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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458188/robust-is-not-necessarily-reliable-from-within-subjects-fmri-contrasts-to-between-subjects-comparisons
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Zachary P Infantolino, Katherine R Luking, Colin L Sauder, John J Curtin, Greg Hajcak
Advances in cognitive and affective neuroscience come largely from within-subjects comparisons, in which the functional significance of neural activity is determined by contrasting two or more experimental conditions. Clinical and social neuroscience studies have attempted to leverage between-subject variability in such condition differences to better understand psychopathology and other individual differences. Shifting from within-to between-subjects comparisons requires that measures have adequate internal consistency to function as individual difference variables...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457981/reversible-surface-engineering-via-nitrone-mediated-radical-coupling
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Joachim Laun, Wouter Marchal, Vanessa Trouillet, Alexander Welle, An T Hardy, Marlies K Van Bael, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Tanja Junkers
Efficient and simple polymer conjugation reactions are critical for introducing functionalities on surfaces. For polymer surface grafting, post polymerization modifications are often required, which can impose a significant synthetic hurdle. Here, we report two strategies that allow for reversible surface engineering via nitrone-mediated radical coupling (NMRC). Macroradicals stemming from activation of polymers generated by copper-mediated radical polymerization are grafted via radical trapping with a surface-immobilized nitrone or a solution-borne nitrone...
February 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457925/controlled-release-of-mitomycin-c-from-phemah-cu-ii-cryogel-membranes
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Monireh Bakhshpour, Handan Yavuz, Adil Denizli
Molecular imprinting technique was used for the preparation of antibiotic and anti-neoplastic chemotherapy drug (mitomycin C) imprinted cryogel membranes (MMC-ICM). The membranes were synthezied by using metal ion coordination interactions with N-methacryloyl-(l)-histidine methyl ester (MAH) functional monomer and template molecules (i.e. MMC). The 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) monomer and methylene bisacrylamide (MBAAm) crosslinker were used for the preparation of mitomycin C imprinted cryogel membranes by radical suspension polymerization technique...
February 19, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457912/decreased-resting-gamma-activity-in-adult-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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László Tombor, Brigitta Kakuszi, Szilvia Papp, János Réthelyi, István Bitter, Pál Czobor
OBJECTIVES: To delineate task-free gamma activity in adult ADHD and healthy control subjects based on high-density EEG recordings. Relationship of gamma activity with symptom severity was also examined, since gamma activity is considered as an index of network functions in the brain that underlie higher-order cognitive processes. METHODS: Spontaneous-EEG was recorded in adult ADHD subjects (N = 42;25 methylphenidate-naïve and 17 on methylphenidate treatment) and controls (N = 59) with eyes open...
February 19, 2018: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457897/macrocyclic-oligofurans-a-computational-study
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Or Dishi, Ori Gidron
Macrocyclic oligothiophenes (nCT) have been extensively explored for their unique optical and electronic properties, while their oxygen containing analogs, macrocyclic oligofurans (nCF), are not known. In this work, macrocyclic oligofurans bearing 5 to 16 units (5CF-16CF) are studied theoretically at the B3LYP/6-311G(d) level. We find that small macrocycles (6CF-8CF) exhibit planar or nearly-planar geometries, low strain energies, low HOMO-LUMO gaps, and strong π-conjugation as also reflected in their Raman spectra...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457556/is-markedness-a-confused-concept
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Iris Berent
It is well known that, across languages, certain phonological features are more frequent than others. But whether these facts reflect abstract universal markedness constraints or functional pressures (auditory and articulatory difficulties and lexical frequency) is unknown. Romani, Galuzzi, Guariglia, and Goslin (2017) report that the putative markedness of phonological features captures their order of acquisition and their propensity to elicit errors in patients with an apraxia of speech (but not in phonological aphasia)...
October 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457362/a-multinational-observational-investigation-of-illness-perceptions-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-a-fontan-circulation
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Christina E Holbein, Nicholas D Fogleman, Kevin Hommel, Silke Apers, Jessica Rassart, Philip Moons, Koen Luyckx, Maayke A Sluman, Junko Enomoto, Bengt Johansson, Hsiao-Ling Yang, Mikael Dellborg, Raghavan Subramanyan, Jamie L Jackson, Werner Budts, Adrienne H Kovacs, Stacey Morrison, Martha Tomlin, Kathy Gosney, Alexandra Soufi, Katrine Eriksen, Corina Thomet, Malin Berghammer, Luis Alday, Edward Callus, Susan M Fernandes, Maryanne Caruana, Samuel Menahem, Stephen C Cook, Gwen R Rempel, Kamila White, Paul Khairy, Shelby Kutty, Gruschen Veldtman
OBJECTIVE: First, to compare QOL and illness perceptions between patients with a Fontan circulation and patients with anatomically simple defects (ie, atrial septal defects [ASD] or ventricular septal defects [VSD]). Second, to explore illness perceptions as a mediator of the association between congenital heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and QOL. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. SETTING: Twenty-four cardiology centers from 15 countries across five continents...
