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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342443/test-retest-reliability-of-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-eeg-evoked-potentials
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Lewis J Kerwin, Corey J Keller, Wei Wu, Manjari Narayan, Amit Etkin
BACKGROUND: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-evoked potentials (TEPs), recorded using electroencephalography (TMS-EEG), offer a powerful tool for measuring causal interactions in the human brain. However, the test-retest reliability of TEPs, critical to their use in clinical biomarker and interventional studies, remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We quantified TEP reliability to: (i) determine the minimal TEP amplitude change which significantly exceeds that associated with simply re-testing, (ii) locate the most reliable scalp regions of interest (ROIs) and TEP peaks, and (iii) determine the minimal number of TEP pulses for achieving reliability...
December 29, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342440/the-critical-warning-sign-of-real-time-brainstem-auditory-evoked-potentials-during-microvascular-decompression-for-hemifacial-spasm
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Sang-Ku Park, Byung-Euk Joo, Seunghoon Lee, Jeong-A Lee, Jeong-Ho Hwang, Doo-Sik Kong, Dae-Won Seo, Kwan Park, Hoon-Taek Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the critical warning sign of real-time brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) for predicting hearing loss (HL) after microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm (HFS). METHODS: Nine hundred and thirty-two patients with HFS who underwent MVD with intraoperative monitoring (IOM) of BAEP were analyzed. We used a 43.9 Hz/s stimulation rate and 400 averaging trials to obtain BAEP. To evaluate HL, pure-tone audiometry and speech discrimination scoring were performed before and one week after surgery...
January 4, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342430/tissue-expander-stimulated-lengthening-of-arteries-for-the-treatment-of-midaortic-syndrome-in-children
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Heung Bae Kim, Gabriel J Ramos-Gonzalez, Khashayar Vakili, Deborah R Stein, Michael A Ferguson, Diego Porras, James E Lock, Gulraiz Chaudry, Ahmad Alomari, Steven J Fishman
BACKGROUND: Midaortic syndrome (MAS) is a rare condition characterized by stenosis of the abdominal aorta. Patients with disease refractory to medical management will usually require either endovascular therapy or surgery with use of prosthetic graft material for bypass or patch angioplasty. We report our early experience with a novel approach using a tissue expander (TE) to lengthen the normal native arteries in children with MAS, allowing primary aortic repair without the need for prosthetic graft material...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342282/membrane-fluxes-bypass-flows-and-sodium-stress-in-rice-the-influence-of-silicon
#4
Rubens Flam-Shepherd, Wayne Q Huynh, Devrim Coskun, Ahmed M Hamam, Dev T Britto, Herbert J Kronzucker
Provision of silicon (Si) to roots of rice (Oryza sativa L.) can alleviate salt stress by blocking apoplastic, transpirational bypass flow of Na+ from root to shoot. However, little is known about how Si affects Na+ fluxes across cell membranes. Here, we measured radiotracer fluxes of 24Na+, plasma membrane depolarization, tissue ion accumulation, and transpirational bypass flow, to examine the influence of Si on Na+ transport patterns in hydroponically grown, salt-sensitive (cv. IR29) and salt-tolerant (cv...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342238/rhythmic-spontaneous-activity-mediates-the-age-related-decline-in-somatosensory-function
#5
Rachel K Spooner, Alex I Wiesman, Amy L Proskovec, Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Tony W Wilson
Sensory gating is a neurophysiological process whereby the response to a second stimulus in a pair of identical stimuli is attenuated, and it is thought to reflect the capacity of the CNS to preserve neural resources for behaviorally relevant stimuli. Such gating is observed across multiple sensory modalities and is modulated by age, but the mechanisms involved are not understood. In this study, we examined somatosensory gating in 68 healthy adults using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and advanced oscillatory and time-domain analysis methods...
January 12, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342237/the-roles-of-subdivisions-of-human-insula-in-emotion-perception-and-auditory-processing
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Yang Zhang, Wenjing Zhou, Siyu Wang, Qin Zhou, Haixiang Wang, Bingqing Zhang, Juan Huang, Bo Hong, Xiaoqin Wang
Previous studies have shown insular activations involving sensory, motor, and affective processing. However, the functional roles of subdivisions within the human insula are still not well understood. In the present study, we used intracranial electroencephalography and electrical cortical stimulation to investigate the causal roles of subdivisions of the insula in auditory emotion perception in epilepsy patients implanted with depth electrodes in this brain region. The posterior and the anterior subdivisions of the human insula, identified based on structural and functional analyses, showed distinct response properties to auditory emotional stimuli...
