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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301433/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment-of-polymer-microneedles-for-controlled-transdermal-drug-delivery
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Bo Zhi Chen, Mohammad Ashfaq, Xiao Peng Zhang, Jia Nan Zhang, Xin Dong Guo
Microneedles (MNs) system for transdermal drug delivery has the potential to improve therapeutic efficacy, proving an approach that is more convenient and acceptable than traditional medication systems. The present study systematically researched dissolving polymer MNs fabricated from various common FDA-approved biocompatible materials, including gelatin, chitosan, hyaluronic acid (HA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Upon application of MN patches to the porcine cadaver skin, the MNs effectively perforated the skin and delivered drugs to subcutaneous tissue on contact with the interstitial fluid...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274848/mirror-neuron-system-activation-in-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder-a-replication-functional-mri-study
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J E Reynolds, J Billington, S Kerrigan, J Williams, C Elliott, A M Winsor, L Codd, M Bynevelt, M K Licari
BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesised that abnormal functioning of the mirror neuron system (MNS) may lead to deficits in imitation and the internal representation of movement, potentially contributing to the motor impairments associated with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). AIMS: Using fMRI, this study examined brain activation patterns in children with and without DCD on a finger adduction/abduction task during four MNS activation states: observation; motor imagery; execution; and imitation...
December 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243119/action-observation-or-imitation-of-virtual-hand-movement-affect-differently-regions-of-the-mirror-neuron-system-and-the-default-mode-network
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Nabila Brihmat, Mohamed Tarri, Yann Quidé, Ketty Anglio, Bernard Pavard, Evelyne Castel-Lacanal, David Gasq, Xavier De Boissezon, Philippe Marque, Isabelle Loubinoux
Virtual reality (VR)-based paradigms use visual stimuli that can modulate visuo-motor networks leading to the stimulation of brain circuits. The aims of this study were to compare the changes in blood-oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal when watching and imitating moving real (RH) and virtual hands (VH) in 11 healthy participants (HP). No differences were found between the observation of RH or VH making this VR-based experiment a promising tool for rehabilitation protocols. VH-imitation involved more the ventral premotor cortex (vPMC) as part of the mirror neuron system (MNS) compared to execution and VH-observation conditions...
December 14, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222800/primary-motor-neuron-culture-to-promote-cellular-viability-and-myelination
#4
Jun-Kyo Francis Suh, Sujin Hyung
A culture system that can recapitulate myelination in vitro will not only help us to better understand the mechanism of myelination and demyelination but also identify possible therapeutic interventions for treating demyelinating diseases. Here, we introduce a simple and reproducible myelination culture system using mouse motor neurons (MNs) and Schwann cells (SCs). Dissociated motor neurons are plated on a feeder layer of SCs, which interact with and wrap around the axons of MNs as they differentiate in culture...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222416/functional-analysis-of-human-intrafusal-fiber-innervation-by-human-%C3%AE-motoneurons
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A Colón, X Guo, N Akanda, Y Cai, J J Hickman
Investigation of neuromuscular deficits and diseases such as SMA, as well as for next generation prosthetics, utilizing in vitro phenotypic models would benefit from the development of a functional neuromuscular reflex arc. The neuromuscular reflex arc is the system that integrates the proprioceptive information for muscle length and activity (sensory afferent), to modify motoneuron output to achieve graded muscle contraction (actuation efferent). The sensory portion of the arc is composed of proprioceptive sensory neurons and the muscle spindle, which is embedded in the muscle tissue and composed of intrafusal fibers...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208271/dissolvable-layered-microneedles-with-core-shell-structures-for-transdermal-drug-delivery
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Qi Lei Wang, Xiao Peng Zhang, Bo Zhi Chen, Xin Dong Guo
Microneedle (MN) systems for painless transdermal drug delivery have been developed in the past few years to overcome the issues of hypodermic injections. This study introduces a novel dissolvable layered microneedle (LMN) with core-shell structure for efficient transdermal drug delivery. Fabricated by three-step-casting method, the LMNs encapsulated the drug into the HA layer as a "shell", which is supported by PVA layer as core and base. When the LMNs are inserted into the skin, the drug would be released immediately once the HA layer were separated or dissolved...
February 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201543/object-words-modulate-the-activity-of-the-mirror-neuron-system-during-action-imitation
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Haiyan Wu, Honghong Tang, Yue Ge, Suyong Yang, Xiaoqin Mai, Yue-Jia Luo, Chao Liu
Background: Although research has demonstrated that the mirror neuron system (MNS) plays a crucial role in both action imitation and action-related semantic processing, whether action-related words can inversely modulate the MNS activity remains unclear. Methods: Here, three types of task-irrelevant words (body parts, verbs, and manufactured objects) were presented to examine the modulation effect of these words on the MNS activity during action observation and imitation...
