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Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455787/elevated-expression-of-trpc4-in-cortical-lesions-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-ii-and-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#1
Lu-Kang Wang, Xin Chen, Chun-Qing Zhang, Chao Liang, Yu-Jia Wei, Jiong Yue, Shi-Yong Liu, Hui Yang
Focal cortical dysplasia type II (FCD II) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) are well-known causes of chronic refractory epilepsy in children. Canonical transient receptor potential channels (TRPCs) are non-selective cation channels that are commonly activated by phospholipase C (PLC) stimulation. Previous studies found that TRPC4 may participate in the process of epileptogenesis. This study aimed to examine the expression and distribution of TRPC4 in FCD II (n = 24) and TSC (n = 11) surgical specimens compared with that in age-matched autopsy control samples (n = 12)...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444502/preliminary-study-on-the-role-of-tmem39a-gene-in-multiple-sclerosis
#2
Marta Wagner, Maciej Sobczyński, Małgorzata Bilińska, Anna Pokryszko-Dragan, Małgorzata Cyrul, Piotr Kuśnierczyk, Monika Jasek
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of new potential genetic risk loci associated with numerous complex diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Genes which have been discovered by GWAS are now the focus of numerous ongoing studies. The goal of this study was to confirm and understand the potential role of one of such genes-transmembrane protein 39A gene (TMEM39A)-in multiple sclerosis.We showed the difference in TMEM39A messenger RNA (mRNA) expression between MS patients and controls (T (2)2;74 = 5...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439815/the-effects-of-voluntary-physical-exercise-activated-neurotrophic-signaling-in-rat-hippocampus-on-mrna-levels-of-downstream-signaling-molecules
#3
Christina A E Solvsten, Tina F Daugaard, Yonglun Luo, Frank de Paoli, Jane H Christensen, Anders L Nielsen
Physical exercise results in the increased expression of neurotrophic factors and the subsequent induction of signal transduction cascades with a positive impact on neuronal functions. In this study, we used a voluntary physical exercise rat model to determine correlations in hippocampus mRNA expression of the neurotropic factors Bdnf, VegfA, and Igf1; their receptors TrkB, Igf1R, VegfR1, and VegfrR2; and downstream signal transducers Creb, Syn1, and Vgf. In hippocampi of physically exercised rats, the mRNA expression levels of Bdnf transcript 4 (Bdnf-t4), VegfA, and Igf1, as well as VegfR1, TrkB, Creb, Vgf, and Syn1, were increased...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429235/regulation-of-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cell-adhesion-and-barrier-functions-by-memantine
#4
Fei Wang, Zhirong Zou, Yi Gong, Dong Yuan, Xun Chen, Tao Sun
Vascular risk factors have been linked to cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly. Microvascular inflammation, especially of the endothelium, may contribute to the progression of neurodegenerative events in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Memantine, an uncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, is a licensed drug used for the treatment of moderate to severe AD. However, little information is available regarding its anti-inflammatory effects on the endothelium. In this study, we investigated the effects of memantine on human brain microvascular endothelial dysfunction induced by the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429234/neuron-to-neuron-transfer-of-fus-in-drosophila-primary-neuronal-culture-is-enhanced-by-als-associated-mutations
#5
Sébastien Feuillette, Morgane Delarue, Gaëtan Riou, Anne-Lise Gaffuri, Jane Wu, Zsolt Lenkei, Olivier Boyer, Thierry Frébourg, Dominique Campion, Magalie Lecourtois
The DNA- and RNA-binding protein fused in sarcoma (FUS) has been pathologically and genetically linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Cytoplasmic FUS-positive inclusions were identified in the brain and spinal cord of a subset of patients suffering with ALS/FTLD. An increasing number of reports suggest that FUS protein can behave in a prion-like manner. However, no neuropathological studies or experimental data were available regarding cell-to-cell spread of these pathological protein assemblies...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424976/the-involvement-of-nr2b-and-tau-protein-in-mg132-induced-creb-dephosphorylation
#6
Min Xie, Yuan Li, Shao-Hui Wang, Qun-Tao Yu, Xin Meng, Xiao-Mei Liao
