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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161772/microarray-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-the-cyclooxygenase-cox-knockout-mice-a-connection-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ravneet Rai-Bhogal, Eizaaz Ahmad, Hongyan Li, Dorota A Crawford
The cellular and molecular events that take place during brain development play an important role in governing function of the mature brain. Lipid signalling molecules such as prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) play an important role in healthy brain development. Abnormalities along the COX/PGE2 signalling pathway due to genetic or environmental causes have been linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This study aims to evaluate the effect of altered COX/PGE2 signalling on development and function of the prenatal brain using male mice lacking cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1(-/-) and COX-2(-/-) ) as potential model systems of ASD...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146047/maternal-immune-activation-delays-excitatory-to-inhibitory-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-switch-in-offspring
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Irene Corradini, Elisa Focchi, Marco Rasile, Raffaella Morini, Genni Desiato, Romana Tomasoni, Michela Lizier, Elsa Ghirardini, Riccardo Fesce, Diego Morone, Isabella Barajon, Flavia Antonucci, Davide Pozzi, Michela Matteoli
BACKGROUND: The association between maternal infection and neurodevelopmental defects in progeny is well established, although the biological mechanisms and the pathogenic trajectories involved have not been defined. METHODS: Pregnant dams were injected intraperitoneally at gestational day 9 with polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid. Neuronal development was assessed by means of electrophysiological, optical, and biochemical analyses. RESULTS: Prenatal exposure to polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid causes an imbalanced expression of the Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter 1 and the K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter 2 (KCC2)...
November 14, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145497/rare-genetic-variants-in-the-endocannabinoid-system-genes-cnr1-and-dagla-are-associated-with-neurological-phenotypes-in-humans
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Douglas R Smith, Christine M Stanley, Theodore Foss, Richard G Boles, Kevin McKernan
Rare genetic variants in the core endocannabinoid system genes CNR1, CNR2, DAGLA, MGLL and FAAH were identified in molecular testing data from 6,032 patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. The variants were evaluated for association with phenotypes similar to those observed in the orthologous gene knockouts in mice. Heterozygous rare coding variants in CNR1, which encodes the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), were found to be significantly associated with pain sensitivity (especially migraine), sleep and memory disorders-alone or in combination with anxiety-compared to a set of controls without such CNR1 variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142062/the-serine-protease-inhibitor-neuroserpin-is-required-for-normal-synaptic-plasticity-and-regulates-learning-and-social-behavior
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Rebecca Reumann, Ricardo Vierk, Lepu Zhou, Frederice Gries, Vanessa Kraus, Julia Mienert, Eva Romswinkel, Fabio Morellini, Isidre Ferrer, Chiara Nicolini, Margaret Fahnestock, Gabriele Rune, Markus Glatzel, Giovanna Galliciotti
The serine protease inhibitor neuroserpin regulates the activity of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) in the nervous system. Neuroserpin expression is particularly prominent at late stages of neuronal development in most regions of the central nervous system (CNS), whereas it is restricted to regions related to learning and memory in the adult brain. The physiological expression pattern of neuroserpin, its high degree of colocalization with tPA within the CNS, together with its dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders, suggest a role in formation and refinement of synapses...
December 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141232/foxp1-promotes-embryonic-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-by-repressing-jagged1-expression
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Luca Braccioli, Stephin J Vervoort, Youri Adolfs, Cobi J Heijnen, Onur Basak, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Cora H Nijboer, Paul J Coffer
Mutations in FOXP1 have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability and autism; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain ill-defined. Here, we demonstrate with RNA and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing that FOXP1 directly regulates genes controlling neurogenesis. We show that FOXP1 is expressed in embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs), and modulation of FOXP1 expression affects both neuron and astrocyte differentiation. Using a murine model of cortical development, FOXP1-knockdown in utero was found to reduce NSC differentiation and migration during corticogenesis...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138280/foxp1-regulation-of-neonatal-vocalizations-via-cortical-development
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Noriyoshi Usui, Daniel J Araujo, Ashwinikumar Kulkarni, Marissa Co, Jacob Ellegood, Matthew Harper, Kazuya Toriumi, Jason P Lerch, Genevieve Konopka
The molecular mechanisms driving brain development at risk in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) remain mostly unknown. Previous studies have implicated the transcription factor FOXP1 in both brain development and ASD pathophysiology. However, the specific molecular pathways both upstream of and downstream from FOXP1 are not fully understood. To elucidate the contribution of FOXP1-mediated signaling to brain development and, in particular, neocortical development, we generated forebrain-specific Foxp1 conditional knockout mice...
