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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145208/curcumin-delays-retinal-degeneration-by-regulating-microglia-activation-in-the-retina-of-rd1-mice
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Yanhe Wang, Zhiyuan Yin, Lixiong Gao, Dayu Sun, Xisu Hu, Langyue Xue, Jiaman Dai, YuXiao Zeng, Siyu Chen, Boju Pan, Min Chen, Jing Xie, Haiwei Xu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is characterized by degeneration of photoreceptors, and there are currently no effective treatments for this disease. However, curcumin has shown neuroprotectant efficacy in a RP rat and swine model, and thus, may have neuroprotective effects in this disease. METHODS: Immunofluorescence staining, electroretinogram recordings, and behavioral tests were used to analyze the effects of curcumin and the underlying mechanism in retinal degeneration 1 (rd1) mice...
November 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144746/oxyprenylated-phenylpropanoids-bind-to-mt1-melatonin-receptors-and-inhibit-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#2
Mahmud Hasan, Salvatore Genovese, Serena Fiorito, Francesco Epifano, Paula A Witt-Enderby
Oxyprenylated compounds (i.e., ferulic acid and coumarin derivatives) demonstrate neuroprotection and anticancer properties as reported in previous studies. We have tested the affinity of oxyprenylated ferulic acid (1-4) and umbelliferone derivatives (5-11) to melatonin receptors as well as their antiproliferation and antimigratory properties against breast cancer (BC) cell lines. All the compounds except for ferulic acid, boropinic acid, and umbelliferone had binding affinities to melatonin receptors in the nM to μM range, and both auraptene and umbellinprenin reduced BC cell proliferation and migration in phenotypically diverse BC including triple negative...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144506/soluble-p-selectin-promotes-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-through-activation-of-nrf2-signaling-after-ischemia-injury
#3
Kishan Kapupara, Yao-Tseng Wen, Rong-Kung Tsai, Shun-Ping Huang
Retinal ischemic injuries play an important role in the pathogenesis of several eye disorders. Inflammation and oxidative stress are key players in ischemic injuries. Following retinal ischemia, vascular endothelial cells and leukocytes express several inflammatory adhesion receptors, such as selectins and cell adhesion molecules. P-selectin stimulates leukocyte recruitment to platelet aggregates and has an important role in vascular homeostasis and inflammatory leukocyte extravasation. Soluble P-selectin can be neuroprotective through competitive binding to the receptors of endogenous P-selectin molecules...
November 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143972/determination-of-tubuloside-b-by-lc-ms-ms-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
#4
Shenbao Yang, Ruiying Qu, Peilu Sun, Shan Xiong, Siyi Yan, Zhipeng Deng
Tubuloside B, a novel neuroprotective phenylethanoid, is a major active constituent of Cistanche tubulosa and Cistanche deserticola. A specific and sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of tubuloside B in rat plasma. Sample preparation was conducted through a protein-precipitation extraction with methanol using tubuloside A as internal standard (IS). Chromatographic separation was achieved by using a Capcell Pak C18 column (2...
