Position 1. The Cerebral Cortex Development Lab at SISSA is looking for a young post-doc wanting to address biological mechanisms and operational outcomes of experimental therapy of glioblastoma multiforme by overexpression of the brain patterning gene Emx2. Intellectual independence and spirit of initiative, strong experience in molecular and cell biology, as well as aptitude to work with rodent animal models are required.. Potential candidates are encouraged to pre-submit a letter of interest, a short statement of research and three reference letters, to prof. Antonello Mallamaci (To: [email protected]; Subject: "GBM_pos20"), by September 15th, 2019. A call for a one year position, renewable upon evaluation of results, will be shortly launched at the Neuroscience Area of SISSA.. ...
The findings presented in this study disclosed an unexpected role of the mammalian Fat-Dachsous system in the plasma membrane organization in the embryonic cerebral cortex. The AJ is known as the major cell junctional structure observed in the apical portions of neural progenitor cells (Ho et al., 2000; Lien et al., 2006; Kadowaki et al., 2007). We found that Fat4 and Dachsous1 were located more apical to the AJ and that the plasma membranes at the corresponding region showed a simple apposition, which we defined as the subapical membrane apposition. Such apically extended membrane appositions have not been described for general epithelial cells, and thus, these junctions might have uniquely developed for specific cell types, including neural progenitor cells. Depletion of Fat4 disrupted the subapical membrane apposition, indicating that it plays a key role in the maintenance of this specific structure.. We found that Fat4 and Dachsous1 could interact in a heterophilic fashion and regulated the ...
Recent analyses of association fibre networks in the primate cerebral cortex have revealed a small number of densely intra-connected and hierarchically organized structural systems. Corresponding analyses of data on functional connectivity are required to establish the significance of these structural systems. We therefore built up a relational database by systematically collating published data on the spread of activity after strychnine-induced disinhibition in the macaque cerebral cortex in vivo. After mapping these data to two different parcellation schemes, we used three independent methods of analysis which demonstrate that the cortical network of functional interactions is not homogeneous, but shows a clear segregation into functional assemblies of mutually interacting areas. The assemblies suggest a principal division of the cortex into visual, somatomotor and orbito-temporo-insular systems, while motor and somatosensory areas are inseparably interrelated. These results are largely ...
As the embryonic brain develops, an incredibly complex cascade of cellular events occur, starting with progenitors - the originating cells that generate neurons and spur proper cortex development. If this cascade malfunctions - if one tiny protein doesnt do its job - then the brain can develop abnormally.. UNC scientists led by Eva Anton, PhD, professor of cell biology and physiology in the UNC School of Medicine, have shown how the deletion of the protein APC in progenitor cells leads to massive disruption of brain development and the canonical Wnt protein pathway - a signaling cascade- that previously was linked to genes associated with autism.. "Although our experiments were done in mouse genetic models, human APC mutations have been associated with autism," said Anton, a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center and the new UNC Autism Research Center. "These mutations disrupt the ability of brain progenitors to respond appropriately to the environmental cues necessary for them to divide, and to ...
1. Procedures were described whereby constant rates of oxygen consumption were obtained with cerebral cortex slices for periods exceeding three hours.. 2. The effect of intravenous injection of graded doses of 5,5-diphenyl-2,4-oxazolidinedione (DPO) in minimal volume, to a small group of rats was reported for the dosage range of 20 to 100 mgm. per kgm.. 3. A concentration-action curve was presented which illustrates the effect of graded concentrations of DPO on the oxygen consumption of rat cerebral cortex slices. This was compared with the concentration-action curve of the related substituted oxazolidinedione, propazone. With rising concentration of DPO there was first a moderate augmentation, then a profound inhibition of brain respiration. The augmentation phase did not occur with propazone. Furthermore there was more rapid development of inhibition and a greater maximum inhibitory effect with DPO than with propazone.. 4. It was found that DPO had some specificity in respect of its inhibitory ...
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Proper growth of the mammalian cerebral cortex is crucial for normal brain functions and is controlled by precise gene-expression regulation. Here, we show that microRNA-7 (miR-7) is highly expressed in cortical neural progenitors and describe miR-7 sponge transgenic mice in which miR-7-silencing activity is specifically knocked down in the embryonic cortex. Blocking miR-7 function causes microcephaly-like brain defects due to reduced intermediate progenitor (IP) production and apoptosis. Upregulation of miR-7 target genes, including those implicated in the p53 pathway, such as Ak1 and Cdkn1a (p21), is responsible for abnormalities in neural progenitors. Furthermore, ectopic expression of Ak1 or p21 and specific blockade of miR-7 binding sites in target genes using protectors in vivo induce similarly reduced IP production. Using conditional miRNA sponge transgenic approaches, we uncovered an unexpected role for miR-7 in cortical growth through its interactions with genes in the p53 pathway.
Differentiation of human cortical neurons - posted in Stem Cell: hi I want to grow and differentiate human cortical neurons. I have a vial of HCN-2 cells from ATCC. From what I understand, they are extremely slow and difficult to differentiate. Changing my cell type is not a viable choice right now. So I make do and hav a couple of questions. If anybody has any experience either differentiating these or other cortical neurons, I would really appreciate some help. * The nerve growth factor...
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Master Degree in Neuroscience, University of Trieste, year 2012. Master Degree Thesis title: "Emx2 inhibits cortico-cerebral astrogliogenesis by downregulating the EGF receptor mRNA". PhD in Functional and Structural Genomics, SISSA, year 2016. PhD Thesis title: "Foxg1 and Emx2 control of cortico-cerebral astrogenesis and Emx2 as a novel tool to suppress glioblastoma multiforme" Publications at SISSA. ...
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Low levels of visible light directed onto slices of rat cerebral cortical tissue enhanced net potassium-induced release of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) from these brain slices. At higher light intensity, net potassium-induced release was suppressed. These effects were apparently not from increased temperature. The amount of light enhancing this neurotransmitter release is approximately equal to the amount of light that can penetrate the head and reach the brain at the intensities of sunlight; this was determined by measuring the light entering the rat head through fur, scalp, skull, and dura mater and considering several natural lighting conditions. These results suggest that ambient light may be sufficient to alter the release of transmitters from mammalian cerebral cortex in vivo.. ...
