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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635330/multiple-functions-of-insulin-degrading-enzyme-a-metabolic-crosslight
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Grazia R Tundo, Diego Sbardella, Chiara Ciaccio, Giuseppe Grasso, Magda Gioia, Andrea Coletta, Fabio Polticelli, Donato Di Pierro, Danilo Milardi, Peter Van Endert, Stefano Marini, Massimo Coletta
Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is a ubiquitous zinc peptidase of the inverzincin family, which has been initially discovered as the enzyme responsible for insulin catabolism; therefore, its involvement in the onset of diabetes has been largely investigated. However, further studies on IDE unraveled its ability to degrade several other polypeptides, such as β-amyloid, amylin, and glucagon, envisaging the possible implication of IDE dys-regulation in the "aggregopathies" and, in particular, in neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617659/inhibitory-interneurons-in-the-retina-types-circuitry-and-function
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Jeffrey S Diamond
Visual signals in the vertebrate retina are shaped by feedback and feedforward inhibition in two synaptic layers. In one, horizontal cells establish fundamental center-surround receptive-field properties via morphologically and physiologically complex synapses with photoreceptors and bipolar cells. In the other, a panoply of amacrine cells imbue ganglion cell responses with spatiotemporally complex information about the visual world. Here, I review current ideas about horizontal cell signaling, considering the evidence for and against the leading, competing theories...
June 15, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616959/smelling-seeing-tasting-old-senses-for-new-sensing
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Luca Guerrini, Eduardo Garcia-Rico, Nicolas Pazos-Perez, Ramon A Alvarez-Puebla
The senses are the physiological mechanisms of perception that enable an organism to interact with the surrounding media. For centuries, humans have utilized these senses in science; vision and olfaction have been used the most extensively in laboratories followed by gustation and somatosensation, whereas audition has only rarely been employed. Most of these applications of senses were developed spontaneously based on the natural behavior of the chemistry of the reactants producing changes in scent, taste, or color...
June 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612282/probing-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-anchoring-on-tnf-alpha-challenged-vascular-endothelia-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-the-retinal-microvascular
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Yuan Li, Yao Lu, Qiong Chen, Yuejun Kang, Ling Yu
Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes; it stems from damage to the microvasculature of the retina and eventually compromises vision. The diagnosis of retinopathy is difficult to make because there are no early symptoms or warning signs. Dysfunction of the retina's microvascular networks is believed to be associated with inflammatory cytokines and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). To investigate the effect of these cytokines, such as TNF-α, a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/glass hydride microfluidic device reflecting the physiological structure of the retina's microvasculature was developed...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575918/-expansion-and-transplantation-of-limbal-stem-cells-for-corneal-surface-regeneration
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Adrian Gericke, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Marion Zimmermann, Aytan Musayeva
In humans, regeneration of the corneal epithelium is regulated by the stem cell reservoir of the limbus. After extensive limbal damage, e.g., by inflammation, thermal burn or chemical injury, limbal stem cell deficiency leading to vascularization and opacification of the cornea and resulting in vision loss, may develop. Several techniques of autologous and allogenic stem cell transplantation have been established. The limbus can be restored by transplantation of whole limbal grafts, small limbal biopsies or by ex vivo-expanded limbal cells...
June 2, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553324/the-complexities-underlying-age-related-macular-degeneration-could-amyloid-beta-play-an-important-role
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Savannah A Lynn, Eloise Keeling, Rosie Munday, Gagandeep Gabha, Helen Griffiths, Andrew J Lotery, J Arjuna Ratnayaka
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes irreversible loss of central vision for which there is no effective treatment. Incipient pathology is thought to occur in the retina for many years before AMD manifests from midlife onwards to affect a large proportion of the elderly. Although genetic as well as non-genetic/environmental risks are recognized, its complex aetiology makes it difficult to identify susceptibility, or indeed what type of AMD develops or how quickly it progresses in different individuals...
