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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343366/motor-learning-in-animal-models-of-parkinson-s-disease-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-motor-cortex
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REVIEW
Tonghui Xu, Shaofang Wang, Rupa R Lalchandani, Jun B Ding
In Parkinson's disease (PD), dopamine depletion causes major changes in the brain, resulting in the typical cardinal motor features of the disease. PD neuropathology has been restricted to postmortem examinations, which are limited to only a single time of PD progression. Models of PD in which dopamine tone in the brain is chemically or physically disrupted are valuable tools in understanding the mechanisms of the disease. The basal ganglia have been well studied in the context of PD, and circuit changes in response to dopamine loss have been linked to the motor dysfunctions in PD...
March 25, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343327/osteolytic-variant-poems-syndrome-an-uncommon-presentation-of-osteosclerotic-myeloma
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Michael S Clark, Benjamin M Howe, Katrina N Glazebrook, Michelle L Mauermann, Stephen M Broski
Polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M protein, and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome, a form of osteosclerotic myeloma, is a multisystem disease related to a monoclonal plasma cell proliferative disorder. Osseous lesions are most commonly sclerotic on radiographs and computed tomography (CT), demonstrate low T1 and T2 signal intensity on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and have variable degrees of avidity on positon emission tomography (PET) imaging using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG). We present three cases of POEMS syndrome manifesting as osteolytic lesions with indolent features, including well-defined thin sclerotic rims, no cortical disruption or periosteal reaction, no associated soft-tissue mass, and a periarticular location, all features that could lead to misinterpretation as benign bone lesions...
March 25, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340447/fronto-limbic-disconnection-in-depressed-patients-with-suicidal-ideation-a-resting-state-functional-connectivity-study
#3
Lian Du, Jinkun Zeng, Huan Liu, Dejian Tang, Huaqing Meng, Yongmei Li, Yixiao Fu
BACKGROUND: Suicidal ideation (SI) is highly prevalent and a known symptom of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), but its underlying biological mechanisms are relatively unknown. Several studies linked suicidal ideation to dysfunctional brain circuits, specifically fronto-limbic connections. The purpose of this work was to investigate fronto-limbic disconnection in MDD patients with or without SI. METHODS: MDD patients with SI (SI, n=28) or without SI (NSI, n=20), identified by the Scale for Suicide Ideation and healthy controls (HCs, n=30) underwent resting-state functional MRI scanning...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339784/regulatory-effects-of-autophagy-on-spermatogenesis
#4
Jun Yin, Bing Ni, Zhi-Qiang Tian, Fan Yang, Wei-Gong Liao, Yu-Qi Gao
Abnormal spermatogenesis is an important pathophysiological process underlying male infertility. Apoptosis of spermatogenic cells and disruption of ectoplasmic specialization (ES) have been characterized as the key biological events of this disorder. Under physiological and pathophysiological conditions (such as exposure to starvation, environmental chemicals, radiation), autophagy is activated in spermatogenic or Sertoli cells in order to maintain survival of the spermatogenic cells by inhibiting spermatogenic cell apoptosis and stabilizing the integrity of ES via degradation of PDZ and LIM domain 1 (PDLIM1), a negative regulator of cytoskeletal organization...
February 25, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338267/disrupted-intrinsic-connectivity-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#5
P Liu, G Wang, Y Liu, F Zeng, D Lin, X Yang, F Liang, V D Calhoun, W Qin
BACKGROUND: Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder. Accumulating evidence suggests the crucial role of central nervous system in the development and maintenance of FD. In particular, periaqueductal gray (PAG) has demonstrated an important role in modulation of pain and emotion, which may be related to FD. However, the study of the PAG in FD is still limited. This study aimed to assess intrinsic connectivity of the PAG in FD patients. METHODS: Resting-state functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) data were collected from 66 FD patients and 42 healthy controls (HCs)...
March 24, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337525/phosphodiesterase-1b-pde1b-knockout-mice-are-resistant-to-forced-swim-and-tail-suspension-induced-immobility-and-show-upregulation-of-pde10a
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Jillian R Hufgard, Michael T Williams, Matthew R Skelton, Olivera Grubisha, Filipa M Ferreira, Helen Sanger, Mary E Wright, Tracy M Reed-Kessler, Kurt Rasmussen, Ronald S Duman, Charles V Vorhees
RATIONALE: Major depressive disorder is a leading cause of suicide and disability. Despite this, current antidepressants provide insufficient efficacy in more than 60% of patients. Most current antidepressants are presynaptic reuptake inhibitors; postsynaptic signal regulation has not received as much attention as potential treatment targets. OBJECTIVES: We examined the effects of disruption of the postsynaptic cyclic nucleotide hydrolyzing enzyme, phosphodiesterase (PDE) 1b, on depressive-like behavior and the effects on PDE1B protein in wild-type (WT) mice following stress...
