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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346320/c-phycocyanin-and-phycocyanobilin-as-remyelination-therapies-for-enhancing-recovery-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-ischemic-stroke-a-preclinical-perspective
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Giselle Pentón-Rol, Javier Marín-Prida, Viviana Falcón-Cama
Myelin loss has a crucial impact on behavior disabilities associated to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Ischemic Stroke (IS). Although several MS therapies are approved, none of them promote remyelination in patients, limiting their ability for chronic recovery. With no available therapeutic options, enhanced demyelination in stroke survivors is correlated with a poorer behavioral recovery. Here, we show the experimental findings of our group and others supporting the remyelinating effects of C-Phycocyanin (C-PC), the main biliprotein of Spirulina platensis and its linked tetrapyrrole Phycocyanobilin (PCB), in models of these illnesses...
January 18, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345055/npas4-deficiency-interacts-with-adolescent-stress-to-disrupt-prefrontal-gabaergic-maturation-and-adult-cognitive-flexibility
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Chloe Page, Jonathan Alexander, Ryan Shepard, Laurence Coutellier
Healthy cognitive and emotional functioning relies on a balance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the prefrontal cortex. This balance is largely established during early postnatal and adolescent developmental periods by maturation of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, including increased density of parvalbumin cells and perineuronal nets. Genetic and/or environmental factors during adolescence can disrupt GABAergic maturation and lead to behavioral dysfunction in adulthood. The present study examined the interaction between chronic mild stress during adolescence and genetic deficiency of neuronal PAS domain 4 (Npas4), a brain-specific transcription factor that regulates inhibitory neurotransmission and that contributes to adolescent prefrontal GABAergic maturation...
January 18, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344670/pgc-1%C3%AE-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-in-mice-with-diabetic-kidney-disease-through-an-antioxidative-mechanism
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Liwen Zhang, Jian Liu, Fangfang Zhou, Weiming Wang, Nan Chen
The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a common phenomenon in podocyte impairment, which leads to the irreversible progression of chronic kidney diseases, such as diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Previous research has indicated that peroxisome proliferator‑activated receptor γ (PPARγ) coactivator‑1α (PGC‑1α) participates in mitochondrial biogenesis and energy metabolism in certain mitochondria‑enriched cells, including myocardial and skeletal muscle cells. Therefore, we hypothesized that PGC‑1α may be a protective nuclear factor against energy and oxidative stress in DKD...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343455/adolescent-social-stress-increases-anxiety-like-behavior-and-alters-synaptic-transmission-without-influencing-nicotine-responses-in-a-sex-dependent-manner
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Michael J Caruso, Nicole A Crowley, Dana E Reiss, Jasmine I Caulfield, Bernhard Luscher, Sonia A Cavigelli, Helen M Kamens
Early-life stress is a risk factor for comorbid anxiety and nicotine use. Because little is known about the factors underlying this comorbidity, we investigated the effects of adolescent stress on anxiety-like behavior and nicotine responses within individual animals. Adolescent male and female C57BL/6J mice were exposed to chronic variable social stress (CVSS; repeated cycles of social isolation + social reorganization) or control conditions from postnatal days (PND) 25-59. Anxiety-like behavior and social avoidance were measured in the elevated plus-maze (PND 61-65) and social approach-avoidance test (Experiment 1: PND 140-144; Experiment 2: 95-97), respectively...
January 14, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341349/peroxiredoxin-4-prdx4-its-critical-in-vivo-roles-in-animal-models-of-metabolic-syndrome-ranging-from-atherosclerosis-to-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Sohsuke Yamada, Xin Guo
The peroxiredoxin (PRDX) family, a new family of proteins with a pivotal antioxidative function, is ubiquitously synthesized and abundantly identified in various organisms. In contrast to the intracellular localization of other family members (PRDX1/2/3/5/6), PRDX4 is the only known secretory form and protects against oxidative damage by scavenging reactive oxygen species in both the intracellular (especially the endoplasmic reticulum) compartments and the extracellular space. We generated unique human PRDX4 (hPRDX4) transgenic (Tg) mice on a C57BL/6J background and investigated the critical and diverse protective roles of PRDX4 against diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as well as evaluated its role in the intestinal function in various animal models...
