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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615969/a-behavioral-survey-of-the-effects-of-kavalactones-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuromuscular-transmission
#1
Bwarenaba B Kautu, Juliana Phillips, Kellie Steele, M Shawn Mengarelli, Eric A Nord
Kava is a plant root extract that is widely consumed by Pacific Islanders. Kava contains a class of lactone compounds called kavalactones. The sedative and anxiolytic effects of kava are likely attributed to the efficacies of kavalactones on the nervous system. Although some studies have implicated the potencies of certain kavalactone species on γ-aminobutyric acid transmission, evidence supporting the action of kavalactones on the eukaryotic neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and acetylcholine (ACh) transmission is scant...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576972/secreted-tissue-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-restricts-trans-synaptic-signaling-to-coordinate-synaptogenesis
#2
Jarrod Shilts, Kendal Broadie
Synaptogenesis is coordinated by trans-synaptic signals that traverse the specialized synaptomatrix between pre- and postsynaptic cells. Matrix metalloproteinase (Mmp) activity sculpts this environment, balanced by secreted tissue inhibitors of Mmp (Timp). We use the reductionist Drosophila matrix metalloproteome to test consequences of eliminating all Timp regulatory control of Mmp activity at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Using in situ zymography, we find Timp limits Mmp activity at the NMJ terminal and shapes extracellular proteolytic dynamics surrounding individual synaptic boutons...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572757/muscle-contraction-regulates-bdnf-trkb-signaling-to-modulate-synaptic-function-through-presynaptic-cpkc%C3%AE-and-cpkc%C3%AE-i
#3
Erica Hurtado, Víctor Cilleros, Laura Nadal, Anna Simó, Teresa Obis, Neus Garcia, Manel M Santafé, Marta Tomàs, Katherine Halievski, Cynthia L Jordan, Maria A Lanuza, Josep Tomàs
The neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) acts via tropomyosin-related kinase B receptor (TrkB) to regulate synapse maintenance and function in the neuromuscular system. The potentiation of acetylcholine (ACh) release by BDNF requires TrkB phosphorylation and Protein Kinase C (PKC) activation. BDNF is secreted in an activity-dependent manner but it is not known if pre- and/or postsynaptic activities enhance BDNF expression in vivo at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Here, we investigated whether nerve and muscle cell activities regulate presynaptic conventional PKC (cPKCα and βI) via BDNF/TrkB signaling to modulate synaptic strength at the NMJ...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559796/presynaptic-membrane-receptors-modulate-ach-release-axonal-competition-and-synapse-elimination-during-neuromuscular-junction-development
#4
REVIEW
Josep Tomàs, Neus Garcia, Maria A Lanuza, Manel M Santafé, Marta Tomàs, Laura Nadal, Erica Hurtado, Anna Simó, Víctor Cilleros
During the histogenesis of the nervous system a lush production of neurons, which establish an excessive number of synapses, is followed by a drop in both neurons and synaptic contacts as maturation proceeds. Hebbian competition between axons with different activities leads to the loss of roughly half of the neurons initially produced so connectivity is refined and specificity gained. The skeletal muscle fibers in the newborn neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are polyinnervated but by the end of the competition, 2 weeks later, the NMJ are innervated by only one axon...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555889/reduced-muscle-strength-in-ether-lipid-deficient-mice-is-accompanied-by-altered-development-and-function-of-the-neuromuscular-junction
#5
Fabian Dorninger, Ruth Herbst, Bojana Kravic, Bahar Z Camurdanoglu, Igor Macinkovic, Gerhard Zeitler, Sonja Forss-Petter, Siegfried Strack, Muzamil Majid Khan, Hans R Waterham, Rüdiger Rudolf, Said Hashemolhosseini, Johannes Berger
Inherited deficiency in ether lipids, a subgroup of phospholipids whose biosynthesis needs peroxisomes, causes the fatal human disorder rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata. The exact roles of ether lipids in the mammalian organism and, therefore, the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease are still largely enigmatic. Here, we used the glyceronephosphate O-acyltransferase knockout (Gnpat KO) mouse to study the consequences of complete inactivation of ether lipid biosynthesis and documented substantial deficits in motor performance and muscle strength of these mice...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550099/viral-delivery-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansions-in-mice-lead-to-repeat-length-dependent-neuropathology-and-behavioral-deficits
#6
