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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316031/transactivation-domain-of-human-c-myc-is-essential-to-alleviate-poly-q-mediated-neurotoxicity-in-drosophila-disease-models
#1
Kritika Raj, Surajit Sarkar
Polyglutamine (poly(Q)) disorders, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias, represent a group of neurological disorders which arise due to an atypically expanded poly(Q) tract in the coding region of the affected gene. Pathogenesis of these disorders inside the cells begins with the assembly of these mutant proteins in the form of insoluble inclusion bodies (IBs), which progressively sequester several vital cellular transcription factors and other essential proteins, and finally leads to neuronal dysfunction and apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303467/mir-9-5p-down-regulates-pit2-but-not-pit1-in-human-embryonic-kidney-293-cells
#2
D P Paiva, M Keasey, J R M Oliveira
Inorganic phosphate (Pi) is an essential component for structure and metabolism. PiT1 (SLC20A1) and PiT2 (SLC20A2) are members of the mammalian type-III inorganic phosphate transporters. SLC20A2 missense variants are associated with primary brain calcification. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous noncoding regulatory RNAs, which play important roles in post-transcriptional gene regulation. MicroRNA-9 (miR-9) acts at different stages of neurogenesis, is deeply rooted in gene networks controlling the regulation of neural progenitor proliferation, and is also linked with cancers outside the nervous system...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299530/in-depth-characterization-of-the-homodimerization-domain-of-the-transcription-factor-thap1-and-dystonia-causing-mutations-therein
#3
Alev Richter, Ronja Hollstein, Eva Hebert, Franca Vulinovic, Juliane Eckhold, Alma Osmanovic, Reinhard Depping, Frank J Kaiser, Katja Lohmann
Mutations in the THAP1 gene encoding the transcription factor THAP1 have been shown to cause DYT6 dystonia. THAP1 contains a highly conserved THAP zinc finger at its N-terminal region which allows specific binding to its target sequences as well as a coiled-coil domain (amino acids 139-190) towards its C-terminus postulated as a protein-protein-binding motif. While several DYT6-causing mutations within the THAP domain were shown to decrease THAP1 activity in transcriptional regulation and DNA-binding, the role of mutations within the coiled-coil domain is rather unknown...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255959/a-novel-ccm1-krit1-heterozygous-nonsense-mutation-c-1864c-t-associated-with-familial-cerebral-cavernous-malformation-a-genetic-insight-from-an-8-year-continuous-observational-study
#4
Chenlong Yang, Van Halm-Lutterodt Nicholas, Jizong Zhao, Bingquan Wu, Haohao Zhong, Yan Li, Yulun Xu
Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) is a congenital vascular abnormality that predominantly affects the central nervous system, but that sometimes encroaches other vital tissues, including the retina, skin, and even liver. The familial form of CCM (FCCM) is considered to be an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete penetrance and variable expression, which is often attributed to mutations in three genes: CCM1, CCM2, and CCM3. We screened a Chinese family diagnosed with FCCM by using Sanger sequencing...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255958/cognitive-functions-human-vs-animal%C3%A2-%C3%A2-4-1-advantage-fam72-srgap2
#5
REVIEW
Nguyen Thi Thanh Ho, Pok-Son Kim, Arne Kutzner, Klaus Heese
With the advent of computational genomics, an intensive search is underway for unique biomarkers for Homo sapiens that could be used to differentiate taxa within the Hominoidea, in particular to distinguish Homo from the apes (Pan, Gorilla, Pongo, and Hylobates) and species or subspecies within the genus Homo (H. sapiens, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis, H. erectus, and the Denisovans). Here, we suggest that the |-FAM72-SRGAP2-| (family with sequence similarity 72/SLIT-ROBO Rho GTPase activating protein 2) gene pair is a unique molecular biomarker for the genus Homo that could also help to place Australopithecus at its most appropriate place within the phylogenetic tree and may explain the distinctive higher brain cognitive functions of humans...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255957/epigenetic-mistakes-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#6
REVIEW
Giuseppina Mastrototaro, Mattia Zaghi, Alessandro Sessa
Epigenetics is the array of the chromatin modifications that customize in cell-, stage-, or condition-specific manner the information encloses in plain DNA molecules. Increasing evidences suggest the importance of epigenetic mechanisms for development and maintenance of central nervous system. In fact, a large number of newly discovered genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders such as intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and many other syndromes are mutations within genes encoding for chromatin remodeling enzymes...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243821/the-impact-of-short-and-long-term-exercise-on-the-expression-of-arc-and-ampars-during-evolution-of-the-6-hydroxy-dopamine-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#7
P C Garcia, C C Real, L R Britto
The loss of nigral dopaminergic neurons typical in Parkinson's disease (PD) is responsible for hyperexcitability of medium spiny neurons resulting in abnormal corticostriatal glutamatergic synaptic drive. Considering the neuroprotective effect of exercise, the changes promoted by exercise on AMPA-type glutamate receptors (AMPARs), and the role of activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) in the AMPARs trafficking, we studied the impact of short and long-term treadmill exercise during evolution of the unilateral 6-hydroxy-dopamine (6-OHDA) animal model of PD...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238066/crocin-inhibits-oxidative-stress-and-pro-inflammatory-response-of-microglial-cells-associated-with-diabetic-retinopathy-through-the-activation-of-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#8
