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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208772/transcriptional-and-behavioral-responses-of-zebrafish-larvae-to-microcystin-lr-exposure
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Eleni Tzima, Iliana Serifi, Ioanna Tsikari, Ainhoa Alzualde, Ioannis Leonardos, Thomais Papamarcaki
Microcystins are cyclic heptapeptides that constitute a diverse group of toxins produced by cyanobacteria. One of the most toxic variants of this family is microcystin-LR (MCLR) which is a potent inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) and induces cytoskeleton alterations. In this study, zebrafish larvae exposed to 500 μg/L of MCLR for four days exhibited a 40% reduction of PP2A activity compared to the controls, indicating early effects of the toxin. Gene expression profiling of the MCLR-exposed larvae using microarray analysis revealed that keratin 96 (krt96) was the most downregulated gene, consistent with the well-documented effects of MCLR on cytoskeleton structure...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206689/working-memory-ability-and-early-drug-use-progression-as-predictors-of-adolescent-substance-use-disorders
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Atika Khurana, Daniel Romer, Laura M Betancourt, Hallam Hurt
AIMS: To test a neurobehavioral model of adolescent substance use disorder (SUD) resulting from an imbalance between a hyperactive reward motivation system and a hypoactive executive control system. Specifically, we tested (1) if early weakness in working memory (WM) and associated imbalance indicators of acting-without-thinking (AWT) and delay discounting (DD) predict SUD in late adolescence, and (2) if early drug use progression mediates this relation. DESIGN: Five waves of longitudinal data collected annually from 2005-2010, with a final follow-up in 2012...
February 16, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203348/flibanserin-for-hypoactive-sexual-desire-disorder-place-in-therapy
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Faina Gelman, Jessica Atrio
The pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of female sexual interest in pre- and post-menopausal women present a complex arena for patients and physicians to navigate. Flibanserin was the first pharmacologic treatment, approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in August 2015, for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Side effects, contraindications and lack of approval in postmenopausal women are all limitations, as are issues surrounding patient and physician knowledge and access...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197002/an-exploratory-study-for-bladder-dysfunction-in-atypical-antipsychotic-emergent-urinary-incontinence
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Preeti Sinha, Anupam Gupta, V Senthil Kumar Reddi, Chittaranjan Andrade
INTRODUCTION: This is an exploratory study, which aimed to analyze urodynamic findings in patients who are on atypical antipsychotics and present with urinary incontinence (UI) in order to understand the mechanisms of antipsychotic-emergent UI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight patients (34 ± 7.6 years; five males and three females) diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, who were on risperidone, olanzapine, or clozapine monotherapy and having UI were recruited...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195201/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-wild-derived-mice-generation-of-tamed-wild-derived-strains-by-mutation-of-the-a-nonagouti-gene
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Michiko Hirose, Ayumi Hasegawa, Keiji Mochida, Shogo Matoba, Yuki Hatanaka, Kimiko Inoue, Tatsuhiko Goto, Hideki Kaneda, Ikuko Yamada, Tamio Furuse, Kuniya Abe, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Hiroko Tsukamura, Shigeharu Wakana, Arata Honda, Atsuo Ogura
Wild-derived mice have contributed to experimental mouse genetics by virtue of their genetic diversity, which may help increase the chance of identifying novel modifier genes responsible for specific phenotypes and diseases. However, gene targeting using wild-derived mice has been unsuccessful because of the unavailability of stable embryonic stem cells. Here, we report that CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene targeting can be applied to the Japanese wild-derived MSM/Ms strain (Mus musculus molossinus). We targeted the nonagouti (a) gene encoding the agouti protein that is localized in hair and the brain...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194812/detection-and-management-of-hyperactive-and-hypoactive-delirium-in-older-patients-during-hospitalization-a-retrospective-cohort-study-evaluating-daily-practice
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Eveline L van Velthuijsen, Sandra M G Zwakhalen, Wubbo J Mulder, Frans R J Verhey, Gertrudis I J M Kempen
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study are to study daily hospital practice regarding detection and management and to study hyperactive and hypoactive delirium of older patients during their hospitalization. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study evaluating care as usual for older hospitalized patients with delirium at Maastricht University Medical Center+, a university hospital in the Netherlands, was performed. Inclusion criteria were older hospitalized patients (65+ years), diagnosed with delirium between 1 January and 31 December 2014...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185727/quantitative-investigation-of-the-mechanisms-of-microplastics-and-nanoplastics-toward-zebrafish-larvae-locomotor-activity
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Qiqing Chen, Michael Gundlach, Shouye Yang, Jing Jiang, Mirna Velki, Daqiang Yin, Henner Hollert
This study investigated the direct and indirect toxic effects of microplastics and nanoplastics toward zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae locomotor activity. Results showed that microplastics alone exhibited no significant effects except for the upregulated zfrho visual gene expression; whereas nanoplastics inhibited the larval locomotion by 22% during the last darkness period, and significantly reduced larvae body length by 6%, inhibited the acetylcholinesterase activity by 40%, and upregulated gfap, α1-tubulin, zfrho and zfblue gene expression significantly...
