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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922696/does-air-gas-aesthesiometry-generate-a-true-mechanical-stimulus-for-corneal-sensitivity-measurement
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Daniela S Nosch, Heiko Pult, Julie Albon, Christine Purslow, Paul J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Belmonte Ocular Pain Meter (OPM) air jet aesthesiometry overcomes some of the limitations of the Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer. However, for true mechanical corneal sensitivity measurement, the airflow stimulus temperature of the aesthesiometer must equal ocular surface temperature (OST), to avoid additional response from temperature-sensitive nerves. The aim of this study was to determine: (A) the stimulus temperature inducing no or least change in OST; and (B) to evaluate if OST remains unchanged with different stimulus durations and airflow rates...
September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922115/colour-constancy-beyond-the-classical-receptive-field
#2
Arash Akbarinia, C Alejandro Parraga
The problem of removing illuminant variations to preserve the colours of objects (colour constancy) has already been solved by the human brain using mechanisms that rely largely on centre-surround computations of local contrast. In this paper we adopt some of these biological solutions described by long known physiological findings into a simple, fully automatic, functional model (termed Adaptive Surround Modulation or ASM). In ASM, the size of a visual neuron's receptive field (RF) as well as the relationship with its surround varies according to the local contrast within the stimulus, which in turn determines the nature of the centre-surround normalisation of cortical neurons higher up in the processing chain...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920442/novelty-of-dynamic-process-in-the-synthesis-of-biocompatible-silica-nanotubes-by-biomimetic-glycyldodecylamide-as-a-soft-template
#3
Hyejung Choi, Joong-Jo Kim, Yong-Hwan Mo, Benjaram Mahipal Reddy
Dynamic process in the synthesis of silica nanotubes (SNTs) by utilizing glycyldodecylamide (GDA) as a soft template was thoroughly investigated. The morphological evolution from GDA to SNTs was deeply explored to elucidate the formation mechanism for optimizing the synthesis procedure. Various analytical tools, namely, XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, Z-potential, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms were employed during the synthesis procedure. The interactive structure of GDA was also investigated using TEM-EDX as a function of aging time...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919798/comparative-effects-of-the-%C3%AF-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-derivatives-resolvins-e1-and-d1-and-protectin-dx-in-models-of-inflammation-and-pain
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Flávia Cs Fonseca, Ricardo M Orlando, Regina Mm Turchetti-Maia, Janetti Nogueira de Francischi
PURPOSE: Specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPMs), also known as lipoxins, resolvins (Rvs), protectins and maresins, have been implicated in the resolution of the inflammatory process. However, a systematic comparison of their activity in the relief of inflammation and pain models is still lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of Rvs E1 and D1 and protectin DX (PDX) were assessed in rat paws inflamed by the standard proinflammatory stimulus carrageenan or by histamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, substance P or prostaglandin E2...
2017: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918226/chronic-central-oxytocin-infusion-impairs-sociability-in-mandarin-voles
#5
Peirong Du, Zhixiong He, Zhenlu Cai, Xin Hao, Na Dong, Wei Yuan, Wenjuan Hou, Jinfeng Yang, Rui Jia, Faodao Tai
Oxytocin (OT) has been reported to increase social contact, however some studies have related OT to reduced social contact, particularly with unfamiliar individuals. The underlying mechanisms of OT on social contact remain unclear. In this study, male mandarin vole (Microtus mandarinus), a socially monogamous rodent, was used as an animal model in which osmotic minipumps were used to intracerebroventricularly administer two continuous dosages of OT or saline for 12 consecutive days. We examined the effect of long-term OT treatment on social behavior, anxiety levels, and levels of oxytocin, vasopressin (AVP) and dopamine (DA) receptors, mRNA expression in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), and medial amygdala (MeA)...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918157/differential-proteomic-profiling-of-endometrium-and-plasma-indicate-the-importance-of-hydrolysis-in-bovine-endometritis
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Shi-Dong Zhang, Shu-Wei Dong, Dong-Sheng Wang, Chike F Oguejiofor, Ali A Fouladi-Nashta, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Zuo-Ting Yan
Endometritis is an important disease of dairy cows that leads to significant economic losses in the dairy cattle industry. To investigate the alteration of proteins associated with endometritis in the dairy cow, the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) technique was applied to quantitatively identify differentially expressed proteins (DEP) in the endometrium and peripheral plasma of Chinese Holstein cows with endometritis. Compared with the normal (control) group, 159 DEP in the endometrium and 137 DEP in the plasma were identified in cows with endometritis...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917779/-on-off-switchable-tool-for-food-sample-preparation-merging-molecularly-imprinting-technology-with-stimuli-responsive-blocks-current-status-challenges-and-highlighted-applications
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REVIEW
Raquel Garcia, Marco D R Gomes da Silva, Maria João Cabrita
Sample preparation still remains a great challenge in the analytical workflow representing the most time-consuming and laborious step in analytical procedures. Ideally, sample pre-treatment procedures must be more selective, cheap, quick and environmental friendly. Molecular imprinting technology is a powerful tool in the development of highly selective sample preparation methodologies enabling to preconcentrate the analytes from a complex food matrix. Actually, the design and development of molecularly imprinted polymers-based functional materials that merge an enhancement of selectivity with a controllable and switchable mode of action by means of specific stimulus constitutes a hot research topic in the field of food analysis...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917135/failing-to-learn-from-negative-prediction-errors-obesity-is-associated-with-alterations-in-a-fundamental-neural-learning-mechanism
#8
David Mathar, Jane Neumann, Arno Villringer, Annette Horstmann
Prediction errors (PEs) encode the difference between expected and actual action outcomes in the brain via dopaminergic modulation. Integration of these learning signals ensures efficient behavioral adaptation. Obesity has recently been linked to altered dopaminergic fronto-striatal circuits, thus implying impairments in cognitive domains that rely on its integrity. 28 obese and 30 lean human participants performed an implicit stimulus-response learning paradigm inside an fMRI scanner. Computational modeling and psycho-physiological interaction (PPI) analysis was utilized for assessing PE-related learning and associated functional connectivity...
