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Amanda C Marshall, Nicholas Cooper, Livia Rosu, Steffan Kennett
Studies highlight cumulative life stress as a significant predictor of accelerated cognitive aging. This study paired electrophysiological with behavioral measures to explore how cumulative stress affects attentional and maintenance processes underpinning working memory retention. We collected electroencephalographic recordings from 60 individuals (30 older, 30 younger) reporting high or low levels of cumulative stress during the performance of a spatial Sternberg task. We measured mid-occipital alpha (8-12 Hz) and frontal-midline theta (4-6 Hz) as indicators of attentional and maintenance processes...
May 29, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Julien Dufort-Gervais, Valérie Mongrain, Jonathan Brouillette
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive hippocampal-dependent explicit memory deficits that begin at the onset of the illness. An early hallmark of AD is the accumulation of amyloid-beta (Aß) proteins in brain structures involved in encoding and consolidation of memory, like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Aß neurotoxicity is known to induce synaptic dysfunctions and neuronal death leading to cognitive decline. Another recurrent event observed in AD is sleep disturbances...
June 14, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Sanjay Singh, Sarfraj Ahmad Siddiqui, Sukanya Tripathy, Shiv Kumar, Sudipta Saha, Rajesh Ugale, Dinesh Raj Modi, Anand Prakash
In the last few decades, there has been exponential increase in studies aiming to trace the molecular mechanism of fear extinction with a hope to minimize the return of fear after exposure therapy required for operational treatment of anxiety disorders. The present study explored how the timing of extinction training after developing a specific fear, affects the consequent return of the extinguished fear and the role of histone acetylation in controlling the circuitry, thereof. It was found that rats undergone extinction training 10 min...
June 14, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Izabela Bialuk, Andrzej Taranta, Maria Małgorzata Winnicka
Significance of interleukin 6 (IL-6) deficiency in cognitive processes was evaluated in 4- and 24-month-old C57BL/6J IL-6-deficient (IL-6 KO) and control (WT) mice in Morris water maze (MWM), holeboard test (HB) and elevated plus maze (EPM). During 3-day learning escape latency time (ELT) was longer in IL-6 KO than in WT mice, however their swimming was slower, floating longer, and path length did not differ. The comparison of ELT and the distance traveled between the first and the third learning day within each group revealed significant decrease of ELT in all groups with the highest difference in 4-month-old WT mice, and significant decrease of distance travelled only in both groups of WT mice...
June 13, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Soichiro Nakahara, Sarah Medland, Jessica A Turner, Vince D Calhoun, Kelvin O Lim, Bryon A Mueller, Juan R Bustillo, Daniel S O'Leary, Jatin G Vaidya, Sarah McEwen, James Voyvodic, Aysenil Belger, Daniel H Mathalon, Judith M Ford, Guia Guffanti, Fabio Macciardi, Steven G Potkin, Theo G M van Erp
This study assessed genetic contributions to six cognitive domains, identified by the MATRICS Cognitive Consensus Battery as relevant for schizophrenia, cognition-enhancing, clinical trials. Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Schizophrenia polygenic risk scores showed significant negative correlations with each cognitive domain. Genome-wide association analyses identified loci associated with attention/vigilance (rs830786 within HNF4G), verbal memory (rs67017972 near NDUFS4), and reasoning/problem solving (rs76872642 within HDAC9)...
June 12, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Michelle Comas, Kristin Valentino, Anne F Johnson, Bradley S Gibson, Courtney Taylor
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Overgeneral memory (OGM), difficulty in retrieving specific autobiographical memories, is a robust phenomenon related to the onset and course of depressive and posttraumatic stress disorders. Inhibitory mechanisms are theorized to underlie OGM; however, empirical support for this link is equivocal. The current study examines the differential roles of two aspects of inhibitory control in association with OGM: suppression of prepotent responses and resistance to proactive interference (PI)...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Elena Tutubalina, Zulfat Miftahutdinov, Sergey Nikolenko, Valentin Malykh
Text mining of scientific libraries and social media has already proven itself as a reliable tool for drug repurposing and hypothesis generation. The task of mapping a disease mention to a concept in a controlled vocabulary, typically to the standard thesaurus in the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), is known as medical concept normalization. This task is challenging due to the differences in the use of medical terminology between health care professionals and social media texts coming from the lay public...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Feng Gu, Lena Wong, Fei Chen, Wan-Ting Huang, Lei Wang, A-Xu Hu
The human auditory change detection response known as mismatch negativity (MMN) is an auditory event-related potential that has been extensively used to investigate various aspects of human brain function and dysfunction. However, two competing views of the neural mechanism that underlie MMN have been a subject of debate for decades. The sensory memory hypothesis claims that the MMN reflects sensory memory-based change detection. The adaptation hypothesis argues that neural adaptation and lateral inhibition can fully explain the MMN...
