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Brain Structure & Function

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528380/the-rat-corticospinal-system-is-functionally-and-anatomically-segregated
#1
Rafael Olivares-Moreno, Yunuen Moreno-Lopez, Luis Concha, Guadalupe Martínez-Lorenzana, Miguel Condés-Lara, Matilde Cordero-Erausquin, Gerardo Rojas-Piloni
The descending corticospinal (CS) projection has been considered a key element for motor control, which results from direct and indirect modulation of spinal cord pre-motor interneurons in the intermediate gray matter of the spinal cord, which, in turn, influences motoneurons in the ventral horn. The CS tract (CST) is also involved in a selective and complex modulation of sensory information in the dorsal horn. However, little is known about the spinal network engaged by the CST and the organization of CS projections that may encode different cortical outputs to the spinal cord...
May 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528379/collateralization-of-projections-from-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-thalamus-to-the-nucleus-accumbens-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-and-central-nucleus-of-the-amygdala
#2
Xinwen Dong, Sa Li, Gilbert J Kirouac
The paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus (PVT) is a midline thalamic nucleus with dense projections to the nucleus accumbens (NAc), dorsolateral region of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTDL) and the lateral/capsular region of the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeL/CeC). Recent experimental evidence indicates that the PVT is involved in both appetitive and aversive behaviors. However, it is unknown if subgroups of neurons in the PVT innervate different subcortical targets or if the same neurons issue collaterals to multiple areas...
May 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523425/characterization-of-electrocorticogram-high-gamma-signal-in-response-to-varying-upper-extremity-movement-velocity
#3
Po T Wang, Colin M McCrimmon, Christine E King, Susan J Shaw, David E Millett, Hui Gong, Luis A Chui, Charles Y Liu, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
The mechanism by which the human primary motor cortex (M1) encodes upper extremity movement kinematics is not fully understood. For example, human electrocorticogram (ECoG) signals have been shown to modulate with upper extremity movements; however, this relationship has not been explicitly characterized. To address this issue, we recorded high-density ECoG signals from patients undergoing epilepsy surgery evaluation as they performed elementary upper extremity movements while systematically varying movement speed and duration...
May 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512686/amygdala-structure-and-core-dimensions-of-the-affective-personality
#4
Sascha Frühholz, Katja Schlegel, Didier Grandjean
While biological models of human personality propose that socio-affective traits and skills are rooted in the structure of the amygdala, empirical evidence remains sparse and inconsistent. Here, we used a comprehensive assessment of the affective personality and tested its association with global, local, and laterality measures of the amygdala structure. Results revealed three broad dimensions of the affective personality that were differentially related to bilateral amygdala structures. Dysfunctional and maladaptive affective traits were associated with a global size and local volume reduction of the amygdala, whereas adaptive emotional skills were linked to an increased size of the left amygdala...
May 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508291/lobular-homology-in-cerebellar-hemispheres-of-humans-non-human-primates-and-rodents-a-structural-axonal-tracing-and-molecular-expression-analysis
#5
REVIEW
Yuanjun Luo, Hirofumi Fujita, Hermina Nedelescu, Mohammad Shahangir Biswas, Chika Sato, Sarah Ying, Mayu Takahashi, Keiichi Akita, Tatsuya Higashi, Ichio Aoki, Izumi Sugihara
Comparative neuroanatomy provides insights into the evolutionary functional adaptation of specific mammalian cerebellar lobules, in which the lobulation pattern and functional localization are conserved. However, accurate identification of homologous lobules among mammalian species is challenging. In this review, we discuss the inter-species homology of crus I and II lobules which occupy a large volume in the posterior cerebellar hemisphere, particularly in humans. Both crus I/II in humans are homologous to crus I/II in non-human primates, according to Paxinos and colleagues; however, this area has been defined as crus I alone in non-human primates, according to Larsell and Brodal...
May 15, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488187/erratum-to-interhemispheric-gene-expression-differences-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-humans-and-macaque-monkeys
#6
Gerard Muntané, Gabriel Santpere, Andrey Verendeev, William W Seeley, Bob Jacobs, William D Hopkins, Arcadi Navarro, Chet C Sherwood
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488186/functional-organization-of-the-medial-temporal-lobe-memory-system-following-neonatal-hippocampal-lesion-in-rhesus-monkeys
#7
Loïc J Chareyron, Pamela Banta Lavenex, David G Amaral, Pierre Lavenex
Hippocampal damage in adult humans impairs episodic and semantic memory, whereas hippocampal damage early in life impairs episodic memory but leaves semantic learning relatively preserved. We have previously shown a similar behavioral dissociation in nonhuman primates. Hippocampal lesion in adult monkeys prevents allocentric spatial relational learning, whereas spatial learning persists following neonatal lesion. Here, we quantified the number of cells expressing the immediate-early gene c-fos, a marker of neuronal activity, to characterize the functional organization of the medial temporal lobe memory system following neonatal hippocampal lesion...
