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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161558/electrical-synapses-new-rules-for-assembling-an-old-structure-asymmetrically
#1
James I Nagy, John E Rash
Electrical synapses are emerging as complex structures, consisting of gap junction-forming connexin proteins and also multiple scaffolding and regulatory protein components, which were assumed to be symmetrically organized across these synapses; however, new findings reveal their synaptic asymmetry.
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161354/p140cap-regulates-gabaergic-synaptogenesis-and-development-of-hippocampal-inhibitory-circuits
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Isabella Russo, Daniela Gavello, Elisabetta Menna, David Vandael, Carola Veglia, Noemi Morello, Irene Corradini, Elisa Focchi, Annalisa Alfieri, Costanza Angelini, Federico Tommaso Bianchi, Alessandro Morellato, Andrea Marcantoni, Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Matteo Maria Ottaviani, Latefa Yekhlef, Maurizio Giustetto, Stefano Taverna, Valentina Carabelli, Michela Matteoli, Emilio Carbone, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
The neuronal scaffold protein p140Cap was investigated during hippocampal network formation. p140Cap is present in presynaptic GABAergic terminals and its genetic depletion results in a marked alteration of inhibitory synaptic activity. p140Cap-/- cultured neurons display higher frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) with no changes of their mean amplitude. Consistent with a potential presynaptic alteration of basal GABA release, p140Cap-/- neurons exhibit a larger synaptic vesicle readily releasable pool, without any variation of single GABAA receptor unitary currents and number of postsynaptic channels...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160205/clarinet-cla-1-a-novel-active-zone-protein-required-for-synaptic-vesicle-clustering-and-release
#3
Zhao Xuan, Laura Manning, Jessica Nelson, Janet E Richmond, Daniel A Colón-Ramos, Kang Shen, Peri T Kurshan
Active zone proteins cluster synaptic vesicles at presynaptic terminals and coordinate their release. In forward genetic screens we isolated a novel C. elegans active zone gene, clarinet (cla-1). cla-1 mutants exhibit defects in synaptic vesicle clustering, active zone structure and synapse number. As a result, they have reduced spontaneous vesicle release and increased synaptic depression. cla-1 mutants show defects in vesicle distribution near the presynaptic dense projection, with fewer undocked vesicles contacting the dense projection and more docked vesicles at the plasma membrane...
November 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158943/depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-the-contribution-from-animal-studies
#4
REVIEW
Jéssica Lopes Fontoura, Camila Baptista, Flávia de Brito Pedroso, José Augusto Pochapski, Edmar Miyoshi, Marcelo Machado Ferro
Besides being better known for causing motor impairments, Parkinson's disease (PD) can also cause many nonmotor symptoms, like depression and anxiety, which can cause significant loss of life quality and may not respond to regular drugs treatment. In this review, we discuss the depression in PD, based on data from studies in humans and rodents. Depression frequency seems higher in PD patients than in general population, despite high variation in data due to diagnosis disparities. Development of depression in PD seems more likely to be caused by the nigrostriatal pathway degeneration than as a consequence of the awareness of disease prognostic, and it seems to be related to dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and serotoninergic synapses deficits...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158500/use-dependent-potentiation-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-rescues-neurotransmission-in-nerve-terminals-intoxicated-by-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a
#5
Phillip H Beske, Katie M Hoffman, James B Machamer, Margaret R Eisen, Patrick M McNutt
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are highly potent toxins that cleave neuronal SNARE proteins required for neurotransmission, causing flaccid paralysis and death by asphyxiation. Currently, there are no clinical treatments to delay or reverse BoNT-induced blockade of neuromuscular transmission. While aminopyridines have demonstrated varying efficacy in transiently reducing paralysis following BoNT poisoning, the precise mechanisms by which aminopyridines symptomatically treat botulism are not understood. Here we found that activity-dependent potentiation of presynaptic voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) underlies 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP)-mediated rescue of neurotransmission in central nervous system synapses and mouse diaphragm neuromuscular junctions fully intoxicated by BoNT serotype A...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158498/activity-dependent-expression-of-channelrhodopsin-at-neuronal-synapses
#6
Francesco Gobbo, Laura Marchetti, Ajesh Jacob, Bruno Pinto, Noemi Binini, Federico Pecoraro Bisogni, Claudia Alia, Stefano Luin, Matteo Caleo, Tommaso Fellin, Laura Cancedda, Antonino Cattaneo
