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Shouta Sugio, Koujiro Tohyama, Shinichiro Oku, Kanehiro Fujiyoshi, Takeshi Yoshimura, Keigo Hikishima, Ryutaro Yano, Takahiro Fukuda, Masaya Nakamura, Hideyuki Okano, Masahiko Watanabe, Masaki Fukata, Kazuhiro Ikenaka, Kenji F Tanaka
Astrocytes have recently been shown to provide physiological support for various brain functions, although little is known about their involvement in white matter integrity. Several inherited infantile-onset leukoencephalopathies, such as Alexander disease and megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC), implicate astrocytic involvement in the formation of white matter. Several mouse models of MLC had been generated by knocking out the Mlc1 gene; however, none of those models was reported to show myelin abnormalities prior to formation of the myelin sheath...
October 17, 2016: Glia
Ryota Nakazato, Shogo Hotta, Daisuke Yamada, Miki Kou, Saki Nakamura, Yoshifumi Takahata, Hajime Tei, Rika Numano, Akiko Hida, Shigeki Shimba, Michihiro Mieda, Eiichi Hinoi, Yukio Yoneda, Takeshi Takarada
Similar to neurons, microglia have an intrinsic molecular clock. The master clock oscillator Bmal1 modulates interleukin-6 upregulation in microglial cells exposed to lipopolysaccharide. Bmal1 can play a role in microglial inflammatory responses. We previously demonstrated that gliotransmitter ATP induces transient expression of the clock gene Period1 via P2X7 purinergic receptors in cultured microglia. In this study, we further investigated mechanisms underlying the regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokine production by clock molecules in microglial cells...
October 11, 2016: Glia
Kristina Hofmann, Christian Lamberz, Kira Piotrowitz, Nina Offermann, Diana But, Anja Scheller, Ashraf Al-Amoudi, Lars Kuerschner
Although the brain controls all main metabolic pathways in the whole organism, its lipid metabolism is partially separated from the rest of the body. Circulating lipids and other metabolites are taken up into brain areas like the hypothalamus and are locally metabolized and sensed involving several hypothalamic cell types. In this study we show that saturated and unsaturated fatty acids are differentially processed in the murine hypothalamus. The observed differences involve both lipid distribution and metabolism...
October 11, 2016: Glia
Mitsuharu Endo, Guljahan Ubulkasim, Chiho Kobayashi, Reiko Onishi, Atsu Aiba, Yasuhiro Minami
Ror2 receptor tyrosine kinase plays crucial roles in developmental morphogenesis and tissue-/organo-genesis. In the developing brain, Ror2 is expressed in neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) and involved in the regulation of their stemness. However, it remains largely unknown about its role in the adult brain. In this study, we show that Ror2 is up-regulated in reactive astrocytes in the neocortices within 3 days following stab-wound injury. Intriguingly, Ror2-expressing astrocytes were detected primarily at the area surrounding the injury site, where astrocytes express Nestin, a marker of NPCs, and proliferate in response to injury...
October 11, 2016: Glia
Silke Agte, Thomas Pannicke, Elke Ulbricht, Andreas Reichenbach, Andreas Bringmann
Tractional forces or mechanical stimulation are known to induce calcium responses in retinal glial cells. The aim of the study was to determine the characteristics of calcium responses in Müller glial cells of the avascular guinea pig retina induced by focal mechanical stimulation. Freshly isolated retinal wholemounts were loaded with Mitotracker Deep Red (to fill Müller cells) and the calcium-sensitive dye Fluo-4/AM. The inner retinal surface was mechanically stimulated with a micropipette tip for 10 ms...
October 5, 2016: Glia
Sandeep K Shrivastava, Esther Dalko, Delphine Delcroix-Genete, Fabien Herbert, Pierre-André Cazenave, Sylviane Pied
Astrocytes and microglia are activated during cerebral malaria (CM) and contribute to the production and release of several mediators during neuroinflammatory processes. Whether these changes are the consequence of a direct crosstalk between glial cells and the malarial parasite and how these cells participate in the pathogenesis of CM is not yet clear. We therefore examined the interaction of astrocytes and microglia with Plasmodium berghei ANKA-infected red blood cells using primary cell cultures derived from newborn C57BL/6 mice...
October 3, 2016: Glia
Hai M Nguyen, Eva M Grössinger, Makoto Horiuchi, Kyle W Davis, Lee-Way Jin, Izumi Maezawa, Heike Wulff
Microglia are highly plastic cells that can assume different phenotypes in response to microenvironmental signals. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) promote differentiation into classically activated M1-like microglia, which produce high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and nitric oxide and are thought to contribute to neurological damage in ischemic stroke and Alzheimer's disease. IL-4 in contrast induces a phenotype associated with anti-inflammatory effects and tissue repair. We here investigated whether these microglia subsets vary in their K(+) channel expression by differentiating neonatal mouse microglia into M(LPS) and M(IL-4) microglia and studying their K(+) channel expression by whole-cell patch-clamp, quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry...
