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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804008/perk-as-a-hub-of-multiple-pathogenic-pathways-leading-to-memory-deficits-and-neurodegeneration-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Masuo Ohno
Cell signaling in response to an array of diverse stress stimuli converges on the phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor-2α (eIF2α). In the brain, eIF2α is a hub for controlling learning and memory function and for maintaining neuronal integrity in health and disease. Among four eIF2α kinases, PERK is emerging as a key regulator for memory impairments and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Genetic and pharmacological manipulations of PERK-eIF2α signaling have revealed that the overactivation of this pathway is not a mere consequence of the neurodegenerative process but play critical roles in AD pathogenesis and the occurrence of memory deficits...
August 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802901/effect-of-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy-on-alcohol-consumption-and-preferences-in-dietary-obese-rats-and-mice-a-plausible-role-for-altered-ghrelin-signaling
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Elise R Orellana, Catherine Jamis, Nelli Horvath, Andras Hajnal
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) are the most common surgical options for the treatment of obesity and metabolic disorder. Whereas RYGB may result in greater and more durable weight loss, recent clinical and pre-clinical studies in rats have raised concerns that RYGB surgery may increase risk for alcohol use disorder (AUD). In contrast, recent clinical reports suggest a lesser risk for AUD following VSG, although no preclinical studies have been done to confirm that. Therefore, the present study sought to determine the effects of VSG on ethanol intake and preferences in rodent models using protocols similar to those previously used in animal studies for RYGB...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802900/adolescent-chronic-variable-social-stress-influences-exploratory-behavior-and-nicotine-responses-in-male-but-not-female-balb-cj-mice
#3
M J Caruso, D E Reiss, J I Caulfield, J L Thomas, A N Baker, S A Cavigelli, H M Kamens
Anxiety disorders and nicotine use are significant contributors to global morbidity and mortality as independent and comorbid diseases. Early-life stress, potentially via stress-induced hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) dysregulation, can exacerbate both. However, little is known about the factors that predispose individuals to the development of both anxiety disorders and nicotine use. Here, we examined the relationship between anxiety-like behaviors and nicotine responses following adolescent stress...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802899/a-species-dependent-response-to-the-pro-epileptic-drug-pentylentetrazole-in-birds
#4
Faiq Amin, Asim H Dar, Khan Osama, Faezah Khan, Rida Mitha, Arsal Tharwani, Ghulam Haider, Prem Chand, Fazal M Arain
Epilepsy is common disorder that affects over 50 million people worldwide. Birds remain a promising yet largely under-explored model of epilepsy. This study reports the comparison of the response of two species of birds, Australian Parrots (APs) and Sparrows (SPs), to a pro-epileptic drug, Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ). PTZ injections caused myoclonic jerks (MCJs) and tonic clonic seizures (TCSs) in both species. The frequency of MCJs in APs was greater at the dose of 75mg/kg compared to both 50mg/kg and 25mg/kg while it was not significantly different in SPs...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802898/neurochemical-evidence-that-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-55-102-peptide-modulates-the-dopaminergic-reward-system-by-decreasing-the-dopamine-release-in-the-mouse-nucleus-accumbens
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Angelina Rakovska, Maria Baranyi, Katalin Windish, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Hristo Gagov, Reni Kalfin
CART (Cocaine- and Amphetamine-Regulated Transcript) peptide is a neurotransmitter naturally occurring in the CNS and found mostly in nucleus accumbens, ventrotegmental area, ventral pallidum, amygdalae and striatum, brain regions associated with drug addiction. In the nucleus accumbens, known for its significant role in motivation, pleasure, reward and reinforcement learning, CART peptide inhibits cocaine and amphetamine-induced dopamine-mediated increases in locomotor activity and behavior, suggesting a CART peptide interaction with the dopaminergic system...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802897/the-different-effects-of-lithium-and-tamoxifen-on-memory-formation-and-the-levels-of-neurotrophic-factors-in-the-brain-of-male-and-female-rats
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Samira S Valvassori, Cenita Borges, Roger B Varela, Daniela V Bavaresco, Guilherme Bianchini, Edemilson Mariot, Camila O Arent, Wilson R Resende, Josiane Budni, João Quevedo
Lithium (Li) is a mood-stabilizing drug used in the treatment of bipolar disorder (BD). Recently, preclinical studies have demonstrated the potential of tamoxifen (TMX) in the treatment of acute episodes of BD. However, the prolonged use of TMX for mood disorders treatment is controversial. In this study, we evaluated the effects of TMX or Li on cognitive behavior, as well as the levels of neurotrophic factors in the brain of male and female rats. Male and female Wistar rats received administrations of water (control group), TMX or Li via gavage for a period of 28 days; the rats were then subjected to the open-field test (to evaluate spontaneous locomotion), and the novel object recognition and step-down inhibitory avoidance tests (to evaluate cognition)...
