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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891082/reward-and-behavioral-factors-contributing-to-the-tonic-activity-of-monkey-pedunculopontine-tegmental-nucleus-neurons-during-saccade-tasks
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Ken-Ichi Okada, Yasushi Kobayashi
The pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) in the brainstem plays a role in controlling reinforcement learning and executing conditioned behavior. We previously examined the activity of PPTg neurons in monkeys during a reward-conditioned, visually guided saccade task, and reported that a population of these neurons exhibited tonic responses throughout the task period. These tonic responses might depend on prediction of the upcoming reward, successful execution of the task, or both. Here, we sought to further distinguish these factors and to investigate how each contributes to the tonic neuronal activity of the PPTg...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884739/structural-and-functional-improvements-due-to-robot-assisted-gait-training-in-the-stroke-injured-brain
#2
Hea Eun Yang, Sunghyon Kyeong, Seung Hwa Lee, Won-Jae Lee, Sang Won Ha, Seung Min Kim, Hyunkoo Kang, Won Min Lee, Chang Soon Kang, Dae Hyun Kim
Robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) can improve walking ability after stroke. Because the underlying mechanisms are still unknown, we analyzed changes in post-stroke injured brains after RAGT. Ten non-ambulatory patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation were examined within 3 months of stroke onset. RAGT consisted of 45minutes of training, 3days per week. We acquired diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data before and after 20 sessions of RAGT. Fractional anisotropy (FA) maps were then used to determine neural changes after RAGT...
November 21, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875755/individual-differences-in-brainstem-and-basal-ganglia-structure-predict-postural-control-and-balance-loss-in-young-and-older-adults
#3
Matthieu P Boisgontier, Boris Cheval, Sima Chalavi, Peter van Ruitenbeek, Inge Leunissen, Oron Levin, Alice Nieuwboer, Stephan P Swinnen
It remains unclear which specific brain regions are the most critical for human postural control and balance, and whether they mediate the effect of age. Here, associations between postural performance and corticosubcortical brain regions were examined in young and older adults using multiple structural imaging and linear mixed models. Results showed that of the regions involved in posture, the brainstem was the strongest predictor of postural control and balance: lower brainstem volume predicted larger center of pressure deviation and higher odds of balance loss...
November 1, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872585/the-pedunculopontine-tegmental-nucleus-as-a-motor-and-cognitive-interface-between-the-cerebellum-and-basal-ganglia
#4
REVIEW
Fumika Mori, Ken-Ichi Okada, Taishin Nomura, Yasushi Kobayashi
As an important component of ascending activating systems, brainstem cholinergic neurons in the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) are involved in the regulation of motor control (locomotion, posture and gaze) and cognitive processes (attention, learning and memory). The PPTg is highly interconnected with several regions of the basal ganglia, and one of its key functions is to regulate and relay activity from the basal ganglia. Together, they have been implicated in the motor control system (such as voluntary movement initiation or inhibition), and modulate aspects of executive function (such as motivation)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779555/a-meta-analysis-of-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-effects-on-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Han Wang, Huiqin Gao, Tianyu Jiao, Zhongli Luo
Postural instability and gait disturbance (PIGD) are common symptoms in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). The deep-brain stimulation (DBS) of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) shows a promising effect on PIGD. However, the quantitative effects of PPN DBS for PD, especially for PIGD, and the efficacy of PPN DBS combined with levodopa are controversial and ambiguous to clinical practice. We carried out a meta-analysis of original researches on PPN to PIGD/PD from the electronic databases MEDLINE and EMBASE...
October 24, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771371/rem-sleep-disorder-following-general-anesthesia-in-rats
#6
Katarina Lazic, Jelena Petrovic, Jelena Ciric, Aleksandar Kalauzi, Jasna Saponjic
Postoperative sleep disorders, particularly the REM sleep disorder, may have a significant deleterious impact on postoperative outcomes and may contribute to the genesis of certain delayed postoperative complications. We have followed the effect of distinct anesthesia regimens (ketamine/diazepam vs. pentobarbital) over 6days following the induction of a stable anesthetized state in adult male Wistar rats, chronically instrumented for sleep recording. In order to compare the effect of both anesthetics in the physiological controls vs...
