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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197555/biphasic-regulation-of-p38-mapk-by-serotonin-contributes-to-the-efficacy-of-stimulus-protocols-that-induce-long-term-synaptic-facilitation
#1
Yili Zhang, Paul Smolen, Douglas A Baxter, John H Byrne
The MAPK isoforms ERK and p38 MAPK are believed to play opposing roles in long-term synaptic facilitation (LTF) induced by serotonin (5-HT) in Aplysia. To fully understand their roles, however, it is necessary to consider the dynamics of ERK and p38 MAPK activation. Previous studies determined that activation of ERK occurred ∼45 min after a 5-min pulse of 5-HT treatment. The dynamics of p38 MAPK activation following 5-HT are yet to be elucidated. Here, the activity of p38 MAPK was examined at different times after 5-HT, and the interaction between the ERK and p38 MAPK pathways was investigated...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197554/does-size-really-matter-the-role-of-tonotopic-map-area-dynamics-for-sound-learning-in-mouse-auditory-cortex
#2
Hans Sperup Brünner, Rune Rasmussen
This commentary centers on the novel findings by Shepard et al. (2016) published in eNeuro. The authors interrogated tonotopic map dynamics in auditory cortex (ACtx) by employing a natural sound-learning paradigm, where mothers learn the importance of pup ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs), allowing Shepard et al. to probe the role of map area expansion for auditory learning. They demonstrate that auditory learning in this paradigm does not rely on map expansion but is facilitated by increased inhibition of neurons tuned to low-frequency sounds...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197553/the-role-of-sirt1-in-epileptogenesis
#3
Alicia M Hall, Gary P Brennan, Tiffany M Nguyen, Akanksha Singh-Taylor, Hyun-Seung Mun, Mary J Sargious, Tallie Z Baram
The mechanisms by which brain insults lead to subsequent epilepsy remain unclear. Insults, including trauma, stroke, tumors, infections, and long seizures [status epilepticus (SE)], create a neuronal state of increased metabolic demand or decreased energy supply. Neurons express molecules that monitor their metabolic state, including sirtuins (Sirts). Sirtuins deacetylate cytoplasmic proteins and nuclear histones, and their epigenetic modulation of the chromatin governs the expression of many genes, influencing neuronal properties...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197552/altered-channel-conductance-states-and-gating-of-gabaa-receptors-by-a-pore-mutation-linked-to-dravet-syndrome
#4
Ciria C Hernandez, Weijing Kong, Ningning Hu, Yujia Zhang, Wangzhen Shen, Laurel Jackson, Xiaoyan Liu, Yuwu Jiang, Robert L Macdonald
We identified a de novo missense mutation, P302L, in the γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor γ2 subunit gene GABRG2 in a patient with Dravet syndrome using targeted next-generation sequencing. The mutation was in the cytoplasmic portion of the transmembrane segment M2 of the γ2 subunit that faces the pore lumen. GABAA receptor α1 and β3 subunits were coexpressed with wild-type (wt) γ2L or mutant γ2L(P302L) subunits in HEK 293T cells and cultured mouse cortical neurons. We measured currents using whole-cell and single-channel patch clamp techniques, surface and total expression levels using surface biotinylation and Western blotting, and potential structural perturbations in mutant GABAA receptors using structural modeling...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197551/ephrina5-signaling-is-required-for-the-distinctive-targeting-of-raphe-serotonin-neurons-in-the-forebrain
#5
Teng Teng, Afsaneh Gaillard, Aude Muzerelle, Patricia Gaspar
Serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission in the brain relies on a widespread axon terminal network originating from the hindbrain raphe nuclei. These projections are topographically organized such that the dorsal (DR), and median raphe (MnR) nuclei have different brain targets. However, the guidance molecules involved in this selective targeting in development are unknown. Here, we show the implication of ephrinA5 signaling in this process. We find that the EphA5 gene is selectively expressed in a subset of 5-HT neurons during embryonic and postnatal development...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197550/sexually-dimorphic-risk-mitigation-strategies-in-rats
#6
Blake A Pellman, Bryan P Schuessler, Mohini Tellakat, Jeansok J Kim
The scientific understanding of fear and anxiety-in both normal and pathological forms-is presently limited by a predominance of studies that use male animals and Pavlovian fear conditioning-centered paradigms that restrict and assess specific behaviors (e.g., freezing) over brief sampling periods and overlook the broader contributions of the spatiotemporal context to an animal's behavioral responses to threats. Here, we use a risky "closed economy" system, in which the need to acquire food and water and the need to avoid threats are simultaneously integrated into the lives of rats, to examine sex differences in mitigating threat risk while foraging...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197549/activation-dependent-rapid-postsynaptic-clustering-of-glycine-receptors-in-mature-spinal-cord-neurons
#7
Yoshihisa Nakahata, Kei Eto, Hideji Murakoshi, Miho Watanabe, Toshihiko Kuriu, Hiromi Hirata, Andrew J Moorhouse, Hitoshi Ishibashi, Junichi Nabekura
