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Brain Research Bulletin

Ye Chen, Yu Lei, Li-Qun Mo, Jun Li, Mao-Hua Wang, Ji-Cheng Wei, Jun Zhou
Sepsis is associated with high morbidity and mortality. This study was to investigate the protective effects of electroacupuncture (EA) pretreatment with different waveforms on septic brain injury in rats and its mechanism. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were pretreated by EA with different waveforms (continuous wave, dilatational wave, or intermittent wave) at Baihui (GV20) and Tsusanli (ST36) acupoints for 30min, and underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or sham operation. The results showed that EA pretreatment with different waveforms improved survival rate, attenuated encephaledema, brain injury, neuronal apoptosis and cognitive dysfunction, and preserved blood-brain barrier(BBB)...
October 19, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Gabriela Debom, Marta Gazal, Mayara Sandrielly Pereira Soares, Carlus Augustu Tavares do Couto, Bruna Mattos, Claiton Lencina, Manuella Pinto Kaster, Gabriele Codenonzi Ghisleni, Rejane Tavares, Elizandra Braganhol, Vitor Clasen Chaves, Flávio Henrique Reginatto, Francieli Stefanello, Roselia Maria Spanevello
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the protective effects of blueberry extract on oxidative stress and inflammatory parameters in a model of mania induced by ketamine administration in rats. Male rats were pretreated with blueberry extract (200mg/kg, once a day for 14 days) lithium chloride (45mg/kg, mood stabilizer used as a positive control, twice a day for 14 days), or vehicle. Between the 8th and 14th days, rats also received an injection of ketamine (25mg/kg) or vehicle. In the 15th day, thirty minutes after ketamine administration the hyperlocomotion of the animals was assessed in the open - field apparatus...
October 18, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Shiqi Cheng, WeiWei Gao, Xin Xu, Hengyi Fan, Yingang Wu, Fei Li, Jianning Zhang, Xingen Zhu, Yan Zhang
Inflammation and disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) cause oedema and secondary brain injury after intracranial haemorrhage (ICH), which is closely related to patient prognosis. Methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS), a well-known immunosuppressive agent, is widely applied in many diseases to inhibit inflammation. In this study, we investigated the effect of MPSS on inflammation and disruption of the BBB in a model mouse of ICH. ICH was induced by injecting collagenase into the right striatum of male C57/BL mice...
October 13, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Deeba Noreen Baig, Toru Yanagawa, Katsuhiko Tabuchi
Synaptic cell adhesion molecules (SCAMs) are a functional category of cell adhesion molecules that connect pre- and postsynapses by the protein-protein interaction via their extracellular cell adhesion domains. Countless numbers of common genetic variants and rare mutations in SCAMs have been identified in the patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Among these, NRXN and NLGN family proteins cooperatively function at synaptic terminals both of which genes are strongly implicated as risk genes for ASDs...
October 12, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Callum Hicks, Linnet Ramos, Bruno Dampney, Sarah J Baracz, Iain S McGregor, Glenn E Hunt
Peripherally administered oxytocin induces a wide range of behavioural and physiological effects that are thought to be mediated by the oxytocin receptor (OTR). However, oxytocin also has considerable affinity for the vasopressin 1A receptor (V1AR), such that various oxytocinergic effects may in fact be mediated by the V1AR rather than the OTR. Here we used c-Fos immunohistochemistry to determine the extent to which the regional pattern of neuronal activation produced by peripheral oxytocin involves the V1AR...
October 8, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Saida Haider, Saiqa Tabassum, Tahira Perveen
Cognitive decline is found to be a common feature of various neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease (AD). In order to recapitulate AD associated cognitive deficits and to plan therapeutic strategies researchers have developed various preclinical dementia models to recapitulate different aspects of cognitive domains affected in AD brain. So, the present study was aimed to compare alterations in previously reported dementia models i.e. pharmacological (Scopolamine-induced and corticosterone-induced), Environmental (Aluminium-induced and noise-stress) and physiological (natural aging) models in rats in a single experimental study across three cognitive domains spatial, recognition, and associative memory and associated alterations in their oxidative status and neurochemical profile to select appropriate dementia model...
