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    1. Neuroscience

    Light reintroduction after dark exposure reactivates plasticity in adults via perisynaptic activation of MMP-9

    Sachiko Murase et al.
    Light reintroduction (LRx) after dark exposure reactivates structural and functional plasticity in the adult mouse visual cortex by increasing the activity of MMP-9 at thalamo-cortical synapses.
    1. Neuroscience

    A neural circuit mechanism for regulating vocal variability during song learning in zebra finches

    Jonathan Garst-Orozco et al.
    By demonstrating song learning-related synaptic strengthening and pruning in the vocal control circuits of songbirds, and showing how such changes can reduce the sensitivity of the circuit to ‘noisy’ inputs, a simple neural circuit mechanism for regulating motor variability during motor skill learning is identified.
    1. Neuroscience

    Disruption of thalamic functional connectivity is a neural correlate of dexmedetomidine-induced unconsciousness

    Oluwaseun Akeju et al.
    Patterns of communication between the thalamus and the cortex are correlated with anesthesia-induced loss of consciousness and recovery.
    1. Neuroscience

    Spatial cue reliability drives frequency tuning in the barn Owl's midbrain

    Fanny Cazettes et al.
    Space-specific neurons in the owl's auditory midbrain are selective for the frequencies that yield the most reliable sound localization cues.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    A Gata3–Mafb transcriptional network directs post-synaptic differentiation in synapses specialized for hearing

    Wei-Ming Yu et al.
    Genetic studies in mice identify the transcription factor MafB as a potent regulator of specific features of the synapses underlying hearing.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neurotrophin-3 regulates ribbon synapse density in the cochlea and induces synapse regeneration after acoustic trauma

    Guoqiang Wan et al.
    Overexpression of the growth factor neurotrophin-3 helps to repair noise-induced damage in the mouse inner ear by promoting the regeneration of damaged synapses.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Complete morphologies of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in the mouse

    Hao Wu et al.
    The first complete 3D structures of mouse cholinergic neurons reveal the length and complexity of their axons, while calculations suggest that equivalent axons in the human brain are approximately than 100 meters long.
    1. Neuroscience

    Noise-induced plasticity of KCNQ2/3 and HCN channels underlies vulnerability and resilience to tinnitus

    Shuang Li et al.
    Mice that successfully avoid developing tinnitus despite exposure to excessive noise show spontaneous recovery of KCNQ2/3 potassium channel activity associated with a reduction in HCN channel activity in auditory brainstem neurons.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Conserved and divergent development of brainstem vestibular and auditory nuclei

    Marcela Lipovsek, Richard JT Wingate
    The development of brainstem auditory nuclei echoes the divergent evolutionary history of amniote auditory systems.
    1. Neuroscience

    Postnatal development of retrosplenial projections to the parahippocampal region of the rat

    Jørgen Sugar, Menno P Witter
    Retrosplenial axons arriving in the parahippocampal region around the first day after birth are topographically organized, similarly to what has been reported in the adult.