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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231470/rapid-integration-of-artificial-sensory-feedback-during-operant-conditioning-of-motor-cortex-neurons
#1
Mario Prsa, Gregorio L Galiñanes, Daniel Huber
Neuronal motor commands, whether generating real or neuroprosthetic movements, are shaped by ongoing sensory feedback from the displacement being produced. Here we asked if cortical stimulation could provide artificial feedback during operant conditioning of cortical neurons. Simultaneous two-photon imaging and real-time optogenetic stimulation were used to train mice to activate a single neuron in motor cortex (M1), while continuous feedback of its activity level was provided by proportionally stimulating somatosensory cortex...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230316/quantitative-cognitive-test-characterization-of-reconnectable-implantable-fiber-optic-neurointerfaces-for-optogenetic-neurostimulation
#2
I V Fedotov, O I Ivashkina, M S Pochechuev, M A Roshchina, K A Toropova, A B Fedotov, K V Anokhin, A M Zheltikov
Cognitive tests on representative groups of freely behaving transgenic mice are shown to enable a quantitative characterization of reconnectable implantable fiber-optic neurointerfaces for optogenetic neurostimulation. A systematic analysis of such tests provides a robust quantitative measure for the cognitive effects induced by fiber-optic neurostimulation, validating the performance of fiber-optic neurointerfaces for long-term optogenetic brain stimulations and showing no statistically significant artifacts in the behavior of transgenic mice due to interface implantation...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
#3
Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230206/mirna-21-mediates-the-antiangiogenic-activity-of-metformin-through-targeting-pten-and-smad7-expression-and-pi3k-akt-pathway
#4
Mao Luo, Xiaoyong Tan, Lin Mu, Yulin Luo, Rong Li, Xin Deng, Ni Chen, Meiping Ren, Yongjie Li, Liqun Wang, Jianbo Wu, Qin Wan
Metformin, an anti-diabetic drug commonly used for type 2 diabetes therapy, is associated with anti-angiogenic effects in conditions beyond diabetes. miR-21 has been reported to be involved in the process of angiogenesis. However, the precise regulatory mechanisms by which the metformin-induced endothelial suppression and its effects on miR-21-dependent pathways are still unclear. Bioinformatic analysis and identification of miR-21 and its targets and their effects on metformin-induced antiangiogenic activity were assessed using luciferase assays, quantitative real-time PCR, western blots, scratch assays, CCK-8 assays and tubule formation assays...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230157/highly-sensitive-and-adaptable-fluorescence-quenched-pair-discloses-the-substrate-specificity-profiles-in-diverse-protease-families
#5
Marcin Poreba, Aleksandra Szalek, Wioletta Rut, Paulina Kasperkiewicz, Izabela Rutkowska-Wlodarczyk, Scott J Snipas, Yoshifumi Itoh, Dusan Turk, Boris Turk, Christopher M Overall, Leszek Kaczmarek, Guy S Salvesen, Marcin Drag
Internally quenched fluorescent (IQF) peptide substrates originating from FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer) are powerful tool for examining the activity and specificity of proteases, and a variety of donor/acceptor pairs are extensively used to design individual substrates and combinatorial libraries. We developed a highly sensitive and adaptable donor/acceptor pair that can be used to investigate the substrate specificity of cysteine proteases, serine proteases and metalloproteinases. This novel pair comprises 7-amino-4-carbamoylmethylcoumarin (ACC) as the fluorophore and 2,4-dinitrophenyl-lysine (Lys(DNP)) as the quencher...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228730/a-signature-of-circulating-micrornas-predicts-the-susceptibility-of-acute-mountain-sickness
#6
Bao Liu, He Huang, Gang Wu, Gang Xu, Bing-Da Sun, Er-Long Zhang, Jian Chen, Yu-Qi Gao
