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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528964/inhibitory-interneurons-and-their-circuit-motifs-in-the-many-layers-of-the-barrel-cortex
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Dirk Feldmeyer, Guanxiao Qi, Vishalini Emmenegger, Jochen F Staiger
Recent years have seen substantial progress in studying the structural and function properties of GABAergic interneurons and their roles in the neuronal networks of barrel cortex. Although GABAergic interneurons represent only about 12% of the total number of neocortical neurons, they are extremely diverse with respect to their structural and functional properties. It has become clear that barrel cortex interneurons not only serve the maintenance of an appropriate excitation/inhibition balance but also are directly involved in sensory processing...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
#2
Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526579/differential-involvement-of-vesicular-and-glial-glutamate-transporters-around-spinal-%C3%AE-motoneurons-in-the-pathogenesis-of-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Tomohiro Ohgomori, Ryo Yamasaki, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Kenji Kadomatsu, Jun-Ichi Kira, Shozo Jinno
From a view point of the glutamate excitotoxicity theory, several studies have suggested that abnormal glutamate homeostasis via dysfunction of glial glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) may underlie neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the detailed role of GLT-1 in the pathogenies of ALS remains controversial. To assess this issue, here we elucidated structural alterations associated with dysregulation of glutamate homeostasis using SOD1(G93A) mice, a genetic model of familial ALS...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525574/a-schizophrenia-related-deletion-leads-to-kcnq2-dependent-abnormal-dopaminergic-modulation-of-prefrontal-cortical-interneuron-activity
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Se Joon Choi, Jun Mukai, Mirna Kvajo, Bin Xu, Anastasia Diamantopoulou, Pothitos M Pitychoutis, Bin Gou, Joseph A Gogos, Hui Zhang
Altered prefrontal cortex function is implicated in schizophrenia (SCZ) pathophysiology and could arise from imbalance between excitation and inhibition (E/I) in local circuits. It remains unclear whether and how such imbalances relate to genetic etiologies. We used a mouse model of the SCZ-predisposing 22q11.2 deletion (Df(16)A+/- mice) to evaluate how this genetic lesion affects the excitability of layer V prefrontal pyramidal neurons and its modulation by dopamine (DA). Df(16)A+/- mice have normal balance between E/I at baseline but are unable to maintain it upon dopaminergic challenge...
May 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515683/a-population-of-projection-neurons-that-inhibits-the-lateral-horn-but-excites-the-antennal-lobe-through-chemical-synapses-in-drosophila
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Kazumichi Shimizu, Mark Stopfer
In the insect olfactory system, odor information is transferred from the antennal lobe (AL) to higher brain areas by projection neurons (PNs) in multiple AL tracts (ALTs). In several species, one of the ALTs, the mediolateral ALT (mlALT), contains some GABAergic PNs; in the Drosophila brain, the great majority of ventral PNs (vPNs) are GABAergic and project through this tract to the lateral horn (LH). Most excitatory PNs (ePNs), project through the medial ALT (mALT) to the mushroom body (MB) and the LH. Recent studies have shown that GABAergic vPNs play inhibitory roles at their axon terminals in the LH...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514446/identification-of-preoptic-sleep-neurons-using-retrograde-labelling-and-gene-profiling
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Shinjae Chung, Franz Weber, Peng Zhong, Chan Lek Tan, Thuc Nghi Nguyen, Kevin T Beier, Nikolai Hörmann, Wei-Cheng Chang, Zhe Zhang, Johnny Phong Do, Shenqin Yao, Michael J Krashes, Bosiljka Tasic, Ali Cetin, Hongkui Zeng, Zachary A Knight, Liqun Luo, Yang Dan
In humans and other mammalian species, lesions in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus cause profound sleep impairment, indicating a crucial role of the preoptic area in sleep generation. However, the underlying circuit mechanism remains poorly understood. Electrophysiological recordings and c-Fos immunohistochemistry have shown the existence of sleep-active neurons in the preoptic area, especially in the ventrolateral preoptic area and median preoptic nucleus. Pharmacogenetic activation of c-Fos-labelled sleep-active neurons has been shown to induce sleep...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511982/characteristic-and-intermingled-neocortical-circuits-encode-different-visual-object-discriminations
#7
Guo-Rong Zhang, Hua Zhao, Nathan Cook, Michael Svestka, Eui M Choi, Mary Jan, Robert G Cook, Alfred I Geller
