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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
#1
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 19, 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
#2
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 19, 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
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716398/serotonin-depletion-increases-seizure-susceptibility-and-worsens-neuropathological-outcomes-in-kainate-model-of-epilepsy
#4
Gisela H Maia, Cátia S Brazete, Joana I Soares, Liliana L Luz, Nikolai V Lukoyanov
Serotonin is implicated in the regulation of seizures, but whether or not it can potentiate the effects of epileptogenic factors is not fully established. Using the kainic acid model of epilepsy in rats, we tested the effects of serotonin depletion on (1) susceptibility to acute seizures, (2) development of spontaneous recurrent seizures and (3) behavioral and neuroanatomical sequelae of kainic acid treatment. Serotonin was depleted by pretreating rats with p-chlorophenylalanine. In different groups, kainic acid was injected at 3 different doses: 6...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710025/inhibitory-effects-of-tetramethylpyrazine-on-pain-transmission-of-trigeminal-neuralgia-in-cci-ion-rats
#5
Wei Xiong, Mengxia Tan, Lingkun He, Xiaoyan Ou, Youhong Jin, Guo Yang, Liping Huang, Yulin Shen, Shu Guan, Changshui Xu, Guilin Li, Shuangmei Liu, Hong Xu, Shangdong Liang, Yun Gao
Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) has anti-inflammatory effects and is used to treat cerebral ischemic injury, but the mechanism of TMP on neural protection is not clear. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a facial pain syndrome that is characterized by paroxysmal, shock-like pain attacks located in the somatosensory distribution of the trigeminal nerve. P2X3 receptor plays a crucial role in facilitating pain transmission. The present study investigates the effects of TMP on trigeminal neuralgia transmission mediated by P2X3 receptor of the trigeminal ganglia (TG)...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710024/intranasal-nerve-growth-factor-attenuating-the-seizure-onset-via-p75r-caspase-pathway-in-the-experimental-epilepsy
#6
Jing'an Lei, Fang Feng, Yuanyuan Duan, Feng Xu, Zhiguang Liu, Lifei Lian, Qiming Liang, Na Zhang, Furong Wang
BACKGROUND: Nerve growth factor (NGF) shows neuroprotection while it is hard to cross the blood-brain barrier due to its large molecular weight. Our study used intranasal delivery of NGF to treat the experimental epilepsy. METHODS: The seizure was induced by injection of pentylenetetrazol (40mg/kg) into the rat. Based on the behavior performance, the successful models were randomized into control and NGF groups, given medium or NGF intranasally, respectively. The onset and duration of seizure were recorded...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710023/transient-brain-hypothermia-reduces-the-reperfusion-injury-of-delayed-tissue-plasminogen-activator-and-extends-its-therapeutic-time-window-in-a-focal-embolic-stroke-model
#7
Mohammadreza Zarisfi, Fatemeh Allahtavakoli, Mahsa Hassanipour, Mohammad Khaksari, Hossain Rezazadeh, Mohammad Allahtavakoli, Mohammad Mohsen Taghavi
It has been reported that restriction of reperfusion after thrombolytic therapy in ischemic stroke may reduce tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) adverse effects and extend its time window. We examined whether shortIt has been reported that restriction of reperfusion after thrombolytic therapy in ischemic stroke may reduce tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) adverse effects and extend its time window. We examined whether short-term and mild local brain cooling can prevent hyperemia and/or adverse effects of delayed tPA in rat embolic stroke model...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710022/taxifolin-reduces-the-cholesterol-oxidation-product-induced-neuronal-apoptosis-by-suppressing-the-akt-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-mediated-cell-death
#8
Arum Kim, Yoon Jeong Nam, Chung Soo Lee
The taxifolin effect on the cholesterol oxidation product-induced neuronal apoptosis was investigated using differentiated PC12 cells and human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. 7-ketocholesterol induced phosphorylation of Akt, and increase in the levels of cytosolic and nuclear NF-κB p65, cytosolic NF-κB p50 and cytosolic phosphorylated-IκB-α in PC12 cells. The cholesterol oxidation products also induced a decrease in the levels of Bid and Bcl-2, increase in the levels of p53 and Bax, loss of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential, release of cytochrome c, activation of caspases (-8, -9 and -3), production of reactive oxygen species, depletion of GSH and cell death in both cell lines...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705496/the-effect-of-cxcr2-inhibition-on-seizure-activity-in-the-pilocarpine-epilepsy-mouse-model
#9
Tao Xu, Xinyuan Yu, Teng Wang, Ying Liu, Xi Liu, Shu Ou, Yangmei Chen
C-X-C motif chemokine receptor 2 (CXCR2) is one of the most well characterized chemokine receptors and is a potential target for treating brain pathologies involving inflammatory processes, including epilepsy. However, the role of CXCR2 in epilepsy has not been investigated, and whether CXCR2 modulates seizure activity in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) remains unknown. In this study, we aimed to determine the potential role of CXCR2 in intractable TLE patients and in pilocarpine-induced epileptic mice. Here, through Western blotting and semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry, we detected that CXCR2 protein expression was up-regulated (by nearly 50%) in the temporal neocortex of TLE patients and in the hippocampus and adjacent temporal cortex of pilocarpine mice model...