Xinguang Yang, Fuquan Huo, Bei Liu, Jing Liu, Tao Chen, Junping Li, Zhongqiao Zhu, Bochang Lv
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus that is closely associated with the degeneration and loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) caused by diabetic microangiopathy and subsequent oxidative stress and an inflammatory response. Microglial cells are classed as neurogliocytes and play a significant role in neurodegenerative diseases. Over-activated microglial cells may cause neurotoxicity and induce the death and apoptosis of RGCs. Crocin is one of the two most pharmacologically bioactive constituents in saffron...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238065/cuprizone-containing-pellets-are-less-potent-to-induce-consistent-demyelination-in-the-corpus-callosum-of-c57bl-6-mice
#9
Tanja Hochstrasser, Gianna Lisa Exner, Stella Nyamoya, Christoph Schmitz, Markus Kipp
The chopper chelator cuprizone serves as a valuable chemical tool to induce consistent and reproducible demyelination in the central nervous system. However, the daily preparation of fresh cuprizone powder mixed in finely ground rodent chow might well be a particular health problem. Alternative methods, such as the fabrication of cuprizone-containing pellets, are available. The effectiveness of this method is, however, not known. In the present study, we compared whether intoxication of C57BL/6 mice with 0...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236105/selection-and-prioritization-of-candidate-drug-targets-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-through-a-meta-analysis-approach
#10
Giovanna Morello, Antonio Gianmaria Spampinato, Francesca Luisa Conforti, Velia D'Agata, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and incurable neurodegenerative disease. Although several compounds have shown promising results in preclinical studies, their translation into clinical trials has failed. This clinical failure is likely due to the inadequacy of the animal models that do not sufficiently reflect the human disease. Therefore, it is important to optimize drug target selection by identifying those that overlap in human and mouse pathology. We have recently characterized the transcriptional profiles of motor cortex samples from sporadic ALS (SALS) patients and differentiated these into two subgroups based on differentially expressed genes, which encode 70 potential therapeutic targets...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229367/inhibition-of-mtor-pathway-by-rapamycin-decreases-p-glycoprotein-expression-and-spontaneous-seizures-in-pharmacoresistant-epilepsy
#11
Xiaosa Chi, Cheng Huang, Rui Li, Wei Wang, Mengqian Wu, Jinmei Li, Dong Zhou
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) has been demonstrated to mediate multidrug resistance in various tumors by inducing P-glycoprotein (P-gp) overexpression. Here, we investigated the correlation between the mTOR pathway and P-gp expression in pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Temporal cortex specimens were obtained from patients with refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) and age-matched controls who underwent surgeries at West China Hospital of Sichuan University between June 2014 and May 2015. We established a rat model of epilepsy kindled by coriaria lactone (CL) and screened pharmacoresistant rats (non-responders) using phenytoin...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181149/genome-wide-sequencing-reveals-micrornas-downregulated-in-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
#12
Souvik Kar, Kiran Kumar Bali, Arpita Baisantry, Robert Geffers, Amir Samii, Helmut Bertalanffy
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) are vascular lesions associated with loss-of-function mutations in one of the three genes encoding KRIT1 (CCM1), CCM2, and PDCD10. Recent understanding of the molecular mechanisms that lead to CCM development is limited. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been demonstrated in vascular pathologies resulting in loss of tight junction proteins, increased vascular permeability and endothelial cell dysfunction. Since the relevance of miRNAs in CCM pathophysiology has not been elucidated, the primary aim of the study was to identify the miRNA-mRNA expression network associated with CCM...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168414/the-anti-aging-effect-of-erythropoietin-via-the-erk-nrf2-are-pathway-in-aging-rats
#13
Haiqin Wu, Jiaxin Zhao, Mengyi Chen, Huqing Wang, Qingling Yao, Jiaxin Fan, Meng Zhang
Erythropoietin (EPO) has a neuroprotective effect and can resist aging, which most likely occur through EPO increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes and scavenging free radicals. In this study, we verified the anti-aging function of EPO and discussed the mechanism occurring through the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-ARE pathway. A rat model of aging was induced by the continuous subcutaneous injection of 5 % D-galactose for 6 weeks. At the beginning of the sixth week, physiological saline or EPO was administered twice per day through a lateral ventricle system for a total of 7 days...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160210/a-novel-krit1-ccm1-gene-insertion-mutation-associated-with-cerebral-cavernous-malformations-in-a-chinese-family
#14
Hui Wang, Yunzhu Pan, Zaiqiang Zhang, Xingang Li, Zhe Xu, Yue Suo, Wei Li, Yongjun Wang
