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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667927/biophysics-of-object-segmentation-in-a-collision-detecting-neuron
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Richard Burkett Dewell, Fabrizio Gabbiani
Collision avoidance is critical for survival, including in humans, and many species possess visual neurons exquisitely sensitive to objects approaching on a collision course. Here, we demonstrate that a collision-detecting neuron can detect the spatial coherence of a simulated impending object, thereby carrying out a computation akin to object segmentation critical for proper escape behavior. At the cellular level, object segmentation relies on a precise selection of the spatiotemporal pattern of synaptic inputs by dendritic membrane potential-activated channels...
April 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667473/harnessing-neuroplasticity-modern-approaches-and-clinical-future
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Andrew Octavian Sasmita, Joshua Kuruvilla, Anna Pick Kiong Ling
Neurological diseases and injuries to the nervous system may cause inadvertent damage to neuronal and synaptic structures. Such phenomenon would catastrophically accumulate, leading to the development of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders which might affect memory, cognition, and motoric functions. The body has various negative feedback systems which are able to induce beneficial neuroplastic changes in mediating some neuronal damage, however, such efforts are often not enough to ameliorate the derogatory changes...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667225/activation-of-central-gaba-b-receptors-offsets-the-cyclosporine-counteraction-of-endotoxic-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-conscious-rats
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Marwa Y Sallam, Sahar M El-Gowilly, Abdel-Galil A Abdel-Galil, Mahmoud M El-Mas
We have previously shown that cyclosporine (CSA) counteracts cardiovascular manifestations induced by endotoxemia (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) such as hypotension and cardiac autonomic dysfunction in conscious rats. In this study we investigated whether the facilitation of central γ-amino butyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission blunts these favorable influences of CSA. The LPS-CSA interaction was determined in the absence and presence of drugs that activate GABAA or GABAB receptors or elevate synaptic GABA levels in the central nervous system...
April 18, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667190/age-related-changes-in-late-i-waves-influence-motor-cortex-plasticity-induction-in-older-adults
#4
George M Opie, John Cirillo, John G Semmler
KEYPOINTS SUMMARY: The response to neuroplasticity interventions using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is reduced in older adults, which may be due, in part, to age-related alterations in interneuronal (I-wave) circuitry. The current study investigated age-related changes in interneuronal characteristics and whether they influence motor cortical plasticity in older adults. While I-wave recruitment was unaffected by age, there was a shift in the temporal characteristics of the late, but not early I-waves...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665773/identification-and-characterization-of-functional-modules-reflecting-transcriptome-transition-during-human-neuron-maturation
#5
Zhisong He, Qianhui Yu
BACKGROUND: Neuron maturation is a critical process in neurogenesis, during which neurons gain their morphological, electrophysiological and molecular characteristics for their functions as the central components of the nervous system. RESULTS: To better understand the molecular changes during this process, we combined the protein-protein interaction network and public single cell RNA-seq data of mature and immature neurons to identify functional modules relevant to the neuron maturation process in humans...
April 17, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665150/ion-gated-synaptic-transistors-based-on-2d-van-der-waals-crystals-with-tunable-diffusive-dynamics
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Jiadi Zhu, Yuchao Yang, Rundong Jia, Zhongxin Liang, Wen Zhu, Zia Ur Rehman, Lin Bao, Xiaoxian Zhang, Yimao Cai, Li Song, Ru Huang
Neuromorphic computing represents an innovative technology that can perform intelligent and energy-efficient computation, whereas construction of neuromorphic systems requires biorealistic synaptic elements with rich dynamics that can be tuned based on a robust mechanism. Here, an ionic-gating-modulated synaptic transistor based on layered crystals of transitional metal dichalcogenides and phosphorus trichalcogenides is demonstrated, which produce a diversity of short-term and long-term plasticity including excitatory postsynaptic current, paired pulse facilitation, spiking-rate-dependent plasticity, dynamic filtering, etc...
April 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664743/motor-learning-triggers-neuroplastic-processes-while-awake-and-during-sleep
#7
Nicole Wenderoth
Behavioral changes characteristic for motor learning result from synaptic plasticity within the sensorimotor system. This review summarizes how the central nervous system responds rapidly to motor activity while awake. It then discusses evidence for the hypothesis that sleep is essential for both stabilizing previously acquired motor memories and maintaining the brain's efficacy to undergo plastic changes to learn new skills.
April 16, 2018: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663737/visualization-of-synaptic-vesicle-dynamics-with-fluorescence-proteins
#8
Wang Li, Chunyang Geng, Bo Liu
Synaptic vesicle (SV) will be transported to the bouton along the axon, once it is formed in a cell body. After docking in the active zone, neurotransmitters will be released upon the stimulation, and then transmission of chemical signals will be initiated. Presently, many advanced technologies and burgeoning molecular sensors are being used to explore the synaptic transmission. These studies provide a new sight into the presynaptic structure and its function. The present review summarizes the application of fluorescent proteins (FPs) for SV tracking and recycling...
