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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334242/reciprocal-connections-between-cortex-and-thalamus-contribute-to-retinal-axon-targeting-to-dorsal-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#1
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/28324979/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
#2
Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322188/a-molecular-mechanism-for-the-topographic-alignment-of-convergent-neural-maps
#3
Elise Savier, Stephen J Eglen, Amélie Bathélémy, Martine Perraut, Frank W Pfrieger, Greg Lemke, Michael Reber
Sensory processing requires proper alignment of neural maps throughout the brain. In the superficial layers of the superior colliculus of the midbrain, converging projections from retinal ganglion cells and neurons in visual cortex must be aligned to form a visuotopic map, but the basic mechanisms mediating this alignment remain elusive. In a new mouse model, ectopic expression of ephrin-A3 (Efna3) in a subset of retinal ganglion cells, quantitatively altering the retinal EFNAs gradient, disrupts cortico-collicular map alignment onto the retino-collicular map, creating a visuotopic mismatch...
March 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298886/mapping-and-analysis-of-the-connectome-of-sympathetic-premotor-neurons-in-the-rostral-ventrolateral-medulla-of-the-rat-using-a-volumetric-brain-atlas
#4
Bowen Dempsey, Sheng Le, Anita Turner, Phil Bokiniec, Radhika Ramadas, Jan G Bjaalie, Clement Menuet, Rachael Neve, Andrew M Allen, Ann K Goodchild, Simon McMullan
Spinally projecting neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) play a critical role in the generation of vasomotor sympathetic tone and are thought to receive convergent input from neurons at every level of the neuraxis; the factors that determine their ongoing activity remain unresolved. In this study we use a genetically restricted viral tracing strategy to definitively map their spatially diffuse connectome. We infected bulbospinal RVLM neurons with a recombinant rabies variant that drives reporter expression in monosynaptically connected input neurons and mapped their distribution using an MRI-based volumetric atlas and a novel image alignment and visualization tool that efficiently translates the positions of neurons captured in conventional photomicrographs to Cartesian coordinates...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298302/visual-and-presaccadic-activity-in-area-8ar-of-the-macaque-monkey-lateral-prefrontal-cortex
#5
Kelly R Bullock, Florian Pieper, Adam J Sachs, Julio C Martinez-Trujillo
Common trends observed in many visual and oculomotor-related cortical areas include retinotopically organized receptive and movement fields exhibiting a Gaussian shape and increasing size with eccentricity. These trends are demonstrated in the frontal eye fields (FEF), many visual areas, and the superior colliculus (SC), but have not been thoroughly characterized in prearcuate area 8Ar of the prefrontal cortex. This is important since area 8Ar, located anterior to the FEF, is more cytoarchitectonically similar to prefrontal areas than premotor areas...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286472/deafferentation-of-the-superior-colliculus-abolishes-spatial-summation-of-redundant-visual-signals
#6
Martijn van Koningsbruggen, Kristin Koller, Robert D Rafal
Two visual signals appearing simultaneously are detected more rapidly than either signal appearing alone. Part of this redundant target effect (RTE) can be attributed to neural summation that has been proposed to occur in the superior colliculus (SC). We report direct evidence in two neurological patients for neural summation in the SC, and that it is mediated by afferent visual information transmitted through its brachium. The RTE was abolished in one patient with a hemorrhage involving the right posterior thalamus that damaged part of the SC and that disrupted its brachium; and in another patient in whom the SC appeared intact but deafferented due to traumatic avulsion of its brachium...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261046/fast-detector-first-responder-interactions-between-the-superior-colliculus-pulvinar-pathway-and-stimuli-relevant-to-primates
#7
REVIEW
Sandra C Soares, Rafael S Maior, Lynne A Isbell, Carlos Tomaz, Hisao Nishijo
Primates are distinguished from other mammals by their heavy reliance on the visual sense, which occurred as a result of natural selection continually favoring those individuals whose visual systems were more responsive to challenges in the natural world. Here we describe two independent but also interrelated visual systems, one cortical and the other subcortical, both of which have been modified and expanded in primates for different functions. Available evidence suggests that while the cortical visual system mainly functions to give primates the ability to assess and adjust to fluid social and ecological environments, the subcortical visual system appears to function as a rapid detector and first responder when time is of the essence, i...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242738/neuronal-control-of-fixation-and-fixational-eye-movements
#8
REVIEW
Richard J Krauzlis, Laurent Goffart, Ziad M Hafed
Ocular fixation is a dynamic process that is actively controlled by many of the same brain structures involved in the control of eye movements, including the superior colliculus, cerebellum and reticular formation. In this article, we review several aspects of this active control. First, the decision to move the eyes not only depends on target-related signals from the peripheral visual field, but also on signals from the currently fixated target at the fovea, and involves mechanisms that are shared between saccades and smooth pursuit...
