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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
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Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213437/%C3%AE-synuclein-multiple-system-atrophy-prions
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Amanda L Woerman, Joel C Watts, Atsushi Aoyagi, Kurt Giles, Lefkos T Middleton, Stanley B Prusiner
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease arising from the misfolding and accumulation of the protein α-synuclein in oligodendrocytes, where it forms glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs). Several years of studying synthetic α-synuclein fibrils has provided critical insight into the ability of α-synuclein to template endogenous protein misfolding, giving rise to fibrillar structures capable of propagating from cell to cell. However, more recent studies with MSA-derived α-synuclein aggregates have shown that they have a similar ability to undergo template-directed propagation, like PrP prions...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170189/mesenchymal-stem-cells-yield-transient-improvements-in-motor-function-in-an-infant-rhesus-macaque-with-severe-early-onset-krabbe-disease
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Irina A Isakova, Kate C Baker, Jason Dufour, Donald G Phinney
Krabbe disease, or globoid cell leukodystrophy, is a rare disorder caused by deficient galactosylceramidase activity and loss of myelin-forming oligodendrocytes, resulting in progressive demyelination and severely impaired motor function. Disease symptoms in humans appear within 3-6 months of age (early infantile) and manifest as marked irritability, spasticity, and seizures. The disease is often fatal by the second year of life, with few effective treatment options. Herein we evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) administered intracranially to a 1-month-old rhesus macaque diagnosed with severe early-onset Krabbe disease that displayed neurologic and behavioral symptoms similar to those of human patients...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158198/cerebral-microbleeds-in-a-neonatal-rat-model
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Brianna Carusillo Theriault, Seung Kyoon Woo, Jason K Karimy, Kaspar Keledjian, Jesse A Stokum, Amrita Sarkar, Turhan Coksaygan, Svetlana Ivanova, Volodymyr Gerzanich, J Marc Simard
BACKGROUND: In adult humans, cerebral microbleeds play important roles in neurodegenerative diseases but in neonates, the consequences of cerebral microbleeds are unknown. In rats, a single pro-angiogenic stimulus in utero predisposes to cerebral microbleeds after birth at term, a time when late oligodendrocyte progenitors (pre-oligodendrocytes) dominate in the rat brain. We hypothesized that two independent pro-angiogenic stimuli in utero would be associated with a high likelihood of perinatal microbleeds that would be severely damaging to white matter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153739/the-challenge-of-regenerative-therapies-for-the-optic-nerve-in-glaucoma
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David J Calkins, Milos Pekny, Melissa L Cooper, Larry Benowitz
This review arose from a discussion of regenerative therapies to treat optic nerve degeneration in glaucoma at the 2015 Lasker/IRRF Initiative on Astrocytes and Glaucomatous Neurodegeneration. In addition to the authors, participants included Jonathan Crowston, Andrew Huberman, Elaine Johnson, Richard Lu, Hemai Phatnami, Rebecca Sappington, and Don Zack. Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease of the optic nerve, and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. The disease progresses as sensitivity to intraocular pressure (IOP) is conveyed through the optic nerve head to distal retinal ganglion cell (RGC) projections...
January 30, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153532/fty720-fingolimod-reverses-%C3%AE-synuclein-induced-downregulation-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-mrna-in-oln-93-oligodendroglial-cells
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Ismael Segura-Ulate, Barbara Yang, Javier Vargas-Medrano, Ruth G Perez
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a demyelinating neurodegenerative disorder characterized by accumulation of aggregated α-synuclein (aSyn) inside oligodendrocyte precursors, mature oligodendroglia, and neurons. MSA dysfunction is associated with loss of trophic factor production by glial and neuronal cells. Here, we report that recombinant wild type human aSyn uptake by OLN-93, an oligodendroglia cell-line, reduced brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression. Furthermore, OLN-93 cells stably transfected with human wild type or an MSA-associated mutant aSyn, A53E that produces neuronal and glial inclusions, reduced BDNF mRNA to nearly unmeasurable qPCR levels...
