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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087766/control-of-amygdala-circuits-by-5-ht-neurons-via-5-ht-and-glutamate-co-transmission
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Ayesha Sengupta, Marco Bocchio, David M Bannerman, Trevor Sharp, Marco Capogna
: The serotonin (5-HT) system and the amygdala are key regulators of emotional behavior. Several lines of evidence suggest that 5-HT transmission in the amygdala is implicated in the susceptibility and drug treatment of mood disorders. Thus, elucidating the physiological mechanisms through which midbrain 5-HT neurons modulate amygdala circuits could be pivotal in understanding emotional regulation in health and disease. To shed light on these mechanisms, we performed patch-clamp recordings from basal amygdala (BA) neurons in brain slices from mice with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) genetically targeted to 5-HT neurons...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074441/activation-of-parvalbumin-positive-neurons-in-both-retina-and-primary-visual-cortex-improves-the-feature-selectivity-of-primary-visual-cortex-neurons
#2
Jinggang Duan, Hang Fu, Jiayi Zhang
Several recent studies using either viral or transgenic mouse models have shown different results on whether the activation of parvalbumin-positive (PV(+)) neurons expressing channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) in the primary visual cortex (V1) improves the orientation- and direction-selectivity of V1 neurons. Although this discrepancy was thoroughly discussed in a follow-up communication, the issue of using different models to express ChR2 in V1 was not mentioned. We found that ChR2 was expressed in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and V1 neurons in ChR2(fl/+); PV-Cre mice...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069421/optogenetic-control-of-cell-differentiation-in-channelrhodopsin-2-expressing-os3-a-bipotential-glial-progenitor-cell-line
#3
Kenji Ono, Hiromi Suzuki, Ryusei Yamamoto, Hideki Sahashi, Yuhei Takido, Makoto Sawada
Alterations in the intracellular ion environment have been identified as one of the signals playing a critical role in the control of cellular proliferation and differentiation; however, the mechanisms responsible for signal transduction remain unclear. Recent studies have reported that channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) is a rapidly gated blue light (BL)-sensitive cation channel suitable for the non-invasive control of ion influx. We herein examined the expression of differentiation-associated markers by photo-activation and its signal transduction in ChR2-expressing OS3 (OS3ChR2) cells, which are clonal bipotential glial progenitor cells...
January 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059117/non-invasive-focused-ultrasound-facilitated-gene-delivery-for-optogenetics
#4
Shutao Wang, Tara Kugelman, Amanda Buch, Mathieu Herman, Yang Han, Maria Eleni Karakatsani, S Abid Hussaini, Karen Duff, Elisa E Konofagou
Optogenetics, a widely used technique in neuroscience research, is often limited by its invasive nature of application. Here, we present a noninvasive, ultrasound-based technique to introduce optogenetic channels into the brain by temporarily opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB). We demonstrate the efficiency of the method developed and evaluate the bioactivity of the non-invasively introduced channelrhodopsin channels by performing stimulation in freely behaving mice.
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053025/activity-dependent-dynamics-of-the-transcription-factor-of-camp-response-element-binding-protein-in-cortical-neurons-revealed-by-single-molecule-imaging
#5
Hironobu Kitagawa, Noriyuki Sugo, Masatoshi Morimatsu, Yoshiyuki Arai, Toshio Yanagida, Nobuhiko Yamamoto
: Transcriptional regulation is crucial for neuronal activity-dependent processes that govern neuronal circuit formation and synaptic plasticity. An intriguing question is how neuronal activity influences the spatiotemporal interactions between transcription factors and their target sites. Here, using a single-molecule imaging technique, we investigated the activity dependence of DNA binding and dissociation events of cAMP-response element binding protein (CREB), a principal factor in activity-dependent transcription, in mouse cortical neurons...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052116/functional-maturation-of-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-long-term-cultures
#6
Rebecca S Lam, Felix M Töpfer, Phillip G Wood, Volker Busskamp, Ernst Bamberg
Differentiated neurons can be rapidly acquired, within days, by inducing stem cells to express neurogenic transcription factors. We developed a protocol to maintain long-term cultures of human neurons, called iNGNs, which are obtained by inducing Neurogenin-1 and Neurogenin-2 expression in induced pluripotent stem cells. We followed the functional development of iNGNs over months and they showed many hallmark properties for neuronal maturation, including robust electrical and synaptic activity. Using iNGNs expressing a variant of channelrhodopsin-2, called CatCh, we could control iNGN activity with blue light stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031402/presynaptic-gain-control-by-endogenous-cotransmission-of-dopamine-and-gaba-in-the-olfactory-bulb
#7
Christopher E Vaaga, Jordan T Yorgason, John T Williams, Gary L Westbrook
In the olfactory bulb, lateral inhibition mediated by local juxtaglomerular interneurons has been proposed as a gain control mechanism, important for de-correlating odorant responses. Among juxtaglomerular interneurons, short axon cells are unique as dual-transmitter neurons that release dopamine and GABA. To examine their intraglomerular function, we expressed channelrhodopsin under control of the DAT-cre promoter, and activated olfactory afferents within individual glomeruli. Optical stimulation of labeled cells triggered endogenous dopamine release as measured by cyclic voltammetry, and GABA release as measured by whole-cell GABAA receptor currents...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011703/optogenetic-termination-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-whole-heart-towards-biological-cardiac-rhythm-management
#8
Emile C A Nyns, Annemarie Kip, Cindy I Bart, Jaap J Plomp, Katja Zeppenfeld, Martin J Schalij, Antoine A F de Vries, Daniël A Pijnappels
AIMS: Current treatments of ventricular arrhythmias rely on modulation of cardiac electrical function through drugs, ablation or electroshocks, which are all non-biological and rather unspecific, irreversible or traumatizing interventions. Optogenetics, however, is a novel, biological technique allowing electrical modulation in a specific, reversible and trauma-free manner using light-gated ion channels. The aim of our study was to investigate optogenetic termination of ventricular arrhythmias in the whole heart...
