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Mri In Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelin-ating disorder and cause of neurological disability in young adults between 20 and 40 years old. MS has a higher prevalence in Caucasians from northern temperate climates (Noseworthy, 2003) and females, and affects up to 350,000 individuals in the United States (Anderson et al., 1992). This chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) is pathologically characterized by perivenous immune cell infiltration and myelin destruction, most likely due to autoimmune reactions against basic myelin protein, focal demyelination, and subsequent loss of oligodendrocytes and axons (Bruck et al., 1997). Different clinical courses of MS have been defined, including relapsing remitting (RR) MS, secondary progressive (SP) MS, primary progressive (PP) MS, and progressive relapsing (PR) MS (Lublin and Reingold, 1996). RRMS is characterized by discrete episodes of neurological symptoms followed by a variable degree of recovery and...

Multiple Sclerosis Myelopathies and Spinal Cord Injury

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurologic disease that results from multiple demyelinating lesions within the CNS and that shows a variety of clinical presentations and courses determined by the location and number of the same lesions. Bladder and bowel dysfunction is the third most important discomfort in MS patients after spasticity and fatigue 33, 34 . Genitourinary dysfunctions in MS patients frequently occur due to the spinal involvement, with an incidence of 78 35-38 . Bowel-related disorders in MS patients are very common. The prevalence of bowel dysfunction, fecal incontinence, and or constipation is reported to be between 52 and 66 39-41 . Hinds et al. 42 found that 51 of 280 MS patients experienced fecal incontinence it occurred at least weekly in 25 . The authors also demonstrated a strong correlation between fecal incontinence and the duration of MS and degree of disability 42 . Conversely, Chia et al. 39 found no correlation between the presence of bowel...

Multiple Sclerosis Like Lesions

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a clinical diagnosis that should never be made using neuroimaging alone. In 78-95 of clinically diagnosed MS patients, gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features include ovoid periventricular, infratentorial, temporal lobe, and corpus callosum white matter lesions that are isointense to hypointense on Tl-weighted images, and show high intensity on proton density and T2-weighted images. Many conditions have to be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of multiple white matter high-signal abnormalities on proton density and T2-weighted images. Other conditions may produce lesions with or without enhancement, and can occur in a patient population similar to that with MS. The list of diseases with clinical and neuroimaging features similar to those of multiple sclerosis includes the following. CSF cerebrospinal fluid CNS central nervous system MRI magnetic resonance imaging MS multiple sclerosis.

Fatigue In Multiple Sclerosis

Fatigue in multiple sclerosis has been defined by the 1998 Paralyzed Veterans of America Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical Practice Guidelines as a subjective lack of physical and or mental energy that is perceived by the individual or caregivers to interfere with usual or desired activities.

Effects Of Viral Infection On Glial Precursor Cell Function

Viral genes also cause inflammatory problems in other ways, by stimulating inappropriate autoimmune responses. For example, molecular mimicry herpesvirus peptide MHC complexes can promote pathological cross-reactive inflammatory responses to normal neuroglial cells or their component proteins. This has been recently demonstrated in the cross-recognition, by a T-cell line from patients with multiple sclerosis, of an Epstein-Barr virus peptide and one derived from myelin basic protein (MBP) 109 . Similar cross-recognition has been demonstrated for HHV-6 and MBP peptides (110). Finally Herpesvirus DNA or dsRNA may rapidly trigger CNS Toll-like receptor innate inflammatory responses even in the absence of replicating virus or viral proteins.

Biology Of Microglia

Ifn Tlr3 Cxcl10

These areas are concentrated around the subven-tricular zones where active neurogenesis occurs. These ameboid tissue macrophages then migrate throughout the entire brain parenchyma and differentiate into resident microglial cells. In the mature CNS, microglia are ubiquitously present as highly ramified cells ( resting microglia) 5,6 . They respond to changes in the CNS microenvironment in a variety of disorders with or without the participation of the systemic monocytes. Although in degenerative disorders such as AD and Parkinson's disease there is little evidence to support recruitment of monocytes from the periphery, in infectious and autoimmune diseases such as HIVE and multiple sclerosis (MS) and in stroke, there is frank infiltration of monocyte-derived macrophages as well as other inflammatory cells. Even in these diseases in which monocytes are known to contribute significantly to the disease process, studies using sensitive markers of...

