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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437460/an-aggregation-removal-model-for-the-formation-and-size-determination-of-post-synaptic-scaffold-domains
#1
Jonas Ranft, Leandro G Almeida, Pamela C Rodriguez, Antoine Triller, Vincent Hakim
The formation and stability of synapses are key questions in neuroscience. Post-synaptic domains have been classically conceived as resulting from local insertion and turnover of proteins at the synapse. However, insertion is likely to occur outside the post-synaptic domains and advances in single-molecule imaging have shown that proteins diffuse in the plane of the membrane prior to their accumulation at synapses. We quantitatively investigated this scenario using computer simulations and mathematical analysis, taking for definiteness the specific case of inhibitory synapse components, i...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432779/nmdar-independent-hippocampal-long-term-depression-impairment-after-status-epilepticus-in-a-lithium-pilocarpine-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#2
Andrey D Ivanov, Aleksey V Zaitsev
Temporal lobe epilepsy is usually associated with cognitive decline and memory deficits. Despite numerous existing studies on various animal models, the mechanisms of these deficits remain largely unclear. A specific form of long-term synaptic efficacy changes - long-term depression (LTD) - is thought to play an important role in memory formation and learning. However, extremely little is known about the possible alteration of LTD induction and dynamics after a status epilepticus (SE). In the present work we investigated the acute and delayed effects of lithium-pilocarpine-induced SE on NMDAR-dependent and NMDAR-independent hippocampal LTD in vitro...
April 22, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426966/assembly-of-excitatory-synapses-in-the-absence-of-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
#3
Richard Sando, Eric Bushong, Yongchuan Zhu, Min Huang, Camille Considine, Sebastien Phan, Suyeon Ju, Marco Uytiepo, Mark Ellisman, Anton Maximov
Synaptic excitation mediates a broad spectrum of structural changes in neural circuits across the brain. Here, we examine the morphologies, wiring, and architectures of single synapses of projection neurons in the murine hippocampus that developed in virtually complete absence of vesicular glutamate release. While these neurons had smaller dendritic trees and/or formed fewer contacts in specific hippocampal subfields, their stereotyped connectivity was largely preserved. Furthermore, loss of release did not disrupt the morphogenesis of presynaptic terminals and dendritic spines, suggesting that glutamatergic neurotransmission is unnecessary for synapse assembly and maintenance...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426965/formation-and-maintenance-of-functional-spines-in-the-absence-of-presynaptic-glutamate-release
#4
Albrecht Sigler, Won Chan Oh, Cordelia Imig, Bekir Altas, Hiroshi Kawabe, Benjamin H Cooper, Hyung-Bae Kwon, Jeong-Seop Rhee, Nils Brose
Dendritic spines are the major transmitter reception compartments of glutamatergic synapses in most principal neurons of the mammalian brain and play a key role in the function of nerve cell circuits. The formation of functional spine synapses is thought to be critically dependent on presynaptic glutamatergic signaling. By analyzing CA1 pyramidal neurons in mutant hippocampal slice cultures that are essentially devoid of presynaptic transmitter release, we demonstrate that the formation and maintenance of dendrites and functional spines are independent of synaptic glutamate release...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424586/app-protein-family-signaling-at-the-synapse-insights-from-intracellular-app-binding-proteins
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REVIEW
Suzanne Guénette, Paul Strecker, Stefan Kins
Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying amyloid precursor protein family (APP/APP-like proteins, APLP) function in the nervous system can be achieved by studying the APP/APLP interactome. In this review article, we focused on intracellular APP interacting proteins that bind the YENPTY internalization motif located in the last 15 amino acids of the C-terminal region. These proteins, which include X11/Munc-18-interacting proteins (Mints) and FE65/FE65Ls, represent APP cytosolic binding partners exhibiting different neuronal functions...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419135/an-organotypic-slice-culture-to-study-the-formation-of-calyx-of-held-synapses-in-vitro
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Elin Kronander, Nicolas Michalski, Cécile Lebrand, Jean-Pierre Hornung, Ralf Schneggenburger
The calyx of Held, a large axo-somatic relay synapse containing hundreds of presynaptic active zones, is possibly the largest nerve terminal in the mammalian CNS. Studying its initial growth in-vitro might provide insights into the specification of synaptic connection size in the developing brain. However, attempts to maintain calyces of Held in organotypic cultures have not been fruitful in past studies. Here, we describe an organotypic slice culture method in which calyces of Held form in-vitro. We made coronal brainstem slices with an optimized slice angle using newborn mice in which calyces have not yet formed; the presynaptic bushy cells were genetically labeled using the Math5 promoter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416593/two-components-of-aversive-memory-in-drosophila-anesthesia-sensitive-and-anesthesia-resistant-memory-require-distinct-domains-within-the-rgk1-small-gtpase
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Satoshi Murakami, Maki Minami-Ohtsubo, Ryuichiro Nakato, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Tetsuya Tabata
For aversive olfactory memory in Drosophila, multiple components have been identified that exhibit different stabilities. These components have been defined by behavioral and genetic studies, and genes specifically required for a specific component have also been identified. Intermediate-term memory generated after single cycle conditioning is divided into anesthesia-sensitive memory (ASM) and anesthesia-resistant memory (ARM), with the latter being more stable. We determined that the ASM and ARM pathways converged on the Rgk1 small GTPase and that the N-terminal domain-deleted Rgk1 was sufficient for ASM formation, whereas the full-length form was required for ARM formation...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408978/associative-memory-cells-formation-function-and-perspective