January 31, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153013/effects-of-dexamethasone-and-meloxicam-on-borrelia-burgdorferi-induced-inflammation-in-glial-and-neuronal-cells-of-the-central-nervous-system
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Geeta Ramesh, Alejandra N Martinez, Dale S Martin, Mario T Philipp
BACKGROUND: Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB), caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Previously, we reported that in a model of acute LNB in rhesus monkeys, treatment with the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone significantly reduced both pleocytosis and levels of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune mediators that were induced by Bb. Dexamethasone also inhibited the formation of inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and demyelinating lesions in the brain and spinal cord of these animals...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127945/in-vivo-conversion-of-astrocytes-to-myelinating-cells-by-mir-302-367-and-valproate-to-enhance-myelin-repair
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Maryam Ghasemi-Kasman, Leila Zare, Hossein Baharvand, Mohammad Javan
Enhancement of repair potential for degenerative brain diseases has been a research priority during recent years. Considering recent advancements in the field of direct transdifferentiation, conversion of astrocytes as a prominent component of glial scars to the progenitor cells that contribute to the repair mechanisms seems interesting. Recently, we have reported miR-302/367-mediated in vivo conversion of astrocytes into neuroblasts and neurons. In the current study, we used miR-302/367 and valproate (VPA) to show the possibility of conversion of astrocytes to oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and myelinating cells in a cuprizone (CPZ)-induced model of demyelination...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121007/nanotubes-impregnated-human-olfactory-bulb-neural-stem-cells-promote-neuronal-differentiation-in-trimethyltin-induced-neurodegeneration-rat-model
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H E Marei, A A Elnegiry, A Zaghloul, A Althani, N Afifi, A Abd-Elmaksoud, A Farag, S Lashen, S Rezk, Z Shouman, C Cenciarelli, Anwarul Hasan
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are multipotent self-renewing cells that could be used in cellular-based therapy for a wide variety of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's diseases (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Being multipotent in nature, they are practically capable of giving rise to major cell types of the nervous tissue including neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. This is in marked contrast to neural progenitor cells which are committed to a specific lineage fate...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099414/neurotoxic-reactive-astrocytes-are-induced-by-activated-microglia
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Shane A Liddelow, Kevin A Guttenplan, Laura E Clarke, Frederick C Bennett, Christopher J Bohlen, Lucas Schirmer, Mariko L Bennett, Alexandra E Münch, Won-Suk Chung, Todd C Peterson, Daniel K Wilton, Arnaud Frouin, Brooke A Napier, Nikhil Panicker, Manoj Kumar, Marion S Buckwalter, David H Rowitch, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Beth Stevens, Ben A Barres
Reactive astrocytes are strongly induced by central nervous system (CNS) injury and disease, but their role is poorly understood. Here we show that a subtype of reactive astrocytes, which we termed A1, is induced by classically activated neuroinflammatory microglia. We show that activated microglia induce A1 astrocytes by secreting Il-1α, TNF and C1q, and that these cytokines together are necessary and sufficient to induce A1 astrocytes. A1 astrocytes lose the ability to promote neuronal survival, outgrowth, synaptogenesis and phagocytosis, and induce the death of neurons and oligodendrocytes...
January 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093713/timing-of-future-remyelination-therapies-and-their-potential-to-stop-multiple-sclerosis-progression
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Burcu Zeydan, Moses Rodriguez, Orhun H Kantarci
Prior to the onset of demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS), early oligodendrocyte injury, axonal degeneration and astroglial scarring occur. The irreversible progressive phase of MS begins when the axonal loss threshold is reached. Progressive disease onset has the highest impact on a poor prognosis in MS. Conversion to progressive disease is essentially an age-dependent process independent of disease duration and initial disease course. Although prevention of relapses has been the primary approach in the disease management, incomplete recovery from even the first relapse correlates with the long-term neurodegenerative phenotype of progressive MS onset...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069797/oligodendrocyte-development-and-cns-myelination-are-unaffected-in-a-mouse-model-of-severe-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Ryan W O'Meara, Sarah E Cummings, Yves De Repentigny, Emily McFall, John-Paul Michalski, Marc-Olivier Deguise, Sabrina Gibeault, Rashmi Kothary
The childhood neurodegenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by loss-of-function mutations or deletions in the Survival Motor Neuron 1 (SMN1) gene resulting in insufficient levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Classically considered a motor neuron disease, increasing evidence now supports SMA as a multi-system disorder with phenotypes discovered in cortical neuron, astrocyte, and Schwann cell function within the nervous system. In this study, we sought to determine whether Smn was critical for oligodendrocyte (OL) development and central nervous system myelination...
January 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057080/combination-of-alpha-synuclein-immunotherapy-with-anti-inflammatory-treatment-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-multiple-system-atrophy
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Elvira Valera, Brian Spencer, Jerel A Fields, Ivy Trinh, Anthony Adame, Michael Mante, Edward Rockenstein, Paula Desplats, Eliezer Masliah
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the pathological accumulation of alpha-synuclein (α-syn) in oligodendrocytes. Therapeutic efforts to stop or delay the progression of MSA have yielded suboptimal results in clinical trials, and there are no efficient treatments currently available for MSA patients. We hypothesize that combining therapies targeting different aspects of the disease may lead to better clinical outcomes. To test this hypothesis, we combined the use of a single-chain antibody targeting α-syn modified for improved central nervous system penetration (CD5-D5) with an unconventional anti-inflammatory treatment (lenalidomide) in the myelin basic protein (MBP)-α-syn transgenic mouse model of MSA...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039536/cardiolipin-in-central-nervous-system-physiology-and-pathology
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Caitlin B Pointer, Andis Klegeris
Cardiolipin, an anionic phospholipid found primarily in the inner mitochondrial membrane, has many well-defined roles within the peripheral tissues, including the maintenance of mitochondrial membrane fluidity and the regulation of mitochondrial functions. Within the central nervous system (CNS), cardiolipin is found within both neuronal and non-neuronal glial cells, where it regulates metabolic processes, supports mitochondrial functions, and promotes brain cell viability. Furthermore, cardiolipin has been shown to act as an elimination signal and participate in programmed cell death by apoptosis of both neurons and glia...
