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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817806/specialized-mechanosensory-nociceptors-mediating-rapid-responses-to-hair-pull
#1
Nima Ghitani, Arnab Barik, Marcin Szczot, James H Thompson, Chia Li, Claire E Le Pichon, Michael J Krashes, Alexander T Chesler
The somatosensory system provides animals with the ability to detect, distinguish, and respond to diverse thermal, mechanical, and irritating stimuli. While there has been progress in defining classes of neurons underlying temperature sensation and gentle touch, less is known about the neurons specific for mechanical pain. Here, we use in vivo functional imaging to identify a class of cutaneous sensory neurons that are selectively activated by high-threshold mechanical stimulation (HTMRs). We show that their optogenetic excitation evokes rapid protective and avoidance behaviors...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
#2
Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815834/innervation-of-the-human-posterior-cricoarytenoid-muscle-by-the-external-branch-of-the-superior-laryngeal-nerve
#3
Mehmet Uludag, Nurcihan Aygun, Kinyas Kartal, Evren Besler, Adnan Isgor
BACKGROUND: The posterior cricoarytenoid muscle is the abductor muscle for the vocal cords and is innerved by the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). The purpose of this study was to present our determination if the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) contributes to the motor innervation of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle. METHODS: We performed electromyographies (EMGs) via needle electrodes on 47 posterior cricoarytenoid muscles from 28 patients during thyroidectomy (9 lobectomies and 19 total thyroidectomies) with intraoperative neural monitoring...
August 17, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815599/the-reduction-of-intraepidermal-p2x3-nerve-fiber-density-correlates-with-behavioral-hyperalgesia-in-a-rat-model-of-nerve-injury-induced-pain
#4
Malik Bechakra, Barthold N Schüttenhelm, Tiziana Pederzani, Pieter A van Doorn, Chris I de Zeeuw, Joost L M Jongen
Skin biopsies from patients with neuropathic pain often show changes in epidermal innervation, although it remains to be elucidated to what extent such changes can be linked to a particular subgroup of nerve fibers and how these changes are correlated with pain intensity. Here, we investigated to what extent behavioral signs of hyperalgesia are correlated with immunohistochemical changes of peptidergic and non-peptidergic epidermal nerve fibers in a rat model of nerve injury-induced pain. Rats subjected to unilateral partial ligation of the sciatic nerve developed significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia as tested by the withdrawal responses of the ipsilateral footpad to von Frey hairs and hotplate stimulation...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814067/neuro-immune-interactions-in-allergic-diseases-novel-targets-for-therapeutics
#5
Tiphaine Voisin, Amélie Bouvier, Isaac M Chiu
Recent studies have highlighted an emerging role for neuro-immune interactions in mediating allergic diseases. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to a foreign antigen. The peripheral sensory and autonomic nervous system densely innervates mucosal barrier tissues including the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal (GI) tract that are exposed to allergens. It is increasingly clear that neurons actively communicate with and regulate the function of mast cells, dendritic cells, eosinophils, Th2 cells and type 2 innate lymphoid cells in allergic inflammation...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811669/paraventricular-thalamic-control-of-food-intake-and-reward-role-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-signaling
#6
Zhi Yi Ong, Jing-Jing Liu, Zhiping P Pang, Harvey J Grill
Paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PVT) neurons receive hindbrain and hypothalamic inputs, and project to forebrain sites involved in reward and motivation function. The role of PVT in energy balance and reward control is however understudied. Given that PVT neurons express glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1R), which are critical to feeding and body weight control, we tested the hypothesis that PVT GLP-1R signaling contributes to food intake and reward inhibition. To assess the hypothesis, behavioral tests including chow and high-fat diet intake, meal patterns, conditioned place preference for high-fat food, cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose-seeking, and motivation to work for sucrose were employed following intra-PVT delivery of either GLP-1R agonist, exendin-4 (Ex4), or GLP-1R antagonist, exendin-9-39 (Ex9)...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810262/fetal-sheep-mesenteric-resistance-arteries-functional-and-structural-maturation
#7
Julia J Müller, Matthias Schwab, Charles R Rosenfeld, Iwa Antonow-Schlorke, Peter W Nathanielsz, Florian Rakers, Harald Schubert, Otto W Witte, Sven Rupprecht
