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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642698/enhanced-working-memory-binding-by-direct-electrical-stimulation-of-the-parietal-cortex
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Agustina Birba, Eugenia Hesse, Lucas Sedeño, Ezequiel P Mikulan, María Del C García, Juan Ávalos, Federico Adolfi, Agustina Legaz, Tristán A Bekinschtein, Máximo Zimerman, Mario Parra, Adolfo M García, Agustín Ibáñez
Recent works evince the critical role of visual short-term memory (STM) binding deficits as a clinical and preclinical marker of Alzheimer's disease (AD). These studies suggest a potential role of posterior brain regions in both the neurocognitive deficits of Alzheimer's patients and STM binding in general. Thereupon, we surmised that stimulation of the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) might be a successful approach to tackle working memory deficits in this condition, especially at early stages. To date, no causal evidence exists of the role of the parietal cortex in STM binding...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628917/anatomical-characteristics-of-facial-nerve-and-cochlea-interaction
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Nadine Schart-Morén, Sune Larsson, Helge Rask-Andersen, Hao Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to study the relationship between the labyrinthine portion (LP) of the facial canal and the cochlea in human inner ear molds and temporal bones using micro-CT and 3D rendering. A reduced cochlea-facial distance may spread electric currents from the cochlear implant to the LP and cause facial nerve stimulation. Influencing factors may be the topographic anatomy and otic capsule properties. METHODS: An archival collection of human temporal bones underwent micro-CT and 3D reconstruction...
June 20, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613412/myoendothelial-coupling-through-cx40-contributes-to-edh-induced-vasodilation-in-murine-renal-arteries-evidence-from-experiments-and-modelling
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Jens Christian Brasen, Cor de Wit, Charlotte Mehlin Sorensen
Regulation of renal vascular resistance plays a major role in controlling arterial blood pressure. The endothelium participates in this regulation as endothelial derived hyperpolarization plays a significant role in smaller renal arteries and arterioles but the exact mechanisms are still unknown AIM: to investigate the role of vascular gap junctions and potassium channels in the renal endothelial derived hyperpolarization. METHODS: in interlobar arteries from wild-type and connexin40 knock-out mice we assessed the role of calcium activated small (SK) and intermediate (IK) conductance potassium channels...
June 14, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590508/pyramidal-tract-activation-due-to-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Philipp Mahlknecht, Harith Akram, Dejan Georgiev, Elina Tripoliti, Joseph Candelario, Andre Zacharia, Ludvic Zrinzo, Jonathan Hyam, Marwan Hariz, Thomas Foltynie, John C Rothwell, Patricia Limousin
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), but can have side effects caused by stimulus spread to structures outside the target volume such as the pyramidal tract. OBJECTIVES: To assess the relevance of pyramidal tract activation with STN-DBS in PD. METHODS: In a multimodal, blinded study in 20 STN-DBS patients, we measured stimulation thresholds for evoking electromyographic activity in orbicularis oris and first dorsal interosseous muscles at each of 150 electrode sites...
June 7, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544556/electrophysiological-analysis-of-synaptic-transmission-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Maria Bykhovskaia, Alexander Vasin
Synaptic transmission is dynamic, plastic, and highly regulated. Drosophila is an advantageous model system for genetic and molecular studies of presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms and plasticity. Electrical recordings of synaptic responses represent a wide-spread approach to study neuronal signaling and synaptic transmission. We discuss experimental techniques that allow monitoring synaptic transmission in Drosophila neuromuscular and central systems. Recordings of synaptic potentials or currents at the larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are most common and provide numerous technical advantages due to robustness of the preparation, large and identifiable muscles, and synaptic boutons which can be readily visualized...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540959/self-assembled-indium-tin-oxide-nanoball-embedded-omnidirectional-reflectors-for-high-photon-extraction-efficiency-in-iii-nitride-ultraviolet-emitters
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Semi Oh, Kwang Jae Lee, Sang-Jo Kim, Kab Ha, Jongyeul Jeong, Dongjun Kim, Kyoung-Kook Kim, Seong-Ju Park
The control of the refractive index and electrical conductivity in the dielectric layer of omnidirectional reflectors (ODRs) is essential to improve the low efficiency of AlGaN-based UV emitters. Here, we report self-assembled indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoball-embedded omnidirectional reflectors (NODRs) for use in high-efficiency AlGaN-based UV emitters at 365 nm. These NODRs consisted of a reflective Al layer, a self-assembled conducting ITO nanoball layer for current injection and spreading, and nanovoids that provided a low refractive index to achieve highly efficient UV emitters...
June 8, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488873/removal-of-differential-capacitive-interferences-in-fast-scan-cyclic-voltammetry
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Justin A Johnson, Caddy N Hobbs, R Mark Wightman
Due to its high spatiotemporal resolution, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) at carbon-fiber microelectrodes enables the localized in vivo monitoring of subsecond fluctuations in electroactive neurotransmitter concentrations. In practice, resolution of the analytical signal relies on digital background subtraction for removal of the large current due to charging of the electrical double layer as well as surface faradaic reactions. However, fluctuations in this background current often occur with changes in the electrode state or ionic environment, leading to nonspecific contributions to the FSCV data that confound data analysis...
