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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332070/pathophysiologic-basis-of-movement-disorders
#1
Thomas Wichmann
Movement disorders are common and functionally disabling neurologic diseases. Studies over the last decades have investigated the pathophysiology of these diseases in considerable detail, leading to significant insights into their generation of motor disability. While genetically and clinically heterogeneous, most of them are accompanied by prominent and characteristic changes in firing rates and patterns in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and cortex. In recent years, researchers have placed increasing emphasis on the importance of oscillatory changes in firing in these structures, and have discovered that brain areas that were previously considered to be remote from the basal ganglia (such as the cerebellum and the pedunculopontine nucleus) are also highly significant in these disorders...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331630/mrna-function-after-intracellular-delivery-and-release
#2
Vladimir P Zhdanov
Nanocarrier-mediated mRNA delivery and release into the cells with subsequent translation to protein is of interest in the context of the development of a new generation of drugs. In particular, this protein can play a role of a transcription factor and be used as a tool to regulate temporarily the genetic networks. The corresponding transient kinetics of gene expression are expected to depend on the mechanism and duration of mRNA release. Assuming the release to be rapid on the time scale of other steps, the author shows theoretically the mRNA-related transient features of gene expression occurring in stable, bistable, and oscillatory regimes in a single cell...
January 10, 2018: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330496/framing-continental-shelf-waves-in-the-southern-adriatic-sea-a-further-flushing-factor-beyond-dense-water-cascading
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Davide Bonaldo, Mirko Orlić, Sandro Carniel
Continental Shelf Waves (CSWs) are oscillatory phenomena migrating along the continental margins, controlled by the interplay of rotation and bathymetric gradients. Here we combine observational data from five moored current meters and high-resolution hydrodynamic model fields for describing the generation and propagation of CSWs along the Southern Adriatic Margin (SAM, eastern Mediterranean Sea), where the possibility of their occurrence has been theoretically hypothesised but not experimentally observed up to now...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330362/dynamic-modelling-of-the-mtor-signalling-network-reveals-complex-emergent-behaviours-conferred-by-deptor
#4
Thawfeek M Varusai, Lan K Nguyen
The mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) signalling network is an evolutionarily conserved network that controls key cellular processes, including cell growth and metabolism. Consisting of the major kinase complexes mTOR Complex 1 and 2 (mTORC1/2), the mTOR network harbours complex interactions and feedback loops. The DEP domain-containing mTOR-interacting protein (DEPTOR) was recently identified as an endogenous inhibitor of both mTORC1 and 2 through direct interactions, and is in turn degraded by mTORC1/2, adding an extra layer of complexity to the mTOR network...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330326/loss-of-balance-between-striatal-feedforward-inhibition-and-corticostriatal-excitation-leads-to-tremor
#5
Yael Oran, Izhar Bar-Gad
Fast spiking interneurons (FSIs) exert powerful inhibitory control over the striatum and are hypothesized to balance the massive excitatory cortical and thalamic input to this structure. We recorded neuronal activity in the dorsolateral striatum and globus pallidus (GP) concurrently with the detailed movement kinematics of freely behaving female rats prior to and following selective inhibition of FSI activity using IEM-1460 microinjections. The inhibition led to the appearance of episodic rest tremor in the body part that depended on the somatotopic location of the injection within the striatum...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329845/viscoelastic-behaviour-of-masa-from-corn-flours-obtained-by-nixtamalization-with-different-calcium-sources
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David Santiago-Ramos, Juan de Dios Figueroa-Cárdenas, José Juan Véles-Medina
The viscoelastic characteristics of nixtamalized corn masa were assessed by the dynamic oscillatory test. Masa samples were prepared with flours obtained by nixtamalization with different calcium sources: Ca(OH)2 (traditional), wood ashes (classic), CaCO3 (ecological), CaSO4 (ecological), CaCl2 (ecological), and Ca(C2H5COO)2 (ecological). A sample cooking without calcium source was used as control. Storage (G') and loss (G'') moduli were higher in masa from traditional and classic processes indicating a more elastic and viscous masa...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329390/human-oocyte-calcium-analysis-predicts-the-response-to-assisted-oocyte-activation-in-patients-experiencing-fertilization-failure-after-icsi
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M Ferrer-Buitrago, L Dhaenens, Y Lu, D Bonte, F Vanden Meerschaut, P De Sutter, L Leybaert, B Heindryckx
STUDY QUESTION: Can human oocyte calcium analysis predict fertilization success after assisted oocyte activation (AOA) in patients experiencing fertilization failure after ICSI? SUMMARY ANSWER: ICSI-AOA restores the fertilization rate only in patients displaying abnormal Ca2+ oscillations during human oocyte activation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Patients capable of activating mouse oocytes and who showed abnormal Ca2+ profiles after mouse oocyte Ca2+ analysis (M-OCA), have variable responses to ICSI-AOA...
