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Bowen Niu, Bo Li, Chongyang Wu, Jiang Wu, Yuan Yan, Rui Shang, Chunling Bai, Guangpeng Li, Jinlian Hua
Melatonin has been reported to be an important endogenous hormone for regulating neurogenesis, immunityand the biological clock. Recently, the effects of melatonin on neural stem cells (NSCs), mesenchymal stem cells(MSCs), and induced pluripotent stem cells(iPSCs) have been reported; however, the effects of melatonin on spermatogonia stem cells (SSCs) are not clear. Here, 1μM and 1nM melatonin was added to medium when goat SSCs were cultured in vitro, the results showed that melatonin could increase the formation and size of SSC colonies...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Andrea B Agarwal, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Amy L Altick, David R Quilici, Dan Wen, L Alan Johnson, Christopher S von Bartheld
Purpose: To determine whether structural protein composition and expression of key regulatory genes are altered in strabismic human extraocular muscles. Methods: Samples from strabismic horizontal extraocular muscles were obtained during strabismus surgery and compared with normal muscles from organ donors. We used proteomics, standard and customized PCR arrays, and microarrays to identify changes in major structural proteins and changes in gene expression. We focused on muscle and connective tissue and its control by enzymes, growth factors, and cytokines...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Rosalia Pellitteri, Roberta Bonfanti, Michela Spatuzza, Maria Teresa Cambria, Mariacristina Ferrara, Giuseppina Raciti, Agata Campisi
Herein, we assessed in a particular glial cell type, called olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), the effect of some growth factors (GFs) on tissue transglutaminase (TG2) overexpression induced by amyloid-beta (Aβ) with native full-length peptide 1-42 or by fragments, 25-35 or 35-25, as control. Previously, we demonstrated that TG2 overexpression induced by some stressors was down-regulated by GFs exposure in OECs. To monitor cell viability, an MTT test was used, while TG2 expression was examined using immunocytochemical and Western blot analysis...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Mihwa Kim, Ji-Yeon Jung, Seungho Choi, Hyunseung Lee, Liza D Morales, Jeong-Tae Koh, Sun Hun Kim, Yoo-Duk Choi, Chan Choi, Thomas J Slaga, Won Jae Kim, Dae Joon Kim
Recent progress in chemotherapy has significantly increased its efficacy, yet the development of chemoresistance remains a major drawback. In this study, we show that GFRA1/GFRα1 (GDNF family receptor alpha 1), contributes to cisplatin-induced chemoresistance by regulating autophagy in osteosarcoma. We demonstrate that cisplatin treatment induced GFRA1 expression in human osteosarcoma cells. Induction of GFRA1 expression reduced cisplatin-induced apoptotic cell death and it significantly increased osteosarcoma cell survival via autophagy...
October 18, 2016: Autophagy
Daniel Enterría-Morales, Ivette López-López, José López-Barneo, Xavier d'Anglemont de Tassigny
Gender difference in Parkinson's disease (PD) suggests that female sex steroids may promote dopaminergic neuron survival and protect them from degeneration. The glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is believed to be dopaminotrophic; thus it is considered as a potential therapeutic target in PD. Additionally, GDNF is endogenously synthetized in the caudate/putamen of humans and striatum in rodents. A neuroprotective role of estrogens on the nigrostriatal pathway via the stimulation of GDNF has been proposed...
2016: PloS One
Fumio Tanaka, Kazunari Tominaga, Yoshiko Fujikawa, Yasuaki Nagami, Noriko Kamata, Hirokazu Yamagami, Tetsuya Tanigawa, Masatsugu Shiba, Toshio Watanabe, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Tetsuo Arakawa
BACKGROUND: In patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), mild duodenal inflammation correlates with increased mucosal permeability. Enteric glial cells can produce glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) to repair disrupted epithelial barrier function. AIMS: We examined the role of duodenal GDNF in FD pathophysiology and its association with dyspeptic symptoms. METHODS: Duodenal biopsies taken from FD patients and control subjects were used for analysis...
