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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645787/striatal-hypodopamine-phenotypes-found-in-transgenic-mice-that-overexpress-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor
#1
Hidekazu Sotoyama, Yuriko Iwakura, Kanako Oda, Toshikuni Sasaoka, Nobuyuki Takei, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hideki Enomoto, Hiroyuki Nawa
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) positively regulates the development and maintenance of in vitro dopaminergic neurons. However, the in vivo influences of GDNF signals on the brain dopamine system are controversial and not fully defined. To address this question, we analyzed dopaminergic phenotypes of the transgenic mice that overexpress GDNF under the control of the glial Gfap promoter in the brain. Compared with wild-type, the GDNF transgenic mice contained higher levels of GDNF protein and phosphorylated RET receptors in the brain...
June 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637335/astrocyte-produced-mir-146a-as-a-mediator-of-motor-neuron-loss-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Samantha L Sison, Teresa N Patitucci, Emily R Seminary, Eric Villalon, Christian L Lorson, Allison D Ebert
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, is caused by loss of the survival motor neuron-1 (SMN1) gene, which leads to motor neuron loss, muscle atrophy, respiratory distress, and death. Motor neurons exhibit the most profound loss, but the mechanisms underlying disease pathogenesis are not fully understood. Recent evidence suggests that motor neuron extrinsic influences, such as those arising from astrocytes, contribute to motor neuron malfunction and loss. Here we investigated both loss-of-function and toxic gain-of-function astrocyte mechanisms that could play a role in SMA pathology...
June 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627584/gastric-electrical-stimulation-improves-enteric-neuronal-survival
#3
Nian Wang, Kun Li, Shuangning Song, Jie Chen
Research and clinical experience with vagotomy have confirmed that damage to the central nervous system severely affects physiological movement in the gastrointestinal system. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of synchronized dual-pulse gastric electrical stimulation (SGES) on the apoptosis of enteric neurons and the possible pathways involved in these effects in vagotomized rats. For this purpose, Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomized into a control group, an early subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group (ESDV group), an early subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group with short-term SGES (ESDV + SSGES group), a terminal subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group (TSDV group) and a terminal subdiaphragmatic vagotomized group with long-term SGES (TSDV + LSGES group)...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615629/effect-of-microgravity-on-aromatase-expression-in-sertoli-cells
#4
Elisa Cirelli, Emanuela De Domenico, Flavia Botti, Renato Massoud, Raffaele Geremia, Paola Grimaldi
Cytochrome P450-aromatase catalyzes estrogen biosynthesis from C19 steroids. In the testis, Sertoli cells express P450-aromatase and represent the primary source of estrogen during prepuberal age. This study focused on the effect of simulated microgravity (SM) on aromatase expression in primary mouse Sertoli cells. When cultured in Rotary Cell Culture System (RCCS), Sertoli cells, formed multicellular three dimensional spheroids (3D). Biological properties were first analyzed in terms of viability, cell cycle, expression of cytoskeletal components and growth factors in comparison to Sertoli cells cultured in spheroids at unit gravity (G)...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608322/long-evans-rat-spermatogonial-lines-are-effective-germline-vectors-for-transgenic-rat-production
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F Kent Hamra, Christopher T Richie, Brandon K Harvey
Long Evans rat strains are applied as research models in a broad spectrum of biomedical fields (>15,800 citations, NCBI PubMed). Here, we report an approach to genetically modify the Long Evans rat germline in donor spermatogonial stem cells. Long Evans rat spermatogonial lines were derived from freshly isolated laminin-binding spermatogonia. Laminin-binding spermatogonia were cultured over multiple passages on fibroblast feeder layers in serum-free culture medium containing GDNF and FGF2. Long Evans rat spermatogonial lines were genetically modified by transposon transduction to express a germline, tdTomato reporter gene...
