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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055260/swimming-exercise-reverses-cums-induced-changes-in-depression-like-behaviors-and-hippocampal-plasticity-related-proteins
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Weina Liu, Xiangli Xue, Jie Xia, Jiatong Liu, Zhengtang Qi
BACKGROUND: Stress-induced failed resilience of brain plasticity can contribute to the onset and recurrence of depression. Chronic stress has been reported to open windows of epigenetic plasticity in hippocampus. However, how hippocampal plasticity underlies depression-like behaviors and how it adapts in response to stress has not been addressed. The present study aimed to investigate the signaling mechanisms of CUMS affecting hippocampal plasticity-related proteins expression and the regulation of swimming exercise in mice...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055099/regulation-of-glycosaminoglycan-biogenesis-is-critical-for-sensitive-period-dependent-vocal-ontogeny
#2
Caitlin P Mencio, Vy My Tran, Maritza V Quintero, Mamoru Koketsu, Franz Goller, Balagurunathan Kuberan
In the brain, the extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a central role during neural development and thus modulates critical-period regulated behavioral ontogeny. The major components of the ECM are glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) including chondroitin sulfate (CS). However, the specific roles of GAGs in behavioral development are largely unknown. It has been shown that xylosides affect the biological functions of GAGs through modulating GAG biosynthesis. Particularly, xylosides affect GAG biosynthesis through priming of GAG chains (priming activity), competing with endogenous core proteins that carry GAG initiation sites (decoy activity), or both...
October 21, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054879/domain-specificity-of-oculomotor-learning-after-changes-in-sensory-processing
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Yuliy Tsank, Miguel P Eckstein
Humans visually process the world with varying spatial resolution and can program their eye movements optimally to maximize information acquisition for a variety of everyday tasks. Diseases such as macular degeneration can change visual sensory processing, introducing central vision loss (a scotoma). However, humans can learn to direct a new preferred retinal location to regions of interest for simple visual tasks. Whether such learned compensatory saccades are optimal and generalize to more complex tasks, which require integrating information across a large area of the visual field, is not well-understood...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054751/ng2-cspg4-and-progranulin-in-the-posttraumatic-glial-scar
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REVIEW
Michael K E Schäfer, Irmgard Tegeder
Traumatic injury of the central nervous system is one of the leading causes of death and disability in young adults. Failure of regeneration is caused by autonomous neuronal obstacles and by formation of the glial scar, which is essential to seal the injury but also constitutes a barrier for regrowing axons. The scar center is highly inflammatory and populated by NG2+ glia, whereas astrocytes form the sealing border and trap regrowing axons, suggesting that the non-permissive environment of activated astrocytes and extracellular matrix components is one of the reasons for the regenerative failure...
October 17, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054694/the-resilient-brain-and-the-guardians-of-sleep-new-perspectives-on-old-assumptions
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Liborio Parrino, Anna Elisabetta Vaudano
Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances. In human physiology, resilience is the capacity of adaptively overcoming stress and adversity while maintaining normal psychological and physical functioning. In this review, we investigate the resilient strategies of sleep. First, we discuss the concept of brain resilience, highlighting the modular structure of small-world networking, neuronal plasticity and critical brain behavior...
October 17, 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053799/erythropoietin-induces-homeostatic-plasticity-at-hippocampal-synapses
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Raquel B Dias, Tiago M Rodrigues, Diogo M Rombo, Filipa F Ribeiro, Joana Rodrigues, Jennifer McGarvey, Catarina Orcinha, Jeremy M Henley, Ana M Sebastião
The cytokine erythropoietin (EPO) is the master regulator of erythropoiesis. Intriguingly, many studies have shown that the cognitive performance of patients receiving EPO for its hematopoietic effects is enhanced, which prompted the growing interest in the use of EPO-based strategies to treat neuropsychiatric disorders. EPO plays key roles in brain development and maturation, but also modulates synaptic transmission. However, the mechanisms underlying the latter have remained elusive. Here, we show that acute (40-60 min) exposure to EPO presynaptically downregulates spontaneous and afferent-evoked excitatory transmission, without affecting basal firing of action potentials...
