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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053252/optogenetics-manipulation-enables-to-prevent-biofilm-formation-of-engineered-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-on-surfaces
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Lu Pu, Shuai Yang, Aiguo Xia, Fan Jin
Synthetic biologists have attempted to solve real-world problems, such as those of bacterial biofilms, that are involved in the pathogenesis of many clinical infections and difficult to eliminate. To address this, we employed a blue light responding system and integrated it into the chromosomes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. With making rational adaption and improvement of the light-activated system, we provided a robust and convenient means to spatiotemporally control gene expression and manipulate biological processes with minimal perturbation in P...
October 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050909/bold-fmri-in-the-mouse-auditory-pathway
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Guilherme Blazquez Freches, Cristina Chavarrias, Noam Shemesh
The auditory pathway is widely distributed throughout the brain, and is perhaps one of the most interesting networks in the context of neuroplasticity. Accurate mapping of neural activity in the entire pathway, preferably noninvasively, and with high resolution, could be instrumental for understanding such longitudinal processes. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has clear advantages for such characterizations, as it is noninvasive, provides relatively high spatial resolution and lends itself for repetitive studies, albeit relying on an indirect neurovascular coupling to deliver its information...
October 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046145/experimental-treatment-options-in-absence-epilepsy
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Gilles van Luijtelaar, Mehrnoush Zobeiri, Annika Lüttjohann, Antoine Depaulis
BACKGROUND: The benign character of absence epilepsy compared to other genetic generalized epilepsy syndromes has often hampered the search for new treatment options. Absence epilepsy is most often treated with ethosuximide or valproic acid. However, both drugs are not always well tolerated or fail, and seizure freedom for a larger proportion of patients remains to be achieved. The availability of genuine animal models of epilepsy does allow to search for new treatment options not only for absence epilepsy perse but also for other genetic - previously called idiopathic - forms of epilepsy...
October 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045814/role-of-kcc2-dependent-potassium-efflux-in-4-aminopyridine-induced-epileptiform-synchronization
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Oscar C González, Zahra Shiri, Giri P Krishnan, Timothy L Myers, Sylvain Williams, Massimo Avoli, Maxim Bazhenov
A balance between excitation and inhibition is necessary to maintain stable brain network dynamics. Traditionally, seizure activity is believed to arise from the breakdown of this delicate balance in favor of excitation with loss of inhibition. Surprisingly, recent experimental evidence suggests that this conventional view may be limited, and that inhibition plays a prominent role in the development of epileptiform synchronization. Here, we explored the role of the KCC2 co-transporter in the onset of inhibitory network-induced seizures...
October 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045570/optogenetic-activation-of-the-infralimbic-cortex-suppresses-the-return-of-appetitive-pavlovian-conditioned-responding-following-extinction
#5
Franz R Villaruel, Franca Lacroix, Christian Sanio, Daniel W Sparks, C Andrew Chapman, Nadia Chaudhri
The infralimbic medial prefrontal cortex (IL) is important for suppressing learned behavior after extinction, but whether this function extends to responses acquired through appetitive Pavlovian conditioning is unclear. We trained male, Long-Evans rats to associate a white-noise conditional stimulus (CS; 10 s; 14 presentations per session) with 10% liquid sucrose (0.2 mL per CS presentation), and recorded entries into the fluid port during the CS. The CS was presented without sucrose in subsequent extinction and test sessions...
October 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045151/dynamic-blue-light-inducible-t7-rna-polymerases-opto-t7rnaps-for-precise-spatiotemporal-gene-expression-control
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Armin Baumschlager, Stephanie K Aoki, Mustafa Khammash
Light has emerged as a control input for biological systems due to its precise spatiotemporal resolution. The limited toolset for light control in bacteria motivated us to develop a light-inducible transcription system that is independent from cellular regulation through the use of an orthogonal RNA polymerase. Here, we present our engineered blue light-responsive T7 RNA polymerases (Opto-T7RNAPs) that show properties such as low leakiness of gene expression in the dark state, high expression strength when induced with blue light, and an inducible range of more than 300-fold...
