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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329757/neural-ensemble-dynamics-underlying-a-long-term-associative-memory
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Benjamin F Grewe, Jan Gründemann, Lacey J Kitch, Jerome A Lecoq, Jones G Parker, Jesse D Marshall, Margaret C Larkin, Pablo E Jercog, Francois Grenier, Jin Zhong Li, Andreas Lüthi, Mark J Schnitzer
The brain's ability to associate different stimuli is vital for long-term memory, but how neural ensembles encode associative memories is unknown. Here we studied how cell ensembles in the basal and lateral amygdala encode associations between conditioned and unconditioned stimuli (CS and US, respectively). Using a miniature fluorescence microscope, we tracked the Ca(2+) dynamics of ensembles of amygdalar neurons during fear learning and extinction over 6 days in behaving mice. Fear conditioning induced both up- and down-regulation of individual cells' CS-evoked responses...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327638/conditional-deletion-of-ndufs4-in-dopaminergic-neurons-promotes-parkinson-s-disease-like-non-motor-symptoms-without-loss-of-dopamine-neurons
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Won-Seok Choi, Hyung-Wook Kim, François Tronche, Richard D Palmiter, Daniel R Storm, Zhengui Xia
Reduction of mitochondrial complex I activity is one of the major hypotheses for dopaminergic neuron death in Parkinson's disease. However, reduction of complex I activity in all cells or selectively in dopaminergic neurons via conditional deletion of the Ndufs4 gene, a subunit of the mitochondrial complex I, does not cause dopaminergic neuron death or motor impairment. Here, we investigated the effect of reduced complex I activity on non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease using conditional knockout (cKO) mice in which Ndufs4 was selectively deleted in dopaminergic neurons (Ndufs4 cKO)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327612/endogenous-opioids-regulate-moment-to-moment-neuronal-communication-and-excitability
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Bryony L Winters, Gabrielle C Gregoriou, Sarah A Kissiwaa, Oliver A Wells, Danashi I Medagoda, Sam M Hermes, Neil T Burford, Andrew Alt, Sue A Aicher, Elena E Bagley
Fear and emotional learning are modulated by endogenous opioids but the cellular basis for this is unknown. The intercalated cells (ITCs) gate amygdala output and thus regulate the fear response. Here we find endogenous opioids are released by synaptic stimulation to act via two distinct mechanisms within the main ITC cluster. Endogenously released opioids inhibit glutamate release through the δ-opioid receptor (DOR), an effect potentiated by a DOR-positive allosteric modulator. Postsynaptically, the opioids activate a potassium conductance through the μ-opioid receptor (MOR), suggesting for the first time that endogenously released opioids directly regulate neuronal excitability...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326035/hippocampal-and-amygdala-gray-matter-loss-in-elderly-controls-with-subtle-cognitive-decline
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Davide Zanchi, Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Stefan Borgwardt, Cristelle Rodriguez, Sven Haller
In contrast to the idea that hippocampal and amygdala volume loss occur in late phases of neurodegeneration, recent contributions point to the relevance of preexisting structural deficits that are associated with aging and are independent of amyloid deposition in preclinical Alzheimer disease cases. The present work explores GM hippocampal and amygdala volumes in elderly controls displaying the first signs of cognitive decline. 455 subjects (263 females), including 374 controls (228 females) and 81 middle cognitive impairment subjects (35 females), underwent two neuropsychological evaluations (baseline and 18 months follow-up) and a MRI-T1 examination (only baseline)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326027/accessible-neurobehavioral-anger-related-markers-for-vulnerability-to-post-traumatic-stress-symptoms-in-a-population-of-male-soldiers
#5
Tamar Lin, Gadi Gilam, Gal Raz, Ayelet Or-Borichev, Yair Bar-Haim, Eyal Fruchter, Talma Hendler
Identifying vulnerable individuals prone to develop post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) is of paramount importance, especially in populations at high risk for stress exposure such as combat soldiers. While several neural and psychological risk factors are known, no post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) biomarker has yet progressed to clinical use. Here we present novel and clinically applicable anger-related neurobehavioral risk markers for military-related PTSS in a large cohort of Israeli soldiers. The psychological, electrophysiological and neural (Simultaneous recording of scalp electroencephalography [EEG] and functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI]) reaction to an anger-inducing film were measured prior to advanced military training and PTSS were recorded at 1-year follow-up...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324703/arousal-amplifies-biased-competition-between-high-and-low-priority-memories-more-in-women-than-in-men-the-role-of-elevated-noradrenergic-activity
#6
David Clewett, Michiko Sakaki, Ringo Huang, Shawn E Nielsen, Mara Mather
Recent findings indicate that emotional arousal can enhance memory consolidation of goal-relevant stimuli while impairing it for irrelevant stimuli. According to one recent model, these goal-dependent memory tradeoffs are driven by arousal-induced release of norepinephrine (NE), which amplifies neural gain in target sensory and memory processing brain regions. Past work also shows that ovarian hormones modulate activity in the same regions thought to support NE's effects on memory, such as the amygdala, suggesting that men and women may be differentially susceptible to arousal's dual effects on episodic memory...
