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Jean-Marc Fritschy, Shiva K Tyagarajan
Multiple cell-adhesion molecules contribute to synapse formation by mediating trans-synaptic interactions with presynaptic signaling molecules. In this issue of Neuron, Li et al. (2017) report cooperativity between Neuroligin2 and Slitrk3, exerting distinct effects on GABAergic synapse formation in immature and mature neurons.
November 15, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142062/the-serine-protease-inhibitor-neuroserpin-is-required-for-normal-synaptic-plasticity-and-regulates-learning-and-social-behavior
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Rebecca Reumann, Ricardo Vierk, Lepu Zhou, Frederice Gries, Vanessa Kraus, Julia Mienert, Eva Romswinkel, Fabio Morellini, Isidre Ferrer, Chiara Nicolini, Margaret Fahnestock, Gabriele Rune, Markus Glatzel, Giovanna Galliciotti
The serine protease inhibitor neuroserpin regulates the activity of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) in the nervous system. Neuroserpin expression is particularly prominent at late stages of neuronal development in most regions of the central nervous system (CNS), whereas it is restricted to regions related to learning and memory in the adult brain. The physiological expression pattern of neuroserpin, its high degree of colocalization with tPA within the CNS, together with its dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders, suggest a role in formation and refinement of synapses...
December 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139210/timing-of-neuronal-plasticity-in-development-and-aging
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REVIEW
Evguenia Ivakhnitskaia, Ryan Weihsiang Lin, Kana Hamada, Chieh Chang
Molecular oscillators are well known for their roles in temporal control of some biological processes like cell proliferation, but molecular mechanisms that provide temporal control of differentiation and postdifferentiation events in cells are less understood. In the nervous system, establishment of neuronal connectivity during development and decline in neuronal plasticity during aging are regulated with temporal precision, but the timing mechanisms are largely unknown. Caenorhabditis elegans has been a preferred model for aging research and recently emerges as a new model for the study of developmental and postdevelopmental plasticity in neurons...
November 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138490/bidirectional-modulation-of-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-by-dopaminergic-d4-receptors-in-the-ca1-area-of-hippocampus
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Sheeja Navakkode, Katherine C M Chew, Sabrina Jia Ning Tay, Qingshu Lin, Thomas Behnisch, Tuck Wah Soong
Long-term potentiation (LTP) is the persistent increase in the strength of the synapses. However, the neural networks would become saturated if there is only synaptic strenghthening. Synaptic weakening could be facilitated by active processes like long-term depression (LTD). Molecular mechanisms that facilitate the weakening of synapses and thereby stabilize the synapses are also important in learning and memory. Here we show that blockade of dopaminergic D4 receptors (D4R) promoted the formation of late-LTP and transformed early-LTP into late-LTP...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137651/abnormal-dendritic-calcium-activity-and-synaptic-depotentiation-occur-early-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yang Bai, Miao Li, Yanmei Zhou, Lei Ma, Qian Qiao, Wanling Hu, Wei Li, Zachary Patrick Wills, Wen-Biao Gan
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid deposition, tangle formation as well as synapse loss. Synaptic abnormalities occur early in the pathogenesis of AD. Identifying early synaptic abnormalities and their underlying mechanisms is likely important for the prevention and treatment of AD. METHODS: We performed in vivo two-photon calcium imaging to examine the activities of somas, dendrites and dendritic spines of layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons in the primary motor cortex in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model of AD and age-matched wild type control mice...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133852/nitrosynapsin-therapy-for-a-mouse-mef2c-haploinsufficiency-model-of-human-autism
