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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344671/role-of-mir-34c-in-the-cognitive-function-of-epileptic-rats-induced-by-pentylenetetrazol
#1
Yiqing Huang, Xixia Liu, Yuhan Liao, Yayun Liao, Donghua Zou, Xing Wei, Qi Huang, Yuan Wu
Studies suggest that microRNA (miR)‑34c may serve a role in cognitive function in rodent and primate groups. A previous study demonstrated an increase in miR‑34c expression in chronic epileptic rats with memory disorders, induced by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ). However, the mechanism underlying the effects of miR‑34c on cognitive function in epileptic rats remains unclear. Therefore, the present study investigated alterations in cognitive function in temporal lobe epileptic rats, induced by repeated injections of PTZ, following treatment with an miR‑34c agomir compared with a scramble group...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337105/chitosan-sodium-tripolyphosphate-nanoparticles-as-efficient-vehicles-for-antioxidant-peptidic-fraction-from-common-kilka
#2
Seyed Fakhreddin Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Soleimani, Maryam Nikkhah
Fish-purified antioxidant peptide (AOP)-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) were synthesized based on the ionotropic gelation between CS and sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP). The ζ-potential showed an earlier rise and later decrease with increasing concentrations of AOP. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images also revealed roughly uniform spherical-shaped nanoparticles with diameter of <100 nm. Molecular interactions among the components of the NPs and peptides were confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334982/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-classification-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-genes-iglurs-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
#3
Ting-Ting Wang, Feng-Ling Si, Zheng-Bo He, Bin Chen
BACKGROUND: Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are conserved ligand-gated ion channel receptors, and ionotropic receptors (IRs) were revealed as a new family of iGluRs. Their subdivision was unsettled, and their characteristics are little known. Anopheles sinensis is a major malaria vector in eastern Asia, and its genome was recently well sequenced and annotated. METHODS: We identified iGluR genes in the An. sinensis genome, analyzed their characteristics including gene structure, genome distribution, domains and specific sites by bioinformatic methods, and deduced phylogenetic relationships of all iGluRs in An...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326174/muscle-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-may-mediate-trans-synaptic-signaling-at-the-mouse-neuromuscular-junction
#4
Xueyong Wang, J Michael McIntosh, Mark M Rich
Block of neurotransmitter receptors at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) has been shown to trigger upregulation of the number of synaptic vesicles released (quantal content, QC), a response termed homeostatic synaptic plasticity. The mechanism underlying this plasticity is not known. Here, we used selective toxins to demonstrate that block of α1-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) at the neuromuscular junction of male and female mice, triggers the upregulation of QC. Reduction of current flow through nAChRs, induced by drugs with antagonist activity, demonstrated that reduction in synaptic current per se does not trigger upregulation of QC...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325748/cranberry-proanthocyanidin-chitosan-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-a-potential-inhibitor-of-extra-intestinal-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-invasion-of-gut-epithelial-cells
#5
Emilia Alfaro-Viquez, Daniel Esquivel-Alvarado, Sergio Madrigal-Carballo, Christian G Krueger, Jess D Reed
Chitosan interacts with proanthocyanidins through hydrogen-bonding, which allows encapsulation and development of stable nanoparticles via ionotropic gelation. Cranberry proanthocyanidins (PAC) are associated with the prevention of urinary tract infections and PAC inhibit invasion of gut epithelial cells by extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC). We determined the effect of cranberry proanthocyanidin-chitosan hybrid nanoparticles (PAC-CHTNp) on the ExPEC invasion of gut epithelial cells in vitro...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318639/interaction-between-caffeine-and-polymorphisms-of-glutamate-ionotropic-receptor-nmda-type-subunit-2a-grin2a-and-cytochrome-p450-1a2-cyp1a2-on-parkinson-s-disease-risk
#6
Iris Y Kim, Éilis J O'Reilly, Katherine C Hughes, Xiang Gao, Michael A Schwarzschild, Marjorie L McCullough, Marian T Hannan, Rebecca A Betensky, Alberto Ascherio
BACKGROUND: Caffeine intake has been inversely associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) risk. This relationship may be modified by polymorphisms of glutamate ionotropic receptor NMDA type subunit 2A (GRIN2A) and cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2), but the results of previous studies have been inconsistent. METHOD: We examined the interaction of caffeine intake with GRIN2A-rs4998386 and CYP1A2-rs762551 polymorphisms in influencing PD risk among 829 incident cases of PD and 2,754 matched controls selected among participants in the following 3 large prospective ongoing cohorts: the Nurses' Health Study, the Health Professionals' Follow-up Study, and the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort...
