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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925523/bdnf-haplo-insufficiency-impairs-high-frequency-cortical-oscillations-in-mice
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Nigel C Jones, Matthew Hudson, Joshua Foreman, Gil Rind, Rachel Hill, Elizabeth E Manning, Maarten van den Buuse
Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder with a heterogeneous aetiology involving genetic and environmental factors. Deficiencies in both brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and NMDA receptor function have been implicated in the disorder, and may play causal and synergistic roles. Perturbations in the regulation of electrophysiological signals, including high-frequency (gamma: 30-80 Hz and beta: 20-30 Hz) neuronal oscillations, are also associated with the disorder. This study investigated the influence of BDNF deficiency and NMDA receptor hypofunction on electrophysiological responses to brief acoustic stimuli...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925013/an-animal-model-of-deep-brain-stimulation-for-treating-tinnitus-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Syed F Ahsan, Hao Luo, Jinsheng Zhang, Eric Kim, Yong Xu
OBJECTIVE: This proof-of-concept study aimed to demonstrate therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on noise-induced tinnitus. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental animal study. METHODS: After Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval, nine adult rats were implanted in the caudate nucleus with custom-made electrode array. The rats were exposed to noise to induce tinnitus. Auditory brainstem response was performed to evaluate hearing threshold changes...
September 19, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923485/functional-data-analysis-of-single-trial-auditory-evoked-potentials-recorded-in-the-awake-rat
#3
Ondrej Pokora, Jan Kolaicek, Tzai-Wen Chiu, Wei Qiu
Evoked potentials (EPs) reflect neural processing and are widely used to study sensory perception. However, methods of analyzing EP have been limited mostly to the conventional ensemble averaging of EP response trials to a repeated stimulus, and less so to single-trials analysis. Here we applied a new approach - functional data analysis (FDA) - to study auditory EP in the rat model of tinnitus, in which overdoses of salicylate (SS) are known to alter sound perception characteristically, as the same way as in humans...
September 15, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922973/a-new-wnt1-cre-tomatorosa-es-cell-line-a-tool-for-studying-neural-crest-cell-integration-capacity
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Soledad Acuna Mendoza, Sabrina Martin, Sabine Kuchler-Bopp, Sandy Ribes, Jeremy H Thalgott, Catherine Chaussain, Sophie Creuzet, Hervé Lesot, Franck Lebrin, Anne Poliard
Neural crest (NC) cells are a migratory, multipotent population giving rise to numerous lineages in the embryo. Their plasticity renders attractive their use in tissue engineering-based therapies but further knowledge on their in vivo behaviour is required before clinical transfer may be envisioned. We here describe isolation and characterization of a new mouse ES line derived from Wnt1-CRE-R26 RosaTomatoTdv blastocyst and show that it displays the characteristics of typical ES cells. Furthermore, these cells can be efficiently directed towards a NC stem cell-like phenotype as attested by concomitant expression of NC marker genes and Tomato fluorescence...
September 19, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916761/chronic-interfacing-with-the-autonomic-nervous-system-using-carbon-nanotube-cnt-yarn-electrodes
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Grant A McCallum, Xiaohong Sui, Chen Qiu, Joseph Marmerstein, Yang Zheng, Thomas E Eggers, Chuangang Hu, Liming Dai, Dominique M Durand
The ability to reliably and safely communicate chronically with small diameter (100-300 µm) autonomic nerves could have a significant impact in fundamental biomedical research and clinical applications. However, this ability has remained elusive with existing neural interface technologies. Here we show a new chronic nerve interface using highly flexible materials with axon-like dimensions. The interface was implemented with carbon nanotube (CNT) yarn electrodes to chronically record neural activity from two separate autonomic nerves: the glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904101/methodological-considerations-for-a-chronic-neural-interface-with-the-cuneate-nucleus-of-macaques
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Aneesha K Suresh, Jeremy Winberry, Christopher Versteeg, Raeed H Chowdhury, Tucker Tomlinson, Joshua M Rosenow, Lee E Miller, Sliman J Bensmaia
While the response properties of neurons in the somatosensory nerves and anterior parietal cortex have been extensively studied, little is known about the encoding of tactile and proprioceptive information in the cuneate nucleus (CN) or external cuneate nucleus (ECN), the first recipients of upper limb somatosensory afferent signals. The major challenge in characterizing neural coding in CN/ECN has been to record from these tiny, difficult to access brainstem structures. Most previous investigations of CN response properties have been carried out in decerebrate or anesthetized animals, thereby eliminating the well-documented top-down signals from cortex, which likely exert a strong influence on CN responses...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902674/disruption-of-hippocampal-multisynaptic-networks-by-general-anesthetics
#7
Min-Ching Kuo, L Stan Leung
BACKGROUND: Previous studies showed that synaptic transmission is affected by general anesthetics, but an anesthetic dose response in freely moving animals has not been done. The hippocampus provides a neural network for the evaluation of isoflurane and pentobarbital on multisynaptic transmission that is relevant to memory function. METHODS: Male Long-Evans rats were implanted with multichannel and single electrodes in the hippocampus. Spontaneous local field potentials and evoked field potentials were recorded in freely behaving rats before (baseline) and after various doses of isoflurane (0...
