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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449565/effect-of-oxcarbazepine-on-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-bipolar-mania-an-exploratory-study
#1
Rituparna Maiti, Biswa Ranjan Mishra, Jaseem Jowhar, Debadatta Mohapatra, Sansita Parida, Debasis Bisoi
Objective: In bipolar disorder, serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level decreases leading to dysfunctions of critical neurotrophic, cellular plasticity and neuroprotective processes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the change in serum BDNF level with oxcarbazepine monotherapy in bipolar mania. Methods: The present study is a prospective, interventional, open label clinical study conducted on 25 patients of bipolar mania and 25 healthy controls...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449351/long-term-plasticity-of-corticostriatal-synapses-is-modulated-by-pathway-specific-co-release-of-opioids-through-kappa-opioid-receptors
#2
Sarah L Hawes, Armando G Salinas, David M Lovinger, Kim T Blackwell
Synaptic plasticity in striatum adjusts behaviour adaptively during skill learning, or maladaptively in the case of addiction. Just as dopamine plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity underlying normal skill learning and addiction, endogenous and exogenous opiates also modulate learning and addiction-related striatal plasticity. Though the role of opioid receptors in long-term depression in striatum has been characterized, their effect on long-term potentiation (LTP) remains unknown. In particular, direct pathway (Dopamine D1 Receptor containing; D1R) - spiny projection neurons (SPNs) co-release the opioid neuropeptide dynorphin, which acts at presynaptic kappa opioid receptors (KORs) on dopaminergic afferents and can negatively regulate dopamine release...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449262/predictive-mechanisms-linking-brain-opioids-to-chronic-pain-vulnerability-and-resilience
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REVIEW
Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones, Christopher Andrew Brown
Chronic pain is a major global healthcare problem that is currently inadequately treated. In addition, the current use of opioids for treatment has reached far beyond the paucity of evidence for long-term benefits relative to risks. Benefit-risk models for opioid and non-opioid treatments would benefit from a rational, mechanism-based understanding of neuroplastic and neurochemical contributions to chronic pain. Here we evaluate the findings and limitations of representative research investigating brain neuroplasticity and neurochemistry in chronic pain...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449208/complex-modulation-by-stress-of-the-effect-of-seizures-on-long-term-potentiation-in-mouse-hippocampal-slices
#4
Nicola Maggio, Efrat Shavit Stein, Menahem Segal
Stress has a profound effect on ability to express neuronal plasticity, learning and memory. Likewise, epileptic seizures lead to massive changes in brain connectivity, and in ability to undergo long term changes in reactivity to afferent stimulation. In the present study we analyzed possible long lasting interactions between a stressful experience and reactivity to pilocarpine, on the ability to produce long term potentiation (LTP) in a mouse hippocampus. Pilocarpine lowers paired pulse potentiation (PPP) as well as LTP in CA1 region of the mouse hippocampal slice...
April 27, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449129/phenotypic-differences-determine-drought-stress-responses-in-ecotypes-of-arundo-donax-adapted-to-different-environments
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Mastaneh Ahrar, Dilyana Doneva, Massimiliano Tattini, Cecilia Brunetti, Antonella Gori, Mirco Rodeghiero, Georg Wohlfahrt, Franco Biasioli, Claudio Varotto, Francesco Loreto, Violeta Velikova
Arundo donax has been identified as an important biomass and biofuel crop. Yet, there has been little research on photosynthetic and metabolic traits, which sustain the high productivity of A. donax under drought conditions. This study determined phenotypic differences between two A. donax ecotypes coming from stands with contrasting adaptation to dry climate. We hypothesized that the Bulgarian (BG) ecotype, adapted to drier conditions, exhibits greater drought tolerance than the Italian (IT) ecotype, adapted to a more mesic environment...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449073/genetics-of-phenotypic-plasticity-and-biomass-traits-in-hybrid-willows-across-contrasting-environments-and-years
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Sofia Berlin, Henrik R Hallingbäck, Friderike Beyer, Nils-Erik Nordh, Martin Weih, Ann-Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung
Background and Aims: Phenotypic plasticity can affect the geographical distribution of taxa and greatly impact the productivity of crops across contrasting and variable environments. The main objectives of this study were to identify genotype-phenotype associations in key biomass and phenology traits and the strength of phenotypic plasticity of these traits in a short-rotation coppice willow population across multiple years and contrasting environments to facilitate marker-assisted selection for these traits...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448922/affine-and-non-affine-deformations-quantified-in-cytoskeletal-networks-through-three-dimensional-form-finding-model
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Yifan Wang, Jinghai Gong, Denis Wirtz, Benjamin W Schafer
Actin filaments and cross-linkers are main components of cytoskeletal networks in eukaryotic cells, and they support bending moments and axial forces respectively. A three-dimensional form-finding model is proposed in this work to investigate affine and non-affine deformations in cytoskeletal networks. In recent studies, modeling of cytoskeletal networks turns out to be a key piece in the cell mechanics puzzle. We used form-finding analysis to compute and analyze cytoskeletal models. A three-dimensional model is much more flexible and contains more elements than a two-dimensional model, and non-linear finite element analysis is difficult to converge...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448746/pharmaceutical-chemicals-steroids-and-xenoestrogens-in-water-sediments-and-fish-from-the-tidal-freshwater-potomac-river-virginia-usa