The cerebral cortex, which underlies higher brain functions, has undergone a large expansion in size during mammalian evolution, most notably in the primate lineage (Rakic, 1988; Caviness and Takahashi, 1995; Northcutt and Kaas, 1995; Rakic, 1995). Although many intrinsic and extrinsic factors may influence cortical size and cytoarchitecture, such as patterns of neuronal migration (Letinic et al., 2002; Kriegstein and Noctor, 2004; Bystron et al., 2006), thalamic afferents (Windrem and Finlay, 1991; Dehay et al., 2001) and the diversification of subventricular zone neural progenitors (Smart et al., 2002; Haubensak et al., 2004; Miyata et al., 2004; Noctor et al., 2004; Fish et al., 2008), an increase in neuron number during brain development and evolution is ultimately controlled by the number and modes of division of neural progenitors in the embryonic ventricular and subventricular zones (Götz and Huttner, 2005; Kriegstein et al., 2006; Fish et al., 2008).. According to the radial unit ...
The deep layers of the mammalian cerebral cortex contain pyramidal neurons that project predominantly to subcortical targets. To understand the mechanisms that determine the identity of deeper layer neurons, a PCR based subtractive hybridisation was performed to isolate genes that are specifically expressed during the specification of these neurons. One of the genes we isolated was the rat homologue of the mouse Slap-1. SLAP-1 is an adaptor protein containing SH2-SH3 domains and it participates in the signalling of Receptor Tyrosine Kinases. In situ hybridisation studies have shown that Slap-1 is not substantially expressed before E17. At later stages, it is specifically and selectively expressed by deeper layer neurons and by neurons of layers II/III in the developing cortex. The specific timing and location of its expression, suggests that this gene may play a role in the differentiation of these neurons.
Acetylcholine (ACh) signaling shapes neuronal circuit development and underlies specific aspects of cognitive functions and behaviors, including attention, learning, memory and motivation. During behaviour, activation of muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs and nAChRs) by ACh alters the activation state of neurons, and neuronal circuits most likely process information differently with elevated levels of ACh. In several brain regions, ACh has been shown to alter synaptic strength as well. By changing the rules for synaptic plasticity, ACh can have prolonged effects on and rearrange connectivity between neurons that outlasts its presence. From recent discoveries in the mouse, rat, monkey and human brain, a picture emerges in which the basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic system targets the neocortex with much more spatial and temporal detail than previously considered. Fast cholinergic synapses acting on a millisecond time scale are abundant in the mammalian cerebral cortex, and provide BF
Objective:To find a simple and accurate method to orient the cerebral cortex functional areas on CT scan images.Materials and methods:After CT scanning 30 heads specimens,their transverse sections were cut according to the scanning sections.Then compare the CT image and the transverse sections to find a new method,which could identify the functional areas of cerebral cortex on CT image.Results:The cerebral neural process could easily be found on both transverse sections and CT image.So the method to orient the functional areas based on the neural process identification was found.Conclusions:The neural process delivered from cerebral marrow is corresponding to cerebral gyrus.So the corresponding functional area could be distinguished,provided the neural process was identified.
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Proper development of the mammalian cerebral cortex relies on the integrated control of neurogenesis and neuronal migration. Proliferation of neuronal progenitor cells during early stages of brain development is critical to expand the progenitor pool at the ventricular surface and later mitotic divisions result in the generation of postmitotic neural precursors, which then migrate to the cortical plate (Gupta et al., 2002; Götz and Huttner, 2005). Defective neurogenesis or neuronal migration leads to brain malformations, and are often associated with different forms of mental retardation or cognitive disabilities and severe epilepsy Guerrini et al., 2008). For example, classical lissencephaly (or "smooth brain") is due to a reduced number or absence of gyri and sulci of the cortical surface, resulting in severe mental retardation, seizures and early death (Kato and Dobyns, 2003). Mutations in two genes, LIS1 (Reiner et al., 1993; Lo Nigro et al., 1997) and DCX (Gleeson et al., 1998; des Portes ...
The purpose of this work was to describe the human leptomeningeal and cortical vascular anatomy as seen at high resolution on an 8 T UHFMRI system. With a 1024 x 1024 matrix, axial gradient echo images of the cerebral cortex were acquired on a human volunteer at 8 T with TR 500 ms, TE 1...read more ...
Hangya, B., Pi, H. J., Kvitsiani, D., Ranade, S. P., Kepecs, A. (2014) From circuit motifs to computations: mapping the behavioral repertoire of cortical interneurons. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 26c. pp. 117-124. ISSN 0959-4388 Hangya, B., Tihanyi, B. T., Entz, L., Fabo, D., Eross, L., Wittner, L., Jakus, R., Varga, V., Freund, T. F., Ulbert, I. (2011) Complex Propagation Patterns Characterize Human Cortical Activity during Slow-Wave Sleep. Journal of Neuroscience, 31 (24). pp. 8770-8779. ISSN 0270-6474 He, M., Tucciarone, J., Lee, S., Nigro, M. J., Kim, Y., Levine, J. M., Kelly, S. M., Krugikov, I., Wu, P., Chen, Y., Gong, L., Hou, Y., Osten, P., Rudy, B., Huang, Z. J. (2016) Strategies and Tools for Combinatorial Targeting of GABAergic Neurons in Mouse Cerebral Cortex. Neuron, 91 (6). pp. 1228-1243. ISSN 1097-4199 (Electronic)0896-6273 (Linking) Hof, P. R., Nimchinsky, E. A., Perl, D. P., Erwin, J. M. (2001) An unusual population of pyramidal neurons in the anterior cingulate cortex of ...
The movement of R-cell nuclei along the apical-basal axis in the developing fly visual system displays features very similar to the somal translocation of neurons from the ventricular zone to the cortical plate during the development of the mammalian cerebral cortex [51, 52]. That both R-cell movement and cortical neuronal migration require the function of DLis/Lis1 [14, 18] support the evolutionary conservation of the molecular mechanism controlling neuronal positioning. In a search for novel regulators of R-cell translocation, we found that misexpression of the RabGAP RN-Tre caused a failure for R-cell nuclei to maintain their apical localization, suggesting the requirement of Rab-mediated vesicular transport in R-cell positioning. RN-tre displayed dosage-sensitive interactions with Rab5 or Rab11 in the fly eye, and genetic analysis revealed an essential role for Rab5, Shi and Rab11 in R-cell apical localization. These results support that Rab5, Shi and Rab11 function together in a vesicular ...
The term area SI of Woolsey refers to a functionally defined area of mammalian cerebral cortex. It has been mapped in a number of species on the basis of evoked potentials elicited by light touch stimulation of the skin. In the macaque it is located in the postcentral gyrus, both on the exposed surface and in the posterior bank of the central sulcus. The face area is located on the lower lateral surface with the hind limb and tail areas extending over the midline into the bank of the longitudinal fissure ( Woolsey-1958 ). It is the same as the primary somatosensory cortex ( Carpenter-1983 ). ...
