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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741614/loss-of-cerebellar-glutamate-transporters-eaat4-and-glast-differentially-affects-the-spontaneous-firing-pattern-and-survival-of-purkinje-cells
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Emma M Perkins, Yvonne L Clarkson, Daumante Suminaite, Alastair R Lyndon, Kohichi Tanaka, Jeffrey D Rothstein, Paul Skehel, David J A Wyllie, Mandy Jackson
Loss of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) has been implicated in a number of human diseases including spinocerebellar ataxias, Alzhiemer's disease and motor neuron disease. EAAT4 and GLAST/EAAT1 are the two predominant EAATs responsible for maintaining low extracellular glutamate levels and preventing neurotoxicity in the cerebellum, the brain region essential for motor control. Here using genetically modified mice we identify new critical roles for EAAT4 and GLAST/EAAT1 as modulators of Purkinje cell (PC) spontaneous firing patterns...
May 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732603/sox2-conditional-mutation-in-mouse-causes-ataxic-symptoms-cerebellar-vermis-hypoplasia-and-postnatal-defects-of-bergmann-glia
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Valentina Cerrato, Sara Mercurio, Ketty Leto, Elisa Fucà, Eriola Hoxha, Sara Bottes, Miriam Pagin, Marco Milanese, Chew-Yee Ngan, Giulia Concina, Sergio Ottolenghi, Chia-Lin Wei, Giambattista Bonanno, Giulio Pavesi, Filippo Tempia, Annalisa Buffo, Silvia K Nicolis
Sox2 is a transcription factor active in the nervous system, within different cell types, ranging from radial glia neural stem cells to a few specific types of differentiated glia and neurons. Mutations in the human SOX2 transcription factor gene cause various central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities, involving hippocampus and eye defects, as well as ataxia. Conditional Sox2 mutation in mouse, with different Cre transgenes, previously recapitulated different essential features of the disease, such as hippocampus and eye defects...
May 6, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614249/elavl3-regulates-neuronal-polarity-through-the-alternative-splicing-of-an-embryo-specific-exon-in-ankyring
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Yuki Ogawa, Junji Yamaguchi, Masato Yano, Yasuo Uchiyama, Hirotaka James Okano
Alternative splicing of RNAs diversifies the functionalities of proteins, and it is optimized for each cell type and each developmental stage. nElavl (composed of Elavl2, Elavl3, and Elavl4) proteins are the RNA-binding proteins that is specifically expressed in neurons, regulate the alternative splicing of target RNAs, and promote neuronal differentiation and maturation. Recent studies revealed that Elavl3 knockout (Elavl3-/- ) mice completely lost the expression of nElavl proteins in the Purkinje cells and exhibited cerebellar dysfunction...
March 31, 2018: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578408/differential-3-processing-of-specific-transcripts-expands-regulatory-and-protein-diversity-across-neuronal-cell-types
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Saša Jereb, Hun-Way Hwang, Eric Van Otterloo, Eve-Ellen Govek, John J Fak, Yuan Yuan, Mary E Hatten, Robert B Darnell
Alternative polyadenylation (APA) regulates mRNA translation, stability, and protein localization. However, it is unclear to what extent APA regulates these processes uniquely in specific cell types. Using a new technique, cTag-PAPERCLIP, we discovered significant differences in APA between the principal types of mouse cerebellar neurons, the Purkinje and granule cells, as well as between proliferating and differentiated granule cells. Transcripts that differed in APA in these comparisons were enriched in key neuronal functions and many differed in coding sequence in addition to 3'UTR length...
