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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911409/measuring-progressive-neurological-disability-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#1
Francesca Gilli, Darlene B Royce, Andrew R Pachner
After intracerebral infection with the Theiler's Murine Encephalomyelitis Virus (TMEV), susceptible SJL mice develop a chronic-progressive demyelinating disease, with clinical features similar to the progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The mice show progressive disability with loss of motor and sensory functions, which can be assessed with multiple apparatuses and protocols. Among them, the Rotarod performance test is a very common behavioral test, its advantage being that it provides objective measurements, but it is often used assuming that it is straightforward and simple...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909192/the-more-the-merrier-scoring-statistics-and-animal-welfare-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#2
Pushpalatha Palle, Filipa M Ferreira, Axel Methner, Thorsten Buch
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a frequently used animal model for the investigation of autoimmune processes in the central nervous system. As such, EAE is useful for modelling certain aspects of multiple sclerosis, a human autoimmune disease that leads to demyelination and axonal destruction. It is an important tool for investigating pathobiology, identifying drug targets and testing drug candidates. Even though EAE is routinely used in many laboratories and is often part of the routine assessment of knockouts and transgenes, scoring of the disease course has not become standardized in the community, with at least 83 published scoring variants...
December 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904491/intravenous-transplantation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-attenuates-demyelination-in-an-icr-outbred-mouse-model-of-demyelinating-diseases
#3
Kidsadagon Pringproa, Anucha Sathanawongs, Chananthida Khamphilai, Sarocha Sukkarinprom, Apichart Oranratnachai
Induction of demyelination in the central nervous system (CNS) of experimental mice using cuprizone is widely used as an animal model for studying the pathogenesis and treatment of demyelination. However, different mouse strains used result in different pathological outcomes. Moreover, because current medicinal treatments are not always effective in multiple sclerosis patients, so the study of exogenous cell transplantation in an animal model is of great importance. The aims of the present study were to establish an alternative ICR outbred mouse model for studying demyelination and to evaluate the effects of intravenous cell transplantation in the present developed mouse model...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903258/catwalk-gait-analysis-in-a-rat-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#4
Sabine Herold, Prateek Kumar, Klaus Jung, Irina Graf, Henrike Menkhoff, Xenia Schulz, Mathias Bähr, Katharina Hein
BACKGROUND: Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a widely used animal model for multiple sclerosis. The characteristic feature of the MOG-EAE model in Brown Norway rats is consistent involvement of the spinal cord resulting in limb paresis. The aim of the study was to investigate whether early subclinical gait abnormalities are present in this animal model and can be detected by CatWalk XT, a fully automated gait analysis system...
November 30, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877110/forward-genetic-screen-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-suggests-f57a10-2-and-acp-4-as-suppressors-of-c9orf72-related-phenotypes
#5
Xin Wang, Limin Hao, Taixiang Saur, Katelyn Joyal, Ying Zhao, Desheng Zhai, Jie Li, Mochtar Pribadi, Giovanni Coppola, Bruce M Cohen, Edgar A Buttner
An abnormally expanded GGGGCC repeat in C9ORF72 is the most frequent causal mutation associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Both gain-of-function (gf) and loss-of-function (lf) mechanisms have been involved in C9ORF72 related ALS/FTLD. The gf mechanism of C9ORF72 has been studied in various animal models but not in C. elegans. In the present study, we described mutant C9ORF72 modeling in C. elegans and report the finding of two suppressor genes. We made transgenes containing 9 or 29 repeats of GGGGCC in C9ORF72, driven by either the hsp-16 promoters or the unc-119 promoter...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876534/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-modifies-astrocytosis-cell-density-and-lipopolysaccharide-levels-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#6
Francisco J Medina-Fernández, Evelio Luque, Macarena Aguilar-Luque, Eduardo Agüera, Montserrat Feijóo, Fe I García-Maceira, Begoña M Escribano, Álvaro Pascual-Leone, René Drucker-Colín, Isaac Túnez
AIMS: Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is considered a valid experimental model for multiple sclerosis, a chronic neuroinflammatory condition of the central nervous system. Additionally, some evidence has shown that some microbial products such as the bacterial lipopolysaccharide could lead to the activation of reactive immune cells, triggering neuroinflammation. Several studies have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may exert a neuroprotective effect. Therefore, we aimed to assess the effect of TMS on the neuroinflammation occurring in EAE...
