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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935605/evolution-of-the-circuitry-for-conscious-color-vision-in-primates
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J Neitz, M Neitz
There are many ganglion cell types and subtypes in our retina that carry color information. These have appeared at different times over the history of the evolution of the vertebrate visual system. They project to several different places in the brain and serve a variety of purposes allowing wavelength information to contribute to diverse visual functions. These include circadian photoentrainment, regulation of sleep and mood, guidance of orienting movements, detection and segmentation of objects. Predecessors to some of the circuits serving these purposes presumably arose before mammals evolved and different functions are represented by distinct ganglion cell types...
December 9, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935471/oral-motor-abilities-are-task-dependent-a-factor-analytic-approach-to-performance-rate
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Anja Staiger, Theresa Schölderle, Bettina Brendel, Kai Bötzel, Wolfram Ziegler
Measures of performance rates in speech-like or volitional nonspeech oral motor tasks are frequently used to draw inferences about articulation rate abnormalities in patients with neurologic movement disorders. The study objective was to investigate the structural relationship between rate measures of speech and of oral motor behaviors different from speech. A total of 130 patients with neurologic movement disorders and 130 healthy subjects participated in the study. Rate data was collected for oral reading (speech), rapid syllable repetition (speech-like), and rapid single articulator movements (nonspeech)...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933416/positron-emission-tomography-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-towards-targeting-of-molecular-pathological-hallmarks
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Stefanie M A Willekens, Donatienne Van Weehaeghe, Philip Van Damme, Koen Van Laere
During the past decades, extensive efforts have been made to expand the knowledge of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, clinical translation of this research, in terms of earlier diagnosis and improved therapy, remains challenging. Since more than 30% of motor neurons are lost when symptoms become clinically apparent, techniques allowing non-invasive, in vivo detection of motor neuron degeneration are needed in the early, pre-symptomatic disease stage. Furthermore, it has become apparent that non-motor signs play an important role in the disease and there is an overlap with cognitive disorders, such as frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933285/developmental-profile-and-diagnoses-in-children-presenting-with-motor-stereotypies
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Francesco Cardona, Francesca Valente, Daniela Miraglia, Caterina D'Ardia, Valentina Baglioni, Flavia Chiarotti
INTRODUCTION: Motor stereotypies represent a typical example of the difficulty in distinguishing non-clinical behaviors (physiological and transient) from symptoms or among different disorders ["primary stereotypies," associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities, genetic syndromes, and sensory impairment]. The aim of this study was to obtain an accurate assessment on the relationship between stereotypies and neurodevelopmental disorders. METHODS: We studied 23 children (3 girls), aged 36-95 months, who requested a consultation due to the persistence or increased severity of motor stereotypies...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933283/neonatal-diagnostics-toward-dynamic-growth-charts-of-neuromotor-control
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Elizabeth B Torres, Beth Smith, Sejal Mistry, Maria Brincker, Caroline Whyatt
The current rise of neurodevelopmental disorders poses a critical need to detect risk early in order to rapidly intervene. One of the tools pediatricians use to track development is the standard growth chart. The growth charts are somewhat limited in predicting possible neurodevelopmental issues. They rely on linear models and assumptions of normality for physical growth data - obscuring key statistical information about possible neurodevelopmental risk in growth data that actually has accelerated, non-linear rates-of-change and variability encompassing skewed distributions...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933018/a-study-of-the-coupling-of-fet-temperament-traits-with-major-depression
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Irina N Trofimova, William Sulis
Objective: Temperament and mental illness have been linked to the same systems of behavioral regulation. A temperament model, carefully structured to respond to subtle differences within systems of behavior regulation, should exhibit distinct temperament patterns in the presence of mental illness. Previous comparisons of temperament profiles in mental disorders used mostly emotionality-related traits. In contrast, the Functional Ensemble of Temperament (FET) model differentiates not only between emotionality traits, but also between traits related to physical, verbal, and mental aspects of behavior and maps 12 functional aspects of behavior to temperament traits as well as to symptoms of mental illnesses...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932945/monoaminergic-and-histaminergic-strategies-and-treatments-in-brain-diseases
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Dubravka Svob Strac, Montse Sole, Mercedes Unzeta, Keith F Tipton, Dorotea Mück-Šeler, Irene Bolea, Laura Della Corte, Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Nela Pivac, Ilse J Smolders, Anna Stasiak, Wieslawa A Fogel, Philippe De Deurwaerdère
