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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933398/ecmo-for-intractable-status-asthmaticus-following-atracurium
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Vittorio Scaravilli, Giacomo Grasselli, Annalisa Benini, Michela Bombino, Daniele Ceriani, Uta Emmig, Alberto Zanella, Nicolò Patroniti, Antonio Pesenti
Intraoperative allergic reactions are rare but serious events associated with increased morbidity and mortality. We report the salvage of intraoperative anaphylaxis leading to extreme hypercapnic respiratory failure by veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). A 38-year-old woman undergoing thyroidectomy developed intractable bronchospasm after administration of atracurium, leading to extreme hypercapnic respiratory failure (PaCO2 > 250 mmHg, pH 6.773). After the failure of conventional medical therapy and ventilatory optimization, the patient was connected to a veno-venous ECMO circuit...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933319/a-metabolic-widget-adjusts-the-phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent-fructose-influx-in-pseudomonas-putida
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Max Chavarría, Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Víctor de Lorenzo, Pablo I Nikel
Fructose uptake in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida occurs through a canonical phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent sugar transport system (PTS(Fru)). The logic of the genetic circuit that rules its functioning is puzzling: the transcription of the fruBKA operon, encoding all the components of PTS(Fru), can escape the repression exerted by the catabolite repressor/activator protein Cra solely in the presence of intracellular fructose-1-P, an agonist formed only when fructose has been already transported...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933311/contribution-of-cerebellar-loops-to-action-timing
#3
Ramanujan T Raghavan, Vincent Prevosto, Marc A Sommer
Recent studies of sensorimotor processing have benefited from decision-making paradigms that emphasize the selection of appropriate movements. Selecting when to make those responses, or action timing, is important as well. Although the cerebellum is commonly viewed as a controller of movement dynamics, its role in action timing is also firmly supported. Several lines of research have now extended this idea. Anatomical findings have revealed connections between the cerebellum and broader timing circuits, neurophysiological results have suggested mechanisms for timing within its microcircuitry, and theoretical work has indicated how temporal signals are processed through it and decoded by its targets...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933159/functional-brain-alterations-in-anorexia-nervosa-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Tone Seim Fuglset, Nils Inge Landrø, Deborah Lynn Reas, Øyvind Rø
BACKGROUND: Neuroimaging allows for the identification of brain abnormalities and alterations that are associated with anorexia nervosa (AN). We performed a scoping review to map out the extent and nature of recent research activity on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in individuals diagnosed with, or recovered from, AN (AN-REC). MAIN TEXT: A literature search of PubMed, Psychinfo and Embase was conducted using the search terms "anorexia nervosa" AND "functional magnetic resonance imaging...
2016: Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932986/role-of-quercetin-in-modulating-chloride-transport-in-the-intestine
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Bo Yu, Yu Jiang, Lingling Jin, Tonghui Ma, Hong Yang
Epithelial chloride channels provide the pathways for fluid secretion in the intestine. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCCs) are the main chloride channels in the luminal membrane of enterocytes. These transmembrane proteins play important roles in many physiological processes. In this study, we have identified a flavonoid quercetin as a modulator of CaCC chloride channel activity. Fluorescence quenching assay showed that quercetin activated Cl(-) transport in a dose-dependent manner, with EC50 ~37 μM...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932983/cannabidiol-regulation-of-learned-fear-implications-for-treating-anxiety-related-disorders
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Regimantas Jurkus, Harriet L L Day, Francisco S Guimarães, Jonathan L C Lee, Leandro J Bertoglio, Carl W Stevenson
Anxiety and trauma-related disorders are psychiatric diseases with a lifetime prevalence of up to 25%. Phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are characterized by abnormal and persistent memories of fear-related contexts and cues. The effects of psychological treatments such as exposure therapy are often only temporary and medications can be ineffective and have adverse side effects. Growing evidence from human and animal studies indicates that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid present in Cannabis sativa, alleviates anxiety in paradigms assessing innate fear...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932966/combination-of-static-magnetic-fields-and-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-can-alter-focal-cortical-excitability
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Ippei Nojima, Satoko Koganemaru, Tatsuya Mima
