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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080967/affective-touch-and-attachment-style-modulate-pain-a-laser-evoked-potentials-study
#1
Charlotte Krahé, Marianne M Drabek, Yannis Paloyelis, Aikaterini Fotopoulou
Affective touch and cutaneous pain are two sub-modalities of interoception with contrasting affective qualities (pleasantness/unpleasantness) and social meanings (care/harm), yet their direct relationship has not been investigated. In 50 women, taking into account individual attachment styles, we assessed the role of affective touch and particularly the contribution of the C tactile (CT) system in subjective and electrophysiological responses to noxious skin stimulation, namely N1 and N2-P2 laser-evoked potentials...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075361/role-of-ire1%C3%AE-xbp-1-in-cystic-fibrosis-airway-inflammation
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REVIEW
Carla M P Ribeiro, Bob A Lubamba
Cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease is characterized by chronic airway infection and inflammation. The infectious and inflamed CF airway environment impacts on the innate defense of airway epithelia and airway macrophages. The CF airway milieu induces an adaptation in these cells characterized by increased basal inflammation and a robust inflammatory response to inflammatory mediators. Recent studies have indicated that these responses depend on activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR). This review discusses the contribution of airway epithelia and airway macrophages to CF airway inflammatory responses and specifically highlights the functional importance of the UPR pathway mediated by IRE1/XBP-1 in these processes...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071851/preprogramming-complex-hydrogel-responses-using-enzymatic-reaction-networks
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Sjoerd G J Postma, Ilia N Vialshin, Casper Y Gerritsen, Min Bao, Wilhelm T S Huck
The creation of adaptive matter is heavily inspired by biological systems. However, it remains challenging to design complex material responses that are governed by reaction networks, which lie at the heart of cellular complexity. The main reason for this slow progress is the lack of a general strategy to integrate reaction networks with materials. Herein we use a systematic approach to preprogram the response of a hydrogel to a trigger, in this case the enzyme trypsin, which activates a reaction network embedded within the hydrogel...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
#4
Ji-Su Kim, Seung-Bin Yoon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Bo-Woong Sim, Seon-A Choi, Sang-Il Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Bong-Seok Song, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang
The current study was performed to investigate the effect of oocyte donor status, including age and body weight, on metaphase II (MII) oocyte recovery using two superovulation methods in cynomolgus monkeys. The use of Method A [recombinant gonadotrophin (75 IU/kg, 3×, 3-day intervals) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] led to great increases in ovary size and the mean number of MII oocytes retrieved in age- and body-weight-dependent manner; in contrast, both the parameters were similar in Method B [recombinant gonadotrophin (60 IU, twice daily, 6 days), recombinant gonadotropin and recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH) (60 IU, twice daily, 3 days), and hCG]...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065189/mosquito-larvae-can-detect-water-vibration-patterns-from-a-nearby-predator
#5
D Roberts
Mosquito larvae have been shown to respond to water-borne kairomones from nearby predators by reducing their activity, and thus visibility. If they can identify the predator, they can then alter their response depending upon the associated predation risk. No studies have shown that mosquito larva may also detect water-borne vibrations from the predator. Final instar larvae of three mosquitoes: Culiseta longiareolata, Culex perexiguus and C. quinquefasciatus, were exposed to recorded vibrations from feeding dragonfly nymphs, to dragonfly kairomones and the combined effect of both...
