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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231381/hippocampal-prefrontal-theta-phase-synchrony-in-planning-of-multi-step-actions-based-on-memory-retrieval
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Seiya Ishino, Susumu Takahashi, Masaaki Ogawa, Yoshio Sakurai
Planning of multi-step actions based on the retrieval of acquired information is essential for efficient foraging. The hippocampus (HPC) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) may play critical roles in this process. However, in rodents, many studies investigating such roles utilized T-maze tasks that only require one-step actions (i.e., selection of one of two alternatives), in which memory retrieval and selection of an action based on the retrieval cannot be clearly differentiated. In monkeys, PFC has been suggested to be involved in planning of multi-step actions; however, the synchrony between HPC and PFC has not been evaluated...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228585/fixation-target-representation-in-prefrontal-cortex-during-the-anti-saccade-task
#2
Xin Zhou, Christos Constantinidis
Neurons that discharge strongly during the time period of fixation of a visual target and cease to discharge prior to saccade initiation have been described in the brain stem, superior colliculus, and cortical areas. In subcortical structures, fixation neurons play a reciprocal role with saccadic neurons during the generation of eye movements. Their role in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is less obvious and it is not known if they are activated by fixation, inhibit saccade generation, or play a role in more complex functions such as the inhibition of inappropriate responses...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228277/prospects-for-a-zika-virus-vaccine
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Dan H Barouch, Stephen J Thomas, Nelson L Michael
A recent unprecedented outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas has been associated with microcephaly and other congenital malformations in infants as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults. The development of a safe and effective ZIKV vaccine is therefore an urgent global health priority. Promising data from preclinical vaccine studies in mice and monkeys suggest that an effective vaccine will likely be possible, but important scientific challenges remain. Here we review the current state of ZIKV vaccine development...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228227/%C3%AE-butenolide-and-furanone-derivatives-from-the-soil-derived-fungus-aspergillus-sclerotiorum-psu-rspg178
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Patima Phainuphong, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Kwanruthai Tadpetch, Yaowapa Sukpondma, Saowanit Saithong, Souwalak Phongpaichit, Sita Preedanon, Jariya Sakayaroj
Chromatographic separation of the broth extract of the soil-derived fungus Aspergillus sclerotiorum PSU-RSPG178 resulted in isolation of four γ-butenolide-furanone dimers, aspersclerotiorones A-D, a furanone derivative, aspersclerotiorone E, and two γ-butenolide derivatives, aspersclerotiorones F and G, together with six known compounds, penicillic acid, dihydropenicillic acid, 5,6-dihydro-6-hydroxypenicillic acid, 6-methoxy-5,6-dihydropenicillic acid, coculnol and (4R,5R)-4,5-dihydroxy-3-methoxy-5-methylcyclohex-2-en-1-one...
