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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352155/conflict-sensitive-neurons-gate-interocular-suppression-in-human-visual-cortex
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Sucharit Katyal, Mark Vergeer, Sheng He, Bin He, Stephen A Engel
Neural suppression plays an important role in cortical function, including sensory, memory, and motor systems. It remains, however, relatively poorly understood. A paradigmatic case arises when conflicting images are presented to the two eyes. These images can compete for awareness, and one is usually strongly suppressed. The mechanisms that resolve such interocular conflict remain unclear. Suppression could arise solely from "winner-take-all" competition between neurons responsive to each eye. Alternatively, suppression could also depend upon neurons detecting interocular conflict...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352025/state-of-the-art-and-future-directions-for-extinction-as-a-translational-model-for-fear-and-anxiety
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REVIEW
Michelle G Craske, Dirk Hermans, Bram Vervliet
Through advances in both basic and clinical scientific research, Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction have become an exemplary translational model for understanding and treating anxiety disorders. Discoveries in associative and neurobiological mechanisms underlying extinction have informed techniques for optimizing exposure therapy that enhance the formation of inhibitory associations and their consolidation and retrieval over time and context. Strategies that enhance formation include maximizing prediction-error correction by violating expectancies, deepened extinction, occasional reinforced extinction, attentional control and removal of safety signals/behaviours...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351276/static-length-changes-of-cochlear-outer-hair-cells-can-tune-low-frequency-hearing
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Nikola Ciganović, Rebecca L Warren, Batu Keçeli, Stefan Jacob, Anders Fridberger, Tobias Reichenbach
The cochlea not only transduces sound-induced vibration into neural spikes, it also amplifies weak sound to boost its detection. Actuators of this active process are sensory outer hair cells in the organ of Corti, whereas the inner hair cells transduce the resulting motion into electric signals that propagate via the auditory nerve to the brain. However, how the outer hair cells modulate the stimulus to the inner hair cells remains unclear. Here, we combine theoretical modeling and experimental measurements near the cochlear apex to study the way in which length changes of the outer hair cells deform the organ of Corti...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351171/spinal-pkc-erk-signal-pathway-mediates-hyperalgesia-priming
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Wei-Hsin Chen, Ya-Ting Chang, Yong-Cyuan Chen, Sin-Jhong Cheng, Chien-Chang Chen
Chronic pain can be initiated by one or more acute stimulations to sensitize neurons into the primed state. In the primed state, the basal nociceptive thresholds of the animal are normal, but in response to another hyperalgesic stimulus, the animal develops enhanced and prolonged hyperalgesia. The exact mechanism of how primed state is formed is not completely understood. Here we showed that spinal PKC/ERK signal pathway is required for neuronal plasticity change, hyperalgesic priming formation and the development of chronic hyperalgesia using acid-induced muscle pain (AIMP) model in mice...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350251/pyramidal-cell-selective-glun1-knockout-causes-impairments-in-salience-attribution-and-related-eeg-activity
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Alexandra D Forrest, Jakyung Bang, Robert E Featherstone, Jonathan H Bloom, Matthew S Luminais, Rebecca V Zhang, Christopher R Gajewski, Mary F McMullen, Yuling Liang, Steven J Siegel
Schizophrenia is a disabling psychiatric disease characterized by symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, loss of pleasure, and inappropriate affect. Although schizophrenia is marked by dysfunction in dopaminergic and glutamatergic signaling, it is not presently clear how these dysfunctions give rise to symptoms. The aberrant salience hypothesis of schizophrenia argues that abnormal attribution of motivational salience to stimuli is one of the main contributors to both positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia...