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Shichun Tu, Mohd Waseem Akhtar, Rosa Maria Escorihuela, Alejandro Amador-Arjona, Vivek Swarup, James Parker, Jeffrey D Zaremba, Timothy Holland, Neha Bansal, Daniel R Holohan, Kevin Lopez, Scott D Ryan, Shing Fai Chan, Li Yan, Xiaofei Zhang, Xiayu Huang, Abdullah Sultan, Scott R McKercher, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Huaxi Xu, Yuqiang Wang, Daniel H Geschwind, Amanda J Roberts, Alexey V Terskikh, Robert A Rissman, Eliezer Masliah, Stuart A Lipton, Nobuki Nakanishi
Transcription factor MEF2C regulates multiple genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and human MEF2C haploinsufficiency results in ASD, intellectual disability, and epilepsy. However, molecular mechanisms underlying MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome remain poorly understood. Here we report that Mef2c (+/-)(Mef2c-het) mice exhibit behavioral deficits resembling those of human patients. Gene expression analyses on brains from these mice show changes in genes associated with neurogenesis, synapse formation, and neuronal cell death...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133435/coordinated-plasticity-of-synapses-and-astrocytes-underlies-practice-driven-functional-vicariation-in-peri-infarct-motor-cortex
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Soo Young Kim, J Edward Hsu, Lincoln C Husbands, Jeffrey A Kleim, Theresa A Jones
Motor rehabilitative training after stroke can improve motor function and promote topographical reorganization of remaining motor cortical movement representations, but this reorganization follows behavioral improvements. A more detailed understanding of the neural bases of rehabilitation efficacy is needed to inform therapeutic efforts to improve it. Using a rat model of upper extremity impairments after ischemic stroke, we examined effects of motor rehabilitative training at the ultrastructural level in peri-infarct motor cortex...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133434/pkd1-promotes-functional-synapse-formation-coordinated-with-n-cadherin-in-hippocampus
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Cheng Cen, Li-Da Luo, Wen-Qi Li, Gang Li, Na-Xi Tian, Ge Zheng, Dong-Min Yin, Yimin Zou, Yun Wang
Functional synapse formation is critical for the wiring of neural circuits in the developing brain. The cell adhesion molecule N-cadherin plays important roles in target recognition and synaptogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the localization of N-cadherin and the subsequent effects remain poorly understood. Here, we show that protein kinase D1 (PKD1) directly binds to N-cadherin at amino acid residues 836-871 and phosphorylates it at Ser 869, 871, 872, thereby increasing the surface localization of N-cadherin and promoting functional synapse formation in primary cultured hippocampal neurons obtained from embryonic day 18 rat embryos of either sex...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128905/down-syndrome-ipsc-derived-astrocytes-impair-neuronal-synaptogenesis-and-the-mtor-pathway-in-vitro
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Bruno H S Araujo, Carolini Kaid, Janaina S De Souza, Sérgio Gomes da Silva, Ernesto Goulart, Luiz C J Caires, Camila M Musso, Laila B Torres, Adriano Ferrasa, Roberto Herai, Mayana Zatz, Oswaldo K Okamoto, Esper A Cavalheiro
Several methods have been used to study the neuropathogenesis of Down syndrome (DS), such as mouse aneuploidies, post mortem human brains, and in vitro cell culture of neural progenitor cells. More recently, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has offered new approaches in investigation, providing a valuable tool for studying specific cell types affected by DS, especially neurons and astrocytes. Here, we investigated the role of astrocytes in DS developmental disease and the impact of the astrocyte secretome in neuron mTOR signaling and synapse formation using iPSC derived from DS and wild-type (WT) subjects...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126185/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-suppresses-synapse-formation-in-hippocampus-of-male-rats-via-inhibition-of-cxcl5-secretion-by-glia
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Yanmin Zhang, You Zheng, Yongjun Xu, Hui Sheng, Xin Ni
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is implicated to play a critical role in stress-induced synaptic formation and modification. In the present study, we explored the mechanisms underlying CRH modulation of synaptic formation in hippocampus using various models in vitro. In cultured hippocampal slices, CRH treatment decreased synapsin I and PSD95 levels via CRH receptor type 1 (CRHR1). In isolated hippocampal neurons, however, it increased synapsin I-labeled presynaptic terminals and PSD95-labeled postsynaptic terminals via CRHR1...