June 12, 2018: Neuroscience
Jun Xiao, Hanyu Zhu, Ying Wang, Wei Feng, Yunxia Hu, Arvind Dasgupta, Yimo Han, Yuan Wang, David A Muller, Lane W Martin, PingAn Hu, Xiang Zhang
Out-of-plane ferroelectricity with a high transition temperature in ultrathin films is important for the exploration of new domain physics and scaling down of memory devices. However, depolarizing electrostatic fields and interfacial chemical bonds can destroy this long-range polar order at two-dimensional (2D) limit. Here we report the experimental discovery of the locking between out-of-plane dipoles and in-plane lattice asymmetry in atomically thin In_{2}Se_{3} crystals, a new stabilization mechanism leading to our observation of intrinsic 2D out-of-plane ferroelectricity...
June 1, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Sumit Sharma, Marie Hagbom, Johan Nordgren, Jonas Frodlund, Jorma Hinkula, Torbjörn Ledin, Lennart Svensson
Since rotavirus (RV) and norovirus (NoV) are transmitted through the fecal-oral route, tonsils due to their location within the oropharynx may sample or become infected with these viruses. We investigated if RV and NoV RNA/antigen, or virus specific memory/plasma B cells can be detected in the tonsils. While neither RV/NoV antigen, nor genomic RNA was detected, 90% (27/30) of tonsils tested had RV and NoV specific IgG memory B cells. However, the mechanism explaining how these cells get there (whether due to local induction and homing following induction at other sites) and the role these cells might play during active infection is not yet clear...
June 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Virology
A D Iordan, S Dolcos, F Dolcos
Emotional distraction may come from the external world and from our mind, as internal distraction. Although external emotional distraction has been extensively investigated, less is known about the mechanisms associated with the impact of internal emotional distraction on cognitive performance, and those involved in coping with such distraction. These issues were investigated using a working memory task with emotional distraction, where recollected unpleasant autobiographical memories served as internal emotional distraction...
June 14, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
Bryon M Smith, Xinyue Yao, Kelly S Chen, Elizabeth D Kirby
The mammalian hippocampus shows marked decline in function with aging across many species, including humans and laboratory rodent models. This decline frequently manifests in memory impairments that occur even in the absence of dementia pathology. In humans, a number of factors correlate with preserved hippocampal memory in aging, such as exercise, cognitive stimulation and number of social ties. While interventional studies and animal models clearly indicate that exercise and cognitive stimulation lead to hippocampal preservation, there is relatively little research on whether a decline in social ties leads to cognitive decline or vice versa...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Kristan A Leech, Ryan T Roemmich
People can acquire new walking patterns in many different ways. For example, we can change our gait voluntarily in response to instruction or adapt by sensing our movement errors. Here we investigated how acquisition of a new walking pattern through simultaneous voluntary correction and adaptive learning affected the resulting motor memory of the learned pattern. We studied adaptation to split-belt treadmill walking with and without visual feedback of stepping patterns. As expected, visual feedback enabled faster acquisition of the new walking pattern...