January 10, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318454/gl261-glioma-tumor-cells-respond-to-atp-with-an-intracellular-calcium-rise-and-glutamate-release
#7
Averey D Strong, M Caitlin Indart, Nolan R Hill, Richard L Daniels
Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive brain cancer with an average survival rate of 15 months. The composition of the GBM tumor microenvironment-its pH, the presence of growth and immune factors, neurotransmitters, and gliotransmitters-plays an important role in GBM pathophysiology and facilitates tumor survival and growth. In particular, GBM tumor cells produce glutamate, which is toxic to healthy tissue and is associated with increased tumor invasion into adjacent brain regions. The conditions that lead to this excitotoxic release of glutamate are not completely understood...
January 9, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307084/glun2b-subunit-of-the-nmda-receptor-the-keystone-of-the-effects-of-alcohol-during-neurodevelopment
#8
Mickaël Naassila, Olivier Pierrefiche
The glutamatergic system plays a central role in both the acute and chronic effects of ethanol. Among all the glutamate receptors the ionotropic NMDA receptors are crucial because of their role in synaptic plasticity. A large body of evidences suggests that short-term and long-term effects of ethanol may change synaptic plasticity via an alteration of the expression of the GluN2B subunit, one constitutive element of the NMDA receptor. The present review is focusing on the role of the GluN2B subunit after ethanol exposure during early life (in utero and adolescence) and also at adulthood...
January 6, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306151/enhancement-of-immune-response-of-piglets-to-pcv-2-vaccine-by-porcine-il-2-and-fusion-il-4-6-gene-entrapped-in-chitosan-nanoparticles
#9
Yi Chen, Tingyu Song, Yong-Le Xiao, Xiaoping Wan, Luyi Yang, Jinghai Li, Guangzhi Zeng, Pengfei Fang, Ze-Zhou Wang, Rong Gao
In order to develop a novel effective immunomodulator to enhance pig resistance against post-weaning multi systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS), a recombinant plasmid co-expressing pig interleukin-2 (IL-2) and fusion interleukin-4/6 (IL-4/6) genes, designated VRIL4/6-2, was constructed and encapsulated in chitosan (CS) nanoparticles prepared by the ionotropic gelation method. Then 21-day old piglets were divided into two groups and intramuscularly injected respectively with VPIL4/6-2-CS and saline along with the porcine circovirus-2 (PCV-2) vaccine...
December 29, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306054/tyrosine-phosphorylation-determines-afterdischarge-initiation-by-regulating-an-ionotropic-cholinergic-receptor
#10
Sean H White, Raymond M Sturgeon, Yueling Gu, Alysha Nensi, Neil S Magoski
Changes to neuronal activity often involve a rapid and precise transition from low to high excitability. In the marine snail, Aplysia, the bag cell neurons control reproduction by undergoing an afterdischarge, which begins with synaptic input releasing acetylcholine to open an ionotropic cholinergic receptor. Gating of this receptor causes depolarization and a shift from silence to continuous action potential firing, leading to the neuroendocrine secretion of egg-laying hormone and ovulation. At the onset of the afterdischarge, there is a rise in intracellular Ca2+, followed by both protein kinase C (PKC) activation and tyrosine dephosphorylation...