March 26, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29494346/protein-kinase-n1-critically-regulates-cerebellar-development-and-long-term-function
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Stephanie Zur Nedden, Rafaela Eith, Christoph Schwarzer, Lucia Zanetti, Hartwig Seitter, Friedrich Fresser, Alexandra Koschak, Angus Jm Cameron, Peter J Parker, Gottfried Baier, Gabriele Baier-Bitterlich
Increasing evidence suggests that synapse dysfunctions are a major determinant of several neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. Here we identify protein kinase N1 (PKN1) as a novel key player in fine-tuning the balance between axonal outgrowth and presynaptic differentiation in the parallel fiber-forming (PF-forming) cerebellar granule cells (Cgcs). Postnatal Pkn1-/- animals showed a defective PF-Purkinje cell (PF-PC) synapse formation. In vitro, Pkn1-/- Cgcs exhibited deregulated axonal outgrowth, elevated AKT phosphorylation, and higher levels of neuronal differentiation-2 (NeuroD2), a transcription factor preventing presynaptic maturation...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449635/purkinje-cells-derived-from-tsc-patients-display-hypoexcitability-and-synaptic-deficits-associated-with-reduced-fmrp-levels-and-reversed-by-rapamycin
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Maria Sundberg, Ivan Tochitsky, David E Buchholz, Kellen Winden, Ville Kujala, Kush Kapur, Deniz Cataltepe, Daria Turner, Min-Joon Han, Clifford J Woolf, Mary E Hatten, Mustafa Sahin
Accumulating evidence suggests that cerebellar dysfunction early in life is associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the molecular mechanisms underlying the cerebellar deficits at the cellular level are unclear. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous disorder that often presents with ASD. Here, we developed a cerebellar Purkinje cell (PC) model of TSC with patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to characterize the molecular mechanisms underlying cerebellar abnormalities in ASD and TSC...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426875/elavl3-is-essential-for-the-maintenance-of-purkinje-neuron-axons
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Yuki Ogawa, Kyoko Kakumoto, Tetsu Yoshida, Ken-Ichiro Kuwako, Taisuke Miyazaki, Junji Yamaguchi, Ayumu Konno, Junichi Hata, Yasuo Uchiyama, Hirokazu Hirai, Masahiko Watanabe, Robert B Darnell, Hideyuki Okano, Hirotaka James Okano
Neuronal Elav-like (nElavl or neuronal Hu) proteins are RNA-binding proteins that regulate RNA stability and alternative splicing, which are associated with axonal and synaptic structures. nElavl proteins promote the differentiation and maturation of neurons via their regulation of RNA. The functions of nElavl in mature neurons are not fully understood, although Elavl3 is highly expressed in the adult brain. Furthermore, possible associations between nElavl genes and several neurodegenerative diseases have been reported...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397531/a-simplified-method-for-generating-purkinje-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Lauren M Watson, Maggie M K Wong, Jane Vowles, Sally A Cowley, Esther B E Becker
The establishment of a reliable model for the study of Purkinje cells in vitro is of particular importance, given their central role in cerebellar function and pathology. Recent advances in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology offer the opportunity to generate multiple neuronal subtypes for study in vitro. However, to date, only a handful of studies have generated Purkinje cells from human pluripotent stem cells, with most of these protocols proving challenging to reproduce. Here, we describe a simplified method for the reproducible generation of Purkinje cells from human iPSCs...
February 3, 2018: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346563/lc3-immunostaining-in-the-inferior-olivary-nuclei-of-cats-with-niemann-pick-disease-type-c1-is-associated-with-patterned-purkinje-cell-loss
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Brittney L Gurda, Jessica H Bagel, Samantha J Fisher, Mark L Schultz, Andrew P Lieberman, Peter Hand, Charles H Vite, Gary P Swain
The feline model of Niemann-Pick disease, type C1 (NPC1) recapitulates the clinical, neuropathological, and biochemical abnormalities present in children with NPC1. The hallmarks of disease are the lysosomal storage of unesterified cholesterol and multiple sphingolipids in neurons, and the spatial and temporal distribution of Purkinje cell death. In feline NPC1 brain, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) accumulations, indicating autophagosomes, were found within axons and presynaptic terminals...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330522/the-racgap-%C3%AE-chimaerin-is-essential-for-cerebellar-granule-cell-migration
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Jason A Estep, Wenny Wong, Yiu-Cheung E Wong, Brian M Loui, Martin M Riccomagno
