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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334138/working-memory-modulation-of-frontoparietal-network-connectivity-in-first-episode-schizophrenia
#1
Jesper Duemose Nielsen, Kristoffer H Madsen, Zheng Wang, Zhening Liu, Karl J Friston, Yuan Zhou
Working memory (WM) impairment is regarded as a core aspect of schizophrenia. However, the neural mechanisms behind this cognitive deficit remain unclear. The connectivity of a frontoparietal network is known to be important for subserving WM. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the current study investigated whether WM-dependent modulation of effective connectivity in this network is affected in a group of first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients compared with similarly performing healthy participants during a verbal n-back task...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317117/comparative-pharmacokinetic-evaluation-of-lopinavir-and-lopinavir-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-in-hepatic-impaired-rat-model
#2
Punna Rao Ravi, Rahul Vats
OBJECTIVE: Drug-induced hepatotoxicity is a major cause of concern in patients receiving HIV/TB co-treatment. Lopinavir (LPV), an anti-HIV drug, shows poor plasma exposure due to hepatic first-pass metabolism. In this study, we investigated the effect of hepatotoxicity on pharmacokinetics of free LPV and LPV-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (LPV SLNs) in male Wistar rats. METHODS: Hepatic impairment model in rats was developed by injecting CCl4 (i.p., 2 ml/kg). Comparative pharmacokinetic (n = 5) and tissue distribution studies (n = 3) were conducted following oral administration (20 mg/kg) of free LPV and LPV SLNs in normal and hepatic impaired rats...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297326/quantification-of-the-margin-required-for-treating-intraprostatic-lesions
#3
Matthew T Studenski, Yanisley Valenciaga, Matthew C Abramowitz, Radka Stoyanova, Elizabeth Bossart, Nesrin Dogan, Alan Pollack
Advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences allow physicians to define the dominant intraprostatic lesion (IPL) in prostate radiation therapy treatments allowing for dose escalation and potentially increased tumor control. This work quantifies the margin required around the MRI-defined IPL accounting for both prostate motion and deformation. Ten patients treated with a simultaneous integrated intraprostatic boost (SIIB) were retrospectively selected and replanned with incremental 1 mm margins from 0-5 mm around the IPL to determine if there were any significant differences in dosimetric parameters...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290071/structural-connectivity-in-spatial-attention-network-reconstruction-from-left-hemispatial-neglect
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Takaaki Hattori, Kenji Ito, Chika Nakazawa, Yoshiyuki Numasawa, Mayumi Watanabe, Shigeki Aoki, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Sumio Ishiai, Takanori Yokota
Left hemispatial neglect (neglect) is an impaired state of spatial attention. We aimed to reconstruct structural connectivity in the spatial attention network and to identify disconnection patterns underlying neglect. We enrolled 59 right-handed patients who had their first-ever infarction in the right hemisphere and classified them into neglect group (34 patients with neglect) and control group (25 patients without neglect). The neglect group was further subcategorized into 6 subgroups based on infarcted vascular territories...
March 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285946/development-of-rostral-inferior-parietal-lobule-area-functional-connectivity-from-late-childhood-to-early-adulthood
#5
Mengxing Wang, Jilei Zhang, Guangheng Dong, Hui Zhang, Haifeng Lu, Xiaoxia Du
Although the mirror neuron system (MNS) has been extensively studied in monkeys and adult humans, very little is known about its development. Previous studies suggest that the MNS is present by infancy and that the brain and MNS-related cognitive abilities (such as language, empathy, and imitation learning) continue to develop after childhood. In humans, the PFt area of the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) seems to particularly correlate with the functional properties of the PF area in primates, which contains mirror neurons...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271636/proximity-labeling-of-interacting-proteins-application-of-bioid-as-a-discovery-tool
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Peipei Li, Jingjing Li, Li Wang, Li-Jun Di
Protein performs biochemical functions by forming complexes, or protein-protein interactions (PPIs). Many different approaches, such as phage display and yeast hybridization etc. were developed to illustrate the PPIs, and disclose the composition and organization of protein complexes. However, none of these approaches are based on the real-time and in vivo PPI analysis. Proximity dependent labeling of interacting proteins (PDL) has recently been proposed by taking advantage of several enzymes, which are capable of attaching the known reactive groups to the nearby proteins covalently...
March 8, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257130/structure-function-relationship-in-early-diabetic-retinopathy-a-spatial-correlation-analysis-with-oct-and-microperimetry
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G Montesano, A Gervasoni, P Ferri, D Allegrini, L Migliavacca, S De Cillà, L Rossetti
PurposeTo study the correlation of the local ganglion cell layer-inner plexiform layer (GCL-IPL) thickness with corresponding retinal sensitivity as studied with microperimetry in patients with Type 2 diabetes and no signs of diabetic retinopathy.Patients and methodsWe analyzed 35 healthy subjects (68 eyes) and 26 Type 2 diabetic patients (48 eyes) with no signs of diabetic retinopathy. We tested best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), monocular and binocular constrast sensitivity (CS, Pelli - Robson chart) and retinal sensitivity with microperimetry, and acquired dense macular SD-OCT scans...
