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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107804/clinically-relevant-levels-of-4-aminopyridine-strengthen-physiological-responses-in-intact-motor-circuits-in-rats-especially-after-pyramidal-tract-injury
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Anil Sindhurakar, Asht M Mishra, Disha Gupta, Jennifer F Iaci, Tom J Parry, Jason B Carmel
BACKGROUND: 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) is a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to improve motor function in people with multiple sclerosis. Preliminary results suggest the drug may act on intact neural circuits and not just on demyelinated ones. OBJECTIVE: To determine if 4-AP at clinically relevant levels alters the excitability of intact motor circuits. METHODS: In anesthetized rats, electrodes were placed over motor cortex and the dorsal cervical spinal cord for electrical stimulation, and electromyogram electrodes were inserted into biceps muscle to measure responses...
January 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106559/abca1-deficiency-affects-basal-cognitive-deficits-and-dendritic-density-in-mice
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Nicholas F Fitz, Alexis Y Carter, Victor Tapias, Emilie L Castranio, Ravindra Kodali, Iliya Lefterov, Radosveta Koldamova
ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) mediates cholesterol efflux to lipid-free apolipoproteins and regulates the generation of high density lipoproteins. Previously, we have shown that lack of Abca1 significantly increases amyloid deposition and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease model mice expressing human amyloid-β protein precursor (APP). The goal of this study was to determine if ABCA1 plays a role in memory deficits caused by amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers and examine neurite architecture of pyramidal hippocampal neurons...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106159/temporal-variations-in-presynaptic-release-probability-in-the-lateral-habenula
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Hoyong Park, Myunghyun Cheon, Sungmin Kim, ChiHye Chung
Rhythmicity plays an important role in a number of biological systems. The habenular complex is reported to contain an intrinsic molecular clock and to show rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes and proteins including per2/PER2. In this study, we observed that there is a temporal rhythmicity in the presynaptic efficacy of the lateral habenula (LHb) neurons. We collected a substantial number of recordings at different time points of the day during the light phase. The frequency and amplitude of spontaneous excitatory transmission were increased in the afternoon compared to recordings performed in the morning...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106143/effect-of-gallium-environment-on-infrared-emission-in-er-3-doped-gallium-antimony-sulfur-glasses
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Qing Jiao, Ge Li, Lini Li, Changgui Lin, Guoxiang Wang, Zijun Liu, Shixun Dai, Tiefeng Xu, Qinyuan Zhang
Gallium-based Ga-Sb-S sulfide glasses was elaborated and studied. A relationship between the structure, composition, and optical properties of the glass has been established. The effects of the introduction of Ga on the structure using infrared and Raman spectroscopies and on the Er(3+)-doped IR emission have been discussed. The results show that incorporation of Ga induced the dissociation of [SbS3] pyramids units and the formation of tetrahedral [GaS4] units. The dissolved rare earth ions are separated around the Ga-S bonding and the infrared emission quenching are controlled...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104486/valid-statistical-approaches-for-analyzing-sholl-data-mixed-effects-versus-simple-linear-models
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Machelle D Wilson, Sunjay Sethi, Pamela J Lein, Kimberly P Keil
BACKGROUND: The Sholl technique is widely used to quantify dendritic morphology. Data from such studies, which typically sample multiple neurons per animal, are often analyzed using simple linear models. However, simple linear models fail to account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data, which can lead to faulty inferences. NEW METHOD: Mixed effects models account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data; thus, these models more accurately estimate the standard deviation of the parameter estimate, which produces more accurate p-values...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103228/human-specific-cortical-synaptic-connections-and-their-plasticity-is-that-what-makes-us-human
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Joana Lourenço, Alberto Bacci
One outstanding difference between Homo sapiens and other mammals is the ability to perform highly complex cognitive tasks and behaviors, such as language, abstract thinking, and cultural diversity. How is this accomplished? According to one prominent theory, cognitive complexity is proportional to the repetition of specific computational modules over a large surface expansion of the cerebral cortex (neocortex). However, the human neocortex was shown to also possess unique features at the cellular and synaptic levels, raising the possibility that expanding the computational module is not the only mechanism underlying complex thinking...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103031/-watching-the-dark-state-in-ultrafast-nonadiabatic-photoisomerization-process-of-a-light-driven-molecular-rotary-motor
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Xiaojuan Pang, Xueyan Cui, Deping Hu, Chenwei Jiang, Di Zhao, Zhenggang Lan, Fu-Li Li
