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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453644/traitrateprop-a-web-server-for-the-detection-of-trait-dependent-evolutionary-rate-shifts-in-sequence-sites
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Eli Levy Karin, Haim Ashkenazy, Susann Wicke, Tal Pupko, Itay Mayrose
Understanding species adaptation at the molecular level has been a central goal of evolutionary biology and genomics research. This important task becomes increasingly relevant with the constant rise in both genotypic and phenotypic data availabilities. The TraitRateProp web server offers a unique perspective into this task by allowing the detection of associations between sequence evolution rate and whole-organism phenotypes. By analyzing sequences and phenotypes of extant species in the context of their phylogeny, it identifies sequence sites in a gene/protein whose evolutionary rate is associated with shifts in the phenotype...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453491/neurofibrillary-tangles-of-a%C3%AE-x-40-in-alzheimer-s-disease-brains
#2
Ana-María Lacosta, Daniel Insua, Hassnae Badi, Pedro Pesini, Manuel Sarasa
The two pathognomonic lesions in the brain of AD patients are senile plaques and intraneuronal neurofibrillary tangles (NFT). Previous studies have demonstrated that amyloid-β (Aβ) is a component of both senile plaques and NFTs, and have showed that intracellular accumulation of Aβ is toxic for cells and precedes the appearance of extracellular amyloid deposits. Here we report that there are numerous intraneuronal NFT and extraneuronal NFT immunoreactive for Aβx-40 in which there is no co-localization with tau staining suggesting the existence of two different neurodegenerating populations associated with the intracellular accumulation of either tau protein or Aβx-40 in AD...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453489/changes-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-peptides-due-to-tauopathy
#3
Petra Majerova, Peter Barath, Alena Michalicova, Stanislav Katina, Michal Novak, Andrej Kovac
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and progressive supranuclear palsy are two common neurodegenerative tauopathies, and the most common cause of progressive brain dementia in elderly affecting more than 35 million people. The tauopathies are characterized by abnormal deposition of microtubule associated protein tau into intracellular neurofibrillary tangles composed mainly of the hyperphosphorylated form of the protein. The diagnosis of tauopathies is based on the presence of clinical features and pathological changes...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453485/tau-oligomers-in-sera-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-and-aged-controls
#4
Michala Kolarova, Urmi Sengupta, Ales Bartos, Jan Ricny, Rakez Kayed
Although tau protein was long regarded as an intracellular protein with several functions inside the cell, new evidence has shown tau secretion into the extracellular space. The active secretion of tau could be a physiological response of neurons to increased intracellular amounts of tau during the progression of tau pathology. We looked for potential differences in the serum levels of toxic tau oligomers in regards to cognitive impairment of subjects. We detected tau oligomers in the serum of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, but they were also present to some extent in the serum of healthy older subjects where the levels positively correlated with aging (Spearman r = 0...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448048/time-resolved-electrospray-ionization-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry-for-studying-protein-structure-and-dynamics
#5
Cristina Lento, Shaolong Zhu, Kerene A Brown, Ruth Knox, Peter Liuni, Derek J Wilson
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) have long been a challenge to structural biologists due to their lack of stable secondary structure elements. Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange (HDX) measured at rapid time scales is uniquely suited to detect structures and hydrogen bonding networks that are briefly populated, allowing for the characterization of transient conformers in native ensembles. Coupling of HDX to mass spectrometry offers several key advantages, including high sensitivity, low sample consumption and no restriction on protein size...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441961/the-influence-of-insulin-resistance-on-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-pathology
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Sarah Westwood, Benjamine Liu, Alison L Baird, Sneha Anand, Alejo J Nevado-Holgado, Danielle Newby, Maria Pikkarainen, Merja Hallikainen, Johanna Kuusisto, Johannes R Streffer, Gerald Novak, Kaj Blennow, Ulf Andreasson, Henrik Zetterberg, Ulf Smith, Markku Laakso, Hilkka Soininen, Simon Lovestone
BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance (IR) has previously been associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), although the relationship between IR and AD is not yet clear. Here, we examined the influence of IR on AD using plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers related to IR and AD in cognitively healthy men. We also aimed to characterise the shared protein signatures between IR and AD. METHODS: Fifty-eight cognitively healthy men, 28 IR and 30 non-IR (age and APOE ε4 matched), were drawn from the Metabolic Syndrome in Men study in Kuopio, Finland...
