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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447311/attenuation-of-glutamate-induced-excitotoxicity-by-withanolide-a-in-neuron-like-cells-role-for-pi3k-akt-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Nawab John Dar, Naresh Kumar Satti, Prabhu Dutt, Abid Hamid, Muzamil Ahmad
Glutamate-induced excitotoxicity is one of the major underlying mechanisms for neurodegenerative diseases. Efforts are being made to treat such conditions with an array of natural compounds that can modulate the release of glutamate or the underlying mechanisms associated with it. Withania somnifera extract has potent pharmacologic activity similar to that of Korean Ginseng tea and is used to treat several neuronal disorders. However, to date, little efforts have been made to evaluate individual constituents of this plant for neurodegenerative disorders...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421542/neural-stem-cell-transplantation-promotes-functional-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury-via-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-mediated-neuroplasticity
#2
Liu-Lin Xiong, Yue Hu, Piao Zhang, Zhuo Zhang, Li-Hong Li, Guo-Dong Gao, Xin-Fu Zhou, Ting-Hua Wang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) induces cognitive impairments, motor and behavioral deficits. Previous evidences have suggested that neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation could facilitate functional recovery from brain insults, but their underlying mechanisms remains to be elucidated. Here, we established TBI model by an electromagnetic-controlled cortical impact device in the rats. Then, 5 μl NSCs (5.0 × 10(5)/μl), derived from green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic mouse, was transplanted into the traumatic brain regions of rats at 24 h after injury...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421541/systemic-inflammation-as-a-driver-of-brain-injury-the-astrocyte-as-an-emerging-player
#3
Bruna Bellaver, João Paulo Dos Santos, Douglas Teixeira Leffa, Larissa Daniele Bobermin, Paola Haack Amaral Roppa, Iraci Lucena da Silva Torres, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves, Diogo Onofre Souza, André Quincozes-Santos
Severe systemic inflammation has strong effects on brain functions, promoting permanent neurocognitive dysfunction and high mortality rates. Additionally, hippocampal damage seems to be directly involved in this process and astrocytes play an important role in neuroinflammation and in the neuroimmune response. However, the contribution of the astrocytes to the pathology of acute brain dysfunction is not well understood. Recently, our group established a protocol for obtaining astrocyte cultures from mature brain to allow the characterization of these cells and their functions under pathologic conditions...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421540/maternal-folic-acid-supplementation-during-pregnancy-improves-neurobehavioral-development-in-rat-offspring
#4
Xinyan Wang, Wen Li, Shou Li, Jing Yan, John X Wilson, Guowei Huang
Maternal folate status during pregnancy may influence central nervous system (CNS) development in offspring. However, the recommended intakes of folic acid for women of childbearing age differ among countries and there is still no consensus about whether folic acid should be supplemented continuously throughout pregnancy. We hypothesized that folic acid supplementation may be more beneficial for offspring's neurobehavioral development if prolonged throughout pregnancy instead of being limited to the periconceptional period...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421539/%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregates-with-%C3%AE-amyloid-or-tau-in-human-red-blood-cells-correlation-with-antioxidant-capability-and-physical-exercise-in-human-healthy-subjects
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Simona Daniele, Deborah Pietrobono, Jonathan Fusi, Caterina Iofrida, Lucia Chico, Lucia Petrozzi, Annalisa Lo Gerfo, Filippo Baldacci, Fabio Galetta, Gabriele Siciliano, Ubaldo Bonuccelli, Gino Santoro, Maria Letizia Trincavelli, Ferdinando Franzoni, Claudia Martini
Neurodegenerative disorders (NDs) are characterized by abnormal accumulation/misfolding of specific proteins, primarily α-synuclein (α-syn), β-amyloid1-42 (Aβ), and tau, in both brain and peripheral tissue. In addition to homo-oligomers, the role of α-syn interactions with Aβ or tau has gradually emerged. The altered protein accumulation has been related to both oxidative stress and physical activity; nevertheless, no correlation among the presence of peripheral α-syn hetero-aggregates, antioxidant capacity, and physical exercise has been discovered as of yet...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421538/roles-of-nitric-oxide-synthase-isoforms-in-neurogenesis
