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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813307/the-innate-alarm-system-in-ptsd-conscious-and-subconscious-processing-of-threat
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REVIEW
Ruth A Lanius, Daniela Rabellino, Jenna E Boyd, Sherain Harricharan, Paul A Frewen, Margaret C McKinnon
The innate alarm system (IAS), comprised of functionally connected brain regions including the brainstem, amygdala, pulvinar, and frontotemporal cortex, is a fast subcortical brain network facilitating rapid responses to threat. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) features subconscious and conscious threat detection, together contributing to hyperarousal symptoms. Emerging literature identifies aberrant threat-related neurocircuitry involved in subconscious and conscious threat processing in PTSD. We review this literature, focusing on subconscious threat processing and its relation to the IAS...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808026/superior-colliculus-encodes-visual-saliency-before-the-primary-visual-cortex
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Brian J White, Janis Y Kan, Ron Levy, Laurent Itti, Douglas P Munoz
Models of visual attention postulate the existence of a bottom-up saliency map that is formed early in the visual processing stream. Although studies have reported evidence of a saliency map in various cortical brain areas, determining the contribution of phylogenetically older pathways is crucial to understanding its origin. Here, we compared saliency coding from neurons in two early gateways into the visual system: the primary visual cortex (V1) and the evolutionarily older superior colliculus (SC). We found that, while the response latency to visual stimulus onset was earlier for V1 neurons than superior colliculus superficial visual-layer neurons (SCs), the saliency representation emerged earlier in SCs than in V1...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794192/neural-correlates-for-task-switching-in-the-macaque-superior-colliculus
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Jason Lloyd Chan, Michael J Koval, Kevin Johnston, Stefan Everling
Successful task switching requires a network of brain areas to select, maintain, implement, and execute the appropriate task. Although frontoparietal brain areas are thought to play a critical role in task switching by selecting and encoding task rules and exerting top-down control, how brain areas closer to the execution of tasks participate in task switching is unclear. The superior colliculus (SC) integrates information from various brain areas to generate saccades and is likely influenced by task switching...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789960/multisensory-integration-in-orienting-behavior-pupil-size-microsaccades-and-saccades
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Chin-An Wang, Gunnar Blohm, Jeff Huang, Susan E Boehnke, Douglas P Munoz
Signals from different sensory modalities are integrated in the brain to optimize behavior. Although multisensory integration has been demonstrated in saccadic eye movements, its influence on other orienting responses, including pupil size and microsaccades, is still poorly understood. We examined human gaze orienting responses following presentation of visual, auditory, or combined audiovisual stimuli. Transient pupil dilation and microsaccade inhibition were evoked shortly after the appearance of a salient stimulus...
August 5, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774646/subcortical-and-cortical-correlates-of-pitch-discrimination-evidence-for-two-levels-of-neuroplasticity-in-musicians
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Federica Bianchi, Jens Hjortkjær, Sébastien Santurette, Robert J Zatorre, Hartwig R Siebner, Torsten Dau
Musicians are highly trained to discriminate fine pitch changes but the neural bases of this ability are poorly understood. It is unclear whether such training-dependent differences in pitch processing arise already in the subcortical auditory system or are linked to more central stages. To address this question, we combined psychoacoustic testing with functional MRI to measure cortical and subcortical responses in musicians and non-musicians during a pitch-discrimination task. First, we estimated behavioral pitch-discrimination thresholds for complex tones with harmonic components that were either resolved or unresolved in the auditory system...
July 31, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774322/tau-accumulation-in-the-retina-promotes-early-neuronal-dysfunction-and-precedes-brain-pathology-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Marius Chiasseu, Luis Alarcon-Martinez, Nicolas Belforte, Heberto Quintero, Florence Dotigny, Laurie Destroismaisons, Christine Vande Velde, Fany Panayi, Caroline Louis, Adriana Di Polo
BACKGROUND: Tau is an axon-enriched protein that binds to and stabilizes microtubules, and hence plays a crucial role in neuronal function. In Alzheimer's disease (AD), pathological tau accumulation correlates with cognitive decline. Substantial visual deficits are found in individuals affected by AD including a preferential loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), the neurons that convey visual information from the retina to the brain. At present, however, the mechanisms that underlie vision changes in these patients are poorly understood...
