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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331639/emerging-synaptic-molecules-as-candidates-in-the-etiology-of-neurological-disorders
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REVIEW
Viviana I Torres, Daniela Vallejo, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Synapses are complex structures that allow communication between neurons in the central nervous system. Studies conducted in vertebrate and invertebrate models have contributed to the knowledge of the function of synaptic proteins. The functional synapse requires numerous protein complexes with specialized functions that are regulated in space and time to allow synaptic plasticity. However, their interplay during neuronal development, learning, and memory is poorly understood. Accumulating evidence links synapse proteins to neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative diseases...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326199/predictors-of-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury-induced-prolonged-consciousness-disorder
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Hiroaki Abe, Keigo Shimoji, Yoshihide Nagamine, Satoru Fujiwara, Shin-Ichi Izumi
We investigated the clinical predictors of the degree of recovery in patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDC) caused by traumatic brain injury. Fourteen patients with PDC underwent two diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies; the first and second scans were performed at 345.6 ± 192.6 and 689.1 ± 272.2 days after the injury, respectively. In addition to the temporal changes in each of these diffusion parameters, fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity, axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity were assessed over a 1-year period...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326198/could-perinatal-asphyxia-induce-a-synaptopathy-new-highlights-from-an-experimental-model
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REVIEW
María Inés Herrera, Matilde Otero-Losada, Lucas Daniel Udovin, Carlos Kusnier, Rodolfo Kölliker-Frers, Wanderley de Souza, Francisco Capani
Birth asphyxia also termed perinatal asphyxia is an obstetric complication that strongly affects brain structure and function. Central nervous system is highly susceptible to oxidative damage caused by perinatal asphyxia while activation and maturity of the proper pathways are relevant to avoiding abnormal neural development. Perinatal asphyxia is associated with high morbimortality in term and preterm neonates. Although several studies have demonstrated a variety of biochemical and molecular pathways involved in perinatal asphyxia physiopathology, little is known about the synaptic alterations induced by perinatal asphyxia...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321339/fatigue-and-muscle-strength-involving-walking-speed-in-parkinson-s-disease-insights-for-developing-rehabilitation-strategy-for-pd
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Ying-Zu Huang, Fang-Yu Chang, Wei-Chia Liu, Yu-Fen Chuang, Li-Ling Chuang, Ya-Ju Chang
Background. Problems with gait in Parkinson's disease (PD) are a challenge in neurorehabilitation, partly because the mechanisms causing the walking disability are unclear. Weakness and fatigue, which may significantly influence gait, are commonly reported by patients with PD. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the association between weakness and fatigue and walking ability in patients with PD. Methods. We recruited 25 patients with idiopathic PD and 25 age-matched healthy adults. The maximum voluntary contraction (MVC), twitch force, and voluntary activation levels were measured before and after a knee fatigue exercise...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316842/neural-energy-supply-consumption-properties-based-on-hodgkin-huxley-model
#5
Yihong Wang, Rubin Wang, Xuying Xu
Electrical activity is the foundation of the neural system. Coding theories that describe neural electrical activity by the roles of action potential timing or frequency have been thoroughly studied. However, an alternative method to study coding questions is the energy method, which is more global and economical. In this study, we clearly defined and calculated neural energy supply and consumption based on the Hodgkin-Huxley model, during firing action potentials and subthreshold activities using ion-counting and power-integral model...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316841/the-impact-of-feedback-on-the-different-time-courses-of-multisensory-temporal-recalibration
#6
Matthew A De Niear, Jean-Paul Noel, Mark T Wallace
The capacity to rapidly adjust perceptual representations confers a fundamental advantage when confronted with a constantly changing world. Unexplored is how feedback regarding sensory judgments (top-down factors) interacts with sensory statistics (bottom-up factors) to drive long- and short-term recalibration of multisensory perceptual representations. Here, we examined the time course of both cumulative and rapid temporal perceptual recalibration for individuals completing an audiovisual simultaneity judgment task in which they were provided with varying degrees of feedback...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316840/hearing-loss-reestablish-the-neural-plasticity-in-regenerated-spiral-ganglion-neurons-and-sensory-hair-cells
#7
EDITORIAL
Renjie Chai, Geng-Lin Li, Jian Wang, Jing Zou
