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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929512/systematic-design-of-a-magnetically-levitated-brushless-dc-motor-for-a-reversible-rotary-intra-aortic-blood-pump
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Yaxin Wang, Thomas G Logan, P Alex Smith, Po-Lin Hsu, William E Cohn, Liping Xu, Richard A McMahon
The IntraVAD is a miniature intra-aortic ventricular assist device (VAD) designed to work in series with the compromised left ventricle. A reverse-rotation control (RRc) mode has been developed to increase myocardial perfusion and reduce ventricular volume. The RRc mode includes forward rotation in systole and reverse rotation in diastole, which requires the IntraVAD to periodically reverse its rotational direction in synchrony with the cardiac cycle. This periodic reversal leads to changes in pressure force over the impeller, which makes the entire system less stable...
September 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928646/cortical-activation-during-action-observation-action-execution-and-interpersonal-synchrony-in-adults-a-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-fnirs-study
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Anjana N Bhat, Michael D Hoffman, Susanna L Trost, McKenzie L Culotta, Jeffrey Eilbott, Daisuke Tsuzuki, Kevin A Pelphrey
Introduction: Humans engage in Interpersonal Synchrony (IPS) as they synchronize their own actions with that of a social partner over time. When humans engage in imitation/IPS behaviors, multiple regions in the frontal, temporal, and parietal cortices are activated including the putative Mirror Neuron Systems (Iacoboni, 2005; Buxbaum et al., 2014). In the present study, we compared fNIRS-based cortical activation patterns across three conditions of action observation ("Watch" partner), action execution ("Do" on your own), and IPS (move "Together")...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923483/synchrony-measure-for-a-neuron-driven-by-excitatory-and-inhibitory-inputs-and-its-adaptation-to-experimentally-recorded-data
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Christina Zavou, Antria Kkoushi, Achilleas Koutsou, Chris Christodoulou
The aim of the current work is twofold: firstly to adapt an existing method measuring the input synchrony of a neuron driven only by excitatory inputs in such a way so as to account for inhibitory inputs as well and secondly to further appropriately adapt this measure so as to be correctly utilised on experimentally-recorded data. The existing method uses the normalized pre-spike slope (NPSS) of the membrane potential, resulting from observing the slope of depolarization of the membrane potential of a neuron prior to the moment of crossing the threshold within a short period of time, to identify the response-relevant input synchrony and through it to infer the operational mode of a neuron...
September 15, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923361/frontoparietal-theta-oscillations-during-proactive-control-are-associated-with-goal-updating-and-reduced-behavioral-variability
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Patrick S Cooper, Aaron S W Wong, Montana McKewen, Patricia T Michie, Frini Karayanidis
Low frequency oscillations in the theta range (4-8Hz) are increasingly recognized as having a crucial role in flexible cognition. Such evidence is typically derived from studies in the context of reactive (stimulus-driven) control processes. However, little research has explored the role of theta oscillations in preparatory control processes. In the current study, we explored the extent of theta oscillations during proactive cognitive control and determined if these oscillations were associated with behavior...
September 15, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923160/applying-the-neurodynamics-of-emotional-circular-causalities-in-psychosocial-and-cognitive-therapy-using-multi-sensory-environments-an-orbde-case-study-analysis
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Janice Ryan
This exploratory, evidence-based practice research study focuses on presenting a plausible mesoscopic brain dynamics hypothesis for the benefits of treating clients with psychosocial and cognitive challenges using a mindful therapeutic approach and multi-sensory environments. After an extensive neuroscientific review of the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness, a multi-sensory environment is presented as a window of therapeutic opportunity to more quickly and efficiently facilitate the neurobiological experience of becoming more mindful or conscious of self and environment...
October 2017: Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921762/inhibition-shapes-the-organization-of-hippocampal-representations
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Sam McKenzie
Hippocampal neurons become tuned to stimuli that predict behaviorally salient outcomes. This plasticity suggests that memory formation depends upon shifts in how different anatomical inputs can drive hippocampal activity. Here, I present evidence that inhibitory neurons can provide such a mechanism for learning-related changes in the tuning of pyramidal cells. Inhibitory currents arriving on the dendrites of pyramidal cells determine whether an excitatory input can drive action potential output. Specificity and plasticity of this dendritic modulation allows for precise, modifiable changes in how afferent inputs are integrated, a process that defines a neuron's receptive field...
