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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607055/brain-circuit-gene-expression-relationships-and-neuroplasticity-of-multisensory-cortices-in-blind-children
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Laura Ortiz-Terán, Ibai Diez, Tomás Ortiz, David L Perez, Jose Ignacio Aragón, Victor Costumero, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Georges El Fakhri, Jorge Sepulcre
Sensory deprivation reorganizes neurocircuits in the human brain. The biological basis of such neuroplastic adaptations remains elusive. In this study, we applied two complementary graph theory-based functional connectivity analyses, one to evaluate whole-brain functional connectivity relationships and the second to specifically delineate distributed network connectivity profiles downstream of primary sensory cortices, to investigate neural reorganization in blind children compared with sighted controls. We also examined the relationship between connectivity changes and neuroplasticity-related gene expression profiles in the cerebral cortex...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600740/functional-reorganization-during-cognitive-function-tasks-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Jürgen Keller, Sarah Böhm, Helena E A Aho-Özhan, Markus Loose, Martin Gorges, Jan Kassubek, Ingo Uttner, Sharon Abrahams, Albert C Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé
Cognitive deficits, especially in the domains of social cognition and executive function including verbal fluency, are common in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. There is yet sparse understanding of pathogenesis of the underlying, possibly adaptive, cortical patterns. To address this issue, 65 patients with ALS and 33 age-, gender- and education-matched healthy controls were tested on cognitive and behavioral deficits with the Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS). Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cortical activity during social cognition and executive function tasks (theory of mind, verbal fluency, alternation) adapted from the ECAS was determined in a 3 Tesla scanner...
June 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584877/neocortical-chandelier-cells-developmentally-shape-axonal-arbors-through-reorganization-but-establish-subcellular-synapse-specificity-without-refinement
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André Steinecke, Ellie Hozhabri, Stephen Tapanes, Yugo Ishino, Hongkui Zeng, Naomi Kamasawa, Hiroki Taniguchi
Diverse types of cortical interneurons (INs) mediate various kinds of inhibitory control mechanisms to balance and shape network activity. Distinct IN subtypes develop uniquely organized axonal arbors that innervate different subcellular compartments of excitatory principal neurons (PNs), which critically contribute to determining their output properties. However, it remains poorly understood how they establish this peculiar axonal organization and synaptic connectivity during development. Here, taking advantage of genetic labeling of IN progenitors, we examined developmental processes of axonal arbors and synaptic connections formed by murine chandelier cells (ChCs), which innervate axon initial segments (AISs) of PNs and thus powerfully regulate their spike generation...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576554/absence-seizure-susceptibility-correlates-with-pre-ictal-%C3%AE-oscillations
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Jordan M Sorokin, Jeanne T Paz, John R Huguenard
Absence seizures are generalized, cortico-thalamo-cortical (CTC) high power electroencephalographic (EEG) or electrocorticographic (ECoG) events that initiate and terminate suddenly. ECoG recordings of absence seizures in animal models of genetic absence epilepsy show a sudden spike-wave-discharge (SWD) onset that rapidly emerges from normal ECoG activity. However, given that absence seizures occur most often during periods of drowsiness or quiet wakefulness, we wondered whether SWD onset correlates with pre-ictal changes in network activity...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557985/adaptation-towards-scale-free-dynamics-improves-cortical-stimulus-discrimination-at-the-cost-of-reduced-detection
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Wesley P Clawson, Nathaniel C Wright, Ralf Wessel, Woodrow L Shew
Fundamental to the function of nervous systems is the ability to reorganize to cope with changing sensory input. Although well-studied in single neurons, how such adaptive versatility manifests in the collective population dynamics and function of cerebral cortex remains unknown. Here we measured population neural activity with microelectrode arrays in turtle visual cortex while visually stimulating the retina. First, we found that, following the onset of stimulation, adaptation tunes the collective population dynamics towards a special regime with scale-free spatiotemporal activity, after an initial large-scale transient response...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553215/eeg-cortical-connectivity-analysis-of-working-memory-reveals-topological-reorganization-in-theta-and-alpha-bands
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Zhongxiang Dai, Joshua de Souza, Julian Lim, Paul M Ho, Yu Chen, Junhua Li, Nitish Thakor, Anastasios Bezerianos, Yu Sun
