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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821660/contribution-of-astroglial-cx43-hemichannels-to-the-modulation-of-glutamatergic-currents-by-d-serine-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Claire Meunier, Nan Wang, Chenju Yi, Glenn Dallerac, Pascal Ezan, Annette Koulakoff, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Astrocytes interact dynamically with neurons by modifying synaptic activity and plasticity. This interplay occurs through a process named gliotransmission, meaning that neuroactive molecules are released by astrocytes. Acting as a gliotransmitter, D-serine co-agonist of the NMDA receptor at the glycine binding site, can be released by astrocytes in a calcium [Ca(2+)]i-dependent manner. A typical feature of astrocytes is their high expression level of connexin43 (Cx43), a protein forming gap junction channels and hemichannels associated with dynamic neuroglial interactions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-nf1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
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Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. NF1 patients commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by NF1 patients. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1+/- mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/(CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807716/iritectol-g-a-novel-iridal-type-triterpenoid-from-iris-tectorum-displays-anti-epileptic-activity-in-vitro-through-inhibition-of-sodium-channels
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Chunlei Zhang, Juan Chen, Fang Zhao, Ruoyun Chen, Dequan Yu, Zhengyu Cao
Iritectol G, a novel iridal-type triterpenoid containing an uncommon tetrahydrofuran moiety, was isolated from the rhizomes of Iris tectorum. The structure was elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic analysis. Iritectol G inhibited spontaneous and 4-aminopyridine-evoked calcium oscillations in primary cultured neocortical neurons with IC50 values of 8.2μM and 12.5μM, respectively. Further electrophysiological study demonstrated that iritectol G preferred to interact with inactivated state of voltage-gated sodium channel with an IC50 value of 7...
August 11, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804999/diversity-of-astroglial-responses-across-human-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-brain-aging
#4
Isidro Ferrer
Astrogliopathy refers to alterations of astrocytes occurring in diseases of the nervous system, and it implies the involvement of astrocytes as key elements in the pathogenesis and pathology of diseases and injuries of the central nervous system. Reactive astrocytosis refers to the response of astrocytes to different insults to the nervous system, whereas astrocytopathy indicates hypertrophy, atrophy/degeneration and loss of function and pathological remodeling occurring as a primary cause of a disease or as a factor contributing to the development and progression of a particular disease...
September 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794459/multiple-excitatory-actions-of-orexins-upon-thalamo-cortical-neurons-in-dorsal-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-implications-for-vision-modulation-by-arousal
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Lukasz Chrobok, Katarzyna Palus-Chramiec, Anna Chrzanowska, Mariusz Kepczynski, Marian Henryk Lewandowski
The orexinergic system of the lateral hypothalamus plays a crucial role in maintaining wakefulness and mediating arousal in a circadian time-dependent manner. Due to the extensive connections of orexinergic neurons, both orexins (OXA and OXB) exert mainly excitatory effects upon remote brain areas, including the thalamus. The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (DLG) is a relay thalamic centre for the visual system. Its thalamo-cortical (TC) neurons convey photic information from the retina to the primary visual cortex...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790888/amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-a%C3%AE-1-42-induces-the-cdk2-mediated-phosphorylation-of-tau-through-the-activation-of-the-mtorc1-signaling-pathway-while-promoting-neuronal-cell-death
#6
Ki Hoon Lee, Sei-Jung Lee, Hyun Jik Lee, Gee Euhn Choi, Young Hyun Jung, Dah Ihm Kim, Amr Ahmed Gabr, Jung Min Ryu, Ho Jae Han
