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19/02/2015 | j alzheimers dis   IF 4.2
An Eighteen-Month Helicobacter Infection Does Not Induce Amyloid Plaques or Neuroinflammation in Brains of Wild Type C57BL/6J Mice.
Baudron CR, Chambonnier L, Buissionniere A, Giese A, Macrez N, Cho Y, Fenelon V, Blaszczyk L, Dubus P, Lehours P, Megraud F, Salles N, Varon C

There is increasing evidence to support the role of infectious agents in the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), especially Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). The impact of Helicobacter infection on the brain of non-AD predisposed mice was studied. For that, C57BL/6J mice were infected by oral gavage with H. pylori SS1 (n = 6) and Helicobacter felis (H. felis) (n = 6) or not infected (n = 6) for evaluation of neuroinflammation (anti-GFAP and anti-iba1 immunohistochemistry) and amyloid-beta deposition (thioflavin-S stain and anti-Abeta immunohistochemistry). After 18-month of infection, H. pylori SS1 and H. felis infection induced a strong gastric inflammation compared to non-infected mice, but did not induce brain neuroinflammation or amyloid-beta deposition.

2014 | Pain   IF 5.8
Cancer pain is not necessarily correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive
glia markers

Ducourneau V*, Dolique T*, Hachem-Delaunay S, Miraucourt L, Amadio A, Blaszczyk L, Jacquot F, Ly J, Devoize L, Oliet SH, Dallel R, Mothet JP, Nagy F, Fenelon V*, Voisin D*

Bone cancer pain is a common and disruptive symptom in cancer patients. In cancer pain animal models, massive reactive astrogliosis in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord has been reported. Because astrocytes may behave as driving partners for pathological pain, we investigated the temporal development of pain behavior and reactive astrogliosis in a rat bone cancer pain model induced by injecting MRMT-1 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells into the tibia. Along with the development of bone lesions, a gradual mechanical and thermal allodynia and hyperalgesia as well as a reduced use of the affected limb developed in bone cancer-bearing animals, but not in sham-treated animals. Dorsal horn Fos expression after nonpainful palpation of the injected limb was also increased in bone cancer-bearing animals. However, at any time during the evolution of tumor, there was no increase in glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunoreactivity in the dorsal horn. Further analysis at 21days after injection of the tumor showed no increase in GFAP and interleukin (IL) 1beta transcripts, number of superficial dorsal horn S100beta protein immunoreactive astrocytes, or immunoreactivity for microglial markers (OX-42 and Iba-1). In contrast, all these parameters were increased in the dorsal horn of rats 2weeks after sciatic nerve ligation. This suggests that in some cases, bone cancer pain may not be correlated with spinal overexpression of reactive glia markers, whereas neuropathic pain is. Glia may thus play different roles in the development and maintenance of chronic pain in these 2 situations.

2014 | J Physiol   IF 4.5
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation in forebrain neurones
contributes to osmoregulatory mechanisms

Dine J, Ducourneau V, Fenelon V, Fossat P, Amadio A, Eder M, Israel JM, Oliet SH, Voisin D


12/2007 | Eur J Neurosci
Long-term exposure to histamine induces the expression of an embryonic-like motor pattern in an adult nervous system
Sullivan J M, Faumont S, Ducret E, Le Feuvre Y, Fenelon V S, Meyrand P

Neuromodulatory inputs play important roles in shaping the outputs of neural networks. While the actions of neuromodulatory substances over the short term (seconds, minutes) have been examined in detail, far less is known about the possible longer-term (hours) effects of these substances. To investigate this issue, we used the stomatogastric nervous system (STNS) of the lobster to examine the short- and long-term effects of histamine on rhythmic network activity. The application of histamine to the entire STNS had strong inhibitory effects on all three of the STNS networks, observable within minutes. In contrast, longer-term (> 1 h) application of histamine induced the expression of a single, unified rhythm involving neurons from all three networks. Selective application of histamine to different regions of the STNS demonstrated that a unified rhythm arises following the long-term application of histamine to the commissural ganglia (CoGs; modulatory centres), but not the stomatogastric ganglion (site of neural networks). Strikingly, the single rhythm observed following the long-term application of histamine to the CoGs exhibits many similarities with the single rhythm expressed by the embryonic STNS. Together, these results demonstrate that histamine has markedly different short- and long-term effects on network activity; short-term effects arising through direct actions on the networks and long-term effects mediated by actions on modulatory neurons. Furthermore, they indicate that histamine is able to induce the expression of an embryonic-like rhythm in an adult system, suggesting that long-term actions of histamine may play key roles in the development of the STNS networks.

The maturation and operation of neural networks are known to depend on modulatory neurons. However, whether similar mechanisms may control both adult and developmental plasticity remains poorly investigated. To examine this issue, we have used the lobster stomatogastric nervous system (STNS) to investigate the ontogeny and role of GABAergic modulatory neurons projecting to small pattern generating networks. Using immunocytochemistry, we found that modulatory input neurons to the stomatogastric ganglion (STG) express GABA only after metamorphosis, a time that coincides with the developmental switch from a single to multiple pattern generating networks within the STNS. We demonstrate that blocking GABA synthesis with 3-mercapto-propionic acid within the adult modulatory neurons results in the reconfiguration of the distinct STG networks into a single network that generates a unified embryonic-like motor pattern. Using dye-coupling experiments, we also found that gap-junctional coupling is greater in embryos and GABA-deprived adults exhibiting the unified motor pattern compared with control adults. Furthermore, GABA was found to diminish directly the extent and strength of electrical coupling within adult STG networks. Together, these observations suggest the acquisition of a GABAergic phenotype by modulatory neurons after metamorphosis may induce the reconfiguration of the single embryonic network into multiple adult networks by directly decreasing electrical coupling. The findings also suggest that adult neural networks retain the ability to express typical embryonic characteristics, indicating that network ontogeny can be reversed and that changes in electrical coupling during development may allow the segregation of multiple distinct functional networks from a single large embryonic network.

