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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088192/nucleotide-diversity-inflation-as-a-genome-wide-response-to-experimental-lifespan-extension-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Pawel Michalak, Lin Kang, Pernille M Sarup, Mads F Schou, Volker Loeschcke
BACKGROUND: Evolutionary theory predicts that antagonistically selected alleles, such as those with divergent pleiotropic effects in early and late life, may often reach intermediate population frequencies due to balancing selection, an elusive process when sought out empirically. Alternatively, genetic diversity may increase as a result of positive frequency-dependent selection and genetic purging in bottlenecked populations. RESULTS: While experimental evolution systems with directional phenotypic selection typically result in at least local heterozygosity loss, we report that selection for increased lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster leads to an extensive genome-wide increase of nucleotide diversity in the selected lines compared to replicate control lines, pronounced in regions with no or low recombination, such as chromosome 4 and centromere neighborhoods...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087735/relationships-linking-emotional-motor-cognitive-and-gabaergic-dysfunctions-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-mice
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Cyrille Vaillend, Rémi Chaussenot
Alterations in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene have been associated with enhanced stress reactivity in vertebrate species, suggesting a role for brain dystrophin in fear-related behavioral and cognitive processes. Because the loss of dystrophin (Dp427) reduces clustering of central GABAA receptors, it is suspected that local inhibitory tuning and modulation of neuronal excitability are perturbed in a distributed brain circuit that normally controls such critical behavioral functions. In this study we undertook a large-scale behavioral study to evaluate fear-related behavioral disturbances in dystrophin-deficient mdx mice...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077092/phylogenetic-analysis-of-ionotropic-l-glutamate-receptor-genes-in-the-bilateria-with-special-notes-on-aplysia-californica
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Justin B Greer, Sawsan Khuri, Lynne A Fieber
BACKGROUND: The neurotransmitter L-Glutamate (L-Glu) acting at ionotropic L-Glu receptors (iGluR) conveys fast excitatory signal transmission in the nervous systems of all animals. iGluR-dependent neurotransmission is a key component of the synaptic plasticity that underlies learning and memory. During learning, two subtypes of iGluR, α-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPAR) and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR), are dynamically regulated postsynaptically in vertebrates...
January 11, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076975/book-reviews-boltz-marie-and-galvin-james-e-eds-dementia-care-an-evidence-based-approach-springer-international-publishing-switzerland-2016-325-pp-ibsn-978-3-319-18376-3-129-00-sbk-beard-ren%C3%A3-e-l-living-with-alzheimer-s-managing-memory-loss-identity-and-illness
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072877/motor-cortex-theta-and-gamma-architecture-in-young-adult-appsweps1de9-alzheimer-mice
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Anna Papazoglou, Julien Soos, Andreas Lundt, Carola Wormuth, Varun Raj Ginde, Ralf Müller, Christina Henseler, Karl Broich, Kan Xie, Britta Haenisch, Dan Ehninger, Marco Weiergräber
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifactorial disorder leading to progressive memory loss and eventually death. In this study, an APPswePS1dE9 AD mouse model has been analyzed for motor cortex theta, beta and gamma frequency alterations using computerized 3D stereotaxic electrode positioning and implantable video-EEG radiotelemetry to perform long-term M1 recordings from both genders considering age, circadian rhythm and activity status of experimental animals. We previously demonstrated that APPswePS1dE9 mice exibit complex alterations in hippocampal frequency power and another recent investigation reported a global increase of alpha, beta and gamma power in APPswePS1dE9 in females of 16-17 weeks of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071704/high-fat-diet-induced-changes-of-mouse-hepatic-transcription-and-enhancer-activity-can-be-reversed-by-subsequent-weight-loss
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Majken Siersbæk, Lyuba Varticovski, Shutong Yang, Songjoon Baek, Ronni Nielsen, Susanne Mandrup, Gordon L Hager, Jay H Chung, Lars Grøntved
Epigenetic factors have been suggested to play an important role in metabolic memory by trapping and maintaining initial metabolic changes within the transcriptional regulatory machinery. In this study we fed mice a high fat diet (HFD) for seven weeks followed by additional five weeks of chow, to identify HFD-mediated changes to the hepatic transcriptional program that may persist after weight loss. Mice fed a HFD displayed increased fasting insulin levels, hepatosteatosis and major changes in hepatic gene transcription associated with modulation of H3K27Ac at enhancers, but no significant changes in chromatin accessibility, indicating that HFD-regulated gene transcription is primarily controlled by modulating the activity of pre-established enhancers...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069946/wnt5a-is-essential-for-hippocampal-dendritic-maintenance-and-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-adult-mice
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Chih-Ming Chen, Lauren L Orefice, Shu-Ling Chiu, Tara A LeGates, Samer Hattar, Richard L Huganir, Haiqing Zhao, Baoji Xu, Rejji Kuruvilla
Stability of neuronal connectivity is critical for brain functions, and morphological perturbations are associated with neurodegenerative disorders. However, how neuronal morphology is maintained in the adult brain remains poorly understood. Here, we identify Wnt5a, a member of the Wnt family of secreted morphogens, as an essential factor in maintaining dendritic architecture in the adult hippocampus and for related cognitive functions in mice. Wnt5a expression in hippocampal neurons begins postnatally, and its deletion attenuated CaMKII and Rac1 activity, reduced GluN1 glutamate receptor expression, and impaired synaptic plasticity and spatial learning and memory in 3-mo-old mice...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069311/investigating-the-role-of-als-genes-chchd10-and-tuba4a-in-belgian-ftd-als-spectrum-patients
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Federica Perrone, Hung Phuoc Nguyen, Sara Van Mossevelde, Matthieu Moisse, Anne Sieben, Patrick Santens, Jan De Bleecker, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Jonathan Baets, Patrick Cras, Rik Vandenberghe, Peter De Jonghe, Peter P De Deyn, Jean-Jacques Martin, Philip Van Damme, Christine Van Broeckhoven, Julie van der Zee
Mutation screening and phenotypic profiling of 2 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-(ALS) and frontotemporal dementia-(FTD) associated genes, CHCHD10 and TUBA4A, were performed in a Belgian cohort of 459 FTD, 28 FTD-ALS, and 429 ALS patients. In CHCHD10, we identified a novel nonsense mutation (p.Gln108*) in a patient with atypical clinical FTD and pathology-confirmed Parkinson's disease (1/459, 0.22%) leading to loss of transcript. We further observed 3 previously described missense variants (p.Pro34Ser, p.Pro80Leu, and p...
