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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735099/subcellular-expression-of-aquaporin-4-in-substantia-nigra-of-normal-and-mptp-treated-mice
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Agnete Prydz, Katja Stahl, Maja Puchades, Nina Davarpaneh, Maria Nadeem, Ole Petter Ottersen, Vidar Gundersen, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the predominant water channel in mammalian CNS where it is localized at the perivascular astrocytic foot processes abutting brain microvessels. Several lines of evidence suggest that AQP4 is involved in important homeostatic functions and that mislocalization of the perivascular pool of AQP4 is implicated in several different brain disorders. A recent study suggests that the differential susceptibility of midbrain dopaminergic neurons to the parkinsonogenic toxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) depends on the expression of AQP4...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734031/downregulation-of-dec1-contributes-to-the-neurotoxicity-induced-by-mpp-by-suppressing-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway
#2
Zhu Zhu, Yu-Wen Wang, Ding-Hao Ge, Ming Lu, Wei Liu, Jing Xiong, Gang Hu, Xiao-Ping Li, Jian Yang
AIM: Differentiated embryonic chondrocyte gene 1 (DEC1) is involved in the neuronal differentiation and development. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of DEC1 in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPP(+) )-induced PD model. METHODS: The location of DEC1 and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive neurons were detected by immunofluorescence. 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mouse subacute model of PD was established to evaluate the change of DEC1 expression in midbrain...
July 21, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730894/low-5-ht1b-receptor-binding-in-the-migraine-brain-a-pet-study
#3
Marie Deen, Hanne D Hansen, Anders Hougaard, Sofi da Cunha-Bang, Martin Nørgaard, Claus Svarer, Sune H Keller, Carsten Thomsen, Messoud Ashina, Gitte M Knudsen
Background The pathophysiology of migraine may involve dysfunction of serotonergic signaling. In particular, the 5-HT1B receptor is considered a key player due to the efficacy of 5-HT1B receptor agonists for treatment of migraine attacks. Aim To examine the cerebral 5-HT1B receptor binding in interictal migraine patients without aura compared to controls. Methods Eighteen migraine patients, who had been migraine free for >48 hours, and 16 controls were scanned after injection of the 5-HT1B receptor specific radioligand [(11)C]AZ10419369 for quantification of cerebral 5-HT1B receptor binding...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729666/expansion-of-human-midbrain-floor-plate-progenitors-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-increases-dopaminergic-neuron-differentiation-potential
#4
Stefania Fedele, Ginetta Collo, Katharina Behr, Josef Bischofberger, Stephan Müller, Tilo Kunath, Klaus Christensen, Anna Lisa Gündner, Martin Graf, Ravi Jagasia, Verdon Taylor
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are invaluable to study developmental processes and disease mechanisms particularly in the brain. hiPSCs can be differentiated into mature and functional dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Having robust protocols for the generation of differentiated DA neurons from pluripotent cells is a prerequisite for the use of hiPSCs to study disease mechanisms, for drug discovery, and eventually for cell replacement therapy. Here, we describe a protocol for generating and expanding large numbers of homogeneous midbrain floor plate progenitors (mFPPs) that retain efficient DA neurogenic potential over multiple passages and can be cryobanked...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728017/oxytocin-mobilizes-midbrain-dopamine-toward-sociality
#5
Alexandre Charlet, Valery Grinevich
Oxytocin and dopamine possess significant overlap in the modulation of life-essential behaviors. Here, Xiao et al. (2017) show that the activity of dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area and the substantia nigra is finely tuned by axonal release of oxytocin.
