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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549368/developing-population-models-a-systematic-approach-for-pesticide-risk-assessment-using-herbaceous-plants-as-an-example
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Amelie Schmolke, Katherine E Kapo, Pamela Rueda-Cediel, Pernille Thorbek, Richard Brain, Valery Forbes
Population models are used as tools in species management and conservation and are increasingly recognized as important tools in pesticide risk assessments. A wide variety of population model applications and resources on modeling techniques, evaluation and documentation can be found in the literature. In this paper, we add to these resources by introducing a systematic, transparent approach to developing population models. The decision guide that we propose is intended to help model developers systematically address data availability for their purpose and the steps that need to be taken in any model development...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549269/high-hair-cortisol-concentrations-predict-worse-cognitive-outcome-after-stroke-results-from-the-tabasco-prospective-cohort-study
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E Ben Assayag, O Tene, A D Korczyn, L Shopin, E Auriel, J Molad, H Hallevi, C Kirschbaum, N M Bornstein, S Shenhar-Tsarfaty, E Kliper, T Stalder
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The role of stress-related endocrine dysregulation in the development of cognitive changes following a stroke needs further elucidation. We explored this issue in a longitudinal study on stroke survivors using hair cortisol concentrations (HCC), a measure of integrated long-term cortisol levels. METHODS: Participants were consecutive cognitively intact first-ever mild-moderate ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) survivors from the Tel Aviv Brain Acute Stroke Cohort (TABASCO) study...
May 18, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549234/lesion-characteristics-driving-right-hemispheric-language-reorganization-in-congenital-left-hemispheric-brain-damage
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Karen Lidzba, Bianca de Haan, Marko Wilke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Martin Staudt
Pre- or perinatally acquired ("congenital") left-hemispheric brain lesions can be compensated for by reorganizing language into homotopic brain regions in the right hemisphere. Language comprehension may be hemispherically dissociated from language production. We investigated the lesion characteristics driving inter-hemispheric reorganization of language comprehension and language production in 19 patients (7-32years; eight females) with congenital left-hemispheric brain lesions (periventricular lesions [n=11] and middle cerebral artery infarctions [n=8]) by fMRI...
May 23, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549217/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-active-gold-nanoparticles-with-enzyme-mimicking-activities-for-measuring-glucose-and-lactate-in-living-tissues
#4
Yihui Hu, Hanjun Cheng, Xiaozhi Zhao, Jiangjiexing Wu, Faheem Muhammad, Shichao Lin, Jian He, Liqi Zhou, Chengping Zhang, Yu Deng, Peng Wang, Zhengyang Zhou, Shuming Nie, Hui Wei
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with simultaneous plasmonic and biocatalytic properties provide a promising approach to developing versatile bioassays. However, the combination of AuNPs' intrinsic enzyme mimicking properties with their surface-enhanced Ra-man scattering (SERS) activities has yet to be explored. Here we designed a peroxidase mimicking nanozyme by in situ growing AuNPs into a highly porous and thermally stable metal-organic framework (MOF) called MIL-101. The obtained AuNPs@MIL-101 nanozymes acted as the peroxidase mimics to oxidize Raman inactive reporter leucomalachite green (LMG) into the active malachite green (MG) with hydrogen peroxide, and simultaneously as the SERS substrates to enhance the Raman signals of the as-produced MG...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549082/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-propofol-changes-in-patients-with-frontal-brain-tumours
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M M Sahinovic, D J Eleveld, T Miyabe-Nishiwaki, M M R F Struys, A R Absalom
Background: Models of propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics developed in patients without brain pathology are widely used for target-controlled infusion (TCI) during brain tumour excision operations. The goal of this study was to determine if the presence of a frontal brain tumour influences propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and existing PK-PD model performance. Methods: Twenty patients with a frontal brain tumour and 20 control patients received a propofol infusion to achieve an induction-emergence-induction anaesthetic sequence...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549077/clinical-criteria-for-subtyping-parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-and-longitudinal-progression
#6
Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Yashar Zeighami, Alain Dagher, Ronald B Postuma
Parkinson's disease varies widely in clinical manifestations, course of progression and biomarker profiles from person to person. Identification of distinct Parkinson's disease subtypes is of great priority to illuminate underlying pathophysiology, predict progression and develop more efficient personalized care approaches. There is currently no clear way to define and divide subtypes in Parkinson's disease. Using data from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative, we aimed to identify distinct subgroups via cluster analysis of a comprehensive dataset at baseline (i...
