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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777716/probability-of-viral-labeling-of-neural-stem-cells-in-vivo
#1
Gregory W Kirschen, Shaoyu Ge, Il Memming Park
In the neuroscience field over the past several decades, viral vectors have become powerful gene delivery systems to study neural populations of interest. For neural stem cell (NSC) biology, such viruses are often used to birth-date and track NSCs over developmental time in lineage tracing experiments. Yet, the probability of successful infection of a given stem cell in vivo remains unknown. This information would be helpful to inform investigators interested in titrating their viruses to selectively target sparsely-populated clusters of cells in the nervous system...
May 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775672/upregulation-of-psmb8-and-cathepsins-in-the-human-brains-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#2
Qunxing Ding, Haiyan Zhu
Proteasome and lysosome are responsible for the homeostasis of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates in cells. Numerous reports indicate the proteolytic pathways have altered functions during neurodegeneration and aging. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is one of the leading forms of dementia, and the proteolytic alteration in DLB has not yet been fully investigated. This study shows that the components of proteasome and lysosome had selectively altered gene expression and enzymatic functions. Specifically, PSMB8, an inducible proteasomal β subunit, had elevated mRNA level and protein level in DLB brain compared with age-matched controls...
May 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775673/gender-dependent-contribution-of-muscarinic-receptors-in-memory-retrieval-under-sub-chronic-stress
#3
Habiba Rashid, Touqeer Ahmed
Stress induces retrograde amnesia in humans and rodents. Muscarinic antagonism under normal physiological conditions causes gender dependent impairment in episodic memory retrieval. We aimed to explore the gender dependent role of muscarinic receptors in memory retrieval under sub-chronic stress condition. Male and female mice were trained for Morris water maze test and contextual fear conditioning, followed by 3 hour restraint stress per day for five days. Stress was either given alone or in combination with a daily subcutaneous injection of scopolamine (1 mg/kg) or donepezil (1 mg/kg)...
May 15, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772258/they-all-do-it-will-you-event-related-potential-evidence-of-herding-behavior-in-online-peer-to-peer-lending
#4
Haihong Yu, MengHan Dan, Qingguo Ma, Jia Jin
As herding is a typical characteristic of human behavior, many researchers have found the existence of herding behavior in online peer-to-peer lending through empirical surveys. However, the underlying neural basis of this phenomenon is still unclear. In the current study, we studied the neural activities of herding at decision-making stage and feedback stage using event-related potentials (ERPs). Our results showed that at decision-making stage, larger error related negativity (ERN) amplitude was induced under low-proportion conditions than that of high-proportion conditions...
May 14, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772257/conspecific-odor-exposure-predominantly-activates-non-kisspeptin-cells-in-the-medial-nucleus-of-the-amygdala
#5
Leandro Bueno Lima, Fernanda Tais Haubenthal, Marina Augusto Silveira, Tabata Mariz Bohlen, Martin Metzger, Jose Donato, Renata Frazao
A small neuronal subpopulation in the medial nucleus of the amygdala (MeA), expressing the Kiss1 gene, is now considered an important mediator that integrates socio-sexual behavior and odor information in order to modulate the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal (HPG) axis. Previous studies demonstrated that exogenous kisspeptin administration or selective activation of Kiss1-expressing neurons in the MeA modulates the onset of puberty, LH secretion and sexual behavior. These functions are supported by the known MeA neuronal connections...
May 14, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763635/cortical-thickness-and-gyrification-patterns-in-patients-with-psychogenic-non-epileptic-seizures
#6
Marco Mcsweeney, Markus Reuber, Nigel Hoggard, Liat Levita
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) are often viewed as manifestations of altered motor and sensory function resulting from psychological responses to adverse experiences. Yet many patients and non-expert healthcare professionals find it difficult to understand how severe disturbances in normal neurological functioning can solely result from underlying psychological mechanisms to the exclusion of other physical causes. Perhaps importantly, recent advances using neuroimaging techniques point to possible structural and functional correlates in PNES...
May 12, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758303/is-protein-structure-enough-a-review-of-the-role-of-lipids-in-slc6-transporter-function
#7
REVIEW
Alexandra Schumann-Gillett, Mitchell T Blyth, Megan L O'Mara
SLC6 neurotransmitter transporters facilitate the Na+ - and Cl- -dependent uptake of amino acids and amino acid derivatives into cells. Disrupting transport leads to a range of neurological disorders. However, the SLC6 substrate transport mechanism is a topic of ongoing debate. Here, we review the prominent SLC6 substrate transport mechanisms through the lens of molecular dynamics simulations. SLC6 transporters are membrane proteins, yet their transport mechanism(s) have largely been studied without considering the impacts of synaptic lipid composition, or endogenous lipid modulators, on transporter structure and function...
