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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893183/toxic-effects-of-human-and-rodent-variants-of-alpha-synuclein-in-vivo
#1
Natalie Landeck, Kerstin Buck, Deniz Kirik
In Parkinson's disease, abnormal alpha-synuclein (asyn) accumulation leads to the formation of soluble oligomeric species thought to be toxic to cells as well as intraneuronal inclusions. To date, the precise mechanisms leading to aggregation of asyn in the brain is not well understood. Previous studies in yeast, drosophila and transgenic mice suggested that a non-A beta component depleted version of human asyn [h-asyn(D70-83)] or human beta-synuclein (h-bsyn), naturally lacking this centrally located hydrophobic region, are less prone to form aggregates in vitro and are expected to be less toxic compared to h-asyn in vivo, although not all experimental studies unequivocally support the latter view...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893181/synaesthesia-lost-and-found-two-cases-of-person-and-music-colour-synaesthesia
#2
Francesca R Farina, Kevin J Mitchell, Richard A P Roche
Synaesthesia is a developmental condition involving cross-communication between sensory modalities or substreams whereby an inducer (e.g. a sound) automatically evokes a concurrent percept in another modality (e.g. a colour). Whether this condition arises due to atypical structural connectivity (e.g., between normally unconnected cortical areas) or altered neurochemistry remains a central question. We report the exceptional cases of two synaesthetes - subjects AB and CD - both of whom experience coloured auras around individuals, as well as coloured perceptions in response to music...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891689/deficit-in-acoustic-signal-in-noise-detection-in-glycine-receptor-%C3%AE-3-subunit-knockout-mice
#3
Konstantin Tziridis, Stefanie Buerbank, Volker Eulenburg, Julia Dlugaiczyk, Holger Schulze
Hearing is an essential sense for communication in animals and humans. Normal function of the cochlea of higher vertebrates relies on a fine-tuned interplay of afferent and efferent innervation of both inner and outer hair cells. Efferent inhibition is controlled via olivocochlear feedback loops, mediated mainly by acetylcholine, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glycine, and is one of the first sites affected by synapto- and neuropathy in the development of hearing loss. While the functions of acetylcholine, GABA, and other inhibitory transmitters within these feedback loops are at least partially understood, especially the function of glycine still remains elusive...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891688/possible-role-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-trigeminal-modulation-of-glomerular-microcircuits-of-the-rodent-olfactory-bulb
#4
Federica Genovese, Hanke Gwendolyn Bauersachs, Ines Gräßer, Janina Kupke, Laila Magin, Philipp Daiber, Julika Nakajima, Frank Möhrlen, Karl Messlinger, Stephan Frings
Chemosensation in the mammalian nose comprises detection of odorants, irritants and pheromones. While the traditional view assigned one distinct sub-system to each stimulus type, recent research has produced a more complex picture. Odorants are not only detected by olfactory sensory neurons but also by the trigeminal system. Irritants, in turn, may have a distinct odor, and some pheromones are detected by the olfactory epithelium. Moreover, it is well established that irritants change odor perception and vice versa...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891687/effect-of-preceding-stimulation-on-sound-localization-and-its-representation-in-the-auditory-midbrain
#5
Sandra Tolnai, Rainer Beutelmann, Georg M Klump
Prior stimulation can influence the perception of sound source location. Some psychophysical sound localization procedures differ in the amount of prior stimulation, which may affect measures of localization accuracy. If and how particularly the number of preceding stimuli affects sound localization and the neural representation of sound source position has not been investigated so far and will be the focus of the present report. We trained Mongolian gerbils in a left/right discrimination task where the target stimulus was preceded by silence or followed a number of reference stimuli...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891684/changes-in-visibility-as-a-function-of-spatial-frequency-and-microsaccade-occurrence
#6
Francisco M Costela, Michael B McCamy, Mary Coffelt, Jorge Otero-Millan, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde
Fixational eye movements (FEM), including microsaccades, drift, and tremor, shift our eye position during ocular fixation, producing retinal motion that is thought to help visibility by counteracting neural adaptation to unchanging stimulation. Yet, how each FEM type influences this process is still debated. Recent studies found little to no relationship between microsaccades and visual perception of spatial frequencies (SF), and concluded that any effects microsaccades may have on vision do not extend to the SF domain...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891665/spectral-summation-and-facilitation-in-on-and-off-responses-for-optimized-representation-of-communication-calls-in-mouse-inferior-colliculus
#7
Alexander G Akimov, Marina A Egorova, Günter Ehret
Selectivity for processing of species-specific vocalizations and communication sounds has often been associated with the auditory cortex. The midbrain inferior colliculus, however, is the first center in the auditory pathways of mammals integrating acoustic information processed in separate nuclei and channels in the brainstem and, therefore, could significantly contribute to enhance the perception of species' communication sounds. Here, we used natural wriggling calls of mouse pups, which communicate need for maternal care to adult females, and further 15 synthesized sounds to test the hypothesis that neurons in the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus of adult females optimize their response rates for reproduction of the three main harmonics (formants) of wriggling calls...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886414/chronic-ghrelin-treatment-reduced-photophobia-and-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-ntg-induced-migraine-role-of-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide
