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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795310/association-between-nos1-gene-polymorphisms-and-schizophrenia-in-asian-and-caucasian-populations-a-meta-analysis
#1
Shiek S S J Ahmed, R S Akram Husain, Suresh Kumar, V Ramakrishnan
Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder characterized by memory impairments with delusions and hallucinations. Several investigations have focused on determining the association between NOS1 (nitric oxide synthase-1) polymorphisms and risk of schizophrenia (SZ). However, the association of rs2682826, rs3782206, rs499776, rs3782219, rs41279104, rs3782221, rs1879417, rs4767540, rs561712, and rs6490121 polymorphisms with schizophrenia remains inconclusive. We performed a systematic meta-analysis for each polymorphism to determine its association with SZ by calculating their pooled odds ratio and 95% confidence intervals...
August 9, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779377/combination-of-epa-with-carotenoids-and-polyphenol-synergistically-attenuated-the-transformation-of-microglia-to-m1-phenotype-via-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#2
Nurit Hadad, Rachel Levy
Microglia activation toward the M1 phenotype has been reported to contribute to the neurodegenerative processes and cognition alterations due to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators and cytokines. The aim of the present research was to assess the effectiveness of free fatty acids omega-3 preparations: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or/and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), carotenoids and phenolics combinations, in inhibiting the release of inflammatory mediators from activated microglia. Preincubation of BV-2 microglia cells with each of the FFAs omega-3 preparations in a range of 0...
August 4, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766254/vegf-mediated-cognitive-and-synaptic-improvement-in-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-rats-involves-autophagy-process
#3
Ling Wang, Jingyu Wang, Faqi Wang, Chunhua Liu, Xuening Yang, Jiajia Yang, Dong Ming
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) is associated with various neurodegenerative diseases characterized by cognitive impairment. Dozens of studies including ours have indicated that exogenous administration of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) could exert effective cognitive protection during ischemia. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism has not been well clarified. To address this issue, we explored the synaptic mechanisms in vivo since hippocampal synaptic function is essential to the learning and memory process...
August 1, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755038/experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-ameliorated-by-passive-transfer-of-polymerase-1-silenced-mog35-55-lymphatic-node-cells-verification-of-a-novel-therapeutic-approach-in-multiple-sclerosis
#4
R Zilkha-Falb, M Gurevich, A Achiron
In the current study, we present an innovative concept based on the knowledge that enhancing naturally occurring biological mechanisms is effective in preventing neuronal damage and maintaining low disease activity in about 15% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients presenting the benign type of MS. Recently, we have demonstrated that low disease activity in benign MS is associated with suppression of RNA polymerase 1 (POL1) pathway; therefore, targeting POL1 transcription machinery as a strategy for suppressing active forms of MS is suggested...
July 28, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755037/novel-cd137-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-ischemic-stroke-in-the-northern-chinese-han-population
#5
Shuang Zhang, Zongmin Li, Ruyou Zhang, Xiaoying Li, Hewei Zheng, Qi Ma, Hui Zhang, Wenying Hou, Feng Zhang, Yingnan Wu, Litao Sun, Jiawei Tian
Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, and atherosclerosis is one of the major risk factors for this neurologic deficit. Recent studies have revealed the important role of CD137 in human atherosclerosis. Here, we analyzed the association of CD137 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with ischemic stroke. We assessed three SNPs (rs161827, rs161818, and rs161810) of the CD137 gene and their association with ischemic stroke in a northern Chinese Han population. A total of 496 ischemic stroke patients and 486 gender-matched control subjects were genotyped...
July 28, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748347/molecular-basis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
#6
REVIEW
Alexia Klonou, Christina Piperi, Antonios N Gargalionis, Athanasios G Papavassiliou
Brain tumors emerge as the second commonest type of pediatric solid tumors following hematologic malignancies. Genomic profiling of low- and high-grade gliomas, ependymomas and medulloblastomas has revealed chromosomal abnormalities and specific gene mutations which have been associated with aberrant activation of crucial signal transduction pathways, including mitogen-activated protein kinase, mammalian target of rapamycin and retinoblastoma tumor suppressor signaling. Furthermore, pediatric high-grade gliomas are associated with chromatin remodeling defects and somatic histone gene mutations that affect prognosis...
