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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
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Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913718/longitudinal-voice-outcomes-after-type-i-gore-tex-thyroplasty-for-nonparalytic-glottic-incompetence
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Lewis Overton, Katherine Adams, Rupali N Shah, Robert A Buckmire
OBJECTIVE: Type I Gore-tex thyroplasty (GTP) for nonparalytic glottic incompetence (GI) results in significantly improved subjective and perceptual voice outcomes. We endeavored to investigate the longitudinal course of voice outcomes measuring the same patients across time points stratified by diagnostic subgroup. METHODS: Seventy-five patients with nonparalytic GI treated with GTP in the past 9 years were retrospectively reviewed and grouped according to their primary diagnoses (atrophy, scar, hypomobility, and paresis)...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913257/prodynorphin-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-relates-to-social-status-and-behavior-in-male-european-starlings
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Lauren V Riters, Melissa A Cordes, Sharon A Stevenson
Numerous animal species display behavioral changes in response to changes in social status or territory possession. For example, in male European starlings only males that acquire nesting sites display high rates of sexual and agonistic behavior. Past studies show that mu and delta opioid receptors regulate behaviors associated with social ascension or defeat. Opioids also act at kappa receptors, with dynorphin binding with the highest affinity; however, the role of these opioids in social behavior has not been well studied...
November 29, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913092/evaluation-of-phonatory-behavior-and-voice-quality-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-treated-with-deep-brain-stimulation
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Manfred Pützer, Wolfgang Wokurek, Jean Richard Moringlane
OBJECTIVES: The effect of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on phonatory behavior and voice quality in eight patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) was examined instrumentally and perceptually. The acoustic signals of vowel productions obtained from patients (produced with and without stimulation) and from a group of 16 healthy control speakers were analyzed to prove statistically the changes of phonatory behavior and voice quality. STUDY DESIGN: This is a randomized study...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912151/euclidean-distances-as-measures-of-speaker-similarity-including-identical-twin-pairs-a-forensic-investigation-using-source-and-filter-voice-characteristics
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Eugenia San Segundo, Athanasios Tsanas, Pedro Gómez-Vilda
There is a growing consensus that hybrid approaches are necessary for successful speaker characterization in Forensic Speaker Comparison (FSC); hence this study explores the forensic potential of voice features combining source and filter characteristics. The former relate to the action of the vocal folds while the latter reflect the geometry of the speaker's vocal tract. This set of features have been extracted from pause fillers, which are long enough for robust feature estimation while spontaneous enough to be extracted from voice samples in real forensic casework...
November 17, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911478/modulation-of-whistle-production-related-to-training-sessions-in-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus-under-human-care
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Juliana Lopez Marulanda, Olivier Adam, Fabienne Delfour
Bottlenose dolphins are highly social cetaceans with an extensive sound production including clicks, burst-pulsed sounds, and whistles. Some whistles, known as signature whistles, are individually specific. These acoustic signatures are commonly described as being emitted in contexts of stress during forced isolation and as group cohesion calls. Interactions between humans and captive dolphins is largely based on positive reinforcement conditioning within several training/feeding sessions per day. Vocal behavior of dolphins during these interactions might vary...
November 2016: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910886/sequential-information-in-a-great-ape-utterance
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Pawel Fedurek, Klaus Zuberbühler, Christoph D Dahl
Birdsong is a prime example of acoustically sophisticated vocal behaviour, but its complexity has evolved mainly through sexual selection to attract mates and repel sexual rivals. In contrast, non-human primate calls often mediate complex social interactions, but are generally regarded as acoustically simple. Here, we examine arguably the most complex call in great ape vocal communication, the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) 'pant hoot'. This signal consists of four acoustically distinct phases: introduction, build-up, climax and let-down...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910188/comparing-rewarding-and-reinforcing-properties-between-bath-salt-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-mdpv-and-cocaine-using-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-rats
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Steven J Simmons, Ryan A Gregg, Fionya H Tran, Lili Mo, Eva von Weltin, David J Barker, Taylor A Gentile, Lucas R Watterson, Scott M Rawls, John W Muschamp
Abuse of synthetic psychostimulants like synthetic cathinones has risen in recent years. 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is one such synthetic cathinone that demonstrates a mechanism of action similar to cocaine. Compared to cocaine, MDPV is more potent at blocking dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake and is readily self-administered by rodents. The present study compared the rewarding and reinforcing properties of MDPV and cocaine using systemic injection dose-response and self-administration models...