Synaptic plasticity and neural network theories hypothesize that the essential information for advanced cognitive tasks is encoded in specific circuits and neurons within distributed neocortical networks. However, these circuits are incompletely characterized, and we do not know if a specific discrimination is encoded in characteristic circuits among multiple animals. Here, we determined the spatial distribution of active neurons for a circuit that encodes some of the essential information for a cognitive task...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511127/neurophysiology-of-synaptic-functioning-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Mario Stampanoni Bassi, Francesco Mori, Fabio Buttari, Girolama A Marfia, Andrea Sancesario, Diego Centonze, Ennio Iezzi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory immune-mediate disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), primarily affecting the myelin sheath and followed by neurodegeneration. Synaptic alterations are emerging as critical determinants of early neurodegeneration in MS. Inflammation-induced alterations of synaptic transmission and plasticity have been investigated in vitro and also in human MS using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques. Specific inflammatory cytokines alter glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission, resulting in synaptic hyperexcitability...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508034/laminar-localization-and-projection-specific-properties-of-presubicular-neurons-targeting-the-lateral-mammillary-nucleus-thalamus-or-medial-entorhinal-cortex
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Li-Wen Huang, Jean Simonnet, Mérie Nassar, Louis Richevaux, Roxanne Lofredi, Desdemona Fricker
The presubiculum (PrS) is part of an interconnected network of distributed brain regions where individual neurons signal the animals heading direction. PrS sends axons to medial entorhinal cortex (MEC), it is reciprocally connected with anterior thalamic nuclei (ATNs), and it sends feedback projections to the lateral mammillary nucleus (LMN), involved in generating the head direction signal. The intrinsic properties of projecting neurons will influence the pathway-specific transmission of activity. Here, we used projection-specific labeling of presubicular neurons to identify MEC-, LMN-, and ATN-projecting neurons in mice...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506879/a-new-platform-for-long-term-tracking-and-recording-of-neural-activity-and-simultaneous-optogenetic-control-in-freely-behaving-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Keiko Gengyo-Ando, Yuko Kagawa-Nagamura, Masamichi Ohkura, Xianfeng Fei, Min Chen, Koichi Hashimoto, Junichi Nakai
BACKGROUND: Real-time recording and manipulation of neural activity in freely behaving animals can greatly advance our understanding of how neural circuits regulate behavior. Ca(2+) imaging and optogenetic manipulation with optical probes are key technologies for this purpose. However, integrating the two optical approaches with behavioral analysis has been technically challenging. NEW METHOD: Here, we developed a new imaging system, ICaST (Integrated platform for Ca(2+) imaging, Stimulation, and Tracking), which combines an automatic worm tracking system and a fast-scanning laser confocal microscope, to image neurons of interest in freely behaving C...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504719/novel-myc-driven-medulloblastoma-models-from-multiple-embryonic-cerebellar-cells
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D Kawauchi, R J Ogg, L Liu, D J H Shih, D Finkelstein, B L Murphy, J E Rehg, A Korshunov, C Calabrese, F Zindy, T Phoenix, Y Kawaguchi, J Gronych, R J Gilbertson, P Lichter, A Gajjar, M Kool, P A Northcott, S M Pfister, M F Roussel
Group3 medulloblastoma (MBG3) that predominantly occur in young children are usually associated with MYC amplification and/or overexpression, frequent metastasis and a dismal prognosis. Physiologically relevant MBG3 models are currently lacking, making inferences related to their cellular origin thus far limited. Using in utero electroporation, we here report that MBG3 mouse models can be developed in situ from different multipotent embryonic cerebellar progenitor cells via conditional expression of Myc and loss of Trp53 function in several Cre driver mouse lines...
May 15, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504681/fused-cerebral-organoids-model-interactions-between-brain-regions
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Joshua A Bagley, Daniel Reumann, Shan Bian, Julie Lévi-Strauss, Juergen A Knoblich
Human brain development involves complex interactions between different regions, including long-distance neuronal migration or formation of major axonal tracts. Different brain regions can be cultured in vitro within 3D cerebral organoids, but the random arrangement of regional identities limits the reliable analysis of complex phenotypes. Here, we describe a coculture method combining brain regions of choice within one organoid tissue. By fusing organoids of dorsal and ventral forebrain identities, we generate a dorsal-ventral axis...
May 10, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504679/generation-of-pure-gabaergic-neurons-by-transcription-factor-programming
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Nan Yang, Soham Chanda, Samuele Marro, Yi-Han Ng, Justyna A Janas, Daniel Haag, Cheen Euong Ang, Yunshuo Tang, Quetzal Flores, Moritz Mall, Orly Wapinski, Mavis Li, Henrik Ahlenius, John L Rubenstein, Howard Y Chang, Arturo Alvarez Buylla, Thomas C Südhof, Marius Wernig
Approaches to differentiating pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) into neurons currently face two major challenges-(i) generated cells are immature, with limited functional properties; and (ii) cultures exhibit heterogeneous neuronal subtypes and maturation stages. Using lineage-determining transcription factors, we previously developed a single-step method to generate glutamatergic neurons from human PSCs. Here, we show that transient expression of the transcription factors Ascl1 and Dlx2 (AD) induces the generation of exclusively GABAergic neurons from human PSCs with a high degree of synaptic maturation...
