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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527391/melanin-concentrating-hormone-and-sleep
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Jozelia Gomes Pacheco Ferreira, Jackson Cioni Bittencourt, Antoine Adamantidis
The melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is an essential neuromodulator involved with homeostatic regulation and motivated behaviors. The majority of MCH neurons are localized within the zona incerta, lateral hypothalamic and incerto-hypothalamic areas but others regions, as the olfactory turbecle, the laterodorsal tegmental nucleus, the paramediam pontine reticular formation and the medial preoptic area, can also express the peptide depending on the gender and metabolic state of the animal. If the MCH on these novel sites of expression are also related with the control of wake-sleep cycle will be discuss in this review...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525332/distribution-and-immunohistochemical-characteristics-of-cocaine-and-amphetamineregulated-transcript-positive-nerve-elements-in-the-pelvic-ganglia-of-the-female-pig
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A Zacharko-Siembida, M Matysek, R Szalak, A Radlińska, K Obszańska, M B Arciszewski
Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptides are widely expressed not only in the brain but also in numerous endocrine/neuroendocrine cells as well as in neurons of the peripheral nervous system. The present study investigated the distribution patterns of CART-like immunoreactivity in the pelvic plexus (PP) of the female pig. The co-expression of CART with principal neurotransmitter markers: choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), serotonin (5-HT) or biologically active neuropeptides: pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP), substance P (SP), calbindin was analyzed using double immunohistochemical stainings...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523591/assessment-of-the-neuroprotective-effects-of-arginine-rich-protamine-peptides-poly-arginine-peptides-r12-cyclic-r22-and-arginine-tryptophan-containing-peptides-following-in-vitro-excitotoxicity-and-or-permanent-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-rats
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Bruno P Meloni, Diego Milani, Jane L Cross, Vince W Clark, Adam B Edwards, Ryan S Anderton, David J Blacker, Neville W Knuckey
We have demonstrated that arginine-rich and poly-arginine peptides possess potent neuroprotective properties with arginine content and peptide positive charge being particularly critical for neuroprotective efficacy. In addition, the presence of other amino acids within arginine-rich peptides, as well as chemical modifications, peptide length and cell-penetrating properties also influence the level of neuroprotection. Against this background, we have examined the neuroprotective efficacy of arginine-rich protamine peptides, a cyclic (R12-c) poly-arginine peptide and a R22 poly-arginine peptide, as well as arginine peptides containing tryptophan or other amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, glycine or leucine) in in vitro glutamic acid excitotoxicity and in vivo rat permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion models of stroke...
May 18, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520784/presynaptic-a%C3%AE-40-prevents-synapse-addition-in-the-adult-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Begoña López-Arias, Enrique Turiégano, Ignacio Monedero, Inmaculada Canal, Laura Torroja
Complexity in the processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, which generates a mixture of βamyloid peptides, lies beneath the difficulty in understanding the etiology of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, whether Aβ peptides have any physiological role in neurons is an unresolved question. By expressing single, defined Aβ peptides in Drosophila, specific effects can be discriminated in vivo. Here, we show that in the adult neuromuscular junction (NMJ), presynaptic expression of Aβ40 hinders the synaptic addition that normally occurs in adults, yielding NMJs with an invariable number of active zones at all ages tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515680/trk-receptors-and-neurotrophin-cross-interactions-new-perspectives-toward-manipulating-therapeutic-side-effects
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Yazan Haddad, Vojtěch Adam, Zbyněk Heger
