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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630661/intrainsular-connectivity-and-somatosensory-responsiveness-in-young-children-with-asd
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Michelle D Failla, Brittany R Peters, Haleh Karbasforoushan, Jennifer H Foss-Feig, Kimberly B Schauder, Brynna H Heflin, Carissa J Cascio
BACKGROUND: The human somatosensory system comprises dissociable paths for discriminative and affective touch, reflected in separate peripheral afferent populations and distinct cortical targets. Differences in behavioral and neural responses to affective touch may have an important developmental role in early social experiences, which are relevant for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Using probabilistic tractography, we compared the structural integrity of white matter pathways for discriminative and affective touch in young children with ASD and their typically developing (TD) peers...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621620/deep-brain-stimulation-for-the-early-treatment-of-the-minimally-conscious-state-and-vegetative-state-experience-in-14-patients
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Darko Chudy, Vedran Deletis, Fadi Almahariq, Petar Marčinković, Jasenka Škrlin, Veronika Paradžik
OBJECTIVE An effective treatment of patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) or vegetative state (VS) caused by hypoxic encephalopathy or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not yet available. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamic reticular nuclei has been attempted as a therapeutic procedure mainly in patients with TBI. The purpose of this study was to investigate the therapeutic use of DBS for patients in VS or MCS. METHODS Fourteen of 49 patients in VS or MCS qualified for inclusion in this study and underwent DBS...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601398/gaba-receptors-and-t-type-ca-2-channels-crosstalk-in-thalamic-networks
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REVIEW
Nathalie Leresche, Régis C Lambert
Although the thalamus presents a rather limited repertoire of GABAergic cell types compare to other CNS area, this structure is a privileged system to study how GABA impacts neuronal network excitability. Indeed both glutamatergic thalamocortical (TC) and GABAergic nucleus reticularis thalami (NRT) neurons present a high expression of T-type voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels whose activation that shapes the output of the thalamus critically depends upon a preceding hyperpolarisation. Because of this strict dependence, a tight functional link between GABA mediated hyperpolarization and T-currents characterizes the thalamic network excitability...
June 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592690/dynamics-of-human-subthalamic-neuron-phase-locking-to-motor-and-sensory-cortical-oscillations-during-movement
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Witold J Lipski, Thomas A Wozny, Ahmad Alhourani, Efstathios Kondylis, Robert S Turner, Donald J Crammond, Robert Mark Richardson
Coupled oscillatory activity recorded between sensorimotor regions of the basal ganglia-thalamocortical loop is thought to reflect information transfer relevant to movement. A neuronal firing-rate model of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuitry, however, has dominated thinking about basal ganglia function for the past three decades, without knowledge of the relationship between basal ganglia single neuron firing and cortical population activity during movement itself. We recorded activity from 34 subthalamic nucleus (STN) neurons, simultaneously with cortical local field potentials and motor output, in eleven subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) undergoing awake deep brain stimulator lead placement...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591583/distinct-thalamic-reticular-cell-types-differentially-modulate-normal-and-pathological-cortical-rhythms
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Alexandra Clemente-Perez, Stefanie Ritter Makinson, Bryan Higashikubo, Scott Brovarney, Frances S Cho, Alexander Urry, Stephanie S Holden, Matthew Wimer, Csaba Dávid, Lief E Fenno, László Acsády, Karl Deisseroth, Jeanne T Paz
Integrative brain functions depend on widely distributed, rhythmically coordinated computations. Through its long-ranging connections with cortex and most senses, the thalamus orchestrates the flow of cognitive and sensory information. Essential in this process, the nucleus reticularis thalami (nRT) gates different information streams through its extensive inhibition onto other thalamic nuclei, however, we lack an understanding of how different inhibitory neuron subpopulations in nRT function as gatekeepers...
June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591219/mechanisms-underlying-a-thalamocortical-transformation-during-active-tactile-sensation
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Diego Adrian Gutnisky, Jianing Yu, Samuel Andrew Hires, Minh-Son To, Michael Ross Bale, Karel Svoboda, David Golomb
During active somatosensation, neural signals expected from movement of the sensors are suppressed in the cortex, whereas information related to touch is enhanced. This tactile suppression underlies low-noise encoding of relevant tactile features and the brain's ability to make fine tactile discriminations. Layer (L) 4 excitatory neurons in the barrel cortex, the major target of the somatosensory thalamus (VPM), respond to touch, but have low spike rates and low sensitivity to the movement of whiskers. Most neurons in VPM respond to touch and also show an increase in spike rate with whisker movement...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586508/overexpressing-wild-type-%C3%AE-2-subunits-rescued-the-seizure-phenotype-in-gabrg2-q390x-dravet-syndrome-mice
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Xuan Huang, Chengwen Zhou, Mengnan Tian, Jing-Qiong Kang, Wangzhen Shen, Kelienne Verdier, Aurea Pimenta, Robert L MacDonald
OBJECTIVE: The mutant γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA ) receptor γ2(Q390X) subunit (Q351X in the mature peptide) has been associated with the epileptic encephalopathy, Dravet syndrome, and the epilepsy syndrome genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). The mutation generates a premature stop codon that results in translation of a stable truncated and misfolded γ2 subunit that accumulates in neurons, forms intracellular aggregates, disrupts incorporation of γ2 subunits into GABAA receptors, and affects trafficking of partnering α and β subunits...