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299208/sensorimotor-cortical-neuroplasticity-in-the-early-stage-of-bell-s-palsy
#8
Wenwen Song, Minhui Dai, Lihua Xuan, Zhijian Cao, Sisi Zhou, Courtney Lang, Kun Lv, Maosheng Xu, Jian Kong
Neuroplasticity is a common phenomenon in the human brain following nerve injury. It is defined as the brain's ability to reorganize by creating new neural pathways in order to adapt to change. Here, we use task-related and resting-state fMRI to investigate neuroplasticity in the primary sensory (S1) and motor cortex (M1) in patients with acute Bell's palsy (BP). We found that the period directly following the onset of BP (less than 14 days) is associated with significant decreases in regional homogeneity (ReHo), fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (fALFF), and intrinsic connectivity contrast (ICC) values in the contralateral S1/M1 and in ReHo and ICC values in the ipsilateral S1/M1, compared to healthy controls...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299207/zinc-in-the-monoaminergic-theory-of-depression-its-relationship-to-neural-plasticity
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REVIEW
Urszula Doboszewska, Piotr Wlaź, Gabriel Nowak, Maria Radziwoń-Zaleska, Ranji Cui, Katarzyna Młyniec
Preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that zinc possesses antidepressant properties and that it may augment the therapy with conventional, that is, monoamine-based, antidepressants. In this review we aim to discuss the role of zinc in the pathophysiology and treatment of depression with regard to the monoamine hypothesis of the disease. Particular attention will be paid to the recently described zinc-sensing GPR39 receptor as well as aspects of zinc deficiency. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to give a possible explanation of the mechanisms by which zinc interacts with the monoamine system in the context of depression and neural plasticity...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299206/nonpharmacological-interventions-in-targeting-pain-related-brain-plasticity
#10
REVIEW
Maral Tajerian, J David Clark
Chronic pain is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition that is frequently associated with multiple comorbid psychiatric conditions and functional, biochemical, and anatomical alterations in various brain centers. Due to its widespread and diverse manifestations, chronic pain is often resistant to classical pharmacological treatment paradigms, prompting the search for alternative treatment approaches that are safe and efficacious. The current review will focus on the following themes: attentional and cognitive interventions, the role of global environmental factors, and the effects of exercise and physical rehabilitation in both chronic pain patients and preclinical pain models...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293439/proteomic-analysis-of-hdac3-selective-inhibitor-in-the-regulation-of-inflammatory-response-of-primary-microglia
#11
Mingxu Xia, Qiuchen Zhao, He Zhang, Yanting Chen, Zengqiang Yuan, Yun Xu, Meijuan Zhang
HDAC3 has been shown to regulate inflammation. However, the role of HDAC3 in primary microglia is largely unknown. RGFP966 is a newly discovered selective HDAC3 inhibitor. In this study, we used protein mass spectrometry to analyze protein alterations in LPS-treated primary microglia with the application of RGFP966. Generally, about 2000 proteins were studied. 168 of 444 (37.8%) LPS-induced proteins were significantly reduced with the treatment of RGFP966, which mainly concentrated on Toll-like receptor signaling pathway...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293438/neuroplasticity-changes-on-human-motor-cortex-induced-by-acupuncture-therapy-a-preliminary-study
#12
Yi Yang, Ines Eisner, Siqi Chen, Shaosong Wang, Fan Zhang, Linpeng Wang
While neuroplasticity changes measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation have been proved to be highly correlated to motor recovery and have been tested in various forms of interventions, it has not been applied to investigate the neurophysiologic mechanism of acupuncture therapy. The aim of this study is to investigate neuroplasticity changes induced by a single session of acupuncture therapy in healthy adults, regarding the excitability change on bilateral primary motor cortex and interhemispheric inhibition...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293437/short-latency-gray-matter-changes-in-voxel-based-morphometry-following-high-frequent-visual-stimulation
#13
Steffen Naegel, Tim Hagenacker, Nina Theysohn, Hans-Christoph Diener, Zaza Katsarava, Mark Obermann, Dagny Holle
Magnetic resonance imaging studies using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) detected structural changes in the human brain within periods of months or weeks. The underlying molecular mechanisms of VBM findings remain unresolved. We showed that simple visual stimulation by an alternating checkerboard leads to instant, short-lasting alterations of the primary and secondary visual cortex detected by VBM. The rapidness of occurrence (i.e., within 10 minutes) rather excludes most of the proposed physiological mechanism such as neural or glial cell genesis/degeneration or synapse turnover...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286677/motor-recovery-of-the-affected-hand-in-subacute-stroke-correlates-with-changes-of-contralesional-cortical-hand-motor-representation
#14
Jitka Veldema, Kathrin Bösl, Dennis Alexander Nowak
