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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677337/determinants-of-neural-responses-to-disparity-in-natural-scenes
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Yiran Duan, Alexandra Yakovleva, Anthony M Norcia
We studied disparity-evoked responses in natural scenes using high-density electroencephalography (EEG) in an event-related design. Thirty natural scenes that mainly included outdoor settings with trees and buildings were used. Twenty-four subjects viewed a series of trials composed of sequential two-alternative temporal forced-choice presentation of two different versions (two-dimensional [2D] vs. three-dimensional [3D]) of the same scene interleaved by a scrambled image with the same power spectrum. Scenes were viewed orthostereoscopically at 3 m through a pair of shutter glasses...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675573/triclosan-evoked-neurotoxicity-involves-nmdar-subunits-with-the-specific-role-of-glun2a-in-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis
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Konrad A Szychowski, Agnieszka Wnuk, Joanna Rzemieniec, Małgorzata Kajta, Teresa Leszczyńska, Anna K Wójtowicz
Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial agent that is used extensively in personal care and in sanitising products. A number of studies have shown the presence of TCS in different human tissues such as blood, adipose tissue, the liver, brain as well as in breast milk and urine. N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are glutamate-gated ion channels that are widely expressed in the central nervous system and which play key roles in excitatory synaptic transmission. There is, however, no data on the involvement of NMDAR subunits in the apoptotic and neurotoxic effects of TCS...
April 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673780/evaluation-of-selective-attention-in-patients-with-misophonia
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Fúlvia Eduarda da Silva, Tanit Ganz Sanchez
INTRODUCTION: Misophonia is characterized by the aversion to very selective sounds, which evoke a strong emotional reaction. It has been inferred that misophonia, as well as tinnitus, is associated with hyperconnectivity between auditory and limbic systems. Individuals with bothersome tinnitus may have selective attention impairment, but it has not been demonstrated in case of misophonia yet. OBJECTIVE: To characterize a sample of misophonic subjects and compare it with two control groups, one with tinnitus individuals (without misophonia) and the other with asymptomatic individuals (without misophonia and without tinnitus), regarding the selective attention...
March 21, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673760/tumor-suppressive-functions-of-4-mu-on-breast-cancer-cells-of-different-er-status-regulation-of-hyaluronan-has2-cd44-and-specific-matrix-effectors
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Theodoros T Karalis, Paraskevi Heldin, Demitrios H Vynios, Thomas Neill, Simone Buraschi, Renato V Iozzo, Nikos K Karamanos, Spyros S Skandalis
The malignant phenotype of various cancers is linked to enhanced expression of hyaluronan, a pro-angiogenic glycosaminoglycan whose expression is suppressed by 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU), a non-toxic oral agent used as a dietary supplement to improve health and combat prostate cancer. However, little is known about the effects of hyaluronan inhibition by 4-MU on breast cancer cells. In this study, we investigated the role of 4-MU in mammary carcinoma cells with distinct malignant phenotypes and estrogen receptor (ER) status, a major prognostic factor in the clinical management of breast cancers...
April 16, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673037/sphingosine-1-phosphate-selectively-activates-vagal-afferent-c-fiber-subtype-in-guinea-pig-esophagus
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X Yu, M J Patil, M Yu, Y Liu, J Wang, B J Undem, S Yu
BACKGROUND: Activation and sensitization of visceral afferent nerves by inflammatory mediators play important roles in visceral nociception. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a lipid with intracellular and extracellular functions. Extracellularly, it can act as an autacoid via interactions with S1P receptors. The present study aims to determine the effect of S1P on esophageal vagal afferent nerve functions. METHODS: Extracellular single-unit recordings were performed in ex vivo guinea pig esophageal-vagal preparations...