February 19, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227566/somatosensory-encoding-with-cuneate-nucleus-microstimulation-detection-of-artificial-stimuli
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Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Pauline K Weigand, Ivette Planell-Mendez, Xilin Liu, Hongjie Zhu, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Timothy H Lucas, Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Pauline K Weigand, Ivette Planell-Mendez, Xilin Liu, Hongjie Zhu, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Timothy H Lucas, Srihari Y Sritharan, Andrew G Richardson, Milin Zhang, Jan Van der Spiegel, Pauline K Weigand, Xilin Liu, Timothy H Lucas, Hongjie Zhu, Ivette Planell-Mendez
The sense of touch and proprioception are critical to movement control. After spinal cord injury, these senses may be restored with direct, electrical microstimulation of the brain as part of a complete sensorimotor neuroprosthesis. The present study was designed to test, in part, the hypothesis that the cuneate nucleus (CN) of the brainstem is a suitable site to encode somatosensory information. Two rhesus macaques were implanted with microelectrode arrays providing chronic access to the CN. The monkeys were trained on an active touch oddity task to detect vibrotactile stimuli...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227163/maximum-correntropy-based-attention-gated-reinforcement-learning-designed-for-brain-machine-interface
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Hongbao Li, Fang Wang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Jose C Principe, Hongbao Li, Fang Wang, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Jose C Principe, Yiwen Wang, Jose C Principe, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Qiaosheng Zhang, Shaomin Zhang, Hongbao Li, Fang Wang
Reinforcement learning is an effective algorithm for brain machine interfaces (BMIs) which interprets the mapping between neural activities with plasticity and the kinematics. Exploring large state-action space is difficulty when the complicated BMIs needs to assign credits over both time and space. For BMIs attention gated reinforcement learning (AGREL) has been developed to classify multi-actions for spatial credit assignment task with better efficiency. However, the outliers existing in the neural signals still make interpret the neural-action mapping difficult...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226855/on-comparing-in-vivo-intracranial-recordings-in-non-human-primates-to-predictions-of-optimized-transcranial-electrical-stimulation
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Abhishek Datta, Matthew R Krause, Praveen K Pilly, Jaehoon Choe, Theodoras P Zanos, Chris Thomas, Christopher C Pack, Abhishek Datta, Matthew R Krause, Praveen K Pilly, Jaehoon Choe, Theodoras P Zanos, Chris Thomas, Christopher C Pack, Jaehoon Choe, Chris Thomas, Theodoros P Zanos, Abhishek Datta, Praveen K Pilly, Christopher C Pack, Matthew R Krause
Transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) can be optimized to achieve maximal current flow at desired brain regions. The aim of this study was to characterize electric field magnitudes generated by tES optimization and to compare them to experimentally induced values as determined by data from intracranial electrodes. Local field potentials were recorded from two monkeys with implanted multi-site intracranial Utah arrays during transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and the neural effect predictions obtained from optimized electrode placement were assessed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224391/development-and-evaluation-of-a-nanoemulsion-containing-ursolic-acid-a-promising-trypanocidal-agent-nanoemulsion-with-ursolic-acid-against-t-cruzi
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Erika Cristina Vargas de Oliveira, Zumira Aparecida Carneiro, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Over a hundred years after the discovery of Chagas disease, this ailment continues to affect thousands of people. For more than 40 years, only two drugs have been available to treat it. Ursolic acid is a naturally occurring terpene that has shown a good trypanocidal action. However, the hydrophobicity of this compound presents a challenge for the development of proper delivery systems. Nanostructured systems are a prominent in delivering lipophilic drugs. Thus, a nanoemulsion containing ursolic acid was developed and had its trypanocidal activity and cytotoxicity evaluated...
February 21, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223931/a-computational-model-for-spatial-navigation-based-on-reference-frames-in-the-hippocampus-retrosplenial-cortex-and-posterior-parietal-cortex
#9
Timo Oess, Jeffrey L Krichmar, Florian Röhrbein
Behavioral studies for humans, monkeys, and rats have shown that, while traversing an environment, these mammals tend to use different frames of reference and frequently switch between them. These frames represent allocentric, egocentric, or route-centric views of the environment. However, combinations of either of them are often deployed. Neurophysiological studies on rats have indicated that the hippocampus, the retrosplenial cortex, and the posterior parietal cortex contribute to the formation of these frames and mediate the transformation between those...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223914/decoding-lower-limb-muscle-activity-and-kinematics-from-cortical-neural-spike-trains-during-monkey-performing-stand-and-squat-movements
#10
Xuan Ma, Chaolin Ma, Jian Huang, Peng Zhang, Jiang Xu, Jiping He
Extensive literatures have shown approaches for decoding upper limb kinematics or muscle activity using multichannel cortical spike recordings toward brain machine interface (BMI) applications. However, similar topics regarding lower limb remain relatively scarce. We previously reported a system for training monkeys to perform visually guided stand and squat tasks. The current study, as a follow-up extension, investigates whether lower limb kinematics and muscle activity characterized by electromyography (EMG) signals during monkey performing stand/squat movements can be accurately decoded from neural spike trains in primary motor cortex (M1)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223401/transcriptome-analyses-of-rhesus-monkey-pre-implantation-embryos-reveal-a-reduced-capacity-for-dna-double-strand-break-repair-in-primate-oocytes-and-early-embryos
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Xinyi Wang, Denghui Liu, Dajian He, Shengbo Suo, Xian Xia, Xiechao He, Jing-Dong Han, Ping Zheng
Pre-implantation embryogenesis encompasses several critical events including genome reprogramming, zygotic genome activation (ZGA), and cell fate commitment, most of which remain mechanistically unclear in primates. In addition, primates display a high rate of embryo wastage without any clear molecular basis. Understanding the factors involved in genome reprogramming and ZGA will help the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells with high efficiency. Moreover, explaining the molecular basis responsible for embryo wastage in primates will greatly expand our knowledge of species evolution...
