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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149768/mitochondrial-dna-changes-in-pedunculopontine-cholinergic-neurons-in-parkinson-s
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Alexander G Bury, Angela Pyle, Joanna L Elson, Laura Greaves, Christopher M Morris, Gavin Hudson, Ilse S Pienaar
In Parkinson's disease (PD), mitochondrial dysfunction associates with nigral dopaminergic neuronal loss. Cholinergic neuronal loss co-occurs, particularly within a brainstem structure, the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN). We isolated single cholinergic neurons from post-mortem PPNs of aged controls and PD patients. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number and mtDNA deletions were increased significantly in PD patients compared to controls. Furthermore, compared to controls the PD patients had significantly more PPN cholinergic neurons containing mtDNA deletion levels exceeding 60%, a level associated with deleterious effects on oxidative phosphorylation...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149763/formulation-and-anti-neurotoxic-activity-of-baicalein-incorporating-neutral-nanoliposome
#2
Farhang Aliakbari, Ali Akbar Shabani, Hassan Bardania, Hossein Mohammad-Beigi, Amir Tayaranian Marvian, Faezeh Dehghani Esmatabad, Abbas Ali Vafaei, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Ali Akbar Saboury, Gunna Christiansen, Daniel E Otzen, Dina Morshedi
Despite extensive studies of the effects of herbal-derived small molecules in the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, their low solubility and stability remain a challenge. Here we focus on baicalein, a small molecule showing potential against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. However, therapeutic usage in vivo is challenged by low solubility and stability. To address this we have applied neutrally-charged nanoliposome (NLP) as carrier for baicalein. Baicalein was incorporated into NLP to form NLP-Ba at molar baicalain:lipid ratios of up to 1:3, giving a drug entrapment efficiency of 96...
November 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149731/purinergic-drug-targets-for-gastrointestinal-disorders
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Burnstock, Kenneth A Jacobson, Fievos L Christofi
Purinergic receptors are implicated in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal disorders and are being explored as potential therapeutic targets. Gut inflammation releases ATP that acts on neuronal, glial, epithelial and immune cells. Purinergic signalling in glia and neurons is implicated in enteric neuropathies. Inflammation activates glia to increase ATP release and alter purinergic signalling. ATP release causes neuron death and gut motor dysfunction in colitis via a P2X7-dependent neural-glial pathway and a glial purinergic-connexin-43 pathway...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149630/age-related-vulnerability-of-pattern-separation-in-c57bl-6j-mice
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Aurélia Cès, Thibaut Burg, Karine Herbeaux, Céline Héraud, Jean-Bastien Bott, Ayikoe Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Chantal Mathis
Aging is associated with impaired performance in behavioral pattern separation (PS) tasks based on similarities in object features and in object location. These deficits have been attributed to functional alterations in the dentate gyrus (DG)-CA3 region. Animal studies suggested a role of adult-born DG neurons in PS performance. The present study investigated the effect of aging in C57BL/6J mice performing PS tasks based on either object features or object location. At the age of 18 months or more, performance was severely impaired in both tasks...
October 25, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149607/classifying-drosophila-olfactory-projection-neuron-subtypes-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
#5
Hongjie Li, Felix Horns, Bing Wu, Qijing Xie, Jiefu Li, Tongchao Li, David J Luginbuhl, Stephen R Quake, Liqun Luo
The definition of neuronal type and how it relates to the transcriptome are open questions. Drosophila olfactory projection neurons (PNs) are among the best-characterized neuronal types: different PN classes target dendrites to distinct olfactory glomeruli, while PNs of the same class exhibit indistinguishable anatomical and physiological properties. Using single-cell RNA sequencing, we comprehensively characterized the transcriptomes of most PN classes and unequivocally mapped transcriptomes to specific olfactory function for six classes...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149606/chronic-stress-alters-striosome-circuit-dynamics-leading-to-aberrant-decision-making
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Alexander Friedman, Daigo Homma, Bernard Bloem, Leif G Gibb, Ken-Ichi Amemori, Dan Hu, Sebastien Delcasso, Timothy F Truong, Joyce Yang, Adam S Hood, Katrina A Mikofalvy, Dirk W Beck, Norah Nguyen, Erik D Nelson, Sebastian E Toro Arana, Ruth H Vorder Bruegge, Ki A Goosens, Ann M Graybiel
Effective evaluation of costs and benefits is a core survival capacity that in humans is considered as optimal, "rational" decision-making. This capacity is vulnerable in neuropsychiatric disorders and in the aftermath of chronic stress, in which aberrant choices and high-risk behaviors occur. We report that chronic stress exposure in rodents produces abnormal evaluation of costs and benefits resembling non-optimal decision-making in which choices of high-cost/high-reward options are sharply increased...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149481/neuroprotective-effects-of-melatonin-on-amphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-fiber-degeneration-in-the-hippocampus-of-postnatal-rats
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Tanawan Leeboonngam, Ratchadaporn Pramong, Kwankanit Sae-Ung, Piyarat Govitrapong, Pansiri Phansuwan-Pujito
