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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931035/neuroprotection-with-hypothermia-and-allopurinol-in-an-animal-model-of-hypoxic-ischemic-injury-is-it-a-gender-question
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Javier Rodríguez-Fanjul, Cristina Durán Fernández-Feijóo, Míriam Lopez-Abad, Maria Goretti Lopez Ramos, Rafael Balada Caballé, Soledad Alcántara-Horillo, Marta Camprubí Camprubí
BACKGROUND: Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is one of the most important causes of neonatal brain injury. Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is the standard treatment for term newborns after perinatal hypoxic ischemic injury (HI). Despite this, TH does not provide complete neuroprotection. Allopurinol seems to be a good neuroprotector in several animal studies, but it has never been tested in combination with hypothermia. Clinical findings show that male infants with (HI) fare more poorly than matched females in cognitive outcomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931004/the-logic-of-the-floral-transition-reverse-engineering-the-switch-controlling-the-identity-of-lateral-organs
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Jean-Louis Dinh, Etienne Farcot, Charlie Hodgman
Much laboratory work has been carried out to determine the gene regulatory network (GRN) that results in plant cells becoming flowers instead of leaves. However, this also involves the spatial distribution of different cell types, and poses the question of whether alternative networks could produce the same set of observed results. This issue has been addressed here through a survey of the published intercellular distribution of expressed regulatory genes and techniques both developed and applied to Boolean network models...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
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Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930995/stereotactic-atlas-guided-laser-capture-microdissection-of-brain-regions-affected-by-traumatic-injury
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Harris A Weisz, Deborah R Boone, Stacy L Sell, Helen L Hellmich
The ability to isolate specific brain regions of interest can be impeded in tissue disassociation techniques that do not preserve their spatial distribution. Such techniques also potentially skew gene expression analysis because the process itself can alter expression patterns in individual cells. Here we describe a laser capture microdissection (LCM) method to selectively collect specific brain regions affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) by using a modified Nissl (cresyl violet) staining protocol and the guidance of a rat brain atlas...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930824/evaluating-the-morphology-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-a-transesophageal-echocardiographic-3-dimensional-printed-model
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Hongning Song, Qing Zhou, Lan Zhang, Qing Deng, Yijia Wang, Bo Hu, Tuantuan Tan, Jinling Chen, Yiteng Pan, Fazhi He
The novel 3-dimensional printing (3DP) technique has shown its ability to assist personalized cardiac intervention therapy. This study aimed to determine the feasibility of 3D-printed left atrial appendage (LAA) models based on 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) data and their application value in treating LAA occlusions.Eighteen patients with transcatheter LAA occlusion, and preprocedure 3D TEE and cardiac computed tomography were enrolled. 3D TEE volumetric data of the LAA were acquired and postprocessed for 3DP...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930523/the-evolving-concept-of-the-intrinsic-hippocampal-theta-gamma-oscillator
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Mauro Cataldi, Chiara Vigliotti
  Three main types of electrical oscillations are recorded from the hippocampus in vivo: theta (θ), gamma (γ) and sharp wave ripples with frequency bands of 4-12, 25-100 and 110-250 Hz, respectively. Theta activity is the more robust of them, and has important physiological roles because it is involved in spatial navigation, memory formation and memory retrieval. Classical lesion studies in vivo have suggested that the hippocampus passively follows the θ  rhythm generated in the septum by neurons that are synaptically connected with hippocampal neurons though septo-hippocampal connections...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930458/ab-initio-modeling-of-structure-and-properties-of-single-and-mixed-alkali-silicate-glasses
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Khagendra Baral, Aize Li, Wai-Yim Ching
A density functional theory (DFT) based ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) has been applied to simulate models of single and mixed alkali silicate glasses with two different molar concentrations of alkali oxides. The structural environments and spatial distributions of alkali ions in the 10 simulated models with 20% and 30% of Li, Na, K and equal proportions of Li-Na and Na-K are studied in detail for subtle variations among the models. Quantum mechanical calculations of electronic structures, interatomic bonding, mechanical and optical properties are carried out for each of the models and the results are compared with available experimental observation and other simulations...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930158/a-method-for-medical-diagnosis-based-on-optical-fluence-rate-distribution-at-tissue-surface
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Omnia Hamdy, Jala El-Azab, Tarek A Al-Saeed, Mahmoud F Hassan, Nahed H Solouma
Optical differentiation is a promising tool in biomedical diagnosis mainly because of its safety. The optical parameters' values of biological tissues differ according to the histopathology of the tissue and hence could be used for differentiation. The optical fluence rate distribution on tissue boundaries depends on the optical parameters. So, providing image displays of such distributions can provide a visual means of biomedical diagnosis. In this work, an experimental setup was implemented to measure the spatially-resolved steady state diffuse reflectance and transmittance of native and coagulated chicken liver and native and boiled breast chicken skin at 635 and 808 nm wavelengths laser irradiation...
