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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023785/cns-synapses-are-stabilized-trans-synaptically-by-laminins-and-laminin-interacting-proteins
#1
Dale D Hunter, Mary K Manglapus, Galina Bachay, Thomas Claudepierre, Michael W Dolan, Kelly-Ann Gesuelli, William J Brunken
The retina expresses several laminins in the outer plexiform layer (OPL), where they may provide an extracellular scaffold for synapse stabilization. Mice with a targeted deletion of the laminin β2 gene (Lamb2) exhibit retinal disruptions: photoreceptor synapses in the OPL are disorganized and the retinal physiological response is attenuated. We hypothesize that laminins are required for proper trans-synaptic alignment. To test this, we compared the distribution, expression, association and modification of several pre- and post-synaptic elements in wild-type and Lamb2-null retinae...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023704/gabaa-receptor-subunits-in-the-human-amygdala-and-hippocampus-immunohistochemical-distribution-of-7-subunits
#2
Harald Stefanits, Ivan Milenkovic, Nina Mahr, Ekaterina Pataraia, Johannes A Hainfellner, Gabor G Kovacs, Werner Sieghart, Deniz Yilmazer-Hanke, Thomas Czech
GABAergic neurotransmission in the amygdala contributes to the regulation of emotional processes in anxiety, stress, reward, mnestic functions, addiction, and epilepsy. Species-specific differences in the distribution and composition of GABAA receptors may account for distinct effects and side-effects of GABAergic agents. However, data on the distribution and composition of GABAA receptors in the human amygdala are lacking. Here, the expression of GABAA receptor subunits α1, α2, α3, α5, β2, β2/3 and γ2 was studied in the human amygdala using immunohistochemistry...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023717/recovery-from-the-anatomical-effects-of-long-term-monocular-deprivation-in-cat-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#3
Kevin R Duffy, Ming-Fai Fong, Donald E Mitchell, Mark F Bear
Monocular deprivation (MD) imposed early in postnatal life elicits profound structural and functional abnormalities throughout the primary visual pathway. The ability of MD to modify neurons within the visual system is restricted to a so-called critical period that, for cats, peaks at about one postnatal month and declines thereafter so that by about 3 months of age MD has little effect. Recovery from the consequences of MD likewise adheres to a critical period that ends by about 3 months of age, after which the effects of deprivation are thought to be permanent and without capacity for reversal...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980312/neural-stem-progenitor-cells-are-activated-during-tail-regeneration-in-the-leopard-gecko-eublepharis-macularius
#4
Eab Gilbert, M K Vickaryous
As for many lizards, the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) can self-detach its tail to avoid predation and then regenerate a replacement. The replacement tail includes a regenerated spinal cord with a simple morphology: an ependymal layer surrounded by nerve tracts. We hypothesized that cells within the ependymal layer of the original spinal cord include populations of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) that contribute to the regenerated spinal cord. Prior to tail loss, we performed a bromodeoxyuridine pulse-chase experiment and found that a subset of ependymal layer cells (ELCs) were label-retaining after a 140-day chase period...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971478/mouse-subthalamic-nucleus-neurons-with-local-axon-collaterals
#5
Laurie-Anne Gouty-Colomer, François J Michel, Agnès Baude, Catherine Lopez-Pauchet, Amandine Dufour, Rosa Cossart, Constance Hammond
The neuronal population of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) has the ability to prolong incoming cortical excitation. This could result from intra-STN feedback excitation. The combination of inducible genetic fate mapping techniques with in vitro targeted patch-clamp recordings, allowed identifying a new type of STN neurons that possess a highly collateralized intrinsic axon. The time window of birth dates was found to be narrow (E10.5-E14.5) with very few STN neurons born at E10.5 or E14.5. The fate mapped E11...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929566/protracted-dendritic-growth-in-the-typically-developing-human-amygdala-and-increased-spine-density-in-young-asd-brains
