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Lyall Glait, Weiwen Fan, Gina Stillitano, Sharon Sandridge, Nadia Pilati, Charles Large, Giuseppe Alvaro, James A Kaltenbach
The purpose of this study was to test whether a Kv3 potassium channel modulator, AUT00063, has therapeutic potential for reversing noise-induced increases in spontaneous neural activity, a state that is widely believed to underlie noise-induced tinnitus. Recordings were conducted in noise exposed and control hamsters from dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) fusiform cells before and following intraperitoneal administration of AUT00063 (30 mg/kg). Fusiform cell spontaneous activity was increased in sound-exposed animals, approximating levels that were nearly 50% above those of controls...
February 7, 2018: Hearing Research
Ali Asghar Peyvandi, Navid Ahmady Roozbahany, Hassan Peyvandi, Hojjat-Allah Abbaszadeh, Niloofar Majdinasab, Mohammad Faridan, Somayeh Niknazar
Previous animal studies have shown that stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/CXC chemokine receptor-4 (CXCR4) signaling pathway plays an important role in the targeted migration of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) to the injured area. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the potential role of chemotactic SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling pathway in the homing of transplanted BMSCs to the injured cochlea after noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in a rat model. White noise exposure (110 dB) paradigm was used for hearing loss induction in male rats for 6 hours in 5 days...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Mahlega S Hassanpour, Qingfei Luo, W Kyle Simmons, Justin S Feinstein, Martin P Paulus, Wen-Ming Luh, Jerzy Bodurka, Sahib S Khalsa
Cardiorespiratory fluctuations such as changes in heart rate or respiration volume influence the temporal dynamics of cerebral blood flow (CBF) measurements during arterial spin labeling (ASL) fMRI. This "physiological noise" can confound estimates of resting state network activity, and it may lower the signal-to-noise ratio of ASL during task-related experiments. In this study we examined several methods for minimizing the contributions of both synchronized and non-synchronized physiological noise in ASL measures of CBF, by combining the RETROICOR approach with different linear deconvolution models...
February 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Lu Zhang, Li Lai, Hao Peng, Zhe Tu, Suchuan Zhong
The dynamics of many soft condensed matter and biological systems is affected by space limitations, which produce some peculiar effects on the systems' stochastic resonance (SR) behavior. In this study, we propose a model where SR can be observed: a confined overdamped harmonic oscillator that is subjected to a sinusoidal driving force and is under the influence of a multiplicative white noise. The output response of the system is a periodic signal with harmonic frequencies that are odd multiples of the driving frequency...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Romi Mankin, Sander Paekivi
The behavior of a stochastic resonate-and-fire neuron model based on a reduction of a fractional noise-driven generalized Langevin equation (GLE) with a power-law memory kernel is considered. The effect of temporally correlated random activity of synaptic inputs, which arise from other neurons forming local and distant networks, is modeled as an additive fractional Gaussian noise in the GLE. Using a first-passage-time formulation, in certain system parameter domains exact expressions for the output interspike interval (ISI) density and for the survival probability (the probability that a spike is not generated) are derived and their dependence on input parameters, especially on the memory exponent, is analyzed...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Romi Mankin, Katrin Laas, Tõnu Laas, Sander Paekivi
The problem of random motion of harmonically trapped charged particles in a constant external magnetic field is studied. A generalized three-dimensional Langevin equation with a power-law memory kernel is used to model the interaction of Brownian particles with the complex structure of viscoelastic media (e.g., dusty plasmas). The influence of a fluctuating environment is modeled by an additive fractional Gaussian noise. In the long-time limit the exact expressions of the first-order and second-order moments of the fluctuating position for the Brownian particle subjected to an external periodic force in the plane perpendicular to the magnetic field have been calculated...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Claus-Peter Richter, Hunter Young, Sonja V Richter, Virginia Smith-Bronstein, Stuart R Stock, Xianghui Xiao, Carmen Soriano, Donna S Whitlon
Exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs are responsible for much of the debilitating hearing loss experienced by about 350 million people worldwide. Beyond hearing aids and cochlear implants, there have been no other FDA approved drug interventions established in the clinic that would either protect or reverse the effects of hearing loss. Using Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABR) in a guinea pig model, we demonstrate that fluvastatin, an inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme of the mevalonate pathway, protects against loss of cochlear function initiated by high intensity noise...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mingji Zhang, Siu Wing Or
A novel gradient-type magnetoelectric (ME) current sensor operating in magnetic field gradient (MFG) detection and conversion mode is developed based on a pair of ME composites that have a back-to-back capacitor configuration under a baseline separation and a magnetic biasing in an electrically-shielded and mechanically-enclosed housing. The physics behind the current sensing process is the product effect of the current-induced MFG effect associated with vortex magnetic fields of current-carrying cables (i...
