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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340511/quantitative-mapping-reveals-age-and-sex-differences-in-vasopressin-but-not-oxytocin-immunoreactivity-in-the-rat-social-behavior-neural-network
#1
Brett T DiBenedictis, Elizabeth R Nussbaum, Harry K Cheung, Alexa H Veenema
The neuropeptides vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) have been implicated in the regulation of numerous social behaviors in adult and juvenile animals. AVP and OT signaling predominantly occur within a circuit of interconnected brain regions known collectively as the "social behavior neural network" (SBNN). Importantly, AVP and OT signaling within the SBNN has been shown to differentially regulate diverse social behaviors, depending on the age and/or sex of the animal. We hypothesized that variation in the display of these behaviors is due in part to age and sex differences in AVP and OT synthesis within the SBNN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340341/tridimensional-visualization-and-analysis-of-early-human-development
#2
Morgane Belle, David Godefroy, Gérard Couly, Samuel A Malone, Francis Collier, Paolo Giacobini, Alain Chédotal
Generating a precise cellular and molecular cartography of the human embryo is essential to our understanding of the mechanisms of organogenesis in normal and pathological conditions. Here, we have combined whole-mount immunostaining, 3DISCO clearing, and light-sheet imaging to start building a 3D cellular map of the human development during the first trimester of gestation. We provide high-resolution 3D images of the developing peripheral nervous, muscular, vascular, cardiopulmonary, and urogenital systems...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338565/corneal-nerve-morphology-sensitivity-and-tear-neuropeptides-in-contact-lens-wear
#3
Blanka Golebiowski, Cecilia Chao, Fiona Stapleton, Isabelle Jalbert
PURPOSE: To determine tear neuropeptide levels in contact lens wearers and non-wearers, and to examine relationships with indices of corneal innervation, tear function, and ocular discomfort. METHODS: A cross-sectional, single-visit, investigator-masked pilot study. Assessments included Ocular Comfort Index (OCI), central and mid-peripheral corneal nerve density and morphology (HRT-Rostock), corneal sensitivity (Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer), tear Substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) concentration (ELISA), in situ tear osmolarity (TearLab), tear secretion (Phenol Red Thread), and noninvasive tear break-up time (NITBUT; Keeler Tearscope)...
April 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337946/up-regulation-of-cxcr4-expression-contributes-to-persistent-abdominal-pain-in-rats-with-chronic-pancreatitis
#4
Hong-Yan Zhu, Xuelian Liu, Xiuhua Miao, Di Li, Shusheng Wang, Guang-Yin Xu
Background Pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis is critical hallmark that accompanied inflammation, fibrosis, and destruction of glandular pancreas. Many researchers have demonstrated that stromal cell-derived factor 1 (also named as CXCL12) and its cognate receptor C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) involved in mediating neuropathic and bone cancer pain. However, their roles in chronic pancreatic pain remain largely unclear. Methods Chronic pancreatitis was induced by intraductal injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid to the pancreas...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336296/serotonin-and-dopamine-transporter-pet-changes-in-the-premotor-phase-of-lrrk2-parkinsonism-cross-sectional-studies
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Daryl J Wile, Pankaj A Agarwal, Michael Schulzer, Edwin Mak, Katherine Dinelle, Elham Shahinfard, Nasim Vafai, Kazuko Hasegawa, Jing Zhang, Jessamyn McKenzie, Nicole Neilson, Audrey Strongosky, Ryan J Uitti, Mark Guttman, Cyrus P Zabetian, Yu-Shin Ding, Mike Adam, Jan Aasly, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Matthew Farrer, Vesna Sossi, A Jon Stoessl
BACKGROUND: People with Parkinson's disease can show premotor neurochemical changes in the dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic systems. Using PET, we assessed whether dopaminergic and serotonin transporter changes are similar in LRRK2 mutation carriers with Parkinson's disease and individuals with sporadic Parkinson's disease, and whether LRRK2 mutation carriers without motor symptoms show PET changes. METHODS: We did two cross-sectional PET studies at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada...
