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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547530/reduced-cam-kinase-ii-and-cam-kinase-iv-activities-underlie-cognitive-deficits-in-nckx2-heterozygous-mice
#1
Shigeki Moriguchi, Satomi Kita, Yasushi Yabuki, Ryo Inagaki, Hisanao Izumi, Yuzuru Sasaki, Hideaki Tagashira, Kyoji Horie, Junji Takeda, Takahiro Iwamoto, Kohji Fukunaga
Among five members of the K(+)-dependent Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCKX) family (NCKX1-5), only NCKX2 is highly expressed in mouse brain. NCKX2 in plasma membranes mediates cytosolic calcium excretion through electrogenic exchange of 4 Na(+) for 1 Ca(2+) and 1 K(+). Here, we observed significantly decreased levels of NCKX2 protein and mRNA in the CA1 region of APP23 mice, a model of Alzheimer's disease. We also found that, like APP23 mice, heterozygous NCKX2-mutant mice exhibit mildly impaired hippocampal LTP and memory acquisition, the latter based on novel object recognition and passive avoidance tasks...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547527/weakened-intracellular-zn-2-buffering-in-the-aged-dentate-gyrus-and-its-involvement-in-erasure-of-maintained-ltp
#2
Atsushi Takeda, Haruna Tamano, Taku Murakami, Hiroyuki Nakada, Tatsuya Minamino, Yuta Koike
Memory is lost by the increased influx of extracellular Zn(2+) into neurons. It is possible that intracellular Zn(2+) dynamics is modified even at non-zincergic medial perforant pathway-dentate granule cell synapses along with aging and that vulnerability to the modification is linked to age-related cognitive decline. To examine these possibilities, vulnerability of long-term potentiation (LTP) maintenance, which underlies memory retention, to modification of synaptic Zn(2+) dynamics was compared between young and aged rats...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539417/exposure-to-stressors-facilitates-long-term-synaptic-potentiation-in-the-lateral-habenula
#3
Hoyong Park, Jeehae Rhee, Kwanghoon Park, Jung-Soo Han, Roberto Malinow, ChiHye Chung
The lateral habenula (LHb) is a small part of the epithalamus that projects to monoamine centers in the brain. Previously, neurotransmission onto the LHb was shown to be abnormally potentiated in animal models of depression. However, synaptic plasticity in this brain area and the effect of stressor exposure on synaptic plasticity of the LHb have not been investigated. Thus, we explored whether the LHb undergoes dynamic changes in synaptic efficacy or not. First, we observed that a moderate long-term potentiation (LTP) occurs in a fraction of LHb neurons obtained from naïve Sprague Dawley rats...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532854/low-frequency-electrical-stimulation-has-time-dependent-improving-effect-on-kindling-induced-impairment-in-long-term-potentiation-in-rats
#4
Khadijeh Esmaeilpour, Vahid Sheibani, Mohammad Shabani, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh
Application of low-frequency stimulation (LFS) can improve learning and memory in kindled animals (Ghafouri et al., 2016). Considering the important role of long-term potentiation (LTP) in learning and memory, in the present study the effectiveness of LFS on kindling-induced impairment in LTP induction was investigated in hippocampal CA1 area at different times post kindling stimulations. Animals were kindled via electrical stimulation of hippocampal CA1 area in a semi-rapid manner (12 stimulations per day)...
May 19, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529052/prenatal-melamine-exposure-induces-impairments-of-spatial-cognition-and-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-in-female-adolescent-rats
#5
Lei An, Wei Sun
Developmental exposure to melamine induces long-term effects on brain and behavior in male rodents. To examine whether this prenatal event damages cognitive function in female offspring, we evaluated the behavioral effects and further attempted to investigate synaptic function. Prenatal melamine exposure (PME) was given by oral treatment to pregnant females through the whole gestational days with 400mg/day/kg bodyweight. On postnatal day (PD) 36, female offspring were assessed for spatial cognition in the Morris Water Maze (MWM) test...
