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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093546/time-course-and-mechanisms-of-homeostatic-plasticity-in-layers-2-3-and-5-of-the-barrel-cortex
#1
Stanislaw Glazewski, Stuart Greenhill, Kevin Fox
Recent studies have shown that ocular dominance plasticity in layer 2/3 of the visual cortex exhibits a form of homeostatic plasticity that is related to synaptic scaling and depends on TNFα. In this study, we tested whether a similar form of plasticity was present in layer 2/3 of the barrel cortex and, therefore, whether the mechanism was likely to be a general property of cortical neurons. We found that whisker deprivation could induce homeostatic plasticity in layer 2/3 of barrel cortex, but not in a mouse strain lacking synaptic scaling...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092659/rem-sleep-selectively-prunes-and-maintains-new-synapses-in-development-and-learning
#2
Wei Li, Lei Ma, Guang Yang, Wen-Biao Gan
The functions and underlying mechanisms of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep remain unclear. Here we show that REM sleep prunes newly formed postsynaptic dendritic spines of layer 5 pyramidal neurons in the mouse motor cortex during development and motor learning. This REM sleep-dependent elimination of new spines facilitates subsequent spine formation during development and when a new motor task is learned, indicating a role for REM sleep in pruning to balance the number of new spines formed over time. Moreover, REM sleep also strengthens and maintains newly formed spines, which are critical for neuronal circuit development and behavioral improvement after learning...
January 16, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060357/the-optical-detection-of-retinal-ganglion-cell-damage
#3
J E Morgan, J Tribble, J Fergusson, N White, I Erchova
We provide an overview of developments in the use optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging for the detection of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) damage in vivo that avoid use of any exogenous ligands to label cells. The method employs high-resolution OCT using broad spectral light sources to deliver axial resolution of under 5 μm. The resolution approximates that of cellular organelles, which undergo degenerative changes that progress to apoptosis as a result of axon damage. These degenerative changes are manifest as the loss of RGC dendrites and fragmentation of the subcellular network of organelles, in particular, the mitochondria that support dendritic structure...
January 6, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054544/layer-specificity-in-the-effects-of-attention-and-working-memory-on-activity-in-primary-visual-cortex
#4
Timo van Kerkoerle, Matthew W Self, Pieter R Roelfsema
Neuronal activity in early visual cortex depends on attention shifts but the contribution to working memory has remained unclear. Here, we examine neuronal activity in the different layers of the primary visual cortex (V1) in an attention-demanding and a working memory task. A current-source density analysis reveales top-down inputs in the superficial layers and layer 5, and an increase in neuronal firing rates most pronounced in the superficial and deep layers and weaker in input layer 4. This increased activity is strongest in the attention task but it is also highly reliable during working memory delays...
January 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053041/lhx2-interacts-with-the-nurd-complex-and-regulates-cortical-neuron-subtype-determinants-fezf2-and-sox11
#5
Bhavana Muralidharan, Zeba Khatri, Upasana Maheshwari, Ritika Gupta, Basabdatta Roy, Saurabh J Pradhan, Krishanpal Karmodiya, Hari Padmanabhan, Ashwin S 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 nucleosome remodeling and histone deacetylase histone remodeling complex subunits LSD1, HDAC2, and RBBP4, which are proximal regulators of the epigenetic state of chromatin...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048979/adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-is-impaired-by-transient-and-moderate-developmental-thyroid-hormone-disruption
#6
M E Gilbert, J H Goodman, J Gomez, A F M Johnstone, R L Ramos
The hippocampus maintains a capacity for neurogenesis throughout life, a capacity that is reduced in models of adult onset hypothyroidism. The effects of developmental thyroid hormone (TH) insufficiency on neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus, however, has not been examined. Graded degrees of TH insufficiency were induced in pregnant rat dams by administration of 0, 3 or 10ppm of 6-propylthiouracil (PTU) in drinking water from gestational day (GD) 6 until weaning. Body, brain, and hippocampal weight were reduced on postnatal day (PN) 14, 21, 78 and hippocampal volume was smaller at the 10 but not 3ppm dose level...
