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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445741/memory-scrutinized-through-electrical-brain-stimulation-a-review-of-80-years-of-experiential-phenomena
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Jonathan Curot, Thomas Busigny, Luc Valton, Marie Denuelle, Jean-Pierre Vignal, Louis Maillard, Patrick Chauvel, Jérémie Pariente, Agnès Trebuchon, Fabrice Bartolomei, Emmanuel J Barbeau
Electrical Brain Stimulations (EBS) sometimes induce reminiscences, but it is largely unknown what type of memories they can trigger. We reviewed 80 years of literature on reminiscences induced by EBS and added our own database. We classified them according to modern conceptions of memory. We observed a surprisingly large variety of reminiscences covering all aspects of declarative memory. However, most were poorly detailed and only a few were episodic. This result does not support theories of a highly stable and detailed memory, as initially postulated, and still widely believed as true by the general public...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444848/biologically-meaningful-scents-a-framework-for-understanding-predator-prey-research-across-disciplines
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Michael H Parsons, Raimund Apfelbach, Peter B Banks, Elissa Z Cameron, Chris R Dickman, Anke S K Frank, Menna E Jones, Ian S McGregor, Stuart McLean, Dietland Müller-Schwarze, Elisa E Sparrow, Daniel T Blumstein
Fear of predation is a universal motivator. Because predators hunt using stealth and surprise, there is a widespread ability among prey to assess risk from chemical information - scents - in their environment. Consequently, scents often act as particularly strong modulators of memory and emotions. Recent advances in ecological research and analytical technology are leading to novel ways to use this chemical information to create effective attractants, repellents and anti-anxiolytic compounds for wildlife managers, conservation biologists and health practitioners...
April 26, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444345/causal-evidence-for-task-specific-involvement-of-the-dorsomedial-prefrontal-cortex-in-human-social-cognition
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Andrew K Martin, I Ilvana Dzafic, Swathi Ramdave, Marcus Meinzer
The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) is a key hub of the "social brain", but little is known about specific processes supported by this region. Using focal high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) and a social cognitive battery with differing demands on self-other processing, we demonstrate specific involvement of the dmPFC in tasks placing high demands on self-other processing. Specifically, excitatory (anodal) HD-tDCS enhanced the integration of external information into the self for explicit higher-order socio-cognitive tasks across cognitive domains; i...
April 21, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443631/a-peripheral-epigenetic-signature-of-immune-system-genes-is-linked-to-neocortical-thickness-and-memory
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Virginie Freytag, Tania Carrillo-Roa, Annette Milnik, Philipp G Sämann, Vanja Vukojevic, David Coynel, Philippe Demougin, Tobias Egli, Leo Gschwind, Frank Jessen, Eva Loos, Wolfgang Maier, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Martin Scherer, Christian Vogler, Michael Wagner, Elisabeth B Binder, Dominique J-F de Quervain, Andreas Papassotiropoulos
Increasing age is tightly linked to decreased thickness of the human neocortex. The biological mechanisms that mediate this effect are hitherto unknown. The DNA methylome, as part of the epigenome, contributes significantly to age-related phenotypic changes. Here, we identify an epigenetic signature that is associated with cortical thickness (P=3.86 × 10(-8)) and memory performance in 533 healthy young adults. The epigenetic effect on cortical thickness was replicated in a sample comprising 596 participants with major depressive disorder and healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443016/genetics-of-aggression-in-alzheimer-s-disease-ad
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Walter J Lukiw, Evgeny I Rogaev
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a terminal, age-related neurological syndrome exhibiting progressive cognitive and memory decline, however AD patients in addition exhibit ancillary neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSs) and these include aggression. In this communication we provide recent evidence for the mis-regulation of a small family of genes expressed in the human hippocampus that appear to be significantly involved in expression patterns common to both AD and aggression. DNA array- and mRNA transcriptome-based gene expression analysis and candidate gene association and/or genome-wide association studies (CGAS, GWAS) of aggressive attributes in humans have revealed a surprisingly small subset of six brain genes that are also strongly associated with altered gene expression patterns in AD...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442549/neuraminidases-3-and-4-regulate-neuronal-function-by-catabolizing-brain-gangliosides
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Xuefang Pan, Camila De Britto Pará De Aragão, Juan P Velasco-Martin, David A Priestman, Harry Y Wu, Kohta Takahashi, Kazunori Yamaguchi, Luisella Sturiale, Domenico Garozzo, Frances M Platt, Nathalie Lamarche-Vane, Carlos R Morales, Taeko Miyagi, Alexey V Pshezhetsky
Gangliosides (sialylated glycolipids) play an essential role in the CNS by regulating recognition and signaling in neurons. Metabolic blocks in processing and catabolism of gangliosides result in the development of severe neurologic disorders, including gangliosidoses manifesting with neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. We demonstrate that 2 mammalian enzymes, neuraminidases 3 and 4, play important roles in catabolic processing of brain gangliosides by cleaving terminal sialic acid residues in their glycan chains...
