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Jennifer M Coughlin, Yuchuan Wang, Il Minn, Nicholas Bienko, Emily B Ambinder, Xin Xu, Matthew E Peters, John W Dougherty, Melin Vranesic, Soo Min Koo, Hye-Hyun Ahn, Merton Lee, Chris Cottrell, Haris I Sair, Akira Sawa, Cynthia A Munro, Christopher J Nowinski, Robert F Dannals, Constantine G Lyketsos, Michael Kassiou, Gwenn Smith, Brian Caffo, Susumu Mori, Tomas R Guilarte, Martin G Pomper
Importance: Microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system, play an important role in the brain's response to injury and neurodegenerative processes. It has been proposed that prolonged microglial activation occurs after single and repeated traumatic brain injury, possibly through sports-related concussive and subconcussive injuries. Limited in vivo brain imaging studies months to years after individuals experience a single moderate to severe traumatic brain injury suggest widespread persistent microglial activation, but there has been little study of persistent glial cell activity in brains of athletes with sports-related traumatic brain injury...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Marissa A Tafoya, Saaussan Madi, Laurel O Sillerud
PURPOSE: To optimize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of antibody-conjugated superparamagnetic nanoparticles for detecting amyloid-β plaques and activated microglia in a 3X transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten 3X Tg mice were fed either chow or chow containing 100 ppm resveratrol. Four brains, selected from animals injected with either anti-amyloid targeted superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, or anti-Iba-1-conjugated FePt-nanoparticles, were excised, fixed with formalin, and placed in Fomblin for ex vivo MRI (11...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Jessica X Yuan, Fahad F Bafakih, James W Mandell, Bethany J Horton, Jennifer M Munson
Glioblastomas, the most common primary malignant brain tumors, have a distinct tissue microenvironment. Although non-neoplastic cells contribute to glioblastoma progression, very few quantitative studies have shown the effect of tumor microenvironmental influences on patient survival. We examined relationships of the cellular microenvironment, including astrocytes, microglia, oligodendrocytes, and blood vessels, to survival in glioblastoma patients. Using histological staining and quantitative image analyses, we examined the tumor-associated parenchyma of 33 patients and developed statistical models to predict patient outcomes based on the cellular picture of the tumor parenchyma...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Nynke Oosterhof, Inge R Holtman, Laura E Kuil, Herma C van der Linde, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Tjakko J van Ham
Microglia are brain resident macrophages important for brain development, connectivity, homeostasis and disease. However, it is still largely unclear how microglia functions and their identity are regulated at the molecular level. Although recent transcriptomic studies have identified genes specifically expressed in microglia, the function of most of these genes in microglia is still unknown. Here, we performed RNA sequencing on microglia acutely isolated from healthy and neurodegenerative zebrafish brains...
October 19, 2016: Glia
Brenna M Flannery, Donald A Bruun, Douglas J Rowland, Christopher N Banks, Adam T Austin, David L Kukis, Yonggang Li, Byron D Ford, Daniel J Tancredi, Jill L Silverman, Simon R Cherry, Pamela J Lein
BACKGROUND: Acute intoxication with organophosphorus (OP) cholinesterase inhibitors can trigger convulsions that progress to life-threatening status epilepticus. Survivors face long-term morbidity including mild-to-severe decline in memory. It is posited that neuroinflammation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of OP-induced neuropsychiatric deficits. Rigorous testing of this hypothesis requires preclinical models that recapitulate relevant phenotypic outcomes. Here, we describe a rat model of acute intoxication with the OP diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) that exhibits persistent neuroinflammation and cognitive impairment...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Stephen J Bonasera, Jyothi Arikkath, Michael D Boska, Tammy R Chaudoin, Nicholas W DeKorver, Evan H Goulding, Traci A Hoke, Vahid Mojtahedzedah, Crystal D Reyelts, Balasrinivasa Sajja, A Katrin Schenk, Laurence H Tecott, Tiffany A Volden
We describe age-related molecular and neuronal changes that disrupt mobility or energy balance based on brain region and genetic background. Compared to young mice, aged C57BL/6 mice exhibit marked locomotor (but not energy balance) impairments. In contrast, aged BALB mice exhibit marked energy balance (but not locomotor) impairments. Age-related changes in cerebellar or hypothalamic gene expression accompany these phenotypes. Aging evokes upregulation of immune pattern recognition receptors and cell adhesion molecules...
