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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918573/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-ginkgo-biloba-extract-against-trimethyltin-induced-hippocampal-neuronal-injury
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Sukhwinder Kaur, Neha Sharma, Bimla Nehru
BACKGROUND: Despite the immense neuromodulatory potentials of Ginkgo biloba extract as a memory enhancer, its underlying mechanism seems inadequate particularly with regard to its anti-inflammatory properties. AIM: The objective of the present study is to investigate the protective potentials of Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) against hippocampal neuronal injury induced by trimethyltin (TMT), a potent neurotoxicant. METHODS: Male SD rats were administered trimethyltin (8...
September 16, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918057/one-step-piggybac-transposon-based-crispr-cas9-activation-of-multiple-genes
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Shenglan Li, Anqi Zhang, Haipeng Xue, Dali Li, Ying Liu
Neural cell fate is determined by a tightly controlled transcription regulatory network during development. The ability to manipulate the expression of multiple transcription factors simultaneously is required to delineate the complex picture of neural cell development. Because of the limited carrying capacity of the commonly used viral vectors, such as lentiviral or retroviral vectors, it is often challenging to perform perturbation experiments on multiple transcription factors. Here we have developed a piggyBac (PB) transposon-based CRISPR activation (CRISPRa) all-in-one system, which allows for simultaneous and stable endogenous transactivation of multiple transcription factors and long non-coding RNAs...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918015/a-microrna124-target-sequence-restores-astrocyte-specificity-of-gfaabc1d-driven-transgene-expression-in-aav-mediated-gene-transfer
#3
Grit Taschenberger, Julia Tereshchenko, Sebastian Kügler
Experimentally restricting transgene expression exclusively to astrocytes has proven difficult. Using adeno-associated-virus-mediated gene transfer, we assessed two commonly used glial fibrillary acidic protein promoters: the full-length version gfa2 (2,210-bp human glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP] promoter) and the truncated variant gfaABC1D (681-bp GFAP promoter). The capacity to drive efficient, but also cell-type specific, expression of the EGFP in astrocytes was tested both in vitro in rat primary cortical cultures as well as in vivo in the rat striatum...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916327/glycogen-metabolism-in-brain-and-neurons-astrocytes-metabolic-cooperation-can-be-altered-by-pre-and-neonatal-lead-pb-exposure
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Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Anna Falkowska, Izabela Gutowska, Magdalena Gąssowska, Agnieszka Kolasa-Wołosiuk, Maciej Tarnowski, Karina Chibowska, Marta Goschorska, Dariusz Chlubek
Lead (Pb) is an environmental neurotoxin which particularly affects the developing brain but the molecular mechanism of its neurotoxicity still needs clarification. The aim of this paper was to examine whether pre- and neonatal exposure to Pb (concentration of Pb in rat offspring blood below the "threshold level") may affect the brain's energy metabolism in neurons and astrocytes via the amount of available glycogen. We investigated the glycogen concentration in the brain, as well as the expression of the key enzymes involved in glycogen metabolism in brain: glycogen synthase 1 (Gys1), glycogen phosphorylase (PYGM, an isoform active in astrocytes; and PYGB, an isoform active in neurons) and phosphorylase kinase β (PHKB)...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912901/can-a-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-act-as-a-glutamatergic-modulator
#5
Marcos Emilio Frizzo
Sertraline (Zoloft) and fluoxetine (Prozac) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors whose antidepressant mechanism of action is classically attributed to an elevation of the extracellular levels of serotonin in the synaptic cleft. However, the biological effects of these drugs seem to be more complex than their traditionally described mechanism of action. Among their actions is the inhibition of different types of Na(+) and K(+) channels, as well as of glutamate uptake activity. The clearance of extracellular glutamate is essential to maintain the central nervous system within physiological conditions, and this excitatory neurotransmitter is removed from the synaptic cleft by astrocyte transporters...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912588/lipopolysaccharide-initiated-persistent-rhinitis-causes-gliosis-and-synaptic-loss-in-the-olfactory-bulb
