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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352468/developmental-plasticity-of-gabaergic-neurotransmission-to-brainstem-motoneurons
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Lila Buls Wollman, Richard B Levine, Ralph F Fregosi
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) signalling regulates neuronal differentiation and synaptogenesis. Here we test the hypothesis that developmental nicotine exposure (DNE) disrupts the development of GABAergic synaptic transmission to hypoglossal motoneurons (XIIMNs). GABAergic spontaneous and miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSC/mIPSC) were recorded from XIIMNs in brainstem slices from control and DNE rat pups of either sex, 1-5 days old, at baseline and following acute stimulation of nAChRs with nicotine...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352328/attenuation-of-serotonin-induced-itch-by-sumatriptan-possible-involvement-of-endogenous-opioids
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Nazgol-Sadat Haddadi, Arash Foroutan, Saeed Shakiba, Khashayar Afshari, Sattar Ostadhadi, Maryam Daneshpazhooh, Ahmad-Reza Dehpour
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) is a neurotransmitter in itch and impaired serotonin signaling has been linked to a variety of itch conditions. Intradermal injection of 5-HT induces scratching behavior in mice through stimulation of 5-HT receptors. Previous studies have demonstrated that selective 5-HT1B/1D receptors agonists, including sumatriptan, inhibits neurotransmission. We have also reported that sumatriptan suppresses chloroquine-induced itch. Therefore, we investigated if sumatriptan has inhibitory effects on serotonin-induced itch in mice...
January 19, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352320/high-level-production-and-purification-in-a-functional-state-of-an-extrasynaptic-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-type-a-receptor-containing-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-3%C3%AE-subunits
#3
Xiaojuan Zhou, Rooma Desai, Yinghui Zhang, Wojciech J Stec, Keith W Miller, Youssef Jounaidi
The inhibitory γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptors are implicated in numerous physiological processes, including cognition and inhibition of neurotransmission, rendering them important molecular targets for many classes of drugs. Functionally, the entire GABAAR family of receptors can be subdivided into phasic, fast acting synaptic receptors, composed of α-, β- and γ-subunits, and tonic extrasynaptic receptors, many of which contain the δ-subunit in addition to α- and β-subunits. Whereas the subunit arrangement of the former group is agreed upon, that of the αβδ GABAARs remains unresolved by electrophysiological and pharmacological research...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351172/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-neuropathic-pain
#4
Abirami Veluchamy, Harry L Hébert, Weihua Meng, Colin N A Palmer, Blair H Smith
Neuropathic pain (NP) is an increasingly common chronic pain state and a major health burden, affecting approximately 7-10% of the general population. Emerging evidence suggests that genetic factors could partially explain individual susceptibility to NP and the estimated heritability in twins is 37%. The aim of this study was to systematically review and summarize the studies in humans that have investigated the influence of genetic factors associated with NP. We conducted a comprehensive literature search and performed meta-analyses of all the potential genetic variants associated with NP...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349573/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-elevates-stimulus-evoked-release-of-dopamine-in-freely-moving-rats
#5
Juho-Matti Renko, Susanne Bäck, Merja H Voutilainen, T Petteri Piepponen, Ilkka Reenilä, Mart Saarma, Raimo K Tuominen
Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) hold potential as disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), and mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) have shown neuroprotective and restorative effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons in various animal models of Parkinson's disease. To date, however, their effects on brain neurochemistry have not been compared using in vivo microdialysis...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348594/myelination-of-purkinje-axons-is-critical-for-resilient-synaptic-transmission-in-the-deep-cerebellar-nucleus
