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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916456/acute-fasting-regulates-retrograde-synaptic-enhancement-through-a-4e-bp-dependent-mechanism
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Grant Kauwe, Kazuya Tsurudome, Jay Penney, Megumi Mori, Lindsay Gray, Mario R Calderon, Fatima Elazouzzi, Nicole Chicoine, Nahum Sonenberg, A Pejmun Haghighi
While beneficial effects of fasting on organismal function and health are well appreciated, we know little about the molecular details of how fasting influences synaptic function and plasticity. Our genetic and electrophysiological experiments demonstrate that acute fasting blocks retrograde synaptic enhancement that is normally triggered as a result of reduction in postsynaptic receptor function at the Drosophila larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ). This negative regulation critically depends on transcriptional enhancement of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E binding protein (4E-BP) under the control of the transcription factor Forkhead box O (Foxo)...
November 21, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914199/filamin-a-synaptic-organizer-in-drosophila-determines-glutamate-receptor-composition-and-membrane-growth
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GaYoung Lee, Thomas L Schwarz
Filamin is a scaffolding protein that functions in many cells as an actin-crosslinker. FLN90, an isoform of the Drosophila ortholog Filamin/cheerio that lacks the actin-binding domain, is here shown to govern the growth of postsynaptic membrane folds and the composition of glutamate receptor clusters at the larval neuromuscular junction. Genetic and biochemical analyses revealed that FLN90 is present surrounding synaptic boutons. FLN90 is required in the muscle for localization of the kinase dPak and, downstream of dPak, for localization of the GTPase Ral and the exocyst complex to this region...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913592/complexin-mutants-reveal-partial-segregation-between-recycling-pathways-that-drive-evoked-and-spontaneous-neurotransmission
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Nadezhda Sabeva, Richard W Cho, Alexander Vasin, Agustin Gonzalez, J Troy Littleton, Maria Bykhovskaia
: Synaptic vesicles fuse at morphological specializations in the presynaptic terminal termed active zones (AZs). Vesicle fusion can occur spontaneously or in response to an action potential. Following fusion, vesicles are retrieved and recycled within nerve terminals. It is still unclear whether vesicles that fuse spontaneously or following evoked release share similar recycling mechanisms. Genetic deletion of the SNARE-binding protein complexin dramatically increases spontaneous fusion, with the protein serving as the synaptic vesicle fusion clamp at Drosophila synapses...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883899/cut-your-losses-spastin-mediates-branch-specific-axon-loss
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Hagar Meltzer, Oren Schuldiner
In this issue of Neuron, Brill et al. (2016) demonstrate that, during synapse elimination in the developing neuromuscular junction, branch-specific microtubule destabilization results in arrested axonal transport and induces axon branch loss. This process is mediated in part by the neurodegeneration-associated, microtubule-severing protein spastin.
November 23, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863479/myasthenic-symptoms-in-anti-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-4-antibody-seropositive-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-two-case-reports
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Hisashi Takahashi, Yu-Ichi Noto, Naoki Makita, Yukie Kushimura-Okada, Ryotaro Ishii, Akihiro Tanaka, Tomoyuki Ohara, Shunya Nakane, Osamu Higuchi, Masanori Nakagawa, Toshiki Mizuno
BACKGROUND: Myasthenic symptoms can be present in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These symptoms have been considered to be caused by the degeneration of distal motor neurons and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Recent studies suggested that antibody to low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 (LRP4) was a pathogenic agent of myasthenia gravis (MG), and it was also detected in ALS patients. CASE PRESENTATION: Patient 1: A 58-year-old Japanese man developed progressive weakness and subsequent myasthenic symptoms including oculomotor disturbance...
