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International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546087/region-specific-oligodendrocyte-transcription-factor-expression-in-a-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-injury
#1
Bethann M Affeldt, Andre Obenaus, Jonathan Chan, Andrea C Pardo
White matter injury (WMI) of prematurity is associated with a spectrum of neurological disorders ranging from mild cognitive and behavioral deficits to cerebral palsy. Translational studies have implicated impaired oligodendrocyte development after hypoxia as the primary cause of WMI, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. The goal of this study was to identify alterations in the expression of oligodendrocyte precursor cell transcription factors in a mouse model of transient mild global hypoxia...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539242/manganese-enhanced-mr-imaging-memri-combined-with-electrophysiology-in-the-study-of-cross-modal-plasticity-in-binocularly-blind-rats
#2
Zuohua Tang, Lingjie Wu, Zebin Xiao, Xinghuai Sun, Xiaoyuan Feng, Qian Chen, Jiawen Fan, Jie Wang, Wentao Wang, Jianfeng Luo, Lixin Jin
Our study aimed to determine and verify the establishment of visual to auditory cross-modal plasticity using manganese-enhanced MR imaging (MEMRI) combined with examinations of the visual evoked potential (VEP), auditory brainstem response (ABR) and bilateral visual cortex response to a bilateral auditory stimulus (AVR). Fourteen healthy male Sprague-Dawley newborn rats were randomly divided into 2 groups (n=7 per group). Optic nerve transection was performed in the 7 rats of Group A three weeks after birth to obtain binocularly blind models, and the 7 rats of Group B were maintained as the control group...
May 21, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473192/characterization-of-a-cerebral-palsy-like-model-in-rats-analysis-of-gait-pattern-and-of-brain-and-spinal-cord-motor-areas
#3
Adriana Souza Dos Santos, Wellington de Almeida, Bruno Popik, Bruno Marques Sbardelotto, Márcia Miranda Torrejais, Marcelo Alves de Souza, Lígia Aline Centenaro
In an attempt to propose an animal model that reproduces in rats the phenotype of cerebral palsy, this study evaluated the effects of maternal exposure to bacterial endotoxin associated with perinatal asphyxia and sensorimotor restriction on gait pattern, brain and spinal cord morphology. Two experimental groups were used: Control Group (CTG) - offspring of rats injected with saline during pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy Group (CPG) - offspring of rats injected with lipopolysaccharide during pregnancy, submitted to perinatal asphyxia and sensorimotor restriction for 30days...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465238/repetitive-stress-leads-to-impaired-cognitive-function-that-is-associated-with-dna-hypomethylation-reduced-bdnf-and-a-dysregulated-hpa-axis
#4
Khayelihle B Makhathini, Oualid Abboussi, Dan J Stein, Musa V Mabandla, William M U Daniels
Exposure to repetitive stress has a negative influence on cognitive-affective functioning, with growing evidence that these effects may be mediated by a dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, abnormal neurotrophic factor levels and its subsequent impact on hippocampal function. However, there are few data about the effect of repetitive stressors on epigenetic changes in the hippocampus. In the present study, we examine how repetitive restrain stress (RRS) affects cognitive-affective functioning, HPA axis regulation, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels, and global hippocampal DNA methylation...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455226/the-effect-of-selective-opioid-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-epileptiform-activity-in-morphine-dependent-infant-mice-hippocampal-slices
#5
Yousef Panahi, Ehsan Saboory, Ali Rassouli, Goudarz Sadeghi-Hashjin, Shiva Roshan-Milani, Leila Derafshpour, Yousef Rasmi
Hippocampal slices of mouse brain were used to estimate how selective agonist and antagonist of opioid receptors alter Low-Mg(+2) artificial cerebrospinal fluid (LM-ACSF)-induced epileptiform activities in normal and morphine-dependent mice. Brain slices were obtained from control and morphine-dependent mice. The morphine-dependent group received morphine once a day for 5 consecutive days, and the control group received saline. All injections were administered subcutaneously (s.c) in a volume of 0.1mL on postnatal days 14-18...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412445/methylphenidate-effects-in-the-young-brain-friend-or-foe
