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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445961/azilsartan-ameliorates-apoptosis-of-dopaminergic%C3%A2-neurons-and-rescues-characteristic-parkinsonian-behaviors-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Qing Gao, Zhou Ou, Teng Jiang, You-Yong Tian, Jun-Shan Zhou, Liang Wu, Jian-Quan Shi, Ying-Dong Zhang
Loss of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra (SN) is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD), which leads to the onset of motor symptoms. Previously, our in vitro studies revealed that Angiotensin II (Ang II) induced apoptosis of dopaminergic neurons through its type 1 receptor (AT1R), but these findings needed to be confirmed via animal experiments. Here, using a rotenone-induced rat model of PD, we observed an overactivation of Ang II/AT1R axis in the SN, since Ang II level and AT1R expression were markedly increased...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445732/the-hect-family-ubiquitin-ligase-eel-1-regulates-neuronal-function-and-development
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Karla J Opperman, Ben Mulcahy, Andrew C Giles, Monica G Risley, Rayna L Birnbaum, Erik D Tulgren, Ken Dawson-Scully, Mei Zhen, Brock Grill
Genetic changes in the HECT ubiquitin ligase HUWE1 are associated with intellectual disability, but it remains unknown whether HUWE1 functions in post-mitotic neurons to affect circuit function. Using genetics, pharmacology, and electrophysiology, we show that EEL-1, the HUWE1 ortholog in C. elegans, preferentially regulates GABAergic presynaptic transmission. Decreasing or increasing EEL-1 function alters GABAergic transmission and the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance in the worm motor circuit, which leads to impaired locomotion and increased sensitivity to electroshock...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444311/expression-of-als-ftd-linked-mutant-ccnf-in-zebrafish-leads-to-increased-cell-death-in-the-spinal-cord-and-an-aberrant-motor-phenotype
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Alison L Hogan, Emily K Don, Stephanie L Rayner, Albert Lee, Angela S Laird, Maxinne Watchon, Claire Winnick, Ingrid S Tarr, Marco Morsch, Jennifer A Fifita, Serene Gwee, Isabel Formella, Elinor Hortle, Kristy Yuan, Mark P Molloy, Kelly L Williams, Garth A Nicholson, Roger S Chung, Ian P Blair, Nicholas J Cole
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by the death of upper and lower motor neurons. Approximately 10% of cases have a known family history of ALS and disease-linked mutations in multiple genes have been identified. ALS-linked mutations in CCNF were recently reported, however the pathogenic mechanisms associated with these mutations are yet to be established. To investigate possible disease mechanisms, we developed in vitro and in vivo models based on an ALS-linked missense mutation in CCNF...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443372/cord-blood-as-a-potential-therapeutic-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, Jared Ehrhart, Paul R Sanberg
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive motor neuron degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. Treatment options are limited due to the complexity of underlying disease factors. Cell therapy, using human umbilical cord blood (hUCB) cells may be a promising new treatment for ALS, mainly by providing a protective microenvironment for motor neuron survival. Areas covered: Composition and in vitro and in vivo differentiation of hUCB cells and the advantages of cord blood as a source of transplant cells are discussed...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442998/glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-gene-delivery-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-delicate-balance-between-neuroprotection-trophic-effects-and-unwanted-compensatory-mechanisms
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Liliane Tenenbaum, Marie Humbert-Claude
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and Neurturin (NRTN) bind to a receptor complex consisting of a member of the GDNF family receptor (GFR)-α and the Ret tyrosine kinase. Both factors were shown to protect nigro-striatal dopaminergic neurons and reduce motor symptoms when applied terminally in toxin-induced Parkinson's disease (PD) models. However, clinical trials based on intraputaminal GDNF protein administration or recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-mediated NRTN gene delivery have been disappointing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440805/cell-transplantation-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Peggy Assinck, Greg J Duncan, Brett J Hilton, Jason R Plemel, Wolfram Tetzlaff
Spinal cord injury can lead to severe motor, sensory and autonomic dysfunction. Currently, there is no effective treatment for the injured spinal cord. The transplantation of Schwann cells, neural stem cells or progenitor cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, oligodendrocyte precursor cells and mesenchymal stem cells has been investigated as potential therapies for spinal cord injury. However, little is known about the mechanisms through which these individual cell types promote repair and functional improvements...
