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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218861/comparative-expression-patterns-of-sox2-and-sox19-genes-in-the-forebrain-of-developing-and-adult-turbot-scophthalmus-maximus
#1
Xoana Taboada, Ana Viñas, Fátima Adrio
The turbot, Scophthalmus maximus, belongs to the flatfishes (order Pleuronectiformes), which display substantial asymmetry of the olfactory organs and forebrain. Sox genes code for SRY-related HMG domain-bearing transcription factors involved in various developmental processes. Group B1 Sox genes as Sox2 and Sox19 appear to play major roles in neural development. Here, we characterized by in situ hybridization the developmental expression of Sox2 and Sox19 genes in metamorphic and postmetamorphic specimens and young adults of both sexes...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218745/expression-of-the-potassium-chloride-co-transporter-kcc2-within-the-avian-song-system
#2
Christopher E Vaaga, Kimberly E Miller, Agnes L Bodor, David J Perkel
Songbirds learn to produce vocalizations early in life by listening to, then copying the songs of conspecific males. The anterior forebrain pathway, homologous to a basal ganglia-forebrain circuit, is essential for song learning. The projection between the striato-pallidal structure, Area X, and the medial portion of the dorsolateral thalamic nucleus (DLM) is strongly hyperpolarizing in adults, due to a very negative chloride reversal potential (Person and Perkel, 2005). The chloride reversal potential is determined, in part, by the expression level of a neuron-specific potassium-chloride cotransporter, KCC2, which is developmentally upregulated in mammals...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218729/structural-and-molecular-heterogeneity-of-calretinin-expressing-interneurons-in-the-rodent-and-primate-striatum
#3
Farid N Garas, Eszter Kormann, Rahul S Shah, Federica Vinciati, Yoland Smith, Peter J Magill, Andrew Sharott
Calretinin-expressing (CR+) interneurons are the most common type of striatal interneuron in primates. However, because CR+ interneurons are relatively scarce in rodent striatum, little is known about their molecular and other properties, and they are typically excluded from models of striatal circuitry. Moreover, CR+ interneurons are often treated in models as a single homogenous population, despite previous descriptions of their heterogeneous structures and spatial distributions in rodents and primates. Here, we demonstrate that, in rodents, the combinatorial expression of secretagogin (Scgn), specificity protein 8 (SP8) and/or LIM homeobox protein 7 (Lhx7) separates striatal CR+ interneurons into 3 structurally- and topographically-distinct cell populations...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218727/gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-subunit-localisation-on-neurochemically-identified-neurons-of-the-human-subthalamic-nucleus
#4
Xi Hua Wu, Jennifer Junru Song, Richard Lewis Maxwell Faull, Henry John Waldvogel
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a critical excitatory signalling centre within the basal ganglia circuitry. The activity of subthalamic neurons is tightly controlled by upstream inhibitory signalling centres in the basal ganglia. In this study, we used immunohistochemical techniques to firstly, visualise and quantify the STN neurochemical organisation based on neuronal markers including parvalbumin (PV), calretinin (CR), SMI-32 and GAD65/67 . Secondly, we characterised the detailed regional, cellular and subcellular expression of GABAA (α1 , α2 , α3 , β2/3 and γ2 ) and GABAB (R1 and R2) receptor subunits within the normal human STN...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218725/characterization-of-retinal-ganglion-cell-horizontal-cell-and-amacrine-cell-types-expressing-the-neurotrophic-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-ret
#5
Nadia Parmhans, Szilard Sajgo, Jingwen Niu, Wenqin Luo, Tudor Constantin Badea
We report the retinal expression pattern of Ret, a receptor tyrosine kinase for the Glial Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) family ligands (GFLs), during development and in the adult mouse. Ret is initially expressed in Retinal Ganglion Cells (RGCs), followed by Horizontal Cells (HCs) and Amacrine Cells (ACs), beginning with the early stages of postmitotic development. Ret expression persists in all three classes of neurons in the adult. Using RNA sequencing, immunostaining and random sparse recombination, we show that Ret is expressed in at least three distinct types of ACs, and ten types of RGCs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218724/genetic-disruption-of-fractalkine-signaling-leads-to-enhanced-loss-of-cochlear-afferents-following-ototoxic-or-acoustic-injury
