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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791848/pre-synaptic-muscarinic-excitation-enhances-the-discrimination-of-looming-stimuli-in-a-collision-detection-neuron
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Ying Zhu, Richard B Dewell, Hongxia Wang, Fabrizio Gabbiani
Visual neurons that track objects on a collision course are often finely tuned to their target stimuli because this is critical for survival. The presynaptic neural networks converging on these neurons and their role in tuning them remain poorly understood. We took advantage of well-known characteristics of one such neuron in the grasshopper visual system to investigate the properties of its presynaptic input network. We find the structure more complex than hitherto realized. In addition to dynamic lateral inhibition used to filter out background motion, presynaptic circuits include normalizing inhibition and excitatory interactions mediated by muscarinic acetylcholine receptors...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789970/motile-dendritic-cells-sense-and-respond-to-substrate-geometry
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Amy C Bendell, Nicholas Anderson, Daniel Blumenthal, Edward K Williamson, Christopher S Chen, Janis K Burkhardt, Daniel A Hammer
Dendritic cell (DC) migration is required for efficient presentation of antigen to T cells and the initiation of an adaptive immune response. In spite of its importance, many aspects of DC migration have not been characterized. DCs encounter a variety of environments with different stiffness and geometry, but the effect of these parameters on DC migration has not yet been determined. We addressed this question by comparing DC motility on standard migration surfaces (polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-coated coverslips) and micropost array detectors (mPADs)...
May 22, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786422/mechanisms-regulating-the-association-of-protein-phosphatase-1-with-spinophilin-and-neurabin
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Michael C Edler, Asma B Salek, Darryl S Watkins, Harjot Kaur, Cameron W Morris, Bryan K Yamamoto, Anthony J Baucum
Protein phosphorylation is a key mediator of signal transduction, allowing for dynamic regulation of substrate activity. Whereas protein kinases obtain substrate specificity by targeting specific amino acid sequences, serine/threonine phosphatase catalytic subunits are much more promiscuous in their ability to dephosphorylate substrates. To obtain substrate specificity, serine/threonine phosphatases utilize targeting proteins to regulate phosphatase subcellular localization and catalytic activity. Spinophilin and its homolog neurabin are two of the most abundant dendritic spine-localized protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) targeting proteins...
May 22, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782948/dendritic-peg-outer-shells-enhance-serum-stability-of-polymeric-micelles
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Hao-Jui Hsu, Yanxiao Han, Michael Cheong, Petr Král, Seungpyo Hong
A higher surface density of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) on polymeric micelles enhances their stability in serum, leading to improved plasma circulation. To obtain fundamental, mechanistic understanding of the PEG effect associated with polymeric architecture/configuration, we have synthesized PEGylated dendron-based copolymers (PDCs) and linear block copolymers (LBCs) with similar molecular weights. These copolymers formed dendron (hyperbranched) and linear micelles, respectively, which were compared in terms of their stabilities in serum, micelle-serum protein interactions, and in vivo biodistributions...
May 18, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782555/langerin-dcs-regulate-innate-il-17-production-in-the-oral-mucosa-during-candida-albicans-mediated-infection
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Florian Sparber, Tamas Dolowschiak, Sarah Mertens, Laura Lauener, Björn E Clausen, Nicole Joller, Patrizia Stoitzner, Roxane Tussiwand, Salomé LeibundGut-Landmann
The opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans frequently causes diseases such as oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC) in immunocompromised individuals. Although it is well appreciated that the cytokine IL-17 is crucial for protective immunity against OPC, the cellular source and the regulation of this cytokine during infection are still a matter of debate. Here, we directly visualized IL-17 production in the infected tongue of experimentally infected mice, thereby demonstrating that this key cytokine is expressed by three complementary subsets of CD90+ leukocytes: RAG-dependent αβ and γδ T cells, as well as RAG-independent ILCs...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780980/charge-and-hydration-structure-of-dendritic-polyelectrolytes-molecular-simulations-of-polyglycerol-sulphate
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Rohit Nikam, Xiao Xu, Matthias Ballauff, Matej Kanduč, Joachim Dzubiella
Macromolecules based on dendritic or hyperbranched polyelectrolytes have been emerging as high potential candidates for biomedical applications. Here we study the charge and solvation structure of dendritic polyglycerol sulphate (dPGS) of generations 0 to 3 in aqueous sodium chloride solution by explicit-solvent molecular dynamics computer simulations. We characterize dPGS by calculating several important properties such as relevant dPGS radii, molecular distributions, the solvent accessible surface area, and the partial molecular volume...
May 21, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778761/preferential-stabilization-of-newly-formed-dendritic-spines-in-motor-cortex-during-manual-skill-learning-predicts-performance-gains-but-not-memory-endurance
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Taylor A Clark, Min Fu, Andrew K Dunn, Yi Zuo, Theresa A Jones
Previous findings that skill learning is associated with the formation and preferential stabilization of new dendritic spines in cortex have raised the possibility that this preferential stabilization is a mechanism for lasting skill memory. We investigated this possibility in adult mice using in vivo two-photon imaging to monitor spine dynamics on superficial apical dendrites of layer V pyramidal neurons in motor cortex during manual skill learning. Spine formation increased over the first 3 days of training on a skilled reaching task, followed by increased spine elimination...