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727685/erbb4-signaling-in-dopaminergic-axonal-projections-increases-extracellular-dopamine-levels-and-regulates-spatial-working-memory-behaviors
#6
M Skirzewski, I Karavanova, A Shamir, L Erben, J Garcia-Olivares, J H Shin, D Vullhorst, V A Alvarez, S G Amara, A Buonanno
Genetic variants of Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) and its neuronal tyrosine kinase receptor ErbB4 are associated with risk for schizophrenia, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by excitatory/inhibitory imbalance and dopamine (DA) dysfunction. To date, most ErbB4 studies have focused on GABAergic interneurons in the hippocampus and neocortex, particularly fast-spiking parvalbumin-positive (PV+) basket cells. However, NRG has also been shown to modulate DA levels, suggesting a role for ErbB4 signaling in dopaminergic neuron function...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725655/cell-replacement-therapy-is-the-remedial-solution-for-treating-parkinson-s-disease
#7
REVIEW
Venkatesan Dhivya, Vellingiri Balachandar
The selective degeneration of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD) has made an idol target for cell replacement therapies and other emerging surgical treatments. Certainly, by transplantation method, the therapeutic regimens such as human fetal ventral midbrain (hfVM) cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), human neural stem/precursor/ progenitor cells (hNSCs/hNPCs), human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), human induced neural stem cells (hiNSCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been used into DA deficient striatum...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722508/atg5-and-atg7-dependent-autophagy-in-dopaminergic-neurons-regulates-cellular-and-behavioral-responses-to-morphine
#8
Ling-Yan Su, Rongcan Luo, Qianjin Liu, Jing-Ran Su, Lu-Xiu Yang, Yu-Qiang Ding, Lin Xu, Yong-Gang Yao
The molecular basis of chronic morphine exposure remains unknown. In this study, we hypothesized that macroautophagy/autophagy of dopaminergic neurons would mediate the alterations of neuronal dendritic morphology and behavioral responses induced by morphine. Chronic morphine exposure caused Atg5 (autophagy related 5)- and Atg7 (autophagy related 7)-dependent and dopaminergic neuron-specific autophagy resulting in decreased neuron dendritic spines and the onset of addictive behaviors. In cultured primary midbrain neurons, morphine treatment significantly reduced total dendritic length and complexity, and this effect could be reversed by knockdown of Atg5 or Atg7...
July 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720718/phosphorylation-of-amyloid-precursor-protein-by-mutant-lrrk2-promotes-aicd-activity-and-neurotoxicity-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Zhong-Can Chen, Wei Zhang, Ling-Ling Chua, Chou Chai, Rong Li, Lin Lin, Zhen Cao, Dario C Angeles, Lawrence W Stanton, Jian-He Peng, Zhi-Dong Zhou, Kah-Leong Lim, Li Zeng, Eng-King Tan
Mutations in LRRK2, which encodes leucine-rich repeat kinase 2, are the most common genetic cause of familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD), a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that causes impaired motor function and, in advanced stages, dementia. Dementia is a common symptom of another neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer's disease, and research suggests that there may be pathophysiological and genetic links between the two diseases. Aggregates of β amyloid [a protein produced through cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP)] are seen in both diseases and in PD patients carrying G2019S-mutant LRRK2...
July 18, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719906/a-common-ancestral-asn242ser-mutation-in-tmem67-identified-in-multiple-iranian-families-with-joubert-syndrome
#10
MohammadReza Dehghani, Majid Mojarad, Ehsan Ghayoor Karimiani, Mohammad Yahya Vahidi Mehrjardi, Afsaneh Sahebalzamani, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Mehran Beiraghi Toosi, Atiyeh Eslahi, Najmeh Ahangari, Seyed Mojtaba Yassini, Afsaneh Hassanbeigi, Azam Rasti, Seyed Mehdi Kalantar, Reza Maroofian
BACKGROUND: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by peculiar midbrain-hindbrain malformation, known as the "molar tooth" sign. JS can manifest a broad range of signs and symptoms. The most common features of JS are hypotonia, ataxia, developmental delay/intellectual disability, abnormal eye movements, and neonatal breathing abnormalities. To date, 29 genes have been shown to cause JS. METHODS: We employed whole-genome single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping in a group of Iranian families with JS and Sanger sequencing of a known mutation associated with JS located in a single homozygous regions shared by affected members of the families...
