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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166601/triple-function-of-synaptotagmin-7-ensures-efficiency-of-high-frequency-transmission-at-central-gabaergic-synapses
#1
Chong Chen, Rachel Satterfield, Samuel M Young, Peter Jonas
Synaptotagmin 7 (Syt7) is thought to be a Ca(2+) sensor that mediates asynchronous transmitter release and facilitation at synapses. However, Syt7 is strongly expressed in fast-spiking, parvalbumin-expressing GABAergic interneurons, and the output synapses of these neurons produce only minimal asynchronous release and show depression rather than facilitation. To resolve this apparent contradiction, we examined the effects of genetic elimination of Syt7 on synaptic transmission at the GABAergic basket cell (BC)-Purkinje cell (PC) synapse in cerebellum...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164431/response-of-the-gabaergic-system-to-axotomy-of-the-rat-facial-nerve
#2
Reika Kikuchi, Makoto Hamanoue, Maasa Koshimoto, Shinichi Kohsaka, Kazuyuki Nakajima
The responses of inhibitory neurons/synapses to motoneuron injury in the cranial nervous system remain to be elucidated. In this study, we analyzed GABAA receptor (GABAAR) and GABAergic neurons at the protein level in the transected rat facial nucleus. Immunoblotting revealed that the GABAARα1 protein levels in the axotomized facial nucleus decreased significantly 5-14 days post-insult, and these levels remained low for 5 weeks. Immunohistochemical analysis indicated that the GABAARα1-expressing cells were motoneurons...
November 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163811/impaired-gabab-mediated-presynaptic-inhibition-increases-excitatory-strength-and-alters-short-term-plasticity-in-synapsin-knockout-mice
#3
Pierluigi Valente, Pasqualina Farisello, Flavia Valtorta, Pietro Baldelli, Fabio Benfenati
Synapsins are a family of synaptic vesicle phosphoproteins regulating synaptic transmission and plasticity. SYN1/2 genes are major epilepsy susceptibility genes in humans. Consistently, synapsin I/II/III triple knockout (TKO) mice are epileptic and exhibit severe impairments in phasic and tonic GABAergic inhibition that precede the appearance of the epileptic phenotype. These changes are associated with an increased strength of excitatory transmission that has never been mechanistically investigated. Here, we observed that an identical effect in excitatory transmission could be induced in wild-type (WT) Schaffer collateral-CA1 pyramidal cell synapses by blockade of GABAB receptors (GABABRs)...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163226/adenosine-a2a-receptor-modulates-the-activity-of-globus-pallidus-neurons-in-rats
#4
Hui-Ling Diao, Yan Xue, Xiao-Hua Han, Shuang-Yan Wang, Cui Liu, Wen-Fang Chen, Lei Chen
The globus pallidus is a central nucleus in the basal ganglia motor control circuit. Morphological studies have revealed the expression of adenosine A2A receptors in the globus pallidus. To determine the modulation of adenosine A2A receptors on the activity of pallidal neurons in both normal and parkinsonian rats, in vivo electrophysiological and behavioral tests were performed in the present study. The extracellular single unit recordings showed that micro-pressure administration of adenosine A2A receptor agonist, CGS21680, regulated the pallidal firing activity...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163043/combination-therapy-in-fragile-x-syndrome-possibilities-and-pitfalls-illustrated-by-targeting-the-mglur5-and-gaba-pathway-simultaneously
#5
Shimriet Zeidler, Helen de Boer, Renate K Hukema, Rob Willemsen
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common monogenetic cause of intellectual disability and autism. The disorder is characterized by altered synaptic plasticity in the brain. Synaptic plasticity is tightly regulated by a complex balance of different synaptic pathways. In FXS, various synaptic pathways are disrupted, including the excitatory metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) and the inhibitory γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) pathways. Targeting each of these pathways individually, has demonstrated beneficial effects in animal models, but not in patients with FXS...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163035/npas2-regulation-of-anxiety-like-behavior-and-gabaa-receptors
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Angela R Ozburn, Joseph Kern, Puja K Parekh, Ryan W Logan, Zheng Liu, Edgardo Falcon, Darius Becker-Krail, Kush Purohit, Nicole M Edgar, Yanhua Huang, Colleen A McClung
Abnormal circadian rhythms and circadian genes are strongly associated with several psychiatric disorders. Neuronal PAS Domain Protein 2 (NPAS2) is a core component of the molecular clock that acts as a transcription factor and is highly expressed in reward- and stress-related brain regions such as the striatum. However, the mechanism by which NPAS2 is involved in mood-related behaviors is still unclear. We measured anxiety-like behaviors in mice with a global null mutation in Npas2 (Npas2 null mutant mice) and found that Npas2 null mutant mice exhibit less anxiety-like behavior than their wild-type (WT) littermates (in elevated plus maze, light/dark box and open field assay)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163022/the-insula-and-taste-learning
