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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642476/prevention-of-long-term-memory-loss-after-retrieval-by-an-endogenous-camkii-inhibitor
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Fabio Antonio Vigil, Keiko Mizuno, Walter Lucchesi, Victoria Valls-Comamala, Karl Peter Giese
CaMK2N1 and CaMK2N2 are endogenous inhibitors of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), a key synaptic signaling molecule for learning and memory. Here, we investigated the learning and memory function of CaMK2N1 by knocking-down its expression in dorsal hippocampus of mice. We found that reduced CaMK2N1 expression does not affect contextual fear long-term memory (LTM) formation. However, we show that it impairs maintenance of established LTM, but only if retrieval occurs. CaMK2N1 knockdown prevents a decrease of threonine-286 (T286) autophosphorylation of αCaMKII and increases GluA1 levels in hippocampal synapses after retrieval of contextual fear LTM...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638915/-optogenetic-activation-of-dorsal-hippocampal-astrocytic-rac1-blocks-the-learning-of-associative-memory
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Xiao-Mu Guo, Zhao-Hui Liao, Ye-Zheng Tao, Fei-Fei Wang, Lan Ma
Rac1 belongs to the family of Rho GTPases, and plays important roles in the brain function. It affects the cell migration and axon guidance via regulating the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology. However, the effect of its dynamic activation in regulating physiological function remains unclear. Recently, a photoactivatable analogue of Rac1 (PA-Rac1) has been developed, allowing the activation of Rac1 by the specific wavelength of light in living cells. Thus, we constructed recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) of PA-Rac1 and its light-insensitive mutant PA-Rac1-C450A under the control of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein (mGFAP) promoter to manipulate Rac1 activity in astrocytes by optical stimulation...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636948/pten%C3%AE-modulates-camkii-signaling-and-controls-contextual-fear-memory-and-spatial-learning
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Pan Wang, Fan Mei, Jiapan Hu, Minglu Zhu, Hailong Qi, Xi Chen, Ruiqi Li, Michael A McNutt, Yuxin Yin
PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homology deleted on chromosome 10) has multiple functions, and recent studies have shown that the PTEN family has isoforms. The roles of these PTEN family members in biologic activities warrant specific evaluation. Here, we show that PTENα maintains CaMKII in a state that is competent to induce long-term potentiation (LTP) with resultant regulation of contextual fear memory and spatial learning. PTENα binds to CaMKII with its distinctive N terminus and resets CaMKII to an activatable state by dephosphorylating it at sites T305/306...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629360/conceptualisation-of-job-related-wellbeing-stress-and-burnout-among-healthcare-workers-in-rural-ethiopia-a-qualitative-study
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Medhin Selamu, Graham Thornicroft, Abebaw Fekadu, Charlotte Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Wellbeing of healthcare workers is important for the effective functioning of health systems. The aim of this study was to explore the conceptualisations of wellbeing, stress and burnout among healthcare workers in primary healthcare settings in rural Ethiopia in order to inform the development of contextually appropriate interventions. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in a rural zone of southern Ethiopia. A total of 52 frontline primary healthcare workers participated in in-depth interviews (n = 18) or Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) (4 groups, total n = 34)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627387/observational-fear-learning-in-degus-is-correlated-with-temporal-vocalization-patterns
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Navdeep Lidhar, Nathan Insel, June Yue Dong, Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
Some animals learn to fear a situation after observing another individual come to harm, and this learning is influenced by the animals' social relationship and history. An important but sometimes overlooked factor in studies of observational fear learning is that social context not only affects observers, but may also influence the behavior and communications expressed by those being observed. Here we sought to investigate whether observational fear learning in the degu (Octodon degus) is affected by social familiarity, and the degree to which vocal expressions of alarm or distress contribute...
June 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625547/contextual-fear-conditioning-is-enhanced-in-mice-lacking-functional-sphingosine-kinase-2
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Mona Lei, Adeena Shafique, Kani Shang, Timothy A Couttas, Hua Zhao, Anthony S Don, Tim Karl
The lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a potent neuroprotective signalling molecule that signals through its own family of five G-protein coupled receptors. S1P signalling enhances presynaptic glutamate release and is essential for neural development. S1P is synthesized by the enzymes sphingosine kinases 1 and 2 (SphK1 and SphK2), of which SphK2 mRNA and activity is more abundant in the brain. In this study we investigated the consequences of global SphK2 knockout (SphK2(-/-)) on basic motor capabilities, anxiety, learning, and memory in mice, using a range of tests including the elevated plus maze, the cheeseboard, contextual and cued fear conditioning, and fear extinction...