May 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549068/oligodendroglial-myelination-requires-astrocyte-derived-lipids
#7
Nutabi Camargo, Andrea Goudriaan, Anne-Lieke F van Deijk, Willem M Otte, Jos F Brouwers, Hans Lodder, David H Gutmann, Klaus-Armin Nave, Rick M Dijkhuizen, Huibert D Mansvelder, Roman Chrast, August B Smit, Mark H G Verheijen
In the vertebrate nervous system, myelination of axons for rapid impulse propagation requires the synthesis of large amounts of lipids and proteins by oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells. Myelin membranes are thought to be cell-autonomously assembled by these axon-associated glial cells. Here, we report the surprising finding that in normal brain development, a substantial fraction of the lipids incorporated into central nervous system (CNS) myelin are contributed by astrocytes. The oligodendrocyte-specific inactivation of sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) cleavage-activating protein (SCAP), an essential coactivator of the transcription factor SREBP and thus of lipid biosynthesis, resulted in significantly retarded CNS myelination; however, myelin appeared normal at 3 months of age...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548992/gut-microbiota-and-host-defense-in-critical-illness
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Max C Jacobs, Bastiaan W Haak, Floor Hugenholtz, W Joost Wiersinga
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review aims to discuss emerging evidence in the field of microbiome-dependent roles in host defense during critical illness with a focus on lung, kidney, and brain inflammation. RECENT FINDINGS: The gut microbiota of critical ill patients is characterized by lower diversity, lower abundances of key commensal genera, and in some cases overgrowth by one bacterial genera, a state otherwise known as dysbiosis. Increasing evidence suggests that microbiota-derived components can reach the circulatory system from the gut and modulate immune homeostasis...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548988/toward-precision-medicine-tailoring-interventional-strategies-based-on-noninvasive-brain-stimulation-for-motor-recovery-after-stroke
#9
Philipp J Koch, Friedhelm C Hummel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To support the recovery of disability and the reduced functional capacity influencing the independence of daily life after focal brain lesions like stroke, the application of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial electric stimulation has been found useful in the last decades. Still, a positive influence on the recovery seems to be restricted to specific subgroups of patients. Therefore, a closer look on individual parameters influencing the recovery course and the effect of NIBS is needed...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548570/embolic-mycotic-encephalitis-in-a-cow-following-mortierella-wolfii-infection-of-a-surgery-site
#10
Benjamin Curtis, Charlotte Hollinger, Ailam Lim, Matti Kiupel
A 5-y-old Holstein dairy cow had surgery for a suspected displaced abomasum 10 d postpartum, developed acute neurologic signs at day 19, and was found dead 21 d postpartum. At autopsy, there was a peri-incisional intramuscular abscess that communicated with the peritoneal cavity, as well as hemorrhage and malacia involving the brain, and multiple nodules in the liver, kidneys, and lungs. Fungal hyphae were seen histologically at the surgery site, on the surface of the liver, and in lesions of severe necrotizing vasculitis in the lungs, kidneys, brain, and liver...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548480/d-retro-enantiomer-of-quorum-sensing-peptides-modified-polymeric-micelles-for-brain-tumor-targeted-drug-delivery
#11
Danni Ran, Jiani Mao, Changyou Zhan, Cao Xie, Huitong Ruan, Man Ying, Jianfen Zhou, Wan-Liang Lu, Weiyue Lu
In comparison to other tumors, various barriers such as the blood-brain barrier (BBB), enzymatic barriers and the blood-brain tumor barrier (BBTB) severely impede the successful treatment of glioma. Peptide ligands were frequently used as targeting moieties to mediate brain tumor targeted drug delivery. LWSW (SYPGWSW) is a recently reported quorum sensing peptide which is able to efficiently cross the BBB. Even though the linear LWSW traverses the BBB in vitro, its' in vivo targeting ability has been greatly impaired due to proteolysis...
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548240/viscoelastic-computational-modeling-of-the-human-head-neck-system-eigenfrequencies-and-time-dependent-analysis
#12
E Boccia, A Gizzi, C Cherubini, M G C Nestola, S Filippi
A subject-specific three-dimensional viscoelastic finite element model of the human head-neck system is presented and investigated based on Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance biomedical images. Ad hoc imaging processing tools are developed for the reconstruction of the simulation domain geometry and the internal distribution of bone and soft tissues. Materials viscoelastic properties are characterized point-wise through an image-based interpolating function used then for assigning the constitutive prescriptions of a heterogenous viscoelastic continuum model...