November 18, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857121/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-a-century-of-progress
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John A Goodfellow, Hugh J Willison
In 1916, Guillain, Barré and Strohl reported on two cases of acute flaccid paralysis with high cerebrospinal fluid protein levels and normal cell counts - novel findings that identified the disease we now know as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). 100 years on, we have made great progress with the clinical and pathological characterization of GBS. Early clinicopathological and animal studies indicated that GBS was an immune-mediated demyelinating disorder, and that severe GBS could result in secondary axonal injury; the current treatments of plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin, which were developed in the 1980s, are based on this premise...
November 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852784/activity-induces-fmr1-sensitive-synaptic-capture-of-anterograde-circulating-neuropeptide-vesicles
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Samantha L Cavolo, Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
: Synaptic neuropeptide and neurotrophin stores are maintained by constitutive bidirectional capture of dense-core vesicles (DCVs) as they circulate in and out of the nerve terminal. Activity increases DCV capture to rapidly replenish synaptic neuropeptide stores following release. However, it is not known whether this is due to enhanced bidirectional capture. Here experiments at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction, where DCVs contain neuropeptides and a bone morphogenic protein, show that activity-dependent replenishment of synaptic neuropeptides following release is evident after inhibiting the retrograde transport with the dynactin disruptor mycalolide B or photobleaching DCVs entering a synaptic bouton by retrograde transport...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848060/man1-restricts-bmp-signaling-during-synaptic-growth-in-drosophila
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Ulrike Laugks, Marie Hieke, Nicole Wagner
Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling is crucial for coordinated synaptic growth and plasticity. Here, we show that the nuclear LEM-domain protein MAN1 is a negative regulator of synaptic growth at Drosophila larval and adult neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). Loss of MAN1 is associated with synaptic structural defects, including floating T-bars, membrane attachment defects, and accumulation of vesicles between perisynaptic membranes and membranes of the subsynaptic reticulum. In addition, MAN1 mutants accumulate more heterogeneously sized vesicles and multivesicular bodies in larval and adult synapses, the latter indicating that MAN1 may function in synaptic vesicle recycling and endosome-to-lysosome trafficking...
November 15, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826939/a-novel-iron-chelator-radical-scavenger-ameliorates-motor-dysfunction-and-improves-life-span-and-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-sod1-g93a-als-mice
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Sagit Golko-Perez, Tamar Amit, Orit Bar-Am, Moussa B H Youdim, Orly Weinreb
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of the novel neuroprotective multitarget brain permeable monoamine oxidase inhibitor/iron chelating-radical scavenging drug, VAR10303 (VAR), co-administered with high-calorie/energy-supplemented diet (ced) in SOD1(G93A) transgenic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mice. Administration of VAR-ced was initiated after the appearance of disease symptoms (at day 88), as this regimen is comparable with the earliest time at which drug therapy could start in ALS patients...
November 8, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810937/deficiency-of-cpeb2-confined-chat-expression-in-the-dorsal-motor-nucleus-of-vagus-causes-hyperactivated-parasympathetic-signaling-associated-bronchoconstriction
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Yen-Ting Lai, Chun-Kuei Su, Si-Tse Jiang, Ya-Jen Chang, Alan Chuan-Ying Lai, Yi-Shuian Huang
: Cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein 2 (CPEB2) is an RNA-binding protein and translational regulator. To understand the physiological function of CPEB2, we generated CPEB2 knockout (KO) mice and found that most died within 3 days after birth. CPEB2 is highly expressed in the brainstem, which controls vital functions like breathing. Whole-body plethysmography revealed that KO neonates had aberrant respiration with frequent apnea. Nevertheless, the morphology and function of respiratory rhythm generator and diaphragm neuromuscular junctions appeared normal...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798141/fatigue-in-rapsyn-deficient-zebrafish-reflects-defective-transmitter-release
