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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334424/frequency-and-function-in-the-basal-ganglia-the-origins-of-beta-and-gamma-band-activity
#1
Alexander Blenkinsop, Sean Anderson, Kevin Gurney
Neural oscillations in the basal ganglia are well studied yet remain poorly understood. Behavioural correlates of spectral activity are well described, yet a quantitative hypothesis linking time domain dynamics and spectral properties to basal ganglia function has been lacking. We show, for the first time, that a unified description is possible by interpreting previously ignored structure in data describing GPi responses to cortical stimulation. These data were used to expose a pair of distinctive neuronal responses to the stimulation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333372/characterisation-and-functional-mapping-of-surface-potentials-in-the-rat-dorsal-column-nuclei
#2
Alastair J Loutit, Ted Maddess, Stephen J Redmond, John W Morley, Greg J Stuart, Jason R Potas
The brainstem dorsal column nuclei (DCN) play a role in early processing of somatosensory information arising from a variety of functionally distinct peripheral structures, before being transmitted to the cortex via the thalamus. To improve our understanding of how sensory information is represented by the DCN, we characterised and mapped low- (<200 Hz) and high-frequency (550-3300 Hz) components of nerve-evoked DCN surface potentials. DCN surface potentials were evoked by electrical stimulation of the left and right nerves innervating cutaneous (sural nerve), or a mix of cutaneous and deep structures (peroneal nerve), in 8 week-old urethane anaesthetised male Wistar rats...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332714/phosphate-increase-during-fatigue-affects-crossbridge-kinetics-in-intact-mouse-muscle-at-physiological-temperature
#3
M Nocella, G Cecchi, B Colombini
Actomyosin ATP hydrolysis during muscle contraction releases inorganic phosphate, increasing [Pi ] in the myoplasm. Experiments in skinned fibres at low temperature (10-12°C) have shown that [Pi ] increase depresses isometric force and alters the kinetics of actomyosin interaction. However, Pi effects decrease with temperature and this raises the question of Pi role under physiological conditions. The present experiments were made to investigate this point. Intact fibre bundles isolated from the flexor digitorum brevis of C57BL/6 mice were stimulated with a series of tetanic contractions at 1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332227/general-features-of-inhibition-in-the-inner-retina
#4
Katrin Franke, Tom Baden
Visual processing starts in the retina. Within only two synaptic layers, a large number of parallel information channels emerge, each encoding a highly processed feature like edges or the direction of motion. Much of this functional diversity arises in the inner plexiform layer, where inhibitory amacrine cells modulate the excitatory signal of bipolar and ganglion cells. Studies investigating individual amacrine cell circuits like the starburst or A17 circuit have demonstrated that single types can possess specific morphological and functional adaptations to convey a particular function in one or a small number of inner retinal circuits...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332208/itchy-channels-and-where-to-find-them
#5
Nikita Gamper
Itch (pruritus) is an unpleasant sensory experience that triggers a desire to scratch. It is induced by activation of a subset of cutaneous C fibers in response to environmental irritants and some endogenous mediators (such as histamine) This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332207/the-eyes-and-vision-of-butterflies
#6
Kentaro Arikawa
Butterflies use colour vision when searching for flowers. Unlike the trichromatic retinas of humans (blue, green, and red cones; plus rods) and honeybees (ultraviolet, blue, and green photoreceptors), butterfly retinas typically have six or more photoreceptor classes with distinct spectral sensitivities. The eyes of the Japanese yellow swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) contain ultraviolet, violet, blue, green, red and broad-band receptors, with each ommatidium housing nine photoreceptor cells in one of three fixed combinations...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332205/evidence-that-5-ht-stimulates-intracellular-ca-2-signalling-and-activates-pannexin-1-currents-in-type-ii-cells-of-the-rat-carotid-body
#7
Sindhubarathi Murali, Min Zhang, Colin A Nurse