January 3, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304134/identification-of-chemosensory-genes-from-the-antennal-transcriptome-of-indian-meal-moth-plodia-interpunctella
#11
Xiaojian Jia, Xiaofang Zhang, Hongmin Liu, Rongyan Wang, Tao Zhang
Olfaction plays an indispensable role in mediating insect behavior, such as locating host plants, mating partners, and avoidance of toxins and predators. Olfactory-related proteins are required for olfactory perception of insects. However, very few olfactory-related genes have been reported in Plodia interpunctella up to now. In the present study, we sequenced the antennae transcriptome of P. interpunctella using the next-generation sequencing technology, and identified 117 candidate olfactory-related genes, including 29 odorant-binding proteins (OBPs), 15 chemosensory proteins (CSPs), three sensory neuron membrane proteins (SNMPs), 47 odorant receptors (ORs), 14 ionotropic receptors (IRs) and nine gustatory receptors (GRs)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298472/electrical-activity-of-the-bladder-is-attenuated-by-intravesical-inhibition-of-p2x2-3-receptors-during-micturition-in-female-rats
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Betsy H Salazar, Kristopher A Hoffman, Chuan Zhang, Alex Kavanagh, Yingchun Zhang, Timothy B Boone, Alvaro Munoz
PURPOSE: To simultaneously monitor electrical discharges in various bladder regions and the external urethral sphincter (EUS) during voiding contractions, and to assess the functional role of myogenic modulation of the lower urinary tract (LUT) by ionotropic purinergic receptors containing the P2X3 subunit. METHODS: Female Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with urethane, and implanted with a suprapubic catheter for open cystometry. Flexible microelectrodes were placed ventrally in the bladder dome, upper bladder, lower bladder, and bladder base, along with the middle section of the exposed EUS...
December 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298431/postsynaptic-gababrs-inhibit-l-type-calcium-channels-and-abolish-long-term-potentiation-in-hippocampal-somatostatin-interneurons
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Sam A Booker, Desiree Loreth, Annabelle L Gee, Masahiko Watanabe, Peter C Kind, David J A Wyllie, Ákos Kulik, Imre Vida
Inhibition provided by local GABAergic interneurons (INs) activates ionotropic GABAA and metabotropic GABAB receptors (GABABRs). Despite GABABRs representing a major source of inhibition, little is known of their function in distinct IN subtypes. Here, we show that, while the archetypal dendritic-inhibitory somatostatin-expressing INs (SOM-INs) possess high levels of GABABR on their somato-dendritic surface, they fail to produce significant postsynaptic inhibitory currents. Instead, GABABRs selectively inhibit dendritic CaV1...
January 2, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286078/direct-binding-of-toll-like-receptor-4-to-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-n-methyl-d-aspartate-subunit-1-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-microglial-cells-n9-and-eoc-20
#14
Jie Cui, Siyuan Yu, Yihui Li, Pan Li, Feng Liu
Microglia, the primary immune cells in the brain, are the predominant cells regulating inflammation-mediated neuronal damage. In response to immunological challenges, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), microglia are activated and the inflammatory process is subsequently initiated. The aim of the present study was to determine whether LPS induces interactions between the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and the ionotropic glutamate receptor N-methyl-D‑aspartate subunit 1 (GluN1) in N9 and EOC 20 microglial cells...
December 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280965/the-glutamatergic-system-in-primary-somatosensory-neurons-and-its-involvement-in-sensory-input-dependent-plasticity
#15
REVIEW
Julia Fernández-Montoya, Carlos Avendaño, Pilar Negredo
Glutamate is the most common neurotransmitter in both the central and the peripheral nervous system. Glutamate is present in all types of neurons in sensory ganglia, and is released not only from their peripheral and central axon terminals but also from their cell bodies. Consistently, these neurons express ionotropic and metabotropic receptors, as well as other molecules involved in the synthesis, transport and release of the neurotransmitter. Primary sensory neurons are the first neurons in the sensory channels, which receive information from the periphery, and are thus key players in the sensory transduction and in the transmission of this information to higher centers in the pathway...