August 3, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760858/segregation-of-visual-response-properties-in-the-mouse-superior-colliculus-and-their-modulation-during-locomotion
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Shinya Ito, David A Feldheim, Alan M Litke
The superior colliculus (SC) receives direct input from the retina and integrates it with information about sound, touch and state of the animal that is relayed from other parts of the brain to initiate specific behavioral outcomes. The superficial SC layers (sSC) contain cells that respond to visual stimuli, while the deep SC layers (dSC) contain cells that also respond to auditory and somatosensory stimuli. Here we used a large-scale silicon probe recording system to examine the visual response properties of SC cells of head-fixed and alert male mice...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760697/vision-in-laboratory-rodents-tools-to-measure-it-and-implications-for-behavioral-research
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REVIEW
Henri Leinonen, Heikki Tanila
Mice and rats are nocturnal mammals and their vision is specialized for detection of motion and contrast in dim light conditions. These species possess a large proportion of UV-sensitive cones in their retinas and the majority of their optic nerve axons target superior colliculus rather than visual cortex. Therefore, it was a widely held belief that laboratory rodents hardly utilize vision during day-time behavior. This dogma is being questioned as accumulating evidence suggests that laboratory rodents are able to perform complex visual functions, such as perceiving subjective contours, and that declined vision may affect their performance in many behavioral tasks...
July 28, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747592/investigation-of-spinal-nerve-ligation-mediated-functional-activation-of-the-rat-brain-using-manganese-enhanced-mri
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Keun-Yeong Jeong, Ji-Hyuk Kang
To provide clear information on the cerebral regions according to peripheral neuropathy, the functional activation was investigated using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). L5-spinal nerve ligation (SNL) was applied to the rats to induce neuropathic pain. Mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia were measured to confirm neuropathic pain induction following before and after gabapentin (GBP) treatment. The cerebral regions were investigated using a 4.7T MRI system in the sham, SNL, and GBP-treated SNL rats...
July 26, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743454/convergence-of-primary-sensory-cortex-and-cerebellar-nuclei-pathways-in-the-whisker-system
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REVIEW
Carmen B Schäfer, Freek E Hoebeek
To safely maneuver through the environment the brain needs to compare active sensory information with ongoing motor programs. This process occurs at various levels in the brain: at the lower level, i.e., in the spinal cord, reflexes are generated for the most primitive motor responses; at the intermediate level, i.e., in the brainstem, various nuclei co-process sensory- and motor-related inputs; and, at the higher level cerebellum and thalamo-cortical networks individually compute suitable commands for fine-tuned motor output...
July 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736924/evaluation-of-spiral-acquisition-variants-for-functional-imaging-of-human-superior-colliculus-at-3t-field-strength
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Vimal Singh, Josef Pfeuffer, Tiejun Zhao, David Ress
PURPOSE: High-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging of human subcortical brain structures is challenging because of their deep location in the cranium, and their comparatively weak blood oxygen level dependent responses to strong stimuli. Magnetic resonance imaging data for subcortical brain regions exhibit both low signal-to-noise ratio and low functional contrast-to-noise ratio. To overcome these challenges, this work evaluates the use of dual-echo spiral variants that combine outward and inward trajectories...
July 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729937/manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-combined-with-electrophysiology-in-the-evaluation-of-visual-pathway-in-experimental-rat-models-with-monocular-blindness
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Zuohua Tang, Jie Wang, Zebin Xiao, Xinghuai Sun, Xiaoyuan Feng, Weijun Tang, Qian Chen, Lingjie Wu, Rong Wang, Yufeng Zhong, Wentao Wang, Jianfeng Luo
PURPOSE: Our study aimed to explore the feasibility of manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) combined with visual evoked potentials (VEP) and auditory evoked visual cortex responses (AVR) in evaluating for the establishment of visual/auditory compensatory pathways after monocular blindness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 14 healthy neonatal male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups (n = 7 for Groups A and B). Right optic nerve (ON) transection was performed on the 7 rats of Group A to obtain a monocularly blind model, and the 7 rats of Group B were chosen as the control group...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690587/brain-connectivity-patterns-dissociate-action-of-specific-acupressure-treatments-in-fatigued-breast-cancer-survivors
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Richard E Harris, Eric Ichesco, Chelsea Cummiford, Johnson P Hampson, Thomas L Chenevert, Neil Basu, Suzanna M Zick
Persistent fatigue is a pernicious symptom in many cancer survivors. Existing treatments are limited or ineffective and often lack any underlying biologic rationale. Acupressure is emerging as a promising new intervention for persistent cancer-related fatigue; however, the underlying mechanisms of action are unknown. Our previous investigations suggested that fatigued breast cancer survivors have alterations in brain neurochemistry within the posterior insula and disturbed functional connectivity to the default mode network (DMN), as compared to non-fatigued breast cancer survivors...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687521/simultaneous-gcamp6-based-fiber-photometry-and-fmri-in-rats
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Zhifeng Liang, Yuncong Ma, Glenn D R Watson, Nanyin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationship between neural and vascular signals is essential for interpretation of functional MRI (fMRI) results with respect to underlying neuronal activity. Simultaneously measuring neural activity using electrophysiology with fMRI has been highly valuable in elucidating the neural basis of the blood oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) signal. However, this approach is also technically challenging due to the electromagnetic interference that is observed in electrophysiological recordings during MRI scanning...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684852/the-normal-environment-delays-the-development-of-multisensory-integration
#15
Jinghong Xu, Liping Yu, Benjamin A Rowland, Barry E Stein
Multisensory neurons in animals whose cross-modal experiences are compromised during early life fail to develop the ability to integrate information across those senses. Consequently, they lack the ability to increase the physiological salience of the events that provide the convergent cross-modal inputs. The present study demonstrates that superior colliculus (SC) neurons in animals whose visual-auditory experience is compromised early in life by noise-rearing can develop visual-auditory multisensory integration capabilities rapidly when periodically exposed to a single set of visual-auditory stimuli in a controlled laboratory paradigm...
