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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202410/atypical-antipsychotic-clozapine-reversed-deficit-on-prepulse-inhibition-of-the-acoustic-startle-reflex-produced-by-microinjection-of-doi-into-the-inferior-colliculus-in-rats
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Rodolpho Pereira de Oliveira, Karen Yuriko Nagaishi, Regina Cláudia Barbosa Silva
Dysfunctions of the serotonergic system have been suggested to be important in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia exhibit deficits in an operational measure of sensorimotor gating: prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle. PPI is the normal reduction in the startle response caused by a low intensity non-startling stimulus (prepulse) which is presented shortly before the startle stimulus (pulse). The hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a 5-hydroxytryptamine(HT)2 receptor agonist disrupted PPI in rats...
February 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195225/a-novel-bk-channel-targeted-peptide-suppresses-sound-evoked-activity-in-the-mouse-inferior-colliculus
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L L Scott, E J Brecht, A Philpo, S Iyer, N S Wu, S J Mihic, R W Aldrich, J Pierce, J P Walton
Large conductance calcium-activated (BK) channels are broadly expressed in neurons and muscle where they modulate cellular activity. Decades of research support an interest in pharmaceutical applications for modulating BK channel function. Here we report a novel BK channel-targeted peptide with functional activity in vitro and in vivo. This 9-amino acid peptide, LS3, has a unique action, suppressing channel gating rather than blocking the pore of heterologously expressed human BK channels. With an IC50 in the high picomolar range, the apparent affinity is higher than known high affinity BK channel toxins...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188855/auditory-processing-assessment-suggests-that-wistar-audiogenic-rat-neural-networks-are-prone-to-entrainment
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Hyorrana Priscila Pereira Pinto, Vinícius Rezende Carvalho, Daniel de Castro Medeiros, Ana Flávia Santos Almeida, Eduardo Mazoni Andrade Marçal Mendes, Marcio Flávio Dutra Moraes
Epilepsy is a neurological disease related to the occurrence of pathological oscillatory activity, but the basic physiological mechanisms of seizure remain to be understood. Our working hypothesis is that specific sensory processing circuits may present abnormally enhanced predisposition for coordinated firing in the dysfunctional brain. Such facilitated entrainment could share a similar mechanistic process as those expediting the propagation of epileptiform activity throughout the brain. To test this hypothesis, we employed the Wistar audiogenic rat (WAR) reflex animal model, which is characterized by having seizures triggered reliably by sound...
February 7, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137699/frequency-dependent-fine-structure-in-the-frequency-following-response-the-byproduct-of-multiple-generators
#4
Parker Tichko, Erika Skoe
The frequency-following response (FFR) is an auditory-evoked response recorded at the scalp that captures the spectrotemporal properties of tonal stimuli. Previous investigations report that the amplitude of the FFR fluctuates as a function of stimulus frequency, a phenomenon thought to reflect multiple neural generators phase-locking to the stimulus with different response latencies. When phase-locked responses are offset by different latencies, constructive and destructive phase interferences emerge in the volume-conducted signals, culminating in an attenuation or amplification of the scalp-recorded response in a frequency-specific manner...
January 27, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121979/protective-effects-of-acupuncture-against-gentamicin-induced-ototoxicity-in-rats-possible-role-of-neurotrophin-3
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Ping Zhou, Weijun Ma, Ying Sheng, Maoli Duan, Xiaotong Zhang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effects of acupuncture against gentamicin-induced ototoxicity and explore the possible protective role of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-four rats were divided randomly into 4 groups: control group, gentamicin group, neitinggong group, and tinggong group. Rats in the gentamicin, neitinggong, and tinggong groups received intraperitoneal injection of gentamicin (100 mg/kg) for 14 consecutive days. Rats in the neitinggong and tinggong groups further received acupuncture at neitinggong or tinggong acupoints once every 2 days for 20 days...
