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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932790/motor-neurons-derived-from-als-related-mouse-ips-cells-recapitulate-pathological-features-of-als
#1
Ju-Hwang Park, Hang-Soo Park, Sunghoi Hong, Seongman Kang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a late-onset progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. Mutations in Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are known to induce ALS. Although many research models have been developed, the exact pathological mechanism of ALS remains unknown. The recently developed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology is expected to illuminate the pathological mechanisms and new means of treatment for neurodegenerative diseases...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930290/gamma-motor-neurons-survive-and-exacerbate-alpha-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-als
#2
Melanie Lalancette-Hebert, Aarti Sharma, Alexander K Lyashchenko, Neil A Shneider
The molecular and cellular basis of selective motor neuron (MN) vulnerability in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. In genetically distinct mouse models of familial ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), and fused in sarcoma (FUS), we demonstrate selective degeneration of alpha MNs (α-MNs) and complete sparing of gamma MNs (γ-MNs), which selectively innervate muscle spindles. Resistant γ-MNs are distinct from vulnerable α-MNs in that they lack synaptic contacts from primary afferent (IA) fibers...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928163/tbcd-may-be-a-causal-gene-in-progressive-neurodegenerative-encephalopathy-with-atypical-infantile-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#3
Toshio Ikeda, Akihiko Nakahara, Rie Nagano, Maiko Utoyama, Megumi Obara, Hiroshi Moritake, Tamayo Uechi, Jun Mitsui, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Yoshimura, Koichiro Doi, Naoya Kenmochi, Shinichi Morishita, Ichizo Nishino, Shoji Tsuji, Hiroyuki Nunoi
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by survival motor neuron gene mutations. Variant forms of SMA accompanied by additional clinical presentations have been classified as atypical SMA and are thought to be caused by variants in as yet unidentified causative genes. Here, we presented the clinical findings of two siblings with an SMA variant followed by progressive cerebral atrophy, and the results of whole-exome sequencing analyses of the family quartet that was performed to identify potential causative variants...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928028/mitochondrial-pyruvate-carrier-regulates-autophagy-inflammation-and-neurodegeneration-in-experimental-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Anamitra Ghosh, Trevor Tyson, Sonia George, Erin N Hildebrandt, Jennifer A Steiner, Zachary Madaj, Emily Schulz, Emily Machiela, William G McDonald, Martha L Escobar Galvis, Jeffrey H Kordower, Jeremy M Van Raamsdonk, Jerry R Colca, Patrik Brundin
Mitochondrial and autophagic dysfunction as well as neuroinflammation are involved in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD). We hypothesized that targeting the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier (MPC), a key controller of cellular metabolism that influences mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) activation, might attenuate neurodegeneration of nigral dopaminergic neurons in animal models of PD. To test this, we used MSDC-0160, a compound that specifically targets MPC, to reduce its activity. MSDC-0160 protected against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)) insult in murine and cultured human midbrain dopamine neurons and in an α-synuclein-based Caenorhabditis elegans model...
December 7, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923201/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-class-of-benzothiazines-as-neuroprotective-agents
#5
Alessandra Mancini, Alessia Chelini, Angela Di Capua, Loretta Castelli, Simone Brogi, Marco Paolino, Germano Giuliani, Andrea Cappelli, Maria Frosini, Lorenzo Ricci, Erminia Leonelli, Gianluca Giorgi, Antonio Giordani, Jacopo Magistretti, Maurizio Anzini
Neurodegenerative diseases are disorders related to the degeneration of central neurons that gradually lead to various, severe alterations of cognitive and/or motor functions. Currently, for no such diseases does any pharmacological treatment exist able to arrest its progression. Riluzole (1) is a small molecule able to interfere with multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and is the only approved treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progression of which proved to significantly slow, thus increasing somewhat average survival...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922548/methylcobalamin-prevents-mutant-superoxide-dismutase-1-induced-motor-neuron-death-in-vitro
#6
Shunsuke Ito, Yukina Izumi, Tetsuhiro Niidome, Yuichi Ono
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes motor dysfunction. Treatments and drugs that slow progression of ALS have garnered great interest. In the present study, we show that the vitamin B12 analog methylcobalamin (MBL) effectively and dose dependently prevented embryonic stem cell-derived motor neuron death induced by cocultivation with astrocytes expressing mutant human superoxide dismutase-1 (G93A). Moreover, cotreatment of MBL with a conventional ALS drug, riluzole, further enhanced survival of motor neurons in this in-vitro ALS model...
