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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202390/systemic-injection-of-rpe65-programmed-bone-marrow-derived-cells-prevents-progression-of-chronic-retinal-degeneration
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Xiaoping Qi, S Louise Pay, Yuanqing Yan, James Thomas, Alfred S Lewin, Lung-Ji Chang, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton
Bone marrow stem and progenitor cells can differentiate into a range of non-hematopoietic cell types, including retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-like cells. In this study, we programmed bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs) ex vivo by inserting a stable RPE65 transgene using a lentiviral vector. We tested the efficacy of systemically administered RPE65-programmed BMDCs to prevent visual loss in the superoxide dismutase 2 knockdown (Sod2 KD) mouse model of age-related macular degeneration. Here, we present evidence that these RPE65-programmed BMDCs are recruited to the subretinal space, where they repopulate the RPE layer, preserve the photoreceptor layer, retain the thickness of the neural retina, reduce lipofuscin granule formation, and suppress microgliosis...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198465/fatigue-related-impairments-in-oculomotor-control-are-prevented-by-norepinephrine-dopamine-reuptake-inhibition
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Charlotte J W Connell, Benjamin Thompson, Jason Turuwhenua, Alexa Srzich, Nicholas Gant
Fatigue-induced reductions in saccade velocity have been reported following acute, prolonged exercise. Interestingly, the detrimental impact of fatigue on oculomotor control can be prevented by a moderate dose of caffeine. This effect may be related to central catecholamine upregulation via caffeine's action as an adenosine antagonist. To test this hypothesis, we compared the protective effect of caffeine on oculomotor control post-exercise to that of a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor. Within a placebo-controlled crossover design, 12 cyclists consumed placebo, caffeine or a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (bupropion) during 180 minutes of stationary cycling...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195058/an-optokinetic-clue-to-the-pathogenesis-of-crossed-fixation-in-infantile-esotropia
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Michael C Brodsky, Lindsay D Klaehn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191768/multimodal-delivery-of-isogenic-mesenchymal-stem-cells-yields-synergistic-protection-from-retinal-degeneration-and-vision-loss
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Benjamin Bakondi, Sergey Girman, Bin Lu, Shaomei Wang
We previously demonstrated that subretinal injection (SRI) of isogenic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) reduced the severity of retinal degeneration in Royal College of Surgeons rats in a focal manner. In contrast, intravenous MSC infusion (MSC(IV) ) produced panoptic retinal rescue. By combining these treatments, we now show that MSC(IV) supplementation potentiates the MSC(SRI) -mediated rescue of photoreceptors and visual function. Electrophysiological recording from superior colliculi revealed 3.9-fold lower luminance threshold responses (LTRs) and 22% larger functional rescue area from combined treatment compared with MSC(SRI) alone...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181801/optokinetically-encoded-nanoprobe-based-multiplexing-strategy-for-microrna-profiling
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Sungi Kim, Jeong-Eun Park, Woosung Hwang, Jinyoung Seo, Young-Kwang Lee, Jae-Ho Hwang, Jwa-Min Nam
Multiplexed real-time analysis on multiple interacting molecules and particles is needed to obtain information on binding patterns between multiple ligands and receptors, specificity of bond formations and interacting pairs in a complex medi-um, often found in chemical and biological systems, and difference in binding affinity and kinetics for different binding pairs in one solution. In particular, multiplexed profiling of microRNA (miRNA) in a reliable, quantitative manner is of great demand for the use of miRNA in cell biology, biosensing and clinical diagnostic applications, and accurate diagnosis of cancers with miRNA is not possible without detecting multiple miRNA sequences in a highly specific manner...
