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In that it already is in clinical use for malignant hyperthermia and muscle spasticity, among other conditions. Since dantrolene is known to have multiple neuroprotective effects [42], modifying an existing drug for the prevention of AD progression would provide a much-needed breakthrough towards designing effective drug therapies for AD, which at present do not exist in this rapidly aging population. This opportunity is particularly exciting in light of the low success rate of past AD clinical trials. The compounds designed to clear Ab via immunotherapy or inhibition of secretase function have failed to slow disease progression and in some cases worsened cognitive function as well as increased the risk of developing other diseases such as encephalitis and skin cancer [43?46]. Another fundamental problem with clinical trials involves the timing of treatment. In most cases, treatment begins when patients present with behavioral symptoms, at which point the brain is in a considerable state of degeneration. There is compelling evidence that early pathological mechanisms occur long before clinicalNormalizing ER Ca2+ for AD TreatmentNormalizing ER Ca2+ for AD TreatmentFigure 5. Sub-chronic dantrolene treatment rescues LTP on RyR inhibition in 3xTg-AD mice. (A ) Left, graphs show averaged time Title Loaded From File course of LTP from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice that were given daily injections of 0.9 saline (A, n = 7 for NonTg, n = 7 for 3xTg-AD) or 10 mg/kg dantrolene (B, n = 10 for NonTg, n = 14 for 3xTg-AD) for 4 weeks. Insets (above) show representative fEPSP traces before (1) and after (2) O gain insights into the functional targets of the 33 differentially expressed tetanus from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. Bar graphs on right show averaged change in post-tetanus responses relative to baseline from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. (C ) Left, graphs show averaged time course of LTP from NonTg mice (C) injected with saline (n = 5) or dantrolene (n = 12) with bath application of 10 mM dantrolene, and 3xTg-AD mice (D) injected with saline (n = 8) or dantrolene (n = 7) with bath application of 10 mM dantrolene. Insets (above) show representative fEPSP pre-tetanus traces before (1) and after (2) bath application of 10 mM dantrolene and post-tetanus fEPSP traces (3) with 10 mM dantrolene. Bar graphs on right show averaged change in post-tetanus responses relative to baseline in aCSF or dantrolene from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. Baseline fEPSPs were recorded for 20 min at 0.05 Hz before and for 60 min at 0.05 Hz after LTP induction. The arrow indicates the time of tetanus. * = significantly different after 10 mM dantrolene bath application, p,0.05, n denotes number of slices. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052056.gonset of AD [30,47], thus requiring treating patients earlier in the disease, or even at presymptomatic stages, for treatment to be effective. As such, this form of dantrolene treatment when given at vulnerable yet measurable time points, such as a diagnosis of MCI or traumatic brain injury (TBI), may provide neuroprotective benefits such that subsequent synaptic pathology, histopathology, and cognitive loss are halted and possibly reversed. The goal of this study was to examine whether sub-chronic treatment with the RyR antagonist dantrolene in AD mouse models would normalize ER Ca2+ signaling disruptions, reduce RyR2 expression, stabilize downstream synaptic transmission and plasticity expression, and reduce amyloid pathology. The findings are highly promising, 12926553 particularly with the minimal effects observed in the NonTg mice and the profound therapeutic.In that it already is in clinical use for malignant hyperthermia and muscle spasticity, among other conditions. Since dantrolene is known to have multiple neuroprotective effects [42], modifying an existing drug for the prevention of AD progression would provide a much-needed breakthrough towards designing effective drug therapies for AD, which at present do not exist in this rapidly aging population. This opportunity is particularly exciting in light of the low success rate of past AD clinical trials. The compounds designed to clear Ab via immunotherapy or inhibition of secretase function have failed to slow disease progression and in some cases worsened cognitive function as well as increased the risk of developing other diseases such as encephalitis and skin cancer [43?46]. Another fundamental problem with clinical trials involves the timing of treatment. In most cases, treatment begins when patients present with behavioral symptoms, at which point the brain is in a considerable state of degeneration. There is compelling evidence that early pathological mechanisms occur long before clinicalNormalizing ER Ca2+ for AD TreatmentNormalizing ER Ca2+ for AD TreatmentFigure 5. Sub-chronic dantrolene treatment rescues LTP on RyR inhibition in 3xTg-AD mice. (A ) Left, graphs show averaged time course of LTP from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice that were given daily injections of 0.9 saline (A, n = 7 for NonTg, n = 7 for 3xTg-AD) or 10 mg/kg dantrolene (B, n = 10 for NonTg, n = 14 for 3xTg-AD) for 4 weeks. Insets (above) show representative fEPSP traces before (1) and after (2) tetanus from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. Bar graphs on right show averaged change in post-tetanus responses relative to baseline from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. (C ) Left, graphs show averaged time course of LTP from NonTg mice (C) injected with saline (n = 5) or dantrolene (n = 12) with bath application of 10 mM dantrolene, and 3xTg-AD mice (D) injected with saline (n = 8) or dantrolene (n = 7) with bath application of 10 mM dantrolene. Insets (above) show representative fEPSP pre-tetanus traces before (1) and after (2) bath application of 10 mM dantrolene and post-tetanus fEPSP traces (3) with 10 mM dantrolene. Bar graphs on right show averaged change in post-tetanus responses relative to baseline in aCSF or dantrolene from NonTg and 3xTg-AD mice. Baseline fEPSPs were recorded for 20 min at 0.05 Hz before and for 60 min at 0.05 Hz after LTP induction. The arrow indicates the time of tetanus. * = significantly different after 10 mM dantrolene bath application, p,0.05, n denotes number of slices. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052056.gonset of AD [30,47], thus requiring treating patients earlier in the disease, or even at presymptomatic stages, for treatment to be effective. As such, this form of dantrolene treatment when given at vulnerable yet measurable time points, such as a diagnosis of MCI or traumatic brain injury (TBI), may provide neuroprotective benefits such that subsequent synaptic pathology, histopathology, and cognitive loss are halted and possibly reversed. The goal of this study was to examine whether sub-chronic treatment with the RyR antagonist dantrolene in AD mouse models would normalize ER Ca2+ signaling disruptions, reduce RyR2 expression, stabilize downstream synaptic transmission and plasticity expression, and reduce amyloid pathology. The findings are highly promising, 12926553 particularly with the minimal effects observed in the NonTg mice and the profound therapeutic.