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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214577/parafascicular-thalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-decreases-nmda-receptor-glun1-subunit-gene-expression-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Mónica R Fernández-Cabrera, Abraham Selvas, Miguel Miguéns, Alejandro Higuera-Matas, Anna Vale-Martínez, Emilio Ambrosio, Margarita Martí-Nicolovius, Gemma Guillazo-Blanch
The rodent parafascicular nucleus (PFn) or the centromedian-parafascicular complex of primates is a posterior intralaminar nucleus of the thalamus related to cortical activation and maintenance of states of consciousness underlying attention, learning and memory. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the PFn has been proved to restore arousal and consciousness in humans and to enhance performance in learning and memory tasks in rats. The primary expected effect of PFn DBS is to induce plastic changes in target neurons of brain areas associated with cognitive function...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214576/amplified-induced-neural-oscillatory-activity-predicts-musicians-benefits-in-categorical-speech-perception
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Gavin M Bidelman
Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) reveal musical experience refines neural encoding and confers stronger categorical perception (CP) and neural organization for speech sounds. In addition to evoked brain activity, the human EEG can be decomposed into induced (non-phase-locked) response whose various frequency bands reflect different mechanisms of perceptual-cognitive processing. Here, we aimed to clarify which spectral properties of these neural oscillations are most prone to music-related neuroplasticity and which are linked to behavioral benefits in the categorization of speech...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214541/think-twice-it%C3%AC-s-all-right-long-lasting-effects-of-disrupted-reconsolidation-on-brain-and-behavior-in-human-long-term-fear
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Johannes Björkstrand, Thomas Agren, Fredrik Åhs, Andreas Frick, Elna-Marie Larsson, Olof Hjorth, Tomas Furmark, Mats Fredrikson
Memories can be modified when recalled. Experimental fear conditioning studies support that amygdala-localized fear memories are attenuated when reconsolidation is disrupted through extinction training immediately following memory activation. Recently, using functional brain imaging in individuals with lifelong spider fears, we demonstrated that fear memory activation followed by repeated exposure to feared cues after 10minutes, thereby disrupting reconsolidation, attenuated activity in the amygdala during later re-exposure, and also facilitated approach behavior to feared cues...
February 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214226/cd49a-expression-defines-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-poised-for-cytotoxic-function-in-human-skin
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Stanley Cheuk, Heinrich Schlums, Irène Gallais Sérézal, Elisa Martini, Samuel C Chiang, Nicole Marquardt, Anna Gibbs, Ebba Detlofsson, Andrea Introini, Marianne Forkel, Charlotte Höög, Annelie Tjernlund, Jakob Michaëlsson, Lasse Folkersen, Jenny Mjösberg, Lennart Blomqvist, Marcus Ehrström, Mona Ståhle, Yenan T Bryceson, Liv Eidsmo
Tissue-resident memory T (Trm) cells form a heterogeneous population that provides localized protection against pathogens. Here, we identify CD49a as a marker that differentiates CD8(+) Trm cells on a compartmental and functional basis. In human skin epithelia, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells produced interferon-γ, whereas CD8(+)CD49a(-) Trm cells produced interleukin-17 (IL-17). In addition, CD8(+)CD49a(+) Trm cells from healthy skin rapidly induced the expression of the effector molecules perforin and granzyme B when stimulated with IL-15, thereby promoting a strong cytotoxic response...
February 13, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214051/effects-of-a-straw-phonation-protocol-on-acoustic-measures-of-an-satb-chorus-singing-two-contrasting-renaissance-works
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Jeremy N Manternach, Chad Clark, James F Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Researchers have found that semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT) exercises may increase vocal economy by reducing phonation threshold pressure and effort while increasing or maintaining consistent acoustic output. This research has focused solely on individual singers. Much singing instruction, however, takes place in choral settings. Choral singers may use different resonance strategies or unconsciously adjust their singing based on the ability to hear their own sound in relation to others...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213812/the-neuroscience-of-human-decision-making-through-the-lens-of-learning-and-memory
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Lesley K Fellows
We are called upon to make decisions, large and small, many times a day. Whether in the voting booth, the stock exchange, or the cafeteria line, we identify potential options, estimate and compare their subjective values, and make a choice. Decision-making has only recently become a focus for cognitive neuroscience. The last two decades have seen rapid progress in our understanding of the brain basis of at least some aspects of this rather complex aspect of cognition. This work has provided fresh perspectives on poorly understood brain regions, such as orbitofrontal cortex and ventral striatum...
