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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161430/methbank-3-0-a-database-of-dna-methylomes-across-a-variety-of-species
#1
Rujiao Li, Fang Liang, Mengwei Li, Dong Zou, Shixiang Sun, Yongbing Zhao, Wenming Zhao, Yiming Bao, Jingfa Xiao, Zhang Zhang
MethBank (http://bigd.big.ac.cn/methbank) is a database that integrates high-quality DNA methylomes across a variety of species and provides an interactive browser for visualization of methylation data. Here, we present an updated implementation of MethBank (version 3.0) by incorporating more DNA methylomes from multiple species and equipping with more enhanced functionalities for data annotation and more friendly web interfaces for data presentation, search and visualization. MethBank 3.0 features large-scale integration of high-quality methylomes, involving 34 consensus reference methylomes derived from a large number of human samples, 336 single-base resolution methylomes from different developmental stages and/or tissues of five plants, and 18 single-base resolution methylomes from gametes and early embryos at multiple stages of two animals...
November 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161359/recurrent-processing-of-contour-integration-in-the-human-visual-cortex-as-revealed-by-fmri-guided-tms
#2
Ya Li, Yonghui Wang, Sheng Li
Contour integration is a critical step in visual perception because it groups discretely local elements into perceptually global contours. Previous investigations have suggested that striate and extrastriate visual areas are involved in this mid-level processing of visual perception. However, the temporal dynamics of these areas in the human brain during contour integration is less understood. The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to briefly disrupt 1 of 2 visual areas (V1/V2 and V3B) and examined the causal contributions of these areas to contour detection...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161310/vision-in-high-level-football-officials
#3
António Manuel Gonçalves Baptista, Pedro M Serra, Colm McAlinden, Brendan T Barrett
Officiating in football depends, at least to some extent, upon adequate visual function. However, there is no vision standard for football officiating and the nature of the relationship between officiating performance and level of vision is unknown. As a first step in characterising this relationship, we report on the clinically-measured vision and on the perceived level of vision in elite-level, Portuguese football officials. Seventy-one referees (R) and assistant referees (AR) participated in the study, representing 92% of the total population of elite level football officials in Portugal in the 2013/2014 season...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161150/cognitive-impairment-in-schizophrenia-and-depression-a-comparison-of-stability-and-course
#4
Peter Neu, Tina Gooren, Ulrike Niebuhr, Peter Schlattmann
Cognitive deficits are clinically relevant features in schizophrenia and depression, yet little comparative data on changes in both disorders is available. This study compares cognitive performance of inpatients with schizophrenia (N = 52) and unipolar major depression (N = 67) during psychiatric treatment, assessing performance twice: after admission to hospital (acute) and prior to discharge (postacute) on average seven weeks later. A group of healthy controls was tested at comparable intervals. Data was analyzed using a multivariate linear model...
November 21, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160787/functional-and-anatomical-significance-of-the-ectopic-inner-foveal-layers-in-eyes-with-idiopathic-epiretinal-membranes-surgical-results-at-12-months
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Andrea Govetto, Gianni Virgili, Francisco J Rodriguez, Marta S Figueroa, David Sarraf, Jean Pierre Hubschman
PURPOSE: To describe the functional and anatomical outcomes of pars plana vitrectomy with epiretinal membrane and internal limiting membrane peel in eyes with and without ectopic inner foveal layers (EIFLs). METHODS: In this retrospective multicenter study, patients diagnosed with idiopathic epiretinal membranes who underwent pars plana vitrectomy with epiretinal membrane and internal limiting membrane peel were enrolled, with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. Preoperative and postoperative spectral domain optical coherence tomography scans were qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated...
November 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160735/up-regulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-expression-is-accompanied-with-vascular-repair-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Arjang Salehi, Amandine Jullienne, Mohsen Baghchechi, Mary Hamer, Mark Walsworth, Virginia Donovan, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang, William J Pearce, Andre Obenaus
Recent data suggest that repairing the cerebral vasculature after traumatic brain injury (TBI) may help to improve functional recovery. The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway promotes blood vessel formation during vascular development, but its role in vascular repair after TBI remains elusive. In this study, we examined how the cerebral vasculature responds to TBI and the role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vascular repair. We induced a moderate controlled cortical impact in adult mice and performed vessel painting to visualize the vascular alterations in the brain...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160542/corneal-biomechanical-features-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Kubra Serefoglu Cabuk, Emine Isil Üstün, Kursat Atalay, Ahmet Kirgiz, Rukiye Aydin
PURPOSE: To evaluate the corneal biomechanical features and central corneal thickness in ankylosing spondylitis patients and to evaluate correlations of these parameters with disease activity. METHODS: The study included 51 patients diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (mean age, 40.80 ± 13.15 years; range, 18-72 years) and 34 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (mean age, 42.00 ± 12.32 years; range, 18-60 years). All underwent a complete ophthalmological and physical examination, including visual acuity testing and biomicroscopic anterior and posterior segment examinations...