July 5, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053791/pharmacological-targeting-of-apelin-impairs-glioblastoma-growth
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Elizabeth Harford-Wright, Gwennan Andre-Gregoire, Kathryn A Jacobs, Lucas Treps, Sophie Le Gonidec, Heloise M Leclair, Sara Gonzalez-Diest, Quentin Roux, François Guillonneau, Delphine Loussouarn, Lisa Oliver, François M Vallette, Fabienne Foufelle, Philippe Valet, Anthony P Davenport, Robert C Glen, Nicolas Bidere, Julie Gavard
Glioblastoma are highly aggressive brain tumours that are associated with an extremely poor prognosis. Within these tumours exists a subpopulation of highly plastic self-renewing cancer cells that retain the ability to expand ex vivo as tumourspheres, induce tumour growth in mice, and have been implicated in radio- and chemo-resistance. Although their identity and fate are regulated by external cues emanating from endothelial cells, the nature of such signals remains unknown. Here, we used a mass spectrometry proteomic approach to characterize the factors released by brain endothelial cells...
October 3, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053697/stereotactically-guided-ablation-of-the-rat-auditory-cortex-and-localization-of-the-lesion-in-the-brain
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Verónica Lamas, Sheila Estévez, Marianni Pernía, Ignacio Plaza, Miguel A Merchán
The rat auditory cortex (AC) is becoming popular among auditory neuroscience investigators who are interested in experience-dependence plasticity, auditory perceptual processes, and cortical control of sound processing in the subcortical auditory nuclei. To address new challenges, a procedure to accurately locate and surgically expose the auditory cortex would expedite this research effort. Stereotactic neurosurgery is routinely used in pre-clinical research in animal models to engraft a needle or electrode at a pre-defined location within the auditory cortex...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053682/implantation-of-chronic-silicon-probes-and-recording-of-hippocampal-place-cells-in-an-enriched-treadmill-apparatus
#9
Anvar Sariev, Jinho Chung, Dajung Jung, Farnaz Sharif, Ju-Young Lee, Soyoun Kim, Sebastien Royer
An important requisite for understanding brain function is the identification of behavior and cell activity correlates. Silicon probes are advanced electrodes for large-scale electrophysiological recording of neuronal activity, but the procedures for their chronic implantation are still underdeveloped. The activity of hippocampal place cells is known to correlate with an animal's position in the environment, but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. To investigate place cells, here we describe a set of techniques which range from the fabrication of devices for chronic silicon probe implants to the monitoring of place field activity in a cue-enriched treadmill apparatus...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053191/perceived-stress-is-associated-with-smaller-hippocampal-volume-in-adolescence
#10
Luciane R Piccolo, Kimberly G Noble
Perceived stress has been associated with decreased hippocampal, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex volume, as well as decreased memory and executive functioning performance in adulthood. Parents' perceived stress has been linked to decreased hippocampal volume in young children. However, no studies have investigated the links between self-perceived stress and brain structure or function in adolescents. Additionally, findings from previous research with younger or older samples are inconsistent, likely in part due to inconsistencies in participants' age range...
October 20, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052004/hypoxia-regulated-catecholamine-secretion-in-chromaffin-cells
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REVIEW
Colin A Nurse, Shaima Salman, Angela L Scott
Adrenal catecholamine (CAT) secretion is a general physiological response of animals to environmental stressors such as hypoxia. This represents an important adaptive mechanism to maintain homeostasis and protect vital organs such as the brain. In adult mammals, CAT secretory responses are triggered by activation of the sympathetic nervous system that supplies cholinergic innervation of adrenomedullary chromaffin cells (AMC) via the splanchnic nerve. In the neonate, the splanchnic innervation of AMC is immature or absent, yet hypoxia stimulates a non-neurogenic CAT secretion that is critical for adaptation to extra-uterine life...
