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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791834/molecular-and-functional-sex-differences-of-noradrenergic-neurons-in-the-mouse-locus-coeruleus
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Bernard Mulvey, Dionnet L Bhatti, Sandeep Gyawali, Allison M Lake, Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Christopher P Ford, Michael R Bruchas, Nathaniel Heintz, Joseph D Dougherty
Preclinical work has long focused on male animals, though biological sex clearly influences risk for certain diseases, including many psychiatric disorders. Such disorders are often treated by drugs targeting the CNS norepinephrine system. Despite roles for noradrenergic neurons in behavior and neuropsychiatric disease models, their molecular characterization has lagged. We profiled mouse noradrenergic neurons in vivo, defining over 3,000 high-confidence transcripts expressed therein, including druggable receptors...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782957/the-role-of-monoamines-in-the-development-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-neuroprotective-effect-of-a-proline-rich-polypeptide
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Konstantin Yenkoyan, Katarine Fereshetyan, Senik Matinyan, Vergine Chavushyan, Michail Aghajanov
INTRODUCTION: We have analyzed the alterations in the brain monoaminergic system using the rat model of AD-like pathology. In addition, we have investigated potential neuroprotective effects of the hypothalamic proline-rich polypeptide (PRP-1). METHODS: Histochemical staining, HPLC, chemiluminescent and bioluminescence assays. RESULTS: The levels of monoamines in the target AD brain structures were found elevated, except serotonin, which was unaffected in both hippocampus and brainstem and decreased in frontal cortex...
May 18, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775703/ultrastructural-characterization-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-and-neuropeptide-y-in-the-rat-locus-coeruleus-anatomical-evidence-for-putative-interactions
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Catherine C Theisen, Beverly A S Reyes, E L Sabban, Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele
As a neurochemical mediator of stress resilience, NPY has been shown to oppose excitatory effects of the pro-stress neuropeptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF). Previous studies have described the anatomical organization of NPY and CRF in the central nucleus of the amygdala, which sends CRF projections to the locus coeruleus (LC), activating LC norepinephrine release. However, the cellular substrates for interactions between NPY and CRF in the LC remain unknown. In this study, we investigated these anatomical substrates in the male rat LC, using immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, and immunoelectron microscopy to detect NPY and CRF, as well as CRF and Y1 or Y2 receptors (Y1R or Y2R)...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772343/brain-stimulation-differentially-modulates-nociception-and-inflammation-in-aversive-and-non-aversive-behavioral-conditions
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G S Bassi, A Kanashiro, G J Rodrigues, F Q Cunha, N C Coimbra, L Ulloa
Inflammation and pain are major clinical burdens contributing to multiple disorders and limiting the quality of life of patients. We previously reported that brain electrical stimulation can attenuate joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we report that non-aversive electrical stimulation of the locus coeruleus (LC), the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) or the ventrolateral column of the periaqueductal gray matter (vlPAG) decreases thermal pain sensitivity, knee inflammation and synovial neutrophilic infiltration in rats with intra-articular zymosan...
May 18, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772255/the-gist-and-details-of-sex-differences-in-cognition-and-the-brain-how-parallels-in-sex-differences-across-domains-are-shaped-by-the-locus-coeruleus-and-catecholamine-systems
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REVIEW
Alexandra Ycaza Herrera, Jiaxi Wang, Mara Mather
Across three different domains, there are similar sex differences in how men and women process information. There tends to be a male advantage in attending to and remembering the gist (essential central information of a scene or situation), but a female advantage in attending to and remembering the details (non-essential peripheral information of a scene or situation). This is seen in emotional memory, where emotion enhances gist memory more for males than for females, but enhances detail memory more for females than for males...
