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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811140/divergent-effects-of-resistance-training-and-anabolic-steroid-on-the-postsynaptic-region-of-different-skeletal-muscles-of-aged-rats
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Walter Krause Neto, Wellington de Assis Silva, Adriano Polican Ciena, Carlos Alberto Anaruma, Eliane Florencio Gama
This study aimed to analyze the effects of resistance training associated with testosterone administration in the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) postsynaptic region of different skeletal muscle types of aged rats. Wistar rats were divided into: SEI - 20-months-old control, SEF - 24-months-old control, T - 20-months-old with testosterone, S - 20-months-old resistance trained and ST - 20-months-old with resistance training associated with testosterone propionate. All groups were submitted to familiarization and maximum load carrying testing (MLCT)...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809841/measuring-neuromuscular-junction-functionality
#2
Emanuele Rizzuto, Simona Pisu, Carmine Nicoletti, Zaccaria Del Prete, Antonio Musarò
Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) functionality plays a pivotal role when studying diseases in which the communication between motor neuron and muscle is impaired, such as aging and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here we describe an experimental protocol that can be used to measure NMJ functionality by combining two types of electrical stimulation: direct muscle membrane stimulation and the stimulation through the nerve. The comparison of the muscle response to these two different stimulations can help to define, at the functional level, potential alterations in the NMJ that lead to functional decline in muscle...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798955/super-resolution-microscopy-reveals-a-nanoscale-organization-of-acetylcholine-receptors-for-trans-synaptic-alignment-at-neuromuscular-synapses
#3
Amanda L York, James Q Zheng
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is a chemical synapse formed between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers. The vertebrate NMJ uses acetylcholine (ACh) as the neurotransmitter and features numerous invaginations of the postsynaptic muscle membrane termed junctional folds. ACh receptors (AChRs) are believed to be concentrated on the crest of junctional folds but their spatial organization remains to be fully understood. In this study, we utilized super-resolution microscopy to examine the nanoscale organization of AChRs at NMJ...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790398/shedding-light-on-alzheimer-s-%C3%AE-amyloidosis-photosensitized-methylene-blue-inhibits-self-assembly-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptides-and-disintegrates-their-aggregates
#4
Byung Il Lee, Yoon Seok Suh, You Jung Chung, Kweon Yu, Chan Beum Park
Abnormal aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides is a major hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In spite of numerous attempts to prevent the β-amyloidosis, no effective drugs for treating AD have been developed to date. Among many candidate chemicals, methylene blue (MB) has proved its therapeutic potential for AD in a number of in vitro and in vivo studies; but the result of recent clinical trials performed with MB and its derivative was negative. Here, with the aid of multiple photochemical analyses, we first report that photoexcited MB molecules can block Aβ42 aggregation in vitro...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780847/-characteristics-of-repetitive-nerve-stimulation-in-53-cases-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#5
W X Liu, Z H Chen, L Ling, Y T Ren, B Sun, F Yang, F Cui, X S Huang
Objective: To investigate the feature of repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and correlation between RNS and clinical features and electromyography (EMG) findings of the corresponding muscle. Methods: Needle EMG and RNS were performed in 53 patients with ALS, who were recruited into Department of Neurology of Chinese PLA general hospital during April to December in 2016. Decrement of the compond muscle action potential (CMAP) in response to RNS of different nerves and stimulus frequencies was compared...
August 1, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759703/extracorporeal-shock-wave-treatment-can-selectively-destroy-endplates-in-neuromuscular-junctions
#6
Tomonori Kenmoku, Noriko Nemoto, Nahoko Iwakura, Nobuyasu Ochiai, Kentaro Uchida, Takashi Saisu, Seiji Ohtori, Koichi Nakagawa, Takahisa Sasho, Masashi Takaso
INTRODUCTION: This study assessed the effect of radial extracorporeal shock wave (rESW) exposure on neuromuscular transmission and neuromuscular junction (NMJ) morphology. METHODS: We applied 2,000 rESWs at 0.18 mJ/mm(2) and a frequency of 15 Hz to the right calf of male rats, measured the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) and examined NMJ morphology using electron microscopy. Left calf muscles were used as controls. RESULTS: rESW exposure significantly reduced CMAP amplitude without delayed latency in exposed muscles compared to controls...
