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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544974/cetuximab-modified-collagen-scaffold-directs-neurogenesis-of-injury-activated-endogenous-neural-stem-cells-for-acute-spinal-cord-injury-repair
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Xing Li, Yannan Zhao, Shixiang Cheng, Sufang Han, Muya Shu, Bing Chen, Xuyi Chen, Fengwu Tang, Nuo Wang, Yue Tu, Bin Wang, Zhifeng Xiao, Sai Zhang, Jianwu Dai
Studies have shown that endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs) activated by spinal cord injury (SCI) primarily generate astrocytes to form glial scar. The NSCs do not differentiate into neurons because of the adverse microenvironment. In this study, we defined the activation timeline of endogenous NSCs in rats with severe SCI. These injury-activated NSCs then migrated into the lesion site. Cetuximab, an EGFR signaling antagonist, significantly increased neurogenesis in the lesion site. Meanwhile, implanting cetuximab modified linear ordered collagen scaffolds (LOCS) into SCI lesion sites in dogs resulted in neuronal regeneration, including neuronal differentiation, maturation, myelination, and synapse formation...
May 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544775/potentiation-of-spinal-glutamatergic-response-in-the-neuron-glia-interactions-underlies-the-intrathecal-il-1%C3%AE-induced-thermal-hyperalgesia-in-rats
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Chun-Sung Sung, Zhi-Hong Wen, Chien-Wei Feng, Chun-Hong Chen, Shi-Ying Huang, Nan-Fu Chen, Wu-Fu Chen, Chih-Shung Wong
AIMS: We previously demonstrated that intrathecal IL-1β upregulated phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (P-p38 MAPK) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in microglia and astrocytes in spinal cord, increased nitric oxide (NO) release into cerebrospinal fluid, and induced thermal hyperalgesia in rats. This study investigated the role of spinal glutamatergic response in intrathecal IL-1β-induced nociception in rats. METHODS: The pretreatment effects of MK-801 (5 μg), minocycline (20 μg), and SB203580 (5 μg) on intrathecal IL-1β (100 ng) in rats were measured by behavior, Western blotting, CSF analysis, and immunofluorescence studies...
May 19, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544365/anti-aging-drugs-reduce-hypothalamic-inflammation-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Marianna Sadagurski, Gillian Cady, Richard A Miller
Aging leads to hypothalamic inflammation, but does so more slowly in mice whose lifespan has been extended by mutations that affect GH/IGF-1 signals. Early-life exposure to GH by injection, or to nutrient restriction in the first 3 weeks of life, also modulate both lifespan and the pace of hypothalamic inflammation. Three drugs extend lifespan of UM-HET3 mice in a sex-specific way: acarbose (ACA), 17-α-estradiol (17αE2), and nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), with more dramatic longevity increases in males in each case...
May 20, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543773/degradation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-by-the-immunoproteasome-in-astrocytes-a-potential-interferon-%C3%AE-dependent-mechanism-contributing-to-hiv-neuropathogenesis
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Colleen E Kovacsics, Alexander J Gill, Surendra S Ambegaokar, Benjamin B Gelman, Dennis L Kolson
Induction of the detoxifying enzyme heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a critical protective host response to cellular injury associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. We previously found that HO-1 protein expression is reduced in brains of HIV-infected individuals with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and in HIV-infected macrophages, where this reduction associates with enhanced glutamate release and neurotoxicity. Because HIV-infected macrophages are a small component of the cellular content of the brain, the reduction of macrophage HO-1 expression likely accounts for a small portion of brain HO-1 loss in HIV infection...