May 14, 2018: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765316/noradrenergic-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-diseases-an-overview-of-imaging-studies
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REVIEW
Andrew C Peterson, Chiang-Shan R Li
Noradrenergic dysfunction contributes to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Parkinson's Disease (PD). Conventional therapeutic strategies seek to enhance cholinergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission in AD and PD, respectively, and few studies have examined noradrenergic dysfunction as a target for medication development. We review the literature of noradrenergic dysfunction in AD and PD with a focus on human imaging studies that implicate the locus coeruleus (LC) circuit. The LC sends noradrenergic projections diffusely throughout the cerebral cortex and plays a critical role in attention, learning, working memory, and cognitive control...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755854/neuroanatomical-autonomic-substrates-of-brainstem-gut-circuitry-identified-using-transsynaptic-tract-tracing-with-pseudorabies-virus-recombinants
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Zhi-Gang He, Quan Wang, Run-Shan Xie, Yong-Sheng Li, Qing-Xiong Hong, Hong-Bing Xiang
To investigate autonomic substrates of brainstem-gut circuitry identified using trans-synaptic tracing with pseudorabies virus (PRV)-152, a strain that expresses enhanced green fluorescent protein, and PRV-614, a strain that expresses enhanced red fluorescent protein, injecting into the rat rectum wall. 3-7 days after PRV-152 injection, spinal cord and brainstem were removed and sectioned, and processed for PRV-152 visualization using immunofluorescence labeling against PRV-152. 6 days after PRV-614 injection, brainstem was sectioned and the neurochemical phenotype of PRV-614-positive neurons was identified using double immunocytochemical labeling against PRV-614 and TPH...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752551/tau-seeding-activity-begins-in-the-transentorhinal-entorhinal-regions-and-anticipates-phospho-tau-pathology-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-part
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Sarah K Kaufman, Kelly Del Tredici, Talitha L Thomas, Heiko Braak, Marc I Diamond
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by accumulation of tau neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and, according to the prion model, transcellular propagation of pathological "seeds" may underlie its progression. Staging of NFT pathology with phospho-tau antibody is useful to classify AD and primary age-related tauopathy (PART) cases. The locus coeruleus (LC) shows the earliest phospho-tau signal, whereas other studies suggest that pathology begins in the transentorhinal/entorhinal cortices (TRE/EC)...
May 11, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747690/a53t-%C3%AE-synuclein-overexpression-in-murine-locus-coeruleus-induces-parkinson-s-disease-like-pathology-in-neurons-and-glia
#9
Martin Timo Henrich, Fanni Fruzsina Geibl, Bolam Lee, Wei-Hua Chiu, James Benjamin Koprich, Jonathan Michael Brotchie, Lars Timmermann, Niels Decher, Lina Anita Matschke, Wolfgang Hermann Oertel
Degeneration of noradrenergic locus coeruleus neurons occurs during the prodromal phase of Parkinson's disease and contributes to a variety of non-motor symptoms, e.g. depression, anxiety and REM sleep behavior disorder. This study was designed to establish the first locus coeruleus α-synucleinopathy mouse model, which should provide sufficient information about the time-course of noradrenergic neurodegeneration, replicate cardinal histopathological features of the human Parkinson's disease neuropathology and finally lead to robust histological markers, which are sufficient to assess the pathological changes in a quantitative and qualitative way...
May 10, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720610/association-between-pupil-dilation-and-implicit-processing-prior-to-object-recognition-via-insight
#10
Yuta Suzuki, Tetsuto Minami, Shigeki Nakauchi
Insight refers to the sudden conscious shift in the perception of a situation following a period of unconscious processing. The present study aimed to investigate the implicit neural mechanisms underlying insight-based recognition, and to determine the association between these mechanisms and the extent of pupil dilation. Participants were presented with ambiguous, transforming images comprised of dots, following which they were asked to state whether they recognized the object and their level of confidence in this statement...