Objective. To investigate the relationship between changes of cortical hand motor representation and motor recovery of the affected hand in subacute stroke. Methods. 17 patients with motor impairment of the affected hand were enrolled in an in-patient neurological rehabilitation program. Hand motor function tests (Wolf Motor Function Test, Action Research Arm Test) and neurophysiological evaluations (resting motor threshold, motor evoked potentials, motor map area size, motor map area volume, and motor map area location) were obtained from both hands and hemispheres at baseline and two, four, and six weeks of in-patient rehabilitation...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286676/cerebellar-cathodal-transcranial-direct-stimulation-and-performance-on-a-verb-generation-task-a-replication-study
#15
K Spielmann, R van der Vliet, W M E van de Sandt-Koenderman, M A Frens, G M Ribbers, R W Selles, S van Vugt, J N van der Geest, P Holland
The role of the cerebellum in cognitive processing is increasingly recognized but still poorly understood. A recent study in this field applied cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (c-tDCS) to the right cerebellum to investigate the role of prefrontal-cerebellar loops in language aspects of cognition. Results showed that the improvement in participants' verbal response times on a verb generation task was facilitated immediately after cathodal c-tDCS, compared to anodal or sham c-tDCS. The primary aim of the present study is to replicate these findings and additionally to investigate possible longer term effects...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270938/acupuncture-attenuates-renal-sympathetic-activity-and-blood-pressure-via-beta-adrenergic-receptors-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#16
Jing-Wen Yang, Yang Ye, Xue-Rui Wang, Fang Li, Ling-Yong Xiao, Guang-Xia Shi, Cun-Zhi Liu
The sympathetic nervous system, via epinephrine and norepinephrine, regulates β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) expression, and renal sympathetic activation causes sustained increases in blood pressure by enhanced renin release. In this study, we aim to investigate the effect and underlying mechanism of acupuncture at Taichong (LR3) on renal sympathetic activity in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Unanesthetized rats were subject to daily acupuncture for 2 weeks. Mean blood pressure (MBP) and heart rate variability (HRV) were monitored at days 0, 7, and 14 by radiotelemetry...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270937/the-cognitive-neuroplasticity-of-reading-recovery-following-chronic-stroke-a-representational-similarity-analysis-approach
#17
Simon Fischer-Baum, Ava Jang, David Kajander
Damage to certain left hemisphere regions leads to reading impairments, at least acutely, though some individuals eventually recover reading. Previous neuroimaging studies have shown a relationship between reading recovery and increases in contralesional and perilesional activation during word reading tasks, relative to controls. Questions remain about how to interpret these changes in activation. Do these changes reflect functional take-over, a reorganization of functions in the damaged brain? Or do they reveal compensatory masquerade or the use of alternative neural pathways to reading that are available in both patients and controls? We address these questions by studying a single individual, CH, who has made a partial recovery of reading familiar words following stroke...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261504/thalamo-sensorimotor-functional-connectivity-correlates-with-world-ranking-of-olympic-elite-and-high-performance-athletes
#18
Zirui Huang, Henry Hap Davis Iv, Annemarie Wolff, Georg Northoff
Brain plasticity studies have shown functional reorganization in participants with outstanding motor expertise. Little is known about neural plasticity associated with exceptionally long motor training or of its predictive value for motor performance excellence. The present study utilised resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) in a unique sample of world-class athletes: Olympic, elite, and internationally ranked swimmers (n = 30). Their world ranking ranged from 1st to 250th: each had prepared for participation in the Olympic Games...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255466/gene-environment-interactions-in-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#19
EDITORIAL
Susanna Pietropaolo, Wim E Crusio, Joram Feldon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255465/altered-brain-functional-activity-in-infants-with-congenital-bilateral-severe-sensorineural-hearing-loss-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study-under-sedation
#20
Shuang Xia, TianBin Song, Jing Che, Qiang Li, Chao Chai, Meizhu Zheng, Wen Shen
Early hearing deprivation could affect the development of auditory, language, and vision ability. Insufficient or no stimulation of the auditory cortex during the sensitive periods of plasticity could affect the function of hearing, language, and vision development. Twenty-three infants with congenital severe sensorineural hearing loss (CSSHL) and 17 age and sex matched normal hearing subjects were recruited. The amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (ALFF) and regional homogeneity (ReHo) of the auditory, language, and vision related brain areas were compared between deaf infants and normal subjects...
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