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Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Phillip Mackie, Joe Lebowitz, Leila Saadatpour, Emily Nickoloff, Peter Gaskill, Habibeh Khoshbouei
The second-most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson Disease (PD) has three hallmarks: dysfunctional dopamine transmission due, at least in part, to dopamine neuron degeneration; intracellular inclusions of α-synuclein aggregates; and neuroinflammation. The origin and interplay of these features remains a puzzle, as does the underlying mechanism of PD pathogenesis and progression. When viewed in the context of neuroimmunology, dopamine also plays a role in regulating peripheral immune cells. Intriguingly, plasma dopamine levels are altered in PD, suggesting collateral dysregulation of peripheral dopamine transmission...
March 15, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
John D Johnson
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March 15, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Jeffrey A Leibowitz, Brandi K Ormerod
A large proportion of Gulf War Veterans suffer from Gulf War Illness (GWI) - a devastating chronic disorder characterized by heterogeneous fatigue, pain and neuropsychological symptoms. In their recent Brain, Behavior and Immunity publication entitled "Curcumin Treatment Leads to Better Cognitive and Mood Function in a Model of Gulf War Illness with Enhanced Neurogenesis, and Alleviation of Inflammation and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Hippocampus", Kodali and colleagues (2018) report that the polyphenol curcumin improves cognition and mood in a rat model of GWI, potentially by increasing the expression of antioxidant genes and by reversing the effects of chronic combined acetylcholinesterase inhibitor exposure on neuroinflammation, mitochondrial respiration and hippocampal neurogenesis...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Caroline André, Caterina Catania, Julie Remus-Borel, Elodie Ladeveze, Thierry Leste-Lasserre, Wilfrid Mazier, Elke Binder, Delphine Gonzales, Samantha Clark, Omar Guzman-Quevedo, Djoher Nora Abrous, Sophie Layé, Daniela Cota
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) potently decreases food intake and body weight in diet-induced obese mice by acting through neuronal circuits and pathways located in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus. CNTF also exerts pro-inflammatory actions within the brain. Here we tested whether CNTF modifies energy balance by inducing inflammatory responses in the ARC and whether these effects depend upon the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) pathway, which regulates both energy metabolism and inflammation...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Dongyan Shi, Tongguan Tian, Shu Yao, Kelei Cao, Xingxing Zhu, Mingshun Zhang, Shuang Wen, Longjun Li, Meiqing Shi, Hong Zhou
Neuropsychiatric (NP) involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) severely impacts patients' quality of life and leads to a poor prognosis. The current therapeutic protocol, corticosteroid administration, can also induce neuropsychiatric disorders. FTY720 is an immunomodulator that selectively confines lymphocytes in lymph nodes and reduces autoreactive T cell recruitment to the central nervous system (CNS). This study aimed to identify a novel therapeutic strategy for NPSLE. B6.MRL-lpr mice were treated with oral administration of FTY720 (2 mg/kg) three times per week for 12 weeks, to evaluate its efficacy in a model of NPSLE...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Luisella Bocchio Chiavetto, Roberta Zanardini, Sarah Tosato, Mariacarla Ventriglia, Clarissa Ferrari, Chiara Bonetto, Antonio Lasalvia, Franco Giubilini, Angelo Fioritti, Francesca Pileggi, Michela Pratelli, Michele Pavanati, Angela Favaro, Giovanni De Girolamo, Giovanni Battista Frisoni, Mirella Ruggeri, Massimo Gennarelli
The molecular underpinnings associated to first episode psychosis (FEP) remains to be elucidated, but compelling evidence supported an association of FEP with blood alterations in biomarkers related to immune system, growth factors and metabolism regulators. Many of these studies have not been already confirmed in larger samples or have not considered the FEP diagnostic subgroups. In order to identify biochemical signatures of FEP, the serum levels of the growth factors BDNF and VEGF, the immune regulators IL-1RA, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-17, RANTES/CCL5, MIP-1b/CCL4, IL-8 and the metabolic regulators C-peptide, ghrelin, GIP, GLP-1, glucagon, insulin, leptin, PAI-1, resistin and visfatin were analysed in 260 subjects collected in the GET UP project...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Francesc Miró-Mur, Carlos Laredo, Arturo Renú, Salvatore Rudilosso, Yashu Zhao, Sergio Amaro, Laura Llull, Xabier Urra, Anna M Planas, Ángel Chamorro
Ischemic stroke sets in motion a dialogue between the central nervous and the immune systems that includes the sympathetic/adrenal system. We investigated the course of immune cells and adrenocortical and adrenomedullary effectors in a cohort of 51 patients with acute stroke receiving reperfusion therapy (intravenous alteplase or mechanical thrombectomy) and its correlation with stroke outcomes and infarct growth. Cortisol increased rapidly and fleetingly after stroke, but 39% of patients who had larger infarctions on admission showed a positive delta cortisol at day 1...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Annesa Flentje, Kord Kober, Adam Carrico, Torsten B Neilands, Elena Flowers, Nicholas Heck, Bradley Aouizerat