September 20, 2016: Aging
Runze Yang, Susobhan Sarkar, Daniel J Korchinski, Ying Wu, V Wee Yong, Jeff F Dunn
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive brain cancer with a poor prognosis. The use of immune therapies to treat GBM has become a promising avenue of research. It was shown that amphotericin B (Amp B) can stimulate the innate immune system and suppress the growth of brain tumor initiating cells (BTICs). However, it is not feasible to use histopathology to determine immune activation in patients. We developed an MRI technique that can rapidly detect a therapeutic response in animals treated with drugs that stimulate innate immunity...
August 29, 2016: Neuro-oncology
Akiko Miyamoto, Hiroaki Wake, Ayako Wendy Ishikawa, Kei Eto, Keisuke Shibata, Hideji Murakoshi, Schuichi Koizumi, Andrew J Moorhouse, Yumiko Yoshimura, Junichi Nabekura
Microglia are the immune cells of the central nervous system that play important roles in brain pathologies. Microglia also help shape neuronal circuits during development, via phagocytosing weak synapses and regulating neurogenesis. Using in vivo multiphoton imaging of layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons in the developing somatosensory cortex, we demonstrate here that microglial contact with dendrites directly induces filopodia formation. This filopodia formation occurs only around postnatal day 8-10, a period of intense synaptogenesis and when microglia have an activated phenotype...
2016: Nature Communications
Michael D Lovelace, Bianca Varney, Gayathri Sundaram, Nunzio F Franco, Mei Li Ng, Saparna Pai, Chai K Lim, Gilles J Guillemin, Bruce J Brew
The kynurenine pathway (KP) is the major metabolic pathway of the essential amino acid tryptophan (TRP). Stimulation by inflammatory molecules, such as interferon-γ (IFN-γ), is the trigger for induction of the KP, driving a complex cascade of production of both neuroprotective and neurotoxic metabolites, and in turn, regulation of the immune response and responses of brain cells to the KP metabolites. Consequently, substantial evidence has accumulated over the past couple of decades that dysregulation of the KP and the production of neurotoxic metabolites are associated with many neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, AIDS-related dementia, motor neurone disease, schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, and brain cancers...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Pawel J Winklewski, Marek Radkowski, Urszula Demkow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammation of forebrain and hindbrain nuclei has recently been highlighted as an emerging factor in the pathogenesis of neurogenic hypertension. The aim of this review is to summarize the state of the art in this field and to discuss recently discovered pathophysiological mechanisms, opening new perspectives for therapeutic application. RECENT FINDINGS: Microglia Toll-like receptor 4 causally links angiotensin II (AngII)-mediated microglia cell activation and oxidative stress within the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN)...
September 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Bryce D Grier, Leonardo Belluscio, Claire E J Cheetham
The mammalian olfactory bulb (OB) displays robust activity-dependent plasticity throughout life. Dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the glomerular layer (GL) of the OB are particularly plastic, with loss of sensory input rapidly reducing tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) expression and dopamine production, followed by a substantial reduction in DA neuron number. Here, we asked whether microglia participate in activity-dependent elimination of DA neurons in the mouse OB. Interestingly, we found a significant reduction in the number of both DA neurons and their synapses in the OB ipsilateral to the occluded naris (occluded OB) within just 7 days of sensory deprivation...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Tian Xie, Ankit Vora, Patrick J Mulcahey, Sonia E Nanescu, Manpreet Singh, Daniel S Choi, Jeffrey K Huang, Chi-Chun Liu, Daniel P Sanders, Jong-In Hahm
The ability to control the specific adsorption and packing behaviors of biomedically important proteins by effectively guiding their preferred surface adsorption configuration and packing orientation on polymeric surfaces may have utility in many applications such as biomaterials, medical implants, and tissue engineering. Herein, we investigate the distinct adhesion configurations of fibrinogen (Fg) proteins and the different organization behaviors between single Fg molecules that are mediated by the changes in the periodicity and alignment of chemically alternating nanodomains in thin films of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) block copolymer (BCP)...
August 23, 2016: ACS Nano
E Kurtys, J Doorduin, U L M Eisel, R A J O Dierckx, E F J de Vries
PURPOSE: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that affects an increasing number of patients. High comorbidity is observed between UC and other diseases in which inflammation may be involved, including brain diseases such as cognitive impairment, mental disorders, anxiety, and depression. To investigate the increased occurrence of these brain diseases in patients with UC, non-invasive methods for monitoring peripheral and central inflammation could be applied...
July 11, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Go Kato, Hiroyuki Inada, Hiroaki Wake, Ryohei Akiyoshi, Akiko Miyamoto, Kei Eto, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Andrew J Moorhouse, Andrew M Strassman, Junichi Nabekura
Microglia survey and directly contact neurons in both healthy and damaged brain, but the mechanisms and functional consequences of these contacts are not yet fully elucidated. Combining two-photon imaging and patch clamping, we have developed an acute experimental model for studying the role of microglia in CNS excitotoxicity induced by neuronal hyperactivity. Our model allows us to simultaneously examine the effects of repetitive supramaximal stimulation on axonal morphology, neuronal membrane potential, and microglial migration, using cortical brain slices from Iba-1 eGFP mice...