#8
Fereshteh Farajdokht, Shirin Babri, Pouran Karimi, Mohammad Reza Alipour, Ramin Bughchechi, Gisou Mohaddes
Chronic migraine is a debilitating disorder that has a significant impact on patients and society. Nearly all migraineurs frequently reported light sensitivity during a headache attack. Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) plays an important role in the activation of trigeminal system and migraine pain. To identify the effect of chronic ghrelin treatment on endogenous PACAP and associated symptoms of migraine, an experimental chronic migraine model was induced by intermittent intraperitoneal (i...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873445/the-motion-of-a-living-conspecific-activates-septal-and-preoptic-areas-in-naive-domestic-chicks-gallus-gallus
#9
Uwe Mayer, Orsola Rosa-Salva, Francesca Morbioli, Giorgio Vallortigara
Predispositions to attend to animate objects are ubiquitous in newborn vertebrates but little is known about their neural bases. In the present study we wanted to know if exposure to the motion of an alive, behaving conspecific will selectively activate septal, preoptic and amygdaloid areas in visually naive domestic chicks. For this purpose, newly hatched chicks were exposed to an alive conspecific, whose natural motion presents of course several features typical of animate motion to which chicks are known to be sensitive...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873367/mir-219-attenuates-demyelination-in-cuprizone-induced-demyelinated-mice-by-regulating-monocarboxylate-transporter-1
#10
Sihan Liu, Chuanlu Ren, Xuebin Qu, Xiuxiang Wu, Fuxing Dong, Yadav Kaushal Chand, Hongbin Fan, Ruiqin Yao, Deqin Geng
Remyelination is limited in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) due to the difficulties in recruiting proliferating oligodendrocyte precursors (OPCs), the inhibition of OPC differentiation and/or maturation, and/or failure in the generation of the myelin sheath. In vitro studies have revealed that miR-219 is necessary for OPC differentiation and monocarboxylate transporter 1 (MCT1) plays a vital role in oligodendrocyte maturation and myelin synthesis. Herein, we hypothesized that miR-219 might promote oligodendrocyte differentiation and attenuate demyelination in a cuprizone (CPZ)-induced demyelinated model by regulating the expression of MCT1...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859864/l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia-and-neuroinflammation-do-microglia-and-astrocytes-play-a-role
#11
Anna R Carta, Giovanna Mulas, Mariza Bortolanza, Terence Duarte, Elisabetta Pillai, Gilberto Fisone, Rita Vozari Raisman, Elaine Del Bel
In Parkinson's disease (PD), L-DOPA therapy leads to the emergence of motor complications including L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia (LID). LID relies on a sequence of pre- and postsynaptic neuronal events, leading to abnormal corticostriatal neurotransmission and maladaptive changes in striatal projection neurons. In recent years, additional non-neuronal mechanisms have been proposed to contribute to LID. Among these mechanisms considerable attention has been focused on L-DOPA-induced inflammatory responses. Microglia and astrocytes are the main actors in neuroinflammatory responses, and their double role at the interface between immune and neurophysiological responses is starting to be elucidated...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859797/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-effects-of-a-novel-dimeric-inhibitor-of-psd-95-on-excitotoxicity-and-functional-recovery-after-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury
#12
Jens Bak Sommer, Anders Bach, Hana Malá, Kristian Strømgaard, Jesper Mogensen, Darryl Scott Pickering
PSD-95 inhibitors have been shown to be neuroprotective in stroke, but have only to a very limited extent been evaluated in the treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that has pathophysiological mechanisms in common with stroke. The aims of the current study were to assess the effects of a novel dimeric inhibitor of PSD-95, UCCB01-147, on histopathology and long-term cognitive outcome after controlled cortical impact (CCI) in rats. As excitotoxic cell death is thought to be a prominent part of the pathophysiology of TBI, we also investigated the neuroprotective effects of UCCB01-147 and related compounds on NMDA-induced cell death in cultured cortical neurons...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859794/the-perception-of-affective-touch-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-relation-to-small-fibre-neuropathy
#13
Lewis Kass-Iliyya, Matthew Leung, Andrew Marshall, Paula Trotter, Christopher Kobylecki, Susannah Walker, David Gosal, Maria Jeziorska, Rayaz A Malik, Francis McGlone, Monty A Silverdale
Affective touch sensation is conducted by a sub-class of C-fibres in hairy skin known as C-Tactile (CT) afferents. CT afferents respond maximally to gentle skin stroking at velocities between 1-10 cm/sec. Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by markedly reduced cutaneous C-fibres. It is not known if affective touch perception is influenced by C fibre density and if affective touch is impaired in PD compared to healthy controls. We predicted that perceived pleasantness to gentle stroking in PD would correlate with C afferent density and that affective touch perception would be impaired in PD compared to healthy controls...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862474/steady-state-vep-responses-to-uncomfortable-stimuli
#14
Louise O'Hare
Periodic stimuli, such as op-art, can evoke a range of aversive sensations included in the term visual discomfort. Illusory motion effects are elicited by fixational eye movements, but the cortex might also contribute to effects of discomfort. To investigate this possibility, steady-state visually-evoked responses (SSVEPs) to contrast-matched op-art-based stimuli were measured at the same time as discomfort judgements. On average, discomfort reduced with increasing spatial frequency of the pattern. By contrast, the peak amplitude of the SSVEP response was around the midrange spatial frequencies...
