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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353374/bdnf-activates-mtor-to-upregulate-nr2b-expression-in-the-rostral-anterior-cingulate-cortex-required-for-inflammatory-pain-related-aversion-in-rats
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Yuangui Zhang, Fanceng Ji, Gongming Wang, Dong He, Le Yang, Mengyuan Zhang
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) has been demonstrated to mediate pain-related aversion induced by formalin in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC). However, it remains unclear the signaling pathways and regulatory proteins involved. In the rACC, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), an activity-dependent neuromodulator, has been shown to play a role in the development and persistence of chronic pain. In this study, we used a rat formalin-induced inflammatory pain model to demonstrate BDNF up-regulation in the rACC...
January 20, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353265/growth-sexual-and-bone-development-in-a-boy-with-bilateral-anorchia-under-testosterone-treatment-guided-by-the-development-of-his-monozygotic-twin
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Sara Vandewalle, Eva Van Caenegem, Margarita Craen, Youri Taes, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Guy T'Sjoen
BACKGROUND: Sex steroids are essential for sexual maturation, linear growth and bone development. However, there is no consensus on the optimal timing, dosage and dosage interval of testosterone therapy to induce pubertal development and achieve a normal adult height and bone mass in children with hypogonadism. CASE PRESENTATION: A monozygotic monochorial male twin pair, of which one boy was diagnosed with anorchia at birth due to testicular regression syndrome was followed from the age of 3 until the age of 18 years...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353214/effects-of-poor-sleep-quality-on-brain-functional-connectivity-revealed-by-wavelet-based-coherence-analysis-using-nirs-methods-in-elderly-subjects
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Lingguo Bu, Dawei Wang, Congcong Huo, Gongcheng Xu, Zengyong Li, Jianfeng Li
OBJECTIVE: Poor sleep quality, which is typically related to impairments in cognitive control, is pervasive among the elderly. However, the brain function mechanisms underlying the association between sleep and elderly behavior remain elusive. This study aims to assess the effects of poor sleep quality on low-frequency neural oscillations based on the wavelet phase coherence (WPCO) and wavelet amplitude (WA) of oxyhemoglobin concentration changes (Delta [HbO2]) measured through near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) method...
January 17, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353213/multiple-cortical-thickness-sub-networks-and-cognitive-impairments-in-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-late-life-depression-a-graph-theory-analysis
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Jeong-Hyeon Shin, Yu Hyun Um, Chang Uk Lee, Hyun Kook Lim, Joon-Kyung Seong
BACKGROUND: Coordinated and pattern-wise changes in large scale gray matter structural networks reflect neural circuitry dysfunction in late life depression (LLD), which in turn is associated with emotional dysregulation and cognitive impairments. However, due to methodological limitations, there have been few attempts made to identify individual-level structural network properties or sub-networks that are involved in important brain functions in LLD. METHODS: In this study, we sought to construct individual-level gray matter structural networks using average cortical thicknesses of several brain areas to investigate the characteristics of the gray matter structural networks in normal controls and LLD patients...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353102/aging-african-green-monkeys-manifest-transcriptional-pathological-and-cognitive-hallmarks-of-human-alzheimer-s-disease
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Paige E Cramer, Renee C Gentzel, Keith Q Tanis, Joshua Vardigan, Yi Wang, Brett Connolly, Philip Manfre, Kenneth Lodge, John J Renger, Celina Zerbinatti, Jason M Uslaner
While many preclinical models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been reported, none fully recapitulate the disease. In an effort to identify an appropriate preclinical disease model, we characterized age-related changes in 2 higher order species, the African green monkey (AGM) and the rhesus macaque. Gene expression profiles in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the visual cortex showed age-related changes in AGMs that are strikingly reminiscent of AD, whereas aged rhesus were most similar to healthy elderly humans...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353055/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-signaling-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-modulates-cued-fear-learning-but-not-spatial-working-memory-in-female-rats
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Adam J Kirry, Matthew R Herbst, Sarah E Poirier, Michelle M Maskeri, Amy C Rothwell, Robert C Twining, Marieke R Gilmartin
A genetic polymorphism within the gene encoding the pituitary adenylate-cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) receptor type I (PAC1R) has recently been associated with hyper-reactivity to threat-related cues in women, but not men, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PACAP is a highly conserved peptide, whose role in mediating adaptive physiological stress responses is well established. Far less is understood about the contribution of PACAP signaling in emotional learning and memory, particularly the encoding of fear to discrete cues...
January 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353053/conditional-inactivation-of-npy1r-gene-in-mice-induces-behavioural-inflexibility-and-orbitofrontal-cortex-hyperactivity-that-are-reversed-by-escitalopram
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Angela Longo, Melissa Fadda, Claudio Brasso, Paolo Mele, Paola Palanza, Ishira Nanavaty, Ilaria Bertocchi, Alessandra Oberto, Carola Eva
Cognitive flexibility is the ability to rapidly adapt established patterns of behaviour in the face of changing circumstance and depends critically on the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). Impaired flexibility also results from altered serotonin transmission in the OFC. The Y1 (Y1R) and Y5 (Y5R) receptors for neuropeptide Y (NPY) colocalize in several brain regions and have overlapping functions in regulating cognition and emotional behaviour. The targeted disruption of gene encoding Y1R (Npy1r gene) in Y5R containing neurons (Npy1rY5R-/- mice) increases anxiety-like behaviour and spatial reference memory...
