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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924875/gabab-receptor-mediates-opposing-adaptations-of-gaba-release-from-two-types-of-prefrontal-interneurons-after-observational-fear
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Lei Liu, Wataru Ito, Alexei Morozov
The observational fear (OF) paradigm in rodents, in which the subject is exposed to a distressed conspecific, elicits contextual fear learning and enhances future passive avoidance learning, which may model certain behavioral traits resulting from traumatic experiences in humans. Because these behaviors affected by the OF, require dorso-medial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC), we searched for synaptic adaptations in dmPFC resulting from OF in mice by recording synaptic responses in dmPFC layer V pyramidal neurons elicited by repeated 5 Hz electrical stimulation of dmPFC layer I, or by optogenetic stimulation of specific interneurons ex vivo one day after OF...
December 7, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916687/a-unique-combination-of-micronutrients-rejuvenates-cognitive-performance-in-aged-mice
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Sam D Perez, Kristy Du, Catarina Rendeiro, Lin Wang, Qian Wu, Stanislav S Rubakhin, Rema Vazhappilly, Jeffrey H Baxter, Jonathan V Sweedler, Justin S Rhodes
It is widely believed that diet can influence the onset and severity of cognitive aging, but the optimal combination of micronutrients and molecular and cellular mechanisms remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of eight distinct diets, consisting of various concentrations of selected micronutrients, on learning and memory as well as markers of neuronal plasticity, and metabolic and neuro-immune status of the aged hippocampus. Eighteen-month-old male and female C57BL/6J mice were fed the diets for 16 weeks, followed by learning and memory trials on the active avoidance task...
December 1, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916472/generation-of-neural-cells-using-ipscs-from-sleep-bruxism-patients-with-5-ht2a-polymorphism
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Yurie Hoashi, Satoshi Okamoto, Yuka Abe, Takashi Matsumoto, Junichi Tanaka, Yuya Yoshida, Kent Imaizumi, Kenji Mishima, Wado Akamatsu, Hideyuki Okano, Kazuyoshi Baba
PURPOSE: Sleep bruxism (SB) is classified as a sleep-related movement disorder characterized by grinding and clenching of the teeth during sleep, which is responsible for a variety of clinical problems such as abnormal tooth attrition and fracture of teeth or roots. Little is known about the etiology of SB. Our previous study identified a genomic association of the serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2A) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs6313 C>T, with SB, where the C allele carrier is associated with a 4...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913432/von-economo-neurons-and-fork-cells-a-neurochemical-signature-linked-to-monoaminergic-function
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Anke A Dijkstra, Li-Chun Lin, Alissa L Nana, Stephanie E Gaus, William W Seeley
The human anterior cingulate and frontoinsular cortices are distinguished by 2 unique Layer 5 neuronal morphotypes, the von Economo neurons (VENs) and fork cells, whose biological identity remains mysterious. Insights could impact research on diverse neuropsychiatric diseases to which these cells have been linked. Here, we leveraged the Allen Brain Atlas to evaluate mRNA expression of 176 neurotransmitter-related genes and identified vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor subunit θ (GABRQ), and adrenoreceptor α-1A (ADRA1A) expression in human VENs, fork cells, and a minority of neighboring Layer 5 neurons...
December 1, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909100/lhx2-interacts-with-the-nurd-complex-and-regulates-cortical-neuron-subtype-determinants-fezf2-and-sox11
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Bhavana Muralidharan, Zeba Khatri, Upasana Maheshwari, Ritika Gupta, Basabdatta Roy, Saurabh J Pradhan, Krishanpal Karmodiya, Hari Padmanabhan, Ashwin Shetty, Chinthapalli Balaji, Ullas Kolthur-Seetharam, Jeffrey D Macklis, Sanjeev Galande, Shubha Tole
: In the developing cerebral cortex, sequential transcriptional programs take neuroepithelial cells from proliferating progenitors to differentiated neurons with unique molecular identities. The regulatory changes that occur in the chromatin of the progenitors are not well understood. During deep layer neurogenesis, we show that transcription factor Lhx2 binds to distal regulatory elements of Fezf2 and Sox11, critical determinants of neuron subtype identity in the mouse neocortex. We demonstrate that Lhx2 binds to the NuRD histone remodeling complex subunits LSD1, HDAC2, and RBBP4, which are proximal regulators of the epigenetic state of chromatin...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895562/brain-computation-is-organized-via-power-of-two-based-permutation-logic
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Kun Xie, Grace E Fox, Jun Liu, Cheng Lyu, Jason C Lee, Hui Kuang, Stephanie Jacobs, Meng Li, Tianming Liu, Sen Song, Joe Z Tsien
There is considerable scientific interest in understanding how cell assemblies-the long-presumed computational motif-are organized so that the brain can generate intelligent cognition and flexible behavior. The Theory of Connectivity proposes that the origin of intelligence is rooted in a power-of-two-based permutation logic (N = 2 (i) -1), producing specific-to-general cell-assembly architecture capable of generating specific perceptions and memories, as well as generalized knowledge and flexible actions. We show that this power-of-two-based permutation logic is widely used in cortical and subcortical circuits across animal species and is conserved for the processing of a variety of cognitive modalities including appetitive, emotional and social information...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891080/enhanced-burst-suppression-and-disruption-of-local-field-potential-synchrony-in-a-mouse-model-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-exhibiting-spike-wave-seizures
