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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196514/defining-the-contribution-of-neuroinflammation-to-parkinson-s-disease-in-humanized-immune-system-mice
#1
Gunjan Dhawan Manocha, Angela Marie Floden, Kendra Lynn Puig, Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, Clemens R Scherzer, Colin Kelly Combs
BACKGROUND: Reactive microglia have been associated with the histological changes that occur in Parkinson's disease brains and mouse models of the disease. Multiple studies from autopsy brains have verified the presence of microgliosis in several brain regions including substantia nigra, striatum, hippocampus and various cortical areas. MPTP injections in rodents have also shown striato-nigral microgliosis correlating with the loss of dopaminergic neurons. However, consistent data with respect to cytokine and immune cell changes during Parkinson's disease have not been fully defined...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193238/transient-ikk2-activation-in-astrocytes-initiates-selective-non-cell-autonomous-neurodegeneration
#2
Michael Lattke, Stephanie N Reichel, Alexander Magnutzki, Alireza Abaei, Volker Rasche, Paul Walther, Dinis P Calado, Boris Ferger, Thomas Wirth, Bernd Baumann
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation is associated with a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders, however the specific contribution to individual disease pathogenesis and selective neuronal cell death is not well understood. Inflammatory cerebellar ataxias are neurodegenerative diseases occurring in various autoimmune/inflammatory conditions, e.g. paraneoplastic syndromes. However, how inflammatory insults can cause selective cerebellar neurodegeneration in the context of these diseases remains open, and appropriate animal models are lacking...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193235/dynamic-presenilin-1-and-synaptotagmin-1-interaction-modulates-exocytosis-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-production
#3
Katarzyna Marta Zoltowska, Masato Maesako, Iryna Lushnikova, Shuko Takeda, Laura J Keller, Galina Skibo, Bradley T Hyman, Oksana Berezovska
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD)-linked protein, presenilin 1 (PS1), is present at the synapse, and the knock-out of presenilin in mice leads to synaptic dysfunction. On the other hand, synaptic activity was shown to influence PS1-dependent generation of distinct amyloid β (Aβ) species. However, the precise nature of these regulations remains unclear. The current study reveals novel role of PS1 at the synapse, and deciphers how PS1 and synaptic vesicle-associated protein, synaptotagmin 1 (Syt1) modulate each other functions in neurons via direct activity-triggered interaction...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173832/gene-environment-interaction-between-lead-and-apolipoprotein-e4-causes-cognitive-behavior-deficits-in-mice
#4
Anna K Engstrom, Jessica M Snyder, Nobuyo Maeda, Zhengui Xia
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive cognitive decline and memory loss. Environmental factors and gene-environment interactions (GXE) may increase AD risk, accelerate cognitive decline, and impair learning and memory. However, there is currently little direct evidence supporting this hypothesis. METHODS: In this study, we assessed for a GXE between lead and ApoE4 on cognitive behavior using transgenic knock-in (KI) mice that express the human Apolipoprotein E4 allele (ApoE4-KI) or Apolipoprotein E3 allele (ApoE3-KI)...
February 7, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153034/tdp-43-cryptic-exons-are-highly-variable-between-cell-types
#5
Yun Ha Jeong, Jonathan P Ling, Sophie Z Lin, Aneesh N Donde, Kerstin E Braunstein, Elisa Majounie, Bryan J Traynor, Katherine D LaClair, Thomas E Lloyd, Philip C Wong
BACKGROUND: TDP-43 proteinopathy is a prominent pathological feature that occurs in a number of human diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and inclusion body myositis (IBM). Our recent finding that TDP-43 represses nonconserved cryptic exons led us to ask whether cell type-specific cryptic exons could exist to impact unique molecular pathways in brain or muscle. METHODS: In the present work, we investigated TDP-43's function in various mouse tissues to model disease pathogenesis...
February 2, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143566/apoe-genotype-differentially-modulates-effects-of-anti-a%C3%AE-passive-immunization-in-app-transgenic-mice
#6
Joanna E Pankiewicz, Jairo Baquero-Buitrago, Sandrine Sanchez, Jennifer Lopez-Contreras, Jungsu Kim, Patrick M Sullivan, David M Holtzman, Martin J Sadowski
BACKGROUND: APOE genotype is the foremost genetic factor modulating β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition and risk of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here we investigated how APOE genotype influences response to anti-Aβ immunotherapy. METHODS: APPSW/PS1dE9 (APP) transgenic mice with targeted replacement of the murine Apoe gene for human APOE alleles received 10D5 anti-Aβ or TY11-15 isotype control antibodies between the ages of 12 and 15 months. RESULTS: Anti-Aβ immunization decreased both the load of fibrillar plaques and the load of Aβ immunopositive plaques in mice of all APOE backgrounds...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122627/therapeutic-potential-of-autophagy-enhancing-agents-in-parkinson-s-disease
#7
REVIEW
Tim E Moors, Jeroen J M Hoozemans, Angela Ingrassia, Tommaso Beccari, Lucilla Parnetti, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Wilma D J van de Berg
Converging evidence from genetic, pathological and experimental studies have increasingly suggested an important role for autophagy impairment in Parkinson's Disease (PD). Genetic studies have identified mutations in genes encoding for components of the autophagy-lysosomal pathway (ALP), including glucosidase beta acid 1 (GBA1), that are associated with increased risk for developing PD. Observations in PD brain tissue suggest an aberrant regulation of autophagy associated with the aggregation of α-synuclein (α-syn)...
