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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732233/piecewise-convexity-of-artificial-neural-networks
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Blaine Rister, Daniel L Rubin
Although artificial neural networks have shown great promise in applications including computer vision and speech recognition, there remains considerable practical and theoretical difficulty in optimizing their parameters. The seemingly unreasonable success of gradient descent methods in minimizing these non-convex functions remains poorly understood. In this work we offer some theoretical guarantees for networks with piecewise affine activation functions, which have in recent years become the norm. We prove three main results...
July 3, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732069/saccharomyces-boulardii-cncm-i-745-supplementation-reduces-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-in-an-animal-model-of-ibs
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Paola Brun, Melania Scarpa, Chiara Marchiori, Gloria Sarasin, Valentina Caputi, Andrea Porzionato, Maria Cecilia Giron, Giorgio Palù, Ignazio Castagliuolo
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effect of Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 on intestinal neuromuscular anomalies in an IBS-type mouse model of gastrointestinal motor dysfunctions elicited by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1) exposure. METHODS: Mice were inoculated intranasally with HSV-1 (102 PFU) or vehicle at time 0 and 4 weeks later by the intragastric (IG) route (108 PFU). Six weeks after IG inoculum, mice were randomly allocated to receive oral gavage with either S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732063/dopamine-acting-at-d1-like-d2-like-and-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptors-differentially-modulates-theta-and-gamma-oscillatory-activity-in-primary-motor-cortex
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Mazhar Özkan, Nicholas W Johnson, Umit S Sehirli, Gavin L Woodhall, Ian M Stanford
The loss of dopamine (DA) in Parkinson's is accompanied by the emergence of exaggerated theta and beta frequency neuronal oscillatory activity in the primary motor cortex (M1) and basal ganglia. DA replacement therapy or deep brain stimulation reduces the power of these oscillations and this is coincident with an improvement in motor performance implying a causal relationship. Here we provide in vitro evidence for the differential modulation of theta and gamma activity in M1 by DA acting at receptors exhibiting conventional and non-conventional DA pharmacology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732061/melatonin-pre-treatment-mitigates-shsy-5y-cells-against-oxaliplatin-induced-mitochondrial-stress-and-apoptotic-cell-death
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Mohammad Waseem, Upasana Sahu, Mohd Salman, Arnab Choudhury, Sudeshna Kar, Heena Tabassum, Suhel Parvez
Oxaliplatin (Oxa) treatment to SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells has been shown by previous studies to induce oxidative stress, which in turn modulates intracellular signaling cascades resulting in cell death. While this phenomenon of Oxa-induced neurotoxicity is known, the underlying mechanisms involved in this cell death cascade must be clarified. Moreover, there is still little known regarding the roles of neuronal mitochondria and cytosolic compartments in mediating Oxa-induced neurotoxicity. With a better grasp of the mechanisms driving neurotoxicity in Oxa-treated SH-SY5Y cells, we can then identify certain pathways to target in protecting against neurotoxic cell damage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731982/peripheral-oxytocin-receptors-inhibit-the-nociceptive-input-signal-to-spinal-dorsal-horn-wide-dynamic-range-neurons
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Abimael González-Hernández, Alfredo Manzano-García, Guadalupe Martínez-Lorenzana, Irma A Tello-García, Martha Carranza, Carlos Arámburo, Miguel Condés-Lara
Oxytocin has emerged as a mediator of endogenous analgesia in behavioral and electrophysiological experiments. In fact, oxytocin receptors (OTRs) in the spinal dorsal horn participate in a selective inhibition of the neuronal activity mediated by Aδ- and C-fibers but not Aβ-fibers. This study shows that OTRs are expressed in the terminal nerve endings and are able to inhibit nociceptive neuronal firing. Indeed, local peripheral oxytocin blocked the first sensorial activity Aδ- and C-fibers recorded in the spinal cord neurons...
