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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743085/direct-electrodeposition-of-graphene-enhanced-conductive-polymer-on-microelectrode-for-biosensing-application
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Ming-Hao Wang, Bo-Wen Ji, Xiao-Wei Gu, Hong-Chang Tian, Xiao-Yang Kang, Bin Yang, Xiao-Lin Wang, Xiang Chen, Cheng-Yu Li, Jing-Quan Liu
Engineering of neural interface with nanomaterials for high spatial resolution neural recording and stimulation is still hindered by materials properties and modification methods. Recently, poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) has been widely used as an electrode-tissue interface material for its good electrochemical property. However, cracks and delamination of PEDOT film under pulse stimulation are found which restrict its long-term applications. This paper develops a flexible electrochemical method about the co-deposition of graphene with PEDOT on microelectrode sites to enhance the long-term stability and improve the electrochemical properties of microelectrode...
July 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742118/similarities-and-differences-between-on-scalp-and-conventional-in-helmet-magnetoencephalography-recordings
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Lau M Andersen, Robert Oostenveld, Christoph Pfeiffer, Silvia Ruffieux, Veikko Jousmäki, Matti Hämäläinen, Justin F Schneiderman, Daniel Lundqvist
The development of new magnetic sensor technologies that promise sensitivities approaching that of conventional MEG technology while operating at far lower operating temperatures has catalysed the growing field of on-scalp MEG. The feasibility of on-scalp MEG has been demonstrated via benchmarking of new sensor technologies performing neuromagnetic recordings in close proximity to the head surface against state-of-the-art in-helmet MEG sensor technology. However, earlier work has provided little information about how these two approaches compare, or about the reliability of observed differences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741412/directly-induced-neural-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-using-3d-culture-system-of-conductive-microwell-with-electrical-stimulation
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Dong Nyung Heo, Nana Acquah, Junghoon Kim, Se-Jun Lee, Nathan J Castro, Lijie Grace Zhang
Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) have the capacity to differentiate into neural precursor cells which can be used for nerve regeneration. However, their inherently low neurogenic differentiation efficiency limits further clinical applications. This study was designed to promote neurogenic differentiation efficacy of ADSCs via integrating conductive hydrogel-based microwells with electrical stimulation (ES). We hypothesize that ADSCs will differentiate more efficiently into neural precursor cells when electrically stimulated in conductive hydrogel microwells...
July 25, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740740/environmental-factors-promoting-neural-plasticity-insights-from-animal-and-human-studies
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REVIEW
Laura Mandolesi, Francesca Gelfo, Laura Serra, Simone Montuori, Arianna Polverino, Giuseppe Curcio, Giuseppe Sorrentino
We do not all grow older in the same way. Some individuals have a cognitive decline earlier and faster than others who are older in years but cerebrally younger. This is particularly easy to verify in people who have maintained regular physical activity and healthy and cognitively stimulating lifestyle and even in the clinical field. There are patients with advanced neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), that, despite this, have mild cognitive impairment. What determines this interindividual difference? Certainly, it cannot be the result of only genetic factors...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738276/the-impact-of-accelerated-high-frequency-rtms-on-brain-neurochemicals-in-treatment-resistant-depression-insights-from-1-h-mr-spectroscopy
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Chris Baeken, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur, Peter Van Schuerbeek
OBJECTIVE: Although accelerated repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) designs seem to be able to alleviate mood over a relatively short period of time, no studies yet examined the cellular effects on neurochemicals with regard to working mechanisms, safety and neural integrity. METHODS: Eighteen right-handed antidepressant-free unipolar treatment resistant depressed (TRD) patients participated in this sham-controlled accelerated high frequency (aHF)-rTMS (1)H MR spectroscopy study applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736791/control-of-standing-balance-at-leaning-postures-with-functional-neuromuscular-stimulation-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Musa L Audu, Brooke M Odle, Ronald J Triolo
This study systematically explored the potential of applying feedback control of functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) for stabilizing various erect and leaning standing postures after spinal cord injury (SCI). Perturbations ranging from 2 to 6% body weight were applied to two subjects with motor complete thoracic level SCI who were proficient at standing with implanted multichannel neural stimulators to activate the ankle, knee, hip and trunk muscles. The subjects stood with four different postures: erect, forward, forward-right and forward-left...
July 24, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736034/salvianolic-acid-b-promotes-microglial-m2-polarization-and-rescues-neurogenesis-in-stress-exposed-mice
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Jinqiang Zhang, Xiaofang Xie, Mingming Tang, Jing Zhang, Boyang Zhang, Qiuying Zhao, Yue Han, Wan Yan, Cheng Peng, Zili You
Although accumulating evidence suggests that activated microglia are associated with deficits in neurogenesis and contribute to the physiopathology of major depressive disorder, the role of microglia in treating depression remains poorly understood. Our previous study showed that salvianolic acid (SalB) has the regulation of neuroinflammatory responses and antidepressant-like effects. Here, we hypothesized that SalB's therapeutic effects occur because it modulates microglial phenotypes that are associated with neurogenesis...
