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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618626/stochastic-lattice-model-of-synaptic-membrane-protein-domains
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Yiwei Li, Osman Kahraman, Christoph A Haselwandter
Neurotransmitter receptor molecules, concentrated in synaptic membrane domains along with scaffolds and other kinds of proteins, are crucial for signal transmission across chemical synapses. In common with other membrane protein domains, synaptic domains are characterized by low protein copy numbers and protein crowding, with rapid stochastic turnover of individual molecules. We study here in detail a stochastic lattice model of the receptor-scaffold reaction-diffusion dynamics at synaptic domains that was found previously to capture, at the mean-field level, the self-assembly, stability, and characteristic size of synaptic domains observed in experiments...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612182/invaginating-presynaptic-terminals-in-neuromuscular-junctions-photoreceptor-terminals-and-other-synapses-of-animals
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REVIEW
Ronald S Petralia, Ya-Xian Wang, Mark P Mattson, Pamela J Yao
Typically, presynaptic terminals form a synapse directly on the surface of postsynaptic processes such as dendrite shafts and spines. However, some presynaptic terminals invaginate-entirely or partially-into postsynaptic processes. We survey these invaginating presynaptic terminals in all animals and describe several examples from the central nervous system, including giant fiber systems in invertebrates, and cup-shaped spines, electroreceptor synapses, and some specialized auditory and vestibular nerve terminals in vertebrates...
June 13, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612096/the-birth-of-the-synapse
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REVIEW
Saak V Ovsepian
It has long been held that the rise of neurons as a specialized cell type also marked the onset of the grand evolutionary journey for chemical synapses. Research over recent decades has shown, however, that the most dynamic chapters of synaptic history have been 'written' out of the context of neurobiology and neuronal evolution, dating back to the early metazoa and unicellular living forms. Here, I consider and discuss emerging evidence suggesting the exaptive origin of chemical synapses, via tinkering and neo-functionalization of already existent junctional morphologies and constituents of primeval paracrine signalling...
June 13, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598851/mitochondrial-dysfunction-triggers-synaptic-deficits-via-activation-of-p38-map-kinase-signaling-in-differentiated-alzheimer-s-disease-trans-mitochondrial-cybrid-cells
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Qing Yu, Fang Du, Justin T Douglas, Haiyang Yu, Shirley ShiDu Yan, Shi Fang Yan
Loss of synapse and synaptic dysfunction contribute importantly to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are early pathological features in AD-affected brain. However, the effect of AD mitochondria on synaptogenesis remains to be determined. Using human trans-mitochondrial "cybrid" (cytoplasmic hybrid) neuronal cells whose mitochondria were transferred from platelets of patients with sporadic AD or age-matched non-AD subjects with relatively normal cognition, we provide the first evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction compromises synaptic development and formation of synapse in AD cybrid cells in response to chemical-induced neuronal differentiation...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559800/key-metabolic-enzymes-underlying-astrocytic-upregulation-of-gabaergic-plasticity
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Przemysław T Kaczor, Jerzy W Mozrzymas
GABAergic plasticity is recognized as a key mechanism of shaping the activity of the neuronal networks. However, its description is challenging because of numerous neuron-specific mechanisms. In particular, while essential role of glial cells in the excitatory plasticity is well established, their involvement in GABAergic plasticity only starts to emerge. To address this problem, we used two models: neuronal cell culture (NC) and astrocyte-neuronal co-culture (ANCC), where we chemically induced long-term potentiation at inhibitory synapses (iLTP)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554401/transplantation-of-gabaergic-interneurons-for-cell-based-therapy
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Julien Spatazza, Walter R Mancia Leon, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla
Many neurological disorders stem from defects in or the loss of specific neurons. Neuron transplantation has tremendous clinical potential for central nervous system therapy as it may allow for the targeted replacement of those cells that are lost in diseases. Normally, most neurons are added during restricted periods of embryonic and fetal development. The permissive milieu of the developing brain promotes neuronal migration, neuronal differentiation, and synaptogenesis. Once this active period of neurogenesis ends, the chemical and physical environment of the brain changes dramatically...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552645/sculpting-neurotransmission-during-synaptic-development-by-2d-nanostructured-interfaces
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Niccolò Paolo Pampaloni, Denis Scaini, Fabio Perissinotto, Susanna Bosi, Maurizio Prato, Laura Ballerini
Carbon nanotube-based biomaterials critically contribute to the design of many prosthetic devices, with a particular impact in the development of bioelectronics components for novel neural interfaces. These nanomaterials combine excellent physical and chemical properties with peculiar nanostructured topography, thought to be crucial to their integration with neural tissue as long-term implants. The junction between carbon nanotubes and neural tissue can be particularly worthy of scientific attention and has been reported to significantly impact synapse construction in cultured neuronal networks...