Photoisomerization dynamics of a light-driven molecular rotary motor, 9-(2-methyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]naphthalen-1-ylidene)-9H-fluorene, is investigated with trajectory surface-hopping dynamics at the semi-empirical OM2/MRCI level. The rapid population decay of the S1 excited state for the M isomer is observed, with two different decay timescales (500 fs and 1.0 ps). By weighting the contributions of fast and slow decay trajectories, the averaged lifetime of the S1 excited state is about 710 fs. The calculated quantum yield of the M-to-P photoisomerization of this molecular rotary motor is about 59...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102468/mutation-of-the-herc-1-ubiquitin-ligase-impairs-associative-learning-in-the-lateral-amygdala
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Eva Mª Pérez-Villegas, José V Negrete-Díaz, Mª Elena Porras-García, Rocío Ruiz, Angel M Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Moreno, José A Armengol
Tambaleante (tbl/tbl) is a mutant mouse that carries a spontaneous Gly483Glu substitution in the HERC1 (HECT domain and RCC1 domain) E3 ubiquitin ligase protein (HERC1). The tbl/tbl mutant suffers an ataxic syndrome given the almost complete loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells during adult life. More recent analyses have identified alterations at neuromuscular junctions in these mice, as well as in other neurons of the central nervous system, such as motor neurons in the spinal cord, or pyramidal neurons in the hippocampal CA3 region and the neocortex...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102074/growth-of-a-large-area-free-standing-highly-conductive-and-fully-foldable-silver-film-with-inverted-pyramids-for-wearable-electronics-applications
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Xiao Yu, Zihua Li, Yong Liu, Wen-Xia Zhao, Ruimei Xu, Donghai Wang, Hui Shen
A promising new concept is the application of flexible and foldable conductive film or paper for wearable electronics, in which silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene are primarily used as conductive materials. However, their insufficient nanostructure contacts lead to poor electrical conductivity and mechanical fracture. Here, we demonstrate a simple and innovative strategy for fabricating a free-standing silver film with inverted pyramids by replicating pyramids on a textured silicon wafer under a hydrothermal reaction...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100752/differential-vulnerability-of-ca1-versus-ca3-pyramidal-neurons-after-ischemia-possible-relationship-to-sources-of-zn2-accumulation-and-its-entry-into-and-prolonged-effects-on-mitochondria
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Yuliya V Medvedeva, Sung G Ji, Hong Z Yin, John H Weiss
: Excitotoxic mechanisms contribute to the degeneration of hippocampal pyramidal neurons after recurrent seizures and brain ischemia. However, susceptibility differs, with CA1 neurons degenerating preferentially after global ischemia and CA3 neurons after limbic seizures. Whereas most studies address contributions of excitotoxic Ca(2+) entry, it is apparent that Zn(2+) also contributes, reflecting accumulation in neurons either after synaptic release and entry through postsynaptic channels or upon mobilization from intracellular Zn(2+)-binding proteins such as metallothionein-III (MT-III)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100750/target-dependent-compartmentalization-of-the-corelease-of-glutamate-and-gaba-from-the-mossy-fibers
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Emilio J Galván, Rafael Gutiérrez
: The mossy fibers (MFs) corelease glutamate and GABA onto pyramidal cells of CA3 during development, until the end of the third postnatal week. However, the major target cells of the MF are the interneurons of CA3. Therefore, it has been shown that the interneurons of the hilus and stratum lucidum receive this dual monosynaptic input on MF stimulation. Because the plasticity of glutamatergic transmission from the different terminals of the MF is target specific, we here asked whether the corelease of glutamate and GABA was also subjected to a target-dependent compartmentalization...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100741/control-of-spike-transfer-at-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-synapses-in-vivo-by-gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-mediated-inhibition
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Stefano Zucca, Marilena Griguoli, Meryl Malézieux, Noëlle Grosjean, Mario Carta, Christophe Mulle
: Despite extensive studies in hippocampal slices and incentive from computational theories, the synaptic mechanisms underlying information transfer at mossy fiber (mf) connections between the dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons in vivo are still elusive. Here we used an optogenetic approach in mice to selectively target and control the activity of DG granule cells (GCs) while performing whole-cell and juxtacellular recordings of CA3 neurons in vivo In CA3 pyramidal cells (PCs), mf-CA3 synaptic responses consisted predominantly of an IPSP at low stimulation frequency (0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100740/epilepsy-associated-kcnq2-channels-regulate-multiple-intrinsic-properties-of-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons
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Zachary Niday, Virginia E Hawkins, Heun Soh, Daniel K Mulkey, Anastasios V Tzingounis
: KCNQ2 potassium channels are critical for normal brain function, as both loss-of-function and gain-of-function KCNQ2 variants can lead to various forms of neonatal epilepsy. Despite recent progress, the full spectrum of consequences as a result of KCNQ2 dysfunction in neocortical pyramidal neurons is still unknown. Here, we report that conditional ablation of Kcnq2 from mouse neocortex leads to hyperexcitability of layer 2/3 (L2/3) pyramidal neurons, exhibiting an increased input resistance and action potential frequency, as well as a reduced medium afterhyperpolarization (mAHP), a conductance partly mediated by KCNQ2 channels...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100490/amino-terminal-domains-of-kainate-receptors-determine-the-differential-dependence-on-neto-auxiliary-subunits-for-trafficking
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Nengyin Sheng, Yun Stone Shi, Roger A Nicoll