Chronic amphetamine (AMPH) abuse leads to damage of the hippocampus, the brain area associated with learning and memory process. Previous results have shown that AMPH-induced dopamine neurotransmitter release, reactive oxygen species formation and degenerative protein aggregation lead to neuronal death. Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, plays a role as a neuroprotective agent. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the protective effect of melatonin on AMPH-induced hippocampal damage in the postnatal rat acts through the dopaminergic pathway...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149451/transcriptional-alterations-in-hereditary-and-sporadic-nonfunctioning-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-according-to-genotype
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Xavier M Keutgen, Suresh Kumar, Sudheer Gara, Myriem Boufraqech, Sunita Agarwal, Ralph H Hruban, Naris Nilubol, Martha Quezado, Richard Finney, Maggie Cam, Electron Kebebew
BACKGROUND: Nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NFPanNETs) may be sporadic or inherited because of germline mutations associated with von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). The clinical behavior of NFPanNETs is difficult to predict, even in tumors of the same stage and grade. The authors analyzed genotype-specific patterns of transcriptional messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of NFPanNETs to understand the molecular features that determine PanNET phenotype...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149410/tctp-in-neuronal-circuitry-assembly
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Cláudio Gouveia Roque, Christine E Holt
Although tctp expression in many areas of the human brain was reported more than 15 years ago, little was known about how it functions in neurons. The early notion that Tctp is primarily expressed in mitotic cells, together with reports suggesting a relative low abundance in the brain, has perhaps potentiated this almost complete disregard for the study of Tctp in the context of neuron biology. However, recent evidence has challenged this view, as a number of independent genome-wide profiling studies identified tctp mRNA among the most enriched in the axonal compartment across diverse neuronal populations, including embryonic retinal ganglion cells...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149212/mycolactone-displays-anti-inflammatory-effects-on-the-nervous-system
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Caroline Isaac, Annie Mauborgne, Alfonso Grimaldi, Kemy Ade, Michel Pohl, Cristina Limatola, Yves Boucher, Caroline Demangel, Laure Guenin-Macé
BACKGROUND: Mycolactone is a macrolide produced by the skin pathogen Mycobacterium ulcerans, with cytotoxic, analgesic and immunomodulatory properties. The latter were recently shown to result from mycolactone blocking the Sec61-dependent production of pro-inflammatory mediators by immune cells. Here we investigated whether mycolactone similarly affects the inflammatory responses of the nervous cell subsets involved in pain perception, transmission and maintenance. We also investigated the effects of mycolactone on the neuroinflammation that is associated with chronic pain in vivo...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149196/easy-xeno-free-and-feeder-free-method-for-isolating-and-growing-limbal-stromal-and-epithelial-stem-cells-of-the-human-cornea
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Djida Ghoubay-Benallaoua, Céline de Sousa, Raphaël Martos, Gaël Latour, Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein, Elisabeth Dupin, Vincent Borderie
Epithelial and stromal stem cells are required to maintain corneal transparency. The aim of the study was to develop a new method to isolate and grow both corneal stromal (SSC) and epithelial limbal (LSC) stem cells from small human limbal biopsies under culture conditions in accordance with safety requirements mandatory for clinical use in humans. Superficial limbal explants were retrieved from human donor corneo-scleral rims. Human limbal cells were dissociated by digestion with collagenase A, either after epithelial scraping or with no scraping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149168/airway-expression-of-transient-receptor-potential-trp-vanniloid-1-and-ankyrin-1-channels-is-not-increased-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Nicola-Xan Hutchinson, Allen Gibbs, Amanda Tonks, Benjamin D Hope-Gill
Dry cough is a common symptom described in patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and impairs quality of life. The exact mechanisms causing cough in IPF remain unclear, however evidence suggests altered cough neurophysiology and sensitisation plays a role; IPF patients have an enhanced cough reflex sensitivity to inhaled capsaicin. The Transient Receptor Potential Vanniloid-1 channel (TRPV-1) has a role in the cough reflex and airway expression is increased in patients with chronic cough. The Ankyrin-1 receptor (TRPA-1) is often co-expressed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149058/neurotrophic-and-neuroregenerative-effects-of-gh-igf1
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Vittorio Emanuele Bianchi, Vittorio Locatelli, Laura Rizzi
INTRODUCTION: Human neurodegenerative diseases increase progressively with age and present a high social and economic burden. Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are both growth factors exerting trophic effects on neuronal regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). GH and IGF-1 stimulate protein synthesis in neurons, glia, oligodendrocytes, and Schwann cells, and favor neuronal survival, inhibiting apoptosis. This study aims to evaluate the effect of GH and IGF-1 on neurons, and their possible therapeutic clinical applications on neuron regeneration in human subjects...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148974/revealing-the-distribution-of-transmembrane-currents-along-the-dendritic-tree-of-a-neuron-from-extracellular-recordings
#14
Dorottya Cserpán, Domokos Meszéna, Lucia Wittner, Kinga Tóth, István Ulbert, Zoltán Somogyvári, Daniel K Wojcik