#6
Tejbeer Kaur, Kevin K Ohlemiller, Mark E Warchol
Cochlear hair cells are vulnerable to a variety of insults like acoustic trauma and ototoxic drugs. Such injury can also lead to degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), but this occurs over a period of months to years. Neuronal survival is necessary for the proper function of cochlear prosthetics, therefore it is of great interest to understand the mechanisms that regulate neuronal survival in deaf ears. We have recently demonstrated that selective hair cell ablation is sufficient to attract leukocytes into the spiral ganglion (SG), and that fractalkine signaling plays a role in macrophage recruitment and in the survival of auditory neurons...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218721/functional-characterization-of-a-second-pedal-peptide-orcokinin-type-neuropeptide-signaling-system-in-the-starfish-asterias-rubens
#7
Ming Lin, Michaela Egertová, Cleidiane G Zampronio, Alexandra M Jones, Maurice R Elphick
Molluscan pedal peptides (PP) and arthropod orcokinins (OK) are prototypes of a family of neuropeptides that have been identified in several phyla. Recently, starfish myorelaxant peptide (SMP) was identified as a PP/OK-type neuropeptide in the starfish Patiria pectinifera (phylum Echinodermata). Furthermore, analysis of transcriptome sequence data from the starfish Asterias rubens revealed two PP/OK-type precursors: an SMP-type precursor (A. rubens pedal peptide-like neuropeptide precursor 1; ArPPLNP1) and a second precursor (ArPPLNP2)...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218708/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-the-cranial-and-anterior-spinal-nerves-in-early-tadpoles-of-xenopus-laevis-pipidae-anura
#8
Benjamin Naumann, Lennart Olsson
Xenopus laevis is one of the most widely used model organism in neurobiology. It is therefore surprising, that no detailed and complete description of the cranial nerves exists for this species. Using classical histological sectioning in combination with fluorescent whole mount antibody staining and micro-computed tomography we prepared a detailed innervation map and a freely-rotatable 3D model of the cranial nerves and anterior-most spinal nerves of early X. laevis tadpoles. Our results confirm earlier descriptions of the pre-otic cranial nerves and present the first detailed description of the post-otic cranial nerves...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205371/characterization-of-the-canine-rostral-ventricular-subventricular-zone-morphological-immunohistochemical-ultrastructural-and-neurosphere-assay-studies
#9
Francisco Fernández-Flores, José Manuel García-Verdugo, Raquel Martín-Ibáñez, Cristina Herranz, Dolors Fondevila, Josep María Canals, Carles Arús, Martí Pumarola
The mammalian ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) presents the highest neurogenic potential in the brain of the adult individual. In rodents, it is mainly composed of chains of neuroblasts. In humans, it is organized in layers where neuroblasts do not form chains. The aim of this study is to describe the cytoarchitecture of canine V-SVZ (cV-SVZ), to assess its neurogenic potential, and to compare our results with those previously described in other species. We have studied by histology, immunohistochemistry (IHC), electron microscopy and neurosphere assay the morphology, cytoarchitecture and neurogenic potential of cV-SVZ...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205359/effects-of-oestrogen-replacement-therapy-on-the-myelin-sheath-ultrastructure-of-myelinated-fibres-in-the-white-matter-of-middle-aged-ovariectomized-rats
#10
Qi He, Yanmin Luo, Fulin Lv, Qian Xiao, Fenglei Chao, Xuan Qiu, Lei Zhang, Yuan Gao, Yun Xiu, Chunxia Huang, Yong Tang