May 11, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758302/plasminogen-binding-inhibitors-demonstrate-unwanted-activities-on-gaba-a-and-glycine-receptors-in-human-ipsc-derived-neurons
#8
Lisbeth Kristensson, Anders Lundin, David Gustafsson, Jan Fryklund, Tomas Fex, Delsing Louise, Erik Ryberg
Plasminogen binding inhibitors (PBIs) reduce the risk of bleeding in hemorrhagic conditions. However, generic PBIs are also associated with an increased risk of seizures, an adverse effect linked to unwanted activities towards inhibitory neuronal receptors. Development of novel PBIs serve to remove compounds with such properties, but progress is limited by a lack of higher throughput methods with human translatability. Herein we apply human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) derived neurons in combination with dynamic mass redistribution (DMR) technology to demonstrate robust and reproducible modulation of both GABAA and glycine receptors...
May 11, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758301/lipid-roles-in-herg-function-and-interactions-with-drugs
#9
REVIEW
Meruyert Kudaibergenova, Laura L Perissinotti, Sergei Y Noskov
Human-ether-a-go-go-related channel (hERG) is a voltage gated potassium channel (Kv 11.1) abundantly expressed in heart and brain tissues. In addition to playing an important role in mediation of repolarizing K+ currents (IKr ) in Action Potential (AP), hERG is notorious for its propensity to interact with various medications. The drug-induced block of K+ currents across hERG channel are strongly associated with dysrhythmic conditions collectively known as drug-induced long-QT-syndrome. The recent availability of the high-resolution Cryo-EM structures for the hERG channel has provided unique opportunity to resolve structural mechanisms involved into the process of voltage-gating of hERG channels, map various roles played by components of ventricular and neuronal membranes and then to connect it to cellular pathways through which diverse chemical compounds might be affecting function of the channel...
May 11, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758300/alzheimer-s-disease-and-the-autophagic-lysosomal-system
#10
REVIEW
Kyung Min Chung, Nancy Hernández, Andrew Sproul, Wai Haung Yu
Age-related neurodegenerative diseases are of critical concern to the general population and research/medical community due to their health impact and socioeconomic consequences. A feature of most, if not all, neurodegenerative disorders is the presence of proteinopathies, in which misfolded or conformationally altered proteins drive disease progression and are often used as a primary neuropathological marker of disease. In particular, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by abnormal accumulation of protein aggregates, primarily extracellular plaques composed of the Aβ peptide and intracellular tangles comprised of the tau protein, both of which may indicate a primary defect in protein clearance...
May 11, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751070/deep-brain-stimulation-enhances-movement-complexity-during-gait-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Douglas W Powell, Sarah E Blackmore, Melissa Puppa, Deranda Lester, Nicholas G Murray, Rebecca J Reed-Jones, Rui-Ping Xia
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is associated with substantial improvements in motor symptoms of PD. Emerging evidence has suggested that nonlinear measures of complexity may provide greater insight into the efficacy of anti-PD treatments. This study investigated sample entropy and complexity index values in individuals with PD when DBS was OFF compared to ON. Five individuals with PD using DBS performed a four-minute treadmill walking task while 3D kinematics were collected over two periods of 30 seconds. Participants were tested in the DBS-ON and DBS-OFF conditions...
May 8, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751069/extrafoveally-applied-flashing-light-affects-contrast-thresholds-of-achromatic-and-s-cone-isolating-but-not-l-m-cone-modulated-stimuli
#12
A Őze, A Puszta, P Buzás, P Kóbor, G Braunitzer, A Nagy
Flashing light stimulation is often used to investigate the visual system. However, the magnitude of the effect of this stimulus on the various subcortical pathways is not well investigated. The signals of conscious vision are conveyed by the magnocellular, parvocellular and koniocellular pathways. Parvocellular and koniocellular pathways (or more precisely, the L-M opponent and S-cone isolating channels) can be accessed by isoluminant red-green (L-M) and S-cone isolating stimuli, respectively. The main goal of the present study was to explore how costimulation with strong white extrafoveal light flashes alters the perception of stimuli specific to these pathways...
May 8, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751068/multidimensional-brain-activity-dictated-by-winner-take-all-mechanisms
#13
Arturo Tozzi, James F Peters
A novel demon-based architecture is introduced to elucidate brain functions such as pattern recognition during human perception and mental interpretation of visual scenes. Starting from the topological concepts of invariance and persistence, we introduce a Selfridge pandemonium variant of brain activity that takes into account a novel feature, namely, demons that recognize short straight-line segments, curved lines and scene shapes, such as shape interior, density and texture. Low-level representations of objects can be mapped to higher-level views (our mental interpretations): a series of transformations can be gradually applied to a pattern in a visual scene, without affecting its invariant properties...