Background: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common disabling condition in individuals experiencing high altitudes, which may progress to life-threatening high altitude cerebral edema. Today, no established biomarkers are available for prediction the susceptibility of AMS. MicroRNAs emerge as promising sensitive and specific biomarkers for a variety of diseases. Thus, we sought to identify circulating microRNAs suitable for prediction the susceptible of AMS before exposure to high altitude. Methods: We enrolled 109 healthy man adults and collected blood samples before their exposure to high altitude...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228583/food-responsiveness-regulates-episodic-behavioral-states-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#7
Richard J McCloskey, Anthony D Fouad, Matthew A Churgin, Christopher Fang-Yen
Animals optimize survival and reproduction in part through control of behavioral states, which depend on the organism's internal and external environments. In the nematode C. elegans, a variety of behavioral states have been described, including roaming, dwelling, quiescence, and episodic swimming. These states have been considered in isolation, under varied experimental conditions, making it difficult to establish a unified picture of how they are regulated. Using long-term imaging, we examined C. elegans episodic behavioral states under varied mechanical and nutritional environments...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228302/influenza-vaccination-in-north-indian-patients-with-heart-failure
#8
Parvaiz A Koul, Saima Ali, Hyder Mir, Syed J Ahmad, Shabir Akram Bhat, Muneer A Bhat
BACKGROUND: No data exists regarding the uptake of influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure (HF) in India. The present study was designed to assess the uptake, knowledge, attitude and practices of the Indian HF patients towards influenza vaccination. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five-hundred patients with acute/chronic HF were approached for a personal interview and responses to an interview recorded in a pre-defined questionnaire depicting their knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding influenza vaccination...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227955/cmos-based-opto-electronic-neural-interface-devices-for-optogenetics
#9
Takashi Tokuda, Satoki Noguchi, Satoru Iwasaki, Hiroaki Takehara, Toshihiko Noda, Kiyotaka Sasagawa, Jun Ohta, Takashi Tokuda, Satoki Noguchi, Satoru Iwasaki, Hiroaki Takehara, Toshihiko Noda, Kiyotaka Sasagawa, Jun Ohta, Toshihiko Noda, Kiyotaka Sasagawa, Satoru Iwasaki, Takashi Tokuda, Satoki Noguchi, Hiroaki Takehara, Jun Ohta
CMOS-based opto-electronic neural interface devices are presented. The devices are designed with target application of in vitro and in vivo optogenetics. Two types of the opto-electronic neural interface devices are presented. One is single-chip type device for on-chip optogenetics, and the other is multi-chip type device with flexibility and wide-area coverage for in vivo optogenetics on brain. Design, packaging and functional evaluations are presented.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227923/a-sapphire-based-monolithic-integrated-optrode
#10
He Zhang, Weihua Pei, Xiaowei Yang, Xuhong Guo, Xiao Xing, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Qiang Gui, Hongda Chen, He Zhang, Weihua Pei, Xiaowei Yang, Xuhong Guo, Xiao Xing, Ruicong Liu, Yuanyuan Liu, Qiang Gui, Hongda Chen, Xuhong Guo, Hongda Chen, Weihua Pei, Yuanyuan Liu, Ruicong Liu, Xiaowei Yang, He Zhang, Qiang Gui, Xiao Xing
A novel kind of optrode fabricated on a sapphire substrate is proposed for optogenetic applications in neuroscience. Eight thin-film neural electrodes and a GaN-LED are monolithically integrated on the surface of a sapphire shank. The LED is used for optogenetic stimulation and the multiple electrodes are used for simultaneous recording of neural activities. The output power density of the LED is 1-19 mW/mm(2) at 468 nm, driving with a current from 0.7-10 mA. The mean electrochemical impedance of the eight recoding sites on the optrode at 1 kHz is 385 kΩ...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227694/portable-closed-loop-optogenetic-stimulation-device
#11
Epsy S Edward, Abbas Z Kouzani, Rajas P Kale, Susannah J Tye, Epsy S Edward, Abbas Z Kouzani, Rajas P Kale, Susannah J Tye, Rajas P Kale, Susannah J Tye, Abbas Z Kouzani, Epsy S Edward
