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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918554/genome-wide-identification-classification-evolutionary-analysis-and-gene-expression-patterns-of-the-protein-kinase-gene-family-in-wheat-and-aegilops-tauschii
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Jun Yan, Peisen Su, Zhaoran Wei, Eviatar Nevo, Lingrang Kong
In this study we systematically identified and classified PKs in Triticum aestivum, Triticum urartu and Aegilops tauschii. Domain distribution and exon-intron structure analyses of PKs were performed, and we found conserved exon-intron structures within the exon phases in the kinase domain. Collinearity events were determined, and we identified various T. aestivum PKs from polyploidizations and tandem duplication events. Global expression pattern analysis of T. aestivum PKs revealed that some PKs might participate in the signaling pathways of stress response and developmental processes...
September 16, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918316/mr-guided-joint-reconstruction-of-activity-and-attenuation-in-brain-pet-mr
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Abolfazl Mehranian, Habib Zaidi, Andrew J Reader
With the advent of time-of-flight (TOF) PET scanners, joint maximum-likelihood reconstruction of activity and attenuation (MLAA) maps has recently regained attention for the estimation of PET attenuation maps from emission data. However, the estimated attenuation and activity maps are scaled by unknown scaling factors. We recently demonstrated that in hybrid PET-MR, the scaling issue of this algorithm can be effectively addressed by imposing MR spatial constraints on the estimation of attenuation maps using a penalized MLAA (P-MLAA(+)) algorithm...
September 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918162/how-high-level-of-anxiety-in-panic-disorder-can-interfere-in-working-memory-a-computer-simulation-and-electrophysiological-investigation
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Luiza Wanick Di Giorgio Silva, Danielle Aprigio, Jesse Di Giacomo, Mariana Gongora, Henning Budde, Juliana Bittencourt, Mauricio Cagy, Silmar Teixeira, Pedro Ribeiro, Marcele Regine de Carvalho, Rafael Freire, Antonio Egidio Nardi, Luis Fernando Basile, Bruna Velasques
Panic disorder (PD) is characterized by repeated and unexpected attacks of intense anxiety, which are not restricted to a determined situation or circumstance. The coherence function has been used to investigate the communication among brain structures through the quantitative EEG (qEEG). The objective of this study is to analyze if there is a difference in frontoparietal gamma coherence (GC) between panic disorder patients (PDP) and healthy controls (HC) during the Visual oddball paradigm; and verify if high levels of anxiety (produced by a computer simulation) affect PDP's working memory...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918081/developmental-alcohol-exposure-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-without-overtly-altering-microglial-function-in-mouse-visual-cortex
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Elissa L Wong, Nina M Lutz, Victoria A Hogan, Cassandra E Lamantia, Helene R McMurray, Jason R Myers, John M Ashton, Ania K Majewska
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), caused by gestational ethanol (EtOH) exposure, is one of the most common causes of non-heritable and life-long mental disability worldwide, with no standard treatment or therapy available. While EtOH exposure can alter the function of both neurons and glia, it is still unclear how EtOH influences brain development to cause deficits in sensory and cognitive processing later in life. Microglia play an important role in shaping synaptic function and plasticity during neural circuit development and have been shown to mount an acute immunological response to EtOH exposure in certain brain regions...
September 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917813/structural-impacts-on-the-timing-and-amplitude-of-the-negative-bold-response
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David Provencher, Alexandre Bizeau, Guillaume Gilbert, Yves Bérubé-Lauzière, Kevin Whittingstall
The positive (PBR) and negative BOLD responses (NBR) arising in task-fMRI display varying magnitudes and dynamics across voxels. While the effects of structure, particularly of veins, on the PBR have been studied, little is known of NBR-structure relationships. Like the PBR, the NBR is often used as a surrogate marker of neuronal activation in both basic and clinical research and assessing its relationship with cortical structure may help interpret group differences. We therefore investigated how local structure affects BOLD amplitude and timing in PBR and NBR areas using multi-band fMRI during visual stimulation to obtain high temporal resolution (TR=0...
September 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917808/single-drop-gold-nanoparticles-for-headspace-microextraction-and-colorimetric-assay-of-mercury-ii-in-environmental-waters
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Tesfaye Tolessa, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Yong-Guang Yin, Jing-Fu Liu
A novel headspace colorimetric nanosensor strategy for specific detection of Hg(II) was developed based upon analyte induced etching and amalgamation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The Hg(II) was first selectively reduced to its volatile form, Hg(0), by stannous chloride (SnCl2) through chemical cold vapor generation (CVG) reaction. Then, the Hg(0) was headspace extracted into 37μL thioglycolic acid functionalized AuNP aqueous suspension containing 10% methanol as extractant and simultaneously reacted with AuNPs through the strong metallophilic Hg-Au interaction, resulting in a red-to-blue color change...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917665/improving-mitochondrial-function-significantly-reduces-metabolic-visual-motor-and-cognitive-decline-in-aged-drosophila-melanogaster
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Tobias W Weinrich, Ariathney Coyne, Thomas E Salt, Christopher Hogg, Glen Jeffery
Mitochondria play a major role in aging. Over time, mutations accumulate in mitochondrial DNA leading to reduced adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and increased production of damaging reactive oxygen species. If cells fail to cope, they die. Reduced ATP will result in declining cellular membrane potentials leading to reduced central nervous system function. However, aged mitochondrial function is improved by long wavelength light (670 nm) absorbed by cytochrome c oxidase in mitochondrial respiration...
