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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628557/excessive-hemodynamic-activity-in-the-superior-frontal-cortex-during-the-flanker-task-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#1
Kota Suzuki, Yasuko Okumura, Yosuke Kita, Yuhei Oi, Yushiro Yamashita, Takaaki Goto, Masumi Inagaki
Near-infrared spectroscopy studies in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have shown excessive prefrontal activity responsible for coping with interference. However, it is possible that the previous results were influenced by verbal, reading, and memory developments. The flanker task is an interference task that does not require a verbal response, reading, or memorization. We examined activity in the superior frontal cortex (SFC) during the flanker task in 12 children with ADHD and 14 children with typical development using near-infrared spectroscopy...
June 16, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628556/real-time-imaging-of-epileptic-seizures-in-rats-using-electrical-impedance-tomography
#2
Lei Wang, Yang Sun, Xinmin Xu, Xiuzhen Dong, Feng Gao
The presence of multiple or diffuse lesions on imaging is a contraindication to surgery for patients with intractable epilepsy. Theoretically, as a functional imaging technique, electrical impedance tomography (EIT) can accurately image epileptic foci. However, most current studies are limited to examining epileptic spikes and few studies use EIT for real-time imaging of seizure activity. Moreover, little is known about changes in electrical impedance during seizures. In this study, we used EIT to monitor seizure progression in real time and analyzed changes in electrical impedance during seizures...
June 16, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617759/functional-topography-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-during-motor-execution-and-motor-imagery-as-revealed-by-functional-mri
#3
Meena M Makary, Seulgi Eun, Ramy S Soliman, Abdalla Z Mohamed, Jeungchan Lee, Kyungmo Park
Controversy exists regarding the involvement of the primary motor cortex (M1) during motor imagery (MI) and also regarding the differential somatotopic representation of motor execution (ME) and mental simulation of movement, that is, MI within M1. Although some research reported clear M1 involvement during MI without overt motor output, others did not. However, possible somatotopic representation between execution and imagery has not been clearly investigated to date. The aim of the present study was to aid in the resolution of this controversy by investigating the possible involvement of M1 during MI, and the differential, within M1, somatotopic representation between execution and imagery by quantitatively assessing different location markers such as activation peak and center of mass as well as intensity differences between the two tasks in case of with and without the overlap between the two representations...
June 14, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614182/ethanol-alters-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-regulation-in-the-hippocampus-of-adolescent-rats
#4
Ratna Sircar
Our laboratory and others have shown that ethanol disrupts hippocampus-associated memory formation in adolescent rats, but the signaling pathway involved remains largely unknown. Phosphorylation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, particularly the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B), has been implicated in several ethanol effects and in memory formation. The present study investigated the effects of repeated ethanol exposure on the phosphorylation of the NR2B subunit and src protein in the hippocampus of adolescent rats...
June 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614181/cochleovestibular-gene-transfer-in-neonatal-mice-by-canalostomy
#5
Jing-Ying Guo, Yu-Ying Liu, Teng-Fei Qu, Zhe Peng, Jing Xie, Guo-Peng Wang, Shu-Sheng Gong
Impairments of the inner ear result in sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction in humans. A large proportion of these disorders are congenital, and involve both auditory and vestibular systems. Therefore, genetic interventions to correct deficits must be administered during early developmental stages. In this study, we evaluated inner ear gene transfer in neonatal mice by canalostomy using an adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8) vector. AAV8 with the green fluorescence protein (GFP) gene was inoculated into the inner ear of the neonatal mice through the posterior semicircular canal (canalostomy)...
June 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614180/cocaine-inhibits-leptin-induced-increase-of-the-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-peptide-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-rats
#6
Bo Ram Cho, Hyung Shin Yoon, Wha Young Kim, Paul Vezina, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Two well-known appetite-regulatory peptides, leptin and cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), are known to be involved in the brain rewarding pathway. However, it is not yet known how they interact in the nucleus accumbens, an important region mediating the rewarding effects of drugs of abuse. Using the immunoassay method, we found that a microinjection of leptin into the nucleus accumbens core induces an immediate and transient increase of the CART peptide in this site, whereas these effects were inhibited by cocaine...
June 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614179/molecular-hydrogen-inhalation-attenuates-postoperative-cognitive-impairment-in-rats
#7
Yuchang Xin, Huiying Liu, Peng Zhang, Liuhui Chang, Keliang Xie
Postoperative cognitive decline is a major clinical problem with high morbidity and mortality after surgery. Many studies have found that molecular hydrogen (H2) has significant neuroprotection against acute and chronic neurological injury by regulating inflammation and apoptosis. In this study, we hypothesized that H2 treatment could ameliorate the development of cognitive impairment following surgery. Adult male rats were subjected to stabilized tibial fracture operation under anesthesia. Two percent of H2 was inhaled for 3 h beginning at 1 h after surgery...