April 25, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442391/an-exploratory-high-density-eeg-investigation-of-the-misinformation-effect-attentional-and-recollective-differences-between-true-and-false-perceptual-memories
#7
John E Kiat, Robert F Belli
The misinformation effect, a phenomenon in which eyewitness memories are altered via exposure to post-event misinformation, is one of the most important paradigms used to investigate the reconstructive nature of human memory. The aim of this study was to use the misinformation effect paradigm to investigate differences in attentional and recollective processing between true and false event memories. Nineteen participants completed a variant of the misinformation paradigm in which recognition responses to true and misinformation based event details embedded within a narrative context, were investigated using high-density (256-channel) EEG with a 1-day delay between event exposure and test...
April 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442279/avoiding-catastrophic-forgetting
#8
Michael E Hasselmo
Humans regularly perform new learning without losing memory for previous information, but neural network models suffer from the phenomenon of catastrophic forgetting in which new learning impairs prior function. A recent article presents an algorithm that spares learning at synapses important for previously learned function, reducing catastrophic forgetting.
April 22, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442274/sex-differences-in-exercise-efficacy-to-improve-cognition-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-older-humans
#9
REVIEW
Cindy K Barha, Jennifer C Davis, Ryan S Falck, Lindsay S Nagamatsu, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Exercise is a non-pharmacological strategy to mitigate the deleterious effects of aging on brain health. However, a large amount of variation exists in its efficacy. Sex of participants and exercise type are two possible factors contributing to this variation. To better understand this, we conducted a concurrent systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitively healthy older adults. Executive functions, episodic memory, visuospatial function, word fluency, processing speed and global cognitive function were examined for exercise- and sex-dependent effects...
April 22, 2017: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441965/evaluation-of-a-dna-a%C3%AE-42-vaccine-in-adult-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta-antibody-kinetics-and-immune-profile-after-intradermal-immunization-with-full-length-dna-a%C3%AE-42-trimer
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Doris Lambracht-Washington, Min Fu, Pat Frost, Roger N Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Aggregated amyloid-β peptide 1-42 (Aβ42), derived from the cellular amyloid precursor protein, is one of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although active immunization against Aβ42 peptide was successful in AD mouse models and led to removal of plaques and improved memory, a similar clinical trial in humans (Aβ42 peptide immunization with QS-21 adjuvant) was stopped in phase II, when 6% of the treated patients developed encephalitis. Currently ongoing passive immunizations with the injection of preformed monoclonal antibodies against different epitopes within the Aβ1-42 peptide, which do not lead to activation of the immune system, have shown some effects in slowing AD pathology...
