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Barbara J Morgan, Nicole Schrimpf, Morgan Rothman, Ann Mitzey, Mark S Brownfield, Robert C Speth, John M Dopp
Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) increases basal sympathetic nervous system activity, augments chemoreflex-induced sympathoexcitation, and raises blood pressure. All effects are attenuated by systemic or intracerebroventricular administration of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1 R) antagonists. This study aimed to quantify the effects of CIH on AT1 R- and AT2 R-like immunoreactivity in the rostroventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN), central regions that are important components of the extended chemoreflex pathway...
March 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Ahsan Habib, Huayan Hou, Takashi Mori, Jun Tian, Jin Zeng, Shengnuo Fan, Brian Giunta, Paul R Sanberg, Darrell Sawmiller, Jun Tan
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related disorder that affects cognition. Our previous studies showed that the neuroprotective fragment of amyloid procurer protein (APP) metabolite, soluble APPα (sAPPα), interferes with β-site APP-cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1, β-secretase) cleavage and reduces amyloid-β (Aβ) generation. In an attempt to identify approaches to restore sAPPα levels, we found that human cord blood serum (CBS) significantly promotes sAPPα production compared with adult blood serum (ABS) and aged blood serum (AgBS) in Chinese hamster ovary cells stably expressing wild-type human APP...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
Sunmin Park, Da Sol Kim, Eun Seon Kang, Da Bin Kim, Suna Kang
We evaluated the effects of intracerebroventricular administration(ICV) of brain estrogen and progesterone on menopausal symptoms and their effects on the secretion of follicle-stimulating hormone(FSH) and luteinizing hormone(LH) in estrogen-deficient rats. Three weeks after ovariectomy(OVX) or Sham-operation, OVX rats were given ICV infusions of either 17β-estradiol(4 μg/day; ICV-E), progesterone(0.8 μg/day; ICV-P), or vehicle(control) for 4 weeks. OVX rats in the positive-control group were orally provided 150 μg 17β-estradiol/kg bw/day...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Chun-Mei Wang, Xue-Lu Yang, Ming-Hui Liu, Bao-Hua Cheng, Jing Chen, Bo Bai
miRNAs regulate a variety of biological processes through pairing-based regulation of gene expression at the 3' end of the noncoding region of the target miRNA. miRNAs were found to be abnormally expressed in ischemia/reperfusion injury models. High-throughput sequencing is a recently developed method for sequencing miRNAs and has been widely used in the analysis of miRNAs. In this study, ischemia/reperfusion injury models were intracerebroventricularly injected with 50 μg/kg apelin-13. High-throughput sequencing showed that 357 known miRNAs were differentially expressed among rat models, among which 78 changed to > 2-fold or < 0...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Xiao-Yang Dong, Zhen Feng
Orexins, produced in the lateral hypothalamus, are important neuropeptides that participate in the sleep/wake cycle, and their expression coincides with the projection area of the vagus nerve in the brain. Vagus nerve stimulation has been shown to decrease the amounts of daytime sleep and rapid eye movement in epilepsy patients with traumatic brain injury. In the present study, we investigated whether vagus nerve stimulation promotes wakefulness and affects orexin expression. A rat model of traumatic brain injury was established using the free fall drop method...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Caroline André, Caterina Catania, Julie Remus-Borel, Elodie Ladeveze, Thierry Leste-Lasserre, Wilfrid Mazier, Elke Binder, Delphine Gonzales, Samantha Clark, Omar Guzman-Quevedo, Djoher Nora Abrous, Sophie Layé, Daniela Cota
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) potently decreases food intake and body weight in diet-induced obese mice by acting through neuronal circuits and pathways located in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus. CNTF also exerts pro-inflammatory actions within the brain. Here we tested whether CNTF modifies energy balance by inducing inflammatory responses in the ARC and whether these effects depend upon the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) pathway, which regulates both energy metabolism and inflammation...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Jesse Lea Carlin, Shalini Jain, Romain Duroux, R Rama Suresh, Cuiying Xiao, John A Auchampach, Kenneth A Jacobson, Oksana Gavrilova, Marc L Reitman
Extracellular adenosine is a danger/injury signal that initiates protective physiology, such as hypothermia. Adenosine has been shown to trigger hypothermia via agonism at A1 and A3 adenosine receptors (A1 AR, A3 AR). Here, we find that adenosine continues to elicit hypothermia in mice null for A1 AR and A3 AR and investigated the effect of agonism at A2A AR or A2B AR. The poorly brain penetrant A2A AR agonists CGS-21680 and PSB-0777 caused hypothermia, which was not seen in mice lacking A2A AR. MRS7352, a likely non-brain penetrant A2A AR antagonist, inhibited PSB-0777 hypothermia...