November 19, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844213/b-cell-directed-therapeutics-in-multiple-sclerosis-rationale-and-clinical-evidence
#7
REVIEW
Silke Kinzel, Martin S Weber
Over the last decade, evidence condensed that B cells, B cell-derived plasma cells and antibodies play a key role in the pathogenesis and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). In many patients with MS, peripheral B cells show signs of chronic activation; within the cerebrospinal fluid clonally expanded plasma cells produce oligoclonal immunoglobulins, which remain a hallmark diagnostic finding. Confirming the clinical relevance of these immunological alterations, recent trials testing anti-CD20-mediated depletion of peripheral B cells showed an instantaneous halt in development of new central nervous system lesions and occurrence of relapses...
December 2016: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844107/th9-cells-in-the-pathogenesis-of-eae-and-multiple-sclerosis
#8
REVIEW
Wassim Elyaman, Samia J Khoury
Interleukin (IL)-9 producing CD4(+) T helper cells (Th9) are the newest addition to the T helper cell subsets. IL-9 binds to a heterodimeric receptor consisting of the IL-9 receptor (IL-9R) and a common γ chain also presents in IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, and IL-15 receptor complexes. In addition to Th9 cells, Th17 cells secrete smaller amounts of IL-9. Many functional and regulatory roles associated with Th9 cells are currently not fully understood. IL-9 is a pleiotropic cytokine that affects the activity of multiple cell types in the immune compartment as well as in the central nervous system (CNS)...
November 14, 2016: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832402/phenotype-of-antigen-unexperienced-th-cells-in-the-inflamed-central-nervous-system-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#9
Sophia Franck, Magdalena Paterka, Jerome Birkenstock, Frauke Zipp, Volker Siffrin, Esther Witsch
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, disseminated inflammation of the central nervous system which is thought to be driven by autoimmune T cells. Genetic association studies in multiple sclerosis and a large number of studies in the animal model of the disease support a role for effector/memory T helper cells. However, the mechanisms underlying relapses, remission and chronic progression in multiple sclerosis or the animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, are not clear. In particular, there is only scarce information on the role of central nervous system-invading naive T helper cells in these processes...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831901/imaging-matrix-metalloproteinase-activity-in-multiple-sclerosis-as-a-specific-marker-of-leukocyte-penetration-of-the-blood-brain-barrier
#10
Hanna Gerwien, Sven Hermann, Xueli Zhang, Eva Korpos, Jian Song, Klaus Kopka, Andreas Faust, Christian Wenning, Catharina C Gross, Lisa Honold, Nico Melzer, Ghislain Opdenakker, Heinz Wiendl, Michael Schäfers, Lydia Sorokin
The enzymes gelatinase A/matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and gelatinase B/MMP-9 are essential for induction of neuroinflammatory symptoms in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS); in the absence of these enzymes, the disease does not develop. We therefore investigated the cellular sources and relative contributions of MMP-2 and MMP-9 to disease at early stages of EAE induction. We demonstrated that MMP-9 from an immune cell source is required in EAE for initial infiltration of leukocytes into the central nervous system and that MMP-9 activity is a reliable marker of leukocyte penetration of the blood-brain barrier...
