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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405186/color-representation-is-retinotopically-biased-but-locally-intermingled-in-mouse-v1
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Shuhei Aihara, Takashi Yoshida, Takayuki Hashimoto, Kenichi Ohki
Dichromatic vision is common in many mammals. However, color processing in the primary visual cortex (V1) of dichromatic mammals is relatively unknown compared to the trichromatic primates. In this study, we investigated the functional organization of color processing in mouse V1. The mouse retina has a graded expression pattern of two opsins along its dorsoventral axis. However, it is not clear whether and how this expression pattern is reflected in the cortical representation at local (several hundred microns) and areal (V1) level...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396883/intracortical-circuits-in-thalamorecipient-layers-of-auditory-cortex-refine-after-visual-deprivation
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Xiangying Meng, Joseph P Y Kao, Hey-Kyoung Lee, Patrick O Kanold
Sensory cortices do not work in isolation. The functional responses of neurons in primary sensory cortices can be affected by activity from other modalities. For example, short-term visual deprivations, or dark exposure (DE), leads to enhanced neuronal responses and frequency selectivity to sounds in layer 4 (L4) of primary auditory cortex (A1). Circuit changes within A1 likely underlie these changes. Prior studies revealed that DE enhanced thalamocortical transmission to L4 in A1. Because the frequency selectivity of L4 neurons is determined by both thalamocortical and intracortical inputs, changes in intralaminar circuits to L4 neurons might also contribute to improved sound responses...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384469/altered-cortical-ensembles-in-mouse-models-of-schizophrenia
#3
Jordan P Hamm, Darcy S Peterka, Joseph A Gogos, Rafael Yuste
In schizophrenia, brain-wide alterations have been identified at the molecular and cellular levels, yet how these phenomena affect cortical circuit activity remains unclear. We studied two mouse models of schizophrenia-relevant disease processes: chronic ketamine (KET) administration and Df(16)A(+/-), modeling 22q11.2 microdeletions, a genetic variant highly penetrant for schizophrenia. Local field potential recordings in visual cortex confirmed gamma-band abnormalities similar to patient studies. Two-photon calcium imaging of local cortical populations revealed in both models a deficit in the reliability of neuronal coactivity patterns (ensembles), which was not a simple consequence of altered single-neuron activity...
April 5, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369421/searching-for-biomarkers-of-cdkl5-disorder-early-onset-visual-impairment-in-cdkl5-mutant-mice
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Raffaele Mazziotti, Leonardo Lupori, Giulia Sagona, Mariangela Gennaro, Grazia Della Sala, Elena Putignano, Tommaso Pizzorusso
CDKL5 disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder still without a cure. Murine models of CDKL5 disorder have been recently generated raising the possibility of preclinical testing of treatments. However, unbiased, quantitative biomarkers of high translational value to monitor brain function are still missing. Moreover, the analysis of treatment is hindered by the challenge of repeatedly and noninvasively testing neuronal function.We analyzed the development of visual responses in a mouse model of CDKL5 disorder to introduce visually evoked responses as a quantitative method to assess cortical circuit function...
March 28, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350297/a-mutant-with-bilateral-whisker-to-barrel-inputs-unveils-somatosensory-mapping-rules-in-the-cerebral-cortex
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Nicolas Renier, Chloé Dominici, Reha S Erzurumlu, Claudius F Kratochwil, Filippo M Rijli, Patricia Gaspar, Alain Chédotal
In mammals, tactile information is mapped topographically onto the contralateral side of the brain in the primary somatosensory cortex (S1). In this study, we describe Robo3 mouse mutants in which a sizeable fraction of the trigemino-thalamic inputs project ipsilaterally rather than contralaterally. The resulting mixture of crossed and uncrossed sensory inputs creates bilateral whisker maps in the thalamus and cortex. Surprisingly, these maps are segregated resulting in duplication of whisker representations and doubling of the number of barrels without changes in the size of S1...
March 28, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334225/pom-thalamocortical-input-drives-layer-specific-microcircuits-in-somatosensory-cortex
#6
Nicholas J Audette, Joanna Urban-Ciecko, Megumi Matsushita, Alison L Barth
Higher-order thalamic nuclei, such as the posterior medial nucleus (POm) in the somatosensory system or the pulvinar in the visual system, densely innervate the cortex and can influence perception and plasticity. To systematically evaluate how higher-order thalamic nuclei can drive cortical circuits, we investigated cell-type selective responses to POm stimulation in mouse primary somatosensory (barrel) cortex, using genetically targeted whole-cell recordings in acute brain slices. We find that ChR2-evoked thalamic input selectively targets specific cell types in the neocortex, revealing layer-specific modules for the summation and processing of POm input...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322188/a-molecular-mechanism-for-the-topographic-alignment-of-convergent-neural-maps
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Elise Savier, Stephen J Eglen, Amélie Bathélémy, Martine Perraut, Frank W Pfrieger, Greg Lemke, Michael Reber
Sensory processing requires proper alignment of neural maps throughout the brain. In the superficial layers of the superior colliculus of the midbrain, converging projections from retinal ganglion cells and neurons in visual cortex must be aligned to form a visuotopic map, but the basic mechanisms mediating this alignment remain elusive. In a new mouse model, ectopic expression of ephrin-A3 (Efna3) in a subset of retinal ganglion cells, quantitatively altering the retinal EFNAs gradient, disrupts cortico-collicular map alignment onto the retino-collicular map, creating a visuotopic mismatch...