Some therapeutic side-effects result from simultaneous activation of homolog receptors by the same ligand. Tropomyosin receptor kinases (TrkA, TrkB and TrkC) play a major role in the development and biology of neurons through neurotrophin signaling. The wide range of cross-interactions between Trk receptors and neurotrophins vary in selectivity, affinity and function. In this study, we discuss new perspectives to the manipulation of side-effects via a better understanding of the cross-interactions at the molecular level, derived by computational methods...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515679/downregulation-of-the-repressor-element-1-silencing-transcription-factor-rest-is-associated-with-akt-mtor-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-prion-diseases-models
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Zhiqi Song, Syed Z A Shah, Wei Yang, Haodi Dong, Lifeng Yang, Xiangmei Zhou, Deming Zhao
Prion diseases are a group of infectious diseases characterized by multiple neuropathological changes, yet the mechanisms that preserve function and protect against prion-associated neurodegeneration are still unclear. We previously reported that the repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (REST) alleviates neurotoxic prion peptide (PrP106-126)-induced toxicity in primary neurons. Here we confirmed the findings of the in vitro model in 263K infected hamsters, an in vivo model of prion diseases and further showed the relationships between REST and related signaling pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515322/g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-directly-modulates-vesicle-fusion-by-competing-with-synaptotagmin-for-binding-to-neuronal-snare-proteins-embedded-in-membranes
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Zack Zurawski, Brian Page, Michael C Chicka, Rebecca L Brindley, Christopher A Wells, Anita M Preininger, Karren Hyde, James A Gilbert, Osvaldo Cruz-Rodriguez, Kevin P M Currie, Edwin R Chapman, Simon Alford, Heidi E Hamm
Gi/o-coupled GPCRs can inhibit neurotransmitter release at synapses via multiple mechanisms. In addition to Gβγ-mediated modulation of voltage-gated calcium channels(VGCC), inhibition can also be mediated through the direct interaction of Gβγ subunits with the soluble N-ethylmaleimide attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex of the vesicle fusion apparatus. Binding studies with soluble SNARE complexes have shown that Gβγ binds to both ternary SNARE complexes, t-SNARE heterodimers, and monomeric SNAREs, competing with synaptotagmin(syt)1 for binding sites on t-SNARE...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514446/identification-of-preoptic-sleep-neurons-using-retrograde-labelling-and-gene-profiling
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Shinjae Chung, Franz Weber, Peng Zhong, Chan Lek Tan, Thuc Nghi Nguyen, Kevin T Beier, Nikolai Hörmann, Wei-Cheng Chang, Zhe Zhang, Johnny Phong Do, Shenqin Yao, Michael J Krashes, Bosiljka Tasic, Ali Cetin, Hongkui Zeng, Zachary A Knight, Liqun Luo, Yang Dan
In humans and other mammalian species, lesions in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus cause profound sleep impairment, indicating a crucial role of the preoptic area in sleep generation. However, the underlying circuit mechanism remains poorly understood. Electrophysiological recordings and c-Fos immunohistochemistry have shown the existence of sleep-active neurons in the preoptic area, especially in the ventrolateral preoptic area and median preoptic nucleus. Pharmacogenetic activation of c-Fos-labelled sleep-active neurons has been shown to induce sleep...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514167/quantum-dot-peptide-fullerene-bioconjugates-for-visualization-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cellular-membrane-potential
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Okhil Kumar Nag, Michael H Stewart, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Kimihiro Susumu, Eunkeu Oh, Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Qinggong Tang, Alexander L Efros, Roman Vaxenburg, Bryan J Black, Yungchia Chen, Thomas J O'Shaughnessy, Stella H North, Lauren D Field, Philip E Dawson, Joseph J Pancrazio, Igor L Medintz, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Alan L Huston, James B Delehanty
We report the development of a quantum dot (QD)-peptide-fullerene (C60) electron transfer (ET)-based nanobioconjugate for the visualization of membrane potential in living cells. The bioconjugate is comprised of (1) a central QD electron donor, (2) a membrane-inserting peptidyl linker, and (3) a C60 electron acceptor. The photoexcited QD donor engages in ET with the C60 acceptor resulting in quenching of QD photoluminescence (PL) that tracks positively with the number of C60 moieties arrayed around the QD. The nature of the QD-capping ligand also modulates the quenching efficiency; a neutral ligand coating facilitates greater QD quenching than a negatively charged carboxylated ligand...