October 7, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Annarita Patrizi
Since the groundbreaking work of Ramon y Cajal, the cerebellar Purkinje cell has always represented an ideal model for studying the organization, development and function of synaptic circuits. Purkinje cells receive distinct types of glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses, each characterized by exquisite sub-cellular and molecular specificity. The formation and refinement of these connections results from a temporally-regulated sequence of events that involves molecular interactions between distinct sets of secreted and surface proteins, as well as activity-dependent competition between converging inputs...
October 6, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Yelin Chen, Yang Geng
Brain modulation is a powerful approach to study brain function in vivo. Tremendous progress had been made by controlling brain activity with different brain modulation tools. Synapse is the more fundamental functional unit of brain. In theory, synapse engineering could modulate brain function more precisely. However this had not been possible until recently. Our review provides a brief introduction of various brain modulation methods, and elaborates on a recently developed synapse-engineering tool. This technique allows modulation of specific synapses in vivo for the first time and has been used to clarify the causal role of synaptic plasticity in learning and memory...
October 6, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Corette J Wierenga
In this review I discuss recent live imaging studies that demonstrate that synapses, and in particular inhibitory synapses, are highly dynamic structures. The ongoing changes of presynaptic boutons within axons emphasize the stochastic aspect of inhibitory synapse formation and paint a picture of a dynamic trial-and-error process. Furthermore, I discuss recent and previous insights in the molecular and mechanistic pathways that underlie synapse formation, with a specific focus on the formation of inhibitory presynaptic boutons...
October 5, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Marzieh Kafami, Ali Nasimi
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) is part of the limbic system located in the rostral forebrain. BST is involved in behavioral, neuroendocrine and autonomic functions, including cardiovascular regulation. The amygdala, plays an important role in mediating the behavioral and physiological responses associated with fear and anxiety, including cardiovascular responses. In a previous study, we showed that microinjection of AngII into the BST produced a pressor and two types of single-unit responses in the BST, short excitatory and long inhibitory...
October 5, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
De-Li Cao, Bin Qian, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Yong-Jing Gao, Xiao-Bo Wu
Chemokines and their receptors have been demonstrated to be important contributors to the development and maintenance of chronic pain. Recent studies showed that chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1) and its major receptor CXCR2 are respectively expressed in astrocytes and neurons in the spinal cord and are involved in the maintenance of neuropathic pain and inflammatory pain via astrocytic-neuronal interaction. Here we investigated how CXCL1 and CXCR2 are regulated in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) after peripheral injection of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) and its implication in inflammatory pain...
September 30, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Yongxin Luan, Mo Chen, Lixiang Zhou
OBJECTIVES: We attempted to discover the regulatory role of miR-17 and PTEN in glial scar formation accompanied with spinal cord injuries. METHODS: We established a spinal cord injury (SCI) model in mice which were transfected with different groups of adenoviruses: miR-17 mimics, miR-17 inhibitors and PTEN cDNAs. The improvement of hind limb functions was assessed using the 21-point Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) locomotion scale. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), Vimentin and neurofilaments...
September 29, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Kuldeep Sarvaiya, Sunita Goswami
AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the effectiveness of TRPV1 modulators in animal model of Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). To assess central and peripheral behavioral activity of TRPV1 modulators. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CFS was induced by forcing the rats to swim for 10min for 21 consecutive days. The rats were treated with capsaicin (TRPV1 agonist, 2.5mg/kg) and n-tert-butylcyclohexanol (TRPV1 antagonist, 10mg/kg) for 21days 30min before the exposure to stress procedure...
September 28, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Dan Li, Lei Tong, Hitoshi Kawano, Nan Liu, Lu Liu, Hong-Peng Li
Traumatic brain injury triggers a series of damaged processes, such as neuronal death and apoptosis, inflammation and scar formation, which contribute to evolution of brain injury. The present study investigated the neuroprotective effects of batroxobin, a drug widely used clinically for ischemia, in a nigrostriatal pathway injury model. Mice subjected to the nigrostriatal pathway injury were injected with batroxobin (30 BU/kg) or vehicle immediately after injury. The behavioral studies showed that batroxobin could improve the motor function in injured mice in long term...
