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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161772/microarray-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-the-cyclooxygenase-cox-knockout-mice-a-connection-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
#1
Ravneet Rai-Bhogal, Eizaaz Ahmad, Hongyan Li, Dorota A Crawford
The cellular and molecular events that take place during brain development play an important role in governing function of the mature brain. Lipid signalling molecules such as prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) play an important role in healthy brain development. Abnormalities along the COX/PGE2 signalling pathway due to genetic or environmental causes have been linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This study aims to evaluate the effect of altered COX/PGE2 signalling on development and function of the prenatal brain using male mice lacking cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1(-/-) and COX-2(-/-) ) as potential model systems of ASD...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161702/favorable-effects-of-endoscopic-ligation-combined-with-drugs-on-rebleeding-and-mortality-in-cirrhotic-patients-a-network-meta-analysis
#2
Liang Shi, Xueping Zhang, Jianye Li, Xibo Bai
BACKGROUND: To assess the effects of combination therapies (endoscopic plus drug[s], drug combinations) on variceal/any-cause rebleeding and mortality among cirrhotic patients with one previous episode of variceal hemorrhage. SUMMARY: We searched PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science for eligible studies. We included 26 randomized controlled trials involving 2,536 adults using OR to measure the effects. Endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) plus nadolol ranked first for reducing recurrent bleeds...
November 21, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161700/association-between-environmental-particulate-matter-and-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
#3
Cheng-Hao Weng, Ching-Chih Hu, Tzung-Hai Yen, Wen-Hung Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The deposition of β2-microglobulin induced by reactive inflammation causing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the complications of dialysis-related amyloidosis in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. Air pollution levels, especially particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of <2.5 mm (PM2.5), have significantly been associated with the elevation of systemic inflammatory markers. There is no previous research on possible associations between CTS and PM2...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161647/simple-synthesis-of-self-supported-hierarchical-aupd-alloyed-nanowire-networks-for-boosting-electrocatalytic-activity-toward-formic-acid-oxidation
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Tao Yuan, Hong-Yan Chen, Xiaohong Ma, Jiu-Ju Feng, Pei-Xin Yuan, Ai-Jun Wang
Herein, self-supported hierarchical AuPd alloyed interconnected nanowire networks (AuPd NCNs) were fabricated by a one-pot co-reduction method. Theophylline was acted as the capping and structure-directing agents. The product was mainly characterized by a series of techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The hierarchical nanostructures had the enlarged electrochemically active surface area (EASA), and the enhanced catalytic activity toward formic acid oxidation reaction (FAOR) and strengthened poisoning tolerance for poisoning CO-like intermediates by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry, which outperformed commercial Pd black catalyst...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161639/specification-plasticity-and-evolutionary-origin-of-peripheral-glial-cells
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REVIEW
Maria Eleni Kastriti, Igor Adameyko
Peripheral glia includes predominantly myelinating and non-myelinating Schwann cells in addition to satellite, terminal and enteric glia as well as other unresolved subtypes with localized functions. Of these subtypes, all of them originate from neural crest-derived embryonic Schwann cell precursors (SCPs). Specific gene regulatory networks control neural crest specification and downstream events, including SCP differentiation and myelination. Embryonic SCPs are multipotent and generate neuroendocrine cells, parasympathetic and enteric neurons, melanocytes and other cell types...
November 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161597/sustainability-of-mega-water-diversion-projects-experience-and-lessons-from-china
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Min Yu, Chaoran Wang, Yi Liu, Gustaf Olsson, Chunyan Wang
Water availability and water demand are not evenly distributed in time and space. Many mega water diversion projects have been launched to alleviate water shortages in China. This paper analyzes the temporal and spatial features of 59 mega water diversion projects in China using statistical analysis. The relationship between nine major basins is measured using a network analysis method, and the associated economic, environmental and social impacts are explored using an impact analysis method. The study finds the development of water diversion has experienced four stages in China, from a starting period through to a period of high-speed development...
November 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161570/acclimation-of-acid-tolerant-methanogenic-propionate-utilizing-culture-and-microbial-community-dissecting
#7
Ying Li, Yongming Sun, Lianhua Li, Zhenhong Yuan
The acid-tolerant methanogenic propionate degradation culture was acclimated in a propionate-fed semi-continuous bioreactor by daily adjusting the digestate pH. The performance of propionate fermentation, the respond of microbial community structure to the acidic environment, and the microbial network for propionate degradation in the acid-tolerant culture was investigated. The results demonstrated that after long term of acclimation to low pH, the digester could produce methane from propionate at pH 4.8-5...
