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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224485/assessment-of-dietary-factors-dietary-practices-and-exercise-on-mental-distress-in-young-adults-versus-matured-adults-a-cross-sectional-study
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Lina Begdache, Maher Chaar, Nasim Sabounchi, Hamed Kianmehr
The importance of the diet in modulating mental health is uncovering as many dietary factors have been described to alter brain chemistry. Brain maturation may not complete until the age of 30 which may explain the differential emotional control, mindset, and resilience between young adults and matured adults. As a result, dietary factors may influence mental health differently in these two populations. OBJECTIVES: To study dietary intake, dietary practices and exercise in young adults (YA) (18-29 years) versus matured adults (MA) (30 years and older) in relation to mental distress...
December 11, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178045/considering-choline-as-methionine-precursor-lipoproteins-transporter-hepatic-promoter-and-antioxidant-agent-in-dairy-cows
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REVIEW
Imtiaz Hussain Raja Abbasi, Farzana Abbasi, Rab N Soomro, Mohamed E Abd El-Hack, Mervat A Abdel-Latif, Wen Li, Ren Hao, Feifei Sun, Bello M Bodinga, Khawar Hayat, Junhu Yao, Yangchun Cao
During the transition period, fatty liver syndrome may be caused in cows undergo negative energy balance, ketosis or hypocalcemia, retained placenta or mastitis problems. During the transition stage, movement of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) increases into blood which declines the hepatic metabolism or reproduction and consequently, lactation performance of dairy cows deteriorates. Most of studies documented that, choline is an essential nutrient which plays a key role to decrease fatty liver, NEFA proportion, improve synthesis of phosphatidylcholine, maintain lactation or physiological function and work as anti-oxidant in the transition period of dairy cows...
November 25, 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169693/specific-localization-of-manserin-peptide-in-the-rat-carotid-body
#3
Michiru Ida-Eto, Takeshi Ohkawara, Masaaki Narita
The carotid body, located at the bifurcation of the common carotid artery, is a small sensory organ that detects changes in oxygen concentration and plays a vital role in controlling respiration. Although several molecules, such as neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, are involved in the regulation of the respiratory system, their detailed mechanisms have not been established yet. This study identifies that the presence of manserin, a neuropeptide, in the carotid body may play a crucial role in regulating respiration...
November 20, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164132/conserved-molecular-mechanism-of-tyra-dehydrogenase-substrate-specificity-underlying-alternative-tyrosine-biosynthetic-pathways-in-plants-and-microbes
#4
Craig A Schenck, Yusen Men, Hiroshi A Maeda
L-Tyrosine (Tyr) is an aromatic amino acid synthesized de novo in plants and microbes. In animals, Tyr must be obtained through their diet or synthesized from L-phenylalanine. In addition to protein synthesis, Tyr serves as the precursor of neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine and epinephrine) in animals and of numerous plant natural products, which serve essential functions in both plants and humans (e.g., vitamin E and morphine). Tyr is synthesized via two alternative routes mediated by a TyrA family enzyme, prephenate, or arogenate dehydrogenase (PDH/TyrAp or ADH/TyrAa), typically found in microbes and plants, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127884/regional-dysregulation-of-taurine-and-related-amino-acids-in-the-fetal-rat-brain-following-gestational-alcohol-exposure
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Raine Lunde-Young, Katie Davis-Anderson, Vishal Naik, Matthew Nemec, Guoyao Wu, Jayanth Ramadoss
The fetal brain exhibits exquisite alcohol-induced regional neuronal vulnerability. A candidate mechanism for alcohol-mediated brain deficits is disruption of amino acid (AA) bioavailability. AAs are vitally important for proper neurodevelopment, as they comprise the most abundant neurotransmitters in the brain and act as neurotransmitter precursors, nitric oxide donors, antioxidants, and neurotrophic factors, which induce synaptogenesis, neuronal proliferation, and migration. We hypothesized that gestational alcohol alters brain AA concentrations, disrupts AAs associated with neuropathogenesis, and that alterations are region-specific...
