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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445770/first-evidence-that-waterborne-methylphenidate-alters-endocrine-and-behavioral-stress-responses-in-zebrafish
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Helena Cristina Endres, João Gabriel da Rosa, Celestin Kabaselle, Heloisa Helena Barcellos, Charise Dallazem Bertol, Leonardo José Gil Barcellos, Luciana Grazziotin Rossato-Grando
Several studies have reported the presence of methylphenidate (MPH) in effluents; however, its impacts on aquatic life are not yet well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of acute exposure on endocrine and behavioral stress responses to environmentally relevant concentrations of MPH in zebrafish. We show that MPH blunts the response of cortisol to stress in zebrafish. On the other hand, MPH stresses fish per se. Additionally, MPH seems to modulate anxiety-like behaviors. We conclude that the presence of MPH in aquatic environments can alter neuroendocrine and behavior responses, which might considerably impact fish survival and welfare...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445759/pulsatile-lipid-vesicles-under-osmotic-stress
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Morgan Chabanon, James C S Ho, Bo Liedberg, Atul N Parikh, Padmini Rangamani
The response of lipid bilayers to osmotic stress is an important part of cellular function. Recent experimental studies showed that when cell-sized giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are exposed to hypotonic media, they respond to the osmotic assault by undergoing a cyclical sequence of swelling and bursting events, coupled to the membrane's compositional degrees of freedom. Here, we establish a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the essential pulsatile behavior of GUVs under hypotonic conditions by advancing a comprehensive theoretical model of vesicle dynamics...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445746/crosstalk-and-the-dynamical-modularity-of%C3%A2-feed-forward-loops-in-transcriptional-regulatory-networks
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Michael A Rowland, Ahmed Abdelzaher, Preetam Ghosh, Michael L Mayo
Network motifs, such as the feed-forward loop (FFL), introduce a range of complex behaviors to transcriptional regulatory networks, yet such properties are typically determined from their isolated study. We characterize the effects of crosstalk on FFL dynamics by modeling the cross regulation between two different FFLs and evaluate the extent to which these patterns occur in vivo. Analytical modeling suggests that crosstalk should overwhelmingly affect individual protein-expression dynamics. Counter to this expectation we find that entire FFLs are more likely than expected to resist the effects of crosstalk (≈20% for one crosstalk interaction) and remain dynamically modular...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445740/right-brain-left-brain-in-depressive-disorders-clinical-and-theoretical-implications-of-behavioral-electrophysiological-and-neuroimaging-findings
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REVIEW
Gerard E Bruder, Jonathan W Stewart, Patrick J McGrath
The right and left side of the brain are asymmetric in anatomy and function. We review electrophysiological (EEG and event-related potential), behavioral (dichotic and visual perceptual asymmetry), and neuroimaging (PET, MRI, NIRS) evidence of right-left asymmetry in depressive disorders. Recent electrophysiological and fMRI studies of emotional processing have provided new evidence of altered laterality in depressive disorders. EEG alpha asymmetry and neuroimaging findings at rest and during cognitive or emotional tasks are consistent with reduced left prefrontal activity in depressed patients, which may impair downregulation of amygdala response to negative emotional information...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445717/hepatic-elovl6-mrna-is-regulated-by-the-gga-mir-22-3p-in-egg-laying-hen
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Zheng Ma, Hong Li, Hang Zheng, Keren Jiang, Fengbin Yan, Yadong Tian, Xiangtao Kang, Yanbin Wang, Xiaojun Liu
The elongation of very long chain fatty acids protein 6 (ELOVL6) encodes a fatty acid elongase that is responsible for the final step in endogenous saturated fatty acid synthesis and involves in de novo lipogenesis. Though the regulatory mechanism of ELOVL6 expression has been studied extensively, little is known about the role of miRNA in regulating ELOVL6 gene expression in chicken until now. To investigate the regulatory mechanism of miRNA on the expression of ELOVL6 gene, bioinformatics analysis was employed to predict the potential miRNAs that binding with the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of ELOVL6...