January 25, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102362/evaluation-of-region-selective-bilirubin-induced-brain-damage-as-a-basis-for-a-pharmacological-treatment
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Matteo Dal Ben, Cristina Bottin, Fabrizio Zanconati, Claudio Tiribelli, Silvia Gazzin
The neurologic manifestations of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia in the central nervous system (CNS) exhibit high variations in the severity and appearance of motor, auditory and cognitive symptoms, which is suggestive of a still unexplained selective topography of bilirubin-induced damage. By applying the organotypic brain culture (OBC: preserving in vitro the cellular complexity, connection and architecture of the in vivo brain) technique to study hyperbilirubinemia, we mapped the regional target of bilirubin-induced damage, demonstrated a multifactorial toxic action of bilirubin, and used this information to evaluate the efficacy of drugs applicable to newborns to protect the brain...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100657/frequency-tuning-of-synaptic-inhibition-underlying-duration-tuned-neurons-in-the-mammalian-inferior-colliculus
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Roberto Valdizón-Rodríguez, Paul A Faure
Inhibition plays an important role in creating the temporal response properties of duration-tuned neurons (DTNs) in the mammalian inferior colliculus (IC). Neurophysiological and computational studies indicate that duration selectivity in the IC is created through the convergence of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs offset in time. We used paired tone stimulation and extracellular recording to measure the frequency tuning of the inhibition acting on DTNs in the IC of the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097439/modeling-responses-in-the-superior-paraolivary-nucleus-implications-for-forward-masking-in-the-inferior-colliculus
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Nima Salimi, Muhammad S A Zilany, Laurel H Carney
A phenomenological model of the responses of neurons in the superior paraolivary nucleus (SPON) of the rodent is presented in this study. Pure tones at the characteristic frequency (CF) and broadband noise stimuli evoke offset-type responses in these neurons. SPON neurons also phase-lock to the envelope of sinusoidally amplitude-modulated (SAM) stimuli for a range of modulation frequencies. Model SPON neuron received inhibitory input that was relayed by the ipsilateral medial nucleus of the trapezoid body from the contralateral model ventral cochlear nucleus neuron...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078738/dorsal-pallidal-neurons-directly-link-the-nidopallium-and-midbrain-in-the-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata
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J Martin Wild
The dorsal pallidum in birds is considered similar, if not homologous, to the globus pallidus (GP) of mammals. The dorsal pallidum projects to both thalamic and midbrain targets similar to the direct and indirect pathways arising from the internal and external segments of the GP. In the present study retrograde and anterograde tracing studies revealed a previously undescribed projection of the avian dorsal pallidum. This arises from a specific dorsomedial component, which terminates in the intercollicular nucleus and partly surrounds the avian equivalent of the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077288/micro-endoscopic-system-for-functional-assessment-of-neural-circuits-in-deep-brain-regions-simultaneous-optical-and-electrical-recordings-of-auditory-responses-in-mouse-s-inferior-colliculus
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Hidetaka Yashiro, Ichiro Nakahara, Kazuo Funabiki, Hiroshi Riquimaroux
In vivo Ca(2+) imaging is a powerful method for the functional assessment of neural circuits. Although multi-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy has been widely used, observation of circuits in deep brain regions remains challenging. Recently, observing these deep regions has become possible via an endoscope consisting of an optical fiber bundle or gradient-index lens. We have designed a micro-endoscope system that enables simultaneous optical recording of fluorescence and electrical recording of neural activity...
January 7, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043881/simultaneously-evoked-auditory-potentials-seap-a-new-method-for-concurrent-measurement-of-cortical-and-subcortical-auditory-evoked-activity
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Christopher Slugocki, Daniel Bosnyak, Laurel J Trainor
Recent electrophysiological work has evinced a capacity for plasticity in subcortical auditory nuclei in human listeners. Similar plastic effects have been measured in cortically-generated auditory potentials but it is unclear how the two interact. Here we present Simultaneously-Evoked Auditory Potentials (SEAP), a method designed to concurrently elicit electrophysiological brain potentials from inferior colliculus, thalamus, and primary and secondary auditory cortices. Twenty-six normal-hearing adult subjects (mean 19...
December 31, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009231/the-superior-fovea-triangle-approach-a-novel-safe-entry-zone-to-the-brainstem
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Kaan Yagmurlu, M Yashar S Kalani, Mark C Preul, Robert F Spetzler
The authors describe a safe entry zone, the superior fovea triangle, on the floor of the fourth ventricle for resection of deep dorsal pontine lesions at the level of the facial colliculus. Clinical data from a patient undergoing a suboccipital telovelar transsuperior fovea triangle approach to a deep pontine cavernous malformation were reviewed and supplemented with 6 formalin-fixed adult human brainstem and 2 silicone-injected adult human cadaveric heads using the fiber dissection technique to illustrate the utility of this novel safe entry zone...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003409/a-circuit-for-saccadic-suppression-in-the-primate-brain
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Rebecca A Berman, James Cavanaugh, Kerry McAlonan, Robert H Wurtz
Saccades should cause us to see a blur as the eyes sweep across a visual scene. Specific brain mechanisms prevent this by producing suppression during saccades. Neuronal correlates of such suppression were first established in the visual superficial layers of the superior colliculus (SC) and subsequently have been observed in cortical visual areas, including the middle temporal visual area (MT). In this study, we investigated suppression in a recently identified circuit linking visual SC (SCs) to MT through the inferior pulvinar (PI)...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997696/the-organization-of-frequency-and-binaural-cues-in-the-gerbil-inferior-colliculus
#14
Gilberto David Graña, Kendall A Hutson, Alexandra Badea, Andrew Pappa, William Scott, Douglas C Fitzpatrick
The inferior colliculus (IC) is the common target of separate pathways that transmit different types of auditory information. Beyond tonotopy, little is known about the organization of response properties within the 3-dimensional layout of the auditory midbrain in most species. A case where the functional properties of neurons can be readily characterized and related to specific pathways is ITD processing. To characterize the representation of ITDs relative to the frequency and hodological organization of the IC, the properties of neurons were recorded and the sites recovered histologically...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993512/audiogenic-seizure-activity-following-hsv-1-gad65-sense-or-antisense-injection-into-inferior-colliculus-of-long-evans-rat
#15
James R Coleman, Karen C Thompson, Marlene A Wilson, Steven P Wilson
Herpes virus technology involving manipulation of GAD65 was used to study effects on audiogenic seizures (AGS). Audiogenic seizure behaviors were examined following injections of replication-defective herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) vectors incorporating sense or antisense toward GAD65 along with 10% lac-Z into the central nucleus of inferior colliculus (CNIC) of Long-Evans rats. In seizure-sensitive animals developmentally primed by intense sound exposure, injection of GAD65 in the sense orientation increased wild running latencies and reduced incidence of clonus compared with lac-Z only, unoperated, and vehicle seizure groups...
