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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671709/regulation-of-the-neuroligin-1-gene-by-clock-transcription-factors
#1
Lydia Hannou, Erika Bélanger-Nelson, Emma K O'Callaghan, Julien Dufort-Gervais, Maria Neus Ballester Roig, Pierre-Gabriel Roy, Jean-Martin Beaulieu, Nicolas Cermakian, Valérie Mongrain
NEUROLIGIN-1 (NLGN1) is a postsynaptic adhesion molecule involved in the regulation of glutamatergic transmission. It has been associated with several features of sleep and psychiatric disorders. Our previous work suggested that transcription of the Nlgn1 gene could be regulated by the transcription factors CLOCK and BMAL1 because they bind to the Nlgn1 gene promoter in vivo. However, whether CLOCK/BMAL1 can directly activate Nlgn1 transcription is not yet known. We thus aimed to verify whether CLOCK/BMAL1, as well as their homologs NPAS2 and BMAL2, can activate transcription via the Nlgn1 promoter by using luciferase assays in COS-7 cells...
April 2018: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670649/synaptic-plasticity-and-excitation-inhibition-balance-in-the-dentate-gyrus-insights-from-in-vivo-recordings-in-neuroligin-1-neuroligin-2-and-collybistin-knockouts
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REVIEW
Peter Jedlicka, Julia Muellerleile, Stephan W Schwarzacher
The hippocampal dentate gyrus plays a role in spatial learning and memory and is thought to encode differences between similar environments. The integrity of excitatory and inhibitory transmission and a fine balance between them is essential for efficient processing of information. Therefore, identification and functional characterization of crucial molecular players at excitatory and inhibitory inputs is critical for understanding the dentate gyrus function. In this minireview, we discuss recent studies unraveling molecular mechanisms of excitatory/inhibitory synaptic transmission, long-term synaptic plasticity, and dentate granule cell excitability in the hippocampus of live animals...
2018: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656594/immune-imbalance-of-global-gene-expression-and-cytokine-chemokine-and-selectin-levels-in-the-brains-of-offspring-with-social-deficits-via-maternal-immune-activation
#3
Pei-Tan Hsueh, Hsi-Hsun Lin, Hsuan-Han Wang, Chiu-Lin Liu, Wei-Fen Ni, Jong-Kang Liu, Hsin-Hou Chang, Der-Shan Sun, Yao-Shen Chen, Ya-Lei Chen
The murine maternal immune activation (MIA) offspring model enables longitudinal studies to explore aberrant social behaviors similar to those observed in humans. High levels of cytokines, chemokines and cell adhesion molecules (CAM) have been found in the plasma and/or brains of psychiatric patients. We hypothesized that up-regulation of the systemic or brain immune response has an augmenting effect by potentially increasing the interplay between the neuronal and immune systems during the growth of the MIA offspring...
April 15, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622757/significance-of-neurexin-and-neuroligin-polymorphisms-in-regulating-risk-of-hirschsprung-s-disease
#4
Yanhong Li, Hui Liu, Yubin Dong
By performing a basic case-control study among a Chinese population, the aims of this study were to explore if single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within neurexin and neuroligin were associated with susceptibility to Hirschsprung's disease (HD). Eleven SNPs within neurexin and neuroligin were selected in this basic case-control study, and this study recruited 210 children with HD and 187 healthy children. The t-test and Χ2 test were used to find the difference between case and control in their clinical variables...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29566795/gamma-oscillation-dysfunction-in-mpfc-leads-to-social-deficits-in-neuroligin-3-r451c-knockin-mice
#5
Wei Cao, Shen Lin, Qiang-Qiang Xia, Yong-Lan Du, Qian Yang, Meng-Ying Zhang, Yi-Qing Lu, Jing Xu, Shu-Min Duan, Jun Xia, Guoping Feng, Junyu Xu, Jian-Hong Luo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29559501/synaptogenesis-is-modulated-by-heparan-sulfate-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#6
María Lázaro-Peña, Carlos Díaz-Balzac, Hannes Bülow, Scott Emmons
The nervous system regulates complex behaviors through a network of neurons interconnected by synapses. How specific synaptic connections are genetically determined is still unclear. Male mating is the most complex behavior in C. elegans It is composed of sequential steps that are governed by more than 3,000 chemical connections. Here we show that heparan sulfates (HS) play a role in the formation and function of the male neural network. HS, sulfated in position 3 by the HS modification enzyme HST-3.1 / HS 3- O -sulfotransferase and attached to the HSPG glypicans LON-2/glypican and GPN-1/glypican, functions cell-autonomously and non-autonomously for response to hermaphrodite contact during mating...
