drugs are closely linked to cognition and behavior (Cooper et al., 1996). In view of our results on dopaminergic and cholinergic signaling in normal and lesioned rodents (see Section 3.3.), a PET method for in vivo imaging of FA incorporation into the human brain might be of use for examining disrupted signaling in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease.

Evolution Of The Histidylbenzylglycinamide Series

Ble potency reportedby Brown and Goldstein (8). Presumably because ofthe high degree ofhydrophobicity ofPD 083176, this inhibitor proved to be cell-impermeable and incapable of inhibiting cellular farnesylation at concentrations as high as 250 pM. A drug discovery effort focusing on the development of truncated analogs of PD 083176 was initiated in part because of the excellent potency of PD 083176 against FTase coupled with a reasonable degree of selectivity for this enzyme. (PD 083176 inhibits purified geranylgeranyl-transferase I (GGTase I) with an IC50 of 1.25 pM.) Microinjection experiments provided further impetus for pursuit of the PD 083176 series Xenopus oocytes injected with PD 083176 exhibited only a 32 maturation frequency in response to insulin, an event dependent on Ras function (9). In contrast, insulin treatment elicited a 68 positive response in the dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-treated control group. These experiments provided evidence that members ofthe PD 083176 series...

Biological Evaluation Of The Histidylbenzylglycinamides

Table 1 summarizes the biological properties ofthe key compounds that led to the synthesis of PD 169451. Efforts to improve the cellular permeability of this chemical series resulted in PD 152440, which inhibited cellular farnesylation at 5 yM, but proved to be nonselective against FTase relative to other prenylation enzymes (see Fig. 3). Because an increasing number ofliterature reports indicated that K-Ras was an efficient substrate for geranylgeranylation when challenged with an FTI, we proceeded with the in vivo evaluation of PD 152440 despite its lack of selectivity. Treatment of H-ras transfected Replacement of the O-benzyl group of PD 152440 with a phenyl ring resulted in PD 161956, which accomplished both increased potency (active against cellular farnesyla-tion at 0.1 .M) as well as a 50-fold gain in selectivity against FTase relative to GGTase I. Although PD 161956 gave the first indication ofin vivo antitumor activity for this chemical series, the degree ofactivity was...

Pathological Diagnostic Criteria Ruling Out Other Pathology

Pathological diagnosis of AD is often complicated by the presence of other pathology. In a subpopulation of pathologically confirmed cases of AD, abundant pathology characteristic of other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, are also present, allowing simultaneous diagnosis of both diseases in the same individual (1,2,56,57). Additional complications are presented by the presence of dementing disorders, which are relatively more dif

The Practice Of Cbt For Older Adults With Depression And Personality Disorders

It is imperative to evaluate cognitive status, comorbid physical and mental health problems, medication adherence, substance use and abuse, risk of suicide, social support, mobility, and self-care (e.g., grooming, shopping, cooking, medication management). Each of these areas can dramatically impact treatment outcomes and how treatment is implemented. During the assessment process it is important to bear in mind that some dementias, anxiety disorders, Parkinson's disease, and substance abuse problems may resemble depressive disorders. It is also important to consider how age of onset and course of disorders may impact treatment.

Anatomical Changes With

Some areas of the brain do show a decrease in neuronal number, including the hippocampus, thalamus, putamen, cerebellum, and subcortical nuclei such as the substantia nigra, locus coeruleus, nucleus basalis of Meynert (NBM), and inferior olive. The hippocam-pal region is of interest because of its purported role in encoding new memories the earliest neuropathologi-cal changes in Alzheimer's disease occur in parts of this structure and in surrounding tissue. Parts of the basal ganglia (putamen, globus pallidus, and portions of the thalamus), along with the cerebellum and substantia nigra, are key components of the neural system involved with regulating movement. Neuronal death ofthe dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra causes Parkinson's disease several symptoms of this degenerative disease increase their frequency in the aged. Some studies have reported neuronal loss in the NBM, the source of the cholinergic projection to the cerebral cortex. This nucleus shows a significant...

