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1. chinaXiv:201605.01805 [pdf]

Attention-Dependent Early Cortical Suppression Contributes to Crowding

Chen, Juan; He, Yingchen; Zhu, Ziyun; Peng, Yujia; Zhang, Xilin; Fang, Fang; Chen, Juan; He, Yingchen; Zhu, Ziyun; Peng, Yujia; Zhang, Xilin; Fang, Fang; Fang, Fang; Fang, Fang; Zhou, Tiangang
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Neurosciences

Crowding, the identification difficulty for a target in the presence of nearby flankers, is ubiquitous in spatial vision and is considered a bottleneck of object recognition and visual awareness. Despite its significance, the neural mechanisms of crowding are still unclear. Here, we performed event-related potential and fMRI experiments to measure the cortical interaction between the target and flankers in human subjects. We found that the magnitude of the crowding effect was closely associated with an early suppressive cortical interaction. The cortical suppression was reflected in the earliest event-related potential component (C1), which originated in V1, and in the BOLD signal in V1, but not other higher cortical areas. Intriguingly, spatial attention played a critical role in the manifestation of the suppression. These findings provide direct and converging evidence that attention-dependent V1 suppression contributes to crowding at a very early stage of visual processing.

submitted time 2016-05-18 Hits3567Downloads1950 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:201605.01725 [pdf]

Temporal and spatial dynamics of scaling-specific features of a gene regulatory network in Drosophila

Wu, Honggang; Ma, Jun; Wu, Honggang; Jiao, Renjie; Wu, Honggang; Manu; Jiao, Renjie; Ma, Jun
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

A widely appreciated aspect of developmental robustness is pattern formation in proportion to size. But how such scaling features emerge dynamically remains poorly understood. Here we generate a data set of the expression profiles of six gap genes in Drosophila melanogaster embryos that differ significantly in size. Expression patterns exhibit size-dependent dynamics both spatially and temporally. We uncover a dynamic emergence of under-scaling in the posterior, accompanied by reduced expression levels of gap genes near the middle of large embryos. Simulation results show that a size-dependent Bicoid gradient input can lead to reduced Kruppel expression that can have long-range and dynamic effects on gap gene expression in the posterior. Thus, for emergence of scaled patterns, the entire embryo may be viewed as a single unified dynamic system where maternally derived size-dependent information interpreted locally can be propagated in space and time as governed by the dynamics of a gene regulatory network.

submitted time 2016-05-15 Hits1539Downloads818 Comment 0

3. chinaXiv:201605.01530 [pdf]

Topology-defined units in numerosity perception

He, Lixia; Zhou, Ke; Zhou, Tiangang; He, Sheng; Chen, Lin
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

What is a number? The number sense hypothesis suggests that numerosity is "a primary visual property" like color, contrast, or orientation. However, exactly what attribute of a stimulus is the primary visual property and determines numbers in the number sense? To verify the invariant nature of numerosity perception, we manipulated the numbers of items connected/enclosed in arbitrary and irregular forms while controlling for low-level features (e.g., orientation, color, and size). Subjects performed discrimination, estimation, and equality judgment tasks in a wide range of presentation durations and across small and large numbers. Results consistently show that connecting/enclosing items led to robust numerosity underestimation, with the extent of underestimation increasing monotonically with the number of connected/enclosed items. In contrast, grouping based on color similarity had no effect on numerosity judgment. We propose that numbers or the primitive units counted in numerosity perception are influenced by topological invariants, such as connectivity and the inside/outside relationship. Beyond the behavioral measures, neural tuning curves to numerosity in the intraparietal sulcus were obtained using functional MRI adaptation, and the tuning curves showed that numbers represented in the intraparietal sulcus were strongly influenced by topology.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits1647Downloads1030 Comment 0

4. chinaXiv:201605.01523 [pdf]

Quantitative analysis of vesicle recycling at the calyx of Held synapse

Qiu, Xufeng; Zhu, Qianwen; Sun, Jianyuan; Qiu, Xufeng; Zhu, Qianwen; Sun, Jianyuan; Sun, Jianyuan
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