March 20, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29537369/neurexin-neuroligin-1-regulates-synaptic-morphology-and-function-via-the-wave-regulatory-complex-in-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
#7
Guanglin Xing, Moyi Li, Yichen Sun, Menglong Rui, Yan Zhuang, Huihui Lv, Junhai Han, Zhengping Jia, Wei Xie
Neuroligins are postsynaptic adhesion molecules that are essential for postsynaptic specialization and synaptic function. But the underlying molecular mechanisms of Neuroligin functions remain unclear. We found that Drosophila Neuroligin1 (DNlg1) regulates synaptic structure and function through WAVE regulatory complex (WRC)-mediated postsynaptic actin reorganization. The disruption of DNlg1, DNlg2, or their presynaptic partner Neurexin (DNrx) led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of F-actin. Further study showed that DNlg1, but not DNlg2 or DNlg3, directly interacts with the WRC via its C-terminal interacting receptor sequence...
March 14, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29513122/treatment-of-secondary-brain-injury-by-perturbing-postsynaptic-density-protein-95-nmda-receptor-interaction-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#8
Zhifeng Wang, Zhouqing Chen, Junjie Yang, Ziying Yang, Jia Yin, Xiaochun Duan, Haitao Shen, Haiying Li, Zhong Wang, Gang Chen
Postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD95) plays important roles in the formation, differentiation, remodeling, and maturation of neuronal synapses. This study is to estimate the potential role of PSD95 in cognitive dysfunction and synaptic injury following intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The interaction between PSD95 and NMDA receptor subunit NR2B-neurotransmitter nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) could form a signal protein complex mediating excitatory signaling. Besides NR2B-nNOS, PSD95 also can bind to neurexin-1-neuroligin-1 to form a complex and participates in maintaining synaptic function...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29504935/neurexin-and-neuroligin-based-adhesion-complexes-drive-axonal-arborisation-growth-independent-of-synaptic-activity
#9
William D Constance, Amrita Mukherjee, Yvette E Fisher, Sinziana Pop, Eric Blanc, Yusuke Toyama, Darren W Williams
Building arborisations of the right size and shape is fundamental for neural network function. Live imaging in vertebrate brains strongly suggests that nascent synapses are critical for branch growth during development. The molecular mechanisms underlying this are largely unknown. Here we present a novel system in Drosophila for studying the development of complex arborisations live, in vivo during metamorphosis. In growing arborisations we see branch dynamics and localisations of presynaptic proteins very similar to the 'synaptotropic growth' described in fish/frogs...
March 5, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29503438/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-stimulates-the-expression-and-synaptic-clustering-of-the-autism-associated-neuroligin-3-gene
#10
Matías A Medina, Víctor M Andrade, Mario O Caracci, Miguel E Avila, Daniela A Verdugo, Macarena F Vargas, Giorgia D Ugarte, Ariel E Reyes, Carlos Opazo, Giancarlo V De Ferrari
Synaptic abnormalities have been described in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The cell-adhesion molecule Neuroligin-3 (Nlgn3) has an essential role in the function and maturation of synapses and NLGN3 ASD-associated mutations disrupt hippocampal and cortical function. Here we show that Wnt/β-catenin signaling increases Nlgn3 mRNA and protein levels in HT22 mouse hippocampal cells and primary cultures of rat hippocampal neurons. We characterized the activity of mouse and rat Nlgn3 promoter constructs containing conserved putative T-cell factor/lymphoid enhancing factor (TCF/LEF)-binding elements (TBE) and found that their activity is significantly augmented in Wnt/β-catenin cell reporter assays...
