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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926645/alterations-in-regional-homogeneity-of-resting-state-cerebral-activity-in-patients-with-chronic-prostatitis-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome
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Yusong Lin, Yan Bai, Peng Liu, Xuejuan Yang, Wei Qin, Jianqin Gu, Degang Ding, Jie Tian, Meiyun Wang
The purpose of this study was to explore the neural mechanism in Chronic prostatitis/Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. The functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed on 31 male CP/CPPS-patients and 31 age and education matched male healthy controls on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging unit. A two-sample t-test was adopted to reveal the regional homogeneity between the patients and healthy controls. The mean regional homogeneity values in the alerted brain regions of patients were correlated with the clinical measurements by using Pearson's correlation analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926609/developmental-expression-of-membrane-type-4-matrix-metalloproteinase-mt4-mmp-mmp17-in-the-mouse-embryo
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María José Blanco, Iván Rodríguez-Martín, Ana I R Learte, Cristina Clemente, María Gregoria Montalvo, Motoharu Seiki, Alicia G Arroyo, Cristina Sánchez-Camacho
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) constitute a large group of endoproteases that play important functions during embryonic development, tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by degrading components of the extracellular matrix. Within this family, we focused our study on Mt4-mmp (also called Mmp17) that belongs to a distinct subset that is anchored to the cell surface via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) moiety and with the catalytic site exposed to the extracellular space. Information about its function and substrates is very limited to date, and little has been reported on its role in the developing embryo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926483/using-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-detect-chronic-fatigue-in-patients-with-previous-traumatic-brain-injury-changes-linked-to-altered-striato-thalamic-cortical-functioning
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Nils Berginström, Peter Nordström, Urban Ekman, Johan Eriksson, Micael Andersson, Lars Nyberg, Anna Nordström
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can be used to detect fatigue after traumatic brain injury (TBI). SETTING: Neurorehabilitation clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with TBI (n = 57) and self-experienced fatigue more than 1 year postinjury, and age- and gender-matched healthy controls (n = 27). MAIN MEASURES: Self-assessment scales of fatigue, a neuropsychological test battery, and fMRI scanning during performance of a fatiguing 27-minute attention task...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921740/5-httlpr-moderates-the-association-between-interdependence-and-brain-responses-to-mortality-threats
#4
Siyang Luo, Dian Yu, Shihui Han
While behavioral research suggests an association between cultural worldview and decreased anxiety of death, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms remain unclear. Using functional MRI, we investigated whether and how the serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR), which has been associated with mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, moderates the associations between a cultural trait (i.e., interdependence) and self-report of death anxiety/depression and between interdependence and brain responses to mortality threats...
September 17, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920084/effects-of-methamphetamine-on-locomotor-activity-and-thalamic-gene-expression-in-leptin-deficient-obese-mice
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Betina González, Candela González, Verónica Bisagno, Francisco J Urbano
Leptin is an adipose-derived hormone that regulates energy balance. Leptin receptors are expressed in extrahypothalamic sites and several reports showed that leptin can influence feeding and locomotor behavior via direct actions on dopaminergic neurons. The leptin deficient mouse (ob/ob) has been used as an animal model of blunted leptin action, and presents with obesity and mild type 2 diabetes. We used ob/ob mice to study the effect of repeated 7-day methamphetamine (METH) administration analyzing locomotion, behavioral sensitization, and somatosensory thalamic mRNA expression of voltage-gated calcium channels and glutamatergic receptors using RT-PCR...
July 2017: Translational Brain Rhythmicity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920083/differential-alterations-of-intracellular-ca-2-dynamics-induced-by-cocaine-and-methylphenidate-in-thalamocortical-ventrobasal-neurons
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José L Rozas, Belén Goitia, Verónica Bisagno, Francisco J Urbano
The ventrobasal (VB) thalamus relay nucleus processes information from rodents' whiskers, projecting to somatosensory cortex. Cocaine and methylphenidate (MPH) have been described to differentially alter intrinsic properties of, and spontaneous GABAergic input to, VB neurons. Here we studied using bis-fura 2 ratiometric fluorescence the effects of cocaine and MPH on intracellular [Ca(2+)] dynamics at the soma and dendrites of VB neurons. Cocaine increased baseline fluorescence in VB somatic and dendritic compartments...
