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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932950/amyloid-precursor-proteins-are-dynamically-trafficked-and-processed-during-neuronal-development
#1
Jenna M Ramaker, Robert S Cargill, Tracy L Swanson, Hanil Quirindongo, Marlène Cassar, Doris Kretzschmar, Philip F Copenhaver
Proteolytic processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) produces beta-amyloid (Aβ) peptide fragments that accumulate in Alzheimer's Disease (AD), but APP may also regulate multiple aspects of neuronal development, albeit via mechanisms that are not well understood. APP is a member of a family of transmembrane glycoproteins expressed by all higher organisms, including two mammalian orthologs (APLP1 and APLP2) that have complicated investigations into the specific activities of APP. By comparison, insects express only a single APP-related protein (APP-Like, or APPL) that contains the same protein interaction domains identified in APP...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932949/muscle-type-nicotinic-receptor-modulation-by-2-6-dimethylaniline-a-molecule-resembling-the-hydrophobic-moiety-of-lidocaine
#2
Armando Alberola-Die, Gregorio Fernández-Ballester, José M González-Ros, Isabel Ivorra, Andrés Morales
To identify the molecular determinants responsible for lidocaine blockade of muscle-type nAChRs, we have studied the effects on this receptor of 2,6-dimethylaniline (DMA), which resembles lidocaine's hydrophobic moiety. Torpedo marmorata nAChRs were microtransplanted to Xenopus oocytes and currents elicited by ACh (IACh), either alone or co-applied with DMA, were recorded. DMA reversibly blocked IACh and, similarly to lidocaine, exerted a closed-channel blockade, as evidenced by the enhancement of IACh blockade when DMA was pre-applied before its co-application with ACh, and hastened IACh decay...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932948/rna-editing-systemic-relevance-and-clue-to-disease-mechanisms
#3
REVIEW
Jochen C Meier, Svenja Kankowski, Heinz Krestel, Florian Hetsch
Recent advances in sequencing technologies led to the identification of a plethora of different genes and several hundreds of amino acid recoding edited positions. Changes in editing rates of some of these positions were associated with diseases such as atherosclerosis, myopathy, epilepsy, major depression disorder, schizophrenia and other mental disorders as well as cancer and brain tumors. This review article summarizes our current knowledge on that front and presents glycine receptor C-to-U RNA editing as a first example of disease-associated increased RNA editing that includes assessment of disease mechanisms of the corresponding gene product in an animal model...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920668/getting-mirna-therapeutics-into-the-target-cells-for-neurodegenerative-diseases-a-mini-review
#4
REVIEW
Ming Ming Wen
miRNAs play important roles in modulating gene expression in varying cellular processes and disease pathogenesis, including neurodegenerative diseases. Several miRNAs are expressed in the brain, control brain development and are identified as important biomarkers in the pathogenesis of motor-and neuro-cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer's (AD), Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. These remarkable miRNAs could be used as diagnostic markers and therapeutic targeting potential for many stressful and untreatable progressive neurodegenerative diseases...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920667/double-in-situ-hybridization-for-micrornas-and-mrnas-in-brain-tissues
#5
Atsushi Kasai, Sora Kakihara, Hiroki Miura, Ryo Okada, Atsuko Hayata-Takano, Keisuke Hazama, Misaki Niu, Norihito Shintani, Takanobu Nakazawa, Hitoshi Hashimoto
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) participate in a variety of functions in the brain. Understanding the in vivo localization of miRNAs is an important step for uncovering their roles in brain function. However, the in situ detection of low-abundance miRNAs in brain tissues remains difficult and requires extensive optimization of in situ hybridization (ISH) protocols in individual laboratories. Thus, detailed information regarding experimental conditions would serve as a useful reference for researchers in this field. Here, we investigated and summarized the effects of adjusting a series of critical steps, including tissue fixation, probe accessibility and hybridization stringency, to standardize the currently used miRNA ISH procedures...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917109/role-of-micrornas-in-the-regulation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-a-systematic-review
