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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643105/differential-role-of-gabaa-receptors-and-neuroligin-2-for-perisomatic-gabaergic-synapse-formation-in-the-hippocampus
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Patrizia Panzanelli, Simon Früh, Jean-Marc Fritschy
Perisomatic GABAergic synapses onto hippocampal pyramidal cells arise from two populations of basket cells with different neurochemical and functional properties. The presence of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex in their postsynaptic density (PSD) distinguishes perisomatic synapses from GABAergic synapses on dendrites and the axon-initial segment. Targeted deletion of neuroligin 2 (NL2), a transmembrane protein interacting with presynaptic neurexin, has been reported to disrupt postsynaptic clustering of GABAA receptors (GABAAR) and their anchoring protein, gephyrin, at perisomatic synapses...
June 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642683/object-phobia-and-altered-rhoa-signaling-in-amygdala-of-mice-lacking-rich2
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Tasnuva Sarowar, Stefanie Grabrucker, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
RICH2 knockout (RICH2 KO) mice exhibit neophobia in the novel object test. To gain further insight into their anxiety-related phenotype, we subjected these mice to additional behavioral tests to elucidate whether the behavioral abnormality in these mice is a consequence of reduced exploratory motivation, and whether the neophobia is linked specifically to objects or also present for other modalities. RICH2 KO mice engage in normal exploration in a novel environment, suggesting that the anxiety-related phenotype is not due to reduced exploratory drive...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642476/prevention-of-long-term-memory-loss-after-retrieval-by-an-endogenous-camkii-inhibitor
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Fabio Antonio Vigil, Keiko Mizuno, Walter Lucchesi, Victoria Valls-Comamala, Karl Peter Giese
CaMK2N1 and CaMK2N2 are endogenous inhibitors of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), a key synaptic signaling molecule for learning and memory. Here, we investigated the learning and memory function of CaMK2N1 by knocking-down its expression in dorsal hippocampus of mice. We found that reduced CaMK2N1 expression does not affect contextual fear long-term memory (LTM) formation. However, we show that it impairs maintenance of established LTM, but only if retrieval occurs. CaMK2N1 knockdown prevents a decrease of threonine-286 (T286) autophosphorylation of αCaMKII and increases GluA1 levels in hippocampal synapses after retrieval of contextual fear LTM...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641114/a-critical-role-of-presynaptic-cadherin-catenin-p140cap-complexes-in-stabilizing-spines-and-functional-synapses-in-the-neocortex
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Min-Yin Li, Wan-Ying Miao, Qiu-Zi Wu, Shun-Ji He, Guoquan Yan, Yanrui Yang, Jia-Jia Liu, M Mark Taketo, Xiang Yu
The formation of functional synapses requires coordinated assembly of presynaptic transmitter release machinery and postsynaptic trafficking of functional receptors and scaffolds. Here, we demonstrate a critical role of presynaptic cadherin/catenin cell adhesion complexes in stabilizing functional synapses and spines in the developing neocortex. Importantly, presynaptic expression of stabilized β-catenin in either layer (L) 4 excitatory neurons or L2/3 pyramidal neurons significantly upregulated excitatory synaptic transmission and dendritic spine density in L2/3 pyramidal neurons, while its sparse postsynaptic expression in L2/3 neurons had no such effects...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641112/molecular-mechanism-of-mdga1-regulation-of-neuroligin-2-neurexin-trans-synaptic-bridges
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Shanti Pal Gangwar, Xiaoying Zhong, Suchithra Seshadrinathan, Hui Chen, Mischa Machius, Gabby Rudenko
Neuroligins and neurexins promote synapse development and validation by forming trans-synaptic bridges spanning the synaptic cleft. Select pairs promote excitatory and inhibitory synapses, with neuroligin 2 (NLGN2) limited to inhibitory synapses and neuroligin 1 (NLGN1) dominating at excitatory synapses. The cell-surface molecules, MAM domain-containing glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor 1 (MDGA1) and 2 (MDGA2), regulate trans-synaptic adhesion between neurexins and neuroligins, impacting NLGN2 and NLGN1, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637694/dendritic-eph-organizes-dendrodendritic-segregation-in-discrete-olfactory-map-formation-in-drosophila
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Marie Anzo, Sayaka Sekine, Shirin Makihara, Kinhong Chao, Masayuki Miura, Takahiro Chihara
Proper function of the neural network results from the precise connections between axons and dendrites of presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons, respectively. In the Drosophila olfactory system, the dendrites of projection neurons (PNs) stereotypically target one of ∼50 glomeruli in the antennal lobe (AL), the primary olfactory center in the brain, and form synapses with the axons of olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs). Here, we show that Eph and Ephrin, the well-known axon guidance molecules, instruct the dendrodendritic segregation during the discrete olfactory map formation...
