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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040524/potentiation-of-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-ameliorates-aggression-in-mice-with-stxbp1-haploinsufficiency
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Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Atsushi Shimohata, Manabu Abe, Teruo Abe, Emi Mazaki, Kenji Amano, Toshimitsu Suzuki, Tetsuya Tatsukawa, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Kenji Sakimura, Kazuhiro Yamakawa
Genetic studies point to a major role of de novo mutations in neurodevelopmental disorders of intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, and epileptic encephalopathy. The STXBP1 gene encodes the syntaxin-binding protein 1 (Munc18-1) that critically controls synaptic vesicle exocytosis and synaptic transmission. This gene harbors a high frequency of de novo mutations, which may play roles in these neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the system and behavioral-level pathophysiological changes caused by these genetic defects remain poorly understood...
October 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039977/chronic-disruptions-of-circadian-sleep-regulation-induce-specific-proinflammatory-responses-in-the-rat-colon
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Lenka Polidarová, Pavel Houdek, Alena Sumová
Exposure to environmental conditions that disturb the daily rhythms has been shown to enhance the proinflammatory responses of immunostimulant-challenged immune system. However, it is not known whether circadian disturbances may stimulate unchallenged immune responses and thus contribute per se to the development of inflammation-related diseases. Our aim was to ascertain an effect of various conditions threatening the behavioral activity/rest cycle regulation, namely aging with or without melatonin, 6 h advance/delay phase shifts in the light/dark cycle repeated with a 2-day frequency and constant light, on expression of immune markers in the rat colon...
October 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035765/a-force-based-mechanistic-model-for-describing-activated-sludge-settling-process
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Guihua Xu, Fengjun Yin, Yuanjian Xu, Han-Qing Yu
Sludge settling as the last step in the biological wastewater treatment process substantially affects the system performance, and thus the design and control optimization of the sludge settling process has been frequently investigated with mathematical modeling tools. So far, these models are developed on the basis of the solid flux theory with numerous parameters and complicated boundary conditions, and their prediction results are often unsatisfactory. In this work, a new force-based mechanical model with five parameters was developed, in which five forces were adopted and Newton's law, rather than the flux theory, was used to describe the sludge settling process...
October 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035044/nicotine-alters-the-gut-microbiome-and-metabolites-of-gut-brain-interactions-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Liang Chi, Ridwan Mahbub, Bei Gao, Xiaoming Bian, Pengcheng Tu, Hongyu Ru, Kun Lu
As the primary active substance in tobacco, nicotine affects the activity of the central nervous system, and its effects are sex-dependent. There are complex interactions between the gut and brain, and the gut microbiome can influence neuronal activity and host behavior, with diverse chemical signaling being involved. However, it is unclear whether nicotine can affect the normal gut microbiome and associated chemical signaling of the gut-brain axis. Sex is an important factor that shapes the gut microbiome, but the role of sex in the interaction among nicotine, gut bacteria, and related metabolites remains unknown...
October 16, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034587/open-fluidics-a-cell-culture-flow-system-developed-over-wettability-contrast-based-chips
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Nuno M Oliveira, Rui L Reis, João F Mano
Biological tissues are recurrently exposed to several dynamic mechanical forces that influence cell behavior. On this work, the focus is on the shear stress forces induced by fluid flow. The study of flow-induced effects on cells leads to important advances in cardiovascular, cancer, stem cell, and bone biology understanding. These studies are performed using cell culture flow (CCF) systems, mainly parallel plate flow chambers (PPFC), and microfluidic systems. Here, it is proposed an original CCF system based on the open fluidics concept...
October 16, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031808/specific-disruption-of-contextual-memory-recall-by-sparse-additional-activity-in-the-dentate-gyrus
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Hye-Yeon Cho, Mujun Kim, Jin-Hee Han
The dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus is essential for contextual and spatial memory processing. While lesion or silencing of the DG impairs contextual memory encoding and recall, overly activated DG also prevents proper memory retrieval. Abnormally elevated activity in the DG is repeatedly reported in amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) patients or aged adults. Although the correlation between memory failure and abnormally active hippocampus is clear, their causal relationship or the underlying nature of such interfering activity is not well understood...
October 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031154/thermally-stable-microemulsions-comprising-imidazolium-based-surface-active-ionic-liquids-non-polar-ionic-liquid-and-ethylene-glycol-as-polar-phase
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Manvir Kaur, Gurbir Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Navnidhi, Tejwant Singh Kang
Ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [C2mim] [Tf2N], as a non-polar phase in conjunction with polar ethylene glycol (EG) forms microemulsions stabilized by surface active ionic liquids (SAILs), N-methyl-N-alkylimidazolium chlorides, [Cnmim] [Cl], where n = 8, 12 and 16 in conjunction with decanol as co-surfactant. The phase behaviour of the ternary systems has been investigated and three regions of microemulsions - polar-in-ionic liquid, bicontinuous and ionic liquid-in-polar, have been identified using electrical conductivity measurements...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031050/paraquat-affects-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-dopamine-system-expression-and-locomotor-activity-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Xiao H Wang, Christopher L Souders, Yuan H Zhao, Christopher J Martyniuk
The dipyridyl herbicide paraquat induces oxidative stress in cells and is implicated in adult neurodegenerative diseases. However, less is known about paraquat toxicity in early stages of vertebrate development. To address this gap, zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to 1, 10 and 100 μM paraquat for 96 h. Paraquat did not induce significant mortality nor deformity in embryos and larvae, but it did accelerate time to hatch. To evaluate whether mitochondrial respiration was related to earlier hatch times, oxygen consumption rate was measured in whole embryos...
