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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942046/chronic-ethanol-exposure-increases-inhibition-of-optically-targeted-phasic-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-and-medial-shell-ex-vivo
#1
James R Melchior, Sara R Jones
Dopamine signaling encodes reward learning and motivated behavior through modulation of synaptic signaling in the nucleus accumbens, and aberrations in these processes are thought to underlie obsessive behaviors associated with alcohol abuse. The nucleus accumbens is divided into core and shell sub-regions with overlapping but also divergent contributions to behavior. Here we optogenetically targeted dopamine projections to the accumbens allowing us to isolate stimulation of dopamine terminals ex vivo. We applied 5 pulse (phasic) light stimulations to probe intrinsic differences in dopamine release parameters across regions...
September 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939329/potential-deficit-from-decreased-cerebellar-granule-cell-migration-in-serine-racemase-deficient-mice-is-reversed-by-increased-expression-of-glun2b-and-elevated-levels-of-nmdar-agonists
#2
He Zhang, Liping Song, Yuhua Chang, Mengjuan Wu, Xiuli Kuang, Haiyan Jiang, Shengzhou Wu
Inward migration of cerebellar granule cells (CGCs) after birth is critical for lamination in the cerebellar cortex. N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptor (NMDAR) tethering CGCs into Bergmann glial fibers mediates the inward movement during the glial-dependent migratory phase. Activation of NMDAR depends on simultaneous binding of the GluN2 subunit by glutamate, and of the GluN1 subunit by d-serine or glycine; d-serine is believed to be an endogenous ligand of NMDAR. We hypothesized that lamination of the cerebellar cortex may be compromised in Srr (the gene for serine racemase (SR)) mutated mice (Srrnull) because of significantly low levels of d-serine per se...
September 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923595/attentional-deficits-and-altered-neuronal-activation-in-medial-prefrontal-and-posterior-parietal-cortices-in-mice-with-reduced-dopamine-transporter-levels
#3
Anita Cybulska-Klosowicz, Marta Laczkowska, Renata Zakrzewska, Aleksandra Kaliszewska
The executive control function of attention is regulated by the dopaminergic (DA) system. Dopamine transporter (DAT) likely plays a role in controlling the influence of DA on cognitive processes. We examined the effects of DAT depletion on cognitive processes related to attention. Mice with the DAT gene genetically deleted (DAT+/- heterozygotes) were compared to wild type (WT) mice on the Attentional Set-Shifting Task (ASST). Changes in neuronal activity during the ASST were shown with early growth response genes 1 and 2 (egr-1 and egr-2) immunohistochemistry in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC)...
September 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889993/a-subpopulation-of-activated-retinal-macrophages-selectively-migrated-to-regions-of-cone-photoreceptor-stress-but-had-limited-protective-effect-on-cone-death-in-a-mouse-model-for-type-2-leber-congenital-amaurosis
#4
Peter H Tang, Mark J Pierson, Neal D Heuss, Dale S Gregerson
BACKGROUND: Studies of antigen presentation in retina using mice that expressed green fluorescent protein (GFP) from a transgenic CD11c promoter found that retinal GFP(hi) cells possessed antigen presentation function. Subsequent studies found that these high GFP(hi) cells preferentially localized to sites of retinal injury, consistent with their APC function. Interest in the roles of macrophages in degenerative CNS diseases led us to study the GFP(hi) cells in a retinal model of neurodegeneration...
September 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889992/astrocytic-expression-of-the-cxcl12-receptor-cxcr7-ackr3-is-a-hallmark-of-the-diseased-but-not-developing-cns
#5
Malte Puchert, Fabian Pelkner, Gregor Stein, Doychin N Angelov, Johannes Boltze, Daniel-Christoph Wagner, Francesca Odoardi, Alexander Flügel, Wolfgang J Streit, Jürgen Engele
Based on our previous demonstration of CXCR7 as the major mediator of CXCL12 signaling in cultured astrocytes, we have now compared astrocytic expression of the CXCL12 receptors, CXCR7 and CXCR4, during CNS development and disease. In addition, we asked whether disease-associated conditions/factors affect expression of CXCL12 receptors in astrocytes. In the late embryonic rat brain, CXCR7(+)/GFAP(+) cells were restricted to the ventricular/subventricular zone while CXCR4 was widely absent from GFAP-positive cells...