The Oligodendrocyte As A Target Of Inflammatory Damage

The analysis of inflammatory damage to oligodendrocytes has mostly been carried out in the context of multiple sclerosis (MS), but it is clear that inflammatory processes damage white matter in multiple other contexts. Glutamate-mediated damage of oligodendrocytes could be of physiological importance in a variety of settings. One dramatic example of oligodendrocyte death in which these pathways have been invoked is that of the ischemic injury occurring in birth trauma, which can be associated with periventricular leukomalacia and cerebral palsy 61 . It also must be considered whether glutamate contributes to the demyelination seen in multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory disorders of the CNS, particularly as it has been observed that glutamate levels are increased in the CNS of patients with demyelinating disorders, with levels correlating with disease severity 62,63 . In this context, it is of potential interest that chronic infusion of kainate (an AMPA receptor agonist) into...


Benveniste has received numerous honors and awards, including NIH Training Grant Fellowships (1982-1983, 1984-1985) a postdoctoral fellowship award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1986-1987) Plenary Lecturer, Fourth International Congress of Neuroimmunology (1994) Plenary Lecturer, UCLA Neurobiology of Disease Conference (1995) Member and Plenary Lecturer, Sixth International Congress on TNF and Related Cytokines (1996) Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, University of Arkansas (1998) Keynote Speaker, Great Lakes Glia Meeting (1999) Chair, FASEB Summer Conference, Neural-Immune Interactions (2000, 2002) Symposium Speaker, Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience (2003) and Executive Chair, NIH Workshop on Glial Inflammation (2003). Dr. Benveniste has served on numerous review and advisory boards. These include Member, NIH Special Section for AIDS and Related Research Review Group (1998-1991) Member, American Cancer Society Advisory Committee for Cell Biology (1992-1995)...

Redox Memory

One well-studied example of the heterogeneity of cellular vulnerability is provided by the response of oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system, to tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a). Multiple studies have revealed that oligodendrocytes are killed by TNF-a, a vulnerability thought to be of possible importance in the destruction of myelin that occurs in multiple sclerosis. Studies have indicated a correlation between the levels of TNF-a mRNA in acute MS lesions and the extent of demyelination and oligodendrocyte pathology (93). Yet, several studies reveal that a plateau of killing is observed at levels of TNF-a that kill only a subset of 50 of oligodendrocytes and increases in TNF-a beyond this level are not associated with elimination of increasing numbers of cells (e.g., 65 ). As this inability of increasing TNF levels to kill more than a subset of cells is seen in pure oligodendrocyte cultures 65 , the heterogeneous response cannot be a consequence of a...

History Geographic Distribution and Host Range

In recent years, this group ofviruses has assumed additional importance, because TMEV infection in mice provides one of the few available experimental animal models for multiple sclerosis. TMEV-induced demyelinating disease in mice is a relevant model for multiple sclerosis because (1) chronic pathological involvement is virtually limited to the CNS white matter (2) myelin breakdown is accompanied by mononuclear cell inflammation (3) demyelination results in clinical disease, for example, spasticity, from involvement of upper motor neuron pathways (4) myelin breakdown is in part immunemediated and (5) the disease is under multigenic control with a strong linkage to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) gene H2D.

Acronyms And Abbreviations

A lengthy section of DNA consisting of nucleotide repeats. Particularly prevalent in the human genome (19 ) LSD lysergic acid diethylamide LTD long-term depression LTM long-term memory LTP long-term potentiation mAChR muscarinic acetylcholine receptor MAG myelin-associated glycoprotein MAO monoamine oxidase MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitors MAP microtubule accessory protein Mb myoglobin MBP myelin basic protein MEG magnetoencephalography MPP+ 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion MPTP Mr molecular weight, relative molecular mass - the ratio of the mass of a molecule to 1 12 the mass of 12C MRC Medical Research Council (UK) mRNA messenger RNA MS multiple sclerosis MSH melanocyte-stimulating hormone MT microtubule Mt mitochondrion

Detrusor overactivity

Cystometrogram Picture

Detrusor overactivity is defined as a urodynamic observation characterized by involuntary contractions during the filling phase which maybe spontaneous or provoked 2 . It is the second commonest cause of urinary incontinence in women and accounts for 30-40 of cases. The incidence is higher in the elderly and after failed incontinence surgery. The actual cause of detrusor overactivity is unknown and in the majority of cases it is idiopathic, occurring when there is a failure of adequate bladder training in childhood or when the bladder escapes voluntary control in adult life. Often emotional or other psychosomatic factors are involved. In some cases detrusor overactivity may be secondary to an upper motor neurone lesion, especially multiple sclerosis. In such cases it is known as neurogenic detrusor overactivity. In men detrusor overactivity may be secondary to outflow obstruction and will be cured when the obstruction is relieved. However, outflow obstruction in women is rare.

