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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547540/investigation-of-anti-neuronal-antibodies-in-status-epilepticus-of-unknown-etiology-a-prospective-study
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Murat Mert Atmaca, Erdem Tuzun, Ece Erdag, Nerses Bebek, Betul Baykan, Candan Gurses
There have been recent reports of antibody-mediated status epilepticus. The objective of our study was to investigate the prevalence of neuronal autoantibodies in patients with status epilepticus (SE) with unresolved etiology. The presence of neuronal autoantibodies was investigated prospectively in adult patients with SE who presented to our clinic between February 2012 and December 2013 with unresolved etiology. Clinical and electrophysiologic features of seropositive patients were recorded. Also, seronegative and seropositive patient groups were compared in terms of demographic and clinical features, treatment responses, and outcomes...
May 25, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546314/chronic-stress-induced-behavioral-changes-associated-with-subregion-selective-serotonin-cell-death-in-the-dorsal-raphe
#2
Reka Natarajan, Laura Forrester, Nicolas Chiaia, Bryan K Yamamoto
The current study examined the neurochemical mechanisms and neuroanatomical changes underlying co-existing behavioral effects associated with chronic stress-induced alterations in serotonin (5HT) neurons. Chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) to adult male rats produced depression-like changes with cognitive dysfunction and selective cell death in the interfascicular nucleus of the dorsal raphe (DRif) resulting in decreased 5HTergic innervation of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Twenty-one days of CUS decreased basal plasma levels of corticosterone and produced a shorter latency to immobility and longer durations of immobility in the force-swim test that persisted for one month after CUS...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546056/glutamate-in-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-and-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-1-h-mrs-study
#3
Branislava Ćurčić-Blake, Leonie Bais, Anita Sibeijn-Kuiper, Marieke Pijnenborg, Henderikus Knegtering, Edith Liemburg, André Aleman
PURPOSE: Glutamatergic models of psychosis propose that dysfunction of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and associated excess of glutamate, may underlie psychotic experiences in people with schizophrenia. However, little is known about the specific relation between glutamate and auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in patients with psychosis. In this study, levels of glutamate+glutamine (Glx) in the left lateral prefrontal lobe were determined using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H MRS) to calculate their association with AVH...
May 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545760/identification-of-synaptic-pattern-of-nmda-receptor-subunits-upon-direction-selective-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-developing-and-adult-mouse-retina
#4
Jun-Seok Lee, Hang-Gu Kim, Chang-Jin Jeon
Direction selectivity of the retina is a unique mechanism and critical function of eyes for surviving. Direction-selective retinal ganglion cells (DS RGCs) strongly respond to preferred directional stimuli, but rarely respond to the opposite or null directional stimuli. These DS RGCs are sensitive to glutamate, which is secreted from bipolar cells. Using immunocytochemistry, we studied with the distributions of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunits on the dendrites of DS RGCs in the developing and adult mouse retina...
