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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438505/turning-down-the-volume-astrocyte-volume-change-in-the-generation-and-termination-of-epileptic-seizures
#1
REVIEW
Thomas R Murphy, Devin K Binder, Todd A Fiacco
Approximately 1% of the global population suffers from epilepsy, a class of disorders characterized by recurrent and unpredictable seizures. Of these cases roughly one-third are refractory to current antiepileptic drugs, which typically target neuronal excitability directly. The events leading to seizure generation and epileptogenesis remain largely unknown, hindering development of new treatments. Some recent experimental models of epilepsy have provided compelling evidence that glial cells, especially astrocytes, could be central to seizure development...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438504/agomelatine-protects-against-neuronal-damage-without-preventing-epileptogenesis-in-the-kainate-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#2
Jana Tchekalarova, Dimitrinka Atanasova, Zlatina Nenchovska, Milena Atanasova, Lidia Kortenska, Rumyana Gesheva, Nikolai Lazarov
Recent studies about the novel antidepressant agomelatine, which is a mixed MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptor agonist and 5HT2C serotonin receptor antagonist possessing an anticonvulsant and neuroprotective action, suggest that it may have potential to contribute against epileptogenesis and epilepsy-induced memory impairment. In order to ascertain whether protection of some brain structures could suppress epileptogenesis, in the present study, we evaluated the effect of chronic post-status treatment with agomelatine on epileptogenesis, behavioral and neuronal damage induced by kainate acid (KA) status epilepticus (SE)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435104/drosophila-pink1-and-parkin-loss-of-function-mutants-display-a-range-of-non-motor-parkinson-s-disease-phenotypes
#3
Hannah Julienne, Edgar Buhl, David S Leslie, James J L Hodge
Parkinson's disease (PD) is more commonly associated with its motor symptoms and the related degeneration of dopamine (DA) neurons. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that PD patients also display a wide range of non-motor symptoms, including memory deficits and disruptions of their sleep-wake cycles. These have a large impact on their quality of life, and often precede the onset of motor symptoms, but their etiology is poorly understood. The fruit fly Drosophila has already been successfully used to model PD, and has been used extensively to study relevant non-motor behaviours in other contexts, but little attention has yet been paid to modelling non-motor symptoms of PD in this genetically tractable organism...
April 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416393/tdp-43-expression-influences-amyloid%C3%AE-plaque-deposition-and-tau-aggregation
#4
Stephani A Davis, Kok Ann Gan, James A Dowell, Nigel J Cairns, Michael A Gitcho
Although the main focus in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been an investigation of mechanisms causing Aβ plaque deposition and tau tangle formation, recent studies have shown that phosphorylated TDP-43 pathology is present in up to 50% of sporadic cases. Furthermore, elevated phosphorylated TDP-43 has been associated with more severe AD pathology. Therefore, we hypothesized that TDP-43 may regulate amyloid-beta precursor protein (APP) trafficking and tau phosphorylation/aggregation. In order to examine the role of TDP-43 in AD, we developed a transgenic mouse that overexpresses hippocampal and cortical neuronal TDP-43 in a mouse expressing familial mutations (K595N and M596L) in APP and presenilin 1 (PSEN1ΔE9)...
April 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433741/loss-of-the-neurodevelopmental-gene-zswim6-alters-striatal-morphology-and-motor-regulation
#5
David J Tischfield, Dave K Saraswat, Andrew Furash, Stephen C Fowler, Marc V Fuccillo, Stewart A Anderson
The zinc-finger SWIM domain-containing protein 6 (ZSWIM6) is a protein of unknown function that has been associated with schizophrenia and limited educational attainment by three independent genome-wide association studies. Additionally, a putatively causal point mutation in ZSWIM6 has been identified in several cases of acromelic frontonasal dysostosis with severe intellectual disability. Despite the growing number of studies implicating ZSWIM6 as an important regulator of brain development, its role in this process has never been examined...
April 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411118/regulation-of-motor-proteins-axonal-transport-deficits-and-adult-onset-neurodegenerative-diseases
#6
REVIEW
Scott T Brady, Gerardo A Morfini
Neurons affected in a wide variety of unrelated adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases (AONDs) typically exhibit a "dying back" pattern of degeneration, which is characterized by early deficits in synaptic function and neuritic pathology long before neuronal cell death. Consistent with this observation, multiple unrelated AONDs including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and several motor neuron diseases feature early alterations in kinase-based signaling pathways associated with deficits in axonal transport (AT), a complex cellular process involving multiple intracellular trafficking events powered by microtubule-based motor proteins...
April 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411117/in-vitro-%C3%AE-synuclein-neurotoxicity-and-spreading-among-neurons-and-astrocytes-using-lewy-body-extracts-from-parkinson-disease-brains
#7
Fabio Cavaliere, Loic Cerf, Benjamin Dehay, Paula Ramos-Gonzalez, Francesca De Giorgi, Mathieu Bourdenx, Alban Bessede, Jose A Obeso, Carlos Matute, François Ichas, Erwan Bezard
Synucleinopathies are a group of diseases characterized by the presence of intracellular protein aggregates containing α-synuclein (α-syn). While α-syn aggregates have been shown to induce multimodal cellular dysfunctions, uptake and transport mechanisms remain unclear. Using high-content imaging on cortical neurons and astrocytes, we here define the kinetics of neuronal and astrocytic abnormalities induced by human-derived α-syn aggregates grounding the use of such system to identify and test putative therapeutic compounds...
