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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
#1
Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646349/modeling-pain-using-fmri-from-regions-to-biomarkers
#2
REVIEW
Marianne C Reddan, Tor D Wager
Pain is a subjective and complex phenomenon. Its complexity is related to its heterogeneity: multiple component processes, including sensation, affect, and cognition, contribute to pain experience and reporting. These components are likely to be encoded in distributed brain networks that interact to create pain experience and pain-related decision-making. Therefore, to understand pain, we must identify these networks and build models of these interactions that yield testable predictions about pain-related outcomes...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646348/tau-induced-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-iv-activation-aggravates-nuclear-tau-hyperphosphorylation
#3
Yu-Ping Wei, Jin-Wang Ye, Xiong Wang, Li-Ping Zhu, Qing-Hua Hu, Qun Wang, Dan Ke, Qing Tian, Jian-Zhi Wang
Hyperphosphorylated tau is the major protein component of neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the mechanism underlying tau hyperphosphorylation is not fully understood. Here, we demonstrated that exogenously expressed wild-type human tau40 was detectable in the phosphorylated form at multiple AD-associated sites in cytoplasmic and nuclear fractions from HEK293 cells. Among these sites, tau phosphorylated at Thr205 and Ser214 was almost exclusively found in the nuclear fraction at the conditions used in the present study...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612319/involvement-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-the-cx3cr1-signaling-network-in-mechanical-allodynia-induced-by-tetanic-sciatic-stimulation
#4
Zhe-Chen Wang, Li-Hong Li, Chao Bian, Liu Yang, Ning Lv, Yu-Qiu Zhang
Tetanic stimulation of the sciatic nerve (TSS) triggers long-term potentiation in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord and long-lasting pain hypersensitivity. CX3CL1-CX3CR1 signaling is an important pathway in neuronal-microglial activation. Nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) is a key signal transduction molecule that regulates neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain. Here, we set out to determine whether and how NF-κB and CX3CR1 are involved in the mechanism underlying the pathological changes induced by TSS. After unilateral TSS, significant bilateral mechanical allodynia was induced, as assessed by the von Frey test...
June 13, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612318/somatosensory-neuron-typing-with-high-coverage-single-cell-rna-sequencing-and-functional-analysis
#5
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Changlin Li, Sashuang Wang, Yan Chen, Xu Zhang
Different physical and chemical stimuli are detected by the peripheral sensory receptors of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, and the generated inputs are transmitted via afferent fibers into the central nervous system. The gene expression profiles of DRG neurons contribute to the generation, transmission, and regulation of various somatosensory signals. Recently, the single-cell transcriptomes, cell types, and functional annotations of somatosensory neurons have been studied. In this review, we introduce our classification of DRG neurons based on single-cell RNA-sequencing and functional analyses, and discuss the technical approaches...
June 13, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597341/in-silico-prediction-and-validation-of-gfap-as-an-mir-3099-target-in-mouse-brain
#6
Shahidee Zainal Abidin, Jia-Wen Leong, Marzieh Mahmoudi, Norshariza Nordin, Syahril Abdullah, Pike-See Cheah, King-Hwa Ling
MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that play crucial roles in the regulation of gene expression and protein synthesis during brain development. MiR-3099 is highly expressed throughout embryogenesis, especially in the developing central nervous system. Moreover, miR-3099 is also expressed at a higher level in differentiating neurons in vitro, suggesting that it is a potential regulator during neuronal cell development. This study aimed to predict the target genes of miR-3099 via in-silico analysis using four independent prediction algorithms (miRDB, miRanda, TargetScan, and DIANA-micro-T-CDS) with emphasis on target genes related to brain development and function...
June 8, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585114/distinct-roles-of-dopamine-receptors-in-the-lateral-thalamus-in-a-rat-model-of-decisional-impulsivity
#7
Zhiyan Wang, Shengxiang Liang, Shuangshuang Yu, Tong Xie, Baicheng Wang, Junkai Wang, Yijing Li, Baoci Shan, Cailian Cui
The thalamus and central dopamine signaling have been shown to play important roles in high-level cognitive processes including impulsivity. However, little is known about the role of dopamine receptors in the thalamus in decisional impulsivity. In the present study, rats were tested using a delay discounting task and divided into three groups: high impulsivity (HI), medium impulsivity (MI), and low impulsivity (LI). Subsequent in vivo voxel-based magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the HI rats displayed a markedly reduced density of gray matter in the lateral thalamus compared with the LI rats...
