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Purkinje neuron differentiation

Rachel Fremont, Ambika Tewari, Chantal Angueyra, Kamran Khodakhah
DYT1 is a debilitating movement disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in torsinA. How these mutations cause dystonia remains unknown. Mouse models which have embryonically targeted torsinA have failed to recapitulate the dystonia seen in patients, possibly due to differential development compensation between rodents and humans. To address this issue, torsinA was acutely knocked down in select brain regions of adult mice using shRNAs. TorsinA knockdown in the cerebellum, but not in the basal ganglia, was sufficient to induce dystonia...
February 15, 2017: ELife
Parthiv Haldipur, Derek Dang, Kimberly A Aldinger, Olivia K Janson, Fabien Guimiot, Homa Adle-Biasette, William B Dobyns, Joseph R Siebert, Rosa Russo, Kathleen J Millen
FOXC1 loss contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a common human cerebellar malformation. Previously, we found that complete Foxc1 loss leads to aberrations in proliferation, neuronal differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse cerebellum (Haldipur et al., 2014). We now demonstrate that hypomorphic Foxc1 mutant mice have granule and Purkinje cell abnormalities causing subsequent disruptions in postnatal cerebellar foliation and lamination. Particularly striking is the presence of a partially formed posterior lobule which echoes the posterior vermis DW 'tail sign' observed in human imaging studies...
January 16, 2017: ELife
James Fraser, Alexandra Essebier, Richard M Gronostajski, Mikael Boden, Brandon J Wainwright, Tracey J Harvey, Michael Piper
Transcription factors from the nuclear factor one (NFI) family have been shown to play a central role in regulating neural progenitor cell differentiation within the embryonic and post-natal brain. NFIA and NFIB, for instance, promote the differentiation and functional maturation of granule neurons within the cerebellum. Mice lacking Nfix exhibit delays in the development of neuronal and glial lineages within the cerebellum, but the cell-type-specific expression of this transcription factor remains undefined...
November 23, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Fathul Huda, Yiping Fan, Mamiko Suzuki, Ayumu Konno, Yasunori Matsuzaki, Nobutaka Takahashi, Jerry K Y Chan, Hirokazu Hirai
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) migrate to damaged tissues, where they participate in tissue repair. Human fetal MSCs (hfMSCs), compared with adult MSCs, have higher proliferation rates, a greater differentiation capacity and longer telomeres with reduced senescence. Therefore, transplantation of quality controlled hfMSCs is a promising therapeutic intervention. Previous studies have shown that intravenous or intracortical injections of MSCs result in the emergence of binucleated cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) containing an MSC-derived marker protein in mice, thus suggesting a fusion event...
2016: PloS One
Junko Kimura-Kuroda, Yasumasa Nishito, Hiroko Yanagisawa, Yoichiro Kuroda, Yukari Komuta, Hitoshi Kawano, Masaharu Hayashi
Neonicotinoids are considered safe because of their low affinities to mammalian nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) relative to insect nAChRs. However, because of importance of nAChRs in mammalian brain development, there remains a need to establish the safety of chronic neonicotinoid exposures with regards to children's health. Here we examined the effects of longterm (14 days) and low dose (1 μM) exposure of neuron-enriched cultures from neonatal rat cerebellum to nicotine and two neonicotinoids: acetamiprid and imidacloprid...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cletus Cheyuo, Walter Grand, Lucia L Balos
BACKGROUND: Cytoarchitectural neuroimaging remains critical for diagnosis of many brain diseases. Fluorescent dye-enhanced, near-infrared confocal in situ cellular imaging of the brain has been reported. However, impermeability of the blood-brain barrier to most fluorescent dyes limits clinical utility of this modality. The differential degree of reflectance from brain tissue with unenhanced near-infrared imaging may represent an alternative technique for in situ cytoarchitectural neuroimaging...
