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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166705/comprehensive-analysis-of-nine-monoamines-and-metabolites-in-small-amounts-of-peripheral-murine-c57bl-6j-tissues
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Joachim Nagler, Sonja C Schriever, Meri De Angelis, Paul T Pfluger, Karl-Werner Schramm
Monoamines, acting as hormones and neurotransmitters, play a critical role in multiple physiological processes ranging from cognitive function and mood to sympathetic nervous system activity, fight-or-flight response, or glucose homeostasis. In addition to brain and blood, monoamines are abundant in several tissues, and dysfunction in their synthesis or signaling is associated with various pathological conditions. It was our goal to develop a method to detect these compounds in peripheral murine tissues. In this study, we employed a high performance liquid chromatography method using electrochemical detection that allows not only detecting the catecholamines but a detailed analysis of nine monoamines and metabolites in murine tissues...
November 22, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166585/brain-immunity-gut-big-links-between-pregnancy-and-autism
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Myka L Estes, A Kimberley McAllister
Although dysregulation of brain, immune, and gut physiology during pregnancy have each been implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders, whether and how these presumably distinct systems are linked to cause disease is unclear. Kim et al. (2017) and Shin Yim et al. (2017) identify a pathway to explain how these aspects of our physiology are deeply and inextricably connected.
November 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166265/selection-of-reference-genes-for-quantitative-real-time-rt-pcr-on-gene-expression-in-golden-pompano-trachinotus-ovatus
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X J Chen, X Q Zhang, S Huang, Z J Cao, Q W Qin, W T Hu, Y Sun, Y C Zhou
Golden pompano (Trachinotus ovatus) is an important economically fish species. In this study, with an aim to identify reliable reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) in golden pompano, we evaluated the expression stability of eight housekeeping genes in the presence and absence of poly I:C stimulation in eight tissues. The PCR data was analyzed by geNorm and NormFinder algorithms. The results showed that the expression of all the examined genes exhibited tissue-dependent variations. When under normal physiological condition, geNorm and NormFinder identified B2M and 18S as suitable genes...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165917/a-novel-multisite-confocal-system-for-rapid-ca-2-imaging-from-submicron-structures-in-brain-slices
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Luiza Filipis, Karima Ait Ouares, Philippe Moreau, Dimitrii Tanese, Valeria Zampini, Andrea Latini, Chun Bleau, Charlie Bleau, Jeremy Graham, Marco Canepari
In brain slices, resolving fast Ca(2+) fluorescence signals from submicron structures is typically achieved using two-photon or confocal scanning microscopy, an approach that limits the number of scanned points. The novel multiplexing confocal system presented here overcomes this limitation. This system is based on a fast spinning disk, a multimode diode laser and a novel high-resolution CMOS camera. The spinning disk, running at 20,000 rpm, has custom-designed spiral pattern that maximises light collection while rejecting out-of-focus fluorescence to resolve signals from small neuronal compartments...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165663/oral-contraceptives-and-cigarette-smoking-a-review-of-the-literature-and-future-directions
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Alicia M Allen, Andrea H Weinberger, Reagan R Wetherill, Carol L Howe, Sherry A McKee
Introduction: Evidence continues to mount indicating that endogenous sex hormones (e.g., progesterone and estradiol) play a significant role in smoking-related outcomes. Although approximately 1 out of 4 premenopausal smokers use oral contraceptives (OCs), which significantly alter progesterone and estradiol levels, relatively little is known about how OCs may influence smoking-related outcomes. Thus, the goal of this review paper is to describe the state of the literature and offer recommendations for future directions...
