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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810930/sex-differences-in-microrna-mrna-networks-examination-of-novel-epigenetic-programming-mechanisms-in-the-sexually-dimorphic-neonatal-hypothalamus
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Christopher P Morgan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Sexual differentiation of the male brain, and specifically the stress circuitry in the hypothalamus, is primarily driven by estrogen exposure during the perinatal period. Surprisingly, this single hormone promotes diverse programs of sex-specific development that vary widely between different cell types and across the developing male brain. The complexity of this phenomenon suggests that additional layers of gene regulation, including microRNAs (miRNAs), must act downstream of estrogen to mediate this specificity...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782862/enhanced-estimations-of-post-stroke-aphasia-severity-using-stacked-multimodal-predictions
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Dorian Pustina, Harry Branch Coslett, Lyle Ungar, Olufunsho K Faseyitan, John D Medaglia, Brian Avants, Myrna F Schwartz
The severity of post-stroke aphasia and the potential for recovery are highly variable and difficult to predict. Evidence suggests that optimal estimation of aphasia severity requires the integration of multiple neuroimaging modalities and the adoption of new methods that can detect multivariate brain-behavior relationships. We created and tested a multimodal framework that relies on three information sources (lesion maps, structural connectivity, and functional connectivity) to create an array of unimodal predictions which are then fed into a final model that creates "stacked multimodal predictions" (STAMP)...
August 7, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742048/broad-learning-system-an-effective-and-efficient-incremental-learning-system-without-the-need-for-deep-architecture
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C L Philip Chen, Zhulin Liu
Broad Learning System (BLS) that aims to offer an alternative way of learning in deep structure is proposed in this paper. Deep structure and learning suffer from a time-consuming training process because of a large number of connecting parameters in filters and layers. Moreover, it encounters a complete retraining process if the structure is not sufficient to model the system. The BLS is established in the form of a flat network, where the original inputs are transferred and placed as "mapped features" in feature nodes and the structure is expanded in wide sense in the "enhancement nodes...
July 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542535/a-trichostatin-a-expression-signature-identified-by-tempo-seq-targeted-whole-transcriptome-profiling
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Joanne M Yeakley, Peter J Shepard, Diana E Goyena, Harper C VanSteenhouse, Joel D McComb, Bruce E Seligmann
The use of gene expression signatures to classify compounds, identify efficacy or toxicity, and differentiate close analogs relies on the sensitivity of the method to identify modulated genes. We used a novel ligation-based targeted whole transcriptome expression profiling assay, TempO-Seq®, to determine whether previously unreported compound-responsive genes could be identified and incorporated into a broad but specific compound signature. TempO-Seq exhibits 99.6% specificity, single cell sensitivity, and excellent correlation with fold differences measured by RNA-Seq (R2 = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539914/functional-connectivity-mapping-in-the-animal-model-principles-and-applications-of-resting-state-fmri
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Martin Gorges, Francesco Roselli, Hans-Peter Müller, Albert C Ludolph, Volker Rasche, Jan Kassubek
"Resting-state" fMRI has substantially contributed to the understanding of human and non-human functional brain organization by the analysis of correlated patterns in spontaneous activity within dedicated brain systems. Spontaneous neural activity is indirectly measured from the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal as acquired by echo planar imaging, when subjects quietly "resting" in the scanner. Animal models including disease or knockout models allow a broad spectrum of experimental manipulations not applicable in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508775/semantic-technologies-for-re-use-of-clinical-routine-data
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Markus Kreuzthaler, Catalina Martínez-Costa, Peter Kaiser, Stefan Schulz
Routine patient data in electronic patient records are only partly structured, and an even smaller segment is coded, mainly for administrative purposes. Large parts are only available as free text. Transforming this content into a structured and semantically explicit form is a prerequisite for querying and information extraction. The core of the system architecture presented in this paper is based on SAP HANA in-memory database technology using the SAP Connected Health platform for data integration as well as for clinical data warehousing...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412497/optogenetic-stimulation-of-cortex-to-map-evoked-whisker-movements-in-awake-head-restrained-mice
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Matthieu Auffret, Veronica L Ravano, Giulia M C Rossi, Nicolas Hankov, Merissa F A Petersen, Carl C H Petersen
Whisker movements are used by rodents to touch objects in order to extract spatial and textural tactile information about their immediate surroundings. To understand the mechanisms of such active sensorimotor processing it is important to investigate whisker motor control. The activity of neurons in the neocortex affects whisker movements, but many aspects of the organization of cortical whisker motor control remain unknown. Here, we filmed whisker movements evoked by sequential optogenetic stimulation of different locations across the left dorsal sensorimotor cortex of awake head-restrained mice...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383981/building-community-resilience-to-violent-extremism-through-genuine-partnerships
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B Heidi Ellis, Saida Abdi
What is community resilience in relation to violent extremism, and how can we build it? This article explores strategies to harness community assets that may contribute to preventing youth from embracing violent extremism, drawing from models of community resilience as defined in relation to disaster preparedness. Research suggests that social connection is at the heart of resilient communities and any strategy to increase community resilience must both harness and enhance existing social connections, and endeavor to not damage or diminish them...