September 24, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
T Guadagnoli, L Caltana, M Vacotto, M M Gironacci, A Brusco
The deleterious effects of ethanol (EtOH) on the brain have been widely described, but its effects on the neuronal cytoskeleton during differentiation have not yet been firmly established. In this context, our aim was to investigate the direct effect of EtOH on cortical neurons during the period of differentiation. Primary cultures of cortical neurons obtained from 1-day-old rats were exposed to EtOH after 7days of culture, and viability and morphology were analyzed at structural and ultrastructural levels after 24-h EtOH exposure...
September 24, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Mostafa Jalilifar, Ali Yadollahpour, Ahmad Ali Moazedi, Zohreh Ghotbeddin
PURPOSE: Determining different seizure stage specific features in a kindling model is a crucial step in developing efficient objective techniques for early prediction and treatment of seizures. This study identified and categorized kindling stages based on their electrophysiological features through processing extracellular field potentials of Amygdala rapid kindling. METHODS: Thirteen Wistar rats (200±10g) were divided into 2 groups including kindle (n=7) and sham (n=6) and respectively underwent an amygdala rapid kindling and placebo stimulation...
September 19, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Khalil Guzmán, Gloria Arankowsky-Sandoval, Mireille Salas-Crisóstomo, Ramsés Jiménez-Moreno, Oscar Arias-Carrión
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily that has been suggested as a modulator of several physiological functions. The PPARα recognizes as an endogenous ligand the anorexic lipid mediator oleoylethanolamide (OEA) which displays wake-inducing properties. Despite that recent evidence indicates that activation of PPARα by synthetic agonists such as Wy14643 enhances waking as well as the extracellular contents of wake-related neurotransmitters, the role of PPARα in sleep recovery after prolonged waking has not been fully described...
September 16, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Jing Yuan, Aihua Wang, Yan He, Zhihua Si, Shan Xu, Shanchao Zhang, Kun Wang, Dawei Wang, Yiming Liu
Loss of blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity is a downstream event caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). BBB integrity is affected by certain physiological conditions, including inflammation and oxidative stress. Cordycepin is a susbtance with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate whether cordycepin affects TBI-induced impairments of BBB integrity. Using TBI rats as the in vivo model and applying multiple techniques, including stroke severity evaluation, Evans blue assessment, quantitative real-time PCR, Western blotting and ELISA, we investigated the dose-dependent protective effects of cordycepin on the TBI-induced impairments of BBB integrity...
September 16, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Larissa Fonseca da Cunha Sousa, Milene Alvarenga Rachid, Graciela Kunrath Lima, Aline Silva de Miranda, Márcia de Carvalho Vilela, Norinne Lacerda Queiroz, David Henrique Rodrigues, Marco Antonio Campos, Erna Geessien Kroon, Fabiana Simão Machado, Antônio Lúcio Teixeira
The most severe manifestation of Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus (HSV-1) infection is encephalitis characterized by arousal impairment and seizures that can evolve to coma and death. Previous studies reported the involvement of suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins, specifically SOCS1 and SOCS3, in HSV-1 infection, suggesting that other members of this family could be involved in the immune response against HSV-1. No previous study has reported the role of SOCS2 in HSV-1 infection. In the current study, C57BL/6 wild-type mice (WT) and mice deficient in SOCS2 gene (SOCS2(-/-)) were subjected to intracranial inoculation with 10(2) plaque forming units (PFU) of HSV-1...
September 16, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Amir Hossein Emam, Naeimeh Hajesfandiari, Siamak Shahidi, Alireza Komaki, Maziar Ganji, Abdolrahman Sarihi
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have shown that medial pre-optic area (MPOA) of hypothalamus are involved in nociception. Orexin A (hypocretin 1) has been found to have numerous applications including pain modulation. However, the role of orexin A receptors in the MPOA on the nociception has not been yet studied. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of orexin A microinjection on MPOA on the nociception transmission and morphine induced analgesia in adult male rats...
September 15, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
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