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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646260/salt-appetite-and-the-influence-of-opioids
#1
Craig M Smith, Andrew J Lawrence
Due to the biological importance of sodium and its relative scarcity within many natural environments, 'salt appetite' has evolved whereby dietary salt is highly sought after and palatable when tasted. In addition to peripheral responses, salt depletion is detected within the brain via circumventricular organs and 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (HSD2) neurons to increase salt appetite. Salt appetite is comprised of two main components. One component is the incentive salience or motivation for salt (i...
June 24, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646259/chronic-administration-of-s-allylcysteine-activates-nrf2-factor-and-enhances-the-activity-of-antioxidant-enzymes-in-the-striatum-frontal-cortex-and-hippocampus
#2
Úrzula Franco-Enzástiga, Ricardo A Santana-Martínez, Carlos A Silva-Islas, Diana Barrera-Oviedo, María Elena Chánez-Cárdenas, Perla D Maldonado
Oxidative stress plays an important role in neurodegenerative diseases and aging. The cellular defense mechanisms to deal with oxidative damage involve the activation of transcription factor related to NF-E2 (Nrf2), which enhances the transcription of antioxidant and phase II enzyme genes. S-allylcysteine (SAC) is an antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, and the main organosulfur compound in aged garlic extract. The ability of SAC to activate the Nrf2 factor has been previously reported in hepatic cells; however this effect has not been studied in normal brain...
June 24, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639111/a-lifetime-s-adventure-in-extracellular-k-regulation-the-scottish-connection
#3
Angus M Brown
In a career that has spanned 45 years and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr Bruce Ransom has devoted considerable time and energy to studying regulation of interstitial K(+). When Bruce commenced his studies in 1969 virtually nothing was known of the functions of glial cells, but Bruce's research contributed to the physiological assignation of function to mammalian astrocytes, namely interstitial K(+) buffering. The experiments that I describe in this review concern the response of the membrane potential (Em) of in vivo cat cortical astrocytes to changes in [K(+)]o, an experimental manoeuvre that was achieved in two different ways...
June 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634726/connexin-channels-at-the-glio-vascular-interface-gatekeepers-of-the-brain
#4
Marijke De Bock, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Neuronal survival, electrical signaling and synaptic activity require a well-balanced micro-environment in the central nervous system. This is achieved by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), an endothelial barrier situated in the brain capillaries, that controls near-to-all passage in and out of the brain. The endothelial barrier function is highly dependent on signaling interactions with surrounding glial, neuronal and vascular cells, together forming the neuro-glio-vascular unit. Within this functional unit, connexin (Cx) channels are of utmost importance for intercellular communication between the different cellular compartments...
June 20, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631232/activation-of-brain-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-contributes-to-depressive-like-behavior-induced-by-an-intracerebroventricular-injection-of-streptozotocin-in-mice
#5
Leandro Cattelan Souza, Cristiano R Jesse, Marcelo Gomes de Gomes, Lucian Del Fabbro, André Tiago Rossito Goes, Franciele Donato, Silvana Peterini Boeira
There is a lack of information concerning the molecular events underlying the depressive-like effect of an intracerebroventricular injection of streptozotocin (ICV-STZ) in mice. The elevated activity of the tryptophan-degrading enzyme indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has been proposed to mediate depression in inflammatory disorders. In the present study, we reported that ICV-STZ activates IDO in the hippocampus of mice and culminates in depressive-like behaviors, as measured by the increased duration of immobility in the tail suspension test and decreased sucrose intake in the sucrose preference test...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631231/2-3-dideoxycytidine-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Jianyi Niu, Jing Xiong, Dan Hu, Fei Zeng, Shuke Nie, Shanping Mao, Tao Wang, Zhentao Zhang, Zhaohui Zhang
DNA polymerase-β (DNA pol-β) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of a DNA polymerase-β inhibitor 2',3'-dideoxycytidine (DDC) in PD models. In the in vitro studies, primary cultured neurons were challenged with 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+)). The expression of DNA pol-β was assessed using western blot. The neuroprotective effect of DNA pol-β knockdown and DNA pol-β inhibitor DDC was determined using cell viability assay and caspase-3 activity assay...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623607/presenilin-1-targeted-morpholino-induces-cognitive-deficits-increased-brain-a%C3%AE-1-42-and-decreased-synaptic-marker-psd-95-in-zebrafish-larvae
#7
Laura Roesler Nery, Natalia Eltz Silva, Raphaela Fonseca, Monica Ryff Moreira Vianna
Presenilins are transmembrane proteases required for the proteolytic cleavage of Notch and also act as the catalytic core of the γ-secretase complex, which is responsible for the final cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein into Amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides of varying lengths. Presenilin-1 gene (psen1) mutations are the main cause of early-onset autosomal-dominant Familial Alzheimer Disease. Elucidating the roles of Presenilin-1 and other hallmark proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease is crucial for understanding the disease etiology and underlying molecular mechanisms...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623606/marcks-is-necessary-for-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cell-maturation
#8
Zhao-Huan Zhang, Fan-Fei Ma, Hui Zhang, Xiao-Hui Xu
Oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) development into myelinated oligodendrocytes demands vigorous membrane addition. Since myristoylated alanine-rich C-kinase substrate (MARCKS) reportedly contributes to Ras-associated protein (Rab)-10-associated vesicle insertion into neuronal membranes, we investigated the role of MARCKS in OPC maturation. We found that either knockdown of MARCKS or interruption of its interaction with Rab10 would cause a decrease of the cell membrane area during OPC development. Enhanced MARCKS phosphorylation by Nogo66 or myelin debris treatment inhibited OPC maturation, while its dephosphorylation by protein phosphatase 2 A activator D-erythro-sphingosine promoted OPC development in the presence of myelin debris...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623605/cathepsin-c-aggravates-neuroinflammation-involved-in-disturbances-of-behaviour-and-neurochemistry-in-acute-and-chronic-stress-induced-murine-model-of-depression
#9
Yanli Zhang, Kai Fan, Yanna Liu, Gang Liu, Xiaohan Yang, Jianmei Ma
Major depression has been interpreted as an inflammatory disease characterized by cell-mediated immune activation, which is generally triggered by various stresses. Microglia has been thought to be the cellular link between inflammation and depression-like behavioural alterations. The expression of cathepsin C (Cat C), a lysosomal proteinase, is predominantly induced in microglia in neuroinflammation. However, little is known about the role of Cat C in pathophysiology of depression. In the present study, Cat C transgenic mice and wild type mice were subjected to an intraperitoneal injection of LPS (0...