July 19, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731692/quinolinyl-nitrone-rp19-induces-neuroprotection-after-transient-brain-ischemia
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Maria Irene Ayuso, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Mourad Chioua, Alejandro Escobar-Peso, Rafael Gonzalo-Gobernado, Joan Montaner, José Marco-Contelles, Alberto Alcazar
There is a need to develop additional effective therapies for ischemic stroke. Nitrones, which were first developed as reactive oxygen species (ROS)-trapping compounds, have been proposed as neuroprotective agents for ischemic stroke, a ROS-related disorder. The previous reported ROS-trapping compound, quinolyl nitrone RP19, is here being assayed to induce neuroprotection to ischemia-reperfusion injury in three experimental ischemia models: (i), oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) on primary neuronal cultures; (ii), transient global cerebral ischemia in four-vessel occlusion model; and (iii), transient focal cerebral ischemia in middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731596/mapping-neuronal-density-in-peri-infarct-cortex-with-pet
#7
Jean-Claude Baron
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731541/demography-and-genome-divergence-of-lake-and-stream-populations-of-an-east-african-cichlid-fish
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Bernd Egger, Marius Rösti, Astrid Böhne, Olivia Roth, Walter Salzburger
Disentangling the processes and mechanisms underlying divergent selection in diversification is facilitated by the comparative study of replicate population pairs that have diverged along a similar environmental gradient. Such a setting is realized in a cichlid fish from southern Lake Tanganyika, Astatotilapia burtoni, which occurs both within the lake proper as well as in various affluent rivers. Previous studies demonstrated that independent lake and stream populations show respectively similar adaptations to the two habitat regimes...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731438/evidence-that-the-human-innate-immune-peptide-ll-37-may-be-a-binding-partner-of%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-inhibitor-of%C3%A2-fibril-assembly
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Ersilia De Lorenzi, Marcella Chiari, Raffaella Colombo, Marina Cretich, Laura Sola, Renzo Vanna, Paola Gagni, Federica Bisceglia, Carlo Morasso, Jennifer S Lin, Moonhee Lee, Patrick L McGeer, Annelise E Barron
BACKGROUND: Identifying physiologically relevant binding partners of amyloid-β (Aβ) that modulate in vivo fibril formation may yield new insights into Alzheimer's disease (AD) etiology. Human cathelicidin peptide, LL-37, is an innate immune effector and modulator, ubiquitous in human tissues and expressed in myriad cell types. OBJECTIVE: We present in vitro experimental evidence and discuss findings supporting a novel hypothesis that LL-37 binds to Aβ42 and can modulate Aβ fibril formation...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731433/the-effects-of-cardiotrophin-1-on-early-synaptic-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-synaptic-pathology-in-appswe-ps1de9-mice
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Dongmei Wang, Xiaozhuan Liu, Yumei Liu, Sanqiang Li, Chenying Wang
The coexistence of neuronal mitochondrial pathology and synaptic dysfunction is an early pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1) has been shown to exhibit impressive neuroprotective effects. Previous studies have shown positive effects of CT-1 on brain glucose metabolism and cognition in APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice; however, little is known about the effects of CT-1 on early synaptic mitochondrial dysfunction and resultant synaptic pathology in the brain. In this study, 4-month-old transgenic mice with brain tissue-specific CT-1 expression were used alone or in combination with APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice to evaluate the effect of CT-1 on synaptic mitochondrial dysfunction and resultant synaptic pathology, and cryptic memory deficits in the APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731225/decreased-levels-of-pdi-and-p5-in-oligodendrocytes-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yasuyuki Honjo, Takashi Ayaki, Takami Tomiyama, Tomohisa Horibe, Hidefumi Ito, Hiroshi Mori, Ryosuke Takahashi, Koji Kawakami
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) is a chaperone protein located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Nitric oxide-induced S-nitrosylation of PDI inhibits its enzymatic activity, leading to protein accumulation and activation of the unfolded protein response. Protein disulfide isomerase P5 (P5) is a member of the PDI family that mostly localizes to the ER lumen. Both S-nitrosylated PDI and S-nitrosylated P5 are found in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain. Previously, we showed that expression of the ER stress marker, growth arrest, and DNA damage protein (GADD34) was significantly increased in neurons and oligodendrocytes in AD brain...
