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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647554/conditional-loss-of-progranulin-in-neurons-is-not-sufficient-to-cause-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-like-neuropathology-in-mice
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Terri L Petkau, Jake Blanco, Blair R Leavitt
Progranulin deficiency due to heterozygous null mutations in the GRN gene is a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), while homozygous loss-of-function GRN mutations cause neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). Aged progranulin-knockout mice display highly exaggerated lipofuscinosis, microgliosis, and astrogliosis, as well as mild cell loss in specific brain regions. Progranulin is a secreted glycoprotein expressed in both neurons and microglia, but not astrocytes, in the brain. We generated conditional progranulin-knockout mice that lack progranulin in nestin-expressing cells (Nes-cKO mice), which include most neurons as well as astrocytes...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642233/sembragiline-a-novel-selective-monoamine-oxidase-type-b-inhibitor-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Edilio Borroni, Bernd Bohrmann, Fiona Grueninger, Eric Prinssen, Stephane Nave, Hansruedi Loetscher, Shankar J Chinta, Subramanian Rajagopalan, Anand Rane, Almas Siddiqui, Bart Ellenbroek, Juerg Messer, Axel Pahler, Julie K Anderson, Rene Wyler, Andrea M Cesura
Monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. Increased MAO-B expression in astroglia has been observed adjacent to amyloid plaques in AD patient brains. This phenomenon is hypothesised to lead to increased production of hydrogen peroxide and reactive oxygen species (ROS), thereby contributing to AD pathology. Therefore, reduction of ROS-induced oxidative stress via inhibition of MAO-B activity may delay the progression of the disease...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641987/food-deprivation-in-f0-generation-and-hypercaloric-diet-in-f1-generation-reduce-f2-generation-astrogliosis-in-several-brain-areas-after-immune-challenge
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T B Ogassawara, A Joaquim, C P Coelho, M M Bernardi, E Teodorov, M F M Martins, T B Kirsten, L V Bonamin, P D Dossa, L B Viebig, E F Bondan
AIMS: The effects of maternal food restriction during gestation in F0 generation followed by hypercaloric diet (HD) during puberty in F1 generation (F1HD) were investigated on astrocyte behavior of F2 generation. Also, the astrocyte behavior, after an immune challenge, was examined by the immunohistochemical expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in several brain areas. METHODS: The body weight gain (BW) during development and in postnatal day (PND) 90-95, the retroperitoneal fat weight (RPF), and the size of larger and smaller adipocytes in the F1 generation were assessed to observe the effects of HD in female rats...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641533/role-and-therapeutic-potential-of-astrocytes-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Mariana Pehar, Benjamin A Harlan, Kelby M Killoy, Marcelo R Vargas
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by the progressive degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord, brain stem, and motor cortex. The molecular mechanism underlying the progressive degeneration of motor neuron remains uncertain but involves a non-cell autonomous process. In acute injury or degenerative diseases astrocytes adopt a reactive phenotype known as astrogliosis. Astrogliosis is a complex remodeling of astrocyte biology and most likely represents a continuum of potential phenotypes that affect neuronal function and survival in an injury-specific manner...
June 21, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637503/expression-of-endogenous-mouse-app-modulates-%C3%AE-amyloid-deposition-in-happ-transgenic-mice
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Johannes Steffen, Markus Krohn, Christina Schwitlick, Thomas Brüning, Kristin Paarmann, Claus U Pietrzik, Henrik Biverstål, Baiba Jansone, Oliver Langer, Jens Pahnke
Amyloid-β (Aβ) deposition is one of the hallmarks of the amyloid hypothesis in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Mouse models using APP-transgene overexpression to generate amyloid plaques have shown to model only certain parts of the disease. The extent to which the data from mice can be transferred to man remains controversial. Several studies have shown convincing treatment results in reducing Aβ and enhancing cognition in mice but failed totally in human. One model-dependent factor has so far been almost completely neglected: the endogenous expression of mouse APP and its effects on the transgenic models and the readout for therapeutic approaches...
