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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087416/the-path-of-a-click-stimulus-from-ear-canal-to-umbo
#1
Mario Milazzo, Elika Fallah, Michael Carapezza, Nina S Kumar, Jason H Lei, Elizabeth S Olson
The tympanic membrane (TM) has a key role in transmitting sounds to the inner ear, but a concise description of how the TM performs this function remains elusive. This paper probes TM operation by applying a free field click stimulus to the gerbil ear and exploring the consequent motions of the TM and umbo. Motions of the TM were measured both on radial tracks starting close to the umbo and on a grid distal and adjacent to the umbo. The experimental results confirmed the high fidelity of sound transmission from the ear canal to the umbo...
January 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081581/differences-in-gene-expression-and-gene-associations-in-epicardial-fat-compared-to-subcutaneous-fat
#2
J Yim, S W Rabkin
Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) plays a role in cardiac physiology and may contribute to the development of coronary artery disease. Our objective was to determine whether there was a significant difference in gene expression in EAT compared to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and to identify potential relationships. MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched using the key terms "Epicardial Adipose Tissue" or "Epicardial Fat" in combination with "RNA", "mRNA", or "gene". The entry criteria were studies that presented primary data including expression levels of mRNA in human EAT compared with SAT and an expression of variance (SD)...
January 12, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080112/beyond-trial-by-trial-adaptation-a-quantification-of-the-time-scale-of-cognitive-control
#3
Bart Aben, Tom Verguts, Eva Van den Bussche
The idea that adaptation to stimulus or response conflict can operate over different time scales takes a prominent position in various theories and models of cognitive control. The mechanisms underlying temporal variations in control are nevertheless poorly understood, which is partly due to a lack of appropriate empirical measures. Inspired by reinforcement learning models, we developed a method to quantify the time scale of control behaviorally, by computing trial-by-trial effects that go beyond the preceding trial...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079113/congenital-hearing-loss
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Anna M H Korver, Richard J H Smith, Guy Van Camp, Mark R Schleiss, Maria A K Bitner-Glindzicz, Lawrence R Lustig, Shin-Ichi Usami, An N Boudewyns
Congenital hearing loss (hearing loss that is present at birth) is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in children. In the majority of developed countries, neonatal hearing screening programmes enable early detection; early intervention will prevent delays in speech and language development and has long-lasting beneficial effects on social and emotional development and quality of life. A diagnosis of hearing loss is usually followed by a search for an underlying aetiology. Congenital hearing loss might be attributed to environmental and prenatal factors, which prevail in low-income settings; congenital infections, particularly cytomegalovirus infection, are also a common risk factor for hearing loss...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078744/escape-from-rich-to-lean-transitions-stimulus-change-and-timeout
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Billie J Retzlaff, Elizabeth T P Parthum, Raymond C Pitts, Christine E Hughes
Extended pausing during discriminable transitions from rich-to-lean conditions can be viewed as escape (i.e., rich-to-lean transitions function aversively). In the current experiments, pigeons' key pecking was maintained by a multiple fixed-ratio fixed-ratio schedule of rich or lean reinforcers. Pigeons then were provided with another, explicit, mechanism of escape by changing the stimulus from the transition-specific stimulus used in the multiple schedule to a mixed-schedule stimulus (Experiment 1) or by producing a period of timeout in which the stimulus was turned off and the schedule was suspended (Experiment 2)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078075/a-design-method-for-fes-bone-health-therapy-in-sci
#6
Brian Andrews, James Shippen, Monica Armengol, Robin Gibbons, William Holderbaum, William Harwin
FES assisted activities such as standing, walking, cycling and rowing induce forces within the leg bones and have been proposed to reduce osteoporosis in spinal cord injury (SCI). However, details of the applied mechanical stimulus for osteogenesis is often not reported. Typically, comparisons of bone density results are made after costly and time consuming clinical trials. These studies have produced inconsistent results and are subject to sample size variations. Here we propose a design process that may be used to predict the clinical outcome based on biomechanical simulation and mechano-biology...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077711/phase-amplitude-coupling-and-long-range-phase-synchronization-reveal-frontotemporal-interactions-during-visual-working-memory
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Jonathan Daume, Thomas Gruber, Andreas K Engel, Uwe Friese
: It has been suggested that cross-frequency phase-amplitude coupling (PAC), particularly in temporal brain structures, serves as a neural mechanism for coordinated working memory storage. In this magnetoencephalography study, we show that during visual working memory maintenance, temporal cortex regions, which exhibit enhanced PAC, interact with prefrontal cortex via enhanced low-frequency phase synchronization. Healthy human participants were engaged in a visual delayed match-to-sample task with pictures of natural objects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077515/medial-prefrontal-cortex-pontine-nuclei-projections-modulate-suboptimal-cue-induced-associative-motor-learning
#8
Guang-Yan Wu, Shu-Lei Liu, Juan Yao, Lin Sun, Bing Wu, Yi Yang, Xuan Li, Qian-Quan Sun, Hua Feng, Jian-Feng Sui
Diverse and powerful mechanisms have evolved to enable organisms to modulate learning and memory under a variety of survival conditions. Cumulative evidence has shown that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is closely involved in many higher-order cognitive functions. However, when and how the medial PFC (mPFC) modulates associative motor learning remains largely unknown. Here, we show that delay eyeblink conditioning (DEC) with the weak conditioned stimulus (wCS) but not the strong CS (sCS) elicited a significant increase in the levels of c-Fos expression in caudal mPFC...