2018: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663736/platelets-lymphocytes-and-erythrocytes-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-the-quest-for-blood-cell-based-biomarkers
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Ryszard Pluta, Marzena Ułamek-Kozioł, Sławomir Januszewski, Stanisław J Czuczwar
In elderly population, Alzheimer's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder and accounts for about 70% of all cases of dementia. The neurodegenerative processes of this disease start presumably 20 years ahead of the clinical beginning of the disorder. The postmortem histopathological examination, brains from Alzheimer's disease patients with characteristic features like amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, neuronal and synaptic disintegration confirm the final diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease...
2018: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663392/sushi-repeat-containing-protein-x-linked-2-a-novel-phylogenetically-conserved-hypothalamo-pituitary-protein
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Mehwish Anwer, Tamuna Bolkvadze, Xavier Ekolle Ndode-Ekane, Noora Puhakka, Tuomas Rauramaa, Ville Leinonen, Erwin A van Vliet, Dick F Swaab, Annakaisa Haapasalo, Stina Leskelä, Nea Bister, Tarja Malm, Synnöve Carlson, Eleonora Aronica, Asla Pitkänen
Sushi repeat-containing protein X-linked 2 (SRPX2) is a novel protein associated with language development, synaptic plasticity, tissue remodeling, and angiogenesis. We investigated the expression and spatial localization of SRPX2 in normal mouse, rat, monkey, and human brain using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Antibody specificity was determined using in vitro siRNA based silencing of SRPX2. Cell type-specific expression was verified by double-labeling with oxytocin or vasopressin. Western blot was used to detect SRPX2 protein in rat and human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663284/fluoxetine-modulates-the-activity-of-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-via-mtor-signaling
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Ilaria Barone, Riccardo Melani, Marco Mainardi, Gaia Scabia, Manuela Scali, Alessia Dattilo, Giovanni Ceccarini, Paolo Vitti, Ferruccio Santini, Lamberto Maffei, Tommaso Pizzorusso, Margherita Maffei
Hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons are important players in the regulation of energy homeostasis; we previously demonstrated that environmental stimulation excites arcuate nucleus circuits to undergo plastic remodeling, leading to altered ratio between excitatory and inhibitory synaptic contacts on these neurons. The widely used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine (FLX) is known to affect body weight. On the other hand, FLX administration mimics the effects of environmental stimulation on synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and cortex...
April 16, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662946/differences-in-the-electrophysiological-properties-of-mouse-somatosensory-layer-2-3-neurons-in-vivo-and-slice-stem-from-intrinsic-sources-rather-than-a-network-generated-high-conductance-state
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Fernando R Fernandez, Bahar Rahsepar, John A White
Synaptic activity in vivo can potentially alter the integration properties of neurons. Using recordings in awake mice, we targeted somatosensory layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons and compared neuronal properties with those from slices. Pyramidal cells in vivo had lower resistance and gain values, as well as broader spikes and increased spike frequency adaptation compared to the same cells in slices. Increasing conductance in neurons using dynamic clamp to levels observed in vivo , however, did not lessen the differences between in vivo and slice conditions...
March 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662939/ltp-or-ltd-modeling-the-influence-of-stress-on-synaptic-plasticity
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Achim Peters, Cordula Reisch, Dirk Langemann
In cognitive memory, long-term potentiation (LTP) has been shown to occur when presynaptic and postsynaptic activities are highly correlated and glucocorticoid concentrations are in an optimal (i.e., low normal) range. In all other conditions, LTP is attenuated or even long-term depression (LTD) occurs. In this paper, we focus on NMDA receptor (NMDA-R)-dependent LTP and LTD, two processes involving various molecular mechanisms. To understand which of these mechanisms are indispensable for explaining the experimental evidence reported in the literature, we here propose a parsimonious model of NMDA-R-dependent synaptic plasticity...
