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#1
Luca Sebastianelli, Leopold Saltuari, Raffaele Nardone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030608/self-organisation-of-small-world-networks-by-adaptive-rewiring-in-response-to-graph-diffusion
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Nicholas Jarman, Erik Steur, Chris Trengove, Ivan Y Tyukin, Cees van Leeuwen
Complex networks emerging in natural and human-made systems tend to assume small-world structure. Is there a common mechanism underlying their self-organisation? Our computational simulations show that network diffusion (traffic flow or information transfer) steers network evolution towards emergence of complex network structures. The emergence is effectuated through adaptive rewiring: progressive adaptation of structure to use, creating short-cuts where network diffusion is intensive while annihilating underused connections...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025926/enhancing-spinal-plasticity-amplifies-the-benefits-of-rehabilitative-training-and-improves-recovery-from-stroke
#3
Anna M Wiersma, Karim Fouad, Ian R Winship
The limited recovery that occurs following stroke happens almost entirely in the first weeks post injury. Moreover, the efficacy of rehabilitative training is limited beyond this narrow time frame. Sprouting of spared corticospinal tract axons in the contralesional spinal cord makes a significant contribution to sensorimotor recovery, but this structural plasticity is also limited to the first few weeks after stroke. Here, we tested the hypothesis that inducing plasticity in the spinal cord during chronic stroke could improve recovery from persistent sensorimotor impairment...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016926/activation-of-wee1-confers-resistance-to-pi3k-inhibition-in-glioblastoma
#4
Shaofang Wu, Shuzhen Wang, Feng Gao, Luyuan Li, Siyuan Zheng, W K Alfred Yung, Dimpy Koul
Background: Oncogenic activation of phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling plays a pivotal role in the development of glioblastoma (GBM). However, pharmacological inhibition of PI3K has so far not been therapeutically successful due to adaptive resistance through a rapid rewiring of cancer cell signaling. Here we identified that WEE1 is activated after transient exposure to PI3K inhibition and confers resistance to PI3K inhibition in GBM. Methods: Patient-derived glioma-initiating cells and established GBM cells were treated with PI3K inhibitor or WEE1 inhibitor alone or in combination, and cell proliferation was evaluated by CellTiter-Blue assay...
July 7, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981586/gabapentin-prevents-progressive-increases-in-excitatory-connectivity-and-epileptogenesis-following-neocortical-trauma
#5
D K Takahashi, Sha Jin, D A Prince
Neocortical injury initiates a cascade of events, some of which result in maladaptive epileptogenic reorganization of surviving neural circuits. Research focused on molecular and organizational changes that occur following trauma may reveal processes that underlie human post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE), a common and unfortunate consequence of traumatic brain injury. The latency between injury and development of PTE provides an opportunity for prophylactic intervention, once the key underlying mechanisms are understood...
June 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968778/neuronal-expression-of-opioid-gene-is-controlled-by-dual-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-mechanism-in-human-brain
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Igor Bazov, Daniil Sarkisyan, Olga Kononenko, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Mumtaz Malik Taqi, Lada Stålhandske, Dineke S Verbeek, Jan Mulder, Grazyna Rajkowska, Donna Sheedy, Jillian Kril, Xueguang Sun, Ann-Christine Syvänen, Tatiana Yakovleva, Georgy Bakalkin
Molecular mechanisms that define patterns of neuropeptide expression are essential for the formation and rewiring of neural circuits. The prodynorphin gene (PDYN) gives rise to dynorphin opioid peptides mediating depression and substance dependence. We here demonstrated that PDYN is expressed in neurons in human dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC), and identified neuronal differentially methylated region in PDYN locus framed by CCCTC-binding factor binding sites. A short, nucleosome size human-specific promoter CpG island (CGI), a core of this region may serve as a regulatory module, which is hypomethylated in neurons, enriched in 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, and targeted by USF2, a methylation-sensitive E-box transcription factor (TF)...
