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Brain Structure & Function

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721455/volume-electron-microscopy-of-the-distribution-of-synapses-in-the-neuropil-of-the-juvenile-rat-somatosensory-cortex
#1
A Santuy, J R Rodriguez, J DeFelipe, A Merchan-Perez
Knowing the proportions of asymmetric (excitatory) and symmetric (inhibitory) synapses in the neuropil is critical for understanding the design of cortical circuits. We used focused ion beam milling and scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) to obtain stacks of serial sections from the six layers of the juvenile rat (postnatal day 14) somatosensory cortex (hindlimb representation). We segmented in three-dimensions 6184 synaptic junctions and determined whether they were established on dendritic spines or dendritic shafts...
July 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710525/differential-role-of-the-anterior-and-intralaminar-lateral-thalamic-nuclei-in-systems-consolidation-and-reconsolidation
#2
Joëlle Lopez, Karine Gamache, Carmelo Milo, Karim Nader
The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN) and the intralaminar/lateral thalamic nuclei (ILN/LT) play different roles in memory processes. The ATN are believed to be part of an extended hippocampal system, and the ILN/LT have strong connections with the medial prefrontal cortex. It was shown that the ILN/LT are involved in systems consolidation. However, whether they are necessary for memory retrieval as well remains unclear. We, therefore, used c-Fos immunohistochemistry and reversible inactivations to investigate the role of the ATN and ILN/LT in recent and remote contextual fear memory retrieval in rats...
July 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702736/changes-in-the-axon-terminals-of-primary-afferents-from-a-single-vibrissa-in-the-rat-trigeminal-nuclei-after-active-touch-deprivation-or-exposure-to-an-enriched-environment
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Julia Fernández-Montoya, Yasmina B Martin, Pilar Negredo, Carlos Avendaño
Lasting modifications of sensory input induce structural and functional changes in the brain, but the involvement of primary sensory neurons in this plasticity has been practically ignored. Here, we examine qualitatively and quantitatively the central axonal terminations of a population of trigeminal ganglion neurons, whose peripheral axons innervate a single mystacial vibrissa. Vibrissa follicles are heavily innervated by myelinated and unmyelinated fibers that exit the follicle mainly through a single deep vibrissal nerve...
July 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702735/is-the-extrastriate-body-area-part-of-the-dorsal-visuomotor-stream
#4
Marius Zimmermann, Rogier B Mars, Floris P de Lange, Ivan Toni, Lennart Verhagen
The extrastriate body area (EBA) processes visual information about body parts, and it is considered one among a series of category-specific perceptual modules distributed across the occipito-temporal cortex. However, recent evidence raises the possibility that EBA might also provide an interface between perception and action, linking the ventral and dorsal streams of visual information processing. Here, we assess anatomical evidence supporting this possibility. We localise EBA in individual subjects using a perceptual task and compare the characteristics of its functional and structural connectivity to those of two perceptual areas, the lateral occipital complex (LOC) and the fusiform body area (FBA), separately for each hemisphere...
July 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699028/the-occipital-face-area-is-causally-involved-in-the-formation-of-identity-specific-face-representations
#5
Géza Gergely Ambrus, Maria Dotzer, Stefan R Schweinberger, Gyula Kovács
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neuroimaging studies suggest a role of the right occipital face area (rOFA) in early facial feature processing. However, the degree to which rOFA is necessary for the encoding of facial identity has been less clear. Here we used a state-dependent TMS paradigm, where stimulation preferentially facilitates attributes encoded by less active neural populations, to investigate the role of the rOFA in face perception and specifically in image-independent identity processing...
July 11, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699027/erratum-to-increased-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-expression-in-the-hypothalamic-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-depression
#6
Xueyan Wu, Rawien Balesar, Jing Lu, Sahar Farajnia, Qiongbin Zhu, Manli Huang, Ai-Min Bao, Dick F Swaab
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 11, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669028/the-excitatory-inhibitory-input-to-orexin-hypocretin-neuron-soma-undergoes-day-night-reorganization
#7
Claudia Laperchia, Roberta Imperatore, Idris A Azeez, Federico Del Gallo, Giuseppe Bertini, Gigliola Grassi-Zucconi, Luigia Cristino, Marina Bentivoglio
Orexin (OX)/hypocretin-containing neurons are main regulators of wakefulness stability, arousal, and energy homeostasis. Their activity varies in relation to the animal's behavioral state. We here tested whether such variation is subserved by synaptic plasticity phenomena in basal conditions. Mice were sacrificed during day or night, at times when sleep or wake, respectively, predominates, as assessed by electroencephalography in matched mice. Triple immunofluorescence was used to visualize OX-A perikarya and varicosities containing the vesicular glutamate transporter (VGluT)2 or the vesicular GABA transporter (VGAT) combined with synaptophysin (Syn) as a presynaptic marker...
