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Csaba Fekete, Csaba Vastagh, Ádám Dénes, Erik Hrabovszky, Gábor Nyiri, Imre Kalló, Zsolt Liposits, Miklós Sárvári
Microglia are instrumental for recognition and elimination of amyloid β1-42 oligomers (AβO), but the long-term consequences of AβO-induced inflammatory changes in the brain are unclear. Here, we explored microglial responses and transciptome-level inflammatory signatures in the rat hippocampus after chronic AβO challenge. Middle-aged Long Evans rats received intracerebroventricular infusion of AβO or vehicle for 4 weeks, followed by treatment with artificial CSF or MCC950 for the subsequent 4 weeks. AβO infusion evoked a sustained inflammatory response including activation of NF-κB, triggered microglia activation and increased the expression of pattern recognition and phagocytic receptors...
March 6, 2018: Neuroscience
Shalini Singh, Sushmita Jha
Nucleotide binding domain, leucine-rich repeat containing proteins (NLRs) are a family of pattern recognition receptors involved in major innate immune defense mechanisms. NLRs play a key role in several cancers, autoimmune, and inflammation-associated diseases. Association of NLRP3 has been widely investigated in neurodegenerative diseases, chronic alcoholism, depression, traumatic brain injury, and pathogenic infections. Several research studies have shown possible involvement of various other inflammasome-forming and non-inflammasome-forming NLRs in the brain; however, their mechanisms of action are yet to be defined clearly...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Biao Tang, Chang-Qing Deng
Pyroptosis is a form of inflammatory programmed cell death activated by caspase-1 and caspase-4/5/11, and involves in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and nervous system diseases. Pyroptosis is mediated by canonical inflammasome pathway and non-canonical inflammasome pathway. The canonical inflammasome pathway is activated in stroke and aggravates brain injury. Inhibition of inflammasome, caspase-1, IL-1β and IL-18 ameliorates brain injury. These studies indicate that canonical inflammasome pathway contributes to post-stroke brain injury, therefore, pyroptosis has become a potential therapeutic target for preventing excessive cell death during stroke...
February 25, 2018: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Sanaz Nasoohi, Saifudeen Ismael, Tauheed Ishrat
Neurological diseases, including acute attacks (e.g., ischemic stroke) and chronic neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's disease), have always been one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. These debilitating diseases represent an enormous disease burden, not only in terms of health suffering but also in economic costs. Although the clinical presentations differ for these diseases, a growing body of evidence suggests that oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in brain tissue significantly contribute to their pathology...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Yingjie Qi, Igor Klyubin, A Claudio Cuello, Michael J Rowan
Pro-inflammatory mechanisms have recently emerged as an important component of early Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. A particularly attractive therapeutic strategy is to selectively prevent the disruptive effects of activation of the innate immune system in the brain at an early transitional stage by reducing the production or directly neutralizing pro-inflammatory cytokines, in particular IL-1β and TNF-α. Here we tested their in vivo effects on synaptic plasticity deficits, which provide sensitive and robust measures of synaptic failure, in a rat model of AD amyloidosis...
February 22, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Chiara Grasselli, Daniela Ferrari, Cristina Zalfa, Matias Soncini, Gianluigi Mazzoccoli, Fabio A Facchini, Laura Marongiu, Francesca Granucci, Massimiliano Copetti, Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Francesco Peri, Lidia De Filippis
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation is pivotal to innate immunity and has been shown to regulate proliferation and differentiation of human neural stem cells (hNSCs) in vivo. Here we study the role of TLR4 in regulating hNSC derived from the human telencephalic-diencephalic area of the fetal brain and cultured in vitro as neurospheres in compliance with Good Manifacture Procedures (GMP) guidelines. Similar batches have been used in recent clinical trials in ALS patients. We found that TLR2 and 4 are expressed in hNSCs as well as CD14 and MD-2 co-receptors, and TLR4 expression is downregulated upon differentiation...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Stephanie W Lee, Shyam Gajavelli, Markus S Spurlock, Cody Andreoni, Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, M Ross Bullock, Robert W Keane, W Dalton Dietrich
Penetrating traumatic brain injury (PTBI) is a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Inflammasomes are one of the key regulators of the interleukin (IL)-1β mediated inflammatory responses after traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, the contribution of inflammasome signaling after PTBI has not been determined. In this study, adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to sham procedures or penetrating ballistic-like brain injury (PBBI) and sacrificed at various time points. Tissues were assessed by immunoblot analysis for expression of IL-1β, IL-18 and components of the inflammasome: apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase-activation and recruitment domain (ASC), caspase-1, X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP), NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3), and gasdermin-D (GSDMD)...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Allen D DeSena, Thuy Do, Grant S Schulert
