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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29577283/morphological-characterization-of-hvc-projection-neurons-in-the-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata
#1
Sam E Benezra, Rajeevan T Narayanan, Robert Egger, Marcel Oberlaender, Michael A Long
Singing behavior in the adult male zebra finch is dependent upon the activity of a cortical region known as HVC (proper name). The vast majority of HVC projection neurons send primary axons to either the downstream premotor nucleus RA (primary motor cortex) or Area X (basal ganglia), which play important roles in song production or song learning, respectively. In addition to these long-range outputs, HVC neurons also send local axon collaterals throughout that nucleus. Despite their implications for a range of circuit models, these local processes have never been completely reconstructed...
March 25, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29516636/spatially-dynamic-recurrent-information-flow-across-long-range-dorsal-motor-network-encodes-selective-motor-goals
#2
Peter E Yoo, Maureen A Hagan, Sam E John, Nicholas L Opie, Roger J Ordidge, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Bradford A Moffat, Yan T Wong
Performing voluntary movements involves many regions of the brain, but it is unknown how they work together to plan and execute specific movements. We recorded high-resolution ultra-high-field blood-oxygen-level-dependent signal during a cued ankle-dorsiflexion task. The spatiotemporal dynamics and the patterns of task-relevant information flow across the dorsal motor network were investigated. We show that task-relevant information appears and decays earlier in the higher order areas of the dorsal motor network then in the primary motor cortex...
June 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454852/chronic-exposure-to-inhaled-traffic-related-nitrogen-dioxide-and-a-blunted-cortisol-response-in-adolescents
#3
Sam E Wing, Gretchen Bandoli, Donatello Telesca, Jason G Su, Beate Ritz
BACKGROUND: Chronic health effects of traffic-related air pollution, like nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ), are well-documented. Animal models suggested that NO2 exposures dysregulate cortisol function. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the association between traffic-related NO2 exposure and adolescent human cortisol concentrations, utilizing measures of the cortisol diurnal slope. METHODS: 140 adolescents provided repeated salivary cortisol samples throughout one day...
May 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364119/consistency-of-long-term-subdural-electrocorticography-in-humans
#4
Ewan S Nurse, Sam E John, Dean R Freestone, Thomas J Oxley, Hoameng Ung, Samuel F Berkovic, Terence J O'Brien, Mark J Cook, David B Grayden
OBJECTIVE: Subdural electrocorticography (ECoG) can provide a robust control signal for a brain-computer interface (BCI). However, the long-term recording properties of ECoG are poorly understood as most ECoG studies in the BCI field have only used signals recorded for less than 28 days. We assessed human ECoG recordings over durations of many months to investigate changes to recording quality that occur with long-term implantation. METHODS: We examined changes in signal properties over time from 15 ambulatory humans who had continuous subdural ECoG monitoring for 184-766 days...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243312/duration-of-anaemia-during-the-first-week-of-life-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-retinopathy-of-prematurity
#5
Pia Lundgren, Sam E Athikarisamy, Sanjay Patole, Geoffrey C Lam, Lois E Smith, Karen Simmer
AIM: This study evaluated the correlation between retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), anaemia and blood transfusions in extremely preterm infants. METHODS: We included 227 infants born below 28 weeks of gestation at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Australia, from 2014-2016. Birth characteristics and risk factors for ROP were retrieved, and anaemia and severe anaemia were defined as a haemoglobins of <110 g/L and <80 g/L, respectively. Logistic regression was used for the analysis...
December 15, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150189/uranium-mobility-across-annual-growth-rings-in-three-deciduous-tree-species
#6
Kelly C McHugh, Elisabeth Widom, Henry B Spitz, Gregory C Wiles, Sam E Glover
Black walnut (Juglans nigra), slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), and white ash (Fraxinus americana) trees were evaluated as potential archives of past uranium (U) contamination. Like other metals, U mobility in annual growth rings of trees is dependent on the tree species. Uranium concentrations and isotopic compositions (masses 234, 235, 236, and 238) were analyzed by thermal ionization mass spectrometry to test the efficacy of using tree rings to retroactively monitor U pollution from the FFMPC, a U purification facility operating from 1951 to 1989...