December 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011150/piperlongumine-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-through-inhibition-of-nf-kappab-activity
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Sun Mi Gu, Jaesuk Yun, Dong Ju Son, Hoi Yeong Kim, Kyung Tak Nam, Hae Deun Kim, Min Gi Choi, Jeong Soon Choi, Young Min Kim, Sang-Bae Han, Jin Tae Hong
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease in which demyelination sporadically and repeatedly occurs in the central nervous system (CNS). The activity of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), a family of transcription factors, was increased in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and/or the serum and brain and/or spinal cord of MS patients than in a healthy donors. In our study, we investigated whether piperlongumine (PL), which is known to have inhibitory effect on activity of NF-κB, can alleviate an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
December 21, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007551/a-preliminary-investigation-of-phoshodiesterase-7-inhibitor-vp3-15-as-therapeutic-agent-for-the-treatment-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-mice
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R Martín-Álvarez, N Paúl-Fernández, V Palomo, C Gil, A Martínez, G Mengod
cAMP plays a significant role in signal transduction pathways controlling multiple cellular processes such as inflammation and immune regulation. cAMP levels are regulated by a family of phosphodiesterases (PDEs). We have studied the effects of a novel PDE7 inhibitor (PDE7i) treatment on mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) a model of multiple sclerosis (MS) and compared it with another PDE7i. EAE was induced by immunizing C57BL/6J mice with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG35-55) peptide...
March 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977664/lysosomal-re-acidification-prevents-lysosphingolipid-induced-lysosomal-impairment-and-cellular-toxicity
#17
Christopher J Folts, Nicole Scott-Hewitt, Christoph Pröschel, Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Mark Noble
Neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are severe and untreatable, and mechanisms underlying cellular dysfunction are poorly understood. We found that toxic lipids relevant to three different LSDs disrupt multiple lysosomal and other cellular functions. Unbiased drug discovery revealed several structurally distinct protective compounds, approved for other uses, that prevent lysosomal and cellular toxicities of these lipids. Toxic lipids and protective agents show unexpected convergence on control of lysosomal pH and re-acidification as a critical component of toxicity and protection...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911893/the-mitochondrial-m-aaa-protease-prevents-demyelination-and-hair-greying
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Shuaiyu Wang, Julie Jacquemyn, Sara Murru, Paola Martinelli, Esther Barth, Thomas Langer, Carien M Niessen, Elena I Rugarli
The m-AAA protease preserves proteostasis of the inner mitochondrial membrane. It ensures a functional respiratory chain, by controlling the turnover of respiratory complex subunits and allowing mitochondrial translation, but other functions in mitochondria are conceivable. Mutations in genes encoding subunits of the m-AAA protease have been linked to various neurodegenerative diseases in humans, such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and spinocerebellar ataxia. While essential functions of the m-AAA protease for neuronal survival have been established, its role in adult glial cells remains enigmatic...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899315/injury-stimulated-sonic-hedgehog-expression-in-microglia-contributes-to-neuroinflammatory-response-in-the-mptp-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jeong Hwi Lee, Young Cheul Chung, Eugene Bok, Hankyu Lee, Sue Hee Huh, Ji Eun Lee, Byung Kwan Jin, Hyuk Wan Ko
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder in which dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) region are selectively destroyed. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been well known to play a key role in a variety of processes such as embryogenesis, cell proliferation and protection, and tissue repair during inflammation. However, the evidences for the innate role of Shh in adult brain injury are presently lacking and studies have been needed to unveil the importance of Shh in the process of neurodegeneration...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858314/genetically-dissecting-p2rx7-expression-within-the-central-nervous-system-using-conditional-humanized-mice
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Michael W Metzger, Sandra M Walser, Fernando Aprile-Garcia, Nina Dedic, Alon Chen, Florian Holsboer, Eduardo Arzt, Wolfgang Wurst, Jan M Deussing
The purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) has attracted considerable interest as a potential target for various central nervous system (CNS) pathologies including affective and neurodegenerative disorders. To date, the distribution and cellular localization of the P2X7R in the brain are not fully resolved and a matter of debate mainly due to the limitations of existing tools. However, this knowledge should be a prerequisite for understanding the contribution of the P2X7R to brain disease. Here, we generated a genetic mouse model by humanizing the P2X7R in the mouse as mammalian model organism...
November 17, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
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