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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233272/evolution-of-brain-active-gene-promoters-in-human-lineage-towards-the-increased-plasticity-of-gene-regulation
#1
Konstantin V Gunbin, Mikhail P Ponomarenko, Valentin V Suslov, Fedor Gusev, Gennady G Fedonin, Evgeny I Rogaev
Adaptability to a variety of environmental conditions is a prominent feature of Homo sapiens. We hypothesize that this feature can be explained by evolutionary changes in gene promoters active in the brain prefrontal cortex leading to a more flexible gene regulation network. The genotype-dependent range of gene expression can be broader in humans than in other higher primates. Thus, we searched for specific signatures of evolutionary changes in promoter architectures of multiple hominid genes, including the genes active in human cortical neurons that may indicate an increase of variability of gene expression rather than just changes in the level of expression, such as downregulation or upregulation of the genes...
February 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233271/a-novel-alzheimer-associated-snp-in-tmp21-increases-amyloidogenesis
#2
Xiaojie Zhang, Yili Wu, Fang Cai, Shengchun Liu, Kelley Bromley-Brits, Kun Xia, Weihong Song
Recent studies suggest that TMP21 is a selective modulator of γ-secretase and its dysregulation affects APP processing, leading to increased Aβ generation. However, the genetic association between Tmp21 and Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains elusive. In this study, we identified that a novel single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs12435391 (IVS4-28T>C) in intron 4 of Tmp21 was genetically associated with AD. We found that allele C of the SNP rs12435391 did not affect splicing site recognition, but it significantly increased TMP21 gene expression...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229331/involvement-of-cellular-prion-protein-in-%C3%AE-synuclein-transport-in-neurons
#3
Laura Urrea, Miriam Segura-Feliu, Masami Masuda-Suzukake, Arnau Hervera, Lucas Pedraz, José Manuel García Aznar, Miquel Vila, Josep Samitier, Eduard Torrents, Isidro Ferrer, Rosalina Gavín, Masato Hagesawa, José Antonio Del Río
The cellular prion protein, encoded by the gene Prnp, has been reported to be a receptor of β-amyloid. Their interaction is mandatory for neurotoxic effects of β-amyloid oligomers. In this study, we aimed to explore whether the cellular prion protein participates in the spreading of α-synuclein. Results demonstrate that Prnp expression is not mandatory for α-synuclein spreading. However, although the pathological spreading of α-synuclein can take place in the absence of Prnp, α-synuclein expanded faster in PrP(C)-overexpressing mice...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229330/the-involvement-of-the-myelin-associated-inhibitors-and-their-receptors-in-cns-plasticity-and-injury
#4
REVIEW
Anthony G Boghdadi, Leon Teo, James A Bourne
The limited capacity for the central nervous system (CNS) to repair itself was first described over 100 years ago by Spanish neuroscientist Ramon Y. Cajal. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this failure in neuronal regeneration remain unclear and, as such, no effective therapeutics yet exist. Numerous studies have attempted to elucidate the biochemical and molecular mechanisms that inhibit neuronal repair with increasing evidence suggesting that several inhibitory factors and repulsive guidance cues active during development actually persist into adulthood and may be contributing to the inhibition of repair...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224479/modulation-of-arts-and-xiap-by-parkin-is-associated-with-carnosic-acid-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-apoptosis
#5
Ru-Huei Fu, Li-Chun Huang, Chia-Yuan Lin, Chia-Wen Tsai
The mediation of apoptosis-related protein in the TGF-β signaling pathway (ARTS) and X-liked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) by parkin plays a critical role in preventing Parkinson's disease. We studied whether carnosic acid (CA) could prevent 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced apoptosis by modulating ARTS and XIAP through parkin in SH-SY5Y cells. In cells treated with 6-OHDA, the protein expression of ARTS is increased and XIAP is decreased. Pretreatment of cells with CA reversed these effects. Moreover, CA attenuated the activation of caspase 9 and caspase 7 by 6-OHDA...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224478/targeting-the-nf-e2-related-factor-2-pathway-a-novel-strategy-for-traumatic-brain-injury
#6
REVIEW
Li Zhang, Handong Wang
As an essential component of cellular defense against a variety of endogenous and exogenous stresses, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has received increased attention in the past decades. Multiple studies indicate that Nrf2 acts not only as an important protective factor in injury models but also as a downstream target of therapeutic agents. Activation of Nrf2 has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in central nervous system (CNS) injury such as traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224477/genistein-alleviates-neuroinflammation-and-restores-cognitive-function-in-rat-model-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-underlying-mechanisms
#7
Ajaz Ahmad Ganai, Mohammad Husain