October 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043563/malformation-of-the-posterior-cerebellar-vermis-is-a-common-neuroanatomical-phenotype-of-genetically-engineered-mice-on-the-c57bl-6-background
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Joshua A Cuoco, Anthony W Esposito, Shannon Moriarty, Ying Tang, Sonika Seth, Alyssa R Toia, Elias B Kampton, Yevgeniy Mayr, Mussarah Khan, Mohammad B Khan, Brian R Mullen, James B Ackman, Faez Siddiqi, John H Wolfe, Olga V Savinova, Raddy L Ramos
C57BL/6 mice exhibit spontaneous cerebellar malformations consisting of heterotopic neurons and glia in the molecular layer of the posterior vermis, indicative of neuronal migration defect during cerebellar development. Recognizing that many genetically engineered (GE) mouse lines are produced from C57BL/6 ES cells or backcrossed to this strain, we performed histological analyses and found that cerebellar heterotopia were a common feature present in the majority of GE lines on this background. Furthermore, we identify GE mouse lines that will be valuable in the study of cerebellar malformations including diverse driver, reporter, and optogenetic lines...
October 17, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042322/activation-of-parvalbumin-neurons-in-the-rostro-dorsal-sector-of-the-thalamic-reticular-nucleus-promotes-sensitivity-to-pain-in-mice
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Jing Liu, Meng-Qi Zhang, Xu Wu, Michael Lazarus, Yoan Cherasse, Mao-Yun Yuan, Zhi-Li Huang, Rui-Xi Li
The calcium-binding protein, parvalbumin (PV), is highly expressed in thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) GABAergic neurons, which receive input from the cerebral cortex and thalamus and send inhibitory output to the thalamic relay nucleus. Previous studies suggest that the TRN is involved in pain regulation as an important relay nucleus of the ascending pain pathway. However, little is known about its functional role in pain regulation and interconnectivity. In our study, the role of rostro-dorsal sector of TRN (TRNrd) PV-positive neurons in pain regulation was studied using chemogenetics based on designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD)...
October 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042259/widespread-optogenetic-expression-in-macaque-cortex-obtained-with-mr-guided-convection-enhanced-delivery-ced-of-aav-vector-to-the-thalamus
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Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad, Nan Tian, Viktor Kharazia, Lluis Samaranch, Adrian Kells, John Bringas, Jiwei He, Krystof Bankiewicz, Philip N Sabes
BACKGROUND: In non-human primate (NHP) optogenetics, infecting large cortical areas with viral vectors is often a difficult and time-consuming task. Previous work has shown that parenchymal delivery of adeno-associated virus (AAV) in the thalamus by convection-enhanced delivery (CED) can lead to large-scale transduction via axonal transport in distal areas including cortex. We used this approach to obtain widespread cortical expression of light-sensitive ion channels. NEW METHOD: AAV vectors co-expressing channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) genes were infused into thalamus of three rhesus macaques under MR-guided CED...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040770/optimized-light-inducible-transcription-in-mammalian-cells-using-flavin-kelch-repeat-f-box1-gigantea-and-cry2-cib1
#10
Jose R Quejada, Seon-Hye E Park, Daniel W Awari, Fan Shi, Hannah E Yamamoto, Fuun Kawano, Juergen C Jung, Masayuki Yazawa
Light-inducible systems allow spatiotemporal control of a variety of biological activities. Here, we report newly optimized optogenetic tools to induce transcription with light in mammalian cells, using the Arabidopsis photoreceptor Flavin Kelch-repeat F-box 1 (FKF1) and its binding partner GIGANTEA (GI) as well as CRY2/CIB1. By combining the mutagenesis of FKF1 with the optimization of a split FKF1/GI dimerized Gal4-VP16 transcriptional system, we identified constructs enabling significantly improved light-triggered transcriptional induction...