April 25, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438991/differentiation-of-v2a-interneurons-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#7
Jessica C Butts, Dylan A McCreedy, Jorge Alexis Martinez-Vargas, Frederico N Mendoza-Camacho, Tracy A Hookway, Casey A Gifford, Praveen Taneja, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Todd C McDevitt
The spinal cord consists of multiple neuronal cell types that are critical to motor control and arise from distinct progenitor domains in the developing neural tube. Excitatory V2a interneurons in particular are an integral component of central pattern generators that control respiration and locomotion; however, the lack of a robust source of human V2a interneurons limits the ability to molecularly profile these cells and examine their therapeutic potential to treat spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we report the directed differentiation of CHX10(+) V2a interneurons from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs)...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438578/global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats-leads-to-amnesiadue-to-selective-neuronal-death-followed-by-astroglial-scar-formationin-the-ca1-layer
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Kevin Sadelli, Jean-Claude Stamegna, Stéphane D Girard, Nathalie Baril, Guy Escoffier, Maïna Brus, Antoine D Véron, Michel Khrestchatisky, François S Roman
Global Cerebral Ischemia (GCI) occurs following cardiac arrest or neonatal asphyxia and leads to harmful neurological consequences. In most cases, patients who survive cardiac arrest develop severe cognitive and motor impairments. This study focused on learning and memory deficits associated with brain neuroanatomical reorganization that appears after GCI. The four-vessel occlusion (4VO) model was performed to produce a transient GCI. Hippocampal lesions in ischemic rats were visualized using anatomical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (aMRI)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437527/ocular-motor-nerve-development-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-extraocular-muscle
#9
Suzanne M Michalak, Mary C Whitman, Jong G Park, Max A Tischfield, Elaine H Nguyen, Elizabeth C Engle
Purpose: To spatially and temporally define ocular motor nerve development in the presence and absence of extraocular muscles (EOMs). Methods: Myf5cre mice, which in the homozygous state lack EOMs, were crossed to an IslMN:GFP reporter line to fluorescently label motor neuron cell bodies and axons. Embryonic day (E) 11.5 to E15.5 wild-type and Myf5cre/cre:IslMN:GFP whole mount embryos and dissected orbits were imaged by confocal microscopy to visualize the developing oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves in the presence and absence of EOMs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437426/representational-models-a-common-framework-for-understanding-encoding-pattern-component-and-representational-similarity-analysis
#10
Jörn Diedrichsen, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
Representational models specify how activity patterns in populations of neurons (or, more generally, in multivariate brain-activity measurements) relate to sensory stimuli, motor responses, or cognitive processes. In an experimental context, representational models can be defined as hypotheses about the distribution of activity profiles across experimental conditions. Currently, three different methods are being used to test such hypotheses: encoding analysis, pattern component modeling (PCM), and representational similarity analysis (RSA)...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435973/acclimatization-to-middle-altitude-hypoxia-protects-against-developmental-and-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-acute-fetal-hypoxia-in-mice
#11
Hui-Lang Liu, Yong-Mei Sun, Chuan-Yu Li, Hai-Chen Niu, Min Su, Jing-Kun Wang
Acute fetal hypoxia (AFH) can elicit postnatal motor deficits and cognitive impairments. To test whether lifelong acclimatization to middle altitude (MA) hypoxia has protective effects on the impairments caused by AFH, ICR mice bred at 1 900 m altitude for 6-7 generations were evaluated under AFH. On gestation day 9 (GD 9), 13 (GD 13) or 17 (GD 17), pregnant mice received a single exposure to acute hypoxia (7% O2, 6 h). Physiological and neurodevelopmental behaviors, motor function (open field), spatial learning and memory (Morris water maze), and anxiety level (elevated plus maze) were examined in the offspring from neonate to adulthood...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
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/28431452/-treatment-options-for-neurogenic-drop-foot-a-systematic-literature-research
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Eike Jakubowitz, Daiwei Yao, Henning Windhagen, Christina Stukenborg-Colsman, Anna Thomann, Kiriakos Daniilidis
Background Neurogenic drop foot may be caused by central or peripheral lesions of the nervous system. Depending on whether the first or second motor neuron is damaged, a flaccid or spastic drop foot develops. Spastic drop foot persists as a residual long-term complication after stroke in about 14 % of patients. Various conservative and surgical treatment options are available. Methods This article is based on a systematic literature review for medical evidence of functional electrical stimulation (FES) with the keywords "functional electrical stimulation AND drop foot" and "functional electrical stimulation AND gait AND stroke" in PubMed and Cochrane databases...