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Adonis Yiannakas, Kobi Rosenblum
The sense of taste is a key component of the sensory machinery, enabling the evaluation of both the safety as well as forming associations regarding the nutritional value of ingestible substances. Indicative of the salience of the modality, taste conditioning can be achieved in rodents upon a single pairing of a tastant with a chemical stimulus inducing malaise. This robust associative learning paradigm has been heavily linked with activity within the insular cortex (IC), among other regions, such as the amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162453/combined-hypoxia-and-hypercapnia-but-not-hypoxia-alone-suppresses-neurotransmission-from-orexin-to-hypothalamic-paraventricular-spinally-projecting-neurons-in-weanling-rats
#8
Olga Dergacheva, David Mendelowitz
Both orexin neurons in the lateral hypothalamus and spinally-projecting pre-sympathetic neurons (PSNs) in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) play an important role in the regulation of cardiovascular function under normal conditions and during cardiovascular challenges such as hypoxia and/or hypercapnia. We have previously established, using selective optogenetic excitation of orexin neurons and pathways, there is a heterogeneous neurotransmission from orexin neurons to PSNs in the PVN. This study was undertaken to test whether this pathway is altered by acute exposure to hypoxia alone and/or combined hypoxia and hypercapnia (H/H)...
November 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161383/basal-forebrain-gating-by-somatostatin-neurons-drives-prefrontal-cortical-activity
#9
Nelson Espinosa, Alejandra Alonso, Cristian Morales, Pedro Espinosa, Andrés E Chávez, Pablo Fuentealba
The basal forebrain provides modulatory input to the cortex regulating brain states and cognitive processing. Somatostatin-expressing neurons constitute a heterogeneous GABAergic population known to functionally inhibit basal forebrain cortically projecting cells thus favoring sleep and cortical synchronization. However, it remains unclear if somatostatin cells can regulate population activity patterns in the basal forebrain and modulate cortical dynamics. Here, we demonstrate that somatostatin neurons regulate the corticopetal synaptic output of the basal forebrain impinging on cortical activity and behavior...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161354/p140cap-regulates-gabaergic-synaptogenesis-and-development-of-hippocampal-inhibitory-circuits
#10
Isabella Russo, Daniela Gavello, Elisabetta Menna, David Vandael, Carola Veglia, Noemi Morello, Irene Corradini, Elisa Focchi, Annalisa Alfieri, Costanza Angelini, Federico Tommaso Bianchi, Alessandro Morellato, Andrea Marcantoni, Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Matteo Maria Ottaviani, Latefa Yekhlef, Maurizio Giustetto, Stefano Taverna, Valentina Carabelli, Michela Matteoli, Emilio Carbone, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
The neuronal scaffold protein p140Cap was investigated during hippocampal network formation. p140Cap is present in presynaptic GABAergic terminals and its genetic depletion results in a marked alteration of inhibitory synaptic activity. p140Cap-/- cultured neurons display higher frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) with no changes of their mean amplitude. Consistent with a potential presynaptic alteration of basal GABA release, p140Cap-/- neurons exhibit a larger synaptic vesicle readily releasable pool, without any variation of single GABAA receptor unitary currents and number of postsynaptic channels...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155265/neuroanatomical-distribution-and-function-of-the-vasopressin-v1b-receptor-in-the-rat-brain-deciphered-using-specific-fluorescent-ligands
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Maithé Corbani, Rafik Marir, Miguel Trueba, Magda Chafai, Anne Vincent, Amélie M Borie, Michel G Desarménien, Yoichi Ueta, Csaba Tomboly, Aleksandra Olma, Maurice Manning, Gilles Guillon
It is now accepted that vasopressin, through V1A/V1B receptors, centrally regulates cognitive functions such as memory, affiliation, stress, fear and depression. However, the respective roles of these receptor isoforms and their contribution to stress-related pathologies remain uncertain. The development of new therapeutic treatments requires a precise knowledge of the distribution of these receptors within the brain, which has been so far hampered by the lack of selective V1B markers. In the present study, we have determined the pharmacological properties of three new potent rat V1B fluorescent ligands and demonstrated that they constitute valuable tools for simultaneous visualization and activation of native V1B receptors in living rat brain tissue...
