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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735101/electrophysiological-correlates-of-speaker-segregation-and-foreground-background-selection-in-ambiguous-listening-situations
#1
Katharina Gandras, Sabine Grimm, Alexandra Bendixen
In everyday listening environments, a main task for our auditory system is to follow one out of multiple speakers talking simultaneously. The present study was designed to find electrophysiological indicators of two central processes involved - segregating the speech mixture into distinct speech sequences corresponding to the two speakers, and then attending to one of the speech sequences. We generated multistable speech stimuli that were set up to create ambiguity as to whether only one or two speakers are talking...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735100/attention-modulates-specific-motor-cortical-circuits-recruited-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#2
J L Mirdamadi, L Y Suzuki, S K Meehan
Skilled performance and acquisition is dependent upon afferent input to motor cortex. The present study used short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to probe how manipulation of sensory afference by attention affects different circuits projecting to pyramidal tract neurons in motor cortex. SAI was assessed in the first dorsal interosseous muscle while participants performed a low or high attention demanding visual detection task. SAI was evoked by preceding a suprathreshold transcranial magnetic stimulus with electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735099/subcellular-expression-of-aquaporin-4-in-substantia-nigra-of-normal-and-mptp-treated-mice
#3
Agnete Prydz, Katja Stahl, Maja Puchades, Nina Davarpaneh, Maria Nadeem, Ole Petter Ottersen, Vidar Gundersen, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam
Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the predominant water channel in mammalian CNS where it is localized at the perivascular astrocytic foot processes abutting brain microvessels. Several lines of evidence suggest that AQP4 is involved in important homeostatic functions and that mislocalization of the perivascular pool of AQP4 is implicated in several different brain disorders. A recent study suggests that the differential susceptibility of midbrain dopaminergic neurons to the parkinsonogenic toxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) depends on the expression of AQP4...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733211/synaptically-localized-transcriptional-regulators-in-memory-formation
#4
REVIEW
Shusaku Uchida, Gleb P Shumyatsky
At the neuronal cell level, long-term memory formation emerges from interactions between initial activity-dependent molecular changes at the synapse and subsequent regulation of gene transcription in the nucleus. This in turn leads to strengthening of the connections back at the synapse that received the initial signal. However, the mechanisms through which this synapse-to-nucleus molecular exchange occurs remain poorly understood. Here we discuss recent studies that delineate nucleocytoplasmic transport of a special class of synaptically-localized transcriptional regulators that upon receiving initial external signal by the synapse move to the nucleus to modulate gene transcription...
July 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733210/threat-effects-on-human-oculo-motor-function
#5
E N Naranjo, T W Cleworth, J H J Allum, J T Inglis, J Lea, B D Westerberg, M G Carpenter
Neuro-anatomical evidence supports the potential for threat-related factors, such as fear, anxiety and vigilance, to influence brainstem motor nuclei controlling eye movements, as well as the vestibular nuclei. However, little is known about how threat influences human ocular responses, such as eye saccades (ES), smooth pursuit eye tracking (SP), and optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), and whether these responses can be facilitated above normal baseline levels with a natural source of threat. This study was designed to examine the effects of height-induced postural threat on the gain of ES, SP and OKN responses in humans...
July 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729065/neural-circuits-for-social-cognition-implications-for-autism
#6
REVIEW
Marta Fernández, Irene Mollinedo-Gajate, Olga Peñagarikano
Social neuroscience, the study of the neurobiological basis of social behavior, has become a major area of current research in behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry, since many psychiatric disorders are characterized by social deficits. Social behavior refers to the behavioral response with regards to socially relevant information, and requires the perception and integration of social cues through a complex cognition processes (i.e. social cognition) that involves attention, memory, motivation and emotion...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729064/effects-of-cannabinoid-drugs-on-aversive-and-rewarding-drug-associated-memory-extinction-and-reconsolidation
#7
REVIEW
Cristina A J Stern, Cristiane R de Carvalho, Leandro J Bertoglio, Reinaldo N Takahashi
Posttraumatic stress and drug use disorders may stem from aberrant memory formation. As the endocannabinoid (eCB) system has a pivotal role in emotional memory processing and related synaptic plasticity, here we seek to review and discuss accumulating evidence on how and where in the brain interventions targeting the eCB system would attenuate outcomes associated with traumatic events and/or drug addiction through memory extinction facilitation or memory reconsolidation disruption. Currently available data from mouse, rat, monkey and healthy human studies investigating the effects of cannabinoid drugs on the extinction and reconsolidation of aversive memories are more consistent than those related to rewarding drug-associated memories...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729063/eeg-source-reconstruction-evidence-for-the-noun-verb-neural-dissociation-along-semantic-dimensions
