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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432013/design-of-multielectrode-arrays-for-uniform-sampling-of-different-orientations-of-tuned-unit-populations-in-the-cat-visual-cortex
#1
Yoshiko Maruyama, Hiroyuki Ito
For better reconstruction of stimulus orientation from a single trial activity of the neuron population in the visual cortex, we need uniform samplings of differently oriented tuned neurons. We recorded multiple neurons simultaneously by using either a four-tetrode array or an eight-microelectrode array, and examined what kinds of electrodes and layouts provided a more homogeneous distribution of the units' optimal orientations. The unit population sampled by a four-tetrode array showed more homogeneous distribution than those sampled by an eight-microelectrode array...
April 18, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412269/towards-an-understanding-of-the-isotype-specific-functions-of-tubulin-in-neurons-technical-advances-in-tubulin-expression-and-purification
#2
Itsushi Minoura
Microtubules are cytoskeletal filaments critical for determining the complex morphology of neurons, as well as the basic architecture and organization of mitosis in all eukaryotic cells. Microtubules in humans are composed of 8 α- and 9 β-tubulin isotypes, each of which is encoded by different members of a multi-gene family. The expression pattern of tubulin isotypes, in addition to isotype-specific post-translational modifications, is thought to be critical for the morphogenesis of axons and dendrites. Recent studies revealed that several neurodevelopmental disorders are caused by mutations of specific tubulin isotypes, suggesting that each tubulin isotype has distinct functions...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400206/elucidation-of-developmental-patterns-of-marmoset-corpus-callosum-through-a-comparative-mri-in-marmosets-chimpanzees-and-humans
#3
Tomoko Sakai, Yuji Komaki, Junichi Hata, Junko Okahara, Norio Okahara, Takashi Inoue, Akichika Mikami, Mie Matsui, Kenichi Oishi, Erika Sasaki, Hideyuki Okano
The corpus callosum (CC) is present in all primate brains and is the major white matter tract connecting the cerebral hemispheres for integration of sensory, motor and higher-order cognitive information. The midsagittal area of the CC has frequently been used as a sensitive biomarker of brain development. Although the marmoset has been considered as an alternative non-human primate model for neuroscience research, the developmental patterns of the CC have not been explored. The present longitudinal study of magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated that marmosets show a rapid increase of CC during infancy, followed by a slow increase during the juvenile stage, as observed in chimpanzees and humans...
April 8, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392304/morphological-dendritic-spine-changes-of-medium-spiny-neurons-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned-rats-treated-with-levodopa
#4
Yukihisa Funamizu, Haruo Nishijima, Tatsuya Ueno, Shinya Ueno, Hiroki Mizukami, Soroku Yagihashi, Masahiko Tomiyama
The mechanisms of dopamine dysregulation syndrome (DDS) in Parkinson's disease (PD) remain unclear, although it is known that the nucleus accumbens (NAc) plays a role in its development. Based on the hypothesis that DDS and levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) share a pathophysiological basis, we investigated dendritic spine morphology of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) in the NAc of a rat model of LID, because spine enlargement in MSNs of the caudate/putamen has been proposed to be a morphological hallmark of LID...
April 6, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389264/the-bulbospinal-network-controlling-the-phrenic-motor-system-laterality-and-course-of-descending-projections
#5
REVIEW
Michael George Zaki Ghali
The respiratory rhythm is generated by the parafacial respiratory group, Bötzinger complex, and pre-Bötzinger complex and relayed to pre-motor neurons, which in turn project to and control respiratory motor outputs in the brainstem and spinal cord. The phrenic nucleus is one such target, containing phrenic motoneurons (PhMNs), which supply the diaphragm, the primary inspiratory muscle in mammals. While some investigators have demonstrated both ipsi- and contralateral bulbophrenic projections, there exists controversy regarding the relative physiological contribution of each to phasic and tonic drive to PhMNs and at which levels decussations occur...
