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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528805/acute-response-of-non-motor-symptoms-to-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Margherita Fabbri, Miguel Coelho, Leonor Correia Guedes, Mario M Rosa, Daisy Abreu, Nilza Gonçalves, Angelo Antonini, Joaquim J Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an established treatment for the motor complications of Parkinson's disease (PD) and may have beneficial effects on non-motor symptoms (NMS). However, the acute effect of STN stimulation on NMS has only been explored in small PD cohorts with short post-surgical follow-up. OBJECTIVE: To study NMS response to an acute stimulation challenge in an STN-DBS PD population with a medium/long-term post-surgical follow-up...
May 8, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516266/constitutive-calcium-entry-and-cancer-updated-views-and-insights
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Olivier Mignen, Bruno Constantin, Marie Potier-Cartereau, Aubin Penna, Mathieu Gautier, Maxime Guéguinou, Yves Renaudineau, Kenji F Shoji, Romain Félix, Elsa Bayet, Paul Buscaglia, Marjolaine Debant, Aurélie Chantôme, Christophe Vandier
Tight control of basal cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration is essential for cell survival and to fine-tune Ca(2+)-dependent cell functions. A way to control this basal cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration is to regulate membrane Ca(2+) channels including store-operated Ca(2+) channels and secondary messenger-operated channels linked to G-protein-coupled or tyrosine kinase receptor activation. Orai, with or without its reticular STIM partner and Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) proteins, were considered to be the main Ca(2+) channels involved...
May 17, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503722/fertility-preservation-with-ovarian-stimulation-and-time-to-treatment-in-women-with-stage-ii-iii-breast-cancer-receiving-neoadjuvant-therapy
#3
A Jo Chien, Julia Chambers, Fiona Mcauley, Tessa Kaplan, Joseph Letourneau, Jimmy Hwang, Mi-Ok Kim, Michelle E Melisko, Hope S Rugo, Laura J Esserman, Mitchell P Rosen
PURPOSE: To determine whether fertility preservation with ovarian stimulation (OS) results in treatment delay in breast cancer (BC) patients receiving neoadjuvant therapy (NAT). METHODS: This is a retrospective study of women screened for the prospective neoadjuvant ISPY2 trial at the University of California San Francisco. All patients were <43, had stage II-III BC, and received neoadjuvant therapy. Time to initiation of NAT was compared between women who underwent OS (STIM) and women who did not (control)...
May 13, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497275/na-ca-2-exchangers-and-orai-channels-jointly-refill-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-ca-2-via-er-nanojunctions-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
#4
Cristiana M L Di Giuro, Niroj Shrestha, Roland Malli, Klaus Groschner, Cornelis van Breemen, Nicola Fameli
We investigated the role of Na(+)/ Ca(2+) exchange (NCX) in the refilling of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) in vascular endothelial cells under various conditions of cell stimulation and plasma membrane (PM) polarization. Better understanding of the mechanisms behind basic ER Ca(2+) content regulation is important, since current hypotheses on the possible ultimate causes of ER stress point to deterioration of the Ca(2+) transport mechanism to/from ER itself. We measured [Ca(2+)]i temporal changes by Fura-2 fluorescence under experimental protocols that inhibit a host of transporters (NCX, Orai, non-selective transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels, sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA), Na(+)/ K(+) ATPase (NKA)) involved in the Ca(2+) communication between the extracellular space and the ER...
May 11, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479254/stim1-and-stim2-differently-regulate-endogenous-ca-2-entry-and-promote-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-emt-in-breast-cancer-cells
#5
Siheng Zhang, Yutian Miao, Xianchong Zheng, Yong Gong, Jinxin Zhang, Fei Zou, Chunqing Cai
The Ca(2+) sensor proteins STIM1 and STIM2 are crucial elements of store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) in breast cancer cells. Increased SOCE activity may contribute to epithelial-mesenchymal transitions (EMT) and increase cell migration and invasion. However, the roles of STIM1 and STIM2 in TGF-β-induced EMT are still unclear. In this study, we demonstrate roles of STIMs in TGF-β-induced EMT in breast cancer cells. In particular, STIM1 and STIM2 expression affected TGF-β-induced EMT by mediating SOCE in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cells...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470693/stn-dbs-is-neuroprotective-in-the-a53t-%C3%AE-synuclein-parkinson-s-disease-rat-model
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Thomas Musacchio, Maike Rebenstorff, Felix Fluri, Jonathan M Brotchie, Jens Volkmann, James B Koprich, Chi Wang Ip
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a highly effective symptomatic therapy for motor deficits in Parkinson's disease (PD). An additional, disease-modifying effect has been suspected from studies in toxin-based PD animal models, but these models do not reflect the molecular pathology and progressive nature of PD, that would be required to evaluate a disease-modifying action. Defining a disease-modifying effect, could radically change the way in which DBS is used in PD...