February 21, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222841/phenotypic-and-functional-characterization-of-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-from-various-age-and-sex-specific-groups-of-owl-monkeys-aotus-nancymaae
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Pramod N Nehete, Bharti P Nehete, Sriram Chitta, Lawrence E Williams, Christian R Abee
Owl monkeys (Aotus nancymaae) are New World NHP that serve an important role in vaccine development and as a model for human disease conditions such as malaria. Despite the past contributions of this animal model, limited information is available about the phenotype and functional properties of peripheral blood lymphocytes in reference to sex and age. Using a panel of human antibodies and a set of standardized human immune assays, we identified and characterized various peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets, evaluated the immune functions of T cells, and analyzed cytokines relative to sex and age in healthy owl monkeys...
February 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220108/adaptations-in-basal-and-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-activated-deoxycorticosterone-responses-following-ethanol-self-administration-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
#13
Vanessa A Jimenez, Patrizia Porcu, A Leslie Morrow, Kathleen A Grant
Acute ethanol activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, while long-term exposure results in a blunted neuroendocrine state, particularly with regards to the primary endpoint, cortisol, the primary glucocorticoid produced in the adrenal cortex. However, it is unknown if this dampened neuroendocrine status also influences other adrenocortical steroids. Plasma concentration of the mineralocorticoid and neuroactive steroid precursor deoxycorticosterone (DOC) is altered by pharmacological challenges of the HPA axis in cynomolgus monkeys...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219983/neural-representation-and-causal-models-in-motor-cortex
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Kris S Chaisanguanthum, Helen H Shen, Philip N Sabes
Dorsal premotor (PMd) and primary motor (M1) cortex play a central role in mapping sensation to movement. Many studies of these areas have focused on correlation-based tuning curves relating neural activity to task or movement parameters, but the link between tuning and movement generation is unclear. We recorded motor preparatory activity from populations of neurons in PMd/M1 as macaque monkeys performed a visually guided reaching task and show that tuning curves for sensory inputs (reach target direction) and motor outputs (initial movement direction) are not typically aligned...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219749/behavioral-phenotypes-associated-with-mptp-induction-of-partial-lesions-in-common-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
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Kimberley A Phillips, Corinna N Ross, Jennifer Spross, Catherine J Cheng, Alyssa Izquierdo, K C Biju, Cang Chen, Senlin Li, Suzette D Tardif
Parkinson's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder with the core motor features of resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. Non-motor symptoms also occur, and include cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, anosmia (loss of smell), and REM sleep disturbances. As the development of medications and other therapies for treatment of non-motor symptoms is ongoing, it is essential to have animal models that aid in understanding the neural changes underlying non-motor PD symptoms and serve as a testing ground for potential therapeutics...