June 12, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599751/association-between-serum-levels-of-glutamate-and-neurotrophic-factors-and-response-to-clozapine-treatment
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Amir Krivoy, Eldar Hochman, Kyra-Verena Sendt, Sarah Hollander, Yael Vilner, Mirjana Selakovic, Abraham Weizman, Michal Taler
Clozapine is the only available therapy for about 30% of schizophrenia patients otherwise refractory to antipsychotics. Unfortunately, the mechanism of action of the drug is still unknown and there are no biomarkers that can predict a positive response to clozapine. We aimed to examine serum neurotrophins and glutamate levels as putative biomarkers for clozapine response based on the hypothesized mode-of-action of the compound. Blood samples of 89 chronic schizophrenia patients maintained on clozapine were analyzed in a cross-sectional design...
June 7, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596594/magnifying-narrow-band-imaging-of-gastric-mucosal-morphology-predicts-the-h-pylori-related-epigenetic-field-defect
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Tomomitsu Tahara, Jumpei Yamazaki, Sayumi Tahara, Masaaki Okubo, Tomohiko Kawamura, Noriyuki Horiguchi, Takamitsu Ishizuka, Mitsuo Nagasaka, Yoshihito Nakagawa, Tomoyuki Shibata, Makoto Kuroda, Naoki Ohmiya
DNA methylation is associated with "field defect" in the gastric mucosa. To characterize "field defect" morphologically, we examined DNA methylation of non-neoplastic gastric mucosa in relation to their morphology seen by narrow-band imaging (NBI) with magnifying endoscopy. Magnifying NBI of non-neoplastic gastric body was classified as follows: normal-small and round pits with uniform subepithelial capillary networks; type 1-a little enlarged round pits with indistinct subepithelial capillary networks; type 2-remarkably enlarged pits with irregular vessels; and type 3-clearly demarcated oval or tubulovillous pits with bulky coiled or wavy vessels...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593744/thermosensitive-heparin-poloxamer-hydrogels-enhance-the-effects-of-gdnf-on-neuronal-circuit-remodelling-and-neuroprotection-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Ying-Zheng Zhao, Xi Jiang, Qian Lin, He-Lin Xu, Ya-Dong Huang, Cui-Tao Lu, Jun Cai
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) results in paraplegia or quadriplegia, and currently, therapeutic interventions for axonal regeneration after SCI are not clinically available. Animal studies have revealed that glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) plays multiple beneficial roles in neuroprotection, glial scarring remodelling, axon regeneration and remyelination in SCI. However, the poor physicochemical stability of GDNF, as well as its limited ability to cross the blood-spinal cord barrier, hampers the development of GDNF as an effective therapeutic intervention in clinical practice...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591570/compromised-survival-of-cerebellar-molecular-layer-interneurons-lacking-gdnf-receptors-gfr%C3%AE-1-or-ret-impairs-normal-cerebellar-motor-learning
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Maria Christina Sergaki, Juan Carlos López-Ramos, Stefanos Stagkourakis, Agnès Gruart, Christian Broberger, José María Delgado-García, Carlos F Ibáñez
The role of neurotrophic factors as endogenous survival proteins for brain neurons remains contentious. In the cerebellum, the signals controlling survival of molecular layer interneurons (MLIs) are unknown, and direct evidence for the requirement of a full complement of MLIs for normal cerebellar function and motor learning has been lacking. Here, we show that Purkinje cells (PCs), the target of MLIs, express the neurotrophic factor GDNF during MLI development and survival of MLIs depends on GDNF receptors GFRα1 and RET...
June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589166/elevated-glutamate-and-lactate-predict-brain-death-after-severe-head-trauma
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Marco A Stefani, Rafael Modkovski, Gisele Hansel, Eduardo R Zimmer, Afonso Kopczynski, Alexandre P Muller, Nathan R Strogulski, Marcelo S Rodolphi, Randhall K Carteri, André P Schmidt, Jean P Oses, Douglas H Smith, Luis V Portela
OBJECTIVE: Clinical neurological assessment is challenging for severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients in the acute setting. Waves of neurochemical abnormalities that follow TBI may serve as fluid biomarkers of neurological status. We assessed the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of glutamate, lactate, BDNF, and GDNF, to identify potential prognostic biomarkers of neurological outcome. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out in a total of 20 consecutive patients (mean [SD] age, 29 [13] years; M/F, 9:1) with severe TBI Glasgow Coma Scale ≤ 8 and abnormal computed tomography scan on admission...