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REVIEW
Jin-Hui Wang, Shan Cui
Associative learning and memory are common activities in life, and their cellular infrastructures constitute the basis of cognitive processes. Although neuronal plasticity emerges after memory formation, basic units and their working principles for the storage and retrieval of associated signals remain to be revealed. Current reports indicate that associative memory cells, through their mutual synapse innervations among the co-activated sensory cortices, are recruited to fulfill the integration, storage and retrieval of multiple associated signals, and serve associative thinking and logical reasoning...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408745/sumoylation-of-foxp1-regulates-transcriptional-repression-via-ctbp1-to-drive-dendritic-morphogenesis
#9
Daniel L Rocca, Kevin A Wilkinson, Jeremy M Henley
Forkhead Box P (FOXP) transcriptional repressors play a major role in brain development and their dysfunction leads to human cognitive disorders. However, little is known about how the activity of these proteins is regulated. Here, we show that FOXP1 SUMOylation at lysine 670 is required for recruiting the co-repressor CtBP1 and transcriptional repression. FOXP1 SUMOylation is tightly controlled by neuronal activity, in which synapse to nucleus signalling, mediated via NMDAR and L-type calcium channels, results in rapid FOXP1 deSUMOylation...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402957/chromatin-state-dynamics-during-nk-cell-activation
#10
Yang Li, Jin Wang, Jie Yin, Xinhua Liu, Minghang Yu, Ting Li, Han Yan, Xi Wang
Studies of Natural Killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity have mainly focused on the balance of activating and inhibitory receptors, signaling transduction, calcium influx, formation of immune synapse, and cytolytic degranulation. However, little is known about the chromatin state of NK cells and the impact of its changes during target recognition. In this study, we investigate the contribution of chromatin state dynamics during NK cell activation by comprehensively analyzing a set of microarray data and two sets of Chromatin Immunoprecipitation-Sequencing (ChIP-seq) data...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400058/the-snk-and-spar-signaling-pathway-changes-in-hippocampal-neurons-treated-with-amyloid-beta-peptide-in-vitro
#11
Hua Sui, Libin Zhan, Xinping Niu, Lina Liang, Xin Li
Amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) is believed to be a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease. Many studies have demonstrated that Aβ causes morphological and functional alterations of dendritic spines, leading to synaptic dysfunction, but the effect of Aβ on damage to synaptic functions is not fully understood. Spine-associated Rap guanosine triphosphatase-activating protein (SPAR) is an important regulator of activity-dependent remodeling of synapses and is critically involved in both mature dendritic spine formation and the maintenance of spine maturity...
March 22, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397840/neuronal-plasticity-and-neurotrophic-factors-in-drug-responses
#12
E Castrén, H Antila
Neurotrophic factors, particularly brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and other members of the neurotrophin family, are central mediators of the activity-dependent plasticity through which environmental experiences, such as sensory information are translated into the structure and function of neuronal networks. Synthesis, release and action of BDNF is regulated by neuronal activity and BDNF in turn leads to trophic effects such as formation, stabilization and potentiation of synapses through its high-affinity TrkB receptors...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396402/apc-c-cdh1-rock2-pathway-controls-dendritic-integrity-and-memory
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Verónica Bobo-Jiménez, María Delgado-Esteban, Julie Angibaud, Irene Sánchez-Morán, Antonio de la Fuente, Javier Yajeya, U Valentin Nägerl, José Castillo, Juan P Bolaños, Angeles Almeida
Disruption of neuronal morphology contributes to the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. Here, we show that postnatal deletion of Cdh1, a cofactor of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) ubiquitin ligase in neurons [Cdh1 conditional knockout (cKO)], disrupts dendrite arborization and causes dendritic spine and synapse loss in the cortex and hippocampus, concomitant with memory impairment and neurodegeneration, in adult mice...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394935/enos-s-nitrosylates-%C3%AE-actin-on-cys374-and-regulates-pkc-%C3%AE-at-the-immune-synapse-by-impairing-actin-binding-to-profilin-1
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Almudena García-Ortiz, Noa B Martín-Cofreces, Sales Ibiza, Ángel Ortega, Alicia Izquierdo-Álvarez, Antonio Trullo, Víctor M Victor, Enrique Calvo, Begoña Sot, Antonio Martínez-Ruiz, Jesús Vázquez, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid, Juan M Serrador
The actin cytoskeleton coordinates the organization of signaling microclusters at the immune synapse (IS); however, the mechanisms involved remain poorly understood. We show here that nitric oxide (NO) generated by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) controls the coalescence of protein kinase C-θ (PKC-θ) at the central supramolecular activation cluster (c-SMAC) of the IS. eNOS translocated with the Golgi to the IS and partially colocalized with F-actin around the c-SMAC. This resulted in reduced actin polymerization and centripetal retrograde flow of β-actin and PKC-θ from the lamellipodium-like distal (d)-SMAC, promoting PKC-θ activation...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388013/protracted-and-asynchronous-accumulation-of-psd95-family-maguks-during-maturation-of-nascent-dendritic-spines
#15
Jason T Lambert, Travis C Hill, Deborah K Park, Julie H Culp, Karen Zito
The formation and stabilization of new dendritic spines is a key component of the experience-dependent neural circuit plasticity that supports learning, but the molecular maturation of nascent spines remains largely unexplored. The PSD95-family of membrane-associated guanylate kinases (PSD-MAGUKs), most notably PSD95, has a demonstrated role in promoting spine stability. However, nascent spines contain low levels of PSD95, suggesting that other members of the PSD-MAGUK family might act to stabilize nascent spines in the early stages of spiny synapse formation...
