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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774782/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-ethanol-intoxication-in-tbi-is-associated-with-the-suppression-of-erbb-signaling-in-pv-positive-interneurons
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Akila Chandrasekar, Florian Olde Heuvel, Martin Wepler, Rida Rehman, Annette Palmer, Alberto Catanese, Birgit Linkus, Albert Ludolph, Tobias Boeckers, Markus Huber-Lang, Peter Radermacher, Francesco Roselli
Ethanol intoxication (EI) is a frequent comorbidity of TBI, but the impact of EI on TBI pathogenic cascades and prognosis is unclear: although clinical evidence suggests that EI may have neuroprotective effects, experimental support is, to date, inconclusive. We aimed at elucidating the impact of EI on TBI-associated neurological deficits, signaling pathways and pathogenic cascades, in order to identify new modifiers of TBI pathophysiology. We have shown that ethanol administration (5g/Kg) before trauma enhances behavioral recovery in a weight-drop TBI model; neuronal survival in the injured somatosensory cortex was enhanced by EI...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774500/thalamocortical-dysconnectivity-in-premenstrual-syndrome
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Peng Liu, Ying Wei, Hai Liao, Yingying Fan, Ru Li, Nana Feng, Gaoxiong Duan, Demao Deng, Wei Qin
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a menstrual cycle-related disorder. Although the precise pathophysiology is not fully understood, it is increasingly believed that the central nervous system plays a vital role in the development of PMS. The aim of this study is to elucidate specific functional connectivity between the thalamus and cerebral cortex. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data were obtained from 20 PMS patients and 21 healthy controls (HCs). Seed-based functional connectivity between the thalamus and six cortical regions of interest, including the prefrontal cortex (PFC), posterior parietal cortex, somatosensory cortex, motor cortex/supplementary motor area, temporal and occipital lobe, was adopted to identify specific thalamocortical connectivity in the two groups...
May 17, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773983/somatosensory-cross-modal-reorganization-in-adults-with-age-related-early-stage-hearing-loss
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Garrett Cardon, Anu Sharma
Under conditions of profound sensory deprivation, the brain has the propensity to reorganize. For example, intact sensory modalities often recruit deficient modalities' cortices for neural processing. This process is known as cross-modal reorganization and has been shown in congenitally and profoundly deaf patients. However, much less is known about cross-modal cortical reorganization in persons with less severe cases of age-related hearing loss (ARHL), even though such cases are far more common. Thus, we investigated cross-modal reorganization between the auditory and somatosensory modalities in older adults with normal hearing (NH) and mild-moderate ARHL in response to vibrotactile stimulation using high density electroencephalography (EEG)...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773980/anatomical-inputs-from-the-sensory-and-value-structures-to-the-tail-of-the-rat-striatum
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Haiyan Jiang, Hyoung F Kim
The caudal region of the rodent striatum, called the tail of the striatum (TS), is a relatively small area but might have a distinct function from other striatal subregions. Recent primate studies showed that this part of the striatum has a unique function in encoding long-term value memory of visual objects for habitual behavior. This function might be due to its specific connectivity. We identified inputs to the rat TS and compared those with inputs to the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) in the same animals. The TS directly received anatomical inputs from both sensory structures and value-coding regions, but the DMS did not...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766764/local-cortical-activity-of-distant-brain-areas-can-phase-lock-to-the-olfactory-bulb-s-respiratory-rhythm-in-the-freely-behaving-rat
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Daniel Rojas-Líbano, Jonathan Wimmer Del Solar, Marcelo Aguilar-Rivera, Rodrigo Montefusco-Siegmund, Pedro Esteban Maldonado
An important unresolved question about neural processing is the mechanism by which distant brain areas coordinate their activities and relate their local processing to global neural events. A potential candidate for the local-global integration are slow rhythms such as respiration. In this article, we asked if there are modulations of local cortical processing which are phase-locked to (peripheral) sensory-motor exploratory rhythms. We studied rats on an elevated platform where they would spontaneously display exploratory and rest behaviors...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765308/diverse-long-range-axonal-projections-of-excitatory-layer-2-3-neurons-in-mouse-barrel-cortex
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Takayuki Yamashita, Angeliki Vavladeli, Aurélie Pala, Katia Galan, Sylvain Crochet, Sara S A Petersen, Carl C H Petersen
Excitatory projection neurons of the neocortex are thought to play important roles in perceptual and cognitive functions of the brain by directly connecting diverse cortical and subcortical areas. However, many aspects of the anatomical organization of these inter-areal connections are unknown. Here, we studied long-range axonal projections of excitatory layer 2/3 neurons with cell bodies located in mouse primary somatosensory barrel cortex (wS1). As a population, these neurons densely projected to secondary whisker somatosensory cortex (wS2) and primary/secondary whisker motor cortex (wM1/2), with additional axon in the dysgranular zone surrounding the barrel field, perirhinal temporal association cortex and striatum...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764720/altered-somatosensory-processing-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-modulation-by-dopaminergic-medications
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Aimee J Nelson, Tasnuva Hoque, Carolyn Gunraj, Robert Chen
BACKGROUND: Somatosensory abnormalities contribute to the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD). The goal of this study was to identify abnormalities in the tactile-evoked activation of the somatosensory and motor cortices in PD, and in a sensorimotor circuit that traverses both of these cortical loci. The second goal was to investigate the impact of dopaminergic medication on these measures. METHODS: Individuals with PD (n = 10, age 61 ± 8 years) and aged-matched controls (n = 11, age 52...
