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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161023/in-vivo-neurochemical-profile-of-selectively-bred-high-responder-and-low-responder-rats-reveals-baseline-cocaine-and-novelty-evoked-differences-in-monoaminergic-systems
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Omar S Mabrouk, John L Han, Jenny-Marie T Wong, Huda Akil, Robert T Kennedy, Shelly B Flagel
Relative to bred low-responder (bLR) rats, bred high-responder (bHR) rats have an exaggerated locomotor response to a novel environment, are more risk-taking, more impulsive, and more likely to exhibit compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. These phenotypic differences in addiction-related behaviors and temperament have previously been associated with differences in neurotransmitter signaling, including the mesolimbic dopamine system. In the current study, we applied advanced in vivo microdialysis sampling in the nucleus accumbens of bHRs/bLRs to assess differences in basal and stimulated neurochemical efflux more broadly...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158920/enhancement-in-tonically-active-glutamatergic-inputs-to-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-contributes-to-neuropathic-pain-induced-high-blood-pressure
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Wei Wang, Zui Zou, Xing Tan, Ru-Wen Zhang, Chang-Zhen Ren, Xue-Ya Yao, Cheng-Bao Li, Wei-Zhong Wang, Xue-Yin Shi
Neuropathic pain increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases including hypertension with the characteristic of sympathetic overactivity. The enhanced tonically active glutamatergic input to the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) contributes to sympathetic overactivity and blood pressure (BP) in cardiovascular diseases. We hypothesize that neuropathic pain enhances tonically active glutamatergic inputs to the RVLM, which contributes to high level of BP and sympathetic outflow. Animal model with the trigeminal neuropathic pain was induced by the infraorbital nerve-chronic constriction injury (ION-CCI)...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156239/examining-the-effects-of-alcohol-on-gabaa-receptor-mrna-expression-and-function-in-neural-cultures-generated-from-control-and-alcohol-dependent-donor-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Richard Lieberman, Henry R Kranzler, Eric S Levine, Jonathan Covault
Factors influencing the development of alcohol-use disorder (AUD) are complex and heterogeneous. While animal models have been crucial to identifying actions of alcohol on neural cells, human-derived in vitro systems that reflect an individual's genetic background hold promise in furthering our understanding of the molecular and functional effects of alcohol exposure and the pathophysiology of AUD. In this report, we utilized induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs)-derived neural cell cultures obtained from healthy individuals (CTLs) and those with alcohol dependence (ADs) to 1) examine the effect of 21-day alcohol exposure on mRNA expression of three genes encoding GABAA receptor subunits (GABRA1, GABRG2, and GABRD) using quantitative PCR, and 2) examine the effect of acute and chronic alcohol exposure on GABA-evoked currents using whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology...
August 12, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155979/epigenetic-editing-of-the-dlg4-psd95-gene-improves-cognition-in-aged-and-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
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Fernando J Bustos, Estibaliz Ampuero, Nur Jury, Rodrigo Aguilar, Fahimeh Falahi, Jorge Toledo, Juan Ahumada, Jaclyn Lata, Paula Cubillos, Berta Henríquez, Miguel V Guerra, Jimmy Stehberg, Rachael L Neve, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Ursula Wyneken, Marco Fuenzalida, Steffen Härtel, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Lorena Varela-Nallar, Marianne G Rots, Martin Montecino, Brigitte van Zundert
The Dlg4 gene encodes for post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD95), a major synaptic protein that clusters glutamate receptors and is critical for plasticity. PSD95 levels are diminished in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. The epigenetic mechanisms that (dys)regulate transcription of Dlg4/PSD95, or other plasticity genes, are largely unknown, limiting the development of targeted epigenome therapy. We analysed the Dlg4/PSD95 epigenetic landscape in hippocampal tissue and designed a Dlg4/PSD95 gene-targeting strategy: a Dlg4/PSD95 zinc finger DNA-binding domain was engineered and fused to effector domains to either repress (G9a, Suvdel76, SKD) or activate (VP64) transcription, generating artificial transcription factors or epigenetic editors (methylating H3K9)...