December 23, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997037/descending-projections-from-the-basal-forebrain-to-the-orexin-neurons-in-mice
#9
Lindsay J Agostinelli, Loris L Ferrari, Carrie E Mahoney, Takatoshi Mochizuki, Bradford B Lowell, Elda Arrigoni, Thomas E Scammell
The orexin (hypocretin) neurons play an essential role in promoting arousal, and loss of the orexin neurons results in narcolepsy, a condition characterized by chronic sleepiness and cataplexy. The orexin neurons excite wake-promoting neurons in the basal forebrain (BF), and a reciprocal projection from the BF back to the orexin neurons may help promote arousal and motivation. The BF contains at least three different cell types (cholinergic, glutamatergic, and GABAergic neurons) across its different regions (medial septum, diagonal band, magnocellular preoptic area, and substantia innominata)...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990451/patterned-photostimulation-via-visible-wavelength-photonic-probes-for-deep-brain-optogenetics
#10
Eran Segev, Jacob Reimer, Laurent C Moreaux, Trevor M Fowler, Derrick Chi, Wesley D Sacher, Maisie Lo, Karl Deisseroth, Andreas S Tolias, Andrei Faraon, Michael L Roukes
Optogenetic methods developed over the past decade enable unprecedented optical activation and silencing of specific neuronal cell types. However, light scattering in neural tissue precludes illuminating areas deep within the brain via free-space optics; this has impeded employing optogenetics universally. Here, we report an approach surmounting this significant limitation. We realize implantable, ultranarrow, silicon-based photonic probes enabling the delivery of complex illumination patterns deep within brain tissue...
January 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932542/h2o2-sensitive-isoforms-of-drosophila-trpa1-act-in-bitter-sensing-gustatory-neurons-to-promote-avoidance-of-uv-during-egg-laying
#11
Ananya R Guntur, Bin Gou, Pengyu Gu, Ruo He, Ulrich Stern, Yang Xiang, Chung-Hui Yang
The evolutionarily conserved TRPA1 channel can sense various stimuli including temperatures and chemical irritants. Recent results have suggested that specific isoforms of Drosophila TRPA1 (dTRPA1) are UV sensitive and that their UV sensitivity is due to H2O2 sensitivity. However, whether such UV sensitivity serves any physiological purposes in behaving animals was unclear. Here, we demonstrate that H2O2-sensitive dTRPA1 isoforms promote avoidance of UV when adult Drosophila females are selecting sites for egg-laying...
December 7, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917616/effect-of-redox-modifying-agents-on-the-activity-of-channelrhodopsin-2
#12
Bao-Ming Wu, Tian-Dong Leng, Koichi Inoue, Jun Li, Zhi-Gang Xiong
BACKGROUND: The algal protein Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) has been widely used in recent years in optogenetic technique to investigate the functions of complex neuronal networks through minimally invasive and temporally precise photostimulation of genetically defined neurons. However, as with any other new technique, current optogentic approaches have various limitations. In addition, how ChR2 may behave in response to complex biochemical changes associated with various physiological/pathological conditions is largely unknown...
December 4, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908611/entorhinal-principal-neurons-mediate-brain-stimulation-treatments-for-epilepsy
#13
Zhenghao Xu, Yi Wang, Bin Chen, Cenglin Xu, Xiaohua Wu, Ying Wang, Shihong Zhang, Weiwei Hu, Shuang Wang, Yi Guo, Xiangnan Zhang, Jianhong Luo, Shumin Duan, Zhong Chen
Brain stimulation is an alternative treatment for epilepsy. However, the neuronal circuits underlying its mechanisms remain obscure. We found that optogenetic activation (1Hz) of entorhinal calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II α (CaMKIIα)-positive neurons, but not GABAergic neurons, retarded hippocampal epileptogenesis and reduced hippocampal seizure severity, similar to that of entorhinal low-frequency electrical stimulation (LFES). Optogenetic inhibition of entorhinal CaMKIIα-positive neurons blocked the antiepileptic effect of LFES...