April 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283558/gene-expression-profiling-with-cre-conditional-pseudorabies-virus-reveals-a-subset-of-midbrain-neurons-that-participate-in-reward-circuitry
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Lisa E Pomeranz, Mats I Ekstrand, Kaamashri N Latcha, Gregory A Smith, Lynn W Enquist, Jeffrey M Friedman
The mesolimbic dopamine pathway receives inputs from numerous regions of the brain as part of a neural system that detects rewarding stimuli and coordinates a behavioral response. The capacity to simultaneously map and molecularly define the components of this complex multisynaptic circuit would thus advance our understanding of the determinants of motivated behavior. To accomplish this, we have constructed pseudorabies virus (PRV) strains in which viral propagation and fluorophore expression are activated only after exposure to Cre recombinase...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255782/neuroanatomical-distribution-of-galectin-3-in-the-adult-rat-brain
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Hong-Il Yoo, Eu-Gene Kim, Eun-Jin Lee, Sung-Young Hong, Chi-Sun Yoon, Min-Ju Hong, Sang-Jin Park, Ran-Sook Woo, Tai-Kyoung Baik, Dae-Yong Song
Galectin-3 is a member of the lectin subfamily that enables the specific binding of β-galactosides. It is expressed in a broad spectrum of species and organs, and is known to have various functions related to cell adhesion, signal transduction, and proinflammatory responses. Although, expression of galectin-3 in some activated neuroglia under neuroinflammation has been well documented in the central nervous system, little is known about the neuronal expression and distribution of galectin-3 in normal brain...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220872/human-enterovirus-71-protein-interaction-network-prompts-antiviral-drug-repositioning
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Lu Han, Kang Li, Chaozhi Jin, Jian Wang, Qingjun Li, Qiling Zhang, Qiyue Cheng, Jing Yang, Xiaochen Bo, Shengqi Wang
As a predominant cause of human hand, foot, and mouth disease, enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection may lead to serious diseases and result in severe consequences that threaten public health and cause widespread panic. Although the systematic identification of physical interactions between viral proteins and host proteins provides initial information for the recognition of the cellular mechanism involved in viral infection and the development of new therapies, EV71-host protein interactions have not been explored...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212278/the-effect-of-the-human-peptide-ghk-on-gene-expression-relevant-to-nervous-system-function-and-cognitive-decline
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Loren Pickart, Jessica Michelle Vasquez-Soltero, Anna Margolina
Neurodegeneration, the progressive death of neurons, loss of brain function, and cognitive decline is an increasing problem for senior populations. Its causes are poorly understood and therapies are largely ineffective. Neurons, with high energy and oxygen requirements, are especially vulnerable to detrimental factors, including age-related dysregulation of biochemical pathways caused by altered expression of multiple genes. GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) is a human copper-binding peptide with biological actions that appear to counter aging-associated diseases and conditions...
February 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209741/frequency-characteristics-of-human-muscle-and-cortical-responses-evoked-by-noisy-achilles-tendon-vibration
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Robyn L Mildren, Ryan M Peters, Aimee J Hill, Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Mark G Carpenter, J Timothy Inglis
Noisy stimuli, along with linear systems analysis, have proven to be effective for mapping functional neural connections. We explored the use of noisy (10-115 Hz) Achilles tendon vibration to examine somatosensory reflexes in the triceps surae muscles in standing healthy young adults (n = 8). We also examined the association between noisy vibration and electrical activity recorded over the sensorimotor cortex using electroencephalography. We applied 2 min of vibration and recorded ongoing muscle activity of the soleus and gastrocnemii using surface electromyography (EMG)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146573/forest-connectivity-regions-of-canada-using-circuit-theory-and-image-analysis
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David Pelletier, Marc-Élie Lapointe, Michael A Wulder, Joanne C White, Jeffrey A Cardille
Ecological processes are increasingly well understood over smaller areas, yet information regarding interconnections and the hierarchical nature of ecosystems remains less studied and understood. Information on connectivity over large areas with high resolution source information provides for both local detail and regional context. The emerging capacity to apply circuit theory to create maps of omnidirectional connectivity provides an opportunity for improved and quantitative depictions of forest connectivity, supporting the formation and testing of hypotheses about the density of animal movement, ecosystem structure, and related links to natural and anthropogenic forces...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101951/rigidity-and-flexibility-in-the-tetrasaccharide-linker-of-proteoglycans-from-atomic-resolution-molecular-simulation
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Cathy Ng, Padmavathy Nandha Premnath, Olgun Guvench
