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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129556/mechanisms-of-rhoa-inactivation-and-cdc42-and-rac1-activation-during-zebrafish-optic-nerve-regeneration
#1
Toru Matsukawa, Kazune Morita, Shou Omizu, Satoru Kato, Yoshiki Koriyama
When axons of the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) are injured, they fail to regenerate, while those of lower vertebrates undergo regeneration after injury. Wingless-type MMTV integration site family (Wnt) proteins play important roles in the CNS, and are reported to be activated after mammalian spinal cord or brain injury. Moreover, for axon growth to proceed, it is thought that small G-proteins, such as CDC42 and Rac1, need to be activated, whereas RhoA must be inactivated. However, the cell and molecular mechanisms involved in optic nerve regeneration remain unclear...
November 10, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104034/distribution-of-the-branched-chain-%C3%AE-ketoacid-dehydrogenase-complex-e1%C3%AE-subunit-and-glutamate-dehydrogenase-in-the-human-brain-and-their-role-in-neuro-metabolism
#2
Jonathon Hull, Marcela Usmari Moraes, Emma Brookes, Seth Love, Myra E Conway
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system, with the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) acting as key nitrogen donors for de novo glutamate synthesis. Despite the importance of these major metabolites, their metabolic pathway in the human brain is still not well characterised. The metabolic pathways that influence the metabolism of BCAAs have been well characterised in rat models. However, the expression of key proteins such as the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase (BCKD) complex and glutamate dehydrogenase isozymes (GDH) in the human brain is still not well characterised...
November 9, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108865/insulin-expression-in-cultured-astrocytes-and-the-decrease-by-amyloid-%C3%AE
#3
Katsura Takano, Keisuke Koarashi, Kenji Kawabe, Masanori Itakura, Hidemitsu Nakajima, Mitsuaki Moriyama, Yoichi Nakamura
Insulin resistance in brain has been reported in Alzheimer's diseases (AD). Insulin signaling is important for homeostasis in brain function and reported to be disturbed in neurons leading to tau phosphorylation and neurofibrillary tangles. Many investigations of insulin in neurons have been reported; however, it has not been reported whether astrocytes also produce insulin. In the present study, we assessed the expression of insulin in astrocytes cultured from rat embryonic brain and the effects of amyloid β1-42 (Aβ) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the expression...
November 8, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126935/age-dependent-and-region-specific-alteration-of-parvalbumin-neurons-and-perineuronal-nets-in-the-mouse-cerebral-cortex
#4
Hiroshi Ueno, Keizo Takao, Shunsuke Suemitsu, Shinji Murakami, Naoya Kitamura, Kenta Wani, Motoi Okamoto, Shozo Aoki, Takeshi Ishihara
Cognitive function declines with age. Such function depends on γ-oscillation in the frontal cortex. Pyramidal neurons, and the parvalbumin-expressing interneurons (PV neurons) that control them, are important for the generation of γ-oscillation. The mechanism by which cognitive function declines is unclear. Perineuronal nets (PNNs) mainly surround the soma and proximal dendrites and axon segments of PV neurons in the cerebral cortex. Previous evidence indicates that PNNs inhibit neural plasticity. If this is true, an increase in the number of neurons surrounded by PNNs or in the thickness or density of the PNNs around neurons could decrease plasticity in the cortex...
November 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122585/strong-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-in-the-mouse-ventral-spinal-cord-is-not-required-for-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cell-opc-generation-but-is-necessary-for-correct-timing-of-its-generation
#5
Hirokazu Hashimoto, Wen Jiang, Takeshi Yoshimura, Kyeong-Hye Moon, Jinwoong Bok, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
In the mouse neural tube, sonic hedgehog (Shh) secreted from the floor plate (FP) and the notochord (NC) regulates ventral patterning of the neural tube, and later is essential for the generation of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs). During early development, the NC is adjacent to the neural tube and induces ventral domains in it, including the FP. In the later stage of development, during gliogenesis in the spinal cord, the pMN domain receives strong Shh signaling input. While this is considered to be essential for the generation of OPCs, the actual role of this strong input in OPC generation remains unclear...