Saul Herranz-Martin, Jayanth Chandran, Katherine Lewis, Padraig Mulcahy, Adrian Higginbottom, Callum Walker, Isabel Martinez-Pena Y Valenzuela, Ross A Jones, Ian Coldicott, Tommaso Iannitti, Mohammed Akaaboune, Sherif F El-Khamisy, Thomas H Gillingwater, Pamela J Shaw, Mimoun Azzouz
Intronic GGGGCC repeat expansions in C9orf72 are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Two major pathologies stemming from the hexanucleotide RNA expansions (HREs) have been identified in postmortem tissue: intracellular RNA foci and repeat-associated non-ATG dependent (RAN) dipeptides, though it is unclear how these and other hallmarks of disease contribute to the pathophysiology of neuronal injury. Here we generated two novel lines of mice that overexpress either 10 pure or 102 interrupted G4C2 repeats mediated by adeno-associated virus (AAV) and characterized relevant pathology and disease-related behavioral phenotypes...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544556/electrophysiological-analysis-of-synaptic-transmission-in-drosophila
#7
REVIEW
Maria Bykhovskaia, Alexander Vasin
Synaptic transmission is dynamic, plastic, and highly regulated. Drosophila is an advantageous model system for genetic and molecular studies of presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms and plasticity. Electrical recordings of synaptic responses represent a wide-spread approach to study neuronal signaling and synaptic transmission. We discuss experimental techniques that allow monitoring synaptic transmission in Drosophila neuromuscular and central systems. Recordings of synaptic potentials or currents at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are most common and provide numerous technical advantages due to robustness of the preparation, large and identifiable muscles, and synaptic boutons which can be readily visualized...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543723/neuromuscular-junctions-nmjs-ultrastructural-analysis-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-nachr-subunit-mrna-expression-in-offspring-subjected-to-protein-restriction-throughout-pregnancy
#8
Paula Aiello Tomé de Souza Castro, Ludimila Canuto Faccioni, Patrícia Aline Boer, Robson Francisco Carvalho, Selma Maria Michelin Matheus, Maeli Dal-Pai-Silva
Protein restriction during gestation can alter the skeletal muscle phenotype of offspring; however, little is known with regard to whether this also affects the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), as muscle phenotype maintenance depends upon NMJ functional integrity. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of a low protein (6%) intake by dams throughout gestation on male offspring NMJ morphology and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) α1, γ and ε subunit expression in the soleus (SOL) and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520784/presynaptic-a%C3%AE-40-prevents-synapse-addition-in-the-adult-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
#9
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/28518121/two-algorithms-for-high-throughput-and-multi-parametric-quantification-of-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction-morphology
#10
Anna Castells-Nobau, Bonnie Nijhof, Ilse Eidhof, Louis Wolf, Jolanda M Scheffer-de Gooyert, Ignacio Monedero, Laura Torroja, Jeroen A W M van der Laak, Annette Schenck
Synaptic morphology is tightly related to synaptic efficacy, and in many cases morphological synapse defects ultimately lead to synaptic malfunction. The Drosophila larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ), a well-established model for glutamatergic synapses, has been extensively studied for decades. Identification of mutations causing NMJ morphological defects revealed a repertoire of genes that regulate synapse development and function. Many of these were identified in large-scale studies that focused on qualitative approaches to detect morphological abnormalities of the Drosophila NMJ...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515212/regulation-of-wnt-signaling-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-by-the-immunoglobulin-super-family-protein-rig-3-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#11
Pratima Pandey, Ashwani Bhardwaj, Kavita Babu
Perturbations in synaptic function could affect the normal behavior of an animal, making it important to understand the regulatory mechanisms of synaptic signaling. Previous work has shown that in Caenorhabditis elegans an immunoglobulin super-family protein, RIG-3, functions in pre-synaptic neurons to maintain normal acetylcholine receptor levels at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). In this study we elucidate the molecular and functional mechanism of RIG-3. We demonstrate by genetic and BiFC (Bi-molecular Fluorescence Complementation) assays that pre-synaptic RIG-3 functions by directly interacting with the immunoglobulin domain of the non-conventional Wnt receptor, ROR receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK), CAM-1, that functions in post-synaptic body-wall muscles...