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by cognitive impairment and memory loss. Amyloid β1-42 (Aβ) and hyper-phosphorylation of microtubule-associated protein tau have been considered as major histological features in AD. However, the mechanism of how Aβ induces the hyper-phosphorylation of tau remains to be clarified. In the present study, we investigated the underlying cellular mechanisms of Aβ with regard to the cell cycle regulatory protein-mediated phosphorylation of tau in promoting neuronal cell death...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783331/discovery-and-synthesis-of-caracolamide-a-an-ion-channel-modulating-dichlorovinylidene-containing-phenethylamide-from-a-panamanian-marine-cyanobacterium-cf-symploca-species
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C Benjamin Naman, Jehad Almaliti, Lorene Armstrong, Eduardo J Caro-Díaz, Marsha L Pierce, Evgenia Glukhov, Amanda Fenner, Carmenza Spadafora, Hosana M Debonsi, Pieter C Dorrestein, Thomas F Murray, William H Gerwick
A recent untargeted metabolomics investigation into the chemical profile of 10 organic extracts from cf. Symploca spp. revealed several interesting chemical leads for further natural product drug discovery. Subsequent target-directed isolation efforts with one of these, a Panamanian marine cyanobacterium cf. Symploca sp., yielded a phenethylamide metabolite that terminates in a relatively rare gem-dichlorovinylidene moiety, caracolamide A (1), along with a known isotactic polymethoxy-1-alkene (2). Detailed NMR and HRESIMS analyses were used to determine the structures of these molecules, and compound 1 was confirmed by a three-step synthesis...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782435/rufinamide-pretreatment-attenuates-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-the-gerbil-hippocampus
#8
Chan Woo Park, Tae-Kyeong Lee, Jeong Hwi Cho, In Hye Kim, Jae-Chul Lee, Bich-Na Shin, Ji Hyeon Ahn, Sung Koo Kim, Myoung Cheol Shin, Taek Geun Ohk, Jun Hwi Cho, Moo-Ho Won, Young Joo Lee, Jeong Yeol Seo, Joon Ha Park
OBJECTIVES: Rufinamide, a voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) blocker, is widely used for the clinical treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Previous studies have demonstrated that VGSC blockers have neuroprotective properties against ischemic damage following experimental cerebral ischemia. However, protective effects of rufinamide against cerebral ischemic insults have not been addressed. Therefore, in the present study, we firstly examined neuroprotective effects of rufinamide using a gerbil model of transient global cerebral ischemia...
August 7, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781167/cross-compartmental-modulation-of-dendritic-signals-for-retinal-direction-selectivity
#9
David Koren, James C R Grove, Wei Wei
Compartmentalized signaling in dendritic subdomains is critical for the function of many central neurons. In the retina, individual dendritic sectors of a starburst amacrine cell (SAC) are preferentially activated by different directions of linear motion, indicating limited signal propagation between the sectors. However, the mechanism that regulates this propagation is poorly understood. Here, we find that metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 (mGluR2) signaling, which acts on voltage-gated calcium channels in SACs, selectively restricts cross-sector signal propagation in SACs, but does not affect local dendritic computation within individual sectors...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780195/calcium-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-slowing-the-progression-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
D James Surmeier, Glenda M Halliday, Tanya Simuni
Parkinson's disease is characterized by progressively distributed Lewy pathology and neurodegeneration. The motor symptoms of cPD are unequivocally linked to the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). Several features of these neurons appear to make them selectively vulnerable to factors thought to cause cPD, like aging, genetic mutations and environmental toxins. Among these features, Ca(2+) entry through Cav1 channels is particularly amenable to pharmacotherapy in early stage cPD patients...
August 2, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779972/critical-role-of-trpc1-in-thyroid-hormone-dependent-dopaminergic-neuron-development
#11
Chunhai Chen, Qinglong Ma, Ping Deng, Jianjing Yang, Lingling Yang, Min Lin, Zhengping Yu, Zhou Zhou
Thyroid hormones play a crucial role in midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neuron development. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, we revealed that thyroid hormone treatment evokes significant calcium entry through canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels in ventral midbrain neural stem cells and this calcium signaling is essential for thyroid hormone-dependent DA neuronal differentiation. We also found that TRPC1 is the dominant TRPC channel expressed in ventral midbrain neural stem cells which responds to thyroid hormone...
