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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049406/distinct-prediction-errors-in-mesostriatal-circuits-of-the-human-brain-mediate-learning-about-the-values-of-both-states-and-actions-evidence-from-high-resolution-fmri
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Jaron T Colas, Wolfgang M Pauli, Tobias Larsen, J Michael Tyszka, John P O'Doherty
Prediction-error signals consistent with formal models of "reinforcement learning" (RL) have repeatedly been found within dopaminergic nuclei of the midbrain and dopaminoceptive areas of the striatum. However, the precise form of the RL algorithms implemented in the human brain is not yet well determined. Here, we created a novel paradigm optimized to dissociate the subtypes of reward-prediction errors that function as the key computational signatures of two distinct classes of RL models-namely, "actor/critic" models and action-value-learning models (e...
October 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048604/influence-of-darpp-32-genetic-variation-on-bold-activation-to-happy-faces
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Ninni Persson, Catarina Lavebratt, Natalie C Ebner, Håkan Fischer
Dopaminergic pathways play a crucial role in reward processing, and advanced age can modulate its efficiency. DARPP-32 controls dopaminergic function and is a chemical nexus of reward processing. In 61 younger (20-30 years) and older adults (54% ♀) (65-74 years), we examined how blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) activation to emotional faces, vary over genotypes at three single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), coding for DARPP-32 (rs879606; rs907094; 3764352). We also assessed age-magnification of DARPP-32 effects on BOLD activation...
October 1, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048536/neurobiology-of-female-mate-choice-in-frogs-auditory-filtering-and-valuation
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Sabrina S Burmeister
Mate choice is a decision making process with profound implication for the reproductive success of both the sender and the chooser. Preferences for conspecific over heterospecific males and for some conspecifics over others are typically mediated by a female's response to signals produced by males. And although one can experimentally describe a female's preference function, there is relatively little understood about the neural mechanisms mediating these preferences. In anurans, mating preferences have often been explained in terms of sensory biases...
October 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048534/neural-circuitry-for-target-selection-and-action-selection-in-animal-behavior
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Kim L Hoke, Eileen A Hebets, Daizaburo Shizuka
Animal behaviorists have long strived for a comprehensive understanding of the proximate and ultimate causes of complex behavior, and we propose that recent advances in neurobiology can help reshape or clarify this behavior-oriented understanding. We begin with an overview of current views of neural circuit mechanisms that mediate target selection and action selection. In target selection, different stimuli compete for priority in sensory-motor processing. Action selection is the process by which multiple possible motor actions compete for priority in a manner which balances the needs of the animal with opportunities or threats in the environment...
October 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047416/lessons-learned-about-f-18-av-1451-off-target-binding-from-an-autopsy-confirmed-parkinson-s-case
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Marta Marquié, Eline E Verwer, Avery C Meltzer, Sally Ji Who Kim, Cinthya Agüero, Jose Gonzalez, Sara J Makaretz, Michael Siao Tick Chong, Prianca Ramanan, Ana C Amaral, Marc D Normandin, Charles R Vanderburg, Stephen N Gomperts, Keith A Johnson, Matthew P Frosch, Teresa Gómez-Isla
[F-18]-AV-1451 is a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracer with high affinity to neurofibrillary tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease (AD). PET studies have shown increased tracer retention in patients clinically diagnosed with dementia of AD type and mild cognitive impairment in regions that are known to contain tau lesions. In vivo uptake has also consistently been observed in midbrain, basal ganglia and choroid plexus in elderly individuals regardless of their clinical diagnosis, including clinically normal whose brains are not expected to harbor tau pathology in those areas...
