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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821393/nutritional-status-brain-network-organization-and-general-intelligence
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Marta K Zamroziewicz, M Tanveer Talukdar, Chris E Zwilling, Aron K Barbey
The high energy demands of the brain underscore the importance of nutrition in maintaining brain health and further indicate that aspects of nutrition may optimize brain health, in turn enhancing cognitive performance. General intelligence represents a critical cognitive ability that has been well characterized by cognitive neuroscientists and psychologists alike, but the extent to which a driver of brain health, namely nutritional status, impacts the neural mechanisms that underlie general intelligence is not understood...
August 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817568/an-optimal-strategy-for-epilepsy-surgery-disruption-of-the-rich-club
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Marinho A Lopes, Mark P Richardson, Eugenio Abela, Christian Rummel, Kaspar Schindler, Marc Goodfellow, John R Terry
Surgery is a therapeutic option for people with epilepsy whose seizures are not controlled by anti-epilepsy drugs. In pre-surgical planning, an array of data modalities, often including intra-cranial EEG, is used in an attempt to map regions of the brain thought to be crucial for the generation of seizures. These regions are then resected with the hope that the individual is rendered seizure free as a consequence. However, post-operative seizure freedom is currently sub-optimal, suggesting that the pre-surgical assessment may be improved by taking advantage of a mechanistic understanding of seizure generation in large brain networks...
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800783/bioprospecting-saline-gradient-of-a-wildlife-sanctuary-for-bacterial-diversity-and-antimicrobial-activities
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Mara DeLuca, Riley King, Mustafa Morsy
OBJECTIVE: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming a global crisis, causing death of thousands of people and significant economic impact. The discovery of novel antibiotics is crucial to saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. To address the antibiotic-resistant crisis, in collaboration the Small World Initiative, which aims to crowdsource novel antibiotic discovery, this study aimed to identify antimicrobial producing bacteria and bacterial diversity in the soil of the Stimpson Wildlife Sanctuary, an inland area with a soil salt gradient...
August 11, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796797/chaotic-itinerancy-within-the-coupled-dynamics-between-a-physical-body-and-neural-oscillator-networks
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Jihoon Park, Hiroki Mori, Yuji Okuyama, Minoru Asada
Chaotic itinerancy is a phenomenon in which the state of a nonlinear dynamical system spontaneously explores and attracts certain states in a state space. From this perspective, the diverse behavior of animals and its spontaneous transitions lead to a complex coupled dynamical system, including a physical body and a brain. Herein, a series of simulations using different types of non-linear oscillator networks (i.e., regular, small-world, scale-free, random) with a musculoskeletal model (i.e., a snake-like robot) as a physical body are conducted to understand how the chaotic itinerancy of bodily behavior emerges from the coupled dynamics between the body and the brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793308/genetic-analysis-of-the-candida-albicans-biofilm-transcription-factor-network-using-simple-and-complex-haploinsufficiency
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Virginia E Glazier, Thomas Murante, Daniel Murante, Kristy Koselny, Yuan Liu, Dongyeop Kim, Hyun Koo, Damian J Krysan
Biofilm formation by Candida albicans is a key aspect of its pathobiology and is regulated by an integrated network of transcription factors (Bcr1, Brg1, Efg1, Ndt80, Rob1, and Tec1). To understand the details of how the transcription factors function together to regulate biofilm formation, we used a systematic genetic interaction approach based on generating all possible double heterozygous mutants of the network genes and quantitatively analyzing the genetic interactions between them. Overall, the network is highly susceptible to genetic perturbation with the six network heterozygous mutants all showing alterations in biofilm formation (haploinsufficiency)...
August 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789983/impaired-brain-network-architecture-in-newly-diagnosed-parkinson-s-disease-based-on-graph-theoretical-analysis
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Jinping Fang, Huimin Chen, Zhentang Cao, Ying Jiang, Lingyan Ma, Huizi Ma, Tao Feng
BACKGROUND: Resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) has been applied to investigate topographic structure in Parkinson's disease (PD). Alteration of topographic architecture has been inconsistent in PD AIM: To investigate the network profile of PD using graph theoretical analysis. METHOD: Twenty six newly diagnosed PD and 19 age- and gender- matched healthy controls (HC) were included in our analysis. Small-world profile and topographic profiles (nodal degree, global efficiency, local efficiency, cluster coefficient, shortest path length, betweenness centrality) were measured and compared between groups, with age and gender as covariates...