June 5, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585113/sex-dependent-glial-signaling-in-pathological-pain-distinct-roles-of-spinal-microglia-and-astrocytes
#8
Gang Chen, Xin Luo, M Yawar Qadri, Temugin Berta, Ru-Rong Ji
Increasing evidence suggests that spinal microglia regulate pathological pain in males. In this study, we investigated the effects of several microglial and astroglial modulators on inflammatory and neuropathic pain following intrathecal injection in male and female mice. These modulators were the microglial inhibitors minocycline and ZVEID (a caspase-6 inhibitor) and the astroglial inhibitors L-α-aminoadipate (L-AA, an astroglial toxin) and carbenoxolone (a connexin 43 inhibitor), as well as U0126 (an ERK kinase inhibitor) and D-JNKI-1 (a c-Jun N-terminal kinase inhibitor)...
June 5, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555357/attenuation-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-toxicity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-accelerated-aggregation
#9
Aihua Yang, Chenxuan Wang, Baomin Song, Wendi Zhang, Yuanyuan Guo, Rong Yang, Guangjun Nie, Yanlian Yang, Chen Wang
Accumulation and aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides result in neuronal death, leading to cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. The self-assembled Aβ molecules form various intermediate aggregates including oligomers that are more toxic to neurons than the mature aggregates, including fibrils. Thus, one strategy to alleviate Aβ toxicity is to facilitate the conversion of Aβ intermediates to larger aggregates such as fibrils. In this study, we designed a peptide named A3 that significantly enhanced the formation of amorphous aggregates of Aβ by accelerating the aggregation kinetics...
May 29, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540534/mapping-underlying-maturational-changes-in-human-brain
#10
Lingzhong Fan, Tianzi Jiang
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May 24, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534263/n-acetylaspartylglutamate-inhibits-heroin-self-administration-and-heroin-seeking-behaviors-induced-by-cue-or-priming-in-rats
#11
Huaqiang Zhu, Miaojun Lai, Weisheng Chen, Disen Mei, Fuqiang Zhang, Huifeng Liu, Wenhua Zhou
Activation of presynaptic group II metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluR2/3) inhibits drug reward and drug-seeking behavior, but the role of N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG), an agonist of endogenous mGluR2/3, in heroin reward and heroin-seeking behavior remained unclear. Here, we aimed to explore the effects of exogenous NAAG on heroin self-administration and heroin-seeking behavior. First, rats were trained to self-administer heroin under a fixed ratio 1 (FR1) schedule for 10 days, then received NAAG (50 or 100 μg/10 μL in each nostril) in the absence or presence of LY341495 (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534262/inflammatory-changes-in-paravertebral-sympathetic-ganglia-in-two-rat-pain-models
#12
Ai-Ling Li, Jing-Dong Zhang, Wenrui Xie, Judith A Strong, Jun-Ming Zhang
Injury to peripheral nerves can lead to neuropathic pain, along with well-studied effects on sensory neurons, including hyperexcitability, abnormal spontaneous activity, and neuroinflammation in the sensory ganglia. Neuropathic pain can be enhanced by sympathetic activity. Peripheral nerve injury may also damage sympathetic axons or expose them to an inflammatory environment. In this study, we examined the lumbar sympathetic ganglion responses to two rat pain models: ligation of the L5 spinal nerve, and local inflammation of the L5 dorsal root ganglion (DRG), which does not involve axotomy...
May 22, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516282/region-specific-iron-measured-by-mri-as-a-biomarker-for-parkinson-s-disease
#13
REVIEW
Xiaojun Guan, Xiaojun Xu, Minming Zhang
The identification of sensitive and specific biomarkers for Parkinson's disease (PD) poses an important clinical challenge. A potential biomarker for early diagnosis and disease monitoring of PD is region-specific iron. Iron accumulation in the substantia nigra pars compacta is considered a main characteristic of PD. However, questions remain, such as the relationship between nigral iron and clinical indices of PD (motor impairment or disease duration). Further, previous studies have suggested the influence of iron on other nuclei...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501905/investigation-of-pain-mechanisms-by-calcium-imaging-approaches
#14
REVIEW
Michael Anderson, Qin Zheng, Xinzhong Dong
Due to the complex circuitry and plethora of cell types involved in somatosensation, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to observe cellular activity at the population level. In addition, since cells rely on an intricate variety of extracellular factors, it is important to strive to maintain the physiological environment. Many electrophysiological techniques require the implementation of artificially-produced physiological environments and it can be difficult to assess the activity of many cells simultaneously...
