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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434162/isolation-of-astrocytes-displaying-myofibroblast-properties-and-present-in-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
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Nicolas Vedrenne, Vincent Sarrazy, Laurence Richard, Nelly Bordeau, Serge Battu, Fabrice Billet, Alexis Desmoulière
A wide heterogeneity of lesions can affect the central nervous system (CNS). In all situations where neurons are damaged, including multiple sclerosis (MS), a common reactive astrocytosis is present. Sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) was used to sort astrocyte subpopulations. After SdFFF elution, cells, prepared from rat newborn cortex, were cultured and analyzed by immunocytofluorescence for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and α-smooth muscle (SM) actin (a specific marker for myofibroblasts) expression...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434161/can-valproic-acid-regulate-neurogenesis-from-nestin-cells-in-the-adult-midbrain
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Parisa Farzanehfar, Malcolm K Horne, Tim D Aumann
Degeneration of dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) causes the motor symptoms (e.g. tremor, muscle rigidity, bradykinesia, postural instability) of Parkinson's disease (PD). It is generally agreed that replacing these neurons will provide better motor symptom relief and fewer side effects than current pharmacotherapies. One potential approach to this is up-regulating endogenous DA neurogenesis in SNc. In the present study, we conducted bioinformatics analyses to identify signalling pathways that control expression of Pax6 and Msx1 genes, which have been identified as potentially important neurogenic regulators in the adult midbrain...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434145/mtorc1-signaling-in-hepatic-lipid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Jinbo Han, Yiguo Wang
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway regulates many metabolic and physiological processes in different organs or tissues. Dysregulation of mTOR signaling has been implicated in many human diseases including obesity, diabetes, cancer, fatty liver diseases, and neuronal disorders. Here we review recent progress in understanding how mTORC1 (mTOR complex 1) signaling regulates lipid metabolism in the liver.
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434127/intranasal-vitamin-a-is-beneficial-in-post-infectious-olfactory-loss
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Thomas Hummel, Katherine L Whitcroft, Gina Rueter, Antje Haehner
Vitamin A plays a decisive role in the regeneration of olfactory receptor neurons. In this retrospective study we investigated the effectiveness of topical vitamin A in patients with post-infectious and posttraumatic smell disorders. Retrospective cohort. A total of 170 patients (age range 18-70 years, mean age 52 years) participated. Forty-six patients were treated with smell training only. The remaining 124 patients received smell training and topical vitamin A. Olfactory function was assessed using the Sniffin' Sticks test kit, a validated technique to measure odor thresholds, discrimination and identification...
April 22, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434006/unbiased-quantification-of-subplate-neuron-loss-following-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-in-a-rat-model
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Alexandra Mikhailova, Naveena Sunkara, Patrick S McQuillen
BACKGROUND: Cellular targets of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia (HI) include both oligodendrocyte and neuronal lineages with differences in the patterns of vulnerable cells depending upon the developmental stage at which the injury occurs. Injury to the developing white matter is a characteristic feature of human preterm brain injury. Data are accumulating, however, for neuronal injury in the developing cerebral cortex. In the most widely used rodent model of preterm HI brain injury, conflicting data have been reported regarding the sensitivity of subplate neurons to early neonatal HI, with some reports of selective vulnerability and others that find no increased loss of subplate neurons in comparison with other cortical layers...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433943/acute-lung-injury-leads-to-depression-like-symptoms-through-upregulation-of-neutrophilic-and-neuronal-nadph-oxidase-signaling-in-a-murine-model
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Ahmed Nadeem, Nahid Siddiqui, Naif O Al-Harbi, Sabry M Attia, Shakir D AlSharari, Sheikh F Ahmad
There is an increased prevalence of comorbid major depressive disorders with a number of inflammatory conditions which is thought to result from activation of the immune system. Acute lung injury (ALI) in humans has been also shown to be associated with depression previously. However, no study has explored the mechanism behind ALI-induced depression. NADPH oxidase (NOX-2) derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) are associated with neuropsychiatric disorders including depression. ROS generation via NOX-2 is also shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of ALI...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433820/effects-of-punctal-occlusion-on-global-tear-proteins-in-patients-with-dry-eye
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Louis Tong, Lei Zhou, Roger Beuerman, Susan Simonyi, David A Hollander, Michael E Stern
PURPOSE: To investigate effects of punctal occlusion on global tear protein levels in patients with dry eye. METHODS: In this prospective, longitudinal, single-center study, nonabsorbable punctal plugs were inserted bilaterally into the lower punctum of 30 patients with moderate dry eye. Dry eye symptoms, fluorescein corneal staining, Schirmer I test, tear film break-up time, and safety were assessed in the more severe eye. Tear proteins at weeks 1 and 3 were quantified by iTRAQ relative to baseline preocclusion levels...