February 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854273/high-resolution-imaging-of-the-mitral-valve-in-the-natural-state-with-7-tesla-mri
#7
Sam E Stephens, Serguei Liachenko, Neil B Ingels, Jonathan F Wenk, Morten O Jensen
Imaging techniques of the mitral valve have improved tremendously during the last decade, but challenges persist. The delicate changes in annulus shape and papillary muscle position throughout the cardiac cycle have significant impact on the stress distribution in the leaflets and chords, thus preservation of anatomically accurate positioning is critical. The aim of this study was to develop an in vitro method and apparatus for obtaining high-resolution 3D MRI images of porcine mitral valves in both the diastolic and systolic configurations with physiologically appropriate annular shape, papillary muscle positions and orientations, specific to the heart from which the valve was harvested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820351/genomic-and-chromatin-features-shaping-meiotic-double-strand-break-formation-and-repair-in-mice
#8
Shintaro Yamada, Seoyoung Kim, Sam E Tischfield, Maria Jasin, Julian Lange, Scott Keeney
The SPO11-generated DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that initiate meiotic recombination occur non-randomly across genomes, but mechanisms shaping their distribution and repair remain incompletely understood. Here, we expand on recent studies of nucleotide-resolution DSB maps in mouse spermatocytes. We find that trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 36 around DSB hotspots is highly correlated, both spatially and quantitatively, with trimethylation of H3 lysine 4, consistent with coordinated formation and action of both PRDM9-dependent histone modifications...
October 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602072/influence-of-surface-functional-groups-on-deposition-and-release-of-tio2-nanoparticles
#9
Zhiwei Wang, Xueye Wang, Junyao Zhang, Xueqing Yu, Zhichao Wu
A clear understanding of the factors governing the deposition and release behaviors of engineered nanoparticles (NPs), such as TiO2 NPs, is necessary for predicting their transport and fate in both natural and engineered aquatic environments. In this study, impacts of specific chemistries on TiO2 NP deposition, as a function of TiO2 NP concentration and ionic strength/valence, were investigated using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with five different ending chemical functionalities (-CH3, -OH, -COOH, -NH2, and -CONH2)...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600108/comparative-incidence-of-patellofemoral-complications-between-2-total-knee-arthroplasty-systems-in-a-multicenter-prospective-clinical%C3%A2-study
#10
Sean D Toomey, Juan A Daccach, Jinesh C Shah, Sam E Himden, James P Lesko, William G Hamilton
BACKGROUND: Cumulative incidence rates (CIRs) of patellofemoral complications (PCCs) and patellofemoral symptomatic crepitus (SC) using a new knee system-total knee arthroplasty (NEW-TKA) were compared with those of a currently available product-total knee arthroplasty (CA-TKA). METHODS: Twenty-two investigators prospectively enrolled 704 patients into a study using CA-TKA; 364 received a posterior-stabilized configuration. Twenty-three investigators (19 from the CA-TKA study) enrolled 1138 patients with NEW-TKA; 584 received a posterior-stabilized configuration...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595827/the-ovine-motor-cortex-a-review-of-functional-mapping-and-cytoarchitecture
#11
REVIEW
Sam E John, Timothy J H Lovell, Nicholas L Opie, Stefan Wilson, Theodore C Scordas, Yan T Wong, Gil S Rind, Stephen Ronayne, Sébastien H Bauquier, Clive N May, David B Grayden, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley
In recent years, sheep (Ovis aries) have emerged as a useful animal model for neurological research due to their relatively large brain and blood vessel size, their cortical architecture, and their docile temperament. However, the functional anatomy of sheep brain is not as well studied as that of non-human primates, rodents, and felines. For example, while the location of the sheep motor cortex has been known for many years, there have been few studies of the somatotopy of the motor cortex and there were a range of discrepancies across them...
