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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238291/modulation-of-neocortical-development-by-early-neuronal-activity-physiology-and-pathophysiology
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REVIEW
Sergei Kirischuk, Anne Sinning, Oriane Blanquie, Jenq-Wei Yang, Heiko J Luhmann, Werner Kilb
Animal and human studies revealed that patterned neuronal activity is an inherent feature of developing nervous systems. This review summarizes our current knowledge about the mechanisms generating early electrical activity patterns and their impact on structural and functional development of the cerebral cortex. All neocortical areas display distinct spontaneous and sensory-driven neuronal activity patterns already at early phases of development. At embryonic stages, intermittent spontaneous activity is synchronized within small neuronal networks, becoming more complex with further development...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236724/the-role-of-cortical-oscillations-in-a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-basal-ganglia
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Zafeirios Fountas, Murray Shanahan
Although brain oscillations involving the basal ganglia (BG) have been the target of extensive research, the main focus lies disproportionally on oscillations generated within the BG circuit rather than other sources, such as cortical areas. We remedy this here by investigating the influence of various cortical frequency bands on the intrinsic effective connectivity of the BG, as well as the role of the latter in regulating cortical behaviour. To do this, we construct a detailed neural model of the complete BG circuit based on fine-tuned spiking neurons, with both electrical and chemical synapses as well as short-term plasticity between structures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229967/electrical-synapses-convey-orientation-selectivity-in-the-mouse-retina
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Amurta Nath, Gregory W Schwartz
Sensory neurons downstream of primary receptors are selective for specific stimulus features, and they derive their selectivity both from excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs from other neurons and from their own intrinsic properties. Electrical synapses, formed by gap junctions, modulate sensory circuits. Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are diverse feature detectors carrying visual information to the brain, and receive excitatory input from bipolar cells and inhibitory input from amacrine cells (ACs). Here we describe a RGC that relies on gap junctions, rather than chemical synapses, to convey its selectivity for the orientation of a visual stimulus...
December 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225567/the-nanoworld-of-the-tripartite-synapse-insights-from-super-resolution-microscopy
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Janosch P Heller, Dmitri A Rusakov
Synaptic connections between individual nerve cells are fundamental to the process of information transfer and storage in the brain. Over the past decades a third key partner of the synaptic machinery has been unveiled: ultrathin processes of electrically passive astroglia which often surround pre- and postsynaptic structures. The recent advent of super-resolution (SR) microscopy has begun to uncover the dynamic nanoworld of synapses and their astroglial environment. Here we overview and discuss the current progress in our understanding of the synaptic nanoenvironment, as gleaned from the imaging methods that go beyond the diffraction limit of conventional light microscopy...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222130/stargazin-and-cornichon-3-relieve-polyamine-block-of-ampa-receptors-by-enhancing-blocker-permeation
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Patricia M G E Brown, Hugo McGuire, Derek Bowie
Most ligand- and voltage-gated ion channels assemble as signaling complexes consisting of pore-forming and auxiliary subunits. In the mammalian brain, AMPA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (AMPARs) coassemble with several families of auxiliary subunits that regulate channel gating as well as ion channel block and permeation. Previous work has shown that auxiliary proteins stargazin (or γ2) and cornichon-3 (CNIH-3) attenuate the cytoplasmic polyamine channel block of AMPARs, although the underlying mechanism has yet to be established...
December 8, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209001/remote-tactile-sensing-system-integrated-with-magnetic-synapse
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Sunjong Oh, Youngdo Jung, Seonggi Kim, SungJoon Kim, Xinghao Hu, Hyuneui Lim, CheolGi Kim
Mechanoreceptors in a fingertip convert external tactile stimulations into electrical signals, which are transmitted by the nervous system through synaptic transmitters and then perceived by the brain with high accuracy and reliability. Inspired by the human synapse system, this paper reports a robust tactile sensing system consisting of a remote touch tip and a magnetic synapse. External pressure on the remote touch tip is transferred in the form of air pressure to the magnetic synapse, where its variation is converted into electrical signals...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206224/efficient-encoding-of-motion-is-mediated-by-gap-junctions-in-the-fly-visual-system
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Siwei Wang, Alexander Borst, Noga Zaslavsky, Naftali Tishby, Idan Segev
Understanding the computational implications of specific synaptic connectivity patterns is a fundamental goal in neuroscience. In particular, the computational role of ubiquitous electrical synapses operating via gap junctions remains elusive. In the fly visual system, the cells in the vertical-system network, which play a key role in visual processing, primarily connect to each other via axonal gap junctions. This network therefore provides a unique opportunity to explore the functional role of gap junctions in sensory information processing...
