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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337978/microrna-filters-hox-temporal-transcription-noise-to-confer-boundary-formation-in-the-spinal-cord
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Chung-Jung Li, Tian Hong, Ying-Tsen Tung, Ya-Ping Yen, Ho-Chiang Hsu, Ya-Lin Lu, Mien Chang, Qing Nie, Jun-An Chen
The initial rostrocaudal patterning of the neural tube leads to differential expression of Hox genes that contribute to the specification of motor neuron (MN) subtype identity. Although several 3' Hox mRNAs are expressed in progenitors in a noisy manner, these Hox proteins are not expressed in the progenitors and only become detectable in postmitotic MNs. MicroRNA biogenesis impairment leads to precocious expression and propagates the noise of Hoxa5 at the protein level, resulting in an imprecise Hoxa5-Hoxc8 boundary...
March 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334187/individual-differences-in-human-auditory-processing-insights-from-single-trial-auditory-midbrain-activity-in-an-animal-model
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Travis White-Schwoch, Trent Nicol, Catherine M Warrier, Daniel A Abrams, Nina Kraus
Auditory-evoked potentials are classically defined as the summations of synchronous firing along the auditory neuraxis. Converging evidence supports a model whereby timing jitter in neural coding compromises listening and causes variable scalp-recorded potentials. Yet the intrinsic noise of human scalp recordings precludes a full understanding of the biological origins of individual differences in listening skills. To delineate the mechanisms contributing to these phenomena, in vivo extracellular activity was recorded from inferior colliculus in guinea pigs to speech in quiet and noise...
October 5, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333144/aberrant-ipsc-derived-human-astrocytes-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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V C Jones, R Atkinson-Dell, A Verkhratsky, L Mohamet
The pathological potential of human astroglia in Alzheimer's disease (AD) was analysed in vitro using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology. Here, we report development of a human iPSC-derived astrocyte model created from healthy individuals and patients with either early-onset familial AD (FAD) or the late-onset sporadic form of AD (SAD). Our chemically defined and highly efficient model provides >95% homogeneous populations of human astrocytes within 30 days of differentiation from cortical neural progenitor cells (NPCs)...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325554/inscuteable-maintains-type-i-neuroblast-lineage-identity-via-numb-notch-signaling-in-the-drosophila-larval-brain
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Huanping An, Wanzhong Ge, Yongmei Xi, Xiaohang Yang
In the Drosophila larval brain, type I and type II neuroblasts (NBs) undergo a series of asymmetric divisions which give rise to distinct progeny lineages. The intermediate neural progenitors (INPs) exist only in type II NB lineages. In this study, we reveal a novel function of Inscuteable (Insc) that acts to maintain type I NB lineage identity. In insc type I NB clones of mosaic analyses with a repressible cell marker (MARCM), the formation of extra Deadpan (Dpn)(+) NB-like and GMC-like cells is observed. The lack of Insc leads to the defective localization and segregation of Numb during asymmetric cell division...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321382/understanding-the-course-of-vertebral-artery-at-craniovertebral-junction-in-occipital-assimilation-of-atlas-made-simplified-using-conventional-angiography
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Anita Jagetia, Tushit Mewda, Ishu Bishnoi, Manoj Bhutte, Hukum Singh, A K Srivastava, Daljit Singh
Introduction Preoperative assessment of vertebral artery (VA) is important to avoid its injury during surgery at craniovertebral junction (CVJ). The main concern is the course of third segment of VA (V3) while performing instrumentation at CVJ, that is, segment of VA from its course through transverse foramen of C2 to its course along the posterior arch of C1. This segment of VA includes its passage through C1 transverse foramen as well. This observational study was done to analyze the course, curvature, and termination of VA in patients with occipital assimilation of atlas at CVJ, a complex congenital anomaly, and compared with the normal course for better understanding especially by young neurosurgeons and spine surgeons...
April 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302436/pharmacological-characterization-of-dopamine-receptors-in-the-rice-striped-stem-borer-chilo-suppressalis
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Gang Xu, Shun-Fan Wu, Gui-Xiang Gu, Zi-Wen Teng, Gong-Yin Ye, Jia Huang
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter and neuromodulator in both vertebrates and invertebrates and is the most abundant monoamine present in the central nervous system of insects. A complement of functionally distinct dopamine receptors mediate the signal transduction of dopamine by modifying intracellular Ca(2+) and cAMP levels. In the present study, we pharmacologically characterized three types of dopamine receptors, CsDOP1, CsDOP2 and CsDOP3, from the rice striped stem borer, Chilo suppressalis. All three receptors show considerable sequence identity with orthologous dopamine receptors...
March 14, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300783/person-recognition-system-based-on-a-combination-of-body-images-from-visible-light-and-thermal-cameras
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Dat Tien Nguyen, Hyung Gil Hong, Ki Wan Kim, Kang Ryoung Park
The human body contains identity information that can be used for the person recognition (verification/recognition) problem. In this paper, we propose a person recognition method using the information extracted from body images. Our research is novel in the following three ways compared to previous studies. First, we use the images of human body for recognizing individuals. To overcome the limitations of previous studies on body-based person recognition that use only visible light images for recognition, we use human body images captured by two different kinds of camera, including a visible light camera and a thermal camera...
