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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872582/separate-ionotropic-and-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-functions-in-depotentiation-vs-ltp-a-distinct-role-for-group1-mglur-subtypes-and-nmdars
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Amira Latif-Hernandez, Enrico Faldini, Tariq Ahmed, Detlef Balschun
Depotentiation (DP) is a mechanism by which synapses that have recently undergone long-term potentiation (LTP) can reverse their synaptic strengthening within a short time-window after LTP induction. Group 1 metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) were shown to be involved in different forms of LTP and long-term depression (LTD), but little is known about their roles in DP. Here, we generated DP by applying low-frequency stimulation (LFS) at 5 Hz after LTP had been induced by a single train of theta-burst-stimulation (TBS)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862359/the-conversion-of-glutamate-by-glutamine-synthase-in-neocortical-astrocytes-from-juvenile-rat-is-important-to-limit-glutamate-spillover-and-peri-extrasynaptic-activation-of-nmda-receptors
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Yosra Trabelsi, Mohamed Amri, Hélène Becq, Florence Molinari, Laurent Aniksztejn
Glutamate transporters (EAATs) are important to maintain spatial and temporal specificity of synaptic transmission. Their efficiency to uptake and transport glutamate into the intracellular space depends on several parameters including the intracellular concentrations of Na(+) and glutamate, the elevations of which may slow down the cycling rate of EAATs. In astrocytes, glutamate is maintained at low concentration due to the presence of specific enzymes such as glutamine synthase (GS). GS inhibition results in cytosolic accumulation of glutamate suggesting that the conversion of glutamate by GS is important for EAATs operation...
November 12, 2016: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859797/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-effects-of-a-novel-dimeric-inhibitor-of-psd-95-on-excitotoxicity-and-functional-recovery-after-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Jens Bak Sommer, Anders Bach, Hana Malá, Kristian Strømgaard, Jesper Mogensen, Darryl Scott Pickering
PSD-95 inhibitors have been shown to be neuroprotective in stroke, but have only to a very limited extent been evaluated in the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that has pathophysiological mechanisms in common with stroke. The aims of the current study were to assess the effects of a novel dimeric inhibitor of PSD-95, UCCB01-147, on histopathology and long-term cognitive outcome after controlled cortical impact (CCI) in rats. As excitotoxic cell death is thought to be a prominent part of the pathophysiology of TBI, we also investigated the neuroprotective effects of UCCB01-147 and related compounds on NMDA-induced cell death in cultured cortical neurons...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847466/glun2a-subunit-containing-nmda-receptors-are-the-preferential-neuronal-targets-of-homocysteine
#4
Dmitry A Sibarov, Polina A Abushik, Rashid Giniatullin, Sergei M Antonov
Homocysteine (HCY) is an endogenous redox active amino acid, best known as contributor to various neurodegenerative disorders. Although it is known that HCY can activate NMDA receptors (NMDARs), the mechanisms of its action on receptors composed of different NMDA receptor subunits remains almost unknown. In this study, using imaging and patch clamp technique in cultured cortical neurons and heterologous expression in HEK293T cells we tested the agonist activity of HCY on NMDARs composed of GluN1 and GluN2A subunits (GluN1/2A receptors) and GluN1 and GluN2B subunits (GluN1/2B receptors)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845242/neo-adjuvant-chemotherapy-with-cisplatin-induces-low-expression-of-nmda-receptors-and-postoperative-cognitive-impairment
#5
Jing Cheng, Xiaoqing Liu, Longhui Cao, Tianhua Zhang, Huiting Li, Wenqian Lin
Whether Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy can affect patients' postoperative brain function is not clear. In this study, we investigated the effect of preoperative cisplatin treatment on postoperative cognitive function and its possible mechanism in rats. Moreover, we also tested whether the NMDAR inhibitor memantine could attenuate cisplatin-induced alterations. 12-month-oldSprague-Dawley rats randomly received an intraperitoneal injection of either cisplatin once a week at a dose of 3mg/kg for three consecutive weeks or an equivalent volume of normal saline...