January 10, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329355/when-the-brain-changes-its-mind-oscillatory-dynamics-of-conflict-processing-and-response-switching-in-a-flanker-task-during-alcohol-challenge
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Lauren E Beaton, Sheeva Azma, Ksenija Marinkovic
Despite the subjective experience of being in full and deliberate control of our actions, our daily routines rely on a continuous and interactive engagement of sensory evaluation and response preparation streams. They unfold automatically and unconsciously and are seamlessly integrated with cognitive control which is mobilized by stimuli that evoke ambiguity or response conflict. Methods with high spatio-temporal sensitivity are needed to provide insight into the interplay between automatic and controlled processing...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328240/comparison-of-optical-feedback-dynamics-of-inas-gaas-quantum-dot-lasers-emitting-solely-on-ground-or-excited-states
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Lyu-Chih Lin, Chih-Ying Chen, Heming Huang, Dejan Arsenijević, Dieter Bimberg, Frédéric Grillot, Fan-Yi Lin
We experimentally compare the dynamics of InAs/GaAs quantum dot lasers under optical feedback emitting exclusively on ground states (GSs) or excited states (ESs). By varying the feedback parameters and putting focus either on their short or long cavity regions, various periodic and chaotic oscillatory states are found. The GS laser is shown to be more resistant to feedback, benefiting from its strong relaxation oscillation damping. In contrast, the ES laser can easily be driven into complex dynamics. While the GS laser is of importance for the development of isolator-free transmitters, the ES laser is essential for applications taking advantages of chaos...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324074/synchronization-of-electrophysiological-responses-with-speech-benefits-syntactic-information-processing
#10
Lars Meyer, Matthias Gumbert
In auditory neuroscience, electrophysiological synchronization to low-level acoustic and high-level linguistic features is well established-but its functional purpose for verbal information transmission is unclear. Based on prior evidence for a dependence of auditory task performance on delta-band oscillatory phase, we hypothesized that the synchronization of electrophysiological responses at delta-band frequency to the speech stimulus serves to implicitly align neural excitability with syntactic information...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324072/alpha-oscillations-during-incidental-encoding-predict-subsequent-memory-for-new-foil-information
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David A Vogelsang, Matthias Gruber, Zara M Bergström, Charan Ranganath, Jon S Simons
People can employ adaptive strategies to increase the likelihood that previously encoded information will be successfully retrieved. One such strategy is to constrain retrieval toward relevant information by reimplementing the neurocognitive processes that were engaged during encoding. Using EEG, we examined the temporal dynamics with which constraining retrieval toward semantic versus nonsemantic information affects the processing of new "foil" information encountered during a memory test. Time-frequency analysis of EEG data acquired during an initial study phase revealed that semantic compared with nonsemantic processing was associated with alpha decreases in a left frontal electrode cluster from around 600 msec after stimulus onset...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322469/removal-of-muscular-artifacts-in-eeg-signals-a-comparison-of-linear-decomposition-methods
#12
Laura Frølich, Irene Dowding
The most common approach to reduce muscle artifacts in electroencephalographic signals is to linearly decompose the signals in order to separate artifactual from neural sources, using one of several variants of independent component analysis (ICA). Here we compare three of the most commonly used ICA methods (extended Infomax, FastICA and TDSEP) with two other linear decomposition methods (Fourier-ICA and spatio-spectral decomposition) suitable for the extraction of oscillatory activity. We evaluate the methods' ability to remove event-locked muscle artifacts while maintaining event-related desynchronization in data from 18 subjects who performed self-paced foot movements...
January 10, 2018: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322338/the-oscillatory-flow-of-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-the-sylvian-aqueduct-and-the-prepontine-cistern-measured-with-phase-contrast-mri-in-children-with-hydrocephalus-a-preliminary-report
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Emilia Nowosławska, Dominika Gwizdała, Dobromiła Barańska, Piotr Grzelak, Michał Podgórski, Krzysztof Zakrzewski, Bartosz Polis, Mariusz Stasiołek, Lech Polis
INTRODUCTION: Recognizing patients with ventriculomegaly who are at risk of developing acute hydrocephalus presents a challenge for the clinician. The association between disturbed cerebrospinal fluid flow (CSF) and impaired brain compliance may play a role in the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus. Phase contrast MRI is a noninvasive technique which can be used to assess CSF parameters. The aim of the work is to evaluate the effectiveness of phase contrast MRI in recognizing patients at risk of acute hydrocephalus, based on measuring the pulsatile CSF flow parameters in the Sylvian aqueduct and prepontine cistern in children with ventriculomegaly...
