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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419516/systemic-and-local-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-simvastatin-in-the-rat-formalin-assay-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-and-nitric-oxide
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Mohammad Taghi Mansouri, Bahareh Naghizadeh, Behnam Ghorbanzadeh, Soheila Alboghobeish
This study aimed to determine the potential systemic and local anti-nociceptive effects of simvastatin (SIM) and the possible role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and nitric oxide (NO) pathways using a formalin assay in rats. After allocation, rats were intraplantarly (i.pl.) treated with formalin solution (2.5%) and the flinching behaviors were recorded for 5 min (phase 1) and 15-60 min (phase 2). SIM was given intraperitoneally (i.p.) and i.pl. 30 and 20 min before test, respectively...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419510/increase-of-aquaporin-9-expression-in-astrocytes-participates-in-astrogliosis
#2
Lorenz Hirt, Melanie Price, Nabil Mastour, Jean-François Brunet, Grégory Barrière, Frédéric Friscourt, Jerome Badaut
Here we assess the potential functional role of increased aquaporin 9 (APQ9) in astrocytes. Increased AQP9 expression was achieved in primary astrocyte cultures by transfection of a plasmid-containing green fluorescent protein fused to either wild-type or mutated human AQP9. Increased AQP9 expression and phosphorylation at Ser222 were associated with a significant change in astrocyte morphology, mainly with a higher number of processes. Similar phenotypic changes are observed in astrogliosis processes after injury...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397993/the-novel-anticonvulsant-neuropeptide-and-galanin-analogue-nax-5055-does-not-alter-energy-and-amino-acid-metabolism-in-cultured-brain-cells
#3
Blanca I Aldana, Helle S Waagepetersen, Arne Schousboe, H Steve White, Grzegorz Bulaj, Anne B Walls
A large body of evidence suggests that the neuropeptide galanin plays an important role in seizure control. In line with this, it was demonstrated that the galanin analogue, NAX-5055, exerts a potent anticonvulsant activity in animal seizure models. We recently found that the NAX-5055-mediated anticonvulsant action involves modulation of both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission. Since homeostasis of neurotransmitters and cerebral energy metabolism are intimately linked, it was investigated whether the effects of NAX-5055 on neurotransmission involve changes in energy metabolism and in particular glucose- and amino acid metabolism...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397372/k-channel-impairment-determines-sex-and-age-differences-in-epinephrine-mediated-outcomes-after-brain-injury
#4
William M Armstead, John Riley, Monica S Vavilala
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of injury-related death in children, with boys and children under 4 years having particularly poor outcomes. Activation of ATP- and calcium-sensitive (KATP and KCa ) channels produces cerebrovasodilation and contributes to autoregulation, both of which are impaired after TBI, contributing to poor outcomes. Upregulation of the c-Jun-terminal kinase (JNK) isoform of mitogen-activated protein kinase produces K channel function impairment after CNS injury. Vasoactive agents can be used to normalize cerebral perfusion pressure...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370195/axonal-domain-disorganization-in-caspr1-and-caspr2-mutant-myelinated-axons-affects-neuromuscular-junction-integrity-leading-to-muscle-atrophy
#5
Julia Saifetiarova, Xi Liu, Anna M Taylor, Jie Li, Manzoor A Bhat
Bidirectional interactions between neurons and myelinating glial cells result in formation of axonal domains along myelinated fibers. Loss of axonal domains leads to detrimental consequences on nerve structure and function, resulting in reduced conductive properties and the diminished ability to reliably transmit signals to the targets they innervate. Thus, impairment of peripheral myelinated axons that project to the surface of muscle fibers and form neuromuscular junction (NMJ) synapses leads to muscle dysfunction...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370180/astrocytic-vesicle-based-exocytosis-in-cultures-and-acutely-isolated-hippocampal-rodent-slices
#6
REVIEW
Jernej Jorgačevski, Maja Potokar, Marko Kreft, Alenka Guček, Jean-Pierre Mothet, Robert Zorec
Astrocytes are excitable neural cells that contribute to brain information processing via bidirectional communication with neurons. This involves the release of gliosignaling molecules that affect synapses patterning and activity. Mechanisms mediating the release of these molecules likely consist of non-vesicular and vesicular-based mechanisms. It is the vesicle-based regulated exocytosis that is an evolutionary more complex process. It is well established that the release of gliosignaling molecules has profound effects on information processing in different brain regions (e...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370415/top2b-is-involved-in-the-formation-of-outer-segment-and-synapse-during-late-stage-photoreceptor-differentiation-by-controlling-key-genes-of-photoreceptor-transcriptional-regulatory-network
#7
Ying Li, Hailing Hao, Mavis R Swerdel, Hyeon-Yeol Cho, Ki-Bum Lee, Ronald P Hart, Yi Lisa Lyu, Li Cai