May 18, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526611/alcohol-induces-input-specific-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-striatum
#6
Tengfei Ma, Britton Barbee, Xuehua Wang, Jun Wang
Accumulated evidence suggests that the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) of the basal ganglia plays an essential role in pathological excessive alcohol consumption. The DMS receives multiple glutamatergic inputs. However, whether and how alcohol consumption distinctly affects these excitatory afferents to the DMS remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetics to selectively activate the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) inputs in DMS slices, and measured the effects of alcohol consumption on glutamatergic transmission in these corticostriatal and amygdalostriatal circuits...
May 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521778/cortical-kainate-receptors-and-behavioral-anxiety
#7
REVIEW
Min Zhuo
The study of glutamatergic synapses mainly focuses on the memory-related hippocampus. Recent studies in the cortical areas such as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) show that excitatory synapses can undergo long-term plastic changes in adult animals. Long-term potentiation (LTP) of cortical synapses may play important roles in chronic pain and anxiety. In addition to NMDA and AMPA receptors, kainate (KA) receptors have been found to play roles in synaptic transmission, regulation and presynaptic forms of LTP...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521133/camkii-autophosphorylation-is-necessary-for-optimal-integration-of-ca-2-signals-during-ltp-induction-but-not-maintenance
#8
Jui-Yun Chang, Paula Parra-Bueno, Tal Laviv, Erzsebet M Szatmari, Seok-Jin R Lee, Ryohei Yasuda
CaMKII plays a critical role in decoding calcium (Ca(2+)) signals to initiate long-lasting synaptic plasticity. However, the properties of CaMKII that mediate Ca(2+) signals in spines remain elusive. Here, we measured CaMKII activity in spines using fast-framing two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging. Following each pulse during repetitive Ca(2+) elevations, CaMKII activity increased in a stepwise manner. Thr286 phosphorylation slows the decay of CaMKII and thus lowers the frequency required to induce spine plasticity by several fold...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520937/atypical-endocannabinoid-signaling-initiates-a-new-form-of-memory-related-plasticity-at-a-cortical-input-to-hippocampus
#9
Weisheng Wang, Yousheng Jia, Danielle T Pham, Linda C Palmer, Kwang-Mook Jung, Conor D Cox, Gavin Rumbaugh, Daniele Piomelli, Christine M Gall, Gary Lynch
Endocannabinoids (ECBs) depress transmitter release at sites throughout the brain. Here, we describe another form of ECB signaling that triggers a novel form of long-term potentiation (LTP) localized to the lateral perforant path (LPP) which conveys semantic information from cortex to hippocampus. Two cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) signaling cascades were identified in hippocampus. The first is pregnenolone sensitive, targets vesicular protein Munc18-1 and depresses transmitter release; this cascade is engaged by CB1Rs in Schaffer-Commissural afferents to CA1 but not in the LPP, and it does not contribute to LTP...