November 11, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836791/pharmacological-inhibition-of-pten-attenuates-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-neonatal-repeated-exposures-to-isoflurane-via-inhibition-of-nr2b-mediated-tau-phosphorylation-in-rats
#6
Lei Tan, Xin Chen, Wei Wang, Jianfang Zhang, Shiyong Li, Yilin Zhao, Jintao Wang, Ailin Luo
Evidence has shown that children exposed to repeated anesthesia in early childhood display long-term cognitive disabilities. However, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unclear. Our previous study has indicated the involvement of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) in isoflurane-induced decrease of self-renewal capacity in hippocampal neural precursor cells. Additionally, it is demonstrated by others that PTEN inhibition could protect against cognitive impairment via reduction of tau phosphorylation in the alzheimer's disease model...
November 8, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826117/neonatal-inhibition-of-na-k-2cl-cotransporter-prevents-ketamine-induced-spatial-learning-and-memory-impairments
#7
Ryan A Stevens, Brandon D Butler, Saurabh S Kokane, Andrew W Womack, Qing Lin
Prolonged ketamine exposure in neonates at anesthetic doses is known to cause long-term impairments of learning and memory. A current theoretical mechanism explains this phenomenon as being neuro-excitotoxicity mediated by compensatory upregulation of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), which then initiates widespread neuroapoptosis. Additionally, the excitatory behavior of GABAergic synaptic transmission mediated by GABAA receptors (GABAARs), occurring during the early neuronal development period, is proposed as contributing to the susceptibility of neonatal neurons to ketamine-induced injury...
November 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796759/increased-src-family-kinase-activity-disrupts-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-and-impairs-remote-fear-memory-in-forebrain-shp2-deficient-mice
#8
Xunyi Yan, Bin Zhang, Wen Lu, Lin Peng, Qian Yang, Wei Cao, Shen Lin, Wenyue Yu, Xiaoming Li, Yuehai Ke, Shengtian Li, Wei Yang, Jianhong Luo
Src homolog domain-containing phosphatase 2 (Shp2) signals a variety of cellular and physiological functions including learning and memory. Dysregulation of ERK signaling is known to be responsible for the cognitive deficits associated with gain-of-function mutated Shp2 mimicking Noonan syndrome. However, here, we report that CaMKIIα-cre induced knockout (CaSKO) of Shp2 in hippocampal pyramidal neurons resulted in increased Src activity, upregulated phosphorylation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) at Y1325 of GluN2A and at Y1472 of GluN2B, disrupted the balance of synaptic transmission, and impaired long-term potentiation and remote contextual fear memory...
October 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794462/long-term-depression-associated-signaling-is-required-for-an-in-vitro-model-of-nmda-receptor-dependent-synapse-pruning
#9
Maile A Henson, Charles J Tucker, Meilan Zhao, Serena M Dudek
Activity-dependent pruning of synaptic contacts plays a critical role in shaping neuronal circuitry in response to the environment during postnatal brain development. Although there is compelling evidence that shrinkage of dendritic spines coincides with synaptic long-term depression (LTD), and that LTD is accompanied by synapse loss, whether NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-dependent LTD is a required step in the progression toward synapse pruning is still unknown. Using repeated applications of NMDA to induce LTD in dissociated rat neuronal cultures, we found that synapse density, as measured by colocalization of fluorescent markers for pre- and postsynaptic structures, was decreased irrespective of the presynaptic marker used, post-treatment recovery time, and the dendritic location of synapses...
October 26, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769245/n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-activation-mediates-lung-fibroblast-proliferation-and-differentiation-in-hyperoxia-induced-chronic-lung-disease-in-newborn-rats
#10
YanRui Wang, ShaoJie Yue, ZiQiang Luo, ChuanDing Cao, XiaoHe Yu, ZhengChang Liao, MingJie Wang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that endogenous glutamate and its N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in hyperoxia-induced acute lung injury in newborn rats. We hypothesized that NMDAR activation also participates in the development of chronic lung injury after withdrawal of hyperoxic conditions. METHODS: In order to rule out the anti-inflammatory effects of NMDAR inhibitor on acute lung injury, the efficacy of MK-801 was evaluated in vivo using newborn Sprague-Dawley rats treated starting 4 days after cessation of hyperoxia exposure (on postnatal day 8)...
