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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048371/znt3-gene-deletion-reduces-colchicine-induced-dentate-granule-cell-degeneration
#1
Bo Young Choi, Dae Ki Hong, Sang Won Suh
Our previous study demonstrated that colchicine-induced dentate granule cell death is caused by blocking axonal flow and the accumulation of intracellular zinc. Zinc is concentrated in the synaptic vesicles via zinc transporter 3 (ZnT3), which facilitates zinc transport from the cytosol into the synaptic vesicles. The aim of the present study was to identify the role of ZnT3 gene deletion on colchicine-induced dentate granule cell death. The present study used young (3-5 months) mice of the wild-type (WT) or the ZnT3(-)(/)(-) genotype...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033788/zinc-as-a-neuromodulator-in-the-central-nervous-system-with-a-focus-on-the-olfactory-bulb
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REVIEW
Laura J Blakemore, Paul Q Trombley
The olfactory bulb (OB) is central to the sense of smell, as it is the site of the first synaptic relay involved in the processing of odor information. Odor sensations are first transduced by olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) before being transmitted, by way of the OB, to higher olfactory centers that mediate olfactory discrimination and perception. Zinc is a common trace element, and it is highly concentrated in the synaptic vesicles of subsets of glutamatergic neurons in some brain regions including the hippocampus and OB...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988934/bis-choline-tetrathiomolybdate-in-patients-with-wilson-s-disease-an-open-label-multicentre-phase-2-study
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Karl Heinz Weiss, Frederick K Askari, Anna Czlonkowska, Peter Ferenci, Jeff M Bronstein, Danny Bega, Aftab Ala, David Nicholl, Susan Flint, Lars Olsson, Thomas Plitz, Carl Bjartmar, Michael L Schilsky
BACKGROUND: Wilson's disease is a genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in the liver, brain, and other tissues. Therapies are limited by efficacy, safety concerns, and multiple daily dosing. Bis-choline tetrathiomolybdate (WTX101) is an oral first-in-class copper-protein-binding molecule that targets hepatic intracellular copper and reduces plasma non-ceruloplasmin-bound copper (NCC) by forming tripartite complexes with albumin and increasing biliary copper excretion. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of WTX101 in the initial or early treatment of patients with Wilson's disease...
October 5, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988580/development-prevention-and-treatment-of-alcohol-induced-organ-injury-the-role-of-nutrition
#4
Shirish Barve, Shao-Yu Chen, Irina Kirpich, Walter H Watson, Craig Mcclain
Alcohol and nutrition have the potential to interact at multiple levels. For example, heavy alcohol consumption can interfere with normal nutrition, resulting in overall malnutrition or in deficiencies of important micronutrients, such as zinc, by reducing their absorption or increasing their loss. Interactions between alcohol consumption and nutrition also can affect epigenetic regulation of gene expression by influencing multiple regulatory mechanisms, including methylation and acetylation of histone proteins and DNA...
2017: Alcohol Research: Current Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987296/yellow-phosphorus-induced-brugada-phenocopy
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Mayakrishnan Dharanipradab, Stalin Viswanathan, Gokula Raman Kumar, Vijayalatchumy Krishnamurthy, Daphene Divya Stanley
BACKGROUND: Metallic phosphides (of aluminum and phosphide) and yellow phosphorus are commonly used rodenticide compounds in developing countries. Toxicity of yellow phosphorus mostly pertains to the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas and the brain. Cardiotoxicity with associated Brugada ECG pattern has been reported only in poisoning with metallic phosphides. METHODS AND RESULTS: Brugada phenocopy and hepatic dysfunction were observed in a 29-year-old male following yellow phosphorus consumption...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985179/a-new-role-for-zinc-in-the-brain
#6
Brendan B McAllister, Richard H Dyck
Certain neurons in the auditory cortex release zinc to influence how the brain processes sounds.
October 6, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968084/photodynamic-oncotherapy-mediated-by-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-receptors
#7
Peng Xu, Yuhua Jia, Yongshuai Yang, Jincan Chen, Ping Hu, Zhuo Chen, Mingdong Huang
Here, we report photodynamic oncotherapies mediated by gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptors. We synthesized conjugates 1 and 2 by coupling zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) to GnRH analogues. Compared to unmodified ZnPc, conjugates 1 and 2 exhibited higher and more specific phototoxicities to breast cancer cells. Furthermore, the two conjugates demonstrated excellent anti-tumor efficacies in a breast cancer-grafted animal model. Biodistribution study suggested the high biosafety of conjugate 2 because of the low retention in brain and skin...
