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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430358/regulation-of-axon-arborization-pattern-in-the-developing-chick-ciliary-ganglion-possible-involvement-of-caspase-3
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Hidetaka Katow, Teppei Kanaya, Tomohisa Ogawa, Ryo Egawa, Hiromu Yawo
During a certain critical period in the development of the central and peripheral nervous systems, axonal branches and synapses are massively reorganized to form mature connections. In this process, neurons search their appropriate targets, expanding and/or retracting their axons. Recent work suggested that the caspase superfamily regulates the axon morphology. Here, we tested the hypothesis that caspase 3, which is one of the major executioners in apoptotic cell death, is involved in regulating the axon arborization...
April 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430154/circadian-rhythm-neuropeptides-in-drosophila-signals-for-normal-circadian-function-and-circadian-neurodegenerative-disease
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Qiankun He, Binbin Wu, Jeffrey L Price, Zhangwu Zhao
Circadian rhythm is a ubiquitous phenomenon in many organisms ranging from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. During more than four decades, the intrinsic and exogenous regulations of circadian rhythm have been studied. This review summarizes the core endogenous oscillation in Drosophila and then focuses on the neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and hormones that mediate its outputs and integration in Drosophila and the links between several of these (pigment dispersing factor (PDF) and insulin-like peptides) and neurodegenerative disease...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426966/assembly-of-excitatory-synapses-in-the-absence-of-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
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Richard Sando, Eric Bushong, Yongchuan Zhu, Min Huang, Camille Considine, Sebastien Phan, Suyeon Ju, Marco Uytiepo, Mark Ellisman, Anton Maximov
Synaptic excitation mediates a broad spectrum of structural changes in neural circuits across the brain. Here, we examine the morphologies, wiring, and architectures of single synapses of projection neurons in the murine hippocampus that developed in virtually complete absence of vesicular glutamate release. While these neurons had smaller dendritic trees and/or formed fewer contacts in specific hippocampal subfields, their stereotyped connectivity was largely preserved. Furthermore, loss of release did not disrupt the morphogenesis of presynaptic terminals and dendritic spines, suggesting that glutamatergic neurotransmission is unnecessary for synapse assembly and maintenance...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424211/connecting-tubule-glomerular-feedback-mediates-tubuloglomerular-feedback-resetting-post-unilateral-nephrectomy
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Sumit R Monu, Yilin Ren, J X Masjoan Juncos, Kristopher Kutskill, Hong Wang, Nitin Kumar, Edward L Peterson, Oscar A Carretero
Unilaterally nephrectomized rats (UNx) have higher glomerular capillary pressure (PGC) that can cause significant glomerular injury in the remnant kidney. PGC is controlled by the ratio of afferent (Af-Art) and efferent arteriole resistance. Af-Art resistance in turn is regulated by two intrinsic feedback mechanisms: 1) Tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) that causes Af-Art constriction in response to increased NaCl in the macula densa and 2) connecting tubule glomerular feedback (CTGF) that causes Af-Art dilatation in response to an increase in NaCl transport in the connecting tubule via the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC)...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422670/observer-based-robust-coordinated-control-of-multiagent-systems-with-input-saturation
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Xiaoling Wang, Housheng Su, Michael Z Q Chen, Xiaofan Wang
This paper addresses the robust semiglobal coordinated control of multiple-input multiple-output multiagent systems with input saturation together with dead zone and input additive disturbance. Observer-based coordinated control protocol is constructed, by combining the parameterized low-and-high-gain feedback technique and the high-gain observer design approach. It is shown that, under some mild assumptions on agents' intrinsic dynamics, the robust semiglobal consensus or robust semiglobal swarm can be approached for undirected connected multiagent systems...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422088/clustering-by-fast-search-and-merge-of-local-density-peaks-for-gene-expression-microarray-data
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Rashid Mehmood, Saeed El-Ashram, Rongfang Bie, Hussain Dawood, Anton Kos
Clustering is an unsupervised approach to classify elements based on their similarity, and it is used to find the intrinsic patterns of data. There are enormous applications of clustering in bioinformatics, pattern recognition, and astronomy. This paper presents a clustering approach based on the idea that density wise single or multiple connected regions make a cluster, in which density maxima point represents the center of the corresponding density region. More precisely, our approach firstly finds the local density regions and subsequently merges the density connected regions to form the meaningful clusters...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420981/age-related-difference-in-functional-brain-connectivity-of-mastication
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Chia-Shu Lin, Ching-Yi Wu, Shih-Yun Wu, Hsiao-Han Lin, Dong-Hui Cheng, Wen-Liang Lo
The age-related decline in motor function is associated with changes in intrinsic brain signatures. Here, we investigated the functional connectivity (FC) associated with masticatory performance, a clinical index evaluating general masticatory function. Twenty-six older adults (OA) and 26 younger (YA) healthy adults were recruited and assessed using the masticatory performance index (MPI) and resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). We analyzed the rs-fMRI FC network related to mastication, which was constructed based on 12 bilateral mastication-related brain regions according to the literature...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418398/intranasal-oxytocin-enhances-intrinsic-corticostriatal-functional-connectivity-in-women
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R A I Bethlehem, M V Lombardo, M-C Lai, B Auyeung, S K Crockford, J Deakin, S Soubramanian, A Sule, P Kundu, V Voon, S Baron-Cohen
Oxytocin may influence various human behaviors and the connectivity across subcortical and cortical networks. Previous oxytocin studies are male biased and often constrained by task-based inferences. Here, we investigate the impact of oxytocin on resting-state connectivity between subcortical and cortical networks in women. We collected resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data on 26 typically developing women 40 min following intranasal oxytocin administration using a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover design...
