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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625609/oxidative-stress-induced-by-cumene-hydroperoxide-produces-synaptic-depression-and-transient-hyperexcitability-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-neurons
#1
R Pardillo-Diaz, L Carrascal, G Barrionuevo, P Nunez-Abades
Pyramidal neurons of the motor cortex are selectively degenerated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The mechanisms underlying neuronal death in ALS are not well established. In the absence of useful biomarkers, the early increased neuronal excitability seems to be the unique characteristic of ALS. Lipid peroxidation caused by oxidative stress has been postulated as one of the possible mechanisms involved in degeneration motor cortex pyramidal neurons. This paper examines the effect of lipid peroxidation on layer V pyramidal neurons induced by cumene hydroperoxide (CH) in brain slices from wild type rats...
June 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600222/taste-bud-derived-bdnf-maintains-innervation-of-a-subset-of-trkb-expressing-gustatory-nerve-fibers
#2
Tao Tang, Jennifer Rios-Pilier, Robin Krimm
Taste receptor cells transduce different types of taste stimuli and transmit this information to gustatory neurons that carry it to the brain. Taste receptor cells turn over continuously in adulthood, requiring constant new innervation from nerve fibers. Therefore, the maintenance of innervation to taste buds is an active process mediated by many factors, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Specifically, 40% of taste bud innervation is lost when Bdnf is removed during adulthood. Here we speculated that not all gustatory nerve fibers express the BDNF receptor, TrkB, resulting in subsets of neurons that vary in their response to BDNF...
June 6, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554564/the-third-wave-intermediate-filaments-in-the-maturing-nervous-system
#3
REVIEW
Matthew T K Kirkcaldie, Samuel T Dwyer
Intermediate filaments are critical for the extreme structural specialisations of neurons, providing integrity in dynamic environments and efficient communication along axons a metre or more in length. As neurons mature, an initial expression of nestin and vimentin gives way to α-internexin and the neurofilament triplet proteins, substituted by peripherin in axons outside the CNS, physically consolidating axons as they elongate and find their targets. Once connection is established, these proteins are transported, assembled, stabilised and modified, structurally transforming axons and dendrites as they acquire their full function...
May 26, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552341/methamphetamine-potentiates-hiv-1gp120-induced-microglial-neurotoxic-activity-by-enhancing-microglial-outward-k-current
#4
Jianuo Liu, Enquan Xu, Guihua Tu, Han Liu, Jiangtao Luo, Huangui Xiong
Methamphetamine (Meth) abuse not only increases the risk of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection, but exacerbates HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) as well. The mechanisms underlying the co-morbid effect are not fully understood. Meth and HIV-1 each alone interacts with microglia and microglia express voltage-gated potassium (KV) channel KV1.3. To understand whether KV1.3 functions an intersecting point for Meth and HIV-1, we studied the augment effect of Meth on HIV-1 glycoprotein 120 (gp120)-induced neurotoxic activity in cultured rat microglial cells...
May 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552342/interplay-between-mitochondrial-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress-in-ischemic-stroke-an-epigenetic-connection
#5
REVIEW
Parimala Narne, Vimal Pandey, Prakash Babu Phanithi
The advent of epigenetics brought in a tectonic shift in the understanding of molecular basis of complex diseases like ischemic stroke (IS). Substantial scientific inquiry into the epigenetic basis of neurodegenerative diseases has bolstered the idea that altered carbon flux into central carbon metabolism and disturbed redox states govern the attendant transcriptional profiles through stochastic epigenetic changes. In view of an increasing understanding of the link between mitochondrial energy metabolism, oxidative stress and epigenetics in IS, the hitherto underappreciated 'neuroenergetics' is gaining sustained attention...
