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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168871/probing-impaired-neurogenesis-in-human-brain-organoids-exposed-to-alcohol
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Yujuan Zhu, Li Wang, Fangchao Yin, Yue Yu, Yaqing Wang, Matthew J Shepard, Zhengping Zhuang, Jianhua Qin
The fetal brain is highly vulnerable to ethanol exposure, which can trigger various long-term neuronal disabilities and cognitive dysfunctions. However, a comprehensive understanding of fetal brain development under ethanol exposure is challenging due to the limitations of animal models. Here, we propose a human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-based 3D brain organoid model, and explore the mechanisms underlying neural dysfunctions in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in vitro. Brain organoids were examined to resemble brain organogenesis in vivo at early stages during gestation, with specific features of neuronal differentiation, brain regionalization, and cortical organization...
November 23, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168523/electroconductive-nanoscale-topography-for-enhanced-neuronal-differentiation-and-electrophysiological-maturation-of-human-neural-stem-cells
#2
Kisuk Yang, Seung Jung Yu, Jong Seung Lee, Hak-Rae Lee, Gyeong-Eon Chang, Jungmok Seo, Taeyoon Lee, Eunji Cheong, Sung Gap Im, Seung-Woo Cho
Biophysical cues, such as topography, and electrical cues can provide external stimulation for the promotion of stem cell neurogenesis. Here, we demonstrate an electroconductive surface nanotopography for enhancing neuronal differentiation and the functional maturation of human neural stem cells (hNSCs). The electroconductive nanopatterned substrates were prepared by depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) with nanograting topographies (150 to 300 nm groove/ridge, the thickness of the groove - 150 μm) onto polymer surfaces...
November 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168031/neural-cells-generated-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-model-of-cns-involvement-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii
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Jitka Rybová, Jana Ledvinová, Jakub Sikora, Ladislav Kuchař, Robert Dobrovolný
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPSII) is a rare X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) gene (IDS, Xq28). MPSII is characterized by skeletal deformities, hearing loss, airway obstruction, hepatosplenomegaly, cardiac valvular disease, and progressive neurological impairment. At the cellular level, IDS deficiency leads to lysosomal storage of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), dominated by accumulation of dermatan and heparan sulfates. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) represent an alternative system that complements the available MPSII murine model...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167905/clinics-in-diagnostic-imaging-181-cervical-spine-perineural-cysts
#4
Wei Kiong Cheong, Bak Siew Steven Wong
A 47-year-old woman who underwent resection of known spinal meningioma at the T1 level returned for postoperative magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine. Incidentally, thin-walled structures with signal intensities that are similar to those of cerebrospinal fluid were found to be present in the left neural exit canal at the C7-T1 level and bilateral neural exit canals at the C6-7 level. Imaging findings were in keeping with perineural cysts. Cervical spine perineural cysts are likely underreported, as most of them are asymptomatic...
November 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167722/behavioral-cognitive-and-neural-markers-of-asperger-syndrome
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REVIEW
Farnaz Faridi, Reza Khosrowabadi
Asperger syndrome (AS) is a subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) characterized by major problems in social and nonverbal communication, together with limited and repetitive forms of behavior and interests. The linguistic and cognitive development in AS is preserved which help us to differentiate it from other subtypes of ASD. However, significant effects of AS on cognitive abilities and brain functions still need to be researched. Although a clear cut pathology for Asperger has not been identified yet, recent studies have largely focused on brain imaging techniques to investigate AS...
September 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167563/specification-of-murine-ground-state-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-regional-neuronal-populations
#6
Walaa F Alsanie, Jonathan C Niclis, Cameron P Hunt, Isabelle R De Luzy, Vanessa Penna, Christopher R Bye, Colin W Pouton, John Haynes, Jaber Firas, Lachlan H Thompson, Clare L Parish
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are a valuable tool for interrogating development, disease modelling, drug discovery and transplantation. Despite the burgeoned capability to fate restrict human PSCs to specific neural lineages, comparative protocols for mouse PSCs have not similarly advanced. Mouse protocols fail to recapitulate neural development, consequently yielding highly heterogeneous populations, yet mouse PSCs remain a valuable scientific tool as differentiation is rapid, cost effective and an extensive repertoire of transgenic lines provides an invaluable resource for understanding biology...
November 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166858/adage-signature-analysis-differential-expression-analysis-with-data-defined-gene-sets
#7
Jie Tan, Matthew Huyck, Dongbo Hu, René A Zelaya, Deborah A Hogan, Casey S Greene
BACKGROUND: Gene set enrichment analysis and overrepresentation analyses are commonly used methods to determine the biological processes affected by a differential expression experiment. This approach requires biologically relevant gene sets, which are currently curated manually, limiting their availability and accuracy in many organisms without extensively curated resources. New feature learning approaches can now be paired with existing data collections to directly extract functional gene sets from big data...
