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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651150/cognitive-remediation-improves-executive-functions-self-regulation-and-quality-of-life-in-residents-of-a-substance-use-disorder-therapeutic-community
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Ely M Marceau, Jamie Berry, Joanne Lunn, Peter J Kelly, Nadia Solowij
BACKGROUND: Executive dysfunction is common in substance use disorder (SUD) populations and hinders treatment. We previously found that 50% of residents in SUD therapeutic communities had been hospitalized for head injuries; this was a significant determinant of cognitive impairment. The current study aimed to establish whether cognitive remediation improves executive functions (EFs) and self-regulation in an ecologically valid sample of female residents attending SUD therapeutic community treatment, including those with past head injuries and psychiatric comorbidities...
June 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650974/resting-state-electrical-brain-activity-and-connectivity-in-fibromyalgia
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Sven Vanneste, Jan Ost, Tony Van Havenbergh, Dirk De Ridder
The exact mechanism underlying fibromyalgia is unknown, but increased facilitatory modulation and/or dysfunctional descending inhibitory pathway activity are posited as possible mechanisms contributing to sensitization of the central nervous system. The primary goal of this study is to identify a fibromyalgia neural circuit that can account for these abnormalities in central pain. The second goal is to gain a better understanding of the functional connectivity between the default and the executive attention network (salience network plus dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex) in fibromyalgia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650950/neurobiologic-correlates-of-attention-and-memory-deficits-following-critical-illness-in-early-life
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Raisa M Schiller, Hanneke IJsselstijn, Marlous J Madderom, André B Rietman, Marion Smits, Arno F J van Heijst, Dick Tibboel, Tonya White, Ryan L Muetzel
OBJECTIVES: Survivors of critical illness in early life are at risk of long-term-memory and attention impairments. However, their neurobiologic substrates remain largely unknown. DESIGN: A prospective follow-up study. SETTING: Erasmus MC-Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PATIENTS: Thirty-eight school-age (8-12 yr) survivors of neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and/or congenital diaphragmatic hernia with an intelligence quotient greater than or equal to 80 and a below average score (z score ≤ -1...
June 23, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650190/a-method-for-characterizing-semantic-and-lexical-properties-of-sentence-completions-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Matthew J Kmiecik, Barry N Rodgers, David M Martinez, Sandra B Chapman, Daniel C Krawczyk
Clinical investigations of individuals with chronic stage traumatic brain injury (TBI) showing mild-to-moderate levels of residual impairment largely use standardized neuropsychological assessments to measure executive functioning. The Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT) relies upon several executive functions but detects cognitive impairments across studies inconsistently. We sought to (a) further characterize sentence completions on the HSCT by quantifying their semantic and lexical properties and (b) investigate cognitive components important for HSCT performance...
June 26, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650064/-a-new-case-of-psychotic-break-as-the-presenting-symptom-of-anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-treatment-from-a-neuropsychiatric-approach
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P Hernaez-Goni, P Luna-Lario, J Tirapu-Ustarroz
INTRODUCTION: Limbic encephalitis generated by anti-N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antibodies is a severe acute neurological condition that is more prevalent in young females and is associated with an underlying tumour. The appearance of severe initial psychiatric signs and symptoms and the fact that it is accompanied by emotional disorders and severe cognitive impairment make it necessary to reconsider the contributions of neuropsychiatry to the diagnosis, development and treatment of the disease, since these have received little attention from researchers to date...
July 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649719/regulation-of-growth-defense-balance-by-the-jasmonate-zim-domain-jaz-myc-transcriptional-module
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Ian T Major, Yuki Yoshida, Marcelo L Campos, George Kapali, Xiu-Fang Xin, Koichi Sugimoto, Dalton de Oliveira Ferreira, Sheng Yang He, Gregg A Howe
The plant hormone jasmonate (JA) promotes the degradation of JASMONATE ZIM-DOMAIN (JAZ) proteins to relieve repression on diverse transcription factors (TFs) that execute JA responses. However, little is known about how combinatorial complexity among JAZ-TF interactions maintains control over myriad aspects of growth, development, reproduction, and immunity. We used loss-of-function mutations to define epistatic interactions within the core JA signaling pathway and to investigate the contribution of MYC TFs to JA responses in Arabidopsis thaliana...
