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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906174/therapeutic-advantage-of-pro-electrophilic-drugs-to-activate-the-nrf2-are-pathway-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
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Stuart A Lipton, Tayebeh Rezaie, Anthony Nutter, Kevin M Lopez, James Parker, Kunio Kosaka, Takumi Satoh, Scott R McKercher, Eliezer Masliah, Nobuki Nakanishi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by synaptic and neuronal loss, which occurs at least partially through oxidative stress induced by oligomeric amyloid-β (Aβ)-peptide. Carnosic acid (CA), a chemical found in rosemary and sage, is a pro-electrophilic compound that is converted to its active form by oxidative stress. The active form stimulates the Keap1/Nrf2 transcriptional pathway and thus production of phase 2 antioxidant enzymes. We used both in vitro and in vivo models. For in vitro studies, we evaluated protective effects of CA on primary neurons exposed to oligomeric Aβ...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904493/beta-2-adrenergic-receptor-activation-enhances-neurogenesis-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
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Gao-Shang Chai, Yang-Yang Wang, Amina Yasheng, Peng Zhao
Impaired hippocampal neurogenesis is one of the early pathological features of Alzheimer's disease. Enhancing adult hippocampal neurogenesis has been pursued as a potential therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that environmental novelty activates β2-adrenergic signaling and prevents the memory impairment induced by amyloid-β oligomers. Here, we hypothesized that β2-adrenoceptor activation would enhance neurogenesis and ameliorate memory deficits in Alzheimer's disease...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898076/growth-hormone-biases-amygdala-network-activation-after-fear-learning
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B Gisabella, S Farah, X Peng, A Burgos-Robles, S H Lim, K A Goosens
Prolonged stress exposure is a risk factor for developing posttraumatic stress disorder, a disorder characterized by the 'over-encoding' of a traumatic experience. A potential mechanism by which this occurs is through upregulation of growth hormone (GH) in the amygdala. Here we test the hypotheses that GH promotes the over-encoding of fearful memories by increasing the number of neurons activated during memory encoding and biasing the allocation of neuronal activation, one aspect of the process by which neurons compete to encode memories, to favor neurons that have stronger inputs...
November 29, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897242/cortical-synaptic-and-dendritic-spine-abnormalities-in-a-presymptomatic-tdp-43-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Matthew J Fogarty, Paul M Klenowski, John D Lee, Joy R Drieberg-Thompson, Selena E Bartlett, Shyuan T Ngo, Massimo A Hilliard, Mark C Bellingham, Peter G Noakes
Layer V pyramidal neurons (LVPNs) within the motor cortex integrate sensory cues and co-ordinate voluntary control of motor output. In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) LVPNs and spinal motor neurons degenerate. The pathogenesis of neural degeneration is unknown in ALS; 10% of cases have a genetic cause, whereas 90% are sporadic, with most of the latter showing TDP-43 inclusions. Clinical and experimental evidence implicate excitotoxicity as a prime aetiological candidate. Using patch clamp and dye-filling techniques in brain slices, combined with high-resolution confocal microscopy, we report increased excitatory synaptic inputs and dendritic spine densities in early presymptomatic mice carrying a TDP-43(Q331K) mutation...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881772/store-operated-calcium-channel-complex-in-postsynaptic-spines-a-new-therapeutic-target-for-alzheimer-s-disease-treatment
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Hua Zhang, Suya Sun, Lili Wu, Ekaterina Pchitskaya, Olga Zakharova, Klementina Fon Tacer, Ilya Bezprozvanny
: Mushroom dendritic spine structures are essential for memory storage and the loss of mushroom spines may explain memory defects in aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The stability of mushroom spines depends on stromal interaction molecule 2 (STIM2)-mediated neuronal-store-operated Ca(2+) influx (nSOC) pathway, which is compromised in AD mouse models, in aging neurons, and in sporadic AD patients. Here, we demonstrate that the Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 6 (TRPC6) and Orai2 channels form a STIM2-regulated nSOC Ca(2+) channel complex in hippocampal mushroom spines...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880914/neuronal-ctcf-is-necessary-for-basal-and-experience-dependent-gene-regulation-memory-formation-and-genomic-structure-of-bdnf-and-arc
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Dev Sharan Sams, Stefano Nardone, Dmitriy Getselter, Dana Raz, Moran Tal, Prudhvi Raj Rayi, Hanoch Kaphzan, Ofir Hakim, Evan Elliott
CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF) is an organizer of higher-order chromatin structure and regulates gene expression. Genetic studies have implicated mutations in CTCF in intellectual disabilities. However, the role of CTCF-mediated chromatin structure in learning and memory is unclear. We show that depletion of CTCF in postmitotic neurons, or depletion in the hippocampus of adult mice through viral-mediated knockout, induces deficits in learning and memory. These deficits in learning and memory at the beginning of adulthood are correlated with impaired long-term potentiation and reduced spine density, with no changes in basal synaptic transmission and dendritic morphogenesis and arborization...
