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Xiang He, Ling Jiang, Qi-Qin Dan, Qiang Lv, Yue Hu, Jia Liu, Ting-Hua Wang, Shu-Fen Wang
Collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2), an important protein involved in axonal growth and the maintenance of neuronal membrane integrity, has proved to be altered in nervous system diseases. This study was aimed to investigate the role of CRMP2 in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) treating rats with cerebral ischemia. BMSCs were isolated from shaft of the femurs, tibiae, and humeri and was intra-carotid administrated immediately after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Modified Neurological Severity Scores (mNSS) was conducted at 3, 7, 14 dpo and the electrophysiologic evaluation was evaluated at 14 dpo...
October 17, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Bernhard Reuss, Abdul R Asif, Abdullah Almamy, Christian Schwerk, Horst Schroten, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Charis Drummer, Rüdiger Behr
Prenatal maternal infections with Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) correlate with an increased lifetime probability for the offspring to develop psychosis. We could previously demonstrate that in human choroid plexus papilloma cells, anti-NG antibodies (α-NG) bind to mitochondrial proteins HSP60 and ATPB, and interfere with cellular energy metabolism. To assess the in vivo relevance for this, especially during prenatal neural development, we investigated here interactions of NG-specific antisera (α-NG1, α-NG2) with brain, choroid plexus and other non-neural tissues in pre- and perinatal samples of the nonhuman primate (NHP) Callithrix jacchus (CJ), a NHP model for preclinical research...
October 17, 2016: Brain Research
Alessio Soggiu, Cristian Piras, Viviana Greco, Paola Devoto, Andrea Urbani, Luigino Calzetta, Marco Bortolato, Paola Roncada
The enzyme 5α-reductase (5αR) catalyzes the conversion of progesterone and testosterone into neuroactive steroids implicated in a wide array of behavioral functions. The prototypical 5αR inhibitor, finasteride (FIN), is clinically approved for the treatment of androgenic alopecia and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Recent evidence has shown that FIN, albeit generally well tolerated, can induce untoward psychological effects in a subset of patients; furthermore, this drug may have therapeutic efficacy for a number of different neuropsychiatric conditions, ranging from Tourette syndrome to schizophrenia...
October 6, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Huayang Xing, Yun-An Lim, Joyce R Chong, Jasinda H Lee, Dag Aarsland, Clive G Ballard, Paul T Francis, Christopher P Chen, Mitchell K P Lai
Collapsin response mediator protein-2 (CRMP2) regulates axonal growth cone extension, and increased CRMP2 phosphorylation may lead to axonal degeneration. Axonal and synaptic pathology is an important feature of Lewy body dementias (LBD), but the state of CRMP2 phosphorylation (pCRMP2) as well as its correlations with markers of neurodegeneration have not been studied in these dementias. Hence, we measured CRMP2 phosphorylation at Thr509, Thr514 and Ser522, as well as markers of β-amyloid (Aβ), tau-phosphorylation, α-synuclein and synaptic function in the postmortem neocortex of a longitudinally assessed cohort of LBD patients characterized by low (Parkinson's disease dementia, PDD) and high (dementia with Lewy bodies, DLB) burden of Alzheimer type pathology...
2016: Molecular Brain
Haruko Nakamura, Naoya Yamashita, Ayuko Kimura, Yayoi Kimura, Hisashi Hirano, Hiroko Makihara, Yuko Kawamoto, Aoi Jitsuki-Takahashi, Kumiko Yonezaki, Kenkichi Takase, Tomoyuki Miyazaki, Fumio Nakamura, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yoshio Goshima
Collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2) plays a key role in axon guidance, dendritic morphogenesis and cell polarization. CRMP2 is implicated in various neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, in vivo functions of CRMP2 remain unknown. We generated CRMP2 gene-deficient (crmp2(-/-) ) mice and examined their behavioral phenotypes. During 24-h home cage monitoring, the activity level during the dark phase of crmp2(-/-) mice was significantly higher than that of wild-type (WT) mice. Moreover, the time during the open arm of an elevated plus maze was longer for crmp2(-/-) mice than for WT mice...
October 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Jennifer Y Xie, Lindsey A Chew, Xiaofang Yang, Yuying Wang, Chaoling Qu, Yue Wang, Lauren M Federici, Stephanie D Fitz, Matthew S Ripsch, Michael R Due, Aubin Moutal, May Khanna, Fletcher A White, Todd W Vanderah, Philip L Johnson, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Uncoupling the protein-protein interaction between collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2) and N-type voltage-gated calcium channel (CaV2.2) with an allosteric CRMP2-derived peptide (CBD3) is antinociceptive in rodent models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. We investigated the efficacy, duration of action, abuse potential, and neurobehavioral toxicity of an improved mutant CRMP2 peptide. A homopolyarginine (R9)-conjugated CBD3-A6K (R9-CBD3-A6K) peptide inhibited the CaV2.2-CRMP2 interaction in a concentration-dependent fashion and diminished surface expression of CaV2...
