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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432329/affinity-biosensors-using-recombinant-native-membrane-proteins-displayed-on-exosomes-application-to-botulinum-neurotoxin-b-receptor
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Richard Desplantes, Christian Lévêque, Benjamin Muller, Manuela Lotierzo, Géraldine Ferracci, Michel Popoff, Michael Seagar, Robert Mamoun, Oussama El Far
The development of simple molecular assays with membrane protein receptors in a native conformation still represents a challenging task. Exosomes are extracellular vesicles which, due to their stability and small size, are suited for analysis in various assay formats. Here, we describe a novel approach to sort recombinant fully native and functional membrane proteins to exosomes using a targeting peptide. Specific binding of high affinity ligands to the potassium channel Kv1.2, the G-protein coupled receptor CXCR4, and the botulinum neurotoxin type B (BoNT/B) receptor, indicated their correct assembly and outside out orientation in exosomes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432298/endogenous-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-imaging-characterizes-neuron-and-astrocyte-metabolic-responses-to-manganese-toxicity
#2
Emily Stuntz, Yusi Gong, Disha Sood, Volha Liaudanskaya, Dimitra Pouli, Kyle P Quinn, Carlo Alonzo, Zhiyi Liu, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
As neurodegenerative conditions are increasingly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, methods for studying brain cell metabolism at high spatial resolution are needed to elucidate neurodegeneration mechanisms. Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) imaging is a non-destructive, high-resolution technique for studying cell metabolism via endogenous fluorescence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)H) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). We employed TPEF to study the metabolism of primary rat astrocyte and neuronal cultures under normal growth conditions and in response to manganese (Mn) treatment...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431634/multicenter-observational-study-of-abobotulinumtoxina-neurotoxin-in-cervical-dystonia-the-anchor-cd-registry
#3
Richard M Trosch, Alberto J Espay, Daniel Truong, Ramon Gil, Carlos Singer, Peter A LeWitt, Mark F Lew, Michele Tagliati, Charles H Adler, Jack J Chen, Dominic Marchese, Cynthia L Comella
BACKGROUND: The ANCHOR-CD prospective observational registry study evaluated the effectiveness of abobotulinumtoxinA in adult idiopathic cervical dystonia (CD) in clinical practice. METHODS: Adults with CD were eligible. Treating physicians determined abobotulinumtoxinA dose and treatment interval. The primary endpoint was patient response rate (Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale [TWSTRS] score reduction≥25% and Patient Global Impression of Change [PGIC] score of +2 or +3 at Week 4 of Cycle 1)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428069/assessment-of-non-derivatized-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-neurotoxin-in-free-form-in-urine-of-patients-with-nonspecific-neurological-symptoms
#4
L Bláhová, J Kohoutek, E Kadlecová, L Kozáková, L Bláha
The beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a non-proteinogenic amino acid discussed to be produced by cyanobacteria forming harmful blooms. Since BMAA is suspected etiological agent in neurodegenerative diseases, there is a need to study and validate whether and in what concentrations can BMAA be present in human tissues. The aim of the present study was to validate analytical and extraction procedures for quantification of non-derivatized BMAA in the urine using liquid chromatography and commercial ELISA Kit...
April 17, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427139/-advances-in-the-research-of-mechanism-in-prevention-and-treatment-of-scar-with-botulinum-toxin-type-a-and-its-clinical-application
#5
Y H Li, J Q Liu, D Xiao, W Zhang, D H Hu
Scar is a common complication in wound healing process, and how to effectively prevent and treat it is a hot and difficult problem in burns and plastic surgery field. Botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin that has been widely and effectively used in the cosmetic surgery field such as anti-wrinkle and thin face. In recent years, botulinum toxin type A has been applied in prevention and treatment of scar, which causes a great concern. Nowadays, the relevant reports have gradually increased, and the mechanisms have been explored more deeply...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425626/non-cosmetic-dermatological-use-of-botulinum-neurotoxin
#6
Katlein França, David Castillo, Torello Lotti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425439/activation-of-the-hypothalamic-feeding-centre-upon-visual-prey-detection
#7
Akira Muto, Pradeep Lal, Deepak Ailani, Gembu Abe, Mari Itoh, Koichi Kawakami
The visual system plays a major role in food/prey recognition in diurnal animals, and food intake is regulated by the hypothalamus. However, whether and how visual information about prey is conveyed to the hypothalamic feeding centre is largely unknown. Here we perform real-time imaging of neuronal activity in freely behaving or constrained zebrafish larvae and demonstrate that prey or prey-like visual stimuli activate the hypothalamic feeding centre. Furthermore, we identify prey detector neurons in the pretectal area that project to the hypothalamic feeding centre...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422078/antivenom-for-neuromuscular-paralysis-resulting-from-snake-envenoming
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Anjana Silva, Wayne C Hodgson, Geoffrey K Isbister
Antivenom therapy is currently the standard practice for treating neuromuscular dysfunction in snake envenoming. We reviewed the clinical and experimental evidence-base for the efficacy and effectiveness of antivenom in snakebite neurotoxicity. The main site of snake neurotoxins is the neuromuscular junction, and the majority are either: (1) pre-synaptic neurotoxins irreversibly damaging the presynaptic terminal; or (2) post-synaptic neurotoxins that bind to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Pre-clinical tests of antivenom efficacy for neurotoxicity include rodent lethality tests, which are problematic, and in vitro pharmacological tests such as nerve-muscle preparation studies, that appear to provide more clinically meaningful information...