Urethral Pressure Profile

Pictures Neurogenic Bladder

Fig. 49.13 Subtracted cystometrogram showing a picture of severe neurogenic detrusor overactivity in a patient with multiple sclerosis. Fig. 49.13 Subtracted cystometrogram showing a picture of severe neurogenic detrusor overactivity in a patient with multiple sclerosis.

Neuroses Psychoses And The Mindbrain Dichotomy

First of all let us subdivide the term 'mental illness' into two neurological ('organic') and psychological (or 'functional'). This subdivision is by no means clear cut. Taking the neurological category first, we find it is often useful to subdivide it further into conditions that have a clear anatomical substratum (e.g. multiple sclerosis, parkinsonism) and those where that substratum is more subtle (e.g. depression, schizophrenia). Turning to the second category (the psychological) we find that it is also customarily divided into two the neuroses and the psychoses. Again the basis of this subdivision is far from clear cut. It is generally held that in the neuroses (such as depression) the sufferer shares the same 'world' as the rest of us but sees it through whatever is the opposite of rose-tinted spectacles. In psychotic conditions (e.g. schizophrenia) the patient seems to live in a different world altogether. He or she seems to be overcome with delusions and hallucinations. On...

The Cognate Immune Response

Probably the best studied model of T-cell-mediated autoimmune disease is experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine model of multiple sclerosis in humans. This disease is critically dependent on antigen-specific CD4+ Th1 cells that produce IFN-y, because it can be adoptively transferred by these cells into a na ve host. Antigen-specific CD4+ T-cells that have a Th2 phenotype and produce IL-4 do not cause disease and, under some circumstances, can be protective.

Dementia Associated with Sensorimotor Signs

Inherited disorders of metabolism (e.g., metachromatic leukodystrophy, Kuf's disease) Normal pressure hydrocephalus Multiple sclerosis As noted on Table 7, there are numerous dementias that are associated with sensorimotor signs of which we will briefly mention HIV associated dementia, neurosyphilis, normal pressure hydrocephalus, multiple sclerosis, and extrapyramidal syndromes. These dementias tend to present with apathy, social withdrawal, blunted affect, diminished behavioral output, and compromised attention. For example, changes in mental state changes can be the presenting Patients with multiple sclerosis often suffer from cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems that tend to add to their disability and problems functioning at home and work (122-124). Dementia has been reported in up to a third of patients with Parkinson's disease (125-128). Some patients have coexisting Alzheimer's pathology, which probably accounts for their decline in mental state functioning. Others...

Excessive sleepiness ES history of the chief complaint

Somnolence Medical History

Weariness, exhaustion, and lack of energy 21 . Even though fatigued patients can perceive themselves as being excessively sleepy, in its pure form, fatigue does not result in an increased propensity to fall asleep. Fatigue is a symptom of a wide variety of medical, psychiatric, and neurological disorders and less specific for sleep disorders than is ES. It has been most widely examined in the context of multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, and psychiatric conditions (Figure 6.3). Also, a complaint of ES may co-occur with that of hypersomnia, which is an abnormal increase in time spent asleep or trying to sleep. In this section, we will limit our discussion primarily to ES.

Oxidative Stress Related Disorders

Oxidative stress is implicated in the inflammatory demy-elination that characterizes multiple sclerosis suggesting GST polymorphisms may be associated with disability. In 177 patients with disease duration over 10 years, GSTM3 AA (OR 2.4) and homozygosity for both GSTM1*0 and GSTP1*Ile105-encoding allele (OR 5.0) were linked with severe disability suggesting that long-term prognosis in MS is influenced by GST-mediated ability to remove toxic products of oxidative stress. 1 Exposure to ultraviolet radiation also results in local oxidative stress in skin. Response to such exposure, examined as minimal erythema dose, has been shown to be mediated by GSTM1 and GSTT1 genotype in a gene dosage-dependent manner. 19 Furthermore, nonmela-noma skin cancer has also been linked to these poly-

The Cerebral Vasculature

When the blood-brain barrier is disrupted, edema fluid accumulates in the brain, leading to neurological impairments. Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier plays a central role in many neu-ropathological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and childhood lead poisoning, and may also play a role in Alzheimer's disease (Claudio et al., 1995 Bu e et al., 1994). The blood-brain barrier is composed of three cellular components endothelial cells, pericytes, and astrocytes and one noncellular component the basement membrane. These components interact with each other to produce a highly selective and dynamic barrier system. In general, disruption of the blood-brain barrier causes perivascular or vasogenic edema, which is the accumulation of fluids from the blood around the blood vessels of the brain. This is one of the main features of multiple sclerosis. In multiple sclerosis, inflammatory cells, primarily T cells and macrophages, invade the brain by migrating through...

