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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226284/gray-matter-surface-based-spatial-statistics-gs-bss-in-diffusion-microstructure
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Prasanna Parvathaneni, Baxter P Rogers, Yuankai Huo, Kurt G Schilling, Allison E Hainline, Adam W Anderson, Neil D Woodward, Bennett A Landman
Tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) has proven to be a popular technique for performing voxel-wise statistical analysis that aims to improve sensitivity and interpretability of analysis of multi-subject diffusion imaging studies in white matter. With the advent of advanced diffusion MRI models - e.g., the neurite orientation dispersion density imaging (NODDI), it is of interest to analyze microstructural changes within gray matter (GM). A recent study has proposed using NODDI in gray matter based spatial statistics (N-GBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical analysis on GM microstructure...
September 2017: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212920/phasic-and-tonic-cell-types-in-the-zebra-finch-auditory-caudal-mesopallium
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Andrew N Chen, C Daniel Meliza
The caudal mesopallium (CM) is a cortical-level area in the songbird auditory pathway where selective, invariant responses to familiar songs emerge. To characterize the cell types that perform this computation, we made whole-cell recordings from brain slices in juvenile zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) of both sexes. We found three groups of putatively excitatory neurons with distinct firing patterns. Tonic cells produced sustained responses to depolarizing step currents, phasic cells produced only a few spikes at the onset, and an intermediate group was also phasic but responded for up to a few hundred ms...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190358/developmental-connectivity-and-molecular-phenotypes-of-unique-cortical-projection-neurons-that-express-a-synapse-associated-receptor-tyrosine-kinase
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Ryan J Kast, Hsiao-Huei Wu, Pat Levitt
The complex circuitry and cell-type diversity of the cerebral cortex are required for its high-level functions. The mechanisms underlying the diversification of cortical neurons during prenatal development have received substantial attention, but understanding of neuronal heterogeneity is more limited during later periods of cortical circuit maturation. To address this knowledge gap, connectivity analysis and molecular phenotyping of cortical neuron subtypes that express the developing synapse-enriched MET receptor tyrosine kinase were performed...
November 28, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187752/inhibiting-rho-kinase-promotes-goal-directed-decision-making-and-blocks-habitual-responding-for-cocaine
#4
Andrew M Swanson, Lauren M DePoy, Shannon L Gourley
The prelimbic prefrontal cortex is necessary for associating actions with their consequences, enabling goal-directed decision making. We find that the strength of action-outcome conditioning correlates with dendritic spine density in prelimbic cortex, suggesting that new action-outcome learning involves dendritic spine plasticity. To test this, we inhibited the cytoskeletal regulatory factor Rho kinase. We find that the inhibitor fasudil enhances action-outcome memory, resulting in goal-directed behavior in mice that would otherwise express stimulus-response habits...
November 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180570/perturbation-of-canonical-and-non-canonical-bmp-signaling-affects-migration-polarity-and-dendritogenesis-of-mouse-cortical-neurons
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Monika Saxena, Nitin Agnihotri, Jonaki Sen
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling has been implicated in regulation of patterning of the forebrain and as a regulator of neurogenesis and gliogenesis in the mammalian cortex. However, its role in regulating other aspects of cortical development in vivo remains unexplored. We hypothesized that BMP signaling may regulate additional processes during the development of cortical neurons after observing the presence of active BMP signaling in a spatio-temporally dynamic pattern in the mouse cortex. Our investigation revealed that BMP signaling specifically regulates migration, polarity and the dendritic morphology of upper layer cortical neurons born at E15...
November 27, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175956/the-mouse-pulvinar-nucleus-links-the-lateral-extrastriate-cortex-striatum-and-amygdala
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N Zhou, S P Masterson, J K Damron, W Guido, M E Bickford
The pulvinar nucleus is a large thalamic structure involved in the integration of visual and motor signals. The pulvinar forms extensive connections with striate and extrastriate cortical areas, but the impact of these connections on cortical circuits has not previously been directly tested. Using a variety of anatomical, optogenetic, and in vitro physiological techniques in male and female mice, we show that pulvinocortical terminals are densely distributed in the extrastriate cortex where they form synaptic connections with spines and small diameter dendrites...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175955/the-autism-protein-ube3a-e6ap-remodels-neuronal-dendritic-arborization-via-caspase-dependent-microtubule-destabilization
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Natasha Khatri, James P Gilbert, Yuda Huo, Roozhin Sharaflari, Michael Nee, Hui Qiao, Heng-Ye Man
UBE3A gene copy number variation and the resulting overexpression of the protein E6AP is directly linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), however the underlying cellular and molecular neurobiology remains less clear. Here we report the role of ASD-related increased dosage of Ube3A/E6AP in dendritic arborization during brain development. We show that increased E6AP expression in primary cultured neurons leads to a reduction in dendritic branch number and length. The E6AP-dependent remodeling of dendritic arborization results from retraction of dendrites by thinning and fragmentation at the tips of dendrite branches, leading to shortening or removal of dendrites...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170630/heterogeneity-of-the-axon-initial-segment-in-interneurons-and-pyramidal-cells-of-rodent-visual-cortex
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Felix Höfflin, Alexander Jack, Christian Riedel, Julia Mack-Bucher, Johannes Roos, Corinna Corcelli, Christian Schultz, Petra Wahle, Maren Engelhardt
The microdomain that orchestrates action potential initiation in neurons is the axon initial segment (AIS). It has long been considered to be a rather homogeneous domain at the very proximal axon hillock with relatively stable length, particularly in cortical pyramidal cells. However, studies in other brain regions paint a different picture. In hippocampal CA1, up to 50% of axons emerge from basal dendrites. Further, in about 30% of thick-tufted layer V pyramidal neurons in rat somatosensory cortex, axons have a dendritic origin...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170378/publisher-correction-cortical-dendritic-activity-correlates-with-spindle-rich-oscillations-during-sleep-in-rodents
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Julie Seibt, Clément J Richard, Johanna Sigl-Glöckner, Naoya Takahashi, David I Kaplan, Guy Doron, Denis de Limoges, Christina Bocklisch, Matthew E Larkum
In the originally published version of this Article, incorrect references were cited on two occasions in the Results section. Under the subheading 'Ca(2+) activity in single dendrites and somata of L5 neurons', the final sentence of the second paragraph incorrectly cited reference 29 instead of reference 31. Under the subheading 'Spiking of L5 cell bodies is not influenced by spindles', the first sentence cited reference 30 instead of reference 29. These errors have now been corrected in both the PDF and HTML versions of the Article...
