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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647874/alleviative-effect-of-licorice-on-copper-chloride-induced-oxidative-stress-in-the-brain-biochemical-histopathological-immunohistochemical-and-genotoxic-study
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Heba El-Sayed Mostafa, Eman Ahmad Alaa-Eldin, Dalia Abdallah El-Shafei, Nehal S Abouhashem
Although copper is an essential micronutrient involved in a variety of biological processes indispensable for sustaining life, it can be toxic when administered in excess. Licorice (Glycyrrhizaglabra) has been used in Chinese folk medicine for the treatment of various disorders. Licorice has the biological capabilities of detoxication, antioxidation, and antiinfection. Here, we test the hypothesis that licorice could ameliorate copper-induced neurotoxic and genotoxic effects in adult male albino rats. For this purpose, 48 adult male albino rats were randomized into five groups: group I (8 rats), untreated control; group II (16 rats), subdivided into; vehicle control IIa (8 rats) which received 1 mL saline twice weekly intraperitoneally for 8 weeks and vehicle control IIb (8 rats) received 0...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647856/glial-and-neuronal-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-alpha-ptp%C3%AE-regulate-oligodendrocyte-differentiation-and-myelination
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Yuda Shih, Philip T T Ly, Jing Wang, Catherine J Pallen
CNS myelination defects occur in mice deficient in receptor-like protein tyrosine phosphatase alpha (PTPα). Here, we investigated the role of PTPα in oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination using cells and tissues from wild-type (WT) and PTPα knockout (KO) mice. PTPα promoted the timely differentiation of neural stem cell-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). Compared to WT OPCs, KO OPC cultures had more NG2+ progenitors, fewer myelin basic protein (MBP)+ oligodendrocytes, and reduced morphological complexity...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647598/functional-brain-networks-during-picture-encoding-and-recognition-in-different-odor-contexts
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J L Reichert, M Ninaus, W Schuehly, C Hirschmann, D Bagga, V Schöpf
Contextual odors can serve as retrieval cues when applied during encoding and recall/recognition of information. To investigate the neuronal basis of these observations, we collected functional MRI data while participants (n=51) performed an encoding and recognition memory task during which odors (congruent: CO or incongruent: IO) were presented as contextual cues. Recognition performance was not influenced by odor, but there was increased activation in the piriform cortex during successful encoding in the CO group, possibly indicating enhanced retrieval of information previously integrated with an olfactory percept...
June 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647594/chronic-mild-stress-impairs-latent-inhibition-and-induces-region-specific-neural-activation-in-chl1-deficient-mice-a-mouse-model-of-schizophrenia
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Mona Buhusi, Daniel Obray, Bret Guercio, Mitchell J Bartlett, Catalin V Buhusi
Schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by abnormal processing of information and attentional deficits. Schizophrenia has a high genetic component but is precipitated by environmental factors, as proposed by the 'two-hit' theory of schizophrenia. Here we compared latent inhibition as a measure of learning and attention, in CHL1-deficient mice, an animal model of schizophrenia, and their wild-type littermates, under no-stress and chronic mild stress conditions. All unstressed mice as well as the stressed wild-type mice showed latent inhibition...
