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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213444/the-dendrites-of-ca2-and-ca1-pyramidal-neurons-differentially-regulate-information-flow-in-the-cortico-hippocampal-circuit
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Kalyan V Srinivas, Eric W Buss, Qian Sun, Bina Santoro, Hiroto Takahashi, Daniel A Nicholson, Steven A Siegelbaum
The impact of a given neuronal pathway depends on the number of synapses it makes with its postsynaptic target, the strength of each individual synapse and the integrative properties of the postsynaptic dendrites. Here we explore the cellular and synaptic mechanisms responsible for the differential excitatory drive from the entorhinal cortical pathway onto mouse CA2 compared to CA1 pyramidal neurons (PNs). Although both types of neurons receive direct input from entorhinal cortex onto their distal dendrites, these inputs produce a 5-6 fold larger excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) at the soma of CA2 compared to CA1 PNs, which is sufficient to drive action potential output from CA2 but not CA1...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213441/secreted-metalloproteinase-adamts-3-inactivates-reelin
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Himari Ogino, Arisa Hisanaga, Takao Kohno, Yuta Kondo, Kyoko Okumura, Takana Kamei, Tempei Sato, Hiroshi Asahara, Hitomi Tsuiji, Masaki Fukata, Mitsuharu Hattori
The secreted glycoprotein Reelin regulates embryonic brain development and adult brain functions. It has been suggested that reduced Reelin activity contributes to the pathogenesis of several neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease; however, non-invasive methods that can upregulate Reelin activity in vivo have yet to be developed. We previously found that the proteolytic cleavage of Reelin within Reelin repeat 3 (N-t site) abolishes Reelin activity in vitro, but it remains controversial as to whether this effect occurs in vivo Here we partially purified the enzyme that mediates the N-t cleavage of Reelin from the culture supernatant of cerebral cortical neurons...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197093/ultrastructural-and-functional-properties-of-a-giant-synapse-driving-the-piriform-cortex-to-mediodorsal-thalamus-projection
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Patric Pelzer, Heinz Horstmann, Thomas Kuner
Neocortico-thalamo-cortical loops represent a common, yet poorly understood, circuit employing giant synapses also referred to as "class I", giant, or driver synapses. Here, we characterize a giant synapse formed by projection neurons of the paleocortical piriform cortex (PIR) onto neurons of the mediodorsal thalamus (MD). Three-dimensional (3D) ultrastructure of labeled PIR-MD terminals, obtained by using serial-section scanning electron microscopy (EM) combined with photooxidation-based detection of labeled terminals, revealed a large terminal engulfing multiple postsynaptic dendritic excrescences...
2017: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195572/dna-methylation-as-a-putative-mechanism-for-reduced-dendritic-spine-density-in-the-superior-temporal-gyrus-of-subjects-with-schizophrenia
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B McKinney, Y Ding, D A Lewis, R A Sweet
Reduced dendritic spine density (DSD) in cortical layer 3 of the superior temporal gyrus (STG), and multiple other brain regions, is consistently observed in postmortem studies of schizophrenia (SZ). Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of this intermediate phenotype holds promise for understanding SZ pathophysiology, identifying SZ treatment targets and developing animal models. DNA methylation (DNAm), the addition of a methyl group to a cytosine nucleotide, regulates gene transcription and is a strong candidate for such a mechanism...