#8
Bin Zhao, Jianwu Dang, Gaoyan Zhang
One of the long-standing issues in neurolinguistic research is about the neural basis of word representation, concerning whether grammatical classification or semantic difference causes neural dissociation of the brain activity patterns when processing different word categories, especially nouns and verbs. To disentangle the puzzle, four orthogonalized word categories in Chinese: unambiguous nouns (UN), unambiguous verbs (UV), ambiguous words with noun-biased semantics (AN), and ambiguous words with verb-biased semantics (AV) were applied in auditory tasks for recording electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from 128 electrodes on the scalps of twenty-two subjects...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729062/pharmacological-activation-of-ampk-inhibits-incision-evoked-mechanical-hypersensitivity-and-the-development-of-hyperalgesic-priming-in-mice
#9
Michael D Burton, Dipti V Tillu, Khadijah Mazhar, Galo L Mejia, Marina N Asiedu, Kufreobong Inyang, Travis Hughes, Bo Lian, Gregory Dussor, Theodore J Price
New therapeutics to manage post-surgical pain are needed to mitigate the liabilities of opioid and other analgesics. Our previous work shows that key modulators of excitability in peripheral nociceptors, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) are inhibited by activation of adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK). We hypothesized that AMPK activation would attenuate acute incision-evoked mechanical hypersensitivity and the development of hyperalgesic priming caused by surgery in mice...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729061/biomarkers-for-alzheimer-disease-classical-and-novel-candidates-review
#10
REVIEW
Nadia El Kadmiri, Nadia Said, Ilham Slassi, Bouchra El Moutawakil, Sellama Nadifi
The biomarkers may be useful for predictive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The current challenge is to diagnose it in its preclinical phase. The combination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers and imaging has been investigated extensively for a number of years. It can provide an increased diagnostic accuracy. This review discusses the contribution of classical biomarkers to predict AD and highlightsnovel candidates identified as potential markers for AD. We referred to the electronic databases PubMed/Medline and Web of Science to search for articles that were published until February 2016...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723388/region-specific-impairments-in-parvalbumin-interneurons-in-social-isolation-reared-mice
#11
Hiroshi Ueno, Shunsuke Suemitsu, Shinji Murakami, Naoya Kitamura, Kenta Wani, Motoi Okamoto, Yosuke Matsumoto, Takeshi Ishihara
Many neuropsychiatric disorders show localized dysfunction in specific cortical regions. The mechanisms underlying such region-specific vulnerabilities are unknown. Post-mortem analyses have demonstrated a selective reduction in the expression of parvalbumin (PV) in GABAergic interneurons in the frontal rather than the sensory cortex of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and bipolar disorders. PV neurons are surrounded by perineuronal nets (PNNs), and are protected from oxidative stress...
July 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723387/sigma-1-receptor-activation-modifies-intracellular-calcium-exchange-in-the-g93a-hsod1-als-model
#12
Vedrana Tadić, Ayse Malci, Nadine Goldhammer, Beatrice Stubendorff, Saikata Sengupta, Tino Prell, Silke Keiner, Jingyu Liu, Madlen Guenther, Christiane Frahm, Otto W Witte, Julian Grosskreutz
Aberrations in intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) have been well established within amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe motor neuron disease. Intracellular Ca(2+) concentration is controlled in part through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) mitochondria Ca(2+) cycle (ERMCC). The ER supplies Ca(2+) to the mitochondria at close contacts between the two organelles, i.e. the mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs). The Sigma 1 receptor (Sig1R) is enriched at MAMs, where it acts as an inter-organelle signalling modulator...
July 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720379/inhibition-of-12-15-lox-ameliorates-cognitive-and-cholinergic-dysfunction-in-mouse-model-of-hypobaric-hypoxia-via-attenuation-of-oxidative-nitrosative-stress
#13
Richa Choudhary, Udayabanu Malairaman, Anju Katyal
12/15 Lipoxygenase has recently been described as potent propagator of oxidative stress and is closely associated with cognitive decline in neurodegenerative diseases. The mechanism/s behind 12/15 LOX involvement in cognitive deficits remain obscure. The current study has been designed to investigate the underlying role of 12/15LOX and effect of 12/15 LOX inhibition on hypobaric hypoxia induced memory impairment and cholinergic deficits. Male Balb/c mice subjected to simulated hypobaric hypoxia/reoxygenation condition for 3 days showed marked working memory impairment concomitant with hippocampal neuronal damage and malondialdehyde production which were significantly attenuated by baicalein, a specific inhibitor of 12/15LOX...
