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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549131/a-novel-cortical-target-to-enhance-hand-motor-output-in-humans-with-spinal-cord-injury
#1
Jinyi Long, Paolo Federico, Monica A Perez
A main goal of rehabilitation strategies in humans with spinal cord injury is to strengthen transmission in spared neural networks. Although neuromodulatory strategies have targeted different sites within the central nervous system to restore motor function following spinal cord injury, the role of cortical targets remain poorly understood. Here, we use 180 pairs of transcranial magnetic stimulation for ∼30 min over the hand representation of the motor cortex at an interstimulus interval mimicking the rhythmicity of descending late indirect (I) waves in corticospinal neurons (4...
June 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548988/toward-precision-medicine-tailoring-interventional-strategies-based-on-noninvasive-brain-stimulation-for-motor-recovery-after-stroke
#2
Philipp J Koch, Friedhelm C Hummel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To support the recovery of disability and the reduced functional capacity influencing the independence of daily life after focal brain lesions like stroke, the application of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial electric stimulation has been found useful in the last decades. Still, a positive influence on the recovery seems to be restricted to specific subgroups of patients. Therefore, a closer look on individual parameters influencing the recovery course and the effect of NIBS is needed...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548558/the-role-of-genetic-testing-in-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-management
#3
Yvonne G Weber, Saskia Biskup, Katherine L Helbig, Sarah von Spiczak, Holger Lerche
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. More than 500 epilepsy-associated genes have been described in the literature. Most of these genes play an important role in neuronal excitability, cortical development or synaptic transmission. A growing number of genetic variations have implications on diagnosis and prognostic or therapeutic advice in terms of a personalized medicine. Area covered: The review presents the different forms of genetic epilepsies with respect to their underlying genetic and functional pathophysiology and aims to give advice for recommended genetic testing...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548084/perirhinal-firing-patterns-are-sustained-across-large-spatial-segments-of-the-task-environment
#4
Jeroen J Bos, Martin Vinck, Laura A van Mourik-Donga, Jadin C Jackson, Menno P Witter, Cyriel M A Pennartz
Spatial navigation and memory depend on the neural coding of an organism's location. Fine-grained coding of location is thought to depend on the hippocampus. Likewise, animals benefit from knowledge parsing their environment into larger spatial segments, which are relevant for task performance. Here we investigate how such knowledge may be coded, and whether this occurs in structures in the temporal lobe, supplying cortical inputs to the hippocampus. We found that neurons in the perirhinal cortex of rats generate sustained firing patterns that discriminate large segments of the task environment...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547529/toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-and-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-2-trem-2-activation-balance-astrocyte-polarization-into-a-proinflammatory-phenotype
#5
Gerardo Rosciszewski, Vanesa Cadena, Veronica Murta, Jeronimo Lukin, Alejandro Villarreal, Thierry Roger, Alberto Javier Ramos
Astrocytes react to brain injury with a generic response known as reactive gliosis, which involves activation of multiple intracellular pathways including several that may be beneficial for neuronal survival. However, by unknown mechanisms, reactive astrocytes can polarize into a proinflammatory phenotype that induces neurodegeneration. In order to study reactive gliosis and astroglial polarization into a proinflammatory phenotype, we used cortical devascularization-induced brain ischemia in Wistar rats and primary astroglial cell cultures exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546312/prefrontal-dopamine-d1-and-d2-receptors-regulate-dissociable-aspects-of-decision-making-via-distinct-ventral-striatal-and-amygdalar-circuits
#6
Nicole L Jenni, Joshua D Larkin, Stan B Floresco
Mesocortical dopamine (DA) regulates a variety of cognitive functions via actions on D1 and/or D2 receptors. For example, risk/reward decision making is differentially modulated by these two receptors within the prefrontal cortex (PFC), with D2 receptors enabling flexible decision making and D1 receptors promoting persistence in choice biases. Yet, it is unclear how DA mediates opposing patterns of behavior by acting on different receptors within the same terminal region. We explored the possibility that DA may act on separate networks of PFC neurons that are modulated by D1 or D2 receptors and in turn interface with divergent downstream structures, such as the basolateral amygdala (BLA) or nucleus accumbens (NAc)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545972/lithium-alleviates-neurotoxic-prion-peptide-induced-synaptic-damage-and-neuronal-death-partially-by-the-upregulation-of-nuclear-target-rest-and-the-restoration-of-wnt-signaling
#7
Zhiqi Song, Wei Yang, Xiangmei Zhou, Lifeng Yang, Deming Zhao
Prion diseases are a group of infectious neurodegenerative diseases characterized by multiple neuropathological hallmarks, including accumulation of PrP(Sc), synaptic damage, and neuronal death. We previously reported that the repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (REST), a novel neuroprotective marker in neurodegeneration, protects neurons against neurotoxic peptide (PrP106-126)-induced neurotoxicity, but fails to maintain survival following prolonged exposure to PrP106-126. Because Wnt signaling partially induces REST and is activated by lithium, we investigated the effects of lithium on REST in prion diseases...