January 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728909/pedunculopontine-nucleus-region-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-disease-surgical-techniques-side-effects-and-postoperative-imaging
#7
Clement Hamani, Andres M Lozano, Paolo A M Mazzone, Elena Moro, William Hutchison, Peter A Silburn, Ludvic Zrinzo, Mesbah Alam, Laurent Goetz, Erlick Pereira, Anand Rughani, Wesley Thevathasan, Tipu Aziz, Bastiaan R Bloem, Peter Brown, Stephan Chabardes, Terry Coyne, Kelly Foote, Edgar Garcia-Rill, Etienne C Hirsch, Michael S Okun, Joachim K Krauss
The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) region has received considerable attention in clinical studies as a target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson disease. These studies have yielded variable results with an overall impression of improvement in falls and freezing in many but not all patients treated. We evaluated the available data on the surgical anatomy and terminology of the PPN region in a companion paper. Here we focus on issues concerning surgical technique, imaging, and early side effects of surgery...
2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723662/pedunculopontine-nucleus-region-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-disease-surgical-anatomy-and-terminology
#8
Clement Hamani, Tipu Aziz, Bastiaan R Bloem, Peter Brown, Stephan Chabardes, Terry Coyne, Kelly Foote, Edgar Garcia-Rill, Etienne C Hirsch, Andres M Lozano, Paolo A M Mazzone, Michael S Okun, William Hutchison, Peter Silburn, Ludvic Zrinzo, Mesbah Alam, Laurent Goetz, Erlick Pereira, Anand Rughani, Wesley Thevathasan, Elena Moro, Joachim K Krauss
Several lines of evidence over the last few years have been important in ascertaining that the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) region could be considered as a potential target for deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat freezing and other problems as part of a spectrum of gait disorders in Parkinson disease and other akinetic movement disorders. Since the introduction of PPN DBS, a variety of clinical studies have been published. Most indicate improvements in freezing and falls in patients who are severely affected by these problems...
2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684729/recording-gamma-band-oscillations-in-pedunculopontine-nucleus-neurons
#9
Francisco J Urbano, Brennon R Luster, Stasia D'Onofrio, Susan Mahaffey, Edgar Garcia-Rill
Synaptic efferents from the PPN are known to modulate the neuronal activity of several intralaminar thalamic regions (e.g., the centrolateral/parafascicular; Cl/Pf nucleus). The activation of either the PPN or Cl/Pf nuclei in vivo has been described to induce the arousal of the animal and an increment in gamma band activity in the cortical electroencephalogram (EEG). The cellular mechanisms for the generation of gamma band oscillations in Reticular Activating System (RAS) neurons are the same as those found to generate gamma band oscillations in other brains nuclei...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681043/localization-of-choline-acetyltransferase-and-tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunoreactivities-in-the-superior-colliculus-of-the-microbat-rhinolophus-ferrumequinum
#10
Se-Jin Jeong, Chang-Jin Jeon
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the superior colliculus (SC) of the microbat has the same neurochemical makeup as that of other mammals. We examined the organization of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-IR) fibers/cells using standard immunohistochemistry with antibodies against ChAT and TH. ChAT-IR fibers observed in the superficial layers were denser than those in the deeper layers, and these fibers were classified into two types: small varicose fibers and large varicose fibers...
