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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452610/the-plasma-membrane-calcium-pumps-the-old-and-the-new
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Asma Zaidi, Mercy Adewale, Lauren McLean, Paul Ramlow
The plasma membrane Ca 2+ -ATPase (PMCA) pumps play a critical role in the maintenance of calcium (Ca 2+ ) homeostasis, crucial for optimal neuronal function and cell survival. Loss of Ca 2+ homeostasis is a key precursor in neuronal dysfunction associated with brain aging and in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. In this article, we review evidence showing age-related changes in the PMCAs in synaptic plasma membranes (SPMs) and lipid raft microdomains isolated from rat brain. Both PMCA activity and protein levels decline progressively with increasing age...
January 10, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417469/association-between-systemic-leptin-and-neurotensin-concentration-in-adult-individuals-with-and-without-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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I Barchetta, G Ciccarelli, F A Cimini, V Ceccarelli, M Orho-Melander, O Melander, M G Cavallo
PURPOSE: Leptin is an adipokine which regulates appetite and energy balance through a mechanism partially mediated by neurotensin (NT) in central nervous system. Besides acting as a neurotransmitter, NT is expressed in human intestine where it promotes fat absorption and its circulating levels associate with obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease. Whether a relation exists between circulating leptin and NT levels has not been investigated yet. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis of an association between plasma leptin and NT concentration in adults with or without T2DM...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384407/effect-of-aucubin-on-neural-precursor-cell-survival-during-neuronal-differentiation
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Miyeoun Song, Maeum Han, Yunhee Kim Kwon
Aucubin (ACB) is an iridoid glycoside with various biological activities. Previously it is reported that ACB reduces cell survival and proliferation in many human tumors, whereas it facilitates cell survival and neuroprotection in damaged neuronal cells and disease models. However, its effects on cell survival in the non-proliferating or differentiated neurons are not known. We examined whether ACB facilitated cell survival in differentiating neural precursor cells, HiB5, compared with the proliferating HiB5 cells at various concentrations...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378432/nanocarrier-for-levodopa-parkinson-therapeutic-drug-comprehensive-benserazide-analysis
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Mehdi Yoosefian, Elham Rahmanifar, Nazanin Etminan
Loss of dopamine-secreting neurons in the midbrain causes Parkinson's disease. L-DOPA, the precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine, crosses vast majority of physiological and biochemical barriers that dopamine cannot. But most levodopa is decarboxylated to dopamine before it reaches the brain. This causes to little therapeutic gain with strong peripheral side effects. Benserazide is an irreversible inhibitor of peripheral aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase that prevents the breakdown of levodopa in the bloodstream...
January 29, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29368666/tryptophan-supplementation-and-serotonin-function-genetic-variations-in-behavioural-effects
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E L Gibson
The neurotransmitter serotonin has a role in affective disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as sleep, cognitive function and appetite. This review examines the evidence that serotonin-related genotypes may moderate the behavioural effects of supplementation with the serotonin precursor amino acid l-tryptophan (TRP), on which synthesis of serotonin (or 5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) depends. However, 95 % of serotonin is synthesised and used in the periphery, and TRP is also metabolised via non-5-HT routes such as the kynurenine pathway...
January 25, 2018: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351866/bioanalysis-of-a-panel-of-neurotransmitters-and-their-metabolites-in-plasma-samples-obtained-from-pediatric-patients-with-neuroblastoma-and-wilms-tumor
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Lucyna Konieczna, Anna Roszkowska, Teresa Stachowicz-Stencel, Anna Synakiewicz, Tomasz Bączek
This paper details the quantitative analysis of neurotransmitters, including dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E), and serotonin (5-HT), along with their respective precursors and metabolites in children with solid tumors: Wilms' tumor (WT) and neuroblastoma (NB). A panel of neurotransmitters was determined with the use of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) technique combined with liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in plasma samples obtained from a group of pediatric subjects with solid tumors and a control group of healthy children...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306937/the-effects-of-stress-and-meditation-on-the-immune-system-human-microbiota-and-epigenetics
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Ayman Mukerji Househam, Christine Tara Peterson, Paul J Mills, Deepak Chopra
Context • Globally, more than 25% of individuals are affected by anxiety and depression disorders. Meditation is gaining popularity in clinical settings and its treatment efficacy is being studied for a wide array of psychological and physiological ailments. An exploration of stress physiology is an essential precursor to delineation of the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of meditation practices. Objective • The review outlines a model of interconnected physiological processes that might support the continued inclusion and expansion of meditation in the treatment of diverse medical conditions and to investigate the role that gut microbiota may play in realizing well-being through meditation...
October 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299835/a-caenorhabditis-elegans-mass-spectrometric-resource-for-neuropeptidomics
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Sven Van Bael, Sven Zels, Kurt Boonen, Isabel Beets, Liliane Schoofs, Liesbet Temmerman
Neuropeptides are important signaling molecules used by nervous systems to mediate and fine-tune neuronal communication. They can function as neurotransmitters or neuromodulators in neural circuits, or they can be released as neurohormones to target distant cells and tissues. Neuropeptides are typically cleaved from larger precursor proteins by the action of proteases and can be the subject of post-translational modifications. The short, mature neuropeptide sequences often entail the only evolutionarily reasonably conserved regions in these precursor proteins...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274379/cortical-and-spinal-conditioned-media-modify-the-inward-ion-currents-and-excitability-and-promote-differentiation-of-human-striatal-primordium
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Eglantina Idrizaj, Erica Sarchielli, Annamaria Morelli, Rachele Garella, Maria Caterina Baccari, Pasquale Gallina, Gabriella Barbara Vannelli, Fabio Francini, Roberta Squecco
Human striatal precursor cells (HSPs) isolated from ganglionic eminence may differentiate in electrophysiologically functional excitable neuron-like cells and a number of endogenous molecules such as hormones, neurotransmitters or growth factors can actually regulate neuronal growing and differentiation. The purpose of this research was to assess, by electrophysiological and immunocytochemical analysis, if the type of culture medium could specifically impact on the neuronal differentiation potential of HSPs...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
#20
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
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