May 8, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746896/insights-into-cerebellar-development-and-connectivity
#14
REVIEW
Jaclyn Beckinghausen, Roy V Sillitoe
The cerebellum has a well-established role in controlling motor functions such coordination, balance, posture, and skilled learning. There is mounting evidence that it might also play a critical role in non-motor functions such as cognition and emotion. It is therefore not surprising that cerebellar deficits are associated with a wide array of diseases including ataxia, dystonia tremor, schizophrenia, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder. What is intriguing is that a seemingly uniform circuit that is often described as being "simple" should carry out all of these behaviors...
May 7, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746895/low-and-high-gamma-auditory-steady-states-in-response-to-440-hz-carrier-chirp-modulated-tones-show-no-signs-of-attentional-modulation
#15
Evaldas Pipinis, Aleksandras Voicikas, Inga Griskova-Bulanova
Auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) are increasingly used as a neurodiagnostical tool and in neurotechnological applications where it is important to test responses at different frequencies. We aimed to evaluate EEG responses to a low-frequency carrier (440 Hz) tone modulated with 500 ms chirps at 1-120 Hz and to test the ability of stimulation to highlight the low and high gamma band activity. Increasing and decreasing modulation rates were applied. Subjective pleasantness of chirps and attentional effects on ASSRs to chirps were assessed...
May 7, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738846/toxins-in-neurobiology-new-tools-from-old-molecules
#16
EDITORIAL
Irina Vetter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738845/microrna-7-facilitates-the-degradation-of-alpha-synuclein-and-its-aggregates-by-promoting-autophagy
#17
Doo Chul Choi, Myungsik Yoo, Savan Kabaria, Eunsung Junn
Alpha-Synuclein (α-Syn) is an important protein in the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease (PD) as it accumulates as fibrillar inclusions in affected brain regions including dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Elevated levels of α-Syn seem to be crucial in mediating its toxicity. Thus, detailed information regarding the regulatory mechanism of α-Syn expression in several layers such as transcription, post-transcription and post-translation is needed in order to devise therapeutic interventions for PD...
May 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738844/removal-of-area-ca3-from-hippocampal-slices-induces-postsynaptic-plasticity-at-schaffer-collateral-synapses-that-normalizes-ca1-pyramidal-cell-discharge
#18
Theodore C Dumas, Michael R Uttaro, Carolina Barriga, Tiffany Brinkley, Maryam Halavi, Susan N Wright, Michele Ferrante, Rebekah C Evans, Sarah L Hawes, Erin M Sanders
Neural networks that undergo acute insults display remarkable reorganization. This injury related plasticity is thought to permit recovery of function in the face of damage that cannot be reversed. Previously, an increase in the transmission strength at Schaffer collateral to CA1 pyramidal cell synapses was observed after long-term activity reduction in organotypic hippocampal slices. Here we report that, following acute preparation of adult rat hippocampal slices and surgical removal of area CA3, input to area CA1 was reduced and Schaffer collateral synapses underwent functional strengthening...
May 5, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733976/ebselen-protects-mitochondrial-function-and-oxidative-stress-while-inhibiting-the-mitochondrial-apoptosis-pathway-after-acute-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Zhi-Qiang Jia, San-Qiang Li, Wei-Qiang Qiao, Wen-Zhong Xu, Jian-Wu Xing, Jian-Tao Liu, Hui Song, Zhong-Yang Gao, Bing-Wen Xing, Xi-Jing He
Ebselen is a fat-soluble small molecule and organic selenium compound that regulates the activity of glutathione peroxidase to alleviate mitochondrial oxidative stress and improve mitochondrial function. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of ebselen on mitochondrial oxidative stress response, mitochondrial apotosis, and motor behaviors after spinal cord injury (SCI). We found that ebselen significantly increased the BBB score in motor behavior, thus suggesting a rescue effect of ebselen on motor function after SCI in rats...
May 4, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733975/role-of-trpv1-and-trpv4-in-surgical-incision-induced-tissue-swelling-and-fos-like-immunoreactivity-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-mice
#20
Yasuhito Motojima, Haruki Nishimura, Hiromichi Ueno, Satomi Sonoda, Kazuaki Nishimura, Kentaro Tanaka, Reiko Saito, Mitsuhiro Yoshimura, Takashi Maruyama, Takanori Matsuura, Hitoshi Suzuki, Makoto Kawasaki, Hideo Ohnishi, Akinori Sakai, Yoichi Ueta
Pain management remains a major concern regarding the treatment of postoperative patients. Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are considered to be new therapeutic targets for pain control. We investigated whether the genes Trpv1 and Trpv4 are involved in hind paw swelling caused after surgical incision in mice or in incision-induced Fos-like immunoreactivity (Fos-LI) levels in the central nervous system. Mice were divided into four groups: wild-type (WT) control, WT incision, Trpv1 knockout (Trpv1-/- ) incision, and Trpv4 knockout (Trpv4-/- ) incision...
May 4, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
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