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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790085/white-matter-microstructure-in-bipolar-disorder-is-influenced-by-the-interaction-between-a-glutamate-transporter-eaat1-gene-variant-and-early-stress
#1
Sara Poletti, Irene Bollettini, Cristina Lorenzi, Alice Vitali, Silvia Brioschi, Alessandro Serretti, Cristina Colombo, Francesco Benedetti
Glutamate is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. In mature brains, it is critically involved in neuroplasticity and, at high levels, neurotoxicity. The concentrations of glutamate in the extracellular space are maintained at low physiological levels by molecular glutamate transporters (excitatory amino acid transporters-EAATs). Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are highly reported in bipolar disorder (BD) and interact with the glutamatergic system in the brain. The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of a glutamate transporter polymorphism EAAT2-181A > C (rs4354668) and exposure to ACE on white matter microstructure in patients with BD...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785469/early-detection-of-cerebral-infarction-after-focal-ischemia-using-a-new-mri-indicator
#2
Yukako Nakajo, Qiang Zhao, Jun-Ichiro Enmi, Hidehiro Iida, Jun C Takahashi, Hiroharu Kataoka, Keiko Yamato, Hiroji Yanamoto
Prolongation of the T2 relaxation time, an increase in T2-weighted signal intensity (T2-SI), and a decrease in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) calculated from diffusion-weighted images (DWI) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are conventional indicators of the vasogenic (interstitial) or cytotoxic (cellular) cerebral edema that develops after ischemic stroke. However, these parameters obtained on stroke imaging have not given us a precise threshold at which we can determine the viability or vulnerability of the tissue, allowing us to decide on an intervention that will help reversible tissue in the acute phase...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779176/intranasal-delivery-of-pgdnf-dna-nanoparticles-provides-neuroprotection-in-the-rat-6-hydroxydopamine-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Amirah E-E Aly, Brendan T Harmon, Linas Padegimas, Ozge Sesenoglu-Laird, Mark J Cooper, Barbara L Waszczak
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) gene therapy could offer a disease-modifying treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we report that plasmid DNA nanoparticles (NPs) encoding human GDNF administered intranasally to rats induce transgene expression in the brain and protect dopamine neurons in a model of PD. To first test whether intranasal administration could transfect cells in the brain, rats were sacrificed 1 week after intranasal pGDNF NPs or the naked plasmid. GDNF ELISA revealed significant increases in GDNF expression throughout the brain for both treatments...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779175/anthocyanins-improve-hippocampus-dependent-memory-function-and-prevent-neurodegeneration-via-jnk-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-signaling-in-lps-treated-adult-mice
#4
Muhammad Sohail Khan, Tahir Ali, Min Woo Kim, Myeung Hoon Jo, Jong Il Chung, Myeong Ok Kim
Microglia plays a critical role in the brain and protects neuronal cells from toxins. However, over-activation of microglia leads to deleterious effects. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has been reported to affect neuronal cells via activation of microglia as well as directly to initiate neuroinflammation. In the present study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effect of anthocyanins against LPS-induced neurotoxicity in an animal model and in cell cultures. Intraperitoneal injections of LPS (250 μg/kg/day for 1 week) induce ROS production and promote neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration which ultimately leads to memory impairment...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779174/correction-to-impaired-bioenergetics-in-mutant-mitochondrial-dna-determines-cell-fate-during-seizure-like-activity
#5
Stjepana Kovac, Elisavet Preza, Henry Houlden, Matthew C Walker, Andrey Y Abramov
The original version of this article unfortunately contained mistake. The author's family name "Kov ac" was written with space thus this should be corrected to "Kovac".
