Dopamine (DA) neurotransmission controls behaviors important for survival, including voluntary movement, reward processing, and detection of salient events, such as food or mate availability. Dopaminergic tone also influences circadian physiology and behavior. Although the evolutionary significance of this input is appreciated, its precise neurophysiological architecture remains unknown. Here, we identify a novel, direct connection between the DA neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). We demonstrate that D1 dopamine receptor (Drd1) signaling within the SCN is necessary for properly timed resynchronization of activity rhythms to phase-shifted light:dark cycles and that elevation of DA tone through selective activation of VTA DA neurons accelerates photoentrainment. Our findings demonstrate a previously unappreciated role for direct DA input to the master circadian clock and highlight the importance of an evolutionarily significant relationship between the circadian system and the neuromodulatory circuits that govern motivational behaviors.
It is an open source image processing Java program designed for scientific multidimensional images. This open platform for scientific image analysis is used in life sciences.
Image J has been transformed to ImageJ2 application.
This new application improves ImageJ data engine to be sufficient to analyze modern datasets and makes the addition of new functionality possible and provides a framework for interoperability between a plethora of external image visualization and analysis programs.
ImageJ2 strengthens ImageJ’s utility by: 1) generalizing the ImageJ data model; 2) introducing a robust architecture instrumental in building bridges across a range of other image processing tools; 3) remaining open source and cross-platform with permissive licensing, enabling continued widespread adoption and extension; 4) building on the huge collection of existing ImageJ plugins while enabling the creation of new plugins with more powerful features; and 5) leveraging a correspondingly large and diverse community to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary project that facilitates the collective advancement of science.
SciCrunch is a data sharing and display platform. Anyone can create a custom portal where they can select searchable subsets of hundreds of data sources, brand their web pages and create their community. SciCrunch will push data updates automatically to all portals on a weekly basis. User communities can also add their own data to SciCrunch, however this is not currently a free service.