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Carles Soler, Jesús Contell, Lorena Bori, MarIa Sancho, Almudena García-Molina, Anthony Valverde, Jan Segarvall
This work provides information on the blue fox ejaculated sperm quality needed for seminal dose calculations. Twenty semen samples, obtained by masturbation, were analyzed for kinematic and morphometric parameters by using CASA-Mot and CASA-Morph system and principal component (PC) analysis. For motility, eight kinematic parameters were evaluated, which were reduced to PC1, related to linear variables, and PC2, related to oscillatory movement. The whole population was divided into three independent subpopulations: SP1, fast cells with linear movement; SP2, slow cells and nonoscillatory motility; and SP3, medium speed cells and oscillatory movement...
September 30, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Karen Hodgson, Russell A Poldrack, Joanne E Curran, Emma E Knowles, Samuel Mathias, Harald Hh Göring, Nailin Yao, Rene L Olvera, Peter T Fox, Laura Almasy, Ravi Duggirala, Deanna M Barch, John Blangero, David C Glahn
Head movements are typically viewed as a nuisance to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis, and are particularly problematic for resting state fMRI. However, there is growing evidence that head motion is a behavioral trait with neural and genetic underpinnings. Using data from a large randomly ascertained extended pedigree sample of Mexican Americans (n = 689), we modeled the genetic structure of head motion during resting state fMRI and its relation to 48 other demographic and behavioral phenotypes...
October 15, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
David C Cappadocia, Simona Monaco, Ying Chen, Gunnar Blohm, J Douglas Crawford
The cortical mechanisms for reach have been studied extensively, but directionally selective mechanisms for visuospatial target memory, movement planning, and movement execution have not been clearly differentiated in the human. We used an event-related fMRI design with a visuospatial memory delay, followed by a pro-/anti-reach instruction, a planning delay, and finally a "go" instruction for movement. This sequence yielded temporally separable preparatory responses that expanded from modest parieto-frontal activation for visual target memory to broad occipital-parietal-frontal activation during planning and execution...
October 15, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
Christopher C Angelakos, Adam J Watson, W Timothy O'Brien, Kyle S Krainock, Thomas Nickl-Jockschat, Ted Abel
Sleep disturbances and hyperactivity are prevalent in several neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Evidence from genome-wide association studies indicates that chromosomal copy number variations (CNVs) are associated with increased prevalence of these neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, CNVs in chromosomal region 16p11.2 profoundly increase the risk for ASD and ADHD, disorders that are more common in males than females...
October 14, 2016: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
Valeriya Gritsenko, Russell L Hardesty, Mathew T Boots, Sergiy Yakovenko
Neural control of movement can only be realized though the interaction between the mechanical properties of the limb and the environment. Thus, a fundamental question is whether anatomy has evolved to simplify neural control by shaping these interactions in a beneficial way. This inductive data-driven study analyzed the patterns of muscle actions across multiple joints using the musculoskeletal model of the human upper limb. This model was used to calculate muscle lengths across the full range of motion of the arm and examined the correlations between these values between all pairs of muscles...
2016: PloS One
Anna Cecília Dias Maciel Carneiro, Isadora Caixeta da Silveira, Arthur Silva Rezende, Bruna Raphaela Oliveira Silva, Virgínia Oliveira Crema
BACKGROUND: Oral squamous cell carcinoma is extremely invasive, this behavior is regulated by binding of extracellular molecules to the cell membrane receptors. The TKI-258 inhibits phosphorylation of FGFRs VEGFRs and PDGFRs. Our aim was to analyze the effect of TKI-258 treatment in cell movement by using SCC-4 cell line from human oral squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: F-actin was stained with rhodamine phalloidin and confocal analysis was performed. The migration and invasion (membrane covered with Matrigel(TM) ) three-dimensional assays were performed, control and cells treated with TKI-258 that migrated through the membrane were counted after 24 h...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Pamela Dakik, Vladimir I Titorenko
