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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743131/the-spatial-extent-of-epiretinal-electrical-stimulation-in-the-healthy-mouse-retina
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Zohreh Hosseinazdeh, Archana Jalligampala, Eberhart Zrenner, Daniel Lleweylln Rathbun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinal prostheses use electrical stimulation to restore functional vision to patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa. A key detail is the spatial pattern of ganglion cells activated by stimulation. Therefore, we characterized the spatial extent of network-mediated electrical activation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the epiretinal monopolar electrode configuration. METHODS: Healthy mouse RGC activities were recorded with a micro-electrode array (MEA)...
July 26, 2017: Neuro-Signals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736431/combined-blockade-of-t-cell-immunoglobulin-and-mucin-domain-3-and-carcinoembryonic-antigen-related-cell-adhesion-molecule-1-results-in-durable-therapeutic-efficacy-in-mice-with-intracranial-gliomas
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Jinhu Li, Xiaodong Liu, Yijun Duan, Yueting Liu, Hongqin Wang, Shizhong Lian, Guotao Zhuang, Yimin Fan
BACKGROUND Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) evades immune surveillance by inducing immunosuppression via receptor-ligand interactions between immune checkpoint molecules. T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 3 (Tim-3) is a key checkpoint receptor responsible for exhaustion and dysfunction of T cells and plays a critical role in immunosuppression. Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) has been recently identified as a heterophilic ligand for Tim-3. MATERIAL AND METHODS We established an intracranial GBM model using C57BL/6 mice and GL261 cells, and treated the mice with single or combined monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against Tim-3/CEACAM1...
July 24, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729826/sleep-dependent-oscillatory-synchronization-a-role-in-fear-memory-consolidation
#3
Michael S Totty, Logan A Chesney, Phillip A Geist, Subimal Datta
Sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation through the facilitation of neuronal plasticity; however, how sleep accomplishes this remains to be completely understood. It has previously been demonstrated that neural oscillations are an intrinsic mechanism by which the brain precisely controls neural ensembles. Inter-regional synchronization of these oscillations is also known to facilitate long-range communication and long-term potentiation (LTP). In the present study, we investigated how the characteristic rhythms found in local field potentials (LFPs) during non-REM and REM sleep play a role in emotional memory consolidation...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724130/early-postimplant-speech-perception-and-language-skills-predict-long-term-language-and-neurocognitive-outcomes-following-pediatric-cochlear-implantation
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Cynthia R Hunter, William G Kronenberger, Irina Castellanos, David B Pisoni
Purpose: We sought to determine whether speech perception and language skills measured early after cochlear implantation in children who are deaf, and early postimplant growth in speech perception and language skills, predict long-term speech perception, language, and neurocognitive outcomes. Method: Thirty-six long-term users of cochlear implants, implanted at an average age of 3.4 years, completed measures of speech perception, language, and executive functioning an average of 14...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719616/analytical-network-process-based-optimum-cluster-head-selection-in-wireless-sensor-network
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Haleem Farman, Huma Javed, Bilal Jan, Jamil Ahmad, Shaukat Ali, Falak Naz Khalil, Murad Khan
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are becoming ubiquitous in everyday life due to their applications in weather forecasting, surveillance, implantable sensors for health monitoring and other plethora of applications. WSN is equipped with hundreds and thousands of small sensor nodes. As the size of a sensor node decreases, critical issues such as limited energy, computation time and limited memory become even more highlighted. In such a case, network lifetime mainly depends on efficient use of available resources...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718878/deep-brain-and-cortical-stimulation-for-epilepsy
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Mathieu Sprengers, Kristl Vonck, Evelien Carrette, Anthony G Marson, Paul Boon
BACKGROUND: Despite optimal medical treatment, including epilepsy surgery, many epilepsy patients have uncontrolled seizures. Since the 1970s interest has grown in invasive intracranial neurostimulation as a treatment for these patients. Intracranial stimulation includes both deep brain stimulation (DBS) (stimulation through depth electrodes) and cortical stimulation (subdural electrodes). This is an updated version of a previous Cochrane review published in 2014. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of DBS and cortical stimulation for refractory epilepsy based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
July 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692567/auditory-cognitive-training-for-pediatric-cochlear-implant-recipients
#7
Srikanta K Mishra, Shiva P Boddupally
OBJECTIVES: Understanding speech in noise is the biggest challenge faced by individuals with cochlear implants (CIs). Improving speech-in-noise perception for pediatric CI recipients continues to remain a high priority for all stakeholders. This study was designed to investigate the efficacy of working memory training for improving speech-in-noise recognition for children with CIs. DESIGN: Fourteen children with CIs (aged 6 to 15 years) received adaptive, home-based training on forward digit span task for 5 weeks, while 13 children with CIs participated in backward digit span training...
