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Hong Zhang, Peng He, Rongzhong Huang, Lin Sun, Siwen Liu, Jingjing Zhou, Yujie Guo, Deyu Yang, Peng Xie
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are recognized as important regulators of gene expression via translational depression or mRNA degradation. Previously, dysregulated miRNAs have been found in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. Borna disease virus (BDV) is a neurotropic, negative single‑stranded RNA virus, which may be a cause of human neuropsychiatric disease. BDV is regarded as an ideal model to analyze the molecular mechanisms of mental disorders caused by viral infection. In the present study, 10 miRNAs were dysregulated in human oligodendrocytes (OL cells) infected with the BDV strain, Hu‑H1 (OL/BDV)...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jeremy S Francis, Ireneusz Wojtas, Vladimir Markov, Steven J Gray, Thomas J McCown, R Jude Samulski, Larissa T Bilaniuk, Dah-Jyuu Wang, Darryl C De Vivo, Christopher G Janson, Paola Leone
Breakdown of neuro-glial N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) metabolism results in the failure of developmental myelination, manifest in the congenital pediatric leukodystrophy Canavan disease caused by mutations to the sole NAA catabolizing enzyme aspartoacylase. Canavan disease is a major point of focus for efforts to define NAA function, with available evidence suggesting NAA serves as an acetyl donor for fatty acid synthesis during myelination. Elevated NAA is a diagnostic hallmark of Canavan disease, which contrasts with a broad spectrum of alternative neurodegenerative contexts in which levels of NAA are inversely proportional to pathological progression...
October 4, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
Adrián Sandoval-Hernández, María José Contreras, Jenny Jaramillo, Gonzalo Arboleda
During development and through adulthood, differentiation of diverse cell types is controlled by specific genetic and molecular programs for which transcription factors are master regulators of gene expression. Here, we present an overview of the role of nuclear receptors and their selective pharmacological modulators in oligodendrocytes linage, their role in myelination and remyelination and their potential use as a therapeutic strategy for demyelinating diseases. We discuss several aspects of nuclear receptors including: (1) the biochemistry of nuclear receptors superfamily; (2) their role on stem cells physiology, focusing in differentiation and cell removal; (3) the role of nuclear receptor in the oligodendrocytes cell linage, from oligodendrocyte progenitors cells to mature myelinating cells; and (4) the therapeutics opportunities of nuclear receptors for specific demyelinating diseases...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Rommy von Bernhardi, Florencia Heredia, Nicole Salgado, Paola Muñoz
The activation of microglia has been recognized for over a century by their morphological changes. Long slender microglia acquire a short sturdy ramified shape when activated. During the past 20 years, microglia have been accepted as an essential cellular component for understanding the pathogenic mechanism of many brain diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases. More recently, functional studies and imaging in mouse models indicate that microglia are active in the healthy central nervous system. It has become evident that microglia release several signal molecules that play key roles in the crosstalk among brain cells, i...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Davide Lecca, Davide Marangon, Giusy T Coppolino, Aida Menéndez Méndez, Annamaria Finardi, Gloria Dalla Costa, Vittorio Martinelli, Roberto Furlan, Maria P Abbracchio
In the mature central nervous system (CNS), oligodendrocytes provide support and insulation to axons thanks to the production of a myelin sheath. During their maturation to myelinating cells, oligodendroglial precursors (OPCs) follow a very precise differentiation program, which is finely orchestrated by transcription factors, epigenetic factors and microRNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNAs involved in post-transcriptional regulation. Any alterations in this program can potentially contribute to dysregulated myelination, impaired remyelination and neurodegenerative conditions, as it happens in multiple sclerosis (MS)...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zdenek Rohan, Ivan Milenkovic, Mirjam I Lutz, Radoslav Matej, Gabor G Kovacs
Pathological protein deposits in oligodendroglia are common but variable features of various neurodegenerative conditions. To evaluate oligodendrocyte response in neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) with different extents of oligodendroglial protein deposition we performed immunostaining for tubulin polymerization-promoting protein p25α (TPPP/p25α), α-synuclein (α-syn), phospho-tau, ubiquitin, myelin basic protein, and the microglial marker HLA-DR. We investigated cases of multiple system atrophy ([MSA] n = 10), Lewy body disease ([LBD] n = 10), globular glial tauopathy ([GGT] n = 7) and progressive supranuclear palsy ([PSP] n = 10)...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Joel Kaye, Victor Piryatinsky, Tal Birnberg, Tal Hingaly, Emanuel Raymond, Rina Kashi, Einat Amit-Romach, Ignacio S Caballero, Fadi Towfic, Mark A Ator, Efrat Rubinstein, Daphna Laifenfeld, Aric Orbach, Doron Shinar, Yael Marantz, Iris Grossman, Volker Knappertz, Michael R Hayden, Ralph Laufer
