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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4958, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009395

RESUMO

Striatal dopamine (DA) is critical for action and learning. Recent data show that DA release is under tonic inhibition by striatal GABA. Ambient striatal GABA tone on striatal projection neurons can be determined by plasma membrane GABA uptake transporters (GATs) located on astrocytes and neurons. However, whether striatal GATs and astrocytes determine DA output are unknown. We reveal that DA release in mouse dorsolateral striatum, but not nucleus accumbens core, is governed by GAT-1 and GAT-3. These GATs are partly localized to astrocytes, and are enriched in dorsolateral striatum compared to accumbens core. In a mouse model of early parkinsonism, GATs are downregulated, tonic GABAergic inhibition of DA release augmented, and nigrostriatal GABA co-release attenuated. These data define previously unappreciated and important roles for GATs and astrocytes in supporting DA release in striatum, and reveal a maladaptive plasticity in early parkinsonism that impairs DA output in vulnerable striatal regions.


Assuntos
Corpo Estriado/metabolismo , Dopamina/metabolismo , Regulação para Baixo , Proteínas da Membrana Plasmática de Transporte de GABA/metabolismo , Transtornos Parkinsonianos/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Astrócitos/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Glutamato Descarboxilase/metabolismo , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Modelos Biológicos , Núcleo Accumbens/metabolismo
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Nature ; 585(7824): 303-308, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32879488

RESUMO

Most general anaesthetics and classical benzodiazepine drugs act through positive modulation of γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors to dampen neuronal activity in the brain1-5. However, direct structural information on the mechanisms of general anaesthetics at their physiological receptor sites is lacking. Here we present cryo-electron microscopy structures of GABAA receptors bound to intravenous anaesthetics, benzodiazepines and inhibitory modulators. These structures were solved in a lipidic environment and are complemented by electrophysiology and molecular dynamics simulations. Structures of GABAA receptors in complex with the anaesthetics phenobarbital, etomidate and propofol reveal both distinct and common transmembrane binding sites, which are shared in part by the benzodiazepine drug diazepam. Structures in which GABAA receptors are bound by benzodiazepine-site ligands identify an additional membrane binding site for diazepam and suggest an allosteric mechanism for anaesthetic reversal by flumazenil. This study provides a foundation for understanding how pharmacologically diverse and clinically essential drugs act through overlapping and distinct mechanisms to potentiate inhibitory signalling in the brain.


Assuntos
Anestésicos Gerais/química , Anestésicos Gerais/farmacologia , Barbitúricos/química , Barbitúricos/farmacologia , Benzodiazepinas/química , Benzodiazepinas/farmacologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Receptores de GABA-A/química , Regulação Alostérica/efeitos dos fármacos , Anestésicos Gerais/metabolismo , Barbitúricos/metabolismo , Benzodiazepinas/metabolismo , Bicuculina/química , Bicuculina/metabolismo , Bicuculina/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , Ligação Competitiva/efeitos dos fármacos , Diazepam/química , Diazepam/metabolismo , Diazepam/farmacologia , Eletrofisiologia , Etomidato/química , Etomidato/metabolismo , Etomidato/farmacologia , Flumazenil/farmacologia , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/química , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Antagonistas de Receptores de GABA-A/farmacologia , Humanos , Ligantes , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Fenobarbital/química , Fenobarbital/metabolismo , Fenobarbital/farmacologia , Picrotoxina/química , Picrotoxina/metabolismo , Picrotoxina/farmacologia , Propofol/química , Propofol/metabolismo , Propofol/farmacologia , Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Receptores de GABA-A/ultraestrutura , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/química , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/farmacologia
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 111014, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888589

