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Neurochemistry International

Li Zhang, Handong Wang, Yali Zhou, Yihao Zhu, Maoxin Fei
Fisetin, a natural flavonoid, has neuroprotection properties in many brain injury models. However, its role in traumatic brain injury (TBI) has not been fully explained. In the present study, we aimed to explore the neuroprotective effects of fisetin in a mouse model of TBI. We found that fisetin improved neurological function, reduced cerebral edema, attenuated brain lesion and ameliorated blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption after TBI. Moreover, the up-regulation of malondialdehyde (MDA) and the activity of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) were reversed by fisetin treatment...
May 21, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Marc-Olivier Trépanier, Kathryn E Hopperton, Vanessa Giuliano, Mojgan Masoodi, Richard P Bazinet
Resolution of inflammation in the periphery was once thought to be a passive process, but new research now suggests it is an active process mediated by specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPM) derived from omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA). However, this has yet to be illustrated in neuroinflammation. The purpose of this study was to measure resolution of neuroinflammation and to test whether increasing brain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) affects the resolution of neuroinflammation. C57Bl/6 mice, fat-1 mice and their wildtype littermates, fed either fish oil or safflower oil, received lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the left lateral ventricle...
May 21, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Aanchal Aggarwal, Inderjit Singh, Rajat Sandhir
Diabetes is associated with increased blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability resulting in neurological deficits. The present study investigated the role of S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) on tight junction proteins and cell adhesion molecules in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (40 mg/kg body weight) for 5 days in mice. GSNO was administered daily (100 μg/kg body weight, orally) for 8 weeks after the induction of diabetes. A significant decline was observed in the cognitive ability of diabetic animals assessed using radial arm maze test...
May 21, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Jae-Chul Lee, Chan Woo Park, Myoung Cheol Shin, Jun Hwi Cho, Hyang-Ah Lee, Young-Myeong Kim, Joon Ha Park, Ji Hyeon Ahn, Jeong Hwi Cho, Hyun-Jin Tae, In Koo Hwang, Tae-Kyeong Lee, Moo-Ho Won, Il Jun Kang
Tumor Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α) is a proinflammatory cytokine implicated in neuronal damage in response to cerebral ischemia. Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) provides neuroprotection against a subsequent severer or longer transient ischemia by ischemic tolerance. Here, we focused on the role of TNF-α in IPC-mediated neuroprotection against neuronal death following a subsequent longer transient cerebral ischemia (TCI). Gerbils used in this study were randomly assigned to eight groups; sham group, TCI operated group, IPC plus (+) sham group, IPC + TCI operated group, sham + etanercept (an inhibitor of TNF-a) group, TCI + etanercept group, IPC + sham + etanercept group, and IPC + TCI + etanercept group...
May 16, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Marta Obara-Michlewska, Fengfei Ding, Mariusz Popek, Alexei Verkhratsky, Maiken Nedergaard, Magdalena Zielinska, Jan Albrecht
Acute toxic liver failure (ATLF) rapidly leads to brain oedema and neurological decline. We evaluated the ability of ATLF-affected brain to control the ionic composition and acid-base balance of the interstitial fluid. ATLF was induced in 10-12 weeks old male C57Bl mice by single intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of 100 μg/g azoxymethane (AOM). Analyses were carried out in cerebral cortex of precomatous mice 20-24 h after AOM administration. Brain fluid status was evaluated by measuring apparent diffusion coefficient [ADC] using NMR spectroscopy, Evans Blue extravasation, and accumulation of an intracisternally-injected fluorescent tracer...
May 14, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Mauren K Tavares, Suellen Dos Reis, Nicolle Platt, Isabella A Heinrich, Ingrid A V Wolin, Rodrigo B Leal, Manuella P Kaster, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues, Andiara E Freitas
Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is one of the most robust neurobiological findings in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD) over the last 40 years. The persistent increase in glucocorticoids levels induces morphological and anatomical changes in the brain, especially in the hippocampus. Ketamine represents a major advance for the treatment of MDD, however the psychotomimetic effects of this compound limit its widespread use. Agmatine is a neuromodulator that has been shown to be a putative novel and well-tolerated antidepressant/augmenter drug...
