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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227908/a-boolean-approach-to-bacterial-chemotaxis
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Anuj Deshpande, Sibendu Samanta, Haimabati Das, Ritwik Kumar Layek, Anuj Deshpande, Sibendu Samanta, Haimabati Das, Ritwik Kumar Layek, Sibendu Samanta, Anuj Deshpande, Haimabati Das, Ritwik Kumar Layek
Bacterium such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) show biased Brownian motion in different chemical concentration gradients. This chemical sensitive motility or chemotaxis has gained considerable interest among scientists for some remarkable features such as chemo-sensory dynamic range, adaptation, diffusion and drift. A Boolean model of the whole chemotaxis process has been developed in this manuscript. The response of the circuit is in accordance with the experimental results available in the literature, providing indirect validation of the model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227747/split-belt-adaptation-and-gait-symmetry-in-transtibial-amputees-walking-with-a-hybrid-emg-controlled-ankle-foot-prosthesis
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Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr, Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr, Oliver A Kannape, Hugh M Herr
Our ability to automatically adapt our walking pattern to the demands of our environment is central to maintaining a steady gait. Accordingly, a large effort is being made to extend and integrate this adaptability to lower-limb prostheses. To date, the main focus of this research has been on short term adaptation, such as in response to a terrain transition or a sudden change in the environment. However, long term adaptation and underlying sensorimotor learning processes are critical to optimizing walking patterns and predictively changing our gait when faced with continued perturbations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227547/a-low-cost-open-source-compliant-hand-for-enabling-sensorimotor-control-for-people-with-transradial-amputations
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Aadeel Akhtar, Kyung Yun Choi, Michael Fatina, Jesse Cornman, Edward Wu, Joseph Sombeck, Chris Yim, Patrick Slade, Jason Lee, Jack Moore, Daniel Gonzales, Alvin Wu, Garrett Anderson, David Rotter, Cliff Shin, Timothy Bretl, Aadeel Akhtar, Kyung Yun Choi, Michael Fatina, Jesse Cornman, Edward Wu, Joseph Sombeck, Chris Yim, Patrick Slade, Jason Lee, Jack Moore, Daniel Gonzales, Alvin Wu, Garrett Anderson, David Rotter, Cliff Shin, Timothy Bretl, Kyung Yun Choi, Michael Fatina, Chris Yim, Jesse Cornman, Alvin Wu, Garrett Anderson, Jason Lee, Edward Wu, Daniel Gonzales, Aadeel Akhtar, David Rotter, Cliff Shin, Timothy Bretl, Patrick Slade, Jack Moore, Joseph Sombeck
In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of a low-cost, open-source prosthetic hand that enables both motor control and sensory feedback for people with transradial amputations. We integrate electromyographic pattern recognition for motor control along with contact reflexes and sensory substitution to provide feedback to the user. Compliant joints allow for robustness to impacts. The entire hand can be built for around $550. This low cost makes research and development of sensorimotor prosthetic hands more accessible to researchers worldwide, while also being affordable for people with amputations in developing nations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227393/an-integrated-neuroprotective-intervention-for-brain-ischemia-validated-by-ecog-fpam
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Yu-Hang Liu, Lun-De Liao, Su Jing Chan, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Yu-Hang Liu, Lun-De Liao, Su Jing Chan, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Yu-Hang Liu, Aishwarya Bandla, Nitish V Thakor, Su Jing Chan, Lun De Liao
Brain ischemia is a neurological deficit caused by a reduction in the blood supply to tissue, and one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Currently, the most well-known therapeutic agent for ischemia recovery is recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), but it is viable for only a small portion (approximately 3.6%) of ischemic patients and may cause side effects such as tissue damage. Thus, introducing a new therapeutic concept for ischemia, we proposed an integrated intervention combining global and focal stimulations in this article...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226860/an-implantable-designed-for-human-use-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-and-recording-system-for-advanced-prosthetics
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John R Lachapelle, Caroline K Bjune, Alexander L Kindle, Andrew Czarnecki, John R Burns, Julianne E Grainger, Carlos A Segura, Brian D Nugent, Tirunelveli S Sriram, Philip D Parks, Edward Keefer, Jonathan Cheng, John R Lachapelle, Caroline K Bjune, Alexander L Kindle, Andrew Czarnecki, John R Burns, Julianne E Grainger, Carlos A Segura, Brian D Nugent, Tirunelveli S Sriram, Philip D Parks, Edward Keefer, Jonathan Cheng, John R Lachapelle, Edward Keefer, Alexander L Kindle, Julianne E Grainger, John R Burns, Philip D Parks, Jonathan Cheng, Andrew Czarnecki, Brian D Nugent, Carlos A Segura, Tirunelveli S Sriram, Caroline K Bjune
