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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324115/regenerative-responses-and-axon-pathfinding-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-chronically-injured-mice
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Benjamin J Yungher, Márcio Ribeiro, Kevin K Park
Purpose: Enhanced regeneration of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons can be achieved by modification of numerous neuronal-intrinsic factors. However, axon growth initiation and the pathfinding behavior of these axons after traumatic injury remain poorly understood outside of acute injury paradigms, despite the clinical relevance of more chronic settings. We therefore examined RGC axon regeneration following therapeutic delivery that is postponed until 2 months after optic nerve crush injury...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321286/crispr-cas9-mediated-heterozygous-knockout-of-the-autism-gene-chd8-and-characterization-of-its-transcriptional-networks-in-cerebral-organoids-derived-from-ips-cells
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Ping Wang, Ryan Mokhtari, Erika Pedrosa, Michael Kirschenbaum, Can Bayrak, Deyou Zheng, Herbert M Lachman
BACKGROUND: CHD8 (chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 8), which codes for a member of the CHD family of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling factors, is one of the most commonly mutated genes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) identified in exome-sequencing studies. Loss of function mutations in the gene have also been found in schizophrenia (SZ) and intellectual disabilities and influence cancer cell proliferation. We previously reported an RNA-seq analysis carried out on neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and monolayer neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that were heterozygous for CHD8 knockout (KO) alleles generated using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319609/developmental-alterations-in-huntington-s-disease-neural-cells-and-pharmacological-rescue-in-cells-and-mice
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Neural cultures derived from Huntington's disease (HD) patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells were used for 'omics' analyses to identify mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. RNA-seq analysis identified genes in glutamate and GABA signaling, axonal guidance and calcium influx whose expression was decreased in HD cultures. One-third of gene changes were in pathways regulating neuronal development and maturation. When mapped to stages of mouse striatal development, the profiles aligned with earlier embryonic stages of neuronal differentiation...
March 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316886/identification-of-dysregulated-genes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-based-on-bioinformatics-analysis
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Ruihu Hao, Haiwei Du, Lin Guo, Fengde Tian, Ning An, Tiejun Yang, Changcheng Wang, Bo Wang, Zihao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic auto-inflammatory disorder of joints. The present study aimed to identify the key genes in RA for better understanding the underlying mechanisms of RA. METHODS: The integrated analysis of expression profiling was conducted to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in RA. Moreover, functional annotation, protein-protein interaction (PPI) network and transcription factor (TF) regulatory network construction were applied for exploring the potential biological roles of DEGs in RA...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315433/increased-semaphorin-3c-expression-promotes-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-by-activating-the-erk1-2-signaling-pathway
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Xuejun Xu, Zhiping Zhao, Sixiang Guo, Jian Li, Songsong Liu, Yu You, Bing Ni, Huaizhi Wang, Ping Bie
Pancreatic cancer is characterized by neural alterations and aberrant expression of neural-specific factors. Semaphorins have been recognized as key contributors in axon guidance, the immune response and tumor progression. Recent studies have suggested the involvement of Semaphorin 3c (sema3c) in tumorigenesis and metastasis in numerous types of cancer, however, the clinical significance of sema3c and its role in the growth and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remain unclear. In this study, we found that aberrant sema3c expression was positively associated with a particular tumor stage and correlated with poor survival of PDAC patients...
March 14, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303257/neurod2-regulates-stim1-expression-and-store-operated-calcium-entry-in-cortical-neurons
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Gokhan Guner, Gizem Guzelsoy, Fatma Sadife Isleyen, Gulcan Semra Sahin, Cansu Akkaya, Efil Bayam, Eser Ilgin Kotan, Alkan Kabakcioglu, Gulayse Ince-Dunn
Calcium signaling controls many key processes in neurons, including gene expression, axon guidance, and synaptic plasticity. In contrast to calcium influx through voltage- or neurotransmitter-gated channels, regulatory pathways that control store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) in neurons are poorly understood. Here, we report a transcriptional control of Stim1 (stromal interaction molecule 1) gene, which is a major sensor of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium levels and a regulator of SOCE. By using a genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing approach in mice, we find that NEUROD2, a neurogenic transcription factor, binds to an intronic element within the Stim1 gene...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286248/cell-migration-in-schizophrenia-patient-derived-cells-do-not-regulate-motility-in-response-to-extracellular-matrix
#7
Jing Yang Tee, Ratneswary Sutharsan, Yongjun Fan, Alan Mackay-Sim
Schizophrenia is a highly heritable psychiatric disorder linked to a large number of risk genes. The function of these genes in disease etiology is not fully understood but pathway analyses of genomic data suggest developmental dysregulation of cellular processes such as neuronal migration and axon guidance. Previous studies of patient-derived olfactory cells show them to be more motile than control-derived cells when grown on a fibronectin substrate, motility that is dependent on focal adhesion kinase signaling...
