399 results found
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cystic fibrosis drug ivacaftor stimulates CFTR channels at picomolar concentrations

    László Csanády, Beáta Töröcsik
    Aqueous solubility of cystic fibrosis drug ivacaftor is ~200-fold lower, whereas the potency of its stimulatory effect on the CFTR channel is >100-fold higher, than reported, and is fully reversible.
    1. Neuroscience

    eIF2α-mediated translational control regulates the persistence of cocaine-induced LTP in midbrain dopamine neurons

    Andon N Placzek et al.
    Building on previous work (Huang et al., 2016), we show that translational control by p-eIF2α is a defense mechanism that prevents persistent cocaine-induced synaptic synaptic potentiation underlying compulsive drug seeking.
    1. Neuroscience

    Repeated social defeat stress enhances glutamatergic synaptic plasticity in the VTA and cocaine place conditioning

    Claire E Stelly et al.
    Enhanced glutamatergic synaptic plasticity in mesolimbic dopaminergic neurons may contribute to repeatedly stressed rats becoming more vulnerable to addiction.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Cell type-specific pharmacology of NMDA receptors using masked MK801

    Yunlei Yang et al.
    The small molecule NMDA-receptor antagonist MK801 has been genetically targeted to specific cell types in brain tissue to examine the role of NMDA receptors in cocaine-induced synaptic plasticity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Translational control of nicotine-evoked synaptic potentiation in mice and neuronal responses in human smokers by eIF2α

    Andon N Placzek et al.
    An evolutionarily conserved mechanism involving translational control by p-eIF2α underlies vulnerability to nicotine addiction.
    1. Developmental Biology

    GIPC proteins negatively modulate Plexind1 signaling during vascular development

    Jorge Carretero-Ortega et al.
    Zebrafish mutants and human endothelial cell experiments reveal that GIPC family endocytic adaptors bind to the Semaphorin receptor PLEXIND1, a critical regulator of vascular development, to negatively modulate its signaling.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Potentiation of P2RX7 as a host-directed strategy for control of mycobacterial infection

    Molly A Matty et al.
    An in vivo drug screen of FDA-approved compounds in zebrafish identified host-directed therapies against mycobacterial infection, including the drug clemastine, which targets the P2RX7-inflammasome axis to enhance bacterial control.
    1. Neuroscience

    Contrasting roles for parvalbumin-expressing inhibitory neurons in two forms of adult visual cortical plasticity

    Eitan S Kaplan et al.
    Parvalbumin-containing inhibitory neurons are crucial for expression of plasticity in adult visual cortex that supports visual recognition memory, but not for expression of ocular dominance plasticity that results from monocular deprivation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Dopamine neuron dependent behaviors mediated by glutamate cotransmission

    Susana Mingote et al.
    The conditional reduction of glutaminase in mouse dopamine neurons selectively attenuates glutamate cotransmission at phasic frequencies, revealing the role of dopamine neuron glutamate cotransmission in the attribution of motivational salience.
    1. Developmental Biology

    aPKC-mediated displacement and actomyosin-mediated retention polarize Miranda in Drosophila neuroblasts

    Matthew Robert Hannaford et al.
    The actomyosin network and phospho-regulation combine to polarize fate determinants at the Drosophila neuroblast cell cortex.

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