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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918494/betaine-in-the-brain-characterization-of-betaine-uptake-its-influence-on-other-osmolytes-and-its-potential-role-in-neuroprotection-from-osmotic-stress
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Leena S Knight, Quinn Piibe, Ian Lambie, Christopher Perkins, Paul H Yancey
Betaine (N-trimethylglycine), a common osmolyte, has received attention because of the number of clinical reports associating betaine supplementation with improved cognition, neuroprotection and exercise physiology. However, tissue analyses report little accumulation of betaine in brain tissue despite the presence of betaine/GABA transporters (BGT1) at the blood brain barrier and in nervous tissue, calling into question whether betaine influences neuronal function directly or indirectly. Therefore, the focus of this study was to determine what capacity nervous tissue has to accumulate betaine, specifically in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory and one that is particularly susceptible to damage (e...
September 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918348/enhancing-protein-to-extremely-high-content-in-photosynthetic-bacteria-during-biogas-slurry-treatment
#2
Anqi Yang, Guangming Zhang, Fan Meng, Pei Lu, Xintian Wang, Meng Peng
This work proposed a novel approach to achieve an extremely high protein content in photosynthetic bacteria (PSB) using biogas slurry as a culturing medium. The results showed the protein content of PSB could be enhanced strongly to 90% in the biogas slurry, which was much higher than reported microbial protein contents. The slurry was partially purified at the same time. Dark-aerobic was more beneficial than light-anaerobic condition for protein accumulation. High salinity and high ammonia of the biogas slurry were the main causes for protein enhancement...
August 20, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918258/olfactory-function-in-an-excitotoxic-model-for-secondary-neuronal-degeneration-role-of-dopaminergic-interneurons
#3
Concepció Marin, Sara Laxe, Cristobal Langdon, Joan Berenguer, Eduardo Lehrer, Franklin Mariño-Sánchez, Isam Alobid, Montserrat Bernabeu, Joaquim Mullol
Secondary neuronal degeneration (SND) occurring in Traumatic brain injury (TBI) consists in downstream destructive events affecting cells that were not or only marginally affected by the initial wound, further increasing the effects of the primary injury. Glutamate excitotoxicity is hypothesized to play an important role in SND. TBI is a common cause of olfactory dysfunction that may be spontaneous and partially recovered. The role of the glutamate excitotoxicity in the TBI-induced olfactory dysfunction is still unknown...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918254/permissive-role-for-mglu1-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-in-excitotoxic-retinal-degeneration
#4
Francesca Liberatore, Domenico Bucci, Giada Mascio, Michele Madonna, Paola Di Pietro, Martina Beneventano, Alda Maria Puliti, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Maria Rosaria Romano
Neuroprotection is an unmet need in eye disorders characterized by retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death, such as prematurity-induced retinal degeneration, glaucoma, and age- related macular degeneration. In all these disorders excitotoxicity is a prominent component of neuronal damage, but clinical data discourage the development of NMDA receptor antagonists as neuroprotectants. Here, we show that activation of mGlu1 metabotropic glutamate receptors largely contributes to excitotoxic degeneration of RGCs. Mice at postnatal day 9 were challenged with a toxic dose of monosodium glutamate (MSG, 3 g/kg), which caused the death of >70% of Brn-3a(+) RGCs...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917928/cell-interactive-alginate-chitosan-biopolymer-systems-with-tunable-mechanics-and-antibody-release-rates
#5
Nathan A Fletcher, Evelyn L Von Nieda, Melissa D Krebs
This work investigates techniques to produce biocompatible hydrogels with tunable stiffness without the addition of crosslinking agents or altering cell binding sites. Alginate and water-soluble chitosan salts were used to form polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), where the storage and loss moduli could be increased by raising gelation temperatures. The largest change, a 6.5-fold increase in storage modulus, occurred when the crosslinking temperature was increased from 37 to 50°C while using chitosan with chlorine counterions...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917487/glutamate-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-oxidative-damage-and-mrna-expression-changes-of-tight-junction-and-defensin-proteins-inflammatory-and-apoptosis-response-signaling-molecules-in-the-intestine-of-fish
#6
Jun Jiang, Long Yin, Jin-Yang Li, Qian Li, Dan Shi, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Pei Wu, Ye Zhao, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
The present study explored the possible preventive effects of dietary glutamate (Glu) on LPS-induced oxidative damage, mRNA expression changes of tight junction (TJ) proteins and defensins, inflammatory and apoptosis response signaling molecules in fish intestine. Young Jian carp were fed five diets supplemental graded levels of Glu (0, 4, 8, 16 and 32 g kg(-1) diet) for 63 days. The results indicated that Glu supplementation depressed LPS induced the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and severe oxidative damage (lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation) in fish intestine, which was partially due to the increased glutathione (GSH) content and antioxidant enzyme activities including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione-S-transferase (GST), and glutathione reductase (GR) (P < 0...