May 25, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539418/loss-of-doc2-dependent-spontaneous-neurotransmission-augments-glutamatergic-synaptic-strength
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Denise M O Ramirez, Devon C Crawford, Natali L Chanaday, Brent Trauterman, Lisa M Monteggia, Ege T Kavalali
Action potential-evoked vesicle fusion comprises the majority of neurotransmission within chemical synapses, but action potential-independent spontaneous neurotransmission also contributes to the collection of signals sent to the postsynaptic cell. Previous work has implicated spontaneous neurotransmission in homeostatic synaptic scaling, but few studies have selectively manipulated spontaneous neurotransmission without substantial changes in evoked neurotransmission to study this function in detail. Here we used a quadruple knockdown strategy to reduce levels of proteins within the soluble calcium-binding double C2 domain (Doc2)-like protein family to selectively reduce spontaneous neurotransmission in cultured mouse and rat neurons...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530549/a-genetic-basis-for-molecular-asymmetry-at-vertebrate-electrical-synapses
#9
Adam C Miller, Alex C Whitebirch, Arish N Shah, Kurt C Marsden, Michael Granato, John O'Brien, Cecilia B Moens
Neural network function is based upon the patterns and types of connections made between neurons. Neuronal synapses are adhesions specialized for communication and they come in two types, chemical and electrical. Communication at chemical synapses occurs via neurotransmitter release whereas electrical synapses utilize gap junctions for direct ionic and metabolic coupling. Electrical synapses are often viewed as symmetrical structures, with the same components making both sides of the gap junction. By contrast, we show that a broad set of electrical synapses in zebrafish, Danio rerio, require two gap-junction-forming Connexins for formation and function...
May 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528963/neuronal-activity-patterns-in-the-developing-barrel-cortex
#10
Heiko J Luhmann, Rustem Khazipov
The developing barrel cortex reveals a rich repertoire of neuronal activity patterns, which have been also found in other sensory neocortical areas and in other species including the somatosensory cortex of preterm human infants. The earliest stage is characterized by asynchronous, sparse single-cell firing at low frequencies. During the second stage neurons show correlated firing, which is initially mediated by electrical synapses and subsequently transforms into network bursts depending on chemical synapses...
May 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518110/external-excitation-of-neurons-using-electric-and-magnetic-fields-in-one-and-two-dimensional-cultures
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Shani Stern, Assaf Rotem, Yuri Burnishev, Eyal Weinreb, Elisha Moses
A neuron will fire an action potential when its membrane potential exceeds a certain threshold. In typical activity of the brain, this occurs as a result of chemical inputs to its synapses. However, neurons can also be excited by an imposed electric field. In particular, recent clinical applications activate neurons by creating an electric field externally. It is therefore of interest to investigate how the neuron responds to the external field and what causes the action potential. Fortunately, precise and controlled application of an external electric field is possible for embryonic neuronal cells that are excised, dissociated and grown in cultures...
May 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515683/a-population-of-projection-neurons-that-inhibits-the-lateral-horn-but-excites-the-antennal-lobe-through-chemical-synapses-in-drosophila
#12
Kazumichi Shimizu, Mark Stopfer
In the insect olfactory system, odor information is transferred from the antennal lobe (AL) to higher brain areas by projection neurons (PNs) in multiple AL tracts (ALTs). In several species, one of the ALTs, the mediolateral ALT (mlALT), contains some GABAergic PNs; in the Drosophila brain, the great majority of ventral PNs (vPNs) are GABAergic and project through this tract to the lateral horn (LH). Most excitatory PNs (ePNs), project through the medial ALT (mALT) to the mushroom body (MB) and the LH. Recent studies have shown that GABAergic vPNs play inhibitory roles at their axon terminals in the LH...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499269/identification-of-novel-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-targeting-central-and-allosteric-binding-sites-a-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations-study
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Ismail Erol, Busecan Aksoydan, Isik Kantarcioglu, Ramin E Salmas, Serdar Durdagi
The serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5HT) transporter (SERT) is a member of neurotransmitter sodium symporter (NSS) family, which maintains neurotransmitter by reuptaking 5HT into synapses. Decrease in serotonin concentrations in synaptic clefts have been reported to cause psychological and neurological disorders. Therefore, inhibition of SERT is a potent strategy for the treatment of related diseases such as depression. In this study, approximately 260,000 small molecules from an available chemical database have been virtually screened both at central and allosteric binding sites of SERT to identify potent novel candidate SERT inhibitors...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481020/activation-of-ryanodine-receptors-is-required-for-pka-mediated-downregulation-of-a-type-k-channels-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons
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Yoon-Sil Yang, Sang-Chan Jeon, Moon-Suk Kang, Seon-Hee Kim, Su-Yong Eun, Soo-Hee Jin, Sung-Cherl Jung
A-type K(+) channels (IA channels) contribute to learning and memory mechanisms by regulating neuronal excitabilities in the CNS, and their expression level is targeted by Ca(2+) influx via synaptic NMDA receptors (NMDARs) during long-term potentiation (LTP). However, it is not clear how local synaptic Ca(2+) changes induce IA downregulation throughout the neuron, extending from the active synapse to the soma. In this study, we tested if two major receptors of endoplasmic reticulum (ER), ryanodine (RyRs), and IP3 (IP3 R) receptors, are involved in Ca(2+) -mediated IA downregulation in cultured hippocampal neurons of rats...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476120/central-peptidergic-modulation-of-peripheral-olfactory-responses
#15
Sion Lee, Young-Joon Kim, Walton D Jones
BACKGROUND: Animal olfactory systems detect volatile environmental chemicals and integrate this information to direct the discovery of food and mates as well as danger avoidance. Rather than remaining constant, olfactory response thresholds are modulated by internal and external cues to adapt odor-guided behaviors to changing conditions. RESULTS: Here, we show in Drosophila melanogaster that neuropeptide F (NPF) modulates the responses of a specific population of antennal olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) to food-derived odors...