Although spiral waves are ubiquitous features of nature and have been observed in many biological systems, their existence and potential function in mammalian cerebral cortex remain uncertain. Using voltage-sensitive dye imaging, we found that spiral waves occur frequently in the neocortex in vivo, both during pharmacologically induced oscillations and during sleep-like states. While their life span is limited, spiral waves can modify ongoing cortical activity by influencing oscillation frequencies and spatial coherence and by reducing amplitude in the area surrounding the spiral phase singularity. During sleep-like states, the rate of occurrence of spiral waves varies greatly depending on brain states. These results support the hypothesis that spiral waves, as an emergent activity pattern, can organize and modulate cortical population activity on the mesoscopic scale and may contribute to both normal cortical processing and to pathological patterns of activity such as those found in epilepsy.
Cerebral Cortex is a comprehensive and detailed work covering the dual nature of the organization of the architecture and connections of the cerebral cortex. After establishing the evolutionary approach of the cerebral cortexs origin, the authors have systematically analyzed, in detail, the common principle underlying the structure and connections of sensory and motor systems.
Although accurate long-distance neuronal migration is a cardinal feature of cerebral cortical development, little is known about control of this migration. The scrambler (scm) mouse shows abnormal cortical lamination that is indistinguishable from reeler. Genetic and physical mapping of scm identifies yeast artificial chromosomes containing an exon of mdab1, a homolog of Drosophila Disabled, which encodes a phosphoprotein that binds nonreceptor tyrosine kinases. mdab1 transcripts show abnormal splicing in scm homozygotes, with 1.5 kb of intracisternal A particle retrotransposon sequence inserted into the mdab1 coding region in antisense orientation, producing a mutated and truncated predicted protein. Therefore, mdab1 is most likely the scm gene, thus implicating nonreceptor tyrosine kinases in neuronal migration and lamination in developing cerebral cortex (Ware, 1997). Formation of the mammalian brain requires choreographed migration of neurons to generate highly ordered laminar structures, ...
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Researchers have found that people who avoided smoking had a thicker outer layer of the brain than people who had smoked. Those participants who had given up smoking for the longest time had a thicker cortex compared with those who had given up recently - even after accounting for the total amount smoked in their lifetime. The study gathered health data and analysed MRI scans of 244 males and 260 females with an average age of 73. Around half were former or current smokers. The group tested were part of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, a group of individuals who were born in 1936 and took part in the Scottish Mental Survey of 1947. Using detailed MRI brain scans, careful image analysis and statistical models, researchers analysed how a persons smoking habit was linked with the thickness of the brains cortex. The study authors suggest that avoiding smoking helps to keep the brains cortex thicker so therefore more normal. They also cautiously suggest that the cortex might regain some thickness ...
What regions in the cerebral cortex are known to be involved in movement? How do these areas contribute to the production of motor behavior? Located at approximately mid-brain and at the very back of the temporal lobe is the.
To confirm that the 15-bp deletion disrupts perisylvian GPR56 expression, we generated transgenic mice with the 23-kb human GPR56 upstream region driving green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression. The 23-kb region encompasses 16 of the 17 transcription start sites containing e1m and ends before the translation start codon (Fig. 2A). This construct drives GFP expression in the entire central nervous system, including neocortex, and recapitulates the location and relative amount of expression of endogenous mouse GPR56 protein (Fig. 2B and fig. S3). In contrast, the 23-kb construct containing the 15-bp deletion drives expression in medial, but not lateral, cortex or lateral ganglionic eminence (Fig. 2B). These data suggest that the cis-regulatory element upstream of e1m drives GPR56 expression in the perisylvian and lateral cortex, whereas disruption of the element, with consequent impairment of e1m expression, causes the perisylvian malformation.. To elucidate how the 15-bp deletion in the ...
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J:174497 Funatsu N, Inoue T, Nakamura S, Gene expression analysis of the late embryonic mouse cerebral cortex using DNA microarray: identification of several region- and layer-specific genes. Cereb Cortex. 2004 Sep;14(9):1031-44 ...
Background. Stromal derived factor (SDF-1), an alpha chemokine, is a widely known chemoattractant in the immune system. A growing body of evidence now suggests multiple regulatory roles for SDF-1 in the developing nervous system. Results. To investigate the role of SDF-1 signaling in the growth and differentiation of cortical cells, we performed numerous in vitro experiments, including gene chip and quantitative RT-PCR analysis. Using SDF-1 medium and AMD3100, a receptor antagonist, we demonstrate that the chemokine signaling regulates key events during early cortical development. First, SDF-1 signaling maintains cortical progenitors in proliferation, possibly through a mechanism involving connexin 43 mediated intercellular coupling. Second, SDF-1 signaling upregulates the differentiation of cortical GABAergic neurons, independent of sonic signaling pathway. Third, SDF-1 enables the elongation and branching of axons of cortical glutamatergic neurons. Finally, cortical cultures derived from ...
The in vitro and in vivo binding characteristics of [I-125] iodomethyllycaconitine ([I-125]iodoMLA) were determined in the rat. [I-125]iodoMLA binding to rat cerebral cortex membranes was saturable and reversible and its specific binding represented approximately 70-80% of the total binding. [I-125]iodoMLA labeled a single site with K-d = 1.8 +/- 0.4 nM and B-max = 68 +/- 3 fmol/mg protein. Kinetic analysis revealed a t(1/2) for association and dissociation of 10.5 +/- 3.1 and 10.3 +/- 1.6 min, respectively.
Scientists have succeeded in making mice cerebral cortex grow dramatically more convoluted. They developed a line of transgenic mice that carried a variant of a
Researchers have made a map of the human brain that shows a dense network of connections at the top of the cerebral cortex, suggesting that electrical signals travel through this hub on their way to more specialized regions. "This is just about the coolest paper Ive seen in a long time, and forward-looking in terms of where the science is going," said Dr. Marcus E. Raichle, a professor of neurology and radiology… who was not involved in the research. He added, "Theyve found in the brain what looks like a hub map of the airline system for the United States" [The New York Times].. An international team of researchers used a technique called diffusion spectrum imaging to map the connections between different parts of the brain. The technique traces the path of water moving along axons, long fibers that extend from a neurons main body and carry electrical signals [Science News]. They found the most connections at the top of the cortex along the crack that separates the brains two hemispheres. ...
Director, Sestan Lab. Research Interests- the evolution and development of neuronal circuits of the human cerebral cortex. Research in the Sestan Lab investigates how neurons acquire distinct identities and form precise connections in the developing cerebral cortex, a part of the brain involved in a variety of higher cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor functions. The Lab also studies how these developmental processes have changed during evolution and in human disorders.. ...
