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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073650/the-cognitive-map-in-humans-spatial-navigation-and-beyond
#1
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Russell A Epstein, Eva Zita Patai, Joshua B Julian, Hugo J Spiers
The 'cognitive map' hypothesis proposes that brain builds a unified representation of the spatial environment to support memory and guide future action. Forty years of electrophysiological research in rodents suggest that cognitive maps are neurally instantiated by place, grid, border and head direction cells in the hippocampal formation and related structures. Here we review recent work that suggests a similar functional organization in the human brain and yields insights into how cognitive maps are used during spatial navigation...
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073649/cell-types-for-our-sense-of-location-where-we-are-and-where-we-are-going
#2
Kiah Hardcastle, Surya Ganguli, Lisa M Giocomo
Technological advances in profiling cells along genetic, anatomical and physiological axes have fomented interest in identifying all neuronal cell types. This goal nears completion in specialized circuits such as the retina, while remaining more elusive in higher order cortical regions. We propose that this differential success of cell type identification may not simply reflect technological gaps in co-registering genetic, anatomical and physiological features in the cortex. Rather, we hypothesize it reflects evolutionarily driven differences in the computational principles governing specialized circuits versus more general-purpose learning machines...
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073648/synaptic-integrative-mechanisms-for-spatial-cognition
#3
REVIEW
Christoph Schmidt-Hieber, Matthew F Nolan
Synaptic integrative mechanisms have profound effects on electrical signaling in the brain that, although largely hidden from recording methods that observe the spiking activity of neurons, may be critical for the encoding, storage and retrieval of information. Here we review roles for synaptic integrative mechanisms in the selection, generation and plasticity of place and grid fields, and in related temporal codes for the representation of space. We outline outstanding questions and challenges in the testing of hypothesized models for spatial computation and memory...
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073645/integration-of-objects-and-space-in-perception-and-memory
#4
REVIEW
Charles E Connor, James J Knierim
Distinct processing of objects and space has been an organizing principle for studying higher-level vision and medial temporal lobe memory. Here, however, we discuss how object and spatial information are in fact closely integrated in vision and memory. The ventral, object-processing visual pathway carries precise spatial information, transformed from retinotopic coordinates into relative dimensions. At the final stages of the ventral pathway, including the dorsal anterior temporal lobe (TEd), object-sensitive neurons are intermixed with neurons that process large-scale environmental space...
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073639/our-sense-of-direction-progress-controversies-and-challenges
#5
Kathleen E Cullen, Jeffrey S Taube
In this Perspective, we evaluate current progress in understanding how the brain encodes our sense of direction, within the context of parallel work focused on how early vestibular pathways encode self-motion. In particular, we discuss how these systems work together and provide evidence that they involve common mechanisms. We first consider the classic view of the head direction cell and results of recent experiments in rodents and primates indicating that inputs to these neurons encode multimodal information during self-motion, such as proprioceptive and motor efference copy signals, including gaze-related information...
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967910/the-hippocampus-as-a-predictive-map
#6
Kimberly L Stachenfeld, Matthew M Botvinick, Samuel J Gershman
A cognitive map has long been the dominant metaphor for hippocampal function, embracing the idea that place cells encode a geometric representation of space. However, evidence for predictive coding, reward sensitivity and policy dependence in place cells suggests that the representation is not purely spatial. We approach this puzzle from a reinforcement learning perspective: what kind of spatial representation is most useful for maximizing future reward? We show that the answer takes the form of a predictive representation...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967909/cellular-and-oscillatory-substrates-of-fear-extinction-learning
#7
Patrick Davis, Yosif Zaki, Jamie Maguire, Leon G Reijmers
The mammalian brain contains dedicated circuits for both the learned expression and suppression of fear. These circuits require precise coordination to facilitate the appropriate expression of fear behavior, but the mechanisms underlying this coordination remain unclear. Using a combination of chemogenetics, activity-based neuronal-ensemble labeling and in vivo electrophysiology, we found that fear extinction learning confers on parvalbumin-expressing (PV) interneurons in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) a dedicated role in the selective suppression of a previously encoded fear memory and BLA fear-encoding neurons...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945222/synapse-specific-astrocyte-gating-of-amygdala-related-behavior
