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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545157/the-aminoestrogen-prolame-increases-recognition-memory-and-hippocampal-neuronal-spine-density-in-aged-mice
#1
Alfonso Diaz, Samuel Treviño, Rubén Vázquez-Roque, Berenice Venegas, Blanca Espinosa, Gonzalo Flores, Juan Manuel Fernández-G, Luis F Montaño, Jorge Guevara
The aging brain shows biochemical and morphological changes in the dendrites of pyramidal neurons from the limbic system associated with memory loss. Prolame (N-(3-hydroxy-1,3,5 (10) -estratrien-17β-yl) -3-hydroxypropylamine) is a non-feminizing aminoestrogen with antithrombotic activity that prevents neuronal deterioration, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of prolame on motor and cognitive processes, as well as its influence on the dendritic morphology of neurons at the CA1, CA3 and granule cells of the dentate gyrus (DG) regions of hippocampus (HP), and medium spiny neurons of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) of aged mice...
May 25, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524267/synaptic-activity-suppresses-expression-of-neurogenic-differentiation-factor-2-in-an-nmda-receptor-dependent-manner
#2
Fading Chen, Benjamin J Hall
Neurogenic differentiation factor 2 (NeuroD2) is a highly expressed transcription factor in the developing central nervous system. In newborn neurons, NeuroD2-mediated gene expression promotes differentiation, maturation, and survival. In addition to these early, cell-intrinsic developmental processes, NeuroD2 in post-mitotic neurons also regulates synapse growth and ion channel expression to control excitability. While NeuroD2 transactivation can be induced in an activity-dependent manner, little is known about how expression of NeuroD2 itself is regulated...
May 19, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509375/chronic-nicotine-induced-changes-in-gene-expression-of-delta-and-kappa-opioid-receptors-and-their-endogenous-ligands-in-the-mesocorticolimbic-system-of-the-rat
#3
Muzeyyen Ugur, Egemen Kaya, Oguz Gozen, Ersin O Koylu, Lutfiye Kanit, Aysegul Keser, Burcu Balkan
Delta and kappa opioid receptors (DOR and KOR, respectively) and their endogenous ligands, proenkephalin (PENK) and prodynorphin (PDYN)-derived opioid peptides are proposed as important mediators of nicotine reward. The present study investigated the regulatory effect of chronic nicotine treatment on the gene expression of DOR, KOR, PENK and PDYN in the mesocorticolimbic system. Three groups of rats were injected subcutaneously with nicotine at doses of 0.2, 0.4 or 0.6 mg/kg/day for six days. Rats were decapitated one hour after the last dose on day six, as this timing coincides with increased dopamine release in the mesocorticolimbic system...
May 16, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481031/interleukin-6-trans-signaling-regulates-basal-synaptic-transmission-and-sensitivity-to-pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizures-in-mice
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Roberto Cuevas-Olguin, Eric Esquivel-Rendon, Jorge Vargas-Mireles, Francisco Garcias-Oscos, Marcela Miranda-Morales, Humberto Salgado, Stefan Rose-John, Marco Atzori
The pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin 6 (IL-6) interacts with the central nervous system in a largely unknown manner. We used a genetically modified mouse strain (GFAP-sgp130Fc, TG) and wild type (WT) mice to determine whether IL-6 trans-signaling contributes to basal properties of synaptic transmission. Postsynaptic currents (PSCs) were studied by patch-clamp recording in cortical layer 5 of a mouse prefrontal cortex brain slice preparation. TG and WT animals displayed differences mainly (but not exclusively) in excitatory synaptic responses...
May 8, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432779/nmdar-independent-hippocampal-long-term-depression-impairment-after-status-epilepticus-in-a-lithium-pilocarpine-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#5
Andrey D Ivanov, Aleksey V Zaitsev
Temporal lobe epilepsy is usually associated with cognitive decline and memory deficits. Despite numerous existing studies on various animal models, the mechanisms of these deficits remain largely unclear. A specific form of long-term synaptic efficacy changes - long-term depression (LTD) - is thought to play an important role in memory formation and learning. However, extremely little is known about the possible alteration of LTD induction and dynamics after a status epilepticus (SE). In the present work we investigated the acute and delayed effects of lithium-pilocarpine-induced SE on NMDAR-dependent and NMDAR-independent hippocampal LTD in vitro...
April 22, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420041/-18-f-nifene-test-retest-reproducibility-in-first-in-human-imaging-of-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#6
Patrick J Lao, Tobey J Betthauser, Dana L Tudorascu, Todd E Barnhart, Ansel T Hillmer, Charles K Stone, Jogeshwar Mukherjee, Bradley T Christian
The aim of this study was to examine the suitability of [(18) F]nifene, a novel α4β2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) radiotracer, for in vivo brain imaging in a first-in-human study. METHODS: Eight healthy subjects (4M,4F;21-69,44±21yrs) underwent a [(18) F]nifene PET scan (200±3.7MBq), and seven underwent a second scan within 58±31days. Regional estimates of DVR were measured using the multilinear reference tissue model (MRTM2) with the corpus callosum as reference region...