RESUMO

Tributyltin (TBT), a widely and persistently distributed organontin, has been well documented to disrupt reproduction and behaviors in animals due to its anti-aromatase activity. TBT has been also reported to enhance anxiety in several fish species, whereas the mechanism underlying remains largely unknown. To investigate the disruption of TBT on fish anxiety and the mechanisms possibly involved, adult male zebrafish (Danio rerio) were treated with TBT (100 and 500 ng/L) for 28 days and anxiety behavior was further investigated using a novel tank dive test. Result showed that TBT treatment significantly enhanced the total time of the fish spent in the lower half, delayed the onset time to the higher half of the tank and increased the total duration of freezing of the fish, indicating an enhanced anxiety in TBT-treated fish. Accordingly, TBT sharply elevated the cortisol levels in plasma in a concentration-dependent manner, suggesting that the elevated cortisol level might be involved in the enhanced anxiety. Although the expression of crha was significantly increased and crhbp was significantly decreased in the brain of TBT-treated fish which is consistent to the elevated cortisol level, the expressions of actha and acthb were sharply down-regulated. In contrast, the expressions of genes responsible for the synthesis and action of serotonin (5-HT) (pet1, thp2 and htr1aa), dopamine (DA) (th1, slc6a3, drd2a and drd2b) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (gad2 and gabrg2) were all significantly inhibited. The down-regulation of these pivotal genes acting in 5-HT, DA and GABA neurotransmitter systems in response to TBT corresponded well with the TBT-enhanced anxiety in fish. It was thus strongly suggested that these neurotransmitters might be also involved in TBT-enhanced anxiety in adult male zebrafish. The present study extended our understanding of the neurotoxicity of TBT on the anxiety control and behavioral modulation in fish.


Assuntos
Ansiedade/induzido quimicamente , Hidrocortisona/metabolismo , Neurotransmissores/metabolismo , Compostos de Trialquitina/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Animais , Dopamina/metabolismo , Masculino , Serotonina/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237426, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32813731

RESUMO

Transplantation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived neural progenitors is a potential treatment for neurological disorders, but relatively little is known about the time course for human neuron maturation after transplantation and the emergence of morphological and electrophysiological properties. To address this gap, we transplanted hESC-derived human GABAergic interneuron progenitors into the mouse hippocampus, and then characterized their electrophysiological properties and dendritic arborizations after transplantation by means of ex vivo whole-cell patch clamp recording, followed by biocytin staining, confocal imaging and neuron reconstruction software. We asked whether particular electrophysiological and morphological properties showed maturation-dependent changes after transplantation. We also investigated whether the emergence of particular electrophysiological properties were linked to increased complexity of the dendritic arbors. Human neurons were classified into five distinct neuronal types (Type I-V), ranging from immature to mature fast-spiking interneurons. Hierarchical clustering of the dendritic morphology and Sholl analyses suggested four morphologically distinct classes (Class A-D), ranging from simple/immature to highly complex. Incorporating all of our data regardless of neuronal classification, we investigated whether any electrophysiological and morphological features correlated with time post-transplantation. This analysis demonstrated that both dendritic arbors and electrophysiological properties matured after transplantation.


Assuntos
Fenômenos Eletrofisiológicos , Hipocampo/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Humanas/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Humanas/transplante , Interneurônios/citologia , Interneurônios/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Estudos de Viabilidade , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237371, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32845904

RESUMO

The neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human brain; however, it is becoming more evident that this non-proteinogenic amino acid plays multiple physiological roles in biology. In the present study, the transport and function of GABA is studied in the highly infectious intracellular bacterium Brucella abortus. The data show that 3H-GABA is imported by B. abortus under nutrient limiting conditions and that the small RNAs AbcR1 and AbcR2 negatively regulate this transport. A specific transport system, gts, is responsible for the transport of GABA as determined by measuring 3H-GABA transport in isogenic deletion strains of known AbcR1/2 regulatory targets; however, this locus is unnecessary for Brucella infection in BALB/c mice. Similar assays revealed that 3H-GABA transport is uninhibited by the 20 standard proteinogenic amino acids, representing preference for the transport of 3H-GABA. Metabolic studies did not show any potential metabolic utilization of GABA by B. abortus as a carbon or nitrogen source, and RNA sequencing analysis revealed limited transcriptional differences between B. abortus 2308 with or without exposure to GABA. While this study provides evidence for GABA transport by B. abortus, questions remain as to why and when this transport is utilized during Brucella pathogenesis.


Assuntos
Brucella abortus/metabolismo , Neurotransmissores/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Transporte Biológico/efeitos dos fármacos , Brucella abortus/efeitos dos fármacos , Brucella abortus/fisiologia , Ácido Glutâmico/farmacologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C
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Nature ; 583(7816): 421-424, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32641825