November 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169288/human-studies-with-microneedles-for-evaluation-of-their-efficacy-and-safety
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Thuy Trang Nguyen, Jung Hwan Park
During the past two decades, many studies have documented the development of microneedles (MNs) as a feasible technique for the effective administration of drugs. More and more human studies have been done with MNs to bridge the gap between research and market applications that provide efficacious techniques for clinical implementation. Areas covered: The aim of this review is provide a brief description of the status of human study with MNs and to demonstrate progress for the right use of microneedle arrays in clinical settings...
November 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109028/enhancing-immunogenicity-of-antigens-through-sustained-intradermal-delivery-using-chitosan-microneedles-with-a-patch-dissolvable-design
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Mei-Chin Chen, Kuan-Ying Lai, Ming-Hung Ling, Chun-Wei Lin
Reducing the dosage required for vaccination is highly desirable, particularly in cases of epidemic emergencies. This study evaluated the potential of a chitosan microneedle (MN) system with a patch-dissolvable design for low-dose immunization. This system comprises antigen-loaded chitosan MNs and a hydrophilic polyvinyl alcohol/polyvinyl pyrrolidone supporting array patch, which provides extra strength to achieve complete MN insertion and then quickly dissolves in the skin to reduce patch-induced skin irritation...
November 3, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104236/the-emerging-role-of-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Gabriela Bortolança Chiarotto, Giovanni Nardo, Maria Chiara Trolese, Marcondes Cavalcante França, Caterina Bendotti, Alexandre Leite Rodrigues de Oliveira
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting upper and lower motoneurons (MNs). The etiology of the disease is still unknown for most patients with sporadic ALS, while in 5-10% of the familial cases, several gene mutations have been linked to the disease. Mutations in the gene encoding Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1), reproducing in animal models a pathological scenario similar to that found in ALS patients, have allowed for the identification of mechanisms relevant to the ALS pathogenesis...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097704/potential-for-social-involvement-modulates-activity-within-the-mirror-and-the-mentalizing-systems
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Chiara Begliomini, Andrea Cavallo, Valeria Manera, Cristina Becchio, Roberto Stramare, Diego Miotto, Umberto Castiello
Processing biological motion is fundamental for everyday life activities, such as social interaction, motor learning and nonverbal communication. The ability to detect the nature of a motor pattern has been investigated by means of point-light displays (PLD), sets of moving light points reproducing human kinematics, easily recognizable as meaningful once in motion. Although PLD are rudimentary, the human brain can decipher their content including social intentions. Neuroimaging studies suggest that inferring the social meaning conveyed by PLD could rely on both the Mirror Neuron System (MNS) and the Mentalizing System (MS), but their specific role to this endeavor remains uncertain...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074440/microarray-patches-potentially-useful-delivery-systems-for-long-acting-nanosuspensions
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REVIEW
Ryan F Donnelly, Eneko Larrañeta
Long-acting drug nanosuspension formulations are coming to the fore as controlled release strategies for several medical conditions and as a preventative measure against HIV infection. However, such delivery systems must, by necessity, be given by hypodermic injection, typically into muscle. This poses problems for patients who are needle-phobic, given that injections have to be administered on a weekly or monthly basis. Needle-stick injuries, inappropriate reuse of needles, and poor disposal practices are major challenges in developing countries...
October 23, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043827/stability-guidelines-for-dithiothreitol-treated-red-blood-cell-reagents-used-for-antibody-detection-methods-in-patients-treated-with-daratumumab
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Wendy L Disbro
Daratumumab (DARA), a drug used to treat patients with multiple myeloma, causes interference in pre-transfusion testing. Samples from patients receiving DARA exhibit panreactivity in antibody detection and identification tests with red blood cells (RBCs). Many hospitals are sending these samples to reference laboratories. Dithiothreitol (DTT), a sulfhydryl chemical treatment of RBCs, negates this reactivity. This study investigated the stability of the antigens on DTT-treated RBCs to determine if large quantities of RBCs could be treated at one time, stored, and used for testing at a later time...