January 12, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342186/doxorubicin-provoked-increase-of-mitotic-activity-and-concomitant-drain-of-g0-pool-in-therapy-resistant-be-2-c-neuroblastoma
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Isabell Hultman, Linnea Haeggblom, Ingvild Rognmo, Josefin Jansson Edqvist, Evelina Blomberg, Rouknuddin Ali, Lottie Phillips, Bengt Sandstedt, Per Kogner, Shahrzad Shirazi Fard, Lars Ährlund-Richter
In this study chemotherapy response in neuroblastoma (NB) was assessed for the first time in a transplantation model comprising non-malignant human embryonic microenvironment of pluripotent stem cell teratoma (PSCT) derived from diploid bona fide hESC. Two NB cell lines with known high-risk phenotypes; the multi-resistant BE(2)-C and the drug sensitive IMR-32, were transplanted to the PSCT model and the tumour growth was exposed to single or repeated treatments with doxorubicin, and thereafter evaluated for cell death, apoptosis, and proliferation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342179/the-polymethoxy-flavonoid-sudachitin-suppresses-inflammatory-bone-destruction-by-directly-inhibiting-osteoclastogenesis-due-to-reduced-ros-production-and-mapk-activation-in-osteoclast-precursors
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Yoko Ohyama, Junta Ito, Victor J Kitano, Jun Shimada, Yoshiyuki Hakeda
Inflammatory bone diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, periodontitis and peri-implantitis, are associated not only with the production of inflammatory cytokines but also with local oxidative status, which is defined by intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Osteoclast differentiation has been reported to be related to increased intracellular ROS levels in osteoclast lineage cells. Sudachitin, which is a polymethoxyflavone derived from Citrus sudachi, possesses antioxidant properties and regulates various functions in mammalian cells...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342151/cd8-signaling-in-microglia-macrophage-m1-polarization-in-a-rat-model-of-cerebral-ischemia
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Jan Boddaert, Kenny Bielen, Bart 's Jongers, Ekta Manocha, Laetitia Yperzeele, Patrick Cras, Daniel Pirici, Samir Kumar-Singh
Classical or M1 activity of microglia/macrophages has been described in several neurodegenerative and brain inflammatory conditions and has also been linked to expansion of ischemic injury in post-stroke brain. While different pathways of M1 polarization have been suggested to occur in the post-stroke brain, the precise underlying mechanisms remain undefined. Using a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) rat model, we showed a progressive M2 to M1 polarization in the perilesional brain region with M1 cells becoming one of the dominant subsets by day 4 post-stroke...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342135/structures-of-%C3%AE-klotho-reveal-a-zip-code-like-mechanism-for-endocrine-fgf-signalling
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Sangwon Lee, Jungyuen Choi, Jyotidarsini Mohanty, Leiliane P Sousa, Francisco Tome, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Mark A Lemmon, Irit Lax, Joseph Schlessinger
Canonical fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) activate FGF receptors (FGFRs) through paracrine or autocrine mechanisms in a process that requires cooperation with heparan sulfate proteoglycans, which function as co-receptors for FGFR activation. By contrast, endocrine FGFs (FGF19, FGF21 and FGF23) are circulating hormones that regulate critical metabolic processes in a variety of tissues. FGF19 regulates bile acid synthesis and lipogenesis, whereas FGF21 stimulates insulin sensitivity, energy expenditure and weight loss...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342134/chromosomal-instability-drives-metastasis-through-a-cytosolic-dna-response
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Samuel F Bakhoum, Bryan Ngo, Ashley M Laughney, Julie-Ann Cavallo, Charles J Murphy, Peter Ly, Pragya Shah, Roshan K Sriram, Thomas B K Watkins, Neil K Taunk, Mercedes Duran, Chantal Pauli, Christine Shaw, Kalyani Chadalavada, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Giulio Genovese, Subramanian Venkatesan, Nicolai J Birkbak, Nicholas McGranahan, Mark Lundquist, Quincey LaPlant, John H Healey, Olivier Elemento, Christine H Chung, Nancy Y Lee, Marcin Imielenski, Gouri Nanjangud, Dana Pe'er, Don W Cleveland, Simon N Powell, Jan Lammerding, Charles Swanton, Lewis C Cantley
