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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434197/multi-modal-signalling-in-estrildid-finches-song-dance-and-colour-are-associated-with-different-ecological-and-life-history-traits
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Ana Cristina R Gomes, Caterina Funghi, Masayo Soma, Michael D Sorenson, Gonçalo C Cardoso
Sexual traits (e.g., visual ornaments, acoustic signals, courtship behaviour) are often displayed together as multi-modal signals. Some hypotheses predict joint evolution of different sexual signals (e.g., to increase the efficiency of communication), or that different signals trade-off with each other (e.g., due to limited resources). Alternatively, multiple signals may evolve independently for different functions, or to communicate different information (multiple message hypothesis). We evaluated these hypotheses with a comparative study in the family Estrildidae, one of the largest songbird radiations, and one that includes many model species for research in sexual selection and communication...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434164/microglia-loss-contributes-to-the-development-of-major-depression-induced-by-different-types-of-chronic-stresses
#2
Lijuan Tong, Yu Gong, Peng Wang, Wenfeng Hu, Jili Wang, Zhuo Chen, Wei Zhang, Chao Huang
Recently, the loss and dystrophy of hippocampal microglia induced by chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) has been reported to mediate the development of major depression in mice whose microglial cells were labeled with enhanced green fluorescent protein-conjuncted-CX3C receptor type 1. However, whether this happens in endogenous microglia with no genetic intervention remains unclear. Here, we addressed this issue in mice treated with different types of chronic stresses, including the CUS, chronic restraint stress (CRS) and chronic social defeat stress (CSDS)...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433578/a-novel-device-for-continuous-long-term-electroencephalogram-recording-and-drug-administration-in-mice-with-a-nice-powerful-and-sophisticated-wired-system
#3
Shigeru Watanabe, Masanori Saito, Masaki Soma, Hitoshi Miyaoka, Masami Takahashi
BACKGROUND: To elucidate mechanisms of epileptogenesis and epileptic maturation, and to develop new AEDs, it is indispensable to administer various drugs and to examine their effects on EEG over a long period of observation. NEW METHOD: We constructed a device for the continuous measurement of electroencephalography (EEG) and the infusion of anti-epileptic drugs over a prolonged period of time in moving mice. The system includes a slip ring and a swivel to prevent twisting of the recording cable and infusion tube, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432142/structural-similarities-between-neuregulin-1-3-isoforms-determine-their-subcellular-distribution-and-signaling-mode-in-central-neurons
#4
Detlef Vullhorst, Tanveer Ahmad, Irina Karavanova, Carolyn Keating, Andres Buonanno
The Neuregulin (NRG) family of ErbB ligands is comprised of numerous variants originating from the use of different genes, alternative promoters and splice variants. NRGs have generally been thought to be transported to axons and presynaptic terminals where they signal via ErbB3/4 receptors in paracrine or juxtacrine mode. However, we recently demonstrated that unprocessed pro-NRG2 accumulates on cell bodies and proximal dendrites, and that NMDAR activity is required for shedding of its ectodomain by metalloproteinases...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432060/toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2-dominance-over-tlr4-in-stressful-conditions-for-its-detrimental-role-in-the-heart
#5
Ashim K Bagchi, Gauri Akolkar, Soma Mandal, Prathapan Ayyappan, Xi Yang, Pawan K Singal
It has been suggested that toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) promotes interleukin-10 (IL-10)-mediated cardiac cell survival while another receptor, TLR2, from the same family is detrimental. Here we examined the interactive role of these two innate signaling molecules under stressful conditions including interleukin-10 knockout (IL-10(-/-)) mice, global ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rat hearts and in-vitro shRNA experimental models in presence or absence of IL-10 (10ng/ml). Circulating and myocardial levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) as well as apoptosis and fibrosis were higher in IL-10(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431948/serum-peptides-as-putative-modulators-of-inflammation-in-psoriasis
#6
Tetsuhiko Matsuura, Masaaki Sato, Kouhei Nagai, Toshiyuki Sato, Mitsumi Arito, Kazuki Omoteyama, Naoya Suematsu, Kazuki Okamoto, Tomohiro Kato, Yoshinao Soma, Manae S Kurokawa
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a refractory inflammatory disease, however, its pathophysiology is still not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: We tried to identify novel serum peptides associated with the pathophysiology of psoriasis. METHODS: Serum peptides from 24 patients with psoriasis vulgaris (PV), 10 patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), 14 patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), and 23 healthy control (HC) subjects were analyzed by mass spectrometry...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430864/the-gnih-lpxrfa-system-s-regulation-of-reproduction-in-the-brain-pituitary-axis-of-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#7
Olivia Smith Spicer, Nilli Zmora, Ten-Tsao Wong, Matan Golan, Berta Levavi-Sivan, Yoav Gothilf, Yonathan Zohar
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GNIH) was discovered in quail with the ability to reduce gonadotropin expression/secretion in the pituitary. There have been few studies on GNIH orthologs in teleosts (Lpxrfa peptides), which have provided inconsistent results. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine the roles and modes of action by which Lpxrfa exerts its functions in the brain-pituitary axis of zebrafish (Danio rerio). We localized Lpxrfa soma to the ventral hypothalamus, with fibers extending throughout the brain and to the pituitary...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427833/a-european-research-network-to-improve-diagnosis-treatment-and-care-for-patients-with-persistent-somatic-symptoms-work-report-of-the-euronet-soma-conference-series