November 6, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123958/expression-of-cd94-by-ex-vivo-differentiated-nk-cells-correlates-with-the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-acquisition-of-cytotoxic-features
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Meriem Hasmim, Nadine Khalife, Yanyan Zhang, Manale Doldur, Geralidne Visentin, Stéphane Terry, Julien Giron-Michel, Ruoping Tang, François Delhommeau, Nicolas Dulphy, Jean-Henri Bourhis, Fawzia Louache, Salem Chouaib
The administration of ex vivo-expanded Natural Killer (NK) cells in leukemia therapy is still challenging, in part due to the difficulty to generate in sufficient quantities fully mature and functional NK cells and Identification of surface markers indicative of NK maturation and functionality is therefore needed. Here, based on the analysis of surface receptors of ex vivo-expanded NK cells, we identified CD94 as a surface marker correlating with high lytic potential against leukemic cell lines and immunological synapse formation...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120426/astrocytic-neuroligins-control-astrocyte-morphogenesis-and-synaptogenesis
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Jeff A Stogsdill, Juan Ramirez, Di Liu, Yong Ho Kim, Katherine T Baldwin, Eray Enustun, Tiffany Ejikeme, Ru-Rong Ji, Cagla Eroglu
Astrocytes are complex glial cells with numerous fine cellular processes that infiltrate the neuropil and interact with synapses. The mechanisms that control the establishment of astrocyte morphology are unknown, and it is unclear whether impairing astrocytic infiltration of the neuropil alters synaptic connectivity. Here we show that astrocyte morphogenesis in the mouse cortex depends on direct contact with neuronal processes and occurs in parallel with the growth and activity of synaptic circuits. The neuroligin family cell adhesion proteins NL1, NL2, and NL3, which are expressed by cortical astrocytes, control astrocyte morphogenesis through interactions with neuronal neurexins...
November 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118110/cellular-functions-of-the-autism-risk-factor-ptchd1-in-mice
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David Tora, Andrea M Gomez, Jean-Francois Michaud, Patricia T Yam, Frédéric Charron, Peter Scheiffele
The gene PTCHD1 is mutated in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) and has been hypothesized to contribute to Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling and synapse formation. We identify a panel of Ptchd1 interacting proteins that include postsynaptic density proteins and the retromer complex, revealing a link to critical regulators of dendritic and postsynaptic trafficking. Ptchd1 knock-out male mice exhibit cognitive alterations, including defects in a novel object recognition task...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114208/classification-of-mouse-retinal-bipolar-cells-type-specific-connectivity-with-special-reference-to-rod-driven-aii-amacrine-pathways
#14
Yoshihiko Tsukamoto, Naoko Omi
We confirmed the classification of 15 morphological types of mouse bipolar cells by serial section transmission electron microscopy and characterized each type by identifying chemical synapses and gap junctions at axon terminals. Although whether the previous type 5 cells consist of two or three types was uncertain, they are here clustered into three types based on the vertical distribution of axonal ribbons. Next, while two groups of rod bipolar (RB) cells, RB1, and RB2, were previously proposed, we clarify that a half of RB1 cells have the intermediate characteristics, suggesting that these two groups comprise a single RB type...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114039/neuronal-activity-drives-fmrp-and-hspg-dependent-matrix-metalloproteinase-function-required-for-rapid-synaptogenesis
#15
Mary L Dear, Jarrod Shilts, Kendal Broadie
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) functions modulate synapse formation and activity-dependent plasticity. Aberrant MMP activity is implicated in fragile X syndrome (FXS), a disease caused by the loss of the RNA-binding protein FMRP and characterized by neurological dysfunction and intellectual disability. Gene expression studies in Drosophila suggest that Mmps cooperate with the heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) glypican co-receptor Dally-like protein (Dlp) to restrict trans-synaptic Wnt signaling and that synaptogenic defects in the fly model of FXS are alleviated by either inhibition of Mmp or genetic reduction of Dlp...
