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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654095/polygenic-risk-has-an-impact-on-the-structural-plasticity-of-hippocampal-subfields-during-aerobic-exercise-combined-with-cognitive-remediation-in-multi-episode-schizophrenia
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S Papiol, D Popovic, D Keeser, A Hasan, T Schneider-Axmann, F Degenhardt, M J Rossner, H Bickeböller, A Schmitt, P Falkai, B Malchow
Preliminary studies suggest that, besides improving cognition, aerobic exercise might increase hippocampal volume in schizophrenia patients; however, results are not consistent. Individual mechanisms of volume changes are unknown but might be connected to the load of risk genes. Genome-wide association studies have uncovered the polygenic architecture of schizophrenia. The secondary analysis presented here aimed to determine the modulatory role of schizophrenia polygenic risk scores (PRSs) on volume changes in the total hippocampus and cornu ammonis (CA) 1, CA2/3, CA4/dentate gyrus (DG) and subiculum over time...
June 27, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654039/electrophysiological-method-for-whole-cell-voltage-clamp-recordings-from-drosophila-photoreceptors
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Ben Katz, Rita Gutorov, Elisheva Rhodes-Mordov, Roger C Hardie, Baruch Minke
Whole-cell voltage clamp recordings from Drosophila melanogaster photoreceptors have revolutionized the field of invertebrate visual transduction, enabling the use of D. melanogaster molecular genetics to study inositol-lipid signaling and Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels at the single-molecule level. A handful of labs have mastered this powerful technique, which enables the analysis of the physiological responses to light under highly controlled conditions. This technique allows control over the intracellular and extracellular media; the membrane voltage; and the fast application of pharmacological compounds, such as a variety of ionic or pH indicators, to the intra- and extracellular media...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652891/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-an-expanded-review
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REVIEW
Mark Benedict, Xuchen Zhang
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) encompasses the simple steatosis to more progressive steatosis with associated hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, and in some cases hepatocellular carcinoma. NAFLD is a growing epidemic, not only in the United States, but worldwide in part due to obesity and insulin resistance leading to liver accumulation of triglycerides and free fatty acids. Numerous risk factors for the development of NAFLD have been espoused with most having some form of metabolic derangement or insulin resistance at the core of its pathophysiology...
June 8, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652416/mitochondrial-membrane-dynamics-and-inherited-optic-neuropathies
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REVIEW
Eleni Bagli, Anastasia K Zikou, Niki Agnantis, Georgios Kitsos
Inherited optic neuropathies are a genetically diverse group of disorders mainly characterized by visual loss and optic atrophy. Since the first recognition of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, several genetic defects altering primary mitochondrial respiration have been proposed to contribute to the development of syndromic and non-syndromic optic neuropathies. Moreover, the genomics and imaging revolution in the past decade has increased diagnostic efficiency and accuracy, allowing recognition of a link between mitochondrial dynamics machinery and a broad range of inherited neurodegenerative diseases involving the optic nerve...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652414/differential-aging-trajectories-of-modulation-of-activation-to-cognitive-challenge-in-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-groups-reduced-modulation-predicts-poorer-cognitive-performance
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Chris M Foster, Kristen M Kennedy, Karen M Rodrigue
The present study was designed to investigate the effect of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, APOEε4, on the brain's ability to modulate activation in response to cognitive challenge in a lifespan sample of healthy human adults. A community-based sample of 181 cognitively intact, healthy adults were recruited from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Thirty-one APOEε4+ individuals (48% women), derived from the parent sample, were matched based on sex, age, and years of education to thirty-one individuals who were APOEε4-...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652290/imaging-pain-relief-in-osteoarthritis-ipro-protocol-of-a-double-blind-randomised-controlled-mechanistic-study-assessing-pain-relief-and-prediction-of-duloxetine-treatment-outcome
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Diane Reckziegel, Helen Bailey, William J Cottam, Christopher R Tench, Ravi P Mahajan, David A Walsh, Roger D Knaggs, Dorothee P Auer
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis (OA) pain is a major cause of long-term disability and chronic pain in the adult population. One in five patients does not receive satisfactory pain relief, which reflects the complexity of chronic pain and the current lack of understanding of mechanisms of chronic pain. Recently, duloxetine has demonstrated clinically relevant pain relief, but only in half of treated patients with OA. Here, the aim is to investigate the neural mechanisms of pain relief and neural signatures that may predict treatment response to duloxetine in chronic knee OA pain...
