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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747881/frequency-unspecific-effects-of-%C3%AE-tacs-related-to-a-visuospatial-working-memory-task
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Maria-Lisa Kleinert, Caroline Szymanski, Viktor Müller
Working memory (WM) is crucial for intelligent cognitive functioning, and synchronization phenomena in the fronto-parietal network have been suggested as an underlying neural mechanism. In an attempt to provide causal evidence for this assumption, we applied transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) at theta frequency over fronto-parietal sites during a visuospatial match-to-sample (MtS) task. Depending on the stimulation protocol, i.e., in-phase, anti-phase or sham, we anticipated a differential impact of tACS on behavioral WM performance as well as on the EEG (electroencephalography) during resting state before and after stimulation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747875/effects-of-high-definition-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-applied-simultaneously-to-both-primary-motor-cortices-on-bimanual-sensorimotor-performance
#2
Nils H Pixa, Fabian Steinberg, Michael Doppelmayr
Many daily activities, such as tying one's shoe laces, opening a jar of jam or performing a free throw in basketball, require the skillful coordinated use of both hands. Even though the non-invasive method of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been repeatedly shown to improve unimanual motor performance, little is known about its effects on bimanual motor performance. More knowledge about how tDCS may improve bimanual behavior would be relevant to motor recovery, e.g., in persons with bilateral impairment of hand function...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747466/network-activity-influences-the-subthreshold-and-spiking-visual-responses-of-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-three-layer-turtle-cortex
#3
Nathaniel Caleb Wright, Ralf Wessel
A primary goal of systems neuroscience is to understand cortical function, which typically involves studying spontaneous and stimulus-modulated cortical activity. Mounting evidence suggests a strong and complex relationship exists between the ongoing and stimulus-modulated cortical state. To date, most work in this area has been based on spiking in populations of neurons. While advantageous in many respects, this approach is limited in scope; it records the activity of a minority of neurons, and gives no direct indication of the underlying subthreshold dynamics...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747260/functional-connectivity-of-the-left-dlpfc-to-striatum-predicts-treatment-response-of-depression-to-tms
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Michael Avissar, Fon Powell, Irena Ilieva, Matteo Respino, Faith M Gunning, Conor Liston, Marc J Dubin
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, safe, and efficacious treatment for depression. TMS has been shown to normalize abnormal functional connectivity of cortico-cortical circuits in depression and baseline functional connectivity of these circuits predicts treatment response. Less is known about the relationship between functional connectivity of frontostriatal circuits and treatment response. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We investigated whether baseline functional connectivity of distinct frontostriatal circuits predicted response to TMS...
July 13, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747072/regulation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-of-macrophages-by-cd44-reactive-oxygen-species-and-acid-sphingomyelinase
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Cao Li, Yuqing Wu, Veronique Orian-Rousseau, Yang Zhang, Erich Gulbins, Heike Grassme
AIMS: Staphylococcus aureus plays an important role in sepsis, pneumonia, and wound infections. Acid sphingomyelinase (Asm)-deficient mice are highly susceptible to pulmonary S. aureus infections. Here, we investigated the role of CD44 as a molecule that mediates important aspects of the infection of macrophages with S. aureus. RESULTS: We showed that CD44 activation by S. aureus stimulated Asm via the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), resulting in ceramide release, clustering of CD44 in ceramide-enriched membrane platforms, CD44/Asm-dependent activation of Rho family GTPases, translocation of phospho-ezrin/radixin/moesin to the plasma-membrane, and a rapid rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton with cortical actin polymerization...