June 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647557/kcc3-loss-of-function-contributes-to-andermann-syndrome-by-inducing-activity-dependent-neuromuscular-junction-defects
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Melissa Bowerman, Céline Salsac, Véronique Bernard, Claire Soulard, Annie Dionne, Emmanuelle Coque, Salim Benlefki, Pascale Hince, Patrick A Dion, Gillian Butler-Browne, William Camu, Jean-Pierre Bouchard, Eric Delpire, Guy A Rouleau, Cédric Raoul, Frédérique Scamps
Loss-of-function mutations in the potassium-chloride cotransporter KCC3 lead to Andermann syndrome, a severe sensorimotor neuropathy characterized by areflexia, amyotrophy and locomotor abnormalities. The molecular events responsible for axonal loss remain poorly understood. Here, we establish that global or neuron-specific KCC3 loss-of-function in mice leads to early neuromuscular junction (NMJ) abnormalities and muscular atrophy that are consistent with the pre-synaptic neurotransmission defects observed in patients...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647556/synapsin-i-phosphorylation-is-dysregulated-by-beta-amyloid-oligomers-and-restored-by-valproic-acid
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Jade Marsh, Saifuddien Haji Bagol, Robin S B Williams, George Dickson, Pavlos Alifragis
Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia in the elderly but the precise causal mechanisms are still not fully understood. Growing evidence supports a significant role for Aβ42 oligomers in the development and progression of Alzheimer's. For example, intracellular soluble Aβ oligomers are thought to contribute to the early synaptic dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect are still unclear. Here, we identify a novel mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the reported synaptic dysfunction...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647536/crhr1-exacerbates-the-glial-inflammatory-response-and-alters-bdnf-trkb-pcreb-signaling-in-a-rat-model-of-global-cerebral-ischemia-implications-for-neuroprotection-and-cognitive-recovery
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Patricia B de la Tremblaye, Simon M Benoit, Sarah Schock, Hélène Plamondon
This study examined the impact of corticotropin-releasing hormone type 1 receptor (CRHR1) blockade using Antalarmin (ANT) on the expression of markers of neuroplasticity and inflammation, as well as neuroprotection and behavioral recovery following global cerebral ischemia. Male Wistar rats (N=50) were treated with ANT (2μg/2μl; icv) or a vehicle solution prior to a sham or four vessel (4VO) occlusion. Seven days post ischemia, anxiety was assessed in the Elevated Plus Maze and Open Field tests, and fear and spatial learning in a Y-Maze Passive Avoidance Task and the Barnes Maze...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647514/aqueous-cigarette-tar-extracts-disrupt-corticogenesis-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Aynun N Begum, Jose S Aguilar, Yiling Hong
BACKGROUND: Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, and approximately 4.5 trillion smoked cigarettes are discarded every year worldwide. Cigarette butts contain over 4000 chemicals, many of which are known to have neurotoxic effects. Stem cell neuronal differentiation provides an excellent cellular model with which to examine the impact of aqueous cigarette tar extracts (ACTEs) on neurodevelopment. METHODS: We have developed a neurosphere-based stem cell neuronal differentiation protocol that can recapitulate corticogenesis and produce cell types that are similar to upper and lower layer cortical projection neurons found in the germinal zone of the developing human cortex...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647491/emerging-pharmacological-approaches-to-promote-neurogenesis-from-endogenous-glial-cells
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REVIEW
Enrica Boda, Giulia Nato, Annalisa Buffo
Neurodegenerative disorders are emerging as leading contributors to the global disease burden. While some drug-based approaches have been designed to limit or prevent neuronal loss following acute damage or chronic neurodegeneration, regeneration of functional neurons in the adult Central Nervous System (CNS)still remains an unmet need. In this context, theexploitation of endogenous cellsources has recently gained an unprecedented attention, thanks to the demonstration that, in some CNS regions or under specific circumstances, glial cells can activate spontaneous neurogenesis or can be instructed to produceneurons in the adult mammalian CNS parenchyma...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647484/neural-representation-of-geometry-and-surface-properties-in-object-and-scene-perception
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Matthew X Lowe, Jason Rajsic, Jason P Gallivan, Susanne Ferber, Jonathan S Cant
Multiple cortical regions are crucial for perceiving the visual world, yet the processes shaping representations in these regions are unclear. To address this issue, we must elucidate how perceptual features shape representations of the environment. Here, we explore how the weighting of different visual features affects neural representations of objects and scenes, focusing on the scene-selective parahippocampal place area (PPA), but additionally including the retrosplenial complex (RSC), occipital place area (OPA), lateral occipital (LO) area, fusiform face area (FFA) and occipital face area (OFA)...