#6
R K Weir, M D Bauman, B Jacobs, C M Schumann
The amygdala is a medial temporal lobe structure implicated in social and emotional regulation. In typical development (TD), the amygdala continues to increase volumetrically throughout childhood and into adulthood, while other brain structures are stable or decreasing in volume. In autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the amygdala undergoes rapid early growth, making it volumetrically larger in children with ASD compared to TD children. Here we explore: 1) if dendritic arborization in the amygdala follows the pattern of protracted growth in TD and early overgrowth in ASD and 2), if spine density in the amygdala in ASD cases differs from TD from youth to adulthood...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921616/tangential-migration-of-corridor-guidepost-neurons-contributes-to-anxiety-circuits
#7
Andrea Tinterri, Marie Deck, Maryama Keita, Caroline Mailhes, Anna Noren Rubin, Nicoletta Kessaris, Ludmilla Lokmane, Franck Bielle, Sonia Garel
In mammals, thalamic axons are guided internally toward their neocortical target by corridor (Co) neurons that act as axonal guideposts. The existence of Co-like neurons in non-mammalian species, in which thalamic axons do not grow internally, raised the possibility that Co cells might have an ancestral role. Here, we investigated the contribution of corridor (Co) cells to mature brain circuits using a combination of genetic fate-mapping and assays in mice. We unexpectedly found that Co neurons contribute to striatal-like projection neurons in the central extended amygdala...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921532/the-morphological-characterization-of-orientation-biased-displaced-large-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-central-part-of-goldfish-retina
#8
Hideo Hoshi, Fumi Sato
The vertebrate retina has about 30 subtypes of ganglion cells. Each ganglion cell receives synaptic inputs from specific types of bipolar and amacrine cells ramifying at the same depth of the inner plexiform layer (IPL), each of which is thought to process a specific aspect of visual information. Here, we identified one type of displaced ganglion cell in the goldfish retina which had a large and elongated dendritic field. As a population, all of these ganglion cells were oriented in the horizontal axis and perpendicular to the dorsal-ventral axis of the goldfish eye in the central part of retina...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891227/expression-of-regulatory-genes-in-the-embryonic-brain-of-a-lizard-and-implications-for-understanding-pallial-organization-and-evolution
#9
Ester Desfilis, Antonio Abellán, Vicente Sentandreu, Loreta Medina
The comparison of gene expression patterns in the embryonic brain of mouse and chicken is being essential for understanding pallial organization. However, the scarcity of gene expression data in reptiles, crucial for understanding evolution, makes it difficult to identify homologues of pallial divisions in different amniotes. We cloned and analyzed the expression of the genes Emx1, Lhx2, Lhx9 and Tbr1 in the embryonic telencephalon of the lacertid lizard Psammodromus algirus. The comparative expression patterns of these genes, critical for pallial development, are better understood when using a recently proposed six-part model of pallial divisions...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891049/differential-projections-of-the-densocellular-and-intermediate-parts-of-the-hyperpallium-in-the-pigeon-columba-livia
#10
Yasuro Atoji, Sonjoy Sarkar, J Martin Wild
The visual Wulst in birds shows a four-layered structure: apical part of the hyperpallium (HA), interstitial part of HA (IHA), intercalated part of hyperpallium (HI), and densocellular part of hyperpallium (HD). HD also connects with the hippocampus and olfactory system. Because HD is subjacent to HI, the two have been treated as one structure in many studies, and the fiber connections of HD have been examined by afferents and efferents originating outside HD. However, to clarify the difference between these two layers, they need to be treated separately...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891045/a-critical-period-for-the-trophic-actions-of-leptin-on-agrp-neurons-in-the-arcuate-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
#11
Anna Kamitakahara, Karine Bouyer, Chien-Hua Wang, Richard Simerly