May 13, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501904/relationship-between-perisylvian-essential-language-sites-and-arcuate-fasciculus-in-the-left-hemisphere-of-healthy-adults
#15
Yu Lin, Kai Zhang, Shuai Li, Song Li, Jingna Jin, Fang Jin, Wen Qin, Long Hai, Meng Zhu, Chunshui Yu, Zhipeng Liu, Tao Yin, Xuejun Yang
Essential language sites and the arcuate fasciculus (AF) have been extensively researched. However, the relationship between them remains insufficiently studied, especially in healthy people. Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) is increasingly used in language mapping. While enjoying the advantage of non-invasiveness, it is also capable of inducing a virtual lesion in the brain. Thus, it offers the possibility of using the virtual-lesion method to study the healthy brain. This study combined nTMS and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography to investigate the relationship between essential language sites and the AF in 30 healthy right-handed volunteers...
May 13, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493169/empathy-for-distress-in-humans-and-rodents
#16
REVIEW
Jun Chen
Empathy is traditionally thought to be a unique ability of humans to feel, understand, and share the emotional state of others. However, the notion has been greatly challenged by the emerging discoveries of empathy for pain or distress in rodents. Because empathy is believed to be fundamental to the formation of prosocial, altruistic, and even moral behaviors in social animals and humans, studies associated with decoding the neural circuits and unraveling the underlying molecular and neural mechanisms of empathy for pain or distress in rodents would be very important and encouraging...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488083/ion-channel-genes-and-epilepsy-functional-alteration-pathogenic-potential-and-mechanism-of-epilepsy
#17
REVIEW
Feng Wei, Li-Min Yan, Tao Su, Na He, Zhi-Jian Lin, Jie Wang, Yi-Wu Shi, Yong-Hong Yi, Wei-Ping Liao
Ion channels are crucial in the generation and modulation of excitability in the nervous system and have been implicated in human epilepsy. Forty-one epilepsy-associated ion channel genes and their mutations are systematically reviewed. In this paper, we analyzed the genotypes, functional alterations (funotypes), and phenotypes of these mutations. Eleven genes featured loss-of-function mutations and six had gain-of-function mutations. Nine genes displayed diversified funotypes, among which a distinct funotype-phenotype correlation was found in SCN1A...
May 9, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484964/spinal-circuits-transmitting-mechanical-pain-and-itch
#18
REVIEW
Bo Duan, Longzhen Cheng, Qiufu Ma
In 1905, Henry Head first suggested that transmission of pain-related protopathic information can be negatively modulated by inputs from afferents sensing innocuous touch and temperature. In 1965, Melzak and Wall proposed a more concrete gate control theory of pain that highlights the interaction between unmyelinated C fibers and myelinated A fibers in pain transmission. Here we review the current understanding of the spinal microcircuits transmitting and gating mechanical pain or itch. We also discuss how disruption of the gate control could cause pain or itch evoked by innocuous mechanical stimuli, a hallmark symptom for many chronic pain or itch patients...
May 8, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466257/cortical-representation-of-pain-and-touch-evidence-from-combined-functional-neuroimaging-and-electrophysiology-in-non-human-primates
#19
REVIEW
Li Min Chen
Human functional MRI studies in acute and various chronic pain conditions have revolutionized how we view pain, and have led to a new theory that complex multi-dimensional pain experience (sensory-discriminative, affective/motivational, and cognitive) is represented by concurrent activity in widely-distributed brain regions (termed a network or pain matrix). Despite these breakthrough discoveries, the specific functions proposed for these regions remain elusive, because detailed electrophysiological characterizations of these regions in the primate brain are lacking...
May 2, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424991/expression-and-role-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-in-human-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-with-special-focus-on-nav1-7-species-differences-and-regulation-by-paclitaxel
#20
Wonseok Chang, Temugin Berta, Yong Ho Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Seok-Yong Lee, Ru-Rong Ji
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play an important role in human pain sensation. However, the expression and role of Nav subtypes in native human sensory neurons are unclear. To address this issue, we obtained human dorsal root ganglion (hDRG) tissues from healthy donors. PCR analysis of seven DRG-expressed Nav subtypes revealed that the hDRG has higher expression of Nav1.7 (~50% of total Nav expression) and lower expression of Nav1.8 (~12%), whereas the mouse DRG has higher expression of Nav1.8 (~45%) and lower expression of Nav1...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
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