June 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647483/demands-on-response-inhibition-processes-determine-modulations-of-theta-band-activity-in-superior-frontal-areas-and-correlations-with-pupillometry-implications-for-the-norepinephrine-system-during-inhibitory-control
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Gabriel Dippel, Moritz Mückschel, Tjalf Ziemssen, Christian Beste
Response inhi bition processes are important for goal-directed behavior and particularly demanded when it is unlikely to inhibit automatically executed responses. It has been suggested that the norepinephrine (NE) system is important to consider for such likelihood effects. As an indirect measure of the NE system activity we used the pupil diameter and integrated this data with neurophysiological (EEG) data and beamforming analyses. The study shows that inhibitory control processes reflected by theta oscillations are strongly modulated by the likelihood to employ these processes and that these mechanisms were related to neural processes in the SMA and SFG...
June 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647450/central-administration-of-ghrelin-induces-conditioned-avoidance-in-rodents
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Erik Schéle, Christopher Cook, Marie Le May, Tina Bake, Simon M Luckman, Suzanne L Dickson
Feelings of hunger carry a negative-valence (emotion) signal that appears to be conveyed through agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus. The circulating hunger hormone, ghrelin, activates these neurons although it remains unclear whether it also carries a negative-valence signal. Given that ghrelin also activates pathways in the midbrain that are important for reward, it remains possible that ghrelin could act as a positive reinforcer and hence, carry a positive-valence signal...
June 21, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647390/neural-synergies-for-controlling-reach-and-grasp-movement-in-macaques
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Yaoyao Hao, Shaomin Zhang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Guanglin Li, Weidong Chen, Xiaoxiang Zheng
It has been suggested that the brain adopts a simplified strategy to coordinate a large number of degrees of freedom in motor control. Synergies have been proposed as a strategy to produce movements by recruitment of a small number of fixed modular patterns. However, there is no direct support for a synergistic organization of that brain itself. In this study, we recorded neural activities from the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of monkeys trained to reach and grasp differently shaped objects (grasping task) or the same object in different positions (reaching task)...
June 21, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647363/cadps2-gene-expression-is-oppositely-regulated-by-lrrk2-and-alpha-synuclein
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Julia Obergasteiger, Christa Überbacher, Peter P Pramstaller, Andrew A Hicks, Corrado Corti, Mattia Volta
The Ca(2+)-dependent activator protein for secretion 2 (CADPS2) is a member of the CAPS/CADPS protein family that play crucial roles in synaptic vesicle dynamics. Genomic variability in the CADPS2 gene has been associated to autism spectrum disorders and Alzheimer's disease, both characterized by altered neurotransmission. Biological evidence also linked CADPS2 to Parkinson's disease (PD), as a disease-causing mutation in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) was reported to increase CADPS2 gene and protein expression...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647186/bougainvillea-spectabilis-flowers-extract-protects-against-the-rotenone-induced-toxicity
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Omar M E Abdel-Salam, Eman R Youness, Nadia A Ahmed, Sayed A El-Toumy, Ahmed M A Souleman, Nermeen Shaffie, Dalia M Abouelfadl
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of two extracts of Bougainvillea spectabilis (B. spectabilis) flowers with yellow and pink/purple on brain oxidative stress and neuronal damage caused in rats by systemic rotenone injection. METHODS: Rotenone 1.5 mg/kg was given three times per week alone or in combination with B. spectabilis flowers extracts (25 mg or 50 mg) via the subcutaneous route for 2 weeks. Brain concentrations of the lipid peroxidation marker malondialdehyde (MDA), reduced glutathione, nitric oxide (nitrite), the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1beta (Il-1β) as well as butyrylcholinesterase, and paraoxonase-1 (PON-1) activities, were determined...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646794/dexibuprofen-prevents-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-decline-in-appswe-ps1de9-through-multiple-signaling-pathways
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Miren Ettcheto, Elena Sánchez-López, Laura Pons, Oriol Busquets, Jordi Olloquequi, Carlos Beas-Zarate, Merce Pallas, Maria Luisa García, Carme Auladell, Jaume Folch, Antoni Camins
The aim of the present study is to elucidate the neuronal pathways associated to NSAIDs causing a reduction of the risk and progression of Alzheimer's disease. The research was developed administering the active enantiomer of ibuprofen, dexibuprofen (DXI), in order to reduce associated gastric toxicity. DXI was administered from three to six-month-old female APPswe/PS1dE9 mice as a model of familial Alzheimer's disease. DXI treatment reduced the activation of glial cells and the cytokine release involved in the neurodegenerative process, especially TNFα...
