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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
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Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548897/evening-light-exposure-to-computer-screens-disrupts-human-sleep-biological-rhythms-and-attention-abilities
#2
A Green, M Cohen-Zion, A Haim, Y Dagan
The use of electronic devices with light-emitting screens has increased exponentially in the last decade. As a result, humans are almost continuously exposed to unintentional artificial light. We explored the independent and combined effects of two aspects of screen illumination, light wavelength, and intensity, on sleep, its biological regulation, and related functional outcomes. The 2 × 2 repeated-measure design included two independent variables: screen light intensity (low ([LI] versus high [HI]) and wavelength (short [SWL] versus long [LWL])...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548639/rai1%C3%A2-frees-mice-from-the-repression-of-active-wake-behaviors-by-light
#3
Shanaz Diessler, Corinne Kostic, Yvan Arsenijevic, Aki Kawasaki, Paul Franken
Besides its role in vision, light impacts physiology and behavior through circadian and direct (aka 'masking') mechanisms. In Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS), the dysregulation of both sleep-wake behavior and melatonin production strongly suggest impaired non-visual light perception. We discovered that mice haploinsufficient for the SMS causal gene, Retinoic acid induced-1 (Rai1), were hypersensitive to light such that light eliminated alert and active-wake behaviors, while leaving time-spent-awake unaffected...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548562/memory-for-melodies-in-unfamiliar-tuning-systems-investigating-effects-of-recency-and-number-of-intervening-items
#4
Steffen A Herff, Kirk N Olsen, Roger T Dean, Jon Prince
In a continuous recognition paradigm, most stimuli elicit superior recognition performance when the item to be recognised is the most recent stimulus (a recency-in-memory effect). Furthermore, increasing the number of intervening items cumulatively disrupts memory in most domains. Memory for melodies composed in familiar tuning systems also shows superior recognition for the most recent melody, but no disruptive effects from the number of intervening melodies. A possible explanation has been offered in a novel regenerative multiple representations (RMR) conjecture...
May 26, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548460/internally-generated-hippocampal-sequences-as-a-vantage-point-to-probe-future-oriented-cognition
#5
REVIEW
Giovanni Pezzulo, Caleb Kemere, Matthijs A A van der Meer
Information processing in the rodent hippocampus is fundamentally shaped by internally generated sequences (IGSs), expressed during two different network states: theta sequences, which repeat and reset at the ∼8 Hz theta rhythm associated with active behavior, and punctate sharp wave-ripple (SWR) sequences associated with wakeful rest or slow-wave sleep. A potpourri of diverse functional roles has been proposed for these IGSs, resulting in a fragmented conceptual landscape. Here, we advance a unitary view of IGSs, proposing that they reflect an inferential process that samples a policy from the animal's generative model, supported by hippocampus-specific priors...
May 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546544/reproducing-infra-slow-oscillations-with-dopaminergic-modulation
#6
Toshihiro Kobayashi, Yutaka Shimada, Kantaro Fujiwara, Tohru Ikeguchi
In the human brain, billions of neurons construct a neural network via synaptic connections. Neuronal excitation and inhibition are transmitted to other neurons through synapses via neurotransmitters. Dopamine is one of these neurotransmitters that plays a number of important roles. There are a variety of rhythms in the brain, such as alpha rhythm, beta rhythm, and so on. Infra-slow oscillation, ISO, is one of the rhythms observed in the brain, and ranges below 0.1 Hz. One of the key roles of dopamine is the generation of ISO in neural networks...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546529/the-safety-of-electrical-cardioversion-under-the-control-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AF) requires adequate oral anticoagulation (OAC) prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    Assessment of risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of DCC under transesophageal echocardiography control (TEE) in patients with inadequate anticoagulation. PATIENTS AND METHODS    From the cohort of 316 patients admitted for DCC, 139 (age 63...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546125/molecular-cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-coft1-a-homolog-of-flowering-locus-t-ft-from-camellia-oleifera
#8
Hengjiu Lei, Shuchai Su, Luyi Ma, Yue Wen, Xiangnan Wang
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) is an important integrator of flowering genetic pathways and plays crucial roles in flowering transition. The tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera Abel.) is a valuable woody oil crop, but the molecular mechanisms controlling flowering are still unclear. In this study, a FT-like gene, CoFT1, was isolated and characterized from C. oleifera. The CoFT1 protein was localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm of Arabidopsis protoplasts, and exhibited no transactivation activity in yeast cells. CoFT1 was highly expressed in mature leaves and reproductive organs, such as flower buds, flowers, flower organs, and young fruits...