#6
REVIEW
Cheong-Meng Chong, Nana Ai, Minjing Ke, Yuan Tan, Zhijian Huang, Yong Li, Jia-Hong Lu, Wei Ge, Huanxing Su
Nitric oxide (NO), a free radical gas, acts as a neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in the central nervous system (CNS). It has been widely explored as a mediator of neuroinflammation, neuronal damages, and neurodegeneration at its pathological levels. Recently, increasing evidence suggests that NO plays key roles in mediating adult neurogenesis, the process of neural stem cells (NSCs) to generate newborn neurons for replacing damaged neurons or maintaining the function of the brain. NO synthase (NOS) is a major enzyme catalyzing the generation of NO in the brain...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421537/satb2-ablation-impairs-hippocampus-based-long-term-spatial-memory-and-short-term-working-memory-and-immediate-early-genes-iegs-mediated-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
#7
Ying Li, Qiang-Long You, Sheng-Rong Zhang, Wei-Yuan Huang, Wen-Jun Zou, Wei Jie, Shu-Ji Li, Ji-Hong Liu, Chuang-Ye Lv, Jin Cong, Yu-Ying Hu, Tian-Ming Gao, Jian-Ming Li
Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 (Satb2) is a protein binding to the matrix attachment regions of DNA and important for gene regulation. Patients with SATB2 mutation usually suffer moderate to severe mental retardation. However, the mechanisms for the defects of intellectual activities in patients with SATB2 mutation are largely unclear. Here we established the heterozygous Satb2 mutant mice and Satb2 conditional knockout mice to mimic the patients with SATB2 mutation and figured out the role of Satb2 in mental activities...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421536/lysosomal-quality-control-in-prion-diseases
#8
REVIEW
Priyanka Majumder, Oishee Chakrabarti
Prion diseases are transmissible, familial or sporadic. The prion protein (PrP), a normal cell surface glycoprotein, is ubiquitously expressed throughout the body. While loss of function of PrP does not elicit apparent phenotypes, generation of misfolded forms of the protein or its aberrant metabolic isoforms has been implicated in a number of neurodegenerative disorders such as scrapie, kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, fatal familial insomnia, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker and bovine spongiform encephalopathy...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421535/microrna-metabolism-and-dysregulation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
REVIEW
Paola Rinchetti, Mafalda Rizzuti, Irene Faravelli, Stefania Corti
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a subset of endogenous, small, non-coding RNA molecules involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. Dysregulation in miRNA-related pathways in the central nervous system (CNS) is associated with severe neuronal injury and cell death, which can lead to the development of neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a fatal adult onset disease characterized by the selective loss of upper and lower motor neurons. While the pathogenesis of ALS is still largely unknown, familial ALS forms linked to TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) and fused in sarcoma (FUS) gene mutations, as well as sporadic forms, display changes in several steps of RNA metabolism, including miRNA processing...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421534/immune-alterations-in-cd8-t-cells-are-associated-with-neuronal-c-c-and-c-x-c-chemokine-receptor-regulation-through-adenosine-a2a-receptor-signaling-in-a-btbr-t-itpr3-tf-j-autistic-mouse-model
#10
Sheikh F Ahmad, Mushtaq A Ansari, Ahmed Nadeem, Saleh A Bakheet, Raish Mohammad, Sabry M Attia
Associative studies on a range of neurodevelopmental disorders have identified relationships between behavioral deficits and immune system function. The BTBR T(+) Itpr3(tf)/J (BTBR) mouse strain displays aberrant characteristics in its social behavior and immune responses, providing a significant opportunity to examine the relationship between behavior and the immune system. This study investigated the influence of adenosine A2A receptor activity on C-C and C-X-C chemokine receptors involved in autism in the BTBR mouse model...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421533/changes-in-the-prefrontal-glutamatergic-and-parvalbumin-systems-of-mice-exposed-to-unpredictable-chronic-stress
