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Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences

Claudia Compagnucci, Emanuela Piermarini, Antonella Sferra, Rossella Borghi, Alessia Niceforo, Stefania Petrini, Fiorella Piemonte, Enrico Bertini
Patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide a novel tool to investigate the pathophysiology of poorly known diseases, in particular those affecting the nervous system, which has been difficult to study for its lack of accessibility. In this emerging and promising field, recent iPSCs studies are mostly used as "proof-of-principle" experiments that are confirmatory of previous findings obtained from animal models and postmortem human studies; its promise as a discovery tool is just beginning to be realized...
October 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Gry Fluge Vindedal, Anna E Thoren, Vidar Jensen, Arne Klungland, Yong Zhang, Michael J Holtzman, Ole Petter Ottersen, Erlend A Nagelhus
There is a constitutive production of water in brain. The efflux routes of this excess water remain to be identified. We used basal brain water content as a proxy for the capacity of water exit routes. Basal brain water content was increased in mice with a complete loss of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels (global Aqp4(-/-) mice), but not in mice with a selective removal of perivascular AQP4 or in a novel mouse line with a selective deletion of ependymal AQP4 (Foxj1-Cre-Aqp4(flox/flox) mice). Unique for the global Aqp4(-/-) mice is the loss of the AQP4 pool subjacent to the pial membrane...
October 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Amelia Davis, Adrian C B Meedeniya, Dean L Pountney
α-Synuclein (α-syn) aggregates (Lewy bodies) in dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) may be associated with disturbed calcium homeostasis and oxidative stress. We investigated the interplay between α-syn aggregation, expression of the calbindin-D28k (CB) neuronal calcium-buffering protein and oxidative stress, combining immunofluorescence double labelling and Western analysis, and examining DLB and normal human cases and a unilateral oxidative stress lesion model of α-syn disease (rotenone mouse). DLB cases showed a greater proportion of CB+ cells in affected brain regions compared to normal cases with Lewy bodies largely present in CB- neurons and virtually undetected in CB+ neurons...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Sara Bermudez, Guzal Khayrullina, Yujia Zhao, Kimberly R Byrnes
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in both acute and chronic inflammation, as a result of activation of microglia, invasion of macrophages and activation of the NADPH oxidase (NOX) enzyme. The NOX enzyme is a primary source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and is expressed by microglia and macrophages after SCI. These cells can assume either a pro- (M1) or anti-inflammatory (M2) polarization phenotype and contribute to tissue response to SCI. However, the contribution of NOX expression and ROS production to this polarization and vice versa is currently undefined...
October 8, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Saleh A Bakheet, Mohammad Zeed Alzahrani, Ahmed Nadeem, Mushtaq Ahmad Ansari, Khairy M A Zoheir, Sabry M Attia, Laila Yousef Al-Ayadhi, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder categorized by qualitative impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive stereotypic behavior. Emerging evidence increasingly suggests that chemokine receptors have a pivotal role in the central nervous system and are involved in the pathogenesis of numerous neuroinflammatory diseases. Resveratrol is widely used to treat neurodegenerative diseases, but its effect on autism has not been investigated. We investigated the effect of resveratrol (20 and 40mg/kg) in the spleen and brain tissues of BTBR T+tf/J (BTBR) and C57BL/6J (B6) mice as well as on the C-C chemokine receptor (CCR) and C-X-C motif chemokine receptor (CXCR) (CCR3(+), CCR5(+), CCR7(+) and CCR9(+), CXCR3(+) and CXCR5(+)) in cluster of differentiation 4-positive (CD4(+)) T cells in the spleen...
September 29, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Surabhi Shukla, Zia Shariat-Madar, Larry A Walker, Babu L Tekwani
In this study we investigated the neurotrophic actions of vorinostat (suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, SAHA), a class I and class II HDAC inhibitor, on the differentiation of Neuroscreen-1 (NS-1) cells. NS-1 cell is a subclone of the rat pheochromocytoma cell line (PC 12). Vorinostat independently induced neurite outgrowth in NS-1 cells. The NS-1 cells were further interrogated for the effects of vorinostat on intracellular neurotrophin signaling pathways, to understand its mechanism of neurotrophic action...
