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Molecular Neurobiology

Lena Constantin
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNA molecules with wide-ranging and subtle effects on protein production. Their activity during the development of the cerebellum provides a valuable exemplar of how non-coding molecules may assist the development and function of the central nervous system and drive neurodevelopmental disorders. Three distinct aspects of miRNA contribution to early cerebellar development will here be reviewed. Aspects are the establishment of the cerebellar anlage, the generation and maturation of at least two principal cell types of the developing cerebellar microcircuit, and the etiology and early progression of autism spectrum disorder...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rifang Liao, Fengxia Yan, Zhuanping Zeng, Mohd Farhan, Peter Little, Remi Quirion, Lalit K Srivastava, Wenhua Zheng
Amiodarone (AM) is the most effective antiarrhythmic agent currently available. However, clinical application of AM is limited by its serious toxic adverse effects including optic neuropathy. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of AM and to assess if insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) could protect retinal neuronal cells from AM-induced apoptosis, and to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects. Accordingly, the phosphorylation/activation of Akt and FoxO3a were analyzed by Western blot while the possible pathways involved in the protection of IGF-1 were investigated by application of various pathway inhibitors...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Min Chen, Yang Xu, Rongchen Huang, Yubin Huang, Shuchao Ge, Bing Hu
Stimulating neuronal activity increases myelin sheath formation by individual oligodendrocytes, but how myelination is regulated by neuronal activity in vivo is still not fully understood. While in vitro studies have revealed the important role of N-cadherin in myelination, our understanding in vivo remains quite limited. To obtain the role of N-cadherin during activity-dependent regulation of myelinating capacity of individual oligodendrocytes, we successfully built an in vivo dynamic imaging model of the Mauthner cell at the subcellular structure level in the zebrafish central nervous system...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Alice Kunzler, Fares Zeidán-Chuliá, Juciano Gasparotto, Carolina Saibro Girardi, Karina Klafke, Lyvia Lintzmaier Petiz, Rafael Calixto Bortolin, Diana Carolina Rostirolla, Alfeu Zanotto-Filho, Matheus Augusto de Bittencourt Pasquali, Phillip Dickson, Peter Dunkley, José Cláudio Fonseca Moreira, Daniel Pens Gelain
Human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells have been used as an in vitro model for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and can be induced to a mature neuronal phenotype through retinoic acid (RA) differentiation. However, mechanisms of RA-induced differentiation remain unclear. Here, we investigate the role of reactive species (RS) on SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells under RA differentiation, using the antioxidant Trolox® as co-treatment. We found that RA treatment for 7 days reduced the cell number and proliferative capacity and induced the expression of adult catecholaminergic/neuronal markers such as tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), β-III tubulin, and enolase-2...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
M I Alvarez-Mora, L Rodriguez-Revenga, I Madrigal, M Guitart-Mampel, G Garrabou, M Milà
Mitochondrial involvement plays an important role in neurodegenerative diseases. At least one-third of adult carriers of a FMR1 premutation (55-200 CGG repeats) are at risk of presenting an adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder known as fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). In an attempt to provide new insights into the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of FXTAS, we characterized mitochondrial function and dynamics by the assessment of oxidative respiratory chain function, mitochondrial content, oxidative stress levels, and mitochondrial network complexity...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Xiangbing Wu, Chandler L Walker, Qingbo Lu, Wei Wu, Daniel B Eddelman, Jonathan M Parish, Xiao-Ming Xu
Activation of RhoA/Rho kinase leads to growth cone collapse and neurite retraction. Although RhoA/Rho kinase inhibition has been shown to improve axon regeneration, remyelination and functional recovery, its role in neuronal cell death remains unclear. To determine whether RhoA/Rho kinase played a role in neuronal death after injury, we investigated the relationship between RhoA/Rho kinase and cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), a lipase that mediates inflammation and cell death, using an in vitro neuronal death model and an in vivo contusive spinal cord injury model performed at the 10th thoracic (T10) vertebral level...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Silvia Honda Takada, Juliane Midori Ikebara, Erica de Sousa, Débora Sterzeck Cardoso, Rodrigo Ribeiro Resende, Henning Ulrich, Martin Rückl, Sten Rüdiger, Alexandre Hiroaki Kihara
