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Xin-Rui Han, Xin Wen, Yong-Jian Wang, Shan Wang, Min Shen, Zi-Feng Zhang, Shao-Hua Fan, Qun Shan, Liang Wang, Meng-Qiu Li, Bin Hu, Chun-Hui Sun, Dong-Mei Wu, Jun Lu, Yuan-Lin Zheng
Hypoxia-ischaemia (HI) remains a major cause of foetal brain damage presented a scarcity of effective therapeutic approaches. Dexmedetomidine (DEX) and microRNA-140-5p (miR-140-5p) have been highlighted due to its potentially significant role in the treatment of cerebral ischaemia. This study was to investigate the role by which miR-140-5p provides cerebral protection using DEX to treat hypoxic-ischaemic brain damage (HIBD) in neonatal rats via the Wnt/β-catenin signalling pathway. The HIBD rat models were established and allocated into various groups with different treatment plans, and eight SD rats into sham group...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Masaki Kobayashi, Douglas W Zochodne
Diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) continues to be generally considered as a "microvascular" complication of diabetes mellitus alongside nephropathy and retinopathy. The microvascular hypothesis, however, may be tempered by the concept that diabetes directly targets dorsal root ganglion sensory neurons. This neuron specific concept, supported by accumulating evidence, might account for important features of DPN, such as its early sensory neuron degeneration. Diabetic sensory neurons develop neuronal atrophy alongside a series of mRNA changes related to declines in structural proteins, increases in heat shock protein (HSP), increases in the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), declines in growth factor signaling and other changes...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Roberto De Gregorio, Salvatore Pulcrano, Claudia De Sanctis, Floriana Volpicelli, Ezia Guatteo, Lars von Oerthel, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Roberta Esposito, Rosa Maria Piscitelli, Carla Perrone-Capano, Valerio Costa, Dario Greco, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Marten P Smidt, Umberto di Porzio, Massimiliano Caiazzo, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Meng Li, Gian Carlo Bellenchi
The differentiation of dopaminergic neurons requires concerted action of morphogens and transcription factors acting in a precise and well-defined time window. Very little is known about the potential role of microRNA in these events. By performing a microRNA-mRNA paired microarray screening, we identified miR-34b/c among the most upregulated microRNAs during dopaminergic differentiation. Interestingly, miR-34b/c modulates Wnt1 expression, promotes cell cycle exit, and induces dopaminergic differentiation. When combined with transcription factors ASCL1 and NURR1, miR-34b/c doubled the yield of transdifferentiated fibroblasts into dopaminergic neurons...
March 2, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
F Artigas, P Celada, A Bortolozzi
In the second part we focus on two treatment strategies that may overcome the main limitations of current antidepressant drugs. First, we review the experimental and clinical evidence supporting the use of glutamatergic drugs as fast-acting antidepressants. Secondly, we review the involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD) and the use of small RNAs (e.g.., small interfering RNAs or siRNAs) to knockdown genes in monoaminergic and non-monoaminergic neurons and induce antidepressant-like responses in experimental animals...
March 7, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Sreekala S Nampoothiri, S M Fayaz, G K Rajanikant
The complex and interlinked cascade of events regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs), transcription factors (TF), and target genes highlight the multifactorial nature of ischemic stroke pathology. The complexity of ischemic stroke requires a wider assessment than the existing experimental research that deals with only a few regulatory components. Here, we assessed a massive set of genes, miRNAs, and transcription factors to build a miRNA-gene-transcription factor regulatory network to elucidate the underlying post-transcriptional mechanisms in ischemic stroke...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Frank Curmi, Ruben J Cauchi
Gemin3, also known as DDX20 or DP103, is a DEAD-box RNA helicase which is involved in more than one cellular process. Though RNA unwinding has been determined in vitro , it is surprisingly not required for all of its activities in cellular metabolism. Gemin3 is an essential gene, present in Amoeba and Metazoa. The highly conserved N-terminus hosts the helicase core, formed of the helicase- and DEAD-domains, which, based on crystal structure determination, have key roles in RNA binding. The C-terminus of Gemin3 is highly divergent between species and serves as the interaction site for several accessory factors that could recruit Gemin3 to its target substrates and/or modulate its function...
March 9, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
Natascia Guida, Valeria Valsecchi, Giusy Laudati, Angelo Serani, Luigi Mascolo, Pasquale Molinaro, Paolo Montuori, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lorella M T Canzoniero, Luigi Formisano
Methylmercury (MeHg) causes neuronal death through different pathways. Particularly, we found that in cortical neurons it increased the expression of Repressor Element-1 Silencing Transcription Factor (REST), Histone Deacetylase (HDAC)4, Specificity Protein (Sp)1, Sp4 and reduced the levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Herein, in rat cortical neurons we investigated whether microRNA (miR)206 can modulate MeHg-induced cell death by regulating REST/HDAC4/Sp1/Sp4/BDNF axis. MeHg (1µM) reduced miR206 expression after both 12 and 24 hours and miR206 transfection prevented MeHg-induced neuronal death...
