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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941771/synaptic-proteomics-as-a-means-to-identify-the-molecular-basis-of-mental-illness-are-we-getting-there
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REVIEW
Rita Reig-Viader, Carlos Sindreu, Àlex Bayés
Synapses are centrally involved in many brain disorders, particularly in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental ones. However, our current understanding of the proteomic alterations affecting synaptic performance in the majority of mental illnesses is limited. As a result, novel pharmacotherapies with improved neurological efficacy have been scarce over the past decades. The main goal of synaptic proteomics in the context of mental illnesses is to identify deregulated molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions...
September 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931983/postactivation-depression-of-soleus-h-reflex-increase-with-recovery-of-lower-extremities-motor-functions-in-patients-with-subacute-stroke
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Yu Kawaishi, Naoki Matsumoto, Toshiya Nishiwaki, Tatsuro Hirano
[Purpose] The soleus H-reflex is depressed at stimulation rates greater than 0.1 Hz. This reflex depression is referred to as postactivation depression. Postactivation depression reflects the reduced efficacy of the Ia-motoneurons synapses when they are evaluated after a previous activation. The aim of this study was to determine whether the recovery of motor functions in the lower extremities affects the PAD of the soleus H-reflex in patients with subacute stroke undergoing rehabilitation. [Subjects and Methods] Eight patients with subacute stroke patients were recruited...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914603/synaptic-up-scaling-preserves-motor-circuit-output-after-chronic-natural-inactivity
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Joseph M Santin, Mauricio Vallejo, Lynn K Hartzler
Neural systems use homeostatic plasticity to maintain normal brain functions and to prevent abnormal activity.  Surprisingly, homeostatic mechanisms that regulate circuit output have mainly been demonstrated during artificial and/or pathological perturbations.  Natural, physiological scenarios that activate these stabilizing mechanisms in neural networks of mature animals remain elusive.  To establish the extent to which a naturally inactive circuit engages mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity, we utilized the respiratory motor circuit in bullfrogs that normally remains inactive for several months during the winter...
September 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913566/adar-rna-editing-in-human-disease-more-to-it-than-meets-the-i
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Angela Gallo, Dragana Vukic, David Michalík, Mary A O'Connell, Liam P Keegan
We review the structures and functions of ADARs and their involvements in human diseases. ADAR1 is widely expressed, particularly in the myeloid component of the blood system, and plays a prominent role in promiscuous editing of long dsRNA. Missense mutations that change ADAR1 residues and reduce RNA editing activity cause Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, a childhood encephalitis and interferonopathy that mimics viral infection and resembles an extreme form of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE). In Adar1 mouse mutant models aberrant interferon expression is prevented by eliminating interferon activation signaling from cytoplasmic dsRNA sensors, indicating that unedited cytoplasmic dsRNA drives the immune induction...
September 14, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912557/a-nmda-receptor-calcium-influx-assay-sensitive-to-stimulation-by-glutamate-and-glycine-d-serine
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Hongqiu Guo, L Miguel Camargo, Fred Yeboah, Mary Ellen Digan, Honglin Niu, Yue Pan, Stephan Reiling, Gilberto Soler-Llavina, Wilhelm A Weihofen, Hao-Ran Wang, Y Gopi Shanker, Travis Stams, Anke Bill
N-methyl-D-aspartate-receptors (NMDARs) are ionotropic glutamate receptors that function in synaptic transmission, plasticity and cognition. Malfunction of NMDARs has been implicated in a variety of nervous system disorders, making them attractive therapeutic targets. Overexpression of functional NMDAR in non-neuronal cells results in cell death by excitotoxicity, hindering the development of cell-based assays for NMDAR drug discovery. Here we report a plate-based, high-throughput approach to study NMDAR function...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893590/design-principles-of-electrical-synaptic-plasticity
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REVIEW
John O'Brien
Essentially all animals with nervous systems utilize electrical synapses as a core element of communication. Electrical synapses, formed by gap junctions between neurons, provide rapid, bidirectional communication that accomplishes tasks distinct from and complementary to chemical synapses. These include coordination of neuron activity, suppression of voltage noise, establishment of electrical pathways that define circuits, and modulation of high order network behavior. In keeping with the omnipresent demand to alter neural network function in order to respond to environmental cues and perform tasks, electrical synapses exhibit extensive plasticity...
