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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069760/axotomized-corticospinal-neurons-increase-supra-lesional-innervation-and-remain-crucial-for-skilled-reaching-after-bilateral-pyramidotomy
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Alice C Mosberger, Jenifer C Miehlbradt, Nadja Bjelopoljak, Marc P Schneider, Anna-Sophia Wahl, Benjamin V Ineichen, Miriam Gullo, Martin E Schwab
Skilled upper limb function heavily depends on the corticospinal tract. After bilateral lesions to this tract, motor control is disrupted but can be partially substituted by other motor systems to allow functional recovery. However, the remaining roles of motor cortex and especially of axotomized corticospinal neurons (CSNs) are not well understood. Using the single pellet retrieval task in adult rats, we induced significant recovery of skilled reaching after bilateral pyramidotomy by rehabilitative reaching training, and show that reach-related motor cortex activity, recorded in layer V, topographically reappeared shortly after axotomy...
January 8, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065850/deep-grey-matter-iron-accumulation-in-alcohol-use-disorder
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Michal Juhás, Hongfu Sun, Matthew R G Brown, Marnie B MacKay, Karl F Mann, Wolfgang H Sommer, Alan H Wilman, Serdar M Dursun, Andrew J Greenshaw
PURPOSE: Evaluate brain iron accumulation in alcohol use disorder (AUD) patients compared to controls using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). METHODS: QSM was performed retrospectively by using phase images from resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). 20 male AUD patients and 15 matched healthy controls were examined. Susceptibility values were manually traced in deep grey matter regions including caudate nucleus, combined putamen and globus pallidus, combined substantia nigra and red nucleus, dentate nucleus, and a reference white matter region in the internal capsule...
January 5, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062994/some-remarks-on-the-distribution-and-dispersion-of-coccidia-from-icterid-birds-in-south-america-isospora-guaxi-n-sp-and-isospora-bellicosa-upton-stamper-whitaker-1995-apicomplexa-eimeriidae-from-the-red-rumped-cacique-cacicus-haemorrhous-l-passeriformes-icteridae
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Lidiane Maria da Silva, Mariana Borges Rodrigues, Irlane Faria de Pinho, Bruno do Bomfim Lopes, Hermes Ribeiro Luz, Ildemar Ferreira, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes, Bruno Pereira Berto
A new species of coccidian, Isospora guaxi n. sp., and Isospora bellicosa Upton, Stamper & Whitaker, 1995 (Protozoa: Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) are recorded from red-rumped caciques Cacicus haemorrhous (L.) in the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Brazil. Isospora guaxi n. sp. has sub-spheroidal oöcysts, measuring on average 30.9 × 29.0 μm, with smooth, bi-layered wall c.1.9 μm thick. Micropyle and oöcyst residuum are absent, but a polar granule is present. Sporocysts are ellipsoidal, measuring on average 19...
January 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057129/-effect-of-rab11-gene-expression-on-the-invasion-and-migration-of-cervical-cancer-cell-line-siha-in-hypoxia
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H Xu, Y Yuan, J Y Ji, Q Jiang, L J Niu, N L Liu, L Z Zhang, X Wang
Objective: To explore the expression of Ras-related protein 11 (Rab11) in hypoxia, the effect of Rab11 on the invasion and migration of cervical cancer cell line SiHa and its possible mechanism. Methods: SiHa cells were divided into 4 groups, the normoxic blank group (normal culture in normoxia), the hypoxic blank group (normal culture in hypoxia), the negative control group [transfection of negative control small interfering RNA (siRNA) in hypoxia], the Rab11-siRNA group (transfection of Rab11 siRNA in hypoxia)...
December 25, 2016: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052645/double-labeling-of-vagal-preganglionic-and-sympathetic-postganglionic-fibers-in-celiac-ganglion-superior-mesenteric-arteries-and-myenteric-plexus
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Shi-Jane Ting, Chih-Kuan Kao, Feng-Bin Wang
Sympathetic efferents regulate the “fight-or-flight” response and sympathetic and vagal fibers have been suggested to retrogradely and centrally spread pathogens associated with Parkinson’s disease. To examine the arrangement of the vagal and sympathetic motor fibers in the celiac ganglion (CG), gastrointestinal tract, and along the superior mesenteric artery and its sub-branches, we double-labeled the vagal efferents by injecting Dextran-Texas Red into the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus and the sympathetic postganglionics with tyrosine hydroxylase immunohistochemistry in male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 18)...
28, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049150/fosl1-inhibits-type-i-interferon-responses-to-malaria-and-viral-infections-by-blocking-tbk1-and-traf3-trif-interactions
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Baowei Cai, Jian Wu, Xiao Yu, Xin-Zhuan Su, Rong-Fu Wang
: Innate immune response plays a critical role in controlling invading pathogens, but such an immune response must be tightly regulated. Insufficient or overactivated immune responses may lead to harmful or even fatal consequences. To dissect the complex host-parasite interactions and the molecular mechanisms underlying innate immune responses to infections, here we investigate the role of FOS-like antigen 1 (FOSL1) in regulating the host type I interferon (IFN-I) response to malaria parasite and viral infections...
