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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445249/study-on-the-mechanisms-of-seizure-like-events-suppression-effect-by-electrical-stimulation-using-a-microelectrode-array
#1
Sora Ahn, Sumin Jo, Sang Beom Jun, Hyang Woon Lee, Seungjun Lee
In this paper, we studied the mechanisms underlying the suppression of seizure-like events (SLEs) by electrical stimulation. We conducted an in-vitro experiment using entorhinal cortex combined hippocampal slices and two convulsant drugs, bicuculline and 4-aminopyridine, to induce spontaneous SLEs. We used a microelectrode array to observe network dynamics over the entire hippocampal area simultaneously, including regions far from the stimulation site. We stimulated the entorhinal cortex region, which has been determined to be a focus of SLEs by Granger causality analysis of multichannel time series data, by an external electrode...
April 25, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430709/vitamin-d3-repressed-astrocyte-activation-following-lipopolysaccharide-stimulation-in-vitro-and-in-neonatal-rats
#2
Ke-Ping Jiao, Shao-Min Li, Wen-Yan Lv, Ming-Liang Jv, Hai-Yan He
Vitamin D3 has been reported to be an immunity modulator and high levels of vitamin D3 are correlated with a decreased risk for developing diseases in the central nervous system. Astrocytes are important immune cells and contribute toward inflammation during neurological diseases. The vitamin D receptor has been reported to be expressed in astrocytes; however, the effect of vitamin D3 on astrocyte activation has not been studied. Here, we found that lipopolysaccharide stimulation in astrocytes could enhance the expression of vitamin D receptor and Cyp27B1, which encodes the enzyme for converting vitamin D3 into its active form...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419057/gabaergic-modulation-of-noradrenaline-release-caused-by-blood-pressure-changes-in-the-rat-median-preoptic-area
#3
Makoto Takahashi, Junichi Tanaka
Experiments using in-vivo microdialysis methods were conducted to investigate whether blood pressure changes cause an alteration in the release of noradrenaline (NA) in the median preoptic nucleus (MnPO) and whether the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor mechanism is involved in the modulation of the pressure response-induced alteration in the NA release. In urethane-anesthetized male rats, intravenous administration of metaraminol, an α-agonist, significantly produced an increase in dialysate NA concentration in the MnPO area accompanied by an elevation in the mean arterial pressure (MAP)...
April 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419056/response-characteristics-of-the-rat-anterior-cingulate-cortex-to-ultrasonic-communicative-vocalizations
#4
Yumi Saito, Kazuo Okanoya
Emotional communication involves transmitting information on affective states. Rat 50- and 22-kHz ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) are emotional communication signals that reflect positive or negative states, respectively. In general, emotional communication signals that elicit changes in event-related potentials (ERPs), suggesting a specific mechanism for processing these signals. As this is observed in several communication systems including humans, we hypothesized that rat USVs can also trigger such changes...
April 17, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410268/long-term-anti-itch-effect-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-is-associated-with-downregulation-of-trpv1-and-trpa1-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-in-mice
#5
Lei-Fang Cao, Meng Si, Ya Huang, Li-Hua Chen, Xiao-Yan Peng, Ya-Qin Qin, Teng-Teng Liu, Yan Zhou, Tong Liu, Wei-Feng Luo
Itch is a common symptom in patients with skin and systemic diseases, but the effective treatment is limited. Here, we evaluated the anti-itch effects of the botulinum toxin type A (BoNT/A) using acute and chronic dry skin itch mouse models, which were induced by compound 48/80, chloroquine, and a mixture of acetone-diethylether-water treatment, respectively. Pretreatment of intradermal BoNT/A exerted long-term inhibitory effects on compound 48/80-induced and chloroquine-induced acute itch on days 1, 3, 7, and 14, but not on day 21, in mice...
April 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240721/cucurbitacin-iia-exerts-antidepressant-like-effects-on-mice-exposed-to-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress
#6
Shi-Meng Zhou, Shao-Yu Guan, Le Yang, Liu-Kun Yang, Lu Wang, Hui-Fang Nie, Xiang Li, Ming-Gao Zhao, Qi Yang, Hong Wu
Cucurbitacin IIa (CuIIa) is the major active component of the Helmseya amabilis root and is known to have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, we examined the antidepressant-like effects of CuIIa in a mouse model of chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) and investigated the possible underlying mechanisms. To evaluate the antidepressant-like effects of CuIIa on depression-like behaviors, mice were subjected to the open-field test, the elevated plus-maze test, the forced-swimming test, and the tail-suspension test...
February 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225481/the-dysfunction-of-inhibition-control-in-pituitary-patients-evidence-from-the-go-nogo-event-related-potential-study
#7
Chenglong Cao, Jian Song, Shun Yao, Yan Yan, Shun Li, Guibao Peng, Pan Ma, Hao Du, Cheng Huang, Huichao Ding, Yuanzhi He, Ronghui Sun, Guozheng Xu
Pituitary tumor is an intracranial tumor; because of the development of neuroimaging technology in recent years, morbidity is likely to increase. Evidence showed impaired cognitive ability of patients with pituitary adenoma. There is evidence that neurobehavioral disorders are common in pituitary adenoma patients. This disorder is because of the cognitive and emotional function of the important functional areas of the brain oppressed and hormone imbalance. Individuals' mental activity is controlled by the brain and the abnormal mental activity is caused by both the structural abnormalities of the brain and neurochemical dysfunction...
