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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922125/an-er%C3%AE-agonist-induces-browning-of-subcutaneous-abdominal-fat-pad-in-obese-female-mice
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Yi-Fei Miao, Wen Su, Yu-Bing Dai, Wan-Fu Wu, Bo Huang, Rodrigo P A Barros, Hao Nguyen, Laure Maneix, You-Fei Guan, Margaret Warner, Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Estrogen, via estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), exerts several beneficial effects on metabolism and energy homeostasis by controlling size, enzymatic activity and hormonal content of adipose tissue. The actions of estrogen on sympathetic ganglia, which are key players in the browning process, are less well known. In the present study we show that ERβ influences browning of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) via its actions both on sympathetic ganglia and on the SAT itself. A 3-day-treatment with a selective ERβ agonist, LY3201, induced browning of SAT in 1-year-old obese WT and ERα(-/-) female mice...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920724/insulin-induces-relaxation-and-decreases-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-vasoconstriction-in-human-placental-vascular-bed-in-a-mechanism-mediated-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-and-l-arginine-nitric-oxide-pathways
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Lissette Cabrera, Andrea Saavedra, Susana Rojas, Marcela Cid, Cristina Valenzuela, David Gallegos, Pamela Careaga, Emerita Basualto, Astrid Haensgen, Eduardo Peña, Coralia Rivas, Juan Carlos Vera, Victoria Gallardo, Leandro Zúñiga, Carlos Escudero, Luis Sobrevia, Mark Wareing, Marcelo González
HIGHLIGHTS Short-term incubation with insulin increases the L-arginine transport in HUVECs.Short-term incubation with insulin increases the NO synthesis in HUVECs.Insulin induces relaxation in human placental vascular bed.Insulin attenuates the constriction induced by hydrogen peroxide in human placenta.The relaxation induced by insulin is dependent on BKCa channels activity in human placenta. Insulin induces relaxation in umbilical veins, increasing the expression of human amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1) and nitric oxide synthesis (NO) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920173/invasiveness-of-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus-and-vectorial-capacity-for-chikungunya-virus
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Leon Philip Lounibos, Laura D Kramer
In this review, we highlight biological characteristics of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, 2 invasive mosquito species and primary vectors of chikungunya virus (CHIKV), that set the tone of these species' invasiveness, vector competence, and vectorial capacity (VC). The invasiveness of both species, as well as their public health threats as vectors, is enhanced by preference for human blood. Vector competence, characterized by the efficiency of an ingested arbovirus to replicate and become infectious in the mosquito, depends largely on vector and virus genetics, and most A...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920027/sodium-taste-during-sodium-appetite
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Ralph Norgren
Sodium appetite appears to be an excellent model to study the neural mechanisms of motivation. In this issue of Chemical Senses, experiments by St John (2016) challenge 2 hypotheses for how a systemic sodium deficit guides an animal to find and ingest more Na ions in the environment. Both hypotheses deal with modifications of the sensory neural code produced by Na(+) ions on the tongue. One envisions a change in the Na(+) signal amplitude. A reduction could make the strong Na(+) signals less aversive; an increase, weak signals more noticeable...
December 5, 2016: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919641/effect-of-hyperthyroidism-on-circulating-prolactin-and-hypothalamic-expression-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-prolactin-signaling-cascade-members-and-estrogen-and-progesterone-receptors-during-late-pregnancy-and-lactation-in-the-rat
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Gisela E Pennacchio, Flavia J Neira, Marta Soaje, Graciela A Jahn, Susana R Valdez
Hyperthyroidism (HyperT) compromises pregnancy and lactation, hindering suckling-induced PRL release. We studied the effect of HyperT on hypothalamic mRNA (RT-qPCR) and protein (Western blot) expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), PRL receptor (PRLR) and signaling pathway members, estrogen-α (ERα) and progesterone (PR) receptors on late pregnancy (days G19, 20 and 21) and early lactation (L2) in rats. HyperT advanced pre-partum PRL release, reduced circulating PRL on L2 and increased TH mRNA (G21 and L2), p-TH, PRLR mRNA, STAT5 protein (G19 and L2), PRLR protein (G21) and CIS protein (G19)...
December 2, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919403/trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-agonists-as-narcolepsy-therapeutics
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Sarah W Black, Michael D Schwartz, Tsui-Ming Chen, Marius C Hoener, Thomas S Kilduff
BACKGROUND: Narcolepsy, a disorder of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, a loss of muscle tone triggered by emotional stimulation. Current narcolepsy pharmacotherapeutics include controlled substances with abuse potential or drugs with undesirable side effects. As partial agonists at trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) promote wakefulness in mice and rats, we evaluated whether TAAR1 agonism had beneficial effects in two mouse models of narcolepsy...
