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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158177/granger-causal-connectivity-dissociates-navigation-networks-that-subserve-allocentric-and-egocentric-path-integration
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Chin-Teng Lin, Te-Cheng Chiu, Yu-Kai Wang, Chun-Hsiang Chuang, Klaus Gramann
Studies on spatial navigation demonstrate a significant role of the retrosplenial complex (RSC) in the transformation of egocentric and allocentric information into complementary spatial reference frames (SRFs). The tight anatomical connections of the RSC with a wide range of other cortical regions processing spatial information support its vital role within the human navigation network. To better understand how different areas of the navigational network interact, we investigated the dynamic causal interactions of brain regions involved in solving a virtual navigation task...
November 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158176/decreased-mcl-1-protein-level-in-the-striatum-of-1-methyl-4-phenyl-1-2-3-6-tetrahydropyridine-mptp-treated-mice
#2
Edward Lu, Sumit Sarkar, James Raymick, Merle G Paule, Qiang Gu
1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) is a well-known neurotoxicant that can selectively destroy dopaminergic neurons and MPTP-treated animals are often used as models for studying aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD). While apoptosis has been suggested as a possible mechanism underlying MPTP-induced cell death and several apoptosis-associated proteins have been implicated in MPTP-animal models, relevant information regarding the possible involvement of Mcl-1 (myeloid cell leukemia 1) protein is missing...
November 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158175/changes-in-gray-and-white-matter-in-subgroups-within-the-tinnitus-population
#3
Sara A Schmidt, Benjamin Zimmerman, Richard O Bido Medina, Jake R Carpenter-Thompson, Fatima T Husain
In this study, we investigated gray and white matter changes in subgroups within the larger tinnitus population related to differences in severity or duration of tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus is the illusory perception of sound in the absence of an external source, most often experienced as a chronic condition. The psychological reaction to the sound constitutes the severity, or degree of discomfort experienced, and the duration refers to the time since onset of chronic tinnitus. We used voxel- and surface-based morphometry to investigate gray matter changes and diffusion tensor imaging (using fractional anisotropy, or FA, metrics) to assess changes in orientation of white matter tracts, using both whole brain and region of interest analyses...
November 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155093/histone-acetylation-of-oligodendrocytes-protects-against-white-matter-injury-induced-by-inflammation-and-hypoxia-ischemia-through-activation-of-bdnf-trkb-signaling-pathway-in-neonatal-rats
#4
Jichong Huang, Li Zhang, Yi Qu, Yan Zhou, Jianghu Zhu, Yafei Li, Tingting Zhu, Fengyan Zhao, Jun Tang, Dezhi Mu
The major pathological damage in encephalopathy of prematurity is white matter injury (WMI). Perinatal hypoxic-ischemia (HI) and inflammation are two major risk factors in the development of WMI. To study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of WMI, we set up a WMI model using lipopolysaccharide-sensitized HI injury in 2-day postnatal rats. Immunofluorescence staining was used to measure the expression of acetylated histone H3 (AH3) in oligodendrocytes, the target cells of WMI; the oligodendrocyte protein markers, NG2, O4, MBP, PLP, and MAG, were detected at different developmental stages...
November 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155092/effects-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-5-ht7-receptor-knockdown-on-cognitive-control-after-acute-heroin-administration
#5
Huijun Zhong, Jie Dang, Zhenghao Huo, Zhanbing Ma, Jing Chen, Yong Huang, Yongsheng Zhu, Min Li
Heroin abuse is linked to a deleterious effect on cognitive functioning in the individual. Recent evidences suggest that the serotonin7 receptor (5-HT7R) is engaged in the regulation of cognitive control and the drug use-associated behaviors. However, the role of 5-HT7R in the cognitive control after acute heroin administration has not been studied. The present study aims to investigate whether the knockdown of the 5-HT7R by virus-mediated gene silencing in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) could ameliorate the acute heroin-induced cognitive impairments...
November 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155003/application-of-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells-in-repairing-sciatic-nerve-injury-in-minipigs
#6
Chi-Feng Su, Li-Hsun Chang, Chien-Yu Kao, Don-Ching Lee, Kuan-Hung Cho, Li-Wei Kuo, Hsu Chang, Yao-Horng Wang, Ing-Ming Chiu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146112/different-concentrations-of-docosahexanoic-acid-supplement-during-lactation-result-in-different-outcomes-in-preterm-sprague-dawley-rats
#7
Qian Wang, Chunhong Jia, Xiaohua Tan, Fan Wu, Xinqi Zhong, Zhiwen Su, Weiwen Sun, Qiliang Cui
PROPOSE: In this study, we evaluated the effects of different concentrations of docosahexanoic acid (DHA) supplement on preterm Sprague-Dawley rat pups, and in parallel, measured the phosphorylation activity of the mTOR pathway in the hippocampal CA1 area. METHODS: Preterm Sprague-Dawley rat pups were randomly assigned to experimental groups which included; a sufficient DHA group (100 mg/kg/day); an enriched DHA group (300 mg/kg/day); an excess DHA group (800 mg/kg/day); and a deficient DHA group (normal saline gavage 0...