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neuropsychiatric syndrome resulting from acute liver failure. Previously, we demonstrated hepatoprotective effects of genistein in D-galactosamine (D-GalN)-induced fulminant hepatic failure (FHF). In this study, we evaluated behavioural and neuroprotective effects of genistein in rat model of HE. HE was induced by intraperitonial administration of D-GalN (250 mg/kg BW) twice a week for 30 days Genistein was given as co-treatment through oral gavage daily at dose of 5 mg/kg BW...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224476/protein-phosphatase-2a-a-double-faced-phosphatase-of-cellular-system-and-its-role-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
#8
REVIEW
Md Nematullah, M N Hoda, Farah Khan
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine phosphatase, is a vitally important phosphatase for the cellular system. Structurally, it is constituted of three different subunits, namely catalytic subunit (PP2Ac), structural scaffold subunit (PP2A-A), and regulatory subunit (PP2A-B). All subunits have various isoforms, and catalytic and scaffold subunits are ubiquitously expressed, whereas regulatory subunits are more specific to tissue and cell type. It is the numerous possibilities of PP2A holoenzyme assembly with varying isoform components that make it possess a dual nature of activator or the inhibitory character in different signaling pathways, namely neural developmental pathways, Akt/protein kinase B pathway, NF-kB pathway, MAPK pathway, apoptosis pathway, and cell cycle progression to name a few...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220356/overexpression-of-line-1-retrotransposons-in-autism-brain
#9
Svitlana Shpyleva, Stepan Melnyk, Oleksandra Pavliv, Igor Pogribny, S Jill James
Long interspersed nuclear elements-1 (LINE-1 or L1) are mobile DNA sequences that are capable of duplication and insertion (retrotransposition) within the genome. Recently, retrotransposition of L1 was shown to occur within human brain leading to somatic mosaicism in hippocampus and cerebellum. Because unregulated L1 activity can promote genomic instability and mutagenesis, multiple mechanisms including epigenetic chromatin condensation have evolved to effectively repress L1 expression. Nonetheless, L1 expression has been shown to be increased in patients with Rett syndrome and schizophrenia...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215000/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-attenuate-lipopolysaccharide-induced-memory-impairment-by-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-bdnf-creb-expression-and-apoptosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#10
Ruby Goel, Shahnawaz Ali Bhat, Kashif Hanif, Chandishwar Nath, Rakesh Shukla
Clinical studies demonstrated a positive correlation between hypertension and cognitive decline. Beneficial effects of angiotensin II receptor blockers on cognitive functions have also been reported earlier; however, its role in chronic neuroinflammation-induced memory impairment in the hypertensive state is not well understood. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers on memory impairment induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214999/e6-associated-protein-dependent-estrogen-receptor-regulation-of-protein-kinase-a-regulatory-subunit-r2a-expression-in-neuroblastoma
#11
Jean-Pierre Obeid, Youssef H Zeidan, Nawal Zafar, Jimmy El Hokayem
E6ap is a known transcriptional coregulator for estrogen receptor alpha (Er, Erα) in the presence of estrogen. Protein kinase A (PKA) contains two regulatory subunits derived from four genes. Recent evidence demonstrates that PKA regulates E6ap activity. Data generated in our lab indicated estrogen dependent regulation of Pkar2a levels. Our project sets to investigate a possible feedback mechanism constituting of Erα and E6ap transcriptional regulation of Pkar2a expression. Western blot evaluated protein regulation correlations with E2 in mouse neuroblastoma lines...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211008/injected-amyloid-beta-in-the-olfactory-bulb-transfers-to-other-brain-regions-via-neural-connections-in-mice
#12
Baixuan He, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Zhe Shi, Simei Long, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Ti-Fei Yuan, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive neuronal degeneration and pathological accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. It has been proposed that the prion-like spreading of amyloid beta (Aβ) protein could contribute to the progression of the disease. Olfactory bulb (OB) is one of the earliest brain regions affected in AD and olfaction is easily impaired prior to cognitive symptoms. However, it remains unclear whether Aβ accumulation in the OB would spread along olfactory projections to other connected brain regions and trigger further neurodegeneration...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204960/sites-and-functional-consequence-of-alkylphenol-anesthetic-binding-to-kv1-2-channels
#13
Weiming Bu, Qiansheng Liang, Lianteng Zhi, Lina Maciunas, Patrick J Loll, Roderic G Eckenhoff, Manuel Covarrubias
Inhalational general anesthetics, such as sevoflurane and isoflurane, modulate a subset of brain Kv1 potassium channels. However, the Kv1.2 channel is resistant to propofol, a commonly used intravenous alkylphenol anesthetic. We hypothesize that propofol binds to a presumed pocket involving the channel's S4-S5 linker, but functional transduction is poor and, therefore, propofol efficacy is low. To test this hypothesis, we used a photoactive propofol analog (meta-aziPropofol = AziPm) to directly probe binding and electrophysiological and mutational analyses in Xenopus oocytes to probe function...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197785/retraction-note-to-the-downregulation-of-microrna-146a-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-pathways-activity-in-glioblastoma