September 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916503/altered-serotonergic-and-gabaergic-neurotransmission-in-a-mice-model-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#7
Christine Winter, Dana M Greene, Paraskevi Mavrogiorgou, Helge Schaper, Reinhard Sohr, Abel Bult-Ito, Georg Juckel
There is ample evidence that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is based on reduced serotonergic function. Replicated bidirectional selection for thermoregulatory nest-building behavior in the laboratory house mouse (Mus musculus) resulted in compulsive-like, non-compulsive-like and randomly bred control mice that represent a non-induced animal model of OCD. The present study aimed at investigating the neurochemical patterns in specific brain regions of compulsive-like (HA) versus non-compulsive-like (LA) and normal (CA) mice...
September 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916328/primary-hippocampal-neuronal-cell-death-induction-after-acute-and-repeated-paraquat-exposures-mediated-by-ache-variants-alteration-and-cholinergic-and-glutamatergic-transmission-disruption
#8
Javier Del Pino, Paula Moyano, Gloria Gómez Díaz, María José Anadon, Maria Jesus Diaz, José Manuel García, Margarita Lobo, Adela Pelayo, Emma Sola, María Teresa Frejo
Paraquat (PQ) is a widely used non-selective contact herbicide shown to produce memory and learning deficits after acute and repeated exposure similar to those induced in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the complete mechanisms through which it induces these effects are unknown. On the other hand, cholinergic and glutamatergic systems, mainly in the hippocampus, are involved on learning, memory and cell viability regulation. An alteration of hippocampal cholinergic or glutamatergic transmissions or neuronal cell loss may induce these effects...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916137/oxytocin-induces-penile-erection-and-yawning-when-injected-into-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-involvement-of-glutamic-acid-dopamine-and-nitric-oxide
#9
Fabrizio Sanna, Jessica Bratzu, Antonio Argiolas, Maria Rosaria Melis
Oxytocin (5-100ng), but not Arg(8)-vasopressin (100ng), injected unilaterally into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) induces penile erection and yawning in a dose-dependent manner in male rats. The minimal effective dose was 20ng for penile erection and 5ng for yawning. Oxytocin responses were abolished not only by the oxytocin receptor antagonist d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1μg), but also by (+) MK-801 (1μg), an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist of the N-methyl-d-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype, SCH 23390 (1μg), a D1 receptor antagonist, but not haloperidol (1μg), a D2 receptor antagonist, and SMTC (40μg), an inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase, injected into the BNST 15min before oxytocin...