RESUMO

The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) serves as the body's master circadian clock that adaptively coordinates changes in physiology and behaviour in anticipation of changing requirements throughout the 24-h day-night cycle1-4. For example, the SCN opposes overnight adipsia by driving water intake before sleep5,6, and by driving the secretion of anti-diuretic hormone7,8 and lowering body temperature9,10 to reduce water loss during sleep11. These responses can also be driven by central osmo-sodium sensors to oppose an unscheduled rise in osmolality during the active phase12-16. However, it is unknown whether osmo-sodium sensors require clock-output networks to drive homeostatic responses. Here we show that a systemic salt injection (hypertonic saline) given at Zeitgeber time 19-a time at which SCNVP (vasopressin) neurons are inactive-excited SCNVP neurons and decreased non-shivering thermogenesis (NST) and body temperature. The effects of hypertonic saline on NST and body temperature were prevented by chemogenetic inhibition of SCNVP neurons and mimicked by optogenetic stimulation of SCNVP neurons in vivo. Combined anatomical and electrophysiological experiments revealed that osmo-sodium-sensing organum vasculosum lamina terminalis (OVLT) neurons expressing glutamic acid decarboxylase (OVLTGAD) relay this information to SCNVP neurons via an excitatory effect of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Optogenetic activation of OVLTGAD neuron axon terminals excited SCNVP neurons in vitro and mimicked the effects of hypertonic saline on NST and body temperature in vivo. Furthermore, chemogenetic inhibition of OVLTGAD neurons blunted the effects of systemic hypertonic saline on NST and body temperature. Finally, we show that hypertonic saline significantly phase-advanced the circadian locomotor activity onset of mice. This effect was mimicked by optogenetic activation of the OVLTGAD→ SCNVP pathway and was prevented by chemogenetic inhibition of OVLTGAD neurons. Collectively, our findings provide demonstration that clock time can be regulated by non-photic physiologically relevant cues, and that such cues can drive unscheduled homeostatic responses via clock-output networks.


Assuntos
Relógios Circadianos/fisiologia , Vias Neurais , Neurônios/metabolismo , Sódio/metabolismo , Núcleo Supraquiasmático/fisiologia , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Temperatura Corporal/efeitos dos fármacos , Temperatura Corporal/fisiologia , Relógios Circadianos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ritmo Circadiano/efeitos dos fármacos , Ritmo Circadiano/fisiologia , Ingestão de Líquidos/efeitos dos fármacos , Glutamato Descarboxilase/metabolismo , Locomoção/efeitos dos fármacos , Locomoção/fisiologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Vias Neurais/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Optogenética , Organum Vasculosum/citologia , Organum Vasculosum/efeitos dos fármacos , Organum Vasculosum/enzimologia , Organum Vasculosum/fisiologia , Concentração Osmolar , Solução Salina Hipertônica/administração & dosagem , Solução Salina Hipertônica/metabolismo , Solução Salina Hipertônica/farmacologia , Sódio/administração & dosagem , Sódio/farmacologia , Núcleo Supraquiasmático/citologia , Núcleo Supraquiasmático/efeitos dos fármacos , Vasopressinas/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3791, 2020 07 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32728089

RESUMO

Brain organoids are promising tools for disease modeling and drug development. For proper neuronal network formation excitatory and inhibitory neurons as well as glia need to co-develop. Here, we report the directed self-organization of human induced pluripotent stem cells in a collagen hydrogel towards a highly interconnected neuronal network at a macroscale tissue format. Bioengineered Neuronal Organoids (BENOs) comprise interconnected excitatory and inhibitory neurons with supportive astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Giant depolarizing potential (GDP)-like events observed in early BENO cultures mimic early network activity of the fetal brain. The observed GABA polarity switch and reduced GDPs in >40 day BENO indicate progressive neuronal network maturation. BENOs demonstrate expedited complex network burst development after two months and evidence for long-term potentiation. The similarity of structural and functional properties to the fetal brain may allow for the application of BENOs in studies of neuronal plasticity and modeling of disease.


Assuntos
Encéfalo/citologia , Neurogênese , Plasticidade Neuronal/fisiologia , Organoides/fisiologia , Engenharia Tecidual/métodos , Potenciais de Ação/fisiologia , Encéfalo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Técnicas de Cultura de Células , Diferenciação Celular , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/fisiologia , Neurônios/fisiologia , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Food Chem ; 332: 127406, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32615387

RESUMO

Hot peppers are sensitive to low temperature, and seed browning significantly reduces the fruit quality. This study aims to clarify the mechanisms of seed browning in terms of metabolite changes. Metabolites were analysed during a 30-day-storage period at 2 °C and 10 °C. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and isoleucine concentrations were significantly higher at 2 °C storage than at 10 °C. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation was associated with seed browning. Transcription of jasmonic acid synthesis and ROS scavenging genes were higher in hot peppers stored at 2 °C than those stored at 10 °C. This study elucidated the mechanisms underlying seed browning and chill damage in hot peppers during storage at low temperatures and our findings may help improve hot peppers' quality following harvesting.