June 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649442/next-generation-mammalian-genetics-toward-organism-level-systems-biology
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Etsuo A Susaki, Hideki Ukai, Hiroki R Ueda
Organism-level systems biology in mammals aims to identify, analyze, control, and design molecular and cellular networks executing various biological functions in mammals. In particular, system-level identification and analysis of molecular and cellular networks can be accelerated by next-generation mammalian genetics. Mammalian genetics without crossing, where all production and phenotyping studies of genome-edited animals are completed within a single generation drastically reduce the time, space, and effort of conducting the systems research...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649200/cognitive-variability-during-middle-age-possible-association-with-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-reserve
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Daniel Ferreira, Alejandra Machado, Yaiza Molina, Antonieta Nieto, Rut Correia, Eric Westman, José Barroso
Objective: Increased variability in cognition with age has been argued as an indication of pathological processes. Focusing on early detection of neurodegenerative disorders, we investigated variability in cognition in healthy middle-aged adults. In order to understand possible determinants of this variability, we also investigated associations with cognitive reserve, neuroimaging markers, subjective memory complaints, depressive symptomatology, and gender. Method: Thirty-one 50 ± 2 years old individuals were investigated as target group and deviation was studied in comparison to a reference younger group of 30 individuals 40 ± 2 years old...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648677/cell-type-specific-transcriptome-profiling-in-c-elegans-using-the-translating-ribosome-affinity-purification-technique
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Xicotencatl Gracida, John A Calarco
Organs and specific cell types execute specialized functions in multicellular organisms, in large part through customized gene expression signatures. Thus, profiling the transcriptomes of specific cell and tissue types remains an important tool for understanding how cells become specialized. Methodological approaches to detect gene expression differences have utilized samples from whole animals, dissected tissues, and more recently single cells. Despite these advances, there is still a challenge and a need in most laboratories to implement less invasive yet powerful cell-type specific transcriptome profiling methods...
June 22, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648650/planning-execution-and-follow-up-for-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-using-a-highly-restrictive-iodinated-contrast-protocol-in-patients-with-severe-renal-disease
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E Gallitto, G L Faggioli, M Gargiulo, A Freyrie, R Pini, C Mascoli, S Ancetti, V Vento, A Stella
BACKGROUND: The cumulative amount of iodinated-contrast-medium necessary for EVAR planning, operative procedure and subsequent follow-up is a threat for the onset of end stage renal disease in patients with pre-operative impaired kidney function. Purpose of this study is to describe a mini-invasive approach aimed to minimize the exposure of these patients to iodinated-contrast-medium and the subsequent risk of renal function worsening. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, all patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) at high-surgical risk and fit for standard endovascular repair (simple aortic-iliac anatomy: proximal and distal neck length ≥15mm, no severe angulation), underwent EVAR through the following "near-zero contrast" approach, if their glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was <30 mL/min: pre-operative planning was performed by non-contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) and duplex-ultrasound (DU); the origin of renal/hypogastric arteries and aortic bifurcation was evaluated and matched with vertebral bone landmarks and the endograft deployed accordingly, using < 20cc of isotonic iodinate-contrast-medium and contrast-enhancement-DU (CEUS)...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648612/a-spring-loaded-mechanism-governs-the-clamp-like-dynamics-of-the-skp-chaperone
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Daniel A Holdbrook, Björn M Burmann, Roland G Huber, Maxim V Petoukhov, Dmitri I Svergun, Sebastian Hiller, Peter J Bond
The trimeric periplasmic holdase chaperone Skp binds and stabilizes unfolded outer membrane proteins (OMPs) as part of bacterial OMP biogenesis. Skp binds client proteins in its central cavity, thereby reducing its backbone dynamics, but the molecular mechanisms that govern Skp dynamics and adaptation to differently sized clients remains unknown. Here, we employ a combination of microsecond timescale molecular dynamics simulation, small-angle X-ray scattering, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to reveal that Skp is remarkably flexible, and features a molecular spring-loaded mechanism in its "tentacle" arms that enables switching between two distinct conformations on sub-millisecond timescales...