July 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717604/central-vestibular-syndrome-in-a-red-fox-vulpes-vulpes-with-presumptive-right-caudal-cerebral-artery-ischemic-infarct-and-prevalent-midbrain-involvement
#11
Mario Ricciardi, Floriana Gernone, Antonio De Simone, Pasquale Giannuzzi
A wild young male red fox (Vulpes vulpes) was found in the mountainous hinterland of Rome (Italy) with a heavily depressed mental status and unresponsive to the surrounding environment. Neurological examination revealed depression, left circling, right head tilt, ventromedial positional strabismus and decreased postural reactions on the left side. Neurological abnormalities were suggestive of central vestibular syndrome. Two consecutive MRIs performed with 30 days interval were compatible with lacunar ischemic infarct in the territory of right caudal cerebral artery and its collateral branches...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716712/effects-of-chemogenetic-excitation-or-inhibition-of-the-ventrolateral-periaqueductal-gray-on-the-acquisition-and-extinction-of-pavlovian-fear-conditioning
#12
Carolyn Arico, Elena E Bagley, Pascal Carrive, Neda Assareh, Gavan P McNally
The midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) has been implicated in the generation and transmission of a prediction error signal that instructs amygdala-based fear and extinction learning. However, the PAG also plays a key role in the expression of conditioned fear responses. The evidence for a role of the PAG in fear learning and extinction learning has been obtained almost exclusively using PAG-dependent fear responses. It is less clear whether the PAG regulates fear learning when other measures of learned fear are used...
July 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714952/a-circuit-based-mechanism-underlying-familiarity-signaling-and-the-preference-for-novelty
#13
Susanna Molas, Rubing Zhao-Shea, Liwang Liu, Steven R DeGroot, Paul D Gardner, Andrew R Tapper
Novelty preference (NP) is an evolutionarily conserved, essential survival mechanism often dysregulated in neuropsychiatric disorders. NP is mediated by a motivational dopamine signal that increases in response to novel stimuli, thereby driving exploration. However, the mechanism by which once-novel stimuli transition to familiar stimuli is unknown. Here we describe a neuroanatomical substrate for familiarity signaling, the interpeduncular nucleus (IPN) of the midbrain, which is activated as novel stimuli become familiar with multiple exposures...
July 17, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714776/tissue-localization-of-glycosphingolipid-accumulation-in-a-gaucher-disease-mouse-brain-by-lc-esi-ms-ms-and-high-resolution-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
#14
E Ellen Jones, Wujuan Zhang, Xueheng Zhao, Cristine Quiason, Stephanie Dale, Sheerin Shahidi-Latham, Gregory A Grabowski, Kenneth D R Setchell, Richard R Drake, Ying Sun
To better understand regional brain glycosphingolipid (GSL) accumulation in Gaucher disease (GD) and its relationship to neuropathology, a feasibility study using mass spectrometry and immunohistochemistry was conducted using brains derived from a GD mouse model (4L/PS/NA) homozygous for a mutant GCase (V394L [4L]) and expressing a prosaposin hypomorphic (PS-NA) transgene. Whole brains from GD and control animals were collected using one hemisphere for MALDI FTICR IMS analysis and the other for quantitation by LC-ESI-MS/MS...
July 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714503/protective-effects-of-fisetin-and-other-berry-flavonoids-in-parkinson-s-disease
#15
REVIEW
Pamela Maher
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-associated degenerative disease of the midbrain that results from the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. It initially presents as a movement disorder with cognitive and other behavioral problems appearing later in the progression of the disease. Current therapies for PD only delay the onset or reduce the motor symptoms. There are no treatments to stop the nerve cell death or to cure the disease. It is becoming increasingly clear that neurological diseases such as PD are multi-factorial involving disruptions in multiple cellular systems...
