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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437865/a-novel-role-of-astrocyte-elevated-gene-1-aeg-1-in-regulating-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash
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Jyoti Srivastava, Chadia L Robertson, Kareem Ebeid, Mikhail Dozmorov, Devaraja Rajasekaran, Rachel Mendoza, Ayesha Siddiq, Maaged A Akiel, Nidhi Jariwala, Xue-Ning Shen, Jolene J Windle, Mark A Subler, Nitai D Mukhopadhyay, Shah Giashuddin, Shobha Ghosh, Zhao Lai, Yidong Chen, Paul B Fisher, Aliasger K Salem, Arun J Sanyal, Devanand Sarkar
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most prevalent cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world. However, an optimum therapy for NASH is yet to be established mandating more in-depth investigation into the molecular pathogenesis of NASH to identify novel regulatory molecules and develop targeted therapies. Here, we unravel a unique function of Astrocyte elevated gene-1/Metadherin (AEG-1/MTDH) in NASH using a transgenic mouse with hepatocyte-specific overexpression of AEG-1 (Alb/AEG-1) and a conditional hepatocyte-specific AEG-1 knockout mouse (AEG-1(ΔHEP) )...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437187/synergy-between-choroid-plexus-epithelial-cells-conditioned-medium-and-knockout-serum-replacement-converts-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-to-dopamine-secreting-neurons
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Mahdi Eskandarian Boroujeni, Mossa Gardaneh, Mehrnoosh Hasan Shahriari, Abbas Aliaghaei, Sanaz Hasani
Human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) have great capacity to differentiate into mesodermal origins as well as non-mesodermal lineages including neural cells. This valuable feature paves the way for the therapeutic application of hADSCs for neurodegenerative maladies such as Parkinson's disease (PD). We tested the capacity of Choroid Plexus epithelial cells-conditioned medium (CPEC-CM) alone or cocktailed with knock-out serum (KS) to induce dopaminergic differentiation of hADSCs. To this end, hADSCs from lipoaspirate were phenotypically characterized and shown to maintain mesodermal multipotency so selected media easily differentiated them into osteoblasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes...
March 2, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436502/arsenolipids-exert-less-toxicity-in-a-human-neuron-astrocyte-co-culture-as-compared-to-the-respective-monocultures
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B Witt, J Bornhorst, H Mitze, F Ebert, S Meyer, K A Francesconi, T Schwerdtle
Arsenic-containing hydrocarbons (AsHCs), natural products found in seafood, have recently been shown to exert toxic effects in human neurons. In this study we assessed the toxicity of three AsHCs in cultured human astrocytes. Due to the high cellular accessibility and substantial toxicity observed astrocytes were identified as further potential brain target cells for arsenolipids. Thereby, the AsHCs exerted a 5-19-fold higher cytotoxicity in astrocytes as compared to arsenite. Next we compared the toxicity of the arsenicals in a co-culture model of the respective human astrocytes and neurons...