August 24, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916843/the-implicit-learning-of-metrical-and-non-metrical-rhythms-in-blind-and-sighted-adults
#9
Claudia Carrara-Augustenborg, Benjamin G Schultz
Forming temporal expectancies plays a crucial role in our survival as it allows us to identify the occurrence of temporal deviants that might signal potential dangers. The dynamic attending theory suggests that temporal expectancies are formed more readily for rhythms that imply a beat (i.e., metrical rhythms) compared to those that do not (i.e., nonmetrical rhythms). Moreover, metrical frameworks can be used to detect temporal deviants. Although several studies have demonstrated that congenital or early blindness correlates with modality-specific neural changes that reflect compensatory mechanisms, few have examined whether blind individuals show a learning advantage for auditory rhythms and whether learning can occur unintentionally and without awareness, that is, implicitly...
September 15, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914311/comparing-caenorhabditis-elegans-gentle-and-harsh-touch-response-behavior-using-a-multiplexed-hydraulic-microfluidic-device
#10
Patrick D McClanahan, Joyce H Xu, Christopher Fang-Yen
The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model system for understanding the genetics and physiology of touch. Classical assays for C. elegans touch, which involve manually touching the animal with a probe and observing its response, are limited by their low throughput and qualitative nature. We developed a microfluidic device in which several dozen animals are subject to spatially localized mechanical stimuli with variable amplitude. The device contains 64 sinusoidal channels through which worms crawl, and hydraulic valves that deliver touch stimuli to the worms...
September 15, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913698/reduced-value-driven-attentional-capture-among-children-with-adhd-compared-to-typically-developing-controls
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Anthony W Sali, Brian A Anderson, Steven Yantis, Stewart H Mostofsky, Keri S Rosch
The current study examined whether children with ADHD were more distracted by a stimulus previously associated with reward, but currently goal-irrelevant, than their typically-developing peers. In addition, we also probed the associated cognitive and motivational mechanisms by examining correlations with other behavioral tasks. Participants included 8-12 year-old children with ADHD (n = 30) and typically developing controls (n = 26). Children were instructed to visually search for color-defined targets and received monetary rewards for accurate responses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911823/towards-antibody-drug-conjugates-and-prodrug-strategies-with-extracellular-stimuli-responsive-drug-delivery-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Nicolas Joubert, Caroline Denevault-Sabourin, Francesca Bryden, Marie-Claude Viaud-Massuard
The design of innovative anticancer chemotherapies with superior antitumor efficacy and reduced toxicity continues to be a challenging endeavor. Recently, the success of Adcetris(®) and Kadcyla(®) made antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) serious contenders to reach the envied status of Paul Ehrlich's "magic bullet". However, ADCs classically target overexpressed and internalizing antigens at the surface of cancer cells, and in solid tumors are associated with poor tumor penetration, insufficient targeting in heterogeneous tumors, and appearance of several resistance mechanisms...
August 23, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905530/nonspecific-bronchoprovocation-test
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REVIEW
Myoung Kyu Lee, Hyoung Kyu Yoon, Sei Won Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Seoung Ju Park, Young Min Lee
Bronchial asthma is a disease characterized by the condition of airway hyper-responsiveness, which serves to produce narrowing of the airway secondary to airway inflammation and/or various spasm-inducing stimulus. Nonspecific bronchoprovocation testing is an important method implemented for the purpose of diagnosing asthma; this test measures the actual degree of airway hyper-responsiveness and utilizes direct and indirect bronchoprovocation testing. Direct bronchoprovocation testing using methacholine or histamine may have superior sensitivity as these substances directly stimulate the airway smooth muscle cells...
