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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334314/a-template-and-probabilistic-atlas-of-the-human-sensorimotor-tracts-using-diffusion-mri
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Derek B Archer, David E Vaillancourt, Stephen A Coombes
The purpose of this study was to develop a high-resolution sensorimotor area tract template (SMATT) which segments corticofugal tracts based on 6 cortical regions in primary motor cortex, dorsal premotor cortex, ventral premotor cortex, supplementary motor area (SMA), pre-supplementary motor area (preSMA), and primary somatosensory cortex using diffusion tensor imaging. Individual probabilistic tractography analyses were conducted in 100 subjects using the highest resolution data currently available. Tractography results were refined using a novel algorithm to objectively determine slice level thresholds that best minimized overlap between tracts while preserving tract volume...
March 14, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326032/a-dynamic-circuit-hypothesis-for-the-pathogenesis-of-blepharospasm
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David A Peterson, Terrence J Sejnowski
Blepharospasm (sometimes called "benign essential blepharospasm," BEB) is one of the most common focal dystonias. It involves involuntary eyelid spasms, eye closure, and increased blinking. Despite the success of botulinum toxin injections and, in some cases, pharmacologic or surgical interventions, BEB treatments are not completely efficacious and only symptomatic. We could develop principled strategies for preventing and reversing the disease if we knew the pathogenesis of primary BEB. The objective of this study was to develop a conceptual framework and dynamic circuit hypothesis for the pathogenesis of BEB...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323088/localization-of-the-corticospinal-tract-within-the-porcine-spinal-cord-implications-for-experimental-modeling-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Anna Victoria Leonard, Joshua York Menendez, Betty Maki Pat, Mark N Hadley, Candace Lorraine Floyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers have predominately utilized rodents for SCI modeling and experimentation. Unfortunately, a large number of novel therapies developed in rodent models have failed to demonstrate efficacy in human clinical trials which suggests that improved animal models are an important translational tool. Recently, porcine models of SCI have been identified as a valuable intermediary model for preclinical evaluation of promising therapies to aid clinical translation. However, the localization of the major spinal tracts in pigs has not yet been described...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293179/disynaptic-subthalamic-input-to-the-posterior-cerebellum-in-rat
#4
Saad Jwair, Patrice Coulon, Tom J H Ruigrok
In the last decade, the interplay between basal ganglia and cerebellar functions has been increasingly advocated to explain their joint operation in both normal and pathological conditions. Yet, insight into the neuroanatomical basis of this interplay between both subcortical structures remains sparse and is mainly derived from work in primates. Here, in rodents, we have studied the existence of a potential disynaptic connection between the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the cerebellar cortex as has been demonstrated earlier for the primate...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279169/effect-of-skilled-reaching-training-and-enriched-environment-on-generation-of-oligodendrocytes-in-the-adult-sensorimotor-cortex-and-corpus-callosum
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Silke Keiner, Fanny Niv, Susanne Neumann, Tanja Steinbach, Christian Schmeer, Katrin Hornung, Yvonne Schlenker, Martin Förster, Otto W Witte, Christoph Redecker
BACKGROUND: Increased motor activity or social interactions through enriched environment are strong stimulators of grey and white matter plasticity in the adult rodent brain. In the present study we evaluated whether specific reaching training of the dominant forelimb (RT) and stimulation of unspecific motor activity through enriched environment (EE) influence the generation of distinct oligodendrocyte subpopulations in the sensorimotor cortex and corpus callosum of the adult rat brain...
March 9, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270049/barrels-xxix-barrels-go-hollywood
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Mathew H Evans, Joshua C Brumberg
Barrels XXIX brought together researchers focusing on the rodent barrel cortex and associated systems. The meeting revolved around three themes: thalamocortical interactions in motor control, touch in rodent, monkey, and humans, and the nature of the multisensory computations the brain makes. Over two days these topics were covered as well as many more presentations that focused on the physiology, behavior, and development of the rodent whisker-to-barrel cortex system.
