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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213446/acetylcholine-release-in-prefrontal-cortex-promotes-gamma-oscillations-and-theta-gamma-coupling-during-cue-detection
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W M Howe, H J Gritton, N Lusk, Erik A Roberts, Vaughn L Hetrick, Joshua D Berke, Martin Sarter
The capacity for using external cues to guide behavior ("cue detection") constitutes an essential aspect of attention and goal-directed behavior. The cortical cholinergic input system, via phasic increases in prefrontal acetylcholine release, plays an essential role in attention by mediating such cue detection. However, the relationship between cholinergic signaling during cue detection and neural activity dynamics in prefrontal networks remains unclear. Here we combined sub-second measures of cholinergic signaling, neurophysiological recordings, and cholinergic receptor blockade to delineate the cholinergic contributions to prefrontal oscillations during cue detection in rats...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212563/progression-of-motor-deficits-in-glioma-bearing-mice-impact-of-cnf1-therapy-at-symptomatic-stages
#2
Eleonora Vannini, Federica Maltese, Francesco Olimpico, Alessia Fabbri, Mario Costa, Matteo Caleo, Laura Baroncelli
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive type of brain tumor. In this context, animal models represent excellent tools for the early detection and longitudinal mapping of neuronal dysfunction, that are critical in the preclinical validation of new therapeutic strategies. In a mouse glioma model, we developed sensitive behavioral readouts that allow early recognizing and following neurological symptoms. We injected GL261 cells into the primary motor cortex of syngenic mice and we used a battery of behavioral tests to longitudinally monitor the dysfunction induced by tumor growth...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209741/frequency-characteristics-of-human-muscle-and-cortical-responses-evoked-by-noisy-achilles-tendon-vibration
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Robyn Lynne Mildren, Ryan M Peters, Aimee J Hill, Jean-Sebastien Blouin, Mark Gregory Carpenter, J Timothy Inglis
Noisy stimuli, along with linear systems analysis, have proven to be effective for mapping functional neural connections. We explored the use of noisy (10-115 Hz) Achilles tendon vibration to examine proprioceptive reflexes in the triceps surae muscles in standing healthy young adults (n = 8). We also examined the association between noisy vibration and electrical activity recorded over the sensorimotor cortex using electroencephalography. We applied two-minutes of vibration and recorded ongoing muscle activity of the soleus and gastrocnemii using surface electromyography (EMG)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197685/test-retest-measurements-of-dopamine-d1-type-receptors-using-simultaneous-pet-mri-imaging
#4
Simon Kaller, Michael Rullmann, Marianne Patt, Georg-Alexander Becker, Julia Luthardt, Johanna Girbardt, Philipp M Meyer, Peter Werner, Henryk Barthel, Anke Bresch, Thomas H Fritz, Swen Hesse, Osama Sabri
PURPOSE: The role of dopamine D1-type receptor (D1R)-expressing neurons in the regulation of motivated behavior and reward prediction has not yet been fully established. As a prerequisite for future research assessing D1-mediated neuronal network regulation using simultaneous PET/MRI and D1R-selective [(11)C]SCH23390, this study investigated the stability of central D1R measurements between two independent PET/MRI sessions under baseline conditions. METHODS: Thirteen healthy volunteers (7 female, age 33 ± 13 yrs) underwent 90-min emission scans, each after 90-s bolus injection of 486 ± 16 MBq [(11)C]SCH23390, on two separate days within 2-4 weeks using a PET/MRI system...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197554/does-size-really-matter-the-role-of-tonotopic-map-area-dynamics-for-sound-learning-in-mouse-auditory-cortex
#5
Hans Sperup Brünner, Rune Rasmussen
This commentary centers on the novel findings by Shepard et al. (2016) published in eNeuro. The authors interrogated tonotopic map dynamics in auditory cortex (ACtx) by employing a natural sound-learning paradigm, where mothers learn the importance of pup ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs), allowing Shepard et al. to probe the role of map area expansion for auditory learning. They demonstrate that auditory learning in this paradigm does not rely on map expansion but is facilitated by increased inhibition of neurons tuned to low-frequency sounds...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197092/bci-control-of-heuristic-search-algorithms
#6
Marc Cavazza, Gabor Aranyi, Fred Charles
The ability to develop Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) to Intelligent Systems would offer new perspectives in terms of human supervision of complex Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, as well as supporting new types of applications. In this article, we introduce a basic mechanism for the control of heuristic search through fNIRS-based BCI. The rationale is that heuristic search is not only a basic AI mechanism but also one still at the heart of many different AI systems. We investigate how users' mental disposition can be harnessed to influence the performance of heuristic search algorithm through a mechanism of precision-complexity exchange...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194008/genetic-otx2-mis-localization-delays-critical-period-plasticity-across-brain-regions
#7
H H C Lee, C Bernard, Z Ye, D Acampora, A Simeone, A Prochiantz, A A Di Nardo, T K Hensch
Accumulation of non-cell autonomous Otx2 homeoprotein in postnatal mouse visual cortex (V1) has been implicated in both the onset and closure of critical period (CP) plasticity. Here, we show that a genetic point mutation in the glycosaminoglycan recognition motif of Otx2 broadly delays the maturation of pivotal parvalbumin-positive (PV+) interneurons not only in V1 but also in the primary auditory (A1) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Consequently, not only visual, but also auditory plasticity is delayed, including the experience-dependent expansion of tonotopic maps in A1 and the acquisition of acoustic preferences in mPFC, which mitigates anxious behavior...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193488/validation-of-periodic-fmri-signals-in-response-to-wearable-tactile-stimulation
#8
Ching-Fu Chen, Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado, Martin I Sereno, Ruey-Song Huang
To map cortical representations of the body, we recently developed a wearable technology for automatic tactile stimulation in human functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments. In a two-condition block design experiment, air puffs were delivered to the face and hands periodically. Surface-based regions of interest (S-ROIs) were initially identified by thresholding a linear statistical measure of signal-to-noise ratio of periodic response. Across subjects, S-ROIs were found in the frontal, primary sensorimotor, posterior parietal, insular, temporal, cingulate, and occipital cortices...