April 19, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433812/the-perlecan-interacting-growth-factor-progranulin-regulates-ubiquitination-sorting-and-lysosomal-degradation-of-sortilin
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Ryuta Tanimoto, Chiara Palladino, Shi-Qiong Xu, Simone Buraschi, Thomas Neill, Leonard G Gomella, Stephen C Peiper, Antonino Belfiore, Renato V Iozzo, Andrea Morrione
Despite extensive clinical and experimental studies over the past decades, the pathogenesis and progression to the castration-resistant stage of prostate cancer remains largely unknown. Progranulin, a secreted growth factor, strongly binds the heparin-sulfate proteoglycan perlecan, and counteracts its biological activity. We established that progranulin acts as an autocrine growth factor and promotes prostate cancer cell motility, invasion, and anchorage-independent growth. Progranulin was overexpressed in prostate cancer tissues vis-à-vis non-neoplastic tissues supporting the hypothesis that progranulin may play a key role in prostate cancer progression...
April 20, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433747/chemical-composition-of-ocimum-sanctum-by-lc-esi-ms-ms-analysis-and-its-protective-effects-against-smoke-induced-lung-and-neuronal-tissue-damage-in-rats
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M P Venuprasad, Hemanth Kumar Kandikattu, Sakina Razack, Narayanappa Amruta, Farhath Khanum
Smoke induced oxidative stress is known to cause various cancers and associated health problems including lung cancer. Herbal extracts have been reported as antioxidant supplements which attenuate free radical induced oxidative damage of tissues, among which Ocimum sanctum has been reported as the elixir of life due to its innumerable health benefits. In the present study, we investigated the protective effect of O. sanctum against cracker smoke induced lung and brain tissue damage. The results of the study demonstrate that O...
April 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433746/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-signaling-regulates-neuroinflammation-and-apoptosis-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Rachel K Patel, Nithisha Prasad, Ram Kuwar, Debanjan Haldar, P M Abdul-Muneer
Mild Traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a low-level injury, which often remains undiagnosed, and in most cases it leads to death and disability as it advances as secondary injury. Therefore, it is important to study the underlying signaling mechanisms of mTBI-associated neurological ailments. While transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) has a significant role in inflammation and apoptosis in myriads of other pathophysiological conditions, the precise function of increased TGF-β1 after mTBI is unknown. In this study, our objective is to study the physiological relevance and associated mechanisms of TGF-β1-mediated inflammation and apoptosis in mTBI...
April 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433741/loss-of-the-neurodevelopmental-gene-zswim6-alters-striatal-morphology-and-motor-regulation
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David J Tischfield, Dave K Saraswat, Andrew Furash, Stephen C Fowler, Marc V Fuccillo, Stewart A Anderson
The zinc-finger SWIM domain-containing protein 6 (ZSWIM6) is a protein of unknown function that has been associated with schizophrenia and limited educational attainment by three independent genome-wide association studies. Additionally, a putatively causal point mutation in ZSWIM6 has been identified in several cases of acromelic frontonasal dysostosis with severe intellectual disability. Despite the growing number of studies implicating ZSWIM6 as an important regulator of brain development, its role in this process has never been examined...
April 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433712/common-phox2b-poly-alanine-contractions-impair-ret-gene-transcription-predisposing-to-hirschsprung-disease
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Eleonora Di Zanni, Annalisa Adamo, Elga Belligni, Margherita Lerone, Giuseppe Martucciello, Girolamo Mattioli, Alessio Pini Prato, Roberto Ravazzolo, Margherita Silengo, Tiziana Bachetti, Isabella Ceccherini
HSCR is a congenital disorder of the enteric nervous system, characterized by the absence of neurons along a variable length of the gut resulting from loss-of-function RET mutations. Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) is a rare neurocristopathy characterized by impaired response to hypercapnia and hypoxemia caused by heterozygous mutations of the PHOX2B gene, mostly polyalanine (polyA) expansions but also missense, nonsense, and frameshift mutations, while polyA contractions are common in the population and believed neutral...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433663/mitochondrial-mechanisms-of-neuronal-rescue-by-f-68-a-hydrophilic-pluronic-block-co-polymer-following-acute-substrate-deprivation
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REVIEW
Janice C Wang, Vytautas P Bindokas, Matthew Skinner, Todd Emrick, Jeremy D Marks
Global brain ischemia can lead to widespread neuronal death and poor neurologic outcomes in patients. Despite detailed understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms mediating neuronal death following focal and global brain hypoxia-ischemia, treatments to reduce ischemia-induced brain injury remain elusive. One pathway central to neuronal death following global brain ischemia is mitochondrial dysfunction, one consequence of which is the cascade of intracellular events leading to mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization...