May 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500055/rnai-mediated-reverse-genetic-screen-identified-drosophila-chaperones-regulating-eye-and-neuromuscular-junction-morphology
#12
Sandeep Raut, Bhagaban Mallik, Arpan Parichha, Amrutha V, Chandan Sahi, Vimlesh Kumar
Accumulation of toxic proteins in neurons have been linked with the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, which in many cases, are characterized by altered neuronal function and synapse loss. Molecular chaperones help protein folding and resolubilization of unfolded proteins thereby reducing the protein aggregation stress. While most of the chaperones are expressed in neurons, their functional relevance largely remains unknown. Here, using bioinformatics analysis, we identified 95 Drosophila chaperones and classified them into seven different classes...
May 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495800/mechanically-patterned-neuromuscular-junctions-in-a-dish-have-improved-functional-maturation
#13
Cassandra L Happe, Kevin P Tenerelli, Anastasia K Gromova, Frederic Kolb, Adam J Engler
Motor neuron (MN) diseases are progressive disorders resulting from degeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which form the connection between MNs and muscle fibers. NMJ-in-a-dish models have been developed to examine human MN-associated dysfunction with disease; however such co-culture models have randomly oriented myotubes with immature synapses that contract asynchronously. Mechanically patterned (MP) extracellular matrix with alternating soft and stiff stripes improve current NMJ-in-a-dish models by inducing both mouse and human myoblast durotaxis to stripes where they aligned, differentiated, and fused into patterned myotubes...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490756/expressing-acetylcholine-receptors-after-innervation-suppresses-spontaneous-vesicle-release-and-causes-muscle-fatigue
#14
Meghan Mott, Victor M Luna, Jee-Young Park, Gerald B Downes, Kimberly Epley, Fumihito Ono
The formation and function of synapses are tightly orchestrated by the precise timing of expression of specific molecules during development. In this study, we determined how manipulating the timing of expression of postsynaptic acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) impacts presynaptic release by establishing a genetically engineered zebrafish line in which we can freely control the timing of AChR expression in an AChR-less fish background. With the delayed induction of AChR expression after an extensive period of AChR-less development, paralyzed fish displayed a remarkable level of recovery, exhibiting a robust escape response following developmental delay...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490573/dok7-gene-therapy-enhances-motor-activity-and-life-span-in-als-model-mice
#15
Sadanori Miyoshi, Tohru Tezuka, Sumimasa Arimura, Taro Tomono, Takashi Okada, Yuji Yamanashi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, multifactorial motor neurodegenerative disease with severe muscle atrophy. The glutamate release inhibitor riluzole is the only medication approved by the FDA, and prolongs patient life span by a few months, testifying to a strong need for new treatment strategies. In ALS, motor neuron degeneration first becomes evident at the motor nerve terminals in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), the cholinergic synapse between motor neuron and skeletal muscle; degeneration then progresses proximally, implicating the NMJ as a therapeutic target...