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Anthony J Williams, Chen Zhou, Qian-Quan Sun
Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) are a common cause of brain seizures and are often associated with intractable epilepsy. Here we evaluated aberrant brain neurophysiology in an in vivo mouse model of FCD induced by neonatal freeze lesions (FLs) to the right cortical hemisphere (near S1). Linear multi-electrode arrays were used to record extracellular potentials from cortical and subcortical brain regions near the FL in anesthetized mice (5-13 months old) followed by 24 h cortical electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881782/consolidation-of-goal-directed-action-depends-on-mapk-erk-signaling-in-rodent-prelimbic-cortex
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Genevra Hart, Bernard W Balleine
: The prelimbic prefrontal cortex (PL) has consistently been found to be necessary for the acquisition of goal-directed actions in rodents. Nevertheless, the specific cellular processes underlying this learning remain unknown. We assessed changes in learning-related expression of mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-related kinase (MAPK/ERK1/2) phosphorylation (pERK) in layers 2-3 and 5-6 of the anterior and posterior PL and in the population of neurons projecting to posterior dorsomedial striatum (pDMS), also implicated in goal-directed learning...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865785/dnmt1-dnmt3a-and-dnmt3b-cooperate-in-photoreceptor-and-outer-plexiform-layer-development-in-the-mammalian-retina
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Ratnesh K Singh, Ramya K Mallela, Abigail Hayes, Nicholas R Dunham, Morgan E Hedden, Raymond A Enke, Robert N Fariss, Hal Sternberg, Michael D West, Igor O Nasonkin
Characterizing the role of epigenetic regulation in the mammalian retina is critical for understanding fundamental mechanisms of retinal development and disease. DNA methylation, an epigenetic modifier of genomic DNA, plays an important role in modulating networks of tissue and cell-specific gene expression. However, the impact of DNA methylation during retinal development and homeostasis of retinal neurons remains unclear. Here, we have created a tissue-specific DNA methyltransferase (Dnmt) triple mutant mouse in an effort to characterize the impact of DNA methylation in retinal development and homeostasis...
November 16, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862192/long-distance-projections-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons
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Charles R Gerfen, Michael N Economo, Jayaram Chandrashekar
The neuronal circuits defined by the axonal projections of pyramidal neurons in the cerebral cortex are responsible for processing sensory and other information to plan and execute behavior. Subtypes of cortical pyramidal neurons are organized across layers, with those in different layers distinguished by their patterns of axonal projections and connectivity. For example, those in layers 2 and 3 project between cortical areas to integrate sensory and other information with motor areas; while those in layers 5 and 6 also integrate information between cortical areas, but also project to subcortical structures involved in the generation of behavior...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861906/all-optical-functional-synaptic-connectivity-mapping-in-acute-brain-slices-using-campari
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Timothy A Zolnik, Fern Sha, Friedrich Johenning, Eric R Schreiter, Loren L Looger, Matthew E Larkum, Robert N S Sachdev
The calcium-modulated photoactivatable ratiometric integrator CaMPARI (Fosque et al., 2015) facilitates the study of neural circuits by permanently marking cells active during user-specified temporal windows. Permanent marking enables measurement of signals from large swathes of tissue and easy correlation of activity with other structural or functional labels. One potential application of CaMPARI is labeling neurons postsynaptic to specific populations targeted for optogenetic stimulation, giving rise to all-optical functional connectivity mapping...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844060/serotonergic-suppression-of-mouse-prefrontal-circuits-implicated-in-task-attention
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Michael K Tian, Eric F Schmidt, Evelyn K Lambe
Serotonin (5-HT) regulates attention by neurobiological mechanisms that are not well understood. Layer 6 (L6) pyramidal neurons of prefrontal cortex play an important role in attention and express 5-HT receptors, but the serotonergic modulation of this layer and its excitatory output is not known. Here, we performed whole-cell recordings and pharmacological manipulations in acute brain slices from wild-type and transgenic mice expressing either eGFP or eGFP-channelrhodopsin in prefrontal L6 pyramidal neurons...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844059/developmental-ethanol-exposure-leads-to-long-term-deficits-in-attention-and-its-underlying-prefrontal-circuitry
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Emma L Louth, Warren Bignell, Christine L Taylor, Craig D C Bailey
Chronic prenatal exposure to ethanol can lead to a spectrum of teratogenic outcomes that are classified in humans as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). One of the most prevalent and persistent neurocognitive components of FASD is attention deficits, and it is now thought that these attention deficits differ from traditional attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their quality and response to medication. However, the neuronal mechanisms underlying attention deficits in FASD are not well understood...
