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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719042/serotonergic-paraneurons-in-the-female-mouse-urethral-epithelium-and-their-potential-role-in-peripheral-sensory-information-processing
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F Aura Kullmann, Huiyi H Chang, Christian Gauthier, Bronagh M McDonnell, Jih-Chao Yeh, Dennis R Clayton, Anthony J Kanai, William C de Groat, Gerard L Apodaca, Lori A Birder
AIM: The mechanisms underlying detection and transmission of sensory signals arising from visceral organs, such as the urethra, are poorly understood. Recently, specialized ACh-expressing cells embedded in the urethral epithelium have been proposed as chemosensory sentinels for detection of bacterial infection. Here we examined the morphology and potential role in sensory signaling of a different class of specialized cells that express serotonin (5-HT), termed paraneurons. METHODS: Urethrae, dorsal root ganglia neurons and spinal cords were isolated from adult female mice and used for immunohistochemistry and calcium imaging...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716590/lumbar-muscle-inflammation-alters-spinally-mediated-locomotor-recovery-induced-by-training-in-a-mouse-model-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Mathieu Piché, Hugues Leblond
Locomotor networks after spinal cord injury (SCI) are shaped by training-activated proprioceptive and cutaneous inputs. Nociception from injured tissues may alter these changes but has largely been overlooked. The objective of the present study was to ascertain whether lumbar muscle inflammation hinders locomotion recovery in a mouse model of complete SCI. Lower limb kinematics during treadmill training was assessed before and after complete SCI at T8 (2, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days post-injury). Locomotor recovery was compared in 4 groups of CD1 mice: control spinal mice; spinal mice with daily locomotor training; spinal mice with lumbar muscle inflammation (Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) injection); and spinal mice with locomotor training and CFA...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715117/differential-activation-of-neuronal-and-glial-stat3-in-the-spinal-cord-of-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Tomohiro Ohgomori, Ryo Yamasaki, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Kenji Kadomatsu, Jun-Ichi Kira, Shozo Jinno
Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) proteins are activated by phosphorylation in the spinal cord of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The major scope of our study is a comprehensive histological characterization of the mechanisms underlying neuronal and glial STAT3 activation in the pathogenesis of ALS using SOD1(G93A) mice. We calculated the fold changes (FCs, ratios vs. appropriate controls) of the numerical densities of the following phosphorylated STAT3-positive (pSTAT3)(+) cells: choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)(+) α-motoneurons, ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1)(+) microglia, and S100β(+) astrocytes in SOD1(G93A) mice...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714954/c9orf72-expansion-disrupts-atm-mediated-chromosomal-break-repair
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Callum Walker, Saul Herranz-Martin, Evangelia Karyka, Chunyan Liao, Katherine Lewis, Waheba Elsayed, Vera Lukashchuk, Shih-Chieh Chiang, Swagat Ray, Padraig J Mulcahy, Mateusz Jurga, Ioannis Tsagakis, Tommaso Iannitti, Jayanth Chandran, Ian Coldicott, Kurt J De Vos, Mohamed K Hassan, Adrian Higginbottom, Pamela J Shaw, Guillaume M Hautbergue, Mimoun Azzouz, Sherif F El-Khamisy
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions represent the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, though the mechanisms by which such expansions cause neurodegeneration are poorly understood. We report elevated levels of DNA-RNA hybrids (R-loops) and double strand breaks in rat neurons, human cells and C9orf72 ALS patient spinal cord tissues. Accumulation of endogenous DNA damage is concomitant with defective ATM-mediated DNA repair signaling and accumulation of protein-linked DNA breaks...
