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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331580/environmental-enrichment-sexual-dimorphism-and-brain-size-in-sticklebacks
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Elisavet A Toli, Kristina Noreikiene, Jacquelin DeFaveri, Juha Merilä
Evidence for phenotypic plasticity in brain size and the size of different brain parts is widespread, but experimental investigations into this effect remain scarce and are usually conducted using individuals from a single population. As the costs and benefits of plasticity may differ among populations, the extent of brain plasticity may also differ from one population to another. In a common garden experiment conducted with three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) originating from four different populations, we investigated whether environmental enrichment (aquaria provided with structural complexity) caused an increase in the brain size or size of different brain parts compared to controls (bare aquaria)...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321948/gene-networks-show-associations-with-seed-region-connectivity
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Marie Forest, Yasser Iturria-Medina, Jennifer S Goldman, Claudia L Kleinman, Amanda Lovato, Kathleen Oros Klein, Alan Evans, Antonio Ciampi, Aurélie Labbe, Celia M T Greenwood
Primary patterns in adult brain connectivity are established during development by coordinated networks of transiently expressed genes; however, neural networks remain malleable throughout life. The present study hypothesizes that structural connectivity from key seed regions may induce effects on their connected targets, which are reflected in gene expression at those targeted regions. To test this hypothesis, analyses were performed on data from two brains from the Allen Human Brain Atlas, for which both gene expression and DW-MRI were available...
March 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321184/the-role-of-early-growth-response-1-egr1-in-brain-plasticity-and-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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REVIEW
Florian Duclot, Mohamed Kabbaj
It is now clearly established that complex interactions between genes and environment are involved in multiple aspects of neuropsychiatric disorders, from determining an individual's vulnerability to onset, to influencing its response to therapeutic intervention. In this perspective, it appears crucial to better understand how the organism reacts to environmental stimuli and provide a coordinated and adapted response. In the central nervous system, neuronal plasticity and neurotransmission are among the major processes integrating such complex interactions between genes and environmental stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320280/molecular-mechanisms-mediating-involvement-of-glial-cells-in-brain-plastic-remodeling-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
L G Khaspekov, L E Frumkina
In this review we summarize published data on the involvement of glial cells in molecular mechanisms underlying brain plastic reorganization in epilepsy. The role of astrocytes as glial elements in pathological plasticity in epilepsy is discussed. Data on the involvement of aquaporin-4 in epileptogenic plastic changes and on participation of microglia and extracellular matrix in dysregulation of synaptic transmission and plastic remodeling in epileptic brain tissue are reviewed.
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320264/molecular-mechanisms-of-neuroplasticity-an-expanding-universe
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REVIEW
N V Gulyaeva
Biochemical processes in synapses and other neuronal compartments underlie neuroplasticity (functional and structural alterations in the brain enabling adaptation to the environment, learning, memory, as well as rehabilitation after brain injury). This basic molecular level of brain plasticity covers numerous specific proteins (enzymes, receptors, structural proteins, etc.) participating in many coordinated and interacting signal and metabolic processes, their modulation forming a molecular basis for brain plasticity...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320257/academic-stress-disrupts-cortical-plasticity-in-graduate-students
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Carmen Concerto, Dhaval Patel, Carmenrita Infortuna, Eileen Chusid, Maria R Muscatello, Antonio Bruno, Rocco Zoccali, Eugenio Aguglia, Fortunato Battaglia
Medical education is a time of high stress and anxiety for many graduate students in medical professions. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of academic stress on cortical excitability and plasticity by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We tested two groups (n = 13 each) of healthy graduate medical students (mean age 33.7 ± 3.8 SE). One group was tested during a final exam week (High-stress group) while the other group was tested after a break, during a week without exams (Low-stress group)...
March 20, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315455/7-8-dihydroxyflavone-facilitates-the-action-exercise-to-restore-plasticity-and-functionality-implications-for-early-brain-trauma-recovery
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Gokul Krishna, Rahul Agrawal, Yumei Zhuang, Zhe Ying, Afshin Paydar, Neil G Harris, Luiz Fernando F Royes, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
Metabolic dysfunction accompanying traumatic brain injury (TBI) severely impairs the ability of injured neurons to comply with functional demands. This limits the success of rehabilitative strategies by compromising brain plasticity and function, and highlights the need for early interventions to promote energy homeostasis. We sought to examine whether the TrkB agonist, 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) normalizes brain energy deficits and restablishes more normal patterns of functional connectivity, while enhancing the effects of exercise during post-TBI period...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314519/after-effects-of-peripheral-neurostimulation-on-brain-plasticity-and-ankle-function-in-chronic-stroke-the-role-of-afferents-recruited
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Louis-David Beaulieu, Hugo Massé-Alarie, Samuel Camiré-Bernier, Édith Ribot-Ciscar, Cyril Schneider
AIMS OF THE STUDY: This study tested the after-effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), repetitive peripheral magnetic stimulation (rPMS) and muscle tendon vibration (VIB) on brain plasticity and sensorimotor impairments in chronic stroke to investigate whether different results could depend on the nature of afferents recruited by each technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen people with chronic stroke participated in five sessions (one per week)...