#8
Angelika Weigel, Paul Hüsing, Sebastian Kohlmann, Marco Lehmann, Meike Shedden-Mora, Anne Toussaint, Bernd Löwe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426968/map2-defines-a-pre-axonal-filtering-zone-to-regulate-kif1-versus-kif5-dependent-cargo-transport-in-sensory-neurons
#9
Laura F Gumy, Eugene A Katrukha, Ilya Grigoriev, Dick Jaarsma, Lukas C Kapitein, Anna Akhmanova, Casper C Hoogenraad
Polarized cargo transport is essential for neuronal function. However, the minimal basic components required for selective cargo sorting and distribution in neurons remain elusive. We found that in sensory neurons the axon initial segment is largely absent and that microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) defines the cargo-filtering zone in the proximal axon. Here, MAP2 directs axonal cargo entry by coordinating the activities of molecular motors. We show that distinct kinesins differentially regulate cargo velocity: kinesin-3 drives fast axonal cargo trafficking, while kinesin-1 slows down axonal cargo transport...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426941/behavioral-deficits-and-neural-damage-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-induced-by-three-rare-earth-elements
#10
Tiantian Xu, Manke Zhang, Jiani Hu, Zihan Li, Taipu Wu, Jianing Bao, Siyu Wu, Lili Lei, Defu He
Rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in industry, agriculture, medicine and daily life in recent years. However, environmental and health risks of REEs are still poorly understood. In this study, neurotoxicity of trichloride neodymium, praseodymium and scandium were evaluated using nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as the assay system. Median lethal concentrations (48 h) were 99.9, 157.2 and 106.4 mg/L for NdCl3, PrCl3 and ScCl3, respectively. Sublethal dose (10-30 mg/L) of these trichloride salts significantly inhibited body length of nematodes...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425150/genetic-basis-for-soma-is-present-in-undifferentiated-volvocine-green-algae
#11
Zachariah I Grochau-Wright, Erik R Hanschen, Patrick J Ferris, Takashi Hamaji, Hisayoshi Nozaki, Bradley J S C Olson, Richard E Michod
Somatic cellular differentiation plays a critical role in the transition from unicellular to multicellular life, but the evolution of its genetic basis remains poorly understood. By definition somatic cells do not reproduce to pass on genes and so constitute an extreme form of altruistic behavior. The volvocine green algae provide an excellent model system to study the evolution of multicellularity and somatic differentiation. In Volvox carteri, somatic cell differentiation is controlled by the regA gene, which is part of a tandem duplication of genes known as the reg cluster...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424590/geometrical-determinants-of-neuronal-actin-waves
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Caterina Tomba, Céline Braïni, Ghislain Bugnicourt, Floriane Cohen, Benjamin M Friedrich, Nir S Gov, Catherine Villard
Hippocampal neurons produce in their early stages of growth propagative, actin-rich dynamical structures called actin waves. The directional motion of actin waves from the soma to the tip of neuronal extensions has been associated with net forward growth, and ultimately with the specification of neurites into axon and dendrites. Here, geometrical cues are used to control actin wave dynamics by constraining neurons on adhesive stripes of various widths. A key observable, the average time between the production of consecutive actin waves, or mean inter-wave interval (IWI), was identified...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424571/metabolic-vulnerability-in-the-neurodegenerative-disease-glaucoma
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Denise M Inman, Mohammad Harun-Or-Rashid
Axons can be several orders of magnitude longer than neural somas, presenting logistical difficulties in cargo trafficking and structural maintenance. Keeping the axon compartment well supplied with energy also presents a considerable challenge; even seemingly subtle modifications of metabolism can result in functional deficits and degeneration. Axons require a great deal of energy, up to 70% of all energy used by a neuron, just to maintain the resting membrane potential. Axonal energy, in the form of ATP, is generated primarily through oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415246/synchronization-dynamics-on-the-picosecond-time-scale-in-coupled-josephson-junction-neurons
#14
K Segall, M LeGro, S Kaplan, O Svitelskiy, S Khadka, P Crotty, D Schult
Conventional digital computation is rapidly approaching physical limits for speed and energy dissipation. Here we fabricate and test a simple neuromorphic circuit that models neuronal somas, axons, and synapses with superconducting Josephson junctions. The circuit models two mutually coupled excitatory neurons. In some regions of parameter space the neurons are desynchronized. In others, the Josephson neurons synchronize in one of two states, in-phase or antiphase. An experimental alteration of the delay and strength of the connecting synapses can toggle the system back and forth in a phase-flip bifurcation...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412924/neurons-vs-germline-a-war-of-hormetic-tradeoffs
#15
Marios Kyriazis
The process of human ageing is significantly dependent upon events which are currently shaping humanity. One such event is the seemingly inexorable progress of technology, and specifically, digital communications technology. Technology and biology are tightly interconnected, and this has a direct relevance on how our own ageing mechanisms are evolving and adapting to the change. One way technology may affect biological ageing is based on the concept of information exposure which acts as a hormetic stimulus and up-regulates neuronal stress response pathways...