September 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Lauren C Fogarty, Beibei Song, Yegappan Suppiah, S M Mahmud Hasan, Hiliary C Martin, Sarah E Hogan, Jieying Xiong, Jacqueline L Vanderluit
The bcl-2 family of survival and death promoting proteins play a key role in regulating cell numbers during nervous system development. Bcl-xL, an anti-apoptotic bcl-2 family member is highly expressed in the developing nervous system. However; the early embryonic lethality of the bcl-x germline null mouse precluded an investigation into its role in nervous system development. To identify the role of bcl-x in spinal cord neurogenesis, we generated a central nervous system-specific bcl-x conditional knockout (BKO) mouse...
September 22, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Shiwei Wang, Marta Bolós, Rosemary Clark, Carlie L Cullen, Katherine A Southam, Lisa Foa, Tracey C Dickson, Kaylene M Young
The amyloid-β precursor protein (APP) is a transmembrane protein that is widely expressed within the central nervous system (CNS). While the pathogenic dysfunction of this protein has been extensively studied in the context of Alzheimer's disease, its normal function is poorly understood, and reports have often appeared contradictory. In this study we have examined the role of APP in regulating neurogenesis in the adult mouse brain by comparing neural stem cell proliferation, as well as new neuron number and morphology between APP knockout mice and C57bl6 controls...
September 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Jeannine A Frei, Esther T Stoeckli
Many cell adhesion molecules are located at synapses but only few of them can be considered synaptic cell adhesion molecules in the strict sense. Besides the Neurexins and Neuroligins, the LRRTMs (leucine rich repeat transmembrane proteins) and the SynCAMs/CADMs can induce synapse formation when expressed in non-neuronal cells and therefore are true synaptic cell adhesion molecules. SynCAMs (synaptic cell adhesion molecules) are a subfamily of the immunoglobulin superfamily of cell adhesion molecules. As suggested by their name, they were first identified as cell adhesion molecules at the synapse which were sufficient to trigger synapse formation...
September 1, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Takeshi Sakurai
Cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) in the nervous system have long been a research focus, but many mice lacking CAMs show very subtle phenotypes, giving an impression that CAMs may not be major players in constructing the nervous system. However, recent human genetic studies suggest CAM involvement in many neuropsychiatric disorders, implicating that they must have significant functions in nervous system development, namely in circuitry formation. As CAMs can provide specificity through their molecular interactions, this review summarizes possible mechanisms on how alterations of CAMs can result in neuropsychiatric disorders through circuitry modification...
August 22, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Hui Shi, Kuang Zheng, Zulu Su, Hai Su, Ming Zhong, Xuenong He, Changlong Zhou, Hao Chen, Qijiang Xiong, Yi Zhang
Microglia activation played a vital role in the pathogenesis of white matter lesions (WMLs) by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. In addition, hypoxia induced up-regulated expression of MCP-1, promotes the activation of microglia. However, the role of MCP-1 mediated microglia activation in chronic cerebral ischemia is still unknown. To explore that, chronic cerebral hypoperfusion model was established by permanent stenosis of bilateral common carotid artery in mice. The activation of microglia and the related signal pathway p38MAPK/PKC in white matter, and working memory of mice were observed...
August 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Ya Zhou, Fiona V Howell, Oleg O Glebov, David Albrecht, Gareth Williams, Patrick Doherty
Diacylglycerol lipase alpha (DAGLα) generates the endocannabinoid (eCB) 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) that regulates the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells and serves as a retrograde signaling lipid at synapses. Nothing is known about the dynamics of DAGLα expression in cells and this is important as it will govern where 2-AG can be made and released. We have developed a new construct to label DAGLα at the surface of live cells and follow its trafficking. In hippocampal neurons a cell surface pool of DAGLα co-localizes with Homer, a postsynaptic density marker...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Rita Kumar, Melissa J Bukowski, Joseph M Wider, Christian A Reynolds, Lesley Calo, Bradley Lepore, Renee Tousignant, Michelle Jones, Karin Przyklenk, Thomas H Sanderson
Global brain ischemia/reperfusion induces neuronal damage in vulnerable brain regions, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent neuronal death. Induction of neuronal death is mediated by release of cytochrome c (cyt c) from the mitochondria though a well-characterized increase in outer mitochondrial membrane permeability. However, for cyt c to be released it is first necessary for cyt c to be liberated from the cristae junctions which are gated by Opa1 oligomers. Opa1 has two known functions: maintenance of the cristae junction and mitochondrial fusion...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Maria Hersom, Hans Christian Helms, Natasia Pretzer, Charlotte Goldeman, Andreas I Jensen, Gregory Severin, Morten S Nielsen, René Holm, Birger Brodin
