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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315444/directional-spread-of-activity-in-synaptic-networks-of-the-human-lateral-amygdala
#1
Stéphanie Graebenitz, Manuela Cerina, Jörg Lesting, Olga Kedo, Ali Gorji, Heinz Pannek, Volkmar Hans, Karl Zilles, Hans-Christian Pape, Erwin-Josef Speckmann
Spontaneous epileptiform activity has previously been observed in lateral amygdala (LA) slices derived from patients with intractable-temporal lobe epilepsy. The present study aimed to characterize intranuclear LA synaptic connectivity and to test the hypothesis that differences in the spread of flow of neuronal activity may relate to spontaneous epileptiform activity occurrence. Electrical activity was evoked through electrical microstimulation in acute human brain slices containing the LA, signals were recorded as local field potentials combined with fast optical imaging of voltage-sensitive dye fluorescence...
March 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315443/progesterone-modulates-diabetes-hyperglycemia-induced-changes-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-sciatic-nerve
#2
Fahim Atif, Megan C Prunty, Nefize Turan, Donald G Stein, Seema Yousuf
We investigated the effect of progesterone (P4) treatment on diabetes/hyperglycemia-induced pathological changes in brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve tissue in male rats. Animals were rendered hyperglycemic by a single dose of streptozotocin (STZ). P4 treatment was started after hyperglycemia was confirmed and body weight and blood glucose levels were monitored once/week for 5 weeks. Rats underwent behavioral testing at week 5 and were then euthanized for histology. We assessed the expression of markers of angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)), inflammation (interleukin-6 (IL-6)) and tissue injury (CD11b, NG2, COX2 and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2)) in the brain, spinal cord and sciatic nerve...
March 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300633/the-medullary-dorsal-reticular-nucleus-as-a-relay-for-descending-pronociception-induced-by-the-mglur5-in-the-rat-infralimbic-cortex
#3
Ana David-Pereira, Boriss Sagalajev, Hong Wei, Armando Almeida, Antti Pertovaara, Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro
Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) activation in the infralimbic cortex (IL) induces pronociceptive behavior in healthy and monoarthritic rats. Here we studied whether the medullary dorsal reticular nucleus (DRt) and the spinal TRPV1 are mediating the IL/mGluR5-induced spinal pronociception and whether the facilitation of pain behavior is correlated with changes in spinal dorsal horn neuron activity. For drug administrations, all animals had a cannula in the IL as well as a cannula in the DRt or an intrathecal catheter...
March 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288901/trigeminal-brainstem-modulation-of-persistent-orbicularis-oculi-muscle-activity-in-a-rat-model-of-dry-eye
#4
Mostafeezur Rahman, Kazunari Shiozaki, Keiichiro Okamoto, Randall Thompson, David A Bereiter
Altered corneal reflex activity is a common feature of dry eye disease (DE). Trigeminal sensory nerves supply the ocular surface and terminate at the trigeminal interpolaris/caudalis (ViVc) transition and spinomedullary (VcC1) regions. Although both regions contribute to corneal reflexes, their role under dry eye conditions is not well defined. This study assessed the influence of local inhibitory and excitatory amino acid neurotransmission at the ViVc transition and VcC1 regions on hypertonic saline (HS) evoked orbicularis oculi muscle activity (OOemg) in urethane-anesthetized male rats after exorbital gland removal (DE)...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288900/the-mechanism-of-back-pain-relief-by-spinal-manipulation-relies-on-decreased-temporal-summation-of-pain
#5
Christopher Randoll, Vincent Gagnon-Normandin, Jessica Tessier, Suzie Bois, Nabi Rustamov, Julie O'Shaughnessy, Martin Descarreaux, Mathieu Piché
The aim of the present study was to determine whether thoracic spinal manipulation (SM) decreases temporal summation of back pain. The study comprised 2 controlled experiments including 16 and 15 healthy participants, respectively. Each study included 6 sessions during which painful or non-painful electrical stimulations were delivered in three conditions: 1) control 2) light mechanical stimulus (MS) or 3) SM. Electrical stimulation was applied on the thoracic spine (T4), in the area where SM and MS were performed...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288899/kisspeptin-10-treatment-generated-specific-gnrh-expression-in-cells-differentiated-from-rhesus-monkey-derived-lyon-nscs
#6
Tanzeel Huma, Xintian Hu, Yuanye Ma, Andrew Willden, Joshua Rizak, Muhammad Shahab, Zhengbo Wang
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have enormous potential as novel cell-based therapies, but their effectiveness depends on stem cell differentiation and specific signaling regulators, which remain poorly understood. In this study, a kisspeptin peptide (KP-10) was used at different dosages to determine whether rhesus macaque derived tau GFP-Lyon ES cells underwent kisspeptin specific neuronal differentiation. It was found that KP-10 exhibited an anti-proliferative effect on the cells and led to morphological changes and cellular differentiation consistent with neuronal stem cell (NSC) development...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288898/oral-administration-of-corticosterone-at-stress-like-levels-drives-microglial-but-not-vascular-disturbances-post-stroke
#7
Katarzyna Zalewska, Lin Kooi Ong, Sarah J Johnson, Michael Nilsson, Frederick R Walker