April 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421047/genetic-characterization-of-the-exceptionally-high-heat-resistance-of-the-non-toxic-surrogate-clostridium-sporogenes-pa-3679
#9
Robert R Butler, Kristin M Schill, Yun Wang, Jean-François Pombert
Clostridium sporogenes PA 3679 is a non-toxic endospore former that is widely used as a surrogate for Clostridium botulinum by the food processing industry to validate thermal processing strategies. PA 3679 produces spores of exceptionally high heat resistance without botulinum neurotoxins, permitting the use of PA 3679 in inoculated pack studies while ensuring the safety of food processing facilities. To identify genes associated with this heat resistance, the genomes of C. sporogenes PA 3679 isolates were compared to several other C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415833/molecular-characterization-and-biodiversity-of-a-putative-chlorotoxin-from-the-iranian-yellow-scorpion-odontobuthus-doriae
#10
Maryam Naderi Soorki, Amir Jalali, Hamid Galehdari
BAckground: Chloride channels have already been over-expressed in the different types of cancer. Chlorotoxins, as the blocking agent of these channels, have been indicated to be an effective drug against tumors. In this study, we characterized a putative chlorotoxin from a cDNA library of the venom glands obtained from the Iranian scorpion Odontobuthus doriae. Methods: A cDNA library was constructed from venom gland transcriptome of six scorpions. The cDNA encoding Odontobuthus doriae chlorotoxin was isolated from the library, and its putative peptide was characterized by some bioinformatics software such as protein blast, SignalP4...
April 18, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412499/parkinsonism-and-dystonia-are-differentially-induced-by-modulation-of-different-territories-in-the-basal-ganglia
#11
Deepak Kumbhare, Kathryn L Holloway, Mark S Baron
Numerous clinical and experimental observations suggest that deficient neuronal signaling in the globus pallidus externa (GPe) is integral to both Parkinson's disease (PD) and dystonia. In our previous studies in jaundiced dystonic rats, widespread silencing of neurons in GP (rodent equivalent to GPe) preceded and persisted during dystonic motor activity. We therefore hypothesized that on a background of slow and highly irregular and bursty neuronal activity in GP, cortical motor drive produces profound inhibition of GP as the basis for action induced dystonia in Gunn rats...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410268/long-term-anti-itch-effect-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-is-associated-with-downregulation-of-trpv1-and-trpa1-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-in-mice
#12
Lei-Fang Cao, Meng Si, Ya Huang, Li-Hua Chen, Xiao-Yan Peng, Ya-Qin Qin, Teng-Teng Liu, Yan Zhou, Tong Liu, Wei-Feng Luo
Itch is a common symptom in patients with skin and systemic diseases, but the effective treatment is limited. Here, we evaluated the anti-itch effects of the botulinum toxin type A (BoNT/A) using acute and chronic dry skin itch mouse models, which were induced by compound 48/80, chloroquine, and a mixture of acetone-diethylether-water treatment, respectively. Pretreatment of intradermal BoNT/A exerted long-term inhibitory effects on compound 48/80-induced and chloroquine-induced acute itch on days 1, 3, 7, and 14, but not on day 21, in mice...
April 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409869/single-and-combined-effects-of-microcystins-and-saxitoxins-producer-cyanobacteria-on-the-fitness-and-antioxidant-defenses-of-cladocerans
#13
Aloysio da S Ferrão-Filho, Daniel Abreu S de Silva, Taissa A de Oliveira, Valéria Freitas de Magalhães, Stephan Pflugmacher, Eduardo Mendes da Silva
Cyanobacteria produce different toxic compounds that affect animal life, among them hepatotoxins and neurotoxins. As cyanobacteria are able to produce a variety of toxic compounds at the same time, organisms may be, generally, subjected to their combined action. In the present study, we demonstrate the effects of single and combined hepatotoxic (microcystins) and neurotoxic (saxitoxins) producer cyanobacteria on cladocerans. Animals were exposed to two strains of cyanobacteria isolated from the same environment (Funil Reservoir, RJ), either in single or combined exposures...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407242/the-role-of-autophagy-in-pro-inflammatory-responses-of-microglia-activation-via-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-in-vitro
#14
Junli Ye, Zhongxin Jiang, Xuehong Chen, Mengyang Liu, Jing Li, Na Liu
Microglia over-activation contributes to neurodegenerative processes by neurotoxin factors and pro-inflammatory molecules of pro-inflammatory processes. Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) and autophagy pathway might be involved in microglial activation, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here we regulated autophagy pathway of microglia in vitro by autophagy inhibition (3-methyladenine treatment, siRNA-Beclin 1 or siRNA-ATG5 transfection) or induction (rapamycin treatment) in murine microglial BV-2 cells or cultured primary mouse microglial cells...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405682/apamin-suppresses-biliary-fibrosis-and-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells
#15
Jung-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jin An, Woon-Hae Kim, Yoon-Yub Park, Kyung Duck Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Cholestatic liver disease is characterized by the progressive destruction of biliary epithelial cells (BECs) followed by fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver failure. Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and portal fibroblasts are the major cellular effectors of enhanced collagen deposition in biliary fibrosis. Apamin, an 18 amino acid peptide neurotoxin found in apitoxin (bee venom), is known to block Ca2+-activated K+ channels and prevent carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis. In the present study, we aimed to ascertain whether apamin inhibits biliary fibrosis and the proliferation of HSCs...