July 28, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916806/rewiring-of-neuronal-networks-during-synaptic-silencing
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Jana Katharina Wrosch, Vicky von Einem, Katharina Breininger, Marc Dahlmanns, Andreas Maier, Johannes Kornhuber, Teja Wolfgang Groemer
Analyzing the connectivity of neuronal networks, based on functional brain imaging data, has yielded new insight into brain circuitry, bringing functional and effective networks into the focus of interest for understanding complex neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, the analysis of network changes, based on the activity of individual neurons, is hindered by the lack of suitable meaningful and reproducible methodologies. Here, we used calcium imaging, statistical spike time analysis and a powerful classification model to reconstruct effective networks of primary rat hippocampal neurons in vitro...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761096/electrophysiological-evidence-for-pre-attention-information-processing-improvement-in-patients-with-central-hemiplegic-after-peripheral-nerve-rewiring-a-pilot-study
#8
Tie Li, Xu-Yun Hua, Mou-Xiong Zheng, Yu-Lan Zhu, Yan-Qun Qiu, Yun-Dong Shen, Jian-Guang Xu, Yu-Dong Gu, Wen-Dong Xu
Central neurologic injury (CNI) causes dysfunctions not only in limbs but also in cognitive ability. We applied a novel peripheral nerve rewiring (PNR) surgical procedure to restore limb function. Here, we conducted a prospective study to develop estimates for the extent of preattentive processes to cognitive function changes in CNI patients after PNR. Auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) was measured in CNI patients who received the PNR surgery plus conventional rehabilitation treatment. During the 2-year follow-up, the MMN was enhanced with increased amplitude in the PNR plus rehabilitation group compared to the rehabilitation-only group as the experiment progressed, and progressive improvement in behavioural examination tests was also observed...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743017/development-pubertal-hormones-meet-the-adolescent-brain
#9
Cheryl L Sisk
At the onset of puberty, ovarian hormones increase inhibitory tone in the prefrontal cortex. Inhibitory maturation is a hallmark of the initiation of developmental windows of neural plasticity; pubertal hormones may trigger the opening of an adolescent critical period for experience-dependent rewiring of circuits underlying executive function.
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663547/explicit-instructions-and-consolidation-promote-rewiring-of-automatic-behaviors-in-the-human-mind
#10
Emese Szegedi-Hallgató, Karolina Janacsek, Teodóra Vékony, Lia Andrea Tasi, Leila Kerepes, Emőke Adrienn Hompoth, Anna Bálint, Dezső Németh
One major challenge in human behavior and brain sciences is to understand how we can rewire already existing perceptual, motor, cognitive, and social skills or habits. Here we aimed to characterize one aspect of rewiring, namely, how we can update our knowledge of sequential/statistical regularities when they change. The dynamics of rewiring was explored from learning to consolidation using a unique experimental design which is suitable to capture the effect of implicit and explicit processing and the proactive and retroactive interference...
June 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654038/rewiring-neuronal-circuits-a-new-method-for-fast-neurite-extension-and-functional-neuronal-connection
#11
Margaret H Magdesian, Madeleine Anthonisen, G Monserratt Lopez-Ayon, Xue Ying Chua, Matthew Rigby, Peter Grütter
Brain and spinal cord injury may lead to permanent disability and death because it is still not possible to regenerate neurons over long distances and accurately reconnect them with an appropriate target. Here a procedure is described to rapidly initiate, elongate, and precisely connect new functional neuronal circuits over long distances. The extension rates achieved reach over 1.2 mm/h, 30-60 times faster than the in vivo rates of the fastest growing axons from the peripheral nervous system (0.02 to 0.04 mm/h)(28) and 10 times faster than previously reported for the same neuronal type at an earlier stage of development(4)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648457/enriched-environment-promotes-remyelination-and-motor-function-recovery-through-modulation-of-hdac1-2-in-mice
#12
Jian Zheng, Weijun Ding, Baoming Li, Youjun Yang
Brain structure and functions are significantly affected by enriched environment (EE). Rodent and rhesus monkeys raised in EE will increase myelination in development, and these increase correlate with improved cognitive functions on learning and memory. However, whether and how EE influences remyelination in the adult remained undefined. Here, we used a cuprizone-induced demyelination mouse model demonstrate that EE significantly enhances remyelination. This EE-regulated remyelination is associated with improved motor skills...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643802/optogenetic-rewiring-of-thalamocortical-circuits-to-restore-function-in-the-stroke-injured-brain
#13
Kelly A Tennant, Stephanie L Taylor, Emily R White, Craig E Brown
To regain sensorimotor functions after stroke, surviving neural circuits must reorganize and form new connections. Although the thalamus is critical for processing and relaying sensory information to the cortex, little is known about how stroke affects the structure and function of these connections, or whether a therapeutic approach targeting these circuits can improve recovery. Here we reveal with in vivo calcium imaging that stroke in somatosensory cortex dampens the excitability of surviving thalamocortical circuits...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620275/genome-wide-target-analyses-of-otx2-homeoprotein-in-postnatal-cortex
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Akiko Sakai, Ryuichiro Nakato, Yiwei Ling, Xubin Hou, Norikazu Hara, Tomoya Iijima, Yuchio Yanagawa, Ryozo Kuwano, Shujiro Okuda, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Sayaka Sugiyama
Juvenile brain has a unique time window, or critical period, in which neuronal circuits are remodeled by experience. Mounting evidence indicates the importance of neuronal circuit rewiring in various neurodevelopmental disorders of human cognition. We previously showed that Otx2 homeoprotein, essential for brain formation, is recaptured during postnatal maturation of parvalbumin-positive interneurons (PV cells) to activate the critical period in mouse visual cortex. Cortical Otx2 is the only interneuron-enriched transcription factor known to regulate the critical period, but its downstream targets remain unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520454/acupuncture-rewires-the-brain-%C3%A2-with-lasting-effects
#15
Richard E Harris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457596/homeostatic-plasticity-shapes-cell-type-specific-wiring-in-the-retina
#16
Nai-Wen Tien, Florentina Soto, Daniel Kerschensteiner
Convergent input from different presynaptic partners shapes the responses of postsynaptic neurons. Whether developing postsynaptic neurons establish connections with each presynaptic partner independently or balance inputs to attain specific responses is unclear. Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) receive convergent input from bipolar cell types with different contrast responses and temporal tuning. Here, using optogenetic activation and pharmacogenetic silencing, we found that type 6 bipolar (B6) cells dominate excitatory input to ONα-RGCs...