It is well known that calcium (Ca(2+)) is involved in the triggering of neuronal death. Ca(2+) cytosolic levels are regulated by Ca(2+) release from internal stores located in organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum. Indeed, Ca(2+) transit from distinct cell compartments follows complex dynamics that are mediated by specific receptors, notably inositol trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs). Ca(2+) release by IP3Rs plays essential roles in several neurological disorders; however, details of these processes are poorly understood...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Ye Li, Yinan Luo, Tianfei Luo, Bin Lu, Chen Wang, Yanhong Zhang, Meihua Piao, Chunsheng Feng, Pengfei Ge
Protein aggregation has been proved to be a pathological basis accounting for neuronal death caused by either transient global ischemia or oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD), and inhibition of protein aggregation is emerging as a potential strategy of preventing brain damage. Trehalose was found to inhibit protein aggregation caused by neurodegenerative diseases via induction of autophagy, whereas its effect is still elusive on ischemia-induced protein aggregation. In this study, we investigated this issue by using rat model of transient global ischemia and SH-SY5Y model of OGD...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Svetlana Demyanenko, Anatoly Uzdensky
In ischemic stroke, cell damage propagates from infarct core to surrounding tissue. To reveal proteins involved in neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, we explored the protein profile in penumbra surrounding the photothrombotic infarct core induced in rat cerebral cortex by local laser irradiation after Bengal Rose administration. Using antibody microarrays, we studied changes in expression of 224 signaling proteins 1, 4, or 24 h after photothrombotic infarct compared with untreated contralateral cortex...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Inês Fonseca, Gisela Gordino, Sara Moreira, Maria João Nunes, Carla Azevedo, Maria João Gama, Elsa Rodrigues, Cecília Maria Pereira Rodrigues, Margarida Castro-Caldas
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October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Geisa Nogueira Salles, Fernanda Aparecida Dos Santos Pereira, Cristina Pacheco-Soares, Fernanda Roberta Marciano, Christian Hölscher, Thomas J Webster, Anderson Oliveira Lobo
Bioresorbable electrospun fibres have highly functional features that can preserve drug efficacy, avoiding premature degradation, and control drug release rates over long periods. In parallel, it is known that Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been linked to impaired insulin signalling in the brain. Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogues have beneficial effects on insulin release and possess exceptional neuroprotective properties. Herein, we describe for the first time the incorporation of a GLP-1 analogue, liraglutide, into electrospun poly (lactic acid) (PLA) fibres with in situ gelatin capsules, in order to provide the controlled release of liraglutide, improving neuroprotective properties...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Guiyou Liu, Fang Zhang, Yang Hu, Yongshuai Jiang, Zhongying Gong, Shoufeng Liu, Xiuju Chen, Qinghua Jiang, Junwei Hao
A recent genome-wide association study reported a significant association between rs9828519 (G) and nonresponsiveness to interferon-beta (IFN-β) treatment and dysregulation of SLC9A9 expression in multiple sclerosis (MS) cases. We hypothesize that disease-relevant tissues are necessary to detect the effects of rs9828519-tagged SNPs on SLC9A9 expression. Here, we investigated whether SLC9A9 expression is regulated by rs9828519-tagged SNPs in human brain tissue. We used HaploReg to identify the proxy SNPs of the rs9828519 variant based on linkage disequilibrium information from the 1000 Genomes Project...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Gerwyn Morris, George Anderson, Michael Maes
There is evidence that immune-inflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS) pathways play a role in the pathophysiology of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). There is also evidence that these neuroimmune diseases are accompanied by hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hypoactivity as indicated by lowered baseline glucocorticoid levels. This paper aims to review the bidirectional communications between immune-inflammatory and O&NS pathways and HPA axis hypoactivity in ME/CFS, considering two possibilities: (a) Activation of immune-inflammatory pathways is secondary to HPA axis hypofunction via attenuated negative feedback mechanisms, or (b) chronic activated immune-inflammatory and O&NS pathways play a causative role in HPA axis hypoactivity...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Luca La Via, Alessandro Barbon