February 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185235/impact-of-a-simulated-gravity-load-for-atmospheric-reentry-10%C3%A2-g-for-2%C3%A2-min-on-conscious-mice
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Hironobu Morita, Aoi Yamaguchi, Dai Shiba, Masaki Shirakawa, Satoru Takahashi
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency recently performed a mouse experiment in the International Space Station in which mice were raised for 35 days, retrieved using the Dragon spacecraft, and then harvested for analysis 2 days after splashdown. However, the impact of the retrieval procedure, which exposed mice to 5-10 g for 2 min during atmospheric reentry and splashdown, was unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a 10 g load for 2 min (using a gondola-type centrifuge with a 1...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163158/neuron-subset-specific-pten-deletion-induces-abnormal-skeletal-activity-in-mice
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Joaquin N Lugo, Marjorie H Thompson, Philippe Huber, Gregory Smith, Ronald Y Kwon
Individuals with a history of epilepsy are at higher risk for bone fractures compared to the general population. Although clinical studies support an association between low bone mineral density (BMD) and anti-seizure medications, little is known on whether a history of seizures is linked to altered bone health. Therefore, in this study we tested the hypothesis that bone mass, morphology, and bone mineralization are altered by seizures in genetically epileptic animals and in animals subjected to an episode of status epilepticus...
February 2, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162778/neural-mechanisms-of-mood-induced-modulation-of-reality-monitoring-in-schizophrenia
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Karuna Subramaniam, Kamalini G Ranasinghe, Daniel Mathalon, Srikantan Nagarajan, Sophia Vinogradov
Reality monitoring is the ability to accurately distinguish the source of self-generated information from externally-presented information. Although people with schizophrenia (SZ) show impaired reality monitoring, nothing is known about how mood state influences this higher-order cognitive process. Accordingly, we induced positive, neutral and negative mood states to test how different mood states modulate subsequent reality monitoring performance. Our findings indicate that mood affected reality monitoring performance in HC and SZ participants in both similar and dissociable ways...
January 12, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148581/delirium-a-guide-for-the-general-physician
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Oliver M Todd, Elizabeth A Teale
Delirium describes a sudden onset change in mental status of fluctuating course. This is a state of altered consciousness characterised chiefly by inattention or lack of arousal, but can also include new impairment of language, perception and behaviour. Certain predisposing factors can make an individual more susceptible to delirium in the face of a stressor. Stressors include direct insults to the brain, insults peripheral to the brain or external changes in the environment of an individual. Delirium is varied in its presentation, and can be categorised by the psychomotor profile as: hyperactive type (overly vigilant, agitated, often wandersome), hypoactive type (sedate or withdrawn) or mixed types...
February 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131625/deficits-in-cognitive-flexibility-induced-by-chronic-unpredictable-stress-are-associated-with-impaired-glutamate-neurotransmission-in-the-rat-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Julianne D Jett, Sarah E Bulin, Lauren C Hatherall, Carlie M McCartney, David A Morilak
Deficits in cognitive flexibility, the ability to modify behavior in response to changes in the environment, contribute to the onset and maintenance of stress-related neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as depression. Cognitive flexibility depends on medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) function, and in depressed patients, cognitive inflexibility is associated with hypoactivity and decreased glutamate receptor expression in the mPFC. Rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) exhibit compromised mPFC function on the extradimensional (ED) set-shifting task of the attentional set-shifting test...