November 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155785/modeling-neuronal-death-and-degeneration-in-mouse-primary-cerebellar-granule-neurons
#5
Matthew Laaper, Takrima Haque, Ruth S Slack, Arezu Jahani-Asl
Cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs) are a commonly used neuronal model, forming an abundant homogeneous population in the cerebellum. In light of their post-natal development, abundance, and accessibility, CGNs are an ideal model to study neuronal processes, including neuronal development, neuronal migration, and physiological neuronal activity stimulation. In addition, CGN cultures provide an excellent model for studying different modes of cell death including excitotoxicity and apoptosis. Within a week in culture, CGNs express N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, a specific ionotropic glutamate receptor with many critical functions in neuronal health and disease...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155306/reverse-t3-interacts-with-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-receptor-and-restores-enzyme-activities-in-the-hippocampus-of-hypothyroid-developing-rats-insight-on-signaling-mechanisms
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Juliana Tonietto Domingues, Daiane Cattani, Patricia Acordi Cesconetto, Bianka Alzira Nascimento de Almeida, Paula Peirozan, Guilherme Razzera, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva, Regina Pessoa-Pureur, Ariane Zamoner
In the present study we provide evidence that 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (reverse T3, rT3) restores neurochemical parameters induced by congenital hypothyroidism in rat hippocampus. Congenital hypothyroidism was induced by adding 0.05% propylthiouracil in the drinking water from gestation day 8 and continually up to lactation day 15. In the in vivo rT3 exposure, hypothyroid 12-day old pups were daily injected with rT3 (50 ng/kg body weight) or saline until day 14. In the ex vivo rT3 treatment, hippocampal slices from 15-day-old hypothyroid pups were incubated for 30 min with or without rT3 (1 nM)...
November 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154925/membrane-cholesterol-depletion-in-cortical-neurons-highlights-altered-nmda-receptor-functionality-in-a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Alessia Antonini, Silvia Caioli, Luana Saba, Giulia Vindigni, Silvia Biocca, Nadia Canu, Cristina Zona
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease affecting upper and lower motor neurons, with unknown aetiology. Lipid rafts, cholesterol enriched microdomains of the plasma membrane, have been linked to neurodegenerative disorders like ALS. The NMDA-receptor subcellular localization in lipid rafts is known to play many roles, from modulating memory strength to neurotoxicity. In this study, performed on the widely used G93A mouse model of ALS, we have shown an equal content of total membrane cholesterol in Control and G93A cortical cultures...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154812/under-stressful-conditions-activation-of-the-ionotropic-p2x7-receptor-differentially-regulates-gaba-and-glutamate-release-from-nerve-terminals-of-the-rat-cerebral-cortex
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Aurora R Barros-Barbosa, Ângela Oliveira, M Graça Lobo, J Miguel Cordeiro, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu) are the main inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (CNS), respectively. Fine tuning regulation of extracellular levels of these amino acids is essential for normal brain activity. Recently, we showed that neocortical nerve terminals from patients with epilepsy express higher amounts of the non-desensitizing ionotropic P2X7 receptor. Once activated by ATP released from neuronal cells, the P2X7 receptor unbalances GABAergic vs...
November 14, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154484/memantine-loaded-pegylated-biodegradable-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-glaucoma
#9
Elena Sánchez-López, Maria Antonia Egea, Benjamin Michael Davis, Li Guo, Marta Espina, Amelia Maria Silva, Ana Cristina Calpena, Eliana Maria Barbosa Souto, Nivedita Ravindran, Miren Ettcheto, Antonio Camins, Maria Luisa García, Maria Francesca Cordeiro
Glaucoma is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disease associated with retinal ganglion cells (RGC) loss. Increasing reports of similarities in glaucoma and other neurodegenerative conditions have led to speculation that therapies for brain neurodegenerative disorders may also have potential as glaucoma therapies. Memantine is an N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist approved for Alzheimer's disease treatment. Glutamate-induced excitotoxicity is implicated in glaucoma and NMDA receptor antagonism is advocated as a potential strategy for RGC preservation...
