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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214564/downregulation-of-gna13-erk-network-in-prefrontal-cortex-of-schizophrenia-brain-identified-by-combined-focused-and-targeted-quantitative-proteomics
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Mio Hirayama-Kurogi, Yohei Takizawa, Yasuto Kunii, Junya Matsumoto, Akira Wada, Mizuki Hino, Hiroyasu Akatsu, Yoshio Hashizume, Sakon Yamamoto, Takeshi Kondo, Shingo Ito, Masanori Tachikawa, Shin-Ichi Niwa, Hirooki Yabe, Tetsuya Terasaki, Mitsutoshi Setou, Sumio Ohtsuki
: Schizophrenia is a disabling mental illness associated with dysfunction of the prefrontal cortex, which affects cognition and emotion. The purpose of the present study was to identify altered molecular networks in the prefrontal cortex of schizophrenia patients by comparing protein expression levels in autopsied brains of patients and controls, using a combination of targeted and focused quantitative proteomics. We selected 125 molecules possibly related to schizophrenia for quantification by knowledge-based targeted proteomics...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214264/identification-of-candidate-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-parkinsonism-using-quantitative-proteomics
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N K Magdalinou, A J Noyce, R Pinto, E Lindstrom, J Holmén-Larsson, M Holtta, K Blennow, H R Morris, T Skillbäck, T T Warner, A J Lees, I Pike, M Ward, H Zetterberg, J Gobom
INTRODUCTION: Neurodegenerative parkinsonian syndromes have significant clinical and pathological overlap, making early diagnosis difficult. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers may aid the differentiation of these disorders, but other than α-synuclein and neurofilament light chain protein, which have limited diagnostic power, specific protein biomarkers remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: To study disease mechanisms and identify possible CSF diagnostic biomarkers through discovery proteomics, which discriminate parkinsonian syndromes from healthy controls...
January 31, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205591/protective-effect-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-upon-hippocampal-spine-density-and-cognitive-function-in-an-animal-model-of-vascular-dementia
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Ying Zhu, Quanguang Zhang, Wenli Zhang, Ning Li, Yongxin Dai, Jingyi Tu, Fang Yang, Darrell W Brann, Ruimin Wang
The current study examined whether the steroid hormone, 17β-estradiol (E2) can exert long-lasting beneficial effects upon axonal health, synaptic plasticity, dementia-related amyloid-beta (Aβ) protein expression, and hippocampal-dependent cognitive function in an animal model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion and vascular dementia (VaD). Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion and VaD was induced by bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Low dose E2 administered for the first 3-months after BCCAO exerted long-lasting beneficial effects, including significant neuroprotection of hippocampal CA1 neurons and preservation of hippocampal-dependent cognitive function when examined at 6-months after BCCAO...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205565/entorhinal-cortex-dysfunction-can-be-rescued-by-inhibition-of-microglial-rage-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Chiara Criscuolo, Veronica Fontebasso, Silvia Middei, Martina Stazi, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Shirley ShiDu Yan, Nicola Origlia
The Entorhinal cortex (EC) has been implicated in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, spreading of neuronal dysfunction within the EC-Hippocampal network has been suggested. We have investigated the time course of EC dysfunction in the AD mouse model carrying human mutation of amyloid precursor protein (mhAPP) expressing human Aβ. We found that in mhAPP mice plasticity impairment is first observed in EC superficial layer and further affected with time. A selective impairment of LTP was observed in layer II horizontal connections of EC slices from 2 month old mhAPP mice, whereas at later stage of neurodegeneration (6 month) basal synaptic transmission and LTD were also affected...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203146/insulin-like-growth-factor-1-at-the-crossroads-of-brain-development-and-aging
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Sarah Wrigley, Donia Arafa, Daniela Tropea
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is a polypeptide hormone structurally similar to insulin. It is central to the somatotropic axis, acting downstream of growth hormone (GH). It activates both the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase and PI3K signaling pathways, acting in almost every tissue in the body to promote tissue growth and maturation through upregulation of anabolic processes. Overall GH and IGF1 signaling falls with age, suggesting that it is this reduced IGF1 activity that leads to age-related changes in organisms...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199351/physiological-plasticity-related-to-zonation-affects-hsp70-expression-in-the-reef-building-coral-pocillopora-verrucosa