November 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113362/plga-nanoparticles-modified-with-a-bbb-penetrating-peptide-co-delivering-a%C3%AE-generation-inhibitor-and-curcumin-attenuate-memory-deficits-and-neuropathology-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
#16
Na Huang, Shuai Lu, Xiao-Ge Liu, Jie Zhu, Yu-Jiong Wang, Rui-Tian Liu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, characterized by the formation of extracellular senile plaques and neuronal loss caused by amyloid β (Aβ) aggregates in the brains of AD patients. Conventional strategies failed to treat AD in clinical trials, partly due to the poor solubility, low bioavailability and ineffectiveness of the tested drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Moreover, AD is a complex, multifactorial neurodegenerative disease; one-target strategies may be insufficient to prevent the processes of AD...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112849/astrocytes-supply-presynaptic-terminals-with-a-sweet-incentive-to-make-connections
#17
Giuseppe Condomitti, Joris de Wit
Glial cells shape neural circuits by secreting cues that contribute to the spatiotemporal control of connectivity. A new study in Neuron from Farhy-Tselnicker et al. (2017) shows that the astrocyte-secreted heparan sulfate proteoglycan GPC4 acts on presynaptic terminals to indirectly regulate AMPA receptor clustering and active synapse formation.
November 6, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109971/%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1-signaling-drives-cell-death-synaptogenesis-circuit-reorganization-and-gabapentin-mediated-neuroprotection-in-a-model-of-insult-induced-cortical-malformation
#18
Lauren A Lau, Farzad Noubary, Dongqing Wang, Chris G Dulla
Developmental cortical malformations (DCMs) result from pre- and perinatal insults, as well as genetic mutations. Hypoxia, viral infection, and traumatic injury are the most common environmental causes of DCMs, and are associated with the subsyndromes focal polymicrogyria and focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) Type IIId, both of which have a high incidence of epilepsy. Understanding the molecular signals that lead to the formation of a hyperexcitable network in DCMs is critical to devising novel treatment strategies...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108864/neuro-glial-cannabinoid-receptors-modulate-signaling-in-the-embryonic-avian-retina
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Regina C C Kubrusly, Alexander Günter, Luzia Sampaio, Roberta Silva Martins, Clarissa S Schitine, Priscila Trindade, Arlete Fernandes, Rosa Borelli-Torres, Vivian Sayuri Miya-Coreixas, Anna Carolina Rego Costa, Hércules Rezende Freitas, Patrícia F Gardino, Fernando G de Mello, Karin Costa Calaza, Ricardo A M Reis
Endocannabinoids are endogenous lipids that activate selective G protein coupled receptors (CB1 and CB2), mostly found at neuronal presynaptic sites in the nervous system. One of the main consequences of the activation of CB receptors is a decrease in GABA or glutamate release, controlling cell excitability. Here we studied the expression of CB1 and CB2 receptors in E8C8 cultured retina cells (embryonic day 8 and 8 days in vitro) using immunocytochemistry and western blot analysis. We also evaluated their functions in terms of cyclic AMP (cAMP) production, single cell calcium imaging (SCCI) and GABA release induced in basal conditions or activated by l-Aspartate (L-ASP) in cell cultures or under ischemia in young chick retina...
November 3, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107982/competitive-tuning-competition-s-role-in-setting-the-frequency-dependence-of-ca2-dependent-proteins
#20
Daniel R Romano, Matthew C Pharris, Neal M Patel, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem
A number of neurological disorders arise from perturbations in biochemical signaling and protein complex formation within neurons. Normally, proteins form networks that when activated produce persistent changes in a synapse's molecular composition. In hippocampal neurons, calcium ion (Ca2+) flux through N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors activates Ca2+/calmodulin signal transduction networks that either increase or decrease the strength of the neuronal synapse, phenomena known as long-term potentiation (LTP) or long-term depression (LTD), respectively...
November 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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