HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Researchers discover new way to stimulate brain to release antioxidants

A joint research effort between researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA, and a team from Japan (Iwate University, Osaka City University, Gifu University, Iwate Medical University) has discovered a novel way to treat stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. This approach works by inducing nerve cells in the brain and the spine to release natural antioxidants that protect nerve cells from stress and free radicals that lead to neurodegenerative diseases. Until this discovery, researchers were unable to induce release of these specific antioxidants directly in nerve cells, at the site where damage and degeneration occurs.

In stroke and various neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease, glutamate, an amino acid found in high quantities in the brain, is thought to accumulate. At normal concentrations, glutamate acts as a neurotransmitter that nerves use to communicate. However, at excessive levels glutamate is toxic, resulting in over stimulation of nerve cells, known as excitotoxicity, and causing excessive stress on the nerve cells eventually ending in cell death. Studies described in this report suggest that NEPPs (short for NEurite outgrowth-Promoting Prostaglandins), compounds that accumulate in nerve cells, prevent nerve damage by activating the Keap1/Nrf2 pathway that regulates the production of antioxidants which relieve cells of damaging free radicals that result from excitotoxicity.

"This is the first reported evidence that this protective response can be activated directly in nerve cells to release antioxidants and counter oxidative stress," said Stuart Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Del E. Webb Center for Neurosciences and Aging at the Burnham Institute and senior author of the study. "These findings provide support for further investigation of NEPP drugs to potentially treat ischemic stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and other
'"/>

Contact: Nancy Beddingfield
nbeddingfield@burnham.org
858-646-3146
Burnham Institute
9-Jan-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers suggest TB screening for all international adoptees
2. Researchers find vitamin B1 deficiency key to vascular problems for diabetic patients
3. Researchers link metal ions to neurodegenerative disease
4. Researchers develop criteria to detect bone mass deficiencies in children with chronic diseases
5. Researchers call for investigation into links between khat use and psychiatric disorders
6. Researchers use MRI to predict recovery after spinal cord injury
7. Researchers find deadly prescription drug effects 6 years before FDA
8. Researchers investigate impact of lifestyle on GI health
9. Researchers begin randomized double-blind trial of airway bypass treatment for emphysema
10. Researchers discover how antibiotic inhibits bacterial growth
11. Researchers urge caution in using ESAs for cancer-related anemia

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... Dr. ... Arbor University recently co-authored and published an article in the medical science journal ... Plexus Palsy. Both the article and the research that helped produce it, were ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Dr. Gina Negrette, a skilled Wisconsin-based ... a decade of experience in psychiatry, treating clients in diverse settings, including inpatient ... psychotic and manic conditions, as well as those who were fighting simply to ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) , ... July 25, ... ... a 2017 Gold Winner for its Product Innovation in the prestigious CEO World ... leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, corporate social ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... COLLEGE PARK (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... It is bio-compatible, because it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the ... in the form of moving electrons. This flow of electrons out of the battery ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... City, MO (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... the acclaimed Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI), part of ... interim basis since 2016. , Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD. M.Sc., FAANS joins ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/13/2017)... , July 13, 2017 RK Logistics Group, ... of Pharmacy certification for its Fremont, CA ... solutions in the Tri-Valley and San Jose ... City of Fremont , with its Fremont Innovation ... to provide such a powerful resource to the hundreds of ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... 11, 2017 Zymo Research Corp., also known as ,The Epigenetics ... biological aging in a precise manner using the myDNAge ™ test. ... a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the David Geffen ... Health , Zymo Research,s proprietary DNAge ™ technology is used to ... ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, ... program to patients who suffer from painful intercourse and other painful pelvic ... vaginal atrophy due to menopause. ... VuVatech LLC ... created by Sarasota, Florida -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: