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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210212/differential-behavioral-and-neurobiological-effects-of-chronic-corticosterone-treatment-in-adolescent-and-adult-rats
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Jitao Li, Xiaomeng Xie, Youhong Li, Xiao Liu, Xuemei Liao, Yun-Ai Su, Tianmei Si
Adolescence is a critical period with ongoing maturational processes in stress-sensitive systems. While adolescent individuals show heightened stress-induced hormonal responses compared to adults, it is unclear whether and how the behavioral and neurobiological consequences of chronic stress would differ between the two age groups. Here we address this issue by examining the effects of chronic exposure to the stress hormone, corticosterone (CORT), in both adolescent and adult animals. Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were injected intraperitoneally with CORT (40 mg/kg) or vehicle for 21 days during adolescence (post-natal day (PND) 29-49) or adulthood (PND 71-91) and then subjected to behavioral testing or sacrifice for western blot analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190466/the-total-triterpenoid-saponins-of-xanthoceras-sorbifolia-improve-learning-and-memory-impairments-through-against-oxidative-stress-and-synaptic-damage
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Xue-Fei Ji, Tian-Yan Chi, Peng Liu, Lu-Yi Li, Ji-Kai Xu, Qian Xu, Li-Bo Zou, Da-Li Meng
BACKGROUND: X. sorbifolia is a widely cultivated ecologicalcrop in the north of China which is used to produce biodiesel fuel. It also possesses special medicinal value and has attracted keen interests of researchers to explore its bioactivity. PURPOSE: To extract the total triterpenoid saponins from the husk of X. sorbifolia (TSX) and investigate its effects on Alzheimer's disease (AD). STUDY DESIGN: TSX was prepared via modern extraction techniques...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186199/ubiquitination-mediates-kv1-3-endocytosis-as-a-mechanism-for-protein-kinase-c-dependent-modulation
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Ramón Martínez-Mármol, Katarzyna Styrczewska, Mireia Pérez-Verdaguer, Albert Vallejo-Gracia, Núria Comes, Alexander Sorkin, Antonio Felipe
The voltage-dependent potassium channel Kv1.3 plays essential physiological functions in the immune system. Kv1.3, regulating the membrane potential, facilitates downstream Ca(2+) -dependent pathways and becomes concentrated in specific membrane microdomains that serve as signaling platforms. Increased and/or delocalized expression of the channel is observed at the onset of several autoimmune diseases. In this work, we show that adenosine (ADO), which is a potent endogenous modulator, stimulates PKC, thereby causing immunosuppression...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157099/sex-impact-on-tau-aggregation-and-postsynaptic-protein-levels-in-the-p301l-mouse-model-of-tauopathy
#4
Lucia Buccarello, Giuliano Grignaschi, Anna Maria Castaldo, Alessia Di Giancamillo, Cinzia Domeneghini, Roberto Cosimo Melcangi, Tiziana Borsello
P301L transgenic (tg) mice well mimic features of human tauopathies and provide a good model for investigating the role of tau in neurodegenerative events. We here analyzed the possible interaction among phosphorylation of tau (p-tau), spine injury, neuronal death, and sex in the P301L mouse model of tauopathy. When compared to control mice (ctr), P301L transgenic mice (tg) presented with lower body weight, reduced survival rate, hyperphosphorylated tau, spine injury, and neuronal loss in both cerebral cortex and hippocampus at 15 months of age...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126896/postsynaptic-density-95-isoform-abnormalities-in-schizophrenia
#5
Adam J Funk, Catharine A Mielnik, Rachael Koene, Erin Newburn, Amy J Ramsey, Barbara K Lipska, Robert E McCullumsmith
BACKGROUND: Postsynaptic density-95 (PSD-95) protein expression is dysregulated in schizophrenia in a variety of brain regions. We have designed experiments to examine PSD-95 mRNA splice variant expression in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex from subjects with schizophrenia. METHODS: We performed quantitative PCR and western blot analysis to measure PSD-95 expression in schizophrenia vs control subjects, rodent haloperidol treatment studies, rodent postmortem interval studies, and GluN1 knockdown (KD) mice vs controls...
