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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051381/learning-enhanced-coupling-between-ripple-oscillations-in-association-cortices-and-hippocampus
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Dion Khodagholy, Jennifer N Gelinas, György Buzsáki
Consolidation of declarative memories requires hippocampal-neocortical communication. Although experimental evidence supports the role of sharp-wave ripples in transferring hippocampal information to the neocortex, the exact cortical destinations and the physiological mechanisms of such transfer are not known. We used a conducting polymer-based conformable microelectrode array (NeuroGrid) to record local field potentials and neural spiking across the dorsal cortical surface of the rat brain, combined with silicon probe recordings in the hippocampus, to identify candidate physiological patterns...
October 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050384/stimulating-thought-a-functional-mri-study-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-schizophrenia
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Natasza D Orlov, Owen O'Daly, Derek K Tracy, Yusuf Daniju, John Hodsoll, Lorena Valdearenas, John Rothwell, Sukhi S Shergill
Individuals with schizophrenia typically suffer a range of cognitive deficits, including prominent deficits in working memory and executive function. These difficulties are strongly predictive of functional outcomes, but there is a paucity of effective therapeutic interventions targeting these deficits. Transcranial direct current stimulation is a novel neuromodulatory technique with emerging evidence of potential pro-cognitive effects; however, there is limited understanding of its mechanism. This was a double-blind randomized sham controlled pilot study of transcranial direct current stimulation on a working memory (n-back) and executive function (Stroop) task in 28 individuals with schizophrenia using functional magnetic resonance imaging...
September 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038222/post-training-reversible-disconnection-of-the-ventral-hippocampal-basolateral-amygdaloid-circuits-impairs-consolidation-of-inhibitory-avoidance-memory-in-rats
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Gong-Wu Wang, Jian Liu, Xiao-Qin Wang
The ventral hippocampus (VH) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA) are both crucial in inhibitory avoidance (IA) memory. However, the exact role of the VH-BLA circuit in IA memory consolidation is unclear. This study investigated the effect of post-training reversible disconnection of the VH-BLA circuit in IA memory consolidation. Male Wistar rats with implanted guide cannulae were trained with a one-trial IA task, then received immediate intracerebral injections of muscimol or saline, and were tested 24 h later...
November 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038221/prazosin-during-threat-discrimination-boosts-memory-of-the-safe-stimulus
#4
Philipp Homan, Qi Lin, James W Murrough, Laili Soleimani, Dominik R Bach, Roger L Clem, Daniela Schiller
The α-1 adrenoreceptor antagonist prazosin has shown promise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, but its mechanisms are not well understood. Here we administered prazosin or placebo prior to threat conditioning (day 1) and tested subsequent extinction (day 2) and reextinction (day 3) in healthy human participants. Prazosin did not affect threat conditioning but augmented stimulus discrimination during extinction and reextinction, via lower responding to the safe stimulus. These results suggest that prazosin during threat acquisition may have influenced encoding or consolidation of safety processing in particular, subsequently leading to enhanced discrimination between the safe and threatening stimuli...
November 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038220/context-memory-formation-requires-activity-dependent-protein-degradation-in-the-hippocampus
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Patrick K Cullen, Nicole C Ferrara, Shane E Pullins, Fred J Helmstetter
Numerous studies have indicated that the consolidation of contextual fear memories supported by an aversive outcome like footshock requires de novo protein synthesis as well as protein degradation mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS). Context memory formed in the absence of an aversive stimulus by simple exposure to a novel environment requires de novo protein synthesis in both the dorsal (dHPC) and ventral (vHPC) hippocampus. However, the role of UPS-mediated protein degradation in the consolidation of context memory in the absence of a strong aversive stimulus has not been investigated...
November 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038217/hippocampal-area-ca1-and-remote-memory-in-rats
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Amber C Ocampo, Larry R Squire, Robert E Clark
Hippocampal lesions often produce temporally graded retrograde amnesia (TGRA), whereby recent memory is impaired more than remote memory. This finding has provided support for the process of systems consolidation. However, temporally graded memory impairment has not been observed with the watermaze task, and the findings have been inconsistent with context fear conditioning. One possibility is that large hippocampal lesions indirectly disrupt (by retrograde degeneration) the function of areas that project to the hippocampus that are important for task performance or thought to be important for storing consolidated memories...
November 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030299/enhancing-early-consolidation-of-human-episodic-memory-by-theta-eeg-neurofeedback
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Roman Rozengurt, Limor Shtoots, Aviv Sheriff, Ofir Sadka, Daniel A Levy
Consolidation of newly formed memories is readily disrupted, but can it be enhanced? Given the prominent role of hippocampal theta oscillations in memory formation and retrieval, we hypothesized that upregulating theta power during early stages of consolidation might benefit memory stability and persistence. We used EEG neurofeedback to enable participants to selectively increase theta power in their EEG spectra following episodic memory encoding, while other participants engaged in low beta-focused neurofeedback or passively viewed a neutral nature movie...