June 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574927/altered-functional-connectivity-of-the-periaqueductal-gray-in-chronic-neck-and-shoulder-pain
#8
Cheng-Xin Yu, Bo Li, Ya-Ka Xu, Ting-Ting Ji, Liang Li, Chang-Jiang Zhao, Long Chen, Zhi-Zheng Zhuo
Chronic neck and shoulder pain with cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CNSP-CSR) is one of the most common clinical chronic pain diseases. This study aimed to investigate the abnormal patterns in functional connectivity (FC) pertaining to the periaqueductal gray matter (PAG) in patients with CNSP-CSR. A seed-based FC analysis was carried out for the right ventrolateral PAG and a correlation analysis was carried out with pain intensity, duration, and the extracted mean z scores. The PAG FC was significantly positively associated with the right orbital inferior frontal gyrus, supramarginal gyrus/postcentral gyrus, putamen, and the left anterior cingulate cortex, and significant negative FC was observed in the right lingual gyrus/occipital cortex in patients with CNSP-CSR...
June 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574926/hyposmia-symptoms-of-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behavior-disorder-and-parkinsonian-motor-signs-suggest-prodromal-neurodegeneration-in-22q11-deletion-syndrome
#9
Ellen Buckley, Azeem Siddique, Alisdair McNeill
The 22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is one of the most common genomic disorders in humans. There is an increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) in individuals with 22q11DS. The characteristic motor features of PD begin when more than 50% of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra have degenerated. Before this, there is a prodromal period, of up to 20 years, in which nonmotor features such as hyposmia, autonomic dysfunction, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, and subtle motor dysfunction can occur...
June 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570373/effects-of-white-noise-on-event-related-potentials-in-somatosensory-go-no-go-paradigms
#10
Wakana Ohbayashi, Ryusuke Kakigi, Hiroki Nakata
Exposure to auditory white noise has been shown to facilitate human cognitive function. This phenomenon is termed stochastic resonance, and a moderate amount of auditory noise has been suggested to benefit individuals in hypodopaminergic states. The present study investigated the effects of white noise on the N140 and P300 components of event-related potentials in somatosensory Go/No-go paradigms. A Go or No-go stimulus was presented to the second or fifth digit of the left hand, respectively, at the same probability...
May 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562485/antihyperalgesic-effect-by-herpes-vector-mediated-knockdown-of-nav1-7-sodium-channels-after-skin-incision
#11
Andreas Eisenried, Michael Klukinov, David C Yeomans, Alexander Z Tzabazis
Postincisional hyperalgesia and allodynia play an important role in perioperative medicine. NaV1.7 sodium channel has proven to be a key player in several pain states, including acute, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain. This study investigated the effects of silencing NaV1.7 through Herpes-based gene therapy with an antisense transcript on pain states after incision of the skin in rodents. Seventy-six Balb/C mice were subdivided into six groups and were treated with no virus, control virus, or NaV1.7 antisense vector before lateral hindpaw skin incision or sham procedure...
May 30, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562484/sex-differences-in-the-association-between-gray-matter-volume-and-verbal-creativity
#12
Baoguo Shi, Li Xu, Qunlin Chen, Jiang Qiu
The explanation for why significant sex differences are found in creativity has become an increasingly important topic. The current study applied a cognitive neuroscience perspective and voxel-based morphometry to investigate the sex differences for the association between verbal creativity and gray matter volume (GMV) in a large sample of healthy adults from the Chinese Mainland (163 men and 193 women). Furthermore, we sought to determine which brain regions are responsible for these differences. Our behavioral results showed a significant sex difference...