November 13, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161499/polymerization-of-well-aligned-organic-nanowires-on-a-ferromagnetic-rare-earth-surface-alloy
#8
Mikel Abadía, Maxim Ilyn, Ignacio Piquero-Zulaica, Pierluigi Gargiani, Celia Rogero, Jose Enrique Ortega, Jens Brede
The high reactivity of magnetic substrate toward molecular overlayers has so far inhibited the realization of more sophisticated on-surface reactions thereby depriving these interfaces of a significant class of chemically tailored organics such as graphene nanoribbons, oligonuclear spin-chains, and metal-organic networks. Here, we present a multi-technique characterization of the polymerization of 4,4″-dibromo-p-terphenyl precursors into ordered poly (p-phenylene) arrays on top of the bi-metallic GdAu$_2$ surface alloy...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161470/resequencing-of-a-mutant-bearing-an-iron-starvation-recovery-phenotype-defines-slr1658-as-a-new-player-in-the-regulatory-network-of-a-model-cyanobacterium
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Hagit Zer, Ketty Margulis, Jens Georg, Yoram Shotland, Gergana Kostova, Laure Sultan, Wolfgang R Hess, Nir Keren
Photosynthetic microorganisms encounter an erratic nutrient environment characterized by periods of iron limitation and sufficiency. Surviving in such an environment requires mechanisms for handling these transitions. Our study identified a regulatory system involved in the process of recovery from iron limitation in cyanobacteria. We set out to study the role of bacterioferritin co-migratory proteins during transitions in iron bioavailability in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 using knockout strains coupled with physiological and biochemical measurements...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161412/fluid-dynamics-in-heart-development-effects-of-hematocrit-and-trabeculation
#10
Nicholas A Battista, Andrea N Lane, Jiandong Liu, Laura A Miller
Recent in vivo experiments have illustrated the importance of understanding the haemodynamics of heart morphogenesis. In particular, ventricular trabeculation is governed by a delicate interaction between haemodynamic forces, myocardial activity, and morphogen gradients, all of which are coupled to genetic regulatory networks. The underlying haemodynamics at the stage of development in which the trabeculae form is particularly complex, given the balance between inertial and viscous forces. Small perturbations in the geometry, scale, and steadiness of the flow can lead to changes in the overall flow structures and chemical morphogen gradients, including the local direction of flow, the transport of morphogens, and the formation of vortices...
November 16, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161403/school-practices-important-for-students-sexual-health-analysis-of-the-school-health-research-network-survey-in-wales
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Honor Young, Sara Jayne Long, Britt Hallingberg, Adam Fletcher, Gillian Hewitt, Simon Murphy, Graham F Moore
Background: This study investigates how the sexual health outcomes of a representative sample of students aged 15-16 in Wales vary according to the person delivering Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools, students' access to on-site sexual health services and access to free condoms. Methods: Cross-sectional, self-report survey data were collected from students who participated in the 2015/16 School Health Research Network questionnaire in Wales. Data were analyzed from 59 schools, totalling 3781 students aged 15-16 (M = 15...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161383/basal-forebrain-gating-by-somatostatin-neurons-drives-prefrontal-cortical-activity
#12
Nelson Espinosa, Alejandra Alonso, Cristian Morales, Pedro Espinosa, Andrés E Chávez, Pablo Fuentealba
The basal forebrain provides modulatory input to the cortex regulating brain states and cognitive processing. Somatostatin-expressing neurons constitute a heterogeneous GABAergic population known to functionally inhibit basal forebrain cortically projecting cells thus favoring sleep and cortical synchronization. However, it remains unclear if somatostatin cells can regulate population activity patterns in the basal forebrain and modulate cortical dynamics. Here, we demonstrate that somatostatin neurons regulate the corticopetal synaptic output of the basal forebrain impinging on cortical activity and behavior...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161362/the-hierarchical-organization-of-the-default-dorsal-attention-and-salience-networks-in-adolescents-and-young-adults
#13
Yuan Zhou, Karl J Friston, Peter Zeidman, Jie Chen, Shu Li, Adeel Razi
An important characteristic of spontaneous brain activity is the anticorrelation between the core default network (cDN) and the dorsal attention network (DAN) and the salience network (SN). This anticorrelation may constitute a key aspect of functional anatomy and is implicated in several brain disorders. We used dynamic causal modeling to assess the hypothesis that a causal hierarchy underlies this anticorrelation structure, using resting-state fMRI of healthy adolescent and young adults (N = 404). Our analysis revealed an asymmetric effective connectivity, such that the regions in the SN and DAN exerted an inhibitory influence on the cDN regions; whereas the cDN exerted an excitatory influence on the SN and DAN regions...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161358/neural-mechanisms-of-episodic-retrieval-support-divergent-creative-thinking
#14
Kevin P Madore, Preston P Thakral, Roger E Beaty, Donna Rose Addis, Daniel L Schacter
