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Xue-Yuan Li, Wei-Wei Men, Hua Zhu, Jian-Feng Lei, Fu-Xing Zuo, Zhan-Jing Wang, Zhao-Hui Zhu, Xin-Jie Bao, Ren-Zhi Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a leading cause of dementia worldwide, associated with cognitive deficits and brain glucose metabolic alteration. However, the associations of glucose metabolic changes with cognitive dysfunction are less detailed. Here, we examined the brains of APP/presenilin 1 (PS1) transgenic (Tg) mice aged 2, 3.5, 5 and 8 months using (18)F-labed fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) microPET to assess age- and brain region-specific changes of glucose metabolism. FDG uptake was calculated as a relative standardized uptake value (SUVr)...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
FangFang, Hongyan Li, Tingting Qin, Min Li, Shiping Ma
The impaired insulin signaling has been recognized as a common pathogenetic mechanism between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the progression of AD, brain is characterized by defective insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) and increased oxidative stress. Thymol, a monoterpene phenol isolated from medicinal herbs, has exhibited robust neuroprotective effects. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of thymol on HFD-induced cognitive deficits, and explore the possible mechanisms...
October 20, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Jeroen Aerts, Annelies Laeremans, Laurens Minerva, Kurt Boonen, Budamgunta Harshavardhan, Rudi D'hooge, Dirk Valkenborg, Geert Baggerman, Lutgarde Arckens
The Morris water maze (MWM) spatial learning task has been demonstrated to involve a cognitive switch of action control to serve the transition from an early towards a late learning phase. However, the molecular mechanisms governing this switch are largely unknown. We employed MALDI MS imaging (MSI) to screen for changes in expression of small proteins in brain structures implicated in the different learning phases. We compared mice trained for 3days and 30days in the MWM, reflecting an early and a late learning phase in relation to the acquisition of a spatial learning task...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jin Ling Yang, De Xiang Liu, Hong Jiang, Fang Pan, Cyrus Sh Ho, Roger Cm Ho
Leptin plays a key role in the pathogenesis of obesity and depression via the long form of leptin receptor (LepRb). An animal model of comorbid obesity and depression induced by high-fat diet (HFD) combined with chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) was developed to study the relationship between depression/anxiety-like behavior, levels of plasma leptin and LepRb in the brains between four groups of rats, the combined obesity and CUMS (Co) group, the obese (Ob) group, the CUMS group and controls. Our results revealed that the Co group exhibited most severe depression-like behavior in the open field test (OFT), anxiety-like behavior in elevated plus maze test (EMT) and cognitive impairment in the Morris water maze (MWM)...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Stephen W Scheff, Kelly N Roberts
We have previously shown that pycnogenol (PYC) increases antioxidants, decreases oxidative stress, suppresses neuroinflammation and enhances synaptic plasticity following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here, we investigate the effects of PYC on cognitive function following a controlled cortical impact (CCI). Adult Sprague-Dawley rats received a CCI injury followed by an intraperitoneal injection of PYC (50 or 100mg/kg). Seven days post trauma, subjects were evaluated in a Morris water maze (MWM) and evaluated for changes in lesion volume...
October 10, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Fan Wang, Fei Liu, Haifang Liu
Neurotoxicity in Kunming mice caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Particulate matter (PM) as individual matter and mixtures was studied in this paper. Male Kunming mice were instilled intratracheally with PM at doses of 0.2mg/mouse and S. aureus at doses of 5.08×10(6) CFU/mouse as individual matter and mixtures two times at 5-day intervals. Morris water maze (MWM) test was performed during the exposure experiment. One day following the exposure experiment, the expression of neurotrophins, neurotransmitters, cholinergic system enzymes, oxidative damage levels, and pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β) in the brain of mice were determined...
August 30, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Bing Zhang, Jia-Wei Zhang, Wei-Ping Wang, Rui-Fang Dong, Shuang Tian, Chao Zhang
PURPOSE: Lamotrigine (LTG) is a broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug that is widely used in clinic. However, the effect of LTG on cognition and neurodegeneration during epilepsy treatment remains controversial. In this study, we compared the cognitive effects of LTG and sodium valproate in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-kindled animal model, and the dose dependency was tested for LTG. METHODS: PTZ-kindled animals were divided into the following treatment groups: control group, treated with 3...