November 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154130/neuropilin-2-plexina3-receptors-associate-with-glua1-and-mediate-sema3f-dependent-homeostatic-scaling-in-cortical-neurons
#10
Qiang Wang, Shu-Ling Chiu, Eleftheria Koropouli, Ingie Hong, Sarah Mitchell, Teresa P Easwaran, Natalie R Hamilton, Ahleah S Gustina, Qianwen Zhu, David D Ginty, Richard L Huganir, Alex L Kolodkin
Regulation of AMPA-type glutamate receptor (AMPAR) number at synapses is a major mechanism for controlling synaptic strength during homeostatic scaling in response to global changes in neural activity. We show that the secreted guidance cue semaphorin 3F (Sema3F) and its neuropilin-2 (Npn-2)/plexinA3 (PlexA3) holoreceptor mediate homeostatic plasticity in cortical neurons. Sema3F-Npn-2/PlexA3 signaling is essential for cell surface AMPAR homeostatic downscaling in response to an increase in neuronal activity, Npn-2 associates with AMPARs, and Sema3F regulates this interaction...
November 14, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152855/kinase-interest-you-in-treating-incubated-cocaine-craving-a-hypothetical-model-for-treatment-intervention-during-protracted-withdrawal-from-cocaine
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REVIEW
Karen K Szumlinski, Christina B Shin
A diagnostic criterion for drug addiction, persistent drug-craving continues to be the most treatment-resistant aspect of addiction that maintains the chronic, relapsing, nature of this disease. Despite the high prevalence of psychomotor stimulant addiction, there currently exists no FDA-approved medication for craving reduction. In good part, this reflects our lack of understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of drug-craving. In humans, cue-elicited drug-craving is associated with the hyper-excitability of prefrontal cortical regions...
November 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147782/common-functional-variants-of-the-glutamatergic-system-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-with-high-and-low-intellectual-abilities
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Andreas G Chiocchetti, Afsheen Yousaf, Hannah S Bour, Denise Haslinger, Regina Waltes, Eftichia Duketis, Tomas Jarczok, Michael Sachse, Monica Biscaldi, Franziska Degenhardt, Stefan Herms, Sven Cichon, Jörg Ackermann, Ina Koch, Sabine M Klauck, Christine M Freitag
The genetic architecture underlying Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been suggested to differ between individuals with lower (IQ ≤ 70; LIQ) and higher intellectual abilities (IQ > 70; HIQ). Among the identified pathomechanisms, the glutamatergic signalling pathway is of specific interest in ASD. We investigated 187 common functional variants of this neurotransmitter system for association with ASD and with symptom severity in two independent samples, a German (German-ALL: N = 583 families) and the Autism Genome Project cohort (AGP-ALL: N = 2001 families), split into HIQ, and LIQ subgroups...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147513/sortase-mediated-chemical-protein-synthesis-reveals-the-bidentate-binding-of-bisphosphorylated-p62-with-k63-diubiquitin
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Xiang-Long Tan, Man Pan, Yong Zheng, Shuai Gao, Lu-Jun Liang, Yi-Ming Li
Phosphorylation of S403 or S407 of the autophagic receptor protein p62 has recently been discovered to enhance the binding of p62 with ubiquitinated protein substrates to upregulate selective autophagy. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of how phosphorylation regulates the recruitment of ubiquitinated proteins, we report the first chemical synthesis of homogeneously phosphorylated p62, which enables the setting up of accurate in vitro systems for biochemical studies. Our synthesis employs the technology of sortase A-mediated protein hydrazide ligation, which successfully affords three types of phosphorylated p62 at the multi-milligram scale...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146949/a-microfluidic-platform-for-the-characterisation-of-cns-active-compounds
#14
Christopher MacKerron, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Trevor J Bushell
New in vitro technologies that assess neuronal excitability and the derived synaptic activity within a controlled microenvironment would be beneficial for the characterisation of compounds proposed to affect central nervous system (CNS) function. Here, a microfluidic system with computer controlled compound perfusion is presented that offers a novel methodology for the pharmacological profiling of CNS acting compounds based on calcium imaging readouts. Using this system, multiple applications of the excitatory amino acid glutamate (10 nM-1 mM) elicited reproducible and reversible transient increases in intracellular calcium, allowing the generation of a concentration response curve...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146480/neuroprotection-by-chotosan-a-kampo-formula-against-glutamate-excitotoxicity-involves-the-inhibition-of-glun2b-but-not-glun2a-containing-nmda-receptor-mediated-responses-in-primary-cultured-cortical-neurons