Laquinimod is an oral drug currently being evaluated for the treatment of relapsing, remitting, and primary progressive multiple sclerosis and Huntington's disease. Laquinimod exerts beneficial activities on both the peripheral immune system and the CNS with distinctive changes in CNS resident cell populations, especially astrocytes and microglia. Analysis of genome-wide expression data revealed activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) pathway in laquinimod-treated mice. The AhR pathway modulates the differentiation and function of several cell populations, many of which play an important role in neuroinflammation...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Antoine Marteyn, Anne Baron-Van Evercooren
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD) is a severe hypomyelinating leukodystrophy resulting from proteolipid protein 1 gene (PLP1) mutations leading to oligodendrocyte loss. While neuroinflammation has recently become a common feature and actor in neurodegenerative diseases, the involvement of inflammation in PMD physiopathology is still highly debated despite evidence for strong astrogliosis and microglial cell activation. Activation of the innate immune system, and more particularly, of microglia and astrocytes, is mostly associated with the deleterious role of neuroinflammation...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
T Draheim, A Liessem, M Scheld, F Wilms, M Weißflog, B Denecke, T W Kensler, A Zendedel, C Beyer, M Kipp, C J Wruck, A Fragoulis, T Clarner
Oxidative stress critically contributes to the pathogenesis of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Astrocytes are the main regulators of oxidative homeostasis in the brain and dysregulation of these cells likely contributes to the accumulation of oxidative damage. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is the main transcriptional regulator of the anti-oxidant stress defense. In this study, we elucidate the effects of astrocytic Nrf2-activation on brain-intrinsic inflammation and lesion development...
September 19, 2016: Glia
Rosanna Avola, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Giovanna Pannuzzo, Elisa Alvares, Venera Cardile
This Review describes some in vitro approaches used to investigate the mechanisms involved in Krabbe's disease, with particular regard to the cellular systems employed to study processes of inflammation, apoptosis, and angiogenesis. The aim was to update the knowledge on the results obtained from in vitro models of this neurodegenerative disorder and provide stimuli for future research. For a long time, the nonavailability of established neural cells has limited the understanding of neuropathogenic mechanisms in Krabbe's leukodystrophy...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Subha Karumuthil-Melethil, Michael S Marshall, Clifford Heindel, Benas Jakubauskas, Ernesto R Bongarzone, Steven J Gray
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD), or Krabbe disease, is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease caused by the deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme galactocerebrosidase (GALC). Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) provides modest benefit in presymptomatic patients but is well short of a cure. Gene transfer experiments using viral vectors have shown some success in extending the survival in the mouse model of GLD, twitcher mice. The present study compares three single-stranded (ss) AAV serotypes, two natural and one engineered (with oligodendrocyte tropism), and a self-complementary (sc) AAV vector, all packaged with a codon-optimized murine GALC gene...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow
Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, remain a major unmet clinical need. Moderate to severe TBI can be diagnosed definitively by clinical assessment and standard neuroimaging techniques that detect the gross damage to the brain parenchyma. Diagnostic tools for mild TBI are lacking and, currently, the diagnosis has to be made on clinical grounds alone, because most patients show no gross pathological changes on CT. Most patients with mild TBI recover quickly, but about 15% develop an ill-defined condition called postconcussive syndrome (PCS)...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
K Magalon, M Le Grand, B El Waly, M Moulis, R Pruss, T Bordet, M Cayre, P Belenguer, M Carré, P Durbec
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by episodes of immune attacks and oligodendrocyte death leading to demyelination and progressive functional deficits. New therapeutic strategies are needed to stimulate the spontaneous regenerative process observed in some patients. Spontaneous myelin repair relies on the mobilization and differentiation of endogenous oligodendrocyte progenitors at the lesion site. Olesoxime, a cholesterol-like compound, has been shown to favor oligodendrocyte maturation in culture and promote myelin regeneration in rodents...
