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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821669/transcriptomic-analysis-of-ribosome-bound-mrna-in-cortical-neurites-in-vivo
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Rebecca Ouwenga, Allison M Lake, David O'Brien, Amit Mogha, Adish Dani, Joseph D Dougherty
Localized translation in neurites helps regulate synaptic strength and development. Dysregulation of local translation is associated with many neurological disorders. However, due to technical limitations, study of this phenomenon has largely been limited to brain regions with laminar organization of dendrites such as the hippocampus or cerebellum. It has not been examined in the cortex, a region of importance for most neurological disorders, where dendrites of each neuronal population are densely intermingled with cell bodies of others...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821654/wnt9a-can-influence-cell-fates-and-neural-connectivity-across-the-radial-axis-of-the-developing-cochlea
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Vidhya Munnamalai, Ulrike J Sienknecht, R Keith Duncan, M Katie Scott, Ankita Thawani, Kristen N Fantetti, Nadia M Atallah, Deborah J Biesemeier, Kuhn H Song, Kirsten Luethy, Eric Traub, Donna M Fekete
Vertebrate hearing organs manifest cellular asymmetries across the radial axis that underlie afferent versus efferent circuits between the inner ear and the brain. Thus, understanding the molecular control of patterning across this axis has important functional implications. Radial axis patterning begins before the cells become postmitotic, and is likely linked to the onset of asymmetric expression of secreted factors adjacent to the sensory primordium. This study explores one such asymmetrically-expressed gene, Wnt9a, that becomes restricted to the neural edge of the avian auditory organ, the basilar papilla, by embryonic day (E) 5...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819108/spag6-mutant-mice-have-defects-in-development-and-function-of-spiral-ganglion-neurons-apoptosis-and-higher-sensitivity-to-paclitaxel
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Xiaofei Li, Lei Xu, Gaoying Sun, Xianmin Wu, Xiaohui Bai, Jianfeng Li, Jerome F Strauss, Zhibing Zhang, Haibo Wang
Mammalian Sperm Associated Antigen 6 (SPAG6) is the orthologue of Chlamydomonas PF16, a protein localized in the axoneme central apparatus. Recent studies showed that Spag6 has a role in brain neuronal proliferation and differentiation. The mammalian spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) are specialzed bipolar neurons in the inner ear. However, the role of SPAG6 in SGN has not been elucidated. Therefore, We hypothesized that a Spag6 knockout would affect the development and function of SGNs. We utilized Spag6-deficient mice and SGN explants to define the role of SPAG6...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817794/a-triad-of-crystals-sheds-light-on-mdga-interference-with-neuroligation
#4
Olivier Thoumine, Pascale Marchot
Neurexins and neuroligins form trans-synaptic complexes that promote synapse development. In this issue of Neuron, Aricescu and colleagues (Elegheert et al., 2017) complement and strengthen two recent reports by the Kim and Rudenko teams (Kim et al., 2017; Gangwar et al., 2017) to dissect the molecular determinants by which MDGAs challenge the neurexin-neuroligin partnership.
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815589/tight-temporal-coupling-between-synaptic-rewiring-of-olfactory-glomeruli-and-the-emergence-of-odor-guided-behavior-in-xenopus-tadpoles
#5
Beatrice Terni, Paolo Pacciolla, Helena Masanas, Pau Gorostiza, Artur Llobet
Olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) are chemoreceptors that establish excitatory synapses within glomeruli of the olfactory bulb. OSNs undergo continuous turnover throughout life, causing the constant replacement of their synaptic contacts. Using Xenopus tadpoles as an experimental system to investigate rewiring of glomerular connectivity, we show that novel OSN synapses can transfer information immediately after formation, mediating an olfactory-guided behavior. Tadpoles recover the ability to detect amino acids four days after bilateral olfactory nerve transection...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809922/increased-signaling-by-the-autism-related-engrailed-2-protein-enhances-dendritic-branching-and-spine-density-alters-synaptic-structural-matching-and-exaggerates-protein-synthesis
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Asma Soltani, Solène Lebrun, Gilles Carpentier, Giulia Zunino, Sandrine Chantepie, Auriane Maïza, Yuri Bozzi, Claire Desnos, François Darchen, Olivier Stettler
Engrailed 1 (En1) and 2 (En2) code for closely related homeoproteins acting as transcription factors and as signaling molecules that contribute to midbrain and hindbrain patterning, to development and maintenance of monoaminergic pathways, and to retinotectal wiring. En2 has been suggested to be an autism susceptibility gene and individuals with autism display an overexpression of this homeogene but the mechanisms remain unclear. We addressed in the present study the effect of exogenously added En2 on the morphology of hippocampal cells that normally express only low levels of Engrailed proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809040/a-mobile-app-for-sharing-contacts-on-your-cell-an-editorial-highlight-for-the-physiological-role-of-the-amyloid-precursor-protein-app-as-an-adhesion-molecule-in-the-developing-nervous-system-on-doi-10-1111-jnc-14122
#7
EDITORIAL
George William Rebeck, Daniel T S Pak
This is an Editorial for a review that Sosa and coworkers present in the current issue of the Journal of Neurochemistry of physiological functions for amyloid precursor protein (APP) at dynamic cellular contact sites such as growth cones, neuronal migration tracts, and synapses. Here, APP physically links the extracellular and intracellular milieus through a multitude of binding partners. From these observations, the authors offer a model of APP as a cell adhesion molecule in the brain, providing a context for understanding its role in Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808270/a-low-permeability-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-platform-with-direct-contact-between-perfusable-vascular-network-and-astrocytes