January 25, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118852/the-sh-sy5y-cell-line-in-parkinson-s-disease-research-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
Helena Xicoy, Bé Wieringa, Gerard J M Martens
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a devastating and highly prevalent neurodegenerative disease for which only symptomatic treatment is available. In order to develop a truly effective disease-modifying therapy, improvement of our current understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying PD pathogenesis and progression is crucial. For this purpose, standardization of research protocols and disease models is necessary. As human dopaminergic neurons, the cells mainly affected in PD, are difficult to obtain and maintain as primary cells, current PD research is mostly performed with permanently established neuronal cell models, in particular the neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y lineage...
January 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103901/pathogenic-lrrk2-variants-are-gain-of-function-mutations-that-enhance-lrrk2-mediated-repression-of-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#9
Daniel C Berwick, Behzad Javaheri, Andrea Wetzel, Mark Hopkinson, Jonathon Nixon-Abell, Simone Grannò, Andrew A Pitsillides, Kirsten Harvey
BACKGROUND: LRRK2 mutations and risk variants increase susceptibility to inherited and idiopathic Parkinson's disease, while recent studies have identified potential protective variants. This, and the fact that LRRK2 mutation carriers develop symptoms and brain pathology almost indistinguishable from idiopathic Parkinson's disease, has led to enormous interest in this protein. LRRK2 has been implicated in a range of cellular events, but key among them is canonical Wnt signalling, which results in increased levels of transcriptionally active β-catenin...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103900/gde2-is-essential-for-neuronal-survival-in-the-postnatal-mammalian-spinal-cord
#10
Clinton Cave, Sungjin Park, Marianeli Rodriguez, Mai Nakamura, Ahmet Hoke, Mikhail Pletnikov, Shanthini Sockanathan
BACKGROUND: Glycerophosphodiester phosphodiesterase 2 (GDE2) is a six-transmembrane protein that cleaves glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors to regulate GPI-anchored protein activity at the cell surface. In the developing spinal cord, GDE2 utilizes its enzymatic function to regulate the production of specific classes of motor neurons and interneurons; however, GDE2's roles beyond embryonic neurogenesis have yet to be defined. METHOD: Using a panel of histological, immunohistochemical, electrophysiological, behavioral, and biochemistry techniques, we characterized the postnatal Gde2 (-/-) mouse for evidence of degenerative neuropathology...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095923/nadph-oxidase-in-brain-injury-and-neurodegenerative-disorders
#11
REVIEW
Merry W Ma, Jing Wang, Quanguang Zhang, Ruimin Wang, Krishnan M Dhandapani, Ratna K Vadlamudi, Darrell W Brann
Oxidative stress is a common denominator in the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis, as well as in ischemic and traumatic brain injury. The brain is highly vulnerable to oxidative damage due to its high metabolic demand. However, therapies attempting to scavenge free radicals have shown little success. By shifting the focus to inhibit the generation of damaging free radicals, recent studies have identified NADPH oxidase as a major contributor to disease pathology...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088213/glycine-alanine-dipeptide-repeat-protein-contributes-to-toxicity-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-c9orf72-associated-neurodegeneration
#12
Yu Ohki, Andrea Wenninger-Weinzierl, Alexander Hruscha, Kazuhide Asakawa, Koichi Kawakami, Christian Haass, Dieter Edbauer, Bettina Schmid
BACKGROUND: The most frequent genetic cause of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the expansion of a GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat in a non-coding region of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) locus. The pathological hallmarks observed in C9orf72 repeat expansion carriers are the formation of RNA foci and deposition of dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins derived from repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation. Currently, it is unclear whether formation of RNA foci, DPR translation products, or partial loss of C9orf72 predominantly drive neurotoxicity in vivo...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086931/the-release-and-trans-synaptic-transmission-of-tau-via-exosomes
#13
Yipeng Wang, Varun Balaji, Senthilvelrajan Kaniyappan, Lars Krüger, Stephan Irsen, Katharina Tepper, RamReddy Chandupatla, Walter Maetzler, Anja Schneider, Eckhard Mandelkow, Eva-Maria Mandelkow
BACKGROUND: Tau pathology in AD spreads in a hierarchical pattern, whereby it first appears in the entorhinal cortex, then spreads to the hippocampus and later to the surrounding areas. Based on this sequential appearance, AD can be classified into six stages ("Braak stages"). The mechanisms and agents underlying the progression of Tau pathology are a matter of debate. Emerging evidence indicates that the propagation of Tau pathology may be due to the transmission of Tau protein, but the underlying pathways and Tau species are not well understood...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081717/erratum-to-the-impact-of-glutamine-supplementation-on-the-symptoms-of-ataxia-telangiectasia-a-preclinical-assessment
