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Andrea Locci, Patrizia Porcu, Giuseppe Talani, Francesca Santoru, Roberta Berretti, Elisa Giunti, Valentina Licheri, Enrico Sanna, Alessandra Concas
Exposure of female rats to estradiol during the perinatal period has profound effects on GABAergic neurotransmission that are crucial to establish sexually dimorphic brain characteristics. We previously showed that neonatal β-estradiol 3-benzoate (EB) treatment decreases brain concentrations of the neurosteroid allopregnanolone, a potent positive modulator of extrasynaptic GABAA receptors (GABAAR). We thus evaluated whether neonatal EB treatment affects GABAAR expression and function in the hippocampus of adult female rats...
October 18, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
Anahita Nourmahnad, Alex T Stern, Mayo Hotta, Deirdre S Stewart, Alexis M Ziemba, Andrea Szabo, Stuart A Forman
BACKGROUND: γ-Aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors mediate important effects of intravenous general anesthetics. Photolabel derivatives of etomidate, propofol, barbiturates, and a neurosteroid get incorporated in GABAA receptor transmembrane helices M1 and M3 adjacent to intersubunit pockets. However, photolabels have not been consistently targeted at heteromeric αβγ receptors and do not form adducts with all contact residues. Complementary approaches may further define anesthetic sites in typical GABAA receptors...
October 7, 2016: Anesthesiology
Nicola Forte, Lucian Medrihan, Beatrice Cappetti, Pietro Baldelli, Fabio Benfenati
OBJECTIVE: The inhibition of glycolysis exerts potent antiseizure effects, as demonstrated by the efficacy of ketogenic and low-glucose/nonketogenic diets in the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy. ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP ) channels have been initially identified as the main determinant of the reduction of neuronal hyperexcitability. However, a plethora of other mechanisms have been proposed. Herein, we report the ability of 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG), a glucose analog that inhibits glycolytic enzymes, of potentiating γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic tonic inhibition via neurosteroid-mediated activation of extrasynaptic GABAA receptors...
October 13, 2016: Epilepsia
Emily L Newman, Georgia Gunner, Polly Huynh, Darrel Gachette, Stephen J Moss, Trevor G Smart, Uwe Rudolph, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders are associated with single-nucleotide polymorphisms in GABRA2, the gene encoding the GABAA receptor α2-subunit in humans. Deficient GABAergic functioning is linked to impulse control disorders, intermittent explosive disorder, and to drug abuse and dependence, yet it remains unclear whether α2-containing GABAA receptor sensitivity to endogenous ligands is involved in excessive alcohol drinking. METHODS: Male wild-type (Wt) C57BL/6J and point-mutated mice rendered insensitive to GABAergic modulation by benzodiazepines (BZD; H101R), allopregnanolone (ALLO) or tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (THDOC; Q241M), or high concentrations of ethanol (EtOH) (S270H/L277A) at α2-containing GABAA receptors were assessed for their binge-like, moderate, or escalated chronic drinking using drinking in the dark, continuous access (CA) and intermittent access (IA) to alcohol protocols, respectively...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Kelly E Glajch, Laura Ferraiuolo, Kaly A Mueller, Matthew J Stopford, Varsha Prabhkar, Achille Gravanis, Pamela J Shaw, Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by loss of motor neurons. ALS patients experience rapid deterioration in muscle function with an average lifespan of 3-5 years after diagnosis. Currently, the most effective therapeutic only extends lifespan by a few months, thus highlighting the need for new and improved therapies. Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) are important for neuronal development, maintenance, and survival. NTF treatment has previously shown efficacy in pre-clinical ALS models...
2016: PloS One
Chun-Ta Huang, Seu-Hwa Chen, June-Horng Lue, Chi-Fen Chang, Wen-Hsin Wen, Yi-Ju Tsai
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain relief by the neurosteroid allopregnanolone remain uncertain. We investigated if allopregnanolone attenuates glial extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation in the cuneate nucleus (CN) concomitant with neuropathic pain relief in median nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI) model rats. METHODS: We examined the time course and cellular localization of phosphorylated ERK (p-ERK) in CN after CCI. We subsequently employed microinjection of a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (ERK kinase) inhibitor, PD98059, to clarify the role of ERK phosphorylation in neuropathic pain development...
