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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231395/functional-connectivity-in-amygdalar-sensory-pre-motor-networks-at-rest-new-evidence-from-the-human-connectome-project
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Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Luca Passamonti
The word "e-motion" derives from the Latin word "ex-moveo" which literally means "moving away from something / somebody". Emotions are thus fundamental to prime action and goal-directed behavior with obvious implications for individual's survival. However, the brain mechanisms underlying the interactions between emotional and motor cortical systems remain poorly understood. A recent diffusion tensor imaging study in humans has reported the existence of direct anatomical connections between the amygdala and sensory/(pre)motor cortices, corroborating an initial observation in animal research...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231331/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-mscs-induce-ex-vivo-proliferation-and-erythroid-commitment-of-cord-blood-haematopoietic-stem-cells-cb-cd34-cells
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Simone Perucca, Andrea Di Palma, Pier Paolo Piccaluga, Claudia Gemelli, Elisa Zoratti, Giulio Bassi, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Andrea Lojacono, Giuseppe Borsani, Enrico Tagliafico, Maria Teresa Scupoli, Simona Bernardi, Camilla Zanaglio, Federica Cattina, Valeria Cancelli, Michele Malagola, Mauro Krampera, Mirella Marini, Camillo Almici, Sergio Ferrari, Domenico Russo
A human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cell (MSCs) and cord blood-derived CD34+ stem cell co-culture system was set up in order to evaluate the proliferative and differentiative effects induced by MSCs on CD34+ stem cells, and the reciprocal influences on gene expression profiles. After 10 days of co-culture, non-adherent (SN-fraction) and adherent (AD-fraction) CD34+ stem cells were collected and analysed separately. In the presence of MSCs, a significant increase in CD34+ cell number was observed (fold increase = 14...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231043/transient-oxytocin-signaling-primes-the-development-and-function-of-excitatory-hippocampal-neurons
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Silvia Ripamonti, Mateusz C Ambrozkiewicz, Francesca Guzzi, Marta Gravati, Gerardo Biella, Ingo Bormuth, Matthieu Hammer, Liam P Tuffy, Albrecht Sigler, Hiroshi Kawabe, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Mauro Toselli, Nils Brose, Marco Parenti, JeongSeop Rhee
Beyond its role in parturition and lactation, oxytocin influences higher brain processes that control social behavior of mammals, and perturbed oxytocin signaling has been linked to the pathogenesis of several psychiatric disorders. However, it is still largely unknown how oxytocin exactly regulates neuronal function. We show that early, transient oxytocin exposure in vitro inhibits the development of hippocampal glutamatergic neurons, leading to reduced dendrite complexity, synapse density, and excitatory transmission, while sparing GABAergic neurons...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230394/the-onset-and-time-course-of-semantic-priming-during-rapid-recognition-of-visual-words
#4
Renske S Hoedemaker, Peter C Gordon
In 2 experiments, we assessed the effects of response latency and task-induced goals on the onset and time course of semantic priming during rapid processing of visual words as revealed by ocular response tasks. In Experiment 1 (ocular lexical decision task), participants performed a lexical decision task using eye movement responses on a sequence of 4 words. In Experiment 2, the same words were encoded for an episodic recognition memory task that did not require a metalinguistic judgment. For both tasks, survival analyses showed that the earliest observable effect (divergence point [DP]) of semantic priming on target-word reading times occurred at approximately 260 ms, and ex-Gaussian distribution fits revealed that the magnitude of the priming effect increased as a function of response time...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229976/immune-modulation-by-dendritic-cell-based-cancer-vaccines
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Chaitanya Kumar, Sakshi Kohli, Poonamalle Parthasarathy Bapsy, Ashok Kumar Vaid, Minish Jain, Venkata Sathya Suresh Attili, Bandana Sharan
