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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522210/novel-trigeminal-slice-preparation-method-for-studying-mechanisms-of-nociception-transmission
#1
Mikiko Hirahara, Naoshi Fujiwara, Kenji Seo
BACKGROUND: The trigeminal subnucleus caudalis (Vc) plays a critical role in transmission and modulation of nociceptive afferent inputs, and exhibits a similar layer construction to the spinal dorsal horn. However, afferent inputs enter the brainstem and project to a separately located nucleus. It has previously been difficult to record responses of the Vc to afferent fiber activation in a brainstem slice preparation. The aim of the present study was to establish a novel brainstem slice preparation method to study trigeminal nociceptive transmission mechanisms...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521778/cortical-kainate-receptors-and-behavioral-anxiety
#2
REVIEW
Min Zhuo
The study of glutamatergic synapses mainly focuses on the memory-related hippocampus. Recent studies in the cortical areas such as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) show that excitatory synapses can undergo long-term plastic changes in adult animals. Long-term potentiation (LTP) of cortical synapses may play important roles in chronic pain and anxiety. In addition to NMDA and AMPA receptors, kainate (KA) receptors have been found to play roles in synaptic transmission, regulation and presynaptic forms of LTP...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521126/structural-and-functional-architecture-of-ampa-type-glutamate-receptors-and-their-auxiliary-proteins
#3
REVIEW
Ingo H Greger, Jake F Watson, Stuart G Cull-Candy
AMPA receptors (AMPARs) are tetrameric ion channels that together with other ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), the NMDA and kainate receptors, mediate a majority of excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system. Whereas NMDA receptors gate channels with slow kinetics, responsible primarily for generating long-term synaptic potentiation and depression, AMPARs are the main fast transduction elements at synapses and are critical for the expression of plasticity. The kinetic and conductance properties of AMPARs are laid down during their biogenesis and are regulated by post-transcriptional RNA editing, splice variation, post-translational modification, and subunit composition...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495313/posterior-hypothalamus-glutamate-infusion-decreases-pentylenetetrazol-induced-seizures-of-male-rats-through-hippocampal-histamine-increase
#4
A Arzhang, M Elahdadi Salmani, T Lashkarbolouki, I Goudarzi
OBJECTIVES: Seizures are epileptic manifestations that are intrinsically modulated through different neurotransmitters and receptor systems. Although glutamate increases excitation and hence seizures, it activates other systems which could potentially terminate seizures. Histamine originates from neurons of the posterior hypothalamus (PH) and can mediate anticonvulsant properties, but the effect of local PH glutamate on hippocampal histamine content is unknown. Therefore, in this study, the effect of PH glutamate and the involvement of hippocampal histamine in pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) induced seizure activity was studied...
May 8, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485896/shh-signalling-mediates-astrocyte-crosstalk-with-neurons-to-confer-neuroprotection
#5
Christopher I Ugbode, Imogen Smith, Benjamin J Whalley, Warren D Hirst, Marcus Rattray
Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) is a glycoprotein associated with development that is also expressed in the adult CNS and released after brain injury. Since the SHH receptors PTCH1 (patched homolog-1) and SMO (Smoothened) are highly expressed on astrocytes, we hypothesised that SHH regulates astrocyte function. Primary mouse cortical astrocytes derived from embryonic (E15) Swiss mouse cortices, were treated with two chemically distinct agonists of the SHH pathway, which caused astrocytes to elongate and proliferate. These changes are accompanied by decreases in the major astrocyte glutamate transporter, GLT-1 and the astrocyte intermediate filament protein GFAP...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475556/high-concentrations-of-tranexamic-acid-inhibit-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors
#6
Irene Lecker, Dian-Shi Wang, Kirusanthy Kaneshwaran, C David Mazer, Beverley A Orser
BACKGROUND: The antifibrinolytic drug tranexamic acid is structurally similar to the amino acid glycine and may cause seizures and myoclonus by acting as a competitive antagonist of glycine receptors. Glycine is an obligatory co-agonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptors. Thus, it is plausible that tranexamic acid inhibits NMDA receptors by acting as a competitive antagonist at the glycine binding site. The aim of this study was to determine whether tranexamic acid inhibits NMDA receptors, as well as α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid and kainate subtypes of ionotropic glutamate receptors...