Studies employing the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism have provided deep insights into molecular mechanisms of cellular and organismal aging in multicellular eukaryotes and have demonstrated that the main features of biological aging are evolutionarily conserved. Aging in S. cerevisiae is studied by measuring replicative or chronological lifespan. Yeast replicative aging is likely to model aging of mitotically competent human cell types, while yeast chronological aging is believed to mimic aging of post-mitotic human cell types...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
Catherine Thèves, Eric Crubézy, Philippe Biagini
Smallpox is considered among the most devastating of human diseases. Its spread in populations, initiated for thousands of years following a probable transmission from an animal host, was concomitant with movements of people across regions and continents, trade and wars. Literature permitted to retrace the occurrence of epidemics from ancient times to recent human history, smallpox having affected all levels of past society including famous monarchs. The disease was officially declared eradicated in 1979 following intensive vaccination campaigns...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Didier Raoult, Rezak Drali, Kosta Mumcuoglu
Lice are a classic example of cospeciation. Human lice confirm this cospeciation with lice specialized in hominids which differ from those of gorillas and chimpanzees. Head lice and body lice seem to belong to closely related species with different ecotypes and a different geographical distribution which may reflect population movements. Paleo-entomology allows us in some cases to trace the migrations of archaic human populations. The analysis of lice found on mummies in Egypt and South America has clarified a certain number of these migrations, also the study of lice and the diseases they transmit has shed a new light on the epidemics of the past...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
S Somanadhan, P J Larkin
BACKGROUND: Many rare diseases of childhood are life-threatening and chronically debilitating, so living with a rare disease is an on-going challenge for patients and their families. MPS is one of a range of rare inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) that come under category 3 of life-limiting conditions, where there is no curative treatment available at present. Although the study of rare diseases is increasingly novel, and of clinical importance to the population, the lack of empirical data in the field to support policy and strategy development is a compelling argument for further research to be sought...
October 10, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Chi Wang Ip, Ioannis U Isaias, Burak B Kusche-Tekin, Dennis Klein, Janos Groh, Aet O'Leary, Susanne Knorr, Takahiro Higuchi, James B Koprich, Jonathan M Brotchie, Klaus V Toyka, Andreas Reif, Jens Volkmann
Isolated generalized dystonia is a central motor network disorder characterized by twisted movements or postures. The most frequent genetic cause is a GAG deletion in the Tor1a (DYT1) gene encoding torsinA with a reduced penetrance of 30-40 % suggesting additional genetic or environmental modifiers. Development of dystonia-like movements after a standardized peripheral nerve crush lesion in wild type (wt) and Tor1a+/- mice, that express 50 % torsinA only, was assessed by scoring of hindlimb movements during tail suspension, by rotarod testing and by computer-assisted gait analysis...
October 3, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Robert Koprowski
BACKGROUND: The paper presents an automatic method for analysis and processing of images from a camera operating in visible light. This analysis applies to images containing the human facial area (body) and enables to measure the blood pulse rate. Special attention was paid to the limitations of this measurement method taking into account the possibility of using consumer cameras in real conditions (different types of lighting, different camera resolution, camera movement). METHODS: The proposed new method of image analysis and processing was associated with three stages: (1) image pre-processing-allowing for the image filtration and stabilization (object location tracking); (2) main image processing-allowing for segmentation of human skin areas, acquisition of brightness changes; (3) signal analysis-filtration, FFT (Fast Fourier Transformation) analysis, pulse calculation...
October 3, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Ya-Chen Chen, Tzu-Chien Hsiao
BACKGROUND: Thoracoabdominal asynchrony is often adopted to discriminate respiratory diseases in clinics. Conventionally, Lissajous figure analysis is the most frequently used estimation of the phase difference in thoracoabdominal asynchrony. However, the temporal resolution of the produced results is low and the estimation error increases when the signals are not sinusoidal. Other previous studies have reported time-domain procedures with the use of band-pass filters for phase-angle estimation...
