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David Tg Barrett, Sophie Denève, Christian K Machens
The brain has an impressive ability to withstand neural damage. Diseases that kill neurons can go unnoticed for years, and incomplete brain lesions or silencing of neurons often fail to produce any behavioral effect. How does the brain compensate for such damage, and what are the limits of this compensation? We propose that neural circuits immediately compensate for neuron loss, thereby preserving their function as much as possible. We show that this compensation can explain changes in tuning curves induced by neuron silencing across a variety of systems, including the primary visual cortex...
December 9, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935229/cortico-limbic-connectivity-in-maoa-l-carriers-is-vulnerable-to-acute-tryptophan-depletion
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Patrick Eisner, Martin Klasen, Dhana Wolf, Klaus Zerres, Thomas Eggermann, Albrecht Eisert, Mikhail Zvyagintsev, Pegah Sarkheil, Krystyna A Mathiak, Florian Zepf, Klaus Mathiak
INTRODUCTION: A gene-environment interaction between expression genotypes of the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and adverse childhood experience increases the risk of antisocial behavior. However, the neural underpinnings of this interaction remain uninvestigated. A cortico-limbic circuit involving the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the amygdala is central to the suppression of aggressive impulses and is modulated by serotonin (5-HT). MAOA genotypes may modulate the vulnerability of this circuit and increase the risk for emotion regulation deficits after specific life events...
December 9, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932983/cannabidiol-regulation-of-learned-fear-implications-for-treating-anxiety-related-disorders
#3
Regimantas Jurkus, Harriet L L Day, Francisco S Guimarães, Jonathan L C Lee, Leandro J Bertoglio, Carl W Stevenson
Anxiety and trauma-related disorders are psychiatric diseases with a lifetime prevalence of up to 25%. Phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are characterized by abnormal and persistent memories of fear-related contexts and cues. The effects of psychological treatments such as exposure therapy are often only temporary and medications can be ineffective and have adverse side effects. Growing evidence from human and animal studies indicates that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid present in Cannabis sativa, alleviates anxiety in paradigms assessing innate fear...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932957/emergence-of-selectivity-to-looming-stimuli-in-a-spiking-network-model-of-the-optic-tectum
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Eric V Jang, Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo, Carlos D Aizenman, Arseny S Khakhalin
The neural circuits in the optic tectum of Xenopus tadpoles are selectively responsive to looming visual stimuli that resemble objects approaching the animal at a collision trajectory. This selectivity is required for adaptive collision avoidance behavior in this species, but its underlying mechanisms are not known. In particular, it is still unclear how the balance between the recurrent spontaneous network activity and the newly arriving sensory flow is set in this structure, and to what degree this balance is important for collision detection...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932591/the-cellular-diversity-of-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-relevance-to-behavior-in-health-and-aspects-of-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Ilse S Pienaar, Anthony Vernon, Philip Winn
The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) is a rostral brainstem structure that has extensive connections with basal ganglia nuclei and the thalamus. Through these the PPN contributes to neural circuits that effect cortical and hippocampal activity. The PPN also has descending connections to nuclei of the pontine and medullary reticular formations, deep cerebellar nuclei, and the spinal cord. Interest in the PPN has increased dramatically since it was first suggested to be a novel target for treating patients with Parkinson's disease who are refractory to medication...
December 7, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932026/gene-environment-interactions-in-cortical-interneuron-development-and-dysfunction-a-review-of-preclinical-studies
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REVIEW
Lydia J Ansen-Wilson, Robert J Lipinski
Cortical interneurons (cINs) are a diverse group of locally projecting neurons essential to the organization and regulation of neural networks. Though they comprise only ∼20% of neurons in the neocortex, their dynamic modulation of cortical activity is requisite for normal cognition and underlies multiple aspects of learning and memory. While displaying significant morphological, molecular, and electrophysiological variability, cINs collectively function to maintain the excitatory-inhibitory balance in the cortex by dampening hyperexcitability and synchronizing activity of projection neurons, primarily through use of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)...