September 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346140/em-connectomics-reveals-axonal-target-variation-in-a-sequence-generating-network
#12
Jörgen Kornfeld, Sam E Benezra, Rajeevan T Narayanan, Fabian Svara, Robert Egger, Marcel Oberlaender, Winfried Denk, Michael A Long
The sequential activation of neurons has been observed in various areas of the brain, but in no case is the underlying network structure well understood. Here we examined the circuit anatomy of zebra finch HVC, a cortical region that generates sequences underlying the temporal progression of the song. We combined serial block-face electron microscopy with light microscopy to determine the cell types targeted by HVC(RA) neurons, which control song timing. Close to their soma, axons almost exclusively targeted inhibitory interneurons, consistent with what had been found with electrical recordings from pairs of cells...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286317/7t-fmri-faster-temporal-resolution-yields-optimal-bold-sensitivity-for-functional-network-imaging-specifically-at-high-spatial-resolution
#13
Peter E Yoo, Sam E John, Shawna Farquharson, Jon O Cleary, Yan T Wong, Amanda Ng, Claire B Mulcahy, David B Grayden, Roger J Ordidge, Nicholas L Opie, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Bradford A Moffat
Recent developments in accelerated imaging methods allow faster acquisition of high spatial resolution images. This could improve the applications of functional magnetic resonance imaging at 7 Tesla (7T-fMRI), such as neurosurgical planning and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs). However, increasing the spatial and temporal resolution will both lead to signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) losses due to decreased net magnetization per voxel and T1 -relaxation effect, respectively. This could potentially offset the SNR efficiency gains made with increasing temporal resolution...
January 1, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269269/suitability-of-nitinol-electrodes-in-neural-prostheses-such-as-endovascular-neural-interfaces
#14
Yan T Wong, Nicholas L Opie, Sam E John, Giulia Gerboni, Gil S Rind, Stephen M Ronayne, Kate E Fox, Thomas J Oxley, David B Grayden
A major challenge facing neural prostheses is the development of electrodes that are well tolerated by the brain and body. A novel way to circumvent the need to perform an invasive craniotomy and penetration of the blood-brain barrier to implant electrodes, is to guide electrodes up into the cerebral veins and place electrodes on the vessel walls adjacent to neuronal populations. To aid in the development of these stent based devices, microelectrodes manufactured from Nitinol would allow electrodes to be implanted via a catheter and then once deployed, alter their shape to conform to the vessel walls...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269267/feasibility-of-a-chronic-minimally-invasive-endovascular-neural-interface
#15
Nicholas L Opie, Gil S Rind, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Anthony N Burkitt, Clive N May, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley
Development of a neural interface that can be implanted without risky, open brain surgery will increase the safety and viability of chronic neural recording arrays. We have developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure and an endovascular electrode-array that can be delivered to overlie the cortex through blood vessels. Here, we describe feasibility of the endovascular interface through electrode viability, recording potential and safety. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrated that electrode impedance was stable over 91 days and low frequency phase could be used to infer electrode incorporation into the vessel wall...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244512/spectroscopic-evidence-for-the-origin-of-odd-even-effects-in-self-assembled-monolayers-and-effects-of-substrate-roughness
#16
Jiahao Chen, Jian Liu, Ian D Tevis, Richard S Andino, Christina M Miller, Lawrence D Ziegler, Xin Chen, Martin M Thuo
This paper reports the effects of substrate roughness on the odd-even effect in n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) probed by vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. By fabricating SAMs on surfaces across the so-called odd-even limit, we demonstrate that differentiation of the vibrational frequencies of CH3 from SAMs derived from alkyl thiols with either odd (SAMO ) or even (SAME ) numbers of carbons depends on the roughness of the substrate on which they are formed. Odd-even oscillation in SFG susceptibility amplitudes was observed for spectra derived from SAME and SAMO fabricated on flat surfaces (RMS roughness = 0...
