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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819863/effects-of-testosterone-treatment-on-hypothalamic-neuroplasticity-in-female-to-male-transgender-individuals
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Georg S Kranz, Andreas Hahn, Ulrike Kaufmann, Martin Tik, Sebastian Ganger, René Seiger, Allan Hummer, Christian Windischberger, Siegfried Kasper, Rupert Lanzenberger
Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is used to measure gray matter tissue density and white matter fiber organization/directionality. Recent studies show that DWI also allows for assessing neuroplastic adaptations in the human hypothalamus. To this end, we investigated a potential influence of testosterone replacement therapy on hypothalamic microstructure in female-to-male (FtM) transgender individuals. 25 FtMs were measured at baseline, 4 weeks, and 4 months past treatment start and compared to 25 female and male controls...
August 17, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815301/keeping-brains-young-with-making-music
#2
Lars Rogenmoser, Julius Kernbach, Gottfried Schlaug, Christian Gaser
Music-making is a widespread leisure and professional activity that has garnered interest over the years due to its effect on brain and cognitive development and its potential as a rehabilitative and restorative therapy of brain dysfunctions. We investigated whether music-making has a potential age-protecting effect on the brain. For this, we studied anatomical magnetic resonance images obtained from three matched groups of subjects who differed in their lifetime dose of music-making activities (i.e., professional musicians, amateur musicians, and non-musicians)...
August 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815295/loss-of-kirrel-family-members-alters-glomerular-structure-and-synapse-numbers-in-the-accessory-olfactory-bulb
#3
Alexandra C Brignall, Reesha Raja, Alina Phen, Janet E A Prince, Emilie Dumontier, Jean-François Cloutier
The accessory olfactory system controls social and sexual behaviours in mice, both of which are critical for their survival. Vomeronasal sensory neuron (VSN) axons form synapses with mitral cell dendrites in glomeruli of the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB). Axons of VSNs expressing the same vomeronasal receptor (VR) converge into multiple glomeruli within spatially conserved regions of the AOB. Here, we have examined the role of the cell adhesion molecule Kirrel2 in the formation of glomeruli within the AOB...
August 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801753/the-corpus-callosum-as-anatomical-marker-of-intelligence-a-critical-examination-in-a-large-scale-developmental-study
#4
René Westerhausen, Charline-Marie Friesen, Darius A Rohani, Stine K Krogsrud, Christian K Tamnes, Jon S Skranes, Asta K Håberg, Anders M Fjell, Kristine B Walhovd
Intellectual abilities are supported by a large-scale fronto-parietal brain network distributed across both cerebral hemispheres. This bihemispheric network suggests a functional relevance of inter-hemispheric coordination, a notion which is supported by a series of recent structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies demonstrating correlations between intelligence scores (IQ) and corpus-callosum anatomy. However, these studies also reveal an age-related dissociation: mostly positive associations are reported in adult samples, while negative associations are found in developing samples...
August 11, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779307/localization-of-endogenous-amyloid-%C3%AE-to-the-coeruleo-cortical-pathway-consequences-of-noradrenergic-depletion
#5
Jennifer A Ross, Beverly A S Reyes, Steven A Thomas, Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele
The locus coeruleus (LC)-norepinephrine (NE) system is an understudied circuit in the context of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and is thought to play an important role in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases involving catecholamine neurotransmitters. Understanding the expression and distribution of the amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide, a primary component of AD, under basal conditions and under conditions of NE perturbation within the coeruleo-cortical pathway may be important for understanding its putative role in pathological states...
August 4, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779306/nanoscale-structural-mapping-as-a-measure-of-maturation-in-the-murine-frontal-cortex
#6
G Smolyakov, E Dague, C Roux, M H Seguelas, C Galés, J M Senard, D N Arvanitis
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is emerging as an innovative tool to phenotype the brain. This study demonstrates the utility of AFM to determine nanomechanical and nanostructural features of the murine dorsolateral frontal cortex from weaning to adulthood. We found an increase in tissue stiffness of the primary somatosensory cortex with age, along with an increased cortical mechanical heterogeneity. To characterize the features potentially responsible for this heterogeneity, we applied AFM scan mode to directly image the topography of thin sections of the primary somatosensory cortical layers II/III, IV and V/VI...