July 17, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714852/the-small-molecule-mimetic-agonist-trimebutine-of-adhesion-molecule-l1-contributes-to-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
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Junping Xu, Chengliang Hu, Qiong Jiang, Hongchao Pan, Huifan Shen, Melitta Schachner
Curing spinal cord injury (SCI) in mammals is a daunting task because of the lack of permissive mechanisms and strong inhibitory responses at and around the lesion. The neural cell adhesion molecule L1CAM (L1) has been shown to favor axonal regrowth and enhance neuronal survival and synaptic plasticity, and thus constitutes a viable target to promote regeneration after SCI. Since delivery of full-length L1 or its extracellular domain could encounter difficulties in translation to therapy in humans, we have identified several small organic compounds that bind to L1 and stimulate neuronal survival, neuronal migration, and neurite outgrowth in an L1-dependent manner...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708760/reactive-oxygen-species-affect-spinal-cell-type-specific-synaptic-plasticity-in-a-model-of-neuropathic-pain
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Alice Bittar, Jaebeom Jun, Jun-Ho La, Jigong Wang, Joong Woo Leem, Jin Mo Chung
Spinal synaptic plasticity is believed to drive central sensitization that underlies the persistent nature of neuropathic pain. Our recent data showed that synaptic plasticity in the dorsal horn is cell type-specific: intense afferent stimulation produced long-term potentiation (LTP) in excitatory spinothalamic tract neurons (STTn), whereas it produced long-term depression (LTD) in inhibitory GABAergic interneurons (GABAn). In addition, reactive oxygen species (ROS) were shown to be involved in LTP in STTn (STTn-LTP) as well as in LTD in GABAn (GABAn-LTD)...
July 11, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702933/characterization-of-simbu-serogroup-virus-infections-in-type-i-interferon-receptor-knock-out-mice
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Kerstin Tauscher, Kerstin Wernike, Melina Fischer, Anne Wegelt, Bernd Hoffmann, Jens Peter Teifke, Martin Beer
In late 2011, Schmallenberg virus (SBV), a novel, arthropod-borne, teratogenic orthobunyavirus, emerged near the German/Dutch border and thereafter spread rapidly throughout the continent thereby causing great economic losses in European livestock. SBV mainly infects ruminants and closely related viruses such as Sabo virus (SABOV), Simbu virus (SIMBUV) and Sathuperi virus (SATV) have been isolated from their insect-vectors or putative ruminant hosts. However, information about their pathogenesis and in vivo studies with SABOV, SIMBUV, and SATV are scarce...
July 12, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701913/common-hepatic-branch-of-vagus-nerve-dependent-expression-of-immediate-early-genes-in-the-mouse-brain-by-intraportal-l-arginine-comparison-with-cholecystokinin-8
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Daisuke Yamada, Peter Koppensteiner, Saori Odagiri, Megumi Eguchi, Shun Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Yamada, Hideki Katagiri, Keiji Wada, Masayuki Sekiguchi
Information from the peripheral organs is thought to be transmitted to the brain by humoral factors and neurons such as afferent vagal or spinal nerves. The common hepatic branch of the vagus (CHBV) is one of the main vagus nerve branches, and consists of heterogeneous neuronal fibers that innervate multiple peripheral organs such as the bile duct, portal vein, paraganglia, and gastroduodenal tract. Although, previous studies suggested that the CHBV has a pivotal role in transmitting information on the status of the liver to the brain, the details of its central projections remain unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701774/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-glucocerebrosidase-activity-preserves-motor-unit-integrity-in-a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Alexandre Henriques, Mylene Huebecker, Hélène Blasco, Céline Keime, Christian R Andres, Philippe Corcia, David A Priestman, Frances M Platt, Michael Spedding, Jean-Philippe Loeffler
Recent metabolomic reports connect dysregulation of glycosphingolipids, particularly ceramide and glucosylceramide, to neurodegeneration and to motor unit dismantling in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at late disease stage. We report here altered levels of gangliosides in the cerebrospinal fluid of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients in early disease stage. Conduritol B epoxide is an inhibitor of acid beta-glucosidase, and lowers glucosylceramide degradation. Glucosylceramide is the precursor for all of the more complex glycosphingolipids...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700536/fully-implantable-battery-free-wireless-optoelectronic-devices-for-spinal-optogenetics
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Vijay K Samineni, Jangyeol Yoon, Kaitlyn E Crawford, Yu Ra Jeong, Kajanna C McKenzie, Gunchul Shin, Zhaoqian Xie, Saranya S Sundaram, Yuhang Li, Min Young Yang, Jeonghyun Kim, Di Wu, Yeguang Xue, Xue Feng, Yonggang Huang, Aaron D Mickle, Anthony Banks, Jeong Sook Ha, Judith P Golden, John A Rogers, Robert W Gereau
The advent of optogenetic tools has allowed unprecedented insights into the organization of neuronal networks. Although recently developed technologies have enabled implementation of optogenetics for studies of brain function in freely moving, untethered animals, wireless powering and device durability pose challenges in studies of spinal cord circuits where dynamic, multidimensional motions against hard and soft surrounding tissues can lead to device degradation. We demonstrate here a fully implantable optoelectronic device powered by near-field wireless communication (NFC) technology, with a thin and flexible open-architecture that provides excellent mechanical durability, robust sealing against biofluid penetration and fidelity in wireless activation, thereby allowing for long-term optical stimulation of the spinal cord without constraint on the natural behaviors of the animals...