January 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117389/the-identification-and-molecular-mechanism-of-anti-stroke-traditional-chinese-medicinal-compounds
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Jia-Qian Liu, Shao-Xing Dai, Jun-Juan Zheng, Yi-Cheng Guo, Wen-Xing Li, Gong-Hua Li, Jing-Fei Huang
Stroke is a worldwide epidemic disease with high morbidity and mortality. The continuously exploration of anti-stroke medicines and molecular mechanism has a long way to go. In this study, in order to screen candidate anti-stroke compounds, more than 60000 compounds from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) database were computationally analyzed then docked to the 15 known anti-stroke targets. 192 anti-stroke plants for clinical therapy and 51 current anti-stroke drugs were used to validate docking results. Totally 2355 candidate anti-stroke compounds were obtained...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108357/sigma-1-receptor-deficiency-reduces-gabaergic-inhibition-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-leading-to-ltd-impairment-and-depressive-like-behaviors
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Baofeng Zhang, Ling Wang, Tingting Chen, Juan Hong, Sha Sha, Jun Wang, Hang Xiao, Ling Chen
Sigma-1 receptor knockout (σ1R(-/-)) in male mice causes depressive-like phenotype. We observed the expression of σ1R in principal neurons of basolateral amygdala (BLA), a main region for affective regulation. The present study investigated the influence of σ1R deficiency in BLA neurons on synaptic properties and plasticity at cortico-BLA pathway. In comparison with wild-type (WT) mice, the slopes of field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSP) were reduced in σ1R(-/-) mice with the increases in paired-pulse facilitation (PPF) and paired-pulse inhibition (PPI) values...
January 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093558/glutamatergic-synapses-are-structurally-and-biochemically-complex-because-of-multiple-plasticity-processes-long-term-potentiation-long-term-depression-short-term-potentiation-and-scaling
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REVIEW
John Lisman
Synapses are complex because they perform multiple functions, including at least six mechanistically different forms of plasticity. Here, I comment on recent developments regarding these processes. (i) Short-term potentiation (STP), a Hebbian process that requires small amounts of synaptic input, appears to make strong contributions to some forms of working memory. (ii) The rules for long-term potentiation (LTP) induction in CA3 have been clarified: induction does not depend obligatorily on backpropagating sodium spikes but, rather, on dendritic branch-specific N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) spikes...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088287/insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-3-deficiency-leads-to-behavior-impairment-with-monoaminergic-and-synaptic-dysfunction
#9
Hongmei Dai, Yu-Ichi Goto, Masayuki Itoh
Insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP)-3 regulates IGF bioactivity, induces apoptosis, and inhibits cell growth independent of IGFs, but the functional role of IGFBP3 in the brain is not clear. In the present study, we revealed the effect of IGFBP3 on the brain by characterizing the phenotype of Igfbp3-null mice. Compared with wild-type mice, Igfbp3-null mice had significantly decreased IGF-1 content in the brain but no change in weights of brain and body. In Igfbp3-null mice, the number of dendritic spines was significantly reduced, and the dendritic diameter was thickening...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077487/calcium-permeable-ampa-receptors-and-silent%C3%A2-synapses-in-cocaine-conditioned-place-preference
#10
Avani Shukla, Anna Beroun, Myrto Panopoulou, Peter A Neumann, Seth Gn Grant, M Foster Olive, Yan Dong, Oliver M Schlüter
Exposure to cocaine generates silent synapses in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), whose eventual unsilencing/maturation by recruitment of calcium-permeable AMPA-type glutamate receptors (CP-AMPARs) after drug withdrawal results in profound remodeling of NAc neuro-circuits. Silent synapse-based NAc remodeling was shown to be critical for several drug-induced behaviors, but its role in acquisition and retention of the association between drug rewarding effects and drug-associated contexts has remained unclear. Here, we find that the postsynaptic proteins PSD-93, PSD-95, and SAP102 differentially regulate excitatory synapse properties in the NAc...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050794/heterogeneity-in-synaptogenic-profile-of-astrocytes-from-different-brain-regions