September 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828957/plasticity-in-single-axon-glutamatergic-connection-to-gabaergic-interneurons-regulates-complex-events-in-the-human-neocortex
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Viktor Szegedi, Melinda Paizs, Eszter Csakvari, Gabor Molnar, Pal Barzo, Gabor Tamas, Karri Lamsa
In the human neocortex, single excitatory pyramidal cells can elicit very large glutamatergic EPSPs (VLEs) in inhibitory GABAergic interneurons capable of triggering their firing with short (3-5 ms) delay. Similar strong excitatory connections between two individual neurons have not been found in nonhuman cortices, suggesting that these synapses are specific to human interneurons. The VLEs are crucial for generating neocortical complex events, observed as single pyramidal cell spike-evoked discharge of cell assemblies in the frontal and temporal cortices...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816538/specific-inhibition-of-trpv4-enhances-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-in-adult-porcine-retinal-explants
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Linnéa Taylor, Karin Arnér, Fredrik Ghosh
Signaling through the polymodal cation channel Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) has been implicated in retinal neuronal degeneration. To further outline the involvement of this channel in this process, we here explore modulation of Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) activity on neuronal health and glial activation in an in vitro model of retinal degeneration. For this purpose, adult porcine retinal explants were cultured using a previously established standard protocol for up to 5 days with specific TRPV4 agonist GSK1016790A (GSK), or specific antagonist RN-1734, or culture medium only...
November 2, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812326/a-foxp2-mutation-implicated-in-human-speech-deficits-alters-sequencing-of-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-adult-male-mice
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Jonathan Chabout, Abhra Sarkar, Sheel R Patel, Taylor Radden, David B Dunson, Simon E Fisher, Erich D Jarvis
Development of proficient spoken language skills is disrupted by mutations of the FOXP2 transcription factor. A heterozygous missense mutation in the KE family causes speech apraxia, involving difficulty producing words with complex learned sequences of syllables. Manipulations in songbirds have helped to elucidate the role of this gene in vocal learning, but findings in non-human mammals have been limited or inconclusive. Here, we performed a systematic study of ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) of adult male mice carrying the KE family mutation...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810382/immunohistochemical-localization-of-snare-core-proteins-in-intrapulpal-and-intradentinal-nerve-fibers-of-rat-molar-teeth
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Shiho Honma, Kohki Kadono, Akiyo Kawano, Satoshi Wakisaka
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to elucidate whether three soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (SNARE) core proteins, syntaxin-1, synaptosomal-associated protein of 25kDa (SNAP-25), and vesicle-associated membrane protein-2 (VAMP-2), are present in the dental pulp of the rat molar at both the light and electron microscopic levels. DESIGN: Immunohistochemistry for protein gene product 9.5 (PGP 9.5), a pan-neuronal marker, syntaxin-1, SNAP-25, and VAMP-2 was performed on decalcified rat molars for light and electron microscopic analyses...
January 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800651/crocin-attenuates-kindling-development-and-associated-cognitive-impairments-in-mice-via-inhibiting-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Arindam Ghosh Mazumder, Pallavi Sharma, Vikram Patial, Damanpreet Singh
Crocin is a pharmacologically active carotenoid pigment mainly present in the stigmas of Crocus sativus L. (Iridaceae). It has been well explored in experimental animal models of cognitive impairments, depression, anxiety and epilepsy. The present study was designed to understand the effect of crocin on pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced kindling development and its associated cognitive deficit in mouse. Crocin treatment at 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg p.o. doses showed marked reduction in severity of PTZ-induced seizures...
October 31, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798612/fast-volumetric-calcium-imaging-across-multiple-cortical-layers-using-sculpted-light
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Robert Prevedel, Aart J Verhoef, Alejandro J Pernía-Andrade, Siegfried Weisenburger, Ben S Huang, Tobias Nöbauer, Alma Fernández, Jeroen E Delcour, Peyman Golshani, Andrius Baltuska, Alipasha Vaziri
Although whole-organism calcium imaging in small and semi-transparent animals has been demonstrated, capturing the functional dynamics of large-scale neuronal circuits in awake behaving mammals at high speed and resolution has remained one of the main frontiers in systems neuroscience. Here we present a method based on light sculpting that enables unbiased single- and dual-plane high-speed (up to 160 Hz) calcium imaging as well as in vivo volumetric calcium imaging of a mouse cortical column (0.5 mm × 0.5 mm × 0...
October 31, 2016: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793780/%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-%C3%A2-nicotinic-receptors-stimulate-gaba-release-onto-fast-spiking-cells-in-layer-v-of-mouse-prefrontal-fr2-cortex
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Patrizia Aracri, Simone Meneghini, Aurora Coatti, Alida Amadeo, Andrea Becchetti
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) produce widespread and complex effects on neocortex excitability. We studied how heteromeric nAChRs regulate inhibitory post-synaptic currents (IPSCs), in fast-spiking (FS) layer V neurons of the mouse frontal area 2 (Fr2). In the presence of blockers of ionotropic glutamate receptors, tonic application of 10μM nicotine augmented the spontaneous IPSC frequency, with minor alterations of amplitudes and kinetics. These effects were studied since the 3rd postnatal week, and persisted throughout the first two months of postnatal life...
October 26, 2016: Neuroscience
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