July 7, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688907/face-identity-recognition-in-simulated-prosthetic-vision-is-poorer-than-previously-reported-and-can-be-improved-by-caricaturing
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Jessica L Irons, Tamara Gradden, Angel Zhang, Xuming He, Nick Barnes, Adele F Scott, Elinor McKone
The visual prosthesis (or "bionic eye") has become a reality but provides a low resolution view of the world. Simulating prosthetic vision in normal-vision observers, previous studies report good face recognition ability using tasks that allow recognition to be achieved on the basis of information that survives low resolution well, including basic category (sex, age) and extra-face information (hairstyle, glasses). Here, we test within-category individuation for face-only information (e.g., distinguishing between multiple Caucasian young men with hair covered)...
July 14, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660253/non-auditory-neurocognitive-skills-contribute-to-speech-recognition-in-adults-with-cochlear-implants
#9
Aaron C Moberly, Derek M Houston, Irina Castellanos
OBJECTIVE: Unexplained variability in speech recognition outcomes among postlingually deafened adults with cochlear implants (CIs) is an enormous clinical and research barrier to progress. This variability is only partially explained by patient factors (e.g., duration of deafness) and auditory sensitivity (e.g., spectral and temporal resolution). This study sought to determine whether non-auditory neurocognitive skills could explain speech recognition variability exhibited by adult CI users...
December 2016: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638591/replicable-in-vivo-physiological-and-behavioral-phenotypes-of-the-shank3b-null-mutant-mouse-model-of-autism
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Sameer C Dhamne, Jill L Silverman, Chloe E Super, Stephen H T Lammers, Mustafa Q Hameed, Meera E Modi, Nycole A Copping, Michael C Pride, Daniel G Smith, Alexander Rotenberg, Jacqueline N Crawley, Mustafa Sahin
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a clinically and biologically heterogeneous condition characterized by social, repetitive, and sensory behavioral abnormalities. No treatments are approved for the core diagnostic symptoms of ASD. To enable the earliest stages of therapeutic discovery and development for ASD, robust and reproducible behavioral phenotypes and biological markers are essential to establish in preclinical animal models. The goal of this study was to identify electroencephalographic (EEG) and behavioral phenotypes that are replicable between independent cohorts in a mouse model of ASD...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638329/the-contribution-of-cognitive-factors-to-individual-differences-in-understanding-noise-vocoded-speech-in-young-and-older-adults
#11
Stephanie Rosemann, Carsten Gießing, Jale Özyurt, Rebecca Carroll, Sebastian Puschmann, Christiane M Thiel
Noise-vocoded speech is commonly used to simulate the sensation after cochlear implantation as it consists of spectrally degraded speech. High individual variability exists in learning to understand both noise-vocoded speech and speech perceived through a cochlear implant (CI). This variability is partly ascribed to differing cognitive abilities like working memory, verbal skills or attention. Although clinically highly relevant, up to now, no consensus has been achieved about which cognitive factors exactly predict the intelligibility of speech in noise-vocoded situations in healthy subjects or in patients after cochlear implantation...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623139/the-co-expression-of-neogenin-with-sox2-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Namgue Hong, Mi-Hye Kim, Churl K Min, Hee Jung Kim, Jae Ho Lee
Dementia has been shown to be closely related with neuronal degeneration and/or a decrease in the activity of neural stem cells in many brain regions, including the hippocampus. It has been recently established that Neogenin is involved in the cell fate determination by regulating Oct3/4, SOX and Nanog, notable embryonic cell markers, expressions in pre-implantation mouse embryos. Further, Neogenin expression at both mRNA and protein levels is manifest in many brain regions in mice, but it remains unclear whether Neogenin expression is prerequisite for the maintenance of neural stem cells, particularly, playing a critical role in the hippocampus, a brain region known to be involved in memory generation and consolidation...