Chromosomal instability is a hallmark of cancer that results from ongoing errors in chromosome segregation during mitosis. Although chromosomal instability is a major driver of tumour evolution, its role in metastasis has not been established. Here we show that chromosomal instability promotes metastasis by sustaining a tumour cell-autonomous response to cytosolic DNA. Errors in chromosome segregation create a preponderance of micronuclei whose rupture spills genomic DNA into the cytosol. This leads to the activation of the cGAS-STING (cyclic GMP-AMP synthase-stimulator of interferon genes) cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway and downstream noncanonical NF-κB signalling...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342130/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-levels-are-positively-associated-with-insulin-resistance
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Ping Zhu, Xinliang Liu, Xiaoming Mao
BACKGROUND It has been reported that overt and mild thyroid dysfunctions are associated with insulin resistance (IR). We performed this retrospective study to evaluate the relationships between thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels within the reference range and IR. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 447 outpatients were enrolled in this study: 298 with type 2 diabetes mellitus and 149 nondiabetic individuals. Based on a cutoff HbA1c value of 7%, diabetic patients were additionally divided into 2 groups: a high-HbA1c group (n=240) and a low-HbA1c group (n=58)...
January 17, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342125/induction-of-pro-apoptotic-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-multiple-myeloma-cells-by-neo214-perillyl-alcohol-conjugated-to-rolipram
#13
Thomas C Chen, Nymph Chan, Shirin Labib, Jiali Yu, Hee-Yeon Cho, Florence M Hofman, Axel H Schönthal
Despite the introduction of new therapies for multiple myeloma (MM), many patients are still dying from this disease and novel treatments are urgently needed. We have designed a novel hybrid molecule, called NEO214, that was generated by covalent conjugation of the natural monoterpene perillyl alcohol (POH), an inducer of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, to rolipram (Rp), an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4). Its potential anticancer effects were investigated in a panel of MM cell lines. We found that NEO214 effectively killed MM cells in vitro with a potency that was over an order of magnitude stronger than that of its individual components, either alone or in combination...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342076/neuromorphic-vibrotactile-stimulation-of-fingertips-for-encoding-object-stiffness-in-telepresence-sensory-substitution-and-augmentation-applications
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Francesca Sorgini, Luca Massari, Jessica D'Abbraccio, Eduardo Palermo, Arianna Menciassi, Petar B Petrovic, Alberto Mazzoni, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Fiona N Newell, Calogero M Oddo
We present a tactile telepresence system for real-time transmission of information about object stiffness to the human fingertips. Experimental tests were performed across two laboratories (Italy and Ireland). In the Italian laboratory, a mechatronic sensing platform indented different rubber samples. Information about rubber stiffness was converted into on-off events using a neuronal spiking model and sent to a vibrotactile glove in the Irish laboratory. Participants discriminated the variation of the stiffness of stimuli according to a two-alternative forced choice protocol...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342054/multicenter-us-clinical-trial-with-an-electric-acoustic-stimulation-eas-system-in-adults-final-outcomes
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Harold C Pillsbury, Margaret T Dillon, Craig A Buchman, Hinrich Staecker, Sandra M Prentiss, Michael J Ruckenstein, Douglas C Bigelow, Fred F Telischi, Diane M Martinez, Christina L Runge, David R Friedland, Nikolas H Blevins, Jannine B Larky, George Alexiades, David M Kaylie, Peter S Roland, Richard T Miyamoto, Douglas D Backous, Frank M Warren, Hussam K El-Kashlan, Heidi K Slager, Carisa Reyes, Allison I Racey, Oliver F Adunka
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the MED-EL Electric-Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) System, for adults with residual low-frequency hearing and severe-to-profound hearing loss in the mid to high frequencies. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, repeated measures. SETTING: Multicenter, hospital. PATIENTS: Seventy-three subjects implanted with PULSAR or SONATA cochlear implants with FLEX electrode arrays. INTERVENTION: Subjects were fit postoperatively with an audio processor, combining electric stimulation and acoustic amplification...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342050/intraoperative-cochlear-implant-device-testing-utilizing-an-automated-remote-system-a-prospective-pilot-study