July 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743945/lithium-sensitive-orai1-expression-store-operated-ca-2-entry-and-suicidal-death-of-neurons-in-chorea-acanthocytosis
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Lisann Pelzl, Stefan Hauser, Bhaeldin Elsir, Basma Sukkar, Itishri Sahu, Yogesh Singh, Philip Höflinger, Rosi Bissinger, Mohamed Jemaà, Christos Stournaras, Ludger Schöls, Florian Lang
Chorea-Acanthocytosis (ChAc), a neurodegenerative disorder, results from loss-of-function-mutations of chorein-encoding gene VPS13A. In tumour cells chorein up-regulates ORAI1, a Ca(2+)-channel accomplishing store operated Ca(2+)-entry (SOCE) upon stimulation by STIM1. Furthermore SOCE could be up-regulated by lithium. The present study explored whether SOCE impacts on neuron apoptosis. Cortical neurons were differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells generated from fibroblasts of ChAc patients and healthy volunteers...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743854/-new-methods-for-the-evaluation-of-bone-quality-bone-anabolic-agents-and-bone-quality
#7
Norio Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
Teriparatide(TPTD)products that can be used clinically in Japan include a daily subcutaneous injection form produced by genetic engineering and a weekly subcutaneous injectable TPTD acetate form produced by chemical synthesis. Published reports indicate that both forms exhibit excellent antifracture efficacy, and as the only anabolic agents that promote osteogenesis, TPTD products now occupy a prominent position. However, the two forms differ considerably, not only in frequency of administration, but also in mechanism of action...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743725/altered-balance-of-receptive-field-excitation-and-suppression-in-visual-cortex-of-amblyopic-macaque-monkeys
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Luke E Hallum, Christopher Shooner, Romesh D Kumbhani, Jenna G Kelly, Virginia García-Marín, Najib J Majaj, J Anthony Movshon, Lynne Kiorpes
In amblyopia, a visual disorder caused by abnormal visual experience during development, the amblyopic eye loses visual sensitivity while the other (fellow) eye is largely unaffected. Binocular vision in amblyopes is often disrupted by interocular suppression. We used 96-electrode arrays to record neurons and neuronal groups in areas V1 and V2 of 6 female monkeys (Macaca nemestrina) made amblyopic by artificial strabismus or anisometropia in early life, as well as 2 visually normal female monkeys (Macaca nemestrina)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743718/twinfilin-2a-is-a-regulator-of-platelet-reactivity-and-turnover-in-mice
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Simon Stritt, Sarah Beck, Isabelle C Becker, Timo Vögtle, Markku Hakala, Katrin G Heinze, Xiaoping Du, Markus Bender, Attila Braun, Pekka Lappalainen, Bernhard Nieswandt
Regulated reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton is a prerequisite for proper platelet production and function. Consequently, defects in proteins controlling actin dynamics have been associated with platelet disorders in humans and mice. Twinfilin 2a (Twf2a) is a small actin-binding protein, which inhibits actin filament assembly by sequestering actin monomers and by capping filament barbed ends. Moreover, Twf2a binds heterodimeric capping proteins, but the role of this interaction in cytoskeletal dynamics has remained elusive...
July 25, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743448/chronic-cb1-cannabinoid-receptor-antagonism-persistently-increases-dendritic-spine-densities-in-brain-regions-important-to-zebra-finch-vocal-learning-and-production-in-an-antidepressant-sensitive-manner
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Tessa L Holland, Ken Soderstrom
During typical late-postnatal CNS development, net reductions in dendritic spine densities are associated with activity-dependent learning. Prior results showed agonist exposure in young animals increased spine densities in a subset of song regions while adult exposures did not, suggesting endocannabinoid signaling regulates dendritic spine dynamics important to vocal development. Here we addressed this question using the CB1 receptor-selective antagonist SR141716A (SR) to disrupt endocannabinoid signaling both during and after vocal learning...