The effects of oestrogen replacement therapy (ORT) on white matter and the myelin sheath ultrastructure in the white matter of middle-aged ovariectomized (OVX) rats were investigated in this study. Middle-aged rats were ovariectomized and divided into a placebo replacement (OVX + O) group and an oestrogen replacement (OVX + E) group. Then, the Morris water maze, electron microscope techniques and stereological methods were used to investigate the effects of ORT on spatial learning capacity, white matter volume and the myelin sheath ultrastructure in the white matter...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178500/identifying-unique-subtypes-of-spinal-afferent-nerve-endings-within-the-urinary-bladder-of-mice
#11
Nick J Spencer, Sarah Greenheigh, Melinda Kyloh, Tim J Hibberd, Harman Sharma, Luke Grundy, Stuart M Brierley, Andrea M Harrington, Elizabeth A Beckett, Simon J Brookes, Vladimir P Zagorodnyuk
Spinal afferent neurons are responsible for the transduction and transmission of noxious (painful) stimuli and innocuous stimuli that do not reach conscious sensations from visceral organs to the central nervous system. Although the location of the nerve cell bodies of spinal afferents is well known to reside in dorsal root ganglia (DRG), the morphology and location of peripheral nerve endings of spinal afferents that transduce sensory stimuli into action potentials is poorly understood. The individual nerve endings of spinal afferents that innervate the urinary bladder have never been unequivocally identified in any species...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159962/expression-profile-of-n-cadherin-and-protocadherin-19-in-postnatal-mouse-limbic-structures
#12
Anne Schaarschuch, Nicole Hertel
Cadherins are a superfamily of calcium-dependent cell adhesion molecules that are involved in brain development and organization. Previous genetic studies revealed that mutations in protocadherin-19 (Pcdh19) lead to an epilepsy syndrome with a variable degree of cognitive disability. Seizure origins are located in the frontotemporal and limbic structures. Expression studies of Pcdh19 in mouse confirmed a widespread presence during brain development while the function and the pathogenesis of Pcdh19 are still unknown in mammals...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159952/single-axonal-morphology-and-termination-to-cerebellar-aldolase-c-stripes-characterize-distinct-spinocerebellar-projection-systems-originating-from-the-thoracic-spinal-cord-in-the-mouse
#13
Yuanjun Luo, Radhika Pooja Patel, Gideon Anokye Sarpong, Kazuma Sasamura, Izumi Sugihara
The spinocerebellar projection has an essential role in sensorimotor coordination of limbs and the trunk. Multiple groups of spinocerebellar projections have been identified in retrograde labeling studies. In this study, we aimed at characterizing projection patterns of these groups using a combination of anterograde labeling of the thoracic spinal cord and aldolase C immunostaining of longitudinal stripes of the cerebellar cortex in the mouse. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
November 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159850/from-two-to-three-dimensions-the-importance-of-the-third-dimension-for-evaluating-the-limits-to-neuronal-miniaturization-in-insects
#14
Stefan Fischer, Zhiyuan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Most studies dealing with the limits to miniaturization in insect brains have until now relied on information based on data collected in two dimensions: either histological sections imaged by light microscopy, or electron micrographs of single ultrathin sections imaged by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). To test the validity of transferring information gained from two-dimensional images to the third dimension, we examined a 3D image stack from serial-section TEM (ssTEM) of the optic neuropiles of the miniature parasitic wasp Trichogramma brassicae (Bezdenko, 1968)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134656/long-term-dynamic-synaptic-reorganization-after-gabaergic-precursor-cell-transplantation-into-adult-mouse-spinal-cord
#15
Ida J Llewellyn-Smith, Allan I Basbaum, João M Bráz
Transplanting embryonic precursors of GABAergic neurons from the medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) into adult mouse spinal cord ameliorates mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity in peripheral nerve injury models of neuropathic pain. Although Fos and transneuronal tracing studies strongly suggest that integration of MGE-derived neurons into host spinal cord circuits underlies recovery of function, the extent to which there is synaptic integration of the transplanted cells has not been established. Here, we used electron microscopic immunocytochemistry to assess directly integration of GFP-expressing MGE-derived neuronal precursors into dorsal horn circuitry in intact, adult mice with short- (5-6 weeks) or long-term (4-6 months) transplants...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127718/-frontal-eye-field-in-prosimian-galagos-intracortical-microstimulation-and-tracing-studies
