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Claudio Liguori, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Agostino Chiaravalloti, Giulia M Sancesario, Nicola B Mercuri, Flaminia Franchini, Orazio Schillaci, Giuseppe Sancesario
Late-life depression (LLD) and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) are the two most frequent neuropsychiatric disorders affecting elderly. LLD and AD may clinically present with depressive and cognitive symptoms. Therefore, when cognitive decline is coupled with depression in the elderly, the differential diagnosis between LLD and AD could be challenging. The aim of the present study was to evaluate in a population of elderly patients affected by depression and dementia the usefulness of CSF AD biomarkers (tau proteins and β-amyloid42 -Aβ42 ) and 2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission tomography (18FFDG-PET) in early differentiating LLD from AD...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Dewaele Aurélie, Persuy Marie-Annick, Badonnel Karine, Meunier Nicolas, Durieux Didier, Castille Johan, Favreau-Peigné Angélique, Baly Christine
Exposure to specific odorants in the womb during pregnancy or in the milk during early nursing is known to impact morpho-functional development of the olfactory circuitry of pups. This can be associated with a modification in olfactory sensitivity and behavioural olfactory-based preferences to the perinatally encountered odorants measured at birth, weaning or adult stage. Effects depend on a multitude of factors, such as odorant type, concentration, administration mode and frequency, as well as timing and mice strain...
March 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Xiaobin Huang, Janine N Post, Leilei Zhong, Jeroen Leijten, Staffan Larsson, Marcel Karperien, André Struglics
OBJECTIVE: To explore the involvement of the WNT and BMP antagonists Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK1), Frizzled-related protein (FRZB) and Gremlin 1 (GREM1) in knee injury and osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: The antagonists were immunoassayed in synovial fluid from a cross-sectional cohort of 9 knee healthy reference subjects, patients with recent (0-77 days, n=158) or old (1-37 years, n=50) knee injuries, and OA (n=22). Cartilage (ARGS-aggrecan, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein and C2C type II collagen) and other biomarkers were assessed in synovial fluid in a subset of samples...
March 8, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Jianli Feng, Lingling Dong, Jing Zhang, Xiaolei Han, Shi Tang, Lin Song, Lin Cong, Xiang Wang, Yongxiang Wang, Yifeng Du
KIBRA has been recognized as a memory-related gene, which is abundant in the brain and kidney of mammals. However, the expression pattern of KIBRA in the "second brain"-enteric nervous system (ENS) is still unknown, especially in neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we aimed to investigate the detailed expression pattern of KIBRA in the intestinal myenteric nerve plexus of APP/PS1 and wild type mice by whole mount staining technology. The deposition of Aβ and increased levels of phosphorylated Tau (p-Tau) and total Tau (T-Tau) protein were observed in the intestinal myenteric nerve plexus of APP/PS1 mice...
March 8, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Richard Salazar
INTRODUCTION: Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a prion disease characterized by rapidly progressive dementia, ataxia and myoclonus. Atypical phenotype masquerading as stroke, movement disorders or autoimmune encephalitis have been described. Here, I report a probable case of sCJD with an atypical presentation associated with anti-Zic4 antibody and review the literature of neuronal antibodies in CJD. CASE REPORT: A 70 year-old gentleman is admitted with a 2-month history of recurrent stroke-like symptoms associated with behavioral disturbances, gait ataxia and rapidly progressive dementia...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Hadas Biran, Tovi Almozlino, Martin Kupiec, Roded Sharan
Network propagation is a powerful tool for genetic analysis which is widely used to identify genes and genetic modules that underlie a process of interest. Here we provide a graphical, web-based platform ( in which researchers can easily apply variants of this method to datasets of interest using up-to-date networks of protein-protein interactions in several organisms.
March 7, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Romina M Lasagni Vitar, Julia Tau, Natasha S Janezic, Agustina I Tesone, Ailen G Hvozda Arana, Claudia G Reides, Alejandro Berra, Sandra M Ferreira, Susana F Llesuy
The aim of this study was to evaluate the time course of oxidative stress markers and inflammatory mediators in human conjunctival epithelial cells (IOBA-NHC) exposed to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) for 1, 3, and 24 h. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid and protein oxidation, Nrf2 pathway activation, enzymatic antioxidants, glutathione (GSH) levels and synthesis, as well as cytokine release and cell proliferation were analyzed. Cells exposed to DEP showed an increase in ROS at all time points...
