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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223018/cerebral-ischemia-induced-elevation-of-hepatic-inflammatory-factors-accompanied-by-glucose-intolerance-suppresses-hypothalamic-orexin-a-mediated-vagus-nerve-activation
#1
Shinichi Harada, Yudai Nozaki, Wataru Matsuura, Yui Yamazaki, Shogo Tokuyama
Activation of vagus nerve exerts orexin-A (OXA)-mediated suppression of post-ischemic glucose intolerance and cerebral ischemic neuronal damage. Cerebral ischemia induces hepatic inflammatory factors and contributes to the development of hepatic insulin resistance by activating sympathetic nerves. However, it is not enough to understand whether OXA regulates these phenomena through activation of vagus nerve. In this study, we demonstrated that the involvement of OXA-induced activation of vagus nerve in the induction of hepatic inflammatory factors by cerebral ischemia...
February 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219651/ho1-and-wnt-expression-is-independently-regulated-in-female-mice-brains-following-permanent-ischemic-brain-injury
#2
Jatin Tulsulkar, Alicia Ward, Zahoor Shah
A gender difference in stroke is observed throughout epidemiologic studies, pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes. We investigated the neuroprotective role of hemeoxygenase (HO) enzyme, which catabolizes free heme to bilirubin, carbon monoxide and biliverdin in the female brain after permanent ischemia. We have previously reported in male mice that genetic deletion of HO1 exacerbates the brain damage after permanent ischemia, and the mechanism of neuroprotection is dependent on the HO1/Wnt pathway; however, the role of HO1/Wnt mediated neuroprotection in the female brain is yet to be investigated...
February 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216241/temporal-and-identity-prediction-in-visual-auditory-events-electrophysiological-evidence-from-stimulus-omissions
#3
Thijs van Laarhoven, Jeroen J Stekelenburg, Jean Vroomen
A rare omission of a sound that is predictable by anticipatory visual information induces an early negative omission response (oN1) in the EEG during the period of silence where the sound was expected. It was previously suggested that the oN1 was primarily driven by the identity of the anticipated sound. Here, we examined the role of temporal prediction in conjunction with identity prediction of the anticipated sound in the evocation of the auditory oN1. With incongruent audiovisual stimuli (a video of a handclap that is consistently combined with the sound of a car horn) we demonstrate in Experiment 1 that a natural match in identity between the visual and auditory stimulus is not required for inducing the oN1, and that the perceptual system can adapt predictions to unnatural stimulus events...
February 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216240/gamma-band-neural-synchrony-due-to-autobiographical-fact-violation-in-a-self-referential-question
#4
Jeong Woo Choi, Kwang Su Cha, Ki-Young Jung, Kyung Hwan Kim
Our purpose was to investigate the cortical information processing of autobiographical fact violation (AFV) in self-referential questions. We expected that AFV in a self-referential question would evoke a characteristic pattern of neural synchrony and event-related potentials (ERPs). Averaged ERP and event-related synchronization in the gamma band were analyzed to observe differences between the processing of questions with and without AFV. Significant differences in ERP were found in the posterior area at 290-435 ms (N400) and in the frontal area at 520-800 ms (late positive component, LPC)...
February 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214523/abnormal-functional-networks-in-resting-state-of-the-sub-cortical-chronic-stroke-patients-with-hemiplegia
#5
Ye Zhang, Li Wang, Jun Yang, Rubing Yan, Jingna Zhang, Linqiong Sang, Pengyue Li, Hongliang Liu, Mingguo Qiu
The aim of this study isto identify the properties of the motor network and the default-mode network (DMN) of the sub-cortical chronic stroke patients, and to study the relationship between the network connectivity and the neurological scales of the stroke patients.Twenty-eight chronic stroke patients (28-77 days post-stroke) and twenty-eight healthy control subjects (HCs) were recruited. Independent component analysis (ICA) was performed to obtain the motor network and the DMN. Two sample t-tests was used to compare the differences of the motor network and the DMN between the patients and HCs...