March 3, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254653/functional-connectivity-between-prefrontal-and-parietal-cortex-drives-visuo-spatial-attention-shifts
#8
Klaartje Heinen, Eva Feredoes, Christian C Ruff, Jon Driver
It is well established that the frontal eye-fields (FEF) in the dorsal attention network (DAN) guide top-down selective attention. In addition, converging evidence implies a causal role for the FEF in attention shifting, which is also known to recruit the ventral attention network (VAN) and fronto-striatal regions. To investigate the causal influence of the FEF as (part of) a central hub between these networks, we applied thetaburst transcranial magnetic stimulation (TBS) off-line, combined with functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) during a cued visuo-spatial attention shifting paradigm...
February 28, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247157/impaired-white-matter-connectivity-between-regions-containing-mirror-neurons-and-relationship-to-negative-symptoms-and-social-cognition-in-patients-with-first-episode-schizophrenia
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Yukiko Saito, Marek Kubicki, Inga Koerte, Tatsui Otsuka, Yogesh Rathi, Ofer Pasternak, Sylvain Bouix, Ryan Eckbo, Zora Kikinis, Christian Clemm von Hohenberg, Tomohide Roppongi, Elisabetta Del Re, Takeshi Asami, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Sarina Karmacharya, Raquelle I Mesholam-Gately, Larry J Seidman, James Levitt, Robert W McCarley, Martha E Shenton, Margaret A Niznikiewicz
In schizophrenia, abnormalities in structural connectivity between brain regions known to contain mirror neurons and their relationship to negative symptoms related to a domain of social cognition are not well understood. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) scans were acquired in 16 patients with first episode schizophrenia and 16 matched healthy controls. FA and Trace of the tracts interconnecting regions known to be rich in mirror neurons, i.e., anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), inferior parietal lobe (IPL) and premotor cortex (PMC) were evaluated...
February 28, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229231/hair-follicle-changes-following-intense-pulsed-light-axillary-hair-reduction-histometrical-histological-and-immunohistochemical-evaluation
#10
Moetaz El-Domyati, Wael Hosam, Noha H Moftah, Hamza Abdel Raouf, Selwet M Saad
Intense pulsed light (IPL) has been used for years in hair reduction; however, no previous studies discussed quantitative histological and immunohistochemical changes of hair follicles after IPL. Accordingly, this study aims to objectively quantify histological and immunohistochemical changes of hair follicles after IPL hair reduction. Right axillae of 21 volunteers were subjected to 6 IPL sessions using Quanta system IPL and evaluated at 1 week and 1 month after last session (i.e., 3 and 4 months from the start of treatment, respectively) in comparison to baseline and left control axillae...
April 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228830/optic-disc-and-macular-imaging-in-blind-eyes-from-non-glaucomatous-optic-neuropathy-a-study-with-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
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Linda Hansapinyo, Andy C O Cheng, Noel C Y Chan, Carmen K M Chan
The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the optic disc and macular thickness measurements using two spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) instruments in long-standing blind eyes diagnosed with non-glaucomatous optic neuropathies (NGON). A prospective observational case-series design was used. Twelve eyes from 12 NGON patients with no light perception for at least 6 months underwent optic disc and macular imaging with Cirrus HD-OCT and Spectralis OCT. The correlation between the peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (PRNFL) and macular ganglion cell layer and inner plexiform layer (GCL+IPL) thicknesses, and between the duration of no light perception (NLP) and PRNFL/GCL+IPL thicknesses were determined using Spearman's correlation analysis...
February 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223745/intense-pulsed-light-alone-and-in-combination-with-erbium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-on-small-to-medium-sized-congenital-melanocytic-nevi-single-center-experience-based-on-retrospective-chart-review
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Mi So Lee, Hee Jin Jun, Sang Hyun Cho, Jeong Deuk Lee, Hei Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: Treatment of congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) with intense pulsed light (IPL) has recently produced promising results. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and histological outcomes of small-to-medium sized CMN treated with IPL alone and in combination with erbium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er: YAG) laser. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of 26 small-to-medium sized CMN treated as described above. The reduction in visible pigmentation, signs of recurrence and any adverse skin changes were evaluated by two independent clinicians...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220602/mexametric-and-cutometric-assessment-of-the-signs-of-aging-of-the-skin-area-around-the-eyes-after-the-use-of-non-ablative-fractional-laser-non-ablative-radiofrequency-and-intense-pulsed-light
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Anna Maria Kołodziejczak, Helena Rotsztejn
The assessment of the signs of aging within eyes area in cutometric (skin elasticity) and mexametric (discoloration and severity of erythema) examination after the treatment with: non-ablative fractional laser, non-ablative radiofrequency (RF) and intense light source (IPL). This study included 71 patients, aged 33-63 years (the average age was 45.81) with Fitzpatrick skin type II and III. 24 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with a 1,410-nm non-ablative fractional laser in two-week intervals, 23 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with a non-ablative RF in one-week intervals and 24 patients received 5 successive treatment sessions with an IPL in two-week intervals...
