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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667476/effects-of-environmental-support-on-overt-and-covert-visuospatial-rehearsal
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Lindsey Lilienthal, Joel Myerson, Richard A Abrams, Sandra Hale
People can rehearse to-be-remembered locations either overtly, using eye movements, or covertly, using only shifts of spatial attention. The present study examined whether the effectiveness of these two strategies depends on environmental support for rehearsal. In Experiment 1, when environmental support (i.e., the array of possible locations) was present and participants could engage in overt rehearsal during retention intervals, longer intervals resulted in larger spans, whereas in Experiment 2, when support was present but participants could only engage in covert rehearsal, longer intervals resulted in smaller spans...
April 18, 2018: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667130/beneficial-effects-of-the-calcium-channel-blocker-ctk-01512-2-in-a-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Rodrigo B M Silva, Samuel Greggio, Gianina T Venturin, Jaderson C da Costa, Marcus V Gomez, Maria M Campos
Voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) play a critical role in neuroinflammatory diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). CTK 01512-2 is a recombinant version of the peptide Phα1β derived from the spider Phoneutria nigriventer, which inhibits N-type VGCC/TRPA1-mediated calcium influx. We investigated the effects of this molecule in the mouse model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The effects of CTK 01512-2 were compared to those displayed by ziconotide-a selective N-type VGCC blocker clinically used for chronic pain-and fingolimod-a drug employed for MS treatment...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666637/recovery-of-chronic-stress-triggered-changes-of-hippocampal-glutamatergic-transmission
#3
Min Lin, Gonglin Hou, Ying Zhao, Ti-Fei Yuan
Chronic stress results in neurochemical, physiological, immune, molecular, cellular, and structural changes in the brain and often dampens the cognition. The hippocampus has been one major focus in studying the stress responsivity and neural mechanisms underlying depression. Both acute and chronic stress stimuli lead to dynamic changes in excitatory transmission in the hippocampus. The present study examined the potential effects of spontaneous recovery after chronic stress on spatial memory function and glutamatergic transmission in the hippocampus...
2018: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666565/postnatal-vitamin-d-intake-modulates-hippocampal-learning-and-memory-in-adult-mice
#4
Qiujuan Liang, Chunhui Cai, Dongxia Duan, Xinyu Hu, Wanhao Hua, Peicheng Jiang, Liu Zhang, Jun Xu, Zhengliang Gao
Vitamin D (VD) is a neuroactive steroid crucial for brain development, function and homeostasis. Its deficiency is associated with numerous brain conditions. As such, VD and its variants are routinely taken by a broad of groups with/without known VD deficiency. In contrast, the harmful effects of VD overdose have been poorly studied. Similarly, the developmental stage-specific VD deficiency and overdose have been rarely explored. In the present work, we showed that postnatal VD supplementation enhanced the motor function transiently in the young adult, but not in the older one...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666262/spatial-and-temporal-heterogeneity-of-neural-responses-in-human-posteromedial-cortex
#5
Amy L Daitch, Josef Parvizi
Neuroimaging evidence supports a role of the default mode network (DMN) in spontaneous thought and goal-driven internally oriented processes, such as recalling an autobiographical event, and has demonstrated its deactivation during focused, externally oriented attention. Recent work suggests that the DMN is not a homogeneous network but rather is composed of at least several subnetworks, which are engaged in distinct functions; however, it is still unclear if these different functions rely on the same neuronal populations...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665767/nano-cuo-impairs-spatial-cognition-associated-with-inhibiting-hippocampal-ltp-via-affecting-glutamatergic-neurotransmission-in-rats
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Xiaoliang Li, Wei Sun, Lei An
Manufactured metal nanoparticles and their applications are continuously expanding because of their unique characteristics while their increasing use may predispose to potential health problems. Several studies have reported the adverse effects of copper oxide nanoparticles (nano-CuO) relative to ecotoxicity and cell toxicity, whereas little is known about the neurotoxicity of nano-CuO. The present study aimed to examine its effects on spatial cognition, hippocampal function, and the possible mechanisms. Male Wistar rats were used to establish an animal model, and nano-CuO was administered at a dose of 0...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663741/interactive-involvement-of-hippocampal-camp-pka-and-cyclooxygenase-2-signaling-pathways-in-spatial-learning-in-the-morris-water-maze
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Kaveh Tabrizian, Mahmoud Hashemzaei, Ali Akbar Nasiri, Sheyda Najafi, Fatemeh Amelinia, Mehdi Sanati, Farzaneh Shamshirgaran, Sahar Fanoudi
INTRODUCTION: Accumulated evidence shows that the cAMP-PKA signaling pathway plays a key role in memory functions. Cyclooxygenase-2, a critical player in neuroinflammation, has been confirmed in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. This study is aimed to assess the effect of the interaction of cAMP-PKA and cyclooxygenase pathways on spatial memory acquisition in animal models. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the present study, the effects of the four-day bilateral intra-hippocampal infusions of H-89 as a protein kinase AII inhibitor (10 µM/side), celecoxib (0...
