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Neurochemical Research

Mercedes Garcia-Gil, Elisabetta Albi
In the last 20 years it has been widely demonstrated that cell nucleus contains neutral and polar lipids localized in nuclear membranes, nucleoli, nuclear matrix and chromatin. Nuclear lipids may show specific organization forming nuclear lipid microdomains and have both structural and functional roles. Depending on their localization, nuclear lipids play different roles such as the regulation of nuclear membrane and nuclear matrix fluidity but they also can act as platforms for vitamin and hormone function, for active chromatin anchoring, and for the regulation of gene expression, DNA duplication and transcription...
October 20, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Tafheem Malik, Sheema Hasan, Shahid Pervez, Tasneem Fatima, Darakhshan Jabeen Haleem
The symptoms of Parkinsonism and oral dyskinesia have been showing to be induced by neuroleptics that significantly affect its clinical use. In this study, we investigate whether Nigella sativa-oil (NS) (black cumin seeds)-a traditional medicine used for the seizure treatment in eastern country-may reduce the haloperidol (HAL)-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS)-like behavior in rats. After combine treatment with HAL (1 mg/kg) on NS (0.2 ml/rat), rats displayed a significant decreased EPS-like behavior including movement disorders and oral dyskinesia as compared to controls...
October 18, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Yiye Shao, Yonghao Feng, Yangmei Xie, Qiong Luo, Long Chen, Bing Li, Yinghui Chen
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in status epilepticus (SE). Thymoquinone (TQ) is a bioactive monomer extracted from black seed (Nigella sativa) oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties in the context of various diseases. This study explored the protective effects of TQ in SE and used a lithium-pilocarpine model of SE to investigate the underlying mechanism, which was related to inflammation mediated by the NF-κB signaling pathway. In the present study, latency to SE increased in the TQ-pretreated group compared with the SE group, and the incidence of SE was significantly reduced...
October 18, 2016: Neurochemical Research
D K Rieger, E Navarro, I Buendia, E Parada, L González-Lafuente, R Leon, A P Costa, I A Heinrich, K S Nascimento, B S Cavada, M G Lopez, J Egea, R B Leal
Lectins are proteins that bind cellular glycans and can modulate various neuronal functions. We have evaluated the neuroprotective effect of ConBr, a lectin purified from the seeds of Canavalia brasiliensis in a model of rat organotypic hippocampal cultures (OHCs) exposed to oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). OGD for 15 min followed by 24 h re-oxygenation significantly increased cell death, caused mitochondrial depolarization and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) in CA1 region of OHCs. ConBr (0.1 μg/mL) added during the re-oxygenation period counteracted cell death, mitochondrial depolarization and overproduction of ROS induced by OGD...
October 17, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Yun Zhao, Qiongyi Pang, Meixia Liu, Jingzi Pan, Bingwu Xiang, Tingting Huang, Fengxia Tu, Chan Liu, Xiang Chen
Using a model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), we have previously demonstrated that treadmill exercise promotes angiogenesis in the ischemic penumbra through caveolin-1/VEGF signaling pathways. However, the function of caveolin-1/VEGF signaling in neurogenesis after MCAO has not been determined. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential of treadmill exercise to promote neurogenesis after MCAO and whether caveolin-1/VEGF signaling pathways are involved. After MCAO, rats were subjected to a program of treadmill exercise...
October 17, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Larissa Becirovic, Ian R Brown
Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are a set of highly conserved proteins involved in cellular repair and protective mechanisms. The intracellular localization of inducible members of the HSPA (HSP70) family can be used as an index to identify stress-sensitive sites in differentiated human neuronal cells. Following thermal stress, the little studied HSPA6 (HSP70B') was targeted to the periphery of nuclear speckles (perispeckles) that are sites of transcription factories. Triptolide, a fast-acting transcription inhibitor, knocked down levels of the large subunit of RNA polymerase II, RPB1, during the time-frame when HSPA6 associated with perispeckles...
