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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926418/hemispheric-dominance-for-stereognosis-in-a-patient-with-an-infarct-of-the-left-postcentral-sensory-hand-area
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Jorge Moll, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza
The concept of left hemispheric dominance for praxis, speech, and language has been one of the pillars of neurology since the mid-19th century. In 1906, Hermann Oppenheim reported a patient with bilateral stereoagnosia (astereognosis) caused by a left parietal lobe tumor and proposed that the left hemisphere was also dominant for stereognosis. Surprisingly, few cases of bilateral stereoagnosia caused by a unilateral cerebral lesion have been documented in the literature since then. Here we report a 75-year-old right-handed man who developed bilateral stereoagnosia after suffering a small infarct in the crown of the left postcentral gyrus...
September 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925106/myelin-development-plasticity-and-pathology-in-the-auditory-system
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REVIEW
Patrick Long, Guoqiang Wan, Michael T Roberts, Gabriel Corfas
Myelin allows for the rapid and precise timing of action potential propagation along neuronal circuits and is essential for healthy auditory system function. In this review we discuss what is currently known about myelin in the auditory system with a focus on the timing of myelination during auditory system development, the role of myelin in supporting peripheral and central auditory circuit function, and how various myelin pathologies compromise auditory information processing. Additionally, in keeping with the increasing recognition that myelin is dynamic and is influenced by experience throughout life, we review the growing evidence that auditory sensory deprivation alters myelin along specific segments of the brain's auditory circuit...
September 19, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919878/postural-control-in-bilateral-vestibular-failure-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-vestibular-and-cognitive-input
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Andreas Sprenger, Jann F Wojak, Nico M Jandl, Christoph Helmchen
Patients with bilateral vestibular failure (BVF) suffer from postural and gait unsteadiness with an increased risk of falls. The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of otolith, semicircular canal (SSC), visual, proprioceptive, and cognitive influences on the postural stability of BVF patients. Center-of-pressure displacements were recorded by posturography under six conditions: target visibility; tonic head positions in the pitch plane; horizontal head shaking; sensory deprivation; dual task; and tandem stance...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918081/developmental-alcohol-exposure-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-without-overtly-altering-microglial-function-in-mouse-visual-cortex
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Elissa L Wong, Nina M Lutz, Victoria A Hogan, Cassandra E Lamantia, Helene R McMurray, Jason R Myers, John M Ashton, Ania K Majewska
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), caused by gestational ethanol (EtOH) exposure, is one of the most common causes of non-heritable and life-long mental disability worldwide, with no standard treatment or therapy available. While EtOH exposure can alter the function of both neurons and glia, it is still unclear how EtOH influences brain development to cause deficits in sensory and cognitive processing later in life. Microglia play an important role in shaping synaptic function and plasticity during neural circuit development and have been shown to mount an acute immunological response to EtOH exposure in certain brain regions...
September 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910338/rapid-plasticity-of-visually-evoked-responses-in-rat-monocular-visual-cortex
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Trevor C Griffen, Melissa S Haley, Alfredo Fontanini, Arianna Maffei
Sensory cortical circuits are shaped by experience during sensitive periods in development. In the primary visual cortex (V1) altered visual experience results in changes in visual responsiveness of cortical neurons. The experience-dependent refinement of the circuit in V1 is thought to rely on competitive interactions between feedforward circuits driven by the two eyes. However, recent data have provided evidence for an additional role of cortico-cortical circuits in this process. Indeed, experience-dependent changes in intracortical circuits can be induced rapidly and may result in rapid-onset functional changes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899917/activity-dependent-dysfunction-in-visual-and-olfactory-sensory-systems-in-mouse-models-of-down-syndrome
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Christopher M William, Lubna Saqran, Matthew A Stern, Charles L Chiang, Scott Herrick, Aziz Rangwala, Mark W Albers, Matthew P Frosch, Bradley T Hyman
Activity-dependent synaptic plasticity plays a critical role in the refinement of circuitry during postnatal development and may be disrupted in conditions that cause intellectual disability such as Down syndrome (DS). To test this hypothesis, visual cortical plasticity was assessed in Ts65Dn mice that harbor a chromosomal duplication syntenic to human chromosome 21q. We find that Ts65Dn mice demonstrate a defect in ocular dominance plasticity (ODP) following monocular deprivation. This phenotype is similar to that of transgenic mice that express amyloid precursor protein (APP), which is duplicated in DS and in Ts65DN mice; however, normalizing APP gene copy number in Ts65Dn mice fails to rescue plasticity...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888968/role-of-botulinum-toxin-a-in-treatment-of-intractable-diplopia
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Seyhan B Özkan, Ayşe İpek Akyüz Ünsal
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of botulinum toxin A (BTXA) in patients with intractable diplopia related to intracranial problems or long-term interruption of fusion due to cataract or uncorrected aphakia and to identify the group of resistant cases who have no potential to fuse the two images. Methods; The medical records of patients seen by the senior author (SBÖ) at a single institution over a period of 20 years were reviewed retrospectively to identify those who underwent BTXA treatment for intractable diplopia...
