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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326936/a-role-for-the-locus-coeruleus-in-the-analgesic-efficacy-of-n-acetylaspartylglutamate-peptidase-gcpii-inhibitors-zj43-and-2-pmpa
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Takahiro Nonaka, Toshihiko Yamada, Tatsuhiro Ishimura, Daiying Zuo, John R Moffett, Joseph H Neale, Tatsuo Yamamoto
N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) is the third most prevalent and widely distributed neurotransmitter in the mammalian nervous system. NAAG activates a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR3) and is inactivated by an extracellular enzyme, glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) in vivo. Inhibitors of this enzyme are analgesic in animal models of inflammatory, neuropathic and bone cancer pain. NAAG and GCPII are present in the locus coeruleus, a center for the descending noradrenergic inhibitory pain system...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284896/progesterone-increased-%C3%AE-endorphin-innervation-of-the-locus-coeruleus-but-ovarian-steroids-had-no-effect-on-noradrenergic-neurodegeneration
#2
Fernanda B Lima, Cristiane M Leite, Cynthia L Bethea, Janete A Anselmo-Franci
With the decline of ovarian steroids levels at menopause, many women experience an increase in anxiety and stress sensitivity. The locus coeruleus (LC), a central source of noradrenaline (NE), is activated by stress and is inhibited by β-endorphin. Moreover, increased NE has been implicated in pathological anxiety syndromes. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopause appears to decrease anxiety and vulnerability to stress. Therefore, we questioned the effect of HRT on the inhibitory β-endorphin innervation of the LC...
March 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282810/neuropathological-staging-of-brain-pathology-in-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease-separating-the-wheat-from-the-chaff
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Heiko Braak, Kelly Del Tredici
A relatively small number of especially susceptible nerve cell types within multiple neurotransmitter systems of the human central, peripheral, and enteric nervous systems (CNS, PNS, ENS) become involved in the degenerative process underlying sporadic Parkinson's disease (sPD). The six-stage model we proposed for brain pathology related to sPD (Neurobiol Aging 2003) was a retrospective study of incidental and clinically diagnosed cases performed on unconventionally thick tissue sections (100 μm) from a large number of brain regions...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279754/estrogen-receptors-er%C3%AE-and-er%C3%AE-participation-in-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activation-by-hemorrhagic-stress
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Luana Maria Silva Alves, Procópio Cleber Gama de Barcellos Filho, Celso Rodrigues Franci
The sympato-adrenal-system and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis are anatomically and functionally connected with participation of several brain areas that express estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ). We assessed the neuronal activity of these areas for FOS expression and the action of PPT (ERα agonist) or DPN (ERβ agonist) in HPA axis activity during hemorrhagic stress. Ovariectomized Wistar rats treated with vehicle (DMSO) or ER agonists were catheterized for blood collection. Animals received (control) or not (hemorrhagic) immediate reposition with the same volume of saline...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272728/-regulation-of-the-phases-of-the-sleep-wakefulness-cycle-with-histamine
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REVIEW
A Diez-Garcia, M Garzon
Distributed neural networks in the brain sustain generation of wakefulness and two sleep states: non-REM sleep and REM sleep. These three behavioral states are jointly ingrained in a rhythmic sequence that constitutes the sleep-wakefulness cycle. This paper reviews and updates knowledge about the involvement of the histaminergic system in sleep-wakefulness cycle organization. Histaminergic neurons are exclusively located in the hypothalamic tuberomammillary nucleus, but are the source of a widespread projection system to many brain regions...
March 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271441/modulation-of-locus-coeruleus-activity-by-novel-oddball-stimuli
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Ruth M Krebs, Haeme R P Park, Klaas Bombeke, Carsten N Boehler
It has long been known from animal literature that the locus coeruleus (LC), the source region of noradrenergic neurons in the brain, is sensitive to unexpected, novel, and other salient events. In humans, however, direct assessment of LC activity has proven to be challenging due to its small size and difficult localization, which is why noradrenergic activity has often been assessed using more indirect measures such as electroencephalography (EEG) and pupil recordings. Here, we combined high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with a special anatomical sequence to assess neural activity in the LC in response to different types of salient stimuli in an oddball paradigm (novel neutral oddballs, novel emotional oddballs, and familiar target oddballs)...
March 7, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266222/conditional-depletion-of-hippocampal-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-exacerbates-neuropathology-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
David J Braun, Sergey Kalinin, Douglas L Feinstein
Damage occurring to noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus (LC) contributes to the evolution of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in a variety of conditions and diseases. One cause of LC damage may be loss of neurotrophic support from LC target regions. We tested this hypothesis by conditional unilateral knockout of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in adult mice. To evaluate the consequences of BDNF loss in the context of neurodegeneration, the mice harbored familial mutations for human amyloid precursor protein and presenilin-1...