February 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214522/prelimbic-cortex-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-1-2-activation-is-required-for-memory-retrieval-of-long-term-inhibitory-avoidance
#6
Fei Luo, Jian Zheng, Xuan Sun, Wei-Ke Deng, Fang Liu, Bao-Ming Li
Neural mechanism underlying memory retrieval has been extensively studied in the hippocampus and amygdala. However, little is known about the role of medial prefrontal cortex in long-term memory retrieval. We evaluate this issue in one-trial step-through inhibitory avoidance (IA) paradigm. Our results showed that, 1) inactivation of mPFC by local infusion of GABAA-receptor agonist muscimol caused severe deficits in retrieval of 1-day and 7-day but had no effects on 2-hour inhibitory avoidance memory; 2) the protein level of phosphorylated-ERK1/2 in mPFC were significantly increased following retrieval of 1-day and 7-day IA memory, so did the numbers of phosphorylated-ERK (pERK) and phosphorylated-CREB (pCREB) labeled neurons; 3) intra-mPFC infusion of ERK kinase inhibitor PD98095 significantly reduced phosphorylated ERK1/2 levels and phosphorylated-ERK1/2 and phosphorylated-CREB labeled cells, and severely impaired retrieval of 7-day IA memory when the drugs were administrated 30 min prior to test...
February 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214521/neuroprotective-effect-of-salvianolic-acid-b-against-cerebral-ischemic-injury-in-rats-via-the-cd40-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-associated-with-suppression-of-platelets-activation-and-neuroinflammation
#7
Shixin Xu, Aiqin Zhong, Huining Ma, Dan Li, Yue Hu, Yingzhi Xu, Junping Zhang
Neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Activated platelets are increasingly regarded as initiators and/or amplifiers of inflammatory processes in cerebral I/R injury. Salvianolic acid B (SAB) is the most abundant bioactive compound of Salviae miltiorrhizae, a well-known Chinese herb used to promote blood circulation and eliminating blood stasis. S. miltiorrhizae has been used clinically in Asia for the treatment of ischemic cerebrovascular diseases...
February 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213155/high-frequency-stimulation-of-afferent-fibers-generates-asynchronous-firing-in-the-downstream-neurons-in-hippocampus-through-partial-block-of-axonal-conduction
#8
Zhouyan Feng, Zhaoxiang Wang, Zheshan Guo, Wenjie Zhou, Ziyan Cai, Dominique M Durand
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective for treating neurological disorders in clinic. However, the therapeutic mechanisms of high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of DBS have not yet been elucidated. Previous studies have suggested that HFS-induced changes in axon conduction could have important contributions to the DBS effects and desiderate further studies. To investigate the effects of prolonged HFS of afferent axons on the firing of downstream neurons, HFS trains of 100 and 200 Hz were applied on the Schaffer collaterals of the hippocampal CA1 region in anaesthetized rats...
February 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213154/density-and-neurochemical-profiles-of-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-expressing-interneuron-in-the-mouse-basolateral-amygdala
#9
Xiaona Wang, Chunhua Liu, Xiaochen Wang, Fei Gao, Ren-Zhi Zhan
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)-expressing interneurons reside in the basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) of rodents. In the present study, we immunohistochemically analyzed nNOS-positive cells in the mouse BLA by focusing on their density, γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergicity, and co-localization with calcium-binding proteins and neuropeptides. The density of nNOS-containing neurons was analyzed with unbiased stereology. Experiments were conducted in both adult wild-type C57BL/6 and glutamic acid decarboxylase-green fluorescence protein (GAD67-GFP) knock-in mice, in which GFP is expressed in GABAergic neurons under the control of the endogenous GAD67 gene promoter...
