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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227816/a-wide-range-and-high-sensitivity-four-channel-compact-electrochemical-biosensor-for-neurotransmitter-detection-on-a-microfluidic-platform
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Elnaz Ghodsevali, Hamza Landari, Mounir Boukadoum, Benoit Gosselin, Amine Miled, Elnaz Ghodsevali, Hamza Landari, Mounir Boukadoum, Benoit Gosselin, Amine Miled, Benoit Gosselin, Amine Miled, Elnaz Ghodsevali, Mounir Boukadoum, Hamza Landari
We present a four-channel, high-sensitivity and linearity electrochemical biosensor for neurotransmitter (NT) detection and measurement. Using a multi-channel microfluidic platform makes this biosensor capable of detecting NT-related currents going from nanoamperes to milliamperes, with a sensitivity of the order of picoamperes. Moreover, by using a fully differential potentiostat architecture, the biosensor offers a high common-mode rejection ratio (90 dB), making it appropriate for low-noise and high-sensitive applications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227595/research-on-neural-information-detecting-system-measuring-neuroelectricity-in-hippocampus-in-vivo-and-dopamine-in-vitro-based-on-microelectrode-array
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Mixia Wang, Shengwei Xu, Nansen Lin, Yilin Song, Song Zhang, Xinxia Cai, Mixia Wang, Shengwei Xu, Nansen Lin, Yilin Song, Song Zhang, Xinxia Cai, Song Zhang, Xinxia Cai, Nansen Lin, Mixia Wang, Shengwei Xu, Yilin Song
Concurrently detecting the electrical activity of neurons and neurotransmitter release signals, will have a great significance in understanding the working mechanism of the brain. This paper describes a neural information detecting system based on microelectrode array(MEA) measuring neuroelectricity in hippocampus in vivo and dopamine(DA) in vitro. The detecting system contains of electrophysiological headstage, electrochemical headstage, microprocessor, electrophysiological signal amplifier, data acquisition module and neural signal analysis software...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225164/effects-of-focal-brain-cooling-on-extracellular-concentrations-of-neurotransmitters-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Sadahiro Nomura, Takao Inoue, Hirochika Imoto, Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Maruta, Yuya Hirayama, Michiyasu Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Brain hypothermia controls epileptic discharge and reduces extracellular concentrations of glutamate (Glu), an excitatory neurotransmitter. We aimed to determine the effects of focal brain cooling (FBC) on levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. The relationship between Glu or GABA concentrations and the severity of epileptic symptoms was also analyzed. METHODS: Patients with intractable epilepsy underwent FBC at lesionectomized (n = 11) or hippocampectomized (n = 8) regions at 15°C for 30 min using custom-made cooling devices...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225041/pvn-blockade-of-p44-42-mapk-pathway-attenuates-salt-induced-hypertension-through-modulating-neurotransmitters-and-attenuating-oxidative-stress
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Hong-Li Gao, Xiao-Jing Yu, Kai-Li Liu, Xiao-Lian Shi, Jie Qi, Yan-Mei Chen, Yan Zhang, Juan Bai, Qiu-Yue Yi, Zhi-Peng Feng, Wen-Sheng Chen, Wei Cui, Jin-Jun Liu, Guo-Qing Zhu, Yu-Ming Kang
The imbalance of neurotransmitters and excessive oxidative stress responses contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension. In this study, we determined whether blockade of p44/42 MAPK pathway in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) ameliorates the development of hypertension through modulating neurotransmitters and attenuating oxidative stress. Dahl salt-sensitive (S) rats received a high-salt diet (HS, 8% NaCl) or a normal-salt diet (NS, 0.3% NaCl) for 6 weeks and were treated with bilateral PVN infusion of PD-98059 (0...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224681/modeling-human-methamphetamine-use-patterns-in-mice-chronic-and-binge-methamphetamine-exposure-reward-function-and-neurochemistry
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James P Kesby, Ariel Chang, Athina Markou, Svetlana Semenova
Different methamphetamine use patterns in human subjects may contribute to inconsistent findings regarding the effects of methamphetamine abuse on brain and behavior. The present study investigated whether human-derived chronic and binge methamphetamine use patterns have differential effects on reward and neurochemistry in mice. Brain reward function in mice was evaluated during acute/prolonged withdrawal, and in response to methamphetamine challenge using the intracranial self-stimulation procedure. Brain dopaminergic, serotonergic and glutamatergic neurochemistry was determined with high-performance liquid chromatography...