June 14, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Angélica Salas-Perdomo, Francesc Miró-Mur, Xabier Urra, Carles Justicia, Mattia Gallizioli, Yashu Zhao, Vanessa H Brait, Carlos Laredo, Raúl Tudela, Andrés Hidalgo, Ángel Chamorro, Anna M Planas
OBJECTIVE: Hemorrhagic transformation is a serious complication of ischemic stroke after recanalization therapies. This study aims to identify mechanisms underlying hemorrhagic transformation after cerebral ischemia/reperfusion. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used wild-type mice and Selplg-/- and Fut7-/- mice defective in P-selectin binding and lymphopenic Rag2-/- mice. We induced 30-minute or 45-minute ischemia by intraluminal occlusion of the middle cerebral artery and assessed hemorrhagic transformation at 48 hours with a hemorrhage grading score, histological means, brain hemoglobin content, or magnetic resonance imaging...
June 14, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Sebastian Ganz, Michael Bülte, Zdzislaw Gajewski, Axel Wehrend
The best studied substances in bovine colostrum are the immunoglobulins. They are absorbed in the small intestine of the neonate by pinocytosis. The Fc-receptor is not highly involved in this process in calves compared to other species. However, this receptor plays a crucial role in the transport of immunoglobulins from the circulation of the dam to the udder and, therefore, into the colostrum. During colostrogenesis, which starts up to 8 weeks prior to parturition, up to 500 g of immunoglobulins are transferred daily by this process...
June 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Colleen M Lau, Joseph C Sun
Immunological memory is broadly understood as the underlying mechanism by which an organism remembers previous encounters with pathogens, aberrant cells, or self-antigens to produce a more rapid or robust secondary response upon re-encounter. This phenomenon is widely accepted as the hallmark feature of the adaptive immune system. However, work within the last decade has continuously challenged this viewpoint and opened up the idea that immunological memory extends beyond just conventional B cells and T cells...
June 11, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Mareike Clos, Tobias Sommer, Signe L Schneider, Michael Rose
During incidental learning statistical regularities are extracted from the environment without the intention to learn. Acquired implicit memory of these regularities can affect behavior in the absence of awareness. However, conscious insight in the underlying regularities can also develop during learning. Such emergence of explicit memory is an important learning mechanism that is assumed to involve prediction errors in the striatum and to be dopamine-dependent. Here we directly tested this hypothesis by manipulating dopamine levels during incidental learning in a modified serial reaction time task (SRTT) featuring a hidden regular sequence of motor responses in a placebo-controlled between-group study...
2018: PloS One
Nicholas Fimognari, Ashley Hollings, Virginie Lam, Rebecca J Tidy, Cameron M Kewish, Matthew A Albrecht, Ryu Takechi, John C L Mamo, Mark J Hackett
Western society is facing a health epidemic due to the increasing incidence of dementia in ageing populations, and there are still few effective diagnostic methods, minimal treatment options, and no cure. Ageing is the greatest risk factor for memory loss that occurs during the natural ageing process, as well as being the greatest risk factor for neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, greater understanding of the biochemical pathways that drive a healthy ageing brain towards dementia (pathological ageing or Alzheimer's disease), is required to accelerate the development of improved diagnostics and therapies...
June 14, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Yang Dong, Chun-Rong Guo, Dan Chen, Sheng-Min Chen, Yinting Peng, Haiyan Song, Jian-Rong Shi
Accumulating evidence has revealed the link between age‑related hearing loss (presbycusis) and cognitive decline; however, their exact association remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the association between age‑related hearing loss and cognitive decline, and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Briefly, three groups of C57BL/6J mice were evaluated, based on their age, as follows: Young group, 3 months; adult group, 6 months; and middle‑aged group, 15 months. The results of an auditory brainstem response (ABR) test demonstrated that the hearing threshold levels of the mice were increased in those aged 6 and 15 months compared with those aged 3 months, thus suggesting that significant hearing loss occurred at 6 months, and worsened at 15 months...
June 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hada Fong-Ha Ieong, Zhen Yuan
Many patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) live in a stressful environment, and comorbidity is not uncommon. Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying heroin and nicotine dependences and their relationships to social cognition could facilitate behavioral therapy efficacy. We aimed to provide a translational approach that leads to identifying potential biomarkers for opioid use disorder (OUD) susceptibility during recovery. We examined the clinical characters and the relationships between theory of mind (ToM) and executive functions in three groups: heroin plus nicotine-dependent (HND) patients who had remained heroin abstinent ( <mml:math xmlns:mml="http://www...
April 2018: Neurophotonics
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