September 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860093/tgf-%C3%AE-1-enhances-phagocytic-removal-of-neuron-debris-and-neuronal-survival-by-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-via-integrin-mfg-e8-signaling-pathway
#6
Yijian Li, Ting Zou, Langyue Xue, Zheng Qin Yin, Shujia Huo, Haiwei Xu
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) have been shown to be a leading candidate in cell therapies for central nervous system (CNS) injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Rapid clearance of neuron debris can promote neuronal survival and axonal regeneration in CNS injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. The phagocytic removal of neuron debris by OECs has been shown to contribute to neuronal outgrowth. However, the precise molecular and cellular mechanisms of phagocytic removal of neuron debris by OECs have not been explored...
August 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847569/neuronread-an-open-source-semi-automated-tool-for-morphometric-analysis-of-phase-contrast-and-fluorescence-neuronal-images
#7
Roberto A Dias, Bruno P Gonçalves, Joana F da Rocha, Odete A B da Cruz E Silva, Augusto M F da Silva, Sandra I Vieira
Neurons are specialized cells of the Central Nervous System whose function is intricately related to the neuritic network they develop to transmit information. Morphological evaluation of this network and other neuronal structures is required to establish relationships between neuronal morphology and function, and may allow monitoring physiological and pathophysiologic alterations. Fluorescence-based microphotographs are the most widely used in cellular bioimaging, but phase contrast (PhC) microphotographs are easier to obtain, more affordable, and do not require invasive, complicated and disruptive techniques...
August 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843440/the-expression-of-pluripotency-and-neuronal-differentiation-markers-under-the-influence-of-electromagnetic-field-and-nitric-oxide
#8
Nazanin Haghighat, Parviz Abdolmaleki, Javad Parnian, Mehrdad Behmanesh
Nitric oxide (NO) is a diatomic free radical compound that as a secondary messenger contributes to cell physiological functions and its variations influence proteins activity and triggering intracellular signaling cascades. Low frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) alters the cell biology such as cell differentiation by targeting the plasma membrane and entering force to the ions and small electrical ligands. The effect of these chemical (NO) and physical (EMF) factors on the expression of the stemness and neuronal differentiation markers in rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSC) was investigated...
August 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830718/cocaine-modifies-brain-lipidome-in-mice
#9
Yiyun Lin, Hui Gu, Linhong Jiang, Wei Xu, Chunqi Liu, Yan Li, Xinying Qian, Dandan Li, Zhuoling Li, Jing Hu, Huaqin Zhang, Wei Guo, Yinglan Zhao, Xiaobo Cen
Lipids are predominant components of the brain and key regulators for neural structure and function. The neuropsychopharmacological effect of cocaine has been intensively investigated; however, the impact of cocaine on brain lipid profiles is largely unknown. In this study, we used a LC-MS-based lipidomic approach to investigate the impact of cocaine on brain lipidome in two mouse models, cocaine-conditioned place preference (CPP) and hyperlocomotor models and the lipidome was profoundly modified in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and striatum respectively...
August 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823945/the-actin-binding-protein-scinderin-acts-in-pc12-cells-to-tether-dense-core-vesicles-prior-to-secretion
#10
J Wang, D A Richards
Mechanistic understanding of the control of vesicle motion from within a secretory cell to the site of exocytosis remains incomplete. In this work, we have used total internal reflection (TIRF) microscopy to examine the mobility of secretory vesicles at the plasma membrane. Under resting conditions, we found vesicles showed little lateral mobility. Anchoring of vesicles in this membrane proximal compartment could be disrupted with latrunculin A, indicating an apparent actin dependent process. A candidate intermediary between vesicles and the actin skeleton is the actin binding protein scinderin...