June 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584882/increases-in-intrinsic-thalamocortical-connectivity-and-overall-cognition-following-cognitive-remediation-in-chronic-schizophrenia
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Ian S Ramsay, Tasha M Nienow, Angus W MacDonald
BACKGROUND: Thalamic projections to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are critical for cognition, and disruptions in these circuits are thought to underlie the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Cognitive remediation (REM) is a behavioral intervention that holds promise for improving cognition and functioning in schizophrenia, however the extent to which it affects thalamo-prefrontal connections has not been researched. This study sought to determine whether patients with schizophrenia who undergo a placebo-controlled trial of REM show increased functional connectivity between the thalamus and PFC, and whether these changes correspond to improvements in cognition...
May 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584881/thalamocortical-dysconnectivity-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-an-analysis-of-the-autism-brain-imaging-data-exchange
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Neil D Woodward, Monica Giraldo-Chica, Baxter Rogers, Carissa J Cascio
BACKGROUND: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit differences in basic sensorimotor processing as well as general cortical excitability. These observations converge to implicate thalamocortical connectivity as a potential unifying neural mechanism. The goal of this study was to clarify mixed findings on thalamocortical functional connectivity in a large sample of individuals with ASD. METHODS: Using the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE), we examined thalamocortical functional connectivity in 228 individuals with ASD and a matched comparison group of 228 typically developing individuals...
January 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580823/ethanol-and-the-developing-brain-inhibition-of-neuronal-activity-and-neuroapoptosis
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Nailya Lotfullina, Roustem Khazipov
Ethanol induces massive neuroapoptosis in the developing brain. One of the main hypotheses that has been put forward to explain the deleterious actions of ethanol in the immature brain involves an inhibition of neuronal activity. Here, we review recent evidence for this hypothesis obtained in the somatosensory cortex and hippocampus of neonatal rodents. In both structures, ethanol strongly inhibits brain activity. At the doses inducing massive neuroapoptosis, ethanol completely suppresses the early activity patterns of spindle-bursts and gamma oscillations in the neocortex and the early sharp-waves in the hippocampus...
June 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576554/absence-seizure-susceptibility-correlates-with-pre-ictal-%C3%AE-oscillations
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Jordan M Sorokin, Jeanne T Paz, John R Huguenard
Absence seizures are generalized, cortico-thalamo-cortical (CTC) high power electroencephalographic (EEG) or electrocorticographic (ECoG) events that initiate and terminate suddenly. ECoG recordings of absence seizures in animal models of genetic absence epilepsy show a sudden spike-wave-discharge (SWD) onset that rapidly emerges from normal ECoG activity. However, given that absence seizures occur most often during periods of drowsiness or quiet wakefulness, we wondered whether SWD onset correlates with pre-ictal changes in network activity...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572212/fast-cholinergic-synaptic-transmission-in-the-mammalian-central-nervous-system
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Michael Beierlein
Release of acetylcholine (ACh) in the brain controls several cognitive processes, and a number of disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases are associated with a loss of cholinergic function. Despite the importance of ACh signaling in modulating information processing in thalamocortical circuits, understanding the dynamics of cholinergic function has long been limited by a lack of in vitro model systems. Recent studies employing both electrical as well as optogenetic stimulation techniques have overcome this challenge, resulting in the identification of multiple forms of fast cholinergic signaling throughout the mammalian brain...