January 10, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317612/gamma-oscillatory-activity-in-vitro-a-model-system-to-assess-pathophysiological-mechanisms-of-comorbidity-between-autism-and-epilepsy
#14
D Subramanian, E Pralong, R T Daniel, A G Chacko, R Stoop, K S Babu
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and temporal lobe epilepsy exhibit remarkable comorbidity, but for reasons not clearly understood. To reveal a common pathophysiological mechanism, we here describe and characterize an in vitro epileptiform activity in the rat hippocampus that exhibits common features with in vivo activity in rodent ASD models. We discovered the development of this activity in the CA1 region of horizontal slices after prolonged interictal-like epileptiform activity in the CA3 region that was provoked by incubation in high potassium artificial cerebrospinal fluid...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317073/micro-calibration-of-space-and-motion-by-photoreceptors-synchronized-in-parallel-with-cortical-oscillations-a-unified-theory-of-visual-perception
#15
Ravinder Jerath, Shannon M Cearley, Vernon A Barnes, Mike Jensen
A fundamental function of the visual system is detecting motion, yet visual perception is poorly understood. Current research has determined that the retina and ganglion cells elicit responses for motion detection; however, the underlying mechanism for this is incompletely understood. Previously we proposed that retinogeniculo-cortical oscillations and photoreceptors work in parallel to process vision. Here we propose that motion could also be processed within the retina, and not in the brain as current theory suggests...
January 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316355/finite-element-models-of-flagella-with-sliding-radial-spokes-and-inter-doublet-links-exhibit-propagating-waves-under-steady-dynein-loading
#16
Tianchen Hu, Philip V Bayly
It remains unclear how flagella generate propulsive, oscillatory waveforms. While it is well known that dynein motors, in combination with passive cytoskeletal elements, drive the bending of the axoneme by applying shearing forces and bending moments to microtubule doublets, the origin of rhythmicity is still mysterious. Most conceptual models of flagellar oscillation involve dynein regulation or switching, so that dynein activity first on one side of the axoneme, then the other, drives bending. In contrast, a "viscoelastic flutter" mechanism has recently been proposed, based on a dynamic structural instability...
January 5, 2018: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314845/photo-induced-oscillations-and-pulse-waves-in-the-hydrogen-peroxide-sulfite-ferrocyanide-reaction
#17
Yang Liu, Ling Yuan, Changwei Pan, Jianmin Gao, Wenxiu Zhou, Qingyu Gao
The hydrogen peroxide-sulfite-ferrocyanide reaction shows excellent photosensitivity under pulse light illumination, which can be used to efficiently control the spatiotemporal dynamics of the nonlinear chemical system. Here, we numerically simulated the photo-induced pH oscillations by integrating two models which describe the oscillatory and photosensitive behaviors, respectively. A dynamic transition from the low-pH steady state to oscillations can be obtained using light illumination. In accordance with the simulation results, oscillatory dynamics was experimentally obtained under the light illumination through excitation of low-pH steady state...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314826/influence-of-salt-on-supramolecular-oscillatory-structural-forces-and-stratification-in-micellar-freestanding-films
#18
Subinuer Yilixiati, Rabees Rafiq, Yiran Zhang, Vivek Sharma
Freestanding films of soft matter containing micelles, nanoparticles, polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes, bilayers and smectic liquid crystals exhibit stratification. Stepwise thinning and coexisting thick-thin regions associated with drainage via stratification are attributed to the confinement-induced structuring and layering of supramolecular structures, that contribute supramolecular oscillatory structural forces. In freestanding micellar films, formed by a solution of an ionic surfactant above its critical micelle concentration, both interfacial adsorption and the micelle size and shape, are determined by the concentration of surfactant and of added electrolytes...
January 9, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309826/veterans-with-ptsd-demonstrate-amygdala-hyperactivity-while-viewing-threatening-faces-a-meg-study
#19
Amy Badura-Brack, Timothy J McDermott, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tara J Ryan, Maya M Khanna, Daniel S Pine, Yair Bar-Haim, Tony W Wilson
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major psychiatric disorder that is prevalent in combat veterans. Previous neuroimaging studies have found elevated amygdala activity in PTSD in response to threatening stimuli, but previous work has lacked the temporal specificity to study fast bottom-up fear responses involving the amygdala. Forty-four combat veterans, 28 with PTSD and 16 without, completed psychological testing and then a face-processing task during magnetoencephalography (MEG). The resulting MEG data were pre-processed, transformed into the time-frequency domain, and then imaged using a beamforming approach...
January 5, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309745/alterations-of-ocular-hemodynamics-impair-ophthalmic-vascular-and-neuroretinal-function
#20
Shu-Huai Tsai, Wankun Xie, Min Zhao, Robert H Rosa, Travis W Hein, Lih Kuo
Hypertension is associated with numerous diseases, but its direct impact on the ocular circulation and neuroretinal function remains unclear. Herein, mouse eyes were challenged with different levels of hemodynamic insult via transverse aortic coarctation, which increased blood pressure and flow velocity by 50% and 40%, respectively, in the right common carotid artery, and reduced those parameters by 30% and 40%, respectively, in the left common carotid artery. Blood velocity in the right central retinal artery gradually increased up to 40% at four weeks of transverse aortic coarctation, and the velocity in the left central retinal artery gradually decreased by 20%...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
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