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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441483/discovery-of-a-novel-class-of-survival-motor-neuron-2-splicing-modifiers-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Emmanuel Pinard, Luke Green, Michael Reutlinger, Marla Weetall, Nikolai N Naryshkin, John Baird, Karen S Chen, Sergey V Paushkin, Friedrich Metzger, Hasane Ratni
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutation or deletion of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, resulting in low levels of functional SMN protein. We have reported recently the identification of small molecules (coumarins, iso-coumarins and pyrido-pyrimidinones) that modify the alternative splicing of SMN2, a paralogous gene to SMN1, restoring the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein level in mouse models of SMA. Herein, we report our efforts to identify a novel chemotype as one strategy to potentially circumvent safety concerns from earlier derivatives, such as in-vitro phototoxicity and in-vitro mutagenicity associated with compounds 1 and 2 or the in-vivo retinal findings observed in a long term chronic tox study with 3 at high exposures only...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440798/improved-gene-delivery-to-adult-mouse-spinal-cord-through-the-use-of-engineered-hybrid-adeno-associated-viral-serotypes
#2
J J Siu, N J Queen, W Huang, F Q Yin, X Liu, C Wang, D M McTigue, L Cao
Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors are often used in gene therapy for neurological disorders because of its safety profile and promising results in clinical trials. One challenge to AAV gene therapy is effective transduction of large numbers of the appropriate cell type, which can be overcome by modulating the viral capsid through DNA shuffling. Our previous study demonstrates that Rec2, among a family of novel engineered hybrid capsid serotypes (Rec1~4) transduces adipose tissue with far superior efficiency than naturally occurring AAV serotypes...
April 25, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440280/targeting-asic3-for-relieving-mice-fibromyalgia-pain-roles-of-electroacupuncture-opioid-and-adenosine
#3
Liang-Ta Yen, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Hsin-Cheng Hsu, Yi-Wen Lin
Many scientists are seeking better therapies for treating fibromyalgia (FM) pain. We used a mouse model of FM to determine if ASIC3 and its relevant signaling pathway participated in FM pain. We demonstrated that FM-induced mechanical hyperalgesia was attenuated by electroacupuncture (EA). The decrease in fatigue-induced lower motor function in FM mice was also reversed by EA. These EA-based effects were abolished by the opioid receptor antagonist naloxone and the adenosine A1 receptor antagonist rolofylline...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438981/acute-inflammation-reveals-gabaa-receptor-mediated-nociception-in-mouse-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-via-pge2-receptor-4-signaling
#4
In Jeong Jang, Alexander J Davies, Nozomi Akimoto, Seung Keun Back, Pa Reum Lee, Heung Sik Na, Hidemasa Furue, Sung Jun Jung, Yong Ho Kim, Seog Bae Oh
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) depolarizes dorsal root ganglia (DRG) primary afferent neurons through activation of Cl(-) permeable GABAA receptors but the physiologic role of GABAA receptors in the peripheral terminals of DRG neurons remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the role of peripheral GABAA receptors in nociception using a mouse model of acute inflammation. In vivo, peripheral administration of the selective GABAA receptor agonist muscimol evoked spontaneous licking behavior, as well as spinal wide dynamic range (WDR) neuron firing, after pre-conditioning with formalin but had no effect in saline-treated mice...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436532/bis-phenylimidazoselenazolyl-diselenide-elicits-antinociceptive-effect-by-modulating-myeloperoxidase-activity-nox-and-nfkb-levels-in-the-collagen-induced-arthritis-mouse-model
#5
Pietro M Chagas, Bruna C W Fulco, Marcel H M Sari, Juliano A Roehrs, Cristina W Nogueira
Bis(phenylimidazoselenazolyl) diselenide (BPIS) is an organoselenium with acute antinociceptive and antioxidant properties. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate BPIS effect on a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model in mice. METHODS: Protocol of exposure consisted in arthritis induction by chicken collagen type II on day 0 with booster injection on day 21. On day 60 after collagen injection, incidence of mechanic allodynia (Von Frey test) or thermal hyperalgesia (hot plate test) was evaluated...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431735/characterization-of-an-amyloid-only-transgenic-b6c3-tg-appswe-psen1de9-85dbo-mmjax-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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G S Finnie, R Gunnarsson, J Manavis, P C Blumbergs, K A Mander, S Edwards, C Van den Heuvel, J W Finnie
