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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088702/the-social-nature-of-overimitation-insights-from-autism-and-williams-syndrome
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Giacomo Vivanti, Darren R Hocking, Peter Fanning, Cheryl Dissanayake
When imitating novel actions, typically developing preschoolers often copy components of the demonstration that are unrelated to the modeled action's goal, a phenomenon known as 'overimitation'. According to the social motivation account, overimitation fulfills social affiliation motives (i.e., the imitator's drive to experience social connectedness with the demonstrator and the social context). Conversely, according to the social-cognitive account, overimitation reflects overattribution of causal relevance (i...
January 12, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087339/differential-behavioral-sensitivity-to-carbon-dioxide-co2-inhalation-in-rats
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Andrew Winter, Rebecca Ahlbrand, Devanshi Naik, Renu Sah
Inhalation of carbon dioxide (CO2) is frequently employed as a biological challenge to evoke intense fear and anxiety. In individuals with panic disorder, CO2 reliably evokes panic attacks. Sensitivity to CO2 is highly heterogeneous among individuals, and although a genetic component is implicated, underlying mechanisms are not clear. Preclinical models that can simulate differential responsivity to CO2 are therefore relevant. In the current study we investigated CO2-evoked behavioral responses in four different rat strains: Sprague-Dawley (SD), Wistar (W), Long Evans (LE) and Wistar-Kyoto, (WK) rats...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079340/serum-tryptase-levels-in-melanoma-patients-case-control-study-and-review-of-the-literature
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Giovanni Paolino, Elisa Moliterni, Dario Didona, Michele Cardone, Teresa Lopez, Valentina Garelli, Antonio G Richetta, Ugo Bottoni, Carmen Cantisani, Alfredo Rossi, Stefano Calvieri
BACKGROUND: Serum tryptase results from the constant release of the enzyme from mast cells and serum tryptase levels are commonly considered to be related to the total number of mast cells. They are increased in several malignancies, as pancreatic carcinoma, angiosarcoma, hepatic carcinoma and proliferative and/or non- proliferative hematological disorders. Contrariwise, it has been reported that the number of tryptase+ and chymase+ mast cells was lower in deeply invasive melanoma compared to in-situ melanoma and dysplastic nevi...
January 12, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078993/mirnas-new-biomarkers-and-therapeutic-targets-in-dementia
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Ana Teresa de Bastos Viegas, Joana Ribeiro Guedes, Ana Rafaela Oliveira, Ana Maria Sequeira Cardoso, Ana Luísa Colaço Cardoso
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a complex pathological state that affects millions of individuals worldwide and is responsible for a huge socioeconomic burden, making it a major health concern of current times. Given the impact of dementia in both patients and caregivers, it is crucial to fully clarify the molecular mechanisms underlying dementia-associated disorders, since without this knowledge our ability to correctly diagnose and treat these diseases is severely hampered. METHODS: Epigenetic mechanisms, such as miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional regulation, have been reported to play a role in dementia pathogenesis...
January 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078713/the-novel-mtor-complex-1-2-inhibitor-p529-inhibits-human-lung-myofibroblast-differentiation
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Keith T Ferguson, Elizabeth E Torr, Ksenija Bernau, Jonathan Leet, Davis Sherris, Nathan Sandbo
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive and deadly disorder with very few therapeutic options. Palomid 529 (8-(1-hydroxyethyl)-2-methoxy-3-(4-methoxybenzyloxy)-benzo[c]chromen-6-one; P529) is a novel dual inhibitor of mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1/2 (mTORC1/2). In these studies, we investigated the effect of P529 on TGF-β-dependent signaling and myofibroblast differentiation. TGF-β-induced phosphorylation of the mTORC1 targets, p70 S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E binding protein 1 (4E-BP1), were both dose dependently inhibited by P529 in human lung fibroblasts with maximal inhibition occurring between 10-20 µM...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073365/neurophthalmological-conditions-mimicking-glaucomatous-optic-neuropathy-analysis-of-the-most-common-causes-of-misdiagnosis
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Diego Torres Dias, Michele Ushida, Roberto Battistella, Syril Dorairaj, Tiago Santos Prata
BACKGROUND: To analyze the most common neurophthalmological conditions that may mimic glaucomatous optic neuropathy and to determine which most often lead to misdiagnosis when evaluated by a glaucoma specialist. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of consecutive patients with optic neuropathies caused by neurophthalmological conditions screened in a single Eye Clinic within a period of 24 months. Within these enrolled patients, we selected the eyes whose fundoscopic appearance could resemble glaucoma based in pre-defined criteria (vertical cup-to-disc ratio ≥0...