May 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478550/melatonin-receptors-distribution-in-mammalian-brain-and-their-respective-putative-functions
#8
REVIEW
Khuen Yen Ng, Mun Kit Leong, Huazheng Liang, George Paxinos
Melatonin, through its different receptors, has pleiotropic functions in mammalian brain. Melatonin is secreted mainly by the pineal gland and exerts its effects via receptor-mediated and non-receptor-mediated actions. With recent advancement in neuroanatomical mapping, we may now understand better the localizations of the two G protein-coupled melatonin receptors MT1 and MT2. The abundance of these melatonin receptors in respective brain regions suggests that receptor-mediated actions of melatonin might play crucial roles in the functions of central nervous system...
May 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478549/extracellular-matrix-controls-neuronal-features-that-mediate-the-persistence-of-fear
#9
Annabella Pignataro, Roberto Pagano, Giorgia Guarneri, Silvia Middei, Martine Ammassari-Teule
Degradation of the chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by injections of the bacterial enzyme chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) does not impair fear memory formation but accelerates its extinction and disrupts its reactivation. These observations suggest that the treatment might selectively interfere with the post-extinction features of neurons that mediate the reinstatement of fear. Here, we report that ChABC mice show regular fear memory and memory-driven c-fos activation and dendritic spine formation in the BLA...
May 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474183/do-all-roads-lead-to-rome-a-comparison-of-brain-networks-derived-from-inter-subject-volumetric-and-metabolic-covariance-and-moment-to-moment-hemodynamic-correlations-in-old-individuals
#10
Xin Di, Suril Gohel, Andre Thielcke, Hans F Wehrl, Bharat B Biswal
Relationships between spatially remote brain regions in human have typically been estimated by moment-to-moment correlations of blood-oxygen-level dependent signals in resting-state using functional MRI (fMRI). Recently, studies using subject-to-subject covariance of anatomical volumes, cortical thickness, and metabolic activity are becoming increasingly popular. However, question remains on whether these measures reflect the same inter-region connectivity and brain network organizations. In the current study, we systematically analyzed inter-subject volumetric covariance from anatomical MRI images, metabolic covariance from fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography images from 193 healthy subjects, and resting-state moment-to-moment correlations from fMRI images of a subset of 44 subjects...
May 4, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470553/intrinsic-functional-organization-of-putative-language-networks-in-the-brain-following-left-cerebral-hemispherectomy
#11
Anna Ivanova, Eran Zaidel, Noriko Salamon, Susan Bookheimer, Lucina Q Uddin, Stella de Bode
In rare cases of severe and intractable epilepsy, cerebral hemispherectomy is performed to arrest seizure activity and improve quality of life. The remaining hemisphere is often capable of supporting many cognitive functions post-surgery, although the outcome depends on the underlying etiology, hemisphere removed, and age of resection. The mechanisms underlying this massive reorganization are at present unknown. Here we examined intrinsic functional connectivity of putative language brain networks in four children after left cerebral hemispherectomy using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI)...
May 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470552/neural-mechanisms-and-functional-neuroanatomical-networks-during-memory-and-cue-based-task-switching-as-revealed-by-residue-iteration-decomposition-ride-based-source-localization
#12
Nicole Wolff, Moritz Mückschel, Christian Beste
Task switching processes reflect a faculty of cognitive flexibility. The underlying neural mechanisms and functional cortical networks have frequently been investigated using neurophysiological (EEG) or functional imaging methods. However, task switching processes are subject to strong intra-individual variability, especially when tested under varying levels of working memory demands. This intra-individual variability compromises the reliable estimation of neurophysiological processes and related functional neuroanatomical networks...
May 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470551/nuclear-derivatives-and-axonal-projections-originating-from-rhombomere-4-in-the-mouse-hindbrain
#13
Maria Di Bonito, Michèle Studer, Luis Puelles
The r4-derived territory is located in the pontine region of the brainstem, forming a wedge-shaped slice that broadens from the choroidal roof to the ventral midline. R4-derived neuronal populations migrate radially inside and tangentially outside this rhombomere, forming nuclei of the sensorimotor auditory, vestibular, trigeminal and reticular systems. R4-derived fibre tracts contribute to the lateral lemniscus, the trigeminothalamic tracts, the medial tegmental tract and the medial forebrain bundle, which variously project to the midbrain, thalamus, hypothalamus and telencephalon...
May 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466359/dysfunctions-in-striatal-microstructure-can-enhance-perceptual-decision-making-through-deficits-in-predictive-coding
#14
Christian Beste, Moritz Mückschel, Raymond Rosales, Aloysius Domingo, Lillian Lee, Arlene Ng, Christine Klein, Alexander Münchau
An important brain function is to predict upcoming events on the basis of extracted regularities of previous inputs. These predictive coding processes can disturb performance in concurrent perceptual decision-making and are known to depend on fronto-striatal circuits. However, it is unknown whether, and if so, to what extent striatal microstructural properties modulate these processes. We addressed this question in a human disease model of striosomal dysfunction, i.e. X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism (XDP), using high-density EEG recordings and source localization...