The interplay between host immunity and tumour cells has opened the possibility of targeting tumour cells by modulation of the human immune system. Cancer immunotherapy involves the treatment of a tumour by utilizing the recombinant human immune system components to target the pro-tumour microenvironment or by revitalizing the immune system with the ability to kill tumour cells by priming the immune cells with tumour antigens. In this review, current immunotherapy approaches to cancer with special focus on dendritic cell (DC)-based cancer vaccines are discussed...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229117/dna-methylation-data-for-identification-of-epigenetic-targets-of-resveratrol-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Rubiceli Medina-Aguilar, Carlos Pérez-Plasencia, Patricio Gariglio, Laurence A Marchat, Ali Flores-Pérez, César López-Camarillo, Jaime García Mena
Previous studies revealed that some bioactive food components have anti-cancer effects. However epigenetic effects of dietary compound resveratrol are largely unknown in breast cancer cells (M.A. Dawson, T. Kouzarides, 2012) [1]. Here we provide novel data and comparisons of DNA methylation status of promoter gene regions in response to resveratrol treatment at 24 h and 48 h versus untreated MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. DNA methylation changes were measured using Array-PRIMES method (aPRIMES) followed by whole-genome hybridization using human DNA methylation promoter microarray NimbleGen HG18 Refseq Promoter 3×720 K array...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229068/the-characteristics-of-emotional-response-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-post-traumatic-growth-among-chinese-adults-exposed-to-an-explosion-incident
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Chuguang Wei, Jin Han, Yuqing Zhang, Walter Hannak, Zhengkui Liu
PURPOSE: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-traumatic growth (PTG) are two different outcomes that may occur after experiencing traumatic events. Meanwhile, the traumatic exposure level and emotion response played an important role in the process. The present study first evaluated the relationship between PTSD, PTG, and traumatic exposure level and then compared the characteristics of emotional response through response time of the affective priming paradigm. METHODS: For the purpose of evaluating the relationship between PTSD, PTG, and trauma exposure level, a sample of 2,395 participants completed measures of posttraumatic stress disorder Checklist-Civilian Version (PCL-C), Post-traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) and a trauma exposure-related survey, and Pearson's correlation analysis for the scales were conducted...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228641/evaluation-of-trained-immunity-by-%C3%AE-1-3-d-glucan-on-murine-monocytes-in-vitro-and-duration-of-response-in-vivo
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Pablo Garcia-Valtanen, Ruth Marian Guzman-Genuino, David L Williams, John D Hayball, Kerrilyn R Diener
The β-1, 3 (D)-glucan (β-glucan) present in the cell wall of Candida albicans induces epigenetic changes in human monocytes resulting in primed macrophages exhibiting increased cytokine responsiveness to reinfection. This phenomenon is referred to as trained immunity or innate immune memory. However, whether β-glucan can reprogram murine monocytes in vitro or induce lasting effects in vivo has yet to be elucidated. Thus purified murine spleen-derived monocytes were primed with β-glucan in vitro and assessed for markers of differentiation and survival...
February 23, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228602/a-divergent-population-of-autoantigen-responsive-cd4-t-cells-in-infants-prior-to-%C3%AE-cell-autoimmunity
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Anne-Kristin Heninger, Anne Eugster, Denise Kuehn, Florian Buettner, Matthias Kuhn, Annett Lindner, Sevina Dietz, Sibille Jergens, Carmen Wilhelm, Andreas Beyerlein, Anette-G Ziegler, Ezio Bonifacio
Autoimmune diabetes is marked by sensitization to β cell self-antigens in childhood. We longitudinally followed at-risk children from infancy and performed single-cell gene expression in β cell antigen-responsive CD4(+) T cells through pre- and established autoimmune phases. A striking divergence in the gene signature of β cell antigen-responsive naïve CD4(+) T cells from children who developed β cell autoimmunity was found in infancy, well before the appearance of β cell antigen-specific memory T cells or autoantibodies...
