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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087932/the-complexity-of-fungal-vision
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Reinhard Fischer, Jesus Aguirre, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Luis M Corrochano
Life, as we know it, would not be possible without light. Light is not only a primary source of energy, but also an important source of information for many organisms. To sense light, only a few photoreceptor systems have developed during evolution. They are all based on an organic molecule with conjugated double bonds that allows energy transfer from visible (or UV) light to its cognate protein to translate the primary physical photoresponse to cell-biological actions. The three main classes of receptors are flavin-based blue-light, retinal-based green-light (such as rhodopsin), and linear tetrapyrrole-based red-light sensors...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087407/polymeric-micelles-for-ocular-drug-delivery-from-structural-frameworks-to-recent-preclinical-studies
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Abhirup Mandal, Rohit Bisht, Ilva D Rupenthal, Ashim K Mitra
Effective intraocular drug delivery poses a major challenge due to the presence of various elimination mechanisms and physiological barriers that result in low ocular bioavailability after topical application. Over the past decades, polymeric micelles have emerged as one of the most promising drug delivery platforms for the management of ocular diseases affecting the anterior (dry eye syndrome) and posterior (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) segments of the eye. Promising preclinical efficacy results from both in-vitro and in-vivo animal studies have led to their steady progression through clinical trials...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080961/interoception-beyond-homeostasis-affect-cognition-and-mental-health
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Manos Tsakiris, Hugo Critchley
Interoception refers to the sensing of the internal state of one's body. Interoception is distinct from the processing of sensory information concerning external (non-self) stimuli (e.g. vision, hearing, touch and smell) and is the afferent axis to internal (autonomic and hormonal) physiological control. However, the impact of interoception extends beyond homeostatic/allostatic reflexes: it is proposed to be fundamental to motivation, emotion (affective feelings and behaviours), social cognition and self-awareness...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073248/interplay-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-with-the-membrane-insights-from-supra-atomic-coarse-grain-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Xavier Periole
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are central to many fundamental cellular signaling pathways. They transduce signals from the outside to the inside of cells in physiological processes ranging from vision to immune response. It is extremely challenging to look at them individually using conventional experimental techniques. Recently, a pseudo atomistic molecular model has emerged as a valuable tool to access information on GPCRs, more specifically on their interactions with their environment in their native cell membrane and the consequences on their supramolecular organization...
January 11, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063853/reaction-time-and-postural-sway-modify-the-effect-of-executive-function-on-risk-of-falls-in-older-people-with-mild-to-moderate-cognitive-impairment
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Morag E Taylor, Stephen R Lord, Kim Delbaere, Susan E Kurrle, A Stefanie Mikolaizak, Jacqueline C T Close
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between cognitive performance and falls in older people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment (CI) by investigating the mediational effects of medical, medication, neuropsychological, and physiological factors. DESIGN: Secondary analysis, prospective cohort study. SETTING: Community and low-level care. PARTICIPANTS: 177 older people (aged 82 ± 7 years) with mild to moderate CI (MMSE 11-23; ACE-R < 83)...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050920/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-based-on-a-physiological-profile-approach-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Jafar Razmara, Mohammad Hassan Zaboli
Falls play a critical role in older people's life as it is an important source of morbidity and mortality in elders. In this article, elders fall risk is predicted based on a physiological profile approach using a multilayer neural network with back-propagation learning algorithm. The personal physiological profile of 200 elders was collected through a questionnaire and used as the experimental data for learning and testing the neural network. The profile contains a series of simple factors putting elders at risk for falls such as vision abilities, muscle forces, and some other daily activities and grouped into two sets: psychological factors and public factors...
November 1, 2016: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049008/the-gut-microbiota-of-centenarians-signatures-of-longevity-in-the-gut-microbiota-profile
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Biagi Elena, Simone Rampelli, Silvia Turroni, Sara Quercia, Marco Candela, Patrizia Brigidi
The changing physiology and lifestyle of elderly people affect the gut microbiota composition, the changes of which can, in turn, affect the health maintenance of the ageing host. In a co-evolutionary vision of the relationship between gut microbiota and ageing as an adaptive process of the human superorganism, long-living individuals who get to "successfully" age might be the ones whose microbiota manages to continuously re-establish a mutualistic relationship with the host, adapting to the progressive endogenous and environmental changes...
