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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646556/injury-induced-maladaption-and-dysregulation-of-calcium-channel-alpha-2-delta-subunit-proteins-and-its-contribution-to-neuropathic-pain-development
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Nian Gong, John Park, Z David Luo
Voltage gated calcium channels (VGCCs) play important roles in physiological functions including modulations of neurotransmitter release, neuronal network activities, intracellular signaling pathways, and gene expression. Some pathological conditions, including nerve injuries, can cause dysregulation of VGCCs and their subunits. This in turn can lead to functional maladaption of VGCCs and their subunits, which can contribute to development of disorders such as pain sensations. This review summarized recent findings related to maladaptive changes of dysregulated VGCC alpha-2-delta-1 subunit (Cav α2 δ1 ) with a focus on exploration of mechanisms underlying contribution of Cav α2 δ1 to pain signal transduction...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646303/three-dimensional-fine-structure-of-the-organization-of-microtubules-in-neurite-varicosities-by-ultra-high-voltage-electron-microscope-tomography
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Tomoki Nishida, Ryoichi Yoshimura, Yasuhisa Endo
Neurite varicosities are highly specialized compartments that are involved in neurotransmitter/ neuromodulator release and provide a physiological platform for neural functions. However, it remains unclear how microtubule organization contributes to the form of varicosity. Here, we examine the three-dimensional structure of microtubules in varicosities of a differentiated PC12 neural cell line using ultra-high voltage electron microscope tomography. Three-dimensional imaging showed that a part of the varicosities contained an accumulation of organelles that were separated from parallel microtubule arrays...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643520/main-plant-extracts-active-properties-effective-on-scopolamine-induced-memory-loss
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Ioana-Miruna Balmus, Alin Ciobica
Alzheimer's disease leads to progressive cognitive function loss, which may impair both intellectual capacities and psychosocial aspects. Although the current knowledge points to a multifactorial character of Alzheimer's disease, the most issued pathological hypothesis remains the cholinergic theory. The main animal model used in cholinergic theory research is the scopolamine-induced memory loss model. Although, in some cases, a temporary symptomatic relief can be obtained through targeting the cholinergic or glutamatergic neurotransmitter systems, no current treatment is able to stop or slow cognitive impairment...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643167/microbiome-probiotics-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-deciphering-the-gut-brain-axis
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REVIEW
Susan Westfall, Nikita Lomis, Imen Kahouli, Si Yuan Dia, Surya Pratap Singh, Satya Prakash
The gut microbiota is essential to health and has recently become a target for live bacterial cell biotherapies for various chronic diseases including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity and neurodegenerative disease. Probiotic biotherapies are known to create a healthy gut environment by balancing bacterial populations and promoting their favorable metabolic action. The microbiota and its respective metabolites communicate to the host through a series of biochemical and functional links thereby affecting host homeostasis and health...
June 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642681/%C3%AE-1-containing-gaba-a-receptors-cluster-at-synapses-where-they-mediate-slower-synaptic-currents-than-%C3%AE-2-containing-gaba-a-receptors
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Christine L Dixon, Pankaj Sah, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch, Nela Durisic
GABA-A receptors (GABAARs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels that are assembled mainly from α (α1-6), β (β1-3) and γ (γ1-3) subunits. Although GABAARs containing γ2L subunits mediate most of the inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain, significant expression of γ1 subunits is seen in the amygdala, pallidum and substantia nigra. However, the location and function of γ1-containing GABAARs in these regions remains unclear. In "artificial" synapses, where the subunit composition of postsynaptic receptors is specifically controlled, γ1 incorporation slows the synaptic current decay rate without affecting channel deactivation, suggesting that γ1-containing receptors are not clustered and therefore activated by diffuse neurotransmitter...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642492/segregation-of-glutamatergic-and-cholinergic-transmission-at-the-mixed-motoneuron-renshaw-cell-synapse
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Boris Lamotte d'Incamps, Gardave S Bhumbra, Joshua D Foster, Marco Beato, Philippe Ascher
In neonatal mice motoneurons excite Renshaw cells by releasing both acetylcholine (ACh) and glutamate. These two neurotransmitters activate two types of nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) (the homomeric α7 receptors and the heteromeric α*ß* receptors) as well as the two types of glutamate receptors (GluRs) (AMPARs and NMDARs). Using paired recordings, we confirm that a single motoneuron can release both transmitters on a single post-synaptic Renshaw cell. We then show that co-transmission is preserved in adult animals...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642370/in-vitro-cytochrome-p450-46a1-cyp46a1-activation-by-neuroactive-compounds
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Natalia Mast, Kyle W Anderson, Kevin M Johnson, Thanh T N Phan, F Peter Guengerich, Irina A Pikuleva
Cytochrome P450 46A1 (CYP46A1, cholesterol 24-hydroxylase) is the enzyme responsible for the majority of cholesterol elimination from the brain. Previously, we found that the anti-HIV drug efavirenz (EFV) can pharmacologically activate CYP46A1 in mice. Herein, we investigated whether CYP46A1 could also be activated by endogenous compounds, including major neurotransmitters. In vitro experiments with purified recombinant CYP46A1 indicated that CYP46A1 is activated by L-glutamate (L-Glu), L-aspartate, γ-aminobutyric acid, and acetylcholine, with L-Glu eliciting the highest increase (3-fold) in CYP46A1-mediated cholesterol 24-hydroxylation...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641988/wavy-multistratified-amacrine-cells-in-the-monkey-retina-contain-immunoreactive-secretoneurin
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Andrea S Bordt, Ye Long, Nobuo Kouyama, Elizabeth S Yamada, Jens Hannibal, David W Marshak
The goals of this study were to describe the morphology, neurotransmitter content and synaptic connections of neurons in primate retinas that contain the neuropeptide secretoneurin. Amacrine cells were labeled with antibodies to secretoneurin in macaque and baboon retinas. Their processes formed three distinct plexuses in the inner plexiform layer: one in the outermost stratum, one in the center and one in the innermost stratum. In light microscopic double immunolabeling experiments, GABA was colocalized with secretoneurin in these cells, but glycine transporter 1 and Substance P were not...
