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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913586/local-circuits-of-v1-layer-4b-neurons-projecting-to-v2-thick-stripes-define-distinct-cell-classes-and-avoid-cytochrome-oxidase-blobs
#1
Jeff Yarch, Frederick Federer, Alessandra Angelucci
: Decades of anatomical studies on the primate primary visual cortex (V1) have led to a detailed diagram of V1 intrinsic circuitry, but this diagram lacks information about the output targets of V1 cells. Understanding how V1 local processing relates to downstream processing requires identification of neuronal populations defined by their output targets. In primates, V1 layers (L)2/3 and 4B send segregated projections to distinct cytochrome oxidase (CO) stripes in area V2: neurons in CO blob-columns project to thin stripes, and those outside blob columns to thick and pale stripes, suggesting functional specialization of V1-to-V2 CO streams...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913291/a-saposin-deficiency-model-in-drosophila-lysosomal-storage-progressive-neurodegeneration-and-sensory-physiological-decline
#2
Samantha J Hindle, Sarita Hebbar, Dominik Schwudke, Christopher J Elliott, Sean T Sweeney
Saposin deficiency is a childhood neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder (LSD) that can cause premature death within three months of life. Saposins are activator proteins that promote the function of lysosomal hydrolases that mediate the degradation of sphingolipids. There are four saposin proteins in humans, which are encoded by the prosaposin gene. Mutations causing an absence or impaired function of individual saposins or the whole prosaposin gene lead to distinct LSDs due to the storage of different classes of sphingolipids...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910737/a-case-of-pure-autotopagnosia-following-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#3
Itaru Tamura, Shinsuke Hamada, Hiroyuki Soma, Fumio Moriwaka, Kunio Tashiro
A 69-year-old male (N.A.) with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease showed pure autotopagnosia. We administered tests evaluating his ability to name his own body parts, to point to body parts (his own and examiner's), and to recognize positional relationships between his body parts by verbal questions and responses. We found impaired localization of the patient's own body parts by pointing and impaired recognition of positional relationships between his body parts. However, there was no impairment in naming his own body parts or in localizing the examiner's body parts...
December 2, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904477/axon-injury-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-neurodegeneration
#4
REVIEW
Yang Hu
Injury to central nervous system axons is a common early characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases. Depending on its location and the type of neuron, axon injury often leads to axon degeneration, retrograde neuronal cell death and progressive permanent loss of vital neuronal functions. Although these sequential events are clearly connected, ample evidence indicates that neuronal soma and axon degenerations are active autonomous processes with distinct molecular mechanisms. By exploiting the anatomical and technical advantages of the retinal ganglion cell (RGC)/optic nerve (ON) system, we demonstrated that inhibition of the PERK-eIF2α-CHOP pathway and activation of the X-box binding protein 1 pathway synergistically protect RGC soma and axon, and preserve visual function, in both acute ON traumatic injury and chronic glaucomatous neuropathy...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902330/simian-immunodeficiency-virus-sivmac239-infection-and-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-shiv89-6p-infection-result-in-progression-to-aids-in-cynomolgus-macaques-from-asian-country-origin
#5
Tomotaka Okamura, Yusuke Tsujimura, Shogo Soma, Ichiro Takahashi, Kazuhiro Matsuo, Yasuhiro Yasutomi
Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection models in cynomolgus macaques are important for analysis of the pathogenesis of immunodeficiency virus and for studies on the efficacy of new vaccine candidates. However, very little is known about the pathogenesis of SIV or simian human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) in cynomolgus macaques from different Asian country origins. In the present study, we analyzed the infectivity and pathogenicity of CCR5-tropic SIVmac and those of dual-tropic SHIV89.6P inoculated in cynomolgus macaques of Indonesia, Malaysia or Philippines origin...
