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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894610/maturation-refinement-and-serotonergic-modulation-of-cerebellar-cortical-circuits-in-normal-development-and-in-murine-models-of-autism
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REVIEW
Eriola Hoxha, Pellegrino Lippiello, Bibiana Scelfo, Filippo Tempia, Mirella Ghirardi, Maria Concetta Miniaci
The formation of the complex cerebellar cortical circuits follows different phases, with initial synaptogenesis and subsequent processes of refinement guided by a variety of mechanisms. The regularity of the cellular and synaptic organization of the cerebellar cortex allowed detailed studies of the structural plasticity mechanisms underlying the formation of new synapses and retraction of redundant ones. For the attainment of the monoinnervation of the Purkinje cell by a single climbing fiber, several signals are involved, including electrical activity, contact signals, homosynaptic and heterosynaptic interaction, calcium transients, postsynaptic receptors, and transduction pathways...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884027/aav-klf7-promotes-descending-propriospinal-neuron-axonal-plasticity-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Wen-Yuan Li, Ying Wang, Feng-Guo Zhai, Ping Sun, Yong-Xia Cheng, Ling-Xiao Deng, Zhen-Yu Wang
DPSN axons mediate and maintain a variety of normal spinal functions. Unsurprisingly, DPSN tracts have been shown to mediate functional recovery following SCI. KLF7 could contribute to CST axon plasticity after spinal cord injury. In the present study, we assessed whether KLF7 could effectively promote DPSN axon regeneration and synapse formation following SCI. An AAV-KLF7 construct was used to overexpress KLF7. In vitro, KLF7 and target proteins were successfully elevated and axonal outgrowth was enhanced...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845311/modulation-of-central-synapses-by-astrocyte-released-atp-and-postsynaptic-p2x-receptors
#3
REVIEW
Eric Boué-Grabot, Yuriy Pankratov
Communication between neuronal and glial cells is important for neural plasticity. P2X receptors are ATP-gated cation channels widely expressed in the brain where they mediate action of extracellular ATP released by neurons and/or glia. Recent data show that postsynaptic P2X receptors underlie slow neuromodulatory actions rather than fast synaptic transmission at brain synapses. Here, we review these findings with a particular focus on the release of ATP by astrocytes and the diversity of postsynaptic P2X-mediated modulation of synaptic strength and plasticity in the CNS...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845310/developmental-changes-in-sleep-oscillations-during-early-childhood
#4
Eckehard Olbrich, Thomas Rusterholz, Monique K LeBourgeois, Peter Achermann
Although quantitative analysis of the sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) has uncovered important aspects of brain activity during sleep in adolescents and adults, similar findings from preschool-age children remain scarce. This study utilized our time-frequency method to examine sleep oscillations as characteristic features of human sleep EEG. Data were collected from a longitudinal sample of young children (n = 8; 3 males) at ages 2, 3, and 5 years. Following sleep stage scoring, we detected and characterized oscillatory events across age and examined how their features corresponded to spectral changes in the sleep EEG...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845309/white-matter-hyperintensity-load-modulates-brain-morphometry-and-brain-connectivity-in-healthy-adults-a-neuroplastic-mechanism
#5
Matteo De Marco, Riccardo Manca, Micaela Mitolo, Annalena Venneri
White matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are acquired lesions that accumulate and disrupt neuron-to-neuron connectivity. We tested the associations between WMH load and (1) regional grey matter volumes and (2) functional connectivity of resting-state networks, in a sample of 51 healthy adults. Specifically, we focused on the positive associations (more damage, more volume/connectivity) to investigate a potential route of adaptive plasticity. WMHs were quantified with an automated procedure. Voxel-based morphometry was carried out to model grey matter...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845308/the-temporal-pattern-of-a-lesion-modulates-the-functional-network-topology-of-remote-brain-regions
#6
W De Baene, G J M Rutten, M M Sitskoorn
Focal brain lesions can alter the morphology and function of remote brain areas. When the damage is inflicted more slowly, the functional compensation by and structural reshaping of these areas seem to be more effective. It remains unclear, however, whether the momentum of lesion development also modulates the functional network topology of the remote brain areas. In this study, we compared resting-state functional connectivity data of patients with a slowly growing low-grade glioma (LGG) with that of patients with a faster-growing high-grade glioma (HGG)...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845307/a-hypothalamic-leptin-glutamate-interaction-in-the-regulation-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity
#7
Hong Zheng, Xuefei Liu, Yulong Li, Kaushik P Patel
