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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802645/p2x7-purinergic-receptors-participate-in-the-expression-and-extinction-processes-of-contextual-fear-conditioning-memory-in-mice
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L B Domingos, S C Hott, A L B Terzian, L B M Resstel
The purinergic system consists of two large receptor families - P2X and P2Y. Both are activated by adenosine triphosphate (ATP), although presenting different functions. These receptors are present in several brain regions, including those involved in emotion and stress-related behaviors. Hence, they seem to participate in fear- and anxiety-related responses. However, few studies have investigated the purinergic system in threatening situations, as observed in contextual fear conditioning (CFC). Therefore, this study investigated the involvement of purinergic receptors in the expression and extinction of aversive memories...
August 9, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795859/thirty-five-month-old-children-have-spontaneous-memories-despite-change-of-context-for-retrieval
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Trine Sonne, Osman S Kingo, Dorthe Berntsen, Peter Krøjgaard
Many parents have experienced incidents in which their preschool child spontaneously (i.e., without prompting of any kind) recall a previously experienced event. Until recently, such spontaneous memories had only been examined in non-controlled settings (e.g., diary studies). Using a novel experimental paradigm, a previous study has shown that when young children are brought back to a highly distinct setting (same room, same experimenter, same furnishing), in which they previously experienced an interesting event (a Teddy or a Game event), spontaneous memories can be triggered...
August 10, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792672/constitutive-loss-and-acute-pharmacological-manipulation-of-erbb4-signaling-do-not-affect-attention-and-inhibitory-control-in-mice
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Elena Marchisella, Ruud Wijnands, Bastijn Koopmans, Sabine Spijker, Maarten Loos
The receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB4 and its ligand trophic factors of the neuregulin (NRG) family have been associated with schizophrenia and other mental disorders in human genetic studies. In vivo studies in mice have shown how abnormal Nrg-ErbB4 signaling leads to deviant behaviors relevant to distinct aspects of schizophrenia, including hyperactivity, sensory gating deficits, working and spatial memory deficits and impaired social behavior. However, so far little is known on the role of ErbB4 in attention and inhibitory control, two aspects of executive functions that are impaired in schizophrenia...
August 9, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777060/temporal-anticipation-based-on-memory
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André M Cravo, Gustavo Rohenkohl, Karin Moreira Santos, Anna C Nobre
The fundamental role that our long-term memories play in guiding perception is increasingly recognized, but the functional and neural mechanisms are just beginning to be explored. Although experimental approaches are being developed to investigate the influence of long-term memories on perception, these remain mostly static and neglect their temporal and dynamic nature. Here, we show that our long-term memories can guide attention proactively and dynamically based on learned temporal associations. Across two experiments, we found that detection and discrimination of targets appearing within previously learned contexts are enhanced when the timing of target appearance matches the learned temporal contingency...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768057/memory-integration-in-humans-with-hippocampal-lesions
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Anna Pajkert, Carsten Finke, Yee-Lee Shing, Martina Hoffmann, Werner Sommer, Hauke R Heekeren, Christoph J Ploner
Adaptive behavior frequently depends on inference from past experience. Recent studies suggest that the underlying process of integrating related memories may depend on interaction between hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Here, we investigated how hippocampal damage affects memory integration. Subjects with mediotemporal lesions and healthy controls learned a set of overlapping AB- and BC-associations (object-face- and face-object pairs) and were then tested for memory of these associations ('direct' trials) and of inferential AC-associations ('indirect' trials)...
August 2, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758776/cognitive-and-contextual-correlates-of-spontaneous-and-deliberate-mind-wandering
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Matthew K Robison, Nash Unsworth
Individuals with greater cognitive abilities generally show reduced rates of mind-wandering when completing relatively demanding tasks (Randall, Oswald, & Beier, 2014). However, it is yet unclear whether elevated rates of mind-wandering among low-ability individuals are manifestations of deliberate, intentional episodes of mind-wandering because of task disengagement or lack of motivation, or to spontaneous, unintentional failures to maintain task-oriented attention. The present study examined this issue by measuring working memory capacity (WMC), mind-wandering during 3 relatively demanding attention control tasks, and contextual variables (e...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756950/grid-cells-encode-local-positional-information
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Revekka Ismakov, Omri Barak, Kate Jeffery, Dori Derdikman
The brain has an extraordinary ability to create an internal spatial map of the external world [1]. This map-like representation of environmental surroundings is encoded through specific types of neurons, located within the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, which exhibit spatially tuned firing patterns [2, 3]. In addition to encoding space, these neurons are believed to be related to contextual information and memory [4-7]. One class of such cells is the grid cells, which are located within the entorhinal cortex, presubiculum, and parasubiculum [3, 8]...