May 12, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Keiji Wada
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May 11, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Haruko Nakamura, Aoi Takahashi-Jitsuki, Hiroko Makihara, Tetsuya Asano, Yayoi Kimura, Jun Nakabayashi, Naoya Yamashita, Yuko Kawamoto, Fumio Nakamura, Toshio Ohshima, Hisashi Hirano, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yoshio Goshima
CRMP2, alternatively designated as DPYSL2, was the first CRMP family member to be identified as an intracellular molecule mediating the signaling of the axon guidance molecule Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A). In Sema3A signaling, cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) primarily phosphorylates CRMP2 at Ser522. Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) subsequently phosphorylates the residues of Thr509 and Thr514 of CRMP2. Previous studies showed that CRMP2 is involved in pathogenesis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease...
May 11, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Hyo Young Jung, Su Bin Cho, Woosuk Kim, Dae Young Yoo, Moo-Ho Won, Goang-Min Choi, Tack-Geun Cho, Dae Won Kim, In Koo Hwang, Soo Young Choi, Seung Myung Moon
In the present study, we made a PEP-1-phosphatidylethanolamine-binding protein 1 (PEP-1-PEBP1) fusion protein to facilitate the transduction of PEBP1 into cells and observed significant ameliorative effects of PEP-1-PEBP1 against H2 O2 -induced neuronal damage and the formation of reactive oxygen species in the HT22 hippocampal cells. In addition, administration of PEP-1-PEBP1 fusion protein ameliorated H2 O2 -induced phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) and facilitated the phosphorylation of cyclic-AMP response element binding protein (CREB) in HT22 cells after exposure to H2 O2 ...
May 10, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Rossella Gratton, Paola Maura Tricarico, Fulvio Celsi, Sergio Crovella
Mevalonate pathway impairment has been observed in diverse diseases, including Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency (MKD). MKD is a hereditary auto-inflammatory disorder, due to mutations at mevalonate kinase gene (MVK), encoding mevalonate kinase (MK) enzyme. To date, the most accredited MKD pathogenic hypothesis suggests that the typical MKD phenotypes might be due to a decreased isoprenoid production rather than to the excess and accumulation of mevalonic acid, as initially supported. Nevertheless, recent studies provide clear evidences that accumulating metabolites might be involved in MKD pathophysiology by exerting a toxic effect...
May 9, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Bingjun Zhang, Yuge Wang, Yi Zhong, Siyuan Liao, Zhengqi Lu
25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency is a frequent condition in patients who suffer acute ischemic stroke (AIS), and several studies suggested that it may be associated with a poorer prognosis. Whether this association is affected by hypertension is unclear. Our aim was to investigate the association between 25(OH)D levels and both clinical severity and outcome after 3 months in AIS patients stratified by the history of hypertension. Consecutive first-ever AIS patients admitted to the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China were identified...
May 3, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Robert B Laprairie, Geraldine T Petr, Yan Sun, Kathryn D Fischer, Eileen M Denovan-Wright, Paul A Rosenberg
GLT-1 is the major glutamate transporter in the brain, and is expressed in astrocytes and in axon terminals in the hippocampus, cortex, and striatum. Neuronal GLT-1 accounts for only 5-10% of total brain GLT-1 protein, and its function is uncertain. In HD, synaptic dysfunction of the corticostriate synapse is well-established. Transcriptional dysregulation is a key feature of HD. We hypothesized that deletion of neuronal GLT-1, because it is expressed in axon terminals in the striatum, might produce a synaptopathy similar to that present in HD...
April 27, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Kyoko Kimura, Kinzo Matsumoto, Hironori Ohtake, Jun-Ichiro Oka, Hironori Fujiwara
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a signaling molecule involved in angiogenesis, plays an important role in neuroprotection and neurogenesis. In the present study, we aimed to elucidate the mechanisms underlying endogenous acetylcholine (ACh)-induced VEGF expression in neurons and astrocytes, and identify the neuronal cells contributing to its expression in the medial septal area, a nuclear origin of cholinergic neurons mainly projecting to the hippocampus. The mRNA expression and secretion of VEGF were measured by RT-PCR and ELISA using mouse primary cultured cortical neurons and astrocytes...
April 26, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Rutuja Yawalkar, Harish Changotra, Girdhari Lal Gupta
Evidences have indicated a high degree of comorbidity of alcoholism and depression. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has shown its clinical efficiency in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders and is identified as a multi-target acting drug. The ability of NAC to prevent alcohol abstinence-induced depression-like effects and underlying mechanism(s) have not been adequately addressed. This study was aimed to investigate the beneficial effects of NAC in the alcohol abstinence-induced depression developed following long-term voluntary alcohol intake...
