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REVIEW
Claire Legay, Lin Mei
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is indispensable for survival. This synapse between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers allows posture, movement and respiration. Therefore, its dysfunction creates pathologies than can be lethal. The molecular mechanisms of NMJ development and maintenance are the subject of intensive studies. This mini-review focuses on some of the most recent discoveries. An unexpected role for a protein, rapsyn, which has been known for 40 years to aggregate acetylcholine receptors has emerged...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449202/barn-owls-maximize-head-rotations-by-a-combination-of-yawing-and-rolling-in-functionally-diverse-regions-of-the-neck
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Markus Krings, John A Nyakatura, Mark L L M Boumans, Martin S Fischer, Hermann Wagner
Owls are known for their outstanding neck mobility: these birds can rotate their heads more than 270°. The anatomical basis of this extraordinary neck rotation ability is not well understood. We used X-ray fluoroscopy of living owls as well as forced neck rotations in dead specimens and computer tomographic (CT) reconstructions to study how the individual cervical joints contribute to head rotation in barn owls (Tyto furcata pratincola). The X-ray data showed the natural posture of the neck, and the reconstructions of the CT-scans provided the shapes of the individual vertebrae...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448737/involvement-of-arhgef10-gef-for-rhoa-in-rab6-rab8-mediating-membrane-traffic
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Satoshi Shibata, Yui Teshima, Kenta Niimi, Shinobu Inagaki
Small GTPases play crucial roles in the maintenance of a homeostatic environment and appropriate movements of the cell. In these processes, the direct or indirect interaction between distinct small GTPases could be required for regulating mutual signaling pathways. In our recent study, ARHGEF10, known as a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for RhoA, was indicated to interact with Rab6A and Rab8A, which are known to function in the exocytotic pathway, and colocalized with these Rabs at exocytotic vesicles...
April 27, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448504/impaired-sense-of-agency-in-functional-movement-disorders-an-fmri-study
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Fatta B Nahab, Prantik Kundu, Carine Maurer, Qian Shen, Mark Hallett
The sense of agency (SA) is an established framework that refers to our ability to exert and perceive control over our own actions. Having an intact SA provides the basis for the human perception of voluntariness, while impairments in SA are hypothesized to lead to the perception of movements being involuntary that may be seen many neurological or psychiatric disorders. Individuals with functional movement disorders (FMD) experience a lack of control over their movements, yet these movements appear voluntary by physiology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448001/repeated-measurement-of-respiratory-muscle-activity-and-ventilation-in-mouse-models-of-neuromuscular-disease
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Victoria N Jensen, Shannon H Romer, Sarah M Turner, Steven A Crone
Accessory respiratory muscles help to maintain ventilation when diaphragm function is impaired. The following protocol describes a method for repeated measurements over weeks or months of accessory respiratory muscle activity while simultaneously measuring ventilation in a non-anesthetized, freely behaving mouse. The technique includes the surgical implantation of a radio transmitter and the insertion of electrode leads into the scalene and trapezius muscles to measure the electromyogram activity of these inspiratory muscles...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447865/a-versatile-stretch-sensor-for-measuring-physiological-movement-using-a-centre-loaded-end-supported-load-cell
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Syrpailyne Wankhar, Albert A Kota, Dheepak Selvaraj
Acquisition of movement of some body parts can provide important physiological information. In clinical practice as well as for research purposes different types of sensors such as piezoelectric crystals, conductive rubber and optical displacement sensors are used for such measurements. Each of these sensors is associated with its problems. This paper discusses the use of a stretch sensor constructed using a small metal bar, approximately the size of a zipper slider that can be sewn into a fabric in the form of a belt...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447811/likelihood-based-parameter-estimation-and-comparison-of-dynamical-cognitive-models
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Heiko H Schütt, Lars O M Rothkegel, Hans A Trukenbrod, Sebastian Reich, Felix A Wichmann, Ralf Engbert
Dynamical models of cognition play an increasingly important role in driving theoretical and experimental research in psychology. Therefore, parameter estimation, model analysis and comparison of dynamical models are of essential importance. In this article, we propose a maximum likelihood approach for model analysis in a fully dynamical framework that includes time-ordered experimental data. Our methods can be applied to dynamical models for the prediction of discrete behavior (e.g., movement onsets); in particular, we use a dynamical model of saccade generation in scene viewing as a case study for our approach...
