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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243587/human-subthalamic-nucleus-activity-during-non-motor-decision-making
#1
Baltazar A Zavala, Anthony I Jang, Kareem A Zaghloul
Recent studies have implicated the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in decisions that involve inhibiting movements. Many of the decisions that we make in our daily lives, however, do not involve any motor actions. We studied non-motor decision making by recording intraoperative STN and prefrontal cortex (PFC) electrophysiology as participants perform a novel task that required them to decide whether to encode items into working memory. During all encoding trials, beta band (15-30 Hz) activity decreased in the STN and PFC, and this decrease was progressively enhanced as more items were stored into working memory...
December 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243119/action-observation-or-imitation-of-virtual-hand-movement-affect-differently-regions-of-the-mirror-neuron-system-and-the-default-mode-network
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Nabila Brihmat, Mohamed Tarri, Yann Quidé, Ketty Anglio, Bernard Pavard, Evelyne Castel-Lacanal, David Gasq, Xavier De Boissezon, Philippe Marque, Isabelle Loubinoux
Virtual reality (VR)-based paradigms use visual stimuli that can modulate visuo-motor networks leading to the stimulation of brain circuits. The aims of this study were to compare the changes in blood-oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal when watching and imitating moving real (RH) and virtual hands (VH) in 11 healthy participants (HP). No differences were found between the observation of RH or VH making this VR-based experiment a promising tool for rehabilitation protocols. VH-imitation involved more the ventral premotor cortex (vPMC) as part of the mirror neuron system (MNS) compared to execution and VH-observation conditions...
December 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242104/structural-network-differences-in-chronic-muskuloskeletal-pain-beyond-fractional-anisotropy
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James H Bishop, Marina Shpaner, Antoni Kubicki, Sarah Clements, Richard Watts, Magdalena R Naylor
Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a condition that influences central nervous system structure. In this study, we combined novel structural neuroimaging techniques, using well-validated software packages including FSL, Mrtrix3, and DSI Studio, to characterize brain grey (GM) and white matter (WM) differences in chronic musculoskeletal pain participants (n = 74), compared to age-matched pain-free controls (n = 31). In participants with chronic pain, we identified significantly higher volume in subcortical GM structures using voxel-based morphometry (FSLVBM)...
December 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241710/new-insights-into-the-gene-expression-associated-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Daniela Recabarren-Leiva, Marcelo Alarcón
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most prevalent neuromuscular disease worldwide. It is a lethal and progressive neurodegenerative disease, principally affecting motor neurons; patient clinical characteristics are muscle weakness, dysphagia and respiratory failure. The mean age is related to family history (40years, familial ALS or FALS) or with no family history (50years), but it is more common in people aged 60-69years. The cause of ALS is not known and it is not known yet why it affects some people and not others...
December 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241708/contribution-of-cb1rs-in-anxiety-related-behaviors-but-not-locomotor-deficits-induced-by-methamphetamine
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Effat Ramshini, Gholamreza Sepehri, Meysam Ahmadi-Zeidabadi, Shokouh Arjmand, Mohammad Khaksari, Mohammad Shabani
Several lines of evidence have indicated that Methamphetamine (METH) exposure leads to neurodegenerative changes in the dopaminergic neurons and subsequently may predispose users to motor deficit. On the other hand, there is a reciprocal regulation between the endocannabinoid and the dopaminergic systems. Previous studies also showed that the endocannabinoids are involved in the signaling mechanisms of various brain regions related to motor and cognitive functions. The cerebellum seems as a rational target to investigate the action of cannabinoids on motor coordination because of the high concentration of the cannabinoid receptor in the molecular layer of it and other regions involved in motor activity...
December 11, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241654/ginsenoside-rb1-confers-neuroprotection-via-promotion-of-glutamate-transporters-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Yun-Long Zhang, Yan Liu, Xin-Pan Kang, Chun-Yan Dou, Ren-Gong Zhuo, Shu-Qiong Huang, Li Peng, Lei Wen
Ginsenoside Rb1 has been demonstrated to protect dopaminergic (DA) neurons from death in vitro. However, the neuroprotective effects and underlying mechanism of Rb1 in treating Parkinson's disease (PD) remain uncharacterized. In this study, we explored the effects of Rb1 on the movement disorder and the underlying mechanisms based on the glutamatergic transmission and excitotoxicity in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model of PD. Here, for the first time, we report that Rb1 treatment ameliorates motor deficits, prevents DA neuron death, and suppresses α-synuclein expression and astrogliosis in the MPTP mouse model of PD...