Numerous studies have revealed various working memory (WM)-related brain activities that originate from various cortical regions and oscillate at different frequencies. However, multi-frequency band analysis of the brain network in WM in the cortical space remains largely unexplored. In this study, we employed a graph theoretical framework to characterize the topological properties of the brain functional network in the theta and alpha frequency bands during WM tasks. Twenty-eight subjects performed visual n-back tasks at two difficulty levels, i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548591/test-retest-reliability-of-cortical-language-mapping-in-a-patient-with-refractory-focal-epilepsy-11-years-later
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Kirsty E Bortnik, Guy M McKhann, Marla J Hamberger
Electrical stimulation mapping (ESM) is considered the gold standard for identification of essential language cortex and is especially important in patients for whom classic language landmarks are less useful because of reorganization in response to epileptogenic or neoplastic cortex. However, little is known regarding the reliability of the procedure, particularly over extended time intervals. The authors present the case of a young man with refractory left temporal lobe epilepsy in the setting of a low-grade left temporal tumor who had undergone intraoperative language mapping at age 14 years and repeat mapping at age 25...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543358/transient-arrest-of-germinal-vesicle-breakdown-improved-in-vitro-development-potential-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-oocytes
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Sandeep Kumar, Manish Kumar, Sunny Dholpuria, Parul Sarwalia, Vipul Batra, Sachinandan De, Rakesh Kumar, T K Datta
Germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) is the first milestone that an oocyte needs to achieve towards completing the maturation and gaining potential to fertilise. Significantly lower in vitro embryo production rate in buffaloes can be attributed to heterogeneity of GVBD occurrence among oocytes obtained from abattoir derived ovaries. Evidence from our earlier work had suggested that different qualities of buffalo oocytes differ significantly in their timing of GVBD. Besides, these oocytes also differ in terms of volume of Akt phosphorylation, which initiates the process of GVBD...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539399/using-theoretical-models-from-adult-stroke-recovery-to-improve-use-of-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-for-children-with-congenital-hemiparesis
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Yin-Liang Lin, Kelsey A Potter-Baker
Non-invasive brain stimulation has been widely used for adults with stroke to improve upper limb motor function. A recent study by Kirton and colleagues (Kirton A, Ciechanski P, Zewdie E et al. Neurology 2017, doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003518) applied non-invasive brain stimulation to children with congenital hemiparesis but found no significant effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on motor function. Here, we explore theories about cortical reorganization in both adult and children with hemiparesis and discuss how to improve the approaches of non-invasive brain stimulation to generate optimal motor improvement and development for children with congenital hemiparesis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534728/hearing-loss-and-age-induced-changes-in-the-central-auditory-system-measured-by-the-p3-response-to-small-changes-in-frequency
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Kathy R Vander Werff, Kerrie L Nesbitt
BACKGROUND: Recent behavioral studies have suggested that individuals with sloping audiograms exhibit localized improvements in frequency discrimination in the frequency region near the drop in hearing. Auditory-evoked potentials may provide evidence of such cortical plasticity and reorganization of frequency maps. PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate electrophysiological evidence of cortical plasticity related to cortical frequency representation and discrimination abilities in older individuals with high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532348/perceptual-learning-use-dependent-cortical-plasticity
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Wu Li
Our perceptual abilities significantly improve with practice. This phenomenon, known as perceptual learning, offers an ideal window for understanding use-dependent changes in the adult brain. Different experimental approaches have revealed a diversity of behavioral and cortical changes associated with perceptual learning, and different interpretations have been given with respect to the cortical loci and neural processes responsible for the learning. Accumulated evidence has begun to put together a coherent picture of the neural substrates underlying perceptual learning...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523976/the-application-of-tdcs-for-the-treatment-of-psychiatric-diseases
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Min-Fang Kuo, Po-See Chen, Michael A Nitsche
Neuroplasticity represents the dynamic structural and functional reorganization of the central nervous system, including its connectivity, due to environmental and internal demands. It is recognized as a major physiological basis for adaption of cognition and behaviour, and, thus, of utmost importance for normal brain function. Cognitive dysfunctions are major symptoms in psychiatric disorders, which are often associated with pathological alteration of neuroplasticity. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a recently developed non-invasive brain stimulation technique, is able to induce and modulate cortical plasticity in humans via the application of relatively weak current through the scalp of the head...