April 27, 2017: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447612/distinct-molecular-cues-ensure-a-robust-microtubule-dependent-nuclear-positioning-in-the-drosophila-oocyte
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Nicolas Tissot, Jean-Antoine Lepesant, Fred Bernard, Kevin Legent, Floris Bosveld, Charlotte Martin, Orestis Faklaris, Yohanns Bellaïche, Maïté Coppey, Antoine Guichet
Controlling nucleus localization is crucial for a variety of cellular functions. In the Drosophila oocyte, nuclear asymmetric positioning is essential for the reorganization of the microtubule (MT) network that controls the polarized transport of axis determinants. A combination of quantitative three-dimensional live imaging and laser ablation-mediated force analysis reveal that nuclear positioning is ensured with an unexpected level of robustness. We show that the nucleus is pushed to the oocyte antero-dorsal cortex by MTs and that its migration can proceed through distinct tracks...
April 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447491/mobile-communication-jacket-for-people-with-severe-speech-impairment
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Renée Lampe, Tobias Blumenstein, Varvara Turova, Ana Alves-Pinto
PURPOSE: Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by damage to motor control areas of the developing brain during early childhood. Motor disorders can also affect the ability to produce clear speech and to communicate. The aim of this study was to develop and to test a prototype of an assistive tool with an embedded mobile communication device to support patients with severe speech impairments. METHODS: A prototype was developed by equipping a cycling jacket with a display, a small keyboard, a LED and an alarm system, all controlled by a microcontroller...
April 27, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447346/a-charge-equilibration-formalism-for-treating-charge-transfer-effects-in-md-simulations-application-to-water-clusters
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Sudipta Kumar Sinha, Mohit Mehta, Sandeep Patel
Conventional classical force fields by construction do not explicitly partition intermolecular interactions to include polarization and charge transfer effects, whereas fully quantum mechanical treatments allow a means to effect this dissection (although not uniquely due to the lack of a charge transfer operator). Considering the importance of polarization in a variety of systems, a particular class of classical models, charge equilibration models, have been extensively developed to study those systems; since these types of interaction models are inherently based on movement of charge throughout a system, they are natural platform for including polarization and charge transfer effects within the context of molecular simulations...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446864/neural-entrainment-to-polyrhythms-a-comparison-of-musicians-and-non-musicians
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Jan Stupacher, Guilherme Wood, Matthias Witte
Music can be thought of as a dynamic path over time. In most cases, the rhythmic structure of this path, such as specific sequences of strong and weak beats or recurring patterns, allows us to predict what and particularly when sounds are going to happen. Without this ability we would not be able to entrain body movements to music, like we do when we dance. By combining EEG and behavioral measures, the current study provides evidence illustrating the importance of ongoing neural oscillations at beat-related frequencies-i...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446181/a-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-nmes-and-robot-hybrid-system-for-multi-joint-coordinated-upper-limb-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Wei Rong, Waiming Li, Mankit Pang, Junyan Hu, Xijun Wei, Bibo Yang, Honwah Wai, Xiaoxiang Zheng, Xiaoling Hu
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to reduce the muscular discoordination in the paretic upper limb after stroke in the traditional rehabilitation programs. METHOD: In this study, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and robot hybrid system was developed for multi-joint coordinated upper limb physical training. The system could assist the elbow, wrist and fingers to conduct arm reaching out, hand opening/grasping and arm withdrawing by tracking an indicative moving cursor on the screen of a computer, with the support from the joint motors and electrical stimulations on target muscles, under the voluntary intention control by electromyography (EMG)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445875/double-incision-approach-and-early-rehabilitation-in-a-complicated-bicondylar-br-tibial-plateau-fracture-a-case-report-br-br
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Saverio Affatato, Maurizio Montalti, Claudio Masetti, Federico Giardina, Alessandra Sudanese
OBJECTIVE: The main goal of this case was to report the treatment of bicondylar fractures of the tibial plateau and the restoration of the metaphyseo-diaphyseal dissociation. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION: A 54-year old man who was cycling had a road accident that caused a closed fracture of the right tibial plateau and proximal fibula diagnosed by x-rays. Patient had surgical procedure and was immobilized with a long-leg splint for 4 weeks. After immobilization, aggressive rehabilitation was done...
