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Kai-Chih Hung, Hui-Ju Huang, Yi-Ting Wang, Anya Maan-Yuh Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and protein aggregation form a vicious cycle in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD); activated microglia is the main location of neuroinflammation. A Chinese medicine book, "Shanghan Lun", known as the "Treatises on Cold damage Diseases" has suggested that Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi is effective in treating CNS diseases. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms of baicalein, a phenolic flavonoid in the dried root of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, remain to be explored...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Angèle Nalbandian, Arif A Khan, Ruchi Srivastava, Katrina J Llewellyn, Baichang Tan, Nora Shukr, Yasmin Fazli, Virginia E Kimonis, Lbachir BenMohamed
Aberrant activation of the NOD-like receptor (NLR) family, pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, triggers a pathogenic inflammatory response in many inherited neurodegenerative disorders. Inflammation has recently been associated with valosin-containing protein (VCP)-associated diseases, caused by missense mutations in the VCP gene. This prompted us to investigate whether NLRP3 inflammasome plays a role in VCP-associated diseases, which classically affects the muscles, bones, and brain. In this report, we demonstrate (i) an elevated activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome in VCP myoblasts, derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) of VCP patients, which was significantly decreased following in vitro treatment with the MCC950, a potent and specific inhibitor of NLRP3 inflammasome; (ii) a significant increase in the expression of NLRP3, caspase 1, IL-1β, and IL-18 in the quadriceps muscles of VCP(R155H/+) heterozygote mice, an experimental mouse model that has many clinical features of human VCP-associated myopathy; (iii) a significant increase of number of IL-1β((+))F4/80((+))Ly6C((+)) inflammatory macrophages that infiltrate the muscles of VCP(R155H/+) mice; (iv) NLRP3 inflammasome activation and accumulation IL-1β((+))F4/80((+))Ly6C((+)) macrophages positively correlated with high expression of TDP-43 and p62/SQSTM1 markers of VCP pathology in damaged muscle; and (v) treatment of VCP(R155H/+) mice with MCC950 inhibitor suppressed activation of NLRP3 inflammasome, reduced the F4/80((+))Ly6C((+))IL-1β((+)) macrophage infiltrates in the muscle, and significantly ameliorated muscle strength...
October 11, 2016: Inflammation
Manmeet K Mamik, Elizabeth Hui, William G Branton, Brienne A McKenzie, Jesse Chisholm, Eric A Cohen, Christopher Power
Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enters the brain soon after seroconversion and induces chronic neuroinflammation by infecting and activating brain macrophages. Inflammasomes are cytosolic protein complexes that mediate caspase-1 activation and ensuing cleavage and release of IL-1β and -18 by macrophages. Our group recently showed that HIV-1 infection of human microglia induced inflammasome activation in NLRP3-dependent manner. The HIV-1 viral protein R (Vpr) is an accessory protein that is released from HIV-infected cells, although its effects on neuroinflammation are undefined...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
F Guerriero, C Sgarlata, M Francis, N Maurizi, A Faragli, S Perna, M Rondanelli, M Rollone, G Ricevuti
Due to an increasingly aging population, Alzheimer disease (AD) represents a crucial issue for the healthcare system because of its widespread prevalence and the burden of its care needs. Several hypotheses on AD pathogenesis have been proposed and current therapeutical strategies have shown limited effectiveness. In the last decade, more evidence has supported a role for neuroinflammation and immune system dysregulation in AD. It remains unclear whether astrocytes, microglia and immune cells influence disease onset, progression or both...
October 7, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Jie Ma, Wenjing Xiao, Junrui Wang, Juan Wu, Jiandong Ren, Jun Hou, Jianwen Gu, Kaihua Fan, Botao Yu
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that inflammatory response plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of secondary injury following blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI). Propofol, a lipid-soluble intravenous anesthetic, has been shown to possess therapeutic benefit during neuroinflammation on various brain injury models. Recent findings have proved that the NOD-like receptor family, pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome involved in the process of the inflammatory response following brain trauma, may probably be a promising target in the treatment of bTBI...