October 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030298/linking-muscarinic-receptor-activation-to-ups-mediated-object-memory-destabilization-implications-for-long-term-memory-modification-and-storage
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Mikaela L Stiver, Jacob M Cloke, Natalie Nightingale, Julian Rizos, William S Messer, Boyer D Winters
Consolidated memories can become destabilized during reactivation, resulting in a transient state of instability, a process that has been hypothesized to underlie long-term memory updating. Consistent with this notion, relatively remote memories, which are resistant to standard destabilization procedures, are reliably destabilized when novel information (i.e., the opportunity for memory updating) is present during reactivation. We have also shown that cholinergic muscarinic receptor (mAChR) activation can similarly destabilize consolidated object memories...
October 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030296/modulating-influences-of-memory-strength-and-sensitivity-of-the-retrieval-test-on-the-detectability-of-the-sleep-consolidation-effect
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Sarah F Schoch, Maren J Cordi, Björn Rasch
Emotionality can increase recall probability of memories as emotional information is highly relevant for future adaptive behavior. It has been proposed that memory processes acting during sleep selectively promote the consolidation of emotional memories, so that neutral memories no longer profit from sleep consolidation after learning. This appears as a selective effect of sleep for emotional memories. However, other factors contribute to the appearance of a consolidation benefit and influence this interpretation...
October 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028150/potential-of-micrornas-as-novel-targets-in-the-alleviation-of-pathological-fear
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REVIEW
Conor P Murphy, Nicolas Singewald
The current treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias and other anxiety disorders, remains insufficient particularly in producing long-lasting full symptom control. Dysfunctional fear processing is common in these disorders, including a deficiency in fear-inhibitory mechanisms and impairment in the ability to discriminate between safety and danger cues. Research has aimed to elucidate brain circuitries, neurotransmitters and downstream signaling pathways important in the alleviation of aberrant fear, with a specific focus on mechanisms modulating fear memory and its behavioral expression...
October 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021536/eeg-transients-in-the-sigma-range-during-non-rem-sleep-predict-learning-in-dogs
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Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev, Anna Kis, Róbert Bódizs, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Enikő Kubinyi
Sleep spindles are phasic bursts of thalamo-cortical activity, visible in the cortex as transient oscillations in the sigma range (usually defined in humans as 12-14 or 9-16 Hz). They have been associated with sleep-dependent memory consolidation and sleep stability in humans and rodents. Occurrence, frequency, amplitude and duration of sleep spindles co-vary with age, sex and psychiatric conditions. Spindle analogue activity in dogs has been qualitatively described, but never quantified and related to function...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017931/acute-nicotine-disrupts-consolidation-of-contextual-fear-extinction-and-alters-long-term-memory-associated-hippocampal-kinase-activity
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Munir Gunes Kutlu, Brendan Garrett, Sana Gadiwalla, Jessica M Tumolo, Thomas J Gould
Previous research has shown that acute nicotine, an agonist of nAChRs, impaired fear extinction. However, the effects of acute nicotine on consolidation of contextual fear extinction memories and associated cell signaling cascades are unknown. Therefore, we examined the effects of acute nicotine injections before (pre-extinction) and after (post-extinction) contextual fear extinction on behavior and the phosphorylation of dorsal and ventral hippocampal ERK1/2 and JNK1 and protein levels on the 1st and 3rd day of extinction...
October 7, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993465/camp-signaling-mediates-behavioral-flexibility-and-consolidation-of-social-status-in-drosophila-aggression
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Nitin Singh Chouhan, Krithika Mohan, Aurnab Ghose
Social rituals, like male-male aggression in Drosophila, are often stereotyped and the component behavioral patterns modular. The likelihood of transition from one behavioral pattern to another is malleable by experience and confers flexibility to the behavioral repertoire. Experience-dependent modification of innate aggressive behavior in flies alters fighting strategies during fights and establishes dominant-subordinate relationships. Dominance hierarchies resulting from agonistic encounters are consolidated to longer lasting social status-dependent behavioral modifications resulting in a robust loser effect...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983265/the-aip-model-of-emdr-therapy-and-pathogenic-memories
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Michael Hase, Ute M Balmaceda, Luca Ostacoli, Peter Liebermann, Arne Hofmann
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been widely recognized as an efficacious treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the last years more insight has been gained regarding the efficacy of EMDR therapy in a broad field of mental disorders beyond PTSD. The cornerstone of EMDR therapy is its unique model of pathogenesis and change: the adaptive information processing (AIP) model. The AIP model developed by F. Shapiro has found support and differentiation in recent studies on the importance of memories in the pathogenesis of a range of mental disorders beside PTSD...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982375/pkr-involvement-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
REVIEW
Jacques Hugon, François Mouton-Liger, Julien Dumurgier, Claire Paquet
BACKGROUND: Brain lesions in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are characterized by Aβ accumulation, neurofibrillary tangles, and synaptic and neuronal vanishing. According to the amyloid cascade hypothesis, Aβ1-42 oligomers could trigger a neurotoxic cascade with kinase activation that leads to tau phosphorylation and neurodegeneration. Detrimental pathways that are associated with kinase activation could also be linked to the triggering of direct neuronal death, the production of free radicals, and neuroinflammation...