December 12, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241189/lord-adrian-md-prs-om
#7
John M S Pearce
Edgar Douglas Adrian was an outstandingly brilliant, Nobel prize-winning neurophysiologist. He is remembered for developing the all-or-none principle of muscle contraction, and for explaining the minutiae of motor and sensory nerve transmission. He showed that the afferent effect in a neuron depends on the pattern in time of the impulses travelling in it, thereby providing a quantitative basis of nervous behaviour. With Sir Charles Sherrington, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1932 for discoveries on the functions of the neurons...
December 14, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241172/neurophysiological-monitoring-and-awake-craniotomy-for-resection-of-intracranial-gliomas
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Taiichi Saito, Manabu Tamura, Mikhail F Chernov, Soko Ikuta, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Takashi Maruyama
Aggressive resection of intracranial gliomas has a positive impact on patients' prognosis, but is associated with a risk of neurological complications. For preservation of brain functions and avoidance of major postoperative morbidity various methods of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring have been introduced into clinical practice. At present, somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), motor evoked potentials (MEP), visual evoked potentials (VEP), brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP), and electrocorticography (ECoG) are used routinely during neurosurgical procedures...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240971/functional-limitation-of-the-masticatory-system-in-patients-with-bulbar-involvement-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
Nina Riera-Punet, Jordi Martinez-Gomis, Eva Willaert, Monica Povedano, Maria Peraire
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with bulbar dysfunction affects the motor neurons responsible for controlling the muscles in the jaw, face, soft palate, pharynx, larynx, and tongue. This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the functional limitation of the jaw in patients with ALS and bulbar dysfunction who had upper motor neurons (UMN), lower motor neurons (LMN) or balanced involvement. One hundred and fifty three patients with ALS and 23 controls were included. All participants answered using the eight-item Jaw Functional Limitation Scale (JFLS-8)...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239973/involvement-of-adenosine-triphosphate-sensitive-potassium-channels-in-the-neuroprotective-activity-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-the-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-animal-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Mohammad Reza Sarookhani, Hashem Haghdoost-Yazdi, Ali Sarbazi-Golezari, Arvin Babayan-Tazehkand, Nafiseh Rastgoo
Studies have shown that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exerts a neuroprotective effect and may have a therapeutic value for treating neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective activity of H2S in vivo. Here, we evaluated the effect of glibenclamide, an ATP-sensitive potassium channel blocker, on the neuroprotective activity of H2S in the 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) animal model of Parkinson's disease. 6-OHDA was administered by stereotaxic surgery into the medial forebrain bundle...
December 12, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239337/globose-basal-cells-for-spinal-cord-regeneration
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Durai Murugan Muniswami, Indirani Kanakasabapathy, George Tharion
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with loss of motor and sensory functions below the injury level. Cell based therapies are experimented in pre-clinical studies around the world. Neural stem cells are located intra-cranially in subventricular zone and hippocampus which are highly invasive sources. The olfactory epithelium is a neurogenic tissue where neurogenesis takes place throughout the adult life by a population of stem/progenitor cells. Easily accessible olfactory neuroepithelial stem/progenitor cells are an attractive cell source for transplantation in SCI...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239333/nigral-dopaminergic-neuron-replenishment-in-adult-mice-through-ve-cadherin-expressing-neural-progenitor-cells
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Abir A Rahman, Nathan K Lai, Joshua E Albright, Paige E Urquhart, Abby R Webb, Brad E Morrison
The function of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra is of central importance to the coordination of movement by the brain's basal ganglia circuitry. This is evidenced by the loss of these neurons, resulting in the cardinal motor deficits associated with Parkinson's disease. In order to fully understand the physiology of these key neurons and develop potential therapies for their loss, it is essential to determine if and how dopaminergic neurons are replenished in the adult brain. Recent work has presented evidence for adult neurogenesis of these neurons by Nestin+/Sox2- neural progenitor cells...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239316/design-and-criteria-of-electrospun-fibrous-scaffolds-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Barbara Vigani, Silvia Rossi, Giuseppina Sandri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Franca Ferrari
The complex pathophysiology of spinal cord injury may explain the current lack of an effective therapeutic approach for the regeneration of damaged neuronal cells and the recovery of motor functions. Many efforts have been performed to design and develop suitable scaffolds for spinal cord regeneration, keeping in mind that the reconstruction of a pro-regenerative environment is the key challenge for an effective neurogenesis. The aim of this review is to outline the main features of an ideal scaffold, based on biomaterials, produced by the electrospinning technique and intended for the spinal cord regeneration...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237486/transplantation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-improves-long-term-diabetic-polyneuropathy-together-with-improvement-of-nerve-morphometrical-evaluation
#14
Maiko Omi, Masaki Hata, Nobuhisa Nakamura, Megumi Miyabe, Shogo Ozawa, Hitoshi Nukada, Masami Tsukamoto, Kazunori Sango, Tatsuhito Himeno, Hideki Kamiya, Jiro Nakamura, Jun Takebe, Tatsuaki Matsubara, Keiko Naruse
BACKGROUND: Although previous reports have revealed the therapeutic potential of stem cell transplantation in diabetic polyneuropathy, the effects of cell transplantation on long-term diabetic polyneuropathy have not been investigated. In this study, we investigated whether the transplantation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) ameliorated long-term diabetic polyneuropathy in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. METHODS: Forty-eight weeks after STZ injection, we transplanted DPSCs into the unilateral hindlimb skeletal muscles...