August 9, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782569/the-protective-effects-of-electro-acupuncture-in-thoracic-surgery-on-trauma-stressed-rats-involve-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-and-supraoptic-nucleus
#7
Huan-Huan Zhang, Yi-Nan Tao, Mei-Yan Jiang, Jin Wang, Jun Chen, Chun-Mei Xia, Lin-Lin Shen, Meng-Ya Wang, Da-Nian Zhu
The present study was designed to explore whether the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and supraoptic nucleus (SON) were involved in the protective effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) on cardiac function in thoracic surgery on trauma-stressed rats. The rats were randomly divided into a non-stressed group (Control), surgical trauma-stressed group (Trauma), and Neiguan EA applied on the surgical trauma-stressed group (Trauma+EA-PC 6). RVLM neuron discharge was observed by using an in vivo electrophysiological method, and micro-dialysis combining high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorometric detection (HPLC-FD) was used to assess expression of amino acids in the RVLM...
August 3, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780411/increased-ethanol-drinking-in-humanized-mice-expressing-the-mu-opioid-receptor-a118g-polymorphism-are-mediated-through-sex-specific-mechanisms
#8
Angela N Henderson-Redmond, Tammy E Lowe, Xi B Tian, Daniel J Morgan
The A118G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the mu-opioid receptor gene (Oprm1) has been implicated in mediating the rewarding effects of alcohol. Clinical and preclinical studies suggest that the G allele may confer a genetic vulnerability to alcohol dependence, though it remains unknown whether these effects are sex-specific. We used male and female mice homozygous for the "humanized" 118AA or 118GG alleles to determine whether the A118G SNP potentiates ethanol consumption in a sex-specific manner in both the two-bottle choice and drinking-in-the-dark (DID) paradigms...
August 2, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780410/genome-wide-transcriptome-analysis-of-hippocampus-in-rats-indicated-that-tlr-nlr-signaling-pathway-was-involved-in-the-pathogenisis-of-depressive-disorder-induced-by-chronic-restraint-stress
#9
Yu Wang, Huili Jiang, Hong Meng, Jun Lu, Jing Li, Xuhui Zhang, Xinjing Yang, Bingcong Zhao, Yang Sun, Tuya Bao
Data from clinical investigations and laboratory fundings have provided preliminary evidence for the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture therapy in depression. However, the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant response of acupuncture are not fully elucidated. To elucidate the potential effects of acupuncture for depression on the hippocampal genome-wide transcriptome at the molecular level, we evaluated the transcriptomic profile of depression rats under treatment of acupuncture, and fluoxetine. We identified a very significant effect of acupucture intervention, with 107 genes differentially expressed in acupuncture vs...
August 2, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778837/varenicline-modulates-ethanol-and-saccharin-consumption-in-adolescent-male-and-female-c57bl-6j-mice
#10
Helen M Kamens, Constanza Silva, Colette Peck, Carley N Miller
Adolescence is a critical period in brain development that coincides with the initiation of alcohol use. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) have been shown to modulate ethanol behaviors in adult humans and in animal models; however, the role of these receptors in adolescent ethanol behaviors has not been explored. Throughout adolescence, nAChR expression undergoes large-scale developmental changes which may alter behavioral responses to ethanol. Here we examined the effect of varenicline, a nAChR partial agonist, on ethanol consumption, ataxia, sedation, and metabolism in adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice...