December 4, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200999/confirming-a-role-for-%C3%AE-9nachrs-and-sk-potassium-channels-in-type-ii-hair-cells-of-the-turtle-posterior-crista
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Xiaorong Xu Parks, Donatella Contini, Paivi M Jordan, Joseph C Holt
In turtle posterior cristae, cholinergic vestibular efferent neurons (VENs) synapse on type II hair cells, bouton afferents innervating type II hair cells, and afferent calyces innervating type I hair cells. Electrical stimulation of VENs releases acetylcholine (ACh) at these synapses to exert diverse effects on afferent background discharge including rapid inhibition of bouton afferents and excitation of calyx-bearing afferents. Efferent-mediated inhibition is most pronounced in bouton afferents innervating type II hair cells near the torus, but becomes progressively smaller and briefer when moving longitudinally through the crista toward afferents innervating the planum...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200997/connexin43-hemichannels-in-satellite-glial-cells-can-they-influence-sensory-neuron-activity
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REVIEW
Mauricio A Retamal, Manuel A Riquelme, Jimmy Stehberg, Julio Alcayaga
In this review article, we summarize the current insight on the role of Connexin- and Pannexin-based channels as modulators of sensory neurons. The somas of sensory neurons are located in sensory ganglia (i.e., trigeminal and nodose ganglia). It is well known that within sensory ganglia, sensory neurons do not form neither electrical nor chemical synapses. One of the reasons for this is that each soma is surrounded by glial cells, known as satellite glial cells (SGCs). Recent evidence shows that connexin43 (Cx43) hemichannels and probably pannexons located at SGCs have an important role in paracrine communication between glial cells and sensory neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161558/electrical-synapses-new-rules-for-assembling-an-old-structure-asymmetrically
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James I Nagy, John E Rash
Electrical synapses are emerging as complex structures, consisting of gap junction-forming connexin proteins and also multiple scaffolding and regulatory protein components, which were assumed to be symmetrically organized across these synapses; however, new findings reveal their synaptic asymmetry.
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146475/electrical-activity-of-sensory-pathways-in-female-and-male-geriatric-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta-and-its-relation-to-oxidative-stress
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A Ibáñez-Contreras, U Hernández-Arciga, A Poblano, M Arteaga-Silva, B Hernández-Godínez, G I Mendoza-Cuevas, R Toledo-Pérez, A Alarcón-Aguilar, V Y González-Puertos, M Konigsberg
Synapses loss during aging has been related to decreased neuronal excitability and reduced electrophysiological activity in the nervous system, as well as to increased brain damage. Those physiological and biochemical alterations have been related to the oxidative stress increase associated with old age. The main substrate of lipid peroxidation (LPX) in the central and peripheral nervous systems are the myelin sheaths, and their damage generates a delayed nerve conduction velocity. However, studies in which the neural conduction velocity is related to changes in the redox state are still lacking...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118196/the-involvement-of-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors-in-plasticity-induced-by-paired-corticospinal-motoneuronal-stimulation-in-humans
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Siobhan C Donges, Jessica M D'Amico, Jane E Butler, Janet L Taylor
Plasticity can be induced at human corticospinal-motoneuronal synapses by delivering repeated, paired stimuli to corticospinal axons and motoneurones in a technique called paired corticospinal-motoneuronal stimulation (PCMS). To date, the mechanisms of the induced plasticity are unknown. To determine whether PCMS-induced plasticity is dependent on N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), the effect of the non-competitive NMDAR antagonist, dextromethorphan, on PCMS-induced facilitation was assessed in a two-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114861/kappa-opioid-receptors-regulate-hippocampal-synaptic-homeostasis-and-epileptogenesis
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Bridget N Queenan, Raymond L Dunn, Victor R Santos, Yang Feng, Megan N Huizenga, Robert J Hammack, Stefano Vicini, Patrick A Forcelli, Daniel T S Pak
OBJECTIVE: Homeostatic synaptic plasticity (HSP) serves as a gain control mechanism at central nervous system (CNS) synapses, including those between the dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3. Improper circuit control of DG-CA3 synapses is hypothesized to underlie epileptogenesis. Here, we sought to (1) identify compounds that preferentially modulate DG-CA3 synapses in primary neuronal culture and (2) determine if these compounds would delay or prevent epileptogenesis in vivo. METHODS: We previously developed and validated an in vitro assay to visualize the behavior of DG-CA3 synapses and predict functional changes...