Revealing the current source distribution along the neuronal membrane is a key step on the way to understanding neural computations, however, the experimental and theoretical tools to achieve sufficient spatiotemporal resolution for the estimation remain to be established. Here we address this problem using extracellularly recorded potentials with arbitrarily distributed electrodes for a neuron of known morphology. We use simulations of models with varying complexity to validate the proposed method and to give recommendations for experimental applications...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148909/inhibition-of-gaba-transporters-fails-to-afford-significant-protection-following-focal-cerebral-ischemia
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Maria Ek Lie, Emma K Gowing, Rasmus P Clausen, Petrine Wellendorph, Andrew N Clarkson
Brain ischemia triggers excitotoxicity and cell death, yet no neuroprotective drugs have made it to the clinic. While enhancing GABAergic signaling to counterbalance excitotoxicity has shown promise in animal models, clinical studies have failed. Blockade of GABA transporters (GATs) offers an indirect approach to increase GABA inhibition to lower the excitation threshold of neurons. Among the GATs, GAT1 is known to promote neuroprotection, while the protective role of the extrasynaptic transporters GAT3 and BGT1 is elusive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148800/size-and-shape-of-amyloid-fibrils-induced-by-ganglioside-nanoclusters-role-of-sialyl-oligosaccharide-in-fibril-formation
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Teruhiko Matsubara, Masaya Nishihara, Hanaki Yasumori, Mako Nakai, Katsuhiko Yanagisawa, Toshinori Sato
Ganglioside-enriched microdomains in the presynaptic neuronal membrane play a key role in the initiation of amyloid ß-protein (Aß) assembly related to Alzheimer's disease. We previously isolated lipids from a detergent-resistant membrane microdomain fraction of synaptosomes prepared from aged mouse brain and found that spherical Aß assemblies were formed on Aß-sensitive ganglioside nanoclusters (ASIGN) of reconstituted lipid bilayers in the synaptosomal fraction. In the present study, we investigated the role of oligosaccharides in Aß fibril formation induced by ganglioside-containing mixed lipid membranes that mimic the features of ASIGN...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148564/differential-processing-in-modality-specific-mauthner-cell-dendrites
#17
V Medan, T Mäki-Marttunen, J Sztarker, T Preuss
Animals process multimodal information for adaptive behavioural decisions. In fish, evasion of a diving bird that breaks the water surface depends on integrating visual and auditory stimuli with very different characteristics. How do neurons process such differential sensory inputs at the dendritic level? For that we studied the Mauthner-cells (M-cells) in the goldfish startle circuit, which receive visual and auditory inputs via two separate dendrites, both accessible for in vivo recordings. We asked if electrophysiological membrane properties and dendrite morphology, studied in vivo, play a role in selective sensory processing in the M-cell...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148391/outbreaks-of-neuroinvasive-astrovirus-associated-with-encephalomyelitis-weakness-and-paralysis-among-weaned-pigs-hungary
#18
Ákos Boros, Mihály Albert, Péter Pankovics, Hunor Bíró, Patricia A Pesavento, Tung Gia Phan, Eric Delwart, Gábor Reuter
A large, highly prolific swine farm in Hungary had a 2-year history of neurologic disease among newly weaned (25- to 35-day-old) pigs, with clinical signs of posterior paraplegia and a high mortality rate. Affected pigs that were necropsied had encephalomyelitis and neural necrosis. Porcine astrovirus type 3 was identified by reverse transcription PCR and in situ hybridization in brain and spinal cord samples in 6 animals from this farm. Among tissues tested by quantitative RT-PCR, the highest viral loads were detected in brain stem and spinal cord...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148269/salidroside-attenuates-neuroinflammation-and-improves-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-through-microglia-polarization-regulation
#19
Chenggui Wang, Qingqing Wang, Yiting Lou, Jianxiang Xu, Zhenhua Feng, Yu Chen, Qian Tang, Gang Zheng, Zengjie Zhang, Yaosen Wu, Naifeng Tian, Yifei Zhou, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severe neurological disease; however, few drugs have been proved to treat SCI effectively. Neuroinflammation is the major pathogenesis of SCI secondary injury and considered to be the therapeutic target of SCI. Salidroside (Sal) has been reported to exert anti-inflammatory effects in airway, adipose and myocardial tissue; however, the role of Sal in SCI therapeutics has not been clarified. In this study, we showed that Sal could improve the functional recovery of spinal cord in rats as revealed by increased BBB locomotor rating scale, angle of incline, and decreased cavity of spinal cord injury and apoptosis of neurons in vivo...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148236/emerging-roles-of-er-stress-in-the-aetiology-and-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Yannis Gerakis, Claudio Hetz
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by synaptic dysfunction and accumulation of abnormal aggregates formed by amyloid-β peptides or phophorylated Tau proteins. Accumulating evidence suggests that alterations in the buffering capacity of the proteostasis network is a salient feature of AD. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the main compartment involved in protein folding and secretion and is drastically affected in AD neurons. ER stress triggers the activation of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR), a signal transduction pathway that enforces adaptive programs to recover homeostasis or trigger apoptosis of irreversibly damaged cells...
November 17, 2017: FEBS Journal
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