September 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892145/all-optical-electrophysiology-for-disease-modeling-and-pharmacological-characterization-of-neurons
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Christopher A Werley, Ted Brookings, Hansini Upadhyay, Luis A Williams, Owen B McManus, Graham T Dempsey
A key challenge for establishing a phenotypic screen for neuronal excitability is measurement of membrane potential changes with high throughput and accuracy. Most approaches for probing excitability rely on low-throughput, invasive methods or lack cell-specific information. These limitations stimulated the development of novel strategies for characterizing the electrical properties of cultured neurons. Among these was the development of optogenetic technologies (Optopatch) that allow for stimulation and recording of membrane voltage signals from cultured neurons with single-cell sensitivity and millisecond temporal resolution...
September 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890419/arc-protein-a-flexible-hub-for-synaptic-plasticity-and-cognition
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REVIEW
Oleksii Nikolaienko, Sudarshan Patil, Maria Steene Eriksen, Clive R Bramham
Mammalian excitatory synapses express diverse types of synaptic plasticity. A major challenge in neuroscience is to understand how a neuron utilizes different types of plasticity to sculpt brain development, function, and behavior. Neuronal activity-induced expression of the immediate early protein, Arc, is critical for long-term potentiation and depression of synaptic transmission, homeostatic synaptic scaling, and adaptive functions such as long-term memory formation. However, the molecular basis of Arc protein function as a regulator of synaptic plasticity and cognition remains a puzzle...
September 7, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884437/extrapolation-of-a-brivaracetam-exposure-response-model-from-adults-to-children-with-focal-seizures
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Rik Schoemaker, Janet R Wade, Armel Stockis
INTRODUCTION: Prediction of brivaracetam effects in children was obtained by scaling an existing adult pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) model for brivaracetam to children, using an existing population PK model for brivaracetam in children. The scaling was supported by estimating the change from adults to children in the concentration-effect relationship parameters for levetiracetam, a compound interacting with the same target protein (synaptic vesicle protein SV2A). METHODS: The existing adult PK/PD model for brivaracetam was applied to a combined adult-pediatric dataset of levetiracetam...
September 7, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883072/behavioral-time-scale-synaptic-plasticity-underlies-ca1-place-fields
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Katie C Bittner, Aaron D Milstein, Christine Grienberger, Sandro Romani, Jeffrey C Magee
Learning is primarily mediated by activity-dependent modifications of synaptic strength within neuronal circuits. We discovered that place fields in hippocampal area CA1 are produced by a synaptic potentiation notably different from Hebbian plasticity. Place fields could be produced in vivo in a single trial by potentiation of input that arrived seconds before and after complex spiking. The potentiated synaptic input was not initially coincident with action potentials or depolarization. This rule, named behavioral time scale synaptic plasticity, abruptly modifies inputs that were neither causal nor close in time to postsynaptic activation...
September 8, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873406/estimating-short-term-synaptic-plasticity-from-pre-and-postsynaptic-spiking
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Abed Ghanbari, Aleksey Malyshev, Maxim Volgushev, Ian H Stevenson
Short-term synaptic plasticity (STP) critically affects the processing of information in neuronal circuits by reversibly changing the effective strength of connections between neurons on time scales from milliseconds to a few seconds. STP is traditionally studied using intracellular recordings of postsynaptic potentials or currents evoked by presynaptic spikes. However, STP also affects the statistics of postsynaptic spikes. Here we present two model-based approaches for estimating synaptic weights and short-term plasticity from pre- and postsynaptic spike observations alone...
September 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870203/the-dlgap-family-neuronal-expression-function-and-role-in-brain-disorders
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REVIEW
Andreas H Rasmussen, Hanne B Rasmussen, Asli Silahtaroglu
The neurotransmitter glutamate facilitates neuronal signalling at excitatory synapses. Glutamate is released from the presynaptic membrane into the synaptic cleft. Across the synaptic cleft glutamate binds to both ion channels and metabotropic glutamate receptors at the postsynapse, which expedite downstream signalling in the neuron. The postsynaptic density, a highly specialized matrix, which is attached to the postsynaptic membrane, controls this downstream signalling. The postsynaptic density also resets the synapse after each synaptic firing...
September 4, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867325/neuroprotective-effects-of-valproic-acid-in-a-rat-model-of-cauda-equina-injury
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Qing-Jie Kong, Yuan Wang, Yang Liu, Jing-Chuan Sun, Xi-Ming Xu, Xiao-Fei Sun, Jian-Gang Shi
BACKGROUND: Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), including valproic acid (VPA), are promising therapeutic interventions in neurological disorders and play an important role in synaptic activity and neuronal function. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 30 rats were randomly allocated to three groups: sham, control, and VPA. The rats in the VPA and control groups received laminectomy at the L4 level of the vertebrae and silicone gel implantation into the epdidural spaces L5 and L6...
