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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342142/midbrain-circuits-that-set-locomotor-speed-and-gait-selection
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V Caggiano, R Leiras, H Goñi-Erro, D Masini, C Bellardita, J Bouvier, V Caldeira, G Fisone, O Kiehn
Locomotion is a fundamental motor function common to the animal kingdom. It is implemented episodically and adapted to behavioural needs, including exploration, which requires slow locomotion, and escape behaviour, which necessitates faster speeds. The control of these functions originates in brainstem structures, although the neuronal substrate(s) that support them have not yet been elucidated. Here we show in mice that speed and gait selection are controlled by glutamatergic excitatory neurons (GlutNs) segregated in two distinct midbrain nuclei: the cuneiform nucleus (CnF) and the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN)...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342054/multicenter-us-clinical-trial-with-an-electric-acoustic-stimulation-eas-system-in-adults-final-outcomes
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Harold C Pillsbury, Margaret T Dillon, Craig A Buchman, Hinrich Staecker, Sandra M Prentiss, Michael J Ruckenstein, Douglas C Bigelow, Fred F Telischi, Diane M Martinez, Christina L Runge, David R Friedland, Nikolas H Blevins, Jannine B Larky, George Alexiades, David M Kaylie, Peter S Roland, Richard T Miyamoto, Douglas D Backous, Frank M Warren, Hussam K El-Kashlan, Heidi K Slager, Carisa Reyes, Allison I Racey, Oliver F Adunka
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the MED-EL Electric-Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) System, for adults with residual low-frequency hearing and severe-to-profound hearing loss in the mid to high frequencies. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, repeated measures. SETTING: Multicenter, hospital. PATIENTS: Seventy-three subjects implanted with PULSAR or SONATA cochlear implants with FLEX electrode arrays. INTERVENTION: Subjects were fit postoperatively with an audio processor, combining electric stimulation and acoustic amplification...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342050/intraoperative-cochlear-implant-device-testing-utilizing-an-automated-remote-system-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Amanda R Lohmann, Matthew L Carlson, Douglas P Sladen
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative cochlear implant device testing provides valuable information regarding device integrity, electrode position, and may assist with determining initial stimulation settings. Manual intraoperative device testing during cochlear implantation requires the time and expertise of a trained audiologist. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the feasibility of using automated remote intraoperative cochlear implant reverse telemetry testing as an alternative to standard testing...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341930/activation-of-estrogen-receptor-beta-er%C3%AE-regulates-the-expression-of-n-cadherin-e-cadherin-and-%C3%AE-catenin-in-androgen-independent-prostate-cancer-cells
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Rafael de Souza Silva, Ana Paola G Lombardi, Deborah Simão de Souza, Carolina M Vicente, Catarina S Porto
The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of the activation of estrogen receptors on expression and localization of N-cadherin, E-cadherin and non-phosphorylated β-catenin in androgen-independent prostate cancer cells (PC-3 and DU-145) and in human post pubertal prostate epithelial cells (PNT1A). Expression of N-cadherin was detected in PNT1A and PC-3 cells, but not in DU-145 cells. E-cadherin was detected only in DU-145 cells and β-catenin was detected in all cells studied. N-cadherin and β-catenin were located preferentially in the cellular membrane of PNT1A cells and in the cytoplasm of PC-3 cells...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341898/induction-of-alpha-synuclein-pathology-in-the-enteric-nervous-system-of-the-rat-and-non-human-primate-results-in-gastrointestinal-dysmotility-and-transient-cns-pathology
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Fredric P Manfredsson, Kelvin C Luk, Matthew J Benskey, Aysegul Guezer, Joanna Garcia, Nathan C Kuhn, Ivette M Sandoval, Joseph R Patterson, Alana O'Mara, Reid Yonkers, Jeffrey H Kordower
Alpha-Synuclein (α-syn) is by far the most highly vetted pathogenic and therapeutic target in Parkinson's disease. Aggregated α-syn is present in sporadic Parkinson's disease, both in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The enteric division of the PNS is of particular interest because 1) gastric dysfunction is a key clinical manifestation of Parkinson's disease, and 2) Lewy pathology in myenteric and submucosal neurons of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been referred to as stage zero in the Braak pathological staging of Parkinson's disease...