#8
Mario Martin-Fernandez, Stephanie Jamison, Laurie M Robin, Zhe Zhao, Eduardo D Martin, Juan Aguilar, Michael A Benneyworth, Giovanni Marsicano, Alfonso Araque
The amygdala plays key roles in fear and anxiety. Studies of the amygdala have largely focused on neuronal function and connectivity. Astrocytes functionally interact with neurons, but their role in the amygdala remains largely unknown. We show that astrocytes in the medial subdivision of the central amygdala (CeM) determine the synaptic and behavioral outputs of amygdala circuits. To investigate the role of astrocytes in amygdala-related behavior and identify the underlying synaptic mechanisms, we used exogenous or endogenous signaling to selectively activate CeM astrocytes...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945221/%C3%AE-synuclein-interacts-with-prp-c-to-induce-cognitive-impairment-through-mglur5-and-nmdar2b
#9
Diana G Ferreira, Mariana Temido-Ferreira, Hugo Vicente Miranda, Vânia L Batalha, Joana E Coelho, Éva M Szegö, Inês Marques-Morgado, Sandra H Vaz, Jeong Seop Rhee, Matthias Schmitz, Inga Zerr, Luísa V Lopes, Tiago F Outeiro
Synucleinopathies, such as Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, are neurodegenerative disorders that are characterized by the accumulation of α-synuclein (aSyn) in intracellular inclusions known as Lewy bodies. Prefibrillar soluble aSyn oligomers, rather than larger inclusions, are currently considered to be crucial species underlying synaptic dysfunction. We identified the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) as a key mediator in aSyn-induced synaptic impairment. The aSyn-associated impairment of long-term potentiation was blocked in Prnp null mice and rescued following PrP(C) blockade...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945220/astrocytes-control-synaptic-strength-by-two-distinct-v-snare-dependent-release-pathways
#10
Yvonne Schwarz, Na Zhao, Frank Kirchhoff, Dieter Bruns
Communication between glia cells and neurons is crucial for brain functions, but the molecular mechanisms and functional consequences of gliotransmission remain enigmatic. Here we report that astrocytes express synaptobrevin II and cellubrevin as functionally non-overlapping vesicular SNARE proteins on glutamatergic vesicles and neuropeptide Y-containing large dense-core vesicles, respectively. Using individual null-mutants for Vamp2 (synaptobrevin II) and Vamp3 (cellubrevin), as well as the corresponding compound null-mutant for genes encoding both v-SNARE proteins, we delineate previously unrecognized individual v-SNARE dependencies of astrocytic release processes and their functional impact on neuronal signaling...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920936/dopamine-induces-soluble-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-and-nigrostriatal-degeneration
#11
Danielle E Mor, Elpida Tsika, Joseph R Mazzulli, Neal S Gould, Hanna Kim, Malcolm J Daniels, Shachee Doshi, Preetika Gupta, Jennifer L Grossman, Victor X Tan, Robert G Kalb, Kim A Caldwell, Guy A Caldwell, John H Wolfe, Harry Ischiropoulos
Parkinson's disease (PD) is defined by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and the formation of Lewy body inclusions containing aggregated α-synuclein. Efforts to explain dopamine neuron vulnerability are hindered by the lack of dopaminergic cell death in α-synuclein transgenic mice. To address this, we manipulated both dopamine levels and α-synuclein expression. Nigrally targeted expression of mutant tyrosine hydroxylase with enhanced catalytic activity increased dopamine levels without damaging neurons in non-transgenic mice...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920935/spinal-cord-injury-induced-immunodeficiency-is-mediated-by-a-sympathetic-neuroendocrine-adrenal-reflex
#12
Harald Prüss, Andrea Tedeschi, Aude Thiriot, Lydia Lynch, Scott M Loughhead, Susanne Stutte, Irina B Mazo, Marcel A Kopp, Benedikt Brommer, Christian Blex, Laura-Christin Geurtz, Thomas Liebscher, Andreas Niedeggen, Ulrich Dirnagl, Frank Bradke, Magdalena S Volz, Michael J DeVivo, Yuying Chen, Ulrich H von Andrian, Jan M Schwab
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) causes systemic immunosuppression and life-threatening infections, thought to result from noradrenergic overactivation and excess glucocorticoid release via hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis stimulation. Instead of consecutive hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, we report that acute SCI in mice induced suppression of serum norepinephrine and concomitant increase in cortisol, despite suppressed adrenocorticotropic hormone, indicating primary (adrenal) hypercortisolism...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920934/esr1-cells-in-the-ventromedial-hypothalamus-control-female-aggression
#13
Koichi Hashikawa, Yoshiko Hashikawa, Robin Tremblay, Jiaxing Zhang, James E Feng, Alexander Sabol, Walter T Piper, Hyosang Lee, Bernardo Rudy, Dayu Lin