December 21, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068234/radiation-dose-dependent-hippocampal-atrophy-detected-with-longitudinal-volumetric-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Tyler M Seibert, Roshan Karunamuni, Hauke Bartsch, Samar Kaifi, Anitha Priya Krishnan, Yoseph Dalia, Jeffrey Burkeen, Vyacheslav Murzin, Vitali Moiseenko, Joshua Kuperman, Nathan S White, James B Brewer, Nikdokht Farid, Carrie R McDonald, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth
PURPOSE: After radiation therapy (RT) to the brain, patients often experience memory impairment, which may be partially mediated by damage to the hippocampus. Hippocampal sparing in RT planning is the subject of recent and ongoing clinical trials. Calculating appropriate hippocampal dose constraints would be improved by efficient in vivo measurements of hippocampal damage. In this study we sought to determine whether brain RT was associated with dose-dependent hippocampal atrophy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Hippocampal volume was measured with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 52 patients who underwent fractionated, partial brain RT for primary brain tumors...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067923/-a-phd-completed-8-are-extreme-dental-treatment-anxiety-fainting-or-gagging-separate-or-overlapping-phenomena
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C M H H van Houtem
Extreme dental treatment anxiety, fainting or gagging in the dentist's chair can seriously hinder a patient's dental treatment. While a series of widely diverse studies on extreme dental treatment anxiety have been carried out, less is known about gagging and fainting. The most important questions in this dissertation research were whether dental treatment anxiety ('stimuli') can be identified and whether dental treatment anxiety and fainting or gagging are separate or overlapping phenomena. Fear of dental treatment can be divided into several subtypes: fear of invasive treatments, loss of control and aversive physical sensations...
January 2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067613/episodic-memory-and-age-related-deficits-in-inhibitory-effectiveness
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Malcolm D MacLeod, Jo Saunders
: Background/Study Context: Age-related deficits in inhibitory control are well established in some areas of cognition, but evidence remains inconclusive in episodic memory. Two studies examined the extent to which a loss in inhibitory effectiveness-as measured by the extent of retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF)-is only detectable in (1) the very old, and (2) that a failure to control for noninhibitory mechanisms can lead to the misinterpretation of intact inhibition in episodic memory in the very old...
January 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063945/calcineurin-inhibitors-improve-memory-loss-and-neuropathological-changes-in-mouse-model-of-dementia
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Amit Kumar, Nirmal Singh
AIM: The present study was designed to investigate the potential of Cyclosporine (CsA) and Tacrolimus, the inhibitors of calcineurin (CaN) in cognitive deficits of mice. METHODS: Streptozotocin [STZ, 3mg/kg, injected intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.)] was used to induce memory deficits in NIH mice, while aged mice separately taken served as a natural model of dementia. Morris water maze (MWM) test was employed to evaluate learning and memory of the animals. A battery of biochemical and histopathological studies was also performed...
January 4, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063787/the-development-and-examination-of-a-new-walking-executive-function-test-for-people-over-50years-of-age
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Arturo Leyva, Anoop Balachandran, Jennifer C Britton, Moataz Eltoukhy, Christopher Kuenze, Nicholas D Myers, Joseph F Signorile
A reduction in executive function (EF) performance is a major factor associated with the loss of functional independence among older adults. Computer-based tests are commonly used to evaluate EF; however, these mouse or keyboard tests are upper limb dominant while most activities of daily living (ADL, e.g. crossing a street) are lower limb dominant. The purpose of this study was to examine the utility of a newly developed walking EF test called the Walking Response and Inhibition Test (WRIT). The WRIT was validated by comparing its results a number of established computer-based tests and to an ADL-related test known to require EF, the Timed "Up & Go" Test (TUG)...
