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Jorge A Avila, Roseanna M Zanca, Denis Shor, Nicholas Paleologos, Amber A Alliger, Maria E Figueiredo-Pereira, Peter A Serrano
Methamphetamine (MA) is an addictive drug with neurotoxic effects on the brain producing cognitive impairment and increasing the risk for neurodegenerative disease. Research has focused largely on examining the neurochemical and behavioral deficits induced by injecting relatively high doses of MA [30 mg/kg of body weight (bw)] identifying the upper limits of MA-induced neurotoxicity. Accordingly, we have developed an appetitive mouse model of voluntary oral MA administration (VOMA) based on the consumption of a palatable sweetened oatmeal mash containing a known amount of MA...
February 2018: Heliyon
Jordi Boix, Daniela von Hieber, Bronwen Connor
Computer-supported gait analysis has proven to be effective for the comprehensive assessment of gait changes in rodent models of neurodegenerative and neurological disorders. However, full characterization of individual gait parameters is required for specific neurological or neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Gait disturbances in particular present as the most constraining set of symptoms in PD, finally depriving patients from most activities of normal daily living. In this study, we have characterized the gait pattern abnormalities observed in two rat models of PD: the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) 6-OHDA lesion model and the striatal 6-OHDA lesion model...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Yongchul Jang, Insu Kwon, Wankeun Song, Ludmila M Cosio-Lima, Youngil Lee
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra, leading to motor dysfunction. Growing evidence has demonstrated that endurance exercise (EE) confers neuroprotection against PD; However, the exact molecular mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced protection of dopaminergic neurons in PD remain unclear. Since oxidative stress plays a key role in the degenerative process of PD. We investigated whether EE-induced neuroprotection is associated with enhanced antioxidative capacity and autophagy, using a mouse model of PD induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) administration...
March 17, 2018: Neuroscience
Pennapa Chonpathompikunlert, Phetcharat Boonruamkaew, Wanida Sukketsiri, Pilaiwanwadee Hutamekalin, Morakot Sroyraya
BACKGROUND: Apium graveolens L. is a traditional Chinese medicine prescribed as a treatment for hypertension, gout, and diabetes. This study aimed to determine the neuroprotective effects of A. graveolens extract against a Parkinson's disease (PD) model induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) in C57BL/6 mice. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice treated with MPTP were orally dosed with A. graveolens extract daily for 21 days. Behavioral tests, including a rotarod apparatus, a narrow beam test, a drag test, a grid walk test, a swimming test, and a resting tremor evaluation, were performed...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rosalia Crupi, Daniela Impellizzeri, Marika Cordaro, Rosalba Siracusa, Giovanna Casili, Maurizio Evangelista, Salvatore Cuzzocrea
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Aging is a major risk factor for idiopathic PD. Several prior studies examined the neuroprotective effects of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), alone or combined with antioxidants, in a model of PD induced by the dopaminergic toxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP). Here, we analyzed the pretreatment effect of micronized PEA (PEAm) on neuroinflammation and neuronal cell death in the MPTP model...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Bingbing Hou, Liyuan Tao, Xiaoyu Zhu, Wei Wu, Meijin Guo, Jiang Ye, Haizhen Wu, Huizhan Zhang
Global regulator BldA, the only tRNA for a rare leucine codon UUA, is best known for its ability to affect morphological differentiation and secondary metabolism in the genus Streptomyces. In this study, we confirmed the regulatory function of the bldA gene (Genbank accession no. EU124663.1) in Streptomyces lincolnensis. Disruption of bldA hinders the sporulation and lincomycin production, that can recur when complemented with a functional bldA gene. Western blotting assays demonstrate that translation of the lmbB2 gene which encodes a L-tyrosine hydroxylase is absolutely dependent on BldA; however, mistranslation of the lmbU gene which encodes a cluster-situated regulator (CSR) is observed in a bldA mutant...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Xiaoqun Zhang, Ioannis Mantas, Alexandra Alvarsson, Takashi Yoshitake, Mohammadreza Shariatgorji, Marcela Pereira, Anna Nilsson, Jan Kehr, Per E Andrén, Mark J Millan, Karima Chergui, Per Svenningsson
The trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is expressed by dopaminergic neurons, but the precise influence of trace amines upon their functional activity remains to be fully characterized. Here, we examined the regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) by tyramine and beta-phenylethylamine (β-PEA) compared to 3-iodothyronamine (T1 AM). Immunoblotting and amperometry were performed in dorsal striatal slices from wild-type (WT) and TAAR1 knockout (KO) mice. T1 AM increased TH phosphorylation at both Ser19 and Ser40 , actions that should promote functional activity of TH...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Lívia H Morais, Daniela B Hara, Maíra A Bicca, Anicleto Poli, Reinaldo N Takahashi
The factors that trigger the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) are unknown. However, it is suggested that environmental factors, such as exposure to pesticides, play an important role, in addition to genetic predisposition and aging. Early signs of PD can appear in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and in the olfactory system, preceding the onset of motor impairments by many years. The present study assessed the effects of oral rotenone administration (30 mg/kg) in inducing GI and olfactory dysfunctions associated with PD in mice...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Sara Ekmark-Lewén, Veronica Lindström, Astrid Gumucio, Elisabeth Ihse, Anish Behere, Philipp J Kahle, Eva Nordström, Maria Eriksson, Anna Erlandsson, Joakim Bergström, Martin Ingelsson
Introduction: Intraneuronal inclusions of alpha-synuclein are commonly found in the brain of patients with Parkinson's disease and other α-synucleinopathies. The correlation between alpha-synuclein pathology and symptoms has been studied in various animal models. In (Thy-1)-h[A30P] alpha-synuclein transgenic mice, behavioral and motor abnormalities were reported from 12 and 15 months, respectively. The aim of this study was to investigate whether these mice also display symptoms at earlier time points...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Beth Grimmig, Lauren Daly, Meena Subbarayan, Ched Hudson, Robert Williamson, Kevin Nash, Paula C Bickford
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and prevalence increases with age. Normal physiological changes that occur during the aging process reflect the pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease. It is also recognized that age related changes significantly interact with the pathological mechanisms that underlie the neurodegeneration in PD and perpetuate the disease process. Despite the fact that aging is considered to be a primary risk factor for developing PD, the use of aged animal models are still under-utilized in pre-clinical research, thus reducing the translatability of experimental findings...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Tymoteusz Żera, Jacek Przybylski, Tomasz Grygorowicz, Kaja Kasarełło, Martyna Podobińska, Dagmara Mirowska-Guzel, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska
Vasopressin (AVP) maintains body homeostasis by regulating water balance, cardiovascular system and stress response. AVP inhibits breathing through central vasopressin 1a receptors (V1aRs). Chemoreceptors within carotid bodies (CBs) detect chemical and hormonal signals in the bloodstream and provide sensory input to respiratory and cardiovascular centers of the brainstem. In the study we investigated if CBs contain V1aRs and how the receptors are involved in the regulation of ventilation by AVP. We first immunostained CBs for V1aRs and tyrosine hydroxylase, a marker of chemoreceptor type I (glomus) cells...
March 7, 2018: Peptides
Tanja Scherer, Gabriella Allegri, Christineh N Sarkissian, Ming Ying, Hiu Man Grisch-Chan, Anahita Rassi, Shelley R Winn, Cary O Harding, Aurora Martinez, Beat Thöny
Hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) caused by hepatic phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) deficiency has severe consequences on brain monoamine neurotransmitter metabolism. We have studied monoamine neurotransmitter status and the effect of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) treatment in Pahenu1/enu2 (ENU1/2) mice, a model of partial PAH deficiency. These mice exhibit elevated blood L-phenylalanine (L-Phe) concentrations similar to that of mild hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA), but brain levels of L-Phe are still ~5-fold elevated compared to wild-type...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Stefano Cinque, Francesca Zoratto, Anna Poleggi, Damiana Leo, Luca Cerniglia, Silvia Cimino, Renata Tambelli, Enrico Alleva, Raul R Gainetdinov, Giovanni Laviola, Walter Adriani