June 10, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648572/cortical-excitability-and-neuropsychological-functioning-in-healthy-adults
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Lauren B Bolden, Joseph C Griffis, Sandipan Pati, Jerzy P Szaflarski
Evidence from clinical populations, such as epilepsy and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, suggests a relationship between hyperexcitability and cognitive impairment, but this relationship has not been demonstrated in healthy individuals. Here, we investigate the relationship between cortical excitability and cognitive functioning in healthy adults. Single- and paired-pulse TMS was applied to 20 healthy adults to measure cortical excitability and long-interval intracortical inhibition (LICI). A neuropsychological battery was administered to assess aspects of attention, executive function, and mood...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648497/selective-optogenetic-control-of-purkinje-cells-in-monkey-cerebellum
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Yasmine El-Shamayleh, Yoshiko Kojima, Robijanto Soetedjo, Gregory D Horwitz
Purkinje cells of the primate cerebellum play critical but poorly understood roles in the execution of coordinated, accurate movements. Elucidating these roles has been hampered by a lack of techniques for manipulating spiking activity in these cells selectively-a problem common to most cell types in non-transgenic animals. To overcome this obstacle, we constructed AAV vectors carrying the channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) gene under the control of a 1 kb L7/Pcp2 promoter. We injected these vectors into the cerebellar cortex of rhesus macaques and tested vector efficacy in three ways...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647918/designing-future-clinical-trials-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-lessons-from-topcat
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REVIEW
Ravi B Patel, Sanjiv J Shah, Gregg C Fonarow, Javed Butler, Muthiah Vaduganathan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spironolactone did not demonstrate benefit with respect to the primary composite endpoint in the global TOPCAT (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist) trial in patients with chronic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We identify key lessons from the TOPCAT experience that can be applied to future HFpEF trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Subsequent analyses of TOPCAT have revealed marked regional heterogeneity in patient profiles, event rates, drug adherence, and treatment effects...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647551/factors-predicting-falls-and-mobility-outcomes-in-patients-with-stroke-returning-home-after-rehabilitation-who-are-at-risk-of-falling
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Mandy Man-Di Ng, Keith D Hill, Frances Batchelor, Elissa Burton
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors predicting falls and limited mobility in people with stroke at 12 months after returning home from rehabilitation. DESIGN: Observational cohort study with 12 month follow-up. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: People with stroke (n=144) and increased falls risk discharged home from rehabilitation. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Falls were measured using monthly calendars completed by participants, and mobility was assessed using gait speed over five metres (high mobility (>0...
June 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647437/inhibitory-control-is-not-lateralized-in-parkinson-s-patients
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G Mirabella, M Fragola, G Giannini, N Modugno, Daniel Lakens
Parkinson's disease (PD) is often characterized by asymmetrical symptoms, which are more prominent on the side of the body contralateral to the most extensively affected brain hemisphere. Therefore, lateralized PD presents an opportunity to examine the effects of asymmetric subcortical dopamine deficiencies on cognitive functioning. As it has been hypothesized that inhibitory control relies upon a right-lateralized pathway, we tested whether left-dominant PD (LPD) patients suffered from a more severe deficit in this key executive function than right-dominant PD patients (RPD)...
June 21, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647214/development-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-functionalized-ritonavir-proliposomes-for-lymphatic-targeting
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Vasif Ahammed, Reema Narayan, John Paul, Yogendra Nayak, Bisakha Roy, Gopal V Shavi, Usha Y Nayak
AIMS: The aim of the present work was to prepare, characterize, and evaluate proliposomes containing lipophilic prodrug ritonavir for targeting towards CD4+ T cells in the lymphatic system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The liposomes were prepared by lipid thin film hydration method and lyophilized in the presence of cryoprotectant mannitol to obtain proliposomes. The optimized proliposomes by Central Composite Design, were surface modified with biotin. The proliposomes were evaluated for particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency, in vitro drug release, in vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution studies...
June 21, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646712/prediction-of-vocational-participation-and-global-role-functioning-in-help-seeking-young-adults-from-neurocognitive-demographic-and-clinical-variables
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Alice J Cairns, David J Kavanagh, Frances Dark, Steven M McPhail
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate neurocognitive, demographic and clinical correlates of vocational participation among a sample of young help-seeking adults. METHODS: Young people (18-25 years) accessing an early intervention youth health service participated. The Global Functioning: Role scale and level of vocational participation, participant characteristics (age, gender, socioeconomic background and family history of serious mental illness), distress, psychotic-like experiences, substance use, and mental health diagnoses were recorded...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645972/does-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-modify-hand-dexterity-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Anthony Terrence O'Brien, Gabriel Torrealba Acosta, Rodrigo Huerta, Aurore Thibaut
INTRODUCTION: Dexterity is described as coordinated hand and finger movement for precision tasks. It is essential for day-to-day activities like computer use, writing or buttoning a shirt. Integrity of brain motor networks is crucial to properly execute these fine hand tasks. When these networks are damaged, interventions to enhance recovery are frequently accompanied by unwanted side effects or limited in their effect. Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) are postulated to target affected motor areas and improve hand motor function with few side effects...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645961/cognitive-screening-and-behavioural-observation-of-functional-ability-in-patients-with-multiple-episode-schizophrenia-an-exploratory-study
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Eva Norlin Bagge, Eva Esbjörnsson, Katharina S Sunnerhagen
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the usability of a neuropsychological screening instrument and two observation scales of everyday behaviour to describe cognitive and functional capacity of patients with multiepisode schizophrenia and considerable care needs, who frequently refuse to participate in cognitive testing or performance-based functional measurement. SETTING: One psychiatric unit specialised in severe mental illness at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
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