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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323283/treadmill-exercise-suppressed-stress-induced-dendritic-spine-elimination-in-mouse-barrel-cortex-and-improved-working-memory-via-bdnf-trkb-pathway
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K Chen, L Zhang, M Tan, C S W Lai, A Li, C Ren, K-F So
Stress-related memory deficit is correlated with dendritic spine loss. Physical exercise improves memory function and promotes spinogenesis. However, no studies have been performed to directly observe exercise-related effects on spine dynamics, in association with memory function. This study utilized transcranial two-photon in vivo microscopy to investigate dendritic spine formation and elimination in barrel cortex of mice under physical constrain or naive conditions, followed by memory performance in a whisker-dependent novel texture discrimination task...
March 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322960/sericin-binded-deprotenized-natural-rubber-film-containing-chitin-whiskers-as-elasto-gel-dressing
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Anyarat Watthanaphanit, Ratana Rujiravanit
Here, we aims to demonstrate a simple concept in biomaterials design by using natural resources solely as raw materials to fabricate elastic wound care dressing. Elasto-gel films comprise of silk sericin (SRC), natural rubber (NR), and chitin whisker (CTW) were developed. A glue-like protein SRC found in silk cocoons is beneficial for the treatment of wounds due to its superior skin moisturizing ability. However, the pure SRC film is generally difficult to be fabricated because of its weak structural feature...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299642/cerebromicrovascular-dysfunction-predicts-cognitive-decline-and-gait-abnormalities-in-a-mouse-model-of-whole-brain-irradiation-induced-accelerated-brain-senescence
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Zoltan Ungvari, Stefano Tarantini, Peter Hertelendy, M Noa Valcarcel-Ares, Gabor A Fülöp, Sreemathi Logan, Tamas Kiss, Eszter Farkas, Anna Csiszar, Andriy Yabluchanskiy
Whole brain irradiation (WBI) is a mainstream therapy for patients with both identifiable brain metastases and prophylaxis for microscopic malignancies. However, it also promotes accelerated senescence in healthy tissues and leads to progressive cognitive dysfunction in up to 50% of tumor patients surviving long term after treatment, due to γ-irradiation-induced cerebromicrovascular injury. Moment-to-moment adjustment of cerebral blood flow (CBF) via neuronal activity-dependent cerebromicrovascular dilation (functional hyperemia) has a critical role in maintenance of healthy cognitive function...
February 2017: Geroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293529/facial-nerve-recovery-in-kbdb-and-c1q-knockout-mice-a-role-for-histocompatibility-complex-1
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Seden Akdagli, Ryan A Williams, Hyun J Kim, Yuling Yan, Mirna Mustapha, Sam P Most
BACKGROUND: Understanding the mechanisms in nerve damage can lead to better outcomes for neuronal rehabilitation. The purpose of our study was to assess the effect of major histocompatibility complex I deficiency and inhibition of the classical complement pathway (C1q) on functional recovery and cell survival in the facial motor nucleus (FMN) after crush injury in adult and juvenile mice. METHODS: A prospective blinded analysis of functional recovery and cell survival in the FMN after a unilateral facial nerve crush injury in juvenile and adult mice was undertaken between wild-type, C1q knockout (C1q-/-), and KbDb knockout (KbDb-/-) groups...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275712/pixying-behavior-a-versatile-real-time-and-post-hoc-automated-optical-tracking-method-for-freely-moving-and-head-fixed-animals
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Mostafa A Nashaat, Hatem Oraby, Laura Blanco Peña, Sina Dominiak, Matthew E Larkum, Robert N S Sachdev
Here, we describe an automated optical method for tracking animal behavior in both head-fixed and freely moving animals, in real time and offline. It takes advantage of an off-the-shelf camera system, the Pixy camera, designed as a fast vision sensor for robotics that uses a color-based filtering algorithm at 50 Hz to track objects. Using customized software, we demonstrate the versatility of our approach by first tracking the rostro-caudal motion of individual adjacent row (D1, D2) or arc whiskers (β, γ), or a single whisker and points on the whisker pad, in head-fixed mice performing a tactile task...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270049/barrels-xxix-barrels-go-hollywood
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Mathew H Evans, Joshua C Brumberg
Barrels XXIX brought together researchers focusing on the rodent barrel cortex and associated systems. The meeting revolved around three themes: thalamocortical interactions in motor control, touch in rodent, monkey, and humans, and the nature of the multisensory computations the brain makes. Over two days these topics were covered as well as many more presentations that focused on the physiology, behavior, and development of the rodent whisker-to-barrel cortex system.