Cerebrospinal Fluid Tests for Alzheimer Disease

NYMOX has developed a quantitative test for measuring levels of a specific type of neuronal thread protein (AD7c-NTP) in small samples of CSF (70-72). This protein is overexpressed in brain neurons in AD. The promotional material of NYMOX indicates that in 80-90 of autopsy-verified cases of AD, the level of this protein exceeds a designated cut-off level, while less than 5 of control values exceed this level. This test is being advertised as the first test proven to help physicians be certain in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease . . . now you can rule it out. Because interpathologist agreement for the diagnosis of AD by brain autopsy is about 85 , it has been suggested that the CSF test might be used as a gold standard against which other antemortem tests for AD are compared instead of brain autopsy. The 1992 publication had some important limitations. Around 70 of clinical patients with probable AD were reported to have AD7c-NTP levels 3 ng mL in contrast to less than 5 of normal...

Clinical Description of Infection

These viruses are ubiquitous and frequently reactivate. Proof that viral replication is causal in specific disease associations is usually lacking. The greatest attention has focused on links between HHV-6A and multiple sclerosis and HHV-7 and the skin rash pityriasis rosea. Links between HHV-6 HHV-7 and chronic fatigue syndrome have not been substantiated by molecular techniques.

The Frontal Lobes and Aging

I also mentioned earlier that with aging there is a loss of subcortical white matter. Patients who have diseases that injure their white matter, such as multiple sclerosis or multiple small strokes of the white matter, frequently show evidence of frontal lobe dysfunction and do poorly on tests such as the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test because they get stuck in set.

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.

Pathophysiological and Behavioral Aspects

Further studies investigating pathophysiological mechanisms of FI is of crucial importance because progress will have an impact on both diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Due to the possible multifactorial origin of FI and the existence of different clinical presentations, basic research into the influence played by each of the numerous factors involved in continence control can be of help 2 . Future studies must consider that the traditional assumption that women younger than 65 years of age are at maximum risk of FI because of obstetric trauma to anal sphincters or pudendal neuropathy is not true 3 . Prevalence of FI in men has been certainly underestimated. Also, other causative factors, different than those secondary to childbirth, have to be of primary interest, these being neuropathies (diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, systemic sclerosis, myotonic dystrophy, amyloidosis) and conditions related to idiopathic FI. Moreover, conditions...

Following Sequential Fields

Changes from pathology are often obvious if they involve the addition of a second focal defect. Consider a patient with multiple sclerosis and an old central scotoma from optic neuritis in the right eye who now develops a homonymous superior quadrantanopia from a demyelinating plaque in the optic radiations. This is not going to be confused with long-term variability or artifact.

Nervous system disorders

Patients with disorders of the central or peripheral nervous system often complain of EDS. In some chronic diseases of neurological origin, EDS may be the predominant complaint. EDS may be a dominant clinical feature in many toxic or metabolic encephalopathic processes. Structural brain lesions, including strokes, tumors, cysts, abscesses, hematomas, vascular malformations, hydrocephalus, and multiple sclerosis plaques, are known to produce EDS. It appears that somnolence may result either from direct involvement of discrete brain regions or as a consequence of impaired sleep continuity (for example, nocturnal seizure activity or secondary sleep-related breathing disorder).

Malformations of the axis

These lesions may be misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis (31 ), syringomyelia or syringobulbia (18 ), tumor of the brain stem or posterior fossa (16 ), lesions of the foramen magnum or Arnold-Chiari malformation (13 ), cervical fracture or dislocation or cervical disk prolapse (9 ), degenerate disease of the spinal cord (6 ), cerebellar degeneration (4 ), hysteria (3 ), or chronic lead poisoning (1 ).

Clinical presentation of urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is sometimes the first manifestation of a neurological problem (notable multiple sclerosis) so it is important to enquire about neurological symptoms. Endocrine disorders such as diabetes may be responsible for symptoms of lower urinary tract dysfunction and should therefore be recorded.

With Subcortical Infarcts And Leukoencephalopathy

CADASIL differs from other causes of diffuse subcortical ischemia, such as Binswanger's disease, by the frequent presence of migraine with or without aura, and individuals with CADASIL are not usually hypertensive. Occasionally, diagnostic confusion may occur with patients with multiple sclerosis, especially the primary progressive type, with the appearance of multiple white matter lesions.