March 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334784/testing-the-ret-and-sema3d-genetic-interaction-in-mouse-enteric-nervous-system-development
#6
Ashish Kapoor, Dallas R Auer, Dongwon Lee, Sumantra Chatterjee, Aravinda Chakravarti
For most multigenic disorders, clinical manifestation (penetrance) and presentation (expressivity) are likely to be an outcome of genetic interaction between multiple susceptibility genes. Here, using gene knockouts in mice we evaluated genetic interaction between loss of Ret and loss of Sema3d, two Hirschsprung disease susceptibility genes. We intercrossed Ret and Sema3d double null heterozygotes to generate mice with the nine possible genotypes and assessed survival by counting various genotypes, myenteric plexus presence by acetylcholinesterase staining and embryonic day 12...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334242/reciprocal-connections-between-cortex-and-thalamus-contribute-to-retinal-axon-targeting-to-dorsal-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#7
Yupu Diao, Liyuan Cui, Yuqing Chen, Timothy J Burbridge, Wenqi Han, Brunhilde Wirth, Nenad Sestan, Michael C Crair, Jiayi Zhang
The dorsal Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (dLGN) is the primary image-forming target of the retina and shares a reciprocal connection with primary visual cortex (V1). Previous studies showed that corticothalamic input is essential for the development of thalamocortical projections, but less is known about the potential role of this reciprocal connection in the development of retinal projections. Here, we show a deficit of retinal innervation in the dLGN around E18.5 in Tra2β conditional knockout (cKO) "cortexless" mice, an age when apoptosis occurs along the thalamocortical tract and in some dLGN neurons...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334225/pom-thalamocortical-input-drives-layer-specific-microcircuits-in-somatosensory-cortex
#8
Nicholas J Audette, Joanna Urban-Ciecko, Megumi Matsushita, Alison L Barth
Higher-order thalamic nuclei, such as the posterior medial nucleus (POm) in the somatosensory system or the pulvinar in the visual system, densely innervate the cortex and can influence perception and plasticity. To systematically evaluate how higher-order thalamic nuclei can drive cortical circuits, we investigated cell-type selective responses to POm stimulation in mouse primary somatosensory (barrel) cortex, using genetically targeted whole-cell recordings in acute brain slices. We find that ChR2-evoked thalamic input selectively targets specific cell types in the neocortex, revealing layer-specific modules for the summation and processing of POm input...
March 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334159/characterization-of-white-matter-tracts-by-diffusion-mr-tractography-in-cat-and-ferret-that-have-similar-gyral-patterns
#9
Avilash Das, Emi Takahashi
The developmental relationships between gyral structures and white matter tracts have long been debated, but it is still difficult to discern whether they influence each other's development or are causally related. To explore this topic, this study used cats and ferrets as models for species that share similar gyral folding patterns and imaged with diffusion magnetic resonance imaging to compare white matter innervations in homologous gyri and other brain regions. Adult cat and ferret brains were analyzed via diffusion spectrum imaging tractography and homologous regions of interest were compared...
March 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333372/characterisation-and-functional-mapping-of-surface-potentials-in-the-rat-dorsal-column-nuclei
#10
Alastair J Loutit, Ted Maddess, Stephen J Redmond, John W Morley, Greg J Stuart, Jason R Potas
The brainstem dorsal column nuclei (DCN) play a role in early processing of somatosensory information arising from a variety of functionally distinct peripheral structures, before being transmitted to the cortex via the thalamus. To improve our understanding of how sensory information is represented by the DCN, we characterised and mapped low- (<200 Hz) and high-frequency (550-3300 Hz) components of nerve-evoked DCN surface potentials. DCN surface potentials were evoked by electrical stimulation of the left and right nerves innervating cutaneous (sural nerve), or a mix of cutaneous and deep structures (peroneal nerve), in 8 week-old urethane anaesthetised male Wistar rats...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332745/5-ht4-receptors-facilitate-cholinergic-neurotransmission-throughout-the-murine-gastrointestinal-tract
#11
V Pauwelyn, R A Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: In the gastrointestinal tract of several species, facilitating 5-HT4 receptors were proposed on myenteric cholinergic neurons innervating smooth muscle by in vitro study of the effect of the selective 5-HT4 receptor agonist prucalopride on submaximal cholinergic contractions. This was not yet established in the murine gastrointestinal tract. METHODS: In circular smooth muscle strips from murine fundus, jejunum and colon, contractions were induced by electrical field stimulation in the presence of guanethidine, L-NAME and for colon also MRS 2500...