December 13, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237276/differential-effects-of-left-and-right-prefrontal-high-frequency-rtms-on-resting-state-fmri-in-healthy-individuals
#15
Renee S Schluter, Jochem M Jansen, Ruth J van Holst, Wim van den Brink, Anna E Goudriaan
High frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (HF-rTMS) has gained great interest in multiple clinical and research fields and is believed to accomplish its effect by influencing neuronal networks. The dlPFC is frequently chosen as the cortical target for HF-rTMS. However very little is known about the differential effect of HF-rTMS over the left and right dlPFC on intrinsic functional connectivity networks in patients or in healthy individuals. The current study assessed the differential effects of left or right HF-rTMS (corrected for sham) on intrinsic Independent Component Analysis (ICA) defined functional connectivity networks in a sample of 45 healthy individuals...
December 14, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235536/genetically-unmatched-human-ipsc-and-esc-exhibit-equivalent-gene-expression-and-neuronal-differentiation-potential
#16
Hany E Marei, A Althani, S Lashen, C Cenciarelli, Anwarul Hasan
The potential uniformity between differentiation and therapeutic potential of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) remains debatable. We studied the gene expression profiles, pathways analysis and the ability to differentiated into neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and motor neurons (MNs) of genetically unmatched integration-free hiPSC versus hESC to highlight possible differences/similarities between them at the molecular level. We also provided the functional information of the neurons derived from the different hESCs and hiPSCs lines using the Neural Muscular Junction (NMJ) Assay...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235480/vocal-learning-promotes-patterned-inhibitory-connectivity
#17
Mark N Miller, Chung Yan J Cheung, Michael S Brainard
Skill learning is instantiated by changes to functional connectivity within premotor circuits, but whether the specificity of learning depends on structured changes to inhibitory circuitry remains unclear. We used slice electrophysiology to measure connectivity changes associated with song learning in the avian analog of primary motor cortex (robust nucleus of the arcopallium, RA) in Bengalese Finches. Before song learning, fast-spiking interneurons (FSIs) densely innervated glutamatergic projection neurons (PNs) with apparently random connectivity...
December 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235420/a-self-care-problem-solving-and-mindfulness-intervention-for-informal-caregivers-of-people-with-motor-neurone-disease-a-pilot-study
#18
Anna Ugalde, Susan Mathers, Nicole Hennessy Anderson, Peter Hudson, Liliana Orellana, Cathy Gluyas
BACKGROUND: Informal caregivers of people with motor neurone disease (MND) take on an extensive role. Caregivers are at increased risk of experiencing psychological distress and burden, yet, there is a lack of intervention programmes to support them. AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of a therapeutic group intervention promoting self-care, problem-solving and mindfulness to informal caregivers of people with MND. DESIGN: Pilot study that utilised a one-arm pre- and post-design...
November 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235200/concise-review-the-cellular-conspiracy-of-als
#19
REVIEW
Andrea Serio, Rickie Patani
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is incurable and devastating. A dearth of therapies has galvanized experimental focus onto the cellular and molecular mechanisms that both initiate and subsequently drive motor neuron (MN) degeneration. A traditional view of ALS pathogenesis posits that disease-specific injury to a subtype of neurons is mechanistically cell-autonomous. This "neuron-centric" view has biased past research efforts. However, a wealth of accumulating evidence now strongly implicates non-neuronal cells as being major determinants of ALS...
December 13, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235097/activation-of-astrocytic-par1-receptors-in-the-rat-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract-regulates-breathing-through-modulation-of-presynaptic-trpv1
#20
Rafiq Huda, Zheng Chang, Jeehaeh Do, Donald R McCrimmon, Marco Martina
Many of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying astrocytic modulation of synaptic function remain poorly understood. Recent studies show that G-protein coupled receptor-mediated astrocyte activation modulates synaptic transmission in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS), a brainstem nucleus that regulates crucial physiological processes including cardiorespiratory activity. By using calcium imaging and patch clamp recordings in acute brain slices of wild-type and TRPV1-/- rats, we show that activation of proteinase-activated receptor 1 (PAR-1) in NTS astrocytes potentiates presynaptic glutamate release on NTS neurons...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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