#8
Seokyoung Bang, Seung-Ryeol Lee, Jihoon Ko, Kyungmin Son, Dongha Tahk, Jungho Ahn, Changkyun Im, Noo Li Jeon
A novel three dimensional blood brain barrier (BBB) platform was developed by independently supplying different types of media to separate cell types within a single device. One channel (vascular channel, VC) is connected to the inner lumen of the vascular network while the other supplies media to the neural cells (neural channel, NC). Compared to co-cultures supplied with only one type of medium (or 1:1 mixture), best barrier properties and viability were obtained with culturing HUVECs with endothelial growth medium (EGM) and neural cells with neurobasal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (NBMFBS) independently...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807676/crf-modulates-glutamate-transmission-in-the-central-amygdala-of-na%C3%A3-ve-and-ethanol-dependent-rats
#9
Florence P Varodayan, Diego Correia, Dean Kirson, Sophia Khom, Christopher S Oleata, George Luu, Paul Schweitzer, Marisa Roberto
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) is hypothesized to drive the development of alcohol dependence, as it regulates ethanol intake and several anxiogenic behaviors linked to withdrawal. Excitatory glutamatergic neurotransmission contributes to alcohol reinforcement, tolerance and dependence. Therefore, in this study we used in vitro slice electrophysiology to investigate the effects of CRF and its receptor subtype (CRF1 and CRF2) antagonists on both evoked and spontaneous action potential-independent glutamatergic transmission in the CeA of naive and ethanol-dependent Sprague-Dawley rats...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804736/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-upa-and-its-receptor-upar-promote-neurorepair-in-the-ischemic-brain
#10
Paola Merino, Ariel Diaz, Manuel Yepes
Despite the fact that ischemic stroke has been considered a leading cause of mortality in the world, recent advances in our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the ischemic injury and the treatment of acute ischemic stroke patients have led to a sharp decrease in the number of stroke deaths. However, this decrease in stroke mortality has also led to an increase in the number of patients that survive the acute ischemic injury with different degrees of disability. Unfortunately, to this date we do not have an effective therapeutic strategy to promote neurological recovery in these growing population of stroke survivors...
2017: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803787/expression-analyses-of-phactr1-phosphatase-and-actin-regulator-1-during-mouse-brain-development
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Hidenori Ito, Makoto Mizuno, Kei Noguchi, Rika Morishita, Ikuko Iwamoto, Akira Hara, Koh-Ichi Nagata
Phactr1 (Phosphatase and actin regulator 1) is abundantly expressed in the central nervous system and considered to regulate various neuronal processes through the regulation of protein phosphorylation and actin cytoskeletal organization. In this study, we prepared a specific antibody against Phactr1, anti-Phactr1, and carried out biochemical and morphological analyses of Phactr1 with mouse brain tissues. Western blotting analyses revealed that Phactr1 was expressed in a tissue-dependent profile in the young adult mouse and in a developmental stage-dependent manner in the mouse brain...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795438/a-specific-gabaergic-synapse-onto-oligodendrocyte-precursors-does-not-regulate-cortical-oligodendrogenesis
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Maddalena Balia, Najate Benamer, María Cecilia Angulo
In the brain, neurons establish bona fide synapses onto oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), but the function of these neuron-glia synapses remains unresolved. A leading hypothesis suggests that these synapses regulate OPC proliferation and differentiation. However, a causal link between synaptic activity and OPC cellular dynamics is still missing. In the developing somatosensory cortex, OPCs receive a major type of synapse from GABAergic interneurons that is mediated by postsynaptic γ2-containing GABAA receptors...
August 10, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795396/synaptic-excitation-by-climbing-fibre-collaterals-in-the-cerebellar-nuclei-of-juvenile-and-adult-mice
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Marion Najac, Indira M Raman
The inferior olive conveys instructive signals to the cerebellum that drive sensorimotor learning. Inferior olivary neurons transmit their signals via climbing fibres, which powerfully excite Purkinje cells, evoking complex spikes and depressing parallel fibre synapses. Additionally, however, these climbing fibres send collaterals to the cerebellar nuclei (CbN). In vivo and in vitro data suggest that climbing fibre collateral excitation is weak in adult mice, raising the question of whether the primary role of this pathway may be developmental...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790189/microrna-mediated-disruption-of-dendritogenesis-during-a-critical-period-of-development-influences-cognitive-capacity-later-in-life
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Quan Lin, Ravikumar Ponnusamy, Jocelyn Widagdo, Jung A Choi, Weihong Ge, Christine Probst, Tyler Buckley, Mimi Lou, Timothy W Bredy, Michael S Fanselow, Keqiang Ye, Yi E Sun
The prenatal period of cortical development is important for the establishment of neural circuitry and functional connectivity of the brain; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear. Here we report that disruption of the actin-cytoskeletal network in the developing mouse prefrontal cortex alters dendritic morphogenesis and synapse formation, leading to enhanced formation of fear-related memory in adulthood. These effects are mediated by a brain-enriched microRNA, miR-9, through its negative regulation of diaphanous homologous protein 1 (Diap1), a key organizer of the actin cytoskeletal assembly...