July 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735174/tetherless-near-infrared-control-of-brain-activity-in-behaving-animals-using-fully-implantable-upconversion-microdevices
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Ying Wang, Xudong Lin, Xi Chen, Xian Chen, Zhen Xu, Wenchong Zhang, Qinghai Liao, Xin Duan, Xin Wang, Ming Liu, Feng Wang, Jufang He, Peng Shi
Many nanomaterials can be used as sensors or transducers in biomedical research and they form the essential components of transformative novel biotechnologies. In this study, we present an all-optical method for tetherless remote control of neural activity using fully implantable micro-devices based on upconversion technology. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were used as transducers to convert near-infrared (NIR) energy to visible light in order to stimulate neurons expressing different opsin proteins. In our setup, UCNPs were packaged in a glass micro-optrode to form an implantable device with superb long-term biocompatibility...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734946/impaired-rhodopsin-generation-in-the-rat-model-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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Volha V Malechka, Gennadiy Moiseyev, Yusuke Takahashi, Younghwa Shin, Jian-Xing Ma
Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes mellitus. Diabetic patients experience functional deficits in dark adaptation, contrast sensitivity, and color perception before microvascular pathologies become apparent. Here, we evaluated early changes in neural retinal function and in retinoid metabolism in the eye in diabetes. Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats showed decreased a-wave and b-wave amplitudes of scotopic and photopic electroretinography responses four months after diabetes induction compared to nondiabetic controls...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734674/retinal-exposure-to-high-glucose-condition-modifies-the-gabaergic-system-regulation-by-nitric-oxide
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R Carpi-Santos, R S Maggesissi, M P Von Seehausen, K C Calaza
Diabetic retinopathy is a severe retinal complication that diabetic patients are susceptible to present. Although this disease is currently characterized as a microvascular disease, there is growing evidence that neural changes occur and maybe precede vascular impairments. Using chicken retina, an avascular tissue with no direct contact with blood vessels and neural retina, this study aimed to evaluate the influence of acute exposure to high glucose concentration in the retinal GABAergic system, and the role of nitric oxide (NO) in this modulation...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734673/somatostatin-protects-human-retinal-pericytes-from-inflammation-mediated-by-microglia
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Aurora Mazzeo, Ana I Arroba, Elena Beltramo, Angela M Valverde, Massimo Porta
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is usually considered a microvascular disease. However, involvement of the neuroretina in the early stages of DR has recently gained major credit. Inflammatory processes, leading to glial activation and neuronal apoptosis, develop early in the retina of diabetic subjects. Pericytes constitute a link between the vascular and the neural retina, play a central role in blood-retinal barrier maintenance, and may influence neuroinflammation. Somatostatin (SST) is a potent neuroprotective factor, which is down-regulated during early DR...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734548/ubiquitin-like-modifications-in-the-dna-damage-response
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REVIEW
Zhifeng Wang, Wei-Guo Zhu, Xingzhi Xu
Genomic DNA is damaged at an extremely high frequency by both endogenous and environmental factors. An improper response to DNA damage can lead to genome instability, accelerate the aging process and ultimately cause various human diseases, including cancers and neurodegenerative disorders. The mechanisms that underlie the cellular DNA damage response (DDR) are complex and are regulated at many levels, including at the level of post-translational modification (PTM). Since the discovery of ubiquitin in 1975 and ubiquitylation as a form of PTM in the early 1980s, a number of ubiquitin-like modifiers (UBLs) have been identified, including small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs), neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally down-regulated 8 (NEDD8), interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15), human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-F adjacent transcript 10 (FAT10), ubiquitin-fold modifier 1 (UFRM1), URM1 ubiquitin-related modifier-1 (URM1), autophagy-related protein 12 (ATG12), autophagy-related protein 8 (ATG8), fan ubiquitin-like protein 1 (FUB1) and histone mono-ubiquitylation 1 (HUB1)...
July 11, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734458/rett-like-severe-encephalopathy-caused-by-a-de%C3%A2-novo-grin2b-mutation-is-attenuated-by-d-serine-dietary-supplement
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David Soto, Mireia Olivella, Cristina Grau, Judith Armstrong, Clara Alcon, Xavier Gasull, Macarena Gómez de Salazar, Esther Gratacòs-Batlle, David Ramos-Vicente, Víctor Fernández-Dueñas, Francisco Ciruela, Àlex Bayés, Carlos Sindreu, Anna López-Sala, Àngels García-Cazorla, Xavier Altafaj
BACKGROUND: N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play pivotal roles in synaptic development, plasticity, neural survival, and cognition. Despite recent reports describing the genetic association between de novo mutations of NMDAR subunits and severe psychiatric diseases, little is known about their pathogenic mechanisms and potential therapeutic interventions. Here we report a case study of a 4-year-old Rett-like patient with severe encephalopathy carrying a missense de novo mutation in GRIN2B(p...