April 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242727/models-of-inhibitory-control
#9
REVIEW
Jeffrey D Schall, Thomas J Palmeri, Gordon D Logan
We survey models of response inhibition having different degrees of mathematical, computational and neurobiological specificity and generality. The independent race model accounts for performance of the stop-signal or countermanding task in terms of a race between GO and STOP processes with stochastic finishing times. This model affords insights into neurophysiological mechanisms that are reviewed by other authors in this volume. The formal link between the abstract GO and STOP processes and instantiating neural processes is articulated through interactive race models consisting of stochastic accumulator GO and STOP units...
April 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242726/mechanisms-of-saccade-suppression-revealed-in-the-anti-saccade-task
#10
REVIEW
Brian C Coe, Douglas P Munoz
The anti-saccade task has emerged as an important tool for investigating the complex nature of voluntary behaviour. In this task, participants are instructed to suppress the natural response to look at a peripheral visual stimulus and look in the opposite direction instead. Analysis of saccadic reaction times (SRT: the time from stimulus appearance to the first saccade) and the frequency of direction errors (i.e. looking toward the stimulus) provide insight into saccade suppression mechanisms in the brain. Some direction errors are reflexive responses with very short SRTs (express latency saccades), while other direction errors are driven by automated responses and have longer SRTs...
April 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239342/informative-cues-facilitate-saccadic-localization-in-blindsight-monkeys
#11
Masatoshi Yoshida, Ziad M Hafed, Tadashi Isa
Patients with damage to the primary visual cortex (V1) demonstrate residual visual performance during laboratory tasks despite denying having a conscious percept. The mechanisms behind such performance, often called blindsight, are not fully understood, but the use of surgically-induced unilateral V1 lesions in macaque monkeys provides a useful animal model for exploring such mechanisms. For example, V1-lesioned monkeys localize stimuli in a forced-choice condition while at the same time failing to report awareness of identical stimuli in a yes-no detection condition, similar to human patients...
2017: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228585/fixation-target-representation-in-prefrontal-cortex-during-the-anti-saccade-task
#12
Xin Zhou, Christos Constantinidis
Neurons that discharge strongly during the time period of fixation of a visual target and cease to discharge prior to saccade initiation have been described in the brain stem, superior colliculus, and cortical areas. In subcortical structures, fixation neurons play a reciprocal role with saccadic neurons during the generation of eye movements. Their role in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is less obvious and it is not known if they are activated by fixation, inhibit saccade generation, or play a role in more complex functions such as the inhibition of inappropriate responses...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228269/diverse-central-projection-patterns-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
#13
Emily M Martersteck, Karla E Hirokawa, Mariah Evarts, Amy Bernard, Xin Duan, Yang Li, Lydia Ng, Seung W Oh, Benjamin Ouellette, Joshua J Royall, Michelle Stoecklin, Quanxin Wang, Hongkui Zeng, Joshua R Sanes, Julie A Harris
Understanding how >30 types of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the mouse retina each contribute to visual processing in the brain will require more tools that label and manipulate specific RGCs. We screened and analyzed retinal expression of Cre recombinase using 88 transgenic driver lines. In many lines, Cre was expressed in multiple RGC types and retinal cell classes, but several exhibited more selective expression. We comprehensively mapped central projections from RGCs labeled in 26 Cre lines using viral tracers, high-throughput imaging, and a data processing pipeline...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227182/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
#14
Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Mark S Humayun, Kiran Nimmagadda, Navya S Davuluri, James D Weiland, Artin Petrossians
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226411/the-control-of-eye-movements-by-the-cerebellar-nuclei-polysynaptic-projections-from-the-fastigial-interpositus-posterior-and-dentate-nuclei-to-lateral-rectus-motoneurons-in-primates
#15
Vincent Prevosto, Werner Graf, Gabriella Ugolini
