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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624316/reversal-learning-in-c58-mice-modeling-higher-order-repetitive-behavior
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Cristina M Whitehouse, Lisa S Curry-Pochy, Robin Shafer, Joseph Rudy, Mark H Lewis
Restricted, repetitive behaviors are diagnostic for autism and prevalent in other neurodevelopmental disorders. These behaviors cluster as repetitive sensory-motor behaviors and behaviors reflecting resistance to change. The C58 mouse strain is a promising model for these behaviors as it emits high rates of aberrant repetitive sensory-motor behaviors. The purpose of the present study was to extend characterization of the C58 model to resistance to change. This was done by comparing C58 to C57BL/6 mice on a reversal learning task under either a 100% or 80%/20% probabilistic reinforcement schedule...
June 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620294/gestational-exposure-to-air-pollution-alters-cortical-volume-microglial-morphology-and-microglia-neuron-interactions-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Jessica L Bolton, Steven Marinero, Tania Hassanzadeh, Divya Natesan, Dominic Le, Christine Belliveau, S N Mason, Richard L Auten, Staci D Bilbo
Microglia are the resident immune cells of the brain, important for normal neural development in addition to host defense in response to inflammatory stimuli. Air pollution is one of the most pervasive and harmful environmental toxicants in the modern world, and several large scale epidemiological studies have recently linked prenatal air pollution exposure with an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Diesel exhaust particles (DEP) are a primary toxic component of air pollution, and markedly activate microglia in vitro and in vivo in adult rodents...
2017: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618077/generation-of-a-microglial-developmental-index-in-mice-and-in-humans-reveals-a-sex-difference-in-maturation-and-immune-reactivity
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Richa Hanamsagar, Mark D Alter, Carina S Block, Haley Sullivan, Jessica L Bolton, Staci D Bilbo
Evidence suggests many neurological disorders emerge when normal neurodevelopmental trajectories are disrupted, i.e., when circuits or cells do not reach their fully mature state. Microglia play a critical role in normal neurodevelopment and are hypothesized to contribute to brain disease. We used whole transcriptome profiling with Next Generation sequencing of purified developing microglia to identify a microglial developmental gene expression program involving thousands of genes whose expression levels change monotonically (up or down) across development...
June 15, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612411/deficits-in-temporal-processing-in-mice-prenatally-exposed-to-valproic-acid
#4
Julieta Acosta, Marcos A Campolongo, Christian Höcht, Amaicha M Depino, Diego A Golombek, Patricia V Agostino
Temporal processing in the seconds-to-minutes range, known as interval timing, is a crucial cognitive function that requires activation of cortico-striatal circuits via dopaminergic-glutamatergic pathways. In humans, both children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present alterations in their estimation of time intervals. At present, there are no records of interval timing studies in animal models of ASD. Hence, the objective of the present work was to evaluate interval timing in a mouse model of prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA) - a treatment used to induce human-like autistic features in rodent models...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609458/dendritic-overgrowth-and-elevated-erk-signaling-during-neonatal-development-in-a-mouse-model-of-autism
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Ning Cheng, Fawaz Alshammari, Elizabeth Hughes, Maryam Khanbabaei, Jong M Rho
Autism spectrum disorder (hereafter referred to as "ASD") is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition characterized by impaired social communication and interactions, and restricted, repetitive activities or interests. Alterations in network connectivity and memory function are frequently observed in autism patients, often involving the hippocampus. However, specific changes during early brain development leading to disrupted functioning remain largely unclear. Here, we investigated the development of dendritic arbor of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons in the BTBR T+tf/J (BTBR) mouse model of autism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608855/mice-lacking-the-chromodomain-helicase-dna-binding-5-chromatin-remodeler-display-autism-like-characteristics
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M T Pisansky, A E Young, M B O'Connor, I I Gottesman, A Bagchi, J C Gewirtz
Although autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) share a core set of nosological features, they exhibit substantial genetic heterogeneity. A parsimonious hypothesis posits that dysregulated epigenetic mechanisms represent common pathways in the etiology of ASDs. To investigate this hypothesis, we generated a novel mouse model resulting from brain-specific deletion of chromodomain helicase DNA-binding 5 (Chd5), a chromatin remodeling protein known to regulate neuronal differentiation and a member of a gene family strongly implicated in ASDs...