May 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520808/proteomic-analysis-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-plasma-proteins-with-binding-affinity-to-those-expressed-by-early-developing-larval-schistosoma-mansoni
#10
Xiao-Jun Wu, Nathalie Dinguirard, Grzegorz Sabat, Hong-di Lui, Laura Gonzalez, Michael Gehring, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino
Interactions between early developing Schistosoma mansoni larval stages and the hemolymph of its snail intermediate host represent the first molecular encounter with the snail's immune system. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this early parasite-host interaction, biotinylated sporocyst tegumental membrane (Mem) proteins and larval transformation proteins (LTP) were affixed to streptavidin-agarose beads and used as affinity matrices to enrich for larval-reactive plasma proteins from susceptible (NMRI) and resistant (BS-90) strains of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520739/timing-dependent-ltp-and-ltd-in-mouse-primary-visual-cortex-following-different-visual-deprivation-models
#11
Yatu Guo, Wei Zhang, Xia Chen, Junhong Fu, Wenbo Cheng, Desheng Song, Xiaolei Qu, Zhuo Yang, Kanxing Zhao
Visual deprivation during the critical period induces long-lasting changes in cortical circuitry by adaptively modifying neuro-transmission and synaptic connectivity at synapses. Spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) is considered a strong candidate for experience-dependent changes. However, the visual deprivation forms that affect timing-dependent long-term potentiation(LTP) and long-term depression(LTD) remain unclear. Here, we demonstrated the temporal window changes of tLTP and tLTD, elicited by coincidental pre- and post-synaptic firing, following different modes of 6-day visual deprivation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515681/the-activity-induced-long-non-coding-rna-meg3-modulates-ampa-receptor-surface-expression-in-primary-cortical-neurons
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Men C Tan, Jocelyn Widagdo, Yu Q Chau, Tianyi Zhu, Justin J-L Wong, Allen Cheung, Victor Anggono
Transcription of new RNA is crucial for maintaining synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. Although the importance of synaptic plasticity-related messenger RNAs (mRNAs) is well established, the role of a large group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in long-term potentiation (LTP) is not known. In this study, we demonstrated the expression of a lncRNA cluster, namely maternally expressed gene 3 (Meg3), retrotransposon-like gene 1-anti-sense (Rtl1-AS), Meg8 and Meg9, which is located in the maternally imprinted Dlk1-Dio3 region on mouse chromosome 12qF1, in primary cortical neurons following glycine stimulation in an N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513694/atomic-scale-observation-of-a-defect-mediated-first-order-phase-transition-in-vo2-a
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Chao Jiang, Lu Chen, Shidong Ji, Jun Liu, Zhengfei Zhang, Ping Jin, Yong Wang, Ze Zhang
The study of first-order structural transformations has attracted extensive attention due to their significant scientific and industrial importance. However, it remains challenging to exactly determine the nucleation sites at the very beginning of the transformation. Here, we report the atomic scale real-time observation of a unique defect-mediated reversible phase transition between the low temperature phase (LTP) and the high temperature phase (HTP) of VO2(A). In situ Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) images clearly indicate that both phase transitions (from the HTP to the LTP and from the LTP to the HTP) start at the defect sites in parent phases...
May 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512860/intrinsic-cellular-and-molecular-properties-of-in-vivo-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-are-altered-in-the-absence-of-key-synaptic-matrix-molecules
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Stephan Jansen, Christine Gottschling, Andreas Faissner, Denise Manahan-Vaughan
Hippocampal synaptic plasticity comprises a key cellular mechanism for information storage. In the hippocampus, both long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are triggered by synaptic Ca(2+) -elevations that are typically mediated by the opening of voltage-gated cation channels, such as N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), in the postsynaptic density. The integrity of the post-synaptic density is ensured by the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we explored whether synaptic plasticity is affected in adult behaving mice that lack the ECM proteins brevican, neurocan, tenascin-C and tenascin-R (TG)...
May 17, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511127/neurophysiology-of-synaptic-functioning-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Mario Stampanoni Bassi, Francesco Mori, Fabio Buttari, Girolama A Marfia, Andrea Sancesario, Diego Centonze, Ennio Iezzi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory immune-mediate disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), primarily affecting the myelin sheath and followed by neurodegeneration. Synaptic alterations are emerging as critical determinants of early neurodegeneration in MS. Inflammation-induced alterations of synaptic transmission and plasticity have been investigated in vitro and also in human MS using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques. Specific inflammatory cytokines alter glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission, resulting in synaptic hyperexcitability...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510608/the-biomphalaria-glabrata-dna-methylation-machinery-displays-spatial-tissue-expression-is-differentially-active-in-distinct-snail-populations-and-is-modulated-by-interactions-with-schistosoma-mansoni
#16
Kathrin K Geyer, Umar H Niazi, David Duval, Céline Cosseau, Chad Tomlinson, Iain W Chalmers, Martin T Swain, David J Cutress, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Sabrina E Munshi, Christoph Grunau, Timothy P Yoshino, Karl F Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: The debilitating human disease schistosomiasis is caused by infection with schistosome parasites that maintain a complex lifecycle alternating between definitive (human) and intermediate (snail) hosts. While much is known about how the definitive host responds to schistosome infection, there is comparably less information available describing the snail's response to infection. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Here, using information recently revealed by sequencing of the Biomphalaria glabrata intermediate host genome, we provide evidence that the predicted core snail DNA methylation machinery components are associated with both intra-species reproduction processes and inter-species interactions...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510190/chilling-susceptibility-in-mungbean-varieties-is-associated-with-their-differentially-expressed-genes
#17
Li-Ru Chen, Chia-Yun Ko, William R Folk, Tsai-Yun Lin
BACKGROUND: Mungbean (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek) is an economically important legume of high nutritional value, however, its cultivation is limited by susceptibility to chilling. Varieties NM94 and VC1973A, with differential susceptibility to stress, serve as good materials for uncovering how they differ in chilling tolerance. This study aimed to identify the ultrastructural, physiological and molecular changes to provide new insights on the differential susceptibility to chilling between varieties VC1973A and NM94...