January 10, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077087/embryogenesis-in-the-parasitic-nematode-heterodera-glycines-is-independent-of-host-derived-hatching-stimulation
#9
Sita Thapa, Jayna A Patel, Ursula Reuter-Carlson, Nathan E Schroeder
BACKGROUND: Many parasites regulate their development to synchronize their life cycle with a compatible host. The parasitic nematode Heterodera glycines displays incomplete host-mediated hatching behavior wherein some H. glycines individuals hatch only in the presence of a host-derived cue while others hatch in water alone. Furthermore, H. glycines shows variable hatching behavior based on oviposition location. The mechanisms regulating this hatching variability are unknown. In this study, we established a detailed timeline of the H...
January 11, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076814/gsmtx4-mechanism-of-inhibiting-mechanosensitive-ion-channels
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Radhakrishnan Gnanasambandam, Chiranjib Ghatak, Anthony Yasmann, Kazuhisa Nishizawa, Frederick Sachs, Alexey S Ladokhin, Sergei I Sukharev, Thomas M Suchyna
GsMTx4 is a spider venom peptide that inhibits cationic mechanosensitive channels (MSCs). It has six lysine residues that have been proposed to affect membrane binding. We synthesized six analogs with single lysine-to-glutamate substitutions and tested them against Piezo1 channels in outside-out patches and independently measured lipid binding. Four analogs had ∼20% lower efficacy than the wild-type (WT) peptide. The equilibrium constants calculated from the rates of inhibition and washout did not correlate with the changes in inhibition...
January 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075578/probing-structural-perturbation-in-a-bent-molecular-crystal-with-synchrotron-infrared-microspectroscopy-and-periodic-density-functional-theory-calculations
#11
Ljupco Pejov, Manas K Panda, Taro Moriwaki, Pance Naumov
The range of unit cell orientations generated at the kink of a bent single crystal poses unsurmountable challenges with diffraction analysis and limits the insight into the molecular-scale mechanism of bending. On a plastically bent crystal of hexachlorobenzene it is demonstrated here that spatially resolved microfocus infrared spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation can be applied in conjunction with periodic density functional theory calculations to predict spectral changes or to extract information on structural changes that occur as a consequence of bending...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075205/a-genomic-and-protein-protein-interaction-analyses-of-nonsyndromic-hearing-impairment-in-cameroon-using-targeted-genomic-enrichment-and-massively-parallel-sequencing
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Kamogelo Lebeko, Noluthando Manyisa, Emile R Chimusa, Nicola Mulder, Collet Dandara, Ambroise Wonkam
Hearing impairment (HI) is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, impacting the social, economic, and psychological well-being of the affected individual. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa, which carries one of the highest burdens of this condition. Despite this, there are limited data on the most prevalent genes or mutations that cause HI among sub-Saharan Africans. Next-generation technologies, such as targeted genomic enrichment and massively parallel sequencing, offer new promise in this context...
January 11, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075022/the-mechanistic-basis-for-photobiomodulation-therapy-of-neuropathic-pain-by-near-infrared-laser-light
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Vanessa Milanesi Holanda, Maria Cristina Chavantes, Xingjia Wu, Juanita J Anders
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Various irradiances have been reported to be beneficial for the treatment of neuropathic pain with near infrared light. However, the mechanistic basis for the beneficial outcomes may vary based on the level of irradiance or fluence rate used. Using in vivo and in vitro experimental models, this study determined the mechanistic basis of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) for the treatment of neuropathic pain using a high irradiance. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro experiments: Cultured, rat DRG were randomly assigned to control or laser treatment (LT) groups with different irradiation times (2, 5, 30, 60, or 120 seconds)...