July 26, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721669/mimicking-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-dish-merits-and-pitfalls-of-the-most-commonly-used-dopaminergic-in-vitro-models
#7
REVIEW
Fernanda Martins Lopes, Ivi Juliana Bristot, Leonardo Lisbôa da Motta, Richard B Parsons, Fabio Klamt
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and has both unknown etiology and non-curative therapeutic options. Patients begin to present the classic motor symptoms of PD-tremor at rest, bradykinesia and rigidity-once 50-70% of the dopaminergic neurons of the nigrostriatal pathway have degenerated. As a consequence of this, it is difficult to investigate the early-stage events of disease pathogenesis. In vitro experimental models are used extensively in PD research because they present a controlled environment that enables the direct investigation of the early molecular mechanisms that are potentially involved with dopaminergic degeneration, as well as for the screening of potential therapeutic drugs...
July 18, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718048/joint-effects-of-gwas-snps-in-coagulation-system-confer-risk-to-hypertensive-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#8
Yanyan Cao, Min Tian, Qin Fang, Zheng Wen, Wei Wang, Hu Ding, Dao Wen Wang
Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with coagulation system, including hemostatic factors and hematological phenotypes. However, few articles described the relationships between these SNPs and the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. The aim of our study was to evaluate the roles of these SNPs as risk factors and survival predictors for hemorrhagic stroke. Thirteen SNPs from GWAS in coagulation system were genotyped in a Chinese Han population including 1000 patients with hemorrhagic stroke (intracerebral hemorrhage, ICH = 743; subarachnoid hemorrhage, SAH = 257) and 1044 population-based controls...
July 17, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712006/an-inframe-trinucleotide-deletion-in-mtrr-exon-1-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-spina-bifida
#9
Jun Zhang, Xiao-Lu Dai, Gui-Cen Liu, Juan Wang, Xue-Yi Ren, Mu-Hua Jin, Nan-Nan Mi, Shu-Qin Wang
Maternal genetic variants of enzymes in folate-homocysteine metabolic network are significantly correlative with the risk of spina bifida. To survey the genetic causality, the genotypes of three women having spina bifida fetuses from two unrelated Chinese families were screened in candidate alleles. Polymerase chain reaction, capillary electrophoresis and Sanger sequencing were employed to recognize the allelic variation. A trinucleotide deletion (c.4_6delAGG) was identified in the first exon of MTRR. All the three women showed the novel clinical variation including one heterozygous and two homozygous...
July 15, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695462/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-the-divalent-metal-transporter-1-exhibit-iron-accumulation-and-enhanced-parkin-expression-in-the-brain
#10
Cheng-Wu Zhang, Yee Kit Tai, Bing-Han Chai, Katherine C M Chew, Eng-Tat Ang, Fai Tsang, Bryce W Q Tan, Eugenia T E Hong, Abu Bakar Ali Asad, Kai-Hsiang Chuang, Kah-Leong Lim, Tuck Wah Soong
Exposure to divalent metals such as iron and manganese is thought to increase the risk for Parkinson's disease (PD). Under normal circumstances, cellular iron and manganese uptake is regulated by the divalent metal transporter 1 (DMT1). Accordingly, alterations in DMT1 levels may underlie the abnormal accumulation of metal ions and thereby disease pathogenesis. Here, we have generated transgenic mice overexpressing DMT1 under the direction of a mouse prion promoter and demonstrated its robust expression in several regions of the brain...
July 10, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689355/vitamin-d3-reverses-the-hippocampal-cytoskeleton-imbalance-but-not-memory-deficits-caused-by-ovariectomy-in-adult-wistar-rats
#11
Cassiana Siebert, Paula Pierozan, Janaina Kolling, Tiago Marcon Dos Santos, Matheus Coimbra Sebotaio, Eduardo Peil Marques, Helena Biasibetti, Aline Longoni, Fernanda Ferreira, Regina Pessoa-Pureur, Carlos Alexandre Netto, Angela T S Wyse
The objective of study was to investigate changes caused by ovariectomy (OVX) on aversive and non-aversive memories, as well as on cytoskeleton phosphorylating system and on vitamin D receptor (VDR) immunocontent in hippocampus. The neuroprotective role of vitamin D was also investigated. Ninety-day-old female Wistar rats were divided into four groups: SHAM, OVX, VITAMIN D and OVX + VITAMIN D; 30 days after the OVX, vitamin D supplementation (500 IU/kg), by gavage, for 30 days was started. Results showed that OVX impaired short-term and long-term recognition, and long-term aversive memories...
