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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712566/left-habenular-activity-attenuates-fear-responses-in-larval-zebrafish
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Erik R Duboué, Elim Hong, Kiara C Eldred, Marnie E Halpern
Fear responses are defensive states that ensure survival of an organism in the presence of a threat. Perception of an aversive cue causes changes in behavior and physiology, such as freezing and elevated cortisol, followed by a return to the baseline state when the threat is evaded [1]. Neural systems that elicit fear behaviors include the amygdala, hippocampus, and medial prefrontal cortex. However, aside from a few examples, little is known about brain regions that promote recovery from an aversive event [2]...
July 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708765/distinct-behavioral-responses-evoked-by-selective-optogenetic-stimulation-of-the-major-trpv1-and-mrgd-subsets-of-c-fibers
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Hélène Beaudry, Ihab Daou, Ariel R Ase, Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Philippe Séguéla
Primary C-fiber nociceptors are broadly divided into peptidergic and non-peptidergic afferents. TRPV1 is a thermosensitive cation channel mainly localized in peptidergic nociceptors whereas MrgD is a sensory G protein-coupled receptor expressed in most non-peptidergic nociceptive afferents. TRPV1 and MrgD fibers have been reported to be primarily involved in thermal and mechanical nociception, respectively. Yet, their functional assessment in somatosensory transmission relied on ablation strategies that do not account for compensatory mechanisms...
July 12, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708260/effect-of-optogenetic-manipulation-of-accumbal-medium-spiny-neurons-expressing-dopamine-d2-receptors-in-cocaine-induced-behavioral-sensitization
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Byeong Jun Kang, Shelly Sooyun Song, Lei Wen, Ki-Pyo Hong, George J Augustine, Ja-Hyun Baik
Repetitive exposure to addictive drugs causes synaptic modification in the mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system. Dopamine D1 receptors (D1R) or D2 receptors (D2R) expressed in the medium spiny neurons (MSNs) of the nucleus accumbens (NAc) play critical roles in the control of addictive behaviors. Optogenetic activation of D2R-expressing MSNs (D2R-MSNs) in the NAc previously demonstrated that these neurons play a key role in withdrawal-induced plasticity. Here, we examined the effect of optogenetic inhibition of D2R-MSNs in the NAc on cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization...
July 14, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708061/locus-coeruleus-to-basolateral-amygdala-noradrenergic-projections-promote-anxiety-like-behavior
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Jordan G McCall, Edward R Siuda, Dionnet L Bhatti, Lamley A Lawson, Zoe A McElligott, Garret D Stuber, Michael R Bruchas
Increased tonic activity of locus coeruleus noradrenergic (LC-NE) neurons induces anxiety-like and aversive behavior. While some information is known about the afferent circuitry that endogenously drives this neural activity and behavior, the downstream receptors and anatomical projections that mediate these acute risk aversive behavioral states via the LC-NE system remain unresolved. Here we use a combination of retrograde tracing, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, electrophysiology, and in vivo optogenetics with localized pharmacology to identify neural substrates downstream of increased tonic LC-NE activity in mice...
