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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427932/reciprocal-changes-in-noradrenaline-and-gaba-levels-in-discrete-brain-regions-upon-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-deprivation-in-rats
#1
Rachna Mehta, Sudhuman Singh, Mudasir Ahmad Khanday, Birendra Nath Mallick
Rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) plays important role in maintenance of normal brain functions. Neurons containing various neurotransmitters in different brain regions interact to regulate this complex phenomenon in health and diseases. The number of neuronal projections, their firing rates and neurotransmitter levels vary in different brain regions under various conditions leading to normal or altered patho-physio-behavioral states. In this study using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) we quantified noradrenaline (NA) and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) levels in locus coeruleus (LC), dorsal raphe (DR), pedunculo-pontine tegmentum (PPT), frontal lobe (FL), cortex and hippocampus (Hippo) in control and after 96h REMS deprivation (REMSD) rats...
April 17, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414094/effect-of-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease-like-pathology-on-brain-monoamines-in-mice
#2
C U Von Linstow, M Severino, A Metaxas, J Waider, A A Babcock, K P Lesch, J B Gramsbergen, B Finsen
Aging is the greatest single risk factor of the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease (AD). The monoaminergic system, including serotonin (5-HT), dopamine (DA) and noradrenaline (NA) modulates cognition, which is affected in AD. Changes in monoamine levels have been observed in AD, but these can both be age- and/or disease-related. We examined whether brain monoamine levels change as part of physiological aging and/or AD-like disease in APPSWE/PS1ΔE9 (APP/PS1) transgenic mice. The neocortex, hippocampus, striatum, brainstem and cerebellum of 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-month-old B6C3 wild-type (WT) mice and of 18-month old APP/PS1 and WT mice were analysed for 5-HT, DA and NA contents by high-pressured liquid chromatography (HPLC), along with neocortex from 14-month-old APP/PS1 and WT mice...
April 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412312/updates-to-a-13-c-metabolic-flux-analysis-model-for-evaluating-energy-metabolism-in-cultured-cerebellar-granule-neurons-from-neonatal-rats
#3
Mika B Jekabsons, Hoda M Gebril, Yan-Hong Wang, Bharathi Avula, Ikhlas A Khan
A hexose phosphate recycling model previously developed to infer fluxes through the major glucose consuming pathways in cultured cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs) from neonatal rats metabolizing [1,2-(13)C2]glucose was revised by considering reverse flux through the non-oxidative pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) and symmetrical succinate oxidation within the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle. The model adjusts three flux ratios to effect (13)C distribution in the hexose, pentose, and triose phosphate pools, and in TCA cycle malate to minimize the error between predicted and measured (13)C labeling in exported lactate (i...
April 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411102/zl006-protects-spinal-cord-neurons-against-ischemia-induced-oxidative-stress-through-ampk-pgc-1%C3%AE-sirt3-pathway
#4
Shu-Guang Liu, Yun-Mei Wang, Yan-Jun Zhang, Xi-Jing He, Tao Ma, Wei Song, Yu-Min Zhang
Spinal cord ischemia (SCI) induces a range of cellular and molecular cascades, including activation of glutamate receptors and downstream signaling. Post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95) links neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) with the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors to form a ternary complex in the CNS. This molecular complex-mediated cytotoxicity has been implicated in brain ischemia, but its role in SCI has not been determined. The goal of the study was to investigate the potential protective effects of ZL006, a small-molecule inhibitor of the PSD-95/nNOS interaction, in an in vitro SCI model induced by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in cultured spinal cord neurons...
