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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714867/enhanced-astrocytic-d-serine-underlies-synaptic-damage-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Enmanuel J Perez, Stephen A Tapanes, Zachary B Loris, Darrick T Balu, Thomas J Sick, Joseph T Coyle, Daniel J Liebl
After traumatic brain injury (TBI), glial cells have both beneficial and deleterious roles in injury progression and recovery. However, few studies have examined the influence of reactive astrocytes in the tripartite synapse following TBI. Here, we have demonstrated that hippocampal synaptic damage caused by controlled cortical impact (CCI) injury in mice results in a switch from neuronal to astrocytic d-serine release. Under nonpathological conditions, d-serine functions as a neurotransmitter and coagonist for NMDA receptors and is involved in mediating synaptic plasticity...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714415/aquaporin-4-in-astrocytes-is-a-target-for-therapy-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
Yu-Long Lan, Jian-Jiao Chen, Gang Hu, Jun Xu, Ming Xiao, Shao Li
Current experimental evidence points to the conclusion that aquaporin 4 (AQP4), which is an important water-channel membrane protein found in the brain, could play major roles in various brain conditions pathologically including pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this paper, we review how AQP4 and altered astrocyte functions interact in AD, and provide experimental evidence highlighting the importance of this topic for the future investigations. The interactions of AQP4 are as follows: (i) AQP4 could influence astrocytic calcium signaling and potassium homeostasis...
July 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713206/the-astrocytic-s100b-protein-with-its-receptor-rage-is-aberrantly-expressed-in-sod1-g93a-models-and-its-inhibition-decreases-the-expression-of-proinflammatory-genes
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Alessia Serrano, Claudia Donno, Stefano Giannetti, Mina Perić, Pavle Andjus, Nadia D'Ambrosi, Fabrizio Michetti
Neuroinflammation is one of the major players in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis, and astrocytes are significantly involved in this process. The astrocytic protein S100B can be released in pathological states activating the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). Different indications point to an aberrant expression of S100B and RAGE in ALS. In this work, we observed that S100B and RAGE are progressively and selectively upregulated in astrocytes of diseased rats with a tissue-specific timing pattern, correlated to the level of neurodegeneration...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712846/reactive-astrocytes-promote-als-like-degeneration-and-intracellular-protein-aggregation-in-human-motor-neurons-by-disrupting-autophagy-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Pratibha Tripathi, Natalia Rodriguez-Muela, Joseph R Klim, A Sophie de Boer, Sahil Agrawal, Jackson Sandoe, Claudia S Lopes, Karolyn Sassi Ogliari, Luis A Williams, Matthew Shear, Lee L Rubin, Kevin Eggan, Qiao Zhou
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal and rapidly progressing motor neuron disease. Astrocytic factors are known to contribute to motor neuron degeneration and death in ALS. However, the role of astrocyte in promoting motor neuron protein aggregation, a disease hallmark of ALS, remains largely unclear. Here, using culture models of human motor neurons and primary astrocytes of different genotypes (wild-type or SOD1 mutant) and reactive states (non-reactive or reactive), we show that reactive astrocytes, regardless of their genotypes, reduce motor neuron health and lead to moderate neuronal loss...
June 29, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705495/glial-associated-changes-in-the-cerebral-cortex-after-collagenase-induced-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-the-rat-striatum
#5
J D Neves, D Aristimunha, A F Vizuete, F Nicola, C Vanzela, L Petenuzzo, R G Mestriner, E F Sanches, C A Gonçalves, C A Netto
Striatum and the cerebral cortex are regions susceptible to secondary injury after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and glial cells in tissue adjacent to the hematoma may modulate cellular vulnerability after brain damage. Nonetheless, while the glial- associated changes occurring in the cerebral cortex after ICH may be important in maximizing brain recovery, they are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate the temporal profile of glial-associated changes in the cerebral cortex after ICH. First, the motor consequences of ICH and its relation to the lesion volume were analyzed...
July 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703353/inhibition-of-glial-hemichannels-by-boldine-treatment-reduces-neuronal-suffering-in-a-murine-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#6
Chenju Yi, Pascal Ezan, Paola Fernández, Julien Schmitt, Juan C Sáez, Christian Giaume, Annette Koulakoff
The contribution of reactive gliosis to the pathological phenotype of Alzheimer's disease (AD) opened the way for therapeutic strategies targeting glial cells instead of neurons. In such context, connexin hemichannels were proposed recently as potential targets since neuronal suffering is alleviated when connexin expression is genetically suppressed in astrocytes of a murine model of AD. Here, we show that boldine, an alkaloid from the boldo tree, inhibited hemichannel activity in astrocytes and microglia without affecting gap junctional communication in culture and acute hippocampal slices...
July 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700991/strain-differences-and-effects-of-environmental-manipulation-on-astrocytes-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-glucocorticoid-receptor-and-microglia-iba1-immunoreactivity-between-wistar-kyoto-and-wistar-females
#7
Guergana R Mileva, Carinna Moyes, Shaezeen Syed, Catherine Bielajew
BACKGROUND: Depression is often associated with an increase in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity and immune response. To investigate this relationship, we examined the consequences of environmental manipulation on the neural correlates of the HPA axis and immune response in an animal model of depression, the Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat. Additionally, female animals are often overlooked in preclinical research because of the hormone fluctuations inherent in the estrous cycle...