September 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160422/identification-of-the-difference-in-the-pathogenesis-in-heart-failure-arising-from-different-etiologies-using-a-microarray-dataset
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Guodong Yang, Shuping Chen, Aiqun Ma, Jun Lu, Tingzhong Wang
OBJECTIVES: Clinically, patients with chronic heart failure arising from different etiologies receive the same treatment. However, the prognoses of these patients differ. The purpose of this study was to elucidate whether the pathogenesis of heart failure arising from different etiologies differs. METHODS: Heart failure-related dataset GSE1145 was obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes were identified using R. A protein-protein interaction network of the differentially expressed genes was constructed using Search Tool for the Retrieval of Interacting Genes...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160144/parkinson-s-disease-psychosis-presentation-diagnosis-and-management
#9
Ruth B Schneider, Julia Iourinets, Irene H Richard
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor and nonmotor symptoms. Psychosis is a common feature of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP) encompasses minor phenomena (illusions, passage hallucinations and presence hallucinations), visual and nonvisual hallucinations and delusions. PDP is associated with reduced function and quality of life. The initial management approach should focus on identification and treatment of any contributory medical factors, reduction or discontinuation of medications with potential to induce or worsen psychosis, nonpharmacological strategies and consideration of acetylcholinesterase inhibitor treatment in the setting of dementia...
November 21, 2017: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160102/improving-the-infection-of-bone-marrow-derived-cells-with-an-integrase-defective-lentiviral-vector
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S Louise Pay, Xiaoping Qi, Jeffrey F Willard, Juliana Godoy, Kavya Sankhavaram, Ranier Horton, Sayak K Mitter, Judith Quigley, Chang Lung-Ji, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton
In lentiviral vector (LV) applications where transient transgene expression is sufficient, integrase-defective lentiviral vectors (IDLVs) are beneficial for reducing the potential for off-target effects associated with insertional mutagenesis. We previously demonstrated that human RPE65 mRNA expression from an integrating lentiviral vector (ILV) induces endogenous Rpe65 and Cralbp mRNA expression in murine bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs), initiating programming of the cells to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-like cells...
November 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159914/gaba-concentration-in-sensorimotor-cortex-following-high-intensity-exercise-and-relationship-to-lactate-levels
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James P Coxon, Robin F H Cash, Joshua J Hendrikse, Nigel C Rogasch, Ellen Stavrinos, Chao Suo, Murat Yücel
High-intensity exercise increases the concentration of circulating lactate. Cortical uptake of blood borne lactate increases during and following exercise, however the potential relationship with changes in the concentration of neurometabolites remains unclear. While changes in neurometabolite concentration have previously been demonstrated in primary visual cortex following exercise, it remains unknown whether these changes extend to regions such as sensorimotor cortex (SM) or executive regions such as dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159798/tasks-determine-what-is-learned-in-visual-statistical-learning
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Timothy J Vickery, Su Hyoun Park, Jayesh Gupta, Marian E Berryhill
Visual statistical learning (VSL), the unsupervised learning of statistical contingencies across time and space, may play a key role in efficient and predictive encoding of the perceptual world. How VSL capabilities vary as a function of ongoing task demands is still poorly understood. VSL is modulated by selective attention and faces interference from some secondary tasks, but there is little evidence that the types of contingencies learned in VSL are sensitive to task demands. We found a powerful effect of task on what is learned in VSL...
November 20, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158177/granger-causal-connectivity-dissociates-navigation-networks-that-subserve-allocentric-and-egocentric-path-integration
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Chin-Teng Lin, Te-Cheng Chiu, Yu-Kai Wang, Chun-Hsiang Chuang, Klaus Gramann
Studies on spatial navigation demonstrate a significant role of the retrosplenial complex (RSC) in the transformation of egocentric and allocentric information into complementary spatial reference frames (SRFs). The tight anatomical connections of the RSC with a wide range of other cortical regions processing spatial information support its vital role within the human navigation network. To better understand how different areas of the navigational network interact, we investigated the dynamic causal interactions of brain regions involved in solving a virtual navigation task...
