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E Castaldi, G M Cicchini, L Cinelli, L Biagi, S Rizzo, M C Morrone
Retinal prosthesis technologies require that the visual system downstream of the retinal circuitry be capable of transmitting and elaborating visual signals. We studied the capability of plastic remodeling in late blind subjects implanted with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis with psychophysics and functional MRI (fMRI). After surgery, six out of seven retinitis pigmentosa (RP) blind subjects were able to detect high-contrast stimuli using the prosthetic implant. However, direction discrimination to contrast modulated stimuli remained at chance level in all of them...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Tal Hoffmann, Katrin Kistner, Richard W Carr, Mohammed A Nassar, Peter W Reeh, Christian Weidner
The upregulation of the tetrodotoxin-resistant voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.9 has previously been associated with inflammatory hyperalgesia. Na1.9 knockout (KO) mice, however, did not seem insensitive in conventional tests of acute nociception. Using electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral techniques, we now show NaV1.9-null mice exhibit impaired mechanical and thermal sensory capacities and reduced electrical excitability of nociceptors. In single-fiber recordings from isolated skin, the electrical threshold of NaV1...
September 15, 2016: Pain
Jeremy S Juern, David Milia, Panna Codner, Marshall Beckman, Lewis Somberg, Travis Webb, John A Weigelt
INTRODUCTION: Blunt pelvic fractures can be associated with major pelvic bleeding. The significance of contrast extravasation (CE) on computed tomography (CT) is debated. We sought to update our experience with CE on CT scan for the years 2009-2014 to determine the accuracy of CE in predicting the need for angioembolization. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of the trauma registry and our electronic medical record from a Level I trauma center. Patients seen from July 1, 2009 to September 7, 2014 with blunt pelvic fractures and contrast enhanced CT were included...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
José A Cornejo-García, Abderrahim Oussalah, Miguel Blanca, Rosa-María Guéant-Rodríguez, Cristobalina Mayorga, Julie Waton, Annick Barbaud, Francesco Gaeta, Antonino Romano, Jean-Louis Guéant
Our knowledge of genetic predisposing factors of drug hypersensitivity reactions (DHRs) is still scarce. The analysis of the genetic basis of these reactions may contribute to dissect the underlying mechanisms. We will outline current knowledge of the genetic predictors of most common DHRs, including reactions to betalactam antibiotics (BLs), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and biological agents. The predictors of DHRs to BLs are mostly linked to IgE-class switching, IgE pathway and atopy (IL4R, NOD2, LGALS3) in replicated candidate gene studies, and to antigen presentation (HLA-DRA) in the single replicated GWAS performed so far...
September 27, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Benoît Silvestre de Ferron, Catherine Vilpoux, Myriam Kervern, Alexandre Robert, Johan Antol, Mickael Naassila, Olivier Pierrefiche
Low to moderate perinatal ethanol exposure (PEE) may have disastrous consequences for the central nervous system resulting notably in permanent cognitive deficits. Learning and memory are mediated in the hippocampus by long-term potentiation (LTP) and long term depression (LTD), two forms of synaptic plasticity. PEE decreases LTP but also abnormally facilitates LTD (Kervern et al. ) through a presently unknown mechanism. We studied in rat hippocampus slice, the involvement of the chloride co-transporters NKCC1 and KCC2, in the role of GABAA inhibitions in facilitated LTD after moderate PEE...
October 25, 2016: Addiction Biology
Jasper H L Claessen, Martin D Witte
Activity-based protein profiling using activity-based probes (ABPs) resulted in the identification of various enzymes that are involved in the onset and progress of diseases. Detection of such proteins, often expressed at low abundance, is greatly enhanced by incorporating chemically cleavable linkers in the ABP of choice. Initial affinity purification, followed by tailored chemical cleavage of the linker, allows for specific release of the captured enzymes and their interaction partners. When the ABPs are delivered directly to semi-permeabilized cells, in contrast to a crude cell lysate, the sensitivity and efficacy of cell impermeable probes can be enhanced even further...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tyler Shelby, Tuhina Banerjee, Jyothi Kallu, Shoukath Sulthana, Irene Zegar, Santimukul Santra
Rapid detection and diagnosis of pathogenic strains of influenza is necessary for expedited treatment and quicker resolutions to the ever-rising flu pandemics. Considering this, we propose the development of novel magnetic relaxation nanosensors (MRnS) for the rapid detection of influenza through targeted binding with hemagglutinin. 2,6- and 2,3-sialic acid ligands and entry blocker peptides are conjugated to iron oxide nanoparticles to create functional MRnS. Positive detection of various hemagglutinin variants (H1 and H5) is possible with protein concentrations as little as 1...