Familial cerebral cavernous malformation (FCCM) is a vascular malformation disorder that closely associated with three identified genes: KRIT1/CCM1, MGC4607/CCM2, and PDCD10/CCM3. Here, we present a Chinese family affected by FCCM due to a novel KRIT1/CCM1 insertion mutation. The proband was hospitalized for sudden unconsciousness and underwent surgical treatment. The section of lesions showed classical cavernous-dilated vessels without intervening brain parenchyma, and hemosiderin-laden macrophages were accumulated in the surrounding tissue...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150190/estrogen-modulates-ubc9-expression-and-synaptic-redistribution-in-the-brain-of-app-ps1-mice-and-cortical-neurons
#15
Yu-Jie Lai, Lu Liu, Xiao-Tong Hu, Ling He, Guo-Jun Chen
Estrogen exerts multiple actions in the brain and is an important neuroprotective factor in a number of neuronal disorders. However, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Studies demonstrate that ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme 9 (ubc9) has an integral role in synaptic plasticity and may contribute to the pathology of neuronal disorders. We aimed to investigate the effects of estrogen on ubc9 and in the Alzheimer's disease brain. Ubc9 protein and mRNA were significantly increased in the cortex and hippocampus of APP/PS1 mice with enhanced SUMOylation...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144826/neuroprotective-effects-and-mechanisms-of-action-of-multifunctional-agents-targeting-free-radicals-monoamine-oxidase-b-and-cholinesterase-in-parkinson-s-disease-model
#16
Zheng Liu, Wei Cai, Ming Lang, Ruizuo Yan, Zhenshen Li, Gaoxiao Zhang, Pei Yu, Yuqiang Wang, Yewei Sun, Zaijun Zhang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder with multifactorial pathologies, including progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and increased monoamine oxidase (MAO) enzyme activity. There are currently only a few agents approved to ameliorate the symptoms of PD; however, no agent is able to reverse the progression of the disease. Due to the multifactorial pathologies, it is necessary to develop multifunctional agents that can affect more than one target involved in the disease pathology...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105535/the-neuropeptide-orexin-a-inhibits-the-gabaa-receptor-by-pkc-and-ca-2-camkii-dependent-phosphorylation-of-its-%C3%AE-1-subunit
#17
Divya Sachidanandan, Haritha P Reddy, Anitha Mani, Geoffrey J Hyde, Amal Kanti Bera
Orexin-A and orexin-B (Ox-A, Ox-B) are neuropeptides produced by a small number of neurons that originate in the hypothalamus and project widely in the brain. Only discovered in 1998, the orexins are already known to regulate several behaviours. Most prominently, they help to stabilise the waking state, a role with demonstrated significance in the clinical management of narcolepsy and insomnia. Orexins bind to G-protein-coupled receptors (predominantly postsynaptic) of two subtypes, OX1R and OX2R. The primary effect of Ox-OXR binding is a direct depolarising influence mediated by cell membrane cation channels, but a wide variety of secondary effects, both pre- and postsynaptic, are also emerging...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097492/activation-of-trpm2-and-trpv1-channels-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-by-nadph-oxidase-and-protein-kinase-c-molecular-pathways-a-patch-clamp-study
#18
Mustafa Nazıroğlu
Despite considerable research, the mechanisms of neuropathic pain induced by excessive oxidative stress production and overload calcium ion (Ca(2+)) entry in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) remain substantially unidentified. The transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) and vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels are activated with different stimuli including oxidative stress. TRPM2 and TRPV1 have been shown to be involved in induction of neuropathic pain. However, the activation mechanisms of TRPM2 and TRPV1 via NADPH oxidase and protein kinase C (PKC) pathways are poorly understood...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097491/small-interfering-rna-targeting-dickkopf-1-contributes-to-neuroprotection-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#19
Zhihua Li, Xi Chen, Xiaoyang Zhang, Xiuhua Ren, Xuemei Chen, Jing Cao, Weidong Zang, Xianzhi Liu, Fuyou Guo
Excessive Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1) plays a vital role in secondary brain injury following ischemic stroke and psychotic disease. However, it is unclear whether an increased expression of Dkk-1 occurred after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The present study examined the potential role of Dkk-1 after ICH. ICH was induced by a single injection of autologous blood into the basal ganglia of rats. Dkk-1 protein levels in brain tissue and serum were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay after ICH. Rats were treated with small interfering RNA targeting Dkk-1 (siDkk-1) or vehicle following ICH...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054226/picroside-ii-exerts-a-neuroprotective-effect-by-inhibiting-the-mitochondria-cytochrome-c-signal-pathway-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
#20
Hongyan Zhang, Li Zhai, Tingting Wang, Shan Li, Yunliang Guo
Stroke is a common neurodegenerative disease in the wide world, and mitochondrial defects underlie the pathogenesis of ischemia, especially during reperfusion. Picroside II, the principal active component of Picrorhiza, is a traditional Chinese medicine. Our previous study demonstrated that the best therapeutic dose and time window were injection of picroside II at a dose of 10-20 mg/kg body weight following cerebral ischemia by 1.5-2.0 h. In this paper, the neuroprotective effect and the mechanism of picroside II were investigated, as well as its involvement in antioxidant and mitochondria cytochrome C (CytC) signal pathway following ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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