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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822021/morus-nigra-and-its-major-phenolic-syringic-acid-have-antidepressant-like-and-neuroprotective-effects-in-mice
#1
Ana Paula Dalmagro, Anderson Camargo, Ana Lúcia Bertarello Zeni
Depression is a disorder with a high incidence that has been increasing worldwide although the pathophysiology remains unclear. Moreover, some studies revealed a higher concentration of glutamate and oxidative stress in the patients' brain, which causes cell death by excitotoxicity. Morus nigra L. is known as black mulberry and its leaves are popularly used to treat affections related to menopause, obesity and high cholesterol. M. nigra leaves are a rich fount of phenolics which well-known by the antioxidant property...
August 18, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821664/differential-desensitization-observed-at-multiple-effectors-of-somatic-mu-opioid-receptors-underlies-sustained-agonist-mediated-inhibition-of-proopiomelanocortin-neuron-activity
#2
Philip D Fox, Shane T Hentges
Activation of somatic mu opioid receptors (MORs) in hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons leads to the activation of G-protein-coupled inward rectifier potassium (GIRK) channels and hyperpolarization, but in response to continued signaling, MORs undergo acute desensitization resulting in robust reduction in the peak GIRK current after minutes of agonist exposure. We hypothesized that the attenuation of the GIRK current would lead to a recovery of neuronal excitability whereby desensitization of the receptor would lead to a new steady-state of POMC neuron activity reflecting the sustained GIRK current observed after the initial decline from peak with continued agonist exposure...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817416/nicotinic-modulation-of-descending-pain-control-circuitry
#3
Iboro C Umana, Claire A Daniele, Brooke A Miller, Keith Gallagher, Meghan A Brown, Chandrika Abburi, Peggy Mason, Daniel S McGehee
Along with the well-known rewarding effects, activation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) can also relieve pain, and some nicotinic agonists have analgesic efficacy similar to opioids. A major target of analgesic drugs is the descending pain modulatory pathway, including the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray (vlPAG) and the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM). Although activating nAChRs within this circuitry can be analgesic, little is known about the subunit composition and cellular effects of these receptors, particularly within the vlPAG...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815604/chronic-morphine-reduces-the-readily-releasable-pool-of-gaba-a-presynaptic-mechanism-of-opioid-tolerance
#4
Adrianne R Wilson-Poe, Hyo-Jin Jeong, Christopher W Vaughan
The midbrain periaqueductal grey (PAG) plays a critical role in tolerance to the analgesic actions of opioids such as morphine. While numerous studies have identified the postsynaptic adaptations induced by chronic morphine treatment in this and other brain regions, the presence of presynaptic adaptations remains uncertain. We examined GABAergic synaptic transmission within rat PAG brain slices from animals which underwent a low dose morphine treatment protocol which produces tolerance, but not withdrawal. Evoked GABAergic IPSCs (inhibitory postsynaptic currents) were less in morphine compared to control saline treated animals...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809399/evidence-for-newly-generated-interneurons-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-of-adult-mice
#5
D J Jhaveri, A Tedoldi, S Hunt, R Sullivan, N R Watts, J M Power, P F Bartlett, P Sah
New neurons are continually generated from the resident populations of precursor cells in selective niches of the adult mammalian brain such as the hippocampal dentate gyrus and the olfactory bulb. However, whether such cells are present in the adult amygdala, and their neurogenic capacity, is not known. Using the neurosphere assay, we demonstrate that a small number of precursor cells, the majority of which express Achaete-scute complex homolog 1 (Ascl1), are present in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) of the adult mouse...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805973/experimental-and-clinical-evidence-of-differential-effects-of-magnesium-sulfate-on-neuroprotection-and-angiogenesis-in-the-fetal-brain