July 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713249/crispr-cas9-mediated-zebrafish-knock-in-as-a-novel-strategy-to-study-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-development
#16
Gokul Kesavan, Avinash Chekuru, Anja Machate, Michael Brand
The midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) acts as an organizer and controls the fate of neighboring cells to develop into either mesencephalic (midbrain) or metencephalic (hindbrain) cells by secreting signaling molecules like Wnt1 and Fgf8. The zebrafish is an excellent vertebrate model for studying MHB development due to the ease of gene manipulation and the possibility of following cellular dynamics and morphogenetic processes using live imaging. Currently, only very few reporter and/or Cre-driver lines are available to study gene expression at the MHB, hampering the understanding of MHB development, and traditional transgenic technologies using promoter/enhancer fragments or bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC)-mediated transgenesis often do not faithfully recapitulate endogenous expression patterns...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711621/length-of-axons-expressing-the-serotonin-transporter-in-orbitofrontal-cortex-is-lower-with-age-in-depression
#17
Grazyna Rajkowska, Gouri Mahajan, Beata Legutko, Lavanya Challagundla, Michael Griswold, Paul R Albert, Mireille Daigle, Jose J Miguel-Hidalgo, Mark C Austin, Randy D Blakely, David C Steffens, Craig A Stockmeier
Studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) in postmortem brain tissue report enhanced binding to inhibitory serotonin-1A autoreceptors in midbrain dorsal raphe and reductions in length of axons expressing the serotonin transporter (SERT) in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The length density of axons expressing SERT in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) was determined in 18 subjects with MDD and 17 age-matched control subjects. A monoclonal antibody was used to immunohistochemically label the SERT in fixed sections of OFC...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711193/nociceptin-receptors-in-alcohol-use-disorders-a%C3%A2-positron-emission-tomography-study-using-11-c-nop-1a
#18
Rajesh Narendran, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Brian Lopresti, Jennifer Paris, Michael L Himes, N Scott Mason
BACKGROUND: The neuropeptide transmitter nociceptin, which binds to the nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor, is a core component of the brain's antistress system. Nociceptin exerts its antistress effect by counteracting the functions of corticotropin-releasing factor, the primary stress-mediating neuropeptide in the brain. Basic investigations support a role for medications that target nociceptin receptors in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. Thus, it is of high interest to measure the in vivo status of NOP receptors in individuals with alcohol use disorders...
May 31, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708670/color-pupillography-in-dorsal-midbrain-syndrome
#19
Carina B Kelbsch, Fumiatsu Maeda, Torsten Strasser, Tobias M Peters, Barbara J C Wilhelm, Helmut M Wilhelm
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pupil response to chromatic stimuli in patients with lesions in the dorsal midbrain and possibly gain new insights into the afferent pupillary pathways. METHODS: Color pupillography was performed in 5 patients with dorsal midbrain syndrome (DMS), and their results were compared with those of 20 healthy control subjects. We used full-field red stimuli (605 nm) that primarily address the rod/cone system and blue stimuli (420 nm) that preferentially activate intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) directly, with a duration of 4 seconds and a stimulus intensity of 28 lx corneal illumination under mesopic conditions...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708330/mortality-in-children-with-low-grade-glioma-or-glioneuronal-tumors-a-single-institution-study
#20
Santhosh A Upadhyaya, Yahya Ghazwani, Shengjie Wu, Alberto Broniscer, Fredrick A Boop, Amar Gajjar, Ibrahim Qaddoumi
BACKGROUND: While pediatric low-grade glioma/glioneuronal tumors (LGG/LGGNTs) are considered slow-growing, indolent tumors with excellent long-term prognosis, mortality due to the disease is not unknown. Few studies have addressed the cause of death in this population. METHODS: Retrospective review of clinicopathologic and radiologic data for children 21 years or younger with LGG/LGGNT who died at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital between April 1985 and June 2015...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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