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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222502/subclinical-doses-of-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel-modulators-prevent-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-%C3%AE
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Karla Salgado-Puga, Javier Rodríguez-Colorado, Roberto A Prado-Alcalá, Fernando Peña-Ortega
In addition to coupling cell metabolism and excitability, ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) are involved in neural function and plasticity. Moreover, alterations in KATP activity and expression have been observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and during amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced pathology. Thus, we tested whether KATP modulators can influence Aβ-induced deleterious effects on memory, hippocampal network function, and plasticity. We found that treating animals with subclinical doses (those that did not change glycemia) of a KATP blocker (Tolbutamide) or a KATP opener (Diazoxide) differentially restrained Aβ-induced memory deficit, hippocampal network activity inhibition, and long-term synaptic plasticity unbalance (i...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222298/vascular-morphogenesis-an-integrin-and-fibronectin-highway
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Hellyeh Hamidi, Johanna Ivaska
A new study shows that endothelial cells use synaptic-like machinery to control polarized secretion and deposition of newly synthesised fibronectin. This process is coupled to active integrin recycling to the same locations and is fundamental for vascular development in zebrafish.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222093/active-zone-proteins-are-transported-via-distinct-mechanisms-regulated-by-par-1-kinase
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Kara R Barber, Julia Tanquary, Keegan Bush, Amanda Shaw, Michael Woodson, Michael Sherman, Yogesh P Wairkar
Disruption of synapses underlies a plethora of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease. Presynaptic specialization called the active zone plays a critical role in the communication with postsynaptic neuron. While the role of many proteins at the active zones in synaptic communication is relatively well studied, very little is known about how these proteins are transported to the synapses. For example, are there distinct mechanisms for the transport of active zone components or are they all transported in the same transport vesicle? Is active zone protein transport regulated? In this report we show that overexpression of Par-1/MARK kinase, a protein whose misregulation has been implicated in Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and neurodegenerative disorders, lead to a specific block in the transport of an active zone protein component- Bruchpilot at Drosophila neuromuscular junctions...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220535/interaction-of-approved-drugs-with-synaptic-vesicle-protein-2a
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Azeem Danish, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Anke C Schiedel, Christa E Müller
Levetiracetam (LEV) and its recently approved derivative brivaracetam are anti-epileptic drugs with a unique mechanism of action. The synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) was previously identified as their main target. In the current study, we tested a collection of 500 approved drugs for interaction with the human SV2A protein expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Competition binding studies were performed using cell lysates with high SV2A expression and [(3) H]brivaracetam as a radioligand. A hit rate of 3% was obtained, defined as compounds that inhibited radioligand binding by more than 90% at a screening concentration of 20 μM...
February 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220467/emergent-dynamical-properties-of-the-bcm-learning-rule
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Lawrence C Udeigwe, Paul W Munro, G Bard Ermentrout
The Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro (BCM) learning rule provides a simple setup for synaptic modification that combines a Hebbian product rule with a homeostatic mechanism that keeps the weights bounded. The homeostatic part of the learning rule depends on the time average of the post-synaptic activity and provides a sliding threshold that distinguishes between increasing or decreasing weights. There are, thus, two essential time scales in the BCM rule: a homeostatic time scale, and a synaptic modification time scale...
December 2017: Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220082/synaptic-and-neuronal-autoantibody-associated-psychiatric-syndromes-controversies-and-hypotheses
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Adam Al-Diwani, Thomas A Pollak, Alexander E Langford, Belinda R Lennox
Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) mediated by antibodies against synaptic and neuronal surface targets frequently presents with a psychiatric syndrome. In these patients, removal of autoantibodies treats the disease and outcomes are closely linked to early intervention. The discovery of these autoantibodies in isolated psychiatric syndromes has raised the possibility that these patients may derive similar benefits from immunotherapy, a potentially transformational approach to the treatment of mental illness. Although open-label case series suggest impressive therapeutic outcomes, the pathological relevance of these autoantibodies outside of canonical presentations is debated...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219985/activity-induced-synaptic-structural-modifications-by-an-activator-of-integrin-signaling-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Joo Yeun Lee, Junhua Geng, Juhyun Lee, Andrew R Wang, Karen T Chang
Activity-induced synaptic structural modification is crucial for neural development and synaptic plasticity, but the molecular players involved in this process are not well defined. Here, we report that a protein named Shriveled, Shv, regulates synaptic growth and activity-dependent synaptic remodeling at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Depletion of Shv causes synaptic overgrowth and an accumulation of immature boutons. We find that Shv physically and genetically interacts with βPS integrin. Furthermore, Shv is secreted during intense, but not mild, neuronal activity to acutely activate integrin signaling, induce synaptic bouton enlargement, and increase postsynaptic glutamate receptor abundance...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219984/motor-neurons-tune-premotor-activity-in-a-vertebrate-central-pattern-generator
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Kristy J Lawton, Wick M Perry, Ayako Yamaguchi, Erik Zornik