February 14, 2018: Sensors
Haozhe Zhao, Yan Zhu, Fan Liao, Aimin Gao, Yu Shao, Mingwang Shao
In this paper, gold nanoparticles were obtained by gamma-ray irradiation in aqueous solution containing HAuCl4 as the precursor. The reaction generated particles that contained no foreign stabilizer. The additive-free gold nanoparticles were employed to modify glassy carbon electrode for the detection of dopamine in phosphate buffer solution. Electrochemical properties of the modified electrode were examined by cyclic voltammertry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Linear analytical curves were obtained in the range from 2 to 120 μM for dopamine by differential pulse voltammetry, with the detection limit of 0...
July 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Mariusz Matyszewski, Seamus R Morrone, Jungsan Sohn
The AIM2-ASC inflammasome is a filamentous signaling platform essential for mounting host defense against cytoplasmic dsDNA arising not only from invading pathogens but also from damaged organelles. Currently, the design principles of its underlying signaling network remain poorly understood at the molecular level. We show here that longer dsDNA is more effective in inducing AIM2 assembly, its self-propagation, and downstream ASC polymerization. This observation is related to the increased probability of forming the base of AIM2 filaments, and indicates that the assembly discerns small dsDNA as noise at each signaling step...
February 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Shruti Khanna, Maria J Santos, Susan L Ustin, Kristen Shapiro, Paul J Haverkamp, Mui Lay
Oil spills from offshore drilling and coastal refineries often cause significant degradation of coastal environments. Early oil detection may prevent losses and speed up recovery if monitoring of the initial oil extent, oil impact, and recovery are in place. Satellite imagery data can provide a cost-effective alternative to expensive airborne imagery or labor intensive field campaigns for monitoring effects of oil spills on wetlands. However, these satellite data may be restricted in their ability to detect and map ecosystem recovery post-spill given their spectral measurement properties and temporal frequency...
February 12, 2018: Sensors
Sébastien A Lévesque, Jean-Michel Mugnes, Erik Bélanger, Pierre Marquet
Quantitative phase imaging (QPI) has recently emerged as a powerful new quantitative microscopy technique suitable for the noninvasive exploration of the structure and dynamics of transparent specimens, including living cells in culture. Indeed, the quantitative phase signal (QPS), induced by transparent living cells, can be detected with a nanometric axial sensitivity, and contains a wealth of information about both cell morphology and content. However, QPS is also sensitive to various sources of experimental noise...
February 10, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
A Eddins, S Schreppler, D M Toyli, L S Martin, S Hacohen-Gourgy, L C G Govia, H Ribeiro, A A Clerk, I Siddiqi
Microwave squeezing represents the ultimate sensitivity frontier for superconducting qubit measurement. However, measurement enhancement has remained elusive, in part because integration with standard dispersive readout pollutes the signal channel with antisqueezed noise. Here we induce a stroboscopic light-matter coupling with superior squeezing compatibility, and observe an increase in the final signal-to-noise ratio of 24%. Squeezing the orthogonal phase slows measurement-induced dephasing by a factor of 1...
January 26, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Lijie Liu, Cong Fang, Jing Yang, Hongyu Zhang, Yi Huang, Chuanying Xuan, Yongfang Wang, Shengwei Li, Jun Sha, Mingming Zha, Min Guo
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have suggested that noise exposure may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and experimental studies have demonstrated that noise exposure can induce insulin resistance in rodents. The aim of the present study was to explore noise-induced processes underlying impaired insulin sensitivity in mice. METHODS: Male ICR mice were randomly divided into four groups: a control group without noise exposure and three noise groups exposed to white noise at a 95-dB sound pressure level for 4 h/day for 1, 10, or 20 days (N1D, N10D, and N20D, respectively)...
