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Zhifeng Wang, Zhouqing Chen, Junjie Yang, Ziying Yang, Jia Yin, Xiaochun Duan, Haitao Shen, Haiying Li, Zhong Wang, Gang Chen
Postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD95) plays important roles in the formation, differentiation, remodeling, and maturation of neuronal synapses. This study is to estimate the potential role of PSD95 in cognitive dysfunction and synaptic injury following intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The interaction between PSD95 and NMDA receptor subunit NR2B-neurotransmitter nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) could form a signal protein complex mediating excitatory signaling. Besides NR2B-nNOS, PSD95 also can bind to neurexin-1-neuroligin-1 to form a complex and participates in maintaining synaptic function...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Yang Yang, Wei-Gang Ji, Zhi-Ru Zhu, Yu-Ling Wu, Zhi-Yang Zhang, Shao-Chen Qu
Rhynchophylline (RIN) is a significant active component isolated from the Chinese herbal medicine Uncaria rhynchophylla. The overproduction of soluble amyloid β protein (Aβ) oligomers in the hippocampus is closely involved in impairments in cognitive function at the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Growing evidences show that RIN possesses neuroprotective effects against Aβ-induced neurotoxicity. However, whether RIN can prevent soluble Aβ1-42 -induced impairments in spatial cognitive function and synaptic plasticity is still unclear...
March 3, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Sílvia Castany, Georgia Gris, José Miguel Vela, Enrique Verdú, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 R) knockout (KO) CD1 mice, generated by homologous recombination, and separate pharmacological studies in wild type (WT) mice were done to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of pain-related behaviours (thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia) in mice after spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) - a model of central neuropathic pain. The modulatory effect of σ1 R KO on extracellular mediators and signalling pathways in the spinal cord was also investigated. In particular, changes in the expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor TNF-α, interleukin IL-1β) and both the expression and activation (phosphorylation) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B-NMDA) and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) were analysed...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jeremy S Lum, Samuel J Millard, Xu-Feng Huang, Lezanne Ooi, Kelly A Newell
BACKGROUND: The nucleus accumbens (NAcc) has been implicated in the pathology and treatment of schizophrenia. Recent postmortem evidence suggests a hyperglutamatergic state in the NAcc. With the present study we aimed to explore possible glutamatergic alterations in the NAcc of a large schizophrenia cohort. METHODS: We performed immunoblots on postmortem NAcc samples from 30 individuals who had schizophrenia and 30 matched controls. We examined the protein expression of primary glutamatergic receptors, including the N -methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor (NR1, NR2A and NR2B subunits) and the group 1 metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR1 and mGluR5; dimeric and monomeric forms)...
March 2018: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
Dulce M Minaya, Rachel Wanty Larson, Piotr Podlasz, Krzysztof Czaja
Compared to younger individuals, older human subjects have significantly lower food intakes and an increased satiety response. N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors expressed by vagal afferent neurons originating from nodose ganglia (NG) are involved in modulating the satiety response. The present study investigated how NMDA receptor subunit phenotypes in NG neurons change with age and how these age-related alterations in food intake are modulated by presynaptic NMDA receptors in the NG of male Sprague Dawley rats (six week-old and sixty week-old)...
February 21, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Ioline D Henter, Rafael Teixeira de Sousa, Carlos A Zarate
Both preclinical and clinical studies have implicated glutamatergic system dysfunction in the pathophysiology of mood disorders such as bipolar depression and major depressive disorder. In particular, rapid reductions in depressive symptoms have been noted in response to subanesthetic doses of the glutamatergic modulator ketamine in subjects with major depressive disorder or bipolar depression. These results have prompted the repurposing or development of other glutamatergic modulators, both as monotherapy or adjunctive to other therapies...
February 20, 2018: Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Elisa Galliano, Martijn Schonewille, Saša Peter, Mandy Rutteman, Simone Houtman, Dick Jaarsma, Freek E Hoebeek, Chris I De Zeeuw
In many brain regions involved in learning NMDA receptors (NMDARs) act as coincidence detectors of pre- and postsynaptic activity, mediating Hebbian plasticity. Intriguingly, the parallel fiber (PF) to Purkinje cell (PC) input in the cerebellar cortex, which is critical for procedural learning, shows virtually no postsynaptic NMDARs. Why is this? Here, we address this question by generating and testing independent transgenic lines that overexpress NMDAR containing the type 2B subunit (NR2B) specifically in PCs...