September 2017: Immunohematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033783/the-mechanisms-of-psychedelic-visionary-experiences-hypotheses-from-evolutionary-psychology
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Michael J Winkelman
Neuropharmacological effects of psychedelics have profound cognitive, emotional, and social effects that inspired the development of cultures and religions worldwide. Findings that psychedelics objectively and reliably produce mystical experiences press the question of the neuropharmacological mechanisms by which these highly significant experiences are produced by exogenous neurotransmitter analogs. Humans have a long evolutionary relationship with psychedelics, a consequence of psychedelics' selective effects for human cognitive abilities, exemplified in the information rich visionary experiences...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031545/social-modeling-of-eating-mediated-by-mirror-neuron-activity-a-causal-model-moderated-by-frontal-asymmetry-and-bmi
#15
Laura McGeown, Ron Davis
The social modeling of eating effect refers to the consistently demonstrated phenomenon that individuals tend to match their quantity of food intake to their eating companion. The current study sought to explore whether activity within the mirror neuron system (MNS) mediates the social modeling of eating effect as a function of EEG frontal asymmetry and body mass index (BMI). Under the guise of rating empathy, 93 female undergraduates viewed a female video confederate "incidentally" consume either a low or high intake of chips while electroencephalogram (EEG) activity was recorded...
October 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027066/white-matter-microstructure-of-the-human-mirror-neuron-system-is-related-to-symptom-severity-in-adults-with-autism
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Odette Fründt, Robert Schulz, Daniel Schöttle, Bastian Cheng, Götz Thomalla, Hanna Braaß, Christos Ganos, Nicole David, Ina Peiker, Andreas K Engel, Tobias Bäumer, Alexander Münchau
Mirror neuron system (MNS) dysfunctions might underlie deficits in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Diffusion tensor imaging based probabilistic tractography was conducted in 15 adult ASD patients and 13 matched, healthy controls. Fractional anisotropy (FA) was quantified to assess group differences in tract-related white matter microstructure of both the classical MNS route (mediating "emulation") and the alternative temporo-frontal route (mediating "mimicry"). Multiple linear regression was used to investigate structure-function relationships between MNS connections and ASD symptom severity...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024234/vicariously-touching-products-through-observing-others-hand-actions-increases-purchasing-intention-and-the-effect-of-visual-perspective-in-this-process-an-fmri-study
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Yi Liu, Xuelian Zang, Lihan Chen, Leonardo Assumpção, Hong Li
The growth of online shopping increases consumers' dependence on vicarious sensory experiences, such as observing others touching products in commercials. However, empirical evidence on whether observing others' sensory experiences increases purchasing intention is still scarce. In the present study, participants observed others interacting with products in the first- or third-person perspective in video clips, and their neural responses were measured with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We investigated (1) whether and how vicariously touching certain products affected purchasing intention, and the neural correlates of this process; and (2) how visual perspective interacts with vicarious tactility...
October 11, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973986/magnetically-separable-mos%C3%A2-fe%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-nzvi-nanocomposites-for-the-treatment-of-wastewater-containing-cr-vi-and-4-chlorophenol
#18
Haijiao Lu, Jingkang Wang, Hongxun Hao, Ting Wang
With a large specific surface area, high reactivity, and excellent adsorption properties, nano zerovalent iron (nZVI) can degrade a wide variety of contaminants in wastewater. However, aggregation, oxidation, and separation issues greatly impede its wide application. In this study, MoS₂/Fe₃O₄/nZVI nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by a facile step-by-step approach to overcome these problems. MoS₂ nanosheets (MNs) acted as an efficient support for nZVI and enriched the organic pollutants nearby, leading to an enhanced removal efficiency...
September 30, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958919/3d-reconstruction-and-standardization-of-the-rat-facial-nucleus-for-precise-mapping-of-vibrissal-motor-networks
#19
Jason M Guest, Mythreya M Seetharama, Elizabeth S Wendel, Peter L Strick, Marcel Oberlaender
The rodent facial nucleus (FN) comprises motoneurons (MNs) that control the facial musculature. In the lateral part of the FN, populations of vibrissal motoneurons (vMNs) innervate two groups of muscles that generate movements of the whiskers. Vibrissal MNs thus represent the terminal point of the neuronal networks that generate rhythmic whisking during exploratory behaviors and that modify whisker movements based on sensory-motor feedback during tactile-based perception. Here, we combined retrograde tracer injections into whisker-specific muscles, with large-scale immunohistochemistry and digital reconstructions to generate an average model of the rat FN...
September 27, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28949462/peruvian-mental-health-reform-a-framework-for-scaling-up-mental-health-services
#20
Mauricio Toyama, Humberto Castillo, Jerome T Galea, Lena R Brandt, María Mendoza, Vanessa Herrera, Martha Mitrani, Yuri Cutipé, Victoria Cavero, Francisco Diez-Canseco, J Jaime Miranda
BACKGROUND: Mental, neurological, and substance (MNS) use disorders are a leading cause of disability worldwide; specifically in Peru, MNS affect 1 in 5 persons. However, the great majority of people suffering from these disorders do not access care, thereby making necessary the improvement of existing conditions including a major rearranging of current health system structures beyond care delivery strategies. This paper reviews and examines recent developments in mental health policies in Peru, presenting an overview of the initiatives currently being introduced and the main implementation challenges they face...
January 22, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
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