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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213442/amplitude-normalization-of-dendritic-epsps-at-the-soma-of-binaural-coincidence-detector-neurons-of-the-medial-superior-olive
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Bradley D Winters, Shan-Xue Jin, Kenneth R Ledford, Nace L Golding
The principal neurons of the medial superior olive (MSO) encode cues for horizontal sound localization through comparisons of the relative timing of excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs). To understand how the timing and amplitude of EPSPs is maintained during propagation in the dendrites, we made dendritic and somatic whole-cell recordings from MSO principal neurons in brain slices from Mongolian gerbils. In somatic recordings, EPSP amplitudes were largely uniform following minimal stimulation of excitatory synapses at visualized locations along the dendrites...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211543/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-physiology-of-low-nanomolar-concentrations-of-zn-2-in-artificial-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Haruna Tamano, Ryusuke Nishio, Yukina Shakushi, Miku Sasaki, Yuta Koike, Misa Osawa, Atsushi Takeda
Artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF), i.e., brain extracellular medium, which includes Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), but not other divalent cations such as Zn(2+), has been used for in vitro and in vivo experiments. The present study deals with the physiological significance of extracellular Zn(2+) in ACSF. Spontaneous presynaptic activity is suppressed in the stratum lucidum of brain slices from young rats bathed in ACSF containing 10 nM ZnCl2, indicating that extracellular Zn(2+) modifies hippocampal presynaptic activity...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206685/claustrum-of-the-short-tailed-fruit-bat-carollia-perspicillata-alignment-of-cellular-orientation-and-functional-connectivity
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Rena Orman, Richard Kollmar, Mark Stewart
The claustrum is a gray-matter structure that underlies neocortex and reciprocates connections with cortical and subcortical targets. In lower mammals, the claustrum is directly adjacent to neocortex, making the definition of claustral boundaries challenging. Latexin, an endogenous inhibitor of metallocarboxypeptidases, localizes to claustral cells, enabling a clear delineation of claustrum. Given its proportionately large claustrum, we hypothesized that the short-tailed fruit bat, Carollia perspicillata, can be a useful model for claustral structure-function relations...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198431/investigation-of-hippocampal-synaptic-transmission-and-plasticity-in-mice-deficient-in-the-actin-binding-protein-drebrin
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Claudia G Willmes, Till G A Mack, Julia Ledderose, Dietmar Schmitz, Christian Wozny, Britta J Eickholt
The dynamic regulation of the actin cytoskeleton plays a key role in controlling the structure and function of synapses. It is vital for activity-dependent modulation of synaptic transmission and long-term changes in synaptic morphology associated with memory consolidation. Several regulators of actin dynamics at the synapse have been identified, of which a salient one is the postsynaptic actin stabilising protein Drebrin (DBN). It has been suggested that DBN modulates neurotransmission and changes in dendritic spine morphology associated with synaptic plasticity...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197543/impedance-spectrum-in-cortical-tissue-implications-for-propagation-of-lfp-signals-on-the-microscopic-level
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Stéphanie Miceli, Torbjørn V Ness, Gaute T Einevoll, Dirk Schubert
Brain research investigating electrical activity within neural tissue is producing an increasing amount of physiological data including local field potentials (LFPs) obtained via extracellular in vivo and in vitro recordings. In order to correctly interpret such electrophysiological data, it is vital to adequately understand the electrical properties of neural tissue itself. An ongoing controversy in the field of neuroscience is whether such frequency-dependent effects bias LFP recordings and affect the proper interpretation of the signal...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196855/inactivation-of-girk-channels-weakens-the-pre-and-postsynaptic-inhibitory-activity-in-dorsal-raphe-neurons
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Nerea Llamosas, Luisa Ugedo, Maria Torrecilla
The serotonergic tone of the dorsal raphe (DR) is regulated by 5-HT1A receptors, which negatively control serotonergic activity via the activation of G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying K(+) (GIRK) channels. In addition, DR activity is modulated by local GABAergic transmission, which is believed to play a key role in the development of mood-related disorders. Here, we sought to characterize the role of GIRK2 subunit-containing channels on the basal electrophysiological properties of DR neurons and to investigate whether the presynaptic and postsynaptic activities of 5-HT1A, GABAB, and GABAA receptors are affected by Girk2 gene deletion...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195311/reduced-local-input-to-fast-spiking-interneurons-in-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-the-gabaa-%C3%AE-2-r43q-mouse-model-of-absence-epilepsy
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Stephen P Currie, Liliana L Luz, Sam A Booker, David J A Wyllie, Peter C Kind, Michael I Daw
OBJECTIVE: Absence seizures in childhood absence epilepsy are initiated in the thalamocortical (TC) system. We investigated if these seizures result from altered development of the TC system before the appearance of seizures in mice containing a point mutation in γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABAA ) receptor γ2 subunits linked to childhood absence epilepsy (R43Q). Findings from conditional mutant mice indicate that expression of normal γ2 subunits during preseizure ages protect from later seizures...
