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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527062/the-prokineticin-system-an-interface-between-neural-inflammation-and-pain
#1
Silvia Franchi, Paola Sacerdote, Alberto Panerai
Prokineticins (PK) 1 and 2 belong to a new family of chemokines capable to interact with two different G coupled receptors: Prokineticin receptor (PKR)1 and 2. Both prokineticins and their receptors are widely distributed in different tissues and regulate several biological functions. In particular, a role of the PK system in inflammation and nociception has been established. PKRs are expressed in regions of the nervous system associated with pain and in primary sensitive neurons they colocalize with transient potential receptor vanilloid-TRPV1 providing an anatomical interaction in nociceptor sensitization...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504971/robust-tactile-sensory-responses-in-finger-area-of-primate-motor-cortex-relevant-to-prosthetic-control
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Karen E Schroeder, Zachary Irwin, Autumn Bullard, David Thompson, Nicole Bentley, William Stacey, Parag Patil, Cynthia Chestek
OBJECTIVE:  Challenges in improving the performance of dexterous upper-limb brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) have prompted renewed interest in quantifying the amount and type of sensory information naturally encoded in primary motor cortex (M1). Previous single unit studies in monkeys showed M1 is responsive to tactile stimulation, as well as passive and active movement of the limbs. However, recent work in this area has focused primarily on proprioception. Here we examined instead how tactile somatosensation of the hand and fingers is represented in M1...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496406/neural-correlates-of-phrase-rhythm-an-eeg-study-of-bipartite-vs-rondo-sonata-form
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Arturo Martínez-Rodrigo, Alicia Fernández-Sotos, José Miguel Latorre, José Moncho-Bogani, Antonio Fernández-Caballero
This paper introduces the neural correlates of phrase rhythm. In short, phrase rhythm is the rhythmic aspect of phrase construction and the relationships between phrases. For the sake of establishing the neural correlates, a musical experiment has been designed to induce music-evoked stimuli related to phrase rhythm. Brain activity is monitored through electroencephalography (EEG) by using a brain-computer interface. The power spectral value of each EEG channel is estimated to obtain how power variance distributes as a function of frequency...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495976/optogenetic-inhibition-of-ventral-pallidum-neurons-impairs-context-driven-salt-seeking
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Stephen E Chang, Elizabeth B Smedley, Katherine J Stansfield, Jeffrey J Stott, Kyle S Smith
Salt appetite, in which animals can immediately seek out salt when under a novel state of sodium deprivation, is a classic example of how homeostatic systems interface with learned associations to produce an on-the-fly updating of motivated behavior. Neural activity in the ventral pallidum (VP) has been shown to encode changes in the value of salt under such conditions, both the value of salt itself (Tindell et al., 2006) and the motivational value of its predictive cues (Tindell et al., 2009; Robinson & Berridge, 2013)...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493386/a-ferroelectric-ceramic-polymer-composite-based-capacitive-electrode-array-for-in-vivo-recordings
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Changyong Chen, Miaomiao Xue, Yige Wen, Guang Yao, Yan Cui, Feiyi Liao, Zhuocheng Yan, Long Huang, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Min Gao, Taisong Pan, Hulin Zhang, Wei Jing, Daqing Guo, Sanfeng Zhang, Hailiang Yao, Xiong Zhou, Qiang Li, Yang Xia, Yuan Lin
A new implantable capacitive electrode array for electrocorticography signal recording is developed with ferroelectric ceramic/polymer composite. This ultrathin and electrically safe capacitive electrode array is capable of attaching to the biological tissue conformably. The barium titanate/polyimide (BaTiO3 /PI) nanocomposite with high dielectric constant is successfully synthesized and employed as the ultrathin dielectric layer of the capacitive BaTiO3 /PI electrode array. The performance of the capacitive BaTiO3 /PI electrode array is evaluated by electrical characterization and 3D finite-element modeling...
May 11, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490645/evidence-of-adaptations-of-locomotor-neural-drive-in-response-to-enhanced-intermuscular-connectivity-between-the-triceps-surae-muscles-of-the-rat
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Michel Bernabei, Jaap H van Dieën, Huub Maas
The aims of this study were to investigate changes (i) in the coordination of activation of the triceps surae muscle group and (ii) in muscle belly length of soleus (SO) and lateral gastrocnemius (LG) during locomotion (trotting) in response to increased stiffness of intermuscular connective tissues in the rat. We measured muscle activation and muscle belly lengths, as well as hindlimb kinematics, before and after an artificial enhancement of the connectivity between SO and LG muscles obtained by implanting a tissue-integrating surgical mesh at the muscles' interface...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470284/dynamics-of-carbon-monoxide-dissociation-on-co-112-combining-macron-0
#7
Xixi Hu, Yipeng Zhou, Bin Jiang, Hua Guo, Daiqian Xie
The dissociative chemisorption dynamics of CO on rigid Co(112[combining macron]0) is investigated using a quasi-classical trajectory method on a new global six-dimensional potential energy surface (PES). The PES is fit using a neural network method to represent 24 630 density functional energies in various configurations. The reaction path features deep chemisorption wells and a late barrier for dissociation, agreeing well with previous calculations. The activation energy for dissociation ranges from 0.1 eV at the hollow site to 2...