November 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169694/vitamin-e-can-improve-behavioral-tests-impairment-cell-loss-and-dendrite-changes-in-rats-medial-prefrontal-cortex-induced-by-acceptable-daily-dose-of-aspartame
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Ali Rafati, Ali Noorafshan, Mahboubeh Jahangir, Leila Hosseini, Saied Karbalay-Doust
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in about 6000 sugar-free products. Aspartame consumption could be associated with various neurological disorders. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of aspartame onmedial Prefrontal Cortex (mPFC) as well as neuroprotective effects of vitamin E. The rats were divided into seven groups, including distilled water, corn oil, vitamin E (100mg/kg/day), and low (acceptable daily dose) and high doses of aspartame (40 and 200mg/kg/day) respectively, with or without vitamin E consumption, for 8 weeks...
November 21, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169406/extracellular-cathepsin-l-stimulates-axonal-growth-in-neurons
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Chihiro Tohda, Michihisa Tohda
OBJECTIVE: Cathepsin L, a lysosomal endopeptidase expressed in most eukaryotic cells, is a member of the papain-like family of cysteine proteases. Although commonly recognized as a lysosomal protease, cathepsin L is also secreted and involved in the degradation of extracellular matrix proteins. Previous studies demonstrated that the secretion of cathepsin L was stimulated by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and bFGF-enhanced axonal terminal sprouting of motor neurons. Based on these results, although it has never been directly investigated, we hypothesized that extracellular cathepsin L may induce axonal growth...
November 23, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163011/optimised-pdms-tunnel-devices-on-meas-increase-the-probability-of-detecting-electrical-activity-from-human-stem-cell-derived-neuronal-networks
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Maria Toivanen, Anssi Pelkonen, Meeri Mäkinen, Laura Ylä-Outinen, Lassi Sukki, Pasi Kallio, Mervi Ristola, Susanna Narkilahti
Measurement of the activity of human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived neuronal networks with microelectrode arrays (MEAs) plays an important role in functional in vitro brain modelling and in neurotoxicological screening. The previously reported hPSC-derived neuronal networks do not, however, exhibit repeatable, stable functional network characteristics similar to rodent cortical cultures, making the interpretation of results difficult. In earlier studies, microtunnels have been used both to control and guide cell growth and amplify the axonal signals of rodent neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142232/tdp-43-misexpression-causes-defects-in-dendritic-growth
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Josiah J Herzog, Mugdha Deshpande, Leah Shapiro, Avital A Rodal, Suzanne Paradis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) share overlapping genetic causes and disease symptoms, and are linked neuropathologically by the RNA binding protein TDP-43 (TAR DNA binding protein-43 kDa). TDP-43 regulates RNA metabolism, trafficking, and localization of thousands of target genes. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which dysfunction of TDP-43 contributes to disease pathogenesis and progression remain unclear. Severe changes in the structure of neuronal dendritic arbors disrupt proper circuit connectivity, which in turn could contribute to neurodegenerative disease...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126935/age-dependent-and-region-specific-alteration-of-parvalbumin-neurons-and-perineuronal-nets-in-the-mouse-cerebral-cortex
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Hiroshi Ueno, Keizo Takao, Shunsuke Suemitsu, Shinji Murakami, Naoya Kitamura, Kenta Wani, Motoi Okamoto, Shozo Aoki, Takeshi Ishihara
Cognitive function declines with age. Such function depends on γ-oscillation in the frontal cortex. Pyramidal neurons, and the parvalbumin-expressing interneurons (PV neurons) that control them, are important for the generation of γ-oscillation. The mechanism by which cognitive function declines is unclear. Perineuronal nets (PNNs) mainly surround the soma and proximal dendrites and axon segments of PV neurons in the cerebral cortex. Previous evidence indicates that PNNs inhibit neural plasticity. If this is true, an increase in the number of neurons surrounded by PNNs or in the thickness or density of the PNNs around neurons could decrease plasticity in the cortex...