#6
Tara Barron, Julia Saifetiarova, Manzoor A Bhat, Jun Hee Kim
The roles of myelin in maintaining axonal integrity and action potential (AP) propagation are well established, but its role in synapse maintenance and neurotransmission remains largely understudied. Here, we investigated how Purkinje axon myelination regulates synaptic transmission in the Purkinje to deep cerebellar nuclei (DCN) synapses using the Long Evans Shaker (LES) rat, which lacks compact myelin and thus displays severe locomotion deficits. DCN neurons fired spontaneous action potentials (APs), whose frequencies were dependent on the extent of myelin...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348266/dopamine-receptor-agonist-treatment-for-idiopathic-dystonia-a-reappraisal-in-humans-and-mice
#7
Xueliang Fan, Yuping Donsante, H A Jinnah, Ellen J Hess
Although dystonia is often associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission, dopaminergic drugs are not currently used to treat dystonia because there is a general view that dopaminergic drugs are ineffective. However, there is little conclusive evidence to support or refute this assumption. Therefore, to assess the therapeutic potential of these compounds, we analyzed results from multiple trials of dopamine receptor agonists in patients with idiopathic dystonias and also tested the efficacy of dopamine receptor agonists in a mouse model of generalized dystonia...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348190/pronounced-hyperactivity-cognitive-dysfunctions-and-bdnf-dysregulation-in-dopamine-transporter-knockout-rats
#8
Damiana Leo, Ilya Sukhanov, Francesca Zoratto, Placido Illiano, Lucia Caffino, Fabrizio Sanna, Giulia Messa, Marco Emanuele, Alessandro Esposito, Maria Dorofeikova, Evgeny A Budygin, Liudmila Mus, Evgenia E Efimova, Marco Niello, Stefano Espinoza, Tatyana D Sotnikova, Marius C Hoener, Gianni Laviola, Fabio Fumagalli, Walter Adriani, Raul R Gainetdinov
Dopamine (DA) controls many vital physiological functions and is critically involved in several neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The major function of the plasma membrane dopamine transporter (DAT) is the rapid uptake of released DA into presynaptic nerve terminals leading to control of both the extracellular levels of DA and the intracellular stores of DA. Here, we present a newly developed strain of rats (DAT-knockout, DAT-KO rats) in which the gene encoding the DAT has been disrupted by using zinc finger nuclease technology (ZFN)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345576/radiotracers-for-amyloid-imaging-in-neurodegenerative-disease-state-of-the-art-and-novel-concepts
#9
Angelina Cistaro, Pierpaolo Alongi, Federico Caobelli, Laura Cassalia
The pathological accumulation of various peptides is the common base of many neurodegenerative processes, likewise Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD is carachterized by amyloid deposits which may cause modification in neurotransmission, switching on inflammatory mechanisms, neuronal death and cerebral atrophy. Diagnosis in vivo is challenging as the criteria rely mainly on clinical manifestations, which become evident only in a late stage of the disease. Currently AD diagnosis can be definitively confirmed just by postmortem histopathologic examination but in vivo imaging may improve the clinician's ability to identify AD at the earliest stage...
January 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345055/npas4-deficiency-interacts-with-adolescent-stress-to-disrupt-prefrontal-gabaergic-maturation-and-adult-cognitive-flexibility
#10
Chloe Page, Jonathan Alexander, Ryan Shepard, Laurence Coutellier
Healthy cognitive and emotional functioning relies on a balance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the prefrontal cortex. This balance is largely established during early postnatal and adolescent developmental periods by maturation of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, including increased density of parvalbumin cells and perineuronal nets. Genetic and/or environmental factors during adolescence can disrupt GABAergic maturation and lead to behavioral dysfunction in adulthood. The present study examined the interaction between chronic mild stress during adolescence and genetic deficiency of neuronal PAS domain 4 (Npas4), a brain-specific transcription factor that regulates inhibitory neurotransmission and that contributes to adolescent prefrontal GABAergic maturation...
