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Tafheem Malik, Sheema Hasan, Shahid Pervez, Tasneem Fatima, Darakhshan Jabeen Haleem
The symptoms of Parkinsonism and oral dyskinesia have been showing to be induced by neuroleptics that significantly affect its clinical use. In this study, we investigate whether Nigella sativa-oil (NS) (black cumin seeds)-a traditional medicine used for the seizure treatment in eastern country-may reduce the haloperidol (HAL)-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS)-like behavior in rats. After combine treatment with HAL (1 mg/kg) on NS (0.2 ml/rat), rats displayed a significant decreased EPS-like behavior including movement disorders and oral dyskinesia as compared to controls...
October 18, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Geoffrey C Halling, Charles Grose
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October 17, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Paul Cumming, Jürgen Gallinat
This Editorial highlights a study by Bagga and coworkers (2016) in the current issue of the Journal of Neurochemistry entitled "Mapping the alteration in brain glutamate with glutamate chemical exchange saturation transfer (GluCEST) magnetic resonance imaging in mice with MPTP-induced parkinsonism, a model of dopamine deficiency." Using their spectroscopic procedure, Bagga et al. discern unexpected relative increases in the cortical glutamate content of parkinsonian mice. Their results suggest the occurrence of a simple relationship between striatal astrogliosis and tissue glutamate content, presumably in relation to enhanced glutamate/glutamine cycling...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Thomas Walker, Christos Michaelides, Antigoni Ekonomou, Kalotina Geraki, Harold G Parkes, Maria Suessmilch, Amy H Herlihy, William R Crum, Po-Wah So
Despite regulation, brain iron increases with aging and may enhance aging processes including neuroinflammation. Increases in magnetic resonance imaging transverse relaxation rates, R2 and R2*, in the brain have been observed during aging. We show R2 and R2* correlate well with iron content via direct correlation to semi-quantitative synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence iron mapping, with age-associated R2 and R2* increases reflecting iron accumulation. Iron accumulation was concomitant with increased ferritin immunoreactivity in basal ganglia regions except in the substantia nigra (SN)...
October 12, 2016: Aging
Qiang Shao, Stephanie Herrlinger, Si-Lu Yang, Fan Lai, Julie M Moore, Melinda A Brindley, Jian-Fu Chen
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection of pregnant women can result in fetal brain abnormalities. It has been established that ZIKV disrupts neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and leads to embryonic microcephaly. However, the fate of other cell types in the developing brain and their contributions to ZIKV-associated brain abnormalities remain largely unknown. Using intracerebral inoculation of embryonic mouse brains, we found that ZIKV infection leads to postnatal growth restriction including microcephaly. In addition to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of NPCs, ZIKV infection causes massive neuronal death and axonal rarefaction which phenocopy fetal brain abnormalities in humans...
October 11, 2016: Development
Ivan Vorisek, Michael Syka, Lydia Vargova
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (DW-MR) is an important diagnostic tool in Huntington disease (HD), a fatal hereditary neurodegenerative disorder. To clarify the nature of diffusivity changes in HD, we compared the apparent diffusion coefficient of water (ADCW ) acquired by DW-MR with extracellular space volume fraction α and tortuosity λ, measured by the iontophoretic method in the R6/2 mouse model of HD and in wild-type controls (WT). In anisotropic globus pallidus (GP), diffusion measurements were performed in the mediolateral (x), rostrocaudal (y), and ventrodorsal (z) axes...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Alexander W M Hooper, Suleiman A Igdoura
Microgliosis and astrogliosis are known to be exacerbating factors in the progression of the lysosomal storage disorder Sandhoff disease. We have also found evidence for excitotoxicity via glutamate receptors in Sandhoff disease. To view the interaction of these cascades, we measured cerebellar expression of markers for gliosis, apoptosis, and excitatory synapses over the disease course in a Sandhoff disease mouse model. We observe a 2-stage model, with initial activation of microgliosis as early as 60days of age, followed by a later onset of astrogliosis, caspase-mediated apoptosis, and reduction in GluR1 at approximately 100days of age...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Penha Cristina Barradas, Tiago Savignon, Alex C Manhães, Frank Tenório, Alan P da Costa, Marta C Cunha-Rodrigues, Juliana Vaillant
Hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury is an important cause of death and disabilities. Despite all improvements in neonatal care, the number of children who suffer some kind of injury during birth has remained stable in the last decade. A great number of studies have shown alterations in neural cells and many animal models have been proposed in the last 5 decades. Robinson et al. (2005) proposed an HI model in which the uterine arteries are temporarily clamped on the 18th gestation day. The findings were quite similar to the ones observed in postmortem studies...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Francis L Pazini, Mauricio P Cunha, Dayane Azevedo, Julia M Rosa, André Colla, Jade de Oliveira, Ana B Ramos-Hryb, Patricia S Brocardo, Joana Gil-Mohapel, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
The benefits of creatine supplementation have been reported in a broad range of central nervous system diseases, including depression, although the mechanisms underlying these effects remain to be understood. In the present study, we investigated the ability of creatine to counteract the morphological and behavioral effects elicited by chronic administration of corticosterone (CORT, 20 mg/kg, p.o.) for 21 days to mice, a pharmacological model of depression that mimics exposure to stress. CORT treatment increased immobility time in the tail suspension test (TST) and forced swim test (FST), as well as latency to immobility in the FST, and decreased the sucrose consumption in the sucrose preference test (SPT)...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Ane Wyssenbach, Tania Quintela, Francisco Llavero, Jose L Zugaza, Carlos Matute, Elena Alberdi
Astrogliosis is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and may constitute a primary pathogenic component of that disorder. Elucidation of signaling cascades inducing astrogliosis should help characterizing the function of astrocytes and identifying novel molecular targets to modulate AD progression. Here, we describe a novel mechanism by which soluble amyloid-β modulates β1-integrin activity and triggers NADPH oxidase (NOX)-dependent astrogliosis in vitro and in vivo. Amyloid-β oligomers activate a PI3K/classical PKC/Rac1/NOX pathway which is initiated by β1-integrin in cultured astrocytes...
October 5, 2016: Aging Cell
Shu G Chen, Vilius Stribinskis, Madhavi J Rane, Donald R Demuth, Evelyne Gozal, Andrew M Roberts, Rekha Jagadapillai, Ruolan Liu, Kyonghwan Choe, Bhooma Shivakumar, Francheska Son, Shunying Jin, Richard Kerber, Anthony Adame, Eliezer Masliah, Robert P Friedland
Misfolded alpha-synuclein (AS) and other neurodegenerative disorder proteins display prion-like transmission of protein aggregation. Factors responsible for the initiation of AS aggregation are unknown. To evaluate the role of amyloid proteins made by the microbiota we exposed aged rats and transgenic C. elegans to E. coli producing the extracellular bacterial amyloid protein curli. Rats exposed to curli-producing bacteria displayed increased neuronal AS deposition in both gut and brain and enhanced microgliosis and astrogliosis compared to rats exposed to either mutant bacteria unable to synthesize curli, or to vehicle alone...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Amélie Barthélémy, Amandine Mouchard, Marc Bouji, Kelly Blazy, Renaud Puigsegur, Anne-Sophie Villégier
The widespread mobile phone use raises concerns on the possible cerebral effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF). Reactive astrogliosis was reported in neuroanatomical structures of adaptive behaviors after a single RF EMF exposure at high specific absorption rate (SAR, 6 W/kg). Here, we aimed to assess if neuronal injury and functional impairments were related to high SAR-induced astrogliosis. In addition, the level of beta amyloid 1-40 (Aβ 1-40) peptide was explored as a possible toxicity marker...
September 30, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Pekka Poutiainen, Merja Jaronen, Francisco J Quintana, Anna-Liisa Brownell
Non-invasive molecular imaging techniques can enhance diagnosis to achieve successful treatment, as well as reveal underlying pathogenic mechanisms in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The cooperation of advanced multimodal imaging techniques and increased knowledge of the MS disease mechanism allows both monitoring of neuronal network and therapeutic outcome as well as the tools to discover novel therapeutic targets. Diverse imaging modalities provide reliable diagnostic and prognostic platforms to better achieve precision medicine...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Yongxin Luan, Mo Chen, Lixiang Zhou
OBJECTIVES: We attempted to discover the regulatory role of miR-17 and PTEN in glial scar formation accompanied with spinal cord injuries. METHODS: We established a spinal cord injury (SCI) model in mice which were transfected with different groups of adenoviruses: miR-17 mimics, miR-17 inhibitors and PTEN cDNAs. The improvement of hind limb functions was assessed using the 21-point Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) locomotion scale. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), Vimentin and neurofilaments...
