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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441115/neuromodulation-of-innate-behaviors-in-drosophila
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Susy M Kim, Chih-Ying Su, Jing W Wang
Animals are born with a rich repertoire of robust behaviors that are critical for their survival. However, innate behaviors are also highly adaptable to an animal's internal state and external environment. Neuromodulators, including biogenic amines, neuropeptides, and hormones, are released to signal changes in animals' circumstances and serve to reconfigure neural circuits. This circuit flexibility allows animals to modify their behavioral responses according to environmental cues, metabolic demands, and physiological states...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440631/elastic-and-ph-responsive-hybrid-interfaces-created-with-engineered-resilin-and-nanocellulose
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Wenwen Fang, Arja Paananen, Marika Vitikainen, Salla Koskela, Ann Westerholm-Parvinen, Jussi Joensuu, Christopher Landowski, Merja Penttilä, Markus B Linder, Päivi Laaksonen
We investigated how a genetically engineered resilin fusion protein modifies cellulose surfaces. We characterized the pH responsive behavior of a resilin like peptide (RLP) having terminal cellulose binding modules (CBM) and showed its binding to cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). Characterization of the resilin fusion protein at different pHs revealed substantial conformational changes of the protein, which were observed as swelling and contraction of the protein layer bound to the nanocellulose surface. In addition, we showed that employment of the modified resilin in cellulose hydrogel and nanopaper increased their modulus of stiffness through a cross-linking effect...
April 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439884/the-home-environment-shapes-emotional-eating
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Moritz Herle, Alison Fildes, Frühling Rijsdijk, Silje Steinsbekk, Clare Llewellyn
Emotional overeating (EOE) is the tendency to eat more in response to negative emotions; its etiology in early life is unknown. We established the relative genetic and environmental influences on EOE in toddlerhood and early childhood. Data were from Gemini, a population-based cohort of 2,402 British twins born in 2007. EOE was measured using the "emotional overeating" scale of the Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire (CEBQ) at 16 months and 5 years. A longitudinal quantitative genetic model established that genetic influences on EOE were minimal; on the other hand, shared environmental influences explained most of the variance...
April 25, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439100/ventral-striatal-regulation-of-crem-mediates-impulsive-action-and-drug-addiction-vulnerability
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M L Miller, Y Ren, H Szutorisz, N A Warren, C Tessereau, G Egervari, A Mlodnicka, M Kapoor, B Chaarani, C V Morris, G Schumann, H Garavan, A M Goate, M J Bannon, J M Halperin, Y L Hurd
Impulsivity, a multifaceted behavioral hallmark of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), strongly influences addiction vulnerability and other psychiatric disorders that incur enormous medical and societal burdens yet the neurobiological underpinnings linking impulsivity to disease remain poorly understood. Here we report the critical role of ventral striatal cAMP-response element modulator (CREM) in mediating impulsivity relevant to drug abuse vulnerability. Using an ADHD rat model, we demonstrate that impulsive animals are neurochemically and behaviorally more sensitive to heroin and exhibit reduced Crem expression in the nucleus accumbens core...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439031/explaining-negative-kin-discrimination-in-a-cooperative-mammal-society
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Faye J Thompson, Michael A Cant, Harry H Marshall, Emma I K Vitikainen, Jennifer L Sanderson, Hazel J Nichols, Jason S Gilchrist, Matthew B V Bell, Andrew J Young, Sarah J Hodge, Rufus A Johnstone
Kin selection theory predicts that, where kin discrimination is possible, animals should typically act more favorably toward closer genetic relatives and direct aggression toward less closely related individuals. Contrary to this prediction, we present data from an 18-y study of wild banded mongooses, Mungos mungo, showing that females that are more closely related to dominant individuals are specifically targeted for forcible eviction from the group, often suffering severe injury, and sometimes death, as a result...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438970/the-severity-of-vestibular-dysfunction-in-deafness-as-a-determinant-of-comorbid-hyperactivity-or-anxiety
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Michelle W Antoine, Sarath Vijayakumar, Nicholas McKeehan, Sherri M Jones, Jean M Hébert
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety-related disorders occur at rates 2-3 times higher in deaf compared with hearing children. Potential explanations for these elevated rates and the heterogeneity of behavioral disorders associated with deafness have usually focused on socio-environmental rather than biological effects. Children with the 22q11.2 deletion or duplication syndromes often display hearing loss and behavioral disorders including ADHD and anxiety-related disorders. Here, we show that mouse mutants with either a gain- or loss-of-function of the T-Box transcription factor gene, Tbx1, which lies within the 22q11...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438481/genes-and-neural-circuits-for-sleep-of-the-fruit-fly
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Jun Tomita, Gosuke Ban, Kazuhiko Kume
Sleep is a universal physiological state evolutionarily conserved among species, but the molecular basis for its regulation is still largely unknown. Due to its electroencephalogram criteria, sleep has long been investigated and described mostly in mammalian species. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has emerged as a genetic model organism for studying sleep. The Drosophila sleep is behaviorally defined, and is tightly regulated by circadian and homeostatic processes, like mammals. Genetic analyses using Drosophila have successfully identified a number of conserved regulatory mechanisms underlying sleep between flies and mammals...