February 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223522/conformational-dynamics-of-a-neurotransmitter-sodium-symporter-in-a-lipid-bilayer
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Suraj Adhikary, Daniel J Deredge, Anu Nagarajan, Lucy R Forrest, Patrick L Wintrode, Satinder K Singh
Neurotransmitter:sodium symporters (NSSs) are integral membrane proteins responsible for the sodium-dependent reuptake of small-molecule neurotransmitters from the synaptic cleft. The symporters for the biogenic amines serotonin (SERT), dopamine (DAT), and norepinephrine (NET) are targets of multiple psychoactive agents, and their dysfunction has been implicated in numerous neuropsychiatric ailments. LeuT, a thermostable eubacterial NSS homolog, has been exploited as a model protein for NSS members to canvass the conformational mechanism of transport with a combination of X-ray crystallography, cysteine accessibility, and solution spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223472/overexpression-of-sarcoendoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-2a-promotes-cardiac-sympathetic-neurotransmission-via-abnormal-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-ca-2-regulation
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Julia Shanks, Neil Herring, Errin Johnson, Kun Liu, Dan Li, David J Paterson
Reduced cardiomyocyte excitation-contraction coupling and downregulation of the SERCA2a (sarcoendoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a) is associated with heart failure. This has led to viral transgene upregulation of SERCA2a in cardiomyocytes as a treatment. We hypothesized that SERCA2a gene therapy expressed under a similar promiscuous cytomegalovirus promoter could also affect the cardiac sympathetic neural axis and promote sympathoexcitation. Stellate neurons were isolated from 90 to 120 g male, Sprague-Dawley, Wistar Kyoto, and spontaneously hypertensive rats...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223162/the-roles-of-histamine-and-its-receptor-ligands-in-central-nervous-system-disorders-an-update
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REVIEW
Weiwei Hu, Zhong Chen
The neurotransmitter histamine receives less attention compared with other biogenic amines, because of its moderate action in the central nervous system (CNS). However, recent evidence suggests that histamine plays an important role in multiple CNS disorders including insomnia, narcolepsy, Parkinson's diseases, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and cerebral ischemia. New insights are emerging into the potential roles of histamine receptors as targets for the treatment of these diseases. Although some histamine related agents have failed in clinical trials, current preclinical studies suggest that this neurotransmitter may still have extensive applications in treating CNS disorders, however, advanced studies are warranted...
February 18, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223098/cannabis-and-alcohol-use-and-the-developing-brain
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REVIEW
A D Meruelo, N Castro, C I Cota, S F Tapert
Sex hormones and white (and grey) matter in the limbic system, cortex and other brain regions undergo changes during adolescence. Some of these changes include ongoing white matter myelination and sexually dimorphic features in grey and white matter. Adolescence is also a period of vulnerability when many are first exposed to alcohol and cannabis, which appear to influence the developing brain. Neuropsychological studies have provided considerable understanding of the effects of alcohol and cannabis on the brain...