February 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182735/chrna2-martinotti-cells-synchronize-layer-5-type-a-pyramidal-cells-via-rebound-excitation
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Markus M Hilscher, Richardson N Leão, Steven J Edwards, Katarina E Leão, Klas Kullander
Martinotti cells are the most prominent distal dendrite-targeting interneurons in the cortex, but their role in controlling pyramidal cell (PC) activity is largely unknown. Here, we show that the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α2 subunit (Chrna2) specifically marks layer 5 (L5) Martinotti cells projecting to layer 1. Furthermore, we confirm that Chrna2-expressing Martinotti cells selectively target L5 thick-tufted type A PCs but not thin-tufted type B PCs. Using optogenetic activation and inhibition, we demonstrate how Chrna2-Martinotti cells robustly reset and synchronize type A PCs via slow rhythmic burst activity and rebound excitation...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181190/distribution-of-alox15-in-the-rat-brain-and-its-role-in-prefrontal-cortical-resolvin-d1-formation-and-spatial-working-memory
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Suku-Maran Shalini, Christabel Fung-Yih Ho, Yee-Kong Ng, Jie-Xin Tong, Eng-Shi Ong, Deron R Herr, Gavin S Dawe, Wei-Yi Ong
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is enriched in membrane phospholipids of the central nervous system (CNS) and has a role in aging and neuropsychiatric disorders. DHA is metabolized by the enzyme Alox15 to 17S-hydroxy-DHA, which is then converted to 7S-hydroperoxy,17S-hydroxy-DHA by a 5-lipoxygenase, and thence via epoxy intermediates to the anti-inflammatory molecule, resolvin D1 (RvD1 or 7S,8R,17S-trihydroxy-docosa-Z,9E,11E,13Z,15E,19Z-hexaenoic acid). In this study, we investigated the distribution and function of Alox15 in the CNS...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167836/autism-associated-dyrk1a-truncation-mutants-impair-neuronal-dendritic-and-spine-growth-and-interfere-with-postnatal-cortical-development
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T Dang, W Y Duan, B Yu, D L Tong, C Cheng, Y F Zhang, W Wu, K Ye, W X Zhang, M Wu, B B Wu, Y An, Z L Qiu, B L Wu
Autism is a prevailing neurodevelopmental disorder with a large genetic/genomic component. Recently, the dual-specificity tyrosine-(Y)-phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1 A (DYRK1A) gene was implicated as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We identified five DYRK1A variants in ASD patients and found that the dose of DYRK1A protein has a crucial role in various aspects of postnatal neural development. Dyrk1a loss of function and gain of function led to defects in dendritic growth, dendritic spine development and radial migration during cortical development...
February 7, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165465/apical-dendrite-degeneration-a-novel-cellular-pathology-for-betz-cells-in-als
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Barış Genç, Javier H Jara, Amiko K B Lagrimas, Peter Pytel, Raymond P Roos, M Marsel Mesulam, Changiz Geula, Eileen H Bigio, P Hande Özdinler
Apical dendrites of Betz cells are important sites for the integration of cortical input, however their health has not been fully assessed in ALS patients. We investigated the primary motor cortices isolated from post-mortem normal control subjects, patients with familial ALS (fALS), sporadic ALS (sALS), ALS with frontotemporal dementia (FTD-ALS), and Alzheimer's disease (AD), and found profound apical dendrite degeneration of Betz cells in both fALS and sALS, as well as FTD-ALS patients. In contrast, Betz cells of AD patients and normal controls retain cellular integrity in the motor cortex, and CA1 pyramidal neurons show abnormalities predominantly within their soma, rather than the apical dendrite...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164203/modulating-motility-of-intracellular-vesicles-in-cortical-neurons-with-nanomagnetic-forces-on-chip
#9
Anja Kunze, Coleman Tylor Murray, Chanya Godzich, Jonathan Lin, Keegan Owsley, Andy Tay, Dino Di Carlo
Vesicle transport is a major underlying mechanism of cell communication. Inhibiting vesicle transport in brain cells results in blockage of neuronal signals, even in intact neuronal networks. Modulating intracellular vesicle transport can have a huge impact on the development of new neurotherapeutic concepts, but only if we can specifically interfere with intracellular transport patterns. Here, we propose to modulate motion of intracellular lipid vesicles in rat cortical neurons based on exogenously bioconjugated and cell internalized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) within microengineered magnetic gradients on-chip...
February 6, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163095/widespread-hyperphosphorylated-tau-in-the-working-memory-circuit-early-after-cortical-impact-injury-of-brain-original-study
#10
Zi-Ai Zhao, Ya-Lei Ning, Ping Li, Nan Yang, Yan Peng, Ren-Ping Xiong, Yan Zhao, Dong Liu, Xu-Jia Zeng, Jiang-Fan Chen, Yuan-Guo Zhou
A series of neurological and psychiatric symptoms occur after traumatic brain injury (TBI), with cognitive dysfunction being one of the most prominent sequela. Given that tau hyperphosphorylation is an important cause of cognitive impairment in patients of Alzheimer's disease, our present study detected the presence of hyperphosphorylated tau (p-tau), mainly at Ser404, in multiple brain regions, including the ipsilateral parietal cortex, contralateral hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, immediately after the injury in a mouse TBI model; these changes lasted for at least 4w...