December 2, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921066/review-of-imaging-network-activities-in-developing-rodent-cerebral-cortex-in-vivo
#7
REVIEW
Heiko J Luhmann
The combination of voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDI) with multielectrode array (MEA) recordings in the rodent cerebral cortex in vivo allows the simultaneous analysis of large-scale network interactions and electrophysiological single-unit recordings. Using this approach, distinct patterns of spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity can be recorded in the primary somatosensory (S1) and motor cortex (M1) of newborn rats. Already at the day of birth, gamma oscillations and spindle bursts in the barrel cortex synchronize the activity of a local columnar ensemble, thereby generating an early topographic representation of the sensory periphery...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917293/alternative-splicing-of-a-cryptic-exon-embedded-in-intron-6-of-smn1-and-smn2
#8
Satomi Yoshimoto, Nur Imma Fatimah Harahap, Yuko Hamamura, Mawaddah Ar Rochmah, Ai Shima, Naoya Morisada, Masakazu Shinohara, Toshio Saito, Kayoko Saito, Poh San Lai, Masafumi Matsuo, Hiroyuki Awano, Ichiro Morioka, Kazumoto Iijima, Hisahide Nishio
Both survival of motor neuron (SMN) genes are associated with spinal muscular atrophy; mutations in SMN1 cause the disease, and SMN2 modulates its severity. It is established that different alternative splicing of exon 7 occurs for SMN1 and SMN2, and a cryptic exon was recently found in intron 6 of both genes. Here, we characterize this cryptic exon and clarify its alternative splicing pattern in control and spinal muscular atrophy cells.
2016: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916956/functional-diversity-of-neurotrophin-actions-on-the-oculomotor-system
#9
REVIEW
Beatriz Benítez-Temiño, María A Davis-López de Carrizosa, Sara Morcuende, Esperanza R Matarredona, Rosa R de la Cruz, Angel M Pastor
Neurotrophins play a principal role in neuronal survival and differentiation during development, but also in the maintenance of appropriate adult neuronal circuits and phenotypes. In the oculomotor system, we have demonstrated that neurotrophins are key regulators of developing and adult neuronal properties, but with peculiarities depending on each neurotrophin. For instance, the administration of NGF (nerve growth factor), BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) or NT-3 (neurotrophin-3) protects neonatal extraocular motoneurons from cell death after axotomy, but only NGF and BDNF prevent the downregulation in ChAT (choline acetyltransferase)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914942/is-there-a-role-for-ghrelin-in-central-dopaminergic-systems-focus-on-nigrostriatal-and-mesocorticolimbic-pathways
#10
REVIEW
Alicia Stievenard, Mathieu Méquinion, Zane B Andrews, Alain Destée, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Odile Viltart, Christel C Vanbesien-Mailliot
The gastro-intestinal peptide ghrelin has been assigned many functions. These include appetite regulation, energy metabolism, glucose homeostasis, intestinal motility, anxiety, memory or neuroprotection. In the last decade, this pleiotropic peptide has been proposed as a therapeutic agent in gastroparesis for diabetes and in cachexia for cancer. Ghrelin and its receptor, which is expressed throughout the brain, play an important role in motivation and reward. Ghrelin finely modulates the mesencephalic dopaminergic signaling and is thus currently studied in pathological conditions including dopamine-related disorders...
November 30, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911893/the-mitochondrial-m-aaa-protease-prevents-demyelination-and-hair-greying
#11
Shuaiyu Wang, Julie Jacquemyn, Sara Murru, Paola Martinelli, Esther Barth, Thomas Langer, Carien M Niessen, Elena I Rugarli
The m-AAA protease preserves proteostasis of the inner mitochondrial membrane. It ensures a functional respiratory chain, by controlling the turnover of respiratory complex subunits and allowing mitochondrial translation, but other functions in mitochondria are conceivable. Mutations in genes encoding subunits of the m-AAA protease have been linked to various neurodegenerative diseases in humans, such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and spinocerebellar ataxia. While essential functions of the m-AAA protease for neuronal survival have been established, its role in adult glial cells remains enigmatic...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911337/effect-of-the-butyrate-prodrug-pivaloyloxymethyl-butyrate-an9-on-a-mouse-model-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#12
Jonathan D Edwards, Matthew E R Butchbach
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an early-onset motor neuron disease that leads to loss of muscle function. Butyrate (BA)-based compounds markedly improve the survival and motor phenotype of SMA mice. In this study, we examine the protective effects of the BA prodrug pivaloyloxymethyl butyrate (AN9) on the survival of SMNΔ7 SMA mice. Oral administration of AN9 beginning at PND04 almost doubled the average lifespan of SMNΔ7 SMA mice. AN9 treatment also increased the growth rate of SMNΔ7 SMA mice when compared to vehicle-treated SMNΔ7 SMA mice...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903866/nigral-dopaminergic-pak4-prevents-neurodegeneration-in-rat-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
#13
So-Yoon Won, Mee-Hee Park, Soon-Tae You, Seung-Won Choi, Hyong-Kyu Kim, Catriona McLean, Suk-Chul Bae, Sang Ryong Kim, Byung Kwan Jin, Kun Ho Lee, Eun-Young Shin, Eung-Gook Kim
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra. No neuroprotective treatments have successfully prevented the progression of this disease. We report that p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) is a key survival factor for DA neurons. We observed PAK4 immunoreactivity in rat and human DA neurons in brain tissue, but not in microglia or astrocytes. PAK4 activity was markedly decreased in postmortem brain tissue from PD patients and in rodent models of PD...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894243/spinal-muscular-atrophy-more-than-a-disease-of-motor-neurons
#14
L A Nash, J K Burns, J W Chardon, R Kothary, R J Parks
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetically inherited neurodegenerative disease resulting in infant mortality. SMA is caused by genetic deletion or mutation in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, which results in reduced levels of the survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMN protein deficiency preferentially affects α- motor neurons, leading to their degeneration and subsequent atrophy of limb and trunk muscles, progressing to death in severe forms of the disease. More recent studies have shown that SMN protein depletion is detrimental to the functioning of other tissues including skeletal muscle, heart, autonomic and enteric nervous systems, metabolic/endocrine (e...