April 26, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438658/antioxidants-reduce-neurodegeneration-and-accumulation-of-pathologic-tau-proteins-in-the-auditory-system-after-blast-exposure
#7
Xiaoping Du, Matthew B West, Qunfeng Cai, Weihua Cheng, Donald L Ewert, Wei Li, Robert A Floyd, Richard D Kopke
Cochlear neurodegeneration commonly accompanies hair cell loss resulting from aging, ototoxicity, or exposures to intense noise or blast overpressures. However, the precise pathophysiological mechanisms that drive this degenerative response have not been fully elucidated. Our laboratory previously demonstrated that non-transgenic rats exposed to blast overpressures exhibited marked somatic accumulation of neurotoxic variants of the microtubule-associated protein, Tau, in the hippocampus. In the present study, we extended these analyses to examine neurodegeneration and pathologic Tau accumulation in the auditory system in response to blast exposure and evaluated the potential therapeutic efficacy of antioxidants on short-circuiting this pathological process...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438486/pti-125-binds-and-reverses-an-altered-conformation-of-filamin-a-to-reduce-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
#8
Hoau-Yan Wang, Kuo-Chieh Lee, Zhe Pei, Amber Khan, Kalindi Bakshi, Lindsay H Burns
We show that amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ42) triggers a conformational change in the scaffolding protein filamin A (FLNA) to induce FLNA associations with α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). These aberrant associations respectively enable Aβ42's toxic signaling via α7nAChR to hyperphosphorylate tau protein, and TLR4 activation to release inflammatory cytokines. PTI-125 is a small molecule that preferentially binds altered FLNA and restores its native conformation, restoring receptor and synaptic activities and reducing its α7nAChR/TLR4 associations and downstream pathologies...
March 31, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435263/neuroprotection-against-apoptosis-of-sk-n-mc-cells-using-rmp-7-and-lactoferrin-grafted-liposomes-carrying-quercetin
#9
Yung-Chih Kuo, Chien-Wei Tsao
A drug delivery system of quercetin (QU)-encapsulated liposomes (LS) grafted with RMP-7, a bradykinin analog, and lactoferrin (Lf) was developed to permeate the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and rescue degenerated neurons, acting as an Alzheimer's disease (AD) pharmacotherapy. This colloidal formulation of QU-encapsulated LS grafted with RMP-7 and Lf (RMP-7-Lf-QU-LS) was used to traverse human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) regulated by human astrocytes (HAs) and to treat SK-N-MC cells after an insult with cytotoxic β-amyloid (Aβ) fibrils...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433262/primary-motor-cortex-alterations-in-alzheimer-disease-a-study-in-the-3xtg-ad-model
#10
E Orta-Salazar, A I Feria-Velasco, S Díaz-Cintra
INTRODUCTION: In humans and animal models, Alzheimer disease (AD) is characterised by accumulation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau protein, neuronal degeneration, and astrocytic gliosis, especially in vulnerable brain regions (hippocampus and cortex). These alterations are associated with cognitive impairment (loss of memory) and non-cognitive impairment (motor impairment). The purpose of this study was to identify cell changes (neurons and glial cells) and aggregation of Aβ and hyperphosphorylated tau protein in the primary motor cortex (M1) in 3xTg-AD mouse models at an intermediate stage of AD...