December 16, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989950/plastic-changes-along-auditory-pathway-during-salicylate-induced-ototoxicity-hyperactivity-and-cf-shifts
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Chen Jiang, Bin Luo, Senthilvelan Manohar, Guang-Di Chen, Richard Salvi
High dose of salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin, has long been known to induce transient hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis making it a powerful experimental tool. These salicylate-induced perceptual disturbances are associated with a massive reduction in the neural output of the cochlea. Paradoxically, the diminished neural output of the cochlea is accompanied by a dramatic increase in sound-evoked activity in the auditory cortex (AC) and several other parts of the central nervous system. Exactly where the increase in neural activity begins and builds up along the central auditory pathway are not fully understood...
October 27, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956352/correlation-between-the-frequency-difference-limen-and-an-index-based-on-principal-component-analysis-of-the-frequency-following-response-of-normal-hearing-listeners
#17
Xiaochen Zhang, Qin Gong
Subcortical phase locking tends to reflect performance differences in tasks related to pitch perception across different types of populations. Enhancement or attenuation in its strength may correspond to population excellence or deficiency in pitch perception. However, it is still unclear whether differences in perceptual capability among individuals with normal hearing can be predicted by subcortical phase locking. In this study, we examined the brain-behavior relationship between frequency-following responses (FFRs) evoked by pure/sweeping tones and frequency difference limens (FDLs)...
December 10, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914298/effects-of-environmental-noise-exposure-on-dna-methylation-in-the-brain-and-metabolic-health
#18
Liqiong Guo, Peng-Hui Li, Hua Li, Elena Colicino, Silvia Colicino, Yi Wen, Ruiping Zhang, Xiaotian Feng, Timothy M Barrow, Akin Cayir, Andrea A Baccarelli, Hyang-Min Byun
Environmental noise exposure is associated with adverse effects on human health including hearing loss, heart disease, and changes in stress-related hormone levels. Alteration in DNA methylation in response to environmental exposures is a well-known phenomenon and it is implicated in many human diseases. Understanding how environmental noise exposures affect DNA methylation patterns may help to elucidate the link between noise and adverse effects on health. In this pilot study we examined the effects of environmental noise exposure on DNA methylation of genes related to brain function and investigated whether these changes are related with metabolic health...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905540/the-effects-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-an-animal-model-of-tinnitus
#19
Wilhelmina H A M Mulders, Vanessa Vooys, Kalina Makowiecki, Alex D Tang, Jennifer Rodger
Tinnitus (phantom auditory perception associated with hearing loss) can seriously affect wellbeing. Its neural substrate is unknown however it has been linked with abnormal activity in auditory pathways. Though no cure currently exists, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been shown to reduce tinnitus in some patients, possibly via induction of cortical plasticity involving brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). We examined whether low intensity rTMS (LI-rTMS) alleviates signs of tinnitus in a guinea pig model and whether this involves changes in BDNF expression and hyperactivity in inferior colliculus...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895941/midbrain-frequency-representation-following-moderately-intense-neonatal-sound-exposure-in-a-precocious-animal-model-chinchilla-laniger
#20
Lisa M D'Alessandro, Robert V Harrison
Auditory brain areas undergo reorganization resulting from abnormal sensory input during early postnatal development. This is evident from studies at the cortical level but it remains unclear whether there is reorganization in the auditory midbrain in a species similar to the human, that is, with early hearing onset. We have explored midbrain plasticity in the chinchilla, a precocious species that matches the human in terms of hearing development. Neonatal chinchillas were chronically exposed to a 2 kHz narrowband sound at 70 dB SPL for 4 weeks...
2016: Neural Plasticity
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