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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545157/the-aminoestrogen-prolame-increases-recognition-memory-and-hippocampal-neuronal-spine-density-in-aged-mice
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Alfonso Diaz, Samuel Treviño, Rubén Vázquez-Roque, Berenice Venegas, Blanca Espinosa, Gonzalo Flores, Juan Manuel Fernández-G, Luis F Montaño, Jorge Guevara
The aging brain shows biochemical and morphological changes in the dendrites of pyramidal neurons from the limbic system associated with memory loss. Prolame (N-(3-hydroxy-1,3,5 (10) -estratrien-17β-yl) -3-hydroxypropylamine) is a non-feminizing aminoestrogen with antithrombotic activity that prevents neuronal deterioration, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of prolame on motor and cognitive processes, as well as its influence on the dendritic morphology of neurons at the CA1, CA3 and granule cells of the dentate gyrus (DG) regions of hippocampus (HP), and medium spiny neurons of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) of aged mice...
May 25, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503136/a-quantitative-golgi-study-of-dendritic-morphology-in-the-mice-striatal-medium-spiny-neurons
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Ivana Bicanic, Ana Hladnik, Zdravko Petanjek
In this study we have provided a detailed quantitative morphological analysis of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) in the mice dorsal striatum and determined the consistency of values among three groups of animals obtained in different set of experiments. Dendritic trees of 162 Golgi Cox (FD Rapid GolgiStain Kit) impregnated MSNs from 15 adult C57BL/6 mice were 3-dimensionally reconstructed using Neurolucida software, and parameters of dendritic morphology have been compared among experimental groups. The parameters of length and branching pattern did not show statistically significant difference and were highly consistent among groups...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487495/naoling-decoction-restores-cognitive-function-by-inhibiting-the-neuroinflammatory-network-in-a-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Zian Xia, Weijun Peng, Shunhua Cheng, Bingwu Zhong, Chenxia Sheng, Chunhu Zhang, Wei Gong, Shuai Cheng, Jun Li, Zhe Wang
Neuroinflammation is central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We previously showed that Naoling decoction (NLD), a traditional Chinese medicine, was effective against AD, acting by inhibiting expression of IL-1β and IL-6. In the present study, we generated the rat model of AD by injecting Aβ1-42 peptide intracerebroventricularly and evaluated the dose-dependent effects of NLD treatment. The NLD-treated rats exhibited significant improvements in cognitive function as evaluated by the Morris water maze test...
April 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447990/imaging-neurons-within-thick-brain-sections-using-the-golgi-cox-method
#4
Emma L Louth, Charles D Sutton, Ari L Mendell, Neil J MacLusky, Craig D C Bailey
The Golgi-Cox method of neuron staining has been employed for more than two hundred years to advance our understanding of neuron morphology within histological brain samples. While it is preferable from a practical perspective to prepare brain sections at the greatest thickness possible, in order to increase the probability of identifying stained neurons that are fully contained within single sections, this approach is limited from a technical perspective by the working distance of high-magnification microscope objectives...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379212/effects-of-epidural-compression-on-stellate-neurons-and-thalamocortical-afferent-fibers-in-the-rat-primary-somatosensory-cortex
#5
Tzu-Yin Yeh, Guo-Fang Tseng, Chi-Yu Tseng, Yung-Hsin Huang, Pei-Hsin Liu
A number of neurological disorders such as epidural hematoma can cause compression of cerebral cortex. We here tested the hypothesis that sustained compression of primary somatosensory cortex may affect stellate neurons and thalamocortical afferent (TCA) fibers. A rat model with barrel cortex subjected to bead epidural compression was used. Golgi-Cox staining analyses showed the shrinkage of dendritic arbors and the stripping of dendritic spines of stellate neurons for at least 3 months post-lesion. Anterograde tracing analyses exhibited a progressive decline of TCA fiber density in barrel field for 6 months post-lesion...