November 14, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138108/analysis-of-social-process-in-two-inbred-strains-of-male-mice-a-predominance-of-contact-based-investigation-in-balb-c-mice
#7
Hiroyuki Arakawa
Developing mouse models for social communication deficits requires a better understanding of the nature of social investigatory processes between mice. Mice use different investigatory strategies based on a possibility of contacts with social sources. A detailed investigation of contact distance revealed strain differences in behavioral strategy between two male inbred C57BL/6 (B6) and BALB/c (BALB) mouse strains. When direct physical contact with stimulus mice was restricted, BALB mice displayed lower social approaches than B6 mice, accompanied by heightened innate anxiety in an unfamiliar environment...
November 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133950/treating-a-novel-plasticity-defect-rescues-episodic-memory-in-fragile-x-model-mice
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W Wang, B M Cox, Y Jia, A A Le, C D Cox, K M Jung, B Hou, D Piomelli, C M Gall, Gary Lynch
Episodic memory, a fundamental component of human cognition, is significantly impaired in autism. We believe we report the first evidence for this problem in the Fmr1-knockout (KO) mouse model of Fragile X syndrome and describe potentially treatable underlying causes. The hippocampus is critical for the formation and use of episodes, with semantic (cue identity) information relayed to the structure via the lateral perforant path (LPP). The unusual form of synaptic plasticity expressed by the LPP (lppLTP) was profoundly impaired in Fmr1-KOs relative to wild-type mice...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133852/nitrosynapsin-therapy-for-a-mouse-mef2c-haploinsufficiency-model-of-human-autism
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Shichun Tu, Mohd Waseem Akhtar, Rosa Maria Escorihuela, Alejandro Amador-Arjona, Vivek Swarup, James Parker, Jeffrey D Zaremba, Timothy Holland, Neha Bansal, Daniel R Holohan, Kevin Lopez, Scott D Ryan, Shing Fai Chan, Li Yan, Xiaofei Zhang, Xiayu Huang, Abdullah Sultan, Scott R McKercher, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Huaxi Xu, Yuqiang Wang, Daniel H Geschwind, Amanda J Roberts, Alexey V Terskikh, Robert A Rissman, Eliezer Masliah, Stuart A Lipton, Nobuki Nakanishi
Transcription factor MEF2C regulates multiple genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and human MEF2C haploinsufficiency results in ASD, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. However, molecular mechanisms underlying MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome remain poorly understood. Here we report that Mef2c (+/-)(Mef2c-het) mice exhibit behavioral deficits resembling those of human patients. Gene expression analyses on brains from these mice show changes in genes associated with neurogenesis, synapse formation, and neuronal cell death...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128904/pharmacological-rescue-of-hippocampal-fear-learning-deficits-in-fragile-x-syndrome
#10
Luis A Martinez, Maria Victoria Tejada-Simon
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the leading cause of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability and results from loss of Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). In neurons, FMRP controls the translation of synaptic plasticity proteins that are implicated in learning and memory. FMRP also regulates development- and experience-dependent actin cytoskeleton remodeling within dendritic spines through the small Rho GTPase Rac1. Modulation of Rac1 activity is critical during synaptic plasticity as well as learning and memory...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118110/cellular-functions-of-the-autism-risk-factor-ptchd1-in-mice
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David Tora, Andrea M Gomez, Jean-Francois Michaud, Patricia T Yam, Frédéric Charron, Peter Scheiffele
