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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328153/behavioral-transcriptomic-and-epigenetic-responses-to-social-challenge-in-honey-bees
#1
Hagai Y Shpigler, Michael C Saul, Emma E Murdoch, Amy C Cash-Ahmed, Christopher H Seward, Laura Sloofman, Sriram Chandrasekaran, Saurabh Sinha, Lisa J Stubbs, Gene E Robinson
Understanding how social experiences are represented in the brain and shape future responses is a major challenge in the study of behavior. We addressed this problem by studying behavioral, transcriptomic and epigenetic responses to intrusion in honey bees. Previous research showed that initial exposure to an intruder provokes an immediate attack; we now show that this also leads to longer-term changes in behavior in the response to a second intruder, with increases in the probability of responding aggressively and the intensity of aggression lasting two and one hours, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296079/magel2-knockout-mice-manifest-altered-social-phenotypes-and-a-deficit-in-preference-for-social-novelty
#2
Michael D Fountain, Huifang Tao, Chun-An Chen, Jiani Yin, Christian P Schaaf
MAGEL2 is one of five protein-coding, maternally imprinted, paternally expressed genes in the Prader-Willi syndrome-critical domain on chromosome 15q11-q13. Truncating pathogenic variants of MAGEL2 cause Schaaf-Yang syndrome (OMIM #615547), a neurodevelopmental disorder related to Prader-Willi syndrome. Affected individuals manifest a spectrum of neurocognitive and behavioral phenotypes, including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Magel2 knockout mice carrying a maternally inherited, imprinted wildtype allele and a paternally inherited Magel2-lacZ knock-in allele, which abolishes endogenous Magel2 gene function, exhibit several features reminiscent of the human Prader-Willi phenotypes, including neonatal growth retardation, excessive weight gain after weaning, and increased adiposity in adulthood...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239983/targeted-deletion-of-gd3-synthase-protects-against-mptp-induced-neurodegeneration
#3
Yada Akkhawattanangkul, Panchanan Maiti, Yi Xue, Dipendra Aryal, William C Wetsel, David Hamilton, Stephen C Fowler, Michael P McDonald
Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition for which there is no cure. Converging evidence implicates gangliosides in the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, suggesting a potential new class of therapeutic targets. We have shown that interventions that simultaneously increase the neuroprotective GM1 ganglioside and decrease the pro-apoptotic GD3 ganglioside-such as inhibition of GD3 synthase (GD3S) or administration of sialidase-are neuroprotective in vitro and in a number of preclinical models...
February 27, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220999/drosophila-divalent-metal-ion-transporter-malvolio-is-required-in-dopaminergic-neurons-for-feeding-decisions
#4
E Søvik, A LaMora, G Seehra, A B Barron, J G Duncan, Y Ben-Shahar
Members of the natural resistance-associated macrophage protein (NRAMP) family are evolutionarily conserved metal ion transporters that play an essential role in regulating intracellular divalent cation homeostasis in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Malvolio (Mvl), the sole NRAMP family member in insects, plays a role in food choice behaviors in Drosophila and other species. However, the specific physiological and cellular processes that require the action of Mvl for appropriate feeding decisions remain elusive...
February 21, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220990/oxidative-stress-serotonergic-changes-and-decreased-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-a-mouse-model-of-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
#5
N F Sharif, Z Korade, N A Porter, F E Harrison
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome is an inherited monogenic disorder in which mutations to the 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) reductase (Dhcr7) gene lead to deficits in cholesterol synthesis. As a result, many patients suffer from gross physiological and neurological deficits. The purpose of this study was to identify a potential abnormal behavioral phenotype in a compound mutant mouse model for Smith-Lemli-Opitz disease (Dhcr7 (Δ3)(-5/)(T93M) ) to further validate the model and to provide potential targets for future therapeutic interventions...
February 21, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218824/decreased-home-cage-movement-and-oromotor-impairments-in-adult-fmr1-ko-mice
#6
Stephen J Bonasera, Tammy R Chaudoin, Evan H Goulding, Mateusz Mittek, Anna Dunaevsky
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common inherited disorder that significantly impacts family and patient day-to-day living across the entire lifespan. The childhood and adolescent behavioral consequences of FXS are well-appreciated. However, there are significantly fewer studies (except those examining psychiatric comorbidities) assessing behavioral phenotypes seen in adults with FXS. Mice engineered with a genetic lesion of Fmr1 recapitulate important molecular and neuroanatomical characteristics of FXS, and provide a means to evaluate adult behavioral phenotypes associated with FXS...
February 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211606/nrf2-a-novel-therapeutic-target-in-fragile-x-syndrome-is-modulated-by-nnz2566
#7
Robert M J Deacon, Michael J Hurley, Camila Martínez Rebolledo, Mike Snape, Francisco J Altimiras, Leandro Farías, Michael Pino, Rodolfo Biekofsky, Larry Glass, Patricia Cogram
Fragile X-associated disorders are a family of genetic conditions resulting from the partial or complete loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). Among these disorders is fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and autism. Progress in basic neuroscience has led to identification of molecular targets for treatment in FXS; however, there is a gap in translation to targeted therapies in humans. The present study introduces a novel therapeutic target for FXS: nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), a transcription factor known to induce expression of over 100 cytoprotective genes...