June 19, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641538/glt-1-upregulation-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-ischemic-brain-injury
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Yu-Yan Hu, Li Li, Xiao-Hui Xian, Min Zhang, Xiao-Cai Sun, Shu-Qin Li, Xin Cui, Jie Qi, Wen-Bin Li
Glutamate is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system, which plays an important role in many aspects of normal brain function such as neural development, motor functions, learning and memory etc. However, excessive accumulation of glutamate in the extracellular fluid will induce excitotoxicity which is considered to be a major mechanism of cell death in brain ischemia. There is no enzyme to decompose the glutamate in extracellular fluid, so extracellular glutamate homeostasis within the central nervous system is mainly regulated by the uptake activity of excitatory amino acid transporters...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641524/the-bio-psycho-social-dimension-in-women-s-sexual-desire-argumentum-ad-novitatem
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Nur Syazwani Roslan, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hatta Sidi, Najwa Baharuddin, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussein
Sexual desire includes complex motivation and drive. In the context of biological and cognitive-emotive state art of science, it is often a neglected field in medicine. With regard to the treatment, study on women's sexual function received less attention compared to the men's sexuality. In the past, this endeavor was relatively not well disseminated in the scientific community. Recently, there was a revolutionized surge of drug targets available to treat women with low sexual desire. It is timely to review the relevant biological approach, especially in the context of pharmacotherapy to understand this interesting clinical entity which was modulated by numerous interactive psychosocial inter-play and factors...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641333/validation-of-brain-angiotensin-system-blockade-as-a-novel-drug-target-in-pharmacological-treatment-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#11
Dominik Wincewicz, Jan J Braszko
Retreat in psychiatric drug development results in innovative medication decline that might be at least partially overcome by adjunct therapy. New evidence from clinical studies has shown a possible role for brain Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) in both affective and psychotic disorders. Simultaneously, rapidly accumulating data from basic studies indicate effectiveness of central RAS blockade in much broader range of neuropsychiatric disease. Recent findings implicate brain RAS, especially Angiotensin II (Ang II), in neural pathophysiology of mental disorders through neuroendocrine modulation and effects on neurotransmitter release, mostly noradrenaline, acetylcholine and dopamine...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641214/motor-system-dysfunction-in-the-schizophrenia-diathesis-neural-systems-to-neurotransmitters
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R Abboud, C Noronha, V A Diwadkar
Motor control is a ubiquitous aspect of human function, and from its earliest origins, abnormal motor control has been proposed as being central to schizophrenia. The neurobiological architecture of the motor system is well understood in primates and involves cortical and sub-cortical components including the primary motor cortex, supplementary motor area, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, the prefrontal cortex, the basal ganglia, and cerebellum. Notably all of these regions are associated in some manner to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia...
April 25, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640567/-recommendations-for-the-use-of-antiemetic-drugs-by-the-general-practitioner
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Sara Fertani, Angela Pugliesi-Rinaldi
Nausea is a common symptom among patients affected by chronic diseases or undergoing various treatments. Because nausea can result from many origins, there is a large differential diagnosis to explore. Its pathophysiology relies on numerous neurotransmitters, on which 5 types of antiemetic antagonists are effective (NK-1 receptor antagonists, antiserotoninergic, antidopaminergic, antihistaminic and anticholinergic agents). Glucocorticoids and benzodiazepines are also used to treat some types of nausea. Choosing the appropriate antiemetic can improve quality of life and treatment compliance...