November 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166674/unpredictable-chronic-mild-stress-differentially-impairs-social-and-contextual-discrimination-learning-in-two-inbred-mouse-strains
#8
Michiel van Boxelaere, Jason Clements, Patrick Callaerts, Rudi D'Hooge, Zsuzsanna Callaerts-Vegh
Alterations in the social and cognitive domain are considered important indicators for increased disability in many stress-related disorders. Similar impairments have been observed in rodents chronically exposed to stress, mimicking potential endophenotypes of stress-related psychopathologies such as major depression disorder (MDD), anxiety, conduct disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Data from numerous studies suggest that deficient plasticity mechanisms in hippocampus (HC) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) might underlie these social and cognitive deficits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163818/pediatric-brain-tumor-cells-release-exosomes-with-a-mirna-repertoire-that-differs-from-exosomes-secreted-by-normal-cells
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Ágota Tűzesi, Teresia Kling, Anna Wenger, Taral R Lunavat, Su Chul Jang, Bertil Rydenhag, Jan Lötvall, Steven M Pollard, Anna Danielsson, Helena Carén
High-grade gliomas (HGGs) are very aggressive brain tumors with a cancer stem cell component. Cells, including cancer stem cells, release vesicles called exosomes which contain small non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs). These are thought to play an important role in cell-cell communication. However, we have limited knowledge of the types of exosomal miRNAs released by pediatric HGG stem cells; a prerequisite for exploring their potential roles in HGG biology. Here we isolated exosomes released by pediatric glioma stem cells (GSCs) and compared their repertoire of miRNAs to genetically normal neural stem cells (NSCs) exosomes, as well as their respective cellular miRNA content...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163787/neural-crest-derived-progenitor-cells-contribute-to-tumor-stroma-and-aggressiveness-in-stage-4-m-neuroblastoma
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Pedro Linares-Clemente, Diana Aguilar-Morante, Ismael Rodríguez-Prieto, Gema Ramírez, Carmen de Torres, Vicente Santamaría, Diego Pascual-Vaca, Ana Colmenero-Repiso, Francisco M Vega, Jaume Mora, Rosa Cabello, Catalina Márquez, Eloy Rivas, Ricardo Pardal
Pediatric tumors arise upon oncogenic transformation of stem/progenitor cells during embryonic development. Given this scenario, the existence of non-tumorigenic stem cells included within the aberrant tumoral niche, with a potential role in tumor biology, is an intriguing and unstudied possibility. Here, we describe the presence and function of non-tumorigenic neural crest-derived progenitor cells in aggressive neuroblastoma (NB) tumors. These cells differentiate into neural crest typical mesectodermal derivatives, giving rise to tumor stroma and promoting proliferation and tumor aggressiveness...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163097/the-role-of-motivation-in-cognitive-reappraisal-for-depressed-patients
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Xiaoxia Wang, Xiaoyan Zhou, Qin Dai, Bing Ji, Zhengzhi Feng
Background: People engage in emotion regulation in service of motive goals (typically, to approach a desired emotional goal or avoid an undesired emotional goal). However, how motives (goals) in emotion regulation operate to shape the regulation of emotion is rarely known. Furthermore, the modulatory role of motivation in the impaired reappraisal capacity and neural abnormalities typical of depressed patients is not clear. Our hypothesis was that (1) approach and avoidance motivation may modulate emotion regulation and the underlying neural substrates; (2) approach/avoidance motivation may modulate emotion regulation neural abnormalities in depressed patients...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163067/the-baf45d-protein-is-preferentially-expressed-in-adult-neurogenic-zones-and-in-neurons-and-may-be-required-for-retinoid-acid-induced-pax6-expression
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Chao Liu, Ruyu Sun, Jian Huang, Dijuan Zhang, Dake Huang, Weiqin Qi, Shenghua Wang, Fenfen Xie, Yuxian Shen, Cailiang Shen
Adult neurogenesis is important for the development of regenerative therapies for human diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) through the recruitment of adult neural stem cells (NSCs). NSCs are characterized by the capacity to generate neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. To identify key factors involved in manipulating the adult NSC neurogenic fate thus has crucial implications for the clinical application. Here, we report that BAF45D is expressed in the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the dentate gyrus, the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricle, and the central canal (CC) of the adult spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163030/tcf12-is-involved-in-early-cell-fate-determination-and-subset-specification-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons
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Simone Mesman, Marten P Smidt
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) protein family has previously been shown to be involved in the development of mesodiencephalic dopaminergic (mdDA) neurons in the murine midbrain. Specifically, Ngn2 and Mash1 are known to have a role in the specification of neural progenitors in the ventricular zone (VZ) of the midbrain towards an mdDA neuronal cell-fate. Furthermore, other members of the bHLH protein family, the E-box factors, are expressed in the developing midbrain and are thought to have a role in neuronal differentiation...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163026/generation-of-urine-cell-derived-non-integrative-human-ipscs-and-inscs-a-step-by-step-optimized-protocol
#14
Lin Cheng, Qiannan Lei, Chen Yin, Hui-Yun Wang, Kangxin Jin, Mengqing Xiang