February 18, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213445/ultra-high-field-fmri-reveals-a-role-for-the-subiculum-in-scene-perceptual-discrimination
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Carl J Hodgetts, Natalie L Voets, Adam G Thomas, Stuart Clare, Andrew D Lawrence, Kim S Graham
Recent 'representational' accounts suggest a key role for the hippocampus in complex scene perception. Due to limitations in scanner field strength, however, the functional neuroanatomy of hippocampal-dependent scene perception is unknown. Here, we applied 7-Tesla high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) alongside a perceptual oddity task, modified from non-human primate studies. This task requires subjects to discriminate highly similar scenes, faces or objects from multiple viewpoints, and has revealed selective impairments during scene discrimination following hippocampal lesions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213439/tau-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-are-associated-with-medial-temporal-lobe-structure-function-and-memory-encoding-in-normal-aging
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Shawn M Marks, Samuel N Lockhart, Suzanne L Baker, William J Jagust
Normal aging is associated with decline in episodic memory, and also with aggregation of the β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau proteins and atrophy of medial temporal lobe structures crucial to memory formation. While some evidence suggests that Aβ is associated with aberrant neural activity, the relationships between these two aggregated proteins, neural function, and brain structure are poorly understood. Using in vivo human Aβ and tau imaging, we demonstrate that increased Aβ and tau are both associated with aberrant functional magnetic resonance imaging activity in the medial temporal lobes during memory encoding in cognitively normal older adults...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213398/foxo-integration-of-insulin-signaling-with-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism
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Sojin Lee, Henry H Dong
The forkhead box O family consists of FoxO1, FoxO3, FoxO4 and FoxO6 proteins in mammals. Expressed ubiquitously in the body, the four FoxO isoforms share in common the amino DNA binding domain, known as "forkhead box" domain. They mediate the inhibitory action of insulin or insulin-like growth factor on key functions involved in cell metabolism, growth, differentiation, oxidative stress, senescence, autophagy and aging. Genetic mutations in FoxO genes or abnormal expression of FoxO proteins are associated with metabolic disease, cancer or altered lifespan in humans and animals...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213114/hierarchical-control-of-procedural-and-declarative-category-learning-systems
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Benjamin O Turner, Matthew J Crossley, F Gregory Ashby
Substantial evidence suggests that human category learning is governed by the interaction of multiple qualitatively distinct neural systems. In this view, procedural memory is used to learn stimulus-response associations, and declarative memory is used to apply explicit rules and test hypotheses about category membership. However, much less is known about the interaction between these systems: how is control passed between systems as they interact to influence motor resources? Here, we used fMRI to elucidate the neural correlates of switching between procedural and declarative categorization systems...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213063/impaired-spatial-performance-in-cerebellar-deficient-lurcher-mice-is-not-associated-with-their-abnormal-stress-response
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Jan Tuma, Yaroslav Kolinko, Dana Jelinkova, Pascal Hilber, Jan Cendelin
Both humans and laboratory animals suffering from cerebellar lesions exhibit cognitive as well as many emotional and behavioral abnormalities. These latter have been already observed in the cerebellar mutant mice currently used to highlight some aspect of autism spectrum disorders. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of cerebellar-related stress response abnormalities on spatial learning and memory. Cerebellar-deficient Lurcher mutant mice were exposed to water environment without active escape possibility and then tested for spatial learning in the Morris water maze...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212388/multiple-processes-in-two-dimensional-visual-statistical-learning
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Eiichi Hoshino, Ken Mogi
Knowledge about the arrangement of visual elements is an important aspect of perception. This study investigates whether humans learn rules of two-dimensional abstract patterns (exemplars) generated from Reber's artificial grammar. The key question is whether the subjects can implicitly learn them without explicit instructions, and, if so, how they use the acquired knowledge to judge new patterns (probes) in relation to their finite experience of the exemplars. The analysis was conducted using dissimilarities among patterns, which are defined with n-gram probabilities and the Levenshtein distance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211253/comparison-of-neurotoxicity-of-different-aggregated-forms-of-a%C3%AE-40-a%C3%AE-42-and-a%C3%AE-43-in-cell-cultures
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Lu Fu, Yao Sun, Yongqing Guo, Yan Chen, Bin Yu, Haihong Zhang, Jiaxin Wu, Xianghui Yu, Wei Kong, Hui Wu
The abnormal deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides in the brain is the main neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Amyloid deposits are formed by a heterogeneous mixture of Aβ peptides, among which the most studied are Aβ40 and Aβ42. Aβ40 is abundantly produced in the human brain, but the level of Aβ42 is remarkably increased in the brain of AD patients. Aside from Aβ40 and Aβ42, recent data have raised the possibility that Aβ43 peptides may be instrumental in AD pathogenesis. Besides its length, whether the Aβ aggregated form accounts for the neurotoxicity is also particularly controversial...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210263/a-paradigm-shift-on-the-question-of-b-cells-in-transplantation-recent-insights-on-regulating-the-alloresponse
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REVIEW
Daniel J Firl, Gilles Benichou, James I Kim, Heidi Yeh
