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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446583/a-shared-neural-integrator-for-human-posture-control
#1
Stephanie E Haggerty, Amy R Wu, Kathleen H Sienko, Arthur D Kuo
Control of standing posture requires fusion of multiple inputs including visual, vestibular, somatosensory, and other sensors, each having distinct dynamics. The semicircular canals, for example, have a high-pass filter response to angular velocity, quickly sensing a step change in head rotational velocity followed by a decay. To stabilize gaze despite this decay, the central nervous system supplies a neural "velocity storage" integrator, a filter that extends the angular velocity signal. Similar filtering might contribute temporal dynamics to posture control, as suggested by some state estimation models...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424291/comparison-of-optomotor-and-optokinetic-reflexes-in-mice
#2
Friedrich Kretschmer, Momina Tariq, Walid Chatila, Beverly Wu, Tudor Constantin Badea
During animal locomotion or position adjustments, the visual system uses image stabilization reflexes to compensate for global shifts in the visual scene. These reflexes elicit compensatory head movements (Optomotor response - OMR) in unrestrained animals or compensatory eye movements (Optokinetic response - OKR) in head fixed or unrestrained animals, exposed to globally rotating striped patterns. In mice, OMR responses are relatively easy to observe and find broad use in the rapid evaluation of visual function...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422363/the-occhiolino-occ-mutant-zebrafish-a-model-for-development-of-the-optical-function-in-the-biological-lens
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Masamoto Aose, Tor H Linbo, Owen Lawrence, Tadashi Senoo, David W Raible, John I Clark
BACKGROUND: Zebrafish visual function depends on quality optics. An F3 screen for developmental mutations in the zebrafish nervous system was conducted in wild-type (wt) AB zebrafish exposed to 3 mM of N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU). RESULTS: Mutant offspring, identified in an F3 screen, were characterized by a small pupil, resulting from retinal hypertrophy or hyperplasia and a small lens. Deficits in visual function made feeding difficult after hatching at approximately 5-6 dpf (days post fertilization)...
April 19, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418497/course-of-sodium-iodate-induced-retinal-degeneration-in-albino-and-pigmented-mice
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Guy Chowers, Matan Cohen, Devora Marks-Ohana, Shelly Stika, Ayala Eijzenberg, Eyal Banin, Alexey Obolensky
Purpose: To characterize the course of sodium iodate (SI)-induced retinal degeneration in young adult albino and pigmented mice. Methods: Single intraperitoneal (IP) injections of SI (25, 50, and 100 mg/kg) were performed in 7- to 8-week-old BALB/c and C57Bl/6J mice. Retinal function and structure was assessed at baseline, 24 hours, 3 days, 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks postinjection by optokinetic tracking response, ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and histologic and immunohistochemical techniques...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418326/artifact-in-pediatric-oculomotor-findings-during-videonystagmography-a-retrospective-analysis
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Steven M Doettl, Patrick N Plyler, Devin L McCaslin
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of oculomotor function using videonystagmography (VNG) is imperative for diagnosis and management of patients with reported dizziness. The oculomotor evaluation during VNG utilizes video-oculography providing valuable information regarding the central structures and pathways that control eye movements. Artifact may have an effect on the overall validity and reliability of VNG oculomotor tracings and can result from patient and/or recording errors. It is postulated that artifact could occur more frequently in the pediatric population due to both patient and equipment factors...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395025/inhibition-of-stat3-by-a-small-molecule-inhibitor-slows-vision-loss-in-a-rat-model-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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Phillip A Vanlandingham, Didier J Nuno, Alexander B Quiambao, Eric Phelps, Ronald A Wassel, Jian-Xing Ma, Krysten M Farjo, Rafal A Farjo
Purpose: Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of vision loss. Previous studies have shown signaling pathways mediated by Stat3 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) play a primary role in diabetic retinopathy progression. This study tested CLT-005, a small molecule inhibitor of Stat3, for its dose-dependent therapeutic effects on vision loss in a rat model of diabetic retinopathy. Methods: Brown Norway rats were administered streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388668/effect-of-visual-attention-on-the-properties-of-optokinetic-nystagmus
#7
Kei Kanari, Kiyomi Sakamoto, Hirohiko Kaneko