November 16, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143288/gsk3%C3%AE-controls-mtor-and-prosurvival-signaling-in-neurons
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Malgorzata Urbanska, Agata Gozdz, Matylda Macias, Iwona A Cymerman, Ewa Liszewska, Ilona Kondratiuk, Herman Devijver, Benoit Lechat, Fred Van Leuven, Jacek Jaworski
Glycogen synthase kinases-3β (GSK3β) is a key regulator of cell homeostasis. In neurons, GSK3β contributes to control of neuronal transmission and plasticity. Despite extensive studies in non-neuronal cells, crosstalk between GSK3β and other signaling pathways remains not well defined in neurons. In the present study, we report that GSK3β positively affected the activity of effectors of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) and complex 2 (mTORC2), in mature neurons in vitro and in vivo. GSK3β also promoted prosurvival signaling and attenuated kainic acid-induced apoptosis...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142426/in-silico-and-in-vitro-anticancer-activity-of-isolated-novel-marker-compound-from-chemically-modified-bioactive-fraction-from-curcuma-longa-nccl
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Arshi Naqvi, Richa Malasoni, Swati Gupta, Akansha Srivastava, Rishi R Pandey, Anil Kumar Dwivedi
Background: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is reported to possess wide array of biological activities. Herbal Medicament (HM) is a standardized hexane-soluble fraction of C. longa and is well known for its neuroprotective effect. Objective: In this study, we attempted to synthesize a novel chemically modified bioactive fraction from HM (NCCL) along with isolation and characterization of a novel marker compound (I). Materials and Methods: NCCL was prepared from HM...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142416/protective-effect-of-pluchea-lanceolata-against-aluminum-chloride-induced-neurotoxicity-in-swiss-albino-mice
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Ravi Mundugaru, Senthilkumar Sivanesan, Padmaja Udaykumar, Niranjan Rao, Naveen Chandra
Background: Aluminum chloride (AlCl3) is a known potent environmental neurotoxin causing progressive neurodegenerative changes in the brain. The herb Pluchea lanceolata is commonly known as "Rasana" and used as a nerve tonic in neuroinflammatory conditions in Indian system of medicine. Objective: To evaluate the neuroprotective activity of hydroalcoholic extract of P. lanceolata in chronic AlCl3-induced neurotoxicity in Swiss albino mice. Materials and Methods: Albino mice were categorized into four different groups; Group 1served as vehicle control, Group 2 mice were administered with AlCl3, 40 mg/kg body weight by intraperitoneal route for 45 consecutive days...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142396/antioxidant-and-cholinesterase-inhibitory-activities-of-ethyl-acetate-extract-of-terminalia-chebula-cell-free-in-vitro-and-in-silico-studies
#8
Mohamed Asik Rajmohamed, Suganthy Natarajan, Premkumar Palanisamy, Akbarsha Mohammad Abdulkader, Archunan Govindaraju
Background: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder clinically characterized by memory loss and impaired cognitive function. Cholinergic enzyme deficiency and oxidative stress are the two major factors implicated in the pathogenesis of AD. The symptomatic treatment, as of now, is the use of cholinesterase inhibitors toward cholinergic "downturn." Therefore, there is a search for compounds that will be useful in focused therapies. There has been suggestion that Terminalia chebula fruit would be a potential source...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142291/resveratrol-modulates-cocaine-induced-inhibitory-synaptic-plasticity-in-vta-dopamine-neurons-by-inhibiting-phosphodiesterases-pdes
#9
Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Li Zhao, Fanxing Zeng, Qing-Song Liu
Resveratrol is a natural phytoalexin synthesized by plants, including grapes. It displays a wide range of neuroprotective benefits associated with anti-aging. Recent studies have shown that resveratrol regulates dopaminergic transmission and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse. The goal of the present study is to investigate whether and how resveratrol alters basal inhibitory synaptic transmission and cocaine-induced inhibitory synaptic plasticity in dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). We report that resveratrol elevated cAMP levels by itself and further potentiated a forskolin-induced increase in cAMP levels in midbrain slices, consistent with reported effects of inhibition of phosphodiesterases (PDEs)...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141671/inhibiting-the-microglia-activation-improves-the-spatial-memory-and-adult-neurogenesis-in-rat-hippocampus-during-48%C3%A2-h-of-sleep-deprivation
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Meetu Wadhwa, Amit Prabhakar, Koushik Ray, Koustav Roy, Punita Kumari, Prabhash Kumar Jha, Krishna Kishore, Sanjeev Kumar, Usha Panjwani
BACKGROUND: Sleep deprivation (SD) leads to cognitive impairment. Neuroinflammation could be a significant contributing factor in the same. An increase in regional brain pro-inflammatory cytokines induces cognitive deficits, however, the magnitude of the effect under SD is not apparent. It is plausible that microglia activation could be involved in the SD-induced cognitive impairment by modulation of neuronal cell proliferation, differentiation, and brain-derived neuronal factor (BDNF) level...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141245/roscovitine-a-cdk5-inhibitor-alleviates-sevoflurane-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-via-regulation-tau-gsk3%C3%AE-and-erk-ppar%C3%AE-creb-signaling
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Jianhui Liu, Junjun Yang, Yinhua Xu, Gang Guo, Li Cai, Heng Wu, Yanhong Zhao, Xiaoqing Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Multiple exposures to anesthesia in children may increase the risk of developing cognitive impairment. Sevoflurane is an anesthetic that is commonly used in children during surgery. Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 5 is involved in the regulation of sevoflurane-induced cognitive dysfunction, but the mechanistic details remain unclear. The present study evaluated the mechanism by which CDK5 mediates sevoflurane-induced cognitive dysfunction in mice. METHODS: Hippocampal neurons were isolated from postnatal day 0 C57BL/6 mouse pups...
