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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110393/nitric-oxide-production-in-the-striatum-and-cerebellum-of-a-rat-model-of-preterm-global-perinatal-asphyxia
#1
M Barkhuizen, W D J Van de Berg, J De Vente, C E Blanco, A W D Gavilanes, H W M Steinbusch
Encephalopathy due to perinatal asphyxia (PA) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the period around birth. Preterm infants are especially at risk for cognitive, attention and motor impairments. Therapy for this subgroup is limited to supportive care, and new targets are thus urgently needed. Post-asphyxic excitotoxicity is partially mediated by excessive nitric oxide (NO) release. The aims of this study were to determine the timing and distribution of nitric oxide (NO) production after global PA in brain areas involved in motor regulation and coordination...
January 21, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108196/homovanillic-acid-in-csf-of-mild-stage-parkinson-s-disease-patients-correlates-with-motor-impairment
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Alessandro Stefani, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Enrica Olivola, Salvatore Galati, Rocco Cerroni, Vincenza D'Angelo, Atticus H Hainsworth, Valentina Saviozzi, Ernesto Fedele, Claudio Liguori
In Parkinson's disease (PD), several efforts have been spent in order to find biochemical parameters able to identify the progression of the pathological processes at the basis of the disease. It is already known that advanced PD patients manifesting dyskinesia are featured by the high homovanillic acid (HVA)/dopamine (DA) ratio, suggesting the increased turnover of DA in these patients. Less clear is whether similar changes affect mild and moderate stages of the disease (between 1 and 2.5 of Hoehn & Yahr -H&Y- stage)...
January 18, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104449/acute-neurologic-disease-in-porcine-rubulavirus-experimentally-infected-piglets
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Jenifer Herrera, Luis Gómez-Núñez, Rocío Lara-Romero, Fernando Diosdado, Atalo Martínez-Lara, Miguel Jasso, Humberto Ramírez-Mendoza, Armando Pérez-Torres, José Francisco Rivera-Benítez
The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical disease, humoral response and viral distribution of recent Porcine rubulavirus (PorPV) isolates in experimentally infected pigs. Four, 6-piglet (5-days old) groups were employed (G1-84, G2-93, G3-147, and G4-T). Three viral strains were used for the experimental infection: the reference strain LPMV-1984 (Michoacán 1984) and two other strains isolated in 2013, one in Queretaro (Qro/93/2013) and the other in Michoacán (Mich/147/2013). Each strain was genetically characterized by amplification and sequencing of the gene encoding hemagglutinin-neuroamidase (HN)...
January 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102105/pitching-form-determines-probabilistic-structure-of-errors-in-pitch-location
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Masahiro Shinya, Shinji Tsuchiya, Yousuke Yamada, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Kazutoshi Kudo, Shingo Oda
According to recent motor control studies, it is important to know probabilistic structure of his/her own motor errors to choose an optimal motor plan (i.e., where you aim at) to maximise the expected gain. In this study, we questioned if pitching form determines the probabilistic structure of pitching errors in baseball pitchers. Eighteen collegiate baseball pitchers with various pitching forms including right- and left-handed overarm, sidearm and underarm throwers threw 100 pitches aiming at a target located 90 cm above the ground...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100095/shoulder-kinetics-during-start-up-and-propulsion-with-a-manual-wheelchair-within-the-initial-phase-of-uninstructed-training
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Samuel Hybois, Alice Siegel, Joseph Bascou, Nicolas Eydieux, Philippe Vaslin, Hélène Pillet, Pascale Fodé, Christophe Sauret
PURPOSE: Wheelchair locomotion is constraining for the upper limbs and involves a set of motor tasks that need to be learnt by a novice user. To understand this integration process, we investigated the evolution of shoulder kinetics during start-up and propulsion within the initial phase of low-intensity uninstructed training. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen novice able-bodied subjects performed a 120-min uninstructed practice distributed over 4 weeks. During the initial and final sessions, upper limbs kinematics and hand-rim kinetics were continuously collected...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099815/stocks-flows-and-distribution-of-critical-metals-in-embedded-electronics-in-passenger-vehicles
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Eliette Restrepo, Amund N Løvik, Patrick Wäger, Rolf Widmer, Radek Lonka, Daniel B Müller
One of the major applications of critical metals (CMs) is in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), which is increasingly embedded in other products, notably passenger vehicles. However, recycling strategies for future CM quantities in end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) are poorly understood, mainly due to a limited understating of the complexity of automotive embedded EEE. We introduce a harmonization of the network structure of automotive electronics that enables a comprehensive quantification of CMs in all embedded EEE in a vehicle...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095067/pacing-strategies-and-metabolic-responses-during-4-minute-running-time-trials
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Jonathan Watkins, Simon Platt, Erik Andersson, Kerry McGawley
