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Neurodegenerative diseases

Kyeongjun Lee, Chowee Park, Yeonsoo Oh, Heesoon Lee, Jungsook Cho
Excitotoxicity and oxidative stress play vital roles in the development of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the present study, we investigated the effect of N -((3,4-dihydro-2H-benzo[h]chromen-2-yl)methyl)-4-methoxyaniline (BL-M) on excitotoxic neuronal cell damage in primary cultured rat cortical cells, and compared to that of memantine, a non-competitive N -methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist clinically used to treat AD. We found that BL-M inhibited glutamate- or N -methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)-induced excitotoxic cell damage...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Lisa K Gouwens, Mudar S Ismail, Victoria A Rogers, Nathan T Zeller, Evan C Garrad, Fatima S Amtashar, Nyasha J Makoni, David C Osborn, Michael R Nichols
Microvesicles (MVs) and exosomes comprise a class of cell-secreted particles termed extracellular vesicles (EVs). These cargo-holding vesicles mediate cell-to-cell communication and have recently been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). The two types of EVs are distinguished by the mechanism of cell release and their size, with the smaller exosomes and the larger MVs ranging from 30 to 100 nm and 100 nm to 1 μm in diameter, respectively. MV numbers are increased in AD and appear to interact with amyloid-β peptide (Aβ), the primary protein component of the neuritic plaques in the AD brain...
March 15, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Jing Chen, Yan Qi, Cui-Fang Liu, Jing-Min Lu, Yan Shi
INTRODUCTION: MicroRNAs have been increasing prevalent due to the association of their deregulation with neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the association between miRNAs and AD hasn't been made clear. PURPOSE: In this study, Nine representative miRNA datasets were selected for the identification of the critical miRNAs by analyzing the overlap relations among them. TargetScan software was further used to predict the target genes of these miRNAs...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Gene Medicine
Daniel Weintraub, Alexander I Tröster, Connie Marras, Glenn Stebbins
The focus on cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases, including PD, is shifting from the dementia stage to earlier stages of impairment, including mild cognitive impairment. This shift is driven primarily by the desire to improve long-term outcomes by delivering therapeutic interventions earlier in the clinical course, even presymptomatically in those at highest risk, and at the initial stage in the pathophysiological cascade that underpins common dementia syndromes. This article focuses on key findings and challenges in studying earliest stages of cognitive decline in PD, including a detailed examination of neuropsychological testing, cognitive performance in early and prodromal PD, epidemiological research for PD mild cognitive impairment to date, and expert recommendations for assessment...
March 15, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Akhil Kumar, Ashish Tiwari, Ashok Sharma
Alzheimer disease (AD) is now considered as a multifactorial neurodegenerative disorder and rapidly increasing to an alarming situation and causing higher death rate. One target one ligand hypothesis is not able to provide complete solution of AD due to multifactorial nature of disease and one target one drug seems to fail to provide better treatment against AD. Moreover, current available treatments are limited and most of the upcoming treatments under clinical trials are based on modulating single target...
March 15, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
Sheikh Arslan Sehgal, Mirza A Hammad, Rana Adnan Tahir, Hafiza Nisha Akram, Faheem Ahmad
BACKGROUND: As the number of elderly persons increases, neurodegenerative diseases are becoming ubiquitous. There is currently a great need for knowledge concerning management of old-age neurodegenerative diseases; the most important of which are: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Huntington's disease. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the potential of computationally predicted molecules and targets against neurodegenerative diseases...
March 15, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
Margarita Villar, Lourdes Mateos-Hernandez, Jose de la Fuente
BACKGROUND: Why an autoimmune disease that is the main cause of the acute neuromuscular paralysis worldwide has not yet a well-characterized cause or an effective treatment? The existence of different clinical variants for the Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) coupled with the fact that a high number of pathogens can cause an infection that sometimes, but not always, precedes the development of the syndrome, confers a high degree of uncertainty for both prognosis and treatment. In the post-genomic era, the development of omics technologies for the high-throughput analysis of biological molecules is allowing the characterization of biological systems in a degree of depth unimaginable before...