April 13, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410418/heterogeneous-firing-responses-predict-diverse-couplings-to-presynaptic-activity-in-mice-layer-v-pyramidal-neurons
#16
Yann Zerlaut, Alain Destexhe
In this study, we present a theoretical framework combining experimental characterizations and analytical calculus to capture the firing rate input-output properties of single neurons in the fluctuation-driven regime. Our framework consists of a two-step procedure to treat independently how the dendritic input translates into somatic fluctuation variables, and how the latter determine action potential firing. We use this framework to investigate the functional impact of the heterogeneity in firing responses found experimentally in young mice layer V pyramidal cells...
April 14, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409119/severe-dengue-due-to-secondary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-a-case-study
#17
Ujjwayini Ray, Soma Dutta, Susovan Mondal, Syamasis Bandyopadhyay
Dengue, transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti affects millions of people worldwide every year. Dengue induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a serious condition and may prove fatal if not detected early and treated appropriately. Diagnosis of HLH is challenging and usually missed as clinical and laboratory findings are nonspecific. Moreover, the pathophysiology of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome and/or sepsis is remarkably similar to HLH. Secondary HLH following infection by the dengue virus is now being increasingly recognized as a cause of severe form of the disease...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399163/three-dimensional-computer-graphic-animations-for-studying-social-approach-behaviour-in-medaka-fish-effects-of-systematic-manipulation-of-morphological-and-motion-cues
#18
Tomohiro Nakayasu, Masaki Yasugi, Soma Shiraishi, Seiichi Uchida, Eiji Watanabe
We studied social approach behaviour in medaka fish using three-dimensional computer graphic (3DCG) animations based on the morphological features and motion characteristics obtained from real fish. This is the first study which used 3DCG animations and examined the relative effects of morphological and motion cues on social approach behaviour in medaka. Various visual stimuli, e.g., lack of motion, lack of colour, alternation in shape, lack of locomotion, lack of body motion, and normal virtual fish in which all four features (colour, shape, locomotion, and body motion) were reconstructed, were created and presented to fish using a computer display...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392175/structural-basis-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-transcription-and-transcription-inhibition
#19
Wei Lin, Soma Mandal, David Degen, Yu Liu, Yon W Ebright, Shengjian Li, Yu Feng, Yu Zhang, Sukhendu Mandal, Yi Jiang, Shuang Liu, Matthew Gigliotti, Meliza Talaue, Nancy Connell, Kalyan Das, Eddy Arnold, Richard H Ebright
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the causative agent of tuberculosis, which kills 1.8 million annually. Mtb RNA polymerase (RNAP) is the target of the first-line antituberculosis drug rifampin (Rif). We report crystal structures of Mtb RNAP, alone and in complex with Rif, at 3.8-4.4 Å resolution. The results identify an Mtb-specific structural module of Mtb RNAP and establish that Rif functions by a steric-occlusion mechanism that prevents extension of RNA. We also report non-Rif-related compounds-Nα-aroyl-N-aryl-phenylalaninamides (AAPs)-that potently and selectively inhibit Mtb RNAP and Mtb growth, and we report crystal structures of Mtb RNAP in complex with AAPs...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391401/morphological-and-physiological-properties-of-cck-cb1r-expressing-interneurons-in-the-basal-amygdala
#20
Laura Rovira-Esteban, Zoltán Péterfi, Attila Vikór, Zoltán Máté, Gábor Szabó, Norbert Hájos
Principal neurons in cortical regions including the basal nucleus of the amygdala (BA) are innervated by several types of inhibitory cells, one of which expresses the neuropeptide cholecystokinin (CCK) and the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R). CCK/CB1R-expressing interneurons may have a profound impact on amygdalar function by controlling its output. However, very little is known about their properties, and therefore their role in circuit operation cannot be predicted. To characterize the CCK/CB1R-expressing interneurons in the BA, we combined in vitro electrophysiological recordings and neuroanatomical techniques in a transgenic mouse that expresses DsRed fluorescent protein under the control of the CCK promoter...
April 8, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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