August 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604709/two-dimensional-non-volatile-programmable-p-n-junctions
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Dong Li, Mingyuan Chen, Zhengzong Sun, Peng Yu, Zheng Liu, Pulickel M Ajayan, Zengxing Zhang
Semiconductor p-n junctions are the elementary building blocks of most electronic and optoelectronic devices. The need for their miniaturization has fuelled the rapid growth of interest in two-dimensional (2D) materials. However, the performance of a p-n junction considerably degrades as its thickness approaches a few nanometres and traditional technologies, such as doping and implantation, become invalid at the nanoscale. Here we report stable non-volatile programmable p-n junctions fabricated from the vertically stacked all-2D semiconductor/insulator/metal layers (WSe2/hexagonal boron nitride/graphene) in a semifloating gate field-effect transistor configuration...
June 12, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585899/cognitive-functions-evaluation-and-changes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-elderly-patients
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Cristina Ciuca, Susy Ferrari, Lisa Placuzzi, Cinzia Marrozzini, Nevio Taglieri, Barbara Bordoni, Gianni Dall'Ara, Carolina Moretti, Michela Montefiori, Rabih Chattat, Antonio Marzocchi, Francesco Saia
AIM: To assess the prevalence and postprocedural evolution of cognitive impairment (CI) in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation. METHODS: 62 patients were enrolled. Mini Mental state examination (MMSE), verbal memory test (VMT), visual search test (VST) and phonemic verbal fluency (PVF) were used to evaluate the cognitive status. CI was considered when a pathological result of MMSE was confirmed by VMT, VST and PVF. RESULTS: A total of 26...
June 6, 2017: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576309/bndf-heterozygosity-is-associated-with-memory-deficits-and-alterations-in-cortical-and-hippocampal-eeg-power
#15
Phillip A Geist, Brooke N Dulka, Abigail Barnes, Michael Totty, Subimal Datta
Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a pivotal role in structural plasticity, learning, and memory. Electroencephalogram (EEG) spectral power in the cortex and hippocampus has also been correlated with learning and memory. In this study, we investigated the effect of globally reduced BDNF levels on learning behavior and EEG power via BDNF heterozygous (KO) rats. We employed several behavioral tests that are thought to depend on cortical and hippocampal plasticity to varying degrees: novel object recognition, a test that is reliant on a variety of cognitive systems; contextual fear, which is highly hippocampal-dependent; and cued fear, which has been shown to be amygdala-dependent...