October 19, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046629/cerebellar-vermis-and-midbrain-hypoplasia-upon-conditional-deletion-of-chd7-from-the-embryonic-mid-hindbrain-region
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Alex P A Donovan, Tian Yu, Jacob Ellegood, Kimberley L H Riegman, Christa de Geus, Conny van Ravenswaaij-Arts, Cathy Fernandes, Jason P Lerch, M Albert Basson
Reduced fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling from the mid-hindbrain or isthmus organizer (IsO) during early embryonic development results in hypoplasia of the midbrain and cerebellar vermis. We previously reported evidence for reduced Fgf8 expression and FGF signaling in the mid-hindbrain region of embryos heterozygous for Chd7, the gene mutated in CHARGE (Coloboma, Heart defects, choanal Atresia, Retarded growth and development, Genitourinary anomalies and Ear defects) syndrome. However, Chd7(+/-) animals only exhibit mild cerebellar vermis anomalies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045739/assessment-of-ketamine-binding-of-the-serotonin-transporter-in-humans-with-positron-emission-tomography
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Marie Spies, Gregory M James, Neydher Berroterán-Infante, Harald Ibeschitz, Georg S Kranz, Jakob Unterholzner, Mathis Godbersen, Gregor Gryglewski, Marius Hienert, Johannes Jungwirth, Verena Pichler, Birgit Reiter, Leo Silberbauer, Dietmar Winkler, Markus Mitterhauser, Thomas Stimpfl, Marcus Hacker, Siegfried Kasper, Rupert Lanzenberger
Background: Comprehensive description of ketamine's molecular binding profile becomes increasingly pressing as use in real life patient cohorts widens. Animal studies attribute a significant role in the substance's antidepressant effects to the serotoninergic system. The serotonin transporter (SERT) is a highly relevant target in this context because it is central to depressive pathophysiology and treatment. This is to our knowledge the first study investigating ketamine's SERT binding in-vivo in humans...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040870/parkin-absence-accelerates-microtubule-aging-in-dopaminergic-neurons
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Daniele Cartelli, Alida Amadeo, Alessandra Maria Calogero, Francesca Vittoria Marialuisa Casagrande, Carmelita De Gregorio, Mariarosa Gioria, Naoko Kuzumaki, Ilaria Costa, Jenny Sassone, Andrea Ciammola, Nobutaka Hattori, Hideyuki Okano, Stefano Goldwurm, Laurent Roybon, Gianni Pezzoli, Graziella Cappelletti
Loss-of-function caused by mutations in the parkin gene (PARK2) lead to early-onset familial Parkinson's disease. Recently, mechanistic studies proved the ability of parkin in regulating mitochondria homeostasis and microtubule (MT) stability. Looking at these systems during aging of PARK2 knockout mice, we found that loss of parkin induced an accelerated (over)acetylation of MT system both in dopaminergic neuron cell bodies and fibers, localized in the substantia nigra and corpus striatum, respectively. Interestingly, in PARK2 knockout mice, changes of MT stability preceded the alteration of mitochondria transport...
September 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039169/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-joubert-syndrome-one-case-report-and-literature-review
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Hong Wen, Lu Chen, Kai Yan, Jing He
A 25-year-old nulliparity underwent prenatal ultrasonography, and the fetal cerebellar abnormality was suspected. The fetal MRI showed 'molar tooth sign' in midbrain and cerebellar vermis hypoplasia. The fetal cerebellar vermis hypoplasia was confirmed by MRI imaging and autopsy after induced abortion. The next-generation sequencing showed that the fetus had a heterozygous mutation of CC2D2A gene (c.2728C > T and c.4598T > C), which might be the cause of the disease.
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039078/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-hydro-alcoholic-extract-of-olive-olea-europaea-l-leaf-on-rotenone-induced-parkinson-s-disease-in-rat
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Maryam Sarbishegi, Enam Alhagh Charkhat Gorgich, Ozra Khajavi, Gholamreza Komeili, Saeedeh Salimi
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-related disease in which dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal pathway are destroyed, resulting in movement and behavioral problems. Oxidative stress and the generation of reactive oxygen species play key roles in neurodegenerative diseases, such as PD. Rotenone (ROT) is a common pesticide that induces oxidative stress. Olive leaves extract (OLE) has antioxidant and neuroprotective effects. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of OLE on ROT-induced oxidative stress in the midbrain of a rat model of PD...