The kainate receptor (KAR), a subtype of glutamate receptor, mediates excitatory synaptic responses at a subset of glutamatergic synapses. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the trafficking of its different subunits are poorly understood. Here we use the CA1 hippocampal pyramidal cell, which lacks KAR-mediated synaptic currents, as a null background to determine the minimal requirements for the extrasynaptic and synaptic expression of the GluK2 subunit. We find that the GluK2 receptor itself, in contrast to GluK1, traffics to the neuronal surface and synapse efficiently and the auxiliary subunits Neto1 and Neto2 caused no further enhancement of these two trafficking processes...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099880/modifications-of-inhibitory-transmission-onto-pyramidal-neurons-by-postnatal-exposure-to-mk-801-effects-of-enriched-environment
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Amir Shojaei, Afsaneh Kamali Anaraki, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh, Nafiseh Atapour
Early enriched environment (EE) prevents several deficits associated with postnatal MK-801 [N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist] treatment such as cognitive and locomotor deficits. We sought physiological correlates to such changes by looking at inhibitory synaptic inputs onto pyramidal cells in a prefrontal cortex slice preparation. Pharmacologically isolated γ-amino-butyric acid A (GABAA) receptor-mediated currents were measured using whole-cell patch clamp recordings. Wistar rats were raised in standard or EE from birth up to the time of experiments and were injected with saline or MK-801 (1mg/kg) on postnatal days (P) 6-10...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099355/hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-due-to-a-novel-mutation-of-the-reep1-gene-case-report-and-literature-review
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Sébastien Richard, Julie Lavie, Guillaume Banneau, Nathalie Voirand, Karine Lavandier, Marc Debouverie
RATIONALE: Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a heterogeneous group of diseases little known in clinical practice due to its low prevalence, slow progression, and difficult diagnosis. This results in an underestimation of HSP leading to belated diagnosis and management. In depth diagnosis is based on clinical presentation and identification of genomic mutations. We describe the clinical presentation and pathogeny of HSP through a report of a case due to a novel mutation of the REEP1 gene (SPG31)...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098295/spontaneous-decoration-of-silicon-surfaces-with-moox-nanoparticles-for-the-sunlight-assisted-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
#17
T-G Truong, C Mériadec, B Fabre, J-F Bergamini, O de Sagazan, S Ababou-Girard, G Loget
The immersion of oxide-free Si surfaces in MoS4(2-) aqueous solutions induces their spontaneous decoration with isolated MoOx nanoparticles (NPs). The process is versatile and was used on planar Si (100) as well as on antireflective Si (111) micro-pyramid (SimPy) arrays. The NP decoration does not affect the optical properties of the surface in the visible range and improves the performance of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) under simulated sunlight. The simplicity and the scalability of the technique make it highly promising for the fabrication of catalytically active photoelectrodes...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097775/breaking-the-tetra-coordinated-framework-rule-new-clathrate-ba8-m24-p28-%C3%AE-m-cu-zn
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Juli-Anna Dolyniuk, Julia V Zaikina, Derrick C Kaseman, Sabyasachi Sen, Kirill Kovnir
A new clathrate type has been discovered in the Ba/Cu/Zn/P system. The crystal structure of the Ba8 M24 P28+δ (M=Cu/Zn) clathrate is composed of the pentagonal dodecahedra common to clathrates along with a unique 22-vertex polyhedron with two hexagonal faces capped by additional partially occupied phosphorus sites. This is the first example of a clathrate compound where the framework atoms are not in tetrahedral or trigonal-pyramidal coordination. In Ba8 M24 P28+δ a majority of the framework atoms are five- and six-coordinated, a feature more common to electron-rich intermetallics...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097511/brain-calcification-and-movement-disorders
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Vladimir S Kostić, Igor N Petrović
Brain calcifications may be an incidental finding on neuroimaging in normal, particularly older individuals, but can also indicate numerous hereditary and nonhereditary syndromes, and metabolic, environmental, infectious, autoimmune, mitochondrial, traumatic, or toxic disorders. Bilateral calcifications most commonly affecting the basal ganglia may often be found in idiopathic cases, and a new term, primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), has been proposed that recognizes the genetic causes of the disorder and that calcifications occurred well beyond the basal ganglia...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096380/in-situ-structure-of-trypanosomal-atp-synthase-dimer-reveals-a-unique-arrangement-of-catalytic-subunits
#20
Alexander W Mühleip, Caroline E Dewar, Achim Schnaufer, Werner Kühlbrandt, Karen M Davies
We used electron cryotomography and subtomogram averaging to determine the in situ structures of mitochondrial ATP synthase dimers from two organisms belonging to the phylum euglenozoa: Trypanosoma brucei, a lethal human parasite, and Euglena gracilis, a photosynthetic protist. At a resolution of 32.5 Å and 27.5 Å, respectively, the two structures clearly exhibit a noncanonical F1 head, in which the catalytic (αβ)3 assembly forms a triangular pyramid rather than the pseudo-sixfold ring arrangement typical of all other ATP synthases investigated so far...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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