July 1, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664394/discover-mouse-gene-coexpression-landscapes-using-dictionary-learning-and-sparse-coding
#8
Yujie Li, Hanbo Chen, Xi Jiang, Xiang Li, Jinglei Lv, Hanchuan Peng, Joe Z Tsien, Tianming Liu
Gene coexpression patterns carry rich information regarding enormously complex brain structures and functions. Characterization of these patterns in an unbiased, integrated, and anatomically comprehensive manner will illuminate the higher-order transcriptome organization and offer genetic foundations of functional circuitry. Here using dictionary learning and sparse coding, we derived coexpression networks from the space-resolved anatomical comprehensive in situ hybridization data from Allen Mouse Brain Atlas dataset...
June 29, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660418/basal-forebrain-activation-enhances-between-trial-reliability-of-low-frequency-local-field-potentials-lfp-and-spiking-activity-in-tree-shrew-primary-visual-cortex-v1
#9
Paolo De Luna, Julia Veit, Gregor Rainer
Brain state has profound effects on neural processing and stimulus encoding in sensory cortices. While the synchronized state is dominated by low-frequency local field potential (LFP) activity, low-frequency LFP power is suppressed in the desynchronized state, where a concurrent enhancement in gamma power is observed. Recently, it has been shown that cortical desynchronization co-occurs with enhanced between-trial reliability of spiking activity in sensory neurons, but it is currently unclear whether this effect is also evident in LFP signals...
June 28, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656372/increased-gyrification-and-aberrant-adult-neurogenesis-of-the-dentate-gyrus-in-adult-rats
#10
Alejandra Magagna-Poveda, Jillian N Moretto, Helen E Scharfman
A remarkable example of maladaptive plasticity is the development of epilepsy after a brain insult or injury to a normal animal or human. A structure that is considered central to the development of this type of epilepsy is the dentate gyrus (DG), because it is normally a relatively inhibited structure and its quiescence is thought to reduce hippocampal seizure activity. This characteristic of the DG is also considered to be important for normal hippocampal-dependent cognitive functions. It has been suggested that the brain insults which cause epilepsy do so because they cause the DG to be more easily activated...
June 27, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647901/in-vivo-visualization-of-the-locus-coeruleus-in-humans-quantifying-the-test-retest-reliability
#11
Klodiana-Daphne Tona, Max C Keuken, Mischa de Rover, Egbert Lakke, Birte U Forstmann, Sander Nieuwenhuis, Matthias J P van Osch
The locus coeruleus (LC) is a brainstem nucleus involved in important cognitive functions. Recent developments in neuroimaging methods and scanning protocols have made it possible to visualize the human LC in vivo by utilizing a T1-weighted turbo spin echo (TSE) scan. Despite its frequent use and its application as a biomarker for tracking the progress of monoaminergic-related neurodegenerative diseases, no study to date has investigated the reproducibility and inter-observer variability of LC identification using this TSE scan sequence...
June 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646241/never-forget-a-name-white-matter-connectivity-predicts-person-memory
#12
Athanasia Metoki, Kylie H Alm, Yin Wang, Chi T Ngo, Ingrid R Olson
Through learning and practice, we can acquire numerous skills, ranging from the simple (whistling) to the complex (memorizing operettas in a foreign language). It has been proposed that complex learning requires a network of brain regions that interact with one another via white matter pathways. One candidate white matter pathway, the uncinate fasciculus (UF), has exhibited mixed results for this hypothesis: some studies have shown UF involvement across a range of memory tasks, while other studies report null results...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646240/delineating-function-and-connectivity-of-optokinetic-hubs-in-the-cerebellum-and-the-brainstem
#13
Ria Maxine Ruehl, Carolin Hinkel, Thomas Bauermann, Peter Zu Eulenburg
Optokinetic eye movements are crucial for keeping a stable image on the retina during movements of the head. These eye movements can be differentiated into a cortically generated response (optokinetic look nystagmus) and the highly reflexive optokinetic stare nystagmus, which is controlled by circuits in the brainstem and cerebellum. The contributions of these infratentorial networks and their functional connectivity with the cortical eye fields are still poorly understood in humans. To map ocular motor centres in the cerebellum and brainstem, we studied stare nystagmus using small-field optokinetic stimuli in the horizontal and vertical directions in 22 healthy subjects...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643105/differential-role-of-gabaa-receptors-and-neuroligin-2-for-perisomatic-gabaergic-synapse-formation-in-the-hippocampus
#14
Patrizia Panzanelli, Simon Früh, Jean-Marc Fritschy
Perisomatic GABAergic synapses onto hippocampal pyramidal cells arise from two populations of basket cells with different neurochemical and functional properties. The presence of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex in their postsynaptic density (PSD) distinguishes perisomatic synapses from GABAergic synapses on dendrites and the axon-initial segment. Targeted deletion of neuroligin 2 (NL2), a transmembrane protein interacting with presynaptic neurexin, has been reported to disrupt postsynaptic clustering of GABAA receptors (GABAAR) and their anchoring protein, gephyrin, at perisomatic synapses...