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Matthieu Lecuyer, Marina Rubio, Clément Chollat, Maryline Lecointre, Sylvie Jégou, Philippe Leroux, Carine Cleren, Isabelle Leroux-Nicollet, Loic Marpeau, Denis Vivien, Stéphane Marret, Bruno J Gonzalez
Clinical studies showed beneficial effects of magnesium sulfate regarding the risk of cerebral palsy. However, regimen protocols fluctuate worldwide and risks of adverse effects impacting the vascular system have been reported for human neonates, keeping open the question of the optimal dosing. Using clinically relevant concentrations and doses of magnesium sulfate, experiments consisted of characterizing, respectively, ex vivo and in vivo, the effects of magnesium sulfate on the nervous and vascular systems of mouse neonates by targeting neuroprotection, angiogenesis, and hemodynamic factors and in measuring, in human fetuses, the impact of a 4-g neuroprotective loading dose of magnesium sulfate on brain hemodynamic parameters...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805971/anticonvulsive-evaluation-of-thip-in-the-murine-pentylenetetrazole-kindling-model-lack-of-anticonvulsive-effect-of-thip-despite-functional-%C3%AE-subunit-containing-gabaa-receptors-in-dentate-gyrus-granule-cells
#7
Charlotte Simonsen, Kim Boddum, Nadia L von Schoubye, Alissa Kloppenburg, Kasper Sønderskov, Suzanne L Hansen, Uffe Kristiansen
THIP (4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridin-3-ol) is a GABAA receptor agonist with varying potencies and efficacies at γ-subunit-containing receptors. More importantly, THIP acts as a selective superagonist at δ-subunit-containing receptors (δ-GABAA Rs) at clinically relevant concentrations. Evaluation of THIP as a potential anticonvulsant has given contradictory results in different animal models and for this reason, we reevaluated the anticonvulsive properties of THIP in the murine pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling model...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803438/inhibitor-of-endocannabinoid-deactivation-protects-against-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-neurotoxic-effects-of-paraoxon
#8
Karen L G Farizatto, Sara A McEwan, Vinogran Naidoo, Spyros P Nikas, Vidyanand G Shukla, Michael F Almeida, Aaron Byrd, Heather Romine, David A Karanian, Alexandros Makriyannis, Ben A Bahr
The anticholinesterase paraoxon (Pxn) is related to military nerve agents that increase acetylcholine levels, trigger seizures, and cause excitotoxic damage in the brain. In rat hippocampal slice cultures, high-dose Pxn was applied resulting in a presynaptic vulnerability evidenced by a 64% reduction in synapsin IIb (syn IIb) levels, whereas the postsynaptic protein GluR1 was unchanged. Other signs of Pxn-induced cytotoxicity include the oxidative stress-related production of stable 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE)-protein adducts...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800076/human-dental-pulp-cells-differentiate-toward-neuronal-cells-and-promote-neuroregeneration-in-adult-organotypic-hippocampal-slices-in-vitro
#9
Li Xiao, Ryoji Ide, Chikako Saiki, Yasuo Kumazawa, Hisashi Okamura
The adult mammalian central nerve system has fundamental difficulties regarding effective neuroregeneration. The aim of this study is to investigate whether human dental pulp cells (DPCs) can promote neuroregeneration by (i) being differentiated toward neuronal cells and/or (ii) stimulating local neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus. Using immunostaining, we demonstrated that adult human dental pulp contains multipotent DPCs, including STRO-1, CD146 and P75-positive stem cells. DPC-formed spheroids were able to differentiate into neuronal, vascular, osteogenic and cartilaginous lineages under osteogenic induction...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799278/fluoropolymer-nanosheet-as-a-wrapping-mount-for-high-quality-tissue-imaging
#10
Hong Zhang, Ami Masuda, Ryosuke Kawakami, Kenji Yarinome, Riku Saito, Yu Nagase, Tomomi Nemoto, Yosuke Okamura
In the field of biological microscopy technology, it is still a practical challenge to obtain high-quality tissue images, due to the tissue desiccation that occurs during observations without an effective sample mounting. Inspired by the use of plastic food wrap, this study proposes the use of polymer thin films (also known as nanosheets) to fix the tissue samples. Water-repellent nanosheets composed of the amorphous fluoropolymer CYTOP are prepared with adjustable thicknesses and their hydrophobicity, transparency, and adhesion strength are evaluated...