2018: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663136/memory-retrieval-induced-activation-of-adult-born-neurons-generated-in-response-to-damage-to-the-dentate-gyrus
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Andrea Aguilar-Arredondo, Angélica Zepeda
The dentate gyrus (DG) is a neurogenic structure that exhibits functional and structural reorganization after injury. Neurogenesis and functional recovery occur after brain damage, and the possible relation between both processes is a matter of study. We explored whether neurogenesis and the activation of new neurons correlated with DG recovery over time. We induced a DG lesion in young adult rats through the intrahippocampal injection of kainic acid and analyzed functional recovery and the activation of new neurons after animals performed a contextual fear memory task (CFM) or a control spatial exploratory task...
April 16, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663133/putting-emotions-in-routes-the-influence-of-emotionally-laden-landmarks-on-spatial-memory
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F Ruotolo, M H G Claessen, I J M van der Ham
The aim of this study was to assess how people memorize spatial information of emotionally laden landmarks along a route and if the emotional value of the landmarks affects the way metric and configurational properties of the route itself are represented. Three groups of participants were asked to watch a movie of a virtual walk along a route. The route could contain positive, negative, or neutral landmarks. Afterwards, participants were asked to: (a) recognize the landmarks; (b) imagine to walk distances between landmarks; (c) indicate the position of the landmarks along the route; (d) judge the length of the route; (e) draw the route...
April 16, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662895/heme-oxygenase-1-activity-as-a-correlate-to-exercise-mediated-amelioration-of-cognitive-decline-and-neuropathological-alterations-in-an-aging-rat-model-of-dementia
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Andrea Kurucz, Mariann Bombicz, Rita Kiss, Dániel Priksz, Balázs Varga, Tibor Hortobágyi, György Trencsényi, Renáta Szabó, Anikó Pósa, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Zoltán Szilvássy, Béla Juhász
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with cognitive impairment. Physical exercise has long been proven to be beneficial in the disorder. The present study was designed to examine the effect of voluntary exercise on spatial memory, imaging, and pathological abnormalities. Particular focus has been given to the role of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-an important cellular cytoprotectant in preserving mental acuity-using an aging rat model of dementia. Male and female Wistar rats were segregated into six groups-namely, (i) aged sedentary (control) females (ASF, n = 8); (ii) aged sedentary (control) males (ASM, n = 8); (iii) aged running females (ARF, n = 8); (iv) aged running males (ARM, n = 8); (v) young control females (YCF, n = 8); and (vi) young control males (YCM, n = 8)...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662444/distinctive-correspondence-between-separable-visual-attention-functions-and-intrinsic-brain-networks
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Adriana L Ruiz-Rizzo, Julia Neitzel, Hermann J Müller, Christian Sorg, Kathrin Finke
Separable visual attention functions are assumed to rely on distinct but interacting neural mechanisms. Bundesen's "theory of visual attention" (TVA) allows the mathematical estimation of independent parameters that characterize individuals' visual attentional capacity (i.e., visual processing speed and visual short-term memory storage capacity) and selectivity functions (i.e., top-down control and spatial laterality). However, it is unclear whether these parameters distinctively map onto different brain networks obtained from intrinsic functional connectivity, which organizes slowly fluctuating ongoing brain activity...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661886/distinct-in-vivo-roles-of-secreted-app-ectodomain-variants-apps%C3%AE-and-apps%C3%AE-in-regulation-of-spine-density-synaptic-plasticity-and-cognition
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Max C Richter, Susann Ludewig, Alex Winschel, Tobias Abel, Charlotte Bold, Leonie R Salzburger, Susanne Klein, Kang Han, Sascha W Weyer, Ann-Kristina Fritz, Bodo Laube, David P Wolfer, Christian J Buchholz, Martin Korte, Ulrike C Müller
Increasing evidence suggests that synaptic functions of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which is key to Alzheimer pathogenesis, may be carried out by its secreted ectodomain (APPs). The specific roles of APPsα and APPsβ fragments, generated by non-amyloidogenic or amyloidogenic APP processing, respectively, remain however unclear. Here, we expressed APPsα or APPsβ in the adult brain of conditional double knockout mice (cDKO) lacking APP and the related APLP2. APPsα efficiently rescued deficits in spine density, synaptic plasticity (LTP and PPF), and spatial reference memory of cDKO mice...