Assuntos
Capsicum/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Aminoácidos/análise , Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Cromatografia Líquida de Alta Pressão , Temperatura Baixa , Ciclopentanos/metabolismo , Armazenamento de Alimentos , Frutas/metabolismo , Cromatografia Gasosa-Espectrometria de Massas , Oxilipinas/metabolismo , Análise de Componente Principal , Sementes/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/análise , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Gen Physiol Biophys ; 39(3): 205-218, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32525814

RESUMO

The GABA shunt is one of the metabolic pathways that is ubiquitous in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in fungi is required in the stress responses, virulence and development. The number of genes encoding glutamate decarboxylase (gad), GABA transaminase (gta) and succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (ssadh) varies between fungal species. The genome-wide analysis in Neurospora crassa resulted in the identification of a gta and a ssadh. Disruption of either gta or ssadh decreased respiration rate and biomass accumulation, reduced growth on GABA and beta-alanine. The gta and ssadh mutants exhibited aberrant hyphal morphology and displayed differential transcription of the GABA shunt genes. In the gta mutant, protoperithecia and perithecia formation was almost completely suppressed in the presence of GABA and beta-alanine, indicating GTA requirement for the turnover of these amino acids. The strains displayed differential metabolic dysregulations in response to different nitrogen sources. The phenotypic differences between the gta and ssadh mutants could be contributed to accumulation of intermediates of the GABA shunt and/or GABA shunt-independent functions. Together, our data suggest that the GABA shunt could function as a moderate modulator of multiple biological events, including respiration, energy metabolism, carbon and nitrogen metabolism, growth, as well as sexual development in N. crassa.


Assuntos
4-Aminobutirato Transaminase/genética , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Neurospora crassa/enzimologia , Succinato-Semialdeído Desidrogenase/genética , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Metabolismo Energético
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Nature ; 582(7811): 246-252, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32499648

RESUMO

A wealth of specialized neuroendocrine command systems intercalated within the hypothalamus control the most fundamental physiological needs in vertebrates1,2. Nevertheless, we lack a developmental blueprint that integrates the molecular determinants of neuronal and glial diversity along temporal and spatial scales of hypothalamus development3. Here we combine single-cell RNA sequencing of 51,199 mouse cells of ectodermal origin, gene regulatory network (GRN) screens in conjunction with genome-wide association study-based disease phenotyping, and genetic lineage reconstruction to show that nine glial and thirty-three neuronal subtypes are generated by mid-gestation under the control of distinct GRNs. Combinatorial molecular codes that arise from neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and transcription factors are minimally required to decode the taxonomical hierarchy of hypothalamic neurons. The differentiation of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and dopamine neurons, but not glutamate neurons, relies on quasi-stable intermediate states, with a pool of GABA progenitors giving rise to dopamine cells4. We found an unexpected abundance of chemotropic proliferation and guidance cues that are commonly implicated in dorsal (cortical) patterning5 in the hypothalamus. In particular, loss of SLIT-ROBO signalling impaired both the production and positioning of periventricular dopamine neurons. Overall, we identify molecular principles that shape the developmental architecture of the hypothalamus and show how neuronal heterogeneity is transformed into a multimodal neural unit to provide virtually infinite adaptive potential throughout life.


Assuntos
Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Hipotálamo/citologia , Hipotálamo/embriologia , Morfogênese , Animais , Diferenciação Celular , Linhagem da Célula , Dopamina/metabolismo , Neurônios Dopaminérgicos/citologia , Neurônios Dopaminérgicos/metabolismo , Ectoderma/citologia , Ectoderma/metabolismo , Feminino , Neurônios GABAérgicos/citologia , Neurônios GABAérgicos/metabolismo , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Hipotálamo/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Morfogênese/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Neuroglia/citologia , Neuroglia/metabolismo , Neuropeptídeos/metabolismo , Neurotransmissores/metabolismo , Receptores Imunológicos/metabolismo , Regulon/genética , Transdução de Sinais , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Toxicol Lett ; 331: 33-41, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32445661