Sexual minority (i.e., non-heterosexual) individuals experience poorer mental and physical health, accounted for in part by the additional burden of sexual minority stress occurring from being situated in a culture favoring heteronormativity. Informed by previous research, the purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between sexual minority stress and leukocyte gene expression related to inflammation, cancer, immune function, and cardiovascular function. Sexual minority men living with HIV who were on anti-retroviral medication, had viral load <200 copies/mL, and had biologically confirmed, recent methamphetamine use completed minority stress measures and submitted blood samples for RNA sequencing on leukocytes...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Peng Xia, Xiaoting Gong, Lin Xiao, Yida Wang, Tianzhuo Zhang, Qingyuan Liao, Xiaoning Mo, Xiaoyan Qiu, Jing Huang
CCDC134 (coiled-coil domain containing 134), a cytokine-like molecule, was previously reported to have antitumor effects via by augmenting CD8+ T-cell-mediated immunity. However, the dynamic change of CCDC134 expression pattern in spinal cords that may be involved in the progression of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model for multiple sclerosis, remains unclear. In this study, we found that CCDC134 were markedly increased in the spinal cord during the progression of EAE. Furthermore, we demonstrated that CCDC134 significantly reduced the severity of EAE and slowed down the ongoing EAE, which correlated with reduced spinal cord inflammation and demyelination...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Nicholas Beazley-Long, Catherine Elizabeth Moss, William Robert Ashby, Samuel Marcus Bestall, Fatimah Almahasneh, Alexandra Margaret Durrant, Andrew Vaughan Benest, Zoe Blackley, Kurt Ballmer-Hofer, Masanori Hirashima, Richard Phillip Hulse, David Owen Bates, Lucy Frances Donaldson
Chronic pain can develop in response to conditions such as inflammatory arthritis. The central mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of chronic pain in humans are not well elucidated although there is evidence for a role of microglia and astrocytes. However in pre-clinical models of pain, including models of inflammatory arthritis, there is a wealth of evidence indicating roles for pathological glial reactivity within the CNS. In the spinal dorsal horn of rats with painful inflammatory arthritis we found both a significant increase in CD11b+ microglia-like cells and GFAP+ astrocytes associated with blood vessels, and the number of activated blood vessels expressing the adhesion molecule ICAM-1, indicating potential glio-vascular activation...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Yijun Pan, Jennifer L Short, Stephanie A Newman, Kwok H C Choy, Durgesh Tiwari, Christopher Yap, Danielle Senyschyn, William A Banks, Joseph A Nicolazzo
Epidemiological evidence suggests that people with bipolar disorder prescribed lithium exhibit a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) relative to those prescribed other mood-stabilizing medicines. Lithium chloride (LiCl) reduces brain β-amyloid (Aβ) levels, and the brain clearance of Aβ is reduced in AD. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess whether the cognitive benefits of LiCl are associated with enhanced brain clearance of exogenously-administered Aβ. The brain clearance of intracerebroventricularly (icv) administered125 I-Aβ42 was assessed in male Swiss outbred mice administered daily oral NaCl or LiCl (300 mg/kg for 21 days)...
March 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Zimu Zhang, Zhenyi Xue, Ying Liu, Hongkun Liu, Xiangdong Guo, Yan Li, Hongwei Yang, Lijuan Zhang, Yurong Da, Zhi Yao, Rongxin Zhang
Among T helper (Th) cell subsets differentiated from naive CD4+ T cells, IL-17-producing Th17 cells are closely associated with the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and the MS animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The modulation of Th17 differentiation offers a potential avenue for treatment. Although a series of microRNAs (miRNAs) that modulate autoimmune disease development have been reported, further studies on miRNA roles in Th17 differentiation and MS pathogenesis are still warranted...
March 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Giulia Cisbani, Audrey Le Behot, Marie-Michèle Plante, Paul Préfontaine, Manon Lecordier, Serge Rivest
Stroke is the second cause of mortality worldwide and occurs following the interruption of cerebral blood circulation by cerebral vessel burst or subsequent to a local thrombus formation. Ischemic lesion triggers an important inflammatory response, characterized by massive infiltration of leukocytes, activation of glial cells and neurovascular reorganization. Chemokines and their receptors, such as CCR2 and CX3CR1, play an important role in leukocyte recruitment in the damaged area. Mice genetically depleted for the two receptors CCR2 and CX3CR1 underwent focal cerebral ischemia, based on the topical application of ferric chloride to truncate the distal middle cerebral artery...