February 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323127/bi-phase-age-related-brain-gray-matter-magnetic-resonance-t1%C3%AF-relaxation-time-change-in-adults
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Yáo T Li, Hua Huang, Zhizheng Zhuo, Pu-Xuan Lu, Weitian Chen, Yì Xiáng J Wáng
OBJECTIVES: To investigate normative value and age-related change of brain magnetic resonance T1ρ relaxation at 1.5T. METHODS: This study was approved by the local ethical committee with participants' written consent obtained. There were 42 adults healthy volunteers, including 20 males (age: 41±16 (mean±standard deviation) years, range: 22-68years,) and 22 females (age: 39±15years, range: 21-62years). MRI was performed at 1.5T using 3D fluid suppressed turbo spin echo sequence...
March 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323090/c-fos-activity-in-the-insular-cortex-nucleus-accumbens-and-basolateral-amygdala-following-the-intraperitoneal-injection-of-saccharin-and-lithium-chloride
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Alberto Soto, Patricia Gasalla, Azucena Begega, Matías López
The present study examined c-Fos expression in selected brain areas consequent to intraperitoneal (IP) administration of saccharin and lithium chloride. Rats were tested for aversion to the saccharin as measured by flavor consumption and orofacial reactions in the taste reactivity (TR) test. It was found that intraperitoneal conditioning resulted in the reduction in voluntary consumption but not in the production of aversive orofacial responses to the saccharin. The immunohistochemistry quantification revealed increased c-Fos activity in the insular cortex, the shell and core regions of the nucleus accumbens, and the basolateral nucleus of the amygdala...
March 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323012/extracellular-matrix-alterations-in-the-ketamine-model-of-schizophrenia
#9
Gabriela Matuszko, Sebastiano Curreli, Rahul Kaushik, Axel Becker, Alexander Dityatev
The neural extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in regulation of perisomatic GABAergic inhibition and synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and cortex. Decreased labeling of perineuronal nets, a form of ECM predominantly associated with parvalbumin-expressing interneurons in the brain, has been observed in post-mortem studies of schizophrenia patients, specifically, in brain areas such as prefrontal cortex, entorhinal cortex, and amygdala. Moreover, glial ECM in the form of dandelion clock-like structures was reported to be altered in schizophrenia patients...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321945/quantitative-representations-of-an-exaggerated-anxiety-response-in-the-brain-of-female-spider-phobics-a-parametric-fmri-study
#10
Anna Zilverstand, Bettina Sorger, Anita Kaemingk, Rainer Goebel
We employed a novel parametric spider picture set in the context of a parametric fMRI anxiety provocation study, designed to tease apart brain regions involved in threat monitoring from regions representing an exaggerated anxiety response in spider phobics. For the stimulus set, we systematically manipulated perceived proximity of threat by varying a depicted spider's context, size, and posture. All stimuli were validated in a behavioral rating study (phobics n = 20; controls n = 20; all female). An independent group participated in a subsequent fMRI anxiety provocation study (phobics n = 7; controls n = 7; all female), in which we compared a whole-brain categorical to a whole-brain parametric analysis...