Objective: Establishing a practical procedure to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) from human urine cells (UCs). In this report, we optimized a non-integrative protocol to generate patient-specific iPSC and iNSC lines with high reprogramming efficiency. Methods: UCs were electroporated with the pEP4-EO2S-ET2K and pEP4-M2L plasmids containing the OCT4, SOX2, KLF4, SV40LT, c-MYC, and LIN28 genes, and then cultured with N2B27 medium plus four small molecule compounds (A83-01, PD0325901, Thiazovivin, and CHIR99021)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162814/trkb-dependent-adult-hippocampal-progenitor-differentiation-mediates-sustained-ketamine-antidepressant-response
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Zhenzhong Ma, Tong Zang, Shari G Birnbaum, Zilai Wang, Jane E Johnson, Chun-Li Zhang, Luis F Parada
Adult neurogenesis persists in the rodent dentate gyrus and is stimulated by chronic treatment with conventional antidepressants through BDNF/TrkB signaling. Ketamine in low doses produces both rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in patients. Previous studies have shed light on post-transcriptional synaptic NMDAR mediated mechanisms underlying the acute effect, but how ketamine acts at the cellular level to sustain this anti-depressive function for prolonged periods remains unclear. Here we report that ketamine accelerates differentiation of doublecortin-positive adult hippocampal neural progenitors into functionally mature neurons...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162003/feedforward-approximations-to-dynamic-recurrent-network-architectures
#16
Dylan R Muir
Recurrent neural network architectures can have useful computational properties, with complex temporal dynamics and input-sensitive attractor states. However, evaluation of recurrent dynamic architectures requires solving systems of differential equations, and the number of evaluations required to determine their response to a given input can vary with the input or can be indeterminate altogether in the case of oscillations or instability. In feedforward networks, by contrast, only a single pass through the network is needed to determine the response to a given input...
November 21, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161639/specification-plasticity-and-evolutionary-origin-of-peripheral-glial-cells
#17
REVIEW
Maria Eleni Kastriti, Igor Adameyko
Peripheral glia includes predominantly myelinating and non-myelinating Schwann cells in addition to satellite, terminal and enteric glia as well as other unresolved subtypes with localized functions. Of these subtypes, all of them originate from neural crest-derived embryonic Schwann cell precursors (SCPs). Specific gene regulatory networks control neural crest specification and downstream events, including SCP differentiation and myelination. Embryonic SCPs are multipotent and generate neuroendocrine cells, parasympathetic and enteric neurons, melanocytes and other cell types...
November 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161257/regulation-of-camp-and-gsk3-signaling-pathways-contributes-to-the-neuronal-conversion-of-glioma
#18
Jinsoo Oh, Yongbo Kim, Lihua Che, Jeong Beom Kim, Gyeong Eon Chang, Eunji Cheong, Seok-Gu Kang, Yoon Ha
Glioma is the most malignant type of primary central nervous system tumors, and has an extremely poor prognosis. One potential therapeutic approach is to induce the terminal differentiation of glioma through the forced expression of pro-neural factors. Our goal is to show the proof of concept of the neuronal conversion of C6 glioma through the combined action of small molecules. We investigated the various changes in gene expression, cell-specific marker expression, signaling pathways, physiological characteristics, and morphology in glioma after combination treatment with two small molecules (CHIR99021, a glycogen synthase kinase 3 [GSK3] inhibitor and forskolin, a cyclic adenosine monophosphate [cAMP] activator)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161152/proliferative-cells-isolated-from-the-adult-human-peripheral-retina-only-transiently-upregulate-key-retinal-markers-upon-induced-differentiation
#19
Erik O Johnsen, Rebecca C Frøen, Ole Kristoffer Olstad, Bjørn Nicolaissen, Goran Petrovski, Morten C Moe, Agate Noer
Purpose/Aim: The adult human retina has limited regenerative potential, and severe injury will result in permanent damage. Lower vertebrates handle retinal injury by activating neural stem cells (NSCs) in the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ). Müller glia-like cells expressing markers of NSCs are also present in the peripheral retina (PR) of the adult human eye, leading to the hypothesis that a CMZ-like zone might exists also in humans. In order to shed further light on this hypothesis we investigated the in vitro differentiation potential of proliferative cells isolated from the adult human PR towards a retinal phenotype...
November 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160240/remapping-cortical-modulation-for-electrocorticographic-brain-computer-interfaces-a-somatotopy-based-approach-in-individuals-with-upper-limb-paralysis
#20
Alan D Degenhart, Shivayogi V Hiremath, Ying Yang, Stephen T Foldes, Jennifer L Collinger, Michael L Boninger, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Brain-computer interface (BCI) technology aims to provide individuals with paralysis a means to restore function. Electrocorticography (ECoG) uses disc electrodes placed on either the surface of the dura or the cortex to record field potential activity. ECoG has been proposed as a viable neural recording modality for BCI systems, potentially providing stable, long-term recordings of cortical activity with high spatial and temporal resolution. Previously we have demonstrated that a subject with spinal cord injury (SCI) could control an ECoG-based BCI system with up to three degrees of freedom [Wang et al...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
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