October 3, 2016: Glia
Aline Rideau Batista Novais, Hoa Pham, Yohan Van de Looij, Miguel Bernal, Jerome Mairesse, Elodie Zana-Taieb, Marina Colella, Pierre-Henri Jarreau, Julien Pansiot, Florent Dumont, Stéphane Sizonenko, Pierre Gressens, Christiane Charriaut-Marlangue, Mickael Tanter, Charlie Demene, Daniel Vaiman, Olivier Baud
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a major complication of human pregnancy, frequently resulting from placental vascular diseases and prenatal malnutrition, and is associated with adverse neurocognitive outcomes throughout life. However, the mechanisms linking poor fetal growth and neurocognitive impairment are unclear. Here, we aimed to correlate changes in gene expression induced by FGR in rats and abnormal cerebral white matter maturation, brain microstructure, and cortical connectivity in vivo. We investigated a model of FGR induced by low-protein-diet malnutrition between embryonic day 0 and birth using an interdisciplinary approach combining advanced brain imaging, in vivo connectivity, microarray analysis of sorted oligodendroglial and microglial cells and histology...
September 30, 2016: Glia
Yoojin Seo, Hyung-Sik Kim, Insung Kang, Soon Won Choi, Tae-Hoon Shin, Ji-Hee Shin, Byung-Chul Lee, Jin Young Lee, Jae-Jun Kim, Myung Geun Kook, Kyung-Sun Kang
Microglia can aggravate olfactory dysfunction by mediating neuronal death in the olfactory bulb (OB) of a murine model of Niemann-Pick disease type C1 (NPC1), a fatal neurodegenerative disorder accompanied by lipid trafficking defects. In this study, we focused on the crosstalk between neurons and microglia to elucidate the mechanisms underlying extensive microgliosis in the NPC1-affected brain. Microglia in the OB of NPC1 mice strongly expressed CX3C chemokine receptor 1 (Cx3cr1), a specific receptor for the neural chemokine C-X3-C motif ligand 1 (Cx3cl1)...
September 30, 2016: Glia
Caroline Guglielmetti, Debbie Le Blon, Eva Santermans, Angelica Salas-Perdomo, Jasmijn Daans, Nathalie De Vocht, Disha Shah, Chloé Hoornaert, Jelle Praet, Jurgen Peerlings, Firat Kara, Christian Bigot, Zhenhua Mai, Herman Goossens, Niel Hens, Sven Hendrix, Marleen Verhoye, Anna M Planas, Zwi Berneman, Annemie van der Linden, Peter Ponsaerts
Detrimental inflammatory responses in the central nervous system are a hallmark of various brain injuries and diseases. With this study we provide evidence that lentiviral vector-mediated expression of the immune-modulating cytokine interleukin 13 (IL-13) induces an alternative activation program in both microglia and macrophages conferring protection against severe oligodendrocyte loss and demyelination in the cuprizone mouse model for multiple sclerosis (MS). First, IL-13 mediated modulation of cuprizone induced lesions was monitored using T2 -weighted magnetic resonance imaging and magnetization transfer imaging, and further correlated with quantitative histological analyses for inflammatory cell influx, oligodendrocyte death, and demyelination...
September 29, 2016: Glia
Sung Hoon Baik, Seokjo Kang, Sung Min Son, Inhee Mook-Jung
Pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD) include extracellularly accumulated amyloid β (Aβ) plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. Activated microglia, brain-resident macrophages, are also found surrounding Aβ plaques. The study of the brain of AD mouse models revealed that Aβ plaque formation is completed by the consolidation of newly generated plaque clusters in vicinity of existed plaques. However, the dynamics of Aβ plaque formation, growth and the mechanisms by which microglia contribute to Aβ plaque formation are unknown...
September 23, 2016: Glia
Patrick Sweeney, Yong Qi, Zhenping Xu, Yunlei Yang
Emerging evidence shows that hypothalamic astrocytes react to and counteract energy surfeit produced by high-fat diet (HFD) feeding. However, the functional role of astrocytes in the control of energy states and the underlying molecular mechanism(s) during physiological conditions remain largely underexplored. In the present study, by taking advantage of spatiotemporally precise optogenetic approaches, real-time measurements of extracellular adenosine, and behavioral assays, we find that optogenetic stimulation of astrocytes localized in the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH) suppresses food intake in a frequency dependent manner with high frequency, but not low frequency, stimulation of astrocytes reducing food intake...
September 23, 2016: Glia
Ming-Shuo Chen, Hyosung Kim, Léonard Jagot-Lacoussiere, Patrice Maurel
Axo-glial interactions are critical for myelination and the domain organization of myelinated fibers. Cell adhesion molecules belonging to the Cadm family, and in particular Cadm3 (axonal) and its heterophilic binding partner Cadm4 (Schwann cell), mediate these interactions along the internode. Using targeted shRNA-mediated knockdown, we show that the removal of axonal Cadm3 promotes Schwann cell myelination in the in vitro DRG neuron/Schwann cell myelinating system. Conversely, over-expressing Cadm3 on the surface of DRG neuron axons results in an almost complete inability by Schwann cells to form myelin segments...