May 22, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545490/glutamate-signaling-through-the-nmda-receptor-reduces-the-expression-of-scleraxis-in-plantaris-tendon-derived-cells
#5
Christoph Spang, Ludvig J Backman, Sandrine Le Roux, Jialin Chen, Patrik Danielson
BACKGROUND: A body of evidence demonstrating changes to the glutaminergic system in tendinopathy has recently emerged. This hypothesis was further tested by studying the effects of glutamate on the tenocyte phenotype, and the impact of loading and exposure to glucocorticoids on the glutamate signaling machinery. METHODS: Plantaris tendon tissue and cultured plantaris tendon derived cells were immunohisto-/cytochemically stained for glutamate, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor 1 (NMDAR1) and vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGluT2)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543930/further-analysis-of-acute-antinociceptive-and-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline-in-mice
#6
Vanessa D G Silva, Angélica S Reis, Mikaela Pinz, Caren A R da Fonseca, Luis Fernando B Duarte, Juliano A Roehrs, Diego Alves, Cristiane Luchese, Ethel A Wilhelm
A new quinoline containing selenium, 4-phenylselenyl-7-chloroquinoline (4-PSQ), was described and synthetized by our research group. Recently, we demonstrated the potential antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory of 4-PSQ. For this reason, the first objective of this study was to expand our previous findings by investigating the contribution of glutamatergic, serotonergic and nitrergic systems to the acute antinociceptive action of this compound. Pretreatment with 4-PSQ (0.01-25 mg/kg, p.o.) reduced the nociception induced by glutamate...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542026/combination-drug-therapy-of-pioglitazone-and-d-cycloserine-attenuates-chronic-orofacial-neuropathic-pain-and-anxiety-by-improving-mitochondrial-function-following-trigeminal-nerve-injury
#7
Danielle N Lyons, Liping Zhang, Jignesh D Pandya, Robert J Danaher, Fei Ma, Craig S Miller, Patrick G Sullivan, Cristian Sirbu, Karin N Westlund
OBJECTIVES: The study aim was to determine how peripheral trigeminal nerve injury affects mitochondrial respiration and to test efficacy of combined treatment with two FDA approved drugs with potential for improving mitochondrial bioenergetics, pain and anxiety related behaviors in a chronic orofacial neuropathic pain mouse model. METHODS: Efficacy of (R)-(+)-4-amino-3-isoxazolidinone (D-cycloserine, DCS), an NMDA antagonist/agonist, and Pioglitazone (PIO), a selective agonist of nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) was investigate in the trigeminal inflammatory compression (TIC) neuropathic nerve injury mouse model...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540665/different-molecular-mechanisms-mediate-direct-or-glia-dependent-prion-protein-fragment-90-231-neurotoxic-effects-in-cerebellar-granule-neurons
#8
Stefano Thellung, Elena Gatta, Francesca Pellistri, Valentina Villa, Alessandro Corsaro, Mario Nizzari, Mauro Robello, Tullio Florio
Glia over-stimulation associates with amyloid deposition contributing to the progression of central nervous system neurodegenerative disorders. Here we analyze the molecular mechanisms mediating microglia-dependent neurotoxicity induced by prion protein (PrP)90-231, an amyloidogenic polypeptide corresponding to the protease-resistant portion of the pathological prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)). PrP90-231 neurotoxicity is enhanced by the presence of microglia within neuronal culture, and associated to a rapid neuronal [Ca(++)] i increase...
May 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539393/phencyclidine-pcp-administration-during-neurodevelopment-alters-network-activity-in-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-in-adult-rats
#9
Celia Kjaerby, Nanna Hovelsø, Nils Ole Dalby, Florence Sotty
Symptoms of schizophrenia have been linked to insults during neurodevelopment such as NMDA receptor antagonist exposure. In animal models, this leads to schizophrenia-like behavioral symptoms as well as molecular and functional changes within hippocampal and prefrontal regions. The aim of this study was to determine how administration with the NMDA receptor antagonist, phencyclidine (PCP), during neurodevelopment affects functional network changes within the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). We recorded field potentials in vivo following electrical brainstem stimulation and observed a suppression of evoked theta power in ventral hippocampus, while evoked gamma power in mPFC was enhanced in rats administered neonatally with PCP...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536975/a-new-hope-for-a-devastating-disease-hydrogen-sulfide-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
Xu Cao, Lei Cao, Lei Ding, Jin-Song Bian
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been regarded as the third gaseous transmitter alongside nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). In mammalian brain, H2S is produced redundantly by four enzymatic pathways, implying its abundance in the organ. In physiological conditions, H2S has been found to induce the formation of long-term potential in neuronal cells by augmenting the activity of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. Likewise, it also actively takes part in the regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) and pH homeostasis in both neuronal cells and glia cells...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536900/hopes-for-the-future-of-pain-control
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REVIEW
Kirsty Bannister, Mateusz Kucharczyk, Anthony H Dickenson
Here we aim to present an accessible review of the pharmacological targets for pain management, and succinctly discuss the newest trends in pain therapy. A key task for current pain pharmacotherapy is the identification of receptors and channels orchestrating nociception. Notwithstanding peripheral alterations in the receptors and channels following pathophysiological events, the modulatory mechanisms in the central nervous system are also fundamental to the regulation of pain perception. Bridging preclinical and clinical studies of peripheral and central components of pain modulation, we present the different types of pain and relate these to pharmacological interventions...