November 9, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826792/monocyte-behaviour-and-tissue-transglutaminase-expression-during-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-transgenic-cx3cr1-gfp-gfp-mice
#11
Navina L Chrobok, Alexandre Jaouen, Keith K Fenrich, John G J M Bol, Micha M M Wilhelmus, Benjamin Drukarch, Franck Debarbieux, Anne-Marie van Dam
Leukocyte infiltration into the central nervous system (CNS) is a key pathological feature in multiple sclerosis (MS) and the MS animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Recently, preventing leukocyte influx into the CNS of MS patients is the main target of MS therapies and insight into cell behaviour in the circulation is needed for further elucidation of such therapies. In this study, we aimed at in vivo visualization of monocytes in a time-dependent manner during EAE. Using intravital two-photon microscopy (IVM), we imaged CX3CR1(gfp/gfp) mice during EAE, visualizing CX3CR1-GFP(+) monocytes and their dynamics in the spinal cord vasculature...
November 9, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826298/tertiary-lymphoid-organs-in-central-nervous-system-autoimmunity
#12
REVIEW
Meike Mitsdoerffer, Anneli Peters
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS), which results in permanent neuronal damage and substantial disability in patients. Autoreactive T cells are important drivers of the disease; however, the efficacy of B cell depleting therapies uncovered an essential role for B cells in disease pathogenesis. They can contribute to inflammatory processes via presentation of autoantigen, secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and production of pathogenic antibodies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818323/als-causing-mutations-differentially-affect-pgc-1%C3%AE-expression-and-function-in-the-brain-vs-peripheral-tissues
#13
Hanna Bayer, Kerstin Lang, Eva Buck, Julia Higelin, Lara Barteczko, Noemi Pasquarelli, Jasmin Sprissler, Tanja Lucas, Karlheinz Holzmann, Maria Demestre, Katrin S Lindenberg, Karin M Danzer, Tobias Boeckers, Albert C Ludolph, Luc Dupuis, Patrick Weydt, Anke Witting
BACKGROUND: Monogenetic forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) offer an opportunity for unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying this devastating neurodegenerative disorder. In order to identify a link between ALS-related metabolic changes and neurodegeneration, we investigated whether ALS-causing mutations interfere with the peripheral and brain-specific expression and signaling of the metabolic master regulator PGC (PPAR gamma coactivator)-1α (PGC-1α). METHODS: We analyzed the expression of PGC-1α isoforms and target genes in two mouse models of familial ALS and validated the stimulated PGC-1α signaling in primary adipocytes and neurons of these animal models and in iPS derived motoneurons of two ALS patients harboring two different frame-shift FUS/TLS mutations...
November 3, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804858/heat-shock-proteins-old-and-novel-roles-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-in-the-central-nervous-system
#14
Sandra Amor, Marianna Bugiani, Johannes M van Noort
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are families of molecular chaperones that play important homeostatic functions in the central nervous system (CNS) by preventing protein misfolding, promoting degradation of improperly folded proteins, and protecting against apoptosis and inflammatory damage especially during hyperthermia, hypoxia, or oxidative stress. Under stress conditions, HSPs are upregulated to protect cells from damage that accumulates during ageing as well as pathological conditions. An important, yet frequently overlooked function of some HSPs is their ability to function as extracellular messengers (also termed chaperokines) that modulate immune responses within the CNS...