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Hua Wen, Jeffrey Michael Hubbard, Wei-Chun Wang, Paul Brehm
: Rapsyn-deficient myasthenic syndrome is characterized by a weakness in voluntary muscle contraction, a direct consequence of greatly reduced synaptic responses that result from poorly clustered acetylcholine receptors. As with other myasthenic syndromes, the general muscle weakness is also accompanied by use-dependent fatigue. Here, we used paired motor neuron target muscle patch-clamp recordings from a rapsyn-deficient mutant line of zebrafish to explore for the first time the mechanisms causal to fatigue...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790792/als-associated-endoplasmic-reticulum-proteins-in-denervated-skeletal-muscle-implications-for-motor-neuron-disease-pathology
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C M Jesse, E Bushuven, P Tripathi, A Chandrasekar, C M Simon, C Drepper, A Yamoah, A Dreser, I Katona, S Johann, C Beyer, S Wagner, M Grond, S Nikolin, J Anink, D Troost, M Sendtner, A Goswami, J Weis
Alpha-motoneurons and muscle fibers are structurally and functionally interdependent. Both cell types particularly rely on endoplasmic reticulum (ER/SR) functions. Mutations of the ER proteins VAPB, SigR1 and HSP27 lead to hereditary motor neuron diseases (MNDs). Here, we determined the expression profile and localization of these ER proteins/chaperons by immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting in biopsy and autopsy muscle tissue of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurogenic muscular atrophies (NMAs) and compared these patterns to mouse models of neurogenic muscular atrophy...
October 28, 2016: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779167/a-missense-mutation-in-epsilon-subunit-of-acetylcholine-receptor-causing-autosomal-dominant-slow-channel-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-in-a-chinese-family
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Jia-Ze Tan, Yuan Man, Fei Xiao
BACKGROUND: Congenital myasthenic syndromes are a group of rare disorders that are clinically and genetically heterogeneous and caused by mutations in the genes encoding proteins of the neuromuscular junction. Here, we described a Chinese family that presented with phenotypes of classic slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome (SCCMS). METHODS: Clinical characteristics and electrophysiological features of three patients from a Chinese family were examined, and next-generation sequencing followed by direct sequencing was carried out...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734846/fe65-and-fe65l1-share-common-synaptic-functions-and-genetically-interact-with-the-app-family-in-neuromuscular-junction-formation
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Paul Strecker, Susann Ludewig, Marco Rust, Tabea A Mundinger, Andreas Görlich, Elisa G Krächan, Christina Mehrfeld, Joachim Herz, Martin Korte, Suzanne Y Guénette, Stefan Kins
The FE65 adaptor proteins (FE65, FE65L1 and FE65L2) bind proteins that function in diverse cellular pathways and are essential for specific biological processes. Mice lacking both FE65 and FE65L1 exhibit ectopic neuronal positioning in the cortex and muscle weakness. p97FE65-KO mice, expressing a shorter FE65 isoform able to bind amyloid precursor protein family members (APP, APLP1, APLP2), develop defective long-term potentiation (LTP) and aged mice display spatial learning and memory deficits that are absent from young mice...
May 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27715385/progress-of-endocytic-chrn-to-autophagic-degradation-is-regulated-by-rab5-gtpase-and-t145-phosphorylation-of-sh3glb1-at-mouse-neuromuscular-junctions-in-vivo
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Franziska Wild, Muzamil Majid Khan, Tatjana Straka, Rüdiger Rudolf
Endocytosed nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (CHRN) are degraded via macroautophagy/autophagy during atrophic conditions and are accompanied by the autophagic regulator protein SH3GLB1. The present study addressed the functional role of SH3GLB1 on CHRN trafficking and its implementation. We found an augmented ratio of total SH3GLB1 to threonine-145 phosphorylated SH3GLB1 (SH3GLB1:p-SH3GLB1) under conditions of increased CHRN vesicle numbers. Overexpression of T145 phosphomimetic (T145E) and phosphodeficient (T145A) mutants of SH3GLB1, were found to either slow down or augment the processing of endocytic CHRN vesicles, respectively...