April 4, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380327/interaction-between-harmane-a-class-of-%C3%AE-carboline-alkaloids-and-the-ca1-serotonergic-system-in-modulation-of-memory-acquisition
#6
Mohammad Nasehi, Fatemeh Ghadimi, Fatemeh Khakpai, Mohammad-Reza Zarrindast
This study set to assess the involvement of dorsal hippocampus (CA1) serotonergic system on harmane induced memory acquisition deficit. We used one trial step-down inhibitory avoidancetask to evaluate memory retention and then, open field test to evaluate locomotor activity in adult male NMRI mice. The results showed that pre-training intra-peritoneal (i.p.) administration of harmane (12mg/kg) induced impairment of memory acquisition. Pre-training intra-CA1 administration of 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist (CP94253; 0...
April 2, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366831/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-investigation-of-brain-regions-associated-with-astringency
#7
Mayo Kishi, Hidetoshi Sadachi, Junji Nakamura, Mitsuo Tonoike
Previous studies have investigated mechanisms of the perception of the five basic tastes at the peripheral and neural levels. However, little is known regarding the specific mechanisms and brain activity associated with the perception of astringency. In the present study, we aimed to clarify these mechanisms using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in conjunction with taste stimuli, and to investigate the association between subjective appraisal of taste and brain activity. Brain activation to astringency was observed in the insula, superior orbitofrontal cortex, cingulate cortex, and frontal inferior triangularis...
March 30, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343884/short-term-desensitization-of-fast-escape-behavior-associated-with-suppression-of-mauthner-cell-activity-in-larval-zebrafish
#8
Megumi Takahashi, Maya Inoue, Masashi Tanimoto, Tsunehiko Kohashi, Yoichi Oda
Escape is among the simplest animal behaviors employed to study the neural mechanisms underlying learning. Teleost fishes exhibit behavioral learning of fast escape initiated with a C-shaped body bend (C-start). C-starts are subdivided into short-latency (SLC) and long-latency (LLC) types in larval zebrafish. Whether these two can be separately modified, and the neural correlates of this modification, however, remains undetermined. We thus performed Ca(2+) imaging of Mauthner (M-) cells, a pair of giant hindbrain neurons constituting a core element of SLC circuit, during behavioral learning in larval zebrafish...
March 23, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322984/pain-related-evoked-potentials-after-intraepidermal-electrical-stimulation-to-a%C3%AE-and-c-fibers-in-patients-with-neuropathic-pain
#9
Shigeki Omori, Sagiri Isose, Sonoko Misawa, Keisuke Watanabe, Yukari Sekiguchi, Kazumoto Shibuya, Minako Beppu, Hiroshi Amino, Satoshi Kuwabara
Neuropathic pain can result from neuronal hyperexcitability and complex interactions of the nociceptive pathways. Intraepidermal electrical stimulation (IES) is a novel technique that can selectively activate Aδ and C fibers. To investigate patterns of changes in Aδ- and C-mediated brain responses in patients with neuropathic pain using IES, we recorded pain-related evoked potential (PREP) after IES of Aδ and C fibers in 20 patients with neuropathic pain and 15 age-matched healthy volunteers. We evaluated PREP latencies, amplitudes, and amplitude ratios of PREPs after C/Aδ-fiber stimulation...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322983/the-relationship-between-fear-extinction-and-resilience-to-drug-dependence-in-rats
#10
Masaharu Ueno, Kazuo Yamada, Yukio Ichitani
Some individuals recover quickly from stressful events, while others do not; this suggests that there are individual differences in stress resilience. Previous studies in rats have shown that an animal's ability to extinguish conditioned fear can predict their stress resilience. In the present study, we investigated whether rats who are resilient or vulnerable to fear conditioning would consistently show resilient or vulnerable behaviors in other behavioral tests. Male Wistar-Imamichi rats were subjected to a series of behavioral tests, including open field, conditioned place-preference (CPP), forced swim and auditory fear conditioning...