July 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705495/glial-associated-changes-in-the-cerebral-cortex-after-collagenase-induced-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-the-rat-striatum
#10
J D Neves, D Aristimunha, A F Vizuete, F Nicola, C Vanzela, L Petenuzzo, R G Mestriner, E F Sanches, C A Gonçalves, C A Netto
Striatum and the cerebral cortex are regions susceptible to secondary injury after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and glial cells in tissue adjacent to the hematoma may modulate cellular vulnerability after brain damage. Nonetheless, while the glial- associated changes occurring in the cerebral cortex after ICH may be important in maximizing brain recovery, they are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate the temporal profile of glial-associated changes in the cerebral cortex after ICH. First, the motor consequences of ICH and its relation to the lesion volume were analyzed...
July 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689039/connexin43-but-not-connexin30-contributes-to-adult-neurogenesis-in-the-dentate-gyrus
#11
REVIEW
Jiong Zhang, Stephanie Griemsmann, Zhou Wu, Radoslaw Dobrowolski, Klaus Willecke, Martin Theis, Christian Steinhäuser, Peter Bedner
The subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus represents a niche in which radial glia (RG)-like cells generate new neurons throughout postnatal life in the mammalian brain. Previous data showed that RG-like cells are coupled through gap junction channels, primarily formed by connexin43 (Cx43) and Cx30, and that the expression of these proteins is required for adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus. However, their individual function and underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we demonstrate that Cx43, but not Cx30, is crucial for adult neurogenesis...
July 5, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684345/alterations-in-nociception-and-morphine-antinociception-in-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#12
Caitlin M Nealon, Chandni Patel, Beth L Worley, Angela N Henderson-Redmond, Daniel J Morgan, Traci A Czyzyk
Currently, more than 78.6 million adults in the United States are obese. A majority of the patient population receiving treatment for pain symptoms is derived from this subpopulation. Environmental factors, including the increased availability of food high in fat and sugar, contribute to the continued rise in the rates of obesity. The focus of this study was to investigate whether long-term exposure to a high-fat, energy-dense diet enhances baseline thermal and inflammatory nociception while reducing sensitivity to morphine-induced antinociception...
July 3, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684344/inhibition-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-reduces-reactive-glia-and-scar-formation-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#13
Dan Pei, Nan Liu, Dan Li, Hongjing Yan, Qiu-Bo Wang, Yan Fang, Ling Xie, Hong-Peng Li
Brain injury leads to complex cellular and molecular interactions within the central nervous system. As the glial scar was a mechanical barrier to regeneration, inhibitory molecules in the forming scar and methods to overcome them have suggested molecular modification strategies to allow neuronal growth and functional regeneration. Here we investigated the roles of PDGFRβ signaling in regulating astrocyte reactivity and scar formation in mice following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The expression and distribution of phosphorylated PDGFRβ was analyzed, and its cell type-specific expression was verified with double labeling of astrocytes (GFAP), microglia (IBA1), oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPC) (NG2) and leukocytes (CD45)...
July 3, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655601/the-effect-of-monascin-on-hematoma-clearance-and-edema-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#14
Juan Wang, Gaiqing Wang, Jinying Yi, Yi Xu, Shuna Duan, Tong Li, Xin-Gang Sun, Liang Dong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a particularly devastating form of stroke with high mortality and morbidity. Hematomas are the primary cause of neurologic deficits associated with ICH. The products of hematoma are recognized as neurotoxins and the main contributors to edema formation and tissue damage after ICH. Finding a means to efficiently promote absorption of hematoma is a novel clinical challenge for ICH. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), had been shown that, can take potential roles in the endogenous hematoma clearance...
