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Nmda modulation

Luan Castro Tonelli, Markus Wöhr, Rainer Schwarting, Liana Melo-Thomas
Paradoxical kinesia is a sudden transient ability of akinetic patients to perform motor tasks they are otherwise unable to perform. This phenomenon is known to depend on the patient's emotional state and external stimuli. Paradoxical kinesia can be induced by appetitive 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) in rats displaying catalepsy following systemic haloperidol. We investigated the role of the inferior colliculus (IC) in paradoxical kinesia induced by 50-kHz USV, since the IC modulates haloperidol-induced catalepsy...
March 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Kenneth J O'Riordan, Neng-Wei Hu, Michael J Rowan
Synaptic long-term depression (LTD) is believed to underlie critical mnemonic processes in the adult hippocampus. The roles of the metabotropic and ionotropic actions of glutamate in the induction of synaptic LTD by electrical low-frequency stimulation (LFS) in the living adult animal is poorly understood. Here we examined the requirement for metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) and NMDA receptors in LTD induction in anaesthetized adult rats. LTD induction was primarily dependent on NMDA receptors and required the involvement of both the ion channel function and GluN2B subunit of the receptor...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sean Doyle, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Jasmine Vella, Peter Bond, Glenn Harper, Christian Zammit, Mario Valentino, Robert Fern
The axon myelin sheath is prone to injury associated with N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptor activation but the source of glutamate in this context is unknown. Myelin damage results in permanent action potential loss and severe functional deficit in the white matter of the CNS, for example in ischemic stroke. Here, we show that in rats and mice, ischemic conditions trigger activation of myelinic NMDA receptors incorporating GluN2C/D subunits following release of axonal vesicular glutamate into the peri-axonal space under the myelin sheath...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Diego E Pafundo, Takeaki Miyamae, David A Lewis, Guillermo Gonzalez-Burgos
BACKGROUND: Testing hypotheses regarding the role of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction in schizophrenia requires understanding the mechanisms of NMDAR regulation of prefrontal cortex (PFC) circuit function. NMDAR antagonists are thought to produce pyramidal cell (PC) disinhibition. However, inhibitory parvalbumin-positive basket cells (PVBCs) have modest NMDAR-mediated excitatory drive and thus are unlikely to participate in NMDAR antagonist-mediated disinhibition. Interestingly, recent studies demonstrated that presynaptic NMDARs enhance transmitter release at central synapses...
January 31, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Lih-Chu Chiou, Hsin-Jung Lee, Margot Ernst, Wei-Jan Huang, Jui-Feng Chou, Hon-Lie Chen, Akihiro Mouri, Liang-Chieh Chen, Marco Treven, Takayoshi Mamiya, Pi-Chuan Fan, Daniel E Knutson, Chris Witzigmann, James Cook, Werner Sieghart, Toshitaka Nabeshima
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The pathophysiological role of α6 subunit-containing GABAA receptors (α6GABAA Rs), which are mainly expressed in cerebellar granule cells, remains unclear. Recently, we demonstrated that hispidulin, a flavonoid isolated from a local herb that remitted a patient's intractable motor tics, attenuated methamphetamine-induced hyperlocomotion in mice as a positive allosteric modulator (PAM) of cerebellar α6GABAA Rs. Here, using hispidulin and a selective α6GABAA R PAM, the pyrazoloquinolinone Compound 6, we revealed an unprecedented role of cerebellar α6GABAA Rs in disrupted prepulse inhibition (PPI), which reflects sensorimotor gating deficits manifested in several neuropsychiatric disorders...
March 8, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Xin Wang, António Pinto-Duarte, M Margarita Behrens, Xianjin Zhou, Terrence J Sejnowski
Reduced expression of Sp4, the murine homolog of human SP4, a risk gene of multiple psychiatric disorders, led to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) hypofunction in mice, producing behavioral phenotypes reminiscent of schizophrenia, including hypersensitivity to ketamine. As accumulating evidence on molecular mechanisms and behavioral phenotypes established Sp4 hypomorphism as a promising animal model, systems-level neural circuit mechanisms of Sp4 hypomorphism, especially network dynamics underlying cognitive functions, remain poorly understood...