June 13, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607173/tactile-defensiveness-and-impaired-adaptation-of-neuronal-activity-in-the-fmr1-knockout-mouse-model-of-autism
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Cynthia X He, Daniel A Cantu, Shilpa S Mantri, William A Zeiger, Anubhuti Goel, Carlos Portera-Cailliau
Sensory hypersensitivity is a common symptom in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), and frequently leads to tactile defensiveness. In mouse models of ASDs, there is mounting evidence of neuronal and circuit hyperexcitability in several brain regions, which could contribute to sensory hypersensitivity. However, it is not yet known whether or how sensory stimulation might trigger abnormal sensory processing at the circuit level or abnormal behavioral responses in ASD mouse models, especially during an early developmental time when experience-dependent plasticity shapes such circuits...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607167/the-role-of-creb-srf-and-mef2-in-activity-dependent-neuronal-plasticity-in-the-visual-cortex
#8
Nisha S Pulimood, Rodrigues Wandilson Dos Santos, Devon A Atkinson, Sandra M Mooney, Alexandre E Medina
The transcription factors CREB (cAMP Response Element Binding factor), SRF (Serum Response Factor) and MEF2 (Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2) play critical roles in the mechanisms underlying neuronal plasticity. However, the role of the activation of these transcription factors in the different components of plasticity in vivo is not well known. In this study, we tested the role of CREB, SRF and MEF2 in ocular dominance plasticity (ODP), a paradigm of activity-dependent neuronal plasticity in the visual cortex. These three proteins bind to the Synaptic Activity Response Element (SARE), an enhancer sequence found upstream of many plasticity-related genes (Kawashima et al...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604739/autism-like-behaviours-and-enhanced-memory-formation-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-lrfn2-salm1-deficient-mice
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Naoko Morimura, Hiroki Yasuda, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Kei-Ichi Katayama, Minoru Hatayama, Naoko H Tomioka, Maya Odagawa, Akiko Kamiya, Yoshimi Iwayama, Motoko Maekawa, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Hideo Matsuzaki, Masatsugu Tsujii, Kazuyuki Yamada, Takeo Yoshikawa, Jun Aruga
Lrfn2/SALM1 is a PSD-95-interacting synapse adhesion molecule, and human LRFN2 is associated with learning disabilities. However its role in higher brain function and underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we show that Lrfn2 knockout mice exhibit autism-like behavioural abnormalities, including social withdrawal, decreased vocal communications, increased stereotyped activities and prepulse inhibition deficits, together with enhanced learning and memory. In the hippocampus, the levels of synaptic PSD-95 and GluA1 are decreased...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590057/behavioral-abnormalities-in-the-fmr1-ko2-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-the-relevance-of-early-life-phases
#10
Julie Gaudissard, Melanie Ginger, Marika Premoli, Maurizio Memo, Andreas Frick, Susanna Pietropaolo
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a developmental disorder caused by a mutation in the X-linked FMR1 gene, coding for the FMRP protein which is largely involved in synaptic function. FXS patients present several behavioral abnormalities, including hyperactivity, anxiety, sensory hyper-responsiveness, and cognitive deficits. Autistic symptoms, e.g., altered social interaction and communication, are also often observed: FXS is indeed the most common monogenic cause of autism. Mouse models of FXS are therefore of great interest for research on both FXS and autistic pathologies...
June 7, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588452/structure-function-analysis-of-the-glyr-%C3%AE-2-subunit-autism-mutation-p-r323l-reveals-a-gain-of-function
#11
Yan Zhang, Thi Nhu Thao Ho, Robert J Harvey, Joseph W Lynch, Angelo Keramidas
Glycine receptors (GlyRs) containing the α2 subunit regulate cortical interneuron migration. Disruption of the GlyR α2 subunit gene (Glra2) in mice leads to disrupted dorsal cortical progenitor homeostasis, leading to a depletion of projection neurons and moderate microcephaly in newborn mice. In humans, rare variants in GLRA2, which is located on the X chromosome, are associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the hemizygous state in males. These include a microdeletion (GLRA2∆ex8-9) and missense mutations in GLRA2 (p...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576939/the-x-linked-intellectual-disability-protein-il1rapl1-regulates-dendrite-complexity
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Caterina Montani, Mariana Ramos-Brossier, Luisa Ponzoni, Laura Gritti, Andrzej W Cwetsch, Daniela Braida, Yoann Saillour, Benedetta Terragni, Massimo Mantegazza, Mariaelvina Sala, Chiara Verpelli, Pierre Billuart, Carlo Sala
Mutations and deletions of Interleukin-1 receptor accessory protein like 1 (IL1RAPL1) gene, localized on X chromosome, are associated to intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). IL1RAPL1 protein is localized at the postsynaptic compartment of excitatory synapses and plays a role in synapse formation and stabilization. Here we characterized the role of IL1RAPL1 in regulating dendrite morphology using primary neuronal cultures and Il1rapl1-KO mice. We identified, associated to hippocampal cognitive impairment, an increased number of dendrite branching points in CA1 and CA2 hippocampal neurons of Il1rapl1-KO mice...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566999/communication-impairment-in-ultrasonic-vocal-repertoire-during-the-suckling-period-of-cd157-knockout-mice-transient-improvement-by-oxytocin
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Olga L Lopatina, Kazumi Furuhara, Katsuhiko Ishihara, Alla B Salmina, Haruhiro Higashida
Communication consists of social interaction, recognition, and information transmission. Communication ability is the most affected component in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recently, we reported that the CD157/BST1 gene is associated with ASD, and that CD157 knockout (Cd157(-/-)) mice display severe impairments in social behavior that are improved by oxytocin (OXT) treatment. Here, we sought to determine whether Cd157(-/-) mice can be used as a suitable model for communication deficits by measuring ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs), especially in the early developmental stage...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552599/spectral-and-temporal-properties-of-calls-reveal-deficits-in-ultrasonic-vocalizations-of-adult-fmr1-knockout-mice
#14
Samantha L Hodges, Suzanne O Nolan, Conner D Reynolds, Joaquin N Lugo
The Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse has commonly been used to investigate communication impairments, one of the key diagnostic symptoms observed in Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many studies have found alterations in ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) in neonatal Fmr1 KO mice, however, there is limited research investigating whether these deficits continue into adulthood. In the present study, we examine differences in female urine-induced ultrasonic vocalizations, scent marking behavior, odor discrimination, and open field activity in adult male Fmr1 KO and wildtype (WT) mice...