September 1, 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904366/identification-of-stiffness-induced-signalling-mechanisms-in-cells-from-patent-and-fused-sutures-associated-with-craniosynostosis
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Sara Barreto, Arlyng González-Vázquez, Andrew R Cameron, Fergal J O'Brien, Dylan J Murray
Craniosynostosis is a bone developmental disease where premature ossification of the cranial sutures occurs leading to fused sutures. While biomechanical forces have been implicated in craniosynostosis, evidence of the effect of microenvironmental stiffness changes in the osteogenic commitment of cells from the sutures is lacking. Our aim was to identify the differential genetic expression and osteogenic capability between cells from patent and fused sutures of children with craniosynostosis and whether these differences are driven by changes in the stiffness of the microenvironment...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904136/neural-evidence-supports-a-dual-sensory-motor-role-for-insect-wings
#15
Brandon Pratt, Tanvi Deora, Thomas Mohren, Thomas Daniel
Flying insects use feedback from various sensory modalities including vision and mechanosensation to navigate through their environment. The rapid speed of mechanosensory information acquisition and processing compensates for the slower processing times associated with vision, particularly under low light conditions. While halteres in dipteran species are well known to provide such information for flight control, less is understood about the mechanosensory roles of their evolutionary antecedent, wings. The features that wing mechanosensory neurons (campaniform sensilla) encode remains relatively unexplored...
September 13, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904106/diversity-in-spatial-scope-of-contrast-adaptation-among-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cells
#16
Mohammad Hossein Khani, Tim Gollisch
Retinal ganglion cells adapt to changes in visual contrast by adjusting their response kinetics and sensitivity. While much work has focused on the time scales of these adaptation processes, less is known about the spatial scale of contrast adaptation. For example, do small, localized contrast changes affect a cell's signal processing across its entire receptive field? Previous investigations have provided conflicting evidence, suggesting either that contrast adaptation occurs locally within subregions of a ganglion cell's receptive field or globally over the receptive field in its entirety...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903618/biomaterial-cues-regulate-epigenetic-state-and-cell-functions-a-systematic-review
#17
Longwei Lv, Yiman Tang, Ping Zhang, Yunsong Liu, Xiangsong Bai, Yongsheng Zhou
Biomaterial cues can act as potent regulators of cell niche and microenvironment. Epigenetic regulation plays an important role in cell functions, including proliferation, differentiation, and reprograming. It is now well appreciated that biomaterials can alter epigenetic states of cells. Here we systematically reviewed the underlying epigenetic mechanisms of how different biomaterial cues, including material chemistry, topography, elasticity and mechanical stimulus, influence cell functions, such as nuclear deformation, cell proliferation, differentiation and reprograming, to summarize the differences and similarities among each biomaterial cues and their mechanisms, and to find common and unique properties of different biomaterial cues...
September 13, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901956/single-particle-tracking-of-internalized-metallic-nanoparticles-reveals-heterogeneous-directed-motion-after-clathrin-dependent-endocytosis-in-mouse-chromaffin-cells
#18
Manuela Gabriel, Jose Moya, Luciana Gallo, Fernando Marengo, Laura Estrada
Most accepted single particle tracking methods are able to obtain high-resolution trajectories for relatively short periods of time. In this work we apply a straightforward combination of single-particle tracking microscopy and metallic nanoparticles internalization on mouse chromaffin cells to unveil the intracellular trafficking mechanism of metallic-nanoparticle-loaded vesicle (MNP-V) complexes after clathrin dependent endocytosis. We found that directed transport is the major route of MNP-Vs intracellular trafficking after stimulation (92...
September 13, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901676/neural-mechanisms-of-motion-perceptual-learning-in-noise
#19
Nihong Chen, Junshi Lu, Hanyu Shao, Xuchu Weng, Fang Fang
Practice improves our perceptual ability. However, the neural mechanisms underlying this experience-dependent plasticity in adult brain remain unclear. Here, we studied the long-term neural correlates of motion perceptual learning. Subjects' behavioral performance and BOLD signals were tracked before, immediately after, and 2 weeks after practicing a motion direction discrimination task in noise over six daily sessions. Parallel to the specificity and persistency of the behavioral learning effect, we found that training sharpened the cortical tuning in MT, and enhanced the connectivity strength from MT to the intraparietal sulcus (IPS, a motion decision-making area)...
September 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900873/numerical-analysis-of-intracochlear-mechanical-auditory-stimulation-using-piezoelectric-bending-actuators
#20
Daniel Schurzig, Sebastian Schwarzendahl, Jörg Wallaschek, Wouter J van Drunen, Thomas S Rau, Thomas Lenarz, Omid Majdani
Cochlear implantation can restore a certain degree of auditory impression of patients suffering from profound hearing loss or deafness. Furthermore, studies have shown that in case of residual hearing, patients benefit from the use of a hearing aid in addition to the cochlear implant. The presented studies aim at the improvement of this electromechanical stimulation (EMS) approach by substituting the external hearing aid by an internal stimulus provided by miniaturized piezoelectric actuators. Finite element analyses are performed in order to derive fundamental guidelines for the actuator layout aiming at maximal mechanical stimuli...
September 13, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
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