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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229706/causal-evidence-for-learning-dependent-frontal-lobe-contributions-to-cognitive-control
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Paul S Muhle-Karbe, Jiefeng Jiang, Tobias Egner
The lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) plays a central role in the prioritization of sensory input based on task-relevance. Such top-down control of perception is of fundamental importance in goal-directed behavior, but can also be costly when deployed excessively, necessitating a mechanism that regulates control engagement to align it with changing environmental demands. We have recently introduced the "flexible control model," which explains this regulation as resulting from a self-adjusting reinforcement-learning mechanism that infers latent statistical structure in dynamic task environments to predict forthcoming states...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229444/neural-control-of-choroidal-blood-flow
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REVIEW
Anton Reiner, Malinda E C Fitzgerald, Nobel Del Mar, Chunyan Li
The choroid is richly innervated by parasympathetic, sympathetic and trigeminal sensory nerve fibers that regulate choroidal blood flow in birds and mammals, and presumably other vertebrate classes as well. The parasympathetic innervation has been shown to vasodilate and increase choroidal blood flow, the sympathetic input has been shown to vasoconstrict and decrease choroidal blood flow, and the sensory input has been shown to both convey pain and thermal information centrally and act locally to vasodilate and increase choroidal blood flow...
December 8, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229240/brain-functional-and-perfusional-alterations-in-schizophrenia-an-arterial-spin-labeling-study
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Ícaro A F Oliveira, Tiago M Guimarães, Roberto M Souza, Antônio C Dos Santos, João Paulo Machado-de-Sousa, Jaime E C Hallak, Renata F Leoni
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that affects the anatomy and function of the brain, with an impact on one's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The purpose of the study was to investigate cerebral blood flow (CBF) and brain connectivity in a group of patients with schizophrenia. Pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) images were acquired from 28 patients in treatment and 28 age-matched healthy controls. Mean CBF and connectivity patterns were assessed. Schizophrenia patients had decreased CBF in the bilateral frontal pole and superior frontal gyrus, right medial frontal gyrus, triangular and opercular parts of the inferior frontal gyrus, posterior division of the left supramarginal gyrus, superior and inferior divisions of the left lateral occipital cortex, and bilateral occipital pole...
December 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220373/can-nerve-regeneration-on-an-artificial-nerve-conduit-be-enhanced-by-ethanol-induced-cervical-sympathetic-ganglion-block
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Yoshiki Shionoya, Katsuhisa Sunada, Keiji Shigeno, Akira Nakada, Michitaka Honda, Tatsuo Nakamura
This study aimed to determine whether nerve regeneration by means of an artificial nerve conduit is promoted by ethanol-induced cervical sympathetic ganglion block (CSGB) in a canine model. This study involved two experiments-in part I, the authors examined the effect of CSGB by ethanol injection on long-term blood flow to the orofacial region; part II involved evaluation of the effect of CSGB by ethanol injection on inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) repair using polyglycolic acid-collagen tubes. In part I, seven Beagles were administered left CSGB by injection of 99...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219781/a-novel-duraplasty-technique-following-fenestration-of-a-massive-lumbar-arachnoid-cyst-in-a-patient-with-scoliosis-technical-case-report
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Matthew T Neal, Randall J Hlubek, Alexander E Ropper, U Kumar Kakarla
When a dural defect is encountered during spine surgery, the dura mater must be reconstituted to minimize the occurrence of minor or major life-threatening sequelae. The neurosurgical literature lacks strategies for managing large dural defects encountered during surgery. The authors describe a 24-year-old man who developed cauda equina syndrome secondary to altered CSF flow in a large thoracolumbar arachnoid cyst. Surgical decompression and fenestration of the arachnoid cyst were performed, and the large dural defect was treated using a multilayer closure with collagen matrix, titanium mesh, and methylmethacrylate...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211767/investigating-endogenous-%C3%A2%C2%B5-opioid-receptors-in-human-keratinocytes-as-pharmacological-targets-using-novel-fluorescent-ligand
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Cheryl Leong, Christine Neumann, Srinivas Ramasamy, Bhimsen Rout, Lim Yi Wee, Mei Bigliardi-Qi, Paul L Bigliardi
Opioids in skin function during stress response, regeneration, ageing and, particularly in regulating sensation. In chronic pruritus, topical treatment with Naltrexone changes μ-opioid receptor (μ-OR) localization to relieve itch. The molecular mechanisms behind the effects of Naltrexone on μ-OR function in reduction of itching behavior has not been studied. There is an immediate need to understand the endogenous complexity of μ-OR dynamics in normal and pathological skin conditions. Here we evaluate real-time behavior of μ-OR-Endomorphine complexes in the presence of agonist and antagonists...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200178/induction-of-chronic-migraine-phenotypes-in-a-rat-model-after-environmental-irritant-exposure
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Phillip Edward Kunkler, LuJuan Zhang, Philip Lee Johnson, Gerry Stephen Oxford, Joyce Harts Hurley
Air pollution is linked to increased emergency room visits for headache and migraine patients frequently cite chemicals or odors as headache triggers, but the association between air pollutants and headache is not well-understood. We previously reported that chronic environmental irritant exposure sensitizes the trigeminovascular system response to nasal administration of environmental irritants. Here, we examine whether chronic environmental irritant exposure induces migraine behavioral phenotypes. Male rats were exposed to acrolein, a TRPA1 agonist, or room air by inhalation for 4 days prior to meningeal blood flow measurements, periorbital cutaneous sensory testing or other behavioral testing...