August 31, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865316/oxidative-species-induced-excitonic-transport-in-tubulin-aromatic-networks-potential-implications-for-neurodegenerative-disease
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P Kurian, T O Obisesan, T J A Craddock
Oxidative stress is a pathological hallmark of neurodegenerative tauopathic disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease-related dementia, which are characterized by altered forms of the microtubule-associated protein (MAP) tau. MAP tau is a key protein in stabilizing the microtubule architecture that regulates neuron morphology and synaptic strength. When MAP tau is degraded in tauopathic disorders, neuron dysfunction results. The precise role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the tauopathic disease process, however, is poorly understood...
October 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845734/local-and-extensive-neuroplasticity-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Ye-Chen Lu, Han Zhang, Mou-Xiong Zheng, Xu-Yun Hua, Yan-Qun Qiu, Yun-Dong Shen, Su Jiang, Jian-Guang Xu, Yu-Dong Gu, Wen-Dong Xu
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a most common peripheral nerve entrapment neuropathy characterized by sensorimotor deficits in median nerve innervated digits. Block-design task-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have been used to investigate CTS-related neuroplasticity in the primary somatosensory cortices. However, considering the persistence of digital paresthesia syndrome caused by median nerve entrapment, spontaneous neuronal activity might provide a better understanding of CTS-related neuroplasticity, which remains unexplored...
August 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840189/refractoriness-accounts-for-variable-spike-burst-responses-in-somatosensory-cortex
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Bartosz Teleńczuk, Richard Kempter, Gabriel Curio, Alain Destexhe
Neurons in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) respond to peripheral stimulation with synchronized bursts of spikes, which lock to the macroscopic 600-Hz EEG waves. The mechanism of burst generation and synchronization in S1 is not yet understood. Using models of single-neuron responses fitted to unit recordings from macaque monkeys, we show that these synchronized bursts are the consequence of correlated synaptic inputs combined with a refractory mechanism. In the presence of noise these models reproduce also the observed trial-to-trial response variability, where individual bursts represent one of many stereotypical temporal spike patterns...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829421/electroconvulsive-seizures-in-rats-and-fractionation-of-their-hippocampi-to-examine-seizure-induced-changes-in-postsynaptic-density-proteins
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Sung-Soo Jang, Han Gil Jeong, Hee Jung Chung
Electroconvulsive seizure (ECS) is an experimental animal model of electroconvulsive therapy, the most effective treatment for severe depression. ECS induces generalized tonic-clonic seizures with low mortality and neuronal death and is a widely-used model to screen anti-epileptic drugs. Here, we describe an ECS induction method in which a brief 55-mA current is delivered for 0.5 s to male rats 200 - 250 g in weight via ear-clip electrodes. Such bilateral stimulation produced stage 4 - 5 clonic seizures that lasted about 10 s...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820738/the-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-short-interval-intracortical-inhibition-and-intracortical-facilitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Mana Biabani, Maryam Aminitehrani, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is increasingly being used to affect the neurological conditions with deficient intracortical synaptic activities (i.e. Parkinson's disease and epilepsy). In addition, it is suggested that the lasting effects of tDCS on corticospinal excitability (CSE) have intracortical origin. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to examine whether tDCS has any effect on intracortical circuits. Eleven electronic databases were searched for the studies investigating intracortical changes induced by anodal (a) and cathodal (c) tDCS, in healthy individuals, using two paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) paradigms: short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF)...
August 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812113/-pathophysiology-of-intracranial-injuries
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REVIEW
D Lahner, G Fritsch
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) constitutes a heterogeneous condition that affects the most complex organ of the human body. It is commonly classified by its location as focal injury (e.g. epidural hematoma) and diffuse injury (e.g. diffuse axonal shearing injury) as well as by primary and secondary tissue injury. Accordingly, direct mechanical force causes the primary insult. The tissue damage occurring afterwards is subsumed under the term secondary brain damage. Some of these processes are overlapping and include in the early phase local cerebral ischemia resulting in excitotoxicity, which together with the triggered neuroinflammatory cascade causes the formation of cerebral edema and ultimately increased intracranial pressure once the intracranial compliance is exhausted...
August 15, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811468/inferring-structural-connectivity-using-ising-couplings-in-models-of-neuronal-networks
#20
Balasundaram Kadirvelu, Yoshikatsu Hayashi, Slawomir J Nasuto
Functional connectivity metrics have been widely used to infer the underlying structural connectivity in neuronal networks. Maximum entropy based Ising models have been suggested to discount the effect of indirect interactions and give good results in inferring the true anatomical connections. However, no benchmarking is currently available to assess the performance of Ising couplings against other functional connectivity metrics in the microscopic scale of neuronal networks through a wide set of network conditions and network structures...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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