November 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146111/microrna-expression-patterns-in-human-anterior-cingulate-and-motor-cortex-a-study-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-cases-and-controls
#8
Peter T Nelson, Wang-Xia Wang, Sarah A Janse, Katherine L Thompson
OVERVIEW: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we evaluated the expression of miRNAs in anterior cingulate (AC; Brodmann area [BA] 24) and primary motor (MO; BA 4) cortical tissue from aged human brains in the University of Kentucky AD Center autopsy cohort, with a focus on dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: RNA was isolated from gray matter of brain samples with pathology-defined DLB, AD, AD+DLB, and low-pathology controls, with n=52 cases initially included (n=23 with DLB), all with low (<4hrs) postmortem intervals...
November 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137975/microarray-analysis-of-an-synthetic-%C3%AE-synuclein-induced-cellular-model-reveals-the-expression-profile-of-long-non-coding-rna-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
D Lin, Y Liang, X Jing, Y Chen, M Lei, Z Zeng, T Zhou, X Wu, S Peng, D Zheng, K Huang, L Yang, S Xiao, J Liu, E Tao
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a new research focus that are reported to influence the pathogenetic process of neurodegenerative disorders. To uncover new disease-associated genes and their relevant mechanisms, we carried out a gene microarray analysis based on a Parkinson's disease (PD) in vitro model induced by α-synuclein oligomers. This cellular model induced by 25 μmol/L α-synuclein oligomers has been confirmed to show the stable, transmissible neurotoxicity of α-synuclein, a typical PD pathological marker...
November 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137974/effects-and-mechanisms-of-matrix-metalloproteinase2-on-neural-differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#10
Tao Shu, Chang Liu, Mao Pang, Juan Wang, Bin Liu, Wei Zhou, Xuan Wang, Tao Wu, Qiyou Wang, Limin Rong
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) possess the potential to differentiate into neural lineage cells. Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2), an endopeptidase in the extracellular matrix, has been shown to protect neural cells from injury. However, the mechanisms and effects of MMP2 on neural differentiation of iPSCs remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrated a role for MMP2 in the differentiation of iPSCs to neurons via the AKT pathway. Treatment of iPSCs with MMP2 promoted their proliferation and differentiation into neural stem cells (NSCs), and then into neurons...
November 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129606/transgenerational-blunting-of-morphine-induced-corticosterone-secretion-is-associated-with-dysregulated-gene-expression-in-male-offspring
#11
Fair M Vassoler, Anika M Toorie, Elizabeth M Byrnes
A number of parental experiences, even when occurring prior to conception, have been shown to induce transgenerational effects beyond the first generation. In the case of exposure to drugs of abuse, studies in rodents suggest that offspring demonstrate significant differences in how they respond to the drug to which their parent was exposed. We have previously observed significant alterations in morphine analgesia, conditioned place preference and self-administration in the offspring of females exposed to morphine during adolescent development...
November 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102776/assessing-disease-modifying-effects-of-norepinephrine-in-down-syndrome-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Ravikumar Ponnusamy, M Windy McNerney, Shahrzad Moghadam, Ahmad Salehi
Building upon the knowledge that a number of important brain circuits undergo significant degeneration in Alzheimer's disease, numerous recent studies suggest that the norepinephrine-ergic system in the brainstem undergoes significant alterations early in the course of both Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome. Massive projections from locus coeruleus neurons to almost the entire brain, extensive innervation of brain capillaries, and widespread distribution of noradrenergic receptors enable the norepinephrine-ergic system to play a crucial role in neural processes, including cognitive function...
November 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122651/downregulation-of-lipocalin-2-and-bim-expression-after-remote-limb-preconditioning-in-the-ischemic-rat-brain
#13
Mingli Liu, Jing Chen, Shufan Zhang, Chuancheng Ren
Although it has been proved that remote limb preconditioning (RPC) can exert neurological protection effects after ischemic cerebral stroke (ICS), the underlying mechanisms of RPC still need to be elucidated for its better transformation to clinical application. Lipocalin-2 (LCN2) was upregulated after cerebral ischemia and mediated reperfusion injury in the models of ischemic stroke. So here, we investigated that whether RPC could downregulate the levels of LCN2 protein and its receptor resulting from cerebral ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury...