February 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225480/nmda-receptor-subunit-and-camkii-changes-in-rat-hippocampus-by-congenital-hcmv-infection-a-mechanism-for-learning-and-memory-impairment
#8
De Wu, Li Yang, Xiaosong Bu, Jiulai Tang, Xiaocheng Fan
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of congenital human cytomegalovirus infection on the expression levels of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NRs) and Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in the hippocampal neurons of neonatal Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Pregnant SD rats were divided into an experimental group and a control group (n=10 in each group). Spatial learning and memory of the offspring of SD rats were evaluated using the Morris water-maze test. Pathological studies of hippocampus sections were carried out...
February 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178070/prolonged-changes-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-metabolism-after-a-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#9
Sergio Bagnato, Maria Andriolo, Cristina Boccagni, Giuseppe Galardi
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Recent studies suggest that amyloid-beta (Aβ) deposit can be detected several years after TBI. However, it is unknown whether post-TBI Aβ deposits arise from short-term changes in Aβ metabolism or reflect a long-term sequela. To answer this question, we evaluated the cerebrospinal levels of Aβ several months after a severe TBI. The participants of this study were eight consecutive patients who developed a disorder of consciousness after a TBI, including seven in a minimally conscious state and one with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (mean age: 35...
February 7, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178069/montelukast-treatment-protects-nigral-dopaminergic-neurons-against-microglial-activation-in-the-6-hydroxydopamine-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Hannah Jang, Sehwan Kim, Jae Man Lee, Yong-Seok Oh, Sang Myun Park, Sang Ryong Kim
Although the main cause of degeneration of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic (DA) projection in Parkinson's disease (PD) is still controversial, many reports suggest that excessive inflammatory responses mediated by activated microglia can induce neurotoxicity in the nigrostriatal DA system in vivo. Montelukast, which plays an anti-inflammatory role, is used to treat patients with asthma. In addition, recent studies have reported that its administration could reduce neuroinflammatory activities, showing beneficial effects against various neuropathological conditions...
February 7, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169963/glial-differentiation-of-human-inferior-turbinate-derived-stem-cells-a-new-source-of-cells-for-nerve-repair
#11
Yang Li, Ying Sheng, JianMin Liang, XiaoYong Ren, Yan Cheng
Schwann cell (SC) transplantation as a cell-based therapy can enhance peripheral and central nerve repair experimentally, but it is limited by donor site morbidity for clinical application. We investigated whether human turbinate-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hTMSCs) isolated from discarded inferior turbinate during surgery can differentiate into functional SC-like cells. hTMSCs expressed mesenchymal cell surface markers CD29, CD44, CD90, and CD105 and did not express neural crest markers P75 and Nestin. After monolayer culture in predifferentiation medium and transdifferentiation medium with a mixture of glial growth factors and chemical regents for 14 days, the differentiated hTMSCs exhibited a spindle-like morphology similar to that of SCs...
February 4, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169962/parkin-mediates-neuroprotection-through-activation-of-notch1-signaling
#12
Ji-Hye Yoon, Eun-Jung Ann, Mi-Yeon Kim, Ji-Seon Ahn, Eun-Hye Jo, Hye-Jin Lee, Hye-Won Lee, Young Chul Lee, Jeong-Sun Kim, Hee-Sae Park
Parkin, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is the most frequently mutated gene in hereditary Parkinson's disease. Inactivation of Parkin leads to impairment of the ubiquitin-proteasome system, resulting in the accumulation of misfolded or aggregated proteins and ensuing neurodegeneration. In this study, we show that Parkin positively regulates the Notch1 signaling pathway. Overexpression of Parkin stabilized Notch1-IC protein levels, whereas knockdown of Parkin decreased Notch1-IC protein stability. Notably, overexpression of Parkin disrupted oxidative stress-induced apoptosis in neuronal cells...
