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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942923/transcriptional-architecture-of-synaptic-communication-delineates-gabaergic-neuron-identity
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Anirban Paul, Megan Crow, Ricardo Raudales, Miao He, Jesse Gillis, Z Josh Huang
Understanding the organizational logic of neural circuits requires deciphering the biological basis of neuronal diversity and identity, but there is no consensus on how neuron types should be defined. We analyzed single-cell transcriptomes of a set of anatomically and physiologically characterized cortical GABAergic neurons and conducted a computational genomic screen for transcriptional profiles that distinguish them from one another. We discovered that cardinal GABAergic neuron types are delineated by a transcriptional architecture that encodes their synaptic communication patterns...
September 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928641/comparison-of-navigation-related-brain-regions-in-migratory-versus-non-migratory-noctuid-moths
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Liv de Vries, Keram Pfeiffer, Björn Trebels, Andrea K Adden, Ken Green, Eric Warrant, Stanley Heinze
Brain structure and function are tightly correlated across all animals. While these relations are ultimately manifestations of differently wired neurons, many changes in neural circuit architecture lead to larger-scale alterations visible already at the level of brain regions. Locating such differences has served as a beacon for identifying brain areas that are strongly associated with the ecological needs of a species-thus guiding the way towards more detailed investigations of how brains underlie species-specific behaviors...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924628/a-recurrent-neural-model-for-proto-object-based-contour-integration-and-figure-ground-segregation
#3
Brian Hu, Ernst Niebur
Visual processing of objects makes use of both feedforward and feedback streams of information. However, the nature of feedback signals is largely unknown, as is the identity of the neuronal populations in lower visual areas that receive them. Here, we develop a recurrent neural model to address these questions in the context of contour integration and figure-ground segregation. A key feature of our model is the use of grouping neurons whose activity represents tentative objects ("proto-objects") based on the integration of local feature information...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919407/how-to-target-inter-regional-phase-synchronization-with-dual-site-transcranial-alternating-current-stimulation
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Guilherme Bicalho Saturnino, Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen, Hartwig Roman Siebner, Axel Thielscher
Large-scale synchronization of neural oscillations is a key mechanism for functional information exchange among brain areas. Dual-site Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (ds-TACS) has been recently introduced as non-invasive technique to manipulate the temporal phase relationship of local oscillations in two connected cortical areas. While the frequency of ds-TACS is matched, the phase of stimulation is either identical (in-phase stimulation) or opposite (anti-phase stimulation) in the two cortical target areas...
September 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918252/a-pdgf-vegf-homologue-provides-new-insights-into-the-nucleus-grafting-operation-and-immune-response-in-the-pearl-oyster-pinctada-fucata
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Xian-De Huang, Hua Zhang, Mao-Xian He
The platelet-derived growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor (PDGF/VEGF, PVF) family of proteins have been implicated in a wide range of biological functions in vertebrates, including cell proliferation, cell differentiation, cell migration, neural development and especially angiogenesis/vasculogenesis. In this study, a PVF gene, belonging to the PDGF/VEGF family, was cloned and characterized from Pinctada fucata. It contained an ORF of 1110bp encoding a putative protein of 369 amino acids. The deduced amino acid sequence presented the typical structural features of PDGF family members and the N-terminal signal peptide for secretion...
September 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916505/nuclear-organisation-of-cholinergic-catecholaminergic-serotonergic-and-orexinergic-neurons-in-two-relatively-large-brained-rodent-species-the-springhare-pedetes-capensis-and-beecroft-s-scaly-tailed-squirrel-anomalurus-beecrofti
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Jordan Sweigers, Adhil Bhagwandin, Muhammad A Spocter, Consolate Kaswera-Kyamakya, Emmanuel Gilissen, Paul R Manger, Busisiwe C Maseko
The present study describes the nuclear organization of the cholinergic, catecholaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic systems in the brains of the springhare and Beecroft's scaly-tailed squirrel following immunohistochemical labelling. We aimed to investigate any differences in the nuclear organization of these neural systems when compared to previous data on other species of rodents, as these two rodent species have relatively large brains - 1.2 to 1.4 times larger than would be expected for mammals of their body mass and 1...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912158/visual-responses-in-fef-unlike-v1-primarily-reflect-when-the-visual-context-renders-a-receptive-field-salient
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Wilsaan M Joiner, James Cavanaugh, Robert H Wurtz, Bruce G Cumming
When light falls within a neuronal visual receptive field (RF) the resulting activity is referred to as the visual response. Recent work suggests this activity is in response to both the visual stimulation and the abrupt appearance, or salience, of the presentation. Here we present a novel method for distinguishing the two, based on the timing of random and non-random presentations. We examined these contributions in frontal eye field (FEF, N = 51) and as a comparison, an early stage in the primary visual cortex (V1, N = 15) of male monkeys (Macaca mulatta)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900180/emotion-perception-improvement-following-high-frequency-transcranial-random-noise-stimulation-of-the-inferior-frontal-cortex