The gene PTCHD1 is mutated in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) and has been hypothesized to contribute to Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling and synapse formation. We identify a panel of Ptchd1 interacting proteins that include postsynaptic density proteins and the retromer complex, revealing a link to critical regulators of dendritic and postsynaptic trafficking. Ptchd1 knock-out male mice exhibit cognitive alterations, including defects in a novel object recognition task...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116187/a-translational-study-on-looming-evoked-defensive-response-and-the-underlying-subcortical-pathway-in-autism
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Yu Hu, Zhuoming Chen, Lu Huang, Yue Xi, Bingxiao Li, Hong Wang, Jiajian Yan, Tatia M C Lee, Qian Tao, Kwok-Fai So, Chaoran Ren
Rapidly approaching objects indicating threats can induce defensive response through activating a subcortical pathway comprising superior colliculus (SC), lateral posterior nucleus (LP), and basolateral amygdala (BLA). Abnormal defensive response has been reported in autism, and impaired synaptic connections could be the underlying mechanism. Whether the SC-LP-BLA pathway processes looming stimuli abnormally in autism is not clear. Here, we found that looming-evoked defensive response is impaired in a subgroup of the valproic acid (VPA) mouse model of autism...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116166/multiple-behavior-phenotypes-of-the-fragile-x-syndrome-mouse-model-respond-to-chronic-inhibition-of-phosphodiesterase-4d-pde4d
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Mark E Gurney, Patricia Cogram, Robert M Deacon, Christopher Rex, Michael Tranfaglia
Fragile-X syndrome (FXS) patients display intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder due to silencing of the X-linked, fragile-X mental retardation-1 (FMR1) gene. Dysregulation of cAMP metabolism is a consistent finding in patients and in the mouse and fly FXS models. We therefore explored if BPN14770, a prototypic phosphodiesterase-4D negative allosteric modulator (PDE4D-NAM) in early human clinical trials, might provide therapeutic benefit in the mouse FXS model. Daily treatment of adult male fmr1 C57Bl6 knock-out mice with BPN14770 for 14 days reduced hyperarousal, improved social interaction, and improved natural behaviors such as nesting and marble burying as well as dendritic spine morphology...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114038/aberrant-rac1-cofilin-signaling-mediates-defects-in-dendritic-spines-synaptic-function-and-sensory-perception-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Alexander Pyronneau, Qionger He, Jee-Yeon Hwang, Morgan Porch, Anis Contractor, R Suzanne Zukin
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common inherited cause of intellectual disabilities and a leading cause of autism. FXS is caused by a trinucleotide expansion in the gene FMR1 on the X chromosome. The neuroanatomical hallmark of FXS is an overabundance of immature dendritic spines, a factor thought to underlie synaptic dysfunction and impaired cognition. We showed that aberrantly increased activity of the Rho GTPase Rac1 inhibited the actin-depolymerizing factor cofilin, a major determinant of dendritic spine structure, and caused disease-associated spine abnormalities in the somatosensory cortex of FXS model mice...
November 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114037/reducing-eif4e-eif4g-interactions-restores-the-balance-between-protein-synthesis-and-actin-dynamics-in-fragile-x-syndrome-model-mice
#15
Emanuela Santini, Thu N Huynh, Francesco Longo, So Yeon Koo, Edward Mojica, Laura D'Andrea, Claudia Bagni, Eric Klann
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. FXS is caused by silencing of the FMR1 gene, which encodes fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), an mRNA-binding protein that represses the translation of its target mRNAs. One mechanism by which FMRP represses translation is through its association with cytoplasmic FMRP-interacting protein 1 (CYFIP1), which subsequently sequesters and inhibits eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E). CYFIP1 shuttles between the FMRP-eIF4E complex and the Rac1-Wave regulatory complex, thereby connecting translational regulation to actin dynamics and dendritic spine morphology, which are dysregulated in FXS model mice that lack FMRP...