September 29, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660264/cholinergic-oculomotor-nucleus-activity-is-induced-by-rem-sleep-deprivation-negatively-impacting-on-cognition
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Patrícia Dos Santos, Adriano D S Targa, Ana Carolina D Noseda, Lais S Rodrigues, Juliane Fagotti, Marcelo M S Lima
Several efforts have been made to understand the involvement of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep for cognitive processes. Consolidation or retention of recognition memories is severely disrupted by REM sleep deprivation (REMSD). In this regard, pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPT) and other brainstem nuclei, such as pontine nucleus (Pn) and oculomotor nucleus (OCM), appear to be candidates to take part in this REM sleep circuitry with potential involvement in cognition. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate a possible association between the performance of Wistar rats in a declarative memory and PPT, Pn, and OCM activities after different periods of REMSD...
September 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649270/physiology-of-freezing-of-gait
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REVIEW
Anke H Snijders, Kaoru Takakusaki, Bettina Debu, Andres M Lozano, Vibhor Krishna, Alfonso Fasano, Tipu Z Aziz, Stella M Papa, Stewart A Factor, Mark Hallett
Freezing of gait (FOG) is a common and debilitating, but largely mysterious, symptom of Parkinson disease. In this review, we will discuss the cerebral substrate of FOG focusing on brain physiology and animal models. Walking is a combination of automatic movement processes, afferent information processing, and intentional adjustments. Thus, normal gait requires a delicate balance between various interacting neuronal systems. To further understand gait control and specifically FOG, we will discuss the basic physiology of gait, animal models of gait disturbance including FOG, alternative etiologies of FOG, and functional magnetic resonance studies investigating FOG...
November 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27568569/pontomesencephalic-tegmental-afferents-to-vta-non-dopamine-neurons-are-necessary-for-appetitive-pavlovian-learning
#13
Hau-Jie Yau, Dong V Wang, Jen-Hui Tsou, Yi-Fang Chuang, Billy T Chen, Karl Deisseroth, Satoshi Ikemoto, Antonello Bonci
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) receives phenotypically distinct innervations from the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg). While PPTg-to-VTA inputs are thought to play a critical role in stimulus-reward learning, direct evidence linking PPTg-to-VTA phenotypically distinct inputs in the learning process remains lacking. Here, we used optogenetic approaches to investigate the functional contribution of PPTg excitatory and inhibitory inputs to the VTA in appetitive Pavlovian conditioning. We show that photoinhibition of PPTg-to-VTA cholinergic or glutamatergic inputs during cue presentation dampens the development of anticipatory approach responding to the food receptacle during the cue...
September 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27561839/nicotinic-and-muscarinic-cholinergic-receptors-are-recruited-by-acetylcholine-mediated-neurotransmission-within-the-locus-coeruleus-during-the-organisation-of-post-ictal-antinociception
#14
Rithiele Cristina de Oliveira, Ricardo de Oliveira, Audrey Franceschi Biagioni, Luiz Luciano Falconi-Sobrinho, Tayllon Dos Anjos-Garcia, Norberto Cysne Coimbra
Post-ictal antinociception is characterised by an increase in the nociceptive threshold that accompanies tonic and tonic-clonic seizures (TCS). The locus coeruleus (LC) receives profuse cholinergic inputs from the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus. Different concentrations (1μg, 3μg and 5μg/0.2μL) of the muscarinic cholinergic receptor antagonist atropine and the nicotinic cholinergic receptor antagonist mecamylamine were microinjected into the LC of Wistar rats to investigate the role of cholinergic mechanisms in the severity of TCS and the post-ictal antinociceptive response...
August 22, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515286/effect-of-l-dopa-on-local-field-potential-relationship-between-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-and-primary-motor-cortex-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Xiwen Geng, Xuenan Wang, Jinlu Xie, Xiao Zhang, Xiusong Wang, Yabing Hou, Chengdong Lei, Min Li, Hongyu Han, Xiaomeng Yao, Qun Zhang, Min Wang
Levodopa (l-DOPA) has been proved to reverse the pathologic neuron activities in many brain regions related to Parkinson's disease (PD). But little is known about the effect of l-DOPA on the altered electrophysiological coherent activities between pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) and motor cortex. To investigate this, local field potentials (LFPs) of PPN and primary motor cortex (M1) were recorded simultaneously in control, 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned and lesioned rats with l-DOPA chronic treatment. The results revealed that in resting state, chronic l-DOPA treatment could correct the suppressed power of LFPs in PPN and M1 in low-frequency band (1-7Hz) and the enhanced power in high-frequency band (7-70Hz in PPN and 12-70Hz in M1) of lesioned rats...