December 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276056/calcium-taste-avoidance-in-drosophila
#16
Youngseok Lee, Seeta Poudel, Yunjung Kim, Dhananjay Thakur, Craig Montell
Many animals, ranging from vinegar flies to humans, discriminate a wide range of tastants, including sugars, bitter compounds, NaCl, and sour. However, the taste of Ca2+ is poorly understood, and it is unclear whether animals such as Drosophila melanogaster are endowed with this sense. Here, we examined Ca2+ taste in Drosophila and showed that high levels of Ca2+ are aversive. The repulsion was mediated by two mechanisms-activation of a specific class of gustatory receptor neurons (GRNs), which suppresses feeding and inhibition of sugar-activated GRNs, which normally stimulates feeding...
December 20, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249286/neurotransmitter-funneling-optimizes-glutamate-receptor-kinetics
#17
Alvin Yu, Héctor Salazar, Andrew J R Plested, Albert Y Lau
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) mediate neurotransmission at the majority of excitatory synapses in the brain. Little is known, however, about how glutamate reaches the recessed binding pocket in iGluR ligand-binding domains (LBDs). Here we report the process of glutamate binding to a prototypical iGluR, GluA2, in atomistic detail using unbiased molecular simulations. Charged residues on the LBD surface form pathways that facilitate glutamate binding by effectively reducing a three-dimensional diffusion process to a spatially constrained, two-dimensional one...
December 12, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240420/iodine-promoted-aromatization-of-p-menthane-type-phytocannabinoids
#18
Federica Pollastro, Diego Caprioglio, Patrizia Marotta, Aniello Schiano Moriello, Luciano De Petrocellis, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Giovanni Appendino
Treatment with iodine cleanly converts various p-menthane-type phytocannabinoids and their carboxylated precursors into cannabinol (CBN, 1a). The reaction is superior to previously reported protocols in terms of simplicity and substrate range, which includes not only tricyclic tetrahydrocannabinols such as Δ9-THC (2a) but also bicyclic phytocannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD, 3a). Lower homologues from the viridin series (2c and 3c, respectively) afforded cannabivarin (CBV), a non-narcotic compound that, when investigated against a series of ionotropic (thermo-TRPs) biological end-points of phytocannabinoids, retained the submicromolar TRPA1-activating and TRPM8-inhibiting properties of CBN, while also potently activating TRPV2...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229241/intelligent-poly-vinyl-alcohol-chitosan-nanoparticles-mulberry-extracts-films-capable-of-monitoring-ph-variations
#19
Qianyun Ma, Tieqiang Liang, Lele Cao, Lijuan Wang
The aim of this study was to prepare a visually responsive intelligent film based on poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA), chitosan nanoparticles (CHNPs) and mulberry extracts (MBE). CHNPs were first prepared by using ionotropic gelation method to enhance the mechanical properties of PVA based films. The morphology, particle size, zeta potential and crystallinity of CHNPs were measured. The resultant CHNPs were spherical with a diameter of 381.2nm, with high stability and a zeta potential of 49.1±1.33mV. The film with 6% CHNPs (P-C6) had the highest tensile strength (∼73...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224722/nrap-1-is-a-presynaptically-released-nmda-receptor-auxiliary-protein-that-modifies-synaptic-strength
#20
Ning Lei, Jerry E Mellem, Penelope J Brockie, David M Madsen, Andres V Maricq
NMDA receptors (NMDARs) are a subtype of postsynaptic ionotropic glutamate receptors that function as molecular coincidence detectors, have critical roles in models of learning, and are associated with a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. To date, no auxiliary proteins that modify NMDARs have been identified. Here, we report the identification of NRAP-1, an auxiliary protein in C. elegans that modulates NMDAR function. NMDAR-mediated currents were eliminated in nrap-1 mutants, as was NMDA-dependent behavior...
December 20, 2017: Neuron
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