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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933676/white-matter-hyperintensities-are-associated-with-disproportionate-progressive-hippocampal-atrophy
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Cassidy M Fiford, Emily N Manning, Jonathan W Bartlett, David M Cash, Ian B Malone, Gerard R Ridgway, Manja Lehmann, Kelvin K Leung, Carole Sudre, Sebastien Ourselin, Geert Jan Biessels, Owen T Carmichael, Nick C Fox, M Jorge Cardoso, Josephine Barnes
This study investigates relationships between white matter hyperintensity (WMH) volume, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology markers, and brain and hippocampal volume loss. Subjects included 198 controls, 345 Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and 154 AD subjects with serial volumetric 1.5T MRI. CSF Aβ42 and total tau were measured (n=353). Brain and hippocampal loss were quantified from serial MRI using the Boundary Shift Integral (BSI). Multiple linear regression models assessed the relationships between WMHs and hippocampal and brain atrophy rates...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933668/the-role-of-the-hippocampus-in-generalizing-configural-relationships
#2
Sam C Berens, Chris M Bird
The hippocampus has been implicated in integrating information across separate events in support of mnemonic generalizations. These generalizations may be underpinned by processes at both encoding (linking similar information across events) and retrieval ("on-the-fly" generalization). However, the relative contribution of the hippocampus to encoding- and retrieval-based generalizations is poorly understood. Using fMRI in humans, we investigated the hippocampal role in gradually learning a set of spatial discriminations and subsequently generalizing them in an acquired equivalence task...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933630/comparison-of-cartilage-with-temporalis-fascia-tympanoplasty-a-meta-analysis-of-comparative-studies
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REVIEW
Mir Mohammad Jalali, Masoud Motasaddi, Ali Kouhi, Sasan Dabiri, Robabeh Soleimani
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the results of type 1 tympanoplasty with temporalis fascia (TF) versus cartilage in patients with chronic otitis media (COM) for graft integration and hearing improvement. DATA SOURCES: The English language literature (until June 1, 2016) was searched, using Medline (via PubMed), Scopus, ProQuest, Ovid, Cochrane database, and Google Scholar. REVIEW METHODS: A comprehensive review of the literature was performed...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933583/looking-beyond-the-5-httlpr-polymorphism-genetic-and-epigenetic-layers-of-regulation-affecting-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Sandra Iurescia, Davide Seripa, Monica Rinaldi
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that regulates fundamental aspects of brain development, physiology and behaviour. The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is deputized to the reuptake of 5-HT from the intersynaptic space in the presynaptic neurons. 5-HTT governs duration and magnitude of 5-HT biological actions, acting as a master regulator of the fine-tuning of 5-HT signalling. Genetic variation at SLC6A4 gene locus, encoding 5-HTT, contributes to alteration in 5-HT reuptake. The 5-HTTLPR/rs25531/rs25532 polymorphisms located in the promoter region of SLC6A4 gene have been associated with stress-related psychopathology and functional brain phenotypes...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933554/use-of-anticoagulant-rodenticides-by-pest-management-professionals-in-massachusetts-usa
#5
Kristin Memmott, Maureen Murray, Allen Rutberg
Secondary exposure to chemical rodenticides, specifically second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), poses a threat to non-target wildlife including birds of prey. Federal regulations in the United States currently limit homeowner access to SGARs as a way of minimizing this threat. With legal access to SGARs, pest management professionals (PMPs) represent a potential linkage to non-target exposure. There is limited research focused on rodent control practices, chemical rodenticide preferences, level of concern and awareness, or opinions on rodenticide regulations as they relate to PMPs...
December 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933552/use-of-low-density-polyethylene-membranes-for-assessment-of-genotoxicity-of-pahs-in-the-seine-river
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Françoise Vincent-Hubert, Emmanuelle Uher, Carole Di Giorgio, Cécile Michel, Michel De Meo, Catherine Gourlay-France
The genotoxicity of river water dissolved contaminants is usually estimated after grab sampling of river water. Water contamination can now be obtained with passive samplers that allow a time-integrated sampling of contaminants. Since it was verified that low density polyethylene membranes (LDPE) accumulate labile hydrophobic compounds, their use was proposed as a passive sampler. This study was designed to test the applicability of passive sampling for combined chemical and genotoxicity measurements. The LDPE extracts were tested with the umu test (TA1535/pSK1002 ± S9) and the Ames assay (TA98, TA100 and YG1041 ± S9)...