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Part Of: Neuroanatomy sequence Followup To: The Thalamocortical Plasma Globe Content Summary: 1100 words, 11 min read Cortical Area & The Obstetric Dilemma Last time, we learned that the brain is organized like a plasma globe: a sphere within a sphere. Today, well be exploring a technique for reasoning about the cerebral cortex, or
The cerebral cortex is a telencephalic structurepresent in some vertebrate species located at the surface of the cerebral hemispheres
Histological section of the cerebral cortex from a control (a) and lissencephalic (b) brain. Both sections were taken at the same magnification. Whereas in the
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Changes in Specific Amino Acid Residues and Na^+,K^+ -ATPase Activity in Cell Membranes of Rat Cerebral Cortex by Low Dose X-Irradiation : Changes in Specific Amino Acid Residues and Na^+,K^+ -ATPase Activity in Cell Membranes of Rat Cerebral Cortex by Low Dose X-Irradiation (1994 ...
Notes: Once this step is complete, you should no longer need Administrative privileges on your computer; you should be able to download Master CPU Firmware, ROBOTC firmware, and ROBOTC programs in a permissions-restricted account. Only future updates to ROBOTC and the VEX Cortex Device Driver will require Administrative privileges. Exception: On some computers, Windows may prompt you to "install new hardware" each time the Cortex is plugged in on a different USB port. To alleviate the issue, connect the updated VEX Cortex on each USB port as an administrator (no need to redownload firmware), or dedicate one USB port for communication with the VEX Cortex. You only need to download the Firmware once, when you first start using a VEX Cortex with ROBOTC, or when you upgrade to a newer version of ROBOTC. You do not need to re-download the firmware every time you want to download code. If the download fails, disconnect the VEX Cortex from your computer and turn it off. Then reconnect it to the ...
Notes: Once this step is complete, you should no longer need Administrative privileges on your computer; you should be able to download Master CPU Firmware, ROBOTC firmware, and ROBOTC programs in a permissions-restricted account. Only future updates to ROBOTC and the VEX Cortex Device Driver will require Administrative privileges. Exception: On some computers, Windows may prompt you to "install new hardware" each time the Cortex is plugged in on a different USB port. To alleviate the issue, connect the updated VEX Cortex on each USB port as an administrator (no need to redownload firmware), or dedicate one USB port for communication with the VEX Cortex. You only need to download the Firmware once, when you first start using a VEX Cortex with ROBOTC, or when you upgrade to a newer version of ROBOTC. You do not need to re-download the firmware every time you want to download code. If the download fails, disconnect the VEX Cortex from your computer and turn it off. Then reconnect it to the ...
Much experimental data exists concerning the development of the cerebral cortex. There is a need for a common vehicle to integrate this data, and to allow the testing of hypotheses concerning development. Computer simulation and visualization is a powerful mechanism for hypothesis testing. Our long-term goal is to create a robust, extensible, portable tool for simulation and visualization of cortical development to serve both research and educational purposes. We have implemented a simulation, SimCortex, which models the early stages of development of the cerebral cortex. Version 1.0 of SimCortex models the proliferation of progenitor cells in the pseudo-stratified ventricular epithelium (PVE), and the generation of young neurons and their migration into the cortical plate, the forerunner of layers II through VI of the mature cortex. Future versions will include layer I and glial cells, and will allow the user to begin to test hypotheses concerning such important variables as cell death, and ...
Baumane L.; Dzintare M.; Zvejniece L.; Meirena D.; Ļauberte L.; Sīle V.; Kalvinsh I.; Sjakste N. Increased synthesis of nitric oxide in rat brain cortex due to halogenated volatile anesthetics confirmed by EPR spectroscopy. Acta Anaesthesiol. Scand. 2002, 46(4), 378-383 ...
Azzena, G.B.; Melis, F.; Caria, M.A.; Salis, S.; Teatini, G.P.; Ghiselli, F.; Blotta, P., 1986: The vestibular cortical projection during spinal decompensation
Video created by 芝加哥大学 for the course 了解大脑:日常生活中的神经生物学. Neuroanatomy tells us how the nervous system is organized. Understanding the form of the brain is essential to understanding its function. By comparing the structure of the brain with a ...
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Protein required for the normal development of the cerebral cortex and to prevent mental retardation discovered by researchers
Ive always suspected Id be happier if I had a few less choices. My generation has been told since we were kids that we can "be anything we want to be" and "do anything we set our minds to"... Sounds great, but my cerebral cortex is completely overwhelmed with all the possibilities ...
In this instructable, you will learn the basics of programming a VEX Cortex, in the RobotC software. Before reading this instructable, you should have a basic...
The ability of lithium to interfere with phosphoinositide metabolism in rat cerebral cortex slices has been examined by monitoring the accumulation of CMP-phosphatidate (CMP-PtdOH) and the reduction in Ins(1,4,5)P3 and Ins(1,3,4,5)P4 levels. A small accumulation of [14C]CMP-PtdOH was seen in slices prelabelled with [14C]cytidine and stimulated with carbachol (1 mM) or Li+ (1 mM). However, simultaneous addition of both agents for 30 min produced a 22-fold accumulation, with Li+ producing a half-maximal effect at a concentration of 0.61 +/- 0.19 mM. Kinetic studies revealed that the effects of carbachol and Li+ on CMP-PtdOH accumulation occurred with no initial lag apparent under these conditions and that preincubation with myo-inositol (10 or 30 mM) dramatically attenuated CMP-PtdOH accumulation. myo-Inositol could also attenuate the rate of accumulation of CMP-PtdOH when added 20 min after carbachol and Li+; these effects were not observed when equimolar concentrations of scyllo-inositol were ...
Author: Thomas, T. et al.; Genre: Journal Article; Published in Print: 2000; Title: Querkopf, a MYST family histone acetyltransferase, is required for normal cerebral cortex development.
The representation of pain in the cerebral cortex is less well understood than that of any other sensory system. However, with the use of magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography in humans, it has now been demonstrated that painful heat causes significant activation of the contralateral anterior cingulate, secondary somatosensory, and primary somatosensory cortices. This contrasts with the predominant activation of primary somatosensory cortex caused by vibrotactile stimuli in similar experiments. Furthermore, the unilateral cingulate activation indicates that this forebrain area, thought to regulate emotions, contains an unexpectedly specific representation of pain. ...