August 4, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776200/regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-14-rgs14-is-expressed-pre-and-postsynaptically-in-neurons-of-hippocampus-basal-ganglia-and-amygdala-of-monkey-and-human-brain
#7
Katherine E Squires, Kyle J Gerber, Jean-Francois Pare, Mary Rose Branch, Yoland Smith, John R Hepler
Regulator of G protein signaling 14 (RGS14) is a multifunctional signaling protein primarily expressed in mouse pyramidal neurons of hippocampal area CA2 where it regulates synaptic plasticity important for learning and memory. However, very little is known about RGS14 protein expression in the primate brain. Here, we validate the specificity of a new polyclonal RGS14 antibody that recognizes not only full-length RGS14 protein in primate, but also lower molecular weight forms of RGS14 protein matching previously predicted human splice variants...
August 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770338/echoes-on-the-motor-network-how-internal-motor-control-structures-afford-sensory-experience
#8
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Jed D Burgess, Jarrad A G Lum, Jakob Hohwy, Peter G Enticott
Often, during daily experiences, hearing peers' actions can activate motor regions of the CNS. This activation is termed auditory-motor resonance (AMR) and is thought to represent an internal simulation of one's motor memories. Currently, AMR is demonstrated at the neuronal level in the Macaque and songbird, in conjunction with evidence on a systems level in humans. Here, we review evidence of AMR development from a motor control perspective. In the context of internal modelling, we consider data that demonstrates sensory-guided motor learning and action maintenance, particularly the notion of sensory comparison seen during songbird vocalisation...
August 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756487/anatomo-functional-correspondence-in-the-superior-temporal-sulcus
#9
C Bodin, S Takerkart, P Belin, O Coulon
The superior temporal sulcus (STS) is an intriguing region both for its complex anatomy and for the multiple functions that it hosts. Unfortunately, most studies explored either the functional organization or the anatomy of the STS only. Here, we link these two aspects by investigating anatomo-functional correspondences between the voice-sensitive cortex (Temporal Voice Areas) and the STS depth. To do so, anatomical and functional scans of 116 subjects were processed such as to generate individual surface maps on which both depth and functional voice activity can be analyzed...
July 29, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756486/cortical-morphology-of-the-pars-opercularis-and-its-relationship-to-motor-inhibitory-performance-in-a-longitudinal-developing-cohort
#10
Lauren B Curley, Erik Newman, Wesley K Thompson, Timothy T Brown, Donald J Hagler, Natacha Akshoomoff, Chase Reuter, Anders M Dale, Terry L Jernigan
This study investigates the relationship between variability in cortical surface area and thickness of the pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus and motor-inhibitory performance on a stop-signal task in a longitudinal, typically developing cohort of children and adolescents. Linear mixed-effects models were used to investigate the hypotheses that (1) cortical thinning and (2) a relatively larger cortical surface area of the bilateral pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus would predict better performance on the stop-signal task in a cohort of 110 children and adolescents 4-13 years of age, with one to four observations (totaling 232 observations)...
July 29, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756485/laterality-of-anterior-temporal-lobe-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-determines-the-degree-of-disruption-in-picture-naming
#11
Anna M Woollams, Lee J Lindley, Gorana Pobric, Paul Hoffman
The bilateral anterior temporal lobes play a key role in semantic representation. This is clearly demonstrated by the performance of patients with semantic dementia, a disorder characterised by a progressive and selective decline in semantic memory over all modalities as a result of anterior temporal atrophy. Although all patients exhibit a progressive decline in both single-word production and comprehension, those with greater atrophy to the left anterior temporal lobe show a stronger decline in word production than comprehension...
July 29, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752318/sex-differences-in-hippocampal-damage-cognitive-impairment-and-trophic-factor-expression-in-an-animal-model-of-an-alcohol-use-disorder
#12
Mark E Maynard, Emily A Barton, Caleb R Robinson, Jessica I Wooden, J Leigh Leasure
Compared to men, women disproportionally experience alcohol-related organ damage, including brain damage, and while men remain more likely to drink and to drink heavily, there is cause for concern because women are beginning to narrow the gender gap in alcohol use disorders. The hippocampus is a brain region that is particularly vulnerable to alcohol damage, due to cell loss and decreased neurogenesis. In the present study, we examined sex differences in hippocampal damage following binge alcohol. Consistent with our prior findings, we found a significant binge-induced decrement in dentate gyrus (DG) granule neurons in the female DG...
