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Neurochemical Research

Dorota Nieoczym, Katarzyna Socała, Piotr Wlaź
Ursolic acid (UA) is a plant derived compound which is also a component of the standard human diet. It possesses a wide range of pharmacological properties, i.e., antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumor, which have been used in folk medicine for centuries. Moreover, influence of UA on central nervous system-related processes, i.e., pain, anxiety and depression, was proved in experimental studies. UA also revealed anticonvulsant properties in animal models of epilepsy and seizures. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of UA on seizure thresholds in three acute seizure models in mice, i...
March 14, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Matthew V Green, Jonathan D Raybuck, Xinwen Zhang, Mariah M Wu, Stanley A Thayer
A defining feature of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is the loss of excitatory synaptic connections. Synaptic changes that occur during exposure to HIV appear to result, in part, from a homeostatic scaling response. Here we discuss the mechanisms of these changes from the perspective that they might be part of a coping mechanism that reduces synapses to prevent excitotoxicity. In transgenic animals expressing the HIV proteins Tat or gp120, the loss of synaptic markers precedes changes in neuronal number...
March 14, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Xu Chu, Shuhu Zhou, Ran Sun, Lin Wang, Chunye Xing, Ruqing Liang, Qingxia Kong
Patients with diabetes mellitus are easy to experience diabetic encephalopathy (DE) and other cognition dysfunction, whereas the neural alterations in developing this disease are unknown yet. Chrysophanol (CHR) is one of traditional Chinese medicine which was reported to show protective effects in cognition dysfunction and inflammatory in previously studies. In this current study, whether CHR protects learning and memory dysfunctions induced by diabetes disease or not and underlying mechanisms were studied...
March 1, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Ya-Bo Feng, You-Ting Lin, Yu-Xiang Han, Yue-Jiu Pang, Jing-Jing Xu, Yuan Xue, Hong Yao
This study aimed to study the protective effect of (2R,4R)-4-aminopyrrolidine-2,4-dicarboxylate (2R,4R-APDC), a selective metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist, against hippocampal neuronal apoptosis induced by seizures in a rat model of pilocarpine-induced epilepsy. The Morris water maze test was used to assess the spatial memory abilities of epileptic rats with or without 2R,4R-APDC treatment. TUNEL assay was performed to examine neuronal apoptosis in hippocampus. Western blot was conducted to evaluate changes in the levels of caspase-3 and caspase-9 in hippocampus...
March 1, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Denglei Ma, Na Wang, Xiaotong Fan, Lan Zhang, Yi Luo, Rui Huang, Li Zhang, Yali Li, Guoguang Zhao, Lin Li
Cornel iridoid glycoside (CIG) is the active ingredient extracted from Cornus officinalis. Our previous studies showed that CIG had protective effects on several brain injury models. In the present study, we aimed to examine the effects and elucidate the mechanisms of CIG against traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was induced in the right cerebral cortex of male adult rats. The neurological and cognitive functions were evaluated by modified neurological severity score (mNSS) and object recognition test (ORT), respectively...
February 28, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Sarah E Scullion, Gareth R I Barker, E Clea Warburton, Andrew D Randall, Jonathan T Brown
Neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognitive dysfunction, such as Alzheimer's disease and fronto-temporal dementia, are often associated impairments in the visual recognition memory system. Recent evidence suggests that synaptic plasticity, in particular long term depression (LTD), in the perirhinal cortex (PRh) is a critical cellular mechanism underlying recognition memory. In this study, we have examined novel object recognition and PRh LTD in rTg4510 mice, which transgenically overexpress tauP301L . We found that 8-9 month old rTg4510 mice had significant deficits in long- but not short-term novel object recognition memory...
February 26, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Dunjia Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Xiaofang Liu, Liping Jiang, Guang Yang, Xiaoxia Shi, Cong Zhang, Fengyuan Piao
Epidemiological investigations and experimental studies indicate that chronic arsenic exposure can reduce learning and memory function. However, the underlying mechanism of this effect remains largely unknown. Emerging evidence suggests that microRNA (miRNA) play an important role in toxicant exposure and a regulatory role in cognitive function. In this study, we observed that subchronic arsenic exposure induced impairment of learning and memory and significantly up-regulated miRNA-219 (miR-219) expression in the mouse hippocampus...