July 31, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745645/a-simple-neuronal-mechanical-injury-methodology-to-study-drosophila-motor-neuron-degeneration
#7
Erika B Danella, Lani C Keller
The degeneration of neurons occurs during normal development and in response to injury, stress, and disease. The cellular hallmarks of neuronal degeneration are remarkably similar in humans and invertebrates as are the molecular mechanisms that drive these processes. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, provides a powerful yet simple genetic model organism to study the cellular complexities of neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, approximately 70% of disease-associated human genes have a Drosophila homolog and a plethora of tools and assays have been described using flies to study human neurodegenerative diseases...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729214/milk-fat-globule-membrane-supplementation-with-voluntary-running-exercise-attenuates-age-related-motor-dysfunction-by-suppressing-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-mice
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Michiko Yano, Yoshihiko Minegishi, Satoshi Sugita, Noriyasu Ota
Age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function attenuates physical performance, and maintaining fine muscle innervation is known to play an important role in its prevention. We had previously shown that consumption of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) with habitual exercise improves the muscle mass and motor function in humans and mice. Improvement of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) was suggested as one of the mechanisms underlying these effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MFGM intake combined with voluntary running (MFGM-VR) on morphological changes of NMJ and motor function in aging mice...
July 18, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718435/agrin-to-yap-in-cancer-and-neuromuscular-junctions
#9
Wen-Cheng Xiong, Lin Mei
Agrin is utilized by motor neurons to stimulate the LRP4-MuSK receptor in muscles for neuromuscular junction (NMJ) formation. Recent studies of cancer have identified novel functions of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4-muscle-specific kinase (LRP4-MuSK) pathway. Agrin may act as a mechanotransduction signal in the extracellular matrix (ECM) to coordinate the cross-talk between the LRP4-MuSK pathway and integrin-focal adhesion pathway. Ensuing Yes-associated protein (YAP) activation promotes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
April 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712002/mutations-in-gfpt1-related-congenital-myasthenic-syndromes-are-associated-with-synaptic-morphological-defects-and-underlie-a-tubular-aggregate-myopathy-with-synaptopathy
#10
Stéphanie Bauché, Geoffroy Vellieux, Damien Sternberg, Marie-Joséphine Fontenille, Elodie De Bruyckere, Claire-Sophie Davoine, Guy Brochier, Julien Messéant, Lucie Wolf, Michel Fardeau, Emmanuelle Lacène, Norma Romero, Jeanine Koenig, Emmanuel Fournier, Daniel Hantaï, Nathalie Streichenberger, Veronique Manel, Arnaud Lacour, Aleksandra Nadaj-Pakleza, Sylvie Sukno, Françoise Bouhour, Pascal Laforêt, Bertrand Fontaine, Laure Strochlic, Bruno Eymard, Frédéric Chevessier, Tanya Stojkovic, Sophie Nicole
Mutations in GFPT1 (glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1), a gene encoding an enzyme involved in glycosylation of ubiquitous proteins, cause a limb-girdle congenital myasthenic syndrome (LG-CMS) with tubular aggregates (TAs) characterized predominantly by affection of the proximal skeletal muscles and presence of highly organized and remodeled sarcoplasmic tubules in patients' muscle biopsies. We report here the first long-term clinical follow-up of 11 French individuals suffering from LG-CMS with TAs due to GFPT1 mutations, of which nine are new...