March 23, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336814/airway-smooth-muscle-dysfunction-in-pompe-gaa-mice
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Allison M Keeler, Donghai Liu, Marina Zieger, Lang Xiong, Jeffrey Salemi, Karl Bellve, Barry J Byrne, David D Fuller, Ronghua ZhuGe, Mai K ElMallah
Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA) - an enzyme responsible for hydrolyzing lysosomal glycogen. Deficiency of GAA leads to systemic glycogen accumulation in the lysosomes of skeletal muscle, motor neurons and smooth muscle. Skeletal muscle and motor neuron pathology are known to contribute to respiratory insufficiency in Pompe disease, but the role of airway pathology has not been evaluated. Here we propose that GAA enzyme deficiency disrupts the function of the trachea and bronchi, and this lower airway pathology contributes to respiratory insufficiency in Pompe disease...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336497/intrinsic-disruption-of-white-matter-microarchitecture-in-first-episode-drug-naive-major-depressive-disorder-a-voxel-based-meta-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging
#8
REVIEW
Guangxiang Chen, Yi Guo, Hongyan Zhu, Weihong Kuang, Feng Bi, Hua Ai, Zhongwei Gu, Xiaoqi Huang, Su Lui, Qiyong Gong
Previous studies have demonstrated the influences of episodes and antidepressant drugs on white matter (WM) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). However, most diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies included highly heterogeneous individuals with different numbers of depressive episodes or medication status. To exclude the confounding effects of multiple episodes or medication, we conducted a quantitative voxel-based meta-analysis of fractional anisotropy (FA) in patients with first-episode, drug-naive MDD to identify the intrinsic WM alterations involved in the pathogenesis of MDD...
March 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336441/chronic-stress-induced-dendritic-reorganization-and-abundance-of-synaptosomal-pka-dependent-cp-ampa-receptor-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-in-a-mouse-model-of-depression
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Eun-Surk Yi, Seikwan Oh, Jang-Kyu Lee, Yea-Hyun Leem
Chronic stress is a precipitating factor for disorders including depression. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) is a critical substrate that interconnects with stress-modulated neural networks to generate emotion- and mood-related behaviors. The current study shows that 3 h per day of restraint stress for 14 days caused mice to exhibit long-term depressive behaviors, manifested by disrupted sociality and despair levels, which were rescued by fluoxetine. These behavioral changes corresponded with morphological and molecular changes in BLA neurons, including chronic stress-elicited increases in arborization, dendritic length, and spine density of BLA principal neurons...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335876/child-abuse-neural-structure-and-adolescent-psychopathology-a-longitudinal-study
#10
Daniel S Busso, Katie A McLaughlin, Stephanie Brueck, Matthew Peverill, Andrea L Gold, Margaret A Sheridan
OBJECTIVE: Child abuse exerts a deleterious impact on a broad array of mental health outcomes. However, the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate this association remain poorly characterized. Here, we use a longitudinal design to prospectively identify neural mediators of the association between child abuse and psychiatric disorders in a community sample of adolescents. METHOD: Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data and assessments of mental health were acquired for 51 adolescents (aged 13-20; M=16...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335857/modeling-syndromic-congenital-heart-defects-in-zebrafish
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Meagan G Grant, Victoria L Patterson, Daniel T Grimes, Rebecca D Burdine
Cardiac development is a dynamic process regulated by spatial and temporal cues that are integrated to effect molecular, cellular, and tissue-level events that form the adult heart. Disruption of these highly orchestrated events can be devastating for cardiac form and function. Aberrations in heart development result in congenital heart defects (CHDs), which affect 1 in 100 infants in the United States each year. Zebrafish have proven informative as a model organism to understand both heart development and the mechanisms associated with CHDs due to the similarities in heart morphogenesis among vertebrates, as well as their genetic tractability and amenability to live imaging...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335680/ampk-knockdown-in-placental-labyrinthine-progenitor-cells-results-in-restriction-of-critical-energy-resources-and-terminal-differentiation-failure
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Christopher A Waker, Renee E Albers, Richard L Pye, Savannah R Doliboa, Christopher N Wyatt, Thomas L Brown, Debra Ann Mayes
Placental abnormalities can cause Pregnancy-Associated Disorders including preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placental insufficiency that result in complications for both the mother and fetus. Trophoblast cells within the labyrinthine layer of the placenta facilitate the exchange of nutrients, gases, and waste between mother and fetus; therefore, the development of this cell layer is critical for fetal development. As trophoblast cells differentiate, it is assumed their metabolism changes with their energy requirements...