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Tegan Penton, Laura Dixon, Lauren Jayne Evans, Michael J Banissy
Facial emotion perception plays a key role in interpersonal communication and is a precursor for a variety of socio-cognitive abilities. One brain region thought to support emotion perception is the inferior frontal cortex (IFC). The current study aimed to examine whether modulating neural activity in the IFC using high frequency transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) could enhance emotion perception abilities. In Experiment 1, participants received either tRNS to IFC or sham stimulation prior to completing facial emotion and identity perception tasks...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899667/bhlh-o-proteins-balance-the-self-renewal-and-differentiation-of-drosophila-neural-stem-cells-by-regulating-earmuff-expression
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Xiaosu Li, Rui Chen, Sijun Zhu
Balancing self-renewal and differentiation of stem cells requires differential expression of self-renewing factors in two daughter cells generated from the asymmetric division of the stem cells. In Drosophila type II neural stem cell (or neuroblast, NB) lineages, the expression of the basic helix-loop-helix-Orange (bHLH-O) family proteins, including Deadpan (Dpn) and E(spl) proteins, is required for maintaining the self-renewal and identity of type II NBs, whereas the absence of these self-renewing factors is essential for the differentiation of intermediate neural progenitors (INPs) generated from type II NBs...
September 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899597/playing-well-with-others-extrinsic-cues-regulate-neural-progenitor-temporal-identity-to-generate-neuronal-diversity
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Mubarak Hussain Syed, Brandon Mark, Chris Q Doe
During neurogenesis, vertebrate and Drosophila progenitors change over time as they generate a diverse population of neurons and glia. Vertebrate neural progenitors have long been known to use both progenitor-intrinsic and progenitor-extrinsic cues to regulate temporal patterning. In contrast, virtually all temporal patterning mechanisms discovered in Drosophila neural progenitors (neuroblasts) involve progenitor-intrinsic temporal transcription factor cascades. Recent results, however, have revealed several extrinsic pathways that regulate Drosophila neuroblast temporal patterning: nutritional cues regulate the timing of neuroblast proliferation/quiescence and a steroid hormone cue that is required for temporal transcription factor expression...
September 9, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894235/temporally-and-spatially-distinct-theta-oscillations-dissociate-a-language-specific-from-a-domain-general-processing-mechanism-across-the-age-trajectory
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Caroline Beese, Lars Meyer, Benedict Vassileiou, Angela D Friederici
The cognitive functionality of neural oscillations is still highly debated, as different functions have been associated with identical frequency ranges. Theta band oscillations, for instance, were proposed to underlie both language comprehension and domain-general cognitive abilities. Here we show that the ageing brain can provide an answer to the open question whether it is one and the same theta oscillation underlying those functions, thereby resolving a long-standing paradox. While better cognitive functioning is predicted by low theta power in the brain at rest, resting state (RS) theta power declines with age, but sentence comprehension deteriorates in old age...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892513/placebo-can-enhance-creativity
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Liron Rozenkrantz, Avraham E Mayo, Tomer Ilan, Yuval Hart, Lior Noy, Uri Alon
BACKGROUND: The placebo effect is usually studied in clinical settings for decreasing negative symptoms such as pain, depression and anxiety. There is interest in exploring the placebo effect also outside the clinic, for enhancing positive aspects of performance or cognition. Several studies indicate that placebo can enhance cognitive abilities including memory, implicit learning and general knowledge. Here, we ask whether placebo can enhance creativity, an important aspect of human cognition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891097/ventral-neural-patterning-in-the-absence-of-a-shh-activity-gradient-from-the-floorplate
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Angelo Iulianella, Daisuke Sakai, Hiroshi Kurosaka, Paul Trainor
BACKGROUND: Vertebrate spinal cord development requires Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling from the floorplate and notochord, where it is thought to act in concentration dependent manner to pattern distinct cell identities along the ventral-to-dorsal axis. While in vitro experiments demonstrate naïve neural tissues are sensitive to small changes in Shh levels, genetic studies illustrate that some degree of ventral patterning can occur despite significant perturbations in Shh signaling. Consequently, the mechanistic relationship between Shh morphogen levels and acquisition of distinct cell identities remains unclear...
September 11, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890942/hyperactivation-in-cognitive-control-and-visual-attention-brain-regions-during-emotional-interference-in-adolescent-depression
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Natalie L Colich, Tiffany C Ho, Lara C Foland-Ross, Caitlin Eggleston, Sarah J Ordaz, Manpreet K Singh, Ian H Gotlib
BACKGROUND: Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are characterized by biases in attention to negative emotional material. While there is evidence that anomalous functioning in frontocingulate regions may underlie these biases, we know little about the neural correlates of negative emotional biases in depressed adolescents. METHODS: Eighteen adolescents diagnosed with MDD and 21 matched healthy control (CTL) adolescents underwent fMRI while performing an emotional distractor task...