November 22, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878757/targeting-ccr3-to-reduce-amyloid-%C3%AE-production-tau-hyperphosphorylation-and-synaptic-loss-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chunyan Zhu, Bing Xu, Xiaohong Sun, Qiwen Zhu, Yi Sui
The majority of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients have a late onset, and chronic neuroinflammation, characterized by glial activation and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, plays a role in the pathogenesis of AD. The chemokine CCL11 has been shown to be a causative factor of cognitive decline in the process of aging, but little is known whether it is involved in the pathogenesis of AD. In the present study, we showed that CCR3, the receptor for CCL11, was expressed by hippocampal neurons and treatment of primary hippocampal neuronal cultures (14 days in vitro) with CCL11 resulted in activation of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 and glycogen synthase kinase-3β, associated with elevated tau phosphorylation at multiple sites...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878209/preclinical-models-of-overwhelming-sepsis-implicate-the-neural-system-that-encodes-contextual-fear-memory
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Patricio T Huerta, Sergio Robbiati, Tomás Salvador Huerta, Anchal Sabharwal, Rose A Berlin, Maya Frankfurt, Bruce T Volpe
Long-term sepsis survivors sustain cryptic brain injury that leads to cognitive impairment, emotional imbalance, and increased disability burden. Suitable animal models of sepsis, such as cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), have permitted the analysis of abnormal brain circuits that underlie post-septic behavioral phenotypes. For instance, we have previously shown that CLP-exposed mice exhibit impaired spatial memory together with depleted dendritic arbors and decreased spines in the apical dendrites of pyramidal neurons in the CA1 region of the hippocampus...
November 17, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876669/ginsenoside-rg1-induced-antidepressant-effects-involve-the-protection-of-astrocyte-gap-junctions-within-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Can Jin, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Heng Zhou, Yu-Xia Lou, Jiao Chen, Wei Zuo, Man-Tong Tian, Zhi-Qi Wang, Guo-Hua Du, Ichiro Kawahata, Tohru Yamakuni, Yi Zhang, Nai-Hong Chen, Dan-Shen Zhang
Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) exhibits antidepressant-like activity by increasing neurogenesis and dendritic spine density without discernible side effects. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying Rg1 antidepressant activity remain poorly understood. As the dysfunction of gap junctions between astrocytes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is implicated in major depression disorder, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Rg1 on astrocyte gap junctions in the PFC. Rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) were administered Rg1 (5, 10, and 20mg/kg) for 28days and analyzed for depressive symptoms using the sucrose preference and forced swimming tests...