October 7, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Zhuofeng Ding, Wei Xu, Jie Zhang, Wangyuan Zou, Qulian Guo, Changsheng Huang, Chang Liu, Tao Zhong, Jun-Ming Zhang, Zongbin Song
Bone cancer pain (BCP) is the most common complication in patients with bone cancer. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is believed to be involved in chronic pain conditions. In this article, the expression and roles of GDNF were studied in a rat model of BCP induced by tibia injection of Walker 256 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells. Significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia and ongoing pain were observed beginning as early as day 5 post injection. The expression level of GDNF protein examined on day 16 after tibia injection was decreased in the L3 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and lumbar spinal cord, but not in other spinal levels or the anterior cingulate cortex...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Dolores Irala, Antonela Bonafina, Paula Aldana Fontanet, Fernando Cruz Alsina, Gustavo Paratcha, Fernanda Ledda
The formation of synaptic connections during nervous system development requires the precise control of dendrite growth and synapse formation. Although Glial Cell line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) and its receptor GFRα1 are expressed in the forebrain, the role of this system in hippocampus remains unclear. In this work, we investigated the consequences of GFRα1 deficiency for the development of hippocampal connections. Analysis of conditional GFRα1-knockout mice shows a reduction in dendritic length and complexity, as well as a decrease in postsynaptic density (PSD) specializations and in the synaptic localization of postsynaptic proteins in hippocampal neurons...
October 5, 2016: Development
Jonathan M Peake, Llion A Roberts, Vandre C Figueiredo, Ingrid Egner, Simone Krog, Sigve N Aas, Katsuhiko Suzuki, James F Markworth, Jeff S Coombes, David Cameron-Smith, Truls Raastad
Cold water immersion and active recovery are common post-exercise recovery treatments. However, little is known about whether these treatments influence inflammation and cellular stress in human skeletal muscle after exercise. We compared the effects of cold water immersion versus active recovery on inflammatory cells, pro-inflammatory cytokines, neurotrophins and heat shock proteins (HSPs) in skeletal muscle after intense resistance exercise. Nine active men performed unilateral lower-body resistance exercise on separate days, at least 1 wk apart...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Physiology
D J Vidyadhara, H Yarreiphang, T R Raju, Phalguni Anand Alladi
Disease genetics in admixed populations like Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, etc. are gaining importance due to high disease burden in them. Furthermore, epidemiological studies conclusively prove ethnicity-based differential prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD), since the American-Caucasians are more susceptible than Asian-Indians and Africans. Contradictorily, Anglo-Indians, an admixture of Europeans and Asian-Indians are five-times less susceptible than Indians. We evaluated the neural basis of this phenomenon using the cytomorphological features of susceptibility to nigrostriatal neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Elisa Garbayo, Eduardo Ansorena, Hugo Lana, María Del Mar Carmona-Abellan, Irene Marcilla, José Luis Lanciego, María Rosario Luquin, María José Blanco-Prieto
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) remains the most potent neurotrophic factor for dopamine neurons. Despite its potential as treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), its clinical application has been hampered by safety and efficacy concerns associated with GDNF's short in vivo half-life and with significant brain delivery obstacles. Drug formulation systems such as microparticles (MPs) may overcome these issues providing protein protection from degradation and sustained drug release over time...
December 2016: Biomaterials
Hiromi Abe, Kazue Hisaoka-Nakashima, Naoto Kajitani, Mami Okada-Tsuchioka, Ryoya Yano, Kei Itagaki, Chiyo Shibasaki, Norimitsu Morioka, Yoshihiro Nakata, Minoru Takebayashi
Neurotrophic/growth factors derived from glial cells, especially astrocytes, have been implicated in mood disorders and the pharmacological effects of antidepressant drugs. Previous studies demonstrated that the release of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) induced by the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline was significantly inhibited by a broad-spectrum matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor in rat C6 astroglial cells (C6 cells). However, it is unknown whether amitriptyline affects MMP enzymatic activity or expression, and the MMP subtype has yet to be identified...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Abhijeet R Joshi, Laura Holtmann, Ilja Bobylev, Christian Schneider, Christian Ritter, Joachim Weis, Helmar C Lehmann
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is often associated with chronic disability, which can be accounted to incomplete regeneration of injured axons. We hypothesized that Schwann cell support for regenerating axons may be altered in CIDP, which may account for the poor clinical recovery seen in many patients. METHODS: We exposed human and rodent Schwann cells to sera from CIDP patients and controls. In a model of chronic nerve denervation, we transplanted these conditioned Schwann cells intraneurally and assessed their capacity to support axonal regeneration by electrophysiology and morphometry...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Daniel Cortés, Yolanda Robledo-Arratia, Ricardo Hernández-Martínez, Itzel Escobedo-Ávila, José Bargas, Iván Velasco
Embryonic stem cells (ESC) are pluripotent and thus can differentiate into every cell type present in the body. Directed differentiation into motor neurons (MNs) has been described for pluripotent cells. Although neurotrophic factors promote neuronal survival, their role in neuronal commitment is elusive. Here, we developed double-transgenic lines of mouse ESC (mESC) that constitutively produce glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and also contain a GFP reporter, driven by HB9, which is expressed only by postmitotic MNs...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Fei Wang, Hongfei Xiang, Gregory Fischer, Zhen Liu, Matthew J Dupont, Quinn H Hogan, Hongwei Yu
In dorsal root ganglia (DRG), satellite glial cells (SGCs) tightly ensheathe the somata of primary sensory neurons to form functional sensory units. SGCs are identified by their flattened and irregular morphology and expression of a variety of specific marker proteins. In this report, we present evidence that the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A synthase isoenzymes 1 and 2 (HMGCS1 and HMGCS2) are abundantly expressed in SGCs. Immunolabeling with the validated antibodies revealed that both HMGCS1 and HMGCS2 are highly colabeled with a selection of SGC markers, including GS, GFAP, Kir4...