Increasing evidence points to the importance of dendritic spines in the formation and allocation of memories, and alterations of spine number and physiology are associated to memory and cognitive disorders. Modifications of the activity of subsets of synapses are believed to be crucial for memory establishment. However, the development of a method to directly test this hypothesis, by selectively controlling the activity of potentiated spines, is currently lagging. Here we introduce a hybrid RNA/protein approach to regulate the expression of a light-sensitive membrane channel at activated synapses, enabling selective tagging of potentiated spines following the encoding of a novel context in the hippocampus...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158322/optogenetic-activation-of-ephb2-receptor-in-dendrites-induced-actin-polymerization-by-activating-arg-kinase
#7
Clifford Locke, Kazuya Machida, Yi Wu, Ji Yu
Erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph) receptors regulate a wide array of developmental processes by responding to cell-cell contacts. EphB2 is well-expressed in brain and known to be important for dendritic spine development, as well as for the maintenance of the synapses, although the mechanisms of these functions have not been fully understood. Here we studied EphB2's functions in hippocampal neurons with an optogenetic approach, which allows us to specify spatial regions of signal activation and monitor in real-time the consequences of signal activation...
November 20, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157582/serum-lipid-profile-sleep-disordered-breathing-and-blood-pressure-in-the-elderly-a-10-year-follow-up-of-the-proof-synapse-cohort
#8
Denis Monneret, Jean-Claude Barthélémy, David Hupin, Delphine Maudoux, Sébastien Celle, Emilia Sforza, Frédéric Roche
OBJECTIVES: Dyslipidemia, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and hypertension are comorbid factors evidenced in adults, but poorly studied in old people. This study aimed to examine the long-term evolution of the serum lipid profile, and its relationships with SDB and blood pressure (BP) in the elderly. METHODS: A ten-year follow-up of the prospective Prognostic Indicator of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Events (PROOF) and the Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Aging and Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea (SYNAPSE) cohort, which initially included 1011 elderly subjects from the general population, and who were untreated by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)...
November 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157004/vanadium-inhalation-induces-retinal-m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cell-mgc-alterations-in-a-murine-model
#9
Silvana Cervantes-Yépez, Lorena Sofía López-Zepeda, Teresa Fortoul
BACKGROUND: Vanadium (V) is a transition metal adhered to suspended particles. Previous studies demonstrated that V inhalation causes oxidative stress in the ependymal epithelium, the choroid plexus on brain lateral ventricles and in the retina. Inhaled-V reaches the eye´s retina through the systemic circulation; however, its effect on the retina has not been widely studied. The Müller glial cell provides support and structure to the retina, facilitates synapses and regulates the microenvironment and neuronal metabolism...
November 20, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155768/slice-patch-clamp-technique-for-analyzing-learning-induced-plasticity
#10
Hiroyuki Kida, Yuya Sakimoto, Dai Mitsushima
The slice patch clamp technique is a powerful tool for investigating learning-induced neural plasticity in specific brain regions. To analyze motor-learning induced plasticity, we trained rats using an accelerated rotor rod task. Rats performed the task 10 times at 30-s intervals for 1 or 2 days. Performance was significantly improved on the training days compared to the first trial. We then prepared acute brain slices of the primary motor cortex (M1) in untrained and trained rats. Current-clamp analysis showed dynamic changes in resting membrane potential, spike threshold, afterhyperpolarization, and membrane resistance in layer II/III pyramidal neurons...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154366/generalization-of-conditioned-auditory-fear-is-regulated-by-maternal-effects-on-ventral-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
#11
Huy-Bin Nguyen, Carine Parent, Yiu Chung Tse, Tak Pan Wong, Michael J Meaney
Maternal care shapes individual differences in fear-associated neural circuitry. In rats, maternal licking and grooming (LG) in early life regulates ventral hippocampal (VH) function and plasticity in adulthood, but its consequent effect on the regulation of fear memories remains unknown. We report an effect of maternal care on generalization of learned fear, such that offspring of high LG mothers express generalized fear responses when confronted with neutral stimuli following auditory fear conditioning. These animals simultaneously display a reduction in the magnitude of VH-LTP expressed and reduced input-output transformation in Schaffer Collateral synapses...