July 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706064/history-of-winning-remodels-thalamo-pfc-circuit-to-reinforce-social-dominance
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Tingting Zhou, Hong Zhu, Zhengxiao Fan, Fei Wang, Yang Chen, Hexing Liang, Zhongfei Yang, Lu Zhang, Longnian Lin, Yang Zhan, Zheng Wang, Hailan Hu
Mental strength and history of winning play an important role in the determination of social dominance. However, the neural circuits mediating these intrinsic and extrinsic factors have remained unclear. Working in mice, we identified a dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) neural population showing "effort"-related firing during moment-to-moment competition in the dominance tube test. Activation or inhibition of the dmPFC induces instant winning or losing, respectively. In vivo optogenetic-based long-term potentiation and depression experiments establish that the mediodorsal thalamic input to the dmPFC mediates long-lasting changes in the social dominance status that are affected by history of winning...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700627/network-analysis-of-exploratory-behaviors-of-mice-in-a-spatial-learning-and-memory-task
#6
Yusuke Suzuki, Itaru Imayoshi
The Barnes maze is one of the main behavioral tasks used to study spatial learning and memory. The Barnes maze is a task conducted on "dry land" in which animals try to escape from a brightly lit exposed circular open arena to a small dark escape box located under one of several holes at the periphery of the arena. In comparison with another classical spatial learning and memory task, the Morris water maze, the negative reinforcements that motivate animals in the Barnes maze are less severe and less stressful...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700536/fully-implantable-battery-free-wireless-optoelectronic-devices-for-spinal-optogenetics
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Vijay K Samineni, Jangyeol Yoon, Kaitlyn E Crawford, Yu Ra Jeong, Kajanna C McKenzie, Gunchul Shin, Zhaoqian Xie, Saranya S Sundaram, Yuhang Li, Min Young Yang, Jeonghyun Kim, Di Wu, Yeguang Xue, Xue Feng, Yonggang Huang, Aaron D Mickle, Anthony Banks, Jeong Sook Ha, Judith P Golden, John A Rogers, Robert W Gereau
The advent of optogenetic tools has allowed unprecedented insights into the organization of neuronal networks. Although recently developed technologies have enabled implementation of optogenetics for studies of brain function in freely moving, untethered animals, wireless powering and device durability pose challenges in studies of spinal cord circuits where dynamic, multidimensional motions against hard and soft surrounding tissues can lead to device degradation. We demonstrate here a fully implantable optoelectronic device powered by near-field wireless communication (NFC) technology, with a thin and flexible open-architecture that provides excellent mechanical durability, robust sealing against biofluid penetration and fidelity in wireless activation, thereby allowing for long-term optical stimulation of the spinal cord without constraint on the natural behaviors of the animals...
June 8, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692062/neural-reactivations-during-sleep-determine-network-credit-assignment
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Tanuj Gulati, Ling Guo, Dhakshin S Ramanathan, Anitha Bodepudi, Karunesh Ganguly
A fundamental goal of motor learning is to establish the neural patterns that produce a desired behavioral outcome. It remains unclear how and when the nervous system solves this 'credit assignment' problem. Using neuroprosthetic learning, in which we could control the causal relationship between neurons and behavior, we found that sleep-dependent processing was required for credit assignment and the establishment of task-related functional connectivity reflecting the casual neuron-behavior relationship. Notably, we observed a strong link between the microstructure of sleep reactivations and credit assignment, with downscaling of non-causal activity...
July 10, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690447/the-missing-manuscript-of-dr-jose-delgado-s-radio-controlled-bulls
#9
REVIEW
Timothy C Marzullo
Neuroscience systems level courses teach: 1) the role of neuroanatomical structures of the brain for perception, movement, and cognition; 2) methods to manipulate and study the brain including lesions, electrophysiological recordings, microstimulation, optogenetics, and pharmacology; 3) proper interpretation of behavioral data to deduce brain circuit operation; and 4) the similarities, differences, and ethics of animal models and their relation to human physiology. These four topics come together quite dramatically in Dr...
2017: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690111/lateral-hypothalamic-gabaergic-neurons-encode-reward-predictions-that-are-relayed-to-the-ventral-tegmental-area-to-regulate-learning
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Melissa J Sharpe, Nathan J Marchant, Leslie R Whitaker, Christopher T Richie, Yajun J Zhang, Erin J Campbell, Pyry P Koivula, Julie C Necarsulmer, Carlos Mejias-Aponte, Marisela Morales, James Pickel, Jeffrey C Smith, Yael Niv, Yavin Shaham, Brandon K Harvey, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
Eating is a learned process. Our desires for specific foods arise through experience. Both electrical stimulation and optogenetic studies have shown that increased activity in the lateral hypothalamus (LH) promotes feeding. Current dogma is that these effects reflect a role for LH neurons in the control of the core motivation to feed, and their activity comes under control of forebrain regions to elicit learned food-motivated behaviors. However, these effects could also reflect the storage of associative information about the cues leading to food in LH itself...