April 19, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672605/concentration-related-metabolic-rate-and-behavioral-thermoregulatory-adaptations-to-serial-administrations-of-nitrous-oxide-in-rats
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Karl J Kaiyala, Douglas S Ramsay
BACKGROUND: Initial administration of ≥60% nitrous oxide (N2O) to rats evokes hypothermia, but after repeated administrations the gas instead evokes hyperthermia. This sign reversal is driven mainly by increased heat production. To determine whether rats will behaviorally oppose or assist the development of hyperthermia, we previously performed thermal gradient testing. Inhalation of N2O at ≥60% causes rats to select cooler ambient temperatures both during initial administrations and during subsequent administrations in which the hyperthermic state exists...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672530/development-of-an-effective-virtual-environment-in-eliciting-craving-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-internet-gaming-disorder
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Yu-Bin Shin, Jae-Jin Kim, Min-Kyeong Kim, Sunghyon Kyeong, Young Hoon Jung, Hyojung Eom, Eunjoo Kim
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is a new disorder that warrants further investigation, as recently noted in the research criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Offering controlled environments that increase cue-induced craving, virtual reality cue-exposure therapy has been shown to be effective for some addiction disorders. To assess the feasibility of virtual reality for patients with IGD, this study aimed to develop virtual environments that represent risk situations for inducing craving, and assess the effect of virtual reality in cue reactivity...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672320/correlation-between-preoperative-auditory-steady-state-response-and-postoperative-electrically-evoked-auditory-brainstem-response-and-t-level-in-cochlear-implantation-for-child-patients-with-inner-ear-malformations
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Xiao-Feng Qiao, Xin Li, Dong Wang, Tong-Li Li
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the correlation between thresholds of preoperative multiple auditory steady-state response (ASSR) and electrically evoked auditory brainstem response (EABR) and the behavioral threshold. METHODS: A total of 72 patients were elected to receive a multichannel cochlear implant. According to the residual hearing determined in a preoperative test using high-, moderate-, and low-frequency ASSR, these patients were divided into the following 2 groups: residual hearing and hearing loss...
April 19, 2018: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671217/cyproheptadine-regulates-pyramidal-neuron-excitability-in-mouse-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Yan-Lin He, Kai Wang, Qian-Ru Zhao, Yan-Ai Mei
Cyproheptadine (CPH), a first-generation antihistamine, enhances the delayed rectifier outward K+ current (IK ) in mouse cortical neurons through a sigma-1 receptor-mediated protein kinase A pathway. In this study, we aimed to determine the effects of CPH on neuronal excitability in current-clamped pyramidal neurons in mouse medial prefrontal cortex slices. CPH (10 µmol/L) significantly reduced the current density required to generate action potentials (APs) and increased the instantaneous frequency evoked by a depolarizing current...
April 18, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670539/glycyrrhetinic-acid-antagonizes-pressure-induced-venous-remodeling-in-mice
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Hanna Kuk, Caroline Arnold, Andreas H Wagner, Markus Hecker, Carsten Sticht, Thomas Korff
Development of spider veins is caused by the remodeling of veins located in the upper dermis and promoted by risk factors such as obesity or pregnancy that chronically increase venous pressure. We have repeatedly shown that the pressure-induced increase in biomechanical wall stress is sufficient to evoke the formation of enlarged corkscrew-like superficial veins in mice. Subsequent experimental approaches revealed that interference with endothelial- and/or smooth muscle cell (SMC) activation counteracts this remodeling process...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670202/automated-fluid-delivery-from-multiwell-plates-to-microfluidic-devices-for-high-throughput-experiments-and-microscopy
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Ross C Lagoy, Dirk R Albrecht
High-throughput biological and chemical experiments typically use either multiwell plates or microfluidic devices to analyze numerous independent samples in a compact format. Multiwell plates are convenient for screening chemical libraries in static fluid environments, whereas microfluidic devices offer immense flexibility in flow control and dynamics. Interfacing these platforms in a simple and automated way would introduce new high-throughput experimental capabilities, such as compound screens with precise exposure timing...
April 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669221/role-of-ion-channels-in-the-functional-response-of-conjunctival-goblet-cells-to-dry-eye
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Donald G Puro
Optimal vision requires an ocular surface with a stable tear film whose many critical tasks include providing >70% of the eye's refractive power. However for millions, tear film instability produces uncomfortable sight-impairing dry eye. Despite the multitude of etiologies for dry eye, a universal hallmark is hyperosmolarity of the tear film. Presently, knowledge of how the ocular surface responds to hyperosmolarity remains incomplete with little understood about the role of ion channels. This bioelectric analysis focused on conjunctival goblet cells whose release of tear-stabilizing mucin is a key adaptive response to dry eye...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668918/glutamatergic-signaling-drives-ketamine-mediated-response-in-depression-evidence-from-dynamic-causal-modeling
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Jessica R Gilbert, Julia S Yarrington, Kathleen E Wills, Allison C Nugent, Carlos A Zarate
Background: The glutamatergic modulator ketamine has rapid antidepressant effects in individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar depression. Thus, modulating glutamatergic transmission may be critical to effectively treating depression, though the mechanisms by which this occurs are not fully understood. Methods: This double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled study analyzed data from 18 drug-free MDD subjects and 18 heathy controls who received a single intravenous infusion of ketamine hydrochloride (0...
April 13, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668865/association-between-brain-activation-and-functional-connectivity
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Dardo Tomasi, Nora D Volkow
The origin of the "resting-state" brain activity recorded with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is still uncertain. Here we provide evidence for the neurovascular origins of the amplitude of the low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF) and the local functional connectivity density (lFCD) by comparing them with task-induced blood-oxygen level dependent (BOLD) responses, which are considered a proxy for neuronal activation. Using fMRI data for 2 different tasks (Relational and Social) collected by the Human Connectome Project in 426 healthy adults, we show that ALFF and lFCD have linear associations with the BOLD response...