October 21, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895121/neuronal-mtorc1-is-required-for-maintaining-the-nonreactive-state-of-astrocytes
#6
Yue Zhang, Song Xu, Kang-Yan Liang, Kai Li, Zhi-Peng Zou, Cui-Lan Yang, Kang Tan, Xiong Cao, Yu Jiang, Tian-Ming Gao, Xiao-Chun Bai
Astrocytes respond to central nervous system (CNS) insults through reactive astrogliosis, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. In this study, we show that inactivation of mechanistic target of rapamycin complex (mTORC1) signaling in postnatal neurons induces reactive astrogliosis in mice. Ablation of Raptor (an mTORC1-specific component) in postmitotic neurons abolished mTORC1 activity and produced neurons with smaller soma and fewer dendrites, resulting in microcephaly and aberrant behavior in adult mice...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893786/extending-integrate-and-fire-model-neurons-to-account-for-the-effects-of-weak-electric-fields-and-input-filtering-mediated-by-the-dendrite
#7
Florian Aspart, Josef Ladenbauer, Klaus Obermayer
Transcranial brain stimulation and evidence of ephaptic coupling have recently sparked strong interests in understanding the effects of weak electric fields on the dynamics of brain networks and of coupled populations of neurons. The collective dynamics of large neuronal populations can be efficiently studied using single-compartment (point) model neurons of the integrate-and-fire (IF) type as their elements. These models, however, lack the dendritic morphology required to biophysically describe the effect of an extracellular electric field on the neuronal membrane voltage...
November 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892853/structure-of-the-germline-genome-of-tetrahymenathermophila-and-relationship-to-the-massively-rearranged-somatic-genome
#8
Eileen P Hamilton, Aurélie Kapusta, Piroska E Huvos, Shelby L Bidwell, Nikhat Zafar, Haibao Tang, Michalis Hadjithomas, Vivek Krishnakumar, Jonathan H Badger, Elisabet V Caler, Carsten Russ, Qiandong Zeng, Lin Fan, Joshua Z Levin, Terrance Shea, Sarah K Young, Ryan Hegarty, Riza Daza, Sharvari Gujja, Jennifer R Wortman, Bruce W Birren, Chad Nusbaum, Jainy Thomas, Clayton M Carey, Ellen J Pritham, Cédric Feschotte, Tomoko Noto, Kazufumi Mochizuki, Romeo Papazyan, Sean D Taverna, Paul H Dear, Donna M Cassidy-Hanley, Jie Xiong, Wei Miao, Eduardo Orias, Robert S Coyne
The germline genome of the binucleated ciliate Tetrahymenathermophila undergoes programmed chromosome breakage and massive DNA elimination to generate the somatic genome. Here we present a complete sequence assembly of the germline genome and analyze multiple features of its structure and its relationship to the somatic genome, shedding light on the mechanisms of genome rearrangement as well as the evolutionary history of this remarkable germline/soma differentiation. Our results strengthen the notion that a complex, dynamic, and ongoing interplay between mobile DNA elements and the host genome have shaped Tetrahymena chromosome structure, locally and globally...
November 28, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890560/the-hippocampal-transcriptomic-signature-of-stress-resilience-in-mice-with-microglial-fractalkine-receptor-cx3cr1-deficiency
#9
Neta Rimmerman, Nofar Schottlender, Ronen Reshef, Nadav Dan-Goor, Raz Yirmiya
Clinical studies suggest that key genetic factors involved in stress resilience are related to the innate immune system. In the brain, this system includes microglia cells, which play a major role in stress responsiveness. Consistently, mice with deletion of the CX3CR1 gene (CX3CR1(-/-) mice), which in the brain is expressed exclusively by microglia, exhibit resilience to chronic stress. Here, we compared the emotional, cognitive, neurogenic and microglial responses to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) between CX3CR1(-/-) and wild type (WT) mice...