November 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141196/asic2a-overexpression-enhances-the-protective-effect-of-pctx1-and-apetx2-against-acidosis-induced-articular-chondrocyte-apoptosis-and-cytotoxicity
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Ren-Peng Zhou, Wen-Lin Ni, Bei-Bei Dai, Xiao-Shan Wu, Zhi-Sen Wang, Ya-Ya Xie, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Wei-Jie Yang, Jin-Fang Ge, Wei Hu, Fei-Hu Chen
Acid hydrarthrosis is another important pathological character in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) plays a destructive role in acidosis-induced articular chondrocyte cytotoxicity. Recently, ASIC2a has been reported to possess neuroprotective effect on acidosis-induced injury of neuronal cells. However, whether ASIC2a has an enhanced effect on the protective effect of blocking ASIC1a and ASIC3 against acid-induced chondrocyte apoptosis is still unclear. The aim of present study was to investigate the chondroprotective effect of ASIC2a with PcTx1 (ASIC1a specific blocker) and APETx2 (ASIC3 specific blocker) on acidosis-induced chondrocyte apoptosis...
November 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140675/identification-of-novel-allosteric-modulators-of-glutamate-transporter-eaat2
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Sandhya Kortagere, Ole Valente Mortensen, Jingsheng Xia, William Lester, Yuhong Fang, Yellamelli V V Srikanth, Joseph M Salvino, Andreia Cristina Karklin Fontana
Dysfunction of excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of various neurological disorders, such as stroke, brain trauma, epilepsyand neurodegenerative diseases among others. EAAT2 is the main subtype responsible for glutamate clearance in the brain, having a key role in regulating transmission and preventing excitotoxicity. Therefore, compounds that increase the expression or activity of EAAT2 have therapeutic potential for neuroprotection. Previous studies identified molecular determinants for EAAT2 transport stimulation in a structural domain that lies at the interface of the rigid trimerization domain and the central substrate binding transport domain...
November 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140156/conditioned-medium-from-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protects-motor-neuron-like-nsc-34-cells-against-scratch-injury-induced-cell-death
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Francesca Diomede, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani, Emanuela Mazzon
Neuronal cell death is a normal process during central nervous system (CNS) development and is also involved in the death of motor neurons in diverse spinal motor neuron degenerative diseases. Here, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of secretory factors released from human gingival mesenchymal stem cells (hGMSCs) in mechanically injured murine motor-neuron-like NSC-34 cells. The cells were exposed to scratch injury and the markers for apoptosis and oxidative stress were examined. Immunocytochemistry results showed that proapoptotic markers cleaved caspase-3 and Bax were elevated while anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was suppressed in scratch-injured NSC-34 cells...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139253/-complex-network-analysis-on-shenxiong-glucose-injection-in-combined-use-with-chinese-and-western-medicine-for-cerebral-infarction-in-real-world-study
#15
Huan Liu, Yan-Ming Xie, Yin Zhang, Ping-Ping Jia, Yan Zhuang
In order to analyze Shenxiong glucose injection in combined use with other medicines for cerebral infarction in real world, the basic information, Chinese and western medicine diagnosis information, doctors'advice information, and laboratory checking information for the patients with Shenxiong glucose injection in treatment of cerebral infarction were extracted from the hospital information system (HIS) of sixteen 3A hospitals. Apriori Algorithm was used to establish models, and Clementine 12.0 was used for correlation analysis...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138854/ng25-an-inhibitor-of-transforming-growth-factor%C3%A2-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-activated-kinase-1-ameliorates-neuronal-apoptosis-in-neonatal-hypoxic%C3%A2-ischemic-rats
