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Anne D M Riquier-Brison, Arnold Sipos, Ágnes Prókai, Sarah L Vargas, Ildiko Toma, Elliott J Meer, Karie G Villanueva, Jennifer C M Chen, Georgina Gyarmati, Christopher Yih, Elaine Tang, Bahram Nadim, Sujith Pendekanti, Ingrid M Garrelds, Genevieve Nguyen, A H Jan Danser, Janos Peti-Peterdi
The prorenin receptor (PRR) was originally proposed to be a member of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), however recent work questioned their association. The present paper describes a functional link between the PRR and RAS in the renal juxtaglomerular apparatus (JGA), a classic anatomical site of the RAS. PRR expression was found in the sensory cells of the JGA, the macula densa (MD), and immunohistochemistry localized PRR to the MD basolateral cell membrane in mouse, rat, and human kidneys. MD cell PRR activation led to MAP kinase ERK1/2 signaling and stimulation of PGE2 release, the classic pathway of MD-mediated renin release...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Gabriela Fabbiani, María I Rehermann, Carina Aldecosea, Omar Trujillo-Cenóz, Raúl E Russo
Plasticity of neural circuits takes many forms and plays a fundamental role in regulating behavior to changing demands while maintaining stability. For example, during spinal cord development neurotransmitter identity in neurons is dynamically adjusted in response to changes in the activity of spinal networks. It is reasonable to speculate that this type of plasticity might occur also in mature spinal circuits in response to injury. Because serotonergic signaling has a central role in spinal cord functions, we hypothesized that spinal cord injury (SCI) in the fresh water turtle Trachemys scripta elegans may trigger homeostatic changes in serotonergic innervation...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Jasmine J Wilson, Kerrie Foyle, Jade Foeng, Todd Norton, Duncan R McKenzie, Natalie Payne, Claude C Bernard, Shaun R McColl, Iain Comerford
Mesenchymal stromal cells or stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to participate in tissue repair and are immunomodulatory in neuropathological settings. Given this, their potential use in developing a new generation of personalized therapies for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) will be explored. To effectively exert these effector functions, MSCs must first gain entry into damaged neural tissues, a process that has been demonstrated to be a limiting factor in their therapeutic efficacy...
January 29, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Naoto Kubota, Toshifumi Yokoyama, Nobuhiko Hoshi, Mikita Suyama
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a major neuronal disease and the most common movement disorder in children. Although environmental factors leading to CP have been greatly investigated, the genetic mechanism underlying CP is not well understood. Here we focused on two clinical reports that characterized a deletion involving the KANK1 gene locus in the 9p24.3 region. One report shows spastic CP and the other shows no spastic CP phenotype. Based on the epigenetic status and evolutionary conservation, we first found a functional genomic element at the noncoding region that was deleted only in patients with spastic CP...
January 29, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Man Li, Cheng Ling, Qi Xu, Jingyang Gao
Sequence classification is crucial in predicting the function of newly discovered sequences. In recent years, the prediction of the incremental large-scale and diversity of sequences has heavily relied on the involvement of machine-learning algorithms. To improve prediction accuracy, these algorithms must confront the key challenge of extracting valuable features. In this work, we propose a feature-enhanced protein classification approach, considering the rich generation of multiple sequence alignment algorithms, N-gram probabilistic language model and the deep learning technique...
February 2018: Amino Acids
Jürgen Becker, Jörg Wilting
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a tumor of the sympathoadrenal system arising in children under 15 years of age. In Germany, NB accounts for 7% of childhood cancer cases, but 11% of cancer deaths. It originates from highly migratory progenitor cells that leave the dorsal neural tube and contribute neurons and glial cells to sympathetic ganglia, and chromaffin and supportive cells to the adrenal medulla and paraganglia. Clinically, histologically and molecularly, NBs present as extremely heterogeneous, ranging from very good to very poor prognosis...
October 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
U Lueken, M Kuhn, Y Yang, B Straube, T Kircher, H-U Wittchen, B Pfleiderer, V Arolt, A Wittmann, A Ströhle, H Weber, A Reif, K Domschke, J Deckert, T B Lonsdorf
Representing a phylogenetically old and very basic mechanism of inhibitory neurotransmission, glycine receptors have been implicated in the modulation of behavioral components underlying defensive responding toward threat. As one of the first findings being confirmed by genome-wide association studies for the phenotype of panic disorder and agoraphobia, allelic variation in a gene coding for the glycine receptor beta subunit (GLRB) has recently been associated with increased neural fear network activation and enhanced acoustic startle reflexes...