March 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269277/implantation-and-testing-of-wfma-stimulators-in-macaque
#7
Philip R Trovk, David Frim, Ben Roitberg, Vernon L Towle, Kazutaka Takahashi, Sungjae Suh, Martin Bak, Sam Bredeson, Zhe Hu
Our on-going work to develop an intracortical visual prosthesis has motivated the design, fabrication, and testing of a Wireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA) stimulator. This implantable device can be used for an electrical stimulation interface in the peripheral and the central nervous system. Previously, its use in a sciatic nerve rodent model was described. Here implantation of two WFMAs in motor cortex of two NHP (macaque - two devices/animal) is presented. Preliminary functional tests show the implanted devices to be fully functional with stimulation-induced motor movements obtained...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261086/crossed-cerebellar-atrophy-of-the-lateral-cerebellar-nucleus-in-an-endothelin-1-induced-rodent-model-of-ischemic-stroke
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Hugh H Chan, Jessica L Cooperrider, Hyun-Joo Park, Connor A Wathen, John T Gale, Kenneth B Baker, Andre G Machado
Crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) is a functional deficit of the cerebellar hemisphere resulting from loss of afferent input consequent to a lesion of the contralateral cerebral hemisphere. It is manifested as a reduction of metabolism and blood flow and, depending on severity and duration, it can result in atrophy, a phenomenon known as crossed cerebellar atrophy (CCA). While CCA has been well-demonstrated in humans, it remains poorly characterized in animal models of stroke. In this study we evaluated the effects of cerebral cortical ischemia on contralateral cerebellar anatomy using an established rodent model of chronic stroke...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249008/characterization-of-the-resting-state-brain-network-topology-in-the-6-hydroxydopamine-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Robert Westphal, Camilla Simmons, Michel B Mesquita, Tobias C Wood, Steve C R Williams, Anthony C Vernon, Diana Cash
Resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI) is an imaging technology that has recently gained attention for its ability to detect disruptions in functional brain networks in humans, including in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), revealing early and widespread brain network abnormalities. This methodology is now readily applicable to experimental animals offering new possibilities for cross-species translational imaging. In this context, we herein describe the application of rsfMRI to the unilaterally-lesioned 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) rat, a robust experimental model of the dopamine depletion implicated in PD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227512/implantation-and-testing-of-wfma-stimulators-in-macaque
#10
Philip R Trovk, David Frim, Ben Roitberg, Vernon L Towle, Kazutaka Takahashi, Sungjae Suh, Martin Bak, Sam Bredeson, Zhe Hu, Philip R Trovk, David Frim, Ben Roitberg, Vernon L Towle, Kazutaka Takahashi, Sungjae Suh, Martin Bak, Sam Bredeson, Zhe Hu, Vernon L Towle, David Frim, Kazutaka Takahashi, Zhe Hu, Sam Bredeson, Martin Bak, Ben Roitberg, Sungjae Suh
Our on-going work to develop an intracortical visual prosthesis has motivated the design, fabrication, and testing of a Wireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA) stimulator. This implantable device can be used for an electrical stimulation interface in the peripheral and the central nervous system. Previously, its use in a sciatic nerve rodent model was described. Here implantation of two WFMAs in motor cortex of two NHP (macaque - two devices/animal) is presented. Preliminary functional tests show the implanted devices to be fully functional with stimulation-induced motor movements obtained...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170429/cholesterol-contributes-to-dopamine-neuronal-loss-in-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-involvement-of-mitochondrial-dysfunctions-and-oxidative-stress
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Rajib Paul, Amarendranath Choudhury, Sanjeev Kumar, Anirudha Giri, Rajat Sandhir, Anupom Borah
Hypercholesterolemia is a known contributor to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease while its role in the occurrence of Parkinson's disease (PD) is only conjecture and far from conclusive. Altered antioxidant homeostasis and mitochondrial functions are the key mechanisms in loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) region of the midbrain in PD. Hypercholesterolemia is reported to cause oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunctions in the cortex and hippocampus regions of the brain in rodents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105850/next-generation-tau-models-in-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease-research-virus-based-gene-delivery-systems
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V Cubinková, B Valachová, V Brezovaková, R Szabó, I Zimová, Z Kostecká, S Jadhav
Alzheimer's disease (AD) the most common form of dementia is characterized by cognitive decline and progressive loss of neurons in the central nervous system. Despite huge scientific progress, there are only few animal models that recapitulate at least majority of the AD pathology and related symptomatology. Therefore, alternative methods to develop animal models for neurodegenerative diseases are constantly explored. Recently, recombinant adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are widely used viral vectors in development of novel models for neurodegenerative diseases...
February 6, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012708/secondary-motor-cortex-where-sensory-meets-motor-in-the-rodent-frontal-cortex
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REVIEW
Florent Barthas, Alex C Kwan
In rodents, the medial aspect of the secondary motor cortex (M2) is known by other names, including medial agranular cortex (AGm), medial precentral cortex (PrCm), and frontal orienting field (FOF). As a subdivision of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), M2 can be defined by a distinct set of afferent and efferent connections, microstimulation responses, and lesion outcomes. However, the behavioral role of M2 remains mysterious. Here, we focus on evidence from rodent studies, highlighting recent findings of early and context-dependent choice-related activity in M2 during voluntary behavior...
