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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943412/magnetic-resonance-microdynamic-imaging-reveals-distinct-tissue-microenvironments
#1
Dan Benjamini, Peter J Basser
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a powerful set of tools with which to investigate biological tissues noninvasively and in vivo. Tissues are heterogeneous in nature; an imaging voxel contains an ensemble of different cells and extracellular matrix components. A long-standing challenge has been to infer the content of and interactions among these microscopic tissue components within a macroscopic imaging voxel. Spatially resolved multidimensional relaxation-diffusion correlation (REDCO) spectroscopy holds the potential to deliver such microdynamic information...
September 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939758/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-induces-integrin-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-1-in-t-cells-and-promotes-a-progressive-neuroinflammatory-disease-in-mice
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Daniele Sorcini, Stefano Bruscoli, Tiziana Frammartino, Monica Cimino, Emanuela Mazzon, Maria Galuppo, Placido Bramanti, Mumna Al-Banchaabouchi, Dominika Farley, Olga Ermakova, Olga Britanova, Mark Izraelson, Dmitry Chudakov, Michele Biagioli, Paolo Sportoletti, Sara Flamini, Marcello Raspa, Ferdinando Scavizzi, Claus Nerlov, Graziella Migliorati, Carlo Riccardi, Oxana Bereshchenko
The mechanisms leading to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in the CNS have not been elucidated. The environmental triggers of the aberrant presence of CD4(+) T cells in the CNS are not known. In this article, we report that abnormal β-catenin expression in T cells drives a fatal neuroinflammatory disease in mice that is characterized by CNS infiltration of T cells, glial activation, and progressive loss of motor function. We show that enhanced β-catenin expression in T cells leads to aberrant and Th1-biased T cell activation, enhanced expression of integrin α4β1, and infiltration of activated T cells into the spinal cord, without affecting regulatory T cell function...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928988/the-effect-of-glucocorticoid-and-glucocorticoid-receptor-interactions-on-brain-spinal-cord-and-glial-cell-plasticity
#3
REVIEW
Kathryn M Madalena, Jessica K Lerch
Stress, injury, and disease trigger glucocorticoid (GC) elevation. Elevated GCs bind to the ubiquitously expressed glucocorticoid receptor (GR). While GRs are in every cell in the nervous system, the expression level varies, suggesting that diverse cell types react differently to GR activation. Stress/GCs induce structural plasticity in neurons, Schwann cells, microglia, oligodendrocytes, and astrocytes as well as affect neurotransmission by changing the release and reuptake of glutamate. While general nervous system plasticity is essential for adaptation and learning and memory, stress-induced plasticity is often maladaptive and contributes to neuropsychiatric disorders and neuropathic pain...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922662/treatment-of-autoimmune-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-astrocytopathy-follow-up-in-7-cases
#4
Xinguang Yang, Junyan Liang, Qingmei Huang, Huiming Xu, Cong Gao, Youming Long, Xiaoyu Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to report an autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy with long-term follow-up in 7 patients. METHODS: Antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay and patient data were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Seven patients (4 female, 3 male) with ≥1 year follow-up were included. All patients had positive GFAP antibodies in their cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Their median age at disease onset was 56 years (range 27-69) and the median disease duration was 1 year (range 1-4)...