October 18, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919011/cardiovascular-autonomic-and-hemodynamic-responses-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Iñigo Garamendi, Marian Acera, Marta Agundez, Lara Galbarriatu, Ainhoa Marinas, Iñigo Pomposo, Elena Valle, Jose-Alberto Palma, Juan C Gomez-Esteban
PURPOSE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is used as an adjunctive therapy for treating patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The impact of VNS on cardiovascular autonomic function remains to be fully understood. We determined changes in cardiovascular sympathetic and parasympathetic, and hemodynamic function in association with VNS in patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. METHOD: Longitudinal (n=15) evaluation of beat-to-beat blood pressure (BP) and heart rate variability (HRV), baroreflex sensibility, and hemodynamic function performed before VNS implantation, 6-months after implantation, and a mean of 12-months after implantation; and cross-sectional study (n=14) of BP and HR variability and baroreflex sensitivity during VNS on and VNS off...
December 2, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918972/a-typical-antipsychotics-normalize-low-gamma-evoked-oscillations-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Manuel Alegre, Patricio Molero, Miguel Valencia, Guillermo Mayner, Felipe Ortuño, Julio Artieda
The symptoms of schizophrenia might be mediated by a cortical network disconnection which may disrupt the cortical oscillatory activity. Steady-state responses are an easy and consistent way to explore cortical oscillatory activity. A chirp-modulated tone (increasing the frequency of the modulation in a linear manner) allows a fast measure of the steady-state response to different modulation rates. With this approach, we studied the auditory steady-state responses in two groups of patients with schizophrenia (drug-naive and treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs), in order to assess the differences in their responses with respect to healthy subjects, and study any potential effect of medication...
November 26, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918949/an-exploration-of-metacognitive-beliefs-and-thought-control-strategies-in-bipolar-disorder
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Tiril Østefjells, Ingrid Melle, Sofie R Aminoff, Tone Hellvin, Roger Hagen, Trine Vik Lagerberg, June Ullevoldsæter Lystad, Jan Ivar Røssberg
BACKGROUND: Metacognitive factors influence depression, but are largely unexplored in bipolar disorders. We examined i) differences in metacognitive beliefs and thought control strategies between individuals with bipolar disorder and controls, and ii) to what extent clinical characteristics were related to levels of metacognitive beliefs and thought control strategies in bipolar disorder. METHOD: Eighty patients with bipolar disorder were assessed for age at onset of affective disorder, number of affective episodes, symptoms of mania and depression, metacognitive beliefs (MCQ-30) and thought control strategies (TCQ)...
November 23, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918844/novel-method-for-facial-rejuvenation-using-er-yag-laser-equipped-with-a-spatially-modulated-ablation-module-an-open-prospective-uncontrolled-cohort-study
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N V Volkova, L K Glazkova, V V Khomchenko, N S Sadick
Facial aging is a complex biological process that affects the skin and superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). A new technology (RecoSMA) for skin rejuvenation based on acoustic-interference method using Er:YAG laser (2936 nm) equipped with a special module SMA that targets both the dermis and SMAS was evaluated in an open-label prospective cohort study of 100 female patients treated for facial rejuvenation. Measure of clinical improvement included investigator-rated clinical photography using the Modified Fitzpatrick Wrinkle Scale, and ultrasound measurements in the dermis a week, 30 days and six months post treatment...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918184/brain-responses-to-regular-and-octave-scrambled-melodies-a-case-of-predictive-coding
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Eitan Globerson, Roni Granot, Idan Tal, Yuval Harpaz, Maor Zeev-Wolf, Abraham Golstein
Melody recognition is an online process of evaluating incoming information and comparing this information to an existing internal corpus, thereby reducing prediction error. The predictive-coding model postulates top-down control on sensory processing accompanying reduction in prediction error. To investigate the relevancy of this model to melody processing, the current study examined early magnetoencephalogram (MEG) auditory responses to familiar and unfamiliar melodies in 25 participants. The familiar melodies followed and primed an octave-scrambled version of the same melody...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917796/does-tinnitus-lead-to-depression
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Esra Temugan, Rabia B Yildirım, Hümeyra Onat, Merve Susuz, Cemre Elden, Selim Unsal, Nebi Mustafa Gumus, Mesut Kaya
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the correlation between THI (Tinnitus Handicap Inventory) and BDS (Beck Depression Scale). MATERIALS AND METHODS: High frequency thresholds and PTA (Pure Tone Audiometer) thresholds for the patients were measured in 44 patients with tinnitus (bilateral=13; unilateral=31). Tinnitus frequency and intensity were measured using one-pair method with high frequency audiometer Interacoustic AC40. Applied BDS and THI scores are evaluated for all patients...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917790/retrospective-air-bone-gap-evaluation-of-patients-with-tympanic-membrane-central-perforation
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Levent Küçükkavruk, Esra Temügan, Mesut Kaya, Selim Unsal, Nebi Mustafa Gumus, Mustafa Yüksel, Mehmet Gündüz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate hearing recovery and air-bone gap (ABG) before and after tympanoplasty surgery in patients with tympanic membrane central perforation. METHODS: Histories and audiological assessments of 160 cases (total of 26 ears from 22 patients; 11 men and 11 women) from patients who had undergone tympanoplasty surgery and hearing reconstruction due to tympanic membrane central perforation were evaluated. Pre-postoperative audiograms and the pure tone, air-bone hearing thresholds and ABG gains were evaluated...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916877/short-range-vital-signs-sensing-based-on-eemd-and-cwt-using-ir-uwb-radar
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Xikun Hu, Tian Jin
The radar sensor described realizes healthcare monitoring capable of detecting subject chest-wall movement caused by cardiopulmonary activities and wirelessly estimating the respiration and heartbeat rates of the subject without attaching any devices to the body. Conventional single-tone Doppler radar can only capture Doppler signatures because of a lack of bandwidth information with noncontact sensors. In contrast, we take full advantage of impulse radio ultra-wideband (IR-UWB) radar to achieve low power consumption and convenient portability, with a flexible detection range and desirable accuracy...