November 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154272/differences-in-synaptic-dysfunction-between-rtg4510-and-app-ps1-mouse-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Simon Gelman, Jonathan Palma, Geoffrey Tombaugh, Afshin Ghavami
Genetically modified mice have provided insights into the progression and pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we have examined two mouse models of AD: the rTg4510 mouse, which overexpresses mutant human Tau gene, and the APP/PS1 mouse, which overexpresses mutant human genes for amyloid precursor protein and presenilin 1. Both models exhibit deficits in hippocampal function, but comparative analyses of these deficits are sparse. We used extracellular field potential recordings in hippocampal slices to study basal synaptic transmission (BST), paired-pulse facilitation (PPF), and long-term potentiation (LTP) at the Schaffer collateral-CA1 pyramidal cell synapses in both models...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154130/neuropilin-2-plexina3-receptors-associate-with-glua1-and-mediate-sema3f-dependent-homeostatic-scaling-in-cortical-neurons
#13
Qiang Wang, Shu-Ling Chiu, Eleftheria Koropouli, Ingie Hong, Sarah Mitchell, Teresa P Easwaran, Natalie R Hamilton, Ahleah S Gustina, Qianwen Zhu, David D Ginty, Richard L Huganir, Alex L Kolodkin
Regulation of AMPA-type glutamate receptor (AMPAR) number at synapses is a major mechanism for controlling synaptic strength during homeostatic scaling in response to global changes in neural activity. We show that the secreted guidance cue semaphorin 3F (Sema3F) and its neuropilin-2 (Npn-2)/plexinA3 (PlexA3) holoreceptor mediate homeostatic plasticity in cortical neurons. Sema3F-Npn-2/PlexA3 signaling is essential for cell surface AMPAR homeostatic downscaling in response to an increase in neuronal activity, Npn-2 associates with AMPARs, and Sema3F regulates this interaction...
November 14, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153990/cell-type-dependent-alzheimer-s-disease-phenotypes-probing-the-biology-of%C3%A2-selective-neuronal-vulnerability
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Christina R Muratore, Constance Zhou, Meichen Liao, Marty A Fernandez, Walter M Taylor, Valentina N Lagomarsino, Richard V Pearse, Heather C Rice, Joseph M Negri, Amy He, Priya Srikanth, Dana G Callahan, Taehwan Shin, Monica Zhou, David A Bennett, Scott Noggle, J Christopher Love, Dennis J Selkoe, Tracy L Young-Pearse
Alzheimer's disease (AD) induces memory and cognitive impairment in the absence of motor and sensory deficits during its early and middle course. A major unresolved question is the basis for this selective neuronal vulnerability. Aβ, which plays a central role in AD pathogenesis, is generated throughout the brain, yet some regions outside of the limbic and cerebral cortices are relatively spared from Aβ plaque deposition and synapse loss. Here, we examine neurons derived from iPSCs of patients harboring an amyloid precursor protein mutation to quantify AD-relevant phenotypes following directed differentiation to rostral fates of the brain (vulnerable) and caudal fates (relatively spared) in AD...