January 10, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069073/quantification-of-postural-stability-in-minimally-disabled-multiple-sclerosis-patients-by-means-of-dynamic-posturography-an-observational-study
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Lucia Grassi, Stefano Rossi, Valeria Studer, Gessica Vasco, Caterina Motta, Fabrizio Patanè, Enrico Castelli, Silvia Rossi, Paolo Cappa
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a widespread progressive neurologic disease with consequent impairments in daily activities. Disorders of balance are frequent and equilibrium tests are potentially useful to quantify disability and to verify treatment effectiveness. The fair sensitivity of the widely used not-perturbed tests to detect balance disturbances in MS patients have prompted the development of mechatronic systems capable to impose known equilibrium perturbations, in order to challenge the balance control and, consequently, to better assess the level of impairment...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068933/screening-for-onconeural-antibodies-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Benjamin Berger, Tilman Hottenrott, Sebastian Rauer, Oliver Stich
BACKGROUND: Some so-called "non-classical" paraneoplastic neurological syndromes (PNS), namely optic neuritis and myelitis, clinically overlap with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), and conversely, in cancer-associated NMOSD, a paraneoplastic etiology has been suggested in rare cases. Therefore, we retrospectively investigated the prevalence of onconeural antibodies, which are highly predictive for a paraneoplastic etiology, and the prevalence of malignancies in NMOSD patients...
January 10, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068459/does-pharmacogenomic-testing-improve-clinical-outcomes-for-major-depressive-disorder-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-trials-and-cost-effectiveness-studies
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Joshua D Rosenblat, Yena Lee, Roger S McIntyre
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacogenomic testing has become scalable and available to the general public. Pharmacogenomics has shown promise for predicting antidepressant response and tolerability in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). In theory, pharmacogenomics can improve clinical outcomes by guiding antidepressant selection and dosing. The current systematic review examines the extant literature to determine the impact of pharmacogenomic testing on clinical outcomes in MDD and assesses its cost-effectiveness...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067444/irreversible-conversion-of-a-water-ethanol-solution-into-an-organized-two-dimensional-network-of-alternating-supramolecular-units-in-a-hydrophobic-zeolite-under-pressure
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Rossella Arletti, Ettore Fois, Lara Gigli, Giovanna Vezzalini, Simona Quartieri, Gloria Tabacchi
Turning disorder into organization is a key issue in science. By making use of X-ray powder diffraction and modeling studies, we show herein that high pressures in combination with the shape and space constraints of the hydrophobic all-silica zeolite ferrierite separate an ethanol-water liquid mixture into ethanol dimer wires and water tetramer squares. The confined supramolecular blocks alternate in a binary two-dimensional (2D) architecture that remains stable upon complete pressure release. These results support the combined use of high pressures and porous networks as a viable strategy for driving the organization of molecules or nano-objects towards complex, pre-defined patterns relevant for the realization of novel functional nanocomposites...
January 9, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066823/can-pb-free-halide-double-perovskites-support-high-efficiency-solar-cells
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Christopher N Savory, Aron Walsh, David O Scanlon
The methylammonium lead halides have become champion photoactive semiconductors for solar cell applications; however, issues still remain with respect to chemical instability and potential toxicity. Recently, the Cs2AgBiX6 (X = Cl, Br) double perovskite family has been synthesized and investigated as stable nontoxic replacements. We probe the chemical bonding, physical properties, and cation anti-site disorder of Cs2AgBiX6 and related compounds from first-principles. We demonstrate that the combination of Ag(I) and Bi(III) leads to the wide indirect band gaps with large carrier effective masses owing to a mismatch in angular momentum of the frontier atomic orbitals...
November 11, 2016: ACS Energy Lett
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065748/the-effects-of-early-life-stress-on-dopamine-system-function-in-adolescent-female-rats
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Iwona Majcher-Maślanka, Anna Solarz, Krzysztof Wędzony, Agnieszka Chocyk
During adolescence, many neural systems, including the dopamine system, undergo essential remodeling and maturation. It is well known that early-life stress (ELS) increases the risk for many psychopathologies during adolescence and adulthood. It is hypothesized that ELS interferes with the maturation of the dopamine system. There is a sex bias in the prevalence of stress-related mental disorders. Information regarding the effects of ELS on brain functioning in females is very limited. In the current study, maternal separation (MS) procedures were carried out to study the effects of ELS on dopamine system functioning in adolescent female rats...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063711/fine-particulates-over-south-asia-review-and-meta-analysis-of-pm2-5-source-apportionment-through-receptor-model
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Nandita Singh, Vishnu Murari, Manish Kumar, S C Barman, Tirthankar Banerjee
Fine particulates (PM2.5) constitute dominant proportion of airborne particulates and have been often associated with human health disorders, changes in regional climate, hydrological cycle and more recently to food security. Intrinsic properties of particulates are direct function of sources. This initiates the necessity of conducting a comprehensive review on PM2.5 sources over South Asia which in turn may be valuable to develop strategies for emission control. Particulate source apportionment (SA) through receptor models is one of the existing tool to quantify contribution of particulate sources...
