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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194437/an-introduction-to-the-psycho-physiological-stress-test-ppst-a-standardized-instrument-for-evaluating-stress-reactions
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Elisabeth Neureiter, Loreen Hajfani, Anne Ahnis, Annett Mierke, Matthias Rose, Gerhard Danzer, Burghard F Klapp
Using a standardized instrument to evaluate patients' stress reactions has become more important in daily clinical routines. Different signs or symptoms of stress are often unilaterally explored: the physiological, psychological or social aspects of stress disorders are each viewed on a single dimension. However, all dimensions afflict patients who have persistent health problems due to chronic stress. Therefore, it is important to use a multidimensional approach to acquire data. The 'Psycho-Physiological-Stress-Test' (PPST) was established to achieve a comprehensive understanding of stress and was further developed at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin in collaboration with the Psychological Department of Freie Universität Berlin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164019/quantitative-analysis-of-electro-anatomical-maps-application-to-an-experimental-model-of-left-bundle-branch-block-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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David Soto Iglesias, Nicolas Duchateau, Constantine Butakoff Kostantyn Butakov, David Andreu, Juan Fernandez-Armenta, Bart Bijnens, Antonio Berruezo, Marta Sitges, Oscar Camara
Electro-anatomical maps (EAMs) are commonly acquired in clinical routine for guiding ablation therapies. They provide voltage and activation time information on a 3-D anatomical mesh representation, making them useful for analyzing the electrical activation patterns in specific pathologies. However, the variability between the different acquisitions and anatomies hampers the comparison between different maps. This paper presents two contributions for the analysis of electrical patterns in EAM data from biventricular surfaces of cardiac chambers...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153889/3d-qsar-studies-on-indole-and-7-azoindole-derivatives-as-rock-2-inhibitors-an-integrative-computational-approach
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Santhosh Kumar Nagarajan, Sathya Babu, Honglae Sohn, Panneer Devaraju, Thirumurthy Madhavan
Rho Kinases (ROCK) has been found to regulate a wide range of fundamental cell functions such as contraction, motility, proliferation, and apoptosis. Recent experiments have defined new functions of ROCKs in cells, including centrosome positioning and cell-size regulation, which might contribute to various physiological and pathological states. In this study, we have performed pharmacophore modeling and 3D QSAR studies on a series of 36 indoles and 7-azoindoles derivatives as ROCK2 inhibitors to elucidate the structural variations with their inhibitory activities...
October 9, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130647/randomized-controlled-trial-of-electro-stimulation-therapies-to-modulate-retinal-blood-flow-and-visual-function-in-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Ava K Bittner, Kenneth Seger, Rachel Salveson, Samantha Kayser, Natalia Morrison, Patricia Vargas, Deborah Mendelsohn, Jorge Han, Hua Bi, Gislin Dagnelie, Alexandra Benavente, Jessica Ramella-Roman
PURPOSE: We examined changes in visual function and ocular and retinal blood flow (RBF) among retinitis pigmentosa (RP) participants in a randomized controlled trial of electro-stimulation therapies. METHODS: Twenty-one RP participants were randomized (1:1:1) to transcorneal electrical stimulation (TES) at 6 weekly half-hour sessions, electro-acupuncture or inactive laser acupuncture (sham control) at 10 half-hour sessions over 2 weeks. Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) visual acuity (VA), quick contrast sensitivity function, Goldmann visual fields, AdaptDx scotopic sensitivity, spectral flow and colour Doppler imaging of the central retinal artery (CRA), and RBF in macular capillaries were measured twice pre-treatment, after 2 TES sessions, within a week and a month after intervention completion...
November 11, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116279/persistent-drought-monitoring-using-a-microfluidic-printed-electro-mechanical-sensor-of-stomata-in-planta
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Volodymyr B Koman, Tedrick T S Lew, Min Hao Wong, Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan P Giraldo, Michael S Strano
Stomatal function can be used effectively to monitor plant hydraulics, photosensitivity, and gas exchange. Current approaches to measure single stomatal aperture, such as mold casting or fluorometric techniques, do not allow real time or persistent monitoring of the stomatal function over timescales relevant for long term plant physiological processes, including vegetative growth and abiotic stress. Herein, we utilize a nanoparticle-based conducting ink that preserves stomatal function to print a highly stable, electrical conductometric sensor actuated by the stomata pore itself, repeatedly and reversibly for over 1 week...
November 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076717/bilayered-bmp2-eluting-coatings-on-graphene-foam-by-electrophoretic-deposition-electroresponsive-bmp2-release-and-enhancement-of-osteogenic-differentiation
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Qingqing Yao, Jiajia Jing, Qingyan Zeng, T L Lu, Yu Liu, Xiao Zheng, Qiang Chen
Recent development of three-dimensional graphene foam (GF) with conductive and interconnected macroporous structure is attracting particular attention as platforms for tissue engineering. However, widespread application of GF as bone scaffolds is restricted due to its poor mechanical property and inert surface character. To overcome these drawbacks, in this study, a bilayered biopolymer coating was designed and successfully deposited covering the entire surface area of GF skeleton. A poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) layer was first dip-coated to strengthen the GF substrate, followed by the electrophoretic codeposition of a hybrid layer, consisting of chitosan and BMP2, to functionalize GF with the ability to recruit and induce osteogenic differentiation of hMSC...