December 2016: Neuropharmacology
Anne H P Jansen, Maurik van Hal, Ilse C Op den Kelder, Romy T Meier, Anna-Aster de Ruiter, Menno H Schut, Donna L Smith, Corien Grit, Nieske Brouwer, Willem Kamphuis, H W G M Boddeke, Wilfred F A den Dunnen, Willeke M C van Roon, Gillian P Bates, Elly M Hol, Eric A Reits
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurodegenerative disorder that is caused by a CAG expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene, leading to HTT inclusion formation in the brain. The mutant huntingtin protein (mHTT) is ubiquitously expressed and therefore nuclear inclusions could be present in all brain cells. The effects of nuclear inclusion formation have been mainly studied in neurons, while the effect on glia has been comparatively disregarded. Astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes are glial cells that are essential for normal brain function and are implicated in several neurological diseases...
September 12, 2016: Glia
Harika Dasari, Bharath Wootla, Arthur E Warrington, Moses Rodriguez
We provide an overview of rehabilitation in neurological diseases. A large amount of literature available on neurorehabilitation is based from the rehabilitative work on stroke and spinal cord injuries. After a brief description of rehabilitation, the potential application of neurorehabilitation in neurodegenerative diseases specifically multiple sclerosis (MS) is summarized. Since MS causes a wide variety of symptoms, the rehabilitation in MS patients may benefit from an interdisciplinary approach that encloses physiotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, psychological therapy, occupational therapy, and other methods to improve fatigue...
August 2016: International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Jingjun Li, Jing Ma, Guofeng Meng, Hong Lin, Sharon Wu, Jamie Wang, Jie Luo, Xiaohong Xu, David Tough, Matthew Lindon, Inma Rioja Pastor, Jing Zhao, Hongkang Mei, Rab Prinjha, Zhong Zhong
Neural stem cells and progenitor cells (NPCs) are increasingly appreciated to hold great promise for regenerative medicine to treat CNS injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. However, evidence for effective stimulation of neuronal production from endogenous or transplanted NPCs for neuron replacement with small molecules remains limited. To identify novel chemical entities/targets for neurogenesis, we had established a NPC phenotypic screen assay and validated it using known small-molecule neurogenesis inducers...
July 20, 2016: Stem Cell Research
Toros A Dincman, Jason E Beare, Sujata Saraswat Ohri, Vittorio Gallo, Michal Hetman, Scott R Whittemore
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition mediated by small molecule HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) has demonstrated divergent effects including toxicity towards transformed cell lines, neuroprotection in neurological disease models, and inhibition of oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) differentiation to mature oligodendrocytes (OL). However, it remains unknown if transient HDAC inhibition may promote OPC survival. Using mouse cortical OPC primary cultures, we investigated the effects of the FDA approved pan-HDACi suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) on OPC survival...
November 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
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...
August 24, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Michael D Lovelace, Bianca Varney, Gayathri Sundaram, Nunzio F Franco, Mei Li Ng, Saparna Pai, Chai K Lim, Gilles J Guillemin, Bruce J Brew
The kynurenine pathway (KP) is the major metabolic pathway of the essential amino acid tryptophan (TRP). Stimulation by inflammatory molecules, such as interferon-γ (IFN-γ), is the trigger for induction of the KP, driving a complex cascade of production of both neuroprotective and neurotoxic metabolites, and in turn, regulation of the immune response and responses of brain cells to the KP metabolites. Consequently, substantial evidence has accumulated over the past couple of decades that dysregulation of the KP and the production of neurotoxic metabolites are associated with many neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, AIDS-related dementia, motor neurone disease, schizophrenia, Huntington's disease, and brain cancers...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Moon-Yong Cha, Yoo-Wook Kwon, Hyo-Suk Ahn, Hyobin Jeong, Yong Yook Lee, Minho Moon, Sung Hoon Baik, Dong Kyu Kim, Hyundong Song, Eugene C Yi, Daehee Hwang, Hyo-Soo Kim, Inhee Mook-Jung
: : Transplantation of stem cells into the brain attenuates functional deficits in the central nervous system via cell replacement, the release of specific neurotransmitters, and the production of neurotrophic factors. To identify patient-specific and safe stem cells for treating Alzheimer's disease (AD), we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from mouse skin fibroblasts by treating protein extracts of embryonic stem cells. These reprogrammed cells were pluripotent but nontumorigenic...
August 15, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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