December 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933548/metabolic-characterization-of-acutely-isolated-hippocampal-and-cerebral-cortical-slices-using-u-13-c-glucose-and-1-2-13-c-acetate-as-substrates
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Laura F McNair, Rasmus Kornfelt, Anne B Walls, Jens V Andersen, Blanca I Aldana, Jakob D Nissen, Arne Schousboe, Helle S Waagepetersen
Brain slice preparations from rats, mice and guinea pigs have served as important tools for studies of neurotransmission and metabolism. While hippocampal slices routinely have been used for electrophysiology studies, metabolic processes have mostly been studied in cerebral cortical slices. Few comparative characterization studies exist for acute hippocampal and cerebral cortical slices, hence, the aim of the current study was to characterize and compare glucose and acetate metabolism in these slice preparations in a newly established incubation design...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933543/integrative-analysis-of-genetic-genomic-and-phenotypic-data-for-ethanol-behaviors-a-network-based-pipeline-for-identifying-mechanisms-and-potential-drug-targets
#8
James W Bogenpohl, Kristin M Mignogna, Maren L Smith, Michael F Miles
Complex behavioral traits, such as alcohol abuse, are caused by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, producing deleterious functional adaptations in the central nervous system. The long-term behavioral consequences of such changes are of substantial cost to both the individual and society. Substantial progress has been made in the last two decades in understanding elements of brain mechanisms underlying responses to ethanol in animal models and risk factors for alcohol use disorder (AUD) in humans...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933538/systems-genetics-of-liver-fibrosis
#9
Rabea A Hall, Frank Lammert
This systems genetics analysis comprises quantitative measurements of hepatic fibrogenesis in mouse models and mapping of quantitative traits in mouse genetic reference populations. It is part of a large mapping project of fibrogenic genes including the analyses of experimental crosses from different inbred mouse strains. Extensive quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of fibrosis phenotypes and liver expression profiling in combination with in silico mapping facilitated the identification of QTL regions and underlying candidate genes that confer fibrosis susceptibility also in humans...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933537/complex-genetics-of-cardiovascular-traits-in-mice-f2-mapping-of-qtls-and-their-underlying-genes
#10
Svitlana Podliesna, Connie R Bezzina, Elisabeth M Lodder
In this chapter, we will use the example of the identification of Tnni3k as a modulator of cardiac conduction to introduce you to the use of a murine F2-generation intercross as a powerful method for the identification of novel genes relevant for cardiovascular traits. Murine F2-progeny is a genetically diverse panel of mice with differences in phenotype manifestations, e.g. cardiovascular traits such as cardiomyopathy and ECG parameters. This chapter discusses the best strategies for using F2-mice for genetic mapping...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933533/systems-genetics-as-a-tool-to-identify-master-genetic-regulators-in-complex-disease
#11
Aida Moreno-Moral, Francesco Pesce, Jacques Behmoaras, Enrico Petretto
Systems genetics stems from systems biology and similarly employs integrative modeling approaches to describe the perturbations and phenotypic effects observed in a complex system. However, in the case of systems genetics the main source of perturbation is naturally occurring genetic variation, which can be analyzed at the systems-level to explain the observed variation in phenotypic traits. In contrast with conventional single-variant association approaches, the success of systems genetics has been in the identification of gene networks and molecular pathways that underlie complex disease...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933532/precise-network-modeling-of-systems-genetics-data-using-the-bayesian-network-webserver
#12
Jesse D Ziebarth, Yan Cui
The Bayesian Network Webserver (BNW, http://compbio.uthsc.edu/BNW ) is an integrated platform for Bayesian network modeling of biological datasets. It provides a web-based network modeling environment that seamlessly integrates advanced algorithms for probabilistic causal modeling and reasoning with Bayesian networks. BNW is designed for precise modeling of relatively small networks that contain less than 20 nodes. The structure learning algorithms used by BNW guarantee the discovery of the best (most probable) network structure given the data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933530/visualization-of-results-from-systems-genetics-studies-in-chromosomal-context
#13
Karen Y Oróstica, Ricardo A Verdugo
This chapter describes methods currently available for visualizing results from systems genetics experiments. Here, we abstract from the statistical methods used for genetic mapping, which are dependent on the specific resource being used, i.e. F2, RILs, or outbred populations among others. We use a public dataset with results from a mouse eQTL experiment for three examples of visualization: genome-wide dot plots of marker-by-gene association, karyotype-like plots, and circos plots. Dot plots give a first overview of the results from eQTL mapping, allowing detecting genome-wide patterns of cis- and trans-genetic association to transcription level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933528/rna-seq-in-the-collaborative-cross
