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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214987/severe-convulsions-and-dysmyelination-in-both-jimpy-and-cx32-47-mice-may-associate-astrocytic-l-channel-function-with-myelination-and-oligodendrocytic-connexins-with-internodal-kv-channels
#1
Y H Gerald Chaban, Ye Chen, Elna Hertz, Leif Hertz
The Jimpy mouse illustrates the importance of interactions between astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. It has a mutation in Plp coding for proteolipid protein and DM20. Its behavior is normal at birth but from the age of ~2 weeks it shows severe convulsions associated with oligodendrocyte/myelination deficits and early death. A normally occurring increase in oxygen consumption by highly elevated K(+) concentrations is absent in Jimpy brain slices and cultured astrocytes, reflecting that Plp at early embryonic stages affects common precursors as also shown by the ability of conditioned medium from normal astrocytes to counteract histological abnormalities...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214986/astrocyte-sodium-signalling-and-panglial-spread-of-sodium-signals-in-brain-white-matter
#2
Behrouz Moshrefi-Ravasdjani, Evelyn L Hammel, Karl W Kafitz, Christine R Rose
In brain grey matter, excitatory synaptic transmission activates glutamate uptake into astrocytes, inducing sodium signals which propagate into neighboring astrocytes through gap junctions. These sodium signals have been suggested to serve an important role in neuro-metabolic coupling. So far, it is unknown if astrocytes in white matter-that is in brain regions devoid of synapses-are also able to undergo such intra- and intercellular sodium signalling. In the present study, we have addressed this question by performing quantitative sodium imaging in acute tissue slices of mouse corpus callosum...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214539/lumbee-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
#3
Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Michael Timmers, Sin Ying Ma, Andrew Thieme, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Mary Ann Lila, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence in surviving neurons of Lewy body inclusions enriched with aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Although current therapies provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration in the midbrain. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Lumbee tribe to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify safe and effective herbal medicines to treat PD...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214347/involvement-of-the-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-vav3-in-central-nervous-system-development-and-plasticity
#4
Annika Ulc, Christine Gottschling, Ina Schäfer, David Wegrzyn, Simon van Leeuwen, Veronika Luft, Jacqueline Reinhard, Andreas Faissner
Small GTP-hydrolysing enzymes (GTPases) of the RhoA family play manifold roles in cell biology and are regulated by upstream guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs). Herein, we focus on the GEFs of the Vav subfamily. Vav1 was originally described as a protooncogene of the hematopoietic lineage. The GEFs Vav2 and Vav3 are more broadly expressed in various tissues. In particular, the GEF Vav3 may play important roles in the developing nervous system during the differentiation of neural stem cells into the major lineages, namely neurons, oligodendrocytes and astrocytes...
February 18, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
#5
Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213516/rapid-regulation-of-sialidase-activity-in-response-to-neural-activity-and-sialic-acid-removal-during-memory-processing-in-rat-hippocampus
#6
Akira Minami, Yuko Meguro, Sayaka Ishibashi, Ami Ishii, Mako Shiratori, Saki Sai, Yuuki Horii, Hirotaka Shimizu, Hokuto Fukumoto, Sumika Shinba, Risa Taguchi, Tadanobu Takahashi, Tadamune Otsubo, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Takashi Suzuki
Sialidase cleaves sialic acids on the extracellular cell surface as well as inside the cell, and is necessary for normal long-term potentiation (LTP) at MF-CA3 pyramidal cell synapses and for hippocampus-dependent spatial memory. Here, we investigated in detail the role of sialidase in memory processing. Sialidase activity measured with 4MU-Neu5Ac or X-Neu5Ac and FRV LB was increased by high K(+)-induced membrane depolarization. Sialidase activity was also increased by chemical LTP induction with forskolin and activation of BDNF signaling, non-NMDARs or NMDARs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212938/the-combined-effects-of-3-4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-mdma-and-selected-substituted-methcathinones-on-measures-of-neurotoxicity
#7
Nicholas B Miner, James P O'Callaghan, Tamara J Phillips, Aaron Janowsky
The rise in popularity of substituted methcathinones (aka "bath salts") has increased the focus on their neurotoxic effects. Two commonly abused methcathinones, 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone, MDMC) and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), are often concomitantly ingested with the illicit drug 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). To examine potential neurotoxic effects of these drug combinations, C57BL/6J mice were administered 4 i.p. injection of the drugs, at 2h intervals, either singularly: MDMA 15 or 30mg/kg, methylone 20mg/kg, MDPV 1mg/kg; or in combination: methylone/MDMA 20/15mg/kg, MDPV/MDMA 1/15mg/kg...
