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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430709/vitamin-d3-repressed-astrocyte-activation-following-lipopolysaccharide-stimulation-in-vitro-and-in-neonatal-rats
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Ke-Ping Jiao, Shao-Min Li, Wen-Yan Lv, Ming-Liang Jv, Hai-Yan He
Vitamin D3 has been reported to be an immunity modulator and high levels of vitamin D3 are correlated with a decreased risk for developing diseases in the central nervous system. Astrocytes are important immune cells and contribute toward inflammation during neurological diseases. The vitamin D receptor has been reported to be expressed in astrocytes; however, the effect of vitamin D3 on astrocyte activation has not been studied. Here, we found that lipopolysaccharide stimulation in astrocytes could enhance the expression of vitamin D receptor and Cyp27B1, which encodes the enzyme for converting vitamin D3 into its active form...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429540/silencing-of-astrocyte-elevated-gene-1-inhibits-proliferation-and-migration-and-induces-apoptosis-in-melanoma
#2
Yue Zhang, Ge Peng, Ying Wang, Lixia Cui, Wenqing Wu, Luan Wang, Chengyu Liu, Xiuping Han
Melanoma is an aggressive skin malignancy with a high mortality. Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1), a downstream target of ras and c-myc, has been implicated in the development of multiple tumors, yet its role in melanoma remains unclear. In the present study, the role of AEG-1 in melanoma was explored through AEG-1 silencing. Our results showed that silencing of AEG-1 inhibited proliferation of melanoma cells and induced cell cycle arrest, accompanied by reduced levels of cyclinA, cyclinB, cyclinD1, cyclinE and cyclin dependent kinase 2...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429368/-aralar-agc1-deficiency-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-with-severe-impairment-of-neuronal-mitochondrial-respiration-does-not-produce-a-primary-increase-in-brain-lactate
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Inés Juaristi, María L García-Martin, Tiago B Rodrigues, Jorgina Satrústegui, Irene Llorente-Folch, Beatriz Pardo
ARALAR/AGC1 (aspartate-glutamate mitochondrial carrier 1) is an important component of the NADH malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS). AGC1-deficiency is a rare disease causing global cerebral hypomyelination, developmental arrest, hypotonia, and epilepsy (OMIM ID #612949); the aralar-KO mouse recapitulates the major findings in humans. This study was aimed at understanding the impact of ARALAR-deficiency in brain lactate levels as a biomarker. We report that lactate was equally abundant in wild-type and aralar-KO mouse brain in vivo at PND 17...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428091/characterization-of-the-effects-of-l-4-chlorokynurenine-on-nociception-in-rodents
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Tony L Yaksh, Robert Schwarcz, H Ralph Snodgrass
Upon systemic administration in rats, the prodrug L-4-chlorokynurenine (4-Cl-KYN) (AV-101) is rapidly absorbed, actively transported across the blood-brain barrier, and converted in astrocytes to 7-chlorokynurenic acid (7-Cl-KYNA), a potent and specific antagonist of the GlyB co-agonist site of the NMDA receptor. We examined the effects of 4-Cl-KYN in several rat models of hyperalgesia and allodynia and determined the concentrations of 4-Cl-KYN and newly produced 7-Cl-KYNA in serum, brain and spinal cord. Adult male rats were given 4-Cl-KYN (56, 167, 500 mg/kg), the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 (0...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427563/neuroinflammation-in-alzheimer-s-disease-the-preventive-and-therapeutic-potential-of-polyphenolic-nutraceuticals
#5
Yousef Sawikr, Nagendra Sastry Yarla, Ilaria Peluso, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Gjumrakch Aliev, Anupam Bishayee
Brain inflammation, characterized by increased microglia and astrocyte activation, increases during aging and is a key feature of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). In AD, neuronal death and synaptic impairment, induced by amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide, are at least in part mediated by microglia and astrocyte activation. Glial activation results in the sustained production of proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species, giving rise to a chronic inflammatory process. Astrocytes are the most abundant glial cells in the central nervous system and are involved in the neuroinflammation...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427419/tnf-%C3%AE-promotes-extracellular-vesicle-release-in-mouse-astrocytes-through-glutaminase
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Kaizhe Wang, Ling Ye, Hongfang Lu, Huili Chen, Yanyan Zhang, Yunlong Huang, Jialin C Zheng
BACKGROUND: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-contained vesicles shed from cells. EVs contain proteins, lipids, and nucleotides, all of which play important roles in intercellular communication. The release of EVs is known to increase during neuroinflammation. Glutaminase, a mitochondrial enzyme that converts glutamine to glutamate, has been implicated in the biogenesis of EVs. We have previously demonstrated that TNF-α promotes glutaminase expression in neurons. However, the expression and the functionality of glutaminase in astrocytes during neuroinflammation remain unknown...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427061/emerging-insights-into-pathogenesis
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Edoardo Midena, Elisabetta Pilotto
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a frequent complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). Persistent hyperglycemia leads to the activation of multiple cellular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of DR, resulting in increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and vascular dysfunction. DR has been considered a "chronic, low-grade inflammatory disease of the retina". However, an increasing body of evidence suggests that inflammation and neurodegeneration both occur in human diabetes even before the development of clinical signs of DR...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427055/aquaporin-4-mediates-the-suppressive-effect-of-lipopolysaccharide-on-hippocampal-neurogenesis
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Rui Liang, Shoulei Yong, Xu Huang, Hui Kong, Gang Hu, Yi Fan
OBJECTIVE: Aquaporin-4 (AQP4), a key molecule for water homeostasis in the brain, is associated with adult neurogenesis, but its mechanisms regulating adult neural stem cells (aNSC) remain largely unexplored. Neuroinflammation has a relevant influence on adult neurogenesis, which is a common feature in various neurodegenerative diseases. Considering the possible link between neuroinflammation and AQP4, we speculate that AQP4 may mediate the synthesis and release of proinflammatory cytokines in glia and then indirectly regulate adult hippocampal neurogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426956/amines-astrocytes-and-arousal
#9
Narges Bazargani, David Attwell
Amine neurotransmitters, such as noradrenaline, mediate arousal, attention, and reward in the CNS. New data suggest that, from flies to mammals, a major mechanism for amine transmitter action is to raise astrocyte [Ca(2+)]i and release gliotransmitters that modulate neuronal activity and behavior.