Carotid body (CB) chemoreceptor (type I) cells can synthesize and release 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and increased autocrine-paracrine 5-HT2 receptor signalling contributes to sensory long-term facilitation during chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). However, recent studies suggest that adjacent glial-like type II cells can respond to CB paracrine signals by elevating intracellular calcium (Δ[Ca(2+) ]i ) and activating carbenoxolone-sensitive, ATP-permeable, pannexin-1 (Panx-1)-like channels. Here, using dissociated rat CB cultures, we found that 5-HT induced Δ[Ca(2+) ]i responses in a subpopulation of type I cells, and in most (∼67%) type II cells identified by their sensitivity to the P2Y2 receptor agonist, UTP...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332202/calcium-signalling-silencing-in-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Maura Greiser
Sub-cellular calcium signalling silencing is a novel and distinct cellular and molecular adaptive response to rapid cardiac activation. Calcium signalling silencing develops during short-term sustained rapid atrial activation as seen clinically during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). It is the first 'anti-arrhythmic' adaptive response in the setting of AF and appears to counteract the maladaptive changes that lead to intracellular Ca(2+) signalling instability and Ca(2+) based arrhythmogenicity. Calcium signalling silencing results in a failed propagation of the [Ca(2+) ]i signal to the myocyte centre in both patients with AF and in a rabbit model...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326567/both-standing-and-postural-threat-decrease-achilles-tendon-reflex-inhibition-from-tendon-electrical-stimulation
#9
Brian C Horslen, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Mark G Carpenter
Golgi tendon organ Ib reflexes are thought to contribute to standing balance control, but it is unknown if they are modulated when people are exposed to a postural threat. We used a novel application of tendon electrical stimulation (TStim) to elicit Ib inhibitory reflexes in the medial gastrocnemius, while actively engaged in upright standing balance, to examine a) how Ib reflexes to TStim are influenced by upright stance, and b) the effects of height-induced postural threat on Ib reflexes during standing...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326563/early-structural-and-functional-signature-of-3-day-human-skeletal-muscle-disuse-using-the-dry-immersion-model
#10
Rémi Demangel, Loïc Treffel, Guillaume Py, Thomas Brioche, Allan F Pagano, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Arnaud Beck, Laurence Pessemesse, Robin Candau, Claude Gharib, Angèle Chopard, Catherine Millet
Microgravity and hypoactivity are associated with skeletal muscle deconditioning. The decrease of muscle mass is an exponential decay with major changes in the first days. The purpose of the study was to dissect out the effects of a short-term 3-day dry immersion (DI) on human quadriceps muscle function and structure. The DI model, by suppressing all support zones, accurately reproduces the effects of microgravity. Twelve healthy volunteers (32 ± 5 yrs) completed 3 days of DI. Muscle function was investigated through maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) tests and muscle viscoelasticity...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318025/maternal-chronic-hypoxia-increases-expression-of-genes-regulating-lung-liquid-movement-and-surfactant-maturation-in-male-fetuses-in-late-gestation
#11
Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Beth J Allison, Kirsty L Brain, Youguo Niu, Nozomi Itani, Katie L Skeffington, Andrew D Kane, Emilio A Herrera, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication that may arise from maternal, placental and/or fetal factors. Respiratory outcome of the infant at birth likely depends on the duration, timing and severity of the hypoxaemic insult. We have isolated the effect of maternal chronic hypoxia (MCH) for a month in late gestation on fetal lung development. Pregnant ewes were exposed to normoxia (21% O2 ) or hypoxia (10% O2 ) from 105-138 d gestation (term ∼145 d). At 138 d, gene expression in fetal lung tissue was determined by qRT-PCR...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317132/chemogenetic-versus-recombination-driven-manipulation-of-enteric-glia
#12
Werend Boesmans, Pieter Vanden Berghe
Gastrointestinal function depends on the integrated activity of neurons and glia of the enteric nervous system (ENS). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304082/molecular-mechanisms-of-tumor-invasion-regulation-by-calcium-signals
#13
Oksana Iamshanova, Alessandra Fiorio Pla, Natalia Prevarskaya
Intracellular calcium (Ca(2+) ) signals are key regulators of multiple cellular functions: both healthy and physiopathological. It is therefore unsurprising that several cancers present a strong Ca(2+) homeostasis deregulation. Among the various hallmarks of cancer disease, a particular role is played by metastasis, which has a critical impact on cancer patients' outcome. Importantly, Ca(2+) signalling has been reported to control multiple aspects of the adaptive metastatic cancer cell behaviour, including epithelial-mesenchymal transition, cell migration, local invasion and induction of angiogenesis (see Abstract Figure)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303576/nonmuscle-nm-myosin-heavy-chain-phosphorylation-regulates-the-formation-of-nm-myosin-filaments-adhesome-assembly-and-smooth-muscle-contraction