October 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031047/reducing-the-threat-of-wildlife-vehicle-collisions-during-peak-tourism-periods-using-a-roadside-animal-detection-system
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Molly K Grace, Daniel J Smith, Reed F Noss
Roadside Animal Detection Systems (RADS) aim to reduce the frequency of wildlife-vehicle collisions. Unlike fencing and wildlife passages, RADS do not attempt to keep animals off the road; rather, they attempt to modify driver behavior by detecting animals near the road and warning drivers with flashing signs. A RADS was installed in Big Cypress National Park (Florida, USA) in 2012 in response to an increased number of Florida panther mortalities. To assess driver response, we measured the speed of individual cars on the road when the RADS was active (flashing) and inactive (not flashing) during the tourist season (November-March) and the off-season (April-October), which vary dramatically in traffic volume...
October 11, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030316/post-molting-development-of-wind-elicited-escape-behavior-in-the-cricket
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Nodoka Sato, Hisashi Shidara, Hiroto Ogawa
Arthropods including insects grow through several developmental stages by molting. The abrupt changes in their body size and morphology accompanying the molting are responsible for the developmental changes in behavior. While in holometabolous insects, larval behaviors are transformed into adult-specific behaviors with drastic changes in nervous system during the pupal stage, hemimetabolous insects preserve most innate behaviors whole life long, which allow us to trace the maturation process of preserved behaviors after the changes in body...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030271/noael-dose-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-clothianidin-acutely-induce-anxiety-related-behavior-with-human-audible-vocalizations-in-male-mice-in-a-novel-environment
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Tetsushi Hirano, Shogo Yanai, Tadashi Takada, Naoki Yoneda, Takuya Omotehara, Naoto Kubota, Kiichi Minami, Anzu Yamamoto, Youhei Mantani, Toshifumi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Nobuhiko Hoshi
Neonicotinoids are novel systemic pesticides acting as agonists on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) of insects. Experimental studies have revealed that neonicotinoids pose potential risks for the nervous systems of non-target species, but the brain regions responsible for their behavioral effects remain incompletely understood. This study aimed to assess the neurobehavioral effects of clothianidin (CTD), a later neonicotinoid developed in 2001 and widely used worldwide, and to explore the target regions of neonicotinoids in the mammalian brain...
October 10, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030105/definition-and-characterization-of-an-extended-multiple-demand-network
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J A Camilleri, V I Müller, P Fox, A R Laird, F Hoffstaedter, T Kalenscher, S B Eickhoff
Neuroimaging evidence suggests that executive functions (EF) depend on brain regions that are not closely tied to specific cognitive demands but rather to a wide range of behaviors. A multiple-demand (MD) system has been proposed, consisting of regions showing conjoint activation across multiple demands. Additionally, a number of studies defining networks specific to certain cognitive tasks suggest that the MD system may be composed of a number of sub-networks each subserving specific roles within the system...
October 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029618/balneotherapeutic-effects-of-high-mineral-spring-water-on-the-atopic-dermatitis-like-inflammation-in-hairless-mice-via-immunomodulation-and-redox-balance
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Johny Bajgai, Ailyn Fadriquela, Jesmin Ara, Rahima Begum, Md Faruk Ahmed, Cheol-Su Kim, Soo-Ki Kim, Kwang-Yong Shim, Kyu-Jae Lee
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing allergic inflammatory skin disease that currently affects millions of children and adults worldwide. Drugs used to treat these inflammatory diseases include anti-histamines, corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors but these drugs have their limitations such as adverse effects with their long-term usage. Thus, researcher's interest in several alternative and complementary therapies are continually growing and balneotherapy is one of these approaches...
October 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029290/nmda-receptor-mediated-ca2-influx-in-the-absence-of-mg2-block-disrupts-rest-activity-rhythms-in-drosophila
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Qian Song, Ge Feng, Jiaxing Zhang, Xuechun Xia, Min Ji, Lei Lv, Yong Ping
Introduction: The correlated activation of pre- and postsynaptic neurons is essential for the NMDA receptor-mediated Ca2+ influx by removing Mg2+ from block site and NMDA receptors have been implicated in phase resetting of circadian clocks. So we assessed rest:activity rhythms in Mg2+ block defective animals. Methods: Using Drosophila locomotor monitoring system, we checked circadian rest:activity rhythms of different mutants under constant darkness (DD) and light:dark (LD) conditions...