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425952/antioxidant-and-anti-senescence-effect-of-metformin-on-mouse-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-moecs-may-be-associated-with-increased-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-an-ex-vivo-study
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Agnieszka Śmieszek, Zuzanna Stręk, Katarzyna Kornicka, Jakub Grzesiak, Christine Weiss, Krzysztof Marycz
Metformin, the popular anti-diabetic drug was shown to exert multiple biological effects. The most recent metformin gained attention as an agent that mobilizes endogenous progenitor cells and enhances regenerative potential of organisms, for example by promoting neurogenesis. In the present study, we examined the role of metformin on mouse olfactory ensheathing cells (mOECs) derived from animals receiving metformin for eight weeks at a concentration equal to 2.8 mg/day. The mOECs expanded ex vivo were characterized in terms of their cellular phenotype, morphology, proliferative activity, viability and accumulation of oxidative stress factors...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425198/the-cell-adhesion-molecule-epha4-is-involved-in-circadian-clock-functions
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Silke Kiessling, Emma K O'Callaghan, Marlène Freyburger, Nicolas Cermakian, Valérie Mongrain
Circadian (~24 h) rhythms of cellular network plasticity in the central circadian clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), have been described. The neuronal network in the SCN regulates photic resetting of the circadian clock as well as stability of the circadian system during both entrained and constant conditions. EphA4, a cell adhesion molecule regulating synaptic plasticity by controlling connections of neurons and astrocytes, is expressed in the SCN. To address whether EphA4 plays a role in circadian photoreception and influences the neuronal network of the SCN, we have analysed circadian wheel-running behavior of EphA4 knockout (EphA4(-/-) ) mice under different light conditions and upon photic resetting, as well as their light-induced protein response in the SCN...
April 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424587/interactions-of-the-mechanosensitive-channels-with-extracellular-matrix-integrins-and-cytoskeletal-network-in-osmosensation
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REVIEW
Runsheng Jiao, Dan Cui, Stephani C Wang, Dongyang Li, Yu-Feng Wang
Life is maintained in a sea water-like internal environment. The homeostasis of this environment is dependent on osmosensory system translation of hydromineral information into osmotic regulatory machinery at system, tissue and cell levels. In the osmosensation, hydromineral information can be converted into cellular reactions through osmoreceptors, which changes thirst and drinking, secretion of antidiuretic vasopressin (VP), reabsorption of water and salt in the kidneys at systemic level as well as cellular metabolic activity and survival status at tissue level...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423185/functional-identification-of-activity-regulated-high-affinity-glutamine-transport-in-hippocampal-neurons-inhibited-by-riluzole
#13
Jeffrey D Erickson
Glutamine (Gln) is considered the preferred precursor for the neurotransmitter pool of glutamate (Glu), the major excitatory transmitter in the mammalian CNS. Here, an activity-regulated, high-affinity Gln transport system is described in developing and mature neuron-enriched hippocampal cultures that is potently inhibited by riluzole (IC50 1.3 +/- 0.5μM), an anti-glutamatergic drug, and is blocked by low concentrations of 2-(methylamino)isobutyrate (MeAIB), a system A transport inhibitor. K(+) -stimulated MeAIB transport displays an affinity (Km ) for MeAIB of 37 +/- 1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422378/cellular-retinoic-acid-bioavailability-in-various-pathologies-and-its-therapeutic-implication
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REVIEW
Makoto Osanai
Retinoic acid (RA), an active metabolite of vitamin A, is a critical signaling molecule in various cell types. We found that RA depletion caused by expression of the RA-metabolizing enzyme CYP26A1 promotes carcinogenesis, implicating CYP26A1 as a candidate oncogene. Several studies of CYP26s have suggested that the biological effect of RA on target cells is primarily determined by "cellular RA bioavailability", which is defined as the RA level in an individual cell, rather than by the serum concentration of RA...