April 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515283/anisomorphic-cortical-reorganization-in-asymmetric-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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Steven W Cheung, Craig Anthony Atencio, Eliott R J Levy, Robert C Froemke, Christoph E Schreiner
Acoustic trauma or inner ear disease may predominantly injure one ear, causing asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). While characteristic frequency (CF) map plasticity of primary auditory cortex (AI) contralateral to the injured ear has been detailed, there is no study that also evaluates ipsilateral AI to compare cortical reorganization across both hemispheres. We assess whether normal isomorphic mirror image relationship between the two hemispheres is maintained or disrupted in mild-to-moderate asymmetric SNHL of adult squirrel monkeys...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508035/flashing-lights-induce-prolonged-distortions-in-visual-cortical-responses-and-visual-perception
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Genki Minamisawa, Kenta Funayama, Nobuyoshi Matsumoto, Norio Matsuki, Yuji Ikegaya
The primary sensory neocortex generates an internal representation of the environment, and its circuit reorganization is thought to lead to a modification of sensory perception. This reorganization occurs primarily through activity-dependent plasticity and has been well documented in animals during early developmental stages. Here, we describe a new method for the noninvasive induction of long-term plasticity in the mature brain: simple transient visual stimuli (i.e., flashing lights) can be used to induce prolonged modifications in visual cortical processing and visually driven behaviors...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501553/progressive-cortical-reorganisation-a-framework-for-investigating-structural-changes-in-schizophrenia
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Lena Palaniyappan
One of the few well-replicated features of schizophrenia is the demonstration of neuroanatomical abnormalities affecting cortical and subcortical grey matter (GM). Evidence to date suggests that the greatest reduction in GM occurs in the immediate post-onset phase. The predominant view to date is that the accelerated grey matter (GM) loss represents an adverse process (degenerative or developmental deficit) contributing to the unfavourable course of schizophrenia. This prevailing emphasis on decompensation often overlooks the fact that human brain has an inherent capacity to remodel itself in response to insults that affect its function...
August 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491026/-neural-efficiency-of-athletes-brain-during-visuo-spatial-task-an-fmri-study-on-table-tennis-players
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Zhiping Guo, Anmin Li, Lin Yu
Long-term training leads experts to develop a focused and efficient organization of task-related neural networks. "Neural efficiency" hypothesis posits that neural activity is reduced in experts. Here we tested the following working hypotheses: compared to non-athletes, athletes showed lower cortical activation in task-sensitive brain areas during the processing of sports related and sports unrelated visuo-spatial tasks. To address this issue, cortical activation was examined with fMRI in 14 table tennis athletes and 14 non-athletes while performing the visuo-spatial tasks...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487281/filamin-a-is-required-for-spindle-migration-and-asymmetric-division-in-mouse-oocytes
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HaiYang Wang, Jing Guo, ZiLi Lin, Suk Namgoong, Jeong Su Oh, Nam-Hyung Kim
Dynamic changes in the actin network are crucial for the cortical migration of spindles and establishment of polarity, to ensure asymmetric division during meiotic maturation. In this study, filamin A (FLNA) was found to be an essential actin regulator that controlled spindle migration and asymmetric division during oocyte meiosis. FLNA was localized in the cytoplasm and enriched at the cortex and near the chromosomes. Knockdown of FLNA impaired meiotic asymmetric division and spindle migration with a decrease in the amount of cytoplasmic actin mesh and cortical actin levels...
May 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473646/genetic-factors-and-orofacial-motor-learning-selectively-influence-variability-in-central-sulcus-morphology-in-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes
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William D Hopkins, Oliver Coulon, Adrien Meguerditchian, Michelle Autrey, Kendall Davidek, Lindsay Mahovetz, Sarah Pope, Mary Catherine Mareno, Steven J Schapiro
Captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) have been shown to learn the use of novel attention-getting (AG) sounds to capture the attention of humans as a means of requesting or drawing their attention to a desired object or food. There are significant individual differences in the use of AG sounds by chimpanzees and, here, we examined whether changes in cortical organization of the central sulcus (CS) were associated with AG sound production. MRI scans were collected from 240 chimpanzees, including 122 that reliably produced AG sounds and 118 that did not...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472857/c-fos-and-arc-arg3-1-expression-in-auditory-and-visual-cortices-after-hearing-loss-evidence-of-sensory-crossmodal-reorganization-in-adult-rats
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M Pernia, S Estevez, C Poveda, I Plaza, J Carro, J M Juiz, M A Merchan
Cross-modal reorganization in the auditory and visual cortices has been reported after hearing and visual deficits mostly during the developmental period, possibly underlying sensory compensation mechanisms. However, there are very few data on the existence or nature and timeline of such reorganization events during sensory deficits in adulthood. In this study, we assessed long-term changes in activity-dependent immediate early genes c-Fos and Arc/Arg3.1 in auditory and neighboring visual cortical areas after bilateral deafness in young adult rats...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468691/language-representation-following-left-mca-stroke-in-children-and-adults-an-fmri-study
#20
Robyn Westmacott, Mary Pat McAndrews, Gabrielle deVeber
BACKGROUND: In this case series, functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to examine brain networks that mediate different aspects of language function in 4 young adults (17-22 years) with a history of left middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke in childhood (40 years of age). Although it is widely believed that altered lateralization patterns are more likely to occur following early brain injuries compared with later brain injuries, the presumed plasticity of the young brain has been challenged in recent years, particularly in the domain of language...
May 4, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
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