October 5, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973902/drk-mediated-signaling-to-rho-kinase-is-required-for-anesthesia-resistant-memory-in-drosophila
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Vasileia Kotoula, Anastasios Moressis, Ourania Semelidou, Efthimios M C Skoulakis
Anesthesia-resistant memory (ARM) was described decades ago, but the mechanisms that underlie this protein synthesis-independent form of consolidated memory in Drosophila remain poorly understood. Whether the several signaling molecules, receptors, and synaptic proteins currently implicated in ARM operate in one or more pathways and how they function in the process remain unclear. We present evidence that Drk, the Drosophila ortholog of the adaptor protein Grb2, is essential for ARM within adult mushroom body neurons...
September 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968740/activity-dependent-neuroplasticity-induced-by-an-enriched-environment-reverses-cognitive-deficits-in-scribble-deficient-mouse
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Muna L Hilal, Maité M Moreau, Claudia Racca, Vera L Pinheiro, Nicolas H Piguel, Marie-Josée Santoni, Steve Dos Santos Carvalho, Jean-Michel Blanc, Yah-Se K Abada, Ronan Peyroutou, Chantal Medina, Hélène Doat, Thomas Papouin, Laurent Vuillard, Jean-Paul Borg, Rivka Rachel, Aude Panatier, Mireille Montcouquiol, Stéphane H R Oliet, Nathalie Sans
Planar cell polarity (PCP) signaling is well known to play a critical role during prenatal brain development; whether it plays specific roles at postnatal stages remains rather unknown. Here, we investigated the role of a key PCP-associated gene scrib in CA1 hippocampal structure and function at postnatal stages. We found that Scrib is required for learning and memory consolidation in the Morris water maze as well as synaptic maturation and NMDAR-dependent bidirectional plasticity. Furthermore, we unveiled a direct molecular interaction between Scrib and PP1/PP2A phosphatases whose levels were decreased in postsynaptic density of conditional knock-out mice...
November 22, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968688/mir-181a-participates-in-contextual-fear-memory-formation-via-activating-mtor-signaling-pathway
#18
Xu-Feng Xu, Xu Jing, Hui-Xian Ma, Rong-Rong Yuan, Qing Dong, Jun-Lu Dong, Xiao-Fei Han, Zhe-Yu Chen, Xiang-Zhi Li, Yue Wang
Long-term memory formation has been proven to require gene expression and new protein synthesis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), as an endogenous small non-coding RNAs, inhibit the expression of their mRNA targets, through which involve in new memory formation. In this study, elevated miR-181a levels were found to be responsible for hippocampal contextual fear memory consolidation. Using a luciferase reporter assay, we indicated that miR-181a targets 2 upstream molecules of mTOR pathway, namely, PRKAA1 and REDD1. Upregulated miR-181a can downregulate the PRKAA1 and REDD1 protein levels and promote mTOR activity to facilitate hippocampal fear memory consolidation...
August 22, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966578/plasticity-during-sleep-is-linked-to-specific-regulation-of-cortical-circuit-activity
#19
Niels Niethard, Andrea Burgalossi, Jan Born
Sleep is thought to be involved in the regulation of synaptic plasticity in two ways: by enhancing local plastic processes underlying the consolidation of specific memories and by supporting global synaptic homeostasis. Here, we briefly summarize recent structural and functional studies examining sleep-associated changes in synaptic morphology and neural excitability. These studies point to a global down-scaling of synaptic strength across sleep while a subset of synapses increases in strength. Similarly, neuronal excitability on average decreases across sleep, whereas subsets of neurons increase firing rates across sleep...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962173/tetramethylpyrazine-reduces-blood-brain-barrier-permeability-associated-with-enhancement-of-peripheral-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-effects-for-treating-traumatic-brain-injury
#20
Aimin Wang, Guangbin Zhu, Ping Qian, Tao Zhu
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a diverse group of intracranial injuries resulting from external mechanical insults to the brain. While basic and clinical research for TBI has been conducted for decades, it has not identified cost-effective medical interventions for treating TBI. Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP), which is derived from the Chinese herb, Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort (Chuan Xiong), has been clinically used for treating ischemic brain injury for years. However, whether TMP could provide effective benefits for improving the outcomes following TBI is unknown...
September 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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