April 23, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445613/neuronal-distribution-of-tyramine-and-the-tyramine-receptor-amtar1-in-the-honeybee-brain
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Markus Thamm, Christina Scholl, Tina Reim, Kornelia Grübel, Karin Möller, Wolfgang Rössler, Ricarda Scheiner
Tyramine is an important neurotransmitter, neuromodulator, and neurohormone in insects. In honeybees, it is assumed to have functions in modulating sensory responsiveness and controlling motor behavior. Tyramine can bind to two characterized receptors in honeybees, both of which are coupled to intracellular cAMP pathways. How tyramine acts on neuronal, cellular and circuit levels is unclear. We investigated the spatial brain expression of the tyramine receptor AmTAR1 using a specific antibody. This antibody detects a membrane protein of the expected molecular weight in Western blot analysis...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445587/cb1-receptors-downregulate-a-camp-epac2-plc-pathway-to-silence-the-nerve-terminals-of-cerebellar-granule-cells
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Beatris Alonso, David Bartolomé-Martín, José Javier Ferrero, Jorge Ramírez-Franco, Magdalena Torres, José Sánchez-Prieto
Cannabinoid receptors mediate short-term retrograde inhibition of neurotransmitter release, as well as long-term depression of synaptic transmission at excitatory synapses. The responses of individual nerve terminals in VGLUT1-pHluorin transfected cerebellar granule cells to cannabinoids have shown that prolonged activation of cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1Rs) silences a subpopulation of previously active synaptic boutons. Adopting a combined pharmacological and genetic approach to study the molecular mechanisms of CB1R-induced silencing, we found that adenylyl cyclase inhibition decreases cAMP levels while it increases the number of silent synaptic boutons and occludes the induction of further silencing by the cannabinoid agonist HU-210...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445585/c-type-starches-and-their-derivatives-structure-and-function
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REVIEW
Zebin Guo, Xiangze Jia, Beibei Zhao, Shaoxiao Zeng, Jianbo Xiao, Baodong Zheng
The C-type starches are widely distributed in seeds or rhizomes of various legumes, medicinal plants, and crops. These carbohydrate polymers directly affect the application of starchy plant resources. The structural and crystal properties of starches are crucial parameters of starch granules, which significantly influence their physicochemical and mechanical properties. The unique crystal structure consisting of both A- and B-type polymorphs endows C-type starches with specific crystal adjustability. Furthermore, large proportions of resistant starches and slowly digestible starches are C-type starches, which contribute to benign glycemic response and proliferation of gut microflora...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445533/influence-of-temperature-on-daily-locomotor-activity-in-the-crab-uca-pugilator
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Audrey M Mat, Gideon P Dunster, Valerio Sbragaglia, Jacopo Aguzzi, Horacio O de la Iglesia
Animals living in the intertidal zone are exposed to prominent temperature changes. To cope with the energetic demands of environmental thermal challenges, ectotherms rely mainly on behavioral responses, which may change depending on the time of the day and seasonally. Here, we analyze how temperature shapes crabs' behavior at 2 different times of the year and show that a transition from constant cold (13.5°C) to constant warm (17.5°C) water temperature leads to increased locomotor activity levels throughout the day in fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator) collected during the summer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445527/enhanced-functional-connectivity-and-volume-between-cognitive-and-reward-centers-of-na%C3%A3-ve-rodent-brain-produced-by-pro-dopaminergic-agent-kb220z
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Marcelo Febo, Kenneth Blum, Rajendra D Badgaiyan, Pablo D Perez, Luis M Colon-Perez, Panayotis K Thanos, Craig F Ferris, Praveen Kulkarni, John Giordano, David Baron, Mark S Gold