September 19, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921700/low-dose-fractionated-irradiation-promotes-axonal-regeneration-beyond-reactive-gliosis-and-facilitates-locomotor-function-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-beagle-dogs
#5
Qiang Zhang, Ying Xiong, Bo Zhu, Bifeng Zhu, Daishi Tian, Wei Wang
Injury to the adult central nervous system (CNS) results in the formation of glial scar tissues. Glial scar-induced failure of regenerative axon pathfinding may limit axon regrowth beyond the lesion site and cause incorrect reinnervation and dystrophic appearance of stalled growth after CNS trauma. Glial scars also upregulate chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) and expression of proinflammatory factor(s) that form a barrier to axonal regeneration. Therefore, interventions for glial scarring are an attractive strategy for augmenting axonal sprouting and regeneration and overcoming the physical and molecular barriers impeding functional repair...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919108/the-renin-angiotensin-system-regulates-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-optic-neuritis
#6
Xiaoli Guo, Kazuhiko Namekata, Atsuko Kimura, Chikako Harada, Takayuki Harada
The major role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), including that of angiotensin II (Ang II), the principal effector molecule, in the cardiovascular system is well known. Increasing evidence suggests that the RAS also plays a role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Optic neuritis (ie, inflammation of the optic nerve, with retinal ganglion cell [RGC] loss) is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Herein, we investigated the effects of candesartan, an Ang II receptor antagonist, on optic neuritis in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904095/distinct-roles-for-motor-neuron-autophagy-early-and-late-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-als
#7
Noam D Rudnick, Christopher J Griffey, Paolo Guarnieri, Valeria Gerbino, Xueyong Wang, Jason A Piersaint, Juan Carlos Tapia, Mark M Rich, Tom Maniatis
Mutations in autophagy genes can cause familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the role of autophagy in ALS pathogenesis is poorly understood, in part due to the lack of cell type-specific manipulations of this pathway in animal models. Using a mouse model of ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1(G93A)), we show that motor neurons form large autophagosomes containing ubiquitinated aggregates early in disease progression. To investigate whether this response is protective or detrimental, we generated mice in which the critical autophagy gene Atg7 was specifically disrupted in motor neurons (Atg7 cKO)...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895473/neuroinflammation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-role-of-redox-dys-regulation
#8
Nadia D'Ambrosi, Mauro Cozzolino, Maria Teresa Carrì
SIGNIFICANCE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is due to degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons in the anterior horn of the spinal cord and in the motor cortex. Mechanisms leading to motor neuron death are complex and currently the disease is untreatable. Recent Advances. Work in genetic models of ALS indicates that an imbalance in the crosstalk that physiologically exists between motor neurons and the surrounding cells is eventually detrimental to motor neurons. In particular, the cascade of events collectively known as neuroinflammation and mainly characterized by a reactive phenotype of astrocytes and microglia, moderate infiltration of peripheral immune cells and elevated levels of inflammatory mediators has been consistently observed in motor regions of the central nervous system in sporadic and familial ALS, constituting a hallmark of the disease...
September 12, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895456/spatial-and-cellular-expression-patterns-of-erythropoietin-receptor-and-erythropoietin-during-a-42-day-post-lesional-time-course-after-graded-thoracic-spinal-cord-impact-lesions-in-the-rat
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Gesa Cohrs, Stephan Goerden, Ralf Lucius, Michael Synowitz, Maximilian Hubertus Mehdorn, Janka Held-Feindt, Friederike Knerlich-Lukoschus
Erythropoietin (Epo) exhibits promising neuroregenerative potential for spinal cord injury (SCI) and might be involved in other long-term sequelae, such as neuropathic pain development. The current studies investigated the time courses and spatial and cellular patterns of Epo and EpoR expression along the spinal axis after graded SCI. Male Long Evans rats received 100-kdyn, 150-kdyn, and 200-kdyn thoracic (T9) contusions from an Infinite Horizon Impactor. Sham controls received laminectomies. Anatomical and quantitative immunohistochemical analyses of the EpoR/Epo expression along the whole spinal axis were performed 7, 15, and 42 DPO after the lesioning...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892058/glia-specific-enhancers-and-chromatin-structure-regulate-nfia-expression-and-glioma-tumorigenesis
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Stacey M Glasgow, Jeffrey C Carlson, Wenyi Zhu, Lesley S Chaboub, Peng Kang, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Yoanne M Clovis, Brittney E Lozzi, Robert J McEvilly, Michael G Rosenfeld, Chad J Creighton, Soo-Kyung Lee, Carrie A Mohila, Benjamin Deneen
Long-range enhancer interactions critically regulate gene expression, yet little is known about how their coordinated activities contribute to CNS development or how this may, in turn, relate to disease states. By examining the regulation of the transcription factor NFIA in the developing spinal cord, we identified long-range enhancers that recapitulate NFIA expression across glial and neuronal lineages in vivo. Complementary genetic studies found that Sox9-Brn2 and Isl1-Lhx3 regulate enhancer activity and NFIA expression in glial and neuronal populations...