#11
Ryan Shepard, Laurence Coutellier
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is highly sensitive to the effects of stress, a known risk factor of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Abnormalities in PFC functioning have been well described in humans displaying stress-induced depressive symptoms, and hypoactivity of the PFC is now recognized to be a key feature of the depressed brain. However, little is known about the causes and mechanisms leading to this altered prefrontal functional activity in the context of stress-related mood disorders. We previously showed that unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) in mice increases prefrontal expression of parvalbumin (PV), an activity-dependent calcium-binding albumin protein expressed in a specific subtype of GABAergic neurons, highlighting a potential mechanism through which chronic stress leads to hypofunction of the PFC...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421532/matrix-metalloproteinase-8-inhibition-prevents-disruption-of-blood-spinal-cord-barrier-and-attenuates-inflammation-in-rat-model-of-spinal-cord-injury
#12
Hemant Kumar, Min-Jae Jo, Hyemin Choi, Manjunatha S Muttigi, Seil Shon, Byung-Joo Kim, Soo-Hong Lee, In-Bo Han
After spinal cord injury (SCI), tight junction (TJ) protein degradation increases permeability and disrupts the blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB). The BSCB is primarily formed of endothelial cell, which forms a specialized tight seal due to the presence of TJs. BSCB disruption after SCI allows neutrophil infiltration. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-8 is believed to be mainly expressed by neutrophils and is quickly released upon neutrophil activation. Here, we determined whether MMP-8 is involved in the TJ protein degradation in endothelial cells and also determined its role in the neuroinflammation after SCI...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421531/retraction-note-to-sdf-1-cxcr4-axis-regulates-cell-cycle-progression-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-via-up-regulation-of-survivin-in-glioblastoma
#13
Anyan Liao, Ranran Shi, Yuliang Jiang, Suqing Tian, Panpan Li, Fuxi Song, Yalan Qu, Jinna Li, Haiqin Yun, Xiangshan Yang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421530/time-of-day-dependent-neuronal-injury-after-ischemic-stroke-implication-of-circadian-clock-transcriptional-factor-bmal1-and-survival-kinase-akt
#14
Mustafa Caglar Beker, Berrak Caglayan, Esra Yalcin, Ahmet Burak Caglayan, Seyma Turkseven, Busra Gurel, Taha Kelestemur, Elif Sertel, Zafer Sahin, Selim Kutlu, Ulkan Kilic, Ahmet Tarik Baykal, Ertugrul Kilic
Occurrence of stroke cases displays a time-of-day variation in human. However, the mechanism linking circadian rhythm to the internal response mechanisms against pathophysiological events after ischemic stroke remained largely unknown. To this end, temporal changes in the susceptibility to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury were investigated in mice in which the ischemic stroke induced at four different Zeitgeber time points with 6-h intervals (ZT0, ZT6, ZT12, and ZT18). Besides infarct volume and brain swelling, neuronal survival, apoptosis, ischemia, and circadian rhythm related proteins were examined using immunohistochemistry, Western blot, planar surface immune assay, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry tools...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401475/mitochondrial-quality-control-and-disease-insights-into-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#15
REVIEW
Anthony R Anzell, Rita Maizy, Karin Przyklenk, Thomas H Sanderson
Mitochondria are key regulators of cell fate during disease. They control cell survival via the production of ATP that fuels cellular processes and, conversely, cell death via the induction of apoptosis through release of pro-apoptotic factors such as cytochrome C. Therefore, it is essential to have stringent quality control mechanisms to ensure a healthy mitochondrial network. Quality control mechanisms are largely regulated by mitochondrial dynamics and mitophagy. The processes of mitochondrial fission (division) and fusion allow for damaged mitochondria to be segregated and facilitate the equilibration of mitochondrial components such as DNA, proteins, and metabolites...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401474/tracking-effects-of-sil1-increase-taking-a-closer-look-beyond-the-consequences-of-elevated-expression-level
#16
