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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930451/a-biomimetic-stress-sensitive-hydrogel-controlled-by-dna-nanoswitches
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Swapneel R Deshpande, Roel Hammink, Frank H T Nelissen, Alan E Rowan, Hans A Heus
One of the most intriguing and important aspects of biological supramolecular materials is its ability to adapt macroscopic properties in response to environmental cues for controlling cellular processes. Recently, bulk matrix stiffness, in particular stress sensitivity, has been established as a key mechanical cue in cellular function and development. However, stress-stiffening capacity and the ability to control and exploit this key characteristic is relatively new to the field of biomimetic materials. In this work, DNA-responsive hydrogels, composed of semiflexible PIC polymers equipped with DNA cross-linkers, were engineered to create mimics of natural biopolymer networks that capture these essential elastic properties and can be controlled by external stimuli...
September 20, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929362/brain-reactivity-to-visual-food-stimuli-after-moderate-intensity-exercise-in-children
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Travis D Masterson, C Brock Kirwan, Lance E Davidson, Michael J Larson, Kathleen L Keller, S Nicole Fearnbach, Alyssa Evans, James D LeCheminant
Exercise may play a role in moderating eating behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an acute bout of exercise on neural responses to visual food stimuli in children ages 8-11 years. We hypothesized that acute exercise would result in reduced activity in reward areas of the brain. Using a randomized cross-over design, 26 healthy weight children completed two separate laboratory conditions (exercise; sedentary). During the exercise condition, each participant completed a 30-min bout of exercise at moderate-intensity (~ 67% HR maximum) on a motor-driven treadmill...
September 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927239/tubulins-rhythms-and-cell-walls-in-poplar-leaves-it-s-all-in-the-timing
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Scott A Harding, Hao Hu, Batbayar Nyamdari, Liang-Jiao Xue, Radnaa Naran, Chung-Jui Tsai
Plant cell walls exhibit architectural and compositional changes throughout their development and in response to external cues. While tubulins are involved in cell wall biogenesis, much remains unknown about the scope of their involvement during the orchestration of this resource-demanding process. A transgenic approach coupled with cell wall compositional analysis, RNA-seq and mining of publicly available diurnal gene expression data was used to assess the involvement of tubulins in poplar leaf cell wall biogenesis...
September 12, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926739/electrophysiological-correlates-of-performance-monitoring-in-binge-drinking-impaired-error-related-but-preserved-feedback-processing
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Séverine Lannoy, Fabien D'Hondt, Valérie Dormal, Joël Billieux, Pierre Maurage
OBJECTIVE: Performance monitoring, which allows efficient behavioral regulation using either internal (error processing) or external (feedback processing) cues, has not yet been explored in binge drinking despite its adaptive importance in everyday life, particularly in the regulation of alcohol consumption. Capitalizing on a theoretical model of risky behaviors, the present study aimed at determining the behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of the cognitive (inhibition) and motivational (reward sensitivity) systems during performance monitoring...
September 2, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925816/investigating-the-constrained-action-hypothesis-a-movement-coordination-and-coordination-variability-approach
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Anthony Vidal, Will Wu, Mimi Nakajima, James Becker
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of focus of attention cues on movement coordination and coordination variability in the lower extremity. Twenty participants performed the standing long jump under both internal and external focus of attention conditions. A modified vector coding technique was used to evaluate the influence of attentional focus cues on lower extremity coordination patterns and coordination variability during the jumps. Participants jumped significantly further under an external focus of attention condition compared with an internal focus of attention condition (p = ...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920418/myogenic-satellite-cells-differentiation-with-linolenic-and-retinoic-and-thiazolidenediones-from-prepubertal-korean-black-goat
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Sugathan Subi, Sungjin Lee, Supriya Shiwani, Naresh Kumar Singh
Objective: Myogenic satellite cells were isolated from semitendinosus muscle of prepubertal Korean black goat to observe the differential effect of linolenic and retinoic acid in thepresence of thiazolidinediones and also to observe the production insulin sensitive preadipocyte. Methods: Cells were characterized for its stemness with CD 34, CD 13, CD 106, CD44, Vimentin surface markers using flow cytometry. Cells characterized themselves to possess significant (p<0...
