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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339401/is-huntingtin-dispensable-in-the-adult-brain
#1
Jeh-Ping Liu, Scott O Zeitlin
Huntingtin (HTT) is an essential protein during early embryogenesis and the development of the central nervous system (CNS). Conditional knock-out of mouse Huntingtin (Htt) expression in the CNS beginning during neural development, as well as reducing Htt expression only during embryonic and early postnatal stages, results in neurodegeneration in the adult brain. These findings suggest that HTT is important for the development and/or maintenance of the CNS, but they do not address the question of whether HTT is required specifically in the adult CNS for its normal functions and/or homeostasis...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322752/neuroprotector-effect-of-stem-cells-from-human-exfoliated-deciduous-teeth-transplanted-after-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-involves-inhibition-of-early-neuronal-apoptosis
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Fabrício do Couto Nicola, Marília Rossato Marques, Felipe Odorcyk, Danusa Mar Arcego, Letícia Petenuzzo, Dirceu Aristimunha, Adriana Vizuete, Eduardo Farias Sanches, Daniela Pavulack Pereira, Natasha Maurmann, Carla Dalmaz, Patricia Pranke, Carlos A Netto
Stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) transplants have been investigated as a possible treatment strategy for spinal cord injuries (SCI) due to their potential for promoting functional recovery. The aim of present study was to investigate the effects of SHED on neuronal death after an experimental model of SCI. METHODS: Wistar rats were spinalized using NYU impactor®. Animals were randomly distributed into 4 groups: Control (Naive) or Surgical control, Sham (laminectomy with no SCI); SCI (laminectomy followed by SCI, treated with vehicle); SHED (SCI treated with intraspinal transplantation of 3×10(5) SHED, 1 h after SCI)...
March 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322751/neuroprotective-effects-of-2-4-dinitrophenol-in-an-acute-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Yujeong Lee, Gwangbeom Heo, Kyung Moon Lee, Ah Hyun Kim, Ki Wung Chung, Eunok Im, Hae Young Chung, Jaewon Lee
Neurons depend on mitochondria for homeostasis and survival, and thus, mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Increasing evidence indicates the mitochondrial uncoupler, 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), protects neurons against neurodegeneration and enhances neural plasticity. Here, the authors evaluated the protective effects of intraperitoneally (i.p.) administered low dose DNP in an acute mouse model of PD. Mice were administered DNP (1 or 5 mg/kg) for 12 consecutive days, and then on day 13, MPTP (20 mg/kg, i...
March 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315956/axonal-transport-deficits-in-multiple-sclerosis-spiraling-into-the-abyss
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REVIEW
Robert van den Berg, Casper C Hoogenraad, Rogier Q Hintzen
The transport of mitochondria and other cellular components along the axonal microtubule cytoskeleton plays an essential role in neuronal survival. Defects in this system have been linked to a large number of neurological disorders. In multiple sclerosis (MS) and associated models such as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), alterations in axonal transport have been shown to exist before neurodegeneration occurs. Genome-wide association (GWA) studies have linked several motor proteins to MS susceptibility, while neuropathological studies have shown accumulations of proteins and organelles suggestive for transport deficits...
March 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302159/a-data-driven-approach-links-microglia-to-pathology-and-prognosis-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#5
Johnathan Cooper-Knock, Claire Green, Gabriel Altschuler, Wenbin Wei, Joanna J Bury, Paul R Heath, Matthew Wyles, Catherine Gelsthorpe, J Robin Highley, Alejandro Lorente-Pons, Tim Beck, Kathryn Doyle, Karel Otero, Bryan Traynor, Janine Kirby, Pamela J Shaw, Winston Hide
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that lacks a predictive and broadly applicable biomarker. Continued focus on mutation-specific upstream mechanisms has yet to predict disease progression in the clinic. Utilising cellular pathology common to the majority of ALS patients, we implemented an objective transcriptome-driven approach to develop noninvasive prognostic biomarkers for disease progression. Genes expressed in laser captured motor neurons in direct correlation (Spearman rank correlation, p < 0...
March 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296268/feasibility-and-efficacy-of-intra-arterial-administration-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-animal-model-of-double-toxin-induced-multiple-system-atrophy
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Ha Na Kim, Dong Yeol Kim, Se Hee Oh, Hyung Sook Kim, Kyung Suk Kim, Phil Hyu Lee
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a sporadic neurodegenerative disease of the central and autonomic nervous system. Because no drug treatment consistently benefits MSA patients, neuroprotective strategy using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has a lot of concern for the management of MSA. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of intra-arterial administration of MSCs via internal carotid artery (ICA) in an animal model of MSA. The study was composed of feasibility test using a ×10 and ×50 of a standard dose of MSCs (4 × 10(7) MSCs) and efficacy test using a ×0...