July 22, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742076/altered-neurite-morphology-and-cholinergic-function-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurons-from-a-patient-with-kleefstra-syndrome-and-autism
#11
J Nagy, J Kobolák, S Berzsenyi, Z Ábrahám, H X Avci, I Bock, Z Bekes, B Hodoscsek, A Chandrasekaran, A Téglási, P Dezső, B Koványi, E T Vörös, L Fodor, T Szél, K Németh, A Balázs, A Dinnyés, B Lendvai, G Lévay, V Román
The aim of the present study was to establish an in vitro Kleefstra syndrome (KS) disease model using the human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology. Previously, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patient with Kleefstra syndrome (KS-ASD) carrying a deleterious premature termination codon mutation in the EHMT1 gene was identified. Patient specific hiPSCs generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of the KS-ASD patient were differentiated into post-mitotic cortical neurons. Lower levels of EHMT1 mRNA as well as protein expression were confirmed in these cells...
July 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740768/fmri-after-phalloplasty-with-nerve-anastomosis-in-a-trans-man-patient
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Roberto Doria-Medina, Åsa Carlsson, Emma H Jönsson, Lars Jönsson, Andri Thorarinsson, Mattias Lidén, Gennaro Selvaggi
We report on a case of a trans-man patient, who underwent penile reconstruction with the use of a radial forearm flap, urethroplasty, vaginectomy and scrotoplasty, insertion of testicle implants, and penile erection implants, similar to previously described methods. One of the requirements for an ideal phalloplasty is the preservation of erogenous sensitivity, which is often demanded by the patients for fulfilling their sexual well-being. For the first time known to us, we use a functional magnetic resonance imaging following radial forearm flap phalloplasty with nerve anastomosis to assess the cortical activation after clitoral stimulation...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740088/functional-correlates-of-tsh-ft3-and-ft4-in-alzheimer-disease-a-f-18-fdg-pet-ct-study
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Agostino Chiaravalloti, Francesco Ursini, Alessandro Fiorentini, Gaetano Barbagallo, Alessandro Martorana, Giacomo Koch, Mario Tavolozza, Orazio Schillaci
The present study was aimed to investigate the relationships between thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), freeT3 (fT3) and freeT4 (fT4) and brain glucose consumption as detectable by means of 2-deoxy-2-(F-18) fluoro-D-glucose (F-18 FDG) Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) in a selected population with Alzheimer disease (AD). We evaluated 87 subjects (37 males and 50 females, mean age 70 (±6) years old) with AD. All of them were subjected to TSH, fT3 and fT4 assay and to cerebrospinal fluid amyloid (Aβ1-42) and tau [phosphorylated-tau (p-tau) and total-tau (t-tau)] assay prior PET/CT examination...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739799/lgr5-receptor-promotes-cell-cell-adhesion-in-stem-cells-and-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-iqgap1-rac1-pathway
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Kendra S Carmon, Xing Gong, Jing Yi, Ling Wu, Anthony Thomas, Catherine M Moore, Ikuo Masuho, David J Timson, Kirill A Martemyanov, Qingyun J Liu
Leucine rich repeat containing G protein coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) is a bona fide marker of adult stem cells in several epithelial tissues, most notably in the intestinal crypts and is highly upregulated in many colorectal, hepatocellular, and ovarian cancers. LGR5 activation by R-spondin (RSPO) ligands potentiates Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vitro, yet deletion of LGR5 in stem cells has little or no effect on Wnt/β-catenin signaling or cell proliferation in vivo. Remarkably, modulation of LGR5 expression has a major impact on the actin cytoskeletal structure and cell adhesion in the absence of RSPO stimulation, but the molecular mechanism is unclear...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737772/cortical-forces-and-cdc-42-control-clustering-of-par%C3%A2-proteins-for-caenorhabditis-elegans-embryonic%C3%A2-polarization
#15
Shyi-Chyi Wang, Tricia Yu Feng Low, Yukako Nishimura, Laurent Gole, Weimiao Yu, Fumio Motegi
Cell polarization enables zygotes to acquire spatial asymmetry, which in turn patterns cellular and tissue axes during development. Local modification in the actomyosin cytoskeleton mediates spatial segregation of partitioning-defective (PAR) proteins at the cortex, but how mechanical changes in the cytoskeleton are transmitted to PAR proteins remains elusive. Here we uncover a role of actomyosin contractility in the remodelling of PAR proteins through cortical clustering. During embryonic polarization in Caenorhabditis elegans, actomyosin contractility and the resultant cortical tension stimulate clustering of PAR-3 at the cortex...
