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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308016/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-a-promising-biomarker-for-anxiety-and-trauma-disorders
#1
Bronwyn M Graham
Anxiety and trauma disorders are a significant source of global burden. Although it is clear that there is great heterogeneity in humans' response to trauma and stress, most research on fear and anxiety has focused on the "average" animal. Increased understanding of the sources of individual differences in fear reactions may lead to more refined means of predicting who is at risk for the development of anxiety disorders so that early preventative interventions can be implemented. This commentary highlights recent cross-species work (in rats and humans) indicating that the neurotrophin fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) holds promise as a potential biomarker for anxiety disorder vulnerability...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308015/odorant-receptor-desensitization-in-insects
#2
REVIEW
Hao Guo, Dean P Smith
Insects and other arthropods transmit devastating human diseases, and these vectors use chemical senses to target humans. Understanding how these animals detect, respond, and adapt to volatile odorants may lead to novel ways to disrupt host localization or mate recognition in these pests. The past decade has led to remarkable progress in understanding odorant detection in arthropods. Insects use odorant-gated ion channels, first discovered in Drosophila melanogaster, to detect volatile chemicals. In flies, 60 "tuning" receptor subunits combine with a common subunit, Orco (odorant receptor coreceptor) to form ligand-gated ion channels...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238219/hypoxia-stress-modifies-na-k-atpase-h-k-atpase-formula-see-text-and-nka%C3%AE-1-isoform-expression-in-the-brain-of-immune-challenged-air-breathing-fish
#3
Mc Subhash Peter, Satheesan Simi
Fishes are equipped to sense stressful stimuli and are able to respond to environmental stressor such as hypoxia with varying pattern of stress response. The functional attributes of brain to hypoxia stress in relation to ion transport and its interaction during immune challenge have not yet delineated in fish. We, therefore, explored the pattern of ion transporter functions and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of α1-subunit isoforms of Na+/K+-ATPase (NKA) in the brain segments, namely, prosencephalon (PC), mesencephalon (MC), and metencephalon (MeC) in an obligate air-breathing fish exposed either to hypoxia stress (30 minutes forced immersion in water) or challenged with zymosan treatment (25-200 ng g-1 for 24 hours) or both...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238218/breaking-the-cycle-cholesterol-cycling-and-synapse-damage-in-response-to-amyloid-%C3%AE
#4
Clive Bate
Soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers, a key driver of pathogenesis in Alzheimer disease, bind to cellular prion proteins (PrPC) expressed on synaptosomes resulting in increased cholesterol concentrations, movement of cytoplasmic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) to lipid rafts and activation of cPLA2. The formation of Aβ-PrPC-cPLA2 complexes was controlled by the cholesterol ester cycle. Thus, Aβ activated cholesterol ester hydrolases which released cholesterol from stores of cholesterol esters; the increased cholesterol concentrations stabilised Aβ-PrPC-cPLA2 complexes...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162978/exploring-the-interaction-of-drosophila-tdp-43-and-the-type-ii-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-cacophony-in-regulating-motor-function-and-behavior
#5
Kayly M Lembke, David B Morton
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common adult onset motor neurodegenerative disease. The cause of the disease remains obscure, and as such there is no effective treatment or cure. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases are frequently characterized by dysfunction of the RNA-binding protein, TDP-43. Using model systems to understand the mechanisms underlying TDP-43 dysfunction should accelerate identification of therapeutic targets. A recent report has shown that motor defects caused by the deletion of the Drosophila TDP-43 ortholog, tbph, are not driven by changes in the physiology at the neuromuscular junction...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104429/role-of-melatonin-in-reducing-amphetamine-induced-degeneration-in-substantia-nigra-of-rats-via-calpain-and-calpastatin-interaction
#6
Jirapa Chetsawang, Sujira Mukda, Rachneekorn Srimokra, Piyarat Govitrapong, Banthit Chetsawang
Excessive intracellular calcium levels induce calpain activation, thereby triggering the cell death cascade. Several lines of evidence have demonstrated the neuroprotective role of the overexpression of calpain inhibitor, calpastatin. In this study, amphetamine-induced degeneration in the substantia nigra of rats was determined by evaluating the decrease in the levels of tyrosine hydroxylase phosphorylation. Amphetamine significantly decreased calpastatin levels but increased calpain levels. An induction in calpain activity was demonstrated by an increase in the formation of calpain spectrin breakdown products...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989284/an-exploration-into-short-interval-maintenance-of-adult-hemispheric-cortical-thickness-at-an-individual-brain-level
#7
John Wall, Hong Xie, Xin Wang
