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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325028/tracking-intrinsic-connectivity-brain-network-features-during-successive-pseudo-resting-states-and-interoceptive-task-fmri
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Advanced multivariate analyses of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data based on blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) contras have revealed that the human brain organizes its activities into multiple intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs). Several fMRI studies have evaluated the modulations of these networks during different cognitive or emotional tasks using blind source separation techniques particularly the independent component analysis (ICA). In this exploratory study, we applied ICA methodology to examine ICN modulations under different interoceptive conditions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325027/identifying-the-effects-of-visceral-interoception-on-human-brain-connectome-a-multivariate-analysis-of-covariance-of-fmri-data
#2
Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Sources of variations in the neural circuitry of the human brain and interrelationship between intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) are still a matter of debate and ongoing research. Here, we applied a multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) based on high-dimensional independent component analysis (ICA) to identify the effects of interoception and related variables on human brain connectome. Fifteen healthy right-handed subjects (all females, age range 21 - 48 years; mean age = 30.3, SD = 8.7 years) underwent a blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that included continuous intravesical saline infusion and drainage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324983/the-precuneus-may-encode-irrationality-in-human-gambling
#3
P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale
Humans often make irrational decisions, especially psychiatric patients who have dysfunctional cognitive and emotional circuitry. Understanding the neural basis of decision-making is therefore essential towards patient management, yet current studies suffer from several limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have dominated decision-making neuroscience, but have poor temporal resolution and the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal is only a proxy for neural activity. On the other hand, lesion studies in humans used to infer functionality in decision-making lack characterization of neural activity altogether...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324936/a-preliminary-study-on-multi-wavelength-ppg-based-pulse-transit-time-detection-for-cuffless-blood-pressure-measurement
#4
Jing Liu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Wen-Xuan Dai, Ni Zhao
Pulse transit time (PTT) has been widely studied as an index of blood pressure (BP) changes. In recent years, some prototypes of PTT-based wearable BP measurement devices have been developed, which can relieve users from the discomfort caused by the inflating cuff used in auscultatory and oscillometric BP measurement techniques. However, in the common practice for PTT detection, multi-site sensor implementation on human body is required, making it difficult for the integration of wearable devices. Since multi-wavelength (MW) photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals carry blood pulsation information of different blood vessels embedded in different skin depths, the time difference between different wavelength PPG signals collected at the same body site can be treated as a special PTT on a short length of blood vessels beneath the skin...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324751/the-rationale-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-inhibition-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Lieve Brochez, Ines Chevolet, Vibeke Kruse
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO, also referred to as IDO1) has been demonstrated to be a normal endogenous mechanism of acquired peripheral immune tolerance in vivo. In the field of oncology, IDO expression and/or activity has been observed in several cancer types and has usually been associated with negative prognostic factors and worse outcome measures. This manuscript reviews current available data on the role of IDO in cancer and the current results obtained with IDO inhibition, both in animal models and in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in humans...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324647/metabolism-and-distribution-of-clozapine-n-oxide-implications-for-nonhuman-primate-chemogenetics
#6
Jessica Raper, J Scott Daniels, Ryan D Morrison, Leonard Howell, Jocelyne Bachevalier, Thomas Wichmann, Adriana Galvan
The use of Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs) in neuroscience has rapidly expanded in rodent studies, but has lagged behind in nonhuman primate (NHP) experiments, slowing the development of this method for therapeutic use in humans. One reason for the slow adoption of DREADD technology in primates is that the pharmacokinetic properties and bioavailability of clozapine-n-oxide (CNO), the most commonly used ligand for human muscarinic (hM) DREADDs, are not fully described in primates...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324276/the-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-particulate-and-soluble-cobalt-in-human-urothelial-cells
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Rachel M Speer, Therry The, Hong Xie, Louis Liou, Rosalyn M Adam, John Pierce Wise
Cobalt use is increasing particularly due to its use as one of the primary metals in cobalt-chromium-molybdenum (CoCrMo) metal-on-metal prosthetics. CoCrMo is a high-strength, wear-resistant alloy with reduced risk for prosthetic loosening and device fracture. More than 500,000 people receive hip implants each year in the USA which puts them at potential risk for exposure to metal ions and particles released by the prosthetic implants. Data show cobalt ions released from prosthetics reach the bloodstream and accumulate in the bladder...