October 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040472/optogenetic-modulation-of-a-minor-fraction-of-parvalbumin-positive-interneurons-specifically-affects-spatiotemporal-dynamics-of-spontaneous-and-sensory-evoked-activity-in-mouse-somatosensory-cortex-in-vivo
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Jenq-Wei Yang, Pierre-Hugues Prouvot, Vicente Reyes-Puerta, Maik C Stüttgen, Albrecht Stroh, Heiko J Luhmann
Parvalbumin (PV) positive interneurons exert strong effects on the neocortical excitatory network, but it remains unclear how they impact the spatiotemporal dynamics of sensory processing in the somatosensory cortex. Here, we characterized the effects of optogenetic inhibition and activation of PV interneurons on spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity in mouse barrel cortex in vivo. Inhibiting PV interneurons led to a broad-spectrum power increase both in spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity. Whisker-evoked responses were significantly increased within 20 ms after stimulus onset during inhibition of PV interneurons, demonstrating high temporal precision of PV-shaped inhibition...
October 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037791/effect-of-optogenetic-modulation-on-entopeduncular-input-affects-thalamic-discharge-and-behavior-in-an-aav2-%C3%AE-synuclein-induced-hemiparkinson-rat-model
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Hyeong Cheol Moon, So Yoon Won, Eung Gook Kim, Hyong Kyu Kim, Chul Bum Cho, Young Seok Park
OBJECTIVE: Neuromodulation of the globus pallidus internus(GPi) alleviates Parkinson's disease symptoms. The primate GPi is homologous to the rat entopeduncular nucleus (EP). The aim of the present study was to determine if optogenetic modulation of the EP could alter parkinsonian behavior or thalamic discharge in a hemiparkinson rat model. METHODS: We injected an adeno-associated virus type-2 expressing α-synuclein (AAV2-α-syn) into the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) of the right hemisphere and confirmed parkinsonian behavior using an amphetamine-induced rotation test...
October 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035364/sympathetic-neuron-associated-macrophages-contribute-to-obesity-by-importing-and-metabolizing-norepinephrine
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Roksana M Pirzgalska, Elsa Seixas, Jason S Seidman, Verena M Link, Noelia Martínez Sánchez, Inês Mahú, Raquel Mendes, Vitka Gres, Nadiya Kubasova, Imogen Morris, Bernardo A Arús, Chelsea M Larabee, Miguel Vasques, Francisco Tortosa, Ana L Sousa, Sathyavathy Anandan, Erin Tranfield, Maureen K Hahn, Matteo Iannacone, Nathanael J Spann, Christopher K Glass, Ana I Domingos
The cellular mechanism(s) linking macrophages to norepinephrine (NE)-mediated regulation of thermogenesis have been a topic of debate. Here we identify sympathetic neuron-associated macrophages (SAMs) as a population of cells that mediate clearance of NE via expression of solute carrier family 6 member 2 (SLC6A2), an NE transporter, and monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), a degradation enzyme. Optogenetic activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) upregulates NE uptake by SAMs and shifts the SAM profile to a more proinflammatory state...
October 9, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035219/an-embedded-real-time-processing-platform-for-optogenetic-neuroprosthetic-applications
#14
Boyuan Yan, Sheila Nirenberg
Optogenetics offers a powerful new approach for controlling neural circuits. It has numerous applications in both basic and clinical science. These applications require stimulating devices with small processors that can perform real-time neural signal processing, deliver high intensity light with high spatial and temporal resolution, and do not consume a lot of power. In this paper, we demonstrate the implementation of neuronal models in a platform consisting of an embedded system module and a portable DLP projector...
October 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032505/impaired-chemosensory-control-of-breathing-after-depletion-of-bulbospinal-catecholaminergic-neurons-in-rats
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Milene R Malheiros-Lima, Leonardo T Totola, Ana C Takakura, Thiago S Moreira
Bulbospinal catecholaminergic neurons located in the rostral aspect of the ventrolateral medulla (C1 neurons) or within the ventrolateral pons (A5 neurons) are involved in the regulation of blood pressure and sympathetic outflow. A stimulus that commonly activates the C1 or A5 neurons is hypoxia, which is also involved in breathing activation. Although pharmacological and optogenetic evidence suggests that catecholaminergic neurons also regulate breathing, a specific contribution of the bulbospinal neurons to respiratory control has not been demonstrated...