June 6, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480646/amplitude-modulation-based-electrical-stimulation-for-encoding-multipixel-spatiotemporal-visual-information-in-retinal-neural-activities
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Sang Baek Ryu, Jeong Woo Choi, Kun No Ahn, Yong Sook Goo, Kyung Hwan Kim
Retinal implants have been developed as a promising way to restore partial vision for the blind. The observation and analysis of neural activities can offer valuable insights for successful prosthetic electrical stimulation. Retinal ganglion cell (RGC) activities have been investigated to provide knowledge on the requirements for electrical stimulation, such as threshold current and the effect of stimulation waveforms. To develop a detailed 'stimulation strategy' for faithful delivery of spatiotemporal visual information to the brain, it is essential to examine both the temporal and spatial characteristics of RGC responses, whereas previous studies were mainly focused on one or the other...
June 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430533/new-directions-in-the-rational-design-of-electrical-and-magnetic-seizure-therapies-individualized-low-amplitude-seizure-therapy-ilast-and-magnetic-seizure-therapy-mst
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Thomas Radman, Sarah H Lisanby
Electroconvulsive therapy remains a key treatment option for severe cases of depression, but undesirable side-effects continue to limit its use. Innovations in the design of novel seizure therapies seek to improve its risk benefit ratio through enhanced control of the focality of stimulation. The design of seizure therapies with increased spatial precision is motivated by avoiding stimulation of deep brain structures implicated in memory retention, including the hippocampus. The development of two innovations in seizure therapy-individualized low-amplitude seizure therapy (iLAST) and magnetic seizure therapy (MST), are detailed...
April 21, 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422194/field-induced-anomalous-spreading-oscillation-ejection-spinning-and-breaking-of-oil-droplets-on-a-strongly-slipping-water-surface
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Sunny Kumar, Bhaskarjyoti Sarma, Ahsok Kumar Dasmahapatra, Amaresh Dalal, Dipankar Narayan Basu, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Application of an electric field on an oil droplet floating on the surface of a deionized water bath showed interesting motions such as spreading, oscillation, and ejection. The electric field was generated by connecting a pointed platinum cathode at the top of the oil droplet and a copper anode coated with polymer at the bottom of the water layer. The experimental setup mimicked a conventional electrowetting setup with the exception that the oil was spread on a soft and deformable water isolator. While at relatively lower field intensities we observed spreading of the droplet, at intermediate field intensities the droplet oscillated around the platinum cathode, before ejecting out at a speed as high as ∼5 body lengths per second at even stronger field intensities...
April 19, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352002/optimisation-of-current-injection-protocol-based-on-a-region-of-interest
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Mayo Faulkner, Markus Jehl, Kirill Aristovich, James Avery, Anna Witkowska-Wrobel, David Holder
Electrical Impedance Tomography has the potential to image fast neural activity associated with physiological or epileptic activity throughout the brain. These applications pose a particular challenge as expected voltage changes on the electrodes are less than 1% and geometrical constraints of the body under investigation mean that electrodes can not be evenly distributed around its boundary. Unlike other applications, however, information regarding the location of expected activity is typically available. An informative method for choosing current paths that maximise sensitivity to specific regions is desirable...
March 29, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334303/characterization-of-direct-current-electrical-penetration-graph-waveforms-and-correlation-with-the-probing-behavior-of-matsumuratettix-hiroglyphicus-hemiptera-cicadellidae-the-insect-vector-of-sugarcane-white-leaf-phytoplasma
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J Roddee, Y Kobori, H Yorozuya, Y Hanboonsong
The leafhopper Matsumuratettix hiroglyphicus (Matsumura) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) is an important vector of phytoplasma causing white leaf disease in sugarcane. Thus, the aim of our study was to understand and describe the stylet-probing activities of this vector while feeding on sugarcane plants, by using direct current (DC) electrical penetration graph (EPG) monitoring. The EPG signals were classified into six distinct waveforms, according to amplitude, frequency, voltage level, and electrical origin of the observed traces during stylet penetration into the host plant tissues (probing)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301391/comparison-of-multipole-stimulus-configurations-with-respect-to-loudness-and-spread-of-excitation
#13
Dirk Vellinga, Jeroen Johannes Briaire, David Michael Paul van Meenen, Johannes Hubertus Maria Frijns
OBJECTIVE: Current spread is a substantial limitation of speech coding strategies in cochlear implants. Multipoles have the potential to reduce current spread and thus generate more discriminable pitch percepts. The difficulty with multipoles is reaching sufficient loudness. The primary goal was to compare the loudness characteristics and spread of excitation (SOE) of three types of phased array stimulation, a novel multipole, with three more conventional configurations. DESIGN: Fifteen postlingually deafened cochlear implant users performed psychophysical experiments addressing SOE, loudness scaling, loudness threshold, loudness balancing, and loudness discrimination...