September 30, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120167/understanding-the-inflammatory-tissue-reaction-to-brain-implants-to-improve-neurochemical-sensing-performance
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Steven M Wellman, Takashi D Y Kozai
Neurochemical sensing probes are a valuable diagnostic and therapeutic tool that can be used to study neurodegenerative diseases involving deficiencies in neurotransmitter signaling. However, implantation of these biosensors can elicit a harmful tissue response that alters the neurochemical environment within the brain. Transmission of chemical messengers via neurons is impeded by a barrier-forming glial scar that occurs within weeks after insertion followed by progressive neurodegeneration, attenuating signal sensitivity...
November 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076667/glutamine-augments-neuronal-network-activity-in-rat-hippocampal-slices
#7
Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Muhammad Mushtaq, Muhammad Azhar Sherkheli
BACKGROUND: In recent past, a huge number of in vitro electrophysiological techniques have been developed to explore underlying mechanisms of most complicated functions of brain. Neurophysiologist and neuroscientist use different compositions of artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) usually based on ionic and energy demands of neurons but these compositions lack amino acids such as aspartic acid, taurine and glutamine. METHODS: We used in vitro electrophysiological recording technique to estimate the effects of glutamine, an amino acid and precursor of neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA, on hippocampal sharp wave ripple activity (SPW-R) in rats...
July 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067802/ultrasensitive-and-selective-organic-fet-type-nonenzymatic-dopamine-sensor-based-on-platinum-nanoparticles-decorated-reduced-graphene-oxide
#8
Jungkyun Oh, Jun Seop Lee, Jaemoon Jun, Sung Gun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
Dopamine (DA), a catecholamine hormone, is an important neurotransmitter that controls renal and cardiovascular organizations and regulates physiological activities. Abnormal concentrations of DA cause unfavorable neuronal illnesses such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention deficit disorder. However, the DA concentration is exceedingly low in patients and difficult to detect with existing biosensors. In this study, we developed an organic field-effect-transistor-type (OFET) nonenzyme biosensor using platinum nanoparticle-decorated reduced graphene oxide (Pt_rGO) for ultrasensitive and selective DA detection...
November 2, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061636/synaptic-input-as-a-directional-cue-for-migrating-interneuron-precursors
#9
Annika K Wefers, Christian Haberlandt, Nuriye B Tekin, Dmitry A Fedorov, Aline Timmermann, Johannes J L van der Want, Farrukh A Chaudhry, Christian Steinhäuser, Karl Schilling, Ronald Jabs
During CNS development, interneuron precursors have to migrate extensively before they integrate in specific microcircuits. Known regulators of neuronal motility include classical neurotransmitters, yet the mechanisms that assure interneuron dispersal and interneuron / projection neuron matching during histogenesis remain largely elusive. We combined time-lapse video-microscopy and electrophysiological analysis of the nascent cerebellum of transgenic Pax2-EGFP mice to address this issue. We found that cerebellar interneuronal precursors regularly show spontaneous postsynaptic currents, indicative of synaptic innervation, well before settling in the molecular layer...
October 23, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052089/regulation-of-neurotransmitter-release-by-amyloid-precursor-protein-through-synapsin-phosphorylation
#10
An Liu, Ying Zhang, Lifang Han, Guiqin He, Wei Xie, Zikai Zhou, Zhengping Jia
Abnormal processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and aggregation of the Aβ peptide are known to play a key role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease, but the function of endogenous APP under normal physiological conditions remains poorly understood. In this study, we investigated presynaptic changes in APP knockout (KO) mice. We demonstrate that both sucrose-induced neurotransmission and synaptic depletion in response to high frequency stimulation are significantly enhanced in APP KO compared to wild type littermates...
October 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031899/synapse-formation-in-the-brain-can-be-enhanced-by-co-administering-three-specific-nutrients
#11
Richard J Wurtman
The memory impairments of early Alzheimer's disease [AD] are thought to result from a deficiency in synapses within the hippocampus and related brain regions. This deficiency could result from an acceleration in synapse turnover - perhaps caused by an endogenous neurotoxin like A-beta oligomers - or from a decrease in the production of the synaptic membrane needed to form new synapses. An AD-associated decrease in synaptogenesis almost certainly does occur, inasmuch as major decreases are also observed in the numbers of hippocampal dendritic spines, the immediate cytologic precursor of glutamatergic synapses...