July 8, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689354/functional-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-novel-traumatic-peripheral-nerve-muscle-injury-model
#12
Renate Wanner, Manuel Gey, Alireza Abaei, Daniela Warnecke, Luisa de Roy, Lutz Dürselen, Volker Rasche, Bernd Knöll
Traumatic injuries to human peripheral nerves are frequently associated with damage to nerve surrounding tissues including muscles and blood vessels. Currently, most rodent models of peripheral nerve injuries (e.g., facial or sciatic nerve) employ surgical nerve transection with scissors or scalpels. However, such an isolated surgical nerve injury only mildly damages neighboring tissues and weakly activates an immune response. In order to provide a rodent nerve injury model accounting for such nerve-associated tissue damage and immune cell activation, we developed a drop tower-based facial nerve trauma model in mice...
July 8, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623611/deferiprone-rescues-behavioral-deficits-induced-by-mild-iron-exposure-in-a-mouse-model-of-alpha-synuclein-aggregation
#13
Eleonora Carboni, Lars Tatenhorst, Lars Tönges, Elisabeth Barski, Vivian Dambeck, Mathias Bähr, Paul Lingor
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder, and its causes remain unknown. A major hallmark of the disease is the increasing presence of aggregated alpha-synuclein (aSyn). Furthermore, there is a solid consensus on iron (Fe) accumulation in several regions of PD brains during disease progression. In our study, we focused on the interaction of Fe and aggregating aSyn in vivo in a transgenic mouse model overexpressing human aSyn bearing the A53T mutation (prnp.aSyn.A53T). We utilized a neonatal iron-feeding model to exacerbate the motor phenotype of the transgenic mouse model...
June 16, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620826/individual-amino-acid-supplementation-can-improve-energy-metabolism-and-decrease-ros-production-in-neuronal-cells-overexpressing-alpha-synuclein
#14
Vedad Delic, Jeddidiah W D Griffin, Sandra Zivkovic, Yumeng Zhang, Tam-Anh Phan, Henry Gong, Dale Chaput, Christian Reynes, Vinh B Dinh, Josean Cruz, Eni Cvitkovic, Devon Placides, Ernide Frederic, Hamed Mirzaei, Stanley M Stevens, Umesh Jinwal, Daniel C Lee, Patrick C Bradshaw
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by alpha-synuclein accumulation and loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) region of the brain. Increased levels of alpha-synuclein have been shown to result in loss of mitochondrial electron transport chain complex I activity leading to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. WT alpha-synuclein was stably overexpressed in human BE(2)-M17 neuroblastoma cells resulting in increased levels of an alpha-synuclein multimer, but no increase in alpha-synuclein monomer levels...
June 15, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612182/invaginating-presynaptic-terminals-in-neuromuscular-junctions-photoreceptor-terminals-and-other-synapses-of-animals
#15
REVIEW
Ronald S Petralia, Ya-Xian Wang, Mark P Mattson, Pamela J Yao
Typically, presynaptic terminals form a synapse directly on the surface of postsynaptic processes such as dendrite shafts and spines. However, some presynaptic terminals invaginate-entirely or partially-into postsynaptic processes. We survey these invaginating presynaptic terminals in all animals and describe several examples from the central nervous system, including giant fiber systems in invertebrates, and cup-shaped spines, electroreceptor synapses, and some specialized auditory and vestibular nerve terminals in vertebrates...