The Neurological Continuum

Phenotypical continuum that includes some neurological signs even in patients with type I. Among the earliest anecdotal reports were those of parkinsonism that is marked by early onset, aggressive progression, and refractoriness to conventional anti-Parkinson therapy in patients with very mild type I Gaucher disease. 6

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy PSP

PSP is also known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. It is a degenerative disorder of subcortical nuclei, including the subthalamic nucleus, substantia nigra, globus pallidus, caudate, putamen, and peria-queductal gray. Clinically, persons with PSP show paralysis involving motor neurons of the eye, leading to impaired downward ocular gaze and other ocular symptoms. Clinical diagnosis requires documentation of at least two of the following signs axial dystonia (abnormal pattern of muscle tonus in the axial musculature) and rigidity (especially of the neck), pseudobulbar palsy (manifested as sudden crying or laughing without apparent cause or accompanying experienced emotion), bradykinesia (slowness in the initiation of movement), signs of frontal lobe dysfunction (e.g., motor perseveration, difficulty in behavioral

Lewy Body Variant LBV of AD

The Lewy body variant of AD (sometimes also referred to as common DLB, in contrast to pure DLB) is characterized by the typical neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles of AD, the subcortical changes of PD, and the presence of diffusely distributed cortical Lewy bodies. Persons with the LBV of AD, compared to persons with pure AD, show a greater proportion of mild parkinsonian or other extrapyramidal motor findings, a typically fluctuating cognitive impairment, visual or auditory hallucinations, and frequent unexplained falls.

Smell And Sexual Arousal

Besides purely anatomical similarities, the linkage between olfactory function and sexual function is recognized in a clinical setting. More than 17 of individuals with chemosensory dysfunction develop impaired sexual desire or other sexual dysfunction (28). Genetic disorders can affect both systems for example, those with Kalliman's syndrome have both olfactory deficit and impaired sexual drive and functioning (29). Other diseases impair olfactory ability and sexual functioning concomitantly, including cerebral vascular disorders (18,30), Parkinson's disease (31,32), senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type (33), hypothyroidism (34,35), and vitamin deficiency states including B12 deficiency (36). Alternatively, odors may act to enhance sexual arousal by actually acting directly on areas of the brain that induce sexual arousal (eg, the septal nucleus), by acting directly, almost as a drug, influencing them through dopaminergic, cholinergic, or serotinergic mechanisms (70). Odors induce...

Dopamine And Learning

Studies examining the performance of PD patients on working memory tasks also support the idea that dopamine may be involved in working memory in humans as well as in experimental animals. Imaging studies in PD patients have shown reduced fluorodopa uptake in the caudate nucleus and frontal cortex, which correlates with deficits in working memory as well as attention. CATECHOLAMINES CHEMICAL NEUROANATOMY ENDORPHINS AND THEIR RECEPTORS MANIC-DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS NOREPINEPHRINE PARKINSON'S DISEASE SCHIZOPHRENIA WORKING MEMORY

Ethical considerations

Ethical considerations in the management of breathlessness in neurological disease centre on informed consent. Competent patients are able to participate in the decision-making process and the planning of their care. It is for them to decide whether they wish to have treatment or not. In patients with neurodegen-erative diseases such as Parkinson's disease or dementia, it is therefore appropriate to attend to end-of-life treatment decisions before a person becomes incompetent to express their preferences either because of communication difficulties or

Control Of Ventricular Rate

With 24 hour Holter recordings and exercise testing. Combination therapy of digoxin and atenolol was superior to all other regimens during exercise as well as during daily activities. Digoxin as a single agent proved less effective, especially during exercise testing.16 Nevertheless digoxin usually suffices if needed at all in the sedentary elderly. In active patients excessive reduction of exercise heart rate is not desirable since it limits exercise capacity. In these patients P blockade with or without digoxin is usually sufficient to control resting heart rate while preserving a reasonable response during daytime exercises. In patients with an accessory atrioventricular pathway (Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome) paroxysmal AF may be associated with an excessively high heart rate. Use of dig-oxin, verapamil or a P blocker as rate controlling drugs should be avoided. Intravenous flecainide will reduce heart rate and may provide conversion. In the haemodynamically unstable patient...

Edmund A Bermudez Md Mph and Ming Hui Chen MD MMSc

Clinical Exercise Test

Stress echocardiography is indicated in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in those with an intermediate likelihood of coronary artery disease and an abnormal electrocardiogram (Fig. 1, Table 1). Those individuals with left bundle branch block, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, left ventricular hypertrophy, digoxin use, or more than 1 mm ST segment depression on electrocardiogram should undergo imaging with stress as interpretation of ST segments are an unreliable marker of ischemia in these settings. If the patient is able to exercise, treadmill stress, or bicycle stress (supine or upright) should be performed. When this is not feasible, dobutamine stress may be used. In the United States, vasodilator stress is an uncommon modality for stress echocardiography.