Proteoglycans (PGs) are covalent conjugates between protein and carbohydrate (glycosaminoglycans). Certain classes of glycosaminoglycans such as chondroitin sulfate/dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate utilize a specific tetrasaccharide linker for attachment to the protein component: GlcAβ1-3Galβ1-3Galβ1-4Xylβ1-O-Ser. Toward understanding the conformational preferences of this linker, the present work used all-atom explicit-solvent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations combined with Adaptive Biasing Force (ABF) sampling to determine high-resolution, high-precision conformational free energy maps ΔG(φ, ψ) for each glycosidic linkage between constituent disaccharides, including the variant where GlcA is substituted with IdoA...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052248/hox2-genes-are-required-for-tonotopic-map-precision-and-sound-discrimination-in-the-mouse-auditory-brainstem
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Kajari Karmakar, Yuichi Narita, Jonathan Fadok, Sebastien Ducret, Alberto Loche, Taro Kitazawa, Christel Genoud, Thomas Di Meglio, Raphael Thierry, Joao Bacelo, Andreas Lüthi, Filippo M Rijli
Tonotopy is a hallmark of auditory pathways and provides the basis for sound discrimination. Little is known about the involvement of transcription factors in brainstem cochlear neurons orchestrating the tonotopic precision of pre-synaptic input. We found that in the absence of Hoxa2 and Hoxb2 function in Atoh1-derived glutamatergic bushy cells of the anterior ventral cochlear nucleus, broad input topography and sound transmission were largely preserved. However, fine-scale synaptic refinement and sharpening of isofrequency bands of cochlear neuron activation upon pure tone stimulation were impaired in Hox2 mutants, resulting in defective sound-frequency discrimination in behavioral tests...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052137/mapping-polyclonal-hiv-1-antibody-responses-via-next-generation-neutralization-fingerprinting
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Nicole A Doria-Rose, Han R Altae-Tran, Ryan S Roark, Stephen D Schmidt, Matthew S Sutton, Mark K Louder, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Robert T Bailer, Valerie Cortez, Rui Kong, Krisha McKee, Sijy O'Dell, Felicia Wang, Salim S Abdool Karim, James M Binley, Mark Connors, Barton F Haynes, Malcolm A Martin, David C Montefiori, Lynn Morris, Julie Overbaugh, Peter D Kwong, John R Mascola, Ivelin S Georgiev
Computational neutralization fingerprinting, NFP, is an efficient and accurate method for predicting the epitope specificities of polyclonal antibody responses to HIV-1 infection. Here, we present next-generation NFP algorithms that substantially improve prediction accuracy for individual donors and enable serologic analysis for entire cohorts. Specifically, we developed algorithms for: (a) selection of optimized virus neutralization panels for NFP analysis, (b) estimation of NFP prediction confidence for each serum sample, and (c) identification of sera with potentially novel epitope specificities...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009019/label-free-multi-scale-imaging-of-ex-vivo-mouse-brain-using-spatial-light-interference-microscopy
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Eunjung Min, Mikhail E Kandel, CheMyong J Ko, Gabriel Popescu, Woonggyu Jung, Catherine Best-Popescu
Brain connectivity spans over broad spatial scales, from nanometers to centimeters. In order to understand the brain at multi-scale, the neural network in wide-field has been visualized in detail by taking advantage of light microscopy. However, the process of staining or addition of fluorescent tags is commonly required, and the image contrast is insufficient for delineation of cytoarchitecture. To overcome this barrier, we use spatial light interference microscopy to investigate brain structure with high-resolution, sub-nanometer pathlength sensitivity without the use of exogenous contrast agents...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998275/efficient-randomization-of-biological-networks-while-preserving-functional-characterization-of-individual-nodes
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Francesco Iorio, Marti Bernardo-Faura, Andrea Gobbi, Thomas Cokelaer, Giuseppe Jurman, Julio Saez-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Networks are popular and powerful tools to describe and model biological processes. Many computational methods have been developed to infer biological networks from literature, high-throughput experiments, and combinations of both. Additionally, a wide range of tools has been developed to map experimental data onto reference biological networks, in order to extract meaningful modules. Many of these methods assess results' significance against null distributions of randomized networks...
December 20, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974160/capturing-and-manipulating-activated-neuronal-ensembles-with-cane-delineates-a-hypothalamic-social-fear-circuit
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Katsuyasu Sakurai, Shengli Zhao, Jun Takatoh, Erica Rodriguez, Jinghao Lu, Andrew D Leavitt, Min Fu, Bao-Xia Han, Fan Wang
We developed a technology (capturing activated neuronal ensembles [CANE]) to label, manipulate, and transsynaptically trace neural circuits that are transiently activated in behavioral contexts with high efficiency and temporal precision. CANE consists of a knockin mouse and engineered viruses designed to specifically infect activated neurons. Using CANE, we selectively labeled neurons that were activated by either fearful or aggressive social encounters in a hypothalamic subnucleus previously known as a locus for aggression, and discovered that social-fear and aggression neurons are intermixed but largely distinct...
November 23, 2016: Neuron
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