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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213125/reduced-bioavailable-manganese-causes-striatal-urea-cycle-pathology-in-huntington-s-disease-mouse-model
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Terry Jo V Bichell, Michal Wegrzynowicz, K Grace Tipps, Emma M Bradley, Michael A Uhouse, Miles Bryan, Kyle Horning, Nicole Fisher, Karrie Dudek, Timothy Halbesma, Preethi Umashanker, Andrew D Stubbs, Hunter K Holt, Gunnar F Kwakye, Andrew M Tidball, Roger J Colbran, Michael Aschner, M Diana Neely, Alba Di Pardo, Vittorio Maglione, Alexander Osmand, Aaron B Bowman
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a mutation in the huntingtin gene (HTT), resulting in profound striatal neurodegeneration through an unknown mechanism. Perturbations in the urea cycle have been reported in HD models and in HD patient blood and brain. In neurons, arginase is a central urea cycle enzyme, and the metal manganese (Mn) is an essential cofactor. Deficient biological responses to Mn, and reduced Mn accumulation have been observed in HD striatal mouse and cell models. Here we report in vivo and ex vivo evidence of a urea cycle metabolic phenotype in a prodromal HD mouse model...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211815/generation-and-characterization-of-knock-in-mouse-models-expressing-versions-of-huntingtin-with-either-an-n17-or-a-combined-polyq-and-proline-rich-region-deletion
#2
Emily A André, Elise M Braatz, Jeh-Ping Liu, Scott O Zeitlin
BACKGROUND: The polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch of the Huntingtin protein (HTT) in mammals is flanked by a highly conserved 17 amino acid N-terminal domain (N17), and a proline-rich region (PRR). The PRR is a binding site for many HTT-interacting proteins, and the N17 domain regulates several normal HTT functions, including HTT's ability to associate with membranes and organelles. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the consequence of deleting mouse Huntingtin's (Htt's) N17 domain or a combination of its polyQ stretch and PRR (QP) on normal Htt function in mice...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205498/cognitive-control-learning-and-clinical-motor-ratings-are-most-highly-associated-with-basal-ganglia-brain-volumes-in-the-premanifest-huntington-s-disease-phenotype
#3
Maria B Misiura, Spencer Lourens, Vince D Calhoun, Jeffrey Long, Jeremy Bockholt, Hans Johnson, Ying Zhang, Jane S Paulsen, Jessica A Turner, Jingyu Liu, Betul Kara, Elizabeth Fall
OBJECTIVES: Huntington's disease (HD) is a debilitating genetic disorder characterized by motor, cognitive and psychiatric abnormalities associated with neuropathological decline. HD pathology is the result of an extended chain of CAG (cytosine, adenine, guanine) trinucleotide repetitions in the HTT gene. Clinical diagnosis of HD requires the presence of an otherwise unexplained extrapyramidal movement disorder in a participant at risk for HD. Over the past 15 years, evidence has shown that cognitive, psychiatric, and subtle motor dysfunction is evident decades before traditional motor diagnosis...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203149/gene-gene-environment-interactions-of-serotonin-transporter-monoamine-oxidase-a-and-childhood-maltreatment-predict-aggressive-behavior-in-chinese-adolescents
#4
Yun Zhang, Qing-Sen Ming, Jin-Yao Yi, Xiang Wang, Qiao-Lian Chai, Shu-Qiao Yao
Gene-environment interactions that moderate aggressive behavior have been identified independently in the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene and monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA). The aim of the present study was to investigate epistasis interactions between MAOA-variable number tandem repeat (VNTR), 5-HTTlinked polymorphism (LPR) and child abuse and the effects of these on aggressive tendencies in a group of otherwise healthy adolescents. A group of 546 Chinese male adolescents completed the Child Trauma Questionnaire and Youth self-report of the Child Behavior Checklist...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199335/ecological-networks-to-unravel-the-routes-to-horizontal-transposon-transfers
#5
Samuel Venner, Vincent Miele, Christophe Terzian, Christian Biémont, Vincent Daubin, Cédric Feschotte, Dominique Pontier