In the developing hypothalamus, the fat-derived hormone leptin stimulates the growth of axons from the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus (ARH) to other regions that control energy balance. These projections are significantly reduced in leptin deficient (Lep(ob/ob) ) mice and this phenotype is largely rescued by neonatal leptin treatments. However, treatment of mature Lep(ob/ob) mice is ineffective, suggesting that the trophic action of leptin is limited to a developmental critical period. To temporally delineate closure of this critical period for leptin-stimulated growth, we treated Lep(ob/ob) mice with exogenous leptin during a variety of discrete time periods, and measured the density of Agouti-Related Peptide (AgRP) containing projections from the ARH to the ventral part of the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (DMHv), and to the medial parvocellular part of the paraventricular nucleus (PVHmp)...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884477/fragile-x-granules-are-a-family-of-axonal-ribonucleoprotein-particles-with-circuit-dependent-protein-composition-and-mrna-cargos
#12
Eunice Chyung, Hannah F LeBlanc, Justin R Fallon, Michael R Akins
Local axonal protein synthesis plays a crucial role in the formation and function of neuronal circuits. Understanding the role of this mechanism in specific circuits requires identifying the protein composition and mRNA cargos of the ribonucleoprotein particles (RNPs) that form the substrate for axonal translation. FXGs (Fragile X granules) are axonal RNPs present in a stereotyped subset of mature axons in the intact brain that contain one or more of the Fragile X related (FXR) proteins (FMRP, FXR2P, and FXR1P) along with mRNA and ribosomes...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884472/a-crustacean-lobula-plate-morphology-connections-and-retinotopic-organization
#13
Mercedes Bengochea, Martín Berón de Astrada, Daniel Tomsic, Julieta Sztarker
The lobula plate is part of the lobula complex, the third optic neuropil, in the optic lobes of insects. It has been extensively studied in dipterous insects, where its role in processing flow-field motion information used for controlling optomotor responses was discovered early. Recently, a lobula plate was also found in malacostracan crustaceans. Here we provide the first detailed description of the neuroarchitecture, the input and output connections and the retinotopic organization of the lobula plate in a crustacean, the crab Neohelice granulata using a variety of histological methods that include silver reduced staining and mass staining with dextran-conjugated dyes...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884467/cre-expressing-neurons-in-visual-cortex-of-ntsr1-cre-gn220-mice-are-corticothalamic-and-are-depolarized-by-acetylcholine
#14
Sofie Charlotte Sundberg, Sarah Helen Lindström, Gonzalo Manuel Sanchez, Björn Granseth
The Ntsr1-Cre GN220 mouse expresses Cre-recombinase in corticothalamic (CT) neurons in neocortical layer 6. It is not known if the other major types of pyramidal neurons in this layer also express this enzyme. By electrophysiological recordings in slices and histological analysis of the uptake of retrogradely transported beads we show that Cre-positive neurons are corticothalamic and not corticocortical or cortico-claustral types. Furthermore, we show that Ntsr1-Cre-positive cells are immuno-positive for the nuclear transcription factor Forkhead box protein P2 (FoxP2)...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875566/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-ii-sensory-compartments
#15
Sarah Kendroud, Ali Asgar Bohra, Philipp A Kuert, Bao Nguyen, Oriane Guillermin, Simon G Sprecher, Heinrich Reichert, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, Volker Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain processes mechanosensory and gustatory sensory input from sensilla located on the head, mouth cavity and trunk. Motor output from the SEZ directly controls the movements involved in feeding behavior. In an accompanying paper (Hartenstein et al., 2017) we analyzed the systems of fiber tracts and secondary lineages to establish reliable criteria for defining boundaries between the four neuromeres of the SEZ, as well as discrete longitudinal neuropil domains within each SEZ neuromere...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875553/human-brain-imaging-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-receptors-using-18-f-nifene-selectivity-functional-activity-toxicity-aging-effects-gender-effects-and-extrathalamic-pathways
