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Silvia Parolo, Luca Marchetti, Mario Lauria, Karla Misselbeck, Marie-Pier Scott-Boyer, Laura Caberlotto, Corrado Priami
Although the genetic basis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been known for almost thirty years, the cellular and molecular mechanisms characterizing the disease are not completely understood and an efficacious treatment remains to be developed. In this study we analyzed proteomics data obtained with the SomaLogic technology from blood serum of a cohort of patients and matched healthy subjects. We developed a workflow based on biomarker identification and network-based pathway analysis that allowed us to describe different deregulated pathways...
2018: PloS One
Mehmet E Yalvac, Jakkrit Amornvit, Lei Chen, Kimberly M Shontz, Sarah Lewis, Zarife Sahenk
Neurotrophin 3 (NT-3) has well-recognized effects on peripheral nerve and Schwann cells, promoting axonal regeneration and associated myelination. In this study, we assessed the effects of AAV.NT-3 gene therapy on the oxidative state of the neurogenic muscle from the TremblerJ (TrJ ) mice at 16 weeks post-gene injection and found that the muscle fiber size increase was associated with a change in the oxidative state of muscle fibers towards normalization of the fiber type ratio seen in the wild type. NT-3-induced fiber size increase was most prominent for the fast twitch glycolytic fiber population...
March 9, 2018: Gene Therapy
Marion T Turnbull, Zoran Boskovic, Elizabeth J Coulson
Degeneration of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons (BFCNs) precedes hippocampal degeneration and pathological amyloid-beta (Aβ) accumulation, and underpins the development of cognitive dysfunction in sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). We hypothesized that degeneration of BFCNs causes a decrease in neurotrophin levels in innervated brain areas, which in turn promotes the development of Aβ pathology and cognitive impairment. Here we show that lesion of septo-hippocampal BFCNs in a pre-symptomatic transgenic amyloid AD mouse model (APP/PS1 mice) increases soluble Aβ levels in the hippocampus, and induces cognitive deficits in a spatial memory task that are not seen in either unlesioned APP/PS1 or non-transgenic littermate control mice...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Xiaojing Chang, Xiaoying Xue, Yafang Zhang, Ge Zhang, Huandi Zhou, Yanling Yang, Yuge Ran, Zhiqing Xiao, Xiaohui Ge, Huizhi Liu
Background: Neurotrophin receptor-interacting MAGE homolog (NRAGE) has been considered as a tumor suppressor. In the previous study, we established human esophageal carcinoma resistance cell line TE13R120 and found the difference of NRAGE expression between TE13 and TE13R120 cells by gene microarray. Herein, we further discuss the possible molecular mechanism of NRAGE on participating the radiation sensitivity of esophageal carcinoma cells. Materials and Methods: We used colony formation assay to measure the surviving fraction and relevant radiobiological parameters...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Zeljka Rupcic, Monique Rascher, Sae Kanaki, Reinhard W Köster, Marc Stadler, Kathrin Wittstein
Basidiomycetes of the genus Hericium are among the most praised medicinal and edible mushrooms, which are known to produce secondary metabolites with the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases. This activity has been attributed to the discovery of various terpenoids that can stimulate the production of nerve growth factor ( NGF ) or (as established more recently) brain-derived neurotrophic factor ( BDNF ) in cell-based bioassays. The present study reports on the metabolite profiles of a Lion's Mane mushroom ( Hericium erinaceus ) strain and a strain of the rare species, Hericium flagellum (synonym H...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ru-Yi Zhang, Lan Zhang, Li Zhang, Yu-Lan Wang, Lin Li
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible neurodegenerative brain disorder with complex pathogenesis. Emerging evidence indicates that there is a tight relationship between mitochondrial dysfunction and β-amyloid (Aβ) formation. 2,3,5,4'-Tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-β-D-glucoside (TSG) is one of the main active components extracted from Polygonum multiflorum. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of TSG on Aβ production and neurotrophins in the brains of rats by using a mitochondrial dysfunction rat model induced by sodium azide (NaN3 ), an inhibitor of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase (COX)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
Amrita Datta Chaudhuri, Raha M Dastgheyb, Seung-Wan Yoo, Amanda Trout, C Conover Talbot, Haiping Hao, Kenneth W Witwer, Norman J Haughey
Astrocytes are known to be critical regulators of neuronal function. However, relatively few mediators of astrocyte to neuron communication have been identified. Recent advancements in the biology of extracellular vesicles have begun to implicate astrocyte derived extracellular vesicles (ADEV) as mediators of astrocyte to neuron communication, suggesting that alterations in the release and/or composition of ADEVs could influence gliotransmission. TNFα and IL-1β are key mediators of glial activation and neuronal damage, but the effects of these cytokines on the release or molecular composition of ADEVs is unknown...
