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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334175/attenuated-fast-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials-during-human-sleep
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Omer Sharon, Yuval Nir
During sleep, external sensory events rarely elicit a behavioral response or affect perception. However, how sensory processing differs between wakefulness and sleep remains unclear. A major difficulty in this field stems from using brief auditory stimuli that often trigger nonspecific high-amplitude "K-complex" responses and complicate interpretation. To overcome this challenge, here we delivered periodic visual flicker stimulation across sleep and wakefulness while recording high-density electroencephalography (EEG) in humans...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333012/cerebral-cortex-regions-selectively-vulnerable-to-radiation-dose-dependent-atrophy
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Tyler M Seibert, Roshan Karunamuni, Samar Kaifi, Jeffrey Burkeen, Michael Connor, Anitha Priya Krishnan, Nathan S White, Nikdokht Farid, Hauke Bartsch, Vyacheslav Murzin, Tanya T Nguyen, Vitali Moiseenko, James B Brewer, Carrie R McDonald, Anders M Dale, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: Neurologic deficits after brain radiation therapy (RT) typically involve decline in higher-order cognitive functions such as attention and memory rather than sensory defects or paralysis. We sought to determine whether areas of the cortex critical to cognition are selectively vulnerable to radiation dose-dependent atrophy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We measured change in cortical thickness in 54 primary brain tumor patients who underwent fractionated, partial brain RT...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326933/attenuation-of-hyperalgesia-responses-via-the-modulation-of-5-hydroxytryptamine-signalings-in-the-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-and-spinal-cord-in-a-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Chen-Tao Wang, Cheng-Jie Mao, Xiao-Qi Zhang, Cai-Yi Zhang, Dong-Jun Lv, Ya-Ping Yang, Kai-Lin Xia, Jun-Yi Liu, Fen Wang, Li-Fang Hu, Guang-Yin Xu, Chun-Feng Liu
Background Although pain is one of the most distressing non-motor symptoms among patients with Parkinson's disease, the underlying mechanisms of pain in Parkinson's disease remain elusive. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) in the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) and spinal cord in pain sensory abnormalities in a 6-hydroxydopamine-treated rat model of Parkinson's disease. Methods The rotarod test was used to evaluate motor function. The radiant heat test and von Frey test were conducted to evaluate thermal and mechanical pain thresholds, respectively...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318973/the-dual-nature-of-early-life-experience-on-somatosensory-processing-in-the-human-infant-brain
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Nathalie L Maitre, Alexandra P Key, Olena D Chorna, James C Slaughter, Pawel J Matusz, Mark T Wallace, Micah M Murray
Every year, 15 million preterm infants are born, and most spend their first weeks in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) [1]. Although essential for the support and survival of these infants, NICU sensory environments are dramatically different from those in which full-term infants mature and thus likely impact the development of functional brain organization [2]. Yet the integrity of sensory systems determines effective perception and behavior [3, 4]. In neonates, touch is a cornerstone of interpersonal interactions and sensory-cognitive development [5-7]...
March 15, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318780/surface-electromyogram-and-muscle-ultrasonography-for-detection-of-muscle-fasciculations-in-pediatric-peripheral-neuropathy
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Masayoshi Oguri, Yoshiaki Saito, Tetsuya Okazaki, Wataru Matsumura, Koyo Ohno, Masami Togawa, Chisako Fukuda, Yuko Saito, Ichizo Nishino, Yoshihiro Maegaki
A 12-year-old girl presented with talipes equinus of both legs, attenuation of upper and lower limb tendon reflexes, thermal hyperalgesia, and reduction of vibratory sensation. On clinical examination, muscle twitches of fingers of both hands, as well as the abductor halluces and the dorsal interossei muscles of the right foot were observed. Nerve conduction velocity was significantly declined in the upper and lower extremities. Needle electromyography (EMG) was not performed; however, ultrasonography revealed repetitive, semi-regular muscle twitches lasting 0...
