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Thomas Burwick, Alexandros Bouras
The communication-through-coherence (CTC) hypothesis states that a sending group of neurons will have a particularly strong effect on a receiving group if both groups oscillate in a phase-locked ("coherent") manner (Fries, 2005, 2015). Here, we consider a situation with two visual stimuli, one in the focus of attention and the other distracting, resulting in two sites of excitation at an early cortical area that project to a common site in a next area. Taking a modeler's perspective, we confirm the workings of a mechanism that was proposed by Bosman et al...
October 20, 2016: Neural Computation
Gregory D M Potter, Debra J Skene, Josephine Arendt, Janet E Cade, Peter J Grant, Laura J Hardie
Circadian (∼ 24 hour) timing systems pervade all kingdoms of life, and temporally optimize behaviour and physiology in humans. Relatively recent changes to our environments, such as the introduction of artificial lighting, can disorganize the circadian system, from the level of the molecular clocks that regulate the timing of cellular activities to the level of synchronization between our daily cycles of behaviour and the solar day. Sleep/wake cycles are intertwined with the circadian system, and global trends indicate that these too are increasingly subject to disruption...
October 20, 2016: Endocrine Reviews
Cédric Boulho, Harmen S Zijlstra, Alexander Hofmann, Peter H M Budzelaar, Sjoerd Harder
Reaction of (TBBP)AlMe⋅THF with [Cp*2 Zr(Me)OH] gave [(TBBP)Al(THF)-O-Zr(Me)Cp*2 ] (TBBP=3,3',5,5'-tetra-tBu-2,2'-biphenolato). Reaction of [DIPPnacnacAl(Me)-O-Zr(Me)Cp2 ] with [PhMe2 NH](+) [B(C6 F5 )4 ](-) gave a cationic Al/Zr complex that could be structurally characterized as its THF adduct [(DIPPnacnac)Al(Me)-O-Zr(THF)Cp2 ](+) [B(C6 F5 )4 ](-) (DIPPnacnac=HC[(Me)C=N(2,6-iPr2 -C6 H3 )]2 ). The first complex polymerizes ethene in the presence of an alkylaluminum scavenger but in the absence of methylalumoxane (MAO)...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Ann Addison
Jung and Bion both developed theoretical concepts propounding a deeply unknowable area of the psyche in which body and mind are undifferentiated and the individual has no distinct identity, from which a differentiated consciousness arises. In Jung's case, this is enshrined in his psychoid concept and the associated notion of synchronicity and, in Bion's case, in his proto-mental concept and his ideas on group dynamics. It is by means of these two concepts that Jung and Bion approach and locate a combined body-mind, a monism, in which body and mind are seen as different aspects of the same thing...
November 2016: Journal of Analytical Psychology
Mingyi Qu, Fang Fang, Xiaojing Zou, Quan Zeng, Zeng Fan, Lin Chen, Wen Yue, Xiaoyan Xie, Xuetao Pei
A better understanding of the mechanisms involved in megakaryocyte maturation will facilitate the generation of platelets in vitro and their clinical applications. A microRNA, miR-125b, has been suggested to have important roles in the self-renewal of megakaryocyte-erythroid progenitors and in platelet generation. However, miR-125b is also critical for hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal. Thus, the function of miR-125b and the complex signaling pathways regulating megakaryopoiesis remain to be elucidated. In this study, an attentive examination of the endogenous expression of miR-125b during megakaryocyte differentiation was performed...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Alberto Campanaro, Raffaella Battaglia, Massimo Galbiati, Ari Sadanandom, Chiara Tonelli, Lucio Conti
SUMOylation and anther growth. During fertilization, stamen elongation needs to be synchronized with pistil growth. The phytohormone gibberellic acid (GA) promotes stamen growth by stimulating the degradation of growth repressing DELLA proteins. DELLA accumulation is negatively regulated by GAs through the ubiquitin-proteasome system. In Arabidopsis thaliana, a proportion of DELLAs is also conjugated to the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) protein, which stabilizes DELLAs. Increased DELLA levels occur in the SUMO protease-deficient OVERLY TOLERANT TO SALT 1 and 2 (ots1 ots2) double mutants, especially under salt stress conditions...