Prior research has indicated that brain regions and networks that support semantic memory, top-down and bottom-up attention, and cognitive control are all involved in divergent creative thinking. Kernels of evidence suggest that neural processes supporting episodic memory-the retrieval of particular elements of prior experiences-may also be involved in divergent thinking, but such processes have typically been characterized as not very relevant for, or even a hindrance to, creative output. In the present study, we combine functional magnetic resonance imaging with an experimental manipulation to test formally, for the first time, episodic memory's involvement in divergent thinking...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161354/p140cap-regulates-gabaergic-synaptogenesis-and-development-of-hippocampal-inhibitory-circuits
#15
Isabella Russo, Daniela Gavello, Elisabetta Menna, David Vandael, Carola Veglia, Noemi Morello, Irene Corradini, Elisa Focchi, Annalisa Alfieri, Costanza Angelini, Federico Tommaso Bianchi, Alessandro Morellato, Andrea Marcantoni, Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Matteo Maria Ottaviani, Latefa Yekhlef, Maurizio Giustetto, Stefano Taverna, Valentina Carabelli, Michela Matteoli, Emilio Carbone, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
The neuronal scaffold protein p140Cap was investigated during hippocampal network formation. p140Cap is present in presynaptic GABAergic terminals and its genetic depletion results in a marked alteration of inhibitory synaptic activity. p140Cap-/- cultured neurons display higher frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) with no changes of their mean amplitude. Consistent with a potential presynaptic alteration of basal GABA release, p140Cap-/- neurons exhibit a larger synaptic vesicle readily releasable pool, without any variation of single GABAA receptor unitary currents and number of postsynaptic channels...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161352/delta-rhythm-orchestrates-the-neural-activity-underlying-the-resting-state-bold-signal-via-phase-amplitude-coupling
#16
Saul Jaime, Hong Gu, Brian F Sadacca, Elliot A Stein, Jose E Cavazos, Yihong Yang, Hanbing Lu
Spontaneous ongoing neuronal activity is a prominent feature of the mammalian brain. Temporal and spatial patterns of such ongoing activity have been exploited to examine large-scale brain network organization and function. However, the neurophysiological basis of this spontaneous brain activity as detected by resting-state functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) remains poorly understood. To this end, multi-site local field potentials (LFP) and blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) fMRI were simultaneously recorded in the rat striatum along with local pharmacological manipulation of striatal activity...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161351/echoes-of-affective-stimulation-in-brain-connectivity-networks
#17
Viola Borchardt, Yan Fan, Marie Dietz, Ana Lucia Herrera Melendez, Malek Bajbouj, Matti Gärtner, Meng Li, Martin Walter, Simone Grimm
Affective experience has effects on subjective feelings, physiological indices, entails immediate activity changes in the brain, and even influences brain networks in a protracted manner. However, it is still unclear, how the functional connectivity (FC) interplay between major intrinsic connectivity networks upon affective stimulation depends on affective valence, and whether this is specific for affective experience, i.e., can be distinguished from cognitive task execution. Our study included fMRI scans during and after affective stimulation with sad and neutral movies and a working memory task complemented with measures of cardiovascular activity and mood...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161298/controlled-placement-of-multiple-cns-cell-populations-to-create-complex-neuronal-cultures
#18
D Soscia, A Belle, N Fischer, H Enright, A Sales, J Osburn, W Benett, E Mukerjee, K Kulp, S Pannu, E Wheeler
In vitro brain-on-a-chip platforms hold promise in many areas including: drug discovery, evaluating effects of toxicants and pathogens, and disease modelling. A more accurate recapitulation of the intricate organization of the brain in vivo may require a complex in vitro system including organization of multiple neuronal cell types in an anatomically-relevant manner. Most approaches for compartmentalizing or segregating multiple cell types on microfabricated substrates use either permanent physical surface features or chemical surface functionalization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161290/comparative-analysis-of-weighted-gene-co-expression-networks-in-human-and-mouse
#19
Marius Eidsaa, Lisa Stubbs, Eivind Almaas
The application of complex network modeling to analyze large co-expression data sets has gained traction during the last decade. In particular, the use of the weighted gene co-expression network analysis framework has allowed an unbiased and systems-level investigation of genotype-phenotype relationships in a wide range of systems. Since mouse is an important model organism for biomedical research on human disease, it is of great interest to identify similarities and differences in the functional roles of human and mouse orthologous genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161278/resilience-of-honeybee-colonies-via-common-stomach-a-model-of-self-regulation-of-foraging
#20
Thomas Schmickl, Istvan Karsai
We propose a new regulation mechanism based on the idea of the "common stomach" to explain several aspects of the resilience and homeostatic regulation of honeybee colonies. This mechanism exploits shared pools of substances (pollen, nectar, workers, brood) that modulate recruitment, abandonment and allocation patterns at the colony-level and enable bees to perform several survival strategies to cope with difficult circumstances: Lack of proteins leads to reduced feeding of young brood, to early capping of old brood and to regaining of already spent proteins through brood cannibalism...
2017: PloS One
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