May 7, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761270/functional-emergence-of-a-column-like-architecture-in-layer-5-of-mouse-somatosensory-cortex-in-vivo
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Kyo Koizumi, Masatoshi Inoue, Srikanta Chowdhury, Haruhiko Bito, Akihiro Yamanaka, Toru Ishizuka, Hiromu Yawo
To investigate how the functional architecture is organized in layer 5 (L5) of the somatosensory cortex of a mouse in vivo, the input-output relationship was investigated using an all-optical approach. The neural activity in L5 was optically recorded using a Ca2+ sensor, R-CaMP2, through a microprism inserted in the cortex under two-photon microscopy, while the L5 was regionally excited using optogenetics. The excitability was spread around the blue-light irradiated region, but the horizontal propagation was limited to within a certain distance (λ < 130 μm from the center of the illumination spot)...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760176/postnatal-ablation-of-synaptic-retinoic-acid-signaling-impairs-cortical-information-processing-and-sensory-discrimination-in-mice
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Esther Park, Michelle Tjia, Yi Zuo, Lu Chen
Retinoic acid (RA) and its receptors (RARs) are well-established essential transcriptional regulators during embryonic development. Recent findings in cultured neurons identified an independent and critical post-transcriptional role of RA and RARα in the homeostatic regulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission in mature neurons. However, the functional relevance of synaptic RA signaling in vivo has not been established. Here, using somatosensory cortex as a model system and the RARα conditional knockout mouse as a tool, we applied multiple genetic manipulations to delete RARα postnatally in specific populations of cortical neurons, and asked whether synaptic RA signaling observed in cultured neurons is involved in cortical information processing in vivo Indeed, conditional ablation of RARα in mice via a CaMKIIα-Cre or a layer 5-Cre driver line or via somatosensory cortex-specific viral expression of Cre-recombinase impaired whisker-dependent texture discrimination, suggesting a critical requirement of RARα expression in L5 pyramidal neurons of somatosensory cortex for normal tactile sensory processing...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756354/neural-correlates-of-suicidality-in-adolescents-with-major-depression-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-the-precuneus-and-posterior-cingulate-cortex
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Melinda Westlund Schreiner, Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, Kathryn R Cullen
OBJECTIVE: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors ("suicidality"). Of the three components of Joiner's interpersonal theory of suicide, two involve negatively valenced, self-related beliefs: perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness. However, the neurocircuitry underlying self-processing and suicidality has not been fully explored. This study examined the association between suicidality and the neurocircuitry of regions relevant to self-referential processing in adolescents with depression...
May 13, 2018: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753579/a-reappraisal-of-pain-paired-associative-stimulation-suggesting-motor-inhibition-at-spinal-level
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Martine Gavaret, Samar S Ayache, Veit Mylius, Alaa Mhalla, Moussa A Chalah, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur
OBJECTIVES: Paired associative stimulation (PAS) can modulate motor excitability and consists of delivering repeated pairs of peripheral sensory stimulation combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) over the contralateral motor cortex. Our objective was to evaluate the effect of a PAS protocol using a painful stimulation. METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers underwent pain-PAS protocol consisting of 90 pairs of nociceptive stimulus over the right hand followed by an image-guided navigated TMS of the contralateral motor cortex, delivered at 0...
May 9, 2018: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753106/feasibility-of-imaging-evoked-activity-throughout-the-rat-brain-using-electrical-impedance-tomography
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Mayo Faulkner, Sana Hannan, Kirill Aristovich, James Avery, David Holder
Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is an emerging technique which has been used to image evoked activity during whisker displacement in the cortex of an anaesthetised rat with a spatiotemporal resolution of 200 μm and 2 ms. The aim of this work was to extend EIT to image not only from the cortex but also from deeper structures active in somatosensory processing, specifically the ventral posterolateral (VPL) nucleus of the thalamus. The direct response in the cortex and VPL following 2 Hz forepaw stimulation were quantified using a 57-channel epicortical electrode array and a 16-channel depth electrode...
May 9, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750263/independent-early-and-late-sensory-processes-for-proprioceptive-integration-when-planning-a-step
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Anahid H Saradjian, Normand Teasdale, Jean Blouin, Laurence Mouchnino
Somatosensory inputs to the cortex undergo an early and a later stage of processing which are characterized by an early and a late somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP). The early response is highly representative of the stimulus characteristics whereas the late response reflects a more integrative, task specific, stage of sensory processing. We hypothesized that the later processing stage is independent of the early processing stage. We tested the prediction that a reduction of the first volley of input to the cortex should not prevent the increase of the late SEP...