#14
Richard Green, Courtney Wilkins, Martin T Ferris, Michael Gale
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a large panel of inbred mouse strains currently being developed for multiple areas of research. Scientists are taking integrated omics-style approaches to collecting data in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying a number of diverse disease phenotypes. As the cost of the next generation sequencing (NGS) decreases, RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) has become the favored approach to transcriptomic analyses versus microarrays due to increases in sensitivity and resolution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933527/integrating-multidimensional-data-sources-to-identify-genes-regulating-complex-phenotypes
#15
Rupert W Overall
Phenotypes collected with a view to quantitative trait locus mapping can be augmented with compatible whole-transcriptome expression data and information from several other sources. These different data sources can be assembled into multidimensional network models which allow the identification of key genes potentially driving the phenotype of interest. The following chapter describes this approach using an example workflow. Several alternatives and potential limitations are discussed to aid the researcher when applying these techniques to their own work...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933526/epigenetics-and-control-of-rnas
#16
Henrike Maatz, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Franziska Kreuchwig, Allison Faber, Eleonora Adami, Norbert Hubner, Matthias Heinig
Histone modifications are epigenetic marks that fundamentally impact the regulation of gene expression. Integrating histone modification information in the analysis of gene expression traits (eQTL mapping) has been shown to significantly enhance the prediction of eQTLs. In this chapter, we describe (1) how to perform quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis using histone modification levels as traits and (2) how to integrate these data with information on RNA expression for the elucidation of the epigenetic control of transcript levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933524/a-suite-of-tools-for-biologists-that-improve-accessibility-and-visualization-of-large-systems-genetics-datasets-applications-to-the-hybrid-mouse-diversity-panel
#17
Christoph D Rau, Mete Civelek, Calvin Pan, Aldons J Lusis
In this chapter we address the recent explosion in large multilevel population studies such as the METSIM study in humans as well as large panels of animal models such as the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel or the BXD set of recombinant inbred strains. These studies have harnessed the increasing affordability of large-scale high-throughput profiling to gather massive quantities of data. These datasets, spread across different -omics levels (genome, transcriptome, etc.), different tissues (e.g. heart, plasma, bone) and different environmental factors (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933523/integrative-functional-genomics-for-systems-genetics-in-geneweaver-org
#18
Jason A Bubier, Michael A Langston, Erich J Baker, Elissa J Chesler
The abundance of existing functional genomics studies permits an integrative approach to interpreting and resolving the results of diverse systems genetics studies. However, a major challenge lies in assembling and harmonizing heterogeneous data sets across species for facile comparison to the positional candidate genes and coexpression networks that come from systems genetic studies. GeneWeaver is an online database and suite of tools at www.geneweaver.org that allows for fast aggregation and analysis of gene set-centric data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933521/genenetwork-a-toolbox-for-systems-genetics
#19
Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Pjotr Prins, Robert W Williams
The goal of systems genetics is to understand the impact of genetic variation across all levels of biological organization, from mRNAs, proteins, and metabolites, to higher-order physiological and behavioral traits. This approach requires the accumulation and integration of many types of data, and also requires the use of many types of statistical tools to extract relevant patterns of covariation and causal relations as a function of genetics, environment, stage, and treatment. In this protocol we explain how to use the GeneNetwork web service, a powerful and free online resource for systems genetics...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933473/high-percentage-of-ibd-patients-with-indefinite-fecal-calprotectin-levels-additional-value-of-a-combination-score
#20
Alexander G L Bodelier, Daisy Jonkers, Tim van den Heuvel, Evelien de Boer, Wim Hameeteman, Ad A M Masclee, Marie J Pierik
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Monitoring mucosal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is of major importance to prevent complications and improve long-term disease outcome. The correlation of clinical activity indices with endoscopic disease activity is, however, moderate. Fecal calprotectin (FC) is a better predictor of mucosal inflammation, but values between 100 and 250 µg/g are difficult to interpret in clinical practice. We aimed to evaluate the occurrence of indefinite FC levels in a real-life IBD cohort and study the additional value of a combination of biochemical markers and clinical activity indices...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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