July 21, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731189/identification-of-pivotal-genes-and-pathways-for-spinal-cord-injury-via-bioinformatics-analysis
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Zonghao Zhu, Qiang Shen, Liang Zhu, Xiaokang Wei
The present study aimed to identify key genes and pathways associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) and subsequently investigate possible therapeutic targets for the condition. The array data of GSE20907 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database and 24 gene chips, including 3‑day, 4‑day, 1‑week, 2‑week and 1‑month post‑SCI together with control propriospinal neurons, were used for the analysis. The raw data was normalized and then the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the (A) 2‑week post‑SCI group vs...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731183/paeoniflorin-exerts-neuroprotective-effects-against-glutamate%C3%A2-induced-pc12-cellular-cytotoxicity-by-inhibiting-apoptosis
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Ahong Chen, Hongyun Wang, Yuqin Zhang, Xiaoying Wang, Lishuang Yu, Wen Xu, Wei Xu, Yu Lin
Paeoniflorin (PF) is an active ingredient of Radix Paeoniae, which is known to exert neuroprotective effects. However, the mechanims behind the neuroprotective effects of PF are not yet fully understood. The apoptosis of neurons plays an important role in the cerebral ischemia-induced cascade response. This study aimed to investigate neuroprotective effects of PF against glutamate‑induced PC12 cellular cytotoxicity and to determine whether these effects are mediated via the inhibition of apoptosis in vitro and the activity of mitochondrial apoptosis-associated proteins in PC12 cells...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731172/comparison-of-the-neuronal-differentiation-abilities-of-bone-marrow%C3%A2-derived-and-adipose-tissue%C3%A2-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Yani Zheng, Chao Huang, Fang Liu, Haiyan Lin, Xiangqun Yang, Zhiying Zhang
Bone marrow‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and adipose tissue‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) are able to differentiate into neuron‑like cells when exposed to small molecule compounds, however the specific differences in their neuronal differentiation abilities remain to be fully elucidated. The present study aimed to compare the neuronal differentiation abilities of BMSCs and ADSCs. BMSCs and ADSCs from the same Sprague Dawley rats were isolated and cultured for use. The proliferation capacity was revealed using a cell counting method...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731097/dba-induced-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis-occurs-through-mitochondrial-translocation-of-cyt-c-in-the-rat-hippocampus
#16
Wenbo Jiang, Yingying Chen, Bai Li, Shuying Gao
Dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a by-product of disinfection, develops in drinking water during chlorination or ozonation processes. Water intake is the main source of DBA exposure in humans, which is potentially neurotoxic. The present study investigated the neurotoxic effects of DBA by assessing the behavioral and biochemical characteristics of Sprague Dawley rats intragastrically treated with DBA at concentrations of 20, 50 and 125 mg kg(-1) body weight for 28 consecutive days. The results indicated that animal weight gain and food consumption were not significantly affected by DBA...
July 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731040/er-stress-and-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-neurodegeneration
#17
REVIEW
Claudio Hetz, Smita Saxena
The clinical manifestation of neurodegenerative diseases is initiated by the selective alteration in the functionality of distinct neuronal populations. The pathology of many neurodegenerative diseases includes accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain. In physiological conditions, the proteostasis network maintains normal protein folding, trafficking and degradation; alterations in this network - particularly disturbances to the function of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) - are thought to contribute to abnormal protein aggregation...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731029/nrp2-is-sufficient-to-instruct-circuit-formation-of-mitral-cells-to-mediate-odour-induced-attractive-social-responses
#18
Kasumi Inokuchi, Fumiaki Imamura, Haruki Takeuchi, Ryang Kim, Hiroyuki Okuno, Hirofumi Nishizumi, Haruhiko Bito, Takefumi Kikusui, Hitoshi Sakano
Odour information induces various innate responses that are critical to the survival of the individual and for the species. An axon guidance molecule, Neuropilin 2 (Nrp2), is known to mediate targeting of olfactory sensory neurons (primary neurons), to the posteroventral main olfactory bulb (PV MOB) in mice. Here we report that Nrp2-positive (Nrp2(+)) mitral cells (MCs, second-order neurons) play crucial roles in transmitting attractive social signals from the PV MOB to the anterior part of medial amygdala (MeA)...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731002/neuropathogenesis-by-chandipura-virus-an-acute-encephalitis-syndrome-in-india
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REVIEW
Sourish Ghosh, Anirban Basu
Chandipura virus (CHPV) has been contributing to the rising number of premature deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome for over a decade in India. CHPV belongs to the family Rhabdoviridae. Neuropathogenesis of CHPV has been well established but the exact route of entry into the central nervous system (CNS) and the triggering factor for neuronal death are still unknown. Rabies virus and vesicular stomatitis virus, which are related closely to CHPV, enter the CNS retrogradely from peripheral or olfactory neurons...
January 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730967/microglia-and-astrocytes-in-alzheimer-s-disease-implications-for-therapy
#20
Marc Fakhoury
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive loss of neurons, which typically leads to severe impairments in cognitive functions including memory and learning. Key pathological features of this disease include the deposition of highly insoluble amyloid β peptide and the formation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in the brain. Over the past few years, mounting evidence has implicated sustained glial-mediated inflammation as a major contributor of the neurodegenerative processes and cognitive deficits observed in AD...
July 19, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
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