July 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669762/space-specific-deficits-in-visual-orientation-discrimination-caused-by-lesions-in-the-midbrain-stimulus-selection-network
#16
Eric I Knudsen, Jason S Schwarz, Phyllis F Knudsen, Devarajan Sridharan
Perceptual decisions require both analysis of sensory information and selective routing of relevant information to decision networks. This study explores the contribution of a midbrain network to visual perception in chickens. Analysis of visual orientation information in birds takes place in the forebrain sensory area called the Wulst, as it does in the primary visual cortex (V1) of mammals. In contrast, the midbrain, which receives parallel retinal input, encodes orientation poorly, if at all. We discovered, however, that small electrolytic lesions in the midbrain severely impair a chicken's ability to discriminate orientations...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660235/a-co-culture-model-for-determining-the-target-specificity-of-the-de-novo-generated-retinal-ganglion-cells
#17
Pooja Teotia, Matthew J Van Hook, Iqbal Ahmad
In glaucoma, the output neurons of the retina, the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), progressively degenerate, leading to irreversible blindness (Ahram et al., 2015). The ex vivo stem cell method to replace degenerated RGCs remains a potentially viable approach (Levin et al., 2004). However, the success of the approach depends upon the ability of the de novo generated RGCs to connect over the long distance with specific targets in the central visual pathway. Here, we describe a protocol to examine the target specificity of the de novo generated RGCs using a co-culture approach where the RGCs neurites are allowed to choose between specific (superior colliculus; SC) and non-specific (inferior colliculus; IC) tectal targets...
April 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657115/monosynaptic-retrograde-tracing-of-neurons-expressing-the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr151-in-the-mouse-brain
#18
Jonas Broms, Matilda Grahm, Lea Haugegaard, Thomas Blom, Konstantinos Meletis, Anders Tingström
GPR151 is a G-protein coupled receptor for which the endogenous ligand remains unknown. In the nervous system of vertebrates, its expression is enriched in specific diencephalic structures, where the highest levels are observed in the habenular area. The habenula has been implicated in a range of different functions including behavioral flexibility, decision making, inhibitory control, and pain processing, which makes it a promising target for treating psychiatric and neurological disease. This study aimed to further characterize neurons expressing the Gpr151 gene, by tracing the afferent connectivity of this diencephalic cell population...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628005/emergence-of-visually-evoked-reward-expectation-signals-in-dopamine-neurons-via-the-superior-colliculus-in-v1-lesioned-monkeys
#19
Norihiro Takakuwa, Rikako Kato, Peter Redgrave, Tadashi Isa
Responses of midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons reflecting expected reward from sensory cues are critical for reward-based associative learning. However, critical pathways by which reward-related visual information is relayed to DA neurons remain unclear. To address this question, we investigated Pavlovian conditioning in macaque monkeys with unilateral primary visual cortex (V1) lesions (an animal model of 'blindsight'). Anticipatory licking responses to obtain juice drops were elicited in response to visual conditioned stimuli (CS) in the affected visual field...
June 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620279/interleukin-6-deficiency-attenuates-retinal-ganglion-cell-axonopathy-and-glaucoma-related-vision-loss
#20
Franklin D Echevarria, Cathryn R Formichella, Rebecca M Sappington
The pleotropic cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) is implicated in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival and degeneration, including that associated with glaucoma. IL-6 protects RGCs from pressure-induced apoptosis in vitro. However, it is unknown how IL-6 impacts glaucomatous degeneration in vivo. To study how IL-6 influences glaucomatous RGC axonopathy, accompanying glial reactivity, and resultant deficits in visual function, we performed neural tracing, histological, and neurobehavioral assessments in wildtype (B6;129SF2/J; WT) and IL-6 knock-out mice (B6;129S2-IL6(t)(m1kopf)/J; IL-6-/-) after 8 weeks of unilateral or bilateral microbead-induced glaucoma (microbead occlusion model)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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