Derivation Of Esderived Neurons

Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons Derivation of midbrain dopamine neurons from ES cells has been of particular interest because of the clinical potential for dopamine neuron transplants in Parkinson's disease. Protocols for the dopaminergic differentiation of mouse ES cells are based on studies in explants that identified FGF8 and SHH as critical factors in midbrain dopamine neurons specification. The effect of SHH FGF8 on ES-derived neural precursors was first described using an EB-based five-step differentiation pro

Neural Differentiation of Human and Nonhuman Primate ES Cells

PARKINSON'S DISEASE One of the most widely discussed applications is the derivation of unlimited numbers of dopamine neurons from hES cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). PD is particularly attractive for cell transplantation due to the relatively defined pathology affecting primarily midbrain dopamine neurons. At the onset of clinical symptoms, the majority of midbrain dopamine neurons have already died, providing further rationale for a cell replacement approach. The first ES cell-based study that showed functional improvement in 6OHDA lesioned rats, an animal model of Parkinson's disease, was based on the transplantation of low numbers of largely undifferentiated mouse ES cells isolated after short-term differentiation in EB cultures. Spontaneous differentiation into large numbers of neurons with midbrain dopamine characteristics was observed. However, the clinical relevance of this approach is limited due to the high rate of tumor formation (> 50 of the animals...

Epidemiology and Diagnosis

In the history it is important, as well as asking about LUTS, to exclude any other co-morbidities that could be contributing to the presentation. It is important to exclude neurological disorders, including cerebrovas-cular events, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury (SCI), pelvic or perineal trauma, Parkinson's disease, multisystem atrophy (MSA), and motor neuron disease (MND), and consider if they are taking any drugs that could contribute to dysfunctional voiding (anticholin-ergics, antidepressants, anesthetic agents, analgesics). Also, it is important to assess the patient's general medical state to ensure that they are not going to come to any harm as a result of any therapy instigated.

B GABA as a Paracrine Reset Signal

GABA-producing cells increase GAD67 and GAD67 mRNA levels in response to injury, whereas GAD65 and its mRNA are usually unchanged. Injuries that produce increased GAD67 include chemical lesions of the substantia nigra and hippocampus, neuroleptic drugs, spinal cord transection, and acute stress. The increase in GAD67 can be observed as soon as 1 hr after insult, implicating immediate early genes in GAD67 regulation.

E Gaba Affects Overall Excitability

GABA is synthesized in both projection neurons (e.g., neurons within the striatum that project to the substantia nigra and globus pallidus) and interneurons (e.g., the basket cells of the dentate gyrus). Projection neurons are thought to play a major role in initiating postsynaptic activity, whereas interneurons are thought to modulate postsynaptic activity. Interneur-ons within the hippocampus appear to also form large circuits that underlie the theta rhythms in the brain. These slow (4-9 Hz) rhythms are associated with learning and memory and may reflect an overall control of excitation that provides a more amenable environment for synaptic plasticity. Thus, GABA as a neurotransmitter not only provides straightforward

Bromocriptine Parlodel

Additionally, Parlodel is also prescribed to treat a wide variety of other medical conditions that are not related to fertility or women's health at all. Examples include Parkinson's disease, which is a neurological condition, and acromegaly, which is a rare condition where the body produces too much growth hormone.

Use knowledge and experience to effectively drive and direct discovery

For every 50 entering preclinical development), even starting with a recombinant human protein with known activity is no guarantee of clinical and market success. For example, at Amgen, GDNF (glial-derived neurotrophic factor) has been demonstrated in vitro cell cultures to arrest death of or heal the brain cells associated with Parkinson disease and even dramatically improved the signs of parkinsonism in primate animal models. However, GDNF was a failure in human trials without significant improvement in the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease. Alternatively, an unexpected adverse effect from such a protein, which may very closely resemble the natural protein, can occur to stop its development. For example, a thrombopoietic factor for platelet disorders was found and was quite active but for some unknown reason produced antibodies against the not only the protein but also against the naturally occurring thrombopoietin, which was a life-threatening complication.