March 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324272/lusutrombopag-increases-hematocytes-in-a-compensated-liver-cirrhosis-patient
#8
Akira Sakamaki, Takayuki Watanabe, Satoshi Abe, Kenya Kamimura, Atsunori Tsuchiya, Masaaki Takamura, Hirokazu Kawai, Satoshi Yamagiwa, Shuji Terai
A 56-year-old Japanese man with liver cirrhosis (LC) due to hepatitis C virus was admitted to our hospital for radiofrequency ablation of residual tumor following lusutrombopag administration. Laboratory tests revealed thrombocytopenia and leukopenia. The patient's LC was managed, and he was classified as Child-Pugh A. After admission, lusutrombopag was administered for 7 days. The platelet count increased to over 50,000/mm(3) after 7-14 days and returned to previous levels 50 days after administration. Leukocyte and erythrocyte counts also increased in response to the treatment and stayed elevated for over 120 days...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324192/the-presence-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-in-placenta-and-or-cord-blood-might-result-in-th2-polarization
#9
H-M Koskimaa, A Paaso, M J P Welters, S Grénman, K Syrjänen, S H van der Burg, S Syrjänen
The purpose of this study was to evaluate if an early exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) during the prenatal period or infancy could result in HPV16-specific T helper (Th) responses resembling those of adults with HPV-induced lesions. We tested HPV16-specific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) in children born with HPV-positive umbilical cord blood and/or placenta or having persistent oral HPV infection and in constantly oral HPV-negative controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 33 children from the Finnish HPV Family Study cohort (mean age 14...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324160/regulation-of-blood-oxygen-transport-in-hibernating-mammals
#10
Inge G Revsbech, Angela Fago
Along with the periodic reductions in O2 requirements of mammalian hibernators during winter, the O2 affinity of the blood of mammalian hibernators is seasonally regulated to help match O2 supply to consumption, contributing to limit tissue oxidative stress, particularly at arousals. Specifically, mammalian hibernators consistently show an overall increase in the blood-O2 affinity, which causes a decreased O2 unloading to tissues, while having similar or lower tissue O2 tensions during hibernation. This overview explores how the decreased body temperature and concentration of red blood cell 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) that occur in hibernation contribute separately or in combination to the concurrent increase in the O2 affinity of the hemoglobin, the O2 carrier protein of the blood...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324043/reduced-transforming-growth-factor-beta-activity-in-the-endometrium-of-women-with-heavy-menstrual-bleeding
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J A Maybin, L Boswell, V J Young, W C Duncan, Hod Critchley
Context: Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is common and incapacitating. Aberrant menstrual endometrial repair may result in HMB. The TGFβ superfamily contributes to tissue repair, but its role in HMB is unknown. Objective: We hypothesised that TGFβ1 is important for endometrial repair and women with HMB have aberrant TGFβ1 activity at menses. Participants/Setting: Endometrial biopsies were collected from women and menstrual blood loss objectively measured (HMB >80ml/cycle, normal menstrual bleeding, NMB <80ml)...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323984/trimester-specific-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentrations-and-blood-glucose-levels-among-pregnant-women-from-a-fertility-clinic
#12
Yu-Han Chiu, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Jennifer B Ford, Myra Keller, Ellen W Seely, Carmen Messerlian, John Petrozza, Paige L Williams, Xiaoyun Ye, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Tamarra James-Todd
Context: Women with a history of infertility are at increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Studies suggest higher urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations are associated with diabetes in non-pregnant populations, but the association between BPA and glucose levels among pregnant women is unclear. Objective: To assess trimester-specific urinary BPA concentrations in relation to blood glucose levels among subfertile women. Design: Environment and Reproductive Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323978/assisted-reproductive-technologies-predispose-to-insulin-resistance-and-obesity-in-male-mice-challenged-with-a-high-fat-diet
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David Cerny, Claudio Sartori, Stefano F Rimoldi, Théo Meister, Rodrigo Soria, Elisa Bouillet, Urs Scherrer, Emrush Rexhaj
ART alters glucose homeostasis in mice and humans, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. ART induces endothelial dysfunction and arterial hypertension by epigenetic alteration of the eNOS gene. In eNOS deficient mice, insulin resistance is related to impaired insulin stimulation of muscle blood flow and substrate delivery and defective intrinsic skeletal muscle glucose uptake. We, therefore, assessed glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity (euglycemic clamp), insulin stimulation of muscle blood flow in vivo and muscle glucose uptake in vitro in male ART and control mice fed a normal chow (NC) or challenged with a high fat diet (HFD) during 8 weeks...
