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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434993/effect-of-rat-spinal-cord-injury-hemisection-on-the-ex-vivo-uptake-and-release-of-3-h-noradrenaline-from-a-slice-preparation
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Zoltán Borbély, Benedek Krisztián Csomó, Ágnes Kittel, Gábor Gerber, Gábor Varga, E Sylvester Vizi
We measured the ex vivo uptake and release of [(3)H]noradrenaline ([(3)H]NA) from perfused rat spinal cord slice preparations at 1, 3 and 14 days after unilateral hemisection-induced spinal cord injury (SCI) compared with control slice preparations. After surgical hemisection under anaesthesia, the rats showed characteristic signs of hemiplegia, with no movement of the ipsilateral hindlimb. After 3 days, the electron microscopy images showed overall degeneration of neuronal organelles and the myelin sheath, but the synapses seemed to be intact...
April 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432142/structural-similarities-between-neuregulin-1-3-isoforms-determine-their-subcellular-distribution-and-signaling-mode-in-central-neurons
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Detlef Vullhorst, Tanveer Ahmad, Irina Karavanova, Carolyn Keating, Andres Buonanno
The Neuregulin (NRG) family of ErbB ligands is comprised of numerous variants originating from the use of different genes, alternative promoters and splice variants. NRGs have generally been thought to be transported to axons and presynaptic terminals where they signal via ErbB3/4 receptors in paracrine or juxtacrine mode. However, we recently demonstrated that unprocessed pro-NRG2 accumulates on cell bodies and proximal dendrites, and that NMDAR activity is required for shedding of its ectodomain by metalloproteinases...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431576/enhanced-neuroinvasion-by-smaller-soluble-prions
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Cyrus Bett, Jessica Lawrence, Timothy D Kurt, Christina Orru, Patricia Aguilar-Calvo, Anthony E Kincaid, Witold K Surewicz, Byron Caughey, Chengbiao Wu, Christina J Sigurdson
Infectious prion aggregates can propagate from extraneural sites into the brain with remarkable efficiency, likely transported via peripheral nerves. Yet not all prions spread into the brain, and the physical properties of a prion that is capable of transit within neurons remain unclear. We hypothesized that small, diffusible aggregates spread into the CNS via peripheral nerves. Here we used a structurally diverse panel of prion strains to analyze how the prion conformation impacts transit into the brain. Two prion strains form fibrils visible ultrastructurally in the brain in situ, whereas three strains form diffuse, subfibrillar prion deposits and no visible fibrils...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426968/map2-defines-a-pre-axonal-filtering-zone-to-regulate-kif1-versus-kif5-dependent-cargo-transport-in-sensory-neurons
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Laura F Gumy, Eugene A Katrukha, Ilya Grigoriev, Dick Jaarsma, Lukas C Kapitein, Anna Akhmanova, Casper C Hoogenraad
Polarized cargo transport is essential for neuronal function. However, the minimal basic components required for selective cargo sorting and distribution in neurons remain elusive. We found that in sensory neurons the axon initial segment is largely absent and that microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) defines the cargo-filtering zone in the proximal axon. Here, MAP2 directs axonal cargo entry by coordinating the activities of molecular motors. We show that distinct kinesins differentially regulate cargo velocity: kinesin-3 drives fast axonal cargo trafficking, while kinesin-1 slows down axonal cargo transport...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426954/neuronal-polarity-map2-shifts-secretory-vesicles-into-high-gear-for-long-haul-transport-down-the-axon
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Luís F Ribeiro, Joris de Wit
Accurate control of polarized cargo trafficking is essential for neuronal function. In this issue of Neuron, Gumy et al. (2017) show that MAP2 defines a pre-axonal filtering zone and controls axonal cargo transport by influencing the activities of distinct kinesin motors.
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423567/cxcr1-2-pathways-in-paclitaxel-induced-neuropathic-pain
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Laura Brandolini, Elisabetta Benedetti, Pier Adelchi Ruffini, Roberto Russo, Loredana Cristiano, Andrea Antonosante, Michele d'Angelo, Vanessa Castelli, Antonio Giordano, Marcello Allegretti, Annamaria Cimini
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a type of neuropathic pain that represents a frequent and serious consequence of chemotherapy agents. Over the last years, significant progress has been achieved in elucidating the underlying pathogenesis of CIPN. The interference of taxanes with microtubule has been proposed as a mechanism that leads to altered axonal transport and to permanent neurological damages. The inflammatory process activated by chemotherapeutic agents has been considered as a potential trigger of nociceptive process in CIPN...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420962/dysregulation-of-rna-binding-protein-aggregation-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Brandon Maziuk, Heather I Ballance, Benjamin Wolozin
The unique biology of RNA binding proteins is altering our view of the genesis of protein misfolding diseases. These proteins use aggregation of low complexity domains (LCDs) as a means to regulate the localization and utilization of RNA by forming RNA granules, such as stress granules, transport granules and P-bodies. The reliance on reversible aggregation as a mechanism for biological regulation renders this family of proteins highly vulnerable to promoting diseases of protein misfolding. Mutations in RNA binding proteins are associated with many neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar dementia (FTLD)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414692/neuronal-fibers-and-neurotransmitter-receptor-expression-in-the-human-endolymphatic-sac
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Martin Nue Møller, Svend Kirkeby, Jonas Vikeså, Finn Cilius Nielsen, Per Cayé-Thomasen
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest that the human endolymphatic sac (ES) may have multiple functions, including an ion-transport capacity comparable to the kidney, an immunological capacity and a possible natriuretic capacity. Further, there have been speculations of a yet undefined role in intracranial pressure homeostasis. The anatomical location towards the sigmoid sinus would suggest a possible endo- and/or paracrine signaling. However, neuronal connections may also apply, but it remains very scarcely explored in the human ES...