November 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108864/neuro-glial-cannabinoid-receptors-modulate-signaling-in-the-embryonic-avian-retina
#6
Regina C C Kubrusly, Alexander Günter, Luzia Sampaio, Roberta Silva Martins, Clarissa S Schitine, Priscila Trindade, Arlete Fernandes, Rosa Borelli-Torres, Vivian Sayuri Miya-Coreixas, Anna Carolina Rego Costa, Hércules Rezende Freitas, Patrícia F Gardino, Fernando G de Mello, Karin Costa Calaza, Ricardo A M Reis
Endocannabinoids are endogenous lipids that activate selective G protein coupled receptors (CB1 and CB2), mostly found at neuronal presynaptic sites in the nervous system. One of the main consequences of the activation of CB receptors is a decrease in GABA or glutamate release, controlling cell excitability. Here we studied the expression of CB1 and CB2 receptors in E8C8 cultured retina cells (embryonic day 8 and 8 days in vitro) using immunocytochemistry and western blot analysis. We also evaluated their functions in terms of cyclic AMP (cAMP) production, single cell calcium imaging (SCCI) and GABA release induced in basal conditions or activated by l-Aspartate (L-ASP) in cell cultures or under ischemia in young chick retina...
November 3, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101001/icariside-ii-a-pde5-inhibitor-from-epimedium-brevicornum-promotes-neuron-like-pheochromocytoma-pc12-cell-proliferation-via-activating-no-cgmp-pkg-pathway
#7
Jianmei Gao, Yingshu Xu, Ming Lei, Jingshan Shi, Qihai Gong
Icariside II (ICS II), a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor (PDE 5-I), is a major ingredient of Epimedium brevicornum, with wide spectrum of neuroprotective properties. However, little is known about the potential beneficial effect of ICS II on neuronal cell proliferation, and its possible underlying mechanism remains still unclear. We hypothesized that the beneficial effect of ICS II on neuron-like highly differentiated rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cell proliferation is correlated with the nitric oxide (NO) signaling pathway and its upstream of PI3K/AKT pathway...
October 31, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107696/the-potential-mechanism-for-hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-attenuating-blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-via-tight-junction-signaling-pathways-excavated-by-an-integrated-serial-affinity-chromatography-and-shotgun-proteomics-analysis-approach
#8
Yanni Lv, Longsheng Fu
Our previous studies elucidated that hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) exerted anti-inflammatory effects against ischemia stroke by inhibiting TLR4 pathway-mediated signaling transduction. However, only several targets were verified in that limited work. The integrated method of serial affinity chromatography (SAC) and shotgun proteomics analysis (SPA) might be an alternative approach for exploring a potential therapeutic role. SAC was induced to extract specific binding proteins in the brain tissue of 2 h of ischemia stroke mice via HSYA affinity matrices...
October 28, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111377/mass-spectrometry-analyses-of-normal-and-polyglutamine-expanded-ataxin-3-reveal-novel-interaction-partners-involved-in-mitochondrial-function
#9
Line V Kristensen, Felix S Oppermann, Matthias J Rauen, Karina Fog, Thorsten Schmidt, Jana Schmidt, Tina Harmuth, Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen, Kenneth Thirstrup
Deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) play important roles in a variety of cellular processes, including regulation of protein homeostasis. The DUB ataxin-3 is an enzyme implicated in protein quality control mechanisms. In the neurodegenerative disease spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), ataxin-3 contains an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch that leads to aggregation of the protein and neuronal dysfunction. Increasing the understanding of ataxin-3 protein interaction partners could help to elucidate disease mechanisms...
October 27, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080803/dysregulation-of-methionine-metabolism-in-multiple-sclerosis
#10
N K Singhal, E Freeman, E Arning, B Wasek, R Clements, C Sheppard, P Blake, T Bottiglieri, J McDonough
We report a significant reduction in plasma methionine concentrations in relapse remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) patients compared to controls. In vivo studies demonstrate that changes in peripheral methionine levels in mice can regulate histone H3 methylation and expression of DNA methyltransferase 3A (DNMT3A) centrally, in the cerebral cortex. Therefore, we propose that decreases in circulating methionine represent one of the earliest manifestations of dysregulated methionine metabolism in MS with potential impacts on both histone H3 and DNA methylation in the central nervous system...