December 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930907/plasticity-to-the-rescue
#7
Tatyana O Sharpee
The balance between excitatory and inhibitory inputs is critical for the proper functioning of neural circuits. Landau and colleagues show that, in the presence of cell-type-specific connectivity, this balance is difficult to achieve without either synaptic plasticity or spike-frequency adaptation to fine-tune the connection strengths.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930906/an-elegant-circuit-for-balancing-risk-and-reward
#8
Zhaoyu Li, Adam J Iliff, X Z Shawn Xu
Animals constantly encounter conflicting cues in natural environments. To survive and thrive, they must make appropriate behavioral decisions. In this issue, Ghosh et al. (2016) identified a neural circuit underlying multisensory threat-reward decision making using an elegant C. elegans model.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930324/dopamine-release-from-the-locus-coeruleus-to-the-dorsal-hippocampus-promotes-spatial-learning-and-memory
#9
Kimberly A Kempadoo, Eugene V Mosharov, Se Joon Choi, David Sulzer, Eric R Kandel
Dopamine neurotransmission in the dorsal hippocampus is critical for a range of functions from spatial learning and synaptic plasticity to the deficits underlying psychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is the presumed source of dopamine in the dorsal hippocampus. However, there is a surprising scarcity of VTA dopamine axons in the dorsal hippocampus despite the dense network of dopamine receptors. We have explored this apparent paradox using optogenetic, biochemical, and behavioral approaches and found that dopaminergic axons and subsequent dopamine release in the dorsal hippocampus originate from neurons of the locus coeruleus (LC)...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929374/flexible-theta-sequence-compression-mediated-via-phase-precessing-interneurons
#10
Angus Chadwick, Mark Cw van Rossum, Matthew F Nolan
Encoding of behavioral episodes as spike sequences during hippocampal theta oscillations provides a neural substrate for computations on events extended across time and space. However, the mechanisms underlying the numerous and diverse experimentally observed properties of theta sequences remain poorly understood. Here we account for theta sequences using a novel model constrained by the septo-hippocampal circuitry. We show that when spontaneously active interneurons integrate spatial signals and theta frequency pacemaker inputs, they generate phase precessing action potentials that can coordinate theta sequences in place cell populations...
December 8, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928962/neural-circuits-underlying-fly-larval-locomotion
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Hiroshi Kohsaka, Pierre A Guertin, Akinao Nose
Locomotion is a complex motor behavior that may be expressed in different ways using a variety of strategies depending upon species and pathological or environmental conditions. Quadrupedal or bipedal walking, running, swimming, flying and gliding constitute some of the locomotor modes enabling the body, in all cases, to move from one place to another. Despite these apparent differences in modes of locomotion, both vertebrate and invertebrate species share, at least in part, comparable neural control mechanisms for locomotor rhythm and pattern generation and modulation...
December 8, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928548/microglia-and-neurogenesis-in-the-epileptic-dentate-gyrus
#12
Cong Luo, Yuji Ikegaya, Ryuta Koyama
Microglia are recognized as major immune cells in the brain. They have been traditionally studied in various contexts of disease, where their activation has been assumed to induce mostly detrimental effects. Recent studies, however, have challenged the current view of microglia, clarifying their essential contribution to the development of neural circuits and brain function. In this review, we particularly discuss the role of microglia as the major orchestrators that regulate adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923975/efficacy-of-nonselective-optogenetic-control-of-the-medial-septum-over-hippocampal-oscillations-the-influence-of-speed-and-implications-for-cognitive-enhancement
#13
Benjamin J Blumberg, Sean P Flynn, Sylvain J Barriere, Philippe R Mouchati, Rod C Scott, Gregory L Holmes, Jeremy M Barry
Optogenetics holds great promise for both the dissection of neural circuits and the evaluation of theories centered on the temporal organizing properties of oscillations that underpin cognition. To date, no studies have examined the efficacy of optogenetic stimulation for altering hippocampal oscillations in freely moving wild-type rats, or how these alterations would affect performance on behavioral tasks. Here, we used an AAV virus to express ChR2 in the medial septum (MS) of wild-type rats, and optically stimulated septal neurons at 6 Hz and 30 Hz...
December 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921311/the-neurobiology-of-parenting-a-neural-circuit-perspective
#14
Johannes Kohl, Anita E Autry, Catherine Dulac
Social interactions are essential for animals to reproduce, defend their territory, and raise their young. The conserved nature of social behaviors across animal species suggests that the neural pathways underlying the motivation for, and the execution of, specific social responses are also maintained. Modern tools of neuroscience have offered new opportunities for dissecting the molecular and neural mechanisms controlling specific social responses. We will review here recent insights into the neural circuits underlying a particularly fascinating and important form of social interaction, that of parental care...