Accumulated evidence indicates that obesity-induced type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with enhanced sympathetic activation. The present study was conducted to investigate the role for leptin-glutamate signaling within the hypothalamus in regulating sympathetic nerve activity. In anesthetized rats, microinjections of leptin (5 ng ~ 100 ng) into the arcuate nucleus (ARCN) and paraventricular nucleus (PVN) induced increases in renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA), blood pressure (BP), and heart rate (HR)...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831313/emotion-processing-by-erp-combined-with-development-and-plasticity
#8
REVIEW
Rui Ding, Ping Li, Wei Wang, Wenbo Luo
Emotions important for survival and social interaction have received wide and deep investigations. The application of the fMRI technique into emotion processing has obtained overwhelming achievements with respect to the localization of emotion processes. The ERP method, which possesses highly temporal resolution compared to fMRI, can be employed to investigate the time course of emotion processing. The emotional modulation of the ERP component has been verified across numerous researches. Emotions, described as dynamically developing along with the growing age, have the possibility to be enhanced through learning (or training) or to be damaged due to disturbances in growth, which is underlain by the neural plasticity of emotion-relevant nervous systems...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828187/exercise-promotes-neuroplasticity-in-both-healthy-and-depressed-brains-an-fmri-pilot-study
#9
Joanne Gourgouvelis, Paul Yielder, Bernadette Murphy
Memory impairments are a frequently reported cognitive symptom in people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) and often persist despite antidepressant therapy. Neuroimaging studies have identified abnormal hippocampal activity during memory processes in MDD. Exercise as an ad-on treatment for MDD is a promising therapeutic strategy shown to improve mood, cognitive function, and neural structure and function. To advance our understanding of how exercise impacts neural function in MDD, we must also understand how exercise impacts healthy individuals without MDD...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828186/learning-how-to-learn-super-declarative-motor-learning-is-impaired-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Lucio Marinelli, Carlo Trompetto, Stefania Canneva, Laura Mori, Flavio Nobili, Francesco Fattapposta, Antonio Currà, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Maria Felice Ghilardi
Learning new information is crucial in daily activities and occurs continuously during a subject's lifetime. Retention of learned material is required for later recall and reuse, although learning capacity is limited and interference between consecutively learned information may occur. Learning processes are impaired in Parkinson's disease (PD); however, little is known about the processes related to retention and interference. The aim of this study is to investigate the retention and anterograde interference using a declarative sequence learning task in drug-naive patients in the disease's early stages...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808590/genesis-and-maintenance-of-attentional-biases-the-role-of-the-locus-coeruleus-noradrenaline-system
#11
REVIEW
Mana R Ehlers, Rebecca M Todd
Emotionally arousing events are typically better remembered than mundane ones, in part because emotionally relevant aspects of our environment are prioritized in attention. Such biased attentional tuning is itself the result of associative processes through which we learn affective and motivational relevance of cues. We propose that the locus coeruleus-noradrenaline (LC-NA) system plays an important role in the genesis of attentional biases through associative learning processes as well as their maintenance...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785487/stress-induced-neuroplasticity-and-mental-disorders
#12
EDITORIAL
Fushun Wang, Fang Pan, Lee A Shapiro, Jason H Huang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781902/study-on-lesion-assessment-of-cerebello-thalamo-cortical-network-in-wilson-s-disease-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging
#13
Anqin Wang, Hongli Wu, Chunsheng Xu, Lanfeng Tang, Jaeyoun Lee, Min Wang, Man Jiang, Chuanfu Li, Qi Lu, Chunyun Zhang
Wilson's disease (WD) is a genetic disorder of copper metabolism with pathological copper accumulation in the brain and any other tissues. This article aimed to assess lesions in cerebello-thalamo-cortical network with an advanced technique of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in WD. 35 WD patients and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers were recruited to accept diffusion-weighted images with 15 gradient vectors and conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The DTI parameters, including fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusion (MD), were calculated by diffusion kurtosis estimator software...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781901/enkephalins-endogenous-analgesics-with-an-emerging-role-in-stress-resilience
#14
REVIEW
Mathilde S Henry, Louis Gendron, Marie-Eve Tremblay, Guy Drolet
Psychological stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension that results from adverse or demanding circumstances. Chronic stress is well known to induce anxiety disorders and major depression; it is also considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Stress resilience is a positive outcome that is associated with preserved cognition and healthy aging. Resilience presents psychological and biological characteristics intrinsic to an individual conferring protection against the development of psychopathologies in the face of adversity...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770114/human-app-gene-expression-alters-active-zone-distribution-and-spontaneous-neurotransmitter-release-at-the-drosophila-larval-neuromuscular-junction
