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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160743/left-inferior-frontal-gyrus-sensitivity-to-phonetic-competition-in-receptive-language-processing-a-comparison-of-clear-and-conversational-speech
#1
Xin Xie, Emily Myers
The speech signal is rife with variations in phonetic ambiguity. For instance, when talkers speak in a conversational register, they demonstrate less articulatory precision, leading to greater potential for confusability at the phonetic level compared with a clear speech register. Current psycholinguistic models assume that ambiguous speech sounds activate more than one phonological category and that competition at prelexical levels cascades to lexical levels of processing. Imaging studies have shown that the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG) is modulated by phonetic competition between simultaneously activated categories, with increases in activation for more ambiguous tokens...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159941/the-role-of-off-focus-radiation-in-scatter-correction-for-dedicated-cone-beam-breast-ct
#2
Linxi Shi, Srinivasan Vedantham, Andrew Karellas, Lei Zhu
PURPOSE: Dedicated cone beam breast CT (CBBCT) suffers from x-ray scatter contamination. We aim to identify the source of the significant difference between the scatter distributions estimated by two recent methods proposed by our group and to investigate its effect on CBBCT image quality. METHOD: We recently proposed two novel methods of scatter correction for CBBCT, using a library based (LB) technique and a forward projection (FP) model. Despite similar enhancement on CBBCT image qualities, these two methods obtain very different scatter distributions...
November 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159875/renal-hypoxia-in-kidney-disease-cause-or-consequence
#3
REVIEW
Connie P C Ow, Jennifer P Ngo, Md Mahbub Ullah, Lucinda M Hilliard, Roger G Evans
Tissue hypoxia has been proposed as an important factor in the pathophysiology of both chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury, initiating and propagating a vicious cycle of tubular injury, vascular rarefaction, and fibrosis and thus exacerbation of hypoxia. Here, we critically evaluate this proposition by systematically reviewing the literature relevant to the following six questions: (1) Is kidney disease always associated with tissue hypoxia? (2) Does tissue hypoxia drive signaling cascades that lead to tissue damage and dysfunction? (3) Does tissue hypoxia per se lead to kidney disease? (4) Does tissue hypoxia precede pathology? (5) Does tissue hypoxia co-localize with pathology? (6) Does prevention of tissue hypoxia prevent kidney disease? We conclude that tissue hypoxia is a common feature of both acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease...
November 21, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159863/genome-wide-gene-environment-interaction-in-depression-a-systematic-evaluation-of-candidate-genes-the-childhood-trauma-working-group-of-pgc-mdd
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Sandra Van der Auwera, Wouter J Peyrot, Yuri Milaneschi, Johannes Hertel, Bernhard Baune, Gerome Breen, Enda Byrne, Erin C Dunn, Helen Fisher, Georg Homuth, Douglas Levinson, Cathryn Lewis, Natalie Mills, Niamh Mullins, Matthias Nauck, Giorgio Pistis, Martin Preisig, Marcella Rietschel, Stephan Ripke, Patrick Sullivan, Alexander Teumer, Henry Völzke, Dorret I Boomsma, Naomi R Wray, Brenda Penninx, Hans Grabe
Gene by environment (GxE) interaction studies have investigated the influence of a number of candidate genes and variants for major depressive disorder (MDD) on the association between childhood trauma and MDD. Most of these studies are hypothesis driven and investigate only a limited number of SNPs in relevant pathways using differing methodological approaches. Here (1) we identified 27 genes and 268 SNPs previously associated with MDD or with GxE interaction in MDD and (2) analyzed their impact on GxE in MDD using a common approach in 3944 subjects of European ancestry from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium who had completed the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159397/extracellular-mitochondria-for-therapy-and-diagnosis-in-acute-central-nervous-system-injury
#5
Kazuhide Hayakawa, Morgan Bruzzese, Sherry H-Y Chou, MingMing Ning, Xunming Ji, Eng H Lo
Objective: Acute central nervous system (CNS) injury after stroke and trauma remains a clinical challenge with limited diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. In this article, we review studies suggesting that after CNS injury, mitochondria can be released into extracellular space as a "help-me" signal to augment recovery. Results are taken from experimental studies in cell and animal models and an initial proof-of-concept analysis in humans suggesting the functional relevance of extracellular mitochondria after acute CNS injury...