June 7, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640253/a-role-for-tspo-in-mitochondrial-ca-2-homeostasis-and-redox-stress-signaling
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Jemma Gatliff, Daniel A East, Aarti Singh, Maria Soledad Alvarez, Michele Frison, Ivana Matic, Caterina Ferraina, Natalie Sampson, Federico Turkheimer, Michelangelo Campanella
The 18 kDa translocator protein TSPO localizes on the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM). Systematically overexpressed at sites of neuroinflammation it is adopted as a biomarker of brain conditions. TSPO inhibits the autophagic removal of mitochondria by limiting PARK2-mediated mitochondrial ubiquitination via a peri-organelle accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here we describe that TSPO deregulates mitochondrial Ca(2+) signaling leading to a parallel increase in the cytosolic Ca(2+) pools that activate the Ca(2+)-dependent NADPH oxidase (NOX) thereby increasing ROS...
June 22, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640186/analysis-of-serotonin-molecules-on-silver-nanocolloids-a-raman-computational-and-experimental-study
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Felicia S Manciu, John D Ciubuc, Emma M Sundin, Chao Qiu, Kevin E Bennet
Combined theoretical and experimental analysis of serotonin by quantum chemical density functional calculations and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, respectively, is presented in this work to better understand phenomena related to this neurotransmitter's detection and monitoring at very low concentrations specific to physiological levels. In addition to the successful ultrasensitive analyte detection on silver nanoparticles for concentrations as low as 10(-11) molar, the relatively good agreement between the simulated and experimentally determined results indicates the presence of all serotonin molecular forms, such as neutral, ionic, and those oxidized through redox reactions...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638407/the-proline-7-substitution-in-the-preproneuropeptide-y-is-associated-with-higher-hepatic-lipase-activity-in-vivo
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Stephan Schiekofer, Marcus E Kleber, Winfried Maerz, Franz M Rasche, Jochen G Schneider
Hepatic lipase (HL) functions as a lipolytic enzyme that hydrolyzes triglycerides and phospholipids present in circulating plasma lipoproteins. Plasma HL activity is known to be regulated by hormonal and metabolic factors, but HL responsiveness to insulin as well as its role in modulating atherosclerotic risk is still controversial. We investigated on the influence of a known polymorphism in the neurotransmitter neuropeptide Y (NPY) on HL activity in two different cohorts consisting of diabetic and nondiabetic patients...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638366/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-and-its-role-in-the-enteric-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Bodil Ohlsson
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone orchestrate the reproduction cycle and regulate the sex steroid secretion from the gonads. In mammals, GnRH1 is secreted as a hormone from the hypothalamus, whereas both GnRH1 and GnRH2 are present as neurotransmitters/peptides in various tissues, where the peptides exert many different effects. mRNA coding for GnRH1 and GnRH2 have been described in the human gastrointestinal tract, and GnRH has been found in both submucosal and myenteric neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638320/membrane-fusion-involved-in-neurotransmission-glimpse-from-electron-microscope-and-molecular-simulation
#18
REVIEW
Zhiwei Yang, Lu Gou, Shuyu Chen, Na Li, Shengli Zhang, Lei Zhang
Membrane fusion is one of the most fundamental physiological processes in eukaryotes for triggering the fusion of lipid and content, as well as the neurotransmission. However, the architecture features of neurotransmitter release machinery and interdependent mechanism of synaptic membrane fusion have not been extensively studied. This review article expounds the neuronal membrane fusion processes, discusses the fundamental steps in all fusion reactions (membrane aggregation, membrane association, lipid rearrangement and lipid and content mixing) and the probable mechanism coupling to the delivery of neurotransmitters...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637996/the-localization-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-the-human-trigeminal-ganglion-and-masseter-muscle
#19
Yuri Azuma, Iwao Sato
The localization of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is similar to that of a neurotransmitter which indicates masticatory muscle pain in the area of the masseter fascia. CGRP is released from the trigeminal ganglion (TG). The aim of this study was to analyze the distribution of CGRP in the fascia of the masseter muscle (FMM) and TG in a morphometric manner, with respect to the location and density of CGRP-immunopositive reaction fiber (CGRP-IRF). A higher number of the CGRP-IRF were mainly found located around elongated blood vessels and small nerves on the origin side of the middle zone FMM in the O group (presented with occlusion)...
2017: Okajimas Folia Anatomica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637657/seasonal-factors-influence-quantal-transmitter-release-and-calcium-dependence-at-amphibian-neuromuscular-junctions
#20
Dengyun Ge, Nickolas Anastasios Lavidis
Amphibian neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) are composed of hundreds of neurotransmitter release sites which exhibit non-uniform transmitter release probabilities and demonstrated seasonal modulation. We examined whether recruitment of release sites is variable when the extracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]o) is increased in the wet and dry seasons. The amount of transmitter released from the entire nerve terminal increases by approximately the 4(th)-power as [Ca(2+)]o is increased. Toad (Bufo marinus) NMJs were visualised using DiOC2(5)-fluorescence and focal loose patch extracellular recordings were used to record the end-plate currents (EPCs) from small groups of release sites...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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