November 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960219/a-bioenergetic-mechanism-for-amoeboid-like-cell-motility-profiles-tested-in-a-microfluidic-electrotaxis-assay
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Hagit Peretz-Soroka, Reuven Tirosh, Jolly Hipolito, Erwin Huebner, Murray Alexander, Jason Fiege, Francis Lin
The amoeboid-like cell motility is known to be driven by the acidic enzymatic hydrolysis of ATP in the actin-myosin system. However, the electro-mechano-chemical coupling, whereby the free energy of ATP hydrolysis is transformed into the power of electrically polarized cell movement, is poorly understood. Previous experimental studies showed that actin filaments motion, cytoplasmic streaming, and muscle contraction can be reconstituted under actin-activated ATP hydrolysis by soluble non-filamentous myosin fragments...
November 13, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957018/effect-of-morphologic-features-of-neurons-on-the-extracellular-electric-potential-a-simulation-study-using-cable-theory-and-electro-quasi-static-equations
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R Bestel, R Appali, U van Rienen, C Thielemann
Microelectrode arrays serve as an indispensable tool in electro-physiological research to study the electrical activity of neural cells, enabling measurements of single cell as well as network communication analysis. Recent experimental studies have reported that the neuronal geometry has an influence on electrical signaling and extracellular recordings. However, the corresponding mechanisms are not yet fully understood and require further investigation. Allowing systematic parameter studies, computational modeling provides the opportunity to examine the underlying effects that influence extracellular potentials...
November 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932551/electro-physiological-evidence-of-intercostal-nerve-injury-after-thoracotomy-an-experimental-study-in-a-sheep-model
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Ruoyu Zhang, Kerstin Schwabe, Marcus Krüger, Axel Haverich, Joachim K Krauss, Mesbah Alam
BACKGROUND: Although intercostal nerve injury is one of the major causes for post-thoracotomy pain, the exact mechanisms are still unclear. We sought to evaluate the electro-physiological changes of intercostal nerve injury after thoracotomy in a sheep model. METHODS: Adult sheep underwent thoracotomy in the sixth intercostal space by employing diathermy to superior border of the seventh rib. In two sheep, ribs were then spread using retractor spreading for a distance of 7 cm for 30 minutes...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926819/use-of-electro-olfactography-to-measure-olfactory-acuity-in-the-north-american-bullfrog-lithobates-rana-catesbeiana-tadpole
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Jody L Heerema, Caren C Helbing, Greg G Pyle
Olfaction is an important sense for aquatic organisms because it provides information about their surroundings, including nearby food, mates, and predators. Electro-olfactography (EOG) is an electrophysiological technique that measures the response of olfactory tissue to olfactory stimuli, and responses are indicative of olfactory acuity. Previous studies have used this technique on a variety of species including frogs, salamanders, daphniids and, most extensively, fish. In the present study, we introduce a novel modified EOG method for use on Lithobates (Rana) catesbeiana tadpoles...
January 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904881/numerical-expression-of-volume-status-using-the-bioimpedance-ratio-in-continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-pilot-study
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Mun Jang, Won Hak Kim, Jung Hee Lee, Mi Soon Kim, Eun Kyoung Lee, So Mi Kim, Jai Won Chang
BACKGROUND: Volume overload results in higher mortality rates in patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The ratio of bioimpedance (RBI) might be a helpful parameter in adjusting dry body weight in CAPD patients. This study examined whether it is possible to distinguish between non-hypervolemic status and hypervolemic status in CAPD patients by using only RBI. METHODS: RBI was calculated as follows: RBI = impedance at 50 kHz/impedance at 500 kHz...
September 2017: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898776/effect-of-electro-activated-solutions-of-sodium-acetate-and-sodium-propionate-on-geosmin-producing-streptomyces-avermitilis-strain
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Viacheslav Liato, Mohammed Aïder
Electro-activated solutions of salts of weak organic acids are defined as novel potent disinfecting agents that can be used in the agri-food industry. The aim of the present work is to study and understand the destruction mechanism of electro-activated solutions of sodium acetate (EAA) and sodium propionate (EAP) against Streptomyces avermitilis spores. The results of antibacterial activity showed high bacteriostatic effect for all the tested solutions, including sodium hypochlorite used as positive control...
September 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880884/two-passive-mechanical-conditions-modulate-power-generation-by-the-outer-hair-cells
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Yanju Liu, Sheryl M Gracewski, Jong-Hoon Nam
In the mammalian cochlea, small vibrations of the sensory epithelium are amplified due to active electro-mechanical feedback of the outer hair cells. The level of amplification is greater in the base than in the apex of the cochlea. Theoretical studies have used longitudinally varying active feedback properties to reproduce the location-dependent amplification. The active feedback force has been considered to be proportional to the basilar membrane displacement or velocity. An underlying assumption was that organ of Corti mechanics are governed by rigid body kinematics...