November 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158367/safety-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-antitumor-activity-of-necuparanib-combined-with-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-phase-i-results
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Eileen M O'Reilly, James Roach, Paul Miller, Kenneth H Yu, Catherine Tjan, Molly Rosano, Silva Krause, William Avery, Julie Wolf, Keith Flaherty, Darrell Nix, David P Ryan
LESSONS LEARNED: Despite the compelling preclinical rationale of evaluating the genetically engineered heparin derivative, necuparanib, combined with standard therapy in metastatic pancreas adenocarcinoma, the results were ultimately disappointing.Safety was documented, although dose escalation was limited by the number of subcutaneous injections, the potential for skin toxicity (cellulitis), and low-level anticoagulant effect. Nonetheless, the hypothesis of targeting prothrombotic pathways in pancreas adenocarcinoma remains compelling...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158317/an-apoptosis-driven-onco-regenerative-niche-roles-of-tumour-associated-macrophages-and-extracellular-vesicles
#7
REVIEW
Christopher D Gregory, Margaret Paterson
The cell-death programme, apoptosis, is well established as a tumour suppressor mechanism. Paradoxically, high levels of apoptosis in tumours are closely coupled with poor prognosis. Indeed, where it has been studied, cell loss is a striking feature of high-grade cancers, illustrating the importance of considering malignant disease as an imbalance between cell gain and cell loss that favours cell gain rather than as a unidirectional disorder of cell gain alone. In addition to orchestrating cell loss, apoptosis can signal regenerative responses-for example compensatory proliferation-in neighbouring cells...
January 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155083/tbvps15-is-required-for-vesicular-transport-and-cytokinesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Alejandra C Schoijet, Kildare Miranda, Tamara Sternlieb, Nadia M Barrera, Wendell Girard-Dias, Wanderley de Souza, Guillermo D Alonso
The class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) Vps34 is an important regulator of key cellular functions, including cell growth, survival, intracellular trafficking, autophagy and nutrient sensing. In yeast, Vps34 is associated with the putative serine/threonine protein kinase Vps15, however, its role in signaling has not been deeply evaluated. Here, we have identified the Vps15 orthologue in Trypanosoma brucei, named TbVps15. Knockdown of TbVps15 expression by interference RNA resulted in inhibition of cell growth and blockage of cytokinesis...
November 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154739/oxidative-stress-induced-inflammatory-responses-and-effects-of-n-acetylcysteine-in-bovine-mammary-alveolar-cells
#9
Hyojin Bae, Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Kwonho Hong, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
Bovine mastitis, an inflammation of the udder, results in reduced milk production and poor milk quality. Mastitis is usually, but not always, a response to pathogen infection. High milk yield can produce oxidative stress in the mammary tissue. High milk yield is also known to be associated with bovine mastitis. Thus, in the current study, we hypothesised that oxidative stress increases inflammatory responses in bovine mammary cells. To examine the hypothesis, we produced cellular oxidative stress and investigated resulting inflammatory responses in bovine mammary alveolar cells (MAC-T)...
November 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154616/do-we-see-it-or-not-sensory-attenuation-in-the-visual-domain
#10
Katharina A Schwarz, Roland Pfister, Michel Kluge, Lisa Weller, Wilfried Kunde
Sensory consequences of an agent's actions are perceived less intensely than sensory stimuli that are not caused (and thus not predicted) by the observer. This effect of sensory attenuation has been discussed as a key principle of perception, potentially mediating various crucial functions such as agency and the discrimination of self-caused sensory stimulation from stimuli caused by external factors. Precise models describe the theoretical underpinnings of this phenomenon across a variety of modalities, especially the auditory, tactile, and visual domain...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154562/psychophysics-of-associative-learning-quantitative-properties-of-subjective-contingency
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Susana Maia, Françoise Lefèvre, Jérémie Jozefowiez
Allan and collaborators (Allan, Hannah, Crump, & Siegel, 2008; Allan, Siegel, & Tangen, 2005; Siegel, Allan, Hannah, & Crump, 2009) recently proposed to apply signal detection theory to the analysis of contingency judgment tasks. When exposed to a flow of stimuli, participants are asked to judge whether there is a contingent relation between a cue and an outcome, that is, whether the subjective cue-outcome contingency exceeds a decision threshold. In this context, we tested the following hypotheses regarding the relation between objective and subjective cue-outcome contingency: (a) The underlying distributions of subjective cue-outcome contingency are Gaussian; (b) The mean distribution of subjective contingency is a linear function of objective cue-outcome contingency; and (c) The variance in the distribution of subjective contingency is constant...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Learning and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151909/bkm120-sensitizes-c6-glioma-cells-to-temozolomide-via-suppression-of-the-pi3k-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mgmt-signaling-pathway
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Mao Li, Ruo Fei Liang, Xiang Wang, Qing Mao, Yan Hui Liu
Glioblastoma is the most common type of malignant intracranial tumor in adults. Temozolomide (TMZ), as the first-line chemotherapy agent used in patients with glioblastoma, has demonstrated different effects in patients due to the expression of O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) which is able to repair the DNA lesions induced by TMZ. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway is over-activated in glioblastoma and has been revealed to be potentially implicated in resistance to TMZ...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150984/how-the-environment-shapes-animal-signals-a-test-of-the-acoustic-adaptation-hypothesis-in-frogs