May 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713896/pink1-rats-show-early-onset-swallowing-deficits-and-correlative-brainstem-pathology
#11
Kaylee P Cullen, Laura M Grant, Cynthia A Kelm-Nelson, Alexander F L Brauer, Luke B Bickelhaupt, John A Russell, Michelle R Ciucci
Parkinson disease (PD) compromises oropharyngeal swallowing, which negatively affects quality of life and contributes to aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia often begins early in the disease process, and does not improve with standard therapies. As a result, swallowing deficits are undertreated in the PD population. The Pink1 -/- rat is used to model PD, and demonstrates widespread brainstem neuropathology in combination with early-onset sensorimotor dysfunction; however, to date, swallowing behaviors have not been evaluated...
April 30, 2018: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698749/the-role-of-ca-2-and-bk-channels-of-locus-coeruleus-lc-neurons-as-a-brake-to-the-co-2-chemosensitivity-response-of-rats
#12
Ann N Imber, Luis G A Patrone, Ke-Yong Li, Luciane H Gargaglioni, Robert W Putnam
The cellular mechanisms by which LC neurons respond to hypercapnia are usually attributed to an "accelerator" whereby hypercapnic acidosis causes an inhibition of K+ channels or activation of Na+ and Ca+2 channels to depolarize CO2 -sensitive neurons. Nevertheless, it is still unknown if this "accelerator" mechanism could be controlled by a brake phenomenon. Whole-cell patch clamping, fluorescence imaging microscopy and plethysmography were used to study the chemosensitive response of the LC neurons...
April 24, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693214/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-enhances-conflict-triggered-adjustment-of-cognitive-control
#13
Rico Fischer, Carlos Ventura-Bort, Alfons Hamm, Mathias Weymar
Response conflicts play a prominent role in the flexible adaptation of behavior as they represent context-signals that indicate the necessity for the recruitment of cognitive control. Previous studies have highlighted the functional roles of the affectively aversive and arousing quality of the conflict signal in triggering the adaptation process. To further test this potential link with arousal, participants performed a response conflict task in two separate sessions with either transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), which is assumed to activate the locus coeruleus-noradrenaline (LC-NE) system, or with neutral sham stimulation...
April 24, 2018: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682811/upregulation-of-hypothalamic-arginine-vasopressin-by-peripherally-administered-furosemide-in-transgenic-rats-expressing-arginine-vasopressin-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein
#14
Hiromichi Ueno, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Kentaro Tanaka, Haruki Nishimura, Kazuaki Nishimura, Satomi Sonoda, Yasuhito Motojima, Reiko Saito, Takashi Maruyama, Tetsu Miyamoto, Ryota Serino, Masahito Tamura, Tatsushi Onaka, Yutaka Otsuji, Yoichi Ueta
Furosemide, which is used worldwide as a diuretic agent, inhibits sodium reabsorption in the Henle's loop, resulting in diuresis and natriuresis. Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is synthesized in the supraoptic nucleus (SON), paraventricular nucleus (PVN), and suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus. The synthesis AVP in the magnocellular neurons of SON and PVN physiologically regulated by plasma osmolality and blood volume and contributed water homeostasis by increasing water reabsorption in the collecting duct...
April 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682753/coupling-of-respiration-and-attention-via-the-locus-coeruleus-effects-of-meditation-and-pranayama
#15
Michael Christopher Melnychuk, Paul M Dockree, Redmond G O'Connell, Peter R Murphy, Joshua H Balsters, Ian H Robertson
The locus coeruleus (LC) has established functions in both attention and respiration. Good attentional performance requires optimal levels of tonic LC activity, and must be matched to task consistently. LC neurons are chemosensitive, causing respiratory phrenic nerve firing to increase frequency with higher CO2 levels, and as CO2 level varies with the phase of respiration, tonic LC activity should exhibit fluctuations at respiratory frequency. Top-down modulation of tonic LC activity from brain areas involved in attentional regulation, intended to optimize LC firing to suit task requirements, may have respiratory consequences as well, as increases in LC activity influence phrenic nerve firing...
