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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088391/changes-in-the-cerebellar-and-cerebro-cerebellar-circuit-in-type-2-diabetes
#1
Peng Fang, Jie An, Xin Tan, Ling-Li Zeng, Hui Shen, Shijun Qiu, Dewen Hu
Currently, 422 million adults suffer from diabetes worldwide, leading to tremendous disabilities and a great burden to families and society. Functional and structural MRIs have demonstrated that patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) exhibit abnormalities in brain regions in the cerebral cortex. However, the changes of cerebellar anatomical connections in diabetic patients remains unclear. In the current study, diffusion tensor imaging deterministic tractography and statistical analysis were employed to investigate abnormal cerebellar anatomical connections in diabetic patients...
January 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069437/indispensable-role-of-the-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-the-procognitive-effects-of-angiotensin-iv
#2
Jan Józef Braszko
BACKGROUND: Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) play a major role in brain functioning, including that of cognition-related structures such as cerebral cortex and hippocampus. Cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory enhancing effect of the neuropeptide angiotensin IV (Ang IV) have been linked to VGCCs but only in respect of its long-term potentiation (LTP)-inducing effect. OBJECTIVE: To assess behaviorally effects of L- and T-type VGCCs blocking drugs in low, behaviorally inactive, doses on Ang IV facilitation of recall of aversively (foot-shock) and appetitively (curiosity for novelty) motivated behaviors...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069436/streptozotocin-causes-neurotoxic-effect-in-cultured-cerebellar-granule-neurons
#3
Elisaveta E Genrikhs, Elena V Stelmashook, Sergey A Golyshev, Olga P Aleksandrova, Nickolay K Isaev
Streptozotocin (STZ) is a glucosamine-nitrosourea compound used for experimental simulation of sporadic Alzheimer's disease at intracerebroventricular administration in vivo. The studies of STZ influence on neurons of central nervous system performed on the primary cultures are practically absent. We have shown the application of STZ (1-5mM) in primary culture for 48h induced strong dose-dependent death in cultured cerebellar granule neurons. This toxic effect was decreased by pyruvate, insulin partially. Using the indicator Fluo-4 AM for measurements of intracellular calcium ions and tetramethylrhodamine ethyl ester (TMRE) for detection of changes of mitochondrial membrane potential in live cells we have shown that 5 h-exposure to STZ induced intensive increase of Fluo-4 and decrease TMRE fluorescence in neurons...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069435/astrocytes-and-presynaptic-plasticity-in-the-striatum-evidence-and-unanswered-questions
#4
Anton Dvorzhak, Igor Melnick, Rosemarie Grantyn
One of the main functions of astrocytes is to ensure glutamate homeostasis by glutamate uptake and glutamine synthesis. However, during the past ten years it has become clear that astrocytes may also induce changes in synaptic glutamate release when respective pathways must cope with the consequences of brain damage or other alterations in their functional requirements. The loss of glutamatergic synapses in Parkinson's and Huntington's disease is likely to associate with a continuous redistribution of presynaptic activity within the pool of surviving synapses, and astrocytes may have a role in the maintenance of independent control at individual glutamate release sites...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065733/amelioration-of-apelin-13-in-chronic-normobaric-hypoxia-induced-anxiety-like-behavior-is-associated-with-an-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-the-hippocampus
#5
Junming Fan, Lu Ding, Dongmei Xia, Danyang Chen, Pu Jiang, Wenhua Ge, Ru Zhao, Jinbin Guo, Xiaofang Fan, Feng Xue, Yongyu Wang, Sunzhong Mao, Lianggang Hu, Yongsheng Gong
Apelin, a small bioactive peptide, plays an important role in the pathogenesis of mood disorders through the endogenous ligand APJ. Although the anxiolytic effect of apelin is well established, the mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we hypothesized that apelin played an anxiolytic role in chronic normobaric hypoxia (CNH)-induced anxiety like behavior in mice, which might be associated with an inhibition of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation in the hippocampus. To this end, mice were exposed in a normobaric hypoxic chamber with a fraction of inspired oxygen (FIO2, ∼10%, 23h/d) with or without apelin-13 application (20 nmol...