May 17, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765302/the-role-of-actin-cytoskeleton-in-dendritic-spines-in-the-maintenance-of-long-term-memory
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Sreetama Basu, Raphael Lamprecht
Evidence indicates that long-term memory formation involves alterations in synaptic efficacy produced by modifications in neural transmission and morphology. However, it is not clear how such alterations induced by learning, that encode memory, are maintained over long period of time to preserve long-term memory. This is especially intriguing as the half-life of most of the proteins that underlie such changes is usually in the range of hours to days and these proteins may change their location over time. In this review we describe studies that indicate the involvement of dendritic spines in memory formation and its maintenance...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761969/-a-numerical-simulation-of-dendritic-cells-migration-and-induction-of-t-cell-specific-proliferation-during-the-initiation-of-skin-inflammatory
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Wenhui Hu, Wenzhu Huang, Zuquan Hu, Zhu Zeng
Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most potent and specialized antigen-presenting cells (APCs) currently known, which play a crucial role in initiating and amplifying both the innate and adaptive immune responses. During the process of immune function, migration ability of DCs and the number of effector T cells which activated by DCs are closely related to the efficiency of immune function. However, because of the complexity of immune system, in the immune response process caused by the skin chronic inflammatory, much is still unknown about the dynamic changes of cell count with time...
October 1, 2017: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760176/postnatal-ablation-of-synaptic-retinoic-acid-signaling-impairs-cortical-information-processing-and-sensory-discrimination-in-mice
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Esther Park, Michelle Tjia, Yi Zuo, Lu Chen
Retinoic acid (RA) and its receptors (RARs) are well-established essential transcriptional regulators during embryonic development. Recent findings in cultured neurons identified an independent and critical post-transcriptional role of RA and RARα in the homeostatic regulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission in mature neurons. However, the functional relevance of synaptic RA signaling in vivo has not been established. Here, using somatosensory cortex as a model system and the RARα conditional knockout mouse as a tool, we applied multiple genetic manipulations to delete RARα postnatally in specific populations of cortical neurons, and asked whether synaptic RA signaling observed in cultured neurons is involved in cortical information processing in vivo Indeed, conditional ablation of RARα in mice via a CaMKIIα-Cre or a layer 5-Cre driver line or via somatosensory cortex-specific viral expression of Cre-recombinase impaired whisker-dependent texture discrimination, suggesting a critical requirement of RARα expression in L5 pyramidal neurons of somatosensory cortex for normal tactile sensory processing...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758350/the-true-colours-of-the-flatworm-mechanisms-of-pigment-biosynthesis-and-pigment-cell-lineage-development-in-planarians
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REVIEW
Nicole Lindsay-Mosher, Bret J Pearson
Pigment cells serve a variety of important uses across the animal kingdom, and in many species can change and regenerate throughout the lifetime of the organism. The functions of these cells, as well as their origins in both embryonic development and adult regeneration, are not fully understood. Here, we review advances in the study of pigment cells in the freshwater planarian, a model system for stem cell biology and regeneration. Freshwater planarians produce at least three pigment types to generate brown eye and body colouration: melanin, porphyrin, and ommochrome...
May 11, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748088/innate-immune-cells-in-the-placental-bed-in-healthy-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia
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Marijke M Faas, Paul De Vos
Immune cells in the placental bed are important for adequate development of the placental bed. The most prominent immune cells in the placental bed early in pregnancy are uterine natural killer cells (uNK) cells and macrophages. Also dendritic cells and mast cells can be found in the early placental bed. These cells not only have an immune regulatory function, but are also involved in the regulation of trophoblast invasion, angiogenesis and spiral artery remodeling. In preeclampsia, one of the major complications of pregnancy, decreased trophoblast invasion and spiral artery remodeling has been found...