BACKGROUND: Autoinflammatory disorders are distinguished by seemingly random episodes of systemic hyperinflammation, driven in particular by IL-1. Recent pre-clinical work has shown a key role for IL-1 in epilepsy in animal models, and therapies for autoinflammation including IL-1 blockade are proposed for refractory epilepsy. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report an adolescent female with signs of persistent systemic inflammation and epilepsy unresponsive to multiple anti-epileptic drugs (AED)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Lu Wen, Qiu-Shuang Zhang, Yang Heng, Ying Chen, Shuo Wang, Yu-He Yuan, Nai-Hong Chen
Ample evidence shows that Parkinson's disease (PD) is more than simply a central nervous system (CNS) disorder: the immune system appears to participate in PD pathogenesis. Extracellular misfolded α-synuclein (α-syn) may trigger an inflammatory response in the brain. Abnormal immune responses are involved in the development of PD, but little is known about the relationship between the thymus malfunction and the pathogenesis of PD. The present study investigated 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced impairment in thymus and explored possible mechanisms involved in PD pathogenesis...
February 5, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Di Chen, Brandon J Dixon, Desislava M Doycheva, Bo Li, Yang Zhang, Qin Hu, Yue He, Zongduo Guo, Derek Nowrangi, Jerry Flores, Valery Filippov, John H Zhang, Jiping Tang
BACKGROUND: The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is responsible for the control of correct protein folding and protein function which is crucial for cell survival. However, under pathological conditions, such as hypoxia-ischemia (HI), there is an accumulation of unfolded proteins thereby triggering the unfolded protein response (UPR) and causing ER stress which is associated with activation of several stress sensor signaling pathways, one of them being the inositol requiring enzyme-1 alpha (IRE1α) signaling pathway...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Timothy A Simeone, Kristina A Simeone, Carl E Stafstrom, Jong M Rho
Although the mechanisms underlying the anti-seizure effects of the high-fat ketogenic diet (KD) remain unclear, a long-standing question has been whether ketone bodies (i.e., beta-hydroxybutyrate [BHB], acetoacetate [ACA] and acetone), either alone or in combination, contribute mechanistically. The traditional belief has been that while ketone bodies reflect enhanced fatty acid oxidation and a general shift toward intermediary metabolism, they are not likely to be the key mediators of the KD's clinical effects, as blood levels of BHB do not correlate consistently with improved seizure control...
January 8, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yicong Wei, Jianxiong Chen, Yonghong Hu, Wei Lu, Xiaoqin Zhang, Ruiguo Wang, Kedan Chu
The excessive activation of microglia plays a key role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. The neuroprotective properties of rosmarinic acid have been reported in a variety of disease models both in vitro and in vivo; however, the mechanism underlying its anti-neuroinflammatory activity has not been clearly elucidated. In the present study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of rosmarinic acid in conditions of neuroinflammatory injury in vitro and in vivo. The results indicated that rosmarinic acid reduced the expression of CD11b, a marker of microglia and macrophages, in the brain and dramatically inhibited the levels of inflammatory cytokines and mediators, such as TNFα, IL-6, IL-1β, COX-2, and iNOS, in a dose-dependent manner both in vitro and in vivo...
January 9, 2018: Inflammation
Wenbiao Wang, Geng Li, De Wu, Zhen Luo, Pan Pan, Mingfu Tian, Yingchong Wang, Feng Xiao, Aixin Li, Kailang Wu, Xiaohong Liu, Lang Rao, Fang Liu, Yingle Liu, Jianguo Wu
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a public health emergency and host innate immunity is essential for the control of virus infection. The NLRP3 inflammasome plays a key role in host innate immune responses by activating caspase-1 to facilitate interleukin-1β (IL-1β) secretion. Here we report that ZIKV stimulates IL-1β secretion in infected patients, human PBMCs and macrophages, mice, and mice BMDCs. The knockdown of NLRP3 in cells and knockout of NLRP3 in mice inhibit ZIKV-mediated IL-1β secretion, indicating an essential role for NLRP3 in ZIKV-induced IL-1β activation...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Elena D Osipova, Oxana V Semyachkina-Glushkovskaya, Andrey V Morgun, Natalia V Pisareva, Natalia A Malinovskaya, Elizaveta B Boitsova, Elena A Pozhilenkova, Olga A Belova, Vladimir V Salmin, Tatiana E Taranushenko, Mami Noda, Alla B Salmina
The contribution of astrocytes and microglia to the regulation of neuroplasticity or neurovascular unit (NVU) is based on the coordinated secretion of gliotransmitters and cytokines and the release and uptake of metabolites. Blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity and angiogenesis are influenced by perivascular cells contacting with the abluminal side of brain microvessel endothelial cells (pericytes, astrocytes) or by immune cells existing (microglia) or invading the NVU (macrophages) under pathologic conditions...
