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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533379/learned-response-sequences-in-cerebellar-purkinje-cells
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Dan-Anders Jirenhed, Anders Rasmussen, Fredrik Johansson, Germund Hesslow
Associative learning in the cerebellum has previously focused on single movements. In eyeblink conditioning, for instance, a subject learns to blink at the right time in response to a conditional stimulus (CS), such as a tone that is repeatedly followed by an unconditional corneal stimulus (US). During conditioning, the CS and US are transmitted by mossy/parallel fibers and climbing fibers to cerebellar Purkinje cells that acquire a precisely timed pause response that drives the overt blink response. The timing of this conditional Purkinje cell response is determined by the CS-US interval and is independent of temporal patterns in the input signal...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533328/tendon-stem-progenitor-cells-regulate-inflammation-in-tendon-healing-via-jnk-and-stat3-signaling
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Solaiman Tarafder, Esther Chen, Yena Jun, Kristy Kao, Kun Hee Sim, Jungho Back, Francis Y Lee, Chang H Lee
Tendon stem/progenitor cells (TSCs) have been found in different anatomic locations and showed a promising regenerative potential. We identified a role of TSCs in the regulation of inflammation during healing of acute tendon injuries. Delivery of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) into full-transected rat patellar tendons significantly increased the number of CD146(+) TSCs, leading to enhanced healing. In parallel, CTGF delivery significantly reduced the number of iNOS(+) M1 Mϕs and increased the expression of anti-inflammatory IL-10 at 2 d after surgery, with over 85% CD146(+) TSCs expressing IL-10...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533304/modulation-of-the-gut-microbiota-impacts-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-potential-role-for-bile-acids
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Aafke Wf Janssen, Tom Houben, Saeed Katiraei, Wieneke Dijk, Lily Boutens, Nieke van der Bolt, Zeneng Wang, J Mark Brown, Stanley L Hazen, Stéphane Mandard, Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov, Folkert Kuipers, Ko Willems van Dijk, Jacques Vervoort, Rinke Stienstra, Guido Jej Hooiveld, Sander Kersten
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly becoming the most common liver disease worldwide, yet the pathogenesis of NAFLD is only partially understood. Here, we investigated the role of the gut bacteria in NAFLD by stimulating the gut bacteria via feeding mice the fermentable dietary fiber guar gum and suppressing the gut bacteria via chronic oral administration of antibiotics. Guar gum feeding profoundly altered the gut microbiota composition, in parallel with reduced diet-induced obesity and improved glucose tolerance...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526993/microvascular-complications-associated-with-rapid-improvements-in-glycemic-control-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Christopher H Gibbons, Ann Goebel-Fabbri
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Aggressive glycemic control has become the standard clinical approach to diabetes care. Unintended consequences have included the development of microvascular complications that are related to the rapidity of glycemic improvement. RECENT FINDINGS: Diabetic neuropathy may develop in up to 10% of individuals secondary to aggressive glycemic control. The neuropathy is predominantly small fiber sensory and autonomic, and the severity of the neuropathy is tied to the change in the glycosylated hemoglobin A1C...
July 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526629/the-ultra-structural-organization-of-the-elastic-network-in-the-intra-and-inter-lamellar-matrix-of-the-intervertebral-disc
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J Tavakoli, D M Elliott, J J Costi
The inter-lamellar matrix (ILM) -located between adjacent lamellae of the annulus fibrosus- consists of a complex structure of elastic fibres, while elastic fibers of the intra-lamellar region are aligned predominantly parallel to the collagen fibers. The organization of elastic fibres under low magnification, in both inter- and intra-lamellar regions, was studied by light microscopic analysis of histologically prepared samples; however, little is known about their ultrastructure. An ultrastructural visualization of elastic fibres in the inter-lamellar matrix is crucial for describing their contribution to structural integrity, as well as mechanical properties of the annulus fibrosus...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518055/a-positive-feedback-loop-linking-enhanced-mglur-function-and-basal-calcium-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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Pratap Meera, Stefan Pulst, Thomas Otis
Metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (mGluR1) function in Purkinje neurons (PNs) is essential for cerebellar development and for motor learning and altered mGluR1 signaling causes ataxia. Downstream of mGluR1, dysregulation of calcium homeostasis has been hypothesized as a key pathological event in genetic forms of ataxia but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We find in a spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) mouse model that calcium homeostasis in PNs is disturbed across a broad range of physiological conditions...