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Andrea Schmidt Buosi, Isadora Matias, Ana Paula Bergamo Araujo, Carolina Batista, Flávia Carvalho Alcantara Gomes
Astrocytes, the most abundant glial cells in the central nervous system (CNS), comprise a heterogeneous population of cells. However, how this heterogeneity impacts their function within brain homeostasis and response to injury and disease is still largely unknown. Recently, astrocytes have been recognized as important regulators of synapse formation and maturation. Here, we analyzed the synaptogenic property of astrocytes from different regions of the CNS. The effect of conditioned medium derived from astrocytes (astrocyte-conditioned medium (ACM)) from cerebral cortex, hippocampus, midbrain and cerebellum, in synapse formation, was evaluated...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036092/human-rho-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-11-arhgef11-regulates-dendritic-morphogenesis
#12
Yutaka Mizuki, Manabu Takaki, Shinji Sakamoto, Sojiro Okamoto, Makiko Kishimoto, Yuko Okahisa, Masahiko Itoh, Norihito Yamada
Disturbances of synaptic connectivity during perinatal and adolescent periods have been hypothesized to be related to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor 11 (ARHGEF11) is a specific guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEF) for RhoA, which is a critical regulator of actin cytoskeleton dynamics and organization of dendritic spines and inhibitor of spine maintenance. ARHGEF11 variants are reported to be associated with a higher risk for the onset of schizophrenia in a Japanese population; however, how ARHGEF11 contributes to the pathogenesis of schizophrenia in dendritic spines is unknown...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035673/somatic-and-neuritic-spines-on-tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunopositive-cells-of-rat-retina
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Anna Fasoli, James Dang, Aaron H Gouw, Jeffrey S Johnson, Alex Fogli Iseppe, Andrew T Ishida
Dopamine- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunopositive cells (TH cells) modulate visually driven signals as they flow through retinal photoreceptor, bipolar, and ganglion cells. Previous studies suggested that TH cells release dopamine from varicose axons arborizing in the inner and outer plexiform layers after glutamatergic synapses depolarize TH cell dendrites in the inner plexiform layer and these depolarizations propagate to the varicosities. Although it has been proposed that these excitatory synapses are formed onto appendages resembling dendritic spines, spines have not been found on TH cells of most species examined to date or on TH cell somata which release dopamine when exposed to glutamate receptor agonists...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025327/fmrp-dependent-mdm2-dephosphorylation-is-required-for-mef2-induced-synapse-elimination
#14
Nien-Pei Tsai, Julia R Wilkerson, Weirui Guo, Kimberly M Huber
The Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2 (MEF2) transcription factors suppress an excitatory synapse number by promoting degradation of the synaptic scaffold protein, postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95), a process that is deficient in the mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, Fmr1 KO. How MEF2 activation results in PSD-95 degradation and why this is defective in Fmr1 KO neurons is unknown. Here we report that MEF2 induces a Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A)-mediated dephosphorylation of murine double minute-2 (Mdm2), the ubiquitin E3 ligase for PSD-95, which results in nuclear export and synaptic accumulation of Mdm2 as well as PSD-95 degradation and synapse elimination...
December 26, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012021/lentiviral-modulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-affects-in-vivo-ltp
#15
Olga Ya Ivanova, Yulia V Dobryakova, Sergey V Salozhin, Viktor A Aniol, Mikhail V Onufriev, Natalia V Gulyaeva, Vladimir A Markevich
Wnt signaling is involved in hippocampal development and synaptogenesis. Numerous recent studies have been focused on the role of Wnt ligands in the regulation of synaptic plasticity. Inhibitors and activators of canonical Wnt signaling were demonstrated to decrease or increase, respectively, in vitro long-term potentiation (LTP) maintenance in hippocampal slices (Chen et al. in J Biol Chem 281:11910-11916, 2006; Vargas et al. in J Neurosci 34:2191-2202, 2014, Vargas et al. in Exp Neurol 264:14-25, 2015). Using lentiviral approach to down- and up-regulate the canonical Wnt signaling, we explored whether Wnt/β-catenin signaling is critical for the in vivo LTP...
