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motor associative plasticity

Thomas Broggini, Lisa Schnell, Ali Ghoochani, José María Mateos, Michael Buchfelder, Kurt Wiendieck, Michael K Schäfer, Ilker Y Eyupoglu, Nicolai E Savaskan
The Plasticity Related Gene family covers five, brain-specific, transmembrane proteins (PRG1-5, also termed LPPR1-5) that operate in neuronal plasticity during development, aging and brain trauma. Here we investigated the role of the PRG family on axonal and filopodia outgrowth. Comparative analysis revealed the strongest outgrowth induced by PRG3 (LPPR1). During development, PRG3 is ubiquitously located at the tip of neuronal processes and at the plasma membrane and declines with age. In utero electroporation of PRG3 induced dendritic protrusions and accelerated spine formations in cortical pyramidal neurons...
October 15, 2016: Aging
Sandra M Garraway, J Russell Huie
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the neurotrophic factor family of signaling molecules. Since its discovery over three decades ago, BDNF has been identified as an important regulator of neuronal development, synaptic transmission, and cellular and synaptic plasticity and has been shown to function in the formation and maintenance of certain forms of memory. Neural plasticity that underlies learning and memory in the hippocampus shares distinct characteristics with spinal cord nociceptive plasticity...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Michelle A Schafman, Yun-Seok Kang, Kevin Moorhouse, Susan E White, John H Bolte, Amanda M Agnew
Thoracic injuries from motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are common in children and the elderly and are associated with a high rate of mortality for both groups. Rib fractures, in particular, are linked to high mortality rates which increase with the number of fractures sustained. Anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) and computational models have been developed to improve vehicle safety, however these tools are constructed based on limited physical datasets. To-date, no study has explored variation of rib structural properties across the entire age spectrum with data obtained using the same experimental methodology to allow for comparison...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Bo-Ram Kim, Hahn Young Kim, Young Il Chun, Yeo-Min Yun, Hyuntae Kim, Dong-Hee Choi, Jongmin Lee
BACKGROUND: The dopamine system plays a key role in motor learning and neuroplasticity. Several studies have studied the efficacy of dopaminergic drugs in enhancing motor recovery after stroke, but the effects are controversial. Although genetic variations in plasticity-related genes influence each individual's capacity for recovery after stroke, limited studies have investigated the effects of polymorphism of dopamine-related genes. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the association between motor recovery in stroke patients and polymorphisms in the dopamine-related genes catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1), DRD2, and DRD3...
September 29, 2016: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
B Hertler, M M Buitrago, A R Luft, J A Hosp
Motor learning is associated with plastic reorganization of neural networks in primary motor cortex (M1) that depends on changes in gene expression. Here, we investigate the temporal profile of these changes during motor memory formation in response to a skilled reaching task in rats. mRNA-levels were measured 1h, 7h and 24h after the end of a training session using microarray technique. To assure learning specificity, trained animals were compared to a control group. In response to motor learning, genes are sequentially regulated with high time-point specificity and a shift from initial suppression to later activation...
September 27, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Shuang Qiu, Chengfeng Xiao, R Meldrum Robertson
There is considerable interest in the therapeutic benefits of long-term sensory stimulation for improving cognitive abilities and motor performance of stroke patients. The rationale is that such stimulation would activate mechanisms of neural plasticity to promote enhanced coordination and associated circuit functions. Experimental approaches to characterize such mechanisms are needed. Drosophila melanogaster is one of the most attractive model organisms to investigate neural mechanisms responsible for stimulation-induced behaviors with its powerful accessibility to genetic analysis...