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779173/long-lasting-high-lysine-diet-aggravates-white-matter-injury-in-glutaryl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficient-gcdh-mice
#6
Silvia Olivera-Bravo, Bianca Seminotti, Eugenia Isasi, César A Ribeiro, Guilhian Leipnitz, Michael Woontner, Stephen I Goodman, Diogo Souza, Luis Barbeito, Moacir Wajner
Glutaric acidemia type I (GA-I) is a neurometabolic disease caused by deficient activity of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase (GCDH) that results in accumulation of metabolites derived from lysine (Lys), hydroxylysine, and tryptophan catabolism. GA-I patients typically develop encephalopatic crises with striatal degeneration and progressive white matter defects. However, late onset patients as well as Gcdh-/- mice only suffer diffuse myelinopathy, suggesting that neuronal death and white matter defects are different pathophysiological events...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777374/the-tenascin-c-derived-peptide-vswrapta-promotes-neuronal-branching-via-transcellular-activation-of-the-focal-adhesion-kinase-fak-and-the-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-in-vitro
#7
Marvin Jarocki, Omar Sallouh, Ralf Weberskirch, Andreas Faissner
The central nervous system (CNS) of mammals has a limited regeneration capacity after traumatic events, which causes chronic functional disability. The development of biomaterials aims at providing support for the regeneration process. One strategy integrates peptides that mimic functional domains of extracellular matrix (ECM) or cell adhesion molecules with synthetic polymers designed to present growth-supporting cues to the neuronal microenvironment. Thus, small peptide sequences originating from molecules of the ECM may serve as promising bio-additives, acting as artificial matricryptins to gear cellular processes...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770957/first-in-rat-study-of-human-alzheimer-s-disease-tau-propagation
#8
Tomas Smolek, Santosh Jadhav, Veronika Brezovakova, Veronika Cubinkova, Bernadeta Valachova, Petr Novak, Norbert Zilka
One of the key features of misfolded tau in human neurodegenerative disorders is its propagation from one brain area into many others. In the last decade, in vivo tau spreading has been replicated in several mouse transgenic models expressing mutated human tau as well as in normal non-transgenic mice. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time that insoluble tau isolated from human AD brain induces full-blown neurofibrillary pathology in a sporadic rat model of tauopathy expressing non-mutated truncated tau protein...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754278/behavioral-and-noradrenergic-sensitizations-in-vulnerable-traumatized-rats-suggest-common-bases-with-substance-use-disorders
#9
Claire Le Dorze, Jean-Pol Tassin, Fréderic Chauveau, Pascale Gisquet-Verrier
The aim of the present study was to strengthen our hypothesis of a common physiological basis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. This paper investigates the possibility that rats exposed to a PTSD model exhibit noradrenergic and behavioral sensitization, as observed following repeated drugs of abuse injections. First, rats received a single prolonged stress (SPS), combining three consecutive stressors. They were then tested, 2 weeks after the trauma for PTSD-like symptoms to discriminate between vulnerable and resilient rats...
May 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752656/developmental-changes-in-oligodendrocyte-genesis-myelination-and-associated-behavioral-dysfunction-in-a-rat-model-of-intra-generational-protein-malnutrition
#10
Nisha Patro, Aijaz Ahmad Naik, Ishan K Patro
Impairments in oligodendrocyte development and resultant myelination deficits appear as a common denominator to all neurological diseases. An optimal in utero environment is obligatory for normal fetal brain development and later life brain functioning. Late embryonic and early postnatal brains from F1 rat born to protein malnourished mothers were studied through a combination of immunocytochemical and quantitative PCR assay for analyzing the relative expression of platelet-derived growth factor receptor-α (PDGFRα), myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), proteolipid protein (PLP), and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) to determine oligodendrocyte genesis, differentiation, maturation, and myelination...
May 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748917/taurine-protects-from-pentylenetetrazole-induced-behavioral-and-neurochemical-changes-in-zebrafish
#11
Barbara D Fontana, Paola R Ziani, Julia Canzian, Nathana J Mezzomo, Talise E Müller, Matheus M Dos Santos, Vania L Loro, Nilda V Barbosa, Carlos F Mello, Denis B Rosemberg
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures, which culminate in various neurobehavioral and neurochemical changes. Taurine (TAU) is an amino sulfonic acid which acts an endogenous inhibitory neuromodulator. Moreover, TAU displays intrinsic antioxidant activity, contributing to its beneficial actions in the CNS. Here, we evaluated whether TAU pretreatment protects from pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced behavioral alterations and oxidative stress-related parameters in zebrafish brain tissue...