#14
Wenwu Zhang, Susan J Gunst
The molecular function of nonmuscle (NM) isoforms of myosin II in smooth muscle (SM) tissues, and their possible role in contraction are largely unknown. We evaluated the function of NM myosin during contractile stimulation of canine tracheal SM tissues. Stimulation with ACh caused NM myosin filament assembly, as assessed by a Triton solubility assay and a proximity ligation assay to measure interactions between NM myosin monomers. ACh stimulated the phosphorylation of NM myosin heavy chain (HC) on Ser1943 in tracheal SM tissues, which can regulate NM myosin IIA filament assembly in vitro...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303572/intracellular-calcium-release-channels-an-update
#15
Gaetano Santulli, Ryutaro Nakashima, Qi Yuan, Andrew R Marks
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) are calcium (Ca(2+) ) release channels on the endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum (ER/SR). Here we summarize the latest advances in the field, describing the recently discovered mechanistic roles of intracellular Ca(2+) release channels in the regulation of mitochondrial fitness and endothelial function, providing novel therapeutic options for the treatment of heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. This article is protected by copyright...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303577/some-do-not-like-it-hot
#16
Matthew C Kiernan
Across the clinical neurosciences, it may be argued that the greatest physiological contributions have been derived in the realm of demyelinating disease This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303574/functional-impact-of-an-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-mutation-in-pabpn1
#17
Maricela García-Castañeda, Ana Victoria Vega, Rocío Rodríguez, Maria Guadalupe Montiel-Jaen, Bulmaro Cisneros, Angel Zarain-Herzberg, Guillermo Avila
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is linked to mutations in the gene encoding poly(A)-binding protein nuclear 1 (PABPN1). OPMD mutations consist in an expansion of a tract that contains 10 alanines (to 12-17). The disease courses with muscle weakness that begins in adulthood, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here we investigated functional effects of PABPN1 and an OPMD mutation (PABPN1-17A), using myotubes transfected with cDNAs encoding these proteins (GFP-tagged). PABPN1 stimulated myoblast fusion (100%), but PABPN1-17A failed to mimic this effect...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295390/mechanically-sensitive-a%C3%AE-nociceptors-that-innervate-bone-marrow-respond-to-changes-in-intra-osseous-pressure
#18
Sara Nencini, Jason Ivanusic
Whilst the sensory neurons and nerve terminals that innervate bone marrow have a morphology and molecular phenotype consistent with a role in nociception, little is known about their physiology or the mechanisms that generate and maintain bone pain. In the present study, we provide evidence that Aδ nociceptors that innervate the bone marrow respond to high threshold noxious mechanical stimulation, exhibit fatigue in response to prior stimulation, and in some cases can be sensitized by capsaicin. They can be classified on the basis of their response properties as either phasic-tonic units that appear to code for different intensities of intra-osseous pressure, or phasic units that code for the rate of change in intra-osseous pressure...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295363/angiotensin-ii-activates-cav-1-2-ca-2-channels-through-%C3%AE-arrestin2-and-casein-kinase-2-in-mouse-immature-cardiomyocytes
#19
Toshihide Kashihara, Tsutomu Nakada, Katsuhiko Kojima, Toshikazu Takeshita, Mitsuhiko Yamada
Angiotensin II (AngII), the main effector peptide of the renin-angiotensin system, plays important roles in cardiovascular regulation in the perinatal period. Despite the well-known stimulatory effect of AngII on vascular contraction, little is known about regulation of contraction of the immature heart by AngII. Here we found that AngII significantly increased the peak amplitude of twitch Ca(2+) transients by robustly activating L-type CaV 1.2 Ca(2+) (CaV 1.2) channels in mouse immature but not mature cardiomyocytes...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295353/alcohol-and-calcium-make-a-potent-cocktail
#20
Yasuko Iwakiri, Michael H Nathanson
It is estimated that over 150 million people have alcoholic liver disease (ALD) worldwide (Wang et al. 2014). ALD is manifested as a spectrum of liver pathology, ranging from simple steatosis (fatty liver) to alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and then cirrhosis, with some cases resulting in liver cancer as well. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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