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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913167/gamma-band-directional-interactions-between-basal-forebrain-and-visual-cortex-during-wake-and-sleep-states
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Jayakrishnan Nair, Arndt-Lukas Klaassen, Jordan Poirot, Alexei Vyssotski, Björn Rasch, Gregor Rainer
The basal forebrain (BF) is an important regulator of cortical excitability and responsivity to sensory stimuli, and plays a major role in wake-sleep regulation. While the impact of BF on cortical EEG or LFP signals has been extensively documented, surprisingly little is known about LFP activity within BF. Based on bilateral recordings from rats in their home cage, we describe endogenous LFP oscillations in the BF during quiet wakefulness, rapid eye movement (REM) and slow wave sleep (SWS) states. Using coherence and Granger causality methods, we characterize directional influences between BF and visual cortex (VC) during each of these states...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912171/the-topographical-distribution-of-epileptic-spikes-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-with-and-without-photosensitivity
#2
P R Bauer, K Gorgels, W Spetgens, N E C van Klink, F S S Leijten, J W Sander, G H Visser, M Zijlmans
OBJECTIVE: Up to 30% of people with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) have photoparoxysmal responses (PPR). Recent studies report on structural and pathophysiological differences between people with JME with (JME+PPR) and without PPR (JME-PPR). We investigated whether electrophysiological features outside photic stimulation differ between these subtypes. METHODS: We analysed EEG recordings of people with JME at a tertiary epilepsy centre and an academic hospital...
November 14, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907050/when-is-the-brain-dead-living-like-electrophysiological-responses-and-photon-emissions-from-applications-of-neurotransmitters-in-fixed-post-mortem-human-brains
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Michael A Persinger, Nicolas Rouleau, Nirosha J Murugan, Lucas W E Tessaro, Justin N Costa
The structure of the post-mortem human brain can be preserved by immersing the organ within a fixative solution. Once the brain is perfused, cellular and histological features are maintained over extended periods of time. However, functions of the human brain are not assumed to be preserved beyond death and subsequent chemical fixation. Here we present a series of experiments which, together, refute this assumption. Instead, we suggest that chemical preservation of brain structure results in some retained functional capacity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904490/antidepressant-effect-of-electroacupuncture-regulates-signal-targeting-in-the-brain-and-increases-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels
#4
Dong-Mei Duan, Ya Tu, Ping Liu, Shuang Jiao
Electroacupuncture improves depressive behavior faster and with fewer adverse effects than antidepressant medication. However, the antidepressant mechanism of electroacupuncture remains poorly understood. Here, we established a rat model of chronic unpredicted mild stress, and then treated these rats with electroacupuncture at Yintang (EX-HN3) and Baihui (DU20) with sparse waves at 2 Hz and 0.6 mA for 30 minutes, once a day. We found increased horizontal and vertical activity, and decreased immobility time, at 2 and 4 weeks after treatment...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903764/epilepsy-and-music-practical-notes
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REVIEW
M Maguire
Music processing occurs via a complex network of activity far beyond the auditory cortices. This network may become sensitised to music or may be recruited as part of a temporal lobe seizure, manifesting as either musicogenic epilepsy or ictal musical phenomena. The idea that sound waves may directly affect brain waves has led researchers to explore music as therapy for epilepsy. There is limited and low quality evidence of an antiepileptic effect with the Mozart Sonata K.448. We do not have a pathophysiological explanation for the apparent dichotomous effect of music on seizures...
