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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931835/in-search-of-features-that-constitute-an-enriched-environment-in-humans-associations-between-geographical-properties-and-brain-structure
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Simone Kühn, Sandra Düzel, Peter Eibich, Christian Krekel, Henry Wüstemann, Jens Kolbe, Johan Martensson, Jan Goebel, Jürgen Gallinat, Gert G Wagner, Ulman Lindenberger
Enriched environments elicit brain plasticity in animals. In humans it is unclear which environment is enriching. Living in a city has been associated with increased amygdala activity in a stress paradigm, and being brought up in a city with increased pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pACC) activity. We set out to identify geographical characteristics that constitute an enriched environment affecting the human brain. We used structural equation modelling on 341 older adults to establish three latent brain factors (amygdala, pACC and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)) to test the effects of forest, urban green, water and wasteland around the home address...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928676/effects-of-immune-activation-during-early-or-late-gestation-on-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-measures-in-adult-rat-offspring
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Tasnim Rahman, Katerina Zavitsanou, Tertia Purves-Tyson, Lauren R Harms, Crystal Meehan, Ulrich Schall, Juanita Todd, Deborah M Hodgson, Patricia T Michie, Cyndi Shannon Weickert
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic receptor [N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)] alterations within cortex, hippocampus, and striatum are linked to schizophrenia pathology. Maternal immune activation (MIA) is an environmental risk factor for the development of schizophrenia in offspring. In rodents, gestational timing of MIA may result in distinct behavioral outcomes in adulthood, but how timing of MIA may impact the nature and extent of NMDAR-related changes in brain is not known. We hypothesize that NMDAR-related molecular changes in rat cortex, striatum, and hippocampus are induced by MIA and are dependent on the timing of gestational inflammation and sex of the offspring...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926001/ketamine-differential-neurophysiological-dynamics-in-functional-networks-in-the-rat-brain
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A Ahnaou, H Huysmans, R Biermans, N V Manyakov, W H I M Drinkenburg
Recently, the N-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor (NMDAR) antagonist ketamine has emerged as a fast-onset mechanism to achieve antidepressant activity, whereas its psychomimetic, dissociative and amnestic effects have been well documented to pharmacologically model schizophrenia features in rodents. Sleep-wake architecture, neuronal oscillations and network connectivity are key mechanisms supporting brain plasticity and cognition, which are disrupted in mood disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. In rats, we investigated the dynamic effects of acute and chronic subcutaneous administration of ketamine (2...
September 19, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916867/reorganization-of-motor-representations-in-patients-with-brain-lesions-a-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-study
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Lucia Bulubas, Nico Sollmann, Noriko Tanigawa, Claus Zimmer, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
This is an explorative study applying presurgical navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) to investigate the spatial distributions of motor sites to reveal tumor-induced brain plasticity in patients with brain tumors. We analyzed nTMS-based motor maps derived from presurgical mapping of 100 patients with motor eloquently located brain tumors (tumors in the frontal lobe, the precentral gyrus [PrG], the postcentral gyrus [PoG], the remaining parietal lobe, or the temporal lobe). Based on these motor maps, we systematically investigated changes in motor evoked potential (MEP) counts among 4 gyri (PrG, PoG, medial frontal gyrus, and superior frontal gyrus) between subgroups of patients according to the tumor location in order to depict the tumor's influence on reorganization...
September 15, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901711/learning-to-name-smells-increases-activity-in-heteromodal-semantic-areas
#5
Arnaud Fournel, Caroline Sezille, Carmen C Licon, Charlotte Sinding, Johannes Gerber, Camille Ferdenzi, Thomas Hummel, Moustafa Bensafi
Semantic description of odors is a cognitively demanding task. Learning to name smells is, however, possible with training. This study set out to examine how improvement in olfactory semantic knowledge following training reorganizes the neural representation of smells. First, 19 nonexpert volunteers were trained for 3 days; they were exposed (i) to odorants presented without verbal labels (perceptual learning) and (ii) to other odorants paired with lexicosemantic labels (associative learning). Second, the same participants were tested in a brain imaging study (fMRI) measuring hemodynamic responses to learned odors presented in both the perceptual and associative learning conditions...
September 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893999/cortically-coordinated-nrem-thalamocortical-oscillations-play-an-essential-instructive-role-in-visual-system-plasticity
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Jaclyn Durkin, Aneesha K Suresh, Julie Colbath, Christopher Broussard, Jiaxing Wu, Michal Zochowski, Sara J Aton
Two long-standing questions in neuroscience are how sleep promotes brain plasticity and why some forms of plasticity occur preferentially during sleep vs. wake. Establishing causal relationships between specific features of sleep (e.g., network oscillations) and sleep-dependent plasticity has been difficult. Here we demonstrate that presentation of a novel visual stimulus (a single oriented grating) causes immediate, instructive changes in the firing of mouse lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) neurons, leading to increased firing-rate responses to the presented stimulus orientation (relative to other orientations)...