February 24, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Tim Benke, Stephen F Traynelis
Twenty years ago, we reported from the Collingridge Lab that a single-channel conductance increase through α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (AMPARs) could mediate one form of plasticity associated with long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampus (Benke et al., Nature 395:793-797, 1998). Revealed through peak-scaled non-stationary fluctuation analysis (PS-NSFA, also known as noise analysis), this component of LTP could be exclusively mediated by direct increases in channel conductance or by increases in the number of high conductance synaptic AMPARs...
February 23, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Zong-Wei Yue, Ye-Lan Wang, Bo Xiao, Li Feng
Cortical dysplasia is the most common etiology of intractable epilepsy. Both excitability changes in cortical neurons and neural network reconstitution play a role in cortical dysplasia epileptogenesis. Recent research shows that the axon initial segment, a subcompartment of the neuron important to the shaping of action potentials, adjusts its position in response to changes in input, which contributes to neuronal excitability and local circuit balance. It is unknown whether axon initial segment plasticity occurs in neurons involved in seizure susceptibility in cortical dysplasia...
February 21, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Jun Zhang, Zanchao Liu, Yuanyuan Pei, Wen Yang, Chicu Xie, Shiqi Long
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a crucial regulator to support synaptic plasticity and neuronal survival, its significant decrease is a pathophysiological hallmark in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains and accounts for poor prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) interfere with the translation of target mRNAs and control a variety of physiological and pathological processes. MiR-322 is the rodent homologue of human miR-424, it is involved in the modulation of cell differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolic activities in diverse tissues and organs...
February 20, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Xingping Qin, Haowen Qiao, Songlin Wu, Jing Cheng, Qi Wan, Renzhong Liu
Curcumin, a phenolic pigment, plays an inhibitory role in astrocytes activation, a key step for neuropathic pain (NP). The present study aimed to investigate the mechanism behind the therapeutic effect of Curcumin on NP in vitro. Specifically, we investigated the inhibitory effect of Curcumin on tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-induced astrocyte migration. We also studied the effects of Curcumin on monocyte chemoattractant protein-1(MCP-1) expression and activity, as well as super oxide dismutase-2 (SOD2) expression and activity in TNF-α-induced astrocytes...
February 19, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Chunxia Chen, Zhihuan Nong, Xingmei Liang, Mingyu Meng, Feifei Xuan, Qiuqiao Xie, Junhui He, Renbin Huang
We previously reported that Yulangsan polysaccharide (YLSP), which was isolated from the root of Millettia pulchra Kurz, attenuates withdrawal symptoms of morphine dependence by regulating the nitric oxide pathway and modulating monoaminergic neurotransmitters. In this study, we investigated the effects and mechanism of YLSP on the reinstatement of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats. A CPP procedure was employed to assess the behavior of rats, and indicators of serum and four brain regions (nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) were determined to explore its underlying mechanism...
February 17, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Jinju Zhang, Xiaomei Liu, Yun Zhang, Zuo Luan, Yinxiang Yang, Zhaoyan Wang, Chun Zhang
The neural stem cells (NSCs) have the ability to self-renew, and to migrate to pathologically altered regions of the central nervous system. Glial cell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) could protect dopamine neurons and rescue motor neurons in vivo, which has been proposed as a promising candidate for the treatments of degenerative neurological diseases. In order to combine the advantages of neurotrophic factors and stem cells in clinical therapy, we established the modified hNSCs that has site-specific integration of GDNF gene by using recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors...
February 12, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Xia Wu, Yanran Liang, Xiuna Jing, Danyu Lin, Ying Chen, Tianen Zhou, Sudan Peng, Dezhi Zheng, Zhifen Zeng, Ming Lei, Kaixun Huang, Enxiang Tao
In addition to its original application for treating tuberculosis, rifampicin has multiple potential neuroprotective effects in chronic neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease. Inflammatory reactions and the PI3K/Akt pathway are strongly implicated in dopaminergic neuronal death in PD. This study aims to investigate whether rifampicin protects rotenone-lesioned SH-SY5Y cells via regulating PI3K/Akt/GSK-3β/CREB pathway. Rotenone-treated SH-SY5Y cells were used as the cell model to investigate the neuroprotective effects of rifampicin...