August 30, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917662/successful-optic-nerve-regeneration-in-the-senescent-zebrafish-despite-age-related-decline-of-cell-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-response-processes
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Jessie Van Houcke, Ilse Bollaerts, Emiel Geeraerts, Benjamin Davis, An Beckers, Inge Van Hove, Kim Lemmens, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons
Dysfunction of the central nervous system (CNS) in neurodegenerative diseases or after brain lesions seriously affects life quality of a growing number of elderly, since the adult CNS lacks the capacity to replace or repair damaged neurons. Despite intensive research efforts, full functional recovery after CNS disease and/or injury remains challenging, especially in an aging environment. As such, there is a rising need for an aging model in which the impact of aging on successful regeneration can be studied...
August 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917548/volar-capsular-release-after-distal-radius%C3%A2-fractures
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Robin N Kamal, David S Ruch
PURPOSE: Loss of full wrist range of motion is common after treatment of distal radius fractures. Loss of wrist extension limiting functional activities, although uncommon, can occur after volar plating of distal radius fractures. Unlike other joints in which capsular release is a common form of treatment for stiffness, this has been approached with caution in the wrist owing to concerns for carpal instability. We tested the null hypothesis that hardware removal and open volar capsular release would not lead to improved upper extremity-specific patient-reported outcome (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand [DASH] questionnaire)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917409/methods-for-assessing-forward%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-backward-light-scatter%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-patients-with%C3%A2-cataract
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Alja Crnej, Nino Hirnschall, Con Petsoglou, Oliver Findl
PURPOSE: To compare objective methods for assessing backward and forward light scatter and psychophysical tests in patients with cataracts. SETTING: Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: This study included patients scheduled for cataract surgery. Lens opacities were grouped into predominantly nuclear sclerotic, cortical, posterior subcapsular, and mixed cataracts...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917400/visual-quality-and-performance-comparison-between-2-refractive-rotationally-asymmetric-multifocal-intraocular-lenses
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Richard N McNeely, Eric Pazo, Andrew Spence, Olivier Richoz, M Andrew Nesbit, Tara C B Moore, Jonathan E Moore
PURPOSE: To compare the 12-month postoperative quality of vision and visual performance of 2 different refractive rotationally asymmetric multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs). SETTING: Cathedral Eye Clinic, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Refractive lens exchange (RLE) patients were divided into 2 groups. Group A comprised eyes receiving a Lentis Mplus LS-312 MF30 IOL and Group B, eyes receiving a Lenstec SBL-3 IOL...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917203/cognitive-behavioral-correlates-of-proxy-reports-on-cognitive-capabilities-in-pediatric-patients-with-epilepsy
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Christoph Helmstaedter, Renata Vaz Pandolfo, Christian Hoppe, Juri-Alexander Witt
PURPOSE: To validate the Cognitive Problems in Children and Adolescents Questionnaire (KOPKIJ, German: Kognitive Probleme bei Kindern und Jugendlichen), a proxy report measure for recognizing cognitive problems in pediatric patients with epilepsy. METHODS: Anonymized data sets from 279 pediatric epilepsy patients were standardized in regard to the KOPKIJ results of 352 healthy children and adolescents. The KOPKIJ was related to objective routine neuropsychological assessment (NPY), and to two subjective measures, the Child Behavior Checklist questionnaire (CBCL), a proxy rating by the parents, and a questionnaire for self-perceived health-related quality of life in children and adolescents (KINDL)...
September 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917194/selective-functional-dysconnectivity-of-the-dorsal-anterior-subregion-of-the-precuneus-in-drug-naive-major-depressive-disorder
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Jiajia Zhu, Xiaodong Lin, Chongguang Lin, Chuanjun Zhuo, Yongqiang Yu
BACKGROUND: Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) have shown altered resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) of the precuneus; however, it is unknown whether rsFC of the precuneus subregions is differentially affected in this disorder. METHODS: In this study, we aimed to clarify this issue by comparing rsFC of each precuneus subregion between patients with MDD and healthy controls. Forty-seven drug-naive patients with MDD and 47 sex-, age- and education-matched healthy controls underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917014/more-insight-into-the-interplay-of-response-selection-and-visual-attention-in-dual-tasks-masked-visual-search-and-response-selection-are-performed-in-parallel
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Christina B Reimer, Torsten Schubert
Both response selection and visual attention are limited in capacity. According to the central bottleneck model, the response selection processes of two tasks in a dual-task situation are performed sequentially. In conjunction search, visual attention is required to select the items and to bind their features (e.g., color and form), which results in a serial search process. Search time increases as items are added to the search display (i.e., set size effect). When the search display is masked, visual attention deployment is restricted to a brief period of time and target detection decreases as a function of set size...
