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Shengtao Jin, Yanan Zhao, Yinghong Jiang, Yanyu Wang, Changjiang Li, Deli Zhang, Bo Lian, Zhongde Du, Hongwei Sun, Lin Sun
Maternal separation (MS) plays a central role in developing physiology and psychology during the individual ontogeny process. MS is used to research the neurobiological mechanisms of mental disorders and early life stress. In this study, we investigated the effects of repeated MS and early handling (EH) on locomotor activity in an open-field test, a light-dark box test and an elevated plus-maze test of adolescent rats. The results showed that MS reduced locomotor activities in the open-field test, and increased anxiety-like behaviours in the light-dark box test and the elevated plus-maze test in adolescent rats...
March 20, 2018: Neuroreport
Felix A Thomas, Volker Dietz, Thiemo Scharfenberger, Miriam Schrafl-Altermatt
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of unilateral reduction of afferent input on the 'neural coupling' mechanism during cooperative hand movements. This 'neural coupling' is reflected in the task-specific appearance of contralateral reflex responses in forearm muscles to unilateral arm nerve stimulation. Sensory input from the right hand was reduced by ischemic nerve block at the right wrist. Ipsilateral and contralateral reflex responses elicited by stimulation of the ulnar nerve either at the left or the right wrist proximal to the nerve block were recorded in forearm extensors during the performance of cooperative hand movements...
March 19, 2018: Neuroreport
Ming Zhao, Tao Liu, Feiyan Chen
Language comprehension involves pragmatic information processing, which allows world knowledge to influence the interpretation of a sentence. This study explored whether pragmatic information can be automatically processed during spoken sentence comprehension. The experiment adopted the mismatch negativity (MMN) paradigm to capture the neurophysiological indicators of automatic processing of spoken sentences. Pragmatically incorrect ('Foxes have wings') and correct ('Butterflies have wings') sentences were used as the experimental stimuli...
March 19, 2018: Neuroreport
Erin L Beatty, Alexandra Muller-Gass, Dorothy Wojtarowicz, Marie-Eve Jobidon, Ingrid Smith, Quan Lam, Oshin Vartanian
Humans rely on topographical memory to encode information about spatial aspects of environments. However, even though people adopt different strategies when learning new maps, little is known about the impact of those strategies on topographical memory, and their neural correlates. To examine that issue, we presented participants with 40 unfamiliar maps, each of which displayed one major route and three landmarks. Half were instructed to memorize the maps by focusing on the route, whereas the other half memorized the maps by focusing on the landmarks...
March 14, 2018: Neuroreport
Huiling Wang, Menglan Zhao, Jialong Chen, Yixian Ren, Guanghai Wang, Wenjun Li, Fei Zou
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most debilitating neurodegenerative disorders. The etiology of sporadic PD remains unknown. One prominent hypothesis is that impaired mitochondrial function may underlie slow and progressive neurodegeneration. Mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a crucial component that regulates the intramitochondrial Ca level. Ca uptake to the mitochondria by MCU, resulting in activation of mitochondrial dehydrogenases and stimulation of ATP synthesis, but excessive Ca uptake to the mitochondria resulting in cell apoptosis...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Oscar A Klockars, Anica Klockars, Allen S Levine, Pawel K Olszewski
Oxytocin (OT) at acting central nuclei decreases meal size and reduces intake of palatable sweet solutions. It remains largely unclear as to which brain sites mediate OT's effect on palatability versus energy or the combination of those aspects of consumption. Here, we expanded the search for sites that mediate anorexigenic properties of OT by focusing on two subdivisions of the amygdala, its central (CNA) and basolateral (BLA) nuclei. We injected OT directly into the BLA or CNA in rats and assessed intake of standard chow induced by energy deprivation and intake of sweet solutions in nondeprived animals...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Kazunari Ikeda
If a representation of an auditory attention channel was present in the auditory cortices but not in the subcortical structures, it would be predicted that the early event-related brain potential (ERP) would disagree with the late ERP in selective attention effects. To examine this idea, the present study recorded the auditory brain stem response (ABR) as an early ERP and also the negative difference, the processing negativity and the irrelevant positive difference waves as late ERPs during dichotic listening...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
William D S Killgore, Haley C Kent, Sara A Knight, Anna Alkozei
Humans demonstrate a circadian rhythm of melatonin production that closely tracks the daily light/dark cycle, with profound increases in circulating levels during the night-time and nearly nonexistent levels during daylight hours. Although melatonin is known to play a role in preparing the brain and body for sleep, its effects on cognition and brain function are not well understood. We hypothesized that declines in morning melatonin would be associated with increased functional activation within cortical regions involved in alertness, attention, and executive function...