September 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888042/effect-of-a-multinutrient-intervention-after-ischemic-stroke-in-female-c57bl-6-mice
#7
Maximilian Wiesmann, Nienke M Timmer, Bastian Zinnhardt, Dirk Reinhard, Sarah Eligehausen, Anja Königs, Hasnae Ben Jeddi, Pieter J Dederen, Andreas H Jacobs, Amanda J Kiliaan
Stroke can affect females very differently from males, and therefore preclinical research on underlying mechanisms and the effects of interventions should not be restricted to male subjects, and treatment strategies for stroke should be tailored to benefit both sexes. Previously, we demonstrated that a multinutrient intervention (Fortasyn) improved impairments after ischemic stroke induction in male C57Bl/6 mice, but the therapeutic potential of this dietary treatment remained to be investigated in females...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871222/reproducibility-of-single-pulse-paired-pulse-and-intermittent-theta-burst-tms-measures-in-healthy-aging-type-2-diabetes-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
Peter J Fried, Ali Jannati, Paula Davila-Pérez, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
Background: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be used to assess neurophysiology and the mechanisms of cortical brain plasticity in humans in vivo. As the use of these measures in specific populations (e.g., Alzheimer's disease; AD) increases, it is critical to understand their reproducibility (i.e., test-retest reliability) in the populations of interest. Objective: Reproducibility of TMS measures was evaluated in older adults, including healthy, AD, and Type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) groups. Methods: Participants received two identical neurophysiological assessments within a year including motor thresholds, baseline motor evoked potentials (MEPs), short- and long-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI, LICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF), and MEP changes following intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869842/changes-in-intrinsic-local-connectivity-after-reading-intervention-in-children-with-autism
#9
Jose O Maximo, Donna L Murdaugh, Sarah O'Kelley, Rajesh K Kana
Most of the existing behavioral and cognitive intervention programs in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have not been tested at the neurobiological level, thus falling short of finding quantifiable neurobiological changes underlying behavioral improvement. The current study takes a translational neuroimaging approach to test the impact of a structured visual imagery-based reading intervention on improving reading comprehension and assessing its underlying local neural circuitry. Behavioral and resting state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) data were collected from children with ASD who were randomly assigned to an Experimental group (ASD-EXP; n=14) and a Wait-list control group (ASD-WLC; n=14)...
September 1, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867040/-brain-plasticity-and-early-rehabilitative-care-for-children-after-neonatal-arterial-cerebral-infarction
#10
M Dinomais, S Marret, C Vuillerot
Currently, in the literature of the evidence based medicine, little data are available to confirm the benefit and the specific procedures of an early intervention for a neonatal arterial ischemic stroke. However, data about the effect of an early physical rehabilitation program on the cerebral plasticity, and preliminary results of clinical studies in children with cerebral palsy strongly suggest the benefit of an early rehabilitation with a multidisciplinary approach. The type of the rehabilitation and its frequency must be determined because a wide variability in the practices exists...
September 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860962/cell-proliferation-migration-and-neurogenesis-in-the-adult-brain-of-the-pulse-type-weakly-electric-fish-gymnotus-omarorum
#11
Valentina Olivera-Pasilio, Moira Lasserre, María E Castelló
Adult neurogenesis, an essential mechanism of brain plasticity, enables brain development along postnatal life, constant addition of new neurons, neuronal turnover, and/or regeneration. It is amply distributed but negatively modulated during development and along evolution. Widespread cell proliferation, high neurogenic, and regenerative capacities are considered characteristics of teleost brains during adulthood. These anamniotes are promising models to depict factors that modulate cell proliferation, migration, and neurogenesis, and might be intervened to promote brain plasticity in mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857600/advances-in-neurocognitive-rehabilitation-research-from-1992-to-2017-the-ascension-of-neural-plasticity
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Bruce Crosson, Benjamin M Hampstead, Lisa C Krishnamurthy, Venkatagiri Krishnamurthy, Keith M McGregor, Joe R Nocera, Simone Roberts, Amy D Rodriguez, Stella M Tran
OBJECTIVE: The last 25 years have seen profound changes in neurocognitive rehabilitation that continue to motivate its evolution. Although the concept of nervous system plasticity was discussed by William James (1890), the foundation for experience-based plasticity had not reached the critical empirical mass to seriously impact rehabilitation research until after 1992. The objective of this review is to describe how the emergence of neural plasticity has changed neurocognitive rehabilitation research...
