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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315459/dynamic-reorganization-of-intrinsic-functional-networks-in-the-mouse-brain
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Joanes Grandjean, Maria Giulia Preti, Thomas Aw Bolton, Michaela Buerge, Erich Seifritz, Christopher R Pryce, Dimitri Van De Ville, Markus Rudin
Functional connectivity (FC) derived from resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) allows for the integrative study of neuronal processes at a macroscopic level. The majority of studies to date have assumed stationary interactions between brain regions, without considering the dynamic aspects of network organization. Only recently has the latter received increased attention, predominantly in human studies. Applying dynamic FC (dFC) analysis to mice is attractive given the relative simplicity of the mouse brain and the possibility to explore mechanisms underlying network dynamics using pharmacological, environmental or genetic interventions...
March 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315254/live-cell-imaging-of-protease-activity-assays-to-screen-therapeutic-approaches
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Anita Chalasani, Kyungmin Ji, Mansoureh Sameni, Samia H Mazumder, Yong Xu, Kamiar Moin, Bonnie F Sloane
Methodologies to image and quantify the activity of proteolytic enzymes have been developed in an effort to identify protease-related druggable pathways that are involved in malignant progression of cancer. Our laboratory has pioneered techniques for functional live-cell imaging of protease activity in pathomimetic avatars for breast cancer. We analyze proteolysis in the context of proliferation and formation of structures by tumor cells in 3-D cultures over time (4D). In order to recapitulate the cellular composition and architecture of tumors in the pathomimetic avatars, we include other tumor-associated cells (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303730/biomechanical-properties-of-the-pelvic-floor-muscles-of-continent-and-incontinent-women-using-an-inverse-finite-element-analysis
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M E T Silva, S Brandão, M P L Parente, T Mascarenhas, R M Natal Jorge
Pelvic disorders can be associated with changes in the biomechanical properties in the muscle, ligaments and/or connective tissue form fascia and ligaments. In this sense, the study of their mechanical behavior is important to understand the structure and function of these biological soft tissues. The aim of this study was to establish the biomechanical properties of the pelvic floor muscles of continent and incontinent women, using an inverse finite element analysis (FEA). The numerical models, including the pubovisceral muscle and pelvic bones were built from magnetic resonance (MR) images acquired at rest...
March 17, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301740/mitochondrial-machineries-for-protein-import-and-assembly
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Nils Wiedemann, Nikolaus Pfanner
Mitochondria are essential organelles with numerous functions in cellular metabolism and homeostasis. Most of the >1,000 different mitochondrial proteins are synthesized as precursors in the cytosol and are imported into mitochondria by five transport pathways. The protein import machineries of the mitochondrial membranes and aqueous compartments reveal a remarkable variability of mechanisms for protein recognition, translocation, and sorting. The protein translocases do not operate as separate entities but are connected to each other and to machineries with functions in energetics, membrane organization, and quality control...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301169/conformational-dynamics-of-cyanocobalamin-and-its-conjugates-with-peptide-nucleic-acids
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Tomasz Pieńko, Aleksandra J Wierzba, Monika Wojciechowska, Dorota Gryko, Joanna Trylska
Vitamin B12 also called cobalamin (Cbl) is an important enzymatic co-factor taken up by mammalian and also by many bacterial cells. Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a synthetic DNA analogue that has the ability to bind in a complementary manner to natural nucleic acids. Provided that PNA is efficiently delivered to cells, it could act as a steric blocker of functional DNA or RNA and regulate gene expression at the level of transcription or translation. Recently, Cbl has been examined as a transporter of various molecules to cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300639/sliding-window-analysis-tracks-fluctuations-in-amygdala-functional-connectivity-associated-with-physiological-arousal-and-vigilance-during-fear-conditioning
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Blazej M Baczkowski, Tom Johnstone, Henrik Walter, Susanne Erk, Ilya M Veer
We evaluated whether sliding-window analysis can reveal functionally relevant brain network dynamics during a well-established fear conditioning paradigm. To this end, we tested if fMRI fluctuations in amygdala functional connectivity (FC) can be related to task-induced changes in physiological arousal and vigilance, as reflected in the skin conductance level (SCL). Thirty-two healthy individuals participated in the study. For the sliding-window analysis we used windows that were shifted by one volume at a time...
March 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297975/reconstructing-network-topology-and-coupling-strengths-in-directed-networks-of-discrete-time-dynamics
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Pik-Yin Lai
Reconstructing network connection topology and interaction strengths solely from measurement of the dynamics of the nodes is a challenging inverse problem of broad applicability in various areas of science and engineering. For a discrete-time step network under noises whose noise-free dynamics is stationary, we derive general analytic results relating the weighted connection matrix of the network to the correlation functions obtained from time-series measurements of the nodes for networks with one-dimensional intrinsic node dynamics...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296067/rna-binding-proteins-of-the-nxf-nuclear-export-factor-family-and-their-connection-with-the-cytoskeleton
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L A Mamon, V R Ginanova, S F Kliver, A O Yakimova, A A Atsapkina, E V Golubkova
The mutual relationship between mRNA and the cytoskeleton can be seen from two points of view. On the one hand, the cytoskeleton is necessary for mRNA trafficking and anchoring to subcellular domains. On the other hand, cytoskeletal growth and rearrangement require the translation of mRNAs that are connected to the cytoskeleton. β-actin mRNA localization may influence dynamic changes in the actin cytoskeleton. In the cytoplasm, long-lived mRNAs exist in the form of RNP (ribonucleoprotein) complexes, where they interact with RNA-binding proteins, including NXF (Nuclear eXport Factor)...