April 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552706/mother-young-recognition-in-goitered-gazelle-during-hiding-period
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D A Blank, W Yang
The mother-young recognition process is crucial for the growth and survival of progeny. In "follower" ungulate species, vocal and visual cues have been found to play a leading role in the mother-young identification process from the first days postpartum, with olfactory cues also important in establishing the initial selective mother-young bond immediately after birth. In "hider" species, however, much less has been documented of mother-young recognition behaviors, especially in their natural habitat. In this paper, we investigated this process in goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), a typical hider species, in its native environment in Kazakhstan...
May 24, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548639/rai1-frees-mice-from-the-repression-of-active-wake-behaviors-by-light
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Shanaz Diessler, Corinne Kostic, Yvan Arsenijevic, Aki Kawasaki, Paul Franken
Besides its role in vision, light impacts physiology and behavior through circadian and direct (aka 'masking') mechanisms. In Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), the dysregulation of both sleep-wake behavior and melatonin production strongly suggests impaired non-visual light perception. We discovered that mice haploinsufficient for the SMS causal gene, Retinoic acid induced-1 (Rai1), were hypersensitive to light such that light eliminated alert and active-wake behaviors, while leaving time-spent-awake unaffected...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546509/behavioral-color-vision-in-a-cichlid-fish-metriaclima-benetos
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Daniel Escobar-Camacho, Justin Marshall, Karen L Carleton
Color vision is the capacity of discriminating color regardless of brightness. It is essential for many fish species as they rely on color discrimination for numerous ecological tasks. The study of color vision is important because it can unveil the mechanisms that shape coloration patterns, visual system sensitivities and hence, visual signals. In order to understand better the mechanisms underlying color vision an integrative approach is necessary. This usually requires combining behavioral, physiological, and genetic experiments with quantitative modeling, resulting in a distinctive characterization of the visual system...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545362/insight-into-the-role-of-photoreception-and-light-intervention-for-sleep-and-neuropsychiatric-behaviour-in-the-elderly
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Katharina Wulff, Russell G Foster
Light exerts influences on many physiological and behavioural functions in humans. These functions can be described as image-forming (IF) and non-image forming (NIF) visual processes, both originating in the retina of the eye. Image-forming refers to vision; the process of detecting and distinguishing shapes and colour of objects. Non-image forming refers to detecting level of light intensity or brightness of ambient space, which affects basal physiology such as cycles of rest and activity or the endocrine system...
May 22, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533455/coevolution-of-coloration-and-colour-vision
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Olle Lind, Miriam J Henze, Almut Kelber, Daniel Osorio
The evolutionary relationship between signals and animal senses has broad significance, with potential consequences for speciation, and for the efficacy and honesty of biological communication. Here we outline current understanding of the diversity of colour vision in two contrasting groups: the phylogenetically conservative birds, and the more variable butterflies. Evidence for coevolution of colour signals and vision exists in both groups, but is limited to observations of phenotypic differences between visual systems, which might be correlated with coloration...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532354/the-road-to-certainty-and-back
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Gerald Westheimer
The author relates his intellectual journey from eye-testing clinician to experimental vision scientist. Starting with the quest for underpinning in physics and physiology of vague clinical propositions and of psychology's acceptance of thresholds as "fuzzy-edged," and a long career pursuing a reductionist agenda in empirical vision science, his journey led to the realization that the full understanding of human vision cannot proceed without factoring in an observer's awareness, with its attendant uncertainty and open-endedness...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532350/corollary-discharge-and-oculomotor-proprioception-cortical-mechanisms-for-spatially-accurate-vision
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Linus D Sun, Michael E Goldberg
A classic problem in psychology is understanding how the brain creates a stable and accurate representation of space for perception and action despite a constantly moving eye. Two mechanisms have been proposed to solve this problem: Herman von Helmholtz's idea that the brain uses a corollary discharge of the motor command that moves the eye to adjust the visual representation, and Sir Charles Sherrington's idea that the brain measures eye position to calculate a spatial representation. Here, we discuss the cognitive, neuropsychological, and physiological mechanisms that support each of these ideas...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528730/sir-charles-bell-unheralded-laryngologist