Glutamate receptors play a key role in excitatory synaptic transmission and plasticity in the central nervous system (CNS). Their channel properties are largely dictated by the subunit composition of tetrameric receptors. Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) and kainate channels are assembled from GluA1-4 AMPA or GluK1-5 kainate receptor subunits. However, their functional properties are highly modulated by a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. This process involves the enzymatic deamination of specific adenosines (A) into inosines (I) in pre-messenger RNA...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rosalia Pellitteri, Roberta Bonfanti, Michela Spatuzza, Maria Teresa Cambria, Mariacristina Ferrara, Giuseppina Raciti, Agata Campisi
Herein, we assessed in a particular glial cell type, called olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), the effect of some growth factors (GFs) on tissue transglutaminase (TG2) overexpression induced by amyloid-beta (Aβ) with native full-length peptide 1-42 or by fragments, 25-35 or 35-25, as control. Previously, we demonstrated that TG2 overexpression induced by some stressors was down-regulated by GFs exposure in OECs. To monitor cell viability, an MTT test was used, while TG2 expression was examined using immunocytochemical and Western blot analysis...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Anelya Kh Alieva, Elena V Filatova, Anna A Kolacheva, Margarita M Rudenok, Petr A Slominsky, Mikhail V Ugrumov, Maria I Shadrina
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases. Despite progress in the study of the molecular, genetic, and pathogenic mechanisms of PD, it is unclear which processes trigger the development of the pathology associated with PD. Models of the presymptomatic and early symptomatic stages of PD induced by MPTP have been used to analyze changes in transcriptome profile in brain tissues, to identify specific patterns and mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in PD. The whole-transcriptome analysis in the brain tissues of the mice with MPTP-induced PD showed that striatum is involved in the pathogenesis in the earliest stages and the processes associated with vesicular transport may be altered...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
D Cartelli, G Cappelletti
Microtubules are dynamic structures normally associated to the cell division, during which they form the mitotic spindle, as well as to the initial phases of specification and polarization of various cell types, including neurons. Although microtubules could have a role in the death of many cells and tissues, the microtubule-based degenerative mechanisms have been poorly investigated; nevertheless, during the last two decades, many clues have been accumulated suggesting the importance of the microtubule system during neurodegeneration...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Sreekala S Nampoothiri, Tanvi Potluri, Harshith Subramanian, Rajanikant G Krishnamurthy
Despite years of research, most preclinical trials on ischemic stroke have remained unsuccessful owing to poor methodological and statistical standards leading to "translational roadblocks." Various behavioral tests have been established to evaluate traits such as sensorimotor function, cognitive and social interactions, and anxiety-like and depression-like behavior. A test's validity is of cardinal importance as it influences the chance of a successful translation of preclinical results to clinical settings...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Natalia Yanguas-Casás, M Asunción Barreda-Manso, Sandra Pérez-Rial, Manuel Nieto-Sampedro, Lorenzo Romero-Ramírez
The bile acid conjugate tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) is a neuroprotective agent in various animal models of neuropathologies. We have previously shown the anti-inflammatory properties of TUDCA in an animal model of acute neuroinflammation. Here, we present a new anti-inflammatory mechanism of TUDCA through the regulation of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) pathway. The bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was injected intravenously (iv) on TGFβ reporter mice (Smad-binding element (SBE)/Tk-Luc) to study in their brains the real-time activation profile of the TGFβ pathway in a non-invasive way...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rimpi Arora, Rahul Deshmukh
Embelin, the main active constituent of Embelia ribes, has been reported to possess various pharmacological actions, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, and neuroprotective. The present study was designed to investigate neuroprotective mechanisms and therapeutic potential of embelin against intracerebroventricular streptozotocin (ICV-STZ)-induced experimental sporadic dementia in rats. STZ was infused bilaterally at the dose of (3 mg/kg/1 μl/1 min) ICV on day first and third. Spatial and non-spatial memory was evaluated using Morris water maze and object recognition task in rats...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
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