September 30, 2016: Inflammation
Haixiao Liu, Lei Zhao, Liang Yue, Bodong Wang, Xia Li, Hao Guo, Yihui Ma, Chen Yao, Li Gao, Jianping Deng, Lihong Li, Dayun Feng, Yan Qu
Pterostilbene (PTE), one of the polyphenols present in plants such as blueberries and grapes, has been suggested to have various effects, such as anti-oxidation, anti-apoptosis, and anti-cancer effects. Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a severe neurological event known for its high morbidity and mortality. Recently, early brain injury (EBI) has been reported to play a significant role in the prognosis of patients with SAH. The present study aimed to investigate whether PTE could attenuate EBI after SAH was induced in C57BL/6 J mice...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Vittorio Calabrese, James Giordano, Anna Signorile, Maria Laura Ontario, Sergio Castorina, Concetta De Pasquale, Gunter Eckert, Edward J Calabrese
Vascular dementia (VaD), considered the second most common cause of cognitive impairment after Alzheimer disease in the elderly, involves the impairment of memory and cognitive function as a consequence of cerebrovascular disease. Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is a common pathophysiological condition frequently occurring in VaD. It is generally associated with neurovascular degeneration, in which neuronal damage and blood-brain barrier alterations coexist and evoke beta-amyloid-induced oxidative and nitrosative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and inflammasome- promoted neuroinflammation, which contribute to and exacerbate the course of disease...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Ha Ram Bae, Dae Hyun Kim, Min Hi Park, Bonggi Lee, Min Jo Kim, Eun Kyeong Lee, Ki Wung Chung, Seong Min Kim, Dong Soon Im, Hae Young Chung
β-Hydroxybutyrate, a ketone body that is used as an energy source in organs such as the brain, muscle, and heart when blood glucose is low, is produced by fatty acid oxidation in the liver under the fasting state. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is linked with the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species and the accumulation of misfolded protein in the ER. ER stress is known to induce the NOD-like receptor protein 3 inflammasome, which mediates activation of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-1β, whose maturation is caspase-1-dependent...
September 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Keren Zhou, Ligen Shi, Yan Wang, Sheng Chen, Jianmin Zhang
Inflammasomes are multiprotein complexes that trigger the activation of caspases-1 and subsequently the maturation of proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1β and interleukin-18. These cytokines play a critical role in mediating inflammation and innate immunity response. Among various inflammasome complexes, the NLRP3 inflammasome is the best characterized, which has been demonstrated as a crucial role in various diseases. Here, we review recently described mechanisms that are involved in the activation and regulation of NLRP3 inflammasome...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Jorge Montesinos, Silvia Alfonso-Loeches, Consuelo Guerri
The innate immune response in the central nervous system (CNS) participates in both synaptic plasticity and neural damage. Emerging evidence from human and animal studies supports the role of the neuroimmune system response in many actions of ethanol (EtOH) on the CNS. Research studies have shown that alcohol stimulates brain immune cells, microglia, and astrocytes, by activating innate immune receptors Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and NOD-like receptors (inflammasome NLRs) triggering signaling pathways, which culminate in the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines that lead to neuroinflammation...
September 21, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Julia L Sobesky, Heather M D'Angelo, Michael D Weber, Nathan D Anderson, Matthew G Frank, Linda R Watkins, Steven F Maier, Ruth M Barrientos
The impact of the foods we eat on metabolism and cardiac physiology has been studied for decades, yet less is known about the effects of foods on the CNS, or the behavioral manifestations that may result from these effects. Previous studies have shown that long-term consumption of high-fat foods leading to diet-induced obesity sensitizes the inflammatory response of the brain to subsequent challenging stimuli, causing deficits in the formation of long-term memories. The new findings reported here demonstrate that short-term consumption of a high-fat diet (HFD) produces the same outcomes, thus allowing the examination of mechanisms involved in this process long before obesity and associated comorbidities occur...
July 2016: ENeuro
Guosheng Cao, Nan Jiang, Yang Hu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Guangyun Wang, Mingzhu Yin, Xiaonan Ma, Kecheng Zhou, Jin Qi, Boyang Yu, Junping Kou
Ruscogenin, an important steroid sapogenin derived from Ophiopogon japonicus, has been shown to inhibit cerebral ischemic injury. However, its potential molecular action on blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction after stroke remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effects of ruscogenin on BBB dysfunction and the underlying mechanisms in middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R)-injured mice and oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R)-injured mouse brain microvascular endothelial cells (bEnd...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ren-Hong Du, Fang-Fang Wu, Ming Lu, Xiao-Dong Shu, Jian-Hua Ding, Guangyu Wu, Gang Hu
Mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) has been well characterized to control the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and astrocytes are the major cells responsible for the ROS production and the inflammatory responses in the brain. However, the function of UCP2 in astrocytes and the contribution of astrocytic UCP2 to depression remain undefined. Herein, we demonstrated that UCP2 knockout (KO) mice displayed aggravated depressive-like behaviors, impaired neurogenesis, and enhanced loss of astrocytes in the chronic mild stress (CMS)-induced anhedonia model of depression...