May 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401906/acrolein-acts-as-a-neurotoxin-in-the-nigrostriatal-dopaminergic-system-of-rat-involvement-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-programmed-cell-death
#16
Yi-Ting Wang, Hui-Ching Lin, Wei-Zhong Zhao, Hui-Ju Huang, Yu-Li Lo, Hsiang-Tsui Wang, Anya Maan-Yuh Lin
Clinical studies report significant increases in acrolein (an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde) in the substantia nigra (SN) of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). In the present study, acrolein-induced neurotoxicity in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system was investigated by local infusion of acrolein (15, 50, 150 nmoles/0.5 μl) in the SN of Sprague-Dawley rats. Acrolein-induced neurodegeneration of nigrostriatal dopaminergic system was delineated by reductions in tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) levels, dopamine transporter levels and TH-positive neurons in the infused SN as well as in striatal dopamine content...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400714/deletion-of-trpc6-attenuates-nmda-receptor-mediated-ca-2-entry-and-ca-2-induced-neurotoxicity-following-cerebral-ischemia-and-oxygen-glucose-deprivation
#17
Jin Chen, Zhaozhong Li, Jeffery T Hatcher, Qing-Hui Chen, Li Chen, Robert D Wurster, Sic L Chan, Zixi Cheng
Transient receptor potential canonical 6 (TRPC6) channels are permeable to Na(+) and Ca(2+) and are widely expressed in the brain. In this study, the role of TRPC6 was investigated following ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). We found that TRPC6 expression was increased in wild-type (WT) mice cortical neurons following I/R and in primary neurons with OGD, and that deletion of TRPC6 reduced the I/R-induced brain infarct in mice and the OGD- /neurotoxin-induced neuronal death. Using live-cell imaging to examine intracellular Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)] i ), we found that OGD induced a significant higher increase in glutamate-evoked Ca(2+) influx compared to untreated control and such an increase was reduced by TRPC6 deletion...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398746/sensitive-immunoassay-for-detection-and-quantification-of-the-neurotoxin-tetramethylenedisulfotetramine-tets
#18
Natalia Vasylieva, Bogdan Barnych, Amelia Ann Rand, Bora Inceoglu, Shirley J Gee, Bruce D Hammock
Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine (TETS, tetramine) is a formerly used and highly neurotoxic rodenticide. Its lethality, recent history of intentional use for mass poisoning and the absence of a known antidote raises public health concerns. Therefore, rapid, high throughput and sensitive methods for detection and quantification of TETS are critical. Instrumental analysis method such as GC/MS is sensitive but not rapid or high-throughput. Therefore, an immunoassay selective to TETS was developed. The assay shows an IC50 of 4...
April 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398635/serum-periostin-relates-to-type-2-inflammation-and-lung-function-in-asthma-data-from-the-large-population-based-cohort-swedish-ga-2-len
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Anna James, Christer Janson, Andrei Malinovschi, Cecile Holweg, Kjell Alving, Junya Ono, Shoichiro Ohta, Alexandra Ek, Roelinde Middelveld, Barbro Dahlén, Bertil Forsberg, Kenji Izuhara, Sven-Erik Dahlén
BACKGROUND: Periostin has been suggested as a novel, phenotype-specific biomarker for asthma driven by type-2 inflammation. However, large studies examining relationships between circulating periostin and patient characteristics are lacking and the suitability of periostin as a biomarker in asthma remains unclear. AIM: To examine circulating periostin in healthy controls and subjects with asthma from the general population with different severity and treatment profiles, both with and without chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), in relation to other biomarkers and clinical characteristics...
April 11, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396143/lethal-effects-of-an-insecticidal-spider-venom-peptide-involve-positive-allosteric-modulation-of-insect-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#20
Monique J Windley, Irina Vetter, Richard J Lewis, Graham M Nicholson
κ-Hexatoxins (κ-HXTXs) are a family of excitotoxic insect-selective neurotoxins from Australian funnel-web spiders that are lethal to a wide range of insects, but display no toxicity towards vertebrates. The prototypic κ-HXTX-Hv1c selectively blocks native and expressed cockroach large-conductance calcium-activated potassium (BKCa or KCa1.1) channels, but not their mammalian orthologs. Despite this potent and selective action on insect KCa1.1 channels, we found that the classical KCa1.1 blockers paxilline, charybdotoxin and iberiotoxin, which all block insect KCa1...
April 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
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