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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548084/perirhinal-firing-patterns-are-sustained-across-large-spatial-segments-of-the-task-environment
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Jeroen J Bos, Martin Vinck, Laura A van Mourik-Donga, Jadin C Jackson, Menno P Witter, Cyriel M A Pennartz
Spatial navigation and memory depend on the neural coding of an organism's location. Fine-grained coding of location is thought to depend on the hippocampus. Likewise, animals benefit from knowledge parsing their environment into larger spatial segments, which are relevant for task performance. Here we investigate how such knowledge may be coded, and whether this occurs in structures in the temporal lobe, supplying cortical inputs to the hippocampus. We found that neurons in the perirhinal cortex of rats generate sustained firing patterns that discriminate large segments of the task environment...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539881/the-influence-of-mexican-hat-recurrent-connectivity-on-noise-correlations-and-stimulus-encoding
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Robert Meyer, Josef Ladenbauer, Klaus Obermayer
Noise correlations are a common feature of neural responses and have been observed in many cortical areas across different species. These correlations can influence information processing by enhancing or diminishing the quality of the neural code, but the origin of these correlations is still a matter of controversy. In this computational study we explore the hypothesis that noise correlations are the result of local recurrent excitatory and inhibitory connections. We simulated two-dimensional networks of adaptive spiking neurons with local connection patterns following Gaussian kernels...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536319/-the-role-of-lncrna-in-regulation-of-neural-stem-cell-fate
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Ryuta Kinoshita, Yusuke Kishi, Yukiko Gotoh
Recent advances in analysis technology have revealed that non-coding RNAs(ncRNA)that are not translated and function as RNA itself. It has been revealed that long ncRNA(lncRNA), which has more than and 200 nucleotides, is involved in the regulation of fate decision in neural stem cells. In this article, we introduce some functional lncRNAs regulating neural stem cells and discuss the future perspective about this field.
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536200/modulation-of-sensory-information-processing-by-a-neuroglobin-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Shigekazu Oda, Yu Toyoshima, Mario de Bono
Sensory receptor neurons match their dynamic range to ecologically relevant stimulus intensities. How this tuning is achieved is poorly understood in most receptors. The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans avoids 21% O2 and hypoxia and prefers intermediate O2 concentrations. We show how this O2 preference is sculpted by the antagonistic action of a neuroglobin and an O2-binding soluble guanylate cyclase. These putative molecular O2 sensors confer a sigmoidal O2 response curve in the URX neurons that has highest slope between 15 and 19% O2 and approaches saturation when O2 reaches 21%...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533748/cerebral-dynamics-during-the-observation-of-point-light-displays-depicting-postural-adjustments
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Eduardo F Martins, Thiago Lemos, Ghislain Saunier, Thierry Pozzo, Daniel Fraiman, Claudia D Vargas
Objective: As highly social creatures, human beings rely part of their skills of identifying, interpreting, and predicting the actions of others on the ability of perceiving biological motion. In the present study, we aim to investigate the electroencephalographic (EEG) cerebral dynamics involved in the coding of postural control and examine whether upright stance would be codified through the activation of the temporal-parietal cortical network classically enrolled in the coding of biological motion. Design: We registered the EEG activity of 12 volunteers while they passively watched point light displays (PLD) depicting quiet stable (QB) and an unstable (UB) postural situations and their respective scrambled controls (QS and US)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532644/increasing-gaba-reverses-age-related-alterations-in-excitatory-receptive-fields-and-intensity-coding-of-auditory-midbrain-neurons%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-aged-mice
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Elliott J Brecht, Kathy Barsz, Benjamin Gross, Joseph P Walton
A key feature of age-related hearing loss is a reduction in the expression of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central auditory system. This loss is partially responsible for changes in central auditory processing, as inhibitory receptive fields play a critical role in shaping neural responses to sound stimuli. Vigabatrin (VGB), an antiepileptic agent that irreversibly inhibits γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) transaminase, leads to increased availability of GABA throughout the brain. This study used multi-channel electrophysiology measurements to assess the excitatory frequency response areas in old CBA mice to which VGB had been administered...
