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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817625/disentangling-the-relationship-between-children-s-motor-ability-executive-function-and-academic-achievement
#1
Mirko Schmidt, Fabienne Egger, Valentin Benzing, Katja Jäger, Achim Conzelmann, Claudia M Roebers, Caterina Pesce
Even though positive relations between children's motor ability and their academic achievement are frequently reported, the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. Executive function has indeed been proposed, but hardly tested as a potential mediator. The aim of the present study was therefore to examine the mediating role of executive function in the relationship between motor ability and academic achievement, also investigating the individual contribution of specific motor abilities to the hypothesized mediated linkage to academic achievement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817602/exploring-the-potential-of-a-structural-alphabet-based-tool-for-mining-multiple-target-conformations-and-target-flexibility-insight
#2
Leslie Regad, Jean-Baptiste Chéron, Dhoha Triki, Caroline Senac, Delphine Flatters, Anne-Claude Camproux
Protein flexibility is often implied in binding with different partners and is essential for protein function. The growing number of macromolecular structures in the Protein Data Bank entries and their redundancy has become a major source of structural knowledge of the protein universe. The analysis of structural variability through available redundant structures of a target, called multiple target conformations (MTC), obtained using experimental or modeling methods and under different biological conditions or different sources is one way to explore protein flexibility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815958/arabidopsis-exo70a1-recruits-patellin3-to-the-cell-membrane-independent-of-its-role-as-exocyst-subunit
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Chengyun Wu, Lu Tan, Max van Hooren, Xiaoyun Tan, Feng Liu, Yan Li, Yanxue Zhao, Bingxuan Li, Qingchen Rui, Teun Munnik, Yiqun Bao
The exocyst is a well-known complex to tether vesicles at the cell membrane before fusion. Whether an individual subunit can execute a unique function is largely unknown. Using yeast-two-hybrid (Y2H) analysis, we found that EXO70A1 interacted with the GOLD domain of Patellin3 (PATL3). The direct EXO70A1-PATL3 interaction was supported by in vitro and in vivo experiments. In Arabidopsis, PATL3-GFP colocalized with EXO70A1 predominantly at the cell membrane, and PATL3 localization was insensitive to BFA and TryA23...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815521/endoplasmic-reticulum-mitochondria-communication-through-ca-2-signaling-the-importance-of-mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams
#4
Saverio Marchi, Mart Bittremieux, Sonia Missiroli, Claudia Morganti, Simone Patergnani, Luigi Sbano, Alessandro Rimessi, Martijn Kerkhofs, Jan B Parys, Geert Bultynck, Carlotta Giorgi, Paolo Pinton
The execution of proper Ca(2+) signaling requires close apposition between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria. Hence, Ca(2+) released from the ER is "quasi-synaptically" transferred to mitochondrial matrix, where Ca(2+) stimulates mitochondrial ATP synthesis by activating the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle. However, when the Ca(2+) transfer is excessive and sustained, mitochondrial Ca(2+) overload induces apoptosis by opening the mitochondrial permeability transition pore. A large number of regulatory proteins reside at mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs) to maintain the optimal distance between the organelles and to coordinate the functionality of both ER and mitochondrial Ca(2+) transporters or channels...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815180/assessing-cognitive-estimation-and-its-effects-on-community-integration-in-people-with-acquired-brain-injury-undergoing-rehabilitation
#5
Dónal G Fortune, Helen L Richards
The purpose of the present study was to examine the convergent and divergent validity of the Biber Cognitive Estimation Test (BCET) in individuals with ABI undergoing postacute rehabilitation and to assess the measure's ability to account for unique variance in community integration following rehabilitation. Participants with ABI referred for postacute rehabilitation (N = 201) were assessed on the BCET and a number of other neuropsychological tests that have been demonstrated to rely on aspects of executive processing (Trail-Making Test, Modified Six Elements Test, and verbal fluency measures) and the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814979/executive-functioning-in-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome-domain-asynchrony-and-age-related-performance
#6
Donna Reid, Jo Moss, Lisa Nelson, Laura Groves, Chris Oliver
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine executive functioning in adolescents and adults with Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) to identify a syndrome and age-related profile of cognitive impairment. METHODS: Participants were 24 individuals with CdLS aged 13-42 years (M = 22; SD = 8.98), and a comparable contrast group of 21 individuals with Down syndrome (DS) aged 15-33 years (M = 24; SD = 5.82). Measures were selected to test verbal and visual fluency, inhibition, perseverance/flexibility, and working memory and comprised both questionnaire and performance tests...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814870/abnormal-intrinsic-functional-hubs-in-alcohol-dependence-evidence-from-a-voxelwise-degree-centrality-analysis
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Xiaoping Luo, Linghong Guo, Xi-Jian Dai, Qinglai Wang, Wenzhong Zhu, Xinjun Miao, Honghan Gong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the abnormal intrinsic functional hubs in alcohol dependence using voxelwise degree centrality analysis approach, and their relationships with clinical features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four male alcohol dependence subjects free of medicine (mean age, 50.21±9.62 years) and 24 age- and education-matched male healthy controls (mean age, 50.29±8.92 years) were recruited. The alcohol use disorders identification test and the severity of alcohol dependence questionnaire (SADQ) were administered to assess the severity of alcohol craving...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
#8
Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813936/using-upper-limb-kinematics-to-assess-cognitive-deficits-in-people-living-with-both-hiv-and-stroke
#9
Kevin D Bui, Roshan Rai, Michelle J Johnson
In this study, we aim to explore ways to objectively assess cognitive deficits in the stroke and HIV/stroke populations, where cognitive and motor impairments can be hard to separate. Using an upper limb rehabilitation robot called the Haptic TheraDrive, we collect performance error scores and motor learning data on the impaired and unimpaired limb during a trajectory tracking task. We compare these data to clinical cognitive scores. The preliminary results suggest a possible relationship between unimpaired upper limb performance error and visuospatial/executive function cognitive domains, but more work needs to be done to further investigate this...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813929/soft-brain-machine-interfaces-for-assistive-robotics-a-novel-control-approach
#10
Lucia Schiatti, Jacopo Tessadori, Giacinto Barresi, Leonardo S Mattos, Arash Ajoudani
Robotic systems offer the possibility of improving the life quality of people with severe motor disabilities, enhancing the individual's degree of independence and interaction with the external environment. In this direction, the operator's residual functions must be exploited for the control of the robot movements and the underlying dynamic interaction through intuitive and effective human-robot interfaces. Towards this end, this work aims at exploring the potential of a novel Soft Brain-Machine Interface (BMI), suitable for dynamic execution of remote manipulation tasks for a wide range of patients...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813811/a-multichannel-near-infrared-spectroscopy-triggered-robotic-hand-rehabilitation-system-for-stroke-patients
#11
Jongseung Lee, Nobutaka Mukae, Jumpei Arata, Hiroyuki Iwata, Keiji Iramina, Koji Iihara, Makoto Hashizume
There is a demand for a new neurorehabilitation modality with a brain-computer interface for stroke patients with insufficient or no remaining hand motor function. We previously developed a robotic hand rehabilitation system triggered by multichannel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to address this demand. In a preliminary prototype system, a robotic hand orthosis, providing one degree-of-freedom motion for a hand's closing and opening, is triggered by a wireless command from a NIRS system, capturing a subject's motor cortex activation...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813793/the-combined-action-of-a-passive-exoskeleton-and-an-emg-controlled-neuroprosthesis-for-upper-limb-stroke-rehabilitation-first-results-of-the-retrainer-project
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E Ambrosini, S Ferrante, J Zajc, M Bulgheroni, W Baccinelli, E d'Amico, T Schauer, C Wiesener, M Russold, M Gfoehler, M Puchinger, M Weber, S Becker, K Krakow, M Rossini, D Proserpio, G Gasperini, F Molteni, G Ferrigno, A Pedrocchi
The combined use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and robotic technologies is advocated to improve rehabilitation outcomes after stroke. This work describes an arm rehabilitation system developed within the European project RETRAINER. The system consists of a passive 4-degrees-of-freedom exoskeleton equipped with springs to provide gravity compensation and electromagnetic brakes to hold target positions. FES is integrated in the system to provide additional support to the most impaired muscles. FES is triggered based on the volitional EMG signal of the same stimulated muscle; in order to encourage the active involvement of the patient the volitional EMG is also monitored throughout the task execution and based on it a happy or sad emoji is visualized at the end of each task...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813785/a-pilot-study-on-the-optimal-speeds-for-passive-wrist-movements-by-a-rehabilitation-robot-of-stroke-patients-a-functional-nirs-study
#13
Sung Jin Bae, Sung Ho Jang, Jeong Pyo Seo, Pyung Hun Chang
The optimal conditions inducing proper brain activation during performance of rehabilitation robots should be examined to enhance the efficiency of robot rehabilitation based on the concept of brain plasticity. In this study, we attempted to investigate differences in cortical activation according to the speeds of passive wrist movements performed by a rehabilitation robot for stroke patients. 9 stroke patients with right hemiparesis participated in this study. Passive movements of the affected wrist were performed by the rehabilitation robot at three different speeds: 0...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813231/time-frequency-cross-mutual-information-analysis-of-the-brain-functional-networks-underlying-multiclass-motor-imagery
#14
Anmin Gong, Jianping Liu, Si Chen, Yunfa Fu
To study the physiologic mechanism of the brain during different motor imagery (MI) tasks, the authors employed a method of brain-network modeling based on time-frequency cross mutual information obtained from 4-class (left hand, right hand, feet, and tongue) MI tasks recorded as brain-computer interface (BCI) electroencephalography data. The authors explored the brain network revealed by these MI tasks using statistical analysis and the analysis of topologic characteristics, and observed significant differences in the reaction level, reaction time, and activated target during 4-class MI tasks...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813214/cognitive-function-in-a-randomized-trial-of-evolocumab
#15
Robert P Giugliano, François Mach, Kenton Zavitz, Christopher Kurtz, Kyungah Im, Estella Kanevsky, Jingjing Schneider, Huei Wang, Anthony Keech, Terje R Pedersen, Marc S Sabatine, Peter S Sever, Jennifer G Robinson, Narimon Honarpour, Scott M Wasserman, Brian R Ott
Background Findings from clinical trials of proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors have led to concern that these drugs or the low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol that result from their use are associated with cognitive deficits. Methods In a subgroup of patients from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of evolocumab added to statin therapy, we prospectively assessed cognitive function using the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery. The primary end point was the score on the spatial working memory strategy index of executive function (scores range from 4 to 28, with lower scores indicating a more efficient use of strategy and planning)...