January 5, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065732/a317491-relieved-hiv-gp120-associated-neuropathic-pain-involved-in-p2x3-receptor-in-dorsal-root-ganglia
#6
Zhihua Yi, Shenqiang Rao, Shuai Ouyang, Yi Bai, Jinpu Yang, Yucheng Ma, Xinyao Han, Bing Wu, Lifang Zou, Tianyu Jia, Shanhong Zhao, Xiaju Hu, Qiongqiong Lei, Yun Gao, Shuangmei Liu, Hong Xu, Chunping Zhang, Shangdong Liang, Guilin Li
Glycoprotein 120 (gp120) is an HIV envelope glycoprotein. Gp120 can directly stimulate the primary sensory afferent neurons and cause hyperalgesia. The P2X3 receptor in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) is involved in the transmission of pain. In this study, we aimed to explore the role of the P2X3 receptor in gp120-induced neuropathic pain. Our data showed that mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia in rats treated with gp120 were increased compared to those in the control group. The expression levels of the P2X3 mRNA and protein in rats treated with gp120 were higher than those in the control group...
January 5, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063881/early-stage-alterations-of-catecholamine-and-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-levels-in-posttraumatic-acute-diffuse-brain-swelling
#7
Weiqiang Chen, Jiangtao Sheng, Guoyi Peng, Jinhua Yang, Shousen Wang, Kangsheng Li
Posttraumatic acute diffuse brain swelling (PADBS) is characterized by serious brain bulk enlargement rapidly following trauma and is a major cause of elevated intracranial pressure and thus mortality. The pathogenesis of PADBS is not clearly understood, and the early stage alterations of catecholamine (CA) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels in PADBS also remain largely unknown. The objective of this study was to investigate CA and ACTH levels in the patients with PADBS in the early stage and discuss the possible roles CA and ACTH in the pathogenesis of PADBS...
January 4, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063880/glur3b-ab-s-induced-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-excitotoxicity-via-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#8
Yi Liu, Yan Chen, Wan Tong Du, Xiu Xiang Wu, Fu Xing Dong, Xue Bin Qu, Hong Bin Fan, Rui Qin Yao
Studies have indicated that glutamate receptor subunit 3 peptide B antibodies (GluR3B Ab's) by directing against a-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid subtype glutamate receptors (AMPARs) subunit 3 (GluR3B) was involved in the hippocampal neuron damage in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. Glutamate accumulation is critical for oligodendrocyte precursors (OPCs) excitotoxic injury. However, remarkably little is known about whether GluR3B Ab's causes OPCs excitotoxicity, and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear...
January 4, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057472/glutamatergic-modulation-of-noradrenaline-release-in-the-rat-median-preoptic-area
#9
Makoto Takahashi, Yasushi Hayashi, Junichi Tanaka
The present study was carried out to investigate whether glutamatergic receptor mechanisms modulate the release of noradrenaline (NA) in the region of the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO) using intracerebral microdialysis techniques in freely moving rats. Perfusion of N-methyl-d-asparatate (NMDA, 10 and 50μM) through the microdialysis probe significantly enhanced dialysate NA concentration in the region of the MnPO. Local perfusion of the NMDA antagonist dizocilpine (MK801, 10 and 50μM) did not change the basal release of NA in the MnPO area...
January 2, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043855/age-related-alterations-in-human-neocortical-plasticity
#10
M J Spriggs, C J Cadwallader, J P Hamm, L J Tippett, I J Kirk
Age-related changes in neuroplasticity may be central to the cognitive decline associated with even healthy ageing. Modulated Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) and Long-Term Depression (LTD) have been repeatedly demonstrated in aged rodents, however the translation to human research has been limited by a scarcity of non-invasive methods for doing so. We have previously demonstrated that, following a block of high frequency presentations of a visual stimulus (referred to as a "visual tetanus"), there is a LTP-like enhancement of the N1b component of the visually evoked potential (VEP) to subsequent low frequency presentations of the same stimulus...