Transposable elements (TEs) represent the single largest component of numerous eukaryotic genomes, and their activity and dispersal constitute an important force fostering evolutionary innovation. The horizontal transfer of TEs (HTT) between eukaryotic species is a common and widespread phenomenon that has had a profound impact on TE dynamics and, consequently, on the evolutionary trajectory of many species' lineages. However, the mechanisms promoting HTT remain largely unknown. In this article, we argue that network theory combined with functional ecology provides a robust conceptual framework and tools to delineate how complex interactions between diverse organisms may act in synergy to promote HTTs...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195567/bdnf-val66met-association-with-serotonin-transporter-binding-in-healthy-humans
#6
P M Fisher, B Ozenne, C Svarer, D Adamsen, S Lehel, W F C Baaré, P S Jensen, G M Knudsen
The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is a key feature of the serotonin system, which is involved in behavior, cognition and personality and implicated in neuropsychiatric illnesses including depression. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) val66met and 5-HTTLPR polymorphisms have predicted differences in 5-HTT levels in humans but with equivocal results, possibly due to limited sample sizes. Within the current study we evaluated these genetic predictors of 5-HTT binding with [(11)C]DASB positron emission tomography (PET) in a comparatively large cohort of 144 healthy individuals...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194040/abnormal-degradation-of-the-neuronal-stress-protective-transcription-factor-hsf1-in-huntington-s-disease
#7
Rocio Gomez-Pastor, Eileen T Burchfiel, Daniel W Neef, Alex M Jaeger, Elisa Cabiscol, Spencer U McKinstry, Argenia Doss, Alejandro Aballay, Donald C Lo, Sergey S Akimov, Christopher A Ross, Cagla Eroglu, Dennis J Thiele
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by poly-glutamine expansion in the Htt protein, resulting in Htt misfolding and cell death. Expression of the cellular protein folding and pro-survival machinery by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) ameliorates biochemical and neurobiological defects caused by protein misfolding. We report that HSF1 is degraded in cells and mice expressing mutant Htt, in medium spiny neurons derived from human HD iPSCs and in brain samples from patients with HD...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183013/base-driven-sunlight-oxidation-of-silver-nanoprisms-for-label-free-visual-colorimetric-detection-of-hexahydro-1-3-5-trinitro-1-3-5-triazine-explosive
#8
Yi He, Li Wang
Here we report a label-free method for visual colorimetric detection of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (HTT) explosive based on base-driven sunlight oxidation of silver nanoprisms (AgNPRs). Under natural sunlight illumination, the surface plasmon of AgNPRs is excited, which populates O2 antibonding orbitals to generate negative-ion state (O2(-)). The resultant O2(-) with a strong oxidation activity can etch AgNPRs to smaller nanodisks with the aid of NaOH aqueous solution, leading to a blue shift of the absorption peak and color change from blue to pink...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182673/the-expanded-cag-repeat-in-the-huntingtin-gene-as-target-for-therapeutic-rna-modulation-throughout-the-hd-mouse-brain
#9
Nicole A Datson, Anchel González-Barriga, Eleni Kourkouta, Rudie Weij, Jeroen van de Giessen, Susan Mulders, Outi Kontkanen, Taneli Heikkinen, Kimmo Lehtimäki, Judith C T van Deutekom
The aim of these studies was to demonstrate the therapeutic capacity of an antisense oligonucleotide with the sequence (CUG)7 targeting the expanded CAG repeat in huntingtin (HTT) mRNA in vivo in the R6/2 N-terminal fragment and Q175 knock-in Huntington's disease (HD) mouse models. In a first study, R6/2 mice received six weekly intracerebroventricular infusions with a low and high dose of (CUG)7 and were sacrificed 2 weeks later. A 15-60% reduction of both soluble and aggregated mutant HTT protein was observed in striatum, hippocampus and cortex of (CUG)7-treated mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176805/motivational-proteostatic-and-transcriptional-deficits-precede-synapse-loss-gliosis-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-b6-htt-q111-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#10
Robert M Bragg, Sydney R Coffey, Rory M Weston, Seth A Ament, Jeffrey P Cantle, Shawn Minnig, Cory C Funk, Dominic D Shuttleworth, Emily L Woods, Bonnie R Sullivan, Lindsey Jones, Anne Glickenhaus, John S Anderson, Michael D Anderson, Stephen B Dunnett, Vanessa C Wheeler, Marcy E MacDonald, Simon P Brooks, Nathan D Price, Jeffrey B Carroll
