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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908658/cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-peptide-and-calcium-binding-proteins-immunoreactivity-in-the-superficial-layers-of-the-superior-colliculus-in-the-guinea-pig-implications-for-visual-sensory-processing
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Janusz Najdzion
The purpose of this study was to investigate the distribution and colocalization of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide (CART) and three calcium-binding proteins (calbindin, calretinin and parvalbumin) in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus (SCs) in the guinea pig. The CART immunoreactivity was observed exclusively in the solitary fibers and neuropil, which formed various CART-ir tiers, that corresponded partially or entirely to anatomically defined layers of the SCs. The CART-ir structures exhibited a characteristic morphology with bundles of densely intermingled neuronal fibers and terminals...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895292/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-like-traits-and-distractibility-in-the-visual-periphery
#2
Maria Panagiotidi, Paul G Overton, Tom Stafford
We examined the performance of nonclinical subjects with high and low levels of self-reported attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like traits in a novel distractibility paradigm with far peripheral visual distractors, the likely origin of many distractors in everyday life. Subjects were tested on a Sustained Attention to Response Task with distractors appearing before some of the target or nontarget stimuli. When the distractors appeared 80 ms before the targets or nontargets, participants with high levels of ADHD-like traits were less affected in their reaction times than those with lower levels...
November 28, 2016: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857681/early-cytoskeletal-protein-modifications-precede-overt-structural-degeneration-in-the-dba-2j-mouse-model-of-glaucoma
#3
Gina N Wilson, Matthew A Smith, Denise M Inman, Christine M Dengler-Crish, Samuel D Crish
Axonal transport deficits precede structural loss in glaucoma and other neurodegenerations. Impairments in structural support, including modified cytoskeletal proteins, and microtubule-destabilizing elements, could be initiating factors in glaucoma pathogenesis. We investigated the time course of changes in protein levels and post-translational modifications in the DBA/2J mouse model of glaucoma. Using anterograde tract tracing of the retinal projection, we assessed major cytoskeletal and transported elements as a function of transport integrity in different stages of pathological progression...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818623/an-evolutionarily-conserved-mechanism-for-activity-dependent-visual-circuit-development
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REVIEW
Kara G Pratt, Masaki Hiramoto, Hollis T Cline
Neural circuit development is an activity-dependent process. This activity can be spontaneous, such as the retinal waves that course across the mammalian embryonic retina, or it can be sensory-driven, such as the activation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) by visual stimuli. Whichever the source, neural activity provides essential instruction to the developing circuit. Indeed, experimentally altering activity has been shown to impact circuit development and function in many different ways and in many different model systems...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797831/deactivation-of-association-cortices-disrupted-the-congruence-of-visual-and-auditory-receptive-fields-in-superior-colliculus-neurons
#5
Jinghong Xu, Tingting Bi, Les Keniston, Jiping Zhang, Xiaoming Zhou, Liping Yu
Physiological and behavioral studies in cats show that corticotectal inputs play a critical role in the information-processing capabilities of neurons in the deeper layers of the superior colliculus (SC). Among them, the sensory inputs from functionally related associational cortices are especially critical for SC multisensory integration. However, the underlying mechanism supporting this influence is still unclear. Here, results demonstrate that deactivation of relevant cortices can both dislocate SC visual and auditory spatial receptive fields (RFs) and decrease their overall size, resulting in reduced alignment...
October 23, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782686/focused-ultrasound-neuromodulation-of-cortical-and-subcortical-brain-structures-using-1-9-mhz
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Hermes A S Kamimura, Shutao Wang, Hong Chen, Qi Wang, Christian Aurup, Camilo Acosta, Antonio A O Carneiro, Elisa E Konofagou
PURPOSE: Ultrasound neuromodulation is a promising noninvasive technique for controlling neural activity. Previous small animal studies suffered from low targeting specificity because of the low ultrasound frequencies (<690 kHz) used. In this study, the authors demonstrated the capability of focused ultrasound (FUS) neuromodulation in the megahertz-range to achieve superior targeting specificity in the murine brain as well as demonstrate modulation of both motor and sensory responses...
October 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768755/in-vivo-evaluation-of-the-visual-pathway-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-by-diffusion-tensor-mri-and-contrast-enhanced-mri
#7
Swarupa Kancherla, William J Kohler, Yolandi van der Merwe, Kevin C Chan
Visual function has been shown to deteriorate prior to the onset of retinopathy in some diabetic patients and experimental animal models. This suggests the involvement of the brain's visual system in the early stages of diabetes. In this study, we tested this hypothesis by examining the integrity of the visual pathway in a diabetic rat model using in vivo multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ten-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into an experimental diabetic group by intraperitoneal injection of 65 mg/kg streptozotocin in 0...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749828/organization-of-long-range-inputs-and-outputs-of-frontal-cortex-for-top-down-control
#8
Siyu Zhang, Min Xu, Wei-Cheng Chang, Chenyan Ma, Johnny Phong Hoang Do, Daniel Jeong, Tiffany Lei, Jiang Lan Fan, Yang Dan
Long-range projections from the frontal cortex are known to modulate sensory processing in multiple modalities. Although the mouse has become an increasingly important animal model for studying the circuit basis of behavior, the functional organization of its frontal cortical long-range connectivity remains poorly characterized. Here we used virus-assisted circuit mapping to identify the brain networks for top-down modulation of visual, somatosensory and auditory processing. The visual cortex is reciprocally connected to the anterior cingulate area, whereas the somatosensory and auditory cortices are connected to the primary and secondary motor cortices...