January 2018: ENeuro
Michio Hashimoto, Shahdat Hossain, Masanori Katakura, Abdullah Al Mamun, Osamu Shido
Abstract : Memory extinction is referred to as a learning process in which a conditioned response (CR) progressively reduces over time as an animal learns to uncouple a response from a stimulus. Extinction occurs when the rat is placed into a context without shock after training. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6, n-3) is implicated in memory formation in mammalian brains. In a two-way active shuttle-avoidance apparatus, we examined whether DHA affects the extinction memory and the expression of brain cognition-related proteins, including gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR), brain-derived neurotrophic factor receptor (BDNFR) tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrKB), and N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) subunits NR2A and NR2B...
February 18, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jiamei Lin, Shengqiang Wang, Yunlin Feng, Weihong Zhao, Weilu Zhao, Foquan Luo, Namin Feng
Propofol is widely used in clinical practice, including non-obstetric surgery in pregnant women. Previously, we found that propofol anaesthesia in maternal rats during the third trimester (E18) caused learning and memory impairment to the offspring rats, but how about the exposure during early pregnancy and the underlying mechanisms? Histone acetylation plays an important role in synaptic plasticity. In this study, propofol was administered to the pregnant rats in the early pregnancy (E7). The learning and memory function of the offspring were tested by Morris water maze (MWM) test on post-natal day 30...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Elizabeth S Chan, Christopher Chen, Tuck Wah Soong, Boon-Seng Wong
Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) is the strongest genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD), where inheritance of this isoform predisposes development of AD in a gene dose-dependent manner. Although the mode of action of ApoE4 on AD onset and progression remains unknown, we have previously shown that ApoE4, and not ApoE3 expression, resulted in insulin signaling deficits in the presence of amyloid beta (Aβ). However, these reports were not conducted with clinical samples that more accurately reflect human disease...
February 15, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
Yayong Liao, Meng Xu
Bone cancer pain treatment remains a major clinical challenge, and the mechanism underlying bone cancer pain remains insufficiently understood. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of etanercept, a TNF- inhibitor, against bone cancer pain in an established bone cancer pain model. The mechanical pain threshold value was tested, and the expression of inflammatory factors, NOS, MrgC and NR2B were assessed. The results showed that etanercept decreases the mechanical pain threshold value and inhibits expression of inflammatory factors, NOS, MrgC and NR2B...
April 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
Jiuhan Zhao, Biao Wang, Xiaohong Wang, Xiuli Shang
The purpose of the study was to investigate the changes of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinases II (CaMKII)/cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) signaling pathway in a rat tinnitus model. Eighteen Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal control (NC), normal saline (NS), and tinnitus model (TM) groups. Tinnitus model was induced by intraperitoneal injection of salicylate. The concentration of intracellular calcium level in auditory cortex cells was determined using Fura-2 acetoxymethyl ester (Fura-2 AM) method with fluorospectrophotometer...
February 9, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Kolter B Grigsby, Cathleen M Kovarik, George E Rottinghaus, Frank W Booth
The extent to which N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors facilitate the motivation to voluntarily wheel-run in rodents has yet to be determined. In so, we utilized female Wistar rats selectively bred to voluntarily run high (HVR) and low (LVR) nightly distances in order to examine if endogenous differences in nucleus accumbens (NAc) NMDA receptor expression and function underlies the propensity for high or low motivation to voluntarily wheel-run. 12-14 week old HVR and LVR females were used to examine: 1.) NAc mRNA and protein expression of NMDA subunits NR1, NR2A and NR2B; 2...
February 6, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Akane Yoshikawa, Fumichika Nishimura, Aya Inai, Yosuke Eriguchi, Masaki Nishioka, Atsuhiko Takaya, Mamoru Tochigi, Yoshiya Kawamura, Tadashi Umekage, Kayoko Kato, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Chihiro Kakiuchi
The mechanism underlying the vulnerability to developing schizophrenia (SCZ) during adolescence remains elusive. Hypofunction of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) has been implicated in the pathophysiology of SCZ. During development, the composition of synaptic NMDARs dramatically changes from NR2B-containing NMDARs to NR2A-containing NMDARs through the phosphorylation of NR2B S1480 or Y1472 by CDK5, CSNK2A1, and EphB2, which plays a pivotal role in the maturation of neural circuits. We hypothesized that the dysregulation of developmental change in NMDARs could be involved in the onset of SCZ...