April 14, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414272/regulation-of-mitochondria-dynactin-interaction-and-mitochondrial-retrograde-transport-in-axons
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Catherine M Drerup, Amy L Herbert, Kelly R Monk, Alex V Nechiporuk
Mitochondrial transport in axons is critical for neural circuit health and function. While several proteins have been found that modulate bidirectional mitochondrial motility, factors that regulate unidirectional mitochondrial transport have been harder to identify. In a genetic screen, we found a zebrafish strain in which mitochondria fail to attach to the dynein retrograde motor. This strain carries a loss-of-function mutation in actr10, a member of the dynein-associated complex dynactin. The abnormal axon morphology and mitochondrial retrograde transport defects observed in actr10 mutants are distinct from dynein and dynactin mutant axonal phenotypes...
April 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413156/exposure-of-the-amino-terminus-of-tau-is-a-pathological-event-in-multiple-tauopathies
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Benjamin Combs, Nicholas M Kanaan
Pathological changes to the tau protein, including conformational changes and aggregation, are major hallmarks of a group of neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies. Among the conformational changes are alterations involving the extreme amino terminus of the protein, known as the phosphatase-activating domain (PAD). Aberrant PAD exposure induces a signaling cascade that leads to disruption of axonal transport, a critical function for neuronal survival. Conformational display of PAD is an early marker of pathological tau in Alzheimer disease (AD), but its role in other tauopathies has yet to be firmly established...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411118/regulation-of-motor-proteins-axonal-transport-deficits-and-adult-onset-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Scott T Brady, Gerardo A Morfini
Neurons affected in a wide variety of unrelated adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases (AONDs) typically exhibit a "dying back" pattern of degeneration, which is characterized by early deficits in synaptic function and neuritic pathology long before neuronal cell death. Consistent with this observation, multiple unrelated AONDs including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and several motor neuron diseases feature early alterations in kinase-based signaling pathways associated with deficits in axonal transport (AT), a complex cellular process involving multiple intracellular trafficking events powered by microtubule-based motor proteins...
April 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409113/axonal-damage-and-loss-of-connectivity-in-nigrostriatal-and-mesolimbic-dopamine-pathways-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
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Silvia Paola Caminiti, Luca Presotto, Damiano Baroncini, Valentina Garibotto, Rosa Maria Moresco, Luigi Gianolli, Maria Antonietta Volonté, Angelo Antonini, Daniela Perani
A progressive loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) is considered the main feature of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). Recent neuropathological evidence however suggests that the axons of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system are the earliest target of α-synuclein accumulation in PD, thus the principal site for vulnerability. Whether this applies to in vivo PD, and also to the mesolimbic system has not been investigated yet. We used [(11)C]FeCIT PET to measure presynaptic dopamine transporter (DAT) activity in both nigrostriatal and mesolimbic systems, in 36 early PD patients (mean disease duration in months ± SD 21...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406181/local-inhibition-of-microtubule-dynamics-by-dynein-is-required-for-neuronal-cargo-distribution
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Shaul Yogev, Celine I Maeder, Roshni Cooper, Mark Horowitz, Adam G Hendricks, Kang Shen
Abnormal axonal transport is associated with neuronal disease. We identified a role for DHC-1, the C. elegans dynein heavy chain, in maintaining neuronal cargo distribution. Surprisingly, this does not involve dynein's role as a retrograde motor in cargo transport, hinging instead on its ability to inhibit microtubule (MT) dynamics. Neuronal MTs are highly static, yet the mechanisms and functional significance of this property are not well understood. In disease-mimicking dhc-1 alleles, excessive MT growth and collapse occur at the dendrite tip, resulting in the formation of aberrant MT loops...