June 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624583/pre-adolescent-and-adolescent-mice-are-less-sensitive-to-the-effects-of-acute-nicotine-on-extinction-and-spontaneous-recovery
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Munir Gunes Kutlu, Dana Zeid, Jessica M Tumolo, Thomas J Gould
Adolescence is a period of high risk for the initiation of nicotine product usage and exposure to traumatic events. In parallel, nicotine exposure has been found to age-dependently modulate acquisition of contextual fear memories; however, it is unknown if adolescent nicotine exposure alters extinction of fear related memories. Age-related differences in sensitivity to the effects of nicotine on fear extinction could increase or decrease susceptibility to anxiety disorders. In this study, we examined the effects of acute nicotine administration on extinction and spontaneous recovery of contextual fear memories in pre-adolescent (PND 23), late adolescent (PND 38), and adult (PND 53) C57B6/J mice...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611594/overexpression-of-mineralocorticoid-receptors-in-the-mouse-forebrain-partly-alleviates-the-effects-of-chronic-early-life-stress-on-spatial-memory-neurogenesis-and-synaptic-function-in-the-dentate-gyrus
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Sofia Kanatsou, Henk Karst, Despoina Kortesidou, Rachelle A van den Akker, Jan den Blaauwen, Anjanette P Harris, Jonathan R Seckl, Harm J Krugers, Marian Joels
Evidence from human studies suggests that high expression of brain mineralocorticoid receptors (MR) may promote resilience against negative consequences of stress exposure, including childhood trauma. We examined, in mice, whether brain MR overexpression can alleviate the effects of chronic early life stress (ELS) on contextual memory formation under low and high stress conditions, and neurogenesis and synaptic function of dentate gyrus granular cells. Male mice were exposed to ELS by housing the dam with limited nesting and bedding material from postnatal day (PND) 2 to 9...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606630/long-term-contextual-memory-in-infant-rats-as-evidenced-by-an-ethanol-conditioned-tolerance-procedure
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Stefanía Castelló, Juan Carlos Molina, Carlos Arias
Conditioned tolerance can be conceptualized as a particular case of Pavlovian conditioning in which contextual cues play the role of the conditioned stimulus. Although the evidence is contradictory, it is frequently assumed that long-term contextual conditioning in pre-weanling rats is weak or even absent. This hypothesis comes from and is sustained mainly by behavioral studies that explored different contextual effects in 16-18day-old rats using a fear-conditioning paradigm, but their conclusions are stated in terms of an immature (hippocampal-dependent) declarative memory system...
June 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600997/genistein-alleviates-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-model-through-enhancing-serotonergic-transmission-in-the-amygdala
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Zhong-Min Wu, Gui-Lian Ni, Ai-Min Shao, Rong Cui
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic psychiatric disorder, characterized by intense fear, and increased arousal and avoidance of traumatic events. The current available treatments for PTSD have limited therapeutic value. Genistein, a natural isoflavone, modulates a variety of cell functions. In this study, we tested anti-anxiety activity and underlying mechanisms of genistein in a PTSD rat model. The rats were trained to associate a tone with foot shock delivery on day 0, then fear conditioning was performed on day 7, 14 and 21...
June 2, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596476/rnase-alleviates-neurological-dysfunction-in-mice-undergoing-cardiac-arrest-and-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
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Ye Ma, Chan Chen, Shu Zhang, Qiao Wang, Hai Chen, Yuanlin Dong, Zheng Zhang, Yan Li, Zhendong Niu, Tao Zhu, Hai Yu, Bin Liu
Cardiac arrest (CA) is one of the leading lethal factors. Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure has been consecutively improved and lots of new strategies have been developed, neurological outcome of the patients experienced CPR is still disappointing. Ribonuclease (RNase) has been demonstrated to have neuroprotective effects in acute stroke and postoperative cognitive impairment, possibly through acting against endogenous RNA that released from damaged tissue. However, the role of RNase in post-cardiac arrest cerebral injury is unknown...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588364/extinction-of-contextual-fear-with-timed-exposure-to-enriched-environment-a-differential-effect
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Preethi Hegde, Shane O'Mara, Thenkanidiyoor Rao Laxmi
BACKGROUND: Extinction of fear memory depends on the environmental and emotional cues. Furthermore, consolidation of extinction is also dependent on the environmental exposure. But, the relationship of the time of the exposure to a variety of environmental cues is not well known. The important region involved in facilitation of extinction of fear memory is through diversion of the flow of information leaving the lateral nucleus of amygdala. PURPOSE: The study aimed to address a question to explain how these brain regions react to environmental stimulation during the retention and extinction of fear memory...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583049/n-arachidonoyl-serotonin-a-dual-faah-and-trpv1-blocker-inhibits-the-retrieval-of-contextual-fear-memory-role-of-the-cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-in-the-dorsal-hippocampus
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Pedro H Gobira, Isabel V Lima, Luara A Batista, Antônio C de Oliveira, Leonardo B Resstel, Carsten T Wotjak, Daniele C Aguiar, Fabricio A Moreira
Anandamide, an endocannabinoid, inhibits aversive responses by activating the CB1 cannabinoid receptor. At high concentrations, however, anandamide may exert pro-aversive activities mediated by the transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 channel (TRPV1). Accordingly, N-arachidonoyl-serotonin (AA-5-HT), a dual blocker of the anandamide-hydrolysing enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and the TRPV1 channel, induces anxiolytic-like effects. Here we tested the hypothesis that AA-5-HT inhibits the expression of contextual fear conditioning by facilitating CB1 receptor signalling in the dorsal hippocampus of mice...