March 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286008/compound-heterozygous-variants-in-robo1-cause-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-with-absence-of-transverse-pontine-fibers-and-thinning-of-the-anterior-commissure-and-corpus-callosum
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Sonia F Calloni, Julie S Cohen, Avner Meoded, Jane Juusola, Fabio M Triulzi, Thierry A G M Huisman, Andrea Poretti, Ali Fatemi
BACKGROUND: Axonal guidance disorders are characterized by white matter tracts with an anomalous course, failure to cross the midline, or presence of anomalous white matter tracts. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a suitable noninvasive, in vivo neuroimaging tool to study axonal guidance disorders. We describe a novel disorder in a boy with compound heterozygous variants in the ROBO1 gene. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: The child was referred at age 13 months because of developmental delay...
February 2, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284905/embryonic-mosaic-deletion-of-app-results-in-displaced-reelin-expressing-cells-in-the-cerebral-cortex
#9
D G Callahan, W M Taylor, M Tilearcio, T Cavanaugh, D J Selkoe, T L Young-Pearse
It is widely accepted that amyloid precursor protein (APP) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, APP has been proposed to have functions in numerous biological processes including neuronal proliferation, differentiation, migration, axon guidance, and neurite outgrowth, as well as in synapse formation and function. However, germline knockout of APP yields relatively subtle phenotypes, and brain development appears grossly normal. This is thought to be due in part to functional compensation by APP family members and other type I transmembrane proteins...
March 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277443/sugarcoated-perineuronal-nets-regulate-gabaergic-transmission-bittersweet-hypothesis-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Jessica A Burket, Maria R Urbano, Stephen I Deutsch
Fast-spiking, parvalbumin-expressing "GABAergic" interneurons regulate synchronous oscillatory output of pyramidal neurons. Metabolic demands of these GABAergic projections are great because local ion concentrations must be optimally maintained; in addition, high rates of mitochondrial respiration necessitate exquisite redox regulation. Interestingly, only fast-spiking, parvalbumin-expressing basket cells coexpressing 3 metalloproteinases seem to be preferentially enwrapped in perineuronal nets (PNNs), a specialized lattice-like structure of the extracellular matrix...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270793/expression-of-semaphorins-neuropilins-vegf-and-tenascins-in-rat-and-human-primary-sensory-neurons-after-a-dorsal-root-injury
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Tomas Lindholm, Mårten Risling, Thomas Carlstedt, Henrik Hammarberg, Wilhelm Wallquist, Staffan Cullheim, Mattias K Sköld
Dorsal root injury is a situation not expected to be followed by a strong regenerative growth, or growth of the injured axon into the central nervous system of the spinal cord, if the central axon of the dorsal root is injured but of strong regeneration if subjected to injury to the peripherally projecting axons. The clinical consequence of axonal injury is loss of sensation and may also lead to neuropathic pain. In this study, we have used in situ hybridization to examine the distribution of mRNAs for the neural guidance molecules semaphorin 3A (SEMA3A), semaphorin 3F (SEMA3F), and semaphorin 4F (SEMA4F), their receptors neuropilin 1 (NP1) and neuropilin 2 (NP2) but also for the neuropilin ligand vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Tenascin J1, an extracellular matrix molecule involved in axonal guidance, in rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) after a unilateral dorsal rhizotomy (DRT) or sciatic nerve transcetion (SNT)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268126/actin-based-growth-cone-motility-and-guidance
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REVIEW
Omotola F Omotade, Stephanie L Pollitt, James Q Zheng
Nerve growth cones, the dilated tip of developing axons, are equipped with exquisite abilities to sense environmental cues and to move rapidly through complex terrains of developing brain, leading the axons to their specific targets for precise neuronal wiring. The actin cytoskeleton is the major component of the growth cone that powers its directional motility. Past research has provided significant insights into the mechanisms by which growth cones translate extracellular signals into directional migration...