November 19, 2016: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873505/hyperbaric-oxygen-pretreatment-improves-cognition-and-reduces-hippocampal-damage-via-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-a-rat-model
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Baisong Zhao, Yongying Pan, Zixin Wang, Haiping Xu, Xingrong Song
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) pretreatment on cognitive decline and neuronal damage in an Alzheimer's disease (AD) rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were divided into three groups: normal saline (NS), AD, and HBO+AD. In the AD group, amyloid β peptide (Aβ)₁₋₄₀ was injected into the hippocampal CA1 region of the brain. NS rats received NS injection. In the HBO+AD group, rats received 5 days of daily HBO therapy following Aβ₁₋₄₀ injection...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872870/nanoscale-organization-of-synaptic-adhesion-proteins-revealed-by-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
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Ingrid Chamma, Florian Levet, Jean-Baptiste Sibarita, Matthieu Sainlos, Olivier Thoumine
The advent of superresolution imaging has created a strong need for both optimized labeling strategies and analysis methods to probe the nanoscale organization of complex biological structures. We present a thorough description of the distribution of synaptic adhesion proteins at the nanoscopic scale, namely presynaptic neurexin-[Formula: see text] ([Formula: see text]), and its two postsynaptic binding partners neuroligin-1 (Nlg1) and leucine-rich-repeat transmembrane protein 2 (LRRTM2). We monitored these proteins in the membrane of neurons by direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, after live surface labeling with Alexa647-conjugated monomeric streptavidin...
October 2016: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871669/induction-and-blockade-of-adolescent-cocaine-induced-habits
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Lauren M DePoy, Kelsey S Zimmermann, Paul J Marvar, Shannon L Gourley
BACKGROUND: Cocaine use during adolescence increases vulnerability to drug dependence and decreases the likelihood that individuals will seek treatment as adults. Understanding how early-life cocaine exposure influences decision-making processes in adulthood is thus critically important. METHODS: Adolescent or adult mice were exposed to subchronic cocaine, then behavioral sensitivity to changes in the predictive relationship between actions and their consequences was tested...
October 6, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870896/m30-antagonizes-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-activation-and-neurodegeneration-induced-by-corticosterone-in-the-hippocampus
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Chun-Sing Lam, George Lim Tipoe, Johnny Kong-Ching Wong, Moussa B H Youdim, Man-Lung Fung
Monoamine oxidases (MAO), downstream targets of glucocorticoid, maintain the turnover and homeostasis of monoamine neurotransmitters; yet, its pathophysiological role in monoamine deficiency, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation remains controversial. Protective effects of M30, a brain selective MAO inhibitor with iron-chelating antioxidant properties, have been shown in models of neurodegenerative diseases. This study aims to examine the neuroprotective mechanism of M30 against depressive-like behavior induced by corticosterone (CORT)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865451/astrocytic-contributions-to-synaptic-and-learning-abnormalities-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Jennifer L Hodges, Xinzhu Yu, Anthony Gilmore, Hannah Bennett, Michelle Tjia, James F Perna, Chia-Chien Chen, Xiang Li, Ju Lu, Yi Zuo
BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common type of mental retardation attributable to a single-gene mutation. It is caused by FMR1 gene silencing and the consequent loss of its protein product, fragile X mental retardation protein. Fmr1 global knockout (KO) mice recapitulate many behavioral and synaptic phenotypes associated with FXS. Abundant evidence suggests that astrocytes are important contributors to neurological diseases. This study investigates astrocytic contributions to the progression of synaptic abnormalities and learning impairments associated with FXS...