December 31, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032236/efferent-influences-on-the-bioelectrical-activity-of-the-retina-in-primates
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REVIEW
Gonzalo Ortiz, J Vernon Odom, Christopher L Passaglia, Radouil T Tzekov
PURPOSE: The existence of retinopetal (sometimes referred to as "efferent" or "centrifugal") axons in the mammalian optic nerve is a topic of long-standing debate. Opposition is fading as efferent innervation of the retina has now been widely documented in rodents and other animals. The existence and function of an efferent system in humans and non-human primates has not, though, been definitively established. Such a feedback pathway could have important functional, clinical, and experimental significance to the field of vision science and ophthalmology...
December 28, 2016: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025326/dysfunction-of-cgmp-signalling-in-photoreceptors-by-a-macular-dystrophy-related-mutation-in-the-calcium-sensor-gcap1
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Farina Vocke, Nicole Weisschuh, Valerio Marino, Silvia Malfatti, Samuel G Jacobson, Charlotte M Reiff, Daniele Dell'Orco, Karl-Wilhelm Koch
Macular dystrophy leads to progressive loss of central vision and shows symptoms similar to age-related macular degeneration. Genetic screening of patients diagnosed with macular dystrophy disclosed a novel mutation in the GUCA1A gene, namely a c.526C > T substitution leading to the amino acid substitution p.L176F in the guanylate cyclase-activating protein 1 (GCAP1). The same variant was found in three families showing an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. For a full functional characterization of the L176F mutant we expressed and purified the mutant protein and measured key parameters of its activating properties, its Ca(2+)/Mg(2+)-binding, and its Ca(2+)-induced conformational changes in comparison to the wildtype protein...
December 26, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025051/variations-in-normal-color-vision-vi-factors-underlying-individual-differences-in-hue-scaling-and-their-implications-for-models-of-color-appearance
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Kara J Emery, Vicki J Volbrecht, David H Peterzell, Michael A Webster
Observers with normal color vision vary widely in their judgments of color appearance, such as the specific spectral stimuli they perceive as pure or unique hues. We examined the basis of these individual differences by using factor analysis to examine the variations in hue-scaling functions from both new and previously published data. Observers reported the perceived proportion of red, green, blue or yellow in chromatic stimuli sampling angles at fixed intervals within the LM and S cone-opponent plane. These proportions were converted to hue angles in a perceptual-opponent space defined by red vs...
January 3, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008834/-impact-of-newly-developed-metagenomic-tools-on-our-knowledge-of-the-gut-microbiota-and-its-role-in-human-health-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-issues
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Hervé M Blottière, Joël Doré
Over the last years, our vision of the intestinal microbiota and its contribution to human physiology has been fully revisited, thanks to metagenomics. Next generation sequencing allowed a full characterization of the microbiome. Quantitative metagenomic permitted a deep understanding of the intestinal ecosystem, its structure, and potential dysbiosis in several human pathologies. The microbiome may be used as biomarker of disease or of risk to progress toward a disease. A good understanding of the mechanisms of interaction between gut microbiota and its host is needed; functional metagenomic is a useful tool to identify genes and metabolites able to interact with host's cells...
November 2016: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008209/paradigm-shifts-in-ophthalmic-diagnostics
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J Sebag, Alfredo A Sadun, Eric A Pierce
PURPOSE: Future advances in ophthalmology will see a paradigm shift in diagnostics from a focus on dysfunction and disease to better measures of psychophysical function and health. Practical methods to define genotypes will be increasingly important and non-invasive nanotechnologies are needed to detect molecular changes that predate histopathology. METHODS: This is not a review nor meant to be comprehensive. Specific topics have been selected to illustrate the principles of important paradigm shifts that will influence the future of ophthalmic diagnostics...
