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Mariana Matias, Samuel Silvestre, Amílcar Falcão, Gilberto Alves
Purpose - During the discovery and development of new drugs, compounds with low aqueous solubility pose special challenges in their pharmacological evaluation and, therefore, the selection of appropriate vehicles to administer the compounds of interest is determinant for the quality of the results generated during the in vivo non-clinical studies. This work aimed to evaluate the motor deficit (as a surrogate of neurotoxicity) of several administration/delivery vehicles through the rotarod performance test. Methods - Trained male CD-1 mice were intraperitoneally administered with the following vehicles: dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), aqueous sodium chloride (NaCl) 0...
2018: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Shokouhsadat Hamedi, Fatemeh Forouzanfar, Hasan Rakhshandeh, Amirali Arian
OBJECTIVE: In Iranian Traditional Medicine, the herbs with cold and wet temperament can help to improve insomnia. Portulaca oleracea has cold and wet temperament, so the present study was carried out to investigate the sleep-prolonging effect of Portulaca oleracea. METHODS: This work was an experimental study on mice which were randomly divided into these groups: saline (control); Diazepam:) positive control); hydro-alcoholic extract of Portulaca oleracea (12.5, 25, 50, 75 and 100 mg/kg) by Soxhlet apparatus and maceration; in the effective (dose25 mg/kg), different fractions of extract were tested...
March 8, 2018: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
Cybelle Façanha Barreto Medeiros-Linard, Belmira Lara da Silveira Andrade-da-Costa, Ricielle Lopes Augusto, Adriana Sereniki, Maria Teresa Sales Trevisan, Renata de Cássia Ribas Perreira, Francisco Thiago Correia de Souza, Glauber Ruda Feitoza Braz, Claudia Jacques Lagranha, Ivone Antônia de Souza, Almir Gonçalves Wanderley, Soraya S Smailli, Simone Sette Lopes Lafayette
Anacardic acids (AAs) are alkyl phenols mainly presenting in cashew nuts. The antioxidant effects of these compounds have been an area of interest in recent research, with findings suggesting potential therapeutic use for certain diseases. Nevertheless, none of these studies were performed in order to test the hypothesis of whether anacardic acids are capable of preventing behavioral changes and oxidative stress induced by the pesticide rotenone in experimental model of Parkinson's disease. In our research, adult male rats were treated orally with AAs (1, 3, 10, 25, 50, or 100 mg/kg/day) 1 h before rotenone (3 mg/kg; s...
March 8, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Andrea A Cronican, Kristin L Frawley, Erin P Straw, Elisenda Lopez-Manzano, Hirunwut Praekunatham, Jim Peterson, Linda Lorraine Pearce
Four cobalt-containing macrocyclic compounds previously shown to ameliorate cyanide toxicity have been comparatively evaluated with an acute sub-lethal toxicity model in conscious (un-anesthetized) adult male Swiss-Webster mice. All of the compounds (the cobalt-corrins cobalamin and cobinamide, a cobalt-porphyrin, plus a cobalt-Schiff base macrocycle) given 5 min prior to the toxicant dose significantly decreased the righting-recovery time of cyanide-intoxicated mice, but the doses required for maximal antidotal effect varied...
March 7, 2018: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Dasha Fuentes, Nidia Fernández, Yenela García, Teidy García, Ana Ruth Morales, Roberto Menéndez
The knockout mouse model, B6.129P2-Apoetm1Unc is homozygotic for the Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) deletion; thus, it is capable of developing hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis but ApoE is also a lipid-transport protein abundantly expressed in most neurons in the central nervous system, so these animals could also be models of neurodegenerative diseases. The aim of this study was to determine age-related changes in spontaneous behavior and in learning and memory of Apolipoprotein E knockout mice. Spontaneous behavioral measurements included sleeping pattern, motor coordination and balance by rotarod and open field activity, whereas learning and memory tests included forced alternation in Y-maze, novel object recognition and passive avoidance conditioning...
March 3, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
Yanyan Wang, Yong Wang, Junhua Liu, Xiaomin Wang
Previous studies have shown that electroacupuncture (EA) promotes recovery of motor function in Parkinson's disease (PD). However the mechanisms are not completely understood. Clinically, the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a critical target for deep brain stimulation treatment of PD, and vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (VGluT1) plays an important role in the modulation of glutamate in the STN derived from the cortex. In this study, a 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-lesioned rat model of PD was treated with 100 Hz EA for 4 weeks...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
Gui-Qing Lin, Xiao-Fei He, Feng-Yin Liang, Yang Guo, Gavin Sunnassee, Jian Chen, Xiao-Min Cao, Yi-Yi Chen, Guang-Jin Pan, Zhong Pei, Sheng Tan
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is to date one of the major critical conditions causing death and disability worldwide. Exogenous neural stem/precursor cells (NSCs/NPCs) hold great promise for improving neurological dysfunction, but their functional properties in vivo remain unknown. Human neural precursor cells (hNPCs) carrying one fluorescent reporter gene (DsRed) can be observed directly in vivo using two-photon laser-scanning microscope. Therefore, we evaluated the neural integration and potential therapeutic effect of hNPCs on mice with TBI...