December 1, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197338/dose-response-studies-of-ropivacaine-in-blood-flow-of-upper-extremity-after-supraclavicular-block-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-study
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Ting Li, Qiguang Ye, Daozhu Wu, Jun Li, Jingui Yu
BACKGROUND: The sympathetic block of upper limb leading to increased blood flow has important clinical implication in microvascular surgery. However, little is known regarding the relationship between concentration of local anesthetic and blood flow of upper limb. The aim of this dose-response study was to determine the ED50 and ED95 of ropivacaine in blood flow after supraclavicular block (SB). METHODS: Patients undergoing upper limb surgery and supraclavicular block were randomly assigned to receive 30ml ropivacaine in concentrations of 0...
December 2, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193444/morin-exerts-neuroprotection-via-attenuation-of-ros-induced-oxidative-damage-and-neuroinflammation-in-experimental-diabetic-neuropathy
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Pragna Bachewal, Chayanika Gundu, Veera Ganesh Yerra, Anil Kumar Kalvala, Aparna Areti, Ashutosh Kumar
Morin, a bioflavonoid with diverse pharmacological effects against various diseases; in most cases morin protective effects were attributed to its detoxifying effect against reactive oxygen species (ROS). Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is a chronic, debilitating neuronal pain associated with intense generation of free radicals and proinflammatory cytokine accumulation in peripheral neurons. We investigated the pharmacological effect of morin against metabolic excess mediated mitochondrial ROS generation and corresponding effect on Nrf2, NF-κB pathways in Streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats and in high glucose insulted Mouse neuroblastoma cell line, Neuro 2A (N2A)...
November 28, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192644/automated-centrifugal-therapeutic-plasma-exchange-option-for-guillain-barre-syndrome-a-report-from-calabar-nigeria
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O E Iheanacho, C Chimeziem, B S Sachais, P A Shi
Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is performed frequently and effectively in developed countries, whereas the reverse is the case in developing countries. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), synonymous with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, is an important indication for TPE, but this is rarely administered in the treatment of such patients in Nigeria due to lack of such automated facility, limited expertise, and high cost. This report therefore presents an uncommon case of GBS in which automated TPE was utilized in the management, with the aims of highlighting the current status and challenges of therapeutic apheresis services in Nigeria...
October 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192370/directional-hydrodynamic-sensing-by-free-swimming-organisms
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Daisuke Takagi, Daniel K Hartline
Many aquatic organisms detect the presence of moving objects in their environment, such as predators, by sensing the hydrodynamic disturbances the movements produce. The resultant water flow is readily detectable by stationary organisms, but free-swimming organisms are carried with the surrounding water and may not detect the bulk surrounding flow, which limits the available information about the source. We have developed a theory that clarifies what information is contained in disturbances generated by an attacking predator that is available to a free-swimming organism and might be extracted from local flow deformations alone...
November 30, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187554/clustering-of-heading-selectivity-and-perception-related-activity-in-the-ventral-intraparietal-area
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Mengmeng Shao, Gregory C DeAngelis, Dora E Angelaki, Aihua Chen
The ventral intraparietal area (VIP) of the macaque brain is a multimodal cortical region, with many cells tuned to both optic flow and vestibular stimuli. Responses of many VIP neurons also show robust correlations with perceptual judgments during a fine heading discrimination task. Previous studies have shown that heading tuning based on optic flow is represented in a clustered fashion in VIP. However, it is unknown whether vestibular self-motion selectivity is clustered in VIP. Moreover, it is not known whether stimulus- and choice-related signals in VIP show clustering in the context of a heading discrimination task...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175571/hypoglossal-schwannoma-of-the-neck-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Aaron Plitt, Tarek Y El Ahmadieh, Shivani Bindal, Larry Myers, Jonathan White, Wayne Gluf
BACKGROUND: Schwannomas are benign, slow growing neoplasms of the myelin-producing Schwann cells of peripheral nervous system that most commonly affect sensory nerves. Hypoglossal schwannomas, a tumor of a purely motor nerve, comprise less than 5% of all head and neck schwannomas. Since the first description of a hypoglossal schwannoma in 1933, there have been very few case reports of extracranial origins. The most common location of an extracranial hypoglossal schwannoma is in the parapharyngeal space, and can mimic paragangliomas...