As an essential means of resolving conflicts, aggression is expressed by both sexes but often at a higher level in males than in females. Recent studies suggest that cells in the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMHvl) that express estrogen receptor-α (Esr1) and progesterone receptor are essential for male but not female mouse aggression. In contrast, here we show that VMHvl(Esr1+) cells are indispensable for female aggression. This population was active when females attacked naturally...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920933/modular-organization-of-the-brainstem-noradrenaline-system-coordinates-opposing-learning-states
#14
Akira Uematsu, Bao Zhen Tan, Edgar A Ycu, Jessica Sulkes Cuevas, Jenny Koivumaa, Felix Junyent, Eric J Kremer, Ilana B Witten, Karl Deisseroth, Joshua P Johansen
Noradrenaline modulates global brain states and diverse behaviors through what is traditionally believed to be a homogeneous cell population in the brainstem locus coeruleus (LC). However, it is unclear how LC coordinates disparate behavioral functions. We report a modular LC organization in rats, endowed with distinct neural projection patterns and coding properties for flexible specification of opposing behavioral learning states. LC projection mapping revealed functionally distinct cell modules with specific anatomical connectivity...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920932/a-pathway-from-midcingulate-cortex-to-posterior-insula-gates-nociceptive-hypersensitivity
#15
Linette Liqi Tan, Patric Pelzer, Céline Heinl, Wannan Tang, Vijayan Gangadharan, Herta Flor, Rolf Sprengel, Thomas Kuner, Rohini Kuner
The identity of cortical circuits mediating nociception and pain is largely unclear. The cingulate cortex is consistently activated during pain, but the functional specificity of cingulate divisions, the roles at distinct temporal phases of central plasticity and the underlying circuitry are unknown. Here we show in mice that the midcingulate division of the cingulate cortex (MCC) does not mediate acute pain sensation and pain affect, but gates sensory hypersensitivity by acting in a wide cortical and subcortical network...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892058/glia-specific-enhancers-and-chromatin-structure-regulate-nfia-expression-and-glioma-tumorigenesis
#16
Stacey M Glasgow, Jeffrey C Carlson, Wenyi Zhu, Lesley S Chaboub, Peng Kang, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Yoanne M Clovis, Brittney E Lozzi, Robert J McEvilly, Michael G Rosenfeld, Chad J Creighton, Soo-Kyung Lee, Carrie A Mohila, Benjamin Deneen
Long-range enhancer interactions critically regulate gene expression, yet little is known about how their coordinated activities contribute to CNS development or how this may, in turn, relate to disease states. By examining the regulation of the transcription factor NFIA in the developing spinal cord, we identified long-range enhancers that recapitulate NFIA expression across glial and neuronal lineages in vivo. Complementary genetic studies found that Sox9-Brn2 and Isl1-Lhx3 regulate enhancer activity and NFIA expression in glial and neuronal populations...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892057/reactivations-of-emotional-memory-in-the-hippocampus-amygdala-system-during-sleep
#17
Gabrielle Girardeau, Ingrid Inema, György Buzsáki
The consolidation of context-dependent emotional memory requires communication between the hippocampus and the basolateral amygdala (BLA), but the mechanisms of this process are unknown. We recorded neuronal ensembles in the hippocampus and BLA while rats learned the location of an aversive air puff on a linear track, as well as during sleep before and after training. We found coordinated reactivations between the hippocampus and the BLA during non-REM sleep following training. These reactivations peaked during hippocampal sharp wave-ripples (SPW-Rs) and involved a subgroup of BLA cells positively modulated during hippocampal SPW-Rs...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869582/impaired-hippocampal-place-cell-dynamics-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-22q11-2-deletion
#18
Jeffrey D Zaremba, Anastasia Diamantopoulou, Nathan B Danielson, Andres D Grosmark, Patrick W Kaifosh, John C Bowler, Zhenrui Liao, Fraser T Sparks, Joseph A Gogos, Attila Losonczy
Hippocampal place cells represent the cellular substrate of episodic memory. Place cell ensembles reorganize to support learning but must also maintain stable representations to facilitate memory recall. Despite extensive research, the learning-related role of place cell dynamics in health and disease remains elusive. Using chronic two-photon Ca(2+) imaging in hippocampal area CA1 of wild-type and Df(16)A(+/-) mice, an animal model of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, one of the most common genetic risk factors for cognitive dysfunction and schizophrenia, we found that goal-oriented learning in wild-type mice was supported by stable spatial maps and robust remapping of place fields toward the goal location...
November 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073647/the-cingulate-cortex-divided-in-pain
#19
Thomas Nevian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073646/polymorphic-computation-in-locus-coeruleus-networks
#20
Dong-Oh Seo, Michael R Bruchas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
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