April 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417219/treatment-effect-of-methylphenidate-on-intrinsic-functional-brain-network-in-medication-na%C3%A3-ve-adhd-children-a-multivariate-analysis
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Jae Hyun Yoo, Dohyun Kim, Jeewook Choi, Bumseok Jeong
Methylphenidate is a first-line therapeutic option for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); however, elicited changes on resting-state functional networks (RSFNs) are not well understood. This study investigated the treatment effect of methylphenidate using a variety of RSFN analyses and explored the collaborative influences of treatment-relevant RSFN changes in children with ADHD. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was acquired from 20 medication-naïve ADHD children before methylphenidate treatment and twelve weeks later...
April 17, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416451/diffeomorphic-functional-brain-surface-alignment-functional-demons
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Karl-Heinz Nenning, Hesheng Liu, Satrajit Ghosh, Mert Sabuncu, Ernst Schwartz, Georg Langs
Aligning brain structures across individuals is a central prerequisite for comparative neuroimaging studies. Typically, registration approaches assume a strong association between the features used for alignment, such as macro-anatomy, and the variable observed, such as functional activation or connectivity. Here, we propose to use the structure of intrinsic resting state fMRI signal correlation patterns as a basis for alignment of the cortex in functional studies. Rather than assuming the spatial correspondence of functional structures between subjects, we have identified locations with similar connectivity profiles across subjects...
April 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415342/griffiths-phase-on-hierarchical-modular-networks-with-small-world-edges
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Shanshan Li
The Griffiths phase has been proposed to induce a stretched critical regime that facilitates self-organizing of brain networks for optimal function. This phase stems from the intrinsic structural heterogeneity of brain networks, i.e., the hierarchical modular structure. In this work, the Griffiths phase is studied in modified hierarchical networks with small-world connections based on the 3-regular Hanoi network. Through extensive simulations, the hierarchical level-dependent inter-module wiring probabilities are identified to determine the emergence of the Griffiths phase...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413831/differential-ability-of-the-dorsal-and-ventral-rat-hippocampus-to-exhibit-group-i-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-dependent-synaptic-and-intrinsic-plasticity
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Patrick Tidball, Hannah V Burn, Kai Lun Teh, Arturas Volianskis, Graham L Collingridge, Stephen M Fitzjohn
BACKGROUND: The hippocampus is critically involved in learning and memory processes. Although once considered a relatively homogenous structure, it is now clear that the hippocampus can be divided along its longitudinal axis into functionally distinct domains, responsible for the encoding of different types of memory or behaviour. Although differences in extrinsic connectivity are likely to contribute to this functional differentiation, emerging evidence now suggests that cellular and molecular differences at the level of local hippocampal circuits may also play a role...
January 2017: Brain Neurosci Adv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412017/the-endocannabinoid-system-a-novel-and-key-participant-in-acupuncture-s-multiple-beneficial-effects
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REVIEW
Bo Hu, Fuhai Bai, Lize Xiong, Qiang Wang
Acupuncture and its modified forms have been used to treat multiple medical conditions, but whether the diverse effects of acupuncture are intrinsically linked at the cellular and molecular level and how they might be connected have yet to be determined. Recently, an emerging role for the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the regulation of a variety of physiological/pathological conditions has been identified. Overlap between the biological and therapeutic effects induced by ECS activation and acupuncture has facilitated investigations into the participation of ECS in the acupuncture-induced beneficial effects, which have shed light on the idea that the ECS may be a primary mediator and regulatory factor of acupuncture's beneficial effects...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407141/sensory-deprivation-triggers-synaptic-and-intrinsic-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus
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Hila Milshtein-Parush, Samuel Frere, Limor Regev, Coren Lahav, Amit Benbenishty, Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, Inbal Goshen, Inna Slutsky
Hippocampus, a temporal lobe structure involved in learning and memory, receives information from all sensory modalities. Despite extensive research on the role of sensory experience in cortical map plasticity, little is known about whether and how sensory experience regulates functioning of the hippocampal circuits. Here, we show that 9 ± 2 days of whisker deprivation during early mouse development depresses activity of CA3 pyramidal neurons by several principal mechanisms: decrease in release probability, increase in the fraction of silent synapses, and reduction in intrinsic excitability...