June 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620825/flow-cytometric-characterization-of-t-cell-subsets-and-microglia-after-repetitive-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#10
Ruojing Bai, Huabin Gao, Zhaoli Han, Shan Huang, Xintong Ge, Fanglian Chen, Ping Lei
Although, there is growing awareness in the progressive neurodegeneration of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, changes of immune reactions remain equivocal at best. Thus, in a clinically relevant rat repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) model, some immunologic cells (T cell subsets, microglia) in the injured brain and peripheral blood were analyzed by flow cytometry and immunofluorescence. In the injured brain, CD3(+) T cells showed a bimodal increase during 42 days post-injury (dpi). CD3(+)CD4(+) T cells firstly increased and then decreased, while CD3(+)CD8(+) T cells had reversed tendency...
June 15, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620824/l-3-n-butylphthalide-activates-akt-mtor-signaling-inhibits-neuronal-apoptosis-and-autophagy-and-improves-cognitive-impairment-in-mice-with-repeated-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#11
Jing Xu, Yaping Huai, Nan Meng, Yanhong Dong, Zhijuan Liu, Qianqian Qi, Ming Hu, Mingyue Fan, Wei Jin, Peiyuan Lv
L-3-n-Butylphthalide (L-NBP) exerts neuroprotective effects in animal models of cerebral ischemia, but its potential benefits in repeated cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (RCIR) injury remain unknown. We investigated the effect of L-NBP on cognitive impairment induced by RCIR in mice. Male C57Bl/6 mice received sham surgery or bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (3 times, 20 min each) and were orally administered preoperative L-NBP (30 mg/kg/day, 7 days), postoperative L-NBP (30 or 60 mg/kg/day, 28 days) or postoperative vehicle (28 days)...
June 15, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608237/exogenous-adipokine-peptide-resistin-protects-against-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
#12
Jiangtao Zhu, Di Wu, Chenyu Zhao, Man Luo, Ronald C Hamdy, Balvin H L Chua, Xingshun Xu, Zhigang Miao
Previous studies have demonstrated that plasma resistin levels were increased in patients with acute ischemic stroke. However, the role of resistin after ischemic brain injury is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of resistin on cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury in a middle cerebral artery occlusion mouse model. We found that resistin (i.c.v.) significantly reduced infarct volume and improved neurological deficits after 45 min of ischemia and 24 h of reperfusion. Furthermore, our data demonstrate that intraperitoneal administration of resistin (10 µg/kg body weight) also had protective effects on infarct volume, indicating the crossing of resistin through the impaired BBB after ischemia injury...
June 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608236/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-curcumin-against-nicotine-induced-neurotoxicity-is-mediated-by-creb-bdnf-signaling-pathway
#13
Majid Motaghinejad, Manijeh Motevalian, Sulail Fatima, Fahimeh Faraji, Shiva Mozaffari
Nicotine abuse adversely affects brain and causes apoptotic neurodegeneration. Curcumin- a bright yellow chemical compound found in turmeric is associated with neuroprotective properties. The current study was designed to evaluate the role of CREB-BDNF signaling in mediating the neuroprotective effects of curcumin against nicotine-induced apoptosis, oxidative stress and inflammation in rats. Sixty adult male rats were divided randomly into six groups. Group 1 received 0.7 ml/rat normal saline, group 2 received 6 mg/kg nicotine...