During mammalian cerebellar development, postnatal granule cell progenitors proliferate in the outer part of the External Granule Layer (EGL). Postmitotic granule progenitors migrate tangentially in the inner EGL before switching to migrate radially inward, past the Purkinje cell layer, to achieve their final position in the mature Granule Cell Layer (GCL). Here, we show that the RacGAP β-chimaerin is expressed by a small population of late-born, premigratory granule cells. β-chimaerin deficiency causes a subset of granule cells to become arrested in the EGL, where they differentiate and form ectopic neuronal clusters...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326173/transcriptional-regulator-zeb2-is-essential-for-bergmann-glia-development
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Li He, Kun Yu, Fanghui Lu, Jiajia Wang, Laiman N Wu, Chuntao Zhao, Qianmei Li, Xianyao Zhou, Hanmin Liu, Dezhi Mu, Mei Xin, Mengsheng Qiu, Q Richard Lu
Bergmann glia facilitate granule neuron migration during development and maintain the cerebellar organization and functional integrity. At present, molecular control of Bergmann glia specification from cerebellar radial glia is not fully understood. In this report, we show that ZEB2 (aka, SIP1 or ZFHX1B), a Mowat-Wilson syndrome-associated transcriptional regulator, is highly expressed in Bergmann glia, but hardly detectable in astrocytes in the cerebellum. The mice lacking Zeb2 in cerebellar radial glia exhibit severe deficits in Bergmann glia specification, and develop cerebellar cortical lamination dysgenesis and locomotion defects...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213114/the-swi-snf-subunit-bcl7a-contributes-to-motor-coordination-and-purkinje-cell-function
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Lena Wischhof, Simona Maida, Antonia Piazzesi, Anna Gioran, Kristina Barragan Sanz, Stephan Irsen, Marc Beyer, Joachim L Schultze, Martin J Dyer, Paolo Salomoni, Dan Ehninger, Pierluigi Nicotera, Daniele Bano
Chromatin remodelers have emerged as prominent regulators of epigenetic processes and potential drivers of various human pathologies. The multi-subunit chromatin-remodeling SWI/SNF complex determines gene expression programs and, consequently, contributes to the differentiation, maturation and plasticity of neurons. Here, we investigate the elusive biological function of Bcl7a and Bcl7b, two newly identified subunits of the SWI/SNF complex that are highly expressed throughout the brain. We generated ubiquitous and neuron-specific Bcl7a and Bcl7b single and double knockout mice...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110208/expression-of-gas1-in-mouse-brain-release-and-role-in-neuronal-differentiation
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Elizabeth Bautista, Natanael Zarco, Nicolás Aguirre-Pineda, Manuel Lara-Lozano, Paula Vergara, Juan Antonio González-Barrios, Raúl Aguilar-Roblero, José Segovia
Growth arrest-specific 1 (Gas1) is a pleiotropic protein that induces apoptosis of tumor cells and has important roles during development. Recently, the presence of two forms of Gas1 was reported: one attached to the cell membrane by a GPI anchor; and a soluble extracellular form shed by cells. Previously, we showed that Gas1 is expressed in different areas of the adult mouse CNS. Here, we report the levels of Gas1 mRNA protein in different regions and analyzed its expressions in glutamatergic, GABAergic, and dopaminergic neurons...
November 6, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106408/cell-type-specific-metabolic-labeling-of-nascent-proteomes-in-vivo
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Beatriz Alvarez-Castelao, Christoph T Schanzenbächer, Cyril Hanus, Caspar Glock, Susanne Tom Dieck, Aline R Dörrbaum, Ina Bartnik, Belquis Nassim-Assir, Elena Ciirdaeva, Anke Mueller, Daniela C Dieterich, David A Tirrell, Julian D Langer, Erin M Schuman
Although advances in protein labeling methods have made it possible to measure the proteome of mixed cell populations, it has not been possible to isolate cell-type-specific proteomes in vivo. This is because the existing methods for metabolic protein labeling in vivo access all cell types. We report the development of a transgenic mouse line where Cre-recombinase-induced expression of a mutant methionyl-tRNA synthetase (L274G) enables the cell-type-specific labeling of nascent proteins with a non-canonical amino-acid and click chemistry...
December 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103988/variation-in-mutyh-expression-in-arabian-horses-with-cerebellar-abiotrophy
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E Y Scott, K D Woolard, C J Finno, M C T Penedo, J D Murray
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) is a neurodegenerative disease in Arabian horses affecting the cerebellum, more specifically the Purkinje neurons. Although CA occurs in several domestic species, CA in Arabian horses is unique in that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) has been associated with the disease. Total RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) was performed on CA-affected horses to address the molecular mechanism underlying the disease. This research expands upon the RNA-seq work by measuring the impact of the CA-associated SNP on the candidate gene MutY homolog (MUTYH) and its regulation, isoform-specific expression and protein localization...
