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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142267/in-vivo-characterization-of-the-electrophysiological-and-astrocytic-responses-to-a-silicon-neuroprobe-implanted-in-the-mouse-neocortex
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Katrien Mols, Silke Musa, Bart Nuttin, Liesbet Lagae, Vincent Bonin
Silicon neuroprobes hold great potential for studies of large-scale neural activity and brain computer interfaces, but data on brain response in chronic implants is limited. Here we explored with in vivo cellular imaging the response to multisite silicon probes for neural recordings. We tested a chronic implant for mice consisting of a CMOS-compatible silicon probe rigidly implanted in the cortex under a cranial imaging window. Multiunit recordings of cortical neurons with the implant showed no degradation of electrophysiological signals weeks after implantation (mean spike and noise amplitudes of 186 ± 42 µVpp and 16 ± 3...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132542/impact-of-inflammation-on-the-blood-neural-barrier-and-blood-nerve-interface-from-review-to-therapeutic-preview
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Stephen D Skaper
A number of nervous system disorders are characterized by a state of inflammation (neuroinflammation) in which members of the innate immune system, most notably mast cells and microglia-acting as single entities and in unison-produce inflammatory molecules that play major roles. A neuroinflammatory environment can weaken not only blood-nerve and blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity but also that of the blood-spinal cord barrier. Mast cells, with their distribution in peripheral nerves and the central nervous system, are positioned to influence blood-nerve barrier characteristics...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131818/electrical-stimulus-artifact-cancellation-and-neural-spike-detection-on-large-multi-electrode-arrays
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Gonzalo E Mena, Lauren E Grosberg, Sasidhar Madugula, Paweł Hottowy, Alan Litke, John Cunningham, E J Chichilnisky, Liam Paninski
Simultaneous electrical stimulation and recording using multi-electrode arrays can provide a valuable technique for studying circuit connectivity and engineering neural interfaces. However, interpreting these measurements is challenging because the spike sorting process (identifying and segregating action potentials arising from different neurons) is greatly complicated by electrical stimulation artifacts across the array, which can exhibit complex and nonlinear waveforms, and overlap temporarily with evoked spikes...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131813/mechanical-fatigue-resistance-of-an-implantable-branched-lead-system-for-a-distributed-set-of-longitudinal-intrafascicular-electrodes
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A E Pena, S S Kuntaegowdanahalli, J J Abbas, J Patrick, K W Horch, R Jung
OBJECTIVE: A neural interface system has been developed that consists of an implantable stimulator/recorder can with a 15-electrode lead that trifurcates into three bundles of five individual wire longitudinal intrafascicular electrodes. This work evaluated the mechanical fatigue resistance of the branched lead and distributed electrode system under conditions designed to mimic anticipated strain profiles that would be observed after implantation in the human upper arm. APPROACH: Custom test setups and procedures were developed to apply linear or angular strain at four critical stress riser points on the lead and electrode system...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130452/augmenting-intracortical-brain-machine-interface-with-neurally-driven-error-detectors
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Nir Even-Chen, Sergey D Stavisky, Jonathan C Kao, Stephen I Ryu, Krishna V Shenoy
OBJECTIVE: Making mistakes is inevitable, but identifying them allows us to correct or adapt our behavior to improve future performance. Current brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) make errors that need to be explicitly corrected by the user, thereby consuming time and thus hindering performance. We hypothesized that neural correlates of the user perceiving the mistake could be used by the BMI to automatically correct errors. However, it was unknown whether intracortical outcome error signals were present in the premotor and primary motor cortices, brain regions successfully used for intracortical BMIs...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127518/identifying-molecular-mediators-of-environmentally-enhanced-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
Brian E Eisinger, Xinyu Zhao
Adult hippocampal neurogenesis occurs throughout life and supports healthy brain functions. The production of new neurons decreases with age, and deficiencies in adult neurogenesis are associated with neurodevelopmental and degenerative disease. The rate of neurogenesis is dynamically sensitive to an individual's environmental conditions and experiences, and certain stimuli are known robustly to enhance neurogenesis in rodent models, including voluntary exercise, enriched environment, and electroconvulsive shock...
November 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124762/evolution-in-the-design-of-a-low-sheath-flow-interface-for-ce-ms-and-application-to-biological-samples
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Víctor González-Ruiz, Santiago Codesido, Serge Rudaz, Julie Schappler
Although several interfaces for CE-MS hyphenation are commercially available, the development of new versatile, simple and yet efficient and sensitive alternatives remains an important field of research. In a previous work, a simple low sheath-flow interface was developed from inexpensive parts. This interface features a design easy to build, maintain, and adapt to particular needs. The present work introduces an improved design of the previous interface. By reducing the diameter of the separation capillary and the emitter, a smaller Taylor cone is spontaneously formed, minimizing the zone dispersion while the analytes go through the interface and leading to less peak broadening associated to the ESI process...