May 3, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452683/mechanisms-and-pathways-of-toxoplasma-gondii-transepithelial-migration
#17
Emily J Jones, Tamas Korcsmaros, Simon R Carding
Toxoplasma gondii is a ubiquitous parasite and a prevalent food-borne parasitic pathogen. Infection of the host occurs principally through oral consumption of contaminated food and water with the gastrointestinal tract being the primary route for entry into the host. To promote infection, T. gondii has evolved highly specialized strategies for rapid traversal of the single cell thick intestinal epithelial barrier. Parasite transmigration via the paracellular pathway between adjacent cells enables parasite dissemination to secondary sites of infection where chronic infection of muscle and brain tissue is established...
January 2, 2017: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445807/rewiring-brain-circuits-to-block-cataplexy-in-murine-models-of-narcolepsy
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REVIEW
Meng Liu, Carlos Blanco-Centurion, Priyattam J Shiromani
Narcolepsy was first identified almost 130 years ago, but it was only 15 years ago that it was identified as a neurodegenerative disease linked to a loss of orexin neurons in the brain. It is unclear what causes the orexin neurons to die, but our strategy has been to place the gene for orexin into surrogate neurons in the validated mouse models of narcolepsy, and test whether it can block narcolepsy symptoms, such as cataplexy. In both the orexin knockout and the orexin-ataxin-3 mouse models of narcolepsy we have found that cataplexy can be blocked if the surrogate neurons are part of the circuit responsible for cataplexy...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428423/fructose-driven-glycolysis-supports-anoxia-resistance-in-the-naked-mole-rat
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Thomas J Park, Jane Reznick, Bethany L Peterson, Gregory Blass, Damir Omerbašić, Nigel C Bennett, P Henning J L Kuich, Christin Zasada, Brigitte M Browe, Wiebke Hamann, Daniel T Applegate, Michael H Radke, Tetiana Kosten, Heike Lutermann, Victoria Gavaghan, Ole Eigenbrod, Valérie Bégay, Vince G Amoroso, Vidya Govind, Richard D Minshall, Ewan St J Smith, John Larson, Michael Gotthardt, Stefan Kempa, Gary R Lewin
The African naked mole-rat's (Heterocephalus glaber) social and subterranean lifestyle generates a hypoxic niche. Under experimental conditions, naked mole-rats tolerate hours of extreme hypoxia and survive 18 minutes of total oxygen deprivation (anoxia) without apparent injury. During anoxia, the naked mole-rat switches to anaerobic metabolism fueled by fructose, which is actively accumulated and metabolized to lactate in the brain. Global expression of the GLUT5 fructose transporter and high levels of ketohexokinase were identified as molecular signatures of fructose metabolism...
April 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414105/functional-reorganization-after-hemispherectomy-in-humans-and-animal-models-what-can-we-learn-about-the-brain-s-resilience-to-extensive-unilateral-lesions
#20
REVIEW
Luca Sebastianelli, Viviana Versace, Alexandra Taylor, Francesco Brigo, Wolfgang Nothdurfter, Leopold Saltuari, Eugen Trinka, Raffaele Nardone
Hemispherectomy (HS) is an effective surgical procedure aimed at managing otherwise intractable epilepsy in cases of diffuse unihemispheric pathologies. Neurological recovery in subjects treated with HS is not limited to seizure reduction, rather, sensory-motor and behavioral improvement is often observed. This outcome highlights the considerable capability of the brain to react to such an extensive lesion, by functionally reorganizing and rewiring the cerebral cortex, especially early in life. In this narrative review, we summarize the animal studies as well as the human neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies dealing with the reorganizational processes that occur after HS...
April 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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