For clinical application of transcranial static magnetic stimulation (tSMS), it is important to achieve a focal target cortical stimulation. Previous study suggested that the associative stimulation combining non-invasive stimulation of the motor cortex (M1) and the peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) may be useful to produce cortical excitability change. To test this hypothesis, we measured the M1 excitability and intracortical circuits by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) before and after the tSMS of short duration (5 min) combined with PNS...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932957/emergence-of-selectivity-to-looming-stimuli-in-a-spiking-network-model-of-the-optic-tectum
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Eric V Jang, Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo, Carlos D Aizenman, Arseny S Khakhalin
The neural circuits in the optic tectum of Xenopus tadpoles are selectively responsive to looming visual stimuli that resemble objects approaching the animal at a collision trajectory. This selectivity is required for adaptive collision avoidance behavior in this species, but its underlying mechanisms are not known. In particular, it is still unclear how the balance between the recurrent spontaneous network activity and the newly arriving sensory flow is set in this structure, and to what degree this balance is important for collision detection...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932956/hypothalamic-vasopressinergic-projections-innervate-central-amygdala-gabaergic-neurons-implications-for-anxiety-and-stress-coping
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Vito S Hernández, Oscar R Hernández, Miguel Perez de la Mora, María J Gómora, Kjell Fuxe, Lee E Eiden, Limei Zhang
The arginine-vasopressin (AVP)-containing hypothalamic magnocellular neurosecretory neurons (VPMNNs) are known for their role in hydro-electrolytic balance control via their projections to the neurohypophysis. Recently, projections from these same neurons to hippocampus, habenula and other brain regions in which vasopressin infusion modulates contingent social and emotionally-affected behaviors, have been reported. Here, we present evidence that VPMNN collaterals also project to the amygdaloid complex, and establish synaptic connections with neurons in central amygdala (CeA)...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932591/the-cellular-diversity-of-the-pedunculopontine-nucleus-relevance-to-behavior-in-health-and-aspects-of-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Ilse S Pienaar, Anthony Vernon, Philip Winn
The pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) is a rostral brainstem structure that has extensive connections with basal ganglia nuclei and the thalamus. Through these the PPN contributes to neural circuits that effect cortical and hippocampal activity. The PPN also has descending connections to nuclei of the pontine and medullary reticular formations, deep cerebellar nuclei, and the spinal cord. Interest in the PPN has increased dramatically since it was first suggested to be a novel target for treating patients with Parkinson's disease who are refractory to medication...
December 7, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932535/session-perceived-exertion-following-traditional-and-circuit-resistance-exercise-methods-in-older-hypertensive-women
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Rafael Gauche, João B Ferreira-Júnior, André B Gadelha, Silvia G R Neri, Martim Bottaro, Lauro C Vianna, Ricardo M Lima
This study compared session ratings of perceived exertion (SRPE) between traditional multiple-set (TR) and circuit (CI) resistance exercise methods in treated hypertensive women. Fourteen volunteers (69.9 ± 5.6 years) performed two training sessions (TR and CI) in a random order, with the same number of sets, exercises, and loads. SRPE was obtained 30 minutes following each session using Foster's scale. OMNI-resistance exercise scale (OMNI-RES) measures were subsequently taken. Foster's SRPE was not significantly different between sessions (3...
December 7, 2016: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932527/mechanisms-of-in-vivo-ribosome-maintenance-change-in-response-to-nutrient-signals
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Andrew D Mathis, Bradley C Naylor, Richard H Carson, Eric Evans, Justin Harwell, Jared Knect, Eric Hexem, Fredrick Peelor, Benjamin F Miller, Karyn L Hamilton, Mark K Transtrum, Benjamin T Bikman, John C Price
Control of protein homeostasis is fundamental to the health and longevity of all organisms. Because the rate of protein synthesis by ribosomes is a central control point in this process, regulation and maintenance of ribosome function could have amplified importance in the overall regulatory circuit. Indeed, ribosomal defects are commonly associated with loss of protein homeostasis, aging and disease, whereas improved protein homeostasis, implying optimal ribosomal function, is associated with disease resistance and increased lifespan...
December 8, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932026/gene-environment-interactions-in-cortical-interneuron-development-and-dysfunction-a-review-of-preclinical-studies
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REVIEW
Lydia J Ansen-Wilson, Robert J Lipinski
Cortical interneurons (cINs) are a diverse group of locally projecting neurons essential to the organization and regulation of neural networks. Though they comprise only ∼20% of neurons in the neocortex, their dynamic modulation of cortical activity is requisite for normal cognition and underlies multiple aspects of learning and memory. While displaying significant morphological, molecular, and electrophysiological variability, cINs collectively function to maintain the excitatory-inhibitory balance in the cortex by dampening hyperexcitability and synchronizing activity of projection neurons, primarily through use of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)...