October 2, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966087/steroid-hormone-ecdysone-signaling-specifies-mushroom-body-neuron-sequential-fate-via-chinmo
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Giovanni Marchetti, Gaia Tavosanis
The functional variety in neuronal composition of an adult brain is established during development. Recent studies proposed that interactions between genetic intrinsic programs and external cues are necessary to generate proper neural diversity [1]. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this developmental process are still poorly understood. Three main subtypes of Drosophila mushroom body (MB) neurons are sequentially generated during development and provide a good example of developmental neural plasticity [2]...
October 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964927/aromatase-and-neuroinflammation-in-rat-focal-brain-ischemia
#9
Yu H Zhong, Jasbeer Dhawan, Joel A Kovoor, John Sullivan, Wei X Zhang, Dennis Choi, Anat Biegon
Accumulating evidence suggests that expression of aromatase, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of androgens to estrogens, is transiently upregulated in rat stroke models. It was further suggested that increased aromatase expression is linked to neuroinflammation and that it is neuroprotective in females. Our goal was to investigate aromatase upregulation in male rats subjected to experimental stroke in in relationship to neuroinflammation, infarct and response to treatment with different putative neuroprotective agents...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964831/discovery-of-novel-non-competitive-inhibitors-of-mammalian-neutral-m1-aminopeptidase-apn
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Isel Pascual, Pedro A Valiente, Gabriela García, Mario E Valdés-Tresanco, Yarini Arrebola, Lisset Díaz, Lotfi Bounaadja, Rosa María Uribe, Mae Chappé Pacheco, Isabelle Florent, Jean-Louis Charli
Neutral metallo-aminopeptidase (APN) catalyzes the cleavage of neutral and basic amino acids from the N-terminus of protein or peptide substrates. APN expression is dysregulated in inflammatory diseases as well as in several types of cancer. Therefore, inhibitors of APN may be effective against cancer and inflammation. By virtual screening and enzymatic assays, we identified three non-competitive inhibitors (α > 1) of the porcine and human APN with Ki values in the μM range. These non-peptidic compounds lack the classical zinc-binding groups (ZBG) present in most of the APN inhibitors...
September 27, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959621/health-effects-following-subacute-exposure-to-geogenic-dust-collected-from-active-drainage-surfaces-nellis-dunes-recreation-area-las-vegas-nv
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Jamie C DeWitt, Brenda J Buck, Dirk Goossens, Yuanxin Teng, James Pollard, Brett T McLaurin, Russell Gerads, Deborah E Keil
The specific health effects of direct inhalation of fine minerogenic dusts generated by natural soil surfaces remain poorly known and relatively little researched. To learn more about this exposure and its contribution to human health effects, we surveyed surface sediment and characterized dust from the Nellis Dunes Recreation Area (NDRA) in Clark County, Nevada, a popular off-road vehicle (ORV) recreational site. Dry drainage systems at NDRA are commonly used as natural trail systems for ORV recreation; these surfaces also are characterized by high concentrations of heavy metals...
2017: Toxicology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956834/the-emerging-role-of-zinc-in-the-pathogenesis-of-multiple-sclerosis
#12
REVIEW
Bo Young Choi, Jong Won Jung, Sang Won Suh
Our lab has previously demonstrated that multiple sclerosis-induced spinal cord white matter damage and motor deficits are mediated by the pathological disruption of zinc homeostasis. Abnormal vesicular zinc release and intracellular zinc accumulation may mediate several steps in the pathophysiological processes of multiple sclerosis (MS), such as matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9) activation, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, and subsequent immune cell infiltration from peripheral systems. Oral administration of a zinc chelator decreased BBB disruption, immune cell infiltration, and spinal white matter myelin destruction...
September 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950693/the-effects-of-two-different-multivitamins-on-aging-mice
#13
Su-Xi Wu, Xiao-Miao Han, Xue-Wei Jiang, Jun Tao
Investigating anti-aging factors that is more effective than antioxidants has important theoretical significance and application value. In search for nutritional ingredients that are more effective in anti-aging, two different multivitamins (multivitamin-1 at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg BW/day; multivitamin-2 at a dose of 5.4 mg/kg BW/day) were administered to aging mice (N = 40) induced by D-galactose. The content or activity of the biochemical components associated with aging and anti-aging in the brain and the liver of the experimental mice was then determined for analysis of statistically significant difference among the groups...
October 31, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944802/subcellular-compartmentalisation-of-copper-iron-manganese-and-zinc-in-the-parkinson-s-disease-brain
#14
Sian Genoud, Blaine R Roberts, Adam P Gunn, Glenda M Halliday, Simon J G Lewis, Helen J Ball, Dominic J Hare, Kay L Double
Elevated iron and decreased copper levels are cardinal features of the degenerating substantia nigra pars compacta in the Parkinson's disease brain. Both of these redox-active metals, and fellow transition metals manganese and zinc, are found at high concentrations within the midbrain and participate in a range of unique biological reactions. We examined the total metal content and cellular compartmentalisation of manganese, iron, copper and zinc in the degenerating substantia nigra, disease-affected but non-degenerating fusiform gyrus, and unaffected occipital cortex in the post mortem Parkinson's disease brain compared with age-matched controls...