April 21, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438021/a-new-improved-and-extended-version-of-the-multicell-bacterial-simulator-gro
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Martín Eduardo Gutiérrez, Paula Gregorio-Godoy, Guillermo Pérez Del Pulgar, Luis Enrique Muñoz, Sandra Sáez, Alfonso Rodriguez-Paton
gro is a cell programming language developed in Klavins Lab for simulating colony growth and cell-cell communication. It is used as a synthetic biology prototyping tool for simulating multicellular biocircuits. In this work, we present several extensions made to gro that improve the performance of the simulator, make it easier to use and provide new functionalities. The new version of gro is between one and two orders of magnitude faster than the original version. It is able to grow microbial colonies with up to 10(5) cells in less than 20 minutes...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437751/effects-of-picrotoxin-on-zebrafish-larvae-behaviors-a-comparison-study-with-ptz
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Xue Yang, Jia Lin, Xiaolan Peng, Qin Zhang, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Shuizhen Zhou, Qiang Li
Larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) have been suggested as a high-throughput experimental animal model for epilepsy-related genetic and developmental studies. The behavioral manifestations in response to the seizure-inducing drugs picrotoxin (PTX) (1, 5, 25, 125, or 625μM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) (1, 2, 4, 8, or 16mM) under light-dark conditions were studied using zebrafish larvae at 5days post-fertilization (dpf). Two behavioral parameters, locomotor activity and thigmotaxis behavior, were analyzed. We conclude that high concentrations of PTX treatment increased locomotion and thigmotaxis in 5 dpf zebrafish larvae under continuous illumination and the locomotion of PTX-treated zebrafish was decreased under the dark condition...
April 21, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437589/the-roles-of-ecology-behavior-and-effective-population-size-in-the-evolution-of-a-community
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Chih-Ming Hung, Sergei V Drovetski, Robert M Zink
Organismal traits such as ecological specialization and migratory behavior may affect colonization potential, population persistence, and degree of isolation, factors that determine the composition and genetic structure of communities. However, studies focusing on community assembly rarely consider these factors jointly. We sequenced 16 nuclear and one mitochondrial genes from Caucasian and European populations of 30 forest-dwelling avian species that represent diverse ecological (specialist-generalist) and behavioral (migratory-resident) backgrounds...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436309/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-binding-protein-and-stress-from-invertebrates-to-humans
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Kyle D Ketchesin, Gwen S Stinnett, Audrey F Seasholtz
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is a key regulator of the stress response. This peptide controls the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis as well as a variety of behavioral and autonomic stress responses via the two CRH receptors, CRH-R1 and CRH-R2. The CRH system also includes an evolutionarily conserved CRH-binding protein (CRH-BP), a secreted glycoprotein that binds CRH with subnanomolar affinity to modulate CRH receptor activity. In this review, we discuss the current literature on CRH-BP and stress across multiple species, from insects to humans...
April 23, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434591/oxytocin-and-vasopressin-neural-networks-implications-for-social-behavioral-diversity-and-translational-neuroscience
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Zachary V Johnson, Larry J Young
Oxytocin- and vasopressin-related systems are present in invertebrate and vertebrate bilaterian animals, including humans, and exhibit conserved neuroanatomical and functional properties. In vertebrates, these systems innervate conserved neural networks that regulate social learning and behavior, including conspecific recognition, social attachment, and parental behavior. Individual and species-level variation in central organization of oxytocin and vasopressin systems has been linked to individual and species variation in social learning and behavior...