October 14, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Dae Young Yoo, Dae Won Kim, Jin Young Chung, Hyo Young Jung, Jong Whi Kim, Yeo Sung Yoon, In Koo Hwang, Jung Hoon Choi, Goang-Min Choi, Soo Young Choi, Seung Myung Moon
In the present study, we investigated the ability of Cu, Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) to improve the therapeutic potential of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (Ad-MSCs) against ischemic damage in the spinal cord. Animals were divided into four groups: the control group, vehicle (PEP-1 peptide and artificial cerebrospinal fluid)-treated group, Ad-MSC alone group, and Ad-MSC-treated group with PEP-1-SOD1. The abdominal aorta of the rabbit was occluded for 30 min in the subrenal region to induce ischemic damage, and immediately after reperfusion, artificial cerebrospinal fluid or Ad-MSCs (2 × 10(5)) were administered intrathecally...
October 14, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Hui Shao, Yang Yang, Ai-Ping Qi, Pian Hong, Guang-Xi Zhu, Xin-Yu Cao, Wei-Gang Ji, Zhi-Ru Zhu
Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is one of the most refractory types of adult epilepsy, and treatment options remain unsatisfactory. Gastrodin (GAS), a phenolic glucoside used in Chinese herbal medicine and derived from Gastrodia elata Blume, has been shown to have remarkable anticonvulsant effects on various models of epilepsy in vivo. However, the mechanisms of GAS as an anticonvulsant drug remain to be established. By utilizing a combination of behavioral surveys, immunofluorescence and electrophysiological recordings, the present study characterized the anticonvulsant effect of GAS in a pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) rat model of TLE and explored the underlying cellular mechanisms...
October 14, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Yueling Jin, Weizhong Xiao, Tingting Song, Guangjia Feng, Zhensheng Dai
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October 14, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Yu-Hui Yan, Shao-Heng Li, Hong-Yan Li, Ying Lin, Jing-Xian Yang
In recent years, neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation has been widely explored as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. NSCs are special cells that have some capacity for self-renewal and the potential to differentiate into multiple cell types. However, the inflammatory environment of diseased tissue is not conducive to the survival of transplanted cells. Osthole (Ost) is a principal bioactive component of Fructus Cnidii, Radix Angelicae Pubescentis and other traditional Chinese medicines. Ost has a wide range of pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammation, immunomodulation, and neuroprotection...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Hui Ding, Handong Wang, Lin Zhu, Wuting Wei
Previous studies have indicated oxidative stress and inflammatory injury as significant contributors to the secondary damage associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Ursolic acid (UA) has been demonstrated to exert anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects on cerebral ischemia by activating the nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway. However, the effects of UA on TBI remain unclear. The aim of this study is to evaluate the potential roles of UA in the activation of the Nrf2 pathway using an experimental TBI model and the underlying mechanism...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Elzbieta Zieminska, Jacek Lenart, Dominik Diamandakis, Jerzy W Lazarewicz
Using primary cultures of rat cerebellar granule cells (CGC) we examined the role of calcium transients induced by tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) in triggering oxidative stress and cytotoxicity. CGC were exposed for 30 min to 10 or 25 µM TBBPA. Changes in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i), in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and in the potential of mitochondria (∆Ψm) were measured fluorometrically during the exposure. The intracellular glutathione (GSH) and catalase activity were determined after the incubation; cell viability was evaluated 24 h later...
October 7, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Hua Li, Jia-Sheng Yu, Hua-Sheng Zhang, Yi-Qing Yang, Li-Tian Huang, Ding-Ding Zhang, Chun-Hua Hang
Convincing evidences have proved that apoptosis plays a vital role in the pathogenesis of early and delayed brain injury following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Recently, a novel caspase-12-mediated apoptotic pathway has been reported to be induced by excess endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Extensive protein damage occurs after SAH, which may trigger ER stress-associated apoptotic pathway. Thus, we hypothesized that caspase-12, as the major molecular marker of this novel apoptotic pathway, may be activated and involved in the pathogenesis of apoptotic injury after SAH...