March 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319111/volumetric-two-photon-imaging-of-neurons-using-stereoscopy-vtwins
#8
Alexander Song, Adam S Charles, Sue Ann Koay, Jeff L Gauthier, Stephan Y Thiberge, Jonathan W Pillow, David W Tank
Two-photon laser scanning microscopy of calcium dynamics using fluorescent indicators is a widely used imaging method for large-scale recording of neural activity in vivo. Here, we introduce volumetric two-photon imaging of neurons using stereoscopy (vTwINS), a volumetric calcium imaging method that uses an elongated, V-shaped point spread function to image a 3D brain volume. Single neurons project to spatially displaced 'image pairs' in the resulting 2D image, and the separation distance between projections is proportional to depth in the volume...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290456/corrigendum-epileptiform-activity-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex-interferes-with-cortical-processing-in-connected-areas
#9
L Petrucco, E Pracucci, M Brondi, G M Ratto, S Landi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284708/visual-experience-regulates-the-development-of-long-term-synaptic-modifications-induced-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-mouse-visual-cortex
#10
Taketoshi Sugimura, Mariko Yamamoto, Kazumasa Yamada, Yukio Komatsu, Yumiko Yoshimura
Manipulation of visual experience can considerably modify visual responses of visual cortical neurons even in adulthood in the mouse, although the modification is less profound than that observed during the critical period. Our previous studies demonstrated that low-frequency (2Hz) stimulation for 15min applied to layer 4 induces T-type Ca(2+) channel-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) at excitatory synapses in layer 2/3 neurons of visual cortex during the critical period. In this study, we investigated whether low-frequency stimulation could induce synaptic plasticity in adult mice...
March 8, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279352/gabaergic-neurons-in-ferret-visual-cortex-participate-in-functionally-specific-networks
#11
Daniel E Wilson, Gordon B Smith, Amanda L Jacob, Theo Walker, Jordane Dimidschstein, Gord Fishell, David Fitzpatrick
Functional circuits in the visual cortex require the coordinated activity of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. Molecular genetic approaches in the mouse have led to the "local non-specific pooling principle" of inhibitory connectivity, in which inhibitory neurons are untuned for stimulus features due to the random pooling of local inputs. However, it remains unclear whether this principle generalizes to species with a columnar organization of feature selectivity such as carnivores, primates, and humans. Here we use virally mediated GABAergic-specific GCaMP6f expression to demonstrate that inhibitory neurons in ferret visual cortex respond robustly and selectively to oriented stimuli...
March 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273899/in-vivo-microscopic-voxel-based-morphometry-with-a-brain-template-to-characterize-strain-specific-structures-in-the-mouse-brain
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Keigo Hikishima, Yuji Komaki, Fumiko Seki, Yasuyuki Ohnishi, Hirotaka J Okano, Hideyuki Okano
Hundreds of inbred mouse strains are established for use in a broad spectrum of basic research fields, including genetics, neuroscience, immunology, and cancer. Inbred mice exhibit identical intra-strain genetics and divergent inter-strain phenotypes. The cognitive and behavioral divergences must be controlled by the variances of structure and function of their brains; however, the underlying morphological features of strain-to-strain difference remain obscure. Here, in vivo microscopic magnetic resonance imaging was optimized to image the mouse brains by using an isotropic resolution of 80 μm...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264980/locomotion-enhances-neural-encoding-of-visual-stimuli-in-mouse-v1
#13
Maria C Dadarlat, Michael P Stryker
Neurons in mouse primary visual cortex (V1) are selective for particular properties of visual stimuli. Locomotion causes a change in cortical state that leaves their selectivity unchanged but strengthens their responses. Both locomotion and the change in cortical state are thought to be initiated by projections from the mesencephalic locomotor region, the latter through a disinhibitory circuit in V1. By recording simultaneously from a large number of single neurons in alert mice viewing moving gratings, we investigated the relationship between locomotion and the information contained within the neural population...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256708/comparative-ultrastructural-features-of-excitatory-synapses-in-the-visual-and-frontal-cortices-of-the-adult-mouse-and-monkey
#14
Alexander Hsu, Jennifer I Luebke, Maria Medalla