October 26, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061384/motoneuron-degeneration-in-the-trigeminal-motor-nucleus-innervating-the-masseter-muscle-in-dystonia-musculorum-mice
#11
M Ibrahim Hossain, Masao Horie, Nozomu Yoshioka, Masayuki Kurose, Kensuke Yamamura, Hirohide Takebayashi
Dystonia musculorum (dt) mice, which have a mutation in the Dystonin (Dst) gene, are used as animal models to investigate the human disease known as hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type VI. Massive neuronal cell death is observed, mainly in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) of dt mice. We and others have recently reported a histopathological feature of these mice that neurofilament (NF) accumulates in various areas of the central nervous system (CNS), including motor pathways. Although dt mice show motor disorder and growth retardation, the causes for these are still unknown...
October 20, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061383/release-of-soluble-and-vesicular-purine-nucleoside-phosphorylase-from-rat-astrocytes-and-microglia-induced-by-pro-inflammatory-stimulation-with-extracellular-atp-via-p2x7-receptors
#12
Luis Emiliano Peña-Altamira, Elisabetta Polazzi, Patricia Giuliani, Alina Beraudi, Francesca Massenzio, Ilaria Mengoni, Alessandro Poli, Mariachiara Zuccarini, Renata Ciccarelli, Patrizia Di Iorio, Marco Virgili, Barbara Monti, Francesco Caciagli
Purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP), a crucial enzyme in purine metabolism which converts ribonucleosides into purine bases, has mainly been found inside glial cells. Since we recently demonstrated that PNP is released from rat C6 glioma cells, we then wondered whether this occurs in normal brain cells. Using rat primary cultures of microglia, astrocytes and cerebellar granule neurons, we found that in basal condition all these cells constitutively released a metabolically active PNP with Km values very similar to those measured in C6 glioma cells...
October 20, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042253/calcium-uptake-and-cytochrome-c-release-from-normal-and-ischemic-brain-mitochondria
#13
Alexander Andreyev, Pratistha Tamrakar, Robert E Rosenthal, Gary Fiskum
At abnormally elevated levels of intracellular Ca(2+), mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake may compromise mitochondrial electron transport activities and trigger membrane permeability changes that allow for release of cytochrome c and other mitochondrial apoptotic proteins into the cytosol. In this study, a clinically relevant canine cardiac arrest model was used to assess the effects of global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion on mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake capacity, Ca(2+) uptake-mediated inhibition of respiration, and Ca(2+)-induced cytochrome c release, as measured in vitro in a K(+)-based medium in the presence of Mg(2+), ATP, and NADH-linked oxidizable substrates...
October 16, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032011/sitagliptin-enhances-the-neuroprotective-effect-of-pregabalin-against-pentylenetetrazole-induced-acute-epileptogenesis-in-mice-implication-of-oxidative-inflammatory-apoptotic-and-autophagy-pathways
#14
Manar A Nader, Hayam Ateyya, Mohamed El-Shafey, Nagla A El-Sherbeeny
The current investigation aimed at studying the anti-epileptogenic effect of sitagliptin. The possible effect of the drug in combination with pregabalin in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)- induced seizures was studied. In addition, the postulated mechanisms that could mediate such effect were explored namely, suppression of oxidative stress and neuro-inflammatory markers, autophagy and apoptosis. Seven days prior to PTZ (60 mg/kg, sc) injection, mice were treated with sitagliptin (5, 15, and 60 mg/kg, twice daily, orally) or pregabalin (30 mg/kg, once daily, orally) or their combination...
October 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032010/dual-effects-of-insect-nachr-chaperone-ric-3-on-hybrid-receptor-promoting-assembly-on-endoplasmic-reticulum-but-suppressing-transport-to-plasma-membrane-on-xenopus-oocytes
#15
Haibo Bao, Xixia Xu, Wei Liu, Na Yu, Zewen Liu
Resistance to inhibitors of cholinesterase (RIC) -3 promotes the maturation (folding and assembly) of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) as a molecular chaperone. The modulation effects of RIC-3 on homomeric α7 nAChRs are always positive, but its effects on heteromeric subtypes are inconsistent among reports. In this study, five RIC-3 isoforms were identified from Locusta migratoria. Four isoforms showed obvious effects on hybrid receptor Locα1/rβ2 expressed in Xenopus oocytes. As a representative, the co-expression of RIC-3v4 exhibited the decreased agonist responses (Imax) on oocytes, lower specific [(3)H]epibatidine binding (Bmax) on plasma membrane protein (PMP), and reduced subunit levels in PMP, which showed that the mature Locα1/rβ2 on the plasma membrane was decreased by the co-expression of RIC-3...