September 16, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911882/aromatase-inhibitors-a-new-approach-for-controlling-ovarian-function-in-cattle
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M J Yapura, E M Zwiefelhofer, R A Pierson, G P Adams
Numerous treatments and protocols have been used to control the reproductive cycle in cattle, with varying effectiveness and many involving the administration of steroid hormones. Steroid hormones, such as estradiol, are perceived as having a negative impact on consumer health. This internationally shared opinion has led to a ban on the use of steroid hormones in food producing animals in many countries (i.e., European Union, New Zealand, and Australia). Letrozole, a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor, inactivates the aromatase enzyme responsible for the synthesis of estrogens by reversibly binding to the "heme" group of the P450 subunit...
September 11, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910903/-patient-ventilator-synchrony-in-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation
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L X Xie, G X Mo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910617/whole-cell-recording-of-neuronal-membrane-potential-during-behavior
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Carl C H Petersen
Neuronal membrane potential is of fundamental importance for the mechanistic understanding of brain function. This review discusses progress in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings for low-noise measurement of neuronal membrane potential in awake behaving animals. Whole-cell recordings can be combined with two-photon microscopy to target fluorescently labeled neurons, revealing cell-type-specific membrane potential dynamics of retrogradely or genetically labeled neurons. Dual whole-cell recordings reveal behavioral modulation of membrane potential synchrony and properties of synaptic transmission in vivo...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905146/long-range-temporal-correlations-reflect-treatment-response-in-the-electroencephalogram-of-patients-with-infantile-spasms
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Rachel J Smith, Amanda Sugijoto, Neggy Rismanchi, Shaun A Hussain, Daniel W Shrey, Beth A Lopour
Infantile spasms syndrome is an epileptic encephalopathy in which prompt diagnosis and treatment initiation are critical to therapeutic response. Diagnosis of the disease heavily depends on the identification of characteristic electroencephalographic (EEG) patterns, including hypsarrhythmia. However, visual assessment of the presence and characteristics of hypsarrhythmia is challenging because multiple variants of the pattern exist, leading to poor inter-rater reliability. We investigated whether a quantitative measurement of the control of neural synchrony in the EEGs of infantile spasms patients could be used to reliably distinguish the presence of hypsarrhythmia and indicate successful treatment outcomes...
September 13, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904775/how-shrub-encroachment-under-climate-change-could-threaten-pollination-services-for-alpine-wildflowers-a-case-study-using-the-alpine-skypilot-polemonium-viscosum
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Jessica A Kettenbach, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Zoë Moffett, Candace Galen
Under climate change, shrubs encroaching into high altitude plant communities disrupt ecosystem processes. Yet effects of encroachment on pollination mutualisms are poorly understood. Here, we probe potential fitness impacts of interference from encroaching Salix (willows) on pollination quality of the alpine skypilot, Polemonium viscosum. Overlap in flowering time of Salix and Polemonium is a precondition for interference and was surveyed in four extant and 25 historic contact zones. Pollinator sharing was ascertained from observations of willow pollen on bumble bees visiting Polemonium flowers and on Polemonium pistils...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903981/serotonin-drives-predatory-feeding-behavior-via-synchronous-feeding-rhythms-in-the-nematode-pristionchus-pacificus
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Misako Okumura, Martin Wilecki, Ralf J Sommer
Feeding behaviors in a wide range of animals are regulated by the neurotransmitter serotonin, although the exact neural circuits and associated mechanism are often unknown. The nematode Pristionchus pacificus can kill other nematodes by opening prey cuticles with movable teeth. Previous studies showed that exogenous serotonin treatment induces a predatory-like tooth movement and slower pharyngeal pumping in the absence of prey, however, physiological functions of serotonin during predation and other behaviors in P...
September 13, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894569/substantial-variation-in-the-timing-of-pollen-production-reduces-reproductive-synchrony-between-distant-populations-of-pinus-sylvestris-l-in-scotland
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Richard Whittet, Stephen Cavers, Joan Cottrell, Cristina Rosique-Esplugas, Richard Ennos
The ability of a population to genetically adapt to a changing environment is contingent not only on the level of existing genetic variation within that population, but also on the gene flow received from differently adapted populations. Effective pollen-mediated gene flow among plant populations requires synchrony of flowering. Therefore differences in timing of flowering among genetically divergent populations may reduce their ability to adapt to environmental change. To determine whether gene flow among differently adapted populations of native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in Scotland was restricted by differences in their flowering phenology, we measured timing of pollen release among populations spanning a steep environmental gradient over three consecutive seasons (2014-2016)...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892573/bicycling-suppresses-abnormal-beta-synchrony-in-the-parkinsonian-basal-ganglia
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Lena Storzer, Markus Butz, Jan Hirschmann, Omid Abbasi, Maciej Gratkowski, Dietmar Saupe, Jan Vesper, Sarang S Dalal, Alfons Schnitzler
OBJECTIVE: Freezing of gait is a poorly understood symptom of Parkinson's disease, and can severely disrupt the locomotion of affected patients. However, bicycling ability remains surprisingly unaffected in most patients suffering from freezing suggesting functional differences in the motor network. The purpose of this study was to characterize and contrast the oscillatory dynamics underlying bicycling and walking in the basal ganglia. METHODS: We present the first local field potential recordings directly comparing bicycling and walking in Parkinson's disease patients with electrodes implanted in the subthalamic nuclei for deep brain stimulation...