March 18, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288866/distinct-response-properties-of-rat-prepositus-hypoglossi-nucleus-neurons-classified-on-the-basis-of-firing-patterns
#11
Yasuhiko Saito, Yuchio Yanagawa
Neurons in the prepositus hypoglossi nucleus (PHN), which is involved in controlling horizontal gaze, show distinct firing patterns in response to depolarizing current pulses. Although the firing patterns are commonly used to classify neuron types, whether the classified PHN neurons show differences in voltage response properties when stimulated with various types of current inputs remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the response properties of PHN neurons to various current stimuli using whole-cell recordings in rat brainstem slices...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288865/retinal-npy-and-5-ht-inputs-to-the-aged-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-common-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
#12
Rovena C G J Engelberth, Kayo D de Azevedo Silva, Felipe Porto Fiuza, Joacil Germano Soares, Miriam S M O Costa, Ruthnaldo R de Melo Lima, Expedito Silva do Nascimento, José R Dos Santos, José R L P Cavalcanti, Jeferson S Cavalcante
The circadian timing system (CTS) anticipates optimal physiological patterns in response to environmental fluctuations, such as light-dark cycle. Since age-related disruption of circadian synchronization is linked to several pathological conditions, we characterized alterations of neurochemical constituents and retinal projections to the major pacemaker of CTS, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), in adult and aged marmosets. We used intraocular injections of neural tracer Cholera toxin b (CTb) to report age-related reductions in CTb, neuropeptide Y and serotonin immunoreactivities...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284708/visual-experience-regulates-the-development-of-long-term-synaptic-modifications-induced-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-mouse-visual-cortex
#13
Taketoshi Sugimura, Mariko Yamamoto, Kazumasa Yamada, Yukio Komatsu, Yumiko Yoshimura
Manipulation of visual experience can considerably modify visual responses of visual cortical neurons even in adulthood in the mouse, although the modification is less profound than that observed during the critical period. Our previous studies demonstrated that low-frequency (2Hz) stimulation for 15min applied to layer 4 induces T-type Ca(2+) channel-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) at excitatory synapses in layer 2/3 neurons of visual cortex during the critical period. In this study, we investigated whether low-frequency stimulation could induce synaptic plasticity in adult mice...
March 8, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267578/continuous-membrane-potential-fluctuations-in-motor-cortex-and-striatum-neurons-during-voluntary-forelimb-movements-and-pauses
#14
Satoshi Nonomura, Yoko Fujiwara-Tsukamoto, Takafumi Kajihara, Fumino Fujiyama, Yoshikazu Isomura
Theoretical simulations suggest that spike rate is regulated by varying both membrane potential and its fluctuation. We investigated whether membrane potential fluctuation functionally changes in motor cortex and striatum neurons during discrete forelimb movements and pauses, or at rest, using whole-cell recording in task-performing rats. Membrane potential fluctuation was diminished by task performance, but maintained overall in the alpha/beta and gamma bands during forelimb movements and pauses. By contrast, membrane potential itself was correlated with spike rate in task-related neurons...
March 4, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257798/the-use-of-an-optimized-chimeric-envelope-glycoprotein-enhances-the-efficiency-of-retrograde-gene-transfer-of-a-pseudotyped-lentiviral-vector-in-the-primate-brain
#15
Soshi Tanabe, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Hitomi Tsuge, Shiori Uezono, Kiyomi Nagaya, Maki Fujiwara, Shigeki Kato, Kazuto Kobayashi, Masahiko Takada
Lentiviral vectors have been used not only for various basic research experiments, but also for a wide range of gene therapy trials in animal models. The development of a pseudotyped lentiviral vector with the property of retrograde infection allows us to introduce foreign genes into neurons that are localized in regions innervating the site of vector injection. Here, we report the efficiency of retrograde gene transfer of a recently developed FuG-E pseudotyped lentiviral vector in the primate brain by comparing its transduction pattern with that of the parental FuG-C pseudotyped vector...