March 13, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293529/facial-nerve-recovery-in-kbdb-and-c1q-knockout-mice-a-role-for-histocompatibility-complex-1
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Seden Akdagli, Ryan A Williams, Hyun J Kim, Yuling Yan, Mirna Mustapha, Sam P Most
BACKGROUND: Understanding the mechanisms in nerve damage can lead to better outcomes for neuronal rehabilitation. The purpose of our study was to assess the effect of major histocompatibility complex I deficiency and inhibition of the classical complement pathway (C1q) on functional recovery and cell survival in the facial motor nucleus (FMN) after crush injury in adult and juvenile mice. METHODS: A prospective blinded analysis of functional recovery and cell survival in the FMN after a unilateral facial nerve crush injury in juvenile and adult mice was undertaken between wild-type, C1q knockout (C1q-/-), and KbDb knockout (KbDb-/-) groups...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293179/disynaptic-subthalamic-input-to-the-posterior-cerebellum-in-rat
#8
Saad Jwair, Patrice Coulon, Tom J H Ruigrok
In the last decade, the interplay between basal ganglia and cerebellar functions has been increasingly advocated to explain their joint operation in both normal and pathological conditions. Yet, insight into the neuroanatomical basis of this interplay between both subcortical structures remains sparse and is mainly derived from work in primates. Here, in rodents, we have studied the existence of a potential disynaptic connection between the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the cerebellar cortex as has been demonstrated earlier for the primate...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289706/plastin-3-extends-survival-and-reduces-severity-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Kevin A Kaifer, Eric Villalón, Erkan Y Osman, Jacqueline J Glascock, Laura L Arnold, D D W Cornelison, Christian L Lorson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a leading genetic cause of infantile death and is caused by the loss of survival motor neuron-1 (SMN1). Importantly, a nearly identical gene is present called SMN2; however, the majority of SMN2-derived transcripts are alternatively spliced and encode a truncated, dysfunctional protein. Recently, several compounds designed to increase SMN protein have entered clinical trials, including antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), traditional small molecules, and gene therapy. Expanding beyond SMN-centric therapeutics is important, as it is likely that the breadth of the patient spectrum and the inherent complexity of the disease will be difficult to address with a single therapeutic strategy...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286293/a-role-for-astrocytes-in-cerebellar-deficits-in-frataxin-deficiency-protection-by-insulin-like-growth-factor-i
#10
C Franco, L Genis, J A Navarro, P Perez-Domper, A M Fernandez, S Schneuwly, I Torres Alemán
Inherited neurodegenerative diseases such as Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA), produced by deficiency of the mitochondrial chaperone frataxin (Fxn), shows specific neurological deficits involving different subset of neurons even though deficiency of Fxn is ubiquitous. Because astrocytes are involved in neurodegeneration, we analyzed whether they are also affected by frataxin deficiency and contribute to the disease. We also tested whether insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), that has proven effective in increasing frataxin levels both in neurons and in astrocytes, also exerts in vivo protective actions...
March 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279169/effect-of-skilled-reaching-training-and-enriched-environment-on-generation-of-oligodendrocytes-in-the-adult-sensorimotor-cortex-and-corpus-callosum
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Silke Keiner, Fanny Niv, Susanne Neumann, Tanja Steinbach, Christian Schmeer, Katrin Hornung, Yvonne Schlenker, Martin Förster, Otto W Witte, Christoph Redecker
BACKGROUND: Increased motor activity or social interactions through enriched environment are strong stimulators of grey and white matter plasticity in the adult rodent brain. In the present study we evaluated whether specific reaching training of the dominant forelimb (RT) and stimulation of unspecific motor activity through enriched environment (EE) influence the generation of distinct oligodendrocyte subpopulations in the sensorimotor cortex and corpus callosum of the adult rat brain...
March 9, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278160/hyperleptinemia-in-children-with-autosomal-recessive-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-i-iii
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Heike Kölbel, Berthold P Hauffa, Stefan A Wudy, Anastasios Bouikidis, Adela Della Marina, Ulrike Schara
BACKGROUND: Autosomal-recessive proximal spinal muscular atrophies (SMA) are disorders characterized by a ubiquitous deficiency of the survival of motor neuron protein that leads to a multisystemic disorder, which mostly affects alpha motor neurons. Disease progression is clinically associated with failure to thrive or weight loss, mainly caused by chewing and swallowing difficulties. Although pancreatic involvement has been described in animal models, systematic endocrinological evaluation of the energy metabolism in humans is lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276271/an-anthocyanin-enriched-extract-from-strawberries-delays-disease-onset-and-extends-survival-in-the-hsod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Aimee N Winter, Erika K Ross, Heather M Wilkins, Trisha R Stankiewicz, Tyler Wallace, Keith Miller, Daniel A Linseman
OBJECTIVE: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease resulting from the death of motor neurons in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Several processes such as oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and neuronal apoptosis, contribute to disease progression. Anthocyanins are flavonoid compounds derived from fruits and vegetables that possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic abilities. Thus, these unique compounds may provide therapeutic benefit for the treatment of ALS...