February 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212902/intrauterine-valproate-exposure-is-associated-with-alterations-in-hippocampal-cell-numbers-and-folate-metabolism-in-a-rat-model-of-valproate-teratogenicity
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Alexander Semmler, Christian Frisch, Christiane Bleul, Desiree Smith, Laurent Bigler, Jean-Christophe Prost, Henk Blom, Michael Linnebank
PURPOSE: Valproate is one of the most commonly used anticonvulsive drugs. Despite its significant benefits, the teratogenicity of valproate is a relevant problem in the treatment of women of childbearing age. In addition to major congenital malformations, such as neural tube defects, reduced intelligence and attention after intrauterine valproate exposure are reported. Until now the mechanisms of teratogenicity of VPA are poorly understood and concepts how to reduce valproate teratogenicity are lacking...
January 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212884/desipramine-decreases-expression-of-human-and-murine-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenases
#9
Alexandra K Brooks, Tiffany M Janda, Marcus A Lawson, Jennifer L Rytych, Robin A Smith, Cecilia Ocampo-Solis, Robert H McCusker
Abundant evidence connects depression symptomology with immune system activation, stress and subsequently elevated levels of kynurenine. Anti-depressants, such as the tricyclic norepinephrine/serotonin reuptake inhibitor desipramine (Desip), were developed under the premise that increasing extracellular neurotransmitter level was the sole mechanism by which they alleviate depressive symptomologies. However, evidence suggests that anti-depressants have additional actions that contribute to their therapeutic potential...
February 14, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212850/human-astrocytes-in-the-diseased-brain
#10
Elena Dossi, Flora Vasile, Nathalie Rouach
Astrocytes are key active elements of the brain that contribute to information processing. They not only provide neurons with metabolic and structural support, but also regulate neurogenesis and brain wiring. Furthermore, astrocytes modulate synaptic activity and plasticity in part by controlling the extracellular space volume, as well as ion and neurotransmitter homeostasis. These findings, together with the discovery that human astrocytes display contrasting characteristics with their rodent counterparts, point to a role for astrocytes in higher cognitive functions...
February 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212662/marked-central-nervous-system-pathology-in-cd59-knockout-rats-following-passive-transfer-of-neuromyelitis-optica-immunoglobulin-g
#11
Xiaoming Yao, Alan S Verkman
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (herein called NMO) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system in which pathogenesis involves complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) produced by immunoglobulin G autoantibodies targeting aquaporin-4 (AQP4-IgG) on astrocytes. We reported evidence previously, using CD59(-/-) mice, that the membrane-associated complement inhibitor CD59 modulates CDC in NMO (Zhang and Verkman, J. Autoimmun. 53:67-77, 2014). Motivated by the observation that rats, unlike mice, have human-like complement activity, here we generated CD59(-/-) rats to investigate the role of CD59 in NMO and to create NMO pathology by passive transfer of AQP4-IgG under conditions in which minimal pathology is produced in normal rats...
February 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212538/sevoflurane-preconditioning-induced-endogenous-neurogenesis-against-ischemic-brain-injury-by-promoting-microglial-activation
#12
Li Li, Hexige Saiyin, Jingmo Xie, Lixiang Ma, Lei Xue, Wei Wang, Weimin Liang, Qiong Yu
Brain ischemia causes irreversible damage to functional neurons in cases of infarct. Promoting endogenous neurogenesis to replace necrotic neurons is a promising therapeutic strategy for ischemia patients. The neuroprotective role of sevoflurane preconditioning implies that it might also enhance endogenous neurogenesis and functional restoration in the infarct region. By using a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model, we discovered that endogenous neurogenesis was enhanced by sevoflurane preconditioning...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212304/methylglyoxal-derived-advanced-glycation-endproducts-in-multiple-sclerosis
#13
Suzan Wetzels, Kristiaan Wouters, Casper G Schalkwijk, Tim Vanmierlo, Jerome J A Hendriks
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The activation of inflammatory cells is crucial for the development of MS and is shown to induce intracellular glycolytic metabolism in pro-inflammatory microglia and macrophages, as well as CNS-resident astrocytes. Advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) are stable endproducts formed by a reaction of the dicarbonyl compounds methylglyoxal (MGO) and glyoxal (GO) with amino acids in proteins, during glycolysis. This suggests that, in MS, MGO-derived AGEs are formed in glycolysis-driven cells...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211895/electroacupuncture-attenuates-cfa-induced-inflammatory-pain-by-suppressing-nav1-8-through-s100b-trpv1-opioid-and-adenosine-pathways-in-mice
#14
Hsien-Yin Liao, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Chun-Ping Huang, Yi-Wen Lin
