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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351805/neuroprotection-by-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-oxidative-stress-mediated-injury
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Bojun Chen, Jianming Li, Richard Ben Borgens
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is a critical component of nervous system secondary injury. Oxidative stress produces toxic chemical byproducts including reactive aldehydes that traverse intact membranes and attack neighboring healthy cells. This secondary damage often leads to further patho-biochemical cascades that exacerbate the original insult. In this work, we investigate the therapeutic effects of chitosan nanoparticles on cell cultures exposed to oxidative stress. RESULTS: We found chitosan nanoparticles can rescue BV-2 glial cells from death, but only for cells undergoing necrosis...
January 19, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351662/the-versatile-tanycyte-a-hypothalamic-integrator-of-reproduction-and-energy-metabolism
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Vincent Prevot, Bénédicte Dehouck, Ariane Sharif, Philippe Ciofi, Paolo Giacobini, Jerome Clasadonte
The fertility and survival of an individual rely on the ability of the periphery to promptly, effectively and reproducibly communicate with brain neural networks that control reproduction, food intake and energy homeostasis. Tanycytes, a specialized glial cell type lining the wall of the third ventricle in the median eminence of the hypothalamus, appear to act as the linchpin of these processes by dynamically controlling the secretion of neuropeptides into the portal vasculature by hypothalamic neurons and regulating blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid exchanges, both processes that depend on the ability of these cells to adapt their morphology to the physiological state of the individual...
January 17, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351334/endothelin-1-is-associated-with-fibrosis-in-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-membranes
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William Chang, Michelle Lajko, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To characterize the relationship between endothelin-1 and fibrosis in epiretinal membranes in proliferative diabetic retinopathy and explore the role of endothelial-mesenchymal transition in these membranes. METHODS: Membranes were obtained from eyes undergoing pars plana vitrectomy for complicated proliferative diabetic retinopathy or idiopathic epiretinal membrane. Through standard immunohistochemical techniques, we labeled membranes to explore the distribution of endothelin-1 and endothelin receptor B, comparing proliferative diabetic retinopathy and idiopathic epiretinal membranes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351212/changes-in-the-expression-of-aqp4-and-aqp9-in-the-hippocampus-following-eclampsia-like-seizure
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Xinjia Han, Qian Huang, Lei Liu, Xiaoyan Sha, Bihui Hu, Huishu Liu
Eclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy that is defined by the new onset of grand mal seizures on the basis of pre-eclampsia. Until now, the mechanisms underlying eclampsia were poorly understood. Brain edema is considered a leading cause of eclamptic seizures; aquaporins (AQP4 and AQP9), the glial water channel proteins mainly expressed in the nervous system, play an important role in brain edema. We studied AQP4 and AQP9 expression in the hippocampus of pre-eclamptic and eclamptic rats in order to explore the molecular mechanisms involved in brain edema...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351125/central-inhibition-of-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-is-analgesic-in-experimental-neuropathic-pain
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Louise S C Nicol, Peter Thornton, Jon P Hatcher, Colin P Glover, Carl I Webster, Matthew Burrell, Kessia Hammett, Clare A Jones, Matthew A Sleeman, Andrew Billinton, Iain Chessell
With less than 50% of patients responding to the current standard of care and poor efficacy and selectivity of current treatments, neuropathic pain continues to be an area of considerable unmet medical need. Biological therapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) provide better intrinsic selectivity; however, delivery to the central nervous system (CNS) remains a challenge. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is well described in inflammation-induced pain, and early-phase clinical trials evaluating its antagonism have exemplified its importance as a peripheral pain target...
January 16, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350777/the-pathology-of-lumbosacral-lipomas-macroscopic-and-microscopic-disparity-have-implications-for-embryogenesis-and-mode-of-clinical-deterioration
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Victoria Jones, Victoria Wykes, Nicki Cohen, Dominic Thompson, Thomas S Jacques
AIMS: Lumbosacral lipomas (LSL) are congenital disorders of the terminal spinal cord region that have the potential to cause significant spinal cord dysfunction in children. They are of unknown embryogenesis with variable clinical presentation and natural history. It is unclear whether the spinal cord dysfunction reflects a primary developmental dysplasia or whether it occurs secondarily to mechanical traction (spinal cord tethering) with growth. Whilst different anatomical subtypes are recognised and classified according to radiological criteria, these subtypes correlate poorly with clinical prognosis...
January 19, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350438/astrocytic-glutamine-synthetase-is-expressed-in-the-neuronal-somatic-layers-and-down-regulated-proportionally-to-neuronal-loss-in-the-human-epileptic-hippocampus
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Ismini E Papageorgiou, Nektarios A Valous, Bernd Lahrmann, Hana Janova, Zin-Juan Klaft, Arend Koch, Ulf C Schneider, Peter Vajkoczy, Frank L Heppner, Niels Grabe, Niels Halama, Uwe Heinemann, Oliver Kann
Human mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) features subregion-specific hippocampal neurodegeneration and reactive astrogliosis, including up-regulation of the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and down-regulation of glutamine synthetase (GS). However, the regional astrocytic expression pattern of GFAP and GS upon MTLE-associated neurodegeneration still remains elusive. We assessed GFAP and GS expression in strict correlation with the local neuronal number in cortical and hippocampal surgical specimens from 16 MTLE patients using immunohistochemistry, stereology and high-resolution image analysis for digital pathology and whole-slide imaging...