September 29, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Daniela Elgueta, María S Aymerich, Francisco Contreras, Andro Montoya, Marta Celorrio, Estefanía Rojo-Bustamante, Eduardo Riquelme, Hugo González, Mónica Vásquez, Rafael Franco, Rodrigo Pacheco
Neuroinflammation involves the activation of glial cells, which is associated to the progression of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease. Recently, we and other researchers demonstrated that dopamine receptor D3 (D3R)-deficient mice are completely refractory to neuroinflammation and consequent neurodegeneration associated to the acute intoxication with 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP). In this study we examined the therapeutic potential and underlying mechanism of a D3R-selective antagonist, PG01037, in mice intoxicated with a chronic regime of administration of MPTP and probenecid (MPTPp)...
September 28, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Nagat Mohammed, Maria Ceprián, Laura Jimenez, M Ruth Pazos, Jose Martínez-Orgado
BACKGROUND: A relevant therapeutic time window (TTW) is an important criterion for considering the clinical relevance of a substance preventing newborn hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain damage. OBJECTIVE: to test the TTW of the neuroprotective effects of cannabidol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in a model of newborn HI brain damage. METHOD: 9-10 day-old C57BL6 mice underwent a HI insult (10% oxygen for 90 min after left carotid artery electrocoagulation)...
September 27, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Antoine Marteyn, Anne Baron-Van Evercooren
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is a severe hypomyelinating leukodystrophy resulting from proteolipid protein 1 gene (PLP1) mutations leading to oligodendrocyte loss. While neuroinflammation has recently become a common feature and actor in neurodegenerative diseases, the involvement of inflammation in PMD physiopathology is still highly debated despite evidence for strong astrogliosis and microglial cell activation. Activation of the innate immune system, and more particularly, of microglia and astrocytes, is mostly associated with the deleterious role of neuroinflammation...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Aurora R Barros-Barbosa, Fátima Ferreirinha, Ângela Oliveira, Marina Mendes, M Graça Lobo, Agostinho Santos, Rui Rangel, Julie Pelletier, Jean Sévigny, J Miguel Cordeiro, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
Refractoriness to existing medications of up to 80 % of the patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) prompts for finding new antiepileptic drug targets. The adenosine A2A receptor emerges as an interesting pharmacological target since its excitatory nature partially counteracts the dominant antiepileptic role of endogenous adenosine acting via inhibitory A1 receptors. Gain of function of the excitatory A2A receptor has been implicated in a significant number of brain pathologies commonly characterized by neuronal excitotoxicity...
September 20, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
Johan Lindström, Anna Grahn, Henrik Zetterberg, Marie Studahl
Reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) can manifest with facial palsy diagnosed as Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) or Ramsay Hunt Syndrome zoster sine herpete (RHS-ZSH). These syndromes are associated with poor prognosis despite treatment with antivirals and corticosteroids. Concentrations of biomarkers such as neurofilament protein (NFL), S-100β protein and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAp) have previously been measured in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to assess neuronal damage and glial pathology. We employed immunochemical methods to measure concentrations of NFL, S-100β protein and GFAp in CSF from patients with RHS (n = 15) and RHS-ZSH (n = 13) diagnosed by detection of VZV DNA in the CSF by quantitative PCR, and compared with a control group (n = 52)...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Dorothea Obert, Gunther Helms, Muriel B Sättler, Klaus Jung, Benedikt Kretzschmar, Mathias Bähr, Peter Dechent, Ricarda Diem, Katharina Hein
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) provides the unique ability to monitor several disease-related pathological processes via their characteristic metabolic markers in vivo. In the present study metabolic compositions were assessed every six months over the period of two years in 36 patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) including 21 relapsing-remitting (RR), 15 secondary progressive (SP) patients and 12 normal subjects. The concentrations of the main MRS-detectable metabolites N-acetylaspartate and N-acetylaspartylglutamate (tNAA), creatine and phosphocreatine (tCr), choline containing compounds (Cho), myo-Inositol (Ins), glutamine and glutamate (Glx) and their ratios were calculated in the normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and in selected non-enhancing white matter (WM) lesions...
2016: PloS One
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