September 12, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915388/epa-and-dha-but-not-ala-have-antidepressant-effects-with-17%C3%AE-estradiol-injection-via-regulation-of-a-neurobiological-system-in-ovariectomized-rats
#10
Jeong-Eun Choi, Yongsoon Park
Our previous studies found that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and estrogen had synergistic antidepressant-like effects. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that three major n-3 PUFAs, α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), individually had antidepressant effects combined with 17β-estradiol-3-benzoate (E) through a neurobiological pathway in ovariectomized rats. Rats were fed a modified American Institute of Nutrition-93G diet with 0% n-3 PUFAs and 1% ALA, EPA and DHA relative to total energy intake for 12 weeks and were injected with corn oil or E every 4 days during the last 3 weeks...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915355/thiamin-deficiency-on-fetal-brain-development-with-and-without-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
#11
Olena Kloss, Michael Eskin, Miyoung Suh
Adequate thiamin levels are crucial for optimal health, through maintenance of homeostasis and viability of metabolic enzymes, which require thiamine as a co-factor. Thiamin deficiency occurs during pregnancy when dietary intake is inadequate or excessive alcohol is consumed. Thiamin deficiency leads to brain dysfunction due to its involvement in synthesis of myelin and neurotransmitters (eg. acetylcholine, γ-aminobutyric acid, glutamate), and increases oxidative stress by decreasing the production of reducing agents...
September 15, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915340/metabolic-profile-of-visual-cortex-in-diabetic-rats-measured-with-in-vivo-proton-mrs
#12
Shuang Li, Xinghua Wang, Junjie Yang, Hao Lei, Xuxia Wang, Yi Xiang
The purpose of the present study was to characterize the metabolic profile of the visual cortex in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 diabetic rats by means of in vivo proton MRS. Several metabolite concentration ratios in the visual cortex were calculated. In addition, postmortem histologic analyses for retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve injury and visual cortex alterations were monitored. The results showed that diabetes induced several changes in visual cortex metabolites, such as reduced N-acetylaspartate, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid, taurine and choline-containing compound levels...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915314/-1-h-mrs-processing-parameters-affect-metabolite-quantification-the-urgent-need-for-uniform-and-transparent-standardization
#13
Alex A Bhogal, Remmelt R Schür, Lotte C Houtepen, Bart van de Bank, Vincent O Boer, Anouk Marsman, Peter B Barker, Tom W J Scheenen, Jannie P Wijnen, Christiaan H Vinkers, Dennis W J Klomp
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H-MRS) can be used to quantify in vivo metabolite levels, such as lactate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu). However, there are considerable analysis choices which can alter the accuracy or precision of (1) H-MRS metabolite quantification. It is currently unknown to what extent variations in the analysis pipeline used to quantify (1) H-MRS data affect outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the quantification of identical (1) H-MRS scans across independent and experienced research groups would yield comparable results...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915088/abiotic-and-biotic-formation-of-amino-acids-in-the-enceladus-ocean
#14
Elliot L Steel, Alfonso Davila, Christopher P McKay
The active plume at Enceladus' south pole makes the indirect sampling of its global ocean possible. The partially resolved chemistry of the plume, which points to conditions that are seemingly compatible with life, has made orbital sampling missions a priority. We present a conceptual model of energy flux, hydrothermal H2 production, and both abiotic and biotic production of amino acids. Based on the energy flux observed at the south pole and the inferred internal hydrothermal activity, we estimate an H2 production of 0...
September 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914603/synaptic-up-scaling-preserves-motor-circuit-output-after-chronic-natural-inactivity
#15
Joseph M Santin, Mauricio Vallejo, Lynn K Hartzler
Neural systems use homeostatic plasticity to maintain normal brain functions and to prevent abnormal activity.  Surprisingly, homeostatic mechanisms that regulate circuit output have mainly been demonstrated during artificial and/or pathological perturbations.  Natural, physiological scenarios that activate these stabilizing mechanisms in neural networks of mature animals remain elusive.  To establish the extent to which a naturally inactive circuit engages mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity, we utilized the respiratory motor circuit in bullfrogs that normally remains inactive for several months during the winter...