#6
REVIEW
Sara Loureiro-Vieira, Vera Marisa Costa, Maria de Lourdes Bastos, Félix Carvalho, João Paulo Capela
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent neuropsychiatry disorders in children and adolescents, and methylphenidate (MPH) is a first-line stimulant drug available worldwide for its treatment. Despite the proven therapeutic efficacy, concerns have been raised regarding the possible consequences of chronic MPH exposure during childhood and adolescence. Disturbances in the neurodevelopment at these crucial stages are major concerns given the unknown future life consequences...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396290/neuroanatomical-demonstration-of-calbindin-2a-and-calbindin-2b-like-calcium-binding-proteins-in-the-early-embryonic-development-of-zebrafish-mrna-study
#7
Rahul C Bhoyar, Arun G Jadhao, Sridhar Sivasubbu, A R Singh, Ankit Sabharwal, Nikhil V Palande, Saikat Biswas
Certain calcium binding proteins (CaBPs) are essential for metabolic processes but the role of these proteins in the development is not well known. We have investigated the mRNA expression of CaBPs, calbindin 2a (Calb2a) and calbindin 2b (Calb2b) in the zebrafish embryos 24, 36, 48 and 72h post fertilization (hpf). We have seen very high Calb2a mRNA expression in the tegmentum (Tg), midbrain-hindbrain boundary (Mhb), hindbrain (Hb), spinal cord (Sc), retina and cranial ganglion (Crg). Also very high Calb2b mRNA expression was noted in olfactory cells, cerebellum, Tg, Mhb, Hb, optic tectum, retina, retinal ganglion cell layer, retinal inner nuclear layer, Sc, Neural crest, infraorbital neuromasts, pharyngeal arch 3-7 skeleton and mandibular neuromasts...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389369/prenatal-stress-and-depression-associated-neuronal-development-in-neonates
#8
REVIEW
Mahino Fatima, Saurabh Srivastav, Amal Chandra Mondal
Prenatal maternal depression has its direct effects on early brain development deficits with permanent changes in neuroendocrine functions and impaired behavior in offsprings. Prenatal stress (PS) transmits its affect on developing fetus and on pregnancy outcomes in adult offsprings. This results in impaired neurodevelopment, delayed cognitive and motor development with impaired behavior towards stressful conditions. There are sufficient evidences in animal models suggesting depression responsive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and its hormonal response via cortisol, responsible for its critical effects in both the mother and offspring...
April 4, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377129/analysis-of-expression-of-transcription-factors-in-early-human-retina
#9
Jing Chen, Lixiang Ma, Songtao Wang, Xiaobing Wang, Yan Sun, Lu Gao, Jin Li, Guomin Zhou
The retina originates in the central nervous system. Due to its accessibility and simplicity, the retina has become an invaluable model for studying the basic mechanisms involved in development. To date, considerable knowledge regarding the interactions among genes that coordinate retinal development has been gained from extensive research in model animals. However, our understanding of retinal development in humans remains undeveloped. Here, we analyze the expression of transcription factors that are involved in the early development of the retina in human embryos at 6-12 weeks post-conception...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377130/food-restriction-affects-y-maze-spatial-recognition-memory-in-developing-mice
#10
Yu Fu, Yanmei Chen, Liane Li, Yumei Wang, Xiangyang Kong, Jianhong Wang
The ambiguous effects of food restriction (FR) on cognition in rodents have been mostly explored in the aged brain by a variety of paradigms, in which either rewards or punishments are involved. This study aims to examine the effects of chronic and acute FR with varying intensities on spatial recognition memory in developing mice. We have used a Y-maze task that is based on the innate tendency of rodents to explore novel environments. In chronic FR, mice had 70-30% chow of control for seven weeks. In acute FR, mice were food restricted for 12-48h before the tests...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373023/cognitive-deficits-associated-with-a-high-fat-diet-and-insulin-resistance-are-potentiated-by-overexpression-of-ecto-nucleotide-pyrophosphatase-phosphodiesterase-1