January 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048306/we-fg-bra-04-a-portable-confocal-microscope-to-image-live-cell-damage-response-induced-by-therapeutic-radiation
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C McFadden, D Flint, D Sadetaporn, A Asaithamby, D Grosshans, G Sawakuchi
PURPOSE: To construct a custom and portable fluorescence confocal laser-scanning microscope (FCLSM) that can be placed in the path of therapeutic radiation beams to study real-time radiation-induced damage response in live cells. METHODS: We designed and constructed a portable FCLSM with three laser diodes for excitation (405, 488, and 635 nm). An objective lens focuses the excitation light and collects fluorescence from the sample. A pair of galvanometer mirrors scans/collects the laser beam/fluorescence along the focal plane (x/y-directions)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047656/su-g-tep3-03-dose-enhancement-of-gold-nanoparticle-in-proton-therapy-a-monte-carlo-study-based-on-the-transmission-electron-microscopy-imaging
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Y Ma, M Laprise-Pelletier, J Lagueux, M Cote, M Fordin, L Beaulieu
PURPOSE: Gold nanoparticle (GNP) is a promising radiosensitizer that selectively boosts tumor dose in radiotherapy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging observations recently revealed for the first time that GNP exists in vivo in the form of highly localized vesicles, instead of hypothetical uniform distribution. This work investigates the corresponding difference of energy deposition in proton therapy. METHODS: First, single vesicles of various radii were constructed by packing GNPs (as Φ50 nm gold spheres) in spheres and were simulated, as well as a single GNP...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043032/kaempferol-slows-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-by-modifying-lps-induced-osteogenesis-adipogenesis-imbalance-and-inflammation-response-in-bmscs
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Jun Zhu, Haoyu Tang, Zhenhua Zhang, Yong Zhang, Chengfeng Qiu, Ling Zhang, Pinge Huang, Feng Li
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a common disease that represents a significant cause of socio-economic problems. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are a potential autologous stem cell source for the nucleus pulposus regeneration. Kaempferol has been reported to exert protective effects against both osteoporosis and obesity. This study explored the effect of kaempferol on BMSCs differentiation and inflammation. The results demonstrated that kaempferol did not show any cytotoxicity at concentrations of 20, 60 and 100μM...
December 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027456/immunohistochemical-localization-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors-in-the-rat-red-nucleus
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Zehra Minbay, Sema Serter Kocoglu, Duygu Gok Yurtseven, Ozhan Eyigor
In this study, we aimed to determine the presence as well as the diverse distribution of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA glutamate receptor subunits in the rat red nucleus. Using adult Sprague-Dawley rats as the experimental animals, immunohistochemistry was performed on 30 µm thick coronal brain sections with antibodies against α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (GluA1-4), kainate (GluK1, GluK2/3, and GluK5), and NMDA (GluN1 and GluN2A) receptor subunits. The results showed that all ionotropic glutamate receptor subunits are expressed in the red nucleus...
December 21, 2016: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025812/the-anatomy-and-physiology-of-eyeblink-classical-conditioning
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Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
This chapter reviews the past research toward identifying the brain circuit and its computation underlying the associative memory in eyeblink classical conditioning. In the standard delay eyeblink conditioning paradigm, the conditioned stimulus (CS) and eyeblink-eliciting unconditioned stimulus (US) converge in the cerebellar cortex and interpositus nucleus (IPN) through the pontine nuclei and inferior olivary nucleus. Repeated pairings of CS and US modify synaptic weights in the cerebellar cortex and IPN, enabling IPN neurons to activate the red nucleus and generate the conditioned response (CR)...
December 27, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024137/-secrets-of-the-red-headed
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Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Małgorzata Kowalik, Adam Jagodziński
Only 1-2% of people is red-headed but in the Russian Udmurt Republic or United Kingdom they can be met more often. A specific variant of MC1R gene (R allele) is responsible for the red hair. The gene encodes a receptor for melanocortins. These substances stimulate melanocytes to product melanin- a dye of the skin which is transported to keratinocytes. It protects a cellular nucleus from ultraviolet radiation. Melanin has two types: eumelanin which is dark brown or even black and red/orange pheomelanin. The second one is mostly observed in red-headed which is caused by R allele...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009826/using-functional-target-coordinates-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-to-assess-the-indirect-and-direct-methods-of-the-preoperative-planning-do-the-anatomical-and-functional-targets-coincide
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Ahmed Rabie, Leo Verhagen Metman, Konstantin V Slavin
OBJECTIVE: To answer the question of whether the anatomical center of the subthalamic nucleus (STN), as calculated indirectly from stereotactic atlases or by direct visualization on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), corresponds to the best functional target. Since the neighboring red nucleus (RN) is well visualized on MRI, we studied the relationships of the final target to its different borders. METHODS: We analyzed the data of 23 PD patients (46 targets) who underwent bilateral frame-based STN deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedure with microelectrode recording guidance...