February 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218919/targeting-casp8-and-fadd-like-apoptosis-regulator-ameliorates-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice-and-nonhuman-primates
#16
Pi-Xiao Wang, Yan-Xiao Ji, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Ling-Ping Zhao, Zhen-Zhen Yan, Peng Zhang, Li-Jun Shen, Xia Yang, Jing Fang, Song Tian, Xue-Yong Zhu, Jun Gong, Xin Zhang, Qiao-Fang Wei, Yong Wang, Jing Li, Lu Wan, Qingguo Xie, Zhi-Gang She, Zhihua Wang, Zan Huang, Hongliang Li
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a progressive disease that is often accompanied by metabolic syndrome and poses a high risk of severe liver damage. However, no effective pharmacological treatment is currently available for NASH. Here we report that CASP8 and FADD-like apoptosis regulator (CFLAR) is a key suppressor of steatohepatitis and its metabolic disorders. We provide mechanistic evidence that CFLAR directly targets the kinase MAP3K5 (also known as ASK1) and interrupts its N-terminus-mediated dimerization, thereby blocking signaling involving ASK1 and the kinase MAPK8 (also known as JNK1)...
February 20, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217929/phytochemical-characterization-antibacterial-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory-and-cytotoxic-properties-of-cryptostephanus-vansonii-an-endemic-amaryllid
#17
Mack Moyo, Adeyemi O Aremu, Jude C Chukwujekwu, Jiri Gruz, Jiri Skorepa, Karel Doležal, Cuthbert A T Katsvanga, Johannes Van Staden
Cryptostephanus vansonii I. Verd., an endemic Amaryllidaceae species from Zimbabwe, was evaluated for its acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory and cytotoxicity properties using Ellman's colorimetric method and the tetrazolium-based colorimetric assay against Vero monkey kidney cells, respectively. The plant extracts were also evaluated for their antibacterial activity against five bacteria. Furthermore, phytochemical profiles of the extracts were determined using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry analysis...
February 20, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216792/effect-of-monomer-solubility-on-the-evolution-of-copolymer-morphology-during-polymerization-induced-self-assembly-in-aqueous-solution
#18
Amy A Cockram, Thomas J Neal, Matthew J Derry, Oleksandr O Mykhaylyk, Neal S J Williams, Martin W Murray, Simon N Emmett, Steven P Armes
Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) has become a widely used technique for the rational design of diblock copolymer nano-objects in concentrated aqueous solution. Depending on the specific PISA formulation, reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion polymerization typically provides straightforward access to either spheres, worms, or vesicles. In contrast, RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization formulations often lead to just kinetically-trapped spheres. This limitation is currently not understood, and only a few empirical exceptions have been reported in the literature...
February 14, 2017: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216299/hipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-grow-dendritic-arbors-and-functional-axons-on-a-tissue-engineered-scaffold
#19
Kangjun Li, Xiufeng Zhong, Sijing Yang, Ziming Luo, Kang Li, Ying Liu, Song Cai, Huaiyu Gu, Shoutao Lu, Haijun Zhang, Yantao Wei, Jing Zhuang, Yehong Zhuo, Zhigang Fan, Jian Ge
: Numerous therapeutic procedures in modern medical research rely on the use of tissue engineering for the treatment of retinal diseases. However, the cell source and the transplantation method are still a limitation. Previously, we reported on the induction of a self-organizing three-dimensional neural retina from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). In this study, we disclose the generation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) from the neural retina and their seeding on a biodegradable poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold to create an engineered RGC-scaffold biomaterial...
February 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215557/long-term-two-photon-imaging-in-awake-macaque-monkey
#20
Ming Li, Fang Liu, Hongfei Jiang, Tai Sing Lee, Shiming Tang
Successful application of two-photon imaging with genetic tools in awake macaque monkeys will enable fundamental advances in our understanding of higher cognitive function at the level of molecular and neuronal circuits. Here we report techniques for long-term two-photon imaging in awake macaque monkeys. Using genetically encoded indicators including GCaMP5 and GCaMP6s delivered by AAV2/1 into the visual cortex, we demonstrate that high-quality two-photon imaging of large neuronal populations can be achieved and maintained in awake monkeys for months...
February 8, 2017: Neuron
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