January 8, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
Tian Wang, Derek Nowrangi, Lingyan Yu, Tai Lu, Jiping Tang, Bing Han, Yuxin Ding, Fenghua Fu, John H Zhang
BACKGROUND: Inflammasomes are involved in diverse inflammatory diseases. Previous study reported that the neurotransmitter dopamine inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome activation via dopamine D1 receptor (DRD1). The present study aims to investigate the role of DRD1 on neuroinflammation in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) mice and the potential mechanism mediated by NLRP3 inhibition. METHODS: One hundred and six male CD-1 mice were subjected to intrastriatal injection of bacterial collagenase or PBS...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Saifudeen Ismael, Sanaz Nasoohi, Tauheed Ishrat
NNucleotide oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor protein-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome may intimately contribute to sustaining damage following traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study aims to examine whether specific modulation of NLPR3 inflammasome by MCC950, a novel selective NLRP3 inhibitor confers protection after experimental TBI. Unilateral cortical impact injury was induced in young adult C57BL/6 mice. MCC950 (50 mg/kg, i.p.) or saline was administration at 1 h and 3 h post TBI. Animals were tested for neurological function, and then sacrificed for edema at 24 or 72 h post TBI...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Christian Madry, Vasiliki Kyrargyri, I Lorena Arancibia-Cárcamo, Renaud Jolivet, Shinichi Kohsaka, Robert M Bryan, David Attwell
Microglia exhibit two modes of motility: they constantly extend and retract their processes to survey the brain, but they also send out targeted processes to envelop sites of tissue damage. We now show that these motility modes differ mechanistically. We identify the two-pore domain channel THIK-1 as the main K+ channel expressed in microglia in situ. THIK-1 is tonically active, and its activity is potentiated by P2Y12 receptors. Inhibiting THIK-1 function pharmacologically or by gene knockout depolarizes microglia, which decreases microglial ramification and thus reduces surveillance, whereas blocking P2Y12 receptors does not affect membrane potential, ramification, or surveillance...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
Cira Dansokho, Michael Thomas Heneka
Neuroinflammatory responses in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are complex and not fully understood. They involve various cellular and molecular players and associate interaction between the central nervous system (CNS) and the periphery. Amyloid peptides within the senile plaques and abnormally phosphorylated tau in neurofibrillary tangles are able to initiate inflammatory responses, in brain of AD patients and in mouse models of this disease. The outcome of these responses on the pathophysiology of AD depends on several factors and can be either beneficial or detrimental...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
Keren Zhou, Budbazar Enkhjargal, Zhiyi Xie, Chengmei Sun, Lingyun Wu, Jay Malaguit, Sheng Chen, Jiping Tang, Jianmin Zhang, John H Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The NLRP3 (nucleotide binding and oligomerization domain-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing 3) inflammasome is a crucial component of the inflammatory response in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In this study, we investigated a role of dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) in lysosomal rupture, NLRP3 activation, and determined the underlying pathway. METHODS: SAH was induced by endovascular perforation in male Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Patrick E Georgoff, Vahagn C Nikolian, Gerald Higgins, Kiril Chtraklin, Hassan Eidy, Mohamed H Ghandour, Aaron Williams, Brian Athey, Hasan B Alam
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is a histone deacetylase inhibitor that improves outcomes in large animal models of trauma. However, its protective mechanism of action is not completely understood. We sought to characterize the genetic changes induced by VPA treatment following traumatic injuries. METHODS: Six female Yorkshire swine were subjected to traumatic brain injury (TBI, controlled cortical impact), polytrauma (liver and splenic laceration, rib fracture, rectus crush), and hemorrhagic shock (HS, 40% total blood volume)...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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