#16
Iwona Stepniewska, Pierre Pouget, Jon H Kaas
The frontal eye field (FEF) in prosimian primates was identified as a small cortical region, above and anterior to the anterior frontal sulcus, from which saccadic eye movements were evoked with electrical stimulation. Tracer injections revealed FEF connections with cortical and subcortical structures participating in higher order visual processing. Ipsilateral cortical connections were the densest with adjoining parts of the dorsal premotor and prefrontal cortex (PFC). Label in a region corresponding to supplementary eye field (SEF) of other primates, suggests the existence of SEF in galagos...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127712/connectivity-of-cone-photoreceptor-telodendria-in-the-zebrafish-retina
#17
Nicole C L Noel, W Ted Allison
The connectivity amongst photoreceptors is critical to their function, as it underpins lateral inhibition and effective translation of stimuli into neural signals. Despite much work characterizing second-order interneurons in the outer retina, the synapses directly connecting photoreceptors have often been overlooked. Telodendria are fine processes that connect photoreceptor pedicles. They have been observed in diverse vertebrate groups, yet their roles in vision remain speculative. Here, we visualize telodendria via fluorescent protein expression in photoreceptor subtypes...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124772/morphology-of-p2x3-immunoreactive-nerve-endings-in-the-rat-tracheal-mucosa
#18
Yoshio Yamamoto, Nobuaki Nakamuta
Nerve endings with immunoreactivity for the P2X3 purinoreceptor (P2X3) in the rat tracheal mucosa were examined by immunohistochemistry of whole-mount preparations with confocal scanning laser microscopy. P2X3 immunoreactivity was observed in ramified endings distributed in the whole length of the trachea. The myelinated parent axons of P2X3-immunoreactive nerve endings ramified into several branches that extended two-dimensionally in every direction at the interface between the epithelial layer and lamina propria...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124768/the-peripheral-nervous-system-of-the-ascidian-tadpole-larva-types-of-neurons-and-their-synaptic-networks
#19
Kerrianne Ryan, Zhiuyan Lu, Ian A Meinertzhagen
Physical and chemical cues from the environment are used to direct animal behaviour through a complex network of connections originating in exteroceptors. In chordates, mechanosensory and chemosensory neurons of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) must signal to the motor circuits of the central nervous system (CNS) through a series of pathways that integrate and regulate the output to motor neurons; ultimately these drive contraction of the tail and limb muscles. We used serial-section electron microscopy to reconstruct PNS neurons and their hitherto unknown synaptic networks in the tadpole larva of a sibling chordate, the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124763/neuronal-expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophicfactor-in-the-injured-telencephalon-of-adult-zebrafish
#20
Pietro Cacialli, Livia D'Angelo, Olivier Kah, Pascal Coumailleau, Marie-Madeleine Gueguen, Elisabeth Pellegrini, Carla Lucini
The reparative ability of the central nervous system varies widely in the animal kingdom. In the mammalian brain, the regenerative mechanisms are very limited and newly formed neurons do not survive longer, probably due to a non-suitable local environment. On the opposite, fish can repair the brain after injury, with fast and complete recovery of damaged area. The brain of zebrafish, a teleost fish widely used as vertebrate model, also possesses high regenerative properties after injury. Taking advantage of this relevant model, the aim of the present study was to investigate the role of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the regenerative ability of adult brain, after stab wound telencephalic injury...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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