April 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411103/-endogenous-regeneration-engineering-growth-factors-for-stroke
#5
REVIEW
Su Jing Chan, Christopher Love, Myron Spector, Simon M Cool, Victor Nurcombe, Eng H Lo
Despite the efforts in developing therapeutics for stroke, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA) remains the only FDA approved drug for ischemic stroke. Regenerative medicine targeting endogenous growth factors has drawn much interest in the clinical field as it provides potential restoration for the damaged brain tissue without being limited by a narrow therapeutic window. To date, most of the translational studies using regenerative medicines have encountered problems and failures. In this review, we discuss the effects of some trophic factors which include of erythropoietin (EPO), brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and heparin binding epidermal growth factor (HB-EGF) in experimental ischemic stroke models and elaborate the lost in translation of the candidate growth factors from bench to bedside...
April 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408307/mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-disorganization-in-parkinson-s-disease-relevant-pink1-and-dj1-mutants
#6
Irene Lopez-Fabuel, Lucia Martin-Martin, Monica Resch-Beusher, Garikoitz Azkona, Rosario Sanchez-Pernaute, Juan P Bolaños
Brain mitochondrial complex I (CI) damage is associated with the loss of the dopaminergic neurons of the Substantia Nigra in Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients. However, whether CI inhibition is associated with any alteration of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) organization in PD patients is unknown. To address this issue, here we analyzed the MRC by blue native gel electrophoresis (BNGE) followed by western blotting, in mitochondria purified from fibroblasts of patients harboring PD-relevant Pink1 mutations...
April 10, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396091/targeting-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-cns-injury-using-methylene-blue-still-a-magic-bullet
#7
Hemendra J Vekaria, Lora Talley Watts, Ai-Ling Lin, Patrick G Sullivan
Complex, multi-factorial secondary injury cascades are initiated following traumatic brain injury, which makes this a difficult disease to treat. The secondary injury cascades following the primary mechanical tissue damage, are likely where effective therapeutic interventions may be targeted. One promising therapeutic target following brain injury are mitochondria. Mitochondria are complex organelles found within the cell, which act as powerhouses within all cells by supplying ATP. These organelles are also necessary for calcium cycling, redox signaling and play a major role in the initiation of cell death pathways...
April 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392459/stroke-and-other-cerebrovascular-diseases
#8
EDITORIAL
Halina Offner, Masafumi Ihara, Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz, Peter T-H Wong
To achieve success in developing more effective treatments for stroke, we need a better understanding in all aspects of stroke including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and post-stroke recovery and complications. The objective of this special issue is to bring to the readership of Neurochemistry International the latest developments and knowledge in a broad spectrum of areas of stroke research in both review and original research articles. Topics include neuroprotective diets, biomarkers used to aid clinical management, neurodegenerative as well as neuroprotective effects of the immune system, potential therapeutic targets, engineered growth factors that promote endogenous neuroregeneration, mechanisms of cerebral small vessel disease, and post stroke epilepsy...
April 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390951/a-dibenzoylmethane-derivative-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-no-production-in-mouse-microglial-cell-line-bv-2
#9
Katsura Takano, Natsumi Ishida, Kenji Kawabe, Mitsuaki Moriyama, Satoshi Hibino, Tominari Choshi, Osamu Hori, Yoichi Nakamura
Microglial activation has been suggested to play important roles in various neurodegenerative diseases by phagocytosis and producing various factors such as nitric oxide (NO), proinflammatory cytokines. Excessive production of NO, as a consequence of increased inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in microglia, contributes to the neurodegeneration. During a search for compounds that regulate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, a dibenzoylmethane derivative, 2,2'-dimethoxydibenzoylmethane (DBM 14-26) was identified as a novel neuroprotective agent (Takano et al...
April 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390950/reduced-ability-of-calcitriol-to-promote-augmented-dopamine-release-in-the-lesioned-striatum-of-aged-rats
#10
Wayne A Cass, Laura E Peters
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that affects over one million people in the United States. Previous studies, carried out in young adult rats, have shown that calcitriol, the active metabolite of vitamin D, can be neuroprotective in 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) models of PD. However, as PD usually affects older individuals, the ability of calcitriol to promote dopaminergic recovery was examined in lesioned young adult (4 month old), middle-aged (14 month old) and aged (22 month old) rats...