July 1, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683326/time-resolved-fast-mammalian-behavior-reveals-the-complexity-of-protective-pain-responses
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Liam E Browne, Alban Latremoliere, Brendan P Lehnert, Alyssa Grantham, Catherine Ward, Chloe Alexandre, Michael Costigan, Frédéric Michoud, David P Roberson, David D Ginty, Clifford J Woolf
Potentially harmful stimuli are detected at the skin by nociceptor sensory neurons that drive rapid protective withdrawal reflexes and pain. We set out to define, at a millisecond timescale, the relationship between the activity of these sensory neurons and the resultant behavioral output. Brief optogenetic activation of cutaneous nociceptors was found to activate only a single action potential in each fiber. This minimal input was used to determine high-speed behavioral responses in freely behaving mice. The localized stimulus generated widespread dynamic repositioning and alerting sub-second behaviors whose nature and timing depended on the context of the animal and its position, activity, and alertness...
July 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683305/somatostatin-neurons-in-the-basal-forebrain-promote-high-calorie-food-intake
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Chen Zhu, Yun Yao, Yan Xiong, Mingxiu Cheng, Jing Chen, Rui Zhao, Fangzhou Liao, Runsheng Shi, Sen Song
Obesity has become a global issue, and the overconsumption of food is thought to be a major contributor. However, the regulatory neural circuits that regulate palatable food consumption remain unclear. Here, we report that somatostatin (SOM) neurons and GABAergic (VGAT) neurons in the basal forebrain (BF) play specific roles in regulating feeding. Optogenetic stimulation of BF SOM neurons increased fat and sucrose intake within minutes and promoted anxiety-like behaviors. Furthermore, optogenetic stimulation of projections from BF SOM neurons to the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) selectively resulted in fat intake...
July 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681378/update-on-the-mechanisms-and-roles-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-seizures-and-epileptic-disorders
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REVIEW
Premysl Jiruska, Catalina Alvarado-Rojas, Catherine A Schevon, Richard Staba, William Stacey, Fabrice Wendling, Massimo Avoli
High-frequency oscillations (HFOs) are a type of brain activity that is recorded from brain regions capable of generating seizures. Because of the close association of HFOs with epileptogenic tissue and ictogenesis, understanding their cellular and network mechanisms could provide valuable information about the organization of epileptogenic networks and how seizures emerge from the abnormal activity of these networks. In this review, we summarize the most recent advances in the field of HFOs and provide a critical evaluation of new observations within the context of already established knowledge...
July 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680405/cannabinoids-and-vanilloids-in-schizophrenia-neurophysiological-evidence-and-directions-for-basic-research
#14
REVIEW
Rafael N Ruggiero, Matheus T Rossignoli, Jana B De Ross, Jaime E C Hallak, Joao P Leite, Lezio S Bueno-Junior
Much of our knowledge of the endocannabinoid system in schizophrenia comes from behavioral measures in rodents, like prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle and open-field locomotion, which are commonly used along with neurochemical approaches or drug challenge designs. Such methods continue to map fundamental mechanisms of sensorimotor gating, hyperlocomotion, social interaction, and underlying monoaminergic, glutamatergic, and GABAergic disturbances. These strategies will require, however, a greater use of neurophysiological tools to better inform clinical research...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678397/multisite-electrophysiology-recordings-in-mice-to-study-cross-regional-communication-during-anxiety
#15
Alexander Z Harris, Danielle Golder, Ekaterina Likhtik
Recording neural activity in awake, freely moving mice is a powerful and flexible technique for dissecting the neural circuit mechanisms underlying pathological behavior. This unit describes protocols for designing a drive and recording single neurons and local field potentials during anxiety-related paradigms. We also include protocols for integrating pharmacologic and optogenetic means for circuit manipulations, which, when combined with electrophysiological recordings, demonstrate input-specific and cell-specific contributions to circuit-wide activity...