#6
Sanae Hasegawa-Ishii, Atsuyoshi Shimada, Fumiaki Imamura
The olfactory mucosa (OM) is exposed to environmental agents and therefore vulnerable to inflammation. To examine the effects of environmental toxin-initiated OM inflammation on the olfactory bulb (OB), we induced persistent rhinitis in mice and analyzed the spatial and temporal patterns of histopathological changes in the OM and OB. Mice received unilateral intranasal administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or saline three times per week, and were immunohistologically analyzed at 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 days after the first administration...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912161/disruption-of-bmal1-impairs-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-via-pericyte-dysfunction
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Ryota Nakazato, Kenji Kawabe, Daisuke Yamada, Shinsuke Ikeno, Michihiro Mieda, Shigeki Shimba, Eiichi Hinoi, Yukio Yoneda, Takeshi Takarada
Circadian rhythm disturbances are well-established in neurological diseases. However, how these disruptions cause homeostatic imbalances remains poorly understood. Brain and muscle aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like protein 1 (Bmal1) is a major circadian clock transcriptional activator, and Bmal1 deficiency in male Bmal1nestin(-/-) mice induced marked astroglial activation without affecting the number of astrocytes in the brain and spinal cord. Bmal1 deletion caused blood-brain barrier (BBB) hyperpermeability with an age-dependent loss of pericyte coverage of blood vessels in the brain...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912095/globularifolin-exerts-anticancer-effects-on-glioma-u87%C3%A2-cells-through-inhibition-of-akt-mtor-and-mek-erk-signaling-pathways-in-vitro-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-vivo
#8
Yunhu Yu, Xiaohong Fu, Qishan Ran, Kaihua Yang, Yuanchao Wen, Hang Li, Fei Wang
Gliomas are the most recurrently occurring primary malignancies in the central nervous system. Despite surgical interventions, chemo- and radiotherapy, the results are unfortunately poor. Therefore, there is pressing need to explore more effective and efficient treatment options for treatment of glioma. In the present study we determined the anticancer potential of globularifolin against human glioma U87 cell line and human astrocytes. The results showed that globularifolin exhibits an IC50 value of 7.5 μM against glioma U87 cells as against the IC50 of 65 μM against human astrocytes...
September 11, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910620/ctag-paperclip-reveals-alternative-polyadenylation-promotes-cell-type-specific-protein-diversity-and-shifts-araf-isoforms-with-microglia-activation
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Hun-Way Hwang, Yuhki Saito, Christopher Y Park, Nathalie E Blachère, Yoko Tajima, John J Fak, Ilana Zucker-Scharff, Robert B Darnell
Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is increasingly recognized to regulate gene expression across different cell types, but obtaining APA maps from individual cell types typically requires prior purification, a stressful procedure that can itself alter cellular states. Here, we describe a new platform, cTag-PAPERCLIP, that generates APA profiles from single cell populations in intact tissues; cTag-PAPERCLIP requires no tissue dissociation and preserves transcripts in native states. Applying cTag-PAPERCLIP to profile four major cell types in the mouse brain revealed common APA preferences between excitatory and inhibitory neurons distinct from astrocytes and microglia, regulated in part by neuron-specific RNA-binding proteins NOVA2 and PTBP2...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903766/fluoxetine-enhanced-autophagy-ameliorates-early-brain-injury-via-inhibition-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-following-subrachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
#10
Jian-Ru Li, Hang-Zhe Xu, Sheng Nie, Yu-Cong Peng, Lin-Feng Fan, Zhi-Jiang Wang, Cheng Wu, Feng Yan, Jing-Yin Chen, Chi Gu, Chun Wang, Jing-Sen Chen, Lin Wang, Gao Chen
BACKGROUND: The NLRP3 inflammasome is a multiprotein complex that regulates the innate immune inflammatory response by activating caspase-1 and subsequent IL-1β and IL-18. Fluoxetine has been shown to have the anti-inflammatory properties in many disease models. However, the effects and mechanisms of these effects of fluoxetine in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) have not been defined. METHODS: The SAH model was induced by an endovascular perforation in adult male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats weighing 300-320 g...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903499/the-long-lasting-rodenticide-brodifacoum-induces-neuropathology-in-adult-male-rats