#16
Jogeshwar Mukherjee, Patrick J Lao, Tobey J Betthauser, Gurleen K Samra, Min-Liang Pan, Ishani H Patel, Christopher Liang, Raju Metherate, Bradley T Christian
Nicotinic acetylcholinergic receptors (nAChR's) have been implicated in several brain disorders, including addiction, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Here we report in vitro selectivity and functional properties, toxicity in rats, in vivo evaluation in humans, and comparison across species of [(18) F]Nifene, a fast acting PET imaging agent for α4β2* nAChRs. Nifene had subnanomolar affinities for hα2β2 (0.34 nM), hα3β2 (0.80 nM) and hα4β2 (0.83 nM) nAChR but weaker (27 to 219 nM) for hβ4 nAChR subtypes and 169 nM for hα7 nAChR...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875540/the-physiological-motor-patterns-produced-by-neurons-in-the-nucleus-retroambiguus-in-the-rat-and-their-modulation-by-vagal-peripheral-chemosensory-and-nociceptive-stimulation
#17
Hari H Subramanian, Zheng-Gui Huang, Peter A Silburn, Ron J Balnave, Gert Holstege
The nucleus retroambiguus (NRA) is a neuronal cell group in the medullary ventrolateral tegmentum, rostrocaudally between the obex and the first cervical spinal segment. NRA neurons are premotor interneurons with direct projections to the motoneurons of soft palate, pharynx and larynx in the nucleus ambiguus in the lateral medulla as well as to the motoneurons in the spinal cord innervating diaphragm, abdominal, and pelvic floor muscles and the lumbosacral motoneurons generating sexual posture. These NRA premotor interneurons receive very strong projections from the periaqueductal gray (PAG) in the context of basic survival mechanisms as fight, flight, freezing, sound production and sexual behavior...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875534/postmortem-dti-reveals-altered-hippocampal-connectivity-in-wild-sea-lions-diagnosed-with-chronic-toxicosis-from-algal-exposure
#18
Peter F Cook, Gregory S Berns, Kathleen Colegrove, Shawn Johnson, Frances Gulland
Hundreds of wild California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) exposed to the algal neurotoxin domoic acid are treated in veterinary rehabilitation centers each year. Common chronic effects of toxic exposure in these animals are seizures and hippocampal damage, and they have been proposed as a natural animal model for human epilepsy. Humans with medial temporal lobe epilepsy present with white matter pathology in a number of tracts including the fornix and increased structural connectivity between the hippocampus and thalamus...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856689/real-time-large-scale-in-vivo-observations-reveal-intrinsic-synchrony-plasticity-and-growth-cone-dynamics-of-midline-crossing-axons-during-neuronal-wiring-of-the-zebrafish-spinal-cord
#19
Søren S L Andersen
How axons are wired in the vertebrate spinal cord has been studied mostly using fixed samples or looking at individually growing axons. Using light-sheet microscopy, early neural development is here followed in vivo in real time at high resolution along several hundred micrometers of the zebrafish spinal cord. The dynamics and time course of cellular development and axonal wiring of interneurons expressing GFP under control of the dmrt3 promotor are analyzed. Following neurulation, commissural axons are observed crossing the ventral floor plate midline perpendicularly at about 20 microns/h and in a manner dependent on the Robo3 but not the EphA4 receptors...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856687/a-novel-relationship-for-schizophrenia-bipolar-and-major-depressive-disorder-part-3-evidence-from-chromosome-3-high-density-association-screen
#20
Xing Chen, Feng Long, Bin Cai, Xiaohong Chen, Gang Chen
Familial clustering of schizophrenia(SCZ), bipolar disorder (BPD), and major depressive disorder (MDD) was systematically reported (Aukes et al, Genet Med 2012, 14, 338-341) and convergent evidence from genetics, symptomatology and psychopharmacology imply that there are intrinsic connections between these three major psychiatric disorders, for example, any two or even three of these disorders could co-exist in some families. A total of 60, 838 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)on chromosome 3 were genotyped by Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP array 6...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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