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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221328/retinotopic-fmri-reveals-visual-dysfunction-and-functional-reorganization-in-the-visual-cortex-of-mild-to-moderate-glaucoma-patients
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Wei Zhou, Eric R Muir, Kundandeep S Nagi, Steven Chalfin, Pavel Rodriguez, Timothy Q Duong
PURPOSE: To investigate retinotopic functional representation in the visual cortex of mild to moderate primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) participants and age-matched normal volunteers using high-resolution retinotopic blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). METHODS: fMRI was performed on 9 POAG participants (61±11 y old) and 9 age-matched controls (58±5 y old) were studied. A wide-view visual presentation (±55 degrees) was used to evaluate central and peripheral vision...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203210/auditory-and-visual-electrophysiology-of-deaf-children-with-cochlear-implants-implications-for-cross-modal-plasticity
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David P Corina, Shane Blau, Todd LaMarr, Laurel A Lawyer, Sharon Coffey-Corina
Deaf children who receive a cochlear implant early in life and engage in intensive oral/aural therapy often make great strides in spoken language acquisition. However, despite clinicians' best efforts, there is a great deal of variability in language outcomes. One concern is that cortical regions which normally support auditory processing may become reorganized for visual function, leaving fewer available resources for auditory language acquisition. The conditions under which these changes occur are not well understood, but we may begin investigating this phenomenon by looking for interactions between auditory and visual evoked cortical potentials in deaf children...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187762/inhibition-of-glioblastoma-dispersal-by-the-mek-inhibitor-pd0325901
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Stephen Shannon, Dongxuan Jia, Ildiko Entersz, Paul Beelen, Miao Yu, Christian Carcione, Jonathan Carcione, Aria Mahtabfar, Connan Vaca, Michael Weaver, David Shreiber, Jeffrey D Zahn, Liping Liu, Hao Lin, Ramsey A Foty
BACKGROUND: Dispersal of glioblastoma (GBM) cells leads to recurrence and poor prognosis. Accordingly, molecular pathways involved in dispersal are potential therapeutic targets. The mitogen activated protein kinase/extracellular signal regulated kinase (MAPK/ERK) pathway is commonly dysregulated in GBM, and targeting this pathway with MEK inhibitors has proven effective in controlling tumor growth. Since this pathway also regulates ECM remodeling and actin organization - processes crucial to cell adhesion, substrate attachment, and cell motility - the aim of this study was to determine whether inhibiting this pathway could also impede dispersal...
February 10, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185062/decoupling-between-the-hand-territory-and-the-default-mode-network-after-bilateral-arm-transplantation-four-year-follow-up-case-study
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Carlos R Hernandez-Castillo, Jörn Diedrichsen, Erika Aguilar-Castañeda, Martin Iglesias
Several studies have suggested both a local and network reorganization of the sensorimotor system following amputation. Transplantation of a new limb results in a new shifting of cortical activity in the local territory of the transplanted limb. However, there is a lack of information about the reversibility of the abnormalities at the network level. The objective of this study was to characterize the functional connectivity changes between the cortical territory of the new hand and two intrinsic network of interest: the sensorimotor network (SMN) and the default mode network (DMN) of one patient whom received bilateral forearm transplants...
