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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
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REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440219/correction-an-alternative-splicing-switch-shapes-neurexin-repertoires-in-principal-neurons-versus-interneurons-in-the-mouse-hippocampus
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Thi-Minh Nguyen, Dietmar Schreiner, Le Xiao, Lisa Traunmüller, Caroline Bornmann, Peter Scheiffele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434869/worms-on-the-spectrum-c-elegans-models-in-autism-research
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Kathrin Schmeisser, J Alex Parker
The small non-parasitic nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used in neuroscience thanks to its well-understood development and lineage of the nervous system. Furthermore, C. elegans has been used to model many human developmental and neurological conditions to better understand disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic strategies. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent of all neurodevelopmental disorders, and the C. elegans system may provide opportunities to learn more about this complex disorder...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409176/systemic-analysis-of-osteoblast-specific-dna-methylation-marks-reveals-novel-epigenetic-basis-of-osteoblast-differentiation
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Fangtang Yu, Hui Shen, Hong-Wen Deng
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification that contributes to the lineage commitment and specific functions of different cell types. In this study, we compared ENCODE-generated genome-wide DNA methylation profiles of human osteoblast with 21 other types of human cells in order to identify osteoblast-specific methylation events. For most of the cell strains, data from two isogenic replicates were included, resulting in a total of 51 DNA methylation datasets. We identified 852 significant osteoblast-specific differentially methylated CpGs (DMCs) and 295 significant differentially methylated regions (DMRs)...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366281/neurexin-restricts-axonal-branching-in-columns-by-promoting-ephrin-clustering
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Lina Liu, Yao Tian, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Xinwang Zhang, Tao Li, Wei Xie, Junhai Han
Columnar restriction of neurites is critical for forming nonoverlapping receptive fields and preserving spatial sensory information from the periphery in both vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that Drosophila homolog of α-neurexin (DNrx) plays an essential role in columnar restriction during L4 axon branching. Depletion of DNrx from L4 neurons resulted in misprojection of L4 axonal branches into neighboring columns due to impaired ephrin clustering...
April 10, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362857/a-novel-synaptic-junction-preparation-for-the-identification-and-characterization-of-cleft-proteins
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Amelia Burch, Jung-Hwa Tao-Cheng, Ayse Dosemeci
Identification of synaptic cleft components has been hampered by the lack of a suitable preparation enriched in synaptic junctions devoid of adjoining peripheral membranes. Prior strategies for the isolation of synaptic junctions, relying on detergents for the removal of peripheral membranes, resulted in substantial loss of membranes lining the cleft. Here, a novel, detergent-free method is described for the preparation of a synaptic junction (SJ) fraction, using phospholipase A2. Limited digestion of synaptic plasma membrane (SPM) fraction with phospholipase A2 followed by centrifugation over a sucrose cushion results in selective removal of membranes peripheral to the cleft while junctional membranes remain relatively intact as observed by electron microscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346453/activity-induced-histone-modifications-govern-neurexin-1-mrna-splicing-and-memory-preservation
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Xinlu Ding, Sanxiong Liu, Miaomiao Tian, Wenhao Zhang, Tao Zhu, Dongdong Li, Jiawei Wu, HaiTeng Deng, Yichang Jia, Wei Xie, Hong Xie, Ji-Song Guan
Epigenetic mechanisms regulate the formation, consolidation and reconsolidation of memories. However, the signaling path from neuronal activation to epigenetic modifications within the memory-related brain circuit remains unknown. We report that learning induces long-lasting histone modifications in hippocampal memory-activated neurons to regulate memory stability. Neuronal activity triggers a late-onset shift in Nrxn1 splice isoform choice at splicing site 4 by accumulating a repressive histone marker, H3K9me3, to modulate the splicing process...