January 18, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343158/placebo-effects-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#11
Ginger Polich, Mary Alexis Iaccarino, Ted J Kaptchuk, Leon Morales-Quezada, Ross Zafonte
In recent years, several randomized controlled trials evaluating pharmaceutical treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) have failed to demonstrate efficacy over placebo, with both active and placebo arms improving at comparable rates. These findings could be viewed in opposing ways, suggesting on the one hand failure of the tested outcome, but representing on the other, evidence of robust placebo effects in TBI. In this article, we examine several of the primary psychological processes driving placebo effects (verbal suggestion, cognitive re-framing, interpersonal interactions, conditioning, therapeutic alliance, anxiety reduction) as well as placebo neurobiology (top-down cortical regulation, reward system activation, dopaminergic and serotonergic neurotransmission)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341829/climatic-modulation-of-neurotransmitter-release-in-amphibian-neuromuscular-junctions-role-of-dynorphin-a
#12
Dengyun Ge, Nickolas Anastasios Lavidis
Amphibian neuromuscular junctions become relatively more silent during the dry-winter season in Australia. Endogenous opioid peptides play an important role in the regulation of the physiological functions of active and dormant vertebrates. Previous findings suggest that dynorphin-A is more potent than other opiates in decreasing evoked neurotransmission in amphibian neuromuscular junctions. Dynorphin-A has been shown not to alter the amplitude or the frequency of spontaneous quantal neurotransmitter release...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339791/the-glun2a-subunit-regulates-neuronal-nmda-receptor-induced-microglia-neuron-physical-interactions
#13
Ukpong B Eyo, Ashley Bispo, Junting Liu, Sruchika Sabu, Rong Wu, Victoria L DiBona, Jiaying Zheng, Madhuvika Murugan, Huaye Zhang, Yamei Tang, Long-Jun Wu
Microglia are known to engage in physical interactions with neurons. However, our understanding of the detailed mechanistic regulation of microglia-neuron interactions is incomplete. Here, using high resolution two photon imaging, we investigated the regulation of NMDA receptor-induced microglia-neuron physical interactions. We found that the GluN2A inhibitor NVPAAM007, but not the GluN2B inhibitor ifenprodil, blocked the occurrence of these interactions. Consistent with the well-known developmental regulation of the GluN2A subunit, these interactions are absent in neonatal tissues...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339100/genetic-variation-in-the-dopamine-system-influences-intervention-outcome-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#14
Rochellys Diaz Heijtz, Rita Almeida, Ann Christin Eliasson, Hans Forssberg
BACKGROUND: There is large variation in treatment responses in children with cerebral palsy. Experimental and clinical results suggest that dopamine neurotransmission and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signalling are involved in motor learning and plasticity, which are key factors in modern habilitation success. We examined whether naturally occurring variations in dopamine and BDNF genes influenced the treatment outcomes. METHODS: Thirty-three children (18-60months of age) with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy were enrolled in the study...
January 9, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338612/gene-profiling-of-nucleus-basalis-tau-containing-neurons-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-a-chronic-effects-of-neurotrauma-consortium-study
#15
Elliott Jay Mufson, Bin He, Stephen D Ginsberg, Benjamin A Carper, Gayle S Bieler, Fiona C Crawford, Victor E Alverez, Bernard R Huber, Thor D Stein, Ann C McKee, Sylvia E Perez
Military personnel and athletes exposed to traumatic brain injury may develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Brain pathology in CTE includes intracellular accumulation of abnormally phosphorylated tau proteins (p-tau), the main constituent of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Recently, we found that cholinergic basal forebrain (CBF) neurons within the nucleus basalis of Meynert (nbM), which provide the major cholinergic innervation to the cortex, display an increasing number of NFTs across the pathological stages of CTE...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338492/genetic-variation-of-gria3-gene-is-associated-with-vulnerability-to-methamphetamine-dependence-and-its-associated-psychosis
#16
Sri-Arun Iamjan, Samur Thanoi, Paritat Watiktinkorn, Gavin P Reynolds, Sutisa Nudmamud-Thanoi
Methamphetamine (METH) is an addictive psychostimulant drug commonly leading to schizophrenia-like psychotic symptoms. Disturbances in glutamatergic neurotransmission have been proposed as neurobiological mechanisms and the α-amino-3 hydroxy-5 methyl-4 isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA) glutamate receptor has been implicated in these processes. Moreover, genetic variants in GRIAs, genes encoding AMPA receptor subunits, have been observed in association with both drug dependence and psychosis. We hypothesized that variation of GRIA genes may be associated with METH dependence and METH-induced psychosis...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337236/maintenance-of-the-innate-seizure-threshold-by-cyclooxygenase-2-is-not-influenced-by-the-translational-silencer-t-cell-intracellular-antigen-1
#17
Yifan Gong, James A Hewett
Activity of neuronal cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), a primary source of PG synthesis in the normal brain, is enhanced by excitatory neurotransmission and this is thought to be involved in seizure suppression. Results herein showing that the incidence of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced convulsions is suppressed in transgenic mice overexpressing COX-2 in neurons supports this notion. T-cell intracellular antigen-1 (TIA-1) is an mRNA binding protein that is known to bind to COX-2 mRNA and repress its translation in non-neuronal cell types...