December 6, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920145/three-small-receptive-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-mouse-retina-are-distinctly-tuned-to-size-speed-and-object-motion
#15
Jason Jacoby, Gregory W Schwartz
: Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are frequently divided into functional types by their ability to extract and relay specific features from a visual scene, such as the capacity to discern local or global motion, direction of motion, stimulus orientation, contrast or uniformity, or the presence of large or small objects. Here we introduce three previously uncharacterized, non-direction selective ON-OFF RGC types that represent a distinct set of feature detectors in the mouse retina. The three high definition (HD) RGCs possess small receptive field (RF) centers and strong surround suppression...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918278/pi3-kinase-cascade-has-a-differential-role-in-acquisition-and-extinction-of-conditioned-fear-memory-in-juvenile-and-adult-rats
#16
Ilana Slouzkey, Mouna Maroun
The basolateral amygdala (BLA), medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) circuit, plays a crucial role in acquisition and extinction of fear memory. Extinction of aversive memories is mediated, at least in part, by the phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway in adult rats. There is recent interest in the neural mechanisms that mediate fear and extinction in juvenile animals and whether these mechanisms are distinctive from those in adult animals. In the present study, we examined (1) changes in phosphorylation of Akt in the BLA and mPFC after fear conditioning and extinction in juvenile and adult rats and (2) the effect of BLA and mPFC localized inhibition of the PI3K following acquisition and extinction of contextual fear memory...
December 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918273/neural-circuits-via-which-single-prolonged-stress-exposure-leads-to-fear-extinction-retention-deficits
#17
Dayan Knox, Briana R Stanfield, Jennifer M Staib, Nina P David, Samantha M Keller, Thomas DePietro
Single prolonged stress (SPS) has been used to examine mechanisms via which stress exposure leads to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. SPS induces fear extinction retention deficits, but neural circuits critical for mediating these deficits are unknown. To address this gap, we examined the effect of SPS on neural activity in brain regions critical for extinction retention (i.e., fear extinction circuit). These were the ventral hippocampus (vHipp), dorsal hippocampus (dHipp), basolateral amygdala (BLA), prelimbic cortex (PL), and infralimbic cortex (IL)...
December 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918063/long-lasting-musical-training-modifies-language-processing-a-dichotic-fused-word-test-study
#18
L Sebastiani, E Castellani
Musical training modifies neural areas associated with both music and language and enhances speech perception and discrimination by engaging the right hemisphere regions classically associated with music processing. On these bases we hypothesized that participants with extended musical training could have reduced left-hemisphere dominance for speech. In order to verify this hypothesis, two groups of right-handed individuals, one with long-term musical training and one with no musical training, participated to a Dichotic Fused Word Test consisting in the simultaneous presentation of different pairs of rhyming words and pseudo-words, one to the left ear and one to the right one...
January 1, 2016: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917473/maternal-deprivation-alters-expression-of-neural-maturation-gene-tbr1-in-the-amygdala-paralaminar-nucleus-in-infant-female-macaques
#19
Danielle M de Campo, Judy L Cameron, Joseph M Miano, David A Lewis, Karoly Mirnics, Julie L Fudge
Early parental loss is associated with social-emotional dysregulation and amygdala physiologic changes. Previously, we examined whole amygdala gene expression in infant monkeys exposed to early maternal deprivation. Here, we focus on an amygdala region with immature neurons at birth: the paralaminar nucleus (PL). We hypothesized that 1) the normal infant PL is enriched in a subset of neural maturation (NM) genes compared to a nearby amygdala subregion; and 2) maternal deprivation would downregulate expression of NM transcripts (mRNA)...
December 4, 2016: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917284/the-neurobiology-of-dispositional-negativity-and-attentional-biases-to-threat-implications-for-understanding-anxiety-disorders-in-adults-and-youth
#20
Alexander J Shackman, Melissa D Stockbridge, Rachael M Tillman, Claire M Kaplan, Do P M Tromp, Andrew S Fox, Matthias Gamer
When extreme, anxiety can become debilitating. Anxiety disorders, which often first emerge early in development, are common and challenging to treat, yet the neurocognitive mechanisms that confer increased risk have only recently begun to come into focus. Here we review recent work highlighting the importance of neural circuits centered on the amygdala. We begin by describing dispositional negativity, a core dimension of childhood temperament and adult personality and an important risk factor for the development of anxiety disorders and other kinds of stress-sensitive psychopathology...
2016: Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
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