August 2016: Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003323/precise-long-non-coding-rna-modulation-in-visual-maintenance-and-impairment
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REVIEW
Peixing Wan, Wenru Su, Yehong Zhuo
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are remarkably powerful, flexible and pervasive cellular regulators. With the help of cheaper RNA-seq, high-throughput screening of lncRNAs has become widely applied and has identified large numbers of specific lncRNAs in various physiological or pathological processes. Vision is known to be a complex and vital perception that comprises 80% of the sensory information we receive. A consensus has been reached that normal visual maintenance and impairment are primarily driven by gene regulation...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994798/mining-textural-knowledge-in-biological-images-applications-methods-and-trends
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REVIEW
Santa Di Cataldo, Elisa Ficarra
Texture analysis is a major task in many areas of computer vision and pattern recognition, including biological imaging. Indeed, visual textures can be exploited to distinguish specific tissues or cells in a biological sample, to highlight chemical reactions between molecules, as well as to detect subcellular patterns that can be evidence of certain pathologies. This makes automated texture analysis fundamental in many applications of biomedicine, such as the accurate detection and grading of multiple types of cancer, the differential diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, or the study of physiological processes...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992510/noradrenaline-improves-behavioral-contrast-sensitivity-via-the-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor
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Ryo Mizuyama, Shogo Soma, Naofumi Suemastu, Satoshi Shimegi
Noradrenaline (NA) is released from the locus coeruleus in the brainstem to almost the whole brain depending on the physiological state or behavioral context. NA modulates various brain functions including vision, but many questions about the functional role of its effects and mechanisms remain unclear. To explore these matters, we focused on three questions, 1) whether NA improves detectability of a behavior-relevant visual stimulus, 2) which receptor subtypes contribute to the NA effects, and 3) whether the NA effects are specific for visual features such as spatial frequency (SF)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959269/how-lateral-inhibition-and-fast-retinogeniculo-cortical-oscillations-create-vision-a-new-hypothesis
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Ravinder Jerath, Shannon M Cearley, Vernon A Barnes, Elizabeth Nixon-Shapiro
: The role of the physiological processes involved in human vision escapes clarification in current literature. Many unanswered questions about vision include: 1) whether there is more to lateral inhibition than previously proposed, 2) the role of the discs in rods and cones, 3) how inverted images on the retina are converted to erect images for visual perception, 4) what portion of the image formed on the retina is actually processed in the brain, 5) the reason we have an after-image with antagonistic colors, and 6) how we remember space...
November 2016: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932542/h2o2-sensitive-isoforms-of-drosophila-trpa1-act-in-bitter-sensing-gustatory-neurons-to-promote-avoidance-of-uv-during-egg-laying
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Ananya R Guntur, Bin Gou, Pengyu Gu, Ruo He, Ulrich Stern, Yang Xiang, Chung-Hui Yang
The evolutionarily conserved TRPA1 channel can sense various stimuli including temperatures and chemical irritants. Recent results have suggested that specific isoforms of Drosophila TRPA1 (dTRPA1) are UV sensitive and that their UV sensitivity is due to H2O2 sensitivity. However, whether such UV sensitivity serves any physiological purposes in behaving animals was unclear. Here, we demonstrate that H2O2-sensitive dTRPA1 isoforms promote avoidance of UV when adult Drosophila females are selecting sites for egg-laying...
December 7, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903724/a-comparison-of-visual-response-properties-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-and-primary-visual-cortex-of-awake-and-anesthetized-mice
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Séverine Durand, Ramakrishnan Iyer, Kenji Mizuseki, Saskia de Vries, Stefan Mihalas, R Clay Reid
: The cerebral cortex of the mouse has become one of the most important systems for studying information processing and the neural correlates of behavior. Multiple studies have examined the first stages of visual cortical processing: primary visual cortex (V1) and its thalamic inputs from the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN), but more rarely in the lateral posterior nucleus (LP) in mice. Multiple single-unit surveys of dLGN and V1, both with electrophysiology and two-photon calcium imaging, have described receptive fields in anesthetized animals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903008/brightness-in-human-rod-vision-depends-on-slow-neural-adaptation-to-quantum-statistics-of-light
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Michael E Rudd, Fred Rieke
In human rod-mediated vision, threshold for small, brief flashes rises in proportion to the square root of adapting luminance at all but the lowest and highest adapting intensities. A classical signal detection theory from Rose (1942, 1948) and de Vries (1943) attributed this rise to the perceptual masking of weak flashes by Poisson fluctuations in photon absorptions from the adapting field. However, previous work by Brown and Rudd (1998) demonstrated that the square-root law also holds for suprathreshold brightness judgments, a finding that supports an alternative explanation of the square-root sensitivity changes as a consequence of physiological adaptation (i...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895559/reorganization-of-visual-callosal-connections-following-alterations-of-retinal-input-and-brain-damage
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REVIEW
Laura Restani, Matteo Caleo
Vision is a very important sensory modality in humans. Visual disorders are numerous and arising from diverse and complex causes. Deficits in visual function are highly disabling from a social point of view and in addition cause a considerable economic burden. For all these reasons there is an intense effort by the scientific community to gather knowledge on visual deficit mechanisms and to find possible new strategies for recovery and treatment. In this review, we focus on an important and sometimes neglected player of the visual function, the corpus callosum (CC)...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
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