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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339990/detecting-thresholds-for-bitter-umami-and-sweet-tastants-in-broiler-chicken-using-a-2-choice-test-method
#1
Shira L Cheled-Shoval, Naama Reicher, Masha Y Niv, Zehava Uni
The sense of taste has a key role in nutrient sensing and food intake in animals. A standardized and simple method for determination of tastant-detection thresholds is required for chemosensory research in poultry. We established a 24-h, 2-alternative, forced-choice solution-consumption method and applied it to measure detection thresholds for 3 G-protein-coupled receptor-mediated taste modalities-bitter, sweet, and umami-in chicken. Four parameters were used to determine a significant response: 1) tastant-solution consumption; 2) water (tasteless) consumption; 3) total consumption (tastant and water together); 4) ratio of tastant consumption to total consumption...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339662/hiv-1-proteins-influence-novelty-seeking-behavior-and-alter-region-specific-transcriptional-responses-to-chronic-nicotine-treatment-in-hiv-1tg-rats
#2
Zhongli Yang, Tanseli Nesil, Taylor Wingo, Sulie L Chang, Ming D Li
Introduction: Clinical studies suggest that HIV-1-infected patients are more likely to use or abuse addictive drugs than is the general population. We hypothesized that HIV-1 proteins impact novelty-seeking behavior and enhance the transcriptional response to nicotine in genes implicated in both novelty-seeking behavior and drug addiction. Methods: We assessed the effects of HIV-1 proteins on novelty-seeking behavior by comparing baseline activity differences of HIV-1Tg and F344 control rats in the open-field test...
February 17, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335551/molecular-basis-for-modulation-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-and-their-drug-actions-by-extracellular-ca-2
#3
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Juan Zou, Jason Y Jiang, Jenny J Yang
Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) associated with the slow phase of the glutamatergic signaling pathway in neurons of the central nervous system have gained importance as drug targets for chronic neurodegenerative diseases. While extracellular Ca(2+) was reported to exhibit direct activation and modulation via an allosteric site, the identification of those binding sites was challenged by weak binding. Herein, we review the discovery of extracellular Ca(2+) in regulation of mGluRs, summarize the recent developments in probing Ca(2+) binding and its co-regulation of the receptor based on structural and biochemical analysis, and discuss the molecular basis for Ca(2+) to regulate various classes of drug action as well as its importance as an allosteric modulator in mGluRs...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335277/receptor-meditated-endocytosis-by-hyaluronic-acid-superparamagnetic-nanovetor-for-targeting-of-cd44-overexpressing-tumor-cells
#4
Kwang Sik Yu, Meng Meng Lin, Hyun-Ju Lee, Ki-Sik Tae, Bo-Sun Kang, Je Hun Lee, Nam Seob Lee, Young Gil Jeong, Seung-Yun Han, Do Kyung Kim
The present report proposes a more rational hyaluronic acid (HA) conjugation protocol that can be used to modify the surface of the superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) by covalently binding the targeting molecules (HA) with glutamic acid as a molecular linker on peripheral surface of SPIONs. The synthesis of HA-Glutamic Acid (GA)@SPIONs was included oxidization of nanoparticle's surface with H₂O₂ followed by activation of hydroxyl group and reacting glutamic acid as an intermediate molecule demonstrating transfection of lung cancer cells...
August 18, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335269/galactosylated-liposomes-for-targeted-co-delivery-of-doxorubicin-vimentin-sirna-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#5
Hea Ry Oh, Hyun-Young Jo, James S Park, Dong-Eun Kim, Je-Yoel Cho, Pyung-Hwan Kim, Keun-Sik Kim
The combination of therapeutic nucleic acids and chemotherapeutic drugs has shown great promise for cancer therapy. In this study, asialoglycoprotein receptors (ASGPR) targeting-ligand-based liposomes were tested to determine whether they can co-deliver vimentin siRNA and doxorubicin to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) selectively. To achieve this goal, we developed an ASGPR receptor targeted co-delivery system called gal-doxorubicin/vimentin siRNA liposome (Gal-DOX/siRNA-L). The Gal-DOX/siRNA-L was created via electrostatic interaction of galactose linked-cationic liposomal doxorubicin (Gal-DOX-L) on vimentin siRNA...