October 19, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050909/bold-fmri-in-the-mouse-auditory-pathway
#12
Guilherme Blazquez Freches, Cristina Chavarrias, Noam Shemesh
The auditory pathway is widely distributed throughout the brain, and is perhaps one of the most interesting networks in the context of neuroplasticity. Accurate mapping of neural activity in the entire pathway, preferably noninvasively, and with high resolution, could be instrumental for understanding such longitudinal processes. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has clear advantages for such characterizations, as it is noninvasive, provides relatively high spatial resolution and lends itself for repetitive studies, albeit relying on an indirect neurovascular coupling to deliver its information...
October 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049144/the-etiology-of-neuronal-development-in-craniosynostosis-a-working-hypothesis
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Eric D Brooks, Joel S Beckett, Jenny Yang, Andrew T Timberlake, Alexander H Sun, Carolyn Chuang, John A Persing
Craniosynostosis is one of the most common craniofacial conditions treated by neurologic and plastic surgeons. In addition to disfigurement, children with craniosynostosis experience significant cognitive dysfunction later in life. Surgery is performed in infancy to correct skull deformity; however, the field is at a crossroads regarding the best approach for correction. Since the cause of brain dysfunction in these patients has remained uncertain, the role and type of surgery might have in attenuating the later-observed cognitive deficits through impact on the brain has been unclear...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046438/on-myelinated-axon-plasticity-and-neuronal-circuit-formation-and-function
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Rafael G Almeida, David A Lyons
Studies of activity-driven nervous system plasticity have primarily focused on the gray matter. However, MRI-based imaging studies have shown that white matter, primarily composed of myelinated axons, can also be dynamically regulated by activity of the healthy brain. Myelination in the CNS is an ongoing process that starts around birth and continues throughout life. Myelin in the CNS is generated by oligodendrocytes and recent evidence has shown that many aspects of oligodendrocyte development and myelination can be modulated by extrinsic signals including neuronal activity...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046314/respiratory-dysfunction-following-neonatal-sustained-hypoxia-exposure-during-a-critical-window-of-brainstem-extracellular-matrix-formation
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Christopher Stryker, Dominic W Camperchioli, Catherine A Mayer, Warren J Alilain, Richard John Martin, Peter M MacFarlane
The extracellular matrix (ECM) modulates brain maturation and plays a major role in regulating neuronal plasticity during critical periods of development. We examined: 1) whether there is a critical postnatal period of ECM expression in brainstem cardio-respiratory control regions; and 2) if the attenuated hypoxic ventilatory response (HVR) following neonatal sustained (5 days) hypoxia exposure (SH, 11% O2, 24hrs/day) is associated with altered ECM formation. The nucleus tractus solitarius (nTS), dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus (DMNV), the hypoglossal motor nucleus (XII), the cuneate nucleus (CN) and area postrema (AP) were immunofluorescently processed for aggrecan and Wisteria floribunda (WFA) agglutinin, a key proteoglycan of the ECM and the perineuronal net...
October 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046155/impact-of-dietary-fats-on-brain-functions
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Rosanna Chianese, Roberto Coccurello, Andrea Viggiano, Marika Scafuro, Marco Fiore, Giangennaro Coppola, Francesca Felicia Operto, Silvia Fasano, Sophie Layé, Riccardo Pierantoni, Rosaria Meccariello
Adequate dietary intake and nutritional status have important effects on brain functions and on brain health. Energy intake and specific nutrients excess or deficiency from diet differently affect cognitive processes, emotions, behaviour, neuroendocrine functions and synaptic plasticity with possible protective or detrimental effects on neuronal physiology. Lipids, in particular, play structural and functional roles in neurons. Here the importance of dietary fats and the need to understand the brain mechanisms activated by peripheral and central metabolic sensors...