December 30, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040508/molecular-and-cellular-physiology-of-sodium-dependent-glutamate-transporters
#11
Christine R Rose, Daniel Ziemens, Verena Untiet, Christoph Fahlke
Glutamate is the major excitatory transmitter in the vertebrate brain. After its release from presynaptic nerve terminals, it is rapidly taken up by high-affinity sodium-dependent plasma membrane transporters. While both neurons and glial cells express these excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs), the majority of glutamate uptake is accomplished by astrocytes, which convert synaptically-released glutamate to glutamine or feed it into their own metabolism. Glutamate uptake by astrocytes not only shapes synaptic transmission by regulating the availability of glutamate to postsynaptic neuronal receptors, but also protects neurons from hyper-excitability and subsequent excitotoxic damage...
December 28, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017783/anti-apoptotic-and-angiogenic-effects-of-intelectin-1-in-rat-cerebral-ischemia
#12
Naibing Gu, Yaru Dong, Ye Tian, Zhengli Di, Zhiqin Liu, Mingze Chang, Xiaotao Jia, Yihua Qian, Weiping Zhang
Ischemic stroke is an acute life-threatening disease, which causes neurological dysfunction. The formation of new blood vessels around the infarct is vital to the restoration of perfusion and healing of brain tissue. Studies have shown that intelectin-1 (omentin) promotes endothelial cell function and angiogenesis in response to ischemia and inhibits apoptosis in rats with unilateral hind limb surgery. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotective role of intelectin-1 following focal cerebral ischemia...
December 23, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017781/inotropic-support-against-early-brain-injury-improves-cerebral-hypoperfusion-and-outcomes-in-a-murine-model-of-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#13
Tomoko Mutoh, Tatsushi Mutoh, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Kazumasu Sasaki, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Yasuyuki Taki
Early brain injury/ischemia is a recent therapeutic target that contributes to triggering delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in the setting of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). This study aimed to determine the role of dobutamine for inotropic cardiac support in improving cerebral blood flow (CBF) and outcomes after experimental SAH, mediated by hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF). Thirty-one mice were subjected to SAH by endovascular perforation, and assigned to either 2% isoflurane postconditioning performed between 1 and 2...
December 23, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017780/acute-effects-of-aceclofenac-cox-2-inhibitor-on-penicillin-induced-epileptiform-activity
#14
Mehmet Taşkıran, Abdulkadir Taşdemir, Nusret Ayyıldız
PURPOSE: The effects of COX-2 inhibitors on seizure activity are controversial. The aim of the current study was to determine the post-treatment effect of aceclofenac on penicillin-induced experimental epilepsy. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were used in all experiments (n=18). The seizure activity was triggered by penicillin (i.c.). Aceclofenac was injected intraperitoneally at doses of 10mg/kg and 20mg/kg. RESULTS: Intraperitoneal administration of 10 and 20mg/kg aceclofenac doses, exhibited proconvulsant properties on seizure activity on rats...
December 23, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017782/parkin-and-pink1-functions-in-oxidative-stress-and-neurodegeneration
#15
Sandeep K Barodia, Rose B Creed, Matthew S Goldberg
Loss-of-function mutations in the genes encoding Parkin and PINK1 are causally linked to autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkin, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, and PINK1, a mitochondrial-targeted kinase, function together in a common pathway to remove dysfunctional mitochondria by autophagy. Presumably, deficiency for Parkin or PINK1 impairs mitochondrial autophagy and thereby increases oxidative stress due to the accumulation of dysfunctional mitochondria that release reactive oxygen species. Parkin and PINK1 likely have additional functions that may be relevant to the mechanisms by which mutations in these genes cause neurodegeneration, such as regulating inflammation, apoptosis, or dendritic morphogenesis...