June 1, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559382/axonal-conduction-delays-brain-state-and-corticogeniculate-communication
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Carl R Stoelzel, Yulia Bereshpolova, Jose-Manuel Alonso, Harvey A Swadlow
Thalamocortical conduction times are short, but layer 6 corticothalamic axons display an enormous range of conduction times, some exceeding 40--50 ms. Here, we investigate (a) how axonal conduction times of corticogeniculate (CG) neurons are related to the visual information conveyed to the thalamus, and (b) how alert vs. nonalert awake brain states affect visual processing across the spectrum of CG conduction times. In awake female Dutch-Belted rabbits, we found 58% of CG neurons to be visually responsive, and 42% to be unresponsive...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549335/microstructural-alterations-of-white-matter-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Jinnan Gong, Xuebin Chang, Sisi Jiang, Benjamin Klugah-Brown, Song Tan, Dezhong Yao, Cheng Luo
Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is a common type of idiopathic generalized epilepsy that is characterized by myoclonic jerks of the upper limbs and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Frontal cognitive dysfunctions and abnormal coupling of the thalamocortical system have been found in neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies. This study intended to explore white matter (WM) measurement changes in JME using MRI. Twenty-six patients with JME and 25 healthy controls (HC) were recruited for the acquisition of diffusion MRI and structural MRI data...
April 4, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532712/photosensitivity-and-epilepsy-current-concepts-and-perspectives-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
A Martins da Silva, Bárbara Leal
The authors review the influence of photic stimuli on the generation of epileptic seizures, addressing the first descriptions of the phenomenon and its subsequent exploration. Initially defined in the 1950's, links between intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) and seizures were well understood by the 1970. Since then the increasing exposure to photic stimuli associated with modern life (for instance through TVs, patterns, computer games and electronic instruments with flickering displays) has led to an increased interest in this issue...
April 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526574/functional-thalamocortical-connectivity-development-and-alterations-in-preterm-infants-during-the-neonatal-period
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Yue Cai, Xiushuang Wu, Zihui Su, Yuan Shi, Jia-Hong Gao
The thalamus is one of the most commonly affected brain regions in preterm infants, particularly in infants with white matter lesions (WML). The aim of this paper is to explore the development and alterations of the functional thalamocortical connectivity in preterm infants with and without punctate white matter lesions (PWMLs) during the period before term equivalent age (TEA). In this study, twenty-two normal preterm infants (NP), twenty-two preterm infants with PWMLs and thirty-one full-term control infants (FT) were enrolled...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515010/aberrant-network-activity-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Mark J Hunt, Nancy J Kopell, Roger D Traub, Miles A Whittington
Brain dynamic changes associated with schizophrenia are largely equivocal, with interpretation complicated by many factors, such as the presence of therapeutic agents and the complex nature of the syndrome itself. Evidence for a brain-wide change in individual network oscillations, shared by all patients, is largely equivocal, but stronger for lower (delta) than for higher (gamma) bands. However, region-specific changes in rhythms across multiple, interdependent, nested frequencies may correlate better with pathology...
June 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497359/the-pattern-of-thalamocortical-and-brain-stem-projections-to-the-vibrissae-related-sensory-and-motor-cortices-in-de-whiskered-congenital-hypothyroid-rats
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Mohammad Reza Afarinesh, Gila Behzadi
The present study is designed to investigate the plastic organization of the thalamo-cortical (TC) and brain stem afferents of whisker primary sensory (wS1) and motor (wM1) cortical areas in congenital hypothyroid (CH) pups following whisker deprivation (WD) from neonatal to adolescence period. Maternal hypothyroidism was induced by adding propylthiouracil (PTU) to the drinking water from early embryonic day 16 to postnatal day (PND) 60. Pregnant rats were divided into intact and CH groups (n = 8). In each group, the total whiskers of pups (4 of 8) were trimmed continuously from PND 1 to PND 60...
May 11, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496495/cortical-alpha-activity-in-schizoaffective-patients
#19
Mahdi Moeini, Ali Khaleghi, Mohammad Reza Mohammadi, Hadi Zarafshan, Rachel L Fazio, Hamid Majidi
Objective: Electrophysiological studies have identified abnormal oscillatory activities in the cerebral cortex in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Biological and pathophysiological evidence suggests specific deficits in serotonin (5-HT) receptor function in schizoaffective disorder (SA), a clinical syndrome with characteristics of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This study investigated alpha oscillations in patients with SA. Method: Electroencephalography was used to measure ongoing and evoked alpha oscillations in 38 adults meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for SA, and in 39 healthy controls...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496398/growth-of-thalamocortical-fibers-to-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-the-human-fetal-brain
#20
Željka Krsnik, Visnja Majić, Lana Vasung, Hao Huang, Ivica Kostović
Thalamocortical (TH-C) fiber growth begins during the embryonic period and is completed by the third trimester of gestation in humans. Here we determined the timing and trajectories of somatosensory TH-C fibers in the developing human brain. We analyzed the periods of TH-C fiber outgrowth, path-finding, "waiting" in the subplate (SP), target selection, and ingrowth in the cortical plate (CP) using histological sections from post-mortem fetal brain [from 7 to 34 postconceptional weeks (PCW)] that were processed with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) histochemistry and immunohistochemical methods...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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