Invited Commentary

In my opinion, there are a few things that need to be considered First, I agree with Prof. Matzel that most new indications (e.g., muscular dystrophy, fecal incontinence after low anterior rectum resection and radiotherapy, and multiple sclerosis) are either based on case reports or single-center studies and have to be confirmed in larger series. Second, SNS is still a young technique without long-term follow-up. This lack of knowledge about long-term results makes a comparison with, for example, overlapping sphincter

Polymers Could Be the Most Broadly Applicable Multivalent Ligands

Copaxone (glatiramer acetate), marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals (Israel), is an example of a highly successful polymer therapeutic 163 . Glatiramer acetate is a large (average MW 5-11 kDa) synthetic polypeptide of l-Ala, l-G1u, l-Lys, and l-Tyr (a mimic of myelin basic protein) that is random in distribution but defined in composition 164 . It has been approved for the treatment of patients with re-lapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS reducing the frequency of relapses and disease progression in clinical studies) 165 . While the exact mechanism of action is unknown, the polypeptide is known to attenuate patients' autoimmune response to myelin and to reduce both the inflammation and neurodegeneration associated with the disease 164 . An oral form of glatiramer acetate is effective in the treatment of models of MS in vivo (rodents and primates) 166, 167 . It has not yet, however, shown statistically significant results in human clinical trials (as of 2005, Phase II clinical...

MBP7285 on Human Tcell Activation

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) mediated by helper (CD4) T-cells. We have previously shown that two linear and two cyclic peptide analogues of the guinea pig epitope 72-85 of the myelin basic protein (MBP) induce (agonists) or treat (antagonists) an animal-model version of MS. In this report we studied whether these MBP72.85 are recognized as auto-antigens by normal peripheral blood (PB) T-cells. To this end we cultured PB T-cells in the presence of the petides at various concentrations and assessed their effect on cellular proliferation, phenotype and cytokine synthesis. The peptides, when administered separately, induced apoptosis in exvivo cells and acted synergistically with mitogens to stimulate the cells, acting through the T Cell Receptor (TCR). When administered together (agonist+antagonist), the peptides blocked T-cell proliferation completely without rendering the cells anergic. Cytokine secretion experiments...

Well Researched Cerebrospinal Fluid Markers in Patients With Probable Alzheimer Disease

5 of autopsied healthy normal individuals exceeded 3 ng ml. Levels in living CSF of 62 of possible or probable AD patients, 0 of normal controls, 2 of multiple sclerosis patients, and 16 of Parkison disease patients exceeded 3 ng ml Levels in living CSF of 89 of possible probable AD patients and 11 of normal controls exceeded 2 ng ml.

Fecal Incontinence in Disease Mainly Affecting the Brain

Loss of control of the ascending and descending pathways induced by lesions in the CNS may present with urinary and fecal incontinence. Any supraspinal lesion of brain, brainstem, and spinal cord rostral to the sacral Onufs nucleus-including cerebrovascular disease, hydrocephalus, intrinsic or extrinsic tumors, traumatic head injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative diseases, and spinal cord injury (SCI)-may affect voiding and fecal continence.

Validation Studies of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI

The DCE-MRI approach is widely used to draw inferences into microvascular parameters such as microvascular permeability, blood volume, and tissue perfusion. Confirmed insight into the whereabouts, and amount of the tracer, at the tissue level would unquestionably help to determine the most accurate and precise way to model the signal changes in DCE-MRI. This can be accomplished by correlating DCE-MRI with quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. TEM can be used, in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDXS) microanalysis to assess the subcellular content and location of heavy metals like gadolinium and iron (Elster 1989 LoPachin and SaubermanN 1990 Taherzadeh et al. 1998). This method analyses the characteristic X-ray patterns, produced from the heavy metal based MRI contrast agents when an electron beam passes through the tissue. Where the concentration is high enough elemental distribution maps can be produced (LoPachin and Saubermann 1990). A...

Etiology of Fecal Incontinence

Several neurologic disorders interfere with either sensory perception or motor function or both. Central nervous system disorders that may cause incontinence include multiple sclerosis, dementia, stroke, brain tumors, sedation, and dorsal and spinal cord lesions or injury 31-34 . Peripheral nervous system disorders include diabetic neuropathy, cauda equina lesions, alcohol-induced neuropathy, or traumatic neuropathy 33, 35, 36 .