January 19, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349573/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-elevates-stimulus-evoked-release-of-dopamine-in-freely-moving-rats
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Juho-Matti Renko, Susanne Bäck, Merja H Voutilainen, T Petteri Piepponen, Ilkka Reenilä, Mart Saarma, Raimo K Tuominen
Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) hold potential as disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), cerebral dopamine neurotrophic factor (CDNF), and mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) have shown neuroprotective and restorative effects on nigral dopaminergic neurons in various animal models of Parkinson's disease. To date, however, their effects on brain neurochemistry have not been compared using in vivo microdialysis...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348862/digital-gene-expression-analysis-in-mice-lung-with-coinfection-of-influenza-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Jun Luo, Linlin Zhou, Hongren Wang, Zhen Qin, Li Xiang, Jie Zhu, Xiaojun Huang, Yuan Yang, Wanyi Li, Baoning Wang, Mingyuan Li
Influenza A virus (IAV) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) are two major upper respiratory tract pathogens that can also cause infection in polarized bronchial epithelial cells to exacerbate disease in coinfected individuals which may result in significant morbidity. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we employed BALB/c ByJ mice inflected with SP, IAV, IAV followed by SP (IAV+SP) and PBS (Control) as models to survey the global gene expression using digital gene expression (DGE) profiling...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348683/the-effect-of-foreign-language-in-fear-acquisition
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Azucena García-Palacios, Albert Costa, Diana Castilla, Eva Del Río, Aina Casaponsa, Jon Andoni Duñabeitia
Emotions are at the core of human nature. There is evidence that emotional reactivity in foreign languages compared to native languages is reduced. We explore whether this emotional distance could modulate fear conditioning, an essential mechanism for the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders. A group of participants was verbally informed (either in a foreign or in a native language) that two different stimuli could be either cueing the potential presence of a threat stimulus or its absence. We registered pupil size and electrodermal activity and calculated the difference in psychophysiological responses to conditioned and to unconditioned stimuli...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348110/the-role-of-ethnicity-and-environment-in-the-regulation-of-response-to-sensory-stimulus-in-children-protocol-and-pilot-findings-of-a-neurophysiological-study
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Ivan Neil Gomez, Cynthia Yy Lai, Chetwyn Ch Chan, Hector Wh Tsang
BACKGROUND: The ability to regulate the response to sensory stimuli has been associated with successful behavioral patterns necessary for daily activities. However, it is not known whether a child's ethnicity and environment can influence autonomic regulatory mechanisms. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the role of ethnicity and environment in the regulation of responses to sensory stimuli in children. METHODS: In this study, we intend to recruit 128 children from different ethnic groups or environment contexts as follows: (1) 32 typically developing Chinese children living in Hong Kong; (2) 32 typically developing Filipino children living in Hong Kong; (3) 32 typically developing Filipino children who are living in urban areas; and (4) 32 typically developing Filipino children who are living in rural areas in Philippines...
January 18, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346521/the-intracellular-and-intercellular-cross-talk-during-subsidiary-cell-formation-in-zea-mays-existing-and-novel-components-orchestrating-cell-polarization-and-asymmetric-division
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P Apostolakos, P Livanos, E Giannoutsou, E Panteris, B Galatis
Background: Formation of stomatal complexes in Poaceae is the outcome of three asymmetric and one symmetric cell division occurring in particular leaf protodermal cells. In this definite sequence of cell division events, the generation of subsidiary cells is of particular importance and constitutes an attractive model for studying local intercellular stimulation. In brief, an induction stimulus emitted by the guard cell mother cells (GMCs) triggers a series of polarization events in their laterally adjacent protodermal cells...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343670/anti-sigma-factor-mediated-cell-surface-stress-responses-in-bacillus-subtilis
#11
Kei Asai
Proteins belonging to the sigma factor family in eubacteria initiate transcription by associating with RNA polymerase. A subfamily, the extracytoplasmic function (ECF) sigma factors, which form a widely distributed bacterial signal transduction system comprising a sigma factor and a cognate membrane-embedded anti-sigma factor, regulates genes in response to stressors that threaten cell envelope integrity including the cell wall and membrane. The Gram-positive soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis provides a valuable model for investigation of the ECF sigma factors...
January 17, 2018: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342276/a-predictive-quantitative-model-of-spiking-activity-and-stimulus-secretion-coupling-in-oxytocin-neurons
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Jorge Maícas-Royo, Gareth Leng, Duncan J MacGregor
Oxytocin neurons of the rat hypothalamus project to the posterior pituitary where they secrete their products into the bloodstream. The pattern and quantity of that release depends on the afferent inputs to the neurons, on their intrinsic membrane properties, and on non-linear interactions between spiking activity and exocytosis: a given number of spikes will trigger more secretion when they arrive close together. Here we present a quantitative computational model of oxytocin neurons that can replicate the results of a wide variety of published experiments...
January 12, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342238/rhythmic-spontaneous-activity-mediates-the-age-related-decline-in-somatosensory-function
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Rachel K Spooner, Alex I Wiesman, Amy L Proskovec, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tony W Wilson
Sensory gating is a neurophysiological process whereby the response to a second stimulus in a pair of identical stimuli is attenuated, and it is thought to reflect the capacity of the CNS to preserve neural resources for behaviorally relevant stimuli. Such gating is observed across multiple sensory modalities and is modulated by age, but the mechanisms involved are not understood. In this study, we examined somatosensory gating in 68 healthy adults using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and advanced oscillatory and time-domain analysis methods...