November 30, 2016: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903724/a-comparison-of-visual-response-properties-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-and-primary-visual-cortex-of-awake-and-anesthetized-mice
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Séverine Durand, Ramakrishnan Iyer, Kenji Mizuseki, Saskia de Vries, Stefan Mihalas, R Clay Reid
: The cerebral cortex of the mouse has become one of the most important systems for studying information processing and the neural correlates of behavior. Multiple studies have examined the first stages of visual cortical processing: primary visual cortex (V1) and its thalamic inputs from the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN), but more rarely in the lateral posterior nucleus (LP) in mice. Multiple single-unit surveys of dLGN and V1, both with electrophysiology and two-photon calcium imaging, have described receptive fields in anesthetized animals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901053/visual-search-performance-is-predicted-by-both-prestimulus-and-poststimulus-electrical-brain-activity
#7
Berry van den Berg, Lawrence G Appelbaum, Kait Clark, Monicque M Lorist, Marty G Woldorff
An individual's performance on cognitive and perceptual tasks varies considerably across time and circumstances. We investigated neural mechanisms underlying such performance variability using regression-based analyses to examine trial-by-trial relationships between response times (RTs) and different facets of electrical brain activity. Thirteen participants trained five days on a color-popout visual-search task, with EEG recorded on days one and five. The task was to find a color-popout target ellipse in a briefly presented array of ellipses and discriminate its orientation...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896007/in-vivo-monitoring-of-tissue-oxygen-saturation-in-deep-brain-structures-using-a-single-fiber-optical-system
#8
Linhui Yu, Ying Wu, Jeff F Dunn, Kartikeya Murari
We propose a single fiber optical system for monitoring tissue oxygen saturation (sO2) based on continuous-wave reflectance spectroscopy in the visible wavelengths. The system is designed for measurements in deep brain structures by stereotaxically implanting the 200 μm-core fiber probe into the tissue of interest. Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were used to estimate the measurement tissue volume between 0.02-0.03 mm(3). Experiments in an optical phantom indicated the system had a root mean squared error (RMSE) of 4...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895445/amblyopic-related-frontal-changes-in-an-orientation-discrimination-task-a-research-of-p3a-event-related-potentials-in-anisometropic-amblyopia
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J Zhao, X B Yang, J L Wang, S J Wang, R Gong, Z Zheng, L Q Liu
BACKGROUND: Amblyopic deficits in the primary and secondary visual cortex have been demonstrated broadly. However, the cognitive process at late stage originating in higher brain area in amblyopes hasn't been studied yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the late cognitive process at the frontal lobe in anisometropic amblyopes of a distinct degree, using visual event-related potential (ERP) techniques. METHODS: Thirteen severe anisometropic amblyopes, 14 mild-to-moderate anisometropic amblyopes, and 13 control subjects participated in this study...
January 2016: Hippokratia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894945/successful-treatment-of-refractory-status-epilepticus-using-anterior-thalamic-nuclei-deep-brain-stimulation
#10
Ching-Yi Lee, Siew-Na Lim, Tony Wu, Shih-Tseng Lee
BACKGROUND: Refractory status epilepticus(RSE) is considered a medical emergency in neurology and is related to a high mortality rate. We report a successfully treated case of RSE using deep brain stimulation (DBS) at the anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN). METHOD: Report concerning the resolution of RSE after DBS of the ATN in a 17-year-old woman RESULT: This patient developed RSE due to progressive seizure activity. RSE with generalized tonic-clonic seizures was noted two weeks prior to admission...
November 25, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891080/enhanced-burst-suppression-and-disruption-of-local-field-potential-synchrony-in-a-mouse-model-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-exhibiting-spike-wave-seizures
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Anthony J Williams, Chen Zhou, Qian-Quan Sun
Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) are a common cause of brain seizures and are often associated with intractable epilepsy. Here we evaluated aberrant brain neurophysiology in an in vivo mouse model of FCD induced by neonatal freeze lesions (FLs) to the right cortical hemisphere (near S1). Linear multi-electrode arrays were used to record extracellular potentials from cortical and subcortical brain regions near the FL in anesthetized mice (5-13 months old) followed by 24 h cortical electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886553/mechanical-stress-regulates-transport-in-a-compliant-3d-model-of-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Paul P Partyka, George A Godsey, John R Galie, Mary C Kosciuk, Nimish K Acharya, Robert G Nagele, Peter A Galie
Transport of fluid and solutes is tightly controlled within the brain, where vasculature exhibits a blood-brain barrier and there is no organized lymphatic network facilitating waste transport from the interstitial space. Here, using a compliant, three-dimensional co-culture model of the blood-brain barrier, we show that mechanical stimuli exerted by blood flow mediate both the permeability of the endothelial barrier and waste transport along the basement membrane. Application of both shear stress and cyclic strain facilitates tight junction formation in the endothelial monolayer, with and without the presence of astrocyte endfeet in the surrounding matrix...
November 17, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884214/neuronal-and-glial-changes-in-the-brain-resulting-from-explosive-blast-in-an-experimental-model
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James A Goodrich, Jung H Kim, Robert Situ, Wesley Taylor, Ted Westmoreland, Fu Du, Steven Parks, Geoffrey Ling, Jung Y Hwang, Amedeo Rapuano, Faris A Bandak, Nihal C de Lanerolle
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is the signature injury in warfighters exposed to explosive blasts. The pathology underlying mTBI is poorly understood, as this condition is rarely fatal and thus postmortem brains are difficult to obtain for neuropathological studies. Here we report on studies of an experimental model with a gyrencephalic brain that is exposed to single and multiple explosive blast pressure waves. To determine injuries to the brain resulting from the primary blast, experimental conditions were controlled to eliminate any secondary or tertiary injury from blasts...
November 24, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883283/usefulness-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-parameters-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-mortality-predictors-in-hospitalized-acutely-poisoned-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Catalina Lionte, Victorita Sorodoc, Cristina Bologa, Cristina Tuchilus, Elisabeta Jaba
Acute poisonings represent a common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The prognostic utility of the transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) parameters combined with brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in acute poisoning with different xenobiotics, upon admission in the hospital was not evaluated. This prospective observational cohort study included 229 acutely poisoned non-diabetic adults, with a median age of 44 years (range 18-90 years), 50.7% women, with an in-hospital mortality rate of 8.7%. Univariate logistic regression analysis showed that age, the left ventricle kinetic abnormalities, the E wave deceleration time (EDT) and BNP correlated significantly with mortality in acutely poisoned patients...