RESUMO

This study was intended to demonstrate that prenatal dexamethasone exposure (PDE) can induce low basal activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) in male offspring rats and explore the underlying mechanism. Pregnant rats were subcutaneously administered 0.2 mg/kg/d dexamethasone from gestational day (GD) 9 to GD20. Male GD20 fetuses and postnatal day 85 adult male offspring rats were sacrificed under anesthesia. Hypothalamic cells were from GD20∼postnatal day (PD) 7 fetal male rats, treated with different concentrations of dexamethasone and the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonist mifepristone for 5 days. The results suggested that dexamethasone enhanced the expression of hypothalamic L-glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) 67 by activating GR, further stimulating the conversion of glutamate to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and inducing an imbalance in glutamatergic/GABAergic afferents in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN). This imbalance change was maintained postnatally, leading to the inhibition of parvocellular neurons, and mediating the low basal activity of the HPAA in PDE offspring rats, which was manifested by decreased levels of blood adrenocorticotropic hormone and corticosterone as well as reduced expression levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) in the hypothalamus. Programming of a developmental imbalance in glutamatergic/GABAergic afferents in the PVN is a potential mechanism responsible for low basal activity of the HPAA in male PDE rats.


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Dexametasona/toxicidade , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Sistema Hipotálamo-Hipofisário/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios Aferentes/efeitos dos fármacos , Núcleo Hipotalâmico Paraventricular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sistema Hipófise-Suprarrenal/efeitos dos fármacos , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Hormônio Adrenocorticotrópico/sangue , Animais , Animais Recém-Nascidos , Arginina Vasopressina/metabolismo , Corticosterona/sangue , Feminino , Desenvolvimento Fetal/efeitos dos fármacos , Retardo do Crescimento Fetal/induzido quimicamente , Retardo do Crescimento Fetal/metabolismo , Glutamato Descarboxilase/metabolismo , Sistema Hipotálamo-Hipofisário/embriologia , Sistema Hipotálamo-Hipofisário/metabolismo , Masculino , Neurônios Aferentes/metabolismo , Núcleo Hipotalâmico Paraventricular/embriologia , Núcleo Hipotalâmico Paraventricular/metabolismo , Sistema Hipófise-Suprarrenal/embriologia , Sistema Hipófise-Suprarrenal/metabolismo , Gravidez , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal/induzido quimicamente , Ratos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2195, 2020 05 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32366867

RESUMO

Physical exercise promotes motor skill learning in normal individuals and those with neurological disorders but its mechanism of action is unclear. We find that one week of voluntary wheel running enhances the acquisition of motor skills in normal adult mice. One week of running also induces switching from ACh to GABA expression in neurons in the caudal pedunculopontine nucleus (cPPN). Consistent with regulation of motor skills, we show that the switching neurons make projections to the substantia nigra (SN), ventral tegmental area (VTA) and ventrolateral-ventromedial nuclei of the thalamus (VL-VM). Use of viral vectors to override transmitter switching blocks the beneficial effect of running on motor skill learning. We suggest that neurotransmitter switching provides the basis by which sustained running benefits motor skill learning, presenting a target for clinical treatment of movement disorders.


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Aprendizagem/fisiologia , Mesencéfalo/fisiologia , Atividade Motora/fisiologia , Destreza Motora/fisiologia , Neurotransmissores/metabolismo , Condicionamento Físico Animal/fisiologia , Acetilcolina/metabolismo , Animais , Feminino , Masculino , Mesencéfalo/metabolismo , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Transtornos dos Movimentos/metabolismo , Transtornos dos Movimentos/fisiopatologia , Transtornos dos Movimentos/prevenção & controle , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Science ; 368(6490): 527-531, 2020 05 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32355031

RESUMO

Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) drive diverse, light-evoked behaviors that range from conscious visual perception to subconscious, non-image-forming behaviors. It is thought that RGCs primarily drive these functions through the release of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. We identified a subset of melanopsin-expressing intrinsically photosensitive RGCs (ipRGCs) in mice that release the inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at non-image-forming brain targets. GABA release from ipRGCs dampened the sensitivity of both the pupillary light reflex and circadian photoentrainment, thereby shifting the dynamic range of these behaviors to higher light levels. Our results identify an inhibitory RGC population in the retina and provide a circuit-level mechanism that contributes to the relative insensitivity of non-image-forming behaviors at low light levels.


