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Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Miłosz Piotr Kawa, Patrycja Kłos, Dorota Rogińska, Michał Rudnicki, Boehlke Marek, Piotr Waloszczyk, Bogusław Machaliński
Ionizing radiation can significantly affect brain function in children and young adults, particularly in the hippocampus where neurogenic niches are located. Injury to normal tissue is a major concern when whole-brain irradiation (WBI) is used to treat central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and the pathogenesis of this injury remains poorly understood. We assessed the expression of selected neurotrophins (NTs) and NT receptors (NTRs) in brains of young mice after a single 10 Gy gamma-ray exposure using morphological and molecular analyses [qRT-PCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry (IHC)] to evaluate WBI-induced injury in its acute phase...
October 24, 2016: Radiation Research
Hussein Algahtani, Muhammad Imran Naseer, Mohammad Al-Qahtani, Shireen Abubakr Abdulrahman, Faisal Boker, Bader Shirah
Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) or hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV (HSAN type IV) is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder with an estimated incidence of 1 in 25,000. It was first described in 1963, and since then several case reports and review articles have been published. In this article, we report two brothers with clinical features of CIPA, who presented with recurrent episodes of hyperthermia, anhidrosis, profound loss of pain sensitivity, and unconscious self-mutilation of fingers, lip and tongue...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Kei Ando, Shiro Imagama, Zenya Ito, Kazuyoshi Kobayashi, Tetsuro Hida, Hiroaki Nakashima, Kenyu Ito, Mikito Tsushima, Yoshimoto Ishikawa, Akiyuki Matsumoto, Koji Nishida, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
STUDY DESIGN: Self-assembling peptide gel (SPG-178) provides new evidence for the role of a scaffold for treatment of the spinal cord through induction of neuroprotective factors. OBJECTIVE: To verify the reproducibility of SPG-178 as scaffold after spinal cord injury, we examine the characteristics of SPG-178 and protective effect on neural cells in vitro and in vivo. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The central nervous system extracellular matrix may play a role in maintenance of the neuronal network by inhibiting axonal growth and suppressing formation of additional inadequate synapses...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Amrita Ahluwalia, Michael K Jones, Tomasz Brzozowski, Andrzej S Tarnawski
Angiogenesis is critical for the healing of gastric mucosal injury and is considered to be primarily regulated by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), the fundamental pro-angiogenic factor. The role of nerve growth factor (NGF) in gastric angiogenesis is unknown. We examined: the expression of NGF and its TrkA receptor in endothelial cells (ECs) isolated from gastric mucosa of rats (GMECs); the effect of NGF treatment on in vitro angiogenesis in GMECs; and, the mechanisms underlying NGF's pro-angiogenic actions...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Damir Omerbašić, Ewan St J Smith, Mirko Moroni, Johanna Homfeld, Ole Eigenbrod, Nigel C Bennett, Jane Reznick, Chris G Faulkes, Matthias Selbach, Gary R Lewin
The naked mole-rat is a subterranean rodent lacking several pain behaviors found in humans, rats, and mice. For example, nerve growth factor (NGF), an important mediator of pain sensitization, fails to produce thermal hyperalgesia in naked mole-rats. The sensitization of capsaicin-sensitive TRPV1 ion channels is necessary for NGF-induced hyperalgesia, but naked mole-rats have fully functional TRPV1 channels. We show that exposing isolated naked mole-rat nociceptors to NGF does not sensitize TRPV1. However, the naked mole-rat NGF receptor TrkA displays a reduced ability to engage signal transduction pathways that sensitize TRPV1...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Li-Na Yu, Li-Hong Sun, Min Wang, Min Yan
Extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase 5 (ERK5), also known as big mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (MAPK1), is an important member of ERK family, which is a subfamily of the large MAPK family. ERK5 is expressed in many tissues, including the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons and the spinal cord. In this review, we focus on elaborating ERK5-associated pathway in pathological pain, in which the ERK5/CREB (cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-response element-binding protein) pathway plays a crucial role in the transduction of pain signal and contributes to pain hypersensitivity...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Qingshan Wang, Guohua Sun, Chenxue Gao, Lina Feng, Yan Zhang, Jie Hao, Enjun Zuo, Cong Zhang, Shuangyue Li, Fengyuan Piao
Growing evidence suggests that the increased neuronal apoptosis is involved in n-hexane-induced neuropathy. We have recently reported that bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells-derived conditioned medium (BMSC-CM) attenuated 2,5-hexanedione (HD, the active metabolite of n-hexane)-induced apoptosis in PC12 cells. Here, we explored the anti-apoptotic efficacy of BMSC in vivo. HD-treated rats received BMSC by tail vein injection 5 weeks after HD intoxication. We found that in grafted rats, BMSC significantly attenuated HD-induced neuronal apoptosis in the spinal cord, which was associated with elevation of nerve growth factor (NGF)...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Surabhi Shukla, Zia Shariat-Madar, Larry A Walker, Babu L Tekwani
In this study we investigated the neurotrophic actions of vorinostat (suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, SAHA), a class I and class II HDAC inhibitor, on the differentiation of Neuroscreen-1 (NS-1) cells. NS-1 cell is a subclone of the rat pheochromocytoma cell line (PC 12). Vorinostat independently induced neurite outgrowth in NS-1 cells. The NS-1 cells were further interrogated for the effects of vorinostat on intracellular neurotrophin signaling pathways, to understand its mechanism of neurotrophic action...