September 11, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890869/multifunctional-biomimetic-spinal-cord-new-approach-to-repair-spinal-cord-injuries
#11
REVIEW
Yang Liu, Qian Li, Bin Zhang, De-Xiang Ban, Shi-Qing Feng
The incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) has been gradually increasing, and the treatment has troubled the medical field all the time. Primary and secondary injuries ultimately lead to nerve impulse conduction block. Microglia and astrocytes excessively accumulate and proliferate to form the glial scar. At present, to reduce the effect of glial scar on nerve regeneration is a hot spot in the research on the treatment of SCI. According to the preliminary experiments, we would like to provide a new bionic spinal cord to reduce the negative effect of glial scar on nerve regeneration...
August 20, 2017: World Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886268/implanted-hair-follicle-associated-pluripotent-hap-stem-cells-encapsulated-in-polyvinylidene-fluoride-membrane-cylinders-promote-effective-recovery-of-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Aiko Yamazaki, Kohya Obara, Natsuko Tohgi, Kyoumi Shirai, Sumiyuki Mii, Yuko Hamada, Nobuko Arakawa, Ryoichi Aki, Robert M Hoffman, Yasuyuki Amoh
Hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells are located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, express the stem-cell marker, nestin, and have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. Transplanted HAP stem cells promote the recovery of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries and have the potential for heart regeneration as well. In the present study, we implanted mouse HAP stem-cell spheres encapsulated in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-membrane cylinders into the severed sciatic nerve of immunocompetent and immunocompromised (nude) mice...
September 8, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884834/transplantation-of-hypoxic-preconditioned-neural-stem-cells-benefits-functional-recovery-via-enhancing-neurotrophic-secretion-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
#13
Wei-Li Fan, Peng Liu, Guan Wang, Jung-Ang Pu, Xin Xue, Jian-Hua Zhao
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating, costly, and common pathological condition that affects the function of central nervous system (CNS). To date, there are few promising therapeutic strategies available for SCI. To look for a suitable therapeutic strategy, we have developed a sublethal hypoxic preconditioning procedure using Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis, LDH releasing and cell viability assays in vitro. Meanwhile, we have examined the benefits of neural stem cells (NSCs) transplantation prior to hypoxic preconditioning on functional recovery and potential mechanism via MRI screening, H&E and Nissl staining, immunofluorescence staining and Elisa assays...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884424/immunobiology-of-spinal-cord-injuries-and-potential-therapeutic-approaches
#14
REVIEW
Aabra Ahmed, Arun-Angelo Patil, Devendra K Agrawal
The incidence of spinal cord injuries (SCI) is high every year. As the spinal cord is the highway that allows for the brain to control the rest of the body, spinal cord injuries greatly impact the quality of life of the patients. The SCI include the primary response consisting of the initial accident-induced damage and the secondary response that is characterized by damage due to inflammation and biological responses. Astrocytes are the first to act at the site of the injury, forming a glial scar and attracting immune cells...