December 2016: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905012/microbial-proteins-as-novel-industrial-biotechnology-hosts-to-treat-epilepsy
#14
REVIEW
Zareen Amtul, Amal A Aziz
Epilepsy is characterized by the hyperexcitability of various neuronal circuits that results due to the imbalance between glutamate-mediated excitation of voltage-gated cation channels and γ-amino butyric acid (GABA)-mediated inhibition of anion channels leading to aberrant, sporadic oscillations or fluctuations in neuronal electrical activity. Epilepsy with a risk of mortality and around 65 million sufferers of all ages all over the world is limited therapeutically with high rates of adverse reactions, lack of complete seizure control, and over 30% patients with refractory epilepsy...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895984/fabrication-and-analysis-of-microfiber-array-platform-for-optogenetics-with-cellular-resolution
#15
Jian-Hong Chen, Ming-Yi Chou, Chien-Yuan Pan, Lon A Wang
Optogenetics has emerged as a revolutionary technology especially for neuroscience and has advanced continuously over the past decade. Conventional approaches for patterned in vivo optical illumination have a limitation on the implanted device size and achievable spatio-temporal resolution. In this work, we developed a fabrication process for a microfiber array platform. Arrayed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microfibers were drawn from a polymer solution and packaged with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The exposed end face of a packaged microfiber was tuned to have a size corresponding to a single cell...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884724/optogenetic-stimulation-of-glutamatergic-neuronal-activity-in-the-striatum-enhances-neurogenesis-in-the-subventricular-zone-of-normal-and-stroke-mice
#16
Mingke Song, Shan Ping Yu, Osama Mohamad, Wenyuan Cao, Zheng Zachory Wei, Xiaohuan Gu, Michael Qize Jiang, Ling Wei
Neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the adult brain may contribute to tissue repair after brain injuries. Whether SVZ neurogenesis can be upregulated by specific neuronal activity in vivo and promote functional recovery after stroke is largely unknown. Using the spatial and cell type specific optogenetic technique combined with multiple approaches of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo examinations, we tested the hypothesis that glutamatergic activation in the striatum could upregulate SVZ neurogenesis in the normal and ischemic brain...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861906/all-optical-functional-synaptic-connectivity-mapping-in-acute-brain-slices-using-the-calcium-integrator-campari
#17
Timothy A Zolnik, Fern Sha, Friedrich W Johenning, Eric R Schreiter, Loren L Looger, Matthew E Larkum, Robert N S Sachdev
KEY POINTS: The genetically encoded fluorescent calcium integrator calcium-modulated photoactivatable ratiobetric integrator (CaMPARI) reports calcium influx induced by synaptic and neural activity. Its fluorescence is converted from green to red in the presence of violet light and calcium. The rate of conversion - the sensitivity to activity - is tunable and depends on the intensity of violet light. Synaptic activity and action potentials can independently initiate significant CaMPARI conversion...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844060/serotonergic-suppression-of-mouse-prefrontal-circuits-implicated-in-task-attention
#18
Michael K Tian, Eric F Schmidt, Evelyn K Lambe
Serotonin (5-HT) regulates attention by neurobiological mechanisms that are not well understood. Layer 6 (L6) pyramidal neurons of prefrontal cortex play an important role in attention and express 5-HT receptors, but the serotonergic modulation of this layer and its excitatory output is not known. Here, we performed whole-cell recordings and pharmacological manipulations in acute brain slices from wild-type and transgenic mice expressing either eGFP or eGFP-channelrhodopsin in prefrontal L6 pyramidal neurons...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810932/activity-dependent-dynamics-of-the-transcription-factor-creb-in-cortical-neurons-revealed-by-single-molecule-imaging
#19
Hironobu Kitagawa, Noriyuki Sugo, Masatoshi Morimatsu, Yoshiyuki Arai, Toshio Yanagida, Nobuhiko Yamamoto
: Transcriptional regulation is crucial for neuronal activity-dependent processes that govern neuronal circuit formation and synaptic plasticity. An intriguing question is how neuronal activity influences the spatiotemporal interactions between transcription factors and their target sites. Here we investigated the activity dependence of DNA binding and dissociation events of cAMP-response element binding protein (CREB), a principal factor in activity-dependent transcription, in mouse cortical neurons using a single-molecule imaging technique...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809305/chronic-activation-of-the-d156a-point-mutant-of-channelrhodopsin-2-signals-apoptotic-cell-death-the-good-and-the-bad
#20
Michael Perny, Lukas Muri, Heather Dawson, Sonja Kleinlogel
Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) has become a celebrated research tool and is considered a promising potential therapeutic for neurological disorders. While making its way into the clinic, concerns about the safety of chronic ChR2 activation have emerged; in particular as the high-intensity blue light illumination needed for ChR2 activation may be phototoxic. Here we set out to quantify for the first time the cytotoxic effects of chronic ChR2 activation. We studied the safety of prolonged illumination on ChR2(D156A)-expressing human melanoma cells as cancer cells are notorious for their resistance to killing...
November 3, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
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