January 11, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334320/human-dopamine-transporter-the-first-implementation-of-a-combined-in-silico-in-vitro-approach-revealing-the-substrate-and-inhibitor-specificities
#18
Teodora Djikic, Yasmina Martí, Francesca Spyrakis, Thorsten Lau, Paolo Benedetti, Gavin Davey, Patrick Schloss, Kemal Yelekci
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by the loss of dopamine-generating neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) and corpus striatum (CS). Current treatments alleviate PD symptoms rather than exerting neuroprotective effect on dopaminergic neurons. New drugs targeting the dopaminergic neurons by specific uptake through the human dopamine transporter (hDAT) could represent a viable strategy for establishing selective neuroprotection. Molecules able to increase the bioactive amount of extracellular dopamine (DA), thereby enhancing and compensating a loss of dopaminergic neurotransmission, and to exert neuroprotective response because of their accumulation in the cytoplasm, are required...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332269/behavioral-biochemical-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-using-the-neurotoxin-2-ch3-mptp-a-novel-approach
#19
Alice Laschuk Herlinger, Agihane Rodrigues Almeida, Sarah Martins Presti-Silva, Evaldo Vitor Pereira, Filipe Andrich, Rita Gomes Wanderley Pires, Cristina Martins-Silva
The neurotoxin MPTP has long been used to create a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Indeed, several MPTP analogues have been developed, including 2'-CH3-MPTP, which was shown to induce nigrostriatal DA neuronal depletion more potently than MPTP. However, no study on behavioral and molecular alterations in response to 2'-CH3-MPTP has been carried out so far. In the present work, 2'-CH3-MPTP was administered to mice (2.5, 5.0 and 10 mg/kg per injection, once a day, 5 days) and histological, biochemical, molecular and behavioral alterations were evaluated...
January 13, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331845/effect-of-levetiracetam-on-extracellular-amino-acid-levels-in-the-dorsal-hippocampus-of-rats-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#20
Pichardo Macías Luz Adriana, Ramírez Mendiola Blanca Alcira, Contreras García Itzel Jatziri, Zamudio Hernández Sergio Roberto, Chávez Pacheco Juan Luis, Sánchez Huerta Karla Berenice, Mendoza Torreblanca Julieta Griselda
Levetiracetam (LEV) is an anticonvulsant drug with a unique mechanism of action that is not completely understood. However, its activity profile may involve effects on excitatory and/or inhibitory neurotransmission since the primary target of LEV, synaptic vesicle protein 2A, is ubiquitously expressed in all types of synaptic vesicles. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to explore the effect of LEV (300 mg/kg/day for one week, administered via osmotic mini-pumps) on neurotransmitter release and its probable selective effect on extracellular gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), glutamate (Glu), aspartate (Asp), glutamine (Gln), taurine (Tau) and glycine (Gly) concentrations (using in vivo microdialysis under basal and high-K+ conditions) in the dorsal hippocampus (DH), a region that undergoes major synaptic changes during epilepsy...
January 5, 2018: Epilepsy Research
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