January 2017: World Neurosurgery
Christian Wächter, Lee E Eiden, Nedye Naumann, Candan Depboylu, Eberhard Weihe
BACKGROUND: The majority of investigations on HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) neglect the cerebellum in spite of emerging evidence for its role in higher cognitive functions and dysfunctions in common neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS: We systematically investigated the molecular and cellular responses of the cerebellum as contributors to lentiviral infection-induced neurodegeneration, in the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-infected rhesus macaque model for HIV infection and HAND...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Thomas Weber, Kazuhiko Namikawa, Barbara Winter, Karina Müller-Brown, Ralf Kühn, Wolfgang Wurst, Reinhard W Köster
The zebrafish is a well-established model organism in which to study in vivo mechanisms of cell communication, differentiation and function. Existing cell ablation methods are either invasive or they rely on the cellular expression of prokaryotic enzymes and the use of antibiotic drugs as cell death-inducing compounds. We have recently established a novel inducible genetic cell ablation system based on tamoxifen-inducible Caspase 8 activity, thereby exploiting mechanisms of cell death intrinsic to most cell types...
November 15, 2016: Development
E Y Scott, M C T Penedo, J D Murray, C J Finno
Equine cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease that affects the Purkinje neurons of the cerebellum and causes ataxia in Arabian foals. Signs of CA are typically first recognized either at birth to any time up to 6 months of age. CA is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait and is associated with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on equine chromosome 2 (13074277G>A), located in the fourth exon of TOE1 and in proximity to MUTYH on the antisense strand. We hypothesize that unraveling the functional consequences of the CA SNP using RNA-seq will elucidate the molecular pathways underlying the CA phenotype...
October 5, 2016: Cerebellum
Lena Robra, Vatsala Thirumalai
The dopamine and cAMP regulated phosphoprotein of apparent molecular weight 32 kDa (Darpp-32) is an inhibitory subunit of protein phosphatase-1 (PP-1). Darpp-32 activity is regulated by multiple ligand-activated G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). This protein is coded for by the protein phosphatase-1 regulatory subunit 1b (ppp1r1b) gene. Here, we provide experimental evidence for the presence of multiple isoforms of ppp1r1b in zebrafish. We show that these isoforms are differentially expressed during development with the full-length isoform being maternally deposited...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Jun Ju, Qian Liu, Yang Zhang, Yuanxiu Liu, Mei Jiang, Liguo Zhang, Xuelian He, Chenchen Peng, Tao Zheng, Q Richard Lu, Hedong Li
The oligodendrocyte transcription factor Olig2 plays a crucial role in the neurogenesis of both spinal cord and brain. In the cerebellum, deletion of both Olig2 and Olig1 results in impaired genesis of Purkinje cells (PCs) and Pax2(+) interneurons. Here, we perform an independent study to show that Olig2 protein is transiently expressed in the cerebellar ventricular zone (VZ) during a period when PCs are specified. Further analyses demonstrate that Olig2 is expressed in both cerebellar VZ progenitors and early-born neurons...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xuesong Feng, Aster H Juan, Hongjun A Wang, Kyung Dae Ko, Hossein Zare, Vittorio Sartorelli
Although the genetic interactions between signaling pathways and transcription factors have been largely decoded, much remains to be learned about the epigenetic regulation of cerebellar development. Here, we report that cerebellar deletion of Ezh2, the methyltransferase subunit of the PRC2 complex, results in reduced H3K27me3 and profound transcriptional dysregulation, including that of a set of transcription factors directly involved in cerebellar neuronal cell-type specification and differentiation. Such transcriptional changes lead to increased GABAergic interneurons and decreased Purkinje cells...
June 1, 2016: Development
Chiara Di Pietro, Daniela Marazziti, Gina La Sala, Zeinab Abbaszadeh, Elisabetta Golini, Rafaele Matteoni, Glauco P Tocchini-Valentini
Cellular primary cilia crucially sense and transduce extracellular physicochemical stimuli. Cilium-mediated developmental signaling is tissue and cell type specific. Primary cilia are required for cerebellar differentiation and sonic hedgehog (Shh)-dependent proliferation of neuronal granule precursors. The mammalian G-protein-coupled receptor 37-like 1 is specifically expressed in cerebellar Bergmann glia astrocytes and participates in regulating postnatal cerebellar granule neuron proliferation/differentiation and Bergmann glia and Purkinje neuron maturation...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Joshua J White, Tao Lin, Amanda M Brown, Marife Arancillo, Elizabeth P Lackey, Trace L Stay, Roy V Sillitoe
BACKGROUND: Electrophysiological recording approaches are essential for understanding brain function. Among these approaches are various methods of performing single-unit recordings. However, a major hurdle to overcome when recording single units in vivo is stability. Poor stability results in a low signal-to-noise ratio, which makes it challenging to isolate neuronal signals. Proper isolation is needed for differentiating a signal from neighboring cells or the noise inherent to electrophysiology...