December 23, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002633/vta-da-neuron-excitatory-synapses-in-shank3-%C3%AE-ex-4-9-mouse-line
#16
Bariselli Sebastiano, Bellone Camilla
SHANK3 proteins belong to the Shank/ProSAP family, which contain five-conserved domains - the ankyrin (ANK) repeated, the Src homology 3 (SH3), the PSD-95/Discs large/ZO-1 (PDZ), the proline-rich and the sterile alpha motif (SAM; Sheng and Kim, 2000). SHANK proteins are located at the postsynaptic density of excitatory synapses and indirectly link the metabotropic (mGluRs) and the ionotropic glutamate receptor (iGluRs: AMPARs, α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors, and NMDARs, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors) via different domains (Naisbitt et al...
December 21, 2016: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997694/spatial-patterning-of-excitatory-and-inhibitory-neuropil-territories-during-spinal-circuit-development
#17
Qing Yan, Lu Zhai, Bo Zhang, Julia E Dallman
To generate rhythmic motor behaviors, both single neurons and neural circuits require a balance between excitatory inputs that trigger action potentials and inhibitory inputs that promote a stable resting potential (E/I balance). Previous studies have focused on individual neurons and have shown that, over a short spatial scale, excitatory and inhibitory (E/I) synapses tend to form structured territories with inhibitory inputs enriched on cell bodies and proximal dendrites and excitatory inputs on distal dendrites...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993509/reggie-1-and-reggie-2-flotillins-participate-in-rab11a-dependent-cargo-trafficking-spine-synapse-formation-and-ltp-related-ampa-receptor-glua1-surface-exposure-in-mouse-hippocampal-neurons
#18
Vsevolod Bodrikov, Aline Pauschert, Gaga Kochlamazashvili, Claudia A O Stuermer
Reggie-1 and -2 (flotillins) reside at recycling vesicles and promote jointly with Rab11a the targeted delivery of cargo. Recycling is essential for synapse formation suggesting that reggies and Rab11a may regulate the development of spine synapses. Recycling vesicles provide cargo for dendritic growth and recycle surface glutamate receptors (AMPAR, GluA) for long-term potentiation (LTP) induced surface exposure. Here, we show reduced number of spine synapses and impairment of an in vitro correlate of LTP in hippocampal neurons from reggie-1 k...
December 16, 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984133/perinatal-exposure-to-lead-pb-induces-ultrastructural-and-molecular-alterations-in-synapses-of-rat-offspring
#19
Magdalena Gąssowska, Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Joanna Moczydłowska, Małgorzata Frontczak-Baniewicz, Magdalena Gewartowska, Lidia Strużyńska, Izabela Gutowska, Dariusz Chlubek, Agata Adamczyk
Lead (Pb), environmentally abundant heavy-metal pollutant, is a strong toxicant for the developing central nervous system. Pb intoxication in children, even at low doses, is found to affect learning and memorizing, with devastating effects on cognitive function and intellectual development. However, the precise mechanism by which Pb impairs synaptic plasticity is not fully elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of pre- and neonatal exposure to low dose of Pb (with Pb concentrations in whole blood below 10μg/dL) on the synaptic structure and the pre- and postsynaptic proteins expression in the developing rat brain...
October 29, 2016: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974193/perinatal-exposure-to-lead-pb-induces-ultrastructural-and-molecular-alterations-in-synapses-of-rat-offspring
#20
Magdalena Gąssowska, Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Joanna Moczydłowska, Małgorzata Frontczak-Baniewicz, Magdalena Gewartowska, Lidia Strużyńska, Izabela Gutowska, Dariusz Chlubek, Agata Adamczyk
Lead (Pb), environmentally abundant heavy-metal pollutant, is a strong toxicant for the developing central nervous system. Pb intoxication in children, even at low doses, is found to affect learning and memorizing, with devastating effects on cognitive function and intellectual development. However, the precise mechanism by which Pb impairs synaptic plasticity is not fully elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of pre- and neonatal exposure to low dose of Pb (with Pb concentrations in whole blood below 10μg/dL) on the synaptic structure and the pre- and postsynaptic proteins expression in the developing rat brain...
December 12, 2016: Toxicology
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