October 12, 2016: Synapse
Qing Ren, Xing-Fang Zhang, Jin-Ying Yang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate whether erythropoietin (EPO) could protect against white matter damage (WMD) in a preterm equivalent neonatal rat hypoxic-ischemia (HI) model. METHODS: 113 two-day-old male rat pups were divided randomly into three groups: sham-treated, bilateral carotid artery occlusion (BCAO)-treated, BCAO + EPO-treated group. EPO (50 U/10 g body weight) or saline alone was administered intraperitoneally immediately after BCAO surgery...
October 8, 2016: Neurological Research
Birgit Rössner, Maximilian Klingler, Tanja Bulat, Ajinkya Sase, Andrea Zeilinger, Melanie Spitzwieser, Jana Aradska, Margit Cichna-Markl, Gert Lubec
AMPA receptors mediate most fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the brain. Highly dynamic AMPA receptors are subjected to trafficking, recycling, and/or degradation and replacement. Changes in AMPA receptor abundance is an important mechanism involved in learning and memory formation. Results obtained with the Morris water maze (MWM), a paradigm for testing spatial memory in rodent, correlate with hippocampal synaptic plasticity and NMDA function. Different phases of spatial learning like acquisition and retrieval involve AMPA receptors...
October 6, 2016: Amino Acids
Chun Teng Zhang, Jing Ran Lin, Feng Wu, Arijit Ghosh, Su Su Tang, Mei Hu, Yan Long, Hong Bin Sun, Hao Hong
Extensive studies have demonstrated that neuroinflammation is associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 (CysLT1R) was involved in neuroinflammation. Montelukast, a highly selective CysLT1R antagonist, has been reported to attenuate learning and memory impairments in the amyloid-β-induced mouse model of AD. However, whether montelukast also exerts beneficial effects on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced memory deficits in mice is not well known. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of montelukast on STZ-induced cognitive impairment, neuroinflammation and apoptosis in mice...
October 1, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Cong Li, Xiao-Dan Guo, Min Lei, Jia-Yi Wu, Jia-Zhen Jin, Xiao-Fan Shi, Zhi-Yuan Zhu, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Li-Hong Hu, Tie-Qiao Wen, Xu Shen
AIM: Considering the complicated pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), multi-targets have become a focus in the discovery of drugs for treatment of this disease. In the current work, we established a multi-target strategy for discovering active reagents capable of suppressing both Aβ level and Tau hyperphosphorylation from natural products, and found that the ethanol extract of Thamnolia vermicularis (THA) was able to improve learning ability in APP/PS1 transgenic mice by inhibiting both Aβ levels and Tau hyperphosphorylation...
October 3, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Dan Lou, Qiaochu Wang, Min Huang, Zhijun Zhou
Epidemiological studies have revealed that environmentally relevant low levels of paraquat (PQ) exposure is listed on the etiology of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD). The behavioral effects of PQ are of current interest, especially when exposure occurs in the period of early stage of life. To characterize whether and how age affects neurobehavioral performances of mice after PQ exposure, 21-days postnatal (PN21) and adult male C57BL/6 mice were daily administrated by oral gavage with 0 mg/kg (saline, control), 5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg of PQ for 28 consecutive days...
August 15, 2016: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
Soheila Adeli, Maryam Zahmatkesh, Gholamreza Tavoosidana, Morteza Karimian, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh
Brain oxidative status is a crucial factor in the development of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). Klotho, an anti-aging protein, diminishes oxidative stress by the induction of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). Thus, the substances that increase klotho expression could be considered as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease when the oxidative imbalance is present. Statins are suggested to up-regulate klotho expression. We examined the effect of simvastatin (5mg/kg, daily for 3weeks) on hippocampal klotho and MnSOD expression in the cognitive declined animal model induced by intracerebroventricular (ICV)-streptozotocin (STZ) administration...
