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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324369/early-life-social-stress-and-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-postpartum-rat-anterior-cingulate-circuits
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Benjamin C Nephew, Marcelo Febo, Wei Huang, Luis M Colon-Perez, Laurellee Payne, Guillaume L Poirier, Owen Greene, Jean A King
INTRODUCTION: Continued development and refinement of resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) fMRI techniques in both animal and clinical studies has enhanced our comprehension of the adverse effects of stress on psychiatric health. The objective of the current study was to assess both maternal behavior and resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) changes in these animals when they were dams caring for their own young. It was hypothesized that ECSS exposed dams would express depressed maternal care and exhibit similar (same networks), yet different specific changes in RSFC (different individual nuclei) than reported when they were adult females...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277650/macroscale-variation-in-resting-state-neuronal-activity-and-connectivity-assessed-by-simultaneous-calcium-imaging-hemodynamic-imaging-and-electrophysiology
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Matthew C Murphy, Kevin C Chan, Seong-Gi Kim, Alberto L Vazquez
Functional imaging of spontaneous activity continues to play an important role in the field of connectomics. The most common imaging signal used for these experiments is the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) signal, but how this signal relates to spontaneous neuronal activity remains incompletely understood. Genetically encoded calcium indicators represent a promising tool to study this problem, as they can provide brain-wide measurements of neuronal activity compared to point measurements afforded by electrophysiological recordings...
December 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275048/changes-in-male-rat-sexual-behavior-and-brain-activity-revealed-by-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-response-to-chronic-mild-stress
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Guotao Chen, Baibing Yang, Jianhuai Chen, Leilei Zhu, Hesong Jiang, Wen Yu, Fengchao Zang, Yun Chen, Yutian Dai
BACKGROUND: Non-organic erectile dysfunction (noED) at functional imaging has been related to abnormal brain activity and requires animal models for further research on the associated molecular mechanisms. AIM: To develop a noED animal model based on chronic mild stress and investigate brain activity changes. METHODS: We used 6 weeks of chronic mild stress to induce depression. The sucrose consumption test was used to assess the hedonic state...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224727/high-resolution-cbv-fmri-allows-mapping-of-laminar-activity-and-connectivity-of-cortical-input-and-output-in-human-m1
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Laurentius Huber, Daniel A Handwerker, David C Jangraw, Gang Chen, Andrew Hall, Carsten Stüber, Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Dimo Ivanov, Sean Marrett, Maria Guidi, Jozien Goense, Benedikt A Poser, Peter A Bandettini
Layer-dependent fMRI allows measurements of information flow in cortical circuits, as afferent and efferent connections terminate in different cortical layers. However, it is unknown to what level human fMRI is specific and sensitive enough to reveal directional functional activity across layers. To answer this question, we developed acquisition and analysis methods for blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) and cerebral-blood-volume (CBV)-based laminar fMRI and used these to discriminate four different tasks in the human motor cortex (M1)...
December 20, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196686/resting-state-functional-mri-reveals-altered-brain-connectivity-and-its-correlation-with-motor-dysfunction-in-a-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
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Qiang Li, Gang Li, Dan Wu, Hanbing Lu, Zhipeng Hou, Christopher A Ross, Yihong Yang, Jiangyang Zhang, Wenzhen Duan
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant inherited neurodegenerative disorder, and no cure is available currently. Treatment of HD is likely to be most beneficial in the early, possibly pre-manifestation stage. The challenge is to determine the best time for intervention and evaluate putative efficacy in the absence of clinical symptoms. Resting-state functional MRI may represent a promising tool to develop biomarker reflecting early neuronal dysfunction in HD brain, because it can examine multiple brain networks without confounding effects of cognitive ability, which makes the resting-state fMRI promising as a translational bridge between preclinical study in animal models and clinical findings in HD patients...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175957/brainstem-pain-control-circuitry-connectivity-in-chronic-neuropathic-pain
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Emily P Mills, Flavia Di Pietro, Zeynab Alshelh, Chris C Peck, Greg M Murray, E Russell Vickers, Luke A Henderson
Preclinical investigations have suggested that altered functioning of brainstem pain-modulation circuits may be crucial for the maintenance of some chronic pain conditions. While some human psychophysical studies show that patients with chronic pain display altered pain-modulation efficacy, it remains unknown whether brainstem pain-modulation circuits are altered in individuals with chronic pain. The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether, in humans, chronic pain following nerve injury is associated with altered ongoing functioning of the brainstem descending modulation systems...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146466/causal-mapping-of-emotion-networks-in-the-human-brain-framework-and-initial-findings
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Julien Dubois, Hiroyuki Oya, J Michael Tyszka, Matthew Howard, Frederick Eberhardt, Ralph Adolphs
Emotions involve many cortical and subcortical regions, prominently including the amygdala. It remains unknown how these multiple network components interact, and it remains unknown how they cause the behavioral, autonomic, and experiential effects of emotions. Here we describe a framework for combining a novel technique, concurrent electrical stimulation with fMRI (es-fMRI), together with a novel analysis, inferring causal structure from fMRI data (causal discovery). We outline a research program for investigating human emotion with these new tools, and provide initial findings from two large resting-state datasets as well as case studies in neurosurgical patients with electrical stimulation of the amygdala...