March 13, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yijun Pan, Jennifer L Short, Stephanie A Newman, Kwok H C Choy, Durgesh Tiwari, Christopher Yap, Danielle Senyschyn, William A Banks, Joseph A Nicolazzo
Epidemiological evidence suggests that people with bipolar disorder prescribed lithium exhibit a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) relative to those prescribed other mood-stabilizing medicines. Lithium chloride (LiCl) reduces brain β-amyloid (Aβ) levels, and the brain clearance of Aβ is reduced in AD. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess whether the cognitive benefits of LiCl are associated with enhanced brain clearance of exogenously-administered Aβ. The brain clearance of intracerebroventricularly (icv) administered125 I-Aβ42 was assessed in male Swiss outbred mice administered daily oral NaCl or LiCl (300 mg/kg for 21 days)...
March 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Laurence Dufourny, Oona Delmas, Ana-Paula Teixeira-Gomes, Caroline Decourt, Joanna H Sliwowska
Somatostatin (SST) a neuropeptide involved in the central modulation of several physiological functions, is co-distributed in the same hypothalamic areas as kisspeptin (KP), the most potent secretagogue of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion known to date. As SST infused intracerebroventricularly (icv) evoked a potent inhibition of GnRH release, we explored neuroanatomical relationships between KP and SST populations in male and female rats. For that, intact males and ovariectomised oestradiol-replaced females were killed and their brains processed in order to simultaneously detect KP, SST and synapsin, a marker for synapses...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Jian Yin, Ran Li, Wenchao Liu, Yunchang Chen, Xin Zhang, Xifeng Li, Xuying He, Chuanzhi Duan
Early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can lead to inflammation and neuronal dysfunction. There is a need for effective strategies to mitigate these effects and improve the outcome of patients who experience SAH. The mRNA-destabilizing protein tristetraprolin (TTP) is an anti-inflammatory factor that induces the decay of cytokine transcripts and has been implicated in diseases such as glioma. However, the mechanism of action of TTP in EBI after SAH is unclear. The present study investigated the effects of TTP regulation via phosphorylation in a rat model of SAH by protein phosphatase (PP)2A, which is a pleiotropic enzyme complex with multiple substrate phospho-proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Nandkishor R Kotagale, Mir Touseef Ali, Chandrabhan T Chopde, Milind J Umekar, Brijesh G Taksande
Nicotine abstinence following chronic exposure is associated with impairments in memory and variety of cognitive functions. Daily nicotine (2 mg/kg, sc, four times daily) administration for 14 days and its abrupt withdrawal significantly impaired avoidance learning in inhibitory avoidance task as indicated by a significant decrease in the step through latency. Animals injected with agmatine (10-40 μg/rat, icv) from day 7 to 14 before the first daily dose of nicotine (2 mg/kg, sc) showed increased step through latencies during retrieval test...
March 10, 2018: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
João R Gomes, Inês Cabrito, Hugo R Soares, Susete Costelha, Anabela Teixeira, Angela Wittelsberger, Catelijne Stortelers, Peter Vanlandschoot, Maria J Saraiva
Transthyretin (TTR) is a transport protein of retinol and thyroxine in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is mainly secreted in liver and choroid plexus, and in smaller amounts in other cells throughout the body. The exact role of TTR and its specific expression in Central Nervous System (CNS) remains understudied. We investigated TTR expression and metabolism in CNS, through the intranasal and intracerebroventricular delivery of a specific anti-TTR Nanobody to the brain, unveiling Nanobody pharmacokinetics to the CNS...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Csaba Fekete, Csaba Vastagh, Ádám Dénes, Erik Hrabovszky, Gábor Nyiri, Imre Kalló, Zsolt Liposits, Miklós Sárvári
Microglia are instrumental for recognition and elimination of amyloid β1-42 oligomers (AβO), but the long-term consequences of AβO-induced inflammatory changes in the brain are unclear. Here, we explored microglial responses and transciptome-level inflammatory signatures in the rat hippocampus after chronic AβO challenge. Middle-aged Long Evans rats received intracerebroventricular infusion of AβO or vehicle for 4 weeks, followed by treatment with artificial CSF or MCC950 for the subsequent 4 weeks. AβO infusion evoked a sustained inflammatory response including activation of NF-κB, triggered microglia activation and increased the expression of pattern recognition and phagocytic receptors...