May 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636962/reactive-astrocytes-production-function-and-therapeutic-potential
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REVIEW
Shane A Liddelow, Ben A Barres
Astrocytes constitute approximately 30% of the cells in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). They are integral to brain and spinal-cord physiology and perform many functions important for normal neuronal development, synapse formation, and proper propagation of action potentials. We still know very little, however, about how these functions change in response to immune attack, chronic neurodegenerative disease, or acute trauma. In this review, we summarize recent studies that demonstrate that different initiating CNS injuries can elicit at least two types of "reactive" astrocytes with strikingly different properties, one type being helpful and the other harmful...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636662/differential-regulation-of-polarized-synaptic-vesicle-trafficking-and-synapse-stability-in-neural-circuit-rewiring-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Naina Kurup, Dong Yan, Karina Kono, Yishi Jin
Neural circuits are dynamic, with activity-dependent changes in synapse density and connectivity peaking during different phases of animal development. In C. elegans, young larvae form mature motor circuits through a dramatic switch in GABAergic neuron connectivity, by concomitant elimination of existing synapses and formation of new synapses that are maintained throughout adulthood. We have previously shown that an increase in microtubule dynamics during motor circuit rewiring facilitates new synapse formation...
June 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631008/regulation-of-neural-circuit-formation-by-protocadherins
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REVIEW
Stacey L Peek, Kar Men Mah, Joshua A Weiner
The protocadherins (Pcdhs), which make up the most diverse group within the cadherin superfamily, were first discovered in the early 1990s. Data implicating the Pcdhs, including ~60 proteins encoded by the tandem Pcdha, Pcdhb, and Pcdhg gene clusters and another ~10 non-clustered Pcdhs, in the regulation of neural development have continually accumulated, with a significant expansion of the field over the past decade. Here, we review the many roles played by clustered and non-clustered Pcdhs in multiple steps important for the formation and function of neural circuits, including dendrite arborization, axon outgrowth and targeting, synaptogenesis, and synapse elimination...
June 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625569/synaptic-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-s-disease-from-the-role-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-to-the-%C3%AE-secretase-adam10
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Stefano Musardo, Elena Marcello
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is emerging as the most prevalent and socially disruptive illness of aging populations as more people live long enough to become affected. Although AD is placing a considerable and increasing burden on patients, caregivers and society, it represents the largest unmet medical need in neurology, because it is currently incurable. In the last few years, the amyloid hypothesis, which points to amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) as the initiating factor in AD, had a central role in the development of therapeutic strategies for AD...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625420/formation-and-remodeling-of-the-brain-extracellular-matrix-in-neural-plasticity-roles-of-chondroitin-sulfate-and-hyaluronan
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REVIEW
Shinji Miyata, Hiroshi Kitagawa
BACKGROUND: The extracellular matrix (ECM) of the brain is rich in glycosaminoglycans such as chondroitin sulfate (CS) and hyaluronan. These glycosaminoglycans are organized into either diffuse or condensed ECM. Diffuse ECM is distributed throughout the brain and fills perisynaptic spaces, whereas condensed ECM selectively surrounds parvalbumin-expressing inhibitory neurons (PV cells) in mesh-like structures called perineuronal nets (PNNs). The brain ECM acts as a non-specific physical barrier that modulates neural plasticity and axon regeneration...
June 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624961/phenotypic-and-functional-characterization-of-t-cells-in-white-matter-lesions-of-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Gijsbert P van Nierop, Marvin M van Luijn, Samira S Michels, Marie-Jose Melief, Malou Janssen, Anton W Langerak, Werner J D Ouwendijk, Rogier Q Hintzen, Georges M G M Verjans
T cells are considered pivotal in the pathology of multiple sclerosis (MS), but their function and antigen specificity are unknown. To unravel the role of T cells in MS pathology, we performed a comprehensive analysis on T cells recovered from paired blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) and white matter lesions (WML) from 27 MS patients with advanced disease shortly after death. The differentiation status of T cells in these compartments was determined by ex vivo flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry...
June 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624530/the-emerging-role-of-wnt-signaling-dysregulation-in-the-understanding-and-modification-of-age-associated-diseases
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REVIEW
Lizbeth García-Velázquez, Clorinda Arias
Wnt signaling is a highly conserved pathway that participates in multiple aspects of cellular function during development and in adults. In particular, this pathway has been implicated in cell fate determination, proliferation and cell polarity establishment. In the brain, it contributes to synapse formation, axonal remodeling, dendrite outgrowth, synaptic activity, neurogenesis and behavioral plasticity. The expression and distribution of Wnt components in different organs vary with age, which may have important implications for preserving tissue homeostasis...
June 15, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623460/spreading-of-pathology-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
REVIEW
Zhong-Yue Lv, Chen-Chen Tan, Jin-Tai Yu, Lan Tan
The senile plaques (SPs) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) are the two major pathological hallmarks of AD, which are composed of β-amyloid protein and Tau protein. So the β-amyloid protein (Aβ) and Tau oligomers (oTau) are the majority in the pathology of AD. Recently, the spreading of Aβ and oTau in the brain of AD patients has received heated value. In this review, we summarize recent research progress and aim to figure out the spreading mechanism of Aβ and Tau in AD via introduction of the formation, release, uptake, diffusion between different brain regions, and the propagation principle of Aβ and Tau...