June 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696309/influenza-infection-triggers-disease-in-a-genetic-model-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Stephen Blackmore, Jessica Hernandez, Michal Juda, Emily Ryder, Gregory G Freund, Rodney W Johnson, Andrew J Steelman
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Most MS patients experience periods of symptom exacerbation (relapses) followed by periods of partial recovery (remission). Interestingly, upper-respiratory viral infections increase the risk for relapse. Here, we used an autoimmune-prone T-cell receptor transgenic mouse (2D2) and a mouse-adapted human influenza virus to test the hypothesis that upper-respiratory viral infection can cause glial activation, promote immune cell trafficking to the CNS, and trigger disease...
July 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689049/the-spatiotemporal-relationships-between-chondroitin-sulfate-proteoglycans-and-terminations-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-and-parvalbumin-immunoreactive-afferents-in-the-spinal-cord-of-mouse-embryos
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Liqing Wang, Chao Yu, Jun Wang, Hui Zhao, Sun-On Chan
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans (PGs) are a family of complex molecules in the extracellular matrix and cell surface that regulate axon growth and guidance during development of the central nervous system. In this study, the expression of CSPGs was investigated in the mouse spinal cord at late embryonic and neonatal stages using CS-56 antibody. CS immunoreactivity was observed abundantly in ventral regions of spinal cord of embryonic day (E) 15 embryos. At E16 to E18, CS expression spread dorsally, but never reached the superficial layers of the dorsal horn...
July 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687732/the-cannabinoid-receptor-interacting-proteins-1-of-zebrafish-are-not-required-for-morphological-development-viability-or-fertility
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Laura Fin, Giorgia Bergamin, Roberto A Steiner, Simon M Hughes
The Cannabinoid Receptor Interacting Protein 1 (Cnrip1) was discovered as an interactor with the intracellular region of Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1R, also known as Cnr1 or CB1). Functional assays in mouse show cannabinoid sensitivity changes and Cnrip1 has recently been suggested to control eye development in Xenopus laevis. Two Cnrip1 genes are described in zebrafish, cnrip1a and cnrip1b. In situ mRNA hybridisation revealed accumulation of mRNA encoding each gene primarily in brain and spinal cord, but also elsewhere...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687602/imaging-b-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis-using-64-cu-rituximab-pet
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Michelle L James, Aileen Hoehne, Aaron T Mayer, Kendra Lechtenberg, Monica Moreno, Gayatri Gowrishankar, Ohad Ilovich, Arutselvan Natarajan, Emily M Johnson, Joujou Nguyen, Lisa Quach, May Han, Marion Buckwalter, Sudeep Chandra, Sanjiv S Gambhir
B lymphocytes are a key pathological feature of multiple sclerosis (MS), and are becoming an important therapeutic target for this condition. Currently, there is no approved technique to non-invasively visualize B cells in the central nervous system (CNS) to monitor MS disease progression and response to therapies. Here we evaluated (64)Cu-Rituximab, a radiolabeled antibody specifically targeting the human B cell marker CD20, for its ability to image B cells in a mouse model of MS using positron emission tomography (PET)...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677863/netrin-1-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-new-biomarker-for-neuroinflammation
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P Mulero, C Córdova, M Hernández, R Martín, B Gutiérrez, J C Muñoz, N Redondo, I Gallardo, N Téllez, M L Nieto
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Netrin-1, an axon guidance protein, reduces serum levels of pro-inflammatory mediators and stabilizes the blood-brain barrier limiting the entrance of immune cells into the central nervous system. The aim was to investigate its presence in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model and in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with and without clinical activity. METHODS: Netrin-1 levels were evaluated in EAE mouse tissues. Afterwards, serum netrin-1 was cross-sectionally quantified in 90 patients with different MS phenotypes and 30 control subjects...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673713/alterations-in-opioid-inhibition-cause-widespread-nociception-but-do-not-affect-anxiety-like-behavior-in-oral-cancer-mice
#16
Yi Ye, Daniel G Bernabé, Elizabeth Salvo, Chi T Viet, Kentaro Ono, John C Dolan, Malvin Janal, Brad E Aouizerat, Christine Miaskowski, Brian L Schmidt
Widespread pain and anxiety are commonly reported in cancer patients. We hypothesize that cancer is accompanied by attenuation of endogenous opioid-mediated inhibition, which subsequently causes widespread pain and anxiety. To test this hypothesis we used a mouse model of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in the tongue. We found that mice with tongue SCC exhibited widespread nociceptive behaviors in addition to behaviors associated with local nociception that we reported previously. Tongue SCC mice exhibited a pattern of reduced opioid receptor expression in the spinal cord; intrathecal administration of respective mu (MOR), delta (DOR), and kappa (KOR) opioid receptor agonists reduced widespread nociception in mice, except for the fail flick assay following administration of the MOR agonist...