April 25, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Mara Zilocchi, Giovanna Finzi, Marta Lualdi, Fausto Sessa, Mauro Fasano, Tiziana Alberio
Mitochondrial impairment is one of the most important hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD) pathogenesis. In this work, we wanted to verify the molecular basis of altered mitochondrial dynamics and disposal in Substantia nigra specimens of sporadic PD patients, by the comparison with two cellular models of PD. Indeed, SH-SY5Y cells were treated with either dopamine or 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+ ) in order to highlight the effect of altered dopamine homeostasis and of complex I inhibition, respectively...
April 25, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Alina A Astakhova, Dmitry V Chistyakov, Marina G Sergeeva, Georg Reiser
Control of decay of mRNA containing the adenine-uridine rich elements (AREs) is an important post-transcriptional mechanism involved in the regulation of inflammatory gene expression. Two widely recognized proteins in this machinery are HuR (human antigen R) - a protein that stabilizes ARE-containing mRNA and TTP (tristetraprolin) - a protein that shortens half-lives of ARE-containing mRNA. Although HuR and TTP regulation mechanisms have been well studied in cells of hematopoietic origin, there are no respective data in astrocytes, cells of ectodermal origin which play an important role in neuroinflammation...
April 24, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Ilaria Cristofaro, Zaira Spinello, Carlo Matera, Mario Fiore, Luciano Conti, Marco De Amici, Clelia Dallanoce, Ada Maria Tata
In previous studies, we found that the orthosteric muscarinic agonist arecaidine propargyl ester (APE) (100 μM) induced a decreased cell proliferation and severe apoptosis in glioblastoma cancer stem cells (GSCs). In this report, we have investigated the effects mediated by hybrid (orthosteric/allosteric) muscarinic agonists P-6-Iper and N-8-Iper on GSCs survival. At variance with APE, the agonist N-8-Iper inhibited cell growth in a dose dependent manner and also impaired cell survival at low doses. The inhibitory effects of the N-8-Iper action appear to be mediated by M2 receptor activation, since they were strongly reduced by co-administration of the selective M2 receptor antagonist methoctramine as well as upon M2 receptor silencing...
April 24, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Siddhartha Datta, Nilkanta Chakrabarti
Rise in brain lactate is the hallmark of ageing. Separate studies report that ageing is associated with elevation of lactate level and alterations of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)-A/B mRNA-expression-ratio in cerebral cortex and hippocampus. However, age related lactate rise in brain and its association with LDH status and their brain regional variations are still elusive. In the present study, level of lactate, LDH (A and B) activity and LDH-A expression were evaluated in post-mitochondrial fraction of tissues isolated from four different brain regions (cerebral cortex, hippocampus, substantia nigra and cerebellum) of young and aged mice...
April 17, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Xuefeng Zheng, Jiajia Wu, Yaofeng Zhu, Si Chen, Zhi Chen, Tao Chen, Ziyun Huang, Jiayou Wei, Yanmei Li, Wanlong Lei
Striatal-direct and -indirect Pathway Neurons showed different vulnerability in basal ganglia disorders. Therefore, present study aimed to examine and compare characteristic changes of densities, protein and mRNA levels of soma, dendrites, and spines between striatal-direct and -indirect pathway neurons after DA depletion by using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, real-time PCR and immunoelectron microscopy techniques. Experimental results showed that: 1) 6OHDA-induced DA depletion decreased the soma density of striatal-direct pathway neurons (SP+), but no significant changes for striatal-indirect pathway neurons (ENK+)...
April 16, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Deniz Kantar Gok, Enis Hidisoglu, Guzide Ayse Ocak, Hakan Er, Alev Duygu Acun, Piraye Yargıcoglu
In the present study, we examined whether rosmarinic acid (RA) reverses amyloid β (Aβ) induced reductions in antioxidant defense, lipid peroxidation, cholinergic damage as well as the central auditory deficits. For this purpose, Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups; Sham(S), Sham + RA (SR), Aβ42 peptide (Aβ) and Aβ42 peptide + RA (AβR) groups. Rat model of Alzheimer was established by bilateral injection of Aβ42 peptide (2,2 nmol/10 μl) into the lateral ventricles. RA (50 mg/kg, daily) was administered orally by gavage for 14 days after intracerebroventricular injection...
April 12, 2018: Neurochemistry International
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