Modeling And Simulations For Clinical Trial Designs

The technique of population PK and PD modeling is assumption-dense and depends on a clear understanding of the known PK behavior of a drug, the disease pathophysiology and biological framework within the context of drug action, and sound computational and statistical principles. The process of model building starts from pooling all available PK information from clinical studies to develop a structural population PK model. This would encompass, for example, all Phase I IIa studies to support dose regimen and trial design for Phase IIb. The next step, usually, is to determine which covariates of interest (e.g., age, gender, food, formulation, disease, creatinine clearance, BMI, and so on) may influence PK parameters of interest, for example, the clearance and or volume of distribution, such that a covariate-adjusted model is developed. Integration of the structural PK model with PD endpoint is then performed, wherein the endpoint may be a biomarker or surrogate for efficacy or for...

Sudden Death In Children With Primary Cardiac Arrhythmias

Most sudden cardiac deaths that remain unexplained after necropsy are probably caused by primary cardiac arrhythmias. Arrhythmias which are known to be potentially fatal, and which would leave no trace after death, include polymorphic ventricular tachycardia in congenital long QT syndrome,17 w39 other primary ventricular arrhythmias such as those described by Brugadaw40 w41 and Coumel,w42 atrial fibrillation in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome,w43 and congenital complete atrioventricular block. Retrospective confirmation of an arrhythmia is not possible unless a familial condition (such as long QT syndrome) is subsequently recognised in a family member. This group of arrhythmias also comprises the majority of diagnoses made after resuscitation from out of hospital cardiac arrest.w44w45

Anatomical Distribution In The Central Nervous System

Metabolic Pathway For Dopamine

There are several dopamine-containing pathways in the CNS. The nigrostriatal dopamine pathway accounts for approximately 70 of the dopamine in the brain. Cells bodies in this pathway are located in the substantia nigra pars compacta and project to the caudate, putamen, and the globus pallidus (Fig. 1). An interesting characteristic of these dopamine neurons is that they contain extensive dendritic trees, which extend ventrally into the substantia nigra pars reticu-lata. Dopamine release occurs from these dendrites in addition to the axon terminals. Deterioration of the nigrostriatal pathway underlies Parkinson's disease (PD). The substantia nigra and VTA dopamine cell bodies are often referred to as the A-9 and A-10 nuclear groups, respectively, following the original designation of Dahlsstrom and Fuxe from their pioneering rodent studies using a novel technique that made dopamine neurons fluorescent. However, more detailed immunohistochemical studies suggest that the A-9 and A-10...

Neurological Abnormalities

Ing dysfunction include CVEs, cauda equina syndrome or spinal cord compression, Parkinson's disease, Shy-Drager syndrome (multisystem atrophy), multiple sclerosis (MS), and motor neuron disease (MND). Spinal cord injury also causes long-term voiding dysfunction, but rarely AUR. Most patients are, however, managed with an in-dwelling catheter after the initial injury, until the period of spinal shock has passed when a better idea of long-term bladder function can be ascertained.

Synaptic Transmission

Synaptic Knobs

There are many other neurotransmitters. Many hormones serve this function, including epinephrin (adrenaline), ADH, oxytocin, insulin, and glucagon. The amino acids glycine, glutamine, and aspartic acid are neurotransmitters, as are the gases carbon monoxide and nitric oxide. A group of compounds called endorphins modifies the effect of neurotrans-mitters and may be involved in mood and pain reduction. They are similar in structure to morphine. It is thought that exercise produces a natural release of endorphins. Dopamine is a central nervous system neurotransmitter that can be inhibitory or excitatory, depending on the receptor. A decline in dopamine production produces Parkinson's disease, in which the inhibitory action of dopamine is missing. As a result, the neurons that control muscle tone become overstimulated. All movement requires overcoming the tension of the opposing muscle. Dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, but the drug L-dopa can, and it is converted to...

Deep brain stimulation

Electrical stimulation of the brain is an important therapy for refractory neurological disorders such as drug resistant Parkinson's disease and severe tremor and has become an area of active clinical research in both neurology and psychiatry. Using a technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS), small electrical leads are placed into the brain using stereotactic localization. A special head frame is attached to the skull under local anesthesia, and electrodes are implanted using internal brain targets located with reference to anatomical landmarks determined by brain imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This technique allows for the precise targeting of specific brain sites or nuclei. Insertion of electrodes can be done without damage to adjacent tissue. These electrodes are connected by a wire to a pacemaker implanted in the chest that generates electrical stimulation. Stimulation parameters can be modified by manipulation of the...