April 19, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432017/dual-functional-nanoparticles-for-precise-drug-delivery-to-alzheimer-s-disease-lesions-targeting-mechanisms-pharmacodynamics-and-safety
#11
Xiaoyao Zheng, Chi Zhang, Qian Guo, Xu Wan, Xiayan Shao, Qingfeng Liu, Qizhi Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by the cerebral accumulation of extracellular amyloid plaques. In a previous study, this histopathological hallmark was used as a target on a dual-functional nanoparticle (TQNP) to deliver biotechnological drugs, such as the H102 peptide, a β-sheet breaker, to AD lesions precisely. This delivery system could reduce the amyloid-β (Aβ) burden in the brains of AD model mice, as well as ameliorated the memory impairment of the mice...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431929/effects-of-naturally-occurring-charged-mutations-on-the-structure-stability-and-binding-of-the-pin1-ww-domain
#12
Xiaoya Qiao, Ying Liu, Liting Luo, Lei Chen, Caixian Zhao, Xuanjun Ai
Pin1 is a peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase, whose WW domain specifically recognizes the pSer/Thr-Pro motif. Pin1 is involved in multiple phosphorylation events that regulate the activities of various substrates, and Pin1 deregulation has been reported in various diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The WW domain of Pin1 has been used as a small model protein to investigate the folding mechanisms of the β-sheet structure by studying the effect of mutations or its naturally occurring variants...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431575/heterogeneous-ribonuclear-protein-a3-hnrnp-a3-is-present-in-dipeptide-repeat-protein-containing-inclusions-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-motor-neurone-disease-associated-with-expansions-in-c9orf72-gene
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Yvonne S Davidson, Louis Flood, Andrew C Robinson, Yoshihiro Nihei, Kohji Mori, Sara Rollinson, Anna Richardson, Bridget C Benson, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Stuart Pickering-Brown, Christian Haass, Tammaryn Lashley, David M A Mann
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) encompasses certain related neurodegenerative disorders which alter behaviour, personality and language. Heterogeneous ribonuclear proteins (hnRNPs) maintain RNA metabolism and changes in their function may underpin the pathogenesis of FTLD. Immunostaining for hnRNP A1, A2/B1 and A3 was performed on sections of temporal cortex with hippocampus from 61 patients with FTLD, stratified by pathological hallmarks into FTLD-tau and FTLD-TDP type A, B and C subtypes, and by genetics into patients with C9orf72 expansions, MAPT or GRN mutations, or those without known mutation...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430857/repurposed-drugs-targeting-eif2%C3%AE-p-mediated-translational-repression-prevent-neurodegeneration-in-mice
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Mark Halliday, Helois Radford, Karlijn A M Zents, Collin Molloy, Julie A Moreno, Nicholas C Verity, Ewan Smith, Catharine A Ortori, David A Barrett, Martin Bushell, Giovanna R Mallucci
Signalling through the PERK/eIF2α-P branch of the unfolded protein response plays a critical role in controlling protein synthesis rates in cells. This pathway is overactivated in brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and has recently emerged as a promising therapeutic target for these currently untreatable conditions. Thus, in mouse models of neurodegenerative disease, prolonged overactivation of PERK/eIF2α-P signalling causes sustained attenuation of protein synthesis, leading to memory impairment and neuronal loss...
April 19, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427866/effect-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-25-35-in-hyperglycemic-and-hyperinsulinemic-rats-effects-on-phosphorylation-and-o-glcnacylation-of-tau-protein
#15
Liliana Lozano, Jorge Guevara, Tony Lefebvre, Ivan Ramos-Martinez, Daniel Limón, Alfonso Díaz, Eduarda Cerón, Edgar Zenteno
Aggregation of the amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide and hyperphosphorylation of tau protein, which are markers of Alzheimer's disease (AD), have been reported also in diabetes mellitus (DM). One regulator of tau phosphorylation is O-GlcNAcylation, whereas for hyperphosphorylation it could be GSK3beta, which is activated in hyperglycemic conditions. With this in mind, both O-GlcNAcylation and phosphorylation of tau protein were evaluated in the brain of rats with streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia and treated with the Aß25-35 peptide in the hippocampal region CA1...