March 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296571/efficient-generation-of-functional-schwann-cells-from-adipose-derived-stem-cells-in-defined-conditions
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Songtao Xie, Fan Lu, Juntao Han, Ke Tao, Hongtao Wang, Alfred Simental, Dahai Hu, Hao Yang
Schwann cells (SCs) are hitherto regarded as the most promising candidates for viable cell-based therapy to peripheral nervous system (PNS) injuries or degenerative diseases. However, the extreme drawbacks of transplanting autologous SCs for clinical applications still represent a significant bottleneck in neural regenerative medicine, mainly owing to the need of sacrificing a functional nerve to generate autologous SCs and the nature of slow expansion of the SCs. Thus, it is of great importance to establish an alternative cell system for the generation of sufficient SCs...
March 15, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295342/an-information-theory-account-of-late-frontoparietal-erp-positivities-in-cognitive-control
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Francisco Barceló, Patrick S Cooper
ERP research on task switching has revealed distinct transient and sustained positive waveforms (latency circa 300-900 ms) while shifting task rules or stimulus-response (S-R) mappings. However, it remains unclear whether such switch-related positivities show similar scalp topography and index context-updating mechanisms akin to those posed for domain-general (i.e., classic P300) positivities in many task domains. To examine this question, ERPs were recorded from 31 young adults (18-30 years) while they were intermittently cued to switch or repeat their perceptual categorization of Gabor gratings varying in color and thickness (switch task), or else they performed two visually identical control tasks (go/no-go and oddball)...
March 15, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289200/dynamic-neural-architecture-for-social-knowledge-retrieval
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Yin Wang, Jessica A Collins, Jessica Koski, Tehila Nugiel, Athanasia Metoki, Ingrid R Olson
Social behavior is often shaped by the rich storehouse of biographical information that we hold for other people. In our daily life, we rapidly and flexibly retrieve a host of biographical details about individuals in our social network, which often guide our decisions as we navigate complex social interactions. Even abstract traits associated with an individual, such as their political affiliation, can cue a rich cascade of person-specific knowledge. Here, we asked whether the anterior temporal lobe (ATL) serves as a hub for a distributed neural circuit that represents person knowledge...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287591/cell-lineage-analyses-and-gene-function-studies-using-twin-spot-marcm
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Hung-Chang Shen, Tsai-Chi Hsu, Pei-Chi Chung, Hung-Hsiang Yu
Mosaic analysis with a repressible cell marker (MARCM) is a positive mosaic labeling system that has been widely applied in Drosophila neurobiological studies to depict intricate morphologies and to manipulate the function of genes in subsets of neurons within otherwise unmarked and unperturbed organisms. Genetic mosaics generated in the MARCM system are mediated through site-specific recombination between homologous chromosomes within dividing precursor cells to produce both marked (MARCM clones) and unmarked daughter cells during mitosis...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286478/cortical-alpha-oscillations-predict-speech-intelligibility
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Andrew Dimitrijevic, Michael L Smith, Darren S Kadis, David R Moore
Understanding speech in noise (SiN) is a complex task involving sensory encoding and cognitive resources including working memory and attention. Previous work has shown that brain oscillations, particularly alpha rhythms (8-12 Hz) play important roles in sensory processes involving working memory and attention. However, no previous study has examined brain oscillations during performance of a continuous speech perception test. The aim of this study was to measure cortical alpha during attentive listening in a commonly used SiN task (digits-in-noise, DiN) to better understand the neural processes associated with "top-down" cognitive processing in adverse listening environments...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279197/the-birth-of-a-human-specific-neural-gene-by-incomplete-duplication-and-gene-fusion
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Max L Dougherty, Xander Nuttle, Osnat Penn, Bradley J Nelson, John Huddleston, Carl Baker, Lana Harshman, Michael H Duyzend, Mario Ventura, Francesca Antonacci, Richard Sandstrom, Megan Y Dennis, Evan E Eichler
BACKGROUND: Gene innovation by duplication is a fundamental evolutionary process but is difficult to study in humans due to the large size, high sequence identity, and mosaic nature of segmental duplication blocks. The human-specific gene hydrocephalus-inducing 2, HYDIN2, was generated by a 364 kbp duplication of 79 internal exons of the large ciliary gene HYDIN from chromosome 16q22.2 to chromosome 1q21.1. Because the HYDIN2 locus lacks the ancestral promoter and seven terminal exons of the progenitor gene, we sought to characterize transcription at this locus by coupling reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and long-read sequencing...