January 17, 2018: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341114/recombinant-human-hepatocyte-growth-factor-provides-protective-effects-in-celurein-induced-acute-pancreatitis-in-mice
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Mayrel Palestino-Domínguez, Mario Pelaez-Luna, Roberto Lazzarini-Lechuga, Ignacio Rodríguez-Ochoa, Verónica Souza, Roxana U Miranda, Benjamín Pérez-Aguilar, Leticia Bucio, Jens U Marquardt, Luis Enrique Gomez-Quiroz, María Concepción Gutiérrez-Ruiz
Acute pancreatitis is a multifactorial disease associated with profound changes of the pancreas induced by release of digestive enzymes that lead to increase in proinflammatory cytokine production, excessive tissue necrosis, edema, and bleeding. Elevated levels of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and its receptor c-Met have been observed in different chronic and acute pancreatic diseases including experimental models of acute pancreatitis. In the present study, we investigated the protective effects induced by the recombinant human HGF in a mouse model of cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339486/cell-type-specific-role-for-nucleus-accumbens-neuroligin-2-in-depression-and-stress-susceptibility
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Mitra Heshmati, Hossein Aleyasin, Caroline Menard, Daniel J Christoffel, Meghan E Flanigan, Madeline L Pfau, Georgia E Hodes, Ashley E Lepack, Lucy K Bicks, Aki Takahashi, Ramesh Chandra, Gustavo Turecki, Mary Kay Lobo, Ian Maze, Sam A Golden, Scott J Russo
Behavioral coping strategies are critical for active resilience to stress and depression; here we describe a role for neuroligin-2 (NLGN-2) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Neuroligins (NLGN) are a family of neuronal postsynaptic cell adhesion proteins that are constituents of the excitatory and inhibitory synapse. Importantly, NLGN-3 and NLGN-4 mutations are strongly implicated as candidates underlying the development of neuropsychiatric disorders with social disturbances such as autism, but the role of NLGN-2 in neuropsychiatric disease states is unclear...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339018/nicotine-alleviates-chronic-stress-induced-anxiety-and-depressive-like-behavior-and-hippocampal-neuropathology-via-regulating-autophagy-signaling
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Xi Xiao, Xueliang Shang, Baohui Zhai, Hui Zhang, Tao Zhang
Recently, we reported that chronic nicotine significantly improved chronic stress-induced impairments of cognition and the hippocampal synaptic plasticity in mice, however, the underlying mechanism still needs to be explored. In the present study, 32 male C57BL/6 mice were divided into four groups: control (CON), stress (CUS), stress with chronic nicotine administration (CUS + Nic) and chronic nicotine administration (Nic). The anxiety-like behavior and neuropathological alteration of DG neurons were examined...
January 12, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337245/hepatic-alcohol-dehydrogenase-deficiency-induces-pancreatic-injury-in-chronic-ethanol-feeding-model-of-deer-mice
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Samir M Amer, Kamlesh K Bhopale, Ramu D Kakumanu, Vsevolod L Popov, Bill A Rampy, Inas H El-Mehallawi, Magdy M Ashmawy, G A Shakeel Ansari, Bhupendra S Kaphalia
The single most common cause of chronic pancreatitis (CP, a serious inflammatory disease) is chronic alcohol abuse, which impairs hepatic alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH, a major ethanol oxidizing enzyme). Previously, we found ~5 fold greater fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs), and injury in the pancreas of hepatic ADH deficient (ADH-) vs. hepatic normal ADH (ADH+) deer mice fed 3.5g% ethanol via liquid diet daily for two months. Therefore, progression of ethanol-induced pancreatic injury was determined in ADH- deer mice fed ethanol for four months to delineate the mechanism and metabolic basis of alcoholic chronic pancreatitis (ACP)...