March 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Aynun N Begum, Caleigh Guoynes, Jane Cho, Jijun Hao, Kabirullah Lutfy, Yiling Hong
Stem cell-based neuronal differentiation has provided a unique opportunity for disease modeling and regenerative medicine. Neurospheres are the most commonly used neuroprogenitors for neuronal differentiation, but they often clump in culture, which has always represented a challenge for neurodifferentiation. In this study, we report a novel method and defined culture conditions for generating sub-type or region-specific neurons from human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells derived neurosphere without any genetic manipulation...
November 2015: Stem Cell Research
Kigen J Curtice, Lee S Leavitt, Kevin Chase, Shrinivasan Raghuraman, Martin P Horvath, Baldomero M Olivera, Russell W Teichert
A pressing need in neurobiology is the comprehensive identification and characterization of neuronal subclasses within the mammalian nervous system. To this end, we used constellation pharmacology as a method to interrogate the neuronal and glial subclasses of the mouse cerebellum individually and simultaneously. We then evaluated the data obtained from constellation-pharmacology experiments by cluster analysis to classify cells into neuronal and glial subclasses, based on their functional expression of glutamate, acetylcholine, and GABA receptors, among other ion channels...
February 1, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Thomas Henzi, Beat Schwaller
Parvalbumin (PV) is a cytosolic Ca2+-binding protein acting as a slow-onset Ca2+ buffer modulating the shape of Ca2+ transients in fast-twitch muscles and a subpopulation of neurons. PV is also expressed in non-excitable cells including distal convoluted tubule (DCT) cells of the kidney, where it might act as an intracellular Ca2+ shuttle facilitating transcellular Ca2+ resorption. In excitable cells, upregulation of mitochondria in "PV-ergic" cells in PV-/- mice appears to be a general hallmark, evidenced in fast-twitch muscles and cerebellar Purkinje cells...
2015: PloS One
Manuela Ceccarelli, Laura Micheli, Giorgio D'Andrea, Marco De Bardi, Blanca Scheijen, MariaTeresa Ciotti, Luca Leonardi, Siro Luvisetto, Felice Tirone
Cerebellar granule neurons develop postnatally from cerebellar granule precursors (GCPs), which are located in the external granule layer (EGL) where they massively proliferate. Thereafter, GCPs become postmitotic, migrate inward to form the internal granule layer (IGL), further differentiate and form synapses with Purkinje cell dendrites. We previously showed that the Btg family gene, Tis21/Btg2, is required for normal GCP migration. Here we investigated the role in cerebellar development of the related gene, Btg1, which regulates stem cell quiescence in adult neurogenic niches, and is expressed in the cerebellum...
December 1, 2015: Developmental Biology
Tamara Stojanovic, Ivan Capo, Eleonora Aronica, Homa Adle-Biassette, Harald Höger, Werner Sieghart, Gabor G Kovacs, Ivan Milenkovic
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitter in adult mammalian brain, mediating its actions chiefly via a pentameric chloride ion channel, the GABAA receptor. Nineteen different subunits (α1-6, β1-3, γ1-3, δ, ε, π, θ, ρ1-3) can give rise to multiple receptor subtypes that are the site of action of many clinically important drugs. In the developing brain, however, GABAA receptors mediate excitatory actions due to an increased chloride concentration within neurons and seem to control cell proliferation, migration, differentiation, synapse maturation, and cell death...
June 15, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Joaquín Martí, M C Santa-Cruz, Roger Serra, José P Hervás
As exogenous markers of DNA synthesis, 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) and tritiated thymidine ([(3)H]TdR) have revolutionized our ability to identify proliferating neuroblasts and follow their fate during the development of the central nervous system. The effect of the incorporation of these molecules into DNA on cell proliferation, migration and differentiation is frequently neglected (Duque and Rakic, 2011. J. Neurosci. 31, 15205-15217). By a progressively delayed cumulative labeling method, the current paper analyzes the development of the cerebellum in mice exposed to either BrdU or [(3)H]TdR as embryos and collected at postnatal day 90...
December 2015: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
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