January 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662440/electrophysiological-properties-of-melanin-concentrating-hormone-and-orexin-neurons-in-adolescent-rats
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Victoria Linehan, Michiru Hirasawa
Orexin and melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) neurons have complementary roles in various physiological functions including energy balance and the sleep/wake cycle. in vitro electrophysiological studies investigating these cells typically use post-weaning rodents, corresponding to adolescence. However, it is unclear whether these neurons are functionally mature at this period and whether these studies can be generalized to adult cells. Therefore, we examined the electrophysiological properties of orexin and MCH neurons in brain slices from post-weaning rats and found that MCH neurons undergo an age-dependent reduction in excitability, but not orexin neurons...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662436/the-neuroglial-dialog-between-cannabinoids-and-hemichannels
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Valeria C Labra, Cristian A Santibáñez, Rosario Gajardo-Gómez, Esteban F Díaz, Gonzalo I Gómez, Juan A Orellana
The formation of gap junctions was initially thought to be the central role of connexins, however, recent evidence had brought to light the high relevance of unopposed hemichannels as an independent mechanism for the selective release of biomolecules during physiological and pathological conditions. In the healthy brain, the physiological opening of astrocyte hemichannels modulates basal excitatory synaptic transmission. At the other end, the release of potentially neurotoxic compounds through astroglial hemichannels and pannexons has been insinuated as one of the functional alterations that negatively affect the progression of multiple brain diseases...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661964/refinement-of-spatial-receptive-fields-in-the-developing-mouse-lgn-is-coordinated-with-excitatory-and-inhibitory-remodeling
#16
Wayne W Tschetter, Gubbi Govindaiah, Ian M Etherington, William Guido, Cristopher M Niell
Receptive field properties of individual visual neurons are dictated by the precise patterns of synaptic connections they receive, including the arrangement of inputs in visual space and features such as polarity (On versus Off). The inputs from retina to the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) in the mouse undergo significant refinement over development, however it is unknown how this corresponds to the establishment of functional visual response properties. Here we conducted in vivo and in vitro recordings in mouse LGN, beginning just after natural eye opening to determine how receptive fields develop as excitatory and feed-forward inhibitory retinal afferents refine...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660932/neuroprotective-effects-of-ferruginol-jatrophone-and-junicedric-acid-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-injury-in-hippocampal-neurons
#17
Juan M Zolezzi, Carolina B Lindsay, Felipe G Serrano, Roxana C Ureta, Cristina Theoduloz, Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers have been recognized as early neurotoxic intermediates with a key role in the synaptic dysfunction observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aβ oligomers block hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) and impair rodent spatial memory. Additionally, the presence of Aβ oligomers is associated with imbalanced intracellular calcium levels and apoptosis in neurons. In this context, we evaluated the effects of three diterpenes (ferruginol, jatrophone, and junicedric acid) that are found in medicinal plants and have several forms of biological activity...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659058/polyethylene-glycol-solutions-rapidly-restore-and-maintain-axonal-continuity-neuromuscular-structures-and-behaviors-lost-after-sciatic-nerve-transections-in-female-rats
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Michelle Mikesh, Cameron L Ghergherehchi, Robert Louis Hastings, Amir Ali, Sina Rahesh, Karthik Jagannath, Dale R Sengelaub, Richard C Trevino, David M Jackson, George D Bittner
Complete severance of major peripheral mixed sensory-motor nerve proximally in a mammalian limb produces immediate loss of action potential conduction and voluntary behaviors mediated by the severed distal axonal segments. These severed distal segments undergo Wallerian degeneration within days. Denervated muscles atrophy within weeks. Slowly regenerating (∼1 mm/day) outgrowths from surviving proximal stumps that often nonspecifically reinnervate denervated targets produce poor, if any, restoration of lost voluntary behaviors...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659025/synaptic-depression-induced-by-postsynaptic-camp-production-in-the-drosophila-mushroom-body-calyx
#19
Shoma Sato, Kohei Ueno, Minoru Saitoe, Takaomi Sakai
Synaptic plasticity has been studied to reveal the molecular and cellular mechanisms of associative and nonassociative learning. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster can be used to identify the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity because vast genetic information or tools are available. Here, by ex vivo Ca2+ imaging of an isolated cultured Drosophila brain, we examined the novel activity-dependent synaptic depression between the projection neurons of the antennal lobe (AL) and mushroom body (MB). Ex vivo Ca2+ imaging analysis revealed that electrical stimulation of AL elicits Ca2+ responses in the dendritic (calyx) and axonal (α lobe) regions of MB neurons, and the responses are reduced after repetitive AL stimulation...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658944/an-in-vivo-model-of-functional-and-vascularized-human-brain-organoids
#20
Abed AlFatah Mansour, J Tiago Gonçalves, Cooper W Bloyd, Hao Li, Sarah Fernandes, Daphne Quang, Stephen Johnston, Sarah L Parylak, Xin Jin, Fred H Gage
Differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to small brain-like structures known as brain organoids offers an unprecedented opportunity to model human brain development and disease. To provide a vascularized and functional in vivo model of brain organoids, we established a method for transplanting human brain organoids into the adult mouse brain. Organoid grafts showed progressive neuronal differentiation and maturation, gliogenesis, integration of microglia, and growth of axons to multiple regions of the host brain...
April 16, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
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