April 6, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424976/the-involvement-of-nr2b-and-tau-protein-in-mg132-induced-creb-dephosphorylation
#16
Min Xie, Yuan Li, Shao-Hui Wang, Qun-Tao Yu, Xin Meng, Xiao-Mei Liao
Transcription factor cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) plays a critical role in memory formation. Ubiquitin-proteasome system-dependent protein degradation affects the upstream signaling pathways which regulate CREB activity. However, the molecular mechanisms of proteasome inhibition on reductive CREB activity are still unclear. The current study demonstrated that MG132-inhibited proteasome activity resulted in a dose dependence of CREB dephosphorylation at Ser133 as well as decreased phosphorylation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunit NR2B (Tyr1472) and its tyrosine protein kinase Fyn (Tyr416)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424350/tau-haploinsufficiency-causes-prenatal-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-reduction-of-transcription-factor-orthodenticle-homeobox-2-expression
#17
Meige Zheng, Luyan Jiao, Xiaolu Tang, Xianhong Xiang, Xiaomei Wan, Yan Yan, Xingjian Li, Guofeng Zhang, Yonglin Li, Bin Jiang, Huaibin Cai, Xian Lin
Homozygous tau knockout (Mapt(-/-)) mice develop age-dependent dopaminergic (DA) neuronal loss in the substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA), supporting an important function of tau in maintaining the survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons (mDANs) during aging. However, it remains to be determined whether the microtubule-associated protein tau regulates the differentiation and survival of mDANs during embryonic developmental stages. Here, we show that tau haploinsufficiency in postnatal day 0 (P0) heterozygous (Mapt(+/-)) pups, but not a complete loss of tau in the Mapt(-/-) littermates, led to a significant reduction of DA neurons in the VTA...
April 19, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424326/anti-tau-antibody-administration-increases-plasma-tau-in-transgenic-mice-and-patients-with-tauopathy
#18
Kiran Yanamandra, Tirth K Patel, Hong Jiang, Suzanne Schindler, Jason D Ulrich, Adam L Boxer, Bruce L Miller, Diana R Kerwin, Gilbert Gallardo, Floy Stewart, Mary Beth Finn, Nigel J Cairns, Philip B Verghese, Ilana Fogelman, Tim West, Joel Braunstein, Grace Robinson, Jennifer Keyser, Joseph Roh, Stephanie S Knapik, Yan Hu, David M Holtzman
Tauopathies are a group of disorders in which the cytosolic protein tau aggregates and accumulates in cells within the brain, resulting in neurodegeneration. A promising treatment being explored for tauopathies is passive immunization with anti-tau antibodies. We previously found that administration of an anti-tau antibody to human tau transgenic mice increased the concentration of plasma tau. We further explored the effects of administering an anti-tau antibody on plasma tau. After peripheral administration of an anti-tau antibody to human patients with tauopathy and to mice expressing human tau in the central nervous system, there was a dose-dependent increase in plasma tau...
April 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423937/concordance-of-several-subcellular-interactions-initiates-alzheimer-s-dementia-their-reversal-requires-combination-treatment
#19
W J Fessel
The pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease involves multiple pathways that, at the macrolevel, include decreased proliferation plus increased loss affecting neurons, astrocytes, and capillaries and, at the subcellular level, involve several elements: amyloid/amyloid precursor protein, presenilins, the unfolded protein response, the ubiquitin/proteasome system, the Wnt/catenin system, the Notch signaling system, mitochondria, mitophagy, calcium, and tau. Data presented show the intimate, anatomical interactions between neurons, astrocytes, and capillaries; the interactions between the several subcellular factors affecting those cells; and the treatments that are currently available and that might correct dysfunctions in the subcellular factors...
May 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422052/folic-acid-reduces-tau-phosphorylation-by-regulating-pp2a-methylation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-mice
#20
Miaoyan Zheng, Chen Zou, Mengyue Li, Guowei Huang, Yuxia Gao, Huan Liu
High incidence rate of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is observed in patients with type 2 diabetes. Aggregated β-amyloid (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau are the hallmarks of AD. Hyperphosphorylated tau has been detected in diabetic animals as well as in diabetic patients. Folates mediate the transfer of one carbon unit, required in various biochemical reactions. The effect of folate on tau phosphorylation in diabetic models still remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect and mechanism of folic acid on hyperphosphorylation of tau in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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