April 16, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660932/neuroprotective-effects-of-ferruginol-jatrophone-and-junicedric-acid-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-injury-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Juan M Zolezzi, Carolina B Lindsay, Felipe G Serrano, Roxana C Ureta, Cristina Theoduloz, Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers have been recognized as early neurotoxic intermediates with a key role in the synaptic dysfunction observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aβ oligomers block hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) and impair rodent spatial memory. Additionally, the presence of Aβ oligomers is associated with imbalanced intracellular calcium levels and apoptosis in neurons. In this context, we evaluated the effects of three diterpenes (ferruginol, jatrophone, and junicedric acid) that are found in medicinal plants and have several forms of biological activity...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660444/ca-2-binding-protein-1-regulates-hippocampal-dependent-memory-and-synaptic-plasticity
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Tian Yang, Jeremiah K Britt, Coral J Cintrón-Pérez, Edwin Vázquez-Rosa, Kevin V Tobin, Grant Stalker, Jason Hardie, Rebecca J Taugher, John Wemmie, Andrew A Pieper, Amy Lee
Ca2+ binding protein 1 (CaBP1) is a Ca2+ sensing protein similar to calmodulin that potently regulates voltage-gated Ca2+ channels. Unlike calmodulin, however, CaBP1 is mainly expressed in neuronal cell-types and enriched in the hippocampus, where its function is unknown. Here, we investigated the role of CaBP1 in hippocampal-dependent behaviors using mice lacking expression of CaBP1 (C-KO). By western blot, the largest CaBP1 splice variant, caldendrin, was detected in hippocampal lysates from wild-type (WT) but not C-KO mice...
April 13, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659380/effect-of-pioglitazone-and-simvastatin-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-amyloidogenesis-and-cognitive-impairment-in-mice-possible-role-of-glutamatergic-pathway-and-oxidative-stress
#15
Sara Thabit, Nesrine S E El Sayed
Neuroinflammation and β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain are well known characteristics of neurodegeneration. Diabetes and hypercholesterolemia are the main risk factors leading to memory loss and cognitive impairment. Recently, it was found that statins and thiazolidinediones have promising anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects that could delay neurodegeneration and neuronal loss in diabetic and hypercholesterolemic patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of simvastatin, pioglitazone, and their combination in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation and amyloidogenesis...
April 13, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658458/-verbal-and-visual-spatial-memory-in-chinese-children-with-developmental-dyslexia
#16
Xiao-Yun Hu, Jin Jing, Miao Fan, De-Sheng Yang, Yan-Na Zhu, Ling Chen, Xiu-Hong Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the abilities of verbal and visual-spatial memory in Chinese children with developmental dyslexia. METHODS: Thirty-two children with developmental dyslexia (aged 8-12 years) and thirty-nine age- and gender-matched normal children were involved in the study. Their verbal short-term and verbal working memories were measured using the digit ordering and the digit span tests, respectively. Their visual-spatial short-term and visual-spatial working memories were examined using the forward and backward block-tapping tests, respectively...
April 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29657745/optimal-random-search-using-limited-spatial-memory
#17
Tomoko Sakiyama, Yukio-Pegio Gunji
Lévy walks are known to be efficient movements because Lévy walkers search wide areas while restricting returns to previously visited sites. A self-avoiding walk (SAW) is a series of moves on a lattice that visit the same place only once. As such, SAWs can also be effective search algorithms. However, it is not realistic that foragers memorize many visited positions for a long time. In this work, we investigated whether foragers performed optimal searches when having limited memory. The agent in our model followed SAWs to some extent by memorizing and avoiding visited places...
March 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656013/escitalopram-alleviates-stress-induced-alzheimer-s-disease-like-tau-pathologies-and-cognitive-deficits-by-reducing-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-reactivity-and-insulin-gsk-3%C3%AE-signal-pathway-activity
#18
Chao Wu, Wei-Gang Gong, Yan-Juan Wang, Jun-Jun Sun, Hong Zhou, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Qing-Guo Ren
Chronic stress, a causal factor for depression, can also cause cognitive impairments and tau pathology. However, whether and how the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant escitalopram ameliorates these effects are still unclear. In the present study, rats were subjected to chronic mild unpredictable stress for 8 weeks. Following the initial 4 weeks, the stressed animals were separated into susceptible (depressive) and unsusceptible (resistant) groups based on behavioral tests. Then, escitalopram (10 mg/kg i...
March 19, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655594/no-effect-of-prenatal-vitamin-d-deficiency-on-autism-relevant-behaviours-in-multiple-inbred-strains-of-mice
#19
M Langguth, M Fassin, S Alexander, K M Turner, T H J Burne
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a group of neurodevelopmental disorders commonly characterised by verbal and non-verbal communication deficits, impaired social interaction and repetitive, stereotypic behaviours. The aetiology of ASD is most likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Epidemiological evidence suggests that prenatal vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased incidence of ASD. The overall aim of this study was to investigate prenatal vitamin D deficiency on ASD-related behavioural phenotypes in multiple inbred strains of mice...
April 12, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652580/methods-for-assessment-of-memory-reactivation
#20
Shizhao Liu, Andres D Grosmark, Zhe Chen
It has been suggested that reactivation of previously acquired experiences or stored information in declarative memories in the hippocampus and neocortex contributes to memory consolidation and learning. Understanding memory consolidation depends crucially on the development of robust statistical methods for assessing memory reactivation. To date, several statistical methods have seen established for assessing memory reactivation based on bursts of ensemble neural spike activity during offline states. Using population-decoding methods, we propose a new statistical metric, the weighted distance correlation, to assess hippocampal memory reactivation (i...
April 13, 2018: Neural Computation
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