June 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582866/neurodegenerative-markers-are-increased-in-postmortem-ba21-tissue-from-african-americans-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Sherry A Ferguson, John J Panos, Daniel Sloper, Vijayalakshmi Varma
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) presents with an earlier onset age and increased symptom severity in African Americans and Hispanics. OBJECTIVE: Although the prevalence of plaques and tangles may not exhibit ethnicity-related differences, levels of neurodegenerative proteins have not been described. METHODS: Here, levels of five proteins (i.e., S100B, sRAGE, GDNF, Aβ40, and Aβ42) and the Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio were measured in postmortem samples of the middle temporal gyrus (BA21) from age-matched African Americans and Caucasians with AD (n = 6/gender/ethnicity)...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581212/glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factor-promotes-dental-pulp-stem-cell-migration
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Nan Xiao, Wei Ye Yu, Dawei Liu
Preserving the vitality of the teeth is critical in maintaining the function and esthetics of teeth during dental treatment. Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are mesenchymal cells that are demonstrated to possess stem cell properties, such as self-renewal, proliferation and pluripotency. DPSCs can be obtained through non-invasive procedure from the dental pulp and become potential resources for tissue regeneration. Neurotrophic factors are known to promote survival and growth of neurons. In the present study, we examined the expression of the glial cell derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family ligands and receptors, and characterized the intracellular localization of them in DPSCs...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577058/type-b-and-a-monoamine-oxidase-and-their-inhibitors-regulate-the-gene-expression-of-bcl-2-and-neurotrophic-factors-in-human-glioblastoma-u118mg-cells-different-signal-pathways-for-neuroprotection-by-selegiline-and-rasagiline
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Keiko Inaba-Hasegawa, Masayo Shamoto-Nagai, Wakako Maruyama, Makoto Naoi
Type B monoamine oxidase (MAO-B) in glial cells has been considered to be associated with neuronal death in Parkinson's disease. MAO-B inhibitors, rasagiline and selegiline [(-)deprenyl], protect neurons in animal and cellular models of neurodegeneration. However, the role of MAO-B itself in the regulation of cell death processing remains elusive, whereas type A MAO (MAO-A) mediates the induction of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 genes by rasagiline and selegiline. In this paper, the involvement of MAOs in the induction of neuroprotective genes by MAO inhibitors was investigated in human glioblastoma U118MG cells expressing mainly MAO-B...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565804/schwann-cells-promote-the-capability-of-neural-stem-cells-to-differentiate-into-neurons-and-secret-neurotrophic-factors
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Ziwei Yu, Yongzhi Men, Pin Dong
The present study investigated whether co-culturing Schwann cells (SCs) with neural stem cells (NSCs) improves viability, direction of differentiation and secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in NSCs. The three groups assessed were as follows: SCs, NSCs, and a co-culture of SCs and NSCs. Cellular morphological changes were observed under an inverted phase contrast microscope and quantified. Cells were identified by immunofluorescence staining: S100 for SCs, Nestin for NSCs, microtubule associated protein (Map) 2 and NeuN for neurons and glial fibrillary acidic protein for astrocytes...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559549/re-exposure-to-nicotine-associated-context-from-adolescence-enhances-alcohol-intake-in-adulthood
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Dor Zipori, Yossi Sadot-Sogrin, Koral Goltseker, Oren Even-Chen, Nofar Rahamim, Ohad Shaham, Segev Barak
Alcohol and nicotine are the two most commonly-abused substances and are often used together. Nicotine enhances alcohol-drinking behaviors in humans and in animals, and was suggested to enhance the reinforcing properties of other reinforcers. Here, we show that nicotine-associated environment, rather than nicotine itself, enhances alcohol intake in rats. Adolescent rats received repeated intermittent injections of nicotine (0.4 mg/kg, i.p., 5 injections, every 3(rd) day) or saline. The injection was paired with their home cage, or with the subsequent alcohol self-administration context...