May 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
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Brian Skriver Nielsen, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Bruce R Ransom, Morten Schak Nielsen, Nanna MacAulay
Astrocytes in the mammalian central nervous system are interconnected by gap junctions made from connexins of the subtypes Cx30 and Cx43. These proteins may exist as hemichannels in the plasma membrane in the absence of a 'docked' counterpart on the neighboring cell. A variety of stimuli are reported to open the hemichannels and thereby create a permeation pathway through the plasma membrane. Cx30 and Cx43 have, in their hemichannel configuration, been proposed to act as ion channels and membrane pathways for different molecules, such as fluorescent dyes, ATP, prostaglandins, and glutamate...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434164/microglia-loss-contributes-to-the-development-of-major-depression-induced-by-different-types-of-chronic-stresses
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Lijuan Tong, Yu Gong, Peng Wang, Wenfeng Hu, Jili Wang, Zhuo Chen, Wei Zhang, Chao Huang
Recently, the loss and dystrophy of hippocampal microglia induced by chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) has been reported to mediate the development of major depression in mice whose microglial cells were labeled with enhanced green fluorescent protein-conjuncted-CX3C receptor type 1. However, whether this happens in endogenous microglia with no genetic intervention remains unclear. Here, we addressed this issue in mice treated with different types of chronic stresses, including the CUS, chronic restraint stress (CRS) and chronic social defeat stress (CSDS)...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434076/%C3%AE-synuclein-nonhuman-primate-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
David J Marmion, Jeffrey H Kordower
Proper understanding of the mechanism(s) by which α-synuclein misfolds and propagates may hold the key to unraveling the complex pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease. A more complete understanding of the disease itself, as well as establishing animal models that fully recapitulate pathological and functional disease progression, are needed to develop treatments that will delay, halt or reverse the disease course. Traditional neurotoxin-based animal models fail to mimic crucial aspects of Parkinson's and thus are not relevant for the study of neuroprotection and disease-modifying therapies...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433421/strain-specific-programming-of-prenatal-ethanol-exposure-across-generations
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Daniel O Popoola, Michael E Nizhnikov, Nicole M Cameron
Behavioral consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can be transmitted from in utero-exposed F1 generation to their F2 offspring. This type of transmission is modulated by genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. This study investigated the intergenerational consequences of prenatal exposure to a low ethanol dose (1 g/kg) during gestational days 17-20, on ethanol-induced hypnosis in adolescent male F1 and F2 generations, in two strains of rats. Adolescent Long-Evans and Sprague-Dawley male rats were tested for sensitivity to ethanol-induced hypnosis at a 3...
January 4, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433087/paternal-age-alters-social-development-in-offspring
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Magdalena Janecka, Claire M A Haworth, Angelica Ronald, Eva Krapohl, Francesca Happé, Jonathan Mill, Leonard C Schalkwyk, Cathy Fernandes, Abraham Reichenberg, Frühling Rijsdijk
OBJECTIVE: Advanced paternal age (APA) at conception has been linked with autism and schizophrenia in offspring, neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social functioning. The current study explored the effects of paternal age on social development in the general population. METHOD: We used multilevel growth modeling to investigate APA effects on socioemotional development from early childhood until adolescence, as measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) sample...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431366/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-video-eeg-protocol-for-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
#18
Luciana Rodrigues De Marchi, Jeana Torres Corso, Ana Carolina Zetehaku, Carina Gonçalves Pedroso Uchida, Mirian Salvadori Bittar Guaranha, Elza Márcia Targas Yacubian
INTRODUCTION: Video-EEG has been used to characterize genetic generalized epilepsies (GGE). For best performance, sleep recording, photic stimulation, hyperventilation, and neuropsychological protocols are added to the monitoring. However, risks and benefits of these video-EEG protocols are not well established. The aim of this study was to analyze the efficacy and safety of a video-EEG neuropsychological protocol (VNPP) tailored for GGE and compare its value with that of routine EEG (R-EEG)...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431039/genomic-data-for-78-chickens-from-14-populations
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Diyan Li, Tiandong Che, Binlong Chen, Shilin Tian, Xuming Zhou, Guolong Zhang, Miao Li, Uma Gaur, Yan Li, Majing Luo, Long Zhang, Zhongxian Xu, Xiaoling Zhao, Huadong Yin, Yan Wang, Long Jin, Qianzi Tang, Huailiang Xu, Mingyao Yang, Rongjia Zhou, Ruiqiang Li, Qing Zhu, Mingzhou Li
Background: Since the domestication of the red jungle fowls ( Gallus gallus ) (dating back to ∼10,000 B.P.) in Asia, domestic chickens ( Gallus gallus domesticus ) have been subjected to the combined effects of natural selection and human-driven artificial selection; this has resulted in marked phenotypic diversity in a number of traits, including behavior, body composition, egg production and skin color. Population genomic variations through diversifying selection have not been fully investigated...
April 18, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430294/grn-mutation-in-a-patient-with-a-behavioral-variant-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-bvftd
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Sylwia Walczysková, Pavel Ressner, Šárka Hilscherová, Jaroslav Kotlas, Jiří Konrád, Věnceslava Svobodová
<i>The clinical spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is characterized by personality changes, language impairment, and executive function deficits. About 40% of FTLD cases have a family history of the disease, and the GRN gene is currently the most frequent genetic determinant. In cases of inherited FTLD with GRN mutations, parkinsonism is often an early sign due to greater grey matter atrophy in the caudate nucleus and bilateral atrophy in the thalamus. We investigated a female patient with signs of frontotemporal lobe atrophy and unilateral caudate nucleus atrophy on MRI...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
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