2017: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374408/morphological-alterations-in-the-hippocampus-of-the-ts65dn-mouse-model-for-down-syndrome-correlate-with-structural-plasticity-markers
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Olga Villarroya, Raúl Ballestín, Rosa López-Hidalgo, Maria Mulet, José Miguel Blasco-Ibáñez, Carlos Crespo, Juan Nacher, Javier Gilabert-Juan, Emilio Varea
Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal aneuploidy. Although trisomy on chromosome 21 can display variable phenotypes, there is a common feature among all DS individuals: the presence of intellectual disability. This condition is partially attributed to abnormalities found in the hippocampus of individuals with DS and in the murine model for DS, Ts65Dn. To check if all hippocampal areas were equally affected in 4-5 month adult Ts65Dn mice, we analysed the morphology of dentate gyrus granule cells and cornu ammonis pyramidal neurons using Sholl method on Golgi-Cox impregnated neurons...
April 4, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267433/hemi-ovariectomies-promote-a-decrease-in-the-dendritic-lengths-of-ca1-and-ca3-neurons-a-dimorphic-effect-of-the-cerebral-hemispheres
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Dolores Adriana Bravo Durán, Adriana Berenice Silva Gómez, Ana Coral Gutiérrez Rosas, Angélica Trujillo
Certain structures of the central nervous system (CNS) are morphologically and functionally related to the ovaries. Ovariectomy has been used to study the functional role of the ovaries in the CNS, as well as the role of the CNS on the reproductive system. In the present study, the effects of left and right hemi-ovariectomy on the morphology of pyramidal neurons from the CA1 and CA3 regions of the ventral hippocampus were studied. During the estrus phase, female Long-Evans rats underwent either left and right hemi-ovariectomies or left and right sham surgeries...
May 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150086/morphological-structural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-the-basolateral-amygdala-after-early-lesion-of-the-rat-mediodorsal-thalamus
#8
Zakaria Ouhaz, Saadia Ba-M'hamed, Mohamed Bennis
Early postnatal damage to the mediodorsal thalamus (MD) produces deficits in cognition and behavior believed to be associated with early prefrontal cortical maldevelopment. We assessed the role of MD afferents during development on the morphological and functional maturation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA). Sprague-Dawley rat pups (n = 56) received a bilateral electrolytic lesion of the MD or a MD Sham lesion on postnatal day 4. 7 weeks later, all rats were tested in anxiety-related and cognitive paradigms using the elevated plus maze and novel object recognition tests...
February 1, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042870/obesity-induced-structural-and-neuronal-plasticity-in-the-lateral-orbitofrontal-cortex
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Jennifer L Thompson, Michael Drysdale, Corey Baimel, Manpreet Kaur, Taigan MacGowan, Kimberley A Pitman, Stephanie L Borgland
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) integrates sensory information with the current value of foods and updates actions based on this information. Obese humans and rats fed a cafeteria diet have impaired devaluation of food rewards, implicating a potential obesity-induced dysfunction of the OFC. We hypothesized that obesity alters OFC pyramidal neuronal structure and function and reduces conditioned suppression of feeding. Rats were given restricted (1 h/day), extended (23 h/day) or no (chow only) access to a cafeteria diet and tested for a conditioned suppression of feeding...
June 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997735/curcuma-treatment-prevents-cognitive-deficit-and-alteration-of-neuronal-morphology-in-the-limbic-system-of-aging-rats
#10
Blanca Vidal, Rubén A Vázquez-Roque, Dino Gnecco, Raúl G Enríquez, Benjamin Floran, Alfonso Díaz, Gonzalo Flores
Curcuma is a natural compound that has shown neuroprotective properties, and has been reported to prevent aging and improve memory. While the mechanism(s) underlying these effects are unclear, they may be related to increases in neural plasticity. Morphological changes have been reported in neuronal dendrites in the limbic system in animals and elderly humans with cognitive impairment. In this regard, there is a need to use alternative therapies that delay the onset of morphologies and behavioral characteristics of aging...