#14
Jianmin Chen, Yanping Chen, Graham Vail, Heiman Chow, Yang Zhang, Lauren Louie, Jiali Li, Ronald P Hart, Mark R Plummer, Karl Herrup
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081701/erratum-to-glymphatic-distribution-of-csf-derived-apoe-into-brain-is-isoform-specific-and-suppressed-during-sleep-deprivation
#15
Thiyagaragan M Achariyar, Baoman Li, Weiguo Peng, Philip B Verghese, Yang Shi, Evan McConnell, Abdellatif Benraiss, Tristan Kasper, Wei Song, Takahiro Takano, David M Holtzman, Maiken Nedergaard, Rashid Deane
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057013/immunochemical-characterization-on-pathological-oligomers-of-mutant-cu-zn-superoxide-dismutase-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#16
Eiichi Tokuda, Itsuki Anzai, Takao Nomura, Keisuke Toichi, Masahiko Watanabe, Shinji Ohara, Seiji Watanabe, Koji Yamanaka, Yuta Morisaki, Hidemi Misawa, Yoshiaki Furukawa
BACKGROUND: Dominant mutations in Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene cause a familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (SOD1-ALS) with accumulation of misfolded SOD1 proteins as intracellular inclusions in spinal motor neurons. Oligomerization of SOD1 via abnormal disulfide crosslinks has been proposed as one of the misfolding pathways occurring in mutant SOD1; however, the pathological relevance of such oligomerization in the SOD1-ALS cases still remains obscure. METHODS: We prepared antibodies exclusively recognizing the SOD1 oligomers cross-linked via disulfide bonds in vitro...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049533/inflammatory-pre-conditioning-restricts-the-seeded-induction-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology-in-wild-type-mice
#17
Emily J Koller, Mieu M T Brooks, Todd E Golde, Benoit I Giasson, Paramita Chakrabarty
BACKGROUND: Cell-to-cell transmission of α-synuclein (αSyn) is hypothesized to play an important role in disease progression in synucleinopathies. This process involves cellular uptake of extracellular amyloidogenic αSyn seeds followed by seeding of endogenous αSyn. Though it is well known that αSyn is an immunogenic protein that can interact with immune receptors, the role of innate immunity in regulating induction of αSyn pathology in vivo is unknown. Herein, we explored whether altering innate immune activation affects induction of αSyn pathology in wild type mice...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938410/3d-culture-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-road-map-to-a-cure-in-a-dish
#18
REVIEW
Se Hoon Choi, Young Hye Kim, Luisa Quinti, Rudolph E Tanzi, Doo Yeon Kim
Alzheimer's disease (AD) transgenic mice have been used as a standard AD model for basic mechanistic studies and drug discovery. These mouse models showed symbolic AD pathologies including β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, gliosis and memory deficits but failed to fully recapitulate AD pathogenic cascades including robust phospho tau (p-tau) accumulation, clear neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and neurodegeneration, solely driven by familial AD (FAD) mutation(s). Recent advances in human stem cell and three-dimensional (3D) culture technologies made it possible to generate novel 3D neural cell culture models that recapitulate AD pathologies including robust Aβ deposition and Aβ-driven NFT-like tau pathology...
December 9, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938392/ulk1-mediated-phosphorylation-of-atg14-promotes-autophagy-and-is-impaired-in-huntington-s-disease-models
#19
Mitchell S Wold, Junghyun Lim, Véronik Lachance, Zhiqiang Deng, Zhenyu Yue
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is a bulk degradation pathway for long-lived proteins, protein aggregates, and damaged organelles. ULK1 protein kinase and Vps34 lipid kinase are two key autophagy regulators that are critical for autophagosome biogenesis. However, it isn't fully understood how ULK1 regulates Vps34, especially in the context of disease. Polyglutamine expansion in huntingtin (Htt) causes aberrant accumulation of the aggregated protein and disrupts various cellular pathways including autophagy, a lysosomal degradation pathway, underlying the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease (HD)...
December 9, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931262/glymphatic-distribution-of-csf-derived-apoe-into-brain-is-isoform-specific-and-suppressed-during-sleep-deprivation
#20
Thiyagaragan M Achariyar, Baoman Li, Weiguo Peng, Philip B Verghese, Yang Shi, Evan McConnell, Abdellatif Benraiss, Tristan Kasper, Wei Song, Takahiro Takana, David M Holtzman, Maiken Nedergaard, Rashid Deane
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a major carrier of cholesterol and essential for synaptic plasticity. In brain, it's expressed by many cells but highly expressed by the choroid plexus and the predominant apolipoprotein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The role of apoE in the CSF is unclear. Recently, the glymphatic system was described as a clearance system whereby CSF and ISF (interstitial fluid) is exchanged via the peri-arterial space and convective flow of ISF clearance is mediated by aquaporin 4 (AQP4), a water channel...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
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