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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334259/population-distribution-and-range-expansion-of-the-invasive-mexican-rice-borer-lepidoptera-crambidae-in-louisiana
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Blake E Wilson, Julien M Beuzelin, Thomas E Reagan
The Mexican rice borer, Eoreuma loftini (Dyar) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), is an invasive pest that was first introduced into southern Texas in 1980 and has been expanding its range eastward along the United States Gulf Coast. The pest attacks rice (Oryza sativa L.), sugarcane (Saccharum spp.), corn (Zea mays L.), and other graminaceous crops, and its establishment in Louisiana is expected to have severe economic impacts on crop production. Range expansion and population distribution of E. loftini were monitored with a network of 77 pheromone traps throughout southwestern Louisiana from 2013 to 2015...
March 2, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334247/genetic-population-structure-of-dastarcus-helophoroides-coleoptera-bothrideridae-from-different-long-horned-beetle-hosts-based-on-complete-sequences-of-mitochondrial-coi
#2
Zhengqing Zhang, Yong Chang, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides (Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Bothrideridae) is an important natural enemy of long-horned beetles in China, Japan, and Korea. In this study, the genetic sequence of cytochrome oxidase subunit Ι was used to investigate the genetics and relationships within and among D. helophoroides populations collected from five different geographic locations. We used principal component analysis, heatmap, and Venn diagram results to determine the relationship between haplotypes and populations. In total, 26 haplotypes with 51 nucleotide polymorphic sites were defined, and low genetic diversity was found among the different populations...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334175/attenuated-fast-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials-during-human-sleep
#3
Omer Sharon, Yuval Nir
During sleep, external sensory events rarely elicit a behavioral response or affect perception. However, how sensory processing differs between wakefulness and sleep remains unclear. A major difficulty in this field stems from using brief auditory stimuli that often trigger nonspecific high-amplitude "K-complex" responses and complicate interpretation. To overcome this challenge, here we delivered periodic visual flicker stimulation across sleep and wakefulness while recording high-density electroencephalography (EEG) in humans...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333967/reconstructing-spectral-cues-for-sound-localization-from-responses-to-rippled-noise-stimuli
#4
A John Van Opstal, Joyce Vliegen, Thamar Van Esch
Human sound localization in the mid-saggital plane (elevation) relies on an analysis of the idiosyncratic spectral shape cues provided by the head and pinnae. However, because the actual free-field stimulus spectrum is a-priori unknown to the auditory system, the problem of extracting the elevation angle from the sensory spectrum is ill-posed. Here we test different spectral localization models by eliciting head movements toward broad-band noise stimuli with randomly shaped, rippled amplitude spectra emanating from a speaker at a fixed location, while varying the ripple bandwidth between 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332444/a-functional-electrical-stimulation-system-for-human-walking-inspired-by-reflexive-control-principles
#5
Lin Meng, Bernd Porr, Catherine A Macleod, Henrik Gollee
This study presents an innovative multichannel functional electrical stimulation gait-assist system which employs a well-established purely reflexive control algorithm, previously tested in a series of bipedal walking robots. In these robots, ground contact information was used to activate motors in the legs, generating a gait cycle similar to that of humans. Rather than developing a sophisticated closed-loop functional electrical stimulation control strategy for stepping, we have instead utilised our simple reflexive model where muscle activation is induced through transfer functions which translate sensory signals, predominantly ground contact information, into motor actions...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329117/muscle-activity-during-sleep-in-human-subjects-rats-and-mice-towards-translational-models-of-rem-sleep-without-atonia
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Alessandro Silvani, Raffaele Ferri, Viviana Lo Martire, Stefano Bastianini, Chiara Berteotti, Agnese Salvadè, Giuseppe Plazzi, Marco Zucconi, Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Claudio L Bassetti, Mauro Manconi, Giovanna Zoccoli
Study Objectives: rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep without atonia (RSWA) is a marker of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and is common in narcolepsy. Available techniques for electromyogram (EMG) analysis are species-specific, limiting translational research on RSWA. We developed an automated technique based on distributions of normalized EMG values (DNE) to overcome this limitation. With DNE, we tested whether the control of neck and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during sleep in wild-type rats and mice validly models the control of submentalis (chin) and TA muscles in healthy humans...
February 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323166/neural-foundations-of-overt-and-covert-actions
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Panagiotis G Simos, Eleftherios Kavroulakis, Thomas Maris, Efrosini Papadaki, Themistoklis Boursianis, Giorgos Kalaitzakis, Helen E Savaki
We used fMRI to assess the human brain areas activated for execution, observation and 1(st) person motor imagery of a visually guided tracing task with the index finger. Voxel-level conjunction analysis revealed several cortical areas activated in common across all three motor conditions, namely, the upper limb representation of the primary motor and somatosensory cortices, the dorsal and ventral premotor, the superior and inferior parietal cortices as well as the posterior part of the superior and middle temporal gyrus including the temporo-parietal junction (TPj) and the extrastriate body area (EBA)...