January 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353043/progression-of-vasogenic-edema-induced-by-activated-microglia-under-permanent-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
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Miki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Ishihara, Shodo Mizuno, Atsuhiko Ishida, Christoph F Vogel, Mayumi Tsuji, Takeshi Yamazaki, Kouichi Itoh
Brain edema is a severe complication that accompanies ischemic stroke. Increasing evidence shows that inflammatory cytokines impair tight junctions of the blood-brain barrier, suggesting the involvement of microglia in brain edema. In this study, we examined the role of microglia in the progression of ischemic brain edema using mice with permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. The intensity of T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) in the cerebral cortex and the striatum was elevated 3 h after occlusion and spread to peripheral regions of the ischemic hemisphere...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353027/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-is-involved-in-tamoxifen-neuroprotective-effects-in-a-traumatic-brain-injury-male-rat-model
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Sher-Wei Lim, T T Eric Nyam, Cho-Ya Hu, Chung-Ching Chio, Che-Chuan Wang, Jinn-Rung Kuo
PURPOSE: The aim of the present study is to determine the neuroprotective mechanisms of tamoxifen (TMX) during traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially the effects on estrogen receptor-α (ERα) expression, as well as neuroinflammatory associations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: sham-operated controls, sham-operated controls given TMX (1 mg/kg/per day) for 3 days, those given a vehicle solution immediately after TBI, and those given TMX (1 mg/kg/per day) for 3 days...
January 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353014/neuroprotective-effect-of-morin-on-lead-acetate-induced-apoptosis-by-preventing-cytochrome-c-translocation-via-regulation-of-bax-bcl-2-ratio
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Sumathi Thangarajan, Aishwarya Vedagiri, Shanmathy Somasundaram, Rathika Sakthimanogaran, Mahalakshmi Murugesan
Lead (Pb) intoxication is a prevalent type of environmental toxicity as well as minimal amount of lead exposure is liable for neurobehavioral or perhaps intelligence defects. The present study was undertaken to investigate the beneficial effects of morin in protecting the lead acetate (PbAc)-induced oxidative stress in rat brain. PbAc intoxication resulted in motor deficit, memory impairment and oxidative stress Further, PbAc administration alters Bax/Bcl-2 expression thereby increases cytochrome c release from the mitochondria...
January 15, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352669/tms-of-primary-motor-cortex-with-a-biphasic-pulse-activates-two-independent-sets-of-excitable-neurones
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Martin Sommer, Matteo Ciocca, Raffaella Chieffo, Paul Hammond, Andreas Neef, Walter Paulus, John C Rothwell, Ricci Hannah
BACKGROUND: Biphasic pulses produced by most commercially available TMS machines have a cosine waveform, which makes it difficult to study the interaction between the two phases of stimulation. OBJECTIVE: We used a controllable pulse TMS (cTMS) device delivering quasi-rectangular pulse outputs to investigate whether monophasic are more effective than biphasic pulses. METHODS: Temporally symmetric ("biphasic") or highly asymmetric ("monophasic") charge-balanced biphasic stimuli were used to target the hand area of motor cortex in the anterior-posterior (AP) or posterior-anterior (PA) initial current direction...
January 5, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352668/the-effect-of-single-and-repeated-prefrontal-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-on-cortical-reactivity-and-working-memory
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Sung Wook Chung, Nigel C Rogasch, Kate E Hoy, Paul B Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: With an increasing interest in the use of theta burst stimulation (TBS) as a cognitive enhancer and a potential therapeutic tool for psychiatric disorders, there is a need to identify optimal parameters of TBS in the prefrontal cortex. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study examined the effect of two blocks of prefrontal intermittent TBS (iTBS) on cortical reactivity and working memory performance, compared to one block of iTBS and sham stimulation. We hypothesized that greater cortical effects would be obtained with two blocks of iTBS...
January 8, 2018: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352662/distinct-progression-patterns-of-brain-disease-in-infantile-and-juvenile-gangliosidoses-volumetric-quantitative-mri-study
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Igor Nestrasil, Alia Ahmed, Josephine M Utz, Kyle Rudser, Chester B Whitley, Jeanine R Jarnes-Utz
BACKGROUND: GM1-gangliosidosis and GM2-gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs disease and Sandhoff disease) are unrelenting heritable neurodegenerative conditions of lysosomal ganglioside accumulation. Although progressive brain atrophy is characteristic, longitudinal quantification of specific brain structures has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this longitudinal study has been to quantify and track brain MRI volume changes, including specific structure volume changes, at different times in disease progression of childhood gangliosidoses, and to explore quantitative brain MRI volumetry (qMRI) as a non-invasive marker of disease progression for future treatment trials...