2016: PloS One
Hui Li, Linjuan-Li, Yaping Wang
Neuronal plasticity in hippocampal neurons is closely related to memory, mood and behavior as well as in the development of depression. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) can promote neuronal plasticity and enhance motor skills. However, the function of G-CSF in depression remains poorly understood. In this study, we explored the biological role and potential molecular mechanism of G-CSF on depression-like behaviors. Our results showed that G-CSF was significantly downregulated in the hippocampus of chronic unexpected mild stress (CUMS) rats...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Helene Dessort, Evelyne Castel-Lacanal, Xavier de Boissezon, Philippe Marque
OBJECTIVE: Intermittent self-catheterization is the gold standard for patients with central neurologic bladder. It allows to reduce all urinary tract complications and to improve the quality of life. The factors of good compliance are continence and autonomy regarding the introduction of the catheter. Nevertheless, self-catheterization can be difficult because of the usual shortcomings associated with bladder and sphincter disorders (motor, sensory…). We found only one study about one adaptive equipment to facilitate the gesture for monoplegic patients...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Carole Vuillerot, Mickael Dinomais, Stephane Marret, Stephane Chabrier, Thierry Debillon
Neonatal arterial ischemic stroke (NAIS) affects one child in 6-17 100,000-birth term neonates, most of these children will keep long-term motor and cognitive impairment. In 2014, initiated by the French Center for Pediatric Stroke in association with the French Society of Neonatology, a steering committee was created to propose clinical guidelines after NAIS. From all the relevant questions, the importance is given to long-term outcomes after a NAIS with a need for a better description of motor and cognitive outcomes after a NAIS in order to propose a more consensual monitoring for these children to improve their management...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Derrick P McVicker, Adam M Awe, Karl E Richters, Rebecca L Wilson, Diana A Cowdrey, Xindao Hu, Edwin R Chapman, Erik W Dent
Synaptic plasticity often involves changes in the structure and composition of dendritic spines. Vesicular cargos and organelles enter spines either by exocytosing in the dendrite shaft and diffusing into spines or through a kinesin to myosin hand-off at the base of spines. Here we present evidence for microtubule (MT)-based targeting of a specific motor/cargo pair directly into hippocampal dendritic spines. During transient MT polymerization into spines, the kinesin KIF1A and an associated cargo, synaptotagmin-IV (syt-IV), are trafficked in unison along MTs into spines...
2016: Nature Communications
Peter J Fried, Lukas Schilberg, Anna-Katharine Brem, Sadhvi Saxena, Bonnie Wong, Aaron M Cypess, Edward S Horton, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
BACKGROUND: Type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) accelerates cognitive aging and increases risk of Alzheimer's disease. Rodent models of T2DM show altered synaptic plasticity associated with reduced learning and memory. Humans with T2DM also show cognitive deficits, including reduced learning and memory, but the relationship of these impairments to the efficacy of neuroplastic mechanisms has never been assessed. OBJECTIVE: Our primary objective was to compare mechanisms of cortical plasticity in humans with and without T2DM...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
R F H Cash, G Jegatheeswaran, Z Ni, R Chen
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms mediating the efficacy and variability of paired associative stimulation (PAS), thought to be mediated by Hebbian plasticity, remain incompletely understood. The magnitude and direction of Hebbian plasticity may be modulated by the level of neural depolarisation, which is influenced by stimulation intensity and interactions with cortical circuits. HYPOTHESIS: PAS effects would be influenced by the intensity of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and interaction with other circuits...
August 12, 2016: Brain Stimulation
Sara M F Turner, Darin J Falk, Barry J Byrne, David D Fuller
Pompe disease, caused by deficiency of acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA), leads to widespread glycogen accumulation and profound neuromuscular impairments. There has been controversy, however, regarding the role of central nervous system pathology in Pompe motor dysfunction. We hypothesized that absence of GAA protein causes progressive activation of neuropathological signaling, including pathways associated with cell death. To test this hypothesis, genomic data (Affymetrix Mouse Gene Array 2.0ST) from the mid-cervical spinal cord in 6- and 16-mo old Pompe (Gaa(-/-)) were evaluated (Broad Institute Molecular Signature Database), along with spinal cord histology...
September 9, 2016: Physiological Genomics
Alanna C Bridgman, Mera S Barr, Michelle S Goodman, Reza Zomorrodi, Tarek Rajji, Bernard Le Foll, Robert Chen, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Tony P George
BACKGROUND: Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, and deficits in this system may contribute to high rates of cigarette smoking in this population. nAChR stimulation may modulate neuroplasticity, or long-term potentiation (LTP), which is a key mediator of cognitive performance. Varenicline is a nAChR partial agonist that may improve cognitive deficits in both smokers and non-smokers with schizophrenia; however, the mechanism by which varenicline alters cognition in schizophrenia remains unclear...