February 9, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148642/gravity-dependence-of-the-effect-of-optokinetic-stimulation-on-the-subject-visual-vertical
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Bryan K Ward, Christopher J Bockisch, Nicoletta Caramia, Giovanni Bertolini, Alexander Andrea Tarnutzer
Accurate and precise estimates of direction of gravity are essential for spatial orientation. According to Bayesian theory, multisensory vestibular, visual and proprioceptive input is centrally integrated in a weighted fashion based on the reliability of the component sensory signals. For otolithic input, a decreasing signal-to-noise ratio was demonstrated with increasing roll-angle. We hypothesized that the weights of vestibular (otolithic) and extra-vestibular (visual/proprioceptive) sensors are roll-angle dependent and predicted an increased weight of extra-vestibular cues with increasing roll-angle, potentially following the Bayesian hypothesis...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129425/vision-recovery-and-connectivity-by-fetal-retinal-sheet-transplantation-in-an-immunodeficient-retinal-degenerate-rat-model
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Magdalene J Seiler, Robert E Lin, Bryce T McLelland, Anuradha Mathur, Bin Lin, Jaclyn Sigman, Alexander T De Guzman, Leonard M Kitzes, Robert B Aramant, Biju B Thomas
Purpose: To characterize a recently developed model, the retinal degenerate immunodeficient S334ter line-3 rat (SD-Foxn1 Tg(S334ter)3Lav) (RD nude rat), and to test whether transplanted rat fetal retinal sheets can elicit lost responses to light. Methods: National Institutes of Health nude rats (SD-Foxn1 Tg) with normal retina were compared to RD nude rats with and without transplant for morphology and visual function. Retinal sheets from transgenic rats expressing human placental alkaline phosphatase (hPAP) were transplanted into the subretinal space of RD nude rats between postnatal day (P) 26 and P38...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129418/using-binocular-rivalry-to-tag-foreground-sounds-towards-an-objective-visual-measure-for-auditory-multistability
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Wolfgang Einhäuser, Sabine Thomassen, Alexandra Bendixen
In binocular rivalry, paradigms have been proposed for unobtrusive moment-by-moment readout of observers' perceptual experience ("no-report paradigms"). Here, we take a first step to extend this concept to auditory multistability. Observers continuously reported which of two concurrent tone sequences they perceived in the foreground: high-pitch (1008 Hz) or low-pitch (400 Hz) tones. Interstimulus intervals were either fixed per sequence (Experiments 1 and 2) or random with tones alternating (Experiment 3). A horizontally drifting grating was presented to each eye; to induce binocular rivalry, gratings had distinct colors and motion directions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118669/the-ciliopathy-gene-ahi1-is-required-for-zebrafish-cone-photoreceptor-outer-segment-morphogenesis-and-survival
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Emma M Lessieur, Joseph Fogerty, Robert J Gaivin, Ping Song, Brian D Perkins
Purpose: Joubert syndrome (JBTS) is an autosomal recessive ciliopathy with considerable phenotypic variability. In addition to central nervous system abnormalities, a subset of JBTS patients exhibit retinal dystrophy and/or kidney disease. Mutations in the AHI1 gene are causative for approximately 10% of all JBTS cases. The purpose of this study was to generate ahi1 mutant alleles in zebrafish and to characterize the retinal phenotypes. Methods: Zebrafish ahi1 mutants were generated using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs)...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065606/neurons-responsive-to-global-visual-motion-have-unique-tuning-properties-in-hummingbirds
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Andrea H Gaede, Benjamin Goller, Jessica P M Lam, Douglas R Wylie, Douglas L Altshuler
Neurons in animal visual systems that respond to global optic flow exhibit selectivity for motion direction and/or velocity. The avian lentiformis mesencephali (LM), known in mammals as the nucleus of the optic tract (NOT), is a key nucleus for global motion processing [1-4]. In all animals tested, it has been found that the majority of LM and NOT neurons are tuned to temporo-nasal (back-to-front) motion [4-11]. Moreover, the monocular gain of the optokinetic response is higher in this direction, compared to naso-temporal (front-to-back) motion [12, 13]...
January 23, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053039/complex-visual-motion-representation-in-mouse-area-v1
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Ganna Palagina, Jochen F Meyer, Stelios M Smirnakis
: Rodent visual cortex has a hierarchical architecture similar to that of higher mammals (Coogan and Burkhalter, 1993; Marshel et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2012). Although notable differences exist between the species in terms or receptive field sizes and orientation map organization (Dräger, 1975; Gattass et al., 1987; Van den Bergh et al., 2010), mouse V1 is thought to respond to local orientation and visual motion elements rather than to global patterns of motion, similar to V1 in higher mammals (Niell and Stryker, 2008; Bonin et al...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050212/otoneurological-abnormalities-in-patients-with-friedreich-s-ataxia
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Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Juliana Cristina Mesti, Vinicius Ribas Fonseca, João Henrique Faryniuk, Jair Mendes Marques, Rafaella Cardosa Cardoso, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive
Introduction Friedreich's ataxia is a neurodegenerative disease and progressive by nature. It has autosomal recessive inheritance and early onset in most cases. Nystagmus and hearing loss (in some cases) make up some of the common symptoms seen in this disorder. Objective The objective of this study is to examine vestibular disorders in patients with Friedreich ataxia. Methods We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study. We evaluated 30 patients with ages ranging from six to 72 years (mean age of 38...
January 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989457/bk-channels-are-required-for-multisensory-plasticity-in-the-oculomotor-system
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Alexandra B Nelson, Michael Faulstich, Setareh Moghadam, Kimberly Onori, Andrea Meredith, Sascha du Lac
Neural circuits are endowed with several forms of intrinsic and synaptic plasticity that could contribute to adaptive changes in behavior, but circuit complexities have hindered linking specific cellular mechanisms with their behavioral consequences. Eye movements generated by simple brainstem circuits provide a means for relating cellular plasticity to behavioral gain control. Here we show that firing rate potentiation, a form of intrinsic plasticity mediated by reductions in BK-type calcium-activated potassium currents in spontaneously firing neurons, is engaged during optokinetic reflex compensation for inner ear dysfunction...