May 4, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466792/orthoscape-a-cytoscape-application-for-grouping-and-visualization-kegg-based-gene-networks-by-taxonomy-and-homology-principles
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Zakhar Sergeevich Mustafin, Sergey Alexandrovich Lashin, Yury Georgievich Matushkin, Konstantin Vladimirovich Gunbin, Dmitry Arkadievich Afonnikov
BACKGROUND: There are many available software tools for visualization and analysis of biological networks. Among them, Cytoscape ( http://cytoscape.org/ ) is one of the most comprehensive packages, with many plugins and applications which extends its functionality by providing analysis of protein-protein interaction, gene regulatory and gene co-expression networks, metabolic, signaling, neural as well as ecological-type networks including food webs, communities networks etc. Nevertheless, only three plugins tagged 'network evolution' found in Cytoscape official app store and in literature...
January 27, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464413/evaluating-solvent-effects-at-the-aqueous-pt-111-interface
#9
Satish Iyemperumal, N Aaron Deskins
Liquid-metal interfaces occur in a number of surface processes, and it is fundamentally important to accurately model these interfaces. We have systematically determined how the presence of water affects several processes using density functional theory with implicit solvation models. We modeled adsorption of 41 common adsorbates, as well as four catalytic reactions in both vacuum and water over the Pt(111) surface. Our results show that adsorption energies for some species can change significantly in the presence of water (up to 0...
May 2, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461069/characterization-of-the-zika-virus-two-component-ns2b-ns3-protease-and-structure-assisted-identification-of-allosteric-small-molecule-antagonists
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Sergey A Shiryaev, Chen Farhy, Antonella Pinto, Chun-Teng Huang, Nicole Simonetti, Annie Elong Ngono, Antimone Dewing, Sujan Shresta, Anthony B Pinkerton, Piotr Cieplak, Alex Y Strongin, Alexey V Terskikh
The recent re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV)(1), a member of the Flaviviridae family, has become a global emergency. Currently, there are no effective methods of preventing or treating ZIKV infection, which causes severe neuroimmunopathology and is particularly harmful to the developing fetuses of infected pregnant women. However, the pathology induced by ZIKV is unique among flaviviruses, and knowledge of the biology of other family members cannot easily be extrapolated to ZIKV. Thus, structure-function studies of ZIKV proteins are urgently needed to facilitate the development of effective preventative and therapeutic agents...
April 29, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459692/a-128-channel-fpga-based-real-time-spike-sorting-bidirectional-closed-loop-neural-interface-system
#11
Jongkil Park, Gookhwa Kim, Sang-Don Jung
A multichannel neural interface system is an important tool for various types of neuroscientific studies. For the electrical interface with a biological system, high-precision highspeed data recording and various types of stimulation capability are required. In addition, real-time signal processing is an important feature in the implementation of a real-time closed-loop system without unwanted substantial delay for feedback stimulation. Online spike sorting, the process of assigning neural spikes to an identified group of neurons or clusters, is a necessary step to make a closed-loop path in real time, but massive memory-space requirements commonly limit hardware implementations...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
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
#12
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/28452616/an-ovine-model-of-cerebral-catheter-venography-for-implantation-of-an-endovascular-neural-interface
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Thomas James Oxley, Nicholas Lachlan Opie, Gil Simon Rind, Kishan Liyanage, Sam Emmanuel John, Stephen Ronayne, Alan James McDonald, Anthony Dornom, Timothy John Haynes Lovell, Peter John Mitchell, Iwan Bennett, Sebastien Bauquier, Leon Norris Warne, Chris Steward, David Bruce Grayden, Patricia Desmond, Stephen M Davis, Terence John O'Brien, Clive N May
OBJECTIVE Neural interface technology may enable the development of novel therapies to treat neurological conditions, including motor prostheses for spinal cord injury. Intracranial neural interfaces currently require a craniotomy to achieve implantation and may result in chronic tissue inflammation. Novel approaches are required that achieve less invasive implantation methods while maintaining high spatial resolution. An endovascular stent electrode array avoids direct brain trauma and is able to record electrocorticography in local cortical tissue from within the venous vasculature...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452331/design-and-manufacturing-challenges-of-optogenetic-neural-interfaces-a-review
#14
Beatriz Goncalves, J F Ribeiro, A Ferreira da Silva, Rui Costa, José Higino Correia
Optogenetics is a relatively new technology to achieve cell-type specific neuromodulation with millisecond-scale temporal precision. Optogenetic tools are being developed to address neuroscience challenges, and to improve the knowledge about brain networks, with the ultimate aim of catalyzing new treatments for brain disorders and diseases. To reach this ambitious goal the implementation of mature and reliable engineered tools is required. The success of optogenetics relies on optical tools that can deliver light into the neural tissue...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444371/neural-correlates-of-both-perception-and-memory-for-objects-in-the-rodent-perirhinal-cortex
#15
Jae-Rong Ahn, Inah Lee
Despite its anatomical positioning as an interface between the perceptual and memory systems, the perirhinal cortex (PER) has long been considered dedicated for object recognition memory. Whether the PER is also involved in object perception has been intensely debated in recent studies, but physiological evidence has been lacking. We recorded single units from the PER while the rat made categorical responses immediately after sampling a visual object as the originally learned objects were ambiguously morphed to varying degrees...