The spatiotemporal pattern of cerebral amyloid deposition, detectable as light microscopically recognizable aggregates in an 'amyloid only' transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, B6C3-Tg(APPswe,PSEN1dE9)85Dbo/Mmjax, is reported for the first time in this strain. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies were used to detect amyloid deposition immunohistochemically in brains collected from these mice at 3-12 months of age. Amyloid aggregates (20-200 μm) were first found in serial, whole coronal sections of brain at 4 months of age and these increased progressively, plateauing at 11-12 months...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428745/decreased-levels-of-foldase-and-chaperone-proteins-are-associated-with-an-early-onset-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#7
Melania Filareti, Silvia Luotti, Laura Pasetto, Mauro Pignataro, Katia Paolella, Paolo Messina, Elisabetta Pupillo, Massimiliano Filosto, Christian Lunetta, Jessica Mandrioli, Giuseppe Fuda, Andrea Calvo, Adriano Chiò, Massimo Corbo, Caterina Bendotti, Ettore Beghi, Valentina Bonetto
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive upper and lower motor neuron degeneration. One of the peculiar clinical characteristics of ALS is the wide distribution in age of onset, which is probably caused by different combinations of intrinsic and exogenous factors. We investigated whether these modifying factors are converging into common pathogenic pathways leading either to an early or a late disease onset. This would imply the identification of phenotypic biomarkers, that can distinguish the two populations of ALS patients, and of relevant pathways to consider in a therapeutic intervention...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426550/neuropathic-pain-after-chronic-nerve-constriction-may-not-correlate-with-chloride-dysregulation-in-mouse-trigeminal-nucleus-caudalis-neurons
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Alberto Castro, Ying Li, Charles Raver, Ramesh Chandra, Radi Masri, Mary Kay Lobo, Asaf Keller
Changes in chloride reversal potential in rat spinal cord neurons have previously been associated with persistent pain in nerve injury and inflammation models. These changes correlate with a decrease in the expression of the potassium% chloride transporter, KCC2, and with increases in neuronal excitability. Here, we test the hypothesis that similar changes occur in mice with neuropathic pain induced by chronic constriction injury of the trigeminal infraorbital nerve (CCI¬-ION). This model allows us to distinguish an acute pain phase (3-¬5 days after injury) from a persistent pain phase (12¬-14 days after CCI-¬ION)...
April 18, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425239/an-8-week-thoracic-spine-stabilization-exercise-program-improves-postural-back-pain-spine-alignment-postural-sway-and-core-endurance-in-university-students-a-randomized-controlled-study
#9
Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
BACKGROUND/AIM: To investigate the effects of an 8-week thoracic stabilization exercise program on back pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance in university students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: University students were randomly allocated into exercise (n: 28) and control (n: 25) groups. The exercise program was carried out 3 days a week for 8 weeks. Postural pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance were assessed via visual analogue scale, Spinal Mouse, Biodex Balance System, and McGill's trunk muscle endurance tests at the baseline and after 8 weeks of training...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419410/selective-and-state-dependent-activation-of-tresk-background-potassium-channel-by-cloxyquin
#10
Miklós Lengyel, Alice Dobolyi, Gábor Czirják, Péter Enyedi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cloxyquin (5-cloroquinolin-8-ol) has been previously described as an activator of TRESK (K2P 18.1, TWIK-related spinal cord K(+) channel) background potassium channel. We have examined the specificity of the drug by testing several K2P channels. We have investigated the mechanism of cloxyquin-mediated TRESK activation, focusing on the differences between the physiologically relevant regulatory states of the channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Potassium currents were measured by two-electrode voltage clamp in Xenopus oocytes and by whole-cell patch clamp in mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412462/spop-regulates-gli3-activity-and-shh-signaling-in-dorsoventral-patterning-of-the-mouse-spinal-cord
#11
Hongchen Cai, Aimin Liu
Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling regulates the patterning of ventral spinal cord through the effector Gli family of transcription factors. Previous in vitro studies showed that an E3 ubiquitin ligase containing Speckle-type POZ protein (Spop) targets Gli2 and Gli3 for ubiquitination and degradation, but the role of Spop in Shh signaling and mammalian spinal cord patterning remains unknown. Here, we show that loss of Spop does not alter spinal cord patterning, but it suppresses the loss of floor plate and V3 interneuron phenotype of Gli2 mutants, suggesting a negative role of Spop in Gli3 activator activity, Shh signaling and the specification of ventral cell fates in the spinal cord...