August 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811225/alpha-synuclein-ferrireductase-activity-is-detectible-in-vivo-is-altered-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-increases-the-neurotoxicity-of-dopal
#11
Jennifer S McDowall, Ioanna Ntai, Kevin C Honeychurch, John P Hart, Philippe Colin, Bernard L Schneider, David R Brown
The normal cellular role of α-synuclein is of potential importance in understanding diseases in which an aggregated form of the protein has been implicated. A potential loss or change in the normal function of α-synuclein could play a role in the aetiology of diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Recently, it has been suggested that α-synuclein could cause the enzymatic reduction of iron and a cellular increase in Fe(II) levels. Experiments were carried out to determine if such activity could be measured in vivo...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784263/ena-vasp-proteins-regulate-exocytosis-by-mediating-myosin-vi-dependent-recruitment-of-secretory-granules-to-the-cortical-actin-network
#12
Vanesa M Tomatis, Peter Josh, Andreas Papadopulos, Rachel S Gormal, Vanessa Lanoue, Sally Martin, Frédéric A Meunier
In neurosecretory cells, myosin VI associated with secretory granules (SGs) mediates their activity-dependent recruitment to the cortical actin network and is necessary to sustain exocytosis. The mechanism by which myosin VI interacts with SGs is unknown. Using a myosin VI pull-down assay and mass spectrometry we identified Mena, a member of the ENA/VASP family, as a myosin VI binding partner in PC12 cells, and confirmed that Mena colocalized with myosin VI on SGs. Using a knock-sideways approach to inactivate the ENA/VASP family members by mitochondrial relocation, we revealed a concomitant redistribution of myosin VI...
August 4, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768144/the-c-terminal-domain-of-zdhhc2-contains-distinct-sorting-signals-that-regulate-intracellular-localisation-in-neurons-and-neuroendocrine-cells
#13
Christine Salaun, Louise Ritchie, Jennifer Greaves, Trevor J Bushell, Luke H Chamberlain
The S-acyltransferase zDHHC2 mediates dynamic S-acylation of PSD95 and AKAP79/150, which impacts synaptic targeting of AMPA receptors. zDHHC2 is responsive to synaptic activity and catalyses the increased S-acylation of PSD95 that occurs following action potential blockade or application of ionotropic glutamate receptor antagonists. These treatments have been proposed to increase plasma membrane delivery of zDHHC2 via an endosomal cycling pathway, enhancing substrate accessibility. To generate an improved understanding of zDHHC2 trafficking and how this might be regulated by neuronal activity, we searched for intramolecular signals that regulate enzyme localisation...
July 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765051/how-does-calcium-interact-with-the-cytoskeleton-to-regulate-growth-cone-motility-during-axon-pathfinding
#14
REVIEW
Robert J Gasperini, Macarena Pavez, Adrian C Thompson, Camilla B Mitchell, Holly Hardy, Kaylene M Young, John K Chilton, Lisa Foa
The precision with which neurons form connections is crucial for the normal development and function of the nervous system. The development of neuronal circuitry in the nervous system is accomplished by axon pathfinding: a process where growth cones guide axons through the embryonic environment to connect with their appropriate synaptic partners to form functional circuits. Despite intense efforts over many years to understand how this process is regulated, the complete repertoire of molecular mechanisms that govern the growth cone cytoskeleton and hence motility, remain unresolved...
July 29, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743452/transcriptional-profiles-for-distinct-aggregation-states-of-mutant-huntingtin-exon-1-protein-unmask-new-huntington-s-disease-pathways
#15
Nagaraj S Moily, Angelique R Ormsby, Aleksandar Stojilovic, Yasmin M Ramdzan, Jeannine Diesch, Ross D Hannan, Michelle S Zajac, Anthony J Hannan, Alicia Oshlack, Danny M Hatters
Huntington's disease is caused by polyglutamine (polyQ)-expansion mutations in the CAG tandem repeat of the Huntingtin gene. The central feature of Huntington's disease pathology is the aggregation of mutant Huntingtin (Htt) protein into micrometer-sized inclusion bodies. Soluble mutant Htt states are most proteotoxic and trigger an enhanced risk of death whereas inclusions confer different changes to cellular health, and may even provide adaptive responses to stress. Yet the molecular mechanisms underpinning these changes remain unclear...