Transcription factor cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) plays a critical role in memory formation. Ubiquitin-proteasome system-dependent protein degradation affects the upstream signaling pathways which regulate CREB activity. However, the molecular mechanisms of proteasome inhibition on reductive CREB activity are still unclear. The current study demonstrated that MG132-inhibited proteasome activity resulted in a dose dependence of CREB dephosphorylation at Ser133 as well as decreased phosphorylation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunit NR2B (Tyr1472) and its tyrosine protein kinase Fyn (Tyr416)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401371/glutamate-toxicity-to-differentiated-neuroblastoma-n2a-cells-is-prevented-by-the-sesquiterpene-lactone-achillolide-a-and-the-flavonoid-3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-3-trimethoxyflavone-from-achillea-fragrantissima
#7
Anat Elmann, Alona Telerman, Rivka Ofir, Yoel Kashman
Glutamate toxicity is a major contributor to the pathophysiology of numerous neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, protecting neuronal cells against glutamate-induced cytotoxicity might be an effective approach for the treatment of these diseases. We have previously purified from the medicinal plant Achillea fragrantissima two bioactive compounds which were not studied before: the sesquiterpene lactone achillolide A and the flavonoid 3,5,4'-trihydroxy-6,7,3'-trimethoxyflavone (TTF)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401370/the-research-on-the-relationship-of-rage-lrp-1-and-a%C3%AE-accumulation-in-the-hippocampus-prefrontal-lobe-and-amygdala-of-stz-induced-diabetic-rats
#8
Lou-Yan Ma, Yu-Lang Fei, Xiao-Ye Wang, Song-Di Wu, Jun-Hui Du, Mei Zhu, Long Jin, Ming Li, Hai-Long Li, Jia-Jia Zhai, Lu-Peng Ji, Ran-Ran Ma, Song-Fang Liu, Mo Li, Li Ma, Xiao-Rui Ma, Qiu-Min Qu, Ya-Li Lv
Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been regarded as an important risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), and diabetic patients and animals have shown cognitive dysfunction. More research has shown that the amyloid-β (Aβ), which is a hallmark of AD, was found deposited in the hippocampus of diabetic rats. This Aβ accumulation is regulated by the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP-1). However, the expression of RAGE and LRP-1 in diabetic rats is not very clear...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401369/the-importance-of-vegf-kdr-signaling-pathway-genes-should-not-be-ignored-when-the-risk-of-developing-multiple-sclerosis-is-taken-into-consideration
#9
Mehrdokht Mazdeh, Rezvan Noroozi, Jalal Gharesouran, Arezou Sayad, Alireza Komaki, Mohammad Mahdi Eftekharian, Mohsen Habibi, Mehdi Toghi, Mohammad Taheri
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor kinase insert domain-containing receptor (KDR) pathway trigger the process of angiogenesis as well as inflammation, which contributes to the development and progression of demyelinating lesions in multiple sclerosis. This work is a case-control study comprising of a total of 400 subjects with multiple sclerosis and 400 healthy controls. Participants were subjected to neurological examination and peripheral blood sampling for genotyping. Polymorphisms in the VEGF and KDR genes were assessed using the restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP-PCR) method...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401368/erratum-to-mir-9-5p-down-regulates-pit2-but-not-pit1-in-human-embryonic-kidney-293-cells
#10
D P Bezerra, M Keasey, J R M Oliveira
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April 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386642/absence-of-carboxypeptidase-e-neurotrophic-factor-%C3%AE-1-in-knock-out-mice-leads-to-dysfunction-of-bdnf-trkb-signaling-in-hippocampus
#11
Lan Xiao, Su-Youne Chang, Zhi-Gang Xiong, Prabhuanand Selveraj, Y Peng Loh
Carboxypeptidase E (CPE), first discovered as a prohormone processing enzyme, has also now been shown to be a secreted neurotrophic factor (neurotrophic factor-α1, NF-α1) that acts extracellularly as a signaling molecule to mediate neuroprotection, cortical stem cell differentiation, and antidepressive-like behavior in mice. Since brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has very similar trophic functions, and its processing from pro-BDNF involves intracellular sorting of pro-BDNF to the regulated secretory pathway by CPE acting as a sorting receptor, we investigated whether the lack of CPE/NF-α1 would affect BDNF-TrkB signaling in mice...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378260/effect-of-metformin-on-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-comparison-with-donepezil-and-links-to-cognition