July 2017: Translational Brain Rhythmicity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919314/24-hour-alberta-stroke-program-early-ct-score-assessment-in-post-stroke-spasticity-development-in-patients-with-a-first-documented-anterior-circulation-ischemic-stroke
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Ondrej Volny, Maria Justanova, Petra Cimflova, Linda Kasickova, Ivana Svobodova, Jan Muzik, Martin Bares
BACKGROUND: Neuroanatomic substrates responsible for development of post-stroke spasticity are still poorly understood. The study is focused on identification of brain regions within the territory of the middle cerebral artery associated with spasticity development. METHODS: This is a single-center prospective cohort study of first documented anterior circulation ischemic strokes with a neurologic deficit lasting >7 days (from March 2014 to September 2016, all patients are involved in a registry)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918332/control-of-absence-epilepsy-seizures-in-specific-relay-nuclei-of-thalamus
#8
Bing Hu, Xiaoqiang Zou, Yu Guo, Zhejia Yang, Feng Shi, Wangyuan Dong
In this paper, we used a classic basal ganglia-corticothalamic model(BGCT) to study the onset and control mechanism of absence epilepsy in specific relay nuclei (SRN) of thalamus. It was found that the seizure state may appear in SRN by turning the coupling strength -vsr and signal transmission delay τ on the route "Thalamic reticular nuclei (TRN) of thalamus ⟶ SRN ". With increasing of -vsr, the seizure state appeared two times, and its onset mechanism has not been discussed in previous studies. The seizure activity can be well controlled by adjusting the activation level of the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr) in basal ganglia, which is a main output tissue to the corticothalamic system through two direct inhibitory pathways "SNr ⟶ SRN" and "SNr ⟶ TRN " in our model...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916502/sociability-trait-and-regional-cerebral-oxidative-metabolism-in-rats-predominantly-nonlinear-relations
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Margus Kanarik, Jaanus Harro
Deficits in social behaviour are common in psychopathological conditions e.g., depression, autism and schizophrenia. In rats, sociability, defined as the engagement of an animal in non-aggressive social contact with a conspecific in a neutral arena, is as a persistent trait. To elucidate the neuroanatomy of social behaviour in animal models, long term neuronal energy metabolism was studied in rats preselected for sociability levels. Rats were divided into groups with high, medium and low sociability levels (HS, MS and LS) according to the average score of three social interaction tests, and cerebral long-term energy metabolism was assayed with cytochrome oxidase histochemistry...
September 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916470/receptive-field-properties-of-cat-perigeniculate-neurons-correlate-with-excitatory-and-inhibitory-connectivity-to-lgn-relay-neurons
#10
Hironobu Osaki, Tomoyuki Naito, Shogo Soma, Hiromichi Sato
The cat perigeniculate nucleus (PGN) is a visual sector of the thalamic reticular nucleus that consists of GABAergic neurons. It receives excitatory axon-collateral input from relay neurons of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) to which it provides inhibitory input. Thus, it is usually argued that the PGN works as feedback inhibition to the LGN. At the single neuron level, however, this circuit can also provide lateral inhibition. Which inhibition dominates in the visual circuit of the thalamus has yet to be well characterized...
September 12, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914607/cortex-wide-bold-fmri-activity-reflects-locally-recorded-slow-oscillation-associated-calcium-waves
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Miriam Schwalm, Florian Schmid, Lydia Wachsmuth, Hendrik Backhaus, Andrea Kronfeld, Felipe Aedo Jury, Pierre-Hugues Prouvot, Consuelo Fois, Franziska Albers, Timo van Alst, Cornelius Faber, Albrecht Stroh
Spontaneous slow oscillation-associated slow wave activity represents an internally generated state which is characterized by alternations of network quiescence and stereotypical episodes of neuronal activity - slow wave events. However, it remains unclear which macroscopic signal is related to these active periods of the slow wave rhythm. We used optic fiber-based calcium recordings of local neural populations in cortex and thalamus to detect neurophysiologically defined slow calcium waves in isoflurane anesthetized rats...
September 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913875/alterations-in-the-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-ligand-thrombospondin-1-in-a-rat-model-of-spontaneous-absence-epilepsy-and-in-patients-with-idiopathic-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
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Ines Santolini, Roberta Celli, Milena Cannella, Tiziana Imbriglio, Michela Guiducci, Pasquale Parisi, Julian Schubert, Michele Iacomino, Federico Zara, Holger Lerche, Slavianka Moyanova, Richard Teke Ngomba, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Pasquale Striano, Ferdinando Nicoletti
OBJECTIVES: Thrombospondins, which are known to interact with the α2 δ subunit of voltage-sensitive calcium channels to stimulate the formation of excitatory synapses, have recently been implicated in the process of epileptogenesis. No studies have been so far performed on thrombospondins in models of absence epilepsy. We examined whether expression of the gene encoding for thrombospondin-1 was altered in the brain of WAG/Rij rats, which model absence epilepsy in humans. In addition, we examined the frequency of genetic variants of THBS1 in a large cohort of children affected by idiopathic/genetic generalized epilepsies (IGE/GGEs)...
