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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933672/single-neuron-activity-and-theta-modulation-in-the-posterior-parietal-cortex-in-a-visuospatial-attention-task
#1
Fang-Chi Yang, T K Jacobson, R D Burwell
The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is implicated in directing and maintaining visual attention to locations in space. We hypothesized that the PPC also engages other cognitive processes in the transformation of behaviorally relevant visual inputs into appropriate actions, for example, monitoring of multiple locations, selection of responses to locations in space, and monitoring the outcome of response selections. We recorded single cells and local field potentials in the rat PPC during performance on a novel visuospatial attention (VSA) task that requires visually monitoring locations in space in order to make appropriate stimulus-guided locomotor responses...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933668/the-role-of-the-hippocampus-in-generalizing-configural-relationships
#2
Sam C Berens, Chris M Bird
The hippocampus has been implicated in integrating information across separate events in support of mnemonic generalizations. These generalizations may be underpinned by processes at both encoding (linking similar information across events) and retrieval ("on-the-fly" generalization). However, the relative contribution of the hippocampus to encoding- and retrieval-based generalizations is poorly understood. Using fMRI in humans, we investigated the hippocampal role in gradually learning a set of spatial discriminations and subsequently generalizing them in an acquired equivalence task...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933582/microrna-181c-ameliorates-cognitive-impairment-induced-by-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-in-rats
#3
Chen Fang, Qian Li, Guowen Min, Min Liu, Jing Cui, Jing Sun, Liang Li
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) characterized by global cerebral ischemia is an important risk factor contributing to the development of dementia. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the cellular adaptation to long-term ischemia/hypoxia by turning off or on the expression of target genes. MiR-181c is widely expressed in the nervous system, and tripartite motif 2 (TRIM2) is one of its target genes. In this work, we had identified that progressive spatial memory deficiency was induced in the bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (2-VO) rat models...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933548/metabolic-characterization-of-acutely-isolated-hippocampal-and-cerebral-cortical-slices-using-u-13-c-glucose-and-1-2-13-c-acetate-as-substrates
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Laura F McNair, Rasmus Kornfelt, Anne B Walls, Jens V Andersen, Blanca I Aldana, Jakob D Nissen, Arne Schousboe, Helle S Waagepetersen
Brain slice preparations from rats, mice and guinea pigs have served as important tools for studies of neurotransmission and metabolism. While hippocampal slices routinely have been used for electrophysiology studies, metabolic processes have mostly been studied in cerebral cortical slices. Few comparative characterization studies exist for acute hippocampal and cerebral cortical slices, hence, the aim of the current study was to characterize and compare glucose and acetate metabolism in these slice preparations in a newly established incubation design...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932977/human-neural-stem-cell-transplantation-rescues-cognitive-defects-in-app-ps1-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-by-enhancing-neuronal-connectivity-and-metabolic-activity
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Xueyuan Li, Hua Zhu, Xicai Sun, Fuxing Zuo, Jianfeng Lei, Zhanjing Wang, Xinjie Bao, Renzhi Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most frequent type of dementia, is featured by Aβ pathology, neural degeneration and cognitive decline. To date, there is no cure for this disease. Neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation provides new promise for treating AD. Many studies report that intra-hippocampal transplantation of murine NSCs improved cognition in rodents with AD by alleviating neurodegeneration via neuronal complement or replacement. However, few reports examined the potential of human NSC transplantation for AD...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932956/hypothalamic-vasopressinergic-projections-innervate-central-amygdala-gabaergic-neurons-implications-for-anxiety-and-stress-coping
#6
Vito S Hernández, Oscar R Hernández, Miguel Perez de la Mora, María J Gómora, Kjell Fuxe, Lee E Eiden, Limei Zhang
The arginine-vasopressin (AVP)-containing hypothalamic magnocellular neurosecretory neurons (VPMNNs) are known for their role in hydro-electrolytic balance control via their projections to the neurohypophysis. Recently, projections from these same neurons to hippocampus, habenula and other brain regions in which vasopressin infusion modulates contingent social and emotionally-affected behaviors, have been reported. Here, we present evidence that VPMNN collaterals also project to the amygdaloid complex, and establish synaptic connections with neurons in central amygdala (CeA)...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932944/role-of-homocysteine-in-the-ischemic-stroke-and-development-of-ischemic-tolerance
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Ján Lehotský, Barbara Tothová, Maria Kovalská, Dušan Dobrota, Anna Beňová, Dagmar Kalenská, Peter Kaplán
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a toxic, sulfur-containing intermediate of methionine metabolism. Hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcy), as a consequence of impaired Hcy metabolism or defects in crucial co-factors that participate in its recycling, is assumed as an independent human stroke risk factor. Neural cells are sensitive to prolonged hHcy treatment, because Hcy cannot be metabolized either by the transsulfuration pathway or by the folate/vitamin B12 independent remethylation pathway. Its detrimental effect after ischemia-induced damage includes accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and posttranslational modifications of proteins via homocysteinylation and thiolation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932305/scavenging-of-highly-reactive-gamma-ketoaldehydes-attenuates-cognitive-dysfunction-associated-with-epileptogenesis
#8
Jennifer N Pearson, Eric Warren, Li-Ping Liang, L Jackson Roberts, Manisha Patel
Cognitive dysfunction is a major comorbidity of the epilepsies; however, treatments targeting seizure-associated cognitive dysfunction, particularly deficits in learning and memory are not available. Isoketals and neuroketals, collectively known as gamma-ketoaldehydes are formed via the non-enzymatic, free radical catalyzed oxidation of arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, respectively. They are attractive candidates for oxidative protein damage and resultant cognitive dysfunction due to their formation within the plasma membrane and their high proclivity to form cytotoxic adducts on protein lysine residues...
