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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212563/progression-of-motor-deficits-in-glioma-bearing-mice-impact-of-cnf1-therapy-at-symptomatic-stages
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Eleonora Vannini, Federica Maltese, Francesco Olimpico, Alessia Fabbri, Mario Costa, Matteo Caleo, Laura Baroncelli
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive type of brain tumor. In this context, animal models represent excellent tools for the early detection and longitudinal mapping of neuronal dysfunction, that are critical in the preclinical validation of new therapeutic strategies. In a mouse glioma model, we developed sensitive behavioral readouts that allow early recognizing and following neurological symptoms. We injected GL261 cells into the primary motor cortex of syngenic mice and we used a battery of behavioral tests to longitudinally monitor the dysfunction induced by tumor growth...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209802/doublet-stimulation-increases-ca-2-binding-to-troponin-c-to-ensure-rapid-force-development-in-skeletal-muscle
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Anthony J Bakker, Tanya R Cully, Catherine D Wingate, Christopher J Barclay, Bradley S Launikonis
Fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibers are often exposed to motor neuron double discharges (≥200 Hz), which markedly increase both the rate of contraction and the magnitude of the resulting force responses. However, the mechanism responsible for these effects is poorly understood, likely because of technical limitations in previous studies. In this study, we measured cytosolic Ca(2+) during doublet activation using the low-affinity indicator Mag-Fluo-4 at high temporal resolution and modeled the effects of doublet stimulation on sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release, binding of Ca(2+) to cytosolic buffers, and force enhancement in fast-twitch fibers...
February 16, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208729/altered-intracellular-milieu-of-adar2-deficient-motor-neurons-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Takenari Yamashita, Megumi Akamatsu, Shin Kwak
Transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43) pathology, and failure of A-to-I conversion (RNA editing) at the glutamine/arginine (Q/R) site of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) receptor subunit GluA2, are etiology-linked molecular abnormalities that concomitantly occur in the motor neurons of most patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Adenosine deaminase acting on RNA 2 (ADAR2) specifically catalyzes GluA2 Q/R site-RNA editing. Furthermore, conditional ADAR2 knockout mice (AR2) exhibit a progressive ALS phenotype with TDP-43 pathology in the motor neurons, which is the most reliable pathological marker of ALS...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208320/dynamic-model-for-kinesin-mediated-long-range-transport-and-its-local-traffic-jam-caused-by-tau-proteins
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Woochul Nam, Bogdan I Epureanu
In neurons, several intracellular cargoes are transported by motor proteins (kinesins) which walk on microtubules (MTs). However, kinesins can possibly unbind from the MTs before they reach their destinations. The unbound kinesins randomly diffuse in neurons until they bind to MTs. Then, they walk again along the MTs to continue their tasks. Kinesins repeat this cycle of motion until they transport their cargoes to the destinations. However, most previous models mainly focused on the motion of kinesins when they walk on MTs...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204957/insights-into-the-role-of-opioid-receptors-in-the-gi-tract-experimental-evidence-and-therapeutic-relevance
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James J Galligan, Catia Sternini
Opioid drugs are prescribed extensively for pain treatment but when used chronically they induce constipation that can progress to opioid-induced bowel dysfunction. Opioid drugs interact with three classes of opioid receptors: mu opioid receptors (MORs), delta opioid receptors (DOR), and kappa opioid receptors (KORs), but opioid drugs mostly target the MORs. Upon stimulation, opioid receptors couple to inhibitory Gi/Go proteins that activate or inhibit downstream effector proteins. MOR and DOR couple to inhibition of adenylate cyclase and voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels and to activation of K(+) channels resulting in reduced neuronal activity and neurotransmitter release...
February 16, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198698/a-role-for-cerebellum-in-the-hereditary-dystonia-dyt1
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Rachel Fremont, Ambika Tewari, Chantal Angueyra, Kamran Khodakhah
DYT1 is a debilitating movement disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in torsinA. How these mutations cause dystonia remains unknown. Mouse models which have embryonically targeted torsinA have failed to recapitulate the dystonia seen in patients, possibly due to differential development compensation between rodents and humans. To address this issue, torsinA was acutely knocked down in select brain regions of adult mice using shRNAs. TorsinA knockdown in the cerebellum, but not in the basal ganglia, was sufficient to induce dystonia...