January 19, 2018: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349573/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-elevates-stimulus-evoked-release-of-dopamine-in-freely-moving-rats
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Juho-Matti Renko, Susanne Bäck, Merja H Voutilainen, T Petteri Piepponen, Ilkka Reenilä, Mart Saarma, Raimo K Tuominen
Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) hold potential as disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), and mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) have shown neuroprotective and restorative effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons in various animal models of Parkinson's disease. To date, however, their effects on brain neurochemistry have not been compared using in vivo microdialysis...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349289/mixed-neurodevelopmental-and-neurodegenerative-pathology-in-nhe6-null-mouse-model-of-christianson-syndrome
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Meiyu Xu, Qing Ouyang, Jingyi Gong, Matthew F Pescosolido, Brandon S Pruett, Sasmita Mishra, Michael Schmidt, Richard N Jones, Ece D Gamsiz Uzun, Sofia B Lizarraga, Eric M Morrow
Christianson syndrome (CS) is an X-linked disorder resulting from loss-of-function mutations in SLC9A6, which encodes the endosomal Na+/H+ exchanger 6 (NHE6). Symptoms include early developmental delay, seizures, intellectual disability, nonverbal status, autistic features, postnatal microcephaly, and progressive ataxia. Neuronal development is impaired in CS, involving defects in neuronal arborization and synaptogenesis, likely underlying diminished brain growth postnatally. In addition to neurodevelopmental defects, some reports have supported neurodegenerative pathology in CS with age...
November 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348149/in-memoriam-ben-barres
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Nicola J Allen, Richard Daneman
Ben Barres, professor of neurobiology at Stanford University and member of the JCB editorial board for over 15 years, passed away on December 27, 2017, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Ben left an indelible mark on the scientific community as a scientist, an advocate for equality, and an unbelievably supportive mentor. As a scientist his creative approaches led him to remarkable discoveries about the importance of glial cells in the brain, and his passion elevated these cells from the "other cells in the brain" to a significant place in the consciousness of neurobiology...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347745/multiplexing-topologies-and-time-scales-the-gains-and-losses-of-synchrony
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Sergey Makovkin, Anil Kumar, Alexey Zaikin, Sarika Jalan, Mikhail Ivanchenko
Inspired by the recent interest in collective dynamics of biological neural networks immersed in the glial cell medium, we investigate the frequency and phase order, i.e., Kuramoto type of synchronization in a multiplex two-layer network of phase oscillators of different time scales and topologies. One of them has a long-range connectivity, exemplified by the Erdős-Rényi random network, and supports both kinds of synchrony. The other is a locally coupled two-dimensional lattice that can reach frequency synchronization but lacks phase order...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346405/oxytocin-alters-cell-fate-selection-of-rat-neural-progenitor-cells-in-vitro
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Arvind Palanisamy, Ramaswamy Kannappan, Zhiqiang Xu, Audrey Martino, Matthew B Friese, Justin D Boyd, Gregory Crosby, Deborah J Culley
Synthetic oxytocin (sOT) is widely used during labor, yet little is known about its effects on fetal brain development despite evidence that it reaches the fetal circulation. Here, we tested the hypothesis that sOT would affect early neurodevelopment by investigating its effects on neural progenitor cells (NPC) from embryonic day 14 rat pups. NPCs expressed the oxytocin receptor (OXTR), which was downregulated by 45% upon prolonged treatment with sOT. Next, we examined the effects of sOT on NPC death, apoptosis, proliferation, and differentiation using antibodies to NeuN (neurons), Olig2 (oligodendrocytes), and GFAP (astrocytes)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344867/immuno-laser-capture-microdissection-for-the-isolation-of-enriched-glial-populations-from-frozen-post-mortem-human-brain
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Julie E Simpson, Stephen B Wharton, Paul R Heath
Laser-capture microdissection (LCM) has revolutionized the isolation of defined regions and specific cell populations from human tissue. This approach used in combination with immunohistochemistry (immuno-LCM) has become a valuable method for isolating individual cell-types from a complex heterogeneous population. Here, we describe the detailed methodology required for the isolation of enriched populations of GFAP+ astrocytes, OSP+ oligodendrocytes, and CD68+ microglia from frozen post-mortem human central nervous system tissue using immuno-LCM...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344866/immuno-guided-laser-capture-microdissection-of-glial-cells-for-mrna-analysis
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Arnaud B Nicot, Justine Rambeau, Flora Guillot, Alexandra Garcia, David A Laplaud