April 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428745/decreased-levels-of-foldase-and-chaperone-proteins-are-associated-with-an-early-onset-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Melania Filareti, Silvia Luotti, Laura Pasetto, Mauro Pignataro, Katia Paolella, Paolo Messina, Elisabetta Pupillo, Massimiliano Filosto, Christian Lunetta, Jessica Mandrioli, Giuseppe Fuda, Andrea Calvo, Adriano Chiò, Massimo Corbo, Caterina Bendotti, Ettore Beghi, Valentina Bonetto
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive upper and lower motor neuron degeneration. One of the peculiar clinical characteristics of ALS is the wide distribution in age of onset, which is probably caused by different combinations of intrinsic and exogenous factors. We investigated whether these modifying factors are converging into common pathogenic pathways leading either to an early or a late disease onset. This would imply the identification of phenotypic biomarkers, that can distinguish the two populations of ALS patients, and of relevant pathways to consider in a therapeutic intervention...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421535/microrna-metabolism-and-dysregulation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#15
REVIEW
Paola Rinchetti, Mafalda Rizzuti, Irene Faravelli, Stefania Corti
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a subset of endogenous, small, non-coding RNA molecules involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. Dysregulation in miRNA-related pathways in the central nervous system (CNS) is associated with severe neuronal injury and cell death, which can lead to the development of neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a fatal adult onset disease characterized by the selective loss of upper and lower motor neurons. While the pathogenesis of ALS is still largely unknown, familial ALS forms linked to TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) and fused in sarcoma (FUS) gene mutations, as well as sporadic forms, display changes in several steps of RNA metabolism, including miRNA processing...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420977/development-and-training-of-a-neural-controller-for-hind-leg-walking-in-a-dog-robot
#16
Alexander Hunt, Nicholas Szczecinski, Roger Quinn
Animals dynamically adapt to varying terrain and small perturbations with remarkable ease. These adaptations arise from complex interactions between the environment and biomechanical and neural components of the animal's body and nervous system. Research into mammalian locomotion has resulted in several neural and neuro-mechanical models, some of which have been tested in simulation, but few "synthetic nervous systems" have been implemented in physical hardware models of animal systems. One reason is that the implementation into a physical system is not straightforward...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420711/excitatory-neurons-sculpt-gabaergic-neuronal-connectivity-in-the-c-elegans-motor-circuit
#17
Belinda Barbagallo, Alison Philbrook, Denis Touroutine, Navonil Banerjee, Devyn Oliver, Christopher M Lambert, Michael M Francis
Establishing and maintaining the appropriate number of GABA synapses is key for balancing excitation and inhibition in the nervous system, though we have only a limited understanding of the mechanisms controlling GABA circuit connectivity. Here, we show that disrupting cholinergic innervation of GABAergic neurons in the C. elegans motor circuit alters GABAergic neuron synaptic connectivity. These changes are accompanied by a reduced frequency and increased amplitude of GABAergic synaptic events. Acute genetic disruption in early development-during the integration of post-embryonic born GABAergic neurons into the circuit-produces irreversible effects on GABAergic synaptic connectivity that mimic those produced by chronic manipulations...
April 18, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419739/cardiac-troponin-t-and-fast-skeletal-muscle-denervation-in-ageing
#18
Zherong Xu, Xin Feng, Juan Dong, Zhong-Min Wang, Jingyun Lee, Cristina Furdui, Daniel Clark Files, Kristen M Beavers, Stephen Kritchevsky, Carolanne Milligan, Jian-Ping Jin, Osvaldo Delbono, Tan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ageing skeletal muscle undergoes chronic denervation, and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), the key structure that connects motor neuron nerves with muscle cells, shows increased defects with ageing. Previous studies in various species have shown that with ageing, type II fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres show more atrophy and NMJ deterioration than type I slow-twitch fibres. However, how this process is regulated is largely unknown. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle fibre-type specific denervation at the NMJ could be critical to identifying novel treatments for sarcopenia...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418693/validating-the-predicted-effect-of-astemizole-and-ketoconazole-using-a-drosophila-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Katarzyna Styczyńska-Soczka, Luigi Zechini, Lysimachos Zografos
Parkinson's disease is a growing threat to an ever-ageing population. Despite progress in our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease, all therapeutics currently available only act to improve symptoms and do not stop the disease process. It is therefore imperative that more effective drug discovery methods and approaches are developed, validated, and used for the discovery of disease-modifying treatments for Parkinson's. Drug repurposing has been recognized as being equally as promising as de novo drug discovery in the field of neurodegeneration and Parkinson's disease specifically...
April 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416808/ptchd1-deficiency-induces-excitatory-synaptic-and-cognitive-dysfunctions-in-mouse
#20
D C Ung, G Iacono, H Méziane, E Blanchard, M-A Papon, M Selten, J-R van Rhijn, R Montjean, J Rucci, S Martin, A Fleet, M-C Birling, S Marouillat, R Roepman, M Selloum, A Lux, R-A Thépault, P Hamel, K Mittal, J B Vincent, O Dorseuil, H G Stunnenberg, P Billuart, N Nadif Kasri, Y Hérault, F Laumonnier
Synapse development and neuronal activity represent fundamental processes for the establishment of cognitive function. Structural organization as well as signalling pathways from receptor stimulation to gene expression regulation are mediated by synaptic activity and misregulated in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). Deleterious mutations in the PTCHD1 (Patched domain containing 1) gene have been described in male patients with X-linked ID and/or ASD...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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