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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346382/6-ohda-induced-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-is-promoted-by-the-engulfment-pathway-and-inhibited-by-the-transthyretin-related-protein-ttr-33
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Xue Yan Ho, Theresa Tachie-Menson, Sean Coakley, Massimo A Hilliard, Anton Gartner
Oxidative stress is linked to many pathological conditions including the loss of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease. The vast majority of disease cases appear to be caused by a combination of genetic mutations and environmental factors. We screened for genes protecting Caenorhabditis elegans dopaminergic neurons from oxidative stress induced by the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and identified the transthyretin-related gene ttr-33. The only described C. elegans transthyretin-related protein to date, TTR-52, has been shown to mediate corpse engulfment as well as axon repair...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345616/inhibition-of-oxidative-stress-in-cholinergic-projection-neurons-fully-rescues-aging-associated-olfactory-circuit-degeneration-in-drosophila
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Ashiq Hussain, Atefeh Pooryasin, Mo Zhang, Laura F Loschek, Marco La Fortezza, Anja B Friedrich, Catherine-Marie Blais, Habibe K Üçpunar, Vicente A Yépez, Martin Lehmann, Nicolas Gompel, Julien Gagneur, Stephan J Sigrist, Ilona C Grunwald Kadow
Loss of the sense of smell is among the first signs of natural aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Cellular and molecular mechanisms promoting this smell loss are not understood. Here, we show that Drosophila melanogaster also loses olfaction before vision with age. Within the olfactory circuit, cholinergic projection neurons show a reduced odor response accompanied by a defect in axonal integrity and reduction in synaptic marker proteins. Using behavioral functional screening, we pinpoint that expression of the mitochondrial reactive oxygen scavenger SOD2 in cholinergic projection neurons is necessary and sufficient to prevent smell degeneration in aging flies...
January 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344929/pla2g6-deficiency-in-zebrafish-leads-to-dopaminergic-cell-death-axonal-degeneration-increased-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-and-defects-in-brain-functions-and-pathways
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Elena Sánchez, Luis J Azcona, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
This study aimed to gain insights into the pathophysiology underlying PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration that is implicated in three different neurological disorders, suggesting that other, unknown genetic or environmental factors might contribute to its wide phenotypic expression. To accomplish this, we downregulated the function of pla2g6 in the zebrafish nervous system, performed parkinsonism-related phenotypic characterization, and determined the effects of gene regulation upon the loss of pla2g6 function by using RNA sequencing and downstream analyses...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
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Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344865/isolation-of-distinct-types-of-neurons-from-fresh-brain-tissue-using-laser-microdissection-in-combination-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#5
Luisa Aring, Simone Steinbach, Katrin Marcus, Caroline May
Humans age and the ageing process affects cells in all areas of the human body, including nerve cells within the brain. With advancing age there is also a rise in the probability of developing a neurodegenerative disorder such as, e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, or Alzheimer's disease. In all these age-related neurodegenerative disorders, distinct neuron populations within specific brain regions are primarily affected. For example, Parkinson's disease is characterized by a slowly progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra whereas the entorhinal cortex is first affected in Alzheimer's disease...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344864/laser-capture-microdissection-in-traumatic-brain-injury-research-obtaining-hippocampal-subregions-and-pools-of-injured-neurons-for-genomic-analyses
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Deborah R Boone, Harris A Weisz, Stacy L Sell, Helen L Hellmich
The methods presented here are based on our laboratory's 15 years of experience using laser capture microdissection to obtain samples for the study of gene expression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a well-established rat model of experimental TBI. Here, we describe how to use the ArcturusXT laser capture microdissection system to capture swaths of specific regions of the rat hippocampus as well as specific neuronal populations defined by Fluoro-Jade C staining. Staining with Fluoro-Jade C identifies a neuron that is in the process of degeneration...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344647/autophagy-regulates-the-degeneration-of-the-auditory-cortex-through-the-ampk-mtor-ulk1-signaling-pathway
#7
Jie Yuan, Xueyan Zhao, Yujuan Hu, Haiying Sun, Guoqing Gong, Xiang Huang, Xubo Chen, Mingyu Xia, Chen Sun, Qilin Huang, Yu Sun, Wen Kong, Weijia Kong
Presbycusis is the most common sensory impairment associated with aging; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Autophagy has been demonstrated to serve a key role in diverse diseases; however, no studies have examined its function in central presbycusis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the changes of autophagy in the physiological processes of the auditory cortex and its role in the degeneration of the auditory cortex, as well as the related mechanisms using naturally aging rats and a D‑galactose (D‑gal)‑induced mimetic rat model of aging...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344061/subacute-acrylamide-intoxication-with-severe-visual-disturbance-a-case-report
#8
Takashi Kageyama, Shuji Hashimoto, Toshihiko Suenaga
A 35-year-old man was admitted due to somnolence and progressive sensory-motor polyneuropathy, followed by severe visual impairment in both eyes after direct skin exposure to an acrylamide monomer solution. The results of an ophthalmological examination including central critical flicker fusion frequency and the decreased amplitude of action potentials observed in the visual evoked potential studies suggested that acrylamide intoxication resulted in neuronal degeneration in the optic pathways. Additional attention should be directed to the potential effect of acrylamide on the human visual system...