January 26, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131178/cortical-control-of-vertical-and-horizontal-saccades-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-an-exploratory-fmri-study
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J Lemos, D Pereira, L Almendra, D Rebelo, M Patrício, J Castelhano, G Cunha, C Januário, L Cunha, A Freire, M Castelo-Branco
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative disorder showing predominant brainstem involvement, characterized by marked slowing of rapid eye movements (saccades), particularly along the vertical plane. While the contribution of the brainstem damage for the saccadic disturbance in PSP has been extensively studied, much less is known about its cortical and subcortical pathomechanisms. We measured reflexive (prosaccades) and voluntary (antisaccades) saccades in the vertical and horizontal plane in PSP patients (n=8) and controls (n=10) in an eye tracking study, followed by the measurement of blood oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) activation (PSP, n=6; controls, n=10) during similar saccade paradigms...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130017/what-women-want-an-explorative-study-on-women-s-attitudes-toward-sexuality-boosting-medication-in-a-sample-of-swiss-women
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Melanie Gutsche, Andrea Burri
INTRODUCTION: The recent approval of flibanserin to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women has once again fueled the ongoing debate about medicalization of female sexual problems and the necessity of such a drug. AIM: To investigate women's attitudes toward sexuality-boosting medication (SBM) and the role of factors potentially associated with these attitudes, including sexual functioning, sexual quality of life, relationship satisfaction, and personality, in an exploratory survey...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117267/androgens-and-psychosocial-factors-related-to-sexual-dysfunctions-in-premenopausal-women
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Sarah Wåhlin-Jacobsen, Ellids Kristensen, Anette Tønnes Pedersen, Nanna Cassandra Laessøe, Arieh S Cohen, David M Hougaard, Marika Lundqvist, Annamaria Giraldi
INTRODUCTION: The female sexual response is complex and influenced by several biological, psychological, and social factors. Testosterone is believed to modulate a woman's sexual response and desire, because low levels are considered a risk factor for impaired sexual function, but previous studies have been inconclusive. AIM: To investigate how androgen levels and psychosocial factors are associated with female sexual dysfunction (FSD), including hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100513/loss-of-ranbp2-in-motor-neurons-causes-the-disruption-of-nucleocytoplasmic-and-chemokine-signaling-and-proteostasis-of-hnrnph3-and-mmp28-and-the-development-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-like-syndromes
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Kyoung-In Cho, Dosuk Yoon, Sunny Qiu, Zachary Danziger, Warren M Grill, William C Wetsel, Paulo A Ferreira
The pathogenic drivers of sporadic and familial motor neuron disease (MND), such ALS, are unknown. MND impair the Ran GTPase cycle, which controls nucleocytoplasmic transport, ribostasis and proteostasis; however, cause-effect mechanisms of Ran GTPase modulators in motoneuron pathobiology are heretofore elusive. The cytosolic and peripheral nucleoporin, Ranbp2, is a critical regulator of the Ran GTPase cycle and proteostasis of neurological disease-prone substrates, but the roles of Ranbp2 in motoneuron biology and disease remain unknown...
January 18, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079402/sexual-dysfunction-in-premenopausal-women-could-be-related-to-hormonal-profile
#17
Fabiene Bernardes Castro Vale, Bruna Barbosa Coimbra, Gerson Pereira Lopes, Selmo Geber
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a public health problem that affects women's quality of life. Although the relationship between some hormones and the FSD has been described, it is not well established for all hormones. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the association between hormonal dysfunction and sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women. We performed a cross-sectional study with 60 patients with regular menstrual cycles, with age ranging from 18 to 44 years, with previous diagnosis of FSD...
February 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077196/brief-assessment-of-delirium-subtypes-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-delirium-motor-subtype-scale-dmss-4-in-the-intensive-care-setting
#18
Soenke Boettger, David Garcia Nuñez, Rafael Meyer, Andre Richter, Maria Schubert, David Meagher, Josef Jenewein
OBJECTIVE: The management of and prognosis for delirium are affected by its subtype: hypoactive, hyperactive, mixed, and none. The DMSS-4, an abbreviated version of the Delirium Motor Symptom Scale, is a brief instrument for the assessment of delirium subtypes. However, it has not yet been evaluated in an intensive care setting. METHOD: We performed a prospective/descriptive cohort study in order to determine the internal consistency, reliability, and validity of the relevant items of the DMSS-4 versus the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98) and the original DMSS in a surgical intensive care setting...
January 12, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074801/delirium-after-cardiac-surgery-a-pilot-study-from-a-single-tertiary-referral-center
#19
Ashok K Kumar, Aveek Jayant, V K Arya, Rohan Magoon, Ridhima Sharma
BACKGROUND: Advances in cardiac surgery has shifted paradigm of management to perioperative psychological illnesses. Delirium is a state of altered consciousness with easy distraction of thoughts. The pathophysiology of this complication is not clear, but identification of risk factors is important for positive postoperative outcomes. The goal of the present study was to prospectively identify the incidence, motoric subtypes, and risk factors associated with development of delirium in cardiac surgical patients admitted to postoperative cardiac intensive care, using a validated delirium monitoring instrument...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052303/disrupted-brain-activation-and-deactivation-pattern-during-semantic-verbal-fluency-task-in-patients-with-major-depression
#20
Masahiro Takamura, Yasumasa Okamoto, Go Okada, Shigeru Toki, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Osamu Yamamoto, Hiroaki Jitsuiki, Norio Yokota, Tatsuji Tamura, Akiko Kurata, Yoko Kaichi, Yuji Akiyama, Kazuo Awai, Shigeto Yamawaki
BACKGROUND: Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) exhibit cognitive impairment, and evidence suggests that the semantic version of the verbal fluency task is a reliable cognitive marker of the disorder. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we investigated the dysfunction of neural processing in acute depression and examined the effects of a 6-week pharmacological intervention. METHODS: Sixteen patients with MDD participated in 2 fMRI sessions, and 16 healthy control (HC) subjects participated in 1 fMRI session...
January 5, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
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