March 6, 2018: Neuroscience
Harikesh Dubey, Kavita Gulati, Arunabha Ray
The present study evaluated the effects of s-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), a nitrosothiol and sustained NO releaser, on experimental model of sporadic Alzheimer`s disease (sAD) in rats. Levels of Aβ40, Aβ42 and BDNF were assessed in brain hippocampal homogenates for correlative purposes. Intracerebroventricular-Streptozotocin (icv-STZ) induced increased escape latencies (acquisition) and reduced time in target quadrant (probe trial) in Morris Water Maze (MWM) test at 3 months post icv-STZ administration. These behavioural changes were associated with increased Aβ depositions and lowered BDNF levels in brain hippocampal homogenates...
March 6, 2018: Neurotoxicology
Daniel Elbaum, Maria G Beconi, Edith Monteagudo, Annalise Di Marco, Maria S Quinton, Kathryn A Lyons, Andrew Vaino, Steven Harper
In cells, phosphorylation of pantothenic acid to generate phosphopantothenic acid by the pantothenate kinase enzymes is the first step in coenzyme A synthesis. Pantothenate kinase 2, the isoform localized in neuronal cell mitochondria, is dysfunctional in patients with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. Fosmetpantotenate is a phosphopantothenic acid prodrug in clinical development for treatment of pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration, which aims to replenish phosphopantothenic acid in patients...
2018: PloS One
Satoshi Toyama, Naohito Shimoyama, Yugo Tagaito, Hiroshi Nagase, Tsuyoshi Saitoh, Masashi Yanagisawa, Megumi Shimoyama
BACKGROUND: Sleepiness and decrease in attention are dose-limiting side effects of opioids. The orexin/hypocretin system plays an important role in maintaining wakefulness. This study aimed to explore the potential of a nonpeptide orexin receptor agonist to alleviate morphine-induced sedative effects. METHODS: Morphine sedative effects were evaluated as changes in electroencephalogram (EEG), locomotor activity, and acoustic startle response in rats (n = 5 to 9 per group)...
March 8, 2018: Anesthesiology
Enshe Jiang, Andrew D Chapp, Yuanyuan Fan, Robert A Larson, Taija Hahka, Michael J Huber, Jianqun Yan, Qing-Hui Chen, Zhiying Shan
Accumulating evidence indicates that inflammation is implicated in hypertension. However, the role of brain proinflammatory cytokines (PICs) in salt sensitive hypertension remains to be determined. Thus, the objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that high salt (HS) diet increases PICs expression in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and leads to PVN neuronal activation. Eight-week-old male Dahl salt sensitive (Dahl S) rats, and age and sex matched normal Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were divided into two groups and fed with either a HS (4% NaCl) or normal salt (NS, 0...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Karen K Ling, Michaela Jackson, Duah Alkam, Dawei Liu, Norm Allaire, Chao Sun, Mahmoud Kiaei, Alexander McCampbell, Frank Rigo
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal adult onset motor neuron disease characterized by progressive denervation and subsequent motor impairment. EphA4, a negative regulator of axonal growth, was recently identified as a genetic modifier in fish and rodent models of ALS. To evaluate the therapeutic potential of EphA4 for ALS, we examined the effect of CNS-directed EphA4 reduction in preclinical mouse models of ALS, and assessed if the levels of EPHA4 mRNA in blood correlate with disease onset and progression in human ALS patients...
March 6, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Haibo Ni, Qin Rui, Yitian Xu, Jun Zhu, Fan Gao, Baoqi Dang, Di Li, Rong Gao, Gang Chen
Receptor for activated protein kinase C 1 (RACK1) is a multifaceted scaffolding protein known to be involved in the regulation of signaling events required for neuronal protection. In the present study, we investigated the role of RACK1 in secondary brain injury in a rat traumatic brain injury (TBI) model. A weight-drop TBI model was established in Sprague Dawley rats, and RACK1 in vivo knockdown and overexpression were performed 24 h before TBI insult. The IRE1 inhibitor 3,5-dibromosalicylaldehyde (DBSA) was administered by intracerebroventricular injection 1 h after TBI insult...
March 5, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Takayoshi Ubuka, Ishwar S Parhar, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) is an inhibitor of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. GnIH is also called RFamide-related peptide (RFRP) as GnIH peptides have a characteristic C-terminal LPXRFiamide (X = L or Q) sequence. GnIH is thought to be the mediator of stress by negatively regulating the HPG axis as various stressors increase GnIH mRNA, GnIH peptide or GnIH neuronal activity. On the other hand, GnIH may also mediate behavioral stress responses as GnIH neuronal fibers and GnIH receptors are widely located in the limbic system of telencephalon, diencephalon and midbrain area...
March 3, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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