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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529174/inhibitory-rtms-of-secondary-somatosensory-cortex-reduces-intensity-but-not-pleasantness-of-gentle-touch
#1
Laura K Case, Claire M Laubacher, Emily A Richards, Primavera Spagnolo, Håkan Olausson, MCatherine Bushnell
Research suggests that the discriminative and affective aspects of touch are processed differently in the brain. Primary somatosensory cortex is strongly implicated in touch discrimination, whereas insular and prefronal regions have been associated with pleasantness aspects of touch. However, the role of secondary somatosensory cortex (S2) is less clear. In the current study we used inhibitory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to temporarily deactivate S2 and probe its role in touch perception...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529173/what-s-in-a-context-cautions-limitations-and-potential-paths-forward
#2
REVIEW
Shauna M Stark, Zachariah M Reagh, Michael A Yassa, Craig E L Stark
The purpose of memory is to guide current and future behavior based on previous experiences. Part of this process involves either discriminating between or generalizing across similar experiences that contain overlapping conditions (such as space, time, or internal state), which we often conceptualize as "contexts". In this review, we highlight major challenges facing the field as we attempt a neuroscience-based approach to the study of context and its impact on learning and memory. Here, we review some of the methodologies and approaches used to investigate context in both animals and humans, including the neurobiological mechanisms involved...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527719/involvement-of-serotonin-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-in-thermoregulation-of-freely-moving-rats
#3
Takayuki Ishiwata, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Benjamin N Greenwood
We have recently reported that the serotonin (5-HT) projections from the midbrain's raphe nuclei that contains 5-HT cell bodies may play a role both in heat production and in heat loss. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the involvement of 5-HT in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), where 5-HT is suggested to participate in thermoregulation, using the combined methods of telemetry, microdialysis, and high performance liquid chromatography, with a special emphasis on regulation of the body temperature (Tb) in freely moving rats...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527718/rotenone-decreases-ischemia-induced-injury-by-inhibiting-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-in-mature-brains
#4
Evelina Rekuviene, Laima Ivanoviene, Vilmante Borutaite, Ramune Morkuniene
The mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) is thought to be implicated in brain ischemia-induced cell death. Here we sought to determine whether complex I (CI) of the mitochondrial electron transfer system may be involved in regulation of mPTP opening during ischemia and whether a specific inhibitor of this complex - rotenone can protect against ischemia-induced cell death in an experimental model of total ischemia in adult rat brains. Anesthetized Wistar rats were administered a single injection of rotenone (0...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527717/inhibition-of-the-lateral-habenular-camk%C3%A2-abolishes-naloxone-precipitated-conditioned-place-aversion-in-morphine-dependent-mice
#5
Jing Wang, Min Li, Ping Wang, Yunhong Zha, Zhi He, Zicheng Li
Addictive substances mediate positive and negative states promoting compulsive drug use. However, substrates for aversive effects of drugs are not fully understood. We found that inactivation of the lateral habenula (LHb) by microinjection of tetrodotoxin (TTX) abolished naloxone-precipitated conditioned place aversion (CPA) in morphine-dependent mice. We also found that lateral habenular administration of KN-62, a specific inhibitor for calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), abolished naloxone-precipitated CPA in morphine-dependent mice...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527716/discovery-of-recurring-behavioural-sequences-in-wistar-rat-social-activity-possible-support-to-studies-on-autism-spectrum-disorders
#6
M Casarrubea, F Faulisi, A Cudia, D Cancemi, M Cardaci, M S Magnusson, G Crescimanno
This study was undertaken to investigate whether, in rat interactive activities, recurring sequences of behavioural events might be identified and how and to what extent each component of the pair is involved. To this aim, the multivariate temporal-pattern (t-pattern) analysis was applied to the social interactions of 9 pairs of male Wistar rats tested in open field. Interactive activities were classified into intra- and inter-subjects. Quantitative evaluations showed that intra-subject behavioural elements represented 62...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527715/influence-of-netrin-1-on-reinnervation-of-laryngeal-muscles-following-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-injury
#7
Ignacio Hernandez-Morato, Shira Koss, Sansar Sharma, Michael J Pitman
Following recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury, recovery results in poor functional restitution of the paralyzed vocal fold. Netrin-1 has been found to be upregulated in the rat posterior cricoarytenoid muscle (PCA) during nerve regeneration, We evaluated the effect of ectopic Netrin-1 in the PCA during RLN reinnervation. The right RLN was transected and Netrin-1 was injected into the PCA (2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20μg/ml). At 7 days post injury fluorescent retrograde tracer was injected into PCA and Thyroarytenoid (TA) muscles...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527714/investigation-of-left-and-right-lateral-fluid-percussion-injury-in-c57bl6-j-mice-in-vivo-functional-consequences