March 8, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227503/suitability-of-nitinol-electrodes-in-neural-prostheses-such-as-endovascular-neural-interfaces
#17
Yan T Wong, Nicholas L Opie, Sam E John, Giulia Gerboni, Gil S Rind, Stephen M Ronayne, Kate E Fox, Thomas J Oxley, David B Grayden, Yan T Wong, Nicholas L Opie, Sam E John, Giulia Gerboni, Gil S Rind, Stephen M Ronayne, Kate E Fox, Thomas J Oxley, David B Grayden, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Nicholas L Opie, Kate E Fox, Giulia Gerboni, Thomas J Oxley, Yan T Wong, Gil S Rind
A major challenge facing neural prostheses is the development of electrodes that are well tolerated by the brain and body. A novel way to circumvent the need to perform an invasive craniotomy and penetration of the blood-brain barrier to implant electrodes, is to guide electrodes up into the cerebral veins and place electrodes on the vessel walls adjacent to neuronal populations. To aid in the development of these stent based devices, microelectrodes manufactured from Nitinol would allow electrodes to be implanted via a catheter and then once deployed, alter their shape to conform to the vessel walls...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227501/feasibility-of-a-chronic-minimally-invasive-endovascular-neural-interface
#18
Nicholas L Opie, Gil S Rind, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Anthony N Burkitt, Clive N May, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Nicholas L Opie, Gil S Rind, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Anthony N Burkitt, Clive N May, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley, Sam E John, Stephen M Ronayne, David B Grayden, Nicholas L Opie, Anthony N Burkitt, Terence J O'Brien, Clive N May, Thomas J Oxley, Gil S Rind
Development of a neural interface that can be implanted without risky, open brain surgery will increase the safety and viability of chronic neural recording arrays. We have developed a minimally invasive surgical procedure and an endovascular electrode-array that can be delivered to overlie the cortex through blood vessels. Here, we describe feasibility of the endovascular interface through electrode viability, recording potential and safety. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrated that electrode impedance was stable over 91 days and low frequency phase could be used to infer electrode incorporation into the vessel wall...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161829/effect-of-oral-niacin-on-central-retinal-vein-occlusion
#19
Michael W Gaynon, Yannis M Paulus, Ehsan Rahimy, Janet L Alexander, Sam E Mansour
PURPOSE: Niacin, a treatment for dyslipidemia, is known to induce vasodilation as a secondary effect. Previous instances of patients with chronic central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and cystoid macular edema (CME) have been observed to spontaneously improve when placed on systemic niacin for hypercholesterolemia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of niacin on CRVO and associated ocular complications. METHODS: A prospective, single-center, non-randomized, interventional case series of niacin for CRVO was conducted...
June 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040731/quantifying-the-extent-to-which-index-event-biases-influence-large-genetic-association-studies
#20
Hanieh Yaghootkar, Michael P Bancks, Sam E Jones, Aaron McDaid, Robin Beaumont, Louise Donnelly, Andrew R Wood, Archie Campbell, Jessica Tyrrell, Lynne J Hocking, Marcus A Tuke, Katherine S Ruth, Ewan R Pearson, Anna Murray, Rachel M Freathy, Patricia B Munroe, Caroline Hayward, Colin Palmer, Michael N Weedon, James S Pankow, Timothy M Frayling, Zoltán Kutalik
As genetic association studies increase in size to 100 000s of individuals, subtle biases may influence conclusions. One possible bias is 'index event bias' (IEB) that appears due to the stratification by, or enrichment for, disease status when testing associations between genetic variants and a disease-associated trait. We aimed to test the extent to which IEB influences some known trait associations in a range of study designs and provide a statistical framework for assessing future associations. Analyzing data from 113 203 non-diabetic UK Biobank participants, we observed three (near TCF7L2, CDKN2AB and CDKAL1) overestimated (body mass index (BMI) decreasing) and one (near MTNR1B) underestimated (BMI increasing) associations among 11 type 2 diabetes risk alleles (at P  <  0...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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