February 17, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188958/potassium-channel-gene-associations-with-joint-processing-speed-and-white-matter-impairments-in-schizophrenia
#8
H A Bruce, P Kochunov, S A Paciga, C L Hyde, X Chen, Z Xie, B Zhang, H S Xi, P O'Donnell, C Whelan, C R Schubert, A Bellon, S A Ament, D K Shukla, X Du, L M Rowland, H O'Neill, L E Hong
Patients with schizophrenia show decreased processing speed on neuropsychological testing and decreased white matter integrity as measured by diffusion tensor imaging, two traits shown to be both heritable and genetically associated indicating that there may be genes that influence both traits as well as schizophrenia disease risk. The potassium channel gene family is a reasonable candidate to harbor such a gene given the prominent role potassium channels play in the central nervous system in signal transduction, particularly in myelinated axons...
February 11, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186690/reduced-levels-of-cacna1c-attenuate-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-function
#9
Chantelle E Terrillion, David T Dao, Roger Cachope, Mary Kay Lobo, Adam C Puche, Joseph F Cheer, Todd D Gould
Genetic variation in CACNA1C, which codes for the L-type calcium channel (LTCC) Cav 1.2, is associated with clinical diagnoses of bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Dysregulation of the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system is linked to these syndromes and LTCCs are required for normal DAergic neurotransmission between the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and nucleus accumbens (NAc). It is unclear, however, how variations in CACNA1C genotype, and potential subsequent changes in expression levels in these regions, modify risk...
February 10, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160436/role-of-the-mt1-and-mt2-melatonin-receptors-in-mediating-depressive-and-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-c3h-hen-mice
#10
J Liu, S J Clough, M L Dubocovich
Melatonin is a neurohormone primarily synthesized by the pineal gland following a circadian rhythm with a high level during the night and a low level during the day. Alterations in the synthesis and secretion of melatonin have been reported in various mood disorders, including major depressive disorder. However, the role of endogenous melatonin in the pathophysiology of depressive disorder is unclear. Melatonin primarily acts through two G protein-coupled receptors, termed MT1 and MT2 . The present study investigated the effect of genetic deletion of the MT1 and/or MT2 receptors on tests associated with depression- and anxiety-like behaviors in C3H/HeN mice...
February 3, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133939/reduced-acoustic-startle-response-and-peripheral-hearing-loss-in-the-5xfad-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Timothy P O'Leary, Sooyoun Shin, Emre Fertan, Rachel N Dingle, Awad Almuklass, Rhian K Gunn, Zhiping Yu, Jian Wang, Richard E Brown
Hearing dysfunction has been associated with Alzheimer's disease in humans, but there is little data on the auditory function of mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, characterization of hearing ability in mouse models is needed to ensure that tests of cognition that use auditory stimuli are not confounded by hearing dysfunction. Therefore we assessed acoustic startle response and pre-pulse inhibition in the double transgenic 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer's disease from 3-4 to 16 months of age...
January 29, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067462/association-of-akap6-and-mir2113-with-cognitive-performance-in-a-population-based-sample-of-older-adults
#12
Shea J Andrews, Debjani Das, Kaarin J Anstey, Simon Easteal
Genetic factors make a substantial contribution to inter-individual variability in cognitive function. A recent meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identified two loci, AKAP6 and MIR2113, that are associated with general cognitive function. Here, we extend this previous research by investigating the association of MIR2113 and AKAP6 with baseline and longitudinal nonlinear change across a broad spectrum of cognitive domains in community-based cohort of older adults without dementia. Two SNPs, MIR211-rs10457441 and AKAP6-rs17522122 were genotyped in 1,570 non-demented older Australians of European ancestry, who were examined up to 4 times over 12 years...
January 9, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058793/effects-of-selection-for-ethanol-preference-on-gene-expression-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-hs-cc-mice
#13
A M Colville, O D Iancu, D L Oberbeck, P Darakjian, C L Zheng, N A R Walter, C A Harrington, R P Searles, S McWeeney, R J Hitzemann
Previous studies on changes in murine brain gene expression associated with the selection for ethanol preference have used F2 intercross or heterogeneous stock (HS) founders, derived from standard laboratory strains. However, these populations represent only a small proportion of the genetic variance available in Mus musculus. To investigate a wider range of genetic diversity, we selected mice for ethanol preference using an HS derived from the eight strains of the collaborative cross. These HS mice were selectively bred (four generations) for high and low ethanol preference...
January 6, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736018/cognition-in-aged-rhesus-monkeys-effect-of-dhea-and-correlation-with-steroidogenic-gene-expression
#14
K G Sorwell, L Renner, A R Weiss, M Neuringer, S G Kohama, H F Urbanski
Estradiol supplementation has been shown to enhance cognitive performance in old ovariectomized rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). To determine if similar benefits could be achieved in perimenopausal animals using alternative hormonal supplements, we administered dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to old ovary-intact female rhesus macaques for ∼2.5 months. Using computerized touch screen memory tasks, including delayed response (DR) and delayed matching-to-sample (DMS), we observed improved performance with time in all of the animals but failed to detect a significant effect of DHEA...