June 30, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671548/motoneurons-regulate-the-central-pattern-generator-during-drug-induced-locomotor-like-activity-in-the-neonatal-mouse
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Melanie Falgairolle, Joshua G Puhl, Avinash Pujala, Wenfang Liu, Michael James O'Donovan
Motoneurons are traditionally viewed as the output of the spinal cord that do not influence locomotor rhythmogenesis. We assessed the role of motoneuron firing during ongoing locomotor-like activity in neonatal mice expressing archaerhopsin-3 (Arch), halorhodopsin (eNpHR), or channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in Choline acetyltransferase expressing neurons (ChAT(+)) or the LIM-homeodomain transcription factor Isl1(+) neurons. Illumination of the lumbar cord in mice expressing eNpHR or Arch in ChAT(+) or Isl1(+) neurons, depressed motoneuron discharge, transiently decreased the frequency, and perturbed the phasing of the locomotor-like rhythm...
July 3, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668079/effects-of-bu-shen-yi-sui-capsule-on-nogoa-ngr-and-its-signaling-pathways-rhoa-rock-in-mice-with-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#18
Ling Fang, Yongqiang Wang, Qi Zheng, Tao Yang, Peiyuan Zhao, Hui Zhao, Qiuxia Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Fang Qi, Kangning Li, Zhenzhen Chen, Junling Li, Nan Zhang, Yongping Fan, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND: Axon growth inhibitory factors NogoA/Nogo receptor (NgR) and its signaling pathways RhoA/Rho kinase (ROCK) play a critical role in the repair of nerve damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). Bu Shen Yi Sui Capsule (BSYSC) is an effective Chinese formula utilized to treat MS in clinical setting and noted for its potent neuroprotective effects. In this study, we focus on the effects of BSYSC on promoting nerve repair and the underlying mechanisms in mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
July 1, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666328/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-related-mutant-superoxide-dismutase-1-aggregates-inhibit-14-3-3-mediated-cell-survival-by-sequestration-into-the-junq-compartment
#19
Ju-Hwang Park, Hae Rim Jang, In Young Lee, Hye Kyung Oh, Eui-Ju Choi, Hyangshuk Rhim, Seongman Kang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor neuron loss in the spinal cord and brain. Mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene have been linked to familial ALS. To elucidate the role of SOD1 mutations in ALS, we investigated 14-3-3, a crucial regulator of cell death that was identified in patients with familial ALS. In a transgenic mouse model (SOD1-G93A) of ALS, 14-3-3 co-localized with mutant SOD1 aggregates and was more insoluble in the spinal cords of mutant SOD1 transgenic mice than in those of wild-type mice...
June 28, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664409/surfen-is-a-broad-spectrum-calcium-channel-inhibitor-with-analgesic-properties-in-mouse-models-of-acute-and-chronic-inflammatory-pain
#20
Paula Rivas-Ramirez, Vinicius M Gadotti, Gerald W Zamponi, Norbert Weiss
Multiple voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) contribute to the processing of nociceptive signals in primary afferent fibers. In addition, alteration of calcium channel activity is associated with a number of chronic pain conditions. Therefore, VGCCs have emerged as prime target for the management of either neuropathic or inflammatory pain, and selective calcium channel blockers have been shown to have efficacy in animal models and in the clinic. However, considering that multiple calcium channels contribute pain afferent signaling, broad-spectrum inhibitors of several channel isoforms may offer a net advantage in modulating pain...
June 30, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
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