May 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748916/zbtb20-regulates-developmental-neurogenesis-in-the-olfactory-bulb-and-gliogenesis-after-adult-brain-injury
#12
Thorsten R Doeppner, Josephine Herz, Mathias Bähr, Anton B Tonchev, Anastassia Stoykova
The transcription factor (TF) Zbtb20 is important for the hippocampal specification and the regulation of neurogenesis of neocortical projection neurons. Herein, we show a critical involvement of the TF Zbtb20 in the neurogenesis of both projection neurons and interneurons of the olfactory bulb during embryonic stages. Our data indicate that the lack of Zbtb20 significantly diminishes the generation of a set of early-born Tbr2+ neurons during embryogenesis. Furthermore, we provide evidence that Zbtb20 regulates the transition between neurogenesis to gliogenesis in cortical radial glial progenitor cells at the perinatal (E18...
May 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737454/targeting-%C3%AE-catenin-in-glast-expressing-cells-impact-on-anxiety-and-depression-related-behavior-and-hippocampal-proliferation
#13
Rebeca Vidal, Emilio Garro-Martínez, Álvaro Díaz, Elena Castro, Eva Florensa-Zanuy, Makoto M Taketo, Ángel Pazos, Fuencisla Pilar-Cuéllar
β-catenin (key mediator in the Wnt signaling pathway) contributes to the pathophysiology of mood disorders, associated to neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Decreased β-catenin protein levels have been observed in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of depressed subjects. Additionally, the antidepressants exert, at least in part, their neurogenic effects by increasing β-catenin levels in the subgranular zone of the hippocampus. To further understand the role of β-catenin in depression and anxiety, we generated two conditional transgenic mice in which β-catenin was either inactivated or stabilized in cells expressing CreERT under the control of the astrocyte-specific glutamate transporter (GLAST) promoter inducible by tamoxifen, which presents high expression levels on the subgranular zone of the hippocampus...
May 8, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736736/the-medial-septum-is-insulin-resistant-in-the-ad-presymptomatic-phase-rescue-by-nerve-growth-factor-driven-irs-1-activation
#14
Valentina Sposato, Nadia Canu, Elena Fico, Salvatore Fusco, Giulia Bolasco, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Matteo Spinelli, Delio Mercanti, Claudio Grassi, Viviana Triaca, Pietro Calissano
Basal forebrain cholinergic neurons (BFCN) are key modulators of learning and memory and are high energy-demanding neurons. Impaired neuronal metabolism and reduced insulin signaling, known as insulin resistance, has been reported in the early phase of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which has been suggested to be "Type 3 Diabetes." We hypothesized that BFCN may develop insulin resistance and their consequent failure represents one of the earliest event in AD. We found that a condition reminiscent of insulin resistance occurs in the medial septum of 3 months old 3×Tg-AD mice, reported to develop typical AD histopathology and cognitive deficits in adulthood...
May 7, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730765/control-of-neuronal-ryanodine-receptor-mediated-calcium-signaling-by-calsenilin
#15
Michael A Grillo, Stephanie L Grillo, Bryan C Gerdes, Jacob G Kraus, Peter Koulen
Calsenilin is a calcium ion (Ca2+ )-binding protein involved in regulating the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ , a second messenger that controls multiple cellular signaling pathways. The ryanodine receptor (RyR) amplifies Ca2+ signals entering the cytoplasm by releasing Ca2+ from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stores, a process termed calcium-induced calcium release (CICR). Here, we describe a novel mechanism, in which calsenilin controls the activity of neuronal RyRs. We show calsenilin co-localized with RyR2 and 3 in the ER of mouse hippocampal and cortical neurons using immunocytochemistry...
May 5, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728888/omega-3-fatty-acids-attenuate-brain-alterations-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-model
#16
Aline Haas de Mello, Rosiane de Bona Schraiber, Mariana Pereira de Souza Goldim, Michelle Lima Garcez, Maria Luiza Gomes, Gustavo de Bem Silveira, Rubya Pereira Zaccaron, Patrícia Fernanda Schuck, Josiane Budni, Paulo Cesar Lock Silveira, Fabricia Petronilho, Gislaine Tezza Rezin
This study evaluated the effects of omega-3 on inflammation, oxidative stress, and energy metabolism parameters in the brain of mice subjected to high-fat diet-induced obesity model. Body weight and visceral fat weight were evaluated as well. Male Swiss mice were divided into control (purified low-fat diet) and obese (purified high-fat diet). After 6 weeks, the groups were divided into control + saline, control + omega-3, obese + saline, and obese + OMEGA-3. Fish oil (400 mg/kg/day) or saline solution was administrated orally, during 4 weeks...