February 21, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210739/retinal-oxidative-stress-at-the-onset-of-diabetes-determined-by-synchrotron-ftir-widefield-imaging-towards-diabetes-pathogenesis
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Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Mahsa Ranji, Christine M Sorenson, Reyhaneh Sepehr, Nader Sheibani, Carol J Hirschmugl
Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness. In the present study, we aimed to determine the nature of diabetes-induced, highly localized biochemical changes in the neuroretina at the onset of diabetes. High-resolution synchrotron Fourier transform infrared (s-FTIR) wide field microscopy coupled with multivariate analysis (PCA-LDA) was employed to identify biomarkers of diabetic retinopathy with spatial resolution at the cellular level. We compared the retinal tissue prepared from 6-week-old Ins2(Akita/+) heterozygous (Akita/+, N = 6; a model of diabetes) male mice with the wild-type (control, N = 6) mice...
February 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206829/validity-of-low-contrast-letter-acuity-as-a-visual-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Laura J Balcer, Jenelle Raynowska, Rachel Nolan, Steven L Galetta, Raju Kapoor, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn Hudson, Richard Rudick
Low-contrast letter acuity (LCLA) has emerged as the leading outcome measure to assess visual disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) research. As visual dysfunction is one of the most common manifestations of MS, sensitive visual outcome measures are important in examining the effect of treatment. Low-contrast acuity captures visual loss not seen in high-contrast visual acuity (HCVA) measurements. These issues are addressed by the MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC), including representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183861/tool-selection-and-the-ventral-dorsal-organization-of-tool-related-knowledge
#16
Michael J Tobia, Christopher R Madan
Tool selection is a cognitive process necessary for tool use, and may rely on distinct knowledge under different conditions. This fMRI experiment was designed to identify neural substrates mediating tool selection under different conditions. Participants performed a picture-matching task that presented a recipient object and an action-goal, and required the selection of the best tool object from among four candidates. Some trials allowed selection of the prototypical tool, whereas others forced selection of either a functionally substitutable or impossible tool...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183829/retinal-structure-assessed-by-oct-as-a-biomarker-of-brain-development-in-children-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Victoria Pueyo, Teresa Pérez, Inmaculada González, Irene Altemir, Galadriel Gimenez, Esther Prieto, Cristina Paules, Daniel Oros, Javier Lopez-Pison, Nicolás Fayed, Gracián Garcia-Martí, Roberto Sanz-Requena, Miguel Angel Marin
PURPOSE: To identify differences in neuronal tissue from retinal and brain structures in children born small for gestational age (SGA) with no abnormality in neonatal brain ultrasonography and no previous neurological impairment, and to evaluate the relationship between retinal structure and brain changes in school-age children born SGA. METHODS: Two cohorts of children were recruited: 25 children born SGA and 25 children born with an appropriate birth weight according to gestational age...
February 9, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178968/imatinib-relaxes-the-pulmonary-venous-bed-of-guinea-pigs
#18
Nina A Maihöfer, Said Suleiman, Daniela Dreymüller, Paul W Manley, Rolf Rossaint, Stefan Uhlig, Christian Martin, Annette D Rieg
BACKGROUND: Recently, the IMPRES study revealed that systemic imatinib improves exercise capacity in patients with advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension. Imatinib blocks the tyrosine kinase activity of the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-receptor (PDGFR), acts antiproliferative and relaxes pulmonary arteries. However so far, the relaxant effects of imatinib on pulmonary veins (PVs) and on the postcapillary resistance are unknown, although pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to left heart disease (LHD) is most common and primarily affects PVs...
February 8, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164458/comparison-of-hair-removal-efficacy-and-side-effect-of-neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-and-intense-pulsed-light-systems-18-month-follow-up
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Georgina Zita Szima, Eszter Anna Janka, Anikó Kovács, Blanka Bortély, Edina Bodnár, Irina Sawhney, Éva Szabó, Éva Remenyik
BACKGROUND: Photothermal destruction of hair shaft melanin with intense pulsed light (IPL) and neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has become an effective treatment of hair removal. AIMS: Our aim was to compare efficacy, satisfactory levels, safety, and side effects of Nd:YAG and IPL in hair reduction. METHODS: This was a prospective randomized intrapatient, right-left, assessor-blinded comparison of Nd:YAG vs IPL. There were 38 volunteers recruited...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160714/estimation-of-the-critical-quality-attributes-for-hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose-with-near-infrared-spectroscopy-and-chemometrics
#20
Qingli Guo, Lei Nie, Lian Li, Hengchang Zang
With the implementation of quality by design (QbD), critical attributes of raw material (drug substance and excipients) are of significantly importance in pharmaceutical manufacturing process. It is desirable for the quality control of critical material attributes (CMAs) of excipients to ensure the quality of end product. This paper explored the feasibility of an at-line method for the quantitative analysis of hydroxypropoxy group in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) with near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)...
April 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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