June 20, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636132/trpc1-and-trpc3-dependent-ca-2-signaling-in-mouse-cortical-astrocytes-affects-injury-evoked-astrogliosis-in-vivo
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Thabet Belkacemi, Alexander Niermann, Laura Hofmann, Ulrich Wissenbach, Lutz Birnbaumer, Petra Leidinger, Christina Backes, Eckart Meese, Andreas Keller, Xianshu Bai, Anja Scheller, Frank Kirchhoff, Stephan E Philipp, Petra Weissgerber, Veit Flockerzi, Andreas Beck
Following brain injury astrocytes change into a reactive state, proliferate and grow into the site of lesion, a process called astrogliosis, initiated and regulated by changes in cytoplasmic Ca(2+) . Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels may contribute to Ca(2+) influx but their presence and possible function in astrocytes is not known. By RT-PCR and RNA sequencing we identified transcripts of Trpc1, Trpc2, Trpc3, and Trpc4 in FACS-sorted glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST)-positive cultured mouse cortical astrocytes and subcloned full-length Trpc1 and Trpc3 cDNAs from these cells...
June 21, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628111/interaction-of-reactive-astrocytes-with-type-i-collagen-induces-astrocytic-scar-formation-through-the-integrin-n-cadherin-pathway-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Masamitsu Hara, Kazu Kobayakawa, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hiromi Kumamaru, Kazuya Yokota, Takeyuki Saito, Ken Kijima, Shingo Yoshizaki, Katsumi Harimaya, Yasuharu Nakashima, Seiji Okada
Central nervous system (CNS) injury transforms naive astrocytes into reactive astrocytes, which eventually become scar-forming astrocytes that can impair axonal regeneration and functional recovery. This sequential phenotypic change, known as reactive astrogliosis, has long been considered unidirectional and irreversible. However, we report here that reactive astrocytes isolated from injured spinal cord reverted in retrograde to naive astrocytes when transplanted into a naive spinal cord, whereas they formed astrocytic scars when transplanted into injured spinal cord, indicating the environment-dependent plasticity of reactive astrogliosis...
June 19, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627088/astrogliosis-and-impaired-aquaporin-4-and-dystrophin-systems-in-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus
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Per Kristian Eide, Hans-Arne Hansson
AIMS: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is one subtype of dementia that may improve following drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This prospective observational study explored whether expression of the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and the anchoring molecule dystrophin 71 (Dp71) are altered at astrocytic perivascular endfeet and in adjacent neuropil of iNPH patient. Observations were related to measurements of pulsatile and static intracranial pressure (ICP). METHODS: The study included iNPH patients undergoing overnight monitoring of the pulsatile/static ICP, in whom a biopsy was taken from the frontal cerebral cortex during placement of the ICP sensor...
June 19, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626056/early-reperfusion-after-brain-ischemia-has-beneficial-effects-beyond-rescuing-neurons
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Masaki Tachibana, Tetsuro Ago, Yoshinobu Wakisaka, Junya Kuroda, Masahiro Shijo, Yoji Yoshikawa, Motohiro Komori, Ataru Nishimura, Noriko Makihara, Kuniyuki Nakamura, Takanari Kitazono
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Recent studies show that successful endovascular thrombectomy 6 to 12 hours after stroke onset enhances functional outcomes 3 months later. In this study, we investigated the effects of reperfusion after ischemia on repair processes in the ischemic areas, as well as on functional recovery, using mouse stroke models. METHODS: We examined time-dependent histological changes and functional recovery after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion of different durations, including permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion, using the CB-17 (CB-17/lcr-+/+Jcl) mouse strain, which has poor pial collateral blood flow...