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Sandra Goutte, Alain Dubois, Samuel D Howard, Rafael Márquez, Jodi J L Rowley, J Maximilian Dehling, Philippe Grandcolas, Rongchuan Xiong, Frédéric Legendre
Long distance acoustic signals are widely used in animal communication systems and, in many cases, essential for reproduction. The Acoustic Adaptation Hypothesis (AAH) implies that acoustic signals should be selected for further transmission and better content integrity under the acoustic constraints of the habitat in which they are produced. In the present study, we test predictions derived from the AAH in frogs. Specifically, we focus on the difference between torrent frogs and frogs calling in less noisy habitats...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150567/amplifying-ifn-%C3%AE-signaling-in-dendritic-cells-by-cd11c-specific-loss-of-socs1-increases-innate-immunity-to-infection-while-decreasing-adaptive-immunity
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Alejandro F Alice, Gwen Kramer, Shelly Bambina, Jason R Baird, Keith S Bahjat, Michael J Gough, Marka R Crittenden
Although prophylactic vaccines provide protective humoral immunity against infectious agents, vaccines that elicit potent CD8 T cell responses are valuable tools to shape and drive cellular immunity against cancer and intracellular infection. In particular, IFN-γ-polarized cytotoxic CD8 T cell immunity is considered optimal for protective immunity against intracellular Ags. Suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS)1 is a cross-functional negative regulator of TLR and cytokine receptor signaling via degradation of the receptor-signaling complex...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150271/xenohormesis-in-early-life-new-avenues-of-research-to-explore-anti-aging-strategies-through-the-maternal-diet
#15
Philippe de Medina
Aging is a progressive internal physiological deterioration of the organism, leading to the occurrence of age-related lethal diseases. It has become a major societal challenge to understand the processes that drive aging and to develop rational pharmacological agents and dietary approaches to fight against age-related deterioration and diseases. Interestingly, several lines of evidence highlight an influence of the developmental period on the risk of age-related diseases later in life. This field is known as the developmental origins of health and disease...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146505/muscarinic-receptor-oligomerization
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REVIEW
Sara Marsango, Richard J Ward, Elisa Alvarez-Curto, Graeme Milligan
G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been classically described as monomeric entities that function by binding in a 1:1 stoichiometric ratio to both ligand and downstream signalling proteins. However, in recent years, a growing numbers of studies have supported the hypothesis that these receptors can interact to form dimers and higher order oligomers although the molecular basis for these interactions, the overall quaternary arrangements and the functional importance of the GPCR oligomerization remain topics of intense speculation...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146294/distinct-effects-of-interleukin-6-classic-and-trans-signaling-in-bone-fracture-healing
#17
Katja Prystaz, Kathrin Kaiser, Anna Kovtun, Melanie Haffner-Luntzer, Verena Fischer, Anna E Rapp, Astrid Liedert, Gudrun Strauss, Georg H Waetzig, Stefan Rose-John, Anita Ignatius
Bone healing is a complex process with closely linked phases of inflammation, regeneration, and remodeling. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) may crucially regulate this process; however, the underlying mechanisms are presently unclear. IL-6 signals are transmitted via the transmembrane glycoprotein 130 by two distinct mechanisms: classic signaling employing the membrane-anchored IL-6 receptor, and trans-signaling using its soluble form. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that IL-6 classic and trans-signaling have different functions during bone healing...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145460/trail-attenuates-rankl-mediated-osteoblastic-signalling-in-vascular-cell-mono-culture-and-co-culture-models
#18
Emma Harper, Keith D Rochfort, Hannah Forde, Colin Davenport, Diarmuid Smith, Philip M Cummins
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vascular calcification (VC) is a major risk factor for elevated cardiovascular morbidity/mortality. Underlying this process is osteoblastic signalling within the vessel wall involving complex and interlinked roles for receptor-activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL). RANKL promotes vascular cell osteoblastic differentiation, whilst OPG acts as a neutralizing decoy receptor for RANKL (and TRAIL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145029/captive-gorillas-manual-laterality-the-impact-of-gestures-manipulators-and-interaction-specificity
#19
Jacques Prieur, Stéphanie Barbu, Catherine Blois-Heulin, Simone Pika
Relationships between humans' manual laterality in non-communicative and communicative functions are still poorly understood. Recently, studies showed that chimpanzees' manual laterality is influenced by functional, interactional and individual factors and their mutual intertwinement. However, what about manual laterality in species living in stable social groups? We tackled this question by studying three groups of captive gorillas (N=35) and analysed their most frequent manual signals: three manipulators and 16 gesture types...
November 13, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142975/sclerostin%C3%A2-a-debutant-on-the-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-scene
#20
Magdalena Jankowska, Mathias Haarhaus, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Pieter Evenepoel, Peter Stenvinkel
Introduction: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a genetic disease originating from a mutation in genes encoding polycystin 1 and 2. Recent evidence suggests that these polycystins mediate mechanosensation not only in the primary cilium of kidney cells but also in bone cells. The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays a central role in mechanotransduction in osteocytes. Mechanical unloading causes the upregulation of the Wnt inhibitor sclerostin. We tested the hypothesis that ADPKD associates with higher circulating sclerostin levels...
May 2017: KI Reports
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