June 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651815/crystal-clear-cerebral-ultrasound-images-mimicking-acute-asphyxia-in-an-infant-with-primary-hyperoxaluria
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Giulia Ardemani, Paul Govaert, Esmee Oussoren, Eiske Dorresteijn, Enno Wildschut, Maarten Lequin, Jeroen Dudink
Genetic deficiencies in enzymes involved in glyoxylate metabolism lead to primary hyperoxaluria (PH) type I, typically characterized by deposition of oxalate crystals in kidneys. A 2-month-old infant was admitted, and was diagnosed with renal failure. Abdominal ultrasound images revealed enlarged and hyperechoic kidneys. Additionally, on cerebral ultrasound (CUS) hyperechoic changes of thalami and basal ganglia were noted, reminiscent of perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain damage. However, MRI of the brain did not show any abnormal signal intensities compatible with asphyxia...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651654/concomitant-imaging-and-genetic-findings-in-children-with-unilateral-sensorineural-hearing-loss
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M Gruber, C Brown, M Mahadevan, M Neeff
OBJECTIVE: To describe the concomitant imaging and genetic findings in children diagnosed with non-syndromic unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted of 60 children diagnosed between January 2005 and December 2015 in a tertiary-level paediatric institution. RESULTS: Average age at diagnosis was 4.3 years. All children were considered non-syndromic. Hearing loss was categorised as mild (17 children), moderate (17 children), severe (7 children) or profound (19 children)...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650461/a-light-and-calcium-gated-transcription-factor-for-imaging-and-manipulating-activated-neurons
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Wenjing Wang, Craig P Wildes, Tanyaporn Pattarabanjird, Mateo I Sanchez, Gordon F Glober, Gillian A Matthews, Kay M Tye, Alice Y Ting
Activity remodels neurons, altering their molecular, structural, and electrical characteristics. To enable the selective characterization and manipulation of these neurons, we present FLARE, an engineered transcription factor that drives expression of fluorescent proteins, opsins, and other genetically encoded tools only in the subset of neurons that experienced activity during a user-defined time window. FLARE senses the coincidence of elevated cytosolic calcium and externally applied blue light, which together produce translocation of a membrane-anchored transcription factor to the nucleus to drive expression of any transgene...
June 26, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650065/review-of-the-novelties-from-the-32nd-ectrims-congress-2016-presented-at-the-9th-post-ectrims-meeting-i
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REVIEW
O Fernandez, A Oterino, C Oreja-Guevara, J M Prieto, M M Mendibe-Bilbao, J A Garcia-Merino, Ll Ramio-Torrenta, R Ginestal, J E Meca-Lallana, L Romero-Pinel, D Munoz, P Oliva-Nacarino, M C Calles-Hernandez, G Izquierdo, M L Martinez-Gines, A Saiz, M Comabella, B Casanova-Estruch, Ll Brieva, R Arroyo, A Rodriguez-Antiguedad
For the ninth year in a row the Post-ECTRIMS Meeting has been held in Madrid (Spain) with the aim of presenting and discussing the hottest issues debated at the ECTRIMS Congress by renowned specialists in multiple sclerosis in our country. One outcome of this scientific activity, endorsed by the Spanish Neurology Society, is this review article, which is published in two parts. This first part addresses family planning, pregnancy management and the role of breastfeeding in women with multiple sclerosis. Attention is drawn to the paediatric population, to magnetic resonance imaging features and to the genetic-environmental risk factors for developing the disease in children, without neglecting the risk factors for development in adults...
July 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649464/light-in-diagnosis-therapy-and-surgery
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Seok Hyun Yun, Sheldon J J Kwok
Light and optical techniques have made profound impacts on modern medicine, with numerous lasers and optical devices being currently used in clinical practice to assess health and treat disease. Recent advances in biomedical optics have enabled increasingly sophisticated technologies - in particular those that integrate photonics with nanotechnology, biomaterials and genetic engineering. In this Review, we revisit the fundamentals of light-matter interactions, describe the applications of light in imaging, diagnosis, therapy and surgery, overview their clinical use, and discuss the promise of emerging light-based technologies...
2017: Nature biomedical engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648753/association-of-increased-genotypes-risk-for-bipolar-disorder-with-brain-white-matter-integrity-investigated-with-tract-based-spatial-statistics
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REVIEW
L Squarcina, J Houenou, A C Altamura, J Soares, P Brambilla
BACKGROUND: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies, which allow the in-vivo investigation of brain tissue integrity, have shown that bipolar disorder (BD) patients present signs of white matter dysconnectivity. In parallel, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified several risk genetic variants for BD. I METHODS: In this mini-review, we summarized DTI studies coupling tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS), a reliable technique exploring white matter axon bundles, and genetics in BD...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647539/chemical-addressability-of-potato-virus-x-for-its-applications-in-bio-nanotechnology
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Duc H T Le, He Hu, Ulrich Commandeur, Nicole F Steinmetz