November 18, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164443/child-autism-spectrum-disorder-traits-and-parenting-stress-the-utility-of-using-a-physiological-measure-of-parental-stress
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Reina S Factor, Deanna M Swain, Angela Scarpa
Caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report greater stress due to unique parenting demands (e.g.; Estes et al. in Brain Dev 35(2):133-138, 2013). Stress is often studied through self-report and has not been extensively studied using physiological measures. This study compared parenting stress in mothers of children with and without ASD traits. Twenty-seven mother-child dyads participated in an interaction task while measuring mother's heart rate variability (HRV) and mothers self-reported stress levels...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164079/cognitive-and-behavioral-disorders-in-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Martha Milade Torres Nupan, Alberto Velez Van Meerbeke, Claudia Alejandra López Cabra, Paula Marcela Herrera Gomez
Aim: The last systematic review of research on the behavior of children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) was in 2012. Since then, several important findings have been published. Therefore, the study aim was to synthesize recent relevant work related to this issue. Method: We conducted a systematic review of the literature. Relevant articles were identified using the electronic databases PubMed, PsycINFO, and Scopus and a manual search of references lists. Thirty of 156 articles identified met the inclusion criteria...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163357/a-journey-through-the-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-system-of-fish
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José A Muñoz-Cueto, José A Paullada-Salmerón, María Aliaga-Guerrero, Mairi E Cowan, Ishwar S Parhar, Takayoshi Ubuka
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) is a hypothalamic neuropeptide that belongs to the RFamide peptide family and was first identified in the quail brain. From the discovery of avian GnIH, orthologous GnIH peptides have been reported in a variety of vertebrates, including mammals, amphibians, teleosts and agnathans, but also in protochordates. It has been clearly established that GnIH suppresses reproduction in avian and mammalian species through its inhibitory actions on brain GnRH and pituitary gonadotropins...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163230/physiological-levels-of-nitric-oxide-diminish-mitochondrial-superoxide-potential-role-of-mitochondrial-dinitrosyl-iron-complexes-and-nitrosothiols
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Sergey I Dikalov, Vladimir I Mayorov, Alexander V Panov
Mitochondria are the major source of superoxide radicals and superoxide overproduction contributes to cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders. Endothelial dysfunction and diminished nitric oxide levels are early steps in the development of these pathological conditions. It is known that physiological production of nitric oxide reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, however, the precise mechanism of "antioxidant" effect of nitric oxide is not clear. In this work we tested the hypothesis that physiological levels of nitric oxide diminish mitochondrial superoxide production without inhibition of mitochondrial respiration...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163185/orthostatic-intolerance-in-older-persons-etiology-and-countermeasures
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Nandu Goswami, Andrew P Blaber, Helmut Hinghofer-Szalkay, Jean-Pierre Montani
Orthostatic challenge produced by upright posture may lead to syncope if the cardiovascular system is unable to maintain adequate brain perfusion. This review outlines orthostatic intolerance related to the aging process, long-term bedrest confinement, drugs, and disease. Aging-associated illness or injury due to falls often leads to hospitalization. Older patients spend up to 83% of hospital admission lying in bed and thus the consequences of bedrest confinement such as physiological deconditioning, functional decline, and orthostatic intolerance represent a central challenge in the care of the vulnerable older population...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163162/a-randomized-double-blinded-clinical-trial-on-effects-of-a-vitis-vinifera-extract-on-cognitive-function-in-healthy-older-adults
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Gioacchino Calapai, Francesco Bonina, Andrea Bonina, Luisa Rizza, Carmen Mannucci, Vincenzo Arcoraci, Germana Laganà, Angela Alibrandi, Concetta Pollicino, Santi Inferrera, Umberto Alecci
Introduction: Gradual population aging is creating a new set of needs in the general population. Memory capacity decreases with age, and memory deficits are considered an early symptom of Alzheimer's Disease (AD), one of the most prevalent cognitive disorders in older people. Numerous studies have shown that grape polyphenolic compounds (GPs) are able to attenuate cognitive impairment and reduce brain lesions in experimental AD animal models. These GP effects are associated with improvement in brain antioxidant status and prevention of free radical-induced neuronal damage...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163071/systematic-morphometry-of-catecholamine-nuclei-in-the-brainstem
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Domenico Bucci, Carla L Busceti, Maria T Calierno, Paola Di Pietro, Michele Madonna, Francesca Biagioni, Larisa Ryskalin, Fiona Limanaqi, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Francesco Fornai
Catecholamine nuclei within the brainstem reticular formation (RF) play a pivotal role in a variety of brain functions. However, a systematic characterization of these nuclei in the very same experimental conditions is missing so far. Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immune-positive cells of the brainstem correspond to dopamine (DA)-, norepinephrine (NE)-, and epinephrine (E)-containing cells. Here, we report a systematic count of TH-positive neurons in the RF of the mouse brainstem by using stereological morphometry...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163051/young-human-cholinergic-neurons-respond-to-physiological-regulators-and-improve-cognitive-symptoms-in-an-animal-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Annamaria Morelli, Erica Sarchielli, Giulia Guarnieri, Elisabetta Coppi, Daniela Pantano, Paolo Comeglio, Pamela Nardiello, Anna M Pugliese, Lara Ballerini, Rosanna Matucci, Stefano Ambrosini, Giuseppe Castronovo, Rosa Valente, Benedetta Mazzanti, Sandra Bucciantini, Mario Maggi, Fiorella Casamenti, Pasquale Gallina, Gabriella B Vannelli