March 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315267/pharmacological-modulation-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-and-the-treatment-of-pain
#6
Manuel Merlos, Javier Burgueño, Enrique Portillo-Salido, Carlos Ramón Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy with respect to existing therapies and reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of sigma-1 receptors (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pains of different etiologies. σ1R is highly expressed in different pain areas of the CNS and the periphery (particularly dorsal root ganglia), and interacts and modulates the functionality of different receptors and ion channels ...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306729/a-cooperative-function-for-multisensory-stimuli-in-the-induction-of-approach-behavior-of-a-potential-mate
#7
Anders Ågmo, Eelke M S Snoeren
Intrasexual competition is an important element of natural selection in which the most attractive conspecific has a considerable reproductive advantage over the others. The conspecifics that are approached first often become the preferred mate partners, and could thus from a biological perspective have a reproductive advantage. This underlines the importance of the initial approach and raises the question of what induces this approach, or what makes a conspecific attractive. Identification of the sensory modalities crucial for the activation of approach is necessary for elucidating the central nervous processes involved in the activation of sexual motivation and eventually copulatory behavior...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290603/fenofibrate-exerts-protective-effects-against-gentamicin-induced-toxicity-in-cochlear-hair-cells-by-activating-antioxidant-enzymes
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Channy Park, Hye-Min Ji, Se-Jin Kim, Sung-Hee Kil, Joon No Lee, Seongae Kwak, Seong-Kyu Choe, Raekil Park
Fenofibrate, an activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), has been shown to protect the kidneys and brain cells from oxidative stress; however, its role in preventing hearing loss has not been reported to date, at least to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we demonstrated the protective effects of fenofibrate against gentamicin (GM)-induced ototoxicity. We found that the auditory brainstem response threshold which was increased by GM was significantly reduced by pre-treatment with fenofibrate in rats...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286285/minocycline-reduces-mechanical-allodynia-and-depressive-like-behaviour-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-rat
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Diana Amorim, Sónia Puga, Rui Bragança, António Braga, Antti Pertovaara, Armando Almeida, Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro
A common and devastating complication of diabetes mellitus is painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) that can be accompanied by emotional disorders such as depression. A few studies have suggested that minocycline that inhibits microglia may attenuate pain hypersensitivity in PDN. Moreover, a recent study reported that minocycline has an acute antidepressive-like effect in diabetic animals. Here we studied whether (i) prolonged minocycline treatment suppresses pain behaviour in PDN, (ii) the minocycline effect varies with submodality of pain, and (iii) the suppression of pain behaviour by prolonged minocycline treatment is associated with antidepressive-like effect...
March 7, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286117/carvedilol-prevents-functional-deficits-in-peripheral-nerve-mitochondria-of-rats-with-oxaliplatin-evoked-painful-peripheral-neuropathy
#10
Aparna Areti, Prashanth Komirishetty, Ashutosh Kumar
Oxaliplatin use as chemotherapeutic agent is frequently limited by cumulative neurotoxicity which may compromise quality of life. Reports relate this neurotoxic effect to oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in peripheral nerves and dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Carvedilol is an antihypertensive drug, has also been appreciated for its antioxidant and mitoprotective properties. Carvedilol co-treatment did not reduce the anti-tumor effects of oxaliplatin in human colon cancer cells (HT-29), but exhibited free radical scavenging activity against oxaliplatin-induced oxidative stress in neuronal cells (Neuro-2a)...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284823/activation-of-the-nmda-receptor-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-pathway-within-the-ventral-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-mediates-the-negative-affective-component-of-pain
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Satoshi Deyama, Yaya Sugano, Sakura Mori, Taiju Amano, Mitsuhiro Yoshioka, Katsuyuki Kaneda, Masabumi Minami
Pain consists of sensory and affective components. Although the neuronal mechanisms underlying the sensory component of pain have been studied extensively, those underlying its affective component are only beginning to be elucidated. Previously, we showed the pivotal role of the ventral part of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (vBNST) in the negative affective component of pain. Here, we examined the role of glutamate-nitric oxide (NO) signaling in the affective component of pain in rats using a conditioned place aversion (CPA) test...
March 9, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275913/sigma-1-receptor-and-pain
#12
Manuel Merlos, Luz Romero, Daniel Zamanillo, Carlos Plata-Salamán, José Miguel Vela
There is a critical need for new analgesics acting through new mechanisms of action, which could increase the efficacy respect to existing therapies and/or reduce their unwanted effects. Current preclinical evidence supports the modulatory role of the sigma-1 receptor (σ1R) in nociception, mainly based on the pain-attenuated phenotype of σ1R knockout mice and on the antinociceptive effect exerted by σ1R antagonists on pain of different etiology, very consistently in neuropathic pain, but also in nociceptive, inflammatory, and visceral pain...