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Sergey Kalinin, Natalia Marangoni, Katarzyna Kowal, Arunangsu Dey, Kinga Lis, Sergey Brodsky, Richard van Breemen, Zane Hauck, Richard Ripper, Israel Rubinstein, Guy Weinberg, Douglas L Feinstein
Superwarfarins are very long-lasting rodenticides effective in warfarin-resistant rodents at extremely low doses. The consequences of chronic superwarfarin levels in tissues, due to biological half-lives on the order of 20 days, have not been examined. We now characterized the neurological effects of brodifacoum (BDF), one of the most widely used superwarfarins, in adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Dosing curves established the acute oral lethal dose for BDF as 221 ± 14 μg/kg. Measurement of tissue BDF levels showed accumulation throughout the body, including the central nervous system, with levels diminishing over several days...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900395/astrocyte-senescence-and-metabolic-changes-in-response-to-hiv-antiretroviral-therapy-drugs
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Justin Cohen, Luca D'Agostino, Joel Wilson, Ferit Tuzer, Claudio Torres
With the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) survival rates among patients infected by HIV have increased. However, even though survival has increased HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) still persist, suggesting that HAART-drugs may play a role in the neurocognitive impairment observed in HIV-infected patients. Given previous data demonstrating that astrocyte senescence plays a role in neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), we examined the role of HAART on markers of senescence in primary cultures of human astrocytes (HAs)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900295/an-autocrine-purinergic-signaling-controls-astrocyte-induced-neuronal-excitation
#13
Weida Shen, Ljiljana Nikolic, Claire Meunier, Frank Pfrieger, Etienne Audinat
Astrocyte-derived gliotransmitters glutamate and ATP modulate neuronal activity. It remains unclear, however, how astrocytes control the release and coordinate the actions of these gliotransmitters. Using transgenic expression of the light-sensitive channelrhodopsin 2 (ChR2) in astrocytes, we observed that photostimulation reliably increases action potential firing of hippocampal pyramidal neurons. This excitation relies primarily on a calcium-dependent glutamate release by astrocytes that activates neuronal extra-synaptic NMDA receptors...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899919/astrocyte-mediated-neuronal-synchronisation-properties-revealed-by-false-gliotransmitter-release
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Tiina M Pirttimaki, Robert E Sims, Gregory Saunders, Serena A Antonio, Neela Krushna Codadu, H Rheinallt Parri
Astrocytes spontaneously release glutamate as a gliotransmitter (GT) resulting in the generation of extrasynaptic NMDA-R mediated slow inward currents (SICs) in neighbouring neurons, which can increase local neuronal excitability. However, there is a deficit in our knowledge of the factors that control spontaneous astrocyte GT release, and the extent of its influence. We found that in rat brain slices, increasing the supply of the physiological transmitter glutamate increased the frequency and signalling charge of SICs over an extended period...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899812/the-starving-brain-overfed-meets-undernourished-in-the-pathology-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci-and-alzheimer-s-disease-ad
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Kelly J Gibas
Type II Diabetes affects 400 million people worldwide (IDF, 2013). The pathology is paradoxical: internal starvation activated by overfeeding. Hyperinsulinemic impairments of glucose homeostasis are treated with anti-hyperglycemics exacerbating cell starvation, inducing hypoglycemia and raising respiratory quotient. Reductions in hyperglycemia are achieved at the expense of glucose dependency and metabolic inflexibility (Gibas & Gibas, 2017). The brain is not immune from these cycles of starvation. The bioenergetic model characterizes propagation of late-onset, sporadic Alzheimer's disease as loss of molecular fidelity and compromised energy originating in brain networks with highest metabolic demand...