May 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553166/recombinant-aav8-mediated-intrastriatal-gene-delivery-of-cdnf-protects-rats-against-methamphetamine-neurotoxicity
#16
Lizheng Wang, Zixuan Wang, Xiaoyu Xu, Rui Zhu, Jinpeng Bi, Wenmo Liu, Xinyao Feng, Hui Wu, Haihong Zhang, Jiaxin Wu, Wei Kong, Bin Yu, Xianghui Yu
Methamphetamine (METH) exerts significant neurotoxicity in experimental animals and humans when taken at high doses or abused chronically. Long-term abusers have decreased dopamine levels, and they are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease (PD). To date, few medications are available to treat the METH-induced damage of neurons. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been previously shown to reduce the dopamine-depleting effects of neurotoxic doses of METH. However, the effect of cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), which has been reported to be more specific and efficient than GDNF in protecting dopaminergic neurons against 6-OHDA toxicity, in attenuating METH neurotoxicity has not been determined...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553016/urinary-levels-of-il-1%C3%AE-and-gdnf-in-preterm-neonates-as-potential-biomarkers-of-motor-development-a-prospective-study
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Rafael Coelho Magalhães, Janaina Matos Moreira, Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Natália Pessoa Rocha, Débora Marques Miranda, Ana Cristina Simões E Silva
Objectives. To evaluate the association between inflammatory biomarkers, neurotrophic factors, birth conditions, and the presence of motor development abnormalities in preterm neonates. Methods. Plasma and urinary levels of cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10, TNF, and IL-12p70), chemokines (CXCL8/IL-8, CCL2/MCP-1, CCL5/RANTES, CXCL10/IP-10, and CXCL9/MIG), and neurotrophic factors (BDNF and GDNF) were evaluated in 40 preterm neonates born between 28 and 32 incomplete weeks of gestation, at four distinct time points: at birth (umbilical cord blood) (T0), at 48 (T1), at 72 hours (T2), and at 3 weeks after birth (T3)...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540987/lack-of-aberrant-methylation-in-an-adjacent-area-of-left-sided-colorectal-cancer
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Otgontuya Sambuudash, Hyun Soo Kim, Mee Yon Cho
PURPOSE: The molecular nature and the rate-limiting step of epigenetic field defects in the evolution of left-sided colorectal cancer (LCA) remain uncertain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methylation status of 27 candidate field defect markers, six classic CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) markers, and LINE-1 were determined in LCA and adjacent normal mucosas (ADJs) from 33 LCA patients and in left normal colorectal mucosa (LNM) from 33 age- and sex-matched controls...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529158/evaluation-of-direct-and-cell-mediated-triple-gene-therapy-in-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats
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Rustem Robertovich Islamov, Andrey Alexandrovich Izmailov, Mikhail Evgenyevich Sokolov, Philip Olegovich Fadeev, Farid Vagizovich Bashirov, Anton Alexandrovich Eremeev, Gulnara Ferdinantovna Shaymardanova, Maxim Michaylovich Shmarov, Boris Savelyevich Naroditskiy, Yuri Alexandrovich Chelyshev, Igor Aleksandrovich Lavrov, András Palotás
Current treatment options for spinal cord injury (SCI) are scarce. One of the most promising innovative approaches include gene-therapy, however no single gene has so far been shown to be of clinical relevance. This study investigates the efficacy of various combinations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), angiogenin (ANG) and neuronal cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) in rats. Multiple therapeutic genes were administered intrathecally either via adenoviral vectors or by using genetically modified human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (hUCBMCs)...
May 18, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511006/novel-focused-ultrasound-gene-therapy-approach-noninvasively-restores-dopaminergic-neuron-function-in-a-rat-parkinson-s-disease-model
#20
Brian P Mead, Namho Kim, G Wilson Miller, David Hodges, Panagiotis Mastorakos, Alexander L Klibanov, James W Mandell, Jay Hirsh, Jung Soo Suk, Justin Hanes, Richard J Price
Therapies capable of decelerating, or perhaps even halting, neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD) remain elusive. Clinical trials of PD gene therapy testing the delivery of neurotrophic factors, such as the glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been largely ineffective due to poor vector distribution throughout the diseased regions in the brain. In addition, current delivery strategies involve invasive procedures that obviate the inclusion of early stage patients who are most likely to benefit from GDNF-based gene therapy...
June 14, 2017: Nano Letters
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