November 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141185/increased-cross-bridge-recruitment-contributes-to-transient-increase-in-force-generation-beyond-maximal-capacity-in-human-myocardium
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Nima Milani-Nejad, Jae-Hoon Chung, Benjamin D Canan, Vadim V Fedorov, Bryan A Whitson, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Cross-bridge attachment allows force generation to occur, and rate of tension redevelopment (ktr) is a commonly used index of cross-bridge cycling rate. Tension overshoots have been observed briefly after a slack-restretch ktr maneuver in various species of animal models and humans. In this study, we set out to determine the properties of these overshoots and their possible underlying mechanism. Utilizing human cardiac trabeculae, we have found that tension overshoots are temperature-dependent and that they do not occur at resting states...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136125/effective-connectivity-measured-using-optogenetically-evoked-hemodynamic-signals-exhibits-topography-distinct-from-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-mouse
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Adam Q Bauer, Andrew W Kraft, Grant A Baxter, Patrick W Wright, Matthew D Reisman, Annie R Bice, Jasmine J Park, Michael R Bruchas, Abraham Z Snyder, Jin-Moo Lee, Joseph P Culver
Brain connectomics has expanded from histological assessment of axonal projection connectivity (APC) to encompass resting state functional connectivity (RS-FC). RS-FC analyses are efficient for whole-brain mapping, but attempts to explain aspects of RS-FC (e.g., interhemispheric RS-FC) based on APC have been only partially successful. Neuroimaging with hemoglobin alone lacks specificity for determining how activity in a population of cells contributes to RS-FC. Wide-field mapping of optogenetically defined connectivity could provide insights into the brain's structure-function relationship...
November 9, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128294/behavioral-depression-is-associated-with-increased-vagally-mediated-heart-rate-variability-in-adult-female-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis
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Marc N Jarczok, Julian Koenig, Carol A Shively, Julian F Thayer
INTRODUCTION: Depressive symptoms (DS) in humans are associated with decreased resting state vagal activity, but sex seems to moderate this association. Recently, in human females DS have been associated with greater or similar cardiac vagal activity compared to men in both, clinical and non-clinical samples. A previously validated animal model of behavioral depression was used in the present study to investigate the association of DS and cardiac vagal activity in non-human primates. METHODS: The root mean square of successive differences between adjacent heart beats (RMSSD) was used as an indicator of vagally-mediated heart rate variability in 24h heart rate recordings collected via telemetry in 42 adult female cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108871/effects-of-the-cannabinoid-cb1-agonist-acea-on-salicylate-ototoxicity-hyperacusis-and-tinnitus-in-guinea-pigs
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Joel I Berger, Ben Coomber, Samantha Hill, Steve P H Alexander, William Owen, Alan R Palmer, Mark N Wallace
Cannabinoids have been suggested as a therapeutic target for a variety of brain disorders. Despite the presence of their receptors throughout the auditory system, little is known about how cannabinoids affect auditory function. We sought to determine whether administration of arachidonyl-2'-chloroethylamide (ACEA), a highly-selective CB1 agonist, could attenuate a variety of auditory effects caused by prior administration of salicylate, and potentially treat tinnitus. We recorded cortical resting-state activity, auditory-evoked cortical activity and auditory brainstem responses (ABRs), from chronically-implanted awake guinea pigs, before and after salicylate + ACEA...
October 31, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104073/acute-effects-of-vortioxetine-and-duloxetine-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-awake-rat
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Pablo D Pérez, Zhiwei Ma, Christina Hamilton, Connie Sánchez, Arne Mørk, Alan L Pehrson, Christoffer Bundgaard, Nanyin Zhang
The antidepressant vortioxetine exerts its effects via modulation of several serotonin (5-HT) receptors and inhibition of the 5-HT transporter (SERT). Additionally, vortioxetine has beneficial effects on aspects of cognitive dysfunction in depressed patients. However, a global examination of the drug effect on brain network connectivity is still missing. Here we compared the effects of vortioxetine and a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, duloxetine, on resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) across the whole brain in awake rats using a combination of pharmacological and awake animal resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) techniques...
