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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800762/the-novel-cannabinoid-receptor-gpr55-mediates-anxiolytic-like-effects-in-the-medial-orbital-cortex-of-mice-with-acute-stress
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Qi-Xin Shi, Liu-Kun Yang, Wen-Long Shi, Lu Wang, Shi-Meng Zhou, Shao-Yu Guan, Ming-Gao Zhao, Qi Yang
The G protein-coupled receptor 55 (GPR55) is a novel cannabinoid receptor, whose exact role in anxiety remains unknown. The present study was conducted to explore the possible mechanisms by which GPR55 regulates anxiety and to evaluate the effectiveness of O-1602 in the treatment of anxiety-like symptoms. Mice were exposed to two types of acute stressors: restraint and forced swimming. Anxiety behavior was evaluated using the elevated plus maze and the open field test. We found that O-1602 alleviated anxiety-like behavior in acutely stressed mice...
August 11, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761055/a-single-channel-mechanism-for-pharmacological-potentiation-of-glun1-glun2a-nmda-receptors
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Divyan A Chopra, Kiran Sapkota, Mark W Irvine, Guangyu Fang, David E Jane, Daniel T Monaghan, Shashank M Dravid
NMDA receptors (NMDARs) contribute to several neuropathological processes. Novel positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of NMDARs have recently been identified but their effects on NMDAR gating remain largely unknown. To this end, we tested the effect of a newly developed molecule UBP684 on GluN1/GluN2A receptors. We found that UBP684 potentiated the whole-cell currents observed under perforated-patch conditions and slowed receptor deactivation. At the single channel level, UBP684 produced a dramatic reduction in long shut times and a robust increase in mean open time...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760974/structural-basis-of-subunit-selectivity-for-competitive-nmda-receptor-antagonists-with-preference-for-glun2a-over-glun2b-subunits
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Genevieve E Lind, Tung-Chung Mou, Lucia Tamborini, Martin G Pomper, Carlo De Micheli, Paola Conti, Andrea Pinto, Kasper B Hansen
NMDA-type glutamate receptors are ligand-gated ion channels that contribute to excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system (CNS). Most NMDA receptors comprise two glycine-binding GluN1 and two glutamate-binding GluN2 subunits (GluN2A-D). We describe highly potent (S)-5-[(R)-2-amino-2-carboxyethyl]-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxylic acid (ACEPC) competitive GluN2 antagonists, of which ST3 has a binding affinity of 52 nM at GluN1/2A and 782 nM at GluN1/2B receptors. This 15-fold preference of ST3 for GluN1/2A over GluN1/2B is improved compared with NVP-AAM077, a widely used GluN2A-selective antagonist, which we show has 11-fold preference for GluN1/2A over GluN1/2B...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720858/gsk-3%C3%AE-deletion-in-dentate-gyrus-excitatory-neuron-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-and-memory
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Enjie Liu, Ao-Ji Xie, Qiuzhi Zhou, Mengzhu Li, Shujuan Zhang, Shihong Li, Weijin Wang, Xiaochuan Wang, Qun Wang, Jian-Zhi Wang
Increasing evidence suggests that glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) plays a crucial role in neurodegenerative/psychiatric disorders, while pan-neural knockout of GSK-3β also shows detrimental effects. Currently, the function of GSK-3β in specific type of neurons is elusive. Here, we infused AAV-CaMKII-Cre-2A-eGFP into GSK-3β(lox/lox) mice to selectively delete the kinase in excitatory neurons of hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG), and studied the effects on cognitive/psychiatric behaviors and the molecular mechanisms...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663723/huntingtin-interacting-protein-1-related-protein-plays-a-critical-role-in-dendritic-development-and-excitatory-synapse-formation-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Lin Peng, Qian Yang, Xingxing Xu, Yonglan Du, Yu Wu, Xiaofang Shi, Junyu Xu, Lijun Zhu, Jianhong Luo