November 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154812/under-stressful-conditions-activation-of-the-ionotropic-p2x7-receptor-differentially-regulates-gaba-and-glutamate-release-from-nerve-terminals-of-the-rat-cerebral-cortex
#12
Aurora R Barros-Barbosa, Ângela Oliveira, M Graça Lobo, J Miguel Cordeiro, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate (Glu) are the main inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (CNS), respectively. Fine tuning regulation of extracellular levels of these amino acids is essential for normal brain activity. Recently, we showed that neocortical nerve terminals from patients with epilepsy express higher amounts of the non-desensitizing ionotropic P2X7 receptor. Once activated by ATP released from neuronal cells, the P2X7 receptor unbalances GABAergic vs...
November 14, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154037/sex-and-age-specific-modulation-of-brain-gaba-levels-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
Upasana Roy, Lara Stute, Corinna Höfling, Maike Hartlage-Rübsamen, Jörg Matysik, Steffen Roβner, A Alia
Age and sex are risk factors of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Among the neurotransmitter systems, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) has been implicated in AD pathogenesis but the relevance of sex-specific GABAergic dysfunction during AD progression remains unknown. In the present study, we utilized state-of-the-art high-resolution magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance to systematically monitor the brain region-, age-, and sex-specific modulation of GABA levels in wild-type and Tg2576 mice with amyloid pathology...
October 26, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152768/the-distribution-of-calbindind-28k-and-parvalbumin-immunoreactive-neurons-in-the-somatosensory-area-of-the-pigeon-pallium
#14
J H Ahn, J H Park, S Y Choi, T-K Lee, J H Cho, I H Kim, J-C Lee, J H Choi, I K Hwang, E Lee, S Park, J Lim, Y J Lee, K Seo, M-H Won
GABAergic interneurons regulate the degree of glutamatergic excitation and output of projection neurons. In this study, we investigated the distribution of calbindinD-28k (CB) and parvalbumin (PV) in the somatosensory area of the pigeon pallium using immunohistochemical method. Our results show that anatomical structures of the somatosensory area of the pigeon pallium consisted of several subdivisions including the hyperpallium, intercalated hyperpallium, mesopallium, nidopallium and basorostralis. Neuronal density was significantly higher in the intercalated hyperpallium and basorostralis than that in the other subdivisions...