April 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404519/proteasome-inhibitors-to-alleviate-aberrant-ikbkap-mrna-splicing-and-low-ikap-help1-synthesis-in-familial-dysautonomia
#8
Mylène Hervé, El Chérif Ibrahim
FD is a rare neurodegenerative disorder caused by a mutation of the IKBKAP gene, which induces low expression levels of the Elongator subunit IKAP/hELP1 protein. A rational strategy for FD treatment could be to identify drugs increasing IKAP/hELP1 expression levels by blocking protein degradation pathways such as the 26S proteasome. Proteasome inhibitors are promising molecules emerging in cancer treatment and could thus constitute an enticing pharmaceutical strategy for FD treatment. Therefore, we tested three proteasome inhibitors on FD human olfactory ecto-mesenchymal stem cells (hOE-MSCs): two approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA), bortezomib and carfilzomib, as well as epoxomicin...
April 9, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400135/insulin-deficiency-results-in-reversible-protein-kinase-a-activation-and-tau-phosphorylation
#9
Judith M van der Harg, Leslie Eggels, Fabian N Bangel, Silvie R Ruigrok, Rob Zwart, Jeroen J M Hoozemans, Susanne E la Fleur, Wiep Scheper
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a highly prevalent multifactorial disease for which Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a risk factor. Abnormal phosphorylation and aggregation of tau is a key hallmark of AD. In animal models, DM induces or exacerbates the phosphorylation of tau, suggesting that DM may influence the risk at AD by directly facilitating tau pathology. Previously we reported that tau phosphorylation induced in response to metabolic stress is reversible. Since identification and understanding of early players in tau pathology is pivotal for therapeutic intervention, we here investigated the mechanism underlying tau phosphorylation in the diabetic brain and its potential for reversibility...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400134/alpha-synuclein-pathology-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-neuroinflammation-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
Emily M Rocha, Briana De Miranda, Laurie H Sanders
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex, chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease. While the etiology of PD is likely multifactorial, the protein α-synuclein is a central component to the pathogenesis of the disease. However, the mechanism by which α-synuclein causes toxicity and contributes to neuronal death remains unclear. Mitochondrial dysfunction is also widely considered to play a major role in the underlying mechanisms contributing to neurodegeneration in PD. This review discusses evidence for the neuropathological role for α-synuclein in the dysfunction of dopamine neurons in PD...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396259/amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-promotes-lysosomal-degradation-of-clusterin-via-sortilin-in-hippocampal-primary-neurons
#11
Yunling Wang, Xike Qin, Hemant K Paudel
Progressive accumulation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) in the brain is implicated as the central event in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is thought that extracellular Aβ triggers toxic signals leading to neurodegeneration. The events downstream of Aβ however are not entirely clear. Clusterin (Apo J) is one of the major risk factors for sporadic form of AD. Clusterin binds to Aβ and prevents Aβ aggregation. In addition, clusterin promotes Aβ degradation and accelerates Aβ clearance from the brain...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396258/dlk-silencing-attenuated-neuron-apoptosis-through-jip3-ma2k7-jnk-pathway-in-early-brain-injury-after-sah-in-rats
#12
Cheng Yin, Guang-Fu Huang, Xiao-Chuan Sun, Zongduo Guo, John H Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK/MA3K12) has been reported involved in apoptosis and neuronal degeneration during neural development and traumatic brain injury. This study was designed to investigate the role of DLK with its adaptor protein JNK interacting protein-3 (JIP3), and its downstream MA2K7/JNK signaling pathway in early brain injury (EBI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in a rat model. DESIGN: Controlled in vivo laboratory study. SETTING: Animal research laboratory...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396257/b-vitamin-and-choline-supplementation-increases-neuroplasticity-and-recovery-after-stroke
#13
Nafisa M Jadavji, Joshua T Emmerson, Amanda J MacFarlane, William G Willmore, Patrice D Smith
Folates are B-vitamins that play an important role in brain function. Dietary and genetic deficiencies in folate metabolism result in elevated levels of homocysteine which have been linked to increased risk of developing a stroke. Reducing levels of homocysteine before or after a stroke through B-vitamin supplementation has been a focus of many clinical studies, however, the results remain inconsistent. Animal model systems provide a powerful mechanism to study and understand functional impact and mechanisms through which supplementation affects stroke recovery...