March 1, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Michel Weïwer, Qihong Xu, Jennifer P Gale, Michael Lewis, Arthur J Campbell, Frederick A Schroeder, Genevieve C Van de Bittner, Michelle Walk, Aldo Amaya, Ping Su, Luka D Ordevic, Joshua R Sacher, Adam Skepner, David Fei, Kelly Dennehy, Shannon Nguyen, Patrick W Faloon, Jose Perez, Jeffrey R Cottrell, Fang Liu, Michelle Palmer, Jen Q Pan, Jacob M Hooker, Yan-Ling Zhang, Edward Scolnick, Florence F Wagner, Edward B Holson
Schizophrenia is a severe neuropsychiatric disease that lacks completely effective and safe therapies. As a polygenic disorder, genetic studies have only started to shed light on its complex etiology. To date, the positive symptoms of schizophrenia are well-managed by antipsychotic drugs, which primarily target the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R). However, these antipsychotics are often accompanied by severe side effects, including motoric symptoms. At D2R, antipsychotic drugs antagonize both G-protein dependent (Gαi/o ) signaling and G-protein independent (β-arrestin) signaling...
March 14, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
Huijun Wu, Hui Liu, Fengtong Zuo, Lihua Zhang
Cerebral ischemia injury is a clinical, frequently occurring disease, which causes a heavy burden on society and families. It has been demonstrated that cytosolic phospholipase A2α (cPLA2α) is significant in neurological injury caused by ischemic brain injury, and inhibition of cPLA2α may reduce stroke injury. In the present study, the role of cPLA2α was investigated in a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion and/or reperfusion (MCAO/R) using an effective cPLA2α inhibitor and adenoviruses‑mediated RNA interference...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Joanna Motyl, Łukasz Przykaza, Paweł M Boguszewski, Piotr Kosson, Joanna B Strosznajder
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most severe neurodegenerative diseases with unknown pathogenesis and currently unsuccessful therapies. Recently, neuroprotection via sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P)-dependent signalling has become a promising target for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Our previous study demonstrated down-regulation and inhibition of the S1P-synthesizingenzyme sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) in a PD cellular model. Moreover, we have previously identified a neuroprotective effect of Fingolimod (FTY720), a first S1P receptor modulator utilized in the clinic...
February 23, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Takamitsu Sano, Ayako Kohyama-Koganeya, Masami O Kinoshita, Tetsuya Tatsukawa, Chika Shimizu, Eriko Oshima, Kazuyuki Yamada, Tung Dinh Le, Takumi Akagi, Koujiro Tohyama, Soichi Nagao, Yoshio Hirabayashi
GPRC5B is a membrane glycoprotein robustly expressed in mouse cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs). Its function is unknown. In Gprc5b-/- mice that lack GPRC5B, PCs develop distal axonal swellings in deep cerebellar nuclei (DCN). Numerous misshapen mitochondria, which generated excessive amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS), accumulated in these distal axonal swellings. In primary cell cultures of Gprc5b-/- PCs, pharmacological reduction of ROS prevented the appearance of such swellings. To examine the physiological role of GPRC5B in PCs, we analyzed cerebellar synaptic transmission and cerebellum-dependent motor learning in Gprc5b-/- mice...
February 23, 2018: Neuroscience Research
Byong Sop Lee, Dong-Cheol Woo, Chul-Woong Woo, Ki-Soo Kim
β-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is a representative ketone body that may play a role in the mitigation of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy by altering energy metabolism. This study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective efficacy of exogenous BHB administration in a suckling rat model after hypoxia-ischemia (HI). Thirteen-day-old (P13) rat pups were subjected to 120 min of hypoxia according to the Rice-Vannucci model. BHB (5.0 mmol/kg, HI-BHB) or vehicle (0.9% saline, HI-Veh) was administered 0, 2, 4, and 6 h after HI induction...
February 21, 2018: Developmental Neuroscience
Peng Feng, Xiangjian Zhang, Dongfang Li, Chenhui Ji, Ziyue Yuan, Ruifang Wang, Guofang Xue, Guanglai Li, Christian Hölscher
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factors for developing Parkinson's disease (PD). Insulin desensitization is observed in the brains of PD patients, which may be an underlying mechanism that promotes neurodegeneration. Incretin hormones are growth factors that can re-sensitize insulin signalling. We have previously shown that analogues of the incretins GLP-1 or GIP have neuroprotective effects in the MPTP mouse model of PD. Novel dual GLP-1/GIP receptor agonists have been developed as treatments for T2DM...