October 18, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938207/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-in-predicted-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-leading-to-behavioral-impairments-in-male-swiss-mice
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Joyce Moreira de Souza, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Abraão Tiago Batista Guimarães, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Thales Quintão Chagas, Thiago Lopes Rocha, Guilherme Malafaia
Although the potential neurotoxic effects from the exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) on humans and on experimental models have been reported in previous studies, the effects from the exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of them remain unclear. Thus, the aim of the present study is to investigate the effects from the exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of ZnO NPs on the behavior of male Swiss mice. The animals were daily exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of ZnO NPs (5...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936596/age-related-behavioral-morphological-and-physiological-changes-in-the-hippocampus-of-zitter-rats
#16
Ayuka Ehara, Masao Maekawa, Yuuichi Hori, Kazuhiko Nakadate, Shiuchi Ueda
Convulsive seizure is known to be associated with hippocampal abnormalities, such as hilar cell degeneration, abnormal mossy fiber sprouting in the dentate gyrus (DG) and abnormal expression of immediate early genes. However, whether these morphological changes are a cause or consequence of convulsive seizures has remained contentious. Zitter (zi/zi) rats carry a mutation of the attractin gene and display spongiform degeneration of the brain. Spontaneous convulsive seizures in zi/zi rats over 8 months (M) old were demonstrated using 24-h video monitoring...
September 21, 2017: Anatomical Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936162/rna-sequencing-analysis-reveals-a-regulatory-role-for-transcription-factor-fezf2-in-the-mature-motor-cortex
#17
Alison J Clare, Hollie E Wicky, Ruth M Empson, Stephanie M Hughes
Forebrain embryonic zinc finger (Fezf2) encodes a transcription factor essential for the specification of layer 5 projection neurons (PNs) in the developing cerebral cortex. As with many developmental transcription factors, Fezf2 continues to be expressed into adulthood, suggesting it remains crucial to the maintenance of neuronal phenotypes. Despite the continued expression, a function has yet to be explored for Fezf2 in the PNs of the developed cortex. Here, we investigated the role of Fezf2 in mature neurons, using lentiviral-mediated delivery of a shRNA to conditionally knockdown the expression of Fezf2 in the mouse primary motor cortex (M1)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931092/the-genome-wide-associated-candidate-gene-znf804a-and-psychosis-proneness-evidence-of-sex-modulated-association
#18
Marta de Castro-Catala, Aurea Mora-Solano, Thomas R Kwapil, Paula Cristóbal-Narváez, Tamara Sheinbaum, Anna Racioppi, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, Araceli Rosa
BACKGROUND: The Zinc finger protein 804A (ZNF804A) is a promising candidate gene for schizophrenia and the broader psychosis phenotype that emerged from genome-wide association studies. It is related to neurodevelopment and associated to severe symptoms of schizophrenia and alterations in brain structure, as well as positive schizotypal personality traits in non-clinical samples. Moreover, a female-specific association has been observed between ZNF804A and schizophrenia. AIM: The present study examined the association of two ZNF804A polymorphisms (rs1344706 and rs7597593) with the positive dimension of schizotypy and psychotic-like experiences in a sample of 808 non-clinical subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928831/park2-negatively-regulates-the-metastasis-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-glioblastoma-cells-via-zeb1
#19
Haiyang Wang, Zhenfeng Jiang, Meng Na, Haitao Ge, Chongyang Tang, Hong Shen, Zhiguo Lin
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the most aggressive human malignant brain tumors, is induced by multiple complex pathological mechanisms. The main cause of mortality in patients with GBM is the invasion-metastasis cascade of tumor cells. The dysfunction of Parkinson protein 2 E3 ubiquitin protein ligase (PARK2) is closely linked with the development of certain human cancers. However, whether PARK2 is associated with metastasis in GBM remains unknown. The present study demonstrated that the metastasis and invasion of U87 cells were significantly repressed by PARK2 overexpression...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915963/hepcidin-and-metallothioneins-as-molecular-base-for-sex-dependent-differences-in-clinical-course-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-chronic-iron-overload
#20
Božena Ćurko-Cofek, Tanja Grubić Kezele, Vesna Barac-Latas
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system characterised by inflammatory and degenerative changes. It is considered that disease arises from the influence of environmental factors on genetically susceptible individuals. Recent researches, using magnetic resonance imaging, connected iron deposits in different brain regions with demyelinating process in multiple sclerosis patients. Although iron is an essential trace element important for many biological functions it could be harmful because iron excess can induce the production of reactive oxygen species, development of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation which leads to demyelination...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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