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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634443/the-narrow-abdomen-ion-channel-complex-is-highly-stable-and-persists-from-development-into-adult-stages-to-promote-behavioral-rhythmicity
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Devon L Moose, Stephanie J Haase, Benjamin T Aldrich, Bridget C Lear
The sodium leak channel NARROW ABDOMEN (NA)/ NALCN is an important component of circadian pacemaker neuronal output. In Drosophila, rhythmic expression of the NA channel regulator Nlf-1 in a subset of adult pacemaker neurons has been proposed to contribute to circadian regulation of channel localization or activity. Here we have restricted expression of Drosophila NA channel subunits or the Nlf-1 regulator to either development or adulthood using the temperature-inducible tubulin-GAL80(ts) system. Surprisingly, we find that developmental expression of endogenous channel subunits and Nlf-1 is sufficient to promote robust rhythmic behavior in adults...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634442/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-evokes-pyramidal-neuron-axon-initial-segment-plasticity-and-diffuse-presynaptic-inhibitory-terminal-loss
#2
Michal Vascak, Jianli Sun, Matthew Baer, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
The axon initial segment (AIS) is the site of action potential (AP) initiation, thus a crucial regulator of neuronal activity. In excitatory pyramidal neurons, the high density of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV1.6) at the distal AIS regulates AP initiation. A surrogate AIS marker, ankyrin-G (ankG) is a structural protein regulating neuronal functional via clustering voltage-gated ion channels. In neuronal circuits, changes in presynaptic input can alter postsynaptic output via AIS structural-functional plasticity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626390/profiles-of-vgf-peptides-in-the-rat-brain-and-their-modulations-after-phencyclidine-treatment
#3
Barbara Noli, Fabrizio Sanna, Carla Brancia, Filomena D'Amato, Barbara Manconi, Federica Vincenzoni, Irene Messana, Maria R Melis, Antonio Argiolas, Gian-Luca Ferri, Cristina Cocco
From the VGF precursor protein originate several low molecular weight peptides, whose distribution in the brain and blood circulation is not entirely known. Among the VGF peptides, those containing the N-terminus portion were altered in the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) and hypothalamus of schizophrenia patients. "Hence, we aimed to better investigate the involvement of the VGF peptides in schizophrenia by studying their localization in the brain regions relevant for the disease, and revealing their possible modulations in response to certain neuronal alterations occurring in schizophrenia"...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620282/a-reward-based-behavioral-platform-to-measure-neural-activity-during-head-fixed-behavior
#4
Andrew H Micallef, Naoya Takahashi, Matthew E Larkum, Lucy M Palmer
Understanding the neural computations that contribute to behavior requires recording from neurons while an animal is behaving. This is not an easy task as most subcellular recording techniques require absolute head stability. The Go/No-Go sensory task is a powerful decision-driven task that enables an animal to report a binary decision during head-fixation. Here we discuss how to set up an Ardunio and Python based platform system to control a Go/No-Go sensory behavior paradigm. Using an Arduino micro-controller and Python-based custom written program, a reward can be delivered to the animal depending on the decision reported...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620281/inhibition-of-the-mitochondrial-glutamate-carrier-slc25a22-in-astrocytes-leads-to-intracellular-glutamate-accumulation
#5
Emmanuelle Goubert, Yanina Mircheva, Francesco M Lasorsa, Christophe Melon, Emanuela Profilo, Julie Sutera, Hélène Becq, Ferdinando Palmieri, Luigi Palmieri, Laurent Aniksztejn, Florence Molinari
The solute carrier family 25 (SLC25) drives the import of a large diversity of metabolites into mitochondria, a key cellular structure involved in many metabolic functions. Mutations of the mitochondrial glutamate carrier SLC25A22 (also named GC1) have been identified in early epileptic encephalopathy (EEE) and migrating partial seizures in infancy (MPSI) but the pathophysiological mechanism of GC1 deficiency is still unknown, hampered by the absence of an in vivo model. This carrier is mainly expressed in astrocytes and is the principal gate for glutamate entry into mitochondria...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611597/functional-properties-of-human-nmda-receptors-associated-with-epilepsy-related-mutations-of-glun2a-subunit
#6
Dmitry A Sibarov, Nadine Bruneau, Sergei M Antonov, Pierre Szepetowski, Nail Burnashev, Rashid Giniatullin
Genetic variants of the glutamate activated N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NMDAR) subunit GluN2A are associated with the hyperexcitable states manifested by epileptic seizures and interictal discharges in patients with disorders of the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS). The variants found in sporadic cases and families are of different types and include microdeletions encompassing the corresponding GRIN2A gene as well as nonsense, splice-site and missense GRIN2A defects. They are located at different functional domains of GluN2A and no clear genotype-phenotype correlation has emerged yet...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611596/ethidium-bromide-modifies-the-agarose-electrophoretic-mobility-of-cag%C3%A2-ctg-alternative-dna-structures-generated-by-pcr
#7
Mário Gomes-Pereira, Darren G Monckton