April 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420033/the-current-clinical-knowledge-on-the-treatment-of-gambling-disorder-a-summary
#7
REVIEW
Karel Hloch, Přemysl Mladěnka, Martin Doseděl, Walter Adriani, Francesca Zoratto
Gambling disorder (GD) is a topical problem in developed countries and may be present in 1-3% of the general population. The pathophysiology of this disorder is largely unknown but it shares similarities to other behavioral addictions. Multiple neurotransmitter systems, including dopaminergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, glutamatergic, and opioidergic, have been implicated in GD. Based on available articles, only the opioid antagonist naltrexone has been documented to demonstrate clinical efficacy in multiple studies including double-blind studies...
April 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407365/role-of-allopregnanolone-biosynthesis-in-acute-stress-induced-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-mice
#8
Kazumi Yoshizawa, Ayano Okumura, Kozue Nakashima, Tomoyo Sato, Tatsuya Higashi
The neurosteroid allopregnanolone (3α, 5α-tetra-hydroprogesterone: ALLO) elicits anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and hypnotic anesthetic effects in vivo similar to those induced by other positive allosteric modulators of the GABAA receptor. Endogenous ALLO has been shown to be rapidly elevated in the brain by acute stress paradigms, such as immobilization, in animal models. The present study was designed to ascertain the role of neurosteroid biosynthesis in the anxiety-like behavior induced by immobilization stress...
April 13, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407359/u18666a-an-activator-of-sterol-regulatory-element-binding-protein-srebp-pathway-modulates-presynaptic-dopaminergic-phenotype-of-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells
#9
Mathieu Schmitt, Benjamin Dehay, Erwan Bezard, F Javier Garcia-Ladona
The therapeutic use of statins has been associated to a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) and may hold neuroprotective potential by counteracting the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Transcriptional activation of the sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) is one of the major downstream signalling pathways triggered by the cholesterol-lowering effect of statins. In a previous study in neuroblastoma cells, we have shown that statins consistently induce the up-regulation of presynaptic dopaminergic proteins as well as changes of their function and these effects were accompanied by downstream activation of SREBP...
April 13, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407307/adenosine-a1-receptors-measured-with-11-c-mpdx-pet-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Masahiro Mishina, Kenji Ishii, Yuichi Kimura, Masahiko Suzuki, Shin Kitamura, Kenji Ishibashi, Muneyuki Sakata, Keiichi Oda, Shiro Kobayashi, Kazumi Kimura, Kiichi Ishiwata
Adenosine A1 receptors (A1 Rs) interact negatively with dopamine D1 receptors (D1 Rs) in neurons of the basal ganglia's direct pathway, while adenosine A2A receptors (A2A Rs) negatively interact with dopamine D2 receptors (D2 Rs) in indirect-pathway neurons. The aim of this study was to investigate the cerebral density of A1 Rs in Parkinson's disease (PD) in its early stages, using PET scans with the radioligand 8-dicyclopropylmethyl-1-(11) C-methyl-3-propylxanthine ((11) C-MPDX). We studied 10 drug-naïve patients with early PD...
April 13, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321916/the-fens-kavli-network-for-excellence-in-neuroscience-advancing-science-through-collaboration-and-advocacy
#11
EDITORIAL
Panayiota Poirazi, Benjamin Hall
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316111/pattern-separation-in-the-hippocampus-through-the-eyes-of-computational-modeling
#12
REVIEW
Spyridon Chavlis, Panayiota Poirazi
Pattern separation is a mnemonic process that has been extensively studied over the years. It entails the ability -of primarily hippocampal circuits- to distinguish between highly similar inputs, via generating different neuronal activity (output) patterns. The dentate gyrus (DG) in particular has long been hypothesized to implement pattern separation by detecting and storing similar inputs as distinct representations. The ways in which these distinct representations can be generated have been explored in a number of theoretical and computational modeling studies...