February 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179500/ninein-is-essential-for-apico-basal-microtubule-formation-and-clip-170-facilitates-its-redeployment-to-non-centrosomal-microtubule-organizing-centres
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Deborah A Goldspink, Chris Rookyard, Benjamin J Tyrrell, Jonathan Gadsby, James Perkins, Elizabeth K Lund, Niels Galjart, Paul Thomas, Tom Wileman, Mette M Mogensen
Differentiation of columnar epithelial cells involves a dramatic reorganization of the microtubules (MTs) and centrosomal components into an apico-basal array no longer anchored at the centrosome. Instead, the minus-ends of the MTs become anchored at apical non-centrosomal microtubule organizing centres (n-MTOCs). Formation of n-MTOCs is critical as they determine the spatial organization of MTs, which in turn influences cell shape and function. However, how they are formed is poorly understood. We have previously shown that the centrosomal anchoring protein ninein is released from the centrosome, moves in a microtubule-dependent manner and accumulates at n-MTOCs during epithelial differentiation...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176459/reconsolidation-induced-rescue-of-a-remote-fear-memory-blocked-by-an-early-cortical-inhibition-involvement-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-and-the-mediation-by-the-thalamic-nucleus-reuniens
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Rodrigo O Sierra, Lizeth K Pedraza, Querusche K Zanona, Fabiana Santana, Flávia Z Boos, Ana P Crestani, Josué Haubrich, Lucas de Oliveira Alvares, Maria Elisa Calcagnotto, Jorge A Quillfeldt
Systems consolidation is a time-dependent reorganization process involving neocortical and hippocampal networks underlying memory storage and retrieval. The involvement of the hippocampus during acquisition is well described, however we know much less about the concomitant contribution of cortical activity levels to the formation of stable remote memories. Here, after a reversible pharmacological inhibition of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) during the acquisition of a contextual fear conditioning, retrieval of both recent and remote memories were impaired, an effect that was reverted by a single memory reactivation session 48h after training, through a destabilization-dependent mechanism interpreted as reconsolidation, that restored the normal course of systems consolidation in order to rescue a remote memory...
February 8, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169883/compensatory-functional-reorganization-may-precede-hypertension-related-brain-damage-and-cognitive-decline-a-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Patrycja Naumczyk, Agnieszka Sabisz, Marta Witkowska, Beata Graff, Krzysztof Jodzio, Dariusz Gąsecki, Edyta Szurowska, Krzysztof Narkiewicz
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed at exploring structural and functional differences in the brain during higher cognitive processing between middle-aged hypertensive patients and controls matched for sex, age and years of education. METHODS: Two groups of 20 patients took part in MRI examinations. This article reports the results of functional MRI during a Stroop color interference task and structural evaluations based on a modified Fazekas scale. RESULTS: No intergroup differences were found in regards to the severity of white matter lesions (Mann-Whitney U test = 150...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168599/high-resolution-fmri-of-auditory-cortical-map-changes-in-unilateral-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus
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Naghmeh Ghazaleh, Wietske van der Zwaag, Stephanie Clarke, Dimitri Van De Ville, Raphael Maire, Melissa Saenz
Animal models of hearing loss and tinnitus observe pathological neural activity in the tonotopic frequency maps of the primary auditory cortex. Here, we applied ultra high-field fMRI at 7 T to test whether human patients with unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus also show altered functional activity in the primary auditory cortex. The high spatial resolution afforded by 7 T imaging allowed tonotopic mapping of primary auditory cortex on an individual subject basis. Eleven patients with unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus were compared to normal-hearing controls...
February 6, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157638/probing-human-brain-evolution-and-development-in-organoids
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Stefano L Giandomenico, Madeline A Lancaster
Expansion of the neocortex is thought to underpin the higher cognitive abilities of a number of mammalian lineages, such as cetaceans, elephants, and primates, with humans exhibiting a particularly enlarged and dense cerebral cortex. However, the evolutionary and developmental mechanisms that led to this expansion are not well-understood and limited to correlative observations. Historically, this has been due to technical and ethical limitations owing to the intractability of various species for functional studies...
January 31, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146472/gamma-oscillations-organize-top-down-signalling-to-hypothalamus-and-enable-food-seeking
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Marta Carus-Cadavieco, Maria Gorbati, Li Ye, Franziska Bender, Suzanne van der Veldt, Christin Kosse, Christoph Börgers, Soo Yeun Lee, Charu Ramakrishnan, Yubin Hu, Natalia Denisova, Franziska Ramm, Emmanouela Volitaki, Denis Burdakov, Karl Deisseroth, Alexey Ponomarenko, Tatiana Korotkova
Both humans and animals seek primary rewards in the environment, even when such rewards do not correspond to current physiological needs. An example of this is a dissociation between food-seeking behaviour and metabolic needs, a notoriously difficult-to-treat symptom of eating disorders. Feeding relies on distinct cell groups in the hypothalamus, the activity of which also changes in anticipation of feeding onset. The hypothalamus receives strong descending inputs from the lateral septum, which is connected, in turn, with cortical networks, but cognitive regulation of feeding-related behaviours is not yet understood...