April 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412171/gender-specific-amelioration-of-sma-phenotype-upon-disruption-of-a-deep-intronic-structure-by-an-oligonucleotide
#12
Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh, Rachel L Anderson, Ravindra N Singh
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic disease of children, is caused by low levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Here, we employ A15/283, an antisense oligonucleotide targeting a deep intronic sequence/structure, to examine the impact of restoration of SMN in a mild SMA mouse model. We show gender-specific amelioration of tail necrosis upon subcutaneous administrations of A15/283 into SMA mice at postnatal days 1 and 3. We also demonstrate that a modest increase in SMN due to early administrations of A15/283 dramatically improves testicular development and spermatogenesis...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409281/spinal-poly-ga-inclusions-in-a-c9orf72-mouse-model-trigger-motor-deficits-and-inflammation-without-neuron-loss
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Martin H Schludi, Lore Becker, Lillian Garrett, Tania F Gendron, Qihui Zhou, Franziska Schreiber, Bastian Popper, Leda Dimou, Tim M Strom, Juliane Winkelmann, Anne von Thaden, Kristin Rentzsch, Stephanie May, Meike Michaelsen, Benjamin M Schwenk, Jing Tan, Benedikt Schoser, Marianne Dieterich, Leonard Petrucelli, Sabine M Hölter, Wolfgang Wurst, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Thomas Klopstock, Thomas Arzberger, Dieter Edbauer
Translation of the expanded (ggggcc)n repeat in C9orf72 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) causes abundant poly-GA inclusions. To elucidate their role in pathogenesis, we generated transgenic mice expressing codon-modified (GA)149 conjugated with cyan fluorescent protein (CFP). Transgenic mice progressively developed poly-GA inclusions predominantly in motoneurons and interneurons of the spinal cord and brain stem and in deep cerebellar nuclei. Poly-GA co-aggregated with p62, Rad23b and the newly identified Mlf2, in both mouse and patient samples...
April 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406094/the-role-of-cell-body-density-in-ruminant-retina-mechanics-assessed-by-atomic-force-and-brillouin-microscopy
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Isabell Weber, Seok-Hyun Yun, Guillano Scarcelli, Kristian Franze
Cells in the central nervous system (CNS) respond to the stiffness of their environment. CNS tissue is mechanically highly heterogeneous, thus providing motile cells with region-specific mechanical signals. While CNS mechanics has been measured with a variety of techniques, reported values of tissue stiffness vary greatly, and the morphological structures underlying spatial changes in tissue stiffness remain poorly understood. We here exploited two complementary techniques, contact-based atomic force microscopy and contact-free Brillouin microscopy, to determine the mechanical properties of ruminant retinae, which are built up by different tissue layers...
April 13, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405022/therapeutic-reduction-of-ataxin-2-extends-lifespan-and-reduces-pathology-in-tdp-43-mice
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Lindsay A Becker, Brenda Huang, Gregor Bieri, Rosanna Ma, David A Knowles, Paymaan Jafar-Nejad, James Messing, Hong Joo Kim, Armand Soriano, Georg Auburger, Stefan M Pulst, J Paul Taylor, Frank Rigo, Aaron D Gitler
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by motor neuron loss and that leads to paralysis and death 2-5 years after disease onset. Nearly all patients with ALS have aggregates of the RNA-binding protein TDP-43 in their brains and spinal cords, and rare mutations in the gene encoding TDP-43 can cause ALS. There are no effective TDP-43-directed therapies for ALS or related TDP-43 proteinopathies, such as frontotemporal dementia. Antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) and RNA-interference approaches are emerging as attractive therapeutic strategies in neurological diseases...