September 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914419/social-isolation-during-adolescence-induces-anxiety-behaviors-and-enhances-firing-activity-in-bla-pyramidal-neurons-via-mglur5-upregulation
#16
Song Lin, Xin Li, Yi-Hua Chen, Feng Gao, Hao Chen, Neng-Yuan Hu, Lang Huang, Zheng-Yi Luo, Ji-Hong Liu, Qiang-Long You, Ya-Nan Yin, Ze-Lin Li, Xiao-Wen Li, Zhuo-Jun Du, Jian-Ming Yang, Tian-Ming Gao
Social isolation during the vulnerable period of adolescence contributes to the occurrence of psychiatric disorders and profoundly affects brain development and adult behavior. Although the impact of social isolation during adolescence on anxiety behaviors has been well studied, much less is known about the onset and underlying mechanisms of these behaviors. We observed that following 2 weeks, but not 1 week, of social isolation, adolescent mice exhibited anxiety behaviors. Strikingly, the mGluR5 protein levels in the amygdala increased concomitantly with anxiety behaviors, and both intraperitoneal administration and intra-basolateral amygdala (BLA) infusion of MPEP, a metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 antagonist, normalized anxiety behaviors...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913875/alterations-in-the-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-ligand-thrombospondin-1-in-a-rat-model-of-spontaneous-absence-epilepsy-and-in-patients-with-idiopathic-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
#17
Ines Santolini, Roberta Celli, Milena Cannella, Tiziana Imbriglio, Michela Guiducci, Pasquale Parisi, Julian Schubert, Michele Iacomino, Federico Zara, Holger Lerche, Slavianka Moyanova, Richard Teke Ngomba, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Pasquale Striano, Ferdinando Nicoletti
OBJECTIVES: Thrombospondins, which are known to interact with the α2 δ subunit of voltage-sensitive calcium channels to stimulate the formation of excitatory synapses, have recently been implicated in the process of epileptogenesis. No studies have been so far performed on thrombospondins in models of absence epilepsy. We examined whether expression of the gene encoding for thrombospondin-1 was altered in the brain of WAG/Rij rats, which model absence epilepsy in humans. In addition, we examined the frequency of genetic variants of THBS1 in a large cohort of children affected by idiopathic/genetic generalized epilepsies (IGE/GGEs)...
September 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913566/adar-rna-editing-in-human-disease-more-to-it-than-meets-the-i
#18
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Angela Gallo, Dragana Vukic, David Michalík, Mary A O'Connell, Liam P Keegan
We review the structures and functions of ADARs and their involvements in human diseases. ADAR1 is widely expressed, particularly in the myeloid component of the blood system, and plays a prominent role in promiscuous editing of long dsRNA. Missense mutations that change ADAR1 residues and reduce RNA editing activity cause Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, a childhood encephalitis and interferonopathy that mimics viral infection and resembles an extreme form of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE). In Adar1 mouse mutant models aberrant interferon expression is prevented by eliminating interferon activation signaling from cytoplasmic dsRNA sensors, indicating that unedited cytoplasmic dsRNA drives the immune induction...
September 14, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912901/can-a-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-act-as-a-glutamatergic-modulator
#19
Marcos Emilio Frizzo
Sertraline (Zoloft) and fluoxetine (Prozac) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors whose antidepressant mechanism of action is classically attributed to an elevation of the extracellular levels of serotonin in the synaptic cleft. However, the biological effects of these drugs seem to be more complex than their traditionally described mechanism of action. Among their actions is the inhibition of different types of Na(+) and K(+) channels, as well as of glutamate uptake activity. The clearance of extracellular glutamate is essential to maintain the central nervous system within physiological conditions, and this excitatory neurotransmitter is removed from the synaptic cleft by astrocyte transporters...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912863/a-novel-mutation-in-the-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-1%C3%AE-gene-in-maturity-onset-diabetes-of-the-young-5-with-multiple-renal-cysts-and-pancreas-hypogenesis-a-case-report
#20
You Lv, Zhuo Li, Kan He, Ying Gao, Xianchao Xiao, Yujia Liu, Guixia Wang
A 17-year-old Chinese male was hospitalized exhibiting hyperglycemia and increased serum urea nitrogen and creatinine levels in addition to weight loss. The patient was treated with gliclazide. The patient was 150 cm tall, weighed 35 kg and had no family history of diabetes or kidney disease. Physical examination revealed cephalus quadratus, rachitic rosary and a visible toe-out gait. Laboratory examinations revealed that the patient's fasting plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels were markedly increased, fasting plasma C-peptide level was slightly increased and no peak 2 h postprandial was observed...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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