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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330744/c-fos-downregulation-positively-regulates-epha5-expression-in-a-congenital-hypothyroidism-rat-model
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Honghua Song, Yuqin Zheng, Fuying Cai, Yanyan Ma, Jingyue Yang, Youjia Wu
The EphA5 receptor is well established as an axon guidance molecule during neural system development and plays an important role in dendritic spine formation and synaptogenesis. Our previous study has showed that EphA5 is decreased in the developing brain of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) and the EphA5 promoter methylation modification participates in its decrease. c-Fos, a well-kown transcription factor, has been considered in association with brain development. Bioinformatics analysis showed that the EphA5 promoter region contained five putative c-fos binding sites...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330091/cdc42ep4-a-perisynaptic-scaffold-protein-in-bergmann-glia-is-required-for-glutamatergic-tripartite-synapse-configuration
#2
Natsumi Ageta-Ishihara, Kohtarou Konno, Maya Yamazaki, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Masahiko Watanabe, Makoto Kinoshita
Configuration of tripartite synapses, comprising the pre-, post-, and peri-synaptic components (axon terminal or bouton, dendritic spine, and astroglial terminal process), is a critical determinant of neurotransmitter kinetics and hence synaptic transmission. However, little is known about molecular basis for the regulation of tripartite synapse morphology. Previous studies showed that CDC42EP4, an effector protein of a cell morphogenesis regulator CDC42, is expressed exclusively in Bergmann glia in the cerebellar cortex, that it forms tight complex with the septin heterooligomer, and that it interacts indirectly with the glutamate transporter GLAST and MYH10/nonmuscle myosin ΙΙB...
January 9, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329879/mir-134-modulates-chronic-stress-induced-structural-plasticity-and-depression-like-behaviors-via-downregulation-of-limk1-cofilin-signaling-in-rats
#3
Cuiqin Fan, Xiuzhi Zhu, Qiqi Song, Peng Wang, Zhuxi Liu, Shu Yan Yu
Increasing evidence has suggested that depression is a neuropsychiatric condition associated with neuroplasticity within specific brain regions. However, the mechanisms by which neuroplasticity exerts its effects in depression remain largely uncharacterized. In the present study we show that chronic stress effectively induces depression-like behaviors in rats, an effect which was associated with structural changes in dendritic spines and synapse abnormalities within neurons of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC)...
January 9, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322238/development-of-inhibitory-synaptic-inputs-on-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-rat-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#4
Mari A Virtanen, Claudia Marvine Lacoh, Hubert Fiumelli, Markus Kosel, Shiva Tyagarajan, Mathias de Roo, Laszlo Vutskits
Inhibitory control of pyramidal neurons plays a major role in governing the excitability in the brain. While spatial mapping of inhibitory inputs onto pyramidal neurons would provide important structural data on neuronal signaling, studying their distribution at the single cell level is difficult due to the lack of easily identifiable anatomical proxies. Here, we describe an approach where in utero electroporation of a plasmid encoding for fluorescently tagged gephyrin into the precursors of pyramidal cells along with ionotophoretic injection of Lucifer Yellow can reliably and specifically detect GABAergic synapses on the dendritic arbour of single pyramidal neurons...