December 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950161/-11-c-az10419096-a-full-antagonist-pet-radioligand-for-imaging-brain-5-ht1b-receptors
#12
Anton Lindberg, Sangram Nag, Magnus Schou, Akihiro Takano, Junya Matsumoto, Nahid Amini, Charles S Elmore, Lars Farde, Victor W Pike, Christer Halldin
INTRODUCTION: The serotonergic system is widely present in all regions of the central nervous system (CNS) and plays a key modulatory role in many of its functions. Positron emission tomography (PET) is used to study several serotonin receptors in CNS in vivo. The G-protein coupled receptor 5-HT1B is mostly present in the occipital cortex and in midbrain and is linked to several psychiatric disorders. There is evidence that agonist PET radioligands for neuroreceptors are more sensitive to endogenous neurotransmitters than antagonists...
July 21, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950111/plasma-amino-acid-profile-in-major-depressive-disorder-analyses-in-two-independent-case-control-sample-sets
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Shintaro Ogawa, Norie Koga, Kotaro Hattori, Junko Matsuo, Miho Ota, Hiroaki Hori, Daimei Sasayama, Toshiya Teraishi, Ikki Ishida, Fuyuko Yoshida, Sumiko Yoshida, Takamasa Noda, Teruhiko Higuchi, Hiroshi Kunugi
Some amino acids act as neurotransmitters themselves, or are precursors of neurotransmitters. Previous studies reported inconsistent results regarding their changes in blood in major depressive disorder (MDD), which prompted us to examine plasma levels of amino acids and related molecules in two independent case-control sample sets. In total, 511 subjects were recruited. Sample set A consisted of 164 patients with MDD (147 currently depressed [dMDD]; 17 in remission, DSM-IV) and 217 healthy controls. Sample set B consisted of 65 patients (51 dMDD; 14 in remission) and 65 controls...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931752/l-dopa-sensitizes-vasomotor-tone-by-modulating-the-vascular-alpha1-adrenergic-receptor
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Daiki Masukawa, Motokazu Koga, Anna Sezaki, Yuka Nakao, Yuji Kamikubo, Tatsuo Hashimoto, Yuki Okuyama-Oki, Aderemi Caleb Aladeokin, Fumio Nakamura, Utako Yokoyama, Hiromichi Wakui, Hiroshi Ichinose, Takashi Sakurai, Satoshi Umemura, Koichi Tamura, Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Yoshio Goshima
Blood pressure is regulated by extrinsic factors including noradrenaline, the sympathetic neurotransmitter that controls cardiovascular functions through adrenergic receptors. However, the fine-tuning system of noradrenaline signaling is relatively unknown. We here show that l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), a precursor of catecholamines, sensitizes the vascular adrenergic receptor alpha1 (ADRA1) through activation of L-DOPA receptor GPR143. In WT mice, intravenous infusion of the ADRA1 agonist phenylephrine induced a transient elevation of blood pressure...