June 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624414/corneal-kindled-c57bl-6-mice-exhibit-saturated-dentate-gyrus-long-term-potentiation-and-associated-memory-deficits-in-the-absence-of-overt-neuron-loss
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Gregory J Remigio, Jaycie L Loewen, Sage Heuston, Colin Helgeson, H Steve White, Karen S Wilcox, Peter J West
Memory deficits have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients with epilepsy and currently no effective treatments exist to mitigate this comorbidity. While these cognitive comorbidities can be associated with varying degrees of hippocampal cell death and hippocampal sclerosis, more subtle changes in hippocampal physiology independent of cell loss may underlie memory dysfunction in many epilepsy patients. Accordingly, animal models of epilepsy or epileptic processes exhibiting memory deficits in the absence of cell loss could facilitate novel therapy discovery...
June 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624196/evaluation-of-antisense-oligonucleotides-targeting-atxn3-in-sca3-mouse-models
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Lauren R Moore, Gautam Rajpal, Ian T Dillingham, Maya Qutob, Kate G Blumenstein, Danielle Gattis, Gene Hung, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Henry L Paulson, Hayley S McLoughlin
The most common dominantly inherited ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the ATXN3 gene that encodes an abnormally long polyglutamine tract in the disease protein, ATXN3. Mice lacking ATXN3 are phenotypically normal; hence, disease gene suppression offers a compelling approach to slow the neurodegenerative cascade in SCA3. Here we tested antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) that target human ATXN3 in two complementary mouse models of SCA3: yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) MJD-Q84...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623617/decrease-in-adult-neurogenesis-and-neuroinflammation-are-involved-in-spatial-memory-impairment-in-the-streptozotocin-induced-model-of-sporadic-alzheimer-s-disease-in-rats
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Taysa Bervian Bassani, Jéssica M Bonato, Meira M F Machado, Valentín Cóppola-Segovia, Eric L R Moura, Silvio M Zanata, Rúbia M M W Oliveira, Maria A B F Vital
Early impairments in cerebral glucose metabolism and insulin signaling pathways may participate in the pathogenesis of the sporadic form of Alzheimer's disease (sAD). Intracerebroventricular (ICV) injections of low doses of streptozotocin (STZ) are used to mimic sAD and study these alterations in rodents. Streptozotocin causes impairments in insulin signaling and has been reported to trigger several alterations in the brain, such as oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and dysfunctions in adult neurogenesis, which may be involved in cognitive decline and are features of human AD...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608978/sexual-dimorphism-in-the-inflammatory-response-to-traumatic-brain-injury
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Sonia Villapol, David J Loane, Mark P Burns
The activation of resident microglial cells, alongside the infiltration of peripheral macrophages, are key neuroinflammatory responses to traumatic brain injury (TBI) that are directly associated with neuronal death. Sexual disparities in response to TBI have been previously reported; however it is unclear whether a sex difference exists in neuroinflammatory progression after TBI. We exposed male and female mice to moderate-to-severe controlled cortical impact injury and studied glial cell activation in the acute and chronic stages of TBI using immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization analysis...
June 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595950/luteolin-attenuates-interleukin-6-mediated-astrogliosis-in-human-ipsc-derived-neural-aggregates-a-candidate-preventive-substance-for-maternal-immune-activation-induced-abnormalities
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Masashi Zuiki, Tomohiro Chiyonobu, Michiko Yoshida, Hiroshi Maeda, Satoshi Yamashita, Satoshi Kidowaki, Tatsuji Hasegawa, Hitoshi Gotoh, Tadashi Nomura, Katsuhiko Ono, Hajime Hosoi, Masafumi Morimoto
Maternal infection during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia in offspring. Several previous animal studies have indicated that maternal immune activation (MIA), rather than a specific pathogen, alters fetal brain development. Among them, prenatal exposure to interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been associated with behavioral and neuropathological abnormalities, though such findings remain to be elucidated in humans. We developed a human cell-based model of MIA by exposing human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)-derived neural aggregates to IL-6 and investigated whether luteolin-a naturally occurring flavonoid found in edible plants-could prevent MIA-induced abnormalities...