November 7, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123477/the-effects-of-medium-spiny-neuron-morphologcial-changes-on-basal-ganglia-network-under-external-electric-field-a-computational-modeling-study
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Xiaohan Zhang, Shenquan Liu, Feibiao Zhan, Jing Wang, Xiaofang Jiang
The damage of dopaminergic neurons that innervate the striatum has been considered to be the proximate cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). In the dopamine-denervated state, the loss of dendritic spines and the decrease of dendritic length may prevent medium spiny neuron (MSN) from receiving too much excitatory stimuli from the cortex, thereby reducing the symptom of Parkinson's disease. However, the reduction in dendritic spine density obtained by different experiments is significantly different. We developed a biological-based network computational model to quantify the effect of dendritic spine loss and dendrites tree degeneration on basal ganglia (BG) signal regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117560/timed-synaptic-inhibition-shapes-nmda-spikes-influencing-local-dendritic-processing-and-global-i-o-properties-of-cortical-neurons
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Michael Doron, Giuseppe Chindemi, Eilif Muller, Henry Markram, Idan Segev
The NMDA spike is a long-lasting nonlinear phenomenon initiated locally in the dendritic branches of a variety of cortical neurons. It plays a key role in synaptic plasticity and in single-neuron computations. Combining dynamic system theory and computational approaches, we now explore how the timing of synaptic inhibition affects the NMDA spike and its associated membrane current. When impinging on its early phase, individual inhibitory synapses strongly, but transiently, dampen the NMDA spike; later inhibition prematurely terminates it...
November 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115990/dhcr24-exerts-neuroprotection-upon-inflammation-induced-neuronal-death
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Henna Martiskainen, Kaisa M A Paldanius, Teemu Natunen, Mari Takalo, Mikael Marttinen, Stina Leskelä, Nadine Huber, Petra Mäkinen, Enni Bertling, Hiramani Dhungana, Mikko Huuskonen, Paavo Honkakoski, Pirta Hotulainen, Kirsi Rilla, Jari Koistinaho, Hilkka Soininen, Tarja Malm, Annakaisa Haapasalo, Mikko Hiltunen
BACKGROUND: DHCR24, involved in the de novo synthesis of cholesterol and protection of neuronal cells against different stress conditions, has been shown to be selectively downregulated in neurons of the affected brain areas in Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: Here, we investigated whether the overexpression of DHCR24 protects neurons against inflammation-induced neuronal death using co-cultures of mouse embryonic primary cortical neurons and BV2 microglial cells upon acute neuroinflammation...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107520/deprivation-induced-homeostatic-spine-scaling-in%C3%A2-vivo-is-localized-to-dendritic-branches-that-have-undergone-recent-spine-loss
#18
Samuel J Barnes, Eleonora Franzoni, R Irene Jacobsen, Ferenc Erdelyi, Gabor Szabo, Claudia Clopath, Georg B Keller, Tara Keck
Synaptic scaling is a key homeostatic plasticity mechanism and is thought to be involved in the regulation of cortical activity levels. Here we investigated the spatial scale of homeostatic changes in spine size following sensory deprivation in a subset of inhibitory (layer 2/3 GAD65-positive) and excitatory (layer 5 Thy1-positive) neurons in mouse visual cortex. Using repeated in vivo two-photon imaging, we find that increases in spine size are tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) dependent and thus are likely associated with synaptic scaling...
November 15, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103806/local-order-within-global-disorder-synaptic-architecture-of-visual-space
#19
Benjamin Scholl, Daniel E Wilson, David Fitzpatrick
Substantial evidence at the subcellular level indicates that the spatial arrangement of synaptic inputs onto dendrites could play a significant role in cortical computations, but how synapses of functionally defined cortical networks are arranged within the dendrites of individual neurons remains unclear. Here we assessed one-dimensional spatial receptive fields of individual dendritic spines within individual layer 2/3 neuron dendrites. Spatial receptive field properties of dendritic spines were strikingly diverse, with no evidence of large-scale topographic organization...
December 6, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101523/functional-comparison-of-corticostriatal-and-thalamostriatal-postsynaptic-responses-in-striatal-neurons-of-the-mouse
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M A Arias-García, D Tapia, J A Laville, V M Calderón, Y Ramiro-Cortés, J Bargas, E Galarraga
Synaptic inputs from cortex and thalamus were compared in electrophysiologically defined striatal cell classes: direct and indirect pathways' striatal projection neurons (dSPNs and iSPNs), fast-spiking interneurons (FS), cholinergic interneurons (ChINs), and low-threshold spiking-like (LTS-like) interneurons. Our purpose was to observe whether stimulus from cortex or thalamus had equivalent synaptic strength to evoke prolonged suprathreshold synaptic responses in these neuron classes. Subthreshold responses showed that inputs from either source functionally mix up in their dendrites at similar electrotonic distances from their somata...
November 3, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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