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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922548/methylcobalamin-prevents-mutant-superoxide-dismutase-1-induced-motor-neuron-death-in-vitro
#1
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/27922108/corrigendum-astrocytic-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-contributes-to-the-development-of-chronic-epileptogenesis
#2
Feng Yang, Xiaolong Sun, Yinxiu Ding, Hui Ma, Tangpeng Ou Yang, Yue Ma, Dong Wei, Wen Li, Tianle Xu, Wen Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921242/human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-adipose-tissue-differentiated-into-neuronal-or-glial-phenotype-express-different-aquaporins
#3
Rosanna Avola, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Giovanna Pannuzzo, Venera Cardile
Aquaporins (AQPs) are 13 integral membrane proteins that provide selective pores for the rapid movement of water and other uncharged solutes, across cell membranes. Recently, AQPs have been focused for their role in production, circulation, and homeostasis of the cerebrospinal fluid and their importance in several human diseases is becoming clear. This study investigated the time course (0, 14, and 28 days) of AQP1, 4, 7, 8, and 9 during the neural differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from adipose tissue (AT)...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920202/the-translational-significance-of-the-neurovascular-unit-a-mini-review
#4
Heather L McConnell, Cymon N Kersch, Randall L Woltjer, Edward A Neuwelt
The mammalian brain is supplied with blood by specialized vasculature that is structurally and functionally distinct from that of the periphery. A defining feature of this vasculature is a physical blood-brain barrier (BBB). The BBB separates blood components from the brain microenvironment, regulating the entry and exit of ions, nutrients, macromolecules, and energy metabolites. Over the last two decades, physiological studies of cerebral blood flow dynamics have demonstrated that substantial intercellular communication occurs between cells of the vasculature and the neurons and glia that abut the vasculature...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920144/methyl-cpg-binding-protein-mbd1-regulates-neuronal-lineage-commitment-through-maintaining-adult-neural-stem-cell-identity
#5
Emily M Jobe, Yu Gao, Brian E Eisinger, Janessa K Mladucky, Charles C Giuliani, Laurel E Kelnhofer, Xinyu Zhao
: MBD1 belongs to a family of methyl-CpG binding proteins that are epigenetic "readers", linking DNA methylation to transcriptional regulation. MBD1 is expressed in neural stem cells residing in the dentate gyrus of the adult hippocampus (aNSCs), and MBD1 deficiency leads to reduced neuronal differentiation, impaired neurogenesis, learning deficits, and autism-like behaviors in mice; however the precise function of MBD1 in aNSCs remains unexplored. Here, we show that MBD1 is important for maintaining the integrity and stemness of NSCs, which is critical for their ability to generate neurons...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920126/postnatal-activation-of-tlr4-in-astrocytes-promotes-excitatory-synaptogenesis-in-hippocampal-neurons
#6
Yi Shen, Huaping Qin, Juan Chen, Lingyan Mou, Yang He, Yixiu Yan, Hang Zhou, Ya Lv, Zhong Chen, Junlu Wang, Yu-Dong Zhou
Astrocytes are critical in synapse development, and their dysfunction in crucial developmental stages leads to serious neurodevelopmental diseases, including seizures and epilepsy. Immune challenges not only affect brain development, but also promote seizure generation and epileptogenesis, implying immune activation is one of the key factors linking seizures and epilepsy to abnormal brain development. In this study, we report that activating astrocytes by systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenges in the second postnatal week promotes excitatory synapse development, leading to enhanced seizure susceptibility in mice...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919829/training-induced-elevations-in-extracellular-lactate-in-hippocampus-and-striatum-dissociations-by-cognitive-strategy-and-type-of-reward
#7
Lori A Newman, Claire J Scavuzzo, Paul E Gold, Donna L Korol
Recent evidence suggests that astrocytes convert glucose to lactate, which is released from the astrocytes and supports learning and memory. This report takes a multiple memory perspective to test the role of astrocytes in cognition using real-time lactate measurements during learning and memory. Extracellular lactate levels in the hippocampus or striatum were determined with lactate biosensors while rats were learning place (hippocampus-sensitive) or response (striatum-sensitive) versions of T-mazes. In the first experiment, rats were trained on the place and response tasks to locate a food reward...
December 2, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919822/astrocyte-contributes-to-pain-development-via-mmp2-jnk1-2-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
#8
Guogang Tian, Xin Luo, Chaoliang Tang, Xiang Cheng, Sookja Kim Chung, Zhengyuan Xia, Chi Wai Cheung, Qulian Guo
BACKGROUND: The activation of spinal glial cells (astrocyte and microglia) is reported in patient with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). However, the roles of spinal glial activities in the pathophysiology of CRPS are unclear. Here, we explored the roles of spinal astrocyte and microglia and the molecular mechanisms underlying CRPS using a mouse model of chronic post-ischemia pain (CPIP). RESULTS: CPIP injury increased the level of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP, reactive astrocyte biomarker), but had no significant impact on ionized calcium binding adaptor molecule 1 (IBA1, reactive microglia biomarker), in the ipsilateral dorsal horn on post-injury day (PID) 3 when the pain threshold started to reduce significantly...