April 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389271/from-dysfunctional-endoplasmic-reticulum-mitochondria-coupling-to-neurodegeneration
#11
Zoi Erpapazoglou, François Mouton-Liger, Olga Corti
Over the last years, contact sites between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria have attracted great attention in the study of cell homeostasis and dysfunction, especially in the context of neurodegenerative disorders. This is largely due to the critical involvement of this subcellular compartment in a plethora of vital cellular functions: Ca(2+) homeostasis, mitochondrial dynamics, transport, bioenergetics and turnover, ER stress, apoptotic signaling and inflammation. An increasing number of disease-associated proteins have been reported to physically associate with the ER-mitochondria interface, and cause structural and/or functional perturbations of this compartment...
April 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389270/combination-of-valproic-acid-and-morpholino-splice-switching-oligonucleotide-produces-improved-outcomes-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-patient-derived-fibroblasts
#12
Anna Farrelly-Rosch, Chew Ling Lau, Nitin Patil, Bradley J Turner, Fazel Shabanpoor
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of infant mortality worldwide, is characterised by the homozygous loss of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. The consequent degeneration of spinal motor neurons and progressive atrophy of voluntary muscle groups results in paralysis and eventually premature infantile death. Humans possess a second nearly identical copy of SMN1, known as SMN2. However, SMN2 produces only 10-20% functional SMN protein due to aberrant splicing of its pre-mRNA that leads to the exclusion of exon 7...
April 4, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377126/vascular-impairment-as-a-pathological-mechanism-underlying-long-lasting-cognitive-dysfunction-after-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury
#13
Ichkova Aleksandra, Beatriz Rodriguez-Grande, Claire Bar, Frederic Villega, Jan Pieter Konsman, Jerome Badaut
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Indeed, the acute mechanical injury often evolves to a chronic brain disorder with long-term cognitive, emotional and social dysfunction even in the case of mild TBI. Contrary to the commonly held idea that children show better recovery from injuries than adults, pediatric TBI patients actually have worse outcome than adults for the same degree of injury severity. Acute trauma to the young brain likely interferes with the fine-tuned developmental processes and may give rise to long-lasting consequences on brain's function...
April 1, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366721/neuroprotective-role-of-ginkgo-biloba-against-cognitive-deficits-associated-with-bisphenol-a-exposure-an-animal-model-study
#14
Manar Mohammed El Tabaa, Samia Salem Sokar, Ehab Sayed Ramdan, Inas Zakria Abd El Salam, Anis Zaid
Our study aimed to elucidate to what extent Ginkgo biloba (Gb) can protect rats from cognitive deficits induced by exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at high dose. Therefore, sixty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups of 15 animals in each group: Vehicle group, Gb-control group, BPA-exposed group and Gb pre-treated group. All administrations were given daily by an oral gavage once a day for eight weeks. Cognitive function was assessed using Morris water maze; Y-maze and Novel object recognition tasks...
March 30, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366720/brain-energy-metabolism-spurns-fatty-acids-as-fuel-due-to-their-inherent-mitotoxicity-and-potential-capacity-to-unleash-neurodegeneration
#15
REVIEW
Peter Schönfeld, Georg Reiser
The brain uses long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) to a negligible extent as fuel for the mitochondrial energy generation, in contrast to other tissues that also demand high energy. Besides this generally accepted view, some studies using cultured neural cells or whole brain indicate a moderately active mitochondrial β-oxidation. Here, we corroborate the conclusion that brain mitochondria are unable to oxidize fatty acids. In contrast, the combustion of liver-derived ketone bodies by neural cells is long-known...