Assuntos
Vias Neurais/fisiologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/fisiologia , Percepção Visual/fisiologia , Animais , Feminino , Neurônios GABAérgicos/fisiologia , Glutamato Descarboxilase/metabolismo , Luz , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Mutantes , Vias Neurais/efeitos dos fármacos , Reflexo Pupilar/fisiologia , Reflexo Pupilar/efeitos da radiação , Células Ganglionares da Retina/efeitos da radiação , Opsinas de Bastonetes/metabolismo , Inconsciente Psicológico , Percepção Visual/efeitos da radiação , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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J Headache Pain ; 21(1): 35, 2020 Apr 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32316909

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The neurochemical background of the evolution of headache disorders, still remains partially undiscovered. Accordingly, our aim was to further explore the neurochemical profile of Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced orofacial pain, involving finding the shift point regarding small molecule neurotransmitter concentrations changes vs. that of the previously characterized headache-related neuropeptides. The investigated neurotransmitters consisted of glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid, noradrenalin and serotonin. Furthermore, in light of its influence on glutamatergic neurotransmission, we measured the level of kynurenic acid (KYNA) and its precursors in the kynurenine (KYN) pathway (KP) of tryptophan metabolism. METHODS: The effect of CFA was evaluated in male Sprague Dawley rats. Animals were injected with CFA (1 mg/ml, 50 µl/animal) into the right whisker pad. We applied high-performance liquid chromatography to determine the concentrations of the above-mentioned compounds from the trigeminal nucleus caudalis (TNC) and somatosensory cortex (ssCX) of rats. Furthermore, we measured some of these metabolites from the cerebrospinal fluid and plasma as well. Afterwards, we carried out permutation t-tests as post hoc analysis for pairwise comparison. RESULTS: Our results demonstrated that 24 h after CFA treatment, the level of glutamate, KYNA and that of its precursor, KYN was still elevated in the TNC, all diminishing by 48 h. In the ssCX, significant concentration increases of KYNA and serotonin were found. CONCLUSION: This is the first study assessing neurotransmitter changes in the TNC and ssCX following CFA treatment, confirming the dominant role of glutamate in early pain processing and a compensatory elevation of KYNA with anti-glutamatergic properties. Furthermore, the current findings draw attention to the limited time interval where medications can target the glutamatergic pathways.


Assuntos
Dor Facial/metabolismo , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Ácido Cinurênico/metabolismo , Norepinefrina/metabolismo , Serotonina/metabolismo , Triptofano/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Dor Facial/induzido quimicamente , Adjuvante de Freund , Masculino , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Núcleo Inferior Caudal do Nervo Trigêmeo/metabolismo , Vibrissas/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(4): e0231652, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32298342

RESUMO

Lemna species have been used in the food, feed, and pharmaceutical industries, as they are inexpensive sources of proteins, starches, and fatty acids. In this study, we treated L. paucicostata with different concentrations (0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, or 1 mM) of ethephon. The total dry weight decreased in all ethephon-treated groups compared to the control group. We also investigated the alteration of metabolic profiles induced by ethephon treatment by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. This analysis identified 48 metabolites, and the relative levels of most of alcohols, amino acids, fatty acids, and phenols increased by the ethephon treatment, whereas levels of organic acids and sugars decreased. Among these, the highest production of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA, 5.041 ± 1.373 mg/L) and ferulic acid (0.640 ± 0.071 mg/L) was observed in the 0.5 mM and the 0.2 mM ethephon treatment groups, respectively. These results could be useful for large-scale culture of L. paucicostata with enhanced GABA and ferulic acid content for utilization in the food, feed, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries.


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Araceae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Ácidos Cumáricos/metabolismo , Compostos Organofosforados/metabolismo , Reguladores de Crescimento de Planta/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Araceae/metabolismo , Metaboloma
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(15): 8611-8615, 2020 04 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32229573

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Electrical or optogenetic stimulation of lateral hypothalamic (LH) GABA neurons induces rapid vigorous eating in sated animals. The dopamine system has been implicated in the regulation of feeding. Previous work has suggested that a subset of LH GABA neurons projects to the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and targets GABA neurons, inhibiting them and thereby disinhibiting dopaminergic activity and release. Furthermore, stimulation-induced eating is attenuated by dopamine lesions or receptor antagonists. Here we explored the involvement of dopamine in LH stimulation-induced eating. LH stimulation caused sated mice to pick up pellets of standard chow with latencies that varied based on stimulation intensity; once food was picked up, animals ate for the remainder of the 60-s stimulation period. However, lesion of VTA GABA neurons failed to disrupt this effect. Moreover, direct stimulation of VTA or substantia nigra dopamine cell bodies failed to induce food approach or eating. Looking further, we found that some LH GABA fibers pass through the VTA to more caudal sites, where they synapse onto neurons near the locus coeruleus (LC). Similar eating was induced by stimulation of LH GABA terminals or GABA cell bodies in this peri-LC region. Lesion of peri-LC GABA neurons blocked LH stimulation-induced eating, establishing them as a critical downstream circuit element for LH neurons. Surprisingly, lesions did not alter body weight, suggesting that this system is not involved in the hunger or satiety mechanisms that govern normal feeding. Thus, we present a characterization of brain circuitry that may promote overeating and contribute to obesity.


