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Molecular Neurobiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353457/fasting-and-fast-food-diet-play-an-opposite-role-in-mice-brain-aging
#1
Paola Castrogiovanni, Giovanni Li Volti, Cristina Sanfilippo, Daniele Tibullo, Fabio Galvano, Michele Vecchio, Roberto Avola, Ignazio Barbagallo, Lucia Malaguarnera, Sergio Castorina, Giuseppe Musumeci, Rosa Imbesi, Michelino Di Rosa
Fasting may be exploited as a possible strategy for prevention and treatment of several diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and aging. On the other hand, high-fat diet (HFD) represents a risk factor for several diseases and increased mortality. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of fasting on mouse brain aging transcriptome and how HFD regulates such pathways. We used the NCBI Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database, in order to identify suitable microarray datasets comparing mouse brain transcriptome under fasting or HFD vs aged mouse brain transcriptome...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353456/in-vivo-transient-and-partial-cell-reprogramming-to-pluripotency-as-a-therapeutic-tool-for-neurodegenerative-diseases
#2
REVIEW
S Tamanini, G P Comi, S Corti
In theory, human diseases in which a specific cell type degenerates, such as neurodegenerative diseases, can be therapeutically addressed by replacement of the lost cells. The classical strategy for cell replacement is exogenous cell transplantation, but now, cell replacement can also be achieved with in situ reprogramming. Indeed, many of these disorders are age-dependent, and "rejuvenating" strategies based on cell epigenetic modifications are a possible approach to counteract disease progression. In this context, transient and/or partial reprogramming of adult somatic cells towards pluripotency can be a promising tool for neuroregeneration...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353455/the-interplay-between-apolipoprotein-e4-and-the-autophagic-endocytic-lysosomal-axis
#3
REVIEW
E Schmukler, D M Michaelson, R Pinkas-Kramarski
Since its discovery as a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, the APOE4 allele has been linked to the majority of the pathological findings associated with the disease progression. These include abnormalities of the endocytic, autophagic, and lysosomal machineries, which begin at the most early stages of Alzheimer's disease development. Considering that these three vesicular systems share common features and, in fact, comprise an interconnected cargo-trafficking and degradation network, some of the effects of APOE4 are interrelated, while others are system-specific...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353454/acute-phase-plasma-osteopontin-as-an-independent-predictor-for-poor-outcome-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#4
Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Masato Shiba, Hirofumi Nishikawa, Mio Terashima, Fumihiro Kawakita, Masashi Fujimoto, Hidenori Suzuki
Experimental studies reported that osteopontin (OPN), a matricellular protein, is induced in brain after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between plasma OPN levels and outcome after aneurysmal SAH in a clinical setting. This is a prospective study consisting of 109 aneurysmal SAH patients who underwent aneurysmal obliteration within 48 h of SAH. Plasma OPN concentrations were serially determined at days 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 after onset. Various clinical factors as well as OPN values were compared between patients with 90-day good and poor outcomes...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349578/in-situ-tissue-labeling-of-cerebral-amyloid-using-hiv-related-tat-peptide
#5
E Maderna, L Colombo, A Cagnotto, G Di Fede, A Indaco, F Tagliavini, M Salmona, G Giaccone
Delivering peptide-based drugs to the brain is a major challenge because of the existence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). To overcome this problem, cell-penetrating peptides derived from proteins that are able to cross biological membranes have been used as cell-permeable and brain-penetrant compounds. An example is the transactivator of transcription protein transduction domain (Tat) of the human immunodeficiency virus. The basic domain of Tat is formed of arginine and lysine amino acid residues. Tat has been used as brain-penetrant carrier also in therapies for Alzheimer disease (AD), the most common form of dementia characterized by extracellular cerebral deposits of amyloid made up of Aβ peptide...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349577/combination-therapy-with-sulfasalazine-and-valproic-acid-promotes-human-glioblastoma-cell-death-through-imbalance-of-the-intracellular-oxidative-response
#6
Carlos Gustavo Garcia, Suzana Assad Kahn, Luiz Henrique Medeiros Geraldo, Igor Romano, Ivan Domith, Deborah Christinne Lima E Silva, Fernando Dos Santos Assunção, Marcos José Ferreira, Camila Cabral Portugal, Jorge Marcondes de Souza, Luciana Ferreira Romão, Annibal Duarte Pereira Netto, Flávia Regina Souza Lima, Marcelo Cossenza
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive malignant primary brain tumor and still lacks effective therapeutic strategies. It has already been shown that old drugs like sulfasalazine (SAS) and valproic acid (VPA) present antitumoral activities in glioma cell lines. SAS has also been associated with a decrease of intracellular glutathione (GSH) levels through a potent inhibition of xc- glutamate/cystine exchanger leading to an antioxidant deprotection. In the same way, VPA was recently identified as a histone deacetylase (HDAT) inhibitor capable of activating tumor suppression genes...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349576/prep1-deficiency-affects-olfactory-perception-and-feeding-behavior-by-impairing-bdnf-trkb-mediated-neurotrophic-signaling