April 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433649/chronic-nicotine-attenuates-behavioral-and-synaptic-plasticity-impairments-in-a-streptozotocin-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Esteves Im, Lopes-Aguiar C, Rossignoli Mt, Ruggiero Rn, Broggini Acs, Bueno-Junior Ls, Kandratavicius L, Monteiro Mr, Romcy-Pereira Rn, Leite Jp
Brain glucose metabolism is altered in sporadic Alzheimer's disease (sAD), whose pathologies are reproduced in rodents by intracerebroventricular (icv) infusion of streptozotocin (STZ) in subdiabetogenic doses. The icv-STZ model also culminates in central cholinergic dysfunctions, which in turn are known to underlie both the sAD cognitive decline, and synaptic plasticity impairments. Considering the cognitive-enhancing potential of chronic nicotine (Nic), we investigated whether it attenuates icv-STZ-induced impairments in recognition memory and synaptic plasticity in a cognition-relevant substrate: the hippocampal CA1-medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) pathway...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433644/supraspinal-respiratory-plasticity-following-acute-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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Tatiana Bezdudnaya, Vitaliy Marchenko, Lyandysha V Zholudeva, Victoria M Spruance, Michael A Lane
Impaired breathing is a devastating result of high cervical spinal cord injuries (SCI) due to partial or full denervation of phrenic motoneurons, which innervate the diaphragm - a primary muscle of respiration. Consequently, people with cervical level injuries often become dependent on assisted ventilation and are susceptible to secondary complications. However, there is mounting evidence for limited spontaneous recovery of respiratory function following injury, demonstrating the neuroplastic potential of respiratory networks...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433628/ca-2-dependent-hyperpolarization-hypothesis-for-mammalian-sleep
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REVIEW
Fumiya Tatsuki, Koji L Ode, Hiroki R Ueda
The detailed molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of sleep/wake cycles in mammals are elusive. In this regulation, at least two mechanisms with fast and slow time scales are involved. In the faster time scale, a state of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep can be microscopically characterized by the millisecond-to-second-order electrical behavior of neurons, namely slow-wave oscillations described by electrophysiology. In the slower time scale, the total duration of NREM sleep is homeostatically regulated by sleep pressure (the need for sleep), which is usually sustained for hours or even days and can be macroscopically described by electroencephalogram (EEG)...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433567/ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-rosiglitazone-reduces-autophagy-and-promotes-functional-recovery-in-experimental-traumaticspinal-cord-injury
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Hongpeng Li, Qin Zhang, Xiaohui Yang, Liping Wang
BACKGROUND: Secondary damage is often more important in determining the functional outcome and provides a practical target for therapeutic intervention. Rosiglitazone (ROSG) is a potent PPAR-γ agonist and has been shown to induce neuroprotection in animal models of spinal cord injury (SCI). However, it is still unclear whether this PPAR-γ agonist can mediate neuronal autophagy after SCI. METHODS: SCI was induced by application of vascular clips (force of 24g) to the dura via a four-level T5-T8 laminectomy...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433501/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1-regulates-the-processing-of-reelin-in-the-perinatal-cortex
#18
Nicholas J Bradshaw, Svenja V Trossbach, Sabrina Köber, Susanne Walter, Ingrid Prikulis, Sascha Weggen, Carsten Korth
Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a prominent gene in mental illness research, encoding a scaffold protein known to be of importance in the developing cerebral cortex. Reelin is a critical extracellular protein for development and lamination of the prenatal cortex and which has also been independently implicated in mental illness. Regulation of reelin activity occurs through processing by the metalloproteinases ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5. Through cross-breeding of heterozygous transgenic DISC1 mice with heterozygous reeler mice, which have reduced reelin, pups heterozygous for both phenotypes were generated...
April 19, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433463/actin-regulation-by-tropomodulin-and-tropomyosin-in-neuronal-morphogenesis-and-function
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REVIEW
Kevin T Gray, Alla S Kostyukova, Thomas Fath
Actin is a profoundly influential protein; it impacts, among other processes, membrane morphology, cellular motility, and vesicle transport. Actin can polymerize into long filaments that push on membranes and provide support for intracellular transport. Actin filaments have polar ends: the fast-growing (barbed) end and the slow-growing (pointed) end. Depolymerization from the pointed end supplies monomers for further polymerization at the barbed end. Tropomodulins (Tmods) cap pointed ends by binding onto actin and tropomyosins (Tpms)...
April 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433461/severely-impaired-adult-brain-neurogenesis-in-cyclin-d2-knock-out-mice-produces-very-limited-phenotypic-changes
#20
REVIEW
Robert K Filipkowski, Leszek Kaczmarek
The discovery of new neurons being produced in the brains of adult mammals (adult brain neurogenesis) began a quest to determine the function(s) of these cells. Major hypotheses in the field have assumed that these neurons play pivotal role, in particular, in learning and memory phenomena, mood control, and epileptogenesis. In our studies summarized herein, we used cyclin D2 knockout (KO) mice, as we have shown that cyclin D2 is the key factor in adult brain neurogenesis and thus its lack produces profound impairment of the process...
April 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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