April 13, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668394/it-s-the-other-way-around-early-modulation-of-sensory-distractor-processing-induced-by-late-response-conflict
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Bernhard Pastötter, Christian Frings
Understanding the neural processes that maintain goal-directed behavior is a major challenge for the study of attentional control. Although much of the previous work on the issue has focused on prefrontal brain areas, little is known about the contribution of sensory brain processes to the regulation of attentional control. The present EEG study examined brain oscillatory activities invoked in the processing of response conflict in a lateralized Eriksen single-flanker task, in which target letters were presented at fixation and single distractor letters were presented either left or right to the targets...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668392/recognizing-facial-slivers
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Sharon Gilad-Gutnick, Elia Samuel Harmatz, Kleovoulos Tsourides, Galit Yovel, Pawan Sinha
We report here an unexpectedly robust ability of healthy human participants ( n = 40) to recognize extremely distorted needle-like facial images, challenging the well-entrenched notion that veridical spatial configuration is necessary for extracting facial identity. In face identification tasks of parametrically compressed internal and external features, we found that the sum of performances on each cue falls significantly short of performance on full faces, despite the equal visual information available from both measures (with full faces essentially being a superposition of internal and external features)...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668377/pulsed-infrared-releases-ca-2-from-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-of-cultured-spiral-ganglion-neurons
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John N Barrett, Samantha Rincon, Jayanti Singh, Cristina Matthewman, Julio Pasos, Ellen F Barrett, Suhrud M Rajguru
We investigated the effects of pulsed infrared radiation (IR, 1863 nm) stimulation on cytosolic [Ca2+ ] in inner ear spiral ganglion neurons cultured from day 4 postnatal mice and loaded with a fluorescent Ca2+ indicator (fluo-4, -5F or -5N). IR pulse trains (200 µs, 200-250 Hz, 2-5 s) delivered via an optical fiber coupled to IR source produced a rapid, transient temperature increase of 6-11ºC (above a baseline of 24-30 ºC) and evoked transient increases in both nuclear and cytosolic [Ca2+ ] of 0.20 - 1...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667190/age-related-changes-in-late-i-waves-influence-motor-cortex-plasticity-induction-in-older-adults
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George M Opie, John Cirillo, John G Semmler
KEYPOINTS SUMMARY: The response to neuroplasticity interventions using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is reduced in older adults, which may be due, in part, to age-related alterations in interneuronal (I-wave) circuitry. The current study investigated age-related changes in interneuronal characteristics and whether they influence motor cortical plasticity in older adults. While I-wave recruitment was unaffected by age, there was a shift in the temporal characteristics of the late, but not early I-waves...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666623/autoimmunity-to-tropomyosin-specific-peptides-induced-by-mycobacterium-leprae-in-leprosy-patients-identification-of-mimicking-proteins
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Itu Singh, Asha Ram Yadav, Keshar Kunja Mohanty, Kiran Katoch, Prashant Sharma, Vinay Kumar Pathak, Deepa Bisht, Umesh D Gupta, Utpal Sengupta
Background: It has been shown earlier that there is a rise in the levels of autoantibodies and T cell response to cytoskeletal proteins in leprosy. Our group recently demonstrated a rise in both T and B cell responses to keratin and myelin basic protein in all types of leprosy patients and their associations in type 1 reaction (T1R) group of leprosy. Objectives: In this study, we investigated the association of levels of autoantibodies and lymphoproliferation against myosin in leprosy patients across the spectrum and tried to find out the mimicking proteins or epitopes between host protein and protein/s of Mycobacterium leprae ...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665549/combination-of-cyp2c19-genotype-with-non-genetic-factors-evoking-phenoconversion-improves-phenotype-prediction
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Ádám Ferenc Kiss, Dorottya Vaskó, Máté Tamás Déri, Katalin Tóth, Katalin Monostory
BACKGROUND: CYP2C19 is an important drug-metabolizing enzyme, responsible for metabolism of approximately 10% of the drugs on the market. Large inter-individual differences exist in metabolic activities, which are primarily attributed to genetic polymorphism of CYP2C19 gene. Conflicting results have been published about the role of CYP2C19 polymorphisms in metabolism of CYP2C19 substrates and clinical outcomes; thus, we aimed to investigate CYP2C19 genotype-phenotype associations, and we sought to elicit potential causes of discrepancies in the genotype-based prediction by incorporating the liver donors' demographic data, drug administration events and pathological conditions...
December 5, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
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