May 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509910/convergence-of-gut-microbiotas-in-the-adaptive-radiations-of-african-cichlid-fishes
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Laura Baldo, Joan Lluís Pretus, Joan Lluís Riera, Zuzana Musilova, Arnold Roger Bitja Nyom, Walter Salzburger
Ecoevolutionary dynamics of the gut microbiota at the macroscale level, that is, in across-species comparisons, are largely driven by ecological variables and host genotype. The repeated explosive radiations of African cichlid fishes in distinct lakes, following a dietary diversification in a context of reduced genetic diversity, provide a natural setup to explore convergence, divergence and repeatability in patterns of microbiota dynamics as a function of the host diet, phylogeny and environment. Here we characterized by 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing the gut microbiota of 29 cichlid species from two distinct lakes/radiations (Tanganyika and Barombi Mbo) and across a broad dietary and phylogenetic range...
May 16, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509432/feasibility-assessment-of-shear-wave-elastography-to-lumbar-back-muscles-a-radioanatomic-study
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Maud Creze, Krystel Nyangoh Timoh, Olivier Gagey, Laurence Rocher, Marie-France Bellin, Marc Soubeyrand
INTRODUCTION: Low back pain is often associated with tensional changes in the paraspinal muscles detected by palpatory procedures. Shear wave elastography (SWE), recently introduced, allows the stiffness of muscles to be assessed non-invasively. The aim of our work was to study the feasibility of using SWE on the three main lumbar back muscles (multifidus, longissimus and iliocostalis) in vivo after analyzing their muscular architecture ex vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined the orientation of fibers in the multifidus, longissimus and iliocotalis muscles in seven fresh cadavers using gross anatomy and B-Mode ultrasound imaging...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504764/enhanced-performance-in-serial-to-parallel-data-conversion-via-raman-assisted-time-lens-processing
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Junying Ru, Qijie Xie, Chaoran Huang, Bofang Zheng, Chester Shu
We have demonstrated a new approach to enhance the uniformity of conversion efficiency in serial-to-parallel data conversion via time lens processing. In our approach, Raman amplification is applied to enhance four-wave mixing in a highly nonlinear fiber. By carefully selecting the pump wavelength, the Raman gain profile can be exploited to compensate the roll-off in conversion efficiency resulted from the varying phase mismatch between the linearly chirped pump and the signal. With Raman amplification, improvement of sensitivity up to 6...
May 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502972/distribution-innervation-and-cellular-organization-of-taste-buds-in-the-sea-catfish-plotosus-japonicus
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Tatsufumi Nakamura, Naoki Matsuyama, Masato Kirino, Masanori Kasai, Sadao Kiyohara, Takanori Ikenaga
The gustatory system of the sea catfish Plotosus japonicus, like that of other catfishes, is highly developed. To clarify the details of the morphology of the peripheral gustatory system of Plotosus, we used whole-mount immunohistochemistry to investigate the distribution and innervation of the taste buds within multiple organs including the barbels, oropharyngeal cavity, fins (pectoral, dorsal, and caudal), and trunk. Labeled taste buds could be observed in all the organs examined. The density of the taste buds was higher along the leading edges of the barbels and fins; this likely increases the chance of detecting food...