November 6, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113737/voluntary-alcohol-intake-after-noise-exposure-in-adolescent-rats-hippocampal-related-behavioral-alterations
#14
M Miceli, S J Molina, A Forcada, G B Acosta, L R Guelman
Different physical or chemical agents, such as noise or alcohol, can induce diverse behavioral and biochemical alterations. Considering the high probability of young people to undergo a successive or simultaneous exposure, the aim of the present work was to investigate in an animal model if noise exposure at early adolescence could induce hippocampal-related behavioral changes that might be modified after alcohol intake. MaleWistarrats(28-days-old)were exposed tonoise(95-97 dB, 2 h).Afterwards, animals were allowed to voluntarily drink alcohol(10% ethanol in tap water)for three consecutive days, using the two-bottle free choice paradigm...
November 4, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108817/chronic-oral-methylene-blue-treatment-in-a-rat-model-of-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion
#15
Lei Huang, Jianfei Lu, Bianca Cerqueira, Yichu Liu, Zhao Jiang, Timothy Q Duong
A single acute low-dose methylene blue (MB), an FDA-grandfathered drug, has been shown to ameliorate behavioral deficits and reduces MRI-defined infarct volume in experimental ischemic stroke when administered intravenously or intraperitoneally. The efficacy of chronic MB treatment in ischemic stroke remains unknown. In a randomized, double-blinded and vehicle-controlled design, we investigated the efficacy of chronic oral MB administration in ischemic stroke longitudinally up to 60 days post injury using MRI and behavioral tests, with end-point histology...
November 3, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108816/obestatin-stimulates-the-somatotrophic-axis-activity-in-sheep
#16
Anna Wójcik-Gładysz, Michał Szlis, Anna Misztal, Bartosz Jarosław Przybył, Jolanta Polkowska
The effects of obestatin (an anorexigenic peripheral peptide) on somatotrophic axis activity in ruminants have not yet been determined. The aim of this study was to investigate the consequence of intracerebroventricular infusions of obestatin on the activity of the somatotrophic axis in peripubertal female sheep. Animals were randomly divided into two groups: control group received intracerebroventricular infusions of the vehicle, and the obestatin group was infused with obestatin (25 µg/120 µL h(-1)). The series of four hourly infusions on three consecutive days were performed...
November 3, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103988/variation-in-mutyh-expression-in-arabian-horses-with-cerebellar-abiotrophy
#17
E Y Scott, K D Woolard, C J Finno, M C T Penedo, J D Murray
Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA) is a neurodegenerative disease in Arabian horses affecting the cerebellum, more specifically the Purkinje neurons. Although CA occurs in several domestic species, CA in Arabian horses is unique in that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) has been associated with the disease. Total RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) was performed on CA-affected horses to address the molecular mechanism underlying the disease. This research expands upon the RNA-seq work by measuring the impact of the CA-associated SNP on the candidate gene MutY homolog (MUTYH) and its regulation, isoform-specific expression and protein localization...
November 2, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102779/sialic-acid-and-anti-ganglioside-antibody-levels-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#18
Xiaolei Yang, Shuang Liang, Lin Wang, Panpan Han, Xitao Jiang, Jianli Wang, Yanqiu Hao, Lijie Wu
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and impact neurological functions and behaviors. Sialic acid (SA) is an indispensable nutrient for early brain development, and its polymer polySia (PSA) can modify neural cell adhesion molecules (NCAM), thereby indirectly mediating neuronal outgrowth, synaptic connectivity and memory formation. To investigate the association between SA and ASD, we conducted a case-control study...
November 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102778/early-visual-processing-of-snakes-and-angry-faces-an-erp-study
#19
Sandra J E Langeslag, Jan W van Strien
Snakes and angry faces are common fear stimuli and both elicit an Early Posterior Negativity (EPN) in the event-related potential, which indicates that they capture early automatic visual attention. But because snakes have been a predatory threat for primates since long before communication through facial expressions evolved, we tested the hypothesis that the EPN for snakes would be more pronounced than the EPN for angry faces. We carefully controlled for differences between reptiles and faces by using lizards and neutral faces as control stimuli...
November 1, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102777/reduced-glucose-transporter-1-in-brain-derived-circulating-endothelial-cells-in-mild-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
#20
Petra Vogelsang, Lasse Melvaer Giil, Anders Lund, Christian A Vedeler, Anagha P Parkar, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Einar K Kristoffersen
Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) have blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction. Methods to study cells of the BBB in vivo would facilitate analyses of neurovascular damage in early AD. Thus, we conducted a pilot study to investigate if brain-derived endothelial cells (BDCECs) could be identified from a cell population of circulating endothelial cells (CECs). Peripheral blood was sampled from early AD patients (n = 9), patients with vascular diseases (myocardial infarction (n = 8) and ischemic stroke (n = 8)), and healthy controls (n = 8)...
November 1, 2017: Brain Research
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