Topoisomerase II beta (Top2b) is an enzyme that alters the topologic states of DNA during transcription. Top2b deletion in early retinal progenitor cells causes severe defects in neural differentiation and affects cell survival in all retinal cell types. However, it is unclear whether the observed severe phenotypes are the result of cell-autonomous/primary defects or non-cell-autonomous/secondary defects caused by alterations of other retinal cells. Using photoreceptor cells as a model, we first characterized the phenotypes in Top2b conditional knockout...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370184/roles-of-aeg-1-in-cns-neurons-and-astrocytes-during-noncancerous-processes
#8
REVIEW
Xiang Yin, Honglin Feng
Since its initial identification, Astrocyte Elevated Gene-1 (AEG-1) has been recognized as a "star" gene detected in most of the analyzed cancers; AEG-1 can interact with signaling transduction molecules, such as PI3K/Akt and MAPK, to affect the function and viability of cells. Furthermore, its multiple other functions are also gradually being recognized. AEG-1 participates in several biological processes, including embryonic development, glutamate excitotoxicity, inflammation, and endoplasmic reticulum stress...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370142/morphological-study-of-a-connexin-43-gfp-reporter-mouse-highlights-glial-heterogeneity-amacrine-cells-and-olfactory-ensheathing-cells
#9
Panos Theofilas, Christian Steinhäuser, Martin Theis, Amin Derouiche
Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the main astrocytic connexin and forms the basis of the glial syncytium. The morphology of connexin-expressing cells can be best studied in transgenic mouse lines expressing cytoplasmic fluorescent reporters, since immunolabeling the plaques can obscure the shapes of the individual cells. The Cx43kiECFP mouse generated by Degen et al. (FASEBJ 26:4576, 2012) expresses cytosolic ECFP and has previously been used to establish that Cx43 may not be expressed by all astrocytes within a population, and this can vary in a region-dependent way...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345280/otoprotective-effects-of-mouse-nerve-growth-factor-in-dba-2j-mice-with-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss
#10
Qingzhu Wang, Hongchun Zhao, Tihua Zheng, Wenjun Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Andi Wang, Bo Li, Yanfei Wang, Qingyin Zheng
As it displays progressive hair-cell loss and degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) characterized by early-onset progressive hearing loss (ePHL), DBA/2J is an inbred mouse strain widely used in hearing research. Mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF), as a common exogenous nerve growth factor (NGF), has been studied extensively for its ability to promote neuronal survival and growth. To determine whether mNGF can ameliorate progressive hearing loss (PHL) in DBA/2J mice, saline or mNGF was given to DBA/2J mice of either sex by daily intramuscular injection from the 1st to the 9th week after birth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316083/energy-metabolism-in-the-rat-cortex-under-thiopental-anaesthesia-measured-in-vivo-by-13-c-mrs
#11
Sarah Sonnay, João M N Duarte, Nathalie Just, Rolf Gruetter
Barbiturates, commonly used as general anaesthetics, depress neuronal activity and thus cerebral metabolism. Moreover, they are likely to disrupt the metabolic support of astrocytes to neurons, as well as the uptake of nutrients from circulation. By employing (13) C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in vivo at high magnetic field, we characterized neuronal and astrocytic pathways of energy metabolism in the rat cortex under thiopental anaesthesia. The neuronal tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle rate was 0.46 ± 0...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316081/the-antidiabetic-drug-metformin-decreases-mitochondrial-respiration-and-tricarboxylic-acid-cycle-activity-in-cultured-primary-rat-astrocytes
#12
Michaela C Hohnholt, Eva-Maria Blumrich, Helle S Waagepetersen, Ralf Dringen
Metformin is an antidiabetic drug that is used daily by millions of patients worldwide. Metformin is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and has recently been shown to increase glucose consumption and lactate release in cultured astrocytes. However, potential effects of metformin on mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle metabolism in astrocytes are unknown. We investigated this by mapping (13) C labeling in TCA cycle intermediates and corresponding amino acids after incubation of primary rat astrocytes with [U-(13) C]glucose...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316070/the-involvement-of-thrombin-in-the-pathogenesis-of-glioblastoma
#13
REVIEW
Harald Krenzlin, Viola Lorenz, Beat Alessandri
Prothrombin and its active derivative thrombin are key members of the coagulation system. The only site of extra-hepatic thrombin expression is the central nervous system (CNS), where it is involved in brain development, protection, and regeneration. Thrombin affects various degenerative and ischemic CNS diseases like Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, cerebral ischemia, and hemorrhage in a dose dependent manner. Additionally, the association of thrombin with various malignancies has recently become evident. Thrombin facilitates the interaction between tumor cells with platelets, endothelial cells, and the adhesion to matrix proteins in various tumor types...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301064/mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-neurodegeneration
#14
REVIEW
P Andy Li, Xiaolin Hou, Shaocai Hao
Mitochondria play a key role in energy production, calcium homeostasis, cell survival, and death. Adverse stimulations including neurodegenerative diseases may result in mitochondrial dynamic imbalance, free radical production, calcium accumulation, intrinsic cell death pathway activation and eventually cell death. Therefore, preserving or promoting mitochondrial function is a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Mitochondrial biogenesis is a process by which new mitochondria are produced from existing mitochondria...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301062/metabolomic-guided-discovery-of-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarkers-from-body-fluid