March 5, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Tobias Röck, Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Johanna Landenberger, Matthias Bramkamp, Daniel Röck
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to investigate numbers, indications, surgical techniques, and experiences of amniotic membrane transplantation at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen over the last 16 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS Data from all amniotic membrane transplantations from January 2001 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Data was accessed from the electronic database and the annual reports of the Eye Bank at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen. RESULTS A total of 771 amniotic membrane transplantations were performed between 2001 and 2016 at the University Eye Hospital Tübingen...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
John Marshall, Xiao-Zhong Zhou, Gang Chen, Su-Qing Yang, Ya Li, Yin Wang, Zhi-Qing Zhang, Qin Jiang, Lutz Birnbaumer, Cong Cao
Stress-related alterations in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression, a neurotrophin that plays a key role in synaptic plasticity, are believed to contribute to the pathophysiology of depression. Here, we show that in a chronic mild stress (CMS) model of depression the Gαi1 and Gαi3 subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins are down-regulated in the hippocampus, a key limbic structure associated with major depressive disorder. We provide evidence that Gαi1 and Gαi3 (Gαi1/3) are required for the activation of TrkB downstream signaling pathways...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jia-Feng Fang, Xu-Na Huang, Xiao-Yan Han, Xi Ouyang, Lei Fan, Xin Zhao, Ze-Hong Chen, Hong-Bo Wei
BACKGROUND: Whether combined transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) is more effective than transplantation of a single cell type in the restoration of erectile function is unknown. AIM: To investigate the effect of combined transplantation of MSCs and EPCs on restoration of erectile function in rats with cavernous nerve injury (CNI). METHODS: MSCs were isolated from human bone marrow and EPCs were isolated from human umbilical cord blood...
March 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Tim Vanmierlo, Jochen De Vry, Ellis Nelissen, Annerieke Sierksma, Nadia Roumans, Harry W M Steinbusch, Lawrence P Wennogle, Daniel van den Hove, Jos Prickaerts
Stress during pregnancy increases the risk to develop psychological disorders such as depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. According to the neurotrophin hypothesis of depression, the pathophysiology of depression is caused by reduced neurotrophic activity in the brain. However, most studies only focus on the molecular changes happening to the offspring upon gestational stress. To gain insight into the potential molecular changes happening in the stressed dams, C57Bl6/J mice were stressed during their first week of gestation...
February 28, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Md Mohibbullah, Jae-Suk Choi, Mohammad Maqueshudul Haque Bhuiyan, Md Nazmul Haque, Md Khalilur Rahman, Il Soo Moon, Yong-Ki Hong
Exogenous neurotrophins can induce neuronal differentiation, outgrowth, survival, and synaptic function in the central nervous system. In primary cultures of rat hippocampal neurons, an ethanol extract of the red alga Gracilariopsis chorda (GCE) and its active compound arachidonic acid (AA) significantly increased the densities of dendritic filopodia and spines, promoted the expression of presynaptic vesicle protein 2 (SV2) and postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95), induced robust synaptogenesis, and increased the expression of cell division control protein 42 (CDC42) and actin-related protein 2 (ARP2), which are important for actin organization in dendritic protrusions, and facilitated presynaptic plasticity by increasing the size of the synaptic vesicle pool at presynaptic nerve terminals...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
Laura Gómez-Virgilio, Gerardo Bernabé Ramírez-Rodríguez, Carmen Sánchez-Torres, Leonardo Ortiz-López, Marco Antonio Meraz-Ríos
Neurogenesis plays a significant role during adulthood, and the observation that neural stem cells reside in the central nervous system and the olfactory epithelium has attracted attention due to their importance in neuronal regeneration. In addition, soluble factors (SFs) release by neural stem cells may modulate the neurogenic process. Thus, in this study, we identified the SFs released by olfactory human neural stem/progenitor cells (hNS/PCs-OE). These cells express Ki67, nestin, and βIII-tubulin, indicating their neural lineage...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Lutiana Roque Simões, Gustavo Sangiogo, Michael Hikaru Tashiro, Jaqueline S Generoso, Cristiano Julio Faller, Diogo Dominguini, Gustavo Antunes Mastella, Giselli Scaini, Vijayasree Vayalanellore Giridharan, Monique Michels, Drielly Florentino, Fabricia Petronilho, Gislaine Zilli Réus, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Alexandra I Zugno, Tatiana Barichello