October 19, 2016: Plant Reproduction
Ricardo Sevilla-Escoboza, Javier M Buldú
We provide the topological structure of a series of N=28 Rössler chaotic oscillators diffusively coupled through one of its variables. The dynamics of the y variable describing the evolution of the individual nodes of the network are given for a wide range of coupling strengths. Datasets capture the transition from the unsynchronized behavior to the synchronized one, as a function of the coupling strength between oscillators. The fact that both the underlying topology of the system and the dynamics of the nodes are given together makes this dataset a suitable candidate to evaluate the interplay between functional and structural networks and serve as a benchmark to quantify the ability of a given algorithm to extract the structural network of connections from the observation of the dynamics of the nodes...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Masato Kadoya, Ayumi Hida, Meiko Hashimoto Maeda, Kenichiro Taira, Chiseko Ikenaga, Naohiro Uchio, Akatsuki Kubota, Kenichi Kaida, Yusuke Miwa, Kazuhiro Kurasawa, Hiroyuki Shimada, Masahiro Sonoo, Atsuro Chiba, Yasushi Shiio, Yoshikazu Uesaka, Yasuhisa Sakurai, Toru Izumi, Manami Inoue, Shin Kwak, Shoji Tsuji, Jun Shimizu
OBJECTIVE: To show cancer association is a risk factor other than statin exposure for anti-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase autoantibody-positive (anti-HMGCR Ab+) myopathy. METHODS: We analyzed the clinical features and courses of 33 patients (23 female and 10 male) with anti-HMGCR Ab+ myopathy among 621 consecutive patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. RESULTS: Among the 33 patients, 7 (21%) were statin-exposed and 26 were statin-naive...
December 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Ozan Erol, Erdinç Aydın
BACKGROUND: Hemifacial spasm is a sudden, involuntary and synchronous spasm of the facial muscles. The most frequent cause of this condition is compression of the facial nerves due to vascular pathologies. The most commonly used method of treatment is Botulinum toxin injection. However, the gold standard treatment is surgical treatment. CASE REPORT: A 64-year-old male patient with hemifacial spasms, which had occurred due to a rare parotid mass that had been surgically treated, is presented in this case...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Chien-Cheng Chen, Christopher J Bockisch, Dominik Straumann, Melody Ying-Yu Huang
Spontaneous eye movements of zebrafish larvae in the dark consist of centrifugal saccades that move the eyes from a central to an eccentric position and postsaccadic centripetal drifts. In a previous study, we showed that the fitted single-exponential time constants of the postsaccadic drifts are longer in the temporal-to-nasal (T->N) direction than in the nasal-to-temporal (N->T) direction. In the present study, we further report that saccadic peak velocities are higher and saccadic amplitudes are larger in the N->T direction than in the T->N direction...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
Ryo Fujiwara, Mitsuhiro Narita, Susumu Kageyama, Akihiro Kawauchi, Takahisa Nakayama, Natsumi Nishi, Hiroyuki Sugihara, Yusaku Okada
A 67-year-old man presented at our hospital with severe edema on the left side of his neck, chest and brachial regions. He had a history of right radical nephrectomy due to renal cell carcinoma (RCC, clear cell subtype, stage II) 15 years earlier. Thereafter, metastases to the pancreatic tail and right lung, and left lung metastasis were removed at 8 years and 11 years, respectively, after the nephrectomy. Four years earlier, he had also undergone total gastrectomy for gastric carcinoma (poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, stage IV) and subsequent maintenance chemotherapy for gastric carcinoma...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Kazuki Kano, Tsutomu Sato, Yukio Maezawa, Kenki Segami, Tetsushi Nakajima, Kousuke Ikeda, Tsutomu Hayashi, Takanobu Yamada, Naoto Yamamoto, Takashi Ohshima, Norio Yukawa, Yasushi Rino, Munetaka Masuda, Takashi Ogata, Haruhiko Cho, Takaki Yoshikawa
We report a case of advanced esophageal and gastric cancer that was successfully treated via multimodal therapy. A 65- year-old man with hoarseness was referred to our hospital. He was diagnosed with clinical T4aN2M0, Stage IV esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and clinical T3N1M0, Stage II B gastric adenocarcinoma. He was treated with 3 courses of chemotherapy, administered over 4weeks, with S-1(80mg/m / / 2: day 1-14), cisplatin(60mg/m2: day 1), and docetaxel(40mg/m2: day 1). Computed tomography(CT)revealed shrinkage of the primary esophageal tumor, gastric tumor, and lymph node metastases...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Satoshi Kiyota, Yumi Matsuda, Syoji Hanada, Masahiko Kinoshita, Satoshi Nishizawa, Genichi Kanazawa, Hiromu Tanaka
A 63-year-old man was admitted to our hospital owing to weight loss and vertigo. Endoscopic examination revealed advanced gastric cancer type 2. Abdominal CT showed a 62mm liver tumor in segment 4 and a 26mm tumor in segment 8. Distal gastrectomy and D2 lymph node dissection were performed. After surgery, he was administered chemotherapy with S- 1. After 2 courses of treatment, the tumors' in segments 4 and 8 were reduced to 52mm and 16mm, respectively. No other metastases were detected. Left lobectomy and partial resection of segment 8 were performed...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Nathan D Crosby, John J Janik, Warren M Grill