#8
Lesley D Schurman, Terry L Smith, Anthony J Morales, Nancy N Lee, Thomas M Reeves, Linda L Phillips, Aron H Lichtman
Although rodent models of traumatic brain injury (TBI) reliably produce cognitive and motor disturbances, behavioral characterization resulting from left and right hemisphere injuries remains unexplored. Here we examined the functional consequences of targeting the left versus right parietal cortex in lateral fluid percussion injury, on Morris water maze (MWM) spatial memory tasks (fixed platform and reversal) and neurological motor deficits (neurological severity score and rotarod). In the MWM fixed platform task, right lateral injury produced a small delay in acquisition rate compared to left...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526325/expression-of-megf10-in-cholinergic-and-glutamatergic-neurons
#9
Yu Fujita, Tomoji Maeda, Koji Kamaishi, Rui Saito, Koyo Chiba, Xuefeng Shen, Kun Zou, Hiroto Komano
Multiple-EGF like domains 10 (MEGF10) is the mammalian homologue of Draper, a Drosophila phagocytosis receptor that plays an important role in synapse elimination and cell type-specific recognition. However, the expression and function of MEGF10 in the brain remain to be elucidated. Therefore, we aimed to clarify the regions and types of neurons that express MEGF10 in the brain, and to determine whether cells expressing MEGF10 possess phagocytic abilities. Our results indicated that MEGF10 is expressed in cholinergic and glutamatergic neurons of the cortex, hippocampus, and substantia nigra...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522348/the-impact-of-genetic-and-experimental-studies-on-classification-and-therapy-of-the-epilepsies
#10
REVIEW
Giuliano Avanzini, Massimo Mantegazza, Benedetta Terragni, Laura Canafoglia, Paolo Scalmani, Silvana Franceschetti
Different types of epilepsy are associated with gene mutations, in which seizures can be the only symptom (genetic epilepsies) or be one of the elements of complex clinical pictures that are often progressive over time (epileptic or epileptogenic encephalopathies). In epileptogenic encephalopathies, epileptic seizures and other neurological and cognitive signs are symptoms of genetically determined neuropathological or neurochemical disorders. In epileptic encephalopathies, epileptic activity itself is thought to contribute to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments above and beyond what might be expected from the underlying pathology alone...
May 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511914/digitoxin-increases-sensitivity-of-glioma-stem-cells-to-trail-mediated-apoptosis
#11
Shang Zhixuan, Zhang Liwei
Malignant glioma is one type of common malignancy in central nervous system (CNS) tumors which has a very bad influence on the survival quality of the patients. In this regard, lots of studies on improving the therapeutic effects of malignant glioma have been done continuously. This study takes glioma stem cells (GSCs) as the subject and focuses on the sensitization effect of digitoxin (DT) on the apoptosis mediated by TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) to prove that the combination therapy of DT and TRAIL has a more active effect of inducing GSCs apoptosis...
May 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511913/the-non-peptide-crh1-antagonist-cp-154-526-elicits-a-paradoxical-route-dependent-activation-of-the-hpa-axis
#12
Dmitry V Zaretsky, Maria V Zaretskaia, Sumit Sarkar, Daniel E Rusyniak, Joseph A DiMicco
The corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) plays an important role in mediating physiological response to stress and is thought to be involved in the development of various psychiatric disorders. In this paper, we compare the differences between the effect of intraperitoneal (i.p.) and intraarterial (i.a.) administration of the non-peptide CRH1 antagonist CP-154,526 (CP) (10 and 20mg/kg) on plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone levels (ACTH), heart rate, MAP, and c-Fos expression in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus...
May 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506690/romidepsin-induces-caspase-dependent-cell-death-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#13
Shane V Hegarty, Katie L Togher, Eimear O'Leary, Franziska Solger, Aideen M Sullivan, Gerard W O'Keeffe
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial pediatric solid tumor, arising from the embryonic sympathoadrenal lineage of the neural crest, and is responsible for 15% of childhood cancer deaths. Although survival rates are good for some patients, those children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma have survival rates as low as 35%. Thus, neuroblastoma remains a significant clinical challenge and the development of novel therapeutic strategies is essential. Given that there is widespread epigenetic dysregulation in neuroblastoma, epigenetic pharmacotherapy holds promise as a therapeutic approach...
May 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504121/corticospinal-excitability-during-the-processing-of-handwritten-and-typed-words-and-non-words
#14
Chelsea L Gordon, Michael J Spivey, Ramesh Balasubramaniam
A number of studies have suggested that perception of actions is accompanied by motor simulation of those actions. To further explore this proposal, we applied Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the left primary motor cortex during the observation of handwritten and typed language stimuli, including words and non-word consonant clusters. We recorded motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) from the right first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle to measure cortico-spinal excitability during written text perception...