July 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334599/aligning-a-synapse
#6
Daniel Kerschensteiner
Synaptic communication requires alignment of transmitter release sites with transmitter receptors. In this issue of Neuron, Wang et al. (2017) show that α2δ4 subunits link calcium channels to a trans-synaptic complex with glutamate receptors at the visual system's first synapse.
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334351/effects-of-antenatal-maternal-depressive-symptoms-and-socio-economic-status-on-neonatal-brain-development-are-modulated-by-genetic-risk
#7
Anqi Qiu, Mojun Shen, Claudia Buss, Yap-Seng Chong, Kenneth Kwek, Seang-Mei Saw, Peter D Gluckman, Pathik D Wadhwa, Sonja Entringer, Martin Styner, Neerja Karnani, Christine M Heim, Kieran J O'Donnell, Joanna D Holbrook, Marielle V Fortier, Michael J Meaney
This study included 168 and 85 mother-infant dyads from Asian and United States of America cohorts to examine whether a genomic profile risk score for major depressive disorder (GPRSMDD) moderates the association between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms (or socio-economic status, SES) and fetal neurodevelopment, and to identify candidate biological processes underlying such association. Both cohorts showed a significant interaction between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms and infant GPRSMDD on the right amygdala volume...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334294/an-examination-of-the-role-of-l-glutamate-and-inosine-5-monophosphate-in-hedonic-taste-guided-behavior-by-mice-lacking-the-t1r1-t1r3-receptor
#8
Ginger D Blonde, Alan C Spector
The heterodimeric T1R1 + T1R3 receptor is considered critical for normal signaling of L-glutamate and 5'-ribonucleotides in the oral cavity. However, some taste-guided responsiveness remains in mice lacking one subunit of the receptor, suggesting that other receptors are sufficient to support some behaviors. Here, mice lacking both receptor subunits (KO) and wild-type (WT, both n = 13) mice were tested in a battery of behavioral tests. Mice were trained and tested in gustometers with a concentration series of Maltrin-580, a maltodextrin, in a brief-access test (10-s trials) as a positive control...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334103/neuronal-and-peripheral-pentraxins-modify-glutamate-release-and-may-interact-in-blood-brain-barrier-failure
#9
Damian M Cummings, Tiffanie A Benway, Hinze Ho, Angelo Tedoldi, Monica M Fernandes Freitas, Lion Shahab, Christina E Murray, Angela Richard-Loendt, Sebastian Brandner, Tammaryn Lashley, Dervis A Salih, Frances A Edwards
Neuronal pentraxin 1 (NPTX1) has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease, being present in and around dystrophic neurons in plaques, affecting glutamatergic transmission postsynaptically and mediating effects of amyloidβ. Here, we confirm the presence of NPTX1 around plaques in postmortem Alzheimer's disease brain and report that acutely applied human NPTX1 increases paired-pulse ratio at mouse CA3-CA1 hippocampal synapses, indicating a decrease in glutamate release. In contrast, chronic exposure to NPTX1, NPTX2, or NPTX receptor decreases paired-pulse ratio, mimicking some of the earliest changes in mice expressing familial Alzheimer's disease genes...