March 5, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29503190/gamma-oscillation-dysfunction-in-mpfc-leads-to-social-deficits-in-neuroligin-3-r451c-knockin-mice
#11
Wei Cao, Shen Lin, Qiang-Qiang Xia, Yong-Lan Du, Qian Yang, Meng-Ying Zhang, Yi-Qing Lu, Jing Xu, Shu-Min Duan, Xia Jun, Guoping Feng, Junyu Xu, Jian-Hong Luo
Neuroligins (NLs) are critical for synapse formation and function. NL3 R451C is an autism-associated mutation. NL3 R451C knockin (KI) mice exhibit autistic behavioral abnormalities, including social novelty deficits. However, neither the brain regions involved in social novelty nor the underlying mechanisms are clearly understood. Here, we found decreased excitability of fast-spiking interneurons and dysfunction of gamma oscillation in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which contributed to the social novelty deficit in the KI mice...
February 22, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474958/cognitive-emotional-and-social-phenotyping-of-mice-in-an-observer-independent-setting
#12
Ekrem Dere, Anja Ronnenberg, Björn Tampe, Sahab Arinrad, Manuela Schmidt, Elisabeth Zeisberg, Hannelore Ehrenreich
Based on the intellicage paradigm, we have developed a novel cognitive, emotional and social phenotyping battery that permits comprehensive standardized behavioral characterization of mice in an experimenter-independent social setting. Evaluation of this battery in a large number of male and female C57BL/6 wildtype mice, tested in >20 independent cohorts, revealed high reproducibility of the behavioral readouts and may serve as future reference tool. We noticed robust sex-specific differences in general activity, cognitive and emotional behavior, but not regarding preference for social pheromones...
February 20, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449804/an-early-sensitive-period-induces-long-lasting-plasticity-in-the-honeybee-nervous-system
#13
Juan P Grosso, Jesica A Barneto, Rodrigo A Velarde, Eduardo A Pagano, Jorge A Zavala, Walter M Farina
The effect of early experiences on the brain during a sensitive period exerts a long-lasting influence on the mature individual. Despite behavioral and neural plasticity caused by early experiences having been reported in the honeybee Apis mellifera , the presence of a sensitive period in which associative experiences lead to pronounced modifications in the adult nervous system is still unclear. Laboratory-reared bees were fed with scented food within specific temporal windows and were assessed for memory retention, in the regulation of gene expression related to the synaptic formation and in the olfactory perception of their antennae at 17 days of age...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406991/a-new-etiologic-model-for-alzheimers-disease
#14
Kathryn A Schiel
This etiologic model proposes that Alzheimers Disease (AD) arises when an unusually rapid increase in ventricle volume triggers axon stretch that culminates in the physical separation of trans-synaptic proteins. As a result, these proteins, such as neurexin, neuroligin, N-Cadherin and Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP), experience a change in the configuration of their cytoplasmic tail, so that instead of transmitting signals to create and maintain synaptic structure they activate enzymes, and generate molecules, that stimulate neurite growth; for example, the transformation of the N-Cadherin tail dissolves its complex with presenilin and β-catenin triggering activation of glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) and cytoskeletal disruption...