December 22, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017779/electroencephalographic-frontal-synchrony-and-caudal-asynchrony-during-painful-hand-immersion-in-cold-water
#16
Joshua Levitt, Hyunwoo J Choo, Kelsey A Smith, Brian W LeBlanc, Carl Y Saab
Recent studies in our laboratory showed that cortical theta oscillations correlate with pain in rodent models. In this study, we sought to validate our pre-clinical data using EEG recordings in humans during immersion of the hand in ice cold water, a moderately noxious stimulus. Power spectral analysis shows that an increase in pain score is associated with an increase in power amplitude within a frequency range of 6-7Hz at the frontal (Fz) electrode. These results are consistent with our previous pre-clinical animal studies and the clinical literature...
December 22, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013041/ca3-hippocampal-field-cellular-changes-and-its-relation-with-blood-nitro-oxidative-stress-reveal-a-balancing-function-of-ca3-area-in-rats-exposed-to-repetead-restraint-stress
#17
Vlad Al Toma, Anca D Farcas, Marcel Parvu, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu, Ioana Roman
Rats exposed to repeated restraint stress exhibit structural and functional deficits in hippocampus that are similar to those observed in patients with depressive illnesses. Blood corticosterone concentrations are proportionally increased with catalase and glutathione-peroxidase activity and are inversely proportional with 3-nitrotyrosine concentrations.Cytochrome c oxidase, adenosin tryphosphatase and monoamine oxidase activities of CA3 hippocampal field mark a stress-time dependent decrease. Acridine-orange labeling of the CA3 field reveals an enhancing green fluorescence of glyocites in stress conditions...
December 22, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011192/naringin-alleviates-early-brain-injury-after-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-by-reducing-oxidative-stress-and-inhibiting-apoptosis
#18
Yuwei Han, Jingyuan Su, Xiujuan Liu, Yuan Zhao, Chenchen Wang, Xiaoming Li
This study aims to clarify the neuroprotective effect of naringin on early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and the possible mechanisms of naringin in the treatment of SAH. The endovascular puncture model was performed to induce SAH model in rats and the efficacy of 40mg/kg and 80mg/kg naringin were tested by intraperitoneally administration. SAH grade, neurological score, brain edema, blood-brain barrier permeability, the changes of oxidative stress related factors, apoptosis-related proteins, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway and neuronal morphology were detected to analyze the potential effect of naringin against SAH...
December 21, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011193/monitoring-ca-2-elevations-in-individual-astrocytes-upon-local-release-of-amyloid-beta-in-acute-brain-slices
#19
Olga Tyurikova, Kaiyu Zheng, Annika Rings, Anna Drews, David Klenerman, Dmitri A Rusakov
The pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is thought to involve acute neurotoxic effects exerted by oligomeric forms of amyloid-β 1-42 (Aβ). Application of Aβ oligomers in physiological concentrations have been shown to transiently elevate internal Ca(2+) in cultured astroglia. While the cellular machinery involved has been extensively explored, to what degree this important signalling cascade occurs in organised brain tissue has remained unclear. Here we adapted two-photon excitation microscopy and calibrated time-resolved imaging (FLIM), coupled with patch-clamp electrophysiology, to monitor Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]) inside individual astrocytes and principal neurons in acute brain slices...
December 20, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007581/different-doses-of-dexmedetomidine-reduce-plasma-cytokine-production-brain-oxidative-injury-parp-and-caspase-expression-levels-but-increase-liver-oxidative-toxicity-in-cerebral-ischemia-induced-rats
#20
Orhan Akpınar, Mustafa Nazıroğlu, Hatice Akpınar
Cerebral ischemia-induced progression of brain, liver, and erythrocyte oxidative injuries might be modulated by dexmedetomidine (DEX) as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drug. The present study was conducted to explore whether two different doses of DEX protect against plasma cytokine and brain, liver and erythrocyte oxidative toxicity and apoptosis in cerebral ischemia-induced rats. Forty-two rats were equally divided into 7 groups. The first and second groups were used as untreated and sham controls, respectively...
December 19, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
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