May 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504120/mismatch-negativity-mmn-to-speech-sounds-is-modulated-systematically-by-manual-grip-execution
#15
Mikko Tiainen, Kaisa Tiippana, Petri Paavilainen, Martti Vainio, Lari Vainio
Manual actions and speech are connected: for example, grip execution can influence simultaneous vocalizations and vice versa. Our previous studies show that the consonant [k] is associated with the power grip and the consonant [t] with the precision grip. Here we studied whether the interaction between speech sounds and grips could operate already at a pre-attentive stage of auditory processing, reflected by the mismatch-negativity (MMN) component of the event-related potential (ERP). Participants executed power and precision grips according to visual cues while listening to syllable sequences consisting of [ke] and [te] utterances...
May 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504119/the-ratio-of-1-3-linoleic-acid-to-alpha-linolenic-acid-is-optimal-for-oligodendrogenesis-of-embryonic-neural-stem-cells
#16
Hossein Hejr, Majid Ghareghani, Kazem Zibara, Maryam Ghafari, Farzad Sadri, Zinab Salehpour, Azadeh Hamedi, Koresh Negintaji, Hassan Azari, Amir Ghanbari
During neural development, embryonic neural stem cells (eNSCs) differentiate toward glial, oligodendrocytic, and neuronal cells. Dysregulation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) induce a wide range of neurological and developmental disorders. In this study, we investigated the effect of various concentrations and ratios of linoleic acid (LA) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which belong respectively to omega-6 and omega-3 PUFAs, on the proliferation and differentiation of eNSCs.Results showed that low (25 and 50μM) or high (100 and 200μM) concentrations of ALA, but not LA, and the ratio of 1:3 of LA/ALA significantly increased neurospheres size, frequency and cell numbers, in comparison to controls...
May 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504118/direct-evidence-of-central-nervous-system-axonal-damage-in-patients-with-postoperative-delirium-a-preliminary-study-of-pnf-h-as-a-promising-serum-biomarker
#17
Reo Inoue, Masahiko Sumitani, Toru Ogata, Hirotaka Chikuda, Takehiro Matsubara, So Kato, Nobutake Shimojo, Kanji Uchida, Yoshitsugu Yamada
INTRODUCTION: Approximately 50%-80% patients experience postoperative delirium, an acute cognitive dysfunction associated with prolonged hospitalization, increased mortality, excess healthcare costs, and persistent cognitive impairment. Elucidation of the mechanism of delirium and associated diagnostic and therapeutic measures are urgently required. Here we investigated the role of phosphorylated neurofilament heavy subunit (pNF-H), a major structural protein in axons, as a predictive maker of postoperative delirium...
May 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501696/the-role-of-nitric-oxide-in-anticonvulsant-effect-of-nanocurcumine-on-pentylenetetrazole-induced-seizure-in-mice
#18
Alireza Aminirad, Seyyedeh Elaheh Mousavi, Nahid Fakhraei, Seyyedeh Mahbubeh Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi Rezayat
A plant alkaloid obtained from Curcuma longa, curcumin possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Nanoformulations have been developed for preclinical studies which demonstrate enhanced therapeutic efficacy. Effect of acute intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of curcumin C3 complex nanoparticles [1,5, 10, 20, 40, 80mg/kg, (i.p.)] 75min prior to PTZ, on clonic seizure thresholds induced by intravenous infusion of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) 0.5% was investigated in comparison with curcumin (40 and 80mg/kg, i...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501695/expression-of-aromatase-and-estrogen-receptors-in-lumbar-motoneurons-of-mice
#19
Ying-Xiao Ji, Mei Zhao, Ya-Ling Liu, Li-Sha Chen, Peng-Li Hao, Can Sun
Estrogen exerts protective roles in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the expression of aromatase (ARO) and estrogen receptors (ERs) in the motoneurons of spinal cord, has not yet been elucidated. By immunohistochemistry, we found that ARO and ERs were present in the ventral horn of adult mice lumbar spinal cord, and colocalized with SMI-32, a motoneuron specific marker. Within motoneurons, we observed that ARO is detected primarily in the cytoplasm, with fewer ARO in the nucleus; ERα and ERβ mainly localized in the nucleus with less in the cytoplasm; while GPR30 is located in soma and processes...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501694/4-4-diisothiocyanatostilbene-2-2-disulfonic-acid-attenuates-spontaneous-recurrent-seizures-and-vasogenic-edema-following-lithium-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus
#20
Tingting Yang, Zhenzhou Lin, Ling Xie, Yao Wang, Suyue Pan
Vasogenic edema induced by blood brain barrier disruption and neuronal loss play an important role in the epileptogenic process. 4,4'- diisothiocyanatostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (DIDS) is a commonly used anion channel inhibitor that has been reported to exert an anticonvulsant effect in rat hippocampus in vitro. The present study aimed to investigate whether DIDS could prevent epileptogenic process in rat lithium-pilocarpine model of temporal lobe epilepsy. The tight junction proteins and serum extravasation were examined in the piriform cortex 3days after status epilepticus...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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