June 24, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655600/cellular-mechanisms-of-peroxynitrite-induced-neuronal-death
#15
Kristina Ramdial, Maria Clara Franco, Alvaro G Estevez
Peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) is a strong biological oxidant formed by the diffusion-limited reaction of nitric oxide (NO(-)) and superoxide anion (O2(-)). It has long been theorized that peroxynitrite generation could be the cause in a number of pathological conditions ranging from atherosclerosis to inflammatory, autoimmune, heart and neurodegenerative diseases. Its relatively long biological half-life and high reactivity allows peroxynitrite to oxidize a number of different targets in the cell. In physiologically relevant conditions peroxynitrite can directly react with thiols, or the radical products of peroxynitrite decomposition may indirectly oxidize other cellular components such as lipids, proteins and DNA...
June 24, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652168/influence-of-social-interaction-on-nociceptive-induced-changes-in-locomotor-activity-in-a-mouse-model-of-acute-inflammatory-pain-use-of-novel-thermal-assays
#16
Branden A Smeester, Jang-Hern Lee, Alvin J Beitz
Most acute and chronic animal models of pain rely heavily on reflexive assays for evaluating levels of nociception, which involves removing the animal from its normal social environment. Here, we examine and characterize the influence of social interactions on inflammatory pain-evoked changes in movement in two different mouse strains. To produce inflammatory nociception, we injected CFA bilaterally into the hind paws of Balb/c and C3H mice and then recorded exploratory locomotor activity using an automated detector system to first evaluate the effects of social behavior on nociception...
June 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648815/age-dependent-changes-in-autophosphorylation-of-alpha-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii-in-hippocampus-and-amygdala-after-contextual-fear-conditioning
#17
Ton Fang, Kamillia Kasbi, Stephanie Rothe, Wajeeha Aziz, K Peter Giese
The hippocampus and amygdala are essential brain regions responsible for contextual fear conditioning (CFC). The autophosphorylation of alpha calcium-calmodulin kinase II (αCaMKII) at threonine-286 (T286) is a critical step implicated in long-term potentiation (LTP), learning and memory. However, the changes in αCaMKII levels with aging and training in associated brain regions are not fully understood. Here, we studied how aging and training affect the levels of phosphorylated (T286) and proportion of phosphorylated:total αCaMKII in the hippocampus and amygdala...
June 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648814/modulation-of-gap-junction-associated-cx43-in-neural-stem-progenitor-cells-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Kisha Greer, Jiang Chen, Thomas Brickler, Robert Gourdie, Michelle H Theus
Restoration of learning and memory deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is attributed, in part, to enhanced neural stem/progenitor cell (NSPCs) function. Recent findings suggest gap junction (GJ)-associated connexin 43 (Cx43) plays a key role in the cell cycle regulation and function of NSPCs and is modulated following TBI. Here, we demonstrate that Cx43 is up-regulated in the dentate gyrus following TBI and is expressed on vimentin-positive cells in the subgranular zone. To test the role of Cx43 on NSPCs, we exposed primary cultures to the α-connexin Carboxyl Terminal (αCT1) peptide which selectively modulates GJ-associated Cx43...
June 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647454/elevated-serum-met-5-enkephalin-levels-correlate-with-improved-clinical-and-behavioral-outcomes-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#19
Michael D Ludwig, Ian S Zagon, Patricia J McLaughlin
Methionine enkephalin ([Met(5)]-enkephalin, Opioid growth factor (OGF)) is a small neuropeptide with growth-related as well as immunomodulatory properties. OGF is distributed widely throughout the body, is both autocrine and paracrine produced, and has a very short half-life in serum. In addition to its neurotransmitter functions, OGF inhibits cell replication of a wide variety of cells involved in the autoimmune process. In this preclinical study, mice were immunized with myelin oligodendrocytic glycoprotein (MOG35-55) to establish a chronic progressive form of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), and serum enkephalin levels were assessed throughout the disease as well as in response to OGF therapy in order to determine whether OGF may be a biological marker for EAE and multiple sclerosis...
June 21, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645861/protective-effect-of-lycium-barbarum-polysaccharides-on-dextromethorphan-induced-mood-impairment-and-neurogenesis-suppression
#20
Kevin Kai-Ting Po, Joseph Wai-Hin Leung, Jackie Ngai-Man Chan, Timothy Kai-Hang Fung, Dalinda Isabel Sánchez-Vidaña, Emily Lok-Lam Sin, Kwok-Fai So, Benson Wui-Man Lau, Andrew Man-Hong Siu
Dextromethorphan (DXM) is one of the common drugs abused by adolescents. It is the active ingredient found in cough medicine which is used for suppressing cough. High dosage of DXM can induce euphoria, dissociative effects and even hallucinations. Chronic use of DXM may also lead to depressive-related symptoms. Lycium barbarum, commonly known as wolfberry, has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of ageing-related neurodegenerative diseases. A recent study has shown the potential beneficial effect of Lycium barbarum to reduce depression-like behavior...
June 21, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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