December 2, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919624/metabolic-fate-of-glucose-in-rats-with-traumatic-brain-injury-and-pyruvate-or-glucose-treatments-a-nmr-spectroscopy-study
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Katsunori Shijo, Richard L Sutton, Sima S Ghavim, Neil G Harris, Brenda L Bartnik-Olson
Administration of sodium pyruvate (SP; 9.08 μmol/kg, i.p.), ethyl pyruvate (EP; 0.34 μmol/kg, i.p.) or glucose (GLC; 11.1 μmol/kg, i.p.) to rats after unilateral controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury has been reported to reduce neuronal loss and improve cerebral metabolism. In the present study these doses of each fuel or 8% saline (SAL; 5.47 nmoles/kg) were administered immediately and at 1, 3, 6 and 23 h post-CCI. At 24 h all CCI groups and non-treated Sham injury controls were infused with [1,2 (13)C] glucose for 68 min (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra were obtained from cortex + hippocampus tissues from left (injured) and right (contralateral) hemispheres...
December 2, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918421/decreased-stat3-phosphorylation-mediates-cell-swelling-in-ammonia-treated-astrocyte-cultures
#10
Arumugam R Jayakumar, Kevin M Curtis, Kiran S Panickar, Nagarajarao Shamaladevi, Michael D Norenberg
Brain edema, due largely to astrocyte swelling, and the subsequent increase in intracranial pressure and brain herniation, are major complications of acute liver failure (ALF). Elevated level of brain ammonia has been strongly implicated in the development of astrocyte swelling associated with ALF. The means by which ammonia brings about astrocyte swelling, however, is incompletely understood. Recently, oxidative/nitrosative stress and associated signaling events, including activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), as well as activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB), have been implicated in the mechanism of ammonia-induced astrocyte swelling...
December 2, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918243/the-neuroimmune-transcriptome-and-alcohol-dependence-potential-for-targeted-therapies
#11
Anna Warden, Emma Erickson, Gizelle Robinson, R Adron Harris, R Dayne Mayfield
Transcriptome profiling enables discovery of gene networks that are altered in alcoholic brains. This technique has revealed involvement of the brain's neuroimmune system in regulating alcohol abuse and dependence, and has provided potential therapeutic targets. In this review, we discuss Toll-like-receptor pathways, hypothesized to be key players in many stages of the alcohol addiction cycle. The growing appreciation of the neuroimmune system's involvement in alcoholism has also led to consideration of crucial roles for glial cells, including astrocytes and microglia, in the brain's response to alcohol abuse...
December 5, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918079/high-intensity-treadmill-running-impairs-cognitive-behavior-and-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-of-rats-via-activation-of-inflammatory-response
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Li-Na Sun, Xiao-Long Li, Fei Wang, Jun Zhang, Dan-Dan Wang, Li Yuan, Mei-Na Wu, Zhao-Jun Wang, Jin-Shun Qi
Although appropriate exercise is beneficial for enhancing brain functions, high-intensity exercise (HIE)-induced cognitive dysfunction is causing more and more concerns nowadays. In the present study, we observed the effects of high-intensity treadmill running on the spatial learning of the adult Sprague Dawley male rats in Y-maze (n = 16 per group), and investigated its possible electrophysiological and molecular mechanisms by examining in vivo hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP), central inflammatory responses, and JNK/p38/ERK signal pathway...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917302/characterization-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-pediatric-central-nervous-system-neoplasms
#13
Christopher S Hong, Winson Ho, Martin G Piazza, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Zhengping Zhuang, John D Heiss
OBJECTIVE: The normal blood-brain barrier (BBB) is composed of tight junctions between endothelial cells and surrounding astrocyte foot processes. Breakdown of the physiological astrocyte-endothelial cell relationship occurs in adult metastatic and primary brain tumors. However, the astrocyte-endothelial cell relationship has not been studied in pediatric tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Utilizing specimens from cases of pilocytic astrocytoma (n = 5), medulloblastoma (n = 5), and low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (n = 1), immunofluorescence were performed using primary antibodies against CD31, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), and aquaporin 4 (AQ4)...