We investigated the appearance and progression of disease-relevant signs in the B6.Htt(Q111/+) mouse, a genetically precise model of the mutation that causes Huntington's disease (HD). We find that B6.Htt(Q111/+) mice are healthy, show no overt signs of central or peripheral inflammation, and no gross motor impairment as late as 12 months of age. Behaviorally, we find that 4-9 month old B6.Htt(Q111/+) mice have normal activity levels and show no clear signs of anxiety or depression, but do show clear signs of reduced motivation...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168008/protective-effect-of-antioxidants-on-neuronal-dysfunction-and-plasticity-in-huntington-s-disease
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REVIEW
Thirunavukkarasu Velusamy, Archana S Panneerselvam, Meera Purushottam, Muthuswamy Anusuyadevi, Pramod Kumar Pal, Sanjeev Jain, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Gilles J Guillemin, Mahesh Kandasamy
Huntington's disease (HD) is characterised by movement disorders, cognitive impairments, and psychiatric problems. The abnormal generation of reactive oxygen species and the resulting oxidative stress-induced mitochondrial damage in neurons upon CAG mutations in the HTT gene have been hypothesized as the contributing factors of neurodegeneration in HD. The potential use of antioxidants against free radical toxicity has been an emerging field in the management of ageing and many neurodegenerative disorders. Neural stem cells derived adult neurogenesis represents the regenerative capacity of the adult brain...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165127/novel-allele-specific-quantification-methods-reveal-no-effects-of-adult-onset-cag-repeats-on-htt-mrna-and-protein-levels
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Aram Shin, Baehyun Shin, Jun Wan Shin, Kyung-Hee Kim, Ranjit S Atwal, Jennifer M Hope, Tammy Gillis, John D Leszyk, Scott A Shaffer, Ramee Lee, Seung Kwak, Marcy E MacDonald, James F Gusella, Ihn Sik Seong, Jong-Min Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155235/the-danish-hd-registry-dhr-a-nationwide-family-registry-of-hd-families-in-denmark
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Mette Gilling, Esben Budtz-Jørgensen, Susanne E Boonen, Dorte Lildballe, Anders Bojesen, Jens Michael Hertz, Sven Asger Sørensen
The Danish Huntington's Disease Registry (DHR) is a nationwide family registry comprising 14.245 individuals from 445 HD families of which the largest family includes 845 individuals in 8 generations. 1.136 DNA and/or blood samples and 18 fibroblast cultures are stored in a local biobank. The birthplace of the oldest HD carrier in each of the 261 families of Danish origin was unevenly distributed across Denmark with a high number of families in the middle part of the peninsula Jutland and in Copenhagen, the capital...
February 2, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153533/dysregulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-striatum-of-bachd-rats-expressing-full-length-mutant-huntingtin-and-associated-abnormalities-on-molecular-and-protein-levels
#14
Libo Yu-Taeger, Michael Bonin, Janice Stricker-Shaver, Olaf Riess, Hoa Huu Phuc Nguyen
Huntington disease (HD) is an autosomal dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the gene coding for the huntingtin protein (HTT). Mutant HTT (mHTT) has been proposed to cause neuronal dysfunction and neuronal loss through multiple mechanisms. Transcriptional changes may be a core pathogenic feature of HD. Utilizing the Affymetrix platform we performed a genome-wide RNA expression analysis in two BACHD transgenic rat lines (TG5 and TG9) at 12 months of age, both of which carry full-length human mHTT but with different expression levels...
January 30, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142069/physical-exercise-ameliorates-mood-disorder-like-behavior-on-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#15
Hye-Sang Park, Jae-Min Lee, Han-Sam Cho, Sang-Seo Park, Tae-Woon Kim
Obesity is associated with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. The aim of this study was to investigate whether treadmill exercise had any benefits on mood disorder by high fat diet (HFD) induced obesity. Mice were randomly divided into four groups: control, control and exercise, high fat diet (HFD), and HFD and exercise. Obesity was induced by a 20-week HFD (60%). In the exercise groups, exercise was performed 6 times a week for 12 weeks, with the exercise duration and intensity gradually increasing at 4-week intervals...