July 27, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748497/a-large-scale-study-on-the-effects-of-sex-on-gray-matter-asymmetry
#13
Christian Núñez, Constantina Theofanopoulou, Carl Senior, Maria Rosa Cambra, Judith Usall, Christian Stephan-Otto, Gildas Brébion
Research on sex-related brain asymmetries has not yielded consistent results. Despite its importance to further understanding of normal brain development and mental disorders, the field remains relatively unexplored. Here we employ a recently developed asymmetry measure, based on the Dice coefficient, to detect sex-related gray matter asymmetries in a sample of 457 healthy participants (266 men and 191 women) obtained from 5 independent databases. Results show that women's brains are more globally symmetric than men's (p < 0...
July 26, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741037/shifted-dynamic-interactions-between-subcortical-nuclei-and-inferior-frontal-gyri-during-response-preparation-in-persistent-developmental-stuttering
#14
F Luise Metzger, Tibor Auer, Gunther Helms, Walter Paulus, Jens Frahm, Martin Sommer, Nicole E Neef
Persistent developmental stuttering is associated with basal ganglia dysfunction or dopamine dysregulation. Here, we studied whole-brain functional connectivity to test how basal ganglia structures coordinate and reorganize sensorimotor brain networks in stuttering. To this end, adults who stutter and fluent speakers (control participants) performed a response anticipation paradigm in the MRI scanner. The preparation of a manual Go/No-Go response reliably produced activity in the basal ganglia and thalamus and particularly in the substantia nigra...
July 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735495/neuroanatomical-and-resting-state-eeg-power-correlates-of-central-hearing-loss-in-older-adults
#15
Nathalie Giroud, Sarah Hirsiger, Raphaela Muri, Andrea Kegel, Norbert Dillier, Martin Meyer
To gain more insight into central hearing loss, we investigated the relationship between cortical thickness and surface area, speech-relevant resting state EEG power, and above-threshold auditory measures in older adults and younger controls. Twenty-three older adults and 13 younger controls were tested with an adaptive auditory test battery to measure not only traditional pure-tone thresholds, but also above individual thresholds of temporal and spectral processing. The participants' speech recognition in noise (SiN) was evaluated, and a T1-weighted MRI image obtained for each participant...
July 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733834/long-term-intensive-gymnastic-training-induced-changes-in-intra-and-inter-network-functional-connectivity-an-independent-component-analysis
#16
Huiyuan Huang, Junjing Wang, Carol Seger, Min Lu, Feng Deng, Xiaoyan Wu, Yuan He, Chen Niu, Jun Wang, Ruiwang Huang
Long-term intensive gymnastic training can induce brain structural and functional reorganization. Previous studies have identified structural and functional network differences between world class gymnasts (WCGs) and non-athletes at the whole-brain level. However, it is still unclear how interactions within and between functional networks are affected by long-term intensive gymnastic training. We examined both intra- and inter-network functional connectivity of gymnasts relative to non-athletes using resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI)...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733833/neuroanatomy-of-pain-deficiency-and-cross-modal-activation-in-calcium-channel-subunit-cacn-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-3-knockout-mice
#17
Julia Landmann, Franziska Richter, Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens, N Jon Shah, Joseph Classen, G Gregory Neely, Angelika Richter, Josef M Penninger, Ingo Bechmann
The phenotype of calcium channel subunit (CACN) α2δ3 knockout (KO) mice includes sensory cross-activation and deficient pain perception. Sensory cross-activation defines the activation of a sensory cortical region by input from another modality due to reorganization in the brain such as after sensory loss. To obtain mechanistic insight into both phenomena, we employed a comprehensive battery of neuroanatomical techniques. While CACNα2δ3 was ubiquitously expressed in wild-type mice, it was absent in α2δ3 KO animals...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733832/seasonal-reorganization-of-hypothalamic-neurogenic-niche-in-adult-sheep
#18
Lucile Butruille, Martine Batailler, Danièle Mazur, Vincent Prévot, Martine Migaud
Neurogenesis is the process by which new neurons are generated. This process, well established during development, persists in adulthood owing to the presence of neural stem cells (NSCs) localized in specific brain areas called neurogenic niches. Adult neurogenesis has recently been shown to occur in the hypothalamus, a structure involved in the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction and metabolism, among others. In the adult sheep-a long-lived mammalian model-we have previously reported the existence of such a neurogenic niche located in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus and the median eminence...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721455/volume-electron-microscopy-of-the-distribution-of-synapses-in-the-neuropil-of-the-juvenile-rat-somatosensory-cortex
#19
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
#20
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
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