Journal of Neurochemistry

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Edited By: Jörg Schulz

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 63/251 (Neurosciences); 74/291 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1471-4159

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    Exposure to the neurotoxin rotenone is a risk factor for Parkinson's disease. We tested the hypothesis that autophagy is protective against rotenone toxicity in primary neurons. Exposure to nanomolar concentrations of rotenone caused immediate mitochondrial dysfunction, associated with a suppression of macroautophagy. However, mitophagy occurred that was independent of LC3II accumulation, and the surviving neurons exhibited adaptations to their cellular bioenergetic profiles. Cotreatment with the autophagy enhancer rapamycin was protective, whereas further inhibition of autophagy with 3-methyladenine (3-MA) exacerbated cell death, resulting in additional bioenergetic adaptations in the surviving neurons.

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    Article first published online: 21 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12842

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    We used a mouse model of binge drinking – a common form of alcohol abuse – to directly compare the effects of ethanol (EtOH) during intoxication and acute withdrawal on brain ceramide metabolism. Gene and metabolite analysis suggest that intoxication is associated with a protective phenotype, as evidenced by reductions in several ceramides. By contrast, acute withdrawal was associated with a degenerative phenotype that was manifested by the elevations in several ceramide species. These data suggest that neural damage may occur during the acute EtOH withdrawal phase and may involve increased production of neurotoxic ceramide species. The image depicts primary metabolic pathways regulated during EtOH intoxication (green) and those most active during withdrawal (red). SMase, Sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase; SGMS, sphingomyelin synthase; CerS, ceramid synthase; S1P, sphingosine-1P; sphK, sphingosine kinase.

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    We propose that the application of compounds that inhibit reactive oxygen species (ROS) and related downstream molecules will also reduce the behavioral measures of chronic neuropathic pain. Injury or trauma to nervous tissue leads to increased concentrations of ROS in the surviving tissue. Further damage from ROS molecules to dorsal lamina neurons leads to membrane excitability, the physiological correlate of chronic pain. Chronic pain is difficult to treat with current analgesics and this research will provide a novel therapy for this disease.

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