April 22, 2018: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680272/brain-sites-mediating-cyclosomatostatin-induced-catalepsy-in-wistar-rats-a-specific-role-for-the-nigrostriatal-system-and-locus-coeruleus
#16
Ilya D Ionov, Irina I Pushinskaya, Larissa A Roslavtseva, Nicholas N Severtsev
A decrease in somatostatin activity is observed in the Parkinsonian brain. In recent experiments on rats, we simulated this abnormality by intracerebroventricular injections of a somatostatin antagonist, cyclosomatostatin. The treated animals displayed catalepsy, a state that resembles the extrapyramidal signs of Parkinson's disease. The neuroanatomical substrates mediating the catalepsy-inducing effect of cyclosomatostatin are unknown. To clarify this issue, we assessed here the action of cyclosomatostatin injected into the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), dorsal striatum (DS), locus coeruleus (LC), pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg), and inferior colliculus (IC)...
April 19, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29680268/distribution-of-mch-containing-fibers-in-the-feline-brainstem-relevance-for-rem-sleep-regulation
#17
Alicia Costa, Santiago Castro-Zaballa, Patricia Lagos, Michael H Chase, Pablo Torterolo
Neurons that utilize melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) as a neuromodulator are localized in the postero-lateral hypothalamus and incerto-hypothalamic area. These neurons project diffusely throughout the central nervous system and have been implicated in critical physiological processes, such as sleep. Unlike rodents, in the order carnivora as well as in humans, MCH exerts its biological functions through two receptors: MCHR-1 and MCHR-2. Hence, the cat is an optimal animal to model MCHergic functions in humans...
April 19, 2018: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673150/immunohistochemical-evidence-from-app-transgenic-mice-for-glutaminyl-cyclase-as-drug-target-to-diminish-pe-abeta-formation
#18
Maike Hartlage-Rübsamen, Alexandra Bluhm, Anke Piechotta, Miriam Linnert, Jens-Ulrich Rahfeld, Hans-Ulrich Demuth, Inge Lues, Peer-Hendrik Kuhn, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Steffen Roßner, Corinna Höfling
Oligomeric assemblies of neurotoxic amyloid beta (Abeta) peptides generated by proteolytical processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) play a key role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In recent years, a substantial heterogeneity of Abeta peptides with distinct biophysical and cell biological properties has been demonstrated. Among these, a particularly neurotoxic and disease-specific Abeta variant is N-terminally truncated and modified to pyroglutamate (pE-Abeta). Cell biological and animal experimental studies imply the catalysis of this modification by the enzyme glutaminyl cyclase (QC)...
April 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665431/recognition-memory-and-featural-similarity-between-concepts-the-pupil-s-point-of-view
#19
Maria Montefinese, David Vinson, Ettore Ambrosini
Differences in pupil dilation are observed for studied compared to new items in recognition memory. According to cognitive load theory, this effect reflects the greater cognitive demands of retrieving contextual information from study phase. Pupil dilation can also occur when new items conceptually related to old ones are erroneously recognized as old, but the aspects of similarity that modulate false memory and related pupil responses remain unclear. We investigated this issue by manipulating the degree of featural similarity between new (unstudied) and old (studied) concepts in an old/new recognition task...
April 14, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663392/sushi-repeat-containing-protein-x-linked-2-a-novel-phylogenetically-conserved-hypothalamo-pituitary-protein
#20
Mehwish Anwer, Tamuna Bolkvadze, Xavier Ekolle Ndode-Ekane, Noora Puhakka, Tuomas Rauramaa, Ville Leinonen, Erwin A van Vliet, Dick F Swaab, Annakaisa Haapasalo, Stina Leskelä, Nea Bister, Tarja Malm, Synnöve Carlson, Eleonora Aronica, Asla Pitkänen
Sushi repeat-containing protein X-linked 2 (SRPX2) is a novel protein associated with language development, synaptic plasticity, tissue remodeling, and angiogenesis. We investigated the expression and spatial localization of SRPX2 in normal mouse, rat, monkey, and human brain using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Antibody specificity was determined using in vitro siRNA based silencing of SRPX2. Cell type-specific expression was verified by double-labeling with oxytocin or vasopressin. Western blot was used to detect SRPX2 protein in rat and human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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