December 31, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045993/change-in-the-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-and-nnos-positive-neuronal-cells-with-aging-in-the-stomach-of-f344-rats
#7
Yong Hwan Kwon, Nayoung Kim, Ryoung Hee Nam, Ji Hyun Park, Sun Min Lee, Sung Kook Kim, Hye Seung Lee, Yong Sung Kim, Dong Ho Lee
The gastric accommodation reflex is an important mechanism in gastric physiology. However, the aging-associated structural and functional changes in gastric relaxation have not yet been established. Thus, we evaluated the molecular changes of interstitial cell of Cajal (ICC) and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and the function changes in the corpus of F344 rats at different ages (6-, 31-, 74-wk and 2-yr). The proportion of the c-Kit-positive area in the submucosal border (SMB) and myenteric plexus (MP) layer was significantly lower in the older rats, as indicated by immunohistochemistry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041877/cytosine-5-rna-methylation-regulates-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-and%C3%A2-motility
#8
Joana V Flores, Lucía Cordero-Espinoza, Feride Oeztuerk-Winder, Amanda Andersson-Rolf, Tommaso Selmi, Sandra Blanco, Jignesh Tailor, Sabine Dietmann, Michaela Frye
Loss-of-function mutations in the cytosine-5 RNA methylase NSUN2 cause neurodevelopmental disorders in humans, yet the underlying cellular processes leading to the symptoms that include microcephaly remain unclear. Here, we show that NSUN2 is expressed in early neuroepithelial progenitors of the developing human brain, and its expression is gradually reduced during differentiation of human neuroepithelial stem (NES) cells in vitro. In the developing Nsun2(-/-) mouse cerebral cortex, intermediate progenitors accumulate and upper-layer neurons decrease...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034674/combination-of-exogenous-cell-transplantation-and-5-ht4-receptor-agonism-induce-endogenous-enteric-neural-crest-derived-cells-in-a-rat-hypoganglionosis-model
#9
Hui Yu, Bai-Jun Zheng, Wei-Kang Pan, Huai-Jie Wang, Chong Xie, Yu-Ying Zhao, Xin-Lin Chen, Yong Liu, Ya Gao
Enteric neural crest-derived cells (ENCCs) can migrate into endogenous ganglia and differentiate into progeny cells, and have even partially rescued bowel function; however, poor reliability and limited functional recovery after ENCC transplantation have yet to be addressed. Here, we investigated the induction of endogenous ENCCs by combining exogenous ENCC transplantation with a 5-HT4 receptor agonist mosapride in a rat model of hypoganglionosis, established by benzalkonium chloride treatment. ENCCs, isolated from the gut of newborn rats, were labeled with a lentiviral eGFP reporter...
December 26, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028361/characterization-of-smooth-muscle-enteric-nerve-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-and-fibroblast-like-cells-in-the-gastric-musculature-of-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
#10
Kyung Sik Park, Kwang Bum Cho, Il Seon Hwang, Jae Hyung Park, Byung Ik Jang, Kyeong Ok Kim, Sung Woo Jeon, Eun Soo Kim, Chang Sik Park, Joong Goo Kwon
AIM: To investigate histologic abnormalities in the gastric smooth muscle of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: Full-thickness gastric specimens were obtained from patients undergoing surgery for gastric cancer. H&E stain and Masson's Trichrome stain were performed to assess the degree of fibrosis. Immunohistochemical staining using various antibodies was also performed [antibodies against protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor, c-Kit, and platelet-derived growth factor receptor-alpha, (PDGFRα)]...
December 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008068/active-cortical-dendrites-modulate-perception
#11
Naoya Takahashi, Thomas G Oertner, Peter Hegemann, Matthew E Larkum
There is as yet no consensus concerning the neural basis of perception and how it operates at a mechanistic level. We found that Ca(2+) activity in the apical dendrites of a subset of layer 5 (L5) pyramidal neurons in primary somatosensory cortex (S1) in mice is correlated with the threshold for perceptual detection of whisker deflections. Manipulating the activity of apical dendrites shifted the perceptual threshold, demonstrating that an active dendritic mechanism is causally linked to perceptual detection...
December 23, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004072/-temporal-and-spatial-changes-of-%C3%AE-7nachr-and-nnos-in-cerebral-cortex-and-hippocampus-of-a%C3%AE-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-rats
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Yan-Li Wang, Li-Xia Liu, Shao-Hu Wang, Wen-Xiu Qi
The present study was to explore the temporal and spatial distributions and variations of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) and neuronal nitric oxide synthetase (nNOS) in cerebral cortex and hippocampus of Aβ-induced cognitive dysfunction rats. Sixty Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into six groups. Three experimental groups were intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) injected with condensed-amyloid beta peptides 1-42 (Aβ1-42, 2.5 µg/µL, 4 µL) and were observed on day 7 (7 d Aβ group), day 14 (14 d Aβ group) and day 21 (21 d Aβ group), respectively...
December 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994051/reelin-neurodevelopmental-architect-and-homeostatic-regulator-of-excitatory-synapses
#13
Catherine R Wasser, Joachim Herz
Over half a century ago, D.S. Falconer first reported a mouse with a reeling gate (1). Four-decades later, the Reln gene was isolated and identified as the cause of the reeler phenotype (reviewed in (2)). Initial studies found that loss of Reelin, a large, secreted glycoprotein encoded by the Reln gene, results in abnormal neuronal layering throughout several regions of the brain (reviewed in (2-4)). In the years since, the known functions of Reelin signaling in the brain have expanded to include multiple post-developmental neuromodulatory roles, revealing an ever-increasing body of evidence to suggest that Reelin signaling is a critical player in the modulation of synaptic function (reviewed in (5))...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974609/resting-state-hemodynamics-are-spatiotemporally-coupled-to-synchronized-and-symmetric-neural-activity-in-excitatory-neurons
#14
Ying Ma, Mohammed A Shaik, Mariel G Kozberg, Sharon H Kim, Jacob P Portes, Dmitriy Timerman, Elizabeth M C Hillman
Brain hemodynamics serve as a proxy for neural activity in a range of noninvasive neuroimaging techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In resting-state fMRI, hemodynamic fluctuations have been found to exhibit patterns of bilateral synchrony, with correlated regions inferred to have functional connectivity. However, the relationship between resting-state hemodynamics and underlying neural activity has not been well established, making the neural underpinnings of functional connectivity networks unclear...