B lymphocytes contribute to acute and chronic allograft rejection through their production of donor-specific antibodies (DSAs). In addition, B cells present allopeptides bound to self-MHC class II molecules and provide costimulation signals to T cells, which are essential to their activation and differentiation into memory T cells. On the other hand, both in laboratory rodents and patients, the concept of effector T cell regulation by B cells is gaining traction in the field of transplantation. Specifically, clinical trials using anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies to deplete B cells and reverse DSA had a deleterious effect on rates of acute cellular rejection; a peculiar finding that calls into question a central paradigm in transplantation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209980/the-contribution-of-the-human-posterior-parietal-cortex-to-episodic-memory
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REVIEW
Carlo Sestieri, Gordon L Shulman, Maurizio Corbetta
The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is traditionally associated with attention, perceptual decision making and sensorimotor transformations, but more recent human neuroimaging studies support an additional role in episodic memory retrieval. In this Opinion article, we present a functional-anatomical model of the involvement of the PPC in memory retrieval. Parietal regions involved in perceptual attention and episodic memory are largely segregated and often show a push-pull relationship, potentially mediated by prefrontal regions...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209135/marv-a-tool-for-genome-wide-multi-phenotype-analysis-of-rare-variants
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Marika Kaakinen, Reedik Mägi, Krista Fischer, Jani Heikkinen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Andrew P Morris, Inga Prokopenko
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies have enabled identification of thousands of loci for hundreds of traits. Yet, for most human traits a substantial part of the estimated heritability is unexplained. This and recent advances in technology to produce high-dimensional data cost-effectively have led to method development beyond standard common variant analysis, including single-phenotype rare variant and multi-phenotype common variant analysis, with the latter increasing power for locus discovery and providing suggestions of pleiotropic effects...
February 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208764/spatial-impairment-and-memory-in-genetic-disorders-insights-from-mouse-models
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Sang Ah Lee, Valter Tucci, Giorgio Vallortigara
Research across the cognitive and brain sciences has begun to elucidate some of the processes that guide navigation and spatial memory. Boundary geometry and featural landmarks are two distinct classes of environmental cues that have dissociable neural correlates in spatial representation and follow different patterns of learning. Consequently, spatial navigation depends both on the type of cue available and on the type of learning provided. We investigated this interaction between spatial representation and memory by administering two different tasks (working memory, reference memory) using two different environmental cues (rectangular geometry, striped landmark) in mouse models of human genetic disorders: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWScr(m+/p-) mice, n = 12) and Beta-catenin mutation (Thr653Lys-substituted mice, n = 12)...
February 9, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207917/the-role-of-ect-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-systematic-review
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Nagy A Youssef, W Vaughn McCall, Chittaranjan Andrade
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with a high burden of disability and mortality and frequently is treatment resistant. There is little to offer patients who are not responding to standard interventions. Thus, the objective of this report is to systematically review human data on whether electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is effective in PTSD. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review from 1958 through August 2016 for clinical studies and case reports published in English examining the efficacy of ECT in improving PTSD symptoms...
February 2017: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry: Official Journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207407/deep-pain-exploiting-long-short-term-memory-networks-for-facial-expression-classification
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Pau Rodriguez, Guillem Cucurull, Jordi Gonalez, Josep M Gonfaus, Kamal Nasrollahi, Thomas B Moeslund, F Xavier Roca
Pain is an unpleasant feeling that has been shown to be an important factor for the recovery of patients. Since this is costly in human resources and difficult to do objectively, there is the need for automatic systems to measure it. In this paper, contrary to current state-of-the-art techniques in pain assessment, which are based on facial features only, we suggest that the performance can be enhanced by feeding the raw frames to deep learning models, outperforming the latest state-of-the-art results while also directly facing the problem of imbalanced data...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205565/entorhinal-cortex-dysfunction-can-be-rescued-by-inhibition-of-microglial-rage-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Chiara Criscuolo, Veronica Fontebasso, Silvia Middei, Martina Stazi, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Shirley ShiDu Yan, Nicola Origlia
The Entorhinal cortex (EC) has been implicated in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, spreading of neuronal dysfunction within the EC-Hippocampal network has been suggested. We have investigated the time course of EC dysfunction in the AD mouse model carrying human mutation of amyloid precursor protein (mhAPP) expressing human Aβ. We found that in mhAPP mice plasticity impairment is first observed in EC superficial layer and further affected with time. A selective impairment of LTP was observed in layer II horizontal connections of EC slices from 2 month old mhAPP mice, whereas at later stage of neurodegeneration (6 month) basal synaptic transmission and LTD were also affected...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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