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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748133/retinoic-acid-inhibits-neuronal-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
#1
Eric de Hoog, Mark K Lukewich, Gaynor E Spencer
Retinoic acid is the active metabolite of vitamin A and regulates several important cellular processes by activating retinoic acid receptors (RAR) and retinoid X receptors (RXR). These receptors generally act as transcription factors, though non-genomic actions of both retinoic acid and the receptors have also been reported. One such nongenomic effect includes the modulation of Ca2+ levels during homeostatic synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. Retinoic acid can thus affect Ca2+ signaling and can potentially control both synaptic plasticity and neuronal firing...
February 13, 2018: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744948/presynaptic-inhibition-decreases-when-estrogen-level-rises
#2
M A Hoffman, J R Doeringer, M F Norcross, S T Johnson, P E Chappell
The objective was to determine estrogen's influence on control of a skeletal muscle through measurements of motorneuron excitability (H:M ratio) and presynaptic inhibition (PI). Estrogen serum concentrations were measured at menses and ovulation of female subjects and compared to male controls. Data was analyzed from 12 females and 13 males reporting no history of knee ligament injury. Females reported regular menstrual cycles and no hormone-based contraceptive use for the previous year. Females were tested at menses (Time1) and ovulation (Time2)...
May 9, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739270/bioinspired-3d-human-neuromuscular-junction-development-in-suspended-hydrogel-arrays
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Thomas Dixon, Eliad Cohen, Dana Meredith Cairns, Maria Rodriguez, Juanita Mathews, Rod Jose, David L Kaplan
The physical connection between motoneurons and skeletal muscle targets is responsible for the creation of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), which allow electrical signals to be translated to mechanical work. NMJ pathology contributes to the spectrum of neuromuscular, motoneuron, and dystrophic disease. Improving in vitro tools that allow for recapitulation of the physiology of the neuromuscular connection will enable researchers to better understand the development and maturation of NMJs, and will help to decipher mechanisms leading to NMJ degeneration...
May 9, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29560950/-changes-in-walking-in-the-elderly
#4
I V Damulin
The article addresses gait disturbances in the elderly. It emphasizes that the system that maintains the balance in resting conditions and gait is based on the hierarchical principle and its function depends on the maintenance of integration between vestibular, visual and somatosensory information as well as on cognitive functions. Walking depends on the integrity of frontal-subcortical neuronal circles that support regulatory functions. The main pathogenetic mechanisms of age-related disturbances of balance and gait are a decrease in the efficacy of spinal motorneurons activation caused by Ia-afferentation, a decrease in cortical activation and excitability of corticospinal pathways and in the intensity of intracortical inhibition...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451889/effects-of-patterned-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-on-soleus-spinal-motor-neuron-excitability
#5
Samuel Jimenez, Laura Mordillo-Mateos, Michele Dileone, Michela Campolo, Carmen Carrasco-Lopez, Fabricia Moitinho-Ferreira, Tomas Gallego-Izquierdo, Hartwig R Siebner, Josep Valls-Solé, Juan Aguilar, Antonio Oliviero
Spinal plasticity is thought to contribute to sensorimotor recovery of limb function in several neurological disorders and can be experimentally induced in animals and humans using different stimulation protocols. In healthy individuals, electrical continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) of the median nerve has been shown to change spinal motoneuron excitability in the cervical spinal cord as indexed by a change in mean H-reflex amplitude in the flexor carpi radialis muscle. It is unknown whether continuous TBS of a peripheral nerve can also shift motoneuron excitability in the lower limb...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438795/independent-suboesophageal-neuronal-innervation-of-the-defense-gland-and-longitudinal-muscles-in-the-stick-insect-peruphasma-schultei-prothorax
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Konrad Stolz, Johannes Strauß, Joscha Arne Alt, Reinhard Lakes-Harlan
This study investigates the neuroanatomy of the defense gland and a related muscle in the stick insect Peruphasma schultei with axonal tracing and histological sections. The gland is innervated by three neurons through the Nervus anterior of the suboesophageal ganglion (SOG), the ipsilateral neuron (ILN), the contralateral neuron (CLN) and the prothoracic intersegmental neuron (PIN). The ILN has a large soma which is typical for motoneurons that cause fast contraction of large muscles and its dendrites are located in motor-sensory and sensory neuropile areas of the SOG...
March 2018: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29400437/different-bioactive-neuropeptides-are-expressed-in-two-sub-classes-of-gabaergic-rme-nerve-ring-motorneurons-in-ascaris-suum
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Jennifer J Knickelbine, Christopher J Konop, India R Viola, Colette B Rogers, Lynn A Messinger, Martha M Vestling, Antony O W Stretton
Neuropeptides can have significant effects on neurons and synapses, but among the ∼250 predicted peptides in nematodes, few have been characterized functionally. Here, we report new neuropeptides in the 4 RME nerve ring motorneurons of the nematode Ascaris suum. These GABAergic neurons are involved in three-dimensional head movement. Mass spectrometry (MS) of single dissected RMEs detected a total of 12 neuropeptides (encoded by five genes), nine of which are novel. None of these are expressed in the DI/VI inhibitory GABAergic motorneurons that synapse onto body wall muscle...