#16
Amanda R Lohmann, Matthew L Carlson, Douglas P Sladen
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative cochlear implant device testing provides valuable information regarding device integrity, electrode position, and may assist with determining initial stimulation settings. Manual intraoperative device testing during cochlear implantation requires the time and expertise of a trained audiologist. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the feasibility of using automated remote intraoperative cochlear implant reverse telemetry testing as an alternative to standard testing...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341932/synthetic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hydrogel-improves-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-therapy-for-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#17
Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Giuseppe Malpasso, Cindy Chokoza, Deon Bezuidenhout, Kyle P Goetsch, Manuela Mura, Federica Pisano, Neil H Davies, Massimiliano Gnecchi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) repair infarcted hearts mainly through paracrine mechanisms. Low cell engraftment limits the release of soluble paracrine factors (SF) over time and, consequently, MSC efficacy. We tested whether a synthetic extracellular matrix mimic, a hydrogel containing heparin (H-HG), could ameliorate MSC engraftment and binding/release of SF, thus improving MSC therapy efficacy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro, rat bone-marrow MSC (rBM-MSC) were seeded and grown into H-HG...
January 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341928/a-novel-brown-adipocyte-enriched-long-non-coding-rna-that-is-required-for-brown-adipocyte-differentiation-and-sufficient-to-drive-thermogenic-gene-program-in-white-adipocytes
#18
Yan Xiong, Feng Yue, Zhihao Jia, Yun Gao, Wen Jin, Keping Hu, Yong Zhang, Dahai Zhu, Gongshe Yang, Shihuan Kuang
The thermogenic activities of brown and beige adipocytes can be exploited to reduce energy surplus and counteract obesity. Recent RNA sequencing studies have uncovered a number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) uniquely expressed in white and brown adipose tissues (WAT and BAT), but whether and how these lncRNAs function in adipogenesis remain largely unknown. Here, we report the identification of a novel brown adipocyte-enriched LncRNA (AK079912), and its nuclear localization, function and regulation. The expression of AK079912 increases during brown preadipocyte differentiation and in response to cold-stimulated browning of white adipocytes...
January 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341901/a-small-peptide-derived-from-bmp-9-can-increase-the-effect-of-bfgf-and-ngf-on-sh-sy5y-cells-differentiation
#19
Marc-Antoine Lauzon, Nathalie Faucheux
The current aging of the world population will increase the number of people suffering from brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). There are evidence showing that the use of growth factors such as BMP-9 could restored cognitive function as it acts on many AD hallmarks at the same time. However, BMP-9 is a big protein expensive to produce that can hardly access the central nervous system. We have therefore developed a small peptide, SpBMP-9, derived from the knuckle epitope of BMP-9 and showed its therapeutic potential in a previous study...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341896/luteinizing-hormone-signaling-phosphorylates-and-activates-the-cyclic-gmp-phosphodiesterase-pde5-in-mouse-ovarian-follicles-contributing-an-additional-component-to-the-hormonally-induced-decrease-in-cyclic-gmp-that-reinitiates-meiosis
#20
Jeremy R Egbert, Siu-Pok Yee, Laurinda A Jaffe
Prior to birth, oocytes within mammalian ovarian follicles initiate meiosis, but then arrest in prophase until puberty, when with each reproductive cycle, one or more follicles are stimulated by luteinizing hormone (LH) to resume meiosis in preparation for fertilization. Within preovulatory follicles, granulosa cells produce high levels of cGMP, which diffuses into the oocyte to maintain meiotic arrest. LH signaling restarts meiosis by rapidly lowering the levels of cGMP in the follicle and oocyte. Part of this decrease is mediated by the dephosphorylation and inactivation the NPR2 guanylyl cyclase in response to LH, but the mechanism for the remainder of the cGMP decrease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Developmental Biology
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