Adult cerebral cortical structure is thought to be statically maintained over short intervals. This view is based on group average findings but has never been studied at the individual level. This issue was examined with an unconventional longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging design which measured hemispheric mean cortical thickness of an adult man repeatedly at week intervals over 6 months. These measures were compared with measurement error estimates to test the current prediction that thickness measures would be statically maintained within measurement error variation...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943756/slick-kcnt2-sodium-activated-potassium-channels-limit-peptidergic-nociceptor-excitability-and-hyperalgesia
#8
Danielle L Tomasello, Edward Hurley, Lawrence Wrabetz, Arin Bhattacharjee
The Slick (Kcnt2) sodium-activated potassium (KNa) channel is a rapidly gating and weakly voltage-dependent and sodium-dependent potassium channel with no clearly defined physiological function. Within the dorsal root ganglia (DRGs), we show Slick channels are exclusively expressed in small-sized and medium-sized calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)-containing DRG neurons, and a pool of channels are localized to large dense-core vesicles (LDCV)-containing CGRP. We stimulated DRG neurons for CGRP release and found Slick channels contained within CGRP-positive LDCV translocated to the neuronal membrane...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794658/neurocognitive-treatment-using-virtual-reality
#9
Karyry Nascimento Ferro, Thiago Mazzoli Moraes, Ana Luiza Zaninotto, Wellingson Silva Paiva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634429/exploration-of-spinal-cord-aging-related-proteins-using-a-proteomics-approach
#10
Koshiro Kamiya, Takeo Furuya, Masayuki Hashimoto, Chikato Mannoji, Taigo Inada, Mitsutoshi Ota, Satoshi Maki, Yasushi Ijima, Junya Saito, Mitsuhiro Kitamura, Seiji Ohtori, Sumihisa Orita, Kazuhide Inage, Masashi Yamazaki, Masao Koda
How aging affects the spinal cord at a molecular level is unclear. The aim of this study was to explore spinal cord aging-related proteins that may be involved in pathological mechanisms of age-related changes in the spinal cord. Spinal cords of 2-year-old and 8-week-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were dissected from the animals. Protein samples were subjected to 2-dimentional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis followed by mass spectrometry. Screened proteins were further investigated with immunohistochemistry and Western blotting...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615969/a-behavioral-survey-of-the-effects-of-kavalactones-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuromuscular-transmission
#11
Bwarenaba B Kautu, Juliana Phillips, Kellie Steele, M Shawn Mengarelli, Eric A Nord
Kava is a plant root extract that is widely consumed by Pacific Islanders. Kava contains a class of lactone compounds called kavalactones. The sedative and anxiolytic effects of kava are likely attributed to the efficacies of kavalactones on the nervous system. Although some studies have implicated the potencies of certain kavalactone species on γ-aminobutyric acid transmission, evidence supporting the action of kavalactones on the eukaryotic neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and acetylcholine (ACh) transmission is scant...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579828/the-effect-of-quercetin-on-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-cytokines-in-a-prenatally-stressed-rat-model-of-febrile-seizures
#12
Nombuso Valencia Pearl Mkhize, Lihle Qulu, Musa Vuyisile Mabandla
Febrile seizures are childhood convulsions resulting from an infection that leads to an inflammatory response and subsequent convulsions. Prenatal stress has been shown to heighten the progression and intensity of febrile seizures. Current medications are costly and have adverse effects associated with prolonged use. Quercetin flavonoid exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, and anti-stress effects. This study was aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of quercetin in a prenatally stressed rat model of febrile seizures...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579827/optogenetic-modulation-of-intracellular-signalling-and-transcription-focus-on-neuronal-plasticity
#13
REVIEW
Cyril Eleftheriou, Fabrizia Cesca, Luca Maragliano, Fabio Benfenati, Jose Fernando Maya-Vetencourt
Several fields in neuroscience have been revolutionized by the advent of optogenetics, a technique that offers the possibility to modulate neuronal physiology in response to light stimulation. This innovative and far-reaching tool provided unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution to explore the activity of neural circuits underlying cognition and behaviour. With an exponential growth in the discovery and synthesis of new photosensitive actuators capable of modulating neuronal networks function, other fields in biology are experiencing a similar re-evolution...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469479/audiovisual-distraction-increases-prefrontal-cortical-neuronal-activity-and-impairs-attentional-performance-in-the-rat
#14
Douglas G Ririe, M Danilo Boada, Benjamin S Schmidt, Salem J Martin, Susy A Kim, Thomas J Martin