October 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032009/potential-for-stem-cell-treatment-in-manganism
#16
Thatiane C de Moura, Szeifoul Afadlal, Alan S Hazell
Development of manganism (also known as manganese neurotoxicity) is a major complication of manganese exposure in which neurological dysfunction is linked to accumulation of the metal in brain. Due to neuronal cell death in basal ganglia structures, particularly the globus pallidus, functional recovery is limited. Bearing a resemblance to Parkinson's disease, effective treatment for manganism is currently limited. However, the rapidly developing field of stem cell research offers new hope for the treatment of illnesses in which neurodegeneration is a major feature...
October 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032008/3-iodothyroacetic-acid-ta1-a-by-product-of-thyroid-hormone-metabolism-reduces-the-hypnotic-effect-of-ethanol-without-interacting-at-gaba-a-receptors
#17
Annunziatina Laurino, Elisa Landucci, Francesco Resta, Gaetano De Siena, Rosanna Matucci, Alessio Masi, Laura Raimondi
3-iodothyroacetic acid (TA1) is among the by-products of thyroid hormone metabolism suspected to mediate the non-genomic effects of the hormone (T3). We aim to investigate whether TA1 systemically administered to mice stimulated mice wakefulness, an effect already described for T3 and for another T3 metabolite (i.e. 3-iodothryonamine; T1AM), and whether TA1 interacted at GABA-A receptors (GABA-AR). Mice were pre-treated with either saline (vehicle) or TA1 (1.32, 4 and 11 μg/kg) and, after 10 min, they received ethanol (3...
October 11, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030079/quantitative-temporal-changes-in-dti-values-coupled-with-histological-properties-in-cuprizone-induced-demyelination-and-remyelination
#18
Ryutaro Yano, Junichi Hata, Yoshifumi Abe, Fumiko Seki, Keitaro Yoshida, Yuji Komaki, Hideyuki Okano, Kenji F Tanaka
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is widely used to evaluate microstructural variations in brain tissue. In particular, fractional anisotropy (FA), reflecting the magnitude and orientation of anisotropic water diffusion, allows us to detect pathological events in white matter. An ex vivo DTI study coupled with histological assessment is an efficient strategy to evaluate the myelination process, i.e. demyelination and remyelination. The relationship between DTI values and myelin content or the individual cellular components such as oligodendrocytes, microglia, and astrocytes during both processes of demyelination and remyelination are not well-understood...
October 10, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989083/resveratrol-activation-of-ampk-dependent-pathways-is-neuroprotective-in-human-neural-stem-cells-against-amyloid-beta-induced-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress
#19
Ming-Chang Chiang, Christopher J Nicol, Yi-Chuan Cheng
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with progressive memory loss resulting in dementia. Amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides play a critical role in the pathogenesis of this disease, and are thought to promote inflammation and oxidative stress leading to neurodegeneration in the neocortex and hippocampus of the AD brains. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a master regulator of cellular energy homeostasis, and cell survival in response to inflammation and oxidative stress. However, the neuroprotective mechanisms by which AMPK achieves these beneficial effects in human neural stem cells (hNSCs) exposed to Aβ is still not well understood...
October 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987564/roles-of-csgalnact1-a-key-enzyme-in-regulation-of-cs-synthesis-in-neuronal-regeneration-and-plasticity
#20
REVIEW
Michihiro Igarashi, Kosei Takeuchi, Sayaka Sugiyama
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is a sulfated glycosaminoglycan composed of a long chain of repeating disaccharide units that are attached to core proteins, resulting in CS proteoglycans (CSPGs). In the mature brain, CS is concentrated in perineuronal nets (PNNs), which are extracellular structures that surround synapses and regulate synaptic plasticity. In addition, CS is rapidly synthesized after CNS injury to create a physical and chemical barrier that inhibits axon growth. Most previous studies used a bacterial CS-degrading enzyme to investigate the physiological roles of CS...
October 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
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