November 19, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148909/inhibition-of-gaba-transporters-fails-to-afford-significant-protection-following-focal-cerebral-ischemia
#15
Maria Ek Lie, Emma K Gowing, Rasmus P Clausen, Petrine Wellendorph, Andrew N Clarkson
Brain ischemia triggers excitotoxicity and cell death, yet no neuroprotective drugs have made it to the clinic. While enhancing GABAergic signaling to counterbalance excitotoxicity has shown promise in animal models, clinical studies have failed. Blockade of GABA transporters (GATs) offers an indirect approach to increase GABA inhibition to lower the excitation threshold of neurons. Among the GATs, GAT1 is known to promote neuroprotection, while the protective role of the extrasynaptic transporters GAT3 and BGT1 is elusive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146995/gaba-concentrations-in-the-anterior-temporal-lobe-predict-human-semantic-processing
#16
JeYoung Jung, Stephen R Williams, Faezeh Sanaei Nezhad, Matthew A Lambon Ralph
There is now considerable convergent evidence from multiple methodologies and clinical studies that the human anterior temporal lobe (ATL) is a semantic representational hub. However, the neurochemical nature of the ATL in the semantic processing remains unclear. The current study investigated the neurochemical mechanism underlying semantic processing in the ATL. We combined functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with resting-state magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to measure task-related blood-oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal changes during sematic processing and resting-state GABA concentrations in the ATL...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146880/optogenetic-inhibition-of-striatal-gabaergic-neuronal-activity-improves-outcomes-after-ischemic-brain-injury
#17
Lu Jiang, Wanlu Li, Muyassar Mamtilahun, Yaying Song, Yuanyuan Ma, Meijie Qu, Yifan Lu, Xiaosong He, Jieyu Zheng, Zongjie Fu, Zhijun Zhang, Guo-Yuan Yang, Yongting Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Striatal GABAergic neuron is known as a key regulator in adult neurogenesis. However, the specific role of striatal GABAergic neuronal activity in the promotion of neurological recovery after ischemic stroke remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetic approach to investigate these effects and mechanism. METHODS: Laser stimulation was delivered via an implanted optical fiber to inhibit or activate the striatal GABAergic neurons in Gad2-Arch-GFP or Gad2-ChR2-tdTomato mice (n=80) 1 week after 60-minute transient middle cerebral artery occlusion...
November 16, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144966/gabaergic-synaptogenesis-a-case-for-cooperation
#18
Jean-Marc Fritschy, Shiva K Tyagarajan
Multiple cell-adhesion molecules contribute to synapse formation by mediating trans-synaptic interactions with presynaptic signaling molecules. In this issue of Neuron, Li et al. (2017) report cooperativity between Neuroligin2 and Slitrk3, exerting distinct effects on GABAergic synapse formation in immature and mature neurons.
November 15, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143219/glutamatergic-gabaergic-and-endocannabinoid-neurotransmissions-within-the-dorsal-hippocampus-modulate-the-cardiac-baroreflex-function-in-rats
#19
Nilson Carlos Ferreira-Junior, Davi Campos Lagatta, Leonardo Barbosa Moraes Resstel
The dorsal hippocampus (DH) is involved in the modulation of the cardiac baroreflex function. There is a wide expression of the NMDA and AMPA/Kainate receptors within the DH. Glutamate administration into the DH triggers both tachycardia and pressor responses. Moreover, GABAergic interneurons and endocannabinoid system play an important role in modulation of the activity of glutamatergic neurons within the DH. Therefore, the present work aimed to evaluate the involvement of the glutamatergic, GABAergic, and endocannabinoid neurotransmissions within the DH in cardiac baroreflex function in rats...
November 15, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142291/resveratrol-modulates-cocaine-induced-inhibitory-synaptic-plasticity-in-vta-dopamine-neurons-by-inhibiting-phosphodiesterases-pdes
#20
Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Li Zhao, Fanxing Zeng, Qing-Song Liu
Resveratrol is a natural phytoalexin synthesized by plants, including grapes. It displays a wide range of neuroprotective benefits associated with anti-aging. Recent studies have shown that resveratrol regulates dopaminergic transmission and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse. The goal of the present study is to investigate whether and how resveratrol alters basal inhibitory synaptic transmission and cocaine-induced inhibitory synaptic plasticity in dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). We report that resveratrol elevated cAMP levels by itself and further potentiated a forskolin-induced increase in cAMP levels in midbrain slices, consistent with reported effects of inhibition of phosphodiesterases (PDEs)...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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