April 24, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435980/-glial-cells-function-as-neural-stem-cells-and-progenitor-cells
#4
Zi-Jian Tan, Shu-Hui Ju, Xiao Huang, Ya-Kun Gu, Zhi-Da Su
Glial cells, including astrocytes, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), NG2-glia, etc, are broadly distributed throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Also, it has been well known that glial cells play multi-roles in physiological and pathological processes in the CNS, such as maintaining homeostasis, providing neurotrophins for neurons and regulating neural signal transmission. Recently, increasing evidence showed that glial cells may also function as neural stem/progenitor cells and contribute to adult neurogenesis or neuroregeneration...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435978/-digoxin-inhibits-migration-and-invasion-of-human-gastric-carcinoma-mkn45-cells-through-down-regulation-of-aeg-1
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Ming-Chen Cui, Xing-Hong Wang, Lei Yuan, Jun-Ping Xiong
This study was designed to investigate the effect of digoxin on migration and invasion of human gastric carcinoma MKN45 cells and its possible mechanism. MKN45 cells were treated with different concentrations of digoxin for 24 h. The shRNA-AEG-1 plasmid was transfected into MKN45 cells via lipofectamine to block the expression of astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1). Western blot was used to analyze the protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), E-cadherin and AEG-1. The result showed that digoxin reduced the abilities of migration and invasion (P < 0...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435883/normal-sleep-requires-the-astrocyte-brain-type-fatty-acid-binding-protein-fabp7
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Jason R Gerstner, Isaac J Perron, Samantha M Riedy, Takeo Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Kadotani, Yuji Owada, Hans P A Van Dongen, Raymond J Galante, Kaitlin Dickinson, Jerry C P Yin, Allan I Pack, Marcos G Frank
Sleep is found widely in the animal kingdom. Despite this, few conserved molecular pathways that govern sleep across phyla have been described. The mammalian brain-type fatty acid binding protein (Fabp7) is expressed in astrocytes, and its mRNA oscillates in tandem with the sleep-wake cycle. However, the role of FABP7 in regulating sleep remains poorly understood. We found that the missense mutation FABP7.T61M is associated with fragmented sleep in humans. This phenotype was recapitulated in mice and fruitflies bearing similar mutations: Fabp7-deficient mice and transgenic flies that express the FABP7...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435263/neuroprotection-against-apoptosis-of-sk-n-mc-cells-using-rmp-7-and-lactoferrin-grafted-liposomes-carrying-quercetin
#7
Yung-Chih Kuo, Chien-Wei Tsao
A drug delivery system of quercetin (QU)-encapsulated liposomes (LS) grafted with RMP-7, a bradykinin analog, and lactoferrin (Lf) was developed to permeate the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and rescue degenerated neurons, acting as an Alzheimer's disease (AD) pharmacotherapy. This colloidal formulation of QU-encapsulated LS grafted with RMP-7 and Lf (RMP-7-Lf-QU-LS) was used to traverse human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) regulated by human astrocytes (HAs) and to treat SK-N-MC cells after an insult with cytotoxic β-amyloid (Aβ) fibrils...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435052/neurovascular-neuroenergetic-coupling-axis-in-the-brain-master-regulation-by-nitric-oxide-and-consequences-in-aging-and-neurodegeneration
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Cátia F Lourenço, Ana Ledo, Rui M Barbosa, João Laranjinha
The strict energetic demands of the brain require that nutrient supply and usage be fine-tuned in accordance with the specific temporal and spatial patterns of ever-changing levels of neuronal activity. This is achieved by adjusting local cerebral blood flow (CBF) as a function of activity level - neurovascular coupling - and by changing how energy substrates are metabolized and shuttled amongst astrocytes and neurons - neuroenergetic coupling. Both activity-dependent increase of CBF and O2 and glucose utilization by active neural cells are inextricably linked, establishing a functional metabolic axis in the brain, the neurovascular-neuroenergetic coupling axis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434994/transient-upregulation-of-nav1-6-expression-in-the-genu-of-corpus-callosum-following-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-the-rats
#9
Hongyan Zhu, Weide Lin, Yuxiao Zhao, Ziyi Wang, Wenwen Lao, Ping Kuang, Houguang Zhou
Focal ischemic stroke can lead to brain damage and cause human disability and death. Increased excitatory transmission and reduced neuronal inhibition are important pathological alterations in the cerebral ischemia, which can induce abnormal brain excitability. Nav1.6 is a key determinant of neuronal excitability in the nervous system. Here we investigate the expression of Nav1.6 at protein and mRNA levels in the rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO).Nav1.6 expression at mRNA levels in the ischemic and contralateral hemispheres of MCAO rats were persistently decreased at 6h, 12h and 24h after reperfusion compared to the sham-operated rats...
