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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087439/cerebrovascular-heterogeneity-and-neuronal-excitability
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Laura Librizzi, Marco de Curtis, Damir Janigro, Leonie Runtz, Frederic deBock, Emmanuel L Barbier, Nicola Marchi
The cerebral vasculature is a complex tridimensional network of arterial and venous vessels which are anatomically in proximity of and functionally coupled to neurons. Depending on the cellular composition of the vascular wall and its anatomical arrangement, cerebral vessels control regional blood flow, define interstitial homeostasis or cerebrospinal fluid circulation and influence immune cell patrolling. Pathological deviations from these functions promote or are a consequence of brain diseases, directly impacting neuronal firing...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087438/dopa-responsive-dystonia-in-chinese-patients-including-a-novel-heterozygous-mutation-in-the-gch1-gene-with-an-intermediate-phenotype-and-one-case-of-prenatal-diagnosis
#2
Wen Zhang, Zhizi Zhou, Xiuzhen Li, Yonglan Huang, Taolin Li, Yunting Lin, Yongxian Shao, Hao Hu, Hongsheng Liu, Li Liu
Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is a rare inherited disorder characterized by childhood-onset dystonia with diurnal fluctuation and dramatic response to levodopa. DRD is caused by the mutations in the genes encoding the enzymes involved in the dopamine and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) biosynthesis, including the GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) gene and the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene. In order to improve the diagnosis and expand the knowledge of the disease, we collected and analyzed relevant data of clinical diagnosis and molecular mutational analysis in five Chinese patients with DRD...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087437/hydrogen-rich-saline-attenuates-hippocampus-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-after-cardiac-arrest-in-rats
#3
Yu Gao, Qinfang Gui, Li Jin, Pan Yu, Lin Wu, Liangbin Cao, Qiang Wang, Manlin Duan
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen-rich saline can selectively scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protect brain against ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury. Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) has been implicated in the pathological process of cerebral ischemia. However, very little is known about the role of hydrogen-rich saline in mediating pathophysiological reactions to ERS after I/R injury caused by cardiac arrest. METHODS: The rats were randomly divided into three groups, sham group (n=30), ischemia/reperfusion group (n=40) and hydrogen-rich saline group (n=40)...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087436/functional-connectivity-analysis-using-fnirs-in-healthy-subjects-during-prolonged-simulated-driving
#4
Liwei Xu, Bitian Wang, Gongcheng Xu, Wei Wang, Zhian Liu, Zengyong Li
Noninvasive and accurate assessment of driving fatigue in relation to brain activity during long-term driving can contribute to traffic safety and accident prevention. This study evaluated functional connectivity (FC) in relevant brain regions. Synergistic mechanisms in different brain regions were detected by a novel simulator, which combined semi-immersive virtual reality technology and functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Each subject was instructed to complete driving tasks coupled with a mental calculation task...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082153/melatonin-produces-a-rapid-onset-and-prolonged-efficacy-in-reducing-depression-like-behaviors-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress
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Xiaoran Sun, Yiqiang Wang, Mengting Wang, Bo Lian, Hongwei Sun, Gang Wang, Qi Li, Lin Sun
The present study was aimed at evaluating the rapidity and duration of melatonin as an antidepressant in a rat model of depression. The rats were subjected to a six-week period of unpredictable mild stress followed by melatonin treatment. Three groups of rats were included in this study: Controls (CON - no stress exposure), Chronic Unpredictable Mild Stress (CUS) and CUS followed by melatonin (MT). Stressors consisted of exposure to rotation on a shaker, placement in a chamber maintained at 4°C, lights off for 3h, lights on overnight, exposure to an aversive odor, 45° tilted cages, food and water deprivation and crowding and isolated housing...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082152/pharmacogenomics-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Simona Balestrini, Sanjay M Sisodiya
There is high variability in the response to antiepileptic treatment across people with epilepsy. Genetic factors significantly contribute to such variability. Recent advances in the genetics and neurobiology of the epilepsies are establishing the basis for a new era in the treatment of epilepsy, focused on each individual and their specific epilepsy. Variation in response to antiepileptic drug treatment may arise from genetic variation in a range of gene categories, including genes affecting drug pharmacokinetics, and drug pharmacodynamics, but also genes held to actually cause the epilepsy itself...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082151/antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-like-behavioral-effects-of-erucamide-a-bioactive-fatty-acid-amide-involving-the-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-in-mice
#7
Miao-Miao Li, Zheng-Er Jiang, Ling-Yun Song, Zhe-Shan Quan, Hai-Ling Yu