August 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343964/achalasia-following-reflux-disease-coincidence-consequence-or-accommodation-an-experience-based-literature-review
#9
András Vereczkei, Laura Bognár, András Papp, Örs Péter Horváth
Achalasia is a motility disorder of the esophagus characterized by the defective peristaltic activity of the esophageal body and impaired relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter due to the degeneration of the inhibitory neurons in the myenteric plexus of the esophageal wall. The histopathological and pathophysiological changes in achalasia have been well described. However, the exact etiological factors leading to the disease still remain unclear. Currently, achalasia is believed to be a multifactorial disease, involving both extrinsic and intrinsic factors...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341318/cognitive-trajectories-and-spectrum-of-neuropathology-in-superagers-the-first-ten-cases
#10
Emily Rogalski, Tamar Gefen, Qinwen Mao, Maureen Connelly, Sandra Weintraub, Changiz Geula, Eileen H Bigio, M-Marsel Mesulam
On average, memory capacity is significantly higher in populations of 50-60 year olds than in populations of 80 year olds. We define SuperAgers as individuals 80 or older whose episodic memory capacity is at least as good as that of cognitively average individuals in their 50s and 60s. SuperAgers therefore have memory capacity that is superior for age. Previous work showed that SuperAgers have greater cortical volumes and greater resistance to age-related cortical atrophy than 'cognitively average' individuals of the same age...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341299/autonomous-purkinje-cell-axonal-dystrophy-causes-ataxia-in-peroxisomal-multifunctional-protein-2-deficiency
#11
Stephanie De Munter, Dorien Bamps, Ana Rita Malheiro, Ritesh Kumar Baboota, Pedro Brites, Myriam Baes
BACKGROUND: Peroxisomes play a crucial role in normal neurodevelopment and in the maintenance of the adult brain. This depends largely on intact peroxisomal β-oxidation given the similarities in pathologies between peroxisome biogenesis disorders and deficiency of multifunctional protein-2 (MFP2), the central enzyme of this pathway. Recently, adult patients diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia were shown to have mild mutations in the MFP2 gene, hydroxy-steroid dehydrogenase (17 beta) type 4 (HSD17B4)...
January 17, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341269/characterization-of-a-3xtg-ad-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-with-the-senescence-accelerated-mouse-prone-8-samp8-background
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Jessica Virgili, Meryem Lebbadi, Cyntia Tremblay, Isabelle St-Amour, Caroline Pierrisnard, Audrey Faucher-Genest, Vincent Emond, Carl Julien, Frédéric Calon
No model fully recapitulates the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although the triple-transgenic mouse model of AD (3xTg-AD) expresses Aβ plaques and tau-laden neurofibrillary tangles, as well as synaptic and behavioral deficits, it does not display frank neuronal loss. Since old age is the most important risk factor in AD, senescence-related interactions might be lacking to truly establish an AD-like environment. To investigate this hypothesis, we bred the 3xTg-AD mouse with the senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8), a model of accelerated aging...
January 17, 2018: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339464/propionate-enters-gabaergic-neurons-inhibits-gaba-transaminase-causes-gaba-accumulation-and-lethargy-in-a-model-of-propionic-acidemia
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Cecilie Morland, Anne-Sofie Frøland, Mi Nyguyen Pettersen, Jon Storm-Mathisen, Vidar Gundersen, Frode Rise, Bjørnar Hassel
Propionic acidemia is the accumulation of propionate in blood due to dysfunction of propionyl-CoA carboxylase. The condition causes lethargy and striatal degeneration with motor impairment in humans. How propionate exerts its toxic effect is unclear. Here we show that intravenous administration of propionate causes dose-dependent propionate accumulation in the brain and transient lethargy in mice. Propionate, an inhibitor of histone deacetylase, entered GABAergic neurons, as could be seen from increased neuronal histone H4 acetylation in striatum and neocortex...
January 16, 2018: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338678/supplementation-with-curcuma-longa-reverses-neurotoxic-and-behavioral-damage-in-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-systematic-review
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Ianara Mendonca da Costa, Marco Aurelio de Moura Freire, Jose Rodolfo Lopes de Paiva Cavalcanti, Dayane Pessoa de Araujo, Bianca Norrara, Isleania Maria Marques Moreira Rosa, Eduardo Pereira de Azevedo, Amalia Cinthia Meneses do Rego, Irami Araujo Filho, Fausto Pierdona Guzen
BACKGROUND: The formation of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles of the tau protein are the main pathological mechanism of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Current therapies for AD offer discrete benefits to the clinical symptoms and do not prevent the continuing degeneration of neuronal cells. Therefore, novel therapeutic strategies have long been investigated, where curcumin (Curcuma longa) has shown some properties that can prevent the deleterious processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases...
