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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230760/bioinformatics-approaches-for-fetal-dna-fraction-estimation-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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REVIEW
Xianlu Laura Peng, Peiyong Jiang
The discovery of cell-free fetal DNA molecules in plasma of pregnant women has created a paradigm shift in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Circulating cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been increasingly recognized as an important proxy to detect fetal abnormalities in a noninvasive manner. A variety of approaches for NIPT using next-generation sequencing have been developed, which have been rapidly transforming clinical practices nowadays. In such approaches, the fetal DNA fraction is a pivotal parameter governing the overall performance and guaranteeing the proper clinical interpretation of testing results...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230531/exercise-induced-alterations-in-nk-cell-cytotoxicity-methodological-issues-and-future-perspectives
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Philipp Zimmer, Alexander Schenk, Markus Kieven, Michelle Holthaus, Jonas Lehmann, Lukas Lövenich, Wilhelm Bloch
With their ability to recognize and eliminate virus-infected and neoplastic cells, natural killer cells (NK-cells) represent an important part of the innate immune system. NK-cells have attracted the attention of exercise scientists for more than thirty years ago. To date, it is widely accepted that NK-cell counts in the peripheral blood are strongly influenced by acute exercise. Additionally, many studies reported effects of both, acute and chronic exercise on NK-cell cytotoxicity. However, these findings are contradictory...
2017: Exercise Immunology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230465/hypnotic-tactile-anesthesia-psychophysical-and-signal-detection-analyses
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Douglas J Tataryn, John F Kihlstrom
Two experiments that studied the effects of hypnotic suggestions on tactile sensitivity are reported. Experiment 1 found that suggestions for anesthesia, as measured by both traditional psychophysical methods and signal-detection procedures, were linearly related to hypnotizability. Experiment 2 employed the same methodologies in an application of the real-simulator paradigm to examine the effects of suggestions for both anesthesia and hyperesthesia. Significant effects of hypnotic suggestion on both sensitivity and bias were found in the anesthesia condition but not for the hyperesthesia condition...
April 2017: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230091/the-integration-of-color-selective-mechanisms-in-symmetry-detection
#4
Chia-Ching Wu, Chien-Chung Chen
We studied how the visual system detects multicolor symmetric patterns by manipulating the number of colors in an image in both isoluminance and luminance conditions. With a two-interval forced choice noise masking paradigm, we presented a noise mask in both intervals of each trial. A vertically symmetric target was randomly presented in one interval while a noise control was presented in the other. The task of the observers was to determine which interval contained the target. The target detection threshold was measured at various noise mask densities, which was found to decrease 1...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229931/modulation-of-the-sensorimotor-system-by-sustained-manual-pressure-stimulation
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Pavel Hok, Jaroslav Opavský, Miroslav Kutín, Zbyněk Tüdös, Petr Kaňovský, Petr Hluštík
In Vojta physiotherapy, also known as reflex locomotion therapy, prolonged peripheral pressure stimulation induces complex generalized involuntary motor responses and modifies subsequent behavior, but its neurobiological basis remains unknown. We hypothesized that the stimulation would induce sensorimotor activation changes in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during sequential finger opposition. Thirty healthy volunteers (mean age 24.2) underwent two randomized fMRI sessions involving manual pressure stimulation applied either at the right lateral heel according to Vojta, or at the right lateral ankle (control site)...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229915/regulated-methionine-oxidation-by-monooxygenases
#6
REVIEW
Bruno Manta, Vadim N Gladyshev
Protein function can be regulated via post-translational modifications by numerous enzymatic and non-enzymatic mechanisms, including oxidation of cysteine and methionine residues. Redox-dependent regulatory mechanisms have been identified for nearly every cellular process, but the major paradigm has been that cellular components are oxidized (damaged) by reactive oxygen species (ROS) in a relatively unspecific way, and then reduced (repaired) by designated reductases. While this scheme may work with cysteine, it cannot be ascribed to other residues, such as methionine, whose reaction with ROS is too slow to be biologically relevant...