July 5, 2017: Current Protocols in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669546/biased-oxytocinergic-modulation-of-midbrain-dopamine-systems
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Lei Xiao, Michael F Priest, Jordan Nasenbeny, Ting Lu, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy
The release of dopamine (DA) regulates rewarding behavior and motor actions through striatum-targeting efferents from ventral tegmental area (VTA) and substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). Here, we map and functionally characterize axonal projections from oxytocin neurons in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus to midbrain DA regions. Electrophysiological recordings of DA neurons reveal that both the application of oxytocin and optogenetic stimulation of oxytocinergic terminals suffice to increase DA neuron activity in the VTA but downregulate it in SNc...
June 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667669/optogenetic-stimulation-of-dentate-gyrus-engrams-restores-memory-in-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
#17
Jennifer N Perusini, Stephanie A Cajigas, Omid Cohensedgh, Sean C Lim, Ina P Pavlova, Zoe R Donaldson, Christine A Denny
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a prevalent neurodegenerative disorder characterized by amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques and tau neurofibrillary tangles. APPswe/PS1dE9 (APP/PS1) mice have been developed as an AD model and are characterized by plaque formation at 4-6 months of age. Here, we sought to better understand AD-related cognitive decline by characterizing various types of memory. In order to better understand how memory declines with AD, APP/PS1 mice were bred with ArcCreER(T2) mice. In this line, neural ensembles activated during memory encoding can be indelibly tagged and directly compared with neural ensembles activated during memory retrieval (i...
July 1, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666837/operant-responding-for-optogenetic-excitation-of-ldtg-inputs-to-the-vta-requires-d1-and-d2-dopamine-receptor-activation-in-the-nacc
#18
Stephan Steidl, Shannon O'Sullivan, Dustin Pilat, Nancy Bubula, Jason Brown, Paul Vezina
Behavioral studies in rats and mice indicate that laterodorsal tegmental nucleus (LDTg) inputs to the ventral tegmental area (VTA) importantly contribute to reward function. Further evidence from anesthetized rat and mouse preparations suggests that these LTDg inputs may exert this effect by regulating mesolimbic dopamine (DA) signaling. Direct evidence supporting this possibility remains lacking however. To address this lack, rat LDTg neurons were transfected with adeno-associated viral vectors encoding channelrhodopsin2 and eYFP (ChR2) or eYFP alone (eYFP) and rats were subsequently trained to lever press for intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) of the inputs of these neurons to the VTA...
June 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650460/a-calcium-and-light-gated-switch-to-induce-gene-expression-in-activated-neurons
#19
Dongmin Lee, Jung Ho Hyun, Kanghoon Jung, Patrick Hannan, Hyung-Bae Kwon
Despite recent advances in optogenetics, it remains challenging to manipulate gene expression in specific populations of neurons. We present a dual-protein switch system, Cal-Light, that translates neuronal-activity-mediated calcium signaling into gene expression in a light-dependent manner. In cultured neurons and brain slices, we show that Cal-Light drives expression of the reporter EGFP with high spatiotemporal resolution only in the presence of both blue light and calcium. Delivery of the Cal-Light components to the motor cortex of mice by viral vectors labels a subset of excitatory and inhibitory neurons related to learned lever-pressing behavior...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648825/differential-control-of-dopaminergic-excitability-and-locomotion-by-cholinergic-inputs-in-mouse-substantia-nigra
#20
Jasem Estakhr, Danya Abazari, Kaitlyn Frisby, J Michael McIntosh, Raad Nashmi
Understanding how dopaminergic (DA) neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) govern movements requires a detailed knowledge of how different neurotransmitter systems modulate DA neuronal excitability. We report a heterogeneity of electrophysiological properties between medial and lateral SNc neurons modulated by cholinergic neurotransmission. Lateral DA neurons received mainly excitatory (nicotinic or glutamatergic) mediated cholinergic neurotransmission. Medial DA neurons received predominantly GABAergic currents mediated by presynaptic nicotinic receptors or biphasic GABAergic and nicotinic neurotransmission conveyed by GABA and ACh corelease, which inhibited DA neurons...
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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