#6
REVIEW
Ariadna Recasens, Celine Perier, Carolyn M Sue
Growing evidence suggests that increased levels of α-synuclein might contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and therefore, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms underlying α-synuclein expression. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as key regulators of gene expression involved in several diseases such as PD and other neurodegenerative disorders. A systematic literature search was performed here to identify microRNAs that directly or indirectly impact in α-synuclein expression/accumulation and describe its mechanism of action...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917108/structural-and-functional-consequences-of-connexin-36-cx36-interaction-with-calmodulin
#7
Ryan C F Siu, Ekaterina Smirnova, Cherie A Brown, Christiane Zoidl, David C Spray, Logan W Donaldson, Georg Zoidl
Functional plasticity of neuronal gap junctions involves the interaction of the neuronal connexin36 with calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII). The important relationship between Cx36 and CaMKII must also be considered in the context of another protein partner, Ca(2+) loaded calmodulin, binding an overlapping site in the carboxy-terminus of Cx36. We demonstrate that CaM and CaMKII binding to Cx36 is calcium-dependent, with Cx36 able to engage with CaM outside of the gap junction plaque. Furthermore, Ca(2+) loaded calmodulin activates Cx36 channels, which is different to other connexins...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909398/an-amyloid-like-pathological-conformation-of-tdp-43-is-stabilized-by-hypercooperative-hydrogen-bonds
#8
Miguel Mompeán, Marco Baralle, Emanuele Buratti, Douglas V Laurents
TDP-43 is an essential RNA-binding protein forming aggregates in almost all cases of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and many cases of frontotemporal lobar dementia (FTLD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. TDP-43 consists of a folded N-terminal domain with a singular structure, two RRM RNA-binding domains, and a long disordered C-terminal region which plays roles in functional RNA regulatory assemblies as well as pernicious aggregation. Evidence from pathological mutations and seeding experiments strongly suggest that TDP-43 aggregates are pathologically relevant through toxic gain-of-harmful-function and/or harmful loss-of-native-function mechanisms...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909397/novel-non-phosphorylated-serine-9-21-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-antibodies-expanding-the-tools-for-studying-gsk3-regulation
#9
Tessa Grabinski, Nicholas M Kanaan
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) β and α are serine/threonine kinases involved in many biological processes. A primary mechanism of GSK3 activity regulation is phosphorylation of N-terminal serine (S) residues (S9 in GSK3β, S21 in GSK3α). Phosphorylation is inhibitory to GSK3 kinase activity because the phosphorylated N-terminus acts as a competitive inhibitor for primed substrates. Despite widespread interest in GSK3 across most fields of biology, the research community does not have reagents that specifically react with nonphosphoS9/21 GSK3β/α (the so-called "active" form)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899882/tumor-metabolism-the-ketogenic-diet-and-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-novel-approaches-to-adjuvant-brain-tumor-therapy
#10
REVIEW
Eric C Woolf, Nelofer Syed, Adrienne C Scheck
Malignant brain tumors are devastating despite aggressive treatments such as surgical resection, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The average life expectancy of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma is approximately ~18 months. It is clear that increased survival of brain tumor patients requires the design of new therapeutic modalities, especially those that enhance currently available treatments and/or limit tumor growth. One novel therapeutic arena is the metabolic dysregulation that results in an increased need for glucose in tumor cells...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899881/transcriptomics-of-environmental-enrichment-reveals-a-role-for-retinoic-acid-signaling-in-addiction
#11
Yafang Zhang, Fanping Kong, Elizabeth J Crofton, Steven N Dragosljvich, Mala Sinha, Dingge Li, Xiuzhen Fan, Shyny Koshy, Jonathan D Hommel, Heidi M Spratt, Bruce A Luxon, Thomas A Green