January 4, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942855/functional-neuroimaging-of-visuo-vestibular-interaction
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R E Roberts, H Ahmad, Q Arshad, M Patel, D Dima, R Leech, B M Seemungal, D J Sharp, A M Bronstein
The brain combines visual, vestibular and proprioceptive information to distinguish between self- and world motion. Often these signals are complementary and indicate that the individual is moving or stationary with respect to the surroundings. However, conflicting visual motion and vestibular cues can lead to ambiguous or false sensations of motion. In this study, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore human brain activation when visual and vestibular cues were either complementary or in conflict...
December 10, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941319/the-vigabatrin-induced-retinal-toxicity-is-associated-with-photopic-exposure-and-taurine-deficiency-an-in-vivo-study
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Ye Tao, Jixue Yang, Zhao Ma, Zhongjun Yan, Ce Liu, Jianjie Ma, Yunqin Wang, Zhen Yang, Yi Fei Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinal toxicity is one of the most commonly discussed and concerning adverse effects of vigabatrin (VGB). The present study explored the relationship between the VGB elicited retinal toxicity, photopic exposure, and taurine deficiency, aiming at screening for risk factors to minimize the adverse effects of VGB. METHODS: The effects of VGB on function and morphology of mouse retinas were examined via a series of in vivo tests, including electroretinography (ERG), Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), and optokinetic testing...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924617/cxcl12-sdf-1-dependent-retinal-migration-of-endogenous-bone-marrow-derived-stem-cells-improves-visual-function-after-pharmacologically-induced-retinal-degeneration
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Volker Enzmann, Stéphanie Lecaudé, Anna Kruschinski, Axel Vater
Mobilized bone marrow-derived stem cells (BMSC) have been discussed as an alternative strategy for endogenous repair. Thereby, different approaches for BMSC mobilization have been pursued. Herein, the role of a newly discovered oligonucleotide for retinal homing and regeneration capability of BMSCs was investigated in the sodium iodate (NaIO3) model of retinal degeneration. Mobilization was achieved in GFP-chimera with NOX-A12, a CXC-motif chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12)/stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1)-neutralizing L-aptamer...
December 6, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894470/effectiveness-of-a-placebo-intervention-on-visually-induced-nausea-in-women-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Veronika Müller, Kirsten Remus, Verena Hoffmann, Matthias H Tschöp, Karin Meissner
OBJECTIVE: Improvement of nausea by placebo interventions has recently been demonstrated in clinical trials and experimental settings. However, many questions regarding placebo effects on nausea remain unanswered. For example, nausea reduction in women could only be achieved when the placebo intervention was "enhanced" by conditioning, while men responded primarily to verbally suggested improvement. It is unclear whether these findings are generalizable or were due to situational variables...
December 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832268/an-active-efficient-coding-model-of-optokinetic-nystagmus
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Chong Zhang, Jochen Triesch, Bertram E Shi
Optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) is an involuntary eye movement responsible for stabilizing retinal images in the presence of relative motion between an observer and the environment. Fully understanding the development of OKN requires a neurally plausible computational model that accounts for the neural development and the behavior. To date, work in this area has been limited. We propose a neurally plausible framework for the joint development of disparity and motion tuning in the visual cortex and of optokinetic and vergence eye-movement behavior...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802139/visual-resolution-and-contrast-sensitivity-in-two-benthic-sharks
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Laura A Ryan, Nathan S Hart, Shaun P Collin, Jan M Hemmi
Sharks have long been described as having 'poor' vision. They are cone monochromats and anatomical estimates suggest they have low spatial resolution. However, there are no direct behavioural measurements of spatial resolution or contrast sensitivity. This study estimates contrast sensitivity and spatial resolution of two species of benthic sharks, the Port Jackson shark, Heterodontus portusjacksoni, and the brown-banded bamboo shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum, by recording eye movements in response to optokinetic stimuli...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760815/beat-to-beat-control-of-human-optokinetic-nystagmus-slow-phase-durations
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Carey D Balaban, Joseph M Furman
: This study provides the first clear evidence that the generation of optokinetic nystagmus fast phases (FPs) is a decision process that is influenced by performance of a concurrent disjunctive reaction time task (DRT). Ten subjects performed an auditory DRT during constant velocity optokinetic stimulation. Eye movements were measured in three dimensions with a magnetic search coil. Slow phase (SP) durations were defined as the interval between FPs. There were three main findings. Firstly, human optokinetic nystagmus SP durations are consistent with a model of a Gaussian basic interval generator (a type of biological clock), such that FPs can be triggered randomly at the end of a clock cycle (mean duration: 200-250 ms)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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