Exposure to chronic stress following stroke has been shown, both clinically and pre-clinically, to impact negatively on the recovery process. While this phenomenon is well established, the specific mechanisms involved have remained largely unexplored. One obvious signalling pathway through which chronic stress may impact on the recovery process is via corticosterone, and its effects on microglial activity and vascular remodelling. In the current study, we were interested in examining how orally delivered corticosterone at stress-like concentration impacted on microglial activity and vascular remodelling after stroke...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288864/corrigendum-to-microrna-29a-pten-pathway-modulates-neurite-outgrowth-in-pc12-cells-neuroscience-291-2015-289-300
#8
H Zou, Y Ding, K Wang, E Xiong, W Peng, F Du, Z Zhang, J Liu, A Gong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286126/circadian-rhythms-of-hedonic-drinking-behavior-in-mice
#9
Claire Bainier, Maria Mateo, Marie-Paule Felder-Schmittbuhl, Jorge Mendoza
In mammals, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus is the site of the main circadian clock, synchronized by the light-dark cycle, which generates behavioral rhythms like feeding, drinking and activity. Notwithstanding, the main role of the SCN clock on the control of all circadian rhythms has been questioned due to the presence of clock activity in many brain areas, including those implicated in the regulation of feeding and reward. Moreover, whether circadian rhythms of particular motivated behaviors exist is unknown...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285942/small-molecule-inhibitors-of-psd95-nnos-protein-protein-interactions-suppress-formalin-evoked-fos-protein-expression-and-nociceptive-behavior-in-rats
#10
Lawrence M Carey, Wan-Hung Lee, Tannia Gutierrez, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Ganesh A Thakur, Yvonne Y Lai, Andrea G Hohmann
Excessive activation of NMDA receptor (NMDAR) signaling within the spinal dorsal horn contributes to central sensitization and the induction and maintenance of pathological pain states. However, direct antagonism of NMDARs produces undesirable side effects which limit their clinical use. NMDAR activation produces central sensitization, in part, by initiating a signaling cascade that activates the enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and generates the signaling molecule nitric oxide (NO). NMDAR-mediated activation of nNOS requires a scaffolding protein, postsynaptic density protein 95 kDa (PSD95), which tethers nNOS to NMDARs...
March 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285941/how-far-can-we-go-in-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-differential-diagnosis-the-use-of-neuromodulation-in-detecting-internal-and-external-awareness
#11
Antonino Naro, Antonino Leo, Alfredo Manuli, Antonino Cannavò, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Awareness generation and modulation may depend on a balanced information integration and differentiation across default mode network (DMN) and external awareness networks (EAN). Neuromodulation approaches, capable of shaping information processing, may highlight residual network activities supporting awareness, which are not detectable through active paradigms, thus allowing to differentiate chronic Disorders of Consciousness (DoC). We studied aftereffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) by applying graph theory within canonical frequency bands to compare the markers of these networks in the electroencephalographic data from 20 patients with DoC...
March 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279755/purinergic-p2-receptors-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus-are-involved-in-hyperosmotic-induced-sympathoexcitation
#12
H C Ferreira-Neto, I M R Ribeiro, T S Moreira, S T Yao, V R Antunes
Increases in plasma osmolality activates the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) which in turn mounts a physiological response by increasing the release of arginine vasopressin and sympathetic nerve activity to end organs such as the kidney. The PVN expresses an abundance of purinergic receptors including P2X2 receptors. In the present study, we sought to determine 1) whether P2X2-expressing PVN neurons are activated by hypertonic saline or hypertonic mannitol and 2) what effects P2X receptor blockade has on sympathetic nerve activation mediated by a hyperosmotic stimulus...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279754/estrogen-receptors-er%C3%AE-and-er%C3%AE-participation-in-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activation-by-hemorrhagic-stress
#13
Luana Maria Silva Alves, Procópio Cleber Gama de Barcellos Filho, Celso Rodrigues Franci
The sympato-adrenal-system and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis are anatomically and functionally connected with participation of several brain areas that express estrogen receptors (ERα and ERβ). We assessed the neuronal activity of these areas for FOS expression and the action of PPT (ERα agonist) or DPN (ERβ agonist) in HPA axis activity during hemorrhagic stress. Ovariectomized Wistar rats treated with vehicle (DMSO) or ER agonists were catheterized for blood collection. Animals received (control) or not (hemorrhagic) immediate reposition with the same volume of saline...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279753/partial-lesion-of-dopamine-neurons-of-rat-substantia-nigra-impairs-conditioned-place-aversion-but-spares-conditioned-place-preference
#14
Bernardo F C Lima, Daniele C Ramos, Janaína K Barbiero, Laura Pulido, Peter Redgrave, Donita L Robinson, Alexander Gómez-A, Claudio Da Cunha