September 2016: Pain
Hiroko Makihara, Shiori Nakai, Wataru Ohkubo, Naoya Yamashita, Fumio Nakamura, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Go Shioi, Aoi Jitsuki-Takahashi, Haruko Nakamura, Fumiaki Tanaka, Tomoko Akase, Pappachan Kolattukudy, Yoshio Goshima
Collapsin response mediator protein 2, CRMP2, has been identified as an intracellular signaling mediator for Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A). CRMP2 plays a key role in axon guidance, dendritic morphogenesis, and cell polarization. It has been also implicated in a variety of neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, the in vivo functions of CRMP2 remain unknown. We generated CRMP2 gene-deficient (crmp2(-/-) ) mice. The crmp2(-/-) mice showed irregular development of dendritic spines in cortical neurons. The density of dendritic spines was reduced in the cortical layer V pyramidal neurons of crmp2(-/-) mice as well as in those of sema3A(-/-) and crmp1(-/-) mice...
September 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Huimin Zhou, Rui Zhang, Kang Lu, Wenjun Yu, Bing Xie, Dongsheng Cui, Lei Jiang, Qingfu Zhang, Shunjiang Xu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is usually accompanied by abnormal gene expression. The 20 to 25 nucleotide (nt) tiny regulators, known as micro ribonucleic acids (miRNAs), have been found to play important roles in the etiology and pathogenesis of various biological processes. The purpose of the current study was to identify the aberrant expression of microRNAs in the hippocampus of an AD mouse model and to investigate its potential role during the progression of AD...
August 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Anatoly Uzdensky, Svetlana Demyanenko, Grigory Fedorenko, Tayana Lapteva, Alexej Fedorenko
After ischemic stroke, cell damage propagates from infarct core to surrounding tissues (penumbra). To reveal proteins involved in neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in penumbra, we studied protein expression changes in 2-mm ring around the core of photothrombotic infarct induced in the rat brain cortex by local laser irradiation after administration of Bengal Rose. The ultrastructural study showed edema and degeneration of neurons, glia, and capillaries. Morphological changes gradually decreased across the penumbra...
June 21, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Hongsheng Zhang, Eunchai Kang, Yaqing Wang, Chaojuan Yang, Hui Yu, Qin Wang, Zheyu Chen, Chen Zhang, Kimberly M Christian, Hongjun Song, Guo-Li Ming, Zhiheng Xu
Several genome- and proteome-wide studies have associated transcription and translation changes of CRMP2 (collapsing response mediator protein 2) with psychiatric disorders, yet little is known about its function in the developing or adult mammalian brain in vivo. Here we show that brain-specific Crmp2 knockout (cKO) mice display molecular, cellular, structural and behavioural deficits, many of which are reminiscent of neural features and symptoms associated with schizophrenia. cKO mice exhibit enlarged ventricles and impaired social behaviour, locomotor activity, and learning and memory...
June 1, 2016: Nature Communications
Abdelghani Mazouzi, Alexey Stukalov, André C Müller, Doris Chen, Marc Wiedner, Jana Prochazkova, Shih-Chieh Chiang, Michael Schuster, Florian P Breitwieser, Andreas Pichlmair, Sherif F El-Khamisy, Christoph Bock, Robert Kralovics, Jacques Colinge, Keiryn L Bennett, Joanna I Loizou
The cellular response to replication stress requires the DNA-damage-responsive kinase ATM and its cofactor ATMIN; however, the roles of this signaling pathway following replication stress are unclear. To identify the functions of ATM and ATMIN in response to replication stress, we utilized both transcriptomics and quantitative mass-spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics. We found that replication stress induced by aphidicolin triggered widespread changes in both gene expression and protein phosphorylation patterns...
April 14, 2016: Cell Reports
Kenneth Hensley, Petri Kursula
Alzheimer's disease (AD) has long been viewed as a pathology that must be caused either by aberrant amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP) processing, dysfunctional tau protein processing, or a combination of these two factors. This is a reasonable assumption because amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) accumulation and tau hyperphosphorylation are the defining histological features in AD, and because AβPP and tau mutations can cause AD in humans or AD-like features in animal models. Nonetheless, other protein players are emerging that one can argue are significant etiological players in subsets of AD and potentially novel, druggable targets...
April 15, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Junya Toba, Miyu Nikkuni, Masato Ishizeki, Aya Yoshii, Naoto Watamura, Takafumi Inoue, Toshio Ohshima
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the best known neurodegenerative diseases; it causes dementia and its pathological features include accumulation of amyloid β (Aβ) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in the brain. Elevated Cdk5 activity and CRMP2 phosphorylation have been reported in the brains of AD model mice at the early stage of the disease, but the significance thereof in human AD remains unelucidated. We have recently reported that Aβ accumulation in the cerebellum of AD model APPswe/PS1dE9 (APP/PS1) mice, and cerebellar dysfunctions, such as impairment of motor coordination ability and long-term depression (LTD) induction, at the pre-Aβ accumulation stage...