Gyrification is the process of forming the characteristic folds of the cerebral cortex. The peak of such a fold is called a gyrus (plural: gyri), and its trough is called a sulcus (plural: sulci). The neurons of the cerebral cortex reside in a thin layer of gray matter, only 2-4 mm thick, at the surface of the brain. Much of the interior volume is occupied by white matter, which consists of long axonal projections to and from the cortical neurons residing near the surface. Gyrification allows a larger cortical surface area and hence greater cognitive functionality to fit inside a smaller cranium. In most mammals, gyrification begins during fetal development. Primates, cetaceans, and ungulates have extensive cortical gyri, with a few species exceptions, while rodents generally have none. Gyrification in some animals, for example the ferret, continues well into postnatal life. As fetal development proceeds, gyri and sulci begin to take shape with the emergence of deepening indentations on the ...
The development of the cerebral cortex is complex and finely tuned process influenced by the interplay between genes and environment.[13] The cerebral cortex develops from the most anterior part of the neural plate, a specialized part of the embryonic ectoderm.[14] The neural plate folds and closes to form the neural tube. From the cavity inside the neural tube develops the ventricular system, and, from the epithelial cells of its walls, the neurons and glia of the nervous system. The most anterior (front, or cranial) part of the neural plate, the prosencephalon, which is evident before neurulation begins, gives rise to the cerebral hemispheres and its later cortex.[15] Cortical neurons are generated within the ventricular zone, next to the ventricles. At first, this zone contains progenitor cells, which divide to produce glial cells and neurons.[16] The glial fibers produced in the first divisions of the progenitor cells are radially oriented, spanning the thickness of the cortex from the ...
Background: Astrocytes, which comprise ~90% of overall brain mass, are involved in brain immunity. These cells represent the non-professional class of CNS-resident APCs and may promote or inhibit CNS inflammation depending on the cytokines they secrete. IL-10 family of cytokines and their receptors, IL-20R1 and IL-20R2, may have a role in shifting astrocytes to a neuroprotective or neurodegenerative function. Objective: To address the expression of IL-20R1 and IL-20R2 cytokine receptors in astrocytes and brain cortex of C57BL/6 mice. Methods: We investigated the expression of IL-20R1 and IL-20R2 in C57BL/6 mice astroglial cells and brain cortex in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS), using reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) method. Results: Astrocytes were able to express IL-20R1 and IL-20R2 mRNA not only in response to LPS stimulation but also in the absence of LPS. Furthermore, we found the expression of IL-20R1 and IL-20R2 mRNA in the cortex of adult C57BL/6 mice. Conclusions:
Normal brain tissue is represented by four different regions: Cerebellum, Cerebral cortex, Hippocampus and Caudate. The nervous system represents the major communication network and consists of the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The intracranial cerebrum and cerebellum together with the spinal cord constitutes the CNS. The brain is covered by layers of membranes, the meninges, and submerged in cerebrospinal fluid, which also fills the intracerebral ventricles. The brain can grossly be divided into different neuroanatomical functional regions such as the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital lobes and central gray matter structures. Anatomically and histologically the brain can further be stratified into the cerebral cortex representing the outermost gray matter overlying white matter and the innermost deep gray matter components. The hippocampus, containing the neuron rich dentate fascia, is closely associated with the cerebral cortex, and is located in the ...
In this study, we showed essential roles for STEF/Tiam1, Rac1 and JNK in neuronal migration in vivo by utilizing an in utero electroporation technique. This technique enabled us to introduce genes of interest into VZ cells of mouse embryos in utero, allowing us to observe resulting phenotypes at later stages (Inoue and Krumlauf, 2001; Saito and Nakatsuji, 2001; Tabata and Nakajima, 2001). An advantage of this method is that the technique itself does not affect normal cerebral cortical development under our experimental conditions. Although several in vitro culture systems have been developed to monitor neuronal migration, they cannot precisely mimic normal development. For instance, no difference was observed in in vitro migration assays between neurons in explants from Cdk5‐deficient and wild‐type mice, whereas considerable abnormal neuronal migration was found in many regions of the nervous system in the Cdk5 mutant animals, in vivo (Ohshima et al., 1996; Gilmore et al., 1998; Gilmore and ...
Glutamatergic principal neurons, GABAergic interneurons and thalamocortical axons (TCAs) are essential elements of the cerebrocortical network. Principal neurons originate locally from radial glia and intermediate progenitors (IPCs), whereas interneurons and TCAs are of extrinsic origin. Little is known how the assembly of these elements is coordinated. C-X-C motif chemokine 12 (CXCL12), which is known to guide axons outside the neural tube and interneurons in the cortex, is expressed in the meninges and IPCs. Using mouse genetics, we dissected the influence of IPC-derived CXCL12 on TCAs and interneurons by showing that Cxcl12 ablation in IPCs, leaving meningeal Cxcl12 intact, attenuates intracortical TCA growth and disrupts tangential interneuron migration in the subventricular zone. In accordance with strong CXCR4 expression in the forming thalamus and TCAs, we identified a CXCR4-dependent growth-promoting effect of CXCL12 on TCAs in thalamus explants. Together, our findings indicate a cell-autonomous
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Figure 3. Characterization of NEX-CRE mice and analysis of Itgb1 expression by flow cytometry. a-n , Z/EG reporter mice carrying a CRE-inducible GFP transgene were crossed with NEX-CRE mice to analyze the CRE recombination pattern. a-c , GFP fluorescence was evident in the developing cerebral cortex of E12.5-E16.5 embryos by whole-mount analysis. d , GFP fluorescence throughout the cerebral cortex was also evident in vibratome sections. e-h , Coronal sections of mice at E14.5 and E16.5 were stained with antibodies to GFP. GFP expression was evident in the SVZ and cortical plate (CP), but not in the VZ. In e and g , nuclei were counterstained with DAPI (blue). i-k , Higher-magnification views of coronal sections stained with DAPI and antibodies to GFP. The vast majority of cells were GFP positive (arrows). l-n , Sections from E15.5 animals were stained with antibodies to doublecortin (dcx, red) and GFP (green). ( l′-n′ ) Higher-magnification views of the area outlined in l-n . Note ...
Lipid rafts are membrane microdomains intimately associated with cell signaling. These biochemical microstructures are characterized by their high contents of sphingolipids, cholesterol and saturated fatty acids and a reduced content of polyunsaturat
View Notes - Cerebral Hemispheres from ANTHRO 2000 at Broward College. Cerebral Hemispheres: - superior part of brain; ~ 83% of total brain mass - 3 regions: cerebral cortex (gray matter), white
Understanding the amazingly complex human cerebral cortex requires a map (or parcellation) of its major subdivisions, known as cortical areas. Making an accurate areal map has been a century-old objective in neuroscience. Using multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging from the Human Connectome Project (HCP) and an objective semi-automated neuroanatomical approach, Glasser et al delineated 180 areas per hemisphere bounded by sharp changes in cortical architecture, function, connectivity, and/or topography in a precisely aligned group average of 210 healthy young adults. They characterized 97 new areas and 83 areas previously reported using post-mortem microscopy or other specialized study-specific approaches. To enable automated delineation and identification of these areas in new HCP subjects and in future studies, they trained a machine-learning classifier to recognize the multi-modal fingerprint of each cortical area. This classifier detected the presence of 96.6% of the cortical areas in new ...
Tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is a serine proteinase released by the presynaptic terminal of cerebral cortical neurons following membrane depolarization (Echeverry et al., 2010). Recent studies indicate that the release of tPA triggers the synaptic vesicle cycle and promotes the exocytosis (Wu et al., 2015) and endocytic retrieval (Yepes et al., 2016) of glutamate-containing synaptic vesicles. Here we used electron microscopy, proteomics, quantitative phosphoproteomics, biochemical analyses with extracts of the postsynaptic density (PSD), and an animal model of cerebral ischemia with mice overexpressing neuronal tPA to study whether the presynaptic release of tPA also has an effect on the postsynaptic terminal. We found that tPA has a bidirectional effect on the composition of the PSD of cerebral cortical neurons that is independent of the generation of plasmin and the presynaptic release of glutamate, but depends on the baseline level of neuronal activity and the extracellular ...
Abstract: The highlight of photoacosutic imaging (PAI) is a method that combines ultrasonic resolution with high contrast due to light absorption. Photoacoustic signals carry the information of the light absorption distribution of biological tissue, which is often related to its character of structure, physiological and pathological changes because of different physiology conditions in response to different light absorption coefficients. A non-invasive PAI system was developed and successfully acquired in vivo images of mouse brain. Based on the intrinsic PA signals from the brain, the vascular network and the detailed structures of the mouse cerebral cortex were clearly visualized. The ability of PAI monitoring of cerebral hemodynamics was also demonstrated by mapping of the mouse superficial cortex with and without drug stimulation. The extracted PA signals intensity profiles obviously testified that the cerebral blood flow (CBF) in the mouse brain was changed under the stimulation of ...
1) Feeling sick is a complex combination of events that may arise from damaged peripheral tissues as well as from their modulation by psychosocial factors. Therefore, the clinician must consider a symptom not so much as a single and isolated entity, but rather within the psychological and social context of the patient. The mere assessment of peripheral tissue damage considers bottom-up processes only, without taking the top-down modulation into consideration. 2) Interoceptive sensibility is at the very heart of the process of feeling sick. Whereas usually internal organs are not perceived in normal conditions, they may get access to consciousness in particular circumstances. This is due to the activation of receptors that project to a variety of subcortical and cortical regions. For example, several areas of the cerebral cortex are activated by interoceptive stimuli arising from the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. 3) The insular cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex are key ...
Expression of ARX (CT121, EIEE1, ISSX, MRX29, MRX32, MRX33, MRX36, MRX38, MRX43, MRX54, MRX76, MRX87, MRXS1, PRTS) in cerebral cortex tissue. Antibody staining with in immunohistochemistry.
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Neuronal differentiation and aging are known to involve many genes, which may also be differentially expressed during these developmental processes. From primary cultured cerebral cortical neurons, we have previously identified various differentially expressed gene transcripts from cultured cortical neurons using the technique of arbitrarily primed PCR (RAP-PCR). Among these transcripts, clone 0-2 was found to have high homology to rat and human synaptic glycoprotein. By in silico analysis using an EST database and the FACTURA software, the full-length sequence of 0-2 was assembled and the clone was named as mouse synaptic glycoprotein homolog 2 (mSC2). DNA sequencing revealed transcript size of mSC2 being smaller than the human and rat homologs. RT-PCR indicated that mSC2 was expressed differentially at various culture days. The mSC2 gene was located in various tissues with higher expression in brain, lung, and liver. Functions of mSC2 in neurons and other tissues remain elusive and will ...
Total and specific activities of alaninaminotransferase (Al-AT) were determined in general tissues, mitochondrial and cytosol fractions of visual, orbital, motor, limbic areas of brain cortex and hypothalamus of three-month old and one-year old rats under 10-20 days and 30 days protein deprivation and under recovery of normal food regime during the same terms. It was found out that Al-AT activities under impairment of feeding regime depend on several factors including morphofunctional peculiarities of the brain structure, terms of protein-free feeding, studied cellular substrates and animal age. On the basis of the experimental data the possible ways of enzyme involvement in the processes of biochemical adaptation occurring in the brain in nutritional protein deficiency were analyzed. The adaptive enzyme functions within the cell compartments are directed toward accomplishment of complex compensatory and adaptive reactions. On the level of mitochondrial fractions, the enzyme is involved into the complex
Disabled-1 (Dab1) forms part of the Reelin-Dab1 signalling pathway that controls neuronal positioning during brain development; Dab1 deficiency gives rise to a reeler-like inversion of cortical layers. To establish a timetable of Dab1 expression in developing human brain, Dab1 mRNA and protein expression were studied in prenatal human cortex. The earliest Dab1 signal was detected at 7 gestational weeks (GW), the stage of transition from preplate to cortical plate, suggesting a role of the Reelin-Dab1 signalling pathway in preplate partition. From 12 to 20 GW, the period of maximum cortical migration, Dab1 expression was prominent in the upper tiers of the cortical plate, to decline after midgestation. Radially orientated apical dendrites of Dab1-expressing neurons indicated a predominant pyramidal phenotype. Pyramidal cells in hippocampus and entorhinal cortex displayed a more protracted time of Dab1 expression compared to neocortex. In addition, at later stages (18-25 GW), Dab1 was also ...
Different regions of the cerebral cortex can be associated with particular functions, a concept known as localization of function. In the early 1900s, a German neuroscientist named Korbinian Brodmann performed an extensive study of the microscopic anatomy-the cytoarchitecture-of the cerebral cortex and divided the cortex into 52 separate regions on the basis of the histology of the cortex. His work resulted in a system of classification known as Brodmanns areas, which is still used today to describe the anatomical distinctions within the cortex ([link]). The results from Brodmanns work on the anatomy align very well with the functional differences within the cortex. Areas 17 and 18 in the occipital lobe are responsible for primary visual perception. That visual information is complex, so it is processed in the temporal and parietal lobes as well.. The temporal lobe is associated with primary auditory sensation, known as Brodmanns areas 41 and 42 in the superior temporal lobe. Because regions ...