February 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196860/the-nclx-type-na-ca-2-exchanger-ncx-9-is-required-for-patterning-of-neural-circuits-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Vishal Sharma, Soumitra Roy, Israel Sekler, Damien M O'Halloran
NCLX is a Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger that uses energy stored in the transmembrane sodium gradient to facilitate the exchange of sodium ions for ionic calcium. Mammals have a single NCLX, which has been shown to function primarily at the mitochondrion and is an important regulator of neuronal physiology by contributing to neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity. The role of NCLX in developmental cell patterning, for example, in neural circuits, is largely unknown. Here we describe a novel role for the Caenorhabditis elegans NCLX-type protein, NCX-9, in neural circuit formation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196613/potent-and-selective-epha4-agonists-for-the-treatment-of-als
#8
Bainan Wu, Surya K De, Anna Kulinich, Ahmed F Salem, Jordan Koeppen, Rengang Wang, Elisa Barile, Si Wang, Dongxiang Zhang, Iryna Ethell, Maurizio Pellecchia
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive degenerative disease that affects motor neurons. Recent studies identified the receptor tyrosine kinase EphA4 as a disease-modifying gene that is critical for the progression of motor neuron degeneration. We report on the design and characterization of a family of EphA4 targeting agents that bind to its ligand binding domain with nanomolar affinity. The molecules exhibit excellent selectivity and display efficacy in a SOD1 mutant mouse model of ALS. Interestingly, the molecules appear to act as agonists for the receptor in certain surrogate cellular assays...
February 8, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194005/genetic-inhibition-of-neurotransmission-reveals-role-of-glutamatergic-input-to-dopamine-neurons-in-high-effort-behavior
#9
M A Hutchison, X Gu, M F Adrover, M R Lee, T S Hnasko, V A Alvarez, W Lu
Midbrain dopamine neurons are crucial for many behavioral and cognitive functions. As the major excitatory input, glutamatergic afferents are important for control of the activity and plasticity of dopamine neurons. However, the role of glutamatergic input as a whole onto dopamine neurons remains unclear. Here we developed a mouse line in which glutamatergic inputs onto dopamine neurons are specifically impaired, and utilized this genetic model to directly test the role of glutamatergic inputs in dopamine-related functions...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193117/exome-sequencing-identifies-de-novo-dync1h1-mutations-associated-with-distal-spinal-muscular-atrophy-and-malformations-of-cortical-development
#10
Yulin Chen, Yufei Xu, Guoqiang Li, Niu Li, Tingting Yu, Ru-En Yao, Xiumin Wang, Yiping Shen, Jian Wang
Exome sequencing has become a formidable tool for identifying potential de novo variants in causative genes of human diseases, such as neurodegenerative disorders. This article describes a 16-month-old girl with spinal muscular atrophy with lower extremity predominance and a 13-month-old girl with malformations of cortical development. Exome sequencing identified a novel de novo heterozygous missense mutation c.3395G>A (p.Gly1132Glu) and a previously reported de novo heterozygous missense mutation c.10151G>A (p...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192749/ascorbic-acid-ameliorates-behavioural-deficits-and-neuropathological-alterations-in-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Olayemi Joseph Olajide, Emmanuel Olusola Yawson, Ismail Temitayo Gbadamosi, Tolulope Timothy Arogundade, Ezra Lambe, Kosisochukwu Obasi, Ismail Tayo Lawal, Abdulmumin Ibrahim, Kehinde Yomi Ogunrinola