January 4, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
B Hemanth Kumar, B Dinesh Kumar, Prakash V Diwan
CONTEXT: Hesperidin (HSP), a flavanoglycone found in citrus fruits, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the protective effect of HSP on l-methionine-induced hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into seven groups as DMSO, l-methionine, HSP (25, 50 and 100 mg/kg), HSP-per se (100 mg/kg) and donepezil (0.1 mg/kg)...
September 27, 2016: Pharmaceutical Biology
Kathleen T Unroe, Susan E Hickman, Alexia M Torke
A basic tenet of palliative care is discerning patient treatment preferences and then honoring these preferences, reflected by the inclusion of "Care Consistency with Documented Care Preferences" as one of ten Measuring What Matters (MWM) quality indicators. MWM indicators are intended to serve as a foundation for quality measurement in health care settings. However, there are a number of logistic and practical issues to be considered in the application of this quality indicator to clinical practice. In this brief methodologic report, we describe how care consistency with documented care preferences has been measured in research on patients near the end of life...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Seyed Reza Fatemi Tabatabaei, Masome Rashno, Shahab Ghaderi, Majid Askaripour
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common causes of neuropathy. Although antioxidant and antidiabetic effects of the aqueous extract of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) (AEOP) have been demonstrated before by other researchers, we did not find any study that assessed the psychobiological effects of AEOP in diabetes induced animals. Thirty ovariectomized (OVX) female Wistar rats were randomly divided into 3 groups of control, Dia and Dia+AEOP. The latter group was orally treated by 300 mg/kg of AEOP for 35 days...
2016: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
Chunhua Ma, Hongyan Long
Betulin is extracted from birch tree bark and exerts diverse pharmacological activities. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of betulin (BE) on cognitive decline in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. The diabetic model was built by streptozotocin (STZ) (30mg/kg, ip). After 4 weeks, the diabetic rats were treated with vehicle or BE (20mg/kg, 40mg/kg) for 4 weeks. The oral glucose tolerance (OGTT) and serum insulin were detected. Three days later, Morris water maze (MWM) test was used to evaluate memory function...
September 22, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Ismail O Ishola, Folasade M Adamson, Olufunmilayo O Adeyemi
In Alzheimer's disease (AD) basal forebrain cholinergic neurons appear to be targeted primarily in early stages of the disease. Scopolamine (muscarinic receptor antagonist) has been used for decades to induce working and reference memory impairment in rodents. In this study, we evaluated the protective effect of kolaviron, a biflavonoid complex isolated from Garcinia kola seeds extract against scopolamine-induced memory impairment/oxidative stress. Rats were pretreated with kolaviron (25, 50 or 100 mg/kg p...
September 8, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Sang-Lim Kim, Byoung-Hee Lee
[Purpose] We examined the effectiveness of Mulligan's mobilization with movement (MWM) technique on spatiotemporal variables of gait in individuals who had a stroke. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-four subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups: Mulligan's mobilization with movement group (n=12) and "weight-bearing with placebo" mobilization with movement group (n=12). The subjects in the mobilization with movement group performed 5 sets of 10 glides a day, 5 times a week for 4 weeks. The mobilization with movement technique comprised grade III movements that involved gliding and resting...
August 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Shiladitya Mitra, Ghantasala S Sameer Kumar, Vivek Tiwari, B Jyothi Lakshmi, Suman S Thakur, Satish Kumar
WDR13 expresses from the X chromosome and has a highly conserved coding sequence. There have been multiple associations of WDR13 with memory. However, its detailed function in context of brain and behavior remains unknown. We characterized the behavioral phenotype of 2 month old male mice lacking the homolog of WDR13 gene (Wdr13 (-/0)). Taking cue from analysis of its expression in the brain, we chose hippocampus for molecular studies to delineate its function. Wdr13 (-/0) mice spent less time in the central area of the open field test (OFT) and with the novel object in novel object recognition test (NOR) as compared to the wild-type...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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