Inhibitory synapses are established during development but continue to be generated and modulated in strength in the mature nervous system. In the spinal cord and brainstem, presynaptically released inhibitory neurotransmitter dominantly switches from GABA to glycine during normal development in vivo. While presynaptic mechanisms of the shift of inhibitory neurotransmission are well investigated, the contribution of postsynaptic neurotransmitter receptors to this shift is not fully elucidated. Synaptic clustering of glycine receptors (GlyRs) is regulated by activation-dependent depolarization in early development...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197548/editorial-acknowledging-our-work-as-reviewers
#8
EDITORIAL
Christophe Bernard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197547/neural-progenitor-cells-promote-axonal-growth-and-alter-axonal-mrna-localization-in-adult-neurons
#9
Tanuja T Merianda, Ying Jin, Ashley L Kalinski, Pabitra K Sahoo, Itzhak Fischer, Jeffery L Twiss
The inhibitory environment of the spinal cord and the intrinsic properties of neurons prevent regeneration of axons following CNS injury. However, both ascending and descending axons of the injured spinal cord have been shown to regenerate into grafts of embryonic neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Previous studies have shown that grafts composed of glial-restricted progenitors (GRPs) and neural-restricted progenitors (NRPs) can provide a permissive microenvironment for axon growth. We have used cocultures of adult rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons together with NPCs, which have shown significant enhancement of axon growth by embryonic rat GRP and GRPs/NRPs, both in coculture conditions and when DRGs are exposed to conditioned medium from the NPC cultures...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197546/editorial-a-message-from-the-editor-in-chief
#10
EDITORIAL
Christophe Bernard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197545/active-nerve-regeneration-with-failed-target-reinnervation-drives-persistent-neuropathic-pain
#11
Wenrui Xie, Judith A Strong, Jun-Ming Zhang
Peripheral nerves can regenerate and, when injured, may cause neuropathic pain. We propose that the active regeneration process plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of neuropathic pain. In one commonly used rodent neuropathic pain model, pronounced pain behaviors follow ligation and cutting of the L5 spinal nerve. We found that the injured nerve regenerates into the sciatic nerve and functionally reinnervates target tissues: the regenerated nerve conducts electrical signals, mechanical responses, and tracers between the leg/hindpaw and axotomized sensory ganglion...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197544/plasticity-in-brainstem-mechanisms-of-pain-modulation-by-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-the-rat
#12
Francis J Jareczek, Stephanie R White, Donna L Hammond
Individuals with chronic pain may be driven to smoke more because the analgesic efficacy of nicotine diminishes. To determine whether persistent pain diminishes the actions of a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) agonist in pain modulatory pathways, we examined the effects of epibatidine in the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) of rats with and without inflammatory injury induced by intraplantar injection of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). In uninjured rats, epibatidine produced a dose-dependent antinociception that was completely blocked by dihydro-β-erythroidine (DHβE; α4β2 antagonist) and partially blocked by methyllycaconitine (MLA; α7 antagonist)...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197543/impedance-spectrum-in-cortical-tissue-implications-for-propagation-of-lfp-signals-on-the-microscopic-level
#13
Stéphanie Miceli, Torbjørn V Ness, Gaute T Einevoll, Dirk Schubert
Brain research investigating electrical activity within neural tissue is producing an increasing amount of physiological data including local field potentials (LFPs) obtained via extracellular in vivo and in vitro recordings. In order to correctly interpret such electrophysiological data, it is vital to adequately understand the electrical properties of neural tissue itself. An ongoing controversy in the field of neuroscience is whether such frequency-dependent effects bias LFP recordings and affect the proper interpretation of the signal...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197542/the-proline-arginine-dipeptide-from-hexanucleotide-repeat-expanded-c9orf72-inhibits-the-proteasome
#14
Rahul Gupta, Matthews Lan, Jelena Mojsilovic-Petrovic, Won Hoon Choi, Nathaniel Safren, Sami Barmada, Min Jae Lee, Robert Kalb
An intronic hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) mutation in the C9ORF72 gene is the most common cause of familial ALS and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and is found in ∼7% of individuals with apparently sporadic disease. Several different diamino acid peptides can be generated from the HRE by noncanonical translation (repeat-associated non-ATG translation, or RAN translation), and some of these peptides can be toxic. Here, we studied the effects of two arginine containing RAN translation products [proline/arginine repeated 20 times (PR20) and glycine/arginine repeated 20 times (GR20)] in primary rat spinal cord neuron cultures grown on an astrocyte feeder layer...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144626/modulation-of-rhythmic-activity-in-mammalian-spinal-networks-is-dependent-on-excitability-state