August 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775326/retrograde-bdnf-to-trkb-signaling-promotes-synapse-elimination-in-the-developing-cerebellum
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Myeongjeong Choo, Taisuke Miyazaki, Maya Yamazaki, Meiko Kawamura, Takanobu Nakazawa, Jianling Zhang, Asami Tanimura, Naofumi Uesaka, Masahiko Watanabe, Kenji Sakimura, Masanobu Kano
Elimination of early-formed redundant synapses during postnatal development is essential for functional neural circuit formation. Purkinje cells (PCs) in the neonatal cerebellum are innervated by multiple climbing fibers (CFs). A single CF is strengthened whereas the other CFs are eliminated in each PC dependent on postsynaptic activity in PC, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, we report that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) from PC facilitates CF synapse elimination. By PC-specific deletion of BDNF combined with knockdown of BDNF receptors in CF, we show that BDNF acts retrogradely on TrkB in CFs, and facilitates elimination of CF synapses from PC somata during the third postnatal week...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772266/evolution-of-the-sex-chromosomes-in-beetles-i-the-loss-of-the-y-chromosome
#16
Anne-Marie Dutrillaux, Bernard Dutrillaux
In the males of Coleoptera, the most frequent sex chromosome constitution is XY. At metaphase I of meiosis, the X and Y are linked by nucleolar proteins, forming the so-called parachute bivalent (Xyp), which is assumed to allow the non-synapsed X and Y to segregate correctly at anaphase I. However, X0 males are not exceptional, and we explored the relationships between the X and nucleolar proteins in the absence of the Y chromosome in 6 species belonging to different families/subfamilies. Using C-banding and silver staining, we show that nucleolar proteins always remain in contact with the X until anaphase I...
August 4, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769018/fluorescence-imaging-of-synapse-dynamics-in-normal-circuit-maturation-and-in-developmental-disorders
#17
Shigeo Okabe
One of the most fundamental questions in neurobiology is how proper synaptic connections are established in the developing brain. Live-cell imaging of the synaptic structure and functional molecules can reveal the time course of synapse formation, molecular dynamics, and functional maturation. Using postsynaptic scaffolding proteins as a marker of synapse development, fluorescence time-lapse imaging revealed rapid formation of individual synapses that occurred within hours and their remodeling in culture preparations...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761554/towards-neuro-inspired-symbolic-models-of-cognition-linking-neural-dynamics-to-behaviors-through-asynchronous-communications
#18
Pierre Bonzon
A computational architecture modeling the relation between perception and action is proposed. Basic brain processes representing synaptic plasticity are first abstracted through asynchronous communication protocols and implemented as virtual microcircuits. These are used in turn to build mesoscale circuits embodying parallel cognitive processes. Encoding these circuits into symbolic expressions gives finally rise to neuro-inspired programs that are compiled into pseudo-code to be interpreted by a virtual machine...
August 2017: Cognitive Neurodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760951/cdk5-dependent-phosphorylation-of-liprin%C3%AE-1-mediates-neuronal-activity-dependent-synapse-development
#19
Huiqian Huang, Xiaochen Lin, Zhuoyi Liang, Teng Zhao, Shengwang Du, Michael M T Loy, Kwok-On Lai, Amy K Y Fu, Nancy Y Ip
The experience-dependent modulation of brain circuitry depends on dynamic changes in synaptic connections that are guided by neuronal activity. In particular, postsynaptic maturation requires changes in dendritic spine morphology, the targeting of postsynaptic proteins, and the insertion of synaptic neurotransmitter receptors. Thus, it is critical to understand how neuronal activity controls postsynaptic maturation. Here we report that the scaffold protein liprinα1 and its phosphorylation by cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) are critical for the maturation of excitatory synapses through regulation of the synaptic localization of the major postsynaptic organizer postsynaptic density (PSD)-95...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755996/receptor-visualization-and-the-atomic-bomb-a-historical-account-of-the-development-of-the-chemical-neuroanatomy-of-receptors-for-neurotransmitters-and-drugs-during-the-cold-war
#20
REVIEW
J M Palacios, G Mengod
This is a historical account of how receptors for neurotransmitters and drugs got to be seen at the regional, cellular, and subcellular levels in brain, in the years going from the end of the World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cold War (1945-1991). The realization in the US of the problem of mental health care, as a consequence of the results of medical evaluation for military service during the war, let the US Government to act creating among other things the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
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