Human Neurological Diseases Studied by Microarray Technology

Multiple Sclerosis The complexity and ad hoc methods of the design and analysis in this study results in uncertainties about interpreting the conclusions. Rather than use an average-fold ratio across a class, the authors use individual experiment's fold ratios subject to additional constraints. There is no statement about reproducibil-ity studies performed by the authors and the very small numbers and particular definition of significance make it difficult to accept the results confidently. In addition, the title of this report is highly inappropriate (''Expression Profiling Identifies Responder and Non-responder Phenotypes to Interferon- in Multiple Sclerosis''). The claim made is that of class prediction that measuring an expression profile allows one to identify whether a patient is a responder or not. Such a claim is difficult to understand given that no class prediction methods (Table I) were used in this study. It is easy to make thousands of measurements and find one or a...

Multi Centre Trials in Other Conditions

BarKHoF et al. (1997) have considered the requirements for multi-centre trials in multiple sclerosis, identifying the need to establish observer variability over multiple centres, as well as improve quantification methods and compare the different techniques in a multi-centre longitudinal fashion in order to include variation caused by both scanner and segmentation techniques, in addition to biological activity. BarKHoF et al. (1993) report a database developed for recording serial brain MRI results suitable for multiple sclerosis multi-centre trials. Nyland et al. (1996) report on a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled multi-centre study at eight centres in Norway to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 4.5 and 9.0 MIU recombinant human interferon alfa-2a (Roferon-A) given thrice weekly in patients with relapsing-remittent multiple sclerosis. The primary objective is to determine new disease activity analysed by monthly MRI with gadodiamide (Gd-DTPA-BMA, Omniscan).

Newcastle Disease Virus iParamyxoviridae

Identification of viruses or virus-like agents (prions) in a variety of chronic neurological diseases has led to speculation of a viral etiology for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and other illnesses. Experimental evidence for viruses in these chronic diseases is still tenuous.

Host Range and Virus Propagation

Natural infection with BDV has originally been shown to occur in horses, sheep, cattle and rabbits. Recently, cats, ostriches and various zoo ruminants have been identified as natural hosts. Reports on infection of other species, such as goat, deer and donkey, are rare, and BDV etiology has not been proven unequivocally, although such cases seem likely in view of the extremely broad experimental host spectrum of the virus. During recent years it has been proposed that BDV or a closely related virus might also be involved in infections of humans. There was a prevalence of seropositive reactions in patients with psychiatric disorders from Germany, the USA and Japan. The specificity of this reaction could be substantiated when a BDV-specific protein translated by RNAs which had been derived from a BDV-specific cDNA clone was used for the assay. Recently, the presence of virus-specific nucleic acid has been demonstrated in postmortem brain samples of schizophrenic patients and patients...

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.

What is the difference between an intervention in a clinical trial and in an observational study

The major goals of medical treatment are to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and signs of a disease, to slow or halt disease progression, or to prevent specific complications, including premature death. The natural history of most diseases is unpredictable in individual patients. Several acute conditions such as the common cold are self-limiting other diseases such as multiple sclerosis are often intermittent with unpredictable remissions. The time course of many chronic conditions is highly variable and the risk of complications of degenerative conditions such as atherosclerosis is unpredictable, although one can differentiate between low- and high-risk subjects. Consequently, distinguishing between real treatment effects and the natural course of a disease can be a major challenge. By using comparable groups of study subjects in a clinical trial, one receiving the new treatment and the other not, we are able to make a good estimate of both favorable and unfavorable treatment effects.

Face and Head Neuralgias

Trigeminal neuralgia The second and third divisions are most commonly involved, and the attacks have trigger points. The symptom may be due to tumors, inflammation, vascular anomalies or aberrations, and multiple sclerosis. Trigeminal neuralgia is the most frequent of all forms of neuralgia

Stigma and Quality of Life

A community-based research programme 11 explored the feelings of exclusion secondary to FI. This study ran over the course of 5 years and involved a group of women suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). Some of the main concerns in this group were in managing double incontinence, the effects of MS on sexuality and sexual relationships, and trying to live well despite their chronic illness. The shared group experience gave them the freedom to talk openly about sex and incontinence, subjects about which they had previously felt compelled to be silent. Norton and Chelvanayagam 12 ran two focus groups at St. Mark's Hospital in the UK to develop a research questionnaire titled Effects of Bowel Leakage . For many participants, this was the first time they had ever spoken openly about their FI, and it was found to be mutually supportive to be able to speak openly to peers about the ever-present stress and risk of potential humiliation. As with Australian women 11 , access to...