February 8, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323919/steroids-regulate-cxcl4-in-the-human-endometrium-during-menstruation-to-enable-efficient-endometrial-repair
#14
J A Maybin, U Thiruchelvam, M Madhra, Ptk Saunders, Hod Critchley
Context: Repair of the endometrial surface at menstruation must be efficient to minimize blood loss and optimize reproductive function. The mechanism and regulation of endometrial repair remain undefined. Objective: To determine the presence/regulation of CXCL4 in the human endometrium, as a putative repair factor at menses. Patients/Setting: Endometrium was collected throughout the menstrual cycle from healthy women attending the gynecology department...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323866/elevated-fecal-peptidase-d-at-onset-of-colitis-in-galphai2-mice-a-mouse-model-of-ibd
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Daniel Bergemalm, Robert Kruse, Maria Sapnara, Jonas Halfvarson, Elisabeth Hultgren Hörnquist
BACKGROUND: The identification of novel fecal biomarkers in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is hampered by the complexity of the human fecal proteome. On the other hand, in experimental mouse models there is probably less variation. We investigated the fecal protein content in mice to identify possible biomarkers and pathogenic mechanisms. METHODS: Fecal samples were collected at onset of inflammation in Galphai2-/- mice, a well-described spontaneous model of chronic colitis, and from healthy littermates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323540/identification-of-multipotent-stem-cells-in-human-brain-tissue-following-stroke
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Kotaro Tatebayashi, Yasue Tanaka, Akiko Nakano-Doi, Rika Sakuma, Saeko Kamachi, Manabu Shirakawa, Kazutaka Uchida, Hiroto Kageyama, Toshinori Takagi, Shinichi Yoshimura, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Takayuki Nakagomi
Perivascular regions of the brain harbor multipotent stem cells. We previously demonstrated that brain pericytes near blood vessels also develop multipotency following experimental ischemia in mice, and that these ischemia-induced multipotent stem cells (iSCs) can contribute to neurogenesis. However, it is essential to understand the traits of iSCs in the post-stroke human brain for possible applications in stem cell-based therapies for stroke patients. Here we report for the first time that iSCs can be isolated from the post-stroke human brain...
March 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320105/anti-fibrotic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-mononuclear-cells-and-mouse-bone-marrow-cells-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
#17
Nageh Ahmed Elmahdy, Samia Salem Sokar, Mohamed Labib Salem, Naglaa Ibrahim Sarhan, Sherin Hamed Abou-Elela
Liver fibrosis is the consequence of hepatocyte injury that leads to the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC). The treatment of choice is Liver transplantation; however, it has many problems such as surgery-related complications, immunological rejection and high costs associated with the procedure. Stem cell-based therapy would be a potential alternative, so the aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic potential of human umbilical cord mononuclear cells (MNC) and mouse bone marrow cells (BMC) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced liver fibrosis in mice and compare it with that of silymarin...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320030/changes-in-regulatory-t-cell-levels-in-acute-cerebral-ischemia
#18
Xuerui Pang, Weidong Qian
Background Acute stroke causes intense and significant changes in the immune system as well as in the number and the ratio of various immune cells. Material and Methods Several large-scale studies have shown that ischemic stroke leaves the human body in a state of immunodepression. The regulatory T (Treg) cells may be strongly associated with a change of immune status. In this trial, we collected venous blood from a cohort of patients who were diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke within the last 24 hours (n = 139)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319902/ultra-high-sensitivity-of-the-non-immunological-affinity-of-graphene-oxide-peptide-based-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensors-to-detect-human-chorionic-gonadotropin
#19
Nan-Fu Chiu, Chia-Tzu Kuo, Ting-Li Lin, Chia-Chen Chang, Chen-Yu Chen
Specific peptide aptamers can be used in place of expensive antibody proteins, and they are gaining increasing importance as sensing probes due to their potential in the development of non-immunological assays with high sensitivity, affinity and specificity for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) protein. We combined graphene oxide (GO) sheets with a specific peptide aptamer to create a novel, simple and label-free tool to detect abnormalities at an early stage of pregnancy, a GO-peptide-based surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319868/synthesis-characterization-of-amide-substituted-dexibuprofen-derivatives-and-their-spectral-voltammetric-and-docking-investigations-for-dna-binding-interactions
#20
Nasima Arshad, Muhammad Zafran, Zaman Ashraf, Fouzia Perveen
Three amide derivatives - methyl-2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanamido]propanoate (Dex-2), methyl 2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl) propanamido]-3-phenylpropanoate (Dex-3) and methyl 2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl)-propanamido]-4-methylpentanoate (Dex-4) of dexibuprofen (Dex-1) 2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoic acid were synthesized and conformed for structures by physical data and spectral analysis. Further, all the compounds were studied for their binding with ds.DNA through experimental (UV-visible/and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry) and theoretical (molecular docking) techniques...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
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