May 22, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545932/the-association-between-tau-pet-and-retrospective-cortical-thinning-in-clinically-normal-elderly
#8
Molly R LaPoint, Jasmeer P Chhatwal, Jorge Sepulcre, Keith A Johnson, Reisa A Sperling, Aaron P Schultz
Tau pathology has been associated with neuronal loss at autopsy, but the temporal evolution of tau pathology and atrophy remains unclear. Here, we investigate the association between cross-sectional AV-1451-PET as a marker of tau pathology and cortical thickness cross-sectionally. We also investigated retrospective rates of cortical thinning over the three years preceding the AV-1451 scan in a clinically normal cohort of 103 older adults from the Harvard Aging Brain Study. Tau measurements were Geometric Transfer Matrix partial volume corrected standardized uptake value ratios (SUVRs) with a cerebellar grey reference region...
May 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545680/a-role-for-tropomyosins-in-activity-dependent-bulk-endocytosis
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R S Gormal, N Valmas, T Fath, F A Meunier
Bulk endocytosis allows stimulated neurons to take up a large portion of the presynaptic plasma membrane in order to regenerate synaptic vesicle pools. Actin, one of the most abundant proteins in eukaryotic cells, plays an important role in this process, but a detailed mechanistic understanding of the involvement of the cortical actin network is still lacking, in part due to the relatively small size of nerve terminals and the limitation of optical microscopy. We recently discovered that neurosecretory cells display a similar, albeit much larger, form of bulk endocytosis in response to secretagogue stimulation...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542502/in-vivo-transduction-of-neurons-with-tat-uch-l1-protects-brain-against-controlled-cortical-impact-injury
#10
Hao Liu, Marie E Rose, Xiecheng Ma, Sherman Culver, C Edward Dixon, Steven H Graham
Many mechanisms or pathways are involved in secondary post-traumatic brain injury, such as the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway (UPP), axonal degeneration and neuronal cell apoptosis. UCH-L1 is a protein that is expressed in high levels in neurons and may have important roles in the UPP, autophagy and axonal integrity. The current study aims to evaluate the role of UCH-L1 in post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its potential therapeutic effects. A novel protein was constructed that fused the protein transduction domain (PTD) of trans-activating transduction (TAT) protein with UCH-L1 (TAT-UCH-L1) in order to promote neuronal transduction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542295/therapeutic-benefits-of-phosphodiesterase-4b-inhibition-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#11
Nicole M Wilson, Mark E Gurney, W Dalton Dietrich, Coleen M Atkins
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) initiates a deleterious inflammatory response that exacerbates pathology and worsens outcome. This inflammatory response is partially mediated by a reduction in cAMP and a concomitant upregulation of cAMP-hydrolyzing phosphodiesterases (PDEs) acutely after TBI. The PDE4B subfamily, specifically PDE4B2, has been found to regulate cAMP in inflammatory cells, such as neutrophils, macrophages and microglia. To determine if PDE4B regulates inflammation and subsequent pathology after TBI, adult male Sprague Dawley rats received sham surgery or moderate parasagittal fluid-percussion brain injury (2 ± 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542195/differential-excitatory-control-of-2-parallel-basket-cell-networks-in-amygdala-microcircuits
#12
Tibor Andrási, Judit M Veres, Laura Rovira-Esteban, Richárd Kozma, Attila Vikór, Erzsébet Gregori, Norbert Hájos
Information processing in neural networks depends on the connectivity among excitatory and inhibitory neurons. The presence of parallel, distinctly controlled local circuits within a cortical network may ensure an effective and dynamic regulation of microcircuit function. By applying a combination of optogenetics, electrophysiological recordings, and high resolution microscopic techniques, we uncovered the organizing principles of synaptic communication between principal neurons and basket cells in the basal nucleus of the amygdala...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542191/spontaneous-cortical-activity-is-transiently-poised-close-to-criticality
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Gerald Hahn, Adrian Ponce-Alvarez, Cyril Monier, Giacomo Benvenuti, Arvind Kumar, Frédéric Chavane, Gustavo Deco, Yves Frégnac
Brain activity displays a large repertoire of dynamics across the sleep-wake cycle and even during anesthesia. It was suggested that criticality could serve as a unifying principle underlying the diversity of dynamics. This view has been supported by the observation of spontaneous bursts of cortical activity with scale-invariant sizes and durations, known as neuronal avalanches, in recordings of mesoscopic cortical signals. However, the existence of neuronal avalanches in spiking activity has been equivocal with studies reporting both its presence and absence...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541214/investigating-synchronous-oscillation-and-deep-brain-stimulation-treatment-in-a-model-of-cortico-basal-ganglia-network
#14
Meili Lu, Xile Wei, Kenneth A Loparo
Altered firing properties and increased pathological oscillations in the basal ganglia have been proven to be hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. Increasing evidence suggests that abnormal synchronous oscillations and suppression in the cortex may also play a critical role in the pathogenic process and treatment of Parkinson's disease. In our study, a new closed-loop network including the cortex and basal ganglia using the Izhikevich models is proposed to investigate the synchrony and pathological oscillations in motor circuits and their modulation by deep brain stimulation (DBS)...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540664/tnf-%C3%AE-mediates-the-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-pathway-in-propofol-induced-neuronal-apoptosis-via-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway-in-rat-prefrontal-cortical-neurons
#15
Xiaoyuan Deng, Bo Chen, Bin Wang, Junfang Zhang, Hongliang Liu
Propofol can cause developing neuronal apoptosis in both in vivo and in vitro studies, and the mechanism is unclear till now. Our previous study has demonstrated that propofol can increase the TNF-α expression in the prefrontal cortex in rat developing brain, the TNF-α antagonist, etanercept, can inhibit propofol-induced neuronal apoptosis, but little is known about how TNF-α mediates that process. This study reveals that propofol at clinically relevant concentrations increases the TNF-α synthesis and release in neurons, and induces neuronal apoptosis; etanercept significantly reduces neuronal apoptosis, the elevation of cleaved caspase-8 and cleaved caspase-9, or the Akt phosphorylation induced by propofol, while the selective PI3K antagonist blocks the neuroprotection of etanercept...