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Davide Poli, Elena Fabbri, Stefano Goffredo, Valentina Airi, Silvia Franzellitti
This study investigates for the first time the transcriptional regulation of a stress-inducible 70-kDa heat shock protein (hsp70) in the scleractinian coral Pocillopora verrucosa sampled at three locations and two depths (3 m and 12 m) in Bangka Island waters (North Sulawesi, Indonesia). Percentage of coral cover indicated reduced habitat suitability with depth and at the Tanjung Husi (TA) site, which also displayed relatively higher seawater temperatures. Expression of the P. verrucosa hsp70 transcript evaluated under field conditions followed a depth-related profile, with relatively higher expression levels in 3-m collected nubbins compared to the 12-m ones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185871/differential-arc-protein-expression-in-dorsal-and-ventral-striatum-after-moderate-and-intense-inhibitory-avoidance-training
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Diego A González-Franco, Víctor Ramírez-Amaya, Patricia Joseph-Bravo, Roberto A Prado-Alcalá, Gina L Quirarte
Intense training refers to training mediated by emotionally arousing experiences, such as aversive conditioning motivated by relatively high intensities of foot-shock, which produces a strong memory that is highly resistant to extinction. Intense training protects memory consolidation against the amnestic effects of a wide variety of treatments, administered systemically or directly into brain structures. The mechanisms of this protective effect are unknown. To determine a potential neurobiological correlate of the protective effect of intense training, rats were trained in a one-trial step-through inhibitory avoidance task using different intensities of foot-shock (0...
February 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182007/prenatal-alcohol-exposure-impairs-autophagy-in-neonatal-brain-cortical-microvessels
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Virginie Girault, Vianney Gilard, Florent Marguet, Céline Lesueur, Michelle Hauchecorne, Yasmina Ramdani, Annie Laquerrière, Stéphane Marret, Sylvie Jégou, Bruno Jose Gonzalez, Carole Brasse-Lagnel, Soumeya Bekri
Brain developmental lesions are a devastating consequence of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). We recently showed that PAE affects cortical vascular development with major effects on angiogenesis and endothelial cell survival. The underlying molecular mechanisms of these effects remain poorly understood. This study aimed at characterizing the ethanol exposure impact on the autophagic process in brain microvessels in human fetuses with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and in a PAE mouse model. Our results indicate that PAE induces an increase of autophagic vacuole number in human fetal and neonatal mouse brain cortical microvessels...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163090/daily-rhythms-of-cognition-related-factors-are-modified-in-an-experimental-model-of-alzheimer-disease
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Lorena Navigatore-Fonzo, Andrea Castro, Verónica Pignataro, Marilina Casais, Marisa Garraza, Ana Cecilia Anzulovich
The accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in the brain of Alzheimer disease patients is associated to cognitive deficit, increased oxidative stress, and alterations in the circadian rhythms. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and Neurogranin (RC3), play an important role in the synaptic plasticity underlying memory and learning. Previously, we observed BDNF and RC3 expression follow a daily rhythmic pattern in the hippocampus of young rats. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of an intracerebroventricular (i...
February 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161375/receptor-stimulated-transamidation-induces-activation-of-rac1-and-cdc42-and-the-regulation-of-dendritic-spines
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Zhen Mi, Tuda Si, Khushboo Kapadia, Qian Li, Nancy A Muma
Regulation of dendritic spines is an important component of synaptic function and plasticity whereas dendritic spine dysregulation is related to several psychiatric and neurological diseases. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that serotonin (5-HT)2A/2C receptor-induced Rho family transamidation and activation regulates dendritic spine morphology and that activation of multiple types of receptors can induce transglutaminase (TGase)-catalyzed transamidation of small G proteins. We previously reported a novel 5-HT2A receptor downstream effector, TGase-catalyzed serotonylation of the small G protein Rac1 in A1A1v cells, a rat embryonic cortical cell line...