April 24, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438166/adjacent-regenerative-peripheral-nerve-interfaces-produce-phase-antagonist-signals-during-voluntary-walking-in-rats
#16
Daniel Ursu, Andrej Nedic, Melanie Urbanchek, Paul Cederna, R Brent Gillespie
BACKGROUND: Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (RPNIs) are neurotized muscle grafts intended to produce electromyographic signals suitable for motorized prosthesis control. Two RPNIs producing independent agonist/antagonist signals are required for each control axis; however, it is unknown whether signals from adjacent RPNIs are independent. The purpose of this work was to determine signaling characteristics from two adjacent RPNIs, the first neurotized by a foot dorsi-flexor nerve and the second neurotized by a foot plantar-flexor nerve in a rodent model...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427290/a-real-time-method-for-decoding-the-neural-drive-to-muscles-using-single-channel-intra-muscular-emg-recordings
#17
Saeed Karimimehr, Hamid Reza Marateb, Silvia Muceli, Marjan Mansourian, Miguel Angel Mañanas, Dario Farina
The neural command from motor neurons to muscles - sometimes referred to as the neural drive to muscle - can be identified by decomposition of electromyographic (EMG) signals. This approach can be used for inferring the voluntary commands in neural interfaces in patients with limb amputations. This paper proposes for the first time an innovative method for fully automatic and real-time intramuscular EMG (iEMG) decomposition. The method is based on online single-pass density-based clustering and adaptive classification of bivariate features, using the concept of potential measure...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422663/a-neural-probe-with-up-to-966-electrodes-and-up-to-384-configurable-channels-in-0-13-%C3%AE-m-soi-cmos
#18
Carolina Mora Lopez, Jan Putzeys, Bogdan Cristian Raducanu, Marco Ballini, Shiwei Wang, Alexandru Andrei, Veronique Rochus, Roeland Vandebriel, Simone Severi, Chris Van Hoof, Silke Musa, Nick Van Helleputte, Refet Firat Yazicioglu, Srinjoy Mitra
In vivo recording of neural action-potential and local-field-potential signals requires the use of high-resolution penetrating probes. Several international initiatives to better understand the brain are driving technology efforts towards maximizing the number of recording sites while minimizing the neural probe dimensions. We designed and fabricated (0.13- μm SOI Al CMOS) a 384-channel configurable neural probe for large-scale in vivo recording of neural signals. Up to 966 selectable active electrodes were integrated along an implantable shank (70 μm wide, 10 mm long, 20  μm thick), achieving a crosstalk of [Formula: see text] dB...
April 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420954/multiple-kernel-based-region-importance-learning-for-neural-classification-of-gait-states-from-eeg-signals
#19
Yuhang Zhang, Saurabh Prasad, Atilla Kilicarslan, Jose L Contreras-Vidal
With the development of Brain Machine Interface (BMI) systems, people with motor disabilities are able to control external devices to help them restore movement abilities. Longitudinal validation of these systems is critical not only to assess long-term performance reliability but also to investigate adaptations in electrocortical patterns due to learning to use the BMI system. In this paper, we decode the patterns of user's intended gait states (e.g., stop, walk, turn left, and turn right) from scalp electroencephalography (EEG) signals and simultaneously learn the relative importance of different brain areas by using the multiple kernel learning (MKL) algorithm...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417848/dynamic-range-adaptation-in-primary-motor-cortical-populations
#20
Robert G Rasmussen, Andrew Schwartz, Steven M Chase
Neural populations from various sensory regions demonstrate dynamic range adaptation in response to changes in the statistical distribution of their input stimuli. These adaptations help optimize the transmission of information about sensory inputs. Here, we show a similar effect in the firing rates of primary motor cortical cells. We trained monkeys to operate a brain-computer interface in both two- and three-dimensional virtual environments. We found that neurons in primary motor cortex exhibited a change in the amplitude of their directional tuning curves between the two tasks...
April 18, 2017: ELife
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