Central patterns generators (CPGs) are neural circuits that drive rhythmic motor output without sensory feedback. Vertebrate CPGs are generally believed to operate in a top-down manner in which premotor interneurons activate motor neurons that in turn drive muscles. In contrast, the frog (Xenopus laevis) vocal CPG contains a functionally unexplored neuronal projection from the motor nucleus to the premotor nucleus, indicating a recurrent pathway that may contribute to rhythm generation. In this study we characterized the function of this bottom-up connection...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219982/enhanced-sensitivity-to-hyperpolarizing-inhibition-in-mesoaccumbal-relative-to-nigrostriatal-dopamine-neuron-subpopulations
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Rahilla A Tarfa, Rebekah C Evans, Zayd M Khaliq
Midbrain dopamine neurons recorded in vivo pause their firing in response to reward omission and aversive stimuli. While the initiation of pauses typically involves synaptic or modulatory input, intrinsic membrane properties may also enhance or limit hyperpolarization raising the question of how intrinsic conductances shape pauses in dopamine neurons. Using retrograde labeling and electrophysiological techniques combined with computational modeling, we examined the intrinsic conductances that shape pauses evoked by current injections and synaptic stimulation in subpopulations of dopamine neurons grouped according to their axonal projections to the nucleus accumbens or dorsal striatum in mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219774/dynamic-causal-modelling-revisited
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K J Friston, Katrin H Preller, Chris Mathys, Hayriye Cagnan, Jakob Heinzle, Adeel Razi, Peter Zeidman
This paper revisits the dynamic causal modelling of fMRI timeseries by replacing the usual (Taylor) approximation to neuronal dynamics with a neural mass model of the canonical microcircuit. This provides a generative or dynamic causal model of laminar specific responses that can generate haemodynamic and electrophysiological measurements. In principle, this allows the fusion of haemodynamic and (event related or induced) electrophysiological responses. Furthermore, it enables Bayesian model comparison of competing hypotheses about physiologically plausible synaptic effects; for example, does attentional modulation act on superficial or deep pyramidal cells - or both? In this technical note, we describe the resulting dynamic causal model and provide an illustrative application to the attention to visual motion dataset used in previous papers...
February 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219180/-advances-in-effect-of-unilateral-auditory-deprivation-on-sound-localization
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J F Liu, J S Dai, N Y Wang
In patients with single-sided deafness (SSD), the interaural time difference and the interaural level difference signals are insufficient or missing, which result in the lack of sound localization ability and the decrease of speech comprehension in the noise environments. SSD can also cause the morphological and functional changes of the central auditory system, resulting in auditory deprivation. In early stage of the development, the auditory center is more susceptible to ambient environment and auditory inputs...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218471/%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-%C3%AE-gabaa-receptors-in-dorsal-hippocampal-ca1-of-adolescent-female-rats-traffic-to-the-plasma-membrane-of-dendritic-spines-following-voluntary-exercise-and-contribute-to-protection-of-animals-from-activity-based-anorexia-through-localization-at-excitatory
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Chiye Aoki, Yi-Wen Chen, Tara Gunkali Chowdhury, Walter Piper
In hippocampal CA1 of adolescent female rodents, α4βδ-GABAA receptors (α4βδ-GABAA Rs) suppress excitability of pyramidal neurons through shunting inhibition at excitatory synapses. This contributes to anxiolysis of stressed animals. Socially isolated adolescent female rats with 8 days of wheel access, the last 4 days of which entail restricted food access, have been shown to exhibit excessive exercise, choosing to run instead of eat (activity-based anorexia [ABA]). Upregulation of α4βδ-GABAA Rs in the dorsal hippocampal CA1 (DH), seen among some ABA animals, correlates with suppression of excessive exercise...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218243/nmda-receptor-dependent-plasticity-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-triggers-long-term-anxiolysis
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Christelle Glangetas, Léma Massi, Giulia R Fois, Marion Jalabert, Delphine Girard, Marco Diana, Keisuke Yonehara, Botond Roska, Chun Xu, Andreas Lüthi, Stéphanie Caille, François Georges
Anxiety is controlled by multiple neuronal circuits that share robust and reciprocal connections with the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), a key structure controlling negative emotional states. However, it remains unknown how the BNST integrates diverse inputs to modulate anxiety. In this study, we evaluated the contribution of infralimbic cortex (ILCx) and ventral subiculum/CA1 (vSUB/CA1) inputs in regulating BNST activity at the single-cell level. Using trans-synaptic tracing from single-electroporated neurons and in vivo recordings, we show that vSUB/CA1 stimulation promotes opposite forms of in vivo plasticity at the single-cell level in the anteromedial part of the BNST (amBNST)...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218241/massively-augmented-hippocampal-dentate-granule-cell-activation-accompanies-epilepsy-development
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Christopher G Dengler, Cuiyong Yue, Hajime Takano, Douglas A Coulter
In a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy, multicellular calcium imaging revealed that disease emergence was accompanied by massive amplification in the normally sparse, afferent stimulation-induced activation of hippocampal dentate granule cells. Patch recordings demonstrated reductions in local inhibitory function within the dentate gyrus at time points where sparse activation was compromised. Mimicking changes in inhibitory synaptic function and transmembrane chloride regulation was sufficient to elicit the dentate gyrus circuit collapse evident during epilepsy development...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217829/vitamin-d-and-autism-what-s-new
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John Jacob Cannell
An increasing amount of evidence points to the possibility that gestational and early childhood vitamin D deficiency [25(OH)D < 40 ng/ml] cause some cases of autism. Vitamin D is metabolized into a seco-steroid hormone that regulates about 3% of the 26,000 genes in the coding human genome. It is also a neurosteroid that is active in brain development, having effects on cellular proliferation, differentiation, calcium signaling, neurotrophic and neuroprotective actions; it also appears to have an effect on neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity...