May 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549865/application-of-crispr-cas9-to-the-study-of-brain-development-and-neuropsychiatric-disease
#6
REVIEW
S K Powell, J Gregory, S Akbarian, K J Brennand
CRISPR/Cas9 technology has transformed our ability to manipulate the genome and epigenome, from efficient genomic editing to targeted localization of effectors to specific loci. Through the manipulation of DNA- and histone-modifying enzyme activities, activation or repression of gene expression, and targeting of transcriptional regulators, the role of gene-regulatory and epigenetic pathways in basic biology and disease processes can be directly queried. Here, we discuss emerging CRISPR-based methodologies, with specific consideration of neurobiological applications of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-based models...
May 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545680/a-role-for-tropomyosins-in-activity-dependent-bulk-endocytosis
#7
REVIEW
R S Gormal, N Valmas, T Fath, F A Meunier
Bulk endocytosis allows stimulated neurons to take up a large portion of the presynaptic plasma membrane in order to regenerate synaptic vesicle pools. Actin, one of the most abundant proteins in eukaryotic cells, plays an important role in this process, but a detailed mechanistic understanding of the involvement of the cortical actin network is still lacking, in part due to the relatively small size of nerve terminals and the limitation of optical microscopy. We recently discovered that neurosecretory cells display a similar, albeit much larger, form of bulk endocytosis in response to secretagogue stimulation...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536001/membrane-shaping-by-actin-and-myosin-during-regulated-exocytosis
#8
REVIEW
Andreas Papadopulos
The cortical actin network in neurosecretory cells is a dense mesh of actin filaments underlying the plasma membrane. Interaction of actomyosin with vesicular membranes or the plasma membrane is vital for tethering, retention, transport as well as fusion and fission of exo- and endocytic membrane structures. During regulated exocytosis the cortical actin network undergoes dramatic changes in morphology to accommodate vesicle docking, fusion and replenishment. Most of these processes involve plasma membrane Phosphoinositides (PIP) and investigating the interactions between the actin cortex and secretory structures has become a hotbed for research in recent years...
May 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522364/inhibition-of-mir-181a-protects-female-mice-from-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia-by-targeting-astrocyte-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE
#9
Creed M Stary, Lijun Xu, Le Li, Xiaoyun Sun, Yi-Bing Ouyang, Xiaoxing Xiong, Jing Zhao, Rona G Giffard
Whether the effect of miR-181a is sexually dimorphic in stroke is unknown. Prior work showed protection of male mice with miR-181a inhibition. Estrogen receptor-α (ERα) is an identified target of miR181 in endometrium. Therefore we investigated the separate and joint effects of miR-181a inhibition and 17β-estradiol (E2) replacement after ovariectomy. Adult female mice were ovariectomized and implanted with an E2- or vehicle-containing capsule for 14d prior to 1h middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Each group received either miR-181a antagomir or mismatch control by intracerebroventricular injection 24h before MCAO...
May 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506637/thiamine-and-benfotiamine-prevent-stress-induced-suppression-of-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-mice-exposed-to-predation-without-affecting-brain-thiamine-diphosphate-levels
#10
Julie Vignisse, Margaux Sambon, Anna Gorlova, Dmitrii Pavlov, Nicolas Caron, Brigitte Malgrange, Elena Shevtsova, Andrey Svistunov, Daniel C Anthony, Natalyia Markova, Natalyia Bazhenova, Bernard Coumans, Bernard Lakaye, Pierre Wins, Tatyana Strekalova, Lucien Bettendorff
Thiamine is essential for normal brain function and its deficiency causes metabolic impairment, specific lesions, oxidative damage and reduced adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN). Thiamine precursors with increased bioavailability, especially benfotiamine, exert neuroprotective effects not only for thiamine deficiency (TD), but also in mouse models of neurodegeneration. As it is known that AHN is impaired by stress in rodents, we exposed C57BL6/J mice to predator stress for 5 consecutive nights and studied the proliferation (number of Ki67-positive cells) and survival (number of BrdU-positive cells) of newborn immature neurons in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus...
