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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103480/adrenergic-gate-release-for-spike-timing-dependent-synaptic-potentiation
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Yanling Liu, Lei Cui, Martin K Schwarz, Yan Dong, Oliver M Schlüter
Spike timing-dependent synaptic plasticity (STDP) serves as a key cellular correlate of associative learning, which is facilitated by elevated attentional and emotional states involving activation of adrenergic signaling. At cellular levels, adrenergic signaling increases dendrite excitability, but the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here we show that activation of β2-adrenoceptors promoted STD long-term synaptic potentiation at mouse hippocampal excitatory synapses by inactivating dendritic Kv1.1-containing potassium channels, which increased dendrite excitability and facilitated dendritic propagation of postsynaptic depolarization, potentially improving coincidental activation of pre- and postsynaptic terminals...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103441/enantio-specific-allosteric-modulation-of-cannabinoid-1-receptor
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Robert B Laprairie, Pushkar M Kulkarni, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Melanie E M Kelly, David R Janero, Maria G Cascio, Lesley A Stevenson, Roger G Pertwee, Terry Kenakin, Eileen M Denovan-Wright, Ganesh A Thakur
The cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1R) is one of the most widely expressed metabotropic G protein-coupled receptors in brain, and its participation in various (patho)physiological processes has made CB1R activation a viable therapeutic modality. Adverse psychotropic effects limit the clinical utility of CB1R orthosteric agonists and have promoted the search for CB1R positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) with the promise of improved drug-like pharmacology and enhanced safety over typical CB1R agonists. In this study, we describe the synthesis and in vitro and ex vivo pharmacology of the novel allosteric CB1R modulator GAT211 (racemic) and its resolved enantiomers, GAT228 (R) and GAT229 (S)...
January 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103133/role-of-choline-in-the-modulation-of-degenerative-processes-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies
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Tania Merinas-Amo, Inmaculada Tasset-Cuevas, Antonio M Díaz-Carretero, Ángeles Alonso-Moraga, Fernando Calahorro
The purpose of the present study was to examine the nutraceutical potential of choline as an added value to its well-known brain nutrient role. Several toxicity, antitoxicity, genotoxicity, antigenotoxicity, and longevity endpoints were checked in the somatic mutation and recombination test in in vivo Drosophila animal model. Cytotoxicity in human leukemia-60 cell line (HL-60) promyelocytic and NIH3T3 mouse fibroblast cells, proapoptotic DNA fragmentation, comet assay, methylation status, and macroautophagy (MA) activity were tested in in vitro assays...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102949/simultaneous-pet-mr-imaging-with-a-radio-frequency-penetrable-pet-insert
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Alexander M Grant, Brian J Lee, Chen-Ming Chang, Craig S Levin
PURPOSE: A brain sized radio frequency (RF)-penetrable PET insert has been designed for simultaneous operation with MRI systems. This system takes advantage of electro-optical coupling and battery power to electrically float the PET insert relative to the MRI ground, permitting RF signals to be transmitted through small gaps between the modules that form the PET ring. This design facilitates the use of the built-in body coil for RF transmission and thus could be inserted into any existing MR site wishing to achieve simultaneous PET/MR imaging...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102300/neural-correlates-of-speech-segregation-based-on-formant-frequencies-of-adjacent-vowels
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Claude Alain, Jessica S Arsenault, Linda Garami, Gavin M Bidelman, Joel S Snyder