February 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192648/mapping-of-brain-activations-to-rectal-balloon-distension-stimuli-in-male-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome-using-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Anupam Guleria, Arun Karyampudi, Rajan Singh, Chunni L Khetrapal, Abhai Verma, Uday C Ghoshal, Dinesh Kumar
Background/Aims: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with exaggerated cerebral response including emotional processing following visceral stimulation; though data on this issue is available in female IBS patients, it is scanty among male. Hence, we aimed to study brain response of male IBS patients following rectal balloon distension as compared to healthy controls using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Data between diarrhea and constipation predominant IBS (IBS-D and IBS-C) were also compared...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192130/ielvis-an-open-source-matlab-toolbox-for-localizing-and-visualizing-human-intracranial-electrode-data
#10
David M Groppe, Stephan Bickel, Andrew R Dykstra, Xiuyuan Wang, Pierre Mégevand, Manuel R Mercier, Fred A Lado, Ashesh D Mehta, Christopher J Honey
BACKGROUND: Intracranial electrical recordings (iEEG) and brain stimulation (iEBS) are invaluable human neuroscience methodologies. However, the value of such data is often unrealized as many laboratories lack tools for localizing electrodes relative to anatomy. To remedy this, we have developed a MATLAB toolbox for intracranial electrode localization and visualization, iELVis. NEW METHOD: iELVis uses existing tools (BioImage Suite, FSL, and FreeSurfer) for preimplant magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) segmentation, neuroimaging coregistration, and manual identification of electrodes in postimplant neuroimaging...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187746/slow-lung-clearance-and-limited-translocation-of-four-sizes-of-inhaled-iridium-nanoparticles
#11
Alison Buckley, James Warren, Alan Hodgson, Tim Marczylo, Konstantin Ignatyev, Chang Guo, Rachel Smith
BACKGROUND: Concerns have been expressed that inhaled nanoparticles may behave differently to larger particles in terms of lung clearance and translocation, with potential implications for their toxicity. Studies undertaken to investigate this have typically involved limited post-exposure periods. There is a shortage of information on longer-term clearance and translocation patterns and their dependence on particle size, which this study aimed to address. METHODS: Rats were exposed (<3 h) nose-only to aerosols of spark-generated radioactive iridium-192 nanoparticles of four sizes: 10 nm, 15 nm, 35 nm and 75 nm (count median diameter) (aerosol mass concentrations 17, 140, 430, and 690 μg/m(3), respectively)...
February 10, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185963/increased-network-centrality-as-markers-of-relapse-risk-in-nicotine-dependent-individuals-treated-with-varenicline
#12
Zhujing Shen, Peiyu Huang, Chao Wang, Wei Qian, Yihong Yang, Minming Zhang
Identifying smokers at high risk of relapse could improve the effectiveness of cessation therapies. Although altered regional brain function in smokers has been reported, whether the whole-brain functional organization differs smokers with relapse vulnerability from others remains unclear. Thus, the goal of this study is to investigate the baseline functional connectivity differences between relapsers and quitters. Using resting-state fMRI, we acquired images from 57 smokers prior to quitting attempts. After 12-week treatment with varenicline, smokers were divided into relapsers (n=36) and quitters (n=21) (quitter: continuously abstinent for weeks 9-12)...
February 6, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185950/can-responses-to-basic-non-numerical-visual-features-explain-neural-numerosity-responses
#13
Ben M Harvey, Serge O Dumoulin
Humans and many animals can distinguish between stimuli that differ in numerosity, the number of objects in a set. Human and macaque parietal lobes contain neurons that respond to changes in stimulus numerosity. However, basic non-numerical visual features can affect neural responses to and perception of numerosity, and visual features often co-vary with numerosity. Therefore, it is debated whether numerosity or co-varying low-level visual features underlie neural and behavioral responses to numerosity. To test the hypothesis that non-numerical visual features underlie neural numerosity responses in a human parietal numerosity map, we analyze responses to a group of numerosity stimulus configurations that have the same numerosity progression but vary considerably in their non-numerical visual features...