January 10, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317696/unraveling-individual-differences-in-the-hiv-1-transgenic-rat-therapeutic-efficacy-of-methylphenidate
#5
Kristen A McLaurin, Hailong Li, Rosemarie M Booze, Amanda J Fairchild, Charles F Mactutus
Despite the heterogeneity of HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), assignment of categorical diagnoses based on the level of impairment (e.g., Frascati criteria) obfuscates the well-acknowledged variability observed within the population of HIV-1+ individuals. The present study sought to elucidate the natural heterogeneity in adult HIV-1 transgenic (Tg) rats using three interrelated aims. First, heterogeneity of the HIV-1 transgene was examined using a pretest-posttest design to assess therapeutic efficacy of oral self-administration (OSA) of methylphenidate (MPH; 2...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317530/the-polarity-protein-angiomotin-p130-controls-dendritic-spine-maturation
#6
Michael Wigerius, Dylan Quinn, Antonios Diab, Leanne Clattenburg, Annette Kolar, Jiansong Qi, Stefan R Krueger, James P Fawcett
The actin cytoskeleton is essential for the structural changes in dendritic spines that lead to the formation of new synapses. Although the molecular mechanisms underlying spine formation are well characterized, the events that drive spine maturation during development are largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that Angiomotin (AMOT-130) is necessary for spine stabilization. AMOT-130 is enriched in mature dendritic spines and functions to stabilize the actin cytoskeleton by coupling F-actin to postsynaptic protein scaffolds...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311593/neogenin-a-regulator-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-prevents-depressive-like-behavior
#7
Dong Sun, Xiang-Dong Sun, Lu Zhao, Dae-Hoon Lee, Jin-Xia Hu, Fu-Lei Tang, Jin-Xiu Pan, Lin Mei, Xiao-Juan Zhu, Wen-Cheng Xiong
Adult neurogenesis in hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) is a complex, but precisely controlled process. Dysregulation of this event contributes to multiple neurological disorders, including major depression. Thus, it is of considerable interest to investigate how adult hippocampal neurogenesis is regulated. Here, we present evidence for neogenin, a multifunctional transmembrane receptor, to regulate adult mouse hippocampal neurogenesis. Loss of neogenin in adult neural stem cells (NSCs) or neural progenitor cells (NPCs) impaired NSCs/NPCs proliferation and neurogenesis, whereas increased their astrocytic differentiation...
January 8, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310658/the-involvement-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-formation-and-protein-synthesis-efficiency-in-vcp-and-atl1-related-neurological-disorders
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Yu-Tzu Shih, Yi-Ping Hsueh
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the biggest organelle in cells and is involved in versatile cellular processes. Formation and maintenance of ER morphology are regulated by a series of proteins controlling membrane fusion and curvature. At least six different ER morphology regulators have been demonstrated to be involved in neurological disorders-including Valosin-containing protein (VCP), Atlastin-1 (ATL1), Spastin (SPAST), Reticulon 2 (RTN2), Receptor expression enhancing protein 1 (REEP1) and RAB10-suggesting a critical role of ER formation in neuronal activity and function...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302779/glia-to-neuron-transfer-of-mirnas-via-extracellular-vesicles-a-new-mechanism-underlying-inflammation-induced-synaptic-alterations
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Ilaria Prada, Martina Gabrielli, Elena Turola, Alessia Iorio, Giulia D'Arrigo, Roberta Parolisi, Mariacristina De Luca, Marco Pacifici, Mattia Bastoni, Marta Lombardi, Giuseppe Legname, Dan Cojoc, Annalisa Buffo, Roberto Furlan, Francesca Peruzzi, Claudia Verderio
Recent evidence indicates synaptic dysfunction as an early mechanism affected in neuroinflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, which are characterized by chronic microglia activation. However, the mode(s) of action of reactive microglia in causing synaptic defects are not fully understood. In this study, we show that inflammatory microglia produce extracellular vesicles (EVs) which are enriched in a set of miRNAs that regulate the expression of key synaptic proteins. Among them, miR-146a-5p, a microglia-specific miRNA not present in hippocampal neurons, controls the expression of presynaptic synaptotagmin1 (Syt1) and postsynaptic neuroligin1 (Nlg1), an adhesion protein which play a crucial role in dendritic spine formation and synaptic stability...
January 4, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302702/furin-promotes-dendritic-morphogenesis-and-learning-and-memory-in-transgenic-mice
#10
Binglin Zhu, Lige Zhao, Dong Luo, Demei Xu, Tao Tan, Zhifang Dong, Ying Tang, Zhuo Min, Xiaojuan Deng, Fei Sun, Zhen Yan, Guojun Chen
Furin is a proprotein convertase implicated in a variety of pathological processes including neurodegenerative diseases. However, the role of furin in neuronal plasticity and learning and memory remains to be elucidated. Here, we report that in brain-specific furin transgenic (Furin-Tg) mice, the dendritic spine density and proliferation of neural progenitor cells were significantly increased. These mice exhibited enhanced long-term potentiation (LTP) and spatial learning and memory performance, without alterations of miniature excitatory/inhibitory postsynaptic currents...