August 31, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857334/preventive-effects-of-an-intergenerational-program-on-age-related-hippocampal-atrophy-in-older-adults-the-reprints-study
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Ryota Sakurai, Kenji Ishii, Naoko Sakuma, Masashi Yasunaga, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yoh Murayama, Mariko Nishi, Hayato Uchida, Shoji Shinkai, Yoshinori Fujiwara
OBJECTIVES: A growing body of literature indicates that social engagements, such as intergenerational programs, are effective strategies to improve a range of cognitive abilities. The present study examined whether the intergenerational program-REPRINTS-prevents age-related hippocampal atrophy. METHODS: After comprehensive baseline assessment, participants were allowed to decide whether to participate in the REPRINTS intervention or in the control group, which required only completion of assessments...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856553/improving-naming-abilities-among-healthy-young-old-adults-using-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation
#14
Adi Lifshitz-Ben-Basat, Nira Mashal
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive tool to facilitate brain plasticity and enhance language abilities. Our study aims to search for a potential beneficial influence of tDCS on a cognitive linguistic task of naming which found to decline during aging. A group of fifteen healthy old adults [Formula: see text] were tested in naming 50 pictures of objects. Each subject participated in two sessions spanning on a one week period. One session included active tDCS stimulation and the other sham-placebo like stimulation...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856131/resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-infant-brain-methods-pitfalls-and-potentiality
#15
Chandler R L Mongerson, Russell W Jennings, David Borsook, Lino Becerra, Dusica Bajic
Early brain development is characterized by rapid growth and perpetual reconfiguration, driven by a dynamic milieu of heterogeneous processes. Postnatal brain plasticity is associated with increased vulnerability to environmental stimuli. However, little is known regarding the ontogeny and temporal manifestations of inter- and intra-regional functional connectivity that comprise functional brain networks. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) has emerged as a promising non-invasive neuroinvestigative tool, measuring spontaneous fluctuations in blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal at rest that reflect baseline neuronal activity...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855117/how-motor-cognitive-and-musical-expertise-shapes-the-brain-focus-on-the-fmri-and-eeg-resting-state-functional-connectivity
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Pauline Cantou, Hervé Platel, Béatrice Desgranges, Mathilde Groussard
Brain activity and structure are shaped by life experiences. This plasticity has often been demonstrated with different types of expertise by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). Experts showed domain-specific functional neural changes during completion of a task when compared to non-experts. However, all of these results are task-dependent and even though they have proven useful for understanding neural interactions and their direct relation to individual skill, studying brain plasticity without any task might provide complementary information about functional cerebral reorganization due to expertise at the whole-brain level and might facilitate comparison across studies...
August 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842274/structural-changes-in-socio-affective-networks-multi-modal-mri-findings-in-long-term-meditation-practitioners
#17
Haakon G Engen, Boris C Bernhardt, Leon Skottnik, Matthieu Ricard, Tania Singer
Our goal was to assess the effects of long-term mental training in socio-affective skills on structural brain networks. We studied a group of long-term meditation practitioners (LTMs) who have focused on cultivating socio-affective skills using loving-kindness and compassion meditation for an average of 40k hours, comparing these to meditation-naïve controls. To maximize homogeneity of prior practice, LTMs were included only if they had undergone extensive full-time meditation retreats in the same center. MRI-based cortical thickness analysis revealed increased thickness in the LTM cohort relative to meditation-native controls in fronto-insular cortices...
August 22, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835651/brain-plasticity-following-mi-bci-training-combined-with-tdcs-in-a-randomized-trial-in-chronic-subcortical-stroke-subjects-a-preliminary-study
#18
Xin Hong, Zhong Kang Lu, Irvin Teh, Fatima Ali Nasrallah, Wei Peng Teo, Kai Keng Ang, Kok Soon Phua, Cuntai Guan, Effie Chew, Kai-Hsiang Chuang
Brain-computer interface-assisted motor imagery (MI-BCI) or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been used in stroke rehabilitation, though their combinatory effect is unknown. We investigated brain plasticity following a combined MI-BCI and tDCS intervention in chronic subcortical stroke patients with unilateral upper limb disability. Nineteen patients were randomized into tDCS and sham-tDCS groups. Diffusion and perfusion MRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation were used to study structural connectivity, cerebral blood flow (CBF), and corticospinal excitability, respectively, before and 4 weeks after the 2-week intervention...
August 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833921/recovery-related-indicators-of-motor-network-plasticity-according-to-impairment-severity-after-stroke
#19
J Lee, E Park, A Lee, W H Chang, D-S Kim, Y-H Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain connectivity analysis has been widely used to investigate brain plasticity and recovery-related indicators of patients with stroke. However, results remain controversial because of interindividual variability of initial impairment and subsequent recovery of function. In this study, we aimed to investigate the differences in network plasticity and motor recovery-related indicators according to initial severity. METHODS: We divided participants (16 males and 14 females, aged 54...
August 18, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831019/multiplex-quantitative-assays-indicate-a-need-for-reevaluating-reported-small-molecule-trkb-agonists
#20
Umed Boltaev, Yves Meyer, Farangis Tolibzoda, Teresa Jacques, Madalee Gassaway, Qihong Xu, Florence Wagner, Yan-Ling Zhang, Michelle Palmer, Edward Holson, Dalibor Sames
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor, tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB), have emerged as key regulators of brain plasticity and represent disease-modifying targets for several brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and major depressive disorder. Because of poor pharmacokinetic properties of BDNF, the interest in small-molecule TrkB agonists and modulators is high. Several compounds have been reported to act as TrkB agonists, and their increasing use in various nervous system disorder models creates the perception that these are reliable probes...
August 22, 2017: Science Signaling
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