January 1, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097665/rnf8-ubc13-ubiquitin-signaling-suppresses-synapse-formation-in-the-mammalian-brain
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Pamela Valnegri, Ju Huang, Tomoko Yamada, Yue Yang, Luis A Mejia, Ha Y Cho, Anna Oldenborg, Azad Bonni
Although ubiquitin ligases have been implicated in autism, their roles and mechanisms in brain development remain incompletely understood. Here, we report that in vivo knockdown or conditional knockout of the autism-linked ubiquitin ligase RNF8 or associated ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme UBC13 in rodent cerebellar granule neurons robustly increases the number of parallel fiber presynaptic boutons and functional parallel fiber/Purkinje cell synapses. In contrast to the role of nuclear RNF8 in proliferating cells, RNF8 operates in the cytoplasm in neurons to suppress synapse differentiation in vivo...
November 2, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069799/functional-compatibility-between-purkinje-cell-axon-branches-and-their-target-neurons-in-the-cerebellum
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Zhilai Yang, Na Chen, Rongjing Ge, Hao Qian, Jin-Hui Wang
A neuron sprouts an axon, and its branches to innervate many target neurons that are divergent in their functions. In order to efficiently regulate the diversified cells, the axon branches should differentiate functionally to be compatible with their target neurons, i.e., a function compatibility between presynaptic and postsynaptic partners. We have examined this hypothesis by using electrophysiological method in the cerebellum, in which the main axon of Purkinje cell projected to deep nucleus cells and the recurrent axons innervated the adjacent Purkinje cells...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974727/timing-and-localization-of-human-dystrophin-isoform-expression-provide-insights-into-the-cognitive-phenotype-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Nathalie Doorenweerd, Ahmed Mahfouz, Maaike van Putten, Rajaram Kaliyaperumal, Peter A C T' Hoen, Jos G M Hendriksen, Annemieke M Aartsma-Rus, Jan J G M Verschuuren, Erik H Niks, Marcel J T Reinders, Hermien E Kan, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a muscular dystrophy with high incidence of learning and behavioural problems and is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. To gain more insights into the role of dystrophin in this cognitive phenotype, we performed a comprehensive analysis of the expression patterns of dystrophin isoforms across human brain development, using unique transcriptomic data from Allen Human Brain and BrainSpan atlases. Dystrophin isoforms show large changes in expression through life with pronounced differences between the foetal and adult human brain...
October 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912684/distinct-activities-of-tfap2a-and-tfap2b-in-the-specification-of-gabaergic-interneurons-in-the-developing-cerebellum
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Norliyana Zainolabidin, Sandhya P Kamath, Ayesha R Thanawalla, Albert I Chen
GABAergic inhibitory neurons in the cerebellum are subdivided into Purkinje cells and distinct subtypes of interneurons from the same pool of progenitors, but the determinants of this diversification process are not well defined. To explore the transcriptional regulation of the development of cerebellar inhibitory neurons, we examined the role of Tfap2A and Tfap2B in the specification of GABAergic neuronal subtypes in mice. We show that Tfap2A and Tfap2B are expressed in inhibitory precursors during embryonic development and that their expression persists into adulthood...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893945/-zfp423-znf423-regulates-cell-cycle-progression-the-mode-of-cell-division-and-the-dna-damage-response-in-purkinje-neuron-progenitors
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Filippo Casoni, Laura Croci, Camilla Bosone, Roberta D'Ambrosio, Aurora Badaloni, Davide Gaudesi, Valeria Barili, Justyna R Sarna, Lino Tessarollo, Ottavio Cremona, Richard Hawkes, Søren Warming, G Giacomo Consalez
The Zfp423/ZNF423 gene encodes a 30-zinc-finger transcription factor involved in key developmental pathways. Although null Zfp423 mutants develop cerebellar malformations, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. ZNF423 mutations are associated with Joubert Syndrome, a ciliopathy causing cerebellar vermis hypoplasia and ataxia. ZNF423 participates in the DNA-damage response (DDR), raising questions regarding its role as a regulator of neural progenitor cell cycle progression in cerebellar development. To characterize in vivo the function of ZFP423 in neurogenesis, we analyzed allelic murine mutants in which distinct functional domains are deleted...
October 15, 2017: Development
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