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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738063/atypical-speech-versus-non-speech-detection-and-discrimination-in-4-to-6-yr-old-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-an-erp-study
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Alena Galilee, Chrysi Stefanidou, Joseph P McCleery
Previous event-related potential (ERP) research utilizing oddball stimulus paradigms suggests diminished processing of speech versus non-speech sounds in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, brain mechanisms underlying these speech processing abnormalities, and to what extent they are related to poor language abilities in this population remain unknown. In the current study, we utilized a novel paired repetition paradigm in order to investigate ERP responses associated with the detection and discrimination of speech and non-speech sounds in 4- to 6-year old children with ASD, compared with gender and verbal age matched controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736536/mind-reading-and-behavior-reading-against-agents-with-and-without-anthropomorphic-features-in-a-competitive-situation
#2
Kazunori Terada, Seiji Yamada
Humans use two distinct cognitive strategies separately to understand and predict other humans' behavior. One is mind-reading, in which an internal state such as an intention or an emotional state is assumed to be a source of a variety of behaviors. The other is behavior-reading, in which an actor's behavior is modeled based on stimulus-response associations without assuming internal states behind the behavior. We hypothesize that anthropomorphic features are key for an observer switching between these two cognitive strategies in a competitive situation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736326/tone-inhibiting-insoles-enhance-the-reciprocal-inhibition-of-ankle-plantarflexors-of-post-stroke-hemiparetic-subjects-an-electromyographic-study
#3
Nobushige Takahashi, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Osamu Takahashi, Ryosuke Ushijima, Rie Umebayashi, Junji Nishikawa, Yasutomo Okajima
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common sequela of upper motor neuron pathology, such as cerebrovascular diseases and cerebral palsy. Intervention for spasticity of the ankle plantarflexors in physical therapy may include tone-inhibiting casting and/or orthoses for the ankle and foot. However, the physiological mechanism of tone reduction by such orthoses remains unclarified. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the electrophysiologic effects of tone-inhibiting insoles in stroke subjects with hemiparesis by measuring changes in reciprocal Ia inhibition (RI) in the ankle plantarflexor...
July 20, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736244/the-use-of-stable-isotopes-in-the-study-of-human-pathophysiology
#4
Evelina Charidemou, Tom Ashmore, Julian L Griffin
The growing prevalence of metabolic diseases including fatty liver disease and Type 2 diabetes has increased the emphasis on understanding metabolism at the mechanistic level and how it is perturbed in disease. Metabolomics is a continually expanding field that seeks to measure metabolites in biological systems during a physiological stimulus or a genetic alteration. Typically, metabolomics studies provide total pool sizes of metabolites rather than dynamic flux measurements. More recently there has been a resurgence in approaches that use stable isotopes (e...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736134/stimulus-evoked-erk-dependent-phosphorylation-of-activity-regulated-cytoskeleton-associated-protein-arc-regulates-its-neuronal-subcellular-localization
#5
Oleksii Nikolaienko, Maria Steene Eriksen, Sudarshan Patil, Haruhiko Bito, Clive R Bramham
Activity-regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein (Arc) is implicated as a master regulator of long-term synaptic plasticity and memory formation in mammalian brain. Arc acts at synapses and within the nucleus, but the mechanisms controlling Arc localization and function are little known. As Arc transcription and translation are regulated by ERK signalling, we asked whether Arc protein itself is phosphorylated by ERK. GST-fused Arc of rat origin was able to pull down endogenous ERK2 from rat hippocampal lysates...
July 20, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735359/binding-abstract-concepts
#6
Tarini Singh, Christian Frings, Birte Moeller
Binding theories assume that a stimulus and the response made to it are bound together in an event file (Hommel et al., Behav Brain Sci 24(05):849-937, 2001). Such bindings can occur even after single encounters. If the stimulus or parts of its features are repeated within the time frame in which the event file is still intact, the previously integrated response is retrieved. Stimulus-response binding can exist at a perceptual, conceptual or a response selection level (Henson et al., Trends Cogn Sci 18(7):376-384, 2014)...
July 22, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735177/the-visual-system-encodes-others-direction-of-gaze-in-a-first-person-frame-of-reference
#7
Colin J Palmer, Colin W G Clifford
The primate visual system contains specialised neural mechanisms for encoding the direction of others' gaze. A foundational question that we can ask in this domain concerns the frame of reference in which another person's gaze is represented. Electrophysiological recordings in macaque monkeys suggest that direction of gaze might be encoded relative to the observer (i.e., in a first person reference frame) or relative to the head or body of the stimulus (i.e., in a second person reference frame). Here we use sensory adaptation to gaze direction as a psychophysical tool to probe how this property of the environment is represented in the human visual system...