August 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767512/dissecting-the-role-of-the-crmp2-neurofibromin-complex-on-pain-behaviors
#12
Aubin Moutal, Yue Wang, Xiaofang Yang, Yingshi Ji, Shizhen Luo, Angie Dorame, Shreya S Bellampalli, Lindsey A Chew, Song Cai, Erik T Dustrude, James E Keener, Michael T Marty, Todd W Vanderah, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic disorder linked to inactivating mutations or homozygous deletion of the Nf1 gene, is characterized by tumorigenesis, cognitive dysfunction, seizures, migraine, and pain. Omic studies on human NF1 tissues identified an increase in expression of collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2), a cytosolic protein reported to regulate the trafficking and activity of presynaptic N-type voltage-gated calcium (Cav2.2) channels. Since neurofibromin, the protein product of the Nf1 gene, binds to and inhibits CRMP2, the neurofibromin-CRMP2 signaling cascade will likely affect Ca2+ channel activity and regulate nociceptive neurotransmission and in vivo responses to noxious stimulation...
July 31, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767511/protein-kinase-a-regulates-inflammatory-pain-sensitization-by-modulating-hcn2-channel-activity-in-nociceptive-sensory-neurons
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Stefan Herrmann, Hamsa Rajab, Irina Christ, Christoph Schirdewahn, Daniel Höfler, Michael Jm Fischer, Ariane Bruno, Stefanie Fenske, Christian Gruner, Felix Kramer, Tassilo Wachsmann, Christian Wahl-Schott, Juliane Stieber, Martin Biel, Andreas Ludwig
Several studies implicated cAMP as an important second messenger for regulating nociceptor sensitization, but downstream targets of this signaling pathway which contribute to neuronal plasticity are not well understood. We used a Cre/loxP based strategy to disable the function of either HCN2 or PKA selectively in a subset of peripheral nociceptive neurons and analyzed the nociceptive responses in both transgenic lines. A near complete lack of sensitization was observed in both mutant strains when peripheral inflammation was induced by intradermal injection of 8br-cAMP...
July 31, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765051/how-does-calcium-interact-with-the-cytoskeleton-to-regulate-growth-cone-motility-during-axon-pathfinding
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REVIEW
Robert J Gasperini, Macarena Pavez, Adrian C Thompson, Camilla B Mitchell, Holly Hardy, Kaylene M Young, John K Chilton, Lisa Foa
The precision with which neurons form connections is crucial for the normal development and function of the nervous system. The development of neuronal circuitry in the nervous system is accomplished by axon pathfinding: a process where growth cones guide axons through the embryonic environment to connect with their appropriate synaptic partners to form functional circuits. Despite intense efforts over many years to understand how this process is regulated, the complete repertoire of molecular mechanisms that govern the growth cone cytoskeleton and hence motility, remain unresolved...