September 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881783/effect-and-mechanism-of-inhibition-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-signal-pathway-on-chronic-neuropathic-pain-and-spinal-microglia-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-constriction-injury
#15
Jian-Rong Guo, Huan Wang, Xiao-Ju Jin, Dong-Lin Jia, Xun Zhou, Qiang Tao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of inhibition of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signal pathway on chronic neuropathic pain (CNP) and spinal microglia in a rat model of chronic constriction injury (CCI). METHODS: Male SD rats were assigned into control, sham, CCI, wortmannin, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and wortmannin-positive control groups. Paw withdrawal mechanical threshold (PWMT) and thermal withdrawal latency (TWL) were recorded. qRT-PCR and Western blotting were used to detect PI3K, Akt and mTOR expressions and their phosphorylation...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871264/neuroinflammation-bone-marrow-stem-cells-and-chronic-pain
#16
REVIEW
Yul Huh, Ru-Rong Ji, Gang Chen
Current treatments for chronic pain, such as inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain are insufficient and cause severe side effects. Mounting evidence suggests that neuroinflammation in the peripheral and central nervous system (PNS and CNS) plays a pivotal role in the genesis and maintenance of chronic pain. Characteristic features of neuroinflammation in chronic pain conditions include infiltration of immune cells into the PNS [e.g., the sciatic nerve and dorsal root ganglion (DRG)], activation of glial cells such as microglia and astrocytes in the CNS (spinal cord and brain), and production and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines [TNF, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, CCL2, and CXCL1]...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864831/ultrastructural-features-of-aberrant-glial-cells-isolated-from-the-spinal-cord-of-paralytic-rats-expressing-the-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-linked-sod1g93a-mutation
#17
Marcie Jiménez-Riani, Pablo Díaz-Amarilla, Eugenia Isasi, Gabriela Casanova, Luis Barbeito, Silvia Olivera-Bravo
In the rat model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis expressing the G93A superoxide dismutase-1 mutation, motor neuron death and rapid paralysis progression are associated with the emergence of a population of aberrant glial cells (AbAs) that proliferate in the degenerating spinal cord. Targeting of AbAs with anti-neoplasic drugs reduced paralysis progression, suggesting a pathogenic potential contribution of these cells accelerating paralysis progression. In the present study, analyze the cellular and ultrastructural features of AbAs following their isolation and establishment in culture during several passages...
September 2, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861160/long-nonding-rna-uca1-regulates-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-by-controlling-mir-1-hes1-expression
#18
Jiaolin Zheng, Dan Yi, Yu Liu, Mingqiu Wang, Yulan Zhu, Huaizhang Shi
Neural stem cells are able to self-renew and generate glial and neuronal lineages. Neural stem cell may serve as therapeutic method for neurological disorders including spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are longer than 200 nucleotides with limited protein-coding capacity. Recent studies have demonstreated that lncRNAs play an important role in several cellular processes including cell differentiation, cell development, proliferation, apoptosis, invasion and migration...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858902/huntington-mice-demonstrate-diminished-pain-response-in-inflammatory-pain-model
#19
Ya-Chi Lin, Hung-Tsung Hsiao, Sheng-Nan Wu, Yen-Chin Liu
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease (HD) affects the nervous system and leads to mental and motor dysfunction. Previous studies have shown that HD is caused by the exon 1 region of the huntingtin (HTT) gene having expanded CAG trinucleotide repeats. However, few studies have focused on the relationship between HD and pain. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between HD and pain response. METHODS: We used clinical similar transgenic HD mice carrying a mutant HTT exon 1 containing 84 CAG trinucleotide repeats to evaluate the relationship between HD and pain...
August 30, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855684/massive-transcriptome-sequencing-of-human-spinal-cord-tissues-provides-new-insights-into-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-als
#20
Anna Maria D'Erchia, Angela Gallo, Caterina Manzari, Susanna Raho, David S Horner, Matteo Chiara, Alessio Valletti, Italia Aiello, Francesca Mastropasqua, Loredana Ciaccia, Franco Locatelli, Francesco Pisani, Grazia Paola Nicchia, Maria Svelto, Graziano Pesole, Ernesto Picardi
ALS is a devastating and debilitating human disease characterized by the progressive death of upper and lower motor neurons. Although much effort has been made to elucidate molecular determinants underlying the onset and progression of the disorder, the causes of ALS remain largely unknown. In the present work, we have deeply sequenced whole transcriptome from spinal cord ventral horns of post-mortem ALS human donors affected by the sporadic form of the disease (which comprises ~90% of the cases but which is less investigated than the inherited form of the disease)...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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