June 13, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612181/low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-1-lrp1-c4408r-mutant-promotes-amyloid-precursor-protein-app-%C3%AE-cleavage-in-vitro
#16
Huayan Hou, Ahsan Habib, Dan Zi, Kathy Tian, Jun Tian, Brian Giunta, Darrell Sawmiller, Jun Tan
Previous studies have demonstrated that the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1 (LRP1) plays conflicting roles in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis, clearing β-amyloid (Aβ) from the brain while also enhancing APP endocytosis and resultant amyloidogenic processing. We have recently discovered that co-expression of mutant LRP1 C-terminal domain (LRP1-CT C4408R) with Swedish mutant amyloid precursor protein (APPswe) in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells decreases Aβ production, while also increasing sAPPα and APP α-C-terminal fragment (α-CTF), compared with CHO cells expressing APPswe alone...
June 13, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567584/rs3851179-polymorphism-at-5-to-the-picalm-gene-is-associated-with-alzheimer-and-parkinson-diseases-in-brazilian-population
#17
Cíntia Barros Santos-Rebouças, Andressa Pereira Gonçalves, Jussara Mendonça Dos Santos, Bianca Barbosa Abdala, Luciana Branco Motta, Jerson Laks, Margarete Borges de Borges, Ana Lúcia Zuma de Rosso, João Santos Pereira, Denise Hack Nicaretta, Márcia Mattos Gonçalves Pimentel
Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's diseases (PD) share clinical and pathological features, suggesting that they could have common pathogenic mechanisms, as well as overlapping genetic modifiers. Here, we performed a case-control study in a Brazilian population to clarify whether the risk of AD and PD might be influenced by shared polymorphisms at PICALM (rs3851179), CR1 (rs6656401) and CLU (rs11136000) genes, which were previously identified as AD risk factors by genome-wide association studies. For this purpose, 174 late-onset AD patients, 166 PD patients and 176 matched controls were genotyped using TaqMan(®) assays...
May 31, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536997/plxna3-variant-rs5945430-is-associated-with-severe-clinical-course-in-male-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#18
Moaz Qureshi, Mohamed Hatem, Raed Alroughani, Sindhu P Jacob, Rabeah Abbas Al-Temaimi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibits sex bias in disease clinical course as male MS patients develop severe, progressive clinical course with accumulating disability. So far, no factors have been found associating with this sex bias in MS severity. We set out to determine the genetic factor contributing to MS male-specific progressive disease. This is an MS cross-sectional study involving 213 Kuwaiti MS patients recruited at Dasman Diabetes Institute. Exome sequencing was performed on 18 females and 8 male MS patients' genomic DNA...
May 23, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536996/models-for-studying-myelination-demyelination-and-remyelination
#19
REVIEW
I Osorio-Querejeta, M Sáenz-Cuesta, M Muñoz-Culla, D Otaegui
One of the most widely studied demyelinating diseases is multiple sclerosis, which is characterised by the appearance of demyelinating plaques, followed by myelin regeneration. Nevertheless, with disease progression, remyelination tends to fail, increasing the characteristic neurodegeneration of the disease. It is essential to understand the mechanisms that operate in the processes of myelination, demyelination and remyelination to develop treatments that promote the production of new myelin, thereby protecting the central nervous system...
May 23, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523591/assessment-of-the-neuroprotective-effects-of-arginine-rich-protamine-peptides-poly-arginine-peptides-r12-cyclic-r22-and-arginine-tryptophan-containing-peptides-following-in-vitro-excitotoxicity-and-or-permanent-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-rats
#20
Bruno P Meloni, Diego Milani, Jane L Cross, Vince W Clark, Adam B Edwards, Ryan S Anderton, David J Blacker, Neville W Knuckey
We have demonstrated that arginine-rich and poly-arginine peptides possess potent neuroprotective properties with arginine content and peptide positive charge being particularly critical for neuroprotective efficacy. In addition, the presence of other amino acids within arginine-rich peptides, as well as chemical modifications, peptide length and cell-penetrating properties also influence the level of neuroprotection. Against this background, we have examined the neuroprotective efficacy of arginine-rich protamine peptides, a cyclic (R12-c) poly-arginine peptide and a R22 poly-arginine peptide, as well as arginine peptides containing tryptophan or other amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, glycine or leucine) in in vitro glutamic acid excitotoxicity and in vivo rat permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion models of stroke...
May 18, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
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