November 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173632/microbiological-chemical-and-sensory-spoilage-analysis-of-raw-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua-stored-under-modified-atmospheres
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L Kuuliala, Y Al Hage, A-G Ioannidis, M Sader, F-M Kerckhof, M Vanderroost, N Boon, B De Baets, B De Meulenaer, P Ragaert, F Devlieghere
During fish spoilage, microbial metabolism leads to the production of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), characteristic off-odors and eventual consumer rejection. The aim of the present study was to contribute to the development of intelligent packaging technologies by identifying and quantifying VOCs that indicate spoilage of raw Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) under atmospheres (%v/v CO2/O2/N2) 60/40/0, 60/5/35 and air. Spoilage was examined by microbiological, chemical and sensory analyses over storage time at 4 or 8 °C...
April 2018: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163020/what-drives-bird-vision-bill-control-and-predator-detection-overshadow-flight
#15
REVIEW
Graham R Martin
Although flight is regarded as a key behavior of birds this review argues that the perceptual demands for its control are met within constraints set by the perceptual demands of two other key tasks: the control of bill (or feet) position, and the detection of food items/predators. Control of bill position, or of the feet when used in foraging, and timing of their arrival at a target, are based upon information derived from the optic flow-field in the binocular region that encompasses the bill. Flow-fields use information extracted from close to the bird using vision of relatively low spatial resolution...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153322/bats-use-path-integration-rather-than-acoustic-flow-to-assess-flight-distance-along-flyways
#16
Gal Aharon, Meshi Sadot, Yossi Yovel
Navigation can be achieved using different strategies from simple beaconing to complex map-based movement [1-4]. Bats display remarkable navigation capabilities, ranging from nightly commutes of several kilometers and up to seasonal migrations over thousands of kilometers [5]. Many bats have been suggested to fly along fixed routes termed "flyways," when flying from their roost to their foraging sites [6]. Flyways commonly stretch along linear landscape elements such as tree lines, hedges, or rivers [7]. When flying along a flyway, bats must estimate the distance they have traveled in order to determine when to turn...
November 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140736/extremely-low-frequency-magnetic-field-protects-injured-spinal-cord-from-the-microglia-and-iron-induced-tissue-damage
#17
Soumil Dey, Samrat Bose, Suneel Kumar, Ravinder Rathore, Rashmi Mathur, Suman Jain
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is insult to the spinal cord, which results in loss of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. SCI results in both immediate mechanical damage and secondary tissue degeneration. Following traumatic insult, activated microglia release proinflammatory cytokines and excess iron due to hemorrhage, initiating oxidative stress that contributes to secondary degeneration. Literature suggests that benefits are visible with the reduction in concentration of iron and activated microglia in SCI...
November 15, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137128/tactile-evaluation-feedback-system-for-multi-layered-structure-inspired-by-human-tactile-perception-mechanism
#18
Iza Husna Mohamad Hashim, Shogo Kumamoto, Kenjiro Takemura, Takashi Maeno, Shin Okuda, Yukio Mori
Tactile sensation is one type of valuable feedback in evaluating a product. Conventionally, sensory evaluation is used to get direct subjective responses from the consumers, in order to improve the product's quality. However, this method is a time-consuming and costly process. Therefore, this paper proposes a novel tactile evaluation system that can give tactile feedback from a sensor's output. The main concept of this system is hierarchically layering the tactile sensation, which is inspired by the flow of human perception...
November 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134944/distinct-spatial-coordinate-of-visual-and-vestibular-heading-signals-in-macaque-fefsem-and-mstd
#19
Lihua Yang, Yong Gu
Precise heading estimate requires integration of visual optic flow and vestibular inertial motion originating from distinct spatial coordinates (eye- and head-centered, respectively). To explore whether the two heading signals may share a common reference frame along the hierarchy of cortical stages, we explored two multisensory areas in macaques: the smooth pursuit area of the frontal eye field (FEFsem) closer to the motor side, and the dorsal portion of medial superior temporal area (MSTd) closer to the sensory side...
November 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131007/proteinase-activated-receptor-2-sensitivity-of-amplified-trpa1-activity-in-skeletal-muscle-afferent-nerves-and-exercise-pressor-reflex-in-rats-with-femoral-artery-occlusion
#20
Jihong Xing, Jianhua Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Limb ischemia occurs in peripheral artery disease (PAD). Sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) that regulates blood flow directed to the ischemic limb is exaggerated during exercise in this disease, and transient receptor potential channel A1 (TRPA1) in thin-fiber muscle afferents contributes to the amplified sympathetic response. The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR2) in regulating abnormal TRPA1 function and the TRPA1-mediated sympathetic component of the exercise pressor reflex...
November 6, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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