February 2, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161375/receptor-stimulated-transamidation-induces-activation-of-rac1-and-cdc42-and-the-regulation-of-dendritic-spines
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Zhen Mi, Tuda Si, Khushboo Kapadia, Qian Li, Nancy A Muma
Regulation of dendritic spines is an important component of synaptic function and plasticity whereas dendritic spine dysregulation is related to several psychiatric and neurological diseases. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that serotonin (5-HT)2A/2C receptor-induced Rho family transamidation and activation regulates dendritic spine morphology and that activation of multiple types of receptors can induce transglutaminase (TGase)-catalyzed transamidation of small G proteins. We previously reported a novel 5-HT2A receptor downstream effector, TGase-catalyzed serotonylation of the small G protein Rac1 in A1A1v cells, a rat embryonic cortical cell line...
February 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150086/morphological-structural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-the-basolateral-amygdala-after-early-lesion-of-the-rat-mediodorsal-thalamus
#12
Zakaria Ouhaz, Saadia Ba-M'hamed, Mohamed Bennis
Early postnatal damage to the mediodorsal thalamus (MD) produces deficits in cognition and behavior believed to be associated with early prefrontal cortical maldevelopment. We assessed the role of MD afferents during development on the morphological and functional maturation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA). Sprague-Dawley rat pups (n = 56) received a bilateral electrolytic lesion of the MD or a MD Sham lesion on postnatal day 4. 7 weeks later, all rats were tested in anxiety-related and cognitive paradigms using the elevated plus maze and novel object recognition tests...
February 1, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147484/bifunctional-poly-acrylamide-hydrogels-through-orthogonal-coupling-chemistries
#13
Aleeza Farrukh, Julieta I Paez, Marcelo Salierno, Wenqiang Fan, Benedikt Berninger, Aránzazu Del Campo
Biomaterials for cell culture allowing simple and quantitative presentation of instructive cues enable rationalization of the interplay between cells and their surrounding microenvironment. Poly(acrylamide) (PAAm) hydrogels are popular 2D-model substrates for this purpose. However, quantitative and reproducible biofunctionalization of PAAm hydrogels with multiple ligands in a trustable, controlled, and independent fashion is not trivial. Here, we describe a method for bifunctional modification of PAAm hydrogels with thiol- and amine- containing biomolecules with controlled densities in an independent, orthogonal manner...
February 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
#14
Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137974/an-ultrastructural-study-of-the-thalamic-input-to-layer-4-of-primary-motor-and-primary-somatosensory-cortex-in-the-mouse
#15
Rita Bopp, Simone Holler-Rickauer, Kevan A C Martin, Gregor F P Schuhknecht
: The traditional classification of primary motor cortex (M1) as an agranular area has recently been challenged, when a functional layer 4 (L4) was reported in M1. L4 is the principal target for thalamic input in sensory areas, which raises the question how thalamocortical synapses formed in M1 in the mouse compare with those in neighboring sensory cortex (S1). We identified thalamic boutons by their immunoreactivity for the vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGluT2) and performed unbiased disector counts from electron micrographs...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132832/intra-neuronal-competition-for-synaptic-partners-conserves-the-amount-of-dendritic-building-material
#16
Stefanie Ryglewski, Fernando Vonhoff, Kathryn Scheckel, Carsten Duch
Brain development requires correct targeting of multiple thousand synaptic terminals onto staggeringly complex dendritic arbors. The mechanisms by which input synapse numbers are matched to dendrite size, and by which synaptic inputs from different transmitter systems are correctly partitioned onto a postsynaptic arbor, are incompletely understood. By combining quantitative neuroanatomy with targeted genetic manipulation of synaptic input to an identified Drosophila neuron, we show that synaptic inputs of two different transmitter classes locally direct dendrite growth in a competitive manner...