June 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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/28588256/rapamycin-attenuates-acute-seizure-induced-astrocyte-injury-in-mice-in-vivo
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Dongjun Guo, Jia Zou, Michael Wong
Astrocytes have been implicated in epileptogenesis and seizure-induced brain injury. Pathological studies reveal a variety of structural abnormalities in astrocytes, such as vacuolization and astrogliosis. While in vivo imaging methods have demonstrated rapid changes in astrocytes under a variety of physiological and pathological conditions, the acute effects of seizures on astrocyte morphology in vivo and corresponding mechanisms of seizure-induced astrocytic injury have not been documented. In this study, we utilized in vivo two-photon imaging to directly monitor the acute structural effects of kainate-induced seizures on cortical astrocytes...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575132/abnormal-differentiation-of-sandhoff-disease-model-mouse-derived-multipotent-stem-cells-toward-a-neural-lineage
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Yasuhiro Ogawa, Katsutoshi Kaizu, Yusuke Yanagi, Subaru Takada, Hitoshi Sakuraba, Kazuhiko Oishi
In Sandhoff disease (SD), the activity of the lysosomal hydrolytic enzyme, β-hexosaminidase (Hex), is lost due to a Hexb gene defect, which results in the abnormal accumulation of the substrate, GM2 ganglioside (GM2), in neuronal cells, causing neuronal loss, microglial activation, and astrogliosis. We established induced pluripotent stem cells from the cells of SD mice (SD-iPSCs). In the present study, we investigated the occurrence of abnormal differentiation and development of a neural lineage in the asymptomatic phase of SD in vitro using SD mouse fetus-derived neural stem cells (NSCs) and SD-iPSCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570271/delayed-decompression-exacerbates-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-cervical-compressive-myelopathy
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Pia M Vidal, Spyridon K Karadimas, Antigona Ulndreaj, Alex M Laliberte, Lindsay Tetreault, Stefania Forner, Jian Wang, Warren D Foltz, Michael G Fehlings
Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is the most common progressive nontraumatic spinal cord injury. The most common recommended treatment is surgical decompression, although the optimal timing of intervention is an area of ongoing debate. The primary objective of this study was to assess whether a delay in decompression could influence the extent of ischemia-reperfusion injury and alter the trajectory of outcome in DCM. Using a DCM mouse model, we show that decompression acutely led to a 1.5- to 2-fold increase in levels of inflammatory cytokines within the spinal cord...
June 2, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567989/the-novel-synthetic-microneurotrophin-bnn27-protects-mature-oligodendrocytes-against-cuprizone-induced-death-through-the-ngf-receptor-trka
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Giulia Bonetto, Ioannis Charalampopoulos, Achille Gravanis, Domna Karagogeos
BNN27, a member of a chemical library of C17-spiroepoxy derivatives of the neurosteroid DHEA, has been shown to regulate neuronal survival through its selective interaction with NGF receptors (TrkA and p75(NTR) ), but its role on glial populations has not been studied. Here, we present evidence that BNN27 provides trophic action (rescue from apoptosis), in a TrkA-dependent manner, to mature oligodendrocytes when they are challenged with the cuprizone toxin in culture. BNN27 treatment also increases oligodendrocyte maturation and diminishes microglia activation in vitro...
August 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552663/sex-differences-in-the-neuroendocrine-control-of-metabolism-and-the-implication-of-astrocytes
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Julie A Chowen, Pilar Argente-Arizón, Alejandra Freire-Regatillo, Jesús Argente
Males and females have distinct propensities to develop obesity and its related comorbidities, partially due to gonadal steroids. There are sex differences in hypothalamic neuronal circuits, as well as in astrocytes, that participate in metabolic control and the development of obesity-associated complications. Astrocytes are involved in nutrient transport and metabolism, glucose sensing, synaptic remodeling and modulation of neuronal signaling. They express receptors for metabolic hormones and mediate effects of these metabolic signals on neurons, with astrogliosis occurring in response to high fat diet and excess weight gain...
May 25, 2017: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
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