January 11, 2018: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331880/preventive-effects-of-indole-3-carbinol-against-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-via-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-apoptotic-mechanisms-role-of-gut-liver-adipose-tissue-axis
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Youngshim Choi, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Byoung-Joon Song
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), found in Brassica family vegetables, exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancerous properties. Here, we aimed to evaluate the preventive effects of I3C against ethanol (EtOH)-induced liver injury and study the protective mechanism(s) by using the well-established chronic-plus-binge alcohol exposure model. The preventive effects of I3C were evaluated by conducting various histological, biochemical, and real-time PCR analyses in mouse liver, adipose tissue, and colon, since functional alterations of adipose tissue and intestine can also participate in promoting EtOH-induced liver damage...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331340/hsp72-protects-from-liver-injury-via-attenuation-of-hepatocellular-death-oxidative-stress-and-jnk-signaling
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Kateryna Levada, Nurdan Guldiken, Xiaoji Zhang, Giovanna Vella, Fa-Rong Mo, Laura P James, Johannes Haybaeck, Sonja M Kessler, Alexandra K Kiemer, Thomas Ott, Daniel Hartmann, Norbert Hüser, Marianne Ziol, Christian Trautwein, Pavel Strnad
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Heat shock protein (Hsp) 72 is a molecular chaperone that is upregulated in response to stress and possesses broad cytoprotective functions. To determine its hepatic function, we studied its expression in human liver disorders and its biological significance in newly generated transgenic animals. AIM AND METHODS: Double transgenic mice overexpressing Hsp72 (gene HSPA1A) under the control of a tissue-specific tetracycline-inducible system (Hsp72-LAP mice) were produced...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329563/pm2-5-induced-oxidative-stress-increases-intercellular-adhesion-molecule-1-expression-in-lung-epithelial-cells-through-the-il-6-akt-stat3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-pathway
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Chen-Wei Liu, Tzu-Lin Lee, Yu-Chen Chen, Chan-Jung Liang, Shu-Huei Wang, June-Horng Lue, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Shih-Wei Lee, Shun-Hua Chen, Yi-Fan Yang, Tzu-Yi Chuang, Yuh-Lien Chen
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown that ambient air pollution is closely associated with increased respiratory inflammation and decreased lung function. Particulate matters (PMs) are major components of air pollution that damages lung cells. However, the mechanisms remain to be elucidated. This study examines the effects of PMs on intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression and the related mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. RESULT: The cytotoxicity, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and monocyte adherence to A549 cells were more severely affected by treatment with O-PMs (organic solvent-extractable fraction of SRM1649b) than with W-PMs (water-soluble fraction of SRM1649b)...
January 12, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325995/acetylshikonin-from-zicao-attenuates-cognitive-impairment-and-hippocampus-senescence-in-d-galactose-induced-aging-mouse-model-via-upregulating-the-expression-of-sirt1
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Qisen Li, Jiacheng Zeng, Meiling Su, Yu He, Banghao Zhu
Zicao acts as a pleiotropic medicine in various diseases due to its particular pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-oxidative, and wound healing effects. However, few studies have focused on the function in neurodegenerative diseases of Zicao. In this study, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of Acetylshikonin (AS) from Zicao on the hippocampus of the D-galactose (D-gal)-induced sub-acute aging mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aging model was established in male Kunming mice by subcutaneous injection of D-gal (150 mg/kg/d) for 60 days, and the mice were given AS (270, 540 and 1080 mg/kg/d) or distilled water intragastrically for 30 days after 30 days of D-gal injection...
January 8, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321495/tanshinone-iia%C3%A2-sulfonate-protects-against-cigarette-smoke-induced-copd-and-down-regulation-of-cftr-in-mice
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Defu Li, Jian Wang, Dejun Sun, Xuefang Gong, Hua Jiang, Jiaze Shu, Ziyi Wang, Zhen Long, Yiguan Chen, Zili Zhang, Liang Yuan, Ruijuan Guan, Xue Liang, Ziying Li, Hongwei Yao, Nanshan Zhong, Wenju Lu
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease characterized by abnormal inflammation, persistent and progressive lung function decline. The anti-inflammatory actions of tanshinone IIA, which is the most important active component from Chinese herbal medicine Danshen, have been well studied. However, it remains unknown whether sodium tanshinone IIA sulfonate (STS) protects against the development of COPD. Here we found that STS inhalation (5 mg/kg, 30 min per session, twice a day) significantly attenuated lung function decline, airspace enlargement, mucus production, bronchial collagen deposition, inflammatory responses and oxidative stress caused by cigarette smoke (CS) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exposures in mice...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317694/murine-splenic-b-cells-express-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-2-that-affect-their-viability-during-a-stress-response
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Guillaume Harlé, Sandra Kaminski, David Dubayle, Jean-Pol Frippiat, Armelle Ropars