May 5, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459140/dynamical-differences-of-hemoglobin-and-the-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-in-different-states-revealed-by-a-new-dynamics-alignment-method
#7
Dror Tobi
A new algorithm for comparison of protein dynamics is presented. Compared protein structures are superposed and their modes of motions are calculated using the Anisotropic Network Model. The obtained modes are aligned using the dynamic programming algorithm of Needleman and Wunsch, commonly used for sequence alignment. Dynamical comparison of Hemoglobin in the T and R2 states reveals that the dynamics of the allosteric effector 2,3-Bisphosphoglycerate binding site is different in the two states. These differences can contribute to the selectivity of the effector to the T state...
April 29, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458040/temporal-and-spatial-dynamics-of-peripheral-afferent-evoked-activity-in-the-dorsal-horn-recorded-in-rat-spinal-cord-slices
#8
Fang Yu, Zhen-Yu Zhao, Ting He, Yao-Qing Yu, Zhen Li, Jun Chen
In the present study, multi-electrode array recording was used to examine dorsal horn activity following stimulation of primary afferents in a rat dorsal root attached-spinal cord slice preparation. The multi-electrode array probe was placed under the dorsal horn slice and local field potentials evoked by stimulation on the dorsal root were analyzed. Three kinds of dorsal root-evoked responses were identified. In lamina IIo, local field potentials exhibited P1 (peak latency 1.46±0.08ms), N1 (2.77±0.18ms, n=12), N2 (7...
April 27, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455101/sip-1-mutations-cause-disturbances-in-the-activity-of-nmda-and-ampa-but-not-kainate-receptors-of-neurons-in-the-cerebral-cortex
#9
Maria V Turovskaya, Alexei A Babaev, Valery P Zinchenko, Ekaterina A Epifanova, Ekaterina V Borisova, Victor S Tarabykin, Egor A Turovsky
Smad-interacting protein-1 (Sip1) [Zinc finger homeobox (Zfhx1b), Zeb2] is a transcription factor implicated in the genesis of Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) in humans. MWS is a rare genetic autosomal dominant disease caused by a mutation in the Sip1 gene (aka Zeb2 or Zfhx1b) mapped to 2q22.3 locus. MWS affects 1 in every 50-100 newborns worldwide. It is characterized by mental retardation, small stature, typical facial abnormalities as well as disturbances in the development of the cardio-vascular and renal systems as well as some other organs...
April 25, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438504/agomelatine-protects-against-neuronal-damage-without-preventing-epileptogenesis-in-the-kainate-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#10
Jana Tchekalarova, Dimitrinka Atanasova, Zlatina Nenchovska, Milena Atanasova, Lidia Kortenska, Rumyana Gesheva, Nikolai Lazarov
Recent studies about the novel antidepressant agomelatine, which is a mixed MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptor agonist and 5HT2C serotonin receptor antagonist possessing an anticonvulsant and neuroprotective action, suggest that it may have potential to contribute against epileptogenesis and epilepsy-induced memory impairment. In order to ascertain whether protection of some brain structures could suppress epileptogenesis, in the present study, we evaluated the effect of chronic post-status treatment with agomelatine on epileptogenesis, behavioral and neuronal damage induced by kainate acid (KA) status epilepticus (SE)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418868/grik2-has-a-role-in-the-maintenance-of-urothelial-carcinoma-stem-like-cells-and-its-expression-is-associated-with-poorer-prognosis
#11
Ryuta Inoue, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Hiroshi Kitamura, Sachiyo Nishida, Aiko Murai, Akari Takaya, Eri Yamamoto, Masahiro Matsuki, Toshiaki Tanaka, Terufumi Kubo, Munehide Nakatsugawa, Takayuki Kanaseki, Tomohide Tsukahara, Noriyuki Sato, Naoya Masumori, Toshihiko Torigoe
Cancer stem-like cells (CSCs)/cancer-initiating cells (CICs) are small sub-population of cancer cells that are endowed with higher tumor-initiating ability, self-renewal ability and differentiation ability. CSCs/CICs could be isolated as high aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 activity cells (ALDH1high) from various cancer samples. In this study, we isolated urothelial carcinoma CSCs/CICs as ALDHhigh cells and investigated the molecular aspects. ALDH1high cells showed greater sphere-forming ability and higher tumor-initiating ability in immune-deficient mice than those of ALDH1low cells, indicating that CSCs/CICs were enriched in ALDH1high cells...