Erucamide (Era) is a bioactive fatty acid amide, which is similar to the classical endocannabinoid analogue oleoylethanolamide (OEA). In the present study, we hypothesized that Era may regulate the central nervous system and may have the potential to antagonize depression and anxiety. Therefore, we investigated the antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of Era in animal models in comparison with fluoxetine (Fxt). Fifty mice were randomly divided into 5 groups, and treated with a vehicle (0.3% methyl cellulose, 20 mL/kg, p...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082150/searching-for-propioceptors-in-human-facial-muscles
#8
Juan L Cobo, Francesco Abbate, Juan C de Vicente, Juan Cobo, José A Vega
The human craniofacial muscles innervated by the facial nerve typically lack muscle spindles. However these muscles have proprioception that participates in the coordination of facial movements. A functional substitution of facial proprioceptors by cutaneous mechanoreceptors has been proposed but at present this alternative has not been demonstrated. Here we have investigated whether other kinds of sensory structures are present in two human facial muscles (zygomatic major and buccal). Human checks were removed from Spanish cadavers, and processed for immunohistochemical detection of nerve fibers (neurofilament proteins and S100 protein) and two putative mechanoproteins (acid-sensing ion channel 2 and transient receptor potential vanilloid 4) associated with mechanosensing...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077306/the-interaction-of-dietary-isoflavones-and-estradiol-replacement-on-behavior-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-ovariectomized-rat
#9
Ashley L Russell, Jamie Moran Grimes, Darwin O Larco, Danette F Cruthirds, Joanna Westerfield, Lawren Wooten, Margaret Keil, Michael J Weiser, Michael R Landauer, Robert J Handa, T John Wu
Phytoestrogens are plant derived, non-steroidal compounds naturally found in rodent chows that potentially have endocrine-disrupting effects. Isoflavones, the most common phytoestrogens, have a similar structure and molecular weight to 17β-estradiol (E2) and have the ability to bind and activate both isoforms of the estrogen receptor (ER). Most isoflavones have a higher affinity for ERβ, which is involved in sexually dimorphic behavioral regulation. The goal of this study was to examine the interaction of isoflavones and E2 presence in the OVX rat on anxiety- and depressive- like behavior and the related BDNF pathophysiology...
January 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069456/neurocardiac-protection-with-milrinone-for-restoring-acute-cerebral-hypoperfusion-and-delayed-ischemic-injury-after-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#10
Tomoko Mutoh, Tatsushi Mutoh, Kazumasu Sasaki, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute cerebral hypoperfusion following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is highly related to the pathogenesis of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI), but the therapeutic option is poorly available. This study aimed to clarify the effect of milrinone (MIL) on cerebral blood flow (CBF) and related outcomes after experimental SAH. METHODS: Twenty-seven male C57BL/6 mice were assigned to either sham surgery (SAH-sham; n=6), SAH induced by endovascular perforation (control; n=10), or SAH followed by cardiac support with intravenous MIL (n=11) performed 1...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069455/5-hydroxy-1-4-naphthalenedione-exerts-anticancer-effects-on-glioma-cells-through-interaction-with-the-mitochondrial-electron-transport-chain
#11
Kastytis Sidlauskas, Ruta Sidlauskiene, Ningning Li, Julius Liobikas
Survival of patients with glioblastoma remains within the range of several months despite advances in therapeutic options. We have already shown that 5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthalenedione (juglone) exerts antiproliferative, anti-invasive, and cytotoxic effects on glioma C6 cells. Here, we further revealed that juglone is relatively selective to glioma cells as compared to the normal glial culture, and investigated its mechanisms of action. The incubation of glioma C6 cells with juglone generated high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069454/c1473g-polymorphism-in-mouse-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-gene-in-the-regulation-of-the-reaction-to-emotional-stress
#12
Ekaterina Y Bazhenova, Daria V Bazovkina, Elizabeth A Kulikova, Dariya V Fursenko, Nikita V Khotskin, Daria V Lichman, Alexander V Kulikov
Neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT) is involved in the regulation of stress response. Tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH2) is the key enzyme of serotonin (5-HT) synthesis in the brain. C1473G polymorphism in Tph2 gene is the main factor defining the enzyme activity in the brain of laboratory mice. The effect of interaction between C1473G polymorphism and 30min restriction stress on the behavior in the open field test, c-Fos gene expression and 5-HT metabolism in the brain in adult male of B6-1473C and B6-1473G congenic mouse lines with high and low TPH2 activity was investigated...
January 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065842/fear-extinction-and-memory-reconsolidation-as-critical-components-in-behavioral-treatment-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-potential-augmentation-of-these-processes
#13
REVIEW
Noelle B Smith, Jennifer M Doran, Lauren M Sippel, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with alterations in critical brain regions such as the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. This brief review has two objectives: (1) to discuss research examining extinction and reconsolidation processes as mechanisms in PTSD psychotherapy, and (2) present possibilities for augmenting extinction and reconsolidation within treatment through alterations to therapeutic interventions and novel approaches. A key component of many effective PTSD therapies is exposure, which involves intentional confrontation and processing of the traumatic memory...