March 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981196/social-defeat-stress-induces-depression-like-behavior-and-alters-spine-morphology-in-the-hippocampus-of-adolescent-male-c57bl-6-mice
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Sergio D Iñiguez, Antonio Aubry, Lace M Riggs, Jason B Alipio, Roseanna M Zanca, Francisco J Flores-Ramirez, Mirella A Hernandez, Steven J Nieto, David Musheyev, Peter A Serrano
Social stress, including bullying during adolescence, is a risk factor for common psychopathologies such as depression. To investigate the neural mechanisms associated with juvenile social stress-induced mood-related endophenotypes, we examined the behavioral, morphological, and biochemical effects of the social defeat stress model of depression on hippocampal dendritic spines within the CA1 stratum radiatum. Adolescent (postnatal day 35) male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to defeat episodes for 10 consecutive days...
December 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964870/high-frequency-stimulation-of-the-infralimbic-cortex-induces-morphological-changes-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons
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Yarema B Bezchlibnyk, Scellig S D Stone, Clement Hamani, Andres M Lozano
BACKGROUND: Although a significant subset of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) fail to respond to medical or behavioural therapy, deep brain stimulation (DBS) applied to the subgenual cingulate cortex (SCC; sg25) has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms in a subset of patients. This area receives projections from neurons in the CA1 region and subiculum of the hippocampus (HC), a brain region implicated in the pathobiology and treatment of MDD. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether high frequency stimulation (HFS) of the infralimbic cortex is associated with changes in cellular morphology in the HC...
November 23, 2016: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936013/%C3%AE-asarone-rescues-pb-induced-impairments-of-spatial-memory-and-synaptogenesis-in-rats
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Qian-Qian Yang, Wei-Zhen Xue, Rong-Xin Zou, Yi Xu, Yang Du, Shuang Wang, Lai Xu, Yuan-Zhi Chen, Hui-Li Wang, Xiang-Tao Chen
Chronic lead (Pb) exposure causes cognitive deficits. This study aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect and mechanism of β-asarone, an active component from Chinese Herbs Acorus tatarinowii Schott, to alleviate impairments of spatial memory and synaptogenesis in Pb-exposed rats. Both Sprague-Dawley developmental rat pups and adult rats were used in the study. Developmental rat pups were exposed to Pb throughout the lactation period and β-asarone (10, 40mg kg-1, respectively) was given intraperitoneally from postnatal day 14 to 21...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873505/hyperbaric-oxygen-pretreatment-improves-cognition-and-reduces-hippocampal-damage-via-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-a-rat-model
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Baisong Zhao, Yongying Pan, Zixin Wang, Haiping Xu, Xingrong Song
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) pretreatment on cognitive decline and neuronal damage in an Alzheimer's disease (AD) rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were divided into three groups: normal saline (NS), AD, and HBO+AD. In the AD group, amyloid β peptide (Aβ)₁₋₄₀ was injected into the hippocampal CA1 region of the brain. NS rats received NS injection. In the HBO+AD group, rats received 5 days of daily HBO therapy following Aβ₁₋₄₀ injection...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829127/sex-dependent-changes-in-neuronal-morphology-and-psychosocial-behaviors-after-pediatric-brain-injury
#15
Bridgette D Semple, Shilpi Dixit, Sandy R Shultz, Wah Chin Boon, Terence J O'Brien
Chronic social behavior problems after pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) significantly contribute to poor quality of life for survivors. Using a well-characterized mouse model of early childhood TBI, we have previously demonstrated that young brain-injured mice develop social deficits by adulthood. As biological sex may influence both normal and aberrant social development, we here evaluated potential sex differences in post-TBI psychosocial deficits by comparing the behavior of male and female mice at adulthood (8 weeks post-injury)...
