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Pyramidal tract

Haruo Nishijima, Tatsuya Ueno, Shinya Ueno, Fumiaki Mori, Yasuo Miki, Masahiko Tomiyama
Long-term administration of levodopa for Parkinson's disease is associated with various motor and non-motor complications. We examined the dendritic spine morphology of pyramidal tract-type neurons in the prefrontal cortex in a rat model of Parkinson's disease chronically treated with levodopa. Dendritic spines showed decreased density and increased average volume after dopamine denervation and levodopa treatment. These morphologic alterations suggest that the prefrontal neurons may maladaptively respond to excitatory input, which might be one of the mechanisms underlying various levodopa-induced complications in patients with Parkinson's disease...
October 20, 2016: Neuroscience Research
Chiung-Mei Chen, I-Cheng Chen, Ying-Lin Chen, Te-Hsien Lin, Wan-Ling Chen, Chih-Ying Chao, Yih-Ru Wu, Yeah-Ting Lu, Cheng-Yu Lee, Hong-Chi Chien, Ting-Shou Chen, Guey-Jen Lee-Chen, Chi-Mei Lee
BACKGROUND: The F-box protein 7 (FBXO7) mutations have been identified in families with early-onset parkinsonism and pyramidal tract signs, and designated as PARK15. In addition, FBXO7 mutations were found in typical and young onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Evidence has also shown that FBXO7 plays an important role in the development of dopaminergic neurons and increased stability and overexpression of FBXO7 may be beneficial to PD. PURPOSE: We screened extracts of medicinal herbs to enhance FBXO7 expression for neuroprotection in MPP(+)-treated cells...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Claudia Kathe, Thomas Haynes Hutson, Stephen Brendan McMahon, Lawrence David Falcon Moon
Brain and spinal injury reduce mobility and often impair sensorimotor processing in the spinal cord leading to spasticity. Here, we establish that complete transection of corticospinal pathways in the pyramids impairs locomotion and leads to increased spasms and excessive mono- and polysynaptic low threshold spinal reflexes in rats. Treatment of affected forelimb muscles with an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) encoding human Neurotrophin-3 at a clinically-feasible time-point after injury reduced spasticity...
October 19, 2016: ELife
D B Kadam, Sonali Salvi, Ajay Chandanwale
The World Health Organization (WHO) has coined the term expanded dengue to describe cases which do not fall into either dengue shock syndrome or dengue hemorrhagic fever. This has incorporated several atypical findings of dengue. Dengue virus has not been enlisted as a common etiological agent in several conditions like encephalitis, Guillain Barre syndrome. Moreover it is a great mimic of co-existing epidemics like Malaria, Chikungunya and Zika virus disease, which are also mosquito-borne diseases. The atypical manifestations noted in dengue can be mutisystemic and multifacetal...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Dong-Hee Choi, Jin-Hee Ahn, In-Ae Choi, Ji-Hye Kim, Bo-Ram Kim, Jongmin Lee
Recent evidence indicates that the ephrin receptors and ephrin ligands (Eph/ephrin) expression modulates axonal reorganization and synaptic plasticity in stroke recovery. To investigate the effect of task-specific training (TST) on Eph/ephrin expression in the corticospinal tract (CST) after stroke, we compared Eph/ephrin expression in the peri-infarct cortex, pyramid, and spinal cord of the photothrombotic stroke rats treated with or without TST. The TST treatment showed significantly better recovery in the behavioral tests...
October 19, 2016: BMB Reports
Helena Soler, Jonatan Dorca-Arévalo, Marta González, Sara Esmeralda Rubio, Jesús Ávila, Eduardo Soriano, Marta Pascual
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia nowadays, has been linked to alterations in the septohippocampal pathway (SHP), among other circuits in the brain. In fact, the GABAergic component of the SHP, which controls hippocampal rhythmic activity crucial for learning and memory, is altered in the J20 mouse model of AD-a model that mimics the amyloid pathology of this disease. However, AD is characterized by another pathophysiological hallmark: the hyperphosphorylation and aggregation of the microtubule-associated protein Tau...