November 10, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124393/the-systemic-environment-at-the-interface-of-aging-and-adult-neurogenesis
#8
REVIEW
Lucas K Smith, Charles W White, Saul A Villeda
Aging results in impaired neurogenesis in the two neurogenic niches of the adult mammalian brain, the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus and the subventricular zone of the lateral ventricle. While significant work has characterized intrinsic cellular changes that contribute to this decline, it is increasingly apparent that the systemic environment also represents a critical driver of brain aging. Indeed, emerging studies utilizing the model of heterochronic parabiosis have revealed that immune-related molecular and cellular changes in the aging systemic environment negatively regulate adult neurogenesis...
November 9, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122711/developmental-refinement-of-synaptic-transmission-on-micropatterned-single-layer-graphene
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Sandeep Keshavan, Shovan Naskar, Alberto Diaspro, Laura Cancedda, Silvia Dante
Interfacing neurons with a single atomic layer of graphene, single atomic layer of sp2 hybridized C-atoms, is a key paradigm in understanding how to exploit the unique properties of such a two-dimensional system for neural prosthetics and biosensors development. In order to fabricate graphene-based circuitry, a reliable large area patterning method is a requirement. Following a previously developed protocol, we monitored the in vitro neuronal development of geometrically ordered neural network growing onto patterned Single Layer Graphene (SLG) coated with poly-D-lysine...
November 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118214/central-network-dynamics-regulating-visceral-and-humoral-functions
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Rita J Valentino, Patrice Guyenet, Xun Helen Hou, Melissa Herman
The brain processes information from the periphery and regulates visceral and immune activity to maintain internal homeostasis, optimally respond to a dynamic external environment, and integrate these functions with ongoing behavior. In addition to its relevance for survival, this integration underlies pathology as evidenced by diseases exhibiting comorbid visceral and psychiatric symptoms. Advances in neuroanatomical mapping, genetically specific neuronal manipulation, and neural network recording are overcoming the challenges of dissecting complex circuits that underlie this integration and deciphering their function...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118206/social-origins-of-developmental-risk-for-mental-and-physical-illness
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Judy L Cameron, Kathie L Eagleson, Nathan A Fox, Takao K Hensch, Pat Levitt
Adversity in early childhood exerts an enduring impact on mental and physical health, academic achievement, lifetime productivity, and the probability of interfacing with the criminal justice system. More science is needed to understand how the brain is affected by early life stress (ELS), which produces excessive activation of stress response systems broadly throughout the child's body (toxic stress). Our research examines the importance of sex, timing and type of stress exposure, and critical periods for intervention in various brain systems across species...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115280/real-time-cerebellar-neuroprosthetic-system-based-on-a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-motor-learning
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Tao Xu, Na Xiao, Xiaolong Zhai, Pak Kwan Chan, Chung Tin
Damage to the brain, as a result of various medical conditions, impacts everyday life of patients and there is still no complete cure to neurological disorders. Neuroprostheses that can functionally replace the damaged neural circuit have recently emerged as a possible solution to these problems. Here we describe the development of a real-time cerebellar neuroprosthetic system to substitute neural function in cerebellar circuitry for learning delay eyeblink conditioning (DEC). Approach: The system was empowered by a biologically realistic spiking neural network (SNN) model of the cerebellar neural circuit, which considers the neuronal population and anatomical connectivity of the network...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113579/use-of-research-interfaces-for-psychophysical-studies-with-cochlear-implant-users
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Ruth Y Litovsky, Matthew J Goupell, Alan Kan, David M Landsberger
A growing number of laboratories are using research interfaces to conduct experiments with cochlear-implant (CI) users. Because these interfaces bypass a subject's clinical sound processor, several concerns exist regarding safety and stimulation levels. Here we suggest best-practice approaches for how to safely and ethically perform this type of research and highlight areas of limited knowledge where further research is needed to help clarify safety limits. The article is designed to provide an introductory level of technical detail about the devices and the effects of electrical stimulation on perception and neurophysiology...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104986/exploring-the-potential-of-ionic-bipolar-diodes-for-chemical-neural-interfaces
#14
K Tybrandt
Technology interfaces which can imitate the chemically specific signaling of nervous tissues are attractive for studying and developing therapies for neurological disorders. As the signaling in nervous tissue is highly spatiotemporal in nature, an interfacing technology should provide local neurotransmitter release in the millisecond range. To obtain such a speed, the neurotransmitters must be stored close to the release point, while avoiding substantial passive leakage. Here we theoretically investigate whether ionic bipolar diodes can be used for this purpose...