April 26, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445716/trumping-neurodegeneration-targeting-common-pathways-regulated-by-autosomal-recessive-parkinson-s-disease-genes
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REVIEW
Laura Scott, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder characterized by the progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Most PD cases are sporadic; however, rare familial forms have been identified. Autosomal recessive PD (ARPD) results from mutations in Parkin, PINK1, DJ-1, and ATP13A2, while rare, atypical juvenile ARPD result from mutations in FBXO7, DNAJC6, SYNJ1, and PLA2G6. Studying these genes and their function has revealed mitochondrial quality control, protein degradation processes, and oxidative stress responses as common pathways underlying PD pathogenesis...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445228/the-relationship-of-core-strength-and-activation-and-performance-on-three-functional-movement-screens
#15
Caleb D Johnson, Paul N Whitehead, Erin R Pletcher, Mallory S Faherty, Mita T Lovaleka, Shawn R Eagle, Karen A Keenan
Current measures of core stability utilized by clinicians and researchers suffer from several shortcomings. Three functional movement screens appear, at face-value, to be dependent on the ability to activate and control core musculature. These three screens may present a viable alternative to current measures of core stability. Thirty-nine subjects completed a deep squat, trunk stability push-up, and rotary stability screen. Scores on the three screens were summed to calculate a composite score (COMP). During the screens, muscle activity was collected to determine the length of time that the bilateral erector spinae, rectus abdominus, external oblique, and gluteus medius muscles were active...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445083/fatigue-and-physical-functioning-in-children-with-multiple-sclerosis-and-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis
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Leontien Cc Toussaint-Duyster, Yu Yi M Wong, Monique Hm Van der Cammen-van Zijp, Daniëlle Van Pelt-Gravesteijn, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Rogier Q Hintzen, Rinze F Neuteboom
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Fatigue and physical impairments are a major concern in children with multiple sclerosis (MS) and after acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post-ADEM). We here aimed to evaluate the interaction between fatigue, exercise capacity, motor performance, neurological status, and quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, data of 38 children (MS n = 22, post-ADEM n = 16), aged 4-17 years attending our national pediatric MS center, were studied...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445031/importance-of-loop-l1-dynamics-for-substrate-capture-and-catalysis-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-d-arginine-dehydrogenase
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Daniel Ouedraogo, Michael Souffrant, Sheena Vasquez, Donald Hamelberg, Giovanni Gadda
Mobile loops located at the active site entrance in enzymes often participate in conformational changes required to shield the reaction from bulk solvent, to control substrate access to the active site, and to position residues for substrate binding and catalysis. In D-arginine dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PaDADH) previous crystallographic data suggested that residues 45-47 in the FAD-binding domain and 50-56 in the substrate-binding domain in loop L1 could adopt two distinct conformations. In this study, we have used molecular dynamics, kinetics, and fluorescence spectroscopy on the S45A and A46G enzyme variants of PaDADH to investigate the impact of mutations of loop L1 on the catalytic function of the enzyme...
April 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444997/a-holistic-view-of-the-effects-of-episiotomy-on-pelvic-floor
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Dulce A Oliveira, Marco P L Parente, Begoña Calvo, Teresa Mascarenhas, Renato M Natal Jorge
Vaginal delivery is commonly accepted as a risk factor in pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), however, other obstetric procedures (episiotomy) are still controversial. In this work, to analyze the relationship between episiotomy and pelvic floor function, a finite element model (FEM) of the pelvic cavity is used considering the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) with damaged regions from spontaneous vaginal delivery, and from deliveries with episiotomy. Common features assessed at screening of PFD are evaluated during numerical simulations of both Valsalva maneuver and contraction...
April 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444834/direct-and-indirect-effects-of-attention-and-visual-function-on-gait-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-influence-of-task-and-turning
#19
Samuel Stuart, Brook Galna, Louise S Delicato, Sue Lord, Lynn Rochester
Gait impairment is a core feature of Parkinson's disease (PD) which has been linked to cognitive and visual deficits, but interactions between these features are poorly understood. Monitoring saccades allows investigation of real-time cognitive and visual processes and their impact on gait when walking. This study explored; 1) saccade frequency when walking under different attentional manipulations of turning and dual-task; and 2) direct and indirect relationships between saccades, gait impairment, vision and attention...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444603/physiological-functioning-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa-l-under-heavy-roadside-traffic-an-approach-to-screen-potential-species-for-abatement-of-urban-air-pollution
#20
H Singh, Savita, R Sharma, S Sinha, M Kumar, P Kumar, A Verma, S K Sharma
The mitigation potential of avenue tree species needs a sound understanding, especially for landscape planning or planting tree species on roadside, especially in city limits where there is huge traffic due to more number of vehicles. A preliminary study was conducted to investigate the impact of heavy traffic movement and pollution thereof on physiological functioning of Lagerstroemia speciosa trees planted on roadside in terms of carbon absorption, mitigation potential and adaptive behavior. Trees on roadside exhibited reduced carbon assimilation (36...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
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