April 7, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381988/increased-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-of-dentate-granule-neurons-in-mice-lacking-psd-95-interacting-adhesion-molecule-neph2-kirrel3-during-the-early-postnatal-period
#16
Junyeop D Roh, Su-Yeon Choi, Yi Sul Cho, Tae-Yong Choi, Jong-Sil Park, Tyler Cutforth, Woosuk Chung, Hanwool Park, Dongsoo Lee, Myeong-Heui Kim, Yeunkum Lee, Seojung Mo, Jeong-Seop Rhee, Hyun Kim, Jaewon Ko, Se-Young Choi, Yong Chul Bae, Kang Shen, Eunjoon Kim, Kihoon Han
Copy number variants and point mutations of NEPH2 (also called KIRREL3) gene encoding an immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily adhesion molecule have been linked to autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability and neurocognitive delay associated with Jacobsen syndrome, but the physiological roles of Neph2 in the mammalian brain remain largely unknown. Neph2 is highly expressed in the dentate granule (DG) neurons of the hippocampus and is localized in both dendrites and axons. It was recently shown that Neph2 is required for the formation of mossy fiber filopodia, the axon terminal structure of DG neurons forming synapses with GABAergic neurons of CA3...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380365/retrogradely-transported-trka-endosomes-signal-locally-within-dendrites-to-maintain-sympathetic-neuron-synapses
#17
Kathryn M Lehigh, Katherine M West, David D Ginty
Sympathetic neurons require NGF from their target fields for survival, axonal target innervation, dendritic growth and formation, and maintenance of synaptic inputs from preganglionic neurons. Target-derived NGF signals are propagated retrogradely, from distal axons to somata of sympathetic neurons via TrkA signaling endosomes. We report that a subset of TrkA endosomes that are transported from distal axons to cell bodies translocate into dendrites, where they are signaling competent and move bidirectionally, in close proximity to synaptic protein clusters...
April 4, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377435/drawing-on-student-knowledge-of-neuroanatomy-and-neurophysiology
#18
Tara N Slominski, Jennifer L Momsen, Lisa M Montplaisir
Drawings are an underutilized assessment format in Human Anatomy and Physiology (HA&P), despite their potential to reveal student content understanding and alternative conceptions. This study used student-generated drawings to explore student knowledge in a HA&P course. The drawing tasks in this study focused on chemical synapses between neurons, an abstract concept in HA&P. Using two preinstruction drawing tasks, students were asked to depict synaptic transmission and summation. In response to the first drawing task, 20% of students (n = 352) created accurate representations of neuron anatomy...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375768/learning-in-the-rodent-motor-cortex
#19
Andrew J Peters, Haixin Liu, Takaki Komiyama
The motor cortex is far from a stable conduit for motor commands and instead undergoes significant changes during learning. An understanding of motor cortex plasticity has been advanced greatly using rodents as experimental animals. Two major focuses of this research have been on the connectivity and activity of the motor cortex. The motor cortex exhibits structural changes in response to learning, and substantial evidence has implicated the local formation and maintenance of new synapses as crucial substrates of motor learning...
March 31, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373281/an-immunoaffinity-based-method-for-isolating-ultrapure-adult-astrocytes-based-on-atp1b2-targetting-by-the-acsa-2-antibody
#20
Mykhailo Y Batiuk, Filip de Vin, Sandra I Duqué, Chen Li, Takashi Saito, Takaomi Saido, Mark Fiers, T Grant Belgard, Matthew G Holt
Astrocytes are a major cell type in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). Astrocytes are now known to play a number of essential roles in processes including synapse formation and function, as well as blood brain barrier formation and control of cerebral blood flow. However, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying astrocyte development and function is still rudimentary (1). This lack of knowledge is at least partly due to the lack of tools currently available for astrocyte biology. ACSA-2 is a commercially available antibody originally developed for the isolation of astrocytes from young postnatal mouse brain, using magnetic cell sorting methods, but its utility in isolating cells from adult tissue has not yet been published...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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