February 12, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Huaqing Cui, Mengsheng Deng, Yonglan Zhang, Fei Yin, Jianhui Liu
Altered proteostasis induced by amyloid peptide aggregation and hyperphosphorylation of tau protein, is a prominent feature of Alzheimer's disease, which highlights the occurrence of endoplasmic reticulum stress and triggers the activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR), a signaling pathway that enforces adaptive programs to sustain proteostasis. In this study, we investigated the role of geniposide in the activation of UPR induced by high glucose in primary cortical neurons. We found that high glucose induced a significant activation of UPR, and geniposide enhanced the effect of high glucose on the phosphorylation of IRE1α, the most conserved UPR signaling branch...
February 9, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Zhaotao Wang, Zhi Liu, Guoyong Yu, Xiaohu Nie, Weiqiang Jia, Ru-En Liu, Ruxiang Xu
Paeoniflorin (PF) is a polyphenolic compound derived from Radix Paeoniae Alba thathas anti-cancer activities in a variety of human malignancies including glioblastoma. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), characterized as losing cell polarity, plays an essential role in tumor invasion and metastasis. TGFβ, a key member of transforming growth factors, has been demonstrated to contribute to glioblastoma aggressiveness through inducing EMT...
February 8, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Simonetta Camandola, Natalie Plick, Mark P Mattson
Increasing evidence suggests that regular consumption of coffee, tea and dark chocolate (cacao) can promote brain health and may reduce the risk of age-related neurodegenerative disorders. However, the complex array of phytochemicals in coffee and cacao beans and tea leaves has hindered a clear understanding of the component(s) that affect neuronal plasticity and resilience. One class of phytochemicals present in relatively high amounts in coffee, tea and cacao are methylxanthines. Among such methylxanthines, caffeine has been the most widely studied and has clear effects on neuronal network activity, promotes sustained cognitive performance and can protect neurons against dysfunction and death in animal models of stroke, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...
February 8, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Meng Jin, Qiuxia He, Shanshan Zhang, Yixuan Cui, Liwen Han, Kechun Liu
Pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures in Zebrafish models are now widely accepted for investigating human disease epilepsy. In epilepsy, the generation of oxidative stress contributes to the brain injury. Although Gastrodin (GAS) has been reported to have anticonvulsant activities, its effects on zebrafish seizure models and the underlying mechanism remain unclear. In this study, we evaluated the effects of GAS pretreatment on PTZ-induced seizures in zebrafish larvae and investigated the underlying mechanism related to its anti-oxidative defense...
February 7, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Naw Hser Gay, Kamonrat Phopin, Wilasinee Suwanjang, Napat Songtawee, Waralee Ruankham, Prapimpun Wongchitrat, Supaluk Prachayasittikul, Virapong Prachayasittikul
An increase in oxidative stress is a key factor responsible for neurotoxicity induction and cell death leading to neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Plant phenolics exert diverse bioactivities i.e., antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects. Herein, phenolic compounds, namely protocatechuic aldehyde (PCA) constituents of Hydnophytum formicarum Jack. including vanillic acid (VA) and trans-ferulic acid (FA) found in Spilanthes acmella Murr., were explored for anti-neurodegenerative properties using an in vitro model of oxidative stress-induced neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells...
February 7, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Jia Li, Tian Yu, Fu Shi, Yu Zhang, Zikun Duan, Bao Fu, Yi Zhang
It has been reported that central dopaminergic system is implicated in the mechanism underlying general anesthesia. Whether dopamine (DA) neurons in midbrain ventral periaqueductal gray (vPAG) are involved in general anesthesia and how general anesthetics affect these neurons remain sparsely documented. To determine the role of vPAG DA neurons in propofol-induced anesthesia, we performed microinjection of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into vPAG to damage DA neurons and investigated the alteration in somatosensory electroencephalogram (EEG), as well as the induction and recovery time of propofol anesthesia...
February 7, 2018: Neurochemical Research
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