Alterations in dopamine neurotransmission are generally associated with diseases such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Such diseases typically feature poor decision making and lack of control on executive functions and have been studied through the years using many animal models. Dopamine transporter (DAT) knockout (KO) and heterozygous (HET) mice, in particular, have been widely used to study ADHD. Recently, a strain of DAT KO rats has been developed (1)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Bombi Lee, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma-induced psychiatric disorder characterized by impaired fear extermination, hyperarousal, anxiety, depression, and amnesic symptoms that may involve the release of monoamines in the fear circuit. The present study measured several anxiety-related behavioral responses to examine the effects of berberine (BER) on symptoms of anxiety in rats after single prolonged stress (SPS) exposure, and to determine if BER reversed the dopamine (DA) dysfunction. Rats received BER (10, 20, or 30 mg/kg, intraperitoneally, once daily) for 14 days after SPS exposure...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Bong-Geum Jang, Boyoung Choi, Suyeon Kim, Jae-Yong Lee, Min-Ju Kim
Neuroblastoma cell differentiation is a valuable model for studying therapeutic methods in neuroblastoma and the mechanisms of neuronal differentiation. Here, we used trichostatin A (TSA) and sirtinol, which are inhibitors of cHDACs and sirtuins, respectively, to show that classical histone deacetylases (cHDACs) and sirtuins (silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog; SIRTs) affect all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)-induced differentiation of neuroblastoma cells. After first determining neurite elongation and expression levels of tyrosine hydroxylase and high size neurofilament as useful differentiation markers, we observed that TSA increased neuroblastoma cell differentiation, while sirtinol had the antagonistic effect of decreasing it...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Mychal S Grames, Robert D Dayton, Kasey L Jackson, Adam D Richard, Xiaohong Lu, Ronald L Klein
Recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are a popular genetic approach in neuroscience because they confer such efficient transgene expression in the brain and spinal cord. A number of studies have used AAV to express pathological disease-related proteins in the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra in situ ( e.g., α-synuclein to model aspects of Parkinson's disease). The neuropathology and neurodegeneration of Parkinson's disease occur in a circumscribed pattern in the brain, and one of the most important goals of any gene transfer study is accurate, pinpoint targeting...
March 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Yingjuan Liu, Lihua Geng, Jingjing Zhang, Jing Wang, Qi Zhang, Delin Duan, Quanbin Zhang
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder that is caused by a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons. Current PD treatments provide symptomatic relief but do not prevent or decelerate disease progression. Previous studies have suggested that acetylated and phosphorylated porphyran, derived from Porphyra , produces a neuroprotective effect against 6-OHDA-induced damage. Due to its antioxidant and neuroprotective potential, this study evaluates whether oligo-porphyran (OP) could be beneficial in an experimental model of PD in mice...
March 6, 2018: Marine Drugs
Hang-Jing Wu, Xue-Yan Li, Wen-Jing Qian, Qian Li, Shu-Yue Wang, Min Ji, Yuan-Yuan Ma, Feng Gao, Xing-Huai Sun, Xin Wang, Yanying Miao, Xiong-Li Yang, Zhongfeng Wang
Müller cell gliosis is a common response in many retinal pathological conditions. We previously demonstrated that downregulation of Kir channels contributes to Müller cell gliosis in a rat chronic ocular hypertension (COH) model. Here, the possible involvement of outward K+ currents in Müller cell gliosis was investigated. Outward K+ current densities in Müller cells isolated from COH rats, as compared with those in normal rats, showed a significant increase, which was mainly contributed by large-conductance Ca2+ -activated K+ (BKCa ) channels...
March 6, 2018: Glia
Yanyan Wang, Yong Wang, Junhua Liu, Xiaomin Wang
Previous studies have shown that electroacupuncture (EA) promotes recovery of motor function in Parkinson's disease (PD). However the mechanisms are not completely understood. Clinically, the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a critical target for deep brain stimulation treatment of PD, and vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (VGluT1) plays an important role in the modulation of glutamate in the STN derived from the cortex. In this study, a 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-lesioned rat model of PD was treated with 100 Hz EA for 4 weeks...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
Liyan Hou, Yuning Che, Fuqiang Sun, Qingshan Wang
Beyond nigrostriatal dopaminergic system, the noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC/NE) neurons are also degenerated in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. We previously reported that microglia-mediated neuroinflammation contributes to LC/NE neurodegeneration. The purpose of this study is aimed to test whether taurine, an endogenous amino acid, could be able to protect LC/NE neurons through inhibition of microglial activation using paraquat and maneb-induced mouse PD model...
March 5, 2018: Amino Acids
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