March 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263454/neuroplasticity-of-supraspinal-structures-associated-with-pathological-pain
#8
Pere Boadas-Vaello, Judit Homs, Francisco Reina, Anna Carrera, Enrique Verdú
Peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries, along with other painful syndromes such as fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapeutic neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and/or irritable bowel syndrome, cause several neuroplasticity changes in the nervous system along its entire axis affecting the different neuronal nuclei. This paper reviews these changes, focusing on the supraspinal structures that are involved in the modulation and processing of pain, including the periaqueductal gray matter, red nucleus, locus coeruleus, rostral ventromedial medulla, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, cerebellum, habenula, primary and secondary somatosensory cortex, motor cortex, mammillary bodies, hippocampus, septum, amygdala, cingulated and prefrontal cortex...
March 6, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261874/samp8-mice-as-a-neuropathological-model-of-accelerated-brain-aging-and-dementia-toshio-takeda-s-legacy-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Ichiro Akiguchi, Mercè Pallàs, Herbert Budka, Haruhiko Akiyama, Masaki Ueno, Jingxian Han, Hideo Yagi, Tomohumi Nishikawa, Yoichi Chiba, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Ryoya Takahashi, Keiko Unno, Keiichi Higuchi, Masanori Hosokawa
Senescence accelerated mice P8 (SAMP8) show significant age-related deteriorations in memory and learning ability in accordance with early onset and rapid advancement of senescence. Brains of SAMP8 mice reveal an age-associated increase of PAS-positive granular structures in the hippocampal formation and astrogliosis in the brain stem and hippocampus. A spongy degeneration in the brain stem appears at 1 month of age and reaches a maximum at 4-8 months. In addition, clusters of activated microglia also appear around the vacuoles in the brain stem...
March 6, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255675/co-localization-of-the-cannabinoid-type-1-receptor-with-corticotropin-releasing-factor-containing-afferents-in-the-noradrenergic-nucleus-locus-coeruleus-implications-for-the-cognitive-limb-of-the-stress-response
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Ryan R Wyrofsky, Beverly A S Reyes, Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele
The noradrenergic system has been shown to play a key role in the regulation of stress responses, arousal, mood, and emotional states. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is a primary mediator of stress-induced activation of noradrenergic neurons in the nucleus locus coeruleus (LC). The endocannabinoid (eCB) system also plays a key role in modulating stress responses, acting as an "anti-stress" neuro-mediator. In the present study, we investigated the cellular sites for interactions between the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1r) and CRF in the LC...
March 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241050/physical-versus-psychological-social-stress-in-male-rats-reveals-distinct-cardiovascular-inflammatory-and-behavioral-consequences
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Julie E Finnell, Calliandra M Lombard, Akhila R Padi, Casey M Moffitt, L Britt Wilson, Christopher S Wood, Susan K Wood
Repeated exposure to social stress can precipitate the development of psychosocial disorders including depression and comorbid cardiovascular disease. While a major component of social stress often encompasses physical interactions, purely psychological stressors (i.e. witnessing a traumatic event) also fall under the scope of social stress. The current study determined whether the acute stress response and susceptibility to stress-related consequences differed based on whether the stressor consisted of physical versus purely psychological social stress...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240194/brain-and-gut-crf-signaling-biological-actions-and-role-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Yvette Taché, Mulugeta Million, Muriel Larauche, Pu-Qing Yuan
Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) signaling pathways coordinate the behavioral, endocrine, autonomic and visceral responses to stress. Convergent anatomical, molecular, pharmacological and functional experimental evidence supports an important role of brain CRF receptor signaling in stress-related alterations of gastrointestinal functions. These include the inhibition of gastric acid secretion and gastro-small intestinal transit, the stimulation of colonic enteric nervous system and secretory-motor function, enhanced intestinal permeability, and visceral hypersensitivity...
February 23, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217760/sleep-in-alzheimer-s-disease-beyond-amyloid
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Jerrah Holth, Tirth Patel, David M Holtzman
Sleep disorders are prevalent in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and a major cause of institutionalization. Like AD pathology, sleep abnormalities can appear years before cognitive decline and may be predictive of dementia. A bidirectional relationship between sleep and amyloid β (Aβ) has been well established with disturbed sleep and increased wakefulness leading to increased Aβ production and decreased Aβ clearance; whereas Aβ deposition is associated with increased wakefulness and sleep disturbances. Aβ fluctuates with the sleep wake cycle and is higher during wakefulness and lower during sleep...