September 15, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Bandhan Mukherjee, Qi Yuan
The interactions of L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) and NMDA receptors (NMDARs) in memories are poorly understood. Here we investigated the specific roles of anterior piriform cortex (aPC) LTCCs and NMDARs in early odor preference memory in mice. Using calcium imaging in aPC slices, LTCC activation was shown to be dependent on NMDAR activation. Either D-APV (NMDAR antagonist) or nifedipine (LTCC antagonist) reduced somatic calcium transients in pyramidal cells evoked by lateral olfactory tract stimulation. However, nifedipine did not further reduce calcium in the presence of D-APV...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Luis Velázquez-Pérez, Johannes Tünnerhoff, Roberto Rodríguez-Labrada, Reidenis Torres-Vega, Paolo Belardinelli, Jacqueline Medrano-Montero, Arnoy Peña-Acosta, Nalia Canales-Ochoa, Yaimeé Vázquez-Mojena, Yanetza González-Zaldivar, Georg Auburger, Ulf Ziemann
Clinical signs of corticospinal tract dysfunction are a common feature of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) patients. The objective of this study is to assess dysfunction of the corticospinal tract in SCA2 using corticomuscular coherence. Testing corticomuscular coherence and rating of ataxia severity and non-ataxia symptoms were performed in 19 SCA2 patients and 24 age-matched controls. Central motor conduction times (CMCT) to upper and lower right limbs were obtained for the SCA2 group using Transcraneal magnetic stimulation (TMS)...
October 11, 2016: Cerebellum
Valerio Vitale, Ferdinando Caranci, Chiara Pisciotta, Fiore Manganelli, Francesco Briganti, Lucio Santoro, Arturo Brunetti
BACKGROUND: Hirayama's disease (HD), is a benign, self-limited, motor neuron disease, characterized by asymmetric weakness and atrophy of one or both distal upper extremities. In the present study we report the clinical, electrophysiological and MRI features of a group of Italian patients, with review of the literature. Moreover we propose an optimized MRI protocol for patients with suspected or diagnosed HD in order to make an early diagnosis and a standardized follow up. METHODS: Eight patients with clinical suspicion of Hirayama disease underwent evaluation between January 2007 and November 2013...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Quentin Welniarz, Isabelle Dusart, Emmanuel Roze
The corticospinal tract (CST) plays a major role in cortical control of spinal cord activity. In particular, it is the principal motor pathway for voluntary movements. Here, we discuss: (i) the anatomic evolution and development of the CST across mammalian species, focusing on its role in motor functions; (ii) the molecular mechanisms regulating corticospinal tract formation and guidance during mouse development; and (iii) human disorders associated with abnormal CST development. A comparison of CST anatomy and development across mammalian species first highlights important similarities...
October 5, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
T Konno, K Yoshida, T Mizuno, T Kawarai, M Tada, H Nozaki, S-I Ikeda, M Nishizawa, O Onodera, Z K Wszolek, T Ikeuchi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The clinical characteristics of colony stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) related adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP) have been only partially elucidated. METHODS: Clinical data from CSF1R mutation carriers who had been seen at our institutions or reported elsewhere were collected and analysed using a specific investigation sheet to standardize the data. RESULTS: In all, 122 cases from 90 families with CSF1R mutations were identified...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Junpei Koge, Shintaro Hayashi, Hiroo Yamaguchi, Takahisa Tateishi, Hiroyuki Murai, Jun-Ichi Kira
A 37-old-male with a history of early childhood mental retardation was admitted to our hospital. He experienced recurrent syncopes at 23 years old, and at age 35 gait disturbance and hearing impairment developed gradually and worsened over time. His grandparents were in a consanguineous marriage. He was of short stature and absent of tendon xanthomas. Neurological examinations revealed scanning speech, dysphagia, right sensorineural hearing loss, spasticity in both upper and lower extremities, and spastic gait...