April 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405636/when-transporters-fail-to-be-transported-how-to-rescue-folding-deficient-slc6-transporters
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Sonja Sucic, Ameya Kasture, H M Mazhar Asjad, Carina Kern, Ali El-Kasaby, Michael Freissmuth
The human dopamine transporter (hDAT) belongs to the solute carrier 6 (SLC6) gene family. Point mutations in hDAT (SLC6A3) have been linked to a syndrome of dopamine transporter deficiency or infantile dystonia/parkinsonism. The mutations impair DAT folding, causing retention of variant DATs in the endoplasmic reticulum and subsequently impair transport activity. The folding trajectory of DAT itself is not understood, though many insights have been gained from studies of folding-deficient mutants of the closely related serotonin transporter (SERT); i...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398512/mutant-spastin-proteins-promote-deficits-in-axonal-transport-through-an-isoform-specific-mechanism-involving-casein-kinase-2-activation
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Lanfranco Leo, Carina Weissmann, Matthew Burns, Minsu Kang, Yuyu Song, Liang Qiang, Scott T Brady, Peter W Baas, Gerardo Morfini
Mutations of various genes cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a neurological disease involving dying-back degeneration of upper motor neurons. From these, mutations in the SPAST gene encoding the microtubule-severing protein spastin account for most HSP cases. Cumulative genetic and experimental evidence suggests that alterations in various intracellular trafficking events, including fast axonal transport (FAT), may contribute to HSP pathogenesis. However, the mechanisms linking SPAST mutations to such deficits remain largely unknown...
April 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393448/spatial-specific-functions-in-retrograde-neuronal-signalling
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REVIEW
Eitan Erez Zahavi, Roy Maimon, Eran Perlson
Neurons are highly polarized cells, possessing long axons that can extend to more than 1-meter long in adult humans. In order to survive and maintain proper functions, neurons have to respond accurately in both space and time to intra- or inter-cellular cues. The regulation of these comprehensive responses involves ligand-receptor interactions, trafficking and local protein synthesis. Alterations in these mechanisms can lead to cellular dysfunction and disease. Although studies on the transport and localization of signalling endosomes along the axon have shed light on some central pathways of neuronal survival and growth as well as synapse function, little is known about the spatiotemporal mechanisms that allow the same molecule to signal differently at diverse subcellular locations and in specific neuronal populations...
April 10, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392448/effect-of-nitric-oxide-to-axonal-degeneration-in-multiple-sclerosis-via-downregulating-monocarboxylate-transporter-1-in-oligodendrocytes
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Xiaoyi Tang, Minghong Lan, Mao Zhang, Zhongxiang Yao
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Axonal degeneration, one of the main pathological characteristics of MS, is affected by nitric oxide (NO). In turn, NO induces mitochondrial dysfunction of neurons and glial cells. Inadequate glucose causes monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT1) to transfer lactate from oligodendrocytes (OLs) to neurons, which decreases MCT1 and results in energy substrate deficit (mainly lactate) in axons. The condition gradually leads to axonal degeneration...
April 6, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392418/spastin-regulates-vamp7-containing-vesicles-trafficking-in-cortical-neurons
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C Plaud, V Joshi, M Marinello, D Pastré, T Galli, P A Curmi, A Burgo
Alteration of axonal transport has emerged as a common precipitating factor in several neurodegenerative disorders including Human Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). Mutations of the SPAST (SPG4) gene coding for the spastin protein account for 40% of all autosomal dominant uncomplicated HSP. By cleaving microtubules, spastin regulates several cellular processes depending on microtubule dynamics including intracellular membrane trafficking. Axonal transport is fundamental for the viability of motor neurons which often have very long axons and thus require efficient communication between the cell body and its periphery...
April 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391012/mapping-of-pain-circuitry-in-early-post-natal-development-using-manganese-enhanced-mri-in-rats
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M M Sperry, B M Kandel, S Wehrli, K N Bass, S R Das, P S Dhillon, J C Gee, G A Barr
Premature or ill full-term infants are subject to a number of noxious procedures as part of their necessary medical care. Although we know that human infants show neural changes in response to such procedures, we know little of the sensory or affective brain circuitry activated by pain. In rodent models, the focus has been on spinal cord and, more recently, midbrain and medulla. The present study assesses activation of brain circuits using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). Uptake of manganese, a paramagnetic contrast agent that is transported across active synapses and along axons, was measured in response to a hindpaw injection of dilute formalin in 12-day-old rat pups, the age at which rats begin to show aversion learning and which is roughly the equivalent of full-term human infants...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387450/severe-demyelination-in-a-patient-with-a-late-infantile-form-of-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
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Tsuyoshi Kodachi, Shizuko Matsumoto, Masashi Mizuguchi, Hitoshi Osaka, Nobuyuki Kanai, Eiji Nanba, Kousaku Ohno, Takanori Yamagata
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a cholesterol storage disease caused by defective cellular cholesterol transportation. The onset and progression of NPC are variable, and autopsy findings have mainly been reported for the adult and juvenile forms of this disease. Here we report the clinical and pathological findings from a 9-year-old female patient with the late infantile form of NPC due to NPC1 gene mutation. She had notable splenomegaly at 4 months of age. She lost the ability to speak at 18 months of age...
April 7, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
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