April 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392472/nf-l-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-serum-is-a-biomarker-of-neuronal-damage-in-an-inducible-mouse-model-of-neurodegeneration
#14
Anthony Brureau, Véronique Blanchard-Bregeon, Catherine Pech, Stéphanie Hamon, Pascal Chaillou, Jean-Claude Guillemot, Pascal Barneoud, Philippe Bertrand, Laurent Pradier, Thomas Rooney, Nathalie Schussler
Accumulation of neurofilaments (NFs), the major constituents of the neuronal cytoskeleton, is a distinctive feature of neurological diseases and several studies have shown that soluble NFs can be detected in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. Here we have used an inducible transgenic mouse model of neurodegeneration, CamKII-TetOp25 mice, to evaluate whether NF-L levels in CSF or blood can be used as a biochemical biomarker of neurodegeneration...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392471/expression-of-mutant-disc1-in-purkinje-cells-increases-their-spontaneous-activity-and-impairs-cognitive-and-social-behaviors-in-mice
#15
Alexey V Shevelkin, Chantelle E Terrillion, Bagrat N Abazyan, Tymoteusz J Kajstura, Yan A Jouroukhin, Gay L Rudow, Juan C Troncoso, David J Linden, Mikhail V Pletnikov
In addition to motor function, the cerebellum has been implicated in cognitive and social behaviors. Various structural and functional abnormalities of Purkinje cells (PCs) have been observed in schizophrenia and autism. As PCs express the gene Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), and DISC1 variants have been associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, we evaluated the role of DISC1 in cerebellar physiology and associated behaviors using a mouse model of inducible and selective expression of a dominant-negative, C-terminus truncated human DISC1 (mutant DISC1) in PCs...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392470/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-and-its-receptor-1-pac1-in-the-human-infant-brain-and-changes-in-the-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids
#16
J Huang, K A Waters, R Machaalani
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its complementary receptor, PAC1, are crucial in central respiratory control. PACAP Knockout (KO) mice exhibit a SIDS-like phenotype, with an inability to overcome noxious insults, compression of baseline ventilation, and death in the early post-neonatal period. PAC1 KO demonstrate similar attributes to PACAP-null mice, but with the addition of increased pulmonary artery pressure, consequently leading to heart failure and death. This study establishes a detailed interpretation of the neuroanatomical distribution and localization of both PACAP and PAC1 in the human infant brainstem and hippocampus, to determine whether any changes in expression are evident in infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and any relationships to risk factors of SIDS including smoke exposure and sleep related parameters...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377128/enhanced-ampa-receptor-mediated-neurotransmission-on-ca1-pyramidal-neurons-during-status-epilepticus
#17
Suchitra Joshi, Karthik Rajasekaran, Huayu Sun, John Williamson, Jaideep Kapur
Status epilepticus (SE) is a common neurological emergency that results from the failure of the mechanisms responsible for seizure termination or the initiation of mechanisms that lead to abnormally prolonged seizures. Although the failure of inhibitory mechanisms during SE is well understood, the seizure-initiating mechanisms are poorly understood. We tested whether hippocampal α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR)-mediated transmission was enhanced during SE and assessed the underlying molecular mechanism...
April 2, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365213/alternative-activation-skewed-microglia-macrophages-promote-hematoma-resolution-in-experimental-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#18
Che-Feng Chang, Jieru Wan, Qiang Li, Stephen C Renfroe, Nicola M Heller, Jian Wang
Microglia/macrophages (MMΦ) are highly plastic phagocytes that can promote both injury and repair in diseased brain through the distinct function of classically activated and alternatively activated subsets. The role of MMΦ polarization in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is unknown. Herein, we comprehensively characterized MMΦ dynamics after ICH in mice and evaluated the relevance of MMΦ polarity to hematoma resolution. MMΦ accumulated within the hematoma territory until at least 14days after ICH induction...
March 30, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365214/in-vivo-localization-of-the-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-proteins-cln3-and-cln7-at-endogenous-expression-levels
#19
Alamin Mohammed, Megan B O'Hare, Alice Warley, Guy Tear, Richard I Tuxworth
The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses are a group of recessively inherited, childhood-onset neurodegenerative conditions. Several forms are caused by mutations in genes encoding putative lysosomal membrane proteins. Studies of the cell biology underpinning these disorders are hampered by the poor antigenicity of the membrane proteins, which makes visualization of the endogenous proteins difficult. We have used Drosophila to generate knock-in YFP-fusions for two of the NCL membrane proteins: CLN7 and CLN3. The YFP-fusions are expressed at endogenous levels and the proteins can be visualized live without the need for overexpression...
March 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363801/continuous-cerebroventricular-administration-of-dopamine-a-new-treatment-for-severe-dyskinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
C Laloux, F Gouel, C Lachaud, K Timmerman, B Do Van, A Jonneaux, M Petrault, G Garcon, N Rouaix, C Moreau, R Bordet, J A Duce, J C Devedjian, D Devos
In Parkinson's disease (PD) depletion of dopamine in the nigro-striatal pathway is a main pathological hallmark that requires continuous and focal restoration. Current predominant treatment with intermittent oral administration of its precursor, Levodopa (l-dopa), remains the gold standard but pharmacological drawbacks trigger motor fluctuations and dyskinesia. Continuous intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of dopamine previously failed as a therapy because of an inability to resolve the accelerated dopamine oxidation and tachyphylaxia...
March 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
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