December 5, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932302/hippocampal-asymmetry-differences-in-the-left-and-right-hippocampus-proteome-in-the-rat-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#9
Leila Sadeghi, Albert Anatolyevich Rizvanov, Ilnur Ildusovich Salafutdinov, Bahareh Dabirmanesh, Mohammad Sayyah, Yaghoub Fathollahi, Khosro Khajeh
: The hippocampus is a complex brain structure and undergoes severe sclerosis and gliosis in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) as the most common type of epilepsy. The key features of the TLE may be reported in chronic animal models of epilepsy, such as pilocarpine model. Therefore, the current study was conducted in a rat pilocarpine model of acquired epilepsy. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis based proteomic technique was used to compare the proteome map of the left and right hippocampus in both control and epileptic rats...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931508/voluntary-wheel-running-reverses-the-decrease-in-subventricular-zone-neurogenesis-caused-by-corticosterone
#10
Jada Chia-Di Lee, Suk-Yu Yau, Tatia M C Lee, Benson Wui-Man Lau, Kwok-Fai So
Adult neurogenesis within the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus can be increased by voluntary exercise but is suppressed under stress, such as with corticosterone (CORT). However, the effects of exercise and CORT on the cell proliferation of the other traditional neurogenic site, the subventricular zone (SVZ), have been reported with controversial results. In addition, the cotreatment effects of voluntary exercise and CORT have not been investigated. This study aims to determine whether CORT can suppress cell proliferation in the SVZ and whether this can be reversed by voluntary exercise...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931233/venlafaxine-ameliorates-the-depression-like-behaviors-and-hippocampal-s100b-expression-in-a-rat-depression-model
#11
Chang-Hong Wang, Jing-Yang Gu, Xiao-Li Zhang, Jiao Dong, Jun Yang, Ying-Li Zhang, Qiu-Fen Ning, Xiao-Wen Shan, Yan Li
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence has indicated that S100B may be involved in the pathophysiology of depression. No published study has examined the effect of the antidepressant drug venlafaxine on S100B in animal models of depression. This study investigated S100B expression in the hippocampus and assessed the effect of venlafaxine on S100B mRNA level and protein expression in rats exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS). METHODS: Forty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups as control, 0, 5 and 10 mg venlafaxine groups...
December 8, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931218/scutellaria-barbata-flavonoids-alleviate-memory-deficits-and-neuronal-injuries-induced-by-composited-a%C3%AE-in-rats
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Xiao G Wu, Shu S Wang, Hong Miao, Jian J Cheng, Shu F Zhang, Ya Z Shang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of Scutellaria barbata flavonoids (SBF) on memory impairment and neuronal injury induced by amyloid beta protein 25-35 in combination with aluminum trichloride (AlCl3) and recombinant human transforming growth factor-β1 (RHTGF-β1) (composited Aβ) in rats. METHODS: The composited Aβ-treated model of Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like memory impairment and neuronal injury was established in male rats by right intracerebroventricular injection of composited Aβ, and the effects of SBF were assessed using this rat model...