November 15, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104374/gesture-decoding-using-ecog-signals-from-human-sensorimotor-cortex-a-pilot-study
#15
Yue Li, Shaomin Zhang, Yile Jin, Bangyu Cai, Marco Controzzi, Junming Zhu, Jianmin Zhang, Xiaoxiang Zheng
Electrocorticography (ECoG) has been demonstrated as a promising neural signal source for developing brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). However, many concerns about the disadvantages brought by large craniotomy for implanting the ECoG grid limit the clinical translation of ECoG-based BMIs. In this study, we collected clinical ECoG signals from the sensorimotor cortex of three epileptic participants when they performed hand gestures. The ECoG power spectrum in hybrid frequency bands was extracted to build a synchronous real-time BMI system...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097106/3d-axon-growth-by-exogenous-electrical-stimulus-and-soluble-factors
#16
Min D Tang-Schomer
Axon growth and alignment are fundamental processes during nervous system development and neural regeneration after injury. The present study investigates the effects of exogenous stimulus of electrical signals and soluble factors on axon 3D growth, using a silk protein material-based 3D brain tissue model. Electrical stimulus was delivered via embedded gold wires positioned at the interface of the scaffold region and the center matrix gel-filled region, spanning the axon growth area. This setup delivered applied electrical field directly to growing axons, and the effects were compared to micro-needle assisted local delivery of soluble factors of extracellular (ECM) components and neurotrophins...
October 30, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096243/environment-matters-microglia-function-and-dysfunction-in-a-changing-world
#17
REVIEW
Richa Hanamsagar, Staci D Bilbo
The immune system is our interface with the environment, and immune molecules such as cytokines and chemokines and the cells that produce them within the brain, notably microglia, are critical for normal brain development. This recognition has in recent years led to the working hypothesis that inflammatory events during pregnancy or the early postnatal period, for example, in response to infection, may disrupt the normal developmental trajectory of microglia and consequently their interactions with neurons, thereby contributing to the risk for neurological disorders...
October 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089483/three-dimensional-scanless-holographic-optogenetics-with-temporal-focusing-3d-shot
#18
Nicolas C Pégard, Alan R Mardinly, Ian Antón Oldenburg, Savitha Sridharan, Laura Waller, Hillel Adesnik
Optical methods capable of manipulating neural activity with cellular resolution and millisecond precision in three dimensions will accelerate the pace of neuroscience research. Existing approaches for targeting individual neurons, however, fall short of these requirements. Here we present a new multiphoton photo-excitation method, termed three-dimensional scanless holographic optogenetics with temporal focusing (3D-SHOT), which allows precise, simultaneous photo-activation of arbitrary sets of neurons anywhere within the addressable volume of a microscope...
October 31, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084158/ratiometric-decoding-of-pheromones-for-a-biomimetic-infochemical-communication-system
#19
Guangfen Wei, Sanju Thomas, Marina Cole, Zoltán Rácz, Julian W Gardner
Biosynthetic infochemical communication is an emerging scientific field employing molecular compounds for information transmission, labelling, and biochemical interfacing; having potential application in diverse areas ranging from pest management to group coordination of swarming robots. Our communication system comprises a chemoemitter module that encodes information by producing volatile pheromone components and a chemoreceiver module that decodes the transmitted ratiometric information via polymer-coated piezoelectric Surface Acoustic Wave Resonator (SAWR) sensors...
October 30, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079576/ablation-of-the-riboflavin-binding-protein-retbindin-reduces-flavin-levels-and-leads-to-progressive-and-dose-dependent-degeneration-of-rods-and-cones
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Ryan A Kelley, Muayyad R Al-Ubaidi, Tirthankar Sinha, Ayse M Genc, Mustafa S Makia, Larissa Ikelle, Muna I Naash
The interface between the neural retina and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is critical for several processes, including visual pigment regeneration and retinal attachment to the RPE. One of its most important functions is the exchange of metabolites between the photoreceptors and RPE because photoreceptor cells have very high energy demands, largely satisfied by oxidative metabolism. The riboflavin (RF) cofactors, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and flavin mononucleotide (FMN) are two key cofactors involved in oxidative metabolism...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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