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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645787/striatal-hypodopamine-phenotypes-found-in-transgenic-mice-that-overexpress-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Hidekazu Sotoyama, Yuriko Iwakura, Kanako Oda, Toshikuni Sasaoka, Nobuyuki Takei, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hideki Enomoto, Hiroyuki Nawa
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) positively regulates the development and maintenance of in vitro dopaminergic neurons. However, the in vivo influences of GDNF signals on the brain dopamine system are controversial and not fully defined. To address this question, we analyzed dopaminergic phenotypes of the transgenic mice that overexpress GDNF under the control of the glial Gfap promoter in the brain. Compared with wild-type, the GDNF transgenic mice contained higher levels of GDNF protein and phosphorylated RET receptors in the brain...
June 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645621/two-delta-opioid-receptor-subtypes-are-functional-in-single-ventral-tegmental-area-neurons-and-can-interact-with-the-mu-opioid-receptor
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Elyssa B Margolis, Wakako Fujita, Lakshmi A Devi, Howard L Fields
The mu and delta opioid receptors (MOR and DOR) are highly homologous members of the opioid family of GPCRs. There is evidence that MOR and DOR interact, however the extent to which these interactions occur in vivo and affect synaptic function is unknown. There are two stable DOR subtypes: DPDPE sensitive (DOR1) and deltorphin II sensitive (DOR2); both are blocked by DOR selective antagonists. Robust motivational effects are produced by local actions of both MOR and DOR ligands in the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
June 20, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643537/a-diffusion-weighted-imaging-study-of-basal-ganglia-in-schizophrenia
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Giuseppe Delvecchio, Alessandro Pigoni, Cinzia Perlini, Marco Barillari, Amelia Versace, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Marcella Bellani, Paolo Brambilla
OBJECTIVES: Several magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies provided evidence of selective brain abnormalities in schizophrenia, both in cortical and subcortical structures. Basal ganglia are of particular interest, given not only the high concentration of dopaminergic neurons and receptors, but also for their crucial role in cognitive functions, commonly impaired in schizophrenia. To date, very few studies explored basal ganglia using diffusion imaging, which is sensitive to microstructural organization in brain tissues...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642851/sarcopenia-neurological-point-of-view
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Young Nam Kwon, Sung Sang Yoon
Sarcopenia is an age-related geriatric syndrome which is characterized by the gradual loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, and muscle quality. There are a lot of neurologic insults on sarcopenia at various levels from the brain to the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) to generate a volitional task. Dopaminergic downregulation, inadequate motor programming and motor coordination impairment lead to decline of supraspinal drive. Motor unit reorganization and inflammatory changes in motor neuron decrease conduction velocity and amplitude of compound muscle action potential...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642732/autonomic-function-impairment-and-brain-perfusion-deficit-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Wei-Che Lin, Pei-Chin Chen, Chih-Cheng Huang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Hung-Chen Wang, Kun-Hsien Chou, Meng-Hsiang Chen, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Hsien Lu
INTRODUCTION: Autonomic disorders have been recognized as important Parkinson's disease (PD) components. Some vulnerable structures are related to the central autonomic network and have also been linked to autonomic function alterations. The aims of the study are to evaluate the severity of the autonomic dysfunction and the cortical hypoperfusion using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI. And then, possible relationships of significant between-group differences in perfusion pattern to clinical variables and autonomic functions were examined to determine the pharmaceutical effects of dopaminergic treatment on cerebral blood flow (CBF) in patients with PD...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642697/targeting-microglial-activation-states-as-a-therapeutic-avenue-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Sudhakar R Subramaniam, Howard J Federoff
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive disorder characterized neuropathologically by loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, intracellular proteinaceous inclusions, reduction of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum, and increased neuroinflammatory cells. The consequent reduction of dopamine in the basal ganglia results in the classical parkinsonian motor phenotype. A growing body of evidence suggest that neuroinflammation mediated by microglia, the resident macrophage-like immune cells in the brain, play a contributory role in PD pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637871/phosphorylation-at-serine-31-targets-tyrosine-hydroxylase-to-vesicles-for-transport-along-microtubules
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Ana Jorge-Finnigan, Rune Kleppe, Kunwar Jung-Kc, Ming Ying, Michael Marie, Ivan Rios-Mondragon, Michael F Salvatore, Jaakko Saraste, Aurora Martinez
Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) catalyzes the conversion of L-tyrosine into L-Dopa, which is the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of catecholamines, particularly dopamine in dopaminergergic neurons. Low dopamine levels and death of the dopaminergic neurons are hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD), where α-synuclein is also a key player. TH is highly regulated, notably by phosphorylation of several Ser/Thr residues in the N-terminal tail. However, the functional role of TH phosphorylation at the Ser31 site (THpSer31) remains unclear...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
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Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina Emborg, Dr Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter lifespan compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties including development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631231/2-3-dideoxycytidine-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jianyi Niu, Jing Xiong, Dan Hu, Fei Zeng, Shuke Nie, Shanping Mao, Tao Wang, Zhentao Zhang, Zhaohui Zhang
DNA polymerase-β (DNA pol-β) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of a DNA polymerase-β inhibitor 2',3'-dideoxycytidine (DDC) in PD models. In the in vitro studies, primary cultured neurons were challenged with 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+)). The expression of DNA pol-β was assessed using western blot. The neuroprotective effect of DNA pol-β knockdown and DNA pol-β inhibitor DDC was determined using cell viability assay and caspase-3 activity assay...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629580/folding-underlies-bidirectional-role-of-gpr37-pael-r-in-parkinson-disease
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Lina Leinartaité, Per Svenningsson
Since conformational flexibility, which is required for the function of a protein, comes at the expense of structural stability, many proteins, including G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are under constant risk of misfolding and aggregation. In this regard GPR37 (also named PAEL-R and ETBR-LP-1) takes a prominent role, particularly in relation to Parkinson disease (PD). GPR37 is a substrate for parkin and accumulates abnormally in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism, contributing to endoplasmic reticulum stress and death of dopaminergic neurons...
June 16, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627590/activation-of-sonic-hedgehog-signal-by-purmorphamine-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-and-attenuates-inflammatory-response-by-mediating-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Shuai Shao, Guang-Liang Wang, Cespuglio Raymond, Xue-Hua Deng, Xiao-Lan Zhu, Di Wang, Le-Peng Hong
In Parkinson's disease (PD), microglial activation-mediated neuroinflammation is associated with dopaminergic neurons degeneration in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Previous studies that have investigated this neurodegenerative disease have reported that the Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling pathway, through inhibiting the inflammatory processes, exerts a beneficial neuroprotective effect. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti‑inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of this signaling pathway remain poorly understood...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627426/neurodegenerative-signaling-factors-and-mechanisms-in-parkinson-s-pathology
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Poonam Goswami, Neeraj Joshi, Sarika Singh
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive degenerative disorder of central nervous system which is mainly characterized by selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostrial pathway. Clinical symptoms of this devastating disease comprise motor impairments such as resting tremor, bradykinesia, postural instability and rigidity. Current medications only provide symptomatic relief but fail to halt the dopaminergic neuronal death. While the etiology of dopaminergic neuronal death is not fully understood, combination of various molecular mechanisms seems to play a critical role...
June 13, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627418/alterations-in-neuronal-control-of-body-weight-and-anxiety-behavior-by-glutathione-peroxidase-4-deficiency
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Sonja C Schriever, Annemarie Zimprich, Katrin Pfuhlmann, Peter Baumann, Florian Giesert, Valentina Klaus, Dhiraj G Kabra, Ulrich Hafen, Artem Romanov, Matthias H Tschöp, Wolfgang Wurst, Marcus Conrad, Sabine M Hölter, Daniela Vogt Weisenhorn, Paul T Pfluger
Elevated levels of oxidative stress and neuronal inflammation in the hypothalamus or ventral midbrain, respectively, represent common denominators for obesity and Parkinson's Disease (PD). However, little is known about defense mechanisms that protect neurons in these regions from oxidative damage. Here, we aimed to assess whether murine Gpx4, a crucial antioxidant enzyme that protects neurons from membrane damage and ferroptosis, is critical for the protection from neuronal inflammation in two distinct pathophysiologic diseases, namely metabolic dysfunction in diet-induced obesity or PD...
June 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627368/photoactivation-of-erk-creb-vmat2-pathway-attenuates-mpp-induced-neuronal-injury-in-a-cellular-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Xiaotong Gu, Lei Liu, Qi Shen, Da Xing
The vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) pumps dopamine from cytoplasm into synaptic vesicles for subsequent release, and the deficits of VMAT2 has been implicated in the dopaminergic neuronal cell loss which is considered as a typical pathological feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Low-power laser irradiation (LPLI), a potent noninvasive physiotherapy approach, is capable of penetrating into nerve tissue to exert beneficial effects such as promoting nerve regeneration and ATP production. In the present study, we demonstrated that LPLI protects against MPP(+)-induced neurotoxicity via upregulation of VMAT2 in SH-SY5Y human dopaminergic neuroblastoma cells...