March 14, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299206/nonpharmacological-interventions-in-targeting-pain-related-brain-plasticity
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REVIEW
Maral Tajerian, J David Clark
Chronic pain is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition that is frequently associated with multiple comorbid psychiatric conditions and functional, biochemical, and anatomical alterations in various brain centers. Due to its widespread and diverse manifestations, chronic pain is often resistant to classical pharmacological treatment paradigms, prompting the search for alternative treatment approaches that are safe and efficacious. The current review will focus on the following themes: attentional and cognitive interventions, the role of global environmental factors, and the effects of exercise and physical rehabilitation in both chronic pain patients and preclinical pain models...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298883/increased-testosterone-decreases-medial-cortical-volume-and-neurogenesis-in-territorial-side-blotched-lizards-uta-stansburiana
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Lara D LaDage, Timothy C Roth, Cynthia J Downs, Barry Sinervo, Vladimir V Pravosudov
Variation in an animal's spatial environment can induce variation in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in spatial cognitive processing. Specifically, increased spatial area use is correlated with increased hippocampal attributes, such as volume and neurogenesis. In the side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana), males demonstrate alternative reproductive tactics and are either territorial-defending large, clearly defined spatial boundaries-or non-territorial-traversing home ranges that are smaller than the territorial males' territories...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291539/the-role-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-its-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-stroke-patients
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REVIEW
Dariusz Kotlęga, Barbara Peda, Agnieszka Zembroń-Łacny, Monika Gołąb-Janowska, Przemysław Nowacki
Stroke is the main cause of motoric and neuropsychological disability in adults. Recent advances in research into the role of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor in neuroplasticity, neuroprotection and neurogenesis might provide important information for the development of new poststroke-rehabilitation strategies. It plays a role as a mediator in motor learning and rehabilitation after stroke. Concentrations of BDNF are lower in acute ischemic-stroke patients compared to controls. Lower levels of BDNF are correlated with an increased risk of stroke, worse functional outcomes and higher mortality...
March 6, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290150/extracellular-matrix-modulation-is-driven-by-experience-dependent-plasticity-during-stroke-recovery
#12
Miriana Jlenia Quattromani, Mathilde Pruvost, Carla Guerreiro, Fredrik Backlund, Elisabet Englund, Anders Aspberg, Tomasz Jaworski, Jakob Hakon, Karsten Ruscher, Leszek Kaczmarek, Denis Vivien, Tadeusz Wieloch
Following stroke, complete cellular death in the ischemic brain area may ensue, with remaining brain areas undergoing tissue remodelling to various degrees. Experience-dependent brain plasticity exerted through an enriched environment (EE) promotes remodelling after central nervous system injury, such as stroke. Post-stroke tissue reorganization is modulated by growth inhibitory molecules differentially expressed within the ischemic hemisphere, like chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans found in perineuronal nets (PNNs)...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284043/the-histone-variant-h3-3-claims-its-place-in-the-crowded-scene-of-epigenetics
#13
Daniele Bano, Antonia Piazzesi, Paolo Salomoni, Pierluigi Nicotera
Histones are evolutionarily conserved DNA-binding proteins. As scaffolding molecules, they significantly regulate the DNA packaging into the nucleus of all eukaryotic cells. As docking units, they influence the recruitment of the transcriptional machinery, thus establishing unique gene expression patterns that ultimately promote different biological outcomes. While canonical histones H3.1 and H3.2 are synthetized and loaded during DNA replication, the histone variant H3.3 is expressed and deposited into the chromatin throughout the cell cycle...