Thomas Labisch, Stephan Buchkremer, Vietxuan Phan, Laxmikanth Kollipara, Christian Gatz, Chris Lentz, Kay Nolte, Jörg Vervoorts, José Andrés González Coraspe, Albert Sickmann, Stephanie Carr, René P Zahedi, Joachim Weis, Andreas Roos
SIL1 acts as a co-chaperone for the major ER-resident chaperone BiP and thus plays a role in many BiP-dependent cellular functions such as protein-folding control and unfolded protein response. Whereas the increase of BiP upon cellular stress conditions is a well-known phenomenon, elevation of SIL1 under stress conditions was thus far solely studied in yeast, and different studies indicated an adverse effect of SIL1 increase. This is seemingly in contrast with the beneficial effect of SIL1 increase in surviving neurons in neurodegenerative disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391555/exfoliated-human-olfactory-neuroepithelium-a-source-of-neural-progenitor-cells
#17
Ana L Jiménez-Vaca, Gloria Benitez-King, Víctor Ruiz, Gerardo B Ramírez-Rodríguez, Beatriz Hernández-de la Cruz, Fabio A Salamanca-Gómez, Humberto González-Márquez, Israel Ramírez-Sánchez, Leonardo Ortíz-López, Cristina Vélez-Del Valle, Rosa Ma Ordoñez-Razo
Neural progenitor cells (NPC) contained in the human adult olfactory neuroepithelium (ONE) possess an undifferentiated state, the capability of self-renewal, the ability to generate neural and glial cells as well as being kept as neurospheres in cell culture conditions. Recently, NPC have been isolated from human or animal models using high-risk surgical methods. Therefore, it was necessary to improve methodologies to obtain and maintain human NPC as well as to achieve better knowledge of brain disorders. In this study, we propose the establishment and characterization of NPC cultures derived from the human olfactory neuroepithelium, using non-invasive procedures...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391554/translesion-synthesis-dna-polymerase-kappa-is-indispensable-for-dna-repair-synthesis-in-cisplatin-exposed-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#18
Ming Zhuo, Murat F Gorgun, Ella W Englander
In the peripheral nervous system (PNS) in the absence of tight blood barrier, neurons are at increased risk of DNA damage, yet the question of how effectively PNS neurons manage DNA damage remains largely unanswered. Genotoxins in systemic circulation include chemotherapeutic drugs that reach peripheral neurons and damage their DNA. Because neurotoxicity of platinum-based class of chemotherapeutic drugs has been implicated in PNS neuropathies, we utilized an in vitro model of Dorsal Root Ganglia (DRGs) to investigate how peripheral neurons respond to cisplatin that forms intra- and interstrand crosslinks with their DNA...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389999/effects-of-microrna-21-on-nerve-cell-regeneration-and-neural-function-recovery-in-diabetes-mellitus-combined-with-cerebral-infarction-rats-by-targeting-pdcd4
#19
Yun-Bao Guo, Tie-Feng Ji, Hong-Wei Zhou, Jin-Lu Yu
We aimed to determine the effect and mechanism of microRNA-21 (miR-21) on nerve cell regeneration and nerve functional recovery in diabetes mellitus combined with cerebral infarction (DM + CI) rats by targeting PDCD4. A total of 125 male Wistar rats were selected for DM + CI rat model construction and assigned into the blank, miR-21 mimics, mimics control, miR-21 inhibitor, inhibitor control, miR-21 inhibitor + si-PDCD4 and si-PDCD4 groups. And, 20 healthy rats were selected for the normal group. Triphenylterazolium chloride (TTC) staining and HE staining were used for determination of the area of CI and pathological changes, respectively...
April 7, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386848/identification-of-de-novo-dnmt3a-mutations-that-cause-west-syndrome-by-using-whole-exome-sequencing
#20
Zhenwei Liu, Zhongshan Li, Xiao Zhi, Yaoqiang Du, Zhongdong Lin, Jinyu Wu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EEs) are a group of severe neurodevelopmental disorders with extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent trio-based whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have demonstrated that de novo mutations (DNMs) play prominent roles in severe EE. In this study, we searched for potential causal DNMs by using high-coverage WES of four unrelated Chinese parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. Through extensive bioinformatic analysis, we identified three novel DNMs in DNMT3A, CDKL5, and MAMDC2 in three trios and two compound heterozygous mutations in KMT2A in one trio...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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