May 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500665/load-induced-changes-in-the-diffusion-tensor-of-ovine-anulus-fibrosus-a-pilot-mri-study
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Monique C Tourell, Margaret Kirkwood, Mark J Pearcy, Konstantin I Momot, J Paige Little
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) for evaluating changes in anulus fibrosus (AF) microstructure following uniaxial compression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six axially aligned samples of AF were obtained from a merino sheep disc; two each from the anterior, lateral, and posterior regions. The samples were mechanically loaded in axial compression during five cycles at a rate and maximum compressive strain that reflected physiological conditions...
June 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496398/growth-of-thalamocortical-fibers-to-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-the-human-fetal-brain
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Željka Krsnik, Visnja Majić, Lana Vasung, Hao Huang, Ivica Kostović
Thalamocortical (TH-C) fiber growth begins during the embryonic period and is completed by the third trimester of gestation in humans. Here we determined the timing and trajectories of somatosensory TH-C fibers in the developing human brain. We analyzed the periods of TH-C fiber outgrowth, path-finding, "waiting" in the subplate (SP), target selection, and ingrowth in the cortical plate (CP) using histological sections from post-mortem fetal brain [from 7 to 34 postconceptional weeks (PCW)] that were processed with acetylcholinesterase (AChE) histochemistry and immunohistochemical methods...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492687/packing-arrangement-of-13-c-selectively-labeled-sequence-model-peptides-of-samia-cynthia-ricini-silk-fibroin-fibers-studied-by-solid-state-nmr
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Tetsuo Asakura, Kenta Miyazawa, Yugo Tasei, Shunsuke Kametani, Yasumoto Nakazawa, Akihiro Aoki, Akira Naito
Samia cynthia ricini (S. c. ricini) is one of the wild silkworms. Their silk fibroins have been paid attention as potentially valuable biomedical materials as well as Bombyx mori silk fibroins, but detailed information on the packing arrangement of the fibers is still not currently well understood at a molecular level. In this study, 34 mer model peptides, GGAGGGYGGDGG(A)12GGAGDGYGAG with different (13)C labeled positions have been synthesized as a typical sequence of the primary structure of S. c. ricini silk fibroins made up of tandemly repeated sequences of polyalanine as the crystalline region and glycin-rich sequences as the non-crystalline region...
May 11, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491462/understanding-microstructure-of-the-brain-by-comparison-of-neurite-orientation-dispersion-and-density-imaging-noddi-with-transparent-mouse-brain
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Kanako Sato, Aurelien Kerever, Koji Kamagata, Kohei Tsuruta, Ryusuke Irie, Kazuhiko Tagawa, Hitoshi Okazawa, Eri Arikawa-Hirasawa, Nobuhiro Nitta, Ichio Aoki, Shigeki Aoki
BACKGROUND: Neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) is a diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique with the potential to visualize the microstructure of the brain. Revolutionary histological methods to render the mouse brain transparent have recently been developed, but verification of NODDI by these methods has not been reported. PURPOSE: To confirm the concordance of NODDI with histology in terms of density and orientation dispersion of neurites of the brain...
April 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490793/campanile-near-field-probes-fabricated-by-nanoimprint-lithography-on-the-facet-of-an-optical-fiber
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Giuseppe Calafiore, Alexander Koshelev, Thomas P Darlington, Nicholas J Borys, Mauro Melli, Aleksandr Polyakov, Giuseppe Cantarella, Frances I Allen, Paul Lum, Ed Wong, Simone Sassolini, Alexander Weber-Bargioni, P James Schuck, Stefano Cabrini, Keiko Munechika
One of the major challenges to the widespread adoption of plasmonic and nano-optical devices in real-life applications is the difficulty to mass-fabricate nano-optical antennas in parallel and reproducible fashion, and the capability to precisely place nanoantennas into devices with nanometer-scale precision. In this study, we present a solution to this challenge using the state-of-the-art ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) to fabricate functional optical transformers onto the core of an optical fiber in a single step, mimicking the 'campanile' near-field probes...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488710/electric-field-directed-formation-of-aligned-conjugated-polymer-fibers
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Yuyin Xi, Lilo D Pozzo
Alternating current (AC) electric fields effectively align poly(3-alkylthiophene) (P3AT) fibers during a one-dimensional crystallization process. Structural, mechanical and electrical properties have been probed using microscopy, small angle neutron scattering (SANS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), rheology, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and dielectric spectroscopy. Optimum frequency and amplitudes were identified for specific P3AT concentrations and for variable solvent quality. Optical microscopy along with SANS and XRD demonstrate alignment persists over both micrometer and nanometer length scales...