September 15, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916834/ultrastructural-characterization-of-the-glomerulopathy-in-alport-mice-by-helium-ion-scanning-microscopy-him
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Kenji Tsuji, Hani Suleiman, Jeffrey H Miner, James M Daley, Diane E Capen, Teodor G Păunescu, Hua A Jenny Lu
The glomerulus exercises its filtration barrier function by establishing a complex filtration apparatus consisting of podocyte foot processes, glomerular basement membrane and endothelial cells. Disruption of any component of the glomerular filtration barrier leads to glomerular dysfunction, frequently manifested as proteinuria. Ultrastructural studies of the glomerulus by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and conventional scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have been routinely used to identify and classify various glomerular diseases...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916470/receptive-field-properties-of-cat-perigeniculate-neurons-correlate-with-excitatory-and-inhibitory-connectivity-to-lgn-relay-neurons
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Hironobu Osaki, Tomoyuki Naito, Shogo Soma, Hiromichi Sato
The cat perigeniculate nucleus (PGN) is a visual sector of the thalamic reticular nucleus that consists of GABAergic neurons. It receives excitatory axon-collateral input from relay neurons of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) to which it provides inhibitory input. Thus, it is usually argued that the PGN works as feedback inhibition to the LGN. At the single neuron level, however, this circuit can also provide lateral inhibition. Which inhibition dominates in the visual circuit of the thalamus has yet to be well characterized...
September 12, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916411/3d-fusion-of-coronary-ct-angiography-and-ct-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-intuitive-assessment-of-morphology-and-function
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Jochen von Spiczak, Robert Manka, Manoj Mannil, Sabrina Oebel, Sandra Hamada, Kai Higashigaito, Ernst Klotz, Frank Ruschitzka, Hatem Alkadhi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this work was to support three-dimensional fusion of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) and CT myocardial perfusion (CT-Perf) data visualizing coronary artery stenoses and corresponding stress-induced myocardial perfusion deficits for diagnostics of coronary artery disease. METHODS: Twelve patients undergoing coronary CTA/CT-Perf after heart transplantation were included (56 ± 12 years, all males). CT image quality was rated. Coronary diameter stenoses >50% were documented for coronary CTA...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916104/highly-selective-and-sensitive-visualization-and-identification-of-glycoproteins-using-multi-functionalized-soluble-dendrimer
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Tiantian Li, Zhenlong Yu, Liyuan Zhang, Chao Wang, Sa Deng, Xiaokui Huo, Xiangge Tian, Baojing Zhang, Xiaochi Ma
Glycoproteins are the most important and complex group of posttranslational modifications known in proteins. Many clinical biomarkers and therapeutic targets in cancer are glycoproteins. However, the isolation of glyco-specific antibodies and their poor stability remains a significant challenge in analytical method and diagnostic development. In this work, for the first time, we present a technology for highly efficient and selective glycosylation analysis on membrane without the use of glyco-specific antibodies...
October 2, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915441/femtosecond-mega-electron-volt-electron-microdiffraction
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X Shen, R K Li, U Lundström, T J Lane, A H Reid, S P Weathersby, X J Wang
To understand and control the basic functions of physical, chemical and biological processes from micron to nano-meter scale, an instrument capable of visualizing transient structural changes of inhomogeneous materials with atomic spatial and temporal resolutions, is required. One such technique is femtosecond electron microdiffraction, in which a short electron pulse with femtosecond-scale duration is focused into a micron-scale spot and used to obtain diffraction images to resolve ultrafast structural dynamics over a localized crystalline domain...
September 1, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915340/metabolic-profile-of-visual-cortex-in-diabetic-rats-measured-with-in-vivo-proton-mrs
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Shuang Li, Xinghua Wang, Junjie Yang, Hao Lei, Xuxia Wang, Yi Xiang
The purpose of the present study was to characterize the metabolic profile of the visual cortex in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 diabetic rats by means of in vivo proton MRS. Several metabolite concentration ratios in the visual cortex were calculated. In addition, postmortem histologic analyses for retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve injury and visual cortex alterations were monitored. The results showed that diabetes induced several changes in visual cortex metabolites, such as reduced N-acetylaspartate, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid, taurine and choline-containing compound levels...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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