December 1, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908094/the-effects-of-physiological-adjustments-on-the-perceptual-and-acoustical-characteristics-of-vibrato-as-a-model-of-vocal-tremor
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Rosemary A Lester-Smith, Brad H Story
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of physiological adjustments on listeners' perception of the magnitude of modulation of voice and to determine the characteristics of the acoustical modulations that explained listeners' judgments. This research was carried out using singers producing vibrato as a model of vocal tremor. Twenty healthy adults participated in a perceptual study involving pair-comparisons of the magnitude of "shakiness" with singers' samples, which differed by fundamental frequency, vocal quality, and vowel...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908088/acoustically-diverse-vocalization-repertoire-in-the-himalayan-leaf-nosed-bat-a-widely-distributed-hipposideros-species
#10
Aiqing Lin, Tinglei Jiang, Jiang Feng, Jagmeet S Kanwal
Insectivorous bats vocalize to both communicate with conspecifics and to echolocate. The communicative vocalizations or "calls" of bats either consist of or are constructed from discrete acoustic units, termed "syllables." This study examined syllable diversity in the Himalayan leaf-nosed bat, Hipposideros armiger, a species that is widely distributed across Southeast Asia. This social species' vocalizations were hypothesized to consist of a wide variety of syllables facilitating its social interactions. To test this hypothesis, multiple acoustic parameters were measured from recorded vocalizations to map the acoustic boundaries of syllables...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908073/audiogram-of-the-kea-parrot-nestor-notabilis
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Raoul Schwing, Ximena J Nelson, Stuart Parsons
Vocal communication requires the sender to produce a sound, which transmits through the environment and is perceived by the receiver. Perception is dependent on the quality of the received signal and the receiver's frequency and amplitude sensitivity; hearing sensitivity of animals can be tested using behavioural detection tasks, showing the physical limitations of sound perception. Kea parrots (Nestor notabilis) were tested for their ability to hear sounds that varied in terms of both frequency and amplitude by means of a simple auditory detection task...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903776/social-bond-strength-influences-vocally-mediated-recruitment-to-mobbing
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Julie M Kern, Andrew N Radford
Strong social bonds form between individuals in many group-living species, and these relationships can have important fitness benefits. When responding to vocalizations produced by groupmates, receivers are expected to adjust their behaviour depending on the nature of the bond they share with the signaller. Here we investigate whether the strength of the signaller-receiver social bond affects response to calls that attract others to help mob a predator. Using field-based playback experiments on a habituated population of wild dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula), we first demonstrate that a particular vocalization given on detecting predatory snakes does act as a recruitment call; receivers were more likely to look, approach and engage in mobbing behaviour than in response to control close calls...
November 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903726/distinct-neural-activities-in-premotor-cortex-during-natural-vocal-behaviors-in-a-new-world-primate-the-common-marmoset-callithrix-jacchus
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Sabyasachi Roy, Lingyun Zhao, Xiaoqin Wang
: Although evidence from human studies has long indicated the crucial role of the frontal cortex in speech production, it has remained uncertain whether the frontal cortex in nonhuman primates plays a similar role in vocal communication. Previous studies of prefrontal and premotor cortices of macaque monkeys have found neural signals associated with cue- and reward-conditioned vocal production, but not with self-initiated or spontaneous vocalizations (Coudé et al., 2011; Hage and Nieder, 2013), which casts doubt on the role of the frontal cortex of the Old World monkeys in vocal communication...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903723/cerebellar-shank2-regulates-excitatory-synapse-density-motor-coordination-and-specific-repetitive-and-anxiety-like-behaviors
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Seungmin Ha, Dongwon Lee, Yi Sul Cho, Changuk Chung, Ye-Eun Yoo, Jihye Kim, Jiseok Lee, Woohyun Kim, Hyosang Kim, Yong Chul Bae, Keiko Tanaka-Yamamoto, Eunjoon Kim
: Shank2 is a multidomain scaffolding protein implicated in the structural and functional coordination of multiprotein complexes at excitatory postsynaptic sites as well as in psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. While Shank2 is strongly expressed in the cerebellum, whether Shank2 regulates cerebellar excitatory synapses, or contributes to the behavioral abnormalities observed in Shank2(-/-) mice, remains unexplored. Here we show that Shank2(-/-) mice show reduced excitatory synapse density in cerebellar Purkinje cells in association with reduced levels of excitatory postsynaptic proteins, including GluD2 and PSD-93, and impaired motor coordination in the Erasmus test...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903192/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-idiopathic-glossopharyngeal-neuralgia-an-international-multicenter-study