December 2016: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717088/intralaminar-and-tectal-projections-to-the-subthalamus-in-the-rat
#9
Takako Kita, Naoki Shigematsu, Hitoshi Kita
Projections from the posterior intralaminar thalamic nuclei and the superior colliculus (SC) to the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the zona incerta (ZI) have been described in the primate and rodent. The aims of this study was to investigate several questions on these projections, using modern neurotracing techniques in rats, to advance our understanding of the role of STN and ZI. We examined whether projection patterns to the subthlamus can be used to identify homologues of the primate centromedian (CM) and the parafascicular nucleus (Pf) in the rodent, the topography of the projection including what percent of intralaminar neurons participate in the projections, and electron microscopic examination of intralaminar synaptic boutons in STN...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681616/two-subdivisions-of-macaque-lip-process-visual-oculomotor-information-differently
#10
Mo Chen, Bing Li, Jing Guang, Linyu Wei, Si Wu, Yu Liu, Mingsha Zhang
Although the cerebral cortex is thought to be composed of functionally distinct areas, the actual parcellation of area and assignment of function are still highly controversial. An example is the much-studied lateral intraparietal cortex (LIP). Despite the general agreement that LIP plays an important role in visual-oculomotor transformation, it remains unclear whether the area is primary sensory- or motor-related (the attention-intention debate). Although LIP has been considered as a functionally unitary area, its dorsal (LIPd) and ventral (LIPv) parts differ in local morphology and long-distance connectivity...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681043/localization-of-choline-acetyltransferase-and-tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunoreactivities-in-the-superior-colliculus-of-the-microbat-rhinolophus-ferrumequinum
#11
Se-Jin Jeong, Chang-Jin Jeon
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the superior colliculus (SC) of the microbat has the same neurochemical makeup as that of other mammals. We examined the organization of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-IR) fibers/cells using standard immunohistochemistry with antibodies against ChAT and TH. ChAT-IR fibers observed in the superficial layers were denser than those in the deeper layers, and these fibers were classified into two types: small varicose fibers and large varicose fibers...
September 29, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659062/depth-dependence-of-visual-signals-in-the-human-superior-colliculus-at-9-4-t
#12
Joana R Loureiro, Gisela E Hagberg, Thomas Ethofer, Michael Erb, Jonas Bause, Philipp Ehses, Klaus Scheffler, Marc Himmelbach
The superior colliculus (SC) is a layered structure located in the midbrain. We exploited the improved spatial resolution and BOLD signal strength available at 9.4 T to investigate the depth profile of visual BOLD responses in the human SC based on distortion-corrected EPI data with a 1 mm isotropic resolution. We used high resolution (350 µm in-plane) anatomical images to determine regions-of-interest of the SC and applied a semi-automated method to segment it into superficial, intermediate, and deep zones...
September 23, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635636/spatiotemporal-interplay-between-multisensory-excitation-and-recruited-inhibition-in-the-lamprey-optic-tectum
#13
Andreas A Kardamakis, Juan Pérez-Fernández, Sten Grillner
Animals integrate the different senses to facilitate event-detection for navigation in their environment. In vertebrates, the optic tectum (superior colliculus) commands gaze shifts by synaptic integration of different sensory modalities. Recent works suggest that tectum can elaborate gaze reorientation commands on its own, rather than merely acting as a relay from upstream/forebrain circuits to downstream premotor centers. We show that tectal circuits can perform multisensory computations independently and, hence, configure final motor commands...