January 12, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341790/postnatal-tendon-growth-and-remodeling-requires-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-signaling
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Kristoffer B Sugg, James F Markworth, Nathaniel P Disser, Andrew M Rizzi, Jeffrey R Talarek, Dylan C Sarver, Susan V Brooks, Christopher L Mendias
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) signaling plays an important role in the fundamental biological activities of many cells that compose musculoskeletal tissues. However, little is known about the role of PDGFR signaling during tendon growth and remodeling in adult animals. Using the hindlimb synergist ablation model of tendon growth, our objectives were to determine the role of PDGFR signaling in the adaptation of tendons subjected to a mechanical growth stimulus, as well as to investigate the biological mechanisms behind this response...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341361/parvalbumin-interneuron-mediated-feedforward-inhibition-controls-signal-output-in-the-deep-layers-of-the-perirhinal-entorhinal-cortex
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Janske G P Willems, Wytse J Wadman, Natalie L M Cappaert
The perirhinal (PER) and lateral entorhinal (LEC) cortex form an anatomical link between the neocortex and the hippocampus. However, neocortical activity is transmitted through the PER and LEC to the hippocampus with a low probability, suggesting the involvement of the inhibitory network. This study explored the role of interneuron mediated inhibition, activated by electrical stimulation in the agranular insular cortex (AiP), in the deep layers of the PER and LEC. Activated synaptic input by AiP stimulation rarely evoked action potentials in the PER-LEC deep layer excitatory principal neurons, most probably because the evoked synaptic response consisted of a small excitatory and large inhibitory conductance...
January 17, 2018: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340745/a-6-week-warm-up-injury-prevention-programme-results-in-minimal-biomechanical-changes-during-jump-landings-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jeffrey B Taylor, Kevin R Ford, Randy J Schmitz, Scott E Ross, Terry A Ackerman, Sandra J Shultz
PURPOSE: To examine the extent to which an ACL injury prevention programme modifies lower extremity biomechanics during single- and double-leg landing tasks in both the sagittal and frontal plane. It was hypothesized that the training programme would elicit improvements in lower extremity biomechanics, but that these improvements would be greater during a double-leg sagittal plane landing task than tasks performed on a single leg or in the frontal plane. METHODS: Ninety-seven competitive multi-directional sport athletes that competed at the middle- or high-school level were cluster randomized into intervention (n = 48, age = 15...
January 16, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339793/skin-inspired-highly-stretchable-and-conformable-matrix-networks-for-multifunctional-sensing
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Qilin Hua, Junlu Sun, Haitao Liu, Rongrong Bao, Ruomeng Yu, Junyi Zhai, Caofeng Pan, Zhong Lin Wang
Mechanosensation electronics (or Electronic skin, e-skin) consists of mechanically flexible and stretchable sensor networks that can detect and quantify various stimuli to mimic the human somatosensory system, with the sensations of touch, heat/cold, and pain in skin through various sensory receptors and neural pathways. Here we present a skin-inspired highly stretchable and conformable matrix network (SCMN) that successfully expands the e-skin sensing functionality including but not limited to temperature, in-plane strain, humidity, light, magnetic field, pressure, and proximity...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339319/treatment-with-the-noradrenaline-re-uptake-inhibitor-atomoxetine-alone-and-in-combination-with-the-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-antagonist-idazoxan-attenuates-loss-of-dopamine-and-associated-motor-deficits-in-the-lps-inflammatory-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Justin D Yssel, Eoin O'Neill, Yvonne M Nolan, Thomas J Connor, Andrew Harkin
The impact of treatment with the noradrenaline (NA) re-uptake inhibitor atomoxetine and the α2-adrenoceptor (AR) antagonist idazoxan in an animal model of Parkinson's disease (PD) was assessed. Concurrent systemic treatment with atomoxetine and idazoxan, a combination which serves to enhance the extra-synaptic availability of NA, exerts anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects following delivery of an inflammatory stimulus, the bacterial endotoxin, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) into the substantia nigra. Lesion-induced deficits in motor function (akinesia, forelimb-use asymmetry) and striatal dopamine (DA) loss were rescued to varying degrees depending on the treatment...
January 12, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338732/transcriptional-profile-and-epstein-barr-virus-infection-status-of-laser-cut-immune-infiltrates-from-the-brain-of-patients-with-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Caterina Veroni, Barbara Serafini, Barbara Rosicarelli, Corrado Fagnani, Francesca Aloisi
BACKGROUND: It is debated whether multiple sclerosis (MS) might result from an immunopathological response toward an active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection brought into the central nervous system (CNS) by immigrating B cells. Based on this model, a relationship should exist between the local immune milieu and EBV infection status in the MS brain. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed expression of viral and cellular genes in brain-infiltrating immune cells. METHODS: Twenty-three postmortem snap-frozen brain tissue blocks from 11 patients with progressive MS were selected based on good RNA quality and prominent immune cell infiltration...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335357/nonlinear-relationship-between-spike-dependent-calcium-influx-and-trpc-channel-activation-enables-robust-persistent-spiking-in-neurons-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex
#20
Stéphanie Ratté, Sergei Karnup, Steven A Prescott
Persistent spiking - the continuation of spiking after a stimulus ends - is thought to support working memory. Muscarinic receptor activation enables persistent spiking among synaptically isolated pyramidal neurons in anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) but a detailed characterization of that spiking is lacking and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that the rate of persistent spiking in ACC neurons is insensitive to the intensity and number of triggers but can be modulated by injected current, and that persistent spiking can resume after several seconds of hyperpolarization-imposed quiescence...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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