2016: Journal of Interdisciplinary Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916196/adaptive-activation-of-a-stress-response-pathway-improves-learning-and-memory-through-gs-and-%C3%AE-arrestin-1-regulated-lactate-metabolism
#14
Jun-Hong Dong, Yi-Jing Wang, Min Cui, Xiao-Jing Wang, Wen-Shuai Zheng, Ming-Liang Ma, Fan Yang, Dong-Fang He, Qiao-Xia Hu, Dao-Lai Zhang, Shang-Lei Ning, Chun-Hua Liu, Chuan Wang, Yue Wang, Xiang-Yao Li, Fan Yi, Amy Lin, Alem W Kahsai, Thomas Joseph Cahill, Zhe-Yu Chen, Xiao Yu, Jin-Peng Sun
BACKGROUND: Stress is a conserved physiological response in mammals. Whereas moderate stress strengthens memory to improve reactions to previously experienced difficult situations, too much stress is harmful. METHODS: We used specific β-adrenergic agonists, as well as β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) and arrestin knockout models, to study the effects of adaptive β2AR activation on cognitive function using Morris water maze and object recognition experiments. We used molecular and cell biological approaches to elucidate the signaling subnetworks...
October 13, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916103/-preparation-and-application-of-mouse-anti-aeg-1-monoclonal-antibody
#15
Man Lu, Min Long, Zhaowei Gao, Chong Liu, Huizhong Zhang
Objective To prepare the fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) against astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) and evaluate its binding ability to tumor cells. Methods The mouse anti-AEG-1 mAb was purified from mouse ascites. The purity and activity of the mAb were identified by SDS-PAGE, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry (IHC). The FITC labeling efficiency was examined by flow cytometry (FCM) and the binding ability of FITC-labeled mAb to tumor cells was detected by FCM and IHC...
December 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916026/role-of-cyclic-amp-in-the-eye-of-glaucoma
#16
Myoung Sup Shim, Keun-Young Kim, Won-Kyu Ju
Glaucoma is characterized by a slow and progressive degeneration of optic nerve, including retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons in the optic nerve head (ONH), leading to visual impairment. Despite the high prevalence, the biological basis of glaucoma pathogenesis still is not yet fully understood, and the factors contributing to its progression are currently not well characterized. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the only modifiable risk factor, and reduction of IOP is the standard treatment for glaucoma. However, lowering IOP itself is not always effective for preserving visual function in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma...
December 5, 2016: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916024/neuron-specific-expression-of-p48-ebp1-during-murine-brain-development-and-its-contribution-to-cns-axon-regeneration
#17
Hyo Rim Ko, Inwoo Hwang, So Yoon Chang, Yun Sil Kim, Won Soon Park, Jee-Yin Ahn
P48 Ebp1 is expressed in rapidly proliferating cells such as cancer cells and accelerates cell growth and survival. However, its expression pattern and role in central nervous system development have not been studied. Here, we demonstrated the spatiotemporal expression pattern of p48 Ebp1 during embryonic development and the postnatal period. During embryonic development, p48 Ebp1 was highly expressed in the brain. Expression gradually decreased after birth but was still more abundant than p42 expression after birth...
December 5, 2016: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915186/role-of-the-purinergic-signaling-in-epilepsy
#18
REVIEW
Marek Cieślak, Andrzej Wojtczak, Michał Komoszyński
Adenine nucleotides and adenosine are signaling molecules that activate purinergic receptors P1 and P2. Activation of A1 adenosine receptors has an anticonvulsant action, whereas activation of A2A receptors might initiate seizures. Therefore, a significant limitation to the use of A1 receptor agonists as drugs in the CNS might be their peripheral side effects. The anti-epileptic activity of adenosine is related to its increased concentration outside the cell. This increase might result from the inhibition of the equilibrative nucleoside transporters (ENTs)...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915091/electroconvulsive-stimulation-transiently-enhances-the-permeability-of-the-rat-blood-brain-barrier-and-induces-astrocytic-changes
#19
Masanobu Ito, Kuerban Bolati, Tomoya Kinjo, Koichiro Ichimura, Akiko Furuta, Declan M McLoughlin, Toshihito Suzuki, Heii Arai
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays important roles in both the physiological and pharmacological state of the brain. Transiently enhancing the permeability of the BBB may allow use of more types of medications for neuropsychiatric diseases. Several studies have demonstrated that seizures cause a transient decrease in BBB integrity. We studied the timing of BBB changes following seizures and the role of astrocytes in this process. Rats received 10 applications of electroconvulsive stimulation (ECS). They were then infused with sodium fluorescein, a fluorescent substance that rarely passes the BBB, via the inferior vena cava...
November 30, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915007/effect-of-the-oral-administration-of-nanoencapsulated-quercetin-on-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Lina Clara Gayoso E Almendra Ibiapina, Elena Puerta, José Eduardo Suárez-Santiago, Nereide Stela Santos-Magalhães, Maria J Ramirez, Juan M Irache
Quercetin has been identified as a promising compound with a neuroprotective potential against age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Nevertheless, the clinical application of quercetin is hampered by its low oral bioavailability. The aim of this work was to evaluate the capability of nanoencapsulated quercetin in zein nanoparticles (NPQ), that significantly improves the oral absorption and bioavailability of the flavonoid, as potential oral treatment for AD. For this purpose, SAMP8 mice were orally treated for two months with either NPQ (25mg/kg every 48hours) or a solution of quercetin (Q; 25mg/kg daily)...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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