May 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548097/scalable-focused-ion-beam-creation-of-nearly-lifetime-limited-single-quantum-emitters-in-diamond-nanostructures
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Tim Schröder, Matthew E Trusheim, Michael Walsh, Luozhou Li, Jiabao Zheng, Marco Schukraft, Alp Sipahigil, Ruffin E Evans, Denis D Sukachev, Christian T Nguyen, Jose L Pacheco, Ryan M Camacho, Edward S Bielejec, Mikhail D Lukin, Dirk Englund
The controlled creation of defect centre-nanocavity systems is one of the outstanding challenges for efficiently interfacing spin quantum memories with photons for photon-based entanglement operations in a quantum network. Here we demonstrate direct, maskless creation of atom-like single silicon vacancy (SiV) centres in diamond nanostructures via focused ion beam implantation with ∼32 nm lateral precision and <50 nm positioning accuracy relative to a nanocavity. We determine the Si+ ion to SiV centre conversion yield to be ∼2...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540725/bioinspired-3d-multilayered-shape-memory-scaffold-with-a-hierarchically-changeable-micropatterned-surface-for-efficient-vascularization
#17
Dian Liu, Tao Xiang, Tao Gong, Tian Tian, Xian Liu, Shaobing Zhou
How to achieve three-dimensional (3D) cell alignment and subsequent prompt tissue regeneration remains a great challenge. Here, inspired by the interior 3D architecture of native arteries, we develop a new 3D multilayered shape memory vascular scaffold with a hierarchically changeable micropatterned surface for vascularization. The shape memory function renders the implantation of the scaffold safe and convenient via minimally invasive surgery. By co-culturing endothelial cells (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) on the 3D multilayered structure, the inner monolayer, which has a square micropatterned surface, can promote EC adhesion and migration, resulting in a rapid endothelialization, and the outer multilayers, which have rectangular micropatterned surfaces, can induce a circumferential alignment of VSMCs...
June 2, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506442/boosting-syntax-training-with-temporally-regular-musical-primes-in-children-with-cochlear-implants
#18
N Bedoin, A-M Besombes, E Escande, A Dumont, P Lalitte, B Tillmann
OBJECTIVES: Previous research has suggested the use of rhythmic structures (implemented in musical material) to improve linguistic structure processing (i.e., syntax processing), in particular for populations showing deficits in syntax and temporal processing (e.g., children with developmental language disorders). The present study proposes a long-term training program to improve syntax processing in children with cochlear implants, a population showing syntax processing deficits in perception and production...
May 11, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478769/long-term-outcome-after-percutaneous-closure-of-persistent-left-superior-caval-vein-draining-into-the-left-atrium-a-contrast-enhanced-ct-study
#19
Davide Marini, Matteo Castagno, Michele Millesimo, Francesca Ferroni, Gaetana Ferraro, Carlo Pace Napoleone, Gabriella Agnoletti
BACKGROUND: Data regarding long-term outcome after percutaneous closure of left superior caval vein draining into the left atrium are lacking. The aim of the present study was to report the long-term follow-up by using contrast-enhanced CT. METHODS: In all, three patients underwent percutaneous closure of left superior caval vein draining into the left atrium between 2005 and 2015. All of them were evaluated clinically and underwent contrast-enhanced CT. RESULTS: In one patient, the Amplatzer® Septal Occluder was used...
May 8, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434860/direct-brain-stimulation-modulates-encoding-states-and-memory-performance-in-humans
#20
Youssef Ezzyat, James E Kragel, John F Burke, Deborah F Levy, Anastasia Lyalenko, Paul Wanda, Logan O'Sullivan, Katherine B Hurley, Stanislav Busygin, Isaac Pedisich, Michael R Sperling, Gregory A Worrell, Michal T Kucewicz, Kathryn A Davis, Timothy H Lucas, Cory S Inman, Bradley C Lega, Barbara C Jobst, Sameer A Sheth, Kareem Zaghloul, Michael J Jutras, Joel M Stein, Sandhitsu R Das, Richard Gorniak, Daniel S Rizzuto, Michael J Kahana
People often forget information because they fail to effectively encode it. Here, we test the hypothesis that targeted electrical stimulation can modulate neural encoding states and subsequent memory outcomes. Using recordings from neurosurgical epilepsy patients with intracranially implanted electrodes, we trained multivariate classifiers to discriminate spectral activity during learning that predicted remembering from forgetting, then decoded neural activity in later sessions in which we applied stimulation during learning...
May 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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