January 13, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341883/title-brain-region-specific-molecular-responses-to-maternal-separation-and-social-defeat-stress-in-mice
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Benjamin D Sachs, Ha L Tran, Emily Folse, Marc G Caron
The association between stress and mental illness has been well documented, but the molecular consequences of repeated exposure to stress have not been completely identified. The present study sought to elucidate the combinatorial effects of early life maternal separation stress and adult social defeat stress on alterations in signal transduction and gene expression that have been previously implicated in susceptibility to psychosocial stress. Molecular analyses were performed in the prelimbic/infralimbic cortex, amygdala, and nucleus accumbens, three brain regions that have been suggested to play critical roles in determining stress responses...
January 13, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341716/single-electron-and-single-photon-sensitivity-with-a-silicon-skipper-ccd
#7
Javier Tiffenberg, Miguel Sofo-Haro, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Rouven Essig, Yann Guardincerri, Steve Holland, Tomer Volansky, Tien-Tien Yu
We have developed ultralow-noise electronics in combination with repetitive, nondestructive readout of a thick, fully depleted charge-coupled device (CCD) to achieve an unprecedented noise level of 0.068  e^{-} rms/pixel. This is the first time that discrete subelectron readout noise has been achieved reproducible over millions of pixels on a stable, large-area detector. This enables the contemporaneous, discrete, and quantized measurement of charge in pixels, irrespective of whether they contain zero electrons or thousands of electrons...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341399/activation-of-the-hog1-mapk-by-the-ssk2-ssk22-map3ks-in-absence-of-the-osmosensors-is-not-sufficient-to-trigger-osmostress-adaptation-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Araceli Vázquez-Ibarra, Laia Subirana, Laura Ongay-Larios, Laura Kawasaki, Eréndira Rojas-Ortega, Miriam Rodríguez-González, Eulàlia de Nadal, Francesc Posas, Roberto Coria
Yeast cells respond to hyperosmotic stress by activating the HOG pathway, which consists of two branches, Hkr1/Msb2-Sho1 and Sln1, which trigger phosphorylation and nuclear internalisation of the Hog1 MAPK. In the nucleus, Hog1 regulates gene transcription and cell cycle progression, which allows the cell to respond and adapt to hyperosmotic conditions. This study demonstrates that the uncoupling of the known sensors of both branches of the pathway at the level of Ssk1 and Ste11 impairs cell growth in hyperosmotic medium...
January 17, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341331/the-relationship-between-thalamic-gaba-content-and-resting-cortical-rhythm-in-neuropathic-pain
#9
Flavia Di Pietro, Paul M Macey, Caroline D Rae, Zeynab Alshelh, Vaughan G Macefield, E Russell Vickers, Luke A Henderson
Recurrent thalamocortical connections are integral to the generation of brain rhythms and it is thought that the inhibitory action of the thalamic reticular nucleus is critical in setting these rhythms. Our work and others' has suggested that chronic pain that develops following nerve injury, that is, neuropathic pain, results from altered thalamocortical rhythm, although whether this dysrhythmia is associated with thalamic inhibitory function remains unknown. In this investigation, we used electroencephalography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate cortical power and thalamic GABAergic concentration in 20 patients with neuropathic pain and 20 pain-free controls...
January 17, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341317/apoptosis-induction-in-k562-human-myelogenous-leukaemia-cells-is-connected-to-the-modulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signalling-by-bhx-a-novel-pyrazoline-derivative
#10
Hanmei Bao, Qing Zhang, Yibo Du, Cai Zhang, Hui Xu, Zhongling Zhu, Zhao Yan
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to explore the effects of BHX on human chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) cells and to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CML cell line K562 cells were treated with BHX. The effects of BHX on cell proliferation, apoptosis and cell cycle were detected. Subsequently, the caspase, ATP activity, Ca2+ , ROS and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) levels treated with various concentrations of BHX were analysed...