#7
Serena Ricci, Davide Viggiano, Ilaria Cimmino, Giuseppe Perruolo, Serena Cabaro, Antonietta Liotti, Francesca Fiory, Rosa Spinelli, Angelina Di Carlo, Francesco Beguinot, Pietro Formisano, Francesco Oriente
Prep1 is a homeodomain transcription factor which has an important role in hindbrain development. Prep1 expression is also kept in adult mouse brain and in particular within the olfactory bulbs. Moreover, many Prep1 neurons co-localize with Calbindin-positive periglomerular interneurons in olfactory glomerular layer. However, Prep1 function in this brain region is still unknown. In this study, we show that Prep1 hypomorphic heterozygous (Prep1 i/+ ) mice express low levels of protein and feature a 30% reduction of olfactory bulb area, compared to WT mice...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349575/parkin-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-cancer-a-double-edged-sword
#8
REVIEW
Khushnuma Wahabi, Ahmad Perwez, Moshahid A Rizvi
Parkin for more than a decade has been portrayed as a neuroprotector gene is now increasingly emerging as a multifaceted gene that can exert entirely opposite effects i.e., both cell proliferation and apoptosis. Parkinson's disease, a neurological disease, progresses due to excess in cell death, while, in case of cancer, cell death normally fails to occur. Parkin, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, was first identified as a gene implicated in autosomal recessive juvenile Parkinsonism, but several evidences indicate that Parkin is a tumor suppressor gene, involved in a variety of cancers...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349574/pacific-ciguatoxin-induces-excitotoxicity-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-motor-cortex-via-caspase-3-activation-implication-for-irreversible-motor-deficit
#9
Pallavi Asthana, Ni Zhang, Gajendra Kumar, Virendra Bhagawan Chine, Kunal Kumar Singh, Yim Ling Mak, Leo Lai Chan, Paul Kwan Sing Lam, Chi Him Eddie Ma
Consumption of fish containing ciguatera toxins or ciguatoxins (CTXs) causes ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). In some patients, CFP recurrence occurs even years after exposure related to CTXs accumulation. Pacific CTX-1 (P-CTX-1) is one of the most potent natural substances known that causes predominantly neurological symptoms in patients; however, the underlying pathogenies of CFP remain unknown. Using clinically relevant neurobehavioral tests and electromyography (EMG) to assess effects of P-CTX-1 during the 4 months after exposure, recurrent motor strength deficit occurred in mice exposed to P-CTX-1...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349573/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-elevates-stimulus-evoked-release-of-dopamine-in-freely-moving-rats
#10
Juho-Matti Renko, Susanne Bäck, Merja H Voutilainen, T Petteri Piepponen, Ilkka Reenilä, Mart Saarma, Raimo K Tuominen
Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) hold potential as disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), and mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) have shown neuroprotective and restorative effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons in various animal models of Parkinson's disease. To date, however, their effects on brain neurochemistry have not been compared using in vivo microdialysis...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344929/pla2g6-deficiency-in-zebrafish-leads-to-dopaminergic-cell-death-axonal-degeneration-increased-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-and-defects-in-brain-functions-and-pathways
#11
Elena Sánchez, Luis J Azcona, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
This study aimed to gain insights into the pathophysiology underlying PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration that is implicated in three different neurological disorders, suggesting that other, unknown genetic or environmental factors might contribute to its wide phenotypic expression. To accomplish this, we downregulated the function of pla2g6 in the zebrafish nervous system, performed parkinsonism-related phenotypic characterization, and determined the effects of gene regulation upon the loss of pla2g6 function by using RNA sequencing and downstream analyses...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344928/morphine-mediated-brain-region-specific-astrocytosis-involves-the-er-stress-autophagy-axis
#12
Susmita Sil, Palsamy Periyasamy, Ming-Lei Guo, Shannon Callen, Shilpa Buch
A recent study from our lab has revealed a link between morphine-mediated autophagy and synaptic impairment. The current study was aimed at investigating whether morphine-mediated activation of astrocytes involved the ER stress/autophagy axis. Our in vitro findings demonstrated upregulation of GFAP indicating astrocyte activation with a concomitant increase in the production of proinflammatory cytokines in morphine-exposed human astrocytes. Using both pharmacological and gene-silencing approaches, it was demonstrated that morphine-mediated defective autophagy involved upstream activation of ER stress with subsequent downstream astrocyte activation via the μ-opioid receptor (MOR)...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344927/correction-to-protein-biomarkers-and-neuroproteomics-characterization-of-microvesicles-exosomes-from-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#13
Rachna Manek, Ahmed Moghieb, Zhihui Yang, Dhwani Kumar, Firas Kobeissy, George Anis Sarkis, Vijaya Raghavan, Kevin K W Wang
The original version of this article unfortunately contained a typographical error on Author's name "Firas Kobessiy". This should be corrected as "Firas Kobeissy".