This paper presents a closed-loop optogenetic stimulation device to achieve online modulation of neurons. The device is designed to be mountable on small rodents in pre-clinical settings. Considering the size of rodents and the need for portability, a single-piece self-contained device is developed which allows real-time photostimulation based on detected neuronal states. It consists of three components: a neural recorder, a control algorithm, and an optogenetic stimulator. The neural recorder which is realized by analogue circuitry measures the neural signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227440/graphene-neural-interfaces-for-artifact-free-optogenetics
#12
Hongming Lyu, Xin Liu, Nick Rogers, Vikash Gilja, Duygu Kuzum, Hongming Lyu, Xin Liu, Nick Rogers, Vikash Gilja, Duygu Kuzum, Nick Rogers, Vikash Gilja, Xin Liu, Duygu Kuzum, Hongming Lyu
Light-induced artifacts in metal-based microelectrodes significantly limit simultaneous use of electrophysiology with optogenetics or optical imaging. In this work, we systematically investigate light-induced artifacts in Au and transparent graphene electrodes fabricated in the same batch. We demonstrate that the Au electrodes show light artifacts resembling genuine local field potentials, while graphene electrodes are free of light-induced artifacts. With its other desirable properties including high mechanical strength, good conductivity, transparency, and biocompatibility, graphene electrodes show great promise for combining electrical and optical modalities in the same experiment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226852/heterogeneous-3d-optrode-with-variable-spatial-resolution-for-optogenetic-stimulation-and-electrophysiological-recording
#13
Suleman Ayub, Falk Barz, Oliver Paul, Patrick Ruther, Suleman Ayub, Falk Barz, Oliver Paul, Patrick Ruther, Suleman Ayub, Oliver Paul, Patrick Ruther, Falk Barz
We report on the concept, development, and geometrical, optical as well as electrical characterization of the first three-dimensional (3D) optrode. This new device allows to optically interact with neuronal cells and simultaneously record their response with a high spatial resolution. Our design is based on a single-shank optical stimulation component and a multi-shank recording probe stacked together in a delicate assembly process. The electrical connection of both components is ensured by using flexible polyimide (PI) ribbon cables...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225752/prefrontal-cortex-output-circuits-guide-reward-seeking-through-divergent-cue-encoding
#14
James M Otis, Vijay M K Namboodiri, Ana M Matan, Elisa S Voets, Emily P Mohorn, Oksana Kosyk, Jenna A McHenry, J Elliott Robinson, Shanna L Resendez, Mark A Rossi, Garret D Stuber
The prefrontal cortex is a critical neuroanatomical hub for controlling motivated behaviours across mammalian species. In addition to intra-cortical connectivity, prefrontal projection neurons innervate subcortical structures that contribute to reward-seeking behaviours, such as the ventral striatum and midline thalamus. While connectivity among these structures contributes to appetitive behaviours, how projection-specific prefrontal neurons encode reward-relevant information to guide reward seeking is unknown...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225716/divergent-functions-of-the-left-and-right-central-amygdala-in-visceral-nociception
#15
Katelyn E Sadler, Neal A McQuaid, Abigail C Cox, Marissa N Behun, Allison M Trouten, Benedict J Kolber
The left and right central amygdala (CeA) are limbic regions involved in somatic and visceral pain processing. These two nuclei are asymmetrically involved in somatic pain modulation; pain-like responses on both sides of the body are preferentially driven by the right CeA, and in a reciprocal fashion, nociceptive somatic stimuli on both sides of the body predominantly alter molecular and physiological activity in the right CeA. Unknown however, is whether this lateralization also exists in visceral pain processing, and furthermore, what function the left CeA has in modulating nociceptive information...
