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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109039/nkx2-5-regulates-endothelin-converting-enzyme-1-during-pharyngeal-arch-patterning
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Jennifer M Iklé, Andre L P Tavares, Marisol King, Hailei Ding, Sophie Colombo, Beth A Firulli, Anthony B Fiulli, Kimara L Targoff, Deborah Yelon, David E Clouthier
In gnathostomes, dorsoventral (D-V) patterning of neural crest cells (NCC) within the pharyngeal arches is crucial for the development of hinged jaws. One of the key signals that mediates this process is Endothelin-1 (EDN1). Loss of EDN1 binding to the Endothelin-A receptor (EDNRA) results in loss of EDNRA signaling and subsequent facial birth defects in humans, mice and zebrafish. A rate-limiting step in this crucial signaling pathway is the conversion of immature EDN1 into a mature active form by Endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE1)...
January 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108958/biocompatibility-study-of-three-distinct-carbon-pastes-for-application-as-electrode-material-in-neural-stimulations-and-recordings
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Melinda Varga, Paul Wolff, Klaus-Juergen Wolter
Neural interfaces hold great promise for research and treatment of a wide variety of neurological diseases. Medical electrodes are designed to interface with the nervous system and provide control signals for neural prostheses. We fabricated previously a hook-up neural electrode. Here we investigate the in vitro cytotoxicity of three commercial carbon pastes used for printing the conductor tracks of this electrode. At first, the carbon pastes were characterized with respect to their microstructure and chemical composition...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108857/erratum-to-matrine-treatment-blocks-nogoa-induced-neural-inhibitory-signaling-pathway-in-ongoing-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Quan-Cheng Kan, Hui-Jun Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Xing Li, Yu-Ming Xu, Rodolfo Thome, Ming-Liang Zhang, Nan Liu, Yao-Juan Chu, Guang-Xian Zhang, Lin Zhu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108852/missing-the-target-the-neural-processing-underlying-the-omission-error
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Rinaldo Livio Perri, Donatella Spinelli, Francesco Di Russo
The omissions are infrequent errors consisting in missing responses to the target stimuli. This is the first study aimed at investigating the brain activities associated with omissions in a decision-making task. We recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) in 12 subjects which reported a suitable number of omissions in a visual go/no-go task. We investigated both the pre- and post-stimulus brain activities associated with correct and omitted trials. The electrical neuroimaging technique (BESA) was adopted to extract the anterior insula (aIns) activity associated with the prefrontal P2 component (pP2) peaking about 300 ms after the stimulus and reflecting the stimulus-response mapping process...
January 20, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108817/computerized-classification-of-pneumoconiosis-on-digital-chest-radiography-artificial-neural-network-with-three-stages
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Eiichiro Okumura, Ikuo Kawashita, Takayuki Ishida
It is difficult for radiologists to classify pneumoconiosis from category 0 to category 3 on chest radiographs. Therefore, we have developed a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system based on a three-stage artificial neural network (ANN) method for classification based on four texture features. The image database consists of 36 chest radiographs classified as category 0 to category 3. Regions of interest (ROIs) with a matrix size of 32 × 32 were selected from chest radiographs. We obtained a gray-level histogram, histogram of gray-level difference, gray-level run-length matrix (GLRLM) feature image, and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCOM) feature image in each ROI...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108641/spinal-cord-stimulation-scs-with-anatomically-guided-3d-neural-targeting-shows-superior-chronic-axial-low-back-pain-relief-compared-to-traditional-scs-lumina-study
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Elias Veizi, Salim M Hayek, James North, T Brent Chafin, Thomas L Yearwood, Louis Raso, Robert Frey, Kevin Cairns, Anthony Berg, John Brendel, Nameer Haider, Matthew McCarty, Henry Vucetic, Alden Sherman, Lilly Chen, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov
: BACKGROUND : The aim of this study was to determine whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) using 3D neural targeting provided sustained overall and low back pain relief in a broad routine clinical practice population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:  This was a multicenter, open-label observational study with an observational arm and retrospective analysis of a matched cohort. After IPG implantation, programming was done using a patient-specific, model-based algorithm to adjust for lead position (3D neural targeting) or previous generation software (traditional)...