September 23, 2016: Glia
Saskia Maria Burm, Ella Alwine Zuiderwijk-Sick, Paola Massiel Weert, Jeffrey John Bajramovic
Under stressful conditions nucleotides are released from dying cells into the extracellular space, where they can bind to purinergic P2X and P2Y receptors. High concentrations of extracellular ATP in particular induce P2X7-mediated signaling, which leads to inflammasome activation. This in turn leads to the processing and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, like interleukin (IL)-1β. During neurodegenerative diseases, innate immune responses are shaped by microglia and we have previously identified microglia-specific features of inflammasome-mediated responses...
September 19, 2016: Glia
T Draheim, A Liessem, M Scheld, F Wilms, M Weißflog, B Denecke, T W Kensler, A Zendedel, C Beyer, M Kipp, C J Wruck, A Fragoulis, T Clarner
Oxidative stress critically contributes to the pathogenesis of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Astrocytes are the main regulators of oxidative homeostasis in the brain and dysregulation of these cells likely contributes to the accumulation of oxidative damage. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is the main transcriptional regulator of the anti-oxidant stress defense. In this study, we elucidate the effects of astrocytic Nrf2-activation on brain-intrinsic inflammation and lesion development...
September 19, 2016: Glia
Yong Tang, Peter Illes
Extracellular purines are signaling molecules in the neurogenic niches of the brain and spinal cord, where they activate cell surface purinoceptors at embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs) and adult neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Although mRNA and protein are expressed at NSCs/NPCs for almost all subtypes of the nucleotide-sensitive P2X/P2Y, and the nucleoside-sensitive adenosine receptors, only a few of those have acquired functional significance. ATP is sequentially degraded by ecto-nucleotidases to ADP, AMP, and adenosine with agonistic properties for distinct receptor-classes...
September 15, 2016: Glia
Sarah Schneider, Agnès Gruart, Sofia Grade, Yina Zhang, Stephan Kröger, Frank Kirchhoff, Gregor Eichele, José M Delgado García, Leda Dimou
NG2-glia in the adult brain are known to proliferate and differentiate into mature and myelinating oligodendrocytes throughout lifetime. However, the role of these newly generated oligodendrocytes in the adult brain still remains little understood. Here we took advantage of the Sox10-iCreER(T2) x CAG-eGFP x Esco2(fl/fl) mouse line in which we can specifically ablate proliferating NG2-glia in adult animals. Surprisingly, we observed that the generation of new oligodendrocytes in the adult brain was severely affected, although the number of NG2-glia remained stable due to the enhanced proliferation of non-recombined cells...
September 12, 2016: Glia
Anne H P Jansen, Maurik van Hal, Ilse C Op den Kelder, Romy T Meier, Anna-Aster de Ruiter, Menno H Schut, Donna L Smith, Corien Grit, Nieske Brouwer, Willem Kamphuis, H W G M Boddeke, Wilfred F A den Dunnen, Willeke M C van Roon, Gillian P Bates, Elly M Hol, Eric A Reits
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurodegenerative disorder that is caused by a CAG expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene, leading to HTT inclusion formation in the brain. The mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) is ubiquitously expressed and therefore nuclear inclusions could be present in all brain cells. The effects of nuclear inclusion formation have been mainly studied in neurons, while the effect on glia has been comparatively disregarded. Astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes are glial cells that are essential for normal brain function and are implicated in several neurological diseases...
September 12, 2016: Glia
Éva Sághy, Éva Sipos, Péter Ács, Kata Bölcskei, Krisztina Pohóczky, Ágnes Kemény, Zoltán Sándor, Éva Szőke, György Sétáló, Sámuel Komoly, Erika Pintér
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory, demyelinating degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Current treatments target pathological immune responses to counteract the inflammatory processes. However, these drugs do not restrain the long-term progression of clinical disability. For this reason, new therapeutic approaches and identification of novel target molecules are needed to prevent demyelination or promote repair mechanisms. Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a nonselective cation channel with relatively high Ca(2+) permeability...
August 29, 2016: Glia
Tamara Weiss, Sabine Taschner-Mandl, Andrea Bileck, Astrid Slany, Florian Kromp, Fikret Rifatbegovic, Christian Frech, Reinhard Windhager, Hugo Kitzinger, Chieh-Han Tzou, Peter F Ambros, Christopher Gerner, Inge M Ambros
The remarkable feature of Schwann cells (SCs) to transform into a repair phenotype turned the spotlight on this powerful cell type. SCs provide the regenerative environment for axonal re-growth after peripheral nerve injury (PNI) and play a vital role in differentiation of neuroblastic tumors into a benign subtype of neuroblastoma, a tumor originating from neural crest-derived neuroblasts. Hence, understanding their mode-of-action is of utmost interest for new approaches in regenerative medicine, but also for neuroblastoma therapy...
August 22, 2016: Glia
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