February 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202255/alleviation-of-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-by-endogenous-estrogen-involves-maintaining-bcl-2-expression-via-the-er%C3%AE-signalling-pathway
#10
Zeng-Li Zhang, Pei Qin, Yuhong Liu, Li-Xia Zhang, Hang Guo, You-Liang Deng, Yizhao-Liu, Yu-Shu Hou, Li-Yang Wang, Yi Miao, Yu-Long Ma, Wu-Gang Hou
The neuroprotective effects of estrogen against cerebral ischaemia have been confirmed by multiple basic and clinical studies. However, most of these studies used exogenous estrogen administered via different injection methods, and the neuroprotective effects of endogenous estrogen produced by ovaries during different phases of estrous cycle and the underlying mechanisms involved have rarely been explored. In this study, we first identified the stage of estrous cycle via vaginal smears and then measured serum estradiol levels at each phase via radioimmunoassay...
February 12, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202254/robust-interactions-between-the-effects-of-auditory-and-cutaneous-electrical-stimulations-on-cell-activities-in-the-thalamic-reticular-nucleus
#11
Akihisa Kimura
The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), a cluster of GABAergic cells, is thought to regulate bottom-up and top-down streams of sensory processing in the loop circuitry between the thalamus and cortex. Provided that sensory inputs of different modalities interact in the TRN, the TRN could contribute to fast and flexible cross-modal modulation of attention and perception that incessantly takes place in our every day life. Indeed, diverse subthreshold interactions of auditory and visual inputs have been revealed in TRN cells (Kimura, 2014)...
February 12, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193480/mice-increased-target-biting-behaviors-24-hours-after-co-administration-of-alcohol-and-fluoxetine
#12
Ping Chao Mamiya, Judith Matray-Devoti, Hans Fisher, George C Wagner
Increased alcohol consumption has been linked to social isolation. Individuals showed heightened aggression following social isolation. Animals treated with alcohol following social separation showed higher aggression and lower serotonin transmission. Although reduced serotonin transmission in the brain may be related to alcohol induced heightened aggression, it remains unclear whether there are specific brain regions where changes in serotonin transmission are critical for animal aggression following alcohol treatment...
February 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192082/endocannabinoid-dependent-protection-against-kainic-acid-induced-long-term-alteration-of-brain-oscillations-in-guinea-pigs
#13
Liubov Shubina, Rubin Aliev, Valentina Kitchigina
Changes in rhythmic activity can serve as early biomarkers of pathological alterations, but it remains unclear how different types of rhythmic activity are altered during neurodegenerative processes. Glutamatergic neurotoxicity, evoked by kainic acid (KA), causes hyperexcitation and acute seizures that result in delayed brain damage. We employed wide frequency range (0.1-300 Hz) local field potential recordings in guinea pigs to study the oscillatory activity of the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, medial septum, and amygdala in healthy animals for three months after KA introduction...
February 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189560/mutant-presenilin2-promotes-apoptosis-through-the-p53-mir-34a-axis-in-neuronal-cells
#14
Liu-Hong Li, Qiu-Yun Tu, Xiao-Hua Deng, Jian Xia, De-Ren Hou, Ke Guo, Xiao-Hong Zi
Neurodegenerative disorders have attracted attention in last decades due to their high incidence in the world. The p53/miR-34a axis triggers apoptosis and suppresses viability in multiple types of cells, but little is known about its role in neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we showed that presenilin (PS)-2, a major gene associated with familial Alzheimer's disease (AD) could trigger the apoptosis through the p53/miR-34a axis in PC12 cells. First we found that PC12 cell viability was downregulated by PS-2 and mutant PS-2 overexpression, especially by mutant PS-2 overexpression...
February 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188777/enhanced-ability-of-trpv1-channels-in-regulating-glutamatergic-transmission-after-repeated-morphine-exposure-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-rat
#15
Haitao Zhang, Dong Jia, Yuan Wang, Liang Qu, Xuelian Wang, Jian Song, Lijun Heng, Guodong Gao
Glutamatergic projections to nucleus accumbens (NAc) drive drug-seeking behaviors during opioids withdrawal. Modulating glutamatergic neurotransmission provides a novel pharmacotherapeutic avenue for treatment of opioids dependence. Great deals of researches have verified that transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels alters synaptic transmitter release and regulate neural plasticity. In the present study, whole-cell patch clamp recordings were adopted to examine the activity of TRPV1 Channels in regulating glutamate-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in NAc of rat during morphine withdrawal for 3 days and 3 weeks...