February 18, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457314/latent-source-mining-in-fmri-via-restricted-boltzmann-machine
#8
Xintao Hu, Heng Huang, Bo Peng, Junwei Han, Nian Liu, Jinglei Lv, Lei Guo, Christine Guo, Tianming Liu
Blind source separation (BSS) is commonly used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. Recently, BSS models based on restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM), one of the building blocks of deep learning models, have been shown to improve brain network identification compared to conventional single matrix factorization models such as independent component analysis (ICA). These models, however, trained RBM on fMRI volumes, and are hence challenged by model complexity and limited training set...
February 18, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457144/functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-enabling-routine-functional-brain-imaging
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Meryem A Yücel, Juliette J Selb, Theodore J Huppert, Maria Angela Franceschini, David A Boas
Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) maps human brain function by measuring and imaging local changes in hemoglobin concentrations in the brain that arise from the modulation of cerebral blood flow and oxygen metabolism by neural activity. Since its advent over 20 years ago, researchers have exploited and continuously advanced the ability of near infrared light to penetrate through the scalp and skull in order to non-invasively monitor changes in cerebral hemoglobin concentrations that reflect brain activity...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456966/metabolic-profile-of-oral-squamous-carcinoma-cell-lines-relies-on-a-higher-demand-of-lipid-metabolism-in-metastatic-cells
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Ana Carolina B Sant'Anna-Silva, Gilson C Santos, Samir P Costa Campos, André Marco Oliveira Gomes, Juan Alberto Pérez-Valencia, Franklin David Rumjanek
Tumor cells are subjected to a broad range of selective pressures. As a result of the imposed stress, subpopulations of surviving cells exhibit individual biochemical phenotypes that reflect metabolic reprograming. The present work aimed at investigating metabolic parameters of cells displaying increasing degrees of metastatic potential. The metabolites present in cell extracts fraction of tongue fibroblasts and of cell lines derived from human tongue squamous cell carcinoma lineages displaying increasing metastatic potential (SCC9 ZsG, LN1 and LN2) were analyzed by1 H NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456870/a-psychosocial-intervention-for-the-management-of-functional-dysphonia-complex-intervention-development-and-pilot-randomised-trial
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Vincent Deary, Elaine McColl, Paul Carding, Tracy Miller, Janet Wilson
Background: Medically unexplained loss or alteration of voice-functional dysphonia-is the commonest presentation to speech and language therapists (SLTs). Besides the impact on personal and work life, functional dysphonia is also associated with increased levels of anxiety and depression and poor general health. Voice therapy delivered by SLTs improves voice but not these associated symptoms. The aims of this research were the systematic development of a complex intervention to improve the treatment of functional dysphonia, and the trialling of this intervention for feasibility and acceptability to SLTs and patients in a randomised pilot study...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456514/right-frontotemporal-cortex-mediates-the-relationship-between-cognitive-insight-and-subjective-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Shenghong Pu, Kazuyuki Nakagome, Masashi Itakura, Hiroaki Ohtachi, Masaaki Iwata, Izumi Nagata, Koichi Kaneko
Although prior studies identified a relationship between cognitive insight and subjective quality of life (QOL) in patients with schizophrenia, the brain regions mediating this relationship remain unknown. Recent studies have shown that the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex may be particularly important for cognitive insight in individuals with schizophrenia. Here, we examined whether frontotemporal function mediates the relationship between cognitive insight and QOL in 64 participants, including 32 patients with schizophrenia and 32 healthy controls...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456139/selective-attention-gates-the-interactive-crossmodal-coupling-between-perceptual-systems
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Silvia Convento, Md Shoaibur Rahman, Jeffrey M Yau
Sensory cortical systems often activate in parallel, even when stimulation is experienced through a single sensory modality [1-3]. Co-activations may reflect the interactive coupling between information-linked cortical systems or merely parallel but independent sensory processing. We report causal evidence consistent with the hypothesis that human somatosensory cortex (S1), which co-activates with auditory cortex during the processing of vibrations and textures [4-9], interactively couples to cortical systems that support auditory perception...