November 23, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889698/major-involvement-of-bacterial-components-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-its-accompanying-oxidative-stress-systemic-inflammation-and-hypercoagulability
#10
Etheresia Pretorius, Oore-Ofe Akeredolu, Prashilla Soma, Douglas B Kell
We review the evidence that infectious agents, including those that become dormant within the host, have a major role to play in much of the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis and the inflammation that is its hallmark. This occurs in particular because they can produce cross-reactive (auto-)antigens, as well as potent inflammagens such as lipopolysaccharide that can themselves catalyze further inflammagenesis, including via β-amyloid formation. A series of observables coexist in many chronic, inflammatory diseases as well as rheumatoid arthritis...
November 25, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888071/cell-type-specific-expression-of-foxp2-in-the-ferret-and-mouse-retina
#11
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/27881953/connectomic-analysis-of-brain-networks-novel-techniques-and-future-directions
#12
REVIEW
J Leonie Cazemier, Francisco Clascá, Paul H E Tiesinga
Brain networks, localized or brain-wide, exist only at the cellular level, i.e., between specific pre- and post-synaptic neurons, which are connected through functionally diverse synapses located at specific points of their cell membranes. "Connectomics" is the emerging subfield of neuroanatomy explicitly aimed at elucidating the wiring of brain networks with cellular resolution and a quantified accuracy. Such data are indispensable for realistic modeling of brain circuitry and function. A connectomic analysis, therefore, needs to identify and measure the soma, dendrites, axonal path, and branching patterns together with the synapses and gap junctions of the neurons involved in any given brain circuit or network...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881784/low-somatic-sodium-conductance-enhances-action-potential-precision-in-time-coding-auditory-neurons
#13
Yang Yang, Bina Ramamurthy, Andreas Neef, Matthew A Xu-Friedman
: Auditory nerve fibers encode sounds in the precise timing of action potentials (APs), which is used for such computations as sound localization. Timing information is relayed through several cell types in the auditory brainstem that share an unusual property: their APs are not overshooting, suggesting that the cells have very low somatic sodium conductance (gNa). However, it is not clear how gNa influences temporal precision. We addressed this by comparing bushy cells (BCs) in the mouse cochlear nucleus with T-stellate cells (SCs), which do have normal overshooting APs...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881722/maintenance-of-neuronal-size-gradient-in-mntb-requires-sound-evoked-activit
#14
Jessica H Weatherstone, Conny Kopp-Scheinpflug, Nadia Pilati, Yuan Wang, Ian D Forsythe, Edwin W Rubel, Bruce L Tempel
The medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) is an important source of inhibition during the computation of sound location. It transmits fast and precisely timed action potentials at high frequencies; this requires an efficient calcium clearance mechanism, in which the plasma membrane calcium ATPase 2 (PMCA2) is a key component. Deafwaddler (dfw(2J)) mutant mice have a null mutation in PMCA2 causing deafness in homozygotes (dfw(2J)/dfw(2J)) and high frequency hearing loss in heterozygotes (+/dfw(2J)). Despite the deafness phenotype, no significant differences in MNTB volume or cell number were observed in dfw(2J) homozygous mutants, suggesting PMCA2 is not required for MNTB neuron survival...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878997/corneal-epithelial-cells-function-as-surrogate-schwann-cells-for-their-sensory-nerves
#15
REVIEW
Mary Ann Stepp, Gauri Tadvalkar, Raymond Hakh, Sonali Pal-Ghosh
The eye is innervated by neurons derived from both the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system (PNS). While much is known about retinal neurobiology and phototransduction, less attention has been paid to the innervation of the eye by the PNS and the roles it plays in maintaining a functioning visual system. The ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal ganglion contains somas of neurons that innervate the cornea. These nerves provide sensory functions for the cornea and are referred to as intraepithelial corneal nerves (ICNs) consisting of subbasal nerves and their associated intraepithelial nerve terminals...