November 8, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114208/classification-of-mouse-retinal-bipolar-cells-type-specific-connectivity-with-special-reference-to-rod-driven-aii-amacrine-pathways
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Yoshihiko Tsukamoto, Naoko Omi
We confirmed the classification of 15 morphological types of mouse bipolar cells by serial section transmission electron microscopy and characterized each type by identifying chemical synapses and gap junctions at axon terminals. Although whether the previous type 5 cells consist of two or three types was uncertain, they are here clustered into three types based on the vertical distribution of axonal ribbons. Next, while two groups of rod bipolar (RB) cells, RB1, and RB2, were previously proposed, we clarify that a half of RB1 cells have the intermediate characteristics, suggesting that these two groups comprise a single RB type...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106983/gabab-receptor-subtypes-differentially-regulate-thalamic-spindle-oscillations
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REVIEW
Daniel Ulrich, Txomin Lalanne, Martin Gassmann, Bernhard Bettler
Following the discovery of GABAB receptors by Norman Bowery and colleagues, cloning and biochemical efforts revealed that GABAB receptors assemble multi-subunit complexes composed of principal and auxiliary subunits. The principal receptor subunits GABAB1a, GABAB1b and GABAB2 form two heterodimeric GABAB(1a,2) and GABAB(1b,2) receptors that can associate with tetramers of auxiliary KCTD (K(+) channel tetramerization domain) subunits. Experiments with subunit knock-out mice revealed that GABAB(1b,2) receptors activate slow inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSCs) while GABAB(1a,2) receptors function as heteroreceptors and inhibit glutamate release...
October 26, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106499/autism-related-neuroligin-4-knockout-impairs-intracortical-processing-but-not-sensory-inputs-in-mouse-barrel-cortex
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Petr Unichenko, Jenq-Wei Yang, Sergei Kirischuk, Sergei Kolbaev, Werner Kilb, Matthieu Hammer, Dilja Krueger-Burg, Nils Brose, Heiko J Luhmann
Neuroligin-4 (Nlgn4) is a cell adhesion protein that regulates synapse organization and function. Mutations in human NLGN4 are among the causes of autism spectrum disorders. In mouse, Nlgn4 knockout (KO) perturbs GABAergic synaptic transmission and oscillatory activity in hippocampus, and causes social interaction deficits. The complex profile of cellular and circuit changes that are caused by Nlgn4-KO is still only partly understood. Using Nlgn4-KO mice, we found that Nlgn4-KO increases the power in the alpha frequency band of spontaneous network activity in the barrel cortex under urethane anesthesia in vivo...
July 5, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103941/asymmetry-of-an-intracellular-scaffold-at-vertebrate-electrical-synapses
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Audrey J Marsh, Jennifer Carlisle Michel, Anisha P Adke, Emily L Heckman, Adam C Miller
Neuronal synaptic connections are either chemical or electrical, and these two types of synapses work together to dynamically define neural circuit function [1]. Although we know a great deal about the molecules that support chemical synapse formation and function, we know little about the macromolecular complexes that regulate electrical synapses. Electrical synapses are created by gap junction (GJ) channels that provide direct ionic communication between neurons [2]. Although they are often molecularly and functionally symmetric, recent work has found that pre- and postsynaptic neurons can contribute different GJ-forming proteins, creating molecularly asymmetric channels that are correlated with functional asymmetry at the synapse [3, 4]...
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101377/a-high-throughput-model-for-investigating-neuronal-function-and-synaptic-transmission-in-cultured-neuronal-networks
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Jasmeet K Virdee, Gabriella Saro, Antoine Fouillet, Jeremy Findlay, Filipa Ferreira, Sarah Eversden, Michael J O'Neill, Joanna Wolak, Daniel Ursu
Loss of synapses or alteration of synaptic activity is associated with cognitive impairment observed in a number of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore successful development of in vitro methods that can investigate synaptic function in a high-throughput format could be highly impactful for neuroscience drug discovery. We present here the development, characterisation and validation of a novel high-throughput in vitro model for assessing neuronal function and synaptic transmission in primary rodent neurons...
November 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29088914/monitoring-dopamine-ex-vivo-during-electrical-stimulation-using-liquid-microjunction-surface-sampling
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Emily L Gill, Megan Marks, Richard A Yost, Vinata Vedam-Mai, Timothy Garrett
Liquid-microjunction surface sampling (LMJ-SS) is an ambient ionization technique based on the continuous flow of solvent using an in situ micro-extraction device, in which solvent moves through the probe, drawing in the analytes in preparation for ionization using an electrospray ionization (ESI) source. However, unlike traditional mass spectrometry (MS) techniques it operates under ambient pressure and requires no sample preparation, thereby making it ideal for rapid sampling of thicker tissue sections for electrophysiological and other neuroscientific research studies...
October 31, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075178/regulation-of-hippocampal-5-ht-release-by-p2x7-receptors-in-response-to-optogenetic-stimulation-of-median-raphe-terminals-of-mice
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Flóra Gölöncsér, Mária Baranyi, Diána Balázsfi, Kornél Demeter, József Haller, Tamás F F Freund, Dóra Zelena, Beáta Sperlágh
Serotonergic and glutamatergic neurons of median raphe region (MRR) play a pivotal role in the modulation of affective and cognitive functions. These neurons synapse both onto themselves and remote cortical areas. P2X7 receptors (P2rx7) are ligand gated ion channels expressed by central presynaptic excitatory nerve terminals and involved in the regulation of neurotransmitter release. P2rx7s are implicated in various neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and depression. Here we investigated whether 5-HT release released from the hippocampal terminals of MRR is subject to modulation by P2rx7s...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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