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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445772/rosiglitazone-pretreatment-influences-thrombin-induced-phagocytosis-by-rat-microglia-via-activating-ppar%C3%AE-and-cd36
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Qiong Mu, Likun Wang, Hang Hang, Chunfeng Liu, Guofeng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the protective role of rosiglitazone against secondary brain injury after cerebral hemorrhage, we investigated the effect of rosiglitazone pretreatment on thrombin-induced microglial phagocytosis and described the molecular mechanisms involved in this process. METHODS: Primary microglial cells were obtained from the brain tissue of newborn Sprague-Dawley rats and were randomly divided into four groups: the normal, thrombin stimulation, thrombin-treated plus rosiglitazone, and thrombin-rosiglitazone plus proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) antagonist groups...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445771/cyclin-dependent-kinase-5-collapsin-response-mediator-protein-2-pathway-may-mediate-sevoflurane-induced-dendritic-development-abnormalities-in-rat-cortical-neurons
#2
Yafang Liu, Daowei Lin, Chuiliang Liu, Yifan Zhao, Zhiwen Shen, Kun Zhang, Minghui Cao, Yujuan Li
Sevoflurane has been reported to induce neurotoxicity and cognitive impairment in the developing brains. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Recent studies have demonstrated aberrant cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) activity is implicated in inhaled anesthetic-induced neurotoxicity. CDK5/CRMP2 signaling is involved in the cortical and hippocampal dendritic development. The aim of present study is to investigate whether the CDK5/CRMP2 pathway mediates sevoflurane-induced dendritic development abnormalities...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445770/first-evidence-that-waterborne-methylphenidate-alters-endocrine-and-behavioral-stress-responses-in-zebrafish
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Helena Cristina Endres, João Gabriel da Rosa, Celestin Kabaselle, Heloisa Helena Barcellos, Charise Dallazem Bertol, Leonardo José Gil Barcellos, Luciana Grazziotin Rossato-Grando
Several studies have reported the presence of methylphenidate (MPH) in effluents; however, its impacts on aquatic life are not yet well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of acute exposure on endocrine and behavioral stress responses to environmentally relevant concentrations of MPH in zebrafish. We show that MPH blunts the response of cortisol to stress in zebrafish. On the other hand, MPH stresses fish per se. Additionally, MPH seems to modulate anxiety-like behaviors. We conclude that the presence of MPH in aquatic environments can alter neuroendocrine and behavior responses, which might considerably impact fish survival and welfare...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445769/evidence-for-mast-cell-mediated-zinc-homeostasis-increased-labile-zinc-in-the-hippocampus-of-mast-cell-deficient-mice
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Rachel H Kennedy, Amen Wiqas, James P Curley
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a site of adult neurogenesis, and is also known to contain one of the highest concentrations of labile brain zinc (Zn), thought to aid in learning and memory by supporting neurogenesis. At the same time, it is known that unbound Zn, when present at excessive levels, decreases the formation of new neurons. Since mast cells contain Zn transporters capable of moving this essential element across their plasma membrane, as well as Zn-rich granules that are dispelled upon secretion, we reasoned that mast cells contribute to Zn homeostasis in this area of the brain, as they are found in greatest numbers in and around the dentate gyrus...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442276/investigating-the-effects-of-nitrous-oxide-sedation-on-frontal-parietal-interactions
#5
Ryu Ji-Ho, Pil-Jong Kim, Hong-Gee Kim, Yong-Seo Koo, Teo Jeon Shin
Although functional connectivity has received considerable attention in the study of consciousness, few studies have investigated functional connectivity limited to the sedated state where consciousness is maintained but impaired. The aim of the present study was to investigate changes in functional connectivity of the parietal-frontal network resulting from nitrous oxide-induced sedation, and to determine the neural correlates of cognitive impairment during consciousness transition states. Electroencephalography was acquired from healthy adult patients who underwent nitrous oxide inhalation to induce cognitive impairment, and was analyzed using Granger causality (GC)...
April 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438673/infants-and-adults-have-similar-regional-functional-brain-organization-for-the-perception-of-emotions
#6
N Rotem-Kohavi, T F Oberlander, N Virji-Babul
An infant's ability to perceive emotional facial expressions is critical for developing social skills. Infants are tuned to faces from early in life, however the functional organization of the brain that supports the processing of emotional faces in infants is still not well understood. We recorded electroencephalography (EEG) brain responses in 8-10 month old infants and adults and applied graph theory analysis on the functional connections to compare the network organization at the global and the regional levels underlying the perception of negative and positive dynamic facial expressions (happiness and sadness)...