#12
Sara Ahmed, Zahra Mahmood, Aneela Javed, Shoaib Naiyer Hashmi, Inga Zerr, Saima Zafar, Saadia Zahid
Recent studies have uncovered evidence suggesting that interference with hippocampal adult neurogenesis contributes to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Evidence supporting that AD is a metabolic disease with derangements in brain glucose utilization implies the use of anti-diabetics as an alternate therapeutic strategy. The present study drew comparison between the pro-neurogenic potential of metformin and donepezil in AlCl3-induced mouse model of neurodegeneration. Morris water maze task and subsequent immunohistochemical evaluation for NeuN was conducted...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364364/possible-reversal-of-ptsd-related-dna-methylation-by-sympathetic-blockade
#13
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Eugene G Lipov, Kenneth Candido, Elspeth C Ritchie
Studies have shown that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level increase is associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) risk. BDNF may be a "missing-link" that mediates the interaction between genetics, environment, and the sympathetic system. Trauma has been shown to induce DNA methylation that in turn can increase BDNF concentration due to increased gene expression. Therapies that focus on the reduction of beta-NGF (BNGF) levels may impact PTSD symptoms. The focus of this paper is to discuss possible effect of stellate ganglion block (SGB) on epigenetic changes noted with PTSD mediated by BDNF and NGF...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343294/neuroprotective-role-of-exogenous-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-hypoxia-hypoglycemia-induced-hippocampal-neuron-injury-via-regulating-trkb-mir134-signaling
#14
Weidong Huang, Facai Meng, Jie Cao, Xiaobin Liu, Jie Zhang, Min Li
Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury is an important cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been reported to play a neuroprotective role in hypoxic-ischemic brain injury; however, the specific effects and mechanism of BDNF on hypoxic-hypoglycemic hippocampal neuron injury remains unknown. The current study investigated the action of BDNF in regulating cerebral hypoxic-ischemic injury by simulating hippocampal neuron ischemia and hypoxia. We found that BDNF, p-Trkb, and miR-134 expression levels decreased, and that exogenous BDNF increased survival and reduced apoptosis in hypoxic-hypoglycemic hippocampal neurons...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341893/single-prolonged-stress-induced-changes-in-autophagy-related-proteins-beclin-1-lc3-and-p62-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-rats-with-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#15
Shilei Zheng, Fang Han, Yuxiu Shi, Lili Wen, Dan Han
Autophagy, or type II programmed cell death, plays a crucial role in many nervous system diseases. However, few studies have examined the role of autophagy in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the mechanisms underlying PTSD are poorly understood. The objective of this research was to explore the expression of three important autophagy-related proteins, Beclin-1, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3), and p62/SQSTM1 (p62), in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of an animal model of PTSD to identify changes in autophagic activity during PTSD pathogenesis...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341892/aquaporin-4-forms-a-macromolecular-complex-with-glutamate-transporter-1-and-mu-opioid-receptor-in-astrocytes-and-participates-in-morphine-dependence
#16
Hui Wang, Shiqi Wang, Kang Zhang, Hua Wang, Liting Lan, Xiaoyun Ma, Xiaoyan Liu, Shuzhuo Zhang, Jianquan Zheng, Xiaoli Wei, Haitao Yan
The water channel aquaporin 4 (AQP4) is abundantly expressed in astrocytes and provides a mechanism by which water permeability of the plasma membrane can be regulated. Evidence suggests that AQP4 is associated with glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) for glutamate clearance and contributes to morphine dependence. Previous studies show that AQP4 deficiency changed the mu opioid receptor expression and opioid receptors' characteristics as well. In this study, we focused on whether AQP4 could form macromolecular complex with GLT-1 and mu opioid receptor (MOR) and participates in morphine dependence...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316031/transactivation-domain-of-human-c-myc-is-essential-to-alleviate-poly-q-mediated-neurotoxicity-in-drosophila-disease-models
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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