May 5, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470527/functional-viability-measurement-of-synaptic-vesicle-pool-sizes
#16
Jana K Wrosch, Teja W Groemer
Neurons and their function of conveying information across a chemical synapse are highly regulated systems. Impacts on their functional viability can occur independently from changes in morphology. Here we describe a method to assess the size of synaptic vesicle pools using live cell fluorescence imaging and a genetically encoded probe (pHluorin). Assessing functional parameters such as the size of synaptic vesicle pools can be a valuable addition to common assays of neuronal cell viability as they demonstrate that key cellular functions are intact...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467650/astrocyte-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-disease
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REVIEW
Crystal Acosta, Hope D Anderson, Christopher M Anderson
Astrocytes are glial cells that are distributed throughout the central nervous system in an arrangement optimal for chemical and physical interaction with neuronal synapses and brain blood supply vessels. Neurotransmission modulates astrocytic excitability by activating an array of cell surface receptors and transporter proteins, resulting in dynamic changes in intracellular Ca(2+) or Na(+) . Ionic and electrogenic astrocytic changes, in turn, drive vital cell nonautonomous effects supporting brain function, including regulation of synaptic activity, neuronal metabolism, and regional blood supply...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462907/electron-holography-on-hfo2-hfo2-x-bilayer-structures-with-multilevel-resistive-switching-properties
#18
G Niu, M A Schubert, S U Sharath, P Zaumseil, S Vogel, C Wenger, E Hildebrandt, S Bhupathi, E Perez, L Alff, M Lehmann, T Schroeder, T Niermann
Unveiling the physical nature of the oxygen-deficient conductive filaments (CFs) that are responsible for the resistive switching of the HfO2-based resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices represents a challenging task due to the oxygen vacancy related defect nature and nanometer size of the CFs. As a first important step to this goal, we demonstrate in this work direct visualization and a study of physico-chemical properties of oxygen-deficient amorphous HfO2-x by carrying out transmission electron microscopy electron holography as well as energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy on HfO2/HfO2-x bilayer heterostructures, which are realized by reactive molecular beam epitaxy...
May 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461339/canonical-jak-stat-signaling-is-pivotal-for-long-term-depression-at-adult-hippocampal-temporoammonic-ca1-synapses
#19
Gemma McGregor, Andrew J Irving, Jenni Harvey
The Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway is involved in numerous cellular processes and it is implicated in neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer disease. Recent studies identified a crucial role for this pathway in activity-dependent long-term depression (LTD) at hippocampal Schaffer collateral (SC)-CA1 synapses. However, it is unclear if JAK-STAT signaling also regulates excitatory synaptic function at the anatomically distinct temporoammonic (TA) input to CA1 neurons...
May 1, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450536/variable-action-potential-backpropagation-during-tonic-firing-and-low-threshold-spike-bursts-in-thalamocortical-but-not-thalamic-reticular-nucleus-neurons
#20
William M Connelly, Vincenzo Crunelli, Adam C Errington
Backpropagating action potentials (bAPs) are indispensable in dendritic signaling. Conflicting Ca(2+)-imaging data and an absence of dendritic recording data means that the extent of backpropagation in thalamocortical (TC) and thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) neurons remains unknown. Because TRN neurons signal electrically through dendrodendritic gap junctions and possibly via chemical dendritic GABAergic synapses, as well as classical axonal GABA release, this lack of knowledge is problematic. To address this issue, we made two-photon targeted patch-clamp recordings from rat TC and TRN neuron dendrites to measure bAPs directly...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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