March 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321607/it-s-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder-selective-attention-to-drink-properties-during-tasting-influences-brain-activation-in-gustatory-and-reward-regions
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Inge van Rijn, Cees de Graaf, Paul A M Smeets
Statements regarding pleasantness, taste intensity or caloric content on a food label may influence the attention consumers pay to such characteristics during consumption. There is little research on the effects of selective attention on taste perception and associated brain activation in regular drinks. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of selective attention on hedonics, intensity and caloric content on brain responses during tasting drinks. Using functional MRI brain responses of 27 women were measured while they paid attention to the intensity, pleasantness or caloric content of fruit juice, tomato juice and water...
March 20, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321189/plasma-tau-levels-in-cognitively-normal-middle-aged-and-older-adults
#12
Ming-Jang Chiu, Ling-Yun Fan, Ta-Fu Chen, Ya-Fang Chen, Jen-Jei Chieh, Herng-Er Horng
Using an ultra-sensitive technique, an immunomagnetic reduction assay, the plasma tau level can be measured to a limit of quantification of pg/ml. In total 126 cognitively normal middle-aged and older adults (45-95 years old) were recruited. The plasma tau levels were significantly higher in the older group (aged 65-95 years) 18.14 ± 7.33 pg/ml than those in the middle-aged group (aged 45-64 years) 14.35 ± 6.49 pg/ml when controlled gender and ApoEε4 carrier status (F = 3.102, P = 0.029). The ApoEε4 carriers had higher plasma tau levels than the non-carriers when controlled age and gender (F = 6...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321131/does-activation-of-midbrain-dopamine-neurons-promote-or-reduce-feeding
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L Boekhoudt, T J M Roelofs, J W de Jong, A E de Leeuw, M C M Luijendijk, I G Wolterink-Donselaar, G van der Plasse, R A H Adan
BACKGROUND: Dopamine (DA) signalling in the brain is necessary for feeding behaviour, and alterations in the DA system have been linked to obesity. However, the precise role of DA in the control of food intake remains debated. On the one hand, food reward and motivation are associated with enhanced DA activity. On the other hand, psychostimulant drugs that increase DA signalling suppress food intake. This poses the questions of how endogenous DA neuronal activity regulates feeding, and whether enhancing DA neuronal activity would either promote or reduce food intake...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321113/acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a-in-the-amygdala-is-involved-in-pain-and-anxiety-related-behaviours-associated-with-arthritis
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Youssef Aissouni, Abderrahim El Guerrab, Al Mahdy Hamieh, Jérémy Ferrier, Maryse Chalus, Diane Lemaire, Stéphanie Grégoire, Monique Etienne, Alain Eschalier, Denis Ardid, Eric Lingueglia, Fabien Marchand
Chronic pain is associated with anxiety and depression episodes. The amygdala plays a key role in the relationship between emotional responses and chronic pain. Here, we investigated the role of Acid-Sensing Ion Channels 1a within the basolateral amygdala (BLA), in pain and associated anxiety in a rat model of monoarthritis (MoAr). Administration within the BLA of PcTx1 or mambalgin-1, two specific inhibitors of ASIC1a-containing channels significantly inhibited pain and anxiety-related behaviours in MoAr rats...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320578/specific-cerebral-perfusion-patterns-in-three-schizophrenia-symptom-dimensions
#15
Katharina Stegmayer, Werner Strik, Andrea Federspiel, Roland Wiest, Stephan Bohlhalter, Sebastian Walther
Dimensional concepts such as the Research Domain Criteria initiative have been proposed to disentangle the heterogeneity of schizophrenia. One model introduced three neurobiologically informed behavioral dimensions: language, affectivity and motor behavior. To study the brain-behavior associations of these three dimensions, we investigated whether current behavioral alterations were linked to resting state perfusion in distinct brain circuits in schizophrenia. In total, 47 patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and 44 healthy controls were included...