February 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123016/cdk5-regulation-of-the-grab-mediated-rab8-rab11-cascade-in-axon-outgrowth
#17
Kotaro Furusawa, Akiko Asada, Pamela Urrutia, Christian Gonzalez-Billault, Mitsunori Fukuda, Shin-Ichi Hisanaga
: Neurons communicate with each other through their axons and dendrites. However, a full characterization of the molecular mechanisms involved in axon and dendrite formation is still incomplete. Neurite outgrowth requires the supply of membrane components for surface expansion. Two membrane sources for axon outgrowth are suggested: Golgi secretary vesicles and endocytic recycling endosomes. In non-neuronal cells, trafficking of secretary vesicles from Golgi is regulated by Rab8, a member of Rab small GTPases, and that of recycling endosomes is by Rab11, another member of Rabs...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122236/lhx2-expression-in-postmitotic-cortical-neurons-initiates-assembly-of-the-thalamocortical-somatosensory-circuit
#18
Chia-Fang Wang, Hsiang-Wei Hsing, Zi-Hui Zhuang, Meng-Hsuan Wen, Wei-Jen Chang, Carlos G Briz, Marta Nieto, Bai Chuang Shyu, Shen-Ju Chou
Cortical neurons must be specified and make the correct connections during development. Here, we examine a mechanism initiating neuronal circuit formation in the barrel cortex, a circuit comprising thalamocortical axons (TCAs) and layer 4 (L4) neurons. When Lhx2 is selectively deleted in postmitotic cortical neurons using conditional knockout (cKO) mice, L4 neurons in the barrel cortex are initially specified but fail to form cellular barrels or develop polarized dendrites. In Lhx2 cKO mice, TCAs from the thalamic ventral posterior nucleus reach the barrel cortex but fail to further arborize to form barrels...
January 24, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122114/serotonin-5-ht7-receptor-increases-the-density-of-dendritic-spines-and-facilitates-synaptogenesis-in-forebrain-neurons
#19
Luisa Speranza, Josephine Labus, Floriana Volpicelli, Daria Guseva, Enza Lacivita, Marcello Leopoldo, Gian Carlo Bellenchi, Umberto di Porzio, Monika Bijata, Carla Perrone-Capano, Evgeni Ponimaskin
Precise control of dendritic spine density and synapse formation is critical for normal and pathological brain functions. Therefore, signaling pathways influencing dendrite outgrowth and remodeling remain a subject of extensive investigations. Here we report that prolonged activation of the serotonin 5-HT7 receptor (5-HT7R) with selective agonist LP-211 promotes formation of dendritic spines and facilitates synaptogenesis in postnatal cortical and striatal neurons. Critical role of 5-HT7R in neuronal morphogenesis was confirmed by analysis of neurons isolated from 5-HT7R-deficient mice and by pharmacological inactivation of the receptor...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118619/characterization-of-nadph-diaphorase-and-doublecortin-positive-neurons-in-the-lizard-hippocampal-formation
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Matheus Macedo-Lima, Marco Aurélio M Freire, Hugo de Carvalho Pimentel, Lívia Cristina Rodrigues Ferreira Lins, Katty Anne Amador de Lucena Medeiros, Giordano Gubert Viola, José Ronaldo Dos Santos, Murilo Marchioro
The lizard cortex has remarkable similarities with the mammalian hippocampus. Both regions process memories, have similar cytoarchitectural properties, and are important neurogenic foci in adults. Lizards show striking levels of widespread neurogenesis in adulthood and can regenerate entire cortical areas after injury. Nitric oxide (NO) is an important regulatory factor of mammalian neurogenesis and hippocampal function. However, little is known about its role in nonmammalian neurogenesis. Here, we analyzed the distribution, morphology, and dendritic complexity (Neurolucida reconstructions) of NO-producing neurons through NADPH diaphorase (NADPHd) activity, and how they compare with the distribution of doublecortin-positive (DCX+) neurons in the hippocampal formation of the neotropical lizard Tropidurus hispidus...
2016: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
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