September 23, 2016: Brain Research
Y A Sidorova, M Saarma
Four glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family ligands (GFLs) have been characterized: GDNF, neurturin (NRTN), artemin (ARTN) and persephin (PSPN). These proteins support and restore multiple neuronal populations such as dopaminergic, sensory, motor, hippocampal, basal forebrain, enteric, sympathetic and parasympathetic neurons. Therefore, GFLs attracted significant attention as a potential cure for the diseases caused by neuronal injury and degeneration. Results of multiple experiments indicate that GFLs can alleviate behavioral symptoms and restore affected neurons in animal models of several neurological disorders including, among others, Parkinson's disease (PD)...
July 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
Sandhya Anand, Deepa Bhartiya, Kalpana Sriraman, Alpna Mallick
Very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) exist among spermatogonial stem cells and survive chemotherapy in both mice and human testes because of their relatively quiescent nature. Our earlier study revealed that inter-tubular transplantation of niche (Sertoli or bone marrow derived mesenchymal) cells can restore spermatogenesis from endogenous surviving VSELs. Present study was undertaken to delineate the effect of busulphan on testicular stem/germ/Sertoli cells and to comprehend the underlying mechanisms of how transplanted niche cells restore spermatogenesis...
September 23, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
Marie-Francoise Doursout, Yangyan Liang, Mya C Schiess, Angelica Padilla, Brian J Poindexter, Diane L M Hickson-Bick, Roger J Bick
BACKGROUND: Specific factors in Parkinson's disease have become targets as to their protective and degenerative effects. We have demonstrated that cytokines and PD-CSF detrimentally affect microglia and astrocyte growth. While glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has been recognized as a possible neuron-rescue agent, nitric oxide synthase (NOS) has been implicated in neurodegenerative processes. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that glial cell activation, cytokine production, and NOS induction, play an intimate role in the loss of dopaminergic signaling, via mechanisms that are a result of inflammation and inflammatory stimuli...
2016: Open Neurology Journal
Yuanchao Cao, Xinsheng Wang, Shenqian Li, Hongqiang Wang, Lei Yu, Peitao Wang
In order to explore the possibility of L-carnitine (LC) as a protector of male fertility in chemotherapy, we observed the damage of cyclophosphamide (CTX) to Sertoli cells and the protective effect of LC on the testis Sertoli cells from such damage in this study. Healthy adult male mice were divided into three groups. Chemotherapy group were injected intraperitoneally with the CTX; Protective agent group were injected both LC and CTX; Control group mice were injected only with isochoric physiological saline; all once a day for 5 days...
September 21, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Hotaka Matsui, Biljana Musicki, Nikolai A Sopko, Xiaopu Liu, Paula J Hurley, Arthur L Burnett, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Johanna L Hannan
OBJECTIVE: To assess neurite sprouting and gene expression of neurotrophic factors, nerve markers and apoptosis in the major pelvic ganglia (MPG) of T2DM rats as it relates to erectile function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male rats were fed high-fat diet (HFD) for 2 weeks followed by 2 low-dose injections of streptozotocin (20mg/kg). In three groups (controls, 3 week or 5 week T2DM) erectile function was measured by ratios of intracavernosal pressure to mean arterial pressure after cavernous nerve stimulation...
September 14, 2016: Urology
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