The neural substrates by which speech sounds are perceptually segregated into distinct streams are poorly understood. Here, we recorded high-density scalp event-related potentials (ERPs) while participants were presented with a cyclic pattern of three vowel sounds (/ee/-/ae/-/ee/). Each trial consisted of an adaptation sequence, which could have either a small, intermediate, or large difference in first formant (Δf1) as well as a test sequence, in which Δf1 was always intermediate. For the adaptation sequence, participants tended to hear two streams ("streaming") when Δf1 was intermediate or large compared to when it was small...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102229/the-neurosteroidogenic-enzyme-5%C3%AE-reductase-mediates-psychotic-like-complications-of-sleep-deprivation
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Roberto Frau, Valentina Bini, Alessio Soggiu, Simona Scheggi, Alessandra Pardu, Silvia Fanni, Paola Roncada, Monica Puligheddu, Francesco Marrosu, Donatella Caruso, Paola Devoto, Marco Bortolato
Acute sleep deprivation (SD) can trigger or exacerbate psychosis- and mania-related symptoms; the neurobiological basis of these complications, however, remains elusive. Given the extensive involvement of neuroactive steroids in psychopathology, we hypothesized that the behavioral complications of SD may be contributed by 5α-reductase (5αR), the rate-limiting enzyme in the conversion of progesterone into the neurosteroid allopregnanolone. We first tested whether rats exposed to SD may exhibit brain-regional alterations in 5αR isoenzymes and neuroactive steroid levels; then, we assessed whether the behavioral and neuroendocrine alterations induced by SD may be differentially modulated by the administration of the 5αR inhibitor finasteride, as well as progesterone and allopregnanolone...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102110/evaluation-of-the-antidepressant-and-anxiolytic-like-effects-of-a-hydrophilic-extract-from-the-green-seaweed-ulva-sp-in-rats
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Nicolas Violle, Pascale Rozan, Hervé Demais, Pi Nyvall Collen, Jean-François Bisson
OBJECTIVES: The green seaweed Ulva sp. contains a large amount of ulvans, a family of sulphated polysaccharides. The present study was designed to investigate in rats the antidepressant- and anxiolytic-like effects of a hydrophilic extract of Ulva sp. (MSP) containing about 45% of ulvans. METHODS: After a 14-day administration of MSP at doses of 10, 20 and 40 mg/kg/day, 48 and 60 male adult Wistar rats were respectively tested in the elevated plus-maze (EPM) and the forced swimming test (FST)...
January 19, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102082/characterization-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-chronic-phase-of-stroke-in-a-cynomolgus-monkey-model-of-induced-cerebral-ischemia
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Henry C H Law, Samuel S W Szeto, Quan Quan, Yun Zhao, Zaijun Zhang, Olga Krakovska, Leong Ting Lui, Chengyou Zheng, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, K W Michael Siu, Yuqiang Wang, Ivan K Chu
Stroke is one of the main causes of mortality and long-term disability worldwide. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this disease are not well understood, particularly in the chronic phase after the initial ischemic episode. In this study, a Macaca fascicularis stroke model consisting of two sample groups, as determined by MRI-quantified infarct volumes as a measure of the stroke severity 28 days after the ischemic episode, was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative proteomics analyses. By using multiple online multidimensional liquid chromatography platforms, 8790 non-redundant proteins that condensed to 5223 protein groups at 1% global false discovery rate (FDR)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101830/getting-ahead-of-yourself-parafoveal-word-expectancy-modulates-the-n400-during-sentence-reading
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Mallory C Stites, Brennan R Payne, Kara D Federmeier
An important question in the reading literature regards the nature of the semantic information readers can extract from the parafovea (i.e., the next word in a sentence). Recent eye-tracking findings have found a semantic parafoveal preview benefit under many circumstances, and findings from event-related brain potentials (ERPs) also suggest that readers can at least detect semantic anomalies parafoveally (Barber, Van der Meij, & Kutas, Psychophysiology, 50(1), 48-59, 2013). We use ERPs to ask whether fine-grained aspects of semantic expectancy can affect the N400 elicited by a word appearing in the parafovea...