January 4, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300903/multicontact-co-operativity-in-spike-timing-dependent-structural-plasticity-stabilizes-networks
#11
Moritz Deger, Alexander Seeholzer, Wulfram Gerstner
Excitatory synaptic connections in the adult neocortex consist of multiple synaptic contacts, almost exclusively formed on dendritic spines. Changes of spine volume, a correlate of synaptic strength, can be tracked in vivo for weeks. Here, we present a combined model of structural and spike-timing-dependent plasticity that explains the multicontact configuration of synapses in adult neocortical networks under steady-state and lesion-induced conditions. Our plasticity rule with Hebbian and anti-Hebbian terms stabilizes both the postsynaptic firing rate and correlations between the pre- and postsynaptic activity at an active synaptic contact...
December 28, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297151/liver-x-receptor-agonist-gw3965-regulates-synaptic-function-upon-amyloid-beta-exposure-in-hippocampal-neurons
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C Báez-Becerra, F Filipello, A Sandoval-Hernández, H Arboleda, G Arboleda
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by beta-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation and neurofibrillary tangles formation in the brain which are associated to synaptic deficits and dementia. Liver X receptor (LXR) agonists have been demonstrated to revert of pathologic and cognitive defects in murine models of AD through the regulation of Apolipoprotein E, ATP-Binding Cassette A1 (ABCA1), by dampening neuroinflammation and also by reducing the levels of amyloid-β (Aβ) accumulation in the brain...
January 3, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296213/suppression-of-microrna-9-5p-rescues-learning-and-memory-in-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-rats-model
#13
Na Wei, Kai Zheng, Rui Xue, Sheng-Li Ma, Hua-Yan Ren, Hui-Fen Huang, Wei-Wei Wang, Jing-Jing Xu, Kui-Sheng Chen
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion has been associated with cognitive impairment in dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular disease (VaD), the two most common neurodegenerative diseases in aged people. However, the effective therapeutic approaches for both AD and VaD are still missing. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in the epigenetic regulation in many neurological disorders; the critical roles of miRNAderegulation had been implicated in both AD and VaD. In the current study, we reported that miR-9-5p is elevated in the serum and cerebrospinalfluid of patientswith VaD...
December 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295823/the-stress-induced-transcription-factor-nr4a1-adjusts-mitochondrial-function-and-synapse-number-in-prefrontal-cortex
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Freddy Jeanneteau, Christian Barrère, Mariska Vos, Carlie Jm De Vries, Claude Rouillard, Daniel Levesque, Yann Dromard, Marie-Pierre Moisan, Vanja Duric, Tina C Franklin, Ronald S Duman, David A Lewis, Stephen D Ginsberg, Margarita Arango-Lievano
The energetic costs of behavioral chronic stress are unlikely to be sustainable without neuronal plasticity. Mitochondria have the capacity to handle synaptic activity up to a limit before energetic depletion occurs. Protective mechanisms driven by the induction of neuronal genes likely evolved to buffer the consequences of chronic stress on excitatory neurons in prefrontal cortex (PFC), as this circuitry is vulnerable to excitotoxic insults. Little is known about the genes involved in mitochondrial adaptation to the build up of chronic stress...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288734/17%C3%AE-estradiol-e2-promotes-growth-and-stability-of-new-dendritic-spines-via-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-pathway-in-intact-mouse-cortex
#15
Shaofang Wang, Jun Zhu, Tonghui Xu
The steroid hormone 17β-estradiol (E2) remodels neural circuits at the synaptic level in the mammalian hippocampus and cortex. However, the underlying mechanism of synapse dynamics remains unclear. To elucidate the mechanism, we traced individual dendritic spines on layer V pyramidal neurons of the primary sensory cortex in adult female mice under E2 intervention using two-photon in vivo imaging microscopy. We confirmed the increase of the spine density upon E2 treatment in the intact mouse cortex. Furthermore, we found that this increase is due to the promotion of spine formation and the stability of newly formed spines...