September 6, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860992/rewarding-effects-of-operant-dry-licking-behavior-on-neuronal-firing-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core
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Enrico Patrono, Jumpei Matsumoto, Hiroshi Nishimaru, Yusaku Takamura, Ikhruud C Chinzorig, Taketoshi Ono, Hisao Nishijo
Certain eating behaviors are characterized by a trend of elevated food consumption. However, neural mechanisms mediating the motivation for food consumption are not fully understood. Food impacts the brain-rewarding-system via both oral-sensory and post-ingestive information. Recent studies have reported an important role of visceral gut information in mediating dopamine (DA) release in the brain rewarding system. This is independent of oral sensation, suggesting a role of the gut-brain-DA-axis in feeding behavior...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855675/increased-cross-modal-functional-connectivity-in-cochlear-implant-users
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Ling-Chia Chen, Sebastian Puschmann, Stefan Debener
Previous studies have reported increased cross-modal auditory and visual cortical activation in cochlear implant (CI) users, suggesting cross-modal reorganization of both visual and auditory cortices in CI users as a consequence of sensory deprivation and restoration. How these processes affect the functional connectivity of the auditory and visual system in CI users is however unknown. We here investigated task-induced intra-modal functional connectivity between hemispheres for both visual and auditory cortices and cross-modal functional connectivity between visual and auditory cortices using functional near infrared spectroscopy in post-lingually deaf CI users and age-matched normal hearing controls...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839077/alcohol-consumption-in-a-general-antenatal-population-and-child-neurodevelopment-at-2-years
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Jane L Halliday, Evelyne Muggli, Sharon Lewis, Elizabeth J Elliott, David J Amor, Colleen O'Leary, Susan Donath, Della Forster, Cate Nagle, Jeffrey M Craig, Peter J Anderson
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is a community health problem with up to 50% of pregnant women drinking alcohol. The relationship between low or sporadic binge PAE and adverse child outcomes is not clear. This study examines the association between PAE in the general antenatal population and child neurodevelopment at 2 years, accounting for relevant contributing factors. METHODS: This prospective population-based cohort recruited 1570 pregnant women, providing sociodemographic, psychological and lifestyle information and alcohol use for five time periods...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826501/electrical-activity-controls-area-specific-expression-of-neuronal-apoptosis-in-the-mouse-developing-cerebral-cortex
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Oriane Blanquie, Jenq-Wei Yang, Werner Kilb, Salim Sharopov, Anne Sinning, Heiko J Luhmann
Programmed cell death widely but heterogeneously affects the developing brain, causing the loss of up to 50% of neurons in rodents. However, whether this heterogeneity originates from neuronal identity and/or network-dependent processes is unknown. Here, we report that the primary motor cortex (M1) and primary somatosensory cortex (S1), two adjacent but functionally distinct areas, display striking differences in density of apoptotic neurons during the early postnatal period. These differences in rate of apoptosis negatively correlate with region-dependent levels of activity...
August 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819097/the-non-coding-rna-bc1-regulates-experience-dependent-structural-plasticity-and-learning
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Victor Briz, Leonardo Restivo, Emanuela Pasciuto, Konrad Juczewski, Valentina Mercaldo, Adrian C Lo, Pieter Baatsen, Natalia V Gounko, Antonella Borreca, Tiziana Girardi, Rossella Luca, Julie Nys, Rogier B Poorthuis, Huibert D Mansvelder, Gilberto Fisone, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Lutgarde Arckens, Patrik Krieger, Rhiannon Meredith, Claudia Bagni
The brain cytoplasmic (BC1) RNA is a non-coding RNA (ncRNA) involved in neuronal translational control. Absence of BC1 is associated with altered glutamatergic transmission and maladaptive behavior. Here, we show that pyramidal neurons in the barrel cortex of BC1 knock out (KO) mice display larger excitatory postsynaptic currents and increased spontaneous activity in vivo. Furthermore, BC1 KO mice have enlarged spine heads and postsynaptic densities and increased synaptic levels of glutamate receptors and PSD-95...
August 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790892/a-critical-period-for-the-rapid-modification-of-synaptic-properties-at-the-vpm-relay-synapse
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Libiao Pan, Junhua Yang, Qian Yang, Xiaomeng Wang, Liya Zhu, Yali Liu, Huifang Lou, Chou Xu, Ying Shen, Hao Wang
In addition to cortical areas, the thalamus also displays plasticity during a critical period in early life. Since most sensory information is transmitted to the cortex via the thalamus, it will be of significant interest to understand the precise time window and underlying mechanisms of this critical period in the thalamus. By using in vitro whole-cell patch recording in acute brain slices, we found that VPm relay synapses were only sensitive to whisker deprivation from postnatal day 11 (P11) to P14. Whisker deprivation initiated within the P11 to P14 window significantly reduced the amplitude of AMPAR-EPSCs, but not NMDAR-EPSCs when recorded 24 h after whisker removal...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739523/activity-dependent-axonal-plasticity-in-sensory-systems
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REVIEW
Nora Jamann, Merryn Jordan, Maren Engelhardt
The rodent whisker-to-barrel cortex pathway is a classic model to study the effects of sensory experience and deprivation on neuronal circuit formation, not only during development but also in the adult. Decades of research have produced a vast body of evidence highlighting the fundamental role of neuronal activity (spontaneous and/or sensory-evoked) for circuit formation and function. In this context, it has become clear that neuronal adaptation and plasticity is not just a function of the neonatal brain, but persists into adulthood, especially after experience-driven modulation of network status...