August 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758054/instance-search-retrospective-with-focus-on-trecvid
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George Awad, Wessel Kraaij, Paul Over, Shin'ichi Satoh
This paper presents an overview of the Video Instance Search benchmark which was run over a period of 6 years (2010-2015) as part of the TREC Video Retrieval (TRECVID) workshop series. The main contributions of the paper include i) an examination of the evolving design of the evaluation framework and its components (system tasks, data, measures); ii) an analysis of the influence of topic characteristics (such as rigid/non rigid, planar/non-planar, stationary/mobile on performance; iii) a high-level overview of results and best-performing approaches...
March 2017: International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744955/cortical-connectivity-modulation-during-sleep-onset-a-study-via-graph-theory-on-eeg-data
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Fabrizio Vecchio, Francesca Miraglia, Maurizio Gorgoni, Michele Ferrara, Francesco Iberite, Placido Bramanti, Luigi De Gennaro, Paolo Maria Rossini
Sleep onset is characterized by a specific and orchestrated pattern of frequency and topographical EEG changes. Conventional power analyses of electroencephalographic (EEG) and computational assessments of network dynamics have described an earlier synchronization of the centrofrontal areas rhythms and a spread of synchronizing signals from associative prefrontal to posterior areas. Here, we assess how "small world" characteristics of the brain networks, as reflected in the EEG rhythms, are modified in the wakefulness-sleep transition comparing the pre- and post-sleep onset epochs...
July 26, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723654/disrupted-small-world-brain-network-topology-in-pure-conduct-disorder
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Feng-Mei Lu, Jian-Song Zhou, Jiang Zhang, Xiao-Ping Wang, Zhen Yuan
OBJECTIVES: Conduct disorder (CD) is characterized by the violation of the rights of others or basic social rules and a repetitive, persistent pattern of antisocial and aggressive behaviors. A large number of functional and structural neuroimaging studies have identified widely abnormalities in specific brain regions in CD, but the alterations in the topological organization of functional networks among them remain largely unknown. METHODS: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was applied to investigate the intrinsic functional connectivity in 18 pure CD patients and eighteen typically developing healthy controls...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701924/frontal-connectivity-in-eeg-gamma-30-45-hz-respond-to-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-minimally-conscious-state-patients
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Yang Bai, Xiaoyu Xia, Zhenhu Liang, Yong Wang, Yi Yang, Jianghong He, Xiaoli Li
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has become a valuable brain-intervention technique used to rehabilitate patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). To explore how the SCS affects the cerebral cortex and what possible electrophysiological mechanism of SCS effects on the cortex, the present study investigated the functional connectivity and network properties during SCS in minimally conscious state (MCS) patients. MCS patients received both SCS and sham sessions. Functional connectivity of the phase lock value (PLV) in the gamma band (30-45 Hz) was investigated at the pre-, on- and post-SCS stages...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694044/more-randomized-and-resilient-in-the-topological-properties-of-functional-brain-networks-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Huaizhou Li, Haiyan Zhou, Yang Yang, Haiyuan Wang, Ning Zhong
Previous studies have reported the enhanced randomization of functional brain networks in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). However, little is known about the changes of key nodal attributes for randomization, the resilience of network, and the clinical significance of the alterations. In this study, we collected the resting-state functional MRI data from 19 MDD patients and 19 healthy control (HC) individuals. Graph theory analysis showed that decreases were found in the small-worldness, clustering coefficient, local efficiency, and characteristic path length (i...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690129/graph-theoretical-analysis-of-functional-network-for-comprehension-of-sign-language
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Lanfang Liu, Xin Yan, Jin Liu, Mingrui Xia, Chunming Lu, Karen Emmorey, Mingyuan Chu, Guosheng Ding
Signed languages are natural human languages using the visual-motor modality. Previous neuroimaging studies based on univariate activation analysis show that a widely overlapped cortical network is recruited regardless whether the sign language is comprehended (for signers) or not (for non-signers). Here we move beyond previous studies by examining whether the functional connectivity profiles and the underlying organizational structure of the overlapped neural network may differ between signers and non-signers when watching sign language...