The monoaminergic systems are the target of several drugs for the treatment of mood, motor and cognitive disorders as well as neurological conditions. In most cases, advances have occurred through serendipity, except for Parkinson's disease where the pathophysiology led almost immediately to the introduction of dopamine restoring agents. Extensive neuropharmacological studies first showed that the primary target of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anxiolytic drugs were specific components of the monoaminergic systems...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930654/whole-organism-developmental-expression-profiling-identifies-rab-28-as-a-novel-ciliary-gtpase-associated-with-the-bbsome-and-intraflagellar-transport
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Victor L Jensen, Stephen Carter, Anna A W M Sanders, Chunmei Li, Julie Kennedy, Tiffany A Timbers, Jerry Cai, Noemie Scheidel, Breandán N Kennedy, Ryan D Morin, Michel R Leroux, Oliver E Blacque
Primary cilia are specialised sensory and developmental signalling devices extending from the surface of most eukaryotic cells. Defects in these organelles cause inherited human disorders (ciliopathies) such as retinitis pigmentosa and Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS), frequently affecting many physiological and developmental processes across multiple organs. Cilium formation, maintenance and function depend on intracellular transport systems such as intraflagellar transport (IFT), which is driven by kinesin-2 and IFT-dynein motors and regulated by the Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) cargo-adaptor protein complex, or BBSome...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930565/a-case-report-with-the-peculiar-concomitance-of-2-different-genetic-syndromes
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Alberto Lerario, Irene Colombo, Donatella Milani, Lorenzo Peverelli, Luisa Villa, Roberto Del Bo, Monica Sciacco, Giacomo Pietro Comi, Susanna Esposito, Maurizio Moggio
RATIONALE: Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosome disorder in live born infants, affecting several body systems, but usually sparing skeletal muscles. We present the case of a child with coexistence of DS and dystrophinopathy. Only 1 similar case has been reported so far. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 8-year-old boy with DS had a history of incidental finding of increased serum creatine kinase levels up to 1775 U/L (normal values 38-174 U/L). He presented no delay in motor development; at the neurological examination, no muscle weakness or fatigability was detected in 2 different evaluations performed over a 6-month period...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929319/effects-of-psychomotor-intervention-program-on-students-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Sayed ElGarhy, Ting Liu
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a psychomotor intervention program (PIP) on body awareness and psychomotor concepts for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Twenty-eight students (23 boys and 5 girls) with ASD participated in this study. Fourteen students with ASD were randomly assigned to the experimental group (12 boys and 2 girls; mean age of 5.48 years), and 14 students were assigned to the control group (11 boys and 3 girls; mean age of 5.2 years). Students in the experimental group were trained with the PIP activities (targeting body awareness, body concepts, space concepts, and time concepts) three times a week for 10 weeks...
December 2016: School Psychology Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928963/role-of-neurotrophic-factors-in-parkinson%C3%A2-s-disease
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Diogo Tomé, Carla Pais Fonseca, Filipa Lopes Campos, Graça Baltazar
Parkinson's disease is an age-associated progressive neurodegenerative disorder that has gained crescent social and economic impact due to the aging of the western society. All current therapies are symptomatic and fail to reverse or halt the progression of dopaminergic neurons loss. The discovery of the capability of neurotrophic factors to protect these neurons lead numerous research groups to focus their efforts in developing therapies aiming at promoting the control of Parkinson´s disease through the delivery of neurotrophic factors to the brain or by boosting their endogenous levels...
December 8, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928922/function-of-myosin-during-entry-and-egress-of-equid-herpesvirus-type-1-in-primary-murine-neurons
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J Cymerys, A Słońska, J Skwarska, M W Bańbura
Equid herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) is a major pathogen of horses with a worldwide distribution, which can cause various clinical signs ranging from mild respiratory disease to neurological disorders. To initiate an effective infection, EHV-1 evolved a broad spectrum of mechanisms exploiting the host cell, including its actin filaments. An actin-myosin-driven transport has been described to precede cellular entry of different viruses. Therefore, in the present study we investigated the role of actin motor protein - myosin, during replication of two EHV-1 strains: Jan-E (wild-type EHV-1 strain isolated from aborted equine fetus) and Rac-H (attenuated strain highly adapted in cell cultures in vitro) in primary murine neurons...
2016: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928778/previously-unreported-biallelic-mutation-in-dnajc19-are-sensorineural-hearing-loss-and-basal-ganglia-lesions-additional-features-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-and-ataxia-dcma-syndrome
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Sema Kalkan Ucar, Johannes A Mayr, René G Feichtinger, Ebru Canda, Mahmut Çoker, Saskia B Wortmann
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), non-progressive cerebellar ataxia (A), testicular dysgenesis, growth failure, and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria are the hallmarks of DNAJC19 defect (or DCMA syndrome) due to biallelic mutations in DNAJC19. To date DCMA syndrome has been reported in 19 patients from Canada and in two Finnish siblings. The underlying pathomechanism is unknown; however, DNAJC19 is presumed to be involved in mitochondrial membrane related processes (e.g., protein import and cardiolipin remodeling)...