January 11, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074913/auditory-localisation-biases-increase-with-sensory-uncertainty
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Sara E Garcia, Pete R Jones, Gary S Rubin, Marko Nardini
Psychophysical studies have frequently found that adults with normal hearing exhibit systematic errors (biases) in their auditory localisation judgments. Here we tested (i) whether systematic localisation errors could reflect reliance on prior knowledge, as has been proposed for other systematic perceptual biases, and (ii) whether auditory localisation biases can be reduced following training with accurate visual feedback. Twenty-four normal hearing participants were asked to localise the position of a noise burst along the azimuth before, during, and after training with visual feedback...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070785/understanding-behavioural-rigidity-in-autism-spectrum-conditions-the-role-of-intentional-control
#15
Edita Poljac, Vincent Hoofs, Myrthe M Princen, Ervin Poljac
Although behavioural rigidity belongs to the core symptoms of autism spectrum conditions, little is known about its underlying cognitive mechanisms. The current study investigated the role of intentional control mechanisms in behavioural rigidity in autism. Autistic individuals and their matched controls were instructed to repeatedly choose between two simple cognitive tasks and to respond accordingly to the subsequently presented stimulus. Results showed that autistic participants chose to repeat tasks more often than their controls and when choosing to switch, they demonstrated larger performance costs...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069921/visual-stimulus-speed-does-not-influence-the-rapid-emergence-of-direction-selectivity-in-ferret-visual-cortex
#16
Neil J Ritter, Nora M Anderson, Stephen D Van Hooser
: Sensory experience is necessary for the development of some receptive field properties of neurons in primary sensory cortical areas. However, it remains unclear whether the parameters of an individual animal's experience play an instructive role and influence the tuning parameters of cortical sensory neurons as selectivity emerges, or rather if experience merely permits the completion of processes that are fully seeded at the onset of experience. Here we have examined whether the speed of visual stimuli that are presented to visually naïve ferrets can influence the parameters of speed tuning and direction selectivity in cortical neurons...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069543/brain-oscillations-differentially-encode-noxious-stimulus-intensity-and-pain-intensity
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Moritz M Nickel, Elisabeth S May, Laura Tiemann, Paul Schmidt, Martina Postorino, Son Ta Dinh, Joachim Gross, Markus Ploner
Noxious stimuli induce physiological processes which commonly translate into pain. However, under certain conditions, pain intensity can substantially dissociate from stimulus intensity, e.g. during longer-lasting pain in chronic pain syndromes. How stimulus intensity and pain intensity are differentially represented in the human brain is, however, not yet fully understood. We therefore used electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the cerebral representation of noxious stimulus intensity and pain intensity during 10minutes of painful heat stimulation in 39 healthy human participants...
January 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069444/rhythmic-entrainment-as-a-musical-affect-induction-mechanism
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W Trost, C Labbé, D Grandjean
One especially important feature of metrical music is that it contains periodicities that listeners' bodily rhythms can adapt to. Recent psychological frameworks have introduced the notion of rhythmic entrainment, among other mechanisms, as an emotion induction principle. In this review paper, we discuss rhythmic entrainment as an affect induction mechanism by differentiating four levels of entrainment in humans-perceptual, autonomic physiological, motor, and social-all of which could contribute to a subjective feeling component...
January 6, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068898/integrated-mrna-and-microrna-analysis-identifies-genes-and-small-mirna-molecules-associated-with-transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-level-responses-to-both-drought-stress-and-re-watering-treatment-in-tobacco
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Qiansi Chen, Meng Li, Zhongchun Zhang, Weiwei Tie, Xia Chen, Lifeng Jin, Niu Zhai, Qingxia Zheng, Jianfeng Zhang, Ran Wang, Guoyun Xu, Hui Zhang, Pingping Liu, Huina Zhou
BACKGROUND: Drought stress is one of the most severe problem limited agricultural productivity worldwide. It has been reported that plants response to drought-stress by sophisticated mechanisms at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. However, the precise molecular mechanisms governing the responses of tobacco leaves to drought stress and water status are not well understood. To identify genes and miRNAs involved in drought-stress responses in tobacco, we performed both mRNA and small RNA sequencing on tobacco leaf samples from the following three treatments: untreated-control (CL), drought stress (DL), and re-watering (WL)...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068384/hypoxia-regulates-mtorc1-mediated-keratinocyte-motility-and-migration-via-the-ampk-pathway
#20
Tiantian Yan, Junhui Zhang, Di Tang, Xingyue Zhang, Xupin Jiang, Liping Zhao, Qiong Zhang, Dongxia Zhang, Yuesheng Huang
Keratinocyte migration, the initial event and rate-limiting step in wound healing, plays a vital role in restoration of the intact skin barrier, also known as re-epithelialization. After acute tissue injury, hypoxic microenvironment gradually develops and acts as an early stimulus to initiate the healing process. Although we have previously found that hypoxia induces keratinocyte migration, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we first observed that hypoxia increased mTORC1 activity. Recombinant lentivirus vector and Rapamycin were used for silencing mTORC1 in HaCaT cells and primary mouse keratinocytes (MKs)...
2017: PloS One
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