Friday Paper list – posted on Sunday March 17th

The papers just keep coming!

1) The Brain Activity Map A. Paul Alivisatos, Miyoung Chun, George M. Church, Karl Deisseroth, John P. Donoghue, Ralph J. Greenspan, Paul L. McEuen, Michael L. Roukes, Terrence J. Sejnowski, Paul S. Weiss, Rafael Yuste ; Science 2013 (link)

Terry Sejnowski gave a talk at the COSYNE meeting this year that I heard someone describe best when they called it a “pep rally”. Whether you decide to be excited or cynical about the BAM project proposal is up to you, but I have to admit I am sucker for  the ideas being proposed. When Dr. Sejnowski talked about a new “golden age” of neuroscience and how there is no more exciting time in neuroscience research than the present and upcoming future I tend to agree. BAM or no BAM I know I love neuroscience and share his excitement for where things are going.

On a related note, I have really enjoyed this neuroscience blog called Nucleus Ambiguous. I think it has provided a lot of great insight and coverage on the whole BAM thing.  I recommend checking it out for a much more in-depth understanding of what is going on.

2) A Neural Circuit for Memory Specificity and Generalization Wei Xu and Thomas C. Südhof ; Science 2013 (link)

3) Optogenetics in the behaving rat: integration of diverse new technologies in a vital animal model Kelly Zalocusky, Karl Deisseroth ; Optogenetics  2013 (link)

This is a particularly important paper for my own research. I think it is interesting that because they lack the vast library of genetic tools available in mice, specifically cre-driver lines,  I find the hurdles for implementation of optogenetics in rats similar to the ones that we find working in non-human primates. A lot of it boils down to viral injection techniques and promoter specificity. Of course I’m not saying rat optogenetics = monkey optogenetics… just pointing out that just because rats are lumped into the rodent category with mice doesn’t mean they have all of the genetic tricks.

Also this article is the first in a new journal called, “Optogenetics” !

4) A Multimodal Micro-Optrode Combining Field and Single Unit Recording, Multispectral Detection and Photolabeling Capabilities Suzie Dufour, Guillaume Lavertu, Sophie Dufour-Beause ́jour, Alexandre Juneau-Fecteau, Nicole Calakos, Martin Descheˆnes, Re ́al Valle ́e, Yves De Koninck ; PLoS ONE 2013 (link)

These next two are not exactly neuroscience related, but I still think they are interesting and relevant. Maybe an important reminder that model systems are model systems?

5) Genomic responses in mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases Junhee Seok, H. Shaw Warren, Alex G. Cuenca, Michael N. Mindrinos, Henry V. Baker, Weihong Xu, Daniel R. Richards, Grace P. McDonald-Smith, Hong Gao, Laura Hennessy, Celeste C. Finnerty, Cecilia M. López, Shari Honari, Ernest E. Moore, Joseph P. Minei, Joseph Cuschieri, Paul E. Bankey, Jeffrey L. Johnson, Jason Sperry, Avery B. Nathens, Timothy R. Billiar, Michael A. West, Marc G. Jeschke, Matthew B. Klein, Richard L. Gamelli, Nicole S. Gibran, Bernard H. Brownstein, Carol Miller-Graziano, Steve E. Calvanor, Philip H. Masone, J. Perren Cobbs, Laurence G. Rahmet, Stephen F. Lowryr, Ronald V. Maier, Lyle L. Moldawer, David N. Herndon, Ronald W. Davisa, Wenzhong Xiao, Ronald G. Tompkinst, and the Inflammation and Host Response to Injury, Large Scale Collaborative Research Program ; PNAS 2013 (link)

6) The Genomic and Transcriptomic Landscape of a HeLa Cell Line Jonathan J. M. Landry, Paul Theodor Pyl, Tobias Rausch, Thomas Zichner1, Manu M. Tekkedil, Adrian M. Stütz, Anna Jauch, Raeka S. Aiyar, Gregoire Pau, Nicolas Delhomme, Julien Gagneur, Jan O. Korbel, Wolfgang Huber and Lars M. Steinmetz ; G3 2013 (link)

Interesting commentary on the above:

Most popular human cell in science gets sequenced. The HeLa cell genome is riddled with errors, raising questions about its continued use. Ewen Callaway ; Nature 2013 (link)

7) Development of transgenic animals for optogenetic manipulation of mammalian nervous system function: Progress and prospects for behavioral neuroscience Jonathan T. Ting, Guoping Feng ; Behavioural Brain Research 2013 (link)

Also relevant to #3 above.

8) A shared inhibitory circuit for both exogenous and endogenous control of stimulus selection Shreesh P Mysore & Eric I Knudsen ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

9) Synaptic plasticity by antidromic firing during hippocampal network oscillations Olena Bukalo, Emilie Campan, Dax A. Hoffman, and R. Douglas Fields ; PNAS 2013 (link)

10) Sensory adaptation as optimal resource allocation Sergei Gepshtein, Luis A. Lesmes, and Thomas D. Albright ; PNAS 2013 (link)

11) Diverse Visual Features Encoded in Mouse Lateral Geniculate Nucleus Denise M. Piscopo, Rana N. El-Danaf, Andrew D. Huberman, and Cristopher M. Niell ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

Another topic that really caught my attention at this years’ COSYNE meeting was the discussion about visual system research in primates versus mice. This is a topic that I could definitely spend a whole blog post writing about.. so maybe I’ll try and do that…

12) Structure, Function, and Cortical Representation of the Rat Submandibular Whisker Trident Lydia The ́, Michael L. Wallace, Christopher H. Chen, Edith Chorev, and Michael Brecht ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

As an avid fan of Barrel Cortex research and the Barrel’s community I think this is AWESOME!!  Barrels & Tridents 🙂

Eager to see if the other members of the whisker/barrel crew have these tridents. I think this guy likes having his scratched.

13) The long and short of GABAergic neurons Antonio Caputi, Sarah Melzer, Magdalena Michael and Hannah Monyer ; Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2013 (link)

14) Network interactions: non-geniculate input to V1 Lars Muckli and Lucy S Petro ; Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2013 (link)

15) Visual cortical networks: of mice and men Steffen Katzner and Sarah Weigelt ; Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2013 (link)

16) Nanowire electrodes for high-density stimulation and measurement of neural circuits Jacob T. Robinson, Marsela Jorgolli and Hongkun Park ; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)

17) Cell and neuron densities in the primary motor cortex of primates Nicole A.Young, Christine E.Collins and Jon H. Kaas ; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)

As a short aside. I happen to have it on good authority that an extremely talented member of the Kaas lab, Christina Cerkevich, just earned her PhD. So I wanted to give her a shout out and say congratulations!

18) The hippocampus, a time machine that makes errors Gianfranco Dalla Barba and Valentina La Corte ; Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2013 (link)

19) A cellular mechanism for cortical associations: an organizing principle for the cerebral cortex Matthew Larkum ; Trends in Neurosciences 2012 (link)

20)  Upgrading the sleeping brain with targeted memory reactivation Delphine Oudiette and Ken A. Paller ; Trends in Neurosciences 2013 (link)

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