November 24, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883130/nanobubbles-cavitation-shock-waves-and-traumatic-brain-injury
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Upendra Adhikari, Ardeshir Goliaei, Max L Berkowitz
Collapse of bubbles, microscopic or nanoscopic, due to their interaction with the impinging pressure wave produces a jet of particles moving in the direction of the wave. If there is a surface nearby, the high-speed jet particles hit it, and as a result damage to the surface is produced. This cavitation effect is well known and intensely studied in case of microscopic sized bubbles. It can be quite damaging to materials, including biological tissues, but it can also be beneficial when controlled, like in case of sonoporation of biological membranes for the purpose of drug delivery...
November 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882423/cardio-ankle-vascular-index-cavi-and-plasma-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-level-correlate-with-aortopathy-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Yumi Shiina, Koichiro Niwa
It is challenging to evaluate aortopathy in congenital heart disease using conventional investigations such as brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV). Therefore, we evaluated the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), a dimension of the ascending aorta and plasma transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) level, in order to find novel noninvasive parameters of aortopathy in adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Prospectively, we enrolled 42 consecutive adults with TOF (28 patients with repaired TOF were not on ARB, 8 patients with repaired TOF on ARB, 6 patients with no repair or only palliative repair) and 20 age-matched healthy controls...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882111/complete-prefrontal-lobe-isolation-surgery-for-recurrent-epilepsy-a-case-report
#17
Shaoya Yin, Weipeng Jin, Qingyun Li, Mei Feng, Keke Feng, Hui Shao, Xueqing Zhang, Shimin Wang
Epileptogenic focus resection is less effective for the treatment of frontal lobe epilepsy compared with temporal lobe epilepsy. However, there is currently a lack of effective therapeutic options for patients with frontal lobe epilepsy who are unsuitable for epileptogenic focus resection (such patients with epileptogenic foci in one frontal lobe in which the precise epileptic foci cannot be determined), or who experience recurrent epilepsy following epileptogenic focus resection. The present study reports a patient with frontal lobe epilepsy who underwent successful frontal lobe isolation surgery following a previous unsuccessful epileptogenic focus resection surgery...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881850/relationship-between-asymptomatic-intra-cranial-lesions-and-brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-without-stroke
#18
Noriaki Tabata, Daisuke Sueta, Takayoshi Yamashita, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Yuichiro Arima, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Kenichi Tsujita, Sunao Kojima, Koichi Kaikita, Seiji Hokimoto
Little is known about the significance of asymptomatic intra-cranial lesions (ICL) identified by brain MRI in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. Silent cerebral lesions are suggested to be associated with arterial stiffness in healthy subjects. We investigated whether subclinical ICL are associated with arterial stiffness and the prognosis in CAD patients without medical history of cerebrovascular diseases. We recruited CAD patients who required percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), did not meet exclusion criteria, and agreed with MRI before PCI...
November 24, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880966/age-dependency-of-location-of-epileptic-foci-in-continuous-spike-and-waves-during-sleep-a-parallel-to-the-posterior-anterior-trajectory-of-slow-wave-activity
#19
Bigna Katrin Bölsterli Heinzle, Thomas Bast, Hanne Critelli, Reto Huber, Bernhard Schmitt
Background Epileptic encephalopathy with continuous spike-and-waves during sleep (CSWS) occurs during childhood and is characterized by an activation of spike wave complexes during slow wave sleep. The location of epileptic foci is variable, as is etiology. A relationship between the epileptic focus and age has been shown in various focal epilepsies following a posterior-anterior trajectory, and a link to brain maturation has been proposed.We hypothesize that in CSWS, maximal spike wave activity, corresponding to the epileptic focus, is related to age and shows a posterior-anterior evolution...
November 23, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880054/elucidating-the-role-of-compression-waves-and-impact-duration-for-generating-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#20
Brandon P Lucke-Wold, Michael Phillips, Ryan C Turner, Aric F Logsdon, Kelly E Smith, Jason D Huber, Charles L Rosen, Jonathan D Regele
BACKGROUND: In total, 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the US leading to acute functional deficits, but the underlying histopathologic changes that occur are relatively unknown. In order to improve understanding of acute injury mechanisms, appropriately designed pre-clinical models must be utilized. METHODS: The clinical relevance of compression wave injury models revolves around the ability to produce consistent histopathologic deficits. Mild traumatic brain injuries activate similar neuroinflammatory cascades, cell death markers and increases in amyloid precursor protein in both humans and rodents...
November 23, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
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