June 16, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733357/a-role-for-the-left-angular-gyrus-in-episodic-simulation-and-memory
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Preston P Thakral, Kevin P Madore, Daniel L Schacter
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies indicate that episodic simulation (i.e., imagining specific future experiences) and episodic memory (i.e., remembering specific past experiences) are associated with enhanced activity in a common set of neural regions, referred to as the core network. This network comprises the hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex, and left angular gyrus, among other regions. Because fMRI data are correlational, it is unknown whether activity increases in core network regions are critical for episodic simulation and episodic memory...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733135/centrally-mediated-cardiovascular-actions-of-the-angiotensin-ii-type-2-receptor
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REVIEW
U Muscha Steckelings, Annette de Kloet, Colin Sumners
Sustained increases in the activity of the sympathetic neural pathways that exit the brain and which increase blood pressure (BP) are a major underlying factor in resistant hypertension. Recently available information on the occurrence of angiotensin II type 2 receptors (AT2Rs) within or adjacent to brain cardiovascular control centers is consistent with findings that stimulation of these receptors lowers BP, particularly during hypertension of neurogenic origin. Until recently brain AT2R had not been considered by many to play a role in the central control of BP...
July 18, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730469/optogenetic-control-of-ras-erk-signaling-using-the-phy-pif-system
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Alexander G Goglia, Maxwell Z Wilson, Daniel B DiGiorno, Jared E Toettcher
The Ras/Erk signaling pathway plays a central role in diverse cellular processes ranging from development to immune cell activation to neural plasticity to cancer. In recent years, this pathway has been widely studied using live-cell fluorescent biosensors, revealing complex Erk dynamics that arise in many cellular contexts. Yet despite these high-resolution tools for measurement, the field has lacked analogous tools for control over Ras/Erk signaling in live cells. Here, we provide detailed methods for one such tool based on the optical control of Ras activity, which we call "Opto-SOS...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728912/electric-stimulation-of-the-right-temporo-parietal-junction-induces-a-task-specific-effect-in-deceptive-behaviors
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Yasuki Noguchi, Rei Oizumi
How the brain generates a lie is an important and unsolved issue in neuroscience. Previous studies indicated that mentalizing, the ability to understand and manipulate the mental states of others, plays a critical role in successful deception. Accordingly, recent neuroimaging studies reported deception-related activity in the right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ), a brain region closely related to the mentalizing ability. Detailed functions of rTPJ in deception, however, remain unclear. In the present study, we investigated a causal relationship between rTPJ and deception using transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS)...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728677/dynamically-timed-stimulation-of-corticolimbic-circuitry-activates-a-stress-compensatory-pathway
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David Carlson, Lisa K David, Neil M Gallagher, Mai-Anh T Vu, Matthew Shirley, Rainbo Hultman, Joyce Wang, Caley Burrus, Colleen A McClung, Sunil Kumar, Lawrence Carin, Stephen D Mague, Kafui Dzirasa
BACKGROUND: The prefrontal cortex plays a critical role in regulating emotional behaviors, and dysfunction of prefrontal cortex-dependent networks has been broadly implicated in mediating stress-induced behavioral disorders including major depressive disorder. METHODS: Here we acquired multicircuit in vivo activity from eight cortical and limbic brain regions as mice were subjected to the tail suspension test (TST) and an open field test. We used a linear decoder to determine whether cellular responses across each of the cortical and limbic areas signal movement during the TST and open field test...
June 15, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728023/persistent-expression-of-vcam1-in-radial-glial-cells-is-required-for-the-embryonic-origin-of-postnatal-neural-stem-cells
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Xiao-Ling Hu, Guo Chen, Sanguo Zhang, Jiangli Zheng, Jun Wu, Qing-Ran Bai, Yue Wang, Ji Li, Huanhuan Wang, Han Feng, Jia Li, Xicai Sun, Qijun Xia, Fan Yang, Jing Hang, Chang Qi, Timothy N Phoenix, Sally Temple, Qin Shen
During development, neural stem cells (NSCs) undergo transitions from neuroepithelial cells to radial glial cells (RGCs), and later, a subpopulation of slowly dividing RGCs gives rise to the quiescent adult NSCs that populate the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ). Here we show that VCAM1, a transmembrane protein previously found in quiescent adult NSCs, is expressed by a subpopulation of embryonic RGCs, in a temporal and region-specific manner. Loss of VCAM1 reduced the number of active embryonic RGCs by stimulating their premature neuronal differentiation while preventing quiescence in the slowly dividing RGCs...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726157/anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-over-the-left-temporal-pole-restores-normal-visual-evoked-potential-habituation-in-interictal-migraineurs
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Francesca Cortese, Francesco Pierelli, Ilaria Bove, Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Maurizio Evangelista, Armando Perrotta, Mariano Serrao, Vincenzo Parisi, Gianluca Coppola
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging data has implicated the temporal pole (TP) in migraine pathophysiology; the density and functional activity of the TP were reported to fluctuate in accordance with the migraine cycle. Yet, the exact link between TP morpho-functional abnormalities and migraine is unknown. Here, we examined whether non-invasive anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) ameliorates abnormal interictal multimodal sensory processing in patients with migraine. METHODS: We examined the habituation of visual evoked potentials and median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) before and immediately after 20-min anodal tDCS (2 mA) or sham stimulation delivered over the left TP in interictal migraineurs...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
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