Sudden death in congenital atrioventricular block

Figure 21.3 Atrial fibrillation in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in a 10 year old girl with a history of recurrent syncope. There is a rapid, irregular, wide QRS tachycardia with a morphology which matched the pre-excitation seen in sinus rhythm. The accessory pathway was ablated. Figure 21.3 Atrial fibrillation in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in a 10 year old girl with a history of recurrent syncope. There is a rapid, irregular, wide QRS tachycardia with a morphology which matched the pre-excitation seen in sinus rhythm. The accessory pathway was ablated.

Sudden Death In Young Athletes

Deaths during sports attract publicity but they are rare events. Estimates from the USA suggest that 5 per 100 000 young athletes (including children, teenagers, and young adults) have a predisposing condition and that about 10-25 such deaths per year occur in the US population of 260 000 000.18 The most common structural abnormalities identified at necropsy are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, coronary artery abnormalities, right ventricular cardiomyopathy, and aortic valve stenosis.16 Unexplained cases may be caused by ventricular arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (as discussed above). Health screening programmes are in place for some young athletes but their efficacy has not been prospectively evaluated.

Investigational Applications

Research in deep brain stimulation is blurring the disciplinary boundaries between neurology and psychiatry. French investigators have discovered that DBS caused transient acute depression in a patient with Parkinson's disease whose motor function had improved markedly through DBS intervention (Bejjani et al.). Investigators are conducting clinical trials for the use of DBS for severe psychiatric illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder using techniques pioneered in the treatment of movement disorders (Roth et al. Rapoport and Inoff-Germain). Nicholas D. Schiff and colleagues have proposed the use of DBS for the modulation of consciousness after severe traumatic brain injury (Schiff, Plum, and Rezai).

Population Screening For Unsuspected Heart Disease

The infrequency of prodromal symptoms and the absence of physical signs in children who die suddenly and are found at necropsy to have a cardiac problem may seem to be an indication for screening of the general population. However, there is no evidence that population screening of children for abnormalities such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is either feasible or appropriate, and no evidence that either early detection or treatment in the absence of symptoms has any effect on outcome. The only prospective population wide screening programme of normal children has been undertaken in Tokyo.20 The reported prevalence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is around 1 in 15 000 and those children identified seemed to be at particularly low risk.w52 The programme does also detect children with long QT syndrome, atrioventricular block, and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome by routine ECG but these problems are rare. So far it has not been possible to show that screening prevents sudden death.

Neuromuscular Control

Electromyographic Olympic Snatch

Recruitment is the activation of different motor units within a muscle. Physiological research has determined three important properties of recruitment of motor units. First, motor units tend to be organized in pools or task groups (Burke, 1986). Second, motor units tend to be recruited in an asynchronous fashion. Different motor units are stimulated at slightly different times, staggering the twitches to help smooth out the rise in tension. There is evidence that some motor unit synchronization develops to increase rate of force development (Semmler, 2002), but too much synchronous recruitment results in pulses of tension tremor that is associated with disease (Parkinson's) or extreme fatigue (final repetition of an exhaustive set of weight lifting). The recruitment of motor units is likely more complex than these general trends since serial and transverse connections between parallel architecture muscles allows active fibers to modify the tension and length of nearby fibers (Sheard,...

Treatment And Prevention Of Neurocognitive Complications

Profile reminiscent of''subcortical'' dementias such as those associated with Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and white matter dementias. One of the fundamental substrates of the cognitive impairment is neural injury, including loss of dendritic spines and synaptic simplification. The mechanism of injury may involve the toxic effects of viral products such as gp120 as well as inflammatory mechanisms involving perhaps abnormal expression of various lymphokines. Protective factors may also be important, although the role of FGF and other trophic factors has yet to be established. Alhough they are usually mild in nature, HIV-associated neurocognitive disturbances can have substantial effects on day-to-day life, including employment, and day-to-day tasks such as medication management and driving skills. The presence of impairment is also associated with earlier mortality. Currently available antiretroviral drug combinations have increased survival of patients with HIV, but...