May 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546006/atrial-myofibroblast-activation-and-connective-tissue-formation-in-a-porcine-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-reduced-left-ventricular-function
#9
Patrick Lugenbiel, Fabian Wenz, Katharina Govorov, Pascal Syren, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with fibrosis that slows electrical conduction and causes perpetuation of the arrhythmia. The molecular characterization of AF pathophysiology may provide novel therapeutic options. This study was designed to elucidate profibrotic signaling and myofibroblast activation in a porcine model of atrial tachypacing-induced AF and reduced left ventricular function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten domestic pigs were randomized to sinus rhythm (SR) or AF groups...
May 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545281/-pre-and-post-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-998-patients
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H Q Guan, Z J Chen, Y Zhou, J Liu, W X Sun, J Yuan, Y H Liao, N G Dong, J P Liu, K G Feng, Q Zhang, X Zhao, C Qian, F Hu
Objective: To analyze pre- and post-operation electrocardiograms (ECGs) features of patients underwent orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT), and provide evidences for identifying and analyzing post OHT ECGs. Methods: Nine hundreds and ninty-eight pre- and post- OHT standard 12-leads ECGs from 110 consecutive patients, who underwent OHT in our hospital from May 2008 to May 2014, were analyzed. Results: The mean heart rate(HR)was (86.9±16.4) beats per minute before OHT, and (100.0±0.4) beats per minute after OHT...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545154/site-specific-phosphorylation-of-casein-kinase-1-%C3%AE-ck1%C3%AE-regulates-its-activity-towards-the-circadian-regulator-per2
#11
Gracie Wee Ling Eng, Edison, David M Virshup
Circadian rhythms are intrinsic ~24 hour cycles that regulate diverse aspects of physiology, and in turn are regulated by interactions with the external environment. Casein kinase 1 delta (CK1δ, CSNK1D) is a key regulator of the clock, phosphorylating both stabilizing and destabilizing sites on the PER2 protein, in a mechanism known as the phosphoswitch. CK1δ can itself be regulated by phosphorylation on its regulatory domain, but the specific sites involved, and the role this plays in control of circadian rhythms as well as other CK1-dependent processes is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545123/predictability-of-arousal-in-mouse-slow-wave-sleep-by-accelerometer-data
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Gustavo Zampier Dos Santos Lima, Sergio Roberto Lopes, Thiago Lima Prado, Bruno Lobao-Soares, George C do Nascimento, John Fontenele-Araujo, Gilberto Corso
Arousals can be roughly characterized by punctual intrusions of wakefulness into sleep. In a standard perspective, using human electroencephalography (EEG) data, arousals are associated to slow-wave rhythms and K-complex brain activity. The physiological mechanisms that give rise to arousals during sleep are not yet fully understood. Moreover, subtle body movement patterns, which may characterize arousals both in human and in animals, are usually not detectable by eye perception and are not in general present in sleep studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545016/statistical-learning-and-auditory-processing-in-children-with-music-training-an-erp-study
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Pragati Rao Mandikal Vasuki, Mridula Sharma, Ronny Ibrahim, Joanne Arciuli
OBJECTIVE: The question whether musical training is associated with enhanced auditory and cognitive abilities in children is of considerable interest. In the present study, we compared children with music training versus those without music training across a range of auditory and cognitive measures, including the ability to detect implicitly statistical regularities in input (statistical learning). METHODS: Statistical learning of regularities embedded in auditory and visual stimuli was measured in musically trained and age-matched untrained children between the ages of 9-11years...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544933/cardiotoxic-effect-of-levofloxacin-and-ciprofloxacin-in-rats-with-without-acute-myocardial-infarction-impact-on-cardiac-rhythm-and-cardiac-expression-of-kv4-3-kv1-2-and-nav1-5-channels
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Ahmed M Abdelrady, Sawsan A Zaitone, Noha E Farag, Manal S Fawzy, Yasser M Moustafa
Prolongation of QT interval is possible with fluoroquinolones, yet the underlying contributing factors have not been elucidated. Two widely used fluoroquinolone drugs were at the focus of this study in rats with/without acute myocardial dysfunction (AMI) induced by isoproterenol. The effects of levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin on the cardiac mRNA expression of rat Kv4.3, Kv1.2 and Nav1.5 mRNAs were determined. Administration of the two antibiotics produced dose-dependent changes in ECG parameters that were more prominent in rats with AMI than healthy rats; this was accompanied by elevations in serum lactate dehydrogenase and creatine kinase-MB...