March 30, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359729/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-induced-neuroprotection-regenerative-repair-functional-recovery-and-psychological-benefits-following-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#16
Yingying Zhao, Jin Hwan Lee, Dongdong Chen, Xiaohuan Gu, Asha Caslin, Jimei Li, Shan Ping Yu, Ling Wei
Previous investigations suggest that DL-3-n-butylphthalide (NBP) is a promising multifaceted drug for the treatment of stroke. It is not clear whether NBP can treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what could be the mechanisms of therapeutic benefits. To address these issues, TBI was induced by a controlled cortical impact in adult male mice. NBP (100 mg/kg) or saline was intraperitoneally administered within 5 min after TBI. One day after TBI, apoptotic events including caspase-3/9 activation, cytochrome c release from the mitochondria, and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) translocation into the nucleus in the pericontusion region were attenuated in NBP-treated mice compared to TBI-saline controls...
March 28, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343890/glycine-receptor-subunits-expression-in-the-developing-rat-retina
#17
Gustavo Sánchez-Chávez, Miguel Ángel Velázquez-Flores, Ruth Ruiz Esparza-Garrido, Rocío Salceda
BACKGROUND AND METHODS: Glycine receptor (GlyR) consists of two α (1-4) and three β subunits. Considerable evidence indicates that the adult retina expresses the four types of α subunits; however, the proportion of these subunits in adult and immature retina is almost unknown. In this report we have studied mRNA and the protein expression of GlyR subunits in the retina during postnatal rat development by Real-Time qRT-PCR and western blot. RESULTS: mRNA and protein expression indicated a gradual increase of the α1, α3, α4 and β GlyR subunits during postnatal ages tested...
March 23, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342966/time-courses-of-post-injury-mitochondrial-oxidative-damage-and-respiratory-dysfunction-and-neuronal-cytoskeletal-degradation-in-a-rat-model-of-focal-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
Rachel L Hill, Indrapal N Singh, Juan A Wang, Edward D Hall
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in rapid reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and oxidative damage to essential brain cellular components leading to neuronal dysfunction and cell death. It is increasingly appreciated that a major player in TBI-induced oxidative damage is the reactive nitrogen species (RNS) peroxynitrite (PN) which is produced in large part in injured brain mitochondria. Once formed, PN decomposes into highly reactive free radicals that trigger membrane lipid peroxidation (LP) of polyunsaturated fatty acids (e...
March 23, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342965/effects-of-i2-imidazoline-receptor-ir-alkylating-bu99006-in-the-mouse-brain-upregulation-of-nischarin-i1-ir-and-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-proteins-and-modulation-of-associated-signalling-pathways
#19
Benjamin Keller, Jesús A García-Sevilla
5-isothiocyanato-2-benzofuranyl-2-imidazoline (BU99006) was shown to selectively and irreversibly bind to I2-imidazoline receptors (IRs) in vitro and in vivo, but cell signalling consequences of I2-IR alkylation have not been reported previously. This study assessed by Western blot the effects of BU99006 on nischarin (candidate I1-IR), μ-OR (regulated by nischarin) and associated signalling mediators in the mouse brain. Acute treatment with BU99006 (20 mg/kg, i.p., 1-3 h) led to fast (peak at 1 h) and shortlasting (decline up to 3 h) upregulation of nischarin and μ-OR contents in the hippocampus (less or non-significant effects in cortex) and altered the expression of cytoskeletal β-actin (reduced contents at 3 h)...
March 23, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342967/the-effects-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-vitamin-e-co-supplementation-on-clinical-and-metabolic-status-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#20
Mohsen Taghizadeh, Omid Reza Tamtaji, Ehsan Dadgostar, Reza Daneshvar Kakhaki, Fereshteh Bahmani, Javad Abolhassani, Mohammad Hossein Aarabi, Ebrahim Kouchaki, Mohammad Reza Memarzadeh, Zatollah Asemi
The current research was performed to evaluate the effects of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E co-supplementation on clinical signs and metabolic status in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). This randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in 60 patients with PD. Participants were randomly assigned into two groups to receive either 1000 mg omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil plus 400 IU vitamin E supplements (n = 30) or placebo (n = 30) for 12 weeks. Unified Parkinson's disease rating stage (UPDRS) were recorded at baseline and the after 3-month intervention...
March 22, 2017: Neurochemistry International
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