November 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157881/deformation-of-avian-middle-ear-structures-under-static-pressure-loads-and-potential-regulation-mechanisms
#14
Raf Claes, Pieter G G Muyshondt, Joris J J Dirckx, Peter Aerts
Static pressure changes can alter the configuration and mechanical behavior of the chain of ossicles, which may affect the acoustic transfer function. In mammals, the Eustachian tube plays an important role in restoring ambient middle ear pressure, hence restoring the acoustic transfer function and excluding barotrauma of the middle and inner ear. Ambient pressure fluctuations can be potentially extreme in birds and due to the simple structure of the avian middle ear (one ossicle, one muscle), regulation of the middle ear pressure via reflexive opening of the pharyngotympanic tube appears all the more important...
November 7, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157806/trigonelline-promotes-auditory-function-through-nerve-growth-factor-signaling-on-diabetic-animal-models
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Rodrigo Castañeda, Isabel Rodriguez, Youn Hee Nam, Bin Na Hong, Tong Ho Kang
BACKGROUND: Protection of cochlear function and reconstruction of neuronal networks in damaged auditory sensory structures is crucial for therapeutic treatment of diabetic hearing loss. Nerve growth factor (NGF) has been used as a novel therapeutic target to protect against the neurodegenerative effects of Diabetes Mellitus (DM). PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the potential effect of trigonelline (TRG) on reducing auditory damage produced by DM using NGF as a potential marker...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157492/biomolecular-mri-reporters-evolution-of-new-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Arnab Mukherjee, Hunter C Davis, Pradeep Ramesh, George J Lu, Mikhail G Shapiro
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful technique for observing the function of specific cells and molecules inside living organisms. However, compared to optical microscopy, in which fluorescent protein reporters are available to visualize hundreds of cellular functions ranging from gene expression and chemical signaling to biomechanics, to date relatively few such reporters are available for MRI. Efforts to develop MRI-detectable biomolecules have mainly focused on proteins transporting paramagnetic metals for T1 and T2 relaxation enhancement or containing large numbers of exchangeable protons for chemical exchange saturation transfer...
November 2017: Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157485/la-chirurgie-d%C3%A2-%C3%A3-pargne-surr%C3%A3-nalienne-du-cortex-%C3%A3-la-m%C3%A3-dulla-cortical-sparing-surgery-from-cortex-to-medulla
#17
A Ferriere, V Kerlan, A Tabarin
The 2017 Endocrine Society annual meeting included several communications and debates on the conservative adrenal surgery in bilateral hereditary pheochromocytomas (BHP), bilateral adrenal macronodular hyperplasia (BAMH) and primary hyperaldosteronism (PHA). The general principle is to preserve a part of the adrenal cortex to prevent the occurrence of a definitive adrenal insufficiency. In BHP, cortical sparing surgery allows more than 50% of patients to maintain normal corticotropic function at 10 years with a low recurrence rate (~ 10%)...
October 2017: Annales D'endocrinologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157446/dynamic-visualization-of-multi-level-molecular-data-the-director-package-in-r
#18
Katherine Icay, Chengyu Liu, Sampsa Hautaniemi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: High-throughput measurement technologies have triggered a rise in large-scale cancer studies containing multiple levels of molecular data. While there are a number of efficient methods to analyze individual data types, there are far less that enhance data interpretation after analysis. We present the R package Director, a dynamic visualization approach to linking and interrogating multiple levels of molecular data after analysis for clinically meaningful, actionable insights...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157420/learning-features-in-a-complex-and-changing-environment-a-distribution-based-framework-for-visual-attention-and-vision-in-general
#19
Andrey Chetverikov, Gianluca Campana, Árni Kristjánsson
What are the building blocks of our visual representations? Whatever we look at, the things we see will have some feature variability: even snow is not purely white but has a range of shades of white. However, in most studies investigating visual perception, homogeneous displays with all stimuli having a very limited range of features have been used. In contrast, recent studies using heterogeneous displays have shown that our perceptual system encodes surprisingly detailed information about stimuli, representing parameters such as the mean, variance, and most importantly the probability density functions of feature distributions...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157407/oculomotor-measures-reveal-the-temporal-dynamics-of-preparing-for-search
#20
Katya Olmos-Solis, Anouk M van Loon, Sander A Los, Christian N L Olivers
Theories of visual search assume that selection is driven by an active template representation of the target object. Earlier studies suggest that template activation occurs prior to search, but the temporal dynamics of such preactivation remain unclear. Two experiments employed microsaccades to track both general preparation (i.e., anticipation of the search task as such) and template-specific preparation (i.e., anticipation of target selection) of visual search. Participants memorized a target color (i.e., the template) for an upcoming search task...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
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