March 23, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331643/hemifacial-pain-and-hemisensory-disturbance-referred-from-occipital-neuralgia-caused-by-pathological-vascular-contact-of-the-greater-occipital-nerve
#12
Byung-Chul Son, Jin-Gyu Choi
Here we report a unique case of chronic occipital neuralgia caused by pathological vascular contact of the left greater occipital nerve. After 12 months of left-sided, unremitting occipital neuralgia, a hypesthesia and facial pain developed in the left hemiface. The decompression of the left greater occipital nerve from pathological contacts with the occipital artery resulted in immediate relief for hemifacial sensory change and facial pain, as well as chronic occipital neuralgia. Although referral of pain from the stimulation of occipital and cervical structures innervated by upper cervical nerves to the frontal head of V1 trigeminal distribution has been reported, the development of hemifacial sensory change associated with referred trigeminal pain from chronic occipital neuralgia is extremely rare...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330973/neurokinin-b-regulates-reproduction-via-inhibition-of-kisspeptin-in-a-teleost-the-striped-bass
#13
Nilli Zmora, Ten Tsao Wong, John David Stubblefield, Berta Levavi-Sivan, Yonathan Zohar
Kisspeptin and neurokinin B (NKB) are neuropeptides co-expressed in the mammalian hypothalamus and coordinately control GnRH signaling. We have found that Nkb and kisspeptin neurons are distinct in the teleost, striped bass (stb), and capitalized on this phenomenon to study the mode of action of Nkb and its related neuropeptide-F (Nkf), both of which are encoded by the tac3 gene. In vitro brain slices and in vivo administration studies revealed that Nkb/f consistently down-regulated kiss2, while antagonist (AntD) administration restored this effect...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330489/profiling-intraoral-neuropathic-disturbances-following-lingual-nerve-injury-and-in-burning-mouth-syndrome
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Amely Hartmann, Robin Seeberger, Malte Bittner, Roman Rolke, Claudia Welte-Jzyk, Monika Daubländer
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to analyse intraoral neurophysiological changes in patients with unilateral lingual nerve lesions as well as patients with Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) by applying a standardized Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) protocol. METHODS: The study included patients suffering from a peripheral lesion of the lingual nerve (n = 4), from BMS (n = 5) and healthy controls (n = 8). Neurophysiological tests were performed in the innervation areas of the tongue bilaterally...