October 3, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029183/evaluation-of-the-constituents-of-vetiver-oil-against-anopheles-minimus-diptera-culicidae-a-malaria-vector-in-thailand
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Rungarun Tisgratog, Chutipong Sukkanon, John P Grieco, Unchalee Sanguanpong, Kamlesh R Chauhan, Joel R Coats, Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap
The development of resistance by mosquitoes to current synthetic compounds has resulted in reduced effectiveness of prevention and control methods worldwide. An alternative nonchemical based control tools are needed to be evaluated particularly plant-derived essential oils. Several components of vetiver oil have been documented as insect repellents. However, detailed knowledge of those components action against insect remains unknown. In this study, behavioral response of Anopheles minimus to four constituents of vetiver oil (valencene, terpinen-4-ol, isolongifolene, vetiverol) was evaluated by using the high-throughput screening assay system...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028440/intracerebroventricular-infusion-of-an-angiotensin-at2-receptor-agonist-novokinin-aggravates-some-diabetes-mellitus-induced-alterations-in-wistar-rats
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Daniela Pechlivanova, Kiril Petrov, Petar Grozdanov, Zlatina Nenchovska, Jana Tchekalarova, Alexander Stoynev
Cumulative data suggest the significant role of the Renin - Angiotensin System in the development of the pathological consequences of diabetes mellitus (DM). Newly synthesized AT2 receptor agonists gained importance as a target for creating new antihypertensives. The aim of the present work was to study the effects of a peptide AT2 agonist Novokinin, infused intracerebroventricularly, on the consequences of the streptozotocin-induced type 1 DM (T1 DM) in Wistar rats. Food and water consumption, body weight, urine excretion (metabolic cages), motor activity (open field test), anxiety (elevated plus maze), nociception (paw pressure analgesimeter test), spatial memory (T-maze alternation test) and plasma levels of glucose and corticosterone (ELISA) were assessed two weeks after the T1 DM induction...
October 13, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028064/nonequilibrium-mode-coupling-theory-for-dense-active-systems-of-self-propelled-particles
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Saroj Kumar Nandi, Nir S Gov
The physics of active systems of self-propelled particles, in the regime of a dense liquid state, is an open puzzle of great current interest, both for statistical physics and because such systems appear in many biological contexts. We develop a nonequilibrium mode-coupling theory (MCT) for such systems, where activity is included as a colored noise with the particles having a self-propulsion force f0 and a persistence time τp. Using the extended MCT and a generalized fluctuation-dissipation theorem, we calculate the effective temperature Teff of the active fluid...
October 13, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027736/unravelling-the-redox-catalytic-behavior-of-ce4-mofs-a-xas-study
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Simon Smolders, Kirill A Lomachenko, Bart Bueken, Arnaud Struyf, Aram L Bugaev, Cesare Atzori, Norbert Stock, Carlo Lamberti, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Dirk De Vos
The introduction of Ce4+ as a structural cation has been shown to be a promising route to redox active metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). However, the mechanism by which these MOFs act as redox catalysts remains unclear. Herein, we present a detailed study of the active site in [Ce6O4(OH)4]-based MOFs such as Ce-UiO-66, involved in the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol, chosen as a model redox reaction. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data confirms the reduction of up to one Ce4+ ion per Ce6-cluster with a corresponding outwards radial shift, due to the larger radius of the Ce3+ cation, while not compromising the structural integrity of the framework, as evidenced by powder X-ray diffraction...
October 13, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027605/short-term-depression-and-transient-memory-in-sensory-cortex
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Grant Gillary, Rüdiger von der Heydt, Ernst Niebur
Persistent neuronal activity is usually studied in the context of short-term memory localized in central cortical areas. Recent studies show that early sensory areas also can have persistent representations of stimuli which emerge quickly (over tens of milliseconds) and decay slowly (over seconds). Traditional positive feedback models cannot explain sensory persistence for at least two reasons: (i) They show attractor dynamics, with transient perturbations resulting in a quasi-permanent change of system state, whereas sensory systems return to the original state after a transient...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027275/multifaceted-supramolecular-interactions-from-c-methylresorcin-4-arene-lead-to-an-enhancement-in-in-vitro-antibacterial-activity-of-gatifloxacin
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Arnab Dawn, Harish Chandra, Chandra Ade-Browne, Jagjit Yadav, Harshita Kumari
Mimicking the antibacterial activity of polyphenols in synthetic systems is an attractive approach for the development of novel active pharmaceutical ingredients. Resorcinarenes represent a class of polyphenols which have been exploited for decades for their attractive chemical scaffold suitable for forming host-guest complexes with hydrophobic guest molecules. However, the polyphenolic character of resorcinarenes, which could be a potential asset to the pharmaceutical industry, have been least exploited. The present work represents an unprecedented interplay of chemical nature of resorcinarene conferring an antimicrobial activity together with its ability to interact with an antibacterial drug gatifloxacin, improving the overall antibacterial activity...
October 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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