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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910862/methylphenidate-enhances-early-stage-sensory-processing-and-rodent-performance-of-a-visual-signal-detection-task
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Rachel L Navarra, Brian D Clark, Andrew T Gargiulo, Barry D Waterhouse
Methylphenidate (MPH) is used clinically to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and off-label as a performance enhancing agent in healthy individuals. MPH enhances catecholamine transmission via blockade of norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA) reuptake transporters. However, it is not clear how this action impacts neural circuits performing cognitive and sensorimotor functions driving performance enhancement. The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) is the primary thalamic relay for visual information from the retina to the cortex and is densely innervated by NE-containing fibers from the locus coeruleus (LC), a pathway known to modulate state-dependent sensory processing...
December 2, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903724/a-comparison-of-visual-response-properties-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-and-primary-visual-cortex-of-awake-and-anesthetized-mice
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Séverine Durand, Ramakrishnan Iyer, Kenji Mizuseki, Saskia de Vries, Stefan Mihalas, R Clay Reid
: The cerebral cortex of the mouse has become one of the most important systems for studying information processing and the neural correlates of behavior. Multiple studies have examined the first stages of visual cortical processing: primary visual cortex (V1) and its thalamic inputs from the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN), but more rarely in the lateral posterior nucleus (LP) in mice. Multiple single-unit surveys of dLGN and V1, both with electrophysiology and two-photon calcium imaging, have described receptive fields in anesthetized animals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903703/retinal-and-non-retinal-contributions-to-extraclassical-surround-suppression-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
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Tucker G Fisher, Henry J Alitto, W Martin Usrey
: Extraclassical surround suppression is a prominent receptive field property of neurons in the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) of the dorsal thalamus, influencing stimulus size tuning, response gain control, and temporal features of visual responses. Despite evidence for the involvement of both retinal and non-retinal circuits in the generation of extraclassical suppression, we lack an understanding of the relative roles played by these pathways and how they interact during visual stimulation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899890/causal-role-of-thalamic-interneurons-in-brain-state-transitions-a-study-using-a-neural-mass-model-implementing-synaptic-kinetics
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Basabdatta Sen Bhattacharya, Thomas P Bond, Louise O'Hare, Daniel Turner, Simon J Durrant
Experimental studies on the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) of mammals and rodents show that the inhibitory interneurons (IN) receive around 47.1% of their afferents from the retinal spiking neurons, and constitute around 20-25% of the LGN cell population. However, there is a definite gap in knowledge about the role and impact of IN on thalamocortical dynamics in both experimental and model-based research. We use a neural mass computational model of the LGN with three neural populations viz. IN, thalamocortical relay (TCR), thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), to study the causality of IN on LGN oscillations and state-transitions...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888071/cell-type-specific-expression-of-foxp2-in-the-ferret-and-mouse-retina
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Chihiro Sato, Lena Iwai-Takekoshi, Yoshie Ichikawa, Hiroshi Kawasaki
Although the anatomical and physiological properties of subtypes of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) have been extensively investigated, their molecular properties are still unclear. Here, we examined the expression patterns of FoxP2 in the retina of ferrets and mice. We found that FoxP2 was expressed in small subsets of neurons in the adult ferret retina. FoxP2-positive neurons in the ganglion cell layer were divided into two groups. Large FoxP2-positive neurons expressed Brn3a and were retrogradely labeled with cholera toxin subunit B injected into the optic nerve, indicating that they are RGCs...
November 22, 2016: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845170/functional-symmetry-of-the-primary-visual-pathway-evidenced-by-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials
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Zhenghua Wu, Zheng Wu
The primary visual pathway exhibits a symmetrical anatomical structure, initially arising from the left and right retinas, passing through the lateral geniculate nucleus, and finally projecting to the left and right primary visual cortices. However, to our knowledge, studies based on scalp EEG have not provided adequate evidence of the functional symmetry of the primary visual pathway, as the usual visual ERP is often related to other higher-level brain areas. Steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) can be considered as the direct response of the primary visual pathway to a repetitive stimulus, with a very limited correlation with responses of higher-level brain areas...