February 12, 2018: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Mathis Kaiser, Daniel Senkowski, Yadira Roa Romero, Lars Riecke, Julian Keil
Interruptions in auditory input can be perceptually restored if they coincide with a masking sound, resulting in a continuity illusion. Previous studies have shown that this continuity illusion is associated with reduced low-frequency neural oscillations in the auditory cortex. However, the precise contribution of oscillatory amplitude changes and phase alignment to auditory restoration remains unclear. Using electroencephalography, we investigated induced power changes and phase locking in response to 3 Hz amplitude-modulated tones during the interval of an interrupting noise...
February 11, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
Cristina Rigato, Sabine Reinfeldt, Bo Håkansson, Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson, Erik Renvall, Måns Eeg-Olofsson
Active transcutaneous bone conduction devices, where the transducer is implanted, are used for rehabilitation of hearing impaired patients by directly stimulating the skull bone. The transducer and the way it is attached to the bone play a central role in the design of such devices. The actual effect of varying the contact to bone has not been addressed yet. The aim of this study is therefore to compare how different attachment methods of the transducer to the bone for direct stimulation affect the ear canal sound pressure and vibration transmission to the ipsilateral cochlea...
January 31, 2018: Hearing Research
Corentin Cornu, Matthieu Guédra, Jean-Christophe Béra, Hao-Li Liu, Wen-Shiang Chen, Claude Inserra
In the aim of limiting the destructive effects of collapsing bubbles, the regime of stable cavitation activity is currently targeted for sensitive therapeutic applications such as blood-brain barrier opening by ultrasound. This activity is quantified through the emergence of the subharmonic component of the fundamental frequency. Due to the intrinsically stochastic behavior of the cavitation phenomenon, a better control of the different (stable or inertial) cavitation regimes is a key requirement in the understanding of the mechanisms involving each bubble-induced mechanical effect...
April 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Serguei Liachenko, Jaivijay Ramu, Merle G Paule, Joseph Hanig
To assess the relative performance of MRI T2 relaxation and ADC mapping as potential biomarkers of neurotoxicity, a model of 3-nitropropionic acid (NP)-induced neurodegeneration in rats was employed. Male Sprague-Dawley rats received NP (N = 20, 16-20 mg/kg, ip or sc) or saline (N = 6, 2 ml/kg, ip) daily for 3 days. MRI was performed using a 7 tesla system employing quantitative T2 and ADC mapping based on spin echo pulse sequence. All maps were skull stripped and co-registered and the changes were quantified using baseline subtraction and anatomical segmentation...
February 7, 2018: Neurotoxicology
Kevin K Ohlemiller, Tejbeer Kaur, Mark E Warchol, Robert H Withnell
The endocochlear potential (EP) provides part of the electrochemical drive for sound-driven currents through cochlear hair cells. Intense noise exposure (110 dB SPL, 2 h) differentially affects the EP in three inbred mouse strains (C57BL/6 [B6], CBA/J [CBA], BALB/cJ [BALB]) (Ohlemiller and Gagnon, 2007, Hearing Research 224:34-50; Ohlemiller et al., 2011, JARO 12:45-58). At least for mice older than 3 mos, B6 mice are unaffected, CBA mice show temporary EP reduction, and BALB mice may show temporary or permanent EP reduction...
February 1, 2018: Hearing Research
Anna R Fetoni, Sara Letizia Maria Eramo, Antonella Di Pino, Rolando Rolesi, Fabiola Paciello, Claudio Grassi, Diana Troiani, Gaetano Paludetti
HYPOTHESIS: Trans-tympanic Rosmarinic Acid (RA), as compared with the systemic administration, protects against noise-induced auditory hair cell and hearing losses in rats in vivo. BACKGROUND: ROS production, lipoperoxidative damage, and an imbalance of antioxidant defences play a significant role in noise-induced hearing loss. Several molecules with antioxidant properties have been tested to restore redox homeostasis; however, drug delivery system represents a challenge for their effectiveness...
March 2018: Otology & Neurotology
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