March 13, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295837/compromised-hippocampus-striatum-pathway-as-a-potential-imaging-biomarker-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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D Rangaprakash, Gopikrishna Deshpande, Thomas A Daniel, Adam M Goodman, Jennifer L Robinson, Nouha Salibi, Jeffrey S Katz, Thomas S Denney, Michael N Dretsch
OBJECTIVES: Military service members risk acquiring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild-traumatic brain injury (mTBI), with high comorbidity. Owing to overlapping symptomatology in chronic mTBI or postconcussion syndrome (PCS) and PTSD, it is difficult to assess the etiology of a patient's condition without objective measures. Using resting-state functional MRI in a novel framework, we tested the hypothesis that their neural signatures are characterized by functionally hyperconnected brain regions which are less variable over time...
March 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295624/mixed-reversible-covalent-crosslink-kinetics-enable-precise-hierarchical-mechanical-tuning-of-hydrogel-networks
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Volkan Yesilyurt, Andrew M Ayoob, Eric A Appel, Jeffrey T Borenstein, Robert Langer, Daniel G Anderson
Hydrogels play a central role in a number of medical applications and new research aims to engineer their mechanical properties to improve their capacity to mimic the functional dynamics of native tissues. This study shows hierarchical mechanical tuning of hydrogel networks by utilizing mixtures of kinetically distinct reversible covalent crosslinks. A methodology is described to precisely tune stress relaxation in PEG networks formed from mixtures of two different phenylboronic acid derivatives with unique diol complexation rates, 4-carboxyphenylboronic acid, and o-aminomethylphenylboronic acid...
March 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294459/identifying-dynamic-functional-connectivity-biomarkers-using-gig-ica-application-to-schizophrenia-schizoaffective-disorder-and-psychotic-bipolar-disorder
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Yuhui Du, Godfrey D Pearlson, Dongdong Lin, Jing Sui, Jiayu Chen, Mustafa Salman, Carol A Tamminga, Elena I Ivleva, John A Sweeney, Matcheri S Keshavan, Brett A Clementz, Juan Bustillo, Vince D Calhoun
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have shown altered brain dynamic functional connectivity (DFC) in mental disorders. Here, we aim to explore DFC across a spectrum of symptomatically-related disorders including bipolar disorder with psychosis (BPP), schizoaffective disorder (SAD), and schizophrenia (SZ). We introduce a group information guided independent component analysis procedure to estimate both group-level and subject-specific connectivity states from DFC. Using resting-state fMRI data of 238 healthy controls (HCs), 140 BPP, 132 SAD, and 113 SZ patients, we identified measures differentiating groups from the whole-brain DFC and traditional static functional connectivity (SFC), separately...
March 10, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293163/an-fpga-platform-for-real-time-simulation-of-spiking-neuronal-networks
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Danilo Pani, Paolo Meloni, Giuseppe Tuveri, Francesca Palumbo, Paolo Massobrio, Luigi Raffo
In the last years, the idea to dynamically interface biological neurons with artificial ones has become more and more urgent. The reason is essentially due to the design of innovative neuroprostheses where biological cell assemblies of the brain can be substituted by artificial ones. For closed-loop experiments with biological neuronal networks interfaced with in silico modeled networks, several technological challenges need to be faced, from the low-level interfacing between the living tissue and the computational model to the implementation of the latter in a suitable form for real-time processing...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292833/mesoscale-architecture-shapes-initiation-and-richness-of-spontaneous-network-activity
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Samora Okujeni, Steffen Kandler, Ulrich Egert
Spontaneous activity in the absence of external input, including propagating waves of activity, is a robust feature of neuronal networks in vivo and in vitro. The neurophysiological and anatomical requirements for initiation and persistence of such activity, however, are poorly understood, as is their role in the function of neuronal networks. Computational network studies indicate that clustered connectivity may foster the generation, maintenance and richness of spontaneous activity. Since this mesoscale architecture cannot be systematically modified in intact tissue, testing these predictions is impracticable in vivo...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290073/prefrontal-dysconnectivity-links-to-working-memory-deficit-in-first-episode-schizophrenia
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Xiaojing Fang, Yulin Wang, Luqi Cheng, Yuanchao Zhang, Yuan Zhou, Shihao Wu, Huan Huang, Jilin Zou, Cheng Chen, Jun Chen, Huiling Wang, Tianzi Jiang
Working memory (WM) deficit is a core feature of schizophrenia and is characterized by abnormal functional integration in the prefrontal cortex, including the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dLPFC), dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC), and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vLPFC). However, the specific mechanism by which the abnormal neuronal circuits that involve these brain regions contribute to this deficit is still unclear. Therefore, this study focused on these regions and sought to answer which abnormal causal relationships in these regions can be linked to impaired WM in schizophrenia...