March 7, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Diana A Olszewska, Terri McVeigh, Emer M Fallon, Gregory M Pastores, Tim Lynch
Genetics is the backbone of Neurology, where a number of disorders have a genetic aetiology and are complex, requiring a dedicated Neurogenetics clinic. Genetics in the Republic of Ireland is under-resourced, with the lowest number of consultants per million of population in Europe. In November 2014, we established the monthly adult Neurogenetics clinic in Ireland, staffed by 2 consultants and 2 registrars from each speciality. We see patients with complex rare neurological conditions that may potentially have an underlying genetic basis, in the presence or absence of a family history...
March 9, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Simona Daniele, Daniela Frosini, Deborah Pietrobono, Lucia Petrozzi, Annalisa Lo Gerfo, Filippo Baldacci, Jonathan Fusi, Chiara Giacomelli, Gabriele Siciliano, Maria Letizia Trincavelli, Ferdinando Franzoni, Roberto Ceravolo, Claudia Martini, Ubaldo Bonuccelli
Neurodegenerative disorders (NDs) are characterized by abnormal accumulation/misfolding of specific proteins, primarily α-synuclein (α-syn), β-amyloid1-42 (Aβ1-42 ) and tau, in both brain and peripheral tissues. In addition to oligomers, the role of the interactions of α-syn with Aβ or tau has gradually emerged. Nevertheless, despite intensive research, NDs have no accepted peripheral markers for biochemical diagnosis. In this respect, Red Blood Cells (RBCs) are emerging as a valid peripheral model for the study of aging-related pathologies...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Ahmed S Kamel, Noha F Abdelkader, Sahar S Abd El-Rahman, Marwan Emara, Hala F Zaki, Mahmoud M Khattab
Overactivation of angiotensin-converting enzyme/angiotensin 2/angiotensin receptor-1 (ACE/Ang2/AT1) axis provokes amyloid-β-induced apoptosis and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Moreover, activation of AT1 impairs the survival pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt). Interestingly, the coupling between ACE2/Ang(1-7)/Mas receptor (MasR) axis and PI3K/Akt activation opposes AT1-induced apoptosis. However, the effect of in vivo stimulation of MasR against AD and its correlation to PI3K/Akt is not yet elucidated...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Tsuneya Ikezu, Cidi Chen, Annina M DeLeo, Ella Zeldich, M Daniele Fallin, Nicholas M Kanaan, Kathryn L Lunetta, Carmela R Abraham, Mark W Logue, Lindsay A Farrer
We studied the effect of two rare mutations (rs144662445 and rs149979685) in the A-kinase anchoring protein 9 (AKAP9) gene, previously associated with Alzheimer disease (AD) in African Americans (AA), on post-translational modifications of AD-related pathogenic molecules, amyloid precursor protein (APP) and microtubule-associated protein Tau using lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) from 11 AA subjects with at least one AKAP9 mutation and 17 AA subjects lacking these mutations. LCLs were transduced by viral vectors expressing causative AD mutations in APP or human full-length wild type Tau...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Jun Cai, Hongxia Yang, Song Shi, Guohua Zhong, Xin Yi
The sterile insect technique (SIT) may reduce pest populations by allowing sufficient amount of irradiation-induced sterile males to mate with wild females whilst maintaining mating ability comparable to wild males. Although the SIT methods are well understood, the optimal sterilizing dose and processing development stage for application vary among species. To ensure effective pest control programs, effects of irradiation on physiology, behavior, and gene function in the target species should be defined, however, little is known about irradiation effects in Bactrocera tau ...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Mychal S Grames, Robert D Dayton, Kasey L Jackson, Adam D Richard, Xiaohong Lu, Ronald L Klein
Recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are a popular genetic approach in neuroscience because they confer such efficient transgene expression in the brain and spinal cord. A number of studies have used AAV to express pathological disease-related proteins in the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra in situ ( e.g., α-synuclein to model aspects of Parkinson's disease). The neuropathology and neurodegeneration of Parkinson's disease occur in a circumscribed pattern in the brain, and one of the most important goals of any gene transfer study is accurate, pinpoint targeting...