January 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108498/mglur2-versus-mglur3-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-in-primate-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-postsynaptic-mglur3-strengthen-working-memory-networks
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Lu E Jin, Min Wang, Veronica C Galvin, Taber C Lightbourne, Peter Jeffrey Conn, Amy F T Arnsten, Constantinos D Paspalas
The newly evolved circuits in layer III of primate dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) generate the neural representations that subserve working memory. These circuits are weakened by increased cAMP-K(+) channel signaling, and are a focus of pathology in schizophrenia, aging, and Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive deficits in these disorders are increasingly associated with insults to mGluR3 metabotropic glutamate receptors, while reductions in mGluR2 appear protective. This has been perplexing, as mGluR3 has been considered glial receptors, and mGluR2 and mGluR3 have been thought to have similar functions, reducing glutamate transmission...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108495/neural-representations-of-belief-concepts-a-representational-similarity-approach-to-social-semantics
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Anna Leshinskaya, Juan Manuel Contreras, Alfonso Caramazza, Jason P Mitchell
The present experiment identified neural regions that represent a class of concepts that are independent of perceptual or sensory attributes. During functional magnetic resonance imaging scanning, participants viewed names of social groups (e.g. Atheists, Evangelicals, and Economists) and performed a one-back similarity judgment according to 1 of 2 dimensions of belief attributes: political orientation (Liberal to Conservative) or spiritualism (Spiritualist to Materialist). By generalizing across a wide variety of social groups that possess these beliefs, these attribute concepts did not coincide with any specific sensory quality, allowing us to target conceptual, rather than perceptual, representations...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108491/transcriptome-analysis-identifies-multifaceted-regulatory-mechanisms-dictating-a-genetic-switch-from-neuronal-network-establishment-to-maintenance-during-postnatal-prefrontal-cortex-development
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Yvet Kroeze, Martin Oti, Ellen van Beusekom, Roel H M Cooijmans, Hans van Bokhoven, Sharon M Kolk, Judith R Homberg, Huiqing Zhou
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is one of the latest brain regions to mature, which allows the acquisition of complex cognitive abilities through experience. To unravel the underlying gene expression changes during postnatal development, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) in the rat medial PFC (mPFC) at five developmental time points from infancy to adulthood, and analyzed the differential expression of protein-coding genes, long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs), and alternative exons. We showed that most expression changes occur in infancy, and that the number of differentially expressed genes reduces toward adulthood...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108488/stimulus-tuned-structure-of-correlated-fmri-activity-in-human-visual-cortex
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Jungwon Ryu, Sang-Hun Lee
Processing units are interconnected in the visual system, where a sensory organ and downstream cortical regions communicate through hierarchical connections, and local sites within the regions communicate through horizontal connections. In such networks, neural activities at local sites are likely to influence one another in complex ways and thus are intricately correlated. Recognizing the functional importance of correlated activity in sensory representation, spontaneous activities have been studied via diverse local or global measures in various time scales...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108422/role-of-microglia-autophagy-in-microglia-activation-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yichao Jin, Ran Wang, Shaofeng Yang, Xiaohua Zhang, Jiong Dai
OBJECTIVE: Role of microglia autophagy in microglia activation after traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains elusive. Here, we evaluated role of microglia autophagy in microglia activation after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rats. METHODS: TBI was induced by a fluid percussion TBI device. All rats were killed at 24 h after TBI. The ipsilateral hippocampus in all rats was analyzed with hematoxylin and eosin staining; Immunohistochemistry and western blotting of IBA-1 was used to determine the changes of microglia activation; Double staining of microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 (LC-3), Beclin-1 and IBA-1 was used to assess the changes of microglia autophagy; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) of tumor necrosis factor receptor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) was used to evaluate the changes of inflammatory responses; terminal deoxynucleoitidyl transferase mediated nick end labeling staining (TUNEL) was used to determine cell death in ipsilateral hippocampus...
January 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108414/the-macaque-lateral-grasping-network-a-neural-substrate-for-generating-purposeful-hand-actions
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Elena Borra, Marzio Gerbella, Stefano Rozzi, Giuseppe Luppino
In primates, neural mechanisms for controlling skilled hand actions primarily rely on sensorimotor transformations. These transformations are mediated by circuits linking specific inferior parietal with ventral premotor areas in which sensory coding of objects' features automatically trigger appropriate hand motor programs. Recently, connectional studies in macaques showed that these parietal and premotor areas are nodes of a large-scale cortical network, designated as "lateral grasping network," including specific temporal and prefrontal sectors involved in object recognition and executive functions, respectively...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108395/temporal-orienting-precedes-intersensory-attention-and-has-opposing-effects-on-early-evoked-brain-activity
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Julian Keil, Ulrich Pomper, Nele Feuerbach, Daniel Senkowski
Intersensory attention (IA) describes the process of directing attention to a specific modality. Temporal orienting (TO) characterizes directing attention to a specific moment in time. Previously, studies indicated that these two processes could have opposite effects on early evoked brain activity. The exact time-course and processing stages of both processes are still unknown. In this human electroencephalography study, we investigated the effects of IA and TO on visuo-tactile stimulus processing within one paradigm...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108394/unsmoothed-functional-mri-of-the-human-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Ronald Sladky, Nicole Geissberger, Daniela M Pfabigan, Christoph Kraus, Martin Tik, Michael Woletz, Katharina Paul, Thomas Vanicek, Bastian Auer, Georg S Kranz, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Functional neuroimaging of the human amygdala has been of great interest to uncover the neural underpinnings of emotions, mood, motivation, social cognition, and decision making, as well as their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Yet, several factors limit in vivo imaging of amygdalar function, most importantly its location deep within the temporal lobe adjacent to air-filled cavities that cause magnetic field inhomogeneities entailing signal dropouts. Additionally, the amygdala and the extended amygdalar region consist of several substructures, which have been assigned different functions and have important implications for functional and effective connectivity studies...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108355/an-unusual-case-of-a-pheochromocytoma-mimicking-both-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-central-nervous-system-infection-case-report-and-literature-review
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Andreas Mitsis, Christina Hadjilouka, Maria Skarpari, Michael Myrianthefs
Pheochromocytoma has been called 'the great mimic', capable of presenting itself as many other medical conditions. We present a 58-year-old woman admitted with recurrent episodes of nausea and vomiting and high blood pressure. Elevated cardiac biomarkers and diffuse ST-T abnormalities on electrocardiography suggested myocardial injury. However the biochemical and electrocardiography abnormalities normalized in a few hours. The next day the combination of fever, mental disorientation and confusion associated with elevated levels of C-reactive protein and leukocytosis suggested infection of central neural system...