March 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288700/externally-induced-frontoparietal-synchronization-modulates-network-dynamics-and-enhances-working-memory-performance
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Ines R Violante, Lucia M Li, David W Carmichael, Romy Lorenz, Robert Leech, Adam Hampshire, John C Rothwell, David J Sharp
Cognitive functions such as working memory (WM) are emergent properties of large-scale network interactions. Synchronisation of oscillatory activity might contribute to WM by enabling the coordination of long-range processes. However, causal evidence for the way oscillatory activity shapes network dynamics and behavior in humans is limited. Here we applied transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to exogenously modulate oscillatory activity in a right frontoparietal network that supports WM. Externally induced synchronization improved performance when cognitive demands were high...
March 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287587/analyzing-synaptic-modulation-of-drosophila-melanogaster-photoreceptors-after-exposure-to-prolonged-light
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Atsushi Sugie, Christoph Möhl, Satoko Hakeda-Suzuki, Hideaki Matsui, Takashi Suzuki, Gaia Tavosanis
The nervous system has the remarkable ability to adapt and respond to various stimuli. This neural adjustment is largely achieved through plasticity at the synaptic level. The Active Zone (AZ) is the region at the presynaptic membrane that mediates neurotransmitter release and is composed of a dense collection of scaffold proteins. AZs of Drosophila melanogaster (Drosophila) photoreceptors undergo molecular remodeling after prolonged exposure to natural ambient light. Thus the level of neuronal activity can rearrange the molecular composition of the AZ and contribute to the regulation of the functional output...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287216/atomic-structure-of-mg-based-metallic-glasses-from-molecular-dynamics-and-neutron-diffraction
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Anastasia Gulenko, Louis Forto Chungong, Junheng Gao, Iain Todd, Alex C Hannon, Richard A Martin, Jamieson K Christie
We use a combination of classical molecular dynamics simulation and neutron diffraction to identify the atomic structure of five different Mg-Zn-Ca bulk metallic glasses, covering a range of compositions with substantially different behaviour when implanted in vitro. There is very good agreement between the structures obtained from computer simulation and those found experimentally. Bond lengths and the total correlation function do not change significantly with composition. The zinc and calcium bonding shows differences between composition: the distribution of Zn-Ca bond lengths becomes narrower with increasing Zn content, and the preference for Zn and Ca to avoid bonding to themselves or each other becomes less strong, and, for Zn-Ca, transforms into a positive preference to bond to each other...
March 13, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286487/empathy-related-responses-to-depicted-people-in-art-works
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Ladislav Kesner, Jiří Horáček
Existing theories of empathic response to visual art works postulate the primacy of automatic embodied reaction to images based on mirror neuron mechanisms. Arguing for a more inclusive concept of empathy-related response and integrating four distinct bodies of literature, we discuss contextual, and personal factors which modulate empathic response to depicted people. We then present an integrative model of empathy-related responses to depicted people in art works. The model assumes that a response to empathy-eliciting figural artworks engages the dynamic interaction of two mutually interlinked sets of processes: socio-affective/cognitive processing, related to the person perception, and esthetic processing, primarily concerned with esthetic appreciation and judgment and attention to non-social aspects of the image...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285833/integrative-proteomics-and-phosphoproteomics-profiling-reveals-dynamic-signaling-networks-and-bioenergetics-pathways-underlying-t-cell-activation
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Haiyan Tan, Kai Yang, Yuxin Li, Timothy I Shaw, Yanyan Wang, Daniel Bastardo Blanco, Xusheng Wang, Ji-Hoon Cho, Hong Wang, Sherri Rankin, Cliff Guy, Junmin Peng, Hongbo Chi
The molecular circuits by which antigens activate quiescent T cells remain poorly understood. We combined temporal profiling of the whole proteome and phosphoproteome via multiplexed isobaric labeling proteomics technology, computational pipelines for integrating multi-omics datasets, and functional perturbation to systemically reconstruct regulatory networks underlying T cell activation. T cell receptors activated the T cell proteome and phosphoproteome with discrete kinetics, marked by early dynamics of phosphorylation and delayed ribosome biogenesis and mitochondrial activation...
March 3, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283563/a-rapid-subcortical-amygdala-route-for-faces-irrespective-of-spatial-frequency-and-emotion
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Jessica McFadyen, Martial Mermillod, Jason B Mattingley, Veronika Halász, Marta I Garrido
There is significant controversy over the existence and function of a direct subcortical visual pathway to the amygdala. It is thought that this pathway rapidly transmits low spatial frequency information to the amygdala independently of the cortex and yet the directionality of this function has never been determined. We used magnetoencephalography to measure neural activity while human participants discriminated the gender of neutral and fearful faces filtered for low or high spatial frequencies. We applied dynamic causal modelling to demonstrate that the most likely underlying neural network consisted of a pulvinar-amygdala connection that was uninfluenced by spatial frequency or emotion, and a cortical-amygdala connection that conveyed high spatial frequencies...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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