June 13, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627367/nrf2-pathway-activation-upon-rotenone-treatment-in-human-ipsc-derived-neural-stem-cells-undergoing-differentiation-towards-neurons-and-astrocytes
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Francesca Pistollato, David Canovas-Jorda, Dimitra Zagoura, Anna Bal-Price
Activation of Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway occurs ubiquitously in most cell types upon induction of oxidative stress. Rotenone, an inhibitor of mitochondrial complex I, can be used to trigger oxidative stress, stimulate the activation of Nrf2 pathway in neuronal and astrocytic cells and assess neurotoxicity. We have previously demonstrated that an acute treatment with rotenone can induce Nrf2 activation, which leads to astrocyte activation and dopaminergic (DA) neuronal cell death in a mixed neuronal/astrocytic cell model derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)...
June 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626420/restless-legs-syndrome-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Shiyi Guo, Jinsha Huang, Haiyang Jiang, Chao Han, Jie Li, Xiaoyun Xu, Guoxin Zhang, Zhicheng Lin, Nian Xiong, Tao Wang
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a common neurological sensorimotor disorder in western countries, has gained more and more attention in Asian countries. The prevalence of RLS is higher in older people and females. RLS is most commonly related to iron deficiency, pregnancy and uremia. The RLS symptoms show a significant circadian rhythm and a close relationship to periodic limb movements (PLMs) in clinical observations, while the pathophysiological pathways are still unknown. The diagnostic criteria have been revised in 2012 to improve the validity of RLS diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625517/reduced-tdp-43-expression-improves-neuronal-activities-in-a-drosophila-model-of-perry-syndrome
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Yuka Hosaka, Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Kahori Shiba-Fukushima, Changxu Cui, Taku Arano, Yuzuru Imai, Nobutaka Hattori
Parkinsonian Perry syndrome, involving mutations in the dynein motor component dynactin or p150(Glued), is characterized by TDP-43 pathology in affected brain regions, including the substantia nigra. However, the molecular relationship between p150(Glued) and TDP-43 is largely unknown. Here, we report that a reduction in TDP-43 protein levels alleviates the synaptic defects of neurons expressing the Perry mutant p150(G50R) in Drosophila. Dopaminergic expression of p150(G50R), which decreases dopamine release, disrupts motor ability and reduces the lifespan of Drosophila...
June 8, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624842/increased-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-and-anti-inflammatory-cellular-responses-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-search-for-a-disease-indicator
#18
Likun Yang, Changfeng Guo, Jie Zhu, Yi Feng, Weiliang Chen, Zhizhong Feng, Dan Wang, Shibai Sun, Wei Lin, Yuhai Wang
BACKGROUND Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder and it arises when most of the dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra region die. Several mechanisms have been postulated as the causative event in PD pathology, and neuroinflammation is most crucial among them. MATERIAL AND METHODS We analyzed T-helper 17 (Th17) cells and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) from 80 PD patients to assess inflammatory processes and to find a cost-effective means to evaluate PD prognosis...
June 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623510/the-implication-of-neuronimmunoendocrine-nie-modulatory-network-in-the-pathophysiologic-process-of-parkinson-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
Yan Shen, Xingfang Guo, Chao Han, Fang Wan, Kai Ma, Shiyi Guo, Luxi Wang, Yun Xia, Ling Liu, Zhicheng Lin, Jinsha Huang, Nian Xiong, Tao Wang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder implicitly marked by the substantia nigra dopaminergic neuron degeneration and explicitly characterized by the motor and non-motor symptom complexes. Apart from the nigrostriatal dopamine depletion, the immune and endocrine study findings are also frequently reported, which, in fact, have helped to broaden the symptom spectrum and better explain the pathogenesis and progression of PD. Nevertheless, based on the neural, immune, and endocrine findings presented above, it is still difficult to fully recapitulate the pathophysiologic process of PD...
June 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622913/targeting-urate-to-reduce-oxidative-stress-in-parkinson-disease
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REVIEW
Grace F Crotty, Alberto Ascherio, Michael A Schwarzschild
Oxidative stress has been implicated as a core contributor to the initiation and progression of multiple neurological diseases. Genetic and environmental factors can produce oxidative stress through mitochondrial dysfunction leading to the degeneration of dopaminergic and other neurons underlying Parkinson disease (PD). Although clinical trials of antioxidants have thus far failed to demonstrate slowed progression of PD, oxidative stress remains a compelling target. Rather than prompting abandonment of antioxidant strategies, these failures have raised the bar for justifying drug and dosing selections and for improving study designs to test for disease modification by antioxidants...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Neurology
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