#15
Simon A Sharples, Patrick J Whelan
Neuromodulators play an important role in activating rhythmically active motor networks; however, what remains unclear are the network interactions whereby neuromodulators recruit spinal motor networks to produce rhythmic activity. Evidence from invertebrate systems has demonstrated that the effect of neuromodulators depends on the pre-existing state of the network. We explored how network excitation state affects the ability of dopamine to evoke rhythmic locomotor activity in the neonatal mouse isolated spinal cord...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144625/activation-of-both-cb1-and-cb2-endocannabinoid-receptors-is-critical-for-masculinization-of-the-developing-medial-amygdala-and-juvenile-social-play-behavior
#16
Kathryn J Argue, Jonathan W VanRyzin, David J Falvo, Allison R Whitaker, Stacey J Yu, Margaret M McCarthy
Juvenile social play behavior is a shared trait across a wide variety of mammalian species. When play is characterized by the frequency or duration of physical contact, males usually display more play relative to females. The endocannabinoid system contributes to the development of the sex difference in social play behavior in rats. Treating newborn pups with a nonspecific endocannabinoid agonist, WIN55,212-2, masculinizes subsequent juvenile rough-and-tumble play behavior by females. Here we use specific drugs to target signaling through either the CB1 or CB2 endocannabinoid receptor (CB1R or CB2R) to determine which modulates the development of sex differences in play...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144624/development-and-organization-of-the-evolutionarily-conserved-three-layered-olfactory-cortex
#17
REVIEW
Esther Klingler
The olfactory cortex is part of the mammalian cerebral cortex together with the neocortex and the hippocampus. It receives direct input from the olfactory bulbs and participates in odor discrimination, association, and learning (Bekkers and Suzuki, 2013). It is thought to be an evolutionarily conserved paleocortex, which shares common characteristics with the three-layered general cortex of reptiles (Aboitiz et al., 2002). The olfactory cortex has been studied as a "simple model" to address sensory processing, though little is known about its precise cell origin, diversity, and identity...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144623/eye-movements-in-darkness-modulate-self-motion-perception
#18
Ivar Adrianus H Clemens, Luc P J Selen, Antonella Pomante, Paul R MacNeilage, W Pieter Medendorp
During self-motion, humans typically move the eyes to maintain fixation on the stationary environment around them. These eye movements could in principle be used to estimate self-motion, but their impact on perception is unknown. We had participants judge self-motion during different eye-movement conditions in the absence of full-field optic flow. In a two-alternative forced choice task, participants indicated whether the second of two successive passive lateral whole-body translations was longer or shorter than the first...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144622/the-effects-of-pitch-shifts-on-delay-induced-changes-in-vocal-sequencing-in-a-songbird
#19
MacKenzie Wyatt, Emily A Berthiaume, Conor W Kelly, Samuel J Sober
Like human speech, vocal behavior in songbirds depends critically on auditory feedback. In both humans and songbirds, vocal skills are acquired by a process of imitation whereby current vocal production is compared to an acoustic target. Similarly, performance in adulthood relies strongly on auditory feedback, and online manipulations of auditory signals can dramatically alter acoustic production even after vocalizations have been well learned. Artificially delaying auditory feedback can disrupt both speech and birdsong, and internal delays in auditory feedback have been hypothesized as a cause of vocal dysfluency in persons who stutter...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144621/glp-1r-signaling-directly-activates-arcuate-nucleus-kisspeptin-action-in-brain-slices-but-does-not-rescue-luteinizing-hormone-inhibition-in-ovariectomized-mice-during-negative-energy-balance
#20
Kristy M Heppner, Arian F Baquero, Camdin M Bennett, Sarah R Lindsley, Melissa A Kirigiti, Baylin Bennett, Martha A Bosch, Aaron J Mercer, Oline K Rønnekleiv, Cadence True, Kevin L Grove, M Susan Smith
Kisspeptin (Kiss1) neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) are key components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, as they regulate the basal pulsatile release of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). ARC Kiss1 action is dependent on energy status, and unmasking metabolic factors responsible for modulating ARC Kiss1 neurons is of great importance. One possible factor is glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), an anorexigenic neuropeptide produced by brainstem preproglucagon neurons. Because GLP fiber projections and the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) are abundant in the ARC, we hypothesized that GLP-1R signaling could modulate ARC Kiss1 action...
January 2017: ENeuro
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