February 13, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328915/retrovirus-like-gag-protein-arc1-binds-rna-and-traffics-across-synaptic-boutons
#8
James Ashley, Benjamin Cordy, Diandra Lucia, Lee G Fradkin, Vivian Budnik, Travis Thomson
Arc/Arg3.1 is required for synaptic plasticity and cognition, and mutations in this gene are linked to autism and schizophrenia. Arc bears a domain resembling retroviral/retrotransposon Gag-like proteins, which multimerize into a capsid that packages viral RNA. The significance of such a domain in a plasticity molecule is uncertain. Here, we report that the Drosophila Arc1 protein forms capsid-like structures that bind darc1 mRNA in neurons and is loaded into extracellular vesicles that are transferred from motorneurons to muscles...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180963/spinal-cord-molecular-and-cellular-changes-induced-by-adenoviral-vector-and-cell-mediated-triple-gene-therapy-after-severe-contusion
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Andrei A Izmailov, Tatyana V Povysheva, Farid V Bashirov, Mikhail E Sokolov, Filip O Fadeev, Ravil R Garifulin, Boris S Naroditsky, Denis Y Logunov, Ilnur I Salafutdinov, Yuri A Chelyshev, Rustem R Islamov, Igor A Lavrov
The gene therapy has been successful in treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) in several animal models, although it still remains unavailable for clinical practice. Surprisingly, regardless the fact that multiple reports showed motor recovery with gene therapy, little is known about molecular and cellular changes in the post-traumatic spinal cord following viral vector- or cell-mediated gene therapy. In this study we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy and changes in spinal cord after treatment with the genes encoding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), angiogenin (ANG), and neuronal cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) applied using both approaches...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101004/acting-on-identity-myoblast-fusion-and-the-formation-of-the-syncytial-muscle-fiber
#10
REVIEW
Su Deng, Mafalda Azevedo, Mary Baylies
The study of Drosophila muscle development dates back to the middle of the last century. Since that time, Drosophila has proved to be an ideal system for studying muscle development, differentiation, function, and disease. As in humans, Drosophila muscle forms via a series of conserved steps, starting with muscle specification, myoblast fusion, attachment to tendon cells, interactions with motorneurons, and sarcomere and myofibril formation. The genes and mechanisms required for these processes share striking similarities to those found in humans...
December 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047458/recordings-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-locomotor-behaviour-following-targeted-ablation-of-single-motorneurons
#11
Yee Lian Chew, Denise S Walker, Emma K Towlson, Petra E Vértes, Gang Yan, Albert-László Barabási, William R Schafer
Lesioning studies have provided important insight into the functions of brain regions in humans and other animals. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, with a small nervous system of 302 identified neurons, it is possible to generate lesions with single cell resolution and infer the roles of individual neurons in behaviour. Here we present a dataset of ~300 video recordings representing the locomotor behaviour of animals carrying single-cell ablations of 5 different motorneurons. Each file includes a raw video of approximately 27,000 frames; each frame has also been segmented to yield the position, contour, and body curvature of the tracked animal...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767631/neuroprotective-effects-of-c-terminal-domain-of-tetanus-toxin-on-rat-brain-against-motorneuron-damages-after-experimental-spinal-cord-injury
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Murat Celal Sozbilen, Murat Ozturk, Gizem Kaftan, Taner Dagci, Halit Ozyalcin, Guliz Armagan
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental animal study investigating the efficacy of C-terminal domain of tetanus toxin application as neuroprotective effects on rat brain in a model of spinal cord injury (SCI). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible role of C-terminal domain of tetanus toxin (Hc-TeTx) on cell death mechanisms including apoptosis and autophagy following SCI. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Traumatic SCI can lead to posttraumatic inflammation, oxidative stress, motor neuron apoptosis, necrosis, and autophagy of tissue...
March 15, 2018: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571492/eccentric-exercise-to-enhance-neuromuscular-control
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REVIEW
Lindsey K Lepley, Adam S Lepley, James A Onate, Dustin R Grooms
CONTEXT: Neuromuscular alterations are a major causal factor of primary and secondary injuries. Though injury prevention programs have experienced some success, rates of injuries have not declined, and after injury, individuals often return to activity with functionality below clinical recommendations. Considering alternative therapies to the conventional concentric exercise approach, such as one that can target neuromuscular injury risk and postinjury alterations, may provide for more effective injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols...