February 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145995/dynamic-alterations-of-the-levels-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-in-rat-primary-motor-cortex-during-transhemispheric-functional-reorganization-after-contralateral-seventh-cervical-spinal-nerve-root-transfer-following-brachial-plexus
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Ming-Jie Yang, Shuang Li, Chen-Song Yang, Xu-Jia Wang, Shi-Min Chang, Gui-Xin Sun
The transfer of a contralateral healthy seventh cervical spinal nerve root (cC7) to the recipient nerve in the injured side is considered a reliable and effective procedure for restoration of the physiological functions of an injured hand after brachial plexus root avulsion injury (BPAI). Growing evidence shows that the transhemispheric cortical reorganization is induced after cC7 nerve transfer surgery. However, little is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Proinflammatory cytokines reportedly play an important role in the neural plasticity...
January 31, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143933/filopodia-formation-and-endosome-clustering-induced-by-mutant-plus-end-directed-myosin-vi
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Thomas A Masters, Folma Buss
Myosin VI (MYO6) is the only myosin known to move toward the minus end of actin filaments. It has roles in numerous cellular processes, including maintenance of stereocilia structure, endocytosis, and autophagosome maturation. However, the functional necessity of minus-end-directed movement along actin is unclear as the underlying architecture of the local actin network is often unknown. To address this question, we engineered a mutant of MYO6, MYO6+, which undergoes plus-end-directed movement while retaining physiological cargo interactions in the tail...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135213/brain-activity-for-tactile-allodynia-a-longitudinal-awake-rat-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study-tracking-emergence-of-neuropathic-pain
#13
Pei-Ching Chang, Maria Virginia Centeno, Daniel Procissi, Alex Baria, A Vania Apkarian
Tactile allodynia, a condition in which innocuous mechanical stimuli are perceived as painful, is a common feature of chronic pain. However, how the brain reorganizes in relation to the emergence of tactile allodynia is still largely unknown. This may stem from the fact that experiments in humans are cross-sectional in nature, whereas animal brain imaging studies typically require anaesthesia rendering the brain incapable of consciously sensing or responding to pain. In this longitudinal functional magnetic resonance imaging study in awake rats, we tracked brain activity with the development of tactile allodynia...
March 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122114/serotonin-5-ht7-receptor-increases-the-density-of-dendritic-spines-and-facilitates-synaptogenesis-in-forebrain-neurons
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Luisa Speranza, Josephine Labus, Floriana Volpicelli, Daria Guseva, Enza Lacivita, Marcello Leopoldo, Gian Carlo Bellenchi, Umberto di Porzio, Monika Bijata, Carla Perrone-Capano, Evgeni Ponimaskin
Precise control of dendritic spine density and synapse formation is critical for normal and pathological brain functions. Therefore, signaling pathways influencing dendrite outgrowth and remodeling remain a subject of extensive investigations. Here we report that prolonged activation of the serotonin 5-HT7 receptor (5-HT7R) with selective agonist LP-211 promotes formation of dendritic spines and facilitates synaptogenesis in postnatal cortical and striatal neurons. Critical role of 5-HT7R in neuronal morphogenesis was confirmed by analysis of neurons isolated from 5-HT7R-deficient mice and by pharmacological inactivation of the receptor...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116447/localized-n20-component-of-somatosensory-evoked-magnetic-fields-in-frontoparietal-brain-tumor-patients-using-noise-normalized-approaches
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Nor Safira Elaina, Aamir Saeed Malik, Wafaa Khazaal Shams, Nasreen Badruddin, Jafri Malin Abdullah, Mohammad Faruque Reza
PURPOSE: To localize sensorimotor cortical activation in 10 patients with frontoparietal tumors using quantitative magnetoencephalography (MEG) with noise-normalized approaches. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields (SEFs) were elicited in 10 patients with somatosensory tumors and in 10 control participants using electrical stimulation of the median nerve via the right and left wrists. We localized the N20m component of the SEFs using dynamic statistical parametric mapping (dSPM) and standardized low-resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (sLORETA) combined with 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