May 4, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725905/jm-20-treatment-after-mcao-reduced-astrocyte-reactivity-and-neuronal-death-on-peri-infarct-regions-of-the-rat-brain
#17
Jeney Ramírez-Sánchez, Elisa Nicoloso Simões Pires, André Meneghetti, Gisele Hansel, Yanier Nuñez-Figueredo, Gilberto L Pardo-Andreu, Estael Ochoa-Rodríguez, Yamila Verdecia-Reyes, René Delgado-Hernández, Christianne Salbego, Diogo O Souza
Stroke is frequently associated with severe neurological decline and mortality, and its incidence is expected to increase due to aging population. The only available pharmacological treatment for cerebral ischemia is thrombolysis, with narrow therapeutic windows. Efforts aimed to identify new therapeutics are crucial. In this study, we look into plausible molecular and cellular targets for JM-20, a new hybrid molecule, against ischemic stroke in vivo. Male Wistar rats were subjected to 90 min middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) following 23 h of reperfusion...
May 3, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725904/chronic-mild-stress-alters-kynurenine-pathways-changing-the-glutamate-neurotransmission-in-frontal-cortex-of-rats
#18
David Martín-Hernández, Hiram Tendilla-Beltrán, José L M Madrigal, Borja García-Bueno, Juan C Leza, Javier R Caso
Immune stimulation might be involved in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD). This stimulation induces indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), an enzyme that reduces the tryptophan bioavailability to synthesize serotonin. IDO products, kynurenine metabolites, exert neurotoxic/neuroprotective actions through glutamate receptors. Thus, we study elements of these pathways linked to kynurenine metabolite activity examining whether antidepressants (ADs) can modulate them. Male Wistar rats were exposed to chronic mild stress (CMS), and some of them were treated with ADs...
May 3, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721855/id1-and-sonic-hedgehog-mediate-cell-cycle-reentry-and-apoptosis-induced-by-amyloid-beta-peptide-in-post-mitotic-cortical-neurons
#19
A-Ching Chao, Chien-Hui Chen, Shih-Hsin Chang, Chao-Tzu Huang, Wei-Chao Hwang, Ding-I Yang
Amyloid beta-peptide (Aβ), the neurotoxic component of senile plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains, is known to trigger cell cycle reentry in post-mitotic neurons followed by apoptosis. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Recently, we have reported that Aβs stimulate the expression of inhibitor of differentiation-1 (Id1) to induce sonic hedgehog (SHH) (Hung et al., Mol Neurobiol 53(2):793-809, 2016), and both are mitogens capable of triggering cell cycle progression. In this work, we tested the hypothesis that Aβ-induced Id1 and SHH contribute to cell cycle reentry leading to apoptosis in neurons...
May 2, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721854/abscisic-acid-supplementation-rescues-high-fat-diet-induced-alterations-in-hippocampal-inflammation-and-irss-expression
#20
Alberto Ribes-Navarro, Mariam Atef, Sandra Sánchez-Sarasúa, María Teresa Beltrán-Bretones, Francisco Olucha-Bordonau, Ana María Sánchez-Pérez
Accumulated evidence indicates that neuroinflammation induces insulin resistance in the brain. Moreover, both processes are intimately linked to neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease. Potential mechanisms underlying insulin resistance include serine phosphorylation of the insulin receptor substrate (IRS) or insulin receptor (IR) misallocation. However, only a few studies have focused on IRS expression in the brain and its modulation in neuroinflammatory processes. This study used the high-fat diet (HFD) model of neuroinflammation to study the alterations of IR, an insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R) and IRS expressions in the hippocampus...
May 2, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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