April 26, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440817/effects-of-dopamine-d2-d3-receptor-antagonism-on-human-planning-and-spatial-working-memory
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M Naef, U Müller, A Linssen, L Clark, T W Robbins, C Eisenegger
Psychopharmacological studies in humans suggest important roles for dopamine (DA) D2 receptors in human executive functions, such as cognitive planning and spatial working memory (SWM). However, studies that investigate an impairment of such functions using the selective DA D2/3 receptor antagonist sulpiride have yielded inconsistent results, perhaps because relatively low doses were used. We believe we report for the first time, the effects of a higher (800 mg p.o.) single dose of sulpiride as well as of genetic variation in the DA receptor D2 gene (DA receptor D2 Taq1A polymorphism), on planning and working memory...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440221/nptx2-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mei-Fang Xiao, Desheng Xu, Michael T Craig, Kenneth A Pelkey, Chun-Che Chien, Yang Shi, Juhong Zhang, Susan Resnick, Olga Pletnikova, David Salmon, James Brewer, Steven Edland, Jerzy Wegiel, Benjamin Tycko, Alena Savonenko, Roger H Reeves, Juan C Troncoso, Chris J McBain, Douglas Galasko, Paul F Worley
Memory loss in Alzheimer's disease (AD) is attributed to pervasive weakening and loss of synapses. Here, we present findings supporting a special role for excitatory synapses connecting pyramidal neurons of the hippocampus and cortex with fast-spiking parvalbumin (PV) interneurons that control network excitability and rhythmicity. Excitatory synapses on PV interneurons are dependent on the AMPA receptor subunit GluA4, which is regulated by presynaptic expression of the synaptogenic immediate early gene NPTX2 by pyramidal neurons...
March 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439570/epigenomics-of-human-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-and-aging
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David M Moskowitz, David W Zhang, Bin Hu, Sabine Le Saux, Rolando E Yanes, Zhongde Ye, Jason D Buenrostro, Cornelia M Weyand, William J Greenleaf, Jörg J Goronzy
The efficacy of the adaptive immune response declines dramatically with age, but the cell-intrinsic mechanisms driving immune aging in humans remain poorly understood. Immune aging is characterized by a loss of self-renewing naïve cells and the accumulation of differentiated but dysfunctional cells within the CD8 T cell compartment. Using ATAC-seq, we inferred the transcription factor binding activities correlated with naive and central and effector memory CD8 T cell states in young adults. Integrating our results with RNA-seq, we identified transcription networks associated with CD8 T cell differentiation, with prominent roles implicated for BATF, ETS1, Eomes, and Sp1...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439228/from-engrams-to-pathologies-of-the-brain
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REVIEW
Christine A Denny, Evan Lebois, Steve Ramirez
Memories are the experiential threads that tie our past to the present. The biological realization of a memory is termed an engram-the enduring biochemical and physiological processes that enable learning and retrieval. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of engram research that suggests we are closing in on boundary conditions for what qualifies as the physical manifestation of memory. In this review, we provide a brief history of engram research, followed by an overview of the many rodent models available to probe memory with intersectional strategies that have yielded unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution over defined sets of cells...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439047/functional-human-grin2b-promoter-polymorphism-and-variation-of-mental-processing-speed-in-older-adults
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Yang Jiang, Ming Kuan Lin, Gregory A Jicha, Xiuhua Ding, Sabrina L McIlwrath, David W Fardo, Lucas S Broster, Frederick A Schmitt, Richard Kryscio, Robert H Lipsky
We investigated the role of a single nucleotide polymorphism rs3764030 (G>A) within the human GRIN2B promoter in mental processing speed in healthy, cognitively intact, older adults. In vitro DNA-binding and reporter gene assays of different allele combinations in transfected cells showed that the A allele was a gain-of-function variant associated with increasing GRIN2B mRNA levels. We tested the hypothesis that individuals with A allele will have better memory performance (i.e. faster reaction times) in older age...