February 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329674/%C3%AE-arrestin2-couples-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-to-neuronal-protein-synthesis-and-is-a-potential-target-to-treat-fragile-x
#10
Laura J Stoppel, Benjamin D Auerbach, Rebecca K Senter, Anthony R Preza, Robert J Lefkowitz, Mark F Bear
Synaptic protein synthesis is essential for modification of the brain by experience and is aberrant in several genetically defined disorders, notably fragile X (FX), a heritable cause of autism and intellectual disability. Neural activity directs local protein synthesis via activation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5), yet how mGlu5 couples to the intracellular signaling pathways that regulate mRNA translation is poorly understood. Here, we provide evidence that β-arrestin2 mediates mGlu5-stimulated protein synthesis in the hippocampus and show that genetic reduction of β-arrestin2 corrects aberrant synaptic plasticity and cognition in the Fmr1(-/y) mouse model of FX...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327612/endogenous-opioids-regulate-moment-to-moment-neuronal-communication-and-excitability
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Bryony L Winters, Gabrielle C Gregoriou, Sarah A Kissiwaa, Oliver A Wells, Danashi I Medagoda, Sam M Hermes, Neil T Burford, Andrew Alt, Sue A Aicher, Elena E Bagley
Fear and emotional learning are modulated by endogenous opioids but the cellular basis for this is unknown. The intercalated cells (ITCs) gate amygdala output and thus regulate the fear response. Here we find endogenous opioids are released by synaptic stimulation to act via two distinct mechanisms within the main ITC cluster. Endogenously released opioids inhibit glutamate release through the δ-opioid receptor (DOR), an effect potentiated by a DOR-positive allosteric modulator. Postsynaptically, the opioids activate a potassium conductance through the μ-opioid receptor (MOR), suggesting for the first time that endogenously released opioids directly regulate neuronal excitability...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326943/analgesia-induced-by-the-epigenetic-drug-l-acetylcarnitine-outlasts-the-end-of-treatment-in-mouse-models-of-chronic-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain
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Serena Notartomaso, Giada Mascio, Matteo Bernabucci, Cristina Zappulla, Pamela Scarselli, Milena Cannella, Tiziana Imbriglio, Roberto Gradini, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Ferdinando Nicoletti
Background L-acetylcarnitine, a drug marketed for the treatment of chronic pain, causes analgesia by epigenetically up-regulating type-2 metabotropic glutamate (mGlu2) receptors in the spinal cord. Because the epigenetic mechanisms are typically long-lasting, we hypothesized that analgesia could outlast the duration of L-acetylcarnitine treatment in models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Results A seven-day treatment with L-acetylcarnitine (100 mg/kg, once a day, i.p.) produced an antiallodynic effect in the complete Freund adjuvant mouse model of chronic inflammatory pain...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326937/the-dietary-constituent-resveratrol-suppresses-nociceptive-neurotransmission-via-the-nmda-receptor
#13
Shiori Takehana, Yoshiko Kubota, Nobuo Uotsu, Kei Yui, Koichi Iwata, Yoshihito Shimazu, Mamoru Takeda
Background Although we have previously reported that intravenous resveratrol administration inhibits the nociceptive neuronal activity of spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis neurons, the site of the central effect remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute intravenous resveratrol administration in the rat attenuates central glutamatergic transmission of spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis neurons responding to nociceptive mechanical stimulation in vivo, using extracellular single-unit recordings and microiontophoretic techniques...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
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
#14
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/28326439/a-distinct-functional-distribution-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-motoneurons-in-the-rat-trigeminal-motor-nucleus
#15
Yukako Morita-Isogai, Hajime Sato, Mitsuru Saito, Eriko Kuramoto, Dong Xu Yin, Takeshi Kaneko, Takashi Yamashiro, Kenji Takada, Seog Bae Oh, Hiroki Toyoda, Youngnam Kang
Gamma-motoneurons (γMNs) play a crucial role in regulating isometric muscle contraction. The slow jaw-closing during mastication is one of the most functional isometric contractions, which is developed by the rank-order recruitment of alpha-motoneurons (αMNs) in a manner that reflects the size distribution of αMNs. In a mouse spinal motor nucleus, there are two populations of small and large MNs; the former was identified as a population of γMNs based on the positive expression of the transcription factor estrogen-related receptor 3 (Err3) and negative expression of the neuronal DNA-binding protein NeuN, and the latter as that of αMNs based on the opposite pattern of immunoreactivity...