March 23, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335457/the-epigenetic-link-between-prenatal-adverse-environments-and-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#13
REVIEW
Marija Kundakovic, Ivana Jaric
Prenatal adverse environments, such as maternal stress, toxicological exposures, and viral infections, can disrupt normal brain development and contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, and autism. Increasing evidence shows that these short- and long-term effects of prenatal exposures on brain structure and function are mediated by epigenetic mechanisms. Animal studies demonstrate that prenatal exposure to stress, toxins, viral mimetics, and drugs induces lasting epigenetic changes in the brain, including genes encoding glucocorticoid receptor (Nr3c1) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334933/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1is-essential-for-normal-hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal-hpi-axis-function
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Helen Eachus, Charlotte Bright, Vincent T Cunliffe, Marysia Placzek, Jonathan D Wood, Penelope J Watt
Psychiatric disorders arise due to an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, including stress. Studies in rodents have shown that mutants for Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), a well-accepted genetic risk factor for mental illness, display abnormal behaviours in response to stress, but the mechanisms through which DISC1 affects stress responses remain poorly understood. Using two lines of zebrafish homozygous mutant for disc1, we investigated behaviour and functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis, the fish equivalent of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334810/bimodal-regulation-of-dishevelled-function-by-vangl2-during-morphogenesis
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Hwa-Seon Seo, Raymond Habas, Chenbei Chang, Jianbo Wang
Convergent extension (CE) is a fundamental morphogenetic mechanism that underlies numerous processes in vertebrate development, and its disruption can lead to human congenital disorders such as neural tube closure defects. The dynamic, oriented cell intercalation during CE is regulated by a group of core proteins identified originally in flies to coordinate epithelial planar cell polarity (PCP). The existing model explains how core PCP proteins, including Van Gogh (Vang) and Dishevelled (Dvl), segregate into distinct complexes on opposing cell cortex to coordinate polarity among static epithelial cells...
March 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334785/amino-acid-substitution-equivalent-to-human-chorea-acanthocytosis-i2771r-in-yeast-vps13-protein-affects-its-binding-to-phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate
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Weronika Rzepnikowska, Krzysztof Flis, Joanna Kaminska, Marcin Grynberg, Agnieszka Urbanek, Kathryn R Ayscough, Teresa Zoladek
The rare human disorder chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is caused by mutations in hVPS13A gene. The hVps13A protein interacts with actin and regulates the level of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) in the membranes of neuronal cells. Yeast Vps13 is involved in vacuolar protein transport and, like hVps13A, participates in PI4P metabolism. Vps13 proteins are conserved in eukaryotes, but their molecular function remains unknown. One of the mutations found in ChAc patients causes amino acids substitution I2771R which affects the localization of hVps13A in skeletal muscles...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334226/loss-of-cannabinoid-cb-1-receptors-induces-cortical-migration-malformations-and-increases-seizure-susceptibility
#17
Javier Díaz-Alonso, Adán de Salas-Quiroga, Juan Paraíso-Luna, Daniel García-Rincón, Patricia P Garcez, Maddy Parsons, Clara Andradas, Cristina Sánchez, François Guillemot, Manuel Guzmán, Ismael Galve-Roperh
Neuronal migration is a fundamental process of brain development, and its disruption underlies devastating neurodevelopmental disorders. The transcriptional programs governing this process are relatively well characterized. However, how environmental cues instruct neuronal migration remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the cannabinoid CB 1 receptor is strictly required for appropriate pyramidal neuron migration in the developing cortex. Acute silencing of the CB 1 receptor alters neuronal morphology and impairs radial migration...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333900/-the-influence-of-hypothyroidism-on-the-conversion-and-binding-of-thyroid-hormones-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
#18
Iwanna Dubczak, Longin Niemczyk, Zbigniew Bartoszewicz, Katarzyna Szamotulska, Marek Saracyn, Stanisław Niemczyk
Hypothyroidism in patients with renal failure (RF) causes many metabolic and clinical problems, and both these diseases can mutually exacerbate their disturbances. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of hypothyroidism, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on conversion of thyroid hormones (TH) in patients with ESRD treated with chronic hemodialysis (HD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed in 74 patients, including 41 women (K) and 33 men (M) aged 28-83 y...
March 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333465/disordering-effects-of-digitonin-on-phospholipid-monolayers
#19
Marta Orczyk, Kamil Wojciechowski, Gerald Brezesinski
Digitonin, a steroidal saponin obtained from the Foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea), displays a wide spectrum of biological properties and is often used as a model in mechanistic investigations of biological activity of saponins. In the present study, Langmuir monolayers of zwitterionic (DPPC, DMPE, POPC, POPE, DSPC, DSPE, DPPE) and ionic (DPPS, DPPG) phospholipids were employed, in order to better understand the effect of digitonin on the lipid organization. For this purpose, a combination of surface pressure relaxation, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and fluorescence microscopy measurements, was used...
March 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332600/calmodulin-is-responsible-for-ca-2-dependent-regulation-of-trpa1-channels
#20
Raquibul Hasan, Alasdair T S Leeson-Payne, Jonathan H Jaggar, Xuming Zhang
TRPA1 is a Ca(2+)-permeable ion channel involved in many sensory disorders such as pain, itch and neuropathy. Notably, the function of TRPA1 depends on Ca(2+), with low Ca(2+) potentiating and high Ca(2+) inactivating TRPA1. However, it remains unknown how Ca(2+) exerts such contrasting effects. Here, we show that Ca(2+) regulates TRPA1 through calmodulin, which binds to TRPA1 in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner. Calmodulin binding enhanced TRPA1 sensitivity and Ca(2+)-evoked potentiation of TRPA1 at low Ca(2+), but inhibited TRPA1 sensitivity and promoted TRPA1 desensitization at high Ca(2+)...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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