July 29, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753475/presenilin-1-mutation-decreases-both-calcium-and-contractile-responses-in-cerebral-arteries
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Xavier Toussay, Jean-Luc Morel, Nathalie Biendon, Lolita Rotureau, François-Pierre Legeron, Marie-Charlotte Boutonnet, Yoon H Cho, Nathalie Macrez
Mutations or upregulation in presenilin 1 (PS1) gene are found in familial early-onset Alzheimer's disease or sporadic late-onset Alzheimer's disease, respectively. PS1 has been essentially studied in neurons and its mutation was shown to alter intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) signals. Here, we showed that PS1 is expressed in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of mouse cerebral arteries, and we assessed the effects of the deletion of exon 9 of PS1 (PS1dE9) on Ca(2+) signals and contractile responses of vascular SMC. Agonist-induced contraction of cerebral vessels was significantly decreased in PS1dE9 both in vivo and ex vivo...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751716/static-magnetic-field-stimulation-enhances-oligodendrocyte-differentiation-and-secretion-of-neurotrophic-factors
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Ankshita Prasad, Daniel B Loong Teh, Agata Blasiak, Chou Chai, Yang Wu, Payam M Gharibani, In Hong Yang, Thang T Phan, Kah Leong Lim, Hyunsoo Yang, Xiaogang Liu, Angelo H All
The cellular-level effects of low/high frequency oscillating magnetic field on excitable cells such as neurons are well established. In contrast, the effects of a homogeneous, static magnetic field (SMF) on Central Nervous System (CNS) glial cells are less investigated. Here, we have developed an in vitro SMF stimulation set-up to investigate the genomic effects of SMF exposure on oligodendrocyte differentiation and neurotrophic factors secretion. Human oligodendrocytes precursor cells (OPCs) were stimulated with moderate intensity SMF (0...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751069/activity-dependent-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-release-is-required-for-the-rapid-antidepressant-actions-of-scopolamine
#17
Sriparna Ghosal, Eunyoung Bang, Wenzhu Yue, Brendan D Hare, Ashley E Lepack, Matthew J Girgenti, Ronald S Duman
BACKGROUND: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a key role in the pathophysiology and treatment of depression. Recent clinical studies demonstrate that scopolamine, a nonselective muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist, produces rapid antidepressant effects in patients with depression. Rodent studies demonstrate that scopolamine increases glutamate transmission and synaptogenesis in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Here we tested the hypothesis that activity-dependent BDNF release within the mPFC is necessary for the antidepressant actions of scopolamine...
June 23, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744923/the-role-of-t-type-calcium-channels-in-the-subiculum-to-burst-or-not-to-burst
#18
Srdjan M Joksimovic, Pierce Eggan, Yukitoshi Izumi, Sonja Lj Joksimovic, Vesna Tesic, Robert M Dietz, James E Orfila, Michael R DiGruccio, Paco S Herson, Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, Charles F Zorumski, Slobodan M Todorovic
Several studies suggest that voltage-gated calcium currents are involved in generating high frequency burst firing in the subiculum, but the exact nature of these currents remains unknown. Here, we used selective pharmacology, molecular and genetic approaches to implicate Cav3.1-containing T-channels in subicular burst firing, in contrast to several previous reports discounting T-channels as major contributors to subicular neuron physiology. Furthermore, pharmacological antagonism of T-channels completely suppressed development of long-term potentiation (LTP) in the CA1-subiculum, but not in the CA3-CA1 pathway...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742985/gabab-receptors-suppress-burst-firing-in-reticular-thalamic-neurons
#19
Stuart M Cain, Esperanza Garcia, Zeina Waheed, Karen L Jones, Trevor J Bushell, Terrance P Snutch
Burst-firing in thalamic neurons is known to play a key role in mediating thalamocortical (TC) oscillations that are associated with non-REM sleep and some types of epileptic seizure. Within the TC system the primary output of GABAergic neurons in the reticular thalamic nucleus (RTN) is thought to induce the de-inactivation of T-type calcium channels in thalamic relay (TR) neurons, promoting burst-firing drive to the cortex and the propagation of TC network activity. However, RTN neurons also project back onto other neurons within the RTN...
July 25, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733833/neuroanatomy-of-pain-deficiency-and-cross-modal-activation-in-calcium-channel-subunit-cacn-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-3-knockout-mice
#20
Julia Landmann, Franziska Richter, Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens, N Jon Shah, Joseph Classen, G Gregory Neely, Angelika Richter, Josef M Penninger, Ingo Bechmann
The phenotype of calcium channel subunit (CACN) α2δ3 knockout (KO) mice includes sensory cross-activation and deficient pain perception. Sensory cross-activation defines the activation of a sensory cortical region by input from another modality due to reorganization in the brain such as after sensory loss. To obtain mechanistic insight into both phenomena, we employed a comprehensive battery of neuroanatomical techniques. While CACNα2δ3 was ubiquitously expressed in wild-type mice, it was absent in α2δ3 KO animals...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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