June 15, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646556/injury-induced-maladaption-and-dysregulation-of-calcium-channel-alpha-2-delta-subunit-proteins-and-its-contribution-to-neuropathic-pain-development
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REVIEW
Nian Gong, John Park, Z David Luo
Voltage gated calcium channels (VGCCs) play important roles in physiological functions including modulations of neurotransmitter release, neuronal network activities, intracellular signaling pathways, and gene expression. Some pathological conditions, including nerve injuries, can cause dysregulation of VGCCs and their subunits. This in turn can lead to functional maladaption of VGCCs and their subunits, which can contribute to development of disorders such as pain sensations. This review summarized recent findings related to maladaptive changes of dysregulated VGCC alpha-2-delta-1 subunit (Cav α2 δ1 ) with a focus on exploration of mechanisms underlying contribution of Cav α2 δ1 to pain signal transduction...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646469/the-cathinones-mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-elicit-different-behavioral-and-molecular-effects-following-acute-exposure
#18
Giuseppe Giannotti, Isabella Canazza, Lucia Caffino, Sabrine Bilel, Andrea Ossato, Fabio Fumagalli, Matteo Marti
Since the mid-to-late 2000s, synthetic cathinones have gained popularity among drug users due to their psychostimulant effects greater than those produced by cocaine and amphetamine. Among them, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and 1-phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)pentan-1-one (α-PVP) are ones of the most popular cathinones available in the clandestine market as "bath salts" or "fertilizers." Pre-clinical studies indicate that MDPV and α-PVP induced psychomotor stimulation, affected thermoregulation, and promoted reinforcing properties in rodents...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646347/alendronate-treatment-induces-il-1b-expression-and-apoptosis-in-glioblastoma-cell-line
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Paola Maura Tricarico, Angeladine Epate, Fulvio Celsi, Sergio Crovella
Alendronate (ALD), one among the nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates (NBPs), is currently used for the treatment of many pathological conditions. Unfortunately, although generally tolerated, NBPs treatment has been associated with central nervous system (CNS) adverse outcomes, such as amnesia, hallucinations and visual disturbances. So, we analyzed the effect of ALD treatment in glial cells, the main sources of cholesterol for neurons and principal cells involved in the immunological defense of the brain. We treated a glial cell line (U87-MG) with increasing doses of ALD (0...
June 23, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646119/rest-suppression-mediates-neural-conversion-of-adult-human-fibroblasts-via-microrna-dependent-and-independent-pathways
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Janelle Drouin-Ouellet, Shong Lau, Per Ludvik Brattås, Daniella Rylander Ottosson, Karolina Pircs, Daniela A Grassi, Lucy M Collins, Romina Vuono, Annika Andersson Sjöland, Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Caroline Graff, Lennart Minthon, Håkan Toresson, Roger A Barker, Johan Jakobsson, Malin Parmar
Direct conversion of human fibroblasts into mature and functional neurons, termed induced neurons (iNs), was achieved for the first time 6 years ago. This technology offers a promising shortcut for obtaining patient- and disease-specific neurons for disease modeling, drug screening, and other biomedical applications. However, fibroblasts from adult donors do not reprogram as easily as fetal donors, and no current reprogramming approach is sufficiently efficient to allow the use of this technology using patient-derived material for large-scale applications...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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