September 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Samiha S Shaikh, Ya-Chun Chen, Sally-Anne Halsall, Michael S Nahorski, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Gareth T Young, Anne Phelan, Christopher Geoffrey Woods
Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV (HSAN IV) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a complete lack of pain perception and anhidrosis. Here, we studied a cohort of seven patients with HSAN IV and describe a comprehensive functional analysis of seven novel NTRK1 missense mutations, c.1550G>A, c.1565G>A, c.1970T>C, c.2096T>C, c.2254T>A, c.2288G>C, c.2311C>T, corresponding to p.G517E, p.G522E, p.L657P, p.I699T, p.C752S, p.C763S and p.R771C, all of which were predicted pathogenic by in-silico analysis...
September 27, 2016: Human Mutation
Kun Yang, Yingying Wang, Yingxin Ju, Gang Li, Chang Liu, Junyu Liu, Qi Liu, Xiujie Wen, Lu Chuan Liu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether p75NTR (p75 neurotrophin receptor) regulates differential mineralization capacity of rEMSCs (rat ectomesenchymal stem cells) and underlying mechanisms associated with Mage-D1 (melanoma-associated antigens-D1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining of p75NTR in developing tooth germs was performed on E12.5d (embryonic 12.5 days) and E19.5d (embryonic 19.5 days). E12.5d EMSCs and E19.5d EMSCs were isolated in the same pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats from embryonic maxillofacial processes and tooth germs...
September 27, 2016: Cell Proliferation
Jin-Ning Song, Zun-Wei Liu, Long Sui, Bin-Fei Zhang, Yong-Lin Zhao, Xu-Dong Ma, Hua Gu
Delayed ischemic neurologic deficit after subarachnoid hemorrhage results from loss of neural cells. Nerve growth factor and its receptor TrkA may promote regeneration of neural cells, but their expression after subarachnoid hemorrhage remains unclear. In the present study, a rat model of subarachnoid hemorrhage was established using two injections of autologous blood into the cistern magna. Immunohisto-chemical staining suggested that the expression of nerve growth factor and TrkA in the cerebral cortex and brainstem increased at 6 hours, peaked at 12 hours and decreased 1 day after induction of subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas the expression in the hippocampus increased at 6 hours, peaked on day 1, and decreased 3 days later...
August 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
Michaela Kotrova, Alena Musilova, Jan Stuchly, Karel Fiser, Julia Starkova, Ester Mejstrikova, Jan Stary, Jan Zuna, Ondrej Hrusak, Jan Trka, Marketa Zaliova
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 13, 2016: Blood
Iosif Pediaditakis, Paschalis Efstathopoulos, Kyriakos C Prousis, Maria Zervou, Juan Carlos Arévalo, Vasileia I Alexaki, Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou, Efthymia Karagianni, Constantinos Potamitis, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Triantafyllos Chavakis, Andrew N Margioris, Maria Venihaki, Theodora Calogeropoulou, Ioannis Charalampopoulos, Achille Gravanis
Nerve growth factor (NGF) holds a pivotal role in brain development and maintenance, been also involved in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we provide evidence that a novel C17-spiroepoxy steroid derivative, BNN27, specifically interacts with and activates the TrkA receptor of NGF, inducing phosphorylation of TrkA tyrosine residues and down-stream neuronal survival-related kinase signaling. Additionally, BNN27 potentiates the efficacy of low levels of NGF, by facilitating its binding to the TrkA receptors and differentially inducing fast return of internalized TrkA receptors into neuronal cell membranes...
December 2016: Neuropharmacology
Reka Chakravarthy, Katarzyna Mnich, Adrienne M Gorman
Triple negative breast cancer [TNBC] cells are reported to secrete the neurotrophin nerve growth factor [NGF] and express its receptors, p75 neurotrophin receptor [p75(NTR)] and TrkA, leading to NGF-activated pro-survival autocrine signaling. This provides a rationale for NGF as a potential therapeutic target for TNBC. Here we show that exposure of TNBC cells to NGF leads to increased levels of p75(NTR), which was diminished by NGF-neutralizing antibody or NGF inhibitors [Ro 08-2750 and Y1086]. NGF-mediated increase in p75(NTR) levels were partly due to increased transcription and partly due to inhibition of proteolytic processing of p75(NTR)...