Microarray Analysis of Human Brain Disorders

Postmortem microarray research of neurological disorders has been very productive over the last several years. In particular, transcriptome profiling of Rett's syndrome, Alzheimer's disease (AD), and multiple sclerosis (MS) has been at the forefront of these analyses, and the results are providing a fundamentally new view of these disorders. Analysis of the frontal cortex in subjects with Rett's syndrome revealed that mutation of transcriptional repressor methyl-CpG binding protein-2 (MECP-2) leads to alterations in the mRNA levels NMDA-NR1, MAP-2, and synaptic vesicle proteins (Johnston et al, 2001), as well as increased expression of glial markers (Colantuoni et al., 2001).

Food Intaket

It was previously reported that C5a injected into the perifornical region of the hypothalamus stimulated food intake in non-fasted rats (Schupf and Williams 1987 Williams et al. 1985). The increased food intake induced by C5a was inhibited by phentolamine, an a-adrenergic antagonist, suggesting that C5a activates an a-adrenergic receptor in the hypothalamus (Williams et al. 1985). C5a receptor, a seven transmembrane G-protein-coupled receptor, is found in neurons, astrocytes and microglia in the CNS, and is up-regulated during inflammatory conditions such as meningitis, brain trauma and multiple sclerosis (Nataf et al. 1999). C5L2 receptor, a recently identified G-protein-coupled receptor belonging to a subfamily of C3a, C5a and fMLP receptors that are related to the chemokine receptor family (Ohno et al. 2000), showed affinity for C5a, C3a, C5a-des-Arg and C3a-des-Arg, and is found in astrocytes of the CNS (Monk et al. 2007 Scola et al. 2007 Gavrilyuk et al. 2005). Centrally...


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Rate Of Propagation

Now how does this organisation assist the transmission of action potentials An answer to this question was proposed many years ago. The tightly wound spirals of the myelin sheath act as a very effective electrical insulator. External current flows cannot penetrate it to affect the ensheathed axolemma. But, of course, the local circuit mechanisms underlying impulse propagation depend on such external current flows. It follows that it is only at the nodes, where the axolemma is exposed, that the local circuits can exert their depolarising effect. Hence the action potential 'jumps' from one node to the next. Technically this is known as saltatory conduction (Figure 14.15). The profound significance of the myelin sheath for the propagation of impulses explains the devastating effects of demye-linating diseases such as multiple sclerosis (see also Section 7.7). It may be that the redistribution of Na+ channels along demyelinated axon (mentioned above) could account for the uncertain course...

TlWeighted Methods

Contrast agents used with MRI have predominantly been based on gadolinium chelates, providing a positive contrast on Tl-weighted images. Their initial application was to demonstrate areas of blood-brain barrier breakdown, as a method of identifying and classifying CNS lesions such as those from multiple sclerosis, or from cancer. More recently in cancer their use has extended to the evaluation of other solid tumours, aiding discrimination of active disease from fibrosis, necrosis and normal tissues. They are used in other applications to identify perfusion defects, and to increase the sensitivity of MR angiog-raphy. In tumour studies, in addition to morphological assessment of the enhanced region, there has been interest in evaluating the dynamics of contrast uptake and wash out, which can be related to physiological parameters by the use of appropriate physiological models.


Conformation of active peptides, the rigid geometry of the cyclic peptides enhances the binding affinity towards a selected target molecule compared to their linear counterparts 12, 13 . Furthermore cyclic analogues are important intermediates in the design and synthesis of non-peptide mimetics with the potential to be used as drugs 14,15 , With this aim, our group has been involved for several years in the design and synthesis of cyclic analogues for important peptides such as, Angiotensin 5, 16, 33 , Thrombin Receptor Peptides 17 and Myelin Basic Protein 15 involved respectively in hypertension, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Rectal Sensitivity

Umented in patients with diabetes mellitus 64 and multiple sclerosis 32 but has also been seen in patients with idiopathic fecal incontinence 65-69 . Rectal balloon distention with either air or water can be used for the assessment of both sensory responses and compliance of the rectal wall. By distending a rectal balloon with incremental volumes, it is possible to assess the thresholds for three common sensations the first detectable sensation (rectal sensory threshold), the sensation or urgency to defecate, and the sensation of pain (maximum tolerable volume). A higher threshold for sensory perception suggests impaired rectal sensation or RH. Also, the balloon volume required for partial or complete inhibition of anal sphincter tone can be assessed. It has been shown that the volume required to induce reflex anal relaxation is lower in incontinent patients 66, 68 .