September 9, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899505/an-alkaloid-extract-obtained-from-phlegmariurus-saururus-induces-neuroprotection-after-status-epilepticus
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Víctor Danelon, Laura Montroull, Mariana Vallejo, José Cabrera, Alicia Agnese, María Gabriela Ortega, Daniel Mascó
BACKGROUND: The brain is exposed to many excitotoxic insults that can lead to neuronal damage. Among these, Epilepsy is a neurological disease that affects a large percentage of world population and is commonly associated with cognitive disorders and excitotoxic neuronal death. Most experimental strategies are focused on preventing Status Epilepticus (SE), but once it has already occurred, the key question is whether it is possible to save neurons. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine if a purified alkaloid extract (AE) obtained from Phlegmariurus saururus, a genus of Lycophyte plants (sometimes known as firmossesor fir club mosses) could induce neuroprotection following SE...
October 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899410/nucleolar-and-spindle-associated-protein-1-promotes-the-aggressiveness-of-astrocytoma-by-activating-the-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
#17
Xianqiu Wu, Benke Xu, Chao Yang, Wentao Wang, Dequan Zhong, Zhan Zhao, Longshuang He, Yuanjun Hu, Lili Jiang, Jun Li, Libing Song, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of human astrocytoma is poor, and the molecular alterations underlying its pathogenesis still needed to be elucidated. Nucleolar and spindle associated protein 1 (NUSAP1) was observed in several types of cancers, but its role in astrocytoma remained unknown. METHODS: The expression of NUSAP1 in astrocytoma cell lines and tissues were measured with western blotting and Real-Time PCR. Two hundred and twenty-one astrocytoma tissue samples were analyzed by immunochemistry to demonstrate the correlation between the NUSAP1 expression and clinicopathological characteristics...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898551/elucidation-of-glcnac-binding-properties-of-type-iii-intermediate-filament-proteins-using-glcnac-bearing-polymers
#18
Hirohiko Ise, Sadanori Yamasaki, Kazuaki Sueyoshi, Yoshiko Miura
Vimentin, desmin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and peripherin belong to type III intermediate filament family and are expressed in mesenchymal cells, skeletal muscle cells, astrocytes and peripheral neurons, respectively. Vimentin and desmin possess N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (GlcNAc)-binding properties on cell surfaces. The rod II domain of these proteins is a GlcNAc-binding site, which also exists in GFAP and peripherin. However, the GlcNAc-binding activities and behaviors of these proteins remain unclear...
September 12, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898265/sigma-1-receptor-regulates-erk-activation-and-promotes-survival-of-optic-nerve-head-astrocytes
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Jing Zhao, Barbara A Mysona, Jing Wang, Graydon B Gonsalvez, Sylvia B Smith, Kathryn E Bollinger
The sigma 1 receptor (S1R) is a unique transmembrane protein that has been shown to regulate neuronal differentiation and cellular survival. It is expressed within several cell types throughout the nervous system and visceral organs, including neurons and glia within the eye. S1R ligands are therapeutic targets for diseases ranging from neurodegenerative conditions to neoplastic disorders. However, effects of S1R activation and inhibition within glia cells are not well characterized. Within the eye, the astrocytes at the optic nerve head are crucial to the health and survival of the neurons that send visual information to the brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894864/neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation-in-the-conductive-pedot-ha-cs-gel-scaffold-for-neural-tissue-engineering
#20
Shuping Wang, Shui Guan, Jianqiang Xu, Wenfang Li, Dan Ge, Changkai Sun, Tianqing Liu, Xuehu Ma
Engineering scaffolds with excellent electro-activity is increasingly important in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Herein, conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with hyaluronic acid (PEDOT-HA) nanoparticles were firstly synthesized via chemical oxidant polymerization. A three-dimensional (3D) PEDOT-HA/Cs/Gel scaffold was then developed by introducing PEDOT-HA nanoparticles into a chitosan/gelatin (Cs/Gel) matrix. HA, as a bridge, not only was used as a dopant, but also combined PEDOT into the Cs/Gel via chemical crosslinking...
September 12, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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