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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818091/non-canonical-soluble-amyloid-beta-aggregates-and-plaque-buffering-controversies-and-future-directions-for-target-discovery-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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David L Brody, Hao Jiang, Norelle Wildburger, Thomas J Esparza
The specific amyloid-beta (Aβ) species or other amyloid-precursor protein cleavage products that are most directly related to human neurodegeneration and clinical dementia of the Alzheimer's type have not yet been directly identified. Without a clear understanding of the most relevant species, it is difficult to determine whether therapeutic candidates successfully engaged the correct target(s). Here, we review some of the controversies regarding soluble Aβ aggregates (also termed oligomers, dimers, trimers, Aβ*56, amylospheroids, etc...
August 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817635/contractile-actomyosin-arcs-promote-the-activation-of-primary-mouse-t-cells-in-a-ligand-dependent-manner
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Jinsung Hong, Sricharan Murugesan, Eric Betzig, John A Hammer
Mechano-transduction is an emerging but still poorly understood component of T cell activation. Here we investigated the ligand-dependent contribution made by contractile actomyosin arcs populating the peripheral supramolecular activation cluster (pSMAC) region of the immunological synapse (IS) to T cell receptor (TCR) microcluster transport and proximal signaling in primary mouse T cells. Using super resolution microscopy, OT1-CD8+ mouse T cells, and two ovalbumin (OVA) peptides with different affinities for the TCR, we show that the generation of organized actomyosin arcs depends on ligand potency and the ability of myosin 2 to contract actin filaments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798955/super-resolution-microscopy-reveals-a-nanoscale-organization-of-acetylcholine-receptors-for-trans-synaptic-alignment-at-neuromuscular-synapses
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Amanda L York, James Q Zheng
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is a chemical synapse formed between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers. The vertebrate NMJ uses acetylcholine (ACh) as the neurotransmitter and features numerous invaginations of the postsynaptic muscle membrane termed junctional folds. ACh receptors (AChRs) are believed to be concentrated on the crest of junctional folds but their spatial organization remains to be fully understood. In this study, we utilized super-resolution microscopy to examine the nanoscale organization of AChRs at NMJ...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790172/postsynaptic-density-95-psd-95-serine-561-phosphorylation-regulates-a-conformational-switch-and-bidirectional-dendritic-spine-structural-plasticity
#4
Qian Wu, Miao Sun, Laura P Bernard, Huaye Zhang
PSD-95 is a major synaptic scaffolding protein that plays a key role in bidirectional synaptic plasticity, which is a process important for learning and memory. It is known that PSD-95 shows increased dynamics upon induction of plasticity. Yet the underlying structural and functional changes in PSD-95 that mediate its role in plasticity remain unclear. Here we show that phosphorylation of PSD-95 at Ser561 in its GK domain, which is mediated by the partitioning defective 1 (Par1) kinases, regulates a conformational switch and is important for bidirectional plasticity...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764400/chimera-states-in-a-multilayer-network-of-coupled-and-uncoupled-neurons
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Soumen Majhi, Matjaž Perc, Dibakar Ghosh
We study the emergence of chimera states in a multilayer neuronal network, where one layer is composed of coupled and the other layer of uncoupled neurons. Through the multilayer structure, the layer with coupled neurons acts as the medium by means of which neurons in the uncoupled layer share information in spite of the absence of physical connections among them. Neurons in the coupled layer are connected with electrical synapses, while across the two layers, neurons are connected through chemical synapses...
July 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755996/receptor-visualization-and-the-atomic-bomb-a-historical-account-of-the-development-of-the-chemical-neuroanatomy-of-receptors-for-neurotransmitters-and-drugs-during-the-cold-war
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J M Palacios, G Mengod
This is a historical account of how receptors for neurotransmitters and drugs got to be seen at the regional, cellular, and subcellular levels in brain, in the years going from the end of the World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cold War (1945-1991). The realization in the US of the problem of mental health care, as a consequence of the results of medical evaluation for military service during the war, let the US Government to act creating among other things the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753740/photopolymerized-micropatterns-with-high-feature-frequencies-overcome-chemorepulsive-borders-to-direct-neurite-growth
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Bradley W Tuft, Linjing Xu, Braden Leigh, Daniel Lee, C Allan Guymon, Marlan R Hansen
Developing and regenerating neurites respond to a variety of biophysical and biochemical cues in their microenvironment to reach target cells and establish appropriate synapses. Defining the hierarchal relationship of both types of cues to direct neurite growth carries broad significance for neural development, regeneration, and, in particular, engineering of neural prostheses that improve tissue integration with native neural networks. In this work, chemorepulsive biochemical borders are established on substrates with a range of surface microfeatures to determine the potential of physical cues to overcome conflicting biochemical cues...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753658/neuroanatomy-of-the-spleen-mapping-the-relationship-between-sympathetic-neurons-and-lymphocytes