November 28, 2016: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892707/is-firstly-diagnosed-als-really-als-results-of-a-population-based-study-with-long-term-follow-up
#15
Elisabetta Pupillo, Elisa Bianchi, Marco Poloni, Ettore Beghi
OBJECTIVE: To revise the first diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients from a well-defined population. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with ALS in the years 1998-2002 and resident of Lombardy Region, Northern Italy were followed until death or April 30 2016 to assess long-term survival. During follow-up, the caring neurologists were asked to confirm the first diagnosis. Revised diagnoses were classified as confirmed and unconfirmed motor neuron disease (MND) with further specification where available...
November 28, 2016: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882347/ml372-blocks-smn-ubiquitination-and-improves-spinal-muscular-atrophy-pathology-in-mice
#16
Mahlet B Abera, Jingbo Xiao, Jonathan Nofziger, Steve Titus, Noel Southall, Wei Zheng, Kasey E Moritz, Marc Ferrer, Jonathan J Cherry, Elliot J Androphy, Amy Wang, Xin Xu, Christopher Austin, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Juan J Marugan, Barrington G Burnett
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease and one of the leading inherited causes of infant mortality. SMA results from insufficient levels of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, and studies in animal models of the disease have shown that increasing SMN protein levels ameliorates the disease phenotype. Our group previously identified and optimized a new series of small molecules, with good potency and toxicity profiles and reasonable pharmacokinetics, that were able to increase SMN protein levels in SMA patient-derived cells...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881601/structural-basis-for-snrna-recognition-by-the-double-wd40-repeat-domain-of-gemin5
#17
Wenxing Jin, Yi Wang, Chao-Pei Liu, Na Yang, Mingliang Jin, Yao Cong, Mingzhu Wang, Rui-Ming Xu
Assembly of the spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoparticle (snRNP) core requires the participation of the multisubunit SMN (survival of motor neuron) complex, which contains SMN and several Gemin proteins. The SMN and Gemin2 subunits directly bind Sm proteins, and Gemin5 is required for snRNP biogenesis and has been implicated in snRNA recognition. The RNA sequence required for snRNP assembly includes the Sm site and an adjacent 3' stem-loop, but a precise understanding of Gemin5's RNA-binding specificity is lacking...
November 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881600/structural-insights-into-gemin5-guided-selection-of-pre-snrnas-for-snrnp-assembly
#18
Chao Xu, Hideaki Ishikawa, Keiichi Izumikawa, Li Li, Hao He, Yuko Nobe, Yoshio Yamauchi, Hanief M Shahjee, Xian-Hui Wu, Yi-Tao Yu, Toshiaki Isobe, Nobuhiro Takahashi, Jinrong Min
In cytoplasm, the survival of motor neuron (SMN) complex delivers pre-small nuclear RNAs (pre-snRNAs) to the heptameric Sm ring for the assembly of the ring complex on pre-snRNAs at the conserved Sm site [A(U)4-6G]. Gemin5, a WD40 protein component of the SMN complex, is responsible for recognizing pre-snRNAs. In addition, Gemin5 has been reported to specifically bind to the m(7)G cap. In this study, we show that the WD40 domain of Gemin5 is both necessary and sufficient for binding the Sm site of pre-snRNAs by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and mutagenesis assays...
November 1, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880894/requirement-for-dicer-in-maintenance-of-monosynaptic-sensory-motor-circuits-in-the-spinal-cord
#19
Fumiyasu Imai, Xiaoting Chen, Matthew T Weirauch, Yutaka Yoshida
In contrast to our knowledge of mechanisms governing circuit formation, our understanding of how neural circuits are maintained is limited. Here, we show that Dicer, an RNaseIII protein required for processing microRNAs (miRNAs), is essential for maintenance of the spinal monosynaptic stretch reflex circuit in which group Ia proprioceptive sensory neurons form direct connections with motor neurons. In postnatal mice lacking Dicer in proprioceptor sensory neurons, there are no obvious defects in specificity or formation of monosynaptic sensory-motor connections...
November 22, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878516/axonal-excitability-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-axonal-excitability-in-als
#20
REVIEW
Susanna B Park, Matthew C Kiernan, Steve Vucic
Axonal excitability testing provides in vivo assessment of axonal ion channel function and membrane potential. Excitability techniques have provided insights into the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the development of neurodegeneration and clinical features of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related neuromuscular disorders. Specifically, abnormalities of Na(+) and K(+) conductances contribute to development of membrane hyperexcitability in ALS, thereby leading to symptom generation of muscle cramps and fasciculations, in addition to promoting a neurodegenerative cascade via Ca(2+)-mediated processes...
November 22, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
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