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Golala Arya, Sara Tadayon, James Sadighian, Jennifer Jones, Kim de Mutsert, Thomas B Huff, Gregory D Foster
Selected pharmaceutical chemicals, steroids and xenoestrogens (PCSXs) consisting of 29 endocrine modulators, therapeutic drugs, pesticides, detergents, plastics, and active ingredients in household products were measured in water, riverbed sediments and fish collected in a tributary embayment of the Potomac River (Hunting Creek, Alexandria, VA, USA) in the vicinity of wastewater discharge. A total of 17 PCSXs were found in the Hunting Creek samples, with steroid hormones (e.g., progesterone and 17α-ethinylestradiol), triclosan, dextromethorphan and bisphenol A being the most prominent micropollutants detected...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448262/an-unusually-large-carbuncle-of-the-temporofacial-region-demonstrating-remarkable-post-debridement-wound-healing-process-a-case-report
#9
Humaid Ahmad, Sheeraz Shakoor Siddiqui
Skin carbuncles are debilitating skin infections commonly seen in elderly patients with diabetes. These infections develop when a cluster of adjacent furuncles coalesce to form one inflammatory mass. While they commonly occur on the nape of the neck and back, rarer sites involving the face and head have been noted. Management of these rare sites is urgent because of the potential intracranial complications and the surgical outcome is often unsatisfactory due to associated facial scarring. Intraoral drainage is advocated to avoid this; however, when the carbuncle involves a larger area, debridement from the exterior is necessary...
April 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448023/induction-of-mesenchymal-epithelial-transitions-in-sarcoma-cells
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Kathryn E Ware, Shivee Gilja, Shenghan Xu, Samantha Shetler, Mohit K Jolly, Xueyang Wang, Suzanne Bartholf Dewitt, Alexander J Hish, Sarah Jordan, William Eward, Herbert Levine, Andrew J Armstrong, Jason A Somarelli
Phenotypic plasticity refers to a phenomenon in which cells transiently gain traits of another lineage. During carcinoma progression, phenotypic plasticity drives invasion, dissemination and metastasis. Indeed, while most of the studies of phenotypic plasticity have been in the context of epithelial-derived carcinomas, it turns out sarcomas, which are mesenchymal in origin, also exhibit phenotypic plasticity, with a subset of sarcomas undergoing a phenomenon that resembles a mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448015/quantification-of-strain-in-a-porcine-model-of-skin-expansion-using-multi-view-stereo-and-isogeometric-kinematics
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Adrian Buganza Tepole, Elbert E Vaca, Chad A Purnell, Michael Gart, Jennifer McGrath, Ellen Kuhl, Arun K Gosain
Tissue expansion is a popular technique in plastic and reconstructive surgery that grows skin in vivo for correction of large defects such as burns and giant congenital nevi. Despite its widespread use, planning and executing an expansion protocol is challenging due to the difficulty in measuring the deformation imposed at each inflation step and over the length of the procedure. Quantifying the deformation fields is crucial, as the distribution of stretch over time determines the rate and amount of skin grown at the end of the treatment...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447991/isolation-and-characterization-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-and-fetal-placenta
#12
Naimisha Beeravolu, Christina McKee, Ali Alamri, Sasha Mikhael, Christina Brown, Mick Perez-Cruet, G Rasul Chaudhry
The human umbilical cord (UC) and placenta are non-invasive, primitive and abundant sources of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) that have increasingly gained attention because they do not pose any ethical or moral concerns. Current methods to isolate MSCs from UC yield low amounts of cells with variable proliferation potentials. Since UC is an anatomically-complex organ, differences in MSC properties may be due to the differences in the anatomical regions of their isolation. In this study, we first dissected the cord/placenta samples into three discrete anatomical regions: UC, cord-placenta junction (CPJ), and fetal placenta (FP)...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447895/compensatory-function-of-the-diaphragm-following-high-cervical-hemisection-in-the-rat
#13
Kun-Ze Lee, Shih-Hui Hsu
Unilateral high cervical spinal hemisection (i.e., C2Hx) interrupts the respiratory bulbospinal pathway and results in paralysis of the hemidiaphragm. The ipsilateral diaphragmatic activity can partially recover over weeks to months; however, its contribution to the tidal volume generation is less than 20 %. Accordingly, we hypothesized that the contralateral diaphragm exert a compensatory function to maintain the essential ventilation following cervical spinal cord hemisection. The cardiorespiratory pattern and bilateral diaphragm electromyogram (EMG) were measured in urethane-anesthetized and spontaneously breathing adult rats at 1 day, 2 or 8 weeks post-C2Hx or C2 laminectomy...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447541/sensor-array-for-detection-of-organic-and-inorganic-contaminants-in-post-consumer-recycled-plastics-for-food-contact
#14
Nathan Davis, Jeffery Danes, Keith Vorst
Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic material is made by collecting used plastic products (e.g., bottles and other plastic packaging materials) and re-processing them into solid-state pellets or flakes. Plastic recycling has positive environmental benefits, but may also carry potential drawbacks due to unwanted organic and inorganic contaminants. These contaminants can migrate into food packaging made from these recycled plastic materials. The purpose of this research was to identify economically viable real-time monitoring technologies that can be used during conversion of virgin and recycled resin feedstocks (i...