October 6, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Tolga Çukur, Alexander G Huth, Shinji Nishimoto, Jack L Gallant
: Functional MRI studies suggest that at least three brain regions in human visual cortex-the parahippocampal place area (PPA), retrosplenial complex (RSC), and occipital place area (OPA; often called the transverse occipital sulcus)-represent large-scale information in natural scenes. Tuning of voxels within each region is often assumed to be functionally homogeneous. To test this assumption, we recorded blood oxygenation level-dependent responses during passive viewing of complex natural movies...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Genevieve Beauvais, Nicole M Bode, Jaime L Watson, Hsiang Wen, Kevin A Glenn, Hiroyuki Kawano, N Charles Harata, Michelle E Ehrlich, Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre
: Dystonia type 1 (DYT1) is a dominantly inherited neurological disease caused by mutations in TOR1A, the gene encoding the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident protein torsinA. Previous work mostly completed in cell-based systems suggests that mutant torsinA alters protein processing in the secretory pathway. We hypothesized that inducing ER stress in the mammalian brain in vivo would trigger or exacerbate mutant torsinA-induced dysfunction. To test this hypothesis, we crossed DYT1 knock-in with p58(IPK)-null mice...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Monika Rak, Anna Ochałek, Ewa Bielecka, Joanna Latasiewicz, Katarzyna Gawarecka, Jolanta Sroka, Jarosław Czyż, Katarzyna Piwowarczyk, Marek Masnyk, Marek Chmielewski, Tadeusz Chojnacki, Ewa Swiezewska, Zbigniew Madeja
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges limiting development of gene therapy is absence of efficient and safe gene carriers. Among the non-viral gene delivery methods, lipofection is considered as one of the most promising. In this study a set of cationic polyprenyl derivatives (trimethylpolyprenylammonium iodides - PTAI) with different lengths of polyprenyl chains (from 7, 8 and 11 to 15 isoprene units) was suggested as a component of efficient DNA vehicles. METHODS: Optimization studies were conducted for PTAI in combination with co-lipid DOPE (dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine) on DU145 human prostate cancer cells using: size and zeta potential measurements, confocal microscopy, fluorescein diacetate/ethidium bromide test, cell counting, time-lapse monitoring of cell movement, gap junctional intracellular coupling analysis, antimicrobial activity assay, red blood cell hemolysis test...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gene Medicine
Luciana Loureiro Penha, Luísa Hoffmann, Silvanna Sant'Anna de Souza, Allan Cézar de Azevedo Martins, Thayane Bottaro, Francisco Prosdocimi, Débora Souza Faffe, Maria Cristina Machado Motta, Turán Péter Ürményi, Rosane Silva
Trypanosomatids are parasites that cause disease in humans, animals, and plants. Most are non-pathogenic and some harbor a symbiotic bacterium. Endosymbiosis is part of the evolutionary process of vital cell functions such as respiration and photosynthesis. Angomonas deanei is an example of a symbiont-containing trypanosomatid. In this paper, we sought to investigate how symbionts influence host cells by characterising and comparing the transcriptomes of the symbiont-containing A. deanei (wild type) and the symbiont-free aposymbiotic strains...
October 3, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Amanda B Farias, Key Fs Pereira, Daniele Z Beraldo, Franciely Ms Yoshinari, Fabio N Arashiro, Edilson J Zafalon
The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of the thermoplastic filling techniques, Touch'n Heat®, TC® System and Tagger's Hybrid Technique, in oval-shaped canals at the apical third.Thirty-three human uniradicular lower pre-molar teeth were treated by the reciprocating movement technique and were subsequently split into 3 groups, according to the filling technique performed:Touch'n Heat (TH), TC System (TC) and the Tagger's Hybrid Technique (TG).In the sequence, the teeth were sectioned at 2mm and 4mm from the foramen and images were taken to measure the percentage of canal area filled with the obturation materials as well as void spaces...
April 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
Tian Zhao, Huifang Yang, Huaxin Sui, Satyajeet Sudhir Salvi, Yong Wang, Yuchun Sun
OBJECTIVE: Developments in digital technology have permitted researchers to study mandibular movements. Here, the accuracy of a real-time, computerized, binocular, three-dimensional (3D) trajectory-tracking device for recording functional mandibular movements was evaluated. METHODS: An occlusal splint without the occlusal region was created based on a plaster cast of the lower dentition. The splint was rigidly connected with a target on its labial side and seated on the cast...
2016: PloS One
Elizabeth Moses, Teresa Wang, Sean Corbett, George R Jackson, Eduard Drizik, Catalina Perdomo, Claudia Perdomo, Eric Kleerup, Daniel Brooks, George O'Connor, Steven Dubinett, Patrick Hayden, Marc E Lenburg, Avrum Spira
Little evidence is available regarding the physiological effects of exposure to electronic cigarette (ECIG) aerosol. We sought to determine the molecular impact of ECIG aerosol exposure in human bronchial epithelial cells. Gene expression profiling was conducted in primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) grown at Air Liquid Interface and exposed to one of four different ECIG aerosols, traditional cigarette (TCIG) smoke, or clean air. Findings were validated experimentally with qPCR and a reactive oxygen species immunoassay...
October 3, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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