May 2016: ENeuro
J Yankam Njiwa, N Costes, C Bouillot, S Bouvard, S Fieux, G Becker, E Levigoureux, G Kocevar, C Stamile, J B Langlois, R Bolbos, C Bonnet, L Bezin, L Zimmer, A Hammers
Inflammation may play a role in the development of epilepsy after brain insults. [(11)C]-(R)-PK11195 binds to TSPO, expressed by activated microglia. We quantified [(11)C]-(R)-PK11195 binding during epileptogenesis after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE), a model of temporal lobe epilepsy.Nine male rats were studied thrice (D0-1, D0 + 6, D0 + 35, D0 = SE induction). In the same session, 7T T2-weighted images and DTI for mean diffusivity (MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) maps were acquired, followed by dynamic PET/CT...
July 5, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Claire Feeney, Gregory Scott, Joel Raffel, S Roberts, Christopher Coello, Amy Jolly, Graham Searle, A P Goldstone, David J Brooks, Richard S Nicholas, William Trigg, Roger N Gunn, David J Sharp
PURPOSE: PET can image neuroinflammation by targeting the translocator protein (TSPO), which is upregulated in activated microglia. The high nonspecific binding of the first-generation TSPO radioligand [(11)C]PK-11195 limits accurate quantification. [(18)F]GE-180, a novel TSPO ligand, displays superior binding to [(11)C]PK-11195 in vitro. Our objectives were to: (1) evaluate tracer characteristics of [(18)F]GE-180 in the brains of healthy human subjects; and (2) investigate whether the TSPO Ala147Thr polymorphism influences outcome measures...
June 28, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Rodney M Ritzel, Sarah J Pan, Rajkumar Verma, John Wizeman, Joshua Crapser, Anita R Patel, Richard Lieberman, Royce Mohan, Louise D McCullough
PURPOSE: The transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model of stroke is one of the most commonly used models to study focal cerebral ischemia. This procedure also results in the simultaneous occlusion of the ophthalmic artery that supplies the retina. Retinal cell death is seen days after reperfusion and leads to functional deficits; however, the mechanism responsible for this injury has not been investigated. Given that the eye may have a unique ocular immune response to an ischemic challenge, this study examined the inflammatory response to retinal ischemia in the MCAO model...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jeroen Kuipers, Ruby D Kalicharan, Anouk H G Wolters, Tjakko J van Ham, Ben N G Giepmans
Large-scale 2D electron microscopy (EM), or nanotomy, is the tissue-wide application of nanoscale resolution electron microscopy. Others and we previously applied large scale EM to human skin pancreatic islets, tissue culture and whole zebrafish larvae(1-7). Here we describe a universally applicable method for tissue-scale scanning EM for unbiased detection of sub-cellular and molecular features. Nanotomy was applied to investigate the healthy and a neurodegenerative zebrafish brain. Our method is based on standardized EM sample preparation protocols: Fixation with glutaraldehyde and osmium, followed by epoxy-resin embedding, ultrathin sectioning and mounting of ultrathin-sections on one-hole grids, followed by post staining with uranyl and lead...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Liam E Potter, John W Paylor, Jee Su Suh, Gustavo Tenorio, Jayalakshmi Caliaperumal, Fred Colbourne, Glen Baker, Ian Winship, Bradley J Kerr
BACKGROUND: Chronic neuropathic pain is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). MOG35-55-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) has been used as an animal model to investigate the mechanisms of pain in MS. Previous studies have implicated sensitization of spinal nociceptive networks in the pathogenesis of pain in EAE. However, the involvement of supraspinal sites of nociceptive integration, such as the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), has not been defined. We therefore examined functional, structural, and immunological alterations in S1 during the early stages of EAE, when pain behaviors first appear...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Xiang Kong, Song Luo, Jin Rong Wu, Shawn Wu, Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Adam J Spandorfer, Chun Yan Wang, Ying Tian, Hui Juan Chen, Guang Ming Lu, Gui Fen Yang, Long Jiang Zhang
Neuroinflammation is considered to be the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE), and imaging neuroinflammation is implicated in HE management. (11)C-PK11195, a typical translocator protein (TSPO) radiotracer, is used for imaging neuroinflammation. However, it has inherent limitations, such as short half-life and limited availability. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the efficiency of new generation TSPO radiotracer, (18)F-DPA-714, in detecting and monitoring neuroinflammation of chronic HE...
2016: Theranostics
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