July 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720530/downregulation-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-by-apolipoprotein-e-implications-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Veena Theendakara, Dale E Bredesen, Rammohan V Rao
The apolipoprotein E ε4 allele is the single most important genetic risk factor associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Tau phosphorylation and hyperphosphorylation is an underlying feature of AD and is regulated by specific kinases and phosphatases. Among phosphatases, protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is the principal tau dephosphorylating enzyme in the brain. Several abnormalities of PP2A have been reported in AD, including among others decreased protein levels of PP2A, decreased mRNA and protein levels of the catalytic subunit PP2AC and variable regulatory B subunits and reduced methylation of the catalytic subunit, all of which results in disruption of the PP2A phosphatase activity...
July 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690173/immediate-and-delayed-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-as-a-neuroprotective-treatment-for-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#17
Renana Baratz-Goldstein, Shlomi Toussia-Cohen, Aviya Elpaz, Vardit Rubovitch, Chaim G Pick
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of death or chronic disability among people under-35-years-old. There is no effective pharmacological treatment currently existing for TBI. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is defined as the inhalation of pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized higher than 1atm. HBOT offers physiological and mechanical effects by inducing a state of increased pressure and hyperoxia. HBOT has been proposed as an effective treatment for moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI), yet the exact therapeutic window and mechanism that underlies this effect is not completely understood...
July 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684360/regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-5-rgs5-inhibits-sonic-hedgehog-function-in-mouse-cortical-neurons
#18
Chuanliang Liu, Qiongqiong Hu, Jia Jing, Yun Zhang, Jing Jin, Liulei Zhang, Lili Mu, Yumei Liu, Bo Sun, Tongshuai Zhang, Qingfei Kong, Guangyou Wang, Dandan Wang, Yao Zhang, Xijun Liu, Wei Zhao, Jinghua Wang, Tao Feng, Hulun Li
Regulator of G protein signaling 5 (RGS5) acts as a GTPase-activating protein (GAP) for the Gαi subunit and negatively regulates G protein-coupled receptor signaling. However, its presence and function in postmitotic differentiated primary neurons remains largely uncharacterized. During neural development, sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is involved in cell signaling pathways via Gαi activity. In particular, Shh signaling is essential for embryonic neural tube patterning, which has been implicated in neuronal polarization involving neurite outgrowth...
July 3, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676376/cutaneous-inflammation-regulates-thik1-expression-in-small-c-like-nociceptor-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons
#19
William Haskins, Sergio Benitez, Juan M Mercado, Cristian G Acosta
Tandem pore-domain Halothane Inhibited K(+) channel (THIK1) is a two-pore-domain potassium channel (K2P) present in dorsal root ganglia (DRG). We previously demonstrated that THIK1 mRNA levels in the DRG dropped ipsilaterally 1day after CFA-induced cutaneous inflammation (CFA1). In this study we aimed to identify the currently unknown DRG subpopulations expressing THIK1, and to investigate the relationship between the channel and both inflammatory and spontaneous pain in normal rats. Using a combination of immunohistochemistry, western blotting and behavioural tests, we found that all small neurons and large groups of medium and large DRG neurons express THIK1...
July 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673772/methyl-4-phenylpyridinium-mpp-differentially-affects-monoamine-release-and-re-uptake-in-murine-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-neurons
#20
Yasmina Martí, Friederike Matthaeus, Thorsten Lau, Patrick Schloss
1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) is known to selectively damage dopaminergic (DA) cells in the substantia nigra and to produce symptoms which are alike to those observed in Parkinson's disease (PD). Based on the similarity between MPTP-induced neurotoxicity and PD-related neuropathology, application of MPTP or its metabolite methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) was successfully established in experimental rodent models to study PD-related neurodegenerative events. MPP+ is taken up by the dopamine transporter (DAT) into DA neurons where it exerts its neurotoxic action on mitochondria by affecting complex I of the respiratory chain...
June 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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