Receptor-mediated transcytosis of the transferrin receptor has been suggested as a potential transport system to deliver therapeutic molecules into the brain. Recent studies have however shown that therapeutic antibodies, which have been reported to cross the brain endothelium, reach greater brain exposure when the affinity of the antibodies to the transferrin receptor is lowered. The lower affinity of the antibodies to the transferrin receptor facilitates the dissociation from the receptor within the endosomal compartments, which may indicate that the receptor itself does not necessarily move across the endothelial cells by transcytosis...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Katherine R Nesler, Emily L Starke, Nathan G Boin, Matthew Ritz, Scott A Barbee
Spaced synaptic depolarization induces rapid axon terminal growth and the formation of new synaptic boutons at the Drosophila larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Here, we identify a novel presynaptic function for the Calcium/Calmodulin-dependent Kinase II (CamKII) protein in the control of activity-dependent synaptic growth. Consistent with this function, we find that both total and phosphorylated CamKII (p-CamKII) are enriched in axon terminals. Interestingly, p-CamKII appears to be enriched at the presynaptic axon terminal membrane...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Mengni Yi, Panpan Yu, Qin Lu, Herbert M Geller, Zhihua Yu, Hongzhuan Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia and is characterized by a progression from decline of episodic memory to a global impairment of cognitive function. Astrogliosis is a hallmark feature of AD, and reactive gliosis has been considered as an important target for intervention in various neurological disorders. We previously found in astrocyte cultures that the expression of the intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channel KCa3.1 was increased in reactive astrocytes induced by TGF-β, while pharmacological blockade or genetic deletion of KCa3...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Emilia Laudati, Andrew S Gilder, Michael S Lam, Roberta Misasi, Maurizio Sorice, Steven L Gonias, Elisabetta Mantuano
LDL Receptor-related Protein-1 (LRP1) is an endocytic receptor for diverse ligands. In neurons and neuron-like cells, ligand-binding to LRP1 initiates cell-signaling. Herein, we show that in PC12 and N2a neuron-like cells, LRP1 distributes into lipid rafts and non-raft plasma membrane fractions. When lipid rafts were disrupted, using methyl-β-cyclodextrin or fumonisin B1, activation of Src family kinases and ERK1/2 by the LRP1 ligands, tissue-type plasminogen activator and activated α2-macroglobulin, was blocked...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Alice Goode, Sarah Rea, Melanie Sultana, Barry Shaw, Mark S Searle, Robert Layfield
The transcription factor Nrf2 and its repressor protein Keap1 play key roles in the regulation of antioxidant stress responses and both Keap1-Nrf2 signalling and oxidative stress have been implicated in the pathogenesis of the ALS-FTLD spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders. The Keap1-binding partner and autophagy receptor SQSTM1/p62 has also recently been linked genetically to ALS-FTLD, with some missense mutations identified in patients mapping within or close to its Keap1-interacting region (KIR, residues 347-352)...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Jocelyn J Lippman-Bell, Chengwen Zhou, Hongyu Sun, Joel S Feske, Frances E Jensen
Calcium (Ca(2+))-mediated(4) signaling pathways are critical to synaptic plasticity. In adults, the NMDA glutamate receptor (NMDAR) represents a major route for activity-dependent synaptic Ca(2+) entry. However, during neonatal development, when synaptic plasticity is particularly high, many AMPA glutamate receptors (AMPARs) are also permeable to Ca(2+) (CP-AMPAR) due to low GluA2 subunit expression, providing an additional route for activity- and glutamate-dependent Ca(2+) influx and subsequent signaling. Therefore, altered hippocampal Ca(2+) signaling may represent an age-specific pathogenic mechanism...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
K Sánchez-Huerta, Y García-Martínez, P Vergara, J Segovia, J Pacheco-Rosado
Thyroid hormones (THs) regulate adult hippocampal neurogenesis, a process that involves both cell populations that dynamically switch between pools of proliferative and quiescent cells, and cells that definitely leave the cell cycle to maturate into granular neurons. This investigation was carried out to determine the role of THs on the mitotic activity of specific proliferative cell populations and the preservation of non-proliferative cells participating in the neurogenic process of the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus...
October 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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