BACKGROUND: Fetal blood pressure increases during late gestation; however, the underlying vascular mechanisms are unclear. Knowledge of the maturation of resistance arteries is important to identify the mechanisms and vulnerable periods for the development of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. METHODS: We determined the functional and structural development of fetal sheep mesenteric resistance arteries using wire myography and immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Media mass and distribution of myosin heavy-chain isoforms showed no changes between 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808889/interactions-between-myocardial-sympathetic-denervation-and-left-ventricular-mechanical-dyssynchrony-a-czt-analysis
#8
Alessia Gimelli, Riccardo Liga, Francesca Menichetti, Ezio Soldati, Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Paolo Marzullo
BACKGROUND: A correlation between left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony (LVD) and impaired myocardial sympathetic tone has been hypothesized. We sought to assess the interactions between regional LV sympathetic innervation, perfusion, and mechanical dyssynchrony. METHODS: Eighty-three patients underwent evaluation of LV perfusion and sympathetic innervation on (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin/(123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) imaging. The summed rest score and summed (123)I-MIBG score (SS-MIBG) were computed...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807781/engrailed-controls-epaxial-hypaxial-muscle-innervation-and-the-establishment-of-vertebrate-three-dimensional-mobility
#9
Mohi U Ahmed, Ashish K Maurya, Louise Cheng, Erika C Jorge, Frank R Schubert, Pascal Maire, M Albert Basson, Philip W Ingham, Susanne Dietrich
Chordates are characterised by contractile muscle on either side of the body that promotes movement by side-to-side undulation. In the lineage leading to modern jawed vertebrates (crown group gnathostomes), this system was refined: body muscle became segregated into distinct dorsal (epaxial) and ventral (hypaxial) components that are separately innervated by the medial and hypaxial motors column, respectively, via the dorsal and ventral ramus of the spinal nerves. This allows full three-dimensional mobility, which in turn was a key factor in their evolutionary success...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806271/luminal-chemosensing-in-the-gastroduodenal-mucosa
#10
Izumi Kaji, Jonathan D Kaunitz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We report recently published knowledge regarding gut chemosensory mechanisms focusing on nutrient-sensing G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) expressed on gut enteroendocrine cells (EECs), tuft cells, and in afferent nerves in the gastroduodenal mucosa and submucosa. RECENT FINDINGS: Gene profiling of EECs and tuft cells have revealed expression of a variety of nutrient-sensing GPCRs. The density of EEC and tuft cells is altered by luminal environmental changes that may occur following bypass surgery or in the presence of mucosal inflammation...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805947/penile-neurovascular-structure-revisited-immunohistochemical-studies-with-three-dimensional-reconstruction
#11
G N Yin, S-H Park, M-J Choi, A Limanjaya, K Ghatak, N N Minh, J Ock, K-M Song, J-K Ryu, J-K Suh
Penile erection is a neurovascular phenomenon that requires well coordinated and functional interaction between penile vascular and nervous systems. In order to provide a useful tool to examine pathologic changes in the erectile tissue, mainly focusing on penile neurovascular dysfunction, we established the technique to determine the differential distribution of endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, pericytes, and nerve fibers in the mouse penis using immunohistochemical staining with three-dimensional reconstruction...
August 14, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804450/whole-brain-mapping-of-the-inputs-and-outputs-of-the-medial-part-of-the-olfactory-tubercle
#12
Zhijian Zhang, Hongruo Zhang, Pengjie Wen, Xutao Zhu, Li Wang, Qing Liu, Jie Wang, Xiaobin He, Huadong Wang, Fuqiang Xu
The medial part of the olfactory tubercle (OT) is a brain structure located at the interface of the reward and olfactory system. It is closely related to pheromone-rewards, natural reinforcement, addiction and many other behaviors. However, the structure of the anatomic circuitry of the medial part of the OT is still unclear. In the present study, the medial part of the OT was found to be highly connected with a wide range of brain areas with the help of the pseudorabies virus tracing tool. In order to further investigate the detailed connections for specific neurons, another tracing tool - rabies virus was utilized for D1R-cre and D2R-cre mice...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803896/the-thalamo-habenula-projection-revisited
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REVIEW
Suresh Jesuthasan
The thalamus is one of the most highly connected hubs of the vertebrate brain, with roles in perception, arousal, navigation, memory and consciousness. One connection that is missing from contemporary maps is a link to the habenula. This link was reported in the early part of the last century, but appears to have slipped into obscurity. Here, I review the evidence for the existence of this innervation and consider the potential roles it could play. In particular, the possibility that this pathway is involved in non-visual responses to ambient illumination is examined...