March 7, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Zhi-Fang Deng, Hui-Ling Zheng, Jian-Guo Chen, Yi Luo, Jun-Feng Xu, Gang Zhao, Jia-Jing Lu, Hou-Hong Li, Shuang-Qi Gao, Deng-Zheng Zhang, Ling-Qiang Zhu, Yong-Hui Zhang, Fang Wang
β-Catenin has been implicated in major depressive disorder (MDD), which is associated with synaptic plasticity and dendritic arborization. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are small noncoding RNAs containing about 22 nucleotides and involved in a variety of physiological and pathophysiological process, but their roles in MDD remain largely unknown. Here, we investigated the expression and function of miRNAs in the mouse model of chronic social defeat stress (CSDS). The regulation of β-catenin by selected miRNA was validated by silico prediction, target gene luciferase reporter assay, and transfection experiment in neurons...
March 7, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
Yu Shuang Tian, Di Zhong, Qing Qing Liu, Xiu Li Zhao, Hong Xue Sun, Jing Jin, Hai Ning Wang, Guo Zhong Li
OBJECTIVE Ischemic stroke remains a significant cause of death and disability in industrialized nations. Janus tyrosine kinase (JAK) and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) of the JAK2/STAT3 pathway play important roles in the downstream signal pathway regulation of ischemic stroke-related inflammatory neuronal damage. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as major regulators in cerebral ischemic injury; therefore, the authors aimed to investigate the underlying molecular mechanism between miRNAs and ischemic stroke, which may provide potential therapeutic targets for ischemic stroke...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Sergei A Korneev, Dimitris V Vavoulis, Souvik Naskar, Varvara E Dyakonova, Ildikó Kemenes, György Kemenes
Although single-trial induced long-term memories (LTM) have been of major interest in neuroscience, how LTM can form after a single episode of learning remains largely unknown. We hypothesized that the removal of molecular inhibitory constraints by microRNAs (miRNAs) plays an important role in this process. To test this hypothesis, first we constructed small non-coding RNA (sncRNA) cDNA libraries from the CNS of Lymnaea stagnalis subjected to a single conditioning trial. Then, by next generation sequencing of these libraries, we identified a specific pool of miRNAs regulated by training...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ya-Bo Feng, You-Ting Lin, Yu-Xiang Han, Yue-Jiu Pang, Jing-Jing Xu, Yuan Xue, Hong Yao
This study aimed to study the protective effect of (2R,4R)-4-aminopyrrolidine-2,4-dicarboxylate (2R,4R-APDC), a selective metabotropic glutamate receptor agonist, against hippocampal neuronal apoptosis induced by seizures in a rat model of pilocarpine-induced epilepsy. The Morris water maze test was used to assess the spatial memory abilities of epileptic rats with or without 2R,4R-APDC treatment. TUNEL assay was performed to examine neuronal apoptosis in hippocampus. Western blot was conducted to evaluate changes in the levels of caspase-3 and caspase-9 in hippocampus...
March 1, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Cláudia Saraiva, Daniela Talhada, Akhilesh Rai, Raquel Ferreira, Lino Ferreira, Liliana Bernardino, Karsten Ruscher
There is a high quest for novel therapeutic strategies to enhance recovery after stroke. MicroRNA-124 (miR-124) has been described as neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory molecule. Moreover, miR-124 is a well described enhancer of adult neurogenesis that could offer potentially beneficial effects. Herein, we used miR-124-loaded nanoparticles (miR-124 NPs) to evaluate their therapeutic potential in an in vitro and in vivo model of stroke. For that, neuroprotective and neurogenic responses were assessed in an in vitro model of stroke...
2018: PloS One
Samantha You, Tudor A Fulga, David Van Vactor, F Rob Jackson
We describe a genome-wide microRNA (miRNA)-based screen to identify brain glial cell functions required for circadian behavior. To identify glial miRNAs that regulate circadian rhythmicity, we employed a collection of "miR-sponges" to inhibit miRNA function in a glia-specific manner. Our initial screen identified 20 glial miRNAs that regulate circadian behavior. We studied two miRNAs, miR-263b and miR-274, in detail and found that both function in adult astrocytes to regulate behavior. Astrocyte-specific inhibition of miR-263b or miR-274 in adults acutely impairs circadian locomotor activity rhythms with no effect on glial or clock neuronal cell viability...