February 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160495/nmda-receptor-subunit-composition-controls-dendritogenesis-of-hippocampal-neurons-through-camkii-creb-p-and-h3k27ac
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Fernando J Bustos, Nur Jury, Pablo Martinez, Estibaliz Ampuero, Matias Campos, Sebastian Abarzúa, Karen Jaramillo, Susanne Ibing, Muriel D Mardones, Henny Haensgen, Julia Kzhyshkowska, Maria Florencia Tevy, Rachael Neve, Magdalena Sanhueza, Lorena Varela-Nallar, Martín Montecino, Brigitte van Zundert
Dendrite arbor growth, or dendritogenesis, is choreographed by a diverse set of cues, including the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) subunits NR2A and NR2B. While NR1NR2B receptors are predominantly expressed in immature neurons and promote plasticity, NR1NR2A receptors are mainly expressed in mature neurons and induce circuit stability. How the different subunits regulate these processes is unclear, but this is likely related to the presence of their distinct C-terminal sequences that couple different signaling proteins...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160493/analysis-of-transcriptional-responses-of-normalizing-genes-on-crassostrea-brasiliana-under-different-experimental-conditions
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Gabrielle do Amaral E Silva Müller, Daína de Lima, Flávia Lucena Zacchi, Rômi Sharon Piazza, Karim Hahn Lüchmann, Jacó Joaquim Mattos, Daniel Schlenk, Afonso Celso Dias Bainy
Bivalves show remarkable plasticity to environmental changes and have been proposed as sentinel organisms in biomonitoring. Studies related to transcriptional analysis using quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) in these organisms have notably increased, imposing a need to identify and validate adequate reference genes for an accurate and reliable analysis. In the present study, nine reference genes were selected from transcriptome data of Crassostrea brasiliana in order to identify their suitability as qRT-PCR normalizer genes...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152068/aerobic-exercise-regulates-rho-cofilin-pathways-to-rescue-synaptic-loss-in-aged-rats
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Yan Li, Li Zhao, Boya Gu, Jiajia Cai, Yuanyuan Lv, Laikang Yu
PURPOSE: The role of exercise to prevent or reverse aging-induced cognitive decline has been widely reported. This neuroprotection is associated with changes in the synaptic structure plasticity. However, the mechanisms of exercise-induced synaptic plasticity in the aging brain are still unclear. Thus, the aim of the present study is to investigate the aging-related alterations of Rho-GTPase and the modulatory influences of exercise training. METHODS: Young and old rats were used in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138157/forebrain-specific-ablation-of-phospholipase-c%C3%AE-1-causes-manic-like-behavior
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Y R Yang, J H Jung, S-J Kim, K Hamada, A Suzuki, H J Kim, J H Lee, O-B Kwon, Y K Lee, J Kim, E-K Kim, H-J Jang, D-S Kang, J-S Choi, C J Lee, J Marshall, H-Y Koh, C-J Kim, H Seok, S H Kim, J H Choi, Y-B Choi, L Cocco, S H Ryu, J-H Kim, P-G Suh
Manic episodes are one of the major diagnostic symptoms in a spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders that include schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder (BD). Despite a possible association between BD and the gene encoding phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCG1), its etiological basis remains unclear. Here, we report that mice lacking phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCγ1) in the forebrain (Plcg1(f/f); CaMKII) exhibit hyperactivity, decreased anxiety-like behavior, reduced depressive-related behavior, hyperhedonia, hyperphagia, impaired learning and memory and exaggerated startle responses...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133853/molecular-response-of-sargassum-vulgare-to-acidification-at-volcanic-co2-vents-insights-from-de-novo-transcriptomic-analysis
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Amit Kumar, Immacolata Castellano, Francesco Paolo Patti, Massimo Delledonne, Hamada Abdelgawad, Gerrit T S Beemster, Han Asard, Anna Palumbo, Maria Cristina Buia
Ocean acidification is an emerging problem that is expected to impact ocean species to varying degrees. Currently, little is known about its effect on molecular mechanisms induced in fleshy macroalgae. To elucidate genome wide responses to acidification, a comparative transcriptome analysis was carried out between Sargassum vulgare populations growing under acidified conditions at volcanic CO2 vents and a control site. Several transcripts involved in a wide range of cellular and metabolic processes were differentially expressed...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131625/deficits-in-cognitive-flexibility-induced-by-chronic-unpredictable-stress-are-associated-with-impaired-glutamate-neurotransmission-in-the-rat-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Julianne D Jett, Sarah E Bulin, Lauren C Hatherall, Carlie M McCartney, David A Morilak
Deficits in cognitive flexibility, the ability to modify behavior in response to changes in the environment, contribute to the onset and maintenance of stress-related neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as depression. Cognitive flexibility depends on medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) function, and in depressed patients, cognitive inflexibility is associated with hypoactivity and decreased glutamate receptor expression in the mPFC. Rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) exhibit compromised mPFC function on the extradimensional (ED) set-shifting task of the attentional set-shifting test...