March 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Wei Wu, Bao-Hua Liu, Cheng-Long Xie, Xiao-Dong Xia, Yan-Mei Zhang
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) has been extensively reported to exert neuroprotective effects on the central nervous system. Oxidative stress may contribute to the underlying mechanisms causing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The effect of NAC against oxidative stress injury was investigated in a cellular model of AD in the present study and the underlying mechanisms were revealed. The neuroprotective action of NAC (1, 10, 100 and 1,000 µmol/l) on a cellular model of AD [hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)‑induced (3, 30 and 300 µmol/l) toxicity in primary rat hippocampus neurons] demonstrated the underlying mechanisms...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Elena Rodriguez-Vieitez, Agneta Nordberg
The recent progress in the development of in vivo biomarkers is rapidly changing how neurodegenerative diseases are conceptualized and diagnosed, and how clinical trials are designed today. Alzheimer's disease (AD)-the most common neurodegenerative disorder-is characterized by a complex neuropathology involving the deposition of extracellular amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins, accompanied by the activation of glial cells-astrocytes and microglia-and neuroinflammatory responses, leading to neurodegeneration and cognitive dysfunction...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Laura F Gumy, Casper C Hoogenraad
The polarized long-distance transport of neuronal cargoes depends on the presence of functional and structural axonal subcompartments. Given the heterogeneity of neuronal cargoes, selective sorting and entry occurs in the proximal axon where multiple subcellular specializations such as the axon initial segment, the pre-axonal exclusion zone, the MAP2 pre-axonal filtering zone and the Tau diffusion barrier provide different levels of regulation. Cargoes allowed to pass through the proximal axon spread into the more distal parts...
March 3, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Yasmina Talmat-Amar, Yoan Arribat, Marie-Laure Parmentier
Structural microtubule associated protein Tau is found in high amount in axons and is involved in several neurodegenerative diseases. Although many studies have highlighted the toxicity of an excess of Tau in neurons, the in vivo understanding of the endogenous role of Tau in axon morphology and physiology is poor. Indeed, knock-out mice display no strong cytoskeleton or axonal transport phenotype, probably because of some important functional redundancy with other microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs). Here, we took advantage of the model organism Drosophila , which genome contains only one homologue of the Tau/MAP2/MAP4 family to decipher (endogenous) Tau functions...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mar Pérez, Miguel Medina, Félix Hernández, Jesús Avila
The microtubule-associated protein Tau plays a crucial role in stabilizing neuronal microtubules. In Tauopathies, Tau loses its ability to bind microtubules, detach from them and forms intracellular aggregates. Increasing evidence in recent years supports the notion that Tau pathology spreading throughout the brain in AD and other Tauopathies is the consequence of the propagation of specific Tau species along neuroanatomically connected brain regions in a so-called "prion-like" manner. A number of steps are assumed to be involved in this process, including secretion, cellular uptake, transcellular transfer and/or seeding, although the precise mechanisms underlying propagation of Tau pathology are not fully understood yet...
March 5, 2018: Biomolecular Concepts
Alyssa Caplan, Gabe Marx, Jonathan Elofson, Claire Lis, Lea Grinberg, Bruce Miller, Howard Rosen
Neurodegenerative diseases are caused by aggregation of specific proteins that catalyze a cascade of changes that ultimately lead to neurodegeneration. This concept guides current diagnostic approaches, as well as clinical trials, that focus on detecting or removing amyloid or tau from the brain. The semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), a clinical syndrome associated with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) pathology, is usually associated with the molecular pathology TDP-C, but there are cases with TDP-B and Pick's disease...
March 6, 2018: Neurocase
A Borreca, V Latina, V Corsetti, S Middei, S Piccinin, F Della Valle, R Bussani, M Ammassari-Teule, R Nisticò, P Calissano, G Amadoro
The NH2 tau 26-44 aa (i.e., NH2 htau) is the minimal biologically active moiety of longer 20-22-kDa NH2 -truncated form of human tau-a neurotoxic fragment mapping between 26 and 230 amino acids of full-length protein (htau40)-which is detectable in presynaptic terminals and peripheral CSF from patients suffering from AD and other non-AD neurodegenerative diseases. Nevertheless, whether its exogenous administration in healthy nontransgenic mice is able to elicit a neuropathological phenotype resembling human tauopathies has not been yet investigated...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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