September 20, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929446/new-imaging-tools-in-cardiovascular-medicine-computational-fluid-dynamics-and-4d-flow-mri
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Keiichi Itatani, Shohei Miyazaki, Tokoki Furusawa, Satoshi Numata, Sachiko Yamazaki, Kazuki Morimoto, Rina Makino, Hiroko Morichi, Teruyasu Nishino, Hitoshi Yaku
Blood flow imaging is a novel technology in cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Today, two types of blood flow imaging tools are available: measurement-based flow visualization including 4D flow MRI (or 3D cine phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging), or echocardiography flow visualization software, and computer flow simulation modeling based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). MRI and echocardiography flow visualization provide measured blood flow but have limitations in temporal and spatial resolution, whereas CFD flow calculates the flow according to assumptions instead of flow measurement, and it has sufficiently fine resolution up to the computer memory limit, and it enables even virtual surgery when combined with computer graphics...
September 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928719/the-green-berry-consortia-of-the-sippewissett-salt-marsh-millimeter-sized-aggregates-of-diazotrophic-unicellular-cyanobacteria
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Elizabeth G Wilbanks, Verena Salman-Carvalho, Ulrike Jaekel, Parris T Humphrey, Jonathan A Eisen, Daniel H Buckley, Stephen H Zinder
Microbial interactions driving key biogeochemical fluxes often occur within multispecies consortia that form spatially heterogeneous microenvironments. Here, we describe the "green berry" consortia of the Sippewissett salt marsh (Falmouth, MA, United States): millimeter-sized aggregates dominated by an uncultured, diazotrophic unicellular cyanobacterium of the order Chroococcales (termed GB-CYN1). We show that GB-CYN1 is closely related to Crocosphaera watsonii (UCYN-B) and "Candidatus Atelocyanobacterium thalassa" (UCYN-A), two groups of unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria that play an important role in marine primary production...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928639/microglia-polarization-with-m1-m2-phenotype-changes-in-rd1-mouse-model-of-retinal-degeneration
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Tian Zhou, Zijing Huang, Xiaowei Sun, Xiaowei Zhu, Lingli Zhou, Mei Li, Bing Cheng, Xialin Liu, Chang He
Microglia activation is recognized as the hallmark of neuroinflammation. However, the activation profile and phenotype changes of microglia during the process of retinal degeneration are poorly understood. This study aimed to elucidate the time-spatial pattern of microglia distribution and characterize the polarized phenotype of activated microglia during retinal neuroinflammation and degeneration in rd1 (Pde6β(rd1/rd1)) mice, the classic model of inherited retinal degeneration. Retinae of rd1 mice at different postnatal days (P7, P14, P21, P28, P56, and P180) were prepared for further analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928491/freezing-of-gait-is-associated-with-cortical-thinning-in-mesial-frontal-cortex
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Miroslav Vastik, Pavel Hok, Jan Valosek, Petr Hlustik, Katerina Mensikova, Petr Kanovsky
AIMS: The relationship between freezing of gait (FOG) and regional brain atrophy has been intensively investigated, but it is still not clearly understood. The study objective was to test whether grey matter (GM) atrophy contributes to FOG in Parkinson´s disease (PD) using a surface-based algorithm. METHODS: We investigated 21 patients with PD, 11 with FOG and 10 without FOG. Both groups were assessed using a FOG questionnaire and Hoehn and Yahr staging. High resolution T1-weighted brain images were acquired for each subject using a 1...
September 13, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928395/stochastic-priming-and-spatial-cues-orchestrate-heterogeneous-clonal-contribution-to-mouse-pancreas-organogenesis
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Hjalte List Larsen, Laura Martín-Coll, Alexander Valentin Nielsen, Christopher V E Wright, Ala Trusina, Yung Hae Kim, Anne Grapin-Botton
Spatiotemporal balancing of cellular proliferation and differentiation is crucial for postnatal tissue homoeostasis and organogenesis. During embryonic development, pancreatic progenitors simultaneously proliferate and differentiate into the endocrine, ductal and acinar lineages. Using in vivo clonal analysis in the founder population of the pancreas here we reveal highly heterogeneous contribution of single progenitors to organ formation. While some progenitors are bona fide multipotent and contribute progeny to all major pancreatic cell lineages, we also identify numerous unipotent endocrine and ducto-endocrine bipotent clones...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927931/polyurethane-foam-scaffold-as-in-vitro-model-for-breast-cancer-bone-metastasis
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Valentina Angeloni, Nicola Contessi, Cinzia De Marco, Serena Bertoldi, Maria Cristina Tanzi, Maria Grazia Daidone, Silvia Farè
Breast cancer (BC) represents the most incident cancer case in women (29%), with high mortality rate. Bone metastasis occurs in 20-50% cases and, despite advances in BC research, the interactions between tumor cells and the metastatic microenvironment are still poorly understood. In vitro 3D models gained great interest in cancer research, thanks to the reproducibility, the 3D spatial cues and associated low costs, compared to in vivo and 2D in vitro models. In this study, we investigated the suitability of a poly-ether-urethane (PU) foam as 3D in vitro model to study the interactions between BC tumor-initiating cells and the bone microenvironment...