August 1, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760662/acute-ethanol-modulation-of-neurocircuit-function-in-the-nucleus-of-the-tractus-solitarius
#11
Michael A Aimino, Caitlin Coker, Yuval Silberman
The nucleus of the tractus solitarius (NTS) is a brain stem region critical to many physiologic processes and has been implicated in addiction to multiple classes of abused drugs, including alcohol (EtOH). That said, the mechanism by which EtOH modulates NTS neurocircuit activity is not well characterized and has yet to be examined utilizing electrophysiologic methods in mouse models of alcohol use disorders. To begin to address this gap in knowledge, we sought to use whole-cell and cell-attached recordings to determine the mechanism of acute EtOH action on GABAergic and glutamatergic neurotransmission, as well as on action potential firing in the NTS of adult male, EtOH naïve mice...
July 28, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755978/duration-of-isoflurane-based-surgical-anesthesia-determines-severity-of-brain-injury-and-neurological-deficits-after-a-transient-focal-ischemia-in-young-adult-rats
#12
Nikhil Gaidhani, Fen Sun, Derek Schreihofer, Victor V Uteshev
Tremendous efforts and funds invested in discovery of novel drug treatments for ischemic stroke have so far failed to deliver clinically efficacious therapies. The reasons for these failures are not fully understood. An indiscriminate use of isoflurane-based surgical anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide may act as an unconstrained, untraceable source of data variability, potentially causing false-positive or false-negative results. To test this hypothesis, a common transient suture middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model of ischemic stroke in young adult male rats was used to determine the impact of a typical range of anesthesia durations required for this model on data variability (i...
July 27, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755979/genetic-variation-is-associated-with-rtn4r-expression-and-working-memory-processing-in-healthy-humans
#13
Luciana Lo Bianco, Maria Teresa Attrotto, Silvia Torretta, Rita Masellis, Antonio Rampino, Enrico D'Ambrosio, Annabella Di Giorgio, Laura Ferranti, Leonardo Fazio, Barbara Gelao, Giuseppe Blasi, Alessandro Bertolino
The Nogo receptor (NgR) is implicated in neurodevelopmental processes and it participates in inhibiting axonal growth. Consistent with its high levels of expression in the prefrontal cortex, animal studies indicate that NgR is relevant for prefrontal-related cognitive processing. Given that genetic variation may alter mechanisms of gene expression impacting molecular and systems-level phenotypes, we investigated the association of genetic variation with the expression of the NgR coding gene (RTN4R), as well as with prefrontal correlates at progressively greater biological distance from gene effects...
July 26, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754288/involvement-of-nmda-receptors-in-the-antidepressant-like-effect-of-tramadol-in-the-mouse-forced-swimming-test
#14
Sattar Ostadhadi, Abbas Norouzi-Javidan, Mohsen Chamanara, Reyhaneh Akbarian, Muhammad Imran-Khan, Mehdi Ghasemi, Ahmad-Reza Dehpour
Tramadol is an analgesic agent that is mainly used to treat moderate to severe pain. There is evidence that tramadol may have antidepressant property. However, the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant effects of tramadol have not been elucidated yet. Considering that fact that N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor signaling may play an important role in the pathophysiology of depression, the aim of the present study was to investigate the role of NMDA receptor signaling in the possible antidepressant-like effects of tramadol in the mouse forced swimming test (mFST)...
July 25, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751178/acute-action-of-rotenone-on-excitability-of-catecholaminergic-neurons-in-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla
#15
Zhaoqiang Zhang, Limin Shi, Xixun Du, Qian Jiao, Hong Jiang
The degeneration of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) catecholaminergic neurons was responsible for some cardiovascular symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD). Our previous study had observed the impairment of these neurons in the early stage of PD in the rotenone-induced PD rat model, but the related mechanisms remain unclear. Rotenone is a mitochondrial inhibitor, influencing the neuronal electrophysiological activity through activation of K-ATP channels that potentially participate in cell death processes...