August 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680299/the-scaffolding-protein-grb2-associated-binder-1-in-skeletal-muscles-and-terminal-schwann-cells-regulates-postnatal-neuromuscular-synapse-maturation
#11
So Young Park, So Young Jang, Yoon Kyoung Shin, Dong Keun Jung, Byeol A Yoon, Jong Kook Kim, Young Rae Jo, Hye Jeong Lee, Hwan Tae Park
The vertebrate neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is considered as a "tripartite synapse" consisting of a motor axon terminal, a muscle endplate, and terminal Schwann cells that envelope the motor axon terminal. The neuregulin 1 (NRG1)-ErbB2 signaling pathway plays an important role in the development of the NMJ. We previously showed that Grb2-associated binder 1 (Gab1), a scaffolding mediator of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, is required for NRG1-induced peripheral nerve myelination. Here, we determined the role of Gab1 in the development of the NMJ using muscle-specific conditional Gab1 knockout mice...
June 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647557/kcc3-loss-of-function-contributes-to-andermann-syndrome-by-inducing-activity-dependent-neuromuscular-junction-defects
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Melissa Bowerman, Céline Salsac, Véronique Bernard, Claire Soulard, Annie Dionne, Emmanuelle Coque, Salim Benlefki, Pascale Hince, Patrick A Dion, Gillian Butler-Browne, William Camu, Jean-Pierre Bouchard, Eric Delpire, Guy A Rouleau, Cédric Raoul, Frédérique Scamps
Loss-of-function mutations in the potassium-chloride cotransporter KCC3 lead to Andermann syndrome, a severe sensorimotor neuropathy characterized by areflexia, amyotrophy and locomotor abnormalities. The molecular events responsible for axonal loss remain poorly understood. Here, we establish that global or neuron-specific KCC3 loss-of-function in mice leads to early neuromuscular junction (NMJ) abnormalities and muscular atrophy that are consistent with the pre-synaptic neurotransmission defects observed in patients...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645175/perturbation-to-cholesterol-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-confers-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-sensitivity-to-neonatal-mice
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Baskaran Thyagarajan, Joseph G Potian, Joseph J McArdle, Padmamalini Baskaran
Botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) cleaves SNAP25 at the motor nerve terminals (MNT) and inhibits stimulus evoked acetylcholine release (SEAR). This causes skeletal muscle paralysis. However, younger neonatal mice (<P7; less than 7 days old) are resistant to the neuroparalytic effects of BoNT/A. That is, in vivo injection of BoNT/A at the innervations of Extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle in the hindlimbs inhibited the toe spread reflex within 24 hours following BoNT/A injection in adult mouse and in older (> P7) neonatal mice younger than 7 days-age remained unaffected by BoNT/A injection...
June 22, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642851/sarcopenia-neurological-point-of-view
#14
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Young Nam Kwon, Sung Sang Yoon
Sarcopenia is an age-related geriatric syndrome which is characterized by the gradual loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, and muscle quality. There are a lot of neurologic insults on sarcopenia at various levels from the brain to the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) to generate a volitional task. Dopaminergic downregulation, inadequate motor programming and motor coordination impairment lead to decline of supraspinal drive. Motor unit reorganization and inflammatory changes in motor neuron decrease conduction velocity and amplitude of compound muscle action potential...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615969/a-behavioral-survey-of-the-effects-of-kavalactones-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuromuscular-transmission
#15
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
#16
Jarrod Shilts, Kendal Broadie
Synaptogenesis is coordinated by trans-synaptic signals that traverse the specialized synaptomatrix between presynaptic and postsynaptic cells. Matrix metalloproteinase (Mmp) activity sculpts this environment, balanced by secreted tissue inhibitors of Mmp (Timp). Here, we use the simplified Drosophila melanogaster matrix metalloproteome to test the 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...
July 15, 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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-leads-to-repeat-length-dependent-neuropathology-and-behavioural-deficits
#20
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, although it is unclear how these and other hallmarks of disease contribute to the pathophysiology of neuronal injury. Here, we describe two novel lines of mice that overexpress either 10 pure or 102 interrupted GGGGCC repeats mediated by adeno-associated virus (AAV) and recapitulate the relevant human pathology and disease-related behavioural phenotypes...
July 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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