March 27, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320946/correction-for-sterky-et-al-carbonic-anhydrase-related-protein-ca10-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-pan-neurexin-ligand
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320940/molecular-interactions-and-inhibition-of-the-staphylococcal-biofilm-forming-protein-sdrc
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Cécile Feuillie, Cécile Formosa-Dague, Leanne M C Hays, Ophélie Vervaeck, Sylvie Derclaye, Marian P Brennan, Timothy J Foster, Joan A Geoghegan, Yves F Dufrêne
Staphylococcus aureus forms biofilms on indwelling medical devices using a variety of cell-surface proteins. There is growing evidence that specific homophilic interactions between these proteins represent an important mechanism of cell accumulation during biofilm formation, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are still not well-understood. Here we report the direct measurement of homophilic binding forces by the serine-aspartate repeat protein SdrC and their inhibition by a peptide. Using single-cell and single-molecule force measurements, we find that SdrC is engaged in low-affinity homophilic bonds that promote cell-cell adhesion...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298428/autoantibodies-to-synaptic-receptors-and-neuronal-cell-surface-proteins-in-autoimmune-diseases-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Josep Dalmau, Christian Geis, Francesc Graus
Investigations in the last 10 years have revealed a new category of neurological diseases mediated by antibodies against cell surface and synaptic proteins. There are currently 16 such diseases all characterized by autoantibodies against neuronal proteins involved in synaptic signaling and plasticity. In clinical practice these findings have changed the diagnostic and treatment approach to potentially lethal, but now treatable, neurological and psychiatric syndromes previously considered idiopathic or not even suspected to be immune-mediated...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289584/mutation-analysis-of-the-nrxn1-gene-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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H Onay, D Kacamak, A N Kavasoglu, B Akgun, M Yalcinli, S Kose, B Ozbaran
The aim of this study was to identify the sequence mutations in the Neurexin 1 (NRXN1) gene that has been considered as one of the strong candidate genes. A total of 30 children and adolescents (aged 3-18) with non syndromic autism were enrolled this study. Sequencing of the coding exons and the exon-intron boundaries of the NRXN1 gene was performed. Two known mutations were described in two different cases. Heterozygous S14L was determined in one patient and heterozygous L748I was determined in another patient...
December 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283575/interaction-of-a%C3%AE-oligomers-with-neurexin-2%C3%AE-and-neuroligin-1-mediates-synapse-damage-and-memory-loss-in-mice
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Jordano Brito-Moreira, Mychael V Lourenco, Mauricio M Oliveira, Juliana F S Vital, Felipe C Ribeiro, José Henrique Ledo, Luan P Diniz, Margaret H Magdesian, Helen M Melo, Fernanda Barros-Aragão, Jorge M de Souza, Soniza V Alves-Leon, Flavia C A Gomes, Julia R Clarke, Cláudia P Figueiredo, Fernanda G De Felice, Sergio T Ferreira
Brain accumulation of the amyloid-β protein (Aβ) and synapse loss are neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer disease (AD). Aβ oligomers (AβOs) are synaptotoxins that build up in the brains of patients and are thought to contribute to memory impairment in AD. Thus, identification of novel synaptic components that are targeted by AβOs will likely contribute to the elucidation of disease-relevant mechanisms. Trans-synaptic interactions between neurexins (Nrxs) and neuroligins (NLs) are essential for synapse structure, stability and function, and reduced NL levels have been recently associated with AD...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255461/dynamic-control-of-synaptic-adhesion-and-organizing-molecules-in-synaptic-plasticity
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REVIEW
Gabby Rudenko
Synapses play a critical role in establishing and maintaining neural circuits, permitting targeted information transfer throughout the brain. A large portfolio of synaptic adhesion/organizing molecules (SAMs) exists in the mammalian brain involved in synapse development and maintenance. SAMs bind protein partners, forming trans-complexes spanning the synaptic cleft or cis-complexes attached to the same synaptic membrane. SAMs play key roles in cell adhesion and in organizing protein interaction networks; they can also provide mechanisms of recognition, generate scaffolds onto which partners can dock, and likely take part in signaling processes as well...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220838/pan-neurexin-perturbation-results-in-compromised-synapse-stability-and-a-reduction-in-readily-releasable-synaptic-vesicle-pool-size
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Dylan P Quinn, Annette Kolar, Michael Wigerius, Rachel N Gomm-Kolisko, Hanine Atwi, James P Fawcett, Stefan R Krueger
Neurexins are a diverse family of cell adhesion molecules that localize to presynaptic specializations of CNS neurons. Heterologous expression of neurexins in non-neuronal cells leads to the recruitment of postsynaptic proteins in contacting dendrites of co-cultured neurons, implicating neurexins in synapse formation. However, isoform-specific knockouts of either all α- or all β-neurexins show defects in synaptic transmission but an unaltered density of glutamatergic synapses, a finding that argues against an essential function of neurexins in synaptogenesis...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211900/amyloid-%C3%AE-oligomers-interact-with-neurexin-and-diminish-neurexin-mediated-excitatory-presynaptic-organization