August 11, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797057/a%C3%AE-42-mediated-proteasome-inhibition-and-associated-tau-pathology-in-hippocampus-are-governed-by-a-lysosomal-response-involving-cathepsin-b-evidence-for-protective-crosstalk-between-protein-clearance-pathways
#11
Karen L G Farizatto, Uzoma S Ikonne, Michael F Almeida, Merari F R Ferrari, Ben A Bahr
Impaired protein clearance likely increases the risk of protein accumulation disorders including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Protein degradation through the proteasome pathway decreases with age and in AD brains, and the Aβ42 peptide has been shown to impair proteasome function in cultured cells and in a cell-free model. Here, Aβ42 was studied in brain tissue to measure changes in protein clearance pathways and related secondary pathology. Oligomerized Aβ42 (0.5-1.5 μM) reduced proteasome activity by 62% in hippocampal slice cultures over a 4-6-day period, corresponding with increased tau phosphorylation and reduced synaptophysin levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795301/organotypic-cultures-from-the-adult-cns-a-novel-model-to-study-demyelination-and-remyelination-ex-vivo
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Glaiza A Tan, Kendra L Furber, Merlin P Thangaraj, LaRhonda Sobchishin, J Ronald Doucette, Adil J Nazarali
Experimental models of multiple sclerosis (MS) have significantly advanced our understanding of pathophysiology and therapeutic interventions. Although in vivo rodent models are considered to most closely represent the complex cellular and molecular disease states of the human central nervous system (CNS), these can be costly to maintain and require long timelines. Organotypic slice cultures maintain the cytotypic organization observed in the intact CNS, yet provide many of the experimental advantages of in vitro cell culture models...
August 9, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791701/electrophysiological-properties-of-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-neurons-identified-by-genetic-and-optogenetic-tagging
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Gretchen Y López-Hernández, Mala Ananth, Li Jiang, Elizabeth C Ballinger, David A Talmage, Lorna W Role
Recent developments in the generation of neuronal population-specific, genetically modified mouse lines have allowed precise identification and selective stimulation of cholinergic neurons in vivo. Although considerably less laborious than studies conducted with post hoc identification of cholinergic neurons by immunostaining, it is not known whether the genetically based labeling procedures that permit in vivo identification are electrophysiologically benign. In this study, we use mice carrying a bacterial artificial chromosome transgene that drives expression of a tau-green fluorescent fusion protein specifically in cholinergic neurons...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790892/a-critical-period-for-the-rapid-modification-of-synaptic-properties-at-the-vpm-relay-synapse
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Libiao Pan, Junhua Yang, Qian Yang, Xiaomeng Wang, Liya Zhu, Yali Liu, Huifang Lou, Chou Xu, Ying Shen, Hao Wang
In addition to cortical areas, the thalamus also displays plasticity during a critical period in early life. Since most sensory information is transmitted to the cortex via the thalamus, it will be of significant interest to understand the precise time window and underlying mechanisms of this critical period in the thalamus. By using in vitro whole-cell patch recording in acute brain slices, we found that VPm relay synapses were only sensitive to whisker deprivation from postnatal day 11 (P11) to P14. Whisker deprivation initiated within the P11 to P14 window significantly reduced the amplitude of AMPAR-EPSCs, but not NMDAR-EPSCs when recorded 24 h after whisker removal...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790178/heteromeric-channels-formed-by-trpc1-trpc4-and-trpc5-define-hippocampal-synaptic-transmission-and-working-memory
#15
Jenny Bröker-Lai, Astrid Kollewe, Barbara Schindeldecker, Jörg Pohle, Vivan Nguyen Chi, Ilka Mathar, Raul Guzman, Yvonne Schwarz, Alan Lai, Petra Weißgerber, Herbert Schwegler, Alexander Dietrich, Martin Both, Rolf Sprengel, Andreas Draguhn, Georg Köhr, Bernd Fakler, Veit Flockerzi, Dieter Bruns, Marc Freichel
Canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels influence various neuronal functions. Using quantitative high-resolution mass spectrometry, we demonstrate that TRPC1, TRPC4, and TRPC5 assemble into heteromultimers with each other, but not with other TRP family members in the mouse brain and hippocampus. In hippocampal neurons from Trpc1/Trpc4/Trpc5-triple-knockout (Trpc1/4/5(-/-)) mice, lacking any TRPC1-, TRPC4-, or TRPC5-containing channels, action potential-triggered excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) were significantly reduced, whereas frequency, amplitude, and kinetics of quantal miniature EPSC signaling remained unchanged...