January 4, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063694/post-wbrt-cognitive-impairment-and-hippocampal-neuronal-depletion-measured-by-in-vivo-metabolic-mr-spectroscopy-results-of-prospective-investigational-study
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Petr Pospisil, Tomas Kazda, Ludmila Hynkova, Martin Bulik, Marie Dobiaskova, Petr Burkon, Nadia N Laack, Pavel Slampa, Radim Jancalek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of this prospective study is to evaluate post-whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) changes in hippocampal concentration of N-acetylaspartate (h-tNAA) as a marker of neuronal loss and to correlate those changes to neurocognitive function. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-five patients with brain metastases underwent baseline single slice multi-voxel MR spectroscopy (MRS) examination for measurement of hippocampal h-tNAA together with baseline battery of neurocognitive tests focused on memory (Auditory Verbal Learning Test and Brief Visuospatial Memory Test - Revised) as well as quality of life questionnaires (EORTC QLQ-C30 a EORTC QLQ-BN20)...
January 4, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062175/intranasal-c3a-treatment-ameliorates-cognitive-impairment-in-a-mouse-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Javier Morán, Anna Stokowska, Frederik R Walker, Carina Mallard, Henrik Hagberg, Marcela Pekna
Perinatal asphyxia-induced brain injury is often associated with irreversible neurological complications such as intellectual disability and cerebral palsy but available therapies are limited. Novel neuroprotective therapies as well as approaches stimulating neural plasticity mechanism that can compensate for cell death after hypoxia-ischemia (HI) are urgently needed. We previously reported that single i.c.v. injection of complement-derived peptide C3a 1h after HI induction prevented HI-induced cognitive impairment when mice were tested as adults...
January 3, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060833/wnt-signaling-prevents-the-a%C3%AE-oligomer-induced-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore-opening-preserving-mitochondrial-structure-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Macarena S Arrázola, Eva Ramos-Fernández, Pedro Cisternas, Daniela Ordenes, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder mainly known for synaptic impairment and neuronal cell loss, affecting memory processes. Beside these damages, mitochondria have been implicated in the pathogenesis of AD through the induction of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP). The mPTP is a non-selective pore that is formed under apoptotic conditions, disturbing mitochondrial structure and thus, neuronal viability. In AD, Aβ oligomers (Aβos) favor the opening of the pore, activating mitochondria-dependent neuronal cell death cascades...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060021/a-fresh-look-at-memory-loss-reexamining-frontotemporal-dementia
#17
Stephanie Zale, Lisa Dickerson
Frontotemporal dementia is a neurodegenerative disease affecting cognition and behavior in multiple devastating ways. This article highlights diagnostic features helpful in differentiating frontotemporal dementia from other dementias, most commonly Alzheimer disease.
January 5, 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058580/dcf1-triggers-dendritic-spine-formation-and-facilitates-memory-acquisition
#18
Qiang Liu, Ruili Feng, Yu Chen, Guanghong Luo, Huang Yan, Ling Chen, Rongfei Lin, Yuqiang Ding, Tieqiao Wen
Dendritic spines, a special kind of structure in nerve cells, play a key role in performing cellular function. Structural abnormalities of the dendritic spine may contribute to synaptic dysfunction and have been implicated in memory formation. However, the molecular mechanisms that trigger dendritic spine loss remain unclear. Here, we show that the absence of dendritic cell factor 1 (Dcf1) appeared dendritic spines dysplasia, which in turn leads to the damage of learning and memory; in contrast, enhancing Dcf1 expression rescues dendritic spines morphology and function, indicating a pivotal role of Dcf1 in cellular function...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058207/memory-loss-five-new-things
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Ferenc Deak, Nidhi Kapoor, Calin Prodan, Linda A Hershey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Memory loss can be due to a wide variety of causes. We provide new information about the biology of common genetic and acquired causes of memory loss in older adults. RECENT FINDINGS: New data are available about the genetics of Alzheimer disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and frontotemporal dementia. Amyloid PET, FDG-PET, and MRI have improved our understanding of how mild cognitive impairment evolves to AD. Several studies have shown links between concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy...
December 2016: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057866/evidence-for-opposing-roles-of-celsr3-and-vangl2-in-glutamatergic-synapse-formation
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Sonal Thakar, Liqing Wang, Ting Yu, Mao Ye, Keisuke Onishi, John Scott, Jiaxuan Qi, Catarina Fernandes, Xuemei Han, John R Yates, Darwin K Berg, Yimin Zou
The signaling mechanisms that choreograph the assembly of the highly asymmetric pre- and postsynaptic structures are still poorly defined. Using synaptosome fractionation, immunostaining, and coimmunoprecipitation, we found that Celsr3 and Vangl2, core components of the planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway, are localized at developing glutamatergic synapses and interact with key synaptic proteins. Pyramidal neurons from the hippocampus of Celsr3 knockout mice exhibit loss of ∼50% of glutamatergic synapses, but not inhibitory synapses, in culture...
January 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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