#16
Hua Wang, Zhong Chen, Yu Li, Qiaoyun Ji
Transforming growth factor (TGF)‑β‑activated kinase 1 (TAK1) was found to be activated by TGF‑β and acts as a central regulator of cell death in various types of disease. However, the expression and function of TAK1 in the neonatal brain following hypoxia‑ischemia (HI) remains unclear. In the present study, western blotting and immunofluorescence were employed to determine the expression and distribution of TAK1 in the brain cortex of a perinatal HI rat model. In addition, the specific inhibitor of TAK1, NG25 was administered via intracerebroventricular injection, prior to insult of the neonatal rat brains, for neuroprotection...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138801/vitamin-d-receptor-activation-influences-the-erk-pathway-and-protects-against-neurological-deficits-and-neuronal-death
#17
Jie Yuan, Xin Guo, Zhengang Liu, Xiuqin Zhao, Yan Feng, Sixin Song, Changmeng Cui, Pei Jiang
Previous studies have demonstrated that global cerebral ischemia (GCI) causes neurological deficits and neuronal cell apoptosis. Calcitriol, a biologically active metabolite of vitamin D, exerts its endocrinological influence via nuclear vitamin D receptor. It is being assessed as an emerging therapeutic strategy in models of various medical conditions, including acute brain injury. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of calcitriol on GCI and further refine the potential underlying mechanisms...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138799/lychee-seed-extract-protects-against-neuronal-injury-and-improves-cognitive-function-in-rats-with-type-ii-diabetes-mellitus-with-cognitive-impairment
#18
Yong Tang, Chonglin Yu, Jianming Wu, Haixia Chen, Yuan Zeng, Xiuling Wang, Le Yang, Qibing Mei, Shousong Cao, Dalian Qin
Lychee seed is a traditional Chinese medicine and has many beneficial effects such as modulation of blood sugar and lipids, antioxidation, antivirus and antitumor. Studies have indicated that type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share common biological mechanisms including insulin resistance, impaired glucose metabolism, β‑amyloid (Aβ) formation, oxidative stress and presence of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). The present study investigated the effects of lychee seed extract (LSE) on neuroprotection, cognitive function improvement and possible underlying mechanisms in a rat model of T2DM with cognitive impairment...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138536/spotlight-on-siponimod-and-its-potential-in-the-treatment-of-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-the-evidence-to-date
#19
REVIEW
Alberto Gajofatto
Siponimod (BAF312) is a synthetic molecule belonging to the sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) modulator family, which has putative neuroprotective properties and well-characterized immunomodulating effects mediated by sequestration of B and T cells in secondary lymphoid organs. Compared to fingolimod (ie, precursor of the S1P modulators commercially available for the treatment of relapsing-remitting [RR] multiple sclerosis [MS]), siponimod exhibits selective affinity for types 1 and 5 S1P receptor, leading to a lower risk of adverse events that are mainly induced by S1P3 receptor activation, such as bradycardia and vasoconstriction...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138531/anti-inflammatory-strategy-for-m2-microglial-polarization-using-retinoic-acid-loaded-nanoparticles
#20
Marta Machado-Pereira, Tiago Santos, Lino Ferreira, Liliana Bernardino, Raquel Ferreira
Inflammatory mechanisms triggered by microglial cells are involved in the pathophysiology of several brain disorders, hindering repair. Herein, we propose the use of retinoic acid-loaded polymeric nanoparticles (RA-NP) as a means to modulate microglia response towards an anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective phenotype (M2). RA-NP were first confirmed to be internalized by N9 microglial cells; nanoparticles did not affect cell survival at concentrations below 100 μg/mL. Then, immunocytochemical studies were performed to assess the expression of pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
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