August 8, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782641/nitric-oxide-cgmp-signaling-via-guanylyl-cyclase-isoform-1-modulates-glutamate-and-gaba-release-in-somatosensory-cortex-of-mice
#16
Qi Wang, Evanthia Mergia, Doris Koesling, Thomas Mittmann
In hippocampus, two guanylyl cyclases (NO-GC1 and NO-GC2) are involved in the transduction of the effects of nitric oxide (NO) on synaptic transmission. However, the respective roles of the NO-GC isoforms on synaptic transmission are less clear in other regions of the brain. In the present study, we used knock-out mice deficient for the NO-GC1 isoform (NO-GC1 KO) to analyze its role in the glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission at pyramidal neurons in layers II/III of somatosensory cortex. NO-GC1 KO slices revealed reduced frequencies of miniature excitatory- and inhibitory-postsynaptic currents, increased paired-pulse ratios and decreased input-output curves of evoked signals, which indicated the reduction of glutamate and GABA release in NO-GC1 KO mice...
August 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782259/prenatal-assessment-of-cerebellar-vermian-lobulation-fetal-mri-with-3-tesla-post-mortem-correlation
#17
Gregor O Dovjak, Peter C Brugger, Gerlinde M Gruber, Jae W Song, Michael Weber, Georg Langs, Dieter Bettelheim, Daniela Prayer, Gregor Kasprian
OBJECTIVES: To optimize the imaging assessment of fetal hindbrain malformations, this observational MRI study aimed to provide quantitative biometric data in normal vermian development in human fetal brains in vivo. METHODS: In this retrospective, review board approved study, 78 fetuses (18-32 gestational weeks (GW)) scanned prenatally at 1.5T, and seven fetuses (16-30GW), scanned within 24 hours post-mortem at 3T,were included. All fetal brains were segmented on a T2-weighted midline sagittal slice...
August 6, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782235/detection-of-phasic-dopamine-by-d1-and-d2-striatal-medium-spiny-neurons
#18
Cedric Yapo, Anu G Nair, Lorna Clement, Liliana R Castro, Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski, Pierre Vincent
The phasic release of dopamine in the striatum determines various aspects of reward and action selection, but the dynamics of dopamine effect on intracellular signalling remains poorly understood. We used genetically-encoded FRET biosensors in striatal brain slices to quantify the effect of transient dopamine on cAMP or PKA-dependent phosphorylation level, and computational modelling to further explore the dynamics of this signalling pathway. Medium-sized spiny neurons (MSNs), which express either D1 or D2 dopamine receptors, responded to dopamine by an increase or a decrease in cAMP, respectively...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782169/impact-of-neonatal-hypoxia-ischaemia-on-oligodendrocyte-survival-maturation-and-myelinating-potential
#19
Malgorzata Ziemka-Nalecz, Justyna Janowska, Lukasz Strojek, Joanna Jaworska, Teresa Zalewska, Malgorzata Frontczak-Baniewicz, Joanna Sypecka
Hypoxic-ischaemic episodes experienced at the perinatal period commonly lead to a development of neurological disabilities and cognitive impairments in neonates or later in childhood. Clinical symptoms often are associated with the observed alterations in white matter in the brains of diseased children, suggesting contribution of triggered oligodendrocyte/myelin pathology to the resulting disorders. To date, the processes initiated by perinatal asphyxia remain unclear, hampering the ability to develop preventions...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781414/test-suite-for-image-based-motion-estimation-of-the-brain-and-tongue
#20
Jordan Ramsey, Jerry L Prince, Arnold D Gomez
Noninvasive analysis of motion has important uses as qualitative markers for organ function and to validate biomechanical computer simulations relative to experimental observations. Tagged MRI is considered the gold standard for noninvasive tissue motion estimation in the heart, and this has inspired multiple studies focusing on other organs, including the brain under mild acceleration and the tongue during speech. As with other motion estimation approaches, using tagged MRI to measure 3D motion includes several preprocessing steps that affect the quality and accuracy of estimation...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
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