2018: PloS One
Santiago Perez-Lloret, Olivier Rascol
L-DOPA induced dyskinesias (LIDs) may affect up to 40% of Parkinson's disease (PD) and impact negatively health-related quality of life. Amantadine has demonstrated significant antidyskinetic effects in animal PD models and in randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) in patients with PD. These effects are thought to be related to the blockade of NMDA receptors modulating cortico-striatal glutamatergic-dopaminergic interactions involved in the genesis of LIDs. There are three pharmaceutical forms of amantadine currently available in the market: an oral immediate-release (IR) formulation, which is widely available; an extended-release (ER) formulation (ADS-5102) which has been recently developed and approved by the FDA; and an intravenous infusion (IV) solution, which is not commonly used in clinical practice...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Sílvia Castany, Georgia Gris, José Miguel Vela, Enrique Verdú, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 R) knockout (KO) CD1 mice, generated by homologous recombination, and separate pharmacological studies in wild type (WT) mice were done to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of pain-related behaviours (thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia) in mice after spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) - a model of central neuropathic pain. The modulatory effect of σ1 R KO on extracellular mediators and signalling pathways in the spinal cord was also investigated. In particular, changes in the expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor TNF-α, interleukin IL-1β) and both the expression and activation (phosphorylation) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B-NMDA) and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) were analysed...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Irini Papazian, Vasiliki Kyrargyri, Maria Evangelidou, Anda Voulgari-Kokota, Lesley Probert
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) provide therapeutic effects in experimental CNS disease models and show promise as cell-based therapies for humans, but their modes of action are not well understood. We previously show that MSC protect rodent neurons against glutamate excitotoxicity in vitro, and in vivo in an epilepsy model. Neuroprotection is associated with reduced NMDA glutamate receptor (NMDAR) subunit expression and neuronal glutamate-induced calcium (Ca2+ ) responses, and increased expression of stem cell-associated genes...
February 25, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Caio H Mazucanti, Elisa M Kawamoto, Mark P Mattson, Cristoforo Scavone, Simonetta Camandola
Mutations of the β-glucuronidase protein α-Klotho have been associated with premature aging, and altered cognitive function. Although highly expressed in specific areas of the brain, Klotho functions in the central nervous system remain unknown. Here, we show that cultured hippocampal neurons respond to insulin and glutamate stimulation by elevating Klotho protein levels. Conversely, AMPA and NMDA antagonism suppress neuronal Klotho expression. We also provide evidence that soluble Klotho enhances astrocytic aerobic glycolysis by hindering pyruvate metabolism through the mitochondria, and stimulating its processing by lactate dehydrogenase...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Yoshiaki Miyagishi, Takashi Ikeda, Tetsuya Takahashi, Kiwamu Kudo, Hirofumi Morise, Yoshio Minabe, Mitsuru Kikuchi
The effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) likely depend on cortical N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) neurotransmission; however, no previous studies have reported tDCS-mediated modulation of cortical NMDA neurotransmission in humans. The gamma-band auditory steady-state response (ASSR) to a 40 Hz stimulation likely reflects the integrity of cortical NMDA neurotransmission. The present study tested whether the effect of tDCS is reflected in gamma-band ASSRs during a 40 Hz stimulation. Using a double-blind, randomized, crossover study, we performed magnetoencephalography (MEG) and measured the ASSR in 24 healthy participants during 40 Hz of auditory stimulation after prefrontal tDCS (2 mA) or sham (i...
2018: PloS One
Dulce M Minaya, Rachel Wanty Larson, Piotr Podlasz, Krzysztof Czaja
Compared to younger individuals, older human subjects have significantly lower food intakes and an increased satiety response. N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors expressed by vagal afferent neurons originating from nodose ganglia (NG) are involved in modulating the satiety response. The present study investigated how NMDA receptor subunit phenotypes in NG neurons change with age and how these age-related alterations in food intake are modulated by presynaptic NMDA receptors in the NG of male Sprague Dawley rats (six week-old and sixty week-old)...
February 21, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Natasha Warikoo, Samuel J Brunwasser, Ann Benz, Hong-Jin Shu, Steven M Paul, Michael Lewis, James Doherty, Michael Quick, Laura Piccio, Charles F Zorumski, Gregory S Day, Steven Mennerick
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are ionotropic glutamate receptors important for synaptic plasticity, memory, and neuropsychiatric health. NMDAR hypofunction contributes to multiple disorders, including anti-NMDAR encephalitis (NMDARE), an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system associated with GluN1 antibody-mediated NMDAR internalization. Here we characterize the functional/pharmacological consequences of exposure to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from female human NMDARE patients on NMDAR function, and we characterize the effects of intervention with recently described positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of NMDARs...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Ioline D Henter, Rafael Teixeira de Sousa, Carlos A Zarate
Both preclinical and clinical studies have implicated glutamatergic system dysfunction in the pathophysiology of mood disorders such as bipolar depression and major depressive disorder. In particular, rapid reductions in depressive symptoms have been noted in response to subanesthetic doses of the glutamatergic modulator ketamine in subjects with major depressive disorder or bipolar depression. These results have prompted the repurposing or development of other glutamatergic modulators, both as monotherapy or adjunctive to other therapies...