February 17, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Simone Vodret, Giulia Bortolussi, Alessandra Iaconcig, Elena Martinelli, Claudio Tiribelli, Andrés F Muro
All pre-term newborns and a high proportion of term newborns develop neonatal jaundice. Neonatal jaundice is usually a benign condition and self-resolves within few days after birth. However, a combination of unfavorable complications may lead to acute hyperbilirubinemia. Excessive hyperbilirubinemia may be toxic for the developing nervous system leading to severe neurological damage and death by kernicterus. Survivors show irreversible neurological deficits such as motor, sensitive and cognitive abnormalities...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Mehdi Goudarzi, Shivasadat Amiri, Ali Nesari, Azam Hosseinzadeh, Esrafil Mansouri, Saeed Mehrzadi
OBJECTIVE: Arsenic is a well-known environmental contaminant, causing toxicity in different organs. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible neuroprotective effect of ellagic acid (EA) on arsenic-induced neurotoxicity in rats. DESIGN: Animals were divided into five groups. The first group received normal saline (2 ml/kg) for 21 days as control group. Group 2 was orally treated with sodium arsenite (SA, 10 mg/kg) for 21 days. Groups 3 and 4 were orally treated with SA (10 mg/kg) for 7 days prior to EA (10 and 30 mg/kg respectively) treatment and continued up to 21 days simultaneously with SA administration...
February 15, 2018: Life Sciences
Ted G Graber, Brandy L Rawls, Bing Tian, William J Durham, Camille R Brightwell, Allan R Brasier, Blake B Rasmussen, Christopher S Fry
Due to immunosenescence, older adults are particularly susceptible to lung-based viral infections, with increased severity of symptoms in those with underlying chronic lung disease. Repeated respiratory viral infections produce lung maladaptations, accelerating pulmonary dysfunction. Toll like 3 receptor (TLR3) is a membrane protein that senses exogenous double-stranded RNA to activate the innate immune response to a viral infection. Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)] mimics double stranded RNA and has been shown to activate TLR3...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Jan Cendelin, Zdenka Purkartova, Jakub Kubik, Erik Ulbricht, Filip Tichanek, Yaroslav Kolinko
For many degenerative cerebellar diseases, currently, no effective treatment that would substantially restore cerebellar functions is available. Neurotransplantation could be a promising therapy for such cases. Nevertheless, there are still severe limitations for routine clinical use. The aim of the work was to assess volume and morphology and functional impact on motor skills of an embryonic cerebellar graft injected in the form of cell suspension in Lurcher mutant and wild-type mice of the B6CBA and C3H strains after a 6-month survival period...
February 15, 2018: Cerebellum
Viraj Pandit, Muhammad Khan, El Rasheid Zakaria, Tally M Largent-Milnes, Mohammad Hamidi, Terence O'Keeffe, Todd W Vanderah, Bellal Joseph
INTRODUCTION: While studies show that single-dose remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) improves outcomes, the effect of continuous (daily) RIC is unknown. Thus, we aimed to investigate the role of continuous-RIC on cognitive and motor function following traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: We subjected 24 male C57BL mice to a cortical-controlled TBI. Two-hours after TBI the animals were randomly allocated to the RIC group (n=12) or the Sham group (n=12). RIC was induced by non-invasive external compression of the hind limb using an occlusive band (six 4-min cycles/24 hours) for consecutive 6 days...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Karlaina Jl Osmon, Meera Vyas, Evan Woodley, Patrick Thompson, Jagdeep S Walia
Behavioral testing is used in pre-clinical trials to assess the phenotypic effects and outcomes that a particular disease or treatment has on the animal's wellbeing and health. There are numerous behavioral tests that may be applied. We selected a test for general locomotion, the open field test (OFT); a test for muscular strength, the mesh test (MT); and a test for coordination, the rotarod test (RR). Testing can be accomplished on a weekly or monthly basis. As a test for general locomotion, the OFT works by objectively monitoring movement parameters while the mouse is in an open field apparatus...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Charu Garg, Joon Ho Seo, Jayalakshmi Ramachandran, Ji Meng Loh, Frances Calderon, Jorge E Contreras
BACKGROUND: Trovafloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, recently identified as an inhibitor of pannexin-1 (Panx1) channels. Panx1 channels are important conduits for the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) release from live and dying cells that enhances the inflammatory response of immune cells. Elevated extracellular levels ATP released upon injury activate purinergic pathways in inflammatory cells that promote migration, proliferation, phagocytosis, and apoptotic signals. Here, we tested whether trovafloxacin administration attenuates the neuroinflammatory response and improves outcomes after brain trauma...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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