February 13, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229460/phenome-wide-association-studies-a-new-method-for-functional-genomics-in-humans
#7
Dan M Roden
In experimental physiology research, a common study design for examining the functional role of a gene or a genetic variant is to introduce that genetic variant into a model organism (such as yeast or mouse) and then to search for phenotypic consequences. The development of DNA biobanks linked to dense phenotypic information enables such an experiment to be applied to human subjects in form of a phenome-wide association study (PheWAS). The PheWAS paradigm takes advantage of a curated medical phenome, often derived from electronic health records, to search for associations between "input functions" and phenotypes in an unbiased fashion...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229208/trichoderma-reesei-xylanase-5-is-defective-in-the-reference-strain-qm6a-but-functional-alleles-are-present-in-other-wild-type-strains
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Jonas Ramoni, Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Verena Seidl-Seiboth, Bernhard Seiboth
Trichoderma reesei is a paradigm for the regulation and industrial production of plant cell wall-degrading enzymes. Among these, five xylanases, including the glycoside hydrolase (GH) family 11 XYN1 and XYN2, the GH10 XYN3, and the GH30 XYN4 and XYN6, were described. By genome mining and transcriptome analysis, a further putative xylanase, encoded by xyn5, was identified. Analysis of xyn5 from the genome-sequenced reference strain T. reesei QM6a shows that it encodes a non-functional, truncated form of XYN5...
February 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229203/-real-time-3d-echocardiography-for-estimation-of-severity-in-valvular-heart-disease-impact-on-current-guidelines
#9
T Buck, L Bösche, B Plicht
Besides providing spatial anatomic information on heart valves, real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) combined with color Doppler has the potential to overcome the limitations of flow quantification inherent to conventional 2D color Doppler methods. Recent studies validated the application of color Doppler 3DE (cD-3DE) for the quantification of regurgitation flow based on the vena contracta area (VCA) and the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) methods. Particularly the assessment of VCA by cD-3DE led to a change of paradigm by understanding of the VCA as being strongly asymmetric in the majority of patients and etiologies...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229178/the-consummatory-and-motivational-behaviors-for-natural-rewards-following-long-term-withdrawal-from-morphine-no-anhedonia-but-persistent-maladaptive-behaviors-for-high-value-rewards
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Yingying Li, Xigeng Zheng, Na Xu, Yue Zhang, Zhengkui Liu, Yunjing Bai
RATIONALE: The negative affective state, e.g., anhedonia, emerges after abstinence from abused drugs may be linked to the motivational processes of drug craving and relapse. Although anhedonia diminishes over time with drug abstinence, it is not yet rather explicit whether anhedonia exists or not following protracted withdrawal. OBJECTIVES: The behavioral responses to natural rewards were examined after 2 to 3 weeks withdrawal from morphine. Male rats were pretreated with either a binge-like morphine paradigm or daily saline injection for 5 days...
February 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229115/data-on-the-auditory-duration-mismatch-negativity-for-different-sound-pressure-levels-and-visual-perceptual-loads
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Stefan Wiens, Malina Szychowska, Rasmus Eklund, Mats E Nilsson
The data presented in this article are related to our research article entitled "Effects of sound pressure level and visual perceptual load on the auditory mismatch negativity" (M. Szychowska, R. Eklund, M.E. Nilsson, S. Wiens, 2016) [1]. The duration MMN was recorded at three sound pressure levels (SPLs) during two levels of visual perceptual load. In an oddball paradigm (standard=75 ms, deviant=30 ms, within-subjects design), participants were presented with tones at 56, 66, or 76 dB SPL (between-subjects design)...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229114/the-trier-social-stress-test-principles-and-practice
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REVIEW
Andrew P Allen, Paul J Kennedy, Samantha Dockray, John F Cryan, Timothy G Dinan, Gerard Clarke
Researchers interested in the neurobiology of the acute stress response in humans require a valid and reliable acute stressor that can be used under experimental conditions. The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) provides such a testing platform. It induces stress by requiring participants to make an interview-style presentation, followed by a surprise mental arithmetic test, in front of an interview panel who do not provide feedback or encouragement. In this review, we outline the methodology of the TSST, and discuss key findings under conditions of health and stress-related disorder...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229112/chronic-psychosocial-stressors-in-adulthood-studies-in-mice-rats-and-tree-shrews
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REVIEW
Christopher R Pryce, Eberhard Fuchs
Human psychological stress is the major environmental risk factor for major depression and certain of the anxiety disorders. Psychological stressors often occur in the context of the adult social environment, and they or the memory formed of them impact on the individual across an extended period, thereby constituting chronic psychosocial stress (CPS). Psychosocial stressors often involve loss to the individual, such as the ending of a social relationship or the onset of interpersonal conflict leading to loss of social control and predictability...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229106/neonatal-corticosterone-administration-in-rodents-as-a-tool-to-investigate-the-maternal-programming-of-emotional-and-immune-domains