April 20, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
#10
Brian Skriver Nielsen, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Bruce R Ransom, Morten Schak Nielsen, Nanna MacAulay
Astrocytes in the mammalian central nervous system are interconnected by gap junctions made from connexins of the subtypes Cx30 and Cx43. These proteins may exist as hemichannels in the plasma membrane in the absence of a 'docked' counterpart on the neighboring cell. A variety of stimuli are reported to open the hemichannels and thereby create a permeation pathway through the plasma membrane. Cx30 and Cx43 have, in their hemichannel configuration, been proposed to act as ion channels and membrane pathways for different molecules, such as fluorescent dyes, ATP, prostaglandins, and glutamate...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434163/biomarkers-of-epileptogenesis-the-focus-on-glia-and-cognitive-dysfunctions
#11
Annamaria Vezzani, Rosaria Pascente, Teresa Ravizza
The need to find measures that reliably predict the onset of epilepsy after injurious events or how the patient will respond to anti-seizure drugs led to intensive pre-clinical and clinical research to discover non-invasive biomarkers that could increase the sensitivity of existing clinical indicators. The use of experimental models of epileptogenesis and of drug-resistance is instrumental to select the most promising approaches to explore such biomarkers in the pre-clinical setting for further clinical validation...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434162/isolation-of-astrocytes-displaying-myofibroblast-properties-and-present-in-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
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Nicolas Vedrenne, Vincent Sarrazy, Laurence Richard, Nelly Bordeau, Serge Battu, Fabrice Billet, Alexis Desmoulière
A wide heterogeneity of lesions can affect the central nervous system (CNS). In all situations where neurons are damaged, including multiple sclerosis (MS), a common reactive astrocytosis is present. Sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) was used to sort astrocyte subpopulations. After SdFFF elution, cells, prepared from rat newborn cortex, were cultured and analyzed by immunocytofluorescence for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and α-smooth muscle (SM) actin (a specific marker for myofibroblasts) expression...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434009/hypoxic-ischaemic-encephalopathy-and-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-neonates
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Wei Ling Amelia Lee, Adina T Michael-Titus, Divyen K Shah
This review aims to highlight a possible relationship between hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) and the disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Inflammatory reactions perpetuate a large proportion of cerebral injury. The extent of injury noted in HIE is not only determined by the biochemical cascades that trigger the apoptosis-necrosis continuum of cell death in the brain parenchyma, but also by the breaching of the BBB by pro-inflammatory factors. We examine the changes that contribute to the breakdown of the BBB that occur during HIE at a macroscopic, cellular, and molecular level...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433620/depressive-behavior-induced-by-unpredictable-chronic-mild-stress-increases-dentin-hypersensitivity-in-rats
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Fabiane Martins Barbosa, Danilo Cabral, Fernanda Kabadayan, Eduardo Fernandes Bondan, Maria de Fátima Monteiro Martins, Thiago Berti Kirsten, Leoni Villano Bonamin, Nicolle Queiroz-Hazarbassanov, Maria Martha Bernardi, Cintia Helena Coury Saraceni
OBJECTIVE: The present study evaluated the nociceptive response induced by dentin hypersensitivity after dental erosion in rats that were exhibited to unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS)-induced depressive-like behavior. DESIGN: Adult male rats were subjected to UCMS (depression [D] group) or not (no depression [ND] group) for 30days and received either acidic solution to induce dental erosion (E) or water (W), thus forming the WND, END, WD, and ED groups. After the end of treatment, depressive-like parameters (i...
April 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433262/primary-motor-cortex-alterations-in-alzheimer-disease-a-study-in-the-3xtg-ad-model
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E Orta-Salazar, A I Feria-Velasco, S Díaz-Cintra
INTRODUCTION: In humans and animal models, Alzheimer disease (AD) is characterised by accumulation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau protein, neuronal degeneration, and astrocytic gliosis, especially in vulnerable brain regions (hippocampus and cortex). These alterations are associated with cognitive impairment (loss of memory) and non-cognitive impairment (motor impairment). The purpose of this study was to identify cell changes (neurons and glial cells) and aggregation of Aβ and hyperphosphorylated tau protein in the primary motor cortex (M1) in 3xTg-AD mouse models at an intermediate stage of AD...