March 6, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257468/the-genetic-basis-for-variation-in-resistance-to-infection-in-the-drosophila-melanogaster-genetic-reference-panel
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Jonathan B Wang, Hsiao-Ling Lu, Raymond J St Leger
Individuals vary extensively in the way they respond to disease but the genetic basis of this variation is not fully understood. We found substantial individual variation in resistance and tolerance to the fungal pathogen Metarhizium anisopliae Ma549 using the Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP). In addition, we found that host defense to Ma549 was correlated with defense to the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pa14, and several previously published DGRP phenotypes including oxidative stress sensitivity, starvation stress resistance, hemolymph glucose levels, and sleep indices...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256802/heparin-collagen-encapsulating-nerve-growth-factor-multilayers-coated-aligned-plla-nanofibrous-scaffolds-for-nerve-tissue-engineering
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Kuihua Zhang, Dianwu Huang, Zhiyong Yan, Chunyang Wang
Biomimicing topological structure of natural nerve tissue to direct axon growth and controlling sustained release of moderate neurotrophic factors are extremely propitious to the functional recovery of damaged nervous systems. In this study, the heparin/collagen encapsulating nerve growth factor (NGF) multilayers were coated onto the aligned poly-L-lactide (PLLA) nanofibrous scaffolds via a layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique to combine biomolecular signals and physical guidance cues for peripheral nerve regeneration...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254884/a-functional-coupling-between-crmp1-and-nav1-7-for-retrograde-propagation-of-semaphorin3a-signaling
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Masayuki Yamane, Naoya Yamashita, Tomonobu Hida, Yoshinori Kamiya, Fumio Nakamura, Pappachan Kolattukudy, Yoshio Goshima
Semaphorin3A (Sema3A) is a secreted type of axon guidance molecules that regulates axon wiring through neuropilin-1 (NRP1) and PlexinAs (PlexAs) receptor complex. Sema3A regulates the dendritic branching through a tetrodotoxin (TTX)-sensitive retrograde axonal transport of PlexAs and Tropomyosin-related kinase A (TrkA) complex. We here demonstrate that Nav1.7, a TTX-sensitive Na(+) channel, by coupling with collapsin response mediator protein 1 (CRMP1), mediates the Sema3A-induced retrograde transport. In mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, Sema3A increased co-localization of PlexA4 and TrkA in the growth cones and axons...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250456/biallelic-mutations-in-human-dcc-cause-developmental-split-brain-syndrome
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Saumya S Jamuar, Klaus Schmitz-Abe, Alissa M D'Gama, Marie Drottar, Wai-Man Chan, Maya Peeva, Sarah Servattalab, Anh-Thu N Lam, Mauricio R Delgado, Nancy J Clegg, Zayed Al Zayed, Mohammad Asif Dogar, Ibrahim A Alorainy, Abdullah Abu Jamea, Khaled Abu-Amero, May Griebel, Wendy Ward, Ed S Lein, Kyriacos Markianos, A James Barkovich, Caroline D Robson, P Ellen Grant, Thomas M Bosley, Elizabeth C Engle, Christopher A Walsh, Timothy W Yu
Motor, sensory, and integrative activities of the brain are coordinated by a series of midline-bridging neuronal commissures whose development is tightly regulated. Here we report a new human syndrome in which these commissures are widely disrupted, thus causing clinical manifestations of horizontal gaze palsy, scoliosis, and intellectual disability. Affected individuals were found to possess biallelic loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding the axon-guidance receptor 'deleted in colorectal carcinoma' (DCC), which has been implicated in congenital mirror movements when it is mutated in the heterozygous state but whose biallelic loss-of-function human phenotype has not been reported...
February 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246604/directional-transport-of-a-bead-bound-to-lamellipodial-surface-is-driven-by-actin-polymerization
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Daisuke Nobezawa, Sho-Ichi Ikeda, Eitaro Wada, Takashi Nagano, Hidetake Miyata
The force driving the retrograde flow of actin cytoskeleton is important in the cellular activities involving cell movement (e.g., growth cone motility in axon guidance, wound healing, or cancer metastasis). However, relative importance of the forces generated by actin polymerization and myosin II in this process remains elusive. We have investigated the retrograde movement of the poly-d-lysine-coated bead attached with the optical trap to the edge of lamellipodium of Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts. The velocity of the attached bead drastically decreased by submicromolar concentration of cytochalasin D, latrunculin A, or jasplakinolide, indicating the involvement of actin turnover...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245592/role-of-netrin-1-signaling-in-nerve-regeneration
#18
REVIEW
Xin-Peng Dun, David B Parkinson
Netrin-1 was the first axon guidance molecule to be discovered in vertebrates and has a strong chemotropic function for axonal guidance, cell migration, morphogenesis and angiogenesis. It is a secreted axon guidance cue that can trigger attraction by binding to its canonical receptors Deleted in Colorectal Cancer (DCC) and Neogenin or repulsion through binding the DCC/Uncoordinated (Unc5) A-D receptor complex. The crystal structures of Netrin-1/receptor complexes have recently been revealed. These studies have provided a structure based explanation of Netrin-1 bi-functionality...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245531/rack1-is-necessary-for-the-formation-of-point-contacts-and-regulates-axon-growth
#19
Leah Kershner, Kristy Welshhans
Receptor for activated C kinase 1 (RACK1) is a multi-functional ribosomal scaffolding protein that can interact with multiple signaling molecules concurrently through its seven WD40 repeats. We recently found that RACK1 is localized to mammalian growth cones, prompting an investigation into its role during neural development. Here we show for the first time that RACK1 localizes to point contacts within mouse cortical growth cones. Point contacts are adhesion sites that link the actin network within growth cones to the extracellular matrix, and are necessary for appropriate axon guidance...
February 28, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241866/netrin-1-acts-as-a-non-canonical-angiogenic-factor-produced-by-human-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-wj-msc
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Catalina P Prieto, María Carolina Ortiz, Andrea Villanueva, Cynthia Villarroel, Sandra S Edwards, Matías Elliott, José Lattus, Sócrates Aedo, Daniel Meza, Pablo Lois, Verónica Palma
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis, the process in which new blood vessels are formed from preexisting ones, is highly dependent on the presence of classical angiogenic factors. Recent evidence suggests that axonal guidance proteins and their receptors can also act as angiogenic regulators. Netrin, a family of laminin-like proteins, specifically Netrin-1 and 4, act via DCC/Neogenin-1 and UNC5 class of receptors to promote or inhibit angiogenesis, depending on the physiological context. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells secrete a broad set of classical angiogenic factors...
February 28, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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