November 12, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818623/an-evolutionarily-conserved-mechanism-for-activity-dependent-visual-circuit-development
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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/27812129/patterns-of-individual-variation-in-visual-pathway-structure-and-function-in-the-sighted-and-blind
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Geoffrey K Aguirre, Ritobrato Datta, Noah C Benson, Sashank Prasad, Samuel G Jacobson, Artur V Cideciyan, Holly Bridge, Kate E Watkins, Omar H Butt, Aleksandra S Dain, Lauren Brandes, Efstathios D Gennatas
Many structural and functional brain alterations accompany blindness, with substantial individual variation in these effects. In normally sighted people, there is correlated individual variation in some visual pathway structures. Here we examined if the changes in brain anatomy produced by blindness alter the patterns of anatomical variation found in the sighted. We derived eight measures of central visual pathway anatomy from a structural image of the brain from 59 sighted and 53 blind people. These measures showed highly significant differences in mean size between the sighted and blind cohorts...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798177/synaptic-contributions-to-receptive-field-structure-and-response-properties-in-the-rodent-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-of-the-thalamus
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Vandana Suresh, Ulaş M Çiftçioğlu, Xin Wang, Brittany M Lala, Kimberly R Ding, William A Smith, Friedrich T Sommer, Judith A Hirsch
: Comparative physiological and anatomical studies have greatly advanced our understanding of sensory systems. Many lines of evidence show that the murine lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) has unique attributes, compared with other species such as cat and monkey. For example, in rodent, thalamic receptive field structure is markedly diverse, and many cells are sensitive to stimulus orientation and direction. To explore shared and different strategies of synaptic integration across species, we made whole-cell recordings in vivo from the murine LGN during the presentation of visual stimuli, analyzed the results with different computational approaches, and compared our findings with those from cat...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780207/visual-bold-response-in-late-blind-subjects-with-argus-ii-retinal-prosthesis
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E Castaldi, G M Cicchini, L Cinelli, L Biagi, S Rizzo, M C Morrone
Retinal prosthesis technologies require that the visual system downstream of the retinal circuitry be capable of transmitting and elaborating visual signals. We studied the capability of plastic remodeling in late blind subjects implanted with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis with psychophysics and functional MRI (fMRI). After surgery, six out of seven retinitis pigmentosa (RP) blind subjects were able to detect high-contrast stimuli using the prosthetic implant. However, direction discrimination to contrast modulated stimuli remained at chance level in all of them...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778378/morphology-of-visual-sector-thalamic-reticular-neurons-in-the-macaque-monkey-suggests-retinotopically-specialized-parallel-stream-mixed-input-to-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
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Elise M Bragg, Elizabeth A Fairless, Shiyuan Liu, Farran Briggs
The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) is a unique brain structure at the interface between the thalamus and the cortex. Because the TRN receives bottom-up sensory input and top-down cortical input, it could serve as an integration hub for sensory and cognitive signals. Functional evidence supports broad roles for the TRN in arousal, attention, and sensory selection. How specific circuits connecting the TRN with sensory thalamic structures implement these functions is not known. The structural organization and function of the TRN is particularly interesting in the context of highly organized sensory systems, such as the primate visual system, where neurons in the retina and dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus (dLGN) are morphologically and physiologically distinct and also specialized for processing particular features of the visual environment...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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
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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/27757987/does-the-treatment-of-amblyopia-normalise-subfoveal-choroidal-thickness-in-amblyopic-children
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Veysi Öner, Asker Bulut
PURPOSE: Recent studies have found a choroidal thickening in amblyopic eyes and suggested that there might be a relationship between the choroid and amblyopia. The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of a six-month treatment of amblyopia on choroidal thickness in anisometropic hyperopic amblyopic children. METHODS: Thirty-two anisometropic hyperopic children with unilateral amblyopia were included in this prospective study. Subfoveal choroidal thickness was measured as the distance between the retinal pigment epithelium and the chorioscleral edge, by using spectral domain enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography...
October 18, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732021/exploring-visual-attention-functions-of-the-human-extrageniculate-pathways-through-behavioral-cues
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Raphaël Mizzi, George A Michael
Over the past few decades, evidence has accumulated showing that, at subcortical levels, visual attention depends partly on the extrageniculate neural pathways, that is, those pathways that bypass the lateral geniculate nucleus and circumvent the primary visual cortex. Working in concert with neuroscience, experimental psychology has contributed considerably to the understanding of the role these pathways play through the use of 3 behavioral cues: nasal-temporal asymmetries, responses to S-cone stimuli, and responses to perceptually suppressed stimuli...