2018: Human Genome Variation
Qun Li, Xiaochen Zhang, Ning Cheng, Chunxiao Yang, Tao Zhang
Neural oscillations and their interactions are associated with the coordination of neural groups, which provide a mechanism underlying information processing of brain functions. Notch1 receptor is involved in the neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as neurodevelopmental deficits, cerebral ischemia, Alzheimer's disease and depression. Here, we investigated the dynamics of neural oscillations in hippocampus of Notch1+/- mice in urethane-anesthetized state. Notch1 knockdown altered the distribution of power in the hippocampal DG areas, reduced theta (3-8 Hz) power and enhanced low gamma (LG, 30-50 Hz) and high gamma (HG, 50-100 Hz) power...
February 1, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Mengya Cao, Jiakai Fang, Xueqin Wang, Yi Wang, Kaiming Duan, Feng Ye, Wen Ouyang, Jianbin Tong
The upstream signal molecule modulating neuro-inflammation and synaptic changes during the pathogenesis of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is still elusive. Here, we examined the effects and mechanisms of energy sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the pathogenesis of POCD. Our data showed that surgery significantly increased the expression of p-AMPK in aged rats (p < 0.05), but not in adult rats (p > 0.05). Moreover, inhibiting AMPK activation via compound C during operation significantly improved surgery-induced impairment of the learning and memory of aged rats in water maze (p < 0...
April 1, 2018: Brain Research
XiaoHong Tang, YiZe Li, JiYing Ao, Ling Ding, Yang Liu, Yuan Yuan, ZhiFen Wang, GuoLin Wang
Detrimental effects of volatile anaesthetics, including sevoflurane, on the structure and function of the developing brain have been reported. The internalization of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) contributes to anaesthetic neurotoxicity. Both nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and NMDAR play a critical role in the development of the nervous system. Moreover, nAChR can interact with NMDAR, and previous studies have demonstrated modulation of NMDAR by nAChR. In our study, we used an α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) agonist and α7nAChR antagonist to explore the role of α7nAChR and NMDAR in sevoflurane-induced long-term effects on memory and dendritic spine both in vivo and in vitro...
2018: PloS One
Liuqing Wu, Shengqiang Wang, Yunlin Feng, Weihong Zhao, Wei Zuo, Liang Zhong, Jiamei Lin, Weilu Zhao, Foquan Luo
Preclinical studies suggest that propofol may cause neuronal injury to the developing brain. A previous study demonstrated that, in a rat model, maternal exposure to propofol during early or late pregnancy caused learning and memory impairment in the offspring. However, whether propofol exposure during middle pregnancy can cause long‑term behavioral deficits in the offspring remains to be elucidated. N‑methyl‑D‑aspartate receptor 2B subunit (NR2B) serves a critical role in memory modulation. To exert its function, NR2B must be transported to the neuronal membrane by kinesin family member 17 (KIF17)...
January 24, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chunhua Liu, Shuang Hao, Minghui Zhu, Yingxuan Wang, Tao Zhang, Zhuo Yang
Our previous study has reported that maternal separation (MS) results in abnormal behaviors such as depressive-like and anxious-like behaviors in adult rats. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we focused on the relationship between MS and autophagy in an effort to explain potential mechanisms. Pups experienced MS from postnatal days 7 to 21 and were randomly divided into the control (CON) group and MS group. Data showed that MS induced depressive-like and anxious-like behaviors in adult rats...
January 31, 2018: Neuroscience
Che-Chuan Wang, Hsiao-Yue Wee, Chiao-Ya Hu, Chung-Ching Chio, Jinn-Rung Kuo
BACKGROUND: The main aim of this study is to elucidate whether the neuroprotective effect of memantine, a non-competitive NMDA receptor 2B (NR2B) antagonist, affect neuronal nitrosative stress, apoptosis, and NR2B expression and ultimately improve functional outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Immediately after the onset of fluid percussion TBI, anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into sham-operated, TBI +vehicle, and TBI+Memantine groups. TBI rats were treated with a memantine intraperitoneal injection dose of 20 mg/kg i...
January 27, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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