February 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228336/evaluation-of-hydrophobic-chitosan-based-particulate-formulations-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-vaccine-candidate-t-cell-antigens
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Helen Mokhtar, Lucia Biffar, Satyanarayana Somavarapu, Jean-Pierre Frossard, Sarah McGowan, Miriam Pedrera, Rebecca Strong, Jane C Edwards, Margarita Garcia-Durán, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Graham R Stewart, Falko Steinbach, Simon P Graham
PRRS control is hampered by the inadequacies of existing vaccines to combat the extreme diversity of circulating viruses. Since immune clearance of PRRSV infection may not be dependent on the development of neutralising antibodies and the identification of broadly-neutralising antibody epitopes have proven elusive, we hypothesised that conserved T cell antigens represent potential candidates for development of a novel PRRS vaccine. Previously we had identified the M and NSP5 proteins as well-conserved targets of polyfunctional CD8 and CD4 T cells...
February 3, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228271/antigen-primed-cd8-t-cells-call-dcs-for-back-up
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Marianne Burbage, Sebastian Amigorena
Encounters between naive T lymphocytes and dendritic cells (DCs) bearing adequate co-stimulatory signals are rare. In this issue of Immunity, Brewitz et al. (2017) show that chemokines secreted by CD8(+) T cells recruit myeloid and plasmacytoid DCs that in turn boost CD8(+) T cell activation.
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228053/hiv-related-pneumococcal-disease-prevention-in-adults
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Charles Feldman, Ronald Anderson, Theresa Rossouw
HIV-infected persons are particularly susceptible to the development of severe pneumococcal disease, even in the setting of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), due to slow, incomplete recovery of anti-pneumococcal host defenses. This risk is increased by avoidable aspects of lifestyle, particularly smoking, which intensify immunosuppression. Clearly, more effective preventive measures are needed to counter this threat. Areas covered: This is a detailed review of the published literature focusing on currently available strategies for prevention of pneumococcal infection in HIV-infected patients, including cotrimoxazole prophylaxis, cART, pneumococcal vaccination, and smoking cessation strategies...
March 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227788/lessons-learnt-from-a-mooc-about-social-media-for-digital-health-literacy
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Suleman Atique, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Onkar Singh, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Suleman Atique, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Onkar Singh, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Elia Gabarron, Marian Wan, Mowafa Hosueh, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Onkar Singh, Syed-Abdul Shabbir, Yu-Chuan Jack Li, Vicente Traver Salcedo, Suleman Atique
Nowadays, the Internet and social media represent prime channels for health information seeking and peer support. However, benefits of health social media can be reduced by low digital health literacy. We designed a massive open online course (MOOC) course about health social media to increase the students' digital health literacy. In this course, we wanted to explore the difficulties confronted by the MOOC users in relation to accessing quality online health information and to propose methods to overcome the issues...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226606/applications-of-ubms-and-i-vectors-in-eeg-subject-verification
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Christian Ward, Joseph Picone, Iyad Obeid, Christian Ward, Joseph Picone, Iyad Obeid, Christian Ward, Iyad Obeid, Joseph Picone
The processing of electroencephalograms (EEGs) is a growing field where mature speech processing techniques are able to rapidly progress development and understanding of the associated neuroscience. I-vectors and Joint Factor Analysis (JFA), along with their foundational universal background models (UBMs) have progressed to a level of understanding that makes them prime for transition to the EEG community. To prove the capability of these techniques they are tested against two contrasting EEG data sets, PhysioNet's EEG Motor Movement/Imagery Dataset and the Temple University Hospital EEG Corpus, to highlight the effectiveness of the techniques with minimal domain knowledge modifications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226238/defense-priming-an-adaptive-part-of-induced-resistance
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Brigitte Mauch-Mani, Ivan Baccelli, Estrella Luna, Victor Flors