April 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399889/cardiac-pathology-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-a-systematic-review
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C A Wijngaarde, A C Blank, M Stam, R I Wadman, L H van den Berg, W L van der Pol
BACKGROUND: Hereditary proximal spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a severe neuromuscular disease of childhood caused by homozygous loss of function of the survival motor neuron (SMN) 1 gene. The presence of a second, nearly identical SMN gene (SMN2) in the human genome ensures production of residual levels of the ubiquitously expressed SMN protein. Alpha-motor neurons in the ventral horns of the spinal cord are most vulnerable to reduced SMN concentrations but the development or function of other tissues may also be affected, and cardiovascular abnormalities have frequently been reported both in patients and SMA mouse models...
April 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396565/a-clinical-and-mechanistic-study-of-topical-borneol-induced-analgesia
#17
Shu Wang, Dan Zhang, Jinsheng Hu, Qi Jia, Wei Xu, Deyuan Su, Hualing Song, Zhichun Xu, Jianmin Cui, Ming Zhou, Jian Yang, Jianru Xiao
Bingpian is a time-honored herb in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is an almost pure chemical with a chemical composition of (+)-borneol and has been historically used as a topical analgesic for millennia. However, the clinical efficacy of topical borneol lacks stringent evidence-based clinical studies and verifiable scientific mechanism. We examined the analgesic efficacy of topical borneol in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study involving 122 patients with postoperative pain...
April 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389647/the-dual-developmental-origin-of-spinal-cerebrospinal-fluid-contacting-neurons-gives-rise-to-distinct-functional-subtypes
#18
Lydia Djenoune, Laura Desban, Johanna Gomez, Jenna R Sternberg, Andrew Prendergast, Dominique Langui, Feng B Quan, Hugo Marnas, Thomas O Auer, Jean-Paul Rio, Filippo Del Bene, Pierre-Luc Bardet, Claire Wyart
Chemical and mechanical cues from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can affect the development and function of the central nervous system (CNS). How such cues are detected and relayed to the CNS remains elusive. Cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons (CSF-cNs) situated at the interface between the CSF and the CNS are ideally located to convey such information to local networks. In the spinal cord, these GABAergic neurons expressing the PKD2L1 channel extend an apical extension into the CSF and an ascending axon in the spinal cord...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381594/nimodipine-fosters-remyelination-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis-and-induces-microglia-specific-apoptosis
#19
Andrea Schampel, Oleg Volovitch, Tobias Koeniger, Claus-Jürgen Scholz, Stefanie Jörg, Ralf A Linker, Erhard Wischmeyer, Marie Wunsch, Johannes W Hell, Süleyman Ergün, Stefanie Kuerten
Despite continuous interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) research, there is still a lack of neuroprotective strategies, because the main focus has remained on modulating the immune response. Here we performed in-depth analysis of neurodegeneration in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and in in vitro studies regarding the effect of the well-established L-type calcium channel antagonist nimodipine. Nimodipine treatment attenuated clinical EAE and spinal cord degeneration and promoted remyelination...
April 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373843/antihyperalgesic-activities-of-endocannabinoids-in-a-mouse-model-of-antiretroviral-induced-neuropathic-pain
#20
Neha Munawar, Mabayoje A Oriowo, Willias Masocha
Background: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) are the cornerstone of the antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). However, their use is sometimes limited by the development of a painful sensory neuropathy, which does not respond well to drugs. Smoked cannabis has been reported in clinical trials to have efficacy in relieving painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the expression of endocannabinoid system molecules is altered during NRTI-induced painful neuropathy, and also whether endocannabinoids can attenuate NRTI-induced painful neuropathy...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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