Vesicle recycling is pivotal for maintaining reliable synaptic signaling, but its basic properties remain poorly understood. Here, we developed an approach to quantitatively analyze the kinetics of vesicle recycling with exquisite signal and temporal resolution at the calyx of Held synapse. The combination of this electrophysiological approach with electron microscopy revealed that similar to 80% of vesicles (similar to 270,000 out of similar to 330,000) in the nerve terminal are involved in recycling. Under sustained stimulation, recycled vesicles start to be reused in tens of seconds when similar to 47% of the preserved vesicles in the recycling pool (RP) are depleted. The heterogeneity of vesicle recycling as well as two kinetic components of RP depletion revealed the existence of a replenishable pool of vesicles before the priming stage and led to a realistic kinetic model that assesses the size of the subpools of the RP. Thus, our study quantified the kinetics of vesicle recycling and kinetically dissected the whole vesicle pool in the calyceal terminal into the readily releasable pool (similar to 0.6%), the readily priming pool (similar to 46%), the premature pool (similar to 33%), and the resting pool (similar to 20%).

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits2199Downloads1262 Comment 0

5. chinaXiv:201605.01517 [pdf]

Ribosylation triggering Alzheimer's disease-like Tau hyperphosphorylation via activation of CaMKII

Wei, Yan; Han, Chanshuai; Wang, Yujing; Wu, Beibei; Su, Tao; Liu, Ying; He, Rongqiao; Wang, Yujing; Wu, Beibei; Liu, Ying; He, Rongqiao
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Cell Biology

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is regarded as one of the serious risk factors for age-related cognitive impairment; however, a causal link between these two diseases has so far not been established. It was recently discovered that, apart from high D-glucose levels, T2DM patients also display abnormally high concentrations of uric D-ribose. Here, we show for the first time that the administration of D-ribose, the most active glycator among monosaccharides, produces high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and, importantly, triggers hyperphosphorylation of Tau in the brain of C57BL/6 mouse and neuroblastoma N2a cells. However, the administration of D-glucose showed no significant changes in Tau phosphorylation under the same experimental conditions. Crucially, suppression of AGE formation using an AGEs inhibitor (aminoguanidine) effectively prevents hyperphosphorylation of Tau protein. Further study shows AGEs resulted from ribosylation activate calcium-/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII), a key kinase responsible for Tau hyperphosphorylation. These data suggest that there is indeed a mechanistic link between ribosylation and Tau hyperphosphorylation. Targeting ribosylation by inhibiting AGE formation may be a promising therapeutic strategy to prevent Alzheimer's disease-like Tau hyperphosphorylation and diabetic encephalopathies.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits2834Downloads1712 Comment 0

6. chinaXiv:201605.01499 [pdf]

YAP Enhances Autophagic Flux to Promote Breast Cancer Cell Survival in Response to Nutrient Deprivation

Song, Qinghe; Mao, Beibei; Cheng, Jinbo; Gao, Yuhao; Yuan, Zengqiang; Song, Qinghe; Gao, Yuhao; Yuan, Zengqiang; Jiang, Ke; Meng, Songshu; Chen, Jun
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

The Yes-associated protein (YAP), a transcriptional coactivator inactivated by the Hippo tumor suppressor pathway, functions as an oncoprotein in a variety of cancers. However, its contribution to breast cancer remains controversial. This study investigated the role of YAP in breast cancer cells under nutrient deprivation (ND). Here, we show that YAP knockdown sensitized MCF7 breast cancer cells to nutrient deprivation-induced apoptosis. Furthermore, in response to ND, YAP increased the autolysosome degradation, thereby enhancing the cellular autophagic flux in breast cancer cells. Of note, autophagy is crucial for YAP to protect MCF7 cells from apoptosis under ND conditions. In addition, the TEA domain (TEAD) family of growth-promoting transcription factors was indispensable for YAP-mediated regulation of autophagy. Collectively, our data reveal a role for YAP in promoting breast cancer cell survival upon ND stress and uncover an unappreciated function of YAP/TEAD in the regulation of autophagy.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits2090Downloads1241 Comment 0

7. chinaXiv:201605.01490 [pdf]

Prefrontal dysfunction and a monkey model of schizophrenia

Ma, Yuan-Ye; Mao, Ping; Cui, Ding; Zhao, Xu-Dong; Ma, Yuan-Ye; Ma, Yuan-Ye
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Neurosciences

The prefrontal cortex is implicated in cognitive functioning and schizophrenia. Prefrontal dysfunction is closely associated with the symptoms of schizophrenia. In addition to the features typical of schizophrenia, patients also present with aspects of cognitive disorders. Based on these relationships, a monkey model mimicking the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia has been made using treatment with the non-specific competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist, phencyclidine. The symptoms are ameliorated by atypical antipsychotic drugs such as clozapine. The beneficial effects of clozapine on behavioral impairment might be a specific indicator of schizophrenia-related cognitive impairment.