The abnormal expansion of unstable simple sequence DNA repeats can cause human disease through a variety of mechanisms, including gene loss-of-function, toxic gain-of-function of the encoded protein and toxicity of the repeat-containing RNA transcript. Disease-associated unstable DNA repeats display unusual biophysical properties, including the ability to adopt non-B-DNA structures. CAG•CTG trinucleotide sequences, in particular, have been most extensively studied and they can fold into slipped-stranded DNA structures, which have been proposed as mutation intermediates in repeat size expansion...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611595/mtorc1-is-a-local-postsynaptic-voltage-sensor-regulated-by-positive-and-negative-feedback-pathways
#8
Farr Niere, Kimberly F Raab-Graham
The mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) serves as a regulator of mRNA translation. Recent studies suggest that mTORC1 may also serve as a local, voltage sensor in the postsynaptic region of neurons. Considering biochemical, bioinformatics and imaging data, we hypothesize that the activity state of mTORC1 dynamically regulates local membrane potential by promoting and repressing protein synthesis of select mRNAs. Our hypothesis suggests that mTORC1 uses positive and negative feedback pathways, in a branch-specific manner, to maintain neuronal excitability within an optimal range...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611594/overexpression-of-mineralocorticoid-receptors-in-the-mouse-forebrain-partly-alleviates-the-effects-of-chronic-early-life-stress-on-spatial-memory-neurogenesis-and-synaptic-function-in-the-dentate-gyrus
#9
Sofia Kanatsou, Henk Karst, Despoina Kortesidou, Rachelle A van den Akker, Jan den Blaauwen, Anjanette P Harris, Jonathan R Seckl, Harm J Krugers, Marian Joels
Evidence from human studies suggests that high expression of brain mineralocorticoid receptors (MR) may promote resilience against negative consequences of stress exposure, including childhood trauma. We examined, in mice, whether brain MR overexpression can alleviate the effects of chronic early life stress (ELS) on contextual memory formation under low and high stress conditions, and neurogenesis and synaptic function of dentate gyrus granular cells. Male mice were exposed to ELS by housing the dam with limited nesting and bedding material from postnatal day (PND) 2 to 9...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603491/nosh-nbp-a-novel-nitric-oxide-and-hydrogen-sulfide-releasing-hybrid-attenuates-ischemic-stroke-induced-neuroinflammatory-injury-by-modulating-microglia-polarization
#10
Jing Ji, Pengjun Xiang, Tingting Li, Li Lan, Xiaole Xu, Guo Lu, Hui Ji, Yihua Zhang, Yunman Li
NOSH-NBP, a novel nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-releasing hybrid, protects brain from ischemic stroke. This study mainly aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of NOSH-NBP on ischemic stroke and the underlying mechanisms. In vivo, transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) was performed in C57BL/6 mice, with NO-NBP and H2S-NBP as controls. NO and H2S scavengers, carboxy-PTIO and BSS, respectively, were used to quench NO and H2S of NOSH-NBP. In vitro, BV2 microglia/BMDM were induced to the M1/2 phenotype, and conditioned medium (CM) experiments in BV2 microglia, neurons and b...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603490/antagonization-of-the-nogo-receptor-1-enhances-dopaminergic-fiber-outgrowth-of-transplants-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Stefanie Seiler, Stefano Di Santo, Lukas Andereggen, Hans R Widmer
Intrastriatal transplantation of fetal human ventral mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons is an experimental therapy for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. The success of this approach depends on several host brain parameters including neurotrophic factors and growth inhibitors that guide survival and integration of transplanted neurons. While the potential of neurotrophic factors has been extensively investigated, repression of growth inhibitors has been neglected, despite the significant effects reported in various CNS injury models...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603489/corticostriatal-regulation-of-acute-pain
#12
Erik Martinez, Harvey H Lin, Haocheng Zhou, Jahrane Dale, Kevin Liu, Jing Wang
The mechanisms for acute pain regulation in the brain are not well understood. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) provides top-down control of emotional processes, and it projects to the nucleus accumbens (NAc). This corticostriatal projection forms an important regulatory pathway within the brain's reward system. Recently, this projection has been suggested to control both sensory and affective phenotypes specifically associated with chronic pain. As this projection is also known to play a role in the transition from acute to chronic pain, we hypothesized that this corticostriatal circuit can also exert a modulatory function in the acute pain state...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596724/recent-advances-in-translational-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-animal-models-of-stress-and-depression
#13
REVIEW
Allison L McIntosh, Shane Gormley, Leonardo Tozzi, Thomas Frodl, Andrew Harkin
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a valuable translational tool that can be used to investigate alterations in brain structure and function in both patients and animal models of disease. Regional changes in brain structure, functional connectivity, and metabolite concentrations have been reported in depressed patients, giving insight into the networks and brain regions involved, however preclinical models are less well characterized. The development of more effective treatments depends upon animal models that best translate to the human condition and animal models may be exploited to assess the molecular and cellular alterations that accompany neuroimaging changes...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588454/reelin-signaling-inactivates-cofilin-to-stabilize-the-cytoskeleton-of-migrating-cortical-neurons