October 25, 2016: Nanoscale
Fatma Ahmed, Razi Muzaffar, Hermina Fernandes, Yifan Tu, Batool Albalooshi, Medhat M Osman
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study is to assess the frequency of detection of PET-positive computed tomography (CT)-negative skeletal metastases (SM) and determine the impact of such detection on staging and/or management in patients who had FDG PET/CT as part of the cancer work-up. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 2000 18F-FDG PET/CT scans of known cancer patients. A log was kept to record cases of suspected SM with or without bone changes from the low-dose non-contrast CT...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Wolfgang Brezna, Kirsten Lux, Nikolaus Dragostinoff, Christian Krutzler, Nicole Plank, Rainer Tobisch, Agnes Boltz, Gerhard Garhöfer, Reinhard Told, Katarzyna Witkowska, Leopold Schmetterer
PURPOSE: The visual performance of monofocal, bifocal, and trifocal intraocular lenses was evaluated by human individuals using a vision simulator device. This allowed investigation of the visual impression after cataract surgery, without the need actually to implant the lenses. METHODS: The randomized, double-masked, three-way cross-over study was conducted on 60 healthy male and female subjects aged between 18 and 35 years. Visual acuity (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study; ETDRS) and contrast sensitivity tests (Pelli-Robson) under different lighting conditions (luminosities from 0...
October 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
John Busby, Sarah Purdy, William Hollingworth
BACKGROUND: Reducing unplanned hospital admissions is a key priority within the UK. Substantial interpractice variation in admission rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) suggests that decreases might be possible. AIM: To identify the clinical areas and patient subgroups where the greatest opportunities exist for GPs to improve ACSC care. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study using routine hospital data from patients registered at 8123 English GP practices during 2011 and 2012...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
V S Kokhan, M I Matveeva, A S Bazyan, V S Kudrin, A Mukhametov, A S Shtemberg
Space flight factors (SFF) significantly affect the operating activity of astronauts during deep space missions. In contrast to an orbital flight, leaving the Earth's magnetic field is fraught with the dangers of exposure to ionizing radiation and more specifically, the high-energy nuclei component of galactic cosmic rays. Microgravity, just another critical non-radiation factor, significantly affects the normal functioning of the CNS. Some morphological structures of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, that are rich in monoaminergic and acetylcholinergic neurones, are the most sensitive to the effects of ionizing radiation and non-radiation spaceflight factors (SFF)...
October 21, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Roberto Sanz-Requena, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Rosario Pérez-Martínez, Gracián García-Martí
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is to establish normality and tumor tissue ranges for perfusion parameters from dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MR of the peripheral prostate at 3T and to compare the diagnostic performance of quantitative and semi-quantitative parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients with prostate carcinomas (18 Gleason-6, 15 Gleason-7, and 3 Gleason-8) and 33 healthy subjects were included. Image analysis workflow comprised four steps: manual segmentation of whole prostate and lesions, series registration, voxelwise T1 mapping and calculation of pharmacokinetic and semi-quantitative parameters...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Yoshifumi Noda, Satoshi Goshima, Kimihiro Kajita, Hiroshi Kawada, Nobuyuki Kawai, Hiromi Koyasu, Masayuki Matsuo, Kyongtae T Bae
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between gadoxetic-acid-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging measurements and laboratory and clinical biomarkers of liver function and fibrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred thirty nine consecutive patients with suspected liver disease or liver tumor underwent gadoxetic-acid-enhanced MR imaging. MR imaging measurements during the hepatobiliary phase included biliary tract structure-to-muscle signal intensity ratio (SIR)...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Ting Zhang, Zhong-Zhen Su, Ping Wang, Tao Wu, Wen Tang, Er-Jiao Xu, Jin-Xiu Ju, Xian-Yue Quan, Rong-Qin Zheng
PURPOSE: To investigate the value of double contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (DCEUS) in the detection of periampullary cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-nine patients with surgery or biopsy-proven periampullary cancer who underwent both DCEUS and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations before operation were enrolled in our study. DCEUS in which intravenous microbubbles were used in combination with oral contrast agent and MRI were performed preoperatively to make a detection diagnosis of periampullary cancer...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Chrysoula Konstantinidou, Stavros Taraviras, Vassilis Pachnis
BACKGROUND: In vertebrate organisms, the neural crest (NC) gives rise to multipotential and highly migratory progenitors which are distributed throughout the embryo and generate, among other structures, the peripheral nervous system, including the intrinsic neuroglial networks of the gut, i.e. the enteric nervous system (ENS). The majority of enteric neurons and glia originate from vagal NC-derived progenitors which invade the foregut mesenchyme and migrate rostro-caudally to colonise the entire length of the gut...