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Neurônios Dopaminérgicos/metabolismo , Ingestão de Alimentos/fisiologia , Comportamento Alimentar/fisiologia , Neurônios GABAérgicos/metabolismo , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/fisiologia , Área Tegmentar Ventral/fisiologia , Animais , Comportamento Animal , Dopamina/metabolismo , Neurônios Dopaminérgicos/citologia , Feminino , Neurônios GABAérgicos/citologia , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/citologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Vias Neurais , Receptores de GABA-A/metabolismo , Recompensa , Área Tegmentar Ventral/citologia , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 254: 117655, 2020 Aug 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32277980

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AIMS: There have been recent reports that reconsolidation-based interventions attenuate drug reward memories in rodents. The insular cortex (IC) is an essential part of neural circuits that underlie cue-drug memory reconsolidation. GABAergic interneurons in the IC are a potent control on network excitability and play an important role in the inhibitory mediation of reward circuits. However, the function of GABAergic neurons in the IC for memory reconsolidation remains unclear; therefore, we conducted this study to clarify this. MAIN METHODS: We applied morphine-induced conditioned place preference (mCPP) paradigm and pharmacogenetic techniques to study the mediation effect of GABAergic neurons in the IC on mCPP reconsolidation. Moreover, we preliminarily explored the possible mechanisms of mediating GABAergic neurons in the IC involved in mCPP reconsolidation by assessing Arc and Erg-1 protein levels in the IC. KEY FINDINGS: We found that post-retrieval immediate activation of GABAergic neurons in the IC impaired mCPP reconsolidation. In addition, this effect was not reversed by a priming morphine injection. Further, post-retrieval inhibition and non-retrieval excitation of GABAergic neurons in the IC had no effect on mCPP. SIGNIFICANCE: Taken together, our findings suggest that GABAergic neurons in the IC are closely involved in mCPP reconsolidation. Specifically, their excitation could eliminate established mCPP and prevent the relapse risk by disruption of the reconsolidation. The underlying molecular biological mechanisms could involve reduced Arc and Erg-1 levels.


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Córtex Cerebral/citologia , Sinais (Psicologia) , Memória , Morfina/administração & dosagem , Neurônios/metabolismo , Recompensa , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Animais , Masculino , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 195: 110479, 2020 Jun 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32199213

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Cypermethrin (CYP), a class II synthetic pyrethroid, is used to control household insects. CYP can cross the blood-brain barrier to exert neurotoxicity through changes in sodium ion channels. Selenium is an essential component of glutathione peroxidise enzyme; in addition, it shows a potential anti-inflammatory property. The present study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective role of Nano-Se on CYP-induced neurotoxicity. Twenty-four adult male Wister rats were randomly divided into three groups: a) control, b) CYP (1mg/kg) administered orally for 21 days, c) CYP (1mg/kg) administered orally for 21 days and Nano-Se (2.5 mg/kg) given once a day three times a week for three weeks). Locomotor activity was assessed using open field test then rats were sacrificed under anaesthesia, and their brains were dissected out and processed for biochemical and histopathological studies. Histological examination of CYP-treated rats demonstrated some degenerative changes; besides, CYP affected rat locomotor activity. CYP-treated rats showed increased levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), TNF-α and IL-1ß in addition to the reduction of glutathione (GSH) levels and gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). Nano-Se restored normal behavioural function and significantly attenuated CYP-evoked degenerative changes. Nano-Se increased levels of GABA and glutathione; on the other hand, it significantly prevented the rise in the levels of MDA, TNF-α and IL-1ß. Therefore, Nano-Se demonstrated both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory potential. Nano-Se may be suggested to be a prospective candidate to ameliorate CYP-induced neurotoxicity.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Inseticidas/toxicidade , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Piretrinas/toxicidade , Selênio/farmacologia , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Encéfalo/patologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Glutationa/metabolismo , Masculino , Malondialdeído/metabolismo , Nanopartículas/uso terapêutico , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/uso terapêutico , Síndromes Neurotóxicas/tratamento farmacológico , Síndromes Neurotóxicas/metabolismo , Síndromes Neurotóxicas/patologia , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Selênio/uso terapêutico , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 195: 110473, 2020 Jun 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32199220