November 30, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916440/characterisation-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-signalling-in-the-midbrain-periaqueductal-grey-of-rats-genetically-prone-to-heightened-stress-negative-affect-and-hyperalgesia
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Bright N Okine, Jessica C Gaspar, Manish K Madasu, Weredeselam M Olango, Brendan Harhen, Michelle Roche, David P Finn
The stress-hyperresponsive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rat strain exhibits a hyperalgesic phenotype and is a useful genetic model for studying stress-pain interactions. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) signalling in the midbrain periaqueductal grey (PAG) modulates pain. This study characterised PPAR signalling in the PAG of WKY rats exposed to the formalin test of inflammatory pain, versus Sprague-Dawley (SD) controls. Formalin injection reduced levels of the endogenous PPAR ligands N-palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and N-oleoylethanolamide (OEA) in the lateral(l) PAG of SD rats, but not WKY rats which exhibited higher levels of these analytes compared with formalin-injected SD counterparts...
December 1, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916015/the-development-of-categorical-perception-of-mandarin-tones-in-four-to-seven-year-old-children
#16
Fei Chen, Gang Peng, Nan Yan, Lan Wang
To track the course of development in children's fine-grained perception of Mandarin tones, the present study explored how categorical perception (CP) of Mandarin tones emerges along age among 70 four- to seven-year-old children and 16 adults. Prominent discrimination peaks were found for both the child and the adult groups, and they were well aligned with the corresponding identification crossovers. Moreover, six-year-olds showed a much narrower width (i.e. a sharper slope) compared to younger children, and have already acquired adult-like identification competence of Mandarin high-level and mid-rising tones...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Child Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914979/-lost-in-time-but-still-moving-to-the-beat
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Valentin Bégel, Charles-Etienne Benoit, Angel Correa, Diana Cutanda, Sonja A Kotz, Simone Dalla Bella
Motor synchronization to the beat of an auditory sequence (e.g., a metronome or music) is widespread in humans. However, some individuals show poor synchronization and impoverished beat perception. This condition, termed "beat deafness", has been linked to a perceptual deficit in beat tracking. Here we present single-case evidence (L.A. and L.C.) that poor beat tracking does not have to entail poor synchronization. In a first Experiment, L.A., L.C., and a third case (L.V.) were submitted to the Battery for The Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA), which includes both perceptual and sensorimotor tasks...
November 30, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914952/independent-tonotopy-and-thalamocortical-projection-patterns-in-two-adjacent-parts-of-the-classical-primary-auditory-cortex-in-mice
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Hiroaki Tsukano, Masao Horie, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Ryuichi Hishida, Hirohide Takebayashi, Katsuei Shibuki
Amid recent amendment of delineation of a mouse auditory cortical map, a caudal auditory field, originally defined as the primary auditory cortex (AI), was divided into the AI and dorsomedial field (DM), based on distinct high frequency areas. A low frequency area was not previously established in the DM because responses to low frequency tones were weak in this area. This may lead to the misconception that the DM is an atypical region that lacks a low frequency band. In the current study, we confirmed that the DM has a low frequency area that is completely independent from the AI...
November 30, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914563/differential-effects-of-testosterone-and-estradiol-on-clitoral-function-an-experimental-study-in-rats
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Paolo Comeglio, Ilaria Cellai, Sandra Filippi, Chiara Corno, Francesca Corcetto, Annamaria Morelli, Elena Maneschi, Elisa Maseroli, Edoardo Mannucci, Massimiliano Fambrini, Mario Maggi, Linda Vignozzi
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual response is a complex phenomenon in which psychological, neurologic, and vascular mechanisms and hormonal factors interact. During the arousal phase, they cooperate to increase genital blood flow, thus inducing engorgement of the clitoris and lubrication of the vagina. Regulation of vascular and non-vascular smooth muscle tone is the crucial event in the erectile process. Preclinical studies have suggested that nitric oxide (NO) is the main vasodilator neurotransmitter modulating, through the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), clitoral flow vessels...
December 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914440/computational-study-of-the-piccolo-evidence-for-chaotic-tones
#20
N Giordano
Direct numerical solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations have been used to compute tones produced by a model of the piccolo. The behavior depends on the angle at which the air jet is directed at the embouchure hole and the displacement of the jet center from the embouchure edge. Values of the jet angle and displacement are found that produce pure tones with spectra similar to those of real piccolo tones. The behavior of calculated tones as a function of the blowing speed u is studied, and it is found that unsteady behavior can occur depending on the value of u, the jet angle, and the jet displacement...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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