The degeneration of cholinergic neurons of the nucleus basalis of Meynert (NBM) in the basal forebrain (BF) is associated to the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. To date no resolutive therapies exist. Cell-based replacement therapy is a strategy currently under consideration, although the mechanisms underlying the generation of stem cell-derived NBM cholinergic neurons able of functional integration remain to be clarified. Since fetal brain is an optimal source of neuronal cells committed towards a specific phenotype, this study is aimed at isolating cholinergic neurons from the human fetal NBM (hfNBMs) in order to study their phenotypic, maturational and functional properties...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163049/tagging-of-endogenous-bk-channels-with-a-fluorogen-activating-peptide-reveals-%C3%AE-4-mediated-control-of-channel-clustering-in-cerebellum
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Christopher P Pratt, Dika A Kuljis, Gregg E Homanics, Jianjun He, Dmytro Kolodieznyi, Srikanth Dudem, Mark A Hollywood, Alison L Barth, Marcel P Bruchez
BK channels are critical regulators of neuronal activity, controlling firing, neurotransmitter release, cerebellar function, and BK channel mutations have been linked to seizure disorders. Modulation of BK channel gating is well characterized, regulated by accessory subunit interactions, intracellular signaling pathways, and membrane potential. In contrast, the role of intracellular trafficking mechanisms in controlling BK channel function, especially in live cells, has been less studied. Fluorogen-activating peptides (FAPs) are well-suited for trafficking and physiological studies due to the binding of malachite green (MG)-based dyes with sub-nanomolar affinity to the FAP, resulting in bright, photostable, far-red fluorescence...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163019/bile-acid-signaling-pathways-from-the-enterohepatic-circulation-to-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Kim L Mertens, Andries Kalsbeek, Maarten R Soeters, Hannah M Eggink
Bile acids are best known as detergents involved in the digestion of lipids. In addition, new data in the last decade have shown that bile acids also function as gut hormones capable of influencing metabolic processes via receptors such as FXR (farnesoid X receptor) and TGR5 (Takeda G protein-coupled receptor 5). These effects of bile acids are not restricted to the gastrointestinal tract, but can affect different tissues throughout the organism. It is still unclear whether these effects also involve signaling of bile acids to the central nervous system (CNS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163002/serotonin-coordinates-responses-to-social-stress-what-we-can-learn-from-fish
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REVIEW
Tobias Backström, Svante Winberg
Social interaction is stressful and subordinate individuals are often subjected to chronic stress, which greatly affects both their behavior and physiology. In teleost fish the social position of an individual may have long-term effects, such as effects on migration, age of sexual maturation or even sex. The brain serotonergic system plays a key role in coordinating autonomic, behavioral and neuroendocrine stress responses. Social subordination results in a chronic activation of the brain serotonergic system an effect, which seems to be central in the subordinate phenotype...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162978/exploring-the-interaction-of-drosophila-tdp-43-and-the-type-ii-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-cacophony-in-regulating-motor-function-and-behavior
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Kayly M Lembke, David B Morton
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common adult onset motor neurodegenerative disease. The cause of the disease remains obscure, and as such there is no effective treatment or cure. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases are frequently characterized by dysfunction of the RNA-binding protein, TDP-43. Using model systems to understand the mechanisms underlying TDP-43 dysfunction should accelerate identification of therapeutic targets. A recent report has shown that motor defects caused by the deletion of the Drosophila TDP-43 ortholog, tbph, are not driven by changes in the physiology at the neuromuscular junction...
2017: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162912/histamine-n-methyltransferase-regulates-aggression-and-the-sleep-wake-cycle
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Fumito Naganuma, Tadaho Nakamura, Takeo Yoshikawa, Tomomitsu Iida, Yamato Miura, Anikó Kárpáti, Takuro Matsuzawa, Atushi Yanai, Asuka Mogi, Takatoshi Mochizuki, Nobuyuki Okamura, Kazuhiko Yanai
Histamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates diverse physiological functions including the sleep-wake cycle. Recent studies have reported that histaminergic dysfunction in the brain is associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. Histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is an enzyme expressed in the central nervous system that specifically metabolises histamine; yet, the exact physiological roles of HNMT are unknown. Accordingly, we phenotyped Hnmt knockout mice (KO) to determine the relevance of HNMT to various brain functions...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162562/metabolic-effects-of-bariatric-surgery
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REVIEW
Piriyah Sinclair, Neil Docherty, Carel W le Roux
BACKGROUND: Obesity can be defined as a chronic subcortical brain disease, as there is an important neurophysiological component to its etiology based on changes in the functioning of those areas of the brain controlling food intake and reward. Extensive metabolic changes accompany bariatric surgery-based treatment of obesity. Consequently, the term "metabolic" surgery is being increasingly adopted in relation to the beneficial effects these procedures have on chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161906/association-between-pathology-and-electroencephalographic-activity-in-parkinson-s-disease
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John N Caviness, Thomas G Beach, Joseph G Hentz, Holly A Shill, Erika D Driver-Dunckley, Charles H Adler
INTRODUCTION: The key mechanisms that connect Parkinson's disease pathology with dementia are unclear. We tested the hypothesis that the quantitative spectral electroencephalographic measure, delta bandpower, correlates with Lewy type synucleinopathy on pathological examination in Parkinson's disease. As a corollary hypothesis, we analyzed whether there would be delta bandpower electroencephalographic differences between Parkinson's disease dementia cases with and without pathological criteria for Alzheimer's disease...
February 1, 2017: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
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