September 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800733/integrative-and-quantitive-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-his-bundle-related-pacing-in-comparison-with-conventional-right-ventricular-pacing-a-meta-analysis
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Ziqing Yu, Ruizhen Chen, Yangang Su, Xueying Chen, Shengmei Qin, Minghui Li, Fei Han, Junbo Ge
BACKGROUND: Long-term RVP could bring adverse problems to cardiac electro-mechanics and result in inter- and intra-ventricular asynchrony, impaired labor force, and aggravation of cardiac function. HBRP including direct His bundle pacing and para-His bundle pacing was regarded as a novel physiological pacing pattern to avoid devastating cardiac function. This synthetic study was conducted to integratively and quantitatively evaluate the efficacy of His bundle related pacing (HBRP) in comparison with conventional right ventricular pacing (RVP)...
August 11, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775361/a-conserved-neuronal-daf-16-foxo-plays-an-important-role-in-conveying-pheromone-signals-to-elicit-repulsion-behavior-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Donha Park, Jeong-Hoon Hahm, Saeram Park, Go Ha, Gyeong-Eon Chang, Haelim Jeong, Heekyeong Kim, Sunhee Kim, Eunji Cheong, Young-Ki Paik
Animals use pheromones as a conspecific chemical language to respond appropriately to environmental changes. The soil nematode Caenorhabditis elegans secretes ascaroside pheromones throughout the lifecycle, which influences entry into dauer phase in early larvae, in addition to sexual attraction and aggregation. In adult hermaphrodites, pheromone sensory signals perceived by worms usually elicit repulsion as an initial behavioral signature. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal pheromone sensory process from perception to repulsion in adult hermaphrodites remain poorly understood...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741593/electro-cutaneous-stimulation-on-the-palm-elicits-referred-sensations-on-intact-but-not-on-amputated-digits
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Marco D'Alonzo, Leonard Frederik Engels, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani
Objective Grasping and manipulation control critically depends on tactile feedback. Without this feedback, the ability for fine control of a prosthesis is limited in upper limb amputees. Early studies have shown that non-invasive electro-cutaneous stimulation (ES) can induce referred sensations that are spread to a wider and/or more distant area, with respect to the electrodes. Building on this, we sought to exploit this effect to provide somatotopically matched sensory feedback to people with partial hand (digital) amputations...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687516/reconstructing-anatomy-from-electro-physiological-data
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J D López, F Valencia, G Flandin, W Penny, G R Barnes
Here we show how it is possible to make estimates of brain structure based on MEG data. We do this by reconstructing functional estimates onto distorted cortical manifolds parameterised in terms of their spherical harmonics. We demonstrate that both empirical and simulated MEG data give rise to consistent and plausible anatomical estimates. Importantly, the estimation of structure from MEG data can be quantified in terms of millimetres from the true brain structure. We show, for simulated data, that the functional assumptions which are closer to the functional ground-truth give rise to anatomical estimates that are closer to the true anatomy...
July 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676251/the-not-so-bitter-pill-effects-of-combined-oral-contraceptives-on-peripheral-physiological-indicators-of-emotional-reactivity
#18
Diana Armbruster, Clemens Kirschbaum, Alexander Strobel
Combined oral contraceptives (COC) are used by millions of women worldwide. Although findings are not entirely consistent, COC have been found to impact on brain function and, thus, to modulate affective processes. Here, we investigated electro-physiological responses to emotional stimuli in free cycling women in both the early follicular and late luteal phase as well as in COC users. Skin conductance response (SCR), startle reflex, corrugator and zygomaticus activity were assessed. COC users showed reduced overall startle magnitude and SCR amplitude, but heightened overall zygomaticus activity, although effect sizes were small...
July 19, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674482/feasibility-of-using-electrocochleography-for-objective-estimation-of-electro-acoustic-interactions-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-with-residual-hearing
#19
Kanthaiah Koka, Leonid M Litvak
Although cochlear implants (CI) traditionally have been used to treat individuals with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss, a recent trend is to implant individuals with residual low-frequency hearing. Patients who retain some residual acoustic hearing after surgery often can benefit from electro-acoustic stimulation (EAS) technologies, which combine conventional acoustic amplification with electrical stimulation. However, interactions between acoustic and electrical stimulation may affect outcomes adversely and are time-consuming and difficult to assess behaviorally...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657546/sensitive-detection-of-dopamine-via-leucodopaminechrome-on-polyacrylic-acid-coated-ceria-nanorods
#20
Weiqin Sheng, Liang Zheng, Yan Liu, Xueqin Zhao, Jian Weng, Yang Zhang
The major hurdle in detection of dopamine (DA) by electro-analysis is the presence of physiological interferents with a similar oxidation potential of DA. The conventional method is to enlarge the difference of their oxidation potentials. Here, we report an unconventional method to detect DA via leucodopaminechrome on CeO2 nanorods. Leucodopaminechrome is produced from the cyclization of dopamine-quinone, a product of two-electron oxidation of DA. Thus, its concentration is proportional to the DA concentration...
June 28, 2017: Nanotechnology
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