October 24, 2016: BMC Biology
Doris Koesling, Evanthia Mergia, Michael Russwurm
NO-sensitive guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC) acts as the receptor for nitric oxide and by the increase in cGMP executes most of the NO effects in the cardiovascular and neuronal system. Two isoforms of NO-GC exist whose existence has not been paid much attention to probably because they reveal comparable regulatory and catalytic properties and therefore cannot be differentiated in vivo. Analysis of mice in which either one of the isoforms has been genetically deleted unequivocally establishes the coexpression of NO-GC1 and NOGC2 in any tissue tested to date with the exception of platelets...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Michael D Nevarez, Johanna C Malone, Dorene M Rentz, Robert J Waldinger
OBJECTIVE: Identifying adaptive ways to cope with extreme stress is essential to promoting long-term health. Memory systems are highly sensitive to stress, and combat exposure during war has been shown to have deleterious effects on cognitive processes, such as memory, decades later. No studies have examined coping styles used by combat veterans and associations with later-life cognitive functioning. Defenses are coping mechanisms that manage difficult memories and feelings, with some more closely related to memory processes (e...
October 7, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
G Besson, G Barragan-Jason, S J Thorpe, M Fabre-Thorpe, S Puma, M Ceccaldi, E J Barbeau
Verifying that a face is from a target person (e.g. finding someone in the crowd) is a critical ability of the human face processing system. Yet how fast this can be performed is unknown. The 'entry-level shift due to expertise' hypothesis suggests that - since humans are face experts - processing faces should be as fast - or even faster - at the individual than at superordinate levels. In contrast, the 'superordinate advantage' hypothesis suggests that faces are processed from coarse to fine, so that the opposite pattern should be observed...
October 21, 2016: Cognition
Hye Jin Yoo, Sung Hwan Hong, Hye Yeon Oh, Ja-Young Choi, Hee Dong Chae, Joong Mo Ahn, Heung Sik Kang
Purpose To determine the agreement of fat-suppressed (FS) fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and contrast material-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted MR imaging for the assessment of peripatellar synovitis. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived the requirement for patient informed consent. Thirty-three patients with knee pain underwent 3-T MR imaging. The protocol consisted of routine clinical sequences followed by the FLAIR FS sequence (inversion time, 2200 msec) and CE T1-weighted imaging...
October 24, 2016: Radiology
Richard Baumgartner, William Cho, Alexandre Coimbra, Christopher Chen, Zaiqi Wang, Arie Struyk, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, May Low, Cindy Gargano, Fuqiang Zhao, Donald Williams, Torsten Reese, Stephanie Seah, Dai Feng, Sonya Apreleva, Esben Petersen, Jeffrey L Evelhoch
PURPOSE: To present the testretest and contrast dose effect results of cerebral blood volume (CBV) functional MRI (fMRI) in healthy human volunteers using ferumoxytol (Feraheme), an ultrasmall-superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an open-label, two-period, fixed-sequence study in healthy young volunteers. In eight subjects, using a 3 Tesla field strength system, blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) and CBV fMRI were acquired in response to a visual black-and-white checkboard stimulation paradigm using an escalating ferumoxytol dose design (250, 350, and 510 mg iron)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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