August 10, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803853/developmental-suppression-of-forebrain-trka-receptors-and-attentional-capacities-in-aging-rats-a-longitudinal-study
#14
Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh
Basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons innervating the cortex regulate cognitive, specifically attentional, processes. Cholinergic atrophy and cognitive decline occur at an accelerated pace in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; however, the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon remains unknown. Here we hypothesized that developmental suppression of nerve growth factor signaling, mediated via tropomyosin-related kinase A (trkA) receptors, would escalate age-related attentional vulnerability...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803834/transcutaneous-auricular-vagal-nerve-stimulation-tavns-might-be-a-mechanism-behind-the-analgesic-effects-of-auricular-acupuncture
#15
Taras Usichenko, Henriette Hacker, Martin Lotze
BACKGROUND: Randomized clinical trials (RCT) demonstrated that auricular acupuncture (AA) is effective in treatment of acute and chronic pain, although the mechanisms behind AA are not elucidated. METHODS: The data concerning the localization of AA points, which are commonly used to treat pain, were extracted from the meta-analysis of 17 RCTs and evaluated using the anatomical map of auricular afferent nerve supply. RESULTS: Fifteen out of 20 specific AA points, used in the treatment of pain, are situated in areas innervated mostly by the auricular branch of the vagal nerve (ABVN), whereas sham stimulation was applied at the helix of the auricle, innervated by cervical nerves...
August 2, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802636/cardiac-neuroanatomy-imaging-nerves-to-define-functional-control
#16
REVIEW
Peter Hanna, Pradeep S Rajendran, Olujimi A Ajijola, Marmar Vaseghi, J Andrew Armour, Jefrrey L Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar
The autonomic nervous system regulates normal cardiovascular function and plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. Further understanding of the interplay between the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular system holds promise for the development of neuroscience-based cardiovascular therapeutics. To this end, techniques to image myocardial innervation will help provide a basis for understanding the fundamental underpinnings of cardiac neural control. In this review, we detail the evolution of gross and microscopic anatomical studies for functional mapping of cardiac neuroanatomy...
July 29, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801220/multiple-reflex-pathways-contribute-to-bladder-activation-by-intraurethral-stimulation-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Meredith J McGee, Brandon D Swan, Zachary C Danziger, Cindy L Amundsen, Warren M Grill
OBJECTIVES: To measure the urodynamic effects of electrical co-stimulation of two individual sites in the proximal and distal urethra in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). This work was motivated by preclinical findings that selective co-stimulation of the cranial urethral sensory nerve and the dorsal genital nerve, which innervate the proximal and distal portions of the urethra, respectively, increased reflex bladder activation and voiding efficiency. METHODS: Electrical co-stimulation of urethral afferents was conducted in persons with chronic SCI during urodynamics...
August 8, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799442/the-use-of-innervated-radial-artery-superficial-palmar-branch-perforator-free-flap-for-complex-digital-injuries-reconstruction
#18
Zhenglin Chi, Georgios Pafitanis, Luis Eduardo Parra Pont, Roshan Vijayan, Stefano Marcelli, Weiyang Gao, Zan Li, Xiao Zhou, Dajiang Song, Peng Yang
Loco-regional flaps have been widely used for the reconstruction of digital injuries without requiring microvascular anastomosis, however, they result in scarring and compromised functional outcomes. This study demonstrates our experience utilizing the innervated radial artery superficial palmar branch (RASPB) perforator free flap for complex digital injury reconstruction. From May 2007 to March 2014, the innervated RASPB perforator free flap was used to reconstruct 79 distal complex hand and digital soft tissue defects of which 14 were used to re-vascularise the distal digit in a flow-through fashion...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799255/synergy-between-5-ht4-receptor-stimulation-and-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibition-in-facilitating-acetylcholine-release-in-human-large-intestinal-circular-muscle
#19
V Pauwelyn, W Ceelen, R A Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Gastroprokinetic properties of 5-HT4 receptor agonists, such as prucalopride, are attributed to activation of 5-HT4 receptors on cholinergic nerves innervating smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal smooth muscle layer, increasing acetylcholine release and muscle contraction. In porcine stomach and colon, phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4 has been shown to control the signaling pathway of these 5-HT4 receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the PDE-mediated control of these 5-HT4 receptors in human large intestine...
August 10, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798324/calcium-imaging-revealed-no-modulatory-effect-on-odor-evoked-responses-of-the-drosophila-antennal-lobe-by-two-populations-of-inhibitory-local-interneurons
#20
Martin F Strube-Bloss, Veit Grabe, Bill S Hansson, Silke Sachse
Although we have considerable knowledge about how odors are represented in the antennal lobe (AL), the insects' analogue to the olfactory bulb, we still do not fully understand how the different neurons in the AL network contribute to the olfactory code. In Drosophila melanogaster we can selectively manipulate specific neuronal populations to elucidate their function in odor processing. Here we silenced the synaptic transmission of two distinct subpopulations of multiglomerular GABAergic local interneurons (LN1 and LN2) using shibire (shi (ts) ) and analyzed their impact on odor-induced glomerular activity at the AL input and output level...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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