December 8, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931151/regulation-of-mitochondrial-function-and-glutamatergic-system-are-the-target-of-guanosine-effect-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Fernando Dobrachinski, Rogério da Rosa Gerbatin, Glaubia Sartori, Naiane Ferreira Marques, Ana Paula Pegoraro Zemolin, Luiz Fernando Almeida Silva, Jeferson Luis Franco, Luiz Fernando Freire Royes, Michele Rechia Fighera, Félix Alexandre Antunes Soares
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a highly complex multi-factorial disorder. Experimental trauma involves primary and secondary injury cascades that underlie delayed neuronal dysfunction and death. Mitochondrial dysfunction and glutamatergic excitotoxicity are the most important mechanisms of damage. In order to be successful, pharmacologic intervention requires a multifaceted approach. Guanosine (GUO) is known for its neuromodulator effects in different models of brain pathology, which regulates the glutamatergic system...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930911/direct-electrical-stimulation-of-the-human-entorhinal-region-and-hippocampus-impairs-memory
#14
Joshua Jacobs, Jonathan Miller, Sang Ah Lee, Tom Coffey, Andrew J Watrous, Michael R Sperling, Ashwini Sharan, Gregory Worrell, Brent Berry, Bradley Lega, Barbara C Jobst, Kathryn Davis, Robert E Gross, Sameer A Sheth, Youssef Ezzyat, Sandhitsu R Das, Joel Stein, Richard Gorniak, Michael J Kahana, Daniel S Rizzuto
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has shown promise for treating a range of brain disorders and neurological conditions. One recent study showed that DBS in the entorhinal region improved the accuracy of human spatial memory. Based on this line of work, we performed a series of experiments to more fully characterize the effects of DBS in the medial temporal lobe on human memory. Neurosurgical patients with implanted electrodes performed spatial and verbal-episodic memory tasks. During the encoding periods of both tasks, subjects received electrical stimulation at 50 Hz...
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930908/medial-prefrontal-cortex-updates-its-status
#15
Mina Cikara, Samuel J Gershman
How does the brain infer social status? A new study by Kumaran et al. (2016) identifies a region of the medial prefrontal cortex that, in concert with the amygdala and hippocampus, subserves updating of probabilistic beliefs about the status of individuals in a social hierarchy.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930904/computations-underlying-social-hierarchy-learning-distinct-neural-mechanisms-for-updating-and-representing-self-relevant-information
#16
Dharshan Kumaran, Andrea Banino, Charles Blundell, Demis Hassabis, Peter Dayan
Knowledge about social hierarchies organizes human behavior, yet we understand little about the underlying computations. Here we show that a Bayesian inference scheme, which tracks the power of individuals, better captures behavioral and neural data compared with a reinforcement learning model inspired by rating systems used in games such as chess. We provide evidence that the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) selectively mediates the updating of knowledge about one's own hierarchy, as opposed to that of another individual, a process that underpinned successful performance and involved functional interactions with the amygdala and hippocampus...
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930899/the-cingulate-cortex-of-older-adults-with-excellent-memory-capacity
#17
Feng Lin, Ping Ren, Mark Mapstone, Steven P Meyers, Anton Porsteinsson, Timothy M Baran
Memory deterioration is the earliest and most devastating cognitive deficit in normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Some older adults, known as "Supernormals", maintain excellent memory. This study examined relationships between cerebral amyloid deposition and functional connectivity (FC) within the cingulate cortex (CC) and between CC and other regions involved in memory maintenance between Supernormals, healthy controls (HC), and those at risk for AD (amnestic mild cognitive impairment [MCI]). Supernormals had significantly stronger FC between anterior CC and R-hippocampus, middle CC (MCC) and L-superior temporal gyrus, and posterior CC (PCC) and R-precuneus, while weaker FC between MCC and R-middle frontal gyrus and MCC and R-thalamus than other groups...
November 19, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930324/dopamine-release-from-the-locus-coeruleus-to-the-dorsal-hippocampus-promotes-spatial-learning-and-memory
#18
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/27929471/isolation-and-expansion-of-adult-canine-hippocampal-neural-precursors
#19
Thomas Duncan, Aileen Lowe, Marshall A Dalton, Michael Valenzuela
The rate of neurogenesis within the adult hippocampus has been shown to vary across mammalian species. The canine hippocampus, demonstrating a structural intermediacy between the rodent and human hippocampi, is therefore a valuable model in which to study adult neurogenesis. In vitro culture assays are an essential component of characterizing neurogenesis and adult neural precursor cells, allowing for precise control over the cellular environment. To date however, culture protocols for canine cells remain under-represented in the literature...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928709/the-gabaergic-system-in-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-modulates-context-related-extinction-learning-and-renewal-in-humans
#20
Silke Lissek, Anne Golisch, Benjamin Glaubitz, Martin Tegenthoff
Context-related extinction learning and renewal in humans is mediated by hippocampal and prefrontal regions. Renewal is defined as the reoccurrence of an extinguished response if the contexts present during extinction learning and recall differ. Animal studies implicate hippocampal γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) A receptors in extinction and renewal. However, human studies on GABAergic mechanisms in extinction learning are lacking. In this fMRI study, we therefore investigated the role of the GABAergic system in context-related extinction learning and renewal...
December 7, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
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