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  1. Allelic specificity of Ube3a Expression In The Mouse Brain During Postnatal Development.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(8):1874 (2014) PMID 24254964 PMCID PMC3984624

    We define maternal and paternal allele-specific Ube3a protein expression throughout postnatal brain development in the mouse, a species that exhibits orthologous epigenetic silencing of paternal Ube3a in neurons and AS-like behavioral phenotypes subsequent to maternal Ube3a deletion. We find that ne...
  2. Cortical inputs innervate calbindin-immunoreactive interneurons of the rat basolateral amygdaloid complex.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(8):1915 (2014) PMID 24285470 PMCID PMC3984626

    The present study was undertaken to shed light on the synaptic organization of the rat basolateral amygdala (BLA). The BLA contains multiple types of GABAergic interneurons that are differentially connected with extrinsic afferents and other BLA cells. Previously, it was reported that parvalbumin im...
  3. Natural and lesion-induced decrease in cell proliferation in the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body during hearing development.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(5):971 (2014) PMID 24115041

    We examined proliferation of progenitor cells in the medial nucleus of the trapezoid body (MNTB) located in the rat auditory brainstem. We performed DNA synthesis labeling experiments to demonstrate changes in cell proliferation activity during postnatal stages of development. An increase in cell pr...
  4. The cross-modal aspect of mouse visual cortex plasticity induced by monocular enucleation is age dependent.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 522(4):950 (2014) PMID 24037705

    We specifically investigated the age dependence of the onset and the exact timing of both ME-induced reactivation processes by comparing cortical activity patterns of mice enucleated at postnatal day (P) 45, 90, or 120. A swifter open-eye potentiated reactivation characterized the binocular visual c...
  5. A connection to the past: Monodelphis domestica provides insight into the organization and connectivity of the brains of early mammals.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(17):3877 (2013) PMID 23784751 PMCID PMC3959876

    We injected neuroanatomical tracers into the primary somatosensory area (S1), rostral and caudal somatosensory fields (SR and SC, respectively), and multimodal cortex (MM) and determined their connections with other architectonically defined cortical fields. Our results show that S1 has dense intrin...
  6. Mechanisms of postecdysis-associated programmed cell death of peptidergic neurons in Drosophila melanogaster.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(17):3972 (2013) PMID 23784845

    We undertook comprehensive genetic and transgenic analyses to dissect the PCD mechanisms of bursCCAP neurons. Expression of a versatile caspase inhibitor, p35, blocked PCD of bursCCAP neurons, suggesting caspase-dependent apoptosis. Further genetic analyses showed that Dronc/Dark and Drice are key c...
  7. Conditional viral tracing reveals that steroidogenic factor 1-positive neurons of the dorsomedial subdivision of the ventromedial hypothalam...

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(14):3167 (2013) PMID 23696474

    We identified downstream neural targets of the VMHdm by injecting an adenoviral vector encoding Cre recombinase (Cre)-regulated farnesylated green fluorescent protein (GFPf ) into the VMHdm of mice that express Cre in neurons expressing the VMH-specific transcription factor steroidogenic factor 1 (S...
  8. Molecular cloning and characterization of chicken neuronal intermediate filament protein α-internexin.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(9):2147 (2013) PMID 23224860

    We describe the molecular cloning of the mRNA sequence encoding the chicken α-internexin (chkINA) protein from embryonic brains. The gene structure and predicted amino acid sequence of chkINA exhibited high similarity to those of its zebrafish, mouse, rat, bovine, and human homologs. Data from trans...
  9. Concentric zones for pheromone components in the mushroom body calyx of the moth brain.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(5):1073 (2013) PMID 22911613

    We first compared the distribution of the presynaptic boutons of antennal lobe projection neurons (PNs), which transfer odor information from the antennal lobe to the MB calyx. The axons of PNs that innervate pheromonal glomeruli were confined to a relatively small area within the calyx. In contrast...
  10. ON cone bipolar cell axonal synapses in the OFF inner plexiform layer of the rabbit retina.

    Journal of Comparative Neurology 521(5):977 (2013) PMID 23042441 PMCID PMC3560306

    Analysis of the rabbit retinal connectome RC1 reveals that the division between the ON and the OFF inner plexiform layer (IPL) is not structurally absolute. ON cone bipolar cells make noncanonical axonal synapses onto specific targets and receive amacrine cell synapses in the nominal OFF layer, crea...