May 3, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464800/effect-of-tendon-vibration-during-wide-pulse-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-nmes-on-the-decline-and-recovery-of-muscle-force
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Vanesa Bochkezanian, Robert U Newton, Gabriel S Trajano, Amilton Vieira, Timothy S Pulverenti, Anthony J Blazevich
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is commonly used to activate skeletal muscles and reverse muscle atrophy in clinical populations. Clinical recommendations for NMES suggest the use of short pulse widths (100-200 μs) and low-to-moderate pulse frequencies (30-50 Hz). However, this type of NMES causes rapid muscle fatigue due to the (non-physiological) high stimulation intensities and non-orderly recruitment of motor units. The use of both wide pulse widths (1000 μs) and tendon vibration might optimize motor unit activation through spinal reflex pathways and thus delay the onset of muscle fatigue, increasing muscle force and mass...
May 2, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446591/nfat5-sensitive-orai1-expression-and-store-operated-ca-2-entry-in-megakaryocytes
#8
Itishri Sahu, Lisann Pelzl, Basma Sukkar, Hajar Fakhri, Tamer Al-Maghout, Hang Cao, Stefan Hauser, Ravi Gutti, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
The transcription factor NFAT5 is up-regulated in several clinical disorders including dehydration. NFAT5-sensitive genes include serum and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase (SGK)-1. The kinase is a powerful regulator of Orai1, a Ca(2+)-channel accomplishing store-operated Ca(2+)-entry (SOCE). Orai1 is stimulated after intracellular store depletion by the Ca(2+) sensors stromal interaction molecule (STIM)-1, or STIM2, or both. In the present study, we explored whether nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT)-5 influences Ca(2+)-signaling in megakaryocytes...
April 26, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435102/simultaneous-time-interleaved-multislice-stims-for-rapid-susceptibility-weighted-acquisition
#9
Berkin Bilgic, Huihui Ye, Lawrence L Wald, Kawin Setsompop
T2⁎ weighted 3D Gradient Echo (GRE) acquisition is the main sequence used for Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) and Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM). These applications require a long echo time (TE) to build up phase contrast, requiring a long repetition time (TR), and leading to excessively lengthy scans. The long TE acquisition creates a significant amount of unused time within each TR, which can be utilized for either multi-echo sampling or additional image encoding with the echo-shift technique...
April 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414914/designing-uniquely-addressable-bio-orthogonal-synthetic-scaffolds-for-dna-and-rna-origami
#10
Jerzy Kozyra, Alessandro Ceccarelli, Emanuela Torelli, Annunziata Lopiccolo, Jing-Ying Gu, Harold Fellermann, Ulrich Stimming, Natalio Krasnogor
Nanotechnology and synthetic biology are rapidly converging, with DNA origami being one of the leading bridging technologies. DNA origami was shown to work well in a wide array of biotic environments. However, the large majority of extant DNA origami scaffolds utilize bacteriophages or plasmid sequences thus severely limiting its future applicability as a bio-orthogonal nanotechnology platform. In this paper we present the design of biologically inert (i.e., "bio-orthogonal") origami scaffolds. The synthetic scaffolds have the additional advantage of being uniquely addressable (unlike biologically derived ones) and hence are better optimized for high-yield folding...
April 25, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377899/certain-less-invasive-infertility-treatments-associated-with-different-levels-of-pregnancy-related-anxiety-in-pregnancies-conceived-via-in-vitro-fertilization
#11
Eleanor Lowndes Stevenson, Richard Sloane
BACKGROUND: Research supports that in vitro fertilization causes anxiety and that anxiety can continue into the resulting pregnancy. Most women who have IVF will have a less invasive treatment for infertility prior to IVF; however, it is unclear if specific less invasive treatment cycles impact anxiety that is experienced in the pregnancy resulting from IVF. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted for women who became pregnant via IVF, and data was collected about reported previous non-IVF treatment cycles as well as Pregnancy Related Anxiety Measure...
January 2017: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375357/wafer-scale-arrays-of-high-q-silica-optical-microcavities
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Erol Ozgur, Ersin Huseyinoglu, Aykutlu Dana
On-chip high-Q microcavities possess significant potential in terms of integration of optical microresonators into functional optoelectronic devices that could be used in various applications, including biosensors, photonic-integrated circuits, or quantum optics experiments. Yet, despite the convenience of fabricating wafer-scale integrated microresonators with moderate Q values using standard microfabrication techniques, surface-tension-induced microcavities (STIMs), which have atomic-level surface roughness enabling the observation of Q values larger than 10<sup>6</sup>, could only be produced using individual thermal treatment of every single microresonator within the devised area...
March 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360224/ultrasound-evaluation-of-diaphragm-function-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-comparison-to-phrenic-stimulation-and-prognostic-implications
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Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Martin Dres, Julien Mayaux, Suela Demiri, Thomas Similowski, Alexandre Demoule
RATIONALE: In intensive care unit (ICU) patients, diaphragm dysfunction is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Ultrasound measurements of diaphragm thickness, excursion (EXdi) and thickening fraction (TFdi) are putative estimators of diaphragm function, but have never been compared with phrenic nerve stimulation. Our aim was to describe the relationship between these variables and diaphragm function evaluated using the change in endotracheal pressure after phrenic nerve stimulation (Ptr,stim), and to compare their prognostic value...
