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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916710/apc-sets-the-wnt-tone-necessary-for-cerebral-cortical-progenitor-development
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Naoki Nakagawa, Jingjun Li, Keiko Yabuno-Nakagawa, Tae-Yeon Eom, Martis Cowles, Tavien Mapp, Robin Taylor, E S Anton
Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) regulates the activity of β-catenin, an integral component of Wnt signaling. However, the selective role of the APC-β-catenin pathway in cerebral cortical development is unknown. Here we genetically dissected the relative contributions of APC-regulated β-catenin signaling in cortical progenitor development, a necessary early step in cerebral cortical formation. Radial progenitor-specific inactivation of the APC-β-catenin pathway indicates that the maintenance of appropriate β-catenin-mediated Wnt tone is necessary for the orderly differentiation of cortical progenitors and the resultant formation of the cerebral cortex...
September 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916229/japanese-leigh-syndrome-case-treated-with-epi-743
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Takeshi Kouga, Mariko Takagi, Akihiko Miyauchi, Hiroko Shimbo, Mizue Iai, Sumimasa Yamashita, Kei Murayama, Matthew B Klein, Guy Miller, Tomohide Goto, Hitoshi Osaka
BACKGROUND: Leigh syndrome is a mitochondrial disease caused by respiratory chain deficiency, and there are no proven effective therapies. EPI-743 is a potent cellular oxidative stress protectant and results of clinical trials for mitochondrial diseases are accumulating. CASE: At 5months, a girl presented with the scarce eye movement and diminished muscle tone. She was diagnosed with Leigh encephalopathy from blood and cerebrospinal fluid lactate elevation and MRI findings...
September 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916228/cellular-therapy-injections-in-today-s-orthopedic-market-a-social-media-analysis
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Prem N Ramkumar, Sergio M Navarro, Heather S Haeberle, Morad Chughtai, Christopher Demetriades, Nicolas S Piuzzi, Michael A Mont, Thomas W Bauer, George F Muschler
BACKGROUND: The current state of cellular therapy for musculoskeletal conditions is at a crossroads. Marketing efforts are often outpacing clinical evidence and regulatory control. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: This study was an effort to describe the marketing of cellular therapy in musculoskeletal medicine by evaluating the content in popular social media channels. Specifically, media posts were evaluated for the following: (1) perspective, (2) tone, (3) content and (4) visibility...
September 12, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916178/the-cerebellum-s-contribution-to-beat-interval-discrimination
#4
S Paquette, S Fujii, H C Li, G Schlaug
From expert percussionists to individuals who cannot dance, there are widespread differences in people's abilities to perceive and synchronize with a musical beat. The aim of our study was to identify candidate brain regions that might be associated with these abilities. For this purpose, we used Voxel-Based-Morphometry to correlate inter-individual differences in performance on the Harvard Beat Assessment Tests (H-BAT) with local inter-individual variations in gray matter volumes across the entire brain space in 60 individuals...
September 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915513/the-influence-of-executive-functions-on-phonemic-processing-in-children-who-do-and-do-not-stutter
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Jayanthi Sasisekaran, Shriya Basu
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate dual-task performance in children who stutter (CWS) and those who do not to investigate if the groups differed in the ability to attend and allocate cognitive resources effectively during task performance. Method: Participants were 24 children (12 CWS) in both groups matched for age and sex. For the primary task, participants performed a phoneme monitoring in a picture-written word interference task. For the secondary task, participants made pitch judgments on tones presented at varying (short, long) stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) from the onset of the picture...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915294/estimating-nonorganic-hearing-thresholds-using-binaural-auditory-stimuli
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Linda W Norrix, Vivian Rubiano, Thomas Muller
Purpose: Minimum contralateral interference levels (MCILs) are used to estimate true hearing thresholds in individuals with unilateral nonorganic hearing loss. In this study, we determined MCILs and examined the correspondence of MCILs to true hearing thresholds to quantify the accuracy of this procedure. Method: Sixteen adults with normal hearing participated. Subjects were asked to feign a unilateral hearing loss at 1.0, 2.0, and 4.0 kHz. MCILs were determined...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915214/non-hemodynamic-effects-of-catecholamines
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Clair Hartmann, Peter Radermacher, Martin Wepler, Benedikt Nußbaum
Circulatory shock is defined as an imbalance between tissue oxygen supply and demand, and mostly results from a loss of blood volume, cardiac pump failure, and/or reduction of vasomotor tone. The clinical hallmarks of circulatory shock are arterial hypotension and lactate acidosis. Since the degree and duration of hypotension are major determinants of outcome, vasopressor administration represents a cornerstone therapy to treat these patients. Current guidelines recommend the use of catecholamines as the drug of first choice...