July 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887952/evaluating-adhesion-and-alignment-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-to-a-spider-silk-substrate-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Katherine Hafner, Dallas Montag, Hannah Maeser, Congyue Peng, William R Marcotte, Delphine Dean, Marian S Kennedy
A proposed source of stem cells for nerve regeneration are dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), based on their close embryonic origin to neurons and the ease with which DPSCs can be obtained from a donor. This study evaluated the response of human DPSCs to spider dragline silk fibers, a potential substrate material for tissue regeneration. The DPSCs' morphology and spread pattern were characterized after these cells were plated onto Nephila clavipes dragline fibers in media. In addition, the responses of two other well established cell lines, osteoblasts (7F2s), and fibroblasts (3T3s), were also studied under identical conditions...
December 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886103/epigenetic-regulation-of-human-sox3-gene-expression-during-early-phases-of-neural-differentiation-of-nt2-d1-cells
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Vladanka Topalovic, Aleksandar Krstic, Marija Schwirtlich, Diletta Dolfini, Roberto Mantovani, Milena Stevanovic, Marija Mojsin
Sox3/SOX3 is one of the earliest neural markers in vertebrates. Together with the Sox1/SOX1 and Sox2/SOX2 genes it is implicated in the regulation of stem cell identity. In the present study, we performed the first analysis of epigenetic mechanisms (DNA methylation and histone marks) involved in the regulation of the human SOX3 gene expression during RA-induced neural differentiation of NT2/D1 cells. We show that the promoter of the human SOX3 gene is extremely hypomethylated both in undifferentiated NT2/D1 cells and during the early phases of RA-induced neural differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885833/the-face-of-a-molecule
#17
William H Gerwick
Recent technological advances in mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy have enabled new approaches for the rapid and insightful profiling of natural product mixtures. MALDI-MS with the provision of biosynthetic heavy-isotope-labeled precursors can be a powerful method by which to interrogate a natural product metabolome and to gain insight into its unique constituents; this is illustrated herein by the detection, isolation, and characterization of cryptomaldamide. MS/MS-based Molecular Networks, facilitated by the Global Natural Products Social (GNPS) platform, is rapidly changing the way in which we dereplicate known natural products in mixtures, find new analogues in desired structure classes, and identify fundamentally new chemical entities...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883788/loss-of-mitochondrial-ndufs4-in-striatal-medium-spiny-neurons-mediates-progressive-motor-impairment-in-a-mouse-model-of-leigh-syndrome
#18
Byron Chen, Jessica Hui, Kelsey S Montgomery, Alejandro Gella, Irene Bolea, Elisenda Sanz, Richard D Palmiter, Albert Quintana
Inability of mitochondria to generate energy leads to severe and often fatal myoencephalopathies. Among these, Leigh syndrome (LS) is one of the most common childhood mitochondrial diseases; it is characterized by hypotonia, failure to thrive, respiratory insufficiency and progressive mental and motor dysfunction, leading to early death. Basal ganglia nuclei, including the striatum, are affected in LS patients. However, neither the identity of the affected cell types in the striatum nor their contribution to the disease has been established...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882971/mouse-hemokinin-1-decapeptide-subjected-to-a-brain-specific-post-translational-modification
#19
Georgia Deliconstantinos, Stephen Barton, Mikhail Soloviev, Nigel Page
BACKGROUND/AIM: The tachykinin mouse hemokinin-1, expressed by the mouse Tac4 gene, produces either analgesia or nociception, interacting with the neurokinin 1 receptor. TAC4 precursor processing is not identical to the processing of the TAC1 precursor, for the release of substance P (amidated undecapeptide). The characterization of the mouse hemokinin-1 sequence was required. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed anti-tachykinin-specific antibodies for the immunoaffinity purification of tachykinins...
September 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878618/the-non-survival-effects-of-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-on-neural-cells
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REVIEW
Daniel Cortés, Oscar A Carballo-Molina, María José Castellanos-Montiel, Iván Velasco
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) was first characterized as a survival-promoting molecule for dopaminergic neurons (DANs). Afterwards, other cells were also discovered to respond to GDNF not only as a survival factor but also as a protein supporting other cellular functions, such as proliferation, differentiation, maturation, neurite outgrowth and other phenomena that have been less studied than survival and are now more extendedly described here in this review article. During development, GDNF favors the commitment of neural precursors towards dopaminergic, motor, enteric and adrenal neurons; in addition, it enhances the axonal growth of some of these neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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