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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212416/the-variability-of-multisensory-processes-of-natural-stimuli-in-human-and-non-human-primates-in-a-detection-task
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Cécile Juan, Céline Cappe, Baptiste Alric, Benoit Roby, Sophie Gilardeau, Pascal Barone, Pascal Girard
BACKGROUND: Behavioral studies in both human and animals generally converge to the dogma that multisensory integration improves reaction times (RTs) in comparison to unimodal stimulation. These multisensory effects depend on diverse conditions among which the most studied were the spatial and temporal congruences. Further, most of the studies are using relatively simple stimuli while in everyday life, we are confronted to a large variety of complex stimulations constantly changing our attentional focus over time, a modality switch that can impact on stimuli detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210930/emotion-specific-nocebo-effects-an-fmri-study
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Anne Schienle, Carina Höfler, Sonja Übel, Albert Wabnegger
The neurobiological mechanisms of nocebos are still poorly understood. Thirty-eight women participated in a 'smell study' using functional magnetic resonance imaging. They were presented with an odorless stimulus (distilled water) together with the verbal suggestion that this fluid has an aversive odor which enhances disgust feelings. The nocebo was presented while the participants viewed disgusting, fear-inducing, and neutral images. Participants' affective and neuronal responses during nocebo administration were compared with those in a control condition without nocebo...
February 16, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209513/isoamyl-alcohol-odor-promotes-longevity-and-stress-tolerance-via-daf-16-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Chiho Kurino, Tsubasa Furuhashi, Kaori Sudoh, Kazuichi Sakamoto
The possibility that odor plays a role in lifespan regulation through effects on the nervous system is indicated by research on Caenorhabditis elegans. In fact, ablation of AWA and AWC, which are suggested as olfactory neurons, has been shown to extend lifespan via DAF-16, a homolog of FoxO. However, the effects of odor stimuli on the lifespan still remain unclear. Thus, we here aimed to clarify the effect of attractive and repulsive odors on longevity and stress tolerance in C. elegans and to analyze the pathways thereof...
February 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207921/pneumatic-stimulation-of-c-elegans-mechanoreceptor-neurons-in-a-microfluidic-trap
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Adam L Nekimken, Holger Fehlauer, Anna A Kim, Sandra N Manosalvas-Kjono, Purim Ladpli, Farah Memon, Divya Gopisetty, Veronica Sanchez, Miriam B Goodman, Beth L Pruitt, Michael Krieg
New tools for applying force to animals, tissues, and cells are critically needed in order to advance the field of mechanobiology, as few existing tools enable simultaneous imaging of tissue and cell deformation as well as cellular activity in live animals. Here, we introduce a novel microfluidic device that enables high-resolution optical imaging of cellular deformations and activity while applying precise mechanical stimuli to the surface of the worm's cuticle with a pneumatic pressure reservoir. To evaluate device performance, we compared analytical and numerical simulations conducted during the design process to empirical measurements made with fabricated devices...
February 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207733/beyond-negative-valence-2-week-administration-of-a-serotonergic-antidepressant-enhances-both-reward-and-effort-learning-signals
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Jacqueline Scholl, Nils Kolling, Natalie Nelissen, Michael Browning, Matthew F S Rushworth, Catherine J Harmer
To make good decisions, humans need to learn about and integrate different sources of appetitive and aversive information. While serotonin has been linked to value-based decision-making, its role in learning is less clear, with acute manipulations often producing inconsistent results. Here, we show that when the effects of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI, citalopram) are studied over longer timescales, learning is robustly improved. We measured brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in volunteers as they performed a concurrent appetitive (money) and aversive (effort) learning task...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205053/intentional-switching-of-auditory-attention-between-long-and-short-sequential-tone-patterns
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Sophie Nolden, Iring Koch
The current study focuses on auditory task switching, more precisely on switching attention between different temporal patterns of the same auditory stimulus. Tone sequences consisting of nine different pitch tones were presented aurally. Three repetitive short 3-tone patterns (local focus) were combined to a long pattern (global focus), and each could be either rising or falling, resulting in congruent or incongruent combinations. Participants were informed by a cue if they had to attend to the short or to the long pattern, and they indicated if the target pattern was rising or falling by pressing one of two keys...