February 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488828/marked-changes-in-dendritic-structure-and-spine-density-precede-significant-neuronal-death-in-vulnerable-cortical-pyramidal-neuron-populations-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#16
Matthew J Fogarty, Erica W H Mu, Peter G Noakes, Nickolas A Lavidis, Mark C Bellingham
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterised by the death of upper (corticospinal) and lower motor neurons (MNs) with progressive muscle weakness. This incurable disease is clinically heterogeneous and its aetiology remains unknown. Increased excitability of corticospinal MNs has been observed prior to symptoms in human and rodent studies. Increased excitability has been correlated with structural changes in neuronal dendritic arbors and spines for decades. Here, using a modified Golgi-Cox staining method, we have made the first longitudinal study examining the dendrites of pyramidal neurons from the motor cortex, medial pre-frontal cortex, somatosensory cortex and entorhinal cortex of hSOD1(G93A) (SOD1) mice compared to wild-type (WT) littermate controls at postnatal (P) days 8-15, 28-35, 65-75 and 120...
2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27282914/altered-excitatory-inhibitory-balance-within-somatosensory-cortex-is-associated-with-enhanced-plasticity-and-pain-sensitivity-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Liam E Potter, John W Paylor, Jee Su Suh, Gustavo Tenorio, Jayalakshmi Caliaperumal, Fred Colbourne, Glen Baker, Ian Winship, Bradley J Kerr
BACKGROUND: Chronic neuropathic pain is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). MOG35-55-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) has been used as an animal model to investigate the mechanisms of pain in MS. Previous studies have implicated sensitization of spinal nociceptive networks in the pathogenesis of pain in EAE. However, the involvement of supraspinal sites of nociceptive integration, such as the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), has not been defined. We therefore examined functional, structural, and immunological alterations in S1 during the early stages of EAE, when pain behaviors first appear...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27238893/anabolic-androgenic-steroids-decrease-dendritic-spine-density-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-male-rats
#18
Kathryn Wallin-Miller, Grace Li, Diana Kelishani, Ruth I Wood
Recent studies have demonstrated that anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) modify cognitive processes such as decision making and behavioral flexibility. However, the neural mechanisms underlying these AAS-induced cognitive changes remain poorly understood. The mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system, particularly the nucleus accumbens (Acb), is important for reward, motivated behavior, and higher cognitive processes such as decision making. Therefore, AAS-induced plasticity in the DA system is a potential structural substrate for the observed cognitive alterations...
August 25, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27208629/the-effects-of-amphetamine-exposure-on-juvenile-rats-on-the-neuronal-morphology-of-the-limbic-system-at-prepubertal-pubertal-and-postpubertal-ages
#19
Hiram Tendilla-Beltrán, Luis Enrique Arroyo-García, Alfonso Diaz, Israel Camacho-Abrego, Fidel de la Cruz, Antonio Rodríguez-Moreno, Gonzalo Flores
Amphetamines (AMPH) are psychostimulants widely used for therapy as well as for recreational purposes. Previous results of our group showed that AMPH exposure in pregnant rats induces physiological and behavioral changes in the offspring at prepubertal and postpubertal ages. In addition, several reports have shown that AMPH are capable of modifying the morphology of neurons in some regions of the limbic system. These modifications can cause some psychiatric conditions. However, it is still unclear if there are changes to behavioral and morphological levels when low doses of AMPH are administered at a juvenile age...
May 18, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27189902/advancing-age-and-ischemia-elevate-the-electric-threshold-to-elicit-spreading-depolarization-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-young-adult-rats
#20
Péter Hertelendy, Ákos Menyhárt, Péter Makra, Zoltán Süle, Tamás Kiss, Gergely Tóth, Orsolya Ivánkovits-Kiss, Ferenc Bari, Eszter Farkas
Spreading depolarizations of long cumulative duration have been implicated in lesion development and progression in patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury. Spreading depolarizations evolve less likely in the aged brain, but it remains to be determined at what age the susceptibility to spreading depolarizations starts to decline, especially in ischemia. Spreading depolarizations were triggered by epidural electric stimulation prior and after ischemia induction in the cortex of 7-30 weeks old anesthetized rats ( n = 38)...
May 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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