June 16, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621929/kinetic-analysis-reveals-the-identity-of-a%C3%AE-metal-complex-responsible-for-the-initial-aggregation-of-a%C3%AE-in-the-synapse
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Thomas Branch, Mauricio Barahona, Charlotte A Dodson, Liming Ying
The mechanism of Aβ aggregation in the absence of metal ions is well established, yet the role that Zn(2+) and Cu(2+), the two most studied metal ions, released during neurotransmission, play in promoting Aβ aggregation in the vicinity of neuronal synapses remains elusive. Here we report the kinetics of Zn(2+) binding to Aβ and Zn(2+)/Cu(2+) binding to Aβ-Cu to form ternary complexes under near physiological conditions (nM Aβ, µM metal ions). We find that these reactions are several orders of magnitude slower than Cu(2+) binding to Aβ...
June 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612328/antidepressant-actions-of-ketamine-mediated-by-the-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-nitric-oxide-and-rheb
#16
REVIEW
Maged M Harraz, Solomon H Snyder
The weeks/months it takes for traditional antidepressants to act pose an obstacle in the management of depression. Ketamine's prompt and sustained antidepressant effects constitute a major advance. Multiple studies implicate glutamatergic signaling to protein synthesis machinery and synapse formation in ketamine's antidepressant effects. Here we review evidence linking ketamine to glutamate receptor subtypes and protein homeostasis. We describe a signaling cascade wherein nitric oxide drives the formation of a ternary protein complex comprised of glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase, seven in absentia homolog 1, and Ras homolog enriched in brain downstream of the glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor...
June 13, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607171/astrocyte-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-protects-synapses-against-a%C3%AE-oligomers-in-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Luan Pereira Diniz, Vanessa Tortelli, Isadora Matias, Juliana Morgado, Ana Paula Bérgamo Araujo, Helen M Melo, Gisele S Seixas da Silva, Soniza V Alves-Leon, Jorge M de Souza, Sergio T Ferreira, Fernanda G De Felice, Flávia Carvalho Alcantara Gomes
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive cognitive decline, increasingly attributed to neuronal dysfunction induced by amyloid-β oligomers (AβOs). Although the impact of AβOs on neurons has been extensively studied, only recently have the possible effects of AβOs on astrocytes begun to be investigated. Given the key roles of astrocytes in synapse formation, plasticity and function, we sought to investigate the impact of AβOs on astrocytes, and to determine if this impact is related to the deleterious actions of AβOs on synapses...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607166/unique-vs-redundant-functions-of-neuroligin-genes-in-shaping-excitatory-and-inhibitory-synapse-properties
#18
Soham Chanda, William D Hale, Bo Zhang, Marius Wernig, Thomas C Südhof
Neuroligins are evolutionarily conserved postsynaptic cell-adhesion molecules that interact with presynaptic neurexins. Neurons express multiple neuroligin isoforms that are targeted to specific synapses, but their synaptic functions and mechanistic redundancy are not completely understood. Overexpression or RNAi-mediated knockdown of neuroligins respectively causes dramatic increase or decrease in synapse density, whereas genetic deletions of neuroligins impair synapse function with only minor effects on synapse numbers, raising fundamental questions about the overall physiological role of neuroligins...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607044/regulation-of-spinogenesis-in-mature-purkinje-cells-via-mglur-pkc-mediated-phosphorylation-of-camkii%C3%AE
#19
Takeyuki Sugawara, Chihiro Hisatsune, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Naoko Ogawa, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Dendritic spines of Purkinje cells form excitatory synapses with parallel fiber terminals, which are the primary sites for cerebellar synaptic plasticity. Nevertheless, how density and morphology of these spines are properly maintained in mature Purkinje cells is not well understood. Here we show an activity-dependent mechanism that represses excessive spine development in mature Purkinje cells. We found that CaMKIIβ promotes spine formation and elongation in Purkinje cells through its F-actin bundling activity...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604739/autism-like-behaviours-and-enhanced-memory-formation-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-lrfn2-salm1-deficient-mice
#20
Naoko Morimura, Hiroki Yasuda, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Kei-Ichi Katayama, Minoru Hatayama, Naoko H Tomioka, Maya Odagawa, Akiko Kamiya, Yoshimi Iwayama, Motoko Maekawa, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Hideo Matsuzaki, Masatsugu Tsujii, Kazuyuki Yamada, Takeo Yoshikawa, Jun Aruga
Lrfn2/SALM1 is a PSD-95-interacting synapse adhesion molecule, and human LRFN2 is associated with learning disabilities. However its role in higher brain function and underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we show that Lrfn2 knockout mice exhibit autism-like behavioural abnormalities, including social withdrawal, decreased vocal communications, increased stereotyped activities and prepulse inhibition deficits, together with enhanced learning and memory. In the hippocampus, the levels of synaptic PSD-95 and GluA1 are decreased...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
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