August 7, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754373/cannabidiol-disrupts-the-consolidation-of-specific-and-generalized-fear-memories-via-dorsal-hippocampus-cb1-and-cb2-receptors
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Cristina A J Stern, Thiago R da Silva, Ana M Raymundi, Camila P de Souza, Vinicius A Hiroaki-Sato, Luiza Kato, Francisco S Guimarães, Roberto Andreatini, Reinaldo N Takahashi, Leandro J Bertoglio
Pharmacological interventions able to modulate a fear memory while it is consolidated could have therapeutic value in tempering those maladaptively overconsolidated. Animal and human studies have shown the intensity of unconditioned stimulus delivered during fear conditioning influences qualitative and quantitative aspects of the memory to be established. By varying the shock intensity used for contextual pairing in rats, here we induced specific and more generalized long-term fear memories to investigate whether, how and where in the brain the cannabidiol (CBD; 3...
July 25, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744198/galectin-3-negatively-regulates-hippocampus-dependent-memory-formation-through-inhibition-of-integrin-signaling-and-galectin-3-phosphorylation
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Yan-Chu Chen, Yun-Li Ma, Cheng-Hsiung Lin, Sin-Jhong Cheng, Wei-Lun Hsu, Eminy H-Y Lee
Galectin-3, a member of the galectin protein family, has been found to regulate cell proliferation, inhibit apoptosis and promote inflammatory responses. Galectin-3 is also expressed in the adult rat hippocampus, but its role in learning and memory function is not known. Here, we found that contextual fear-conditioning training, spatial training or injection of NMDA into the rat CA1 area each dramatically decreased the level of endogenous galectin-3 expression. Overexpression of galectin-3 impaired fear memory, whereas galectin-3 knockout (KO) enhanced fear retention, spatial memory and hippocampal long-term potentiation...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739380/erk-activation-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-by-acute-apomorphine-and-apomorphine-conditioned-contextual-stimuli
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Frederico Velasco Sanguedo, Amanda Machado Figueiredo, Robert J Carey, Richard Ian Samuels, Marinete Pinheiro Carrera
The activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase protein (ERK) has been linked to the adaptive responses to environmental changes and memory. The aim of this study was to measure ERK activation in primary dopamine projection areas namely, the prefrontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens, following a conditioned dopaminergic drug response. Initially, the effect of unconditioned apomorphine (2.0mg/kg) administration on ERK activation was measured and the results showed an increase in ERK for both brain regions...
July 21, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727687/hippocampus-dependent-memory-and-allele-specific-gene-expression-in-adult-offspring-of-alcohol-consuming-dams-after-neonatal-treatment-with-thyroxin-or-metformin
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E Tunc-Ozcan, S L Wert, P H Lim, A Ferreira, E E Redei
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the result of fetal alcohol exposure (FAE), affects 2-11% of children worldwide, with no effective treatments. Hippocampus-based learning and memory deficits are key symptoms of FASD. Our previous studies show hypothyroxinemia and hyperglycemia of the alcohol-consuming pregnant rat, which likely affects fetal neurodevelopment. We administered vehicle, thyroxine (T4) or metformin to neonatal rats post FAE and rats were tested in the hippocampus-dependent contextual fear-conditioning paradigm in adulthood...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719855/high-fat-diet-and-aging-interact-to-produce-neuroinflammation-and-impair-hippocampal-and-amygdalar-dependent-memory
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Sarah J Spencer, Heather D'Angelo, Alita Soch, Linda R Watkins, Steven F Maier, Ruth M Barrientos
More Americans are consuming diets higher in saturated fats and refined sugars than ever before, and based on increasing obesity rates, this is a growing trend among older adults as well. While high saturated fat diet (HFD) consumption has been shown to sensitize the inflammatory response to a subsequent immune challenge in young adult rats, the inflammatory effect of HFD in the already-vulnerable aging brain has not yet been assessed. Here, we explored whether short-term (3 days) consumption of HFD would serve as a neuroinflammatory trigger in aging animals, leading to cognitive deficits...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716957/ampa-receptors-control-fear-extinction-through-an-arc-dependent-mechanism
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Simon Trent, Philip Barnes, Jeremy Hall, Kerrie L Thomas
Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) supports fear memory through synaptic plasticity events requiring actin cytoskeleton rearrangements. We have previously shown that reducing hippocampal Arc levels through antisense knockdown leads to the premature extinction of contextual fear. Here we show that the AMPA receptor antagonist CNQX elevates hippocampal Arc levels during extinction and blocks extinction that can be rescued by reducing Arc. Increasing Arc levels with CNQX also overcomes the actin-destabilizing properties of cytochalasin D and promotes extinction...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716956/a-comparison-of-behavioral-and-pharmacological-interventions-to-attenuate-reactivated-fear-memories
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Roque I Ferrer Monti, Joaquín M Alfei, Matías Mugnaini, Adrián M Bueno, Tom Beckers, Gonzalo P Urcelay, Victor A Molina