May 10, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739869/synaptic-release-of-acetylcholine-rapidly-suppresses-cortical-activity-by-recruiting-muscarinic-receptors-in-layer-4
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Rajan Dasgupta, Frederik Seibt, Michael Beierlein
Cholinergic afferents from the basal forebrain (BF) can influence cortical activity on rapid time scales, enabling sensory information processing and exploratory behavior. However, our understanding of how synaptically released acetylcholine (ACh) influences cellular targets in distinct cortical layers remains incomplete. Previous studies have shown that rapid changes in cortical dynamics induced by phasic BF activity can be mediated by the activation of nicotinic ACh receptors (nAChRs) expressed in distinct types of GABAergic interneurons...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735015/the-causal-role-of-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-prosocial-behaviour
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Selene Gallo, Riccardo Paracampo, Laura Müller-Pinzler, Mario Carlo Severo, Laila Blömer, Carolina Fernandes-Henriques, Anna Henschel, Balint Kalista Lammes, Tatjana Maskaljunas, Judith Suttrup, Alessio Avenanti, Christian Keysers, Valeria Gazzola
Witnessing another person's suffering elicits vicarious brain activity in areas active when we ourselves are in pain. Whether this activity influences prosocial behavior remains debated. Here participants witnessed a confederate express pain via a reaction of the swatted hand or via a facial expression and could decide to reduce that pain by donating money. Participants donate more money on trials in which the confederate expressed more pain. EEG shows that activity of the SI hand region explains variance in donation; TMS shows that altering this activity interferes with the pain-donation coupling only when pain is expressed by the hand and HD-tDCS that altering SI activity also interferes with pain perception...
May 8, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734039/what-neuromodulation-and-lesion-studies-tell-us-about-the-function-of-the-mirror-neuron-system-and-embodied-cognition
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REVIEW
Christian Keysers, Riccardo Paracampo, Valeria Gazzola
We review neuromodulation and lesion studies that address how activations in the mirror neuron system contribute to our perception of observed actions. Past reviews showed disruptions of this parieto-premotor network impair imitation and goal and kinematic processing. Recent studies bring five new themes. First, focal perturbations of a node of that circuit lead to changes across all nodes. Second, primary somatosensory cortex is an integral part of this network suggesting embodied representations are somatosensory-motor...
April 11, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730495/mouse-fmri-under-ketamine-and-xylazine-anesthesia-robust-contralateral-somatosensory-cortex-activation-in-response-to-forepaw-stimulation
#17
Hyun-Ji Shim, Won Beom Jung, Felix Schlegel, Joonsung Lee, Sangwoo Kim, Jungryun Lee, Seong-Gi Kim
Mouse fMRI is critically useful to investigate functions of transgenic mouse models. Until now, the somatosensory-evoked responses in anesthetized mice are often widespread and inconsistent across reports. Here, we adopted a ketamine and xylazine mixture for mouse fMRI, which is relatively new anesthetics in fMRI experiments. Forepaw stimulation frequency was optimized using cerebral blood volume (CBV)-weighted optical imaging (n = 11) and blood-oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) fMRI with a gradient-echo time of 16 ms at 9...
May 3, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727709/dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-bridges-bilateral-primary-somatosensory-cortices-during-cross-modal-working-memory
#18
Di Zhao, Yixuan Ku
Neural activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) has been suggested to integrate information from distinct sensory areas. However, how the DLPFC interacts with the bilateral primary somatosensory cortices (SIs) in tactile-visual cross-modal working memory has not yet been established. In the present study, we applied single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sp-TMS) over the contralateral DLPFC and bilateral SIs of human participants at various time points, while they performed a tactile-visual delayed matching-to-sample task with a 2-second delay...
May 1, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726731/dose-response-of-somatosensory-cortex-repeated-anodal-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-vibrotactile-detection-a-randomized-sham-controlled-trial
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Brookes Folmli, Bulent Turman, Peter Johnson, Allan Abbott
This randomized sham-controlled trial investigated anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the somatosensory cortex contralateral to hand dominance for dose-response (1mA-20 minutes x 5 days) effects on vibrotactile detection thresholds (VDT). VDT was measured before and after tDCS on days 1,3&5 for low (30hz) and high (200hz) frequency vibrations on the dominant and non-dominant hands in 29 healthy adults (mean age = 22.86; 15 males, 14 females). Only the dominant hand 200Hz VDT displayed statistically significant medium effect size improvement for mixed model analysis of variance time x group interaction for active tDCS compared to sham...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725759/connectivity-of-neuronal-populations-within-and-between-areas-of-primate-somatosensory-cortex
#20
E Pálfi, L Zalányi, M Ashaber, C Palmer, O Kántor, A W Roe, R M Friedman, L Négyessy
Functions of the cerebral cortex emerge via interactions of horizontally distributed neuronal populations within and across areas. However, the connectional underpinning of these interactions is not well understood. The present study explores the circuitry of column-size cortical domains within the hierarchically organized somatosensory cortical areas 3b and 1 using tract tracing and optical intrinsic signal imaging (OIS). The anatomical findings reveal that feedforward connections exhibit high topographic specificity, while intrinsic and feedback connections have a more widespread distribution...
May 3, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
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