May 23, 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536523/positive-modulatory-interactions-of-nmda-receptor-glun1-2b-ligand-binding-domains-attenuate-antagonists-activity
#12
Douglas Bledsoe, Ceyhun Tamer, Ivana Mesic, Christian Madry, Bradley G Klein, Bodo Laube, Blaise M Costa
N-methyl D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) play crucial role in normal brain function and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Functional tetra-heteromeric NMDAR contains two obligatory GluN1 subunits and two identical or different non-GluN1 subunits that include six different gene products; four GluN2 (A-D) and two GluN3 (A-B) subunits. The heterogeneity of subunit combination facilities the distinct function of NMDARs. All GluN subunits contain an extracellular N-terminal Domain (NTD) and ligand binding domain (LBD), transmembrane domain (TMD) and an intracellular C-terminal domain (CTD)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536503/epigenetic-activation-of-asct2-in-the-hippocampus-contributes-to-depression-like-behavior-by-regulating-d-serine-in-mice
#13
Jiesi Wang, Ke Zhang, Xiaojuan Chen, Xiaoqian Liu, Huajing Teng, Mei Zhao, Zhongsheng Sun
The roles of D-serine in depression are raised concerned recently as an intrinsic co-agonist for the NMDA receptor. However, the mechanisms underlying its regulation are not fully elucidated. ASCT2 is a Na(+)-dependent D-serine transporter. We found that decreased D-serine and increased hippocampal ASCT2 levels correlated with chronic social defeat stress (CSDS) in mice. Lentivirus-mediated shRNA-mediated knockdown of ASCT2 and the administration of exogenous D-serine in the hippocampus alleviated CSDS-induced social avoidance and immobility...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536358/modulation-of-nmda-receptor-activity-in-fibromyalgia
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Littlejohn, Emma Guymer
Activation of the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) results in increased sensitivity of spinal cord and brain pathways that process sensory information, particularly those which relate to pain. The NMDAR shows increased activity in fibromyalgia and hence modulation of the NMDAR is a target for therapeutic intervention. A literature review of interventions impacting on the NMDAR shows a number of drugs to be active on the NMDAR mechanism in fibromyalgia patients, with variable clinical effects. Low-dose intravenous ketamine and oral memantine both show clinically useful benefit in fibromyalgia...
April 11, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535798/using-kalirin-conditional-knockout-mice-to-distinguish-its-role-in-dopamine-receptor-mediated-behaviors
#15
Taylor P LaRese, Yan Yan, Betty A Eipper, Richard E Mains
BACKGROUND: Mice lacking Kalirin-7 (Kal7(KO)), a Rho GDP/GTP exchange factor, self-administer cocaine at a higher rate than wildtype mice, and show an exaggerated locomotor response to experimenter-administered cocaine. Kal7, which localizes to post-synaptic densities at glutamatergic synapses, interacts directly with the GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA; GluN) receptor. Consistent with these observations, Kal7 plays an essential role in NMDA receptor dependent long term potentiation and depression, and glutamatergic transmission plays a key role in the response to chronic cocaine...