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Kaitlin Murray, Dayn Romero Godinez, Ingrid Brust-Mascher, Elaine Nicole Miller, Melanie G Gareau, Colin Reardon
The nervous system plays a profound regulatory role in maintaining appropriate immune responses by signaling to immune cells. These immune cells, including B- and T-cells, can further act as intermediary messengers, with subsets of B- and T-cells expressing choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), the enzyme required for acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis. Neural control of ACh release from ChAT+ T-cells can have powerful immune implications, regulating lymphocyte trafficking, inflammation, and prevent death due to experimental septic shock...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740469/neuroligins-nlg2-and-nlg4-affect-social-behavior-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Kristina Corthals, Alina Sophia Heukamp, Robert Kossen, Isabel Großhennig, Nina Hahn, Heribert Gras, Martin C Göpfert, Ralf Heinrich, Bart R H Geurten
The genome of Drosophila melanogaster includes homologs to approximately one-third of the currently known human disease genes. Flies and humans share many biological processes, including the principles of information processing by excitable neurons, synaptic transmission, and the chemical signals involved in intercellular communication. Studies on the molecular and behavioral impact of genetic risk factors of human neuro-developmental disorders [autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and Tourette syndrome] increasingly use the well-studied social behavior of D...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723268/assay-of-calcium-transients-and-synapses-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons-by-kinetic-image-cytometry-and-high-content-analysis-an-in-vitro-model-system-for-postchemotherapy-cognitive-impairment
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Patrick M McDonough, Natalie L Prigozhina, Ranor C B Basa, Jeffrey H Price
Postchemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) is commonly exhibited by cancer patients treated with a variety of chemotherapeutic agents, including the endocrine disruptor tamoxifen (TAM). The etiology of PCCI is poorly understood. Our goal was to develop high-throughput assay methods to test the effects of chemicals on neuronal function applicable to PCCI. Rat hippocampal neurons (RHNs) were plated in 96- or 384-well dishes and exposed to test compounds (forskolin [FSK], 17β-estradiol [ES]), TAM or fulvestrant [FUL], aka ICI 182,780) for 6-14 days...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713243/synaptic-interactome-mining-reveals-p140cap-as-a-new-hub-for-psd-proteins-involved-in-psychiatric-and-neurological-disorders
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Annalisa Alfieri, Oksana Sorokina, Annie Adrait, Costanza Angelini, Isabella Russo, Alessandro Morellato, Michela Matteoli, Elisabetta Menna, Elisabetta Boeri Erba, Colin McLean, J Douglas Armstrong, Ugo Ala, Joseph D Buxbaum, Alfredo Brusco, Yohann Couté, Silvia De Rubeis, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
Altered synaptic function has been associated with neurological and psychiatric conditions including intellectual disability, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Amongst the recently discovered synaptic proteins is p140Cap, an adaptor that localizes at dendritic spines and regulates their maturation and physiology. We recently showed that p140Cap knockout mice have cognitive deficits, impaired long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD), and immature, filopodia-like dendritic spines...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708060/synem-automated-synapse-detection-for-connectomics
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Benedikt Staffler, Manuel Berning, Kevin M Boergens, Anjali Gour, Patrick van der Smagt, Moritz Helmstaedter
Nerve tissue contains a high density of chemical synapses, about 1 per µm(3) in the mammalian cerebral cortex. Thus, even for small blocks of nerve tissue, dense connectomic mapping requires the identification of millions to billions of synapses. While the focus of connectomic data analysis has been on neurite reconstruction, synapse detection becomes limiting when datasets grow in size and dense mapping is required. Here, we report SynEM, a method for automated detection of synapses from conventionally en-bloc stained 3D electron microscopy image stacks...
July 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703129/precise-inhibitory-microcircuit-assembly-of-developmentally-related-neocortical-interneurons-in-clusters
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Xin-Jun Zhang, Zhizhong Li, Zhi Han, Khadeejah T Sultan, Kun Huang, Song-Hai Shi
GABA-ergic interneurons provide diverse inhibitions that are essential for the operation of neuronal circuits in the neocortex. However, the mechanisms that control the functional organization of neocortical interneurons remain largely unknown. Here we show that developmental origins influence fine-scale synapse formation and microcircuit assembly of neocortical interneurons. Spatially clustered neocortical interneurons originating from low-titre retrovirus-infected radial glial progenitors in the embryonic medial ganglionic eminence and preoptic area preferentially develop electrical, but not chemical, synapses with each other...