September 23, 2016: Anesthesiology
Katarzyna Kulej-Lyko, Jacek Majda, Stephan von Haehling, Wolfram Doehner, Monika Lopuszanska, Alicja Szklarska, Waldemar Banasiak, Stefan D Anker, Piotr Ponikowski, Ewa A Jankowska
BACKGROUND: Testosterone (TT) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) are neurosteroids and their deficiencies constitute the hormone risk factors promoting the development of depression in elderly otherwise healthy men. We investigated the link between hypogonadism and depression in accordance with age and concomitant diseases in men with systolic HF using the novel scale previously dedicated for elderly population. METHODS: We analysed the prevalence of depression and severity of depressive symptoms in population of 226 men with systolic HF (40-80 years) compared to 379 healthy peers...
September 20, 2016: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
María F Andreoli, Cora Stoker, María F Rossetti, Gisela P Lazzarino, Enrique H Luque, Jorge G Ramos
Removing dietary phytoestrogens causes obesity and diabetes in adult male rats. Based on the facts that hypothalamic food intake control is disrupted in phytoestrogen-deprived animals and that several steroids affect food intake, we hypothesized that phytoestrogen withdrawal alters the expression of hypothalamic steroidogenic enzymes. Male Wistar rats fed with a high-phytoestrogen diet from conception to adulthood were subjected to phytoestrogen withdrawal by feeding them a low-phytoestrogen diet or a high-phytoestrogen, high-fat diet...
September 2016: Nutrition Research
Richard J Servatius, Christine E Marx, Swamini Sinha, Pelin Avcu, Jason D Kilts, Jennifer C Naylor, Kevin C H Pang
Exposure to lateral fluid percussion (LFP) injury consistent with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) persistently attenuates acoustic startle responses (ASRs) in rats. Here, we examined whether the experience of head trauma affects stress reactivity. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were matched for ASRs and randomly assigned to receive mTBI through LFP or experience a sham surgery (SHAM). ASRs were measured post injury days (PIDs) 1, 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28. To assess neurosteroids, rats received a single 2.0 mA, 0.5 s foot shock on PID 34 (S34), PID 35 (S35), on both days (2S), or the experimental context (CON)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
T A Gudasheva, O A Deeva, M A Yarkova, S B Seredenin
The elevated plus maze test showed that GD-23 (N-carbobenzoxy-L-tryptophanyl-L-isoleucine amide), an original dipeptide ligand of TSPO, exerted anxiolytic effect when injected intraperitoneally at a dose of 0.5 mg/kg. This effect was completely blocked by the selective neurosteroid synthesis inhibitors, enzymes trilostane and finasteride. The same inhibitors do not prevent the anxiolytic effects of the benzodiazepine tranquillizer diazepam. The results of the study indicate the selective neurosteroidogenic mechanism of the anxiolytic action of GD-23...
July 2016: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Laura Garay, Paula Gonzalez Giqueaux, Rachida Guennoun, Michael Schumacher, Maria Claudia Gonzalez Deniselle, Alejandro F De Nicola
Previous studies of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) have shown that progesterone decreases inflammatory cell infiltration and proinflammatory factors, increases myelination and attenuates clinical grade of EAE mice. To elucidate potential mediators of these effects, we analyzed the mRNA expression of neurosteroidogenic enzymes in the spinal cord, in view of the protective role of steroids in EAE. We also analyzed mitochondrial morphology and dynamics (fusion and fission proteins), considering the role of mitochondria in neurosteroidogenesis...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Makoto Ishikawa, Takeshi Yoshitomi, Douglas F Covey, Charles F Zorumski, Yukitoshi Izumi
We previously reported that elevated pressure induces axonal swelling and facilitates the synthesis of the neurosteroid, allopregnanolone (AlloP), in the ex vivo rat retina. Exogenously applied AlloP attenuates the axonal swelling, suggesting that the neurosteroid plays a neuroprotective role against glaucomatous pressure-induced injuries, although mechanisms underlying neurosteroidogenesis have not been clarified. The aim of this study was to determine whether AlloP synthesis involves activation of translocator protein 18 kD (TSPO) and whether TSPO modulates pressure-induced retinal injury...