September 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Scott D Maddux, Lauren N Butaric, Todd R Yokley, Robert G Franciscus
OBJECTIVES: Although the internal nose is overwhelmingly responsible for heat and moisture exchange during respiration, external nasal morphology is more commonly cited as evincing climatic adaptation in humans. Here, we assess variation across all four morphofunctional units of the complete nasorespiratory tract (external pyramid, nasal aperture, internal nasal fossa, and nasopharynx) to determine which units provide the strongest evidence of climatic adaptation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We employ 20 linear measurements collected on 837 modern human crania from major geographic (Arctic Circle, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa) and climatic (polar, temperate, hot-arid, tropical) zones...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Ryosuke Tomio, Takenori Akiyama, Takayuki Ohira, Kazunari Yoshida
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the most effective electrode montage to elicit lower-extremity transcranial motor evoked potentials (LE-tMEPs) using a minimum stimulation current. METHODS A realistic 3D head model was created from T1-weighted images. Finite element methods were used to visualize the electric field in the brain, which was generated by transcranial electrical stimulation via 4 electrode montage models. The stimulation threshold level of LE-tMEPs in 52 patients was also studied in a practical clinical setting to determine the effects of each electrode montage...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Alejandro Horga, Pedro J Tomaselli, Michael A Gonzalez, Matilde Laurà, Francesco Muntoni, Adnan Y Manzur, Michael G Hanna, Julian C Blake, Henry Houlden, Stephan Züchner, Mary M Reilly
OBJECTIVE: To describe the genetic and clinical features of a simplex patient with distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN) and lower limb spasticity (Silver-like syndrome) due to a mutation in the sigma nonopioid intracellular receptor-1 gene (SIGMAR1) and review the phenotypic spectrum of mutations in this gene. METHODS: We used whole-exome sequencing to investigate the proband. The variants of interest were investigated for segregation in the family using Sanger sequencing...
October 11, 2016: Neurology
Christine J Charvet, Patrick R Hof, Mary Ann Raghanti, Andre J van der Kouwe, Chet C Sherwood, Emi Takahashi
The isocortex of primates is disproportionately expanded relative to many other mammals. Yet, little is known about what the expansion of the isocortex entails for differences in cellular composition and connectivity patterns in primates. Across the depth of the isocortex, neurons exhibit stereotypical patterns of projections. Upper layer neurons (i.e., layers II-IV) project within and across cortical areas whereas many lower layer pyramidal neurons (i.e., layers V-VI) favor connections to subcortical regions...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Naoki Yamawaki, Jelena Radulovic, Gordon M G Shepherd
UNLABELLED: Retrosplenial cortex (RSC) is a dorsomedial parietal area involved in a range of cognitive functions, including episodic memory, navigation, and spatial memory. Anatomically, the RSC receives inputs from dorsal hippocampal networks and in turn projects to medial neocortical areas. A particularly prominent projection extends rostrally to the posterior secondary motor cortex (M2), suggesting a functional corticocortical link from the RSC to M2 and thus a bridge between hippocampal and neocortical networks involved in mnemonic and sensorimotor aspects of navigation...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Minoru Mitsuda, Yuichi Suzuki, Akira Kunimatsu, Akihiro Kasahara, Yasushi Watanabe, Kenji Ino, Keiichi Yano, Kuni Ohtomo
We report that diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tractography (DTT) of the pyramidal tracts using multi-band (MB) EPI could be a useful tool with a 1.5T MRI. We compared images using single-band EPI (SB-EPI) and MB-EPI. MB-EPI could reduce the scanning time by about 40%. We demonstrated that it is comparable between image qualities of SB-EPI and MB-EPI using tract-specific analysis and dice coefficients. Therefore, MB-EPI can promote high-speed DTI and DTT in clinical applications.
September 6, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
Anil Sindhurakar, Samuel D Butensky, Eric Meyers, Joshua Santos, Thelma Bethea, Ashley Khalili, Andrew P Sloan, Robert L Rennaker, Jason B Carmel
Background Rodents are the primary animal model of corticospinal injury and repair, yet current behavioral tests do not show the large deficits after injury observed in humans. Forearm supination is critical for hand function and is highly impaired by corticospinal injury in both humans and rats. Current tests of rodent forelimb function do not measure this movement. Objective To determine if quantification of forelimb supination in rats reveals large-scale functional loss and partial recovery after corticospinal injury...
August 16, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Z D Zhang, B L Wang, Y M Xu
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April 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
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