Two experiments using rats in a contextual fear memory preparation compared two approaches to reduce conditioned fear: (1) pharmacological reconsolidation blockade and (2) reactivation-plus-extinction training. In Experiment 1, we explored different combinations of reactivation-plus-extinction parameters to reduce conditioned fear and attenuate reacquisition. In Experiment 2, memory reactivation was followed by extinction training or administration of midazolam (MDZ) (vs. vehicle) to reduce conditioned fear and attenuate spontaneous recovery...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716955/acute-exercise-enhances-the-consolidation-of-fear-extinction-memory-and-reduces-conditioned-fear-relapse-in-a-sex-dependent-manner
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Courtney A Bouchet, Brian A Lloyd, Esteban C Loetz, Caroline E Farmer, Mykola Ostrovskyy, Natalie Haddad, Rebecca M Foright, Benjamin N Greenwood
Fear extinction-based exposure therapy is the most common behavioral therapy for anxiety and trauma-related disorders, but fear extinction memories are labile and fear tends to return even after successful extinction. The relapse of fear contributes to the poor long-term efficacy of exposure therapy. A single session of voluntary exercise can enhance the acquisition and consolidation of fear extinction in male rats, but the effects of exercise on relapse of fear after extinction are not well understood. Here, we characterized the effects of 2 h of voluntary exercise during the consolidation phase of contextual or auditory fear extinction learning on long-term fear extinction memory and renewal in adult, male and female, Long-Evans rats...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716952/differential-involvement-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-across-variants-of-contextual-fear-conditioning
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Nicholas A Heroux, Patrese A Robinson-Drummer, Hollie R Sanders, Jeffrey B Rosen, Mark E Stanton
The context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE) is a contextual fear conditioning paradigm in which learning about the context, acquiring the context-shock association, and retrieving/expressing contextual fear are temporally dissociated into three distinct phases. In contrast, learning about the context and the context-shock association happens concurrently in standard contextual fear conditioning (sCFC). By infusing the GABAA receptor agonist muscimol into medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in adolescent Long-Evans rats, the current set of experiments examined the functional role of the mPFC in each phase of the CPFE and sCFC...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715454/reduction-of-cav1-3-channels-in-dorsal-hippocampus-impairs-the-development-of-dentate-gyrus-newborn-neurons-and-hippocampal-dependent-memory-tasks
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Su-Hyun Kim, Ye-Ryoung Park, Boyoung Lee, Byungil Choi, Hyun Kim, Chong-Hyun Kim
Cav1.3 has been suggested to mediate hippocampal neurogenesis of adult mice and contribute to hippocampal-dependent learning and memory processes. However, the mechanism of Cav1.3 contribution in these processes is unclear. Here, roles of Cav1.3 of mouse dorsal hippocampus during newborn cell development were examined. We find that knock-out (KO) of Cav1.3 resulted in the reduction of survival of newborn neurons at 28 days old after mitosis. The retroviral eGFP expression showed that both dendritic complexity and the number and length of mossy fiber bouton (MFB) filopodia of newborn neurons at ≥ 14 days old were significantly reduced in KO mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712589/exposure-to-a-contextually-neutral-stressor-potentiates-fear-conditioning-in-juvenile-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
#18
Brandon S Demuth, Maud C O Ferrari, Lynn P Weber, David M Janz, Douglas P Chivers
Organisms faced with stressors deploy a suite of adaptive responses in the form of behavioral, physiological and cognitive modifications to overcome the challenge. Interactive effects of these responses are known to influence learning and memory processes and facilitation is thought to be dependent, in part, upon contextual relevance of the stressor to the learning task. Predation is one such stressor for prey animals, and their ability to manage reliable information about predators is essential for adaptive antipredator strategies...
July 27, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710907/distinct-contributions-of-the-fornix-and-inferior-longitudinal-fasciculus-to-episodic-and-semantic-autobiographical-memory
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Carl J Hodgetts, Mark Postans, Naomi Warne, Alice Varnava, Andrew D Lawrence, Kim S Graham
Autobiographical memory (AM) is multifaceted, incorporating the vivid retrieval of contextual detail (episodic AM), together with semantic knowledge that infuses meaning and coherence into past events (semantic AM). While neuropsychological evidence highlights a role for the hippocampus and anterior temporal lobe (ATL) in episodic and semantic AM, respectively, it is unclear whether these constitute dissociable large-scale AM networks. We used high angular resolution diffusion-weighted imaging and constrained spherical deconvolution-based tractography to assess white matter microstructure in 27 healthy young adult participants who were asked to recall past experiences using word cues...
June 20, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710525/differential-role-of-the-anterior-and-intralaminar-lateral-thalamic-nuclei-in-systems-consolidation-and-reconsolidation
#20
Joëlle Lopez, Karine Gamache, Carmelo Milo, Karim Nader
The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN) and the intralaminar/lateral thalamic nuclei (ILN/LT) play different roles in memory processes. The ATN are believed to be part of an extended hippocampal system, and the ILN/LT have strong connections with the medial prefrontal cortex. It was shown that the ILN/LT are involved in systems consolidation. However, whether they are necessary for memory retrieval as well remains unclear. We, therefore, used c-Fos immunohistochemistry and reversible inactivations to investigate the role of the ATN and ILN/LT in recent and remote contextual fear memory retrieval in rats...
July 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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