#15
Sachie Sasaki-Hamada, Azusa Suzuki, Emi Sanai, Kinzo Matsumoto, Jun-Ichiro Oka
Chotosan (CTS), a traditional herbal formula called Kampo medicine, was shown to be effective in the treatment of vascular dementia in a clinical study, and exerted protective effects against transient cerebral ischemia-induced cognitive impairment in mice. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotective effects of CTS using primary cultured rat cortical neurons. CTS (250-1000 μg/mL) inhibited neuronal death induced by 100 μM glutamate. This glutamate-induced neuronal death was blocked by a GluN2B-, but not GluN2A-containing NMDA receptor antagonist...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145706/expression-of-oestrogen-receptors-gper-esr1-esr2-in-human-ductuli-efferentes-and-proximal-epididymis
#16
V Rago, F Romeo, F Giordano, R Malivindi, V Pezzi, I Casaburi, A Carpino
Oestrogen targeting in the human genital ducts is still not well-known. In fact, to date, the localization of oestrogen receptors, ESR1 and ESR2, is controversial and the presence of the membrane oestrogen receptor GPER (G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor) is unexplored. This study has investigated the expression of GPER, ESR1, ESR2 in human ductuli efferentes and proximal caput epididymis by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. Furthermore, the presence of PELP1 (proline-glutamic acid-leucine-rich protein 1), a co-regulator of the oestrogen receptors, was also evaluated...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145487/defining-external-factors-that-determine-neuronal-survival-apoptosis-and-necrosis-during-excitotoxic-injury-using-a-high-content-screening-imaging-platform
#17
Ujval Anilkumar, Petronela Weisova, Jasmin Schmid, Tytus Bernas, Heinrich J Huber, Heiko Düssmann, Niamh M C Connolly, Jochen H M Prehn
Cell death induced by excessive glutamate receptor overactivation, excitotoxicity, has been implicated in several acute and chronic neurological disorders. While numerous studies have demonstrated the contribution of biochemically and genetically activated cell death pathways in excitotoxic injury, the factors mediating passive, excitotoxic necrosis are less thoroughly investigated. To address this question, we developed a high content screening (HCS) based assay to collect high volumes of quantitative cellular imaging data and elucidated the effects of intrinsic and external factors on excitotoxic necrosis and apoptosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143330/short-term-high-fat-diet-primes-excitatory-synapses-for-long-term-depression-in-orexin-neurons
#18
Victoria Linehan, Lisa Fang, Michiru Hirasawa
Overconsumption of high-fat diets is one of the strongest contributing factors to the rise of obesity rates. Orexin neurons are known to be activated by palatable high-fat diet and mediate the activation of the mesolimbic reward pathway, resulting in further food intake. While short-term exposure to high-fat diet is known to induce synaptic plasticity within the mesolimbic pathway, it is unknown if such changes occur in orexin neurons. To investigate this, 3-week old male rats were fed a palatable high-fat western diet (WD) or control chow for 1 week and then in vitro patch clamp recording was performed...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143219/glutamatergic-gabaergic-and-endocannabinoid-neurotransmissions-within-the-dorsal-hippocampus-modulate-the-cardiac-baroreflex-function-in-rats
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Nilson Carlos Ferreira-Junior, Davi Campos Lagatta, Leonardo Barbosa Moraes Resstel
The dorsal hippocampus (DH) is involved in the modulation of the cardiac baroreflex function. There is a wide expression of the NMDA and AMPA/Kainate receptors within the DH. Glutamate administration into the DH triggers both tachycardia and pressor responses. Moreover, GABAergic interneurons and endocannabinoid system play an important role in modulation of the activity of glutamatergic neurons within the DH. Therefore, the present work aimed to evaluate the involvement of the glutamatergic, GABAergic, and endocannabinoid neurotransmissions within the DH in cardiac baroreflex function in rats...
November 15, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142121/the-role-of-kappa-opioid-receptors-in-glutamate-input-selection-in-the-ventral-striatum
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Angelica P Escobar
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November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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