April 25, 2018: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742027/dendritic-ca2-dynamics-and-multi-modal-processing-in-a-cricket-antennal-interneuron
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Timothy George Bayley, Berthold Hedwig
The integration of stimuli of different modalities is fundamental to information processing within the nervous system. A descending interneuron in the cricket brain, with prominent dendrites in the deutocerebrum, receives input from three sensory modalities: touch of the antennal flagellum, strain of the antennal base, and visual stimulation. Using calcium imaging, we demonstrate that each modality drives a Ca2+ increase in a different dendritic region. Moreover, touch of the flagellum is represented in a topographic map along the neuron's dendrites...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740289/two-photon-functional-imaging-of-the-auditory-cortex-in-behaving-mice-from-neural-networks-to-single-spines
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Ruijie Li, Meng Wang, Jiwei Yao, Shanshan Liang, Xiang Liao, Mengke Yang, Jianxiong Zhang, Junan Yan, Hongbo Jia, Xiaowei Chen, Xingyi Li
In vivo two-photon Ca2+ imaging is a powerful tool for recording neuronal activities during perceptual tasks and has been increasingly applied to behaving animals for acute or chronic experiments. However, the auditory cortex is not easily accessible to imaging because of the abundant temporal muscles, arteries around the ears and their lateral locations. Here, we report a protocol for two-photon Ca2+ imaging in the auditory cortex of head-fixed behaving mice. By using a custom-made head fixation apparatus and a head-rotated fixation procedure, we achieved two-photon imaging and in combination with targeted cell-attached recordings of auditory cortical neurons in behaving mice...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740022/hyperactivity-of-rac1-gtpase-pathway-impairs-neuritogenesis-of-cortical-neurons-by-altering-actin-dynamics
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Valentina Zamboni, Maria Armentano, Gaia Berto, Elisa Ciraolo, Alessandra Ghigo, Donatella Garzotto, Alessandro Umbach, Ferdinando DiCunto, Elena Parmigiani, Marina Boido, Alessandro Vercelli, Nadia El-Assawy, Alessandro Mauro, Lorenzo Priano, Luisa Ponzoni, Luca Murru, Maria Passafaro, Emilio Hirsch, Giorgio R Merlo
The small-GTPase Rac1 is a key molecular regulator linking extracellular signals to actin cytoskeleton dynamics. Loss-of-function mutations in RAC1 and other genes of the Rac signaling pathway have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Intellectual Disability (ID). The Rac1 activity is negatively controlled by GAP proteins, however the effect of Rac1 hyperactivity on neuronal networking in vivo has been poorly studied. ArhGAP15 is a Rac-specific negative regulator, expressed in the main subtypes of pyramidal cortical neurons...
May 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736606/a-multiscale-analytical-approach-to-evaluate-osseointegration
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REVIEW
Anders Palmquist
Osseointegrated implants are frequently used in reconstructive surgery, both in the dental and orthopedic field, restoring physical function and improving the quality of life for the patients. The bone anchorage is typically evaluated at micrometer resolution, while bone tissue is a dynamic composite material composed of nanoscale collagen fibrils and apatite crystals, with defined hierarchical levels at different length scales. In order to understand the bone formation and the ultrastructure of the interfacial tissue, analytical strategies needs to be implemented enabling multiscale and multimodal analyses of the intact interface...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732234/microrna-mediated-regulation-of-the-development-and-functions-of-follicular-helper-t-cells
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REVIEW
Jeonghyun Lee, Hyosung Park, Jiyoung Eom, Seung Goo Kang
The germinal center reaction is a key event of humoral immunity, providing long-lived immunological memory. Follicular helper T (TFH ) cells are a specialized subset of CD4+ T cells located in the follicles, which help B cells and thus control the germinal center reaction. TFH cell development is achieved by multi-step processes of interactions with dendritic cells and B cells along with the coordination of various transcription factors. Since the T helper cell fate decision program is determined by subtle changes in regulatory molecules, fine tuning of these dynamic interactions is crucial for the generation functional TFH cells...
April 2018: Immune Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725327/lymph-node-cellular-and-viral-dynamics-in-natural-hosts-and-impact-for-hiv-cure-strategies
#18
REVIEW
Nicolas Huot, Steven E Bosinger, Mirko Paiardini, R Keith Reeves, Michaela Müller-Trutwin
Combined antiretroviral therapies (cARTs) efficiently control HIV replication leading to undetectable viremia and drastic increases in lifespan of people living with HIV. However, cART does not cure HIV infection as virus persists in cellular and anatomical reservoirs, from which the virus generally rebounds soon after cART cessation. One major anatomical reservoir are lymph node (LN) follicles, where HIV persists through replication in follicular helper T cells and is also trapped by follicular dendritic cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718256/dscam-mutation-impairs-motor-cortex-network-dynamic-and-voluntary-motor-functions
#19
Olivier D Laflamme, Maxime Lemieux, Louise Thiry, Frédéric Bretzner
While it is well known that netrin-1 and its receptors UNC5 and UNC40 family members are involved in the normal establishment of the motor cortex and its corticospinal tract, less is known about its other receptor Down syndrome cell adherence molecule (DSCAM). DSCAM is expressed in the developing motor cortex, regulates axonal outgrowth of cortical neurons, and its mutation impairs the dendritic arborization of cortical neurons, thus suggesting that it might be involved in the normal development and functioning of the motor cortex...
April 27, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716431/dendritic-spine-elimination-molecular-mechanisms-and-implications
#20
Ivar S Stein, Karen Zito
Dynamic modification of synaptic connectivity in response to sensory experience is a vital step in the refinement of brain circuits as they are established during development and modified during learning. In addition to the well-established role for new spine growth and stabilization in the experience-dependent plasticity of neural circuits, dendritic spine elimination has been linked to improvements in learning, and dysregulation of spine elimination has been associated with intellectual disability and behavioral impairment...
April 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
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