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8. chinaXiv:201605.01483 [pdf]

Neural Correlates of Associative Memory in the Elderly: A Resting-State Functional MRI Study

Ren, Weicong; Li, Rui; Zheng, Zhiwei; Li, Juan; Ren, Weicong; Zheng, Zhiwei; Li, Juan; Li, Juan
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics

The neural correlates of associative memory in healthy older adults were investigated by examining the correlation of associative memory performance with spontaneous brain oscillations. Eighty healthy older adults underwent a resting-state functional MRI and took a paired-associative learning test (PALT). Correlations between the amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) as well as fractional ALFF (fALFF) in the whole brain and PALT scores were calculated. We found that spontaneous activity as indexed by both ALFF and fALFF in the parahippocampal gyrus (PHG) was significantly positively correlated with associative memory performance, suggesting that the PHG plays a critical role in associative memory in older people.

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9. chinaXiv:201605.01473 [pdf]

Layer-specific response properties of the human lateral geniculate nucleus and superior colliculus

Zhang, Peng; Zhou, Hao; He, Sheng; Wen, Wen; He, Sheng
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Neurosciences

The human LGN and SC consist of distinct layers, but their layer-specific response properties remain poorly understood. In this fMRI study, we characterized visual response properties of the magnocellular (M) and parvocellular (P) layers of the human LGN, as well as at different depths in the SC. Results show that fMRI is capable of resolving layer-specific signals from the LGN and SC. Compared to the P layers of the LGN, the M layers preferred higher temporal frequency, lower spatial frequency stimuli, and their responses saturated at lower contrast. Furthermore, the M layers are colorblind while the P layers showed robust response to both chromatic and achromatic stimuli. Visual responses in the SC were strongest in the superficial voxels, which showed similar spatiotemporal and contrast response properties as the M layers of the LGN, but were sensitive to color and responded strongly to isoluminant color stimulus. Thus, the non-invasive fMRI measures show that the M and P layers of human LGN have similar response properties as that observed in non-human primates and the superficial layers of the human SC prefer transient inputs but are not colorblind. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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10. chinaXiv:201605.01470 [pdf]

Brahma regulates the Hippo pathway activity through forming complex with Yki-Sd and regulating the transcription of Crumbs

Zhu, Ye; Wang, Yadong; Pei, Chunli; Yuan, Zengqiang; Zhang, Peng; Li, Dong; Liu, Song; Zhang, Lei
Subjects: Biology >> Biophysics >> Cell Biology

The Hippo signaling pathway restricts organ size by inactivating the Yorkie (Yki)/Yes-associated protein (YAP) family proteins. The oncogenic Yki/YAP transcriptional coactivator family promotes tissue growth by activating target gene transcription, but the regulation of Yki/YAP activation remains elusive. In mammalian cells, we identified Brg1, a major subunit of chromatin-remodeling SWI/SNF family proteins, which interacts with YAP. This finding led us to investigate the in vivo functional interaction of Yki and Brahma (Brm), the Drosophila homolog of Brg1. We found that Brm functions at the downstream of Hippo pathway and interacts with Yki and Scalloped (Sd) to promotes Yki-dependent transcription and tissue growth. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Brm is required for the Crumbs (Crb) dysregulation-induced Yki activation. Interestingly, we also found that crb is a downstream target of Yki-Brm complex. Brm physically binds to the promoter of crb and regulates its transcription through Yki. Together, we showed that Brm functions as a critical regulator of Hippo signaling during tissue growth and plays an important role in the feedback loop between Crb and Yki. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

submitted time 2016-05-12 Hits2502Downloads1380 Comment 0

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