May 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548052/optimizing-the-stimulus-presentation-paradigm-design-for-the-p300-based-brain-computer-interface-using-performance-prediction
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Boyla Mainsah, Galen Reeves, Leslie Collins, Chandra Throckmorton
<i>Objective:</i> The role of a brain-computer interface (BCI) is to discern a user's intended message by extracting and decoding relevant information from brain signals. Stimulus-driven BCIs, such as the P300 speller, rely on detecting event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to a user attending to relevant or target stimulus events. However, this process is error-prone because the ERPs are embedded in noisy electroencephalography (EEG) data, representing a fundamental problem in communication of the uncertainty in the information that is received during noisy transmission...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547909/identification-and-expression-of-conserved-and-novel-rna-variants-of-medaka-pax6b-gene
#14
Tiansheng Chen, Benzion Cavari, Manfred Schartl, Yunhan Hong
Gene duplication is a major driving force of evolution. How gene duplicates have evolved remains a mystery. A highly conserved gene such as Pax6 is an ideal model to study functional conservation and divergence via comparisons among diverse organisms. One pax6 gene has been characterized in the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes), which is annotated as pax6b on chromosome 3. Here, we report that Medaka pax6b is homolog to Pax6 of mammals in sequence, chromosomal synteny, and genomic organization. Cloning and sequencing led to the identification of up to 43 pax6b RNA variants predicting six protein isoforms, 22 of which are similar to those reported in other organisms and 21 represent novel RNA variants...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547865/re-imagining-alzheimer-s-disease-the-diminishing-importance-of-amyloid-and-a-glimpse-of-what-lies-ahead
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REVIEW
Kai-Hei Tse, Karl Herrup
Many have criticized the amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease for its inconsistencies and failures to either accurately predict disease symptoms or guide the development of productive therapies. In addition to criticisms, however, we believe that the field would benefit from having alternative narratives and disease models that can either replace or function alongside of an amyloid-centric view of Alzheimer's. This review is an attempt to meet that need. We offer three experimentally verified amyloid-independent mechanisms, each of which plausibly contributes substantially to the etiology of Alzheimer's disease: loss of DNA integrity, faulty cell cycle regulation, regression of myelination...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547768/avian-brains-insights-from-development-behaviors-and-evolution
#16
REVIEW
Tadashi Nomura, Ei-Ichi Izawa
Birds are an extensively specialized animal group with unique anatomical, physiological and ecological characteristics. Sophisticated social behaviors and remarkable cognitive abilities are present in several avian lineages, driven by their enlarged brains and intricate neural networks. These unique traits could be a result of adaptive evolution under the wide range of environmental constraints; however, the intrinsic mechanisms of avian brain development and evolution remain unclear. Here, we introduce recent findings regarding developmental aspects of avian brain organization and neuronal networks for specific avian behaviors, which provide an insight into the link between the evolution of brain development and complex cognitive functions...
May 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547762/dopamine-system-cerebellum-and-nucleus-ruber-in-fish-and-mammals
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REVIEW
Hideaki Matsui
Small teleost fish including zebrafish and medaka have been used as animal models for research because of their small body size, vast amounts of eggs produced, their rapid development, low husbandry costs, and transparency during embryogenesis. Although the body size and appearance seem different, fish and mammals including human still possess anatomical and functional similarities in their brains. This review summarizes the similarities of brain structures and functions between teleost fish and mammalian brains, focusing on the dopamine system, functional regionalization of the cerebellum, and presence of the nucleus ruber...
May 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547589/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases-from-primary-head-and-neck-carcinomas-a-retrospective-analysis
#18
Rajal A Patel, Jonathan B Bell, Thomas Kim, Mark Agulnik, James P Chandler, Bharat B Mittal, Tim J Kruser
Patients with head and neck malignancies commonly develop metastatic disease, yet rarely do these carcinomas metastasize to the brain. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is routinely employed to treat brain metastases (BM). This study was undertaken to examine the efficacy of SRS for BM from primary head and neck carcinomas. From 2000 to 2016, a total of 19 patients with 38 lesions were retrospectively identified. All patients presented with a primary head and neck malignancy and subsequently developed metastatic disease to the brain treated with SRS at our institution...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547531/neonatal-hyperoxia-perturbs-neuronal-development-in-the-cerebellum
#19
Till Scheuer, Yuliya Sharkovska, Victor Tarabykin, Katharina Marggraf, Vivien Brockmöller, Christoph Bührer, Stefanie Endesfelder, Thomas Schmitz
Impaired postnatal brain development of preterm infants often results in neurological deficits. Besides pathologies of the forebrain, maldeveolopment of the cerebellum is increasingly recognized to contribute to psychomotor impairments of many former preterm infants. However, causes are poorly defined. We used a hyperoxia model to define neonatal damage in cerebellar granule cell precursors (GCPs) and in Purkinje cells (PCs) known to be essential for interaction with GCPs during development. We exposed newborn rats to 24 h 80% O2 from age P6 to P7 to identify postnatal and long-term damage in cerebellar GCPs at age P7 after hyperoxia and also after recovery in room air thereafter until P11 and P30...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547342/trichosporon-asteroides-isolated-from-cutaneous-lesions-of-a-suspected-case-of-paracoccidioidomycosis-ceti-in-a-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus
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Keiichi Ueda, Ichiro Nakamura, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Kazunori Takemura, Yasutomo Nakazato, Ayako Sano
"Paracoccidioidomycosis ceti" is a rare zoonotic fungal infection affecting dolphins and is endemic worldwide. The causative agents are Paracoccidioides species; however, it is impossible to isolate the fungal species. We isolated Trichosporon asteroides from multifocal, irregularly raised skin lesions on a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) captured off coast of Japan, which was suspected to have "paracoccidioidomycosis ceti." An abundance of round, yeast-like cells was detected in a potassium hydroxide direct-mount specimen of the skin samples; however, nested PCR targeting the partial sequence of 43-kDa glycoprotein-coding gene correspondent to Paracoccidioides sp...
May 25, 2017: Mycopathologia
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