July 6, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678805/ablation-as-targeted-perturbation-to-rewire-communication-network-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Susumu Tao, Samuel F Way, Joshua Garland, Jonathan Chrispin, Luisa A Ciuffo, Muhammad A Balouch, Saman Nazarian, David D Spragg, Joseph E Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, Hiroshi Ashikaga
Persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) can be viewed as disintegrated patterns of information transmission by action potential across the communication network consisting of nodes linked by functional connectivity. To test the hypothesis that ablation of persistent AF is associated with improvement in both local and global connectivity within the communication networks, we analyzed multi-electrode basket catheter electrograms of 22 consecutive patients (63.5 ± 9.7 years, 78% male) during persistent AF before and after the focal impulse and rotor modulation-guided ablation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659765/synaptic-impairment-and-robustness-of-excitatory-neuronal-networks-with-different-topologies
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Ehsan Mirzakhalili, Eleni Gourgou, Victoria Booth, Bogdan Epureanu
Synaptic deficiencies are a known hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases, but the diagnosis of impaired synapses on the cellular level is not an easy task. Nonetheless, changes in the system-level dynamics of neuronal networks with damaged synapses can be detected using techniques that do not require high spatial resolution. This paper investigates how the structure/topology of neuronal networks influences their dynamics when they suffer from synaptic loss. We study different neuronal network structures/topologies by specifying their degree distributions...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652747/disrupted-small-world-brain-functional-network-topology-in-male-patients-with-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-revealed-by-resting-state-fmri
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Li-Ting Chen, Xiao-Le Fan, Hai-Jun Li, Si Nie, Hong-Han Gong, Wei Zhang, Xian-Jun Zeng, Ping Long, De-Chang Peng
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep-related breathing disorder that can damage cognitive function. However, the functional network organization remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the topological properties of OSA patients using a graph theoretical analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 30 male patients with untreated severe OSA and 25 male education- and age-matched good sleepers (GSs) underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636461/genice-a-novel-framework-for-gene-network-inference-by-clustering-exhaustive-search-and-multivariate-analysis
#16
Ricardo De Souza Jacomini, David Correa Martins-Jr, Felipe Leno Da Silva, Anna Helena Reali Costa
Gene network (GN) inference from temporal gene expression data is a crucial and challenging problem in systems biology. Expression data sets usually consist of dozens of temporal samples, while networks consist of thousands of genes, thus rendering many inference methods unfeasible in practice. To improve the scalability of GN inference methods, we propose a novel framework called GeNICE, based on probabilistic GNs; the main novelty is the introduction of a clustering procedure to group genes with related expression profiles and to provide an approximate solution with reduced computational complexity...
August 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631354/cross-population-myelination-covariance-of-human-cerebral-cortex
#17
Zhiwei Ma, Nanyin Zhang
Cross-population covariance of brain morphometric quantities provides a measure of interareal connectivity, as it is believed to be determined by the coordinated neurodevelopment of connected brain regions. Although useful, structural covariance analysis predominantly employed bulky morphological measures with mixed compartments, whereas studies of the structural covariance of any specific subdivisions such as myelin are rare. Characterizing myelination covariance is of interest, as it will reveal connectivity patterns determined by coordinated development of myeloarchitecture between brain regions...
September 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622528/band-specific-atypical-functional-connectivity-pattern-in-childhood-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Tetsuya Takahashi, Teruya Yamanishi, Sou Nobukawa, Shinya Kasakawa, Yuko Yoshimura, Hirotoshi Hiraishi, Chiaki Hasegawa, Takashi Ikeda, Tetsu Hirosawa, Toshio Munesue, Haruhiro Higashida, Yoshio Minabe, Mitsuru Kikuchi
OBJECTIVE: Altered brain connectivity has been theorized as a key neural underpinning of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but recent investigations have revealed conflicting patterns of connectivity, particularly hyper-connectivity and hypo-connectivity across age groups. The application of graph theory to neuroimaging data has become an effective approach for characterizing topographical patterns of large-scale functional networks. We used a graph approach to investigate alteration of functional networks in childhood ASD...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618497/synchronization-of-fluctuating-delay-coupled-chaotic-networks
#19
Manuel Jiménez-Martín, Javier Rodríguez-Laguna, Otti D'Huys, Javier de la Rubia, Elka Korutcheva
We study the synchronization of chaotic units connected through time-delayed fluctuating interactions. Focusing on small-world networks of Bernoulli and Logistic units with a fixed chiral backbone, we compare the synchronization properties of static and fluctuating networks in the regime of large delays. We find that random network switching may enhance the stability of synchronized states. Synchronization appears to be maximally stable when fluctuations are much faster than the time-delay, whereas it disappears for very slow fluctuations...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604809/constructing-a-watts-strogatz-network-from-a-small-world-network-with-symmetric-degree-distribution
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Mozart B C Menezes, Seokjin Kim, Rongbing Huang
Though the small-world phenomenon is widespread in many real networks, it is still challenging to replicate a large network at the full scale for further study on its structure and dynamics when sufficient data are not readily available. We propose a method to construct a Watts-Strogatz network using a sample from a small-world network with symmetric degree distribution. Our method yields an estimated degree distribution which fits closely with that of a Watts-Strogatz network and leads into accurate estimates of network metrics such as clustering coefficient and degree of separation...
2017: PloS One
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