January 18, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101527/regulation-of-physical-microglia-neuron-interactions-by-fractalkine-signaling-after-status-epilepticus
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Ukpong B Eyo, Jiyun Peng, Madhuvika Murugan, Mingshu Mo, Almin Lalani, Ping Xie, Pingyi Xu, David J Margolis, Long-Jun Wu
Microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, perform elaborate surveillance in which they physically interact with neuronal elements. A novel form of microglia-neuron interaction named microglial process convergence (MPC) toward neuronal axons and dendrites has recently been described. However, the molecular regulators and pathological relevance of MPC have not been explored. Here, using high-resolution two-photon imaging in vivo and ex vivo, we observed a dramatic increase in MPCs after kainic acid- or pilocarpine-induced experimental seizures that was reconstituted after glutamate treatment in slices from mice...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100806/the-lateral-line-confers-evolutionarily-derived-sleep-loss-in-the-mexican-cavefish
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James Jaggard, Beatriz G Robinson, Bethany A Stahl, Ian Oh, Pavel Masek, Masato Yoshizawa, Alex C Keene
Sleep is an essential behavior exhibited by nearly all animals, and disruption of this process is associated with an array of physiological and behavioral deficits. Sleep is defined by changes in sensory gating that reduce sensory input to the brain, but little is known about the neural basis for interactions between sleep and sensory processing. Blind Mexican cavefish comprise an extant surface dwelling form and 29 cave morphs that have independently evolved increased numbers of mechanoreceptive lateral line neuromasts and convergent evolution of sleep loss...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100728/direct-cortical-stimulation-of-human-posteromedial-cortex
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Brett L Foster, Josef Parvizi
BACKGROUND: The posteromedial cortex (PMC) is a collective term for an anatomically heterogeneous area of the brain constituting a core node of the human default mode network (DMN), which is engaged during internally focused subjective cognition such as autobiographical memory. METHODS: We explored the effects of causal perturbations of PMC with direct electric brain stimulation (EBS) during presurgical epilepsy monitoring with intracranial EEG electrodes. RESULTS: Data were collected from 885 stimulations in 25 patients implanted with intracranial electrodes across the PMC...
January 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100677/paired-siglec-receptors-generate-opposite-inflammatory-responses-to-a-human-specific-pathogen
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Flavio Schwarz, Corinna S Landig, Shoib Siddiqui, Ismael Secundino, Joshua Olson, Nissi Varki, Victor Nizet, Ajit Varki
Paired immune receptors display near-identical extracellular ligand-binding regions but have intracellular sequences with opposing signaling functions. While inhibitory receptors dampen cellular activation by recognizing self-associated molecules, the functions of activating counterparts are less clear. Here, we studied the inhibitory receptor Siglec-11 that shows uniquely human expression in brain microglia and engages endogenous polysialic acid to suppress inflammation. We demonstrated that the human-specific pathogen Escherichia coli K1 uses its polysialic acid capsule as a molecular mimic to engage Siglec-11 and escape killing...
January 18, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100246/genetic-effect-of-interleukin-1-beta-c-511t-polymorphism-on-the-structural-covariance-network-and-white-matter-integrity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chi-Wei Huang, Shih-Wei Hsu, Shih-Jen Tsai, Nai-Ching Chen, Mu-En Liu, Chen-Chang Lee, Shu-Hua Huang, Weng-Neng Chang, Ya-Ting Chang, Wan-Chen Tsai, Chiung-Chih Chang
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory processes play a pivotal role in the degenerative process of Alzheimer's disease. In humans, a biallelic (C/T) polymorphism in the promoter region (position-511) (rs16944) of the interleukin-1 beta gene has been significantly associated with differences in the secretory capacity of interleukin-1 beta. In this study, we investigated whether this functional polymorphism mediates the brain networks in patients with Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: We enrolled a total of 135 patients with Alzheimer's disease (65 males, 70 females), and investigated their gray matter structural covariance networks using 3D T1 magnetic resonance imaging and their white matter macro-structural integrities using fractional anisotropy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099914/advances-in-epigenetic-glioblastoma-therapy
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Dong Hoon Lee, Hyun-Wook Ryu, Hye-Rim Won, So Hee Kwon
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most lethal primary brain tumor in adults despite contemporary gold-standard first-line treatment strategies. This type of tumor recurs in virtually all patients and no commonly accepted standard treatment exists for the recurrent disease. Therefore, advances in all scientific and clinical aspects of GBM are urgently needed. Epigenetic mechanisms are one of the major factors contributing to the pathogenesis of cancers, including glioblastoma. Epigenetic modulators that regulate gene expression by altering the epigenome and non-histone proteins are being exploited as therapeutic drug targets...