Dopaminergic reward dysfunction in addictive behaviors is well supported in the literature. There is evidence that alterations in synchronous neural activity between brain regions subserving reward and various cognitive functions may significantly contribute to substance-related disorders. This study presents the first evidence showing that a pro-dopaminergic nutraceutical (KB220Z) significantly enhances, above placebo, functional connectivity between reward and cognitive brain areas in the rat. These include the nucleus accumbens, anterior cingulate gyrus, anterior thalamic nuclei, hippocampus, prelimbic and infralimbic loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445429/exploring-the-behavioral-and-metabolic-phenotype-generated-by-re-introduction-of-the-ghrelin-receptor-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area
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Louise J Skov, Morten Jensen, Søren H Christiansen, Cecilia Ratner, David P D Woldbye, Birgitte Holst
Ghrelin receptor (Ghr-R) signaling in neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) can modulate dopaminergic function and the reward-related effects of both palatable foods and drugs of abuse. In this study, we re-introduced the Ghr-R in VTA neurons in Ghr-R knockout mice (Ghr-R(VTA) mice) to specifically study the importance of the constitutively active Ghr-R for VTA neuronal signaling. Our results showed that re-introduction of the Ghr-R in the VTA had no impact on body weight or food intake under basal conditions...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444680/-disability-after-stroke-a-longitudinal-study-in-moderate-and-severe-stroke-patients-included-in-a-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-program
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E Noe-Sebastian, M Balasch-Bernat, C Colomer-Font, B Moliner-Munoz, C Rodriguez Sanchez-Leiva, P Ugart, R Llorens, J Ferri-Campos
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is a recognized cause of disability among adults. However the impact that the deficits that occur after a moderate/severe stroke have on long-term disability, as well as the response of the resultant deficits to rehabilitation, are not completely understood. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 396 patients with a modified Rankin score >= 3 after an ischemic (n = 221) or hemorrhagic (n = 175) stroke were included in this study. All patients were assessed with cognitive, behavior, emotional, motor and functional domains...
May 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444529/-we-deserve-better-perceptions-of-hiv-testing-campaigns-among-black-and-latino-msm-in-new-york-city
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Kathryn Drumhiller, Ashley Murray, Zaneta Gaul, Tiffiany M Aholou, Madeline Y Sutton, Jose Nanin
In 2014, Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (BLMSM) comprised 64.1% of HIV diagnoses among MSM in the U.S. Routine HIV testing allows earlier diagnosis, linkage to care, and improved health outcomes. HIV testing campaigns may increase HIV awareness and testing behaviors, but perceptions of these campaigns by BLMSM have been understudied. We explored perceptions of HIV testing campaigns with BLMSM in New York City (NYC) to inform campaign strategies that target BLMSM for HIV testing...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444216/dietary-metabolites-derived-from-gut-microbiota-critical-modulators-of-epigenetic-changes-in-mammals
#14
Mohd Iqbal Bhat, Rajeev Kapila
The mammalian gastrointestinal tract harbors trillions of commensal microorganisms, collectively known as the microbiota. The microbiota is a critical source of environmental stimuli and, thus, has a tremendous impact on the health of the host. The microbes within the microbiota regulate homeostasis within the gut, and any alteration in their composition can lead to disorders that include inflammatory bowel disease, allergy, autoimmune disease, diabetes, mental disorders, and cancer. Hence, restoration of the gut flora following changes or imbalance is imperative for the host...
