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Statins [3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors] exert cholesterol-independent pleiotropic effects that include anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative properties. Here, we examined direct protective effects of atorvastatin on neurones in different cell damage models in vitro. Primary cortical neurones were(More)
INTRODUCTION The impact of anemia on functional outcome and mortality in patients suffering from non-traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) has not been investigated. Here, we assessed the relationship between hemoglobin (HB) levels and clinical outcome after ICH. METHODS One hundred and ninety six patients suffering from supratentorial, non-traumatic(More)
To determine whether neurite outgrowth depends upon the mevalonate pathway, we blocked mevalonate synthesis in nerve growth factor-treated PC12 cells or primary cortical neurones with atorvastatin, a 3-hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor, and substituted different intermediates of the mevalonate pathway. We show that HMG-CoA(More)
A variety of technologies have been developed to assist decision-making during the management of patients with acute brain injury who require intensive care. A large body of research has been generated describing these various technologies. The Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) in collaboration with the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM),(More)
Histone acetylation and deacetylation participate in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression. In this paper, we demonstrate that pre-treatment with the histone deacetylation inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA) enhances histone acetylation in primary cortical neurons and protects against oxygen/glucose deprivation, a model for ischaemic cell death in vitro.(More)
Background: The association of mortality and poor outcome with reduced levels of hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct) in patients admitted for ischemic stroke was recently demonstrated. The mechanisms behind this have remained unclear. Aims: Here, we aimed to investigate a pu-tative association between low Hb and Hct levels and infarct growth. Methods: All(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Therapeutic hypothermia improves clinical outcome after cardiac arrest and appears beneficial in other cerebrovascular diseases. We conducted this study to investigate the relationship between surface head/neck cooling and brain temperature. METHODS Prospective observational study enrolling consecutive patients with severe ischemic(More)
BACKGROUND Gamma-aminobutyric-acid B (GABA-B)-receptor encephalitis represents a novel entity among autoimmune CNS disorders. Most cases are characterised by limbic encephalitis. CASE REPORT A 63-year-old patient presented with acute vertigo, nausea and vomiting, facial palsy and dysarthria. He developed dysphagia, gait ataxia and, finally, respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND As intravenous thrombolysis frequently fails to recanalize occluded proximal intracerebral arteries, interventional recanalization therapy is increasingly being considered as treatment option in acute ischemic stroke patients. The optimal periprocedural patient management for these interventions is currently unknown. The aim of this study was to(More)