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Elliot Abemayor
INTRODUCTION: Sir Charles Bell is renowned and revered as an outstanding surgeon, anatomist, clinician and teacher and his many contributions to various medical fields have been amply described. What are less well-known are his contributions to the field of laryngology. METHODS: Selected clinical and physiological publications by Bell were examined that addressed issues related specifically to the airway or pharynx. These included both case reports and case series...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514361/-the-complications-of-transethmoidal-decompressive-orbitotomy-associated-with-endocrine-ophthalmopathy
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P A Kochetkov, Ya O Grusha, V M Svistushkin, S S Danilov
The objective of the present study was the analysis of the results of transethmoidal decompressive orbitotomy (TEDO) with the resection of the bone matrix of the medial and inferior orbital walls in the patients presenting with endocrine ophthalmopathy (EOP) with the purpose of reduction of the risk of development of this pathological conditions. A total of 51 patient with EOP at the stage of complete remission or pharmacotherapeutic compensation underwent transethmoidal decompressive medial orbitotomy in the ENT Clinic of 1 I...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510504/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-basics-of-methodology-and-measurements
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Alessandro Mezzani
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing adds measurement of ventilation and volume of oxygen uptake and exhaled carbon dioxide to routine physiological and performance parameters obtainable from conventional exercise testing, furnishing an all-round vision of the systems involved in both oxygen transport from air to mitochondria and its utilization during exercise. Peculiarities of cardiopulmonary exercise testing methodology are the use of ramp protocols and calibration procedures for flow meters and gas analyzers...
May 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503155/djinni-a-novel-technology-supported-exposure-therapy-paradigm-for-sad-combining-virtual-reality-and-augmented-reality
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Maher Ben-Moussa, Marius Rubo, Coralie Debracque, Wolf-Gero Lange
The present paper explores the benefits and the capabilities of various emerging state-of-the-art interactive 3D and Internet of Things technologies and investigates how these technologies can be exploited to develop a more effective technology supported exposure therapy solution for social anxiety disorder. "DJINNI" is a conceptual design of an in vivo augmented reality (AR) exposure therapy mobile support system that exploits several capturing technologies and integrates the patient's state and situation by vision-based, audio-based, and physiology-based analysis as well as by indoor/outdoor localization techniques...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502662/-what-not-detectors-help-the-brain-see-in-depth
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Nuno R Goncalves, Andrew E Welchman
Binocular stereopsis is one of the primary cues for three-dimensional (3D) vision in species ranging from insects to primates. Understanding how the brain extracts depth from two different retinal images represents a tractable challenge in sensory neuroscience that has so far evaded full explanation. Central to current thinking is the idea that the brain needs to identify matching features in the two retinal images (i.e., solving the "stereoscopic correspondence problem") so that the depth of objects in the world can be triangulated...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479489/autoimmune-diseases-and-their-relation-with-immunological-neurological-and-endocrinological-axes
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Nicolás Coronel-Restrepo, Iván Posso-Osorio, Juan Naranjo-Escobar, Gabriel J Tobón
The immune response is complex, multifactorial, individualized and often unpredictable. There are multiple interconnected systems that allow a balance between physiological autoreactive processes and pathological autoimmunity with consequent organ-specific or systemic autoimmune disease. Based on the concept of the autoimmunity mosaic, up to 50% of autoimmune disorders do not have a clear etiological factor. In order to achieve a clear understanding of the different systems that influence the development of autoimmune diseases, the clinical auto-immunologist needs a dynamic and comprehensive vision of all interconnected pathways that maintain a precise balance in the organism...
May 4, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474685/cataract-associated-p23t-%C3%AE-d-crystallin-retains-a-native-like-fold-in-amorphous-looking-aggregates-formed-at-physiological-ph
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Jennifer C Boatz, Matthew J Whitley, Mingyue Li, Angela M Gronenborn, Patrick C A van der Wel
Cataracts cause vision loss through the large-scale aggregation of eye lens proteins as a result of ageing or congenital mutations. The development of new treatments is hindered by uncertainty about the nature of the aggregates and their mechanism of formation. We describe the structure and morphology of aggregates formed by the P23T human γD-crystallin mutant associated with congenital cataracts. At physiological pH, the protein forms aggregates that look amorphous and disordered by electron microscopy, reminiscent of the reported formation of amorphous deposits by other crystallin mutants...
May 5, 2017: Nature Communications
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