November 15, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859780/decision-making-in-chronic-ecstasy-users-a-systematic-review
#15
Felix Betzler, Leonard Viohl, Nina Romanczuk-Seiferth
Different cognitive impairments have been reported as a result of long-term MDMA/ecstasy use. Increased impulsivity and altered decision-making have been shown to be associated with the development and maintenance of addictive disorders pointing towards the necessity to understand a potential impairment of decision-making due to MDMA use. Thus, assessing the long-term effects of MDMA is crucial in order to evaluate its controversially discussed therapeutic use. The aim of this systematic review is to summarize the scientific literature on potential effects of chronic MDMA use on higher order decision-making processes in humans...
November 15, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862513/memory-under-stress-from-single-systems-to-network-changes
#16
REVIEW
Lars Schwabe
Stressful events have profound effects on learning and memory. These effects are mainly mediated by catecholamines and glucocorticoid hormones released from the adrenals during stressful encounters. It has been known for long that both catecholamines and glucocorticoids influence the functioning of the hippocampus, a critical hub for episodic memory. However, areas implicated in other forms of memory, such as the insula or the dorsal striatum, can be affected by stress as well. Beyond changes in single memory systems, acute stress triggers the reconfiguration of large scale neural networks which sets the stage for a shift from thoughtful, 'cognitive' control of learning and memory towards more reflexive, 'habit' processes...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862489/amygdala-mu-opioid-receptors-mediate-the-motivating-influence-of-cue-triggered-reward-expectations
#17
Nina T Lichtenberg, Kate M Wassum
Environmental reward-predictive stimuli can retrieve from memory a specific reward expectation that allows them to motivate action and guide choice. This process requires the basolateral amygdala (BLA), but little is known about the signaling systems necessary within this structure. Here we examined the role of the neuromodulatory opioid receptor system in the BLA in such cue-directed action using the outcome-specific Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer (PIT) test in rats. Inactivation of BLA mu-, but not delta-opioid receptors was found to dose-dependently attenuate the ability of a reward-predictive cue to selectively invigorate the performance of actions directed at the same unique predicted reward (i...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862478/reductions-in-cortical-alpha-activity-enhancements-in-neural-responses-and-impaired-gap-detection-caused-by-sodium-salicylate-in-awake-guinea-pigs
#18
Joel I Berger, Ben Coomber, Mark N Wallace, Alan R Palmer
Tinnitus chronically affects between 10-15% of the population but despite its prevalence, the underlying mechanisms are still not properly understood. One experimental model involves administration of high doses of sodium salicylate, as this is known to reliably induce tinnitus in both humans and animals. Guinea pigs were implanted with chronic electrocorticography (ECoG) electrode arrays, with silver ball electrodes placed on the dura over left and right auditory cortex. Two more electrodes were positioned over the cerebellum to monitor auditory brainstem responses (ABRs)...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859866/modeling-idiopathic-parkinson-disease-as-a-complex-illness-can-inform-incidence-risk-in-healthy-adults-the-pr-edigt-score
#19
Michael G Schlossmacher, Julianna J Tomlinson, Goncalo Santos, Bojan Shutinoski, Earl G Brown, Douglas Manuel, Tiago Mestre
Fifty-five years after the concept of dopamine replacement therapy was introduced, Parkinson disease (PD) remains an incurable neurological disorder. To date, no disease-modifying therapeutic has been approved. The inability to predict PD incidence risk in healthy adults is seen as one limitation in drug development, because by the time of clinical diagnosis >60% of dopamine neurons have been lost. We have designed an incidence prediction model founded on the concept that the pathogenesis of PD is similar to that of many disorders observed in ageing humans, i...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859793/selective-contribution-of-the-telencephalic-arcopallium-to-the-social-facilitation-of-foraging-efforts-in-the-domestic-chick
#20
Qiuhong Xin, Yukiko Ogura, Leo Uno, Toshiya Matsushima
To investigate the neural basis of socio-economic behaviors in birds, we examined the effects of bilateral electrolytic lesions of arcopallium (Arco, the major descending pallial area of the avian telencephalon) and the surrounding nuclei in domestic chicks. We tested foraging effort (running distance) in an I-shaped maze with two food patches that delivered food in a biased manner according to a variable interval schedule. Normally, chicks run back and forth between the patches, and the patch use time matches the respective food delivery rate...
November 12, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
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