April 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412965/multireceptor-fingerprints-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#12
Wang Zheng Chiu, Laura Donker Kaat, Agnita J W Boon, Wouter Kamphorst, Axel Schleicher, Karl Zilles, John C van Swieten, Nicola Palomero-Gallagher
BACKGROUND: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) with a frontal presentation, characterized by cognitive deficits and behavioral changes, has been recognized as an early clinical picture, distinct from the classical so-called Richardson and parkinsonism presentations. The midcingulate cortex is associated with executive and attention tasks and has consistently been found to be impaired in imaging studies of patients with PSP. The aim of the present study was to determine alterations in neurotransmission underlying the pathophysiology of PSP, as well as their significance for clinically identifiable PSP subgroups...
April 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403176/faster-flux-of-neurotransmitter-glutamate-during-seizure-evidence-from-13c-enrichment-of-extracellular-glutamate-in-kainate-rat-model
#13
Keiko Kanamori
The objective is to examine how the flux of neurotransmitter glutamate from neurons to the extracellular fluid, as measured by the rate of 13C enrichment of extracellular glutamate (GLUECF), changes in response to seizures in the kainate-induced rat model of temporal-lobe epilepsy. Following unilateral intrahippocampal injection of kainate, GLUECF was collected by microdialysis from the CA1/CA3 region of awake rats, in combination with EEG recording of chronic-phase recurrent seizures and intravenous infusion of [2,5-13C]glucose...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393897/olanzapine-but-not-clozapine-increases-glutamate-release-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-freely-moving-mice-by-inhibiting-d-aspartate-oxidase-activity
#14
Silvia Sacchi, Vito De Novellis, Giovanna Paolone, Tommaso Nuzzo, Monica Iannotta, Carmela Belardo, Marta Squillace, Paolo Bolognesi, Elena Rosini, Zoraide Motta, Martina Frassineti, Alessandro Bertolino, Loredano Pollegioni, Michele Morari, Sabatino Maione, Francesco Errico, Alessandro Usiello
D-aspartate levels in the brain are regulated by the catabolic enzyme D-aspartate oxidase (DDO). D-aspartate activates NMDA receptors, and influences brain connectivity and behaviors relevant to schizophrenia in animal models. In addition, recent evidence reported a significant reduction of D-aspartate levels in the post-mortem brain of schizophrenia-affected patients, associated to higher DDO activity. In the present work, microdialysis experiments in freely moving mice revealed that exogenously administered D-aspartate efficiently cross the blood brain barrier and stimulates L-glutamate efflux in the prefrontal cortex (PFC)...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387649/monochromosomal-hybrids-and-chromosome-transfer-a-functional-approach-for-gene-identification
#15
REVIEW
Raj P Kandpal, Arbans K Sandhu, Gurpreet Kaur, Gursurinder P Kaur, Raghbir S Athwal
Functional complementation of cellular defects has been a valuable approach for localizing causative genes to specific chromosomes. The complementation strategy was followed by positional cloning and characterization of genes for their biological relevance. We herein describe strategies used for the construction of monochromosomal hybrids and their applications for cloning and characterization of genes related to cell growth, cell senescence and DNA repair. We have cloned RNaseT2, GluR6 (glutamate ionotropic receptor kainate type subunit 2-GRIK2) and protein tyrosine phosphatase, receptor type K (PTPRK) genes using these strategies...