INTRODUCTION Blepharoptosis, or ptosis, is a drooping of the upper eyelid such that the eyelid margin rests lower with respect to the superior corneal limbus. There are numerous causes for ptosis and these can be classified according to mechanistic etiologies. Aponeurotic ptosis is caused by defects in the levator aponeurosis, either redundancy or frank disinsertion. This can be seen from trauma or surgery, or as an involutional phenomenon which is the most common form of adult acquired ptosis. Myogenic ptosis results from myopathic or myogenic diseases affecting the levator muscle. It most commonly occurs as a congenital developmental defect, but can be associated with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia, myotonic dystrophy, oculopharyngeal dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, trauma, or toxins. In neurogenic ptosis there is an interruption of nervous innervation to the levator muscle. Etiologies include vascular lesions, ischemia, multiple sclerosis, toxins, infections, tumors,...

Secondorder neuron

E.g., dorsolateral pontine lateral medullary or Wallenberg's syndrome E.g., multiple sclerosis Significance The Marcus Gunn pupillary reaction is thought to be due to a reduction in the number of the fibers serving the light reflex on the affected side. The lesion must be prechiasmal, and almost always involves the optic nerve, often due to multiple sclerosis. Significance The condition is seen in normal individuals in cases of hysteria and is associated with incipient cataracts, multiple sclerosis, meningitis, contralateral cerebrovascular insults, and recovery from oculomotor paralysis.


Disease-specific genes in human tissues have been made for such neurological conditions as multiple sclerosis (Mycko etal., 2003), Alzheimer's disease (Colangelo et al., 2002 Ginsberg et al., 2000 Marvanova et al., 2003), psychiatric disorders (Bunney et al., 2003 Middleton et al., 2002 Mirnics et al., 2000 Pongrac et al., 2002), and epilepsy (Elliott et al., 2003).

Neuromyelitis Optica

Schumacher Criteria for the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Adapted from Schumacher FA, Beeve GW, Kibler RF, et al. Problems of experimental trials of multiple sclerosis. Ann NY Acad Sci 1965 122 552-568. Poser Criteria for the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) (Adapted with permission from Poser CM, Paty DW, Scheinberg L, et al. New diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis guidelines for research protocols Ann Neurol 1983 13 227-231, and from John Wiley and Sons.)

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Infected with LCMV, the T cells proliferate, migrate within the pancreas, and induce diabetes within days (RIP-GP) or weeks (RIP-NP). When researchers aimed to induce myasthenia-like autoimmune disease by injection of acetyl-choline receptor autoantigen, the response was low. Only repeated autoantigen injection in combination of so-called adjuvans could induce autoimmu-nity 17 . Adjuvans as an essential part in inducing autoimmunity were later shown to activate the innate immune system, including macrophages and dendritic cells 18 . From this point of view, autoimmunity develops similarly to an adaptive immune response against pathogens. There, the so-called danger hypothesis postulates that adaptive immune responses (e.g., against a virus) are enhanced in the presence of additional pathogen-related signals 19, 20 . For example, immunization with LCMV antigen-peptide alone is insufficient to activate adaptive cellular immune responses. However, if the same antigen is delivered in the...

The Action Potential

Centrality of the action potential in neuroscience. Analysis by the voltage-clamp technique ion flows responsible for changes in membrane potential during action potential - changes in membrane permeability responsible for these flows - number of ions involved. Patch-clamping single-channel analyses - positive feedback between Na + channel opening and membrane depolarisation - number of Na+ channels in unit area of axonal membrane - K+ channels -role of delayed K+ current (Ik) - role of fast K+ current (Ika). Propagation of action potential orthodromic and antidromic propagation - role of local circuits - role of AHP in ensuring unidirectional propagation - role of Na+ +K+ pump in re-establishing the ion distributions across membrane. Initiation of impulse initial segment of axon - role of Ca2+-dependent K+ channel in sensory adaptation. Rate of propagation significance of l (the space constant or electrotonic length) - giant fibres versus myelination - saltatory conduction - multiple...

Neural Stem Cells

Finally, can adult NSCs, which, as we have seen, are multipotent rather than pluripotent (Figure 19.7), be induced to return to their embryonic pluripotency and rediscover their early ability to form all types of cell There is some evidence that this is a possibility. When SVZ cells are cultured as neurospheres their abilities are broadened to the extent that when injected into chick neural crest they develop into cells of the peripheral nervous system. Similarly cells which would normally be fated to differentiate into oligodendrocytes in the optic nerve can be converted, in vitro, into neuro-spheres whose cells regain their multipotency. As in every other area of neurobiology, there is still far to go and much research to be done. The practical benefits of successful stem cell therapy are of course huge ranging from replenishment of lost cells in Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, to the repair of spinal cord injuries and the repopulation of ischaemic areas caused by stroke or...

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