July 21, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722821/sensory-strategies-of-postural-sway-during-quiet-stance-in-patients-with-haemophilic-arthropathy
#15
C Cruz-Montecinos, C De la Fuente, G Rivera-Lillo, S Morales-Castillo, V Soto-Arellano, F Querol, S Pérez-Alenda
INTRODUCTION: The sensory strategies of postural control in adult haemophilic arthropathy patients are still poorly understood. AIM: To determine sensorial posture-control strategies through postural sway frequency analysis when in a bipedal quiet stance with and without visual stimulus deprivation in healthy subjects and patients with haemophilic arthropathy. Secondarily, to determine the irregularity of postural balance control through sample entropy (SampEn)...
July 19, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705869/auditory-cortex-interneuron-development-requires-cadherins-operating-hair-cell-mechanoelectrical-transduction
#16
Baptiste Libé-Philippot, Vincent Michel, Jacques Boutet de Monvel, Sébastien Le Gal, Typhaine Dupont, Paul Avan, Christine Métin, Nicolas Michalski, Christine Petit
Many genetic forms of congenital deafness affect the sound reception antenna of cochlear sensory cells, the hair bundle. The resulting sensory deprivation jeopardizes auditory cortex (AC) maturation. Early prosthetic intervention should revive this process. Nevertheless, this view assumes that no intrinsic AC deficits coexist with the cochlear ones, a possibility as yet unexplored. We show here that many GABAergic interneurons, from their generation in the medial ganglionic eminence up to their settlement in the AC, express two cadherin-related (cdhr) proteins, cdhr23 and cdhr15, that form the hair bundle tip links gating the mechanoelectrical transduction channels...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702736/changes-in-the-axon-terminals-of-primary-afferents-from-a-single-vibrissa-in-the-rat-trigeminal-nuclei-after-active-touch-deprivation-or-exposure-to-an-enriched-environment
#17
Julia Fernández-Montoya, Yasmina B Martin, Pilar Negredo, Carlos Avendaño
Lasting modifications of sensory input induce structural and functional changes in the brain, but the involvement of primary sensory neurons in this plasticity has been practically ignored. Here, we examine qualitatively and quantitatively the central axonal terminations of a population of trigeminal ganglion neurons, whose peripheral axons innervate a single mystacial vibrissa. Vibrissa follicles are heavily innervated by myelinated and unmyelinated fibers that exit the follicle mainly through a single deep vibrissal nerve...
July 12, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674487/pyramidal-neurons-in-different-cortical-layers-exhibit-distinct-dynamics-and-plasticity-of-apical-dendritic-spines
#18
Michelle Tjia, Xinzhu Yu, Lavpreet S Jammu, Ju Lu, Yi Zuo
The mammalian cerebral cortex is typically organized in six layers containing multiple types of neurons, with pyramidal neurons (PNs) being the most abundant. PNs in different cortical layers have distinct morphology, physiology and functional roles in neural circuits. Therefore, their development and synaptic plasticity may also differ. Using in vivo transcranial two-photon microscopy, we followed the structural dynamics of dendritic spines on apical dendrites of layer (L) 2/3 and L5 PNs at different developmental stages...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669915/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-odorant-activity-dependent-migration-of-neural-precursor-cells-and-olfactory-bulb-growth
#19
Nikorn Pothayee, Diana M Cummings, Timothy J Schoenfeld, Stephen Dodd, Heather A Cameron, Leonardo Belluscio, Alan P Koretsky
Neural progenitors or neuroblasts are produced by precursor cells in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and migrate along the rostral migratory stream (RMS) to the olfactory bulbs (OB) throughout life. In the OB, these adult born neurons either die or replace existing olfactory interneurons, playing a critical role in the stabilization of OB circuitry. Although several aspects of the addition of new neurons into the OB have been studied, it is unclear whether long-distance activity from the OB can regulate the influx of migrating neuroblasts along the RMS...
June 30, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658619/peripheral-sensory-deprivation-restores-critical-period-like-plasticity-to-adult-somatosensory-thalamocortical-inputs
#20
Seungsoo Chung, Ji-Hyun Jeong, Sukjin Ko, Xin Yu, Young-Hwan Kim, John T R Isaac, Alan P Koretsky
Recent work has shown that thalamocortical (TC) inputs can be plastic after the developmental critical period has closed, but the mechanism that enables re-establishment of plasticity is unclear. Here, we find that long-term potentiation (LTP) at TC inputs is transiently restored in spared barrel cortex following either a unilateral infra-orbital nerve (ION) lesion, unilateral whisker trimming, or unilateral ablation of the rodent barrel cortex. Restoration of LTP is associated with increased potency at TC input and reactivates anatomical map plasticity induced by whisker follicle ablation...
June 27, 2017: Cell Reports
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