September 12, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901588/graphene-in-the-design-and-engineering-of-next-generation-neural-interfaces
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Kostas Kostarelos, Melissa Vincent, Clement Hebert, Jose A Garrido
Neural interfaces are becoming a powerful toolkit for clinical interventions requiring stimulation and/or recording of the electrical activity of the nervous system. Active implantable devices offer a promising approach for the treatment of various diseases affecting the central or peripheral nervous systems by electrically stimulating different neuronal structures. All currently used neural interface devices are designed to perform a single function: either record activity or electrically stimulate tissue...
September 13, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895591/development-of-drug-loaded-polymer-microcapsules-for-treatment-of-epilepsy
#9
Yu Chen, Qi Gu, Zhilian Yue, Jeremy M Crook, Simon E Moulton, Mark J Cook, Gordon G Wallace
Despite significant progress in developing new drugs for seizure control, epilepsy still affects 1% of the global population and is drug-resistant in more than 30% of cases. To improve the therapeutic efficacy of epilepsy medication, a promising approach is to deliver anti-epilepsy drugs directly to affected brain areas using local drug delivery systems. The drug delivery systems must meet a number of criteria, including high drug loading efficiency, biodegradability, neuro-cytocompatibility and predictable drug release profiles...
September 12, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895256/relevant-anatomy-morphology-and-implantation-techniques-of-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-at-the-lumbar-levels
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Tim Vancamp, Robert M Levy, Isaac Peña, Antonio Pajuelo
OBJECTIVES: While dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has been available in Europe and Australia for the past five years and in the United States for the past year, there are no published details concerning the optimal procedures for DRG lead implantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We describe several techniques that can be applied to implant cylindrical leads over the DRG, highlighting some tips and tricks according to our experiences. Focus is mainly shifted toward implantations in the lumbar area...
September 12, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894826/functional-and-histological-effects-of-chronic-neural-electrode-implantation
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REVIEW
Ronald Sahyouni, David T Chang, Omid Moshtaghi, Amin Mahmoodi, Hamid R Djalilian, Harrison W Lin
OBJECTIVES: Permanent injury to the cranial nerves can often result in a substantial reduction in quality of life. Novel and innovative interventions can help restore form and function in nerve paralysis, with bioelectric interfaces among the more promising of these approaches. The foreign body response is an important consideration for any bioelectric device as it influences the function and effectiveness of the implant. The purpose of this review is to describe tissue and functional effects of chronic neural implantation among the different categories of neural implants and highlight advances in peripheral and cranial nerve stimulation...
April 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890315/subthalamic-neural-entropy-is-a-feature-of-freezing-of-gait-in-freely-moving-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Judy Syrkin-Nikolau, Mandy Miller Koop, Thomas Prieto, Chioma Anidi, Muhammad Furqan Afzal, Anca Velisar, Zack Blumenfeld, Talora Martin, Megan Trager, Helen Bronte-Stewart
The goal of this study was to investigate subthalamic (STN) neural features of Freezers and Non-Freezers with Parkinson's disease (PD), while freely walking without freezing of gait (FOG) and during periods of FOG, which were better elicited during a novel turning and barrier gait task than during forward walking. METHODS: Synchronous STN local field potentials (LFPs), shank angular velocities, and ground reaction forces were measured in fourteen PD subjects (eight Freezers) off medication, OFF deep brain stimulation (DBS), using an investigative, implanted, sensing neurostimulator (Activa® PC+S, Medtronic, Inc...
September 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885234/assessing-the-relationship-between-the-electrically-evoked-compound-action-potential-and-speech-recognition-abilities-in-bilateral-cochlear-implant-recipients
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Kara C Schvartz-Leyzac, Bryan E Pfingst
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the present study was to examine the relationship between suprathreshold electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) measures and speech recognition abilities in bilateral cochlear implant listeners. We tested the hypothesis that the magnitude of ear differences in ECAP measures within a subject (right-left) could predict the difference in speech recognition performance abilities between that subject's ears (right-left). DESIGN: To better control for across-subject variables that contribute to speech understanding, the present study used a within-subject design...