March 9, 2018: Neuroreport
Jung Won Lee, Wha Young Kim, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Leptin in the rat's nucleus accumbens (NAcc) core has previously shown to disrupt the effects of acute administration of cocaine on both locomotor activity and the phosphorylation levels of glycogen synthase kinase 3β. In the present study, we further measured the phosphorylation levels of GluA1 after bilateral microinjections of leptin in this site followed by acute administration of cocaine. Interestingly, leptin in the NAcc core significantly blocks the increase of GluA1 phosphorylation levels at serine 845 induced by acute administration of cocaine...
March 8, 2018: Neuroreport
Guolin Lu, Huali Xu, Wei Zhao, Jianbo Zhang, Dongdong Rao, Shiyuan Xu
Emerging evidence has shown that long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) plays a crucial role in controlling neural stem cells' (NSCs) survival. However, the fundamental role of lncRNA underlying sevoflurane-induced neurotoxicity remains poorly elucidated. In the present study, we investigate the effect of sevoflurane-induced neurotoxicity in a concentration-dependent and duration-dependent manner. Furthermore, we assayed the differential profile of lncRNA in rat hippocampal NSCs following sevoflurane exposure, and identified lncRNA Gadd45a and the correlation between lncRNA Gadd45a and Gadd45a...
March 8, 2018: Neuroreport
Vincent J Huber, Hironaka Igarashi, Satoshi Ueki, Ingrid L Kwee, Tsutomu Nakada
The blood-brain barrier (BBB), which imposes significant water permeability restriction, effectively isolates the brain from the systemic circulation. Seemingly paradoxical, the abundance of aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) on the inside of the BBB strongly indicates the presence of unique water dynamics essential for brain function. On the basis of the highly specific localization of AQP-4, namely, astrocyte end feet at the glia limitans externa and pericapillary Virchow-Robin space, we hypothesized that the AQP-4 system serves as an interstitial fluid circulator, moving interstitial fluid from the glia limitans externa to pericapillary Virchow-Robin space to ensure proper glymphatic flow draining into the cerebrospinal fluid...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Yumiko Watanabe, Shintaro Funahashi
The thalamic mediodorsal (MD) nucleus plays an important role in transforming visual information into motor information during spatial working-memory performances. To understand the neural mechanism of this transformation process, we examined whether or not the information represented in individual MD neuron's activity changes during a trial of the task. Two monkeys performed two oculomotor delayed-response tasks (an ordinary and a rotatory oculomotor delayed-response task). As MD neurons show directional delay-period activity, we compared the directional selectivity of the same MD neuron between these two tasks and determined whether the activity represented the cue direction or the saccade direction...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Anupa A Vijayakumari, Bejoy Thomas, Ramshekhar N Menon, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas
Functional MRI (fMRI) has provided much insight into the changes in the neuronal activity on the basis of blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) phenomenon. The dynamic changes in the metabolites can be detected using functional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-fMRS). The strategy of combining fMRI and H-fMRS would facilitate the understanding of the neurochemical interpretation of the BOLD signal. The dorsolateral prefrontal region is critically involved in the processing of working memory (WM), as demonstrated by the studies involving the neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and electrophysiological experiments...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Ae Ryoung Kim, Dae Hyun Kim, So Young Park, Sunghyon Kyeong, Yong Wook Kim, Seung Koo Lee, Deog Young Kim
This study aimed to investigate the long-term motor outcome according to early diffusion tensor tractography findings for the affected corticospinal tract (CST) in poststroke hemiplegic patients. A total of 48 supratentorial subacute patients after stroke were enrolled, who had a brain MRI scan within 6 weeks from onset, and no stroke recurrence reported within the 2-year follow-up period. Diffusion tensor images were obtained and CSTs were reconstructed. The participants were classified into three groups: type A, the CST originating from the primary motor cortex was preserved around the lesion area; type B, the CST was similar to type A, except that the fiber originated from the area adjacent to the primary motor cortex; and type C, the CST was interrupted or not shown...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Yu-Ying Shang, Ying-Juan Ma, Lei Zhang, Li-Juan Wang, Xiao-Fan Wu, Xue-Ping Liu