May 10, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488683/progressive-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-caused-by-a-homozygous-ky-mutation
#17
Yuval Yogev, Yonatan Perez, Iris Noyman, Anwar Abu Madegem, Hagit Flusser, Zamir Shorer, Eugene Cohen, Leonid Kachko, Analia Michaelovsky, Ruth Birk, Arie Koifman, Max Drabkin, Ohad Wormser, Daniel Halperin, Rotem Kadir, Ohad S Birk
Twelve individuals of consanguineous Bedouin kindred presented with autosomal recessive progressive spastic paraplegia evident as of age 0-24 months, with spasticity of lower limbs, hyperreflexia, toe walking and equinus deformity. Kyphoscolisois was evident in older patients. Most had atrophy of the lateral aspects of the tongue and few had intellectual disability. Nerve conduction velocity, electromyography and head and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging were normal in tested subjects. Muscle biopsy showed occasional central nuclei and fiber size variability with small angular fibers...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485150/acyclic-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tripeptides-with-fluorinated-and-nonfluorinated-furanoid-sugar-framework-importance-of-fluoro-substituent-in-reverse-turn-induced-self-assembly-and-transmembrane-ion-transport-activity
#18
Sachin S Burade, Sopan Valiba Shinde, Naresh Bhuma, Navanath Kumbhar, Amol Kotmale, Pattuparambil R Rajamohanan, Rajesh G Gonnade, Pinaki Talukdar, Dilip D Dhavale
Acyclic αγα-tripeptides derived from fluorinated-furanoid sugar amino acid frameworks act as reverse-turn inducers with a U-shaped conformation, whereas the corresponding nonfluorinated αγα-tripeptides show random peptide conformations. The NMR studies showed the presence of bifurcated weak intramolecular hydrogen bonding (F···HN) and N(+)···F(δ-) charge-dipole attraction compel the amide carbonyl groups to orient antiperiplanar to the C-F bond, thus, demonstrating the role of the fluorine substituent in stabilizing the U-shaped conformation...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482598/biomechanical-behavior-of-teeth-without-remaining-coronal-structure-restored-with-different-post-designs-and-materials
#19
Angélica Maroli, Kaue Andreas Lotice Hoelcher, Vagner Flavio Reginato, Aloisio Oro Spazzin, Ricardo Armini Caldas, Atais Bacchi
The aim of this study was to access the biomechanical behavior of teeth without remaining coronal structure when restored with posts of different materials and configurations. Fifty bovine teeth (n=10 per group) with standard dimensions were restored as follows: cast post and core (CPC), prefabricated metallic post (PFM), parallel glass-fiber post (P-FP), conical glass-fiber post (C-FP) or composite core (no post, CC). The survival rate during thermomechanical challenging (TC), the fracture strength (FS), and failure pattern (FP) were evaluated...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482562/bimodal-morphological-analyses-of-native-and-engineered-tissues
#20
Sasan Jalili-Firoozinezhad, Ivan Martin, Arnaud Scherberich
Assessing the morphological features of native and engineered tissues is pivotal to evaluate their degree of development and to identify possible structure-function relationships. Conventional histological or immunohistochemical imaging of stained sections provides limited information about their architecture. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) yields sub-micrometric resolution images of tissues, but typically cannot be associated with the morphological structures identified by histology. The aim of this study was to establish a technique based on SEM analysis of sections of paraffin-embedded tissues prepared for histological processing (Histo-SEM) for the assessment of morpho-architectural properties of native and engineered tissues...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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