July 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737061/functional-and-structural-alterations-in-the-migraine-cerebellum
#16
Jan Mehnert, Arne May
The cerebellum plays an important role in pain processing but its function in headache and specifically in migraine is not known. We therefore compared 54 migraineurs with pairwise matched healthy controls in a magnetic resonance imaging study on neuronal cerebellar activity in response to nociceptive trigeminal sensation and also investigated possible structural alterations. Headache frequency, disease duration, and the proximity to a migraine attack were used as co-factors. Migraine patients showed functional and structural alterations in the posterior part of the cerebellum, namely crus I and crus II...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735748/behaviorally-selective-engagement-of-short-latency-effector-pathways-by-motor-cortex
#17
Andrew Miri, Claire L Warriner, Jeffrey S Seely, Gamaleldin F Elsayed, John P Cunningham, Mark M Churchland, Thomas M Jessell
Blocking motor cortical output with lesions or pharmacological inactivation has identified movements that require motor cortex. Yet, when and how motor cortex influences muscle activity during movement execution remains unresolved. We addressed this ambiguity using measurement and perturbation of motor cortical activity together with electromyography in mice during two forelimb movements that differ in their requirement for cortical involvement. Rapid optogenetic silencing and electrical stimulation indicated that short-latency pathways linking motor cortex with spinal motor neurons are selectively activated during one behavior...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735100/attention-modulates-specific-motor-cortical-circuits-recruited-by-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#18
J L Mirdamadi, L Y Suzuki, S K Meehan
Skilled performance and acquisition is dependent upon afferent input to motor cortex. The present study used short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) to probe how manipulation of sensory afference by attention affects different circuits projecting to pyramidal tract neurons in motor cortex. SAI was assessed in the first dorsal interosseous muscle while participants performed a low or high attention demanding visual detection task. SAI was evoked by preceding a suprathreshold transcranial magnetic stimulus with electrical stimulation of the median nerve at the wrist...
July 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735021/wisp1-ccn4-aggravates-cartilage-degeneration-in-experimental-osteoarthritis
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Martijn H van den Bosch, Arjen B Blom, Vardit Kram, Azusa Maeda, Sheena Sikka, Yankel Gabet, Tina M Kilts, Wim B van den Berg, Peter L van Lent, Peter M van der Kraan, Marian F Young
OBJECTIVE: Increased Wisp1 expression was previously reported in experimental and human osteoarthritis. Moreover, adenoviral overexpression of Wisp1 in naïve mouse knee joints resulted in early OA-like cartilage lesions. Here, we determined how the matricellular protein WISP1 is involved in the pathology that occurs in the complex osteoarthritic environment with aging and experimental osteoarthritis in wild type and Wisp1(-/-) mice. METHODS: Wild type and Wisp1(-/-) mice were aged or experimental osteoarthritis was induced with intraarticular collagenase injection, destabilization of the medial meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament transection...
July 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732763/post-exercise-cortical-depression-following-repetitive-passive-finger-movement
#20
Ryohei Otsuka, Ryoki Sasaki, Shota Tsuiki, Sho Kojima, Hideaki Onishi
This study aimed to clarify the influence of range of repetitive passive finger movement on corticospinal excitability. Thirteen healthy subjects participated in this study. Passive index finger adduction-abduction movements were performed from 15° abduction to 15° adduction, 15° abduction to 0°, 0° to 15° adduction, and 15° adduction to 30° adduction, each at 15°/s for 10minutes on separate days. Motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by transcranial magnetic stimulation and M- and F-waves were measured before and after each repetitive passive index finger movement protocol to evaluate changes in corticospinal excitability...
July 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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