May 22, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543541/human-schwann-cells-exhibit-long-term-cell-survival-are-not-tumorigenic-and-promote-repair-when-transplanted-into-the-contused-spinal-cord
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Johana Bastidas, Gagani Athauda, Gabriela De La Cruz, Wai-Man Chan, Roozbeh Golshani, Yerko Berrocal, Martha Henao, Anil Lalwani, Chikato Mannoji, Mazen Assi, P Anthony Otero, Aisha Khan, Alexander E Marcillo, Michael Norenberg, Allan D Levi, Patrick M Wood, James D Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Damien D Pearse
The transplantation of rodent Schwann cells (SCs) provides anatomical and functional restitution in a variety of spinal cord injury (SCI) models, supporting the recent translation of SCs to phase 1 clinical trials for human SCI. Whereas human (Hu)SCs have been examined experimentally in a complete SCI transection paradigm, to date the reported behavior of SCs when transplanted after a clinically relevant contusive SCI has been restricted to the use of rodent SCs. Here, in a xenotransplant, contusive SCI paradigm, the survival, biodistribution, proliferation and tumorgenicity as well as host responses to HuSCs, cultured according to a protocol analogous to that developed for clinical application, were investigated...
May 22, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543098/brain-endothelial-cell-expression-of-sparcl-1-is-specific-to-chronic-multiple-sclerosis-lesions-and-is-regulated-by-inflammatory-mediators-in-vitro
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C Bridel, M J A Koel-Simmelink, L Peferoen, C Derada Troletti, S Durieux, R Gorter, E Nutma, P Gami, E Iacobeus, L Brundin, J Kuhle, H Vrenken, J Killestein, S R Piersma, T V Pham, H E De Vries, S Amor, C R Jimenez, C E Teunissen
AIMS: Cell matrix modulating protein SPARCL-1 is highly expressed by astrocytes during CNS development and following acute CNS damage. Applying NanoLC-MS/MS to CSF of RRMS and SPMS patients, we identified SPARCL-1 as differentially expressed between these two stages of MS, suggesting a potential as CSF biomarker to differentiate RRMS from SPMS and a role in MS pathogenesis. METHODS: This study examines the potential of SPARCL-1 as CSF biomarker discriminating RRMS from SPMS in 3 independent cohorts (n=249), analyses its expression pattern in MS lesions (n= 26), and studies its regulation in cultured human brain microvasculature endothelial cells (BEC) after exposure to MS-relevant inflammatory mediators...
May 24, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541655/in-vitro-study-of-receptor-mediated-silica-nanoparticles-delivery-across-blood-brain-barrier
#7
Yang Song, Dan Du, Lei Li, Jun Xu, Prashanta Dutta, Yuehe Lin
A brain drug delivery system has been demonstrated by attaching lactoferrin (Lf) on the silica nanoparticles (Si NPs). The nanoparticle surface was modified with the polyethylene glycol to reduce protein adsorption. The transport efficiency of Lf attached Si NPs was studied using an in vitro blood-brain barrier (BBB) model consists of three distinct types of cells: endocytes, pericytes and astrocytes. Transfer of NPs from the apical side to the basolateral side is observed. The results indicated that Lf attached Si NPs demonstrated enhanced transport efficiency across the BBB with size-dependent compared to bare Si NPs...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540131/parkinson-s-disease-microglial-macrophage-induced-immunoexcitotoxicity-as-a-central-mechanism-of-neurodegeneration
#8
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Russell L Blaylock
Parkinson's disease is one of the several neurodegenerative disorders that affects aging individuals, with approximately 1% of those over the age of 60 years developing the disorder in their lifetime. The disease has the characteristics of a progressive disorder in most people, with a common pattern of pathological change occurring in the nervous system that extends beyond the classical striatal degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Earlier studies concluded that the disease was a disorder of alpha-synuclein, with the formation of aggregates of abnormal alpha-synuclein being characteristic...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540130/corpora-amylacea-mimicking-low-grade-glioma-and-manifesting-as-a-seizure-case-report
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Seung J Lee, Minsu Kim, Carlito Lagman, Timothy T Bui, William H Yong, Isaac Yang
BACKGROUND: Corpora amylacea (CA) are accumulations of polyglucosan bodies typically found in astrocytic foot processes, and rarely, can mimic neoplasm. CA accumulation has also been associated with seizure disorders. We report the first case of a histologically confirmed intracranial, intraparenchymal CA lesion mimicking a low-grade glioma and manifesting as a seizure. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 43-year-old man presented after a general tonic-clonic (GTC) seizure. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a small lesion in the right mesial temporal lobe with radiologic features of a low-grade glioma...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539872/the-role-of-app-in-structural-spine-plasticity