January 26, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131082/mitochondrial-dynamics-in-type-2-diabetes-pathophysiological-implications
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REVIEW
Susana Rovira-Llopis, Celia Bañuls, Noelia Diaz-Morales, Antonio Hernandez-Mijares, Milagros Rocha, Victor M Victor
Mitochondria play a key role in maintaining cellular metabolic homeostasis. These organelles have a high plasticity and are involved in dynamic processes such as mitochondrial fusion and fission, mitophagy and mitochondrial biogenesis. Type 2 diabetes is characterised by mitochondrial dysfunction, high production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and low levels of ATP. Mitochondrial fusion is modulated by different proteins, including mitofusin-1 (MFN1), mitofusin-2 (MFN2) and optic atrophy (OPA-1), while fission is controlled by mitochondrial fission 1 (FIS1), dynamin-related protein 1 (DRP1) and mitochondrial fission factor (MFF)...
January 16, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127058/overcoming-the-loss-of-blue-sensitivity-through-opsin-duplication-in-the-largest-animal-group-beetles
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Camilla R Sharkey, M Stanley Fujimoto, Nathan P Lord, Seunggwan Shin, Duane D McKenna, Anton Suvorov, Gavin J Martin, Seth M Bybee
Opsin proteins are fundamental components of animal vision whose structure largely determines the sensitivity of visual pigments to different wavelengths of light. Surprisingly little is known about opsin evolution in beetles, even though they are the most species rich animal group on Earth and exhibit considerable variation in visual system sensitivities. We reveal the patterns of opsin evolution across 62 beetle species and relatives. Our results show that the major insect opsin class (SW) that typically confers sensitivity to "blue" wavelengths was lost ~300 million years ago, before the origin of modern beetles...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123030/cocaine-promotes-coincidence-detection-and-lowers-induction-threshold-during-hebbian-associative-synaptic-potentiation-in-prefrontal-cortex
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Hongyu Ruan, Wei-Dong Yao
: Addictive drugs usurp neural plasticity mechanisms that normally serve reward-related learning and memory, primarily by evoking changes in glutamatergic synaptic strength in the mesocorticolimbic dopamine circuitry. Here, we show that repeated cocaine exposure in vivo does not alter synaptic strength in the mouse prefrontal cortex during an early period of withdrawal, but instead modifies a Hebbian quantitative synaptic learning rule by broadening the temporal window and lowers the induction threshold for spike-timing-dependent LTP (t-LTP)...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116546/cortical-synaptic-transmission-and-plasticity-in-acute-liver-failure-are-decreased-by-presynaptic-events
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Mariusz Popek, Bartosz Bobula, Joanna Sowa, Grzegorz Hess, Rafał Polowy, Robert Kuba Filipkowski, Małgorzata Frontczak-Baniewicz, Barbara Zabłocka, Jan Albrecht, Magdalena Zielińska
Neurological symptoms of acute liver failure (ALF) reflect decreased excitatory transmission, but the status of ALF-affected excitatory synapse has not been characterized in detail. We studied the effects of ALF in mouse on synaptic transmission and plasticity ex vivo and its relation to distribution of (i) synaptic vesicles (sv) and (ii) functional synaptic proteins within the synapse. ALF-competent neurological and biochemical changes were induced in mice with azoxymethane (AOM). Electrophysiological characteristics (long-term potentiation, whole-cell recording) as well as synapse ultrastructure were evaluated in the cerebral cortex...
January 23, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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