Priming is an adaptive strategy that improves the defensive capacity of plants. This phenomenon is marked by an enhanced activation of induced defense mechanisms. Stimuli from pathogens, beneficial microbes, or arthropods, as well as chemicals and abiotic cues, can trigger the establishment of priming by acting as warning signals. Upon stimulus perception, changes may occur in the plant at the physiological, transcriptional, metabolic, and epigenetic levels. This phase is called the priming phase. Upon subsequent challenge, the plant effectively mounts a faster and/or stronger defense response that defines the postchallenge primed state and results in increased resistance and/or stress tolerance...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226194/melatonin-systemically-ameliorates-drought-stress-induced-damage-in-medicago-sativa-plants-by-modulating-nitro-oxidative-homeostasis-and-proline-metabolism
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Chrystalla Antoniou, Giannis Chatzimichail, Rafaella Xenofontos, Giannis Pavlou, Evangelia Panagiotou, Anastasis Christou, Vasileios Fotopoulos
Recent reports have uncovered the multifunctional role of melatonin in plant physiological responses under optimal and sub-optimal environmental conditions. In this study, we explored whether melatonin pretreatment could provoke priming effects in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants subsequently exposed to prolonged drought stress (7 days), by withholding watering. Results revealed that the rhizospheric application of melatonin (10 μM) remarkably enhanced the drought tolerance of alfalfa plants, as evidenced by the observed plant tolerant phenotype, as well as by the higher levels of chlorophyll fluorescence and stomatal conductance, compared with non-treated drought-stressed plants...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224704/advanced-glycation-end-products-regulate-anabolic-and-catabolic-activities-via-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#17
Yu Song, Yan Wang, Yukun Zhang, Wen Geng, Wei Liu, Yong Gao, Shuai Li, Kun Wang, Xinghuo Wu, Liang Kang, Cao Yang
Intervertebral disc degeneration is widely recognized as a cause of lower back pain, neurological dysfunction and other musculoskeletal disorders. The major inflammatory cytokine IL-1β is associated with intervertebral disc degeneration; however, the molecular mechanisms that drive IL-1β production in the intervertebral disc, especially in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, are unknown. In some tissues, advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which accumulate in NP tissues and promote its degeneration, increase oxidative stress and IL-1β secretion, resulting in disorders, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus and ageing...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224684/accurate-eqtl-prioritization-with-an-ensemble-based-framework
#18
Haoyang Zeng, Matthew D Edwards, Yuchun Guo, David K Gifford
We present a novel ensemble-based computational framework, EnsembleExpr, that achieved the best performance in the Fourth Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI4) "eQTL-causal SNPs" challenge for identifying eQTLs and prioritizing their gene expression effects. Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) are genome sequence variants that result in gene expression changes and thus are prime suspects in the search for contributions to the causality of complex traits. When EnsembleExpr is trained on data from massively parallel reporter assays (MPRA) it accurately predicts reporter expression levels from unseen regulatory sequences and identifies sequence variants that exhibit significant changes in reporter expression...
February 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224480/print-exposure-modulates-the-effects-of-repetition-priming-during-sentence-reading
#19
Matthew W Lowder, Peter C Gordon
Individual readers vary greatly in the quality of their lexical representations, and consequently in how quickly and efficiently they can access orthographic and lexical knowledge. This variability may be explained, at least in part, by individual differences in exposure to printed language, because practice at reading promotes the development of stronger reading skills. In the present eyetracking experiment, we tested the hypothesis that the efficiency of word recognition during reading improves with increases in print exposure, by determining whether the magnitude of the repetition-priming effect is modulated by individual differences in scores on the author recognition test (ART)...
February 21, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224337/influence-of-ameliorating-soil-acidity-with-dolomite-on-the-priming-of-soil-c-content-and-co2-emission
#20
Muhammad Shaaban, Lei Wu, Qi-An Peng, Lukas van Zwieten, Muhammad Afzal Chhajro, Yupeng Wu, Shan Lin, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Muhammad Salman Khalid, Muhammad Abid, Ronggui Hu
Lime or dolomite is commonly implemented to ameliorate soil acidity. However, the impact of dolomite on CO2 emissions from acidic soils is largely unknown. A 53-day laboratory study was carried out to investigate CO2 emissions by applying dolomite to an acidic Acrisol (rice-rapeseed rotation [RR soil]) and a Ferralsol (rice-fallow/flooded rotation [RF soil]). Dolomite was dosed at 0, 0.5, and 1.5 g 100 g(-1) soil, herein referred to as CK, L, and H, respectively. The soil pH(H2O) increased from 5.25 to 7...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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