February 20, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216314/visual-working-memory-requires-permissive-and-instructive-no-cgmp-signaling-at-presynapses-in-the-drosophila-central-brain
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Sara Kuntz, Burkhard Poeck, Roland Strauss
The gaseous second messenger nitric oxide (NO) has been shown to regulate memory formation by activating retrograde signaling cascades from post- to presynapse that involve cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) production to induce synaptic plasticity and transcriptional changes. In this study, we analyzed the role of NO in the formation of a visual working memory that lasts only a few seconds. This memory is encoded in a subset of ring neurons that form the ellipsoid body in the Drosophila brain. Using genetic and pharmacological manipulations, we show that NO signaling is required for cGMP-mediated CREB activation, leading to the expression of competence factors like the synaptic homer protein...
February 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216088/sex-differences-in-the-neuro-immune-consequences-of-stress-focus-on-depression-and-anxiety
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REVIEW
Mandakh Bekhbat, Gretchen N Neigh
Women appear to be more vulnerable to the depressogenic effects of inflammation than men. Chronic stress, one of the most pertinent risk factors of depression and anxiety, is known to induce behavioral and affective-like deficits via neuroimmune alterations including activation of the brain's immune cells, pro-inflammatory cytokine expression, and subsequent changes in neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity within stress-related neural circuitry. Despite well-established sexual dimorphisms in the stress response, immunity, and prevalence of stress-linked psychiatric illnesses, much of current research investigating the neuroimmune impact of stress remains exclusively focused on male subjects...
February 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216049/chronic-treatment-with-fluoxetine-modulates-vascular-adrenergic-responses-by-inhibition-of-pre-and-post-synaptic-mechanisms
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Camila A Pereira, Fernanda L Rodrigues, Silvia G Ruginsk, Camila Z Zanotto, José A Rodrigues, Diego A Duarte, Claudio M Costa-Neto, Leonardo B Resstel, Fernando S Carneiro, Rita C Tostes
Fluoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has other effects in addition to blocking serotonin reuptake, including changes in the vasomotor tone. Whereas many studies focused on the acute effects of fluoxetine in the vasculature, its chronic effects are still limited. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that chronic fluoxetine treatment modulates adrenergic vascular responses by interfering with post- and pre-synaptic mechanisms. Wistar rats were treated with vehicle (water) or chronic fluoxetine (10mg/kg/day) for 21 days...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215745/astrocyte-transport-of-glutamate-and-neuronal-activity-reciprocally-modulate-tau-pathology-in-drosophila
#19
Jason G Kilian, Heng-Wei Hsu, Kenneth Mata, Fred W Wolf, Masashi Kitazawa
Abnormal buildup of the microtubule associated protein tau is a major pathological hallmark of SAlzheimer's disease (AD)and various tauopathies. The mechanisms by which pathological tau accumulates and spreads throughout the brain remain largely unknown. Previously, we demonstrated that a restoration of the major astrocytic glutamate transporter, GLT1, ameliorated a buildup of tau pathology and rescued cognition in a mouse model of AD. We hypothesized thataberrant extracellular glutamate and abnormal neuronal excitatory activities promoted tau pathology...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215308/releasing-mechanism-of-neurotrophic-factors-via-polysialic-acid
#20
C Sato
Neurotrophins are well-characterized neurologically active molecules in the central nervous system. The regulation of these signaling molecules, which are involved in cell growth, differentiation, and survival, is critical for normal brain function. Among the different types of neurotrophins, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is involved in various brain functions, including memory consolidation, synaptic plasticity, and adult neurogenesis, and is therefore a key molecule for understanding comprehensive brain function and neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diseases...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
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