January 17, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108331/recovery-cycle-of-inferior-collicular-neurons-in-hipposideros-pratti-under-behavior-related-sound-stimulus-and-the-best-doppler-shift-compensation-conditions
#16
Jia Tang, Chen-Xue Wei, Meng-Xia Chen, Qiao-Chao Wang, Hui-Fang Kong, Zi-Ying Fu, Qi-Cai Chen
The Doppler-shift compensation (DSC) behavior of constant frequency - frequency modulation (CF-FM) bat (Hipposideros pratti) is vital for extraction and analysis of echo information. This type of behavior affects the recovery cycles of sound-sensitive neurons, but their precise relationship remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of DSC on the recovery cycles of inferior collicular (IC) neurons in H. pratti. We simulated the pulse-echo pair in bats by changing the emitted pulse frequency and keeping the echo frequency constant during DSC in echolocation...
January 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108326/neuromolecular-correlates-of-cooperation-and-conflict-during-territory-defense-in-a-cichlid-fish
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Chelsea A Weitekamp, Hans A Hofmann
Cooperative behavior is widespread among animals, yet the neural mechanisms have not been studied in detail. We examined cooperative territory defense behavior and associated neural activity in candidate forebrain regions in the cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni. We find that a territorial male neighbor will engage in territory defense dependent on the perceived threat of the intruder. The resident male, on the other hand, engages in defense based on the size and behavior of his partner, the neighbor. In the neighbor, we find that an index of engagement correlates with neural activity in the putative homolog of the mammalian basolateral amygdala and in the preoptic area, as well as in preoptic dopaminergic neurons...
January 17, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108322/effect-of-zbd-2-on-chronic-pain-depressive-like-behaviors-and-recovery-of-motor-function-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
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Xiao-Ming Li, Jia Meng, Lin Tao Li, Ting Guo, Liu-Kun Yang, Qi-Xin Shi, Xu-Bo Li, Yong Chen, Qi Yang, Jian-Ning Zhao
In addition to debilitating sensory and motor deficits, patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience chronic hyperpathic pain (SCI-pain). Recent studies have revealed that translocator protein (TSPO) is involved in repairing neural cells as well as reducing anxiety and depression. However, the role of TSPO in SCI-pain and pain-induced depression remains unknown. The present study aimed to determine the effects of a new TSPO ligand, ZBD-2, on SCI-pain and consequent pain-induced depressive-like behaviors in mice...
January 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108291/neuroendocrine-signaling-modulates-specific-neural-networks-relevant-to-migraine
#19
Margarida Martins-Oliveira, Simon Akerman, Philip R Holland, Jan R Hoffmann, Isaura Tavares, Peter J Goadsby
Migraine is a disabling brain disorder involving abnormal trigeminovascular activation and sensitization. Fasting or skipping meals is considered a migraine trigger and altered fasting glucose and insulin levels have been observed in migraineurs. Therefore peptides involved in appetite and glucose regulation including insulin, glucagon and leptin could potentially influence migraine neurobiology. We aimed to determine the effect of insulin (10U·kg(-1)), glucagon (100μg·200μl(-1)) and leptin (0.3, 1 and 3mg·kg(-1)) signaling on trigeminovascular nociceptive processing at the level of the trigeminocervical-complex and hypothalamus...
January 17, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108286/the-impact-of-zika-virus-in-the-brain
#20
Fabiele Baldino Russo, Patricia Cristina Baleeiro Beltrão-Braga
The recent outbreak of ZIKV in Brazil called the attention of the world because the effects of viral infection in the brain under development in fetuses. Consequences of vertical infection comprise brain malformation, especially microcephaly, eye and musculoskeletal abnormalities, among others. In adults, outcomes of infection include meningoencephalitis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Recent data specific suggest that neural progenitor cells are the main targets of ZIKV infection, causing massive cellular death, which in turns, causes impairment in the neurogenesis process...
January 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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