January 9, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052712/the-effects-of-perinatal-steroid-therapy-on-growth-factor-levels-during-different-stages-of-the-developing-brain
#6
Burçin İşcan, Funda Tuzun, Serap Cilaker Micili, Kazim Tugyan, Nuray Duman, Hasan Ozkan, Abdullah Kumral
OBJECTIVE: Excess glucocorticoid exposure on the fetal brain during critical stages of development has considerable effects on the development of the central nervous system. This study thus aimed to evaluate the differential effects of glucocorticoid exposure on critical growth factor levels during different stages of brain maturation. METHODS: For this purpose, forty-two rat pups were divided into six groups based on the timing of betamethasone administration. Rats in the treatment groups were exposed to intraperitoneal betamethasone injections beginning at different time points (postnatal days 1, 2, and 3)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052247/sema-1a-reverse-signaling-promotes-midline-crossing-in-response-to-secreted-semaphorins
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Melissa Hernandez-Fleming, Ethan W Rohrbach, Greg J Bashaw
Commissural axons must cross the midline to form functional midline circuits. In the invertebrate nerve cord and vertebrate spinal cord, midline crossing is mediated in part by Netrin-dependent chemoattraction. Loss of crossing, however, is incomplete in mutants for Netrin or its receptor Frazzled/DCC, suggesting the existence of additional pathways. We identified the transmembrane Semaphorin, Sema-1a, as an important regulator of midline crossing in the Drosophila CNS. We show that in response to the secreted Semaphorins Sema-2a and Sema-2b, Sema-1a functions as a receptor to promote crossing independently of Netrin...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047944/su-f-t-164-investigation-of-presage-formulation-on-signal-quenching-in-a-proton-beam
#8
M Carroll, M Alqathami, G Ibbott
PURPOSE: The radiochromic polyurethane PRESAGE by Heuris Pharma has had limited applications with protons because of a dose response dependence on LET resulting in signal quenching in the Bragg peak. This is due to the radical initiator, a halocarbon, radically recombining in high-LET irradiations. This study investigated the use of alternative halocarbons at various chemical concentrations to determine their significance in signal quenching. METHODS: PRESAGE was manufactured in-house and cast in small volume cuvettes (1×1×4cm^3)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046006/suboptimal-criterion-learning-in-static-and-dynamic-environments
#9
Elyse H Norton, Stephen M Fleming, Nathaniel D Daw, Michael S Landy
Humans often make decisions based on uncertain sensory information. Signal detection theory (SDT) describes detection and discrimination decisions as a comparison of stimulus "strength" to a fixed decision criterion. However, recent research suggests that current responses depend on the recent history of stimuli and previous responses, suggesting that the decision criterion is updated trial-by-trial. The mechanisms underpinning criterion setting remain unknown. Here, we examine how observers learn to set a decision criterion in an orientation-discrimination task under both static and dynamic conditions...
January 3, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027051/accounting-for-local-dependence-with-the-rasch-model-the-paradox-of-information-increase
#10
David Andrich
Test theories imply statistical, local independence. Where local independence is violated, models of modern test theory that account for it have been proposed. One violation of local independence occurs when the response to one item governs the response to a subsequent item. Expanding on a formulation of this kind of violation between two items in the dichotomous Rasch model, this paper derives three related implications. First, it formalises how the polytomous Rasch model for an item constituted by summing the scores of the dependent items absorbs the dependence in its threshold structure...
2016: Journal of Applied Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025085/modelling-viral-infections-using-zebrafish-innate-immune-response-and-antiviral-research
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REVIEW
Mónica Varela, Antonio Figueras, Beatriz Novoa
Zebrafish possess a highly developed immune system that is remarkably similar to the human one. Therefore, it is expected that the majority of the signalling pathways and molecules involved in the immune response of mammals exist and behave similarly in fish. The innate antiviral response depends on the recognition of viral components by host cells. Pattern recognition receptors initiate antimicrobial defence mechanisms via several well-conserved signalling pathways. In this paper, we review current knowledge of the antiviral innate immune response in zebrafish by considering the main molecules that have been characterized and the infection models used for the in vivo study of the antiviral innate immune response...
December 23, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010101/constant-ph-simulations-of-ph-responsive-polymers
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Arjun Sharma, J D Smith, Keisha B Walters, Steven W Rick
Polyacidic polymers can change structure over a narrow range of pH in a competition between the hydrophobic effect, which favors a compact state, and electrostatic repulsion, which favors an extended state. Constant pH molecular dynamics computer simulations of poly(methacrylic acid) reveal that there are two types of structural changes, one local and one global, which make up the overall response. The local structural response depends on the tacticity of the polymer and leads to different cooperative effects for polymers with different stereochemistries, demonstrating both positive and negative cooperativities...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979920/molecular-mechanisms-that-distinguish-tfiid-housekeeping-from-regulatable-saga-promoters
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Wim J de Jonge, Eoghan O'Duibhir, Philip Lijnzaad, Dik van Leenen, Marian Ja Groot Koerkamp, Patrick Kemmeren, Frank Cp Holstege
An important distinction is frequently made between constitutively expressed housekeeping genes versus regulated genes. Although generally characterized by different DNA elements, chromatin architecture and cofactors, it is not known to what degree promoter classes strictly follow regulatability rules and which molecular mechanisms dictate such differences. We show that SAGA-dominated/TATA-box promoters are more responsive to changes in the amount of activator, even compared to TFIID/TATA-like promoters that depend on the same activator Hsf1...
December 15, 2016: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27937051/wnt10b-and-dkk-1-gene-therapy-differentially-influenced-trabecular-bone-architecture-soft-tissue-integrity-and-osteophytosis-in-a-skeletally-mature-rat-model-of-osteoarthritis
#14
Jeffrey B Mason, Brittney L Gurda, Kurt D Hankenson, Lindsey R Harper, Cathy S Carlson, James M Wilson, Dean W Richardson
AIMS: Our goals in the current experiments were to determine if 1) up-regulation of Wnt signaling would induce OA changes in stable stifle joints and 2) if down-regulation of Wnt signaling in destabilized joints would influence the progression of OA. METHODS: At 37 weeks of age, rats were injected in the stifle joint with a recombinant adeno-associated viral vector containing the Wnt-inhibitor Dkk-1 or a Wnt10b transgene. At 40 weeks of age, rats underwent surgical destabilization of the joint...