October 17, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045569/altered-expression-of-reorganized-inputs-as-they-ascend-from-the-cuneate-nucleus-to-cortical-area-3b-in-monkeys-with-long-term-spinal-cord-injuries
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Priyabrata Halder, Niranjan Kambi, Prem Chand, Neeraj Jain
Chronic deafferentations in adult mammals result in reorganization of the brain. Lesions of the dorsal columns of the spinal cord at cervical levels in monkeys result in expansion of the intact chin inputs into the deafferented hand representation in area 3b, second somatosensory (S2) and parietal ventral (PV) areas of the somatosensory cortex, ventroposterior lateral nucleus (VPL) of the thalamus, and cuneate nucleus of the brainstem. Here, we describe the extent and nature of reorganization of the cuneate and gracile nuclei of adult macaque monkeys with chronic unilateral lesions of the dorsal columns, and compare it with the reorganization of area 3b in the same monkeys...
October 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042992/timosaponin-b-iii-exhibits-antidepressive-activity-in-a-mouse-model-of-postpartum-depression-by-the-regulation-of-inflammatory-cytokines-bndf-signaling-and-synaptic-plasticity
#18
Xiao-Li Zhang, Lin Wang, Li Xiong, Feng-Hua Huang, Han Xue
The aim of this study was to investigate the antidepressive effects of timosaponin B-III (TB-III) and the underlying mechanism. A postpartum depression (PPD) mouse model was established by the administration of dexamethasone sodium phosphate during pregnancy. Mice with PPD were assigned to the following groups: Model, fluoxetine and high, medium and low doses of TB-III. Post-parturient mice without PPD served as a normal control group. To examine the effect of TB-III, mice were treated with TB-III, then forced swimming tests (FSTs) and tail suspension tests (TSTs) were performed to evaluate depression...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042611/developmental-stage-dependent-regulation-of-spine-formation-by-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii%C3%AE-and-rap1
#19
Solveigh Cornelia Koeberle, Shinji Tanaka, Toshihiko Kuriu, Hirohide Iwasaki, Andreas Koeberle, Alexander Schulz, Dario-Lucas Helbing, Yoko Yamagata, Helen Morrison, Shigeo Okabe
The roles of calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II-alpha (CaMKIIα) in the expression of long-term synaptic plasticity in the adult brain have been extensively studied. However, how increased CaMKIIα activity controls the maturation of neuronal circuits remains incompletely understood. Herein, we show that pyramidal neurons without CaMKIIα activity upregulate the rate of spine addition, resulting in elevated spine density. Genetic elimination of CaMKIIα activity specifically eliminated the observed maturation-dependent suppression of spine formation...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042514/neuron-specific-methylome-analysis-reveals-epigenetic-regulation-and-tau-related-dysfunction-of-brca1-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Tatsuo Mano, Kenichi Nagata, Takashi Nonaka, Airi Tarutani, Tomohiro Imamura, Tadafumi Hashimoto, Taro Bannai, Kagari Koshi-Mano, Takeyuki Tsuchida, Ryo Ohtomo, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, Satoshi Yamashita, Yasumasa Ohyagi, Ryo Yamasaki, Shoji Tsuji, Akira Tamaoka, Takeshi Ikeuchi, Takaomi C Saido, Takeshi Iwatsubo, Toshikazu Ushijima, Shigeo Murayama, Masato Hasegawa, Atsushi Iwata
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by pathology of accumulated amyloid β (Aβ) and phosphorylated tau proteins in the brain. Postmortem degradation and cellular complexity within the brain have limited approaches to molecularly define the causal relationship between pathological features and neuronal dysfunction in AD. To overcome these limitations, we analyzed the neuron-specific DNA methylome of postmortem brain samples from AD patients, which allowed differentially hypomethylated region of the BRCA1 promoter to be identified...
October 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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