Involvement of attentional processes is generally evidenced by disruption of behavior in the presence of distracting stimuli. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) seems to play a role in fine-tuning activity during attentional tasks. A novel titration variant of the 5-choice serial reaction time task (5-choice serial reaction time titration variant [5CTV]) that adjusts task difficulty based on subject performance was used to evaluate the effects of audiovisual distraction (DSTR) on performance and mPFC single spike activity and local field potential (LFP)...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469478/spatiotemporal-changes-in-p-glycoprotein-levels-in-brain-and-peripheral-tissues-following-ischemic-stroke-in-rats
#15
Kelly M DeMars, Changjun Yang, Kimberly E Hawkins, Austin O McCrea, David M Siwarski, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is known to transport a diverse array of xenobiotics, including therapeutic drugs. A member of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter family, P-gp is a protein encoded by the gene Mdr1 in humans and Abcb1 in rodents (represented by 2 isoforms Abcb1a and Abcb1b). Lining the luminal and abluminal membrane of brain capillary endothelial cells, P-gp is a promiscuous efflux pump extruding a variety of exogenous toxins and drugs. In this study, we measured dynamic changes in Abcb1a and Abcb1b transcripts and P-gp protein in the brain, liver, and kidney after experimental stroke...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891053/h3-and-h4-lysine-acetylation-correlates-with-developmental-and-experimentally-induced-adult-experience-dependent-plasticity-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex
#16
Gabriela Vierci, Bruno Pannunzio, Natalia Bornia, Francesco M Rossi
Histone posttranslational modifications play a fundamental role in orchestrating gene expression. In this work, we analyzed the acetylation of H3 and H4 histones (AcH3-AcH4) and its modulation by visual experience in the mouse visual cortex (VC) during normal development and in two experimental conditions that restore juvenile-like plasticity levels in adults (fluoxetine treatment and enriched environment). We found that AcH3-AcH4 declines with age and is upregulated by treatments restoring plasticity in the adult...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891052/from-ethanol-to-salsolinol-role-of-ethanol-metabolites-in-the-effects-of-ethanol
#17
REVIEW
Alessandra T Peana, Michela Rosas, Simona Porru, Elio Acquas
In spite of the global reputation of ethanol as the psychopharmacologically active ingredient of alcoholic drinks, the neurobiological basis of the central effects of ethanol still presents some dark sides due to a number of unanswered questions related to both its precise mechanism of action and its metabolism. Accordingly, ethanol represents the interesting example of a compound whose actions cannot be explained as simply due to the involvement of a single receptor/neurotransmitter, a scenario further complicated by the robust evidence that two main metabolites, acetaldehyde and salsolinol, exert many effects similar to those of their parent compound...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27840579/neurocognitive-treatment-for-a-patient-with-alzheimer-s-disease-using-a-virtual-reality-navigational-environment
#18
Paul J F White, Zahra Moussavi
In this case study, a man at the onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD) was enrolled in a cognitive treatment program based upon spatial navigation in a virtual reality (VR) environment. We trained him to navigate to targets in a symmetric, landmark-less virtual building. Our research goals were to determine whether an individual with AD could learn to navigate in a simple VR navigation (VRN) environment and whether that training could also bring real-life cognitive benefits. The results show that our participant learned to perfectly navigate to desired targets in the VRN environment over the course of the training program...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773993/toxico-neurological-effects-of-piroxicam-in-monogastric-animals
#19
Saganuwan Alhaji Saganuwan, Orinya Agbaji Orinya
Piroxicam is a benzothiazine compound with anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and analgesic properties. Because of the very high efficacy of piroxicam and its increasing use in the treatment of carcinomas in dogs and cats, there is a need for acute toxicity study of piroxicam in monogastric animals and its potential for causing secondary poisoning in puppies. Piroxicam manufactured by Shanxi Federal Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd. was used for this study. Revised up-and-down procedure was used for the estimation of median lethal dose in mouse (259...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721656/role-of-mirna-9-in-brain-development
#20
REVIEW
Balachandar Radhakrishnan, A Alwin Prem Anand
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small regulatory RNAs involved in gene regulation. The regulation is effected by either translational inhibition or transcriptional silencing. In vertebrates, the importance of miRNA in development was discovered from mice and zebrafish dicer knockouts. The miRNA-9 (miR-9) is one of the most highly expressed miRNAs in the early and adult vertebrate brain. It has diverse functions within the developing vertebrate brain. In this article, the role of miR-9 in the developing forebrain (telencephalon and diencephalon), midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord of vertebrate species is highlighted...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
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