September 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913163/general-and-selective-brain-connectivity-alterations-in-essential-tremor-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Karsten Mueller, Robert Jech, Martina Hoskovcová, Olga Ulmanová, Dušan Urgošík, Josef Vymazal, Evžen Růžička
Although essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, there is little knowledge about the pathophysiological mechanisms of this disease. Therefore, we explored brain connectivity based on slow spontaneous fluctuations of blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal in patients with essential tremor (ET). A cohort of 19 ET patients and 23 healthy individuals were scanned in resting condition using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). General connectivity was assessed by eigenvector centrality (EC) mapping...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912695/region-and-cell-specific-expression-of-transmembrane-collagens-in-mouse-brain
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Aboozar Monavarfeshani, Courtney N Knill, Ubadah Sabbagh, Jianmin Su, Michael A Fox
Unconventional collagens are nonfribrillar proteins that not only contribute to the structure of extracellular matrices but exhibit unique bio-activities. Although roles for unconventional collagens have been well-established in the development and function of non-neural tissues, only recently have studies identified roles for these proteins in brain development, and more specifically, in the formation and refinement of synaptic connections between neurons. Still, our understanding of the full cohort of unconventional collagens that are generated in the mammalian brain remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911981/peripheral-immune-cells-infiltrate-into-sites-of-secondary-neurodegeneration-after-ischemic-stroke
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K A Jones, S Maltby, M W Plank, M Kluge, M Nilsson, P S Foster, F R Walker
Experimental stroke leads to microglia activation and progressive neuronal loss at sites of secondary neurodegeneration (SND). These lesions are remote from, but synaptically connected to, primary infarction sites. Previous studies have demonstrated that immune cells are present in sites of infarction in the first hours and days after stroke, and are associated with increased neurodegeneration in peri-infarct regions. However, it is not known whether immune cells are also present in more distal sites where SND occurs...
September 11, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911049/aberrant-hyperconnectivity-in-the-motor-system-at-rest-is-linked-to-motor-abnormalities-in-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
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Sebastian Walther, Katharina Stegmayer, Andrea Federspiel, Stephan Bohlhalter, Roland Wiest, Petra V Viher
Motor abnormalities are frequently observed in schizophrenia and structural alterations of the motor system have been reported. The association of aberrant motor network function, however, has not been tested. We hypothesized that abnormal functional connectivity would be related to the degree of motor abnormalities in schizophrenia. In 90 subjects (46 patients) we obtained resting stated functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for 8 minutes 40 seconds at 3T. Participants further completed a motor battery on the scanning day...
September 1, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911007/fenfluramine-reduces-11c-cimbi-36-binding-to-the-5-ht2a-receptor-in-the-nonhuman-primate-brain
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Kai-Chun Yang, Vladimir Stepanov, Stefan Martinsson, Anders Ettrup, Akihiro Takano, Gitte M Knudsen, Christer Halldin, Lars Farde, Sjoerd J Finnema
Background: [11C]Cimbi-36 is a serotonin 2A receptor agonist positron emission tomography radioligand that has recently been examined in humans. The binding of agonist radioligand is expected to be more sensitive to endogenous neurotransmitter concentrations than antagonist radioligands. In the current study, we compared the effect of serotonin releaser fenfluramine on the binding of [11C]Cimbi-36, [11C]MDL 100907 (a serotonin 2A receptor antagonist radioligand), and [11C]AZ10419369 (a serotonin 1B receptor partial agonist radioligand with established serotonin sensitivity) in the monkey brain...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905487/endogenous-neurosteroids-influence-synaptic-gabaa-receptors-during-post-natal-development
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Delia Belelli, Adam R Brown, Scott J Mitchell, Ben G Gunn, Murray B Herd, Grant Phillips, Mohsen Seifi, Jerome D Swinny, Jeremy J Lambert
GABA plays a key role in both embryonic and neonatal brain development. For example, during early neonatal nervous system maturation, synaptic transmission, mediated by GABAA receptors (GABAA Rs), undergoes a temporally specific form of synaptic plasticity, to accommodate the changing requirements of maturing neural networks. Specifically, the duration of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs), resulting from vesicular GABA activating synaptic GABAA Rs, is reduced, permitting neurons to appropriately influence the window for postsynaptic excitation...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905269/differences-in-neural-response-to-romantic-stimuli-in-monogamous-and-non-monogamous-men
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Lisa Dawn Hamilton, Cindy M Meston
In non-human animal research, studies comparing socially monogamous and promiscuous species of voles (Microtus) have identified some key neural differences related to monogamy and non-monogamy. Specifically, densities of the vasopressin V1a receptor and dopamine D2 receptors in subcortical reward-related and limbic areas of the brain have been linked to monogamous behavior in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Similar brain areas have been shown to be correlated with feelings of romantic love in monogamously pair-bonded humans...
September 13, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904449/james-wenceslaus-papez-his-circuit-and-emotion
#20
Kalyan B Bhattacharyya
James Papez worked on the anatomical substrates of emotion and described a circuit, mainly composed of the hippocampus, thalamus and cingulum, and published his observations in 1937. However, such an idea existed before him, as evidenced by the rudimentary indications from Paul Broca, and Paul MacLean added some other structures like, septum, amygdala, and hypothalamus in its ambit and called it the limbic system. Paul Ivan Yakovlev, proposed a circuit which also referred to orbitofrontal, insular, anterior temporal lobe, and other nuclei of thalamus...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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