PURPOSE: The aim of the current study was to investigate pacing strategies and the distribution of physiological resources in best versus worst performances during a series of 4-minute, self-paced running time-trials (RunTTs). METHODS: Five male and five female recreational runners (age 32 ± 7 years) completed a sub-maximal ramp test and five RunTTs on a motor-driven treadmill fitted with a speed-controlling laser system. The supramaximal V̇O2 demand was estimated by linear extrapolation from the sub-maximal relationship between V̇O2 and speed, enabling computation of the accumulated oxygen deficit (AOD)...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089093/minimally-invasive-surgery-for-evacuating-the-intracerebral-hematoma-in-early-stages-decreased-secondary-damages-to-the-internal-capsule-in-dog-model-of-ich-observed-by-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Guofeng Wu, Fan Wang, Likun Wang, Jing Shi, Hui Yu, Yingjun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Diffusion tensor imaging was used to observe the effects of performing early minimally invasive surgery (MIS) on internal capsule in dog model of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: Twenty-five male dogs were selected to prepare an ICH model, and then they were randomly distributed into a model control (MC) group (5 dogs) or an MIS group (20 dogs). In the MIS group, the intracerebral hematoma was evacuated by stereotactic minimally invasive procedures over 6 hours (5 dogs), 12 hours (5 dogs), 18 hours (5 dogs), or 24 hours (5 dogs) after successful induction of ICH...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087735/relationships-linking-emotional-motor-cognitive-and-gabaergic-dysfunctions-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-mice
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Cyrille Vaillend, Rémi Chaussenot
Alterations in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene have been associated with enhanced stress reactivity in vertebrate species, suggesting a role for brain dystrophin in fear-related behavioral and cognitive processes. Because the loss of dystrophin (Dp427) reduces clustering of central GABAA receptors, it is suspected that local inhibitory tuning and modulation of neuronal excitability are perturbed in a distributed brain circuit that normally controls such critical behavioral functions. In this study we undertook a large-scale behavioral study to evaluate fear-related behavioral disturbances in dystrophin-deficient mdx mice...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078066/use-it-or-lose-it-tonic-activity-of-slow-motoneurons-promotes-their-survival-and-preferentially-increases-slow-fiber-type-groupings-in-muscles-of-old-lifelong-recreational-sportsmen
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Simone Mosole, Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern, Stefan Loefler, Sandra Zampieri
: Histochemistry, immuno-histochemistry, gel electrophoresis of single muscle fibers and electromyography of aging muscles and nerves suggest that: i) denervation contributes to muscle atrophy, ii) impaired mobility accelerates the process, and iii) lifelong running protects against loss of motor units. Recent corroborating results on the muscle effects of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of aged muscles will be also mentioned, but we will in particular discuss how and why a lifelong increased physical activity sustains reinnervation of muscle fibers...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077514/representational-similarity-mapping-of-distributional-semantics-in-left-inferior-frontal-middle-temporal-and-motor-cortex
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Francesca Carota, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, Hamed Nili, Friedemann Pulvermüller
Language comprehension engages a distributed network of frontotemporal, parietal, and sensorimotor regions, but it is still unclear how meaning of words and their semantic relationships are represented and processed within these regions and to which degrees lexico-semantic representations differ between regions and semantic types. We used fMRI and representational similarity analysis to relate word-elicited multivoxel patterns to semantic similarity between action and object words. In left inferior frontal (BA 44-45-47), left posterior middle temporal and left precentral cortex, the similarity of brain response patterns reflected semantic similarity among action-related verbs, as well as across lexical classes-between action verbs and tool-related nouns and, to a degree, between action verbs and food nouns, but not between action verbs and animal nouns...
January 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076347/spatiotemporal-feedback-and-network-structure-drive-and-encode-caenorhabditis-elegans-locomotion
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James M Kunert, Joshua L Proctor, Steven L Brunton, J Nathan Kutz
Using a computational model of the Caenorhabditis elegans connectome dynamics, we show that proprioceptive feedback is necessary for sustained dynamic responses to external input. This is consistent with the lack of biophysical evidence for a central pattern generator, and recent experimental evidence that proprioception drives locomotion. The low-dimensional functional response of the Caenorhabditis elegans network of neurons to proprioception-like feedback is optimized by input of specific spatial wavelengths which correspond to the spatial scale of real body shape dynamics...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072893/a-pediatric-application-of-the-strac-regional-hospital-trauma-registry-database-pediatric-trauma-deaths-in-south-central-texas-during-2004-2013
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Michelle Buehner, Jay Aden, Mathew Borgman, Preston Love, Brandi Wright, Mary Edwards
The purpose of this study was to define the demographics of pediatric traumatic injuries and to understand the predictive value of injury type, prehospital, and emergency department (ED) data regarding the mortality of pediatric trauma patients (<14 years of age) in South Central Texas. We report a retrospective review of pediatric trauma patients presenting to Trauma Service Area P in South Central Texas during 2004-2013. The primary outcome was mortality; secondary outcomes were ventilator days, hospital days, and intensive care unit stay...