July 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716590/lumbar-muscle-inflammation-alters-spinally-mediated-locomotor-recovery-induced-by-training-in-a-mouse-model-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#14
Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Mathieu Piché, Hugues Leblond
Locomotor networks after spinal cord injury (SCI) are shaped by training-activated proprioceptive and cutaneous inputs. Nociception from injured tissues may alter these changes but has largely been overlooked. The objective of the present study was to ascertain whether lumbar muscle inflammation hinders locomotion recovery in a mouse model of complete SCI. Lower limb kinematics during treadmill training was assessed before and after complete SCI at T8 (2, 7, 14, 21 and 28days post-injury). Locomotor recovery was compared in 4 groups of CD1 mice: control spinal mice; spinal mice with daily locomotor training; spinal mice with lumbar muscle inflammation (Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) injection); and spinal mice with locomotor training and CFA...
July 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716589/the-role-of-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-during-taste-aversive-learning-and-memory-extinction-after-long-term-sugar-consumption
#15
María Isabel Miranda, José Alejandro Rangel-Hernández, Gabriela Vera-Rivera, Nadia Edith García-Medina, Gerardo Soto-Alonso, Gabriela Rodríguez-García, Luis Núñez-Jaramillo
The nucleus accumbens (NAcc) is a forebrain region that may significantly contribute to the integration of taste and visceral signals during food consumption. Changes in dopamine release in the NAcc have been observed during consumption of a sweet taste and during compulsive consumption of dietary sugars, suggesting that NAcc dopaminergic transmission is strongly correlated with taste familiarity and the hedonic value content. NAcc core and shell nuclei are differentially involved during and after sugar exposure and, particularly, previous evidence suggests that dopamine D2 receptors could be related with the strength of the latent inhibition (LI) of conditioned taste aversion (CTA), which depends on the length of the taste stimulus pre-exposure...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716588/cathodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-extrastriate-visual-cortex-modulates-implicit-anti-fat-bias-in-male-but-not-female-participants
#16
Valentina Cazzato, Stergios Makris, Cosimo Urgesi
Explicit negative attitudes toward obese individuals are well documented and seem to modulate the activity of perceptual areas, such as the Extrastriate Body Area (EBA) in the lateral occipito-temporal cortex, which is critical for body-shape perception. Nevertheless, it is still unclear whether EBA serves a role in implicit weight-stereotypical bias, thus reflecting stereotypical trait attribution on the basis of perceptual cues. Here, we used an Implicit Association Test (IAT) to investigate whether applying transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over bilateral extrastriate visual cortex reduces pre-existing implicit weight stereotypical associations (i...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716587/botulinum-neurotoxin-a-promotes-functional-recovery-after-peripheral-nerve-injury-by-increasing-regeneration-of-myelinated-fibers
#17
Stefano Cobianchi, Jessica Jaramillo, Siro Luvisetto, Flaminia Pavone, Xavier Navarro
The injection of safe doses of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) have been reported to be useful for the treatment of neuropathic pain, but it is still unknown how functional recovery is induced after peripheral nerve injury. We evaluated the effects of intranerve application of BoNT/A, on regeneration and sensorimotor functional recovery in partial and complete peripheral nerve injuries in the mouse. After sciatic nerve crush (SNC) and intranerve delivery of BoNT/A (15 pg), axonal regeneration was measured by nerve pinch test at different days...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712792/seasonal-plasticity-of-song-behavior-relies-on-motor-and-syntactic-variability-induced-by-a-basal-ganglia-forebrain-circuit
#18
Jorge Alliende, Nicolas Giret, Ludivine Pidoux, Catherine Del Negro, Arthur Leblois
The plasticity of nervous systems allows animals to quickly adapt to a changing environment. In particular, seasonal plasticity of brain structure and behavior is often critical to survival or mating in seasonal climates. Songbirds provide striking examples of seasonal changes in neural circuits and vocal behavior and have emerged as a leading model for adult brain plasticity. While seasonal plasticity and the well-characterized process of juvenile song learning may share common neural mechanisms, the extent of their similarity remains unclear...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711631/corrigendum-to-osteopontin-metallothionein-i-ii-interactions-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-neuroscience-350-2017-133-145
#19
Hrvoje Jakovac, Tanja Grubić Kezele, Sandrašuć Urović, Biserka Mulac-Jeričević, Biserka Radošević-Stašić
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711622/prolonged-low-level-noise-induced-plasticity-in-the-peripheral-and-central-auditory-system-of-rats
#20
Adam M Sheppard, Guang-Di Chen, Senthilvelan Manohar, Dalian Ding, Bo-Hua Hu, Wei Sun, Jiwie Zhao, Richard Salvi
Prolonged low-level noise exposure alters loudness perception in humans, presumably by decreasing the gain of the central auditory system. Here we test the central gain hypothesis by measuring the acute and chronic physiologic changes at the level of the cochlea and inferior colliculus (IC) after a 75-dB SPL, 10-20-kHz noise exposure for 5weeks. The compound action potential (CAP) and summating potential (SP) were used to assess the functional status of the cochlea and 16 channel electrodes were used to measure the local field potentials (LFP) and multi-unit spike discharge rates (SDR) from the IC immediately after and one-week post-exposure...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
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