December 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497343/bdnf-contributes-to-spinal-long-term-potentiation-and-mechanical-hypersensitivity-via-fyn-mediated-phosphorylation-of-nmda-receptor-glun2b-subunit-at-tyrosine-1472-in-rats-following-spinal-nerve-ligation
#18
Song Li, Jie Cai, Zhi-Bo Feng, Zi-Run Jin, Bo-Heng Liu, Hong-Yan Zhao, Hong-Bo Jing, Tian-Jiao Wei, Guan-Nan Yang, Ling-Yu Liu, Yan-Jun Cui, Guo-Gang Xing
Previously we have demonstrated that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) contributes to spinal long-term potentiation (LTP) and pain hypersensitivity through activation of GluN2B-containing N-methyl-D-aspartate (GluN2B-NMDA) receptors in rats following spinal nerve ligation (SNL). However, the molecular mechanisms by which BDNF impacts upon GluN2B-NMDA receptors and spinal LTP still remain unclear. In this study, we first documented that Fyn kinase-mediated phosphorylation of GluN2B subunit at tyrosine 1472 (pGluN2B(Y1472)) was involved in BDNF-induced spinal LTP and pain hypersensitivity in intact rats...
May 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496953/estrogen-and-progesterone-replacement-therapy-prevent-methamphetamine-induced-synaptic-plasticity-impairment-in-ovariectomized-rats
#19
Hamed Ghazvini, Mohammad Shabani, Majid Asadi-Shekaari, Solmaz Khalifeh, Khadijeh Esmaeilpour, Mehdi Khodamoradi, Vahid Sheibani
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine (METH) is one of the most popular psychostimulants which produce long lasting learning and memory impairment. Previous studies have indicated that estrogen and progesterone replacement therapy attenuate cognitive impairment against a wide array of neurodegenerative diseases. Present study was designed to figure out the effects of estrogen, progesterone alone or in combination, on early long-term potentiation (E-LTP) at the cornu ammonis (CA1) area of the hippocampus in METH-exposed ovariectomized (OVX) rat...
July 2016: Addiction & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495974/long-term-depression-of-intrinsic-excitability-accompanied-by-the-synaptic-depression-in-the-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
#20
Hyun Geun Shim, Dong Cheol Jang, Jaegeon Lee, Geehoon Chung, Sukchan Lee, Yong Gyu Kim, Da Eun Jeon, Sang Jeong Kim
Long-term depression (LTD) at parallel fibres (PF) to cerebellar Purkinje cells (PC) synapse is implicated in the output of PC, the sole output of the cerebellar cortex. Besides the synaptic plasticity, intrinsic excitability is also one of the components which determines the PC output. Although long-term potentiation of intrinsic excitability (LTP-IE) has been suggested, it has yet to be investigated how PF-PC LTD modifies intrinsic excitability of PC. Here, we show that pairing of the PF and climbing fibre (CF) for PF-PC LTD induction evokes long-term depression of intrinsic excitability (LTD-IE) in the cerebellar PCs from male C57BL/6 mice...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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