September 18, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912239/dna-sequence-directed-shape-change-of-photopatterned-hydrogels-via-high-degree-swelling
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Angelo Cangialosi, ChangKyu Yoon, Jiayu Liu, Qi Huang, Jingkai Guo, Thao D Nguyen, David H Gracias, Rebecca Schulman
Shape-changing hydrogels that can bend, twist, or actuate in response to external stimuli are critical to soft robots, programmable matter, and smart medicine. Shape change in hydrogels has been induced by global cues, including temperature, light, or pH. Here we demonstrate that specific DNA molecules can induce 100-fold volumetric hydrogel expansion by successive extension of cross-links. We photopattern up to centimeter-sized gels containing multiple domains that undergo different shape changes in response to different DNA sequences...
September 15, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903626/light-dominates-peripheral-circadian-oscillations-in-drosophila-melanogaster-during-sensory-conflict
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Ross E F Harper, Maite Ogueta, Peter Dayan, Ralf Stanewsky, Joerg T Albert
In Drosophila, as in other animals, the circadian clock is a singular entity in name and concept only. In reality, clock functions emerge from multiple processes and anatomical substrates. One distinction has conventionally been made between a central clock (in the brain) and peripheral clocks (e.g., in the gut and the eyes). Both types of clock generate robust circadian oscillations, which do not require external input. Furthermore, the phases of these oscillations remain exquisitely sensitive to specific environmental cues, such as the daily changes of light and temperature...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898670/shoot-root-communication-in-flowering-plants
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REVIEW
Donghwi Ko, Ykä Helariutta
As sessile organisms, terrestrial plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to coordinate the growth and development of two distinct systems, the shoot and the root, in response to environmental fluctuations. Adaptive systemic responses are accomplished by shoot-root communication, which involves diverse long-distance signalling molecules. During the last few decades, various genetic, biochemical, molecular, and grafting studies have identified multiple long-distance signalling molecules which are crucial for plants to adapt to external changes...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898238/glucosamine-stimulates-pheromone-independent-dimorphic-transition-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-by-promoting-crz1-nuclear-translocation
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Xinping Xu, Jianfeng Lin, Youbao Zhao, Elyssa Kirkman, Yee-Seul So, Yong-Sun Bahn, Xiaorong Lin
Morphotype switch is a cellular response to external and internal cues. The Cryptococcus neoformans species complex can undergo morphological transitions between the yeast and the hypha form, and such morphological changes profoundly affect cryptococcal interaction with various hosts. Filamentation in Cryptococcus was historically considered a mating response towards pheromone. Recent studies indicate the existence of pheromone-independent signaling pathways but their identity or the effectors remain unknown...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890341/cueing-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-with-freezing-of-gait-a-narrative-review-of-the-state-of-the-art-and-novel-perspectives
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REVIEW
Ginis Pieter, Nackaerts Evelien, Nieuwboer Alice, Heremans Elke
Freezing, which manifests during gait and other movements, is an incapacitating motor symptom experienced by many patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). In rehabilitation, auditory and visual cueing methods are commonly applied to evoke a more goal-directed type of motor control and, as such, reduce freezing severity in patients with PD. In this narrative review, we summarize the current evidence regarding the effects of external cueing in patients with PD with freezing of gait (FOG) and provide suggestions on how to further improve cueing effectiveness with emerging technological developments...
September 7, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886480/intelligent-visual-localization-of-wireless-capsule-endoscopes-enhanced-by-color-information
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George Dimas, Evaggelos Spyrou, Dimitris K Iakovidis, Anastasios Koulaouzidis
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is performed with a miniature swallowable endoscope enabling the visualization of the whole gastrointestinal (GI) tract. One of the most challenging problems in WCE is the localization of the capsule endoscope (CE) within the GI lumen. Contemporary, radiation-free localization approaches are mainly based on the use of external sensors and transit time estimation techniques, with practically low localization accuracy. Latest advances for the solution of this problem include localization approaches based solely on visual information from the CE camera...