Complex suture prostheses that deliver sensory and position feedback require a more sophisticated integration with the human user. Here a micro-size active implantable system that provides many-degree-of-freedom neural feedback in both sensory stimulation and motor control is shown, as one potential human-use solution in DARPA's HAPTIX program. Various electrical and mechanical challenge and solutions in meeting both sensory /motor performance as well as ISO 14708 FDA-acceptable human use in an aspirin-size active implementation are discussed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226431/virtual-reality-applications-in-assessing-the-effect-of-anxiety-on-sensorimotor-integration-in-human-postural-control
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Christopher Widdowson, Jatin Ganhotra, Mohammed Faizal, Marissa Wilko, Saurin Parikh, Zainulabidin Adhami, Manuel E Hernandez, Christopher Widdowson, Jatin Ganhotra, Mohammed Faizal, Marissa Wilko, Saurin Parikh, Zainulabidin Adhami, Manuel E Hernandez, Marissa Wilko, Zainulabidin Adhami, Manuel E Hernandez, Saurin Parikh, Mohammed Faizal, Jatin Ganhotra, Christopher Widdowson
Falls are a leading cause of injury and mortality among adults over the age of 65 years. Given the strong relation between fear of falling and fall risk, identification of the mechanisms that underlie anxiety-related changes in postural control may pave the way to the development of novel therapeutic strategies aimed at reducing fall risk in older adults. First, we review potential mechanisms underlying anxiety-mediated changes in postural control in older adults with and without neurological conditions. We then present a system that allows for the simultaneous recording of neural, physiological, and behavioral data in an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment while implementing sensory and mechanical perturbations to evaluate alterations in sensorimotor integration under conditions with high postural threat...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222526/the-impact-of-alzheimer-s-disease-on-the-resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-brain-regions-modulating-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
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Todd B Monroe, Paul A Beach, Stephen P Bruehl, Mary S Dietrich, Baxter P Rogers, John C Gore, Sebastian W Atalla, Ronald L Cowan
BACKGROUND: It is currently unknown why people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) receive less pain medication and report pain less frequently. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of AD on thermal psychophysics and resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) among sensory, affective, descending modulatory, and default mode structures. METHODS: Controls (n = 23, 13 = female) and age-matched people with AD (n = 23, 13 = females) underwent psychophysical testing to rate perceptions of warmth, mild, and moderate pain and then completed resting-state fMRI...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219986/functional-analysis-of-the-transmembrane-and-cytoplasmic-domains-of-pcdh15a-in-zebrafish-hair-cells
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Reo Maeda, Itallia V Pacentine, Timothy Erickson, Teresa Nicolson
Protocadherin 15 (PCDH15) is required for mechanotransduction in sensory hair cells as a component of the tip link. Isoforms of PCDH15 differ in their cytoplasmic domains (CD1, CD2, and CD3), but share the extracellular and transmembrane (TMD) domains, as well as an intracellular domain known as the common region (CR). In heterologous expression systems, both the TMD and CR of PCDH15 have been shown to interact with members of the mechanotransduction complex. The in vivo significance of these protein-protein interaction domains of PCDH15 in hair cells has not been determined...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219675/tcf7l2-plays-crucial-roles-in-forebrain-development-through-regulation-of-thalamic-and-habenular-neuron-identity-and-connectivity
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Myungsin Lee, Jiyeon Yoon, Hobeom Song, Bumwhee Lee, Lam Tri Duc, Jaeseung Yoon, Kwanghee Baek, Hans Clevers, Yongsu Jeong
The thalamus acts as a central integrator for processing and relaying sensory and motor information to and from the cerebral cortex, and the habenula plays pivotal roles in emotive decision making by modulating dopaminergic and serotonergic circuits. These neural compartments are derived from a common developmental progenitor domain, called prosomere 2, in the caudal forebrain. Thalamic and habenular neurons exhibit distinct molecular profile, neurochemical identity, and axonal circuitry. However, the mechanisms of how their progenitors in prosomere 2 give rise to these two populations of neurons and contribute to the forebrain circuitry remains unclear...