Midbrain dopamine neurons play critical roles in reward- and aversion-driven associative learning. However, it is not clear whether they do this by a common mechanism or by separate mechanisms that can be dissociated. In the present study we addressed this question by testing whether a partial lesion of thedopamine neurons of the rat SNc has comparable effects on conditioned place preference (CPP) learning and conditioned place aversion (CPA) learning.Partial lesions of dopamine neurons in the rat substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) induced by bilateral intranigral infusion of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA, 3 μg/side) or 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP, 200 μg/side) impaired learning of conditioned place aversion (CPA) without affecting conditioned place preference (CPP) learning...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274846/acute-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-treatment-modulates-neuroinflammatory-processes-and-promotes-tactile-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury
#15
Sandie Thomaty, Laurent Pezard, Christian Xerri, Jean-Michel Brezun
Neuroinflammation is known to play a key role in the prognosis of functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). The involvement of microglial and mast cells in early and late stages of inflammation has been receiving increasing attention. This study was aimed at determining the influence of a pro-inflammatory cytokine, the granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), on microglia and mast cell activation, glial scar formation and functional recovery following SCI. Rats were randomly injected with saline or GM-CSF one hour after a C4-C5 medio-lateral hemisection...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257891/combined-metabolic-and-transcriptional-profiling-identifies-pentose-phosphate-pathway-activation-by-hsp27-phosphorylation-during-cerebral-ischemia
#16
Taichiro Imahori, Kohkichi Hosoda, Tomoaki Nakai, Yusuke Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Irino, Masakazu Shinohara, Naoko Sato, Takashi Sasayama, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Hiroaki Nagashima, Masaaki Kohta, Eiji Kohmura
The metabolic pathophysiology underlying ischemic stroke remains poorly understood. To gain insight into these mechanisms, we performed a comparative metabolic and transcriptional analysis of the effects of cerebral ischemia on the metabolism of the cerebral cortex using middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) rat model. Metabolic profiling by gas-chromatography/mass-spectrometry analysis showed clear separation between the ischemia and control group. The decreases of fructose 6-phosphate and ribulose 5-phosphate suggested enhancement of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) during cerebral ischemia (120-min MCAO) without reperfusion...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263787/precise-coding-of-ankle-angle-and-velocity-by-human-calf-muscle-spindles
#17
Ryan M Peters, Brian H Dalton, Jean-Sébastien Blouin, J Timothy Inglis
Human standing balance control requires the integration of sensory feedback to produce anticipatory, stabilizing ankle torques. However, the ability of human triceps surae muscle spindles to provide reliable sensory feedback regarding the small, slow ankle movements that occur during upright standing has recently come under question. We performed microneurography to directly record axon potentials from single muscle spindle afferents in the human triceps surae during servo-controlled movement of the ankle joint...
March 2, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259800/the-interaction-of-emotion-and-pain-in-the-insula-and-secondary-somatosensory-cortex
#18
Tage I Orenius, Tuukka T Raij, Antti Nuortimo, Petri Näätänen, Jari Lipsanen, Hasse Karlsson
Pain is processed in a large neural network that partially overlaps structures involved in emotion processing. Despite the fact that pain and emotion are known to share neural regions and interact in numerous clinical conditions, relatively little is known about the interaction of pain and emotion at the neural level. This study on healthy adults aimed to investigate the interaction between negative and positive emotional stimuli and experimental pain in an essential pain processing network. Sixteen healthy young adult subjects were exposed to pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) with negative, neutral or positive valence, along with laser pain stimuli...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259799/gray-and-white-matter-correlates-of-the-big-five-personality-traits
#19
Jesús Privado, Francisco J Román, Carlota Saénz-Urturi, Miguel Burgaleta, Roberto Colom
Personality neuroscience defines the scientific study of the neurobiological basis of personality. This field assumes that individual differences in personality traits are related with structural and functional variations of the human brain. Gray and white matters are structural properties considered separately in previous research. Available findings in this regard are largely disparate. Here we analyze the relationships between gray matter (cortical thickness (CT), cortical surface area (CSA), and cortical volume) and integrity scores obtained after several white matter tracts connecting different brain regions, with individual differences in the personality traits comprised by the Five-Factor Model (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience)...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259798/basic-neural-processing-of-sound-in-adults-is-influenced-by-bilingual-experience
#20
Erika Skoe, Emily Burakiewicz, Michael Figueiredo, Margaret Hardin
The central auditory nervous system (CANS) undergoes language-dependent tuning to enhance linguistically relevant features of sound. However, less is known about how dual-language exposure affects the CANS. Recent reports indicate that Spanish-English bilingual children and adolescents have larger neural responses to the fundamental frequency (F0) of vowels, as measured by the frequency-following response (FFR), a phase-locked response to sound. Given the cross-language significance of F0, this led us to hypothesize that enhanced neural responses to the F0 are not unique to Spanish-English bilingual children and adolescents but are instead a common feature of a CANS with significant early dual language experience...
March 1, 2017: Neuroscience
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