October 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914940/asymmetric-dual-loop-feedback-to-suppress-spurious-tones-and-reduce-timing-jitter-in-self-mode-locked-quantum-dash-lasers-emitting-at-1-55%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m
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Haroon Asghar, John G McInerney
We demonstrate an asymmetric dual-loop feedback method to suppress external cavity side-modes induced in self-mode-locked quantum-dash lasers with conventional single- and dual-loop feedback. In this Letter, we report optimal suppression of spurious tones by optimizing the delay in the second loop. We observed that asymmetric dual-loop feedback, with large (∼8×) disparity in loop lengths, gives significant suppression in external-cavity side-modes and produces flat radio frequency (RF) spectra close to the main peak with a low timing jitter, compared to single-loop feedback...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914820/indoor-positioning-system-based-on-a-psd-detector-precise-positioning-of-agents-in-motion-using-aoa-techniques
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David Rodríguez-Navarro, José Luis Lázaro-Galilea, Álvaro De-La-Llana-Calvo, Ignacio Bravo-Muñoz, Alfredo Gardel-Vicente, Georgios Tsirigotis, Juan Iglesias-Miguel
Here, we present an indoor positioning system (IPS) for detecting mobile agents based on a single Position Sensitive Device sensor (PSD) sited in the environment and InfraRed Emitter Diode (IRED) located on mobile agents. The main goal of the work is to develop an alternative IPS to other sensing technologies, cheaper, easier to install and with a low computational load to obtain a high rate of measurements per second. The proposed IPS has the capacity to accurately determine 3D position from the angle of arrival (AoA) of the signal received at the PSD sensor...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914724/the-role-of-brain-structure-in-predicting-adherence-to-a-physical-activity-regimen
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Swathi Gujral, Edward McAuley, Lauren E Oberlin, Arthur F Kramer, Kirk I Erickson
OBJECTIVE: Physical activity is important for maintaining health throughout the lifespan. However, adherence to PA regimens is poor with approximately 50% of older adults terminating activity intervention programs within 6 months. In this study we tested whether gray matter volume and white matter microstructural integrity prior to the initiation of a PA intervention predicts PA adherence. METHODS: 159 adults aged 60-80 years were randomly assigned to a moderate-intensity aerobic walking condition or a non-aerobic stretching and toning condition...
September 13, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914131/safety-and-efficacy-of-repeat-open-label-abobotulinumtoxina-treatment-in-pediatric-cerebral-palsy
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Mauricio R Delgado, Marcin Bonikowski, Jorge Carranza, Edward Dabrowski, Dennis Matthews, Barry Russman, Ann Tilton, Juan Carlos Velez, Anne-Sophie Grandoulier, Philippe Picaut
This was a prospective, repeat-treatment, open-label study (NCT01251380) of abobotulinumtoxinA for the management of lower limb spasticity in children who had completed a double-blind study. Children (2-17 years) received injections into the gastrocnemius-soleus complex, and other distal and proximal muscles as required (maximum total dose per injection cycle: 30 U/kg or 1000U). A total of 216 of the 241 double-blind patients entered the extension study and 207 received ≥1 open label injection into the gastrocnemius-soleus; 17-24% of patients also had injections into the hamstrings...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914129/maternal-high-fat-diet-programs-cerebrovascular-remodeling-in-adult-rat-offspring
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ChengCheng Lin, XiaoYun Wu, YuLei Zhou, Bei Shao, XiaoTing Niu, WanLi Zhang, YuanShao Lin
Maternal environmental factors such as diet have consequences on later health of the offspring. We found that maternal high-fat diet (HFD) exposure renders adult offspring brain more susceptible to ischemic injury. The present study was further to investigate whether HFD consumption during rat pregnancy and lactation influences the cerebral vasculature in adult male offspring. Besides the endothelial damage observed in the transmission electron microscopy, the MCAs of offspring from fat-fed dams fed with control diet (HFD/C) also displayed increased wall thickness and media/lumen ratio, suggesting that cerebrovascular hypertrophy or hyperplasia occurs...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913282/the-versatility-of-cheek-rotation-flaps
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Kyung Pil Kim, Ho Seup Sim, Jun Ho Choi, Sam Yong Lee, Do Hun Lee, Seong Hwan Kim, Hong Min Kim, Jae Ha Hwang, Kwang Seog Kim
BACKGROUND: The cheek rotation flap has sufficient blood flow and large flap size and it is also flexible and easy to manipulate. It has been used for reconstruction of defects on cheek, lower eyelid, or medial and lateral canthus. For the large defects on central nose, paramedian forehead flap has been used, but patients were reluctant despite the remaining same skin tone on damaged area because of remaining scars on forehead. However, the cheek flap is cosmetically superior as it uses the adjacent large flap...
