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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528185/simvastatin-ameliorate-memory-deficits-and-inflammation-in-clinical-and-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-via-modulating-the-expression-of-mir-106b
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Wenzhong Huang, Zhenyu Li, Liandong Zhao, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) as a neurodegenerative brain disorder is a devastating pathology leading to disastrous cognitive impairments and dementia, and several studies have shown that AD is closely related to the inflammation, so anti-inflammatory treatment may provide therapeutic benefits. In this study, the effect of simvastatin on inflammation was investigated and the underlying mechanisms were explored. METHODS: First, we tested the effect of simvastatin on AD in clinical research...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527846/characterization-of-dental-pulp-myofibroblasts-in-rat-molars-after-pulpotomy
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Naoki Edanami, Nagako Yoshiba, Naoto Ohkura, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Aiko Tohma, Yuichiro Noiri, Kunihiko Yoshiba
INTRODUCTION: Myofibroblasts express alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and play a critical role in wound healing. Myofibroblast differentiation is controlled by the joint actions of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and the extradomain A fibronectin splice variant (EDA-FN). Currently, the contribution of myofibroblasts to dental pulp healing is unknown. Therefore, we analyzed expressional characteristics of α-SMA-positive cells and investigated TGF-β1, EDA-FN, and α-SMA expression levels after pulpotomy to better understand dental pulp healing...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526029/cell-fixation-and-preservation-for-droplet-based-single-cell-transcriptomics
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Jonathan Alles, Nikos Karaiskos, Samantha D Praktiknjo, Stefanie Grosswendt, Philipp Wahle, Pierre-Louis Ruffault, Salah Ayoub, Luisa Schreyer, Anastasiya Boltengagen, Carmen Birchmeier, Robert Zinzen, Christine Kocks, Nikolaus Rajewsky
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in droplet-based microfluidics allow the transcriptional profiling of thousands of individual cells in a quantitative, highly parallel and cost-effective way. A critical, often limiting step is the preparation of cells in an unperturbed state, not altered by stress or ageing. Other challenges are rare cells that need to be collected over several days or samples prepared at different times or locations. METHODS: Here, we used chemical fixation to address these problems...
May 19, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524856/histone-variant-h3-3-orchestrates-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-in-the-developing-brain
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Wenlong Xia, Jianwei Jiao
During the brain development, the process of neural stem cells (NSCs) proliferation and differentiation is precisely regulated. The deficiency in the embryonic brain development will cause serious developmental disorders. Epigenetic modifications play critical roles in controlling proliferation and differentiation in different types of stem cells. Histone variants, as one of epigenetic regulators, have been reported to be associated with many bioprocesses. Among different variants, H3.3 is one of the important epigenetic regulators, but its role in embryonic NSCs remains unclear...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524166/homology-mediated-end-joining-based-targeted-integration-using-crispr-cas9
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Xuan Yao, Xing Wang, Xinde Hu, Zhen Liu, Junlai Liu, Haibo Zhou, Xiaowen Shen, Yu Wei, Zijian Huang, Wenqin Ying, Yan Wang, Yan-Hong Nie, Chen-Chen Zhang, Sanlan Li, Leping Cheng, Qifang Wang, Yan Wu, Pengyu Huang, Qiang Sun, Linyu Shi, Hui Yang
Targeted integration of transgenes can be achieved by strategies based on homologous recombination (HR), microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ) or non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). The more generally used HR is inefficient for achieving gene integration in animal embryos and tissues, because it occurs only during cell division, although MMEJ and NHEJ can elevate the efficiency in some systems. Here we devise a homology-mediated end joining (HMEJ)-based strategy, using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated cleavage of both transgene donor vector that contains guide RNA target sites and ∼800 bp of homology arms, and the targeted genome...