The excitatory glutamatergic synapse is the principal site of communication between cortical pyramidal neurons and their targets, a key locus of action of many drugs, and highly vulnerable to dysfunction and loss in neurodegenerative disease. A detailed knowledge of the structure of these synapses in distinct cortical areas and across species is a prerequisite for understanding the anatomical underpinnings of cortical specialization and, potentially, selective vulnerability in neurological disorders. We used serial electron microscopy to assess the ultrastructural features of excitatory (asymmetric) synapses in the layers 2-3 (L2-3) neuropil of visual (V1) and frontal (FC) cortices of the adult mouse and compared findings to those in the rhesus monkey (V1 and lateral prefrontal cortex [LPFC])...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252109/gamma-band-activities-in-mouse-frontal-and-visual-cortex-induced-by-coherent-dot-motion
#15
Hio-Been Han, Eunjin Hwang, Soohyun Lee, Min-Shik Kim, Jee Hyun Choi
A key question within systems neuroscience is to understand how the brain encodes spatially and temporally distributed local features and binds these together into one perceptual representation. Previous works in animal and human have shown that changes in neural synchrony occur during the perceptual processing and these changes are distinguished by the emergence of gamma-band oscillations (GBO, 30-80 Hz, centered at 40 Hz). Here, we used the mouse electroencephalogram to investigate how different cortical areas play roles in perceptual processing by assessing their GBO patterns during the visual presentation of coherently/incoherently moving random-dot kinematogram and static dots display...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
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Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkentli, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203148/dopamine-d1-receptor-immunoreactivity-on-fine-processes-of-gfap-positive-astrocytes-in-the-substantia-nigra-pars-reticulata-of-adult-mouse
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Katsuhiro Nagatomo, Sechiko Suga, Masato Saitoh, Masahito Kogawa, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshio Yamamoto, Katsuya Yamada
Substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr), the major output nucleus of the basal ganglia, receives dopamine from dendrites extending from dopaminergic neurons of the adjacent nucleus pars compacta (SNc), which is known for its selective degeneration in Parkinson's disease. As a recipient for dendritically released dopamine, the dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) is a primary candidate due to its very dense immunoreactivity in the SNr. However, the precise location of D1R remains unclear at the cellular level in the SNr except for that reported on axons/axon terminals of presumably striatal GABAergic neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194008/genetic-otx2-mis-localization-delays-critical-period-plasticity-across-brain-regions
#18
H H C Lee, C Bernard, Z Ye, D Acampora, A Simeone, A Prochiantz, A A Di Nardo, T K Hensch
Accumulation of non-cell autonomous Otx2 homeoprotein in postnatal mouse visual cortex (V1) has been implicated in both the onset and closure of critical period (CP) plasticity. Here, we show that a genetic point mutation in the glycosaminoglycan recognition motif of Otx2 broadly delays the maturation of pivotal parvalbumin-positive (PV+) interneurons not only in V1 but also in the primary auditory (A1) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Consequently, not only visual, but also auditory plasticity is delayed, including the experience-dependent expansion of tonotopic maps in A1 and the acquisition of acoustic preferences in mPFC, which mitigates anxious behavior...
May 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177526/segregated-fronto-cortical-and-midbrain-connections-in-the-mouse-and-their-relation-to-approach-and-avoidance-orienting-behaviors
#19
Michael Anthony Savage, Richard McQuade, Alexander Thiele
The orchestration of orienting behaviors requires the interaction of many cortical and subcortical areas, for example the superior colliculus (SC), as well as prefrontal areas responsible for top-down control. Orienting involves different behaviors, such as approach and avoidance. In the rat, these behaviors are at least partially mapped onto different SC subdomains, the lateral (SCl) and medial (SCm), respectively. To delineate the circuitry involved in the two types of orienting behavior in mice, we injected retrograde tracer into the intermediate and deep layers of the SCm and SCl, and thereby determined the main input structures to these subdomains...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144216/a-tool-for-brain-wide-quantitative-analysis-of-molecular-data-upon-projection-into-a-planar-view-of-choice
#20
Samme Vreysen, Isabelle Scheyltjens, Marie-Eve Laramée, Lutgarde Arckens
Several techniques, allowing the reconstruction and visualization of functional, anatomical or molecular information from tissue and organ slices, have been developed over the years. Yet none allow direct comparison without reprocessing the same slices. Alternative methods using publicly available reference maps like the Allen Brain Atlas lack flexibility with respect to age and species. We propose a new approach to reconstruct a segmented region of interest from serial slices by projecting the optical density values representing a given molecular signal to a plane of view of choice, and to generalize the results into a reference map, which is built from the individual maps of all animals under study...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
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