May 15, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500870/brainstem-regulation-of-slow-wave-sleep
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REVIEW
Christelle Anaclet, Patrick M Fuller
Recent work has helped reconcile puzzling results from brainstem transection studies first performed over 60 years ago, which suggested the existence of a sleep-promoting system in the medullary brainstem. It was specifically shown that GABAergic neurons located in the medullary brainstem parafacial zone (PZ(GABA)) are not only necessary for normal slow-wave-sleep (SWS) but that their selective activation is sufficient to induce SWS in behaving animals. In this review we discuss early experimental findings that inspired the hypothesis that the caudal brainstem contained SWS-promoting circuitry...
May 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499969/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-modulates-airway-vagal-preganglionic-neurons-of-sprague-dawley-rats-at-multiple-synaptic-sites-via-activation-of-its-type-1-receptors-implications-for-stress-associated-airway-vagal-excitation
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Yuhong Guo, Xianxia Yan, Xingxin Chen, Ding He, Ming Zeng, Yonghua Chen, Chunmei Xia, Dongying Qiu, Jijiang Wang
Corticotropin-releasing hormone release is the final common pathway of stress-associated neuroendocrine responses. This study tested how corticotropin-releasing hormone modulates airway vagal preganglionic neurons. Airway vagal preganglionic neurons in neonatal rats were retrogradely labeled with fluorescent dye and identified in medullary slices, and their responses to corticotropin-releasing hormone (200nmolL(-1)) were examined using whole-cell patch clamp. The results show that under current clamp, corticotropin-releasing hormone (200nmolL(-1)) depolarized airway vagal preganglionic neurons and significantly increased the rate of their spontaneous firing...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498919/chemicogenetic-restoration-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-to-amygdala-pathway-ameliorates-stress-induced-deficits
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Jing Wei, Ping Zhong, Luye Qin, Tao Tan, Zhen Yan
Corticosteroid stress hormones exert a profound impact on cognitive and emotional processes. Understanding the neuronal circuits that are altered by chronic stress is important for counteracting the detrimental effects of stress in a brain region- and cell type-specific manner. Using the chemogenetic tool, Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs), which enables the remote, noninvasive and long-lasting modulation of cellular activity and signal transduction in discrete neuronal populations in vivo, we sought to identify the specific pathways that play an essential role in stress responses...
May 11, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497801/pde4-inhibition-restores-the-balance-between-excitation-and-inhibition-in-vta-dopamine-neurons-disrupted-by-repeated-in-vivo-cocaine-exposure
#17
Xiaojie Liu, Peng Zhong, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Qing-Song Liu
Phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) is a family of enzymes that selectively degrade intracellular cAMP. PDE4 inhibitors have been shown to regulate the rewarding and reinforcing effects of cocaine, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we show that pretreatments with the PDE4 inhibitor rolipram attenuated cocaine-induced locomotor sensitization in mice. Repeated cocaine exposure in vivo caused a decrease in inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) and an increase in the AMPAR/NMDAR ratio in ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons in midbrain slices ex vivo...
May 12, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497576/the-space-where-aging-acts-focus-on-the-gabaergic-synapse
#18
REVIEW
Aleksandra Rozycka, Monika Liguz-Lecznar
As it was established that aging is not associated with massive neuronal loss, as was believed in the mid-20th Century, scientific interest has addressed the influence of aging on particular neuronal subpopulations and their synaptic contacts, which constitute the substrate for neural plasticity. Inhibitory neurons represent the most complex and diverse group of neurons, showing distinct molecular and physiological characteristics and possessing a compelling ability to control the physiology of neural circuits...
May 12, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495474/late-effect-of-developmental-exposure-to-glycidol-on-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-mice-loss-of-parvalbumin-expressing-interneurons
#19
Masashi Kawashima, Yousuke Watanabe, Kota Nakajima, Hirotada Murayama, Rei Nagahara, Meilan Jin, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
Developmental exposure to glycidol of rats causes axonal injury targeting axon terminals in dams and transient disruption of late-stage differentiation of hippocampal neurogenesis, accompanying sustained increase in the number of reelin-producing or calretinin-expressing interneurons in offspring. The molecular mechanism of disruptive neurogenesis probably targets the newly generating nerve terminals. We previously found differences between mice and rats in the effects on hippocampal neurogenesis after developmental exposure to the same neurotoxic substances...
May 8, 2017: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487639/reticular-formation-connections-underlying-horizontal-gaze-the-central-mesencephalic-reticular-formation-cmrf-as-a-conduit-for-the-collicular-saccade-signal
#20
Niping Wang, Eddie Perkins, Lan Zhou, Susan Warren, Paul J May
The central mesencephalic reticular formation (cMRF) occupies much of the core of the midbrain tegmentum. Physiological studies indicate that it is involved in controlling gaze changes, particularly horizontal saccades. Anatomically, it receives input from the ipsilateral superior colliculus (SC) and it has downstream projections to the brainstem, including the horizontal gaze center located in the paramedian pontine reticular formation (PPRF). Consequently, it has been hypothesized that the cMRF plays a role in the spatiotemporal transformation needed to convert spatially coded collicular saccade signals into the temporally coded signals utilized by the premotor neurons of the horizontal gaze center...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
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