Within cerebral cortex synaptosomes, S-100 protein can be recovered in two forms: soluble and membrane-bound. Synaptosomal S-100 is mainly a soluble protein (85 percent). The membrane-bound S-100 is differently distributed in the synaptosomal membranes, intraterminal mitochondria, and synaptic vesicles. S-100 binds to a specific receptor. The binding is time-dependent, reversible and saturable with respect to S-100. The number of receptors is calculated to be about 9 times 10(12)/mg protein, since saturation is achieved at 31 ng [125I]S-100/0.1 mg protein of disrupted synaptosomes. The rate constant for association of S-100 with its receptor at 37 degrees C, k1, is 4.74 times 10(4) M(-1) sec(-1), and the rate constant for dissociation, k-1, 9.24 times 10(-4) sec(-1).. ...
Like other higher vertebrates, the human nervous systems has two main parts - the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS).. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. Its function is to send messages from the brain to other cells in the body and back again.. First, lets look at the brain - or cerebrum. It is covered by an outer layer called the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is much more complex in humans than in other mammals which also have a cerebral cortex.. Four main sections make up the cerebral cortex. They are described below:. 1. The frontal lobe is located at the front of the brain. Expressive language, reasoning, motor control, and higher level understanding happen here. Other lobes of the brain send messages to the frontal lobe allowing the brain and body to carry our movements.. ...
A DMR that spans exons 10-12 of Cdh15 showed maternal-specific methylation in oocytes, 9.5 dpc embryo, quadriceps, tail and hypothalamus, but the DMR was not maintained in adult cerebral cortex, cerebellum and ES cells (Proudhon C et al, 2012). Cdh15 was showed exclusive paternal expression in the hypothalamus, and biallelic expression in quadriceps and cerebellum. In the hypothalamus expression from exon 12-13 was 10-fold higher than from exon 1, suggesting a specific imprinted transcript that arises between exons 9 and 10 (Proudhon C et al, 2012). ...
Sensory experience powerfully regulates late postnatal development and adult function of brain circuits, particularly in the cerebral cortex. The cellular mecha...
The outer portion of the cerebrum, a key part of the brain, consisting of layers of nerve cells and the nerve pathways that connect them. The cerebral cortex is responsible for the processes of thought, perception and memory. Nerve cells in the…
Parvalbumin in human brain.: Parvalbumin was isolated from human cerebral cortex and biceps and triceps muscles by HPLC. The immunological properties of the hum
The cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that sets humans apart from and above all other animals. This sector is primarily responsible for interpreting information sent by the senses such as sight, sound, smell and touch as well as initiating voluntary directed action such as walking or talking.
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EFFICIENCY OF SHORT INTERFERING RNA (SIRNA) IN PRIMARY CORTICAL NEURONAL CULTURES AND EVALUATION OF DIFFERENT SHORT HAIRPIN RNA (SHRNA) CONSTRUCTS FOR ACUTE KNOCK DOWN OF THE GLUR2 AMPA RECEPTOR SUBUNIT BY RNA INTERFERENCE.. A077.5. Poster 94 - Mon 12/07, 11:30 - Hall ...
The first high-resolution structural connection map of the human cerebral cortex was published earlier this month in the journal PLoS Biology. The study reveals regions that are highly connected and central, forming a structural core network [1]. Intriguingly, this core network consists of many areas that are more active when were at rest than when were engaged in a task that requires concentration. ...
The first high-resolution structural connection map of the human cerebral cortex was published earlier this month in the journal PLoS Biology. The study reveals regions that are highly connected and central, forming a structural core network [1]. Intriguingly, this core network consists of many areas that are more active when were at rest than when were engaged in a task that requires concentration. ...
LA JOLLA-Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have demonstrated that sensory regions in the brain develop in a fundamentally different way than previously thought, a finding that may yield new insights into visual and neural disorders. In a paper published June 7, 2013, in Science, Salk researcher Dennis OLeary and his colleagues have shown that genes alone do not determine how the cerebral cortex grows into separate functional areas. Instead, they show that input from the thalamus, the main switching station in the brain for sensory information, is crucially required. OLeary has done pioneering studies in "arealization," the way in which the neo-cortex, the major region of cerebral cortex, develops specific areas dedicated to particular functions. In a landmark paper published in Science in 2000, he showed that two regulatory genes were critically responsible for the general pattern of the neo-cortex, and has since shown distinct roles for other genes in this process. In ...
The cerebral cortex of primates is classically subdivided topographically into lobes and gyri, on the basis of sulcal landmarks. In functional models it is subdivided into regions and areas of neocortex and allocortex on the basis of internal architecture ( Stephan-1975 ). While primates and rodents share almost no topographic landmarks, most of the architectonic areas of the rodent brain have equivalents in the primate brain. A number of architectonically defined areas of the primate brain, however, have no equivalent in the rodent. Those include particularly areas in prefrontal cortex and at the junction of the parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and occipital lobe of the primate. ...
The Department of Neurophysiology was established in 1982. Research in the department concentrates on the identification of neuronal processes underlying cognitive functions and is focused on the analysis of the cerebral cortex. Most of the studies are performed in the visual system but other modalities are included for the examination of polysensory integration. Evidence indicates that cortical processes are distributed, with different aspects of sensory objects being evaluated in parallel in different cortical areas. How these distributed operations are coordinated and how the results of parallel computations are bound together in order to give rise to coherent percepts and coordinated motor acts is still largely unresolved. A major part of the projects pursued in the department is therefore devoted to this binding problem. The central question is how the nervous system encodes relations among distributed responses. In principle, there are two non-exclusive possibilities to evaluate relations ...
I have mild CP and at age 30 I started having more problems due to aging. I recently went from walking unaided to needing a device to stretch my leg muscles at night so I can prevent falls during the ...
Recent studies strongly suggest that there are common, genetically determined pathways to risk for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism...
It is proposed here, that the prefrontal cortex operates as a dynamic filtering mechanism that maintains selected neural activations and gates extraneous or irrelevant ones. According to this view, at any given moment cortical and subcortical activations involved in sensory and cognitive functioning produce a cacophony of neural signals. The prefrontal cortex, with its extensive projections to and from many cortical and subcortical regions, orchestrates these signals by means of a filtering mechanism that inhibits some signals and maintains activation of others. In essence, the prefrontal cortex acts to refine activity and increase signal-to noise ratios. This mechanism may be particularly involved in inhibiting or damping extraneous activity, or "noise." under conditions of extensive interferences ...
The experiments described here were done on 300400 mm-thick slices obtained from Long-Evans rats pups aged 0-15 days. The plane of section was coronal, sagital, or horizontal and, since they were taken from whole brains, included as much cortex as could be obtained in each plane. Slices were incubated in artificial CSF (aCSF) containing fura-2 AM (5 mg ml) for 1-2 h at 30 C. The composition of the aCSF, modified according to MacGregor et al. (2001), to prevent neuronal swelling was (in mM) NaCl.... ...