April 21, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435047/histological-and-cognitive-alterations-in-adult-diabetic-rats-following-an-episode-of-juvenile-diabetic-ketoacidosis-evidence-of-permanent-cerebral-injury
#7
Nicole Glaser, Jennifer Sasaki-Russell, Michael Cohen, Christopher Little, Martha O'Donnell, Jeffrey Sall
Evidence suggests that diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may cause subtle cognitive alterations in children but the mechanisms are poorly understood. Acute DKA is associated with reactive astrogliosis and microglial activation in a rat model. Whether these inflammatory changes permanently alter brain histology is unknown. We aimed to determine whether DKA results in permanent alterations in brain histology and whether these changes are associated with cognitive deficits in a rat model. We induced diabetes in juvenile rats with streptozotocin at 4 weeks of age...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435046/a-multilevel-roi-features-based-machine-learning-method-for-detection-of-morphometric-biomarkers-in-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Bo Peng, Suhong Wang, Zhiyong Zhou, Yan Liu, Baotong Tong, Tao Zhang, Yakang Dai
Machine learning methods have been widely used in recent years for detection of neuroimaging biomarkers in regions of interest (ROIs) and assisted diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. The innovation of this study is to use multilevel-ROI-features-based machine learning method to detect sensitive morphometric biomarkers in Parkinson's disease (PD). Specifically, the low-level ROI features (gray matter volume, cortical thickness, etc.) and high-level correlative features (connectivity between ROIs) are integrated to make the multilevel ROI features...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435045/current-direction-dependent-modulation-of-human-hand-motor-function-by-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-itbs
#9
Yuichiro Shirota, Suman Dhaka, Walter Paulus, Martin Sommer
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with different current directions can activate different sets of neurons. Current direction can also affect the results of repetitive TMS. OBJECTIVE: To test the influence of uni-directional intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) using different current directions, namely posteroanterior (PA) and anteroposterior (AP), on motor behaviour. METHODS: In a cross-over design, PA- and AP-iTBS was applied over the left primary motor cortex in 19 healthy, right-handed volunteers...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435044/expertise-dependent-motor-somatotopy-of-music-perception
#10
Yuta Furukawa, Kazumasa Uehara, Shinichi Furuya
Precise mapping between sound and motion underlies successful communication and information transmission in speech and musical performance. Formation of the map typically undergoes plastic changes in the neuronal network between auditory and motor regions through training. However, to what extent the map is somatotopically-tuned so that auditory information can specifically modulate the corticospinal system responsible for the relevant motor action has not been elucidated. Here we addressed this issue by assessing the excitability of corticospinal system including the primary motor cortex (M1) innervating the hand intrinsic muscles by means of transcranial magnetic stimulation while trained pianists and musically-untrained individuals (non-musicians) were listening to either piano tones or noise...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433567/ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-rosiglitazone-reduces-autophagy-and-promotes-functional-recovery-in-experimental-traumaticspinal-cord-injury
#11
Hongpeng Li, Qin Zhang, Xiaohui Yang, Liping Wang
BACKGROUND: Secondary damage is often more important in determining the functional outcome and provides a practical target for therapeutic intervention. Rosiglitazone (ROSG) is a potent PPAR-γ agonist and has been shown to induce neuroprotection in animal models of spinal cord injury (SCI). However, it is still unclear whether this PPAR-γ agonist can mediate neuronal autophagy after SCI. METHODS: SCI was induced by application of vascular clips (force of 24g) to the dura via a four-level T5-T8 laminectomy...
April 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432029/suppression-of-reward-induced-dopamine-release-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-animal-models-of-depression-differential-responses-to-drug-treatment
#12
Saki Minami, Hiroshi Satoyoshi, Soichiro Ide, Takeshi Inoue, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Masabumi Minami
Anhedonia, the loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities, is a core symptom of major depressive disorder, suggesting that the brain reward system may be dysfunctional in this condition. Neurochemical changes in the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system are not fully understood in animal models of depression. We investigated reward (30% sucrose intake)-induced DA release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the effect of chronic treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram (5mg/kg, intraperitoneally twice daily for 3 weeks) in two animal models of depression...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432028/evaluation-of-se-phenyl-thiazolidine-4-carboselenoate-protective-activity-against-oxidative-and-behavioral-stress-in-the-maniac-model-induced-by-ouabain-in-male-rats
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Fernanda Severo Sabedra Sousa, Natália Seus, Diego Alves, Helena Domingues Salles, Paulo H Schneider, Lucielli Savegnago