December 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931091/evaluation-of-altered-drug-pharmacokinetics-in-critically-ill-adults-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Michael A Ha, Adam C Sieg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life-support modality used in patients with refractory cardiac and/or respiratory failure. A significant resurgence in the use ECMO has been seen in recent years due to substantial improvements in technology and survival benefit. With expanding ECMO use, a better understanding of how ECMO affects drug pharmacokinetics (PK) is necessary. The vast majority of PK studies in patients receiving ECMO have been conducted within neonatal or pediatric populations or within a controlled environment (e...
December 8, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930907/plasticity-to-the-rescue
#15
Tatyana O Sharpee
The balance between excitatory and inhibitory inputs is critical for the proper functioning of neural circuits. Landau and colleagues show that, in the presence of cell-type-specific connectivity, this balance is difficult to achieve without either synaptic plasticity or spike-frequency adaptation to fine-tune the connection strengths.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930906/an-elegant-circuit-for-balancing-risk-and-reward
#16
Zhaoyu Li, Adam J Iliff, X Z Shawn Xu
Animals constantly encounter conflicting cues in natural environments. To survive and thrive, they must make appropriate behavioral decisions. In this issue, Ghosh et al. (2016) identified a neural circuit underlying multisensory threat-reward decision making using an elegant C. elegans model.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930885/robust-synthetic-circuits-for-two-dimensional-control-of-gene-expression-in-yeast
#17
Andres Aranda-Diaz, Kieran Mace, Ignacio Zuleta, Patrick Harrigan, Hana El-Samad
Cellular phenotypes are the result of complex interactions between many components. Understanding and predicting the system level properties of the resulting networks requires the development of perturbation tools that can simultaneously and independently modulate multiple cellular variables. Here, we develop synthetic modules that use different arrangements of two transcriptional regulators to achieve either concurrent and independent control of the expression of two genes, or decoupled control of the mean and variance of a single gene...
December 8, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930834/novel-copolymers-based-tetrafluorobenzene-and-difluorobenzothiadiazole-for-organic-solar-cells-with-prominent-open-circuit-voltage-and-stability
#18
Xunfan Liao, Feiyan Wu, Yongkang An, Qian Xie, Lie Chen, Yiwang Chen
Two novel copolymers based on benzothiadiazole (BT) or difluorobenzothiadizole (ffBT) with 2,2'-(perfluoro-1,4-phenylene)dithiophene (2TPF4), namely PBT-2TPF4 and PffBT-2TPF4, are synthesized for applications in polymer solar cells (PSCs). A noticeably high open-circuit voltage (Voc ) of 1.017 and 0.87 V are achieved for PffBT-2TPF4 and PBT-2TPF4-based devices, respectively. Although only a moderate efficiency (5.7%) of PBT-2TPF4-based devices is obtained, it is first demonstrated that 2TPF4 is a promising acceptor block for construction of the donor copolymers which possess high Voc , prominent crystallinity, and long-term stability, simultaneously...
December 8, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930324/dopamine-release-from-the-locus-coeruleus-to-the-dorsal-hippocampus-promotes-spatial-learning-and-memory
#19
Kimberly A Kempadoo, Eugene V Mosharov, Se Joon Choi, David Sulzer, Eric R Kandel
Dopamine neurotransmission in the dorsal hippocampus is critical for a range of functions from spatial learning and synaptic plasticity to the deficits underlying psychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is the presumed source of dopamine in the dorsal hippocampus. However, there is a surprising scarcity of VTA dopamine axons in the dorsal hippocampus despite the dense network of dopamine receptors. We have explored this apparent paradox using optogenetic, biochemical, and behavioral approaches and found that dopaminergic axons and subsequent dopamine release in the dorsal hippocampus originate from neurons of the locus coeruleus (LC)...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930290/gamma-motor-neurons-survive-and-exacerbate-alpha-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-als
#20
Melanie Lalancette-Hebert, Aarti Sharma, Alexander K Lyashchenko, Neil A Shneider
The molecular and cellular basis of selective motor neuron (MN) vulnerability in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. In genetically distinct mouse models of familial ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), and fused in sarcoma (FUS), we demonstrate selective degeneration of alpha MNs (α-MNs) and complete sparing of gamma MNs (γ-MNs), which selectively innervate muscle spindles. Resistant γ-MNs are distinct from vulnerable α-MNs in that they lack synaptic contacts from primary afferent (IA) fibers...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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