September 5, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
Ophélia Le Thuc, Katharina Stobbe, Céline Cansell, Jean-Louis Nahon, Nicolas Blondeau, Carole Rovère
The hypothalamus is a key brain region in the regulation of energy balance as it controls food intake and both energy storage and expenditure through integration of humoral, neural, and nutrient-related signals and cues. Many years of research have focused on the regulation of energy balance by hypothalamic neurons, but the most recent findings suggest that neurons and glial cells, such as microglia and astrocytes, in the hypothalamus actually orchestrate together several metabolic functions. Because glial cells have been described as mediators of inflammatory processes in the brain, the existence of a causal link between hypothalamic inflammation and the deregulations of feeding behavior, leading to involuntary weight loss or obesity for example, has been suggested...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Taís Adelita, Roberta Sessa Stilhano, Sang Won Han, Giselle Zenker Justo, Marimelia Porcionatto
The subventricular zone (SVZ) of the adult mammalian brain hosts full potential neural stem cells (NSCs). NSCs are able to respond to extracellular signals in the brain, amplifying the pool of progenitor cells and giving rise to neuroblasts that show ability to migrate towards an injury site. These signals can come from vascular system, cerebrospinal fluid, glial cells, or projections of neurons in adjoining regions. CXCL12, a chemokine secreted after brain injury, reaches the SVZ in a gradient manner and drives neuroblasts towards the lesion area...
July 2017: Stem Cell Research
Anja Probst Larsen, Sabine Fièvre, Karla Frydenvang, Pierre Francotte, Bernard Pirotte, Jette Sandholm Kastrup, Christophe Mulle
Kainate receptors (KARs) consist of a class of ionotropic glutamate receptors, which exert diverse pre- and postsynaptic functions through complex signaling regulating the activity of neural circuits. Whereas numerous small-molecule positive allosteric modulators of the ligand-binding domain of (S)-2-amino-3-(3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazol-4-yl)propanoic acid (AMPA) receptors have been reported, no such ligands are available for KARs. In this study, we investigated the ability of three benzothiadiazine-based modulators to potentiate glutamate-evoked currents at recombinantly expressed KARs...
June 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
Joseph A McQuail, B Sofia Beas, Kyle B Kelly, Kailey L Simpson, Charles J Frazier, Barry Setlow, Jennifer L Bizon
Working memory, the ability to temporarily maintain representational knowledge, is a foundational cognitive process that can become compromised in aging and neuropsychiatric disease. NMDA receptor (NMDAR) activation in prefrontal cortex (PFC) is necessary for the pyramidal neuron activity believed to enable working memory; however, the distinct biophysical properties and localization of NMDARs containing NR2A and NR2B subunits suggest unique roles for NMDAR subtypes in PFC neural activity and working memory...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Bi-Qin Lai, Ming-Tian Che, Bao-Ling Du, Xiang Zeng, Yuan-Huan Ma, Bo Feng, Xue-Chen Qiu, Ke Zhang, Shu Liu, Hui-Yong Shen, Jin-Lang Wu, Eng-Ang Ling, Yuan-Shan Zeng
Severe spinal cord injury (SCI) causes loss of neural connectivity and permanent functional deficits. Re-establishment of new neuronal relay circuits after SCI is therefore of paramount importance. The present study tested our hypothesis if co-culture of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) gene-modified Schwann cells (SCs, NT-3-SCs) and TrkC (NT-3 receptor) gene-modified neural stem cells (NSCs, TrkC-NSCs) in a gelatin sponge scaffold could construct a tissue engineering neural network for re-establishing an anatomical neuronal relay after rat spinal cord transection...
December 2016: Biomaterials
Heather Kang, Pojeong Park, Zuner A Bortolotto, Simon D Brandt, Tristan Colestock, Jason Wallach, Graham L Collingridge, David Lodge
To avoid legislation based on chemical structure, research chemicals, frequently used for recreational purposes, are continually being synthesized. N-Ethyl-1,2-diphenylethanamine (ephenidine) is a diarylethylamine that has recently become popular with recreational users searching for dissociative hallucinogenic effects. In the present study, the pharmacological basis of its neural actions has been investigated, initially by assessing its profile in central nervous system receptor binding assays and subsequently in targeted electrophysiological studies...