March 30, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345955/smoking-dependent-distal-to-proximal-repatterning-of-the-adult-human-small-airway-epithelium
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Jing Yang, Wu-Lin Zuo, Tomoya Fukui, IonWa Chao, Kazunori Gomi, Busub Lee, Michelle R Staudt, Robert J Kaner, Yael Strulovici-Barel, Jacqueline Salit, Ronald G Crystal, Renat Shaykhiev
RATIONALE: Small airways are the primary site of pathologic changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the major smoking-induced lung disorder. OBJECTIVES: Based on the concept of proximal-distal patterning that determines regional specialization of the airway epithelium during lung development, we hypothesized that a similar program operates in the adult human lung being altered by smoking leading to decreased regional identity of the small airway epithelium (SAE)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247021/store-operated-calcium-entry-is-essential-for-glial-calcium-signalling-in-cns-white-matter
#15
M Papanikolaou, A Lewis, A M Butt
'Calcium signalling' is the ubiquitous response of glial cells to multiple extracellular stimuli. The primary mechanism of glial calcium signalling is by release of calcium from intracellular stores of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Replenishment of ER Ca(2+) stores relies on store-operated calcium entry (SOCE). However, despite the importance of calcium signalling in glial cells, little is known about their mechanisms of SOCE. Here, we investigated SOCE in glia of the mouse optic nerve, a typical CNS white matter tract that comprises bundles of myelinated axons and the oligodendrocytes and astrocytes that support them...
February 28, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243166/orai1-and-orai3-in-combination-with-stim1-mediate-the-majority-of-store-operated-calcium-entry-in-astrocytes
#16
Jea Kwon, Heeyoung An, Moonsun Sa, Joungha Won, Jeong Im Shin, C Justin Lee
Astrocytes are non-excitable cells in the brain and their activity largely depends on the intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) level. Therefore, maintaining the intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis is critical for proper functioning of astrocytes. One of the key regulatory mechanisms of Ca(2+) homeostasis in astrocytes is the store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE). This process is mediated by a combination of the Ca(2+)-store-depletion-sensor, Stim, and the store-operated Ca(2+)-channels, Orai and TrpC families. Despite the existence of all those families in astrocytes, previous studies have provided conflicting results on the molecular identification of astrocytic SOCE...
February 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230569/procedure-oriented-torsional-anatomy-of-the-hand-for-spasticity-injection
#17
Joslyn John, John Cianca, Faye Chiou-Tan, Sindhu Pandit, Erin Furr-Stimming, Katherine H Taber
OBJECTIVES: To provide musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) images of hand anatomy in the position of hemiparetic flexion as a reference for spasticity injections. After a stroke, spasticity can result in anatomic distortion of the hand. Spasticity may require treatment with botulinum toxin or phenol injections. Anatomic distortion may decrease the accuracy of injections. Standard anatomic references are of limited utility because they are not in this spastic hemiparetic position. There presently is no anatomic reference in the literature for these spastic postures...
March 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229937/high-definition-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-to-both-primary-motor-cortices-improves-unimanual-and-bimanual-dexterity
#18
Nils H Pixa, Fabian Steinberg, Michael Doppelmayr
While most research on brain stimulation with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targets unimanual motor tasks, little is known about its effects on bimanual motor performance. This study aims to investigate the effects of tDCS on unimanual as well as bimanual motor dexterity. We examined the effects of bihemispheric anodal high-definition tDCS (HD-atDCS) on both primary motor cortices (M1) applied concurrent with unimanual and bimanual motor training. We then measured the effects with the Purdue Pegboard Test (PPT) and compared them to a sham stimulation...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222911/store-operated-ca-2-entry-is-not-required-for-fertilization-induced-ca-2-signaling-in-mouse-eggs
#19
Miranda L Bernhardt, Elizabeth Padilla-Banks, Paula Stein, Yingpei Zhang, Carmen J Williams
Repetitive oscillations in cytoplasmic Ca(2+) due to periodic Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) drive mammalian embryo development following fertilization. Influx of extracellular Ca(2+) to support the refilling of ER stores is required for sustained Ca(2+) oscillations, but the mechanisms underlying this Ca(2+) influx are controversial. Although store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is an appealing candidate mechanism, several groups have arrived at contradictory conclusions regarding the importance of SOCE in oocytes and eggs...
February 11, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219928/mitochondria-control-store-operated-ca-2-entry-through-na-and-redox-signals
#20
Tsipi Ben-Kasus Nissim, Xuexin Zhang, Assaf Elazar, Soumitra Roy, Judith A Stolwijk, Yandong Zhou, Rajender K Motiani, Maxime Gueguinou, Nadine Hempel, Michal Hershfinkel, Donald L Gill, Mohamed Trebak, Israel Sekler
Mitochondria exert important control over plasma membrane (PM) Orai1 channels mediating store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE). Although the sensing of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores by STIM proteins and coupling to Orai1 channels is well understood, how mitochondria communicate with Orai1 channels to regulate SOCE activation remains elusive. Here, we reveal that SOCE is accompanied by a rise in cytosolic Na(+) that is critical in activating the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCLX) causing enhanced mitochondrial Na(+) uptake and Ca(2+) efflux...
March 15, 2017: EMBO Journal
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