Synapse dysfunction is an early hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and was considered to be closely related to memory loss. The molecular mechanisms that trigger synapse loss and dysfunction remain poorly understood. Increasing evidence shows a link between Rho GTPases and synapse plasticity. Rho GTPases play a role in controlling synapse function by regulating actin cytoskeleton and dendritic spines. Observations have suggested that phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, alleviate cognition impairment in AD...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Laurie-Ann Corbin-Berrigan, Kristina Kowalski, Jocelyn Faubert, Brian Christie, Isabelle Gagnon
As mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) affects hundreds of thousands of children and their families each year, investigation of potential mTBI assessments and treatments is an important research target. Three-dimensional multiple object tracking (3D-MOT), where an individual must allocate attention to moving objects within 3D space, is one potentially promising assessment and treatment tool. To date, no research has looked at 3D-MOT in a pediatric mTBI population. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine 3D-MOT learning in children and youth with and without mTBI...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Han Gao, Lianrong Dou, Liang Shan, Yan Sun, Wentao Li
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are important cellular sources of transplantation therapies for Parkinson's disease. This study aimed to determine the effects of extracts of radix astragali on the proliferation and differentiation into dopamine (DA) neurons in NSCs. NSCs were dealt with astragaloside IV (ASI), astragalus polysaccharide (APS), and astraisoflavan (ASF), the main active ingredients of radix astragali. First, the results from cell-count kit-8 (CCK-8) assay showed that ASI, ASF, and APS had positive effects on the proliferation of NSCs...
February 23, 2018: Neuroreport
Keiya Takahashi, Hyun Yi, Ching-Hang Liu, Shue Liu, Yuta Kashiwagi, Dennis J Patin, Shuanglin Hao
The symptoms of HIV-sensory neuropathy are dominated by neuropathic pain. Recent data show that repeated use of opiates enhances the chronic pain states in HIV patients. Limited attention has so far been devoted to exploring the exact pathogenesis of HIV painful disorder and opiate abuse in vivo, for which there is no effective treatment. Bromodomain-containing protein 4 (Brd4) is a member of the bromodomain and extraterminal domain protein (BET) family and functions as a chromatin 'reader' that binds acetylated lysines in histones in brain neurons to mediate the transcriptional regulation underlying learning and memory...
February 20, 2018: Neuroreport
Álvaro J Cruz-Gómez, Naiara Aguirre, Carla Sanchis-Segura, César Ávila, Cristina Forn
The present study aimed to investigate altered grey matter (GM) and functional connectivity (FC) in deep subcortical areas, such as the thalamus and basal ganglia, and their relationship with cognitive impairment (CI) in multiple sclerosis (MS). Thirty-six patients were neuropsychologically assessed, classified as cognitive preserved (CP) and CI, and were compared with 18 healthy controls. GM atrophy and FC were observed in 10 predefined functional areas of the thalamus and in six of basal ganglia. GM atrophy was prominent in the basal ganglia in CI patients compared with CP MS patients...
February 20, 2018: Neuroreport
Chengtian Zhao, Yuping Wang
Previous studies have reported that the insular cortex is involved in recognition memory, but it remains unclear which subarea of the insular cortex serves this function. To address this question, we examined 14 drug-resistant focal epilepsy patients implanted with stereotactic electrodes in the insular cortex. All participants performed a delayed match-to-sample task. Event-related potentials and spectrograms from each insular subarea were analyzed when the participants were exposed to identical (match condition) and different (mismatch condition) stimuli...
February 20, 2018: Neuroreport
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