September 6, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Ming-Kuei Lu, Chun-Ming Chen, Jeng-Ren Duann, Ulf Ziemann, Jui-Cheng Chen, Shang-Ming Chiou, Chon-Haw Tsai
Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are characterized with motor dysfunctions. Motor circuit dysfunctions can be complementarily investigated by paired associative stimulation (PAS)-induced long-term potentiation (LTP)-like plasticity and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of the corticospinal tract (CST). Three groups of twelve subjects with moderate severity PD, ET with intention tremor and healthy controls (HC) were studied. The primary motor cortex (M1) excitability, measured by motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude and by short-interval and long-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI and LICI) was compared between the three groups before and after PAS...
2016: PloS One
J Keiko McCreary, Zachary T Erickson, Gerlinde A S Metz
BACKGROUND: An adverse fetal environment in utero has been associated with long-term alterations in brain structure and function, and a higher risk of neurological disorders in later life. A common consequence of early adverse experience is impaired motor system function. A causal relationship for stress-associated impairments and a suitable therapy, however, have not been determined yet. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of ancestral stress on corticospinal tract (CST) morphology and fine motor performance in rats, and to determine if adverse programming by ancestral stress can be mitigated by environmental enrichment therapy in rats...
October 6, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
J Ushiba, S R Soekadar
Noninvasive brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are typically associated with neuroprosthetic applications or communication aids developed to assist in daily life after loss of motor function, eg, in severe paralysis. However, BMI technology has recently been found to be a powerful tool to promote neural plasticity facilitating motor recovery after brain damage, eg, due to stroke or trauma. In such BMI paradigms, motor cortical output and input are simultaneously activated, for instance by translating motor cortical activity associated with the attempt to move the paralyzed fingers into actual exoskeleton-driven finger movements, resulting in contingent visual and somatosensory feedback...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
A Parlakian, D Paulin, A Izmiryan, Z Xue, Z Li
Characteristics of the intermediate filament proteins (IFPs) expressed during the development and cell differentiation of peripheral neurons are here reviewed. Neurofilament triplet proteins (NFPs), peripherin, α-internexin, synemin, syncoilin, nestin, vimentin and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) are each produced by different genes. NFPs, the most extensively studied, are thought to maintain axonal caliber, thus ensuring normal axonal transport, but this network is highly disrupted in several diseases, particularly motor neuron diseases...
October 2016: Revue Neurologique
Heidi M Schambra, Isis E Martinez-Hernandez, Kevin J Slane, Amelia K Boehme, Randolph S Marshall, Ronald M Lazar
BACKGROUND: Reducing inhibitory neurotransmission with pharmacological agents is a potential approach for augmenting plasticity after stroke. Previous work in healthy subjects showed diminished intracortical inhibition after administration of theophylline. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the effect of single-dose theophylline on intracortical and interhemispheric inhibition in patients with chronic stroke, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study. METHODS: Eighteen subjects were randomly administered 300 mg of extended-release theophylline or placebo...
September 21, 2016: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Marion Kuhn, Elias Wolf, Jonathan G Maier, Florian Mainberger, Bernd Feige, Hanna Schmid, Jan Bürklin, Sarah Maywald, Volker Mall, Nikolai H Jung, Janine Reis, Kai Spiegelhalder, Stefan Klöppel, Annette Sterr, Anne Eckert, Dieter Riemann, Claus Normann, Christoph Nissen
Sleep is ubiquitous in animals and humans, but its function remains to be further determined. The synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep-wake regulation proposes a homeostatic increase in net synaptic strength and cortical excitability along with decreased inducibility of associative synaptic long-term potentiation (LTP) due to saturation after sleep deprivation. Here we use electrophysiological, behavioural and molecular indices to non-invasively study net synaptic strength and LTP-like plasticity in humans after sleep and sleep deprivation...
2016: Nature Communications
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