It has been demonstrated that optokinetic nystagmus (OKN) gain increases through attention to peripheral motion when the central visual field is occluded. However, how the properties of OKN change when two areas containing motion in different directions are presented in the peripheral visual field is still unclear. In this study, we investigated whether OKN corresponding to the attended motion in the periphery occurred while the observer was maintaining fixation at the center. We presented two areas with different directions of motion arranged on the left and right, top and bottom, or center and surrounding (concentric) areas in the display...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387693/visual-vestibular-processing-deficits-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#8
W G Wright, R T Tierney, J McDevitt
BACKGROUND: The search for reliable and valid signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly synonymous with concussion, has lead to a growing body of evidence that individuals with long-lasting, unremitting impairments often experience visual and vestibular symptoms, such as dizziness, postural and gait disturbances. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the role of visual-vestibular processing deficits following concussion. METHODS: A number of clinically accepted vestibular, oculomotor, and balance assessments as well as a novel virtual reality (VR)-based balance assessment device were used to assess adults with post-acute concussion (n = 14) in comparison to a healthy age-matched cohort (n = 58)...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380077/vection-is-the-main-contributor-to-motion-sickness-induced-by-visual-yaw-rotation-implications-for-conflict-and-eye-movement-theories
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Suzanne A E Nooij, Paolo Pretto, Daniel Oberfeld, Heiko Hecht, Heinrich H Bülthoff
This study investigated the role of vection (i.e., a visually induced sense of self-motion), optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), and inadvertent head movements in visually induced motion sickness (VIMS), evoked by yaw rotation of the visual surround. These three elements have all been proposed as contributing factors in VIMS, as they can be linked to different motion sickness theories. However, a full understanding of the role of each factor is still lacking because independent manipulation has proven difficult in the past...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288201/optokinetic-nystagmus-reflects-perceptual-directions-in-the-onset-binocular-rivalry-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Mana Fujiwara, Catherine Ding, Lisandro Kaunitz, Julie C Stout, Dominic Thyagarajan, Naotsugu Tsuchiya
Optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), the reflexive eye movements evoked by a moving field, has recently gained interest among researchers as a useful tool to assess conscious perception. When conscious perception and stimulus are dissociated, such as in binocular rivalry-when dissimilar images are simultaneously presented to each eye and perception alternates between the two images over time-OKN correlates with perception rather than with the physical direction of the moving field. While this relationship is well established in healthy subjects, it is yet unclear whether it also generalizes to clinical populations, for example, patients with Parkinson's disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251319/short-term-effectiveness-of-vestibular-rehabilitation-in-elderly-patients-with-postural-instability-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Marcos Rossi-Izquierdo, Pilar Gayoso-Diz, Sofía Santos-Pérez, María Del-Río-Valeiras, Ana Faraldo-García, Isabel Vaamonde-Sánchez-Andrade, Antonio Lirola-Delgado, Andrés Soto-Varela
Balance becomes more precarious with age, and even without pathological disorders, the physiological decline in balance that occurs with age is a factor that also favors falls. So the aim of the present study is to assess the short-term effectiveness of three different methods of vestibular rehabilitation, compared to a control group, in improving balance in elderly patients with postural instability. 139 elderly patients with high risk of falls were included and randomized to one of the following study arms: computer dynamic posturography (CDP) training, optokinetic stimulus, exercises at home, or control group...
March 1, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237813/newly-acquired-audio-visual-associations-bias-perception-in-binocular-rivalry
#12
Wolfgang Einhäuser, Philipp Methfessel, Alexandra Bendixen
When distinct stimuli are presented to the two eyes, their mental representations alternate in awareness. Here, such "binocular rivalry" was used to investigate whether audio-visual associations bias visual perception. To induce two arbitrary associations, each between a tone and a grating of a specific color and motion direction, observers were required to respond whenever this combination was presented, but not for other tone-grating combinations. After about 20min of this induction phase, each of the gratings was presented to one eye to induce rivalry, while either of the two tones or no tone was played...
March 6, 2017: Vision Research
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...
April 5, 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
#17
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 medium, 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 27, 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
#20
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
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