2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631496/aberrant-functional-connectivity-of-the-amygdala-complexes-in-ptsd-during-conscious-and-subconscious-processing-of-trauma-related-stimuli
#14
Daniela Rabellino, Maria Densmore, Paul A Frewen, Jean Théberge, Margaret C McKinnon, Ruth A Lanius
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by altered functional connectivity of the amygdala complexes at rest. However, amygdala complex connectivity during conscious and subconscious threat processing remains to be elucidated. Here, we investigate specific connectivity of the centromedial amygdala (CMA) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) during conscious and subconscious processing of trauma-related words among individuals with PTSD (n = 26) as compared to non-trauma-exposed controls (n = 20). Psycho-physiological interaction analyses were performed using the right and left amygdala complexes as regions of interest during conscious and subconscious trauma word processing...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630707/dose-response-and-time-course-of-manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-visual-pathway-tracing-in-vivo
#15
Wei-Ling Wang, Hui Xu, Ying Li, Zhi-Zhong Ma, Xiao-Dong Sun, Yun-Tao Hu
Axonal tracing is useful for detecting optic nerve injury and regeneration, but many commonly used methods cannot be used to observe axoplasmic flow and synaptic transmission in vivo. Manganese (Mn(2+))-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) can be used for in vivo longitudinal tracing of the visual pathway. Here, we explored the dose response and time course of an intravitreal injection of MnCl2 for tracing the visual pathway in rabbits in vivo using MEMRI. We found that 2 mM MnCl2 enhanced images of the optic nerve but not the lateral geniculate body or superior colliculus, whereas at all other doses tested (5-40 mM), images of the visual pathway from the retina to the contralateral superior colliculus were significantly enhanced...
July 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620513/dopaminergic-projections-of-the-subparafascicular-thalamic-nucleus-to-the-auditory-brainstem
#16
Alexander A Nevue, Richard A Felix, Christine V Portfors
Neuromodulators can alter the response properties of sensory neurons, including those in the auditory system. Dopamine, which plays a major role in reward and movement, has been shown to alter neural responses in the auditory brainstem and midbrain. Recently we identified the subparafascicular thalamic nucleus (SPF), part of the A11 dopaminergic cell group, as the source of dopamine to the inferior colliculus (IC). The superior olivary complex (SOC) is also a likely target of dopaminergic projections from the SPF because it receives projections from the SPF and contains fibers and terminals immunoreactive for tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate limiting enzyme in dopamine synthesis...
November 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616344/5-hydroxytryptamine2a-2c-receptors-of-nucleus-raphe-magnus-and-gigantocellularis-paragigantocellularis-pars-%C3%AE-reticular-nuclei-modulate-the-unconditioned-fear-induced-antinociception-evoked-by-electrical-stimulation-of-deep-layers-of-the-superior-colliculus
#17
Ricardo de Oliveira, Rithiele Cristina de Oliveira, Luiz Luciano Falconi-Sobrinho, Raimundo da Silva Soares, Norberto Cysne Coimbra
The electrical stimulation of the dorsolateral columns of the periaquedutal grey matter (dlPAG) or deep layers of the superior colliculus (dlSC) evokes defensive behaviours followed by an antinociceptive response. Monoaminergic brainstem reticular nuclei are suggested to comprise the endogenous pain modulatory system. The aim of the present work was to investigate the role played by 5-HT2 subfamily of serotonergic receptors of the nucleus raphe magnus (NRM) and the gigantocellularis/paragigantocellularis pars α reticular nuclei (Gi/PGiα) in the elaboration of instinctive fear-induced antinociception elicited by electrical stimulation of dlPAG or of dlSC...
January 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605534/normal-correspondence-of-tectal-maps-for-saccadic-eye-movements-in-strabismus
#18
John R Economides, Daniel L Adams, Jonathan C Horton
The superior colliculus is a major brain stem structure for the production of saccadic eye movements. Electrical stimulation at any given point in the motor map generates saccades of defined amplitude and direction. It is unknown how this saccade map is affected by strabismus. Three macaques were raised with exotropia, an outwards ocular deviation, by detaching the medial rectus tendon in each eye at age 1 mo. The animals were able to make saccades to targets with either eye and appeared to alternate fixation freely...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600873/congruent-representation-of-visual-and-acoustic-space-in-the-superior-colliculus-of-the-echolocating-bat-phyllostomus-discolor
#19
Susanne Hoffmann, Tomas Vega-Zuniga, Wolfgang Greiter, Quirin Krabichler, Alexandra Bley, Mariana Matthes, Christiane Zimmer, Uwe Firzlaff, Harald Luksch
The midbrain superior colliculus (SC) commonly features a retinotopic representation of visual space in its superficial layers, which is congruent with maps formed by multisensory neurons and motor neurons in its deep layers. Information flow between layers is suggested to enable the SC to mediate goal-directed orienting movements. While most mammals strongly rely on vision for orienting, some species such as echolocating bats have developed alternative strategies, which raises the question how sensory maps are organized in these animals...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581453/active-dendritic-properties-and-local-inhibitory-input-enable-selectivity-for-object-motion-in-mouse-superior-colliculus-neurons
#20
Samuel D Gale, Gabe J Murphy
UNLABELLED: Neurons respond to specific features of sensory stimuli. In the visual system, for example, some neurons respond to motion of small but not large objects, whereas other neurons prefer motion of the entire visual field. Separate neurons respond equally to local and global motion but selectively to additional features of visual stimuli. How and where does response selectivity emerge? Here, we show that wide-field (WF) cells in retino-recipient layers of the mouse superior colliculus (SC) respond selectively to small moving objects...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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