April 22, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444203/a-chemosensory-protein-gene-si-csp1-associated-with-necrophoric-behavior-in-red-imported-fire-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae
#15
Hua-Long Qiu, Dai-Feng Cheng
Necrophoric behavior is essential to colony health in social insects. Little is known about the genes that are responsible for necrophoric behavior. Here, we show that a chemosensory protein gene Si-CSP1 was expressed significantly higher in the antennae than in other tissues such as the legs and heads of Solenopsis invicta Buren workers. Furthermore, Si-CSP1-silenced workers moved significantly fewer corpses of their nestmates than normal workers. Finally, Si-CSP1-silenced workers exhibited weaker antennal responses to oleic acid and linoleic acid than controls...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443936/effects-of-graphene-defects-on-gas-sensing-properties-towards-no2-detection
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Filiberto Ricciardella, Sten Vollebregt, Tiziana Polichetti, Mario Miscuglio, Brigida Alfano, Maria L Miglietta, Ettore Massera, Girolamo Di Francia, Pasqualina M Sarro
The crystal structure of graphene flakes is expected to significantly affect their sensing properties. Here we report an experimental investigation on the crystalline structure of graphene aimed at exploring the effects on the gas sensing properties. The morphology of graphene, prepared via Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Liquid Phase Exfoliation (LPE) and Mechanical Exfoliation (ME), is inspected through Raman spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). CVD and LPE-graphene structures are found to be more defective with respect to ME-graphene...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443875/investigating-anomalous-thermal-expansion-of-copper-halides-by-inelastic-neutron-scattering-and-ab-initio-phonon-calculations
#17
Abhijith M Gopakumar, M K Gupta, R Mittal, S Rols, S L Chaplot
We investigate the detailed lattice dynamics of copper halides, CuX (X = Cl, Br, and I), using neutron inelastic scattering measurements and ab initio calculations aimed at a comparative study of their thermal expansion behavior. We identify the low energy phonons which soften with pressure and are responsible for negative thermal expansion. The eigenvector analysis of these modes suggests that softening of the transverse-acoustic modes would lead to NTE in these compounds. The calculations are in very good agreement with our measurements of phonon spectra and thermal expansion behavior as reported in the literature...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443815/molecular-mechanism-of-voltage-dependent-potentiation-of-kcnh-potassium-channels
#18
William N Zagotta, Gucan Dai
EAG-like (ELK) voltage-gated potassium channels are abundantly expressed in the brain. These channels exhibit a behavior called voltage-dependent potentiation (VDP), which appears to be a specialization to dampen the hyperexitability of neurons. VDP manifests as a potentiation of current amplitude, hyperpolarizing shift in voltage sensitivity, and slowing of deactivation in response to a depolarizing prepulse. Here we show that VDP of D. rerio ELK channels involves the structural interaction between the intracellular N-terminal eag domain and C-terminal CNBHD...
April 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443362/effect-of-the-side-chain-spacer-structure-on-the-ph-responsive-properties-of-polycarboxylates
#19
Atsushi Harada, Ryoma Teranishi, Eiji Yuba, Kenji Kono
The properties of stimuli-responsive polymers change significantly with changes to their environment, such as temperature and pH. This behavior can be utilized for the preparation of stimuli-responsive carriers for efficient cytosolic delivery of active drugs. Among the possible environmental conditions, pH is one of the most useful stimuli because the pH in an endosome is lower than under physiological conditions, depending on endosomal development. This pH difference is an important factor in the design of pH-responsive polymers, which can be used to enhance the transport of endocytosed drugs from the endosomal compartment to the cytoplasm...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443245/overexpression-of-the-atpase-inhibitory-factor-1-favors-a-non-metastatic-phenotype-in-breast-cancer
#20
Lucía García-Ledo, Cristina Nuevo-Tapioles, Carmen Cuevas-Martín, Inmaculada Martínez-Reyes, Beatriz Soldevilla, Lucía González-Llorente, José M Cuezva
Partial suppression of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and the concurrent activation of aerobic glycolysis is a hallmark of proliferating cancer cells. Overexpression of the ATPase inhibitory factor 1 (IF1), an in vivo inhibitor of the mitochondrial ATP synthase, is observed in most prevalent human carcinomas favoring metabolic rewiring to an enhanced glycolysis and cancer progression. Consistently, a high expression of IF1 in hepatocarcinomas and in carcinomas of the lung, bladder, and stomach and in gliomas is a biomarker of bad patient prognosis...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
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