October 16, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038581/transcriptional-repression-of-plxnc1-by-lmx1a-and-lmx1b-directs-topographic-dopaminergic-circuit-formation
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Audrey Chabrat, Guillaume Brisson, Hélène Doucet-Beaupré, Charleen Salesse, Marcos Schaan Profes, Axelle Dovonou, Cléophace Akitegetse, Julien Charest, Suzanne Lemstra, Daniel Côté, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Monica I Abrudan, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Siew-Lan Ang, Martin Lévesque
Mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons play central roles in the regulation of a wide range of brain functions, including voluntary movement and behavioral processes. These functions are served by distinct subtypes of mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons located in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the ventral tegmental area, which form the nigrostriatal, mesolimbic, and mesocortical pathways. Until now, mechanisms involved in dopaminergic circuit formation remained largely unknown. Here, we show that Lmx1a, Lmx1b, and Otx2 transcription factors control subtype-specific mesodiencephalic dopamine neurons and their appropriate axon innervation...
October 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038237/the-gain-of-function-integrin-%C3%AE-3-pro33-variant-alters-the-serotonin-system-in-the-mouse-brain
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Michael R Dohn, Christopher G Kooker, Lisa Bastarache, Tammy Jessen, Capria Rinaldi, Seth Varney, Matthew D Mazalouskas, Hope Pan, Kendra H Oliver, Digna R Velez Edwards, James S Sutcliffe, Joshua C Denny, Ana M D Carneiro
Engagement of integrins by the extracellular matrix initiates signaling cascades that drive a variety of cellular functions, including neuronal migration and axonal pathfinding in the brain. Multiple lines of evidence link the ITGB3 gene encoding the integrin β3 subunit with the serotonin (5-HT) system, likely via its modulation of the 5-HT transporter (SERT). The ITGB3 coding polymorphism Leu33Pro (rs5918, Pl(A2)) produces hyperactive αvβ3 receptors that influence whole blood 5-HT levels and may influence risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036383/nigral-stress-induced-dopamine-release-in-clinical-high-risk-and-antipsychotic-na%C3%A3-ve-schizophrenia
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Huai-Hsuan Tseng, Jeremy J Watts, Michael Kiang, Ivonne Suridjan, Alan A Wilson, Sylvain Houle, Pablo M Rusjan, Romina Mizrahi
Background: Striatal dopamine (DA) synthesis capacity and release are elevated in schizophrenia (SCZ) and its putative prodrome, the clinical high risk (CHR) state. Striatal DA function results from the activity of midbrain DA neurons projecting mainly from the substantia nigra (SN). Elevated stress-induced DA release in SCZ and CHR was observed in the striatum; however, whether it is also elevated in the SN is unclear. The current study aims to determine whether nigral DA release in response to a validated stress task is altered in CHR and in antipsychotic-naïve SCZ...
June 13, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035751/intercellular-transfer-of-pathogenic-%C3%AE-synuclein-by-extracellular-vesicles-is-induced-by-the-lipid-peroxidation-product-4-hydroxynonenal
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Shi Zhang, Erez Eitan, Tsung-Yu Wu, Mark P Mattson
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by accumulations of toxic α-synuclein aggregates in vulnerable neuronal populations in the brainstem, midbrain, and cerebral cortex. Recent findings suggest that α-synuclein pathology can be propagated transneuronally, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. Advances in the genetics of rare early-onset familial PD indicate that increased production and/or reduced autophagic clearance of α-synuclein can cause PD. The cause of the most common late-onset PD is unclear, but may involve metabolic compromise and oxidative stress upstream of α-synuclein accumulation...
September 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034829/the-impact-of-obesity-on-brain-iron-levels-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-is-regionally-dependent
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Jian Han, Justin Plummer, Lumei Liu, Aria Byrd, Michael Aschner, Keith M Erikson
BACKGROUND: The importance of iron homeostasis is particularly apparent in the brain, where iron deficiency results in impaired cognition and iron accumulation is associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Obesity is linked to iron deficiency systemically, but the effects of obesity on brain iron and its associated consequences, including neurodegenerative processes remain unexplored. This preliminary study examined the effect of dietary-induced obesity on brain regional iron, α-synuclein expression, and F2-isoprostane (oxidative stress marker) concentrations in selected brain regions...