April 19, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420963/rna-seq-analysis-of-microglia-reveals-time-dependent-activation-of-specific-genetic-programs-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Harun N Noristani, Yannick N Gerber, Jean-Charles Sabourin, Marine Le Corre, Nicolas Lonjon, Nadine Mestre-Frances, Hélène E Hirbec, Florence E Perrin
Neurons have inherent competence to regrow following injury, although not spontaneously. Spinal cord injury (SCI) induces a pronounced neuroinflammation driven by resident microglia and infiltrating peripheral macrophages. Microglia are the first reactive glial population after SCI and participate in recruitment of monocyte-derived macrophages to the lesion site. Both positive and negative influence of microglia and macrophages on axonal regeneration had been reported after SCI, raising the issue whether their response depends on time post-lesion or different lesion severity...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420950/metallothionein-copper-and-alpha-synuclein-in-alpha-synucleinopathies
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REVIEW
Yuho Okita, Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Michael Goulding, Roger S Chung, Peter Faller, Dean L Pountney
Metallothioneins (MTs) are proteins that function by metal exchange to regulate the bioavailability of metals, such as zinc and copper. Copper functions in the brain to regulate mitochondria, neurotransmitter production, and cell signaling. Inappropriate copper binding can result in loss of protein function and Cu(I)/(II) redox cycling can generate reactive oxygen species. Copper accumulates in the brain with aging and has been shown to bind alpha-synuclein and initiate its aggregation, the primary aetiological factor in Parkinson's disease (PD), and other alpha-synucleinopathies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420943/neural-mobilization-treatment-decreases-glial-cells-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-expression-in-the-central-nervous-system-in-rats-with-neuropathic-pain-induced-by-cci-in-rats
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Aline Carolina Giardini, Fabio Martinez Dos Santos, Joyce Teixeira da Silva, Mara Evany de Oliveira, Daniel Oliveira Martins, Marucia Chacur
Background. Glial cells are implicated in the development of chronic pain and brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) released from activated microglia contributes to the nociceptive transmission. Neural mobilization (NM) technique is a method clinically effective in reducing pain sensitivity. Here we examined the involvement of glial cells and BDNF expression in the thalamus and midbrain after NM treatment in rats with chronic constriction injury (CCI). CCI was induced and rats were subsequently submitted to 10 sessions of NM, every other day, beginning 14 days after CCI...
2017: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419419/the-isoprenoid-derivative-n6-benzyladenosine-cm223-exerts-antitumor-effect-in-glioma-patient-derived-primary-cells-through-the-mevalonate-pathway
#18
Elena Ciaglia, Manuela Grimaldi, Mario Abate, Mario Scrima, Manuela Rodriquez, Chiara Laezza, Roberta Ranieri, Simona Pisanti, Pierangela Ciuffreda, Clementina Manera, Patrizia Gazzerro, Anna Maria D'Ursi, Maurizio Bifulco
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: N6-Isopentenyladenosine (i6A) is a modified nucleoside exerting in vitro and in vivo antiproliferative effects. We previously demonstrated that the i6A action is correlated to farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS) expression and activity, a key enzyme involved in the mevalonate (MVA) pathway, which is found aberrant in brain cancer. To develop new anti-glioma strategies, we looked for other valuable compounds exhibiting improved activity as compared to i6A. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: we designed and synthesized i6A derivatives characterized by the introduction of diverse chemical moieties in the N6 position of adenosine and tested for their efficacy in U87 and primary derived patient's glioma cell model...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417467/retraction-statement-cxcl12-cxcr4-chemokine-signaling-in-spinal-glia-induces-pain-hypersensitivity-through-mapks-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-bone-cancer-rats
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'CXCL12/CXCR4 chemokine signaling in spinal glia induces pain hypersensitivity through MAPKs-mediated neuroinflammation in bone cancer rats' by Hu X.-M., Liu Y.-N., Zhang H.-L., Cao S.-B., Zhang T., Chen L.-P. and Shen W. The above article from Journal of Neurochemistry, published online on 26 January 2015 and in volume 132, issue 4, pages 452-463 (available through www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com), and its subsequent Corrigendum, published online on 5 February 2015 and in volume 132, issue 4, p. 487, have been retracted by agreement between the Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Jörg Schulz, corresponding author Wen Shen on behalf of the authors, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd...
May 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417010/astrocytes-regulate-the-balance-between-plasminogen-activation-and-plasmin-clearance-via-cell-surface-actin
#20
Aurélien Briens, Isabelle Bardou, Héloïse Lebas, Lindsey A Miles, Robert J Parmer, Denis Vivien, Fabian Docagne
Plasminogen activation is involved in many processes within the central nervous system, including synaptic plasticity, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms that regulate plasminogen activation in the brain still remain unknown. Here we demonstrate that astrocytes participate in this regulation by two mechanisms. First, the astrocyte plasma membrane serves as a surface for plasminogen activation by tissue-type plasminogen activator. This activation triggers downstream plasmin-dependent processes with important impacts in brain health and disease, such as fibrinolysis and brain-derived neurotrophic factor conversion...
2017: Cell Discovery
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