May 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495450/rho-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-rgnef-is-a-prosurvival-factor-under-stress-conditions
#11
Kevin Cheung, Cristian A Droppelmann, Adam MacLellan, Ian Cameron, Benjamin Withers, Danae Campos-Melo, Kathryn Volkening, Michael J Strong
Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (RGNEF) is a 190kDa RNA binding protein (RBP) that also contains a Dbl/PH domain capable of RhoA activation. Consistent with a key role in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), RGNEF forms pathological neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions in degenerating spinal motor neurons. To further understand the role of RGNEF in the stress response, we first observed that the expression of RGNEF is upregulated in murine spinal motor neurons following distal sciatic nerve injury...
May 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479292/new-waves-in-dendritic-spine-actin-cytoskeleton-from-branches-and-bundles-to-rings-from-actin-binding-proteins-to-post-translational-modifications
#12
REVIEW
Enni Bertling, Pirta Hotulainen
Dendritic spines are small actin-rich protrusions from neuronal dendrites that form the postsynaptic part of most excitatory synapses. Changes in the number or strength of synapses are physiological mechanisms behind learning. The growth and maturation of dendritic spines and the activity-induced changes to their morphology are all based on changes to the actin cytoskeleton. In this review, we will discuss the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton in dendritic spine formation and maturation, as well as in synaptic strengthening...
May 4, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477983/retinoic-acid-increases-glucocorticoid-receptor-phosphorylation-via-cyclin-dependent-kinase-5
#13
Julie Brossaud, Hélène Roumes, Jean-Christophe Helbling, Marie-Pierre Moisan, Véronique Pallet, Guillaume Ferreira, Essi-Fanny Biyong, Anabelle Redonnet, Jean-Benoît Corcuff
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) function is modulated by phosphorylation. As retinoic acid (RA) can activate some cytoplasmic kinases able to phosphorylate GR, we investigated whether RA could modulate GR phosphorylation in neuronal cells in a context of long-term glucocorticoid exposure. A 4-day treatment of dexamethasone (Dex) plus RA, showed that RA potentiated the (Dex)-induced phosphorylation on GR Serine 220 (pSer220GR) in the nucleus of a hippocampal HT22 cell line. This treatment increased the cytoplasmic ratio of p35/p25 proteins, which are major CDK5 cofactors...
May 3, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476540/epigenetic-and-transcriptional-modulation-of-wdr5-a-chromatin-remodeling-protein-in-huntington-s-disease-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-hipsc-model
#14
Simona Baronchelli, Alberto La Spada, Aikaterini Ntai, Andrea Barbieri, Paola Conforti, Gloria Saccani Jotti, Serena Redaelli, Angela Bentivegna, Pasquale De Blasio, Ida Biunno
DNA methylation (DNAm) changes are of increasing relevance to neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington's disease (HD). We performed genome-wide screening of possible DNAm changes occurring during striatal differentiation in human induced pluripotent stem cells derived from a HD patient (HD-hiPSCs) as cellular model. We identified 240 differentially methylated regions (DMRs) at promoters in fully differentiated HD-hiPSCs. Subsequently, we focused on the methylation differences in a subcluster of genes related to Jumonji Domain Containing 3 (JMJD3), a demethylase that epigenetically regulates neuronal differentiation and activates neuronal progenitor associated genes, which are indispensable for neuronal fate acquisition...
May 2, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465254/activation-of-adenosine-a2a-receptor-signaling-regulates-the-expression-of-cytokines-associated-with-immunologic-dysfunction-in-btbr-t-itpr3-tf-j-mice
#15
Mushtaq A Ansari, Sabry M Attia, Ahmed Nadeem, Saleh A Bakheet, Mohammad Raish, Tajdar H Khan, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Sheikh F Ahmad
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by stereotypical repetitive behavior, impaired social interaction, and deficits in communication. The BTBR T(+) Itpr3(tf)/J (BTBR) mice have been extensively used as an animal model of the ASD-like phenotype. Adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) are considered potential targets in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we used the A2AR antagonist SCH 5826 (SCH) and the A2AR agonist CGS 21680 (CGS) to investigate the activation of A2AR signaling in immune cells...