October 16, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034263/modeling-causal-relationships-among-brain-areas-in-the-mesocorticolimbic-system-during-resting-state-in-cocaine-users-utilizing-a-graph-theoretic-approach
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Suchismita Ray, Bharat B Biswal, Ashley Aya, Suril Gohel, Aradhana Srinagesh, Catherine Hanson, Stephen J Hanson
OBJECTIVE: While effective connectivity (EC, causal interaction) between brain areas has been investigated in chronic users of cocaine as they view cocaine pictures cues, no study has examined EC while they take part in a resting-state scan. This resting-state fMRI study aims to investigate the causal interaction among brain areas in the mesocorticolimbic system (MCLS), which is involved in reward and motivation, in cocaine users (vs. controls). METHOD: Twenty cocaine users and 17 healthy controls finished a structural and a resting-state scan...
August 2017: Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031851/constitutive-ret-signaling-leads-to-long-lasting-expression-of-amphetamine-induced-place-conditioning-via-elevation-of-mesolimbic-dopamine
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Jaakko Kopra, Marian Villarta-Aguilera, Mari Savolainen, Samo Weingerl, Timo T Myöhänen, Saara Rannanpää, Michael F Salvatore, Jaan-Olle Andressoo, T Petteri Piepponen
Addictive drugs enhance dopamine release in the striatum, which can lead to compulsive drug-seeking after repeated exposure. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is an important regulator of midbrain dopamine neurons, and may play a mechanistic role in addiction-related behaviors. To elucidate the components of GDNF-signaling that contribute to addiction-related behaviors of place preference and its extinction, we utilized two genetically modified GDNF mouse models in an amphetamine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm and evaluated how the behavioral findings correlate with dopamine signaling in the dorsal and ventral striatum...
October 12, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027941/verification-of-a-method-for-measuring-parkinson-s-disease-related-temporal-irregularity-in-spiral-drawings
#18
Somayeh Aghanavesi, Mevludin Memedi, Mark Dougherty, Dag Nyholm, Jerker Westin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive movement disorder caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the midbrain. There is a need for frequent symptom assessment, since the treatment needs to be individualized as the disease progresses. The aim of this paper was to verify and further investigate the clinimetric properties of an entropy-based method for measuring PD-related upper limb temporal irregularities during spiral drawing tasks. More specifically, properties of a temporal irregularity score (TIS) for patients at different stages of PD, and medication time points were investigated...
October 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024187/diversity-of-oxytocin-neurons-beyond-magno-and-parvocellular-cell-types
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Ferdinand Althammer, Valery Grinevich
The hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin (OT), which is evolutionarily conserved among different species throughout the animal kingdom, is a key modulator of a variety of socio-emotional behaviors such as fear, trust and empathy. OT cells in the mammalian hypothalamus have been traditionally divided into two distinct types - magnocellular (magnOT) and parvocellular (parvOT) or preautonomic neurons. This distinction is based on OT cell sizes and shapes, projections, electrophysiological activity and functions...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021956/grey-and-white-matter-differences-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#20
Andreas Finkelmeyer, Jiabao He, Laura Maclachlan, Stuart Watson, Peter Gallagher, Julia L Newton, Andrew M Blamire
OBJECTIVE: Investigate global and regional grey and white matter volumes in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and recent voxel-based morphometry (VBM) methods. METHODS: Forty-two patients with CFS and thirty healthy volunteers were scanned on a 3-Tesla MRI scanner. Anatomical MRI scans were segmented, normalized and submitted to a VBM analysis using randomisation methods. Group differences were identified in overall segment volumes and voxel-wise in spatially normalized grey matter (GM) and white matter (WM) segments...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
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