#15
REVIEW
Che Nor Adlia Enche Ady, Siong Meng Lim, Lay Kek Teh, Mohd Zaki Salleh, Ai-Vyrn Chin, Maw Pin Tan, Philip Jun Hua Poi, Shahrul Bahyah Kamaruzzaman, Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed, Kalavathy Ramasamy
The rapid increase in the older population has made age-related diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD) a global concern. Given that there is still no cure for this neurodegenerative disease, the drastic growth in the number of susceptible individuals represents a major emerging threat to public health. The poor understanding of the mechanisms underlying AD is deemed the greatest stumbling block against progress in definitive diagnosis and management of this disease. There is a dire need for biomarkers that can facilitate early diagnosis, classification, prognosis, and treatment response...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276088/time-dependent-change-of-in-vivo-optical-imaging-of-oxidative-stress-in-a-mouse-stroke-model
#16
Yumiko Nakano, Toru Yamashita, Qian Li, Kota Sato, Yasuyuki Ohta, Ryuta Morihara, Nozomi Hishikawa, Koji Abe
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) plays a pivotal role in cellular defense against oxidative stress damage after ischemic stroke. In the present study, we examined the time-dependent change of in vivo optical imaging of oxidative stress after stroke with Keap1-dependent oxidative stress detector (OKD) mice. OKD mice were subjected to transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) for 45 min, and in vivo optical signals were detected during the pre-operative period, 12 h, 1 d, 3 d, and 7 d after tMCAO...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266723/contribution-of-dopamine-neurotransmission-in-proconvulsant-effect-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-male-mice
#17
Jalal Babaie, Mohammad Sayyah, Pezhman Fard-Esfahani, Majid Golkar, Kourosh Gharagozli
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders worldwide with no distinguishable cause in 60% of patients. One-third of world's population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). This intracellular parasite has high tendency to excitable cells including neurons. We assessed seizure susceptibility and involvement of dopaminergic system in male mice with acute and chronic T. gondii infection. Mice were infected by intraperitoneal injection of T. gondii cysts. Acute and chronic stages of infection were determined by quantification of SAG1/BAG1 transcripts and level of repetitive REP-529 sequence in the brain of mice by real-time PCR...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244146/specificity-of-exogenous-acetate-and-glutamate-as-astrocyte-substrates-examined-in-acute-brain-slices-from-female-mice-using-methionine-sulfoximine-mso-to-inhibit-glutamine-synthesis
#18
Jens Velde Andersen, Laura Frendrup McNair, Arne Schousboe, Helle Sønderby Waagepetersen
Removal of endogenously released glutamate is mediated primarily by astrocytes and exogenous (13) C-labeled glutamate has been applied to study glutamate metabolism in astrocytes. Likewise, studies have clearly established the relevance of (13) C-labeled acetate as an astrocyte specific metabolic substrate. Recent studies have, however, challenged the arguments used to anchor this astrocyte specificity of acetate and glutamate. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the specificity of acetate and glutamate as astrocyte substrates in brain slices...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244141/claudin-domain-containing-1-contributing-to-endothelial-cell-adhesion-decreases-in-presence-of-cerebellar-hemorrhage
#19
Masatoshi Ohnishi, Hiroyuki Ochiai, Kohei Matsuoka, Marina Akagi, Yuta Nakayama, Akiho Shima, Arisa Uda, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Jun Kamishikiryo, Akihiro Michihara, Atsuko Inoue
The claudin family comprises four-pass transmembrane proteins involved in the formation of tight junctions (TJs). Relatively recently, claudin domain containing (CLDND) 1, also known as claudin-25, was identified as a novel member of the claudin family. In the present study, we revealed that in the adult murine brain, CLDND1 is abundant in the cerebellum among common sites of intracerebral hemorrhage. Thus, the dynamics of CLDND1 after cerebellar hemorrhage were examined. Both CLDND1 mRNA and protein levels transiently decreased at 24 hr after hemorrhagic insult...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236431/catamenial-like-seizure-exacerbation-in-mice-with-targeted-ablation-of-extrasynaptic-%C3%AE-gaba-a-receptors-in-the-brain
#20
Bryan L Clossen, Doodipala Samba Reddy
Neurosteroids play a key role in catamenial epilepsy, a menstrual cycle-related seizure clustering in women with epilepsy. While neurosteroids act on all GABA-A receptor isoforms, they cause greater effects on extrasynaptic δGABA-A receptors that mediate tonic inhibition in the brain. Previously, we identified a potential GABA-A receptor mechanism for catamenial epilepsy. However, the precise functional role of extrasynaptic δGABA-A receptors in the pathophysiology of catamenial epilepsy remains unclear. In this study, we utilized mice lacking extrasynaptic δGABA-A receptors (δKO) to investigate whether reduction of tonic inhibition affects catamenial seizure susceptibility or intensity...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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