April 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447290/regulation-of-cardiomyocyte-t-tubular-structure-opportunities-for-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Ornella Manfra, Michael Frisk, William E Louch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Membrane invaginations called t-tubules play an integral role in triggering cardiomyocyte contraction, and their disruption during diseases such as heart failure critically impairs cardiac performance. In this review, we outline the growing understanding of the malleability of t-tubule structure and function, and highlight emerging t-tubule regulators which may be exploited for novel therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: New technologies are revealing the nanometer scale organization of t-tubules, and their functional junctions with the sarcoplasmic reticulum called dyads, which generate Ca(2+) sparks...
April 26, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447126/erratum-to-comparative-lung-bioavailability-of-fluticasone-salmeterol-via-a-breath-actuated-spacer-and-conventional-plastic-spacers
#16
Arun Nair, Lorna McKinlay, Peter Williamson, Philip Short, Patricia Burns, Brian J Lipworth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447026/genome-dynamics-of-escherichia-coli-during-antibiotic-treatment-transfer-loss-and-persistence-of-genetic-elements-in-situ-of-the-infant-gut
#17
Andreas Porse, Heidi Gumpert, Jessica Z Kubicek-Sutherland, Nahid Karami, Ingegerd Adlerberth, Agnes E Wold, Dan I Andersson, Morten O A Sommer
Elucidating the adaptive strategies and plasticity of bacterial genomes in situ is crucial for understanding the epidemiology and evolution of pathogens threatening human health. While much is known about the evolution of Escherichia coli in controlled laboratory environments, less effort has been made to elucidate the genome dynamics of E. coli in its native settings. Here, we follow the genome dynamics of co-existing E. coli lineages in situ of the infant gut during the first year of life. One E. coli lineage causes a urinary tract infection (UTI) and experiences several alterations of its genomic content during subsequent antibiotic treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446724/tumor-vasculogenic-mimicry-formation-as-an-unfavorable-prognostic-indicator-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#18
Yanwei Shen, Jianfeng Quan, Mengying Wang, Shuting Li, Jiao Yang, Meng Lv, Zheling Chen, Lingxiao Zhang, Xiaoai Zhao, Jin Yang
Vasculogenic mimicry (VM), a newly defined pattern of tumor blood perfusion, describes the functional plasticity of aggressive tumor cells forming de novo vascular networks and is associated with the cancer progression and metastasis. However, the VM-positive rate and the impact of VM status on breast cancer patients' clinicopathological parameters and prognosis remain unclear. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis by incorporating all available evidence to clarify these issues. Eight studies that involved 1,238 breast cancer patients were eligible for inclusion in our study...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446698/adaptation-to-a-latitudinal-thermal-gradient-within-a-widespread-copepod-species-the-contributions-of-genetic-divergence-and-phenotypic-plasticity
#19
Ricardo J Pereira, Matthew C Sasaki, Ronald S Burton
Understanding how populations adapt to heterogeneous thermal regimes is essential for comprehending how latitudinal gradients in species diversification are formed, and how taxa will respond to ongoing climate change. Adaptation can occur by innate genetic factors, by phenotypic plasticity, or by a combination of both mechanisms. Yet, the relative contribution of such mechanisms to large-scale latitudinal gradients of thermal tolerance across conspecific populations remains unclear. We examine thermal performance in 11 populations of the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus, ranging from Baja California Sur (Mexico) to British Columbia (Canada)...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446585/activation-mechanism-of-a-neuromodulator-gated-pacemaker-ionic-current
#20
Michael Gray, Daniel Hector Daudelin, Jorge Golowasch
The neuromodulator-gated current (IMI) found in the crab stomatogastric ganglion is activated by neuromodulators that are essential to induce the rhythmic activity of the pyloric network in this system. One of these neuromodulators is also known to control the correlated expression of voltage-gated ionic currents in pyloric neurons as well as synaptic plasticity and strength. Thus, understanding the mechanism by which neuromodulator receptors activate IMI should provide insights not only into how oscillations are initiated, but also into how other processes, and currents not directly activated by them, are regulated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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