April 19, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433113/wilson-disease-brain-pathology
#16
Aurélia Poujois, Jacqueline Mikol, France Woimant
In Wilson disease (WD), brain cellular damage is thought to be due to copper deposition. Striatal lesions are the most characteristic lesions found in the brain of patients with neurologic symptoms, as emphasized in the initial reports of S.A.K. Wilson. WD brain lesions can be more diffuse, including in the pons, midbrain, thalamus, dentate nucleus, and, less frequently, corpus callosum and cortex. In rare cases, extensive cortical-subcortical lesions have been reported. Increased cellularity is noted in the lesions due to the proliferation of modified astrocytes named Alzheimer types of glia and specific cells, called Opalski cells, that are characteristic of WD...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433109/pathogenesis-of-wilson-disease
#17
Ivo Florin Scheiber, Radan Brůha, Petr Dušek
Wilson disease is an autosomal-recessive disorder originating from a genetic defect in the copper-transporting ATPase ATP7B that is required for biliary copper secretion and loading of ceruloplasmin with copper. Impaired ATP7B function in Wilson disease results in excessive accumulation of copper in liver, brain, and other tissues. Toxic copper deposits may induce oxidative stress, modify expression of genes, directly inhibit proteins, and impair mitochondrial function, leading to hepatic, neuropsychiatric, renal, musculoskeletal, and other symptoms...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432586/cdc20-with-malignant-progression-and-poor-prognosis-of-astrocytoma-revealed-by-analysis-on-gene-expression
#18
Yiming Ding, Shuqing Yu, Zhaoshi Bao, Yanwei Liu, Tingyu Liang
The malignant transformation of astrocytoma may result from the accumulation of multiple genetic alterations. Current research shows that diffuse astrocytoma (AIIs, WHO grade II) is inherently predisposed to recur locally, and to spontaneously progress to anaplastic astrocytoma (AAIIIs, WHO grade III) and eventually secondary glioblastoma (sGBMIVs, WHO grade IV). The aim of the study was to identify and validate the important gene(s) associated with malignant progression and poor prognosis of astrocytoma. Average expression levels of 82 samples (35 AIIs, 13 AAIIIs and 34 sGBMIVs) were compared to each other through no-paired student test...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432362/succinate-supplementation-improves-metabolic-performance-of-mixed-glial-cell-cultures-with-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#19
Susan Giorgi-Coll, Ana I Amaral, Peter J A Hutchinson, Mark R Kotter, Keri L H Carpenter
Mitochondrial dysfunction, the inability to efficiently utilise metabolic fuels and oxygen, contributes to pathological changes following traumatic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that succinate supplementation can improve cellular energy state under metabolically stressed conditions in a robust, reductionist in vitro model of mitochondrial dysfunction in which primary mixed glial cultures (astrocytes, microglia and oligodendrocytes) were exposed to the mitochondrial complex I inhibitor rotenone...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432298/endogenous-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-imaging-characterizes-neuron-and-astrocyte-metabolic-responses-to-manganese-toxicity
#20
Emily Stuntz, Yusi Gong, Disha Sood, Volha Liaudanskaya, Dimitra Pouli, Kyle P Quinn, Carlo Alonzo, Zhiyi Liu, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
As neurodegenerative conditions are increasingly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, methods for studying brain cell metabolism at high spatial resolution are needed to elucidate neurodegeneration mechanisms. Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) imaging is a non-destructive, high-resolution technique for studying cell metabolism via endogenous fluorescence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)H) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). We employed TPEF to study the metabolism of primary rat astrocyte and neuronal cultures under normal growth conditions and in response to manganese (Mn) treatment...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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