July 24, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746841/the-antidepressant-effect-of-melatonin-and-fluoxetine-in-diabetic-rats-is-associated-with-a-reduction-of-the-oxidative-stress-in-the-prefrontal-and-hippocampal-cortices
#16
Redouane Rebai, Luc Jasmin, Abdennacer Boudah
In the past few years possible mechanisms that link diabetes and depression have been found. One of these mechanisms is the increase in lipid peroxidation and decrease in antioxidant activity in the hippocampal and prefrontal cortices, which are brain areas involved in mood. The goal of the present study was to evaluate the effect of an antidepressant and of an antioxidant on behavior and oxidative activity in brains of diabetic rats. Rats rendered diabetic after a treatment with streptozotocin (STZ) (60mg/kg) were treated with fluoxetine (15mg/kg), melatonin (10mg/kg), or vehicle for 4 weeks...
July 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739248/the-protective-effect-of-hydrogen-sulfide-h2s-on-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi-induced-memory-deficits-in-rats
#17
Seyed Asaad Karimi, Narges Hosseinmardi, Mahyar Janahmadi, Mohammad Sayyah, Razieh Hajisoltani
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), as an expanding public health epidemic, is a common cause of death among youth. TBI is associated with cognitive deficits and memory impairment. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a novel gaseous mediator, has been recognized as an important neuromodulator and neuroprotective agent in the central nervous system. In the present study the potential neuroprotective role of sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), an H2S donor on TBI induced memory deficit in a rat model of controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury was investigated...
July 22, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
#18
Jessica Petko, Trevor Tranchina, Goral Patel, Robert Levenson, Stephanie Justice-Bitner
Wnt signaling is an important pathway that regulates several aspects of embryogenesis, stem cell maintenance, and neural connectivity. We have recently determined that opioids decrease Wnt secretion, presumably by inhibiting the recycling of the Wnt trafficking protein Wntless (Wls). This effect appears to be mediated by protein-protein interaction between Wls and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR), the primary cellular target of opioid drugs. The goal of this study was to identify novel protein interactors of Wls that are expressed in the brain and may also play a role in reward or addiction...
July 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734903/the-olfactory-bulbectomized-rat-model-is-not-an-appropriate-model-for-studying-depression-based-on-morphological-stereological-studies-of-the-hippocampus
#19
Canan Yurttas, Christoph Schmitz, Mehmet Turgut, Tatyana Strekalova, Harry W M Steinbusch
Bilateral olfactory bulbectomy (OBX) has been used as an animal model for major depression that results in behavioral, neurochemical, and neuroendocrinological changes were reversed by chronic treatment with antidepressants, including fluoxetine. However, both etiological and construct validities are lacking in OBX for rats. In the present study, we investigated the morphological changes in the hippocampi of rats undergoing OBX that were treated with fluoxetine (10mg/kg, p.o. once daily for 4 and 12 weeks) using stereological techniques...
July 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716399/prelimbic-%C3%AE-1-adrenoceptors-are-involved-in-the-regulation-of-depressive-like-behaviors-in-the-hemiparkinsonian-rats
#20
Zhong Heng Wu, Qiao Jun Zhang, Cheng Xue Du, Yue Xi, Wen Juan Li, Fang Yuan Guo, Shu Qi Yu, Ya Xin Yang, Jian Liu
At present, it is not clear whether α1-adrenoceptors in the prelimbic cortex (PrL) are involved in Parkinson's disease-related depression. Here we examined effects of PrL α1-adrenoceptors on depressive-like behaviors in rats with unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the medial forebrain bundle. The lesion induced depressive-like responses as measured by the sucrose preference and forced swim tests compared to sham-operated rats. Intra-PrL injection of α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine induced or increased the expression of depressive-like behaviors in sham-operated and the lesioned rats...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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