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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102912/different-spatio-temporal-eeg-features-drive-the-successful-decoding-of-binaural-and-monaural-cues-for-sound-localization
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Adam Bednar, Francis M Boland, Edmund C Lalor
The human ability to localize sound is essential for monitoring the environment and helps us to analyze complex auditory scenes. Although the acoustic cues mediating sound localization have been established, it remains unknown how these cues are represented in human cortex. In particular, it is still a point of contention whether binaural and monaural cues are processed by the same or distinct cortical networks. In this study, participants listened to a sequence of auditory stimuli from different spatial locations while we recorded their neural activity using electroencephalography (EEG)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102416/phase-separation-in-driven-granular-gases-exploring-the-elusive-character-of-nonequilibrium-steady-states
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S Herminghaus, M G Mazza
The emergence of patterns and phase separation in many-body systems far from thermal equilibrium is discussed using the example of driven granular gases. It is shown that phase separation follows a similar mechanism as in the systems of active Brownian particles. Depending on the quantities chosen for observation, it may or may not be easy to find functionals analogous to the free energy in equilibrium statistical physics. We argue that although such functionals can always be derived from the dynamics, it is of only limited value for predicting relevant aspects of the nonequilibrium steady state of the system...
January 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102090/upper-extremity-movement-reliability-and-validity-of-the-kinect-version-2
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Lydia R Reither, Matthew H Foreman, Nicole Migotsky, Chase Haddix, Jack R Engsberg
PURPOSE: Studies have shown that marker-less motion detection systems, such as the first generation Kinect (Kinect 1), have good reliability and potential for clinical application. Studies of the second generation Kinect (Kinect 2) have shown a large range of accuracy relative to balance and joint localization; however, few studies have investigated the validity and reliability of the Kinect 2 for upper extremity motion. This investigation compared reliability and validity among the Kinect 1, Kinect 2 and a video motion capture (VMC) system for upper extremity movements...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101523/spatial-mnemonic-encoding-theta-power-decreases-and-medial-temporal-lobe-bold-increases-co-occur-during-the-usage-of-the-method-of-loci
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Marie-Christin Fellner, Gregor Volberg, Maria Wimber, Markus Goldhacker, Mark W Greenlee, Simon Hanslmayr
The method of loci is one, if not the most, efficient mnemonic encoding strategy. This spatial mnemonic combines the core cognitive processes commonly linked to medial temporal lobe (MTL) activity: spatial and associative memory processes. During such processes, fMRI studies consistently demonstrate MTL activity, while electrophysiological studies have emphasized the important role of theta oscillations (3-8 Hz) in the MTL. However, it is still unknown whether increases or decreases in theta power co-occur with increased BOLD signal in the MTL during memory encoding...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101458/cationic-liposomes-modified-with-polyallylamine-as-a-gene-carrier-preparation-characterization-and-transfection-efficiency-evaluation
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Reza Kazemi Oskuee, Asma Mahmoudi, Leila Gholami, Alireza Rahmatkhah, Bizhan Malaekeh-Nikouei
Purpose: Cationic polymers and cationic liposomes have shown to be effective non-viral gene delivery vectors. In this study, we tried to improve the transfection efficiency by employing the advantages of both. Methods: For this purpose, modified polyallylamines (PAAs) were synthesized. These modifications were done through the reaction of PAA (15 KDa) with acrylate and 6-bromoalkanoic acid derivatives. Liposomes comprising of these cationic polymers and cationic lipid were prepared and extruded through polycarbonate filters to obtain desired size...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101252/identification-of-proteins-from-wild-cardoon-flowers-cynara-cardunculus-l-by-a-proteomic-approach
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Amal Ben Amira, Julien Bauwens, Edwin De Pauw, Souhail Besbes, Hamadi Attia, Frédéric Francis, Christophe Blecker
Proteomic approach was applied to identify total proteins, particularly the enzymatic content, from wild cardoon flowers. As the selection of an appropriate sample preparation method is the key for getting reliable results, two different extraction/precipitation methods (trichloroacetic acid and phenol/ammonium acetate) were tested on fresh and lyophilized flowers. After two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D-E) separations, a better protein pattern was obtained after phenol extraction from lyophilized flowers...
January 2017: Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100252/a-cognitive-electrophysiological-signature-differentiates-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-from-normal-aging
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Juan Li, Lucas S Broster, Gregory A Jicha, Nancy B Munro, Frederick A Schmitt, Erin Abner, Richard Kryscio, Charles D Smith, Yang Jiang
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive and effective biomarkers for early detection of amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) before measurable changes in behavioral performance remain scarce. Cognitive event-related potentials (ERPs) measure synchronized synaptic neural activity associated with a cognitive event. Loss of synapses is a hallmark of the neuropathology of early Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that ERP responses during working memory retrieval discriminate aMCI from cognitively normal controls (NC) matched in age and education...