January 23, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116235/primary-visual-cortical-remapping-in-patients-with-inherited-peripheral-retinal-degeneration
#16
Sónia Ferreira, Andreia Carvalho Pereira, Bruno Quendera, Aldina Reis, Eduardo Duarte Silva, Miguel Castelo-Branco
Human studies addressing the long-term effects of peripheral retinal degeneration on visual cortical function and structure are scarce. Here we investigated this question in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic condition leading to peripheral visual degeneration. We acquired functional and anatomical magnetic resonance data from thirteen patients with different levels of visual loss and twenty-two healthy participants to study primary (V1) visual cortical retinotopic remapping and cortical thickness...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113875/the-reorganization-of-human-brain-networks-modulated-by-driving-mental-fatigue
#17
Chunlin Zhao, Min Zhao, Yong Yang, Junfeng Gao, Nini Rao, Pan Lin
The organization of the brain functional network is associated with mental fatigue, but little is known about the brain network topology that is modulated by the mental fatigue. In this study, we used the graph theory approach to investigate reconfiguration changes in functional networks of different electroencephalography (EEG) bands from 16 subjects performing a simulated driving task. Behavior and brain functional networks were compared between the normal and driving mental fatigue states. The scores of subjective self-reports indicated that 90 mins of simulated driving induced mental fatigue...
March 18, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106500/cortical-plasticity-of-motor-eloquent-areas-measured-by-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-patients-with-glioma
#18
Neal Conway, Noémie Wildschuetz, Tobias Moser, Lucia Bulubas, Nico Sollmann, Noriko Tanigawa, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying cerebral plasticity. Coupled with noninvasive detection of its occurrence, such an understanding has huge potential to improve glioma therapy. The authors aimed to demonstrate the frequency of plastic reshaping, find clues to the patterns behind it, and prove that it can be recognized noninvasively using navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS). METHODS The authors used nTMS to map cortical motor representation in 22 patients with gliomas affecting the precentral gyrus, preoperatively and 3-42 months postoperatively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100032/sequential-learning-during-contextual-fear-conditioning-guides-the-rate-of-systems-consolidation-implications-for-consolidation-of-multiple-memory-traces
#19
Lizeth K Pedraza, Rodrigo O Sierra, Ana P Crestani, Jorge A Quillfeldt, Lucas de Oliveira Alvares
Systems consolidation has been described as a time-dependent reorganization process involving the neocortical and hippocampal networks underlying memory storage and retrieval. Previous studies of our lab were able to demonstrate that systems consolidation is a dynamic process, rather than a merely passive, time-dependent phenomenon. Here, we studied the influence of sequential learning in contextual fear conditioning (CFC) with different training intensities in the time-course of hippocampal dependency and contextual specificity...
January 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098781/distinct-neurotoxicity-profile-of-listeriolysin-o-from-listeria-monocytogenes
#20
Jana Maurer, Sabrina Hupp, Carolin Bischoff, Christina Foertsch, Timothy J Mitchell, Trinad Chakraborty, Asparouh I Iliev
Cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs) are protein toxins that originate from Gram-positive bacteria and contribute substantially to their pathogenicity. CDCs bind membrane cholesterol and build prepores and lytic pores. Some effects of the toxins are observed in non-lytic concentrations. Two pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Listeria monocytogenes, cause fatal bacterial meningitis, and both produce toxins of the CDC family-pneumolysin and listeriolysin O, respectively. It has been demonstrated that pneumolysin produces dendritic varicosities (dendrite swellings) and dendritic spine collapse in the mouse neocortex, followed by synaptic loss and astrocyte cell shape remodeling without elevated cell death...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
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