May 19, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523559/techniques-for-single-molecule-mrna-imaging-in-living-cells
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Kevin Czaplinski
Typical measurement of macromolecules in a biological sample typically averages the result over all the cells or molecules within the sample, and while these types of measurements provide very useful information, they completely miss heterogeneity among the components within the sample that could be a very important aspect of the sample's function. These techniques are also limited in their ability to examine intracellular spatial orientation of molecular activity, which is often a critical component to the regulation of biological processes, particularly in cells with unique spatial relationships, such as neurons...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523551/epigenetic-mechanisms-of-gene-regulation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Alba Jimenez-Pacheco, Jaime M Franco, Soledad Lopez, Juan Miguel Gomez-Zumaquero, Maria Magdalena Leal-Lasarte, Diana E Caballero-Hernandez, Marta Cejudo-Guillén, David Pozo
Despite being clinically described 150 years ago, the mechanisms underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) pathogenesis have not yet been fully understood. Studies in both animal models of ALS and human patients reveal a plethora of alterations such as increased glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity, redox stress, increased apoptosis, defective axonal transport, protein-misfolding events, mitochondrial impairment and sustained unregulated immune responses. Regardless of being sporadic or familiar ALS, the final outcome at the cellular level is the death of upper and lower motor neurons, and once diagnosed, ALS is typically lethal within the next 5 years...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523538/mecp2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-chromatin-organization-involved-in-rett-syndrome
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Alexia Martínez de Paz, Juan Ausió
From an epigenetic perspective, the genomic chromatin organization of neurons exhibits unique features when compared to somatic cells. Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), through its ability to bind to methylated DNA, seems to be a major player in regulating such unusual organization. An important contribution to this uniqueness stems from the intrinsically disordered nature of this highly abundant chromosomal protein in neurons. Upon its binding to methylated/hydroxymethylated DNA, MeCP2 is able to recruit a plethora of interacting protein and RNA partners...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522961/energy-homeostasis-and-abnormal-rna-metabolism-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Yu-Ju Liu, Po-Yi Tsai, Yijuang Chern
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal motor neuron disease that is clinically characterized by progressive muscle weakness and impaired voluntary movement due to the loss of motor neurons in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. To date, no effective treatment is available. Ample evidence suggests that impaired RNA homeostasis and abnormal energy status are two major pathogenesis pathways in ALS. In the present review article, we focus on recent studies that report molecular insights of both pathways, and discuss the possibility that energy dysfunction might negatively regulate RNA homeostasis via the impairment of cytoplasmic-nuclear shuttling in motor neurons and subsequently contribute to the development of ALS...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516429/cardinal-epigenetic-role-of-non-coding-regulatory-rnas-in-circadian-rhythm
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REVIEW
Utpal Bhadra, Pradipta Patra, Manika Pal-Bhadra
Circadian rhythm which governs basic physiological activities like sleeping, feeding and energy consumption is regulated by light-controlled central clock genes in the pacemaker neuron. The timekeeping machinery with unique transcriptional and post-transcriptional feedback loops is controlled by different small regulatory RNAs in the brain. Roles of the multiple neuronal genes, especially post-transcriptional regulation, splicing, polyadenylation, mature mRNA editing, and stability of translation products, are controlled by epigenetic activities orchestrated via small RNAs...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515689/current-experimental-studies-of-gene-therapy-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Jing-Ya Lin, Cheng-Long Xie, Su-Fang Zhang, Weien Yuan, Zhen-Guo Liu
Parkinson's disease (PD) was characterized by late-onset, progressive dopamine neuron loss and movement disorders. The progresses of PD affected the neural function and integrity. To date, most researches had largely addressed the dopamine replacement therapies, but the appearance of L-dopa-induced dyskinesia hampered the use of the drug. And the mechanism of PD is so complicated that it's hard to solve the problem by just add drugs. Researchers began to focus on the genetic underpinnings of Parkinson's disease, searching for new method that may affect the neurodegeneration processes in it...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515681/the-activity-induced-long-non-coding-rna-meg3-modulates-ampa-receptor-surface-expression-in-primary-cortical-neurons
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Men C Tan, Jocelyn Widagdo, Yu Q Chau, Tianyi Zhu, Justin J-L Wong, Allen Cheung, Victor Anggono
Transcription of new RNA is crucial for maintaining synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. Although the importance of synaptic plasticity-related messenger RNAs (mRNAs) is well established, the role of a large group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in long-term potentiation (LTP) is not known. In this study, we demonstrated the expression of a lncRNA cluster, namely maternally expressed gene 3 (Meg3), retrotransposon-like gene 1-anti-sense (Rtl1-AS), Meg8 and Meg9, which is located in the maternally imprinted Dlk1-Dio3 region on mouse chromosome 12qF1, in primary cortical neurons following glycine stimulation in an N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515487/functional-interaction-between-fus-and-smn-underlies-sma-like-splicing-changes-in-wild-type-hfus-mice
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Alessia Mirra, Simona Rossi, Silvia Scaricamazza, Michela Di Salvio, Illari Salvatori, Cristiana Valle, Paola Rusmini, Angelo Poletti, Gianluca Cestra, Maria Teresa Carrì, Maur O Cozzolino
Several of the identified genetic factors in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) point to dysfunction in RNA processing as a major pathogenic mechanism. However, whether a precise RNA pathway is particularly affected remains unknown. Evidence suggests that FUS, that is mutated in familial ALS, and SMN, the causative factor in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), cooperate to the same molecular pathway, i.e. regulation of alternative splicing, and that disturbances in SMN-regulated functions, either caused by depletion of SMN protein (as in the case of SMA) or by pathogenic interactions between FUS and SMN (as in the case of ALS) might be a common theme in both diseases...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514446/identification-of-preoptic-sleep-neurons-using-retrograde-labelling-and-gene-profiling