Potato virus X (PVX), a type member of the plant virus potexvirus group, offers a unique nanotechnology platform based on its high aspect ratio, flexible filamentous shape. The PVX platform has already been engineered and studied for its uses in imaging, drug delivery, and immunotherapies. While genetic engineering procedures are well established for PVX, there is limited information about chemical conjugation strategies for functionalizing PVX, partly due to the lack of structural information of PVX at high resolution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647521/heterotopic-ossification-of-the-peroneus-brevis-tendon-in-a-pediatric-patient
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Karan Dua, James M Barsi
Heterotopic ossification (HO) is abnormal formation of mature lamellar bone in soft tissues. HO is most commonly diagnosed in the setting of localized trauma, which results in improper differentiation of progenitor cells, leading to aberrant tissue formation. In the pediatric population, nongenetic causes of HO have rarely been reported, especially HO involving the tendons of the ankle. We present a case of HO of the peroneus brevis tendon without systemic disease in a pediatric patient. The patient was a 7-year-old female with a normal birth and developmental history who first presented 6 weeks after a right ankle sprain with pain localized to the lateral calcaneus...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646744/systematic-biobanking-novel-imaging-techniques-and-advanced-molecular-analysis-for-precise-tumor-diagnosis-and-therapy-the-polish-mobit-project
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Jacek Niklinski, Adam Kretowski, Marcin Moniuszko, Joanna Reszec, Anna Michalska-Falkowska, Magdalena Niemira, Michal Ciborowski, Radoslaw Charkiewicz, Dorota Jurgilewicz, Miroslaw Kozlowski, Rodryg Ramlau, Cezary Piwkowski, Miroslaw Kwasniewski, Monika Kaczmarek, Andrzej Ciereszko, Tomasz Wasniewski, Robert Mroz, Wojciech Naumnik, Ewa Sierko, Magdalena Paczkowska, Joanna Kisluk, Anetta Sulewska, Adam Cybulski, Zenon Mariak, Boguslaw Kedra, Jacek Szamatowicz, Paweł Kurzawa, Lukasz Minarowski, Angelika Edyta Charkiewicz, Barbara Mroczko, Jolanta Malyszko, Christian Manegold, Lothar Pilz, Heike Allgayer, Mohammed L Abba, Hartmut Juhl, Frauke Koch
Personalized and precision medicine is gaining recognition due to the limitations by standard diagnosis and treatment; many areas of medicine, from cancer to psychiatry, are moving towards tailored and individualized treatment for patients based on their clinical characteristics and genetic signatures as well as novel imaging techniques. Advances in whole genome sequencing have led to identification of genes involved in a variety of diseases. Moreover, biomarkers indicating severity of disease or susceptibility to treatment are increasingly being characterized...
June 21, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646547/a-dual-fluorescence-reporter-in-the-eomes-locus-for-live-imaging-and-medium-term-lineage-tracing
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Simone Probst, Ray A Daza, Natalie Bader, Jonas F Hummel, Matthias Weiß, Yakup Tanriver, Robert F Hevner, Sebastian J Arnold
The T-box transcription factor Eomes (also known as Tbr2) shows short-lived expression in various localized domains of the embryo, including epiblast cells during gastrulation and intermediate progenitor cells in the cerebral cortex. In these tissues Eomes fulfills crucial roles for lineage specification of progenitors. To directly observe Eomes-dependent cell lineages in the living embryo, we generated a novel dual-fluorescence reporter allele that expresses a membrane-bound tdTomato protein for investigation of cell morphology and a nuclear GFP for cell tracing...
June 24, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
#17
Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646144/using-fractional-intensities-of-time-resolved-fluorescence-to-sensitively-quantify-nadh-nad-with-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-biosensors
#18
Mengfang Chang, Lei Li, Hanyang Hu, Qingxun Hu, Aoxue Wang, Xiaodan Cao, Xiantong Yu, Sanjun Zhang, Yuzheng Zhao, Jinquan Chen, Yi Yang, Jianhua Xu
In this paper, we propose a novel and sensitive ratiometric analysis method that uses the fractional intensities of time-resolved fluorescence of genetically encoded fluorescent NADH/NAD(+) biosensors, Peredox, SoNar, and Frex. When the conformations of the biosensors change upon NADH/NAD(+) binding, the fractional intensities (α i τ i ) have opposite changing trends. Their ratios could be exploited to quantify NADH/NAD(+) levels with a larger dynamic range and higher resolution versus commonly used fluorescence intensity and lifetime methods...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645536/imaging-genetics-of-schizophrenia-in-the-post-gwas-era
#19
REVIEW
Ayla Arslan
Imaging genetics is a research methodology studying the effect of genetic variation on brain structure, function, behavior, and risk for psychopathology. Since the early 2000s, imaging genetics has been increasingly used in the research of schizophrenia (SZ). SZ is a severe mental disorder with no precise knowledge of its underlying neurobiology, however, new genetic and neurobiological data generate a climate for new avenues. The accumulating data of genome wide association studies (GWAS) continuously decode SZ risk genes...
June 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644898/spatio-temporal-orientation-of-microtubules-controls-conical-cell-shape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-petals
#20
Huibo Ren, Xie Dang, Xianzhi Cai, Peihang Yu, Yajun Li, Shanshan Zhang, Menghong Liu, Binqing Chen, Deshu Lin
The physiological functions of epidermal cells are largely determined by their diverse morphologies. Most flowering plants have special conical-shaped petal epidermal cells that are thought to influence light capture and reflectance, and provide pollinator grips, but the molecular mechanisms controlling conical cell shape remain largely unknown. Here, we developed a live-confocal imaging approach to quantify geometric parameters of conical cells in Arabidopsis thaliana (A.thaliana). Through genetic screens, we identified katanin (KTN1) mutants showing a phenotype of decreased tip sharpening of conical cells...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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