September 13, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864939/gabaergic-innervation-of-the-ciliary-ganglion-in-macaque-monkeys-a-light-and-electron-microscopic-study
#15
Miriam Barnerssoi, Paul J May, Anja K E Horn
The vertebrate ciliary ganglion (CG) is a relay station in the parasympathetic pathway activating the iris sphincter and ciliary muscle to mediate pupillary constriction and lens accommodation, respectively. While the postganglionic motoneurons in the CG are cholinergic, as are their inputs, there is evidence from avian studies that GABA may also be involved. Here, we used light and electron microscopic methods to examine the GABAergic innervation of the CG in Macaca fascicularis monkeys. Immunohistochemistry for the gamma aminobutyric acid synthesizing enzyme glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) and choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) revealed that all CG neurons are contacted by ChAT-positive terminals...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849045/deletion-of-neurotrophin-signaling-through-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-pathway-causes-tau-neuropathology
#16
Margarita Arango-Lievano, Camille Peguet, Matthias Catteau, Marie-Laure Parmentier, Synphen Wu, Moses V Chao, Stephen D Ginsberg, Freddy Jeanneteau
Glucocorticoid resistance is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Molecular and cellular mechanisms of glucocorticoid resistance in the brain have remained unknown and are potential therapeutic targets. Phosphorylation of glucocorticoid receptors (GR) by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling integrates both pathways for remodeling synaptic structure and plasticity. The goal of this study is to test the role of the BDNF-dependent pathway on glucocorticoid signaling in a mouse model of glucocorticoid resistance...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846150/exercise-maintains-dendritic-complexity-in-an-animal-model-of-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#17
Jay R Hoffman, Hadas Cohen, Ishay Ostfeld, Zeev Kaplan, Joseph Zohar, Hagit Cohen
INTRODUCTION: This study examined the effect of endurance exercise on dendritic arborization in the dentate gyrus subregion in rodents exposed to a predator scent stress (PSS). METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups. In two of the groups, rats were unexposed to PSS but either remained sedentary (SED + UNEXP) or were exercised (EX + UNEXP). In the other two groups, rats were exposed to the PSS but either remained sedentary (SED + PSS) or were exercised (EX + PSS)...
December 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845263/osteoclastogenic-capacity-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-is-not-different-between-women-with-and-without-osteoporosis
#18
W N H Koek, B C J van der Eerden, R D A M Alves, M van Driel, M Schreuders-Koedam, M C Zillikens, J P T M van Leeuwen
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) have been extensively used as a culture model to generate osteoclasts in vitro. The aim of this study was to assess the osteoclastogenic potential of PBMCs derived from post-menopausal women with longstanding osteoporosis and compare this with PBMCs from healthy controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We selected from the population-based Rotterdam Study 82 participants of which 43 were diagnosed with osteoporosis (T-score below -2...
November 12, 2016: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844095/antidepressant-effects-of-combination-of-brexpiprazole-and-fluoxetine-on-depression-like-behavior-and-dendritic-changes-in-mice-after-inflammation
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Min Ma, Qian Ren, Chun Yang, Ji-Chun Zhang, Wei Yao, Chao Dong, Yuta Ohgi, Takashi Futamura, Kenji Hashimoto
RATIONALE: Addition of low doses of atypical antipsychotic drugs with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) could promote a rapid antidepressant effect in treatment-resistant patients with major depression. Brexpiprazole, a new atypical antipsychotic drug, has been used as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of major depression. OBJECTIVES: The present study was undertaken to examine whether brexpiprazole could augment antidepressant effects of the SSRI fluoxetine in an inflammation model of depression...
November 15, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844057/combined-treatment-with-environmental-enrichment-and-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-ameliorates-learning-deficits-and-hippocampal-alterations-in-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome
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Silvina Catuara-Solarz, Jose Espinosa-Carrasco, Ionas Erb, Klaus Langohr, Juan Ramon Gonzalez, Cedric Notredame, Mara Dierssen
Intellectual disability in Down syndrome (DS) is accompanied by altered neuro-architecture, deficient synaptic plasticity, and excitation-inhibition imbalance in critical brain regions for learning and memory. Recently, we have demonstrated beneficial effects of a combined treatment with green tea extract containing (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and cognitive stimulation in young adult DS individuals. Although we could reproduce the cognitive-enhancing effects in mouse models, the underlying mechanisms of these beneficial effects are unknown...
September 2016: ENeuro
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