October 7, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Carlos Villegas-Gabutti, Gisela E Pennacchio, Graciela A Jahn, Marta Soaje
Estrogen action is necessary for evidencing the stimulatory action of mifepristone and naloxone on prolactin (PRL) secretion during late pregnancy. Our aim is to determine the mechanism mediating this facilitator action of estrogens. To investigate the hypothalamic mechanisms involved in estrogen actions in PRL secretion at the end of pregnancy, we measured the effect of pretreatment with the estrogen antagonist tamoxifen on the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), hormone receptors (ERα and β, PRs, PRLR(long)), and μ- and κ- opioid receptors (ORs) at mRNA (by semiquantitative RT-PCR) and protein (by western blot for TH, PRLR(long), ERα, PRs, μ- and ORs) levels in extracts of medial basal hypothalamus (MBH) and serum PRL, E2 and P4 levels (by RIA) in mifepristone- and naloxone-treated rats...
October 1, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Marc Yudkoff
Glutamatergic neurotransmission entails a tonic loss of glutamate from nerve endings into the synapse. Replacement of neuronal glutamate is essential in order to avoid depletion of the internal pool. In brain this occurs primarily via the glutamate-glutamine cycle, which invokes astrocytic synthesis of glutamine and hydrolysis of this amino acid via neuronal phosphate-dependent glutaminase. This cycle maintains constancy of internal pools, but it does not provide a mechanism for inevitable losses of glutamate N from brain...
October 1, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Emilio Perucca
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October 1, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Jing Zhang, Shuxian Cai, Juan Li, Ligui Xiong, Lili Tian, Jianjun Liu, Jianan Huang, Zhonghua Liu
Oxidative stress can induce neuronal apoptosis via the production of superoxide and hydroxyl radicals. This process is as a major pathogenic mechanism in neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we aimed to clarify whether theaflavins protect PC12 cells from oxidative stress damage induced by H2O2. A cell model of PC12 cells undergoing oxidative stress was created by exposing cells to 200 μM H2O2 in the presence or absence of varying concentrations of theaflavins (5, 10, and 20 μM). Cell viability was monitored using the MTT assay and Hoechst 33258 staining, showing that 10 μM theaflavins enhanced cell survival following 200 μM H2O2 induced toxicity and increased cell viability by approximately 40 %...
September 29, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Xuyan Jin, Yoo-Jin Shin, Tae-Ryong Riew, Jeong-Heon Choi, Mun-Yong Lee
Slit2, a secreted glycoprotein, has recently been implicated in the post-ischemic astroglial reaction. The objective of this study was to investigate the temporal changes and cellular localization of Slit2 and its receptors, Robo1, Robo2, and Robo4, in a rat transient focal ischemia model induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion. We used double- and triple-immunolabeling to determine the cell-specific changes in Slit2 and its receptors during a 10-week post-ischemia period. The expression profiles of Slit2 and the Robo receptors shared overlapping expression patterns in sham-operated and ischemic striatum...
September 29, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Jens V Andersen, Sofie K Christensen, Blanca I Aldana, Jakob D Nissen, Heikki Tanila, Helle S Waagepetersen
Alterations in brain energy metabolism have been suggested to be of fundamental importance for the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, specific changes in brain energetics in the early stages of AD are poorly known. The aim of this study was to investigate cerebral energy metabolism in the APPswe/PSEN1dE9 mouse prior to amyloid plaque formation. Acutely isolated cerebral cortical and hippocampal slices of 3-month-old APPswe/PSEN1dE9 and wild-type control mice were incubated in media containing [U-(13)C]glucose, [1,2-(13)C]acetate or [U-(13)C]glutamine, and tissue extracts were analyzed by mass spectrometry...
September 29, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Zhuo Chen, Chao Huang, Wenbin Ding
Memory impairment is a common symptom in patients with neurodegenerative disorders, and its suppression could be beneficial to improve the quality of life of those patients. Z-guggulsterone, a compound extracted from the resin of plant Commiphora whighitii, exhibits numerous pharmacological effects in clinical practice, such as treatment of inflammation, arthritis, obesity and lipid metabolism disorders. However, the role and possible mechanism of Z-guggulsterone on brain-associated memory impairments are largely unknown...
September 28, 2016: Neurochemical Research
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