August 18, 2016: Redox Biology
Liang Feng, Yizhao Chen, Rui Ding, Zhenghao Fu, Shuo Yang, Xinqing Deng, Jun Zeng
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2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Nikolett Lénárt, David Brough, Ádám Dénes
The role of inflammation in neurological disorders is increasingly recognised. Inflammatory processes are associated with the aetiology and clinical progression of migraine, psychiatric conditions, epilepsy, cerebrovascular diseases, dementia and neurodegeneration, such as seen in Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Both central and systemic inflammatory actions have been linked with the development of brain diseases, suggesting that complex neuro-immune interactions could contribute to pathological changes in the brain across multiple temporal and spatial scales...
October 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Xin Wei, Chen-Chen Hu, Ya-Li Zhang, Shang-Long Yao, Wei-Ke Mao
The aim of this study was to investigate the possible beneficial role of telmisartan in cerebral edema after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the potential mechanisms related to the nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor (NLR) pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation. TBI model was established by cold-induced brain injury. Male C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned into 3, 6, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h survival groups to investigate cerebral edema development with time and received 0, 5, 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg telmisartan by oral gavage, 1 h prior to TBI to determine the efficient anti-edemic dose...
August 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Andrea Santeford, Luke A Wiley, Sunmin Park, Sonya Bamba, Rei Nakamura, Abdelaziz Gdoura, Thomas A Ferguson, P Kumar Rao, Jun-Lin Guan, Tatsuya Saitoh, Shizuo Akira, Ramnik Xavier, Herbert W Virgin, Rajendra S Apte
Autophagy is critical for maintaining cellular homeostasis. Organs such as the eye and brain are immunologically privileged. Here, we demonstrate that autophagy is essential for maintaining ocular immune privilege. Deletion of multiple autophagy genes in macrophages leads to an inflammation-mediated eye disease called uveitis that can cause blindness. Loss of autophagy activates inflammasome-mediated IL1B secretion that increases disease severity. Inhibition of caspase activity by gene deletion or pharmacological means completely reverses the disease phenotype...
October 2, 2016: Autophagy
Jason H Melehani, Joseph A Duncan
Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive coccus that interacts with human hosts on a spectrum from quiet commensal to deadly pathogen. S. aureus is capable of infecting nearly every tissue in the body resulting in cellulitis, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, brain abscesses, bacteremia, and more. S. aureus has a wide range of factors that promote infection, and each site of infection triggers a different response in the human host. In particular, the different patterns of inflammasome activation mediate tissue-specific pathogenesis or protection in S...
2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Qi Wu, Xiao-Liang Wang, Qing Yu, Hao Pan, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Qing-Rong Zhang, Han-Dong Wang, Xin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) remains a devastating disease with significant morbidity and mortality. To date, clinical variables are still used to evaluate injury severity and prognosis. This study was designed to investigate the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammasome proteins as laboratory-based biomarkers of brain injury severity and outcome in SAH patients. METHODS: Ten control patients and 24 SAH patients were prospectively enrolled in this study...
October 2016: World Neurosurgery
Philippe Leff-Gelman, Ismael Mancilla-Herrera, Mónica Flores-Ramos, Carlos Cruz-Fuentes, Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda, María Del Pilar García-Cuétara, Marielle Danitza Bugnot-Pérez, David Ellioth Pulido-Ascencio
Major depression during pregnancy is a common psychiatric disorder that arises from a complex and multifactorial etiology. Psychosocial stress, sex, hormones, and genetic vulnerability increase the risk for triggering mood disorders. Microglia and toll-like receptor 4 play a crucial role in triggering wide and varied stress-induced responses mediated through activation of the inflammasome; this leads to the secretion of inflammatory cytokines, increased serotonin metabolism, and reduction of neurotransmitter availability along with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis hyperactivity...
August 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
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