March 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325839/identification-and-characterization-of-rna-aptamers-a-long-aptamer-blocks-the-ampa-receptor-and-a-short-aptamer-blocks-both-ampa-and-kainate-receptors
#16
William J Jaremko, Zhen Huang, Wei Wen, Andrew Wu, Nicholas Karl, Li Niu
AMPA and kainate receptors, along with NMDA receptors, represent different subtypes of glutamate ion channels. AMPA and kainate receptors share a high degree of sequence and structural similarities, and excessive activity of these receptors has been implicated in neurological diseases such as epilepsy. Therefore, blocking detrimental activity of both receptor types could be therapeutically beneficial. Here, we report the use of an in vitro evolution approach involving systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment with a single AMPA receptor target (i...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324056/gabaergic-neurons-and-their-modulatory-effects-on-gnrh3-in-zebrafish
#17
Yanlong Song, Binbin Tao, Ji Chen, Shaoting Jia, Zuoyan Zhu, Vance L Trudeau, Wei Hu
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major amino acid neurotransmitter in the vertebrate brain. To provide detailed information on the distribution of the GABA in zebrafish (Danio rerio), neurons were labeled with mCherry driven by the glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (gad67) promoter. In the transgenic line Tg(gad67:mCherry), mCherry-positive gad67 cell bodies were predominantly localized to the olfactory bulb, pallial zones, subpallium zones, parvocellular preoptic nucleus, periventricular gray zone of optic tectum, torus semicircularis, posterior tuberculum, medial longitudinal fascicle, caudal zone of periventricular hypothalamus, and oculomotor nucleus...
January 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323968/impaired-glycine-mia-in-type-2-diabetes-and-potential-mechanisms-contributing-to-glucose-homeostasis
#18
Richard Yan-Do, Patrick E MacDonald
The onset and/or progression of type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be prevented if intervention is early enough. As such, much effort has been placed on the search for indicators predictive of pre-diabetes and disease onset or progression. An increasing body of evidence suggests that changes in plasma glycine may be one such biomarker. Circulating glycine levels are consistently low in patients with T2D. Levels of this non-essential amino acid correlate negatively with obesity and insulin resistance. Plasma glycine correlates positively with glucose disposal, and rises with interventions such as exercise and bariatric surgery that improve glucose homeostasis...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323963/an-antibody-to-notch2-reverses-the-osteopenic-phenotype-of-hajdu-cheney-mutant-male-mice
#19
Ernesto Canalis, Archana Sanjay, Jungeun Yu, Stefano Zanotti
Notch receptors play a central role in skeletal development and bone remodeling. Hajdu Cheney Syndrome (HCS), a disease characterized by osteoporosis and fractures, is associated with gain-of-NOTCH2 function mutations. To study HCS, we created a mouse model harboring a point 6955C>T mutation in the Notch2 locus upstream of the proline (P), glutamic acid (E), serine (S) and threonine (T) domain leading to a Q2319X change at the amino acid level. Notch2Q2319X heterozygous mutants exhibited cancellous and cortical bone osteopenia...
January 31, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323401/zinc-and-copper-effects-on-stability-of-tubulin-and-actin-networks-in-dendrites-and-spines-of-hippocampal-neurons
#20
Laura Perrin, Stephane Roudeau, Asuncion Carmona, Florelle Domart, Jennifer D Petersen, Sylvain Bohic, Yang Yang, Peter Cloetens, Richard Ortega
Zinc and copper ions can modulate the activity of glutamate-receptors. However, labile zinc and copper ions likely represent only the tip of the iceberg and other neuronal functions are suspected for these metals in their bound state. We performed synchrotron X-ray fluorescence imaging with 30 nm resolution to image total biometals in dendrites and spines from hippocampal neurons. We found that zinc is distributed all along the dendrites while copper is mainly pinpointed within the spines. In spines, zinc content is higher within the spine head while copper is higher within the spine neck...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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