Exploring the links between neural pathobiology and behavioural deficits in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and investigating substances with known therapeutic advantages over subcellular mechanisms underlying these dysfunctions could advance the development of potent therapeutic molecules for AD treatment. Here we investigated the efficacy of ascorbic acid (AA) in reversing aluminium chloride (AlCl3)-induced behavioural deficits and neurotoxic cascades within prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus of rats. A group of rats administered oral AlCl3 (100mg/kg) daily for 15days showed degenerative changes characterised by significant weight loss, reduced exploratory/working memory, frontal-dependent motor deficits, cognitive decline, memory dysfunction and anxiety during behavioural assessments compared to control...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191758/preclinical-analysis-of-fetal-human-mesencephalic-neural-progenitor-cell-lines-characterization-and-safety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jisook Moon, Sigrid C Schwarz, Hyun-Seob Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Young-Eun Lee, Bona Kim, Mi-Young Sung, Günter Höglinger, Florian Wegner, Jin Su Kim, Hyung-Min Chung, Sung Woon Chang, Kwang Yul Cha, Kwang-Soo Kim, Johannes Schwarz
We have developed a good manufacturing practice for long-term cultivation of fetal human midbrain-derived neural progenitor cells. The generation of human dopaminergic neurons may serve as a tool of either restorative cell therapies or cellular models, particularly as a reference for phenotyping region-specific human neural stem cell lines such as human embryonic stem cells and human inducible pluripotent stem cells. We cultivated 3 different midbrain neural progenitor lines at 10, 12, and 14 weeks of gestation for more than a year and characterized them in great detail, as well as in comparison with Lund mesencephalic cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186165/netrin-1-improves-functional-recovery-through-autophagy-regulation-by-activating-the-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-rats-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Liangjie Bai, Xifan Mei, Zhaoliang Shen, Yunlong Bi, Yajiang Yuan, Zhanpeng Guo, Hongyu Wang, Haosen Zhao, Zipeng Zhou, Chen Wang, Kunming Zhu, Gang Li, Gang Lv
Autophagy is an process for the degradation of cytoplasmic aggregated proteins and damaged organelles and plays an important role in the development of SCI. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effect of Netrin-1 and its potential mechanism for autophagy regulation after SCI. A rat model of SCI was established and used for analysis. Results showed that administration of Netrin-1 not only significantly enhanced the phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) but also reduced the phosphorylation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and P70S6K...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185615/clinical-study-of-neuroregen-scaffold-combined-with-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-repair-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Yannan Zhao, Fengwu Tang, Guang Han, Nuo Wang, Na Yin, Bing Chen, Xianfeng Jiang, Chen Yun, Wanjun Han, Changyu Zhao, Shixiang Cheng, Zhifeng Xiao, Sai Zhang, Jianwu Dai
Regeneration of damaged neurons and recovery of sensation and motor function after complete spinal cord injury (SCI) are challenging. We previously developed a collagen scaffold, NeuroRegen scaffold, to promote axonal growth along collagen fibers and inhibit glial scar formation after SCI. When functionalized with multiple biomolecules, this scaffold promoted neurological regeneration and functional recovery in animals with SCI. In this study, eight patients with chronic complete SCI were enrolled to examine the safety and efficacy of implanting NeuroRegen scaffold with human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)...
February 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183259/targeting-melatonin-mt2-receptors-a-novel-pharmacological-avenue-for-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain
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Luca Posa, Danilo De Gregorio, Gabriella Gobbi, Stefano Comai
Melatonin (MLT) has been implicated in several pathophysiological states, including pain. MLT mostly activates two G-protein coupled receptors, MT1 and MT2. In this review, we present the analgesic properties of MLT in preclinical and clinical studies, giving particular emphasis to the effects mediated by MT2 receptors and to recent investigations demonstrating the analgesic effects of MT2 receptor partial agonists in chronic and acute/inflammatory pain conditions. MT2 receptors are localized in specific brain areas, including the reticular and the ventromedial nuclei of the thalamus (part of the ascending nociceptive pathway) and the ventrolateral periaqueductal grey matter (vlPAG) (part of the descending antinociceptive pathway)...