December 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352627/indications-and-limits-of-stereoelectroencephalography-seeg
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Lorella Minotti, Alexandra Montavont, Julia Scholly, Louise Tyvaert, Delphine Taussig
Epilepsy surgery is now an accepted treatment to achieve seizure control in carefully selected patients, both children and adults, suffering from drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Although surgical strategies can often be defined on the basis of non-invasive diagnostic procedures, and despite the recent advances in this field, an increasing number of more complex cases requires invasive EEG (iEEG) to provide precise information on the localization of the epileptogenic zone (EZ), its relationships with eloquent cortex (EC), and the feasibility of a tailored surgical resection...
January 15, 2018: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352610/neural-representation-of-octave-illusion-in-the-human-cortex-revealed-with-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Keita Tanaka, Hiroki Kurasaki, Shinya Kuriki
The auditory "octave illusion" arises when dichotic tones, presented one octave apart, alternate rapidly between the ears. This study aimed to explore the link between the perception of illusory pitches and brain activity during presentation of dichotic tones. We conducted a behavioral study of how participants perceived binaural dichotic tones of octave illusions and classified them, based on the reported percepts, in an illusion (ILL) group, without an illusion (non-ILL) group, and others. We recorded brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging and analyzed the activation due to dichotic illusion tones...
January 8, 2018: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352436/posterolateral-tibial-plateau-fractures-how-to-buttress-reversed-l-posteromedial-or-the-posterolateral-approach-a-comparative-cadaveric-study
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Wich Orapiriyakul, Theerachai Apivatthakakul, Chanakarn Phornphutkul
INTRODUCTION: The selection of a surgical approach for buttressing posterolateral tibial plateau fractures is controversial. OBJECTIVE: This study compared the surgical exposure area between the reversed L posteromedial approach (R-PM) and the posterolateral (PL) approach using the lateral plateau width as a metric. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty lower extremities from fresh frozen cadavers were included. The R-PM approach was used first and the boundary of the posterior tibial cortex exposure was marked with metal pins...
January 19, 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352389/detailed-t1-weighted-profiles-from-the-human-cortex-measured-in-vivo-at-3-tesla-mri
#17
Bart Ferguson, Natalia Petridou, Alessio Fracasso, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Rachel M Brouwer, Hilleke E Hulshoff Pol, René S Kahn, René C W Mandl
Studies into cortical thickness in psychiatric diseases based on T1-weighted MRI frequently report on aberrations in the cerebral cortex. Due to limitations in image resolution for studies conducted at conventional MRI field strengths (e.g. 3 Tesla (T)) this information cannot be used to establish which of the cortical layers may be implicated. Here we propose a new analysis method that computes one high-resolution average cortical profile per brain region extracting myeloarchitectural information from T1-weighted MRI scans that are routinely acquired at a conventional field strength...
January 19, 2018: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352267/differential-susceptibility-of-striatal-hippocampal-and-cortical-neurons-to-caspase-6
#18
Anastasia Noël, Libin Zhou, Bénédicte Foveau, P Jesper Sjöström, Andréa C LeBlanc
Active cysteinyl protease Caspase-6 is associated with early Alzheimer and Huntington diseases. Higher entorhinal cortex and hippocampal Caspase-6 levels correlate with lower cognitive performance in aged humans. Caspase-6 induces axonal degeneration in human primary neuron cultures and causes inflammation and neurodegeneration in mouse hippocampus, and age-dependent memory impairment. To assess whether Caspase-6 causes damage to another neuronal system, a transgenic knock-in mouse overexpressing a self-activated form of Caspase-6 five-fold in the striatum, the area affected in Huntington disease, and 2...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352255/offline-stimulation-of-human-parietal-cortex-differently-affects-resting-eeg-microstates
#19
Pierpaolo Croce, Filippo Zappasodi, Paolo Capotosto
The interference effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on several electroencephalographic (EEG) measures in both temporal and frequency domains have been reported. We tested the hypothesis whether the offline external inhibitory interference, although focal, could result in a global reorganization of the functional brain state, as assessed by EEG microstates. In 16 healthy subjects, we inhibited five parietal areas and used a pseudo stimulation (Sham) at rest. The EEG microstates were extracted before and after each stimulation...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352155/conflict-sensitive-neurons-gate-interocular-suppression-in-human-visual-cortex
#20
Sucharit Katyal, Mark Vergeer, Sheng He, Bin He, Stephen A Engel
Neural suppression plays an important role in cortical function, including sensory, memory, and motor systems. It remains, however, relatively poorly understood. A paradigmatic case arises when conflicting images are presented to the two eyes. These images can compete for awareness, and one is usually strongly suppressed. The mechanisms that resolve such interocular conflict remain unclear. Suppression could arise solely from "winner-take-all" competition between neurons responsive to each eye. Alternatively, suppression could also depend upon neurons detecting interocular conflict...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
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