September 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889808/maternal-immune-and-affiliative-biomarkers-and-sensitive-parenting-mediate-the-effects-of-chronic-early-trauma-on-child-anxiety
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A Ulmer-Yaniv, A Djalovski, K Yirmiya, G Halevi, O Zagoory-Sharon, R Feldman
BACKGROUND: Chronic early trauma alters children's stress reactivity and increases the prevalence of anxiety disorders; yet the neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms underpinning this effect are not fully clear. Animal studies indicate that the mother's physiology and behavior mediate offspring stress in a system-specific manner, but few studies tested this external-regulatory maternal role in human children exposed to chronic stress. METHODS: We followed a unique cohort of children exposed to continuous wartime trauma (N = 177; exposed; N = 101, controls; N = 76)...
September 11, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888972/emg-synchrony-to-assess-impaired-corticomotor-control-of-locomotion-after-stroke
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Neha Lodha, Yen-Ting Chen, Theresa E McGuirk, Emily J Fox, Steven A Kautz, Evangelos A Christou, David J Clark
Adapting one's gait pattern requires a contribution from cortical motor commands. Evidence suggests that frequency-based analysis of electromyography (EMG) can be used to detect this cortical contribution. Specifically, increased EMG synchrony between synergistic muscles in the Piper frequency band has been linked to heightened corticomotor contribution to EMG. Stroke-related damage to cerebral motor pathways would be expected to diminish EMG Piper synchrony. The objective of this study is therefore to test the hypothesis that EMG Piper synchrony is diminished in the paretic leg relative to nonparetic and control legs, particularly during a long-step task of walking adaptability...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887882/homogeneous-processing-in-the-striatal-direct-and-indirect-pathways-single-body-part-sensitive-type-iib-neurons-may-express-either-dopamine-receptor-d1-or-d2
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Kevin R Coffey, Miles Nader, Jasmeet Bawa, Mark O West
Striatal medium spiny projection neurons (MSNs) output through two diverging circuits, the "direct and indirect pathways" which originate from minimally overlapping populations of MSNs expressing either the dopamine receptor D1 or the dopamine receptor D2. One modern theory of direct and indirect pathway function proposes that activation of direct pathway MSNs facilitates output of desired motor programs, while activation of indirect pathway MSNs inhibits competing motor programs. A separate theory suggests that coordinated timing or synchrony of the direct and indirect pathways is critical for the execution of refined movements...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881439/natural-disturbances-are-spatially-diverse-but-temporally-synchronized-across-temperate-forest-landscapes-in-europe
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Cornelius Senf, Rupert Seidl
Natural disturbance regimes are changing substantially in forests around the globe. However, large-scale disturbance change is modulated by a considerable spatiotemporal variation within biomes. This variation remains incompletely understood particularly in the temperate forests of Europe, for which consistent large-scale disturbance information is lacking. Here our aim was to quantify the spatiotemporal patterns of forest disturbances across temperate forest landscapes in Europe using remote sensing data, and determine their underlying drivers...
September 7, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881003/drivers-of-synchrony-of-acorn-production-in-the-valley-oak-quercus-lobata-at-two-spatial-scales
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Walter D Koenig, Johannes M H Knops, Mario B Pesendorfer, David N Zaya, Mary V Ashley
We investigated spatial synchrony of acorn production by valley oaks (Quercus lobata) among individual trees at the within-population, local level and at the among-population, statewide level spanning the geographic range of the species. At the local level, the main drivers of spatial synchrony were water availability and flowering phenology of individual trees, while proximity, temperature differences between trees, and genetic similarity failed to explain a significant proportion of variance in spatial synchrony...
September 7, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878848/quantification-of-contraction-synchronicity-and-contraction-work-in-coronary-artery-disease
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Takanaga Niimi, Mamoru Nanasato, Hisatoshi Maeda
PURPOSE: This study quantified the contraction synchronicity (CS; with 100% representing full synchrony and -100% dyssynchrony) and contraction work (CW, millijoules per centimeter squared; representing myocardial area) in patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: CS, CW and LVEF in 104 subjects (54 CAD patients and 50 control subjects without CAD) were measured using rest electrocardiography-gated single-photon emission computed tomography (ECG SPECT)...
September 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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