January 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065841/the-neurotoxic-mechanisms-of-amphetamine-step-by-step-for-striatal-dopamine-depletion
#14
Che-Se Tung, Shang-Tang Chang, Chuen-Lin Huang, Nai-Kuei Huang
Amphetamine (AMPH) is a commonly abused psychostimulant that induces neuronal cell death/degeneration in humans and experimental animals. Although multiple neurotoxic mechanisms of AMPH have been intensively investigated, the interplay between these mechanisms has remained elusive. In this study, we used a rat model of AMPH-induced long-lasting striatal dopamine (DA) depletion and identified mechanisms of neurotoxicity, energy failure, excitotoxicity, and oxidative stress. Pretreatment with nicotinamide (NAM, a co-factor for the electron transport chain) blocked AMPH-induced free radical formation, energy failure, and striatal DA decrease...
January 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063935/effects-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-on-motor-functions-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#15
I A Solopova, I A Sukhotina, D S Zhvansky, G A Ikoeva, S V Vissarionov, A G Baindurashvili, V R Edgerton, Y P Gerasimenko, T R Moshonkina
Is it possible to regulate the functional properties of abnormally developed spinal neuronal locomotor networks using transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation? This question has been studied in twenty-eight participants (∼9 yrs) with spastic cerebral palsy, and mainly Gross Motor Function Classification System for Cerebral Palsy level III. The participants were randomly assigned to two groups. The experimental group received transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation at two spinal levels (below T11 and L1 spinous processes), combined with locomotor treadmill training, whereas the participants of the control group received locomotor treadmill training only...
January 4, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063934/morphine-administration-induces-change-in-anxiety-related-behavior-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#16
Jiancai Wang, Gang Zhu, Lu Huang, Tiejian Nie, Kai Tao, Yuqian Li, Guodong Gao
Chronic morphine administration is known to decrease anxiety-related behavior, which may lead to morphine-seeking and other social problems. Recent studies have revealed that Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays an important role in anxiety-related behavior. We used HT22 cells, which were derived from primary mouse hippocampal neuronal cultures, to explore the relationship between Wnt signaling and morphine exposure. Many techniques, such as western blot analysis, immunofluorescence and luciferase assays, were utilized...
January 4, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063933/dna-methylation-and-clinical-response-to-antidepressant-medication-in-major-depressive-disorder-a-review-and-recommendations
#17
REVIEW
A J Lisoway, C C Zai, A K Tiwari, J L Kennedy
Antidepressant medications are the most common treatment for major depression and related disorders. Pharmacogenetic studies have demonstrated that response to these medications is associated with genetic variation. While these studies have been invaluable they have yet to explain why a significant number of patients do not respond to their initial medication. The epigenetic modification known as DNA methylation has recently been studied in the context of antidepressant treatment response. As such, the purpose of this article is to review the advances made in the relatively new field of pharmaco-epigenetics of antidepressant response...
January 4, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062201/effects-of-sound-pressure-level-and-visual-perceptual-load-on-the-auditory-mismatch-negativity
#18
Malina Szychowska, Rasmus Eklund, Mats E Nilsson, Stefan Wiens
Auditory change detection has been studied extensively with mismatch negativity (MMN), an event-related potential. Because it is unresolved if the duration MMN depends on sound pressure level (SPL), we studied effects of different SPLs (56, 66, and 76dB) on the duration MMN. Further, previous research suggests that the MMN is reduced by a concurrent visual task. Because a recent behavioral study found that high visual perceptual load strongly reduced detection sensitivity to irrelevant sounds, we studied if the duration MMN is reduced by load, and if this reduction is stronger at low SPLs...
January 3, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057474/hiv-1-tat-disrupts-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-and-increases-phagocytic-perivascular-macrophages-and-microglia-in-the-dorsal-striatum-of-transgenic-mice
#19
Crystal R Leibrand, Jason J Paris, M Said Ghandour, Pamela E Knapp, Woong-Ki Kim, Kurt F Hauser, MaryPeace McRae
HIV-1 infection results in blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption, which acts as a rate-limiting step for HIV-1 entry into the CNS and for subsequent neuroinflammatory/neurotoxic actions. One mechanism by which HIV may destabilize the BBB involves actions of the HIV-1 regulatory protein, trans-activator of transcription (Tat). We utilized a conditional, Tat-expressing transgenic murine model to examine the influence of Tat1-86 expression on BBB integrity and to assess the relative numbers of phagocytic perivascular macrophages and microglia within the CNS in vivo...
January 2, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043834/sub-anesthetic-doses-of-ketamine-exert-antidepressant-like-effects-and-upregulate-the-expression-of-glutamate-transporters-in-the-hippocampus-of-rats
#20
Xianlin Zhu, Gang Ye, Zaiping Wang, Jie Luo, Xuechao Hao
Clinical studies on the role of the glutamatergic system in the pathogenesis of depression found that ketamine induces an antidepressant response, but the molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The present study investigated the effects of sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine on the glutamate reuptake function in the rat hippocampus. Chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) was applied to construct animal models of depression. Sixty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to 5 groups and received a different regimen of CUMS and ketamine (10, 25, and 50mg/kg) treatment...
December 30, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
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