Laser-capture microdissection (LCM) allows for retrieval of specific cell populations in situ. By combining immunofluorescent labeling with LCM, mRNAs can be probed by qRT-PCR for determining in situ gene expression during health and disease. This approach permits obtaining and analyzing histologically enriched cell populations in a tissue that can be hardly obtained from other methods such as white matter astrocytes from rodents or any individual cell population from archival human or rodent brain tissues...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344259/lesions-of-the-central-nervous-system-in-leukemia-pathological-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-at-presentation-in-14-patients
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Jing Liu, Yaming Wang, Xuefei Sun, Shuo Liu, Zhenkun Yu, Nan Ji, Shengjun Sun, Yuanbo Liu
The present study aimed to characterize the specific pathology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings observed in patients with leukemia with central nervous system (CNS) lesions, and to determine their value in the management of such patients. Lesions of the CNS were observed during and following treatment of leukemia. The data from stereotactic biopsy-proven pathology (12 patients) and MRI examinations (14 patients) were retrospectively evaluated. Proton-magnetic resonance-spectroscopy was performed in three patients...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343959/antitumor-effect-of-a-new-nano-vector-with-mirna-135a-on-malignant-glioma
#16
Chaofeng Liang, Weitong Sun, Haiyong He, Baoyu Zhang, Cong Ling, Bocheng Wang, Tengchao Huang, Bo Hou, Ying Guo
Introduction: MiR-135a is found to selectively induce apoptosis in glioma cell but not in normal neurons and glial cells. However, low transfection efficacy limits its application in vivo as other miRNAs. We prepared a new kind of nano-vector based on polyethylene glycol methyl ether (mPEG) and hyper-branched polyethylenimine (hy-PEI) in order to improve the miRNA delivery system into the glioma cells. Methods: The mPEG-g-PEI/miR-135a was constructed and detected by 1H NMR and FTIR analyses...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341299/autonomous-purkinje-cell-axonal-dystrophy-causes-ataxia-in-peroxisomal-multifunctional-protein-2-deficiency
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Stephanie De Munter, Dorien Bamps, Ana Rita Malheiro, Ritesh Kumar Baboota, Pedro Brites, Myriam Baes
BACKGROUND: Peroxisomes play a crucial role in normal neurodevelopment and in the maintenance of the adult brain. This depends largely on intact peroxisomal β-oxidation given the similarities in pathologies between peroxisome biogenesis disorders and deficiency of multifunctional protein-2 (MFP2), the central enzyme of this pathway. Recently, adult patients diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia were shown to have mild mutations in the MFP2 gene, hydroxy-steroid dehydrogenase (17 beta) type 4 (HSD17B4)...
January 17, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341007/functional-diffusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Rita Maria Rocha Oliveira, Irene Guadilla, Pilar López-Larrubia
Functional diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (fDMRI) is a noninvasive technique that allows elucidating physiological and anatomical changes at a microscopic scale by detection of water molecular displacements in tissue structures. These displacements likely reflect microstructural changes associated with neuronal or glial cells activation. In this chapter, we will describe the physical and biological concepts of fDMRI and how images of brain activation can be acquired in a preclinical setup.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340649/optic-nerve-regeneration-after-crush-remodels-the-injury-site-molecular-insights-from-imaging-mass-spectrometry
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David T Stark, David M G Anderson, Jacky M K Kwong, Nathan Heath Patterson, Kevin L Schey, Richard M Caprioli, Joseph Caprioli
Purpose: Mammalian central nervous system axons fail to regenerate after injury. Contributing factors include limited intrinsic growth capacity and an inhibitory glial environment. Inflammation-induced optic nerve regeneration (IIR) is thought to boost retinal ganglion cell (RGC) intrinsic growth capacity through progrowth gene expression, but effects on the inhibitory glial environment of the optic nerve are unexplored. To investigate progrowth molecular changes associated with reactive gliosis during IIR, we developed an imaging mass spectrometry (IMS)-based approach that identifies discriminant molecular signals in and around optic nerve crush (ONC) sites...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339718/injury-activated-glial-cells-promote-wound-healing-of-the-adult-skin-in-mice
#20
Vadims Parfejevs, Julien Debbache, Olga Shakhova, Simon M Schaefer, Mareen Glausch, Michael Wegner, Ueli Suter, Una Riekstina, Sabine Werner, Lukas Sommer
Cutaneous wound healing is a complex process that aims to re-establish the original structure of the skin and its functions. Among other disorders, peripheral neuropathies are known to severely impair wound healing capabilities of the skin, revealing the importance of skin innervation for proper repair. Here, we report that peripheral glia are crucially involved in this process. Using a mouse model of wound healing, combined with in vivo fate mapping, we show that injury activates peripheral glia by promoting de-differentiation, cell-cycle re-entry and dissemination of the cells into the wound bed...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
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