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Yusuke Naito, Yuko Tanabe, Alfred Kihoon Lee, Edith Hamel, Hideto Takahashi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by excessive production and deposition of amyloid-beta (Aβ) proteins as well as synapse dysfunction and loss. While soluble Aβ oligomers (AβOs) have deleterious effects on synapse function and reduce synapse number, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Here we screened synaptic organizer proteins for cell-surface interaction with AβOs and identified a novel interaction between neurexins (NRXs) and AβOs. AβOs bind to NRXs via the N-terminal histidine-rich domain (HRD) of β-NRX1/2/3 and alternatively-spliced inserts at splicing site 4 of NRX1/2...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194405/abundance-and-significance-of-neuroligin-1-and-neurexin-ii-in-the-enteric-nervous-system-of-embryonic-rats
#16
Dongming Wang, Jingnian Pan, Guoxin Song, Ni Gao, Yi Zheng, Qiangye Zhang, Aiwu Li
Aim. To investigate the abundance of neuroligin-1 and neurexin II in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of rats on different embryonic days and to explore their potential significance. Methods. The full-thickness colon specimens proximal to the ileocecal junction of rats on embryonic days 16, 18, and 20 and of newborns within 24 hours (E16, E18, E20, and Ep0) were studied, respectively. qRT-PCR was applied for detecting the expressions of neuroligin-1 and neurexin II on mRNA, and western blotting was employed for detecting their further expressions on the whole tissue...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154949/differential-gene-expression-associated-with-honey-bee-grooming-behavior-in-response-to-varroa-mites
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Mollah Md Hamiduzzaman, Berna Emsen, Greg J Hunt, Subhashree Subramanyam, Christie E Williams, Jennifer M Tsuruda, Ernesto Guzman-Novoa
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) grooming behavior is an important mechanism of resistance against the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. This research was conducted to study associations between grooming behavior and the expression of selected immune, neural, detoxification, developmental and health-related genes. Individual bees tested in a laboratory assay for various levels of grooming behavior in response to V. destructor were also analyzed for gene expression. Intense groomers (IG) were most efficient in that they needed significantly less time to start grooming and fewer grooming attempts to successfully remove mites from their bodies than did light groomers (LG)...
February 3, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154140/carbonic-anhydrase-related-protein-ca10-is-an-evolutionarily-conserved-pan-neurexin-ligand
#18
Fredrik H Sterky, Justin H Trotter, Sung-Jin Lee, Christian V Recktenwald, Xiao Du, Bo Zhou, Peng Zhou, Jochen Schwenk, Bernd Fakler, Thomas C Südhof
Establishment, specification, and validation of synaptic connections are thought to be mediated by interactions between pre- and postsynaptic cell-adhesion molecules. Arguably, the best-characterized transsynaptic interactions are formed by presynaptic neurexins, which bind to diverse postsynaptic ligands. In a proteomic screen of neurexin-1 (Nrxn1) complexes immunoisolated from mouse brain, we identified carbonic anhydrase-related proteins CA10 and CA11, two homologous, secreted glycoproteins of unknown function that are predominantly expressed in brain...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120489/association-study-between-the-neurexin-1-gene-and-tardive-dyskinesia
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Rachel Lanning, Tristram A Lett, Arun K Tiwari, Eva J Brandl, Vincenzo de Luca, Aristotle N Voineskos, Steven G Potkin, Jeffrey A Lieberman, Herbert Y Meltzer, Daniel J Müller, Gary Remington, James L Kennedy, Clement C Zai
OBJECTIVE: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a motor side effect that may develop after long-term antipsychotic treatment. Schizophrenia has recently been associated with the Neurexin-1 (NRXN1) gene that codes for a cell adhesion molecule in synaptic communication. METHODS: This study examined five NRXN1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for possible association with the occurrence and severity of TD in 178 schizophrenia patients of European ancestry. RESULTS: We did not find these SNPs to be significantly associated with TD...
January 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120348/effects-of-cadmium-manganese-and-lead-on-locomotor-activity-and-neurexin-2a-expression-in-zebrafish
#20
Hongwei Tu, Chengji Fan, Xiaohui Chen, Jiaxian Liu, Bin Wang, Zhibin Huang, Yiyue Zhang, Xiaojing Meng, Fei Zou
The synaptic adhesion protein Neurexin 2a (Nrxn2a) plays a key role in neuronal development and is associated with cognitive functioning and locomotor behavior. Although low-level metal exposure poses a potential risk to the human nervous system, especially during the developmental stages, little is known about the effects of metal exposures on nrxn2a expression during embryonic development. We therefore exposed wild-type zebrafish embryos/larvae to cadmium (CdCl2 ), manganese (MnCl2 ), and lead ([CH3 COO]2 Pb), to determine their effect on mortality, malformation, and hatching rate...
January 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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