April 12, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406198/topological-defects-in-epithelia-govern-cell-death-and-extrusion
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Thuan Beng Saw, Amin Doostmohammadi, Vincent Nier, Leyla Kocgozlu, Sumesh Thampi, Yusuke Toyama, Philippe Marcq, Chwee Teck Lim, Julia M Yeomans, Benoit Ladoux
Epithelial tissues (epithelia) remove excess cells through extrusion, preventing the accumulation of unnecessary or pathological cells. The extrusion process can be triggered by apoptotic signalling, oncogenic transformation and overcrowding of cells. Despite the important linkage of cell extrusion to developmental, homeostatic and pathological processes such as cancer metastasis, its underlying mechanism and connections to the intrinsic mechanics of the epithelium are largely unexplored. We approach this problem by modelling the epithelium as an active nematic liquid crystal (that has a long range directional order), and comparing numerical simulations to strain rate and stress measurements within monolayers of MDCK (Madin Darby canine kidney) cells...
April 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402115/hole-transfer-processes-in-meta-and-para-conjugated-mixed-valence-compounds-unforeseen-effects-of-bridge-substituents-and-solvent-dynamics
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Julian Schäfer, Marco Holzapfel, Boryana Mladenova, Daniel Kattnig, Ivo Krummenacher, Holger Braunschweig, Günter Grampp, Christoph Lambert
To address the question whether donor substituents can be utilized to accelerate the hole transfer (HT) between redox sites attached in para- or in meta-positions to a central benzene bridge, we investigated three series of mixed valence compounds based on triarylamine redox centers that are connected to a benzene bridge via alkyne spacers at para- and meta-positions. The electron density at the bridge was tuned by substituents with different electron donating or accepting character. By analyzing optical spectra and by DFT computations we show that the HT properties are independent of bridge substituents for one of the meta-series, while donor substituents can strongly decrease the intrinsic barrier in the case of the para-series...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394178/a-role-of-metastable-regions-and-their-connectivity-in-the-inactivation-of-a-redox-regulated-chaperone-and-its-inter-chaperone-crosstalk
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Oded Rimon, Ohad Suss, Mor Goldenberg, Rosi Fassler, Ohad Yogev, Hadar Amartely, Guy Propper, Assaf Friedler, Dana Reichmann
AIMS: A recently discovered group of conditionally disordered chaperones share a very unique feature; they need to lose structure to become active as chaperones. This activation mechanism makes these chaperones particularly suited to respond to protein-unfolding stress conditions, such as oxidative unfolding. However, the role of this disorder in stress-related activation, chaperone function, and the crosstalk with other chaperone systems is not yet clear. Here, we focus on one of the members of the conditionally disordered chaperones, a thiol-redox switch of the bacterial proteostasis system, Hsp33...
April 10, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392491/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-of-the-central-nucleus-of-the-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis
#18
Adam X Gorka, Salvatore Torrisi, Alexander J Shackman, Christian Grillon, Monique Ernst
The central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), two nuclei within the central extended amygdala, function as critical relays within the distributed neural networks that coordinate sensory, emotional, and cognitive responses to threat. These structures have overlapping anatomical projections to downstream targets that initiate defensive responses. Despite these commonalities, researchers have also proposed a functional dissociation between the CeA and BNST, with the CeA promoting responses to discrete stimuli and the BNST promoting responses to diffuse threat...
April 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390361/the-role-of-li-ions-in-the-gas-phase-dehydrohalogenation-and-dehydration-reactions-of-i-c3h7br-and-i-c3h7oh-molecules-studied-by-radiofrequency-guided-ion-beam-techniques-and-ab-initio-methods
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E López, J M Lucas, J de Andrés, M Albertí, J M Bofill, A Aguilar
Gas phase reactive collisions between lithium ions and i-C3H7X (X = Br, OH) molecules have been studied under single collision conditions in the center of mass (CM) 0.01-10.00 eV energy range using a radiofrequency-guided ion beam apparatus. Mass spectrometry analysis of the products did show the presence of [C3H6-Li](+), [HX-Li](+), C3H7(+), and C2H3(+) as well as of the [Li-i-C3H7Br](+) adduct while [Li-i-C3H7OH](+) was hardly detected. For all these reactive processes, the corresponding cross sections have been measured in absolute units as a function of the CM collision energy...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388491/presynaptic-morphogenesis-active-zone-organization-and-structural-plasticity-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
David Van Vactor, Stephan J Sigrist
Effective adaptation of neural circuit function to a changing environment requires many forms of plasticity. Among these, structural plasticity is one of the most durable, and is also an intrinsic part of the developmental logic for the formation and refinement of synaptic connectivity. Structural plasticity of presynaptic sites can involve the addition, remodeling, or removal of pre- and post-synaptic elements. However, this requires coordination of morphogenesis and assembly of the subcellular machinery for neurotransmitter release within the presynaptic neuron, as well as coordination of these events with the postsynaptic cell...
April 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
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