October 14, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032407/advances-in-understanding-nociception-and-neuropathic-pain
#16
REVIEW
Ewan St John Smith
Pain results from the activation of a subset of sensory neurones termed nociceptors and has evolved as a "detect and protect" mechanism. However, lesion or disease in the sensory system can result in neuropathic pain, which serves no protective function. Understanding how the sensory nervous system works and what changes occur in neuropathic pain are vital in identifying new therapeutic targets and developing novel analgesics. In recent years, technologies such as optogenetics and RNA-sequencing have been developed, which alongside the more traditional use of animal neuropathic pain models and insights from genetic variations in humans have enabled significant advances to be made in the mechanistic understanding of neuropathic pain...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031808/specific-disruption-of-contextual-memory-recall-by-sparse-additional-activity-in-the-dentate-gyrus
#17
Hye-Yeon Cho, Mujun Kim, Jin-Hee Han
The dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus is essential for contextual and spatial memory processing. While lesion or silencing of the DG impairs contextual memory encoding and recall, overly activated DG also prevents proper memory retrieval. Abnormally elevated activity in the DG is repeatedly reported in amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) patients or aged adults. Although the correlation between memory failure and abnormally active hippocampus is clear, their causal relationship or the underlying nature of such interfering activity is not well understood...
October 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028940/optogenetic-activation-of-the-sensorimotor-cortex-reveals-local-inhibitory-and-global-excitatory-inputs-to-the-basal-ganglia
#18
Mitsunori Ozaki, Hiromi Sano, Shigeki Sato, Mitsuhiro Ogura, Hajime Mushiake, Satomi Chiken, Naoyuki Nakao, Atsushi Nambu
To understand how information from different cortical areas is integrated and processed through the cortico-basal ganglia pathways, we used optogenetics to systematically stimulate the sensorimotor cortex and examined basal ganglia activity. We utilized Thy1-ChR2-YFP transgenic mice, in which channelrhodopsin 2 is robustly expressed in layer V pyramidal neurons. We applied light spots to the sensorimotor cortex in a grid pattern and examined neuronal responses in the globus pallidus (GP) and entopeduncular nucleus (EPN), which are the relay and output nuclei of the basal ganglia, respectively...
September 22, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027111/excessive-d1-dopamine-receptor-activation-in-the-dorsal-striatum-promotes-autistic-like-behaviors
#19
Yunjin Lee, Hannah Kim, Ji-Eun Kim, Jin-Young Park, Juli Choi, Jung-Eun Lee, Eun-Hwa Lee, Pyung-Lim Han
The dopamine system has been characterized in motor function, goal-directed behaviors, and rewards. Recent studies recognize various dopamine system genes as being associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, how dopamine system dysfunction induces ASD pathophysiology remains unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that mice with increased dopamine functions in the dorsal striatum via the suppression of dopamine transporter expression in substantia nigra neurons or the optogenetic stimulation of the nigro-striatal circuitry exhibited sociability deficits and repetitive behaviors relevant to ASD pathology in animal models, while these behavioral changes were blocked by a D1 receptor antagonist...
October 12, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027094/multimodal-functional-neuroimaging-by-simultaneous-bold-fmri-and-fiber-optic-calcium-recordings-and-optogenetic-control
#20
REVIEW
Franziska Albers, Lydia Wachsmuth, Timo Mauritz van Alst, Cornelius Faber
Recent developments of optogenetic tools and fluorescence-based calcium recording techniques enable the manipulation and monitoring of neural circuits on a cellular level. Non-invasive imaging of brain networks, however, requires the application of methods such as blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which is commonly used for functional neuroimaging. While BOLD fMRI provides brain-wide non-invasive reading of the hemodynamic response, it is only an indirect measure of neural activity...
October 12, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
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