February 7, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185482/suckling-induced-activation-pattern-in-the-brain-of-rat-pups
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János Barna, Eva Renner, Antónia Arszovszki, Melinda Cservenák, Zsolt Kovács, Miklós Palkovits, Arpád Dobolyi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to understand the effects of suckling on the brain of the pups by mapping their brain activation pattern in response to suckling. METHODS: The c-fos method was applied to identify activated neurons. Fasted rat pups were returned to their mothers for suckling and sacrificed 2 hours later for Fos immunohistochemistry. Double labeling was also performed to characterize some of the activated neurons. For comparison, another group of fasted pups were given dry food before Fos mapping...
February 10, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181466/microstructures-in-striato-thalamo-orbitofrontal-circuit-in-methamphetamine-users
#15
Yadi Li, Haibo Dong, Feng Li, Gaoyan Wang, Wenhua Zhou, Rongbin Yu, Lingjun Zhang
Background Striato-thalamo-orbitofrontal (STO) circuit plays a key role in the development of drug addiction. Few studies have investigated its microstructural abnormalities in methamphetamine (MA) users. Purpose To evaluate the microstructural changes and relevant clinical relevance of the STO circuit in MA users using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Material and Methods Twenty-eight MA users and 28 age-matched normal volunteers were enrolled. 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was employed to obtain structural T1-weighted (T1W) imaging and diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) data...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180077/multicenter-stability-of-resting-state-fmri-in-the-detection-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-amnestic-mci
#16
Stefan J Teipel, Alexandra Wohlert, Coraline Metzger, Timo Grimmer, Christian Sorg, Michael Ewers, Eva Meisenzahl, Stefan Klöppel, Viola Borchardt, Michel J Grothe, Martin Walter, Martin Dyrba
BACKGROUND: In monocentric studies, patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia exhibited alterations of functional cortical connectivity in resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) analyses. Multicenter studies provide access to large sample sizes, but rs-fMRI may be particularly sensitive to multiscanner effects. METHODS: We used data from five centers of the "German resting-state initiative for diagnostic biomarkers" (psymri...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179478/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-current-hand-amputees-reveals-evidence-for-neuronal-level-changes-in-former-sensorimotor-cortex
#17
Carmen M Cirstea, In-Young Choi, Phil Lee, Huiling Peng, Christina L Kaufman, Scott H Frey
Deafferentation is accompanied by large-scale functional reorganization of maps in the primary sensory and motor areas of the hemisphere contralateral to injury. Animal models of deafferentation suggest a variety of cellular-level structural changes including depression of neuronal metabolism and even neuronal death. Whether similar neuronal changes contribute to patterns of reorganization within the contralateral sensorimotor cortex of chronic human amputees is uncertain. We used a functional MRI-guided proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) to test the hypothesis that unilateral deafferentation is associated with lower absolute levels of N-acetylaspartate (NAA, a putative marker of neuronal integrity) in the sensorimotor hand territory located contralateral to the missing hand in chronic amputees (N=19) as compared to the analogous hand territory of age/sex-matched healthy controls (N=28)...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179166/macroanatomy-and-3d-probabilistic-atlas-of-the-human-insula
#18
Isabelle Faillenot, Rolf A Heckemann, Maud Frot, Alexander Hammers
The human insula is implicated in numerous functions. More and more neuroimaging studies focus on this region, however no atlas offers a complete subdivision of the insula in a reference space. The aims of this study were to define a protocol to subdivide insula, to create probability maps in the MNI152 stereotaxic space, and to provide normative reference volume measurements for these subdivisions. Six regions were manually delineated bilaterally on 3D T1 MR images of 30 healthy subjects: the three short gyri, the anterior inferior cortex, and the two long gyri...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179164/metacognitive-ability-correlates-with-hippocampal-and-prefrontal-microstructure
#19
Micah Allen, James C Glen, Daniel Müllensiefen, Dietrich Samuel Schwarzkopf, Francesca Fardo, Darya Frank, Martina F Callaghan, Geraint Rees
The ability to introspectively evaluate our experiences to form accurate metacognitive beliefs, or insight, is an essential component of decision-making. Previous research suggests individuals vary substantially in their level of insight, and that this variation is related to brain volume and function, particularly in the anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC). However, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying these effects are unclear, as qualitative, macroscopic measures such as brain volume can be related to a variety of microstructural features...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177526/segregated-fronto-cortical-and-midbrain-connections-in-the-mouse-and-their-relation-to-approach-and-avoidance-orienting-behaviors
#20
Michael Anthony Savage, Richard McQuade, Alexander Thiele
The orchestration of orienting behaviors requires the interaction of many cortical and subcortical areas, for example the Superior Colliculus (SC), as well as prefrontal areas responsible for top-down control. Orienting involves different behaviors, such as approach and avoidance. In the rat, these behaviors are at least partially mapped onto different SC subdomains, the lateral (SCl) and medial (SCm), respectively. To delineate the circuitry involved in the two types of orienting behavior in mice, we injected retrograde tracer into the intermediate and deep layers of the medial and lateral SC (SCm and SCl), and thereby determined the main input structures to these subdomains...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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