February 4, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145995/dynamic-alterations-of-the-levels-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-during-transhemispheric-functional-reorganization-after-contralateral-seventh-cervical-spinal-nerve-root-transfer-following-brachial-plexus
#13
Ming-Jie Yang, Shuang Li, Chen-Song Yang, Xu-Jia Wang, Shi-Min Chang, Gui-Xin Sun
The transfer of a contralateral healthy seventh cervical spinal nerve root (cC7) to the recipient nerve in the injured side is considered a reliable and effective procedure for restoration of the physiological functions of an injured hand after brachial plexus root avulsion injury (BPAI). Growing evidence shows that the transhemispheric cortical reorganization is induced after cC7 nerve transfer surgery. However, little is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Proinflammatory cytokines reportedly play an important role in the neural plasticity...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145994/pulsed-focused-ultrasound-changes-nerve-conduction-of-earthworm-giant-axonal-fibers
#14
Sarah H Yoo, Phillip Croce, Ryan W Margolin, Stephanie D Lee, Wonhye Lee
This study examined the effects of pulsed focused ultrasound (FUS) in disrupting nerve conduction. FUS operating at a 210 kHz fundamental frequency was administered to the medial and lateral giant axonal nerve fibers of earthworms in a burst of pulses (1 ms tone burst duration, 20 Hz pulse repetition frequency). The magnitude and latencies of the nerve potentials induced by electrical stimulation were measured under three experimental conditions - (I) no sonication, (II) sonication at 600 mW/cm spatial-peak temporal-average intensity (Ispta), and (III) sonication at 200 mW/cm Ispta...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145993/neural-correlates-of-decision-making-during-a-bayesian-choice-task
#15
Govinda R Poudel, Anjan Bhattarai, David L Dickinson, Sean P A Drummond
Many critical decisions require evaluation of accumulated previous information and/or newly acquired evidence. Although neural correlates of belief updating have been investigated, how these neural processes guide decisions involving Bayesian choice is less clear. Here, we used functional MRI to investigate neural activity during a Bayesian choice task involving two sources of information: base rate odds ('odds') and sample evidence ('evidence'). Thirty-seven healthy control individuals performed the Bayesian choice task in which they had to make probability judgements...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145992/different-effects-of-prenatal-stress-on-erk2-creb-bcl-2-expression-in-the-hippocampus-and-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-adult-offspring-rats
#16
Zeen Zhu, Hongli Sun, Xiaojie Gong, Hui Li
It has become increasingly evident that prenatal stress and its psychological and physiological concomitants are associated with the pathophysiology of mood disorders. However, the mechanisms underlying the prenatal stress-induced offspring's anxiety disorders remain unknown. We recently reported that prenatal stress enhanced anxiety-like behavior in adult offspring rat, and involved N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunits, including NR1 and NR2A. In the present research, using the same prenatal stress model, we measured the ERK2/CREB/Bcl-2 mRNA levels by real-time PCR...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430708/the-somatosensory-evoked-potential-in-reaction-time-is-gated-and-elicited-earlier-when-the-motor-response-to-a-somatosensory-cue-is-faster
#17
Koichi Hiraoka, Chisato Kori, Kana Sato
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the somatosensory-evoked potential (SEP) is gated and elicited earlier when a motor response to a somatosensory stimulus is faster. In healthy humans, the left index finger and thumb were pinched in response to a somatosensory stimulus administered over the left median nerve. The SEP elicited by this stimulus when producing a fast motor response was compared with that when producing a slow motor response. The amplitudes of N18 and frontal P40 when producing a fast motor response were smaller than those when producing a slow motor response...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419058/a-method-for-u-fiber-quantification-from-7%C3%A2-t-diffusion-weighted-mri-data-tested-in-patients-with-nonlesional-focal-epilepsy
#18
Rafael O'Halloran, Rebecca Feldman, Lara Marcuse, Madeline Fields, Bradley Delman, Sophia Frangou, Priti Balchandani
In this methods development, we present an ultra-high-field, diffusion-weighted MRI method to quantitatively assess u-fibers and use it to compare u-fiber counts in nonlesional epilepsy patients with controls. Emerging evidence implicates white matter abnormalities in nonlesional epilepsy, including the short-range, cortical-cortical connections, or u-fibers. Eight patients with nonlesional epilepsy and eight demographically matched controls underwent 7 T MRI consisting of a T1-weighted sequence (0.7 mm isotropic resolution) and high-angular-resolved diffusion-weighted MRI (1...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410269/social-isolation-induces-schizophrenia-like-behavior-potentially-associated-with-hint1-nmda-receptor-1-and-dopamine-receptor-2
#19
Bai-Jia Li, Peng Liu, Zheng Chu, Ying Shang, Meng-Xi Huan, Yong-Hui Dang, Cheng-Ge Gao
Both genetic factors and early life adversity play major roles in the etiology of schizophrenia. Our previous studies indicated that social isolation (SI) during early postnatal development leads to several lasting abnormal behavioral and pathophysiological features resembling the core symptoms of some human neuropsychiatric disorders in mice. The glutamate and dopamine hypotheses are tightly linked to the development of schizophrenia. The cross-talk between glutamate N-methyl-D-aspartate acid receptors and dopamine receptors is associated with histidine triad nucleotide binding protein 1 (HINT1), which is correlated with diverse psychiatric disorders...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394782/decrease-of-growth-and-differentiation-factor-10-contributes-to-neuropathic-pain-through-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-activation
#20
Long Jiang, Botao Tan, Sen Li, Li Wang, Liqiang Zheng, Yuan Liu, Zaiyun Long, Yamin Wu
Neuropathic pain is a chronic disease with hallmarks such as chronic allodynia and hyperalgesia. Previous studies have shown that the transforming growth factor-β superfamily acts as a protecting factor against neuropathic pain. In the current study, we found that growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10), which belongs to the transforming growth factor-β superfamily, is mainly expressed in the superficial layers of spinal dorsal horn neurons and it was dramatically downregulated after spinal nerve ligation and N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) intrathecal infusion...
May 24, 2017: Neuroreport
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