Friday Paper List January 25th

I am definitely very behind in my reading list 🙂

1. Recurrent inhibitory circuitry as a mechanism for grid formation Jonathan J Couey, Aree Witoelar, Sheng-Jia Zhang, Kang Zheng, Jing Ye, Benjamin Dunn, Rafal Czajkowski, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I Moser, Yasser Roudi & Menno P Witter ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

2. Grid cells require excitatory drive from the hippocampus Tora Bonnevie, Benjamin Dunn, Marianne Fyhn, Torkel Hafting, Dori Derdikman, John L Kubie, Yasser Roudi, Edvard I Moser & May-Britt Moser ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

One thing that I have been told about as I slowly catch up on hippocampal literature is that Edvard and May-Britt Moser are a bit of a dynamic duo/powerhouse in the field. So it is supposedly common for them to publish multiple high impact articles. There is a short blurb here about the two papers on the website for the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Center for the Biology of Memory which they are directors for.

3. Gating of Sensory Input by Spontaneous Cortical Activity Artur Luczak, Peter Bartho, and Kenneth D. Harris ; J. Neuroscience 2013 (link)

4. Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Functional Clusters of Neurons in the Mouse Motor Cortex during a Voluntary Movement Riichiro Hira, Fuki Ohkubo, Katsuya Ozawa, Yoshikazu Isomura, Kazuo Kitamura, Masanobu Kano, Haruo Kasai, and Masanori Matsuzaki ; J. Neuroscience 2013 (link)

5. New Modules Are Added to Vibrissal Premotor Circuitry with the Emergence of Exploratory Whisking Jun Takatoh, Anders Nelson, Xiang Zhou, M. McLean Bolton, Michael D. Ehlers, Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Richard Mooney, and Fan Wang ; Neuron 2013 (link)

6.  Inducing Gamma Oscillations and Precise Spike Synchrony by Operant Conditioning via Brain-Machine Interface Ben Engelhard, Nofar Ozeri, Zvi Israel, Hagai Bergman, and Eilon Vaadia ;  Neuron 2013 (link)

7. Concurrent activation of striatal direct and indirect pathways during action initiation Guohong Cui, Sang Beom Jun, Xin Jin, Michael D. Pham, Steven S. Vogel, David M. Lovinger & Rui M. Costa ; Nature 2013 (link)

Nice commentary on this paper here.

8. LTP requires a reserve pool of glutamate receptors independent of subunit type Adam J. Granger, Yun Shi, Wei Lu, Manuel Cerpas, & Roger A. Nicoll ; Nature 2013 (link)

Nice commentary on this paper here.

9. On-demand optogenetic control of spontaneous seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy Esther Krook-Magnuson, Caren Armstrong, Mikko Oijala & Ivan Soltesz ; Nature Communications 2013 (link)

One can’t help but think about the potential for something like this in medicine, but of course gene therapy is still a work in progress. Then of course there is greater hope that by the time gene therapy is more common in humans we would be able to simply fix the fundamental mechanism responsible for the pathology instead of creating ways to treat the symptoms.

These last two are not “hot off the presses”. They were published in December and just now caught my attention…my selective attention… retrospectively that is… 😛

10. Selective Attention in an Insect Visual Neuron Steven D. Wiederman, and David C. O’Carroll ; Current Biology 2012 (link)

Commentary on this paper here.

11. Cueing Attention after the Stimulus Is Gone Can Retrospectively Trigger Conscious Perception Claire Sergent, Valentin Wyart, Mariana Babo-Rebelo, Laurent Cohen, Lionel Naccache, and Catherine Tallon-Baudry ; Current Biology 2012 (link)

Commentary on this paper here.

I wanted to link a post here from Labrigger, one of my favorite blogs.  The post is about how Henry Markram was just awarded 500,000,000 euros for his Human Brain Project where he is going to simulate a human brain with a giant supercomputer….. yeah….

I think the gif below pretty much sums up how the majority of the neuroscience community feels when asked if

a) this is a good idea

b) this is a smart way to spend the money


c) this will work…


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