Evidence suggest that prenatal immune system disturbance contributes largely to the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. We investigated if maternal immune activation (MIA) could induce inflammatory alterations in fetal brain and pregnant rats. Adult rats subjected to MIA also were investigated to evaluate if ketamine potentiates the effects of infection. On gestational day 15, Wistar pregnant rats received lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce MIA. After 6, 12 and 24 h, fetus brain, placenta, and amniotic fluid were collected to evaluate early effects of LPS...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Caterina Rizzi, Alexia Tiberi, Michela Giustizieri, Maria Cristina Marrone, Francesco Gobbo, Nicola Maria Carucci, Giovanni Meli, Ivan Arisi, Mara D'Onofrio, Silvia Marinelli, Simona Capsoni, Antonino Cattaneo
Microglia are the sentinels of the brain but a clear understanding of the factors that modulate their activation in physiological and pathological conditions is still lacking. Here we demonstrate that Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) acts on microglia by steering them toward a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory phenotype. We show that microglial cells express functional NGF receptors in vitro and ex vivo. Our transcriptomic analysis reveals how, in primary microglia, NGF treatment leads to a modulation of motility, phagocytosis and degradation pathways...
February 23, 2018: Glia
Surendra Kumar Anand, Amal Chandra Mondal
The Tropomyosin related kinase (TrkB) receptor, is known to promote neuronal maturation, differentiation, maintenance and survival through its cognate ligands Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin 4 (NT4). BDNF, NT4 and TrkB are highly conserved proteins among vertebrates. Although the role of TrkB during brain development is well established, its role in adult neurogenesis and brain regeneration awaits thorough investigation. In this study, we used the zebrafish stab wound injury model to determine whether the injury induced regeneration response in the telencephalon region is governed by TrkB or not...
February 19, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Eric Cruz, Sushil Kumar, Li Yuan, Jyothi Arikkath, Surinder K Batra
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative syndrome classically depicted by the parenchymal accumulation of extracellular amyloid beta plaques. However, recent findings suggest intraneuronal amyloid beta (iAβ1-42) accumulation precedes extracellular deposition. Furthermore, the pathologic increase in iAβ1-42 has been implicated in dysregulation of cellular mechanisms critically important in axonal transport. Owing to neuronal cell polarity, retrograde and anterograde axonal transport are essential trafficking mechanism necessary to convey membrane bound neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, and endosomes between soma and synaptic interfaces...
2018: PloS One
Daphne Margoni, Kelly Michalakakou, Eleni Angeli, Panagiota Pervanidou, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, George Chrousos, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Eleftheria Roma
BACKGROUND: Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin that has a protective role in the nervous system and is involved in neural plasticity. It is abundant in the central nervous system, but is also expressed in the gastrointestinal tract. Coeliac disease (CD), characterized by intestinal inflammation, has some co-morbidity with neurologic and mental disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate circulating BDNF concentrations in patients with CD at diagnosis or on a Gluten Free Diet (GFD) for longer than one year and in healthy controls (HC)...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Patrick Z Liu, Robin Nusslock
Exercise is known to have numerous neuroprotective and cognitive benefits, especially pertaining to memory and learning related processes. One potential link connecting them is exercise-mediated hippocampal neurogenesis, in which new neurons are generated and incorporated into hippocampal circuits. The present review synthesizes the extant literature detailing the relationship between exercise and hippocampal neurogenesis, and identifies a key molecule mediating this process, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Baojin Ding, Paul R Dobner, Debra Mullikin-Kilpatrick, Wei Wang, Hong Zhu, Chi-Wing Chow, John W Cave, Richard M Gronostajski, Daniel L Kilpatrick
How intrinsic and extrinsic signals are coordinated to regulate synaptic maturation and its timing is an important question for neurodevelopment and its disorders. Here, we investigated the influence of the neurotrophin BDNF on the developmental timing of a dendrite/synapse-related gene program controlled by Nuclear Factor One (NFI) in maturing cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs). BDNF accelerated the onset of NFI-regulated late-gene expression and NFI temporal occupancy in CGN cultures in a MEK5/ERK5-dependent manner...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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