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Jesús M López, Lorena Morales, Agustín González
The present immunohistochemical study represents a detailed spatiotemporal analysis of the localization of orexin-immunoreactive (OX-ir) cells and fibers throughout development in the brain of the anuran amphibian Xenopus laevis, a model frequently used in developmental studies. Anurans undergo remarkable physiological changes during the early life stages, and very little is known about the ontogeny and the localization of the centers that control functions such as appetite and feed ingestion in the developing brain...
October 22, 2016: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
Huan Wang, Ruidong Zhang, Shengzhou Zhang, Yongkang Zhou, Xiaobing Wu
In this study, the regional distribution and histological localization of somatostatin (SS) immunoreactive (IR) perikarya and fibers was investigated for the first time in the brain of adult Chinese alligator by immunohistochemical method. The results showed SS-IR perikarya and fibers were widely distributed in various parts of the brain except for olfactory bulbs. In the telencephalon, SS-IR perikarya were predominantly located in the cellular layer and deep plexiform layer of dorsomedial and medial cortex, less in the dorsal and lateral cortex, while SS-IR fibers were found in all layers of the cerebral cortex...
September 12, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Claudius Luziga, Bui Thi To Nga, Gabriel Mbassa, Yoshimi Yamamoto
Cathepsins B and L are two prominent members of cystein proteases with broad substrate specificity and are known to be involved in the process of intra- and extra-cellular protein degradation and turnover. The propeptide region of cathepsin L is identical to Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-2α (CTLA-2α) discovered in mouse activated T-cells and mast cells. CTLA-2α exhibits selective inhibitory activities against papain and cathepsin L. We previously demonstrated the distribution pattern of the CTLA-2α protein in mouse brain by immunohistochemistry, describing that it is preferentially localized within nerve fibre bundles than neuronal cell bodies...
August 29, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Alexander Dee, Kairong Li, Xin Heng, Qiuxia Guo, James Y H Li
During embryogenesis, the tectum (dorsal midbrain) displays gradients in both gene expression and cytogenesis along the anteroposterior axis, and eventually produces the superior colliculus anteriorly and inferior colliculus posteriorly. Although it is known that different strengths and durations of FGF signaling control the developmental gradient and cell fate decision in the developing tectum, the underlying mechanism and signaling cascade downstream of FGF remains unclear. Here, we showed that deleting Shp2, which links FGF with the ERK pathway, prevented inferior colliculus formation by depleting a previously uncharacterized stem cell zone, designated as tectal stem zone, in the posterior part of the developing tectum...
August 30, 2016: Development
Malte Niklas Bongers, Georg Bier, Hendrik Ditt, Robert Beck, Ulrike Ernemann, Konstantin Nikolaou, Marius Horger
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to compare the diagnostic efficacy of a new CT postprocessing tool based on frequency-selective nonlinear blending (best-contrast CT) with that of standard linear blending of unenhanced head CT in patients with herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus encephalitis (HSE), using FLAIR MRI sequences as the standard of reference. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen consecutive patients (six women and nine men; mean [± SD] age, 60 ± 19 years) with proven HSE (positive polymerase chain reaction results from CSF analysis and the presence of neurologic deficits) were retrospectively enrolled...
November 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Fei Xue, Guangzhan Fang, Xizi Yue, Ermi Zhao, Steven E Brauth, Yezhong Tang
Resting-state networks (RSNs) refer to the spontaneous brain activity generated under resting conditions, which maintain the dynamic connectivity of functional brain networks for automatic perception or higher order cognitive functions. Here, Granger causal connectivity analysis (GCCA) was used to explore brain RSNs in the music frog (Babina daunchina) during different behavioral activity phases. The results reveal that a causal network in the frog brain can be identified during the resting state which reflects both brain lateralization and sexual dimorphism...
August 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Dibyadeep Datta, Dominique Arion, Kaitlyn M Roman, David W Volk, David A Lewis
OBJECTIVE: Lower dendritic spine density on layer 3 pyramidal cells in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) appears to contribute to cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia, whereas psychosis is associated with excessive dopamine release in the striatum. These findings may be related via excitatory projections from the DLPFC to the ventral mesencephalon, the location of dopamine cells projecting to the striatum. Consistent with this hypothesis, deletion of the actin-related protein-2/3 (ARP2/3) complex, which regulates the actin cytoskeleton supporting dendritic spines, produced spine loss in cortical pyramidal cells and striatal hyperdopaminergia in mice...