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To investigate the effect of fermented black barley on cooking oil fume (COF)-induced lung injury, male ICR mice were randomized into five groups: normal control (NC), fermented black barley treatment (NF), COF exposure (O), COF + fermented black barley treatment (OF) and COF + Lactobacillus treatment (OL). The exposure of mice to COF was performed for 5 min per day and 4 days per week for a total of 9 weeks, and the mice in the OF, NF and OL groups were administered fermented black barley or Lactobacillus continuously for 9 weeks (1 mL/100 g). Our results showed that the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), total phenolic, and flavonoid contents significantly increased after fermentation (P < 0.01). In addition, fermented black barley significantly increased SOD activity in the lung tissue, decreased the wet pulmonary coefficient, inhibited the reduction of microbial diversity and richness, and upregulated genes involved in cilium assembly and the cilium axoneme. These findings support the notion that fermented black barley can ameliorate COF-induced lung injury in mice.


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Poluentes Atmosféricos/toxicidade , Microbioma Gastrointestinal , Hordeum , Lesão Pulmonar/terapia , Animais , Antioxidantes/química , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Cílios/metabolismo , Culinária , Fermentação , Flavonoides/metabolismo , Hordeum/química , Hordeum/metabolismo , Lactobacillus , Pulmão/enzimologia , Lesão Pulmonar/induzido quimicamente , Lesão Pulmonar/enzimologia , Lesão Pulmonar/microbiologia , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Fenóis/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo
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PLoS Biol ; 18(3): e3000638, 2020 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32208418

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Caenorhabditis elegans and its cognate bacterial diet comprise a reliable, widespread model to study diet and microbiota effects on host physiology. Nonetheless, how diet influences the rate at which neurons die remains largely unknown. A number of models have been used in C. elegans as surrogates for neurodegeneration. One of these is a C. elegans strain expressing a neurotoxic allele of the mechanosensory abnormality protein 4 (MEC-4d) degenerin/epithelial Na+ (DEG/ENaC) channel, which causes the progressive degeneration of the touch receptor neurons (TRNs). Using this model, our study evaluated the effect of various dietary bacteria on neurodegeneration dynamics. Although degeneration of TRNs was steady and completed at adulthood in the strain routinely used for C. elegans maintenance (Escherichia coli OP50), it was significantly reduced in environmental and other laboratory bacterial strains. Strikingly, neuroprotection reached more than 40% in the E. coli HT115 strain. HT115 protection was long lasting well into old age of animals and was not restricted to the TRNs. Small amounts of HT115 on OP50 bacteria as well as UV-killed HT115 were still sufficient to produce neuroprotection. Early growth of worms in HT115 protected neurons from degeneration during later growth in OP50. HT115 diet promoted the nuclear translocation of DAF-16 (ortholog of the FOXO family of transcription factors), a phenomenon previously reported to underlie neuroprotection caused by down-regulation of the insulin receptor in this system. Moreover, a daf-16 loss-of-function mutation abolishes HT115-driven neuroprotection. Comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics approaches pinpointed the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and lactate as metabolites differentially produced between E. coli HT115 and OP50. HT115 mutant lacking glutamate decarboxylase enzyme genes (gad), which catalyze the conversion of GABA from glutamate, lost the ability to produce GABA and also to stop neurodegeneration. Moreover, in situ GABA supplementation or heterologous expression of glutamate decarboxylase in E. coli OP50 conferred neuroprotective activity to this strain. Specific C. elegans GABA transporters and receptors were required for full HT115-mediated neuroprotection. Additionally, lactate supplementation also increased anterior ventral microtubule (AVM) neuron survival in OP50. Together, these results demonstrate that bacterially produced GABA and other metabolites exert an effect of neuroprotection in the host, highlighting the role of neuroactive compounds of the diet in nervous system homeostasis.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/fisiologia , Escherichia coli/fisiologia , Neurônios/patologia , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/metabolismo , Fatores Etários , Animais , Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Colágeno/genética , Dieta , Escherichia coli/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Glutamato Descarboxilase/genética , Glutamato Descarboxilase/metabolismo , Interneurônios/patologia , Interneurônios/fisiologia , Lactatos/metabolismo , Lactatos/farmacologia , Mecanorreceptores/patologia , Mecanorreceptores/fisiologia , Mutação , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios/fisiologia , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/metabolismo , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico/farmacologia
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