#11
REVIEW
J M Kasper, A J Milton, A E Smith, F Laezza, G Taglialatela, J D Hommel, N Abate
There is growing evidence that over consumption of high-fat foods and insulin resistance may alter hippocampal-dependent cognitive function. To study the individual contributions of diet and peripheral insulin resistance to learning and memory, we used a transgenic mouse line that overexpresses ecto-nucleotide pyrophosphatase phosphodiesterase-1 in adipocytes, which inhibits the insulin receptor. Here, we demonstrate that a model of peripheral insulin resistance exacerbates high-fat diet induced deficits in performance on the Morris Water Maze task...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341538/the-differential-impact-of-oxytocin-receptor-gene-in-violence-exposed-boys-and-girls
#12
Livia C Merrill, Christopher W Jones, Stacy S Drury, Katherine P Theall
Childhood violence exposure is a prevalent public health problem. Understanding the lasting impact of violence requires an enhanced appreciation for the complex effects of violence across behavioral, physiologic, and molecular outcomes. This subject matched, cross-sectional study of 80 children explored the impact of violence exposure across behavioral, physiologic, and cellular outcomes. Externalizing behavior, diurnal cortisol rhythm, and telomere length (TL) were examined in a community recruited cohort of Black youth...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330828/early-postnatal-iron-deficiency-impacts-plasticity-in-the-dorsal-and-ventral-hippocampus-in-piglets
#13
Ellis Nelissen, Jochen De Vry, Alexandra Antonides, Dean Paes, Melissa Schepers, Franz Josef van der Staay, Jos Prickaerts, Tim Vanmierlo
In this study, we investigated whether alterations in plasticity markers such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)) and tyrosine receptor kinase B (TrkB) are underlying iron deficiency (ID)-induced cognitive impairments in iron depleted piglets. Newborn piglets were either fed an iron-depleted diet (21mg Fe/kg) or an iron-sufficient diet (88mg Fe/kg) for four weeks. Subsequently, eight weeks after iron repletion (190-240mg Fe/kg) we found a significant decrease in mature BDNF (14kDa) and proBDNF (18kDa and 24kDa) protein levels in the ventral hippocampus, whereas we found increases in the dorsal hippocampus...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330827/intrauterine-exposure-to-maternal-stress-alters-bdnf-iv-dna-methylation-and-telomere-length-in-the-brain-of-adult-rat-offspring
#14
Jennifer Blaze, Arun Asok, Kristyn Borrelli, Christina Tulbert, Justin Bollinger, April E Ronca, Tania L Roth
DNA methylation (addition of methyl groups to cytosines) and changes in telomere length (TTAGGG repeats on the ends of chromosomes) are two molecular modifications that result from stress and could contribute to the long-term effects of intrauterine exposure to maternal stress on offspring behavior. Here, we measured methylation of DNA associated with the Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf) gene, a gene important in development and plasticity, and telomere length in the brains of adult rat male and female offspring whose mothers were exposed to unpredictable and variable stressors throughout gestation...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330826/the-influence-of-methamphetamine-on-maternal-behavior-and-development-of-the-pups-during-the-neonatal-period
#15
Mária Ševčíková, Ivana Hrebíčková, Eva Macúchová, Romana Šlamberová
Since it enters breast milk, methamphetamine (MA) abuse during lactation can not only affect the quality of maternal behavior but also postnatal development of pups. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of injected MA (5mg/kg) on maternal behavior of rats and the differences in postnatal development, during postnatal days (PD) 1-11, of pups when the pups were directly exposed (i.e., injected) to MA or received MA indirectly via breast milk. Maternal behavior was examined using observation test (PD 1-22) and pup retrieval test (PD 1-12)...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330777/altered-visual-repetition-suppression-in-fragile-x-syndrome-new-evidence-from-erps-and-oscillatory-activity
#16
Simon Rigoulot, Inga S Knoth, Marc-Philippe Lafontaine, Phetsamone Vannasing, Philippe Major, Sébastien Jacquemont, Jacques L Michaud, Karim Jerbi, Sarah Lippé