April 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461219/divergent-lactate-dehydrogenase-isoenzyme-profile-in-cellular-compartments-of-primate-forebrain-structures
#16
Tetyana Duka, Zachary Collins, Sarah M Anderson, Mary Ann Raghanti, John J Ely, Patrick R Hof, Derek E Wildman, Morris Goodman, Lawrence I Grossman, Chet C Sherwood
The compartmentalization and association of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) with specific cellular structures (e.g., synaptosomal, sarcoplasmic or mitochondrial) may play an important role in brain energy metabolism. Our previous research revealed that LDH in the synaptosomal fraction shifts toward the aerobic isoforms (LDH-B) among the large-brained haplorhine primates compared to strepsirrhines. Here, we further analyzed the subcellular localization of LDH in primate forebrain structures using quantitative Western blotting and ELISA...
April 29, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461220/delineating-neurotrophin-3-dependent-signaling-pathways-underlying-sympathetic-axon-growth-along-intermediate-targets
#17
Austin B Keeler, Dong Suo, Juyeon Park, Christopher D Deppmann
Postganglionic sympathetic neurons detect vascular derived neurotrophin 3 (NT3) via the axonally expressed receptor tyrosine kinase, TrkA, to promote chemo-attraction along intermediate targets. Once axons arrive to their final target, a structurally related neurotrophic factor, nerve growth factor (NGF), also acts through TrkA to promote final target innervation. Does TrkA signal differently at these different locales? We previously found that Coronin-1 is upregulated in sympathetic neurons upon exposure to NGF, thereby endowing the NGF-TrkA complex with new signaling capabilities (i...
April 28, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450268/extensive-uptake-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-in-astrocytes-results-in-sustained-intracellular-deposits-and-mitochondrial-damage
#18
Veronica Lindström, Gabriel Gustafsson, Laurie H Sanders, Evan H Howlett, Jessica Sigvardson, Alex Kasrayan, Martin Ingelsson, Joakim Bergström, Anna Erlandsson
The presence of Lewy bodies, mainly consisting of aggregated α-synuclein, is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The α-synuclein inclusions are predominantly found in neurons, but also appear frequently in astrocytes. However, the pathological significance of α-synuclein inclusions in astrocytes and the capacity of glial cells to clear toxic α-synuclein species remain unknown. In the present study we investigated uptake, degradation and toxic effects of oligomeric α-synuclein in a co-culture system of primary neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes...
April 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442364/effects-of-repeated-cocaine-exposure-and-withdrawal-on-voluntary-ethanol-drinking-and-the-expression-of-glial-glutamate-transporters-in-mesocorticolimbic-system-of-p-rats
#19
Alaa M Hammad, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Sujan C Das, Youssef Sari
Glutamatergic neurotransmission within the brain's reward circuits plays a major role in the reinforcing properties of both ethanol and cocaine. Glutamate homeostasis is regulated by several glutamate transporters, including glutamate transporter type 1 (GLT-1), cystine/glutamate transporter (xCT), and glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST). Cocaine exposure has been shown to induce a dysregulation in glutamate homeostasis and a decrease in the expression of GLT-1 and xCT in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). In this study, alcohol preferring (P) rats were exposed to free-choice of ethanol (15% and 30%) and/or water for five weeks...
April 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438696/altered-temporal-lobe-white-matter-lipid-ion-profiles-in-an-experimental-model-of-sporadic-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Ming Tong, Raiane Leão, Gina V Vimbela, Emine B Yalcin, Jared Kay, Alexander Krotow, Suzanne M de la Monte
BACKGROUND: White matter is an early and important yet under-evaluated target of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Metabolic impairments due to insulin and insulin-like growth factor resistance contribute to white matter degeneration because corresponding signal transduction pathways maintain oligodendrocyte function and survival. METHODS: This study utilized a model of sporadic AD in which adult Long Evans rats administered intracerebral streptozotocin (i.c. STZ) developed AD-type neurodegeneration...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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