November 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150658/differential-regulation-of-synaptic-ap-2-clathrin-vesicle-uncoating-in-synaptic-plasticity
#15
Ermes Candiello, Ratnakar Mishra, Bernhard Schmidt, Olaf Jahn, Peter Schu
AP-1/σ1B-deficiency causes X-linked intellectual disability. AP-1/σ1B -/- mice have impaired synaptic vesicle recycling, fewer synaptic vesicles and enhanced endosome maturation mediated by AP-1/σ1A. Despite defects in synaptic vesicle recycling synapses contain two times more endocytic AP-2 clathrin-coated vesicles. We demonstrate increased formation of two classes of AP-2/clathrin coated vesicles. One which uncoats readily and a second with a stabilised clathrin coat. Coat stabilisation is mediated by three molecular mechanisms: reduced recruitment of Hsc70 and synaptojanin1 and enhanced μ2/AP-2 phosphorylation and activation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150182/mature-hippocampal-neurons-require-lis1-for-synaptic-integrity-implications-for-cognition
#16
Anamaria Sudarov, Xin-Jun Zhang, Leighton Braunstein, Eve LoCastro, Shawn Singh, Yu Taniguchi, Ashish Raj, Song-Hai Shi, Holly Moore, M Elizabeth Ross
BACKGROUND: Platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase 1B1 (LIS1), a critical mediator of neuronal migration in developing brain, is expressed throughout life. However, relatively little is known about LIS1 function in the mature brain. We previously demonstrated that LIS1 involvement in the formation and turnover of synaptic protrusions and synapses of young brain after neuronal migration is complete. Here we examine the requirement for LIS1 to maintain hippocampal circuit function in adulthood...
September 23, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149999/expansion-and-renormalization-of-human-brain-structure-during-skill-acquisition
#17
REVIEW
Elisabeth Wenger, Claudio Brozzoli, Ulman Lindenberger, Martin Lövdén
Research on human brain changes during skill acquisition has revealed brain volume expansion in task-relevant areas. However, the large number of skills that humans acquire during ontogeny militates against plasticity as a perpetual process of volume growth. Building on animal models and available theories, we promote the expansion-renormalization model for plastic changes in humans. The model predicts an initial increase of gray matter structure, potentially reflecting growth of neural resources like neurons, synapses, and glial cells, which is followed by a selection process operating on this new tissue leading to a complete or partial return to baseline of the overall volume after selection has ended...
December 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146475/electrical-activity-of-sensory-pathways-in-female-and-male-geriatric-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta-and-its-relation-to-oxidative-stress
#18
A Ibáñez-Contreras, U Hernández-Arciga, A Poblano, M Arteaga-Silva, B Hernández-Godínez, G I Mendoza-Cuevas, R Toledo-Pérez, A Alarcón-Aguilar, V Y González-Puertos, M Konigsberg
Synapses loss during aging has been related to decreased neuronal excitability and reduced electrophysiological activity in the nervous system, as well as to increased brain damage. Those physiological and biochemical alterations have been related to the oxidative stress increase associated with old age. The main substrate of lipid peroxidation (LPX) in the central and peripheral nervous systems are the myelin sheaths, and their damage generates a delayed nerve conduction velocity. However, studies in which the neural conduction velocity is related to changes in the redox state are still lacking...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145845/network-pharmacological-mechanisms-of-vernonia-anthelmintica-l-in-the-treatment-of-vitiligo-isorhamnetin-induction-of-melanogenesis-via-up-regulation-of-melanin-biosynthetic-genes
#19
Ji Ye Wang, Hong Chen, Yin Yin Wang, Xiao Qin Wang, Han Ying Chen, Mei Zhang, Yun Tang, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a long-term skin disease characterized by the loss of pigment in the skin. The current therapeutic approaches are limited. Although the anti-vitiligo mechanisms of Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) remain ambiguous, the herb has been broadly used in Uyghur hospitals to treat vitiligo. The overall objective of the present study aims to identify the potential lead compounds from Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) in the treatment of vitiligo via an oral route as well as the melanogenic mechanisms in the systematic approaches in silico of admetSAR and substructure-drug-target network-based inference (SDTNBI)...
November 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145825/assembling-large-genomes-analysis-of-the-stick-insect-clitarchus-hookeri-genome-reveals-a-high-repeat-content-and-sex-biased-genes-associated-with-reproduction
#20
Chen Wu, Victoria G Twort, Ross N Crowhurst, Richard D Newcomb, Thomas R Buckley
BACKGROUND: Stick insects (Phasmatodea) have a high incidence of parthenogenesis and other alternative reproductive strategies, yet the genetic basis of reproduction is poorly understood. Phasmatodea includes nearly 3000 species, yet only the genome of Timema cristinae has been published to date. Clitarchus hookeri is a geographical parthenogenetic stick insect distributed across New Zealand. Sexual reproduction dominates in northern habitats but is replaced by parthenogenesis in the south...
November 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
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