March 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256749/increased-postsynaptic-ca-2-reduces-mini-frequency-at-the-drosophila-larval-nmj
#13
Andrew S Powers, Jeffrey Grizzaffi, Gregory A Lnenicka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316120/synergistic-effects-of-g-csf-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-on-nerve-regeneration-with-acellular-nerve-xenografts
#14
Hua Jia, Ying Wang, Tao Wang, Yi Dong, Wei-Li Li, Jun-Ping Li, Wen-Zhi Ma, Xiao-Jie Tong, Zhong-Yi He
Peripheral nerve defects result in severe denervation presenting sensory and motor functional incapacitation. Currently, a satisfactory therapeutic treatment promoting the repair of injured nerves is not available. As shown in our previous study, acellular nerve xenografts (ANX) implanted with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) replaced allografts and promoted nerve regeneration. Additionally, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been proven to mobilize supplemental cells and enhance vascularization in the niche...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316115/gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-dysregulation-in-superior-frontal-cortex-of-subjects-with-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
#15
S Hossein Fatemi, Timothy D Folsom, Paul D Thuras
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are complex psychiatric disorders that affect millions of people worldwide. Evidence from gene association and postmortem studies has identified abnormalities of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) signaling system in both disorders. Abnormal GABAergic signaling and transmission could contribute to the symptomatology of these disorders, potentially through impaired gamma oscillations which normally occur during cognitive processing. In the current study, we examined the protein expression of 14 GABAA and two GABAB receptor subunits in the superior frontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and healthy controls...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295625/oral-ambroxol-increases-brain-glucocerebrosidase-activity-in-a-nonhuman-primate
#16
Anna Migdalska-Richards, Wai Kin D Ko, Qin Li, Erwan Bezard, Anthony H V Schapira
Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase 1 (GBA1) gene are related to both Parkinson disease (PD) and Gaucher disease (GD). In both cases, the condition is associated with deficiency of glucocerebrosidase (GCase), the enzyme encoded by GBA1. Ambroxol is a small molecule chaperone that has been shown in mice to cross the blood-brain barrier, increase GCase activity and reduce alpha-synuclein protein levels. In this study, we analyze the effect of ambroxol treatment on GCase activity in healthy nonhuman primates. We show that daily administration of ambroxol results in increased brain GCase activity...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245513/brain-translocator-protein-occupancy-by-ono-2952-in-healthy-adults-a-phase-1-pet-study-using-11-c-pbr28
#17
W Gordon Frankle, Rajesh Narendran, Andrew T Wood, Fumitaka Suto, Michael L Himes, Michiyoshi Kobayashi, Tomoya Ohno, Akinori Yamauchi, Katsukuni Mitsui, Kevin Duffy, Mark Bruce
ONO-2952, a novel antagonist of translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO), binds with high affinity to TSPO in rat brain and human tumor cell line membrane preparations. This study used the TSPO-specific PET radioligand [(11) C]PBR28 to confirm binding of ONO-2952 to brain TSPO in human subjects, and evaluate brain TSPO occupancy and its relationship with ONO-2952 plasma concentration. Sixteen healthy subjects received a single oral dose of 200, 60, 20, or 6 mg ONO-2952 (n = 4 per dose). Two PET scans with [(11) C]PBR28 were conducted ≤7 days apart: at baseline and 24 h after ONO-2952 administration...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233334/investigating-the-effects-of-norepinephrine-%C3%AE-1-receptor-blockade-on-dopamine-levels-a-pilot-pet-study-with-11-c-phno-in-controls
#18
Bernard Le Foll, Thulasi Thiruchselvam, Shawna Xiaoyun Lu, Shakira Mohammed, Esmaeil Mansouri, Dina Lagzdins, Shinichiro Nakajima, Alan A Wilson, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Patricia Di Ciano, Isabelle Boileau
Interest in a role for norepinephrine (NE) in substance use disorders has increased over recent years. In particular, its interaction with dopamine (DA) is of importance. In this study, positron emission tomography (PET) was used to explore the impact of prazosin (an alpha 1 NE antagonist) on DA levels. Healthy volunteers were administered prazosin for approximately 4 weeks at the daily dose of 15 mg to reach steady state. Participants were scanned with PET imaging and the [(11) C]-(+)-PHNO tracer at baseline (before prazosin), at steady state, and after a wash out period...
July 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118493/anticonvulsant-effect-of-sodium-cyclamate-and-propylparaben-on-pentylenetetrazol-induced-seizures-in-zebrafish
#19
Antonella Pisera-Fuster, Sofía Otero, Alan Talevi, Luis Bruno-Blanch, Ramón Bernabeu
Screening for novel anticonvulsant drugs requires appropriate animal seizure models. Zebrafish provide small, accessible, and cost-efficient preclinical models applicable to high-throughput small molecule screening. Based on previous results in rodents, we have here examined the effects of artificial sweetener sodium cyclamate and antimicrobial agent sodium propylparaben on a model of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures in zebrafish. Sodium cyclamate reduced the bursts of hyperactivity, the spasms, increased the latency to spasms, and the latency to seizure, while propylparaben increased the latency to spasms...
April 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997737/distribution-of-type-i-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf1-receptors-on-gabaergic-neurons-within-the-basolateral-amygdala
#20
Katina C Calakos, Dakota Blackman, Alexandra M Schulz, Elizabeth P Bauer
The neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) plays a critical role in mediating anxiety-like responses to stressors, and dysfunction of the CRF system has been linked to the etiology of several psychiatric disorders. Extra-hypothalamic CRF can also modulate learning and memory formation, including amygdala-dependent learning. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) contains dense concentrations of CRF receptors, yet the distribution of these receptors on specific neuronal subtypes within the BLA has not been characterized...
April 2017: Synapse
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