Premotor circuits driving extraocular motoneurons and downstream motor outputs of cerebellar nuclei are well known. However, there is, as yet, no unequivocal account of cerebellar output pathways controlling eye movements in primates. Using retrograde transneuronal transfer of rabies virus from the lateral rectus (LR) eye muscle, we studied polysynaptic pathways to LR motoneurons in primates. Injections were placed either into the central or distal muscle portion, to identify innervation differences of LR motoneurons supplying singly innervated (SIFs) or multiply innervated muscle fibers (MIFs)...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223915/oral-delivery-of-a-synthetic-sterol-reduces-axonopathy-and-inflammation-in-a-rodent-model-of-glaucoma
#16
Wendi S Lambert, Brian J Carlson, Cathryn R Formichella, Rebecca M Sappington, Clarence Ahlem, David J Calkins
Glaucoma is a group of optic neuropathies associated with aging and sensitivity to intraocular pressure (IOP). The disease is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Early progression in glaucoma involves dysfunction of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons, which comprise the optic nerve. Deficits in anterograde transport along RGC axons to central visual structures precede outright degeneration, and preventing these deficits is efficacious at abating subsequent progression. HE3286 is a synthetic sterol derivative that has shown therapeutic promise in models of inflammatory disease and neurodegenerative disease...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192394/retinal-origin-of-direction-selectivity-in-the-superior-colliculus
#17
Xuefeng Shi, Jad Barchini, Hector Acaron Ledesma, David Koren, Yanjiao Jin, Xiaorong Liu, Wei Wei, Jianhua Cang
Detecting visual features in the environment, such as motion direction, is crucial for survival. The circuit mechanisms that give rise to direction selectivity in a major visual center, the superior colliculus (SC), are entirely unknown. We optogenetically isolate the retinal inputs that individual direction-selective SC neurons receive and find that they are already selective as a result of precisely converging inputs from similarly tuned retinal ganglion cells. The direction-selective retinal input is linearly amplified by intracollicular circuits without changing its preferred direction or level of selectivity...
February 13, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190674/neuronal-loss-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology-in-the-superior-colliculus-and-its-relationship-to-visual-hallucinations-in-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#18
Daniel Erskine, Alan J Thomas, John-Paul Taylor, Michael A Savage, Johannes Attems, Ian G McKeith, Christopher M Morris, Ahmad A Khundakar
OBJECTIVE: Patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) often experience visual hallucinations, which are related to decreased quality of life for patients and increased caregiver distress. The pathologic changes that contribute to visual hallucinations are not known, but several hypotheses implicate deficient attentional processing. The superior colliculus has a role in visual attention and planning eye movements and has been directly implicated in several models of visual hallucinations...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188622/the-optic-nerve-superior-colliculus-visual-thalamus-and-primary-visual-cortex-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-mirounga-angustirostris-and-california-sea-lion-zalophus-californianus
#19
Emily C Turner, Eva K Sawyer, Jon H Kaas
The northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) and California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) are members of a diverse clade of carnivorous mammals known as pinnipeds. Pinnipeds are notable for their large, ape-sized brains, yet little is known about their central nervous system. Both the northern elephant seal and California sea lion spend most of their lives at sea, but each also spends time on land to breed and give birth. These unique coastal niches may be reflected in specific evolutionary adaptations to their sensory systems...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185007/the-rostromedial-zona-incerta-is-involved-in-attentional-processes-while-adjacent-lha-responds-to-arousal-c-fos-and-anatomical-evidence
#20
S Chometton, K Charrière, L Bayer, C Houdayer, G Franchi, F Poncet, D Fellmann, P Y Risold
Neurons producing melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) are located in the tuberal lateral hypothalamus (LHA) and in the rostromedial part of the zona incerta (ZI). This distribution suggests that rostromedial ZI shares some common features with the LHA. However, its functions with regard to arousal or feeding, which are often associated with the LHA, have not been thoroughly investigated. This study analyses the responses in the tuberal LHA and adjacent rostromedial ZI after experiments related to arousal, exploration, food teasing and ingestive behavior...
February 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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