October 31, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780253/il-12-il-23p40-is-highly-expressed-in-secondary-lymphoid-organs-and-the-cns-during-all-stages-of-eae-but-its-deletion-does-not-affect-disease-perpetuation
#15
Petra D Cravens, Rehana Z Hussain, William A Miller-Little, Li-Hong Ben, Benjamin M Segal, Emily Herndon, Olaf Stüve
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 are heterodimers that share the p40 subunit, and both cytokines are critical in the differentiation of T helper (Th)1 and Th17 cells, respectively. Th1 and Th17 effector cells have been implicated in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), an animal model of the human central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune demyelinating disorder multiple sclerosis (MS). However, ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against p40 failed to show efficacy over placebo in a phase II clinical trial in patients with MS...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777101/glycyrrhizin-ameliorates-fibrosis-vasculopathy-and-inflammation-in-animal-models-of-systemic-sclerosis
#16
Takashi Yamashita, Yoshihide Asano, Takashi Taniguchi, Kouki Nakamura, Ryosuke Saigusa, Shunsuke Miura, Tetsuo Toyama, Takehiro Takahashi, Yohei Ichimura, Ayumi Yoshizaki, Maria Trojanowska, Shinichi Sato
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystem inflammatory and vascular disease resulting in extensive tissue fibrosis. Glycyrrhizin, clinically used for chronic hepatic diseases and itching dermatitis, modulates the pathological processes of inflammation, vasculopathy, and fibrosis in human diseases and their animal models. Therefore, we investigated a potential impact of glycyrrhizin on the key pathological manifestations of SSc, including inflammation, vasculopathy, and tissue fibrosis, with bleomycin (BLM)-treated mice mimicking the fibrotic and inflammatory components of SSc and endothelial cell-specific Fli1 knockout mice recapitulating SSc vasculopathy...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774592/rifampicin-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-inhibiting-pathogenic-th17-cells-responses
#17
Ke Ma, Xi Chen, Jia-Cheng Chen, Ying Wang, Xi-Meng Zhang, Fan Huang, Jun-Jiong Zheng, Xiong Chen, Wei Yu, Ke-Ling Cheng, Yan-Qing Feng, Huai-Yu Gu
Rifampicin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, has neuroprotective, immunosuppressive, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the effect of rifampicin on autoimmune disorders of the nervous system is not clear. In this study, we investigated whether rifampicin was beneficial to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein peptide (MOG33-35 )-induced female C57BL/6 experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) mice, the well-established animal model of multiple sclerosis. Rifampicin treatment (daily from the first day after EAE immunization) remarkably attenuated clinical signs and loss of body weight, which are associated with suppression of inflammatory infiltration and demyelination in spinal cords of EAE mice...
October 23, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27767981/physiological-role-of-erythrocyte-nitric-oxide
#18
Carlota Saldanha
Nitric oxide (NO) produced by endothelial cells interacts with erythrocyte through band 3 protein, being scavenged by haemoglobin. A signal transduction mechanism involving protein Gi and protein band 3 stimulates erythrocyte NO efflux when acetylcholine (ACh) binds to erythrocyte membrane acetylcholinesterase. Binding of normal plasma fibrinogen (Fib) levels, to erythrocyte membrane CD47 decreases the NO efflux. When high Fib concentration and ACh were present the efflux of NO from erythrocytes was normalized...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746061/rise-ssc-riociguat-in-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis
#19
Oliver Distler, Janet Pope, Chris Denton, Yannick Allanore, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Janethe de Oliveira Pena, Dinesh Khanna
: RISE-SSc is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 study investigating the efficacy and safety of riociguat in patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc). Based on positive results from riociguat trials in patients with pulmonary hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in combination with the known antiproliferative and antifibrotic effects seen in animal models, patients with SSc may benefit from treatment with riociguat. Patients with SSc meeting the ACR/EULAR systemic sclerosis classification criteria with diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc) subset per LeRoy criteria, and a disease duration of less than or equal to 18 months will be randomized to placebo or riociguat 0...
September 28, 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737014/vgf-protein-and-its-c-terminal-derived-peptides-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-human-and-animal-model-studies
#20
Carla Brancia, Barbara Noli, Marina Boido, Andrea Boi, Roberta Puddu, Giuseppe Borghero, Francesco Marrosu, Paolo Bongioanni, Sandro Orrù, Barbara Manconi, Filomena D'Amato, Irene Messana, Federica Vincenzoni, Alessandro Vercelli, Gian-Luca Ferri, Cristina Cocco
VGF mRNA is widely expressed in areas of the nervous system known to degenerate in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), including cerebral cortex, brainstem and spinal cord. Despite certain VGF alterations are reported in animal models, little information is available with respect to the ALS patients. We addressed VGF peptide changes in fibroblast cell cultures and in plasma obtained from ALS patients, in parallel with spinal cord and plasma samples from the G93A-SOD1 mouse model. Antisera specific for the C-terminal end of the human and mouse VGF proteins, respectively, were used in immunohistochemistry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), while gel chromatography and HPLC/ESI-MS/MS were used to identify the VGF peptides present...
2016: PloS One
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