December 2016: Arch Craniofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912722/repeated-mandibular-extension-in-rat-a-procedure-to-modulate-the-cerebral-arteriolar-tone
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Dominga Lapi, Maurizio Varanini, Antonio Colantuoni, Cristina Del Seppia, Sergio Ghione, Enza Fommei, Rossana Scuri
Previous data have shown both in the rat and in the human that a single mandibular extension lasting 10 min induces a significant important and prolonged reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, affecting also rat pial microcirculation by the release of endothelial factors. In the present work, we assessed whether repeated mandibular extension could further prolong these effects. We performed two mandibular extensions, the second mandibular extension being applied 10 min after the first one. The second mandibular extension produced a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate for at least 240 min...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912461/vimentin-knockout-results-in-increased-expression-of-sub-endothelial-basement-membrane-components-and-carotid-stiffness-in-mice
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Benoit Langlois, Ekaterina Belozertseva, Ara Parlakian, Mustapha Bourhim, Jacqueline Gao-Li, Jocelyne Blanc, Lei Tian, Dario Coletti, Carlos Labat, Zhor Ramdame-Cherif, Pascal Challande, Véronique Regnault, Patrick Lacolley, Li Zhenlin
Intermediate filaments are involved in stress-related cell mechanical properties and in plasticity via the regulation of focal adhesions (FAs) and the actomyosin network. We investigated whether vimentin regulates endothelial cells (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and thereby influences vasomotor tone and arterial stiffness. Vimentin knockout mice (Vim(-/-)) exhibited increased expression of laminin, fibronectin, perlecan, collagen IV and VE-cadherin as well as von Willebrand factor deposition in the subendothelial basement membrane...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912019/a-nigro-vagal-pathway-controls-gastric-motility-and-is-affected-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinsonism
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Laura Anselmi, Luca Toti, Cecilia Bove, Jessica Hampton, R Alberto Travagli
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In most patients with Parkinson's disease, gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunctions, such as gastroparesis and constipation, are prodromal to the cardinal motor symptoms of the disease. Sporadic Parkinson's disease has been proposed to develop following ingestion of neurotoxicants that affect the brain-gut axis via the vagus nerve, and then travel to higher centers compromising the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc), and, later, the cerebral cortex. We aimed to identify the pathway that connects the brainstem vagal nuclei and the SNpc, and to determine whether this pathway is compromised in a rat model of Parkinsonism...
September 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910498/phosphodiesterase-1a-inhibition-elicits-cgmp-dependent-relaxation-of-rat-mesenteric-arteries
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Makhala Michell Khammy, Thomas Dalsgaard, Peter Hjørringgaard Larsen, Claus Tornby Christoffersen, Dorte Clausen, Lars Kyhn Rasmussen, Lasse Folkersen, Morten Grunnet, Jan Kehler, Christian Aalkjaer, Jacob Nielsen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Phosphodiesterase 1 (PDE1), a subfamily of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases consisting of three isoforms, PDE1A, PDE1B, and PDE1C, has been implicated in regulation of vascular tone. The PDE1 isoform(s) responsible for tone regulation is unknown. This study used isoform-preferring PDE1 inhibitors, Lu AF58027, Lu AF64196, Lu AF66896, and Lu AF67897, to investigate the relative contribution of PDE1 isoforms to regulation of vascular tone. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In rat mesenteric arteries, expression and localisation of Pde1 isoforms were determined by qPCR and in situ hybridisation, and physiological impact of PDE1 inhibition were evaluated by isometric tension recordings...
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910154/activation-of-veratridine-sensitive-sodium-channels-but-not-electrical-field-stimulation-dilates-porcine-retinal-arterioles-with-preserved-perivascular-tissue
#18
Nils M Kratholm, Peter Skov Jensen, Sidse Kringelholt, Ulf Simonsen, Toke Bek
PURPOSE: Disturbances in retinal blood flow are a prominent feature of vision threatening retinal diseases. The regulation of tone in retinal resistance vessels involves the perivascular retinal tissue, but it is unknown to what extent neurons or glial cells contribute to the effect. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to study the contribution of neurons in the perivascular retina to vascular tone during activation of voltage-gated sodium channels with veratridine and electrical field stimulation (EFS)...
September 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906245/potential-audiological-and-mri-markers-of-tinnitus
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Kamakshi V Gopal, Binu P Thomas, Rajesh Nandy, Deng Mao, Hanzhang Lu
BACKGROUND: Subjective tinnitus, or ringing sensation in the ear, is a common disorder with no accepted objective diagnostic markers. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify possible objective markers of tinnitus by combining audiological and imaging-based techniques. RESEARCH DESIGN: Case-control studies. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty adults drawn from our audiology clinic served as participants. The tinnitus group consisted of ten participants with chronic bilateral constant tinnitus, and the control group consisted of ten participants with no history of tinnitus...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906239/auditory-processing-testing-in-the-booth-versus-outside-the-booth
#20
Jay R Lucker
BACKGROUND: Many audiologists believe that auditory processing testing must be carried out in a soundproof booth. This expectation is especially a problem in places such as elementary schools. Research comparing pure-tone thresholds obtained in sound booths compared to quiet test environments outside of these booths does not support that belief. Auditory processing testing is generally carried out at above threshold levels, and therefore may be even less likely to require a soundproof booth...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
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