December 9, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935414/blue-light-does-not-inhibit-nodulation-in-sesbania-rostrata
#15
Aya Shimomura, Susumu Arima, Makoto Hayashi, Maskit Maymon, Ann M Hirsch, Akihiro Suzuki
Earlier, we reported that root nodulation was inhibited by blue light irradiation of Lotus japonicus. Because some legumes do not establish nodules exclusively on underground roots, we investigated whether nodule formation in Sesbania rostrata, which forms both root and "stem" nodules following inoculation with Azorhizobium caulinodans, is inhibited by blue light as are L. japonicus nodules. We found that neither S. rostrata nodulation nor nitrogen fixation was inhibited by blue light exposure. Moreover, although A...
January 2, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922659/eye-movement-analysis-and-cognitive-assessment-the-use-of-comparative-visual-search-tasks-in-a-non-immersive-vr-application
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Pedro J Rosa, Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Diogo Morais, Matthew Pavlovic, Olivia Smyth, Inês Maia, Tiago Gomes
BACKGROUND: An adequate behavioral response depends on attentional and mnesic processes. When these basic cognitive functions are impaired, the use of non-immersive Virtual Reality Applications (VRAs) can be a reliable technique for assessing the level of impairment. However, most non-immersive VRAs use indirect measures to make inferences about visual attention and mnesic processes (e.g., time to task completion, error rate). OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the eye movement analysis through eye tracking (ET) can be a reliable method to probe more effectively where and how attention is deployed and how it is linked with visual working memory during comparative visual search tasks (CVSTs) in non-immersive VRAs...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916138/alcohol-exposure-differentially-effects-anti-tumor-immunity-in-females-by-altering-dendritic-cell-function
#17
Matthew G Thompson, Flor Navarro, Lennox Chitsike, Luis Ramirez, Elizabeth J Kovacs, Stephanie K Watkins
Dendritic cells (DCs) are a critical component of anti-tumor immunity due to their ability to induce a robust immune response to antigen (Ag). Alcohol was previously shown to reduce DC ability to present foreign Ag and promote pro-inflammatory responses in situations of infection and trauma. However the impact of alcohol exposure on generation of an anti-tumor response, especially in the context of generation of an immune vaccine has not been examined. In the clinic, DC vaccines are typically generated from autologous blood, therefore prior exposure to substances such as alcohol may be a critical factor to consider regarding the effectiveness in generating an immune response...
December 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914729/operative-team-communication-during-simulated-emergencies-too-busy-to-respond
#18
W Austin Davis, Seth Jones, Adrianna M Crowell-Kuhnberg, Dara O'Keeffe, Kelly M Boyle, Suzanne B Klainer, Douglas S Smink, Steven Yule
BACKGROUND: Ineffective communication among members of a multidisciplinary team is associated with operative error and failure to rescue. We sought to measure operative team communication in a simulated emergency using an established communication framework called "closed loop communication." We hypothesized that communication directed at a specific recipient would be more likely to elicit a check back or closed loop response and that this relationship would vary with changes in patients' clinical status...
November 30, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905868/short-term-effects-of-low-let-radiation-on-the-endothelial-barrier-uncoupling-of-pecam-1-and-the-production-of-endothelial-microparticles
#19
Thomas Templin, Preety Sharma, Peter Guida, Peter Grabham
A significant target for radiation-induced effects is the microvascular system, which is critical to healthy tissue function and its pathology is linked to disrupted endothelial barrier function. Low-linear energy transfer (LET) ionizing radiation is a source of noncancer pathologies in humans and little is known about the early events that could initiate subsequent diseases. However, it is well known that gamma radiation causes a very early disruption of the endothelial barrier at doses below those required for cytotoxic effects...
December 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902935/g-quadruplex-fluorescence-sensing-by-core-extended-naphthalene-diimides
#20
Michela Zuffo, Filippo Doria, Silvia Botti, Greta Bergamaschi, Mauro Freccero
BACKGROUND: Fluorescent sensing of G-quadruplex nucleic acids (G4s) is an effective strategy to elucidate their role in vitro and in vivo. Small molecule ligands have often been exploited, producing an emission light up upon binding. Naphthalene diimides (NDIs), although potent G4 binders exhibiting red-NIR fluorophores, have only been marginally exploited, as they are usually quenched upon binding. Contrary, aggregating core-extended naphthalene diimides (cex-NDIs) proved to be effective probes...
November 27, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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