December 2016: Neuropharmacology
Nigel C Jones
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July 2016: Epilepsy Currents
Emmanuelle Simon-O'Brien, Delphine Gauthier, Véronique Riban, Marc Verleye
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in important neurological impairments which occur through a cascade of deleterious physiological events over time. There are currently no effective treatments to prevent these consequences. TBI is followed not only by an inflammatory response but also by a profound reorganization of the GABAergic system and a dysregulation of translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO). Etifoxine is an anxiolytic compound that belongs to the benzoxazine family...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Timothy J Wilding, Melany N Lopez, James E Huettner
UNLABELLED: NMDA receptors are ligand-gated ion channels that underlie transmission at excitatory synapses and play an important role in regulating synaptic strength and stability. Functional NMDA receptors require two copies of the GluN1 subunit coassembled with GluN2 (and/or GluN3) subunits into a heteromeric tetramer. A diverse array of allosteric modulators can upregulate or downregulate NMDA receptor activity. These modulators include both synthetic compounds and endogenous modulators, such as cis-unsaturated fatty acids, 24(S)-hydroxycholesterol, and various neurosteroids...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Maria Aggelakopoulou, Evangelia Kourepini, Nikolaos Paschalidis, Davina C M Simoes, Dimitra Kalavrizioti, Nikolaos Dimisianos, Panagiotis Papathanasopoulos, Athanasia Mouzaki, Vily Panoutsakopoulou
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease of the CNS, is mediated by autoreactive Th cells. A previous study showed that the neurosteroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), when administered preclinically, could suppress progression of relapsing-remitting experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). However, the effects of DHEA on human or murine pathogenic immune cells, such as Th17, were unknown. In addition, effects of this neurosteroid on symptomatic disease, as well as the receptors involved, had not been investigated...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ana Belen Lopez-Rodriguez, Estefania Acaz-Fonseca, Roberto Spezzano, Silvia Giatti, Donatella Caruso, Maria-Paz Viveros, Roberto C Melcangi, Luis M Garcia-Segura
The incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in humans has rapidly increased in the last ten years. The most common causes are falls and car accidents. Approximately 80 000-90 000 persons per year will suffer some permanent disability as a result of the lesion, and one of the most common symptoms is the decline of hormone levels, also known as post-TBI hormonal deficiency syndrome. This issue has become more and more important, and many studies have focused on shedding some light on it. The hormonal decline affects not only gonadal steroid hormones but also neuroactive steroids, which play an important role in TBI recovery by neuroprotective and neurotrophic actions...
October 2016: Endocrinology
Dong-Sheng Wang, Jing Han, Shuo Li, Ting Sun, Yan-Yan Guo, Wen-Bo Kang, Zhen Tian, Jian-Ning Zhao, Gang Liu, Shui-Bing Liu, Ming-Gao Zhao
Activation of translocator protein (18 kDa) (TSPO) plays an important role to mediate rapid anxiolytic efficacy in stress response and stress-related disorders by the production of neurosteroids. However, little is known about the ligand of TSPO on the anxiety-like and depressive behaviors and the underlying mechanisms in chronic unpredictable mild stress (UCMS) mice. In the present study, a novel ligand of TSPO, ZBD-2 [N-benzyl-N-ethyl-2-(7,8-dihydro-7-benzyl-8-oxo-2-phenyl-9H-purin-9-yl) acetamide] synthesized by our laboratory, was used to evaluate the anxiolytic and antidepressant efficacy and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms...
August 20, 2016: Neuromolecular Medicine
Jennifer C Naylor, Jason D Kilts, Jennifer L Strauss, Steven T Szabo, Charlotte E Dunn, H Ryan Wagner, Robert M Hamer, Lawrence J Shampine, Joseph R Zanga, Christine E Marx
Female Veterans are the most rapidly growing segment of new users of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and a significant proportion of female Veterans receiving treatment from VHA primary care providers report persistent pain symptoms. Currently, available data characterizing the neurobiological underpinnings of pain disorders are limited. Preclinical data suggest that neurosteroids may be involved in the modulation of pain symptoms, potentially via actions at gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors...
2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Berthold Drexler, Monika Balk, Bernd Antkowiak
BACKGROUND: The neuroactive steroid allopregnanolone (ALLO) is an endogenous allosteric modulator of γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors. There is evidence that ALLO, at physiologically relevant concentrations, modulates GABAA receptor function in the cerebral cortex. The widely used anesthetic agent propofol and ALLO share a similar mode of molecular action. Here, we ask how GABAA receptor-mediated synaptic inhibition and action potential firing of neurons in cultured cortical slices are altered by either ALLO or propofol or by coapplying both agents...
October 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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