January 4, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062560/the-amyloid-phenomenon-and-its-links-with-human-disease
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Christopher M Dobson
The ability of normally soluble proteins to convert into amyloid fibrils is now recognized to be a generic phenomenon. The overall cross-β architecture of the core elements of such structures is closely similar for different amino acid sequences, as this architecture is dominated by interactions associated with the common polypeptide main chain. In contrast, the multiplicity of complex and intricate structures of the functional states of proteins is dictated by specific interactions involving the variable side chains, the sequence of which is unique to a given protein...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056754/gut-microbiota-in-vascular-disease-therapeutic-target
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A N Anbazhagan, S Priyamvada, M Priyadarshini
Gut microbiota is increasingly recognized as a powerful regulator of host physiology. Most of effects are mediated through metabolites acting as energy sources, signaling molecules, receptor ligands and substrates for host enzymes. Owing to the meta-stability and high amenability of the gut microbiota to modification by diet and environment, predicting specific gut microbes or its metabolites responsible for different host metabolic states is often confounded. However, through animal models and human studies a direct role of gut microbes in cardiovascular disorders (CVD) has emerged...
January 4, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056106/metasynthesis-of-the-views-about-treatment-of-anorexia-nervosa-in-adolescents-perspectives-of-adolescents-parents-and-professionals
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Jordan Sibeoni, Massimiliano Orri, Marie Valentin, Marc-Antoine Podlipski, Stephanie Colin, Jerome Pradere, Anne Revah-Levy
BACKGROUND: Anorexia nervosa in adolescents can be a difficult-to-treat disease. Because qualitative research is a well-established method for deepening our understanding of subjective experiences, such as eating disorders and their treatment, we sought to perform a systematic review of qualitative studies to synthesize the views of adolescents with this disease, their parents, and their healthcare providers about its treatment. METHODS: We performed a thematic synthesis to develop the central themes that summarize all of the topics raised in the articles included in our review...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054132/course-of-clinical-high-risk-states-for-psychosis-beyond-conversion
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Chantal Michel, Stephan Ruhrmann, Benno G Schimmelmann, Joachim Klosterkötter, Frauke Schultze-Lutter
BACKGROUND: The main focus of research on clinical high-risk states for psychosis (CHR) has been the development of algorithms to predict psychosis. Consequently, other outcomes have been neglected, and little is known about the long-term diagnostic and functional outcome among those not converting to psychosis. METHODS: In a naturalistic study, incidence, persistence, and remission rates of CHR states according to symptomatic ultra-high risk or cognitive disturbances criteria were investigated in 160 of 246 outpatients of an early detection of psychoses service (21...
January 4, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054099/feeding-modulatory-effects-of-mu-opioids-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-a-review-of-recent-findings-and-comparison-to-opioid-actions-in-the-nucleus-accumbens
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Ryan A Selleck, Brian A Baldo
RATIONALE: Whereas reward-modulatory opioid actions have been intensively studied in subcortical sites such as the nucleus accumbens (Acb), the role of cortical opioid transmission has received comparatively little attention. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to describe recent findings on the motivational actions of opioids in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), emphasizing studies of food motivation and ingestion. PFC-based opioid effects will be compared/contrasted to those elicited from the Acb, to glean possible common functional principles...
January 4, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053131/a-severity-based-clinical-staging-model-for-the-psychosis-prodrome-longitudinal-findings-from-the-new-york-recognition-and-prevention-program
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Ricardo E Carrión, Christoph U Correll, Andrea M Auther, Barbara A Cornblatt
Clinical staging improved the possibility of intervening during the psychosis prodrome to limit progression of illness. The current study aimed to validate a novel 4-stage severity-based model with a focus on clinical change over time and risk for conversion to psychosis. One hundred seventy-one individuals at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis were followed prospectively (3 ± 1.6 y) as part of the Recognition and Prevention (RAP) program and divided into 4 diagnostic stages according to absence/presence and severity of attenuated positive symptoms...
January 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053030/tau-isoforms-imbalance-impairs-the-axonal-transport-of-the-amyloid-precursor-protein-in-human-neurons
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Valentina Lacovich, Sonia L Espindola, Matías Alloatti, Victorio Pozo Devoto, Lucas E Cromberg, Mária E Čarná, Giancarlo Forte, Jean-Marc Gallo, Luciana Bruno, Gorazd B Stokin, M Elena Avale, Tomás L Falzone
: Tau, as a microtubule (MT)-associated protein, participates in key neuronal functions such as the regulation of MT dynamics, axonal transport, and neurite outgrowth. Alternative splicing of exon 10 in the tau primary transcript gives rise to protein isoforms with three (3R) or four (4R) MT binding repeats. Although tau isoforms are balanced in the normal adult human brain, imbalances in 3R:4R ratio have been tightly associated with the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders, yet the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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