March 14, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Karolina Pierzynowska, Lidia Gaffke, Zuzanna Cyske, Michał Puchalski, Estera Rintz, Michał Bartkowski, Marta Osiadły, Michał Pierzynowski, Jagoda Mantej, Ewa Piotrowska, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
Autophagy is a process of degradation of macromolecules in the cytoplasm, particularly proteins of a long half-life, as well as whole organelles, in eukaryotic cells. Lysosomes play crucial roles during this degradation. Autophagy is a phylogenetically old, and evolutionarily conserved phenomenon which occurs in all eukaryotic cells. It can be found in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, insect Drosophila melanogaster, and mammals, including humans. Its high importance for cell physiology has been recognized, and in fact, dysfunctions causing impaired autophagy are associated with many severe disorders, including cancer and metabolic brain diseases...
March 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Augusta Pisanu, Laura Boi, Giovanna Mulas, Saturnino Spiga, Sandro Fenu, Anna R Carta
Neuroinflammation is a main component of Parkinson's disease (PD) neuropathology, where unremitting reactive microglia and microglia-secreted soluble molecules such as cytokines, contribute to the neurodegenerative process as part of an aberrant immune reaction. Besides, pro-inflammatory cytokines, predominantly TNF-α, play an important neuromodulatory role in the healthy and diseased brain, being involved in neurotransmitter metabolism, synaptic scaling and brain plasticity. Recent preclinical studies have evidenced an exacerbated neuroinflammatory reaction in the striatum of parkinsonian rats that developed dyskinetic responses following L-DOPA administration...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Ingo de Vries, Sarah Schreiber, Daniel Boßmann, Zawadi Hellmann, Jens Kopatz, Harald Neumann, Sascha Beutel
Polysialic acid (polySia) is a promising molecule for various medical applications (e.g., treatment of inflammatory neurodegenerative diseases). In this study a complete production process for human-identical α-(2,8)-linked polySia was developed using a disposable bioreactor for cultivation of Escherichia coli K1 and single-use membrane adsorbers for downstream processing (DSP). The cultivation process was optimized to minimize complex media components and a maturation process after cultivation was established...
March 2018: Biotechnology Reports
Nootchanat Mairuae, Poonlarp Cheepsunthorn
Iron accumulation in activated microglia has been consistently reported in neurodegenerative diseases. Previous results suggest that these cells facilitate neuroinflammation leading to neuronal cell death. Therefore, chemical compounds that alleviate the activation of iron-rich microglia may result in neuroprotection. In the present study, the effect of valproic acid (VPA) on microglial activation under iron-rich conditions was investigated. BV-2 microglial cells were exposed to lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 1 µg/ml) and iron (300 µg/ml) with or without VPA (1...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Andreas Kling, Katja Jantos, Helmut Mack, Wilfried Hornberger, Gisela Backfisch, Yanbin Lao, Marjoleen Nijsen, Beatrice Rendenbach-Mueller, Achim Moeller
Dysregulation of calpains 1 and 2 has been implicated in a variety of pathological disorders including ischemia/reperfusion injuries, kidney diseases, cataract formation, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). 2-(3-Phenyl-1 H )-pyrazol-1-yl)nicotinamides represent a series of novel and potent calpain inhibitors with high selectivity and in vivo efficacy. However, carbonyl reduction leading to the formation of the inactive hydroxyamide was identified as major metabolic liability in monkey and human, a pathway not reflected by routine absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) assays...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Neydher Berroterán-Infante, Theresa Balber, Petra Fürlinger, Michael Bergmann, Rupert Lanzenberger, Marcus Hacker, Markus Mitterhauser, Wolfgang Wadsak
The overexpression of the translocator protein (TSPO) has been amply reported for a variety of conditions, including neurodegenerative disorders, heart failure, and cancer. Thus, TSPO has been proposed as an excellent imaging biomarker, allowing, in this manner, to obtain an accurate diagnosis and to follow disease progression and therapy response. Accordingly, several radioligands have been developed to accomplish this purpose. In this work, we selected [18 F]FEPPA, as one of the clinical established tracers, and assessed its in vitro performance in colorectal cancer...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Warren Winick-Ng, R Jane Rylett
