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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065942/neuregulin-1-erbb-module-in-c-bouton-synapses-on-somatic-motor-neurons-molecular-compartmentation-and-response-to-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Anna Casanovas, Sara Salvany, Víctor Lahoz, Olga Tarabal, Lídia Piedrafita, Raimundo Sabater, Sara Hernández, Jordi Calderó, Josep E Esquerda
The electric activity of lower motor neurons (MNs) appears to play a role in determining cell-vulnerability in MN diseases. MN excitability is modulated by cholinergic inputs through C-type synaptic boutons, which display an endoplasmic reticulum-related subsurface cistern (SSC) adjacent to the postsynaptic membrane. Besides cholinergic molecules, a constellation of proteins involved in different signal-transduction pathways are clustered at C-type synaptic sites (M2 muscarinic receptors, Kv2.1 potassium channels, Ca(2+) activated K(+) [SK] channels, and sigma-1 receptors [S1R]), but their collective functional significance so far remains unknown...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064005/three-dimensional-functional-human-neuronal-networks-in-uncompressed-low-density-electrospun-fiber-scaffolds
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Albin Jakobsson, Maximilian Ottosson, Marina Castro Zalis, David O'Carroll, Ulrica Englund Johansson, Fredrik Johansson
We demonstrate an artificial three-dimensional (3D) electrical active human neuronal network system, by the growth of brain neural progenitors in highly porous low density electrospun poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) fiber scaffolds. In neuroscience research cell-based assays are important experimental instruments for studying neuronal function in health and disease. Traditional cell culture at 2D-surfaces induces abnormal cell-cell contacts and network formation. Hence, there is a tremendous need to explore in vivo-resembling 3D neural cell culture approaches...
January 4, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052704/conflicting-effects-by-antibodies-against-connexin36-during-the-action-of-intracellular-cyclic-amp-onto-electrical-synapses-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Soh Hidaka
Alpha-type retinal ganglion cells (alpha cells) of the same class in mammalian retina are connected by gap junctions. Electrical synapses between alpha cells were examined using combined techniques of dual patch-clamp recordings, intracellular labeling and electron microscopy in the albino rat retina. In simultaneous dual whole-cell recordings from pairs of neighboring alpha cells, bidirectional electrical synapses with symmetrical junction conductance were observed in pairs with cells of the same morphological type...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052116/functional-maturation-of-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-long-term-cultures
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Rebecca S Lam, Felix M Töpfer, Phillip G Wood, Volker Busskamp, Ernst Bamberg
Differentiated neurons can be rapidly acquired, within days, by inducing stem cells to express neurogenic transcription factors. We developed a protocol to maintain long-term cultures of human neurons, called iNGNs, which are obtained by inducing Neurogenin-1 and Neurogenin-2 expression in induced pluripotent stem cells. We followed the functional development of iNGNs over months and they showed many hallmark properties for neuronal maturation, including robust electrical and synaptic activity. Using iNGNs expressing a variant of channelrhodopsin-2, called CatCh, we could control iNGN activity with blue light stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987712/hyaluronic-acid-doped-poly-3-4-ethylenedioxythiophene-chitosan-gelatin-pedot-ha-cs-gel-porous-conductive-scaffold-for-nerve-regeneration
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Shuping Wang, Shui Guan, Zhibo Zhu, Wenfang Li, Tianqing Liu, Xuehu Ma
Conducting polymer, as a "smart" biomaterial, has been increasingly used to construct tissue engineered scaffold for nerve tissue regeneration. In this study, a novel porous conductive scaffold was prepared by incorporating conductive hyaluronic acid (HA) doped-poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT-HA) nanoparticles into a chitosan/gelatin (Cs/Gel) matrix. The physicochemical characteristics of Cs/Gel scaffold with 0-10wt% PEDOT-HA were analyzed and the results indicated that the incorporation of PEDOT-HA into scaffold increased the electrical and mechanical properties while decreasing the porosity and water absorption...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986924/pharmacological-rescue-of-long-term-potentiation-in-alzheimer-diseased-synapses
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G Aleph Prieto, Brian H Trieu, Cindy T Dang, Tina Bilousova, Karen H Gylys, Nicole C Berchtold, Gary Lynch, Carl W Cotman
: Long-term potentiation (LTP) is an activity-dependent and persistent increase in synaptic transmission. Currently available techniques to measure LTP are time-intensive and require highly specialized expertise and equipment, and thus are not well-suited for screening of multiple candidate treatments even in animal models. To expand and facilitate the analysis of LTP, here we use a flow cytometry-based method to track chemically-induced LTP by detecting surface AMPA receptors in isolated synaptosomes (Fluorescence Analysis of Single-Synapse Long-Term Potentiation, FASS-LTP)...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958355/chimera-states-in-uncoupled-neurons-induced-by-a-multilayer-structure
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Soumen Majhi, Matjaž Perc, Dibakar Ghosh
Spatial coexistence of coherent and incoherent dynamics in network of coupled oscillators is called a chimera state. We study such chimera states in a network of neurons without any direct interactions but connected through another medium of neurons, forming a multilayer structure. The upper layer is thus made up of uncoupled neurons and the lower layer plays the role of a medium through which the neurons in the upper layer share information among each other. Hindmarsh-Rose neurons with square wave bursting dynamics are considered as nodes in both layers...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924838/excitatory-post-synaptic-potential-mimicked-in-indium-zinc-oxide-synaptic-transistors-gated-by-methyl-cellulose-solid-electrolyte