March 9, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273811/targeting-neurotrophins-to-specific-populations-of-neurons-ngf-bdnf-and-nt-3-and-their-relevance-for-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury
#14
REVIEW
Kathleen M Keefe, Imran S Sheikh, George M Smith
Neurotrophins are a family of proteins that regulate neuronal survival, synaptic function, and neurotransmitter release, and elicit the plasticity and growth of axons within the adult central and peripheral nervous system. Since the 1950s, these factors have been extensively studied in traumatic injury models. Here we review several members of the classical family of neurotrophins, the receptors they bind to, and their contribution to axonal regeneration and sprouting of sensory and motor pathways after spinal cord injury (SCI)...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270618/novel-combinatorial-screening-identifies-neurotrophic-factors-for-selective-classes-of-motor-neurons
#15
Sébastien Schaller, Dorothée Buttigieg, Alysson Alory, Arnaud Jacquier, Marc Barad, Mark Merchant, David Gentien, Pierre de la Grange, Georg Haase
Numerous neurotrophic factors promote the survival of developing motor neurons but their combinatorial actions remain poorly understood; to address this, we here screened 66 combinations of 12 neurotrophic factors on pure, highly viable, and standardized embryonic mouse motor neurons isolated by a unique FACS technique. We demonstrate potent, strictly additive, survival effects of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), and Artemin through specific activation of their receptor complexes in distinct subsets of lumbar motor neurons: HGF supports hindlimb motor neurons through c-Met; CNTF supports subsets of axial motor neurons through CNTFRα; and Artemin acts as the first survival factor for parasympathetic preganglionic motor neurons through GFRα3/Syndecan-3 activation...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270613/smn-deficiency-in-severe-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-causes-widespread-intron-retention-and-dna-damage
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Mohini Jangi, Christina Fleet, Patrick Cullen, Shipra V Gupta, Shila Mekhoubad, Eric Chiao, Norm Allaire, C Frank Bennett, Frank Rigo, Adrian R Krainer, Jessica A Hurt, John P Carulli, John F Staropoli
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease, is the leading monogenic cause of infant mortality. Homozygous loss of the gene survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) causes the selective degeneration of lower motor neurons and subsequent atrophy of proximal skeletal muscles. The SMN1 protein product, survival of motor neuron (SMN), is ubiquitously expressed and is a key factor in the assembly of the core splicing machinery. The molecular mechanisms by which disruption of the broad functions of SMN leads to neurodegeneration remain unclear...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265522/p2x7-antagonism-using-brilliant-blue-g-reduces-body-weight-loss-and-prolongs-survival-in-female-sod1-g93a-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-mice
#17
Rachael Bartlett, Vanessa Sluyter, Debbie Watson, Ronald Sluyter, Justin J Yerbury
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by the accumulation of aggregated proteins, microglia activation and motor neuron loss. The mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and disease progression in ALS are unknown, but the ATP-gated P2X7 receptor channel is implicated in this disease. Therefore, the current study aimed to examine P2X7 in the context of neurodegeneration, and investigate whether the P2X7 antagonist, Brilliant Blue G (BBG), could alter disease progression in a murine model of ALS...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264096/diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-definite-subtypes-of-disease
#18
Alessandra Gaiani, Ilaria Martinelli, Luca Bello, Giorgia Querin, Marco Puthenparampil, Susanna Ruggero, Elisabetta Toffanin, Annachiara Cagnin, Chiara Briani, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù
Importance: A clearer definition of the role of neurofilament light chain (NFL) as a biomarker in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is needed. Objectives: To assess the ability of NFL to serve as a diagnostic biomarker in ALS and the prognostic value of cerebrospinal fluid NFL in patients with ALS. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this single-center, retrospective, longitudinal study, disease progression was assessed by the ALS Functional Rating Score-Revised and the ALS Milano-Torino Staging system at baseline and 6, 12, 24, and 36 months...
March 6, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258160/a-new-cis-acting-motif-is-required-for-the-axonal-smn-dependent-anxa2-mrna-localization
#19
Khalil Rihan, Etienne Antoine, Thomas Maurin, Barbara Bardoni, Rémy Bordonné, Johann Soret, Florence Rage
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutations and/or deletions of the survival motor neuron gene (SMN1). Besides its function in the biogenesis of spliceosomal snRNPs, SMN might possess a motor neuron specific role and could function in the transport of axonal mRNAs and in the modulation of local protein translation. Accordingly, SMN colocalizes with axonal mRNAs of differentiated NSC-34 motor neuron-like cells. We recently showed that SMN depletion gives rise to a decrease in the axonal transport of the mRNAs encoding Annexin A2 (Anxa2)...
March 3, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254618/parkin-promotes-proteasomal-degradation-of-synaptotagmin-iv-by-accelerating-polyubiquitination
#20
Hiroyuki Kabayama, Naoko Tokushige, Makoto Takeuchi, Miyuki Kabayama, Mitsunori Fukuda, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Parkin is an E3 ubiquitin ligase whose mutations cause autosomal recessive juvenile Parkinson's disease (PD). Unlike the human phenotype, parkin knockout (KO) mice show no apparent dopamine neuron degeneration, although they demonstrate reduced expression and activity of striatal mitochondrial proteins believed to be necessary for neuronal survival. Instead, parkin-KO mice show reduced striatal evoked dopamine release, abnormal synaptic plasticity, and non-motor symptoms, all of which appear to mimic the preclinical features of Parkinson's disease...
February 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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