January 16, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338380/transplantation-of-human-neural-progenitor-cells-reveals-structural-and-functional-improvements-in-the-spastic-han-wistar-rat-model-of-ataxia
#15
Ruslan L Nuryyev, Toni L Uhlendorf, Wesley Tierney, Suren Zatikyan, Oleg Kopyov, Alex Kopyov, Jessica Ochoa, William Van Trigt, Cindy S Malone, Randy W Cohen
The use of regenerative medicine to treat nervous system disorders like ataxia has been proposed to either replace or support degenerating neurons. In this study, we assessed the ability of human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) to repair and restore the function of dying neurons within the spastic Han-Wistar rat (sHW), a model of ataxia. The sHW rat suffers from neurodegeneration of specific neurons, including cerebellar Purkinje cells and hippocampal CA3 pyramidal cells leading to the observed symptoms of forelimb tremor, hind-leg rigidity, gait abnormality, motor incoordination, and a shortened life span...
November 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337309/role-for-vglut2-in-selective-vulnerability-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons
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Thomas Steinkellner, Vivien Zell, Zachary J Farino, Mark S Sonders, Michael Villeneuve, Robin J Freyberg, Serge Przedborski, Wei Lu, Zachary Freyberg, Thomas S Hnasko
Parkinson's disease is characterized by the loss of dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area are more resistant to this degeneration than those in the SNc, though the mechanisms for selective resistance or vulnerability remain poorly understood. A key to elucidating these processes may lie within the subset of DA neurons that corelease glutamate and express the vesicular glutamate transporter VGLUT2. Here, we addressed the potential relationship between VGLUT expression and DA neuronal vulnerability by overexpressing VGLUT in DA neurons of flies and mice...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337144/early-activation-of-egr-1-promotes-neuroinflammation-and-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Qing Yu, Qiaoying Huang, Xiaoxiao Du, Shao Xu, Mingtao Li, Shanshan Ma
The progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) is one of the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD). Neuroinflammation has been proposed to contributes to the progressive nature of the disease. Early growth response-1 (Egr-1), a zinc finger transcription factor, has been shown to have a crucial role in both neuronal death and the inflammatory response. However, whether and how Egr-1 is involved in the pathogenesis of PD has not been investigated. Using the subacute 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model of PD, we identified early peak induction of Egr-1 in the SNpc but not in the striatum...
January 11, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334787/analysis-of-endocannabinoid-receptors-and-enzymes-in-the-post-mortem-motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
#18
Francisco Espejo-Porras, Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Eva de Lago
OBJECTIVE: We have investigated the endocannabinoid system in the motor cortex of motor neuron disease (MND) patients. METHODS: Post-mortem samples from MND patients and controls were used for immunostaining and/or Western blotting analysis of endocannabinoid elements. RESULTS: We did not find any evidence of neuronal losses in the motor cortex of MND patients, but elevations in glial markers Iba-1 and GFAP were evident. We found no changes in FAAH and MAGL enzymes and in the CB1 receptor, which correlated with the lack of cortical neuron death...
January 15, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332037/increased-vulnerability-of-the-hippocampus-in-transgenic-mice-overexpressing-app-and-triple-repeat-tau
#19
Andrew Arner, Edward Rockenstein, Michael Mante, Jazmin Florio, Deborah Masliah, Bahar Salehi, Anthony Adame, Cassia Overk, Eliezer Masliah, Robert A Rissman
 Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common tauopathy, characterized by progressive accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau. While pathology associated with the 4-repeat (4R) tau isoform is more abundant in corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy, both 3R and 4R tau isoforms accumulate in AD. Many studies have investigated interactions between Aβ and 4R tau in double transgenic mice, but few, if any, have examined the effects of Aβ with 3R tau. To examine this relationship, we crossed our APP751 mutant line with our recently characterized 3R tau mutant model to create a bigenic line (hAPP-3RTau) to model AD neuropathology...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331876/app-go-protein-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-complex-signaling-mediates-a%C3%AE-degeneration-and-cognitive-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
#20
Elena Anahi Bignante, Nicolás Eric Ponce, Florencia Heredia, Juliana Musso, María C Krawczyk, Julieta Millán, Gustavo F Pigino, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Mariano M Boccia, Alfredo Lorenzo
Deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ), the proteolytic product of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), might cause neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the direct involvement of APP in the mechanism of Aβ-induced degeneration in AD remains on debate. Here, we analyzed the interaction of APP with heterotrimeric Go protein in primary hippocampal cultures and found that Aβ deposition dramatically enhanced APP-Go protein interaction in dystrophic neurites. APP overexpression rendered neurons vulnerable to Aβ toxicity by a mechanism that required Go-Gβγ complex signaling and p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase activation...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
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