February 7, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167076/brain-network-alterations-in-the-inflammatory-soup-animal-model-of-migraine
#16
Lino Becerra, James Bishop, Gabi Barmettler, Vanessa Kainz, Rami Burstein, David Borsook
Advances in our understanding of the human pain experience have shifted much of the focus of pain research from the periphery to the brain. Current hypotheses suggest that the progression of migraine depends on abnormal functioning of neurons in multiple brain regions. Accordingly, we sought to capture functional brain changes induced by the application of an inflammatory cocktail known as inflammatory soup (IS), to the dura mater across multiple brain networks. Specifically, we aimed to determine whether IS alters additional neural networks indirectly related to the primary nociceptive pathways via the spinal cord to the thalamus and cortex...
February 3, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167075/inhibition-of-the-nmda-and-ampa-receptor-channels-by-antidepressants-and-antipsychotics
#17
Oleg I Barygin, Elina I Nagaeva, Denis B Tikhonov, Darya A Belinskaya, Nina P Vanchakova, Natalia N Shestakova
It is known that some antidepressants and antipsychotics directly inhibit NMDA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors. In this study we systematically studied action of seven drugs (Fluoxetine, Citalopram, Desipramine, Amitriptyline, Atomoxetine, Chlorpromazine, and Clozapine) on NMDA receptors and Ca(2+)-permeable and -impermeable AMPA receptors in rat brain neurons by whole-cell patch-clamp technique. Except for weak effect of fluoxetine, all drugs were virtually inactive against Ca(2+)-impermeable AMPA receptors...
February 3, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163090/daily-rhythms-of-cognition-related-factors-are-modified-in-an-experimental-model-of-alzheimer-disease
#18
Lorena Navigatore-Fonzo, Andrea Castro, Verónica Pignataro, Marilina Casais, Marisa Garraza, Ana Cecilia Anzulovich
The accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in the brain of Alzheimer disease patients is associated to cognitive deficit, increased oxidative stress, and alterations in the circadian rhythms. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and Neurogranin (RC3), play an important role in the synaptic plasticity underlying memory and learning. Previously, we observed BDNF and RC3 expression follow a daily rhythmic pattern in the hippocampus of young rats. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of an intracerebroventricular (i...
February 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161458/effect-of-mptp-on-mrna-expression-of-pgc-1%C3%AE-in-mouse-brain
#19
Rita Torok, Andras Salamon, Evelin Sumegi, Denes Zadori, Gabor Veres, Mate Fort Molnar, Laszlo Vecsei, Peter Klivenyi
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) is a key regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis, respiration and adaptive thermogenesis. Besides the full-length protein (FL-PGC-1α), several other functionally active PGC-1α isoforms were identified as a result of alternative splicing (e.g., N-truncated PGC-1α; NT-PGC-1α) or alternative promoter usage (e.g., central nervous system-specific PGC-1α isoforms; CNS-PGC-1α). Achieving neuroprotection via CNS-targeted pharmacological stimulation is limited due to poor penetration of the blood brain barrier (BBB) by the proposed pharmaceutical agents, so preconditioning emerged as another option...
February 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143715/neuroprotective-effect-of-breviscapine-on-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats-associated-with-the-inhibition-of-gsk3%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
#20
Ling Jiang, Qing-Jie Xia, Xiu-Juan Dong, Yue Hu, Zhi-Wei Chen, Kang Chen, Kun-Hua Wang, Jia Liu, Ting-Hua Wang
Breviscapine, a standardized Chinese herbal medicine extracted from Erigeron breviscapine, has been widely used to treat cerebrovascular diseases. However, there are no reports about the neuroprotective effects and underlying molecular mechanisms of breviscapine on traumatic brain injury (TBI). Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the effects of breviscapine on rats with TBI insult and illuminate the underlying mechanism. We created a traumatic brain-injured model with breviscapine lateral ventricle injection and evaluated the expressional changes of glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) as well as the GSK3β-involved signaling pathways including apoptosis and axonal growth...
January 28, 2017: Brain Research
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