March 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Laura K Fonken, Matthew G Frank, Andrew D Gaudet, Heather M D'Angelo, Rachel A Daut, Emma C Hampson, Monica T Ayala, Linda R Watkins, Steven F Maier
Exposure to stressors can enhance neuroinflammatory responses, and both stress and neuroinflammation are predisposing factors in the development of psychiatric disorders. Females suffer disproportionately more from several psychiatric disorders, yet stress-induced changes in neuroinflammation have primarily been studied in males. Here we tested whether exposure to inescapable tail shock sensitizes or 'primes' neuroinflammatory responses in male and female rats. At 24 h post-stress, male and female rats exposed to a peripheral immune challenge enhanced neuroinflammatory responses and exacerbated anxiety- and depressive-like behaviors...
March 7, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Amanda Crider, Tami Feng, Chirayu D Pandya, Talisha Davis, Ashwati Nair, Anthony Ahmed, Babak Baban, Gustavo Turecki, Anilkumar Pillai
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common and debilitating neuropsychiatric illnesses. Accumulating evidence suggests a potential role of the immune system in the pathophysiology of MDD. The complement system represents one of the major effector mechanisms of the innate immune system, and plays a critical role in inflammation. However, the role of complement components in MDD is not well understood. Here, we found significant increase in component 3 (C3) expression in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of depressed suicide subjects...
March 5, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Ciarán S Ó Léime, Alan E Hoban, Cara M Hueston, Roman Stilling, Gerard Moloney, John F Cryan, Yvonne M Nolan
TLX is an orphan nuclear receptor highly expressed within neural progenitor cells (NPCs) in the hippocampus where is regulates proliferation. Inflammation has been shown to have negative effects on hippocampal function as well as on NPC proliferation. Specifically, the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β has been shown to suppress NPC proliferation as well as TLX expression in the hippocampus. However, it is unknown whether TLX itself is involved in regulating the inflammatory response in the hippocampus. To explore the role of TLX in inflammation, we assessed changes in the transcriptional landscape of the hippocampus of TLX knockout mice (TLX-/- ) compared to wildtype (WT) littermate controls with and without intrahippocampal injection of IL-1β using a whole transcriptome RNA sequencing approach...
March 5, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Quinn A Conklin, Brandon G King, Anthony P Zanesco, Jue Lin, Anahita B Hamidi, Jennifer J Pokorny, María Jesús Álvarez-López, Marta Cosín-Tomás, Colin Huang, Perla Kaliman, Elissa S Epel, Clifford D Saron
A growing body of evidence suggests that meditation training may have a range of salubrious effects, including improved telomere regulation. Telomeres and the enzyme telomerase interact with a variety of molecular components to regulate cell-cycle signaling cascades, and are implicated in pathways linking psychological stress to disease. We investigated the effects of intensive meditation practice on these biomarkers by measuring changes in telomere length (TL), telomerase activity (TA), and telomere-related gene (TRG) expression during a 1-month residential Insight meditation retreat...
March 5, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Saurabh Dhanda, Smriti Gupta, Avishek Halder, Aditya Sunkaria, Rajat Sandhir
Chronic liver disease per se induces neuroinflammation that contributes to cognitive deficits in hepatic encephalopathy (HE). However, the processes by which pro-inflammatory molecules result in cognitive impairment still remain unclear. In the present study, a significant increase in the activity of liver function enzymes viz. alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was observed along with increase in plasma ammonia levels after four weeks of bile duct ligation (BDL) in rats suggesting hepatocellular damage...
March 5, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Yiwei Qian, Xiaodong Yang, Shaoqing Xu, Chunyan Wu, Yanyan Song, Nan Qin, Sheng-Di Chen, Qin Xiao
Emerging evidences suggest that gut microbiota dysbiosis plays a role in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the alterations in fecal microbiome in Chinese PD patients remains unknown. This case-control study was conducted to explore fecal microbiota compositions in Chinese PD patients. Microbiota communities in the feces of 45 patients and their healthy spouses were investigated using high-throughput Illumina Miseq sequencing targeting the V3-V4 region of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. The relationships between fecal microbiota and PD clinical characteristics were analyzed...
March 1, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Livio Luongo, Daniela Salvemini
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February 27, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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