November 2, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097597/multimodal-imaging-in-rat-model-recapitulates-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarkers-abnormalities
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Maxime J Parent, Eduardo R Zimmer, Monica Shin, Min Su Kang, Vladimir S Fonov, Axel Mathieu, Antonio Aliaga, Alexey Kostikov, Sonia Do Carmo, Doris Dea, Judes Poirier, Jean-Paul Soucy, Serge Gauthier, A Claudio Cuello, Pedro Rosa-Neto
Imaging biomarkers are frequently proposed as endpoints for clinical trials targeting brain amyloidosis in Alzheimer's Disease (AD); however, the specific impact of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation on biomarker abnormalities remains elusive in AD. Using the McGill-R-Thy1-APP transgenic rat as a model of selective Aβ pathology, we characterized the longitudinal progression of abnormalities in biomarkers commonly used in AD research. Middle-aged (9-11 months) transgenic animals (both male and female) displayed mild spatial memory impairments and disrupted cingulate network connectivity measured by resting-state fMRI, even in the absence of hypometabolism (measured with PET [(18)F]FDG) or detectable fibrillary amyloidosis (measured with PET [(18)F]NAV4694)...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060533/brain-functional-connectivity-alterations-in-a-rat-model-of-excessive-alcohol-drinking-a-resting-state-network-analysis
#14
Ursula Perez-Ramirez, Antonio Diaz-Parra, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Santiago Canals, David Moratal
Alcohol use disorders (AUD) are a major public health concern. Understanding the brain network alterations is of the utmost importance to diagnose and develop treatment strategies. Employing resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging, we have performed a longitudinal study in a rat model of chronic excessive alcohol consumption, to identify functional alterations in brain networks triggered by alcohol drinking. Two time points were considered: 1) before alcohol consumption (control condition) and 2) after 30 days of alcohol drinking (alcohol condition)...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059927/evaluating-network-brain-connectivity-in-alcohol-postdependent-state-using-network-based-statistic
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Antonio Diaz-Parra, Ursula Perez-Ramirez, Jesus Pacheco-Torres, Simone Pfarr, Wolfgang H Sommer, David Moratal, Santiago Canals
The use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure spontaneous fluctuations in blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signals has become an indispensable tool to investigate how brain regions interact and form long-range networks. Statistical dependency measures between brain regions obtained from BOLD signals can inform about brain functional states in longitudinal studies of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, its non-invasive nature allows comparable measurements in clinical and animal studies, providing excellent translational capabilities...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017039/sleep-origins-restful-jellyfish-are-sleeping-jellyfish
#16
John A Lesku, Linh M T Ly
What is the 'simplest' animal that sleeps? When did sleep first evolve? Do all animals sleep? Tantalizing hints to answers come from new research showing that jellyfish, one of the earliest evolving groups of animals, have a sleep-like restful state.
October 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988830/effects-of-neonatal-deafness-on-resting-state-functional-network-connectivity
#17
Daniel Stolzberg, Blake E Butler, Stephen G Lomber
Normal brain development depends on early sensory experience. Behavioral consequences of brain maturation in the absence of sensory input early in life are well documented. For example, experiments with mature, neonatally deaf human or animal subjects have revealed improved peripheral visual motion detection and spatial localization abilities. Such supranormal behavioral abilities in the nondeprived sensory modality are evidence of compensatory plasticity occurring in deprived brain regions at some point or throughout development...
October 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899017/cortical-functional-hyperconnectivity-in-a-mouse-model-of-depression-and-selective-network-effects-of-ketamine
#18
Alexander McGirr, Jeffrey LeDue, Allen W Chan, Yicheng Xie, Timothy H Murphy
See Huang and Liston (doi:10.1093/awx166) for a scientific commentary on this article.Human depression is associated with glutamatergic dysfunction and alterations in resting state network activity. However, the indirect nature of human in vivo glutamate and activity assessments obscures mechanistic details. Using the chronic social defeat mouse model of depression, we determine how mesoscale glutamatergic networks are altered after chronic stress, and in response to the rapid acting antidepressant, ketamine...
August 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886474/functional-connectivity-of-the-hippocampus-to-the-thalamocortical-circuitry-in-an-animal-model-of-absence-seizures
#19
Seyed Reza Mousavi, Justin A Arcaro, L Stan Leung, Jeffrey R Tenney, Seyed M Mirsattari
OBJECTIVE: Using the gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) rat model of absence seizures, this study investigated the functional connectivity of the hippocampus, thalamus and cerebral cortex before and during absence seizures. METHODS: Functional connectivity between the hippocampus, thalamus and sensory and motor cortecies, were examined by the temporal correlations of the resting state blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal. Functional connectivity between these regions was calculated at baseline, 5min after saline injection, and at 5, 20 and 52min after GBL injection...
August 24, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860104/valsalva-induced-elevation-of-intracranial-pressure-selectively-decouples-deoxygenated-hemoglobin-concentration-from-neuronal-activation-and-functional-brain-imaging-capability
#20
Martin Knauth, Marcus Heldmann, Thomas F Münte, Georg Royl
During neuronal activation, neurovascular coupling leads to a local decrease of deoxygenated hemoglobin concentration (deoxy-Hb) and thus forms the basis of many functional brain mapping methods. In animals, an elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) can attenuate or even reverse this deoxy-Hb signaling. To study the effect of an elevated ICP on functional brain imaging in humans, we used different breathing tasks to modify ICP and analyzed the resulting effect on neurovascular coupling in the motor cortex. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) was performed on 45 subjects during alternating conditions of finger tapping and resting state combined with four different breathing maneuvers (normal breathing (NB), breath holding without Valsalva maneuver (BH), Valsalva maneuver with 15 mm Hg forced expiratory pressure against resistance (V15) and Valsalva maneuver with 35 mm Hg forced expiratory pressure against resistance (V35)) in randomized order...
August 30, 2017: NeuroImage
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