March 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386642/absence-of-carboxypeptidase-e-neurotrophic-factor-%C3%AE-1-in-knock-out-mice-leads-to-dysfunction-of-bdnf-trkb-signaling-in-hippocampus
#16
Lan Xiao, Su-Youne Chang, Zhi-Gang Xiong, Prabhuanand Selveraj, Y Peng Loh
Carboxypeptidase E (CPE), first discovered as a prohormone processing enzyme, has also now been shown to be a secreted neurotrophic factor (neurotrophic factor-α1, NF-α1) that acts extracellularly as a signaling molecule to mediate neuroprotection, cortical stem cell differentiation, and antidepressive-like behavior in mice. Since brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has very similar trophic functions, and its processing from pro-BDNF involves intracellular sorting of pro-BDNF to the regulated secretory pathway by CPE acting as a sorting receptor, we investigated whether the lack of CPE/NF-α1 would affect BDNF-TrkB signaling in mice...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360094/identification-and-structure-function-study-of-positive-allosteric-modulators-of-kainate-receptors
#17
Anja Probst Larsen, Sabine Fievre, Karla Frydenvang, Pierre Francotte, Bernard Pirotte, Jette Sandholm Karstrup, Christophe Mulle
Kainate receptors (KARs) consist of a class of ionotropic glutamate receptors, which exert diverse pre- and postsynaptic functions through complex signaling regulating the activity of neural circuits. Whereas numerous small-molecule positive allosteric modulators of the ligand-binding domain of AMPA receptors have been reported, no such ligands are available for KARs. In this study, we have investigated the ability of three benzothiadiazine-based modulators to potentiate glutamate-evoked currents at recombinantly expressed KARs...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350885/glutamate-dependent-ectodomain-shedding-of-neuregulin-1-type-ii-precursors-in-rat-forebrain-neurons
#18
Yuriko Iwakura, Ran Wang, Naoko Inamura, Kazuaki Araki, Shigeki Higashiyama, Nobuyuki Takei, Hiroyuki Nawa
The neurotrophic factor neuregulin 1 (NRG1) regulates neuronal development, glial differentiation, and excitatory synapse maturation. NRG1 is synthesized as a membrane-anchored precursor and is then liberated by proteolytic processing or exocytosis. Mature NRG1 then binds to its receptors expressed by neighboring neurons or glial cells. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern this process in the nervous system are not defined in detail. Here we prepared neuron-enriched and glia-enriched cultures from embryonic rat neocortex to investigate the role of neurotransmitters that regulate the liberation/release of NRG1 from the membrane of neurons or glial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325839/identification-and-characterization-of-rna-aptamers-a-long-aptamer-blocks-the-ampa-receptor-and-a-short-aptamer-blocks-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
#19
William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, represent different subtypes of glutamate ion channels. AMPA and kainate receptors share a high degree of sequence and structural similarities, and excessive activity of these receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. Therefore, blocking detrimental activity of both receptor types could be therapeutically beneficial. Here, we report the use of an in vitro evolution approach involving systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment with a single AMPA receptor target (i...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321180/multiple-kinases-involved-in-the-nicotinic-modulation-of-gamma-oscillations-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca3-area
#20
JianGang Wang, XiaoLong He, Fangli Guo, XiangLin Cheng, Yali Wang, XiaoFang Wang, ZhiWei Feng, Martin Vreugdenhil, ChengBiao Lu
Neuronal synchronization at gamma band frequency (20-80 Hz, γ oscillations) is closely associated with higher brain function, such as learning, memory and attention. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are highly expressed in the hippocampus, and modulate hippocampal γ oscillations, but the intracellular mechanism underlying such modulation remains elusive. We explored multiple kinases by which nicotine can modulate γ oscillations induced by kainate in rat hippocampal area CA3 in vitro. We found that inhibitors of cyclic AMP dependent kinase (protein kinase A, PKA), protein kinase C (PKC), N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA) receptors, Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and extracellular signal-related kinases (ERK), each individually could prevent the γ oscillation-enhancing effect of 1 μM nicotine, whereas none of them affected baseline γ oscillation strength...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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