January 16, 2018: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341303/cardiorespiratory-fitness-is-associated-with-enhanced-hippocampal-functional-connectivity-in-healthy-young-adults
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Chelsea M Stillman, Fatma Uyar, Haiqing Huang, George A Grove, Jennifer C Watt, Mariegold E Wollam, Kirk I Erickson
Consistent associations have been found between higher cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and indices of enhanced brain health and function, including behavioral measures of cognition as well as neuroimaging indicators such as regional brain volume. Several studies have reported that higher CRF levels are associated with a larger hippocampus, yet associations between volume and memory or functional connectivity metrics with the hippocampus remain poorly understood. Using a multi-modal framework, we hierarchically examine the association between CRF and hippocampal volume and resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) in younger adults (ages 22-38), as well as the relationship between these imaging markers and memory function...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340763/the-retinal-projection-to-the-nucleus-lentiformis-mesencephali-in-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata-and-anna-s-hummingbird-calypte-anna
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Cristian Gutierrez-Ibanez, Andrea H Gaede, Max R Dannish, Douglas L Altshuler, Douglas R Wylie
In birds, the nucleus of the basal optic root (nBOR) and the nucleus lentiformis mesencephali (LM) are retinal recipient nuclei involved in the analysis of optic flow and the generation of the optokinetic response. In both pigeons and chickens, retinal inputs to the nBOR arise from displaced ganglion cells (DGCs), which are found at the margin of the inner nuclear and inner plexiform layers. The LM receives afferents from retinal ganglion cells, but whether DGCs also project to LM is a matter of debate. Previous work in chickens had concluded that DGCs do not project to LM, but a recent study in pigeons found that both retinal ganglion cells and DGCs project to LM...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340288/7t-mri-subthalamic-nucleus-atlas-for-use-with-3t-mri
#13
Mikhail Milchenko, Scott A Norris, Kathleen Poston, Meghan C Campbell, Mwiza Ushe, Joel S Perlmutter, Abraham Z Snyder
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) reduces motor symptoms in most patients with Parkinson disease (PD), yet may produce untoward effects. Investigation of DBS effects requires accurate localization of the STN, which can be difficult to identify on magnetic resonance images collected with clinically available 3T scanners. The goal of this study is to develop a high-quality STN atlas that can be applied to standard 3T images. We created a high-definition STN atlas derived from seven older participants imaged at 7T...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340216/super-resolution-microscopy-in-studying-the-structure-and-function-of-the-cell-nucleus
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S S Ryabichko, A N Ibragimov, L A Lebedeva, E N Kozlov, Y V Shidlovskii
In recent decades, novel microscopic methods commonly referred to as super- resolution microscopy have been developed. These methods enable the visualization of a cell with a resolution of up to 10 nm. The application of these methods is of great interest in studying the structure and function of the cell nucleus. The review describes the main achievements in this field.
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339969/a-new-toolset-for-protein-expression-and-subcellular-localization-studies-in-citrus-and-its-application-to-citrus-tristeza-virus-proteins
#15
Amit Levy, Choaa El-Mochtar, Chunxia Wang, Michael Goodin, Vladimir Orbovic
Background: Transient gene expression is a powerful tool to study gene function in plants. In citrus, Agrobacterium transformation is the method of choice for transient expression studies, but this method does not work efficiently with many gene constructs, and there is a need for a more robust transient expression system in citrus leaves. Biolistic particle delivery is an alternative to Agrobacterium transformation, and in some plants, such as Arabidopsis, gives higher transformation rates in leaf tissues than Agrobacterium...