How are these algorithms implemented? In contrast to man-made computers, nature-built brains do not distinguish between hard- and software. The most plausible way to store sensory expectations and to implement algorithms in neuronal networks is by shaping their extremely complex connectivity structure. Each of the 17 billion neurons in our cerebral cortices connects directly and specifically to about 1000 other neurons. Imagine! Do you have 1000 friends you regularly talk to one-on-one? Or even facebook-friends? The complexity of these neuronal networks is most plausibly the structural correlate of the complex computational methods implemented in vertebrate brains. But no one has yet been able to measure these networks at high resolution and completeness in the cerebral cortex. How can we then know whether and how the algorithms we are looking for are implemented ...
The outermost layer of the brain, the cortex is rich in neurons and is the site of most sophisticated neural processing (See also: cerebral cortex). Or, more generally, the outermost portion of certain biological structures (See below).. There is no common origin or structure between the various cortexes, their only commonality is that they are distinctive layers at the surfaces of the organs involved.. ...
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Curcumin is a major active component isolated from Curcuma longa. Previously, we have reported its significant antidepressant effect. However, the mechanisms underlying the antidepressant effects are still obscure. In the present study, we explored the effect of curcumin against glutamate excitotoxicity, mainly focusing on the neuroprotective effects of curcumin on the expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is deeply involved in the etiology and treatment of depression. Exposure of rat cortical neurons to 10 mu M glutamate for 24 h caused a significant decrease in BDNF level, accompanied with reduced cell viability and enhanced cell apoptosis. Pretreatment of neurons with curcumin reversed the BDNF expression and cell viability in a dose- and time-dependent manner. However, K252a, a Trk receptor inhibitor which is known to inhibit the activity of BDNF, could block the survival-promoting effect of curcumin. In addition, the up-regulation of BDNF levels by curcumin was also ...
Accumulation of A beta peptide fragments of the APP protein and neurofibrillary tangles of the microtubule-associated protein tau are the cellular hallmarks of Alzheimers disease (AD). To investigate the relationship between APP metabolism and tau protein levels and phosphorylation, we studied human-stem-cell-derived forebrain neurons with genetic forms of AD, all of which increase the release of pathogenic A beta peptides. We identified marked increases in intracellular tau in genetic forms of AD that either mutated APP or increased its dosage, suggesting that APP metabolism is coupled to changes in tau proteostasis. Manipulating APP metabolism by beta-secretase and gamma-secretase inhibition, as well as gamma-secretase modulation, results in specific increases and decreases in tau protein levels. These data demonstrate that APP metabolism regulates tau proteostasis and suggest that the relationship between APP processing and tau is not mediated solely through extracellular A beta signaling to ...
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe mental illness, with an unknown etiology. Magnetic resonance imaging studies show reduced brain volumes and cortical thickness in patients compared to healthy controls. However, findings are inconsistent, especially concerning the anatomical location and extent of the differences. The purpose of this study was to estimate and compare brain volumes and regional cortical thickness in young females with AN and healthy controls. Magnetic resonance imaging data was acquired from young females with anorexia nervosa (n = 23) and healthy controls (n = 28). Two different scanner sites were used. BMI varied from 13.5 to 20.7 within the patient group, and 11 patients had a BMI | 17.5. FreeSurfer was used to estimate brain volumes and regional cortical thickness. There were no differences between groups in total cerebral cortex volume, white matter volume, or lateral ventricle volume. There were also no volume differences in subcortical grey matter structures. However the results
We evaluated the diagnostic capability of a multimodal spectroscopic approach for classifying normal brain tissue and epileptogenic focal cortical dysplasia in children. We employed fluorescence spectroscopy at two excitation wavelengths (378 nm and 445 nm) and Raman spectroscopy (at 785 nm excitation) for acquiring fluorescence and Raman spectra from 10 normal brains, 16 focal cortical dysplasia specimens and 1 cortical tuber tissue sites using a custom-built multimodal optical point spectroscopic system. We used principal component analysis combined with leave-one-sample-out-cross-validation for tissue classification. The study resulted in 100% sensitivity and 90% specificity using the information obtained from fluorescence at two distinct wavelengths and Raman spectroscopy for discriminating normal brain tissue and focal cortical dysplasia. Our results demonstrate that this methodology has the potential to be applied clinically for the detection of focal cortical dysplasia and can help to ...
The cerebral cortex changes throughout the lifespan, and the cortical grey matter in many brain regions becomes thinner with advancing age. Effects of aging on cortical thickness have been observed in many brain regions, including areas involved in basic perceptual functions such as processing visual inputs. An important property of early visual cortices is their topographic organization - the cortical structure of early visual areas forms a topographic map of retinal inputs. Primary visual cortex (V1) is considered to be the most basic cortical area in the visual processing hierarchy, and is topographically organized from posterior (central visual representation) to anterior (peripheral visual representation) along the calcarine sulcus. Some studies have reported strong age-dependent cortical thinning in portions of V1 that likely correspond to peripheral visual representations, while there is less evidence of substantial cortical thinning in central V1. However, the effect of aging on cortical
Although the small-diameter primary afferent fibers in the skin promptly respond to nociceptive stimuli and convey sensory inputs to the central nervous system, the neural signatures that underpin the relationship between cutaneous afferent fibers and pain perception remain elusive. We combined skin biopsy at the lateral aspect of the distal leg, which is used to quantify cutaneous afferent fibers, with fMRI, which is used to assess brain responses and functional connectivity, to investigate the relationship between cutaneous sensory nerves and the corresponding pain perception in the brain after applying heat pain stimulation to the dorsum of the right foot in healthy subjects. During painful stimulation, the degree of cutaneous innervation, as measured by epidermal nerve fiber density, was correlated with individual blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signals of the posterior insular cortex and of the thalamus, periaqueductal gray, and rostral ventromedial medulla. Pain perception was associated with
Background Following voxel-based morphometry (VBM), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism (rs6265) has been shown to affect human brain morphology in Caucasians. However, little is known about the specific role of the Met/Met genotype on brain structure. Moreover, the relationship between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and Chinese brain morphology has not been studied. Methodology/Principal Findings The present study investigated brain structural differences among three genotypes of BDNF (rs6265) for the first time in healthy young Chinese adults via cortical thickness analysis and VBM. Brain differences in Met carriers using another grouping method (combining Val/Met and Met/Met genotypes into a group of Met carriers as in most previous studies) were also investigated using VBM. Dual-approach analysis revealed less gray matter (GM) in the frontal, temporal, cingulate and insular cortices in the Met/Met group compared with the Val/Val group (corrected, P|0.05). Areas with less GM