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Liqiang Guo, Juan Wen, Jianning Ding, Changjin Wan, Guanggui Cheng
The excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) of biological synapses is mimicked in indium-zinc-oxide synaptic transistors gated by methyl cellulose solid electrolyte. These synaptic transistors show excellent electrical performance at an operating voltage of 0.8 V, Ion/off ratio of 2.5 × 10(6), and mobility of 38.4 cm(2)/Vs. After this device is connected to a resistance of 4 MΩ in series, it exhibits excellent characteristics as an inverter. A threshold potential of 0.3 V is achieved by changing the gate pulse amplitude, width, or number, which is analogous to biological EPSP...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917108/structural-and-functional-consequences-of-connexin-36-cx36-interaction-with-calmodulin
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Ryan C F Siu, Ekaterina Smirnova, Cherie A Brown, Christiane Zoidl, David C Spray, Logan W Donaldson, Georg Zoidl
Functional plasticity of neuronal gap junctions involves the interaction of the neuronal connexin36 with calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII). The important relationship between Cx36 and CaMKII must also be considered in the context of another protein partner, Ca(2+) loaded calmodulin, binding an overlapping site in the carboxy-terminus of Cx36. We demonstrate that CaM and CaMKII binding to Cx36 is calcium-dependent, with Cx36 able to engage with CaM outside of the gap junction plaque. Furthermore, Ca(2+) loaded calmodulin activates Cx36 channels, which is different to other connexins...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911759/neurotransmitter-release-can-be-stabilized-by-a-mechanism-that-prevents-voltage-changes-near-the-end-of-action-potentials-from-affecting-calcium-currents
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Stephen G Clarke, Matthew S Scarnati, Kenneth G Paradiso
: At chemical synapses, presynaptic action potentials (APs) activate voltage-gated calcium channels, allowing calcium to enter and trigger neurotransmitter release. The duration, peak amplitude, and shape of the AP falling phase alter calcium entry, which can affect neurotransmitter release significantly. In many neurons, APs do not immediately return to the resting potential, but instead exhibit a period of depolarization or hyperpolarization referred to as an afterpotential. We hypothesized that presynaptic afterpotentials should alter neurotransmitter release by affecting the electrical driving force for calcium entry and calcium channel gating...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911756/activation-of-group-ii-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-promotes-ltp-induction-at-schaffer-collateral-ca1-pyramidal-cell-synapses-by-priming-nmda-receptors
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Nadia Rosenberg, Urs Gerber, Jeanne Ster
: It is well established that selective activation of group I metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors induces LTD of synaptic transmission at Schaffer collateral-CA1 synapses. In contrast, application of 1S,3R-ACPD, a mixed agonist at group I and group II mGlu receptors, induces LTP. Using whole-cell recordings from CA1 pyramidal cells and field recordings in the hippocampal CA1 region, we investigated the specific contribution of group II mGlu receptors to synaptic plasticity at Schaffer collateral-CA1 synapses in acute slices of adult mice...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905396/atomic-structure-of-the-innexin-6-gap-junction-channel-determined-by-cryo-em
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Atsunori Oshima, Kazutoshi Tani, Yoshinori Fujiyoshi
Innexins, a large protein family comprising invertebrate gap junction channels, play an essential role in nervous system development and electrical synapse formation. Here we report the cryo-electron microscopy structures of Caenorhabditis elegans innexin-6 (INX-6) gap junction channels at atomic resolution. We find that the arrangements of the transmembrane helices and extracellular loops of the INX-6 monomeric structure are highly similar to those of connexin-26 (Cx26), despite the lack of significant sequence similarity...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903733/development-of-activity-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex
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Jing Shen, Matthew T Colonnese
: A comprehensive developmental timeline of activity in the mouse cortex in vivo is lacking. Understanding the activity changes that accompany synapse and circuit formation is important to understand the mechanisms by which activity molds circuits and would help to identify critical checkpoints for normal development. To identify key principles of cortical activity maturation, we systematically tracked spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity with extracellular recordings of primary visual cortex (V1) in nonanesthetized mice...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892769/circrnas-in-the-brain
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Mor Hanan, Hermona Soreq, Sebastian Kadener
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are highly abundant and evolutionarily conserved non-coding RNAs produced by circularization of specific exons. Since their re-discovery as potential regulators of gene expression, thousands of circRNAs were detected in different tissues and cell types across most organisms. Accumulating data suggest key roles for them in the central nervous system. Neuronal-expressed RNAs are diverted to yield highly enriched CircRNAs in human, mouse, pig and flies, with many of them enriched in neuronal tissues...