January 2017: Neuropharmacology
S Sisó, P Marco-Salazar, P F Moore, B K Sturges, W Vernau, E R Wisner, A W Bollen, P J Dickinson, R J Higgins
Primary and secondary nervous system involvement occurs in 4% and 5%-12%, respectively, of all canine non-Hodgkin lymphomas. The recent new classification of canine malignant lymphomas, based on the human World Health Organization classification, has been endorsed with international acceptance. This histological and immunocytochemical classification provides a unique opportunity to study the histologic anatomic distribution patterns in the central and peripheral nervous system of these defined lymphoma subtypes...
January 2017: Veterinary Pathology
Sangho Yu, Emily Qualls-Creekmore, Kavon Rezai-Zadeh, Yanyan Jiang, Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Christopher D Morrison, Andrei V Derbenev, Andrea Zsombok, Heike Münzberg
UNLABELLED: The preoptic area (POA) regulates body temperature, but is not considered a site for body weight control. A subpopulation of POA neurons express leptin receptors (LepRb(POA) neurons) and modulate reproductive function. However, LepRb(POA) neurons project to sympathetic premotor neurons that control brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis, suggesting an additional role in energy homeostasis and body weight regulation. We determined the role of LepRb(POA) neurons in energy homeostasis using cre-dependent viral vectors to selectively activate these neurons and analyzed functional outcomes in mice...
May 4, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
George R Breese, Darin J Knapp
This review updates the conceptual basis for the association of alcohol abuse with an insidious adaptation that facilitates negative affect during withdrawal from chronic intermittent alcohol (CIA) exposure - a change that later supports sensitization of stress-induced anxiety following alcohol abstinence. The finding that a CRF1-receptor antagonist (CRF1RA) minimized CIA withdrawal-induced negative affect supported an association of alcohol withdrawal with a stress mechanism. The finding that repeated stresses or multiple CRF injections into selected brain sites prior to a single 5-day chronic alcohol (CA) exposure induced anxiety during withdrawal provided critical support for a linkage of CIA withdrawal with stress...
May 2016: Alcohol
Yu-Jun Wang, Ai Hang, Yu-Chen Lu, Yu Long, Gui-Ying Zan, Xue-Ping Li, Qian Wang, Zeng-Xiang Zhao, Ling He, Zhi-Qiang Chi, Jing-Gen Liu
κ Opioid receptor system is widely implicated in the regulation of emotion. However, the findings about the role on anxiety in rodents are highly controversial, since both anxiogenic- and anxiolytic-like effects have been reported with κ opioid receptor activation. The mechanism and the underlying neuroanatomical substrates are unexplored. In the present study, we first investigated the effects of κ agonist U50,488H on anxiety-related behaviors over a wide range of doses, and we found that U50,488H produced dual effects in anxiety, with low dose being anxiogenic and high dose being anxiolytic...
November 2016: Neuropharmacology
Jorge Eduardo Shortrede, Ivonne Denise Uzair, Flavia Judith Neira, Marina Inés Flamini, Angel Matías Sanchez
Breast cancer is the major cause of cancer-related death in women. Its treatment is particularly difficult when metastasis occurs. The ability of cancer cells to move and invade the surrounding environment is the basis of local and distant metastasis. Cancer cells are able to remodel the actin cytoskeleton, which requires the recruitment of numerous structural and regulatory proteins that modulate actin filaments dynamics, including Paxillin or the Neural Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Protein (N-WASP). We show that 17-β estradiol (E2) induces phosphorylation of Paxillin and its translocation toward membrane sites where focal adhesion complexes are assembled...
July 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Sara M Freeman, Larry J Young
In the last several decades, sophisticated experimental techniques have been used to determine the neurobiology of the oxytocin and vasopressin systems in rodents. Using a suite of methodologies, including electrophysiology, site-specific selective pharmacology, receptor autoradiography, in vivo microdialysis, and genetic and optogenetic manipulations, we have gained unprecedented knowledge about how these neuropeptides engage neural circuits to regulate behaviour, particularly social behaviour. Based on this foundation of information from rodent studies, we have started generating new hypotheses and frameworks about how the oxytocin and vasopressin systems could be acting in humans to influence social cognition...
April 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Michael R Koelle
Neurotransmitters signal via G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) to modulate activity of neurons and muscles. C. elegans has ~150 G protein coupled neuropeptide receptor homologs and 28 additional GPCRs for small-molecule neurotransmitters. Genetic studies in C. elegans demonstrate that neurotransmitters diffuse far from their release sites to activate GPCRs on distant cells. Individual receptor types are expressed on limited numbers of cells and thus can provide very specific regulation of an individual neural circuit and behavior...
March 3, 2016: WormBook: the Online Review of C. Elegans Biology
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