November 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112191/identifying-specific-prefrontal-neurons-that-contribute-to-autism-associated-abnormalities-in-physiology-and-social-behavior
#16
A C Brumback, I T Ellwood, C Kjaerby, J Iafrati, S Robinson, A T Lee, T Patel, S Nagaraj, F Davatolhagh, V S Sohal
Functional imaging and gene expression studies both implicate the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), particularly deep-layer projection neurons, as a potential locus for autism pathology. Here, we explored how specific deep-layer prefrontal neurons contribute to abnormal physiology and behavior in mouse models of autism. First, we find that across three etiologically distinct models-in utero valproic acid (VPA) exposure, CNTNAP2 knockout and FMR1 knockout-layer 5 subcortically projecting (SC) neurons consistently exhibit reduced input resistance and action potential firing...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106499/autism-related-neuroligin-4-knockout-impairs-intracortical-processing-but-not-sensory-inputs-in-mouse-barrel-cortex
#17
Petr Unichenko, Jenq-Wei Yang, Sergei Kirischuk, Sergei Kolbaev, Werner Kilb, Matthieu Hammer, Dilja Krueger-Burg, Nils Brose, Heiko J Luhmann
Neuroligin-4 (Nlgn4) is a cell adhesion protein that regulates synapse organization and function. Mutations in human NLGN4 are among the causes of autism spectrum disorders. In mouse, Nlgn4 knockout (KO) perturbs GABAergic synaptic transmission and oscillatory activity in hippocampus, and causes social interaction deficits. The complex profile of cellular and circuit changes that are caused by Nlgn4-KO is still only partly understood. Using Nlgn4-KO mice, we found that Nlgn4-KO increases the power in the alpha frequency band of spontaneous network activity in the barrel cortex under urethane anesthesia in vivo...
July 5, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104007/perinatal-exposure-to-concentrated-ambient-particulates-results-in-autism-like-behavioral-deficits-in-adult-mice
#18
Jamie S Church, Pamella B Tijerina, Felicity J Emerson, Morgan A Coburn, Jason L Blum, Judith T Zelikoff, Jared J Schwartzer
Exposure to fine ambient particulates (PM2.5) during gestation or neonatally has potent neurotoxic effects. While biological and behavioral data indicate a vulnerability to environmental pollutants across distinct neurodevelopmental windows, the behavioral consequences following exposure across the entire developmental period remain unknown. Moreover, several epidemiological studies support a link between developmental exposure to air pollution and an increased risk of later receiving a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder that persists throughout life...
November 2, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096641/acute-in-utero-exposure-to-lipopolysaccharide-induces-inflammation-in-the-pre-and-postnatal-brain-and-alters-the-glial-cytoarchitecture-in-the-developing-amygdala
#19
Elaine O'Loughlin, Janelle M P Pakan, Deniz Yilmazer-Hanke, Kieran W McDermott
BACKGROUND: Maternal immune activation (MIA) is a risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, as well as seizure development. The amygdala is a brain region involved in the regulation of emotions, and amygdalar maldevelopment due to infection-induced MIA may lead to amygdala-related disorders. MIA priming of glial cells during development has been linked to abnormalities seen in later life; however, little is known about its effects on amygdalar biochemical and cytoarchitecture integrity...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076503/excessive-ube3a-dosage-impairs-retinoic-acid-signaling-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
#20
Xingxing Xu, Chuanyin Li, Xiaobo Gao, Kun Xia, Hui Guo, Yali Li, Zijian Hao, Lei Zhang, Daming Gao, Chenfan Xu, Huatai Xu, Zhi-Qi Xiong, Zilong Qiu, Ling Mei, Xiaoduo Xie, Kangcheng Ruan, Ronggui Hu
The autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a collection of human neurological disorders with heterogeneous etiologies. Hyperactivity of E3 ubiquitin (Ub) ligase UBE3A, stemming from 15q11-q13 copy number variations, accounts for 1%-3% of ASD cases worldwide, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely characterized. Here we report that the functionality of ALDH1A2, the rate-limiting enzyme of retinoic acid (RA) synthesis, is negatively regulated by UBE3A in a ubiquitylation-dependent manner. Excessive UBE3A dosage was found to impair RA-mediated neuronal homeostatic synaptic plasticity...
October 27, 2017: Cell Research
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