February 13, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193459/epileptiform-activity-and-behavioral-arrests-in-mice-overexpressing-the-calcium-channel-subunit-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1
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Leonardo C Faria, Feng Gu, Isabel Parada, Ben Barres, Z David Luo, David A Prince
: The alpha2delta-1 subunit (α2δ-1) of voltage-gated calcium channels is a receptor for astrocyte-secreted thrombospondins that promote developmental synaptogenesis.Alpha2delta-1 receptors are upregulated in models of injury-induced peripheral pain and epileptogenic neocortical trauma associated with an enhancement of excitatory synaptic connectivity. These results lead to the hypothesis that overexpression of α2δ-1 alone in neocortex of uninjured transgenic (TG) mice might result in increased excitatory connectivity and consequent cortical hyperexcitability and epileptiform activity...
February 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192130/ielvis-an-open-source-matlab-toolbox-for-localizing-and-visualizing-human-intracranial-electrode-data
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David M Groppe, Stephan Bickel, Andrew R Dykstra, Xiuyuan Wang, Pierre Mégevand, Manuel R Mercier, Fred A Lado, Ashesh D Mehta, Christopher J Honey
BACKGROUND: Intracranial electrical recordings (iEEG) and brain stimulation (iEBS) are invaluable human neuroscience methodologies. However, the value of such data is often unrealized as many laboratories lack tools for localizing electrodes relative to anatomy. To remedy this, we have developed a MATLAB toolbox for intracranial electrode localization and visualization, iELVis. NEW METHOD: iELVis uses existing tools (BioImage Suite, FSL, and FreeSurfer) for preimplant magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) segmentation, neuroimaging coregistration, and manual identification of electrodes in postimplant neuroimaging...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185047/histaminergic-h1-and-h2-receptors-mediate-the-effects-of-propofol-on-the-noradrenalin-inhibited-neurons-in-rat-ventrolateral-preoptic-nucleus
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Yang Liu, Yu Zhang, Kun Qian, Lin Zhang, Tian Yu
The ventrolateral preoptic nucleus is a sleep-promoting nucleus located in the basal forebrain. A commonly used intravenous anesthetic, propofol, had been reported to induce sleep spindles and augment the firing rate of neurons in ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, but the underlining mechanism is yet to be known. By using patch clamp recording on neuron in acute brain slice, present study tested if histaminergic H1 and H2 receptors play a role in the effect of propofol on the noradrenalin-inhibited neurons in ventrolateral preoptic nucleus...
February 9, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178342/alterations-in-the-properties-of-neonatal-thalamocortical-synapses-with-time-in-in-vitro-slices
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Liliana L Luz, Stephen P Currie, Michael I Daw
New synapses are constantly being generated and lost in the living brain with only a subset of these being stabilized to form an enduring component of neuronal circuitry. The properties of synaptic transmission have primarily been established in a variety of in vitro neuronal preparations. It is not clear, however, if newly-formed and persistent synapses contribute to the results of these studies consistently throughout the lifespan of these preparations. In neonatal somatosensory, barrel, cortex we have previously hypothesized that a population of thalamocortical synapses displaying unusually slow kinetics represent newly-formed, default-transient synapses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177213/characterization-of-optically-and-electrically-evoked-dopamine-release-in-striatal-slices-from-digenic-knock-in-mice-with-dat-driven-expression-of-channelrhodopsin
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Brian O'Neill, Jyoti C Patel, Margaret E Rice
Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FCV) is an established method to monitor increases in extracellular dopamine (DA) concentration ([DA]o) in the striatum, which is densely innervated by DA axons. Ex vivo brain slice preparations provide an opportunity to identify endogenous modulators of DA release. For these experiments, local electrical stimulation is often used to elicit release of DA, as well as other transmitters, in the striatal microcircuitry; changes in evoked increases in [DA]o after application of a pharmacological agent (e...
February 8, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144621/glp-1r-signaling-directly-activates-arcuate-nucleus-kisspeptin-action-in-brain-slices-but-does-not-rescue-luteinizing-hormone-inhibition-in-ovariectomized-mice-during-negative-energy-balance
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Kristy M Heppner, Arian F Baquero, Camdin M Bennett, Sarah R Lindsley, Melissa A Kirigiti, Baylin Bennett, Martha A Bosch, Aaron J Mercer, Oline K Rønnekleiv, Cadence True, Kevin L Grove, M Susan Smith
Kisspeptin (Kiss1) neurons in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC) are key components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, as they regulate the basal pulsatile release of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). ARC Kiss1 action is dependent on energy status, and unmasking metabolic factors responsible for modulating ARC Kiss1 neurons is of great importance. One possible factor is glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), an anorexigenic neuropeptide produced by brainstem preproglucagon neurons. Because GLP fiber projections and the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) are abundant in the ARC, we hypothesized that GLP-1R signaling could modulate ARC Kiss1 action...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
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Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129943/beta-site-amyloid-precursor-protein-cleaving-enzyme-1-inhibition-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-via-seizure-protein-6
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Kaichuan Zhu, Xianyuan Xiang, Severin Filser, Petar Marinković, Mario M Dorostkar, Sophie Crux, Ulf Neumann, Derya R Shimshek, Gerhard Rammes, Christian Haass, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Jenny M Gunnersen, Jochen Herms
BACKGROUND: Beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) is a promising drug target for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Prolonged BACE1 inhibition interferes with structural and functional synaptic plasticity in mice, most likely by altering the metabolism of BACE1 substrates. Seizure protein 6 (SEZ6) is predominantly cleaved by BACE1, and Sez6 knockout mice share some phenotypes with BACE1 inhibitor-treated mice. We investigated whether SEZ6 is involved in BACE1 inhibition-induced structural and functional synaptic alterations...