October 21, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713495/allosteric-regulation-in-nmda-receptors-revealed-by-the-genetically-encoded-photo-cross-linkers
#11
Meilin Tian, Shixin Ye
Allostery is essential to neuronal receptor function, but its transient nature poses a challenge for characterization. The N-terminal domains (NTDs) distinct from ligand binding domains are a major locus for allosteric regulation of NMDA receptors (NMDARs), where different modulatory binding sites have been observed. The inhibitor ifenprodil, and related phenylethanoamine compounds specifically targeting GluN1/GluN2B NMDARs have neuroprotective activity. However, whether they use differential structural pathways than the endogenous inhibitor Zn(2+) for regulation is unknown...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650422/central-neural-alterations-predominate-in-an-insect-model-of-nociceptive-sensitization
#12
Dennis R Tabuena, Allan Solis, Ken Geraldi, Christopher A Moffatt, Megumi Fuse
Many organisms respond to noxious stimuli with defensive maneuvers. This is noted in the hornworm, Manduca sexta, as a defensive strike response. After tissue damage, organisms typically display sensitized responses to both noxious or normally innocuous stimuli. To further understand this phenomenon, we used novel in situ and in vitro preparations based on paired extracellular nerve recordings and videography to identify central and peripheral nerves responsible for nociception and sensitization of the defensive behavior in M...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557499/glutamatergic-stimulation-induces-glun2b-translation-by-the-nitric-oxide-heme-regulated-eif2%C3%AE-kinase-in-cortical-neurons
#13
Eva Ramos-Fernández, Marta Tajes, Gerard Ill-Raga, Lina Vargas, Arnau Busquets-García, Mònica Bosch-Morató, Biuse Guivernau, Victòria Valls-Comamala, Maria Gomis, Cristina Grau, César Fandos, Mark D Rosen, Michael H Rabinowitz, Nibaldo Inestrosa, Rafael Maldonado, Xavier Altafaj, Andrés Ozaita, Alejandra Alvarez, Rubén Vicente, Miguel A Valverde, Francisco J Muñoz
The activation of N-Methyl D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) by glutamate is crucial in the nervous system function, particularly in memory and learning. NMDAR is composed by two GluN1 and two GluN2 subunits. GluN2B has been reported to participate in the prevalent NMDAR subtype at synapses, the GluN1/2A/2B. Here we studied the regulation of GluN2B expression in cortical neurons finding that glutamate up-regulates GluN2B translation through the action of nitric oxide (NO), which induces the phosphorylation of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 α (eIF2α)...
August 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27546057/effects-of-memantine-on-the-excitation-inhibition-balance-in-prefrontal-cortex
#14
Nadezhda V Povysheva, Jon W Johnson
Memantine is one of the few drugs currently approved for treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The clinical effects of memantine are thought to be associated with inhibition of NMDA receptors (NMDARs). Surprisingly, other open-channel NMDAR blockers have unacceptable side effects that prevent their consideration for AD treatment. One of the mechanisms proposed to explain the therapeutic benefits of memantine involves preferential decrease of excitatory drive to inhibitory neurons in the cortical circuitry and consequent changes in balance between excitation and inhibition (E/I)...
December 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544449/physicochemical-and-biological-properties-of-novel-amide-based-steroidal-inhibitors-of-nmda-receptors
#15
Santosh Kumar Adla, Barbora Slavikova, Marketa Smidkova, Eva Tloustova, Martin Svoboda, Vojtech Vyklicky, Barbora Krausova, Pavla Hubalkova, Michaela Nekardova, Kristina Holubova, Karel Vales, Milos Budesinsky, Ladislav Vyklicky, Hana Chodounska, Eva Kudova
Herein, we report a new class of amide-based inhibitors (1-4) of N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) that were prepared as analogues of pregnanolone sulfate (PAS) and pregnanolone glutamate (PAG) - the steroidal neuroprotective NMDAR inhibitors. A series of experiments were conducted to evaluate their physicochemical and biological properties: (i) the inhibitory effect of compounds 3 and 4 on NMDARs was significantly improved (IC50=1.0 and 1.4μM, respectively) as compared with endogenous inhibitor - pregnanolone sulfate (IC50=24...