May 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480963/use-of-stimulated-electromyography-in-the-analysis-of-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-children
#16
REVIEW
Matthew C Pitt
A screening test is required to diagnose disorders of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) in children. This Review describes the development of stimulation potential analysis with concentric needle electrodes (SPACE). This nomenclature was chosen to distinguish the technique from single-fiber methodology because of the difficulties in identifying single-fiber potentials in most studies, particularly those with the most severe abnormalities of the NMJ. Performed on orbicularis oculi in children with proven or probable disorders of the NMJ, it demonstrated a sensitivity of 84%, specificity of 71%, negative predictive value of 95%, and positive predictive value of 36%...
May 8, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472174/augmented-quantal-release-of-acetylcholine-at-the-vertebrate-neuromuscular-junction-following-tdp-43-depletion
#17
Stefania Dzieciolowska, Pierre Drapeau, Gary Alan Barclay Armstrong
TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) is a 43 kD, predominately nuclear, protein involved in RNA metabolism. Of clinical significance is that the majority of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients display abnormal accumulation of misfolded TDP-43 in the cytoplasm, which is coincident with a loss of nuclear localization in the afflicted regions of the central nervous system. Little is known about defects that arise in loss-of-function models, in particular synaptic defects that arise at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466185/tissue-specific-transcription-of-the-neuronal-gene-lim3-affects-drosophila-melanogaster-lifespan-and-locomotion
#18
Olga Y Rybina, Svetlana V Sarantseva, Ekaterina R Veselkina, Olga I Bolschakova, Alexander V Symonenko, Anna V Krementsova, Elena V Ryabova, Natalia V Roshina, Elena G Pasyukova
The identity of neuronal cell types is established and maintained by the expression of neuronal genes coding for ion channels, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides, among others. Some of these genes have been shown to affect lifespan; however, their role in lifespan control remains largely unclear. The Drosophila melanogaster gene Lim3 encodes a transcription factor involved in complicated motor neuron specification networks. We previously identified Lim3 as a candidate gene affecting lifespan. To obtain direct evidence of the involvement of Lim3 in lifespan control, Lim3 overexpression and RNAi knockdown were induced in the nervous system and muscles of Drosophila using the GAL4-UAS binary system...
May 2, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463115/decreased-microrna-levels-lead-to-deleterious-increases-in-neuronal-m2-muscarinic-receptors-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-models
#19
Patrick J O'Hern, Inês do Carmo G Gonçalves, Johanna Brecht, Eduardo Javier López Soto, Jonah Simon, Natalie Chapkis, Diane Lipscombe, Min Jeong Kye, Anne C Hart
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is caused by diminished Survival of Motor Neuron (SMN) protein, leading to neuromuscular junction (NMJ) dysfunction and spinal motor neuron (MN) loss. Here, we report that reduced SMN function impacts the action of a pertinent microRNA and its mRNA target in MNs. Loss of the C. elegans SMN ortholog, SMN-1, causes NMJ defects. We found that increased levels of the C. elegans Gemin3 ortholog, MEL-46, ameliorates these defects. Increased MEL-46 levels also restored perturbed microRNA (miR-2) function in smn-1(lf) animals...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455372/regulation-of-neuromuscular-junction-organization-by-rab2-and-its-effector-ica69-in-drosophila
#20
Bhagaban Mallik, Manish Kumar Dwivedi, Zeeshan Mushtaq, Manisha Kumari, Praveen Kumar Verma, Vimlesh Kumar
Mechanisms underlying synaptic differentiation, which involves neuronal membrane and cytoskeletal remodeling, are not completely understood. We performed a targeted RNAi-mediated screen of Drosophila BAR-domain proteins and identified islet cell autoantigen 69 kDa (dICA69) as one of the key regulators of morphological differentiation of larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ). We show that Drosophila ICA69 colocalizes with α-Spectrin at the NMJ. The conserved N-BAR domain of dICA69 deforms liposomes in vitro Full length and ICAC but not the N-BAR domain of dICA69 induces filopodia in cultured cells...
April 28, 2017: Development
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