July 20, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733206/omics-based-identification-of-the-combined-effects-of-idiosyncratic-drugs-and-inflammatory-cytokines-on-the-development-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
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J Jiang, K Mathijs, L Timmermans, S M Claessen, A Hecka, J Weusten, R Peters, J H van Delft, J C S Kleinjans, D G J Jennen, T M de Kok
The mechanisms of idiosyncratic drug-induced hepatotoxicity remain largely unclear. It has demonstrated that the drug idiosyncrasy is potentiated in the context of inflammation and intracellular ceramides may play a role in this process. To study the mechanisms, HepG2 cells were co-treated with high and low doses of three idiosyncratic (I) and three non-idiosyncratic (N) compounds, with (I+ and N+) or without (I- and N-) a cytokine mix. Microarray, lipidomics and flow cytometry were performed to investigate the genome-wide expression patterns, the intracellular ceramide levels and the induction of apoptosis...
July 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733049/the-time-course-of-attention-modulation-elicited-by-spatial-uncertainty
#9
Dan Huang, Huilou Liang, Linyan Xue, Meijian Wang, Qiyi Hu, Yao Chen
Uncertainty regarding the target location is an influential factor for spatial attention. Modulation in spatial uncertainty can lead to adjustments in attention scope and variations in attention effects. Hence, investigating spatial uncertainty modulation is important for understanding the underlying mechanism of spatial attention. However, the temporal dynamics of this modulation remains unclear. To evaluate the time course of spatial uncertainty modulation, we adopted a Posner-like attention orienting paradigm with central or peripheral cues...
July 18, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732769/transcriptome-analysis-of-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco-liver-challenged-with-polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic-acid-poly-i-c
#10
Yu Liu, Zhao-Zhe Xin, Dai-Zhen Zhang, Zheng-Fei Wang, Xiao-Yu Zhu, Bo-Ping Tang, Sen-Hao Jiang, Hua-Bin Zhang, Chun-Lin Zhou, Xin-Yue Chai, Qiu-Ning Liu
Yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) is one of the most important economic freshwater species in eastern China. However, infection by bacterial pathogenic diseases has caused high mortality and great economic loss in aquaculture. It is necessary for disease control to know more about the P. fulvidraco immune system and its related genes in response to bacterial infections. In this study, the transcriptomic profiles of liver from P. fulvidraco stimulated by polyriboinosinic polyribocytidylic acid (poly I:C) was analyzed using high-throughput sequencing method...
July 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732057/structural-basis-of-zn-ii-induced-metal-detoxification-and-antibiotic-resistance-by-histidine-kinase-czcs-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#11
Dan Wang, Weizhong Chen, Shanqing Huang, Yafeng He, Xichun Liu, Qingyuan Hu, Tianbiao Wei, Hong Shang, Jianhua Gan, Hao Chen
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a major opportunistic human pathogen, causing serious nosocomial infections among immunocompromised patients by multi-determinant virulence and high antibiotic resistance. The CzcR-CzcS signal transduction system in P. aeruginosa is primarily involved in metal detoxification and antibiotic resistance through co-regulating cross-resistance between Zn(II) and carbapenem antibiotics. Although the intracellular regulatory pathway is well-established, the mechanism by which extracellular sensor domain of histidine kinase (HK) CzcS responds to Zn(II) stimulus to trigger downstream signal transduction remains unclear...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731132/mir-374-mediates-the-malignant-transformation-of-gastric-cancer-associated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-experimental-rat-model
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Runbi Ji, Xu Zhang, Hui Qian, Hongbing Gu, Zixun Sun, Fei Mao, Yongmin Yan, Jingyan Chen, Zhaofeng Liang, Wenrong Xu
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a critical component of the tumor microenvironment. Upon distinct pathological stimulus, MSCs show phenotypic and functional changes. Gastric cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer‑related deaths worldwide. The roles and mechanisms of MSCs in gastric cancer have not been well characterized. In the present study, we investigated the roles of MSCs in the malignant transformation from gastritis to gastric cancer using an N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG)-induced gastric cancer model...