February 28, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215819/use-of-human-methylation-arrays-for-epigenome-research-in-the-common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus
#16
Junko Ueda, Yui Murata, Miki Bundo, Arata Oh-Nishi, Hidetoshi Kassai, Tempei Ikegame, Zhilei Zhao, Seiichiro Jinde, Atsu Aiba, Tetsuya Suhara, Kiyoto Kasai, Tadafumi Kato, Kazuya Iwamoto
We examined the usefulness of commercially available DNA methylation arrays designed for the human genome (Illumina HumanMethylation450 and MethylationEPIC) for high-throughput epigenome analysis of the common marmoset, a nonhuman primate suitable for research on neuropsychiatric disorders. From among the probes on the methylation arrays, we selected those available for the common marmoset. DNA methylation data were obtained from genomic DNA extracted from the frontal cortex and blood samples of adult common marmosets as well as the frontal cortex of neonatal marmosets...
February 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215820/the-use-of-fish-models-to-study-human-neurological-disorders
#17
Hideaki Matsui
Small teleost fish including zebrafish and medaka have been used as animal models in basic science research due to the relative ease of handling and transparency during embryogenesis. Current advances in genetic engineering and progress in disease genetics allowed utilization of these fish to study neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. This review summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of using fish for neuropsychiatric research using primarily our own studies as examples. We discuss how fish belong to a class of vertebrates, are feasible for imaging, and include diverse species with multiple research possibilities yet to be discovered...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212867/protective-effect-of-spermine-against-pentylenetetrazole-kindling-epilepsy-induced-comorbidities-in-mice
#18
Mandeep Kumar, Puneet Kumar
Nitric oxide (NO), an important intracellular signaling molecule is involved in modulation of neuronal transmission. The NO level increases during epileptic activity in animal models of epilepsy. However, its role in epileptic activity remains controversial. Spermine is an endogenous polyamine; possesses anti-oxidant property and has ability to modulate ion channels and NO synthase activity. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the role of NO pathway in the neuroprotective effect of spermine, in Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) induced kindling epilepsy in mice...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193532/age-dependent-atypicalities-in-body-and-face-sensitive-activation-of-the-eba-and-ffa-in-individuals-with-asd
#19
Yuko Okamoto, Hirotaka Kosaka, Ryo Kitada, Ayumi Seki, Hiroki C Tanabe, Masamichi J Hayashi, Takanori Kochiyama, Daisuke N Saito, Hisakazu T Yanaka, Toshio Munesue, Makoto Ishitobi, Masao Omori, Yuji Wada, Hidehiko Okazawa, Tatsuya Koeda, Norihiro Sadato
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficuly in recognizing bodies and faces, which are more pronounced in children than adults. If such difficulties originate from dysfunction of the extrastriate body area (EBA) and the fusiform face area (FFA), activation in these regions might be more atypical in children than in adults. We preformed functional magnetic resonance imaging while children and adults with ASD and age-matched typically developed (TD) individuals observed face, body, car, and scene...
February 11, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193531/mutation-of-a-putative-map-kinase-consensus-site-regulates-ncam-endocytosis-and-ncam-dependent-neurite-outgrowth
#20
Tobias Goschzik, Harold Cremer, Vinayaga S Gnanapragassam, Rüdiger Horstkorte, Kaya Bork, Simone Diestel
The cytoplasmic domain of the neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM contains several putative serine/threonine phosphorylation sites whose functions are largely unknown. Human NCAM140 (NCAM140) possesses a potential MAP kinase phosphorylation site at threonine (T) 803. The aim of this study was to analyze a possible phosphorylation of NCAM140 by MAP kinases and to identify the functional role of T803. We found that NCAM140 is phosphorylated by the MAP kinase ERK2 in vitro. Exchange of T803 to aspartic acid (D) which mimics constitutive phosphorylation at the respective position resulted in increased endocytosis compared to NCAM140 in neuroblastoma cells and primary neurons...
February 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
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