December 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965545/cellular-and-subcellular-localization-of-the-rgs7-g%C3%AE-5-r7bp-complex-in-the-cerebellar-cortex
#15
Carolina Aguado, Cesare Orlandi, Ana Fajardo-Serrano, Mercedes Gil-Minguez, Kirill A Martemyanov, Rafael Luján
A member of regulator of G-protein signaling family, RGS7, is an essential modulator of signaling through GABAB receptors. RGS7 functions as a macromolecular complex with type 5 G protein β (Gβ5) and R7 binding protein (R7BP) to control the localization and function of the resultant heterotrimeric complexes. Here, we used co-immunoprecipitation, in situ hybridization, histoblot and immunohistochemical techniques at the light and electron microscopic level to advance understanding of RGS7-Gβ5-R7BP complexes in the central nervous system, focusing on distinct neuronal populations in the cerebellar cortex...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942008/the-dpp4-inhibitor-linagliptin-protects-from-experimental-diabetic-retinopathy
#16
Nadine Dietrich, Matthias Kolibabka, Stephanie Busch, Petra Bugert, Ulrike Kaiser, Jihong Lin, Thomas Fleming, Michael Morcos, Thomas Klein, Andrea Schlotterer, Hans-Peter Hammes
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitors improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetes, however, their influence on the retinal neurovascular unit remains unclear. METHODS: Vasculo- and neuroprotective effects were assessed in experimental diabetic retinopathy and high glucose-cultivated C. elegans, respectively. In STZ-diabetic Wistar rats (diabetes duration of 24 weeks), DPP4 activity (fluorometric assay), GLP-1 (ELISA), methylglyoxal (LC-MS/MS), acellular capillaries and pericytes (quantitative retinal morphometry), SDF-1a and heme oxygenase-1 (ELISA), HMGB-1, Iba1 and Thy1...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936470/ocular-delivery-of-pacap1-27-protects-the-retina-from-ischemic-damage-in-rodents
#17
Dora Werling, Dora Reglodi, William A Banks, Therese S Salameh, Krisztina Kovacs, Timea Kvarik, Alexandra Vaczy, Laszlo Kovacs, Flora Mayer, Bese Danyadi, Emese Lokos, Andrea Tamas, Gabor Toth, Zsolt Biro, Tamas Atlasz
Purpose: Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is neuroprotective in neuronal injuries. Bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) causes chronic hypoperfusion-induced degeneration in the rat retina, where we proved the retinoprotective effect of intravitreal PACAP. Although this route of administration is a common clinical practice in several diseases, easier routes are clinically important. Our aim was to investigate the potential retinoprotective effects of PACAP eye drops in BCCAO-induced ischemic retinopathy...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933583/looking-beyond-the-5-httlpr-polymorphism-genetic-and-epigenetic-layers-of-regulation-affecting-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-expression
#18
REVIEW
Sandra Iurescia, Davide Seripa, Monica Rinaldi
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that regulates fundamental aspects of brain development, physiology and behaviour. The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is deputized to the reuptake of 5-HT from the intersynaptic space in the presynaptic neurons. 5-HTT governs duration and magnitude of 5-HT biological actions, acting as a master regulator of the fine-tuning of 5-HT signalling. Genetic variation at SLC6A4 gene locus, encoding 5-HTT, contributes to alteration in 5-HT reuptake. The 5-HTTLPR/rs25531/rs25532 polymorphisms located in the promoter region of SLC6A4 gene have been associated with stress-related psychopathology and functional brain phenotypes...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930291/covariation-of-axon-initial-segment-location-and-dendritic-tree-normalizes-the-somatic-action-potential
#19
Mustafa S Hamada, Sarah Goethals, Sharon I de Vries, Romain Brette, Maarten H P Kole
In mammalian neurons, the axon initial segment (AIS) electrically connects the somatodendritic compartment with the axon and converts the incoming synaptic voltage changes into a temporally precise action potential (AP) output code. Although axons often emanate directly from the soma, they may also originate more distally from a dendrite, the implications of which are not well-understood. Here, we show that one-third of the thick-tufted layer 5 pyramidal neurons have an axon originating from a dendrite and are characterized by a reduced dendritic complexity and thinner main apical dendrite...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924875/gabab-receptor-mediates-opposing-adaptations-of-gaba-release-from-two-types-of-prefrontal-interneurons-after-observational-fear
#20
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
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