March 9, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267745/disturbed-sensorimotor-and-electrophysiological-patterns-in-lead-intoxicated-rats-during-development-are-restored-by-curcumin-i
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Hind Benammi, Hasna Erazi, Omar El Hiba, Laurent Vinay, Hélène Bras, Jean-Charles Viemari, Halima Gamrani
Lead poisoning is one of the most significant health problem of environmental origin. It is known to cause different damages in the central and peripheral nervous system which could be represented by several neurophysiological and behavioral symptoms. In this study we firstly investigated the effect of lead prenatal exposure in rats to (3g/L), from neonatal to young age, on the motor/sensory performances, excitability of the spinal cord and gaits during development. Then we evaluated neuroprotective effects of curcumin I (Cur I) against lead neurotoxicity, by means of grasping and cliff avoidance tests to reveal the impairment of the sensorimotor functions in neonatal rats exposed prenatally to lead...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264977/constant-light-desynchronises-olfactory-versus-object-and-visuospatial-recognition-memory-performance
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Shu K E Tam, Sibah Hasan, Harry M C Choi, Laurence A Brown, Aarti Jagannath, Steven Hughes, Mark W Hankins, Russell G Foster, Vladyslav V Vyazovskiy, David M Bannerman, Stuart N Peirson
Circadian rhythms optimise physiology and behaviour to the varying demands of the 24-hour day. The master circadian clock is located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus and it regulates circadian oscillators in tissues throughout the body to prevent internal desynchrony. Here we demonstrate for the first time that, under standard 12-h:12-h light--dark cycles (LD), object, visuospatial, and olfactory recognition performance in C57BL/6J mice is consistently better at midday relative to midnight...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250147/reach-relevant-somatosensory-signals-modulate-tactile-suppression
#15
Hanna Gertz, Dimitris Voudouris, Katja Fiehler
Tactile stimuli on moving limbs are typically attenuated during reach planning and execution. This phenomenon has been related to internal forward models that predict the sensory consequences of a movement. Tactile suppression is considered to occur due to a match between the actual and predicted sensory consequences of a movement, which might free capacities to process novel or task-relevant sensory signals. Here we examined whether and how tactile suppression depends on the relevance of somatosensory information for reaching...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250049/diabetic-polyneuropathy-sensory-neurons-nuclear-structure-and-spliceosome-alterations-a-role-for-cwc22
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Masaki Kobayashi, Ambika Chandrasekhar, Chu Cheng, Jose A Martinez, Hilarie Ng, Cristiane de la Hoz, Douglas W Zochodne
Unique deficits in the function of adult sensory neurons as part of their early neurodegeneration might account for progressive polyneuropathy during chronic diabetes mellitus. Here, we provide structural and functional evidence for aberrant pre-mRNA splicing in a chronic type 1 model of experimental diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN). Cajal bodies (CBs), unique nuclear substructures involved in RNA splicing, increased in number in diabetic sensory neurons, but their expected colocalization with survival motor neuron (SMN) proteins was reduced - a mislocalization described in motor neurons of spinal muscular atrophy...
March 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240775/consequences-matter-self-induced-tones-are-used-as-feedback-to-optimize-tone-eliciting-actions
#17
Bence Neszmélyi, János Horváth
Experimental paradigms investigating the processing of self-induced stimuli are often based on the implicit assumption that motor processes are invariable regardless of their consequences: It is presumed that actions with different sets of predictable sensory consequences do not differ in their physical characteristics or in their brain signal reflections. The present experiment explored this assumption in the context of action-related auditory attenuation by comparing actions (pinches) with and without auditory consequences...
February 27, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238186/effects-of-hallucinogens-on-neuronal-activity
#18
L Lladó-Pelfort, P Celada, M S Riga, E Troyano-Rodríguez, N Santana, F Artigas
Hallucinogens evoke sensory, perceptual, affective, and cognitive effects that may be useful to understand the neurobiological basis of mood and psychotic disorders. The present chapter reviews preclinical research carried out in recent years in order to better understand the action of psychotomimetic agents such as the noncompetitive NMDA receptor (NMDA-R) antagonists and serotonergic hallucinogens. Our studies have focused on the mechanisms through which these agents alter cortical activity. Noncompetitive NMDA-R antagonists, such as phencyclidine (PCP) and MK-801 (dizocilpine), as well as the serotonergic hallucinogens DOI and 5-MeO-DMT, produce similar effects on cellular and population activity in prefrontal cortex (PFC); these effects include alterations of pyramidal neuron discharge (with an overall increase in firing), as well as a marked attenuation of the low frequency oscillations (0...
February 26, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237801/inactivation-of-the-medial-mammillary-nucleus-attenuates-theta-rhythm-activity-in-the-hippocampus-in-urethane-anesthetized-rats
#19
Witold Żakowski, Łukasz Braszka, Piotr Zawistowski, Jolanta Orzeł-Gryglewska, Edyta Jurkowlaniec
Although the importance of the mammillary body for memory and learning processes is well known, its exact role has remained vague. The fact, that many neurons in one nucleus of the mammillary body in rats, i.e. the medial mammillary nucleus (MM), fires according with hippocampal theta rhythm, makes this structure crucial for a theta rhythm signaling in so-called extended hippocampal system. These neurons are driven by descending projections from the hippocampal formation, but it is still unknown whether the mammillary body only conveys theta rhythm or may also modulate it...
February 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235663/the-perceptual-and-phenomenal-capacity-of-mental-imagery
#20
Rebecca Keogh, Joel Pearson
Despite the brain's immense processing power, it has finite resources. Where do these resource limits come from? Little research has examined possible low-level sensory contributions to these limitations. Mental imagery is a fundamental part of human cognition that bridges cognition with sensory representations. Hence, imagery serves as a good candidate sensory process for probing how low capacity limitations might extend down the processing hierarchy. Here we introduce a novel technique to measure the sensory capacity of mental imagery, while removing the need for memory and any direct subjective reports...
February 21, 2017: Cognition
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