October 10, 2016: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693625/a-neural-mechanism-of-dynamic-gating-of-task-relevant-information-by-top-down-influence-in-primary-visual-cortex
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Akikazu Kamiyama, Kazuhisa Fujita, Yoshiki Kashimori
Visual recognition involves bidirectional information flow, which consists of bottom-up information coding from retina and top-down information coding from higher visual areas. Recent studies have demonstrated the involvement of early visual areas such as primary visual area (V1) in recognition and memory formation. V1 neurons are not passive transformers of sensory inputs but work as adaptive processor, changing their function according to behavioral context. Top-down signals affect tuning property of V1 neurons and contribute to the gating of sensory information relevant to behavior...
September 28, 2016: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671923/skellam-process-with-resetting-a-neural-spike-train-model
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Reza Ramezan, Paul Marriott, Shojaeddin Chenouri
This paper introduces the Skellam process with resetting. Resetting is a modification that accommodates the modeling of neural spike trains. We show this as a biologically plausible model, which codes the information content of neural spike trains with three, potentially, time-varying functions. We show that the interspike interval distribution under this model follows a mixture of gamma distributions, a flexible class covering a wide range of commonly used models. Through simulation studies and the analyses of connected retinal ganglion and lateral geniculate nucleus cells, we evaluate the performance of this model...
December 30, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613997/achromatic-temporal-frequency-responses-of-human-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-and-primary-visual-cortex
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Ali Bayram, Esin Karahan, Başar Bilgiç, Ahmet Ademoglu, Tamer Demiralp
The sensitivity of the sensory systems to temporal changes of the environment constitutes one of the critical issues in perception. In the present study, we investigated the human early visual system's dependency on the temporal frequency of visual input using fMRI. Blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) responses of the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) and primary visual cortex (V1) were investigated in a wide frequency range (6-46Hz) with fine frequency sampling (13 frequencies). Subject-specific functional-anatomic ROIs were derived from the combination of the anatomic template masks and the functional maps derived from multi-session fMRI analyses across all 13 stimulation conditions...
October 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595132/representation-of-perceptual-color-space-in-macaque-posterior-inferior-temporal-cortex-the-v4-complex
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Kaitlin S Bohon, Katherine L Hermann, Thorsten Hansen, Bevil R Conway
The lateral geniculate nucleus is thought to represent color using two populations of cone-opponent neurons [L vs M; S vs (L + M)], which establish the cardinal directions in color space (reddish vs cyan; lavender vs lime). How is this representation transformed to bring about color perception? Prior work implicates populations of glob cells in posterior inferior temporal cortex (PIT; the V4 complex), but the correspondence between the neural representation of color in PIT/V4 complex and the organization of perceptual color space is unclear...
July 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585189/measuring-connectivity-in-the-primary-visual-pathway-in-human-albinism-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-tractography
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Anahit Grigorian, Larissa McKetton, Keith A Schneider
In albinism, the number of ipsilaterally projecting retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is significantly reduced. The retina and optic chiasm have been proposed as candidate sites for misrouting. Since a correlation between the number of lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) relay neurons and LGN size has been shown, and based on previously reported reductions in LGN volumes in human albinism, we suggest that fiber projections from LGN to the primary visual cortex (V1) are also reduced. Studying structural differences in the visual system of albinism can improve the understanding of the mechanism of misrouting and subsequent clinical applications...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27563286/organization-of-the-zone-of-transition-between-the-pretectum-and-the-thalamus-with-emphasis-on-the-pretectothalamic-lamina
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Emmanuel Márquez-Legorreta, José de Anchieta C Horta-Júnior, Albert S Berrebi, Enrique Saldaña
The zone of transition between the pretectum, derived from prosomere 1, and the thalamus, derived from prosomere 2, is structurally complex and its understanding has been hampered by cytoarchitectural and terminological confusion. Herein, using a battery of complementary morphological approaches, including cytoarchitecture, myeloarchitecture and the expression of molecular markers, we pinpoint the features or combination of features that best characterize each nucleus of the pretectothalamic transitional zone of the rat...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
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