April 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532357/visual-object-recognition-do-we-finally-know-more-now-than-we-did
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Isabel Gauthier, Michael J Tarr
How do we recognize objects despite changes in their appearance? The past three decades have been witness to intense debates regarding both whether objects are encoded invariantly with respect to viewing conditions and whether specialized, separable mechanisms are used for the recognition of different object categories. We argue that such dichotomous debates ask the wrong question. Much more important is the nature of object representations: What are features that enable invariance or differential processing between categories? Although the nature of object features is still an unanswered question, new methods for connecting data to models show significant potential for helping us to better understand neural codes for objects...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530717/sparse-coding-with-memristor-networks
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Patrick M Sheridan, Fuxi Cai, Chao Du, Wen Ma, Zhengya Zhang, Wei D Lu
Sparse representation of information provides a powerful means to perform feature extraction on high-dimensional data and is of broad interest for applications in signal processing, computer vision, object recognition and neurobiology. Sparse coding is also believed to be a key mechanism by which biological neural systems can efficiently process a large amount of complex sensory data while consuming very little power. Here, we report the experimental implementation of sparse coding algorithms in a bio-inspired approach using a 32 × 32 crossbar array of analog memristors...
May 22, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528185/simvastatin-ameliorate-memory-deficits-and-inflammation-in-clinical-and-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-via-modulating-the-expression-of-mir-106b
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Wenzhong Huang, Zhenyu Li, Liandong Zhao, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) as a neurodegenerative brain disorder is a devastating pathology leading to disastrous cognitive impairments and dementia, and several studies have shown that AD is closely related to the inflammation, so anti-inflammatory treatment may provide therapeutic benefits. In this study, the effect of simvastatin on inflammation was investigated and the underlying mechanisms were explored. METHODS: First, we tested the effect of simvastatin on AD in clinical research...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523544/drug-addiction-and-histone-code-alterations
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Hee-Dae Kim, Tanessa Call, Samantha Magazu, Deveroux Ferguson
Acute and prolonged exposure to drugs of abuse induces changes in gene expression, synaptic function, and neural plasticity in brain regions involved in reward. Numerous genes are involved in this process, and persistent changes in gene expression coincide with epigenetic histone modifications and DNA methylation. Histone modifications are attractive regulatory mechanisms, which can encode complex environmental signals in the genome of postmitotic cells, like neurons. Recently, it has been demonstrated that specific histone modifications are involved in addiction-related gene regulatory mechanisms, by a diverse set of histone-modifying enzymes and readers...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521140/distinct-sources-of-deterministic-and-stochastic-components-of-action-timing-decisions-in-rodent-frontal-cortex
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Masayoshi Murakami, Hanan Shteingart, Yonatan Loewenstein, Zachary F Mainen
The selection and timing of actions are subject to determinate influences such as sensory cues and internal state as well as to effectively stochastic variability. Although stochastic choice mechanisms are assumed by many theoretical models, their origin and mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we investigated this issue by studying how neural circuits in the frontal cortex determine action timing in rats performing a waiting task. Electrophysiological recordings from two regions necessary for this behavior, medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and secondary motor cortex (M2), revealed an unexpected functional dissociation...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520725/reading-positional-codes-with-fmri-problems-and-solutions
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Kristjan Kalm, Dennis Norris
Neural mechanisms which bind items into sequences have been investigated in a large body of research in animal neurophysiology and human neuroimaging. However, a major problem in interpreting this data arises from a fact that several unrelated processes, such as memory load, sensory adaptation, and reward expectation, also change in a consistent manner as the sequence unfolds. In this paper we use computational simulations and data from two fMRI experiments to show that a host of unrelated neural processes can masquerade as sequence representations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515277/histone-chaperone-hira-regulates-neural-progenitor-cell-proliferation-and-neurogenesis-via-%C3%AE-catenin
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Yanxin Li, Jianwei Jiao
Histone cell cycle regulator (HIRA) is a histone chaperone and has been identified as an epigenetic regulator. Subsequent studies have provided evidence that HIRA plays key roles in embryonic development, but its function during early neurogenesis remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate that HIRA is enriched in neural progenitor cells, and HIRA knockdown reduces neural progenitor cell proliferation, increases terminal mitosis and cell cycle exit, and ultimately results in premature neuronal differentiation. Additionally, we demonstrate that HIRA enhances β-catenin expression by recruiting H3K4 trimethyltransferase Setd1A, which increases H3K4me3 levels and heightens the promoter activity of β-catenin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514151/deepppi-boosting-prediction-of-protein-protein-interactions-with-deep-neural-networks