February 15, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203025/-trigemino-cardiac-reflex-in-skull-base-surgery
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H Z Duan, Y Zhang, L Li, J Y Zhang, Z Q Yi, S D Bao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the mechanism, clinical features, and prognosis of Trigemino-cardiac reflex (TCR) during skull base operations. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 291 patients with skull base disease from Jan. 2009 to Oct. 2015 in Peking University First Hospital. By reviewing the patients' operative data and anaesthetic electrical record, and we picked out all the patients who suffered from TCR during the operation and analyzed their surgical procedures, clinical features, influence factors, and prognosis...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202715/updating-of-aversive-memories-after-temporal-error-detection-is-differentially-modulated-by-mtor-across-development
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Lucille Tallot, Lorenzo Diaz-Mataix, Rosemarie E Perry, Kira Wood, Joseph E LeDoux, Anne-Marie Mouly, Regina M Sullivan, Valérie Doyère
The updating of a memory is triggered whenever it is reactivated and a mismatch from what is expected (i.e., prediction error) is detected, a process that can be unraveled through the memory's sensitivity to protein synthesis inhibitors (i.e., reconsolidation). As noted in previous studies, in Pavlovian threat/aversive conditioning in adult rats, prediction error detection and its associated protein synthesis-dependent reconsolidation can be triggered by reactivating the memory with the conditioned stimulus (CS), but without the unconditioned stimulus (US), or by presenting a CS-US pairing with a different CS-US interval than during the initial learning...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202576/differential-effect-of-brief-electrical-stimulation-on-voltage-gated-potassium-channels
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Morven Alison Cameron, Amr Al Abed, Yossi Buskila, Socrates Dokos, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley
Electrical stimulation of neuronal tissue is a promising strategy to treat a variety of neurological disorders. The mechanism of neuronal activation by external electrical stimulation is governed by voltage-gated ion channels. This stimulus, typically brief in nature, leads to membrane potential depolarization, which increases ion flow across the membrane by increasing the open probability of these voltage-gated channels. In spiking neurons, it is activation of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV-channels) that leads to action potential generation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202410/atypical-antipsychotic-clozapine-reversed-deficit-on-prepulse-inhibition-of-the-acoustic-startle-reflex-produced-by-microinjection-of-doi-into-the-inferior-colliculus-in-rats
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Rodolpho Pereira de Oliveira, Karen Yuriko Nagaishi, Regina Cláudia Barbosa Silva
Dysfunctions of the serotonergic system have been suggested to be important in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia exhibit deficits in an operational measure of sensorimotor gating: prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle. PPI is the normal reduction in the startle response caused by a low intensity non-startling stimulus (prepulse) which is presented shortly before the startle stimulus (pulse). The hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a 5-hydroxytryptamine(HT)2 receptor agonist disrupted PPI in rats...
February 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201924/conditioned-effects-of-ethanol-on-the-immune-system
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Anny Gano, Ricardo Marcos Pautassi, Tamara L Doremus-Fitzwater, Terrence Deak
Several studies indicate that the immune system can be subjected to classical conditioning. Acute ethanol intoxication significantly modulates several pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g. interleukins-1 and 6 [IL-1β and IL-6, respectively] and tumor necrosis factor alpha [TNFα])) in several brain areas, including amygdala (AMG), paraventricular nucleus (PVN), and hippocampus (HPC). It is unknown, however, whether cues associated with ethanol can elicit conditioned alterations in cytokine expression. The present study analyzed, in male Sprague-Dawley rats, whether ethanol-induced changes in the central cytokine response may be amenable to conditioning...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201843/regression-of-liver-fibrosis
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Lara Campana, John P Iredale
Liver fibrosis is the final common pathway of chronic or iterative liver damage. Advanced chronic fibrosis is described as cirrhosis with a loss of architecture and attendant functional failure and the development of life-threatening complications. However, compelling evidence from rodent models and human studies indicates that if the injury is removed liver fibrosis is reversible. Hepatocytes, activated hepatic stellate cells, endothelial and immune cells, particularly macrophages, cooperate in the establishment and resolution of liver fibrosis...
February 2017: Seminars in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199745/bacterial-n-formyl-peptides-reduce-pma-and-e-coli-induced-neutrophil-respiratory-burst-in-term-neonates-and-adults
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Maria E Stålhammar, Lena Douhan Håkansson, Richard Sindelar
Neutrophil migration and respiratory burst is the prerequisite for efficient first line defense against invading microorganisms. However, migration and respiratory burst can be compromised in adults and especially in newborn infants, where sustained neutrophil accumulation, uncontrolled burst and reduced scavenging of ROS might cause inadvertent tissue damage due to uncontrolled inflammation. The aim of this study was to investigate the modulatory effect of the chemoattractants formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) and IL-8 on respiratory burst in neutrophils from term newborn infants and adults...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199083/shape-memory-hydrogels-evolution-of-structural-principles-to-enable-shape-switching-of-hydrophilic-polymer-networks
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Candy Löwenberg, Maria Balk, Christian Wischke, Marc Behl, Andreas Lendlein
The ability of hydrophilic chain segments in polymer networks to strongly interact with water allows the volumetric expansion of the material and formation of a hydrogel. When polymer chain segments undergo reversible hydration depending on environmental conditions, smart hydrogels can be realized, which are able to shrink/swell and thus alter their volume on demand. In contrast, implementing the capacity of hydrogels to switch their shape rather than volume demands more sophisticated chemical approaches and structural concepts...