Gap junctions play a key role in the operation of neuronal networks by enabling direct electrical and metabolic communication between neurons. Suitable models to investigate their role in network operation and plasticity are invertebrate motor networks, which are built of comparatively few identified neurons, and can be examined throughout development; an excellent example is the lobster stomatogastric nervous system. In invertebrates, gap junctions are formed by proteins that belong to the innexin family. Here, we report the first molecular characterization of two crustacean innexins: the lobster Homarus gammarus innexin 1 (Hg-inx1) and 2 (Hg-inx2). Phylogenetic analysis reveals that innexin gene duplication occurred within the arthropod clade before the separation of insect and crustacean lineages. Using in situ hybridization, we find that each innexin is expressed within the adult and developing lobster stomatogastric nervous system and undergoes a marked down-regulation throughout development within the stomatogastric ganglion (STG).The number of innexin expressing neurons is significantly higher in the embryo than in the adult. By combining in situ hybridization, dye and electrical coupling experiments on identified neurons, we demonstrate that adult neurons that express at least one innexin are dye and electrically coupled with at least one other STG neuron. Finally, two STG neurons display no detectable amount of either innexin mRNAs but may express weak electrical coupling with other STG neurons, suggesting the existence of other forms of innexins. Altogether, we provide evidence that innexins are expressed within small neuronal networks built of dye and electrically coupled neurons and may be developmentally regulated.

01/2003 | J Physiol Paris
Maturation of rhythmic neural network: role of central modulatory inputs.
Fenelon V, Le Feuvre Y, Bem T, Meyrand P

Modulatory systems are well known for their roles in tuning the cellular and synaptic properties in the adult neuronal networks, and play a major role in the control of the flexibility of functional outputs. However far less is known concerning their role in the maturation of neural networks during the development. In this review, using the stomatogastric nervous system of lobster, we will show that the neuromodulatory system exerts a powerful influence on developing neural networks. In the adult the number of both motor target neurons and their modulatory neurons is restricted to tens of identifiable cells. They are therefore well characterized in terms of cellular, synaptic and morphological properties. In the embryo, these target cells and their neuromodulatory population are already present from mid-embryonic life. However, the motor output generated by the system is quite different: while in the embryo all the target neurons are organized into a single network generating unique motor pattern, in the adult this population splits into two distinct networks generating separate patterns. This ontogenetic partitioning does not rely on progressive acquisition of adult properties but rather on a switch between two possible network operations. Indeed, adult networks are present early in the embryonic life but their expression is repressed by central modulatory neurons. Moreover, embryonic networks can be revealed in the adult system again by altering modulatory influences. Therefore, independently of the developmental age, two potential network phenotypes co-exist within the same neuronal architecture: when one is expressed, the other one is hidden and vice versa. These transitions do not necessarily need dramatic changes such as growth/retraction of processes, acquisition of new intra-membrane proteins etc. but rather, as shown by modelling studies, it may simply rely on a subtle tuning of pre-existing intercellular electrical coupling. This in turn suggests that progressive ontogenetic alteration may not take place at the level of the target network but rather at the level of modulatory input neurons.

15/09/2001 | J Neurosci
Long-term maintenance of channel distribution in a central pattern generator neuron by neuromodulatory inputs revealed by decentralization in organ culture.
Mizrahi A, Dickinson PS, Kloppenburg P, Fenelon V, Baro DJ, Harris-Warrick RM, Meyrand P, Simmers J

Organotypic cultures of the lobster (Homarus gammarus) stomatogastric nervous system (STNS) were used to assess changes in membrane properties of neurons of the pyloric motor pattern-generating network in the long-term absence of neuromodulatory inputs to the stomatogastric ganglion (STG). Specifically, we investigated decentralization-induced changes in the distribution and density of the transient outward current, I(A), which is encoded within the STG by the shal gene and plays an important role in shaping rhythmic bursting of pyloric neurons. Using an antibody against lobster shal K(+) channels, we found shal immunoreactivity in the membranes of neuritic processes, but not somata, of STG neurons in 5 d cultured STNS with intact modulatory inputs. However, in 5 d decentralized STG, shal immunoreactivity was still seen in primary neurites but was likewise present in a subset of STG somata. Among the neurons displaying this altered shal localization was the pyloric dilator (PD) neuron, which remained rhythmically active in 5 d decentralized STG. Two-electrode voltage clamp was used to compare I(A) in synaptically isolated PD neurons in long-term decentralized STG and nondecentralized controls. Although the voltage dependence and kinetics of I(A) changed little with decentralization, the maximal conductance of I(A) in PD neurons increased by 43.4%. This increase was consistent with the decentralization-induced increase in shal protein expression, indicating an alteration in the density and distribution of functional A-channels. Our results suggest that, in addition to the short-term regulation of network function, modulatory inputs may also play a role, either directly or indirectly, in controlling channel number and distribution, thereby maintaining the biophysical character of neuronal targets on a long-term basis.