December 29, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224282/micrornas-effective-elements-in-ear-related-diseases-and-hearing-loss
#16
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Mohammad-Reza Mahmoudian-Sani, Ameneh Mehri-Ghahfarrokhi, Fereshteh Ahmadinejad, Morteza Hashemzadeh-Chaleshtori, Massoud Saidijam, Mohammad-Saeid Jami
miRNAs are important factors for post-transcriptional process that controls gene expression at mRNA level. Various biological processes, including growth and differentiation, are regulated by miRNAs. miRNAs have been demonstrated to play an essential role in development and progression of hearing loss. Nowadays, miRNAs are known as critical factors involved in different physiological, biological, and pathological processes, such as gene expression, progressive sensorineural hearing loss, age-related hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, cholesteatoma, schwannomas, and inner ear inflammation...
February 21, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223484/rhythmic-brain-stimulation-reduces-anxiety-related-behavior-in-a-mouse-model-based-on-meditation-training
#17
Aldis P Weible, Denise M Piscopo, Mary K Rothbart, Michael I Posner, Cristopher M Niell
Meditation training induces changes at both the behavioral and neural levels. A month of meditation training can reduce self-reported anxiety and other dimensions of negative affect. It also can change white matter as measured by diffusion tensor imaging and increase resting-state midline frontal theta activity. The current study tests the hypothesis that imposing rhythms in the mouse anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), by using optogenetics to induce oscillations in activity, can produce behavioral changes. Mice were randomly assigned to groups and were given twenty 30-min sessions of light pulses delivered at 1, 8, or 40 Hz over 4 wk or were assigned to a no-laser control condition...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223149/long-term-behavioral-change-as-a-result-of-acute-ethanol-exposure-in-zebrafish-evidence-for-a-role-for-sonic-hedgehog-but-not-retinoic-acid-signaling
#18
Derek Burton, Chengjin Zhang, Oswald Boa-Amponsem, Shanta Mackinnon, Gregory J Cole
BACKGROUND: Developmental exposure to ethanol is recognized to produce long-term neurobehavioral impairment in multiple animal models. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these deficits remain poorly understood. The present study was undertaken to ascertain whether two well-characterized targets of prenatal alcohol exposure, sonic hedgehog (Shh) and retinoic acid (RA), that induce the hallmark morphological phenotypes of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), are involved in the generation of behavioral alterations as a result of alcohol exposure...
February 18, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223099/transient-knock-down-of-kcna2-reduces-sleep-in-larval-zebrafish
#19
S Srdanovic, H Þorsteinsson, Þ FriÐriksson, S Ó Pétursson, V H Maier, K Æ Karlsson
In the current study we set out to determine the effects of morpholino oligonucleotide (MO) knock-down of kcna2 on sleep-wake cycles in zebrafish. The results were compared to a non-overlapping MO injection, Dec2, whós mutant is also linked with a short sleep phenotype. Four groups of fish were used in the experiment: naïve fish, and fish injected with either control, kcna2, or Dec2 MO. All groups underwent 24-hour behavioral monitoring of sleep-wake cycles at four and seven days-post-fertilization (dpf)...
February 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223019/synthesis-of-11-c-hg-10-102-01-as-a-new-potential-pet-agent-for-imaging-of-lrrk2-enzyme-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Min Wang, Mingzhang Gao, Zhidong Xu, Qi-Huang Zheng
The reference standard (4-((5-chloro-4-(methylamino)pyrimidin-2-yl)amino)-3-methoxyphenyl)(morpholino)methanone (HG-10-102-01) and its precursor (4-((5-chloro-4-(methylamino)pyrimidin-2-yl)amino)-3-hydroxyphenyl)(morpholino)methanone (desmethyl-HG-10-102-01) were synthesized from 2,4,5-trichloropyrimide and 3-methoxy-4-nitrobenzoic acid with overall chemical yield 49% in four steps and 14% in five steps, respectively. The target tracer (4-((5-chloro-4-(methylamino)pyrimidin-2-yl)amino)-3-[(11)C]methoxyphenyl)(morpholino)methanone ([(11)C]HG-10-102-01) was prepared from the precursor desmethyl-HG-10-102-01 with [(11)C]CH3OTf through O-[(11)C]methylation and isolated by HPLC combined with SPE in 45-55% radiochemical yield, based on [(11)C]CO2 and decay corrected to end of bombardment (EOB)...
February 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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