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a neurodevelopmental genetic disorder associated with cognitive and behavioural deficits. In particular, neuronal habituation processes have been shown to be altered in FXS patients. Yet, while such deficits have been primarily explored using auditory stimuli, less is known in the visual modality. Here, we investigated the putative alteration of repetition suppression using faces in FXS patients compared to controls that had the same age distribution. Electroencephalographic (EEG) signals were acquired while participants were presented with 18 different faces, each repeated ten times successively...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323039/pomc-and-npy-mrna-expression-during-development-is-increased-in-rat-offspring-brain-from-mothers-fed-with-a-high-fat-diet
#17
Marianne Orlandini Klein, Harry MacKay, Alexander Edwards, Su-Bin Park, Ana Carolina Inhasz Kiss, Luciano Freitas Felicio, Alfonso Abizaid
Developmental programming is influenced by perinatal nutrition and it has long-lasting impacts on adult metabolism in the offspring. In particular, maternal high fat diet has been associated with increased risk of obesity and metabolic disorders during adulthood in the descendants. These effects may be due to the effects of the high fat diet on the development of the systems that regulate food intake and energy balance in the offspring hypothalamus. The arcuate nucleus (ARC) may be a particularly sensitive region to it as this nucleus contains the POMC and AgRP/NPY neurons that integrate the melanocortin system...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323038/monocular-denervation-of-visual-nuclei-modulates-app-processing-and-sapp%C3%AE-production-a-possible-role-on-neural-plasticity
#18
Juliana Ferreira Vasques, Pedro Vinícius Bastos Heringer, Renata Guedes de Jesus Gonçalves, Paula Campello-Costa, Claudio Alberto Serfaty, Adriana da Cunha Faria-Melibeu
Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is essential to physiological processes such as synapse formation and neural plasticity. Sequential proteolysis of APP by beta- and gamma-secretases generates amyloid-beta peptide (Aβ), the main component of senile plaques in Alzheimer Disease. Alternative APP cleavage by alpha-secretase occurs within Aβ domain, releasing soluble α-APP (sAPPα), a neurotrophic fragment. Among other functions, sAPPα is important to synaptogenesis, neural survival and axonal growth. APP and sAPPα levels are increased in models of neuroplasticity, which suggests an important role for APP and its metabolites, especially sAPPα, in the rearranging brain...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285946/development-of-rostral-inferior-parietal-lobule-area-functional-connectivity-from-late-childhood-to-early-adulthood
#19
Mengxing Wang, Jilei Zhang, Guangheng Dong, Hui Zhang, Haifeng Lu, Xiaoxia Du
Although the mirror neuron system (MNS) has been extensively studied in monkeys and adult humans, very little is known about its development. Previous studies suggest that the MNS is present by infancy and that the brain and MNS-related cognitive abilities (such as language, empathy, and imitation learning) continue to develop after childhood. In humans, the PFt area of the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) seems to particularly correlate with the functional properties of the PF area in primates, which contains mirror neurons...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285945/hanging-drop-culture-enhances-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-into-anterior-neuroectodermal-cells-using-small-molecules
#20
Noushin Amirpour, Shahnaz Razavi, Ebrahim Esfandiari, Batoul Hashemibeni, Mohammad Kazemi, Hossein Salehi
Inspired by in vivo developmental process, several studies were conducted to design a protocol for differentiating of mesenchymal stem cells into neural cells in vitro. Human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) as mesenchymal stem cells are a promising source for this purpose. At current study, we applied a defined neural induction medium by using small molecules for direct differentiation of hADSCs into anterior neuroectodermal cells. Anterior neuroectodermal differentiation of hADSCs was performed by hanging drop and monolayer protocols...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
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