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REVIEW
Elena Montagna, Mario M Dorostkar, Jochen Herms
Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is a transmembrane protein highly expressed in neurons. The full-length protein has cell-adhesion and receptor-like properties, which play roles in synapse formation and stability. Furthermore, APP can be cleaved by several proteases into numerous fragments, many of which affect synaptic function and stability. This review article focuses on the mechanisms of APP in structural spine plasticity, which encompasses the morphological alterations at excitatory synapses. These occur as changes in the number and morphology of dendritic spines, which correspond to the postsynaptic compartment of excitatory synapses...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539831/aldehyde-dehydrogenases-1a2-expression-and-distribution-are-potentially-associated-with-neuron-death-in-spinal-cord-of-tg-sod1-g93a-1gur-mice
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Huiting Liang, Chengsi Wu, Youqing Deng, Lei Zhu, Jie Zhang, Weiming Gan, Chunyan Tang, Renshi Xu
The pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has not been unclear yet, it might be associated with the abnormal expression and distribution of certain proteins. Aldehyde dehydrogenases 1A2 (ALDH1A2) was thought to be one of potential candidates. Therefore, in this study we observed and analyzed the alteration of the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the spinal cord of wild-type (WT) and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice. We compared the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the different segments, anatomic regions and neural cells of spinal cord at the different stages of WT and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice applied the methods of fluorescent immunohistochemistry and western blot...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539419/microglia-are-irrelevant-for-neuronal-degeneration-and-axon-regeneration-after-acute-injury
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Alexander M Hilla, Heike Diekmann, Dietmar Fischer
The role of microglia in de- and regenerative processes after damage of the nervous system still remains ambiguous, partially due to the paucity of appropriate investigative methods. Here, we show that treatment with the pharmacological colony stimulating factor 1 receptor inhibitor PLX5622 specifically eliminated microglia in murine retinae and optic nerves. Interestingly, time course and extent of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration after optic nerve crush remained unaffected upon microglia depletion, although remnants of pre-labeled apoptotic RGCs were not cleared from the retina in these animals...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539349/sleep-loss-promotes-astrocytic-phagocytosis-and-microglial-activation-in-mouse-cerebral-cortex
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Michele Bellesi, Luisa de Vivo, Mattia Chini, Francesca Gilli, Giulio Tononi, Chiara Cirelli
We previously found that Mertk and its ligand Gas6, astrocytic genes involved in phagocytosis, are upregulated after acute sleep deprivation. These results suggested that astrocytes may engage in phagocytic activity during extended wake, but direct evidence was lacking. Studies in humans and rodents also found that sleep loss increases peripheral markers of inflammation, but whether these changes are associated with neuroinflammation and/or activation of microglia, the brain's resident innate immune cells, was unknown...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539244/manganese-exposure-induces-neuroinflammation-by-impairing-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-astrocytes
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Souvarish Sarkar, Emir Malovic, Dilshan S Harischandra, Hilary A Ngwa, Anamitra Ghosh, Colleen Hogan, Dharmin Rokad, Gary Zenitsky, Huajun Jin, Vellareddy Anantharam, Anumantha G Kanthasamy, Arthi Kanthasamy
Chronic manganese (Mn) exposure induces neurotoxicity, which is characterized by Parkinsonian symptoms resulting from impairment in the extrapyramidal motor system of the basal ganglia. Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are considered key pathophysiological features of Mn neurotoxicity. Recent evidence suggests astrocytes as a major target of Mn neurotoxicity since Mn accumulates predominantly in astrocytes. However, the primary mechanisms underlying Mn-induced astroglial dysfunction and its role in metal neurotoxicity are not completely understood...