July 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510605/the-role-of-attention-in-human-motor-resonance
#14
Guglielmo Puglisi, Antonella Leonetti, Ayelet Landau, Luca Fornia, Gabriella Cerri, Paola Borroni
Observation of others' actions evokes in primary motor cortex and spinal circuits of observers a subliminal motor resonance response, which reflects the motor program encoding observed actions. We investigated the role of attention in human motor resonance with four experimental conditions, explored in different subject groups: in the first explicit condition, subjects were asked to observe a rhythmic hand flexion-extension movement performed live in front of them. In two other conditions subjects had to monitor the activity of a LED light mounted on the oscillating hand...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442746/ultrastructural-characterization-of-the-lower-motor-system-in-a-mouse-model-of-krabbe-disease
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Valentina Cappello, Laura Marchetti, Paola Parlanti, Silvia Landi, Ilaria Tonazzini, Marco Cecchini, Vincenzo Piazza, Mauro Gemmi
Krabbe disease (KD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the lack of β- galactosylceramidase enzymatic activity and by widespread accumulation of the cytotoxic galactosyl-sphingosine in neuronal, myelinating and endothelial cells. Despite the wide use of Twitcher mice as experimental model for KD, the ultrastructure of this model is partial and mainly addressing peripheral nerves. More details are requested to elucidate the basis of the motor defects, which are the first to appear during KD onset. Here we use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to focus on the alterations produced by KD in the lower motor system at postnatal day 15 (P15), a nearly asymptomatic stage, and in the juvenile P30 mouse...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428563/a-sublethal-dose-of-a-neonicotinoid-insecticide-disrupts-visual-processing-and-collision-avoidance-behaviour-in-locusta-migratoria
#16
Rachel H Parkinson, Jacelyn M Little, John R Gray
Neonicotinoids are known to affect insect navigation and vision, however the mechanisms of these effects are not fully understood. A visual motion sensitive neuron in the locust, the Descending Contralateral Movement Detector (DCMD), integrates visual information and is involved in eliciting escape behaviours. The DCMD receives coded input from the compound eyes and monosynaptically excites motorneurons involved in flight and jumping. We show that imidacloprid (IMD) impairs neural responses to visual stimuli at sublethal concentrations, and these effects are sustained two and twenty-four hours after treatment...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346344/increased-force-variability-is-associated-with-altered-modulation-of-the-motorneuron-pool-activity-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
#17
Zheng Wang, Minhyuk Kwon, Suman Mohanty, Lauren M Schmitt, Stormi P White, Evangelos A Christou, Matthew W Mosconi
Force control deficits have been repeatedly documented in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They are associated with worse social and daily living skill impairments in patients suggesting that developing a more mechanistic understanding of the central and peripheral processes that cause them may help guide the development of treatments that improve multiple outcomes in ASD. The neuromuscular mechanisms underlying force control deficits are not yet understood. Seventeen individuals with ASD and 14 matched healthy controls completed an isometric index finger abduction test at 60% of their maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) during recording of the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle to determine the neuromuscular processes associated with sustained force variability...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344074/aberrant-distributions-of-nuclear-pore-complex-proteins-in-als-mice-and-als-patients
#18
Jingwei Shang, Toru Yamashita, Yumiko Nakano, Ryuta Morihara, Xianghong Li, Tian Feng, Xia Liu, Yong Huang, Yusuke Fukui, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Koji Abe
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) play important roles in traffic of molecules between the nucleus and cytoplasm, aberrant distributions of components of NPCs were demonstrated in C9orf72 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (C9-ALS) patients, but it is elusive whether such abnormities are also the case with other cause of ALS disease. In the present study, we investigated the spatiotemporal distributions of RanGAP1 and 4 representative nucleoporins (GP210, NUP205, NUP107 and NUP50) of NPCs in human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase-1 mutation transgenic (SOD1-Tg) mice and sporadic ALS patients...
May 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281681/chemogenetic-stimulation-of-the-hypoglossal-neurons-improves-upper-airway-patency
#19
Thomaz Fleury Curado, Kenneth Fishbein, Huy Pho, Michael Brennick, Olga Dergacheva, Luiz U Sennes, Luu V Pham, Ellen E Ladenheim, Richard Spencer, David Mendelowitz, Alan R Schwartz, Vsevolod Y Polotsky
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleep. OSA leads to high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of OSA has been linked to a defect in neuromuscular control of the pharynx. There is no effective pharmacotherapy for OSA. The objective of this study was to determine whether upper airway patency can be improved using chemogenetic approach by deploying designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drug (DREADD) in the hypoglossal motorneurons...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025800/intrathecal-delivery-of-ssaav9-dao-extends-survival-in-sod1-g93a-als-mice
#20
Wan Wang, Weisong Duan, Ying Wang, Di Wen, Yakun Liu, Zhongyao Li, Haojie Hu, Hongying Cui, Can Cui, Huiqian Lin, Chunyan Li
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset, irreversible neurodegenerative disease that leads to progressive paralysis and inevitable death 3-5 years after diagnosis. The mechanisms underlying this process remain unknown, but new evidence indicates that accumulating levels of D-serine result from the downregulation of D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) and that this is a novel mechanism that leads to motoneuronal death in ALS via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-mediated cell toxicity. Here, we explored a new therapeutic approach to ALS by overexpressing DAO in the lumbar region of the mouse spinal cord using a single stranded adeno-associated virus serotype 9 (ssAAV9) vector...
April 2017: Neurochemical Research
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