November 23, 2016: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878520/a-coumarin-based-luminescent-chemosensor-for-recognition-of-cu-2-and-its-in-situ-complex-for-cn-sensing-via-cu-2-displacement-approach
#16
Soma Mukherjee, Shrabani Talukder
A new coumarin based chemosensor has been developed for selective fluorescent recognition of Cu(2+) in MeOH/H2O (4:1, v/v at pH = 7.2 aqueous solution) medium with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. The in-situ prepared Cu(2+) complex displays high selectivity towards CN(-) via Cu(2+) displacement approach with detection limit in the micro molar range. Moreover, in presence of Cu(2+), the receptor exhibits reversible emission change with EDTA and thus offers an interesting property of molecular 'IMPLICATION' logic gate with Cu(2+) and EDTA as chemical inputs...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867824/safety-of-heparin-bridging-therapy-for-transrectal-ultrasound-guided-prostate-biopsy-in-patients-requiring-temporary-discontinuation-of-antithrombotic-agents
#17
Itsuto Hamano, Shingo Hatakeyama, Tohru Yoneyama, Yuki Tobisawa, Osamu Soma, Teppei Matsumoto, Hayato Yamamoto, Atsushi Imai, Takahiro Yoneyama, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Takuya Koie, Chikara Ohyama
BACKGROUND: Safety of heparin bridging therapy for transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate (TRUS) biopsy in patients requiring temporary discontinuation of antithrombotic therapy is unknown. This study aimed to assess the relationship between heparin bridging therapy and the incidence of complications after TRUS biopsy. METHODS: From January 2005 to November 2015, we performed 1307 consecutive TRUS biopsies on 1134 patients in our hospital. The patients were assigned to two groups: those without heparin bridging (the control group) and those with temporary discontinuation of antithrombotic agents with heparin bridging therapy (the bridging group)...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864931/spatial-distribution-of-synapses-on-tyrosine-hydroxylase-expressing-juxtaglomerular-cells-in-the-mouse-olfactory-glomerulus
#18
Emi Kiyokage, Kazuto Kobayashi, Kazunori Toida
Olfactory sensory axons converge in specific glomeruli where they form excitatory synapses onto dendrites of mitral/tufted (M/T) and juxtaglomerular (JG) cells, including periglomerular (PG), external tufted (ET), and superficial-short axon cells. JG cells consist of heterogeneous subpopulations with different neurochemical, physiological, and morphological properties. Among JG cells, previous electron microscopic (EM) studies showed that the majority of synaptic inputs to tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-immunoreactive neurons were asymmetrical synapses from olfactory nerve (ON) terminals...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862297/histochemical-localization-of-zinc-in-the-retina-cells-of-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-fed-different-presentations-of-zinc
#19
Pedro Luis Castro, David Dominguez, María José Caballero, Marisol Izquierdo
To describe the distribution of zinc in the retina of a representative marine fish species and to determine whether the intracellular deposition amount correlates with the presentation of the zinc included in the practical diets (organic, inorganic, encapsulated, fish meal, and Control diet), we examined the precise localization of endogenous zinc in the gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) retina by autometallography. As observed by light microscopy, reaction products were widely distributed throughout the retina, including the outer segments of photoreceptors, except in the nuclear layers...
November 8, 2016: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862131/scoring-system-for-the-diagnosis-of-bilateral-primary-aldosteronism-in-the-outpatient-setting-before-adrenal-venous-sampling
#20
Hiroki Kobayashi, Akira Haketa, Takahiro Ueno, Yukihiro Ikeda, Yoshinari Hatanaka, Sho Tanaka, Hiromasa Otsuka, Masanori Abe, Noboru Fukuda, Masayoshi Soma
OBJECTIVE: The only reliable method for subtyping primary aldosteronism (PA) is adrenal venous sampling (AVS), which is costly and time consuming. Considering the limited availability of AVS, it would be helpful to obtain information on the diagnosis of bilateral hyperaldosteronism (BHA) from routine tests. We aimed to establish new, simple criteria for outpatients to diagnose BHA from PA before AVS. DESIGN: We retrospectively analysed 82 patients who were diagnosed with PA and underwent AVS...
November 8, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
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