#14
Shunzeng Lv, Bowen Sun, Congxin Dai, Ranran Shi, Xingtong Zhou, Wenyuan Lv, Xiao Zhong, Renzhi Wang, Wenbin Ma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194647/cofilin-mediates-lps-induced-microglial-cell-activation-and-associated-neurotoxicity-through-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak-stat-pathway
#15
Qasim Alhadidi, Zahoor A Shah
Microglial cells are activated in response to different types of injuries or stress in the CNS. Such activation is necessary to get rid of the injurious agents and restore tissue homeostasis. However, excessive activation of microglial cells is harmful and contributes to secondary injury. Pertinently, microglial cell activity was targeted in many preclinical and clinical studies but such strategy failed in clinical trials. The main reason behind the failed attempts is the complexity of the injury mechanisms which needs either a combination therapy or targeting a process that is involved in multiple pathways...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194646/nanoemulsion-thermoreversible-pluronic-f127-based-hydrogel-containing-hyptis-pectinata-lamiaceae-leaf-essential-oil-produced-a-lasting-anti-hyperalgesic-effect-in-chronic-noninflammatory-widespread-pain-in-mice
#16
Lucindo J Quintans-Júnior, Renan G Brito, Jullyana S S Quintans, Priscila L Santos, Zaine T Camargo, Péricles A Barreto, Maria F Arrigoni-Blank, Waldecy Lucca-Júnior, Luciana Scotti, Marcus T Scotti, Sandra J Kolker, Kathleen A Sluka
We evaluated if a nanostructured thermoreversible Pluronic F127-based hydrogel incorporated with Hyptis pectinata leaf essential oil (NE-EOH) produces a long-lasting anti-hyperalgesic effect on chronic muscle pain in an animal model. We induced chronic muscle pain by injecting the gastrocnemius with saline injections. Paw and muscle withdrawal thresholds and motor performance were evaluated after treatment and compared with morphine, diazepam, or vehicle. Naloxone and methysergide administration tested the involvement of opioid and serotonin receptors, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194645/expression-of-a-novel-ciliary-protein-iiig9-during-the-differentiation-and-maturation-of-ependymal-cells
#17
M Cifuentes, V Baeza, P M Arrabal, R Visser, J M Grondona, N Saldivia, F Martínez, F Nualart, K Salazar
IIIG9 is the regulatory subunit 32 of protein phosphatase 1 (PPP1R32), a key phosphatase in the regulation of ciliary movement. IIIG9 localization is restricted to cilia in the trachea, fallopian tube, and testicle, suggesting its involvement in the polarization of ciliary epithelium. In the adult brain, IIIG9 mRNA has only been detected in ciliated ependymal cells that cover the ventricular walls. In this work, we prepared a polyclonal antibody against rat IIIG9 and used this antibody to show for the first time the ciliary localization of this protein in adult ependymal cells...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194644/ionizing-radiation-blocks-hair-cell-regeneration-in-zebrafish-lateral-line-neuromasts-by-preventing-wnt-signaling
#18
Rong Li, Guixiang Liao, Guo Yin, Baiyao Wang, Miaohong Yan, Xiaoshan Lin, Wenqing Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Shasha Du, Yawei Yuan
Loss of hair cells occurs after radiotherapy, which is a major treatment modality for head and neck cancers. In the lateral line neuromasts of zebrafish, hair cells regenerate rapidly from supporting cells after damage from ototoxins. To investigate hair cell regeneration after radiation damage, zebrafish larvae were exposed to radiation, and hair cells were counted and cell proliferation was detected in neuromasts. After irradiation exposure, cell proliferation was inhibited in neuromasts and the number of supporting cells remained stable...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194643/ultra-efficient-amplification-of-abnormal-prion-protein-by-modified-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification-with-electric-current
#19
Jeong-Ho Park, Yeong-Gon Choi, Seok-Joo Park, Hong-Seok Choi, Eun-Kyoung Choi, Yong-Sun Kim
Prion diseases are clinically diagnosed and confirmed upon post-mortem histopathological examination of brain tissue. The only reliable molecular marker for prion diseases is abnormal prion protein (PrPSc), a pathologically conformed prion protein that primarily accumulates in the central nervous system and to a lesser extent in lymphoreticular tissues. However, the use of PrPSc as a marker for preclinical diagnoses is limited because the concentration of PrPSc in easily accessible body fluids is extremely low...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190239/evaluation-of-possible-consequences-of-zika-virus-infection-in-the-developing-nervous-system
#20
REVIEW
Lais Takata Walter, Guilherme Shigueto Vilar Higa, Juliane Midori Ikebara, Danila Vedovello, Felipe Scassi Salvador, Silvia Honda Takada, Erika Reime Kinjo, Benjamin J Whalley, Márcia Aparecida Sperança, Alexandre Hiroaki Kihara
The Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak that occurred in the northeast of Brazil in 2015 led to alarming numbers of babies born with microcephaly in this region. Since then, several studies have evaluated the relationship between ZIKV infection and development of the malformation although the specific mechanistic interaction between ZIKV and human physiological processes that ultimately manifest as microcephaly remains debated. Importantly, most current studies did not consider the specificities of the biology and life cycle of ZIKV...
February 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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