March 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320845/decoding-information-for-grasping-from-the-macaque-dorsomedial-visual-stream
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Matteo Filippini, Rossella Breveglieri, M Ali Akhras, Annalisa Bosco, Eris Chinellato, Patrizia Fattori
Neuro-decoders have been developed by researchers mostly to control neuro-prosthetic devices, but also to shed new light on neural functions. In this study, we show that signals representing grip configurations can be reliably decoded from neural data acquired from area V6A of the monkey medial posterior parietal cortex (PPC). Two Macaca fascicularis were trained to perform an instructed-delay reach-to-grasp task in the dark and in the light towards objects of different shapes. Population neural activity was extracted at various time intervals; on vision of the objects, the delay before movement, and grasp execution...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320423/in-vivo-estimation-of-the-shoulder-joint-center-of-rotation-using-magneto-inertial-sensors-mri-based-accuracy-and-repeatability-assessment
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M Crabolu, D Pani, L Raffo, M Conti, P Crivelli, A Cereatti
BACKGROUND: The human gleno-humeral joint is normally represented as a spherical hinge and its center of rotation is used to construct humerus anatomical axes and as reduction point for the computation of the internal joint moments. The position of the gleno-humeral joint center (GHJC) can be estimated by recording ad hoc shoulder joint movement following a functional approach. In the last years, extensive research has been conducted to improve GHJC estimate as obtained from positioning systems such as stereo-photogrammetry or electromagnetic tracking...
March 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315945/organization-of-the-reach-and-grasp-in-head-fixed-vs-freely-moving-mice-provides-support-for-multiple-motor-channel-theory-of-neocortical-organization
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Ian Q Whishaw, Jamshid Faraji, Jessica Kuntz, Behroo Mirza Agha, Mukt Patel, Gerlinde A S Metz, Majid H Mohajerani
Multiple motor channel (MMC) theory of neocortical organization proposes that complex movements, such as reaching for a food item to eat, are produced by the coordinated action of separate neural channels. For example, the human reach-to-grasp act is mediated by two visuo-parieto-motor cortex channels, one for the reach and one for the grasp. The present analysis asked whether there is a similar organization of reach-and-grasp movements in the mouse. The reach-to-eat movements of the same mice were examined from high-shutter speed, frame-by-frame video analysis in three tasks in which the mice obtained equivalent success scores: when freely-moving reaching for food pellets, when head-fixed reaching for food pellets, and when head-fixed reaching for pieces of pasta...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303211/real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-characterization-of-cardiac-anatomy-and-function-current-clinical-applications-and-literature-review-update
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Omar Velasco, Morgan Q Beckett, Aaron W James, Megan N Loehr, Taylor G Lewis, Tahmin Hassan, Rajesh Janardhanan
Our review of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) discusses the diagnostic utility of RT3DE and provides a comparison with two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) in clinical cardiology. A Pubmed literature search on RT3DE was performed using the following key words: transthoracic, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, real-time, and left ventricular (LV) function. Articles included perspective clinical studies and meta-analyses in the English language, and focused on the role of RT3DE in human subjects...
2017: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302667/novel-device-for-application-of-continuous-mechanical-tensile-strain-to-mammalian-cells
#12
Satoshi Wada, Hiroyuki Kanzaki, Tsuyoshi Narimiya, Yoshiki Nakamura
During orthodontic tooth movement, the periodontal ligament (PDL) is exposed to continuous mechanical strain. However, many researchers have applied cyclic tensile strain, not continuous tensile strain, to PDL cells in vitro, because there has been no adequate device to apply continuous tensile strain to cultured cells. In this study, we contrived a novel device designed to apply continuous tensile strain to cells in culture. The continuous tensile strain was applied to human immortalized periodontal ligament cell line (HPL cells) and the cytoskeletal structures of HPL cells were examined by immunohistochemistry...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298626/gain-of-function-mutation-p-arg225cys-in-scn11a-causes-familial-episodic-pain-and-contributes-to-essential-tremor
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Xue-Rong Leng, Xiao-Hong Qi, Yong-Tao Zhou, Yu-Ping Wang
Familial episodic pain is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of pain. The pathogenesis of familial episodic pain is not very clear so far. Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder, but the identification of essential tremor genes has remained elusive. We studied a four-generation Chinese family with early-onset familial episodic pain and adult onset familial essential tremor. All essential tremor diagnoses were confirmed based on a review of the questionnaires, videotaped neurological examinations and was then reconfirmed by a senior neurologist specializing in movement disorders using published criteria...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294517/osteogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-hybrid-nanofibers-with-different-configurations-and-dimensionality
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D Gugutkov, F Awaja, K Belemezova, M Keremidarska, N Krasteva, S Kuyrkchiev, G GallegoFerrer, S Seker, A E Elcin, Y M Elcin, G Altankov
Novel hybrid, fibrinogen/polylactic acid (FBG/PLA) nanofibers with different configuration (random vs. aligned) and dimensionality (2D vs.3D environment) were used to control the overall behaviour and the osteogenic differentiation of human Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSCs). Aligned nanofibers in both the 2D and 3D configurations are proved to be favoured for osteo-differentiation. Morphologically we found that on randomly configured nanofibers, the cells developed a stellate-like morphology with multiple projections, however, time-lapse analysis showed significantly diminished cell movements...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293973/exploring-the-relationship-between-demographic-and-disease-related-variables-and-perceived-effect-of-health-status-on-sexual-activity-in-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-associations-found-only-with-non-disease-variables
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K H Berg, G Rohde, A Prøven, E Almås, Eep Benestad, M Østensen, G Haugeberg
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between demographic and disease-related variables and the perceived effect of health status on sexual activity in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (ax-SpA). METHOD: The study assessed 379 ax-SpA patients consecutively recruited from two rheumatology outpatient clinics. Data collection included information on demographics, markers and measures of ax-SpA disease, treatment, comorbidity, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) using the Short Form-36...