August 13, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Lu Gao, Wenbo Zhou, Breanna Symmes, Curt R Freed
Parkinson's disease is characterized by the death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. To understand the molecular mechanisms of the disease, an in vitro model is important. In the 1990s, we used the SV40 large T antigen to immortalize dopaminergic neurons derived from Embryonic Day 14 rat mesencephalon. We selected a clone for its high expression of dopaminergic neuron markers such as tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), and we named it 1RB3AN27 (N27). Because the original N27 cell line has been passaged many times, the line has become a mixture of cell types with highly variable expression of TH...
2016: PloS One
Liping Huang, Minzhen Deng, Yuping He, Shiyao Lu, Shu Liu, Yongqi Fang
Inactive myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D) and alpha-synuclein (α-syn) aggregation will cause neuronal death. MEF2D or α-syn degradation is also associated with macroautophagy, chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) and heat-shock protein 70 (HSP70). We found that β-asarone had positive effects on treating 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced rats, but mechanisms of β-asarone affecting on MEF2D and α-syn via regulating the HSP70/MAPK/MEF2D/Beclin-1 pathway remain unclear. Unilateral 6-OHDA injection into the medial forebrain bundle was used to create PD rats, which were divided into four groups and administered for 30days: 6-OHDA model group, MEF2D inhibitor-treated group (SB203580, 0...
October 15, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Janusz W Błaszczyk
Neurodegenerative diseases constitute a heterogeneous group of age-related disorders that are characterized by a slow but irreversible deterioration of brain functions. Evidence accumulated over more than two decades has implicated calcium-related homeostatic mechanisms, giving rise to the Ca(2+) hypothesis of brain aging and, ultimately, cell death. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter within the central (CNS), peripheral and enteric nervous systems. It appears to be involved in a wide variety of physiological functions within and outside the nervous system, that are maintained through a complex interaction between GABA and calcium-dependent neurotransmission and cellular metabolic functions...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sami Abu Hamdeh, Niklas Marklund, Marianne Lannsjö, Timothy Howells, Raili Raininko, Johan Wikström, Per Enblad
Clinical outcome after traumatic diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is difficult to predict. In this study, three MRI sequences were used to quantify the anatomical distribution of lesions, to grade DAI according to Adams' grading system and to evaluate the value of lesion localization in combination with clinical prognostic factors to improve outcome prediction. Thirty patients (mean 31.2 years +/- 14.3 SD) with severe DAI (Glasgow motor score (GMS) < 6) examined with MRI within one week post-injury were included...
June 29, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
H Jacob, M Metian, R M Brooker, E Duran, N Nakamura, N Roux, P Masanet, O Soulat, D Lecchini
The present study described the neuro-anatomy of a larval coral reef fish Amphiprion ocellaris and hypothesized that morphological changes during the transition from the oceanic environment to a reef environment (i.e. recruitment) have the potential to be driven by changes to environmental conditions and associated changes to cognitive requirements. Quantitative comparisons were made of the relative development of three specific brain areas (telencephalon, mesencephalon and cerebellum) between 6 days post-hatch (dph) larvae (oceanic phase) and 11 dph (at reef recruitment)...
September 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Alex Förster, Holger Wenz, Johannes Böhme, Mansour Al-Zghloul, Christoph Groden
PURPOSE: In the present study, we aimed to investigate the frequency of blood brain barrier injury in posterior circulation infarction as demonstrated by the hyperintense acute reperfusion marker (HARM) on fluid attenuated inversion recovery images (FLAIR). METHODS: From a MRI report database we identified patients with posterior circulation infarction who underwent MRI, including perfusion-weighted images (PWI), within 12 hours after onset and follow-up MRI within 24 hours and analyzed diffusion-weighted images (DWI), PWI, FLAIR, and MR angiography (MRA)...