May 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511916/pre-treatment-with-amitriptyline-causes-epigenetic-up-regulation-of-neuroprotection-associated-genes-and-has-anti-apoptotic-effects-in-mouse-neuronal-cells
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Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, An Nghia Nguyen, Kyoko Takabe, Zentaro Yamagata, Kunio Miyake
Antidepressants, such as imipramine and fluoxetine, are known to alter gene expression patterns by inducing changes in the epigenetic status of neuronal cells. There is also some evidence for the anti-apoptotic effect of various groups of antidepressants; however, this effect is complicated and cell-type dependent. Antidepressants of the tricyclic group, in particular amitriptyline, have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We examined whether amitriptyline exerts an anti-apoptotic effect via epigenetic mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511693/antagonistic-action-on-nmda-glun2b-mediated-currents-of-two-peptides-that-were-conantokin-g-structure-based-designed
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Edwin A Reyes-Guzman, Nohora Vega-Castro, Edgar A Reyes-Montaño, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
BACKGROUND: The GluN2B subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAr) modulates many physiological processes including learning, memory, and pain. Excessive increase in NMDAr/GluN2B activity has been associated with various disorders such neuropathic pain and neuronal death following hypoxia. Thus there is an interest in identifying NMDAr antagonists that interact specifically with the GluN2B subunit. Recently based on structural analysis between the GluN2B subunit and conantokin-G, a toxin that interacts selectively with the GluN2B subunit, we designed various peptides that are predicted to act as NMDAr antagonists by interacting with the GluN2B subunit...
May 16, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508362/quantitative-phosphoproteomic-analysis-of-brain-tissues
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Bing Bai, Haiyan Tan, Junmin Peng
Protein phosphorylation regulates brain development and neuronal activities; and dysregulation of phosphorylation contributes to neurobiological disorders. Phosphoproteomic analysis provides comprehensive modification maps for measuring protein activities in cellular pathways and biological processes. Here, we introduce a mass spectrometry (MS)-based protocol to quantitatively analyze the phosphoproteome of human postmortem brains of Alzheimer's disease. In this isobaric labeling protocol, up to ten brain samples are selected from control and diseased cases for comparison...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507480/electro-acupuncture-promotes-the-proliferation-of-neural-stem-cells-and-the-survival-of-neurons-by-downregulating-mir-449a-in-rat-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Yi Zhu, Yaochi Wu, Rong Zhang
The aim of this study is to investigate the mechanism of electro-acupuncture (EA) on the recovery of injured spinal cord. Rats were randomly divided into normal control, sham-operated, SCI, SCI+EA group and T10 segment spinal cord injury (SCI) rat model was established by the modified Allen's method. After 7 days, the mRNA and protein expression of Nestin, neuron specific nuclear protein (NeuN) and calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) were detected by real time RT-PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemistry respectively...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505972/alzheimer-s-disease-associated-cerebrospinal-fluid-csf-biomarkers-do-not-correlate-with-csf-volumes-or-csf-production-rate
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Mikael Edsbagge, Ulf Andreasson, Khalid Ambarki, Carsten Wikkelsø, Anders Eklund, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, Mats Tullberg
BACKGROUND: Neuropathologically, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by accumulation of a 42 amino acid peptide called amyloid-β (Aβ42) in extracellular senile plaques together with intraneuronal inclusions of hyperphosphorylated tau protein in neurofibrillary tangles and neuronal degeneration. These changes are reflected in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the volumes and production rates of which vary considerably between individuals, by reduced concentration of Aβ42, increased concentration of phosphorylated tau (P-tau) protein, and increased concentration of total tau (T-tau) protein, respectively...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505105/new-functions-of-apc-c-ubiquitin-ligase-in-the-nervous-system-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Tanja Fuchsberger, Ana Lloret, Jose Viña
The E3 ubiquitin ligase Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome (APC/C) regulates important processes in cells, such as the cell cycle, by targeting a set of substrates for degradation. In the last decade, APC/C has been related to several major functions in the nervous system, including axon guidance, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, and neuronal survival. Interestingly, some of the identified APC/C substrates have been related to neurodegenerative diseases. There is an accumulation of some degradation targets of APC/C in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains, which suggests a dysregulation of the protein complex in the disorder...