#14
REVIEW
Michael Frotscher, Shanting Zhao, Shaobo Wang, Xuejun Chai
Neurons are highly polarized cells. They give rise to several dendrites but only one axon. In addition, many neurons show a preferred orientation. For example, pyramidal neurons of the cerebral cortex extend their apical dendrites toward the cortical surface while their axons run in opposite direction toward the white matter. This characteristic orientation reflects the migratory trajectory of a pyramidal cell during cortical development: the leading process (the future apical dendrite) extends toward the marginal zone (MZ) and the trailing process (the future axon) toward the intermediate zone (IZ) while the cells migrate radially to reach their destination in the cortical plate (CP)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588453/refining-the-role-of-5-ht-in-postnatal-development-of-brain-circuits
#15
REVIEW
Anne Teissier, Mariano Soiza-Reilly, Patricia Gaspar
Changing serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) brain levels during critical periods in development has long-lasting effects on brain function, particularly on later anxiety/depression-related behaviors in adulthood. A large part of the known developmental effects of 5-HT occur during critical periods of postnatal life, when activity-dependent mechanisms remodel neural circuits. This was first demonstrated for the maturation of sensory brain maps in the barrel cortex and the visual system. More recently this has been extended to the 5-HT raphe circuits themselves and to limbic circuits...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579944/impaired-spinal-glucocorticoid-receptor-signaling-contributes-to-the-attenuating-effect-of-depression-on-mechanical-allodynia-and-thermal-hyperalgesia-in-rats-with-neuropathic-pain
#16
Xiao Wei, Yuqi Sun, Fei Luo
Although depression-induced altered pain perception has been described in several laboratory and clinical studies, its neurobiological mechanism in the central nervous system (CNS), particularly in the spinal dorsal horn, remains unclear. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to clarify whether nociceptive sensitivity of neuropathic pain is altered in the olfactory bulbectomy (OB) model of depression and whether glucocorticoid receptor (GR), which is involved in the etio-pathologic mechanisms of both major depression and neuropathic pain, contributes to these processes in the spinal dorsal horn of male Sprague-Dawley rats...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572759/dendritic-actin-cytoskeleton-structure-functions-and-regulations
#17
REVIEW
Anja Konietzny, Julia Bär, Marina Mikhaylova
Actin is a versatile and ubiquitous cytoskeletal protein that plays a major role in both the establishment and the maintenance of neuronal polarity. For a long time, the most prominent roles that were attributed to actin in neurons were the movement of growth cones, polarized cargo sorting at the axon initial segment, and the dynamic plasticity of dendritic spines, since those compartments contain large accumulations of actin filaments (F-actin) that can be readily visualized using electron- and fluorescence microscopy...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572758/activation-of-chk1-in-supporting-cells-indirectly-promotes-hair-cell-survival
#18
Azadeh Jadali, Yu-Lan M Ying, Kelvin Y Kwan
The sensory hair cells of the inner ear are exquisitely sensitive to ototoxic insults. Loss of hair cells after exposure to ototoxic agents causes hearing loss. Chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin causes hair cell loss. Cisplatin forms DNA mono-adducts as well as intra- and inter-strand DNA crosslinks. DNA cisplatin adducts are repaired through the DNA damage response. The decision between cell survival and cell death following DNA damage rests on factors that are involved in determining damage tolerance, cell survival and apoptosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567004/differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-hipsc-derived-neurons-in-mouse-hippocampal-slice-cultures
#19
Toshimitsu Hiragi, Megumi Andoh, Toshihiro Araki, Takayuki Shirakawa, Takashi Ono, Ryuta Koyama, Yuji Ikegaya
Potential clinical applications of neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-neurons) for drug screening and transplantation therapies have received considerable attention. However, it remains unclear whether and how transplanted hiPSC-neurons are incorporated into pre-existing neural circuits. Here we developed a co-culture system of hiPSC-neurons and mouse hippocampal slices to examine the differentiation of hiPSC-neurons in pre-existing neural circuits. hiPSC-neurons transplanted in mouse hippocampal slices expressed the hippocampal neuron-specific markers HuB and Prox1 after 7 days of culture, while those markers were scarcely expressed in hiPSC-neurons cultured on glass dishes...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567003/evidence-of-a-cell-surface-role-for-hsp90-complex-proteins-mediating-neuroblast-migration-in-the-subventricular-zone
#20
Leo M Miyakoshi, Diego Marques-Coelho, Luiz E R De Souza, Flavia R S Lima, Vilma R Martins, Silvio M Zanata, Cecilia Hedin-Pereira
In most mammalian brains, the subventricular zone (SVZ) is a germinative layer that maintains neurogenic activity throughout adulthood. Neuronal precursors arising from this region migrate through the rostral migratory stream (RMS) and reach the olfactory bulbs where they differentiate and integrate into the local circuitry. Recently, studies have shown that heat shock proteins have an important role in cancer cell migration and blocking Hsp90 function was shown to hinder cell migration in the developing cerebellum...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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