Huntingtin-interacting protein 1-related (HIP1R) protein is considered to be an endocytic adaptor protein like the other two members of the Sla2 family, Sla2p and HIP1. They all contain homology domains responsible for the binding of clathrin, inositol lipids and F-actin. Previous studies have revealed that HIP1R is highly expressed in different regions of the mouse brain and localizes at synaptic structures. However, the function of HIP1R in the nervous system remains unknown. In this study, we investigated HIP1R function in cultured rat hippocampal neurons using an shRNA knockdown approach...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611597/functional-properties-of-human-nmda-receptors-associated-with-epilepsy-related-mutations-of-glun2a-subunit
#6
Dmitry A Sibarov, Nadine Bruneau, Sergei M Antonov, Pierre Szepetowski, Nail Burnashev, Rashid Giniatullin
Genetic variants of the glutamate activated N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NMDAR) subunit GluN2A are associated with the hyperexcitable states manifested by epileptic seizures and interictal discharges in patients with disorders of the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS). The variants found in sporadic cases and families are of different types and include microdeletions encompassing the corresponding GRIN2A gene as well as nonsense, splice-site and missense GRIN2A defects. They are located at different functional domains of GluN2A and no clear genotype-phenotype correlation has emerged yet...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598327/co-agonists-differentially-tune-glun2b-nmda-receptor-trafficking-at-hippocampal-synapses
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Joana S Ferreira, Thomas Papouin, Laurent Ladépêche, Andrea Yao, Valentin C Langlais, Delphine Bouchet, Jérôme Dulong, Jean-Pierre Mothet, Silvia Sacchi, Loredano Pollegioni, Pierre Paoletti, Stéphane Henri Richard Oliet, Laurent Groc
The subunit composition of synaptic NMDA receptors (NMDAR), such as the relative content of GluN2A- and GluN2B-containing receptors, greatly influences the glutamate synaptic transmission. Receptor co-agonists, glycine and D-serine, have intriguingly emerged as potential regulators of the receptor trafficking in addition to their requirement for its activation. Using a combination of single-molecule imaging, biochemistry and electrophysiology, we show that glycine and D-serine relative availability at rat hippocampal glutamatergic synapses regulate the trafficking and synaptic content of NMDAR subtypes...
June 9, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594440/calcium-signalling-in-medial-intercalated-cell-dendrites-and-spines
#8
Cornelia Strobel, Robert K P Sullivan, Peter Stratton, Pankaj Sah
KEY POINTS: Dendritic and spine calcium imaging in combination with electrophysiology in acute slices revealed that in medial intercalated cells of the amygdala: Action potentials back-propagate into the dendritic tree, but due to the presence of voltage-dependent potassium channels, probably Kv4.2 channels, attenuate over distance. A mixed population of AMPA receptors with rectifying and linear I-V relations are present at individual spines of a single neuron. Decay kinetics and pharmacology suggest tri-heteromeric NMDA receptors at basolateral-intercalated cell synapses...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585567/role-of-src-family-kinases-in-bdnf-mediated-suppression-of-cocaine-seeking-and-prevention-of-cocaine-induced-erk-glun2a-and-glun2b-dephosphorylation-in-the-prelimbic-cortex
#9
Sarah M Barry, Jacqueline F McGinty
Models of relapse have demonstrated that neuroadaptations in reward circuits following cocaine self-administration (SA) underlie reinstatement of drug-seeking. Dysregulation of the pathway from the prelimbic (PrL) cortex to the nucleus accumbens is implicated in reinstatement. A single BDNF infusion into the PrL cortex following a final cocaine SA session results in attenuation of reinstatement of cocaine-seeking. Inhibiting BDNF's receptor, TrkB, ERK/MAP kinase activation, or NMDA receptors blocks this attenuating effect, indicating that the interaction between glutamate-mediated synaptic activity and TrkB signaling is imperative to BDNF's suppressive effect on drug-seeking...