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335846/cotinine-a-therapy-for-memory-extinction-in-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#14
REVIEW
Cristhian Mendoza, George E Barreto, Alexandre Iarkov, Vadim V Tarasov, Gjumrakch Aliev, Valentina Echeverria
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may develop after exposure to exceptionally threatening or unescapable horrifying events. Actual therapies fail to alleviate the emotional suffering and cognitive impairment associated with this disorder, mostly because they are ineffective in treating the failure to extinguish trauma memories in a great percentage of those affected. In this review, current behavioral, cellular, and molecular evidence supporting the use of cotinine for treating PTSD are reviewed...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335845/carnosic-acid-as-a-promising-agent-in-protecting-mitochondria-of-brain-cells
#15
REVIEW
Marcos Roberto de Oliveira
Carnosic acid (CA; C20H28O4), a phenolic diterpene characterized as an ortho-dihydroquinone-type molecule, is a pro-electrophile agent that becomes an electrophile after reacting with free radicals. The electrophile generated from CA interacts with and activates the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) transcription factor, which is a major modulator of redox biology in mammalian cells. CA induces antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in several cell types, as observed in both in vitro and in vivo experimental models...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335844/the-adiponectin-homolog-osmotin-enhances-neurite-outgrowth-and-synaptic-complexity-via-adipor1-ngr1-signaling-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Gwangho Yoon, Shahid Ali Shah, Tahir Ali, Myeong Ok Kim
Alzheimer's disease is a major neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss and cognitive deficits. Recently, we reported that osmotin, which is a homolog of adiponectin, improved long-term potentiation and cognitive functions in Alzheimer's disease mice. Several lines of evidence have suggested that Nogo-A and the Nogo-66 receptor 1 (NgR1), which form a complex that inhibits long-term potentiation and cognitive function, might be associated with the adiponectin receptor 1 (AdipoR1), which is a receptor for osmotin...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330839/peripheral-blood-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-as-a-biomarker-of-alzheimer-s-disease-are-there-methodological-biases
#17
REVIEW
Marta Balietti, Cinzia Giuli, Fiorenzo Conti
Mounting evidence that alterations in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels and signaling may be involved in the etiopathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has suggested that its blood levels could be used as a biomarker of the disease. However, higher, lower, or unchanged circulating BDNF levels have all been described in AD patients compared to healthy controls. Although the reasons for such different findings are unclear, methodological issues are likely to be involved. The heterogeneity of participant recruitment criteria and the lack of control of variables that influence circulating BDNF levels regardless of dementia (depressive symptoms, medications, lifestyle, lack of overlap between serum and plasma, and experimental aspects) are likely to bias result and prevent study comparability...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327207/phenotypic-and-functional-characteristics-of-human-schwann-cells-as-revealed-by-cell-based-assays-and-rna-seq
#18
Paula V Monje, David Sant, Gaofeng Wang
This study comprehensively addresses the phenotype, function, and whole transcriptome of primary human and rodent Schwann cells (SCs) and highlights key species-specific features beyond the expected donor variability that account for the differential ability of human SCs to proliferate, differentiate, and interact with axons in vitro. Contrary to rat SCs, human SCs were insensitive to mitogenic factors other than neuregulin and presented phenotypic variants at various stages of differentiation, along with a mixture of proliferating and senescent cells, under optimal growth-promoting conditions...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327206/brain-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-narrative-review
#19
REVIEW
Farzad Salehpour, Javad Mahmoudi, Farzin Kamari, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Michael R Hamblin
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (cytochrome c oxidase) and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327205/nociceptive-roles-of-trpm2-ion-channel-in-pathologic-pain
#20
REVIEW
Yongwoo Jang, Pyung Sun Cho, Young Duk Yang, Sun Wook Hwang
Pain is a protective mechanism that enables us to avoid potentially harmful environments. However, when pathologically persisted and aggravated under severely injured or inflamed conditions, pain often reduces the quality of life and thus is considered as a disease to eliminate. Inflammatory and/or neuropathic mechanisms may exaggerate interactions between damaged tissues and neural pathways for pain mediation. Similar mechanisms also promote the communication among cellular participants in synapses at spinal or higher levels, which may amplify nociceptive firing and subsequent signal transmission, deteriorating the pain sensation...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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