August 17, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813178/centriole-biogenesis-from-identifying-the-characters-to-understanding-the-plot
#16
Niccolò Banterle, Pierre Gönczy
The centriole is a beautiful microtubule-based organelle that is critical for the proper execution of many fundamental cellular processes, including polarity, motility, and division. Centriole biogenesis, the making of this miniature architectural wonder, has emerged as an exemplary model to dissect the mechanisms governing the assembly of a eukaryotic organelle. Centriole biogenesis relies on a set of core proteins whose contributions to the assembly process have begun to be elucidated. Here, we review current knowledge regarding the mechanisms by which these core characters function in an orderly fashion to assemble the centriole...
August 16, 2017: Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811842/the-effect-of-three-different-exercise-training-modalities-on-cognitive-and-physical-function-in-a-healthy-older-population
#17
Carla Coetsee, Elmarie Terblanche
BACKGROUND: Older adults are encouraged to participate in regular physical activity to counter the age-related declines in physical and cognitive health. Literature on the effect of different exercise training modalities (aerobic vs resistance) on these health-related outcomes is not only sparse, but results are inconsistent. In general, it is believed that exercise has a positive effect on executive cognitive function, possibly because of the physiological adaptations through increases in fitness...
2017: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811569/transcriptional-response-to-stress-is-pre-wired-by-promoter-and-enhancer-architecture
#18
Anniina Vihervaara, Dig Bijay Mahat, Michael J Guertin, Tinyi Chu, Charles G Danko, John T Lis, Lea Sistonen
Programs of gene expression are executed by a battery of transcription factors that coordinate divergent transcription from a pair of tightly linked core initiation regions of promoters and enhancers. Here, to investigate how divergent transcription is reprogrammed upon stress, we measured nascent RNA synthesis at nucleotide-resolution, and profiled histone H4 acetylation in human cells. Our results globally show that the release of promoter-proximal paused RNA polymerase into elongation functions as a critical switch at which a gene's response to stress is determined...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811256/cognitive-estimation-performance-of-patients-with-focal-frontal-and-posterior-lesions
#19
Lisa Cipolotti, Sarah E MacPherson, Sara Gharooni, Natasja van-Harskamp, Tim Shallice, Edgar Chan, Parashkev Nachev
The Cognitive Estimation Test (CET) is a widely used test to investigate estimation abilities requiring complex processes such as reasoning, the development and application of appropriate strategies, response plausibility checking as well as general knowledge and numeracy (e.g., Shallice and Evans, 1978; MacPherson et al., 2014). Thus far, it remains unknown whether the CET is both sensitive and specific to frontal lobe dysfunction. Neuroimaging techniques may not represent a useful methodology for answering this question since the complex processes involved are likely to be associated with a large network of brain regions, some of which are not functionally necessary to successfully carry out the CET...
August 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811173/prenatal-exposure-to-pyrethroid-pesticides-and-childhood-behavior-and-executive-functioning
#20
Melissa A Furlong, Dana Boyd Barr, Mary S Wolff, Stephanie M Engel
Several previous studies of pyrethroid biomarkers and behavior have reported associations between concurrent pyrethroid levels and adverse behavioral problems in children. One geospatial study reported associations between prenatal exposure to pyrethroids and autism. However, the association between prenatal pyrethroid biomarkers and childhood behavior is unknown. The Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center is a prospective birth cohort with urinary pyrethroid biomarkers during pregnancy and behavioral measurements at 4, 6, and 7-9 years of age...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
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