March 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003409/a-circuit-for-saccadic-suppression-in-the-primate-brain
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Rebecca A Berman, James Cavanaugh, Kerry McAlonan, Robert H Wurtz
Saccades should cause us to see a blur as the eyes sweep across a visual scene. Specific brain mechanisms prevent this by producing suppression during saccades. Neuronal correlates of such suppression were first established in the visual superficial layers of the superior colliculus (SC) and subsequently have been observed in cortical visual areas, including the middle temporal visual area (MT). In this study, we investigated suppression in a recently identified circuit linking visual SC (SCs) to MT through the inferior pulvinar (PI)...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983564/dysregulation-of-corticostriatal-connectivity-in-huntington-s-disease-a%C3%A2-role-for-dopamine-modulation
#15
Claudia Rangel-Barajas, George V Rebec
Aberrant communication between striatum, the main information processing unit of the basal ganglia, and cerebral cortex plays a critical role in the emergence of Huntington's disease (HD), a fatal monogenetic condition that typically strikes in the prime of life. Although both striatum and cortex undergo substantial cell loss over the course of HD, corticostriatal circuits become dysfunctional long before neurons die. Understanding the dysfunction is key to developing effective strategies for treating a progressively worsening triad of motor, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955948/array-focal-cortical-stimulation-enhances-motor-function-recovery-and-brain-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-ischemia
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Jing Yang, Lu Liu, Tao Li, Chengyan Li
OBJECTIVE: Using a new microelectrode array implanted into the cranial window employing a new stimulation protocol, we investigated the effects of the implanted electrode arrays on both motor map plasticity and neural regeneration in a rodent model of stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were pretrained on single-pellet retrieval task, then received focal ischemic infarction and microelectrode arrays implantation. Rats in the cortical stimulation (CS) group received daily electrical stimulation (1 hour each day) for 14 days whereas animals in the no stimulation (NS) group did not receive electrical stimulation and only underwent motor mapping...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940102/association-of-environmental-enrichment-and-locomotor-stimulation-in-a-rodent-model-of-cerebral-palsy-insights-of-biological-mechanisms
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André L F Meireles, Marília R Marques, Ethiane Segabinazi, Christiano Spindler, Francele V Piazza, Gabriela S Salvalaggio, Otávio A Augustin, Matilde Achaval, Simone Marcuzzo
Several physiotherapy approaches are used with different aims in the treatment of cerebral palsy (CP), such as the early stimulation and the locomotor training, but their biological effects, isolated or combined, are not completely known. In animals models, these strategies can be compared, with due translational restrictions, to the environmental enrichment (EE), that involves the enhancement of animal's physical and social environment, and locomotor stimulation (LS), that can be performed using the treadmill adapted for rats...
January 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921066/review-of-imaging-network-activities-in-developing-rodent-cerebral-cortex-in-vivo
#18
REVIEW
Heiko J Luhmann
The combination of voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDI) with multielectrode array (MEA) recordings in the rodent cerebral cortex in vivo allows the simultaneous analysis of large-scale network interactions and electrophysiological single-unit recordings. Using this approach, distinct patterns of spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity can be recorded in the primary somatosensory (S1) and motor cortex (M1) of newborn rats. Already at the day of birth, gamma oscillations and spindle bursts in the barrel cortex synchronize the activity of a local columnar ensemble, thereby generating an early topographic representation of the sensory periphery...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851801/whole-cell-properties-of-cerebellar-nuclei-neurons-in-vivo
#19
Cathrin B Canto, Laurens Witter, Chris I De Zeeuw
Cerebellar nuclei neurons integrate sensorimotor information and form the final output of the cerebellum, projecting to premotor brainstem targets. This implies that, in contrast to specialized neurons and interneurons in cortical regions, neurons within the nuclei encode and integrate complex information that is most likely reflected in a large variation of intrinsic membrane properties and integrative capacities of individual neurons. Yet, whether this large variation in properties is reflected in a heterogeneous physiological cell population of cerebellar nuclei neurons with well or poorly defined cell types remains to be determined...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823929/expression-of-secreted-phosphoprotein-1-osteopontin-in-human-sensorimotor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-changes-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Tatsuya Yamamoto, Shigeo Murayama, Masaki Takao, Tadashi Isa, Noriyuki Higo
Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1, also known as osteopontin) is expressed in large pyramidal neurons in the primary motor cortex (M1) of certain primate species, including macaque monkeys, but not of rodents. Based on this, we suggested that SPP1 expression may reflect the functional or structural specialization of highly developed corticospinal systems. In the present study, we further characterized SPP1 in the human central nervous system by investigating its expression in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) and spinal cord, in addition to M1...
January 15, 2017: Brain Research
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