#14
Simone Macrì
Neonatal experiences exert persistent influences on individual development. These influences encompass numerous domains including emotion, cognition, reactivity to external stressors and immunity. The comprehensive nature of the neonatal programming of individual phenotype is reverberated in the large amount of experimental data collected by many authors in several scientific fields: biomedicine, evolutionary and molecular biology. These data support the view that variations in precocious environmental conditions may calibrate the individual phenotype at many different levels...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229068/the-characteristics-of-emotional-response-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-post-traumatic-growth-among-chinese-adults-exposed-to-an-explosion-incident
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Chuguang Wei, Jin Han, Yuqing Zhang, Walter Hannak, Zhengkui Liu
PURPOSE: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-traumatic growth (PTG) are two different outcomes that may occur after experiencing traumatic events. Meanwhile, the traumatic exposure level and emotion response played an important role in the process. The present study first evaluated the relationship between PTSD, PTG, and traumatic exposure level and then compared the characteristics of emotional response through response time of the affective priming paradigm. METHODS: For the purpose of evaluating the relationship between PTSD, PTG, and trauma exposure level, a sample of 2,395 participants completed measures of posttraumatic stress disorder Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C), Post-traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) and a trauma exposure-related survey, and Pearson's correlation analysis for the scales were conducted...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228966/objective-image-analysis-of-real-time-three-dimensional-intraoperative-ultrasound-for-intrinsic-brain-tumour-surgery
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Sophie J Camp, Vasileios Apostolopoulos, Vasileios Raptopoulos, Amrish Mehta, Kevin O'Neill, Mohammed Awad, Babar Vaqas, David Peterson, Federico Roncaroli, Dipankar Nandi
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that maximal surgical resection of primary intrinsic brain tumours is beneficial, both by improving progression free and overall survival and also by facilitating postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Hence, there has been an increase in the popularity of real-time intraoperative imaging in brain tumour surgery. The complex theatre arrangements, prohibitive cost and prolonged theatre time of intraoperative MRI have restricted its application...
2017: Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228787/fix-and-replace-an-emerging-paradigm-for-treating-acetabular-fractures
#17
Colin G Murphy, Andrew D Carrothers
Although technically challenging even for the experienced surgeon, simultaneous open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of acetabular fracture and total hip replacement (THR) have some potential advantages over the more traditional treatment options in specific patient subgroups; theoretically allowing immediate weight bearing and faster rehabilitation, reducing the cost of inpatient stay, and reducing the risks of early and late local complications associated with standard treatment for this type of injury...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228720/motor-learning-abilities-are-similar-in-hemiplegic-cerebral-palsy-compared-to-controls-as-assessed-by-adaptation-to-unilateral-leg-weighting-during-gait-part-i
#18
Diane L Damiano, Christopher J Stanley, Thomas C Bulea, Hyung Soon Park
Introduction: Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) demonstrate high response variability to motor training insufficiently accounted for by age or severity. We propose here that differences in the inherent ability to learn new motor tasks may explain some of this variability. Damage to motor pathways involving the cerebellum, which may be a direct or indirect effect of the brain injury for many with CP, has been shown to adversely affect the ability to learn new motor tasks and may be a potential explanation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228516/trial-and-error-copying-of-demonstrated-actions-reveals-how-fledglings-learn-to-imitate-their-mothers
#19
Noa Truskanov, Arnon Lotem
Understanding how humans and other animals learn to perform an act from seeing it done has been a major challenge in the study of social learning. To determine whether this ability is based on 'true imitation', many studies have applied the two-action experimental paradigm, examining whether subjects learn to perform the specific action demonstrated to them. Here, we show that the insights gained from animals' success in two-action experiments may be limited, and that a better understanding is achieved by monitoring subjects' entire behavioural repertoire...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228091/exploring-the-transcriptome-of-non-model-oleaginous-microalga-dunaliella-tertiolecta-through-high-throughput-sequencing-and-high-performance-computing
#20
Lina Yao, Kenneth Wei Min Tan, Tin Wee Tan, Yuan Kun Lee
BACKGROUND: RNA-Seq technology has received a lot of attention in recent years for microalgal global transcriptomic profiling. It is widely used in transcriptome-wide analysis of gene expression., particularly for microalgal strains with potential as biofuel sources. However, insufficient genomic or transcriptomic information of non-model microalgae has limited the understanding of their regulatory mechanisms and hampered genetic manipulation to enhance biofuel production. As such, an optimal microalgal transcriptomic database construction is a subject of urgent investigation...
February 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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