September 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927717/automated-dissection-of-permanent-effects-of-hippocampal-or-prefrontal-lesions-on-performance-at-spatial-working-memory-and-circadian-timing-tasks-of-c57bl-6-mice-in-intellicage
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Vootele Voikar, Sven Krackow, Hans-Peter Lipp, Anton Rau, Giovanni Colacicco, David P Wolfer
To evaluate permanent effects of hippocampal and prefrontal cortex lesion on spatial tasks, lesioned and sham-operated female C57BL mice were exposed to a series of conditioning schemes in IntelliCages housing 8-10 transponder-tagged mice from each treatment group. Sequential testing started at 51 to 172days after bilateral lesions and lasted for 154 and 218days in two batches of mice, respectively. Spontaneous undisturbed behavioral patterns clearly separated the three groups, hippocampals being characterized by more erratic hyperactivity, and strongly impaired circadian synchronization ability...
September 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927433/modelling-the-current-distribution-and-predicted-spread-of-the-flea-species-ctenocephalides-felis-infesting-outdoor-dogs-in-spain
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Rosa Gálvez, Vicenzo Musella, Miguel A Descalzo, Ana Montoya, Rocío Checa, Valentina Marino, Oihane Martín, Giuseppe Cringoli, Laura Rinaldi, Guadalupe Miró
BACKGROUND: The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is the most prevalent flea species detected on dogs and cats in Europe and other world regions. The status of flea infestation today is an evident public health concern because of their cosmopolitan distribution and the flea-borne diseases transmission. This study determines the spatial distribution of the cat flea C. felis infesting dogs in Spain. Using geospatial tools, models were constructed based on entomological data collected from dogs during the period 2013-2015...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927289/accounting-for-non-gaussian-sources-of-spatial-correlation-in-parametric-fmri-paradigms-i-revisiting-cluster-based-inferences
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Kaundinya Gopinath, Venkatagiri Krishnamurthy, K Sathian
In a recent study Eklund et al. (Eklund et al., 2016) employing resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) data as a surrogate for null fMRI datasets posited that cluster-wise family-wise error (FWE) rate corrected inferences made using parametric statistical methods in fMRI studies over the past two decades may have been invalid, particularly for cluster defining thresholds (CDTs) less stringent than p < 0.001; principally because the spatial autocorrelation functions (sACF) of fMRI data had been modeled incorrectly to follow a Gaussian form, whereas empirical data suggested otherwise (Eklund et al...
September 19, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927016/china-s-air-quality-and-respiratory-disease-mortality-based-on-the-spatial-panel-model
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Qilong Cao, Ying Liang, Xueting Niu
Background: Air pollution has become an important factor restricting China's economic development and has subsequently brought a series of social problems, including the impact of air pollution on the health of residents, which is a topical issue in China. Methods: Taking into account this spatial imbalance, the paper is based on the spatial panel data model PM2.5. Respiratory disease mortality in 31 Chinese provinces from 2004 to 2008 is taken as the main variable to study the spatial effect and impact of air quality and respiratory disease mortality on a large scale...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926766/protonation-of-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-in-the-presence-of-strong-polyelectrolyte-chains-a-study-using-monte-carlo-simulation
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Paola Torres, Luciano Bojanich, Fabricio Sanchez-Varretti, Antonio Jose Ramirez-Pastor, Evelina Quiroga, Valeria Boeris, Claudio F Narambuena
In this work, the molecular interaction between the protein β-lactoglobulin and strong polyelectrolyte chains was studied using Monte Carlo simulations. Different coarse-grained models were used to represent the system components. Both net charge and protonation of the isolated dimeric protein were analyzed as a function of pH. The acid-base equilibrium of each titratable group was distinctively modified by the presence of polyanion or polycation chains. The complexation on the wrong side of pI was more evident with the polycation than with the polyanion...
September 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926709/simulating-osmotic-equilibria-a-new-tool-to-calculate-activity-coefficients-in-concentrated-aqueous-salt-solutions
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Michael Bley, Magali Duvail, Philippe Guilbaud, Jean-Francois Dufrêche
Herein, a new theoretical method simulating osmotic equilibria and activities is presented, where a bulk liquid and its corresponding vapor phase are simulated with molecular dynamics using polarizable force fields. Time-averaged number density profiles based on the resulting trajectories provide the amount of evaporated molecules present in the vapor phase and consequently the vapor phase density. The activity of the solvent and the corresponding osmotic coefficient are determined by the vapor density at a certain solute concentration with respect to the reference vapor density of the pure solvent...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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