Anticholinergic Toxicity

Because of the frequent use of tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, antihistamines, and antiparkinsonian drugs, anticholinergic toxicity is commonly seen in the emergency department. Anticholinergic medications are commonly prescribed for elderly patients, often resulting in drug-induced delirium. Many drugs have

Interval timing and other areas of Cognitive Aging

On attention (clock speed) and memory (for reviews, see Buhusi, this volume Cevik, this volume Mattell and Meck, 2000 Meck, 1996 Meck and Benson, 2002). In particular, dopamine changes have recently received a great deal of attention in human cognitive aging research (e.g., Backman et al., 2000 Braver et al., 2001 Li, Lindenberger, and Sikstrom, 2001 Park et al., 2001 Volkow et al., 1998, 2000). Dopamine functioning has been heavily investigated in interval timing experiments using both animals and human populations (e.g., schizophrenics, Parkinson's patients) with known dopamine dysfunctions. As the Rakitin et al. (submitted) experiments demonstrate, the findings from these populations are likely to be highly relevant for understanding the cognitive effects that occur as the result of neurobi-ological changes in healthy aging as well.

The Caudal Diencephalon

Ventrobasal Schema

The pretectum (alar p1) is the caudalmost forebrain region. It is characterized by the posterior commissure, whose fibers cross the pretectal dorsal midline and then course transversally through the alar plate, just in front of the diencephalomesencephalic limit, before spreading longitudinally in the basal plate (pc in Fig. 3). The function of the posterior commissure is unclear. This region contains various pretectal nuclei involved in visual processing, including the centers for the pupillary and optokinetic eye reflexes. The subcommissural organ is a dorsal midline specialization that secretes glycoprotein (Reissner's fiber) into the ventricular fluid. The basal plate has dopamine-containing neurons that form part of the substantia nigra in addition to diverse reticular cell populations involved in motor circuits, like the parvocellular nucleus ruber (origin of the rubroolivary tract) and the interstitial nucleus of Cajal. The latter is a rostral source of descending preoculomotor...

Anomia In Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most studied of the dementia-producing diseases that can have anomia as a salient symptom. Dementia (see the article on it in this volume) may be defined as a progressive cognitive decline resulting from a number of diseases. Such a cognitive decline characteristically may include more language disturbance (as in Alzheimer's disease in all but very-late-onset instances) or less language disturbance (as in the dementia associated with perhaps one-third of the individuals with Parkinson's disease). When a language disturbance is evident, anomia is invariably a part of it. The naming problems associated with the dementias may or may not be termed anomia by different scholars however, the phenomenon is quite similar to that found in the aphasias. What underlies the problem, however, appears to be different. First, the cognitive problems underlying the dementia regularly include a variety of memory problems, so one may argue that the difficulty with...

Efficacy of high doses of classical neuroleptics in the treatmentresistant patient

There is no published evidence for the efficacy of high dose medication as an effective strategy either to accelerate therapeutic response or to increase the number of patients who respond to medication. Neither is there any objective evidence to show that escalating the dose of a ''classical'' neuroleptic is likely to produce a beneficial response in chronically resistant patients. Furthermore, there are anecdotal reports that high dose neuroleptics can cause sudden death (due to cardiotoxicity), severe Parkinsonism and or akathisia with the possibility of paradoxical and violent behaviour (possibly associated with akathisia). The possibility of the neuroleptic malignant syndrome occurring following high dose neurolep-tics is more closely related to the rate of dose escalation than to the quantity of neuroleptic administered.

Peripheral Agraphias

Apractic Agraphia

Figure 3 (A) Errors of letter morphology in the writing produced by a patient with apraxic agraphia following left parietal lobe damage. (B) Micrographia in Parkinson's disease. Note overall reduction of letter size. Progressive reduction of writing amplitude is seen with repeated attempts to write the same word or letter. (C) Afferent dysgraphia in a patient with right parietal lobe damage. Duplications occur mostly in words with double letters and when writing letters that contain repeated stroke cycles. Figure 3 (A) Errors of letter morphology in the writing produced by a patient with apraxic agraphia following left parietal lobe damage. (B) Micrographia in Parkinson's disease. Note overall reduction of letter size. Progressive reduction of writing amplitude is seen with repeated attempts to write the same word or letter. (C) Afferent dysgraphia in a patient with right parietal lobe damage. Duplications occur mostly in words with double letters and when writing letters that contain...

Sensorimotor Examination

The sensorimotor neurological examination does not contribute to making a diagnosis of dementia per se. However, the pattern of neurological abnormalities often point to likely underlying diseases that may be contributing to the dementing process. For example, a clinician should look for evidence of upper motor neuron signs (e.g., hemiparesis, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes, extensor plantar responses) that would suggest the possibility of stroke or structural lesion. Extrapyramidal signs would raise the question of Parkinson's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, or Lewy body dementia. Abnormalities of gait may be associated with cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. Dysarthria would alert the clinician to possible extrapyramidal disorders, bilateral strokes, de-myelinating disease, and motor neuron disease. Sensory abnormalities (e.g., peripheral neuropathy) may be associated with B12, other vitamin deficiency states, thyroid disease,...