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Xiuquan Du, Shiwei Sun, Changlin Hu, Yu Yao, Yuanting Yan, Yanping Zhang
The complex language of eukaryotic gene expression remains incompletely understood. Despite the importance suggested by many proteins variants statistically associated with human disease, nearly all such variants have unknown mechanisms, for example, protein-protein interactions (PPIs). In this study, we address this challenge using a recent machine learning advance-deep neural networks (DNNs). We aim at improving the performance of PPIs prediction and propose a method called DeepPPI (Deep neural networks for Protein-Protein Interactions prediction), which employs deep neural networks to learn effectively the representations of proteins from common protein descriptors...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508773/word-sense-disambiguation-of-medical-terms-via-recurrent-convolutional-neural-networks
#15
Sven Festag, Cord Spreckelsen
BACKGROUND: Tagging text data with codes representing biomedical concepts plays an important role in medical data management and analysis. A problem occurs if there are ambiguous words linked to several concepts. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: This study aims at investigating word sense disambiguation based on word embedding and recurrent convolutional neural networks. The study focuses on terms mapped to multiple concepts of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505235/view-independent-working-memory-representations-of-artificial-shapes-in-prefrontal-and-posterior-regions-of-the-human-brain
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Thomas B Christophel, Carsten Allefeld, Christian Endisch, John-Dylan Haynes
Traditional views of visual working memory postulate that memorized contents are stored in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex using an adaptive and flexible code. In contrast, recent studies proposed that contents are maintained by posterior brain areas using codes akin to perceptual representations. An important question is whether this reflects a difference in the level of abstraction between posterior and prefrontal representations. Here, we investigated whether neural representations of visual working memory contents are view-independent, as indicated by rotation-invariance...
May 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505152/a-predictive-coding-account-of-bistable-perception-a-model-based-fmri-study
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Veith Weilnhammer, Heiner Stuke, Guido Hesselmann, Philipp Sterzer, Katharina Schmack
In bistable vision, subjective perception wavers between two interpretations of a constant ambiguous stimulus. This dissociation between conscious perception and sensory stimulation has motivated various empirical studies on the neural correlates of bistable perception, but the neurocomputational mechanism behind endogenous perceptual transitions has remained elusive. Here, we recurred to a generic Bayesian framework of predictive coding and devised a model that casts endogenous perceptual transitions as a consequence of prediction errors emerging from residual evidence for the suppressed percept...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504898/dissociable-contributions-of-imagination-and-willpower-to-the-malleability-of-human-patience
#18
Adrianna C Jenkins, Ming Hsu
The ability to exercise patience is important for human functioning. Although it is known that patience can be promoted by using top-down control, or willpower, to override impatient impulses, patience is also malleable-in particular, susceptible to framing effects-in ways that are difficult to explain using willpower alone. So far, the mechanisms underlying framing effects on patience have been elusive. We investigated the role of imagination in these effects. In a behavioral experiment (Experiment 1), a classic framing manipulation (sequence framing) increased self-reported and independently coded imagination during intertemporal choice...
May 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502662/-what-not-detectors-help-the-brain-see-in-depth
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Nuno R Goncalves, Andrew E Welchman
Binocular stereopsis is one of the primary cues for three-dimensional (3D) vision in species ranging from insects to primates. Understanding how the brain extracts depth from two different retinal images represents a tractable challenge in sensory neuroscience that has so far evaded full explanation. Central to current thinking is the idea that the brain needs to identify matching features in the two retinal images (i.e., solving the "stereoscopic correspondence problem") so that the depth of objects in the world can be triangulated...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498721/mechanisms-of-deubiquitinase-specificity-and-regulation
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Tycho E T Mevissen, David Komander
Protein ubiquitination is one of the most powerful posttranslational modifications of proteins, as it regulates a plethora of cellular processes in distinct manners. Simple monoubiquitination events coexist with more complex forms of polyubiquitination, the latter featuring many different chain architectures. Ubiquitin can be subjected to further posttranslational modifications (e.g., phosphorylation and acetylation) and can also be part of mixed polymers with ubiquitin-like modifiers such as SUMO (small ubiquitinrelated modifier) or NEDD8 (neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 8)...
May 12, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
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