July 13, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699523/altered-homeostatic-functions-in-reactive-astrocytes-and-their-potential-as-a-therapeutic-target-after-brain-ischemic-injury
#8
Helena Pivonkova, Miroslava Anderova
Brain ischemic injury represents one of the greatest medical challenges for the aging population in developed countries, yet despite strong efforts, possibilities to treat ischemic injury still remain poor. Stroke, the most common type of brain ischemic injury in humans, is caused by brain artery occlusion, and represents a focal form of ischemia, which leads to neuronal loss in the ischemic core, and glial scar formation in the penumbral region around the core. Such glial scar mainly comprises reactive astrocytes, reactive NG2 glia and activated microglia...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698967/endogenous-expression-of-odn-related-peptides-in-astrocytes-contributes-to-cell-protection-against-oxidative-stress-astrocyte-neuron-crosstalk-relevance-for-neuronal-survival
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Ikram Ghouili, Seyma Bahdoudi, Fabrice Morin, Fatma Amri, Yosra Hamdi, Pierre Michael Coly, Marie-Laure Walet-Balieu, Jérôme Leprince, Sami Zekri, Hubert Vaudry, David Vaudry, Hélène Castel, Mohamed Amri, Marie-Christine Tonon, Olfa Masmoudi-Kouki
Astroglial cells are important actors in the defense of brain against oxidative stress injuries. Glial cells synthesize and release the octadecaneuropeptide ODN, a diazepam-binding inhibitor (DBI)-related peptide, which acts through its metabotropic receptor to protect neurons and astrocytes from oxidative stress-induced apoptosis. The purpose of the present study is to examine the contribution of the endogenous ODN in the protection of astrocytes and neurons from moderate oxidative stress. The administration of H2O2 (50 μM, 6 h) induced a moderate oxidative stress in cultured astrocytes, i...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690173/immediate-and-delayed-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-as-a-neuroprotective-treatment-for-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#10
Renana Baratz-Goldstein, Shlomi Toussia-Cohen, Aviya Elpaz, Vardit Rubovitch, Chaim G Pick
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of death or chronic disability among people under-35-years-old. There is no effective pharmacological treatment currently existing for TBI. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is defined as the inhalation of pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized higher than 1atm. HBOT offers physiological and mechanical effects by inducing a state of increased pressure and hyperoxia. HBOT has been proposed as an effective treatment for moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI), yet the exact therapeutic window and mechanism that underlies this effect is not completely understood...
July 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687315/nadph-oxidase-contributes-to-streptozotocin-induced-neurodegeneration
#11
Katherine Garcia Ravelli, Barbara Dos Anjos Rosário, Andrea Rodrigues Vasconcelos, Cristoforo Scavone, Rosana Camarini, Marina Sorrentino Hernandes, Luiz Roberto Britto
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of memory. The neurodegeneration induced by AD has been linked to oxidative damage. However, little is known about the involvement of NADPH oxidase 2 (Nox2), a multisubunit enzyme that catalyzes the reduction of oxygen to produce reactive oxygen species, in the pathogenesis of AD. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the involvement of Nox2 in memory, in AD-related brain abnormalities, oxidative damage, inflammation and neuronal death in the hippocampus in the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced AD-like state by comparing the effects of that drug on mice lacking gp91(phox-/-) and wild-type (Wt) mice...
July 4, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686962/forensic-aspects-of-homicides-by-insulin-overdose
#12
Fang Tong, Rongqi Wu, Wen Huang, Yi Yang, Lin Zhang, Biao Zhang, Xin Chen, Xiaohui Tang, Yiwu Zhou
Analysis of homicidal insulin overdose is a challenging task in forensic practice because of the difficulties in toxicological analysis as well as the elusive pathologic changes. We performed a detailed histopathologic examination on four autopsy cases involving insulin homicide, using H&E, immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence assays. Severe reactive astrocyte proliferation was obvious in the white matter of the cerebrum, corpus callosum, cerebellum and brain stem, especially in subcortical regions...