March 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320311/a-receptor-based-analysis-of-local-ecosystems-in-the-human-brain
#16
Skirmantas Janušonis
BACKGROUND: As a complex system, the brain is a self-organizing entity that depends on local interactions among cells. Its regions (anatomically defined nuclei and areas) can be conceptualized as cellular ecosystems, but the similarity of their functional profiles is poorly understood. The study used the Allen Human Brain Atlas to classify 169 brain regions into hierarchically-organized environments based on their expression of 100 G protein-coupled neurotransmitter receptors, with no a priori reference to the regions' positions in the brain's anatomy or function...
March 20, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320226/functional-neuroimaging-predictors-of-self-reported-psychotic-symptoms-in-adolescents
#17
Josiane Bourque, Philip A Spechler, Stéphane Potvin, Robert Whelan, Tobias Banaschewski, Arun L W Bokde, Uli Bromberg, Christian Büchel, Erin Burke Quinlan, Sylvane Desrivières, Herta Flor, Vincent Frouin, Penny Gowland, Andreas Heinz, Bernd Ittermann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Marie-Laure Paillère-Martinot, Sarah C McEwen, Frauke Nees, Dimitri Papadopoulos Orfanos, Tomáš Paus, Luise Poustka, Michael N Smolka, Nora C Vetter, Henrik Walter, Gunter Schumann, Hugh Garavan, Patricia J Conrod
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the neural correlates of psychotic-like experiences in youths during tasks involving inhibitory control, reward anticipation, and emotion processing. A secondary aim was to test whether these neurofunctional correlates of risk were predictive of psychotic symptoms 2 years later. METHOD: Functional imaging responses to three paradigms-the stop-signal, monetary incentive delay, and faces tasks-were collected in youths at age 14, as part of the IMAGEN study...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319835/convergent-and-divergent-effects-of-apolipoprotein-e-%C3%AE%C2%B54-and-%C3%AE%C2%B52-alleles-on-amygdala-functional-networks-in-nondemented-older-adults
#18
Liang Gong, Hao Shu, Cancan He, Qing Ye, Feng Bai, Chunming Xie, Zhijun Zhang
Traditionally, in the context of Alzheimer's disease, the apolipoprotein E ε2 (APOEε2) allele is a protective factor and the APOEε4 allele is a destructive factor. However, this inverse relationship has recently been challenged, and the neural mechanisms underlying the effects of APOE genotype on Alzheimer's disease remain unclear. A resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging study was conducted to investigate the effects of APOE genotype and age on amygdala functional connectivity (AFC) networks in 84 patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment and 124 cognitively normal order adults...
February 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318543/obesity-induced-neuroinflammation-beyond-the-hypothalamus
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Owein Guillemot-Legris, Giulio G Muccioli
Obesity is now a worldwide health issue. Far from being limited to weight gain, obesity is generally associated with low-grade inflammation and with a cluster of disorders collectively known as the 'metabolic syndrome'. When considering obesity and the subsequent neuroinflammation, the focus was long set on the hypothalamus. More recently, obesity-derived neuroinflammation has been shown to affect other brain structures such as the hippocampus, cortex, brainstem, or amygdala. Furthermore, obesity has been associated with increased occurrence of central disorders such as depression and impaired cognitive function...
March 16, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316771/disconnection-from-others-in-autism-is-more-than-just-a-feeling-whole-brain-neural-synchrony-in-adults-during-implicit-processing-of-emotional-faces
#20
Rocco Mennella, Rachel C Leung, Margot J Taylor, Benjamin T Dunkley
BACKGROUND: Socio-emotional difficulties in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are thought to reflect impaired functional connectivity within the "social brain". Nonetheless, a whole-brain characterization of the fast responses in functional connectivity during implicit processing of emotional faces in adults with ASD is lacking. METHODS: The present study used magnetoencephalography to investigate early responses in functional connectivity, as measured by interregional phase synchronization, during implicit processing of angry, neutral and happy faces...
2017: Molecular Autism
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