September 6, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885187/a-review-on-mechanical-considerations-for-chronically-implanted-neural-probes
#14
Aziliz Lecomte, Emeline Descamps, Christian Bergaud
This review intends on presenting a comprehensive analysis of the mechanical considerations for chronically-implanted neural probes. Failure of neural electrical recordings or stimulation over time has shown to arise from foreign body reaction and device material stability. It seems that devices that match most closely the mechanical properties of the brain would more likely reduce the mechanical stress at the probe/tissue interface, thus improving body acceptance. The use of low Young's modulus polymers instead of hard substrates is a known way to enhance this mechanical mimetism, though compliance can be achieved through a variety of means...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885072/programming-characteristics-of-cochlear-implants-in-children-effects-of-aetiology-and-age-at-implantation
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Paola V Incerti, Teresa Y C Ching, Sanna Hou, Patricia Van Buynder, Christopher Flynn, Robert Cowan
OBJECTIVE: We investigated effects of aetiology and age at implantation on changes in threshold (T) levels, comfortable (C) levels and dynamic range (DR) for cochlear implants (CIs) in children over the first five years of life. DESIGN: Information was collected at 6 months post-activation of CIs, and at 3 and 5 years of age. STUDY SAMPLE: One hundred and sixty-one children participating in the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883640/a-somatotopic-bidirectional-hand-prosthesis-with-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-based-sensory-feedback
#16
Edoardo D'Anna, Francesco M Petrini, Fiorenzo Artoni, Igor Popovic, Igor Simanić, Stanisa Raspopovic, Silvestro Micera
According to amputees, sensory feedback is amongst the most important features lacking from commercial prostheses. Although restoration of touch by means of implantable neural interfaces has been achieved, these approaches require surgical interventions, and their long-term usability still needs to be fully investigated. Here, we developed a non-invasive alternative which maintains some of the advantages of invasive approaches, such as a somatotopic sensory restitution scheme. We used transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to induce referred sensations to the phantom hand of amputees...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880154/micromagnetic-stimulation-of-the-mouse-auditory-cortex-in-vivo-using-an-implantable-solenoid-system
#17
Shunsuke Minusa, Hisayuki Osanai, Takashi Tateno
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have reported that micromagnetic stimulation (μMS), which can activate neural tissue and cells via sub-millimeter inductors, may address several limitations of conventional magnetic stimulation methods. Previous studies have examined the effects of μMS on single neurons, yet little is known about how μMS can affect brain tissue including local neural networks. Here, we propose a new, readily available implantable μMS system and computationally and experimentally evaluate its validity...
September 1, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870357/neurostimulation-devices-for-the-treatment-of-neurologic-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Christine A Edwards, Abbas Kouzani, Kendall H Lee, Erika K Ross
Rapid advancements in neurostimulation technologies are providing relief to an unprecedented number of patients affected by debilitating neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Neurostimulation therapies include invasive and noninvasive approaches that involve the application of electrical stimulation to drive neural function within a circuit. This review focuses on established invasive electrical stimulation systems used clinically to induce therapeutic neuromodulation of dysfunctional neural circuitry. These implantable neurostimulation systems target specific deep subcortical, cortical, spinal, cranial, and peripheral nerve structures to modulate neuronal activity, providing therapeutic effects for a myriad of neuropsychiatric disorders...
September 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867345/a-pitx3-egfp-reporter-line-reveals-connectivity-of-dopamine-and-non-dopamine-neuronal-subtypes-in-grafts-generated-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Jonathan C Niclis, Carlos W Gantner, Cameron P J Hunt, Jessica A Kauhausen, Jennifer C Durnall, John M Haynes, Colin W Pouton, Clare L Parish, Lachlan H Thompson
Development of safe and effective stem cell-based therapies for brain repair requires an in-depth understanding of the in vivo properties of neural grafts generated from human stem cells. Replacing dopamine neurons in Parkinson's disease remains one of the most anticipated applications. Here, we have used a human PITX3-EGFP embryonic stem cell line to characterize the connectivity of stem cell-derived midbrain dopamine neurons in the dopamine-depleted host brain with an unprecedented level of specificity. The results show that the major A9 and A10 subclasses of implanted dopamine neurons innervate multiple, developmentally appropriate host targets but also that the majority of graft-derived connectivity is non-dopaminergic...
September 12, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862330/defining-the-neural-fulcrum-for-chronic-vagus-nerve-stimulation-implications-for-integrated-cardiac-control
#20
Jeffrey L Ardell, Heath Nier, Mathew Hammer, E Marie Southerland, Christopher L Ardell, Eric Beaumont, Bruce H KenKnight, J Andrew Armour
BACKGROUND: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an emerging therapy for treatment of chronic heart failure and remains a standard of therapy in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. OBJECTIVE: To characterize heart rate (HR) responses (HRR) during the active phase of chronic VNS over a wide range of stimulation parameters in order to define optimal protocols for bidirectional bioelectronic control of the heart. METHODS: In normal canines, bipolar electrodes were chronically implanted on the cervical vagosympathetic trunk bilaterally with anode cephalad to cathode (n = 8, "cardiac" configuration) or with electrode positions reversed (n = 8, "epilepsy" configuration)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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