March 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267973/active-sensing-the-rat-s-nose-dances-in-step-with-whiskers-head-and-breath
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Kyle S Severson, Daniel H O'Connor
Active sampling of touch and smell involves coordinated movements first observed in the rat half a century ago. A new study has unveiled the elegant choreography of this facial and head motion during tactile and olfactory exploration.
March 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267350/variation-in-ct-number-and-image-noise-uniformity-according-to-patient-positioning-in-mdct
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Timothy P Szczykutowicz, Andrew DuPlissis, Perry J Pickhardt
OBJECTIVE: Many algorithms for clinical decision making rely on assessment of the CT number (expressed as Hounsfield units); however, to our knowledge, few, if any, studies have addressed how CT numbers change as a function of patient positioning within the scanner. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An anthropomorphic phantom underwent imaging with varying amounts of vertical orientation misalignment with respect to isocenter. CT number and noise were measured using ROIs in the upper thorax, mid thorax, and abdomen...
March 7, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267198/serotonergic-transmission-at-merkel-discs-modulation-by-exogenously-applied-chemical-messengers-and-involvement-of-ih-currents
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Weipang Chang, Hirosato Kanda, Ryo Ikeda, Jennifer Ling, Jianguo G Gu
The Merkel disc is a main type of tactile end organ consisting of Merkel cells and Aβ-afferent endings that responds to tactile stimulation with slowly adapting type 1 (SA1) afferent impulses. Our recent study has shown that Merkel discs in whisker hair follicles are serotonergic synapses using endogenous serotonin to transmit tactile signals from Merkel cells to Aβ-afferent endings. In the present study, we hypothesize that tactile sensitivity of Merkel discs can be modulated by chemical messengers. We tested this hypothesis by determining whether and how SA1 responses of mouse whisker hair follicles may be affected by exogenously applied chemical messengers...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249370/properties-of-doped-gasb-whiskers-at-low-temperatures
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Igor Khytruk, Anatoly Druzhinin, Igor Ostrovskii, Yuriy Khoverko, Natalia Liakh-Kaguy, Krzysztof Rogacki
Temperature dependencies of GaSb whiskers' resistance doped with Te to concentration of 1.7 × 10(18) cm(-3) were measured in temperature range 1.5-300 K. At 4.2 K temperature, a sharp drop in the whisker resistance was found. The observed effect is likely connected with the contribution of two processes such as the electron localization in the whiskers and transition in superconducting state at temperature below 4.2 K. The whisker magnetoconductance is considered in the framework of weak antilocalization (WAL) model and connected with subsurface layers of the whiskers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222808/detection-and-genome-characterization-of-four-novel-bat-hepadnaviruses-and-a-hepevirus-in-china
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Bo Wang, Xing-Lou Yang, Wen Li, Yan Zhu, Xing-Yi Ge, Li-Biao Zhang, Yun-Zhi Zhang, Claus-Thomas Bock, Zheng-Li Shi
BACKGROUND: In recent years, novel hepadnaviruses, hepeviruses, hepatoviruses, and hepaciviruses have been discovered in various species of bat around the world, indicating that bats may act as natural reservoirs for these hepatitis viruses. In order to further assess the distribution of hepatitis viruses in bat populations in China, we tested the presence of these hepatitis viruses in our archived bat liver samples that originated from several bat species and various geographical regions in China...