Kilohertz-frequency spinal cord stimulation (KHF-SCS) is a potential paresthesia-free treatment for chronic pain. However, the effects of KHF-SCS on spinal dorsal column (DC) axons and its mechanisms of action remain unknown. The objectives of this study were to quantify activation and conduction block of DC axons by KHF-SCS across a range of kHz frequencies (1, 5, 10, or 20 kHz) and waveforms (biphasic pulses or sinusoids). Custom platinum electrodes delivered SCS to the T10/T11 DCs of anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Ayako Yamaguchi, Jessica Cavin Barnes, Todd Appleby
Central pattern generators (CPG) in the brainstem are considered to underlie vocalizations in many vertebrate species, but the detailed mechanisms underlying how motor rhythms are generated, coordinated, and initiated remain unclear. We addressed these issues using isolated brain preparations of Xenopus laevis from which fictive vocalizations can be elicited. Advertisement calls of male X. laevis that consist of fast and slow trills are generated by vocal CPGs contained in the brainstem. Brainstem central vocal pathways consist of a premotor nucleus (DTAM) and a laryngeal motor nucleus (n...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
Francesco Della Gatta, Francesca Garbarini, Guglielmo Puglisi, Antonella Leonetti, Annamaria Berti, Paola Borroni
During the rubber hand illusion (RHI), subjects experience an artificial hand as part of their own body, while the real hand is subject to a sort of 'disembodiment'. Can this altered belief about the body also affect physiological mechanisms involved in body-ownership, such as motor control? Here we ask whether the excitability of the motor pathways to the real (disembodied) hand are affected by the illusion. Our results show that the amplitude of the motor-evoked potentials recorded from the real hand is significantly reduced, with respect to baseline, when subjects in the synchronous (but not in the asynchronous) condition experience the fake hand as their own...
October 20, 2016: ELife
Kevin A McGoff, Xin Guo, Anastasia Deckard, Christina M Kelliher, Adam R Leman, Lauren J Francey, John B Hogenesch, Steven B Haase, John L Harer
We present a novel approach, the Local Edge Machine, for the inference of regulatory interactions directly from time-series gene expression data. We demonstrate its performance, robustness, and scalability on in silico datasets with varying behaviors, sizes, and degrees of complexity. Moreover, we demonstrate its ability to incorporate biological prior information and make informative predictions on a well-characterized in vivo system using data from budding yeast that have been synchronized in the cell cycle...
October 19, 2016: Genome Biology
Aurore Woller, Hélène Duez, Bart Staels, Marc Lefranc
To maintain energy homeostasis despite variable energy supply and consumption along the diurnal cycle, the liver relies on a circadian clock synchronized to food timing. Perturbed feeding and fasting cycles have been associated with clock disruption and metabolic diseases; however, the mechanisms are unclear. To address this question, we have constructed a mathematical model of the mammalian circadian clock, incorporating the metabolic sensors SIRT1 and AMPK. The clock response to various temporal patterns of AMPK activation was simulated numerically, mimicking the effects of a normal diet, fasting, and a high-fat diet...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Ivanka S Nenova, Mariana Y Valcheva, Elina A Beleva, Dora Y Tumbeva, Marianna P Yaneva, Emilia L Rancheva, Zhanet G Grudeva-Popova
INTRODUCTION: Autoimmune disorders have been documented in solid tumors and malignant hematological disorders. They are very common and well studied in lymphomas which are associated with immune imbalance. They are less common in solid tumors and are categorized as paraneoplastic syndromes with unclear pathogenesis. AIM: The aim of the present study was to find the frequency of autoimmune phenomena in solid tumors of various origin, location and status of the tumor...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Clémentine Sarkozy, Thierry Molina, Hervé Ghesquières, Anne-Sophie Michallet, Jehan Dupuis, Diane Damotte, Franck Morsschauser, Marie Parrens, Laurent Martin, Peggy Dartigues, Aspasia Stamatoullas, Pierre Hirsch, Betina Fabiani, Krimo Bouabdallah, Maria Gomes da Silva, Marie Maerevoet, Camille Laurent, Bertrand Coiffier, Gilles Salles, Alexandra Traverse-Glehen
Mediastinal grey zone lymphoma, B cell lymphomas with intermediate features between classical Hodgkin lymphoma and primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma, are not well described in the literature. We report the clinical characteristics and outcomes of a large retrospective series of 99 cases centrally reviewed by a panel of hematopathologists, with a consensus established for the diagnosis. Cases were defined as classical Hodgkin lymphoma-like morphology (64.6%) with primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma immunophenotype, primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma-like morphology (30...
October 6, 2016: Haematologica
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