June 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580085/apocynin-preserves-glutamatergic-neurons-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-in-mice-with-neonatal-sevoflurane-exposure
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Zhongliang Sun, Maiko Satomoto, Yushi U Adachi, Koshi Makita
BACKGROUND: Neonatal exposure to anesthetics induces neuronal apoptosis and long-term cognitive dysfunction in rodents. We showed that the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-oxidase inhibitor apocynin not only reduces neurotoxicity by decreasing superoxide levels and preventing mitochondrial dysfunction but also improves long-term memory impairment in neonatal mice exposed to sevoflurane. We also found that after the contextual fear conditioning test, glutamatergic neurons expressed c-Fos (neural activation) regardless of previous exposure to sevoflurane...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579367/early-postnatal-handling-reduces-hippocampal-amyloid-plaque-formation-and-enhances-cognitive-performance-in-appswe-ps1de9-mice-at-middle-age
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Sylvie L Lesuis, Beryl A C E van Hoek, Paul J Lucassen, Harm J Krugers
In rodents, fragmented and low levels of maternal care have been implicated in age-related cognitive decline and the incidence and progression of Alzheimer's pathology. In contrast, enhancing early postnatal maternal care has been associated with improved cognitive function later in life. Here we examined whether early postnatal handling of mouse pups from postnatal days 2-9 enhanced maternal care and whether this affected cognition and Alzheimer pathology at 5 and 11months of age in the APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model for Alzheimer's disease...
June 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577998/involvement-of-the-prelimbic-cortex-in-contextual-fear-conditioning-with-temporal-and-spatial-discontinuity
#16
Thays Brenner Santos, Juliana Carlota Kramer-Soares, Vanessa Manchim Favaro, Maria Gabriela Menezes Oliveira
Time plays an important role in conditioning, it is not only possible to associate stimuli with events that overlap, as in delay fear conditioning, but it is also possible to associate stimuli that are discontinuous in time, as shown in trace conditioning for a discrete stimuli. The environment itself can be a powerful conditioned stimulus (CS) and be associated to unconditioned stimulus (US). Thus, the aim of the present study was to determine the parameters in which contextual fear conditioning occurs by the maintenance of a contextual representation over short and long time intervals...
May 31, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577921/parent-of-origin-effects-on-schizophrenia-relevant-behaviours-of-type-iii-neuregulin-1-mutant-mice
#17
Kani Shang, David A Talmage, Tim Karl
A robust, disease-relevant phenotype is paramount to the validity of genetic mouse models, which are an important tool in understanding complex diseases. Recent evidence from genome-wide association studies suggests the genetic contribution of parents to offspring is not equivalent. Despite this, few studies to date have examined the potential impact of parent genotype (i.e. origin of mutation) on the offspring of disease-relevant genetic mouse models. To elucidate the potential impact of the sex of the mutant parent on offspring phenotype, we characterized male and female offspring of an established schizophrenia mouse model, which had been generated using two different breeding schemes, in a range of disease-relevant behaviours...
May 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576459/corrigendum-to-trpc3-channels-critically-regulate-hippocampal-excitability-and-contextual-fear-memory-behav-brain-res-281-march-2015-69-77
#18
Sarah M Neuner, Lynda A Wilmott, Kevin A Hope, Brian Hoffmann, Jayhong A Chong, Joel Abramowitz, Lutz Birnbaumer, Kristen O'Connell, Andrew K Tryba, Andrew S Greene, C Savio Chan, Catherine C Kaczorowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 30, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576309/bndf-heterozygosity-is-associated-with-memory-deficits-and-alterations-in-cortical-and-hippocampal-eeg-power
#19
Phillip A Geist, Brooke N Dulka, Abigail Barnes, Michael Totty, Subimal Datta
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a pivotal role in structural plasticity, learning, and memory. Electroencephalogram (EEG) spectral power in the cortex and hippocampus has also been correlated with learning and memory. In this study, we investigated the effect of globally reduced BDNF levels on learning behavior and EEG power via BDNF heterozygous (KO) rats. We employed several behavioral tests that are thought to depend on cortical and hippocampal plasticity to varying degrees: novel object recognition, a test that is reliant on a variety of cognitive systems; contextual fear, which is highly hippocampal-dependent; and cued fear, which has been shown to be amygdala-dependent...
May 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574862/the-role-of-micrornas-in-the-therapeutic-action-of-d-cycloserine-in-a-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-animal-model-an-exploratory-study
#20
Stefanie Malan-Müller, Lorren Fairbairn, Stephanie Hart, Willie M U Daniels, Mahjoubeh Jalali Sefid Dashti, Martin Kidd, Soraya Seedat, Junaid Gamieldien, Sîan M J Hemmings
OBJECTIVES: Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by impaired fear extinction and excessive anxiety. D-Cycloserine (DCS) has previously been shown to facilitate fear extinction and decrease anxiety in animal and human studies. This study utilized a contextual fear-conditioning animal model to investigate the involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in fear extinction and the reduction of anxiety, as mediated by the co-administration of DCS and behavioural fear extinction. METHODS: Fear conditioning consisted of an electric foot shock; fear extinction consisted of behavioural fear extinction co-administered with either DCS or saline...
June 1, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
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