February 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346364/mutations-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuroligin-like-glit-1-the-apoptosis-pathway-and-the-calcium-chaperone-crt-1-increase-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-after-6-ohda-treatment
#15
Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Elisabeth Jongsma, Anton Gartner
The loss of dopaminergic neurons is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, the aetiology of which is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress. We used C. elegans to screen for genes that protect dopaminergic neurons against oxidative stress and isolated glit-1 (gliotactin (Drosophila neuroligin-like) homologue). Loss of the C. elegans neuroligin-like glit-1 causes increased dopaminergic neurodegeneration after treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), an oxidative-stress inducing drug that is specifically taken up into dopaminergic neurons...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339486/cell-type-specific-role-for-nucleus-accumbens-neuroligin-2-in-depression-and-stress-susceptibility
#16
Mitra Heshmati, Hossein Aleyasin, Caroline Menard, Daniel J Christoffel, Meghan E Flanigan, Madeline L Pfau, Georgia E Hodes, Ashley E Lepack, Lucy K Bicks, Aki Takahashi, Ramesh Chandra, Gustavo Turecki, Mary Kay Lobo, Ian Maze, Sam A Golden, Scott J Russo
Behavioral coping strategies are critical for active resilience to stress and depression; here we describe a role for neuroligin-2 (NLGN-2) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Neuroligins (NLGN) are a family of neuronal postsynaptic cell adhesion proteins that are constituents of the excitatory and inhibitory synapse. Importantly, NLGN-3 and NLGN-4 mutations are strongly implicated as candidates underlying the development of neuropsychiatric disorders with social disturbances such as autism, but the role of NLGN-2 in neuropsychiatric disease states is unclear...
January 30, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323291/neurexin-controls-plasticity-of-a-mature-sexually-dimorphic-neuron
#17
Michael P Hart, Oliver Hobert
During development and adulthood, brain plasticity is evident at several levels, from synaptic structure and function to the outgrowth of dendrites and axons. Whether and how sex impinges on neuronal plasticity is poorly understood. Here we show that the sex-shared GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid)-releasing DVB neuron in Caenorhabditis elegans displays experience-dependent and sexually dimorphic morphological plasticity, characterized by the stochastic and dynamic addition of multiple neurites in adult males. These added neurites enable synaptic rewiring of the DVB neuron and instruct a functional switch of the neuron that directly modifies a step of male mating behaviour...
January 10, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321508/thrombospondin-1-secreted-by-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-rescues-neurons-from-synaptic-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-s-disease-model
#18
Dong Hyun Kim, Hoon Lim, Dahm Lee, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Yoon Sun Yang, Jeong Su Oh, Hyun Ho Hwang, Hong Bae Jeon
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterised clinically by learning and memory impairments. Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide-induced synaptic dysfunction is a pathological process associated with early-stage AD. Here, we show that paracrine action of human umbilical cord blood-derived-mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) protects the hippocampus from synaptic-density loss in in vitro and in vivo AD models. To identify paracrine factors underlying this rescue effect, we analysed hUCB-MSCs' secretome co-cultured with Aβ42-treated mouse hippocampal neurons...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295931/somatostatin-and-parvalbumin-inhibitory-synapses-onto-hippocampal-pyramidal-neurons-are-regulated-by-distinct-mechanisms
#19
Meryl E Horn, Roger A Nicoll
Excitation-inhibition balance is critical for optimal brain function, yet the mechanisms underlying the tuning of inhibition from different populations of inhibitory neurons are unclear. Here, we found evidence for two distinct pathways through which excitatory neurons cell-autonomously modulate inhibitory synapses. Synapses from parvalbumin-expressing interneurons onto hippocampal pyramidal neurons are regulated by neuronal firing, signaling through L-type calcium channels. Synapses from somatostatin-expressing interneurons are regulated by NMDA receptors, signaling through R-type calcium channels...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295471/hot-spots-for-protein-partnerships-at-the-surface-of-cholinesterases-and-related-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-hydrolase-fold-proteins-or-domains-a-structural-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Yves Bourne, Pascale Marchot
The hydrolytic enzymes acetyl- and butyryl-cholinesterase, the cell adhesion molecules neuroligins, and the hormonogenic macromolecule thyroglobulin are a few of the many members of the α/β hydrolase fold superfamily of proteins. Despite their distinctive functions, their canonical subunits, with a molecular surface area of ~20,000 Ų, they share binding patches and determinants for forming homodimers and for accommodating structural subunits or protein partners. Several of these surface regions of high functional relevance have been mapped through structural or mutational studies, while others have been proposed based on biochemical data or molecular docking studies...
December 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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