There exists much variability in susceptibility/resilience to addiction in humans. The environmental enrichment paradigm is a rat model of resilience to addiction-like behavior, and understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying this protective phenotype may lead to novel targets for pharmacotherapeutics to treat cocaine addiction. We investigated the differential regulation of transcript levels using RNA sequencing of the rat nucleus accumbens after environmental enrichment/isolation and cocaine/saline self-administration...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881952/tissue-type-plasminogen-activator-tpa-modulates-the-postsynaptic-response-of-cerebral-cortical-neurons-to-the-presynaptic-release-of-glutamate
#12
Valerie Jeanneret, Fang Wu, Paola Merino, Enrique Torre, Ariel Diaz, Lihong Cheng, Manuel Yepes
Tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is a serine proteinase released by the presynaptic terminal of cerebral cortical neurons following membrane depolarization (Echeverry et al., 2010). Recent studies indicate that the release of tPA triggers the synaptic vesicle cycle and promotes the exocytosis (Wu et al., 2015) and endocytic retrieval (Yepes et al., 2016) of glutamate-containing synaptic vesicles. Here we used electron microscopy, proteomics, quantitative phosphoproteomics, biochemical analyses with extracts of the postsynaptic density (PSD), and an animal model of cerebral ischemia with mice overexpressing neuronal tPA to study whether the presynaptic release of tPA also has an effect on the postsynaptic terminal...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881951/neuronal-gene-targets-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-their-dysregulation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
REVIEW
Wanda M Snow, Benedict C Albensi
Although, better known for its role in inflammation, the transcription factor nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) has more recently been implicated in synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory. This has been, in part, to the discovery of its localization not just in glia, cells that are integral to mediating the inflammatory process in the brain, but also neurons. Several effectors of neuronal NF-κB have been identified, including calcium, inflammatory cytokines (i.e., tumor necrosis factor alpha), and the induction of experimental paradigms thought to reflect learning and memory at the cellular level (i...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877111/polymerizing-pyrrole-coated-poly-l-lactic-acid-co-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-plcl-conductive-nanofibrous-conduit-combined-with-electric-stimulation-for-long-range-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
#14
Jialin Song, Binbin Sun, Shen Liu, Wei Chen, Yuanzheng Zhang, Chunyang Wang, Xiumei Mo, Junyi Che, Yuanming Ouyang, Weien Yuan, Cunyi Fan
Electrospinning and electric stimulation (ES) are both promising methods to support neuron adhesion and guide extension of neurons for nerve regeneration. Concurrently, all studies focus on either electrospinning for conduits material or ES in vitro study to accelerate nerve regeneration; few work on the combined use of these two strategies or ES in vivo study. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the abilities of direct current ES through electrospinning conductive polymer composites composed of polypyrrole and Poly (l-lactic acid-co-ε-caprolactone) (PPY/PLCL) in peripheral nerve regeneration...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877110/forward-genetic-screen-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-suggests-f57a10-2-and-acp-4-as-suppressors-of-c9orf72-related-phenotypes
#15
Xin Wang, Limin Hao, Taixiang Saur, Katelyn Joyal, Ying Zhao, Desheng Zhai, Jie Li, Mochtar Pribadi, Giovanni Coppola, Bruce M Cohen, Edgar A Buttner
An abnormally expanded GGGGCC repeat in C9ORF72 is the most frequent causal mutation associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Both gain-of-function (gf) and loss-of-function (lf) mechanisms have been involved in C9ORF72 related ALS/FTLD. The gf mechanism of C9ORF72 has been studied in various animal models but not in C. elegans. In the present study, we described mutant C9ORF72 modeling in C. elegans and report the finding of two suppressor genes. We made transgenes containing 9 or 29 repeats of GGGGCC in C9ORF72, driven by either the hsp-16 promoters or the unc-119 promoter...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877109/npas3-regulates-transcription-and-expression-of-vgf-implications-for-neurogenesis-and-psychiatric-disorders