February 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222432/extracellular-hmgb1-modulates-glutamate-metabolism-associated-with-kainic-acid-induced-epilepsy-like-hyperactivity-in-primary-rat-neural-cells
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Yuji Kaneko, Colleen Pappas, Teresita Malapira, Fernando Ĺ Vale, Naoki Tajiri, Cesar V Borlongan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neuroinflammatory processes have been implicated in the pathophysiology of seizure/epilepsy. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a non-histone DNA binding protein, behaves like an inflammatory cytokine in response to epileptogenic insults. Kainic acid (KA) is an excitotoxic reagent commonly used to induce epilepsy in rodents. However, the molecular mechanism by which KA-induced HMGB1 affords the initiation of epilepsy, especially the role of extracellular HMGB1 in neurotransmitter expression, remains to be elucidated...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220904/recent-advances-in-occupational-and-environmental-health-hazards-of-workers-exposed-to-gasoline-compounds
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REVIEW
Christopher E Ekpenyong, Asuquo E Asuquo
The impact of health and environmental hazards, associated with the constituents of gasoline, on occupationally exposed workers has been recorded over the past few decades. However, the scientific literature on their pathogenic potential remains incomplete, which could affect the current understanding of the associated health risks. This review provides current information based on recently improved research techniques to evaluate gasoline toxicity profiles for humans. Our current knowledge provides insight into the intricate mechanism of gasoline-induced adverse effects, including the formation of reactive metabolites via bio-activation and subsequent generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and oxidative stress, which are involved in multiple mechanisms that are central to the aetiology of gasoline-induced toxicity...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220863/engineering-botulinum-neurotoxin-c1-as-a-molecular-vehicle-for-intra-neuronal-drug-delivery
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Edwin J Vazquez-Cintron, Phillip H Beske, Luis Tenezaca, Bao Q Tran, Jonathan M Oyler, Elliot J Glotfelty, Christopher A Angeles, Aurelia Syngkon, Jean Mukherjee, Suzanne R Kalb, Philip A Band, Patrick M McNutt, Charles B Shoemaker, Konstantin Ichtchenko
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds to and internalizes its light chain into presynaptic compartments with exquisite specificity. While the native toxin is extremely lethal, bioengineering of BoNT has the potential to eliminate toxicity without disrupting neuron-specific targeting, thereby creating a molecular vehicle capable of delivering therapeutic cargo into the neuronal cytosol. Building upon previous work, we have developed an atoxic derivative (ad) of BoNT/C1 through rationally designed amino acid substitutions in the metalloprotease domain of wild type (wt) BoNT/C1...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220838/pan-neurexin-perturbation-results-in-compromised-synapse-stability-and-a-reduction-in-readily-releasable-synaptic-vesicle-pool-size
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Dylan P Quinn, Annette Kolar, Michael Wigerius, Rachel N Gomm-Kolisko, Hanine Atwi, James P Fawcett, Stefan R Krueger
Neurexins are a diverse family of cell adhesion molecules that localize to presynaptic specializations of CNS neurons. Heterologous expression of neurexins in non-neuronal cells leads to the recruitment of postsynaptic proteins in contacting dendrites of co-cultured neurons, implicating neurexins in synapse formation. However, isoform-specific knockouts of either all α- or all β-neurexins show defects in synaptic transmission but an unaltered density of glutamatergic synapses, a finding that argues against an essential function of neurexins in synaptogenesis...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220701/deconstructed-analogs-of-bupropion-reveal-structural-requirements-for-transporter-inhibition-versus-substrate-induced-neurotransmitter-release
#14
Abdelrahman R Shalabi, Donna Walther, Michael H Baumann, Richard A Glennon
Bupropion (1), an α-aminophenone uptake inhibitor at plasma membrane transporters for dopamine (DAT) and norepinephrine (NET), is a widely prescribed antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. Cathinone (2), a structurally simpler α-aminophenone, is a substrate-type releasing agent at the same transporters and a recognized drug of abuse. Our goal was to identify the structural features of α-aminophenones that govern the mechanistic transition from uptake inhibition to substrate-induced release. Deconstructed analogs of 1 were synthesized and compared for their ability to interact with DAT, NET, and the serotonin transporter (SERT) using in vitro assay methods...