January 19, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
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David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099477/chronic-maternal-low-protein-diet-in-mice-affects-anxiety-night-time-energy-expenditure-and-sleep-patterns-but-not-circadian-rhythm-in-male-offspring
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Randy F Crossland, Alfred Balasa, Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Sangeetha K Mahadevan, Marta L Fiorotto, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
Offspring of murine dams chronically fed a protein-restricted diet have an increased risk for metabolic and neurobehavioral disorders. Previously we showed that adult offspring, developmentally exposed to a chronic maternal low-protein (MLP) diet, had lower body and hind-leg muscle weights and decreased liver enzyme serum levels. We conducted energy expenditure, neurobehavioral and circadian rhythm assays in male offspring to examine mechanisms for the body-weight phenotype and assess neurodevelopmental implications of MLP exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098354/concealed-accessory-pathways-with-a-single-ventricular-and-two-discrete-atrial-insertion-sites
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Ryan T Kipp, Raed Abu Sham'a, Ito Hiroyuki, Frederick T Han, Marwan Refaat, Jonathan C Hsu, Michael E Field, Douglas E Kopp, Gregory M Marcus, Melvin M Scheinman, Kurt S Hoffmayer
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia utilizing a concealed accessory pathway is common. It is well appreciated that some patients may have multiple accessory pathways with separate atrial and ventricular insertion sites. METHODS: We present three cases of AVRT utilizing concealed pathways with evidence that each utilizing a single ventricular insertion and two discrete atrial insertion sites. RESULTS: In case one, two discrete atrial insertion sites were mapped in two separate procedures, and only during the second ablation was the Kent potential identified...
January 18, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098149/characterising-private-and-shared-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-37-asian-populations
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Xuanyao Liu, Dongsheng Lu, Woei-Yuh Saw, Philip J Shaw, Pongsakorn Wangkumhang, Chumpol Ngamphiw, Suthat Fucharoen, Worachart Lert-Itthiporn, Kwanrutai Chin-Inmanu, Tran Nguyen Bich Chau, Katie Anders, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, H Janaka de Silva, Tomohiro Katsuya, Ryosuke Kimura, Toru Nabika, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Yasuharu Tabara, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Ken Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Yokota, Dolikun Mamatyusupu, Wenjun Yang, Yeun-Jun Chung, Li Jin, Boon-Peng Hoh, Ananda R Wickremasinghe, RickTwee-Hee Ong, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Sarah J Dunstan, Cameron Simmons, Sissades Tongsima, Prapat Suriyaphol, Norihiro Kato, Shuhua Xu, Yik-Ying Teo
The Asian Diversity Project (ADP) assembled 37 cosmopolitan and ethnic minority populations in Asia that have been densely genotyped across over half a million markers to study patterns of genetic diversity and positive natural selection. We performed population structure analyses of the ADP populations and divided these populations into four major groups based on their genographic information. By applying a highly sensitive algorithm haploPS to locate genomic signatures of positive selection, 140 distinct genomic regions exhibiting evidence of positive selection in at least one population were identified...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095783/genome-wide-expression-profiling-in-muscle-and-subcutaneous-fat-of-lambs-in-response-to-the-intake-of-concentrate-supplemented-with-vitamin-e
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Laura González-Calvo, Elda Dervishi, Margalida Joy, Pilar Sarto, Roberto Martin-Hernandez, Magdalena Serrano, Jose M Ordovás, Jorge H Calvo
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to acquire a broader, more comprehensive picture of the transcriptional changes in the L. Thoracis muscle (LT) and subcutaneous fat (SF) of lambs supplemented with vitamin E. Furthermore, we aimed to identify novel genes involved in the metabolism of vitamin E that might also be involved in meat quality. In the first treatment, seven lambs were fed a basal concentrate from weaning to slaughter (CON). In the second treatment, seven lambs received basal concentrate from weaning to 4...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095081/blood-removal-influences-pacing-during-a-4-minute-cycling-time-trial
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Nathan G Lawler, Chris R Abbiss, Aaron Raman, Timothy J Fairchild, Garth L Maker, Robert D Trengove, Jeremiah J Peiffer
PURPOSE: To examine the influence of manipulating aerobic contribution following whole blood removal on pacing patterns, performance and energy contribution during self-paced middle distance cycling. METHODS: Seven male cyclists (33 ± 8 y) completed an incremental cycling test followed 20 min later by a 4-min self-paced cycling time trial (4MMP) on six separate occasions over 42 d. The initial two sessions acted as a familiarisation and baseline testing after which 470 mL of blood was removed with the remaining sessions performed 24 h, 7 d, 21 d and 42 d following blood removal...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094777/high-resolution-structural-evidence-suggests-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-forms-microdomains-with-acidic-stores-lysosomes-in-the-heart
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Daniel Aston, Rebecca A Capel, Kerrie L Ford, Helen C Christian, Gary R Mirams, Eva A Rog-Zielinska, Peter Kohl, Antony Galione, Rebecca A B Burton, Derek A Terrar
Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) stimulates calcium release from acidic stores such as lysosomes and is a highly potent calcium-mobilising second messenger. NAADP plays an important role in calcium signalling in the heart under basal conditions and following β-adrenergic stress. Nevertheless, the spatial interaction of acidic stores with other parts of the calcium signalling apparatus in cardiac myocytes is unknown. We present evidence that lysosomes are intimately associated with the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in ventricular myocytes; a median separation of 20 nm in 2D electron microscopy and 3...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094324/early-life-adversity-accelerates-cellular-ageing-and-affects-adult-inflammation-experimental-evidence-from-the-european-starling
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Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Claire Kolenda, Craig Parker, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
Early-life adversity is associated with accelerated cellular ageing during development and increased inflammation during adulthood. However, human studies can only establish correlation, not causation, and existing experimental animal approaches alter multiple components of early-life adversity simultaneously. We developed a novel hand-rearing paradigm in European starling nestlings (Sturnus vulgaris), in which we separately manipulated nutritional shortfall and begging effort for a period of 10 days. The experimental treatments accelerated erythrocyte telomere attrition and increased DNA damage measured in the juvenile period...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093038/metabonomic-strategy-to-the-evaluation-of-chinese-medicine-salvia-miltiorrhiza-and-dalbergia-odorifera-interfering-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Fei Mu, Jialin Duan, Haixu Bian, Xiaohu Zhai, Peijin Shang, Rui Lin, Meina Zhao, Dongmei Hu, Ying Yin, Aidong Wen, Miaomiao Xi
Extract of Salvia miltiorrhiza and Dalbergia Odorifera (SM-DOO) has been traditionally used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. However, information regarding the pharmacodyamic material basis and potential mechanism remain unknown. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: Sham, Model, Diltiazem and SM-DOO group, n=6. Rats were pretreated with homologous drugs for 7 days, then subjected to 30 min of ischemia followed by 180 min of reperfusion. Cardioprotection effects of SM-DOO on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury rats were examined by hemodynamic, infarct area, histopathology, biochemical indicators and western blot analysis...
January 16, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090441/principal-component-analysis-t1%C3%AF-voxel-based-relaxometry-of-the-articular-cartilage-a-comparison-of-biochemical-patterns-in-osteoarthritis-and-anterior-cruciate-ligament-subjects
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Valentina Pedoia, Colin Russell, Allison Randolph, Xiaojuan Li, Sharmila Majumdar
BACKGROUND: Quantitative MR, including T1ρ mapping, has been extensively used to probe early biochemical changes in knee articular cartilage of subjects with osteoarthritis (OA) and others at risk for cartilage degeneration, such as those with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction. However, limited studies have been performed aimed to assess the spatial location and patterns of T1ρ. In this study we used a novel voxel-based relaxometry (VBR) technique coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) to extract relevant features so as to describe regional patterns and to investigate their similarities and differences in T1ρ maps in subjects with OA and subjects six months after ACL reconstruction (ACLR)...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089709/objective-assessment-of-dietary-patterns-by-use-of-metabolic-phenotyping-a-randomised-controlled-crossover-trial
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Isabel Garcia-Perez, Joram M Posma, Rachel Gibson, Edward S Chambers, Tue H Hansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Torben Hansen, Manfred Beckmann, Oluf Pedersen, Paul Elliott, Jeremiah Stamler, Jeremy K Nicholson, John Draper, John C Mathers, Elaine Holmes, Gary Frost
BACKGROUND: Accurate monitoring of changes in dietary patterns in response to food policy implementation is challenging. Metabolic profiling allows simultaneous measurement of hundreds of metabolites in urine, the concentrations of which can be affected by food intake. We hypothesised that metabolic profiles of urine samples developed under controlled feeding conditions reflect dietary intake and can be used to model and classify dietary patterns of free-living populations. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, crossover trial, we recruited healthy volunteers (aged 21-65 years, BMI 20-35 kg/m(2)) from a database of a clinical research unit in the UK...
January 12, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089334/masticatory-function-and-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-in%C3%A2-patients-after-partial-maxillectomies-with-closed-or%C3%A2-open%C3%A2-defects
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Mohamed M Said, Takafumi Otomaru, Yesiboli Yeerken, Hisashi Taniguchi
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The healing pattern after surgical resection of tumors of the oral cavity involving the maxilla may vary from one patient to another. The result may be open communication between the oral and nasal cavities (open defect) or complete oronasal separation after healing of the defect area (closed defect). PURPOSE: The purpose of this clinical study was to compare masticatory function and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) between patients with closed and open defects who had undergone a partial maxillectomy and were wearing dentomaxillary prostheses...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
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