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Shinjae Chung, Franz Weber, Peng Zhong, Chan Lek Tan, Thuc Nghi Nguyen, Kevin T Beier, Nikolai Hörmann, Wei-Cheng Chang, Zhe Zhang, Johnny Phong Do, Shenqin Yao, Michael J Krashes, Bosiljka Tasic, Ali Cetin, Hongkui Zeng, Zachary A Knight, Liqun Luo, Yang Dan
In humans and other mammalian species, lesions in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus cause profound sleep impairment, indicating a crucial role of the preoptic area in sleep generation. However, the underlying circuit mechanism remains poorly understood. Electrophysiological recordings and c-Fos immunohistochemistry have shown the existence of sleep-active neurons in the preoptic area, especially in the ventrolateral preoptic area and median preoptic nucleus. Pharmacogenetic activation of c-Fos-labelled sleep-active neurons has been shown to induce sleep...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512781/developmental-regulation-and-localization-of-carnitine-palmitoyltransferases-cpts-in-rat-brain
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Jennifer N Jernberg, Caitlyn E Bowman, Michael J Wolfgang, Susanna Scafidi
While the brain's high energy demands are largely met by glucose, brain is also equipped with the ability to oxidize fatty acids for energy and metabolism. The brain expresses the carnitine palmitoyltransferases (CPTs) that mediate carnitine-dependent entry of long-chain acyl-CoAs into the mitochondrial matrix for β-oxidation - CPT1a and CPT2 located on the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes, respectively. Their developmental profile, regional distribution and activity as well as cell type expression remain unknown...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512712/post-translational-tubulin-modifications-in-human-astrocyte-cultures
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V Bleu Knight, Elba E Serrano
The cytoskeletal protein tubulin plays an integral role in the functional specialization of many cell types. In the central nervous system, post-translational modifications and the expression of specific tubulin isotypes in neurons have been analyzed in greater detail than in their astrocytic counterparts. In this study, we characterized post-translational specifications of tubulin in human astrocytes using the normal human astrocyte (NHA; Lonza) commercial cell line of fetal origin. Immunocytochemical techniques were implemented in conjunction with confocal microscopy to image class III β-tubulin (βIII-tubulin), acetylated tubulin, and polyglutamylated tubulin using fluorescent antibody probes...
May 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512259/long-non-coding-rna-h19-induces-hippocampal-neuronal-apoptosis-via-wnt-signaling-in-a-streptozotocin-induced-rat-model-of-diabetes-mellitus
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Yu-Hao Zhao, Tie-Feng Ji, Qi Luo, Jin-Lu Yu
Defects in hippocampal synaptic plasticity and disorders of memory and learning are the central nervous system complications of diabetes mellitus (DM). Here, we used a streptozotocin-induced rat DM model to investigate the effects of long non-coding RNA H19 (lncRNA H19) on learning and memory and apoptosis of hippocampal neurons, and the involvement of the Wnt signaling. Our data demonstrate that lncRNA H19 is highly expressed in rats with DM. Over-expression of lncRNA H19 increased positioning navigation latency in DM rats and decreased duration of space exploration...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511992/rna-seq-analyses-reveal-that-cervical-spinal-cords-and-anterior-motor-neurons-from-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-subjects-show-reduced-expression-of-mitochondrial-dna-encoded-respiratory-genes-and-rhtfam-may-correct-this-respiratory-deficiency
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Amy C Ladd, David G Brohawn, Ravindar R Thomas, Paula M Keeney, Stuart S Berr, Shaharyar M Khan, Francisco R Portell, Meiram Zh Shakenov, Patrick F Antkowiak, Bijoy Kundu, Nicholas Tustison, James P Bennett
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a generally fatal neurodegenerative disease of adults that produces weakness and atrophy due to dysfunction and death of upper and lower motor neurons. We used RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) to analyze expression of all mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-encoded respiratory genes in ALS and CTL human cervical spinal cords (hCSC) and isolated motor neurons. We analyzed with RNA-seq mtDNA gene expression in human neural stem cells (hNSC) exposed to recombinant human mitochondrial transcription factor A (rhTFAM), visualized in 3-dimensions clustered gene networks activated by rhTFAM, quantitated their interactions with other genes and determined their gene ontology (GO) families...
May 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511841/a-method-for-isolating-cortical-interneurons-sharing-the-same-birthdays-for-gene-expression-studies
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Hui Xuan Ng, Ean Phing Lee, Brenton L Cavanagh, Joanne M Britto, Seong-Seng Tan
The two neuronal populations in the cortex, pyramidal neurons and interneurons, can be separated based on neurotransmitter identity, however, within this segregation a large degree of diversity exists. Investigations into the molecular diversity of neurons are impeded by the inability to isolate cell populations born at different times for gene expression analysis. Developing interneurons may be distinguished by the expression of Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase-67 (GAD67). Neuronal birthdating using nucleoside analogs is an effective means of identifying coetaneous interneurons...
May 13, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506465/deconstructing-olfactory-stem-cell-trajectories-at-single-cell-resolution
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Russell B Fletcher, Diya Das, Levi Gadye, Kelly N Street, Ariane Baudhuin, Allon Wagner, Michael B Cole, Quetzal Flores, Yoon Gi Choi, Nir Yosef, Elizabeth Purdom, Sandrine Dudoit, Davide Risso, John Ngai
A detailed understanding of the paths that stem cells traverse to generate mature progeny is vital for elucidating the mechanisms governing cell fate decisions and tissue homeostasis. Adult stem cells maintain and regenerate multiple mature cell lineages in the olfactory epithelium. Here we integrate single-cell RNA sequencing and robust statistical analyses with in vivo lineage tracing to define a detailed map of the postnatal olfactory epithelium, revealing cell fate potentials and branchpoints in olfactory stem cell lineage trajectories...
April 28, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
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