May 24, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539881/the-influence-of-mexican-hat-recurrent-connectivity-on-noise-correlations-and-stimulus-encoding
#16
Robert Meyer, Josef Ladenbauer, Klaus Obermayer
Noise correlations are a common feature of neural responses and have been observed in many cortical areas across different species. These correlations can influence information processing by enhancing or diminishing the quality of the neural code, but the origin of these correlations is still a matter of controversy. In this computational study we explore the hypothesis that noise correlations are the result of local recurrent excitatory and inhibitory connections. We simulated two-dimensional networks of adaptive spiking neurons with local connection patterns following Gaussian kernels...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539423/mnemonic-encoding-and-cortical-organization-in-parietal-and-prefrontal-cortices
#17
Nicolas Y Masse, Jonathan M Hodnefield, David J Freedman
Persistent activity within the frontoparietal network is consistently observed during tasks which require working memory. However, the neural circuit mechanisms underlying persistent neuronal encoding within this network remain unresolved. Here, we ask how neural circuits support persistent activity by examining population recordings from posterior parietal (PPC) and prefrontal (PFC) cortices in two male monkeys that performed spatial and motion direction based tasks that required working memory. While spatially selective persistent activity was observed in both areas, robust selective persistent activity for motion direction was only observed in PFC...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538168/the-menagerie-of-the-basal-forebrain-how-many-neural-species-are-there-what-do-they-look-like-how-do-they-behave-and-who-talks-to-whom
#18
REVIEW
Chun Yang, Stephen Thankachan, Robert W McCarley, Ritchie E Brown
The diverse cell-types of the basal forebrain control sleep-wake states, cortical activity and reward processing. Large, slow-firing, cholinergic neurons suppress cortical delta activity and promote cortical plasticity in response to reinforcers. Large, fast-firing, cortically-projecting GABAergic neurons promote wakefulness and fast cortical activity. In particular, parvalbumin/GABAergic neurons promote neocortical gamma band activity. Conversely, excitation of slower-firing somatostatin/GABAergic neurons promotes sleep through inhibition of cortically-projecting neurons...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536274/mapping-22q11-2-gene-dosage-effects-on-brain-morphometry
#19
Amy Lin, Christopher R K Ching, Ariana Vajdi, Daqiang Sun, Rachel K Jonas, Maria Jalbrzikowski, Leila Kushan-Wells, Laura Pacheco Hansen, Emma Krikorian, Boris Gutman, Deepika Dokoru, Gerhard Helleman, Paul M Thompson, Carrie E Bearden
Reciprocal chromosomal rearrangements at the 22q11.2 locus are associated with elevated risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. The 22q11.2 deletion confers the highest known genetic risk for schizophrenia, but a duplication in the same region is strongly associated with autism and is less common in schizophrenia cases than in the general population. Here we conducted the first study of 22q11.2 gene dosage effects on brain structure in a sample of 143 human subjects: 66 with 22q11.2 deletions (22q-del; 32 males), 21 with 22q11...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536269/a-cognition-related-neural-oscillation-pattern-generated-in-the-prelimbic-cortex-can-control-operant-learning-in-rats
#20
Samuel Hernández-González, Celia Andreu-Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Martín-Pascual, Agnès Gruart, José María Delgado-García
The prelimbic (PrL) cortex constitutes one of the highest levels of cortical hierarchy dedicated to the execution of adaptive behaviors. We have identified a specific local field potential (LFP) pattern generated in the PrL cortex, associated with cognition-related behaviors, and used it to trigger the activation of a visual display on a touch screen as part of an operant conditioning task. Rats learned to increase the presentation rate of the selected theta/beta-gamma transition pattern across training sessions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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