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270763/neuromodulatory-effects-of-auditory-training-and-hearing-aid-use-on-audiovisual-speech-perception-in-elderly-individuals
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Luodi Yu, Aparna Rao, Yang Zhang, Philip C Burton, Dania Rishiq, Harvey Abrams
Although audiovisual (AV) training has been shown to improve overall speech perception in hearing-impaired listeners, there has been a lack of direct brain imaging data to help elucidate the neural networks and neural plasticity associated with hearing aid (HA) use and auditory training targeting speechreading. For this purpose, the current clinical case study reports functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from two hearing-impaired patients who were first-time HA users. During the study period, both patients used HAs for 8 weeks; only one received a training program named ReadMyQuips(TM) (RMQ) targeting speechreading during the second half of the study period for 4 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269507/mining-cross-frequency-coupling-microstates-cfc%C3%AE-states-from-eeg-recordings-during-resting-state-and-mental-arithmetic-tasks
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Stavros I Dimitriadis, Yu Sun, Nitish Thakor, Anastasios Bezerianos
The functional brain connectivity has been studied by analyzing synchronization between dynamic oscillations of identical frequency or between different frequencies of distinct brain areas. It has been hypothesized that cross-frequency coupling (CFC) between different frequency bands is the carrier mechanism for the coordination of global and local neural processes and hence supports the distributed information processing in the brain. In the present study, we attempt to study the dynamic evolution of CFC at resting-state and during a mental task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260388/optimized-ultrasonic-irradiation-finds-out-ultrastable-a%C3%AE-1-40-oligomers
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Kichitaro Nakajima, Masatomo So, Kazuma Takahashi, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa, Masahiko Hirao, Yuji Goto, Hirotsugu Ogi
Oligomer species of amyloid β (Aβ) peptides are intensively investigated because of their relevance to Alzheimer's disease (AD), and a stable oligomer will be a cause of AD. In this article, we investigate the structural stability of two representative Aβ1-40 oligomers, which are with and without the β-sheet structure, denoted by β and non-β oligomers, respectively, using optimized ultrasonic irradiation (OUI). Recent studies reveal that OUI significantly accelerates the fibril formation in Aβ1-40 monomers; it is capable of transforming any unstable oligomers into fibrils (the dead-end products) in a short time...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256619/a-core-regulatory-circuit-in-glioblastoma-stem-cells-links-mapk-activation-to-a-transcriptional-program-of-neural-stem-cell-identity
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Gregory Riddick, Svetlana Kotliarova, Virginia Rodriguez, H S Kim, Amanda Linkous, Andrew J Storaska, Susie Ahn, Jennifer Walling, Galina Belova, Howard A Fine
Glioblastoma, the most common primary malignant brain tumor, harbors a small population of tumor initiating cells (glioblastoma stem cells) that have many properties similar to neural stem cells. To investigate common regulatory networks in both neural and glioblastoma stem cells, we subjected both cell types to in-vitro differentiation conditions and measured global gene-expression changes using gene expression microarrays. Analysis of enriched transcription factor DNA-binding sites in the promoters of differentially expressed genes was used to reconstruct regulatory networks involved in differentiation...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256198/calcium-activated-chloride-channels-as-a-new-target-to-control-the-spiking-pattern-of-neurons
#18
Go Eun Ha, Eunji Cheong
Neuronal firing patterns and frequencies determine the nature of encoded information in the neural circuits. Here we discuss the molecular identity and cellular mechanisms of spike-frequency adaptation in central nervous system (CNS). Spike-frequency adaptation in thalamocortical (TC) and CA1 hippocampal neurons is mediated by the Ca2+-activated Cl- channel (CACC) anoctamin-2 (ANO2). Knockdown of ANO2 in these neurons results in significantly reduced spike-frequency adaptation along with increased number of spikes...
March 3, 2017: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254454/developmental-phonagnosia-linking-neural-mechanisms-with-the-behavioural-phenotype
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Claudia Roswandowitz, Stefanie Schelinski, Katharina von Kriegstein
Human voice recognition is critical for many aspects of social communication. Recently, a rare disorder, developmental phonagnosia, which describes the inability to recognise a speaker's voice, has been discovered. The underlying neural mechanisms are unknown. Here, we used two functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments to investigate brain function in two behaviourally well characterised phonagnosia cases, both 32 years old: AS has apperceptive and SP associative phonagnosia. We found distinct malfunctioned brain mechanisms in AS and SP matching their behavioural profiles...
February 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253399/foxc1-and-foxc2-in-the-neural-crest-are-required-for-ocular-anterior-segment-development
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Seungwoon Seo, Lisheng Chen, Wenzhong Liu, Demin Zhao, Kathryn M Schultz, Amy Sasman, Ting Liu, Hao F Zhang, Philip J Gage, Tsutomu Kume
Purpose: The large Forkhead (Fox) transcription factor family has essential roles in development, and mutations cause a wide range of ocular and nonocular disease. One member, Foxc2 is expressed in neural crest (NC)-derived periocular mesenchymal cells of the developing murine eye; however, its precise role in the development, establishment, and maintenance of the ocular surface has yet to be investigated. Methods: To specifically delete Foxc2 from NC-derived cells, conditional knockout mice for Foxc2 (NC-Foxc2-/-) were generated by crossing Foxc2F mice with Wnt1-Cre mice...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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