December 8, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928382/isolated-fourth-nerve-palsy-in-tuberculous-meningitis
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María García-Zamora, Hortensia Sánchez-Tocino, Ana Villanueva-Gómez, José Miguel Angles-Deza, Elena Pérez-Gutierrez
Tuberculous meningitis is a type of subacute meningitis and like other intracranial processes can compromise ocular motor nerves, causing palsies. Trochlear nerve is an unusual isolated manifestation in this type of pathology. The authors report a 5-year-old boy presented in their clinic with a trochlear nerve palsy as unique neurological manifestation of tuberculous meningitis. Treatment with complete anti-tuberculous therapy and botulinum A toxin was needed to get the complete resolution of the nerve palsy...
February 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928163/tbcd-may-be-a-causal-gene-in-progressive-neurodegenerative-encephalopathy-with-atypical-infantile-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Toshio Ikeda, Akihiko Nakahara, Rie Nagano, Maiko Utoyama, Megumi Obara, Hiroshi Moritake, Tamayo Uechi, Jun Mitsui, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Yoshimura, Koichiro Doi, Naoya Kenmochi, Shinichi Morishita, Ichizo Nishino, Shoji Tsuji, Hiroyuki Nunoi
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder caused by survival motor neuron gene mutations. Variant forms of SMA accompanied by additional clinical presentations have been classified as atypical SMA and are thought to be caused by variants in as yet unidentified causative genes. Here, we presented the clinical findings of two siblings with an SMA variant followed by progressive cerebral atrophy, and the results of whole-exome sequencing analyses of the family quartet that was performed to identify potential causative variants...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927661/differences-among-primary-care-patients-with-different-mechanical-patterns-of-low-back-pain-a-cross-sectional-investigation
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Lauren S Della Mora, Anthony V Perruccio, Elizabeth M Badley, Y Raja Rampersaud
OBJECTIVES: To characterise and compare a persistent low back pain (LBP) population based on 4 clinical pain patterns. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of patient-reported data. SETTING: Patients from 220 primary care practitioners in 3 cities in Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: 1020 individuals seeking LBP care. INCLUSION CRITERIA: LBP symptoms lasting 1½-12 months, or unmanageable recurrent symptoms; ages 18+years...
December 7, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927041/investigational-agents-for-the-management-of-huntington-s-disease
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Thomas Müller
An inherited, chronic progressive, neurodegenerative disorder is Huntington's disease, characterized by motor, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms. Predictive genetic testing allows earlier diagnosis and identification of gene carriers for Huntington's disease. These individuals are ideal candidates for testing of therapeutic interventions for disease modification. Areas covered: According to queries in Pubmed, Embase and clinical register databases, research and clinical studies emerge on symptomatic and neuroprotective therapies in Huntington's disease...
December 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926670/clinical-and-radiographical-differences-between-thoracic-idiopathic-spinal-cord-herniation-and-spinal-arachnoid-cyst
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Hiroaki Nakashima, Shiro Imagama, Hideki Yagi, Fumihiko Kato, Tokumi Kanemura, Koji Sato, Noriaki Kawakami, Mitsuhiro Kamiya, Hisatake Yoshihara, Kenyu Ito, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Yoshihiro Nishida, Naoki Ishiguro
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective multicenter case-controlled study OBJECTIVE.: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and radiographical differences between thoracic idiopathic spinal cord herniation (ISCH) and spinal arachnoid cyst (SAC). SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA: ISCH and SAC are relatively rare diseases. Preoperative misdiagnose was frequently reported in both, however these clinical and radiographical differences remain unclear. METHODS: Out of 30,469 patients who underwent spinal surgery, 18 (0...
December 6, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925227/an-erp-study-of-response-inhibition-in-the-auditory-domain-in-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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Matthew M Gerhold, Sandra W Jacobson, Joseph L Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Ernesta M Meintjes, Colin M Andrew
BACKGROUND: Previous event-related potential (ERP) studies of response inhibition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have used a visual Go/NoGo task to study the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on response inhibition. No studies exist using auditory versions of the task; thus, it is unclear how the deficits observed in visual tasks translate into the auditory domain. METHODS: This study examined ERPs using an auditory Go/NoGo paradigm in a sample of 35 school-age children-18 with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and 17 normally developing controls...
December 7, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924190/network-analysis-of-human-post-mortem-microarrays-reveals-novel-genes-micrornas-and-mechanistic-scenarios-of-potential-importance-in-fighting-huntington-s-disease
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Sreedevi Chandrasekaran, Danail Bonchev
Huntington's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor disturbances, cognitive decline, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. In this study, we utilized network-based analysis in an attempt to explore and understand the underlying molecular mechanism and to identify critical molecular players of this disease condition. Using human post-mortem microarrays from three brain regions (cerebellum, frontal cortex and caudate nucleus) we selected in a four-step procedure a seed set of highly modulated genes...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
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