February 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218599/using-a-multifaceted-approach-to-working-with-children-who-have-differences-in-sensory-processing-and-integration
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Stacey Reynolds, Tara J Glennon, Karla Ausderau, Roxanna M Bendixen, Heather Miller Kuhaneck, Beth Pfeiffer, Renee Watling, Kimberly Wilkinson, Stefanie C Bodison
Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners frequently provide interventions for children with differences in sensory processing and integration. Confusion exists regarding how best to intervene with these children and about how to describe and document methods. Some practitioners hold the misconception that Ayres Sensory Integration intervention is the only approach that can and should be used with this population. The issue is that occupational therapy practitioners must treat the whole client in varied environments; to do so effectively, multiple approaches to intervention often are required...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218283/place-cells-are-more-strongly-tied-to-landmarks-in-deep-than-in-superficial-ca1
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Tristan Geiller, Mohammad Fattahi, June-Seek Choi, Sébastien Royer
Environmental cues affect place cells responses, but whether this information is integrated versus segregated in distinct hippocampal cell populations is unclear. Here, we show that, in mice running on a treadmill enriched with visual-tactile landmarks, place cells are more strongly controlled by landmark-associated sensory inputs in deeper regions of CA1 pyramidal layer (CA1d). Many cells in CA1d display several firing fields correlated with landmarks, mapping positions slightly before or within the landmarks...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215622/on-the-neural-basis-of-sensory-weighting-alpha-beta-and-gamma-modulations-during-complex-movements
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Nicolas Lebar, Jérémy Danna, Simon Moré, Laurence Mouchnino, Jean Blouin
Previous studies have revealed that visual and somatosensory information is processed as a function of its relevance during movement execution. We thus performed spectral decompositions of ongoing neural activities within the somatosensory and visual areas while human participants performed a complex visuomotor task. In this task, participants followed the outline of irregular polygons with a pen-controlled cursor. At unpredictable times, the motion of the cursor deviated 120° with respect to the actual pen position creating an incongruence between visual and somatosensory inputs, thus increasing the importance of visual feedback to control the movement as suggested in previous studies...