#15
Ekaterina A Saburova, Alexander N Vasiliev, Violetta V Kravtsova, Elena V Ryabova, Andrey L Zefirov, Olga I Bolshakova, Svetlana V Sarantseva, Igor I Krivoi
This study provides further insight into the molecular mechanisms that control neurotransmitter release. Experiments were performed on larval neuromuscular junctions of transgenic Drosophila melanogaster lines with different levels of human amyloid precursor protein (APP) production. To express human genes in motor neurons of Drosophila, the UAS-GAL4 system was used. Human APP gene expression increased the number of synaptic boutons per neuromuscular junction. The total number of active zones, detected by Bruchpilot protein puncta distribution, remained unchanged; however, the average number of active zones per bouton decreased...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770113/potential-roles-of-exosomal-micrornas-as-diagnostic-biomarkers-and-therapeutic-application-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
REVIEW
Jian-Jiao Chen, Bin Zhao, Jie Zhao, Shao Li
Exosomes are bilipid layer-enclosed vesicles derived from endosomes and are released from neural cells. They contain a diversity of proteins, mRNAs, and microRNAs (miRNAs) that are delivered to neighboring cells and/or are transported to distant sites. miRNAs released from exosomes appear to be associated with multiple neurodegenerative conditions linking to Alzheimer's disease (AD) which is marked by hyperphosphorylated tau proteins and accumulation of Aβ plaques. Exciting findings reveal that miRNAs released from exosomes modulate the expression and function of amyloid precursor proteins (APP) and tau proteins...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770112/anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-provokes-neuroplasticity-in-repetitive-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#17
Ho Jeong Kim, Soo Jeong Han
Repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) provokes behavioral and cognitive changes. But the study about electrophysiologic findings and managements of rmTBI is limited. In this study, we investigate the effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on rmTBI. Thirty-one Sprague Dawley rats were divided into the following groups: sham, rmTBI, and rmTBI treated by tDCS. Animals received closed head mTBI three consecutive times a day. Anodal tDCS was applied to the left motor cortex. We evaluated the motor-evoked potential (MEP) and the somatosensory-evoked potential (SEP)...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758034/endophilin2-interacts-with-glua1-to-mediate-ampa-receptor-endocytosis-induced-by-oligomeric-amyloid-%C3%AE
#18
Jifeng Zhang, Yichen Yin, Zhisheng Ji, Zhenbin Cai, Bo Zhao, Jiong Li, Minghui Tan, Guoqing Guo
Amyloid-β (Aβ) plays an important role in Alzheimer's disease (AD), as oligomeric Aβ induces loss of postsynaptic AMPA receptors (AMPARs) leading to cognitive deficits. The loss of postsynaptic AMPARs is mediated through the clathrin-dependent endocytosis pathway, in which endophilin2 is one of the important regulatory proteins. Endophilin2, which is enriched in both the pre- and postsynaptic membrane, has previously been reported to be important for recycling of synaptic vesicles at the presynaptic membrane...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740740/environmental-factors-promoting-neural-plasticity-insights-from-animal-and-human-studies
#19
REVIEW
Laura Mandolesi, Francesca Gelfo, Laura Serra, Simone Montuori, Arianna Polverino, Giuseppe Curcio, Giuseppe Sorrentino
We do not all grow older in the same way. Some individuals have a cognitive decline earlier and faster than others who are older in years but cerebrally younger. This is particularly easy to verify in people who have maintained regular physical activity and healthy and cognitively stimulating lifestyle and even in the clinical field. There are patients with advanced neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), that, despite this, have mild cognitive impairment. What determines this interindividual difference? Certainly, it cannot be the result of only genetic factors...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740739/a-combined-water-extract-of-frankincense-and-myrrh-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-in-mice-via-modulation-of-trpv1
#20
Danyou Hu, Changming Wang, Fengxian Li, Shulan Su, Niuniu Yang, Yan Yang, Chan Zhu, Hao Shi, Lei Yu, Xiao Geng, Leying Gu, Xiaolin Yuan, Zhongli Wang, Guang Yu, Zongxiang Tang
Frankincense and myrrh are widely used in clinics as a pair of herbs to obtain a synergistic effect for relieving pain. To illuminate the analgesia mechanism of frankincense and myrrh, we assessed its effect in a neuropathic pain mouse model. Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) plays a crucial role in neuropathic pain and influences the plasticity of neuronal connectivity. We hypothesized that the water extraction of frankincense and myrrh (WFM) exerted its analgesia effect by modulating the neuronal function of TRPV1...
2017: Neural Plasticity
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