May 26, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551757/genetic-and-pharmacological-reversibility-of-phenotypes-in-mouse-models-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#15
Jan C Schroeder, Elena Deliu, Gaia Novarino, Michael J Schmeisser
As autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is largely regarded as a neurodevelopmental condition, long-time consensus was that its hallmark features are irreversible. However, several studies from recent years using defined mouse models of ASD have provided clear evidence that in mice neurobiological and behavioural alterations can be ameliorated or even reversed by genetic restoration or pharmacological treatment either before or after symptom onset. Here, we review findings on genetic and pharmacological reversibility of phenotypes in mouse models of ASD...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551752/behavioural-phenotypes-and-neural-circuit-dysfunctions-in-mouse-models-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#16
Allain-Thibeault Ferhat, Sonja Halbedl, Michael J Schmeisser, Martien J Kas, Thomas Bourgeron, Elodie Ey
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition primarily characterised by alterations in social interaction and communication combined with the presence of restricted interests and stereotyped behaviours. Mutations in several genes have been associated with ASD resulting in the generation of corresponding mouse models. Here, we focus on the behavioural (social and stereotyped behaviours), functional and structural traits of mice with mutations in genes encoding defined synaptic proteins including adhesion proteins, scaffolding proteins and subunits of channels and receptors...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551751/modelling-autistic-features-in-mice-using-quantitative-genetic-approaches
#17
Remco T Molenhuis, Hilgo Bruining, Martien J Kas
Animal studies provide a unique opportunity to study the consequences of genetic variants at the behavioural level. Human studies have identified hundreds of risk genes for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that can lead to understanding on how genetic variation contributes to individual differences in social interaction and stereotyped behaviour in people with ASD. To develop rational therapeutic interventions, systematic animal model studies are needed to understand the relationships between genetic variation, pathogenic processes and the expression of autistic behaviours...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546058/the-role-of-il-6-in-neurodevelopment-after-prenatal-stress
#18
Serena B Gumusoglu, Rebecca S Fine, Samuel J Murray, Jada L Bittle, Hanna E Stevens
Prenatal stress exposure is associated with adverse psychiatric outcomes, including autism and ADHD, as well as locomotor and social inhibition and anxiety-like behaviors in animal offspring. Similarly, maternal immune activation also contributes to psychiatric risk and aberrant offspring behavior. The mechanisms underlying these outcomes are not clear. Offspring microglia and the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6), known to influence microglia, may serve as common mechanisms between prenatal stress and prenatal immune activation...
May 22, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536974/neonatal-immune-challenge-with-lipopolysaccharide-triggers-long-lasting-sex-and-age-related-behavioral-and-immune-neurotrophic-alterations-in-mice-relevance-to-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Charllyany Sabino Custódio, Bruna Stefânia Ferreira Mello, Adriano José Maia Chaves Filho, Camila Nayane de Carvalho Lima, Rafaela Carneiro Cordeiro, Fábio Miyajima, Gislaine Z Réus, Silvânia Maria Mendes Vasconcelos, Tatiana Barichello, João Quevedo, Antônio Carlos de Oliveira, David Freitas de Lucena, Danielle S Macedo
Early-life challenges, particularly infections and stress, are related to neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Here, we conducted a wide range of behavioral tests in periadolescent (postnatal day (PN) 35) and adult (PN70) Swiss mice neonatally challenged with LPS on PN5 and -7, to unveil behavioral alterations triggered by LPS exposure. Immune and neurotrophic (brain-derived neurotrophic factor-BDNF) alterations were determined in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus (HC), and hypothalamus (HT)...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535982/altered-gene-expression-in-early-postnatal-monoamine-oxidase-a-knockout-mice
#20
Kevin Chen, Abbey Kardys, Yibu Chen, Stephen Flink, Boris Tabakoff, Jean C Shih
We reported previously that monoamine oxidase (MAO) A knockout (KO) mice show increased serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) levels and autistic-like behaviors characterized by repetitive behaviors, and anti-social behaviors. We showed that administration of the serotonin synthesis inhibitor para-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA) from post-natal day 1 (P1) through 7 (P7) in MAO A KO mice reduced the serotonin level to normal and reverses the repetitive behavior. These results suggested that the altered gene expression at P1 and P7 may be important for the autistic-like behaviors seen in MAO A KO mice and was studied here...
May 20, 2017: Brain Research
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