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by synapse dysfunction and cognitive impairment. Understanding the development and progression of AD is challenging, as the disease is highly complex and multifactorial. Both environmental and genetic factors play a role in AD pathogenesis, highlighted by observations of complex DNA modifications at the single gene level, and by new evidence that also implicates changes in genome architecture in AD patients. The four-dimensional structure of chromatin in space and time is essential for context-dependent regulation of gene expression in post-mitotic neurons...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Sang-Won Min, Peter Dongmin Sohn, Yaqiao Li, Nino Devidze, Jeffrey R Johnson, Nevan J Krogan, Eliezer Masliah, Sue-Ann Mok, Jason E Gestwicki, Li Gan
Hyperacetylation of tau has been implicated in neurodegeneration and cognitive decline in tauopathy brains. The NAD-dependent class III protein deacetylase SIRT1 is one of major enzymes involved in removal of acetyl groups from tau in vitro However, whether SIRT1 regulates acetylation of pathogenic tau and ameliorates tau-mediated pathogenesis remains unclear. Here, we report deacetylating activity of SIRT1 for acetylated Lys174 (K174) of tau in tauP301S transgenic mice with a brain-specific SIRT1 deletion...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Jodi R Paul, Hira A Munir, Thomas van Groen, Karen L Gamble
Disruption of circadian rhythms is commonly reported in individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurons in the primary circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), exhibit daily rhythms in spontaneous neuronal activity which are important for maintaining circadian behavioral rhythms. Disruption of SCN neuronal activity has been reported in animal models of other neurodegenerative disorders; however, the effect of AD on SCN neurophysiology remains unknown. In this study we examined circadian behavioral and electrophysiological changes in a mouse model of AD, using male mice from the Tg-SwDI line which expresses human amyloid precursor protein with the familial Swedish (K670N/M671L), Dutch (E693Q), Iowa (D694N) mutations...
March 11, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Julie A Reisz, Alexander S Barrett, Travis Nemkov, Kirk C Hansen, Angelo D'Alessandro
Proteins have been historically regarded as "nature's robots": Molecular machines that are essential to cellular/extracellular physical mechanical properties and catalyze key reactions for cell/system viability. However, these robots are kept in check by other protein-based machinery to preserve proteome integrity and stability. During aging, protein homeostasis is challenged by oxidation, decreased synthesis, and increasingly inefficient mechanisms responsible for repairing or degrading damaged proteins...
March 14, 2018: Expert Review of Proteomics
Huiling Wang, Menglan Zhao, Jialong Chen, Yixian Ren, Guanghai Wang, Wenjun Li, Fei Zou
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most debilitating neurodegenerative disorders. The etiology of sporadic PD remains unknown. One prominent hypothesis is that impaired mitochondrial function may underlie slow and progressive neurodegeneration. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a crucial component that regulates the intramitochondrial Ca level. Ca uptake to the mitochondria by MCU, resulting in activation of mitochondrial dehydrogenases and stimulation of ATP synthesis, but excessive Ca uptake to the mitochondria resulting in cell apoptosis...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Srividya Gopalakrishnan, Harshavardhana H Ediga, S Sreenivasa Reddy, G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Ayesha Ismail
Altered activity of the proteolytic machine-the 26S proteasome is observed in many disease conditions. Hence, either inhibition or activation of the 26S proteasome is thought to be a novel therapy for treatment of certain diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we tested the potential of cinnamon and one of its active ingredients, procyanidin-B2 (PCB2), in inhibiting the catalytic activities of the proteasome and suppressing prostate cancer cell growth. Proteasome activities were measured using fluorogenic substrates specific for the different enzymatic activities of the 26S proteasome by flourometry...
March 14, 2018: IUBMB Life
Ondrej Benek, Lukas Hroch, Laura Aitken, Frank Gunn-Moore, Lucie Vinklarova, Kamil Kuca, Daniel I Perez, Concepcion Perez, Ana Martinez, Zdenek Fisar, Kamil Musilek
Several neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been connected with deregulation of casein kinase 1 (CK1) activity. Inhibition of CK1 therefore presents a potential therapeutic strategy against such pathologies. Recently, novel class of CK1-specific inhibitors with N-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)-2-phenylacetamide structural scaffold has been discovered. 1-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)-3-phenylureas, on the other hand, are known inhibitors amyloid-beta binding alcohol dehydrogenase (ABAD), an enzyme also involved in pathophysiology of AD...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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