December 27, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288339/cdk5-contributes-to-huntington-s-disease-learning-and-memory-deficits-via-modulation-of-brain-region-specific-substrates
#16
Elena Alvarez-Periel, Mar Puigdellívol, Verónica Brito, Florian Plattner, James A Bibb, Jordi Alberch, Silvia Ginés
Cognitive deficits are a major hallmark of Huntington's disease (HD) with a great impact on the quality of patient's life. Gaining a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory impairments in HD is, therefore, of critical importance. Cdk5 is a proline-directed Ser/Thr kinase involved in the regulation of synaptic plasticity and memory processes that has been associated with several neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we aim to investigate the role of Cdk5 in learning and memory impairments in HD using a novel animal model that expresses mutant huntingtin (mHtt) and has genetically reduced Cdk5 levels...
December 29, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287746/the-importance-of-data-structure-in-statistical-analysis-of-dendritic-spine-morphology
#17
Veerle Paternoster, Anto P Rajkumar, Jens Randel Nyengaard, Anders Dupont Børglum, Jakob Grove, Jane Hvarregaard Christensen
BACKGROUND: Dendritic spine morphology is heterogeneous and highly dynamic. To study the changing or aberrant morphology in test setups, often spines from several neurons from a few experimental units e.g. mice or primary neuronal cultures are measured. This strategy results in a multilevel data structure, which, when not properly addressed, has a high risk of producing false positive and false negative findings. METHODS: We used mixed-effects models to deal with data with a multilevel data structure and compared this method to analyses at each level...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287022/inflammatory-pseudotumor-like-follicular-dendritic-cell-sarcoma-of-the-spleen-computed-tomography-imaging-characteristics-in-5-patients
#18
Xiumei Li, Zhenshan Shi, Ruixiong You, Yueming Li, Dairong Cao, Renjie Lin, Xinming Huang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively review the computed tomography (CT) and clinicopathological characteristics of inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT)-like follicular dendritic cell sarcoma (FDCS) of the spleen in 5 patients. METHODS: Clinical, pathologic, and CT imaging findings of 5 patients with IPT-like FDCS of the spleen were reviewed and analyzed. Computed tomography imaging and pathologic features were compared. RESULTS: Abdominal unenhanced CT revealed a well-defined hypodense mass in the spleen with complex internal architecture with focal necrosis and/or speckle-strip calcification...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286375/inducing-cre-lox-recombination-in-mouse-cerebral-cortex-through-in-utero-electroporation
#19
Katherine M Bland, Zachary O Casey, Christopher J Handwerk, Z Logan Holley, George S Vidal
Cell-autonomous neuronal functions of genes can be revealed by causing loss or gain of function of a gene in a small and sparse population of neurons. To do so requires generating a mosaic in which neurons with loss or gain of function of a gene are surrounded by genetically unperturbed tissue. Here, we combine the Cre-lox recombination system with in utero electroporation in order to generate mosaic brain tissue that can be used to study the cell-autonomous function of genes in neurons. DNA constructs (available through repositories), coding for a fluorescent label and Cre recombinase, are introduced into developing cortical neurons containing genes flanked with loxP sites in the brains of mouse embryos using in utero electroporation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282276/the-neuron-specific-formin-delphilin-nucleates-non-muscle-actin-but-does-not-enhance-elongation
#20
William T Silkworth, Kristina L Kunes, Grace C Nickel, Martin L Phillips, Margot E Quinlan, Christina L Vizcarra
The formin Delphilin binds the glutamate receptor, GluRδ2, in dendritic spines of Purkinje cells. Both proteins play a role in learning. To understand how Delphilin functions in neurons, we studied the actin assembly properties of this formin. Formins have a conserved formin homology 2 domain, which nucleates and associates with the fast growing end of actin filaments, influencing filament growth together with the formin homology 1 (FH1) domain. The strength of nucleation and elongation varies widely across formins...
December 27, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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