May 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hervé Husson, Sarah Moreno, Laurie A Smith, Mandy M Smith, Ryan J Russo, Rose Pitstick, Mikhail Sergeev, Steven R Ledbetter, Nikolay O Bukanov, Monica Lane, Kate Zhang, Katy Billot, George Carlson, Jagesh Shah, Laurent Meijer, David R Beier, Oxana Ibraghimov-Beskrovnaya
Polycystic kidney diseases (PKDs) comprise a subgroup of ciliopathies characterized by the formation of fluid-filled kidney cysts and progression to end-stage renal disease. A mechanistic understanding of cystogenesis is crucial for the development of viable therapeutic options. Here, we identify CDK5, a kinase active in post mitotic cells, as a new and important mediator of PKD progression. We show that long-lasting attenuation of PKD in the juvenile cystic kidneys (jck) mouse model of nephronophthisis by pharmacological inhibition of CDK5 using either R-roscovitine or S-CR8 is accompanied by sustained shortening of cilia and a more normal epithelial phenotype, suggesting this treatment results in a reprogramming of cellular differentiation...
April 5, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Aubin Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Xiaofang Yang, Yue Wang, Seul Ki Yeon, Edwin Telemi, Seeneen Meroueh, Ki Duk Park, Raghuraman Shrinivasan, Kerry B Gilbraith, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Amol Patwardhan, Todd W Vanderah, May Khanna, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Chronic pain affects the life of millions of people. Current treatments have deleterious side effects. We have advanced a strategy for targeting protein interactions which regulate the N-type voltage-gated calcium (CaV2.2) channel as an alternative to direct channel block. Peptides uncoupling CaV2.2 interactions with the axonal collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2) were antinociceptive without effects on memory, depression, and reward/addiction. A search for small molecules that could recapitulate uncoupling of the CaV2...
July 2016: Pain
Kavita Shah, Debomoy K Lahiri
Cdk5, a cyclin-dependent kinase family member, is a global orchestrator of neuronal cytoskeletal dynamics. During embryogenesis, Cdk5 is indispensable for brain development. In adults, it is essential for numerous neuronal processes, including higher cognitive functions such as learning and memory formation, drug addiction, pain signaling, and long-term behavior changes through long-term potentiation and long-term depression, all of which rely on rapid alterations in the cytoskeleton. Cdk5 activity becomes deregulated in various brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and ischemic stroke; these all result in profound remodeling of the neuronal cytoskeleton...
March 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Wei-Cheng Chen, Yi-Syuan Lai, Shih-Hang Lin, Kuan-Hung Lu, Yu-En Lin, Suraphan Panyod, Chi-Tang Ho, Lee-Yan Sheen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Gastrodia elata Blume is a highly valuable traditional Chinese medicine used in the treatment of depression. However, compounds with antidepressant effects in water extracts of G. elata Bl. (WGE) have not been identified. The aims of this study were to determine the major antidepressant compound in WGE and to evaluate the antidepressant effects of WGE and its active compounds which involved the monoaminergic system and neuronal cytoskeletal remodeling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gastrodin (GAS) and 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol (HBA) in WGE, were analyzed with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-ultraviolet detection...
April 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Xiaohua Jin, Kodai Sasamoto, Jun Nagai, Yuki Yamazaki, Kenta Saito, Yoshio Goshima, Takafumi Inoue, Toshio Ohshima
Proper density and morphology of dendritic spines are important for higher brain functions such as learning and memory. However, our knowledge about molecular mechanisms that regulate thedevelopment and maintenance of dendritic spines is limited. We recently reported that cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is required for the development and maintenance of dendritic spines of cortical neurons in the mouse brain. Previous in vitro studies have suggested the involvement of Cdk5 substrates in the formation of dendritic spines; however, their role in spine development has not been tested in vivo...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Jun Nagai, Kazuki Owada, Yoshiteru Kitamura, Yoshio Goshima, Toshio Ohshima
Central nervous system (CNS) regeneration is restricted by both the lack of neurotrophic responses and the presence of inhibitory factors. As of yet, a common mediator of these two pathways has not been identified. Microtubule dynamics is responsible for several key processes after CNS injuries: intracellular trafficking of receptors for neurotrophic factors, axonal retraction by inhibitory factors, and secondary tissue damages by inflammation and scarring. Kinases regulating microtubule organization, such as Cdk5 or GSK3β, may play pivotal roles during CNS recovery, but the molecular mechanisms remain to be elucidated...
March 2016: Experimental Neurology
Xuan Yang, Xinxin Zhang, Yun Li, Song Han, David W Howells, Shujuan Li, Junfa Li
We previously reported that conventional protein kinase C (cPKC)β participated in hypoxic preconditioning-induced neuroprotection against cerebral ischemic injury, and collapsin response-mediated protein 2 (CRMP2) was identified as a cPKCβ interacting protein. In this study, we explored the regulation of CRMP2 phosphorylation and proteolysis by cPKCβ, and their role in ischemic injury of oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated cortical neurons and brains of mice with middle cerebral artery occlusion-induced ischemic stroke...
May 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
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