June 6, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582391/all-atom-nmda-receptor-transmembrane-domain-model-development-and-simulations-in-lipid-bilayers-and-water
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Samaneh Mesbahi-Vasey, Lea Veras, Michael Yonkunas, Jon W Johnson, Maria G Kurnikova
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are members of the ionotropic glutamate receptor family that mediate excitatory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. The channels of NMDARs are permeable to Ca2+ but blocked by Mg2+, distinctive properties that underlie essential brain processes such as induction of synaptic plasticity. However, due to limited structural information about the NMDAR transmembrane ion channel forming domain, the mechanism of divalent cation permeation and block is understood poorly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554889/development-of-glutamatergic-proteins-in-human-visual-cortex-across-the-lifespan
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Caitlin R Siu, Simon P Beshara, David G Jones, Kathryn M Murphy
Traditionally, human primary visual cortex (V1) has been thought to mature within the first few years of life, based on anatomical studies of synapse formation, and establishment of intracortical and intercortical connections. Human vision, however, develops well beyond the first few years. Previously, we found prolonged development of some GABAergic proteins in human V1 (Pinto et al., 2010). Yet as >80% of synapses in V1 are excitatory, it remains unanswered whether the majority of synapses regulating experience-dependent plasticity and receptive field properties develop late, like their inhibitory counterparts...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525360/role-of-sigma-1-receptor-in-high-fat-diet-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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Tieying Song, Jianhui Zhao, Xiaojing Ma, Zaiwang Zhang, Bo Jiang, Yunliang Yang
The neurobiological mechanisms of obesity-induced peripheral neuropathy are poorly understood. We evaluated the role of Sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) and NMDA receptor (NMDARs) in the spinal cord in peripheral neuropathy using an animal model of high fat diet-induced diabetes. We examined the expression of Sig-1R and NMDAR subunits GluN2A and GluN2B along with postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95) in the spinal cord after 24-week HFD treatment in both wild-type and Sig-1R-/- mice. Finally, we examined the effects of repeated intrathecal administrations of selective Sig-1R antagonists BD1047 in HFD-fed wild-type mice on peripheral neuropathy...
June 14, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512860/intrinsic-cellular-and-molecular-properties-of-in-vivo-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-are-altered-in-the-absence-of-key-synaptic-matrix-molecules
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Stephan Jansen, Christine Gottschling, Andreas Faissner, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
Hippocampal synaptic plasticity comprises a key cellular mechanism for information storage. In the hippocampus, both long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are triggered by synaptic Ca(2+) -elevations that are typically mediated by the opening of voltage-gated cation channels, such as N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), in the postsynaptic density. The integrity of the post-synaptic density is ensured by the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we explored whether synaptic plasticity is affected in adult behaving mice that lack the ECM proteins brevican, neurocan, tenascin-C, and tenascin-R (KO)...
August 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511693/antagonistic-action-on-nmda-glun2b-mediated-currents-of-two-peptides-that-were-conantokin-g-structure-based-designed
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Edwin A Reyes-Guzman, Nohora Vega-Castro, Edgar A Reyes-Montaño, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
BACKGROUND: The GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) modulates many physiological processes including learning, memory, and pain. Excessive increase in NMDAr/GluN2B activity has been associated with various disorders such neuropathic pain and neuronal death following hypoxia. Thus there is an interest in identifying NMDAr antagonists that interact specifically with the GluN2B subunit. Recently based on structural analysis between the GluN2B subunit and conantokin-G, a toxin that interacts selectively with the GluN2B subunit, we designed various peptides that are predicted to act as NMDAr antagonists by interacting with the GluN2B subunit...
May 16, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511005/characterization-of-l-theanine-excitatory-actions-on-hippocampal-neurons-toward-the-generation-of-novel-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-modulators-based-on-its-backbone
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Fatiha Sebih, Matthieu Rousset, Salima Bellahouel, Marc Rolland, Marie Celeste de Jesus Ferreira, Janique Guiramand, Catherine Cohen-Solal, Gérard Barbanel, Thierry Cens, Mohammed Abouazza, Adrien Tassou, Maud Gratuze, Céline Meusnier, Pierre Charnet, Michel Vignes, Valérie Rolland
l-Theanine (or l-γ-N-ethyl-glutamine) is the major amino acid found in Camellia sinensis. It has received much attention because of its pleiotropic physiological and pharmacological activities leading to health benefits in humans, especially. We describe here a new, easy, efficient, and environmentally friendly chemical synthesis of l-theanine and l-γ-N-propyl-Gln and their corresponding d-isomers. l-Theanine, and its derivatives obtained so far, exhibited partial coagonistic action at N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, with no detectable agonist effect at other glutamate receptors, on cultured hippocampal neurons...