2018: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339832/clock%C3%AE-19-mutation-modifies-the-manner-of-synchrony-among-oscillation-neurons-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
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Mitsugu Sujino, Takeshi Asakawa, Mamoru Nagano, Satoshi Koinuma, Koh-Hei Masumoto, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi
In mammals, the principal circadian oscillator exists in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). In the SCN, CLOCK works as an essential component of molecular circadian oscillation, and ClockΔ19 mutant mice show unique characteristics of circadian rhythms such as extended free running periods, amplitude attenuation, and high-magnitude phase-resetting responses. Here we investigated what modifications occur in the spatiotemporal organization of clock gene expression in the SCN of ClockΔ19 mutants...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339724/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-controls-neural-and-behavioral-plasticity-in-response-to-cocaine
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Erin S Calipari, Arthur Godino, Emily G Peck, Marine Salery, Nicholas L Mervosh, Joseph A Landry, Scott J Russo, Yasmin L Hurd, Eric J Nestler, Drew D Kiraly
Cocaine addiction is characterized by dysfunction in reward-related brain circuits, leading to maladaptive motivation to seek and take the drug. There are currently no clinically available pharmacotherapies to treat cocaine addiction. Through a broad screen of innate immune mediators, we identify granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) as a potent mediator of cocaine-induced adaptations. Here we report that G-CSF potentiates cocaine-induced increases in neural activity in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and prefrontal cortex...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339537/stat3-pias3-levels-serve-as-early-signature-genes-in-the-development-of-high-grade-serous-carcinoma-from-the-fallopian-tube
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Uksha Saini, Adrian A Suarez, Shan Naidu, John J Wallbillich, Kristin Bixel, Ross Wanner, Jason Bice, Raleigh D Kladney, Jenny Lester, Beth Y Karlan, Paul J Goodfellow, David E Cohn, Karuppaiyah Selvendiran
The initial molecular events that lead to malignant transformation of the fimbria of the fallopian tube (FT) through high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSC) remain poorly understood. In this study, we report that increased expression of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (pSTAT3 Tyr705) and suppression or loss of protein inhibitor of activated STAT3 (PIAS3) in FT likely drive HGSC. We evaluated human tissues-benign normal FT, tubal peritoneal junction (TPJ), p53 signature fallopian tube tissue, tubal intraepithelial lesion in transition (TILT), serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC) without ovarian cancer, and HGSC for expression of STAT3/PIAS3 (compared with their known TP53 signature) and their target proliferation genes...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339520/targeted-knockout-of-a-chemokine-like-gene-increases-anxiety-and-fear-responses
#19
Jung-Hwa Choi, Yun-Mi Jeong, Sujin Kim, Boyoung Lee, Krishan Ariyasiri, Hyun-Taek Kim, Seung-Hyun Jung, Kyu-Seok Hwang, Tae-Ik Choi, Chul O Park, Won-Ki Huh, Matthias Carl, Jill A Rosenfeld, Salmo Raskin, Alan Ma, Jozef Gecz, Hyung-Goo Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Ho-Chul Shin, Doo-Sang Park, Robert Gerlai, Bradley B Jamieson, Joon S Kim, Karl J Iremonger, Sang H Lee, Hee-Sup Shin, Cheol-Hee Kim
Emotional responses, such as fear and anxiety, are fundamentally important behavioral phenomena with strong fitness components in most animal species. Anxiety-related disorders continue to represent a major unmet medical need in our society, mostly because we still do not fully understand the mechanisms of these diseases. Animal models may speed up discovery of these mechanisms. The zebrafish is a highly promising model organism in this field. Here, we report the identification of a chemokine-like gene family, samdori (sam), and present functional characterization of one of its members, sam2 We show exclusive mRNA expression of sam2 in the CNS, predominantly in the dorsal habenula, telencephalon, and hypothalamus...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339486/cell-type-specific-role-for-nucleus-accumbens-neuroligin-2-in-depression-and-stress-susceptibility
#20
Mitra Heshmati, Hossein Aleyasin, Caroline Menard, Daniel J Christoffel, Meghan E Flanigan, Madeline L Pfau, Georgia E Hodes, Ashley E Lepack, Lucy K Bicks, Aki Takahashi, Ramesh Chandra, Gustavo Turecki, Mary Kay Lobo, Ian Maze, Sam A Golden, Scott J Russo
Behavioral coping strategies are critical for active resilience to stress and depression; here we describe a role for neuroligin-2 (NLGN-2) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Neuroligins (NLGN) are a family of neuronal postsynaptic cell adhesion proteins that are constituents of the excitatory and inhibitory synapse. Importantly, NLGN-3 and NLGN-4 mutations are strongly implicated as candidates underlying the development of neuropsychiatric disorders with social disturbances such as autism, but the role of NLGN-2 in neuropsychiatric disease states is unclear...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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