May 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544891/emergence-of-ultrafast-sparsely-synchronized-rhythms-and-their-responses-to-external-stimuli-in-an-inhomogeneous-small-world-complex-neuronal-network
#15
Sang-Yoon Kim, Woochang Lim
We consider an inhomogeneous small-world network (SWN) composed of inhibitory short-range (SR) and long-range (LR) interneurons, and investigate the effect of network architecture on emergence of synchronized brain rhythms by varying the fraction of LR interneurons plong. The betweenness centralities of the LR and SR interneurons (characterizing the potentiality in controlling communication between other interneurons) are distinctly different. Hence, in view of the betweenness, SWNs we consider are inhomogeneous, unlike the "canonical" Watts-Strogatz SWN with nearly the same betweenness centralities...
April 28, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543984/cycle-affects-imidacloprid-efficiency-by-mediating-cytochrome-p450-expression-in-the-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens
#16
K Kang, P Yang, R Pang, L Yue, W Zhang
Circadian clocks influence most behaviours and physiological activities in animals, including daily fluctuations in metabolism. However, how the clock gene cycle influences insects' responses to pesticides has rarely been reported. Here, we provide evidence that cycle affects imidacloprid efficacy by mediating the expression of cytochrome P450 genes in the brown planthopper (BPH) Nilaparvata lugens, a serious insect pest of rice. Survival bioassays showed that the susceptibility of BPH adults to imidacloprid differed significantly between the two time points tested [Zeitgeber Time 8 (ZT8) and ZT4]...
May 23, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543681/activation-of-mmps-in-macrophages-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-via-the-mir-223-bmal1-signaling-pathway
#17
Jun Lou, Yongli Wang, Zhimin Zhang, Weiqiang Qiu
An interaction between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and macrophages constitutes an essential step in tuberculosis development, as macrophages exert both positive and negative effects on M. tuberculosis-triggered organ lesions. In this study, we focused on the regulation of the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which is responsible for lung matrix degradation and bacteria dissection, in macrophages following M. tuberculosis infection. Female BALB/c mice were intravenously injected with the M. tuberculosis strain H37Rv at 0h zeitgeber time (ZT0) or 12 h zeitgeber time (ZT12)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543321/conscientiousness-but-not-agreeableness-mediates-females-tendency-toward-being-a-morning-person
#18
Arash Rahafar, Ina Castellana, Christoph Randler, Juan Manuel Antúnez
Individuals differ in their chronotype, and some are identified as morning ones and others as evening ones. Earlier studies showed that women were higher on morningness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness. In this study, we aimed at exploring the mediational effects of conscientiousness and agreeableness in the relationship of gender and morningness-eveningness. Participants were 669 university students. Results supported positive relationships between morningness and conscientiousness and agreeableness and between conscientiousness and agreeableness...
June 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543286/impact-of-treatment-crossovers-on-clinical-outcomes-in-the-rate-and-rhythm-control-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-the-affirm-atrial-fibrillation-follow-up-investigation-of-rhythm-management-trial
#19
Abhishek Maan, Zheng Zhang, Ziling Qin, Yanbing Wang, Samuel Dudley, Kaustubh Dabhadakar, Marwan Refaat, Moussa Mansour, Jeremy N Ruskin, E Kevin Heist
We investigated the rates and reasons for crossover to alternative treatment strategies and its impact on mortality in patients who were enrolled in the AFFIRM trial. Over a mean follow-up period of 3.5 years, 842 patients underwent crossover to the alternative treatment arms in AFFIRM. The rate of crossover from rhythm to rate control (594/2033, 29.2%) was more frequent than the rate of crossover from rate to rhythm control (248/2027, 12.2%, p < 0.0001). The leading reasons for crossover from rhythm to rate control were failure to achieve or maintain sinus rhythm (272/594, 45...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542864/circadian-clustering-of-spontaneous-epileptic-seizures-emerges-after-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus
#20
Julika Pitsch, Albert J Becker, Susanne Schoch, Johannes Alexander Müller, Marco de Curtis, Vadym Gnatkovsky
OBJECTIVE: Seizures in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) associated with hippocampal sclerosis are thought to develop with various latency intervals after an initial transient brain insult. To study seizure dynamics after an initial transient precipitating insult in a systematic fashion, we utilized continuous video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring after the induction of status epilepticus (SE) in a mouse MTLE model. METHODS: Continuous 24/7 video/telemetric hippocampal EEG recordings in the systemic pilocarpine MTLE mouse model...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsia
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