Differential Diagnosis

There is increasing evidence that many adult-onset focal dystonias are genetically based. At this time, molecular descriptions of dystonic conditions have been reported with idiopathic torsion dystonia (DYT1), focal dystonias (DYT7), mixed dystonias (DYT6 and DYT13), dopa-responsive dystonia, myoclonic dysto-nia, rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism, Fahr disease, Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome, X-linked dystonia parkinsonism, deafness-dystonia syndrome, mitochon-drial dystonias, myoclonic dystonia, neuroacanthocyto-sis, and the paroxysmal dystonias dyskinesias. In addition, focal dystonia may emerge in families exhibiting generalized dystonia and has also been related to the DYT1 allele (Table 4.1).

Major Hypothalamic Connections

The medial forebrain bundle (MFB) is another prominent fiber tract associated with the hypothalamus. The trajectory of this projection system brings it through the full rostrocaudal extent of the lateral hypothalamus. This pathway is more diffusely organized than the postcommissural fornix and carries both ascending and descending fibers. Many of the axons that pass through the MFB are simply traversing the hypothalamus in transit to other forebrain targets. The prominent dopaminergic projections from the substantia nigra and ventral tegmental area fall into this category. Brain stem noradrenergic and cholinergic neurons also project through the MFB to both diencephalic and telencephalic targets. Thus, whereas the MFB is an important conduit for axons innervating the hypothalamus, it is also a major projection pathway for axons projecting to and from forebrain nuclei. Loss of function in response to lesions that interrupted these fibers of passage confounded the interpretation of...

Surgical Strategies A Preoperative

The preoperative investigation of patients with cerebral lesions falls into two general categories. The first is targeting areas for the purpose of stimulation or ablation. These circumstances occur in patients with movement disorders in which parts of the basal ganglia or other subcortical regions are selected for lesioning (e.g., pallidotomy) as a means of improving symptoms. Lesioning using stereotactic focal radiation or direct surgical ablation, by heating or freezing, are of interest for the treatment of cerebral neoplasms and vascular malformations. In a similar fashion, stimulating electrodes are now being employed in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and certain types of tremors.

Therapeutic Opportunities

Neuronal cell death in most neurodegenerative disorders, as well as in traumatic brain injury and spinal-cord damage, exhibits most of the hallmarks of apoptosis (reviewed in refs. 83-85). Limiting the extent of caspase activation in the target neuronal population may be therapeutically relevant in slowing the progression of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and Huntington's diseases, as well as in retinal degenerations and in the injured central nervous system (CNS) (see Chapter 14). Given that the IAPs have been demonstrated to suppress apoptosis initiated by virtually every trigger tested to date in tissue-culture cells (reviewed in ref. 23), their utility has been explored in in vivo model systems. Stereotactic injection of adenoviral expression vectors has been used to determine the protective effect of NAIP and XIAP in the rat hippocampus in the four-vessel occlusion global ischemia model. Suppression of caspase activation shortly after the ischemic event, as well as long-term...

Physical Degradation of Proteins

Irreversible aggregation, as the term implies, results from an irreversible reac-tion(s) between protein molecules that leads to the formation of soluble or insoluble higher order multimers. It is also commonly referred to as aggregation. This process differs distinctly from the reversible self-assembly processes of self or hetero-association which in general are ordered, obey the law of mass action, and play a central role in signal transduction and execution of biological function. Protein aggregation is not only an important instability encountered during biopharmaceutical drug development but has also been implicated in a variety of diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and systemic amyloidosis. Aggregation has been studied extensively over the last 60 years and excellent reviews are available on the subject (15-17). Here we have discussed it briefly in context with protein formulation development.

Introduction Fatty Acids And Neuronal Excitability

In addition to their role in brain development, fatty acids also exert important modu-latory effects on neuronal excitability (Ordway, et al., 1991) and receptor-mediated signaling pathways (Hwang & Rhee, 1999). Fatty acids can either increase or decrease the firing of neurons, modulate neurotransmitter release, or alter synaptic responses (Meves, 1994 Bazan et al., 1996 McGahon et al., 1999 Leaf et al., 1999b). PUFAs have been shown to reduce neuronal sodium and calcium currents (Vreugdenhil et al., 1996) and inhibit or activate potassium channels (Poling et al., 1996 Keros & McBain, 1997 Horimoto et al., 1997). The PUFA docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) facilitates excitatory synaptic transmission mediated by V-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors (Nishikawa et al., 1994). DHA also alters inhibitory neurotransmission in some neuron types (e.g., substantia nigra) by reducing responses to the inhibitory transmitter y-amino-butyric acid (GABA) (Hamano et al., 1996). It is...

