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    Maternal Immune Activation with the Viral Mimetic Poly:IC in Pregnant Rats
    Authors:  Thaisa Meira Sandini, Quentin Greba, Brittney Rose Lins and John George Howland, date: 11/20/2020, view: 454, Q&A: 0

    Maternal immune activation (MIA) is increasingly well appreciated as an environmental risk factor for some psychiatric disorders. Administration of proinflammatory compounds such as the synthetic double-stranded RNA molecule

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    In vitro Time-lapse Imaging of Primary Cilium in Migrating Neuroblasts
    Neuronal migration is a critical step for the development of neuronal circuits in the brain. Immature new neurons (neuroblasts) generated in the postnatal ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) show a remarkable potential to migrate for a long ...
    Confocal Microscopy of Reovirus Transport in Living Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons
    Authors:  Pavithra Aravamudhan, Krishnan Raghunathan and Terence S. Dermody, date: 11/20/2020, view: 407, Q&A: 0

    Neurotropic reoviruses repurpose host machinery to traffic over long distances in neuronal processes and access distal replication sites. Understanding mechanisms of neuronal transmission is facilitated by using simplified in vitro primary neuronal

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    Visual-looming Shadow Task with in-vivo Calcium Activity Monitoring to Assess Defensive Behaviors in Mice
    There has been a clear movement in recent years towards the adoption of more naturalistic experimental regimes for the study of behavior and its underlying neural architecture. Here we provide a protocol that allows experimenters working with mice, ...
    Visual-looming Shadow Task with in-vivo Calcium Activity Monitoring to Assess Defensive Behaviors in Mice
    [Abstract] There has been a clear movement in recent years towards the adoption of more naturalistic experimental regimes for the study of behavior and its underlying neural architecture. Here we provide a protocol that allows experimenters working with mice, to mimic a looming and advancing predatory threat from the sky. This approach is easy to implement ...
    Confocal Microscopy of Reovirus Transport in Living Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons
    Authors:  Pavithra Aravamudhan, Krishnan Raghunathan and Terence S. Dermody, date: 11/20/2020, view: 407, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Neurotropic reoviruses repurpose host machinery to traffic over long distances in neuronal processes and access distal replication sites. Understanding mechanisms of neuronal transmission is facilitated by using simplified in vitro primary neuronal culture models. Advances in the design of compartmentalized microfluidic devices lend robustness to

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    In vitro Time-lapse Imaging of Primary Cilium in Migrating Neuroblasts
    [Abstract] Neuronal migration is a critical step for the development of neuronal circuits in the brain. Immature new neurons (neuroblasts) generated in the postnatal ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) show a remarkable potential to migrate for a long distance at a high speed in the postnatal mammalian brain, and are thus a powerful model to analyze the ...
    Maternal Immune Activation with the Viral Mimetic Poly:IC in Pregnant Rats
    Authors:  Thaisa Meira Sandini, Quentin Greba, Brittney Rose Lins and John George Howland, date: 11/20/2020, view: 454, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Maternal immune activation (MIA) is increasingly well appreciated as an environmental risk factor for some psychiatric disorders. Administration of proinflammatory compounds such as the synthetic double-stranded RNA molecule polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (polyI:C) to pregnant rodents results in the release of proinflammatory cytokines in the

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    Staining and Quantitative Analysis of Myelinating Oligodendrocytes in the Mouse Grey Matter
    Authors:  Matthew Swire and Charles ffrench-Constant, date: 10/20/2020, view: 402, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Oligodendrocytes generate distinct patterns of myelination throughout the CNS. Variations in myelination along axons may enable neurons to fine-tune conduction velocities and alter signal synchronisation. Here we outline a staining protocol permitting the assessment of the number and length of myelin sheaths formed by oligodendrocyte in the mouse ...
    An Operant Conditioning Model Combined with a Chemogenetic Approach to Study the Neurobiology of Food Addiction in Mice
    Authors:  Elena Martín-García, Laura Domingo-Rodriguez and Rafael Maldonado, date: 10/05/2020, view: 449, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The study of food addiction comprises 3 hallmarks that include the persistence to response without an outcome, the strong motivation for palatable food, and the loss of inhibitory control over food intake that leads to compulsive behavior in addicted individuals. The complex multifactorial nature of this disorder and the unknown neurobiological ...
    Preparing Viable Hippocampal Slices from Adult Mice for the Study of Sharp Wave-ripples
    Authors:  Linhua Liu, Xiaojing Zhou and Jian-young Wu, date: 10/05/2020, view: 391, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We describe a protocol for preparing acute brain slices which can produce robust hippocampal sharp wave-ripples (SWRs) in vitro. The protocol is optimized for its simplicity and reliability for the preparation of solutions, slicing, and recovery incubation. Most slices in almost every mouse prepared though the protocol expressed vigorous ...
    Probe-Seq: Method for RNA Sequencing of Specific Cell Types from Animal Tissue
    [Abstract] Most organs and tissues are composed of many types of cells. To characterize cellular state, various transcription profiling approaches are currently available, including whole-tissue bulk RNA sequencing, single cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-Seq), and cell type-specific RNA sequencing. What is missing in this repertoire is a simple, versatile method ...
    Long-term Devocalization of Zebra Finches
    Authors:  Yunbok Kim, Daisuke Mizuguchi and Satoshi Kojima, date: 09/20/2020, view: 723, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Songbirds, such as the zebra finch, are a popular animal model for studying the neural basis of vocal and complex skill learning. Adult male zebra finches produce courtship song toward females (referred to as ‘directed song’) and recording and analyzing sounds of directed song along with underlying neural activity is important for investigating ...
    In vitro AMPylation/Adenylylation of Alpha-synuclein by HYPE/FICD
    Authors:  Ali Camara, Anwesha Sanyal, Sayan Dutta, Jean-Christophe Rochet and Seema Mattoo, date: 09/20/2020, view: 758, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] One of the major histopathological hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease are Lewy bodies (LBs) –cytoplasmic inclusions, enriched with fibrillar forms of the presynaptic protein alpha-synuclein (α-syn). Progressive deposition of α-syn into LBs is enabled by its propensity to fibrillize into insoluble aggregates. We recently described a marked reduction ...



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