October 7, 2016: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714760/role-of-oxidative-stress-in-oxaliplatin-induced-enteric-neuropathy-and-colonic-dysmotility-in-mice
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Rachel M McQuade, Simona E Carbone, Vanesa Stojanovska, Ahmed Rahman, Rachel M Gwynne, Ainsley M Robinson, Craig A Goodman, Joel C Bornstein, Kulmira Nurgali
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Oxaliplatin is a platinum-based chemotherapeutic drug used as a first-line therapy for colorectal cancer. However, its use is associated with severe gastrointestinal side-effects resulting in dose limitations and/or cessation of treatment. In this study, we tested whether oxidative stress, caused by chronic oxaliplatin treatment, induces enteric neuronal damage and colonic dysmotility. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Oxaliplatin (3 mg·kg(-1) per day) was administered in vivo to Balb/c mice intraperitoneally three times a week...
December 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711243/cgmp-dependent-protein-kinase-inhibition-extends-the-upper-temperature-limit-of-stimulus-evoked-calcium-responses-in-motoneuronal-boutons-of-drosophila-melanogaster-larvae
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Jennifer L Krill, Ken Dawson-Scully
While the mammalian brain functions within a very narrow range of oxygen concentrations and temperatures, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has employed strategies to deal with a much wider range of acute environmental stressors. The foraging (for) gene encodes the cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG), has been shown to regulate thermotolerance in many stress-adapted species, including Drosophila, and could be a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of hyperthermia in mammals. Whereas previous thermotolerance studies have looked at the effects of PKG variation on Drosophila behavior or excitatory postsynaptic potentials at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), little is known about PKG effects on presynaptic mechanisms...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704496/myasthenia-gravis
#18
Daniel B Drachman
The basic abnormality in myasthenia gravis (MG) is a reduction in acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at neuromuscular junctions due to the effects of autoantibodies that are directed against the AChRs in most patients, or against neighboring proteins involved in the clustering of AChRs (MuSK, LRP-4, or agrin). Clinically, MG is characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue, often in typical patterns. The diagnosis may be missed early, and depends on the recognition of clinical manifestations, the measurement of autoantibodies, and/or electrophysiological features...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677608/a-novel-fusion-protein-achr-fc-ameliorates-myasthenia-gravis-by-neutralizing-antiacetylcholine-receptor-antibodies-and-suppressing-acetylcholine-receptor-reactive-b-cells
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Masayuki Homma, Akiyuki Uzawa, Hitoshi Tanaka, Naoki Kawaguchi, Tetsuya Kanai, Kenji Nakajima, Masakuni Narita, Yukio Hara, Hideya Maruyama, Yasumasa Ogawa, Keiichi Himuro, Satoshi Kuwabara
Most patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) have elevated levels of autoantibodies against the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) at the neuromuscular junction, which leads to muscle weakness. We developed a fusion protein, AChR-Fc, as a novel therapeutic biomolecule for patients with MG and examined its efficacy. AChR-Fc was expressed by Chinese hamster ovary cells and purified. We examined the neutralizing activity and cellular cytotoxicity of AChR-Fc using anti-AChR antibody-producing hybridoma cells and serum samples from 16 patients with MG...
September 27, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671198/bmp-signaling-modulates-the-probability-of-neurotransmitter-release-and-readily-releasable-pools-in-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction-synapses
#20
Seung-Hyun Lee, Yoon-Jung Kim, Se-Young Choi
The structure and function of synapses is modulated by the interaction of presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons via cell adhesion molecules or secreted signal molecules. Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is a secreted molecule mediating retrograde signaling that is involved in the formation and maintenance of synaptic structure throughout many animal species. However, how BMP signaling modulates presynaptic neurotransmitter release is not yet clear. We studied the function of BMP signaling factors in neurotransmitter release in Drosophila neuromuscular synapses using loss-of-function mutants in genes for BMP modulators, Wit, Mad, and Dad...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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