February 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198584/the-farming-environment-protects-mice-from-allergen-induced-skin-contact-hypersensitivity
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Christophe P Frossard, Vladimir Lazarevic, Nadia Gaïa, Stefano Leo, Camille Doras, Walid Habre, Jacques Schrenzel, Danielle Burger, Philippe A Eigenmann
BACKGROUND: Being born and raised in a farm provides a long-lasting protection for allergies. The microbial environment provided by farm animals is crucial to induce this protective effect, although underlying immune mechanisms remain elusive. OBJECTIVE: To establish a mouse model of global exposure to the farming environment and to study immunologic changes linked to protection of allergy. METHODS: Mice colonies were bred in parallel in a farm cowshed and the University animal facility (AF)...
February 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198371/method-for-dual-viral-vector-mediated-crispr-cas9-gene-disruption-in-primary-human-endothelial-cells
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Haixia Gong, Menglin Liu, Jeff Klomp, Bradley J Merrill, Jalees Rehman, Asrar B Malik
Human endothelial cells (ECs) are widely used to study mechanisms of angiogenesis, inflammation, and endothelial permeability. Targeted gene disruption induced by Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-Associated Protein 9 (Cas9) nuclease gene editing is potentially an important tool for definitively establishing the functional roles of individual genes in ECs. We showed that co-delivery of adenovirus encoding EGFP-tagged Cas9 and lentivirus encoding a single guide RNA (sgRNA) in primary human lung microvascular ECs (HLMVECs) disrupted the expression of the Tie2 gene and protein...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198148/stimuli-responsive-liposomes-for-drug-delivery
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Y Lee, D H Thompson
The ultimate goal of drug delivery is to increase the bioavailability and reduce the toxic side effects of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) by releasing them at a specific site of action. In the case of antitumor therapy, association of the therapeutic agent with a carrier system can minimize damage to healthy, nontarget tissues, while limit systemic release and promoting long circulation to enhance uptake at the cancerous site due to the enhanced permeation and retention effect (EPR). Stimuli-responsive systems have become a promising way to deliver and release payloads in a site-selective manner...
February 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197758/blocking-effects-in-non-conditioned-goal-directed-behaviour
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Ann-Kathrin Stock, Krutika Gohil, Christian Beste
A great deal of our goal-directed behaviour depends on stimulus-response (S-R) associations, which can be established through conditioning or explicit instructions. For conditioned and reward maximizing behaviour, it has been shown that redundant information will no longer be taken into account once those associations have been formed ("blocking effect"). Following from this, new aspects will not be included in a pre-established association unless they improve behaviour. Opposing this, influential action control theories state that all kinds of information may be taken into account during action selection, thus denying the possibility of blocking redundant "surplus" information from non-conditioned goal-directed behaviour...
February 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197168/expression-analysis-of-sound-vibration-regulated-genes-by-touch-treatment-in-arabidopsis
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Ritesh Ghosh, Mayank A Gururani, Lakshmi N Ponpandian, Ratnesh C Mishra, Soo-Chul Park, Mi-Jeong Jeong, Hanhong Bae
Sound vibration (SV) is considered to be a mechanical stimulus which gives rise to various physiological and molecular changes in plants. Previously, we identified 17 SV-regulated genes (SRGs) which were up-regulated by SV treatments in Arabidopsis. Here, we analyzed the expression pattern of similar genes after an exposure of 500 Hertz at 80 decibels, for various time periods. Simultaneously, we confirmed the SV-mediated expression of these genes under lighted condition as many of them were reported to be dark-induced...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195521/a-computational-model-of-perceptual-and-mnemonic-deficits-in-medial-temporal-lobe-amnesia
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Patrick S Sadil, Rosemary A Cowell
Damage to the medial temporal lobe (MTL) has long been known to impair declarative memory, and recent evidence suggests that it also impairs visual perception. A theory termed the representational-hierarchical account explains such impairments by assuming that MTL stores conjunctive representations of items and events, and that individuals with MTL damage must rely upon representations of simple visual features in posterior visual cortex, which are inadequate to support memory and perception under certain circumstances...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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