December 15, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27498207/neural-correlates-of-the-antinociceptive-effects-of-stimulating-the-anterior-pretectal-nucleus-in-rats
#16
Karina Genaro, Wiliam A Prado
: Stimulation-evoked antinociception (SEA) from the anterior pretectal nucleus (APtN) activates mechanisms that descend to the spinal cord through the dorsolateral funiculus, but the encephalic route followed by the descending pathways from the APtN is not completely known.This study evaluates the changes in the SEA from the APtN in the Wistar rat tail-flick test following lidocaine-induced neural block or NMDA-induced neurotoxic lesion of the deep mesencephalic nucleus (DpMe), tegmental pedunculopontine nucleus (PPTg), or lateral paragigantocellular nucleus (LPGi)...
August 3, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27497841/low-frequency-deep-brain-stimulation-for-movement-disorders
#17
José Fidel Baizabal-Carvallo, Marlene Alonso-Juarez
INTRODUCTION: Traditionally, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders (MDs) is provided using stimulation frequencies equal to or above 100 Hz. However, recent evidence suggests that relatively low-frequency stimulation (LFS) below 100 Hz is an option to treat some patients with MDs. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to review the clinical and pathophysiological evidence supporting the use of stimulation frequencies below 100 Hz in different MDs. RESULTS: Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus at 60 Hz has provided benefit in gait and other axial symptoms such as swallowing and speech...
October 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27490949/cholinergic-profiles-in-the-goettingen-miniature-pig-sus-scrofa-domesticus-brain
#18
Laura Mahady, Sylvia E Perez, Dwaine F Emerich, Lars U Wahlberg, Elliott J Mufson
Central cholinergic structures within the brain of the even-toed hoofed Goettingen miniature domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) were evaluated by immunohistochemical visualization of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) and the low-affinity neurotrophin receptor, p75(NTR) . ChAT immunoreactive (-ir) perikarya were seen in the olfactory tubercle, striatum, medial septal nucleus, vertical and horizontal limbs of the diagonal band of Broca and the nucleus basalis of Meynert, medial habenular nucleus, zona incerta, neurosecretory arcuate nucleus, cranial motor nuclei III and IV, Edinger-Westphal nucleus, parabigeminal nucleus, pedunculopontine nucleus and laterodorsal tegmental nucleus...
August 4, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27454033/mesencephalic-representations-of-recent-experience-influence-decision-making
#19
John A Thompson, Jamie D Costabile, Gidon Felsen
Decisions are influenced by recent experience, but the neural basis for this phenomenon is not well understood. Here, we address this question in the context of action selection. We focused on activity in the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg), a mesencephalic region that provides input to several nuclei in the action selection network, in well-trained mice selecting actions based on sensory cues and recent trial history. We found that, at the time of action selection, the activity of many PPTg neurons reflected the action on the previous trial and its outcome, and the strength of this activity predicted the upcoming choice...
2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27436534/whole-brain-mapping-of-afferent-projections-to-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-in-tree-shrews
#20
Rong-Jun Ni, Peng-Hao Luo, Yu-Mian Shu, Ju-Tao Chen, Jiang-Ning Zhou
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BST) plays an important role in integrating and relaying input information to other brain regions in response to stress. The cytoarchitecture of the BST in tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) has been comprehensively described in our previous publications. However, the inputs to the BST have not been described in previous reports. The aim of the present study was to investigate the sources of afferent projections to the BST throughout the brain of tree shrews using the retrograde tracer Fluoro-Gold (FG)...
October 1, 2016: Neuroscience
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