September 21, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916638/pharmacological-and-physiological-assessment-of-serotonin-formation-and-degradation-in-isolated-preparations-from-mouse-and-human-heart
#15
Ulrich Gergs, Franziska Jung, Igor B Buchwalow, Britt Hofmann, Andreas Simm, Hendrik Treede, Joachim Neumann
Using transgenic mice (TG) that overexpress the human 5-HT4a-receptor specifically in cardiomyocytes, we wanted to know whether 5-HT can be formed and degraded in the mammalian heart and whether this can likewise lead to inotropic and chronotropic effects in this TG model. We noted that the 5-HT precursor, 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP), can exert inotropic and chronotropic effects in cardiac preparations from TG but not from wild type (WT): similar results were found in human atrial preparations, as well as in intact TG animals using echocardiography...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869466/heterogeneous-association-of-alzheimer-s-disease-linked-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-precursor-with-synapses
#16
Katarina Willén, Agnieszka Sroka, Reisuke H Takahashi, Gunnar K Gouras
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is increasingly viewed as a disease of synapses. Loss of synapses correlates better with cognitive decline than amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, the hallmark neuropathological lesions of AD. Soluble forms of amyloid-β (Aβ) have emerged as mediators of synapse dysfunction. Aβ binds to, accumulates, and aggregates in synapses. However, the anatomical and neurotransmitter specificity of Aβ and the amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP) in AD remain poorly understood. In addition, the relative roles of Aβ and AβPP in the development of AD, at pre- versus post-synaptic compartments and axons versus dendrites, respectively, remain unclear...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851516/brominated-and-organophosphate-flame-retardants-target-different-neurodevelopmental-stages-characterized-with-embryonic-neural-stem-cells-and-neuronotypic-pc12-cells
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Theodore A Slotkin, Samantha Skavicus, Heather M Stapleton, Frederic J Seidler
In addition to their activity as endocrine disruptors, brominated and organophosphate flame retardants are suspected to be developmental neurotoxicants, although identifying their specific mechanisms for that activity has been elusive. In the current study, we evaluated the effects of several flame retardants on neurodifferentiation using two in vitro models that assess distinct "decision nodes" in neural cell development: embryonic rat neural stem cells (NSCs), which evaluate the origination of neurons and glia from precursors, and rat neuronotypic PC12 cells, which characterize a later stage where cells committed to a neuronal phenotype undergo neurite outgrowth and neurotransmitter specification...
September 1, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795438/a-specific-gabaergic-synapse-onto-oligodendrocyte-precursors-does-not-regulate-cortical-oligodendrogenesis
#18
Maddalena Balia, Najate Benamer, María Cecilia Angulo
In the brain, neurons establish bona fide synapses onto oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), but the function of these neuron-glia synapses remains unresolved. A leading hypothesis suggests that these synapses regulate OPC proliferation and differentiation. However, a causal link between synaptic activity and OPC cellular dynamics is still missing. In the developing somatosensory cortex, OPCs receive a major type of synapse from GABAergic interneurons that is mediated by postsynaptic γ2-containing GABAA receptors...
August 10, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794131/heterogeneous-clinical-spectrum-of-dnajc12-deficient-hyperphenylalaninemia-from-attention-deficit-to-severe-dystonia-and-intellectual-disability
#19
Francjan J van Spronsen, Nastassja Himmelreich, Véronique Rüfenacht, Nan Shen, Danique van Vliet, Mohammed Al-Owain, Khushnooda Ramzan, Salwa M Alkhalifi, Roelineke J Lunsing, Rebecca M Heiner-Fokkema, Anahita Rassi, Corinne Gemperle-Britschgi, Georg F Hoffmann, Nenad Blau, Beat Thöny
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive mutations in DNAJC12, encoding a cochaperone of HSP70 with hitherto unknown function, were recently described to lead to hyperphenylalaninemia, central monoamine neurotransmitter (dopamine and serotonin) deficiency, dystonia and intellectual disability in six subjects affected by homozygous variants. OBJECTIVE: Patients exhibiting hyperphenylalaninemia in whom deficiencies in hepatic phenylalanine hydroxylase and tetrahydrobiopterin cofactor metabolism had been excluded were subsequently analysed for DNAJC12 variants...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770114/human-app-gene-expression-alters-active-zone-distribution-and-spontaneous-neurotransmitter-release-at-the-drosophila-larval-neuromuscular-junction
#20
Ekaterina A Saburova, Alexander N Vasiliev, Violetta V Kravtsova, Elena V Ryabova, Andrey L Zefirov, Olga I Bolshakova, Svetlana V Sarantseva, Igor I Krivoi
This study provides further insight into the molecular mechanisms that control neurotransmitter release. Experiments were performed on larval neuromuscular junctions of transgenic Drosophila melanogaster lines with different levels of human amyloid precursor protein (APP) production. To express human genes in motor neurons of Drosophila, the UAS-GAL4 system was used. Human APP gene expression increased the number of synaptic boutons per neuromuscular junction. The total number of active zones, detected by Bruchpilot protein puncta distribution, remained unchanged; however, the average number of active zones per bouton decreased...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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