December 21, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986608/changes-in-brain-iron-concentration-after-exposure-to-high-altitude-hypoxia-measured-by-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
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Lin Chen, Congbo Cai, Tianhe Yang, Jianzhong Lin, Shuhui Cai, Jiaxing Zhang, Zhong Chen
Hypoxia can induce physiological changes. This study aims to explore effects of high-altitude (HA) hypoxia on cerebral iron concentration. Twenty-nine healthy sea-level participants were tested shortly before and after approximately 4-week adaptation to the HA environment at fQinghai-Tibet Plateau (4200m), and were re-investigated after re-adaptation to the sea-level environment one year later. Iron concentration was quantified with quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM), and the results were compared with transverse relaxation rate (R(*)2) measurements...
December 14, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981030/9-4%C3%A2-t-mr-microscopy-of-the-substantia-nigra-with-pathological-validation-in-controls-and-disease
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L A Massey, M A Miranda, O Al-Helli, H G Parkes, J S Thornton, P-W So, M J White, L Mancini, C Strand, J Holton, A J Lees, T Revesz, T A Yousry
BACKGROUND: The anatomy of the substantia nigra on conventional MRI is controversial. Even using histological techniques it is difficult to delineate with certainty from surrounding structures. We sought to define the anatomy of the SN using high field spin-echo MRI of pathological material in which we could study the anatomy in detail to corroborate our MRI findings in controls and Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy. METHODS: 23 brains were selected from the Queen Square Brain Bank (10 controls, 8 progressive supranuclear palsy, 5 Parkinson's disease) and imaged using high field 9...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975307/a-homokaryon-assay-for-nucleocytoplasmic-shuttling-activity-of-hbv-core-protein
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Ching-Chun Yang, Hung-Cheng Li, Chiaho Shih
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) can be present in both nucleus and cytoplasm. The arginine-rich domain (ARD) at the cytoplasmic tail of HBc contains both a nuclear localization signal (NLS) and nuclear export signal (NES). We established a homokaryon assay to detect the dynamic trafficking of HBc between nucleus and cytoplasm in hepatocytes. Using immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and PEG-induced cell-cell fusion, we demonstrated that a chimeric reporter protein of SV40 large T antigen, when fused in-frame with HBc ARD, can shuttle from a donor nuclei (green) to the recipient nuclei (red) in the context of binucleated or polynucleated hybrid cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938350/central-retinal-artery-occlusion-and-cerebral-infarction-associated-with-mycoplasma-pneumonia-infection-in-children
#17
Yunguang Bao, Xiaobing Li, Kaixuan Wang, Chan Zhao, Xiumei Ji, Mizu Jiang
BACKGROUND: Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is an arterial ischemic stroke, rarely occurred in children accompanied with asymptomatic cerebral infarction and almost never involved in severe pneumonia related to Mycoplasma pneumonia infection. CASE PRESENTATION: An 8-year-old boy with severe pneumonia related to Mycoplasma pneumonia infection that developed loss of vision in the left eye on the 14(th) day. No light perception and no pupillary reaction to light were found in the left eye...
December 9, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928710/synthesis-characterization-and-bioactivity-studies-of-novel-1-3-4-oxadiazole-small-molecule-that-targets-basic-phospholipase-a2-from-vipera-russelli
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Vivek Hamse Kameshwar, Kumar J R, Babu S Priya, S Nanjunda Swamy
Secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) is a key enzyme participating in the inflammatory cascade followed by the action of cyclooxygenase-2 and lipoxygenases. Therefore, inhibitors of sPLA2 could be used as potent anti-inflammatory agents to treat the early phase of inflammation. In this study, we have prepared the fenoprofen and ibuprofen analogs containing 1,3,4-oxadiazole nucleus and tested against Vipera russelli venom's basic sPLA2 (VRV-PL-VIIIa). Among the tested ligands 5(a-t),2-(2-chlorophenyl)-5-(1-(4-phenoxyphenyl) ethyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole (5m) inhibited the catalytic activity of VRV-PL-VIIIa with an IC50 value of 11...
December 7, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919504/successful-treatment-of-paroxysmal-ataxia-and-dysarthria-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-levetiracetam
#19
Shikha J Goodwin, Adam F Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal ataxia and dysarthria (PAD) is a relatively rare symptom in Multiple Sclerosis patients. PAD involves transient dysfunction in control, coordination and initiation of speech and/or limb movements. OBJECTIVE: To describe the successful use of levetiracetam for the treatment of PAD. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 37-year-old woman with MS developed PAD approximately 3 months after a multifocal MS relapse...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859237/the-tetrapyrrole-synthesis-pathway-as-a-model-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-euglenoids
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Bryan Lakey, Richard Triemer
The history of euglenoids may have begun as early as ~2 bya. These early phagotrophs ate cyanobacteria, archaea, and eubacteria, and the subsequent appearance of red algae and chromalveolates provided euglenoids with additional food sources. Following the appearance of green algae, euglenoids acquired a chloroplast via a secondary endosymbiotic event with a green algal ancestor. This endosymbiosis also involved a massive transfer of nuclear-encoded genes from the symbiont nucleus to the host. Expecting these genes to have a green algal origin, this research has shown, through the use of DNA-sequences and the analysis of phylogenetic relationships, that many housekeeping genes have a red algal/chromalveolate ancestry...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Phycology
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