March 10, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280465/activating-developmental-reserve-capacity-via-cognitive-training-or-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-potentials-for-promoting-fronto-parietal-and-hippocampal-striatal-network-functions-in-old-age
#14
REVIEW
Susanne Passow, Franka Thurm, Shu-Chen Li
Existing neurocomputational and empirical data link deficient neuromodulation of the fronto-parietal and hippocampal-striatal circuitries with aging-related increase in processing noise and declines in various cognitive functions. Specifically, the theory of aging neuronal gain control postulates that aging-related suboptimal neuromodulation may attenuate neuronal gain control, which yields computational consequences on reducing the signal-to-noise-ratio of synaptic signal transmission and hampering information processing within and between cortical networks...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275911/sigma-1-%C3%AF-1-receptor-in-memory-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
#15
Tangui Maurice, Nino Goguadze
The sigma-1 (σ1) receptor has been associated with regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis, several cellular signaling pathways, and inter-organelle communication, in part through its chaperone activity. In vivo, agonists of the σ1 receptor enhance brain plasticity, with particularly well-described impact on learning and memory. Under pathological conditions, σ1 receptor agonists can induce cytoprotective responses. These protective responses comprise various complementary pathways that appear to be differentially engaged according to pathological mechanism...
March 9, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270763/neuromodulatory-effects-of-auditory-training-and-hearing-aid-use-on-audiovisual-speech-perception-in-elderly-individuals
#16
Luodi Yu, Aparna Rao, Yang Zhang, Philip C Burton, Dania Rishiq, Harvey Abrams
Although audiovisual (AV) training has been shown to improve overall speech perception in hearing-impaired listeners, there has been a lack of direct brain imaging data to help elucidate the neural networks and neural plasticity associated with hearing aid (HA) use and auditory training targeting speechreading. For this purpose, the current clinical case study reports functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from two hearing-impaired patients who were first-time HA users. During the study period, both patients used HAs for 8 weeks; only one received a training program named ReadMyQuips(TM) (RMQ) targeting speechreading during the second half of the study period for 4 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267150/ablation-of-neuropsin-neuregulin-1-signaling-imbalances-erbb4-inhibitory-networks-and-disrupts-hippocampal-gamma-oscillation
#17
M Kawata, S Morikawa, S Shiosaka, H Tamura
Parvalbumin-expressing interneurons are pivotal for the processing of information in healthy brain, whereas the coordination of these functions is seriously disrupted in diseased brain. How these interneurons in the hippocampus participate in pathological functions remains unclear. We previously reported that neuregulin 1 (NRG1)-ErbB4 signaling, which is actuated by neuropsin, is important for coordinating brain plasticity. Neuropsin cleaves mature NRG1 (bound to extracellular glycosaminoglycans) in response to long-term potentiation or depression, liberating a soluble ligand that activates its receptor, ErbB4...
March 7, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265259/remodeling-brain-activity-by-repetitive-cervicothoracic-transspinal-stimulation-after-human-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Lynda M Murray, Maria Knikou
Interventions that can produce targeted brain plasticity after human spinal cord injury (SCI) are needed for restoration of impaired movement in these patients. In this study, we tested the effects of repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation in one person with cervical motor incomplete SCI on cortical and corticospinal excitability, which were assessed via transcranial magnetic stimulation with paired and single pulses, respectively. We found that repetitive cervicothoracic transspinal stimulation potentiated intracortical facilitation in flexor and extensor wrist muscles, recovered intracortical inhibition in the more impaired wrist flexor muscle, increased corticospinal excitability bilaterally, and improved voluntary muscle strength...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261504/thalamo-sensorimotor-functional-connectivity-correlates-with-world-ranking-of-olympic-elite-and-high-performance-athletes
#19
Zirui Huang, Henry Hap Davis Iv, Annemarie Wolff, Georg Northoff
Brain plasticity studies have shown functional reorganization in participants with outstanding motor expertise. Little is known about neural plasticity associated with exceptionally long motor training or of its predictive value for motor performance excellence. The present study utilised resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) in a unique sample of world-class athletes: Olympic, elite, and internationally ranked swimmers (n = 30). Their world ranking ranged from 1st to 250th: each had prepared for participation in the Olympic Games...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256376/-autism-an-early-neurodevelopmental-disorder
#20
F Bonnet-Brilhault
With approximately 67 million individuals affected worldwide, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing neurodevelopmental disorder (United Nations, 2011), with a prevalence estimated to be 1/100. In France ASD affects approximately 600,000 individuals (from childhood to adulthood, half of whom are also mentally retarded), who thus have a major handicap in communication and in adapting to daily life, which leads autism to be recognized as a national public health priority. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects several domains (i...
April 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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