February 1, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455544/heart-failure-affects-liver-morphology-and-function-what-are-the-clinical-implications
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E Goncalvesova, M Kovacova
Liver dysfunction in heart failure is common and usually clinically significant, especially in patients with advanced or severe acute heart failure. Lesions are caused by an impaired hepatic circulation due to congestion and hypoperfusion. Congestive lesions are more common and typically manifested by painful hepatomegaly and increased direct bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase. The inferior vena cava and hepatic veins are usually dilated. Congestive lesions are characterized by dilatation of the central vein with fibrotic changes in the surrounding areas on histological examination...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455100/hypofunction-of-left-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex-in-depression-during-verbal-fluency-task-a-multi-channel-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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Tomomi Akiyama, Michihiko Koeda, Yoshiro Okubo, Mahito Kimura
BACKGROUND: Previous functional neuroimaging studies of depression have demonstrated frontotemporal dysfunction, including the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, while patients perform working memory and language comprehension tasks. Recent near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) studies have shown frontotemporal hypofunction in depression by verbal fluency task, but the regions of impairment affecting respective depressive symptoms still remain unclear. We investigated frontotemporal function during word production task in depression with multi-channel NIRS...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455055/specificity-of-glycosaminoglycan-protein-interactions
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REVIEW
Lena Kjellén, Ulf Lindahl
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) interact with a variety of proteins with important functions in development and homeostasis. Most of these proteins bind to heparin in vitro, a highly sulfated GAG species, although heparan sulfate and/or chondroitin/dermatan sulfate are more frequent physiological ligands. Binding affinity and specificity are determined by charge distribution, mainly due to sulfate and carboxylate groups and by GAG chain conformation. Interactions may be nonspecific, essentially reflecting charge density or highly specific, dependent on rare GAG-structural features...
February 1, 2018: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454932/preserved-canonicality-of-the-bold-hemodynamic-response-reflects-healthy-cognition-insights-into-the-healthy-brain-through-the-window-of-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Monroe P Turner, Nicholas A Hubbard, Dinesh K Sivakolundu, Lyndahl M Himes, Joanna L Hutchison, John Hart, Jeffrey Spence, Elliot Frohman, Teresa Frohman, Darin Okuda, Bart Rypma
The hemodynamic response function (HRF), a model of brain blood-flow changes in response to neural activity, reflects communication between neurons and the vasculature that supplies these neurons in part by means of glial cell intermediaries (e.g., astrocytes). Intact neural-vascular communication might play a central role in optimal cognitive performance. This hypothesis can be tested by comparing healthy individuals to those with known white-matter damage and impaired performance, as seen in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)...
February 15, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454751/strain-dependent-variation-in-acute-ischemic-muscle-injury
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Cameron A Schmidt, Adam J Amorese, Terence E Ryan, Emma J Goldberg, Michael D Tarpey, Thomas D Green, Reema R Karnekar, Dean J Yamaguchi, Espen E Spangenburg, Joseph M McClung
Limited efficacy of clinical interventions for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) necessitates a better understanding of the environmental and genetic determinants of tissue pathology. Existing research has largely ignored the early skeletal muscle injury response during hindlimb ischemia (HLI). We compared the hindlimb muscle response, following six hours of ischemia, in two mouse strains that differ dramatically in their post-ischemic extended recovery: C57BL/6J and BALB/cJ. Perfusion, measured by laser Doppler and normalized to the control limb, differed only slightly between strains following HLI (<12% across all measures)...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454682/short-communication-genetic-lag-represents-commercial-herd-genetic-merit-more-accurately-than-the-4-path-selection-model
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C D Dechow, G W Rogers
Expectation of genetic merit in commercial dairy herds is routinely estimated using a 4-path genetic selection model that was derived for a closed population, but commercial herds using artificial insemination sires are not closed. The 4-path model also predicts a higher rate of genetic progress in elite herds that provide artificial insemination sires than in commercial herds that use such sires, which counters other theoretical assumptions and observations of realized genetic responses. The aim of this work is to clarify whether genetic merit in commercial herds is more accurately reflected under the assumptions of the 4-path genetic response formula or by a genetic lag formula...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454667/pten-expression-in-astrocytic-processes-after-spinal-cord-injury
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T V Povysheva, Y O Mukhamedshina, A A Rizvanov, Y A Chelyshev
The role of the Rho/ROCK/PTEN signaling pathway in the regulation of astrocyte function for consolidation/stabilization of the synapse has not been thoroughly studied. In this study, the expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) in GFAP-positive astrocytic processes in the ventral horns (VH) of the rat spinal cord has been evaluated in the normal condition and in a delayed period (30 days) after dosed contusion spinal cord injury (SCI) in caudal thoracic segments. In intact rats and at 30 days post-injury (dpi), semi-quantitative immunohistochemical analysis showed that there is approximately 2 folds less synaptophysin reactivity in the motoneuron perikarya than outside the perikarya, i...
February 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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