March 2018: Genetics
Ying Si, Xianqin Cui, David K Crossman, Jiaying Hao, Mohamed Kazamel, Yuri Kwon, Peter H King
ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder of motor neurons leading to progressive atrophy and weakness of muscles. Some of the earliest pathophysiological changes occur at the level of skeletal muscle and the neuromuscular junction. We previously identified distinct mRNA patterns, including members of the Smad and TGF-β family, that emerge in muscle tissue at the earliest (pre-clinical) stages. These patterns track disease progression in the mutant SOD1 mouse and are present in human ALS muscle. Because miRNAs play a direct regulatory role in mRNA expression, we hypothesized in this study that there would be distinct miRNA patterns in ALS muscle appearing in early stages that could track disease progression...
February 24, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Francesca L'Episcopo, Cataldo Tirolo, Maria F Serapide, Salvatore Caniglia, Nunzio Testa, Loredana Leggio, Silvia Vivarelli, Nunzio Iraci, Stefano Pluchino, Bianca Marchetti
Neuroinflammatory processes are recognized key contributory factors in Parkinson's disease (PD) physiopathology. While the causes responsible for the progressive loss of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neuronal cell bodies in the subtantia nigra pars compacta are poorly understood, aging, genetics, environmental toxicity, and particularly inflammation, represent prominent etiological factors in PD development. Especially, reactive astrocytes, microglial cells, and infiltrating monocyte-derived macrophages play dual beneficial/harmful effects, via a panel of pro- or anti-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, neurotrophic and neurogenic transcription factors...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
A Alwin Prem Anand, Carola Huber, John Asnet Mary, Nancy Gallus, Christoph Leucht, Ruth Klafke, Bernhard Hirt, Andrea Wizenmann
BACKGROUND: MiR-9 is a small non-coding RNA that is highly conserved between species and primarily expressed in the central nervous system (CNS). It is known to influence proliferation and neuronal differentiation in the brain and spinal cord of different vertebrates. Different studies have pointed to regional and species-specific differences in the response of neural progenitors to miR-9. METHODS: In ovo and ex ovo electroporation was used to overexpress or reduce miR-9 followed by mRNA in situ hybridisation and immunofluorescent stainings to evaluate miR- expression and the effect of changed miR-9 expression...
February 22, 2018: BMC Developmental Biology
Fang Huang, Zhifeng Chen, Hanwen Chen, Wei Lu, Shujun Xie, Qing H Meng, Yihua Wu, Dajing Xia
Cypermethrin (CYM), a type II pyrethroid, is widely used as an insecticide for agriculture and household. Cumulative evidence indicates that acute and chronic exposure to CYM might cause a number of health problems, such as cancer and neuronal system diseases. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this pathology is not known. The main objective of our study was to define the effects of CYM on macrophages and the implication of such effects in cancer metastasis and the potential mechanism involved. The effects of CYM on the macrophages were evaluated by detecting the expression of M1 and M2 macrophage polarization markers through ELISA, quantitative RT-PCR and Western blot assay...
February 19, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Patrizia Ambrogini, Maria Cristina Albertini, Michele Betti, Claudia Galati, Davide Lattanzi, David Savelli, Michael Di Palma, Stefania Saccomanno, Desirée Bartolini, Pierangelo Torquato, Gabriele Ruffolo, Fabiola Olivieri, Francesco Galli, Eleonora Palma, Andrea Minelli, Riccardo Cuppini
Seizure-triggered maladaptive neural plasticity and neuroinflammation occur during the latent period as a key underlying event in epilepsy chronicization. Previously, we showed that α-tocopherol (α-T) reduces hippocampal neuroglial activation and neurodegeneration in the rat model of kainic acid (KA)-induced status epilepticus (SE). These findings allowed us to postulate an antiepileptogenic potential for α-T in hippocampal excitotoxicity, in line with clinical evidence showing that α-T improves seizure control in drug-resistant patients...
February 22, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Hua Ji, Linhao Xu, Zheng Wang, Xinli Fan, Lihui Wu
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in numerous herbicide formulations. The role of glyphosate in neurotoxicity has been reported in human and animal models. However, the detailed mechanism of the role of glyphosate in neuronal development remains unknown. Recently, several studies have reported evidence linking neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) with gestational glyphosate exposure. The current group previously identified microRNAs (miRNAs) that are associated with the etiology of NDDs, but their expression levels in the developing brain following glyphosate exposure have not been characterized...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jun Zhang, Zanchao Liu, Yuanyuan Pei, Wen Yang, Chicu Xie, Shiqi Long
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a crucial regulator to support synaptic plasticity and neuronal survival, its significant decrease is a pathophysiological hallmark in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains and accounts for poor prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) interfere with the translation of target mRNAs and control a variety of physiological and pathological processes. MiR-322 is the rodent homologue of human miR-424, it is involved in the modulation of cell differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolic activities in diverse tissues and organs...
February 20, 2018: Neurochemical Research
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