March 23, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326931/overexpression-of-suppressor-of-cytokine-signaling-3-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-attenuates-cancer-induced-pain-in-rats
#15
Jinrong Wei, Meng Li, Dieyu Wang, Hongyan Zhu, Xiangpeng Kong, Shusheng Wang, You-Lang Zhou, Zhong Ju, Guang-Yin Xu, Guo-Qin Jiang
Background Cancer-induced pain (CIP) is one of the most severe types of chronic pain with which clinical treatment remains challenging and the involved mechanisms are largely unknown. Suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) is an important intracellular protein and provides a classical negative feedback loop, thus involving in a wide variety of processes including inflammation and nociception. However, the role of SOCS3 pathway in CIP is poorly understood. The present study was designed to investigate the role of SOCS3 in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) in the development of CIP...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326307/p75-neurotrophin-receptor-in-the-skin-beyond-its-neurotrophic-function
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REVIEW
Carlo Pincelli
p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)), also known as CD271, is the low-affinity receptor that, together with the tyrosine kinase receptor tropomyosin-receptor kinase (Trk), mediate neurotrophin (NT) functions. Beside their classic role in skin innervation, NT and their receptors constitute a complex cutaneous network associated with a number of autocrine and paracrine activities. In this context, the role of p75(NTR) is becoming more and more important. This review will focus on the intriguing functions of p75(NTR) in healthy and diseased skin...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324978/influence-of-electrode-configuration-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-of-the-cervical-spine
#17
Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) is a recent technique with promising neuromodulatory effects on spinal neuronal circuitry. The main objective of the present study was to perform a finite element analysis of the electric field distribution in tsDCS in the cervical spine region, with varying electrode configurations and geometry. A computational model of a human trunk was generated with nine tissue meshes. Three electrode configurations were tested: A) rectangular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C3 and T3 spinous processes, respectively; B1) circular saline-soaked sponge target and return electrodes placed over C7 spinous process and right deltoid muscle, respectively; B2) same configuration as B1, considering circular shaped electrodes with sponge and rubber layers and a small circular connector on the top surface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324630/morphological-and-neurochemical-differences-in-peptidergic-nerve-fibres-of-the-mouse-vagina
#18
Christine Barry, Esther Ji, Harman Sharma, Lara Beukes, Pat Vilimas, Yvette DeGraaf, Dusan Matusica, Rainer V Haberberger
The vagina is innervated by a complex arrangement of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres that contain classical transmitters plus an array of neuropeptides and enzymes known to regulate diverse processes including blood flow and nociception. The neurochemical characteristics and distributions of peptide-containing nerves in the mouse vagina are unknown. This study used multiple labelling immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and analysis to investigate the presence and colocalization of the peptides vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), neuropeptide tyrosine (NPY) and the nitric oxide synthesizing enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in nerve fibres of the murine vaginal wall...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322749/cannabinoid-receptor-1-contributes-to-sprouted-innervation-in-endometrial-ectopic-growth-through-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-activation
#19
Hongxiu Han, Xizi Liang, Juan Wang, Qianqian Zhao, Mei Yang, Weifang Rong, Guohua Zhang
The endocannabinoid system regulates neurite outgrowth and neurogenesis during development of the central nervous system. Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) is expressed in neurons, including the somata and fibers, that innervate the endometrial ectopic cyst in rats. Here, we investigated the contribution of CB1R and its downstream signaling to the innervation of endometrial ectopic growth. We found that intrathecal injection of a CB1R agonist enhanced both the density of protein gene product (PGP) 9.5-immunoreactive sprouted nerve fibers and the protein level of PGP 9...
March 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322043/-sup-18-sup-f-fluoro-hydroxyphenethylguanidines-efficient-synthesis-and-comparison-of-two-structural-isomers-as-radiotracers-of-cardiac-sympathetic-innervation
#20
Yong-Woon Jung, Keun Sam Jang, Guie Gu, Robert A Koeppe, Phillip S Sherman, Carole A Quesada, David M Raffel
Fluorine-18 labeled phenethylguanidines are currently under development in our laboratory as radiotracers for quantifying regional cardiac sympathetic nerve density using PET imaging techniques. In this study, we report an efficient synthesis of <sup>18</sup>F-hydroxyphenethylguanidines consisting of nucleophilic aromatic [<sup>18</sup>F]fluorination of a protected diaryliodonium salt precursor followed by a single deprotection step to afford the desired radiolabeled compound. This approach has been shown to reliably produce 4-[<sup>18</sup>F]fluoro-<i>m</I>-hydroxyphenethylguanidine ([<sup>18</sup>F]4F-MHPG, [<sup>18</sup>F]<b>1</b>) and its structural isomer 3-[<sup>18</sup>F]fluoro-<i>p</i>-hydroxyphenethylguanidine ([<sup>18</sup>F]3F-PHPG, [<sup>18</sup>F]<b>2</b>) with good radiochemical yields...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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