September 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883508/inter-subject-functional-correlation-reveal-a-hierarchical-organization-of-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-systems-in-the-brain
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Yudan Ren, Vinh Thai Nguyen, Lei Guo, Christine Cong Guo
The brain is constantly monitoring and integrating both cues from the external world and signals generated intrinsically. These extrinsically and intrinsically-driven neural processes are thought to engage anatomically distinct regions, which are thought to constitute the extrinsic and intrinsic systems of the brain. While the specialization of extrinsic and intrinsic system is evident in primary and secondary sensory cortices, a systematic mapping of the whole brain remains elusive. Here, we characterized the extrinsic and intrinsic functional activities in the brain during naturalistic movie-viewing...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873414/influence-of-transient-spatial-attention-on-the-p3-component-and-perception-of-painful-and-non-painful-electric-stimuli-in-crossed-and-uncrossed-hands-positions
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Karolina Świder, Eligiusz Wronka, Joukje M Oosterman, Clementina M van Rijn, Marijtje L A Jongsma
Recent reports show that focusing attention on the location where pain is expected can enhance its perception. Moreover, crossing the hands over the body's midline is known to impair the ability to localise stimuli and decrease tactile and pain sensations in healthy participants. The present study investigated the role of transient spatial attention on the perception of painful and non-painful electrical stimuli in conditions in which a match or a mismatch was induced between skin-based and external frames of reference (uncrossed and crossed hands positions, respectively)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873255/accelerated-4d-self-gated-mri-of-tibiofemoral-kinematics
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Valentina Mazzoli, Jasper Schoormans, Martijn Froeling, Andre M Sprengers, Bram F Coolen, Nico Verdonschot, Gustav J Strijkers, Aart J Nederveen
Anatomical (static) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most useful imaging technique for the evaluation and assessment of internal derangement of the knee, but does not provide dynamic information and does not allow the study of the interaction of the different tissues during motion. As knee pain is often only experienced during dynamic tasks, the ability to obtain four-dimensional (4D) images of the knee during motion could improve the diagnosis and provide a deeper understanding of the knee joint. In this work, we present a novel approach for dynamic, high-resolution, 4D imaging of the freely moving knee without the need for external triggering...
September 5, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867296/device-assisted-transdermal-drug-delivery
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Hyunjae Lee, Changyeong Song, Seungmin Baik, Dokyoon Kim, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Transdermal drug delivery is a prospective drug delivery strategy to complement the limitations of conventional drug delivery systems including oral and injectable methods. This delivery route allows both convenient and painless drug delivery and a sustained release profile with reduced side effects. However, physiological barriers in the skin undermine the delivery efficiency of conventional patches, limiting drug candidates to small-molecules and lipophilic drugs. Recently, transdermal drug delivery technology has advanced from unsophisticated methods simply relying on natural diffusion to drug releasing systems that dynamically respond to external stimuli...
September 1, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866435/a-contextual-model-of-self-regulation-change-mechanisms-among-individuals-with-addictive-disorders
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REVIEW
Corey R Roos, Katie Witkiewitz
Numerous behavioral treatments for addictive disorders include components explicitly aimed at targeting self-regulation (e.g., coping and emotion regulation). We first provide a summary of key findings to date among studies that have examined self-regulation as a mechanism of behavior change (MOBC) in behavioral treatments for addictive disorders. Based on our review, we conclude that the role of self-regulation as a MOBC across behavioral treatments for addictive disorders is not well-characterized and findings are inconsistent across studies...
August 24, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864986/the-role-of-maternal-nutrition-during-the-periconceptional-period-and-its-effect-on-offspring-phenotype
#18
Tom P Fleming, Judith J Eckert, Oleg Denisenko
The early preimplantation embryo has been rigorously studied for decades to understand inherent reproductive and developmental mechanisms driving its morphogenesis from before fertilisation through to and beyond implantation. Recent research has demonstrated that this short developmental window is also critical for the embryo's interaction with external, maternal factors, particularly nutritional status. Here, maternal dietary quality has been shown to alter the pattern of development in an enduring way that can influence health throughout the lifetime...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862076/timing-the-microbes-the-circadian-rhythm-of-the-gut-microbiome
#19
Xue Liang, Garret A FitzGerald
The mammalian circadian clock system, which includes the master clock and peripheral clocks, times different biological processes in reaction to external cues, such as the light-dark cycle. However, the chronobiology of prokaryotic cells is less well understood, except for in cyanobacteria. The recent blooming of gut microbiome research has revealed a critical role for the trillions of microbes residing in the vertebrate gut in determining both health and disease in the host. The question of whether the gut microbiome exhibits circadian oscillation and how it synchronizes with the host circadian clock has attracted considerable interest...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855887/identification-of-characteristic-motor-patterns-preceding-freezing-of-gait-in-parkinson-s-disease-using-wearable-sensors
#20
Luca Palmerini, Laura Rocchi, Sinziana Mazilu, Eran Gazit, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Lorenzo Chiari
Freezing of gait (FOG) is a disabling symptom that is common among patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). External cues such as rhythmic auditory stimulation can help PD patients experiencing freezing to resume walking. Wearable systems for automatic freezing detection have been recently developed. However, these systems detect a FOG episode after it has happened. Instead, in this study, a new approach for the prediction of FOG (before it actually happens) is presented. Prediction of FOG might enable preventive cueing, reducing the likelihood that FOG will occur...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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