This study investigates Se-phenyl-thiazolidine-4-carboselenoate (Se-PTC) protective activity against oxidative and behavioral stress in the model of mania induced by ouabain (OUA) in male rats. The compound used was Se-PTC (50mg/kg) and the positive control LiCl (45mg/kg) was administered for intragastric route (i.g.) 30min prior to administration of OUA (10(-5)M). OUA was dissolved in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) and administered at the 5μL through an intracerebroventricular (i.c.v) cannula. The pretreatment with Se-PTC was effective in preventing the increase in locomotor activity induced by OUA, however the positive control LiCl is capable to block crossing augmentation induced by OUA...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432027/introduction-to-neuroscience-letters-special-issue-plasticity-and-regeneration-after-spinal-cord-injury
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EDITORIAL
Paul Lu, Mark H Tuszynski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428015/plasma-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Wenjun Zhou, Jie Zhang, Fanlong Ye, Guangzheng Xu, Hang Su, Yindan Su, Xiangyang Zhang
Plasma neurofilament light (NFL) levels may be a marker of neuronal injury. We examined whether plasma NFL might be a potential biomarker for the prodromal and dementia stages of AD. Participants included 193 cognitively normal (CN), 198 amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 187 Alzheimer's disease (AD) individuals enrolled in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Plasma NFL levels were examined by the Single Molecule array (Simoa) technique. Our results showed significantly increased plasma NFL levels in both AD (50...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428014/concussion-induces-focal-and-widespread-neuromorphological-changes
#16
Dafna Sussman, Leodante da Costa, Mallar M Chakravarty, Elizabeth W Pang, Margot J Taylor, Benjamin T Dunkley
Concussion induces transient, and oftentimes chronic, lingering impairment to mental functioning, which must be driven by some underlying neurobiological perturbation - however, the physical changes related to sequelae are difficult to detect. Previous imaging studies on concussion have focused on alterations to cortical anatomy, but few have examined the cerebrum, subcortex, and cerebellum. Here, we present an analysis of these structures in a single cohort (all males, 21 patients, 22 controls) using MRI and diagnosed with a single-concussive episode in the acute and sub-acute stages of injury...
April 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419824/effect-of-risperidone-on-serum-homocysteine-levels-in-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-schizophrenia
#17
Ning Fan, Yunlong Tan, Fude Yang, Li Tian, Song Chen, Jia Li, Zhiren Wang, Xiangyang Zhang
Some studies have shown that homocysteine (Hcy) levels are increased in patients with schizophrenia, and may be involved in its pathophysiology. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the atypical antipsychotic drug risperidone on serum Hcy levels and to explore the relationship between the changes in Hcy levels and the therapeutic outcome, which, to our best knowledge have not been investigated. Fifty-six first-episode and drug-naïve inpatients with schizophrenia were assigned to a 12-week treatment regime with risperidone...
April 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416380/spinal-dopaminergic-involvement-in-the-antihyperalgesic-effect-of-antidepressants-in-a-rat-model-of-neuropathic-pain
#18
Mi Chen, Hajime Hoshino, Shigeru Saito, Yang Yang, Hideaki Obata
Antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants, and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors are a first-line treatment for neuropathic pain. Here, we aimed to determine the involvement of the spinal dopaminergic system in the antihyperalgesic effects of antidepressants in a rat model of neuropathic pain induced by spinal nerve ligation (SNL). The right L5 spinal nerve of male Sprague-Dawley rats was ligated under inhalation anesthesia to induce hyperalgesia. Behavioral testing was performed by measuring ipsilateral hindpaw withdrawal thresholds after intraperitoneal injection of amitriptyline, duloxetine, milnacipran, and fluoxetine...
April 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414133/complexity-of-weighted-graph-a-new-technique-to-investigate-structural-complexity-of-brain-activities-with-applications-to-aging-and-autism
#19
Mehran Ahmadlou, Hojjat Adeli
In recent years complexity of the brain structure in healthy and disordered subjects has been studied increasingly. But to the best of the authors' knowledge, researchers so far have investigated the structural complexity only in the context of two restricted networks known as Small-World and Scale-free networks; whereas other aspects of the structural complexity of brain activities may be affected by aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as the Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum disorder. In this study, two general complexity metrics of graphs, Graph Index Complexity and Offdiagonal Complexity are proposed as general measures of complexity, not restricted to SWN only...
April 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414132/epigenetic-modification-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-promoter-i7-in-maternally-separated-and-restraint-stressed-rats
#20
Sung Woo Park, Jung Goo Lee, Mi Kyoung Seo, Nguyen Ngoc Ly, Chan Hong Lee, Hye Yeon Cho, Le Thi Hein, Ah Jeong Choi, Gyung-Mee Kim, Young Hoon Kim
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) promoter I7 is susceptible to epigenetic changes induced by environmental influences. Early life stress (ELS) has a persistent impact on GR expression, as well as behavior, in adult rodents via epigenetic changes of GR promoter I7. Moreover, various stressors can induce histone modifications in this region during adulthood. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate whether maternally separated (MS) rats exposed to chronic restraint stress (RS) would exhibit histone modifications of GR promoter I7 in the hippocampus...
April 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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