January 2017: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215623/higher-locus-coeruleus-mri-contrast-is-associated-with-lower-parasympathetic-influence-over-heart-rate-variability
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Mara Mather, Hyun Joo Yoo, David V Clewett, Tae-Ho Lee, Steven G Greening, Allison Ponzio, Jungwon Min, Julian F Thayer
The locus coeruleus (LC) is a key node of the sympathetic nervous system and suppresses parasympathetic activity that would otherwise increase heart rate variability. In the current study, we examined whether LC-MRI contrast reflecting neuromelanin accumulation in the LC was associated with high-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), a measure reflecting parasympathetic influences on the heart. Recent evidence indicates that neuromelanin, a byproduct of catecholamine metabolism, accumulates in the LC through young and mid adulthood, suggesting that LC-MRI contrast may be a useful biomarker of individual differences in habitual LC activation...
February 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202386/paraquat-and-maneb-co-exposure-induces-noradrenergic-locus-coeruleus-neurodegeneration-through-nadph-oxidase-mediated-microglial-activation
#16
Liyan Hou, Cong Zhang, Ke Wang, Xiaofang Liu, Hongwei Wang, Yuning Che, Fuqiang Sun, Xueying Zhou, Xiulan Zhao, Qingshan Wang
Co-exposure to paraquat (PQ) and maneb (Mb) has been shown to increase the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dopaminergic (DA) neurodegeneration in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) is observed in PQ and Mb-treated experimental animals. The loss of noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC/NE) neurons in brainstem is a common feature shared by multiple neurodegenerative diseases, including PD. However, whether PQ and Mb is able to damage LC/NE neurons remains undefined. In this study, mice treated with combined PQ and Mb displayed progressive LC/NE neurodegeneration...
February 13, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194646/nanoemulsion-thermoreversible-pluronic-f127-based-hydrogel-containing-hyptis-pectinata-lamiaceae-leaf-essential-oil-produced-a-lasting-anti-hyperalgesic-effect-in-chronic-noninflammatory-widespread-pain-in-mice
#17
Lucindo J Quintans-Júnior, Renan G Brito, Jullyana S S Quintans, Priscila L Santos, Zaine T Camargo, Péricles A Barreto, Maria F Arrigoni-Blank, Waldecy Lucca-Júnior, Luciana Scotti, Marcus T Scotti, Sandra J Kolker, Kathleen A Sluka
We evaluated if a nanostructured thermoreversible Pluronic F127-based hydrogel incorporated with Hyptis pectinata leaf essential oil (NE-EOH) produces a long-lasting anti-hyperalgesic effect on chronic muscle pain in an animal model. We induced chronic muscle pain by injecting the gastrocnemius with saline injections. Paw and muscle withdrawal thresholds and motor performance were evaluated after treatment and compared with morphine, diazepam, or vehicle. Naloxone and methysergide administration tested the involvement of opioid and serotonin receptors, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188216/amygdalar-gating-of-early-sensory-processing-through-interactions-with-locus-coeruleus
#18
Cynthia D Fast, John P McGann
Fear- and stress-induced activity in the amygdala has been hypothesized to influence sensory brain regions through the influence of the amygdala on neuromodulatory centers. To directly examine this relationship, we used optical imaging to observe odor-evoked activity in populations of olfactory bulb inhibitory interneurons and of synaptic terminals of olfactory sensory neurons (the primary sensory neurons of the olfactory system, which provide the initial olfactory input to the brain) during pharmacological inactivation of amygdala and locus coeruleus (LC) in mice...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178853/clinical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-paradigms-induce-pronounced-brain-and-body-hypothermia-in-rats
#19
Lars Emil Larsen, Wouter Van Lysebettens, Charlotte Germonpré, Sofie Carrette, Sofie Daelemans, Mathieu Sprengers, Lisa Thyrion, Wytse Jan Wadman, Evelien Carrette, Jean Delbeke, Paul Boon, Kristl Vonck, Robrecht Raedt
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a widely used neuromodulation technique that is currently used or being investigated as therapy for a wide array of human diseases such as epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer's disease, tinnitus, inflammatory diseases, pain, heart failure and many others. Here, we report a pronounced decrease in brain and core temperature during VNS in freely moving rats. Two hours of rapid cycle VNS (7s on/18s off) decreased brain temperature by around [Formula: see text]C, while standard cycle VNS (30[Formula: see text]s on/300[Formula: see text]s off) was associated with a decrease of around [Formula: see text]C...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158734/activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-erk-1-2-in-the-locus-coeruleus-contributes-to-pain-related-anxiety-in-arthritic-male-rats
#20
Gisela Borges, Cristina Miguelez, Fani Neto, Juan Antonio Micó, Luisa Ugedo, Esther Berrocoso
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February 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
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