June 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685011/methylglyoxal-induces-changes-in-the-glyoxalase-system-and-impairs-glutamate-uptake-activity-in-primary-astrocytes
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Fernanda Hansen, Fabiana Galland, Franciane Lirio, Daniela Fraga de Souza, Carollina Da Ré, Rafaela Ferreira Pacheco, Adriana Fernanda Vizuete, André Quincozes-Santos, Marina Concli Leite, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves
The impairment of astrocyte functions is associated with diabetes mellitus and other neurodegenerative diseases. Astrocytes have been proposed to be essential cells for neuroprotection against elevated levels of methylglyoxal (MG), a highly reactive aldehyde derived from the glycolytic pathway. MG exposure impairs primary astrocyte viability, as evaluated by different assays, and these cells respond to MG elevation by increasing glyoxalase 1 activity and glutathione levels, which improve cell viability and survival...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684344/inhibition-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-reduces-reactive-glia-and-scar-formation-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#14
Dan Pei, Nan Liu, Dan Li, Hongjing Yan, Qiu-Bo Wang, Yan Fang, Ling Xie, Hong-Peng Li
Brain injury leads to complex cellular and molecular interactions within the central nervous system. As the glial scar was a mechanical barrier to regeneration, inhibitory molecules in the forming scar and methods to overcome them have suggested molecular modification strategies to allow neuronal growth and functional regeneration. Here we investigated the roles of PDGFRβ signaling in regulating astrocyte reactivity and scar formation in mice following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The expression and distribution of phosphorylated PDGFRβ was analyzed, and its cell type-specific expression was verified with double labeling of astrocytes (GFAP), microglia (IBA1), oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPC) (NG2) and leukocytes (CD45)...
July 3, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681199/beneficial-effects-of-liraglutide-glp1-analog-in-the-hippocampal-inflammation
#15
Andre R C Barreto-Vianna, Marcia B Aguila, Carlos A Mandarim-de-Lacerda
The brain is very sensitive to metabolic dysfunctions induced by diets high in saturated fatty acids, leading to neuroinflammation. The liraglutide has been found to have neuroprotective effects. However, its neuroprotective action in a model of palmitate-induced neuroinflammation had not yet been evaluated. Mice were intracerebroventricular (ICV) infused with palmitate and received subcutaneous liraglutide. The hippocampal dentate gyrus and CA1 regions were analyzed (morphology and inflammation-related proteins in microglia and astrocyte by confocal microscopy)...
July 5, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680301/functional-characterization-of-resting-and-adenovirus-induced-reactive-astrocytes-in-three-dimensional-culture
#16
Junsung Woo, Sun-Kyoung Im, Heejung Chun, Soon-Young Jung, Soo-Jin Oh, Nakwon Choi, C Justin Lee, Eun-Mi Hur
Brain is a rich environment where neurons and glia interact with neighboring cells as well as extracellular matrix in three-dimensional (3D) space. Astrocytes, which are the most abundant cells in the mammalian brain, reside in 3D space and extend highly branched processes that form microdomains and contact synapses. It has been suggested that astrocytes cultured in 3D might be maintained in a less reactive state as compared to those growing in a traditional, two-dimensional (2D) monolayer culture. However, the functional characterization of the astrocytes in 3D culture has been lacking...
June 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680296/distribution-and-function-of-the-bestrophin-1-best1-channel-in-the-brain
#17
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Soo-Jin Oh, C Justin Lee
Bestrophin-1 (Best1) is a calcium-activated anion channel identified from retinal pigment epithelium where human mutations are associated with Best's macular degeneration. Best1 is known to be expressed in a variety of tissues including the brain, and is thought to be involved in many physiological processes. This review focuses on the current state of knowledge on aspects of expression and function of Best1 in the brain. Best1 protein is observed in cortical and hippocampal astrocytes, in cerebellar Bergmann glia and lamellar astrocytes, in thalamic reticular neurons, in meninges and in the epithelial cells of the choroid plexus...
June 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677497/platelets-their-potential-contribution-to-the-generation-of-beta-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Christian Humpel
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is a severe neurodegenerative brain disorder, showing severe beta-amyloid depositions in the brain (plaques) and in vessels (cerebral amyloid angiopathy, CAA), tau pathology, neurodegeneration (and loss of acetylcholine), inflammation with reactive astrocytes and microglia and cerebrovascular damage, all resulting in memory loss. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this review I present a hypothesis that chronic vascular lesions and bleedings cause platelet overactivation and repair...
July 5, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676351/bidirectional-brain-gut-interactions-and-chronic-pathological-changes-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
#19
Elise L Ma, Allen D Smith, Neemesh Desai, Lumei Cheung, Marie Hanscom, Bogdan A Stoica, David J Loane, Terez Shea-Donohue, Alan I Faden
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has complex effects on the gastrointestinal tract that are associated with TBI-related morbidity and mortality. We examined changes in mucosal barrier properties and enteric glial cell response in the gut after experimental TBI in mice, as well as effects of the enteric pathogen Citrobacter rodentium (Cr) on both gut and brain after injury. METHODS: Moderate-level TBI was induced in C57BL/6 mice by controlled cortical impact (CCI)...
July 1, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665372/-the-brain-after-ischemic-stroke-a-clinical-histological-study
#20
S P Sergeeva, A A Savin, L V Shishkina, E V Vinogradov
AIM: To analyze the histological features of changes in the brain tissue after ischemic stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Brain tissue samples obtained in autopsy from 9 people died as a result of a left middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke from 3 to 7 days after admission were studied. Tissue samples were taken from 3 areas of the brain: 1) contiguous to the tissue necrotic damage site zone, 2) 5-10 cm distant from the previous one, 3) the contralateral hemisphere zone symmetrical to damage site...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
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