Pain is associated with several conditions, such as inflammation, that result from altered peripheral nerve properties. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a common Chinese clinical medical technology used for pain management. Using an inflammatory pain mouse model, we investigated the effects of EA on the regulation of neurons, microglia, and related molecules. Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) injections produced a significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia that was reversed by EA or a transient receptor potential V1 (TRPV1) gene deletion...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211632/amp-activated-protein-kinase-activator-a-769662-increases-intracellular-calcium-and-atp-release-from-astrocytes-in-an-ampk-independent-manner
#15
Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Josephine L Robb, Ana M Cruz, Amrinder Malhi, Paul G Weightman Potter, Michael L J Ashford, Rory J McCrimmon, Kate L J Ellacott, Craig Beall
AIM: Astrocytes are the main sources of extracellular ATP (eATP) within the brain, which functions as a gliotransmitter, capable of modulating neuronal and astrocytic activity. These cells play an important role in regulating energy homeostasis partly via astrocyte-derived ATP. Given the role of AMPK in regulating intracellular ATP levels, we hypothesised that AMPK may alter ATP release from astrocytes. METHODS: Measurements of ATP release were made from human U373 astrocytoma cells, primary mouse hypothalamic (HTAS) and cortical astrocytes (CRTAS) and wild type and AMPK α1/α2 null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210976/regenerative-medicine-for-parkinson-s-disease-using-differentiated-nerve-cells-derived-from-human-buccal-fat-pad-stem-cells
#16
Haruka Takahashi, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Akira Tanaka
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of human adipose stem cells derived from the buccal fat pad (hBFP-ASCs) for nerve regeneration. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive death of dopaminergic neurons. PD is a candidate disease for cell replacement therapy because it has no fundamental therapeutic methods. We examined the properties of neural-related cells induced from hBFP-ASCs as a cell source for PD treatment. hBFP-ASCs were cultured in neurogenic differentiation medium for about 2 weeks...
February 16, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210958/does-global-astrocytic-calcium-signaling-participate-in-awake-brain-state-transitions-and-neuronal-circuit-function
#17
Celia Kjaerby, Rune Rasmussen, Mie Andersen, Maiken Nedergaard
We continuously need to adapt to changing conditions within our surrounding environment, and our brain needs to quickly shift between resting and working activity states in order to allow appropriate behaviors. These global state shifts are intimately linked to the brain-wide release of the neuromodulators, noradrenaline and acetylcholine. Astrocytes have emerged as a new player participating in the regulation of brain activity, and have recently been implicated in brain state shifts. Astrocytes display global Ca(2+) signaling in response to activation of the noradrenergic system, but whether astrocytic Ca(2+) signaling is causative or correlative for shifts in brain state and neural activity patterns is not known...
February 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210910/astrocyte-induced-reelin-expression-drives-proliferation-of-her2-breast-cancer-metastases
#18
Rahul Jandial, Cecilia Choy, Danielle M Levy, Mike Y Chen, Khairul I Ansari
Breast cancer metastasis to the brain develops after a clinical latency of years to even decades, suggesting that colonization of the brain is the most challenging step of the metastatic cascade. However, the underlying mechanisms used by breast cancer cells to successfully colonize the brain's microenvironment remain elusive. Reelin is an archetypal extracellular glycoprotein that regulates migration, proliferation, and lamination of neurons. It is epigenetically silenced in various cancers, and its expression in multiple myelomas is linked to poor patient survival...
February 17, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210222/icariside-ii-a-broad-spectrum-anti-cancer-agent-reverses-beta-amyloid-induced-cognitive-impairment-through-reducing-inflammation-and-apoptosis-in-rats
#19
Yuanyuan Deng, Long Long, Keke Wang, Jiayin Zhou, Lingrong Zeng, Lianzi He, Qihai Gong
Beta-amyloid (Aβ) deposition, associated neuronal apoptosis and neuroinflammation are considered as the important factors which lead to cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Icariside II (ICS II), an active flavonoid compound derived from Epimedium brevicornum Maxim, has been extensively used to treat erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis and dementia in traditional Chinese medicine. Recently, ICS II attracts great interest due to its broad-spectrum anti-cancer property. ICS II shows an anti-inflammatory potential both in cancer treatment and cerebral ischemia-reperfusion...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210209/lactate-shuttles-in-neuroenergetics-homeostasis-allostasis-and-beyond
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Shayne Mason
Understanding brain energy metabolism-neuroenergetics-is becoming increasingly important as it can be identified repeatedly as the source of neurological perturbations. Within the scientific community we are seeing a shift in paradigms from the traditional neurocentric view to that of a more dynamic, integrated one where astrocytes are no longer considered as being just supportive, and activated microglia have a profound influence. Lactate is emerging as the "good guy," contrasting its classical "bad guy" position in the now superseded medical literature...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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