Chronic stress is now recognized as a risk factor for disease development and/or exacerbation. It has been shown to affect negatively the immune system and notably the humoral immune response. Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is known to play a crucial role in stress response. CRH receptors are expressed on different immune cells such as granulocytes, monocytes and T cells. However, up to now, no CRH receptor has been described on B cells which are key players of the humoral immune response. In order to highlight new pathways by which stress may impact immunity, we investigated the role of CRH in B cells...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317594/polymorphism-in-tmem132d-regulates-expression-and-anxiety-related-behavior-through-binding-of-rna-polymerase-ii-complex
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Roshan R Naik, Sergey V Sotnikov, Rebekka P Diepold, Stella Iurato, Patrick O Markt, Andrea Bultmann, Nadine Brehm, Tobias Mattheus, Beat Lutz, Angelika Erhardt, Elisabeth B Binder, Ulrike Schmidt, Florian Holsboer, Rainer Landgraf, Ludwig Czibere
TMEM132D is a candidate gene, where risk genotypes have been associated with anxiety severity along with higher mRNA expression in the frontal cortex of panic disorder patients. Concurrently, in a high (HAB) and low (LAB) trait anxiety mouse model, Tmem132d was found to show increased expression in the anterior cingulate cortex (aCC) of HAB as compared to LAB mice. To understand the molecular underpinnings underlying the differential expression, we sequenced the gene and found two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter differing between both lines which could explain the observed mRNA expression profiles using gene reporter assays...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316242/sustained-high-fat-diet-modulates-inflammation-insulin-signalling-and-cognition-in-mice-and-a-modified-xenin-peptide-ameliorates-neuropathology-in-a-chronic-high-fat-model
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Paul Denver, Victor A Gault, Paula L McClean
AIMS: Metabolic disease increases risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive dysfunction. Chronic high fat diet (HFD) feeding leads to cognitive impairment and neuroinflammation. This study demarcated pathological events in brain as a result of short-term to chronic HFD feeding. Efficacy of Xenin-25[Lys(13)PAL] was assessed in chronic HFD-fed mice. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were fed HFD or normal diet for 18 days, 34 days, 10 and 21 weeks. Cognition was assessed using novel object recognition and Morris water maze...
January 5, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315585/ndrg2-deficiency-ameliorates-neurodegeneration-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Thuong Manh Le, Mika Takarada-Iemata, Hieu Minh Ta, Jureepon Roboon, Hiroshi Ishii, Takashi Tamatani, Yasuko Kitao, Tsuyoshi Hattori, Osamu Hori
N-myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) is a differentiation- and stress-associated molecule that is predominantly expressed in astrocytes in the central nervous system. In this study, we examined the expression and role of NDRG2 in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), which is an animal model of multiple sclerosis. Western blot and immunohistochemical analysis revealed that the expression of NDRG2 was observed in astrocytes of spinal cord, and was enhanced after EAE induction. A comparative analysis of wild-type (WT) and Ndrg2-/- mice revealed that deletion of Ndrg2 ameliorated the clinical symptoms of EAE...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314656/mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-inhibition-attenuates-myocardial-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-in-hypertrophic-heart
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Lei-Lei Ma, Xin Ma, Fei-Juan Kong, Jun-Jie Guo, Hong-Tao Shi, Jian-Bing Zhu, Yun-Zeng Zou, Jun-Bo Ge
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy aggravated myocardial infarction and is causally related to autophagy dysfunction and increased oxidative stress. Rapamycin is an inhibitor of serine/threonine kinase mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) involved in the regulation of autophagy as well as oxidative/nitrative stress. Here, we demonstrated that rapamycin ameliorates myocardial ischaemia reperfusion injury by rescuing the defective cytoprotective mechanisms in hypertrophic heart. Our results showed that chronic rapamycin treatment markedly reduced the phosphorylated mTOR and ribosomal protein S6 expression, but not Akt in both normal and aortic-banded mice...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311652/adult-generated-neurons-born-during-chronic-social-stress-are-uniquely-adapted-to-respond-to-subsequent-chronic-social-stress
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Zurine De Miguel, Ursula Haditsch, Theo D Palmer, Arantza Azpiroz, Robert M Sapolsky
Chronic stress is a recognized risk factor for psychiatric and psychological disorders and a potent modulator of adult neurogenesis. Numerous studies have shown that during stress, neurogenesis decreases; however, during the recovery from the stress, neurogenesis increases. Despite the increased number of neurons born after stress, it is unknown if the function and morphology of those neurons are altered. Here we asked whether neurons in adult mice, born during the final 5 days of chronic social stress and matured during recovery from chronic social stress, are similar to neurons born with no stress conditions from a quantitative, functional and morphological perspective, and whether those neurons are uniquely adapted to respond to a subsequent stressful challenge...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
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