May 23, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534738/optocontrol-of-glutamate-receptor-activity-by-single-side-chain-photoisomerization
#16
Viktoria Klippenstein, Christian Hoppmann, Shixin Ye, Lei Wang, Pierre Paoletti
Engineering light-sensitivity into proteins has wide ranging applications in molecular studies and neuroscience. Commonly used tethered photoswitchable ligands, however, require solvent-accessible protein labeling, face structural constrains, and are bulky. Here, we designed a set of optocontrollable NMDA receptors by directly incorporating single photoswitchable amino acids (PSAAs) providing genetic encodability, reversibility, and site tolerance. We identified several positions within the multi-domain receptor endowing robust photomodulation...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534043/familiarity-detection-is-an-intrinsic-property-of-cortical-microcircuits-with-bidirectional-synaptic-plasticity
#17
Xiaoyu Zhang, Han Ju, Trevor B Penney, Antonius M J VanDongen
Humans instantly recognize a previously seen face as "familiar." To deepen our understanding of familiarity-novelty detection, we simulated biologically plausible neural network models of generic cortical microcircuits consisting of spiking neurons with random recurrent synaptic connections. NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-dependent synaptic plasticity was implemented to allow for unsupervised learning and bidirectional modifications. Network spiking activity evoked by sensory inputs consisting of face images altered synaptic efficacy, which resulted in the network responding more strongly to a previously seen face than a novel face...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533163/grin2b-gain-of-function-mutations-are-sensitive-to-radiprodil-a-negative-allosteric-modulator-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors
#18
Brice Mullier, Christian Wolff, Zara Amanda Sands, Philippe Ghisdal, Pierandrea Muglia, Rafal Marian Kaminski, Véronique Marie André
De novo gain of function mutations in GRIN2B encoding the GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor have been linked with epileptic encephalopathies, including infantile spasms. We investigated the effects of radiprodil, a selective GluN2B negative allosteric modulator and other non-selective NMDA receptor inhibitors on glutamate currents mediated by NMDA receptors containing mutated GluN2B subunits. The experiments were performed in Xenopus oocytes co-injected with the following human mRNAs: GRIN1/GRIN2B, GRIN1/GRIN2B-R540H, GRIN1/GRIN2B-N615I and GRIN1/GRIN2B-V618G...
May 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533113/a-novel-serine-racemase-inhibitor-suppresses-neuronal-over-activation-in-vivo
#19
Hisashi Mori, Ryogo Wada, Satoyuki Takahara, Yoshikazu Horino, Hironori Izumi, Tetsuya Ishimoto, Tomoyuki Yoshida, Mineyuki Mizuguchi, Takayuki Obita, Hiroaki Gouda, Shuichi Hirono, Naoki Toyooka
Serine racemase (SRR) is an enzyme that produces d-serine from l-serine. d-Serine acts as an endogenous coagonist of NMDA-type glutamate receptors (NMDARs), which regulate many physiological functions. Over-activation of NMDARs induces excitotoxicity, which is observed in many neurodegenerative disorders and epilepsy states. In our previous works on the generation of SRR gene knockout (Srr-KO) mice and its protective effects against NMDA- and Aβ peptide-induced neurodegeneration, we hypothesized that the regulation of NMDARs' over-activation by inhibition of SRR activity is one such therapeutic strategy to combat these disease states...
May 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529112/myeloid-differentiation-factor-88-is-up-regulated-in-epileptic-brain-and-contributes-to-experimental-seizures-in-rats
#20
Na Wang, Xiong Han, Haipeng Liu, Ting Zhao, Jie Li, Yan Feng, Xiujuan Mi, Yanke Zhang, Yanan Chen, Xuefeng Wang
Accumulating evidence supports that activation of inflammatory pathways is a crucial factor contributing to the pathogenesis of seizures. In particular, the activation of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) system exerts proconvulsant effects in a large variety of seizure models. Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is a critical adaptor protein in the signaling cascade elicited by IL-1β. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern of MyD88 in rat models of seizures and in patients with refractory temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), and to study the role of MyD88 in epileptic seizures...
May 18, 2017: Experimental Neurology
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