February 20, 2018: Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Gerson D Guercio, Rogerio Panizzutti
After 25 years of its discovery in the rat brain, d-serine is a recognized modulator of synaptic plasticity and cognitive processes through its actions on the NMDA-glutamate receptor. Importantly, cognitive impairment is a core feature of conditions, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, depression, and aging, and is associated to disturbances in NMDA-glutamate receptors. The d-serine pathway has been associated with cognitive deficits and these conditions, and, for this reason, d-serine signaling is subject of intense research to probe its role in aiding diagnosis and therapy...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
M Ceccanti, E Onesti, A Rubino, C Cambieri, G Tartaglia, A Miscioscia, V Frasca, M Inghilleri
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes an impairment in both the upper and lower motor neurons. The recent description of numerous non-motor signs points to an involvement of the neocortex networks that is more complex than was previously believed. Paired associative stimulation (PAS), a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and peripheral nerve stimulation, can enhance motor output in the contralateral hand through an NMDA-mediated sensorimotor mechanism...
February 7, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Ioana Neagoe, Chang Liu, Alexander Stumpf, Yanmei Lu, Dongping He, Ross Francis, Jun Chen, Paul Reynen, Moulay Hicham Alaoui-Ismaili, Hirokazu Fukui
Abnormal signaling pathways mediated by N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of various CNS disorders and have been long considered as promising points of therapeutic intervention. However, few efforts have been previously described concerning evaluation of therapeutic modulators of NMDARs and their downstream pathways in human neurons with endogenous expression of NMDARs. In the present study, we assessed expression, functionality, and subunit composition of endogenous NMDARs in human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cortical neurons (iCell Neurons and iCell GlutaNeurons)...
February 8, 2018: Stem Cell Research
G R I Barker, E C Warburton
Recognition memory for single items requires the perirhinal cortex (PRH), while recognition of an item and its associated location, requires a functional interaction between the PRH, hippocampus (HPC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). While the precise mechanisms through which these interactions are effected are unknown, the nucleus reuniens (NRe) has bidirectional connections with each regions and hence may play a role in recognition memory. Here we investigated, in male rats, whether specific manipulations of NRe function affected performance of recognition memory for single items, object location or object-in-place associations...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Erica S Burnell, Mark W Irvine, Guangyu Fang, Kiran Sapkota, David E Jane, Daniel T Monaghan
Excitatory activity in the CNS is predominately mediated by L-glutamate through several families of L-glutamate neurotransmitter receptors. Of these, the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) family has many critical roles in CNS function and in various neuropathological and psychiatric conditions. Until recently, the types of compounds available to regulate NMDAR function have been quite limited in terms of mechanism of action, subtype selectivity, and biological effect. However, several new classes of NMDAR agents have now been identified that are positive or negative allosteric modulators (PAMs and NAMs, respectively) with various patterns of NMDAR subtype selectivity...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Masato Nakashima, Haruka Imada, Eri Shiraishi, Yuki Ito, Noriko Suzuki, Maki Miyamoto, Takahiko Taniguchi, Hiroki Iwashita
The pathophysiology of schizophrenia has been associated with glutamatergic dysfunction. Modulation of the glutamatergic signaling pathway, including N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, can provide a new therapeutic target for schizophrenia. Phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) is highly expressed in the forebrain, and is a dual substrate enzyme that hydrolyzes both cAMP and cGMP, which play pivotal roles as intracellular second messengers downstream of NMDA receptors. Here we characterize the in vivo pharmacological profile of a selective and brain penetrant PDE2A inhibitor, (N-{(1S)-1-[3-fluoro-4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl]-2-methoxyethyl}-7-methoxy-2-oxo-2,3-dihydropyrido[2,3-b]pyrazine-4(1H)-carboxamide) (TAK-915) as a novel treatment for schizophrenia...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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