May 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502477/knockdown-of-hepatic-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-by-vivo-morpholino-decreases-liver-fibrosis-in-multidrug-resistance-gene-2-knockout-mice-by-down-regulation-of-mir-200b
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Konstantina Kyritsi, Fanyin Meng, Tianhao Zhou, Nan Wu, Julie Venter, Heather Francis, Lindsey Kennedy, Paolo Onori, Antonio Franchitto, Francesca Bernuzzi, Pietro Invernizzi, Kelly McDaniel, Romina Mancinelli, Domenico Alvaro, Eugenio Gaudio, Gianfranco Alpini, Shannon Glaser
Hepatic fibrosis occurs during the progression of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and is characterized by accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins. Proliferating cholangiocytes and activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) participate in the promotion of liver fibrosis during cholestasis. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is a trophic peptide hormone synthesized by hypothalamic neurons and the biliary epithelium and exerts its biological effects on cholangiocytes by interaction with the receptor subtype (GnRHR1) expressed by cholangiocytes and HSCs...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498801/extracellular-truncated-tau-causes-early-presynaptic-dysfunction-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-tauopathies
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Fulvio Florenzano, Corsetti Veronica, Gabriele Ciasca, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Anna Pittaluga, Gunedalina Olivero, Marco Feligioni, Filomena Iannuzzi, Valentina Latina, Michele Francesco Maria Sciacca, Alessandro Sinopoli, Danilo Milardi, Giuseppe Pappalardo, Marco De Spirito, Massimiliano Papi, Anna Atlante, Antonella Bobba, Antonella Borreca, Pietro Calissano, Giuseppina Amadoro
The largest part of tau secreted from AD nerve terminals and released in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is C-terminally truncated, soluble and unaggregated supporting potential extracellular role(s) of NH2-derived fragments of protein on synaptic dysfunction underlying neurodegenerative tauopathies, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here we show that sub-toxic doses of extracellular-applied human NH2tau 26-44 (aka NH2htau) -which is the minimal active moiety of neurotoxic 20-22kDa peptide accumulating in vivo at AD synapses and secreted into parenchyma- acutely provokes presynaptic deficit in K+-evoked glutamate release on hippocampal synaptosomes along with alteration in local Ca2+ dynamics...
April 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498321/bdnf-binds-its-pro-peptide-with-high-affinity-and-the-common-val66met-polymorphism-attenuates-the-interaction
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Koichi Uegaki, Haruko Kumanogoh, Toshiyuki Mizui, Takatsugu Hirokawa, Yasuyuki Ishikawa, Masami Kojima
Most growth factors are initially synthesized as precursors then cleaved into bioactive mature domains and pro-domains, but the biological roles of pro-domains are poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the pro-domain (or pro-peptide) of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neuronal survival, differentiation and synaptic plasticity. The BDNF pro-peptide is a post-processing product of the precursor BDNF. Using surface plasmon resonance and biochemical experiments, we first demonstrated that the BDNF pro-peptide binds to mature BDNF with high affinity, but not other neurotrophins...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497346/enhanced-autophagy-contributes-to-protective-effects-of-gm1-ganglioside-against-a%C3%AE-1-42-induced-neurotoxicity-and-cognitive-deficits
#19
Ruwei Dai, Shijie Zhang, Wenjun Duan, Renrong Wei, Huifang Chen, Weibin Cai, Lei Yang, Qi Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. The aggregation of Aβ peptides, Aβ1-42 in particular, is thought to be a fundamental pathogenic mechanism leading to the neuronal damage in AD. Recently, monosialoganglioside GM1 is reported to possess pivotal neuroprotection in neurodegenerative diseases. Previous studies have focused on the conformational dynamics and the biochemical interaction of the amyloid-peptide with the GM1 ganglioside, as well as the protective effect of GM1 on cognition...
May 12, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497345/retinol-vitamin-a-increases-%C3%AE-synuclein-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-tau-phosphorylation-and-rage-content-in-human-sh-sy5y-neuronal-cell-line
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Alice Kunzler, Eduardo Antônio Kolling, Jeferson Delgado da Silva-Jr, Juciano Gasparotto, Matheus Augusto de Bittencourt Pasquali, José Cláudio Fonseca Moreira, Daniel Pens Gelain
Retinoids (vitamin A and derivatives) are recognized as essential factors for central nervous system (CNS) development. Retinol (vitamin A) also was postulated to be a major antioxidant component of diet as it modulates reactive species (RS) production and oxidative stress in biological systems. Oxidative stress plays a major role either in pathogenesis or development of neurodegenerative diseases, or even in both. Here we investigate the role of retinol supplementation to human neuron-derived SH-SY5Y cells over RS production and biochemical markers associated to neurodegenerative diseases expressed at neuronal level in Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease: α-synuclein, β-amyloid peptide, tau phosphorylation and RAGE...
May 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
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