August 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507080/divergent-roles-of-a-peripheral-transmembrane-segment-in-ampa-and-nmda-receptors
#16
Johansen B Amin, Catherine L Salussolia, Kelvin Chan, Michael C Regan, Jian Dai, Huan-Xiang Zhou, Hiro Furukawa, Mark E Bowen, Lonnie P Wollmuth
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), including AMPA receptor (AMPAR) and NMDA receptor (NMDAR) subtypes, are ligand-gated ion channels that mediate signaling at the majority of excitatory synapses in the nervous system. The iGluR pore domain is structurally and evolutionarily related to an inverted two-transmembrane K(+) channel. Peripheral to the pore domain in eukaryotic iGluRs is an additional transmembrane helix, the M4 segment, which interacts with the pore domain of a neighboring subunit. In AMPARs, the integrity of the alignment of a specific face of M4 with the adjacent pore domain is essential for receptor oligomerization...
June 5, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468946/novel-mode-of-antagonist-binding-in-nmda-receptors-revealed-by-the-crystal-structure-of-the-glun1-glun2a-ligand-binding-domain-complexed-to-nvp-aam077
#17
Annabel Romero-Hernandez, Hiro Furukawa
Competitive antagonists against N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors have played critical roles throughout the history of neuropharmacology and basic neuroscience. There are currently numerous NMDA receptor antagonists containing a variety of chemical groups. Among those compounds, a GluN2-specific antagonist, (R)-[(S)-1-(4-bromo-phenyl)-ethylamino]-(2,3-dioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoxalin-5-yl)-methyl-phosphonic acid (NVP-AAM077), contains a unique combination of a dioxoquinoxalinyl ring, a bromophenyl group, and a phosphono group...
July 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459106/functional-assessment-of-the-nmda-receptor-variant-glun2a-r586k
#18
Katie F M Marwick, Peter Parker, Paul Skehel, Giles Hardingham, David J A Wyllie
Background: The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is an ionotropic glutamate receptor that has important roles in synaptogenesis, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity. Recently, a large number of rare genetic variants have been found in NMDAR subunits in people with neurodevelopmental disorders, and also in healthy individuals. One such is the GluN2A(R586K) variant, found in a person with intellectual disability. Identifying the functional consequences, if any, of such variants allows their potential contribution to pathogenesis to be assessed...
March 17, 2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400283/the-role-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors-in-short-and-long-term-fear-recall
#19
Eva Mikics, Mate Toth, Laszlo Biro, Biborka Bruzsik, Boglarka Nagy, Jozsef Haller
N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are crucial synaptic elements in long-term memory formation, including the associative learning of fearful events. Although NMDA blockers were consistently shown to inhibit fear memory acquisition and recall, the clinical use of general NMDA blockers is hampered by their side effects. Recent studies revealed significant heterogeneity in the distribution and neurophysiological characteristics of NMDA receptors with different GluN2 (NR2) subunit composition, which may have differential role in fear learning and recall...
April 8, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389335/maternal-hypomagnesemia-alters-hippocampal-nmdar-subunit-expression-and-programs-anxiety-like-behaviour-in-adult-offspring
#20
R N Schlegel, J G Spiers, K M Moritz, C L Cullen, S T Björkman, T M Paravicini
It is well established that maternal undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies can lead to altered development and behaviour in offspring. However, few studies have explored the implications of maternal Mg deficiency and programmed behavioural and neurological outcomes in offspring. We used a model of Mg deficiency (prior to and during pregnancy and lactation) in CD1 mice to investigate if maternal Mg deficiency programmed changes in behaviour and NMDAR subunit expression in offspring. Hippocampal tissue was collected at postnatal day 2 (PN2), PN8, PN21 and 6 months, and protein expression of NMDAR subunits GluN1, GluN2A and GluN2B was determined...
April 4, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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