June 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634624/population-averaged-macaque-brain-atlas-with-high-resolution-ex-vivo-dti-integrated-into-in-vivo-space
#15
Lei Feng, Tina Jeon, Qiaowen Yu, Minhui Ouyang, Qinmu Peng, Virendra Mishra, Mihovil Pletikos, Nenad Sestan, Michael I Miller, Susumu Mori, Steven Hsiao, Shuwei Liu, Hao Huang
Animal models of the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), the most widely used nonhuman primate, have been irreplaceable in neurobiological studies. However, a population-averaged macaque brain diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) atlas, including comprehensive gray and white matter labeling as well as bony and facial landmarks guiding invasive experimental procedures, is not available. The macaque white matter tract pathways and microstructures have been rarely recorded. Here, we established a population-averaged macaque brain atlas with high-resolution ex vivo DTI integrated into in vivo space incorporating bony and facial landmarks, and delineated microstructures and three-dimensional pathways of major white matter tracts in vivo MRI/DTI and ex vivo (postmortem) DTI of ten rhesus macaque brains were acquired...
June 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616754/sexually-dimorphic-distribution-of-prokr2-neurons-revealed-by-the-prokr2-cre-mouse-model
#16
Zaid Mohsen, Hosung Sim, David Garcia-Galiano, Xingfa Han, Nicole Bellefontaine, Thomas L Saunders, Carol F Elias
Prokineticin receptor 2 (PROKR2) is predominantly expressed in the mammalian central nervous system. Loss-of-function mutations of PROKR2 in humans are associated with Kallmann syndrome due to the disruption of gonadotropin releasing hormone neuronal migration and deficient olfactory bulb morphogenesis. PROKR2 has been also implicated in the neuroendocrine control of GnRH neurons post-migration and other physiological systems. However, the brain circuitry and mechanisms associated with these actions have been difficult to investigate mainly due to the widespread distribution of Prokr2-expressing cells, and the lack of animal models and molecular tools...
June 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612096/the-birth-of-the-synapse
#17
REVIEW
Saak V Ovsepian
It has long been held that the rise of neurons as a specialized cell type also marked the onset of the grand evolutionary journey for chemical synapses. Research over recent decades has shown, however, that the most dynamic chapters of synaptic history have been 'written' out of the context of neurobiology and neuronal evolution, dating back to the early metazoa and unicellular living forms. Here, I consider and discuss emerging evidence suggesting the exaptive origin of chemical synapses, via tinkering and neo-functionalization of already existent junctional morphologies and constituents of primeval paracrine signalling...
June 13, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608288/substance-p-effects-exclusively-on-prototypic-neurons-in-mouse-globus-pallidus
#18
Kazuko Mizutani, Susumu Takahashi, Shinichiro Okamoto, Fuyuki Karube, Fumino Fujiyama
Previous studies have suggested that the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R) expressing neurons in the globus pallidus (GP) receive substance P (SP), presumably released by axon collaterals of striatal direct neurons. However, the effect of SP on the GP remains unclear. In this study, we identified that the SP-responsive cells comprise a highly specific cell type in the GP with regard to immunofluorescence, electrophysiology, and projection properties. Morphologically, NK-1R-immunoreactive neurons occasionally co-expressed parvalbumin (PV) and/or Lim-homeobox 6 (Lhx6), but not Forkhead box protein P2 (FoxP2), which is mainly expressed by arkypallidal neurons...
June 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608287/increased-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-expression-in-the-hypothalamic-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-depression
#19
Xueyan Wu, Rawien Balesar, Jing Lu, Sahar Farajnia, Qiongbin Zhu, Manli Huang, Ai-Min Bao
In depression, disrupted circadian rhythms reflect abnormalities in the central circadian pacemaker, the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Although many SCN neurons are said to be GABAergic, it was not yet known whether and how SCN GABA changes occur in the SCN in depression. We, therefore, studied GABA in the SCN in relation to the changes in arginine vasopressin (AVP), which is one of the major SCN output systems. Postmortem hypothalamus specimens of 13 subjects suffering from depression and of 13 well-matched controls were collected...
June 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600679/resting-state-bold-oscillation-frequency-predicts-vigilance-task-performance-at-both-normal-and-high-environmental-temperatures
#20
Xiaopeng Song, Shaowen Qian, Kai Liu, Shuqin Zhou, Huaiqiu Zhu, Qihong Zou, Yijun Liu, Gang Sun, Jia-Hong Gao
Hyperthermia may impair vigilance functions and lead to slower reaction times (RTs) in the psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) and possibly disturbing cerebral hemodynamic rhythms. To test these hypotheses, we acquired the resting-state BOLD and cerebral blood flow (CBF) data, as well as PVTRTs from 15 participants in two simulated environmental thermal conditions (50 °C/25 °C). We adopted a data-driven method, frequency component analysis, to quantify the mean frequency of the BOLD series of each voxel. Across-subject correlation analysis was employed to detect the brain areas whose BOLD oscillation frequency was correlated with the RTs...
June 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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