March 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289373/reentrant-information-flow-in-electrophysiological-rat-default-mode-network
#16
Wei Jing, Daqing Guo, Yunxiang Zhang, Fengru Guo, Pedro A Valdés-Sosa, Yang Xia, Dezhong Yao
Functional MRI (fMRI) studies have demonstrated that the rodent brain shows a default mode network (DMN) activity similar to that in humans, offering a potential preclinical model both for physiological and pathophysiological studies. However, the neuronal mechanism underlying rodent DMN remains poorly understood. Here, we used electrophysiological data to analyze the power spectrum and estimate the directed phase transfer entropy (dPTE) within rat DMN across three vigilance states: wakeful rest (WR), slow-wave sleep (SWS), and rapid-eye-movement sleep (REMS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283378/the-effects-of-synthetic-cannabinoid-ur-144-on-the-human-body-a-review-of-39-cases
#17
Piotr Adamowicz, Joanna Gieroń, Dominika Gil, Wojciech Lechowicz, Agnieszka Skulska, Bogdan Tokarczyk
UR-144 [(1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone] is a synthetic cannabinoid, which has been detected in many 'legal highs', seized from the global drug market since the beginning of 2012. It has gained popularity as a 'legal' alternative to classic cannabis in countries where it was not controlled. Despite the widespread distribution of this substance, the data on its effects on the human body are scarce. Therefore, this paper describes the results of analysis and observed effects in 39 cases in which UR-144 was determined in blood...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280475/sensorimotor-coarticulation-in-the-execution-and-recognition-of-intentional-actions
#18
Francesco Donnarumma, Haris Dindo, Giovanni Pezzulo
Humans excel at recognizing (or inferring) another's distal intentions, and recent experiments suggest that this may be possible using only subtle kinematic cues elicited during early phases of movement. Still, the cognitive and computational mechanisms underlying the recognition of intentional (sequential) actions are incompletely known and it is unclear whether kinematic cues alone are sufficient for this task, or if it instead requires additional mechanisms (e.g., prior information) that may be more difficult to fully characterize in empirical studies...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279850/accuracy-and-repeatability-of-single-pose-calibration-of-inertial-measurement-units-for-whole-body-motion-analysis
#19
Xavier Robert-Lachaine, Hakim Mecheri, Christian Larue, André Plamondon
Portable inertial measurement units (IMUs) are suitable for motion analysis outside the laboratory. However, IMUs depend on the calibration of each body segment to measure human movement. Different calibration approaches have been developed for simplicity of use or similarity to laboratory motion analysis, but they have not been extensively examined. The main objective of the study was to determine the accuracy and repeatability of two common single-pose calibrations (N-pose and T-pose) under different conditions of placement (self-placement and passive placement), as well as their similarity to laboratory analysis based on anatomical landmarks...
March 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272429/individual-movement-strategies-revealed-through-novel-clustering-of-emergent-movement-patterns
#20
Denis Valle, Sreten Cvetojevic, Ellen P Robertson, Brian E Reichert, Hartwig H Hochmair, Robert J Fletcher
Understanding movement is critical in several disciplines but analysis methods often neglect key information by adopting each location as sampling unit, rather than each individual. We introduce a novel statistical method that, by focusing on individuals, enables better identification of temporal dynamics of connectivity, traits of individuals that explain emergent movement patterns, and sites that play a critical role in connecting subpopulations. We apply this method to two examples that span movement networks that vary considerably in size and questions: movements of an endangered raptor, the snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), and human movement in Florida inferred from Twitter...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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