May 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466358/differential-surface-density-and-modulatory-effects-of-presynaptic-gabab-receptors-in-hippocampal-cholecystokinin-and-parvalbumin-basket-cells
#15
Sam A Booker, Daniel Althof, Claudius E Degro, Masahiko Watanabe, Ákos Kulik, Imre Vida
The perisomatic domain of cortical neurons is under the control of two major GABAergic inhibitory interneuron types: regular-spiking cholecystokinin (CCK) basket cells (BCs) and fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) BCs. CCK and PV BCs are different not only in their intrinsic physiological, anatomical and molecular characteristics, but also in their presynaptic modulation of their synaptic output. Most GABAergic terminals are known to contain GABAB receptors (GABABR), but their role in presynaptic inhibition and surface expression have not been comparatively characterized in the two BC types...
May 2, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456912/the-neurons-expressing-calcium-binding-proteins-in-the-amygdala-of-the-guinea-pig-precisely-designed-interface-for-sex-hormones
#16
Maciej Równiak
The generation of emotional responses by the amygdala is determined largely by the balance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs to its principal neurons. These responses are often sex-specific, and any imbalance in excitatory and/or inhibitory tones leads to serious psychiatric disorders which occur with different rates in men versus women. To investigate the neural basis of sex-specific processing in the amygdala, relationships between the neurons expressing calbindin (CB), parvalbumin (PV) and calretinin (CR), which form in the amygdala main subsets of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic inhibitory system, and neurons endowed with oestrogen alpha (ERα), oestrogen beta (ERβ) or androgen (AR) receptors were analysed using double immunohistochemistry in male and female guinea pig subjects...
April 29, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447220/track-weighted-dynamic-functional-connectivity-tw-dfc-a-new-method-to-study-time-resolved-functional-connectivity
#17
Fernando Calamante, Robert E Smith, Xiaoyun Liang, Andrew Zalesky, Alan Connelly
Interest in the study of brain connectivity is growing, particularly in understanding the dynamics of the structural/functional connectivity relation. Structural and functional connectivity are most often analysed independently of each other. Track-weighted functional connectivity (TW-FC) was recently proposed as a means to combine structural/functional connectivity information into a single image. We extend here TW-FC in two important ways: first, all the functional data are used without having to define a prior functional network (cf...
April 26, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439662/the-angular-gyrus-is-a-supramodal-comparator-area-in-action-outcome-monitoring
#18
Bianca M van Kemenade, B Ezgi Arikan, Tilo Kircher, Benjamin Straube
Predicting and processing the sensory consequences of one's own actions is essential to enable successful interactions with the environment. Previous studies have suggested that the angular gyrus detects discrepancies between predicted and actual action consequences, at least for unimodal feedback. However, most actions lead to multisensory consequences, raising the question whether previous models can sufficiently explain action-outcome processing. Here, we investigated neural comparator processes during detection of delays between action and unimodal or bimodal consequences in human subjects with fMRI, using parametric and connectivity analyses...
April 24, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424895/risk-and-protective-factors-for-structural-brain-ageing-in-the-eighth-decade-of-life
#19
Stuart J Ritchie, Elliot M Tucker-Drob, Simon R Cox, David Alexander Dickie, Maria Del C Valdés Hernández, Janie Corley, Natalie A Royle, Paul Redmond, Susana Muñoz Maniega, Alison Pattie, Benjamin S Aribisala, Adele M Taylor, Toni-Kim Clarke, Alan J Gow, John M Starr, Mark E Bastin, Joanna M Wardlaw, Ian J Deary
Individuals differ markedly in brain structure, and in how this structure degenerates during ageing. In a large sample of human participants (baseline n = 731 at age 73 years; follow-up n = 488 at age 76 years), we estimated the magnitude of mean change and variability in changes in MRI measures of brain macrostructure (grey matter, white matter, and white matter hyperintensity volumes) and microstructure (fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity from diffusion tensor MRI). All indices showed significant average change with age, with considerable heterogeneity in those changes...
April 19, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424894/the-integrity-of-the-nucleus-of-the-lateral-olfactory-tract-is-essential-for-the-normal-functioning-of-the-olfactory-system
#20
Ricardo P Vaz, Armando Cardoso, Susana I Sá, Pedro A Pereira, M Dulce Madeira
The nucleus of the lateral olfactory tract (nLOT) is a relatively small component of the cortical pallial amygdala, with peculiar neurogenic, neurochemical and connectivity patterns. Although it has been suggested that it might be involved in non-pheromonal olfactory-guided behaviors, particularly feeding, the functional implications of the nLOT have never been investigated. In view of this fact, we have tackled this subject by performing a series of behavioral tests and by quantifying biological and biochemical parameters in sexually naïve adult male rats that were submitted to bilateral excitotoxic lesions of the nLOT...
April 19, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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