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Hideyuki Kano, Dusan Urgosik, Roman Liscak, Bruce E Pollock, Or Cohen-Inbar, Jason P Sheehan, Mayur Sharma, Danilo Silva, Gene H Barnett, David Mathieu, Nathaniel D Sisterson, L Dade Lunsford
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) when used for patients with intractable idiopathic glossopharyngeal neuralgia. METHODS Six participating centers of the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation identified 22 patients who underwent SRS for intractable glossopharyngeal neuralgia between 1998 and 2015. The median patient age was 60 years (range 34-83 years). The median duration of symptoms before SRS was 46 months (range 1-240 months)...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901403/hearing-emotional-sounds-category-representation-in-the-human-amygdala
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Yanbing Zhao, Qing Sun, Gang Chen, Jiongjiong Yang
Previous studies have shown that the amygdala is more involved in processing animate categories, such as humans and animals, than inanimate objects, but little is known regarding whether this animate advantage applies to auditory stimuli. To address this issue, we performed an fMRI study with emotion and category as factors, in which subjects heard sounds from different categories (i.e., humans, animals and objects) in negative and neutral dimensions. Emotional levels and semantic familiarity were matched across categories...
November 30, 2016: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900919/do-infants-discriminate-non-linguistic-vocal-expressions-of-positive-emotions
#17
Melanie Soderstrom, Melissa Reimchen, Disa Sauter, James L Morgan
Adults are highly proficient in understanding emotional signals from both facial and vocal cues, including when communicating across cultural boundaries. However, the developmental origin of this ability is poorly understood, and in particular, little is known about the ontogeny of differentiation of signals with the same valence. The studies reported here employed a habituation paradigm to test whether preverbal infants discriminate between non-linguistic vocal expressions of relief and triumph. Infants as young as 6 months who had habituated to relief or triumph showed significant discrimination of relief and triumph tokens at test (i...
February 2017: Cognition & Emotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900487/lipoid-proteinosis-unveiled-by-oral-mucosal-lesions-a-comprehensive-analysis-of-137-cases
#18
Boaz Frenkel, Marilena Vered, Shlomo Taicher, Noam Yarom
OBJECTIVES: Lipoid proteinosis (LP) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by deposits of hyaline material within skin and mucous membranes of the upper aerodigestive tract, especially the vocal cords. We aimed to investigate possible associations between oral LP (oLP) manifestations and demographic data and extra-oral lesions. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cases of oLP were collected following a systematic search of Medline's PubMed and Google Scholar (1948-2014)...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900437/bdnf-and-ltp-ltd-like-plasticity-of-the-primary-motor-cortex-in-gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome
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L Marsili, A Suppa, F Di Stasio, D Belvisi, N Upadhyay, I Berardelli, M Pasquini, S Petrucci, M Ginevrino, G Fabbrini, F Cardona, G Defazio, A Berardelli
Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is characterized by motor and vocal tics and often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Responses to intermittent/continuous theta-burst stimulation (iTBS/cTBS), which probe long-term potentiation (LTP)-/depression (LTD)-like plasticity in the primary motor cortex (M1), are reduced in GTS. ITBS-/cTBS-induced M1 plasticity can be affected by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) polymorphism. We investigated whether the BDNF polymorphism influences iTBS-/cTBS-induced LTP-/LTD-like M1 plasticity in 50 GTS patients and in 50 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900347/isolated-dysphagia-as-initial-sign-of-anti-iglon5-syndrome
#20
Jens Burchard Schröder, Nico Melzer, Tobias Ruck, Anna Heidbreder, Ilka Kleffner, Ralf Dittrich, Paul Muhle, Tobias Warnecke, Rainer Dziewas
OBJECTIVE: To report on dysphagia as initial sign in a case of anti-IgLON5 syndrome and provide an overview of the current literature. METHODS: The diagnostic workup included cerebral MRI, fiber optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) with the FEES tensilon test, a videofluoroscopic swallowing study, evoked potentials and peripheral nerve conduction studies, polysomnography, lumbar puncture, and screening for neural autoantibodies. A systematic review of all published cases of IgLON5 syndrome is provided...
January 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
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