A EEG Arousal Is Controlled by Interconnections between the NMTs Thalamus and Cortex

Figure 1 (A) Early model of arousal systems, circa 1972. The RF was considered a unitary structure that modified processing in sensory thalamic relay structures, nonsensory diffuse nuclei, and the cortex. The two groups of thalamic nuclei were mutually interconnected. (B) Contemporary view of arousal systems. Each NMT (bottom) sends influences to both the RT and the TRN. The RT contains oscillatory circuits (dotted line) that produce the rhythmic activity of the brain. (C) Electrical activity recorded in the cortex and the effects of electrical stimulation (tetanus) of the cholinergic NBM. The EEG switches from high-voltage slow waves to low-voltage fast activity. Individual cells show burst activity prior to tetanus and single spike activity for several seconds after tetanus reproduced with permission from Metherate et al., (1992). J. Neurosci. 12, 47014711. Copyright Society for Neuroscience . RF, reticular formation NBM, basal nucleus of Meynert PPT, peduncolopontine tegmental...

Extrapyramidal Disorders

Akathisia is a condition wherein patients demonstrate motor restlessness with corresponding anxiety it can be mistaken for a worsening of the underlying psychiatric disorder. This assumption may lead to increasing the dose of the offending agent, thus making the symptoms worse. Administration of diphenhydramine or related agents may be diagnostic and therapeutic a reduction in dose of the antipsychotic, or a switch to a less potent agent, is a possible long-term solution. 23 Bradykinesia, or drug-induced parkinsonism, is another extrapyramidal side effect of this drug class and should be treated in a similar fashion. 12

Preexcitation Syndromes

Kent bundles are composed of myogenic tissue and directly link the atria to the ventricles, completely bypassing the AV node and infranodal system. This is the most common form of preexcitation and is the anatomic basis for the Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. On ECG, this appears as a shortened PR interval and with an initial distortion of ventricular activation (delta wave). Sometimes the bypass tract does not conduct an atrial impulse in the antegrade direction and the QRS complex is entirely normal. However, these concealed bypass tracts may conduct retrograde and be able to sustain reentrant SVT. FIG. 24-39. Type A Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. FIG. 24-39. Type A Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. FIG. 24-40. Type B Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Antimuscarinic Effects

TCAs frequently produce antimuscarinic symptoms. They are competitive inhibitors of acetylcholine at central and peripheral muscarinic receptors. This action is commonly referred to as being anticholinergic, but the term antimuscarinic is more precise because TCAs do not antagonize acetylcholine at nicotinic receptors. Central antimuscarinic symptoms vary from agitation to delirium, confusion, amnesia, hallucinations, slurred speech, ataxia, sedation, and coma. Peripheral antimuscarinic symptoms include dilated pupils, blurred vision, tachycardia, hyperthermia, hypertension, decreased oral and bronchial secretions, dry skin, ileus, urinary retention, increased muscle tone, and tremor. Antimuscarinic symptoms are especially common when TCAs are combined with other medications that also have antimuscarinic activity. Examples include antihistamines, antipsychotics, antiparkinsonian drugs, antispasmodics, and some muscle relaxants.

Potential cardiotoxicity of antipsychotic drugs

In CONCLUSION, the use of the classical neuroleptics, as exemplified by the phenothiazines, thioxanthines, butyrophenones and diphenylbutyl-piperidines, has been a landmark in the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. The efficacy of such drugs in the alleviation of the symptoms of schizophrenia is universally accepted. However, it is also evident that they have a spectrum of adverse effects that frequently renders their long-term use problematic. Side effects such as akathisia, Parkinson-ism, tardive dyskinesia and the all too frequent changes in peripheral autonomic activity are largely predictable from the structure of the molecules and the basic animal pharmacology data. Such adverse effects, and the difficulties encountered when attempting to reduce their frequency and severity by concurrent medication, has stimulated the development of atypical neuroleptics such as clozapine and risperidone which, hopefully, will combine efficacy with a reduction in side...

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