February 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220062/anatomical-and-molecular-properties-of-long-descending-propriospinal-neurons-in-mice
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Jamie R Flynn, Victoria L Conn, Kieran A Boyle, David I Hughes, Masahiko Watanabe, Tomoko Velasquez, Martyn D Goulding, Robert J Callister, Brett A Graham
Long descending propriospinal neurons (LDPNs) are interneurons that form direct connections between cervical and lumbar spinal circuits. LDPNs are involved in interlimb coordination and are important mediators of functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Much of what we know about LDPNs comes from a range of species, however, the increased use of transgenic mouse lines to better define neuronal populations calls for a more complete characterisation of LDPNs in mice. In this study, we examined the cell body location, inhibitory neurotransmitter phenotype, developmental provenance, morphology and synaptic inputs of mouse LDPNs throughout the cervical and upper thoracic spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219682/epilepsy-and-synaptic-proteins
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REVIEW
Yuko Fukata, Masaki Fukata
Throughout history, epilepsy affects about 1-2% of the population worldwide. Epilepsy can be caused by traumatic brain injury, exposure to certain toxins and drugs, and mutations of genes that often encode synaptic proteins. In addition to conventional linkage and association studies, the recent trio exome sequencing in epilepsy and proteomic analysis in autoimmune synaptopathies have accelerated identification of novel epilepsy-related proteins, most of which play critical roles in synaptic transmission. Furthermore, super-resolution microscopy analysis has revealed subsynaptic nanoscale distribution of presynaptic and postsynaptic proteins and suggests a precise trans-synaptic alignment of neurotransmitter release to receptors...
February 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217759/frontal-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-concentrations-are-associated-with-cognitive-performance-in-older-adults
#17
Eric C Porges, Adam J Woods, Richard A E Edden, Nicolaas A J Puts, Ashley D Harris, Huaihou Chen, Amanda M Garcia, Talia R Seider, Damon G Lamb, John B Williamson, Ronald A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the brain's principal inhibitory neurotransmitter, has been associated with perceptual and attentional functioning. Recent application of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) provides in vivo evidence for decreasing GABA concentrations during adulthood. It is unclear, however, how age-related decrements in cerebral GABA concentrations contribute to cognitive decline, or whether previously reported declines in cerebral GABA concentrations persist during healthy aging...
January 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216335/reliability-of-glutamate-and-gaba-quantification-using-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#18
Alia L Yasen, Jolinda Smith, Anita D Christie
The consistency and reliability of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) assessments of neurotransmitter concentration has not been widely examined over multiple days. The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of glutamate and GABA measures using a single-voxel (1)H-MRS protocol in healthy men and women. Glutamate and GABA quantitations were obtained from the primary motor cortex (M1) and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) in 13 healthy individuals across 3 data collection sessions, including a baseline (Visit 1), 2-week (Visit 2), and 2-month time point (Visit 3)...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215999/rat-animal-models-for-screening-medications-to-treat-alcohol-use-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Richard L Bell, Sheketha R Hauser, Tiebing Liang, Youssef Sari, Antoinette Maldonado-Devincci, Zachary A Rodd
The purpose of this review is to present animal research models that can be used to screen and/or repurpose medications for the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. The focus will be on rats and in particular selectively bred rats. Brief introductions discuss various aspects of the clinical picture, which provide characteristics of individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) to model in animals. Following this, multiple selectively bred rat lines will be described and evaluated in the context of animal models used to screen medications to treat AUDs...
February 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215749/steady-state-centrifugal-input-via-the-lateral-olfactory-tract-modulates-spontaneous-activity-in-the-rat-main-olfactory-bulb
#20
Neil C Ford, Edwin R Griff
Mitral and tufted cells in the main olfactory bulb (MOB) of anesthetized rats exhibit vigorous spontaneous activity, action potentials produced in the absence of odor stimuli. The central hypothesis of this paper is that tonic activity of centrifugal input to the MOB modulates the spontaneous activity of MOB neurons. The spontaneous activity of centrifugal fibers causes a baseline of steady-state neurotransmitter release, and odor stimulation produces transient changes in the resulting spontaneous activity...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience
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