May 21, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537420/nitration-and-glycation-turn-mature-ngf-into-a-toxic-factor-for-motor-neurons-a-role-for-p75-sup-ntr-sup-and-rage-signaling-in-als
#15
Mi Jin Kim, Marcelo R Vargas, Benjamin A Harlan, Kelby M Killoy, Lauren Ball, Susana Comte-Walters, Monika Gooz, Yasuhiko Yamamoto, Joseph S Beckman, Luis Barbeito, Mariana Pehar
Glycating stress can occur together with oxidative stress during neurodegeneration and contribute to the pathogenic mechanism. Nerve growth factor (NGF) accumulates in several neurodegenerative diseases. Besides promoting survival, NGF can paradoxically induce cell death by signaling through the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75<sup>NTR</sup>). The ability of NGF to induce cell death is increased by nitration of its tyrosine residues under conditions associated with increased peroxynitrite formation...
May 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536976/memory-and-learning-dysfunction-following-copper-toxicity-biochemical-and-immunohistochemical-basis
#16
Jayantee Kalita, Vijay Kumar, Usha K Misra, Himangsu K Bora
The prototype disease of Cu toxicity in human is Wilson disease, and cognitive impairment is the presenting symptom of it. There is no study correlating Cu-induced excitotoxicity, apoptosis, and astrocytic reaction with memory dysfunction. We report excitotoxicity, apoptosis, and astrocytic reaction of the hippocampus and frontal cortex with memory dysfunction in rat model of Cu toxicity. Thirty-six rats were divided into group I (control) and group II (100 mg/kgBwt/day CuSO4 orally). Y-maze was performed for memory and learning at 0, 30, 60, and 90 days...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536652/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-reduces-cell-apoptosis-via-upregulating-hsp70-in-shsy-5y-cells
#17
Hui Sun, Ming Jiang, Xing Fu, Qiong Cai, Jingxing Zhang, Yanxin Yin, Jia Guo, Lihua Yu, Yun Jiang, Yigang Liu, Liang Feng, Zhiyu Nie, Jianmin Fang, Lingjing Jin
BACKGROUND: Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) is a new candidate growth factor for dopaminergic neurons against endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress). HSP70 family, a chaperon like heat shock protein family, was proved to be involved in the MANF induced survival pathway in 6-OHDA treated SHSY-5Y cells. However, the ER stress relative transcriptome, in MANF signaling cascades is still investigated. The involvement of HSP70, a 70kd member of HSP70 family, need further to be verified...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536505/new-tools-to-study-astrocyte-ca-2-signal-dynamics-in-brain-networks-in-vivo
#18
REVIEW
Gabriele Losi, Letizia Mariotti, Michele Sessolo, Giorgio Carmignoto
Sensory information processing is a fundamental operation in the brain that is based on dynamic interactions between different neuronal populations. Astrocytes, a type of glial cells, have been proposed to represent active elements of brain microcircuits that, through dynamic interactions with neurons, provide a modulatory control of neuronal network activity. Specifically, astrocytes in different brain regions have been described to respond to neuronal signals with intracellular Ca(2+) elevations that represent a key step in the functional recruitment of astrocytes to specific brain circuits...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536295/papers-of-note-in-science356-6339
#19
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles identify a repulsive guidance system that controls the recruitment of T cells to germinal centers; a mechanism for controlling the transfer of nutrients from the placenta to early mouse embryos; and the subcellular location of calcium dynamics in astrocytes.
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535586/an-experimental-infarct-targeting-the-internal-capsule-histopathological-and-ultrastructural-changes
#20
Chang-Woo Han, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Myung Giun Noh, Jin-Myung Kim, Hyung-Seok Kim, Hyung-Sun Kim, Ra Gyung Kim, Jongwook Cho, Hyoung-Ihl Kim, Min-Cheol Lee
BACKGROUND: Stroke involving the cerebral white matter (WM) has increased in prevalence, but most experimental studies have focused on ischemic injury of the gray matter. This study was performed to investigate the WM in a unique rat model of photothrombotic infarct targeting the posterior limb of internal capsule (PLIC), focusing on the identification of the most vulnerable structure in WM by ischemic injury, subsequent glial reaction to the injury, and the fundamental histopathologic feature causing different neurologic outcomes...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
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