January 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099913/zibupiyin-recipe-improves-cognitive-decline-by-regulating-gut-microbiota-in-zucker-diabetic-fatty-rats
#16
Chunyan Gu, Wen Zhou, Wang Wang, Hong Xiang, Huiying Xu, Lina Liang, Hua Sui, Libin Zhan, Xiaoguang Lu
Numerous researches supported that microbiota can influence behavior and modulate cognitive function through "microbiota-gut-brain" axis. Our previous study has demonstrated that ZiBuPiYin recipe (ZBPYR) possesses excellent pharmacological effects against diabetes-associated cognitive decline. To elucidate the role of ZBPYR in regulating the balance of gut microbiota to improve psychological-stress-induced diabetes-associated cognitive decline (PSDACD), we compared blood glucose, behavioral and cognitive functions and diversity of the bacterial community among experimental groups...
January 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099560/expression-of-nmda-receptor-and-microrna-219-in-rats-submitted-to-cerebral-ischemia-associated-with-alcoholism
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Cristiane Iozzi Silva, Paulo Cézar Novais, Andressa Romualdo Rodrigues, Camila A M Carvalho, Benedicto Oscar Colli, Carlos Gilberto Carlotti, Luís Fernando Tirapelli, Daniela P C Tirapelli
Objective: To evaluate the microRNA-219 and NMDA expression in brain tissue and blood of animals subjected to cerebral ischemia associated with alcoholism. Methods: Fifty Wistar rats were divided into groups: control, sham, ischemic, alcoholic, and ischemic plus alcoholic. The expression of microRNA-219 and NMDA were analyzed by real-time PCR. Results: When compared to the control group, the microRNA-219 in brain tissue was less expressed in the ischemic, alcoholic, and ischemic plus alcoholic groups...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098893/systematic-analysis-of-microarray-datasets-to-identify-parkinson-s-disease%C3%A2-associated-pathways-and-genes
#18
Yinling Feng, Xuefeng Wang
In order to investigate commonly disturbed genes and pathways in various brain regions of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), microarray datasets from previous studies were collected and systematically analyzed. Different normalization methods were applied to microarray datasets from different platforms. A strategy combining gene co‑expression networks and clinical information was adopted, using weighted gene co‑expression network analysis (WGCNA) to screen for commonly disturbed genes in different brain regions of patients with PD...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098766/single-electrode-deep-brain-stimulation-with-dual-targeting-at-dual-frequency-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Milo Hollingworth, Hugh P Sims-Williams, Anthony E Pickering, Neil Barua, Nikunj K Patel
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been used to target many deep brain structures for the treatment of chronic pain. The periaqueductal grey and periventricular grey (PAG/PVG) is an effective target but results are variable, sometimes short-lived or subject to tolerance. The centromedian intra-laminar parafascicular complex (CMPf) modulates medial pain pathways and CMPf DBS may address the affective aspects of pain perception. Stimulation of multiple deep brain targets may offer a strategy to optimize management of patients with complex pain symptomatology...
January 13, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098514/edible-and-medicinal-mushrooms-emerging-brain-food-for-the-mitigation-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#20
Chia-Wei Phan, Pamela David, Vikineswary Sabaratnam
There is an exponential increase in dementia in old age at a global level because of increasing life expectancy. The prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) will continue to rise steadily, and is expected to reach 42 million cases worldwide in 2020. Despite the advancement of medication, the management of these diseases remains largely ineffective. Therefore, it is vital to explore novel nature-based nutraceuticals to mitigate AD and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
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