March 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717169/5ht2a-receptor-blockade-in-dorsomedial-striatum-reduces-repetitive-behaviors-in-btbr-mice
#15
D A Amodeo, E Rivera, E H Cook, J A Sweeney, M E Ragozzino
Restricted and repetitive behaviors are a defining feature of autism, which can be expressed as a cognitive flexibility deficit or stereotyped, motor behaviors. There is limited knowledge about the underlying neuropathophysiology contributing to these behaviors. Previous findings suggest that central 5HT2A receptor activity is altered in autism, while recent work indicates that systemic 5HT2A receptor antagonist treatment reduces repetitive behaviors in an idiopathic model of autism. 5HT2A receptors are expressed in the orbitofrontal cortex and striatum...
March 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706910/sweetened-ethanol-drinking-during-social-isolation-enhanced-intake-resistance-to-genetic-heterogeneity-and-the-emergence-of-a-distinctive-drinking-pattern-in-adolescent-mice
#16
J B Panksepp, E D Rodriguez, A E Ryabinin
With its ease of availability during adolescence, sweetened ethanol ('alcopops') is consumed within many contexts. We asked here whether genetically based differences in social motivation are associated with how the adolescent social environment impacts voluntary ethanol intake. Mice with previously described differences in sociability (BALB/cJ, C57BL/6J, FVB/NJ and MSM/MsJ strains) were weaned into isolation or same-sex pairs (postnatal day, PD, 21), and then given continuous access to two fluids on PDs 34-45: one containing water and the other containing an ascending series of saccharin-sweetened ethanol (3-6-10%)...
March 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643807/muscle-spindle-alterations-precede-onset-of-sensorimotor-deficits-in-charcot-marie-tooth-type-2e
#17
E Villalón, M R Jones, C Sibigtroth, S J Zino, J M Dale, D S Landayan, H Shen, D D W Cornelison, M L Garcia
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is the most common inherited peripheral neuropathy, affecting approximately 2.8 million people. The CMT leads to distal neuropathy that is characterized by reduced motor nerve conduction velocity, ataxia, muscle atrophy and sensory loss. We generated a mouse model of CMT type 2E (CMT2E) expressing human neurofilament light E396K (hNF-L(E396K) ), which develops decreased motor nerve conduction velocity, ataxia and muscle atrophy by 4 months of age. Symptomatic hNF-L(E396K) mice developed phenotypes that were consistent with proprioceptive sensory defects as well as reduced sensitivity to mechanical stimulation, while thermal sensitivity and auditory brainstem responses were unaltered...
February 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27594048/a-heterozygous-mutation-in-tubulin-beta-2b-tubb2b-causes-cognitive-deficits-and-hippocampal-disorganization
#18
Rolf W Stottmann, Ashley Driver, Arnold Gutierrez, Matthew R Skelton, Michael Muntifering, Christopher Stepien, Luke Knudson, Matthew Kofron, Charles V Vorhees, Michael T Williams
Development of the mammalian forebrain requires a significant contribution from tubulin proteins to physically facilitate both the large number of mitoses in the neurogenic brain (in the form of mitotic spindles) as well as support cellular scaffolds to guide radial migration (radial glial neuroblasts). Recent studies have identified a number of mutations in human tubulin genes affecting the forebrain, including TUBB2B . We previously identified a mouse mutation in Tubb2b and we show here that mice heterozygous for this missense mutation in Tubb2b have significant cognitive defects in spatial learning and memory...
February 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581946/variation-in-mothers-arginine-vasopressin-receptor-1a-and-dopamine-receptor-d4-genes-predicts-maternal-sensitivity-via-social-cognition
#19
E M Leerkes, J Su, S Calkins, V C Henrich, A Smolen
We examined the extent to which the arginine vasopressin receptor 1a (AVPR1a) and dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) were related to sensitive maternal behavior directly or indirectly via maternal social cognition. Participants were 207 (105 European-American and 102 African-American) mothers and their children (52% females). Sensitive maternal behavior was rated and aggregated across a series of tasks when infants were 6 months, 1 year and 2 years old. At 6 months, mothers were interviewed about their empathy, attributions about infant behavior and beliefs about crying to assess their parenting-related social cognition...
February 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535576/decreased-maternal-behavior-and-anxiety-in-ephrin-a5-mice
#20
M Sheleg, Q Yu, C Go, G C Wagner, A W Kusnecov, R Zhou
During development of the nervous system, molecular signals mediating cell-cell interactions play critical roles in the guidance of axonal growth and establishment of synaptic functions. The Eph family of tyrosine kinase receptors and their ephrin ligands has been shown to mediate neuronal interactions in the development of topographic axon projection maps in several brain regions, and the loss of Eph activities result in defects in select axonal pathways. However, effects of deficiencies of the Eph signals on animal behavior have not been well documented...
February 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
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