September 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jorge Rubén Cabrera, Abel Viejo-Borbolla, Antonio Alcamí, Francisco Wandosell
Genital herpes is a painful disease frequently caused by the neurotropic pathogen herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). We have recently shown that HSV-2-secreted glycoprotein G (SgG2) interacts with and modulates the activity of the neurotrophin nerve growth factor (NGF). This interaction modifies the response of the NGF receptor TrkA, increasing NGF-dependent axonal growth. NGF is not only an axonal growth modulator but also an important mediator of pain and inflammation regulating the amount, localization, and activation of the thermal pain receptor transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1)...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Ryan E Tomlinson, Zhi Li, Qian Zhang, Brian C Goh, Zhu Li, Daniel L J Thorek, Labchan Rajbhandari, Thomas M Brushart, Liliana Minichiello, Fengquan Zhou, Arun Venkatesan, Thomas L Clemens
Developing tissues dictate the amount and type of innervation they require by secreting neurotrophins, which promote neuronal survival by activating distinct tyrosine kinase receptors. Here, we show that nerve growth factor (NGF) signaling through neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor type 1 (TrkA) directs innervation of the developing mouse femur to promote vascularization and osteoprogenitor lineage progression. At the start of primary ossification, TrkA-positive axons were observed at perichondrial bone surfaces, coincident with NGF expression in cells adjacent to centers of incipient ossification...
September 6, 2016: Cell Reports
Julien Gibon, Min Su Kang, Arturo Aliaga, Behrang Sharif, Pedro Rosa-Neto, Philippe Séguéla, Philip A Barker, Alexey Kostikov
Mature neurotrophins as well as their pro forms are critically involved in the regulation of neuronal functions. They are signaling through three distinct types of receptors: tropomyosin receptor kinase family (TrkA/B/C), p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)) and sortilin. Aberrant expression of p75(NTR) in the CNS is implicated in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. The goal of this work was to evaluate one of the very few reported p75(NTR) small molecule ligands as a lead compound for development of novel PET radiotracers for in vivo p75(NTR) imaging...
October 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Ana Cicvaric, Jiaye Yang, Sigurd Krieger, Deeba Khan, Eun-Jung Kim, Manuel Dominguez-Rodriguez, Maureen Cabatic, Barbara Molz, Juan Pablo Acevedo Aguilar, Radoslav Milicevic, Tarik Smani, Johannes M Breuss, Dontscho Kerjaschki, Daniela D Pollak, Pavel Uhrin, Francisco J Monje
INTRODUCTION: Podoplanin is a cell-surface glycoprotein constitutively expressed in the brain and implicated in human brain tumorigenesis. The intrinsic function of podoplanin in brain neurons remains however uncharacterized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using an established podoplanin-knockout mouse model and electrophysiological, biochemical, and behavioral approaches, we investigated the brain neuronal role of podoplanin. RESULTS: Ex-vivo electrophysiology showed that podoplanin deletion impairs dentate gyrus synaptic strengthening...
August 25, 2016: Annals of Medicine
P Ruggeri, L Cappabianca, A R Farina, L Gneo, A R Mackay
We report a novel pro-apoptotic function for nerve growth factor (NGF) and its tropomyosin-related kinase A (TrkA) receptor in sensitizing TRAIL (TNF-related apoptotis-inducing ligand)-resistant SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma (NB) cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis, resulting in the abrogation of anchorage-independent tumourigenic growth in vitro. We show that the TRAIL-resistant SH-SY5Y phenotype is cFLIP (cellular FLICE-like inhibitory protein) dependent and not due to low-level functional TRAIL receptor or caspase expression or an inhibitory equilibrium between functional and decoy TRAIL receptors or B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and BH3-only (Bcl-2 homology domain 3-only) family proteins...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
María Luisa Franco, Cristina Melero, Esther Sarasola, Paloma Acebo, Alfonso Luque, Isabel Calatayud-Baselga, María García-Barcina, Marçal Vilar
Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by insensitivity to noxious stimuli and variable intellectual disability (ID) due to mutations in the NTRK1 gene encoding the NGF receptor TrkA. To get an insight in the effect of NTRK1 mutations in the cognitive phenotype we biochemically characterized three TrkA mutations identified in children diagnosed of CIPA with variable ID. These mutations are located in different domains of the protein; L213P in the extracellular domain, Δ736 in the kinase domain and C300stop in the extracellular domain, a new mutation causing CIPA diagnosed in a Spanish teenager...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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