By Oliver Sacks
The numerous manifestations of migraine can range dramatically from one sufferer to a different, even in the similar sufferer at diverse occasions. one of the such a lot compelling and puzzling of those indicators are the unusual visible hallucinations and distortions of house, time, and physique photograph which migraineurs occasionally adventure. Portrayals of those uncanny states have discovered their means into many artistic endeavors, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Oliver Sacks argues that migraine can't be understood easily as an disease, yet needs to be seen as a posh with a distinct function to play in each one individual's lifestyles.
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However, using 14C 22:1 in comparison with 14C AA, Golovko and Murphy (2006) demonstrated that 22:1 is able to cross the bloodÀbrain barrier, albeit more slowly than AA, and it is rapidly metabolized in the brain, mainly via β-oxidation. An indirect demonstration of this is the normalization of brain 26:0 levels after LO treatment, observed in the two post-mortem studies cited. Regarding the effect of LO on the clinical symptoms and course of leukodystrophy, two different studies have shown a benefit: a preventive effect in asymptomatic boys with normal brain MRI and a slowing of the disease’s progression in ‘pure’ AMN patients.
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A defect in ABCD1 leads to the accumulation of VLCFA and to a decrease in plasmalogen levels, characteristic of both AMN and CALD. This contributes to an increase in oxidative stress (first hit). The oxidative stress results in axonal degeneration in AMN, whereas in CALD it (together with genetic/environmental factors) promotes neuroinflammation (second hit). The pro-inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines and chemokines, impair peroxisomal functions (third hit), resulting in cell loss and demyelination (Singh and Pujol, 2010).