May 30, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538522/frequency-specificity-and-left-ear-advantage-of-medial-olivocochlear-efferent-modulation-a-study-based-on-stimulus-frequency-otoacoustic-emission
#13
Dongjia Xing, Qin Gong
The medial olivocochlear (MOC) bundle is an auditory nucleus that projects efferent nerve fibers to the outer hair cells (OHCs) for synaptic innervation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible existence of frequency and ear specificity in MOC efferent modulation, as well as how MOC activation influences cochlear tuning. Stimulus frequency otoacoustic emissions (SFOAEs) were used to study MOC efferent modulation. Therefore, the current experiment was designed to compare the degree of SFOAE suppression in the both ears of 20 individuals at 1, 2, 4, and 8 kHz...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538521/examination-of-the-validity-of-the-atlas-informed-approach-to-functional-parcellation-a-resting-functional-mri-study
#14
Tien-Wen Lee, Shao-Wei Xue
With the advancement in MRI, functional parcellation (FP) of brain structure(s) has become an important topic. However, the large number of voxels is a major obstacle. A-priori partitioning of the brain into several regions of interest (ROIs) is the main data-reduction strategy to simplify brain informatics. This study aims to examine the validity of ROI-based approach to FP by exploring the concordance of the relative distance structures between voxel-wise (raw data) and atlas-informed analyses. Structural and resting state functional MRI (rfMRI) scans of 26 right-handed healthy individuals were selected from the Rockland dataset...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538520/radiation-induced-cerebellar-cerebral-functional-connectivity-alterations-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
#15
Qiongmin Ma, Ling-Li Zeng, Jian Qin, Zhiguo Luo, Jianpo Su, Donglin Wu, Shijun Qiu, Dewen Hu
The current study aimed to investigate the altered cerebellar-cerebral functional connectivity (FC) induced by radiotherapy to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. Twenty-four NPC patients without treatment, and 35 NPC patients receiving radiotherapy underwent functional MRI scanning. Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA) was performed to evaluate the cognitive status of all participants. FC between 10 predefined cerebellar seeds, which were demonstrated to be involved in different brain functional networks, and all brain voxels was obtained for each participant...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538519/expression-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factors-neurotrophin-3-and-neurotrophin-4-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-during-heroin-dependency-and-withdrawal
#16
Yixin Li, Baijuan Xia, Rongrong Li, Dan Yin, Yanlin Wang, Wenmei Liang
Neurotrophins, brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF), neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), and neurotrophin-4 (NT-4), have been implicated in the modulation of heroin dependency. This study was designed to explore the expression alterations of BDNF, NT-3, and NT-4 in the context of heroin dependence and withdrawal in the rat nucleus accumbens (NAc). Heroin dependence was induced by a progressive intraperitoneal treatment of heroin. The results showed that the expression levels of BDNF and NT-4 were significantly decreased in the NAc of rats with heroin addiction in comparison with the control group, whereas there was a significant increase in BDNF and NT-4 expressions in the groups of rats with both naloxone-induced and spontaneous withdrawal...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509815/serum-iron-concentration-is-associated-with-subcortical-deep-gray-matter-iron-levels-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#17
Niels Bergsland, Simone Agostini, Maria M Laganà, Roberta Mancuso, Laura Mendozzi, Eleonora Tavazzi, Pietro Cecconi, Mario Clerici, Francesca Baglio
Iron deposition has been noted widely in the subcortical deep gray matter (SDGM) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Recent evidence suggests that serum iron may cross the blood-brain barrier and might be associated with SDGM iron deposition. The aim of the current study was to assess whether an iron-sensitive MRI measure is related to serum iron concentrations. This was a retrospective, cross-sectional study of 22 MS patients and 24 healthy controls (HCs), group matched for age and sex. Participants were imaged on a 1...
May 15, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505018/the-variation-of-the-5-hydroxytryptamine-system-between-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-rats-and-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-rats-induced-by-forced-treadmill-running
#18
Yin Cao, Qinglin Li
The aim of this study was to observe the variation in the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) system between a chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model and a chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) model. The total distance, the crossing pieces, and rearing times in the open-field test of the CUMS group and the CFS group were all less than those of the control group to different degrees. The concentrations of tryptophan, 5-HT, and 5-HIAA of the CUMS group were obviously lower than those of the control group. In the CFS model, the concentrations of tryptophan, 5-HT, and 5-HIAA were obviously higher than those of the control group...
May 12, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492417/cognitive-control-in-children-with-learning-disabilities-neuromarker-for-deficient-executive-functions
#19
Nsreen Alahmadi
The neural underpinnings of learning disabilities (LD) are still not known. Recent discussions focus over whether domain-specific and/or domain-unspecific reasons might be responsible for LD either alone or in combination with each other. This study applied standard nonverbal Go-NoGo tasks (visual continuous performance test) to LD and healthy control children to examine whether they show deficient executive functions. During this Go-NoGo task, electroencephalogram was measured in addition to reaction times, hits, omissions, and commissions to the Go and NoGo stimuli...
May 10, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489665/the-nogo-receptor-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-axonal-extension-by-transcriptionally-regulating-wnk1-in-pc12-cells
#20
Tao Yang, Kai Zhao, Haifeng Shu, Xin Chen, Jingmin Cheng, Song Li, Ziyi Zhao, Yongqin Kuang, Sixun Yu
Neuronal regeneration and axonal regrowth mechanisms in the injured mammalian central nervous system are largely unknown. As part of a major pathway for inhibiting axonal regeneration, activated neuronal glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored Nogo receptor (NgR) interacts with LINGO-1 and p75NTR to form a complex at the cell surface. However, it was found in our previous report that upregulation of NgR stimulated by injury plays a key role in neuronal regeneration in the neonatal cortex freeze-lesion model, but its downstream signalling remains elusive...
May 6, 2017: Neuroreport
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