June 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608235/ferulic-acid-supplementation-for-management-of-depression-in-epilepsy
#14
Tanveer Singh, Taranjot Kaur, Rajesh Kumar Goel
Neuroinflammation driven altered neurochemical milieu have been reported to play a significant role in pathogenesis of comorbid depression in epilepsy. Most of the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) such as levetiracetam, taigabine, topiramate have not been reported any significant effect in alleviating neuroinflammation, which may explain their ineffectiveness in ameliorating depression associated with epilepsy. The supplementation of antidepressants (ADs) attracts various pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions with AEDs and was considered unsafe in epilepsy...
June 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608234/genomics-guided-precise-anti-epileptic-drug-development
#15
Norman Delanty, Gianpiero Cavallleri
Traditional antiepileptic drug development approaches have yielded many important clinically valuable anti-epileptic drugs. However, the screening of promising compounds has been naturally agnostic to epilepsy etiology in individual human patients. Now, genomic medicine is changing the way we view human disease. International collaborations are unraveling the many molecular genetic causes of the epilepsies, including the early onset epileptic encephalopathies, and some of the familial focal epilepsies. Further advances in precision diagnostics will be facilitated by ongoing large collaborations and the wider availability of whole exome and whole genome sequencing in clinical practice...
June 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608233/alleviation-by-gabab-receptors-of-neurotoxicity-mediated-by-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore-in-cultured-murine-cortical-neurons-exposed-to-n-methyl-d-aspartate
#16
Toshihiko Kinjo, Yoshino Ashida, Hiroshi Higashi, Satoshi Sugimura, Miho Washida, Hiroki Niihara, Kiyokazu Ogita, Yukio Yoneda, Nobuyuki Kuramoto
Mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP) is supposed to at least in part participate in molecular mechanisms underlying the neurotoxicity seen after overactivation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NMDAR) in neurons. In this study, we have evaluated whether activation of GABAB receptor (GABABR), which is linked to membrane G protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying K(+) ion channels (GIRKs), leads to protection of the NMDA-induced neurotoxicity in a manner relevant to mitochondrial membrane depolarization in cultured embryonic mouse cortical neurons...
June 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597057/an-l-glutamine-transporter-isoform-for-neurogenesis-facilitated-by-l-theanine
#17
REVIEW
Yukio Yoneda
L-Theanine (=γ-glutamylethylamide) is an amino acid ingredient in green tea with a structural analogy to L-glutamine (L-GLN) rather than L-glutamic acid (L-GLU), with regards to the absence of a free carboxylic acid moiety from the gamma carbon position. L-theanine markedly inhibits [(3)H]L-GLN uptake without affecting [(3)H]L-GLU uptake in cultured neurons and astroglia. In neural progenitor cells with sustained exposure to L-theanine, upregulation of the L-GLN transporter isoform Slc38a1 expression and promotion of both proliferation and neuronal commitment are seen along with marked acceleration of the phosphorylation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and relevant downstream proteins...
June 9, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597398/determination-of-brain-regional-blood-perfusion-and-endogenous-cpkc%C3%AE-impact-on-ischemic-vulnerability-of-mice-with-global-ischemia
#18
Shuiqiao Liu, Qingqing Dai, Rongrong Hua, Ting Liu, Song Han, Shujuan Li, Junfa Li
Conventional protein kinase C (cPKC)γ participated in cerebral hypoxic preconditioning-induced neuroprotection and affected the neurological outcome of ischemic stroked mice. As an independent predictor of ischemic stroke, the internal carotid artery occlusion (ICAO)-caused brain-regional ischemic injury may worsen the neurological outcome of patients. However, the brain-regional ischemic vulnerability and its underlying mechanism remain unclear. In this study, the bilateral ICAO (BICAO) model was applied in cPKCγ wild type (WT) and knockout (KO) mice to determine the cPKCγ impact on brain-regional ischemic vulnerability...
June 8, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589521/strengthening-the-case-for-epilepsy-drug-development-bridging-experiences-from-the-alzheimer-s-disease-field-an-opinion
#19
Roy E Twyman
Given the sheer number of drugs (over 20!) available for treatment of seizures, epilepsy can be considered one of the most successful areas in pharmaceutical development and especially for neuroscience. However, despite the large number of drug treatment options available for managing patients with epilepsy, there remains considerable unmet need. For example, the overall impact on seizure control has not been substantial with approximately 30% of patients remaining refractory or their seizures not adequately controlled...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589520/role-of-mitochondria-in-methamphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity-involvement-in-oxidative-stress-neuroinflammation-and-pro-apoptosis-a-review
#20
Eun-Joo Shin, Hai-Quyen Tran, Phuong-Tram Nguyen, Ji Hoon Jeong, Seung-Yeol Nah, Choon-Gon Jang, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Hyoung-Chun Kim
Methamphetamine (MA), an amphetamine-type psychostimulant, is associated with dopaminergic toxicity and has a high abuse potential. Numerous in vivo and in vitro studies have suggested that impaired mitochondria are critical in dopaminergic toxicity induced by MA. Mitochondria are important energy-producing organelles with dynamic nature. Evidence indicated that exposure to MA can disturb mitochondrial energetic metabolism by inhibiting the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. Alterations in mitochondrial dynamic processes, including mitochondrial biogenesis, mitophagy, and fusion/fission, have recently been shown to contribute to dopaminergic toxicity induced by MA...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
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