August 17, 2016: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544406/ifenprodil-attenuates-the-acquisition-and-expression-of-methamphetamine-induced-behavioral-sensitization-and-activation-of-ras-erk1-2-cascade-in-the-caudate-putamen
#16
Lu Li, Chuchu Qiao, Gang Chen, Hongyan Qian, Ying Hou, Tao Li, Xinshe Liu
Chronic discontinuous use of many psychomotor stimulants leads to behavioral sensitization and, owing to it shares common mechanisms with relapse, most researchers use its animal model to explore the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction. Recent studies have proved that N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are implicated in psychomotor stimulant-induced behavioral sensitization. However, the function of GluN2B-containing NMDARs and their potential downstream cascade(s) in the acquisition and expression of behavioral sensitization to methamphetamine (METH) have not been explored...
October 29, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27531839/involvement-of-protein-phosphatases-in-the-destabilization-of-methamphetamine-associated-contextual-memory
#17
Yang-Jung Yu, Chien-Hsuan Huang, Chih-Hua Chang, Po-Wu Gean
Destabilization refers to a memory that becomes unstable when reactivated and is susceptible to disruption by amnestic agents. Here we delineated the cellular mechanism underlying the destabilization of drug memory. Mice were conditioned with methamphetamine (MeAM) for 3 d, and drug memory was assessed with a conditioned place preference (CPP) protocol. Anisomycin (ANI) was administered 60 min after the CPP retrieval to disrupt reconsolidation. We found that destabilization of MeAM CPP after the application of ANI was blocked by the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist MK-801 and the NR2B antagonist ifenprodil (IFN) but not by the NR2A antagonist NVP-AAM077 (NVP)...
September 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27517693/protein-synthesis-inhibitors-did-not-interfere-with-long-term-depression-induced-either-electrically-in-juvenile-rats-or-chemically-in-middle-aged-rats
#18
Abdul-Karim Abbas
In testing the hypothesis that long-term potentiation (LTP) maintenance depends on triggered protein synthesis, we found no effect of protein synthesis inhibitors (PSIs) on LTP stabilization. Similarly, some studies reported a lack of effect of PSIs on long-term depression (LTD); the lack of effect on LTD has been suggested to be resulting from the short time recordings. If this proposal were true, LTD might exhibit sensitivity to PSIs when the recording intervals were enough long. We firstly induced LTD by a standard protocol involving low frequency stimulation, which is suitable for eliciting NMDAR-LTD in CA1 area of hippocampal slices obtained from juvenile Sprague-Dawley rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27507676/pregnenolone-sulfate-regulates-prolactin-production-in-the-rat-pituitary
#19
Eun-Jin Kang, So-Hye Hong, Jae-Eon Lee, Seung Chul Kim, Hoe-Saeng Yang, Pyong In Yi, Sang-Myeong Lee, Beum-Soo An
Pregnenolone sulfate (PS) is a neuroactive steroid hormone produced in the brain. In this study, the effects of PS on synthesis and secretion of rat pituitary prolactin (PRL) were examined. To accomplish this, GH3 rat pituitary adenoma cells were treated with PS, which showed significantly increased mRNA and protein levels of PRL compared with the control. The mechanism of action responsible for the effects of PS on PRL synthesis and secretion was investigated by pretreating cells with inhibitors of traditional PRL- or the PS-related signaling pathway...
September 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27475106/metabolic-shift-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-impairs-alcohol-and-cocaine-seeking-and-relapse
#20
Valentina Vengeliene, Nazzareno Cannella, Tatiane Takahashi, Rainer Spanagel
RATIONALE: The glutamatergic system plays a key role in the maintenance of drug use and development of drug-related conditioned behaviours. In particular, hyper-glutamatergic activity and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activation may drive drug craving and relapse. Inhibition of kynurenine-3-monooxygenase (KMO) shifts the metabolic kynurenine pathway towards production of kynurenic acid, which leads to a reduction of glutamatergic/NMDAR activity via different mechanisms. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we investigated whether drug-seeking and relapse behaviour could be modified by the metabolic shift of endogenous kynurenine pathway...
September 2016: Psychopharmacology
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