November 28, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864094/sternopygus-macrurus-electric-organ-transcriptome-and-cell-size-exhibit-insensitivity-to-short-term-electrical-inactivity
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Robert Güth, Matthew Pinch, Manoj P Samanta, Alexander Chaidez, Graciela A Unguez
Electrical activity is an important regulator of cellular function and gene expression in electrically excitable cell types. In the weakly electric teleost fishSternopygus macrurus, electrocytes, i.e., the current-producing cells of the electric organ, derive from a striated muscle lineage. Mature electrocytes are larger than muscle fibers, do not contain sarcomeres, and are driven continuously at frequencies higher than those exerted on muscle cells. Previous work showed that the removal of electrical activity by spinal cord transection (ST) for two and five weeks led to an upregulation of some sarcomeric proteins and a decrease in electrocyte size...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853788/electrochemical-reaction-induced-synaptic-plasticity-in-moox-based-solid-state-electrochemical-cells
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Chuan-Sen Yang, Da-Shan Shang, Yi-Sheng Chai, Li-Qin Yan, Bao-Gen Shen, Young Sun
Solid state electrochemical cells with synaptic functions have important applications in building smart-terminal networks. Here, the essential synaptic functions including potentiation and depression of synaptic weight, transition from short- to long-term plasticity, spike-rate-dependent plasticity, and spike-timing-dependent plasticity behavior were successfully realized in an Ag/MoOx/fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) cell with continual resistance switching. The synaptic plasticity underlying these functions was controlled by tuning the excitatory post-synaptic current (EPSC) decay, which is determined by the applied voltage pulse number, width, frequency, and intervals between the pre- and post-spikes...
November 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852736/the-role-of-retinoic-acid-in-the-formation-and-modulation-of-invertebrate-central-synapses
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Cailin M Rothwell, Eric de Hoog, Gaynor Elizabeth Spencer
Trophic factors can influence many aspects of nervous system function, such as neurite outgrowth, synapse formation and synapse modulation. The vitamin A metabolite, retinoic acid can exert trophic effects to promote neuronal survival and outgrowth in many species, and is also known to modulate vertebrate hippocampal synapses. However, its role in synaptogenesis has not been well studied, and whether it can modulate existing invertebrate synapses is also not known. In this study, we first examined a potential trophic effect of retinoic acid on the formation of excitatory synapses, independently of its role in neurite outgrowth, using cultured neurons of the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830974/modeling-of-synchronization-behavior-of-bursting-neurons-at-nonlinearly-coupled-dynamical-networks
#18
Yüksel Çakir
Synchronization behaviors of bursting neurons coupled through electrical and dynamic chemical synapses are investigated. The Izhikevich model is used with random and small world network of bursting neurons. Various currents which consist of diffusive electrical and time-delayed dynamic chemical synapses are used in the simulations to investigate the influences of synaptic currents and couplings on synchronization behavior of bursting neurons. The effects of parameters, such as time delay, inhibitory synaptic strengths, and decay time on synchronization behavior are investigated...
November 10, 2016: Network: Computation in Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826226/analog-memristive-synapse-in-spiking-networks-implementing-unsupervised-learning
#19
Erika Covi, Stefano Brivio, Alexander Serb, Themis Prodromakis, Marco Fanciulli, Sabina Spiga
Emerging brain-inspired architectures call for devices that can emulate the functionality of biological synapses in order to implement new efficient computational schemes able to solve ill-posed problems. Various devices and solutions are still under investigation and, in this respect, a challenge is opened to the researchers in the field. Indeed, the optimal candidate is a device able to reproduce the complete functionality of a synapse, i.e., the typical synaptic process underlying learning in biological systems (activity-dependent synaptic plasticity)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822179/plasmid-based-generation-of-induced-neural-stem-cells-from-adult-human-fibroblasts
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Philipp Capetian, Luis Azmitia, Martje G Pauly, Victor Krajka, Felix Stengel, Eva-Maria Bernhardi, Mariana Klett, Britta Meier, Philip Seibler, Nancy Stanslowsky, Andreas Moser, Andreas Knopp, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Guido Nikkhah, Florian Wegner, Máté Döbrössy, Christine Klein
Direct reprogramming from somatic to neural cell types has become an alternative to induced pluripotent stem cells. Most protocols employ viral expression systems, posing the risk of random genomic integration. Recent developments led to plasmid-based protocols, lowering this risk. However, these protocols either relied on continuous presence of a variety of small molecules or were only able to reprogram murine cells. We therefore established a reprogramming protocol based on vectors containing the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-derived oriP/EBNA1 as well as the defined expression factors Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4, L-myc, Lin28, and a small hairpin directed against p53...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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