December 26, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126496/glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-beta-alters-anxiety-depression-and-addiction-related-behaviors-and-neuronal-activity-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-shell
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Elizabeth J Crofton, Miroslav N Nenov, Yafang Zhang, Federico Scala, Sean A Page, David L McCue, Dingge Li, Jonathan D Hommel, Fernanda Laezza, Thomas A Green
Psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression and addiction are often comorbid brain pathologies thought to share common mechanistic biology. As part of the cortico-limbic circuit, the nucleus accumbens shell (NAcSh) plays a fundamental role in integrating information in the circuit, such that modulation of NAcSh circuitry alters anxiety, depression, and addiction-related behaviors. Intracellular kinase cascades in the NAcSh have proven important mediators of behavior. To investigate glycogen-synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) beta signaling in the NAcSh in vivo we knocked down GSK3beta expression with a novel adeno-associated viral vector (AAV2) and assessed changes in anxiety- and depression-like behavior and cocaine self-administration in GSK3beta knockdown rats...
January 23, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122138/prothymosin-alpha-deficiency-enhances-anxiety-like-behaviors-and-impairs-learning-memory-functions-and-neurogenesis
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Hiroshi Ueda, Keita Sasaki, Sebok Kumar Halder, Yuichi Deguchi, Keizo Takao, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Atsushi Tajima
Prothymosin alpha (ProTα) is expressed in various mammalian organs including the neuronal nuclei in the brain, and is involved in multiple functions, such as chromatin remodeling, transcriptional regulation, cell proliferation and survival. ProTα has beneficial actions against ischemia-induced necrosis and apoptosis in the brain and retina. However, characterizing the physiological roles of endogenous ProTα in the brain without stress remains elusive. Here, we generated ProTα-deficiency mice to explore whether endogenous ProTα is involved in normal brain functions...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117774/immunostaining-of-biocytin-filled-and-processed-sections-for-neurochemical-markers
#18
Bogumila Swietek, Akshay Gupta, Archana Proddutur, Vijayalakshmi Santhakumar
Electrophysiological recordings of cells using the patch clamp technique have allowed for the identification of different neuronal types based on firing patterns. The inclusion of biocytin/neurobiotin in the recording electrode permits post-hoc recovery of morphological details, which are necessary to determine the dendritic arborization and the regions targeted by the axons of the recorded neurons. However, given the presence of morphologically similar neurons with distinct neurochemical identities and functions, immunohistochemical staining for cell-type-specific proteins is essential to definitively identify neurons...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115364/synaptic-inputs-from-stroke-injured-brain-to-grafted-human-stem-cell-derived-neurons-activated-by-sensory-stimuli
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Daniel Tornero, Oleg Tsupykov, Marcus Granmo, Cristina Rodriguez, Marita Grønning-Hansen, Jonas Thelin, Ekaterina Smozhanik, Cecilia Laterza, Somsak Wattananit, Ruimin Ge, Jemal Tatarishvili, Shane Grealish, Oliver Brüstle, Galina Skibo, Malin Parmar, Jens Schouenborg, Olle Lindvall, Zaal Kokaia
Transplanted neurons derived from stem cells have been proposed to improve function in animal models of human disease by various mechanisms such as neuronal replacement. However, whether the grafted neurons receive functional synaptic inputs from the recipient's brain and integrate into host neural circuitry is unknown. Here we studied the synaptic inputs from the host brain to grafted cortical neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells after transplantation into stroke-injured rat cerebral cortex...
January 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114421/immediate-effects-of-repetitive-magnetic-stimulation-on-single-cortical-pyramidal-neurons
#20
Jineta Banerjee, Mary E Sorrell, Pablo A Celnik, Galit Pelled
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) has been successfully used as a non-invasive therapeutic intervention for several neurological disorders in the clinic as well as an investigative tool for basic neuroscience. rTMS has been shown to induce long-term changes in neuronal circuits in vivo. Such long-term effects of rTMS have been investigated using behavioral, imaging, electrophysiological, and molecular approaches, but there is limited understanding of the immediate effects of TMS on neurons...
2017: PloS One
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