July 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730145/prokaryotic-rna-associated-to-bacterial-viability-induces-polymorphonuclear-neutrophil-activation
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Nahuel Rodriguez-Rodrigues, Luis A Castillo, Verónica I Landoni, Daiana Martire-Greco, M Ayelén Milillo, Paula Barrionuevo, Gabriela C Fernández
Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) are the first cellular line of antibacterial host defense. They sense pathogens through recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) by innate pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptors (TLR). The aim of this study was to investigate whether PMN sense bacterial viability and explore which viability factor could be involved in this phenomenon. For this purpose, different functions were evaluated in isolated human PMN using live Escherichia coli (Ec) and heat-killed Ec (HK-Ec)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729885/cd36-overexpression-a-possible-etiopathogenic-mechanism-of-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-prediabetes-and-diabetes
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M D Lopez-Carmona, M C Plaza-Seron, A Vargas-Candela, F J Tinahones, R Gomez-Huelgas, M R Bernal-Lopez
RATIONALE: CD36 is a scavenger receptor located on monocytes which is involved in foam cell transformation. AIM: To evaluate CD36 expression under different glycemic states in both healthy subjects and in atherosclerotic patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In order to evaluate the possible effects of hyperglycemia on CD36 expression in healthy subjects, an in vitro experiment was carried out using monocyte in three different conditions: extreme hyperglycemia (HG), euglycemia (EG) and in the absence of glucose...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729443/theta-and-beta-band-neural-activity-reflect-independent-syllable-tracking-and-comprehension-of-time-compressed-speech
#15
Maria Pefkou, Luc H Arnal, Lorenzo Fontolan, Anne-Lise Giraud
Recent psychophysics data suggest that speech perception is not limited by the capacity of the auditory system to encode fast acoustic variations through neural gamma activity, but rather by the time given to the brain to decode them. Whether the decoding process is bounded by the capacity of theta rhythm to follow speech syllabic rhythm, or constrained by a more endogenous top-down mechanism, e.g. involving beta activity, is unknown. We addressed the dynamics of auditory decoding in speech comprehension by challenging syllable tracking and speech decoding using comprehensible and incomprehensible time-compressed auditory sentences...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729437/estradiol-induced-regulation-of-glut4-in-3t3-l1-cells-involvement-of-esr1-and-akt-activation
#16
Raquel Campello, Luciana Fátima, João Barreto-Andrade, Thais Fg Lucas, Rosana Cristina Tieko Mori, Catarina Segreti Porto, Ubiratan Fabres Machado
Impaired insulin-stimulated glucose uptake involves reduced expression of the GLUT4 (solute carrier family 2 facilitated glucose transporter member 4, SLC2A4 gene). 17β-estradiol (E2) modulates SLC2A4/GLUT4 expression, but the involved mechanisms are unclear. Although E2 exerts its biological effects by binding to estrogen receptors 1/2 (ESR1/2), which are nuclear transcriptional factors; extranuclear effects have also been proposed. We hypothesize that E2 regulates GLUT4 through a mechanism related to extranuclear ESR1...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728565/identification-of-differential-co-expressed-gene-networks-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-achieving-sustained-drug-free-remission-after-treatment-with-a-tocilizumab-based-or-methotrexate-based-strategy
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Xavier M Teitsma, Johannes W G Jacobs, Michal Mokry, Michelle E A Borm, Attila Pethö-Schramm, Jacob M van Laar, Johannes W J Bijlsma, Floris P J Lafeber
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate is endorsed to be used as first-line treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, a large proportion of patients need additional treatment with a biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) to adequately suppress their disease activity. A better understanding of genotypes could help to distinguish between patients with different pathogenic mechanisms. The aim of this study was therefore to identify networks of genes within DMARD-naive early RA patients associated with achieving sustained drug-free remission (sDFR) after initiating tocilizumab plus methotrexate, tocilizumab, or methotrexate therapy...
July 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728170/a-normative-data-set-for-the-clinical-assessment-of-achromatic-and-chromatic-contrast-sensitivity-using-a-qcsf-approach
#18
Yeon Jin Kim, Alexandre Reynaud, Robert F Hess, Kathy T Mullen
Purpose: The measurement of achromatic sensitivity has been an important tool for monitoring subtle changes in vision as the result of disease or response to therapy. In this study, we aimed to provide a normative data set for achromatic and chromatic contrast sensitivity functions within a common cone contrast space using an abbreviated measurement approach suitable for clinical practice. In addition, we aimed to provide comparisons of achromatic and chromatic binocular summation across spatial frequency...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726680/towards-4d-printed-scaffolds-for-tissue-engineering-exploiting-3d-shape-memory-polymers-to-deliver-time-controlled-stimulus-on-cultured-cells
#19
Wim Hendrikson, Jeroen Rouwkema, Federico Clementi, Clemens A van Blitterswijk, Silvia Fare, Lorenzo Moroni
Tissue engineering needs innovative solutions to better fit the requirements of a minimally-invasive approach, providing at the same time instructive cues to cells. The use of shape memory polyurethane has been investigated by producing 4D scaffolds via 3D printing technology. Scaffolds with two different pore network configurations (0/90° and 0/45°) were characterized by dynamic-mechanical analysis (DMA). The thermo-mechanical analysis showed a Tg at about 32 °C (Tg = Ttrans), indicating no influence of the fabrication process on the transition temperature...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725942/l-arginine-supplementation-prevents-allodynia-and-hyperalgesia-in-painful-diabetic-neuropathic-rats-by-normalizing-plasma-nitric-oxide-concentration-and-increasing-plasma-agmatine-concentration
#20
Lusliany J Rondón, M C Farges, N Davin, B Sion, A M Privat, M P Vasson, A Eschalier, C Courteix
PURPOSE: Neuropathic pain is a common diabetic complication. It is characterized by symptoms of spontaneous and stimulus-evoked pain including hyperalgesia and allodynia. L-Arginine is a common precursor of many metabolites of biological interest, in particular, nitric oxide (NO), ornithine, and hence polyamines. In central nervous system, NO, glutamate, and polyamines share an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated effect. We hypothesized that a variation in arginine metabolism caused by diabetes may contribute to development and maintenance of neuropathic pain and to the worsening of clinical and biological signs of diabetes...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
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