January 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129919/loss-of-huntingtin-stimulates-capture-of-retrograde-dense-core-vesicles-to-increase-synaptic-neuropeptide-stores
#16
Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
The Huntington's disease protein Huntingtin (Htt) regulates axonal transport of dense-core vesicles (DCVs) containing neurotrophins and neuropeptides. DCVs travel down axons to reach nerve terminals where they are either captured in synaptic boutons to support later release or reverse direction to reenter the axon as part of vesicle circulation. Currently, the impact of Htt on DCV dynamics in the terminal is unknown. Here we report that knockout of Drosophila Htt selectively reduces retrograde DCV flux at proximal boutons of motoneuron terminals...
January 22, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114340/complementary-critical-functions-of-zfy1-and-zfy2-in-mouse-spermatogenesis-and-reproduction
#17
Takashi Nakasuji, Narumi Ogonuki, Tomoki Chiba, Tomomi Kato, Kumiko Shiozawa, Kenji Yamatoya, Hiromitsu Tanaka, Tadashi Kondo, Kenji Miyado, Naoyuki Miyasaka, Toshiro Kubota, Atsuo Ogura, Hiroshi Asahara
The mammalian Y chromosome plays a critical role in spermatogenesis. However, the exact functions of each gene in the Y chromosome have not been completely elucidated, partly owing to difficulties in gene targeting analysis of the Y chromosome. Zfy was first proposed to be a sex determination factor, but its function in spermatogenesis has been recently elucidated. Nevertheless, Zfy gene targeting analysis has not been performed thus far. Here, we adopted the highly efficient CRISPR/Cas9 system to generate individual Zfy1 or Zfy2 knockout (KO) mice and Zfy1 and Zfy2 double knockout (Zfy1/2-DKO) mice...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104789/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-of-huntington-disease-for-preclinical-development-of-therapeutics-targeting-mutant-huntingtin-alleles
#18
Amber L Southwell, Niels H Skotte, Erika B Villanueva, Michael E Østergaard, Xiaofeng Gu, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Chris Kay, Daphne Cheung, Yuanyun Xie, Sabine Waltl, Louisa Dal Cengio, Hailey Findlay-Black, Crystal N Doty, Eugenia Petoukhov, Diepiriye Iworima, Ramy Slama, Jolene Ooi, Mahmoud A Pouladi, William X Yang, Eric E Swayze, Punit P Seth, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. HTT is a large protein, interacts with many partners and is involved in many cellular pathways, which are perturbed in HD. Therapies targeting HTT directly are likely to provide the most global benefit. Thus there is a need for preclinical models of HD recapitulating human HTT genetics. We previously generated a humanized mouse model of HD, Hu97/18, by intercrossing BACHD and YAC18 mice with knockout of the endogenous mouse HD homolog (Hdh)...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100843/pathophysiology-and-molecular-basis-of-selected-metabolic-abnormalities-in-huntington-s-disease
#19
Jolanta Krzysztoń-Russjan
Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable, devastating neurodegenerative disease with a known genetic background and autosomally dominant inheritance pattern. HTT gene mutation (mHTT) is associated with polymorphic fragment elongation above 35 repeats of the CAG triplet. The mHTT product is an altered protein with a poly-Q elongated fragment, with the highest expression determined in the central nervous system (CNS) and with differentiated expression outside the CNS. A drastic loss of striatal and deeper layers of the cerebral cortex neurons was determined in the CNS, but muscle and body weight mass loss with dysfunction of many organs was also observed...
December 30, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096245/prion-like-characteristics-of-polyglutamine-containing-proteins
#20
Margaret M P Pearce, Ron R Kopito
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are infectious neurodegenerative diseases caused by the conversion of prion protein (PrP) into a self-replicating conformation that spreads via templated conversion of natively folded PrP molecules within or between cells. Recent studies provide compelling evidence that prion-like behavior is a general property of most protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Many of these disorders are associated with spontaneous protein aggregation, but genetic mutations can increase the aggregation propensity of specific proteins, including expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts, which is causative of nine inherited neurodegenerative diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
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