#16
Dongxue Yang, Wenbo Zhang, Arshad Padhiar, Yao Yue, Yonghui Shi, Tiezheng Zheng, Kaspar Davis, Yu Zhang, Min Huang, Yuyuan Li, Li Sha
Neuronal PAS domain protein 3 (NPAS3) and VGF (VGF Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) Inducible) are important for neurogenesis and psychiatric disorders. Previously, we have demonstrated that NPAS3 regulates VGF at the transcriptional level. In this study, VGF (non-acronymic) was found regulated by NPAS3 in neuronal stem cells. However, the underlying mechanism of this regulation remains unclear. The aim of this study was to explore the correlation of NPAS3 and VGF, and their roles in neural cell proliferation, in the context of psychiatric illnesses...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867348/better-targeting-better-efficiency-for-wide-scale-neuronal-transduction-with-the-synapsin-promoter-and-aav-php-b
#17
Kasey L Jackson, Robert D Dayton, Benjamin E Deverman, Ronald L Klein
Widespread genetic modification of cells in the central nervous system (CNS) with a viral vector has become possible and increasingly more efficient. We previously applied an AAV9 vector with the cytomegalovirus/chicken beta-actin (CBA) hybrid promoter and achieved wide-scale CNS transduction in neonatal and adult rats. However, this method transduces a variety of tissues in addition to the CNS. Thus we studied intravenous AAV9 gene transfer with a synapsin promoter to better target the neurons. We noted in systematic comparisons that the synapsin promoter drives lower level expression than does the CBA promoter...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853420/reducing-peripheral-inflammation-with-infliximab-reduces-neuroinflammation-and-improves-cognition-in-rats-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
#18
Sherry Dadsetan, Tiziano Balzano, Jerónimo Forteza, Andrea Cabrera-Pastor, Lucas Taoro-Gonzalez, Vicente Hernandez-Rabaza, Sara Gil-Perotín, Laura Cubas-Núñez, José-Manuel García-Verdugo, Ana Agusti, Marta Llansola, Vicente Felipo
Inflammation contributes to cognitive impairment in patients with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). However, the process by which peripheral inflammation results in cognitive impairment remains unclear. In animal models, neuroinflammation and altered neurotransmission mediate cognitive impairment. Taking into account these data, we hypothesized that in rats with HE: (1) peripheral inflammation is a main contributor to neuroinflammation; (2) neuroinflammation in hippocampus impairs spatial learning by altering AMPA and/or NMDA receptors membrane expression; (3) reducing peripheral inflammation with infliximab (anti-TNF-a) would improve spatial learning; (4) this would be associated with reduced neuroinflammation and normalization of the membrane expression of glutamate receptors...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847465/the-many-faces-of-elongator-in-neurodevelopment-and-disease
#19
REVIEW
Marija Kojic, Brandon Wainwright
Development of the nervous system requires a variety of cellular activities, such as proliferation, migration, axonal outgrowth and guidance and synapse formation during the differentiation of neural precursors into mature neurons. Malfunction of these highly regulated and coordinated events results in various neurological diseases. The Elongator complex is a multi-subunit complex highly conserved in eukaryotes whose function has been implicated in the majority of cellular activities underlying neurodevelopment...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847464/aberrant-expression-of-histone-deacetylases-4-in-cognitive-disorders-molecular-mechanisms-and-a-potential-target
#20
REVIEW
Yili Wu, Fei Hou, Xin Wang, Qingsheng Kong, Xiaolin Han, Bo Bai
Histone acetylation is a major mechanism of chromatin remodeling, contributing to epigenetic regulation of gene transcription. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in both physiological and pathological conditions by regulating the status of histone acetylation. Although histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4), a member of the HDAC family, may lack HDAC activity, it is actively involved in regulating the transcription of genes involved in synaptic plasticity, neuronal survival, and neurodevelopment by interacting with transcription factors, signal transduction molecules and HDAC3, another member of the HDAC family...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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