February 8, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182676/the-swimming-test-is-effective-for-evaluating-spasticity-after-contusive-spinal-cord-injury
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Youngjae Ryu, Toru Ogata, Motoshi Nagao, Taku Kitamura, Kazuhito Morioka, Yoshinori Ichihara, Toru Doi, Yasuhiro Sawada, Masami Akai, Ryohei Nishimura, Naoki Fujita
Spasticity is a frequent chronic complication in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, the severity of spasticity varies in patients with SCI. Therefore, an evaluation method is needed to determine the severity of spasticity. We used a contusive SCI model that is suitable for clinical translation. In this study, we examined the feasibility of the swimming test and an EMG for evaluating spasticity in a contusive SCI rat model. Sprague-Dawley rats received an injury at the 8th thoracic vertebra...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181797/a-thermosensitive-heparin-poloxamer-hydrogel-bridge-afgf-to-treat-spinal-cord-injury
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Qingqing Wang, Yan He, Yingzheng Zhao, Huixu Xie, Qian Lin, Zili He, Xiaoyan Wang, Jiawei Li, Hongyu Zhang, Chenggui Wang, Fanghua Gong, Xiaokun Li, Huazi Xu, Qingsong Ye, Jian Xiao
Acidic fibroblast growth factor (aFGF) exerts a protective effect on spinal cord injury (SCI) but is limited by the lack of physicochemical stability andthe ability to cross the blood spinal cord barrier (BSCB). As promising biomaterials, hydrogels contain substantial amounts of water and a 3D porous structureand are commonly used to load and deliver growth factors. Heparin can not only enhance growth factor loading onto hydrogels but also can stabilize the structure and control the release behavior. Herein, a novel aFGF-loaded thermosensitive heparin-poloxamer (aFGF-HP) hydrogel was developed and applied to provide protection and regeneration after SCI...
February 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181071/neurotrophic-effect-of-asiatic-acid-a-triterpene-of-centella-asiatica-against-chronic-1-methyl-4-phenyl-1-2-3-6-tetrahydropyridine-hydrochloride-probenecid-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-the-role-of-mapk-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-and-mtor-signalling-pathways
#18
Jagatheesan Nataraj, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Musthafa Mohamed Essa
Regulation of various signalling (Ras-MAPK, PI3K and AKT) pathways by augmented activity of neurotrophic factors (NTFs) could prevent or halt the progress of dopaminergic loss in Parkinson's disease (PD). Various in vitro and in vivo experimental studies indicated anti-parkinsonic potential of asiatic acid (AA), a pentacyclic triterpene obtained from Centella asiatica. So the present study is designed to determine the neurotrophic effect of AA against 1-methyl 4-phenyl 1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine hydrochloride/probenecid (MPTP/p) neurotoxicity in mice model of PD...
February 8, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179168/parallel-changes-in-cortical-neuron-biochemistry-and-motor-function-in-protein-energy-malnourished-adult-rats
#19
Mariam Alaverdashvili, Mark J Hackett, Sally Caine, Phyllis G Paterson
While protein-energy malnutrition in the adult has been reported to induce motor abnormalities and exaggerate motor deficits caused by stroke, it is not known if alterations in mature cortical neurons contribute to the functional deficits. Therefore, we explored if PEM in adult rats provoked changes in the biochemical profile of neurons in the forelimb and hindlimb regions of the motor cortex. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic imaging using a synchrotron generated light source revealed for the first time altered lipid composition in neurons and subcellular domains (cytosol and nuclei) in a cortical layer and region-specific manner...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179161/electrospun-nanofiber-sheets-incorporating-methylcobalamin-promote-nerve-regeneration-and-functional-recovery-in-a-rat-sciatic-nerve-crush-injury-model
#20
Koji Suzuki, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Ebara, Koichiro Uto, Hozo Matsuoka, Shunsuke Nishimoto, Kiyoshi Okada, Tsuyoshi Murase, Hideki Yoshikawa
: Peripheral nerve injury is one of common traumas. Although injured peripheral nerves have the capacity to regenerate, axon regeneration proceeds slowly and functional outcomes are often poor. Pharmacological enhancement of regeneration can play an important role in increasing functional recovery. In this study, we developed a novel electrospun nanofiber sheet incorporating methylcobalamin (MeCbl), one of the active forms of vitamin B12 homologues, to deliver it enough locally to the peripheral nerve injury site...
February 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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