March 15, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291334/rapid-real-time-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-with-electrical-sensing-on-plastic-microchips-with-printed-electrodes
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Mohammadali Safavieh, Hardik J Pandya, Maanasa Venkataraman, Prudhvi Thirumalaraju, Manoj Kumar Kanakasabapathy, Anupriya Singh, Devbalaji Prabhakar, Manjyot Kaur Chug, Hadi Shafiee
Rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing is important for efficient and timely therapeutic decision making. Due to globally spread bacterial resistance, the efficacy of antibiotics is increasingly being impeded. Conventional antibiotic tests rely on bacterial culture, which is time-consuming and can lead to potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescription and up-front broad range of antibiotic use. There is an urgent need to develop point-of-care platform technologies to rapidly detect pathogens, identify the right antibiotics, and monitor mutations to help adjust therapy...
March 30, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269493/numerical-simulation-of-multipolar-configuration-and-prepulse-technique-to-obtain-spatially-reverse-recruitment-order
#15
Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud
In the context of functional electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, the control of a specific motor or sensory functions may need selective stimulation to target the desired effect without others. In implanted stimulation, spatial selectivity is obtained using multipolar CUFF electrodes with specific spread of the current over each contact. Furthermore, electrical stimulation recruits large fibers before small ones, whereas the targeted function could be elicited by a specific fiber type i.e. fiber diameter...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268666/the-effect-of-inter-electrode-distance-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-lumbar-spinal-cord-direct-current-stimulation
#16
Rui Bastos, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Previous studies have indicated potential neuromodulation of the spinal circuitry by transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS), such as changes in motor unit recruitment, shortening of the peripheral silent period and interference with supraspinal input to lower motor neurons. All of these effects were dependent on the polarity of the electrodes. The present study investigates how the distance between the electrodes during tsDCS influences the electric field's (E-field) spatial distribution in the lumbar and sacral spinal cord (SC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241595/using-tunnel-junctions-to-grow-monolithically-integrated-optically-pumped-semipolar-iii-nitride-yellow-quantum-wells-on-top-of-electrically-injected-blue-quantum-wells
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Stacy J Kowsz, Erin C Young, Benjamin P Yonkee, Christopher D Pynn, Robert M Farrell, James S Speck, Steven P DenBaars, Shuji Nakamura
We report a device that monolithically integrates optically pumped (20-21) III-nitride quantum wells (QWs) with 560 nm emission on top of electrically injected QWs with 450 nm emission. The higher temperature growth of the blue light-emitting diode (LED) was performed first, which prevented thermal damage to the higher indium content InGaN of the optically pumped QWs. A tunnel junction (TJ) was incorporated between the optically pumped and electrically injected QWs; this TJ enabled current spreading in the buried LED...
February 20, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241433/fogging-control-on-ldpe-eva-coextruded-films-wettability-behavior-and-its-correlation-with-electric-performance
#18
Miguel A Waldo-Mendoza, Zoe V Quiñones-Jurado, Juan C Pérez-Medina, Bernardo Yañez-Soto, Pedro E Ramírez-González
The transformation of fog at a non-visible water layer on a membrane of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) was evaluated. Nonionic surfactants of major demand in the polyolefin industry were studied. A kinetic study using a hot fog chamber showed that condensation is controlled by both the diffusion and permanency of the surfactant more than by the change of the surface energy developed by the wetting agents. The greatest permanency of the anti-fog effect of the LDPE/EVA surface was close to 3000 h...
February 22, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227745/numerical-simulation-of-multipolar-configuration-and-prepulse-technique-to-obtain-spatially-reverse-recruitment-order
#19
Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud, Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud, Melissa Dali, Olivier Rossel, David Guiraud
In the context of functional electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves, the control of a specific motor or sensory functions may need selective stimulation to target the desired effect without others. In implanted stimulation, spatial selectivity is obtained using multipolar CUFF electrodes with specific spread of the current over each contact. Furthermore, electrical stimulation recruits large fibers before small ones, whereas the targeted function could be elicited by a specific fiber type i.e. fiber diameter...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226850/the-effect-of-inter-electrode-distance-on-the-electric-field-distribution-during-transcutaneous-lumbar-spinal-cord-direct-current-stimulation
#20
Rui Bastos, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Rui Bastos, Sofia R Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede A de Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda, Pedro C Miranda, Rui Bastos, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Mamede A de Carvalho, Sofia R Fernandes
Previous studies have indicated potential neuromodulation of the spinal circuitry by transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS), such as changes in motor unit recruitment, shortening of the peripheral silent period and interference with supraspinal input to lower motor neurons. All of these effects were dependent on the polarity of the electrodes. The present study investigates how the distance between the electrodes during tsDCS influences the electric field's (E-field) spatial distribution in the lumbar and sacral spinal cord (SC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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