February 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215259/reduced-afferent-induced-facilitation-of-primary-motor-cortex-excitability-in-restless-legs-syndrome
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P Bocquillon, C Charley-Monaca, E Houdayer, A Marques, A Kwiatkowski, P Derambure, H Devanne
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is characterized by the association of an urge to move, and vesperal or nocturnal sensory symptoms; it is frequently associated with periodic limb movements. Evidence from imaging and electrophysiological studies suggests that RLS is linked to changes in sensorimotor integration. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms have not been characterized, and the cortical origin has yet to be confirmed. The objective of the present study was to establish whether or not sensorimotor integration in RLS patients is impaired in the evening...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214998/optimal-visual-haptic-integration-with-articulated-tools
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Chie Takahashi, Simon J Watt
When we feel and see an object, the nervous system integrates visual and haptic information optimally, exploiting the redundancy in multiple signals to estimate properties more precisely than is possible from either signal alone. We examined whether optimal integration is similarly achieved when using articulated tools. Such tools (tongs, pliers, etc) are a defining characteristic of human hand function, but complicate the classical sensory 'correspondence problem' underlying multisensory integration. Optimal integration requires establishing the relationship between signals acquired by different sensors (hand and eye) and, therefore, in fundamentally unrelated units...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214695/the-effects-of-atmospheric-pressure-cold-plasma-treatment-on-microbiological-physical-chemical-and-sensory-characteristics-of-vacuum-packaged-beef-loin
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A Bauer, Y Ni, S Bauer, P Paulsen, M Modic, J L Walsh, F J M Smulders
Effects on vacuum packaged and non-packaged beef longissimus samples exposed to atmospheric cold plasma (ACP) generated at different powers were studied over a 10day period of vacuum-, and a subsequent 3day period of aerobic storage. Exposure of non-covered beef samples under high power ACP conditions resulted in increased a*, b*, Chroma and Hue values, but ACP treatment of packaged loins did not impact colour (L*, a*, b*, Chroma, Hue), lipid peroxidation, sarcoplasmic protein denaturation, nitrate/nitrite uptake, or myoglobin isoform distribution...
February 8, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214580/localization-of-oxytocin-receptors-in-the-prairie-vole-microtus-ochrogaster-neocortex
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Auriane Duchemin, Adele M H Seelke, Trenton C Simmons, Sara M Freeman, Karen L Bales
Early experience and social context interact to alter the phenotype of complex social behaviors. These early experiences can also result in alterations to cortical organization and connections. Given the ability of the neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) to modulate social and reproductive behavior, OT is likely involved in these cortical processes. However, little is known about the distribution of OT and OT receptors (OTR) within the neocortex. Using autoradiographic and neuroanatomical techniques, we characterized the cortical distribution of oxytocin receptors (OTR) in prairie voles, a socially monogamous rodent species...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213292/improving-therapeutic-outcomes-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-enhancing-social-communication-and-sensory-processing-through-the-use-of-interactive-robots
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REVIEW
Felippe Sartorato, Leon Przybylowski, Diana K Sarko
For children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), social robots are increasingly utilized as therapeutic tools in order to enhance social skills and communication. Robots have been shown to generate a number of social and behavioral benefits in children with ASD including heightened engagement, increased attention, and decreased social anxiety. Although social robots appear to be effective social reinforcement tools in assistive therapies, the perceptual mechanism underlying these benefits remains unknown...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211449/translational-use-of-event-related-potentials-to-assess-circuit-integrity-in-asd
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REVIEW
Meera E Modi, Mustafa Sahin
Deficits in social cognition are the defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social cognition requires the integration of several neural circuits in a time-sensitive fashion, so impairments in social interactions could arise as a result of alterations in network connectivity. Electroencephalography (EEG) has revealed abnormalities in event related potentials (ERPs) evoked by auditory and visual sensory stimuli in humans with ASD, indicating disruption of neural connectivity. Similar abnormalities in sensory-evoked ERPs have been observed in animal models of ASD, suggesting that ERPs have the potential to provide a translational biomarker of the disorder...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210219/mice-lacking-m1-and-m3-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-have-impaired-odor-discrimination-and-learning
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Wilson Chan, Sanmeet Singh, Taj Keshav, Ramita Dewan, Christian Eberly, Robert Maurer, Alexia Nunez-Parra, Ricardo C Araneda
The cholinergic system has extensive projections to the olfactory bulb (OB) where it produces a state-dependent regulation of sensory gating. Previous work has shown a prominent role of muscarinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptors (mAChRs) in regulating the excitability of OB neurons, in particular the M1 receptor. Here, we examined the contribution of M1 and M3 mAChR subtypes to olfactory processing using mice with a genetic deletion of these receptors, the M1(-/-) and the M1/M3(-/-) knockout (KO) mice. Genetic ablation of the M1 and M3 mAChRs resulted in a significant deficit in odor discrimination of closely related molecules, including stereoisomers...
2017: Frontiers in Synaptic Neuroscience
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