2016: PloS One
Holger Wenz, Mansour Al-Zghloul, Eva Hart, Stefan Kurth, Christoph Groden, Alex Förster
BACKGROUND: The brainstem comprises a large variety of fiber tracts and nerve nuclei and is unarguably one of the most crucial parts of the brain. Reliable noninvasive visualization of its anatomy may help relate normal and pathological anatomic variations to neurologic/psychiatric disorders. In this study, we explored the potential of direction-encoded track-density imaging (TDI) for depicting the intricate anatomy of the brainstem. METHODS: A total of 18 healthy volunteers (10 females, 8 males; median age, 34...
September 2016: World Neurosurgery
Emilia B Petrova, Mashenka B Dimitrova, Ivaylo P Ivanov, Velichka G Pavlova, Stella G Dimitrova, Dimitar S Kadiysky
Hypoxic events are known to cause substantial damage to the hippocampus, cerebellum and striatum. The impact of hypoxic shock on other brain parts is not sufficiently studied. Recent studies show that tripeptidyl peptidase I (TPPI) activity in fish is altered after a hypoxic stress pointing out at a possible enzyme involvement in response to hypoxia. Similar studies are not performed in mammals. In this work, the effect of sodium nitrite-induced acute hypoxic shock on the rat brain was studied at different post-treatment periods...
June 2016: Acta Histochemica
F Tréchot, R Tonnelet, J-B Conart, F Legou, M Braun, K Angioi
PURPOSE: To describe a form of neurovascular compression of the third cranial nerve (CNIII) in idiopathic mydriasis, in which a neurovascular "conflict" exists between the oculomotor nerve, the posterior communicating artery and the clinoid process, using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with fast imaging employing steady acquisition (FIESTA) sequences. METHODS: An 18-month prospective, observational and monocentric case series report was performed...
June 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
D M Vogt Weisenhorn, F Giesert, W Wurst
Dopaminergic neurons in the ventral mesencephalon (= the ventral mesencephalic dopaminergic complex) are known for their role in a multitude of behaviors, including cognition, reward, addiction and voluntary movement. Dysfunctions of these neurons are the underlying cause of various neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression, addiction and schizophrenia. In addition, Parkinson's disease (PD), which is the second most common degenerative disease in developed countries, is characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons, leading to the core motor symptoms of the disease...
May 21, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Shannon W Davis, Amanda H Mortensen, Jessica L Keisler, Amanda L Zacharias, Philip J Gage, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Sally A Camper
BACKGROUND: The pituitary gland is a highly vascularized tissue that requires coordinated interactions between the neural ectoderm, oral ectoderm, and head mesenchyme during development for proper physiological function. The interactions between the neural ectoderm and oral ectoderm, especially the role of the pituitary organizer in shaping the pituitary precursor, Rathke's pouch, are well described. However, less is known about the role of head mesenchyme in pituitary organogenesis. The head mesenchyme is derived from definitive mesoderm and neural crest, but the relative contributions of these tissues to the mesenchyme adjacent to the pituitary are not known...
2016: BMC Developmental Biology
Yaroslav Kolinko, Jan Cendelin, Milena Kralickova, Zbynek Tonar
Degenerative affections of nerve tissues are often accompanied by changes of vascularization. In this regard, not much is known about hereditary cerebellar degeneration. In this study, we compared the vascularity of the individual cerebellar components and the mesencephalon of 3-month-old wild type mice (n = 5) and Lurcher mutant mice, which represent a model of hereditary olivocerebellar degeneration (n = 5). Paraformaldehyde-fixed brains were processed into 18-μm thick serial sections with random orientation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Pascal Seyer, Franck Vandermoere, Elisabeth Cassier, Joël Bockaert, Philippe Marin
The activity of serotonergic systems depends on the reuptake of extracellular serotonin via its plasma membrane serotonin [5-HT (5-hydroxytryptamine)] transporter (SERT), a member of the Na(+)/Cl(-)-dependent solute carrier 6 family. SERT is finely regulated by multiple molecular mechanisms including its physical interaction with intracellular proteins. The majority of previously identified SERT partners that control its functional activity are soluble proteins, which bind to its intracellular domains. SERT also interacts with transmembrane proteins, but its association with other plasma membrane transporters remains to be established...
July 1, 2016: Biochemical Journal
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