February 22, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
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Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkentli, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203145/bidirectional-hebbian-plasticity-induced-by-low-frequency-stimulation-in-basal-dendrites-of-rat-barrel-cortex-layer-5-pyramidal-neurons
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Andrea Díez-García, Natali Barros-Zulaica, Ángel Núñez, Washington Buño, David Fernández de Sevilla
According to Hebb's original hypothesis (Hebb, 1949), synapses are reinforced when presynaptic activity triggers postsynaptic firing, resulting in long-term potentiation (LTP) of synaptic efficacy. Long-term depression (LTD) is a use-dependent decrease in synaptic strength that is thought to be due to synaptic input causing a weak postsynaptic effect. Although the mechanisms that mediate long-term synaptic plasticity have been investigated for at least three decades not all question have as yet been answered...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203039/quality-assurance-using-outlier-detection-on-an-automatic-segmentation-method-for-the-cerebellar-peduncles
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Ke Li, Chuyang Ye, Zhen Yang, Aaron Carass, Sarah H Ying, Jerry L Prince
Cerebellar peduncles (CPs) are white matter tracts connecting the cerebellum to other brain regions. Automatic segmentation methods of the CPs have been proposed for studying their structure and function. Usually the performance of these methods is evaluated by comparing segmentation results with manual delineations (ground truth). However, when a segmentation method is run on new data (for which no ground truth exists) it is highly desirable to efficiently detect and assess algorithm failures so that these cases can be excluded from scientific analysis...
February 27, 2016: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191033/algorithm-and-software-to-automatically-identify-latency-and-amplitude-features-of-local-field-potentials-recorded-in-electrophysiological-investigation
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Maria Rubega, Claudia Cecchetto, Stefano Vassanelli, Giovanni Sparacino
BACKGROUND: Local field potentials (LFPs) evoked by sensory stimulation are particularly useful in electrophysiological research. For instance, spike timing and current transmembrane current flow estimated from LFPs recorded in the barrel cortex in rats and mice are exploited to investigate how the brain represents sensory stimuli. Recent improvements in microelectrodes technology enable neuroscientists to acquire a great amount of LFPs during the same experimental session, calling for algorithms for their quantitative automatic analysis...
2017: Source Code for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174560/things-are-getting-hairy-enterobacteria-bacteriophage-vb_pcam_cbb
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Colin Buttimer, Hanne Hendrix, Hugo Oliveira, Aidan Casey, Horst Neve, Olivia McAuliffe, R Paul Ross, Colin Hill, Jean-Paul Noben, Jim O'Mahony, Rob Lavigne, Aidan Coffey
Enterobacteria phage vB_PcaM_CBB is a "jumbo" phage belonging to the family Myoviridae. It possesses highly atypical whisker-like structures along the length of its contractile tail. It has a broad host range with the capability of infecting species of the genera Erwinia, Pectobacterium, and Cronobacter. With a genome of 355,922 bp, excluding a predicted terminal repeat of 22,456 bp, phage CBB is the third largest phage sequenced to date. Its genome was predicted to encode 554 ORFs with 33 tRNAs. Based on prediction and proteome analysis of the virions, 29% of its predicted ORFs could be functionally assigned...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
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Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135640/characterization-of-the-mechanical-behaviors-and-bioactivity-of-tetrapod-zno-whiskers-reinforced-bioactive-glass-gelatin-composite-scaffolds
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Weihuang Guo, Fujian Zhao, Yudong Wang, Jieyin Tang, Xiaofeng Chen
The purpose of this study is to construct bone tissue engineering scaffold with high porosity, good mechanical properties, and biological activities. Bioactive glass/gelatin composite scaffolds with different amounts of tetrapod zinc oxide whiskers were produced. The morphology, mechanical properties and in vitro bioactivity of the composite scaffolds were investigated. Results showed that, the composite scaffolds had open pores with a high degree of interconnectivity, and the porosity was higher than 80%. With the amount of ZnO whiskers increased, the mechanical properties of scaffolds increased...
January 23, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128255/animal-behaviour-seal-whiskers-may-sense-fish-breath
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January 25, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127712/nanoscale-conductive-channels-in-silicon-whiskers-with-nickel-impurity
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Serhii Yatsukhnenko, Anatoly Druzhinin, Igor Ostrovskii, Yuriy Khoverko, Mukhajlo Chernetskiy
The magnetization and magnetoresistance of Si whiskers doped with <Ni, B> to boron concentrations corresponding to the metal-insulator transition (2 × 10(18) cm(-3) ÷ 5 × 10(18) cm(-3)) were measured at high magnetic fields up to 14 T in a wide temperature range 4.2-300 K. Hysteresis of the magnetic moment was observed for Si p-type whiskers with nickel impurity in a wide temperature range 4.2-300 K indicating a strong interaction between the Ni impurities and the possibility of a magnetic cluster creation...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
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