July 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701482/analysis-of-rim-expression-and-function-at-mouse-photoreceptor-ribbon-synapses
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Martina Löhner, Norbert Babai, Tanja Müller, Kaspar Gierke, Jenny Atorf, Anneka Joachimsthaler, Angela Peukert, Henrik Martens, Andreas Feigenspan, Jan Kremers, Susanne Schoch, Johann Helmut Brandstätter, Hanna Regus-Leidig
RIM (RAB3A-interacting molecule) proteins are important regulators of transmitter release from active zones. At conventional chemical synapses, RIMs contribute substantially to vesicle priming and docking, and their loss reduces the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles by up to 75 %. The priming function of RIMs is mediated via the formation of a tripartite complex with Munc13 and RAB3A, which brings synaptic vesicles in close proximity to Ca(2+) channels and the fusion site, and activates Munc13. We reported previously that at mouse photoreceptor ribbon synapses vesicle priming is Munc13-independent...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698220/activation-of-camkiv-by-soluble-amyloid-%C3%AE-1-42-impedes-trafficking-of-axonal-vesicles-and-impairs-activity-dependent-synaptogenesis
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Daehun Park, Myeongsu Na, Jung Ah Kim, Unghwi Lee, Eunji Cho, Mirye Jang, Sunghoe Chang
The prefibrillar form of soluble amyloid-β (sAβ1-42) impairs synaptic function and is associated with the early phase of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated how sAβ1-42 led to presynaptic defects using a quantum dot-based, single particle-tracking method to monitor synaptic vesicle (SV) trafficking along axons. We found that sAβ1-42 prevented new synapse formation induced by chemical long-term potentiation (cLTP). In cultured rat hippocampal neurons, nanomolar amounts of sAβ1-42 impaired Ca(2+) clearance from presynaptic terminals and increased the basal Ca(2+) concentration...
July 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696431/synaptic-activity-protects-against-ad-and-ftd-like-pathology-via-autophagic-lysosomal-degradation
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Y Akwa, E Gondard, A Mann, E Capetillo-Zarate, E Alberdi, C Matute, S Marty, T Vaccari, A M Lozano, E E Baulieu, D Tampellini
Changes in synaptic excitability and reduced brain metabolism are among the earliest detectable alterations associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Stimulation of synaptic activity has been shown to be protective in models of AD beta-amyloidosis. Remarkably, deep brain stimulation (DBS) provides beneficial effects in AD patients, and represents an important therapeutic approach against AD and other forms of dementia. While several studies have explored the effect of synaptic activation on beta-amyloid, little is known about Tau protein...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694772/connexin-dependent-neuroglial-networking-as-a-new-therapeutic-target
#17
REVIEW
Mathieu Charvériat, Christian C Naus, Luc Leybaert, Juan C Sáez, Christian Giaume
Astrocytes and neurons dynamically interact during physiological processes, and it is now widely accepted that they are both organized in plastic and tightly regulated networks. Astrocytes are connected through connexin-based gap junction channels, with brain region specificities, and those networks modulate neuronal activities, such as those involved in sleep-wake cycle, cognitive, or sensory functions. Additionally, astrocyte domains have been involved in neurogenesis and neuronal differentiation during development; they participate in the "tripartite synapse" with both pre-synaptic and post-synaptic neurons by tuning down or up neuronal activities through the control of neuronal synaptic strength...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694070/the-roles-of-actin-binding-domains-1-and-2-in-the-calcium-dependent-regulation-of-actin-filament-bundling-by-human-plastins
#18
Christopher L Schwebach, Richa Agrawal, Steffen Lindert, Elena Kudryashova, Dmitri S Kudryashov
The actin cytoskeleton is a complex network controlled by a vast array of intricately regulated actin-binding proteins. Human plastins (PLS1, PLS2, and PLS3) are evolutionary conserved proteins that non-covalently crosslink actin filaments into tight bundles. Through stabilization of such bundles, plastins contribute, in an isoform-specific manner, to the formation of kidney and intestinal microvilli, inner ear stereocilia, immune synapses, endocytic patches, adhesion contacts, and invadosomes of immune and cancer cells...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692643/inverse-stochastic-resonance-in-networks-of-spiking-neurons
#19
Muhammet Uzuntarla, Ernest Barreto, Joaquin J Torres
Inverse Stochastic Resonance (ISR) is a phenomenon in which the average spiking rate of a neuron exhibits a minimum with respect to noise. ISR has been studied in individual neurons, but here, we investigate ISR in scale-free networks, where the average spiking rate is calculated over the neuronal population. We use Hodgkin-Huxley model neurons with channel noise (i.e., stochastic gating variable dynamics), and the network connectivity is implemented via electrical or chemical connections (i.e., gap junctions or excitatory/inhibitory synapses)...
July 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684626/acetylcholinesterase-plays-a-non-neuronal-non-esterase-role-in-organogenesis
#20
Melissa A Pickett, Michael K Dush, Nanette M Nascone-Yoder
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is crucial for degrading acetylcholine at cholinergic synapses. In vitro studies suggest that, in addition to its role in nervous signaling, AChE can also modulate non-neuronal cell properties, although it remains controversial whether AChE functions in this capacity in vivo Here, we show that AChE plays an essential non-classical role in vertebrate gut morphogenesis. Exposure of Xenopus embryos to AChE-inhibiting chemicals results in severe defects in intestinal development. Tissue-targeted loss of function assays (via microinjection of antisense morpholino or CRISPR-Cas9) confirm that AChE is specifically required in the gut endoderm tissue, a non-neuronal cell population, where it mediates adhesion to fibronectin and regulates cell rearrangement events that drive gut lengthening and digestive epithelial morphogenesis...
July 6, 2017: Development
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