April 24, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438647/effects-of-bms-902483-an-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-partial-agonist-on-cognition-and-sensory-gating-in-relation-to-receptor-occupancy-in-rodents
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Rick L Pieschl, Regina Miller, Kelli M Jones, Debra J Post-Munson, Ping Chen, Kimberly Newberry, Yulia Benitex, Thaddeus Molski, Daniel Morgan, Ivar M McDonald, John E Macor, Richard E Olson, Yukiko Asaka, Siva Digavalli, Amy Easton, James Herrington, Ryan S Westphal, Nicholas J Lodge, Robert Zaczek, Linda J Bristow, Yu-Wen Li
The α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor is thought to play an important role in human cognition. Here we describe the in vivo effects of BMS-902483, a selective potent α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor partial agonist, in relationship to α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor occupancy. BMS-902483 has low nanomolar affinity for rat and human α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and elicits currents in cells expressing human or rat α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that are about 60% of the maximal acetylcholine response...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438600/neurotrophin-receptors-in-the-pathogenesis-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Jacopo Meldolesi
In the last few years, exciting properties have emerged regarding the activation, signaling, mechanisms of action, and therapeutic targeting of the two types of neurotrophin receptors: the p75(NTR) with its intracellular and extracellular peptides, the Trks, their precursors and their complexes. This review summarizes these new developments, with particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases. Based on the evolving knowledge, innovative concepts have been formulated regarding the pathogenesis of these diseases, especially the Alzheimer's and two other, the Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases...
April 21, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438531/altered-gray-and-white-matter-microstructure-in-cushing-s-disease-a-diffusional-kurtosis-imaging-study
#18
Hong Jiang, Na-Ying He, Yu-Hao Sun, Fang-Fang Jian, Liu-Guan Bian, Jian-Kang Shen, Fu-Hua Yan, Si-Jian Pan, Qing-Fang Sun
Exposure to chronic hypercortisolism has multiple adverse effects on brain biology in humans. Cushing's disease (CD) represents a unique and natural human model for examining the effects of hypercortisolism on the brain. This cross-sectional study used Diffusional Kurtosis Imaging (DKI) to investigate the microstructure alterations in both white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) of CD patients and to determine the relationship of these changes with clinical characteristics. DKI images were obtained from 15 active CD patients...
April 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438208/amelioration-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-deficits-by-dcr3-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Yi-Ling Liu, Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Yi Lin, Po-Hung Lu, Shie-Liang Hsieh, Irene Han-Juo Cheng
BACKGROUND: Microglia mediate amyloid-beta peptide (Aβ)-induced neuroinflammation, which is one of the key events in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3)/TNFRSF6B is a pleiotropic immunomodulator that promotes macrophage differentiation toward the M2 anti-inflammatory phenotype. Based on its role as an immunosupressor, we examined whether DcR3 could alleviate neuroinflammation and AD-like deficits in the central nervous system. METHOD: We crossed human APP transgenic mice (line J20) with human DcR3 transgenic mice to generate wild-type, APP, DcR3, and APP/DcR3 mice for pathological analysis...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436963/a-sting-activating-nanovaccine-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Min Luo, Hua Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Haocheng Cai, Zhigang Lu, Yang Li, Mingjian Du, Gang Huang, Chensu Wang, Xiang Chen, Matthew R Porembka, Jayanthi Lea, Arthur E Frankel, Yang-Xin Fu, Zhijian J Chen, Jinming Gao
The generation of tumour-specific T cells is critically important for cancer immunotherapy. A major challenge in achieving a robust T-cell response is the spatiotemporal orchestration of antigen cross-presentation in antigen-presenting cells with innate stimulation. Here, we report a minimalist nanovaccine, comprising a simple physical mixture of an antigen and a synthetic polymeric nanoparticle, PC7A NP, which generates a strong cytotoxic T-cell response with low systemic cytokine expression. Mechanistically, the PC7A NP achieves efficient cytosolic delivery of tumour antigens to antigen-presenting cells in draining lymph nodes, leading to increased surface presentation while simultaneously activating type I interferon-stimulated genes...
April 24, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
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