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069984/teaching-neuroimages-homotopic-motor-distribution-on-fmri-in-closed-lip-schizencephaly
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Luca Bartolini, Amy Kao, Ashley Zachery, Jonathan G Murnick, William D Gaillard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069834/possible-physiological-role-for-bi-directional-motility-and-motor-clustering-of-the-mitotic-kinesin-5-cin8
#15
Ofer Shapira, Alina Goldstein, Jawdat Al-Bassam, Larisa Gheber
The bipolar kinesin-5 Cin8 switches from minus- to plus-end-directed motility under various conditions in vitro The mechanism and physiological significance of this switch remain unknown. Here we show that under high ionic strength conditions, Cin8 moves towards and concentrates in clusters at the minus ends of stable and dynamic microtubules. Clustering of Cin8 induces a switch from fast minus- to slow plus-end-directed motility and forms sites that capture antiparallel MTs and induces their sliding-apart by plus-end-directed motility...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069540/multi-modal-analysis-of-functional-connectivity-and-cerebral-blood-flow-reveals-shared-and-unique-effects-of-propofol-in-large-scale-brain-networks
#16
Maolin Qiu, Dustin Scheinost, Ramachandran Ramani, R Todd Constable
Anesthesia-induced changes in functional connectivity and cerebral blow flow (CBF) in large-scale brain networks have emerged as key markers of reduced consciousness. However, studies of functional connectivity disagree on which large-scale networks are altered or preserved during anesthesia, making it difficult to find a consensus amount studies. Additionally, pharmacological alterations in CBF could amplify or occlude changes in connectivity due to the shared variance between CBF and connectivity. Here, we used data-driven connectivity methods and multi-modal imaging to investigate shared and unique neural correlates of reduced consciousness for connectivity in large-scale brain networks...
January 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065942/neuregulin-1-erbb-module-in-c-bouton-synapses-on-somatic-motor-neurons-molecular-compartmentation-and-response-to-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Anna Casanovas, Sara Salvany, Víctor Lahoz, Olga Tarabal, Lídia Piedrafita, Raimundo Sabater, Sara Hernández, Jordi Calderó, Josep E Esquerda
The electric activity of lower motor neurons (MNs) appears to play a role in determining cell-vulnerability in MN diseases. MN excitability is modulated by cholinergic inputs through C-type synaptic boutons, which display an endoplasmic reticulum-related subsurface cistern (SSC) adjacent to the postsynaptic membrane. Besides cholinergic molecules, a constellation of proteins involved in different signal-transduction pathways are clustered at C-type synaptic sites (M2 muscarinic receptors, Kv2.1 potassium channels, Ca(2+) activated K(+) [SK] channels, and sigma-1 receptors [S1R]), but their collective functional significance so far remains unknown...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063273/mechanisms-of-compensation-in-the-gait-of-patients-with-drop-foot
#18
Michalina Błażkiewicz, Ida Wiszomirska, Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk, Grażyna Brzuszkiewicz-Kuźmicka, Andrzej Wit
BACKGROUND: Drop foot is a complex syndrome, with multiple interactions between joints and muscles. Abnormalities in movement patterns can be measured using motion capture techniques, but identifying compensation mechanisms remains challenging. METHODS: In order to identify compensatory mechanisms in patients with drop foot, this study evaluated a sample of 15 such patients using a computerized gait analysis system, as compared to a group of 15 healthy subjects...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062949/can-cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterase-inhibitors-be-drugs-for-parkinson-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
Dominic Ngima Nthenge-Ngumbau, Kochupurackal P Mohanakumar
Parkinson's disease (PD) has no known cure; available therapies are only capable of offering temporary, symptomatic relief to the patients. Varied therapeutic strategies that are clinically used for PD are pharmacological therapies including dopamine replacement therapies (with or without adjuvant), postsynaptic dopamine receptor stimulation, dopamine catabolism inhibitors and also anticholinergics. Surgical therapies like deep brain stimulation and ablative surgical techniques are also employed. Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are enzymes that degrade the phosphodiester bond in the second messenger molecules, cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062563/pathology-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#20
Brittany N Dugger, Dennis W Dickson
Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by progressive loss of selectively vulnerable populations of neurons, which contrasts with select static neuronal loss because of metabolic or toxic disorders. Neurodegenerative diseases can be classified according to primary clinical features (e.g., dementia, parkinsonism, or motor neuron disease), anatomic distribution of neurodegeneration (e.g., frontotemporal degenerations, extrapyramidal disorders, or spinocerebellar degenerations), or principal molecular abnormality...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
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